KANYE 2020

On Sunday, August 30, MTV hosted its annual Video Music Awards.  It was a night of unforgettable moments such as Justin Bieber crying after his performance, Taylor Swift and Nikki Minaj ending their dispute, and Minaj starting another by calling out Miley Cyrus. Despite everything else, Kanye West stole the show by giving an unexpected speech that ended with the announcement that he has decided to run for president in 2020.

Kanye West is known for many things. He is a rapper, songwriter,  business man, record producer, fashion designer, and husband to Kim Kardashian. West’s legacy has been shaped by his opinionated, outspoken, and controversial character. West is notorious for things such as posing as Jesus on the cover of Rolling Stone, stating that President George W. Bush “doesn’t care about black people” around the time of Hurricane Katrina, and making unforgettable appearances at award shows.

West’s noted award show incidents started at the American Music Awards of 2004 when he rushed out of the auditorium after Best New Artist was awarded to Gretchen Wilson instead of himself.

In 2006, West believed his “Touch the Sky” music video deserved to win Best Video at MTV’s Europe Music Awards. When the award was given to Justice and Simian, West walked up on stage and argued that he should have won the award.

Britney Spears was invited to open the 2007 MTV VMA’s and West stated that he felt he was overlooked. He implied that it had to do with his race. Later, on a few different radio stations, he explained that it was his dream to open the VMA’s with his song “Stronger”.

West’s most famous award show controversy occurred at the 2009 MTV VMA’s. Taylor Swift was awarded Best Female Video for “You Belong With Me”. While Swift was accepting the award, West went on stage and took the microphone from her. He stated that Beyoncé should have won the award because “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” because it was “one of the best videos of all time”.

While Beck was accepting the award for Album of the Year at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards (February 2015), West walked on stage and then right back off. Many people took this as a joke, but West later explained that it was not a joke and that “Beck needs to respect artistry, he should have given his award to Beyoncé”.

In light of West’s 2009 interruption, Taylor Swift presented West with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award on Sunday night at the 2015 MTV VMA’s. After taking a minute or two to soak in the audience’s praise, West began his speech. West thanked  Swift and then began to explain that he feels like he “died for the artist’s opinion”. The speech continued with phrases such as “I’m not no politician, bro!” and “LISTEN TO THE KIDS, BRO!” West even admitted that he smoked “a little something to knock the edge off“.  He told his fellow artists to worry about how they feel at the time. At the end, he said that it does not matter what he loses because “it ain’t about me, bro! It’s about ideas!” However, West was not finished, “And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.” He dropped the mic and walked off stage.

Will Kanye West run for president? Will America call the man who used the word “bro” at least eight times in his speech President West? Could it be another award show publicity stunt? Whether West’s intentions are serious or not remains unknown. In the meantime, West has left the world with advice, maybe even an order:

Listen to the kids, bro.

 

The full length speech is available on:

http://tvline.com/2015/08/30/kanye-west-president-mtv-vma-speech-2015-video/

 

Information was taken from the following sources:

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/kanye-west-mn0000361014/biography
http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/09/14/kanye.west.reaction/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/2006/11/03/kanye-west-unleashes-tirade-after-losing-at-mtv-europe-music-awards.html
http://www.mtv.com/news/1568459/kanyes-graduation-inside-the-nyc-listening-party-for-wests-so-called-comeback/
 http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/09/kanye-west-blasts-beck-s-album-of-the-year-grammys-win-beck-needs-to-respect-artistry.html

The Roarin’ 2015!

Last Saturday, about 250 students from Toccoa Falls College paired off with their significant other or a friend and stepped back in time for the annual Junior/Senior Banquet. The destination of their time travel? The 1920s at the Robson Event Center in Gainesville, Georgia.

For both the young men and women, the experience was complete with 1920s attire, students who more typically might wear jeans, shorts, t-shirts, or blouses at college. Everywhere one looked, familiar faces and figures were newly graced with stylized and fancy dress. The women – or “dolls”, to speak the lingo of the time – prepared themselves with anticipation of a fun evening. Extra attention was given to makeup, hair curling or updos, and the perfect dress decorated by a string of pearls. Their male counterparts selected suspenders, suits and ties, and perhaps a newsboy hat to complete their 20s era appearance.

The event began at 6:30pm with everyone entering the Robson Center through a side door by giving a password as though it were a 1920s speakeasy. Once inside, smooth jazz music welcomed the students, accompanying them as they took their seats or mingled with each other to compliment outfits and take photos. Tables were decorated with strings of pearls, glass vases, and large feathers. Many even had a deck of cards laid out to complete the effect of being in a different era.

Dinner was buffet-style: a comfortable menu of dinner rolls, macaroni and cheese, green beans, potatoes, and a choice of roast beef or stuffed chicken…or both as the case may be! Later in the evening, an ice-cream bar was opened, complete with a choice of candy toppings, sauces, nuts, and brownies. Needless to say, it sure is hard to go wrong with that.

It was not until after dinner that the dancing began in earnest. The music had been playing throughout the event with a few brave couples enjoying the freedom of the dance floor together. It was not long before TFC’s very own Micah Brewer and his girlfriend took possession of the microphone and began to instruct the crowd in swing dancing! The dance floor quickly became a focal point of the event. Those attending the Junior/Senior banquet found themselves time traveling again, at least musically. Of course, the DJ would not fail to bring the TFC students some familiar, modern, popular tunes to which they could dance. The first was Blank Space by Taylor Swift!

Another highlight of the evening was senior superlatives. An email had gone out from SGA earlier that week, allowing seniors to take part in the tradition of voting their fellow graduates into certain categories. The winners were proudly announced and received their award of a large gold-colored star amidst loud applause and cheers. The categories and winners are as follows:

Best Dressed Male – Jared Gordon

Best Dressed Female – Mary Lauren Duff

Best Smile Male – Josh Mangum

Best Bromance – John Zendrosky & Sam Haywood

Greatest Girlfriends – Brittany Eitutis & Rachel Morris

Most Hipster – Jake Tuttle

Most Likely to Be A Professional Athlete – Clessie Kendrick

Most Likely to Be A Professional Athlete – Dustin Martin

Most Likely to Come Back and Teach at TFC – Katie Myers

Most Likely to be a Farmer – Eliza Beal

Most Likely to be a Nomad – Caroline Miller

Most likely to be Martyred – Kao Lee Yang

Most likely to be Raptured First – Sarah Casey

Most likely to have their own TV Show – Caroline Wilson

The Junior/Senior banquet drew to an official close a little past 9:00pm. However, students were having so much fun that many stayed  until 10:00pm. From there, many went on to enjoy fellowship with each other at other venues, such as a local arcade.

It was an evening of laughter, elegant outfits, companionship, music, dance, and fun. What better way to celebrate the upperclassmen of TFC? Congratulations to the graduating seniors, and good luck to the juniors stepping up to fill their shoes!

 

*Photo Credit: Caroline Wilson*

Katy Perry and the Voice of God

The Super Bowl XLIX had the privilege of hosting Katy Perry for the halftime show along with other well-known artists, Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz. Although Perry had interestingly dressed backup dancers, an awesome set list, and duets with famous performers, the media focused on her behind the scenes revelation. What she said in her interview caught everyone’s attention. Katy Perry claims she heard God’s voice before her show. This sparked a lot of controversies in the evangelical community, but it should not have. Katy Perry grew up in a Christian home, but she fell away from this worldview and claimed a new one. Many people believe that someone who leaves the faith and has a drastic change is not able to hear the voice of God, but this is not entirely true. There are biblical cases where someone who does not please God hears His voice.

1. Abimelek (Genesis 20)

Abimelek heard God speak in a dream. Abimelek was a king who took Sarah, Abraham’s wife, to be his wife. He was not a righteous man, but God still spoke to him.  God did not need a middle-man to tell Abimelek he has sinned, but God spoke to him personally. God clearly told Abimelek what he was supposed to do. If God spoke to a man who was about to commit adultery, why can He not speak to Katy Perry?

2. Saul (Acts 9)

Saul, before he became apostle Paul, heard the voice of God. Saul was a persecutor of the early Christians and he had an encounter with God. While Saul claimed to be the a very devoted Jew, he was a murderer, slanderer, and a hypocrite. He was notorious for stoning, flogging, and killing Christians. God directly spoke to Saul about his persecution of the church and gave him direction. God spoke to Saul before he became the great apostle, Paul. If a murderer could hear the voice of God and be changed, why can Katy Perry not have the same revelation?

Christians do not like the idea of a non-Christian hearing the voice of God, especially when they themselves have yet to hear His voice. God spoke to many non-believers and believers long before the time of Jesus, yet many modern-day Christians reject the notion of an atheist being able to hear the Almighty speak.  This should not be an issue because God is the God of all creation. God created all human beings and He has the power to speak to all of them. God does not just speak life into His followers, but to everyone. He has the power to tell Katy Perry that she has no need to worry. If the tables were turned and Chris Tomlin heard God’s voice before a performance, no one would deny it. Whether evangelicals would like to hear it or not, the truth is Katy Perry has the right to claim she heard God’s voice.

Happy Sonship wrote in their article that Perry has a tattoo of “Jesus” on her wrist. She looks at  it and reminds herself that she can always turn back to Christ. Christians believe that no matter how hard or far they fall, they still can go back to their Savior. It is not impossible for Perry to have heard God’s voice; all things are possible through Him. In many instances, Christians believe they hear the voice of God especially in times of distress or when they turn away from Him. Maybe Perry did not hear His voice, but no one can say for sure. At some point in every Christian’s life, they sin, fall short, and question God. It is never too late to turn back, not even for Katy Perry.

 

 

http://www.happysonship.com/god-speaks-katy-perry/

A Look Back on Weekly Chapels

Every Tuesday and Wednesday our student body and faculty comes together at 10 a.m. to worship our God. Chapels this semester had its ups and downs; it was not perfect, but neither was it horrible. Chapels this semester varied in emotion and facts. We had many different speakers come in and share a short sermon that would hopefully spark an interest in our hearts. As a first semester freshman I am glad to say I was mostly pleased with the outcome of Chapel services. There are three  key thoughts my chapel experience reflects upon, and these three things might not be the same three things that someone else has experienced.

1. Stubborn Scanners

A problem I encountered through attending morning chapels was that the scanners were inconsistent. I know for a fact I am not the only one who has had conflicts with the scanners every week. For me I had to email the Spiritual Formation office every week hoping to receive my lost credits. It has been quite an adventure trying to guess if my card will scan properly this week or not. I know I am not the only person who has gone through the three stages of “Chapel Credit Conflict Condition.” These stages include denial, the ‘maybe it was a simple mistake’ stage, frustration, the ‘if this does not scan I will. . .’ stage, and finally desperation, the ‘oh please, oh please just work’ stage. I know these are generalized emotions, but for the most part all of us have felt one way or another about these scanners.

2. True Worship

Chapel credits might have been a downside to chapel, but there are plenty of upsides. For instance one of the greatest parts of chapel is worship. Yes, our chapel bands may not feature Beyonce, Jack Johnson, or Taylor Swift, but they are doing one important thing, they are worshiping God. The only thing that a praise band should be guilty of is this: they must be so focused on worshiping God that they forget what is around them. They present to lead us into a time of corporate worship. These people might not have the whole week to practice, but they have enough courage to go up on stage and praise our God with all they have. It is truly a blessing to watch our school gather and worship in our own way. It is great to just watch how others worship. I love to people-watch and the best place to people watch is in Grace Chapel during chapel, because that is when everyone takes their masks off and truly reveal themselves. Watching the quiet girl in your math class worshipping freely, or seeing the class clown crying out to God, are amazing scenes to witness. You see a new side to people, their true side. We do not always live a life of corporate worship daily, but being able to let down our walls for fifty minutes twice a week with fellow believers is truly an honor. If there is any reason you need to be told to stay at TFC it should be the fact that we are free to worship on campus and we are free to be who we are called to be. Every Tuesday and Wednesday morning I look around and survey the crowd of college students and think to myself that these are no longer just college students, but they are brothers and sisters in Christ. I think about all the public colleges and universities that do not have the opportunity to gather as a body of Christ and worship together twice a week.

3. Sermons

Last, but not least, one of the other greatest things about chapel here at TFC is that we can hear professors speak. It really is a gift  to have professors and staff members that preach the gospel as well as teach. It is an awesome experience to see one of your professors on stage presenting a sermon that sparks a fire in your heart. It is nice to hear different preachers and speakers from other states come and speak, but to hear our own faculty speak is truly touching. Preaching is not an easy thing, and preaching the Word of God can be very difficult at times, and to have our own professors who have busy schedules give a sermon shows true humility. It is a great blessing to be able to witness not only Theology professors, but even science professors talk about God’s miracles and works.

All in all as we look back at the past semester we can all come to the conclusion that chapel, although it had its downfalls, is a great place to come and worship God together.

The Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival is an event that Toccoa looks forward to every year. This year, it was held November 1-2. It was perfect fall weather. The mornings were chilly, but the sun warmed up the afternoons. The streets were crowded with all sorts of vendors, activities, and people.  Some major attractions were the petting zoo, car show, art displays, rock wall, and rides on Papa’s Little Choo Choo. There were even superhero impersonators that were happy to pose for pictures. Food stands offered both regional and international dishes and their yummy smells filled the air. There were two stages that hosted many different performances throughout Saturday and Sunday.

Toccoa Falls College’s very own Singing Men and College Choir performed Saturday morning. The TFC Singing Men went first; their choir consists of both students and community members. The men’s voices blended well and the solo by Blayne Hiner was quite memorable. The College Choir went next and showed great enthusiasm and talent. Even though the air was quite chilly, the college students warmed the hearts of all who were listening. Dr. Council directs the choirs and was very proud of how they performed. Dr.  Council states, “I think the choirs did an outstanding job in performance, especially considering the outdoor venue. It is always challenging to sing outside, since we are unable to take advantage of ‘room acoustics’.” He continued, “Most of all, I believe the choir members were engaged in worship as they sang. They sang our Lord’s praises from hearts motivated by His love, grace and mercy. Our prayer is that God used the performance to minister to those listening and to bring glory to Himself.” Those who are interested in joining the College Choir or TFC Singing Men can contact Dr. Council at tcouncil@tfc.edu.

The Harvest Festival is more than just a weekend of entertainment and fun. It means a growing client base for local business owners. Victoria “Tori” Head of Victoria’s Sweet Treats explained, “For local businesses in the downtown area the Harvest Festival helps to remind people we are here and what downtown businesses have to offer.” She went on to clarify what it meant for her business, “For us, it is a chance to showcase what we have on an everyday basis and some new items. This year we expanded our fried pie products and more fall items. The festival also gives us a time to remind people we are here right before the holidays. This is our busiest time of the year. I want to make every patron of the Harvest Festival a satisfied and returning customer to Victoria’s Sweet Treats.” Tori certainly satisfies her customers. Anyone with a sweet tooth should stop by her bakery on Doyle Street and try some of the delicious goodies that it offers.

Everyone can enjoy the Harvest Festival. While it attracts outsiders, the festival strengthens the Toccoa community. It also is an excellent opportunity for TFC students to experience Toccoa. By students being present, supporting the vendors and businesses, and even performing, TFC showed the Toccoa community that they care. The Harvest Festival is a time of coming together, building relationships, and having fun. Anyone who missed it this year, should make sure to attend next year!