Campus Headlines: Andrews University's Wandile Mthiyane Wins Social Business Competition (And More!)

Andrews Student Wandile Mthiyane Wins Social Business Competition. Wandile Mthiyane, an Andrews University architecture student, is an ambassador of One Young World, a global forum for young leaders aged 18-30 who with guidance from global leaders work to address the world's most pressing issues. In November, Mthiyane developed and presented a project for poor communities in his native South Africa called the “half-house.” Mthiyane's half-house project partners with residents of shanty towns and provides half of the budgeting, plumbing, building, designing and landscaping needed to build new homes. The project won first place in a Bangkok, Thailand One Young World summit social business competition. Read more here.

Oakwood University Students Receive Scholarships to Study in China. Seven Oakwood University students have been named recipients of the HBUC-China scholarships. They will spend six weeks in a summer program with an environmental scientist mentor from Nanjing Forestry University and will receive lectures in Mandarin, Chinese culture and history, statistics and will gain hands-on experience in a laboratory or field setting. More here.

High School Students Compete for Music Scholarships at La Sierra University. La Sierra’s Department of Music held its 5th annual Promising Young Artist Scholarship Competition. From ten high school students who signed up, seven advanced to the performance portion of the competition. Four winners were selected from the group, each awarded a $2,000 scholarship to attend La Sierra and a $150 cash prize. Pianist Thomas Kim from Chino Hills High School won first place. Read more here.

Loma Linda University Discusses Zika Virus. Amid fears over the spread of the Zika virus, Loma Linda University Health in partnership with World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California held an event to address questions about the virus on World Health Day, April 7. "With nearly 70 individuals in attendance, questions ranged from how to respond to those who fear travel due to these diseases to how to ensure the safety of loved ones living in infected areas for extended periods of time,” Loma Linda reported. More here.

Walla Walla University Students Race Through Europe in Worldwide Competition. Walla Walla University students, Chad Torkelson, Sheldon Maxwell and Tyler MacPhee, are in Europe, competing in the “Red Bull Can You Make It?” Challenge. Competitors use Red Bull energy drinks as currency to get from one destination to the next, ending in Paris, France. Their team, Team Seymour, has been consistently among the top 10 of 165 student teams from around the world. One of the main reasons they have been doing so well is because of their social media support team of family, friends, and classmates. More here.

Pacific Union College Hosts Adventist Intercollegiate Association. Pacific Union College welcomed the student association officers from 10 other Adventist colleges to its campus on March 30. Nearly 150 students and sponsors were at the convention. “Collectively referred to as the Adventist Intercollegiate Association (AIA), the organization gathers each year on the campus of a different Adventist college or university for several days of reflection, worship and community, and professional development planned by the host school.” Read more here.

Hallie Anderson is a student intern for Spectrum and a senior communications student studying journalism and public relations at Walla Walla University.

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“Red Bull Can You Make It?”

Interesting combo: Adventism and Red Bull! lol


Red Bull has nothing to do with their speed does it? Maybe that’s more attractive than giving copies of G.C.


Hopefully, the Oakwood kids don’t bring their BLM signs to China. One of the worst countries ever for ill feelings towards blacks.

Actually, they need to leave a lot of protest signs at home. Patriarchy, Capitalism, Environmentalism, Feminism, Pro-LGBT signs, etc.

Much of the controversies that stir up Spectrum are vivaciously embodied in China.

To send students there, you’ve got to do A LOT of looking the other way…

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An embarrassment to the college and the SDA Church. What a waste of time and money. I’m wondering what kind of message this sends the world. I hope this wasn’t sponsored or endorsed by the college. I wonder how many student missionaries could have been supported by the money spent on this frivolity.


There is one word to describe your observation…“Killjoy”


From 30 seconds of searching for facts:

“Red Bull Can You Make It? is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that will challenge the body and mind of 165 teams (18 from the United States) from around the world traveling across Europe using only cans of Red Bull as currency.”

“Selected teams will be flown to one of the five Starting Points in Europe. Each team will hand over their cash, cards and phones in exchange for 24 cans of Red Bull and a Samsung smartphone equipped with a Vodafone unlimited data plan. All teams will leave from the Starting Points at the same time on April 12, 2016 and have one week to make it to the Final Destination by April 19, 2016. Along the way, teams create their own path by visiting Checkpoiints in European cities, posting photos and videos of their journey, completing as many tasks of the Adventure List, and receiving support from their followers back home.”

“This Promotion is run by Red Bull GmbH (“Sponsor”, “Organizer” or “Red Bull”)…is designed as a game of skill. It is entirely free of charge…All team members must be currently attending university…Social Voting will determine the top 1397 teams [that have registered]…Red Bull will use a panel of judges to select the 164 winning teams [that actually compete, of which 18 will be designated from the U.S.]…The prize for the National Winners, beside the opportunity to take part in the Main Event, will be transport from and to each member’s place of residence (or from a nearby location to be designated by the Organizer) to their designated starting point of the Main Event on April 11, 2016, as well as accommodation and food for the evening of April 11, 2016 at the designated Starting Point and accommodation and food for the evening of April 19, 2016 in the Finish Line location…The Overall Winners will be invited to be Contiki Travel Ambassadors for a summer meaning they will travel across Europe, experiencing the best adventures possible – from local attractions to amazing Red Bull experiences - in many countries along their way.”

According to the link at the story, I believe the WWU team came in 5th place overall.

Too late, Birder…the world now knows that Walla Walla University has no moral compass whatsoever. Your worst fears realized!!!

It seems the students nor the university spent any money. So that should not be an issue.

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