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Issue II | Volume xiv| CENTRAL TBAPTIST COLLEGE | Conway, Arkansas | October 26, 2020



There is nothing concealed that

will not be disclosed, or hidden

that will not be made known.

-Luke 12:2

Paradigm shift of daily life

Coronavirus takes an unexpected toll on mind and body

Katie Beth Fly


According to the Centers

for Disease Control and

Prevention, the virus that

causes COVID-19 can be a

source of stress for people, with many

social distancing precautions causing

feelings of isolation.

Under social distancing, Junior Katie

Gambrell says that she’s been using her

excess time to read, spend more time with

her family at home and keep herself up to

date with what’s going on around her.

“I’ve become more organized

considering I’m usually a messy person,”

Gambrell says. “My eating habits

definitely have changed. At the beginning

[of the pandemic], I ate more than usual,

but now I’ve started to train myself back

into a regular eating routine.”

Similarly, Sophomore Macy Jordan

says that COVID-19 has had a big impact

on how she does things daily.

“I have always learned the same way,

in person and through discussion, but due

to COVID-19 I have had to find new ways

to study and learn,” Jordan says. “I won’t

say it’s been easy. I have really struggled

these first few months, and I still get super








Halls of fame

A look into the names that

have impacted our school

overwhelmed with my studies.”

Aaron New, chair of the behavioral

sciences department, says that though he

works to remain informed, watching too

much news affects him negatively.

“Honestly, [the pandemic] has affected

me more deeply than I expected,” New

says. “I haven’t been able to spend time

with friends and family like I would like.

Those things have weighed heavily on my

mind and it has made for a difficult season

of life.”

New also says that he has noticed

a change in the mental health of those

around him, explaining the climate

contributing to the decline.

“It’s hard to separate the pandemic

from the political environment in which it

has grown,” New says. “I think there is a

lot of sadness, fear, anxiety and anger just

beneath the surface for a lot of people.”

Gambrell explains how the pandemic has

affected her state of mind.

“It has made me sad to think that

we probably will not be going back to

a normal day-to-day routine for a long

time,” Gambrell says. “I’ve definitely

learned to be patient with everything

involving my family and the pandemic.”

Jordan says that the pandemic has

impacted her emotionally in multiple ways

as well.





info by: CDC.gov

All about truth

Misinformation, spotting “fake

news,” fact checking and more

“I have had to learn to talk through

my feelings with others, and take much

needed time to also focus on myself,”

Jordan says. “School is so important and

a vital part of my life, but COVID has

definitely added more stress.”

Despite the stress that the pandemic

Josh Burns, senior, walks somberly through

the halls wearing a mask

Online adapting

The outcome of choosing to go

virtual instead of in person

has brought her, Jordan believes that

Christ will provide for her.

“Times are just really weird this year

and many things are happening,” Jordan

says. “I believe, however, that God has

an awesome plan in store and this is only

just the beginning!”

Photographer Mallory Sullivan

Plastic planet

A plead to take action in the

fight against pollution

Inside look | Page 2 Centerspread | Pages 4-5 Opinoin page | Page 6 Editiorial | Page 7

Leaving a legacy

Ronald V. Mitchell

former professor of Bible

Submitted photo

The school’s collection of historical items and

documents was started by the late Ron Mitchell,

professor of Bible and church history. Mitchell

first made the collection available to the public

in the early 2000s. It now contains hundreds of

photographs, newspapers and historical documents

relating to church history, as well as his

lecture notes for all the Bible classes he used

to teach. Several members of Mitchell’s family

have attended CBC as students, including his

daughter and several grandchildren. Mitchell

passed away in 2009, but his legacy is still being

carried on.

Mary Ned Foster

wife of board of trustees member

The most recent addition to the

campus is the rehearsal space for

the band, which was renovated in

2018. Winston P. Foster, a member

of CBC’s board of trustees, greatly

contributed to this project, so he was

offered the opportunity to dedicate

the band hall to someone special—

his wife, Mary Ned Foster. They are

both passionate about missions,

and they love CBC’s mission as an



The Tower | Inside Look | Page 2 | October 26, 2020

Submitted photo

Submitted photo

Submitted photo

Brittany Parrish

daughter of Donny Parrish, Chapel leader

The garden behind the Watkins Academic Building

was dedicated to Brittany Parrish, the late daughter

of chapel leader Donny Parrish, who passed away

in 1992 at the age of 11. President Terry Kimbrow,

along with many others, helped contribute to the

memorial in her honor. Brittany was widely loved

for her sweet and kind nature. She also loved being

around people and getting involved with her father’s

multiple ministry opportunities. Brittany

loved the Lord dearly and believed that he came to

Earth to die for her sins and that he was resurrected

from the dead.

Wassell L. Burgess

former administrator

The auditorium is named after

Wassell L. Burgess, a former

administrator in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Burgess served as the dean of students

for a few years, then served as the

president of the college for several

years after. He graduated from the

University of Arkansas and continued

his education with a theology doctoral

degree from National Christian

University in Dallas.

Campus LifeThe Tower | Campus life | Page 3 | October 26, 2020

Navigating the stances of future congressmen

With 10 candidates and four positions,

it is difficult to narrow down the race

Rachel Burns


Elections are coming up quickly, and

there is a whole ballot of positions

that need to be filled and laws to

approve. There are a slew of candidates

to choose from in the federal and state

Photographer Mallory Sullivan

governments, so here is an overview of the

people running for Congress.

Candidates for the U.S. Senate

Each state in the nation has two

representatives in the U.S. Senate, and their

elections every six years are staggered to

where the state only has to vote on one

candidate per election.

The incumbent, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Little

Rock, has served one term in the U.S.

Senate, but before that he also was a

congressman for Arkansas in the U.S. House

of Representatives. He takes a conservative

stance on most issues, including the pro-life

movement, and being a decorated veteran,

he supports military funding.

His opponent, Ricky Harrington,

L-Benton, has not served in any political

office, but has worked as an overseas

missionary and chaplain in state correctional

facilities. His key stances are reforming the

criminal justice system, including healthcare

experts in decisions about national

healthcare, and adopting diplomatic foreign


Candidates for the U.S. House of


Each representative serves for two years,

then has to rerun for office. Out of the four

districts in Arkansas, the 3rd, 4th and 5th

Congressional Districts are up for reelection.

In the 2nd Congressional District, U.S.

Rep. French Hill, R-Little Rock, and state

Sen. Joyce Elliot, D-Little Rock, are running

for the seat. Hill takes a conservative

stance on most every issue and he plans on

continuing his current plans if reelected.

Elliot supports reform in the public school

system and the expansion of the Affordable

Care Act.

In the 3rd Congressional District, U.S.

Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers; Celeste

Williams, D-Bella Vista, and Michael

Kalagias, L-Rogers, are in the running for

the office. The incumbent Womack stands

for the increase in military funding and the

repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Williams

promotes universal health care and federal

education reform. Kalagias opposes the

Social Security program and stands for the

balancing of the nation’s budget to reduce

the amount of national debt.

In the 4th Congressional District, U.S.

Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs;

William Hanson, D-Camden, and Frank

Gilbert, L-White Hall, are running for

office. Westerman opposes tax increases

and the need for background checks in

all firearm dealings. Hanson supports

the reform of immigration laws and

the reduction of gun violence through

responsible gun ownership laws. Gilbert

opposes restrictions in gun laws but takes

a more liberal stance on other socioeconomic


To read an extended version of this

story, see thecbctower.com.

The Senate



Are you voting for state elections in the

Nov. 3 election?

House of Representatives

Are you qualified to be part

of the Senate?

- Age requirement: 25

- Citizenship: 9 years a citizen

of the United States

- Location: Must be a citizen

of the state that is being


info from senate.gov

52% 60% 40% 48%


infographic by Jocelyn Waters


Every month, the campus is polled on a relevant topic. This month Jocelyn

Waters collected a straw poll of 10 students on whether they plan to vote for

state representatives in this year’s election

Are you qualified to be a


- Age requirement: 25

- Citizenship: 7 years a citizen

of the United States

- Location: Must be a citizen

of the state that is being


info from senate.gov

Illustration by Rachel and Josh Burns


Honesty with others builds

character, relationships

Ashanti Williams


What is the truth? The truth could mean

multiple definitions.

“Truth to me is when you’re able to tell the

truth no matter what or who you’re telling it

to truth is one of the most important aspects

that we need as Christian,” says freshman

Sierra Burrow. Burrow believes that truth can

help build relationships.

“Being truthful to people, like your friends,

family and even yourself helps build

major character and it helps you build a

relationship with God as well,” said Burrow.

Some believe that a partial lie is OK, but

Burrow doesn’t.

“I wouldn’t say a partial lie is OK because a

lying tongue is one of the six things that the

Lord hates,” said Burrow.

Without truth in society, what would the

world be like? Burrow believes that if we

didn’t have truth in society everything would

be shady.

“There’s no good in not being truthful.

Without the truth, everyone would be

out cheating and lying all the time. It also

wouldn’t be any happiness in the world.”



Fact checking can

clarify if facts are



A site that came about in

the ‘90s to disprove urban

legends. Covers news

and videos, including the

origin of the information,

then ranks it true or

false with complete

explanation and links to




Nonpartian site on U.S.

politics. Managed by the

Annenberg Public Policy

Center at the University of

Pennsylvania. Gives quick

takes, full background

and a list of sources.




Nonpartian site

sponsored by the Poynter

Institute for Media

Studies, a nonprofit

school for journalists and

journalism professors.

Includes both brief and

longer explanations with

links from sources. Uses a

truth-o-meter to rank how

true or false a report is.

The Tower | Centerspread | Pages 4-5 |October 26, 2020


Biblical truth &

trustworthy news

both still around

Emma Reddin




history, truth has been

misreported and covered up. Today,

students have especially felt the sting of so

much twisting of the truth. Many times it

can feel as though it is impossible to find.

As a Bible college, it is imperative that truth is welldefined,

given that it is a foundation of the faith. Joel

Slayton, chair of the Bible department, explains truth

as something that doesn’t change according to society.

According to Slayton, truth can sometimes be found

by comparing a biblical worldview with the world’s

definition of truth. Assistant Bible professor Martin

Jameson suggests that a person should always test their

“...it is imperative that truth is well-defined, given

that it is a foundation of the faith.”

perspective against the Scripture in order to find truth.

While finding truth itself is not easy, finding truthful

news is even harder. How do modern college students

find trustworthy reporting? Freshman Somer Frost says

that it seems as though every news outlet has a heavy

bias and are always reporting “fake news.”

Ann Gardner, communication department chair, teaches

often on this subject.

“I think the term ‘fake news’ has been overused,”

Gardner says. She defines “fake news” as completely

fabricated, while “misinformation” is when true facts

are twisted or reported in a way that skews those facts.

According to Gardner, most news outlets do not usually

produce “fake news.”

“The Elements of Journalism,” written by Bill Kovach

and Tom Rosenstiel, acknowledges that every news

outlet has bias. Escaping bias completely may not be

possible, according to the authors, but many modern

reporters have not given up hope on trustworthy


Gardner says that getting information and verifying it,

then reporting it is the basis of journalism. She suggests

that students read a variety of news from different

sources. She especially advises students to read things

they may not fully agree with, but that do not lean too

heavily to one side of the political spectrum.

Gardner also mentioned that fact-checking sites can

be extremely helpful in determining what news stories

are trustworthy and will avoid misinformation. Despite

how easy it is to find news media that is heavily skewed

in one direction, Gardner says that news media that does

not lean too far left or right can still be trusted.

How to spot

fake news

The following can help you

determine if you are reading

or watching something not


1. Credentials

Is the source of the news story a known

legitimate news outlet? Is it from a news

source that is also available as broadcast

news or an online or print magazine?

2. Objectivity

Does the author of the news story have an

agenda? Are they associated with a special

interest group?

3. Documentation

Are sources given in the story? Can you find

the sources cited to verify the information?

Do individuals interviewed as sources have

some kind of expertise on the topic, such

as their profession, education or were they

a witness to the news event?

How much fake

news is there?

info by: libguides.com


The Tower | Opinion | Page 6 |October 26, 2020

Adapting to

the life of

an online


Allison Wilson


Senior Allison Wilson shares her

experiences and advice for her online peers


never would have imagined

my senior year at CBC to be

interrupted by a pandemic, but

it did happen, and God is still in

ultimate control. I can’t deny that

I wasn’t worried about how this

semester was going to go.

I chose to be a hybrid student

because I wanted to be prepared in

case we were forced to go strictly

online. This means that I have

classes both online and in person.

With that being said, one of the

biggest challenges has been not

being able to be on campus as much

as I normally would be. Campus

life is basically nonexistent due to

COVID-19, and because of that,

I feel badly for the freshman and

new transfer students we have.

I remember spending

most of my time in the

library with some of

the best people.


now, even though we do have the

option to meet in the library, I do

not go now because it is difficult

remembering the social distancing

policy. It’s just not the same to

me. I have some friends that I talk

to in person and some online. It is

hard to find a way to keep in touch

that is comfortable for us all.

There are ways that I have

found to still stay connected

and be involved with campus

life. Even though I am a hybrid

student, I try to call and message

friends that I don’t see on campus

during my short break times. I try

to check in and make sure that

they know that they aren’t alone.

I also try to let my professors

know how thankful I am to be

able to to attend class, whether it

be through Zoom or in person. I

have noticed that our professors

seem more exhausted than usual

and need encouragement. For

instance, they can be lecturing to

three students in the classroom

and 10 on Zoom, and getting all

of the students to participate is

hard enough, but due to classes

being a hybrid of online and in

person, this problem is even more


At first, I struggled with having

most of my classes online. I had

to discipline myself and remind

myself that even though I’m not

in the classroom face to face, my

Zoom meeting is still important.

Some tips for staying focused in

an online class would be to put

your phone away--there can be no

distractions--find an empty and

quiet room, and take notes.

Being a hybrid/online student

takes a lot of work, but it’s

encouraging when our professors

try to keep an open line of

communication with us even after

class is over.

If I could give any advice to

those who worry, it would be

this: go to Harvest Party, sit at

the pagoda, stop by Mustang

Outfitters and hammock at the

hammock farm. Knock on your

professors’ office doors and say,

“Hi,” even if it’s just for a little bit

and you’re wearing a mask.

Making your day

We are finally at

peace when we know

and understand that

nothing the enemy

does can abort

the plan of God in

our lives. In these

troubled times, pray,

read your Bible,

serve faithfully in

your church and tell

others about Jesus.

That is our calling as


- Tim Gunter, Chair of the

Fine Arts Department




- Delana Gammill, Professor of Education

Choose joy!

Lauren Hager, senior

Emma Reddin



The Tower | Campus life | Page 7 |October 26, 2020


Reduce, reuse,

recycle, refuse


We have all

heard the


“reduce, reuse,

recycle” so many times

that it has probably become

another set of words to us, with a

shadow of its former impact. Well, it is

still a good philosophy that can inspire

us to change our daily habits for the

betterment of the world.

During the pandemic, many single-use

food containers were not able to be sold due

to the shutdown of most public events with


But these products have

to go somewhere after we

have finished using them.

Most empty plastic ends up in

the trash because we are not going

out to local recycling centers and trading

in their goods. It does not help that our

campus does not have easy access to

recycling bins. For the time being, we must

make our own individual decision of what we

concessions and people not getting out of

their homes as often as before the pandemic.

But with a decrease in food containers,

there has been another type of single-use

plastic that has risen in consumption rates.

Most everyone has to make the

necessary precautions to stay safe and

sanitary, with disposable masks, gloves

and individually-packaged food, not to

mention the rise of shopping in bulk

with its large plastic containers

and the large number of water

bottles, bottles of



and cleaning

will do with our waste, especially single-use


We want to encourage everyone to start

collecting recyclable materials instead of

throwing them away. Anyone can drop off their

recyclables to the City of Conway’s

Recycling Center, which is located at

4550 Highway 64 on the west side of the

city. They do have specific guidelines about

what can be accepted as a recyclable material,

so be sure to check the requirements on the

website before making the drive.

Despite the extra hassle, it can be

rewarding knowing that we are doing

our best not to contribute to the

pollution of the soil by recycling

our waste instead of sending

it to the landfill.

Central Baptist College

1501 College Ave.

Conway, Arkansas 72034

(501) 205- 8802


The Tower Staff

Rachel Burns- Content editor

Jocelyn Waters- Design editor

Mallory Sullivan- Photo editor

Katie Beth Fly- Reporter

Ashanti Williams- Reporter

Emma Reddin- Reporter

Allison Wilson- Reporter

Bryson Chambers- Reporter

Allison Mantooth- Photographer

Ann Gardner- Adviser

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Thank you so much for taking the

time to pick up our little paper

today. You are welcome to send us

an Op-Ed to share your opinion

with the rest of the student body.

Please give us your feedback as

well. In these times, it is important

that we are in tune with what you

need to know.


Tower | Sports | Page 8 |Octrober 26, 2020


it up a


Freshman, Ryan Lee keeps the ball moving during a home game Oct.

20 with Williams Baptist. The Mustangs lost 6-3 in the final game of

the season.

Men’s, women’s soccer wraps up fall season

Bryson Chambers

Rachel Burns


The men’s and women’s soccer

season has been short and

challenging, not going as well

as both teams had hoped. The men

wrapped up their season Oct. 20 while

the women were to play one last game

Oct. 24.

Both teams played Williams

Baptist College on Oct. 20 at

Centennial Soccer Park in Conway,

with the women winning 2-1 and the men

losing 6-3.

The Lady Mustangs’ goal from junior

Thania Vela allowed them to defeat WBU

near the end of the game. Sophomore

Ciarra Bonner had scored the first goal,

and both were corner kicks. The team,

which outshot WBU 10-7 overall and

5-4 on goal, also were helped by junior

Jayme Selph making three saves.

In the men’s game, freshman Isaac

Delafuente, senior Ade Oshikoya and

junior Carlos Beltran made goals for the

Mustangs and junior Andrew Montoya

had six saves in net. WBU was ahead

3-2 at halftime and scored three in the

second half, with the final score 6-3.

The game was the final one in the

season for the men.

“It’s been a chaotic year,” said

Lance Gordon, head coach for the

Mustangs, referencing difficulties from

COVID-19 and other struggles.

The Lady Mustangs were to play

their final game of the season Oct. 24

against Harris-Stowe State.

Photographer Allison Mantooth

Photographer Allison Mantooth

Senior Ade Oshikova dribbles

down the field against Williams

Baptist on Oct. 20.

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