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Gender chapels encourage respect for the opposite sex

This year’s male gender chapel may have exceeded expectations of just another sex talk. The 40-minute assembly emphasized a higher standard for young men concerning the treatment of their female counterparts.

All of the chapel’s faculty speakers tried to impart a bit of wisdom through stories of their own dating successes and mishaps. Josh Tosland, mathematics teacher, warned against the consequences of visiting “”make-out”” mountain before meeting a prospective girlfriend’s father.

The council of other male teachers continued to share personal stories of the dating game.

Ericlee Gilmore, mathematics teacher, chastised the hypocrisy of most males whose blood boils when their sister is mistreated in a relationship, but who show a lack of respect to their own girlfriends. He encouraged his audience to regard all women as their sisters.

Greg Page, dean of men, shared on the three Rs, respect and responsibility in relationships. Page scorned what he considered to be the social norm of women being responsible to keep a date clean.

By pointing to biblical customs, Page showed God’s original intention for men to be the spiritual leaders in both marriage and dating. He also pointed to most men’s unwillingness to take up this responsibility as the underlying reason for high teenage pregnancy rates.

Campus females enjoyed a heart-to-heart presentation from Johnel Kazarian, counselor from Pilgrim Armenian Congregational Church. A recurring speaker on campus, Kazarian is well liked for her humor and pragmatics.

“”Johnel is really fun to listen to because she is very down-to-earth,”” Elise Aydelotte, ’05, said. “”She doesn’t talk about confusing doctrines; she discusses things that are relevant to everyday life.””

Realizing the common female penchant for gossip, Kazarian exhorted the girls to love their neighbor and pray for people they do not like in her Nov. 13 message. Her insights on sincerity, and loving others had a thought-provoking effect on her audience.

I loved having Johnel back,”” Christa Williams, ’05, said. “”She speaks from the heart, and is really funny. I liked the topic she spoke on because it deals with common aspects of a girl’s everyday life. Her message encouraged me to recount things I’ve done, and convicted me of what I could do better.””

For more information on upcoming chapel speakers, contact Scott Falk, campus pastor, at 299-1695, ext. 121 or Kazarian can be reached at 299-2915.

Chris White also contributed to this article.

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