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The Evangel Phrase Book Part 2 – Learn to speak more “Evangel-ese”

November 19th, 2014 | Ian Richardson

You’re probably already aware that Evangel is a wonderful place to be. But what you may not know is that it’s also a world where fire hydrants and clock towers have Twitter accounts, residence halls have waterless, life-sized “fishbowls” and our food services director affectionately goes by “The Food Dude.”

Last year, I wrote a blog about some of these common words and phrases we have here at EU that you probably won’t hear anywhere else. This year, I’d like to share a few more elements to add to your mastery of the mysterious and majestic language of “Evangel-ese.”

Harvest Fest and Spring Fling

“Harvest Fest” and “Spring Fling” are the names of two sister events (in the fall and the spring, respectively) put on by Activities Board where students dress up in themed costumes and come enjoy a variety show-like presentation with songs, short films and skits. It’s the major social event of the semester and unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before—definitely something you won’t want to miss.

The Plague

If you were to walk onto Evangel’s campus in the middle of the spring semester, you may be surprised to find people wearing bandanas, toting around Nerf weapons and pelting each other with rolled-up socks. Trust me, we don’t always act that way—only during the university-wide event that has gone by names such as “The Plague,” “Infected,” and “Zombified.” The gist of the game is this: One “infected” person is selected from the participants and proceeds to infect people during the subsequent days until one remains—the winner. As students navigate their way between “safe zones” while attempt to avoid the infected, things can get pretty interesting for participants and onlookers alike.

Maroon Mob

This is the alliterative name given to Evangel’s cheering section at sporting events, especially those decked out in Crusaders colors from head to toe. If you go to school at Evangel, the chances are pretty high that you’ll become a Maroon Mobster at one point yourself.


“Hollywood” is the moniker of Steve Walton, longtime Evangel groundskeeper and adopted member of my floor, Scott Second South. You can’t live on Evangel’s campus very long without meeting this encouraging, school-spirited member of our campus. Whether he’s mowing the campus lawn, cheering from the stands at a football game or hanging out with my bros on S2S, you’ll find he’s a great guy to know.

Pipe Organ Chapel

Thanks to the fundraising work of our Evangel Auxiliary, we have had a state-of-the-art pipe organ in the Robert H. Spence Chapel since 1982. Each year we invite a professional organist to perform during one of our Chapel services. Even if you don’t think the keys and pipes are your kind of thing, you’ll be pleasantly surprised how this Chapel is consistently one of the best services each year.

There you have it. So, next time you come here on a campus visit or as an incoming student, leave your translator at home. You’ll likely find that you’re speaking the lingo with the best of us in no time.

Ian Richardson

English Major | Class of 2015

Ian is a senior English major from Afton, Iowa. He lives in Scott Hall and writes for the Evangel University website and the Lance. Ian says the thing he loves most about Evangel is the sense of community.

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