NCU Speaks Highlights 2018
NCU Speaks is an event put on by the NCU community to allow students to speak about their interests. They are provided with a proper platform where they can inform other students about what they are most passionate about. Each talk is nine minutes long and accompanied by slides. This year, we had a lineup of seven topics from police brutality to rap music. Each topic was memorable in its own way and will spur interesting conversations year-round.
The following are highlights from each speech in order of appearance:
“By the time I got to NCU, I learned to embrace my calling as a follower.
A follower of Christ.
And as a follower of Christ, I get to lead His people back to Him.”
-Alyssa Perovich, Leadership
Alyssa spoke on her experience with servanthood and the journey she has had from a young age until now learning the ropes of leadership. She spoke vulnerably on the trials that she has experienced that held her back from embracing her place as a leader.
“He started to pull…pull…pull…
And he felt a tug,
And he started to pull harder and pull some more
And harder…and harder…and harder…
He was pulling for hours and hours..
And when they looked back the line broke.”
-Lydia & Yashu, Hawaiian Culture
Lydia and Yashu spoke about Hawaiian culture and the legend of how it came about. They touched on some of the more exciting and well-known traditions, and even invited students to be a part of an upcoming Pacific Islanders club, where you can learn a lot of their culture and the traditions they are proud of!
“This scares me.
Scares the mess out of me.
Police in general…
They scare me.
-Ray Thomas, Police Brutality
Ray was able to get real with the audience and invite them into the topic of Police Brutality. He told the audience why he was scared for all those years and had a conversation with the audience through it all. He brought the audience to understand that not all cops are bad, and that is something he continues to learn.
“Music is a language.
And it’s actually the only language that can be spoken by anybody at any time.
Because music is a language, it can therefore also have a dialect also known as genre.”
-Jesse Gerlach, Rap-the Dopest Music of our Generation
Jesse brought a sort of rhythm to the stage and brought more understanding to rap. He made known that rap is not just a fabrication of societal influence, but it is part of language. Just like a lot of other music, it expresses emotions deep within the artist and gives the listener an outlook.
“She was physically done,
Could barely move,
And society had said, ‘you’re not worthy, you’re dirty, don’t touch anyone, don’t talk to anyone…’
He told her, ‘My daughter, it’s by your faith that you have been healed.”
–Bri Reay, You can tell me anything-But Not That
Bri shared a vulnerability with the audience. She brought them into a space of pain, suffering, and outcast, but she didn’t leave them there. She reminded them of the Savior who doesn’t care about the things that society despises. Just like the woman who touched Jesus’ robe, He releases us from our suffering and calls us ‘child’.
“What you love, what you hate, and what you’d do for free…
I love coffee
And I love Jesus.”
-Aria Wiegand, A Cup of Joe for the Average Joe
Aria shared a true passion of hers with us. From her experience working under the guidance of a roaster, she taught the audience the importance of quality over quantity. It is important to know where your coffee comes from, who roasted it, and how much of that profit they get to take home to their families.
“When a beat or a note is put on a ‘e’ or an ‘a’ of the beat,
Then your body has to feel all 16 of those to get there.
Even if you don’t know music, then your body is still like “ah, I anticipated that.””
-Matt Geronimo, Music-Making Booties Move Through Syncopation
Matt engaged the audience with this topic by sounding it out. He brought understanding to some of the most known songs like “We Will Rock You”, “The middle”, and “Congratulations”. He brought the beat in, so the audience could understand a little bit of the science behind why a song makes a body move.
Thank you to everyone who participated and shared their passions! Feel free to stop these students throughout the year and talk to them about their topics. Ask them questions and share your passions, too! You might even find yourself on the NCU Speaks stage next year.