The Chimes

Biola student newspaper

I started my Biola journalism journey as a freelance writer for the news, sports, and features sections of The Chimes in fall 2014, became the features apprentice in spring 2015, and then served as the features staff writer in fall 2015. Although I primarily wrote features articles, I also published material in the newspaper's arts & entertainment, opinion, and blog sections.  My full list of works appear under both Jehn Kubiak and Jenna Kubiak on The Chimes website. 


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Swimming, features, and news

Cougars Crush the Eagles

November 10, 2015

The women’s swim team recorded their third loss of the season this weekend after competing against theAzusa Pacific University Cougars on Nov. 7. The team proved a tough match and the women lost to APU 61-144.

Pushing Through

Sophomore Victoria Dunbar said the team pushed through fatigue at the meet since this is their fourth competition in a row.

“We didn’t rest at all for this meet so we were swimming through it. This is the time of the season where we need to keep fighting for it and stick together,” Dunbar said.

Individual Success

APU’s team won 23 of the 25 individual events and secured the top three spots in the 200-backstroke. However, the women still did well overall at the meet by finishing strong in some individual events.

Sophomore Lisa Tixier excelled in the 200-yard butterfly with a first place finish. Junior Christina Ali overcame APU’s swimmers by taking first in the 200-yard breaststroke, and also placed third in the 200-yard IM .44 seconds after freshman Abigail Wiet.

A Tough Opponent

However, APU excelled in the distance events at this meet. Rosalee Santa Ana proved a tough opponent, finishing 25 seconds faster than second place time in the 500-yard freestyle. APU also took the top three spots in the 1000-yard freestyle. Senior Abby Blake came close to Santa Ana in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing only five seconds after.

The team has done well in relay events this season and freshman Liliana Barrett, Ali, Tixier and senior Angela Kirschner secured second place in the 200-yard medley relay. The team also took second in 400-yard freestyle relay, finishing less than a second behind APU’s team.


Teammates support and encourage each other to stay strong throughout the season.

“We pray together and we just rely on each other because knowing that everyone else is in the same boat, everyone else is just as tired, help us give each other strength to keep fighting through,” Dunbar said.

The team has also worked on growing spiritually together this season, which strengthens team unity and creates a positive team dynamic.

“We’ve been working a lot on our spiritual development as a team,” Dunbar said. “It’s been really cool to see that change this year of not how we can just help each other but how we can help each other grow spiritually in God, and you see the difference in the team and the team dynamic because of that change.”

Musician Makes Dream a Reality

April 14, 2015

Incoming student David Chung said Biola is his dream school. However, he was originally unable to attend Biola because he was an undocumented citizen. Chung gained his citizenship in 2013, and after Governor Jerry Brown passed the California Dream Act, he was eligible to receive funding for his tuition through Cal Grant. In addition, he received a scholarship from the Conservatory of Music and is raising the remainder of his tuition by fundraising online.

“My chances of coming to Biola looked very realistic this semester, and I wanted to do everything that I can to come to Biola,” Chung said.

Three weeks ago, Chung started a public fundraising campaign on YouCaring. He has raised approximately $1,600 out of his goal of $5,550 in three weeks with help from mostly friends and family. He said the fundraiser proved successful, and after all the effort and work he put in to attend Biola, Chung looks forward to seeing his dream unfold.

“Biola has and always will be my home. To finally embrace the reality as mine — to fully enjoy the benefits to the fullest, I look forward to that the most,” Chung said.


Chung plans to become an opera singer with a major in operatic voice performance, using his musical talents to minister to others. He was also born prematurely and lost nearly all his vision, which will impact his studies as a music major. Chung expects to face challenges, one of which will be reading music. Because he is visually impaired, he cannot read the bass clef and treble clef simultaneously, which will cause him to take longer than other students to read and learn the music. Rather than using braille music, Chung memorized all of the pieces he performed — as a music major, however, he will have to read braille music.

“There’s very limited amount of braille music that is available. To create new braille music is pretty difficult work — I see that as a challenge, being able to learn braille music again because I have to take music theory, so I think for that, I will need braille music even though I use mostly my memory to memorize music,” Chung said.


Photo courtesy of David Chung.

As a music major, Chung is also required to take a beginning conducting class. His vision is almost nonexistent and he can only distinguish between light and darkness from shadows. Due to this, he has not been able to see body movement in a natural way, and said this would impact the way he conducts.

“In conducting, it’s very imperative for your movements to be fluid and very graceful, and so for me to be able to do that is going to be a challenge,” Chung said.

Being visually impaired, Chung said people treated him differently from his peers, and when his impairment was not healed from prayer, they attributed the result to a lack of faith.

“Most of the people treated me as an object to see a miracle. So when God didn’t heal me, they treated me in a way that was very harmful,” Chung said.


Chung plans to interact other students individually and talk with them about what it is like to have a disability and what they can do to love and help others with disabilities and help them by answering any questions they have, but he is also open to speaking on the topic at Biola.

“It’s best through individual interaction because then I can make more time to explain to this person more in depth about what it’s like to have a disability and what that person can do — to be a loving hand of Christ to that person,” Chung said.

Having experienced the difficulties and obstacles of living with a disability, Chung plans to minister to other students with disabilities at Biola and spread more awareness about disabilities on campus.

“I believe that people with disabilities at Biola should be loved on and cared for to the best that Biola can do. So I think one of the biggest things that I will actually be doing is to spread more awareness on what it’s like to be living with a disability and what it looks like to love someone who has disability,” Chung said.

Safety in Numbers

December 9, 2014

As community based learning expands at Biola, professors maintain an emphasis on student safety while participating in service projects that combine cross-cultural engagement in the community with academics.

Academic service learning trains faculty from different disciplines in intercultural confidence, and nonprofit organizations and parent churches are matched with curriculums. The goal is for students to apply experiences to course material. Currently, only faith-based agencies host the projects. The organizations sign a memorandum of understanding and are vetted, minimizing safety risks said Gail Buck, director of the center for cross cultural engagement.

“I go out to all these nonprofits and I’ve vetted them. I’ve examined the premises, the people, the people they serve,” Buck said. “I know where we’re sending our students. I know who they’re going to be involved with and what they’re going to be involved with.”


Professors who require participation in academic service learning feel confident about students’ safety. Students are required to stay in groups and travel together, said Julianne Bryant, assistant professor of modern languages.  Students in her classes integrate language skills learned in class with what the Bible teaches about languages and culture during service projects.

“We are looking at our responsibility to care for others in our own community,” Bryant said. “We talk about how language is part of God’s plan and how we can express God to others through this language that we’re learning.”

The program runs pretty smoothly and no safety issues have arisen, Bryant said. Students go into the community and participate in church based service projects. Some churches have community outreach programs that students help out with, and students in Bryant’s classes can also sign up for the adopt-a-block program at the Los Angeles Dream Center.

Staying in groups provides the best way to ensure safety due to the difficulty of anticipating what will happen in the community, Bryant said.  Bryant believes the experience gained from service projects proves valuable.

“The experience they glean from being in the community far outweighs the risks that something could happen.” Bryant said.


Students take precaution when out in the community, freshman communications major Megan Hilliard said. They follow clear safety rules, and groups make sure nobody falls behind.

“I didn't feel threatened or anything. I was definitely more aware of where my group was, how fast we were moving along the street,” Hilliard said. “I didn’t feel too unsafe — I just felt more aware that it could be a bad situation if we didn’t take precautions.”

Sophomore elementary education major Julia Ibrahim is another student who participated in service projects, and said she felt safe when she was in the community.

“They told the girls to never walk alone. Generally, we were in a big group with leaders, so they didn’t talk much about what we should or shouldn’t do- they always had their eyes on us,” Ibrahim said. “There were enough adults around to make me feel safe.”