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Traveling speaker, artists to stop at BU

Nov. 10, 2010

By Jade Mardirosian
Staff Writer

On Monday Waco Hall will play host to CROSSroads, a universitywide event sponsored by AFTERdark, featuring live music and guest speakers who will discuss Jesus' relevance in the world today.

AFTERdark, not to be confused with Baylor's annual student talent show, is a national traveling event headlined by internationally known speaker Joe White that has stopped at more than 140 college campuses across the nation. Waco junior Brennan Bailey said he thinks Baylor is lucky to be hosting AFTERdark through the event CROSSroads.

"It's a really big deal that AFTERdark is coming to Baylor and I'm excited to see Baylor respond and come out and see what Joe has to say," Bailey said.

Along with White, Baylor football wide receiver Terrance Ganaway will also speak, and recording artist David Barnes and hip-hop recording artist Flame will perform.

Bailey said CROSSroads is a night where message and music meet, and it's designed for people of all different backgrounds and belief systems.

"It's an event with great music and a really special message that is completely designed for us being in college," Bailey said. "Joe has been called one of the top 10 influencers of the century and I don't think this is an event people can afford to miss."

McKinney junior Rebecca Eddy worked at Kanakuk Camps this summer, where the director encouraged college students to work to bring the CROSSroads nationwide ministry to their schools. Eddy said she was excited to work to bring CROSSroads to Baylor, and believed it would be like bringing her great summer to her campus.

"Joe White speaks and gives this really interesting and conveying presentation of the gospel in a way that you wouldn't expect," Eddy said. "He carries in this really long tree onto the stage and then cuts it into a cross. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

Bailey said he hopes CROSSroads will serve as a catalyst to open a dialogue and introduce new thoughts about spirituality to students.

San Antonio sophomore Dan Manuppelli heard about CROSSroads from friends at other schools and is planning to attend Monday based on their recommendations.

"It sounds like a great event to get closer to God and grow stronger with him while coming together with friends to worship," Manuppelli said.

Eddy said she hopes that students who attend CROSSroads will have a fire lit within them after the event.

"I know a lot of students here are Christians and sometimes we get a little bit comfortable here in our Christian circle," Eddy said. "I hope this really encourages and challenges students to live their life for Christ and realize exactly what he did for us on the cross."

Manuppelli encouraged students who are looking to strengthen their relationship with God to attend.

"It's going to be a lot of fun and certainly something to remember for the rest of students' college lives," he said. "I really hope that many people attend."

The free event begins at 8 p.m. Monday at Waco Hall.