One student discusses the force and Bible college
by Casey VanderStel correspondent
Not too long ago, in a plaza not that far away, you may have seen a lightsaber duel. This sight might make the casual Culby 1 studier look twice and cause public safety to stop, but for Daniel Drescher it seems normal.
Drescher, a freshman pastoral studies major from Cleveland and Moody’s resident Jedi Knight, says a typical day as a Jedi is not that different from a day as a normal college student. There are the usual stares and occasionally a professor will stop him, but most of campus does not mind that there is a Jedi taking classes and eating lunch alongside them.
Although lightsabers, which Drescher insists are not a toy, cannot be carried to class, he admits to carrying them other places occasionally. Apparently duels are not that uncommon an occurrence for Drescher, who says they have a lot of lightsaber fights on his floor, Culby 4. He warns there may or may not be an intense plaza lightsaber duel sometime during finals week of the spring semester.
“I mean, it’s really just a courtesy,” he said. “People can look out the window and say, ‘Look, I don’t gotta worry about failing my final, there’s two dudes in the plaza trying to kill each other with lightsabers.’”
Being a Jedi at Moody has its perks, such as being able to use the Force in sticky situations. Drescher swears he tries to only use the Force for good. “Yeah, sometimes I use my Jedi mind tricks to tell the desk workers I’m not the Jedi they are looking for when I forget my ID, but that’s all.”
Another perk is the comfort of his Jedi outfit. Drescher claims he would wear his robes every day except for his concern that society would not be accepting. “People don’t get it. Sometimes you tell them you’re a Jedi and people are like, ‘What’s a Jedi?’ I get personally offended. Who doesn’t know what a Jedi is? It’s a tragedy” Drescher says. “Parents needs to raise their kids right. It should go Jesus, then family, then Star Wars.”
Life as a Moody Jedi isn’t always easy, but at least Drescher has a community who believes in him. He says his bro-sis is very accepting and supportive, but others on campus, not so much.
One of those less supportive students is junior pastoral studies major Jeremy Large, who doubts Drescher’s claim to knighthood. His skepticism stems from a belief that Chicago exists in a different universe than the one in which the Star Wars movies take place. “This isn’t a long, long time ago, this is now. And this isn’t a galaxy far, far away, this is Earth,” Large points out.
Drescher is eagerly awaiting the release of Episode VII, “The Force Awakens,” and is planning on wearing his Jedi robes on the opening night. “I already have my tickets,” he said. “It’s a great way to celebrate finishing our exams at the end of the semester. Everyone should go.”
Large also has faith that Episode VII is going to be phenomenal. Even though he was disappointed with the three most recent films, he believes that this one will be different.
“The first day the trailer was released, I watched it five times,” he said. “The next day, I only watched it four. Then the day after that, I was back to five. I’ve only seen it twice today, but the day isn’t over yet.”
While Large and Drescher may have their differences, the two can set aside their disagreements and find camaraderie over the newest Star Wars movie, “The Force Awakens,” set to release Dec. 18.