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Four Harmonious Reasons Why Greenville College Needs an Acapella Group

Written by Peter Owens. Media by Bri Phillips. Not many of you may know this, but I may be the only person on campus who was once president of a college a capella group. It is this unique experience that qualifies me to make broad, sweeping, unsubstantiated claims about the nature of Greenville’s campus as it pertains to the proper environmental conditions necessary for sustaining an instrument-less group o ...

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Interviews

By Kristi Reindl Media by Bri Phillips It’s that time, seniors! Graduation is just around the corner and professors, parents, friends, etc. are asking you the same question: what’s the next step? You’re probably tired of the question, especially if you’re not entirely sure what that next step is. Along with the excitement of graduating, there seems to be an endless cycle of stress: saying goodbye, those wonderful student loans calling your name, job searching, and, oh yes, job interviews. First time interviews can toss your nerves into a jumble. You’re not looking for part time shifts at McDonald’s anymore. Hello, real world! Preparation time before the actual interview reduces your stress level and builds confidence more than you realize. Interested to learn how? Here are a few key tips on how to make a lasting impression. Your resume plays an important role in this process, but how to spice it up the right way can be a little tricky. When you hand over that resume, employers are going to look for the qualifications they have put into the job description; make sure they find those credentials and include as many extra skills as possible. Show that you can do some difficult things. If you could have a second major that you don’t necessarily love but you can do it, it will be worthwhile on your resume. Make yourself stand out. ...

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Listening Ears

By Kristi Reindel Media by Bri Phillips They walk the streets, stand in line in front of us, smile behind the cash register. They are here on campus. They are victims and they may not even realize it, victims of manipulative relationships. You may be asking, what is a manipulative relationship? This occurs when a person manipulates the thoughts, feelings and motives of another individual by means of deceit and exploitation. The goal of the manipulator is to gain complete control over the partner, whether it’s a romantic partner, parent, coworker, etc. The relationships are devastating and damaging. Some lead to serious sexual abuse. Others sever marriages that are broken even before they begin because they are based on lies. ...

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Nicole Barks: Living her Life to the Fullest

Greenville College junior Nicole Barks brings excitement to life all around her. Her vigor and positivity reflects the beauty and hope in life that she strives to illustrate for others. Barks doesn’t just invite people to join with her in the exciting adventure of life, they are naturally drawn to her personality. Barks brings creativity and imagination into every situation. Even as a child, she and her siblings spent their days in imaginary worlds, traveling through space and time, visiting dinosaurs. When she wasn’t outside, she entered the world of books where dragons and sorcerers came to life. Although creativity plays an important role in her everyday life, Barks is purpose driven as well. She starts each new day with yesterday’s accomplishments and/or problems far from mind. Rather, she focuses on completing the present tasks at hand that each day introduces. Most importantly, however, Barks is drawn to people and developing close bonds with each individual. At an early age, she imagined herself becoming a doctor to help people in a healing aspect. “I was so sure of my career path, I would even write ‘Dr. Barks’ at the top of my papers,” Barks admits. As such, Barks aspired to be a doctor until her later years of high school when she found herself being drawn to mission work instead. Her passion for helping others on a deeper, personal level became clearer to her. “I want to be more involved in people’s lives – everyday life, not just check-ups.” She is driven to help people challenge themselves and experience success, thriving on watching them grow. “I strive for growth and development not only in myself, but in others as well.” Fellow classmate and good friend Daniel Ruder describes her as “passionate, responsible, and godly. At times she’s entirely silly and fun-loving, but she’s also sensitive to the needs of others and is able to adapt accordingly.” ...

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Clothing your Character: Pearls

For centuries, people have used pearls for accessorizing and ornamentation. In fact, they have held the status of 'prized jewel' centuries before cut stones gained popularity. Although other stones require mining, cutting, and polishing, the pearl possesses natural beauty that requires no extra work. A large part of the pearl’s appeal rests in its natural origins. Unlike other precious gems, they come from a living animal, a mollusk. Created by a random process of nature, they carry a sense of mystery and wonder. While today we often consider them a commonplace accessory, they held a much higher status in the ancient world. Throughout history, a natural pearl necklace made up of matching spheres was a treasure of almost incomparable value. These natural gems were first discovered in The Arabian Gulf and it remained their main source for centuries. In fact, seventy to eighty percent of all pearls came from the Gulf until the 1950s. Before the creation of cultured pearls in the 1900s, only the noble and rich could obtain these rare gems. ...

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Word of the Week: felicity

Say it out loud. It's a delight. Just look how happy Keri Russell is with that dog. I bet its name is "Felicity," and she named it that just because of how wonderful it is to say the word, and how she missed out on getting to say it all the time because that was her character's name, and people rarely refer to themselves in third person. (I'm sorry. I'll try and keep the Keri Russell '90s TV show references to a minimum...)* That light "l" sound in the middle (which is a liquid consonant known as an alveolar lateral approximant) just creates a feeling of fun. Say "la la la la" over and over again, with the tip of your tongue tapping that ridge behind your upper teeth. That's just fun. That's what this word creates. It's also very light and pretty-sounding. It's sort of the word version of Keri Russell's delicately-featured face. It is full of everything that is pleasing without being too much or too overwhelming. To me, when consonants are spaced out with vowels one right after the other, those vowel spaces create an openness that is comfortable and pleasant to speak and hear. Fe-li-ci-ty. This vowel spacing is especially fun in words with four or more syllables. It's all the fun of a big long word without getting bogged down by a change in rhythm or tripping over consonants. ...

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Heart of Service

Twenty-year-old Marisa Thomason has a passion for serving others, and as she is continuing her education at Greenville College, she’s finding exactly where God is asking her to direct that passion. Raised in Brownstown, IL, Thomason settled on Greenville College primarily to remain close to her family, but she also appreciated the Christian community the campus provides. With those two factors in mind, her choice to attend Greenville College (only thirty minutes from home) was easy. She originally entered as an Elementary Education major, but in the last few months her future goals have begun to change. Now a sophomore, Thomason finds herself being drawn to mission work instead. Her desire to help others on a deeper, personal level has become clearer to her and she specifically feels led to work with human trafficking victims. This calling prompted her to leave the education department and directed her to social work. “Over Christmas break, my heart grew soft toward those who are in slavery,” Thomason explains. “I want to work with victims of human trafficking and help free them from their situations.” As such, she became inspired to join the Set Free Movement on the college campus. ...

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Stepping Stones of Faith

The 4-year-old boy burst through the doors to tell his parents the exciting news, “I’m gonna be a preacher someday!” Little did the boy know the statement would someday become true. Fifty-year-old Pastor Randy Sands is doing exactly what he vowed as young boy: preaching the Word of God. Although raised in a non-Christian household, Sands attended his hometown church in Salem, IL with a friend. He accepted Christ as his savior at the age of twelve and he declares the decision changed his life entirely. However, it wasn’t until his mid-teens that he sensed God calling him into ministry. ...

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Crafternoon Delight: Tic-Tac Bobby Pack

Women, do you constantly lose your bobby pins? Does it feel like you literally run out every time you need one? Well fear no more, because I present to you Tic-Tac Bobby Pack. This ingenious creation holds your little hair needs all in the palm of your hand. ...

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