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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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Clothing your Character: the Art of Class

Have you ever seen someone who seems to exude class? Extending far beyond style of dress, this principle encapsulates the whole woman. Everything from fashion to cultural awareness fits under this broad category. Without needing to carry on a conversation with a woman but simply through observing her style, demeanor, and interactions with others, we can often make accurate assessments concerning a woman’s “class”. While such impressions certainly come into play, only through truly taking the time to know someone can we make accurate judgments on a person’s character. The ideal of class has always been valued in American society. Although we often throw this term around and admire others for upholding the standard, we have a difficult time mastering it ourselves. Society tells us to pursue elegance and lady-like behavior, while also pressuring us to attract men and establish our status in a social group. At first glance these ideas may not seem to oppose one another, but a deeper evaluation of these ideals reveals their inevitable conflict. ...

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Word of the Week: tactile

Word of the week: I love this word for several reasons. It sounds, to me, like what it means. Tack-tile—pushing thumb tacks into cork boards. Tocar—Spanish for “to touch.” Even those fun “t” and “c” consonant sounds, that voiceless alveolar stop and that voiceless velar stop, suggest that contact is being noisily made. I also just generally enjoy words that have an “-ile” suffix. It looks and sounds sleek a ...

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Jo’s vs. Bro’s: Bro’s Barrista Presents Impartial Opinions

Written by Jeff Langley.  Media by Bri Philips. This could get ugly. How could such a thing have happened? Our Ace Coffee Culture Correspondent in the field winced at one of many similar scenes:  two baristas from two different shops, each equally competent and fiercely loyal to his and her own establishment… lumped together in the same COR group, they sat staring daggers across the table. “We could all jus ...

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