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Thoughts about Purity Rings

Written and media by Haley Fahrner. I had the pleasure recently of spending time with Millie Hodnett, a wonderful woman with whom I have been friends since NSO. Conversation traveled over the changes we’ve gone through since we met four years ago, and eventually it turned to our purity rings that we’ve had since our mid-teen years. I was relieved to find that she was also feeling differently about hers than ...

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On Social Network Gaming

Written by Halie Miller. Media by Kelsey Kuethe. My FarmVille 2 chickens weep on weeks I’m swamped with homework, and every day I’m away from my townsfolk brings my Sims Freeplay a day closer to destruction. With my Happy Aquarium fish starving and my Sims Social character the most antisocial of the lot, I can’t help but wonder about the phenomenon that is social network gaming and how much time it takes out of our lives. Are they harmful at worst and useless at best or simply entertainment? I insist they are both, but neither results in the other. Most of us participate (some of us to excess) in social gaming, and we enjoy reaching pre-established goals and completing game quests. Along with these motivators designed to justify the hours we spend with our eyes glued to the screens, we appreciate the asynchronous gameplay, allowing us to play in cooperation with each other without our simultaneously presence online. Finally, we delight that they are often free. Controversial company, Zynga, currently the top social game developer, boasts its FarmVille 2 the most popular app with 46,500,362 monthly active users (MAU) as of March 27th, 2013; the developer’s CoasterVille holds a respectable second place with 41,117,696 MAU. Eventually those numbers (and those of their competitors) will drop off, though not as suddenly as one might assume, making the way for the next gaming trend as YoVille did when replaced by its successor, The Ville ...

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The Invasion of Marston 302

Written by Amber Christofferson; Media by Erica Siddle & Kelsey KuetheThey came in a few weeks ago and left only recently. They were simple, plastic, and gray, seemingly harmless and maybe even a little bit of fun. ...

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The Creationism vs. Evolution Debate

Written by Suzanne Ford; Media by Kelsey Kuethe. Many people believe that creationism and evolution are about as similar as cats and dogs. There are dog people and there are cat people because the two animals have completely different traits (and dogs are clearly the more fun, loving, and superior pet). Likewise, many people stick to one belief or the other in the creationism versus evolution debate and they staunchly defend it. Here at Greenville College, we can make up our own minds on the subject. We are fortunate to be able to learn about both creationism and evolution when we take COR302. Some students believe that it should not be a required course, and some even say that believing in evolution undermines the fundamentals of our Christian faith. On the opposing side, some students believe that learning about evolution allows us to appreciate our God even more. Many of us might wonder which side is the right side to believe in as a Christian, or we might already be a firm believer in one or the other. Some people may not even care which theory is the right one because they have more important things to do, like tweet and watch Grey’s Anatomy. However, should there even be a debate between the two theories? ...

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The Vegetarian Side of Meatless Mondays

It is hard to miss anything in a small town like Greenville, so when the whispers around campus scoffed about hippie liberals taking over the Greenville College Dining Commons, my interest peaked. To begin, it is necessary to claim my bias: I am a vegetarian. It is a part of me that I hold dear to my identity, but it is also a part I am learning to live with grace. So while the DC's Meatless Mondays don't faze me, I do question the motives. Meatless Mondays turn out to be not so meatless, as only the main line will be free of our fuzzy farm friends. The DC claims that the goal of the move towards Meatless Mondays is that students will improve their personal health. Even though it is not clearly stated, the underlying fact that the DC is a business leads me to believe that it is merely a financial decision. This diminishes the moral, ethical, and health-based values I place in my choice to not eat animals. I refer to it as "eating animals" because that is the title of the book by Jonathan Safran Foer that led me to pursue vegetarianism. I love the idea of our campus being more intentional and concerned with our diets, but starting with lacking motives can lead to nothing. ...

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Group Performance Tromps Individual Ability: A New Look Into the Flawed System of the NFL Combine

Written by Erica Siddle; Media by Kelsey Kuethe The NFL Combine is the unofficial job interview for perspective college athletes hoping to make it in the big time.  The week long test measures an athlete’s aptitude both on and off the field by requiring a player to take an accelerated version of an IQ test, as well as participate in numerous physical challenges.  Every year, NFL scouts spend thousands of do ...

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GC Speaks: What are your Spring Break plans?

Written by Erica Siddle; Media by Kelsey Kuethe What are your Spring Break plans?   “Headed down to Bonita Springs, Florida. WAHOOOO!!”  - Joelle Scholten, sophomore   “Going home and spending time with family.”  - Taylor Brunner, junior   “Going to Chicago to visit friends and afterward heading down to Panama with my friend Duck for a few days.”  - Tom Shoaf, senior   “Practicing for hammer throw, lifting ...

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Being Honest about Chapel

Written by  Halie Miller; Media by Kelsey Kuethe. We are the people who share whispers exclusively, who in opening up to one another, soon discover there are more of us than we think. Some of us adopt a “go with the flow” mentality; others can’t accept the status quo. We are hidden among the “masses,” and are a greater portion of the student population than perhaps Greenville College would like to believe. ...

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