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On “Kids Today”: Becoming an Old Codger at 20

Written and media by Halie Miller. Enter the stereotype, stage left. Picture an old man: tall, short, slim, heavy, hunched over or walking tall, it doesn't matter, so long as he’s clear in your mind. A look of disgust or bitterness mingled with disappointment is plain on his face. “When I was your age,” he says, “I had to walk 10 miles to school every day…barefoot in the snow…uphill both ways!” He shakes hi ...

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“Jesus Stomping” at FAU is Stepping on Toes

Written by Erica Siddle, Media by Kelsey Kuethe A South Florida professor was placed on administrative leave after an in-class activity exploded into a media controversy following a student complaint. According to the student, who also notified the media of his professor’s insolence, he was unfairly suspended from class after refusing to write the name “Jesus” on a paper and stomp on it during the class activity. The assignment came from a classroom exercise in the instructor’s guide of the textbook, and according to its author Jim Neuliep, has been used in classrooms for the past 30 years without complaint. Deandre Poole, the professor of an intercultural communication class, defended himself by saying that first and foremost he asked the class to step on the paper, not stomp on it. He said the activity’s purpose is to show the power of symbols, not to disrespect Christianity. ...

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On Easter’s Christian Messages: Giving Meaning Back to an Increasingly Secular Celebration

Written by Halie Miller. Media by Kelsey Kuethe. Easter has come and gone. Like Christmas, tradition has set aside one specific day dedicated to rejoicing our salvation’s assurance before we rapidly continue into new revelries and seasons of the church. However, it’s important that, as Christians, Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection lead us in year-round celebration and serve as motivation toward evangelism. Although Easter is a fixture in the lives of most Americans, the need for Christians to celebrate (and so share) the holiday’s meaning throughout the year grows more important with the rise of a secular Easter. Easter’s primary identity as a Christian celebration of Jesus’s resurrection (whether or not one wishes to debate that other religions and ancient areas had their own spring celebrations which have been entwined with the Christian holiday), we understand. Diversity of religion and custom, however, has created many of the Easter symbols people so often today mislabel as “secular,” leading some to separate Easter from its true meaning. Most symbols and traditions, even those not originally rooted in Christianity (such as hunting eggs), have religious or spiritual significance. Originally a pagan symbol of Earth’s rebirth, hunting eggs was adopted by Christians to symbolize the rebirth of man, the eggs being like Jesus’s tomb. Our famous Easter Bunny (originally the Easter Hare) appeared later in the 17th century, originated by Germanic Lutherans as a judge of children’s behavior at the beginning of the Easter Season (the season of the Church lasting from Easter Sunday until Pentecost Sunday). The tradition of the Easter Bunny hiding eggs was written off for the first time by Georg Franck von Franckenau. A German botanist and physician, he mentioned it as tradition of the Alsace region of France. ...

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How are you kicking off your spring at GC?

Written by Erica Siddle; Media by Kelsey Kuethe. How are you kicking off your spring at GC? “Bought new shorts from Sam’s Club (mint and yellow colored). Also, began reading Game of Thrones.” - Andrew Page-Sophomore   “By breaking out the flip flops.” - Alyssa Gosselin-Junior   “With a good track workout!” - Bruce Gray-Sophomore   “Bringing out flip flops and bright colors.” - Andrea Johnson-Freshman   “Run ...

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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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