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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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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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