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A Moderate Appeal to the Staunch Minority

I’m amused by the clearly biased. Jim DeMint, former U.S. Senator and soon-to-be president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative “think tank,” really struck my funny bone with his Washington Post article, “Conservative ideas need a new message.” The title sports a statement I can certainly agree with; the conservative GOP really does need a new message if they hope to win over voters in the next round of federal elections. When reading DeMint’s writing, however, I found myself wondering how he thought insistences, like “progressive central planning has failed throughout history and is still failing today,” would win him the ear of informed citizens looking for unbiased alternatives to progressive or liberal ideas. First, “progressive central planning” is misleading. “Central planning,” also known as “economic planning,” is defined as any arrangement or guidance of economic activity outside of the control of our capitalist market. I can almost hear DeMint thinking, “Let’s slap the word progressive on this sucker and make it sound detestable!” Perhaps an unfair sentiment, but I mean, come on—do I really have to bring up FDR’s New Deal to make my point? (Here, conservatives are criticizing his economic interventionism.) Clearly, no matter how one views our current governmental trajectory, economic planning has been a part of our system (as most governmental systems use a combination of free marketing and planning) with winning results for generations. Does DeMint want to see the abolition of the FDA? I didn’t think so. With this in mind, I knew DeMint’s article would be laced with bias, as most political articles are, but I gave it a read anyway, remembering what I perceived to be his central messages: “[c]onservative ideas work,” whereas progressive ideas don’t, and Heritage will demonstrate to citizens how conservative reform is crucial to our government and economy. It was difficult. ...

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Are general education courses a waste of time?

Author Ethan Ford; Media by Kelsey Kuethe. Going to Greenville College means many things, but one certainty is that you’ll be required to take a large amount, perhaps even a majority, of classes that are not specific to your major. These general education courses range from psychology to HPR and students often take them from first semester freshman year until their final semester as seniors. But are they wo ...

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Good Answers to Faith Integration Defy Simplicity

Written by Peter Owens; Media by Kelsey Kuethe. I was recently in West Virginia at a winter resort, meeting a bunch of other twenty-somethings who were, like myself, working in higher education. We were there to study the influences of religion, particularly Christianity, on the academy in America since the first European settlers planted their little clogged feet on the East Coast in the early 17th century ...

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Favoritism Among Athletics

Written by Erica Siddle. Athletic favoritism has affected sporting teams from the preschool level to the professional leagues for as long as there have been athletics.  With favoritism so embedded into the world of sports, the issue is easily brushed back under the rug when a conflict rears its ugly head.  Being an athlete myself, I have witnessed a wide variety of favoritism over the years.  But like many ...

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Skipping Thanksgiving

Written by Erica Siddle. I have noticed a disturbing trend occurring more each year throughout the month of November: the disappearance of Thanksgiving.  When I was younger, the month of November was defined by Thanksgiving.  Granted, I had the elementary Pilgrims and Indians dress up day and feast to look forward to for the entire month, but even throughout the excitement of getting to dress up after Hallo ...

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GC Speaks: December 5th, 2012

Welcome to the 3rd issue of GC Speaks! This is where we ask the questions and YOU get to see what your fellow students had to say. With the release of the final installment of the blockbuster series Twilight, it's hard to go anywhere without seeing or hearing something related to the films. We at the Papyrus recently took a walk around campus asking students the question: Who is your favorite Twilight chara ...

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Is Journalism Black and White?

Written by Kristen Minshall. Gone are the days of the newspaper. There is no longer the need to put on your slippers and walk down the driveway to pick up your soggy paper. Information, news, and headlines are literally a click away. We have officially entered into the digital age. As Mark Cooper puts it, “The future is digital: text, not print; viral, not one-to-many; and, in critical ways, more global and ...

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A New Take on COR 401

Written by Michael Carlisle, Arley Cornell, Sarah Dothager, Jamie Harling, and Kate Leenerts. In 2004, Greenville College implemented a senior capstone course known as COR 401. When founded, COR 401 was an advanced integrative studies course that required students to research an issue and work with others in different fields of study. Since then, it has transformed into a class, which still requires integra ...

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Disaster and Sin

Written by Nathan Crews. These past few weeks, the devastation of Hurricane Sandy throughout the Northeast has been plastered across our TV screens and Twitter feeds. The scenes have been pretty gnarly. Flooding through the first floor with families trapped on the second. Houses wiped from foundations. It is pure and unadulterated devastation. Whether folks experienced the storm first hand or "experienced" ...

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