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The Wave of Immigration

Written by Leanna Westerhof. Media by John Freeman. Trump is already making waves in his first couple weeks of assuming the U.S. presidency. One of those waves, or maybe a tidal wave would be a more accurate description, is his immigration ban. Quickly dubbed as the “Muslim Ban” human rights activists, advocate groups, and Democrats are expressing their displeasure. His ban, signed January 27, affects citiz ...

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Did You Say Fresh Roasted Coffee Beans?

Written by Allison Perry. DM by Tawnie Kozora. Have you ever wanted to visit a coffee shop where you can order drinks made with homemade syrups, smoothies made with real fruit, or even homemade sodas? If so, Shimoji Coffee in Vandalia, Illinois is the place to go. Shimoji has been open since late September of 2016. I visited the drive-through coffee shop on the very first day it was open and literally went ...

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How to be Friends with a Music Major

Written by Mandy Pennington. Media by Tawnie Kozora. Friends with a Music Major? You’ll be okay. There are many personality types and one of life’s greatest struggles is finding a way to get along with all of them. When someone has different interests and passions than you, how do you relate to them? I am here to advise you on how to get along with an especially odd group: music majors. People who have chos ...

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Is Trump a Supervillain?

Written by Dylan Deppe. Media by John Freeman. Donald Trump is definitely a polarizing figure and it seems he never stops coming up with comically-facetious, cynical, strange, confounded, and creative ways to get attention and/or divide people. But there is a chance that he may have outdone himself on his first day on the job. For those of you not in the know, a certain portion of President Trump’s inaugura ...

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Reel to Real: Discussing Christian Media

Written and Media by Baylen Whitfield. Genres and categories of media are defined and specified for important and understandable reasons. Creating guidelines to define and separate genres helps to understand aspects of art forms, allows them to be identifiable, and limits confusion amongst viewers. For example, jazz has reasons it’s not considered heavy metal, and romantic comedies include specifics that se ...

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Let’s Talk About Boobs

Written and Media by Baylen Whitfield.   Women’s breasts and bodies are used in media all the time to promote and sell things from burgers and beer to certain clothes and magazines. Many of the commercials, billboards, magazines, music videos, and other advertisements, used for marketing and to promote sales by objectifying the female anatomy, have utilized female’s bodies, breasts in particular, so mu ...

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Leaving a Toxic Relationship

Written by Allison Perry. Media by Rachel Koehnemann. A healthy relationship is built on trust, respect, communication, compromise, and love. Answer these questions if you are missing some of those characteristics in your relationship: Do you find yourself in an argument with your partner every day? Does your partner restrict you from doing certain things or visiting friends and family? Does your partner th ...

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College Tuition

Written by Johnathon Goodenow. Media by Rachel Koehnemann. According to the institute for college access and success, Greenville College students who graduated in 2015 had an average of $28,452 of student loan debt. While that number is not out of the ordinary for colleges in Illinois today, it is certainly a much larger number than it has been in the past. A statistic CNN posted in 2002 stated, “In 1999-20 ...

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Christianity in Light of Modern Warfare

Written by Leanna Westerhof. DM by Caitlyn Campbell. I had the chance to sit down with Dr. Ben Wayman, Assistant Professor of Theology this past week and discuss modern warfare in light of Christianity. Like many of you, I have no experience with war. My thoughts consisted of: “War is bad, but perhaps sometimes necessary. And killing is terrible.” But I have always had great respect and admiration for veter ...

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Pumpkin Flavored Frenzy

Written by Leanna Westerhof. Media by Rachel Koehnemann. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pies, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin cream cheese… Every year when the autumn season rolls around, the pumpkin flavored frenzy begins. All of a sudden, stores, restaurants, and coffee shops offer pumpkin or apple flavored things on their shelves and menus. Is this just a ploy for resta ...

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