Book Review: ‘Turtles All the Way Down’ by John Green
by Sarah Pennington
Contrary to what its title might lead you to believe, “Turtles All the Way Down,” the latest novel by bestselling author John Green, contains only three mentions of turtles. And, despite what its blurb and marketing might suggest, it isn’t really a detective story, though it does contain a mystery.
Rather, “Turtles All the Way Down” is the story of Aza, a young woman who feels trapped in her own head, and Davis, a young man whose father was absent long before ...
Movie Review: ‘Justice League’
by Ian Sarmiento
With the recent premiere of the latest DC movie “Justice League” the producers have finally answered some of the most important questions in the history of the DC Universe: “What is brunch?”
In the new film “Justice League,” directed by Zack Snyder, we take a first look into the lives of the super-powered misfits as they band together and save the world.
First, what everyone wants to know: is it better than “Batman v Superman”? To put it simply: Yes, but it ...
Opening Up the World of Theatre
Dr. Diane Merchant seeks to impress her love for the arts upon the Cedarville community
by Katie Milligan
Dr. Diane Merchant, Cedarville University Professor and director of Theatre, has held a deep love for the theater throughout her entire educational and professional career. Even when it was difficult and opportunities were scarce, she found a way to pursue this passion and make it available to others who shared it. Merchant intentionally finds ways to grow her passion for theater and pass ...
Student Spotlight: Gabrielle Bauman – Bringing Light
by Tayana Fowler
Ever since the fourth grade, Gabrielle Bauman has had two passions: theater and her savior, Jesus Christ.
Bauman, a senior theatre major, has spent the past four years at Cedarville serving the Lord and the student body with her gifts and talents in theater.
In fourth grade, Bauman discovered her passion and love for the stage through ballet, which was her first exposure to the spotlight. The skills she learned through dance taught her to be comfortable on stage.
Her first ...
Movie Review: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’
by Hunter Johnson
It’s been two years since audiences have seen Thor or Hulk on the big screen, but they are back in the 17th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Thor: Ragnarok” (directed by Taika Waititi). The thing that audiences are realizing… is that Thor is funny now.
In this sequel to both the Thor series and the Avengers series, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) are forced into an adventure to stop the destruction of Thor’s home, Asgard, which is ...
Book Review: ‘Before She Ignites’ by Jodi Meadows
by Sarah Pennington
Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer, the symbol of the treaty that unifies the Fallen Isles . . . until her attempt to expose a secret she was never meant to discover sends her to the Pit, the deadliest prison on the Isles. Stripped of all she's ever known and facing a guard who will stop at nothing to learn her secrets, Mira must learn to survive, decide who to trust, and find her voice before it's too late.
“Before She Ignites”, the first installment in Jodi Meadows's ...
Play Review: ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’
by Allison White
Anne Frank’s story is one of hope and tragedy. Through the dramatization of her diary, the audience gets a small glimpse into the life of a Jewish teenager living in hiding during the turmoil of World War II in the Netherlands. Cedarville’s production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” moved the audience to feel as this young girl felt.
This slow-moving drama left the audience feeling the mundane days passing as they did for Anne and her family. The technical crew immersed ...
Album Review: ‘All Things Work Together’ by Lecrae
by Callahan Jones
Since the release of Lecrae's second album, “After the Music Stops” in 2006 and his Billboard Gospel charts-topping third release, “Rebel,” in 2008, Lecrae has been at the top of the Christian music game. With each release he has gotten more and more outspoken about his views on the world, mainly through the lens of his Christian faith.
All of his previous work has come to a culmination in his new release, “All Things Work Together.”
“All Things Work ...
Play Preview: The Diary of Anne Frank
by Shelby Ahlborg
After the success of last year’s performances, the theatre program is back in full swing with an exciting lineup of shows. Starting off the year is “The Diary of Anne Frank,” a play based on the true story of a young Jewish girl and her family and friends as they struggled to stay out of the hands of the Nazis during World War II. Hidden away in an attic for two years, Anne spent much of her time writing a diary of her thoughts and dreams, as well as recounting the ...
Movie Review: “The LEGO Ninjago Movie”
By Hunter Johnson
Since the release of “The LEGO Movie,” audiences have maintained their love of the film’s nearly perfect mixture of charm and seriousness. After that, audiences showed up yet again and praised “The LEGO Batman Movie” for its fantastic combination of pure laughter and important family messages. Now, the third installment in the LEGO universe has been released and audiences will soon realize that this one, despite its moments of greatness, inevitably could not hold up ...