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Just Sayin’ – Things you learn from living abroad

by Alex Hentschel As you may or may not have known, I’m living in Valencia, Spain this semester. And yes, still taking the time to write Just Sayin’ columns — the miracle of the Internet! I’ve learned so much about myself and life in general just being here, and I thought I’d share some of the general revelations from my time on the Mediterranean coast. 1) You are shaped by your geography. You don’t realize until you get somewhere new that all of your basic needs — human ...

Which Bible Character Are You?

by Alexandria Hentschel Oh boy, do I have something for you to try! Settle in! Grab a pencil! Avoid the self-revelation that you could find by reading the actual Bible, and instead waste your time taking my quiz! When I register for classes, I try to pick: A. The easiest ones possible that fulfill my requirements. Blogwriting 101? Sign me up. B. Ones that will edify me spiritually and emotionally. C. Whatever the Lord tells me to pick. When I go to chapel, I: A. Sometimes ...

Things To Do Before Graduation

by Paolo Carrion College won’t last forever. Even if the tests and lectures sometimes feel like a never-ending struggle, there will be a day when you look back on your time at The ’Ville and say “Wow, that was shorter than I expected. I wish I did more than watch Hulu in my dorm for four years straight.” So here’s a list of things you should do while you’re here. I’m not going to list the obvious things: running into the cornfields screaming in anguish because your theme ...

Just Sayin’ – Some More Unsolicited Advice For Ya

by Alex Hentschel “When I was a freshman, I talked like a freshman. Then I became an upperclassman, and I put aside my freshman ways.” — Cedarville Proverbs Welcome to college. Time to forget everything about your old life and who you used to be. It might sound like an exaggeration, but it’s actually crazy how you’re about to build a whole new identity for yourself with a group of people that you’ve never met before. It’s time to find out who you are. You’re like Ty from ...

Letter From the Editor

by Keegan D’Alfonso On behalf of the entire Cedars staff, allow me to welcome you to Cedarville University. This issue of Cedars is for you, the incoming freshmen. We hope to offer you a taste of student media, some helpful tips to get you started in this new life journey that is college and maybe a few biting jokes (sorry, even in college, upperclassmen like to pick on the freshies). You are about to start an amazing adventure here at Cedarville. College is a great opportunity to grow ...

Just Sayin’ – Loving the Sojourner

by Alex Hentschel I am going to be up front with you: this column is not funny, because its contents are deeply, heartbreakingly serious. This column has an agenda. I have an agenda. (Hey, at least I wasn’t deceptive about it, right?) That agenda is to convince you that the cultural tone is wrong on one major point: the treatment of refugees and immigrants. Some well-meaning Christians have been led astray by the politics of fear. In fact, the rise of anti-immigrant and anti-refugee ...

Just Sayin’ – Women & Jesus & the Church (Oh My)

by Alex Hentschel Who am I, as a Christian woman? This is a nuanced question, and a weighty question, and I bet you’re wondering, “Why is that opinion column girl who wrote about dating and fake New Year’s resolutions about to discuss an actual issue with real consequences? She should stick to Buzzfeed-esque listicles.” I understand your concerns. Don’t worry — this will still be snarky. I’ll still crack some jokes. But I want to focus our attention a little bit on something ...

Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe?

By Timothy Mattackal Artificial intelligence, or AI: what exactly is it? What does it do? How much should we trust it? There are numerous questions we could ask regarding this issue, and many of these concerns were brought into focus several weeks ago when an Uber self-driving car struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. The accident resulted in the first fatality from a self-driving car accident in history, and as a result, Uber and other developers of self-driving vehicles tempor...

Why Dating At Cedarville Is The Worst

By Alex Hentschel Dear readers: I want you to just accept something that is unequivocally true. Don’t contest it, don’t think about it too much, don’t combat it with arguments. I, the Just Sayin’ guru, am here with some wisdom that has been revealed to me that I feel I must impart. Open your minds. Be receptive to this truth, that... ...dating at Cedarville is the worst. Ok. Now that we’ve accepted it, we can do something about it. Let’s talk about why it’s the worst. First, ...

Just Sayin’ – How to Spend Money to Prove Your Love

by Alexandria Hentschel It’s that time of year again — you’ve browsed through Cyber Monday deals and agonizing over whether your significant other really needs another flannel. You’re wondering if you can feasibly knit everyone in your family a scarf, and whether that would really be cheaper. You’re feverishly printing out coupons that are “Good For One Hug!” in the hopes that your mother won’t judge you for being too cheap. We could all use a little guidance for what to get ...