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Professor Served 25 Years as Diplomat Before Returning to Cedarville

Cedarville University’s name appears on a national scale once again as alumna Jerica Ward is currently in a two-year program culminating in her becoming a U.S. diplomat. Ward will not be the first Cedarville graduate to attain this position, however. Professor of international studies Frank Jenista served as a U.S. diplomat for 25 years before returning to Cedarville, his alma mater, to teach. The Early Years Jenista was raised in a missionary family. His parents were Baptist missionaries ...

Robert Vaughn: Candidate for Ohio Second District Court of Appeals

Robert Vaughn, professor of criminal justice at Cedarville, will be running for one of five judicial seats on the Ohio Second District Court of Appeals on Nov. 4. He will be challenging incumbent Democrat Jeffrey Froelich who has served on the court since 2009. The winner of this year’s election will assume office Feb. 9, 2015. The Ohio Second District Court of Appeals is one of 12 appellate courts in Ohio and encompasses Clark, Champaign, Greene, Miami, Dark, and Montgomery counties. ...

Midterms Could Sway 2016 Election

On November 4, American voters will elect 435 congressmen to the House of Representatives and 33 Senators to make up the 114th Congress. “I believe this is a very crucial election and the presidential election after is very crucial,” said Richard Tison, professor of history at Cedarville. “Should (Republicans) pick up control of both houses and go on to win the presidency, then they have an opportunity to affect change.” The Democrats hold the majority in the Senate with 55 out of ...

Religious Freedom Summit Emphasizes Religious Liberty as Cultural Fight

Cedarville’s Religious Freedom Summit continued its discussion of religious freedom and the public square in Thursday’s 11 a.m. session in the Jeremiah Chapel. Warren Smith, moderator of Thursday morning’s Q-and-A session and associate publisher of WORLD magazine, said the battle between religious freedom and sexual liberty is a cultural fight more than a legal battle. Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Austin Nimocks spoke of the increasing trend of society to accept ...

Experts Divided Over Outcome of Scottish Vote for Independence

Scottish citizens will head to the polls to vote on an important issue on Thursday, Sept. 18. To educate students about the impending election, Epsilon Pi Lambda and College Republicans hosted a “Scotland Independence Referendum” summit on Sept. 9. Liam Anderson, a professor from Wright State University, was the summit’s featured speaker. Anderson received his doctorate from the University of Georgia in 2000 and has been teaching at WSU since then. Anderson is an expert in many topics, ...

Hero or Traitor? The Ethics of Snowden’s Surveillance Leak

In May 2013, Edward Snowden traveled from Hawaii to Hong Kong where he met with journalist Glenn Greenwald and documentary director Laura Poitras. Since May, Snowden has released thousands of sensitive documents, revealing the existence of multiple surveillance programs, many run by the National Security Agency (NSA). Snowden released numerous classified government documents to Greenwald and Poitras. He claimed that government agencies such as the NSA were abusing the power of mass surveil...

Putin’s Power on Display

Political unrest in the European nation Ukraine has been making world news since November 2013. On Nov. 21, President Viktor Yanukovych backed out of a trade deal with the European Union, which had been in process since February. In December, Yanukovych tied closer bonds with Russia by sealing an economic trade deal to the outrage of Europe-supporting Ukrainians. After that, protestors took to the streets of Ukraine to express their discontent with Yanukovych. For two months, protestors ...

Hobby Lobby Takes Contraceptives Case to Supreme Court

Hobby Lobby, a craft company created and owned by a Christian family, is arguing in the Supreme Court that its First Amendment rights have been violated by the government requirement to provide insurance with comprehensive contraceptive coverage. This case is a response to the Affordable Care Act of 2010, which mandates all people and employers purchase acceptable insurance policies containing a certain threshold of requirements, including contraceptive coverage. The Religious Freedom ...

The Highs and Lows of Legalization

Twenty states have made the move to legalize medicinal marijuana, and Ohio is considering whether it will follow suit. In an interview with The Marietta Times, Ohio resident Nathan Gundlach said marijuana prohibition has caused more problems than it has solved, leading to a black market economy, excessive incarceration and infringements on individual liberties. “To me, the important issue is that we have the right to choose what we put in our bodies,” Gundlach said. Legalization ...

Abortion Debate Ultimately an Ethics Debate

Doctors took a Texas woman off of life support on Jan. 26 after a drawn-out legal battle between the hospital and the woman’s family. And the case of Marlise Muñoz continues to highlight how Americans struggle with the issue of abortion as new ethical dilemmas present themselves to the medical world. Erick Muñoz found his wife lying unconscious on their kitchen floor on Nov. 26 after she been there for over an hour. Her husband found her and rushed her to the hospital. Doctors suspected ...