Cross guides student-athletes in position he never expected as athletic director
by Alan Brads
Growing up deep in Steelers country in Northwest Virginia, Chris Cross gravitated toward sports and never looked back.
"We had a hoop in our driveway where I used to play with my brother," Cross said. “He would beat me like a drum every time, but I still remember when I finally beat him and realized I was pretty good.”
But as a fifth grader playing basketball in the driveway, he never dreamed that his passion would make him an athletic director at a Division II ...
Adoptees share perspectives on transracial adoption
By Maggie Walker
(photo provided by Maggie walker) From left to right: Jean Walker(maggies mom), Joseph Mattackal(Maggie’s fiancè), Maggie Walker, David Walker(Maggie’s Dad), and Maggie’s siblings Holly, Lilly and Ben.
My surname, Walker, has Scottish origins, but I’m not Scottish. My current surname is not the only one I’ve held because I’m adopted. Before I was adopted, my surname was Yi, the surname given to me by the Chinese orphanage. I was adopted at 12 months and ...
Change in comedy
by Ella Smith
From the beginning of creation, laughter has been a gift from God. Likewise, the comedy genre is not a new idea. It has been around since as early as the fifth century in Ancient Greek plays. Many things about comedy haven't changed. Comedy still has the main goal of making people laugh, entertaining people, often showing the absurdities in life and offering a helpful takeaway for the audience.
However, with the growing popularity of streaming and the shift in how society ...
Dr. White celebrates 10 years serving Cedarville University
by Kathryn McDonald
“God is faithful. We can trust Him.”
These words, spoken by Dr. Thomas White in many chapel messages to the student body of Cedarville University, resonate with his goal to see students leave Cedarville equipped with the tools they need to flourish. It starts with this foundational truth: God is faithful.
This academic year marks the 10th anniversary of White’s service as President of Cedarville University. His time here has been filled with many opportunit...
God shows his faithfulness in the midst of war in Ukraine
By Michael Cleverley
Yuki Funakoshi with a group at the Refugee Center in Poland where he served this past summer
Yuki Funakoshi learned about the war when he got off work around 10 p.m. on February 24. For about the first two days of the war he was filled with dread. He didn’t know whether his family or friends were okay.
“When things happen you don't really know the full picture,” Funakoshi said. “So you assume the worst.”
Funakoshi is a fifth year Ukrainian Cedarville ...
How interactivity is a game changer
By Ben Konuch
Interactivity in media is an interesting enigma. It isn’t anything new, with the popular “Choose Your Own Adventure” book series pioneering the concepts as early as 1979, but the last 10 years have shown a resurgence in the concept of interactive stories. Now reaching past its origin in books to encompass video games and even movies, the concept of interactivity is slowly shaping media with fascinating implications.
Interactivity has been shaping media in two main ...
Ronni Kurtz pours his life’s work into teaching his students
by Chris Karenbauer
Dr. Ronni Kurtz is one of Cedarville University’s newest Bible professors. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Kurtz, his wife Kristen and their daughter Finley live in Cedarville, Ohio where Kurtz teaches at Cedarville University as a Theology professor.
“There are many things that attracted me to Cedarville University,” Kurtz said, “but one of the most important was simply the strength of the curriculum and the strength of the students here at CU. I love ...
The era of fan-atical power
By Samuel M Acosta
As long as entertainment has existed, fans have existed. Nowadays, with more entertainment content than ever before, there are seemingly infinite fan bases, all of which are extremely passionate. Yet, in recent years, this passion has become a weapon that fans have wielded countless times. Through frequent successes, this has turned the fanbase into a looming mob. While there are some benefits to this newfound power, there is also a significant danger that has the ...
The life of Brenda Reid: Genealogies brought Brenda Reid closer to her family and their history of faith
by Marielle Payton
Brenda Reid is the Director of International Student Services. Well-beloved by international, missionary kids and “third culture kid” students, she manages and oversees “everything international students.” But she also has a secret specialty; she has an avid interest in history and has been doing personal genealogy research for over 15 years.
Through her research, she uncovered an inspiring story of faithfulness. From fleeing religious persecution to planting ...
The power of animation
By Janie Walenda
It’s a tale as old as time. Another animated kids’ film is released, with enough adult humor to make it tolerable for the parents. Animated musicals like “Frozen” or “Encanto” are infamous for being watched by kids to the point of annoyance for parents. Is animation just inherently childish? Or do children’s stories just have more fantastical elements, therefore making animation the ideal medium? Is animation defined as being a child-friendly genre, or is it ...