Why the West Coast has been blazing this year
by Breanna Beers
It’s been said that California’s four seasons are riot, earthquake, flood and fire. As cynical as this may be, the last of these has been raising international concern for the past few months.
For the past several years, California has been plagued by drought, which combines with the region’s intense heat and coastal winds to produce an ideal climate for the start and spread of wildfires. According to the California state ...
Cedarville Alum Affected by Kerala Floods
By Jacob Oedy
For many Americans, the recent flooding in India seems a distant disaster. For three members of the Cedarville family, however, the waters have reached far too close to home. The record floods that have been tearing through the South Asian country since the beginning of June have forced the relocation of millions, including the family of David, Joseph, and Timothy Mattackal.
The Mattackals grew up in the southwestern state of Kerala, where the floods have been most devastati...
Cedarville to Open Teaching Pharmacy at Site of Cedarville Hardware
Cedarville University announced Thursday that it is investing in the Village of Cedarville with plans to buy the Cedarville Hardware building and open a teaching pharmacy at the corner of Main Street and Xenia Avenue in downtown.
The university has created Cedar Care LLC with its own board of directors to purchase, own and operate what will be know as Cedar Care Village Pharmacy. Jeb Ballentine, a licensed pharmacist, will run the pharmacy, which will include students from CU's Doctor of ...
#SilenceIsNotSpiritual: A Call for Church Leaders to Stand Up for Sexual Abuse Victims
By Gabbriella Kabler
The #SilenceIsNotSpiritual movement took place during the season of Lent in order to bring awareness and healing to the growing dilemma behind the #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements. Movements such as these utilize social media and the hashtagging feature as a resource to speak up for themselves and other victims of abuse.
Specifically, #SilenceIsNotSpiritual included a written statement on their website detailing their mission as well as periodical blog posts telling the ...
The Games Within the Games:
International Politics and the Olympics
by Breanna Beers
The Olympics may be over, but the political games are just beginning. The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics were fraught with international maneuvering, from the conspicuous absence of the Russian colors to the high-profile participation of North Korean athletes alongside their South Korean hosts.
The image of athletes from both North and South Korea marching as a unified team under a single flag has quickly become a famous one, leading many ...
The Heart of Fred Stegner: Springfield’s ‘Soup Kitchen Guy’
By RaeAnn Jent
The snow is thick, deep and falling fast. Schools have closed. Churches are canceling evening services. Few people dare venture out on the roads. But some have no choice.
Living on the streets, they long for warmth and a hot meal. Trudging across snow-piled sidewalks in below freezing temperatures, they head to the one place they know will be open on a Wednesday night. Passing a worn-down Hispanic grocery store and a drive-thru beer barn, they arrive at the Springfield Soup ...
Analysis: Gun Violence in the United States
Is it getting worse, or are we just paying more attention?
by Breanna Beers and Alexandria Hentschel
Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, Orlando: these cities have come to represent not just locations, but tragedies that have torn apart both individual lives and the nation as a whole.
The United States is home to more mass shootings than any other nation by a wide margin. According to a study published by Dr. Adam Lankford of the University of Alabama, the United States has had 90 mass shooti...
Dating on Cedarville’s Campus
Survey says, go elsewhere
By Rebekah Erway and Rachel Downs
The Oxford English Dictionary defines a “date” as “an appointment or engagement at a particular time; esp. a social activity or meeting with a person in whom one has a romantic interest.” In their terms, then, a date could be any sort of activity that a person purposefully schedules with the someone that person has a crush on. Cedarville University students, however, have a different definition. For them, the dating ...
In Search of Gold: A Summary of Pyeonchang 2018
By Gabbriella Kabler
The icy weather of the new year doesn’t just make for good snowmen and cozy hot chocolate—it also ushered in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang County, South Korea.
This year’s Winter Olympics set out with international tension as North and South Korea entered the Opening Ceremony together under a unified Korean flag, showing unprecedented cooperation. In addition, Russian athletes struggled with drug scandal—due to the high number of past and present doping ...