Deciphering the Deterioration of Democracy
Bolivia tries to navigate its way to a legitimate presidential election and be a stable nation
By Breanna Beers
While Americans were fighting over whether to impeach their president, Bolivians went ahead and ousted theirs.
On Oct. 20, 2019, Bolivia held a presidential election. Three months later, the country still lacks a democratically elected executive. In the associated protests, 33 people have been killed, over 800 wounded, and more than 1,500 arrested.
Evo Morales of the Movimie...
What we know (and don’t) about the e-cigarette illness outbreak
By Alex Hentschel
Over the past few months, hundreds have been hospitalized for symptoms such as coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue and vomiting. Health professionals are exasperated, as lung scans reveal no cause of infection. There is, however, one common thread between the patients: they vape.
Vaping, the “safe alternative to cigarettes,” is a national public health crisis.
According to an October 3 ...
The Freedom Dividend
Ramifications of the #YangGang’s Support for Universal Basic Income
by Alex Hentschel
A guaranteed stipend each month to meet basic needs and make ends meet, guaranteed for all citizens regardless of employment status? That’s the vision encapsulated in the term “universal basic income,” popularized by presidential hopeful Andrew Yang of the Democratic party.
Universal basic income (UBI) is a type of social security that guarantees a certain amount of money to every citizen within a ...
Living the Dream
Lola’s Mexican Restaurant now open on Main Street
by Breanna Beers
“Nobody told me about the weather,” exclaimed Carlos Martinez, the owner and founder of Lola’s Mexican Restaurant, set to open on Cedarville’s Main Street in the coming weeks.
While regrettable compared to the year-round 65-85 degrees of his hometown of Degollado Jalisco, Mexico, dealing with Ohio snow was the least of the obstacles in Carlos’ way as he pursued his lifelong dream of owning his own restaurant.
Dayton Strong: Recovery in the Wake of Mass Shooting
by Chloie Benton
On Aug. 4, the Dayton community fell to its knees after Ohio’s largest mass shooting claimed the lives of nine people and injured 27 others. The 24-year-old gunman entered the popular Oregon District early Sunday morning with an AR-15-style assault rifle and a 100-round drum magazine. He fired for 32 seconds, killing nine, including his sister, Megan, before the police shot and killed him in the doorway of a packed bar.
Rose Tyler, a Dayton resident and friend of the ...
Small-town comics and games store on brink of survival
by Callahan Jones
In a small village, wedged between a dive bar and an up-scale antique shop, a man dressed in bright red pants struggles with his keys, trying to unlock a door. His worn-out beanie doesn’t do much to protect his head from the pouring rain. Finally, he succeeds at unlocking the door and enters his beloved Super-Fly Comics & Games.
“This place is a mess,” Tony Barry says to himself with a sigh. He flips on the ...
‘Good Fences Make Good Neighbors’
A rhetorical analysis of Trump’s border wall
by Alexandria Hentschel
The seats of the Capitol Building were collecting dust. Government workers had stopped receiving paychecks. As of Jan. 12, the partial government shutdown had broken the record for the longest lapse in funding. The reason? An impasse over where lawmakers will find the funding in the budget for President Trump’s border wall.
It turns out Mexico isn’t ringing the doorbell at 1 Pennsylvania Avenue to hand over a giant ...
Cedarville Student Serves in Israel
By Bryson Durst
Imagine a place where you can serve others in a foreign context and visit famed historical locations. Sara Freeland, a recent Cedarville graduate, got this chance when she traveled to Israel this past summer as part of the Origins 2018 service trip. She spoke about her trip to a group of current Cedarville students on Tuesday, November 13 in the BTS.
The team members stayed in the city of Rehovot, a mid-size town in central Israel. Sara described the primary purpose of their ...
Too Close for Comfort
Students from Cincinnati respond to the recent downtown shooting that took three lives
by Jacob Oedy
“There was a shooting today in…” This headline is all too common in American media. In the 17 years that have passed since 9/11, senseless shootings and bombings have become a frighteningly routine occurrence — until it happens on your doorstep.
Many Cedarville students experienced this kind of shock after the shooting in downtown Cincinnati on Sept. 6. Freshman and Cincinnati ...
Analysis: A Heated Debate
Climate change and the Christian dialogue
by Breanna Beers
For the past few decades, one question has dominated environmental policy worldwide: Is the climate getting warmer?
“The answer is yes,” biology professor Dr. Bill Jones said definitively. “The real issue is, to what level are humans responsible for this?”
On this question, Jones continued, the evidence is mixed. On one hand, pollution has dramatically increased since the Industrial Revolution. The warming effect of ...