#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 ...
Media and the Olympics
By Breanna Beers
The skiers weren't the only ones going downhill at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics -- journalists made several major mistakes in their coverage, raising questions about intercultural media integrity. NBC’s Joshua Cooper Ramo was dismissed after he praised Japan’s role in Korean development during the Olympic opening ceremony, asserting that “every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, technological, and economic example, has been so important to their own ...
‘Bridging’ the Gap
Local homeless shelter ‘Bridges of Hope’ serves community needs
by Breanna Beers
In December of 2017, Bridges of Hope opened its doors to its first guests, converting a former elementary school into an emergency shelter.
The road to opening Bridges of Hope was a three-year process of prayer and persistence until finally the nonprofit organization was finally able to confirm their purchase of the former Simon Kenton Elementary School in Xenia. The building was slated for demolition, but ...
The Variable in the Vaccine
Why This Year’s Flu Season is the Worst in a Decade
By Breanna Beers
Flu season is now in full swing, and for an illness with a vaccine readily available since the 1940’s, the virus seems to be running rampant across the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this year’s flu season is may be worse than any in nearly a decade, and is nowhere close to being over yet.
There are several different categories of influenza strains, broken down by the proteins on ...
Congress In Turmoil Over Immigration
What’s Happening With DACA and the Wall?
by Alexandria Hentschel
The United States legislature is battling over immigration, a standoff which was the main cause of the January’s government shutdown.
On the table are two vastly different proposals. First, the Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) bill, which is up for renewal and offers certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines the opportunity for consideration of ...