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Feminism in Film

Why Hollywood’s empowerment narrative falls flat by Breanna Beers The mere inclusion of a female protagonist was once considered box office suicide, especially for major franchises with predominantly male fanbases. Movies like “The Hunger Games,” “Divergent,” and “Captain Marvel” have repeatedly disproven that theory, driven in part by the rise of modern mainstream feminism in the early 2010s. Accordingly, we’ve seen more and more movies with women in the center of the ...

Just Sayin’ – Is Twitter the New Fireside Chat?

By Alex Hentschel How has the use of Twitter by the presidency affected our political landscape? I know, I know, history and politics is not as interesting as the other fun topics I’ve submitted this semester. But, having done a ton of research on this for my capstone, I found it super interesting – and a lot of people I talked to at least pretended to be interested when I mentioned it to them. Since this is my column, you just have to listen to what I have to say. Heh. Twitter has an ...

Just Sayin’ – Galentine’s Day Manifesto

By Alex Hentschel This year, in our house of girls, we did a Galentine’s Day ­— though we’re a whole mix of single, dating, engaged and confused, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate each other. And so, for a newly established holiday, we need a newly established procedure. I give you the Galentine’s Day Manifesto. We, the women of the United States, in order to form a more perfect holiday, establish kindness, ensure relational tranquility, provide for the single and the taken, ...

Just Sayin’ – Mourning and Dancing: Reflections on my Last Semester

By Alex Hentschel I had a sudden realization as I headed to my capstone research course on Tuesday morning: This is it, my last semester of undergrad. As anxious as I am for the new season of my life to begin, it caused some hard reflection as I realized that my time as a bachelor student — who isn’t expected to have everything, or rather, anything, figured out — is coming to a rapid close. Before I know it, I’ll be packing up our small house and leaving this tiny town, maybe forever. ...

The Real First Thanksgiving

Editor’s Note: The original version of this column in the print issue contained unintended similarities to a different op-ed published elsewhere in 2011. It has also been edited for clarity of historical fact and to better reflect the thoughts of the author. By Alex Hentschel Let’s leap into a heavy subject with a bit of a joke: If April showers bring May flowers, what do, May flowers bring? … smallpox. Get it? No? Maybe wait until the end of the column. As we prepare to spend ...

Just Sayin’ – Caffeine Away from CU

By Alex Hentschel A few years ago I did a Just Sayin’ column on trying to cut my caffeine habit, but it clearly didn’t work. I love the atmosphere of a coffee shop for “studying” (let’s be real, who studies in a coffee shop?) or catching up with friends. If you’re a caffeine-loving person, Orion and Beans and Cream are great in a pinch ­— but there’s a world to offer within a 30-minute driving radius of Cedarville. (Especially if you’re going to take someone on a date and ...

Just Sayin’ — Misadventures of Off-Campus Living

By Alex Hentschel This year, my senior year, I decided to live off campus. Our campus is expanding rapidly and there’s barely enough room, especially for girls — so me and some pals decided to pay the relatively low rent and move to a small blue house somewhere in Cedarville (privacy reasons dictate that I won’t give you my address — email me privately if you want to bring me goodies). We were so excited, but it’s been a definite adventure that made me realize we take several ...

Just Sayin’ – Poverty and the Gospel

by Alex Hentschel Hello. Nice to meet you. I am a middle-class, white American woman. Growing up, I always had something to eat, presents on Christmas morning, sweaters for the winter, and now my parents have a house in the suburbs. I’m attending college, a monstrous expense, without worrying (too much) about how it will affect my future. I have an American passport which allows me into most of the world’s countries if I can just afford the plane ticket to go. I am a native English ...

Creativity on Display: Campus Christmas Reviewed

by Sarah Pennington Ah, Campus Christmas. It’s the most exciting time of year at Cedarville, a chance to show the rest of campus just how creative you can be. Now, the winners for this year’s Campus Christmas open dorms have already been announced: Willett’s “The Terminal,” West’s “Mary Poppins,” the “Printy House Cinemas,” and Lawlor’s “Behind the Scenes.” But these aren’t the only halls worth mentioning. Let’s take a look at four other Campus Christmas setups ...

Just Sayin’ – Things you learn from living abroad

by Alex Hentschel As you may or may not have known, I’m living in Valencia, Spain this semester. And yes, still taking the time to write Just Sayin’ columns — the miracle of the Internet! I’ve learned so much about myself and life in general just being here, and I thought I’d share some of the general revelations from my time on the Mediterranean coast. 1) You are shaped by your geography. You don’t realize until you get somewhere new that all of your basic needs — human ...