Video Games’ Stake in the Entertainment Industry
By Sam Acosta
As we venture deeper into 2022, it seems that we may finally be past the final throes of the COVID-19 pandemic. Restaurants and stores are opening back up, people are beginning to gather together again and movies are starting to steadily release again. When it came to the entertainment industry, the pandemic hit hard, as movie studios and theaters struggled to make enough profit to survive.
In 2021, the global box office amounted to an estimated $21.4 billion in revenue, ...
The Economics of Streaming
By Janie Walenda
It’s impossible to understate how dramatically television has changed in the last decade. Streaming services have completely overhauled how we watch TV as well as how we pay for it.
While initially services like Netflix seemed like a steal compared to cable, as streaming services have multiplied and continued to raise their prices, opting for streaming over cable seems like less of a bargain. Does the original content on streaming services make them worth it, despite the ...
The ‘God’s Not Dead’ Syndrome
By Ben Hiett
I’ve always been a sucker for Christian motifs in movies. I remember my mind being absolutely blown by Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” because of the overt parallels between Clark Kent and Jesus, minus the excessive punching. More recently, a friend of mine introduced me to M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs,” now one of my all-time favorite films because of its themes of faith lost and faith regained. All that to say, I’m a big fan of stories that speak to my beliefs and ...
The Journey to Becoming a Yellow Jacket
By Grace Mowery
For potential college athletes looking to don a Cedarville jersey and dominate in the name of Jesus, recruiting is a long and often surprising journey.
Recruiting usually begins with a coach’s interest in a player. Jason Smith, the women’s head basketball coach, moved to Cedarville in 2021 and soon started recruiting players for his new school. When he transitioned from Bryan College to Cedarville, he started searching for athletes with Division I talent willing to play ...
Dean’s Unique Path as Basketball Player and Rapper Leads Him to Cedarville
By Josh Decker
For Tytist Dean, the journey to Cedarville has been full of surprising turns. An MBA student and a member of the Cedarville men’s basketball team, Dean transferred this year after playing three years for NCAA Division I Liberty University.
But basketball is only part of the story for Dean. Off the court, the St. Paul, Minnesota, native also produces Christian rap music.
“I’ve been involved with music my whole life,” Dean said. “But when I was 17, I started ...
Cedarville Welcomes Dr. Nathan Harris, a Man with a Vision to Teach and Steward
By Kathryn McDonald
This semester Cedarville welcomed Dr. Nathan Harris to two jobs. He is an assistant professor in the School of Biblical and Theological Studies and the senior director of Annual Giving in Advancement. It’s a unique role that allows him to divide his time between teaching and overseeing the stewardship of annual donations to Cedarville’s funds.
“My expectations of joy have been exceeded,” Harris said of his first three months.
For the last five-and-a-half ...
‘Hacker in Residence’ Uses Passion for Cyber Security to Inspire the Next Generation of Internet Guardians
By Kathryn McDonald
In the Spring of 2021, Cedarville University welcomed Benjamin Sprague as an adjunct professor in the School of Engineering and Computer Science.
Sprague is serving in a temporary position as Cyber Visiting Professor and Fellow, a role which allows him to be on staff as a professor for a short period of time before returning to his career in cyber security.
They affectionately call him the “hacker in residence.”
Dr. Seth Hamman, a colleague in the School of ...
Social Media’s Cyberbullying Problem
By Anna Harman
According to stopbullying.gov, “Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers and tablets.” Cyberbullying can affect your reputation for things such as college admissions, employment and other social environments. Nearly everyone has a little computer in their pocket, so it is easy to access all social media platforms at any moment.
Children as young as 9 years old have smartphones. Cyberbullying can be a result of an ...
Learning to Live Without Social Media
By Heidi Raine
I recently friended my best friend’s mother on Facebook. The interaction went like this:“Heidie, you have a Facebook? I thought it was for old people.”“Haha yeah, I guess...do you have one?”“Yes! Friend me!”Kimber is now one of my 738 friends, a number that feels ob-scene but also doesn’t begin to capture all of my family, high school classmates, coworkers, old teachers, church friends, college friends, camp friends, sis-ter’s-church’s friends and obscure ...
By Heidie Raine
The writer should never be ashamed of staring. There is nothing that does not require his attention.
Sitting in the library, looking through the thick-paned glass of the upper-level windows, I am staring. I am squinting and watching and questioning all that passes below. This is what I see:
I see a boy with olive cargo pants and a faint mustache topple off his longboard, roll like a bowling ball and land in the frosted crunch of cold spring ...