[2014-2015: Vol. 93, Iss. 10] The Review Crew


Vol. 93, Iss. 10


Emily Lucia

Donna Bick
Assistant Editor

Taquisha Drisdell
Assistant Editor 

Lauren Apetz
Media Editor

Editing Team

Emily Lucia
Donna Bick
Taquisha Drisdell

In This Issue

Donna Bick
Will Basler
Taquisha Drisdell
Janelle Jankowski
Jenna Morris
Maggie Mueller

The McKendree Review is a student-run organization of McKendree University. The mission of The McKendree Review is to give students the opportunity to learn the news process and publish articles pertaining to their opinions and ideas.

The staff does not agree with all statements and opinions,
which rightfully belong to their writers.

The McKendree Review Office can be found in
Eisenmayer 208 on the McKendree Campus, at
701 College Rd., Lebanon, IL, 62254.

Staff can be reached by email at mckreview@mckendree.edu.
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“Ledditors” from the Editors

In this issue we feature many talented and interesting students and faculty. It was really a pleasure to read all of these amazing stories! Our stories range from a runner from Lithuania to someone who has worked on reality television as well as superstitions through sports and tips for running.

As always if you have questions or would like to submit an article you can email us at mckreview@mckendree.edu.

You can also find us on Facebook (facebook.com/themckendreereview) and Twitter (@mckreview).

Our next deadline is March 2nd.

Thank you for your continued support and happy reading!

Emily Lucia


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Miss Perfect


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Irma Maciukaite is from a small town in Pasvalys, Lithuania known as Sinkhole Park.  Maciukaite attended Petro Vileisio Gymnasium High school where she won the Lithuania championship as a senior.  After high school, she attended Western Kentucky University but decided to leave, because they cut her scholarship. After this misfortune, Agne Viscokaite-Eggerth, a 2002 McKendree graduate who is known as Mckendree University’s sprints record holder, and who is also an Olympian, told Maciukaite about McKendree and  what the track and field program offers. Maciukaite soon decided that she wanted to try it out for herself.  Currently, she attends McKendree University where she is majoring in Economics and Finance/Mathematics. Irma is also a part of the Track and Field program here at McKendree where she runs sprints and hurdles and is one of the top athletes on the squad. Since attending school at McKendree, Irma has earned the Academic All-GLVC honor, which, according to http://www.glvcsports.com, is given to student-athletes who have completed two semesters at their respective institutions and have maintained a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average or have attained a 3.40 GPA of the two most recent semesters. Irma is not only a beast on the track, but she takes her school work serious as

Irma Maciukaite

Irma Maciukaite

well. “I work hard on the track and in the class because I want to be the best at all I do.” Irma stated, “I came to McKendree University because I wanted to experience the United States. I love living in America and I hope to stay here and work or even get my master’s degree after I receive my undergraduate degree.”

Maciukaite started running track late in her life, but, so far, she has been running for ten years already, and hopes to go professional if finances and her job would allow her to, once she is done with college. Irma won Lithuania U23 championship in the 400 meter hurdles, got third place in 100 meter dash, and second place for North and Baltics State U23 championships in the 400 meter hurdles. When asked what was her most amazing accomplishment, she said with pride, that it was when she was at her high school graduation and was announced as Lithuania’s national champion for her favorite event; the 400 hurdles.

Maciukaite also spent one year in England, where she practiced on her own and got some help with a coach from home to better her athletic skills. She spent every day working harder and harder, practicing on a playground grass because she was determined to defend her title as a Lithuanian champion again. When Irma is finished at McKendree she is looking for the possibility to get her own work out program, as well as a facility that is a good enough place to have a work out system with coaches and athletes who are wonderful to work with. There are many athletes at McKendree that come from all over the world; Irma is just one of the many. It is always good to see others who come from different places and who are willing to share their stories and experiences with the people around them. Coming to the United States can be a bit scary and different, it’s a brave things for someone who came straight out of high school to another country to be on their own. Maciukaite is a very courageous individual to have come all this way to become a better person and to better herself in her track career. You can expect great things from Irma, because she is dedicated and her ambition will sure enough get her further in life and in her career as a McKendree student athlete.

Posted in 2014-2015: Vol. 93, Articles, Campus, Iss. 10, Sports

The Key to Victory


Players and fans alike have their ways of avoiding bad luck. For fans, it may be sitting in the same spot you were sitting when your team won the big game. It may be wearing the same shirt you wore to work the day your favorite player got drafted. It may be not washing your clothes to avoid ruining your team’s winning streak. Whatever the fans may do, they are putting their faith in a higher power, doing whatever it takes to give their team a slight edge over the opponent. Players do the same thing. However, they may rely on a specific bat to get them that big hit, or wear the socks they wore when they beat their biggest rival. Whatever it may be, their intentions are the same as the fans. They are willing to do whatever it takes to help them win or just have a good game.

Superstitions happen at all levels of sports, from tee ball to the major leagues, and Pop Warner football to the NFL (National Football League).All ages are competitive and always try to find whatever might give them a step above their opponent. They may try a new haircut or wear wristbands in hope of getting that big hit or making a highlight catch. Do many athletes know that there is no direct help from a pair of batting gloves? Sure they do. It has to do with their comfort level. Sometimes it helps them focus. So in the end, these things do end up helping.

Many of the athletes here at McKendree have superstitions. Pierce Borah, the second-baseman on the baseball team who is leading the team in hitting, has a couple of superstitions. “I always wear the same undershirt if we are on a winning streak. If we lose, I switch it up until I find one that works.” Bearcat running back Ryan Herring says he makes sure to keep consistency in what he wears on game day. “I have to have the right socks or gloves. If I’m missing something like that, everything just feels off, and my mind just isn’t focused.” Superstitions can be key to success because they eliminate variables and help athletes focus.

Even the most famous, most talented athletes have superstitions. For example, Michael Jordan, who is widely-accepted as the greatest basketball player ever, wore his game shorts from his college years at North Carolina under his game shorts when he played for the Chicago Bulls. In baseball, stepping on the foul lines all but ruins your team’s chances that day. Mark McGwire, the former record-holding home run hitter for the St. Louis Cardinals, would often talk to his bat, asking “her” to hit a home run for him. Hall of Fame outfielder, Wade Boggs, who played for the Yankees, Red Sox, and Devil Rays, would eat chicken and ONLY chicken on game days. He did this for every game of his 18-year career.

Baseball is perhaps the sport one would think of most when thinking of superstitions, but superstitions are also very prevalent in golf. For instance, the most famous and arguably the best golfer of all time, Tiger Woods, wears a red golf shirt every Sunday during golf tournaments. He has done this because in 1996, when Tiger was just becoming a pro, his mom told him to wear red on the final day of a tournament because it was his “power color.” He ended up winning that tournament because of a great performance on Sunday. He has worn a red shirt on every tournament Sunday since then, and it has paid off; leading to the second-most PGA Tour wins, and the second-most major tournament titles. Every golfer has a lucky shirt or hat. I have a black Titleist-brand golf hat I have worn so much that it is turning gray. Some golfers have a lucky club or they always carry a certain arrangement of coins and tees in a certain pocket of their pants. Fishing, baseball, and golf are all very failure-oriented, and these superstitions are just trying to improve their chances at success.

Superstitions in sports are even portrayed in many movies. 1989s Major League displays many members of the Cleveland Indians worshipping and sacrificing to Jobu, a “baseball god”, in hopes of winning a big playoff game. In The Natural, the main character, the legendary Roy Hobbs, uses a lucky bat he made out of a tree when he was a boy. It was “the key” to hitting home runs for him. Superstitions are very famous around the world of sports, and athletes of all ages put their hopes in these crazy superstitions every day hoping to catch a break.

In the end, sports are the bridge between crazy and sanity. An outsider may see a baseball player doing a crazy hop to avoid the foul line and think, “Wow, what is that guy doing?” Any athlete knows that they don’t want to be a reason their team loses, and they believe that if the foul line gets stepped on, they aren’t going to win, losing all hope before the game even starts. These things may not actually make a difference, but if it makes a difference in the minds and bodies of the coaches and players, they’re going to keep doing them. At the end of the day any athlete will do whatever it takes to achieve victory.

Posted in 2014-2015: Vol. 93, Articles, Campus, Iss. 10, Sports



Dr. Greenfield's Office

Dr. Greenfield’s Office

Does this image to the left depict chaos? Yes, it does! But according to The Psychological Meaning of Chaos: Translating Theory into Practice, “[c]haos is seen as a healthy and essential part of the creation process.” Despite his chaotic surroundings, Dr. Greenfield has a mind like an organized rolodex when it comes to the stimulating topics he teaches. His repertoire includes topics in many different genres, such as: Romantic Literature, Victorian English Literature, and World Literature. He also instructs the Nature of

Dr. Greenfield

Dr. Greenfield

Language course, English Grammar as well as Honors courses and General literature courses. Do not let this threatening, menacing, and overwhelming stockpile to seemingly nowhere scare you; in it are shelves, rows, and heaps of English language learning texts, English language origin and transformation books, videos, and learning tools as well as novels, short stories, and poetry of brilliant authors’, literature masterpieces stockpiled on the floor and shelves behind the accomplished, brilliant, and creative mind of Dr. Greenfield.

Dr. Greenfield received his bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degree at Indiana University. He won the Exemplary Teaching Award in 2002-2003 from the United Methodist Higher Education Board; he is the advisor to the National English Honors Society; Sigma Tau Delta; has edited five volumes in Dictionary of Literary Biography Series and two volumes of The Dictionary of British Literary Characters; has published several journal articles and presented numerous conference papers on nineteenth century English writers. His teaching philosophy states that he enjoys working with interesting and motivated students at McKendree University and Dr. Greenfield has been doing this for over twenty years. One can honestly say that Dr. Greenfield is WELL READ!

Posted in 2014-2015: Vol. 93, Articles, Campus, Iss. 10

Give Big to the Pig

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What is Give Big to the Pig?

Give Big to the Pig is a fun way for McKendree students, faculty and staff to share in the spirit of philanthropy. Besides being a cool keepsake, the purple pigs make it easy and painless to give a little something back – in a feel good and fun way to McKendree University.

How do I participate?

Fatten your pig. Feed them occasionally. They’re not picky – a steady diet of
pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and
dollar bills work! Then, bring your pig to any of our Purple Pig Roundups throughout the year.

Need a Purple Pig?

Purple Pigs are plentiful! Just email us at
alumni@mckendree.edu or call (618) 537-6823. We will happily send one your way!

Posted in 2014-2015: Vol. 93, Articles, Campus, Campus Advertisements, Campus Events, Iss. 10

Hard Truths About Reality Television


Working on reality television may be a dream for some people, even those who think it is

Melanie Schick

Melanie Schick

an easy way to become famous. Melanie Schick grew up in St. Louis Missouri, a delightful city famous for beer, baseball, and high crime rates. At 21, she was able to escape the “mean streets” of the Oakville suburbs to learn the hard truths of reality television. A few of her classmates at Webster were leaving to work on some shows and invited her to come along, which of course, she did not turn down.  As for finishing school, Melanie said, “In the reality television industry, it is really all about who you know; they don’t really care about your degrees, they just like to know what you have worked on.”

For six years, she has been working in Reality, Commercial, and Docu-Series Casting. She enjoys finding amazing people and putting them on TV. She has worked for networks such as MTV, Spike, NBC, Lifetime and E! just to name a few. She has also worked with one of America’s favorite TV dads and show narrator, Bob Saget. There was no stigma either. People who approached Melanie thought it was cool.  Melanie explained that not all reality shows are about dating, being pregnant at sixteen, or becoming an MTV star. Although Melanie was working and enjoying life in the California sunshine it was not always exciting or as glamorous it may sound. Working on a reality television show is more than just holding a camera and hoping for someone to be entertaining. The work usually consisted of 40+ grueling hours every week and, on top of that, there were no benefits! Calling in sick wasn’t an option either, in other words, it was terribly stressful. What made it hard was finding the right people who wanted to expose their lives on reality television. “I began to have anxiety attacks and after I turned 26, I was no longer on my parent’s health insurance. Instead of taking me twenty minutes to get to work, it turned into an hour because I would just sit in my car and panic.” Her fear wasn’t just about the money (one of her last salaries was around $1600 a week), she was severely anxious about everything or if she was going to be stuck at a job where she did all the work. Melanie also did not complete her college degree, therefore adding yet another stress factor. “What if the reality television business ends? What if I can’t find work after this show?”  Melanie decided she needed a backup plan and went back to school like a responsible adult.

After she came home, she received her Bachelor’s Degree from Webster

Melanie at Work

Melanie at Work

University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Media Communications with an emphasis in Film Theory and a Minor in Marketing and Advertising. After, she went back to sunny California, she decided it just wasn’t for her the second time around, and after two years, she had an epiphany and decided to move back to her hometown. As for her career right now, she works for Coolfire Media. What is Coolfire Media? Well, it is a commercial production studio that is based in St. Louis. Mo that has produced shows such as Fast n’ Loud and Funeral Bosses. Melanie’s job is in developing casting which means when someone comes up with an idea for a show, she has to go out and find those people.

“I’m really proud of myself for going back and earning my degree; it has made finding jobs simpler and I feel versatile. There were some hard truths to face when it came to actually working on reality television. Honestly, everyone should move away from the comfort of their home, there are many different opportunities out there and you shouldn’t be scared to try!” In conclusion, stay in school, and earn that degree. Not everything looks as simple as it does on television.


Posted in 2014-2015: Vol. 93, Articles, Entertainment, Iss. 10, Television

Senior Class Gift


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Senior Class Gift- The What. The Why.

The Senior Class Gift (SCG) encompasses a proud tradition of senior classes making a gift to McKendree University’s Annual Fund. Every graduating class member is asked to make a gift of $20.15 in support of their alma mater.

Top 6 Reasons Why You Should Make your Senior Glass Gift.

  1. Every time a senior makes their gift, Bogey jumps for joy.
    Making your Senior Class Gift is the ultimate embodiment of school spirit. Your gift shows you are proud to be a Bearcat and committed to supporting the future of your alma mater.
  2. You get a free t-shirt. That should be reason enough.
    Make a gift, get a free t-shirt. It is as simple as that. These highly coveted SCG t-shirts will be the envy of all your underclassmen friends and classmates. Wear them often to help inspire other Seniors to make their gifts.
  3. Giving back to the University makes you feel good.
    Just like the Seniors that came before you, you are paying it forward to future McKendree graduates. Give yourself a pat on the back! Making the decision to make a gift that makes a difference is something that you should be very proud of.
  4. It’s easy.
    Making your Senior Class Gift is quick and easy. Just visit our website www.mckendree.edu/scg and click on the Make A Gift Now button. Enter all required information and BOOM, you are done. You can also come in person to the Alumni House or find us at one of the SCG events throughout the year.
  5. Say “Thank You” to McKendree for an amazing four years.
    Graduation will be here before you know it! We hope that as you are nearing the end of your time at McKendree University, you are looking back at the last four years with fond memories. What better way to say “Thank You” for all of the experiences you have had, the friends you have made, and the opportunities now within your reach. Your Senior Class Gift shows your appreciation for McKendree and all that it has meant to you.
  6. Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat.
    Your decision to make a Senior Class Gift makes a statement. It is not only a statement of appreciation but also of support. It is not only a statement of pride but also of commitment. By making a gift, you and your fellow seniors are playing a vital role in the history of the University. Walking across the stage in May does not end your relationship with McKendree, it is only the beginning. Go BEARCATS!
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Bringing Service into the Classroom


Neil Quisenberry


Community service plays a large role at McKendree University.  Many students are actively involved with the Lyn Huxford Center for Community Service (CCS) and take time out of there busy schedules to give back to our community.   One way that McKendree also gets students involved is by having service learning in the classrooms.  According to the CCS website, service learning is, “a method under which students learn and develop through thoughtfully organized service”.

Many professors at McKendree use service learning in their courses.  Neil Quisenberry, 12-year Professor of Sociology at McKendree has just begun using service learning in his sociology classes after coworker Lyn Huxford retired.  Quisenberry says, “This is my first time doing it, so I’m still learning the best way to do it for sociology classes.”

Dr. Quisenberry likes the idea of service learning because it gets the students out into the community and out of the classroom, “Teachers need to get students out into the filed whether it’s service learning, internship, or a co-op.” In Dr. Quisenberry’s sociology class service learning is done outside of class along with a reflection on what students have learned from their experience.

Service learning can be seen as different than just simply volunteering.  Dr. Quisenberry gives his own interpretation of what the difference between service learning and volunteering are.  “Volunteering is doing something for others in your community, while service learning is the same, but you understand it on a deeper context because you are learning about it in class.”  He believes that it makes the material covered in class seem more real and students are able to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to the real world.

Service learning is a great way to help our students get involved in our community, and also give them real world experience on how their major can be used in volunteering.  It is a win-win opportunity for students and professors at McKendree.

Posted in 2014-2015: Vol. 93, Articles, Campus Announcements, Iss. 10, Uncategorized

Running Corner


Theme of the Week: Aerobic Endurance                                                             

The topic on every runner’s mind, whether you’re a casual or competitive runner, is how does one build Aerobic Endurance? Every runner who competes in a local 5k or who enjoys getting out on the road, wants to know the answer to that question, “How do I run longer?”

Science of the Week                                                     

The body uses oxygen to convert nutrients such as fat and carbohydrates during aerobic endurance work. It’s important to understand that at max aerobic velocity, you can only maintain that pace for the aerobic energy system for about 8-10 minutes. The closer you are to 100% output within this system (i.e., 6min pace), the quicker you will “hit the wall” and forget any personal bests you intended on setting (over 10 minutes of running). As you decrease pace (98% 6:08, 96% 6:15), you will be able to maintain that effort for a longer period of time. Finally, you cannot get away from it, the more you run, the better you’ll get! Do it smart and do it progressively. Your body will adapt to the stimulus you present it. Challenge yourself! Your heart will get stronger and thicker. Your body will begin to produce more capillaries to transport oxygen and it will create more red blood cells, too!

Running Tip of the Week                                                            

Aerobic endurance training is all about being patient! It takes about 40 days to adapt to your training! That means you must train often and frequently to see real gains. There are no shortcuts but you will only get there by continuous training cycles and good, healthy recovery habits. Get your sleep and get your nutrients replaced. Running tip of the week: STAY CONSISTENT and find ways you CAN, not reasons you can’t.

Workout of the Week                                                  

There is no better time than now to get on a treadmill and hammer some threshold repeats! Threshold is the pace you can maintain for about 20 minutes, or about 88% VO2 MAX. If your VO2 MAX pace were 6 minutes per mile, you could run for 20 minutes at around 6:44 pace (give or take). The work out is this: Begin with 4×3 minutes at threshold with 3 minutes jogging rest on the treadmill. So that is 3 minutes at 6:44, 3 minutes at around 8 minutes and then repeat FOUR times. The following week, do 5. Increase every week or every other week until you can do 8-10 repetitions. Once you move up to 8-10, start back over at 4 but increase your pace by 4-8 seconds per mile!

Healthy Meal of the Week                                                        

You’ve got to refuel! Best snack to have after a workout/run is chocolate milk. After an aerobic workout you will be most deficient in liquids and, if you did it correctly, you will have used oxygen to convert both fat and carbohydrates (along with protein) as an energy sources throughout your run. The meal of the week is Pasta with Pork as flavoring and plenty of red sauce with a side of salad.

Problem of the Week                                                   

Running related injuries are rampant amongst long distance runners. Think about this: during the average run (6miles at 8min pace) individuals will take between 8 and 10,000 steps. If your body is imbalanced by even 1%, multiply that difference over 10,000 steps… no good. Depending on your force application, you will impact the ground between 5 and 8 times your body weight each step! At 160lbs, 1% is 1.6lbs… multiplied by 10,000 steps… that’s 16,000lbs! And then we wonder why something hurts on one side of our body! Take care of your body and be symmetrical. STRENGTH HELPS!

Mindset of the Week                                                   

Aerobic training is mental training. The next time you’re out and about or running on the treadmill, pay attention to your inner conversation. I promise that the sooner you address the negative thoughts that enter EVERYONE’S mind, the sooner you’re going to have a more enjoyable and productive experience. Try this mantra: “I can, I will.”

Have a fitness question? Each week TaQuisha Drisdell sits down with the coach and prepares for our next issue. Please email her to get your question answered!

We’ve had some interest for a “running clinic.” If there is enough interest, the coach will lead a short clinic and be available to answer many running-related questions! Please email TaQuisha to have your interest noted!

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Posted in 2014-2015: Vol. 93, Advice, Articles, Iss. 10

A.L.P.H.A.- A Great Organization!


Once again the ladies of A.L.P.H.A., also known as Amazing Ladies Pursuing Holistic Appreciation are in full swing. Several ladies turned out to at their latest meeting see who would be the new President of A.L.P.H.A. and Denise Adams-Jones was elected. CONGRATULATIONS! Denise Adams-Jones is a Health and Wellness Major here at McKendree University and you can see her in between classes at 1828 where she works part-time. For those of you that are new to campus, A.L.P.H.A. is a registered student organization (RSO) comprised of mainly African American females, but males as well as ALL ethnicities, both male and female, are welcomed and highly encouraged to attend meetings and group events. Jessica Fort, who has since graduated, was on hand to offer friendly advice for the newly elected President and to promote this caring and friendly group.

The women of A.L.P.H.A. are known as a group of intelligent, compassionate ladies who are there for each other to help a fellow sister with the many trials that come with life for the African American female and to help with the many difficulties and struggles that come with being a college student. What exudes from this group is friendship, camaraderie, fellowship, advice and so much more. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, then join this group of ladies and make lasting friendships. Here are a few names of the ladies present at this meeting: Deshawnta Houston, Aimee Dancy, Lauren Reeves, Jessica Fort, Shanell Griffin, Rhoda Warner, Azieonnia Snow, Payton Harris, Denise Adams-Jones, Abby Lowman, and ,of course, Mrs. Clarissa Melvin.

One issue discussed at the A.L.P.H.A. meeting was that Rhoda Warner received a grant from the United Way that she intends to use for a health-fair related event in PAC that will exhibit topics such as breast cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, and other health issues. If interested in this issue or helping out, talk to Rhoda Warner. After meeting Rhoda for the first time at this meeting, she definitely exudes knowledge, confidence, approachability, and friendliness; these are just a small fraction of character traits you will find in an A.L.P.H.A. member.

Lauren Reeves, who looks suspiciously like Brent Reeves, Head of Student Affairs, (hmmm…I wonder if they are related) mentioned team-building and recruitment for the A.L.P.H.A. organization. Clearly the A.L.P.H.A. organization has focus and a healthy desire to reach out to other campus ladies who would like to be part of something honorable and uplifting.

A.L.P.H.A.’s next meeting is scheduled for March, 19th at 5PM in the Clark Lounge. You don’t want to miss it.



Posted in 2014-2015: Vol. 93, Articles, Campus, Campus Organization, Iss. 10, Uncategorized

[2014-2015: Vol. 93, Iss. 9] The Review Crew


Vol. 93, Iss. 9


Emily Lucia

Donna Bick
Assistant Editor

Taquisha Drisdell
Assistant Editor 

Lauren Apetz
Media Editor

Editing Team

Emily Lucia
Donna Bick
Taquisha Drisdell

In This Issue

Donna Bick
Lauren Apetz
Will Basler
Morgan Roscow
Ronnie Drummond
Jennifer Blumberg
Kendra Barackman
Lafayette Waters

The McKendree Review is a student-run organization of McKendree University. The mission of The McKendree Review is to give students the opportunity to learn the news process and publish articles pertaining to their opinions and ideas.

The staff does not agree with all statements and opinions,
which rightfully belong to their writers.

The McKendree Review Office can be found in
Eisenmayer 208 on the McKendree Campus, at
701 College Rd., Lebanon, IL, 62254.

Staff can be reached by email at mckreview@mckendree.edu.
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[Issue 9] “Ledditors” from the Editors

It really was an honor to collect, read and edit all of these article for this 2nd Issue of the Spring 2015 semester. All the articles were well written and told wonderful stories.

In this issue you will see a feature on Belinda McAllister, an alumni whose family ancestry dates back 100 years in Lebanon, Il.  as well as a movie review for the recent Blockbuster, American Sniper, and many more.

As usual you can send your articles and questions to us at mckreview@mckendree.edu.
You can also find us on social media: On Twitter @mckreview, and on Facebook at facebook.com/mckendreereview.

We thank you for your continued support! Happy reading!

Emily Lucia

Posted in 2014-2015: Vol. 93, Iss. 9, Letters from the Editors, McKendree Review Issues

[Issue 9] A History and Life in Lebanon – Belinda McAllister


Lebanon is known as a place that is rich in history, which is far more advanced than the rest of the country in regards to the relations between ethnicities. When segregation was happening, Lebanon was a free town.

According to Belinda McAllister (right), whose family is from Lebanon and has a very

Belinda McAllister

Belinda McAllister

historical background in the town, in 1814 while the rest of the country was in the depths of slavery in Lebanon, blacks and whites could own land and businesses. This was extremely radical for that time period, since just a few years later in Florida in 1817 slaves and Native Americans fought against Andrew Jackson in the First Seminole War (pbs.org).

McAllister said that there were only two places in town that were segregated. That included the first 4 rows at The Looking Glass Playhouse, closest to the stage by the exit, and the soda shop/pharmacy. At the soda shop, blacks could come in and get soda or medicine, but they could not sit down. Whether or not they could not sit down, the fact is that at in this time period of time blacks and whites could be in the same place at the same time, without complete segregation, is profound.

Belinda McAllister grew up in Lebanon. She knows it like the back of her hand, and her family has a long history in Lebanon, living here for at least 100 years, and has even has a role in nationally history. In an interview, McAllister said she is of mixed decent, her mother being German with blond hair and blue eyes, and her father being African American. Her great grandfather built a 3 bedroom home, owned land and farmed in this

The McAllister House

The McAllister House

town 100 years ago on 513 McAllister Street (left).

Her great grandmother’s aunt, Mamie Turner Rhodes, born June 22, 1874, was the first African American woman to graduate from McKendree in 1895. E-yearbook.com says “Her parents are Young and Mary Turner, who are both American born. They were both slaves before the Civil war. She became a student in McKendree in Sep-tember, 1891, and graduated in June, 1895.”

Both McAllister Street and the McAllister Playground, located at the corner of Prairie Cherry Streets, are named after her grandfather. According to McAllister, Martin Luther King’s idea for the Equal Opportunity Centers derived from her grandfather. He started the NOC in Lebanon and when King came through town, he liked the idea and took it on to a national level.

Not only has her grandfather been a huge uncredited part of national history, McAllister herself has been a part of McKendree history that is continuing to this day. With the help of Dr. Huxford, she started what was known as Students Against Social Injustice (SASI), which eventually emerged with The Center for Public Service, recently renamed The Lyn Huxford Center for Community Service (CCS). She says that at the time SASI and The Center for Public Service was a huge part of the campus, hardly any student was not a part of either one or both, or the organizations.

After starting SASI and being a big role on McKendree’s campus, she had two huge

During the Interview

During the Interview

opportunities given to her: she could either take the scholarship she worked for and study at Cambridge in England, or take the job offer from Habitat for Humanity. She decided to take the job with Habitat for Humanity so that she could go help others, and sold almost all of her things on Dr. Huxford’s lawn to get the money to go to Jamaica, where she eventually became a dual citizen.

Her life has been full of service to others. With her degree being in Sociology-Criminal Justice, she worked at Hoyleton Youth and Family Services through Hoyleton Ministries. Her current occupation is in Miami, where she works as an on call case worker, which is where she is called if there is an at risk situation. She goes to the home and connects in some way with the person/family and helps to defuse the situation and get the person/family help. She is currently looking to move back to the Lebanon area to be with family.

Posted in 2014-2015: Vol. 93, Articles, Campus, Features, Iss. 9, Local/Campus News, McKendree Review Issues, News

[Issue 9] There’s No Place Like Home


A majority of the McKendree University student body is from around the area and can go home whenever they like. But for a lot of students, going home takes more than just a short car ride. For the likeness of this article, Missouri and Illinois are considered “in-state”.

There is a high population of athletes on campus, and a majority of these athletes are brought in from out of state, even out of the country. There are certain teams that are known as teams who recruit out of state and even more–out of the country. If someone on campus is from out of the country, then they are most likely either a tennis player or a soccer player.

I myself am an out-of-state student from Florida, so I was curious how my fellow students who are out-of-state share some of the same problems I do. I don’t have a car, and I don’t get to go home all that often, only for the major breaks like Christmas and summer. Not having a car here is a huge struggle. I am not the only one who feels this way.

Aleix Alvarez

Aleix Alvarez

“It’s kind of impossible to live here if you don’t have car cause the distances between places are so long and always have to ask friends for doing something out school or just go buy groceries.” ~ Aleix Alvarez

Aleix is a tennis player who is here from Barcelona, Spain. A lot of his friends are also from out of the country so the chances of them having a car are pretty slim as well. Aleix will walk from West to campus a lot because Bogey doesn’t run on schedule most of the time. People definitely take having a car for granted. Scott Armistead, a goalie from New Zealand, says that not having a car really isn’t an issue because all of his roommates have cars so they either take him places or they allow him to borrow their car. Shawn Bibee, a bowler from Detroit states, “It’s not always the easiest thing trying to find ways into town to get groceries, to practice since we have to commute a bit, or my leagues that travel in other cities. I guess you could say it’s limiting as to what I can actually do.” There are a lot of out of state students who do have cars and drove them for hours to get them here so that they don’t feel stranded. Yes, you can walk places, but when it is really cold and snowy, do you really want to be walking to class?

No one that I interviewed had any regrets about going away from home to go to

Shawn Bibee

Shawn Bibee

school, they just miss certain things that come with living close to home. Little things like peoples’ birthdays or miss chances to see younger relatives grow up. Another thing to miss about home is that when you are sick, mom can’t just hop in a car and come take care of you. Being away from home forces the individual to mature and grow up a little faster than the ones who either live at home or who has the opportunity to go home all the time.

“Regrets for going away from home? I don’t get to see my loved ones but it’s made me a completely independent person when it comes to decision making and having to back myself. I’ve grown apart from a lot of my friends back home that went to local/in-state schools but that’s–I guess–that’s a price you pay when you want to provide a better chance for your future.”- Shawn Bibee.

“Although I really miss my family at times, it has allowed me to mature, learn, meet new people, and expand my connections.”- Riley Smith bowler from Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Jeremy Baldyga

Jeremy Baldyga

“I don’t have any regrets leaving home to come to school here. I really like McKendree and the way it’s set up. Learning is easy, sports are fun, the people are incredible, and it is honestly everything I wanted to find in my search for a school!”- Jeremy Baldyga soccer player from Denver, Colorado.

Life for the out-of-state student can be a little bit more difficult but coming to McKendree University has been well worth the hours of travel and the hundreds of “You’re from _____, why the hell are you in Illinois?”


Posted in 2014-2015: Vol. 93, Articles, Campus, Iss. 9, Local/Campus News, McKendree Review Issues, News

[Issue 9] McKendree Takes 5th Place at Webster University


McKendree University finished in 5th place in overall program sweepstakes at Webster University’s Gorlok Gala and took home 21 individual awards. Fifty colleges and universities, including Boise State University, Washington University, and Ohio State University, attended the tournament on January 23-25. Representing McKendree were seniors Rebecca Blake, Josh Fleming, and Spencer Marcum; juniors Lauren Apetz and Quinn McRoberts; sophomore Katie Reining; and first-years Alex Baldwin, Austin Brown, Emeri Farnam, Beth Graham, Brett Hanna, David Junge, Adam Kaul, Jode Luster, Briar North, Ariel Rodriguez, Gage Simmons, and Hannah Zickefoose.

“The team really came through this weekend,” said Stephen Hagan.  “In particular, our first-year students had excellent showings and really grew as performers.”

In individual events, Marcum advanced to elimination rounds in five events. He placed 4th

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in prose and 5th in drama, while finishing as a semifinalist in poetry. In addition, the duo of Blake and Marcum won 1st place in duo, while Marcum and Reining took 2nd in improvisation. Blake also finished as a semifinalist in drama and in 5th place in improvisation with Fleming. Fleming won 3rd place in programmed oral interpretation and reached semifinals in prose. Zickefoose took 5th place and top novice in programmed oral interpretation, while receiving an excellent award in impromptu. North reached semifinals in impromptu as well as taking top novice and an excellent award in informative. Farnam reached semifinals in both prose and persuasion. Blake took 3rd place in individual sweepstakes, while McKendree took 4th place in individual event sweepstakes.

In open parliamentary debate, the team of Baldwin and Simmons posted a 4-1 record. After receiving a bye in the double-octofinal round, they lost to William Jewell College and finished in 9th place. In novice Lincoln-Douglas debate, Baldwin went 4-2. After defeating Hillsdale College in quarterfinals, he lost to Sterling College to finish as a semifinalist. Baldwin also took 4th speaker in the division.

Finally, McKendree qualified two more events for nationals. Fleming qualified for the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament in programmed oral interpretation, while Baldwin and Simmons qualified for the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence.

McKendree will next compete at the Jackson Purchase Swing, hosted by Murray State University, on February 7-8.

Posted in 2014-2015: Vol. 93, Articles, Campus, Campus Organization, Iss. 9, Local/Campus News, McKendree Review Issues, News

[Issue 9] Summer Internships: Paying to work for Free?


I recently took a summer internship through McKendree to work at a local news station in Orlando, Fl. I loved the idea because I would then be close to home and could enjoy a hot Florida summer, but I became worried when I was told none of my scholarships would cover the cost. I was floored when I learned how much money I had to pay to take a three credit level internship. I had to pay the University $2,000 just to get the internship. I had to pay the two grand just so I could work for free. This system seems a little backwards to me. I get that there has to be a professor “on the job” to oversee our progress to make sure that we are doing the work, but the work I had to do for the professor was not worth $2,000 worth of my time. I had to send in a summary at the end

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of the week about what I did at the internship over the week. Then at the end of the internship I had to write a four page paper about my experience in the workplace. I do not feel like the amount of work that the professor had to do was not worth $2,000 of my money. On top of the money I had to pay the university, I also had to pay money for things like clothes for the internship and money for transportation. These things all add up just so I can go work for free. I do not regret taking this internship at all, though, because I had the best time of my life and made some priceless connections that will help me land my dream job as a sports broadcaster. I think the price for taking an internship over the summer should be dropped drastically. It is hard enough to pay for my schooling semester to semester, so paying for the internship wasn’t the easiest either. If the price of the internship was even closer to $1,000, I wouldn’t have felt so bad. I am honestly just curious as to how me working for someone else is worth me paying $2,000.

Posted in 2014-2015: Vol. 93, Articles, Campus, Features, Iss. 9, McKendree Review Issues, Opinion

[Issue 9] Donna’s Profiles: Taquisha Drisdell and Kennon Henderson

Taquisha Drisdell

Taquisha Drisdell

Name: Taquisha Drisdell
Major: Theater/Journalism
Favorite Professor: Gabe Shapiro
Year: Junior

What do you like best or least about Valentine’s Day?
What I like least about Valentine’s Day is that everyone treats it likes that’s the only day they have to express their love, when if you really love someone you should show them that you do all year around not just one day out of the year.
What is the greatest constructive criticism you have received from a supervisor?
The greatest constructive criticism I’ve received from a supervisor was that I’m an extremely hard worker. And the way I learn quickly is wonderful because it gives me the ability to move up in the business quicker than others.
Tell me about one thing that is unique or remarkable about you?
One thing that is unique about me is that I love to take pictures. I can be having the worst day ever, but I would still whip my phone out to take pictures of myself. I think this habit is unique because not everyone is photogenic.
What are your career goals?
My career goal is to be a news anchor or take on any job that allows me to be in front of the camera. I enjoy being in front of the camera and inform and entertain people so I think that will be the perfect career for me.
What was the last book you read, and what impact did it have on you?
The last book I read was “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare. This isn’t so much a book but the script of the play. It led me into wanting to watch the film. It didn’t have too much of an impact on me, but t informed me on how strong love can be.
What kind of hobbies and activities do you enjoy in your spare time?
In my spare time I enjoy going shopping and hanging out my friends. I can hardly do this so when I’m able to, it makes me happy and stress free.
What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
In five years from now I see myself working in California or Atlanta for one of the top radio or news stations. I say this because this is what I’m really working towards and if I put my ALL into it, I will make it.
What have you learned from your participation in extra-curricular activities?
By being a part of many different track and field programs I’ve learned how to have patience and the importance of team work. I’ve learned how to be a people’s person because being friendly will get you far in life. Being an athlete has taught me to be strong and even when I feel like giving up you should continue to push through it.

Name: Kennon Henderson

Kennon Henderson

Kennon Henderson

Major: Sociology- Criminal Justice
Favorite Professor: Dr. Hagan
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Year: Sophomore

What do I like most or least about Valentine’s Day?
My least favorite thing about Valentine’s Day is the fact that I am in a long distance relationship, however I love the flowers and chocolate that he sends. :)

Give me an example of how you have shown initiative in a situation and what resulted.
After finding out last week my boyfriend’s mother has a basketball sized cancerous tumor, I took the initiative to gather the facts, and construct a story about her to create a “gofundme” page where people could donate towards the cost of her surgery, appointments, medical bills, etc. The result? It was incredible. It has been 5 days today that the page has been up and $5867 has been raised.

What kinds of things do you do to motivate the people that you work with?
The people I work with are my teammates on the women’s wrestling team here at McKendree. Motivation in a sport like wrestling is a must. I often send texts to keep people motivated. If I notice someone is down on themselves I talk to them, try to make them laugh. Lastly I always encourage people to find the positives. In life we face a lot of negatives, but if you are able to find the positives in the negatives it makes life that much easier.

What kind of hobbies and activities do you enjoy in your spare time?
When I am not wrestling I enjoy going to movies, eating, and relaxing.

What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
Not sure what kind of job I will have, but I see myself living in Texas, and coaching wrestling.

What have you learned from your participation in extra-curricular activities?
I have learned four big things. 1. How to be a part of a team 2. Champions always find a way 3. Life is 85% mental. 4. Always look for the positives

Posted in 2014-2015: Vol. 93, Articles, Campus, Features, Iss. 9, McKendree Review Issues, Uncategorized

[Issue 9] Greek Fire: A Concert Review


On Saturday January 24, 2015, my girlfriend, Kaitlyn Spires, and I attended our first Greek Fire Concert. Before I get into my review let me give you a brief background of the band. Greek Fire is a local band from St. Louis. In 2008, Greek Fire began, with four guys; Philip “Moon” Sneed (Lead Vocals), Ryan Phillips (Lead Guitarist), Mark “Giant Rubber Fist” Roth (Bass & Backup Vocals), and Johnny Venus (Drums). Moon is one of the

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producers of The Rizzuto Show (Previously Woody & Rizzuto Show) on 105.7 The Point. I have been a long time listener of the morning shows on 105.7 The Point, but I was able to increase my listening time tremendously last semester due to my class schedule. Upon the countless hours on listening, I learned about Greek Fire and that Moon was a part of the band. Throughout the semester I dragged Kaitlyn to many different Point events that varied from haunted houses to mattress warehouses. We began to get to know the four producers of The Rizzuto Show (Scott Rizzuto, Tony Patrico, Jeff Burton, and Moon) along with another DJ for The Point, “Lux”. For a Christmas present, I asked Moon to have his band sign a CD for me as a present to Kaitlyn. Finally, I received word of the Greek Fire concert and knew I had to attend, so I purchased tickets to the Greek Fire concert at The Ready Room venue in St. Louis, Missouri.

The show started at 8:00 P.M., doors open at 7:00 P.M.; however Kaitlyn and I wanted to get a good spot to stand since The Ready Room is not consisted of seats, but rather spots to stand based upon arrival so we arrived at 5:00 P.M. Eventually we got in and were about to snag front and center spots. After a surprisingly good opening act by a smaller local band from St. Louis, Pistols and The Sisters, Greek Fire came out. The venue was packed and was a little uncomfortable at first, but we were both excited to experience our first Greek Fire concert. After the first song, the whole mood changed. The excitement was still just as strong; however it began the start of the story that came along throughout the night. After the first song, Moon started talking about how proud Greek Fire was to be from St. Louis and how they had a special connection between the fans in which made them feel like one big family. With that little speech, the venue became a little less uncomfortable and they played another song. Moon talked about how the band has been all over the globe and that they were so proud to be from St. Louis and how they wanted every venue that they performed at to know Greek Fire was from St. Louis so they would bring the St. Louis flag to every venue.

As the night progressed Moon gave another speech about how St. Louis can all come together with the power of music as one big family and that is exactly what happened. The songs continued to play and the audience were able to connect and come together by singing and dancing to the music. It honestly was an incredible experience, the venue was a union of Greek Fire fans coming together to enjoy this concert. The band members tried to interact with the audience, especially Moon. Moon would periodically come into the audience while singing. He danced with the crowd and at one point he got on a random person’s shoulders. It really added to the feeling that everyone is in this “family” that he would continue to talk about.

This concert was beyond amazing, if alternative rock is a genre that you, the reader, enjoys, I highly recommend checking out Greek Fire. Their most recent accomplishment is having one of their songs, ‘Top of The World’ featured in a promotional trailer for the

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movie, Big Hero Six. If cost of tickets is something that may concern you, have no worry because the tickets were $15.00 each. The band still has not signed with a record label, but the new accomplishment has really given the good publicity they need to bring them to the next level. The quality of the music exceeded what it sounds like on the radio, it was extremely fantastic. I give this band the best review and highest recommendation possible. Tune into 105.7 The Point or go on their website to look for upcoming shows, if you like alternative rock, you will not be disappointed. http://www.1057thepoint.com/ This is the link to their website.

Posted in 2014-2015: Vol. 93, Articles, Entertainment, Iss. 9, McKendree Review Issues

[Issue 9] American Sniper: Movie Review


American Sniper captured the life of Chief Chris Kyle in a way that captivated audiences like never before. Clint Eastwood did an amazing job turning Kyle’s auto-biography, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,



into a major motion picture with Bradley Cooper in the lead role. The movie hit theaters on Jan. 16, 2015 and already only a week later, it had made more than $200 million at domestic box offices.. American Sniper is an action packed movie filled with drama and war that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Chief Chris Kyle is one of the top snipers in the history of the American Armed Forces. Chief Chris Kyle served four tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom. As indicated on the Facebook page dedicated to him, he received multiple honors while he worked alongside the Navy, Marine Corps, Army, and other agencies.

Eastwood directed the movie with a certain look.. He started the movie during Kyle’s first tour in Iraq. The film then flashes back to the events that led to that point. After each tour he would come back home, but after the third tour and watching two of his friends get injured and/or killed, he decided his next tour, would be his last. During his last tour, Kyle accomplished the goal he had set throughout his time in Iraq. When he returned from his fourth tour, he decided to help wounded veterans, which was good for him and his fellow veterans. That was until he helped a guy named Eddie.

Chief Kyle was killed along with his friend Chad Littlefield on February 2, 2013 by a fellow veteran, Eddie Ray Routh at a Texas shooting range. In the movie, Chris tells his wife Taya (Sienna Miller) that he was asked by a boy’s mother to help him out. This is the last conversation they had. After this scene, the screen goes black and says “Kyle was killed that day by a veteran he was trying to help”. The online news outlet The Guardian, published an article about how it is unknown to the public what caused Routh to kill Kyle and Littlefield. Routh was arrested and charged. Chief Chris Kyle’s funeral was held at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The way Clint Eastwood decided to present the video of his funeral procession and inside this funeral at the end, evokes strong, sad emotions. Yet it also represents the amount of respect Chief Chris Kyle was given, not only at his time of death, but throughout his entire life.

As expected, the theater is filled with members of the military both current actives and retired veterans. Nevertheless, they all could relate to the emotions that Eastwood was trying to get out his audience. When I went to see the film, all of the military men and women stood up at the end and saluted Chris Kyle. Seeing that made me realize the amount of pride military personnel have for their country and it is extraordinary and they are all heroes. Chief Kyle is an American hero but so is every single member of the American Armed Forces.

American Sniper is a movie everyone would love; yes it is rated R but it is most definitely worth the watch.

Posted in 2014-2015: Vol. 93, Articles, Entertainment, Iss. 9, McKendree Review Issues, Movie/Book Reviews

[Issue 9] North Country: Movie Review


The movie, North Country, is about a woman named Josey Ames. Josey is married with two children. She has problems with her husband and decides to move away to see if



she can support herself and her children. Throughout her journey, she faces a lot of adversity at her job. Josey and her fellow female coworkers work for a steel mining company which is thought to be a “man’s job”. The movie is focused on the harassment of women at this company. North Country reveals societies’ view on gender roles, as well as the harsh sexual harassment that occurs in Josey’s life.

Throughout the movie, gender roles were a big factor in decision making for many of the characters. Early in the movie, Josey reveals to her father, Hank, who works at the company she is applying for, that she wants to work there. Hank then responds critically, asking if she wants to be a lesbian because of her career choice. His response revealed the many ideas society has about gender roles. He was an “old-fashioned” man, whose wife believes in the specific gender roles set at those times. Even the men at work show their disappointment with a woman working at the same job as them. They feel that the women belong at home or at some other job, and they believe that they are taking jobs away from other men. The men at the company do not keep their hostile emotions a secret. They were very adamant on letting the female workers know they were not welcome.

The women that worked at the steel mine were treated unfairly and unequally. The whole movie is based on a court case in which Josey is suing the company for treating women unequally. The harassment started immediately after Josey arrived at work. The majority of sexual harassment in the movie is labeled as hostile harassment. Hostile sexual harassment is defined as when the workplace becomes threatening and the victims feels as if they might be harmed whether by rape, death, inappropriate touching or hurtful language. In the movie, Josey and her female coworker’s experience all of these. For example, on the day Josey first arrived. She saw her ex-boyfriend Bobby Sharp, whose first words to the group of females was “which of these girls is gonna be my [explicative]?” Most of the men there do not respect the women. They wrote derogatory words on the walls and in the women’s locker room. An example of when Josey felt uncomfortable was when she was led to a part of the workplace that was secluded and very high up in the air. She was isolated with a man and he tried to take advantage of her because she had nowhere to go. Fearing for her life, she had to fight to get him off of her. Furthermore, she starts begins to attempt to try to convince her female coworkers that they should say something about the unfair treatment at the workplace. They object because they are scared that the men will retaliate even more and, of course, they do. Time passes and things start to get worse as Josey tries to fight for better work conditions. There is also a small amount of the other type of sexual harassment which is quid pro quo. This type of harassment is where someone makes a “this for that” type of request, usually involving a service for a sexual favor. One example in the movie is when one of the female workers goes to a board meeting to request for more port-a-potties at work, and then the man says he can do it if she does him a favor.

Josey’s battle with discrimination in the workplace pays off in the end when she finally wins her court case. She ultimately convinces enough women working there to stand up against the company. The movie does an outstanding job of showing the vulgarity of sexual harassment that can happen. A powerful message is received with the harsh reality of the story line. It is evident that gender roles truly do affect the way people act towards others, and that sexual harassment can be a real issue in the workplace.

Posted in 2014-2015: Vol. 93, Articles, Entertainment, Iss. 9, Movie/Book Reviews

[Issue 9] Cheerleading At McKendree


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McKendree University

As McKendree grows, so does their sports and programs. In the past few years, the cheerleading program has made a huge transformation. It all began when coach, Bianca Timmermann took over. The team has almost doubled in size. There are now nearly 40 cheerleaders, and 19 of them will compete at Nationals. The team is composed of men and women, all with amazing amounts of talent. The athletes come from all over the United States. The coaches make trips to different schools all year round to recruit possible cheerleaders. In addition, all cheerleaders receive a scholarship to help pay for their schooling. Big things can be expected from the program in the future.

The McKendree University cheerleaders rang in the New Year with the start of national’s season. Many of you may wonder what is Nationals? It is the competitive side of cheerleading that cheer squads participate in. It is located in Daytona, FL and takes place in April. If you ask any cheerleader, they will say that it is one of the most amazing experiences they have ever participated in. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to be successful. Some teams start preparing as early as August for this event. Last year, McKendree placed 3rd, making school history. Coach Bianca Timmermann has truly made an impact on the cheerleading program here at McKendree.

First semester is pretty laid back for the cheerleaders. For the most part, they focus on cheering for football games as well as making a few appearances here and there for high school cheer competitions. Second semester reaches a whole new level for the cheerleaders. They cheer for men and women’s home basketball games which calls for longer, more intense practices. As they returned from winter break, they immediately jumped into practice. To prepare for Nationals season, two choreographers from the University of Louisville were called in. Kristen and Calen were phenomenal and made a hopefully award-winning routine. The cheerleaders have spent nearly 30 hours at the gym in one weekend to learn this routine.

A typical routine lasts 2 minutes and 30 seconds. This may not sound like a lot, but there are no breaks or no time to breathe. The routine is a mixture of stunting, throwing girls up in the air as they pull body positions or do flips, tumbling, or gymnastics (as some might call it) and choreography and all of the little things that make the routine flow. Teams put countless hours of practice into one routine to make it perfect. Competition season is stressful and difficult but it’s all worth it when you win that trophy.

While the student-body of McKendree hits the beach for spring break, the cheerleaders will be participating in “Hell Week.” This is exactly what it sounds like; a week full of practice and perfecting their routine. To make it a little more tolerable, they will have different themes for practice like blackout, gender bender, beach, and etc. The amount of time, effort, and dedication these young men and women put into this routine is truly amazing.

The cheerleaders would appreciate your support throughout the year, especially during Nationals season. They can be found at home men and women’s basketball games. Also, they will be hosting a friends and family night to showcase their routine before they leave

for Florida in April. Everyone is invited and encouraged to come send them off with good luck and encouraging words. Go Bearcats!

Posted in 2014-2015: Vol. 93, Articles, Campus, Iss. 9, Sports

[Issue 9] Superbowl Sunday At McKendree


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On Sunday, the New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks to win Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix, Arizona. Quarterback, Tom Brady threw for over three hundred yards en route to winning the game’s MVP award. This year’s big game was the most-watched television event in American history, as 120 million people tuned in to watch, whether at the bar, at home, or with some friends. The McKendree community certainly took part in different ways to celebrate American football’s biggest competition.

The biggest McKendree sponsored even was run by CAB in the Lair. Around forty people attended, and those who went were treated like royalty, of sorts. It was nearly an all-you-can-eat buffet and the attendees had a chance to win great prizes, including an Xbox One. Junior volleyball player, Lauren Apetz, was one of the lucky people to attend the party and was absolutely raving about it. “I went with a couple friends, and they had so, so much food there,” she said. “Wings, pizza, nachos, and most importantly, buffalo chicken dip. I definitely ate too much. I really wish I would have won the Xbox, but it was really a fun time.” CAB put on a really good party for students, but that certainly wasn’t the only thing going on.

Some people went home to watch the game with some family and friends. Senior baseball player, Pierce Borah, spent his Super Bowl at home with his sister, his friend, and the rest of his family. He just didn’t see the draw of going to an official party for the big game. “You know, I really did think about going to one of those super bowl parties, but then I decided to get out of there – too many games.” For someone who really likes to focus on the gameplay and the intricacies of the game, watching at a quieter place with less distractions. This applied well for Pierce and many others, especially those who had a strong rooting interest.

The place I went to, was a party at a friend’s here at McKendree. He had plenty of different food selections, from pizza to chips and a few kinds of dip. In the end, the Super Bowl is about a lot more than just the football game, or watching Katy Perry dance with a couple of sharks. It is about hanging out with a bunch of good friends and absolutely pigging out with some questionably unhealthy food. The commercials gave the game a bit of a lighter side to two of the NFL’s most unlikable franchises, and the game was one for the ages. Just like what has happened so many times before, the McKendree community joined together to have a good time and celebrate with each other.

Posted in 2014-2015: Vol. 93, Articles, Campus, Iss. 9, Sports

Volume 93, Issue 8- The Review Crew

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Vol. 93, Iss. 8


Emily Lucia

Donna Bick
Assistant Editor

Taquisha Drisdell
Assistant Editor 

Lauren Apetz
Media Editor

Editing Team

Emily Lucia
Donna Bick
Taquisha Drisdell

In This Issue

Blasts From the Past

The McKendree Review is a student-run organization of McKendree University. The mission of The McKendree Review is to give students the opportunity to learn the news process and publish articles pertaining to their opinions and ideas.

The staff does not agree with all statements and opinions,
which rightfully belong to their writers.

The McKendree Review Office can be found in
Eisenmayer 208 on the McKendree Campus, at
701 College Rd., Lebanon, IL, 62254.

Staff can be reached by email at mckreview@mckendree.edu.
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“Leditors”- Letter from the Editors

Reporting the news is difficult. Here at The McKendree Review, we believe that no matter what kind of news it is, there is a story that needs to be told. Our goal this semester is to deliver news for McKendree by McKendree. Meaning, we want to tell your stories!

In this age of technology, it is hard to understand what the difference between “the news” and our news-feeds. There also many benefits; the news is literally at our fingers with the various news apps and search bars at the ready on our mobile devices. As a student run paper, it is our job to deliver campus and related news to you, just as effectively as news organizations do through apps and social media.

With this “Throw-Back-Thursday” Issue, we hope to provide examples of the kinds of stories that were in the news for McKendree of days gone by as well as examples of articles we hope to see you write.

This semester, we plan to utilize our website and our social media presence a bit more than we have in the past. Lauren Apetz will be working as our video and web editor to post visual stories for your viewing pleasure. You will also be able to see links to various articles from recent editions through our Facebook and Twitter pages.

We have a new staff this semester to help the campus paper reach its full potential. I already mentioned Lauren, joining her will be Donna Bick and Taquisha Drisdell, who will be assistant editors.

As usual, you can find our online editions and more at mckreview.com. On social media, @mckreview for Twitter and The McKendree Review on Facebook.

If you would like to submit an article for future issues or would like to contact us, email us at mckreview@mckendree.edu.

Thank you for reading and have a great 2015!

-Emily Lucia (Editor-In-Chief)

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McKendree Host Model United Nations

From Volume 1, Issue 5, December 1982.

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McK Students Put Theory To Work

From Volume 1, Issue 5- December 1982

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McKendree Goes to London And Choir to Present Part Two Concert

From Volume 1, Issue 5- December 1982

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Totally Ir-resch-tional

From Volume 1, Issue 5- December 1982

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Deichman Speaks for Small Farmers and Shakespeare at McKendree

From Volume 52, Issue 6 Nov. 1984

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Resident Education vs. Commuter Education

From Volume 52, Issue 6- November 1984

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McKendree Re-approved

From Volume 52, Issue 11 April 1985

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[Vol. 93, Iss. 7] || The McKendree Review Crew

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Vol. 93, Iss. 7


Kimberly Bennett

Mindy Allen
Assistant Editor

Emily Lucia
Assistant Editor / Web Manager

Editing Team

Mindy Allen
Kimberly Bennett
Donna Bick*
Emily Lucia
Natalie Van Booven*

In This Issue

Mindy Allen
Brittany Anspach
Britani Beasley
Megan Benitone
Kimberly Bennett
Taquisha Drisdell
Martha Eggers
Jacob Schlote
Morgan Roscow
Natalie Van Booven

* volunteer

The McKendree Review is a student-run organization of McKendree University. The mission of The McKendree Review is to give students the opportunity to learn the news process and publish articles pertaining to their opinions and ideas.

The staff does not agree with all statements and opinions,
which rightfully belong to their writers.

The McKendree Review Office can be found in
Eisenmayer 208 on the McKendree Campus, at
701 College Rd., Lebanon, IL, 62254.

Staff can be reached by email at mckreview@mckendree.edu.
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[Iss. 7] || Leditors | A Letter from the Editors

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Hello everyone,

We would like to apologize for the delay. The Review staff had every intention to publish the online edition of Iss. 7, but there was a recent death in one of our member’s family so we wanted to give her some time to cope and focus on her studies instead of worrying about the last online issue for the semester.

In this issue, everything that was printed in the seventh issue will be included in this online version as well as some new material! We have an article on renowned graphic novelist, Marjane Satrapi; a phenomenal interview about colorblind love, a detailed scoop regarding McKendree’s future and more!

Enjoy the last online issue of the semester and have a great holiday!

~ The Editors

A Personal Letter from our Editor-in-Chief: 

Dear McKendree University students, staff and faculty members,

In case you did not know, I have completed my last semester at McKendree University as well as my final semester working on the Review. It has been a great pleasure to publish all of these fantastic and wonderful articles, and I am grateful for everything I have learned at McKendree University. While the Review road has been bumpy these past few years, I want to thank everybody who has submitted material to the Review during my reign (for lack of a better term). The McKendree Review could not have happened if it weren’t for the diligent students on campus.

Thank you and have a great life!



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[Iss. 7] || Marjane Satrapi Visits McKendree University

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Since 1998, McKendree University has invited renowned speakers for the George E. McCammon Memorial Distinguished Speaker Series which is held every year. In the past, the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts opened its floors to well-known people such as the founder of the nonprofit organization, To Write Love on Her Arms: Jamie Tworkowski as well as actor and Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement (Obama Administration): Kal Penn. Each year, McKendree University invites people who make differences in our world to share their experiences with the McKendree Community. Monday, Oct. 27, Marjane Satrapi – award winning author of the graphic novel, Persepolis – visited the campus, allowing herself to be open to an exclusive Q&A session before her public interview session in The Hett.

Her graphic novel, Persepolis, is a two-volume, autobiographical young-adult series about Satrapi’s childhood, focusing mainly on her traumas during the Islamic Revolution. The autobiography has received great amounts of praise according to Random House, and it is also considered a San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-seller.

In both her exclusive and public interviews, Satrapi discussed her most recent project, placing her as director of an upcoming movie, The Voices, starring Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick. IMDB describes the storyline of the upcoming movie:

“Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is that chipper guy clocking the nine-to-five at a bathtub factory, with the offbeat charm of anyone who could use a few friends. With the help of his court-appointed psychiatrist, he pursues his office crush (Gemma Arterton). However, the relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn after she stands him up for a date. Guided by his evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog, Jerry must decide whether to keep striving for normalcy, or indulge in a much more sinister path.”

Peter Palermo, the Artistic Director of the Hett, organized both a secluded Q&A panel as well as a panel that was opened to the rest of the McKendree community. Unlike the usual format where the distinguished speakers give lectures to the audiences, Palermo switched the layout up a bit and decided to also ask Satrapi questions in front of the public much like the way students and faculty members were able to ask Satrapi questions during the secluded panel. The panel format gave Satrapi a chance to answer selectively instead of forcing her to come up with a 45 minute lecture about her life. Certain students and faculty members were able to have extra time to ask questions before the main event so Satrapi could answer or clarify any questions they may have developed when reading one of the many copies of the novel that Palermo distributed to everyone who attended the private Q&A. Some English majors and students who read Persepolis in their Young Adult literature class a few years ago, taught by Martha Patterson, Ph.D., attended both panels and were greatly satisfied with Satrapi’s answers and stories.


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Brittney Scott, a senior at McKendree, explained her surprise after listening to Satrapi: “She uses a lot of humor in her book, but she was more hilarious than I ever expected. There were times she brought tears to my eyes because I was laughing so hard. But most of all, I was surprised by how relatable she was. I never would have guessed I’d have so much in common with her. I didn’t realize that it was that big of a deal to speak about what happened when I read the book. It obviously took a lot of courage to publish the book knowing she’d never be able to go back.”

Professors and students of the Humanities division showed great interest in Satrapi’s visit and made a strong appearance for both of the panels.

Martha Patterson, Ph.D., professor of English, strongly influences all of her students – as well as the rest of the McKendree community – to be aware of the world around them. She helped organize the private Q&A event with Palermo and could not thank the Hett enough for hosting such a remarkable event.

“Marjane Satrapi is an internationally celebrated writer, artist, and filmmaker working today,” Dr. Patterson notes. “As she tells her story in Persepolis of growing up during the Iranian Revolution, the Iran-Iraq war, and of living in exile in Europe, she reminds her audience of the humanity and aspirations of the Iranian people.  Her work is especially important given how tense the U.S. relationship has been with Iran; in 2002 President George W. Bush labeled Iran part of the “Axis of Evil aiming to threaten peace in the world.””

Dr. Patterson, as well as others who attended the Q&A sessions, was surprised at how realistically Satrapi viewed the world. “I thoroughly enjoyed hearing her.  I was moved by how friendly, funny, and engaging she was and how her commitment to political and social equality shaped her commitment to treat famous actresses and her housekeeper with the same respect” Dr. Patterson explained.

Nichole DeWall, Ph.D., one of McKendree’s professors of English, was just one of the many faculty members who attended the event.

“The Q&A session was a wonderful opportunity to have a more intimate conversation with Satrapi.” Dr. DeWall said, describing her overall impression of the event, “It’s not every day that students get to exchange ideas with an internationally-renowned artist. The session was made all the more meaningful by Hett Artistic Director Peter Palermo, who distributed copies of Persepolis before Satrapi’s arrival. Students were better able to ask informed and substantive questions during the Q & A because they had read the graphic novel beforehand. Mr. Palermo also screened the film Persepolis in the Hett in advance of Satrapi’s arrival; this screening prepared our students even further.”

Dr. DeWall strongly believes McKendree University should invite more speakers like Satrapi because their presences “greatly improves the intellectual climate of our campus community” and their visits encourage students to be historically and culturally aware of the world around them.

In general, Dr. DeWall greatly enjoyed everything Satrapi had to offer. “In addition to being a talented and courageous artist,” Dr. DeWall said, “Ms. Satrapi was incredibly colorful and dynamic – and hilarious! I thought the interview format of her Hett event was better able to showcase her personality than a traditional talk would have.”

Satrapi was open to all questions during both panels and gave realistic responses; she was down-to-earth and could not get away with answering a question without adding some humoristic flair to her answers. For example: “I read in an article the other day that the butt forms first before anything else. So, in all actuality, we are all buttholes. Each and every one of us are considered buttholes. So the next time someone calls you a butthole, just say, ‘Actually, you are right. You’re a butthole too.’”

Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 7, Articles, Campus, Campus Events, Entertainment, Features

[Iss. 7] || Love is Colorblind

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Interviewees: Darlisha Farmer and Simeon Bradshaw


As we grow up we find ourselves being judged by our income, jobs, families, friends, etc., but why must skin color be added to this list? It seems as though interracial relationships are viewed much differently today than they were 30 to 50 years ago, but how true is this concept? After reading a few articles on interracial relationships, I wanted to see how progress seems to be going in our area and on our campus community. To satisfy my curiosity, I interviewed Darlisha Farmer and Simeon Bradshaw, a couple who attend McKendree University.

LOVE IS COLOR BLIND (4)Simeon is a junior at McKendree University, majoring in religious studies and history, while Darlisha is a senior studying business management and marketing. The couple met on campus through the Gospel Choir and have been dating for 5 months. When I asked what their first impressions of each other were, Simeon said,  “I thought she was absolutely beautiful.” Darlisha said, “First laying eyes on Simeon, I thought he was very well-dressed and attractive.”

How does your family feel about your partner’s race?

Simeon: My parents are totally okay with her race.

Darlisha: Because my family is already interracially broken in; with my uncle being married to a Japanese woman and my mom having dated a Caucasian man before, everyone was pretty ok with his race.

Do people stare or look at you funny when you go on dates?

Simeon: Yes, we do get looks sometimes. Generally from people who can’t believe what they are seeing.

Darlisha: Absolutely! We get looks all the time. Not any dirty or disrespectful looks. Glances and stares because it is something “out of the norm.”

Has anyone asked you questions about your race, referring to the future? If so, can you tell about this time? How did you react?

Simeon:  No, most concerns are the cultural differences.

Darlisha: I’ve gotten questions from friends about when we will be having kids. Only out of excitement for mixed children. My reaction to those questions are always calm because I know my friends obviously don’t mean any harm.

LOVE IS COLOR BLIND (5)A stereotypical question from people, “Wouldn’t it be easier to just date your own race?”

Simeon: Nothing in life is easy. Dating whoever you love should not be based on color or race. It’d been harder for me to date in my race due to a lot of the mindsets and I am not attracted to my race in the same capacity.

Darlisha: Ditto.

Do you feel that our generation is more open-minded about interracial relationships than our parents? Grandparents?

Simeon: I do feel they are more opened minded. However I believe they are still in shock especially depending on where they come from and their backgrounds.

Darlisha: Absolutely! In fact, if you look on social media sites you see pages aimed toward promoting interracial relationships. Twitter pages such as @SwirLove, @wmbw_Love and @BasedSwirl are all pages ran by people from our generation.

Where are you from? Do you feel that your hometown community welcomes interracial relationships? Why/Why not?

Simeon:  I am from Troy, Ill. This is a 97% white town; therefore, they are still learning to adjust to other races and blended families.

Darlisha:  I am from East Saint Louis, Ill. I believe as whole, the community may not be welcoming of interracial relationships. I believe they are just closed minded on a lot of things included that. Comments you may hear from someone would be, “They’re taking our women/men.” I also believe that the younger generation from my community, specifically girls, are interested in being with a “thug” figure. I’m not degrading or downing my community, but I believe that until they become more mature, they will continue to be closed minded to things like interracial relationships.

Are your friends open to your partner’s race?

Simeon: Absolutely, and they are very supportive.

Darlisha: Yes! Everyone loves him.

What do you feel is the most difficult part about dating another race?

Simeon: Learning the backgrounds and different mindsets and trying to understand the cultural differences.

Darlisha: This doesn’t pertain to us, but I think disapproving families would be a huge difficulty for interracial relationships – especially parents. When something like that happens, it causes a lot of stress on couples because it’s really a decision of if you’re going to choose family, or your loved one. In most instances that I know of, the relationship ended because a family was unaccepting of the fact that love sees no color.

What do you think is the most rewarding part about dating another race?

Simeon: The rewarding part is after you overcome the difficult part and finally understand the cultural back grounds and mindsets. It makes falling in love that much easier.

Darlisha: I’ve always believed that knowledge is power. Being able to learn cultural differences is amazing. Being able to have an open mind in this relationship is definitely a good thing.

LOVE IS COLOR BLIND (6)What do you two love about each other?

Simeon: I love her smile and the valuable time we spend together.

Darlisha: I love that he has strong relationship with God. I whole heartedly believe he was placed in my life to change me for the better and for that I am forever thankful.

If you could share one piece of information to those who disapprove of interracial relationships what would it be?

Simeon: Love is more than color. Happiness is more than color. Life is more than color. Color is just that, a color, but it is not the heart or soul of the individual.

Darlisha: Don’t miss out on true love because of what society thinks is wrong. Love is in fact color blind. #SwirlWorld

What are your thoughts about interracial relationships? Do you have any questions regarding interracial relationships in our society? We would love to hear from you, email the McKendree Review at mckreview@mckendree.edu

Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 7, Articles, Campus, Features

[Iss. 7] || McKendree University Bearcat Rotaract News

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First row left to right:  Tasha Doerr, Rachel Kaltwasser, Tiffany Somerville, Malika Knox Second row left to right:  Ambrocya Burge, Amanda Flowers, Darnee Baker

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The Bearcat Rotaract Club met recently to carve these pumpkins as a community service project.  The pumpkins were donated to Lebanon care centers, elementary school, and day care center, and to offices on campus.

During Homecoming Week and in conjunction with Rotary International’s World Polio Day they conducted a “Purple Pinkie” fundraiser to support Rotary’s campaign to eradicate polio world-wide.  (When children are given the polio serum, their “pinkies” are dyed purple so children can be easily identified who have not received the serum.)

At their meeting on October 27, four new members, Lucindia Adams, Tasha Doerr, Jessica Fort, Rachel Kaltwasser, were inducted and given membership certificates and Rotaract pins.

President Amanda Flowers representing the Rotaract Club, receiving the Presidential Citation Award, 2013-2014

President Amanda Flowers representing the Rotaract Club, receiving the Presidential Citation Award, 2013-2014

The Past District 6510 Rotary Governor presented the club with a Presidential Citation Award for the last school year for completing projects in the local and global communities, participating in a vocational project and fundraising for the End Polio Now campaign by Rotary International.  President Amanda Flowers accepted the certificate on behalf of the club.

Rotaractors will participate in the Angel Tree project by purchasing two gifts and then reconvene next semester.  Watch in January for information regarding day, time, and meeting place or contact Amanda Flowers or Mrs. Martha Eggers, advisor, for more information.

Rotaract is the university branch of Rotary International, a service organization of professional men and women.  World-wide there are 6,867 Rotaract clubs and 158,401 members.  The Bearcat club is open to all university men and women who enjoy socializing as they complete service projects and helping others.

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[Iss. 7] || What’s Next? Looking into the Future of McKendree University

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In the past two years McKendree has welcomed the biggest classes in the college’s history. Like many other students, I wonder, what’s next?

Due to the number of students being accepted to the university, the campus will continue to grow to accommodate the needs of the growing student body. In recent years, McKendree has built a new resident building and rented other apartment buildings and housing to help provide lodging for its students. The school also added a new fitness center and plans are in the works for an updated science building, renovations to the library, and an athletic and recreational building for students and trainers.

On a bigger scale, McKendree has come a long way. When the college started in 1828, it was called Lebanon Seminary and the enrollment was at 72 students with classes taking place in two rented sheds. In years following that the name was changed to McKendree College and many acres of land were deeded by Bishop William McKendree to help support the college. In 2007 the school became McKendree University. Today, there are 3,027 undergraduate and graduate students attending with 98 full time faculty members along with other part-time faculty according to the university’s website.

If enrollment continues to climb yearly, then how will these numbers change?

Many things will need to be added to the campus for increasing number of students. The campus will need to add more parking lots, more residence halls, more academic buildings, and faculty.

When asked about expanding, McKendree’s President, James Dennis said, “Our eventual goal in our strategic plan is to have 1700 undergraduate Lebanon students. Technically this would be about 190 more than we have this semester. Of course, we will have to expand housing, parking, student services and faculty positions to make this happen. It will be a long process.”

Along with the expansion of the campus also comes the question, where are the new additions to the campus going to go?

There are a couple different places. The first possibility are the homes that the campus purchases. As many students have probably noticed, the college has purchased many of the houses surrounding the campus and uses them as offices for a variety of McKendree’s employees ranging from professors offices to the nurse to Public Safety. The second place that McKendree will use to expand will be the golf course. The 109-acre golf course was purchased by the University for the land that it possesses. This land will eventually be used for housing, recreational courts, parking, or whatever the university sees fit according to President Dennis.

After all the gossip and questioning about the future of McKendree, It would seem that the University, although changing in stature, will continue to maintain traditional values and continue to stay the small, close knit university that we all chose to attend.






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[Iss. 7] || Student Taylor Simmons Provides Insight on Athletic Training

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Taylor SimmonsTaylor Simmons, a junior at McKendree University, is an athletic training major with a minor in sport psychology. Simmons is also a student Ambassador and a Lyn Huxford Center for Community Service Scholar/ McCat Member.

When asked why she chose athletic training she said, “I chose athletic training because I have always wanted to pursue a medical degree and help others. When I was injured at a University of Illinois softball camp, I had to be seen by the attending athletic trainer. I asked about her job and what she was doing; I knew instantly that was what I wanted to be.”

I then asked what the toughest part of being an athletic trainer was, and she responded, “I think that the toughest part of being an athletic training student is time and stress management. We have rigorous material being thrown at us every week and we are expected to know it and put it into practice while a preceptor is looking over our shoulder. We are required to be at all practices and home events and by our senior year we travel with the football team, therefore you need to be able to get your homework done in a timely fashion so that you do not get behind.”

After hearing about the toughest part of being an athletic trainer, I was curious as to what the most rewarding part of being an AT might be. “The most rewarding part of being an athletic training student, in my opinion, is the relationships that we build. The athletic training education program at McKendree is essentially a big family. We are always there for each other in times of need and I know that the professors in the program will go to great lengths to help us out if we need them. We also build strong relationships with our athletes,” Simmons replied.

To conclude our interview, I asked if she had any advice for a student that is wishing to pursue athletic training. “The only advice I would give to a student wishing to pursue athletic training or first years in the program is make sure that it is something you love. It is such a high caliber curriculum that you will be pushed and if you don’t love it, you will want to change your major and by then you are already years into the program,” Simmons advised.

Simmons’s career goals are to get her masters in athletic training and work at the high school or collegiate level. She hopes to eventually open her own rehabilitation clinic.

For more information on McKendree University’s athletic training program,
please visit http://www.mckendree.edu/academics/info/nursing-health/health/athletic-training/index.php.

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[Iss. 7] || Introducing One of the Newest Staff Members of McKendree University

Staff Writer

Jessica TroutThis semester you have probably seen new faces on campus, including students and faculty members. Also, there are new offices, such as the Center for Community Service Office (CCS), formally known as the Center for Public Service Office. With a new name, office, and program coordinator, The Lyn Huxford Center for Community Service is now located in Bothwell Chapel and is directed by St. Louis University graduate Jessica Trout.

Trout graduated from St. Louis University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and International Studies in 2009, and she continued her Masters of Science in Social Work with an emphasis in International Social Work and Social Policy at Columbia University in 2013. While she was in school, Trout not only graduated Cum Laude, but she also was a Martin Luther King Scholar and received the Mev Puelo Scholarship to Nicaragua.

Trout has a substantial service background which includes her service at the following places:

  • The Women’s Safe House (a domestic violence shelter)
  • Karen Catholic Worker House (a homeless shelter)
  • Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma (an after-school program where Trout volunteered as a leader for refugee program)
  • International Institute (IISTL) (a company where she served as a Social Work Student-Caseworker with refugees)
  • El Salvador Canton El Cedro (an after-school program and soup kitchen)
  • Nicaragua Dos Generaciones (an institution where Trout volunteered to work with a community psychologist outside of a garbage dump in order to do community education)
  • volunteer work at Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Chuuk and Pohnepei
  • Micronesia (a region where she taught high school and directed students to the Higher Achievement Program.

Trout chose to pursue a job at McKendree University because college was such an influential part of her life. She wanted to give students a chance to have similar serving opportunities like she did when she was in school. She also stated that she feels she can relate to all students. She may have grown up in a small white community, but she has also lived in diverse cities and various countries. She hopes to reach out to the campus community through the community service office by keeping her office door open so students can feel welcomed if they need a place to go to. In the same sense, if they want to serve and be a part of CCS they can do that, too.

When asked what she hopes to accomplish at McKendree University she stated, “I hope students will want to be part of making a difference in others’ lives while also letting themselves be challenged.”

I then continued on in the interview asking Trout additional questions, here were her responses;

What was your most meaningful service experience?

“Hard to say.  Each new experience taught me something different and helped me grow in unique ways. The Women’s Safe House taught me about my privilege and opportunities, disparity in the education system, and society as a whole.  Center for Survivors and IISTL taught me about the struggle people face to get into our country, further struggles they face once here, and about different religions. El Salvador taught me about poverty, love, brokenness and passion. Every experience taught me to be more open to others and helped me to learn about myself and pushed me to understand my stereotypes and viewpoints on the world.  Each experience expanded my worldview. Chuuk was the rawest service I did.  It was the most underdeveloped country and the toughest service by far.  It taught me about a culture way different than my own, and that when things get hard, sometimes we have to stick with it because other people count on us.  It also helped me to understand my own culture and see culture all around me.”

Why is volunteering important?

“To expand your worldview, to grow, to learn to love others that are different than yourself, to hear other peoples’ stories, to provide opportunities for others that you were given.”

Do you feel that service/volunteering plays a roll on this campus? How?

“I think it’s part of the educational experience.  It’s part of growing into yourself and become more of who you want to be.  At least it was for me.  It helps you understand how to connect to people after college, how to analyze the world in a more holistic way, and how to understand the content of classes while holding them up to the light of what you see while serving.  Not only do students give back to people and help make the world better, but they grow from the service they do.  They learn to love more fully, to understand themselves better, and to challenge their peers to think deeper. Not to be a broken record, but all of us on this campus have been given an opportunity and it’s our obligation to give back.  That’s the starting point, but what you get out of it is so much more.”

I then concluded by asking if there was anything else that Trout would like to add, she responded in saying “Community Service is complex.  It takes questioning of others and self.  It’s worth it though!  It not only helps the people you serve, but it helps the person serving as well.”

For ways that you can volunteer and take a service learning course visit http://www.mckendree.edu/student-life/involvement/org/service/public-service/index.php or email Jessica Trout at jntrout@mckendree.edu


Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 7, Articles, Campus, Campus Organization, Features

[Iss. 7] || Winners of the Humanities Division Essay Contest


Winner: Megan Benitone

Megan Benitone
2014 October 30

Hans: The Most Lovable Villain

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She is freezing to death.  Her skin is so cold it feels like it’s blistering, and her fingers—well, she can’t even feel them anymore.  All she needs is a kiss from her true love to fix this.  A kiss from him.  He strokes her face gently and it makes her miss her parents and her sister.  But this will fix it.  This is what she traveled back down the mountainside for.  He leans in closer and so does she, one perfect, life-saving moment about to be had.  She closes her eyes and—“Oh, Anna.  If only there was someone out there who loved you.”

The vast majority of us recognize the above description as the infamous Kiss-and-Diss scene from the hugely popular Disney movie Frozen.  This scene is the moment when a collective gasp is had by everyone in the theatre and the collective thought of, “I didn’t know he was evil” is hadHans, Prince of the Southern Isles, is the true villain of the movie, but I think he’s more.  Not only do I think he is the greatest and most intricate antagonist Disney has ever created, but I dare to say he is not evil.  That’s right.  Hans, who left Anna (his fiancée) for dead and attempted to brutally slay Elsa and wrongfully take the throne is not evil.  Usually at this point in a casual discussion of the film, the other party will tell me I am nuts, and that I obviously need to press rewind, because I, apparently, missed a whole lot.  But what if everyone else is missing something; what if Hans isn’t who we’ve all made him out to be?  Now, I don’t think he’s good, let’s not get carried away.  Dastardly? Yes.  Misguided?  Absolutely.  Power-hungry?  Sure.  But evil?  No.  Prince Hans is certainly not the E-word, although he can plot and attempt murder with the best of ‘em.

In fact, I don’t believe I’m making a bold statement when I say that I believe Hans only wanted what we all do: to be loved.

He made some exceptionally bad choices, such as trying to kill off Anna and underestimating Elsa.  Trying to be the storybook hero, especially, was one of his biggest mistakes.  But, perhaps, at the very core of his character, he is just like all of us.  Those simple desires to be loved, cared for, to be recognized at all would have easily been manipulated and twisted by the severe childhood he had.  Yes, he was raised a prince, in comfort and luxury, but just like too much candy rots our teeth, so spoiling does a rotten child make.  Not to mention his “lighthearted” comment about being shunned by three of his brothers for two years.  Hans is thirteenth in his line, the youngest, and three of his older brothers who he without a doubt looked up to, treated him as if he were invisible for the entirety of two years.  It wouldn’t matter that he had nine other brothers, because three of them didn’t care about his existence.  One cannot even imagine how such treatment would twist the psyche.  Humans are creatures that need loving and nurturing, we crave it, and the need for physical contact is important to the maintenance of mental well-being.  And this is a portion of Hans’ life that is divulged merely on a whim in conversation, and by no means delves into his childhood as a whole.  Meaning, this tiny slice of his life that he plays off, is one itsy-bitsy fraction of all of his experiences.  It is likely that more emotionally stunting events probably took place in his childhood.

And this is only one reason why Hans in general is a very confusing, intricate character.  His story is not laid out for us, we must come up with assumptions, and his villainhood prevents most people from taking the extra step to look into his character.  But if one pays enough attention, there are huge give-aways to his true nature right off the bat.  The strongest piece of evidence for this would be in the scene in which Hans and Anna first meet.  Recall, please, that they meet when Anna clumsily collides with Hans’ horse and nearly falls into the water.  The immediate reaction of any trained gentleman would, naturally, be to dismount and help the lady.  Anyone, even a sociopath, can be a gentleman in technical terms.  But when Hans first puts his hand out to help her, he is caught staring back in what appears to be adoration at the gaping Anna before he even knew she was a princess.  The same look crosses his face only moments later after Anna has left.  He peers up through his eyelashes and does one of those lop-sided smiles and his brows curve inward like he just can’t help himself.  Now, I don’t think this is the look of someone in love necessarily, but I do think it is the look of someone who feels loved.  Both times, before and after he found out Anna was royalty, he looks at her as if she’s his whole world, and he doesn’t even know her.  All he knows is that she paid attention to him.

It is highly likely that Hans had been considering a plan to weasel his way into the throne before he even set foot on Arendelle.  But I’m not so sure that he was ready to go through with said plan until he met Anna and felt what it was like to be seen, to be really seen and acknowledged.  It is most likely that he decided after their encounter that he wanted the throne, any throne, and the recognition that comes with it.

As his character unfolds over the course of the movie, it is clear that he is one of the most intricate villains to ever grace a Disney movie.  Even when very closely examined, Hans’ is a very hard character to pin down.  In addition to the scene mentioned above, in the attack on Elsa’s ice palace, Hans does save her from certain death.  He could have let her die, problem solved, and why he didn’t is simply a mystery.  Maybe he left her alive to keep the snow storm broiling and to draw attention away from his actions.  But the possibility of Elsa escaping and overcoming him was much too large for someone who is as thorough as Hans proved himself to be.  Disney does not leave loose ends.  They create deep, winding backstories for each and every character, most of which is never even involved in their films.  The brilliance of this is that a movie and its character become snapshots, not even close to an entire album.  This leaves the audience gasping in the theatres and pleasantly puzzled outside of them.  Hans is Disney’s greatest example of their masterful techniques.  His actions make little sense, just like a real person, and his motives and much deeper than they appear.  With this, instantly a shallow character becomes a bottomless blue-hole with undiscovered beasties lurking in the cold waters far below.  This is Hans, and this is the true nature of his dynamic.

He is certainly intricate in design, but one question is still left unanswered: why is Hans the greatest Disney villain ever created?  He does not transform into a menacing dragon like Maleficent, or steal the souls of innocent mer-people like Ursula.  He doesn’t even attempt to destroy and pillage an entire country like Shan Yu.  Attempted murder aside, Hans’ goal seems to be to take the throne of Arendelle.  His motives are made quite clear.  I mean, he says it all himself: “As thirteenth in line in my own kingdom, I didn’t stand a chance.  I knew I’d have to marry into the throne somewhere.”  For someone raised only with the throne in mind, his choice of antagonist-motivation seem classic, and maybe even a little blaze.  The power of the Rule was definitely one reason why Hans wanted to be King of Arendelle (everyone gets a little power-hungry), but most of all I think he wanted to be loved.  Actually, forget loved, he just wanted to be noticed.  He wanted his existence to be paid enough regard that someone, anyone would be moved enough to either hate him or love him.  He would never be ignored again.  In the same scene as the aforementioned quote, he later says, “I…am the hero who is going to save Arendelle from destruction.”  I think we all know that heroes are generally beloved by their people.  Need I say more?

Of course, these things don’t negate his outright cruelty to Anna.  Many would wonder why someone who only wanted to be loved would spurn one as warm and ready to love as Anna, and those many would be right in wondering.  But let’s think about it this way: Anna and Hans are similar.  Not identical, but similar.  After all, both grew up in forms of isolation, both were rejected by loved ones, both are last in line for the throne.  It can be observed through one of the sillier and mushier songs in the film called “Love is an Open Door,” that Hans (even if he is for the most part trying to fool Anna) has also taken note of their similarities.  In the instance of the Kiss-and-Diss scene, I believe when Hans is speaking to Anna, he is, in a way, speaking to himself.  Which would mean that he is unloading all of his self-hatred and disgust, his feelings of responsibility for being unloved, on a similar party.  I don’t think he’s treating Anna as a person, I think he’s treating her as I mirror, and he is revolted by his reflection.  This is, possibly, the most complete explanation that can be made of Hans.  Disney did a good job in disguising his true-nature, and the difficulty in reading him is probably why he makes such an outstanding antagonist.

Hans is a grade A douche-bag for sure, but evil—I don’t think so.  He is an excellent example of Disney’s amazing dynamic in character creation.  Even after he is revealed (and his reveal is excellently timed and came as quite the surprise) as the true villain of the story, he continues to confuse and mislead.  One moment he spares Elsa’s life with no apparent motive, and in the next he is going to cut her down with a long-sword, and has already left Anna for dead.  The smoke and mirrors he employs make him an obvious choice for Villain of the Year, but what truly makes Hans the greatest villain is that anyone of us could be him.  After all, we all want to be loved.

Works Cited

Frozen.  Dir.  Jennifer Lee.  Walt Disney Pictures,  2013.

Second Place: Jessica Baldus
“The Villain You Love to Hate or Hate to Love!” 

Third Place: Lindsay Winkeler
“My Love/Hate Relationship with Lord Voldemort” 

Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 7, Articles, Features

[Iss. 7] || Blast from the Past


20 Years Ago…. 

(reprinted from Oct. 24 – Nov. 6, 1994; Vol. 73, No. 4)

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Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 7, Articles, Blast from the Past, Campus

[Iss. 7] || Title IX Changes at Mizzou & How it Affects McKendree University

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The University of Missouri Board of Curators has authorized changes to the UM system’s Title IX procedures.


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On Oct. 2, UM curators met in Kansas City, Mo. and approved changes presented by Pres. Tim Wolfe. The most prominent of these changes is an investigation period of 60 days; others include changes as to how students and student organizations can file complaints. Initially, the executive order sent in April. by Wolfe on this issue compelled all UM employees to report Title IX violations—the actual term is mandated reporter—but exemptions were soon made for employees with legal requirements or privileges of confidentiality, such as counselors and lawyers.

Title IX refers to the 1972 law forbidding sex-based discrimination in “any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Its story begins with the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, one of many parts of Pres. Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society program. HEA must be re-authorized every four to six years; Title IX appeared during the second re-authorization in 1972. Ind. Senator Birch Bayh, Title IX’s author and main Senate sponsor, originally wrote it as part of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), but the ERA could not get out of committee. Pres. Richard Nixon signed Title IX into law on June 23, 1972. When Hawaii Rep. Patsy Mink, Title IX’s co-author, died in Oct. 2002, the law was renamed The Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act in honor of her memory.

When some people hear the phrase “Title IX,” they immediately think of school athletic programs. This is because, even though few federal dollars fund school sports directly, Title IX affects the entire campus if federal money maintains any part of it. However, Title IX covers more than school sports; math and science, access to higher education, education for pregnant and parenting students and standardized testing are other areas of influence. When UM curators approved changes to the UM system’s Title IX policies, they specifically addressed the sexual harassment section of the law. The changes to the Collected Rules and Regulations aim to replace existing sexual-harassment rules, explain what sexual discrimination is and define how Title IX offices on each of the four campuses (Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis) will investigate cases.

In issuing that executive order back in April, Pres. Wolfe sought to make the UM system a leader in thwarting sexual misconduct at the college level. To that end, over 100 people—not only Title IX coordinators but also deputy coordinators and investigators—have been trained across the system. In addition, university officials have spent over $1 million ($495,000 to hire a consultant and $515,000 to apply the changes) to address sexual harassment and discrimination.

In response to complaints about making changes too quickly, Wolfe said, “I will gladly take the criticism if we can save one more person from being sexually assaulted.”

Since Title IX affects an entire campus if any part of it is federally funded, because of the law’s association with school sports (only three NCAA programs are entirely self-funded) and due to the fact that the law was introduced as part of HEA’s re-authorization, Title IX certainly concerns nearly every college and university in the United States. To find out Title IX’s influence on the McKendree campus, I interviewed both our Title IX Coordinator (Ms. Shirley Baugh, Director of Human Resources) and our Title IX Deputy Coordinator (Dr. Joni Bastian, Vice President for Student Affairs). What follows is a selection of questions from the interview, which took place on Nov. 25.

As a coordinator, what are your responsibilities?

Baugh: My job is to investigate claims of policy violation, which includes sexual discrimination.

Dr. Bastian: I don’t take part in claims involving third parties or faculty unless students are involved. I’m for the student side, while Shirley’s for the employee side. I make sure the process of resolving a complaint is fair and equitable; if one party brings an attorney, then the other party must have the same opportunity.

How long have you been a coordinator?

Baugh and Dr. Bastian: Since April of 2011, when the “Dear Colleague” letter came our way. [NOTE: Sent by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Office for Civil Rights of the U. S. Department of Education, the “Dear Colleague” letter addressed Title IX’s impact in keeping educational settings free of “sexual harassment of students, including sexual violence.” Typically, “dear colleague” letters describe a new bill and then ask their readers in the House or the Senate to co-sponsor the bill or to persuade the bill’s recipients to vote for or against it. In this case, the letter asked college campuses nationwide to become more vigilant about stopping sexual discrimination and harassment.]

What sort of training is involved?

Dr. Bastian: I was in Washington, DC, two weeks ago [Nov. 11] to receive training on investigating and handling sexual assault. I learned about the training available for students and employees, which is aimed at changing campus culture.

How does McKendree implement and enforce Title IX?

Baugh: On an as-needed basis, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault sends updates of its requirements for compliance, and then we go back and apply the updates to McKendree’s sexual discrimination policy. Just last year, the Campus Save Act was passed, which required us to change our Clery reporting requirements to include dating, domestic violence and stalking. [NOTE: Signed into law in 1990, the Clery Act compels all colleges and universities taking part in federal financial-aid programs to report crimes that happen on and near their campuses.]

How can students help McKendree comply with Title IX?

Dr. Bastian: Since August, we have talked to all student athletes in their compliance rates, as well as to student groups and student employees. My RA staff focused their educational program on healthy relationships, sexual-assault prevention and bystander intervention. Spearheading McKendree’s participation in the White House’s “It’s On Us” campaign are Kaitlyn Cartwright [RA for New Hall West’s first floor] and Dakota Reed [RA for New Hall East’s first floor].

Have opinions about Title IX?

Feel free to email the McKendree Review (mckreview@mckendree.edu) or comment below to share your opinions.

Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 7, Articles, Campus, Local/Campus News, National News, News

[Iss. 7] || Becoming a College Graduate: Stressors Concerning Your Final Semester of College

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Many students are in or about to start their final semester at McKendree University. As one of those students, I definitely have many thoughts about what happens after graduation and I’m sure I am not alone.

When senior Michelle Allen was about her feelings in regards to her final semester of college, she said, “I feel stressed about going through the whole process of graduate applications making sure I make the deadlines. [I am] worried that I do not know where I’ll be a year from now.”

The choice between graduate school and getting a job in the “real world” weighs heavily on the minds of many students. Both choices come with positives and negatives. Graduate school comes with a lengthy admissions process, interviews and heavy course work. Joining the work force is not an easy task, either. I am sure many students are already seeing that the professions they chose offer limited employment and some employers only seek experienced candidates.

Students are given many resources to help them make the post-undergrad transition. One of those resources is the Career Services office, located in Clark Hall. Here, students come to get assistance with job searching. They can receive help with resumes, finding internships with finding jobs related to the fields they want to go into.

Director of Career Services, Jennifer Pickerell said, “When speaking with students, we learn they are concerned with life after college, in areas such as the first year on the job, how to budget their money when they obtain that first job after graduation, making decisions about purchasing a car and buying a home, and other related fields.” Because of these concerns, a class named Careers: the Job Search, and Beyond was created. This new course is a one-credit class offered in the spring semester, focusing on information about areas you can go into with your major, as well as areas related to the job search such as resumes, cover letters, interviewing, networking and other topics of interest to students who will shortly be in their first year on the job.

Pickerell added, “My advice to students is to begin the job search early.You need time to explore your options, create a strong job search plan, and then act on that plan. You also want to take a multifaceted approach to your job search, meaning you need to search for positions through a variety of methods.”

Graduating is a scary thing. Some students are more than ready while others are nervous and worried about what their future holds. Regardless, as students at McKendree University, we have resources to help prepare us for the next chapters in our lives. Therefore, whether you are done with school in December or graduate in May, utilizing resources such as Career Services office can help you become successful in your life after college.


Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 7, Articles, Campus, Opinion

[Iss. 7] || Acquire Free Money through an App

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Are you one of those people who clips coupons? Do you try to cut costs in every way possible? Did you ever think you could earn a few extra dollars by downloading an app on your Android phone or iPhone?

Say hello to Perk! Perk is a rewards program, similar to My Coke Rewards. It rewards you based on the ads you watch on your iPhone or Android device. For every ad or task you complete, you earn points. These points can be used to earn gift cards to popular retailers, as well as restaurants, such as Target, Starbucks, Nike, Game Stop, Chili’s, Applebee’s and many more. For example, if you earn 5000 points, you can have a $5 dollar gift card sent to your home. Perk points can also be used for donations to various charities and entries into sweepstakes.

I learned about the Perk TV app through word of mouth. At first, I was skeptical, but I looked through the reviews on the Google App Store, and it had earned at least four stars. Through the Perk TV app, you can allow your phone to play advertisements. After watching each advertisement, you earn 4 points. Besides the Perk TV app, Perk offers a scratch-off game app, a quiz app and a browser app which can also be used to earn points.

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I recently downloaded the Perk Pop Quiz app, and I was pleased. You can choose from various topics, including movies, TV shows, literature, math, music and pop culture. As for an example of a more specific sub-category, you could choose from How I Met Your Mother, Once Upon a Time, Friends, Family Guy, etc. Not only is the app entertaining, you can rack up points in order to get a gift card. Each quiz contains five questions, and you can earn one to four points for each quiz you take.

I found this app just in time for holiday shopping. Although a $5 gift card takes a long time to get (racking up 5000 points could take a couple of weeks), taking advantage of this free app is definitely worth it. We use our cell phones all the time– they are attached to us 24/7. Why not get rewarded for the time spent using your iPhone or Android?

Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 7, Articles, Opinion

[Iss. 7] || Are Long Distance Relationships Worth it in the End?

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While approximately 14 to 15 million people in the United States considered themselves to be in a  long distance relationship, many people cringe at the idea of having a significant other miles away from them.  Not only are long distance relationships difficult to maintain, but they also tend to be destined for failure in the long run. But is this really true? When people think about long distance relationships, they often forget to consider military couples, where one or both partners may be stationed away from each other.  Sometimes, a partner may have to leave for extended periods of time due to job relocation.  However, one of the most common reasons people end up in long distance relationships is because of college.

I searched the web for statistics in regards to long distance relationships, and here is the information I have found during my research:

  • 14 million couples define themselves as having a long distance relationship
  • 75 million married couples are in long distance relationships
  • 5 % of all long distance relationships are college relationships
  • 75 % of all engaged couples have been (at some point) in a long distance relationships
  • 9 % of all married couples in the states are undergoing long distance relationships
  • 10 % of all marriages in the states started out as a long distance relationships

As shown above, the numbers are pretty substantial regarding long distance relationships, with married couples and college students being the highest percentage.

One of the myths surrounding long distance relationships is that they are more likely to fail than other kinds of relationships. However, if married couples are in long distance relationships, then they could last. Everyone thinks long distance relationships are bad liaisons, but whether or not the relationships survive should only be decided by the couples involved. If they love each other enough, distance shouldn’t matter. It may be a struggle to be away from one’s lover for a long period of time, but sometimes it is worth the sacrifice.

Demetre Mitchell commented on how he felt about long distance relationships: “Long distance relationships can last if you have good communication and trust. Using technology can be a big thing when in a long distance relationship because you can skype and see each other through web cam.” From his experience, he feels as though long distance relationships are not as stressful as many people peg them out to be and could last because couples can still talk and see each other every day through technology. Even though couples who carry on relationships in separate locations use Skype or FaceTalk to communicate instead of seeing each other in person, the love is still the same.

From experience, they are not stressful and are not too hard to deal with. Of course, there is an emptiness from not being able to see your mate physically, but communication is the key to all healthy relationships. If you and your mate still communicate, the distance shouldn’t matter. By being away from one another,  it gives the pair excitement when they are actually able to see each other; the time that they spend together will mean so much  more to both of them, and they will cherish it. These moments could be considered the perks of being in a long distance relationship, but there is also negative connotations of being away from your lover for a long amount of time. Long distance may cause one to cheat. When this or similar situations occur, the relationship does not last. It shows that whoever messed up wasn’t mature enough to handle the long distance. Love should be stronger the any distance.

Senior Tracey Washington – a close friend who has been in a long distance relationship since his freshman year of college – stated, “My girlfriend and I talk every day, all day. I FaceTime her as I walk to class, eat, play my game, etc. Nothing has changed much; we get to see each other [in person] a few times out of the school year. Every once in a while, I [will] travel to her school, and she occasionally visits me as well. We also spend time together and hang out during the holidays. When it’s time to separate again, we still get upset, but we really love each other so we work through the distance. We have been together for four years, and no love has been lost between us to. I get excited when we talk and tell each other our crazy college stories. Now we’re both about to graduate and build our careers together in one place. If we were to separate again, I will still stick by her side because I know she’ll stick by me.”

I also spoke with Marlon Sykes, a student at Rockford University, who has been away from his child and the mother of his child for one year now. He has gotten distracted and argues with his girlfriend almost every day because she accuses him of cheating while at school. These arguments have pushed him into the arms of a girl at his school. He wanted things to work with his baby’s mother, but he says all the nagging and accusing has made him dislike her. Being away from each other has made it easier for him to move on, but he still communicates with her because of his daughter. Other than maintaining his relationship with his daughter, he doesn’t want a relationship with his daughter’s mother because she is too insecure.

Being away from the one you love can be healthy or unhealthy; it all depends on one’s tolerance, patience and desire to be with his or her significant other. Some people can’t deal with long distance relationships, and it causes them to become insecure and afraid that they’ll lose their mate to someone closer.  A couple that has been together but finds themselves apart at some point will need to make some adjustments in order to make their relationship work.  This does not mean every relationship that does not plan for the changes is doomed to failure, but it does suggest that long distance couples have more work to do in order to maintain their relationships at healthy levels.

Julia S.’s opinion on long distance relationships is a slightly different take on the issue compared to Washington and Sykes:   “I didn’t like being in a long distance relationship because boys tend to cheat. So I just knew, with us being apart, my ex was going to do whatever he wanted and not think about me. My assumptions were right; he began cheating shortly after we started going to different schools. According to social media, he was messing with multiple girls, and they would post pictures of themselves. He didn’t think I would found out. However, I did, and we broke up when I confronted him. Long distance relationships don’t last, and I don’t like them. Men are cheaters.”

While some couples think a separation may only last about 14 months, many may end their relationships in the first five months if the couple feels that it will not work.  This result could be partially due to long distance couples worrying about their partners cheating with others. However, there is no evidence which suggests those in long distance relationships are more likely to cheat than others.

Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 7, Articles, Opinion

[Iss. 7] || Encouraging McKendree Students to Consider Graduating Early


KimberlyThe last three and a half years of college at McKendree University have not been easy, but they were well worth it. When I started college as a freshman in fall 2011, I honestly had no idea what I was going to do. Because the importance of knocking down general education requirements was not explained nor specified very well, I ended up registering for classes I had wanted to take as opposed to classes I should have taken. My first semester of college was frustrating to no end. I remember feeling as though my time spent at McKendree was wasted – especially because I could not make up my mind as to what I wanted to do in life.

I am sure other students have faced this frustration as well.

To make up for my “wasted” semester, I took three classes at Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) during the summer of 2012. However, at that time, I was convinced that I wanted to go into education. When I attended my first observation in the spring of 2013, I quickly found out teaching wasn’t for me. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against teachers; in fact, they have my highest regard when it comes to teaching and caring for children and teenagers for 40 hours a week. That is a big responsibility!

When I decided to drop the education tag to my English literature and writing degree, I was lost. I was still under the impression that education was the only substantial field for English majors. However, after taking Dr. Joy Santee’s Professions of the English Major, I figured out what I had wanted to do with my life. Instead of education, I wanted to go into publishing and editing because I absolutely love editing! Editing has always been a strong passion of mine; so why not use my skills full force? As each semester came, I registered for as many credits as I could in order to reduce my class requirements. I was always taking either 17 or 18 credits per semester (trust me, it can be done), and it really paid off.

Because I wanted to move forward and make the most out of my academic experience, I am able to graduate a semester early. In many ways, being able to graduate early has been more of a blessing than anything else: (1) I can use whatever money that was going towards my final semester to pay down my college loans; (2) I will have a head start in finding a job than many of the students graduating with me in May; (3) until I find a job, I will be able to sleep in and catch up on the sleep I have lost over the last three and a half years.

Simply stated, my advice to you is to take as many required classes as you can each semester and during the summer as well as strive hard to pass all of them. And if you can, attend a junior college first; you’ll be able to save a lot of money by attending community colleges before transferring to McKendree University. I’m not going to lie, each year, the tuition rate at McKendree increases every year.

If you consider doing any or all of these things, maybe you can graduate early as well.

Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 7, Articles, Campus, Opinion

[Iss. 7] || Life Lessons Learned while Traveling with the Team

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Do you ever wonder what it’s like to go on trips with college teams?  To get on a charter bus with everyone and sit for long periods before arriving at a hotel with little leisure time to spare?  Sports trips are generally lots of fun from my experience, but they have some disadvantages. Some people think athletes mess around, goof off and miss class. However, everything isn’t always what it seems.  While trips can be fun for athletes, the fact that we have to miss class sometimes hinders us if we are not prepared.  For instance, as a hockey player, I have considerable experience missing classes for hockey games away from Lebanon. Other students may have different experiences of their team traveling and have different opinions about missing classes.

Andrew Falls, a junior at McKendree, plays hockey for McKendree.  When I asked him about what he felt about traveling, he said: “I really like traveling with the team. I like the camaraderie within the group and spending time with some great people.”  He didn’t like missing class because students can’t always get that time back with the teacher in class.  “It’s hard to miss school, and focus on playing the game at the same time.”  If Falls has stuff to do, he always works on homework during study hours.  He also dislikes going on team bus rides.  “I have a harder time on the longer trips, I’m 6’5, so it can get cramped on the longer bus rides.”

Andrew Sparks is a graduate assistant for the McKendree Athletic Training program and is going through McKendree master’s program as well.  Sparks talks about traveling with the men’s volleyball team last year. When asked about traveling, he responded, “I like traveling to see new places, seeing new arenas.”  Andrew noted that he enjoyed traveling to Division I schools the most because the athletic training facilities were spectacular.  However, he didn’t like time being taken away from his weekends as well as having to do homework on the bus and hauling his computer gear everywhere. “I liked staying in hotels, but I did not like sharing a room.”  Andrew developed time-management skills and learned how to communicate effectively with the other teams’ athletic training department.  By traveling with the team, he developed key attributes that will help him in his future work place.

A McKendree senior on the wrestling team, Jon Vogt, gave a little insight on what happens on wrestling trips. Vogt enjoyed watching movies on the bus rides and being able to unwind and relax.  Vogt did not like the length of the rides because they were sometimes uncomfortable and his teammates would occasionally get on his nerves from being with them for long periods of time.  “The heavyweights on the team eat in front of you on purpose because they know you have to try and cut weight and that really makes me mad.” According to Vogt, his team liked sitting around on the bus and talking. Vogt said it can be hard missing school but since he is a good student, studies and does his homework, he is able to handle it.  “We leave on Friday and our meet is early Saturday morning, so we usually get back that day or early Sunday morning.”

Hannah Hellyer, a graduate assistant at McKendree University, helps in coaching the women’s golf team and plays the sport herself. She attended Gardner Webb in Pennsylvania for her undergraduate degree while playing golf and is currently working hard to get into the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association (WPGA).  Her time as a golf teammate was an eye-opener because she had learned much about dealing with people by approaching situations of conflict.  When I asked if she liked playing for the team and traveling, she said, “I liked it but I also disliked it at the same time.” She noted that she had a love/hate relationship with golf.  It wasn’t because she didn’t love the sport, but the people around her were hard to deal with.  She hated sitting in the van for long periods of time with people whom she felt didn’t work as hard as she did.  She traveled with five other women and had to stay with these women during every trip. “Driving and having to be with these girls all the time is an experience I will never forget.”


Photo credits to Jacob Schlote

Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 7, Articles, Campus, Opinion

[Iss. 7] || CBS Freshman Series, “SCORPION,” Never Ceases to Amaze

A television series review
CBS , "Pilot"

CBS , “Pilot”

In the past, CBS Broadcasting Inc. has brought various procedural television shows to its network that have aired for several seasons such as NCIS and Person of Interest. Alongside the TV shows with the procedural element, CBS has produced several comedies, including an award-winning series known as The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother. From the director of Fast and Furious, CBS brings a new and exhilarating television show to the network that expresses the same level of intensity as Person of Interest and portrays a stronger level of intellect than The Big Bang Theory.

“And [it is] </SCORPION>.”

Because the new-hit freshman series has a strong mixture of action, suspense, humor, romance, and intellect, </SCORPION> can satisfy more than one target audience. Loosely based on the life of Walter O’Brien – the fourth smartest man ever recorded, </SCORPION> is about a man with an Intellectual Quotient (IQ) of 197 (much higher than Einstein’s 165).

"SCORPION" Episode 01: "Pilot"

“SCORPION” Episode 01: “Pilot”

Walter (Elyes Gabel) manages a team of geniuses that takes on difficult (as well as bizarre) federal cases “normals” (a term used to describe people with average intelligence) cannot solve. As a young boy, Walter O’Brien lived in Callan, Ireland, and when he was a preteen, he was caught hacking into NASA, simply because he wanted to download a blueprint of his favorite rocket ship. Federal agents of the Department of Homeland Security escorted him to one of their local facilities and discovered the boy’s genius. On and off, the Walter and Homeland Security have worked cases together while he was an adolescent, but due to a major incident that happened overseas during the War on Terror, Walter ceased all contact with his handler, Agent Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick) for more than 10 years.

"SCORPION" Episode 01: "Pilot"

“SCORPION” Episode 01: “Pilot”

Fifteen years later, Walter currently fixes internet connections for a living and is seen rewiring a diner’s Wi-Fi connection. He has his eyes on a young boy who is playing with the diner’s salt and pepper shakers, sugar packets and various objects as he waits for his mother, Paige Dineen (Katharine McPhee) to finish her shift. Walter takes a special interest in Paige’s nine-year-old son, Ralph (Riley B. Smith) and tells Paige to help her son before he leaves the diner after finishing his job.

Walter makes his way home to a large garage-like warehouse in Los Angeles and finds his team of intellectual misfits working on their individual projects:

"SCORPION" Episode 01: "Pilot"

“SCORPION” Episode 01: “Pilot”

Happy Quinn (Jadyn Wong), the mechanical prodigy, is connecting wires, telling the team that they will be temporarily stealing electricity from their neighbors until the bills are paid. Happy, for the most part, is the exact opposite of her name. Most of the time, she wears a scowl on her face and confides in machines to manage her constant anger. With each episode, however, she slowly opens up and reveals a softer side to her hardened exterior.

"SCORPION" Episode 01: "Pilot"

“SCORPION” Episode 01: “Pilot”

Sylvester Dodd (Ari Stidham), the Human Calculator, is found working on his latest algorithm on the chalkboard. Sylvester, unfortunately, grew up afraid of his own shadow. When he isn’t at the chalkboard, he is busy disinfecting every surface of the Cyclone (Scorpion’s HQ). Unlike the rest of his genius friends, Sylvester has an overabundant amount of Emotional Quotient (EQ) and expresses himself a lot more than the others in his team. If it wasn’t for Walter, Sylvester admits in a later episode that he wouldn’t be able to keep his composure. Walter keeps Sylvester balanced and sees everyone in Team Scorpion as good friends.

"SCORPION" Episode 01: "Pilot"

“SCORPION” Episode 01: “Pilot”

And then there’s Toby Curtis (Eddie Kay Thomas) – the strangest genius of them all. Toby is Team Scorpion’s behaviorist and has a reputation of being a condescending jerk. Despite his cynical attitude, Walter considers him an asset to the team. Toby is the hub of humor for each episode; his one-liners keep the show’s intensity balanced, temporarily relieving viewers from the hardcore physical and mental action </SCORPION> provides.

The Cyclone is a home – a refuge – for these geniuses because all four of them have hard times interacting with “normals.”

"SCORPION" Episode 01: "Pilot"

“SCORPION” Episode 01: “Pilot”

Due to a national emergency, Agent Cabe Gallo re-contacts Walter and informs Team Scorpion that LAX software had been encrypted with a virus, shutting down all communications between airline pilots and the LAX control tower. Knowing that Walter is the only person who has the intellectual potential in saving hundreds of lives, Cabe is willing to pay every Scorpion team member $50,000 to compensate them for their work. Needing a strong Wi-Fi access point, Walter and his team commandeer the diner and use its Wi-Fi connection to contact the LAX control tower. While Team Scorpion seeks to save the lives of hundreds by fixing the software, they run into a few hiccups. As they attempt to find alternative ways to reboot the old system software before it erases altogether, Walter notices Ralph Dineen still interacting with the diner’s condiments. Sylvester starts to move around the condiments with Ralph reciprocating each move. Sylvester is radiant when the boy beats him – a grandmaster – at chess in eight moves. Walter then informs Paige that her son is a genius, wanting her to know that she needs to continue trying to connect with Ralph if she ever wants to have a relationship with her son in the future.


“SCORPION” Episode 01: “Pilot”

By allowing Paige to help in the case, Walter secures her a job in Scorpion, asking her to help bridge the divide between “normals” and the dysfunctional band of genius misfits. In return, Walter promises Paige he will help her connect with her son. Will Walter O’Brien and the rest of Team Scorpion be able to save everyone in the air in time before the Department of Defense shoots down a number of airplanes in order to save the lives of the many? Watch </SCORPION> from the beginning and find out.

All previously aired episodes are available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon for $34.99 for the entire season.

Each week, Scorpion faces a new threat and has to intellectually as well as creatively figure ways to solve them before lives are lost. With an average of 2 million viewers per episode, there is no doubt in my mind that CBS’s </SCORPION> will go far.

</SCORPION> airs on Monday nights on CBS at 8 PM.

Are you ready to join Team Scorpion?

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