[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.

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Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 7, Review Crew

[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!



Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 7, Letters from the Editors

[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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Second row left to right: Ambrocya Burge, Amanda Flowers, Darnee Baker

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.

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

[Iss. 7] || Now Showing at the Hett



Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 7, Campus, Campus Advertisements, Campus Announcements, Campus Events, Entertainment

[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.






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

[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.

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

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

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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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Created by Kimberly Bennett

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
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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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[Iss. 7] || “A Fall From Grace” Filming in St. Louis?

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St. Louis will possibly be the host of a new, upcoming thriller, A Fall from Grace. According to Fox 2 News, the movie, directed by Jennifer Chambers Lynch, is a suspense thriller about a St. Louis homicide detective who is put on a case dealing with a serial killer who kills and disposes the bodies of girls near the Chain of Rocks Bridge, while dealing with his own demons. The film is said to start filming in St. Louis this fall/winter, but for now it’s being filmed primarily in Louisiana.

Interviewed by St. Louis Magazine’s Andrew Wyatt, Jennifer Lynch, the co-writer, producer and director of the film, said that the production team is waiting for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and the St. Louis Film Commission to give them a tax credit to film in the city. Lynch said in she wants to film in St. Louis because not only is the movie set in the city, but she loves St. Louis, and says that “you guys have everything: the bridges, the farmland, the city, the wealth, the poverty, the old, the new. I was awestruck.” The movie is said to star David Lynch (The Cleveland Show), Tim Roth (Lie to Me), and French Stewart (3rd Rock from the Sun). The film is said to be released next year.

The city of St. Louis will not be used as a primary film location, which is a shame, since the city has so much potential and needs to be able to show both its beauty and its scary side.

Before this film, according to the Missouri Film Office, five movies that have been credited for being either fully or partially filmed in St. Louis. At least two in the list of eight below were filmed in areas other than the airport, and four completely in Missouri. Let’s hope the production team of A Fall from Grace can receive permission to film in St. Louis.

  1. Escape from New York (1981): This movie was filmed in Union Station, parts of downtown near the city museum, St. Louis Masonic Temple on Lindell and the Chain of Rocks Bridge (that’s ironic). Screenplay by John Carpenter.
  2. National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983): Part of the film was filmed in East St. Louis, but the only actual shots of St. Louis are of the exterior shots. Screenplay by John Hughes.
  3. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987): The airport that was used in the movie is St. Louis International Airport. Screenplay by John Hughes.
  4. King of the Hill (1993): The entirety of the movie is filmed and set in St. Louis, and shows life in the Midwest during the Great Depression. Screenplay by Steven Soderbergh.
  5. Up in the Air (2009): The St. Louis International Airport was in the movie, but Affton High School was also in the movie – it was used as Ryan Bingham’s (George Clooney’s character) high school. Novel by Walter Kirn. Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner.
  6. Meet Bill (2007): Filmed entirely in St. Albans, MO, (which is about 50 minutes west of St. Louis0 and at the St. Louis Galleria. Screenplay by Melisa Wallack.
  7. Gone Girl (2013): Filmed in Cape Girardeau, MO, Thebes Boat Ramp, IL, and in Giant City State Park Lodge, IL. Novel and screenplay written by Gillian Flynn.
  8. Winter’s Bone (2009): Filmed primarily in Forsyth, Taney County, Branson, and Christian County MO. Novel written by Daniel Woodrell, and screenplay by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini.
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[Iss. 7] || Fifteen Long Books not to be Read in Class

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I love books, as anyone who knows me will tell you. As an end-of-semester treat, therefore, I have decided to take a break from reporting on world events and focus instead on something that pleases me. I had four criteria for a long book: (1) it had to exceed 500 pages, (2) it had to have been published more than 20 years ago, (3) it had to stand alone as a text; illustrated and annotated editions were disqualified and (4) it had to have been a one-off, not part of a series.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky: 522 pages (Signet Classics, 2006)

Impoverished former law student, Rodion Raskolnikov, acting on his theory that extraordinary people can do wrong if those wrongdoings can offer humanity something worthwhile, murders an elderly pawnbroker and her sister. The murders are the crime; the punishment, which guides the rest of the novel, lies in Raskolnikov’s reluctance to confess. Not until he meets Sonya Marmeladov, whose family he helped after a carriage crushed her alcoholic father, does he confess to police inspector Porfiry Petrovich, who had suspected Raskolnikov’s guilt ever since Raskolnikov almost confessed the murders to him a few days after they happened.

The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot: 546 pages (A. L. Burt Co., 1932)

Siblings Tom and Maggie Tulliver grow up by the Dorlcote Mill on the Floss River, near the fictional Lincolnshire (England) village of St. Ogg’s. While Tom leaves school for the world of business to alleviate his father’s declaration of bankruptcy, Maggie leaves the world of the intellect for the world of the spiritual, inspired by Thomas à Kempis’s medieval Catholic devotional The Imitation of Christ. However, her relationship with a childhood friend named Philip Wakem strains both her spiritual devotion and her bond with Tom. Eventually, Tom and Maggie reconcile.

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens: 751 pages (Oxford University Press, 1981)

This book would make this list just for its full title: The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery (Which He Never Meant to Publish on Any Account). The most autobiographical of Dickens novels sees David Copperfield be sent to school by his stepfather, Edward Murdstone. After David’s mother dies, Murdstone has David work for a London wine merchant, but David leaves London for Dover and for his great aunt, Betsey Trotwood, when his landlord and caretaker, Wilkins Micawber, is sent to debtors’ prison. As David grows up, several people come in to and out of his life, such as Agnes Wickfield (daughter of David’s new landlord), Uriah Heep (whose name is now shorthand for a yes-man) and Peggoty (his childhood housekeeper).

Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon: 760 pages (The Viking Press, 1973)

Perhaps the only way to summarize this book is to say that it happens between 1944 and 1945, with a preview of 1970. It opens with a Special Operations Executive employee named Pirate Prentice, whose associate, Teddy Bloat, photographs a map of the sexual encounters of the book’s protagonist, U. S. Army Lt. Tyrone Slothrop. Slothrop’s encounters are significant enough to warrant a map because each one occurs several days before a German V-2 rocket strikes London. Wanting to find the reason for Slothrop’s clairvoyance, the fictional psychological warfare agency PISCES discovers that Slothrop’s encounters and the rocket strikes correlate with the Poisson Distributions computed by Roger Mexico.

Middlemarch by George Eliot: 795 pages (Quality Paperback Book Club, 1994)

Dorothea Brooke, wanting to take on a noble project, marries Casaubon, a wizened scholar who cares more for his books than for his wife. As divorce in Victorian times was allowed only for abuse or adultery, Dorothea is stuck. Meanwhile, Tertius Lydgate, a young doctor, launches his practice in the town of Middlemarch (England), but the townspeople care little for this foreigner with new ideas. He marries Rosamund Vincy, a patient’s sister, and their marriage becomes as unhappy as Dorothea and Casaubon’s.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy: 817 pages (Viking Penguin, 2001)

In 19th-century czarist Russia, Darya Alexandrovna Oblonskaya (Dolly) threatens to leave her husband, Stepan Arkadyich Oblonsky (Stiva), after discovering his affair with their children’s nanny. Because Stiva does not fully comprehend Dolly’s distress (we later learn that he continually flirts with other women), he brings in his sister, Anna Arkadyevna Karenina, as a mediator; Anna succeeds. At the same time as this mediation, Dolly’s younger sister, Ekaterina Alexandrovna Shcherbatskaya (Kitty), has two suitors: a raffish and wealthy soldier named Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky (whose mother Anna shared a train car with) and a socially awkward landowner named Konstantin Dmitrivich Levin. The rest of the novel follows Vronsky as he falls in love with Anna (who is already married to the bland and dutiful bureaucrat Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin) and Levin as he falls in love with Kitty. As the title indicates, the main focus is on Anna and Vronsky’s turbulent relationship, rather than on Kitty and Levin’s peaceable-by-comparison relationship.

2666 by Roberto Bolaño: 893 pages (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008)

The lives of four European literary critics, a Chilean philosophy professor, an American journalist, and many others intersect in Santa Teresa, Mexico (a fictionalized Ciudad Juárez), where at least 300 young and uneducated women have been murdered. The book’s events correspond well with real life; Juárez is infamous for its narcotics trafficking as well as for its serial murders. Though the city’s homicide rate has decreased since 2004, over 1000 murders committed between 1993 and 2003 remain unsolved, partly because of alleged police involvement. According to English literary critic Henry Hitchings, the book’s title refers to the ancient Israelites’ exodus from Egypt, which supposedly happened 2666 years after God created Adam and Eve.

Bleak House by Charles Dickens: 905 pages (Oxford University Press, 1996)

In the Court of Chancery, which decides civil lawsuits, a case called Jarndyce and Jarndyce has seethed for many years. Because the case has spent so much time in court, many people are connected to it. Foremost among the connected people is the book’s protagonist, Esther Summerson, who sometimes narrates the book in place of an omniscient narrator. Other characters include Esther’s guardian, Mr. John Jarndyce; Jarndyce’s other two wards, Ada Clare and Richard Carstone; Esther’s biological mother, Lady Dedlock; Lady Dedlock’s husband, Sir Leicester Dedlock; and a lawyer involved in the Jarndyce lawsuit, Mr. Tulkinghorn.

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace: 981 pages (Little, Brown and Co., 1996)

At the center of this book is a film cartridge’s missing master copy. Interested in the film, called Infinite Jest, are the Incandenza family (mother Avril, father James Jr. and sons Orio, Mario and Hal), students at the Enfield Tennis Academy (Michael Pemulis, John “No Relation” Wayne and Ortho “The Darkness” Stice), patients at The Ennet House Drug and Alcohol Recovery House (Don Gately and Joelle Van Dyne), and a Québécois separatist group (Les Assassins des Fauteuils Rollents, or the Wheelchair Assassins). The film Infinite Jest is notorious for entertaining its viewers so much that they lose interest in literally everything else. Therefore, the Wheelchair Assassins want it to aid their terrorist acts meant for America, while the United States Office of Unspecified Services wants to intercept it so that they can maintain the stability of the Organization of North American Nations.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: 1146 pages (The Modern Library, 1931)

As with Gravity’s Rainbow, the best way to summarize War and Peace might be to say that it happens between 1805 and 1813, during the Napoleonic Wars. In fact, this book’s scope is so broad (the character list on Wikipedia actually spans the entire alphabet) that any summary would need nearly 20 paragraphs—six for the main characters (Pierre Bezukhov, Andrei Bolkonsky, Anatol Kuragin, Hélène Kuragin, Natasha Rostova and Nikolai Rostov), five for the historical characters (Alexander I of Russia, Pyotr Bagration, Napoléon Bonaparte, Mikhail Kutuzov and Fyodor Rostopchin), and eight for the historical events (Battle of Austerlitz, Battle of Borodino, Battle of Krasnoi, Battle of Schöngrabern, Fire of Moscow, French Invasion of Russia, Napoleonic Wars and Treaties of Tilsit). If you want a summary that can be followed in one sitting, then check out Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” known properly as “The Year 1812.” Instead of referring to the people and events of 1812 directly, he uses several melodies to allude to them; for example, the French national anthem “La Marseillaise” represents the French, while the Eastern Orthodox tune “O Lord, Save Thy People” represents the Russians.

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand: 1168 pages (Dutton, 1992)

If you like trains, dystopias, superheroes and Aristotle’s laws of logic, then this book is for you. Ayn Rand’s heroes were not aliens from other planets but individuals fighting to do what they want as they see fit—in this case, Dagny Taggart and Henry “Hank” Rearden. Dagny is the vice president of operations at Taggart Transcontinental, whose Rio Norte Line is the last to surrender to nationalization. Hank is a steel baron who creates Rearden Metal, distinctive for its blue-green color and for its strength. Both must contend with increasingly oppressive government directives (particularly Directive 10-289, which requires all patent holder to sign their patents over to the government), personal unhappiness (marital and otherwise), looters (Rand’s word for those who take property from capitalists), and a workers’ strike. The book’s title alludes to the strike at the end. When Hank asks Francisco d’Anconia (the strike’s most active recruiter and Dagny’s first sweetheart) what he would do in this situation if he were Atlas, Francisco says that he would shrug. Put another way, Francisco’s answer is his attempt to offer Hank a way out of the strike.

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo: 1232 pages (Penguin, 1986)

After spending 19 years in prison for breaking and entering a shop to get some bread for his starving sister and her child (14 years were added for trying to escape), the newly paroled Jean Valjean stumbles into the French town of Digne and onto the doorstep of bishop M. Myriel. In his astonishment at Myriel continuously overlooking his criminal status, Valjean steals Myriel’s silverware. When the police return Valjean to Myriel’s house, all Myriel says is that, in his rush to leave, Valjean forgot to take the matching silver candlesticks with him, which persuades the police to let Valjean go. Then Myriel makes a deal with Valjean: In return for keeping the candlesticks, Valjean must become an honest man. Valjean spends the rest of the novel embodying his promise to Myriel, and his efforts end up affecting at least half a dozen people.

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth: 1349 pages (HarperCollins, 1993)

Old and new clash in 1950s India. The old comes in the form of Mrs. Rupa Mehra, who tries to find the title’s “suitable boy” for her 19-year-old daughter. The new comes in the form of Rupa’s daughter Lata, who wants to choose for herself, without “help” from her mother or from her brother Arun. In between the choices Lata has to make, readers observe land reforms, Hindu-Muslim friction (Pakistan is now a separate country), the end of the Zamindari system (zamindar meaning “landowner” in Persian and referring to now-former aristocracy), and the relationships between four families (the Mehras, the Kapoors, the Khans and the Chatterjis). The complex relationships between the families, along with the comprehensive changes to Indian society, are why A Suitable Boy is one of the longest single-volume books in the English language.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: 1448 pages (Pocket Books, 2008)

Katie Scarlett O’Hara is not a typical Southern lady—at least not in the eyes of her neighbors during the American Civil War and Reconstruction. She marries once (Charles Hamilton dies of measles two months after the war starts), single-handedly rebuilds her beloved home (Tara) after the Yankee soldiers strip it bare, marries twice (Frank Kennedy dies trying to avenge an attack some men made on her), and marries thrice (Rhett Butler eventually realizes that their marriage was bound to be troublesome). Through all her highs and lows, Scarlett exhibits a quality known as gumption, which Margaret Mitchell defined as the capacity for survival and which Mitchell saw in her relatives’ eyes as they told her about their experiences as Confederate soldiers.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas Sr.: 1462 pages (The Modern Library, 1996)

Edmond Dantès’ life starts out so well; he gets a promotion at work and is set to marry the love of his life, a local woman named Mercédès. Unfortunately, just before the wedding begins, he is framed for treason and sentenced to life in prison, thanks to two supremely jealous men. Danglars, accountant for the ship that Edmond steered home when the captain died en route (which is how he got the promotion), envies Edmond’s success; meanwhile, Fernand Mondego, a local angler, loves Mercédès and wants her for himself. Over the next 117 chapters, we watch Edmond as he escapes from prison, dons multiple disguises and proceeds to destroy Danglars and Mondego’s lives. Eventually, Edmond realizes that revenge has caused him more problems than he started out with, so he gives it up altogether.

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[Vol. 93, Iss. 6] || The McKendree Review Crew

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Vol. 93, Iss. 6


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Editing Team

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Kimberly Bennett
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In This Issue

Britani Beasley
Kimberly Bennett
Kappa Lambda Iota
Justin Kennon
Emily Lucia
Lyn Huxford Center for Community Service (CPS)
Morgan Roscow
Chelsey Wheeler
Courtney Winkler, M.A.T.

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[Iss. 6] || Leditors | A Letter from the Editors

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Hello everyone,

In this issue, you will be reading about an interview with Dr. Dennis in regards to the recent hate crime on campus. You will also get a chance to read the inside scoop on McK Radio’s B-Dub and Laurie Lou and their show, “Back to the 80s.” Find out more on National Diabetes Month, and read a film review on Annabelle. There is a variety of creativity in this issue including two poems and a comic.  The next deadline is this Monday, Nov. 21, and the articles submitted by that deadline will be printed in the paper edition. (Because we want the bulk of the printed edition to have as many articles as possible, we decided to publish this issue online with fewer articles and then publish the rest of our submissions in the printed edition which will be distributed on Dec. 2, 2014). So please, send your submissions to mckreview@mckendree.edu as soon as possible to make the deadline.

We are in need of new staff members for the Review. Two of us will be leaving and will not be able to work for the Review. That being said, there are two spots open for the spring semester. In order to apply for this paid position, you must have been involved with the Review for at least one semester. Look for an email from Gabriel Shapiro (gjshapiro@mckendree.edu) regarding further information.

Thank you,

The Editors

Remember, you do not have to be an English major or a journalism minor in order to write for the “Review.”  

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[Iss. 6] || McKendree University Responds to Hate Crime on Campus

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hate crimeLast month, the community of McKendree University was shocked by the e-mail announcement informing the campus that one of our fellow students had recently been the victim of hate crimes – criminal acts which are motivated by biases against someone’s gender, race, ethnicity, appearance, religion, sexual orientation or perceived membership in other stigmatized social groups. The female student involved was targeted twice in sexually explicit and racially prejudiced incidents that are believed to have been motivated by her involvement in Confront the Roots, a new student organization at McKendree dedicated to encourage open communication about black/white racial issues. Public safety was notified that she was verbally assaulted on campus and shortly thereafter, her car was vandalized. There is also an open investigation by the Lebanon Police Department to determine the responsible party or parties.

Although no permanent damage was done to her vehicle, confidence in the integrity of our community had been shaken. James Dennis, Ph. D., president of McKendree University, shared a message of strength and unity tinged with disappointment when interviewed in regards to the hate crimes.

 “What I want our students to know is that we’re taking this very seriously. This is not something that we’re pretending will disappear or that we’re trying to pretend didn’t happen,” Dr. Dennis stated. “I think when one student is offended, everyone should be offended. It’s not just that one student, it’s all of us. That’s unacceptable on our campus and in our community. I expect more of all of us. We hope that by the time students get to college that they’ve learned how to communicate effectively with one another in a positive way. You hope, but it’s not always the case. So when things like this happen we’re disappointed and concerned and I think that’s definitely the case here.”

The incidents show that even our small and inclusive community of education is not immune to the racial tension affecting the greater St. Louis area. In response to the violence in Ferguson, Mo., McKendree has made it a priority to provide students and local citizens with opportunities to talk about these issues openly by hosting public speakers, Brown Bag presentations and classroom discussions about racism, race relations and social climate.

“There’s racism throughout our society, and we know that, and we know that on a daily basis there are remarks that are made about people who are different than we are,” the president continued. “We can’t stick our heads in the sand and pretend that racism doesn’t exist. We have to find positive ways that we can talk about it, discuss it, and see what we can do about it. We need to deal with this as an institution, and we’re going to.”

Luckily, it is unusual for students to intentionally offend one another with bigoted words or actions at McKendree University. Although the incident itself might have been an anomaly, it exposed a level of ignorance and intolerance inherent in racism that we must recognize and attack as a community.

“I think everyone has a little bit of racism in them. And that’s a shame, but we need to recognize that in ourselves and then know how to deal with it,” Dr. Dennis advised. “It’s really up to every individual to make a commitment to find ways to communicate effectively, try to understand the differences that do exist, and then try to understand why.” While some may argue that the perpetrators of such crimes deserve to be punished, he advocates for education: “We have some students who are just ignorant. They don’t know any better. We may have some students who are racist,” he admitted. “I think it sends a wave through our community that says we have a lot of work to do. If this is happening, then it’s our job as educators to try to ensure that people understand what they’re doing and how they’re hurting people. Talking about it is the first step, to create awareness, and then we can begin to make progress.”

McKendree University values its students as individuals and as members of a diverse community, and these hate crimes do not define who we are as an institution. We want our students to feel like a family by creating an environment that is safe, enriching, stimulating, inclusive and fair. These cowardly acts of racism and prejudice were reprehensible, but instead of generating strife, they have motivated students from different backgrounds to empathize with each other, and, more importantly for many, to reexamine their own thoughts and actions and recognize their inadvertent yet regular contributions to the continuation of racism, sexism and stereotypes.

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[Iss. 6] || Back to the 80s

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Interviewee: Brent and Lauren Reeves
(B-Dub and Laurie Lou)

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Father/daughter duo, B-Dub and Laurie Lou, known regularly as Brent and Lauren Reeves, have started their own piece of history at McKendree University. Not only are they the only father daughter duo on the McKendree radio station, but they are the only father and daughter 80’s internet radio show in the country! Their journey is only beginning, and we are here to give you the 411 on this groovy pair!

 Why an 80’s show? 

“I obviously lived through the 80’s and spent half of the 80’s in Europe (specifically the UK) and this was the time of the ‘Second British Music Invasion.’  The first was when the Beatles and other UK performers’ music came to the U.S.  So, I was ‘lucky’ to be able to experience first-hand a lot of great performers like Phil Collins, Duran Duran, Simple Minds, Tears For Fears, Lisa Stansfield, U2 (Bono), Sting, Soul 2 Soul, SADE, etc.  Plus, the 80’s music set the tone for many current artists music through sampling!  The 80’s is one of the most prolific music decades ever! Somehow, my love for the 80’s got transmitted to my daughter.”

What are your goals with this radio show?

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1)  Share our love of a music genre to the current generation – people who lived through the 80’s already know about it and love it.

2)  My daughter is a communication and journalism major and needs the experience on her resume to get into the “business”.  She eventually wants to have her own radio/TV talk show like Oprah or Wendy Williams.

3)  After my life at McKendree, I would like to become a Sex and Relationship Therapist and have my own radio/TV talk show.  So, I need the experience as well!”

Have you always had an interest in radio and broadcasting?

“No…not until I knew my daughter was leaning that way and I thought that it would be neat to share a love (The 80’s music) with someone I love (my daughter) and we could do something unique to McKendree and possibly the entire country being a father/daughter radio duo!”

80s showHow do you feel about being the first father daughter duo on the McK Radio?

“I love being a trailblazer and doing interesting and unique things.  I have done this my entire life.  While it may be a challenge and sometimes a bit scary, I think this is one way to enjoy life and help others as well by being a leader/role model.”

How do you feel about having a daughter going to McKendree?

“Secretly, it has been a desire of mine since she was born!  Being a divorced father of two, I have practically raised her and her brother “on-campus” being that since they were born, I spend many nights and weekends working on campus; they have been by my side for most of it.  She was originally planning to go to another school in Chicago (I didn’t want to force her to go somewhere she didn’t want to be).  Being a former admissions director, I have seen firsthand how disastrous it could be by making a kid go to your alma mater or some other school that they didn’t want to attend.  When things turned around and it looked like McKendree was her best option for a college education, I was thrilled to know that she would be close to me a little longer.”

What goes into preparing for a set?

“I am the musical consultant and historian, to give myself a title, on the team.  So, I just have to select and download the songs that we play.  I have a pretty extensive and diverse music library that I collected over the years from the 80’s.  Lauren usually loves all the songs that I like.  Then, she handles all of the technical stuff during the show, such as running the mixing board, powering up the broadcast computers and mics and doing some background research on our transitions from songs to announcements and vice versa.  Once we get the show going, we basically have FUN, FUN, FUN, as a father and daughter can, while playing great music.  Shhhhhhh!!!!  We usually BLAST the in studio speakers while doing the show!”

Favorite 80’s musician/band? Song?

“For me it would definitely be Prince!  Followed closely by Michael J. Jackson!

Prince- 1999; Raspberry Beret; Kiss; Let’s Go Crazy!

Michael Jackson- Thriller; P.Y.T.; Smooth Criminal; Working Day and Night


The duo hopes to keep the show going as long as their listenership is still up. At the end of the interview Brent added that he loves working with his daughter, going on to say that she is a beautiful and intelligent kid that he is very proud to be able to work with in such a fun way! To listen to this entertaining pair, tune into their radio show on Friday evenings from 6-7 PM at http://radio.mckendree.edu  from your mobile device or computer.


Peace, Love and Soul.



Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 6, Articles, Campus, Entertainment, Features, Local/Campus News

[Iss. 6] || Spread the Awareness of National Diabetes Month

Assistant Editor

diabetesNovember is National Diabetes Month, and diabetics around the world are raising awareness. On social media, organizations like Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and American Diabetes Association are creating posts and hosting other events to raise awareness as well as crush the many misconceptions surrounding diabetes.

First of all, there are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 occurs when the pancreas stops producing insulin; whereas, Type 2 because it produces too much insulin. Another misconception is that you can get diabetes from eating too much candy. This is not the case. There are many causes to each type of diabetes. While Type 2 is largely credited to an unhealthy lifestyle, Type 1 is caused largely by genetic factors.

Being diagnosed with diabetes is a complete lifestyle change. Type 1 diabetics (T1D) have to adjust to insulin, while Type 2 diabetics (T2D) have to consume a pill every day. People with both types, however, still have to change their diet and work around a certain number of carbohydrates, and exercise is encouraged. For a diabetic, diabetes is a chore.

While there is not a cure just yet, organizations like JDRF hold events such as the Tour de Cure to raise money to fund research for a cure.

So what can you do?

JDRF has several campaigns going on right now, all of which help raise awareness and funds for diabetes. One campaign involves members of social media sites to change their profile pictures to the official JDRF “Type One, Type None” photo.

Being knowledgeable about diabetes is another thing you can do; you can find more facts on the JDRF and American Diabetes Association websites.

And finally, donate. Diabetes isn’t one of those topics that can be pushed to the side. While it can be managed, complications can still arise and people can still die from it. By donating to JDRF or The American Diabetes Association, your money will contribute to finding a cure.

In addition, every Friday of November and on World Diabetes Day, which was Nov. 14th, you can join millions of people around the world by wearing light blue in support of Type 1 Diabetics.

Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 6, Articles, Features

[Iss. 6] || Rhonda Tibbs & Her Cloud

Adjunct Instructor

On Veterans Day, local author Rhonda Tibbs spoke at McKendree University about her novel Song of the Snowman. 

As a young girl, Tibbs was fascinated with the clouds in the sky and asked her father for one of her own. He not only gifted her with a “cloud,” but, more importantly, he sparked her imagination. Giving her a mason jar, he told his daughter inside the jar, was her cloud.

Tibbs explained she would occasionally see rain falling from the clouds onto green pastures or dusty fields in need of quenching. Other days, she would see a village full of people beneath this cloud. The possibilities inside this jar were limitless. Thus, the creative mind of a writer was conceived resulting in an author who is working on her sixth novel.  As a devoted fan of her work, I give many thanks to her father for realizing the importance of an imagination. I don’t know about you, but I plan on finding a cloud of my own inside a handpicked mason jar. I will keep it on top of my desk next to my laptop with the hope of discovering my own cloud and all its possibilities.

You can follow Rhonda Tibbs on Twitter at @ritbbs.

Reprinted from http://authorgroupie.com/2014/11/12/rhonda-tibbs-and-her-cloud/
Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 6, Articles, Campus, Campus Events

[Iss. 6] ||Kappa Lambda Iota Presents Fun Obituaries from their Fundraiser


 These obituaries are from a fundraiser presented by Kappa Lambda Iota. Students, faculty and staff were invited to donate one dollar and fill out a MadLibs obituary form. The form presented options for cause of death as well as property they left behind. The purpose of this fundraiser was to get people more into the Halloween spirit as well as encourage them to read the McKendree Review. We thank everyone (those who participated and those who donated) for their support for this fundraiser and Kappa Lambda Iota.

1Andrew Tolbert, a freshman at McKendree University, suffocated under a pile of homework on Oct.Oct. 31, 2014. Andrew was from Chicago, Ill. and is survived by Mr. Cuddles, Mrs. Fluffy and his 48 other cats.

 BogeyAJ, a freshman at McKendree University, suffocated under a pile of homework on Oct. 31, 2014. AJ was from Arlington Heights, Ill. and is survived by the cat that he feeds outside of the New Halls.

John Watters, a faculty member at McKendree University, was eaten by a goldfish on Oct. 31, 2014. John was from Marshfield, Missouri and is survived by his iPhone 6.

4Brittany Copple, a junior at McKendree University, suffered a heart attack on the way to third floor Carnegie on Oct. 31, 2014. Brittany was from Waltonville, IL. She is survived by the cat that she feeds outside of the New Halls.


Josh Fleming, a senior at McKendree University from Cave-In-Rock, Ill., died in this year’s Hunger Games. Josh is survived by Mr. Cuddles, Mrs. Fluffy, his 48 other cats and his complete set of How I Met Your Mother DVDs.

6Joe Vandeventer, a sophomore at McKendree University from Lafayete, Indiana, succumbed to an awful bout of food poisoning after eating at Ames on Halloween. Joe is survived by his significant other, his debt and his Yakarma.

BogeyDutch Nave, a sophomore at McKendree University, died in the fiery pits of Mordor because some stupid hobbitses stole his ring. Dutch perished on Oct.Oct. 31, 2014. He was from Minooka, Ill. and is survived by his remaining Flex Dollars.

Tiffany Somerville, a senior at McKendree University from Salem, Ill., died of old age waiting for the Bogey Bus on Oct. 31, 2014. She is survived by her complete set of How I Met Your Mother DVDs and her remaining Flex Dollars.

9Taylor Rossi, a sophomore at McKendree University was beheaded on Halloween 2014 for exposing the incestuous Lannisters. Taylor was raised in Petersburg, Ill. and is survived by Mr. Cuddles, Mrs. Fluffy and her other 48 cats as well as her iPhone 6.


Jodi Gawlik, a senior at McKendree University, suffocated under a pile of homework on Halloween Day 2014. Jodi was from Schaumberg, Ill. and is survived by her iPhone 6.

11Rebecca Blake, a senior at McKendree University from Branson, Missouri, suffocated under a pile of homework on Oct. 31, 2014. She is survived by her sorority sisters.

12Nathan Hunt, a senior at McKendree University, died after suffering from food poisoning at Ames Dining Hall on Oct. 31, 2014. Nathan was from Harrisburg, Ill. and is survived by his APO fraternity brothers.


Ryan Herring, a senior at McKendree University, died of old age waiting for the Bogey Bus. He is survived by his remaining Flex Dollars.

 BogeyNatalie Britton, a freshman at McKendree University, was smashed by a spaceship and died on Oct. 31, 2014. She is from Newton and is survived by her complete set of How I Met Your Mother DVDs.

BogeyBradan Armes of Troy, Ill., died in the fiery pits of Mordor on Oct. 31, 2014 because some stupid hobbitses stole his ring. Bradan is survived by his extensive collection of empty Ski bottles and his rabid man-eating carrot.

16Lauren Craft, a junior at McKendree University, died in the fiery pits of Mordor on Halloween Day of 2014 because some stupid hobbitses stole her ring. Lauren is from Alhambra, Ill. and is survived by Bogey and her sorority sisters.

BogeyTia Thomas, a student at McKendree University, died in the Hunger Games on Oct. 31, 2014. Tia was from Mascoutah, Ill.Ill. and is survived by her iPhone 6.

BogeyDarren Cross of Lebanon, Ill. was smashed by a spaceship on Halloween 2014. He is survived by his significant other.

BogeyDominick Pickens, a sophomore at McKendree University, suffocated under a pile of homework on Oct. 31, 2014. Dominick is from Springfield, Ill. and is survived by his remaining Flex Dollars.

20Stephen McIntosh, a junior at McKendree University, died in the fiery pits of Mordor on Oct. 31, 2014 because some stupid hobbitses stole his ring. Stephen is from University City and is survived by Bogey.

BogeyMark Peters, a faculty member at McKendree University, died in the Hunger Games on Oct. 31, 2014. He is survived by his complete set of How I Met Your Mother DVDs and his seven chinchillas.

22Constance Scott of Cedar Hill, Missouri, died after contracting food poisoning from Ames Dining Hall on Oct. 31, 2014. Constance was a freshman at McKendree University and is survived by her Yik Yak score.

23Holly Petrie, a junior at McKendree University and a resident of Staunton, Ill., was killed by Lord Voldemort on Halloween Day of 2014. She is survived by her APO fraternity brothers and the cat that she feeds outside of the New Halls.

 24Alan Alewine, McKendree class of 20∞ and a resident of Fabulous-ville, suffered a heart attack on the way to his office on third floor Carnegie on Oct. 31, 2014. He is survived by his rabid man-eating carrot.

BogeyAllison Hoshide, a student at McKendree University, was eaten by a goldfish on Oct. 31, 2014. She is survived by her rabid man-eating carrot and her overdue library books.

BogeyChristin Austin, a student at McKendree University, froze to death in PAC on Halloween Day of 2014. She is survived by her Tri Sigma sorority sisters.

27Kaitlin Pennington, a sophomore at McKendree University and resident of Marion, Ill., died in the Hunger Games on Oct. 31, 2014. She is survived by her complete set of How I Met Your Mother DVDs.

28Stephen Hagan, sociology professor at McKendree University, suffered a heart attack on the way to third floor Carnegie and died on Halloween 2014. He is survived by Mr. Cuddles, Mrs. Fluffy and his other 48 cats.

BogeyJulia Hagan, faculty member at McKendree University, was eaten by the Professigator on Oct. 31, 2014. She is survived by her debt.

30Jordan Archibald, a freshman at McKendree University, died of humiliation after failing to wear pink on Wednesday. Jordan was a resident of Quincy, Ill. and is survived by the McKendree Show Choir.

 31Zach Frank, a 6th year student at McKendree University, died in the fiery pits of Mordor on Halloween 2014 because some stupid hobbitses stole his ring. Zach was from Collinsville, Ill.. He is survived by his rabid man-eating carrot.

 32Mariah Logan, a junior at McKendree University and St. Louis resident, was eaten by the Professigator on Oct. 31, 2014. She is survived by her remaining Flex Dollars.

33Nancy Lilley, a junior at McKendree University, suffered a heart attack on third floor Carnegie and died on Oct. 31, 2014. Nancy was a resident of New Baden, Ill.. She is survived by Mr. Cuddles, Mrs. Fluffy and her other 48 cats and her Kappa Lambda Iota sisters.

34Magoline Middleton, a senior at McKendree University, was killed by Lord Voldemort on Halloween 2014. She was from Centralia, Ill. and is survived by Mr. Cuddles, Mrs. Fluffy and her other 48 cats.

35Kaylee Englund, resident of Mattoon, Ill. and junior at McKendree University, froze to death in PAC on Oct. 31, 2014. She is survived by her sorority sisters.

36Kaitlin Cartwright, McKendree University senior, died of humiliation on Oct. 29, 2014 after failing to wear pink on Wednesday. She is survived by her significant other.

BogeyDr. Nancy Ypma, professor at McKendree University, died of exhaustion on Halloween Day of 2014. She is survived by Wolfie and a huge family.

BogeyBrenda Doll of O’Fallon, Ill., froze to death in PAC on Oct. 31, 2014. Brenda was a professor of education at McKendree University and is survived by her overdue library books.

39Kathryn Herath of East Peoria suffocated under a pile of homework on Halloween Day of 2014. Kathryn was a senior at McKendree University. She is survived by Mr. Cuddles, Mrs. Fluffy and her other 48 cats.

BogeyDr. Jennifer Hope, a faculty member at McKendree University, was eaten by the Professigator on Halloween Day of 2014.Dr. Hope was a resident of St. Louis, Missouri. She is survived by her 7 chinchillas in addition to Mr. Cuddles, Mrs. Fluffy and her other 48 cats.

Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 6, Campus Organization, Entertainment

[Iss. 6] || “Annabelle” Fails to Raise the Bar


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The newly released horror flick Annabelle, a spin-off of The Conjuring which is about the demonic porcelain doll, brought in a little over $37 million its first weekend in the box office. The film takes place in 1970 where John (Ward Horton) and Mia (Annabelle Wallis) Gordon, go through a series of mishaps, encountering objects that go missing, unidentified noises and a red-eyed demon.

Annabelle’s first appearance was in the film, The Conjuring at the very beginning when Debbie (Morganna May) and two of her friends explain to Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farminga) Warren about the problems they have had with Annabelle. The doll somehow gets out of her cage and horrifies Ed and Lorraine’s daughter, Judy (Sterling Jerins).

With Peter Safran and Tony DeRosa-Grund, the correlating producers between The Conjuring and Annabelle, viewers would think the frights and scares would be better and unexpected. However, while The Conjuring’s best scenes were not spoiled in the previews nor used in the last 20 minutes of the film, Annabelle was a different story. While Annabelle had high attendance ratings its first weekend, the film has gotten mixed reviews. The scariest scenes are shown in the previews of the film, except for the scenes with the demon.

With cinematography done by James Kniest, how could it not be amazing? The special effects, such as lighting, helps show how the doll changes from innocent-like to demonic and dirty. The way Kniest makes the demon blend with the darkness of the basement, the white and red colors of the eyes draw the audiences’ attention back to the demon. However, the acting in the movie is average, and the characters’ names seem as though they mirror the cast of Rosemary’s Baby. The film lacks the most important aspect The Conjuring had: director James Wan.

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Interesting Fact:

The scenes in the house were shot in Santa Monica, Calif., and the apartment is located in Pasadena, Calif. In a recent episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen expressed that while watching the film she noticed something familiar, and then it occurred to her that the apartment used in the film was the same apartment that she lived in when she was first starting out in the business.

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The real story behind the Annabelle doll is more intriguing than the film itself; apparently, the movie is said to be loosely based off of a real event with the only correlation being a doll named Annabelle.

The true story is set behind a Raggedy Ann doll that was bought by a mother for her daughter’s 28th birthday in 1970. The doll started to move around the apartment and change positions on Donna’s bed.  They contacted the Warrens, who informed them that a demon was possessing the doll. After going to see Donna and her friends, they took the doll away. It is now blessed twice a month by a priest.

Unfortunately, in my opinion, the real story of Annabelle is by far scarier than the film.

Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 6, Articles, Entertainment, Movie/Book Reviews

[Iss. 6] || Kicking Off Hunger & Homelessness Week





From Nov. 13-22, CCS will be sponsoring Hunger and Homelessness Week.

Don’t miss out on the events below!!

Nov. 13-19 get a group to participate in the Canned Good Sculpture contest to win a copy of Orange is the New Black (up to 10 copies, announced at Empty Bowls)
Contact  AMreynolds@mckendree.edu for more information.

Monday, Nov. 17 participate in Change for Change around campus from 9-10:30 PM.  Sign up in the CCS Office or e-mail us!

Tuesday, Nov. 18 join us for The Sleep Out in the quad from 6 PM-7 AM, view and discuss The Pursuit of Happyness in the Lair, and do a variety of other activities to learn about homelessness and opportunity.

Wednesday, Nov. 19 at noon, join us in PAC 222 for Empty Bowls Brown Bag, hear a speaker from Hope House, and buy bowls crafted at the Art Clubs Bowl-a-Thon and by other campus members.

Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7 PM in PAC Lobby learn about international hunger at the Oxfam Hunger Banquet with presentations by Project Peanut Butter

Friday, Nov 21, from 11 AM-2 PM sign petitions in PAC as part of Legislative Action Day to improve policies around Hunger and Homelessness, and cap the Week off Saturday, Nov. 22 by attending service at Hope House from 9:30 AM-1:30 PM.  Please RSVP, or sign up in the CCS office.


Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 6, Campus, Campus Advertisements, Campus Events

[Iss. 6] || Duel of the Seasons


Kimberly Bennett


Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 6, Comics, Entertainment, Humor

[Iss. 6] || “i saw Him

Contributing Writer

i saw Him
With closed eyes
And tears of shame

i saw Him
Covered in light
With arms stretched out

i saw Him
So how can
He, be a
legend? When
I saw Him.

Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 6, Creative Writing, Entertainment

[Iss. 6] || “The Moon”

Contributing Writer

He doesn’t care if
up at him.
He’s just doing the
job he does
each night.

then falling
Falling over one-
To rise up the other

It changes his face.
But he’s still the
Same every

Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 6, Creative Writing, Entertainment

[Vol. 93, Iss. 5] || The McKendree Review Crew

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Vol. 93, Iss. 5


Kimberly Bennett

Mindy Allen
Assistant Editor

Emily Lucia
Assistant Editor / Web Manager

Editing Team

Mindy Allen
Kimberly Bennett
Donna Bick*
Emily Lucia
Jenna Teetor*

In This Issue

Kaleigh Admire
Lauren Apetz
Kimberly Bennett**
Elizabeth Crabtree**
Katie Herath
Mariah Logan**
Jenna Morris
Erica Pour
Morgan Roscow
Jodi Short**

* volunteer
** Those who sent “Campus Oddities” photos to the Review

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.
Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 5, Review Crew

[Iss. 5] || Leditors | A Letter from the Editors

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Hello everyone,

In this issue, you will be reading about Edwin Edgar Voigt from the Archives, the problem with event parking at McKendree University, McKendree haunted stories and more! The next deadline is this Monday, Nov. 3, and the articles submitted by that deadline will be printed in the paper edition. So please, send your submissions to mckreview@mckendree.edu as soon as possible to make the deadline.

We are in need of new staff members for the Review. Two of us will be leaving and will not be able to work for the Review. That being said, there are two spots open for the spring semester. In order to apply for this paid position, you must have been involved with the Review for at least one semester. Look for an email from Gabriel Shapiro (gjshapiro@mckendree.edu) regarding further information.

Thank you,

The Editors

Remember, you do not have to be an English major or a journalism minor in order to write for the “Review.” You can have your degree in any major and minor you wish. 

Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 5, Letters from the Editors

[Iss. 5] || From the Archives… President Edwin E. Voigt

Staff Writer

Everywhere you look, McKendree continues to grow. For example, attendance for undergraduates has reached an all-time high; we also have a new entrance, an athletic building as well as the expansion of campus housing. Edwin E. Voigt Science Hall, which opened in 1965, is one of the most anticipated renovations on campus, and the building was named after the president of McKendree at the time. Edwin Voigt’s connection to the college spans a few years before his presidency; since 2014 marks 50 years since his first year serving, now is the perfect time to honor his historical legacy.

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Edwin Edgar Voigt served as a pilot in World War I; later in 1924, he was ordained as an elder in the Methodist church. His impact on the denomination was significant because he helped revise the Methodist Hymnal and Book of Worship. He later became the first bishop of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference in 1960 when the central and southern Illinois conferences merged.

Voigt became greatly involved in the partnerships between the conference and its colleges, including McKendree. He established a fundraising campaign for renovating Bothwell Chapel, raising over $700,000. Also during his time as bishop, he helped raise money for a school in Bangladore, India. As an expression of gratitude, the school was named after Voigt.

In 1964, Bishop Voigt accepted the position of McKendree’s president, and campus would expand tremendously during this time. Voigt Science Hall was opened on Sept. 12, 1965, almost 50 years after any previous dedication of a building on campus. Building on campus did not stop there. The Deneen Center and Helen T. Barnett Hall were also built, followed closely by Baker Hall, Walton Hall and Ames Dining Hall. By the end of his short presidency, Holman Library was under construction. Previous president Peter Akers termed Voigt’s presidency as the “McKendree Renaissance” (168).

Edwin Voigt stepped down from his position in 1968 with the announcement of his retirement at the age of 76. He felt he was too old for the position of college president, indicating that “the college needed young, creative, and dynamic leadership” (173). In just four years, enrollment increased almost 50 %. Voigt would be the last president of McKendree University with direct ties to the United Methodist conference.

Information is taken from McKendree College History 1928-1978. The McKendree History Museum is located in Bothwell Chapel and is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, from 10 AM to 12 PM.

Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 5, Articles, Blast from the Past, Campus, Features

[Iss. 5] || Events Parking at McKendree: Is This an Issue?

Contributing Writer
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Parking at McKendree University has grown into a bigger issue in the past few years due to the increasing influx of first year students since 2013. When McKendree holds specific events such as game nights (mainly football), parking becomes an even bigger problem. However, game nights are not the only events at McKendree in which parking is an issue. For example, consider the events held at Hett or even Family Fun Weekend. While some students believe that there is enough parking at McKendree during event days, some believe otherwise.

One student – a senior who we will call Ted Miller because he wished to remain anonymous – said, “There are lots of parking spots available during events actually, but there’s the lower level of The Hett; it’s like first come first serve. If you tend to come at the start of the game, parking can then be a problem.”

My source also said, “A lot of students don’t check their email as often as they should. Public Safety should have more outlets for students to be aware to move their vehicle beside emails.” This student suggests there should be more signs placed around campus and not just beside the parking lots.

Tegan Clinton, senior, mentioned that on the first game of the season, one of her friends had parked in C Lot, and then she started receiving phone calls from Public Safety before her class ended at 2 PM. When discussing other sporting events on campus, Clinton added, “I know, for basketball games, [it is] hard [to park] too; that back lot gets full,” but she also thought the parking lots are more crowded during the school week than during the weekends or on game days.

Students and faculty receive emails regarding which parking lots need to be vacated at least a few days before events take place. Clinton, however, does check her email often, and said “Signs are your last reminder. I don’t know how else they would do it” when it comes to communicating more with students about moving their vehicles.

Ashley Klass, a junior, said there needs to be more signs posted because she does not “check [her] email religiously.”

For events at the Hett, according to the McKendree website, Lots A and B are cleared out for handicap and valet parking but since A and B Lots are for white sticker (faculty and staff) parking, it does not seem to be a big deal in regards to student parking. There seems to be two options when it comes to moving your vehicle for game days: you can either check your email more often to know when to move your vehicle, or you can check the signs that are placed by the parking lot entrances and then move your vehicle in time.

One officer, who wishes to remain anonymous, said, “From past experience dealing with game day parking, most students have already parked their vehicles the night before in other lots or have gone home for the weekend,” which seems to be consistent with what students have said. “D and E Lots,” the officer continued, “are fairly full after C Lot has been vacated…. H Lot is fairly empty on game day.” Some students are worried about being ticketed for not moving their vehicles in time, and to that issue, the officer stated, “Public Safety tries to make every effort to contact students to have them move their vehicle. If the vehicle is not moved in a certain amount of time after Public Safety has made contact with the student, they will ticket them [for] Failure to Comply with Parking Restriction.”

So, the question remains: Is parking really an issue? Or, are students simply bothered by the fact that they have to move their vehicles before home games? Based on several accounts, there does not seem to be many issues with parking on game days or Hett events. In order to avoid receiving a ticket from Public Safety, look at your email, pay attention to the signs posted and pick up your phones if Public Safety calls.


Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 5, Articles, Campus Events, Features

[Iss. 5] || To Yak or not to Yak?

Contributing Writer
Jenna Morris

Jenna Morris

College students spend a large part of their days on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Pinterest.  Developers have created Yik Yak, a new social network that is becoming widely popular within college campuses, nationwide.  Yik Yak acts as a local bulletin feed that shows posts based on your location being tracked from your phone.  Because users are anonymous, they can post statuses without fear of judgment or consequences. “Similar to how Facebook uses a “like” button, Yik Yak uses up-votes and down-votes for users to agree or disagree with original posts. Users are able to comment or reply to an original post as well.” Not only can users see what is going on at their schools, but they can also “peek” at other universities’ ‘yaks’ too.

At McKendree, Yik Yak has had its ups and downs.  Even though many people “yak” about their classes or crushes, the application has caused much controversy among students who post “yaks” about wanting to cuddle with someone in room XXX. In some cases, people actually reply to “cuddling” and “sex” posts, and sometimes, they would show up, hoping the original poster would follow through.   Pranks have been played on people. For example, users on Yik Yak may tell other users to come to their rooms, and people show up, but these visitors are not who they said they were.  McKendree, so far, does not have too many problems with Yik Yak when compared to other, larger universities such as the University of Southern Mississippi and Norwich University.

Jenna Morris

Jenna Morris

There have been many reports of threats found on Yik Yak that have turned into campus investigations.  According to an article in the Hattiesburg American, the University of Southern Mississippi has gone through two investigations regarding anonymous threats on Yik Yak; so far, they have made at least one arrest.  Although many of the threatening comments on Yik Yak are ruled as hoaxes, public safety officials still feel the need to investigate these threats in order to make sure students are safe..  Also, as stated in the Huffington Post, Norwich University in Vermont has blocked all student access to Yik Yak because of anonymous threats and cyber bullying..

According to the Huffington Post, Norwich University’s president, Dr. Richard W. Schneider said, “I just know [Yik Yak] is hurting my students right now”.

Senior Lexie Shoemaker (left) and Junior Kendall Butler (right)

Senior Lexie Shoemaker (left) and Junior Kendall Butler (right)

Lexie Shoemaker, a senior at McKendree, believed Yik Yak isn’t a good thing for our campus because it causes conflict among the students: “Every time I look at Yik Yak, there is always somebody causing a fight. Sometimes, people complain about posts, and other times, people give other users negative replies because they can hide behind anonymity and get away with it.”

Kendall Butler, a junior, had somewhat of a different opinion: “I think Yik Yak can be very comical, but it comes at the user’s expense. “Students have to be smart about what they post and not use it as a way to target other students.”

Yik Yak is becoming more and more popular on our campus, and it is only a matter of time before someone abuses it and ruins the fun for everyone.  The question is, will the administration take action and start monitoring what is being said on Yik Yak? Will this new technology become a bigger problem at McKendree like other universities? How would Yik Yak be addressed on campus if it goes out of hand?

If you have an opinion on Yik Yak, feel free to write a comment below or answer the poll question.

Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 5, Articles, Campus, Features

[Iss. 5] || There May Be a Few Uninvited Visitors Within McKendree’s Walls

Staff Writer

Have you ever heard unexplained noises while you sleep?

Do you feel as though you are being watched?

Taylor Rossi

Taylor Rossi

If you have ever had any of these experiences at McKendree University, you may have witnessed one of the many spirits already residing on campus. In case you didn’t know, McKendree is ranked in the top ten haunted universities of Illinois.

Sophomore Taylor Rossi had a run in with a spirit last year in Residence Hall East. “I was in my dorm, the new dorms I might add, and I swear, I heard a child laughing in my ear.”Rossi’s experience is not the only instance of hearing a child’s voice or feeling one’s presence in the new halls. Some students believe this spirit belongs to a little girl.

Past Residence Director of Residence Halls East, Jen Stueck, shares her experience she had while living in the new halls.

Jen Stueck

Jen Stueck

“I am hesitant to reflect, in such a public manner, about the experiences I have had with our quiet family members of McKendree University. This is due to my ambivalence regarding the societal set-up of how the paranormal are viewed – and those that believe in the paranormal,” said Stueck. “My personal mantra seems to sum it all up: it takes all kinds to make the world go around. The time I have spent on my physical journey has exposed me to experiences that confirm… it does in fact take all kinds, regardless if you are part of the living world or on a different journey.

“During my time at McKendree University, I noticed a great deal of interest concerning the history of our home and the individuals before us. The following is just a piece of my experience. This experience belongs to me, therefore, it contains my perceptions and beliefs.”

Here is Stueck’s piece: The Little Lady

The Little Lady

It was not long after I unpacked my belongings and settled in campus that I noticed I was rarely alone. Living on campus which is where you work, working where you live and earning your MA all in the same place – yes, you are rarely alone. This is different though, I was never ‘alone’ when I was alone. I spent late evenings at my kitchen table reading from my text books and attempting to make sense of the information my peripheral vision was sending to my brain. For the first few weeks I disregarded the odd sensation that someone was watching me read from my texts.

Over the course of a few months I found it helpful to embrace the odd sensation of having quiet company by speaking to who I felt was a younger person, most likely eight years old and female. I made it a habit to greet the company I felt had made a home within my home. Hearing your own voice without a reply yet, at the same time, sensing there is energy that is capable of silently acknowledging you is an interesting position to be in. I began to refer to this energy as the ‘Little Lady’.

The Little Lady and I made rules, similar to constructing a roommate agreement document. I asked that lights would not be turned off – but, could be turned on. She listened. I asked that she support and care for the residents of the building. She listened, but her playful demeanor could be perceived as ‘scary’ by some of our living McKendree family members. She was welcomed into the suites of residents – they set up toys, sheeted an extra bed for her or simply verbally acknowledged her energy.

To this day I continue to sense the Little Lady around our McKendree home. She is happy, playful, looking to be nurtured and enjoys time with the students. I believe that the Little Lady has found her home on the McKendree University campus, similar to how many of us link ourselves to this warm, welcoming community. This is our home – this is our home that we share with our quiet, yet present family members.

I did some research on the people buried at College Hill Cemetery, and found information about an eight-year-old girl named Alice A. Bailey who had died in 1846.

handOne night in my room this year, my roommate, Lauren Krywy, and I felt as though there was another presence in our room besides us. I decided to ask if there was a spirit in the room, and if there was, I wanted them to make their presence known. The next morning, when we woke up, my roommate had a very small child-sized hand print on her window that was not there the previous night. We have a new roommate.

Even though the new halls are not the oldest buildings on campus, they are the closest to the cemetery. Spirits have the ability of moving short distances so travelling across the street and haunting the new halls are not far-fetched ideas.

If you have had any experience with the paranormal, share it. Stories and experiences like these make McKendree University more unique.

Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 5, Articles, Campus, Entertainment, Opinion

[Iss. 5] || Campus Oddities

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[Iss. 5]|| Help Fight Off STRESS!

Staff Writer
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Stress is something every college student goes through. If you have not been stressed yet this year, consider yourself lucky. As the middle of the semester approaches, papers, exams, presentations, reports and projects will all be assigned and due at lightning speed until the end of the semester.

Here are a few healthy tips for managing your stress levels before you have a mental breakdown from thinking about all the things you have to complete before the semester is over:

  1. TRY NOT TO WORRY about things that are out of your control. Focus on the things you can.
  2. PREPARARATION AND PRACTICE is the way to go if you are worried about a presentation or an interview. The more prepared you feel, the less stressed you will be.
  3. MAKE CHANGE YOUR FRIEND! If a professor moves a due date up, think of it as a challenge and overcome it! (Refer to tip 1)
  4. ASK FOR HELP! If there is something that you cannot do alone, ask a friend, family member or staff member for assistance.
  5. DO NOT OVERCOMMIT YOURSELF! If you spread yourself too thin, then the stress will never end. Stress will add up until you make a change.
  6. BE REALISTIC! Don’t tell yourself that you can do a 10-page research paper in one night, unless you are a genius. In that case, please share your gift with others.
  7. MAKE TIME FOR SLEEP AND EXERCISE! This will allow you to be more productive when you are try to accomplish tasks.
  8. DO SOMETHING YOU ENJOY! All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Don’t be Jack.
Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 5, Advice, Opinion

[Iss. 5] || Where to Shop for the Fall: McKendree Style

Contributing Writer

We all love new clothes, but if you’re like me, you’ve already realized that trying to find the latest fashions for fall within the borders of Lebanon is a little tricky. While most girls at McKendree would openly list St. Clair Square for their “go-to” place when it comes to fall fashion, our beloved mall unfortunately offers very few student discounts.

In fact, one of the only female clothing stores within St. Clair Square that offers a student discount is Charlotte Russe, a popular store among young women which gives a broad choice of unique and trendy fashions. When checking out at the register, show your student ID card for a 10% discount off your purchase. However, this does not include items on clearance.



If you prefer a more professional look, The Limited also offers a discount to students, as well as educators. A discount of 15% is given at the checkout with a valid McKendree ID.

So, ladies, where do we go with our tiny budgets and our big fashion sense? Enter, Lillian’s which is located at 106 Wakanda Drive in Lebanon just next to the fitness center. Lillian’s offers a variety of stylish and tasteful options for a reasonable, student friendly price. When shopping at a boutique like this, you have the advantage of maintaining individuality. Lillian’s only orders approximately six of every item to the store, which makes it easy to be the only one on campus with that trendy new top.

Speaking of trends, fall is the opportune time to showcase your personal style. While we all know that fall means wearing layers, this year it means capes, ponchos, and kimono-style cardigans. According to the owner, Amanda Oelze, plaid is also a huge trend this season, and Lillian’s has these trends arriving this month.

As an alternative to a student discount, Lillian’s offers a punch card. A punch is received for every 20 dollars spent, prior to tax. When the card is full, $30 is taken off the next purchase.

Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 5, Advice, Articles, Opinion

[Iss. 5] || Sleepy Hollow: A Show You Cannot Miss

A Television Series Review

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Last fall, Sleepy Hollow made its way to Fox and after three episodes, the show was renewed on Oct. 3, 2013 because the pilot, alone, appealed to a total of 10.1 million viewers. The first season premiere started on Sept. 16, 2013, and its finale ended last Jan. 20, 2014. Although the second season started Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, it is crucial to have a general picture of the first season in case there are people who have not seen the television series at all.

First of all, Sleepy Hollow is based off of Washington Irving’s famous short story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” but with a modern twist. In case you aren’t familiar with the short story, Irving’s story takes place in 1790 in Tarry Town (historical Tarrytown, New York) in an isolated valley called “Sleepy Hollow” which is most famous for its haunting atmosphere. The most famous creation in Irving’s story is the Headless Horseman whose television counterpart plays a large role in Fox’s modern adaptation of Sleepy Hollow.

While Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) remains to be the gallant protagonist of both written and television works of art, the TV show does not take place in 1790, and there is far more to Ichabod Crane than what meets the eye. Fox brings “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” to a whole new level by tying in not only the main characters of the short story, but also using the Book of Revelation as a basis for the plot of the TV show.

Yes, Ichabod Crane is still a man of the eighteenth century, but after two hundred years of rest, he is resurrected and uses his 18th century knowledge to help keep the Headless Horseman (who so happens to be entitled as one of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse—Death) at bay. As Ichabod adapts to the twenty-first century and realizes his role within the Apocalypse as one of the foretold Biblical witnesses (Reference Rev. 11:3), he has entitled his mission as to defeat the Headless Horseman once and for all.


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The other witness, Lieutenant Abbie Mills (Nichole Baharie), a cop on the Sleepy Hollow PD, had a traumatic experience as a young girl when she and her sister, Jenny Mills (Lyndie Greenwood) witnessed the demon, Moloch, rise from the earth. Since then, Moloch has realized Abbie’s part in the Apocalypse so he uses the people in her life to try and destroy her. Meanwhile, Jenny is locked up in a mental ward because no one would believe her when she claimed she saw a demon try to kill her. For the longest time, Abbie tries to forget what had happened in the woods and denied the event ever happening; this denial is what drifted the sisters apart. When Abbie witnesses the Headless Horseman chopping off Sheriff Corbin’s (Clancy Brown) head, her memories of Moloch resurface, and she has to accept her role in the Apocalypse in order to stop the madness once and for all.

With Lieutenant Abbie Mills by Ichabod’s side, they encounter demons, witchcraft and crazy supernatural creatures and have to find ways to defeat them with the secrets, hidden weapons and knowledge our forefathers such as General George Washington and Paul Revere have left behind.


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For example, Ichabod Crane informs Abbie that the Boston Tea Party was merely used as a diversion so that he could steal an important artifact as instructed by George Washington. According to Ichabod, Paul Revere did not warn American colonists about the red coats by shouting, “The British are coming! The British are coming!” Ichabod vividly points out to a museum worker that it would have been futile for Paul Revere to have warned the Americans about the British because at that time, during the Revolution, mostly all of the Americans were British by birth.

As dark as the television show can be, there is a lot of comedy built into the TV series to balance out the darker components. Ichabod’s one-liners, for instance, gives the show one of its best comedic features. Trying to adapt to the twenty-first century is hard for Ichabod Crane because he’s appalled by many modern practices (like the buying and selling of water as opposed to simply drinking it for free via tap) and stands out with his preferred 1790s clothing.

As an example for the show’s comedy, I have provided a collage of Sleepy Hollow’s best comedic moments in season one:

(Please ignore the horrible music; I did not make this video).

If you love history, supernatural themes, Biblical history, romance, humor and action, then Sleepy Hollow is a show you need to watch. You can buy the first season on iTunes and Amazon as well as see it on Hulu plus.

Sleepy Hollow, brought to you by Fox, is created by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Orlando Jones, Katia Winter and Lindie Greenwood also star.

Season 1 Trailer:

 Sleepy Hollow airs Monday nights at 8pm on FOX.

Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 5, Articles, Entertainment, Opinion, Television

[Iss. 5] || Emberlyisms #5


I apologize for the rough drawings. I have been so caught up with midterms and assignments that I almost forgot about the Emberlyisms! Even though the drawing & design is sloppy, I hope you find it funny all the same!

Written & Illustrated by Kimberly Bennett

Written & Illustrated by Kimberly Bennett

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[Iss. 5] || Now Showing at the Hett

Promoted by the McKendree Review

Come to the Hett in November and support McKendree’s Music and Dance departments.

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Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 5, Campus, Campus Advertisements, Campus Announcements, Campus Events

[Vol. 93, Iss. 4] || The McKendree Review Crew

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Vol. 93, Iss. 4


Kimberly Bennett

Mindy Allen
Assistant Editor

Emily Lucia
Assistant Editor / Web Manager

Editing Team

Mindy Allen
Kimberly Bennett
Donna Bick*
Emily Lucia
Jenna Teetor*

In This Issue

Kaleigh Admire
Mindy Allen
Kimberly Bennett
Joseph Blasdel, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Crabtree
Humanities Division
Emily Lucia
McKendree University Athletics
Benjamin Richter
Jenna Teetor
Jessica Trout

* 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.
Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 4, Review Crew

[Iss. 4] Leditors | A Letter from the Editors

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Hello everyone,

We hope everyone has had a great fall break so far! As of right now, there is nothing new in regards to the Review, but we will continue to ask the campus to submit articles to us. You do not have to be in journalism or English in order to write for us. We accept any sort of material; thank you to all of you who have submitted to us in the past and have a great weekend!

In this issue, you will learn more about the Center for Community Service, receive advice from Career Services, read about our Debate team and more!


The Editors

Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 4, Letters from the Editors

McKendree’s Center for Community Service Invites Students to Participate in Activities

Program Coordinator for the Lyn Huxford Center for Community Service
Contributing Writer
Men's soccer team performing service with adaptive sports.  Credit: McKendree Athletics

Men’s soccer team performing service with adaptive sports.
Credit: McKendree Athletics

McKendree University’s Lyn Huxford Center for Community Service (CCS) is off to a running start.  Weekly programs are up and going five days a week with eight different programs serving the community.  CCS started the year with Into the Streets where about 500 people from McKendree’s community made their mark on 26 agencies. The CCS group completed their retreat at DuBois Center doing team courses and group activities. The athletic department seized an opportunity to work with Adaptive Sports Soccer Camp in Granite City, and the Art Club coordinated a Bowl-A-Thon in the Quad to benefit Empty Bowls, coming during Hunger and Homelessness Week.

Bowl-a-Thon Credit: McKendree's Art Club

Credit: McKendree’s Art Club

To get involved with CCS, please come by Circuit Riders on Oct. 15 at 4 PM for Community

Fun and adventure. We meet on the steps of the bookstore for our weekly programs. Also, feel free to attend Trick or Treat for Canned Goods on Oct. 26 or contact CCS at mckcps@mckendree.edu for more information.

Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 4, Articles, Campus, Campus Events, Campus Organization

This Major is not for Me!

Assistant Editor
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Credit: McKendree University Website

Do you remember the anxiety you felt before graduating high school when you were concerned with your future? It is possible you were still in the process of finding the perfect college, or maybe you were not sure what you wanted to do after college. Now, while you are attending classes at McKendree University, you may still be undecided about your major or may have last minute fears about your current major, but you are not alone. Many students change their majors during their college careers – and some even multiple times before graduating.

Whether you are a freshman or a junior planning to graduate in the next year, you may decide your major needs some tweaking or that you want to add an additional minor. Donna Bick, a nontraditional student whose original career path was English with a minor in creative writing decided to add Professional Writing as a minor during her senior year. She decided to stay at McKendree for at least another semester because she loves to learn.

“For me, though, the more I learn and take classes, the more I want to learn other things… If [students] change their major after three or four years of college, that does not surprise me,” Bick explains. “Some students feel compelled to go for the education that will bring in the money or are steered to occupations by their parents, but then after a few years, they realize they hate what they are studying and make a bold move and change their major, which I think is brave.”

For professional advice, Career Services, along with academic advisors, are the best people to contact when students have fears about changing their majors. Emily Lucia, a senior at McKendree who was also once an English major, decided to change her degree to Professional Writing immediately before her senior year. Lucia’s advises to other students “not over think your decision, and talk it over with your parents and advisors. They know best. But ultimately, pray about it (if you’re the praying type). There’s a sense of relief and a feeling of rightness when it’s all said and done.”

If you want to change your major, Career Services can help on an individual basis. Jennifer Pickerell, the director of Career Services, explains that graduate school is an option for some students: “It really depends on the major, the student and his or her financial situation, and if he or she has plans to go to graduate school after McKendree.  For example, if the student wants to pursue graduate school immediately after McKendree and can be accepted with their current major into the program of his or her choice, [then] they wouldn’t have to change majors.  They would then be able to pursue a different area of interest in graduate school instead.”

For students who are not interested in graduate school, as long as time allows, students can alter their majors by choosing similar career tracks. Sometimes, students may not realize that, even in their junior years, they have room to add minors, as Jennifer Pickerell of Career Services says: “Often a student can add a minor their junior year, and in fact I have seen that happen several times because they have more credits in a specific area than they realized they would have when beginning their studies.  Sometimes a student might find they can still get into an area of interest even if they don’t have that specific major, depending on the industry.”

College is about finding who you are and who you want to be before entering the workforce. Although choosing a major, deciding to change your major, or adding a minor may seem like ingredients for a stressful headache, it is just a part of being a college student. While you are attending McKendree University, take your time in finding yourself (and your future career) before you become you graduate and enter into the “real” world.

Posted in 2014-15: Vol. 93, Iss. 4, Advice, Articles, Campus, Features