McKendree Review Invites McKendreans to a Movie Premiere

BY KALEIGH ADMIRE

Even though the official issue will be published on Friday, August 29th, the McKendree Review was asked to post an advertisement early seeing as time is of the essence. So, if you are interested in seeing the movie, “If I Stay,” in theaters, please take the time to look over the following ad for a great night with a friend.

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If you have any questions about this movie event, feel free to email kmadmire@mckendree.edu.

Thanks and can’t wait to start the semester out with a fresh Review season!

 

 

 

 

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【McKendree Review】McKendree University || Academic Excellence Celebration Day

BY KIMBERLY BENNETT


On April 24, 2014, McKendree University held its first (and now annual) Academic Excellence Celebration Day event in which students, faculty and staff participated in numerous events throughout the day to display and present overall academic excellence. In order to cover as many events as possible, the McKendree Review has made a video as a way to appreciate McKendree University’s hard work and academic achievement.

Before presenting the video, a few members of McKendree’s faculty and staff would like to share some words of encouragement regarding the first annual AEC event.

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And now, the McKendree Review presents the first annual Academic Excellence Celebration Day Video (all given credits will be given at the end of the video):

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Please note that this video’s privacy settings are set to public. If anyone has an issue with the privacy settings, please email mckreview@mckendree.edu and the settings will be immediately changed to unlisted where only those with the link can see the video. 
 
Thank you to all of everyone who sent images to the McKendree Review in order to make this video happen. If you think the McKendree Review should do more video projects, please respond to the following poll: 
 

Thank you for watching the video, and we hope you have enjoyed it!
Have a great summer.

~The McKendree Review
【2013-2014】

Posted in 2013-14: Vol. 92, Iss. 6, Campus, Campus Events, Entertainment, Features, NEW McK Review Issues

The Review Crew

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Vol. 92, Iss. 6

Editors

Kimberly Bennett
Co-Editor-in-Chief

Natalie VanBooven
Co-Editor-in-Chief

Mindy Allen
Assistant Editor

Emily Lucia
Assistant Editor / Web Designer

Editing Team

Mindy Allen
Kimberly Bennett
Natalie Van Booven
Emily Lucia

In This Issue

Mindy Allen
Sharon Beard
Britani Beasley
Kimberly Bennett (video)
Michael Feezer
Bryan Gross
Kyle Jackson
Janelle Jankowski
Christopher Streetman
Natalie Van Booven

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 2013-14: Vol. 92, Iss. 6, NEW McK Review Issues

“Leditor” ~Letter from the Editors

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Hello,

As you all know, this is the last issue for the McKendree Review of the 2013-14 academic year. It has been a blast working with everyone who helped make the McKendree Review happen this year. We hope you enjoy the different posts for the last issue, and if you have any questions about site navigation, please email Kimberly Bennett (kmbennett@mckendree.edu), and she will be more than happy to assist.

The movie project is underway; it will be the last post of the year and will be uploaded to the site no later than Monday, May 12th as time is needed to create the video.

Again, thank you for reading the Review, and we hope to be back next year with even better material.

Sincerely,

The McKendree Review Team

Posted in 2013-14: Vol. 92, Iss. 6, Letters from the Editors, NEW McK Review Issues

Why Greek Life is for Every College Student

BY BRITANI BEASLEY


“Nothing like you expected, but everything you’re looking for.”
Photo Credit Britani Beasley

Photo Credit Britani Beasley

 Like most college students coming to McKendree University, I was not only nervous about the new experiences but also excited to start a new chapter in my life. I was excited to join anything and everything in hopes of being just as involved as I was in high school. At the involvement fair, I found myself overwhelmingly signing every paper that seemed fit for my interests, but I overlooked one table that I knew I wanted nothing to do with; or at least that was what I originally thought.

 In my sophomore year of college, I decided it was time to explore a new corner of

Photo credit Britani Beasley

Photo credit Britani Beasley

McKendree University I had no prior education about, other than the stereotypical movies and television shows showing excessive partying, hazing and women who liked drama and seemed all-around perfect. This corner of college was Greek life, and I have to admit, I thought I was in over my head. I had no idea what was expected of me or what organization would suit me best.

It turned out I had absolutely nothing to worry about the three Greek organizations I spent time with during recruitment week. I discovered things in all three organizations I admired, but ultimately, I found my home. Being Greek has made me a better person, and has made my college experience more than what I ever expected it could be.

In movies and television, it portrays Greek life as organizations in which members do not care about anyone else on campus, or about achieving good grades. At McKendree University, we are very much a value based Greek life family, and do our part in community service while supporting other organizations’ events. We do not let our letters define us; we are living examples of our letters. We exemplify leadership roles in different registered student organizations, both on campus and throughout our lives.

 During the two years I have been a part of Kappa Sigma Tau, I have learned many

Emily Thole and me at my ceremony, Fall 2012

Emily Thole and me at my ceremony, Fall 2012

valuable skills that have made me a well-rounded student, friend and employee. I strive to be a better friend, student and leader while sharpening my organization, communication and time-management skills. I I can thank Kappa Sigma Tau for giving me these skills.

My letters do not make me better than anyone else; they make me better than who I used to be. They remind me of my strength, and represent the members of this organization. My advice to every student attending McKendree University is to try out Greek life. Perhaps Greek life will help you to become a better you than you thought possible. I encourage people to ignore the stereotypes about Greek

Only you can make up your own mind about what Greek life is, no one else. life.

Posted in 2013-14: Vol. 92, Iss. 6, Articles, Campus, Campus Organization, Features, NEW McK Review Issues, Opinion

A Profile of McKendree’s Model U.N. Program

BY BRYAN GROSS


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Source: McKendree University Model UN

For most of us here at McKendree the time of year when Model U.N. rolls around is nothing more than a time in which we should all run for the scant comfort of the 1828 café while Ames becomes infested with high school students. We stand up in class and let each other know when that dreaded day is coming, and we ask around to find out if we have not been informed.

This paints a pretty clear picture of what the general mood of the campus is towards this event, but I have to ask how many people have actually experienced the event itself? Do you really even know what it entails?

This semester, I decided to join the ranks of many Model U.N. members. I attended a few training meetings to get the groundwork down for what I would be doing and how to conduct myself over the three days it was in session . When the week rolled around, I put on my best suit. On the first day, I was very nervous about my position, as I was assigned to be a co-chair, which meant that I was an assistant to the chair of the committee.

The chair’s job isto run the committee for the high school students. If anyone has ever played a role-playing game, then the structure of this event will be familiar to you. The chair acts as the GM (Game Master) who establishes the boundaries of the activity and attempts to keep everyone involved working within those boundaries. While at my committee, I watched high school students participate in a massive role-playing event even if they did not think of it that way. My first day at the committee went off without much of a hitch and the three hours I was there were very interesting. I saw an environment where students were allowed to explore higher level concepts than they had learned in school while interacting in a way that promoted public speaking and the ability to sway another to your way of thinking.

The second day of the event was when my six hour committee took place. I was co-chair to Quinn McRoberts. We arrived to our committee at 9 a.m. and set everything up. From there, we handled the committee much as we did the day before, but at around the 11:00 o’clock mark, something began to happen. Model U.N.’s process for going through resolutions allows amendments to be added in order to let delegates change it to their liking. There are two kinds of amendments: friendly amendments and unfriendly amendments. A friendly amendment only needs ten signatures from different nations, and the author of the resolution to consent, before being put into effect. An unfriendly amendment is created without the author of the resolutions consent, and can only be put into effect with a majority vote.

The resolution we were working on had several friendly resolutions that the room had generally agreed with, but had been drafted and signed by a relatively small group of people. One of the delegates suggested an unfriendly amendment that was hotly debated by the group who had been drafting the friendly resolutions. The unfriendly amendment passed by a large majority, and here is where the story gets interesting. Those same ten people drafted up a friendly amendment that struck the previous unfriendly amendment.

After some stern words from Quinn, they decided that perhaps it would not be a good idea to so blatantly disrespect the majority. This caused a larger problem though. Those who had previously led the discussion had now been cast as the enemies of democracy (or so the other delegates thought), and believed that they should dismantle the resolution they had been working on. This resulted in a rather hostile environment in the room, but Quinn managed to control the room with some well-timed jokes and rationale thinking. After that, the delegates learned to cut more people into the decision making process, and not to hold grudges after the fact.

With my experience at the conference drawing to a close, I decided to interview Amanda Walker, the current Secretary General. After speaking with her, I found out that Model U.N. has been running for 43 years on McKendree University’s campus. When asked what she would say to a prospective member, she said that the activity itself was “low work high reward”.

In my time at McKendree, I had considered Model U.N. to be a biannual annoyance at best. When I peeled back the surface though I found something quite different from what I had expected. There is an old phrase we should all know that describes what I experienced those three days rather well: “Don’t Judge a book by its Cover”.

Posted in 2013-14: Vol. 92, Iss. 6, Articles, Campus, Campus Events, Features, Local/Campus News, NEW McK Review Issues, News, Opinion

Do you Feel Safe on Campus?

BY JANELLE JANKOWSKI


As stated on McKendree University’s website, Public Safety has the duty to ensure students feel safe on campus:  “In order to ensure the safety of members of the McKendree community, the Office of Public Safety is responsible for maintaining a safe and orderly environment on the campus. Officers work to create an environment where people can feel safe to learn, work, live and visit, and they are committed to providing safety and protection to the entire University community.”  Yet, without any cameras on campus, how are the Public Safety officers supposed to catch everyone? How safe does each student feel on campus without the security of cameras?

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Cameras located in public areas assist college security personnel, who cannot be everywhere at all times. When report of a crime in progress is received, security can use cameras as a way to identify the location of perpetrators in order to know where they should dispatch officers in case of an emergency. If McKendree has cameras located in parking lots and at each entrance of the school, the Public Safety would be better at ensuring the safety of everyone who enters the school premises. I personally would feel a lot safer knowing there were cameras, especially if vandalism is involved; officers would be able to investigate at a faster rate and catch the offender. If vandalism ever concerns your personal belongings, I think you would agree improved security measures are worth investing.

When there are no witnesses, a person may feel helpless in any given vandalism situation. As a student at McKendree, I can personally attest to that feeling of helplessness. I had suffered two incidents of vandalism when someone once tried to tear off my Ski bumper sticker. I also had brought a bicycle when I lived at West only to have someone stomp on my front tire. Though I never found the culprits, I did wish there were cameras on campus so I could avoid having to worry about purchasing a new bumper sticker and fixing my bike tire.  Most importantly, if McKendree had security cameras around campus, I would not have to worry as much about my personal space and property being violated.

After such reflection, I spoke with public safety officer, Brian Fix, and he also agreed that there should be cameras on campus. He said “Whenever there are car accidents on campus, the first question that people will ask is if we have cameras. It would help out a lot if we had them.”

Vice President for Administration & Finance, Sally Mayhew, said that we do not have cameras on campus because over the years, McKendree has had very few problems with break-ins or damages to vehicles in the parking lots so some Administration members of McKendree have not considered installation of cameras to be necessary.  She does not believe Student Government has ever reported concerns about safety of students in parking lots. There are no plans as of now for cameras on the campus, but they are sensitive to the needs of the students.

Lebanon police officer, Dave Tutterrow, agreed that there should be cameras, but only in certain areas of the campus. Yet another unnamed officer had said he does not think we need cameras, “It all depends on the situation. I don’t know if it would matter. The camera system probably wouldn’t pick up much and would just be a lot of trouble to monitor.” After many attempts, I was unable to reach the chief of Public Safety for comment.

A mixture of students agreed and disagreed regarding whether or not McKendree University should install cameras. The main concern seemed to be parking in the back parking lot. McKendree Senior, Eric Pollman, said, “Yes, I believe [having cameras] would be beneficial in certain cases.” McKendree student, Brendan Effinger, also agreed for cameras. “Yes definitely, if it’s going to help protect students, I’m all for it.” McKendree junior, Sean Harris, said that he had gotten a scrape on his car during his freshman year and it really bothers him. Katie Guttuso, McKendree Senior, said, “Yes and no; I don’t want to be spied on, but for protection, I would love to see some cameras.” McKendree student, Breanna Toelle, does not think they are needed.

Even if cameras could not be placed in every nook and cranny of the school, certain high traffic areas and parking lots could use them because of the volume of people that walk those places every day. It is unrealistic to think that every person who commits a crime would be caught, but cameras would definitely have a greater chance at catching the perpetrators than McKendree’s current situation.  Perhaps it would cut down crime rates all together because of this new form of security that is now in place. Hypothetically, crime can happen anywhere and at any time.  No place is 100% guaranteed from an increase in criminal activity. Even though it has been reported that this issue has not surfaced in the past, maybe it is an idea for administration to consider as a type of preventative measure so that McKendree can continue to uphold its reputation for having a safe campus and environment for all students at all times.

Posted in 2013-14: Vol. 92, Iss. 6, Articles, Campus, Features, NEW McK Review Issues, Opinion

Alarums, Excursions and Politics in Thailand: Part 3

BY NATALIE VAN BOOVEN


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Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
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Sept. 19, 2006 was a watershed day in Thailand. On that day, after crossing the line once too often, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was ousted in a military coup.

Trouble began for Shinawatra almost from the moment he took office. The first of many disputes—and the first major test for the new constitution—occurred just after his Thai Rak Thai party secured 248/500 parliament seats (three short of an absolute majority) in the 2001 general election. Lauded as Thailand’s most democratic constitution to that date, the 1997 Constitution contained many features designed to protect the people’s increasing power. For example, it mandated an Administrative Court to guard against bureaucratic abuse and a Constitutional Court to deal with constitutional conflicts. Yet the courts’ novel format (that is, giving judges direct authority instead of just letting them examine arguments) meant few judges realized what tectonic impact they could (indeed, would) have.

Returning to Shinawatra, in keeping with the provisos laid down in the 1997 Constitution, he had to disclose his assets upon being elected—but he failed to disclose all of them, having allegedly transferred some assets to his driver and maid without their knowledge. A guilty verdict would have forbidden him from taking part in politics for five years; however, his popularity among the Thai people, as well as his tearful insistence that his failure to disclose was due to clerical gaffes, forced the judges’ hands. By a contentious-to-this-day vote of 8-7, they declared him “not guilty.”

With the court’s verdict out of the way, Shinawatra was free to become one of Thailand’s most distinctive Prime Ministers. Above all else, he devised his policies for the benefit of the rural poor, who comprise the biggest percentage of some 67 million people.

Two of the most important policies concerned health care and the economy. On the health-care front, Shinawatra inaugurated subsidized universal health care. Doctor visits cost only 30 Thai baht (ca. $1 USD) each under this plan, and everyone was covered; previously, most Thais lacked health insurance as well as adequate access to health care. Although access to health care jumped from 76 percent to 96 percent, many doctors resented their increased workloads and found higher-paying jobs, forcing some hospitals to find other sources of revenue and leading to a surge in medical tourism. In 2005, Thailand earned ฿33 billion THB (ca. $85 million USD in 2005) from 1.3 million foreign patients. Locally, nearly half the enrollees were unhappy with the service from subsidized facilities; many preferred getting their medicine from the pharmacies instead of from the facilities. By the time of the coup, universal health care had put the government nearly ฿8 billion THB (ca. $212 million USD in 2006) in debt.

On the economic front, of the many programs Shinawatra launched (e.g. microloans to let taxi drivers eventually own their vehicles), the most important program was easily One Tambon One Product (OTOP). After provinces and districts, tambon (sub-districts) are Thailand’s largest units of local government; every district has 8-10 tambon, adding up to about 7200 tambon in all. The point of OTOP is to reinforce local culture, inspired as it was by Japan’s One Village One Product initiative. Accordingly, each tambon focuses on something it makes well, and that something could be furniture, handicrafts, pottery, food, textiles, flowers, metalwork, etc. Besides enlivening interest in local culture, OTOP has allowed Thais to invigorate the economy by selling their goods to the world. For a while during the coup, OTOP was canceled; unlike universal health care, however, it was soon reinstated.

If Shinawatra’s first term as Prime Minister was remarkable for bringing attention to a previously ignored group of people, then his aborted second term was notable for causing the schism that Thai politics exhibits to this day. By the end of his first term, his influence was such that the TRT secured 374/500 seats in Parliament—just one seat away from exactly 75 percent— in the 2005 general election. For the most part, life in Thailand flowed smoothly for the next seven months. Then, in Sept., the already heady discord between Shinawatra and media tycoon Sondhi Limthongkul burst when the latter accused the former of violating the ecclesiastical power of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The specific charge was that, when the government appointed a new Supreme Patriarch to replace the sick one already in power, it overstepped its boundaries; Thai religious law stipulates that only the King can appoint Supreme Patriarchs, who must be nominated by the Supreme Sangha Council.

Shinawatra’s term did not get any easier. On Sept. 27, when the Manager Daily newspaper (started by Limthongkul) published a sermon made by a Buddhist monk named Luang Ta Maha Bua, who was now one of Shinawatra’s most vehement critics. The fact that monks are above criticism in Thailand only amplified the controversy of Bua’s disapproval. Shinawatra had to sue the newspaper, not the monk, for ฿500 million THB (ca. $15.5 million USD), which lead to accusations of silencing the press. In the subsequent lawsuit, Limthongkul’s lawyers argued that Shinawatra was wrong to single out the Manager Daily because all the newspapers published Bua’s sermon; while Shinawatra’s lawyers argued not only that the other newspapers only published excerpts of Bua’s sermon, but also that the Manager Daily published the sermon itself under a vilifying headline. Ultimately, civil-rights lawyer Thongbai Thongpo said the lawsuit was not “an attack on freedom of the press.”

Other controversies (e.g. the Temple of the Emerald Buddha incident, in which Manager Daily’s website alleged that, by presiding over a ceremony at Thai Buddhism’s holiest site, Shinawatra took away the King’s power) peppered Shinawatra’s second term, but he survived them all. Then came the year 2006.

To humor the Thai Telecommunication Act, enacted on Jan. 20, the Shinawatra family sold its 49-percent share of Shin Corporation to Temasek Holdings, owned by the Singaporean government. Under the earlier Telecom Business Law, enacted in Nov. 2001, foreign investment was limited to 25 percent of a company’s portfolio. Shin Corp.’s competitors, DTAC (owned 40 percent by Norway’s Telenor) and TA Orange (owned 49 percent by France’s Orange S. A.), wanted to increase that limit because they believed it stifled foreign investment.

The transaction itself happened on Jan. 23, when the family’s share was sold to two of Temasek Holdings’ nominees, Aspen Holdings and Cedar Holdings. Criticism of the sale came from the facts that (1) the law was changed just before the sale happened, (2) a Thai company was sold to a Singaporean company and (3) the transaction was exempt from the capital gains tax. This last item was significant because the families of Shinawatra and his wife Potjaman (née Damapong) earned about ฿73 billion THB (ca. $1.9 billion USD) from the sale.

The sale was the last straw for the Thai people, who by now had long been concerned with how Shinawatra used his power. His dissolution of the House of Representatives in Apr., following the 2006 general election, only jelled the people’s frustration with him. After the King intervened (something he rarely does), calling out the elections as the sham they were, the Constitutional Court ordered new elections to be held in Oct. Unfortunately, Army Commander General Sonthi Boonyaratglin beat the courts to the punch on Sept. 19, while Shinawatra spoke at the United Nations’ Council on Foreign Relations. As for the TRT, the Constitutional Tribunal dissolved it on May 30, 2007; but it has since reincarnated three times, the newest of which is under the command of Yingluck Shinawatra.

Posted in 2013-14: Vol. 92, Iss. 6, Articles, NEW McK Review Issues, News, Worldwide News

The “Kill Switch”

BY SHARON BEARD


Every morning, millions of people board the subway paying more attention to their cellular phone than their surroundings. A passenger checks his or her email, and just before the doors close, a thief grabs his or her phone, He jumps onto the platform before anyone could catch him, and walks away with the passenger’s phone as the train pulls away.

There were 19,128 robberies in 2013 according to the New York City Police Department. More than 40% of all robberies in New York City involve smartphones and other cellular phones.

FCC (Federal Communications Commission) Chairman Julius Genachowski joined major police department chiefs, including New York City Police Commissioner Raymond E. Kelly,and the wireless industry to implement a database called the “kill switch” to prevent use of stolen phones.

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According to the CTIA, participating cell phone providers will offer, at no cost to consumers, an anti-theft tool called the “kill switch” which will be available on all smartphones manufactured after July 2015.

The tool will disable the phone and wipe the data clean to prevent unauthorized use and resale of the device. This will help deter thieves from stealing phones and other devices.

The CTIA announced that the following cell phone providers will be participating in the voluntary commitment: Apple Inc., AT&T, Samsung Telecommunications America, Sprint Corporation, T-Mobile USA, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless.

While the “kill switch” may help with cutting down phone theft, commuters should follow a few simple rules:

  1. Don’t walk and talk on your phone.
  2. If you have to use your phone, be aware of your surroundings.
  3. Don’t allow others to borrow your phone or device.

Last but not least, always make sure your phone is password protected.


Posted in 2013-14: Vol. 92, Iss. 6, Advice, Articles, Features, NEW McK Review Issues, News

The Voices of Reason

QUESTION: 

I am a first-generation student; my parents do not seem to understand the importance of my education. I have been taking out loans to help pay for my tuition each year to pay for what my scholarship does not cover. I’m already swimming in debt, and my parents think I should just drop out and focus on what is “apparently really important”: taking on the family business. I’ve told my parents multiple times that I’m not interested, but they won’t take no for an answer because, if I don’t drop out, they’re just going to have me manage the business after graduating.

When I’m not at school nor at home, I work to help pay off my loans a little bit at a time.

I’m at my wit’s end. Without having the support of my parents for my education, I am constantly stressed (seeing as I commute from home) because while I need extra time for homework, my parents want me to do other things for the business instead. Sometimes, I just want to move out, but I can’t–not as long as I am attending college.

Please tell me what you think I should do,

Sincerely,

First-Generation Student


ANSWERS

GIRL TALK

First-Generation Student,

First off, since they are student loans that you have gotten, they do not require you to pay until sometime after you graduate (at least that is how mine work). Do not worry about your student loans yet; you will either get your desired career out of college, or, if it comes down to it, working at the family business will help you pay your bills. Maybe, if your parents are stressing you out, you should think about living on campus. If you can’t afford that, maybe you should have a talk with your parents and tell them you need time for homework. Also, since you are a first-generation student, you should look into scholarships that are for first-gen students. Apply for any scholarships you can, if you are that worried about your college debt.

~Mindy Allen


GUY SPEAK

First-Generation Student,

Remember that your life is ultimately your choice. Your parents cannot force you to manage the business. However, keep an open mind. Jobs are hard to secure, so you may want to work for your family to save enough money to start your own path. Try to share your education with your parents. Talk to them about papers and projects you’re writing. If your parents are stopping you from finishing homework, stay on campus a little longer and do your homework in one of the lounges or computer labs. For your living situation, look at apartments near the campus. If you can’t afford this type of housing, remember graduation will come and you can find your own place then. In the meantime, try staying overnight at a friend’s house occasionally to finish homework and escape for a little while.

-Chris Streetman

Posted in 2013-14: Vol. 92, Iss. 6, Advice, Articles, Features, NEW McK Review Issues