Announcement from Phi Kappa Phi

I apologize for the late addition, but thank you to Marsha Goddard, M.A. for reminding me to include this event advertisement.


Phi Kappa Phi



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Rainbow Run: Announcement from the Wonder of Wellness Organization

Wonder of Wellness President
Contributing Writer

Called the Rainbow Run, April 26th 5K Fun run/walk where colored corn starch is thrown on the participants.

Sponsored by Wonders of Wellness and LGBT.

Registration forms are available on and on the McKendree Web-site.  A table will also be available in PAC lobby to sign up for the remainder of this week. Tomorrow, the table will be set up around 9:30 AM. Check your email for other times during the week. If you sign up at the table, you will receive a $5 discount.

Volunteers are needed.

For more information you can

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The Review Crew


avatar-image3Vol. 92, Iss. 4


Kimberly Bennett

Natalie VanBooven

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
Joseph Blasdel, PhD
Rick Bonsall, PhD
Gretchen Buehrle
Katie Davenport
Malika Knox
Emily Lucia
Andrew Olden
Kevin Schaefer
Christopher Streetman
Natalie Van Booven
Courtney Winkler, M.A.T.

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

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“Leditor” ~ Letter from the Editors

avatar-image3Letter from the Editors


As many of you know, the first paper issue has been distributed across campus throughout the week. In this issue, there is quite a variety of material ready for you to read. You will be able to learn some interesting information concerning one of the collections the Holman Library archives. You will also be able to engage in commenting on articles, viewing trailers and voting on a poll featured in the “Online Dating” article.

Please remember to click through the tabs on the webpage. The tabs will guide you to the articles you would like to read according to your interest. If you would like to know which articles are a part of the most recent issue, please click <McK Review Issues>, and then click on the date of the most recent publication (in this instance, it would be 2014 April 01).

Don’t hesitate to email us if you have questions (


~The McKendree Review Team

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Hidden Treasures: The Dillard Collection

Staff Writer

Taking a trip to the basement level of Holman Library is not in the general travels of most members of the McKendree community. A little known secret is that there are a variety of books housed in a Special Collections unit in one of the lowest floor’s corners. One of these collections contains over 800 books which once belonged to Irving Dillard. This collection was given to McKendree to house in their Special Collections by his daughter Mary Sue. Dillard was a 30 year veteran of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch where he wrote over 10,000 editorials and served as an editor from 1949-1957.

While observing Dillard’s collection, one can gather he was a history enthusiast. A majority IDilliardPhotos004Bof the collection is lined with American-themed books, and one in particular focuses on former presidents, spanning from the fore-fathers to Eisenhower. There are other works covering the American political parties and justice system, but a specific interest in Illinois and Missouri shines through. The collection pays homage to legendary American authors such as Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway, among other literary and poetic classics.

Dilliard’s war and journalism experience are mirrored in portions of his collection. There are books pertaining to the American allies in World War II, but there is a great deal more pertaining to Russian culture and Cold War rhetoric. Dilliard’s love for history and journalism shines through when viewing the varied collection residing in the basement of Holman. One can pick up a new book and instantly be drawn to a new point in history. It is truly amazing what you can discover when you continually search for McKendree’s hidden treasures.

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McKendree’s Scott Campus: Center at Scott

Contributing Writer

Did you know that the Lebanon Campus is not the only facility McKendree uses to offer courses to Bearcat students? Other than the main campus, there are two other campuses, and over thirteen external sites; one of them being less than 15 minutes away. For the last 44 years, McKendree has been offering various business administration and computer science degrees to military members at the Center at Scott Air Force Base (SAFB). While the Center at SAFB may not offer as much as McKendree’s main campus, the campus would still be a great place to attend for military students. After McKendree started offering courses for the military, civilians who worked on base became interested, and the program opened up for adults who are or have been active duty and/or adults with civilian-working jobs. In fact, the percentage of students has shifted; 54% of last year’s students taking courses at Scott’s campus were civilians, and only 46% were military.

With many other colleges and universities to choose from at the Education Center on Scott AFB, nearly 450 students chose McKendree to earn their degrees last year. The Center at Scott offers 12 courses a month, each in 4-6 week formats, and has classes that meet on weeknights for an average of 3.5 hours.

“We know that most of our students are working adults with a family,” said Tom Pawlow, the Associate Dean for the Center at Scott. Weekends seem to be the only free time they have to take courses, but he says he also understands their students would rather be spending that free time with their families.

Anna Jenkins, a former teacher who used to work at the Center at Scott, also seemed to understand this ideal about her students. She explained that she had worked hard to be as flexible as possible with her students in order to help them succeed. “I never let them out of class early,” she said, but when class time was being used for independent studying, Mrs. Jenkins often released her students to go to their “alternate study locations.”

“Our students often say they couldn’t have done it without our help,” Pawlow added.

The staff at the Center at Scott advises all of their students, and they receive many compliments noting how organized, hard-working and caring the staff continues to be. McKendree’s Center at Scott has 55 to 60 graduates every year.

This external site is a great opportunity for current McKendree students. Many Lebanon campus students have already taken courses at the Center at Scott every year. If students are having trouble graduating on time, or they cannot seem to fit all of the courses they would like to take into their schedule, they should try taking them at Scott. The learning experience will feel very familiar to many McKendree students because several of the Lebanon campus professors also teach courses there, and many of the classes meet at Scott as well as Lebanon. Depending on the professors and the classes students decide to take at Scott, they may never have to leave their homes.

Check out the Center at Scott AFB’s course listing on the McKendree website for a list of all courses offered every year.

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Alarums, Excursions and Politics in Thailand: Part 2


(Refer to Thailand Part 1 prior to reading)

Before I describe the events that led up to the political crisis of 2005-06 (which marks the fourth period in Thailand’s recent history), I thought I would take a moment to describe the man at the center of the hullabaloo.

Thaksin Shinawatra

Thaksin Shinawatra

Thaksin Shinawatra was born in San Kamphaeng, a province of Chiang Mai northwestern Thailand on July 26, 1949, to one of the area’s wealthiest families. His story ultimately begins with his paternal great-grandfather, Seng Sae Khu, who emigrated from China to Thailand in the 1860s and became wealthy through tax farming. Seng’s eldest son, Chiang Sae Khu, was born in 1890; he became wealthy through construction, finance, property development and silk making. Because of Thailand’s anti-Chinese movement in the years before World War II, Chiang’s eldest son, Sak Sae Khu, changed the family surname to Shinawatra in 1938. Sak’s brother and Thaksin’s father, Lert Shinawatra, was born in 1919; from 1968-76, he was a member of the now-defunct Liberal party. After 1976, he grew flowers and oranges as well as opened a car-and-motorcycle dealership, a coffee shop, a gas station and two cinemas.

As for Thaksin himself, in 1973, he graduated from the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School and joined the Royal Thai Police. In 1975, he got his master’s degree in criminal justice from Eastern Kentucky University; in 1978, he got his doctorate in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University. By the time he resigned his commission as a lieutenant colonel in 1987, he had become Deputy Superintendent of the Policy and Planning Subdivision of the General Staff Division of the Metropolitan Police Bureau.

Once Thaksin left the police, he wasted no time in focusing on his business ventures. While still an officer and with his wife of 28 years, Potjaman Damapong (they divorced in 2008), he invested in an apartment building, a cinema and a silk shop, but he ended up owing at least 50 million baht (ca. $1.5 million USD) when those projects failed. Still, he persevered; and fortune came his way in 1986, when he founded Advanced Info Service, a computer-rental service that eventually became Thailand’s biggest cell-phone operator. With the success of AIS, he launched Shin Satellite (aka ThaiCom) and what is now called Advanced Data Network, both of which helped him become one of the wealthiest people in Thailand. In fact, out of 1565 names on Forbes’ Billionaires List, he ranks 1092nd with a net worth of $1.6 billion—down from the $2.3 billion he was worth before the 2006 coup.

Here is where Thaksin’s story would have ended, had Major General Chamlong Srimuang not called on Thaksin in 1994 to join him in politics. The party Thaksin was called on to join, the Palang Dharma Party, won only a few seats in parliament; but then the government under Banharn Silpa-Archa collapsed, forcing elections to be called again. Thaksin became a deputy Prime Minister under the leadership of General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, many of whose actions he would reprise five years later. Of all the General’s accomplishments, the most notable was making a new political party from scratch: the New Aspiration Party. What kept the NAP going was not ideology as much as politicians wanting power (which is why it no longer exists), but it was Thailand’s first political party to come to power based on support from the comparatively poor northeast. Even though it lacked enough votes to secure an absolute majority (251/500 seats), it garnered more votes than the other parties did, which meant it had the chance to form and lead a new government, as per Thai political tradition.

Unfortunately, about a month and a half before Thaksin became deputy Prime Minister, the General’s government floated the baht, which lessened its value and triggered the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997-98. The decision to float the baht was one of several factors responsible for the Crisis, which was aggravated by the government’s attempts to keep the baht from losing any more of its value. The NAP soon became the national scapegoat; so the Democrat party assembled a new coalition government, chose Chuan Leekpai to be Prime Minister and started implementing reforms.

Being out of office gave Thaksin plenty of time to figure out his next political move. Taking a cue from the General, the first thing he did was make a new political party from scratch: the Thai Rak Thai (TRT) Party. Like the NAP, the TRT came to power on a populist campaign. For nearly all of Thailand’s history, Bangkok’s wealthy all but ignored their poorer counterparts, especially those living in the outer provinces in the northeast. Therefore, to come to power, monopolizing the region would be all one had to do. His energy and charisma took care of the rest, along with his promise to make the government more honest. However, even though his politics were satisfactory, his money would go a long way toward quashing everything he worked to realize.

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The Crisis in Ukraine and Crimea: Russia Interferes

Assistant Editor

mukraineFor several months, The Ukraine has been in turmoil. Rioters and protesters, unhappy with the Ukrainian government, have plagued the streets of Ukraine: just after the Sochi Olympics came to a close in February, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin sent troops into the troubled country to stop the protesters.

According to the Associated Press, “Troops under apparent Russian command have already deployed widely across the Ukraine’s southern province of Crimea, which is to hold a referendum Sunday [March 16] on seceding and merging with Russia. Ukraine has accused Russia of a military invasion, and the West is threatening Moscow with sanctions.”

On March 15th, witnesses in the eastern side of the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine reported that “advanced Russian surface-to-air missiles being offloaded and readied for movement.” And in a few naval bases in Crimea, several military members wait in fear of might happen in the next couple of days.

The Associated Press stated “Russia effectively took control of Crimea, where it has a large naval base, late last month after Moscow-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych fled the country in the wake of months of protests. The Kremlin says he was the victim of a coup and refuses to recognize the authorities who took over. The head of Crimea’s unrecognized Russian-backed government, Sergei Aksyonov, has said Ukrainian soldiers will be allowed to surrender peacefully, leave Crimea altogether or resign from the armed forces.”

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Absence Policies

Staff Writer

Throughout the school year, many McKendree University students worry about the university’s attendance policy. If you have been sick, if you do not feel like taking on this Absence Policycrazy wintermaggeddon weather, or even if you happen to be flat-out lazy, you have probably used up a few of your absences.

According to the 2013-2014 Academic Catalogue, “Students voluntarily absenting themselves from class meetings assume responsibility for sanctions imposed by the instructor.” It goes on to say, “Unless otherwise stated, three hours of unapproved absences are the maximum allowable without academic penalty.”

Betsy Gordon, PhD. has been teaching for 43 years—24 of them at McKendree—and she said she does not feel like she is wasting her time if students do not show up for class, but, rather, the absent students are the ones wasting her time instead. Depending on the course, Dr. Gordon allows two or three absences, but does not distinguish the difference between excused and unexcused absences.

While writing this article, I wanted to make sure to get a couple of student perspectives on McKendree’s attendance policy. However, since this article has been published, the students wish to remain anonymous.

A female undergraduate student said, “Although I believe that attendance policies are important and should be in place, I also feel that the professors should understand if there are personal issues arising in a student’s life.”

I also spoke to a freshman student who said he was kind of caught off guard with the attendance policies. He stated, with a laugh, “Coming into college I thought going to class would be easy because I was used to going every day for 7 hours with practice or a game following; that wasn’t the story after a couple of weeks. With every teacher seemingly believing that their classes are the only ones to exist, adjusting to the college workload and trying to maintain some sort of social life is difficult for me because I have to find the energy to make it to every one of my classes.

Realistically, it would be nice to have personal days to just be in the library catching up. As an adult, it should be my choice to go to class and make up the work. If I don’t finish the work or perform well on the exam, then that should be my punishment.”

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Online Dating

Contributing Writer

Social networking is like a stalker; it follows you everywhere you go.

It would be almost impossible for a student to go through a full day of classes at McKendree without hearing about or even use social media. We utilize social networking to connect with family and friends across the globe, keep up with current events, network with people with similar career paths and now, we use it to develop relationships.

According to a study done by the Pew Internet Research project, 66% of online-daters have met their significant others in person after first meeting them online. This statistic was not alarming; this percentage is the number of people who actually set out to meet people on dating service websites like eHarmony or Christian Mingle rather than Twitter or Facebook. What about people who have signed up for Twitter, Facebook or even Instagram? People who sign up for non-dating websites form real-life relationships by making friends and meeting up with them.

Years ago this would have seemed odd, dangerous or maybe even desperate. As children, we were taught not to trust people whom we meet online; rightfully so, you never know who is behind the computer screen. Even with the success of the MTV show “Catfish” (a show where people have met online and started dating, only to find out that when they finally meet their virtual ‘significant other’ in person, the other individual usually isn’t who they claimed to be), people still tend to meet online before meeting up in person.

The taboo of meeting a person online is shrinking as well as the fear associated with it.

Some people actually prefer meeting online rather than in person.

A female senior at McKendree said, “I rather meet guys on Facebook or something because I get to know who they really are before we meet in person…I get to appreciate their personality, and they get to do the same with mine. I met my boyfriend online, and I think we have a stronger bond because of it.  My interviewee informed me that dating online is not something you hide anymore; it is something you embrace. She said, “McKendree is small, and after a while, you get tired of the same people and faces. Everybody knows everybody’s business here so I would rather date someone outside of the university.”

When I asked her if she thought social media and dating messed with fate, she stated, “No; fate, to me, is whatever is meant to be, will be. It’s possible that we could have met these same people in other ways had it not been online.”

I couldn’t agree with her more; I met my boyfriend online. We met on Twitter last year, and have been together ever since. I often ask myself whether or not we would have ever met at all, had it not been for a social media website. We have over 10 mutual friends, and frequently go to the same clubs and bars, but did not meet one another until Twitter.

I feel like social media is an excellent tool to meet people whether the people we meet become our friends or even potential spouses. Dating online also has the same issues traditional dating comes with. It is all right to be cautious, but online dating can be safe and fun.

Junior Megan Crowell said, “I have never dated online, but I don’t see why I wouldn’t; meeting people online is just the norm now.” When I asked her why she thinks so many people, now, choose to date online, she stated, “People date online because we do everything online from banking, to shopping, to even working. Dating and forming relationships just had to fit in there.”

Most people believe that fate is the development of events beyond a person’s control, and determined by a supernatural power. Some believers of fate would argue that social media helps predestination, instead of hindering it.

Online dating can be dangerous so people should always use good judgment and check out some of these tips:

Like it or not, online dating is happening, and if approached properly, it can be a great life experience.

If you have an opinion on online dating, feel free to email your comments to or drop one off on the website:

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