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"The Big Man on Campus"

By Annie Bierman. Published April 25, 2011.

This article, I decided to speak with the man who oversees it all, the one, the only, Dr. Jim Dennis.

Dr. Dennis is, if you didn’t know, the president of McKendree University. He is responsible for everything that goes on in or affiliated with the university and works for the Board of Trustees to carry out their policies.

The Irish Expedition

By Sarah Adams. Published April 25, 2011

I’ve been in Ireland for about three months now (shamefully neglecting any contribution of writings or comics to the Review) but even though it’s getting close to the end of the semester, there’s still a lot going on, so I thought it was worth writing something about the Irish experience so far! I’ve been studying at the University of Limerick and exploring other places in Ireland, and soon I will be venturing off of the Emerald Isle into mainland Europe. The study abroad experience has been great so far, so here are a few of the highlights for anyone who wonders what I could possibly be doing while absent from McK and not doodling comics of monochromatic cats.

Facebook: The Final Frontier

By Kevin Schaefer, Editor-in-Chief. Published April 25, 2010.

What do over one million websites link to? What do approximately 70% of respondents to a recent McKendree Review poll use every week? According to this site, there are over 500 million active users. It can get you into serious trouble with your parents, or destroy your chances of getting a job. If you haven’t guessed what it is, you probably live under a rock.

“McKendree’s Need for a More ‘Art Friendly’ Environment”

By Kayla Morelan. Published April 25, 2011.

McKendree University has established many successes from its talented students. The talent that has prospered from active students has definitely made McKendree University thrive in achievement. Students who have chosen this university have shown great interest in various sports, debate, music, theater, and even a more overlooked activity, art.

Being Me

By Annie Bierman. Published April 25, 2011.

This past year, I have had the opportunity to be President of the student body. The position was something I never thought I would have or even want to have when I became a Senator of SGA my first-year at McKendree. It certainly has been a great adventure, though.

Wet or dry?

By Vaughn Olson. Published April 25, 2011.

The policy of McKendree University prevents any person, regardless of age, from bringing alcohol on campus. This is and has been for numerous years a very big debate at most universities. Many people argue that the campus at McKendree University is essentially “wet” already. It is no secret that many students drink in the dormitory buildings or that they can easily meander a short distance from campus to a party. There are many benefits on both sides of this debate and because of this, it should be looked at as a more logical argument.

Cumulative Exams: What’s There Purpose?

By Annie Bierman. Published April 25, 2011.

I understand that there has to be a way for the professors to evaluate the students on the coursework, but what is the purpose of a cumulative final? What a cumulative final feels to me is a regurgitation of 16 weeks of material that I will not remember in a week. Assessment, or what the final exam seeks to do, is to evaluate the student’s understanding and comprehension of the course goals, outlined by the professor at the beginning of the year. Therefore, it is NOT a test of a student’s ability to reiterate the textbook word-for-word or concept-for-concept. If a student cannot apply the word or concept to a real-life example, what then is the student really learning?

Recycling your Electronics

By Shawn Printy. Published April 25, 2011.

Electronic waste is a big problem, not just in the US, but especially globally. Some of the wonderful devices that we have today often contain dangerous chemicals, heavy metals, and other harmful substances that are a necessary evil in the production process. If these aren’t disposed of properly, these toxins can leech into the groundwater, and get into the environment, which can cause serious harm.

Advice Column, April 25, 2011

By Jake Bennett and Tavi Sanders

1. I know a person in APO, and I he seems to really enjoy it. However, he really wants me to join, but I feel as though I already have a lot on my plate, so to speak. It seems like APO would be a lot of fun and it is a service organization; I certainly wouldn’t mind joining something like this, except I’m not sure if I have time. On one hand, I want to so that I can be apart of something and make friends, but on the other hand, I don’t want to take away time from everything else that I do and cause my grades to suffer. I’m really on the fence about this one. What should I do?

The State of Gaming

By Matthew Conley. Published April 25, 2011.

It seems so strange. As little as five to six years ago, the term “gamer” defined a predominately male, teenaged population that invested with the Big Three (Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo), commonly purchasing titles from popular series, such as Final Fantasy, Halo, Metal Gear Solid, Mario, and a massively diverse list of other archaic standbys that made the gaming world what it is today. These classics defined gaming; they brought new and wonderful stories, action, and characters into the plot and most individuals that called themselves “gamers” at least had some shred of knowledge about the major titles.

The Start of a Summer Tradition

By Maegan Hafley. Published April 25, 2011

As the final stretch of school is dwindling down, students at McKendree begin to have summer fever. The sweetness of freedom is at their fingertips, and students are excited for three whole months of nothing but great weather and late nights. While the liberty of summer vacation is very enticing, some students are looking forward to summer for other reasons.

e-Fridays

By Shawn Printy. Published April 25, 2011.

If you’re a faculty member at McKendree, you’ve probably heard of the e-Friday program. However, if you’re a student, you might not be too sure of what they are. According to IT director George Kriss, the e-Friday events are “28 minutes of training that doesn’t hurt.”

Disappearing Leopards

By Chris Moore. Published April 25, 2011.

They’re one of the rarest big cats in the world and, in fact, one of the rarest species found in the wild. It can also be said that with their spotted coats and striking blue eyes, they’re also among the most beautiful. Unfortunately, this has led to their distressingly small numbers, as the species has been poached for their pelts. In addition, they have suffered severe habitat loss due to deforestation, as well as accidental death from hunting snares. This elusive creature is the critically endangered Amur leopard, Panthera pardus orientalis.

Jane Eyre

By Chris Moore, Editor-in-Chief. Published April 25, 2011

A pallid young woman in somber clothing runs across the drenched English countryside, finally collapsing at the doorstep of a family who takes her in. An unloved little girl at a draconian boarding school awakens to find her best friend has died in her arms. A serious governess falls in love with a moody man with a dark past and even darker secret. Sounds like something out of a Gothic novel, doesn’t it? If you thought so, that’s no surprise, because they’re all events of Jane Eyre, the latest novel by a Brontë sister to be adapted to the silver screen.

A Mission to Remember

By Nykhala Coston, Staff Writer. Published April 1, 2011

clip_image002Early on a Saturday morning, fourteen students from McKendree University were up and ready to embark on a trip to Chicago Illinois with the Campus Ministries. Although some students had an idea of what would take place on this five hour train ride, some only had a general idea that some sort of community service would be involved.

Japan Recovers from Worst Earthquake in 300 Years

By Kevin Schaefer, Associate Editor. Published April 1, 2011

One of the worst disasters that the world has seen in quite some time hit Japan a few weeks ago. As of March 23, the confirmed death toll was 9,452. In addition to that, almost 15,000 people are still missing, and about 260,000 people are now homeless. The bad news doesn’t stop there. What could have been one of the worst Nuclear power accidents became a little too close to occurring.

The Visit: McKendree’s Spring Play

By Julie Guenther, Contributing Writer. Published April 1, 2011

This is a drama filled with suspense, which will leave you on the edge of your seat. You will be drawn to the storyline and want to know the outcome of the production. If you enjoy spectating plays and/or desire suspenseful stories, then you must go see this amazing and thrilling production!

My APO Family

By Christina Burden, Contributing Writer. Published April 1, 2011

Every Tuesday night by nine ‘o clock I’ve climbed the seamlessly endless flight of stairs to the third floor of Old Main. I take this weekly journey in order to see my family, because that is what the members of Alpha Phi Omega have already become to me- family. I cannot say that I was expecting it last semester when I pledged, before I realized that one of the main components of APO is friendship.

Battle: Los Angeles

By Kyle Hintz, Staff Writer. Published April 1, 2011

clip_image002Battle: Los Angeles is a terrible title. It seems terrible titles are a trend in Hollywood these days. This one foreshadows the disappointment that this movie will be to its patrons. Sadly, it actually starts out fairly decent. Staff Sgt. Nantz (Aaron Eckhart) is preparing to retire, an incident in Afghanistan is eluded to in which he got several soldiers killed or something to that effect, several young gung ho soldiers are introduced in effective, if clichéd sequences, and this movie starts to show more promise than that of its alien invasion B-movie plot.

Limitless

By Kyle Hintz, Staff Writer. Published April 1, 2011

clip_image002Limitless is the new thriller starring Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, The A-Team) and Robert De Niro. Cooper plays Eddie Morra, a struggling writer in New York City who isn’t fulfilling his potential, until he runs into his ex-wife’s brother, and former drug dealer, Vernon (Johnny Whitworth). Eddie tells Vernon about his writer’s block. Vernon has just the cure for Eddie’s troubles: NZT-48, a new drug that allows the user to access 100% of their brain.

Rango

By Kyle Hintz, Staff Writer. Published April 1, 2011

clip_image002Rango is the only animated film I’ve seen this year that actually lives up to that cliché of the animated movie that both kids and adults will love. Usually, that means a movie that kids will love and parents won’t hate to the degree that they question the whole child rearing enchilada. However, this is the real deal.