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A Soldier’s Resolve

A Soldier’s Resolve

Written by Chris Streetman

Source: Clip Art
Source: Clip Art

All I could see was desolation and despair, a city destroyed by war. The scattered bodies lay over the erected land. My vision clouds and the smoke sticks in my lungs. I gasp for breath. I manage to rise from the rocky terrain. Instinctively, I reach for the back of my head. The soft fabric of the flag reminds me who I am, why I am here. Despite the sorrow and suffering, I resolve to continue fighting. My country needs me, and I will not quit now. As long as I am needed, I will keep fighting the eternal fight to protect life, liberty, and happiness. That great freedom bought by war must now be preserved through war.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Advice Column, April 1, 2011

To start with, my girlfriend is everything to me and we love each other. The only problem is that my parents hate her. I wouldn’t normally care what my parents think, but they’re funding my college expenses and have threatened to cut me off if I continue seeing her. I have a job, but it’s not nearly enough to pay my tuition and I’m not sure I’m smart enough for many scholarships. What should I do?

McKendree Spring Fling: April 25-30

By Craig Robertson, Staff Writer. Published April 1, 2011

The “last blast” of the semester kicks off April 25-30 during the annual Spring Fling week. A number of events are scheduled, including a Commuter Student Car Show, comedian Mo Mandel, Big Prize Bingo, and festival activities and live music on Saturday from 1pm to 6pm. Spring Fling will conclude on Saturday night with the traditional foam dance party in the Lair Pit starting at 8:30pm.

Advice Column, March 14, 2011

By: Jake Bennett and Tavi Sanders. Published: March 14, 2011

My boyfriend is thinking about joining the army. I’m not going to lie: I think the army is a great thing to join, and I think he is up to the challenge. The problem is I don’t want to find out one day that he was killed or something. I want to be supportive, but I’m scared to death that I’m going to lose him. What should I do?

Minecraft

By: Matthew Conley. Published: March 14, 2011.

I hear them. They don’t try to hide it. Those foul beasts, with their strange echoing moans, howls, and hisses, gather outside of my makeshift layer in the ground. Darkness consumes me, but no longer! I place a glowing torch upon the dirt walls of my hastily dug-into grotto, illuminating the six square by eight square space that I now call home. Nighttime still reigns outside, as if a malevolent king refused to give up his scepter whenever his time came. What can I do? Where can I go? My eyes glanced towards the ground as I held my 16-bit pickaxe in my hand. How could I not have seen it before? The answer lay before me.

Blue Valentine

By Kyle Hintz. Published March 14, 2011.

clip_image002Blue Valentine, directed by Derek Cianfrance and starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, is a juxtaposition of the past and present in the marriage of Dean (Gosling) and Cindy (Williams). Aside from The Social Network, this is the best film of the year. It calls to mind the raw and powerful films of John Cassavetes with frequent use of claustrophobic camera work putting us right in the thick of things along with, and especially, an astonishingly honest script which captures the addled state wherein we all live.

The Dilemma

By: Kyle Hintz. Published: March 14, 2011.

clip_image002The Dilemma is the latest comedy from director Ron Howard, starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James. Basically, the premise is Kevin James and Vince Vaughn are best friends and James’ wife, played by Winona Ryder, is having an affair with Channing Tatum. Vaughn discovers this and struggles with how to tell James while hilarity ensues. Or does it?