Category: Features

McKendree’s Most Interesting Man

By Zach Manion, Contributing Writer Lebanon, Ill. – On the surface, Christopher DiOrio seems no different the regular adjunct professor at McKendree University. Most faculty […]

A Boy and His Cows

By JT Russell, Contributing Writer Lebanon, Ill. – As the birds begin to chirp and the grass once again turns a vibrant green, college students […]

The Truth About Studying Abroad

By Magdalena Knapp, Contributing Writer Each year, 3.7 million students study abroad throughout the world. I am one of these 3.7 million students, and my […]

A Crash Course in Flirting Through Different Cultures

By Magdalena Knapp, Contributing Writer Many of you have heard of pick-up lines such as “Do you know how much a polar bear weighs? – […]

Lean on Me: Helping Through The Crisis Text Line

By Allison Donofrio, Staff Writer Lebanon, Ill. – While on winter break last December, I saw a volunteer opportunity I could not pass up. On […]

Behind the Success: Andrew Best

By Zach Breeding, Co-Editor of Sports LEBANON, Ill. – Anyone who has followed the McKendree men’s hockey team as of late is well aware of […]

Five Myths About McKendree Online

By Allison Donofrio, Contributing Writer Myth: Online education is easier than learning on campus. Online classes and an online degree are not easier than degrees […]

McKendree’s Biggest Fans

By J.T. Russell, Contributing Writer “We just love the people and the atmosphere. Everyone is so nice to us. I mean, who doesn’t like going […]

The Musical Fusion of Quebec’s Le Vent du Nord: Melding the old with the new to create something unique

By Jack MacLean, Copy Editor Folk music serves as an expression of the people and era from which it originates. For Le Vent Du Nord, […]

Behind the Success: Darren Wynn

By Zach Breeding, Co-Editor of Sports Darren Wynn’s life is one that is heavily influenced by family and friends. And if it wasn’t for his […]

Mike Babcock’s Relentless Pursuit

By Grant Riggs, Editor-in-Chief On Wednesday, February 1, at 6:30 a.m., Mike Babcock, 5th-year head football coach at McKendree University, walked into his office knowing […]

How you know you are not American

BY MAGDALENA KNAPP Contributing Writer If you would have asked me five years ago, “Where do you see yourself in the future?” I would have […]

Yes, I was homeschooled. No, college doesn’t scare me.

BY ANNA BELMONTE Staff Writer I was homeschooled my entire life. And as a former homeschooler that is now in college, I’m familiar with the […]

McKendree’s sandwich artist, with a side of happiness

BY AUSTIN LAGESSE Contributing Writer Most students know her simply as “the sandwich lady.” Others know her by her name, Stephani Stark. One thing is […]

Undocumented: a look into the life of an illegal Mexican immigrant living in the U.S.

BY CORY McCORMICK Staff Writer Your sixteenth birthday is supposed to be a monumental milestone in your life: finally, you get to be in the […]

Seeking validation: the world of likes

BY NICOLE FUNG CALLEJA Staff Writer It’s not a secret how heavily connected most college students feel to various social media platforms. This includes Facebook, […]

Why studying abroad is like getting new eyes

BY NICOLE FUNG CALLEJA Staff Writer Studying abroad is an experience that cannot be compared to anything else. The experience of being immersed in another […]

Lost in transportation

BY LAUREN REEVES Staff Writer Flights out from the cornfields to the Bay. Guzzling gas tanks. Endless popping potato chip bags bursting all over the […]

Bearcat thoughts: MAP grant

BY TEAGAN SCHWAB Staff Writer For many of the Bearcats who reside in Illinois, receiving the MAP grant is a make or break deal for […]

Stressing students from an online perspective

BY ALLISON DONOFRIO Staff Writer As students are settled into their spring classes at McKendree, I, an online student, conducted a survey before, during and […]

Alone in your 20s: a tale of single hearts

By GRACE McDOWELL Staff Writer Oh great, another one of my Facebook friends is engaged. Wait, when did that couple get married? Wow, she’s in […]

Homesickness is okay: here’s how to deal with it

BY NICOLE FUNG CALLEJA Contributing Writer Imagine your excited, panting dog, your little sister with a glimmer in her eyes, your parents welcoming you to […]

What’s Up Weather?

BY TEAGAN SCHWAB Staff Writer As if dressing for the polarized temperature in Old Main and PAC isn’t enough, Mother Nature seems to have other […]

Are Eustressed?

BY TEAGAN SCHWAB Staff Writer As the semester wanes, students find themselves drowned by stressors like classes, relationships, finances, extra-curricular activities and graduation. According to […]

What’s all the Yammer about?

BY ANNA BELMONTE Staff Writer Join groups. Get connected. Build yet another Facebook-like community. It will replace email; it will make Academia easier; it will […]

Please don’t cry about Wi-Fi

BY LAUREN REEVES Staff Writer This semester, students have sent numerous emails. Dialed in hyperventilated & breathless calls. And, frantically marched their way to the […]

A Poll on the Polls: Are students engaged and informed on the upcoming presidential election?

BY GRACE McDOWELL Staff Writer “Trumping” Politics: The Poll (given to 20 McKendree students): When is the next presidential election? Can you name any candidates running? […]

The nightmare of a stolen car

BY ERICA POUR                                             […]

Running Corner

BY TAQUISHA DRISDELL, EDITOR Theme of the Week: Aerobic Endurance                               […]

[Issue 9] A History and Life in Lebanon – Belinda McAllister

BY MORGAN ROSCOW, STAFF WRITER Lebanon is known as a place that is rich in history, which is far more advanced than the rest of […]

[Issue 9] Summer Internships: Paying to work for Free?

BY LAUREN APETZ, MEDIA EDITOR I recently took a summer internship through McKendree to work at a local news station in Orlando, Fl. I loved […]

[Issue 9] Donna’s Profiles: Taquisha Drisdell and Kennon Henderson

Name: Taquisha Drisdell Major: Theater/Journalism Favorite Professor: Gabe Shapiro Year: Junior What do you like best or least about Valentine’s Day? What I like least […]

[Iss. 7] || Marjane Satrapi Visits McKendree University

BY KIMBERLY BENNETT & MINDY ALLEN Editor-in-Chief & Assistant Editor  Since 1998, McKendree University has invited renowned speakers for the George E. McCammon Memorial Distinguished […]

[Iss. 7] || Love is Colorblind

BY BRITANI BEASLEY Staff Writer Interviewees: Darlisha Farmer and Simeon Bradshaw As we grow up we find ourselves being judged by our income, jobs, families, […]

[Iss. 7] || McKendree University Bearcat Rotaract News

BY MARTHA EGGERS Group Advisor The Bearcat Rotaract Club met recently to carve these pumpkins as a community service project.  The pumpkins were donated to […]

[Iss. 7] || What’s Next? Looking into the Future of McKendree University

BY BRITTANY ANSPACH Staff Writer In the past two years McKendree has welcomed the biggest classes in the college’s history. Like many other students, I […]

[Iss. 7] || Student Taylor Simmons Provides Insight on Athletic Training

BY BRITANI BEASLEY Staff Writer Taylor Simmons, a junior at McKendree University, is an athletic training major with a minor in sport psychology. Simmons is […]

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

BY BRITANI BEASLEY Staff Writer This semester you have probably seen new faces on campus, including students and faculty members. Also, there are new offices, […]

[Iss. 7] || Winners of the Humanities Division Essay Contest

PROVIDED BY THE HUMANITIES DIVISION Winner: Megan Benitone Megan Benitone 2014 October 30 Hans: The Most Lovable Villain She is freezing to death.  Her skin is so […]

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

BY CHELSEY WHEELER Contributing Writer Last month, the community of McKendree University was shocked by the e-mail announcement informing the campus that one of our […]

[Iss. 6] || Back to the 80s

BY BRITANI BEASLEY Staff Writer” Interviewee: Brent and Lauren Reeves (B-Dub and Laurie Lou) Father/daughter duo, B-Dub and Laurie Lou, known regularly as Brent and […]

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

BY EMILY LUCIA Assistant Editor November is National Diabetes Month, and diabetics around the world are raising awareness. On social media, organizations like Juvenile Diabetes […]

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

BY KATIE HERATH Staff Writer Everywhere you look, McKendree continues to grow. For example, attendance for undergraduates has reached an all-time high; we also have […]

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

BY MORGAN ROSCOW Contributing Writer Parking at McKendree University has grown into a bigger issue in the past few years due to the increasing influx […]

[Iss. 5] || To Yak or not to Yak?

BY JENNA MORRIS Contributing Writer College students spend a large part of their days on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Pinterest.  […]

[Iss. 5]|| Help Fight Off STRESS!

BY KALEIGH ADMIRE Staff Writer Stress is something every college student goes through. If you have not been stressed yet this year, consider yourself lucky. […]

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

BY ERICA POUR Contributing Writer We all love new clothes, but if you’re like me, you’ve already realized that trying to find the latest fashions […]

This Major is not for Me!

BY MINDY ALLEN Assistant Editor Do you remember the anxiety you felt before graduating high school when you were concerned with your future? It is […]

McKendree University Welcomes Bearcat Statue

There’s more to the Bearcat than What Meets the Eye! BY KIMBERLY BENNETT Editor-in-Chief A few days into the 2014-15 academic year, McKendree University installed […]

Road Construction on Alton Street

BY MINDY ALLEN Staff Writer Sometime after the week of Sept. 15, Alton Street is scheduled to be closed for road construction, as long as […]