One Leg, No Limits

By Alexis Porter, Contributing Writer   I was walking back from the cafeteria at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center in the summer of 2017, carrying a to-go box of leftovers to enjoy later, when I first met Jacob Waters. He sped past me on his bike like a NASCAR driver and popped the longest... Continue Reading →


By Magdalena Knapp, Editor “I got run over by a baby elephant, and wow, even a baby elephant is huge and powerful! […] But it was fun!” Whether she gets run over by a baby elephant in Thailand, detained at the Israelian border, invited by an American Jew in Jerusalem to join Shabbat dinner in... Continue Reading →

Being a Student Parent: The Juggling Act

  By: Sophie Jeffery, Editor Original art by Benjamin Richter On my drive to McKendree, I'm distracted by both Karen and Georgia from My Favorite Murder talking about Ruth Thalia* and the to-do list that is constantly running through my head, so when the van in front of me comes to a dead stop at... Continue Reading →

For the Love of the Game

By Kaylee Fann “What distinguishes a great player is his presence. When he goes on to the court, his presence dominates the atmosphere” – Bill Russell Charismatic. Outgoing. Loving. Talented. Inspiring. Resilient. These are all words that can be used to describe 19 year old Winslow Martin, a basketball player for Southeastern Illinois College in... Continue Reading →

A man has to BE something

From Editor, Zach Breeding Today marks the 13th anniversary of Hunter S. Thompson tragically taking his own life. There is, however, no sense wallowing in pity for a man who felt he lived 17 years too long, anyway. So, on this most auspicious of occasions I would like to present one of my favorite authors'... Continue Reading →

The State of Ames

By Victoria Sananikone, Contributing Writer Ames Dining Hall is one of McKendree University’s central hubs where students can go to mingle with their friends during a break from class while indulging in the solace of food. Not merely a haven for the starved student, it also serves as a relaxation zone away from the stressful... Continue Reading →

Squirrel, Who Do You Know Here?

By Brad Wyss Pictures:,, Whether you’re parking in Dr. Dennis’ front yard or five football fields away on the back side of MPCC; while trekking across campus there is often a chatter that is nearly impossible to ignore. The perpetrator may be watching you from afar, above, or around the trunk of a tree.... Continue Reading →

Sometimes, Politics Should End a Friendship

By Sophie Jeffery, Editor Thomas Jefferson famously wrote in a letter to William Hamilton, “I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”  I saw this quote plenty of times over the course of the 2016 election, shared by well-intentioned friends and family on... Continue Reading →

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