Category: Features

Brand New Bearcats

Brand New Bearcats BY LAUREN APETZ __________________________________________ This year, McKendree University began a new sports program: men’s volleyball. This team is young, with 15 freshmen making up the roster. Nicki Sanlin, who is assisted by […]

It Only Takes One Second

It Only Takes One Second

 Written by Kimberly Bennett

~Written on February 18th, 2012~

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
                                                                                     –Jeremiah 29:11

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People who barely know me do not know I have a twin sister. She and I are like two peas in a pod—inseparable. Although we go to different colleges, it does not take away from the time we have shared with one another in the past. She is my best friend and will always be despite our constant bickering.

I had often wondered what my life would be like if I was not born a twin. Since last weekend, however, I would not want anything different. She is my twin and we are connected in a way no other set of siblings can be and that is how it should be. We have done everything together up until college. Now we are trying to find our own individualities. My life could have been different last Saturday Morning when I found out that my sister had almost died in a car wreck. To this day, I do not know what I would have done without her. God has a plan for everyone. He knows when each person is born into the world as well as when they are leaving the world. He knows and only He knows.  Life is fragile and it can be taken away in less than a second. In less than a second, someone’s world could flip upside-down. Thankfully, mine wasn’t….

Thor: The Dark World ~ Movie Review

Thor: A Dark World 

A review written by Emily Lucia

 *Warning: Minor Spoilers Ahead*

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Marvel’s second post-Avengers film is just what a Marvel film should be. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry (sometimes in the same scene) and it leaves clues to future Marvel productions (Avengers 2 and 3 anyone?).  Despite the change of director from the first film, Thor: The Dark World is an exciting ride that keeps audience members on their feet until the very end.

The film begins in the same manner as the first with Odin (Anthony Hopkins), Thor’s father and King of Asgard, lending his voice to tell an ancient tale of an evil race called the Dark Elves led by Malekith (Christopher Eccleston). In the tale, Malekith seeks a dark substance known as the Aether. Asgardians led by Odin’s father and predecessor, Bor sweep in and save the day. Malekith was going to use the Aether to absorb its power and, we can assume, take over the nine realms. Bor and the Asgardians defeat Malekith and the Dark Elves and confiscate the Aether, locking it away somewhere no one will find it.

What’s Hot on the CW Network?

What’s Hot on the CW Network?

Written by: Kimberly Bennett

For those of you who do not know me, I am a huge TV fan. I watch a lot of different shows and this year happens to be the CW’s biggest year yet! Before last year, I didn’t really watch a lot of shows on the CW but since last year’s freshman series, Beauty & the Beast, starring Jay Ryan, Kristin Kreuk and Austin Basis, I immediately started watching more of the CW shows. If you remember WB-11’s Smallville, then you’re ahead of everyone else. Smallville was one of the few series that lasted 10 seasons and was formally owned by the Warner Bros. Company. However, in 2006, CBS and Warner Bros formed a partnership and became the CBS and Warner Bros. Company (or, for short, CW-TV).

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.

Protestor’s At Fallen Airmen’s Funeral

By Danielle Cooper. Published April 25, 2011

Airmen Zachary Cuddeback, 21, was killed in Germany on his way to serve a tour in Afghanistan. Cuddeback was the driver of an Air Force bus carrying soldiers getting ready to depart for a tour to Afghanistan when the bus was attacked by a Kosovo Albanian. Cuddeback was escorted back to O’Fallon, Illinois by his cousin that was stationed in Germany at the time of Cuddeback’s death.

"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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.