Category: Articles

Academic Affairs: Through and Through

By Annie Bierman, Staff Writer. Published April 1, 2011

This issue, I decided to profile Dr. Chris Bahr, the Provost and Dean of the University, and Dr. Tami Eggleston, Associate Dean of the University. These two women work everyday to make the academic experience for students better. From the interviews with these two women, I have come to appreciate how much focus McKendree has on enhancing both student learning and teacher effectiveness.

Got Milk?

By Vaughn Olson, Contributing Writer. Published April 1, 2011

“Got Milk?” This slogan from advocates of drinking more milk might in fact not be promoting a good thing. Throughout our childhoods we are always told that drinking milk will help us build better bones and make us bigger and stronger. Recent studies have begun to question whether drinking milk really leads to being healthier. In fact, drinking milk has been shown to lead to major health risks such as heart disease and cancer. Simply assuming that milk is the healthiest choice is not a good idea.

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.

A Day in the Life of Brandon

By Maegan Hafley, Staff Writer. Published April 1, 2011

There is no greater welcome than a “C’mon in, baby doll.” While I hopped up into the second tattoo seat, I watched in amazement as Brandon Turner naturally, yet diligently, gave a husky man a tattoo on his calf. As he stopped to adjust his position, Brandon said with a grin on his face, “Maybe someday I’ll learn what the f*** I’m doin’.”

LIS PAC DAY

By Chris Moore, Staff Writer. Published April 1, 2011

They lurk in the library, clutching ponderous tomes of Dickens and Emerson to their chests as they discuss the finer points of grammar. They swarm into classes about literature of ages long gone. They chat about the exact meaning of a line by Emily Dickinson over tea. Who are they? None other than the members of McKendree’s Literary Interest Society, commonly known as LIS. While most of the members are English majors, the degree isn’t a requirement.

How to stay Healthy during College

By: Maegan Hafley. Published: March 14, 2011.

imageNew college students have heard the theory about the “Freshman 15”, where supposedly incoming freshmen will gain 15 pounds within their first year. In most cases, this is not true; the majority of students do not gain the whole 15 pounds, and usually not all in their first year. Students are expected to gain weight; however, it is spread out gradually.

Settled In: New Faculty at McK

By: Annie Bierman. Published: March 14, 2011.

imageDr. Adam Tournier is an Assistant Professor of Physics who teaches physics and physical sciences which include earth science, astronomy, and concepts in science. He likes physics because it explains how the universe works and from there, a person can integrate that into the specifics. He became a physics major because it was his hardest class and saw it as a challenge. What made him continue to graduate school was a graduate assistantship that then lead him into an accidental career. A position opened up because a professor went on sabbatical, and from then, he decided he wanted to teach.

Passwords: Why “Password” just doesn’t cut it anymore.

By: Kevin Schaefer. Published: March 14, 2011

What’s your password? No! Don’t answer that; chances are, with a little time and maybe the use of some software, your passwords could be cracked. So, should you say “good-bye” to online banking, Facebook, or email? Of course you don’t!

Spring Break of Service

By: Annie Bierman. Published: March 14, 2011

This spring break while many students spent their week long break on the beach or relaxing, one group of students opted for an alternative spring break service global outreach project to Jamaica. During their ten-day stay there, thirteen students and three faculty will be traveling to Kingston and Morant Bay, Jamaica to provide service to communities deep in crippling poverty.

Microsoft Kinect: Redefining what a controller is.

By: Shawn Printy. Published: March 14, 2011.

Xbox 360   Kinect SensorThe Microsoft Kinect is Microsoft’s way of bringing video gaming to the masses. The Kinect is a motion sensor controller for the Xbox 360. It is essentially an array of webcams, infrared projectors, and microphones which provides 3D motion capture, as well as facial and voice recognition.

Condom Awareness Day

In case you didn’t know there are these things called condoms, they’re pretty good at keeping bumps off your privates and babies from growing in your belly. And that’s what Condom Awareness Day is all about: making you aware that you can have sex without the side effects of babies and diseases. Pretty cool, right?

One Laptop Per Child: Wristbands to Help Save the World

By: Kevin Schaefer. Published Online: February 11, 2011

Follow-up article to Closing the Digital Divide, published December, 2010.

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Chapter at McKendree University will be selling wristbands next week to help raise money to donate to One Laptop Per Child (OLPC). OLPC is a non-profit organization that aims to help children in developing countries who are under privileged with technology resources. Their mission is to send a laptop to every child in order to close the digital divide.

There’s more of us than you think

By: Annie Bierman.Published: February 11, 2011.

McK_First_Gen_studentsA first-generation college student, according to McKendree’s definition, is any student whose parents have not graduated from a four-year college or university. Across the United States in 2009, 30 percent were first-gen students. McKendree’s statistic is even higher than the national average at 44 percent of undergraduate students on the Lebanon campus in 2009.

Arizona Shooting

By: Nykhala Coston. Published: February 11, 2011.

imageA moment of silence was observed on the first day back at McKendree University for the victims of the Tuscan, Ariz. shooting. Six people were killed that day, and thirteen were wounded. No one could have anticipated such a tragedy. No one could have sent out an early warning to the Arizona locals and Representative Gabriel Gifford one early afternoon in front of a local supermarket.

SGA Quarterly Review

By: Annie Bierman. Published: February 11, 2011.

For the past few months, SGA has been really busy fulfilling budget requests, initiating new projects, and assessing the campus’s needs!  

I am happy to present to campus one of our completed projects: the Bearcat Cave! The new lounge and student multi-purpose room is now up and running! We imagine this as a space for students to both study and relax away from the constant traffic in the other lounges.

Tips for First Generation Students

By: Annie Bierman. Published: February 11, 2011

1. Engage in the community of higher education by going to your professor’s office hours at least twice each semester, involving yourself with other students through extra-curricular activities and study groups, and getting to know the support staff in offices like Financial Aid and Student Services.  Personal connections with people improve the odds that a student will complete her/his degree.

Accidents – How Unfortunate

By: Anonymous. Published: February 11, 2011.

My mom always used to say to me that I was accident prone. I never really understood what she meant, but as I grew older, I began recognizing a pattern of misfortune that surrounded me. It would happen with a few small things such as the printer breaking when I had to print off a paper, even though it worked for everyone else in the world.

Parking on Campus: The Parking Hustle at McKendree

By: Kyle Hintz. Published: February 11, 2011.

imageParking on campus has always been an elaborate game of automotive musical chairs for me. It seems I can never get a spot close to my class, that is if I can find one at all. Frequently I have to park on one of the side streets adjacent to campus. In light of my own parking inconveniences, I decided to interview students to hear their opinions on the situation.

Career and Internship Fair

By: Chris Moore. Published: February 11, 2011.

Otis Are you interested in exploring exciting new career opportunities? Are you unsure of how to apply your degree in the working world? Do you want to meet possible employers and discover the world beyond college? If so, you may be interested in the upcoming career fair.
The annual McKendree University Career and Internship Fair will take place on Wednesday Feb. 16 in The Hett Lobby. It will run from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will be host to a wide variety of businesses interested in college students.