Category: Articles

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.

Recycling your Electronics

By Shawn Printy. Published April 25, 2011.

Electronic waste is a big problem, not just in the US, but especially globally. Some of the wonderful devices that we have today often contain dangerous chemicals, heavy metals, and other harmful substances that are a necessary evil in the production process. If these aren’t disposed of properly, these toxins can leech into the groundwater, and get into the environment, which can cause serious harm.

e-Fridays

By Shawn Printy. Published April 25, 2011.

If you’re a faculty member at McKendree, you’ve probably heard of the e-Friday program. However, if you’re a student, you might not be too sure of what they are. According to IT director George Kriss, the e-Friday events are “28 minutes of training that doesn’t hurt.”

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.

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.