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What’s Up Weather?

Staff Writer

As if dressing for the polarized temperature in Old Main and PAC isn’t enough, Mother Nature seems to have other plans. One day, the proper attire for the freezing temperature is a snowsuit and mittens and the next, sandals and shorts.

Even if it is cold outside, by the time you speed walk up the hill and climb the stairs of Old Main you feel as though you just made it to the top of Mt. Everest and found the Sahara desert. Forget everything your common sense tells you; no matter how cold it is, you will be drenched in sweat by the time you make it up to 301 Old Main. You won’t be able to shed your layers fast enough.

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BSO brings culture to campus

As we all know, Black History Month is upon us so we should take a step back and reflect on how we have changed and grown as a society. To help us do this, McKendree’s Black Student Organization (BSO) is going to lead activities all month. Check out the events and broaden your eyes to history.


African-American Dance Night
February 16th in the Eisenmeyer Auditorium at 6:30PM
This event is lead by an West Africa dancer, he will teach the participants about the importance of African Dancing and how therapeutic it is, and also teach all participants some of his famous dance moves.

Movie: Retribution
February 19th in PAC 116 at 6PM
Filmmaker David Kirkman from Webster University, will come to showcase his film and have an open discussion about the film and the film industry, and also questions about entrepreneurs.

Munchin on History
February 24th in the Lair at 9AM (Free Continental Breakfast)
This event is lead by Benjamin Garrett, a famous pianist and music composer, he worked with artists such as Krik Franklin, Jahiem, Marquette Brown-Clark, and Tyler Perry. He will come in speaking on the historical figures of biblical black women, and the Black History from the late 1800’s until 1960’s.

BSO Cares(Sandwich Makers)
February 25th in PAC 214 at 6:30PM
BSO will host a night if service, which we will make handmade sandwiches and donate them to the HUD housing shelter in town. The goal is to provide sandwiches for 60 people in need or more.

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Save the MAP: a call to action

As many Illinois college students know, funding for the MAP program has not been going well in Springfield. Governor Rauner and his colleagues have created a serious issue for higher education in our state. Hundreds if not thousands of MAP eligible students who depend on those funds to make their college education possible at McKendree University and other instate institutions may no longer be able to make their college dreams a reality.

This is a letter to encourage students and others in our state to urge our governor to save the MAP. Below we have collected some interesting information to help everyone interact with a handful of important people who have it within their power to make a difference on this issue on our behalf.

In addition, if you have friends at other universities who benefit from the MAP grant or even colleagues who work with students, we would strongly urge you to share this information with them and encourage them to appeal to our State leaders as well.  By working together, we hope to cause a positive effect in support of MAP grant funding and a positive outcome to this issue.


–The Review Crew

Below is more information about contacting Gov. Rauner and a sample letter if you are interested in making your voice heard. 

Sample letter
Dear Gov. Rauner:
Over 136,000 students across the state have enrolled in college with the promise of receiving Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants to help them meet the costs of higher education. This terrific program has helped many needy students achieve their higher education goals. As MAP continues to go unfunded in the state budget, it is becoming difficult for students to plan for their futures and difficult for colleges and universities to continue to bridge the funding gap.
This is a real and growing crisis that is felt around the state. Without MAP, many students will not be able to continue their studies.
I am writing to urge you to work with the members of the General Assembly to do whatever you can to restore funding for MAP. We cannot allow the most economically at-risk group of college students to be left behind, when they stand to benefit the most from attaining a college degree at an Illinois institution. Stable MAP funding is vital to ensure that these students are able to continue their studies without interruption.
Thank you for your attention to this crucial matter.


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Ash Wednesday: remembrance and repentance

Staff Writer

Last Wednesday, Feb. 10, dozens of McKendree students, faculty and staff came together to celebrate Ash Wednesday, the 40 days of preparation before Easter.

Opening the season of Lent, Ash Wednesday became a symbolic day on which early Christians remembered the 40 days leading to Christ’s resurrection on Easter. Traditionally, worshipers observe Lent with fasting, study of the Scriptures, self-examination, confession and prayer, according to Reverend Tim Harrison, who lead the Ash Wednesday service at Bothwell Chapel. At the commencement of this period of remembrance, all are called to reflect on their own mortality and repent of their sins in the light of the salvation purchased by Christ.


Vol. 94, Iss. 4


Lauren Reeves

Anna Belmonte
Assistant Editor

Editing Team

Lauren Reeves
Anna Belmonte
Teagan Schwab

In This Issue

Sara Radae
Teagan Schwab
Grace McDowell
Erica Pour
Alexandria Deiters
Lauren Reeves
Anna Belmonte

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Leditor from the Editor

Welcome to another exciting edition of the McKendree Review! We are very excited about this issue!

We would like to thank all of our readers for keeping up with the McKendree Review as we have moved online. As a special treat, we have an exciting announcement. Our next issue will be a printed edition! It will contain articles from past issues along with a few new articles. It will be a semester in review! Since we will have a printed issue around the time of school breaks, we will not post an online issue until we return after the new year. We will still post stories that require special attention when need be. Look for the printed edition on newsstands in December!

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Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week 2015

Don’t forget Nov. 15 – 21 is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week! The Lyn Huxford Center for Community Service is putting on many events throughout the week.

Photo Credit: Lyn Huxford Center for Community Service Facebook page
Photo Credit: Lyn Huxford Center for Community Service Facebook page

Nov. 13 – 19

Canned Goods Sculpture Contest – Campus-wide

Build a beautiful sculpture for a good cause. All proceeds will be donated to a local food pantry.

Monday, Nov. 16

Faculty Fashion Show  At noon in Ames Dining Hall

Check out your favorite faculty member modeling outfits that will be donated to a local shelter as a full set.

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A Further Look into the Mold in Clark

Staff Writer

Sally Mayhew, Vice President of Administration and Finance, provided a closer look at what conditions in Clark Hall posed a health hazard and what was done to clean the building and make it safe for faculty and staff to move back into.

Mold on the AC. Photo Credit: Brent Reeves
Mold on the AC in Director of Multicultural Affairs Brent Reeves’ office. Photo Credit: Brent Reeves

In old buildings, like we have at McKendree, deteriorating foundations are not uncommon. As they age, cracks form imperceptibly, which allows water to leak inside the building. Around Clark Hall, outside drainage improvements helped move water away from the building in heavy rains, but even this measure wasn’t enough to ensure water-tightness during heavy rainfall. Cracks in the foundations may have been responsible for letting in damaging amounts of water that led to the mold issues experienced in Clark.

The first indicator that there was excessive mold came in the form of illnesses. Director of Show Choir Adam Pulver came down with pneumonia earlier in the semester, but it’s difficult to know the cause and whether or not the ailment came from exposure to mold. Mayhew emphasized that people have allergies to any number of things and even different types of mold. And, since mold exists in any building or outdoor space, people with sensitivities to it will experience symptoms.

However, a notable number of faculty and staff working out of Clark Hall experienced health issues, such as difficulty breathing, coughs and other allergy symptoms. One person came down with bronchitis. While it’s impossible to know the cause of these various health issues, the number of people experiencing them in one semester was abnormal and warranted investigation.

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McKendree Role Models: A look inside

Staff Writer

Captain. Resident Assistant. Coordinator. Peer Mentor. Those are just a few leadership positions that McKendree students have the honor of holding. These elect few walk around campus and shine in these roles. But, what is it really like to be a student leader here at good ole McK?

According to sophomore Matthew Roberts, “It’s a lot of fun. And it’s enjoyable. You get to help those younger than you and those who are older than you strive for greatness. It feels nice to have people look up to you.”

Matthew Roberts with the Marching Bearcats at an exciting football game. Photo Credit: Matthew Roberts
Matthew Roberts with the Marching Bearcats at an exciting football game. Photo Credit: Matthew Roberts

Roberts is one of the drum majors in the Marching Band, a choral captain in the Show Choir, and the student director of first year Student Ambassadors. With all of those activities, he really knows how to stay organized. “It’s enough to keep you busy. I have thought about cutting back, but you can’t pull yourself to do it. You enjoy what you do so much that you don’t want to take anything away. You will sacrifice a few hours of sleep.”

He credits most of his organizational success to calendars. “I am a big fan of calendars. If it’s not in the calendar, then it’s just not going to happen,” says Roberts.

However, he does admit that being a student leader on campus comes with a lot of stress. “It does put stress on you: good stress though. You have to make sure that you are always being that role model leading by example because there is always somebody watching.”