Category: Vol. 94, Iss. 5: 2015-16

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Alone in your 20s: a tale of single hearts

Staff Writer

Oh great, another one of my Facebook friends is engaged. Wait, when did that couple get married? Wow, she’s in a relationship again?  You may have had these thoughts when scrolling through your news feed from time to time and finding that many of your classmates are engaged, married or even just in a nauseously cute romantic relationship.

I hate Valentine's Day
Decor of CAB’s “I Hate Valentine’s Day” party held in the Lair.
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Homesickness is okay: here’s how to deal with it

Contributing Writer

Imagine your excited, panting dog, your little sister with a glimmer in her eyes, your parents welcoming you to your already familiar surroundings: the streets, the driveway, the smell of your favorite dish wafting from the kitchen, the bang of a door slamming, the yelling of the next-door neighbor, the poster-filled walls and the creaking of your bed. These are the noises that cheerfully announce that you’re home. The place where you are most relaxed, the place that has seen you grow and that now, as a college student, you value much more.

Textbook Takeover

Contributing Writer

With a new semester beginning, the dreaded process almost all college students have to go through is just around the corner: buying textbooks. For some college students, they have decided to skip this experience and just go without books. Why do some students do this, you ask? Because the prices for the books are outrageous.

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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.