Advice Column, March 14, 2011

By: Jake Bennett and Tavi Sanders. Published: March 14, 2011

My boyfriend is thinking about joining the army. I’m not going to lie: I think the army is a great thing to join, and I think he is up to the challenge. The problem is I don’t want to find out one day that he was killed or something. I want to be supportive, but I’m scared to death that I’m going to lose him. What should I do?

Minecraft

By: Matthew Conley. Published: March 14, 2011.

I hear them. They don’t try to hide it. Those foul beasts, with their strange echoing moans, howls, and hisses, gather outside of my makeshift layer in the ground. Darkness consumes me, but no longer! I place a glowing torch upon the dirt walls of my hastily dug-into grotto, illuminating the six square by eight square space that I now call home. Nighttime still reigns outside, as if a malevolent king refused to give up his scepter whenever his time came. What can I do? Where can I go? My eyes glanced towards the ground as I held my 16-bit pickaxe in my hand. How could I not have seen it before? The answer lay before me.

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?

Bloodroot by Amy Greene

By: Hannah Johnson. Published: March 14, 2011

imageThere are so many things that I could say about this book. This book takes place in the Appalachians, primarily on a mountain, Bloodroot Mountain to be exact. The dialect in the book makes you feel like you are sitting on a porch at the top of this beautiful mountain. With the character’s personalities and voices, one can become quickly dazzled by this rural area. I thought the book was extremely interesting and dark.

The Dilemma

By: Kyle Hintz. Published: March 14, 2011.

clip_image002The Dilemma is the latest comedy from director Ron Howard, starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James. Basically, the premise is Kevin James and Vince Vaughn are best friends and James’ wife, played by Winona Ryder, is having an affair with Channing Tatum. Vaughn discovers this and struggles with how to tell James while hilarity ensues. Or does it?

Blue Valentine

By Kyle Hintz. Published March 14, 2011.

clip_image002Blue Valentine, directed by Derek Cianfrance and starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, is a juxtaposition of the past and present in the marriage of Dean (Gosling) and Cindy (Williams). Aside from The Social Network, this is the best film of the year. It calls to mind the raw and powerful films of John Cassavetes with frequent use of claustrophobic camera work putting us right in the thick of things along with, and especially, an astonishingly honest script which captures the addled state wherein we all live.

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.

It’ll Get Messy: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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

imageBased on the international best seller by Swedish author Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a Danish film directed by Neils Arden Oplev and starring Noomi Rapace and Mikael Blomkvist. Don’t worry, I’m aware that you have no idea who these people are, I didn’t either until I saw this film. This is one of the best thrillers I’ve seen in recent times, not surprising, given the source material.