Advice Column, April 1, 2011

To start with, my girlfriend is everything to me and we love each other. The only problem is that my parents hate her. I wouldn’t normally care what my parents think, but they’re funding my college expenses and have threatened to cut me off if I continue seeing her. I have a job, but it’s not nearly enough to pay my tuition and I’m not sure I’m smart enough for many scholarships. What should I do?

A Change would do you Good

By Kat Studley, Contributing Writer. Published April 1, 2011

So you’ve made it through mid-term week and you’ve hopefully slept off your Spring Break fun, but now you may find yourself returning to yet another spring semester slump. I may not be able to speak for the entire McKendree population, but I am surrounded by many fellow students plagued with writer’s block and debilitating procrastination habits. Seriously, it’s been so perky outside (in between those lame cold fronts) that I’ve completely daydreamed my way through too many lectures and study times. When you’re freezing your butt off outside, it’s easy to stay focused on the warm and cozy classroom instead of the surrounding gloominess.

Teaching at McKendree by Chance

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

In the last issue, I chose new faculty on campus to interview. In this issue, I simply chose two professors I wanted to get to know better. The common threads between them, I found out later, are that they  were both living in the area already before taking jobs at McKendree, and they are both currently involved in lengthy, and interesting in my opinion, research projects besides teaching a full load at McKendree. I hope these short profiles will give you a glimpse of two awesome professors at McKendree!

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.

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.

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?