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.