Christian Music—Who Says It Has To Be “Traditional”?

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers In the last 40 years the church has waged a worship war with itself. Buzzwords such as “Contemporary” or “Traditional” have served to polarize and define worshiping communities in powerful and destructive ways. Adding to the religious tension within the church are judgmental accusations of authenticity based on preaching styles, musical focus, and theological perspective. It is hardly the way of Christ! The problem is understandable. Music matters. There is no denying the fact that one form of music can inspire some while nauseating others.…

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Becoming a Minimalist: The First Step is Admitting You’re Not One

By: Sophia Romero I worked at Girl Scout camp over the summer of 2015 in Angel Fire, New Mexico and I thought I was staying the whole duration without going back home to Albuquerque. However, to my dismay I had many opportunities to go back home which I took full advantage of. Among the staff were girls from America and other girls from different parts of the globe. Since they traveled a great distance to be here, they obviously had to pack light and only the essentials. Unlike my international…

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Rise Above the Tweet

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers The challenge is tremendous and the cycle is overpowering. President Trump fires off a Tweet, and the media pounces on those 140 characters with a feeding frenzy of convoluted controversy. Social media gets involved and opinions fly faster than the frenzied flight of water fowl after a gun goes off. Some celebrate … some retaliate. Some cry foul and some sing out with praise. Some pray, some yell, some post, some fret, and some celebrate. Then, amid the frenzied fanaticism, fingers of blame are pointed,…

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Someone Whose Inspiration Runs True and Deep

By: Jena Slater When I think of an inspirational person many things come to mind: strong-willed, hardworking, and overcoming obstacles. A picture comes to mind of a strong woman who always encourages everyone else and who may not get enough recognition for all the challenges she has overcome throughout the years. For me, Rebecka Holman is an inspirational person since no matter what the given circumstances are, she always finds the strength within to surpass the struggles. Holman plans on graduating in December of 2017 with her Bachelor’s Degree in…

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How To Overcome Presentation Anxiety

By: Kendall Schneider If you’re anything like me, public speaking, including giving class presentations is (or was— in my case) a big fear. Of course with that big fear of mine, freshman me decided that public relations would be the best major. However, I am extremely glad that I chose public relations, because I have learned so many valuable skills including writing, design and you guessed it, public speaking. So, here is a list of five things that have helped me to overcome my presentation anxiety. 1. Make sure that…

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Rethinking Peace

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers Many years ago, a researcher placed some insects in an environment that was gradually made toxic. The transition took quite some time but, as one may predict, the insects in this increasingly toxic living space gradually became sluggish, sickly, and were clearly not healthy. Yet, they functioned reasonably well considering the high levels of toxicity to which they were exposed. What was interesting about this experiment was that as new, and otherwise very healthy, insects were introduced to the environment, the sudden shock of the…

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Historical Background in The World Of Archival and Oral Research

By: Charles E. Lancaster In the history world, the term historical background is becoming an ideal to capture an image of people’s behavior and speech. The historical background is very crucial for people to understand how people of that era could have a response to the issues of that period. The unique dialogue between a commoner and head authority would explain the colonial behavior mindset. This colonial behavior mindset would explain what the exchange of ideas could probably mean in our time of antiquity. For example, in a book called…

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The Benefits of Meditating

By: Sophia Romero As college students, life can get overwhelming and stressful. With midterms coming up next week it can be difficult to find time to de-stress and take time for yourself. For those who are having a hard time finding peace in your hectic day, meditating may be the solution for you. Between extracurricular activities, school, work, and homework—there seems to be no room in my schedule for time to myself. As an avid blog reader, I looked for inspiration on how to make time for yourself throughout the…

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Living With and Embracing Allergies

By: Kaitlin McKay Allie the Allergic Elephant has been a friend of mine for many years. As a child, I grew up watching Allie the Allergic Elephant to understand what a peanut allergy is and how to deal with it. It was scary having to practice using my EpiPen on an orange and watching it turn a sickly green. Growing up with allergies has not only been an obstacle, but it has become a part of who I am. At a young age, my parents found out I was allergic…

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The Future of America

By: Ashley Galloway Oklahoma State University. Iowa State University. American University. George Washington University. Harvard. These are just a few of the schools where protests have broken loose, responding to the Trump administration’s announcement Wednesday, September 5, 2017 regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). A couple weeks ago, the Trump administration ordered an end to DACA, a program created in 2012 by former president Barack Obama aiding individuals who were brought to America as infants or children. These adults, known as Dreamers, have little memory of the…

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