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War on Christmas debates inclusivity and religion
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War on Christmas debates inclusivity and religion

While searching for the best deals and perfect presents, shoppers enter into the annual debate: should you say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”?  The idea of a “war on Christmas” has turned joyful holiday greetings into potentially divisive religious and political statements. Some people, who believe the term “Christmas” implies […]

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ESL program puts aside cultural differences to build community

Noel, Missouri became a booming immigrant town in only 20 years. It was a small majority-white town, but recently the allure of steady jobs and better living conditions compared to surrounding cities has increased the pull of immigrants to Noel, expanding the ethnic diversity as well. According to World Population […]

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SERA survey evaluates mental health data for first time

Every year during orientation, freshmen funnel into the Berry Performing Arts Center to complete the Spiritual, Emotional and Relational Assessment survey. While taking the SERA is an orientation ritual dating back to 2004, many students don’t actually know what the survey measures or how the data is used. Gary Oliver, […]

REI closes doors on Black Friday to ‘opt outside
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REI closes doors on Black Friday to ‘opt outside

Five years ago, REI, a company dedicated to the sales of sporting goods, camping equipment and other outdoor products, devised a plan so wild market strategists were left speechless: they were going to close their doors on Black Friday as part of a campaign they christened “Opt Outside.” As the […]

Bentonville citizens protest to relocate Confederate statue
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Bentonville citizens protest to relocate Confederate statue

A group of Bentonville locals have sat in town square every Saturday morning since August to calling for the movement of a Confederate monument located in the heart of the city.  The group, officially called The Shame of Bentonville, organized together to protest in the city after the 2017 Charlottesville […]

Opinion

White Christmas? What About Green Christmas?

As the season of gift-giving and house-decorating approaches, it is easy to be overzealous—overzealous with your spending, your décor (yes, your house can be too decorated) and your waste. According to the Stanford Recycling database, Americans throw away 25% more waste from Thanksgiving to the New Year’s holiday period than […]

Opinion

Leveling the playing field for introverts

Your hands feel ice-cold. Your mouth is dry. The question is asked again.  In the silence, your hand slowly rises. Are you sure you can do this? Pushing through your breaking, shaking voice, you spill out an answer, praying that it makes sense. Although the moment lasted maybe 10 seconds, […]

Opinion

I’m a chronic apologizer

Hi. I’m a self-diagnosed chronic apologizer, but this time I actually mean it. Today, I’m labeling myself a chronic apologizer. My symptoms are apologizing for everything, doubting everything I do and not really knowing what “sorry” means. However, I have an issue that I really need to ask your forgiveness […]

A Comprehensive Guide to Candlelight
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A Comprehensive Guide to Candlelight

Q: What should I expect from Candlelight? A: As John Brown University has been hosting Candlelight for 77 years now, the service is very well established. As an attendee, expect beautiful music, a familiar crowd filled with faces from the Siloam Springs community, a dark and cozy atmosphere and an […]

The Final Centennial Celebration
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The Final Centennial Celebration

In one of the final events of the Centennial celebration, the Christmas dance brought students to Simmons Great Hall to eat, dance and have a great time. On Friday, Dec. 6, the John Brown University Christmas Centennial Dance followed a meal in the cafeteria. With decorations, a live jazz band […]

Lifestyles

How to survive finals week: a guide

Looking around the classroom, everyone seems to be in a trance with the light far gone from their eyes. Some students shake from their eighth cup of coffee, some sleep at their desks and everyone whispers prayers for their final grades. The time has arrived. It’s the week before finals, […]

Cross Country stars go to NAIA National Tournament
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Cross Country stars go to NAIA National Tournament

Sophomore Allika Pearson and Junior Ben Martin traveled to Vancouver, Wash., to compete in Cross Country’s NAIA National Tournament on Nov. 22. For two consecutive years, these two athletes have represented John Brown University at the final cross country meet of the season. To qualify for the national tournament, Pearson […]

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Outbreak of lung illnesses associated with vaping

The outbreak of lung-related illnesses and fatalities in the United States has drawn national attention to the issue of vaping. As of Nov. 13, there have been 42 confirmed deaths and at least 2,172 people hospitalized for symptoms with supposed vape-related causes across the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control […]

Opinion

Alternatives to plastic that everyone can use

We easily find to-go cups from our favorite coffee shops, Walmart bags and plastic water bottles littering our college campus. We can also find them in our ocean, landfills and streets. I hear you: paper and plastic are useful and convenient. But my reply is that convenience can no longer […]

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College connections program partners with Ability Tree

John Brown University, in partnership with Ability Tree, launched the College Connections program, which invites young adults with significant cognitive disabilities to experience college life. The College Connections program originated after Ability Tree’s founders Joe and Jen Butler reached out to Jacob Stratman, chair of humanities and social sciences at […]

Faith

Colloquium offers silence and solitude for busy students

For the last 12 years, Tracy Balzer, director of Christian formation, has taught an Honors colloquium that focuses on the study of silence and solitude, specifically within traditional monastic living. The students supplement their classroom learning with a weekend trip to Subiaco Abbey, a home and place of worship for […]

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Impeachment inquiry confirmed by Pelosi

On Sept. 24, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi officially authorized an impeachment inquiry amid months of impeachment talks in Congress. Article II of the Constitution outlines the rules of impeachment and the removal of the president from office. It states, “the President, Vice President and all civil Officers of […]

Opinion

John MacArthur tells me so

“Go home. There is no case that can be made biblically for a woman preacher. Period, paragraph, end of discussion.” These words shook the western Christian world last week. Prominent pastor John MacArthur verbally attacked Beth Moore, speaker and woman’s ministry figurehead. All this took place during a Q&A at […]

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Growing celebrity Christian culture sparks criticism

The religious atmosphere of the United States has shifted unexpectedly as celebrities such as Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Kevin Hart and Kanye West have publicly discussed and acted upon their newfound faith. Kanye West, with the release of his new album, “Jesus Is King,” early this month, drew both Christians […]

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Gen Z prone to replacing Bibles with black screens

Kk Khaliq, freshman psychology major at John Brown University, recently returned to the faith after nine years of doubting the Bible and isolating herself from the church. Growing up within a Christian family, Khaliq said the reason why she started doubting God was because the church rejected her brother with […]