Month: September 2015

Sports

Fantasy football unites, ignites competition

The National Football League’s season started two weeks ago, and fans everywhere have taken to the internet to compete in fantasy football. As of last month, 56.8 million people have played fantasy sports this year alone, up from 44 million the year before, according to a study done by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association. Considering the enormous popularity of fantasy football (football holds 69 percent […]

Athlete balances sports and academics
Sports

Athlete balances sports and academics

When I first considered playing collegiate basketball, I often anticipated the glamorous aspects we all see on TV—the exciting game days, fancy apparel, gear and the added bonus of having school paid for. While those are definitely perks of committing to play any collegiate sport, that is just what it is—a commitment. After transferring to JBU, I have realized that, at whatever level a person plays – […]

You get what you give
Editorial

You get what you give

The last Sunday of the summer found me sitting in a sanctuary that felt more like the Royal Albert Hall than a church building. My fingers curled comfortably around my complimentary coffee as I sat listening to a sermon about why I should be involved in the church community. The pastor passionately promised that Christian community is God’s gift to me; it […]

Siloam kayak park closed for maintenance
News

Siloam kayak park closed for maintenance

The Siloam Springs Kayak Park closed Tuesday, Sept. 21 for maintenance and is expected to remain closed for up to three weeks. Siloam Springs park manager Troy Kirkendall said that workers are installing a rock bed from the northern shore of the lake to the southern shore. This rock bed […]

Cross Country prepares for OSU
Sports

Cross Country prepares for OSU

John Brown University’s Cross Country teams have high hopes for this season. Both the men’s and women’s teams kicked off their seasons on Sept. 5 at the Southwest Baptist Bearcat Invitational in Bolivar, Mo. Though neither of the teams placed in the races, they feel that the race set a good tone for the season’s coming races. “I can tell the team has gotten […]

Find inspiration in Arkansas literature
Opinion

Find inspiration in Arkansas literature

John Brown University is one of the few institutions of higher education in the state that attracts most of its students from outside of Arkansas’ borders. While that does give the university a more diverse student body, that student body may or may not know much about what their new state and region have to offer. Few venture south or […]

Migrants battle border limitations
News

Migrants battle border limitations

Germany temporarily closed its border with Austria until the European Union finds a solution for the influx of migrants. Germany stopped trains with Austrian refugees on Sunday, Sept. 13. A German international broadcasting organization, train passengers from Westbahnhof, refugee and non -refugee passengers included, had difficulties getting to Germany after the announcement of border controls, according to Deutsche Welle. This situation caused confusion to other countries after the unexpected […]

Iran nuclear access limited
News

Iran nuclear access limited

After 20 months of heated debates, the United States and the its international allies have come to an agreement that Iran will no longer be able to obtain a nuclear weapon. According to whitehouse.gov, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is to cut off all of Iran’s routes to nuclear […]

Putting faces to Syrian refugees
Opinion

Putting faces to Syrian refugees

I have never been to Syria, but I have seen its borders on the horizon from the top of the girls school in Hartha, Northern Jordan. I met some Syrians in Jordan, and I have heard their stories. In June of last year, the Jordan Summer Studies program spent one short Saturday in the city of Mafraq, where more […]

News

Irish political tensions rise

The stability of Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government is at risk after a series of political tensions and crises. Relationships between the political parties in the Northern Ireland Assembly have been strained in recent months due to budget concerns and cuts to welfare. Last month, former Provisional Irish Republic Army (IRA) member, Steven McGuigan, was murdered on Aug. 12., leading many to believe that the Provisional IRA is still […]