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Impeachment Story

The impeachment of President Trump did not come as a surprise to many, as it had been the talk of the country for some time. With Democrats threatening a formal impeachment and Republicans refuting evidence, everyone knew it had to come to a head at some point. That point came […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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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Students Sue Fuller Seminary for LGBTQ+ Discrimination

Fuller Theological Seminary is currently facing a lawsuit and receiving backlash for their conduct from two expelled students, engaged in same-sex marriage. When people hear about Fuller Theological Seminary, some associate it with its academics, its current financial struggles or its conservative, Christian approach to seminary. However, when discovering its […]

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Coronavirus Sweeps Globe, Kills Over 800

For the past two months, the Coronavirus has swept the globe, leaving thousands of victims in its wake. As of Feb. 8, the death toll rose to over 800, with over 34,000 confirmed cases. The World Health Organization reported that over 24 countries have confirmed cases. The outbreak, which is […]

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Fairness for All Act Introduced in House

Republican Utah Representative Chris Stewart introduced the Fairness for All Act to the House of Representatives on Dec. 6, 2019. An alternative to the highly contested Equality Act, the bill summarizes its purpose: “To prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity; and to protect the […]

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JBU Students Discuss Presidential Impeachment at Forum

Students got a look inside the complicated world of impeachment policy with Daniel Bennett, associate professor of political science, and Miguel Rivera, adjunct instructor of political science, at the “What the Heck is Impeachment Anyways?” forum. The forum, sponsored and supported by John Brown University’s Residence Life staff on Jan. […]

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Students of Low-Income Background Seek Education

When John Brown started his university in the shadow of the Ozarks, he sought to provide quality education for students who could not afford it. However, according to a study by Opportunity Insights, rising tuition costs are limiting access and increasing stress for promising students. According to the New York […]

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The Mindset of the Church and its Global Context

Gen Z and Millennial Christians are actively concerned with justice and humanitarian efforts, according to a recent survey from the Barna Group. They are keen to obtain relief for the oppressed, mend the bonds of inequality and desire the elimination of corruption, heralding these values as the core of the […]

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Instagram’s Faith Community

Instagram’s influence on an individual’s thoughts and behaviors is sometimes stronger than people would like to admit, but many Christians have taken it upon themselves to use the platform to share their faith and to give hope to others.  In 2018, there were over 100 million daily users and 800 […]

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Protesters Peacefully Support Gun Rights

Pro-gun advocates gathered in Richmond, Va. to peacefully protest legislation regarding restrictions on guns in the state. The proposed gun-restriction legislation included background checks and red flag laws. Around 22,000 people attended the event, according to CNN. Virginia annually holds a “Lobby Day,” but Monday, Jan. 20 was the first […]