Author: Maria Aguilar

Election, Faith

QAnon explained: From fringe to mainstream?

Editor’s Note: This is the second part of the “QAnon explained” series. What was previously considered a marginal community found in the depths of internet forums has turned into a mainstream ideology propagated all over social media, news outlets and even our political system.   QAnon is a far right-wing […]


The Introvert’s Guide to Surviving a Pandemic

In a matter of a few days, the way in which we interacted with the world and the people around us changed drastically. Back in mid-March, we packed our bags with the uncertainty of seeing each other again this year. Moreover, we international students had to make hard decisions whether […]


Remembering Elaine: Memorial tree dedicated on JBU campus

On Sept. 30, 1919, John Brown University – formerly called Southwestern Collegiate Institute – opened for its first day of classes. That same day, five hours away from campus, the deadliest race massacre in Arkansas history unfolded in Elaine, Arkansas. As the institution continued to flourish in Siloam Springs, a […]


Mayra’s Journey to Freedom Beyond Borders

Mayra Ventura’s father passed away the day she illegally migrated to the United States. As a 22-year-old, Ventura left her home in El Salvador to escape the violence of a thriving civil war in the country. Before starting her long journey to the United States in 1991, Ventura said she […]


Confederate monument is moved, what’s next?

The controversial statue of a Confederate soldier, once displayed publicly in Bentonville City Square, was removed on Sept. 2, after a group of citizens had protested for its relocation since August 2019. The Arkansas Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), owners of the statue, announced on June […]


Students divided on Metaxas’ invitation to JBU

On Sept. 8, students stood outside the Berry Performing Arts Center to protest the invitation of conservative author and radio host Eric Metaxas to speak on the John Brown University campus. The Center for Faith and Flourishing (CFF) hosted the event “Should Christians Vote for Trump?” which aimed to offer […]