Opinion

Be grateful for the provision of the cafeteria
Opinion

Be grateful for the provision of the cafeteria

In my four years at John Brown University I have scanned my student ID, greeted the cheerful cashier behind the register and grabbed a plate of food in the Kresge Dining Hall approximately 1,800 times. The dining hall on campus —affectionately dubbed “the caf” by regular attendees like me —offers […]

White people: Acknowledge your privilege
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White people: Acknowledge your privilege

Racism is real, and discrimination based on race is a problem in the United States in 2017. White privilege is real, and needs to be recognized by the white majority. Being proud of colorblindness is a product of white privilege and is crippling to people of color or POC. Throughout […]

Make a difference, volunteer with the Marshallese
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Make a difference, volunteer with the Marshallese

“The United States killed my family, and they ruined my home,” Laiku, a Marshallese woman currently living in Springdale, said. I hated the feeling that the place I called home could ever cause someone so much pain, so I did something about it. The Marshall Islands was a nuclear test […]

Opinion

Misinformation breeds confusion

Recently there has been angst among some in this country about the actions taken by the new president of the United States in relation to the pause in receiving refugees from certain high risk countries and the construction of a wall on the United States-Mexico border with Mexico. These actions […]

Opinion

Hope survives in difficult seasons

Hope: some may associate this word simply with wishful thinking; others may see it as a solid anchor and foundation. No matter what one thinks when he or she thinks of the word “hope,” everyone daily walks and lives out of some sort of hope for the purpose of their […]

Opinion

Choose to speak

– Westley, The Princess Bride The world is not a perfect place. While that’s probably not any grand revelation to most people, I’ve noticed a tendency in American culture to act as though everything’s great. That is a lie that comes at a steep cost. I lost a close friend […]

Opinion

Rethink adoption

On Valentine’s Day, I remembered the anniversary of one of my birth parents’ death – just a few days after my own birthday. The day was filled with inexplicable grief, exhaustion, and me wondering what my life would have been like if I hadn’t been adopted. Growing up, when I […]

Opinion

Surrender an unknown future to God

Learning to surrender my trust to the Lord is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I have always enjoyed having a step by step plan, a daily planner to keep track of my tasks and a predictable future. Coming to college changed me. When I was a […]

Opinion

Local artists need your support

If you’re like me, sometimes walking by the guy playing guitar on a street can cause you to pick up the pace a little bit. Even if he’s well-dressed and sounds good, we sometimes have an aversion to listening to this guy because it seems like a hassle to appreciate […]

I survived inauguration day
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I survived inauguration day

Military trucks, riot police, a sea of red hats and perhaps millions of people full of adrenaline. At first glance, an average American may not associate any of these words with any relatable experience. However, not only do they represent a recent American experience, but arguably the most important part […]