Author: Maria Aguilar


Why I, a Christian, advocate for secularism

America is not a Christian nation. Before you fire back by quoting the Pledge of Allegiance’s “one Nation under God” and the United States’ official motto, “In God We Trust,” allow me to explain. With recent events like the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 and conspiracy theories like QAnon rapidly spreading […]


Home for Christmas…Sort of

Plane ticket purchased three months in advance? Check. Bags packed and organized two weeks ahead of time? Check. Christmas gifts safely stored in my suitcase since September? Check. Negative COVID-19 test result for my flight? Oh… And Everything went downhill from there.  International flights are already hard enough, even for […]

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 […]