Author: Claire Johnson


Seniors celebrate Christmas quirks

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—the winter holiday season. From tree decorating to festive foods to reading and retelling the Christmas story, the holidays look different from family to family. Two John Brown University seniors, Chris Ridings and Rachel Barber, both share what their typical holiday season looks […]


Students and staff dress for success

The phrase “Dress well, test well” has been repeated in schools for decades. Skeptics scoff, citing the converse, “Comfort is king.” But does clothing really have an impact on student success? Student Counseling Center counselor Mollie Reddin suggests clothing choices influence self-confidence. “How we dress can influence whether or not […]


Sports build international cultural identity

Sports around the world help define cultural identities and community ties. John Brown University sophomore and Texas native Katie Gage grew up cheering on her younger brother during his six-man football games. “Most people watch football, but nobody knows about six-man football,” Gage said. “Six-man football is the small town […]


St. Louis police acquittal causes protest

Riots broke out in St. Louis earlier last month in protest of the acquittal of former St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley. On Sept. 15, St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson found Stockley innocent of first-degree murder against Anthony Lamar Smith. Immediately after the verdict was known more than 1,000 […]


Giving Voice speaks to the soul

For over 11 years, students at John Brown University have had the opportunity to engage with artists at the annual Giving Voice festival held each September. This year, however, Giving Voice coordinators Traci Manos, Rebecca Kelly and Jessica Hooten-Wilson focus on community engagement. “We partnered with the local library and […]


Grieving is a gift

We all have things we’re grieving, whether it is a broken family, the end of a relationship, unjust political policies, intense sickness, or the death of those around us. I’ve spent the past semester reflecting on what it means to grieve in a healthy way. Growing up, I never learned […]