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The Trump Era: one year in

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

I’ve always been intensely patriotic. Growing up, I would sing “This Land is Your Land” and “God Bless the USA” at the top of my lungs. I’ve always loved the American values of opportunity, liberty, justice and equality. It’s the idea of the American Dream where anyone could achieve their dreams through persistence and hard work. I loved that the United States was a place that everyone wanted to come to to seek a better life and better opportunities. I loved the melting pot analogy that was used in every one of my grade school American history classes. Because of this, I couldn’t help but be appalled at 4 a.m. on Nov. 9 2016, as it was confirmed that Donald Trump—the antithesis of these American values—won the Electoral College vote. Some provocative late-night tweets and over 49 executive orders...

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MC finals survival guide

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

It is that time of year again. . . dun dun na du. Maryville College Finals week. The week that could make or break your semester in just two hours of testing. Many students take this week to bulk up on their caffeine intake and save the Netflix binge watching for the week after. Some just continue with their everyday schedules. Others can skip the whole finals week altogether. There are those professors who just don’t believe in finals, and we salute you. Whatever the case may be, here is a quick MC finals survival guide to keep you afloat this testing season.   Do take breaks. If it’s a final project you are working on, take a break. If you have been studying for over three hours, take a break. Do go to finals breakfast. Finals breakfast is...

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A Maryville Christmas

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

On Dec. 5 at 7p.m., the MC Division of Fine Arts hosted a performance of “A Maryville Christmas.” This is the second year that this performance was put on by the entire Fine Arts Division. In previous years, each department in the division would put on their own separate performances, keeping the proceeds from those shows for their individual departments. But now, perhaps moved by the spirit of the holidays, the whole division works together to create one massive, festive celebration and splits the proceeds equally. The performance consisted of seven different Maryville College music ensembles including The MC Concert Choir, The MC Orchestra, The MC Community Chorus, The MC3Band, The Scottie Singers, The Highland Chorale and the MC Theatre Department. The participating groups, which include over 150 performers when combined, have been prepping for the event since early...

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A match made in heaven: King Gizzard and Mild High Club

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

This new release is one of my most recent favorites to hit the shelves. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard has partnered with Mild High Club to create “Sketches with Brunswick East.” This could be considered one of King Gizzard’s tamer albums. This is King Gizzard’s fourth release this year, and eleventh studio album. As an up-and-coming indie band, the group has been riding the wave of popularity following the festival season this past summer. Even though this is the fourth album released in a year, this one has the most unique feel. The album opens with “Sketches of Brunswick East I,” a mellow opening that reflects an influence from Mild High Club and sets the overall tone. The structure flows like that of 1960s lounge music with influences such as bossa nova and modern electronica. It has more...

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A rose by any other name… is still questionable tax reform

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in News | 0 comments

There has been a lot of recent discussion about the Republican’s new tax bill, the largest overhaul to tax reform in almost 30 years, which passed in the House of Representatives earlier this month. As a student, I have found the controversy surrounding the proposed cuts to loan tax deductions, among other changes to tuition credits, troubling. However, my major is in history and secondary education, not economics, so I found myself doing a rather extensive amount of reading on the topic. While many people seem to find the new changes alarming, there are a few advocates for the new changes. However, I found the information I gleaned from researching the new bill to be  unsettling to say the least. To begin with, the GOP wants to combine three separate tax cuts for higher education expenses into one, eliminating...

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