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Maryville College in the running for Best Adventure College, seeking votes online

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Maryville College has been selected to take part in Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s annual contest to decide which school is the best Adventure College in the Southeast/Mid-Atlantic region. Maryville College was selected for its outdoor clubs, environmental courses, green initiatives, and numerous opportunities for adventure on campus. The contest is held between small and large schools including colleges and universities, in a 32-school bracket. Division 1 schools and participate on their own side of the bracket, with smaller colleges like our own participating on another side of the bracket. At the end of the contest, the two winning schools from their respective sides of the bracket square off in a “David-meets-Goliath championship to determine the region’s best outdoor school.” The contest is held via online voting, so awareness is key if Maryville College is to win the championship. In...

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Trump’s anti-media bias and the truth behind “fake news”

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

President Trump has generally had an antagonistic relationship with the media since the beginning of his campaign for the presidency. However, on Feb. 17, in a tweet, he officially declared war on the American press. “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @CNN, @NBCNews and many more) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people. SICK!” The media is not a monolith. It is made up of reporters, editors, photographers, producers, managers and numerous other positions. These are human beings just like you and me and are bound to make mistakes on occasion. This does not, however, mean that the stories the mainstream media report on are fake. They may be, and generally are, biased, but to say that they are objectively untrue is false. They may be subjectively untrue, we may not wish to believe...

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College Responds to Executive order on Immigration and Travel

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Feature Slider, News | 0 comments

President Trump’s travel ban from several Muslim-majority countries is working its way through the court system. Shortly after the executive order was made Maryville College President Tom Bogart sent out a memorandum to the college community responding to the ban. The memorandum calls for an immediate end to the order and reasons that the travel ban could have an impact on both incoming and outgoing international students and study abroad programs (though Maryville College currently does not enroll any international students from countries affected by the current ban). The memorandum serves to reinforce the ideals of Maryville College as well as show the community that the college stands with other institutions, such as the Association of American Universities, in promoting international education and study abroad programs. past when it affected the ability of the college to carry out its...

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Through early morning fog I see: Alan Alda and science communication

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Arts/Entertainment, Feature Slider | 0 comments

The University of Tennessee is very large, several times larger than Maryville, and thus is able to bring in lecturers of which we can only dream. One of these lectures was beloved actor and science communication enthusiast Alan Alda. Alda became famous for his role in the beloved television sitcom “M*A*S*H,” which chronicled the efforts of a group of Army doctors in the Korean War trying to maintain their sanity (usually in a comedic way) amongst the horrors of war. Since “M*A*S*H,” Alda has done numerous other projects, most of them related to science and the art of communicating effectively as a science. The lecture he gave at UT was in direct relation to this, and as a member of the Highland Echo team, I was able to attend the media pre-interview and meet Alda face to face. The...

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Potential scheduling changes are being discussed at MC

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Recently, there has been buzz in the Maryville College community about possible upcoming changes. One such issue is the case of academic rescheduling currently being explored by a campus task force. In fairness, many students have already heard of the idea of replacing J-Term with a “May-Term,” but the changes could be potentially far more widespread than that. Kristen Gourley is the Director of Campus Life at Maryville College, and a member of the Academic Calendar Task Force. According to Gourley, May-Term vs. J-Term is only a small part of what the task force is looking into. The entire academic calendar could be shuffled about and then a proposal could be sent to the Academic Life Committee to give the final verdict. Gourley stated that the benefits to these calendar changes are that the spring semester could potentially end...

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