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Maryville College to receive largest gift in history

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Feature Slider, News | 0 comments

Maryville College will soon receive its largest gift in history. Dan (Class of 1940) and Elaine McGill have worked closely with the College to document their estate gift, and thanks to their spectacular generosity, the College will receive $15 million. This donation will go on record as the largest gift in Maryville College’s 198-year history. Per their instruction, the gift will be allocated as follows: $1 million will be directed to Anderson Hall – and in their honor, the first floor will now be known as the McGill Family Floor. The remaining $14 million will be designated for endowed scholarships. The scholarship will carry Dan’s name, in addition to that of their daughter Melanie. The first Dan Mays McGill and Melanie Mays McGill Memorial Scholarships will be awarded during the College’s Bicentennial Year in 2019. Dan and Elaine originally...

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Pepsi pulls ad after controversy goes viral

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

On April 5, Pepsi pulled a two-and-a-half-minute commercial that caused controversy due to its tone-deaf attitude towards the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality. The commercial aimed to “reflect people from different walks of life coming together in a spirit of harmony,” according to Pepsi. The commercial begins by showing a man of Asian descent playing cello on a rooftop and then cuts to a woman wearing a hijab organizing photos on a table. Quickly after this, the viewer gets a brief glimpse of a generic protest happening in the background of Kendall Jenner’s photo shoot. After noticing the protest, the man with the cello and the woman wearing the hijab join the protest. The man with the cello makes eye contact with Jenner and persuades her with a simple head nod to join the movement. The protest...

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President Trump accuses President Obama of wiretapping

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Feature Slider, News | 0 comments

President Donald Trump accused President Barack Obama of wiretapping his phones in Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential election. Trump tweeted on March 4, “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” On March 13, the White House press secretary Sean Spicer recanted Trump’s tweet saying that Trump was not referring to wiretapping when he tweeted about wiretapping. Spicer claimed that “the president used the words wiretaps in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities.” Along with Spicer, people are trying to decipher what Trump meant when he said: “wires tapped.” Spicer said that Trump used this term as a general term for surveillance, but others aren’t so sure. Merriam-Webster defines the word wiretap as tapping a telephone or telegraph wire to get information....

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President Trump insulted as UK Parliament debates a presidential visit

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

American politics has been somewhat of a touchy subject in the past couple of months. Recently, the UK Parliament had a debate about the controversial decision to invite President Donald Trump on a full state visit to the UK so early in his term. The UK parliament held the session after a petition was signed by nearly two million people, easily crossing their 100 thousand signature threshold to qualify for parliamentary debate. This petition called for canceling the state visit because it would be embarrassing for the queen. A rival petition, with 310 thousand signatures in support of the state visit, was also discussed. Labour MP Paul Flynn began the debate by commenting on the parliament’s great respect for the United States. “We all in this room hold in great respect the US presidency, their constitution, their history,” and...

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New Dean of Students candidacy narrowed down to three

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Since former Dean of Students Vandy Kemp announced her retirement during the fall semester of 2016, Maryville College officials have been on the hunt for new candidates to fill the position. Now, after filing through many applicants, the candidacy has been narrowed down to three top contenders. Dr. Byron McCrae, Dr. Danny Glassman and Dr. Melanie Tucker are the top three candidates for the position. Each candidate has a long list of experience in both higher education and student life. McCrae currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students at Hampshire College. Prior to that, he was the Vice President and Dean of Student Life at Washington & Jefferson College. Glassman currently works at the University of Tennessee as the Associate Dean of Students and is the former Assistant Dean of Students at Oglethorpe...

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