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Eloquence Resurrected

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

Words are power. Throughout history words have changed, influenced and inspired every aspect of human existence. They have incited rebellion, toppled empires and raised armies of angry men. They have explained recipes, expressed love and adorned newspapers such as this for decades. Words give objects, places, people and feelings identity and, thus, meaning. Words are the glue of existence, and in this modern age, severely under-appreciated.(FIRST PAGE END) Whereas prose and literary eloquence were once pillars of communication, the present has chipped away at artful style leaving behind a slab of trite tweets and “dank” memes. Whatever happened to formality? Whatever happened to writers who wrote poems of nature and stories of humanity instead of “sexiest man alive” articles and top 10 lists? The future of well written prose in any context seems dire, yet there is still hope...

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A Wall of Hope

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Arts/Entertainment, Feature Slider | 0 comments

    East Tennessee children’s hospital has commissioned Maryville College’s own professor of art, Dr. Carl Gombert, for the addition of a mural to its already diverse collection of art. The unnamed piece is in the final stages of creation, and its expected completion has stirred anticipation within the MC community and hospital residents alike. Gombert is well known on campus as “the really chill hippie looking professor,” and is well regarded within the Knoxville art community as an artist of extreme skill and whimsical design. While incredibly well versed in realism, Gombert prefers creating more decorative and hard-to-define pieces. “These are much more fun,” he said.   “More is more,” said Gombert, the self-proclaimed maximalist. It’s a style so unique and unmistakable that it can only be described as “Gombertian.” In terms of inspiration, Gombert is influenced by biology,...

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Bittersweet Goodbyes

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

In the coming days, Maryville College will say goodbye to two of its sweetest staff. After years of service to this acclaimed academic institution, both Ms. Mary Anne Frost, the administrative assistant for the division of behavioral sciences, and Mrs. Carolyn Potter, the administrative assistant for the division of humanities, are retiring. These ladies  are undeniably so much more than their long titles afford. First, I visited Mrs. Carolyn Potter and, while she was obviously busy, she had no hesitation in meeting with me. Her calm Aussie accent added to a soothing presence that has happily provided counsel to students and colleagues alike in past years. There was also an apparent uniqueness within the woman, and soon it was clear that her kind exterior was not the only characteristic deserving recognition. Potter is also one of the most multifaceted...

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A picture worth 200 years

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Feature Slider, Features, News | 0 comments

In just over a year, Maryville College will celebrate its 200 year history of ambitious social progress, bold educational advancements and ardent spiritual beginnings. This bicentennial milestone merits recognition, fanfare and even an iconic symbol representative of Maryville’s great legacy. The bicentennial logo, created by the Visual Voice design firm, attempts to combine important aspects of Maryville College in an austere, clever image. Even the tag line which is “Noble, Grand and True” is taken from the 119-year-old Alma Mater. “It’s impossible to summarize 200 years of history and impact in a logo and tagline, but I think we came pretty darn close,” said Karen Eldridge, the Maryville college alumna who spearheaded the creative project. The logo itself is inspired by the preexisting “corporate” logo which includes a minimalistic image of Anderson Hall but incorporates the dates of Maryville’s...

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Screaming against insanity

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

It’s 10:05 p.m., and the rattle of gunfire can be heard over terrified wails of panic. It’s 10:15 p.m. when the bullets stop, and 59 innocents are left dead on the bright Las Vegas Strip. 59 individuals with individual stories, individual experiences, individual hopes, individual dreams and individual longings. In 10 minutes, 59 unique perspectives were wrongfully washed away like tears in the rain. When I heard news of the Las Vegas massacre that took place on Oct. 1, 2017, I was miserable. Yes, I was miserable, mad, angry, depressed and grief stricken. But I was not shocked. Shock implies that the event is unexpected, yet after observing this year’s other happenings, the bloodshed almost made sense. It’s as if the Las Vegas massacre was a microcosm of current America: chaotic, messy, violent and so loud that people couldn’t...

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