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Zach Bible is Melodicosm

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

Maryville College junior Zachary Bible is a busy man. He is a religious studies and philosophy double major, has a busy work schedule, and is about to start work on his senior thesis. Beyond academics however, Bible is a committed musician, honing his craft on a musical project called Melodicosm. Melodicosm’s music is somewhat hard to pin down, due largely to the project being an unhampered and continuous account of Bible’s own musical odyssey and evolution. The work, although not musically, is spiritually akin to Beck, following a musical approach based on experimentation with an “everything and the kitchen sink” view of music-making, all the while retaining a penchant for hook-laden choruses and easy-to-remember melodies. The project’s music is largely bright and upbeat, teeming with pop sensibilities and catchy songwriting. Beyond this, the music tergiversates through the musical spectrum,...

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Professors Astor and Locklin-Sofer write new books

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Features | 0 comments

As every Maryville College student knows, our college is home to a wide array of excellent and competent scholars. For many, the fine educators here at MC help to define and give value to the college experience, teaching students to fall in love with learning as well as helping them plan a future for themselves. In the Humanities Division, two such professors are putting their considerable academic talents to use by contributing books in their specific areas of expertise. They are Dr. Aaron Astor, Associate Professor of History and Dr. Nancy Locklin-Sofer, Professor of History. Astor is the college’s leading historian of United States history, with his specialization being in the era of Reconstruction. However, as Astor is quick to point out, Reconstruction is a period that is closely related to the topic of his new book: the Civil...

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“Black Panther” in the age of hype

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

In 1988, veteran filmmaker Martin Scorsese released “The Last Temptation of Christ” to worldwide controversy. The film portrayed Jesus Christ as a savior who didn’t have to be a savior: a God-man fully capable of giving up his divine mission so that he could live out his licentious thoughts and wed Mary Magdalene. The film was protested and condemned by leading religious figures and institutions, and it was banned in many countries for what was deemed its blasphemous message. A constant question that swirled around the film upon its release was: “Is it a bad movie that is only garnering positive reviews because it is breaking religious taboos, or is it actually a brilliant movie that is getting a bad reputation because of its irreverent approach towards sacred subjects?”   In our culture — fully born and bred with...

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Meet the Editors: David Peters

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in Feature Slider, Perspectives | 0 comments

“I hope we can get out of here before we get arrested,” David Peters said to me as we walked out of the graveyard. It was 9:30 p.m., an uncommon hour to visit and take pictures of the dead’s resting place. I didn’t wince when David asked me to go with him that night. This isn’t uncommon etiquette for our relationship, and going to a graveyard in the middle of the night isn’t the craziest place I have gone with him. Although most of the residents of MC may not find themselves visiting a graveyard with him, most will recognize David as a near-permanent fixture of the campus. With his long beard, fire-red hair and exceptionally extroverted gregariousness, David is an easily identifiable character on the Maryville campus. David Peters was born in upstate New York in the village...

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The Elusive George Orwell

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Perspectives | 0 comments

January 21 marked the 68th anniversary of the passing of Eric Blair, known to the world by his pseudonym, George Orwell. Orwell was catapulted into the forefront of the English literary scene in the mid-1940s when he published the novella “Animal Farm,” an allegorical retelling of the Stalinist takeover of communist experiment in Russia. Later, in his full-length novel, “1984,” Orwell would establish his dominance as a masterful voice in postwar English literature, bringing into the English lexicon a new vocabulary for the dystopian novel. Within six months of the publication of “1984,” Orwell was dead. Since his death, Orwell has become something of a lionized and untamable figure, always eluding his would-be ideological captors. The Right praises him for his trenchant criticisms of the Soviet Union and Communism, the Left loves him for his avowed and unapologetic socialism....

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