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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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“Lady Bird” Review

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

“Lady Bird” is a film of surprising human brilliance and humble means. Set in Sacramento, California, “Lady Bird” follows the story of Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, a high school senior who is going through the last throes of adolescence before she embarks on her journey to college. Refusing to use her real name, the self-dubbed Lady Bird is determined to create her own path and to find a way out of Sacramento. Moreover, Lady Bird wants to get away from her overbearing and judgmental mother, a character whose relationship with Lady Bird is the focal point of the story. In many ways, Lady Bird appears as the typical, rebellious teenage girl. She hates her hometown for its parochial banality, and she longs to move away and attend college somewhere “where culture is.” The movie starts with Lady Bird throwing...

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Hate in my hometown

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

  Shelbyville, Tennessee is a town of a little over 21,000 people. It has a large number of Check-Into-Cash stores, no high end restaurants and—like most towns of its size—a good portion of the domestic life of its residents revolves around the local WalMart. It also happens to be the place that I happily call my home. Until I came to Maryville College, I have lived in or around Shelbyville for the entirety of my short 27 years on this planet. I worked five years in a grocery store, and I have met and interacted with a large swathe of the local population. Needless to say, I am familiar with the place. It is a docile town that rarely makes local, let alone, national news. It is surprising, therefore, that on October 28, I stood at the intersection of...

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Maryville College professor publishes book about diversity in church

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in Feature Slider, Features | 0 comments

In September, Oxford University Press published “Parish and Place: Making Room for Diversity in the American Catholic Church,” by MC associate professor of sociology Dr. Tricia Bruce. The work, broadly speaking, addresses how leaders in the US Catholic Church are dealing with parishioners who are choosing personal parishes—a relatively new religious and sociological phenomenon— over that of their more traditional territorial parishes. Bruce explained that territorial parishes are the parishes into which the Church has traditionally designated and allocated parishioners. These parishes are assigned according to the geographical location that the parishioners live in. Personal parishes, on the other hand, are a phenomenon that her book attempts to address in more detail. Bruce’s work is also the first full-length book to address the issue. So, what is a personal parish? Personal parishes, according to Bruce, are parishes that organize...

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Changes to Title IX under “Burden of Proof” standards

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in News | 0 comments

On September 22, the Department of Education (DE) headed by Betsy Devos, released a statement that announced that the Department would be rescinding Obama era changes to Title IX. The changes focus on an Obama era Dear Colleague letter from 2011 in which the administration addressed policies concerning sexual assaults on college campuses. The DE has stated that the Obama era policies need clarification and revision. In tandem, Devos has stated that the DE will go through a revision and review process in order to bring about a policy that will be fair to both accused and accusing parties in college sexual assault cases. The greater part of the controversy centers on differing views for what should constitute as the acceptable criteria for the burden of proof—that is, the amount of evidence necessary to determine guilt or innocence of...

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