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MC’s history defines the college and resides in the archives

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Feature Slider, Features | 0 comments

An ancient practice spanning across cultures, the act of archiving goes back to the third and second millennia B.C. in the form of clay tablets found in sites like Ebla, Mari, Amarna, Hattusas, Ugarit and Pylos. This archival process was crucial to the understanding of ancient alphabets, languages, literature and politics. Archives were first developed by the ancient Chinese, Greeks and Romans. The ancient Romans referred to their official records office as the Tabularium (which also housed city officials’ offices). Many documents were lost, however, as they were written on materials like papyrus, a thick precursor to modern paper made from the pith of the papyrus plant. This material was prone to fast deterioration, much unlike its counterpart: the stone tablet. The surviving archives of cities from the Middle Ages and from kingdoms and churches are the basic crux...

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The art of Tex-Mex

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Feature Slider, Perspectives | 0 comments

My life can be measured in the empty bowls of queso left behind in Mexican restaurants, but I realized recently that I don’t know much about the history of Mexican food culture. As a decade-long resident of New Mexico, home of Southwestern cuisine dishes ranging from Del Taco to abuelita’s dinner table, this is probably slightly ridiculous. So, to catch us all up before we continue this journey of green chili and Christmas pozole, here is a brief overview of the history of Mexican food. First, the Mayan Indians, traditionally nomadic hunters and gatherers, introduce corn tortillas with bean paste to the world. Then the Aztec Empire throws chili peppers, honey, salt and chocolate into the loop in the mid-1300s before Spain invades Mexico in the 1500s and floods the country with their own set of cultural ideals. The...

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The Rabbit Hole is closing its doors and making way for a new hookah lounge

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

In Persian, it’s called narghile; in Sanskrit, narikera, Indian, nargile, Arabic, hashish and in English, shisha. Most Americans, however, are probably more familiar with the term, “Hookah.” Though several countries contest the exact origins of hookah, with India, Iran, Turkey, Egypt and Syria, all fighting for the right to be named its official founder, this smoking art has existed for centuries. Dating back to the 1600s in Turkey, it rose in popularity around the time of Murad IV, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. It is likely this smoking practice was founded independently across the world before becoming the commonly shared cross-cultural phenomenon it is today. Through its vast journey across time and space, hookah has managed to find its own residence and create its own community here in Maryville, Tenn. at The Rabbit Hole, a local lounge squashed on...

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MC Student travels to India and crashes two weddings

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

After an 18 hour flight, Timela Crutcher’s J-Term class arrived in the South Asian country of India, the seventh largest in the world with the second highest population and the most populous democracy. India’s motto is “Satyameva Jayate” or, translated from Sanskrit, “Truth Alone Triumphs.” Its anthem is “Jana Gana Mana” (Bengali), which translates to “Thou Art the Ruler of the Minds of all People,” and the national song is Vande Mataram, “I Bow to Thee, Mother.” Students explored a variety of aspects of Indian culture, including such facets as temples, churches, tour sites, permanently fixed installations of Chinese fishing nets and Muslim homes. Several cities were visited along the way. Students went to Chennai, one of the biggest, cultural economic and education centers in South India. They were treated to sacred sites such as Mahabalipuram which contains a...

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MC Dems move forward after 2017 election

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

Led by an executive board of members consisting of President Will Winters, Vice President Nick Peterson, Program and Activities Director Kalyn Carpenter and Communications Director Hannah Young, the Maryville College Democrats (MC Dems) are moving forward with the initiative to make politics more accessible for a greater array of people and to give back to the community in a way representative of the Democratic party’s ideology. “There’s a misconception that you have to be a big political buff to join,” said Carpenter of the impression non-club members have of the organization. But no expert knowledge of politics is necessary to become a part of the organization. What the club is looking for are people who have opinions about the government that they would like to express, people who would like to take action and people who would like to...

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