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The Liberating Arts: In Praise of Liberal Elites

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In 1822, in his Inaugural Address on the occasion of the opening of the Southern and Western Theological Seminary—what would become Maryville College – the Reverend Isaac Anderson spoke of the urgent need of Christian ministers on the then frontier. But, he cautioned, ministers’ minds needed to be “enlarged by a knowledge of grammar in general, of logic, metaphysics, natural philosophy, mathematics, natural history, and polite literature,” because “these expand the mind, give direction to its energies, and furnish it with just rules by which every subject is to be examined that is submitted to its inspection.” Clearly, Anderson’s vision was not merely to train his graduates to do an adequate job. The curriculum Anderson crafted ranged over all the liberal arts as they were then conceived. Why? Anderson did this because he believed education had power to both...

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Let’s talk religion and sexuality: Bisexuality vs. pansexuality

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Bisexuality and pansexuality are quite often assumed to be the same thing. However, this is not true. Just because someone identifies as pansexual doesn’t mean they’re bisexual with a broader range to choose from. Pansexuality isn’t the only other term outside the common three, but this article is to focus on how these similar sexualities are independent. The first thing that needs to be understood about the differences is that the term bisexuality is more common. In my personal experience, I’ve met few people who know what the term pansexuality is and don’t immediately ask if I like pans. Because of this, I used to explain to people that pansexuality is like bisexuality only without gender restrictions. While this isn’t exactly true, it’s a much easier way for people who aren’t in the LGBTQ+ community to understand the term....

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Hate crimes on the rise

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The Federal Bureau of Investigations has released its statistics on hate crimes from 2015 and shows a 6.8 percent rise in the rate of such crimes. The Uniform Crime Report documented a startling rise in anti-Muslim and anti-transgender crimes. This caused the number of hate crimes overall to increase. Anti-Muslim crimes alone rose 67 percent. In 2014, the number of these incidents stood at 154, but in 2015 the F.B.I. documented 257. Pew Research Center claims this is akin to post-9/11 reports in 2001. The reported incidents include 301 individual crimes, as one incident can contain more than one crime. Most of the crimes were against people as opposed to property. Most hate crimes attributed to religious bias tend to involve property damage, but 71 percent of anti-Muslim crimes were crimes to a person. Although F.B.I. statistics for 2016...

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Impoverished Politics: How neoliberalism ruined America

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America has been and probably always will be a plutocracy. But in the last few decades, that truth, and the divide between the elite and the actual will of the people has only grown stronger. These years have been marked with the continued rise of neoliberalism and inconceivable corruption on both sides of the political aisle. Our nation’s embrace of neoliberal ideology post-Reagan is largely to blame for major crises across the board: the 2008 recession, the continued destruction of the planet, and the rise of now President-Elect Donald Trump. Yet we unwaveringly believe that our governmental and economic systems are not only the most prosperous but also the most ethical. This past election cycle proved specifically that the Democratic Party is more loyal to its corporate interests and neoliberal agenda than it is to its constituents. This was...

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Petitioners seek to alter election outcome

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It has been over three weeks since Republican candidate Donald Trump won with an unexpected victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the race for the presidency. The contentious billionaire’s ascent to the highest office in the land has—unsurprisingly, given this electoral year—not been without controversy and dissent. Shortly after the results came in, a petition was posted on Change.org—a website dedicated to hosting petitions to encourage democratic change in a variety of areas—that seeks to address electors in many of the states that Trump won. The petition advocates for the electors, who will officially cast their votes for the next president on Dec. 19, to vote for Clinton, officially making her the president of the United States. Central to the arguments laid out in the petition is the fact that Trump, although winning the Electoral College, did not win...

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Trump’s cabinet picks cause controversy

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As the controversies surrounding the 2016 presidential election continue, president-elect Donald Trump has started the process of selecting his cabinet. As is common for the political landscape of 2016, Trump’s actions have been met with a slew of controversy. According to Whitehouse.gov the president’s cabinet consists of the vice president and 15 executive positions that the president-elect picks before he or she takes office. The cabinet’s purpose is to work under the president as administrators of the various departments of government, and to report, inform and advise the president with their expertise in their respective administrative fields. These positions are the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, Veterans Affairs, as well as the position of Attorney General. In tandem with these administrative positions,...

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