Students at Vanguard all have a different relationship with coffee: there are the “coffee snobs,” those who simply try out the seasonal drink at Starbucks, those who can only handle “fufu” coffee, and, God forbid, the tea drinkers. Coffee may seem like a trivial matter, but the way we interact with a normal piece of our lives often reflects a great deal about our character. I believe it is important that we examine the way we interact with the … [Read more] about A Dark Roast
It doesn’t have to be “Mental Illness Awareness Month” to speak up about mental illness. A huge part of getting this conversation started is keeping it relevant, and mental illness will always be relevant. First off, it is totally okay to not be okay. You … [Read more] about When Depression Stands
We all have different levels of difficulty when it comes to how well we follow the rules. Some of us find it exhilarating to look over our shoulder and jay walk across the street when there is no crosswalk; others need a little more stimulation in order to … [Read more] about Why is it so difficult for us to follow the rules?
If you find yourself reading this right now, I want to remind you to look up. Look up when you feel consumed. Look up when you’re just not sure what tomorrow will look like. Look up and wonder. Look up and gaze. Look up and think. Look up and admire. I’m … [Read more] about Dear Anyone: An Open Letter of Encouragement
Standing during the national anthem with your right hand over your heart, is how Americans pay their respects to their country before every major sporting event. It’s a way of showing appreciation for the rights and freedoms that the United States of America … [Read more] about Oh Say Can You Sit?
Fifteen years ago, the American public was united in a way that had not been seen for decades. As the World Trade Centers fell, the citizens of the United States rose up and met the challenge posed to them; many were set on showing those responsible that they … [Read more] about How Young Adults View 9/11 15 Years Later
Can you imagine what life would be like if we couldn’t resort to frantically checking our social media sites in uncomfortable situations or when we are not in the mood to converse with other people? How long do you, realistically, think you could abstain from … [Read more] about A Week Without Instagram? Say It Ain’t So!
Open hours, chapel requirements and alcohol have always been hot topics at Vanguard University, but sometimes these touchy topics are worth revisiting. Every now and then, it is important to reflect on the way things are and why we perceive them the way that … [Read more] about What is the Point? Looking at the Margins of Christian Living
It has been about a year and a half now, and the SnapChat world continues to live on without me. I have to admit, I have been tempted more than once to re-enter the society of SnapChat but here I am, sticking to my guns, and now I'm going to tell you guys why. … [Read more] about Why I Gave up Social Media
In wake of the most recent attacks in Brussels and Paris, the world has been in a state of recovery. Politics on surveillance are shifting as metropolitan cities increase their security budgets. Officials are on high alert and leaders of nations are beginning … [Read more] about Terrorist Attacks and Comfortable Faith
What is real? This is a mildly existential opinion piece, but I will ease you into it. Most of us grew up with the Internet. We remember the dial up tone, and only being allowed to use it during certain hours because of its exclusivity. We got our first phones … [Read more] about What Is Real?
One year ago today, I woke up in Namibia to the sound of church bells. I could not remember the last time I had heard such a sweet sound. It rang so clear and cheerfully above the still town of Swakopmund. Surrounding the town is the Namib desert, which means … [Read more] about Church Bells in the Desert: a Homecoming
Barbie was created by Ruth and Elliot Handle, the founders of Mattel Toy Company in 1945. Fourteen years later, on March 9th, 1959, they released the first Barbie doll. Barbie was the first doll to appear and become popular throughout the years and still stay … [Read more] about Barbie Has Evolved
If you had the power to choose the skin color, eye color, hair color, weight, height and sex of your unborn child, would you? DNA altering of human embryos allows one to adjust the physical appearance and present disabilities of an unborn baby. Having the … [Read more] about Designer Babies: U.K. approves Embryonic altercation
What is the difference between ignorance and apathy? I don’t know, and I don’t care. All jokes aside, political participation in our country has been slipping away for decades. Presidential election turnout has fallen below 60% of eligible voters, and only … [Read more] about The Electoral University