Everything's a Comedy at Covenant

In Anna Rohl’s recent review of Man of La Mancha (Full disclosure: I was the sound designer for this show, although I was not part of the run crew), Rohl brought up some legitimate, serious criticisms of the production. I agree with Rohl’s charge that the show’s violent rape scene and ongoing depictions of violence against women seemed incongruous with the comedic elements of the rest of the play. However, I’d like to raise a new question: who is at fault for producing this interpretation?

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Conviction and a Call to Action

If Chapel were as honest, moving, engaging, and convicting as “The Conversations on Race” series, I can truthfully say I would never use my skips. Michelle Higgins’ powerful presentation on “The Rich Heritage and Theology of Black Gospel Music,” along with Christina Edmondson on “Paul and a Polarized Nation,” and the panel on ethnic reconciliation shed a tremendous amount of truth on our campus concerning both historical and current race relations with a special focus on the body of believers.

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Conversation on Race Across Campus

This past week at Covenant, the much needed conversation on race received new life as several of our sisters in Christ came and shared some of their experience over the past years. Christina Edmondson, Dean of Intercultural Student Development at Calvin College, and Michelle Higgins, Director of Worship and Outreach at South City Church in St. Louis, both spoke passionately this week in Chapel about racial issues in the Christian community.

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Pugh Review: #MeToo

In the month of October, social media outlets were flooded by #MeToo, with the intent of starting a conversation about the widespread experience of sexual assault and abuse of power. Prompted by the ever-increasing allegations of assault from Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the hashtag took over newsfeeds with celebrities and friends, men and women alike. Amid debates about mandatory chapel and sabbath regulations, it was interesting to note the loud silence on campus about this subject of immense importance.

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The Beauty of Fake News

Here in America, we have a beautiful thing known as freedom of the press. Under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, freedom of the press was created as part of the foundation of liberty in our Republic. Hugo Black, the former Supreme Court Justice said, “The Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to bare the secrets of government and inform the people.”

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New Hope in the Star Wars Prequels

In 1999, as Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was awaiting the day of its premier, many extremely excited fans dressed up and waited in line on couches for their spot to see the very first movie of the prequel. Though it may be surprising to today’s audience due to modern negative reactions to the film, the first viewers had favorable thoughts and believed it lived up to their high expectations.

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Bronze Ideologies: Why Confederate Monuments Assert White Cultural Dominance

This is a response to an article published in The Bagpipe on October 5 titled, “Confederate Statues: Heritage or Hate?” The article comments on the recent removal of certain Confederate statues and the controversy surrounding those removals, specifically the neo-Nazi protest in Charlottesville which resulted in one death and 19 injuries to counter protesters. However, there are a couple deeply troubling misunderstandings of art history here.

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