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Peace Resource Center’s innovative digital exhibit creates awareness about nuclear disarmament

photo: Barbara Reynolds (middle), founder of PRC, at Peace Pilgrimage Given renewed concerns regarding the use of nuclear weapons by the United States and other foreign powers, the need to educate the public about the consequences of nuclear weapons is again at the forefront. The Peace Resource Center (PRC) at Wilmington College, driven by its mission to share the stories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki a-bomb survivors and the nonviolent legacies of nuclear disarmament activists is expanding its historical archives into innovative online digital exhibits that will be available to the…

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Luck o’ the Irish

Families are all different in the way they celebrate their heritage. Some celebrate with special food on different days, some celebrate certain holidays, and some go their whole life without celebrating at all. I have never gone a day that I didn’t hear from my family how special and awesome it is to be Irish. For as long as I can remember, my family and I would spend St. Patrick’s Day together, getting away from school and work. We would wake up early in the morning, dress in our favorite…

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WC Represent the Values of Martin Luther King Jr.

On January 16, Americans honor Martin Luther King Jr., the man who gave his life to human rights, nonviolence and peace. To celebrate all that MLK Jr. represented, Wilmington College served at Sugartree in the morning and presented an MLK Celebration in the Heiland Theater in Boyd Cultural Arts Center in the evening. Callie Eberhart, senior and leader of the MLK Day of Service, helped students and faculty cleaning, replacing ceiling tiles, and organizing at Sugartree. “Many students help at Sugartree on a regular basis and those that use this ministry appreciate…

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The History Behind Santa’s Treats

Excitement runs through children’s veins as they wait for the day where they get to open their presents from Santa. The night before, knowing that Santa will be there some point in the night, children make sure that the stockings are up and Santa has a few treats for the journey. Maybe even some for the reindeer too. Back in ancient mythology, Odin, the Norse god, was believed to ride around on an eight-legged horse during the Yule season. With two ravens perched on each shoulder, he would ride around…

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The First Thanksgiving Feast: Foods from 1621

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n Thanksgiving Day families spend hours in preparation for the big family meal. Some food items could include turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, a vegetable, and pumpkin pie. Although this is the tradition that most families follow, this was not the meal the Pilgrims and Indians shared in 1621. Like today, turkey was the main dish served at the Thanksgiving feast because of how available it was in the area. Although there was plenty of turkey to go around, they also caught ducks, geese, and…

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Scarily Delicious Treats and the History Behind Them

When a person thinks of Halloween, they usually think of the pillow cases or bags filled with candy that they get to take home. The candy could be Twizzlers, Twix, Snickers, Swedish Fish, Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, candy corn, 3 musketeers, and much more. Trick-or-treaters might even go to that one house that is handing out apples, or little baggies of carrots, but this has not always been the case. There is much more to Halloween than just candy and treats. Bobbing for Apples. Apples, nuts, and kale were foods…

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Where Did All Those Halloween Traditions Start?

Halloween has always been a time where children could dress up in fun costumes and get tons of candy and parents could throw parties and bonfires, but not many people know that the traditions did not start in America, but in the Celtic region. The Celts, who then lived in Ireland, United Kingdom, and Northern France, began celebrating their new year, Samhain, 2,000 years ago. The night before the celebration, the Celts believed that life and death came together, causing damage to the Celts’ crops. The Celts also believed that…

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Connecting Campus and Community: Interview With QHC’s 2016-2017 Americorp Representative

Beautiful archives, peace education materials, and connections beyond Wilmington College: these are only a few of the opportunities and resources offered at Wilmington College’s Quaker Heritage Center. The following interview was conducted by Mathew Perry, student employee at the QHC and staff writer for the Witness. Wilmington College welcomes Sara Fisher, the new Americorp representative in the QHC: What is Americorps? Americorps is the domestic Peace Corps, dedicated to service projects with local communities with Ohio History Services Corps based on historical sites. What I get to do at the…

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A Cow as Homecoming Queen?

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n September 12, President Jim Reynolds sent out a tweet in response to a student inquiry.  The tweet read that “[A] cow was the Queen and a goat, named Seymour Victories, was the King!” This information, while based predominantly in truth, is based on mistaken information. What follows will reveal the whole truth of the cow and goat that were so important to Wilmington College in the 1960’s. What follows will reveal the whole truth of the cow and goat that were so important to Wilmington College in the 1960’s….

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