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The History of Our Favorite Easter Traditions

Growing up, Easter was a holiday where families would come together in their best clothes, attend church, search for Easter eggs, and open baskets filled with jellybeans, chocolate, toys, and other candies. This is the tradition for most families, but have you ever thought about where these traditions originated? https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/easter-symbols gives us the history of the Easter basket filled with candy, the Easter bunny, Easter eggs, and the traditional Easter candy. The Easter Bunny The idea of the Easter Bunny was brought over by the Germans when large groups immigrated…

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Upcoming “Chip Trip” Focused on Civil Rights

On Friday, March 9, a group of Wilmington College students will embark on a trip over spring break to obtain more knowledge about the Civil Rights movement. On this trip, the students will be visiting several places in Georgia and Alabama: The Center for Civil and Human Rights (Georgia), Atlanta Aquarium (Georgia), Martin Luther King Center (Georgia), Tuskegee University (Alabama), Rosa Parks Museum (Alabama), Pettus Bridge (Alabama), and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Alabama). These adventures are often called “Chip Trips” because they are led by Chip Murdock, director of…

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What Are Lent and Mardi Gras All About?

Mardi Gras has a connotation of being one of the wildest parties throughout the year. However, Fat Tuesday is a long-standing tradition of the Catholic Church, and it marks the last day of ordinary time before the start of Lent, a time of fasting and repentance. The celebration dates back centuries to pagan celebrations of fertility and the season of spring. A WC student said, “The purpose of Fat Tuesday is to indulge in richer and fatty foods before the fasting process.” Ash Wednesday service is used to prepare church…

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Freedom Center Field Trip Provides Insight for Race, Gender and Ethnicity Course

On Thursday, November 2nd, Ursula McTaggart’s Intro to Race, Gender, and Ethnicity class went on a field trip to Cincinnati’s Freedom Center. The Freedom Center is located in the center of downtown Cincinnati and explains the many aspects of the underground railroad. Ursula says, “I chose the Freedom Center because of student interest and I think the history of southwest Ohio is important for the abolitionist movement. I also think it is extremely useful to see visual representations of the things we have been learning about regarding slavery in class.”…

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Strong Student Support for Enhancing the Underground in Pyle

It is halfway through the semester, and Ashley has an exam in one of her classes. Practice ended at 6:30 and she immediately went to her room to study. It has taken her hours, but she finally feels comfortable with the material. She glances at the time as her stomach growls: 9:45 pm. The T.O.P. is closed and so is Sandella’s. She is famished, yet the only solution is to go to a fast-food restaurant and risk losing her good parking spot. Ashley is just one student out of many…

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PhD Students from Tokyo Metropolitan University Host Digital Mapping Workshop at WC

On July 17 and 18, PhD students Kenya Tamura and Hiroki Inoue from the Watanave Systems Design Laboratory in Tokyo Metropolitan University visited Wilmington College to provide a digital mapping workshop and training. The workshop, titled “Building 21st Century Digital Communities,” is for local archivists, techies, and Wilmington College students and staff. “We are working to find ways to make history relevant to younger generations, and so we are trying to incorporate new technology” – Tanya Maus, PRC Director “[The workshop] is important for us because we are working to…

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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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