Summer Opportunities for WC Students

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or the summer semester at Wilmington College, there will be many opportunities for students to take advantage of, including classes and trips through different programs. Students and professors alike are beginning to prepare for summer classes.  Registration for students began March 23.  With classes being offered during Maymester as well as the 8-week semester beginning in June, students are able to take classes needed to graduate.  Ashley Fox, a junior, said, “I have to take [a summer class] to graduate on time.  If I did my class in the fall,…

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Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl Charged with Desertion

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]olonel Daniel King of the U.S Army Forces Command announced on March 25th that Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is going to be charged for two violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  King stated that Bergdahl is facing charges for “desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty” as well as for “misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command unit or place.” If convicted of the latter count, Berdahl could face life in prison.  The revelations come nearly a year after the White House freed the…

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Addresses Congress

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]peaking before a joint session of Congress on March 3rd, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed his fears that recent nuclear negotiation discussions with Iran will leave the nation with an opportunity to develop nuclear weapons. The Prime Minister warned in his speech that the acquirement of these weapons would be catastrophic to the survival of Israel and pose a “grave threat” to the world. First addressing the controversy regarding his appearance before Congress among partisan lines, the Prime Minister stated that the “remarkable alliance between Israel and the United…

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Give Bags For Today’s Slaves: A Drive to Stop Human Trafficking

[dropcap]D[/dropcap]uring the week of March 16-20, Wilmington College students will be running “Gift Bags for Today’s Slave,” a drive to receive donations for End Slavery Cincinnati.  This week will include students tabling in Pyle on Tuesday and Thursday, as well as a speaker who will discuss human trafficking in McCoy on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Several Wilmington College students have grown an interest in the topic of human trafficking awareness and prevention.  Amanda Kratzer, one of the students running the drive, was asked what interested her in starting Gift Bags…

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From Dreams to Reality: Wilmington Students travel to Africa

      [dropcap]W[/dropcap]ilmington College Senior, Erin Wollett had a dream three years ago. As a freshman living in Austin Pickett, she had a bucket list of things she wanted to accomplish in college. Each task was written on a piece of athletic tape above her top bunk bed. Over the years as she achieved these goals which included joining a sorority, running for FFA State Office, and being a part of WC’s Honors society, there was one piece of tape she was never able to untack off the wall. That…

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New Video Shows ISIS Beheading Egyptian Christians

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ew video emerged on February 15th showing ISIS members simultaneously beheading twenty-one Egyptian Christians who were kidnapped in Libya. The execution is the largest documented mass execution by ISIS outside of their stronghold in Iraq and Syria. Following the assassinations, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sisi vowed revenge, stating “these cowardly actions will not undermine our determination” and that Egypt and the world are in a “fierce battle” against “extremist groups” and “extremist ideology”.  Following through with the promise of retaliation, Egypt launched a series of air strikes in Darna,…

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American Sniper Film Under Fire by Critics

           [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he blockbuster film American Sniper has emerged as a recent object of controversy by those who view the film as a pro- war propaganda piece. The film follows U.S Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s struggles on the battlefield and at home as he works to acclimate to a life away from the war zone. Kyle had earned multiple awards for his courageousness during his service in four tours in Iraq and is considered the most deadly sniper in U.S history. The film, directed by Clint Eastwood…

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WC Amnesty International Restarts After Ten Years

  [dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne might ask what Wilmington College’s greatest characteristic is, and many would agree that it is the number of active-minded students who want to reach out into the community and into the world.  A few of these students have restarted an organization that was present on campus ten years ago called Amnesty International.  At the suggestion of political science professor Michael Snarr, three freshmen –  Carly Pritchard, Audrey Harris, and Travis Schaedler – have begun publicizing and raising money for the renewal of Amnesty’s presence on campus.  Carly Pritchard…

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France Resolute Despite Terror Attacks

  [dropcap]L[/dropcap]ast week France was beset by three days of terror incidents that threatened the nation’s freedom of speech. On January 7th, brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi stormed into the Paris office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, killing eleven members of its staff after opening fire with assault rifles. Incensed by the newspaper’s caricatures of Mohammed, the brothers acted on behalf of an Al- Qaeda affiliate in Yemen in conducting this fatal terrorist attack. Upon making their escape from the scene, the brothers shot and killed an police officer.…

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Showdown in Washington over Immigration Reform

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne week after President Obama expressed his intent to work alongside the incoming Congress after the Democrats lost control of the Senate last week, immigration reform is becoming a hotly contested subject between the President and current members of Congress. Although Press Secretary Josh Earnest has stated that the President has not finalized his plan of executive action, members of Congress have cautioned the President over Constitutional overreach in passing legislation without Congressional approval. In a statement, Speaker of the House John Boehner remarked that the House “is going to…

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