By Marissa Branson I can’t get the image of her out of my head. It was a Saturday afternoon on the urine-saturated sidewalk in Skid Row. She was lying, passed-out face on the cement with her pants pulled down revealing her half naked body. Her skin was leathery and shimmering with sweat.  To everyone else in Skid Row, her existence seemed of no consequence; perhaps this was normal for her or normal for them to see. But for me, walking into Skid Row was like temporarily walking into a war zone. They say it has gotten better in the past few years, but the smell,Read More →

Written By: Krista Redman  We live in a world where Miley Cyrus’ “twerking” received more press than actual world news. Her performance has received attention from people all across the political, religious and cultural spectrum ranging from negative to neutral. American sexuality has consistently sought to outdo itself; women and men alike turn themselves into objects for the sake of entertainment. But what other alternatives are presented just as consistently? How are people meant to develop a healthy sexuality in the wake of a culture that speaks up to condemn but not to correct or enlighten? Christians have generally held a strong negative opinion towardsRead More →

For lent I decided to take a break from social networking. I have never observed lent before, but after realizing that I had become too attached to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, I decided lent would be a good time to learn some discipline.

It started at Jones Coffee in South Pasadena. I was there with the Creative writing club, reading poetry and talking about our childhoods. This led to a discussion on social media and how much we have changed since it was invented.

As college students who grew up in the 90s or earlier, we experienced the rise of the internet as we grew up, so many of us didn’t get Myspace or Facebook until we were in high school or college. When we were children, we spent our free time much differently than we do now. Over that Jones coffee table, we reminisced about how we used to write plays and perform them with our siblings, make dolls out of paper, or turn our backyards into imaginary battle zones.Read More →

“Smash?” One can hear this word posed as a question almost every day at Providence Christian College. Super Smash Bros., a popular Nintendo video game, remains a favorite pastime for many students, both male and female. But is it just a pastime? Fellow students introduced me to Super Smash Bros. near the end of last semester. The first time I played, I lost all of my lives in the opening thirty seconds. No joke.Read More →

This is the basic set up for Ivan Turgenev’s classic 19th century Russian novel, Fathers and Sons. Professor Uwarow assigned this novel for his Russian Literature class this semester, and although this book contains many resounding themes, I was struck by one that particularly relates to us as college students, and to most young people.Read More →

On July 20, 2012, 12 people were killed and 58 injured in Aurora Colorado. Nearly six months later, December 14, 2012, 27 people were killed in the Sandy Hook shooting. Both tragedies have raised issues of gun control throughout the nation. Following the Sandy Hook shooting, President Obama created the Gun Violence Task Force under Vice President Joe Biden’s lead to investigate and assess gun violence in the nation. At nearly the same time, the NRA (National Rifle Association) called upon Congress to levy funds to the police so as to place at least one armed officer within every school in the nation for the protection of students. It is safe to assume that nobody wants another needless tragedy to occur anywhere in the nation again, but tensions are rising in the debates upon how to deal with gun violence. Read More →

One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Here We Come A-Wassailing.” Wassail is an old English heated liquor made from apples and barley and was commonly drank by the more rich families; it was rare for the poor to enjoy the warm ale. A tradition arose where poor families and poor orphaned children would carol around the rich neighborhoods in London and other southwestern cities on the island, and in return the rich families, enjoying the singing would gladly offer their drink, a few moments by their fires, food, and other merriments because of the joyous occasion. This was an English tradition, but in otherRead More →

“I wander out, hopeless and sad// No thought of where to go// Or how I ever get by// There is an answer// I haven’t found it// But I will keep dancing till I do,” begins the song “Dance for You” by the Dirty Projectors. Music and movies show us that our culture desperately wants an answer for the evil and sadness we experience in life. In this article, I will discuss two recently released movies, Looper and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, where Hollywood expresses differing views that the world holds regarding sin and how to find hope and redemption amidst evil and pain.Read More →

“Go out and vote! Let your voice be heard and use your rights!” Maybe you saw posts similar to this on Facebook during election season. This idea that voting necessarily means you are using your voice, also tends to imply that not voting means you are voiceless. Both of these are misconceptions. Someone can be involved in politics without voting, and one can be voiceless while voting.

This is not to encourage non-participation in politics, but rather to encourage it. It is through non participation, or apathy of the masses, that politicians are able to push through corrupt laws. We all have an obligation to participate because of the rights won for us by the founding fathers and leading figures in our nation’s history, and we should not willfully throw those rights away. That being said, voting is not the only means to expressing our voice and using our rights, it is just the easiest way.Read More →