By Sal Valeriano
This past St. Patrick’s Day, I did not partake in the typical revelry associated with the feast of Ireland’s (and engineering’s) patron, as the annual ROTC staff ride called me to the fields and farms of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in search of another Irishman. The Gettysburg battlefield is littered with cannons, monuments, statues, and plaques, marking one unit’s movement from this hill to that hill, interpreting the conflict and causes for modern visitors, and paying mute testimony to the sacrifice and suffering that took place here “four score” and seventy-five years ago. One marker here stands out from the rest— a priest, standing on a boulder, with his right hand outstretched in a sign of benediction. His name is Father William Corby, chaplain of the 88th New York Infantry, and on the afternoon of July 2, 1863, he and his men were in a placed in a dangerous spot. Disobeying orders, another Union general had moved his forces forward and out of the center of the Union line, creating a gaping hole that was now being filled with Confederates- a hole the 88th New York was being asked to close.
Fr. Corby where he gave his general absolution.
by Katie Allensworth
Have you ever thought about God’s love for you? How vast and everlasting it is? Sometimes when I think about God’s love I wonder what I have done to deserve it. Or why would God give a sinner like me His everlasting love. Sometimes it is hard to know or feel God’s love. Despite my sins and my lack of feeling sometimes, I always must remember that I can’t do anything to change God’s love for me. God is so generous in His love for us. I always like to go back to John 3:16 to remember I cannot earn God’s love, “God so loved the world that He gave His only son, Jesus Christ”. God gave us His only Son, who died on the cross for us because He loved us so much. Notice, that no where in the verse is there mention of God’s love for us it’s something we earned. Jesus came and died for us to know God’s love.
By Katie Brumbaugh
Over the summer I started taking one picture a day, every day. I wanted to be able to capture moments during my senior year (and life) that I wouldn’t otherwise remember. I never expected a 10 second trivial act to change my perspective so much.
First day of school!
At this point in any semester, we are all tired and slightly burned out. It’s a push to finish the projects, papers, presentations, and prepare for finals. We miss being home, miss doing hobbies, and miss spending time with friends without the guilt in the back of our minds that maybe we should be doing homework and not having fun. One thing I always seem to struggle with this time every year is being lonely. I work best on my own and have work to do, but spending hours in solidarity in the library is never enjoyable.
By Ally Rellinger
Happy summer everyone! The sun is shining, the sky is blue, and no school! For college students this can mean going home, staying near school, working, traveling, and so many different possibilities. This summer I (reluctantly) decided to go home and work at the same place I did last summer. After being home for three days I can honestly say that I was ready to be back in Akron. My parents, a few extended family members, and a couple of close friends are the only appeals to being back home. My brother and many others who I hold close to my heart are within an hour of Akron for summer, and I have missed them more than I thought possible.
What a year it has been, can I get an amen?
And to think it isn’t even over yet…
It’s hard to believe the semester is slowly coming to a close especially with this weather. Honestly, I don’t even know how to dress myself properly when it’s 60 and sunny one day and the frigid arctic the next….
By Hannah Peterson
As every New Year roles around there is always a lot of peer pressure and media push to set a new years resolution. Unfortunately according to Statistics Brain, only 8 percent of people actually achieve their new years resolution. There is also this slogan that I see plastered all over media, “New Year, New Me.” Like, why would you want to change so much just because it is a new year? Growing up, I have always been told to stay true to myself and not change because of peer pressure. That is probably one of the reasons I do not like the phrase New Year, New Me. So this year I am going to change it, and encourage all of you to also. New Year, True Me. You don’t need to start the year as a different person; it is best to be yourself.
By: Nate Rellinger
Well, here we are. It’s mid-November. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and many of us are already looking forward (prematurely) to Christmas. Over the next month or two, most of us are going to get to spend a lot of time with our families. It’s a chance to catch up with each other, telling stories and cracking jokes. Whether we’re with our biological family or our family of close friends, it is a great way to reflect on the many blessings God has given to us and get excited about His plans for next year…
Author: MarySarah Menkhaus
BACK TO SCHOOL
Not gonna lie, coming back to school after this semester kind of felt like jumping into a freezing cold ocean… and not knowing how to swim. I have this tendency to get over-involved with just about everything. I always tell myself I’m going to take a step back, let myself relax, but for every obligation I step away from there is always a new one waiting to greet me with open arms. (It’s actually somewhat alarming how it all works out.) Continue reading
Author: Katie Brumbaugh
Whenever something changes I get nervous. What changed? What is staying the same? and why the heck did it have to change in the first place? These are all questions I felt like you deserved to have answered. Continue reading