Tag: Issue 10

Arts & Culture

All that inspires me 

On my lunch break at the construction site where I was working this past fall, I asked my two co-workers what their dreams were. One said that he wanted enough money to buy a house and a new truck; the other said he didn’t have any. It was one of the saddest things I’ve ever heard.


Rethink Kony 2012 

A tidal wave hit Facebook on Tuesday, March 6, and I know that most of TWU felt its shock to at least some degree. Indeed, contact was almost inescapable. The stirring image of peaceful youth standing in solidarity across America. The heart-rending story of a boy named Jacob, a fugitive from the dreadful Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The ubiquitous message of hope that thunderously whispers in our hearts, “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time is now.” The Kony 2012 campaign is officially underway, thanks to the efforts of director Jason Russell and the astute team at Invisible Children.


The [re]invention of Fort Week 

It is useless to compare one Fort Week to any other. Fort Week’s choice games draw their source from Summer and Bible camps, owing to the many student leaders who’ve gained their sagesse working with kids. Naturally, the little things are taken into account – mapping out each sector of campus best-suited for the intended competition, drawing up tables to rotate dorms facing each other, and enthusiasm from the leading Residence Advisors. In past years, other inevitable ingredients have included: shredded earth, spider webs, and golden locks of hair sold for extra points. Now, the creators have revealed this year’s base element: “anticipation of the unknown.”


Volleyball victory 

Only time will tell if it is true or not, but right now it is a fact: this year’s version of the Spartans men’s volleyball team is the best team in the history of Trinity Western University athletics. The Spartans went to Kingston, Ontario on March 2nd looking to successfully defend its CIS Gold Medal and went through the weekend with resounding dominance.

Arts & Culture

Siren songs 

The traditional melodies of Ireland have resonated deep within me for many years. I must have been a young lad of about eleven years old, seated in front of the television, as I watched the lights go down at Radio City Music Hall in New York. A veritable storm had been brewing across the Atlantic, roiling Ireland first and then the whole of the UK. A musical production called Riverdance had struck a chord within the culture and was now droning on, louder and louder, growing like a hurricane over warm, tropical waters. In March of 1996, Riverdance made landfall in New York. Waves of applause greeted its arrival. My parents gave me the soundtrack as a gift that Christmas. I would lie on my bed with the lights out, playing the album over and over again.


Learning how to think 

“Trinity Western University is rooted in the classic tradition of liberal arts education. In this case, liberal means many, as in many arts or disciplines. In addition to courses for your major, you take courses in English, fine arts, history, human kinetics, philosophy, natural sciences, religious studies, society, and culture. When you get an education at TWU, you not only know the technical skills of your degree, but also a broad way to approach subjects beyond your major. You won’t learn what to think, but how to think, and that makes all the difference when you move into the working world where employers are looking for skilled and intuitive thinkers.”