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September 24, 2012

The Sham of Being Busy

Jedidiah Walkup

We all struggle with spending our time wisely.

We often get so caught up in the “busy-ness of life” that if we were honest, we are not aware of how much time we waste.  

Henry David Thoreau once said: "It's not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?"

September 21, 2012

Hope Ignites, Connected, Together

Amy Hauptman

World Student Day is an annual event that brings the IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) family together to celebrate the work of God in the lives of students, and to pray for one another and for specific situations facing students around the world.

This year's World Student Day will take place on Friday

September 19, 2012

Have a Mission-Minded Idea?

Amy Hauptman

Students are brilliant, who carry with them brilliant ideas. When given the opportunity, students change the world.

But even great ideas are not just made; they need to be born.

Urbana 12 has partnered with Praxis Labs to create Launch Lab—a program that helps Urbana participants effectively collaborate, dream, and shape innovative ideas that benefit

September 18, 2012

When No One Showed Up to the Party

Stephanie Swenson

I and my staff team had been planning our pre-semester party since May.

I sent numerous emails, texts, and facebook messages over the summer. While a few people said they wouldn’t be able to make it, a good number of those invited told me they would try to be there.

September 17, 2012

Who Will We Be at the End?

Amy Hauptman

The end is not what we think about at the beginning of a new school year.

Honestly, thinking about the end is like inviting Debbie Downer” to your birthday party.

Thinking about the end seems so untimely.

September 14, 2012

Love Where You Live

Katie Montei

Some of us have heard the stories – the cereal bar, the whimsically decorated cubicle and office spaces, the fun and games amidst the hard work; not to mention the animated films that have turned kiddy movies into art. 

Pixar is arguably one of the most exciting and creative environments to be employed.

September 13, 2012

The Power of Poetry

Abigail Zimmer

Since I said my enthusiastic “Yes!” to graduate school (and paid the hefty deposit — point of no return), I’ve slowly begun letting people in on my plans: I’m leaving my job. I’m leaving my city. I’m going back to school.

I love this part of the telling. It’s so freeing. Internally, I’m bubbling over: “I’m done with cubicle-land! I’m going to be

September 12, 2012

A Plea for Racial Reconciliation

Grace Biskie

I grew up in a home where my older, white brother called me a "stupid little nigger" more times than I can count, and where I countered with "ignorant, loser honky!" more times than I care to admit.

My brother had grown up in an all white neighborhood until White Flight swept through in a little under two years. He was thrust into being the only white kid among black kids who stole

September 11, 2012

I Thirst

Nicole Carline

‘I thirst’ were the words from God above
God who left immortal to show his eternal love
‘I thirst’ is what he said
What he gasped as his lungs began to fill and collapse
As he hung there in agony on a tree to die
I sit, I think, and wonder….why

What was this thirst that he dispellingly cried?

September 10, 2012

Advice for College Freshmen (and for Anyone, Really)

Adam and Christine Jeske

Each fall brings a few million new students to campus in the U.S., and the transition to college is one of the great hallmarks of life in our culture.

Or, to put it more colloquially, it’s freakin’ crazy.

In fact, here's an ode written especially for that experience we all know as Freshman Move-In Day:

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