College opens many doors and offers countless opportunities but brings with it many responsibilities; at the forefront, being accountable for your money. For many students, this is both a newfound freedom and a newfound risk.
Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, which began in February and continues, is at its heart an effort to recreate the glory of the Soviet Union, which formally collapsed in 1991 after decades of over-spending on its military and the sheer failure of Marxist ideology. Within a decade, Russia would default on its debt—it was so cash-strapped that it was unable to pay state employees, fail to keep NATO from kicking Serbians (a Russian ally) out of Kosovo, watch former allies join NATO, lose a war in Chechnya, and become a bastion of corruption. Putin, a former KGB (Soviet intelligence) officer, resented the shame heaped upon Russia, and in a 1999 speech to the Duma he spoke of “strengthening the vertical chain” of power domestically, and go on to say “Russia has been a great power for centuries, and remains so. It has always has and still has legitimate zones of interest…we should not drop our guard in this respect, neither should we allow our opinion to be ignored.”
*Republished from the February 2017 issue of The Kayseean
Alexander Whitaker IV joined the King Community in 2016 as President of the University. He came to King from Berry College with more than 25 years of experience in higher education. President Whitaker has led King through many trials during his tenure, all the while staying dedicated to the education of students and the Christian values on which the university was built. So, as you finish up your final exams and projects, take a break and hear from President Whitaker as he recounts the accomplishments and milestones that our school has overcome in recent years, and explains some plans for the future.
Every year on September 11th, Americans across the nation pause to reflect and remember the 2,753 lives lost on that day. It’s been 20 years since that horrific day and for us Americans it’s a day that none have forgotten. Many in the community have hosted events in hopes of honoring the lives lost, such as running a 5K to raise money to help veterans in need, or stair climbs that symbolize the number of flights climbed by the firefights in the towers.
Named in homage to Jack E. Snider, the Snider Honors Program has been an establishment at King University since 2004. Since its creation, the program has been a unified community of scholars that works with students dedicated to their educational growth and development; indeed, those who graduate as Snider Honors Fellows have a history of success in their individual fields.
At first, to be honest, I relished the abrupt and absolute vanishing of all the entries on my calendar after the Covid-19 pandemic hit. No more soccer games on Saturdays. No more church on Wednesday nights. No more showing up in person to teach, or driving my kids to and from school. No more anything outside of the home. The shelter in place order fed my shadow introvert tendencies. I relished wearing yoga pants every day, sleeping in, and the extra time with my family…
As a communication professor at King’s Knoxville campus, I get to teach a leadership communication class regularly. One of the required texts for that class is Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. As a result, alongside my students, I am consistently challenged to evaluate my life in terms of priorities and efficiency…