As we count down the days of the Spring semester, start preparing for finals, and say goodbye to the class of 2023, there is no shortage of things to look back upon from the year’s second half. In a year that has seemingly flown by, reflecting on another wonderful year at King is important!
King University is a diverse campus home to students from all walks of life. These students’ experiences, opinions, and preferences range far and wide. The Kayseean polled a small portion of the student body to get their views on current events, pizza toppings, and favorite classes.
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.”