The Ventriloquist

An independent student newspaper at Cedarville University.

Friday

17

October 2014

Rethinking Israel and Palestine

by Kelly Parliament, on Israel and Palestine, Kelly Parliament

The evangelical group, Christians United for Israel (CUFI), states on its website that “it is crucial to educate Christians on the biblical and moral imperatives to support Israel and to build Christian support for Israel throughout America.” CUFI’s president has been known to state that Christians are commanded by God to support the Jewish state of Israel at all costs. Many evangelical Christians agree with CUFI’s statements. I…

Friday

10

October 2014

A New Day

by The Ventriloquist, on The V, Austin Becton

After a brief silence, we are back. In case you were wondering, The Ventriloquist is still alive. I promised to manage The V this year because of the urgent and growing need for sources of critical thinking within the Cedarville community. Things are changing and we need this paper. However, my purpose is not to indict Cedarville or its Administration. In fact, I do not wish to harm or belittle…

Wednesday

23

April 2014

Ventriloquist Distribution Shut Down

by The Ventriloquist, on Cedarville, The V

On April 23, distribution of the April issue of The Ventriloquist was forcefully shut down by Cedarville University president Dr. Thomas White and VP of Student Life Jonathan Wood. As usual, distributors were set up outside the DMC to pass out copies to students leaving the university's mandatory chapel service. Before chapel was dismissed, White and Wood walked around the distribution stations confiscating papers. Wood forcefully removed papers from the…

Tuesday

15

April 2014

A Case for Egalitarian Christianity

by The Ventriloquist, on Theology, Gender Issues, Jordan Ryner, April 2014

“Feminism. We don’t like that team.” These are the immortalized words of Dr. Thomas White, uttered just before proclaiming that feminists oppose marriage and therefore are not on the team of the Bible. I remember sitting in my living room with a friend just after Dr. White said this. While his oversimplification of an ideology and damnation of anyone who disagrees with him was initially humorous, his juvenile approach…

Tuesday

15

April 2014

Farewell from the Editor

by The Ventriloquist, on Cedarville, The V, Zach Schneider, April 2014

After four years at Cedarville, three years of involvement with The Ventriloquist, and two years serving as the editor of the paper, it’s finally time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life. I’ve lived through perhaps the most turbulent period in Cedarville’s history to date (although I suspect that the turbulence is not yet complete) and I’ve seen the university change…

Tuesday

15

April 2014

Apocalypse When?

by The Ventriloquist, on Theology, Sarah Jones, April 2014

Lately I’ve been thinking about the end of the world. I used to wait for it, in a confused anticipation born of a youthful interest in the utter chaos it promised and the fear that I would be subjected to it, as one of Christ’s more inferior subjects. Years later, I still can’t quite banish the idea. Certainly, this fascination about the end of all things isn…

Tuesday

15

April 2014

My Freshman Year at CU

by The Ventriloquist, on Mental Health, April 2014, Iva Faber

Life as a freshman far from home, in a new environment, doing something I’ve never done before, is difficult and scary, but navigating that while in the middle of a full-blown relapse seemed impossible. This was my reality though: I’ve struggled with mental illness for at least 5 years. When I arrived on campus, I thought I was someplace where I could be real, where I could be…

Friday

21

February 2014

White Announces Restructuring, Job Cuts

by The Ventriloquist, on Cedarville, Purge

In a faculty meeting on February 21, Dr. Thomas White, president of Cedarville University, announced the beginning stages of a planned university restructuring, along with several accompanying job losses. During the 15-minute meeting, White also informed faculty that additional changes to the organizational structure of the university will be revealed over the course of the semester. The first announced change involves the presidential cabinet. Dr. John Gredy now has the…

Saturday

15

February 2014

The Final Decision

by The Ventriloquist, on Cedarville, LGBT, February 2014, Avery Redic

Throughout the fall semester, SGA was required to meet with Eric Garland, the new SGA advisor, for 30 minutes on a weekly basis. In doing so, Eric and I “hit it off.” He would often tell me, platonically of course, that he loved me, was excited that we were becoming close friends, and often missed me when we were apart. I thought it was important to tell him about my…

Saturday

15

February 2014

Fear at Cedarville

by The Ventriloquist, on Cedarville, LGBT, February 2014

Medieval author Christine de Pizan had some choice words for the conspiracies of her time—after all, blaming women for corruption in society and oppressing them as a result of such blame did not line up with her own observations of the female “race.” In The Book of the City of Ladies, Pizan argues that “Even if some wicked women have done evil things, it still seems to me that…