The Ventriloquist

An online publication at and outside the boundary of evangelical Christianity.

posts by Zach Schneider



September 2015

The New Ventriloquist

by Zach Schneider, on The V

In 2010, huddled in a dimly lit off-campus Cedarville apartment, a small group of intellectuals and sometimes-miscreants had an idea for a project. A newspaper that would give voice to the ideas and individuals that were constrained to the shadows by the dominant evangelical culture permeating Cedarville's classes, sermons, and dorms. A project that would give a bold platform to those who brazenly attached their names to their contributions, and…



April 2014

Farewell from the Editor

by Zach Schneider, on Cedarville, The V, 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…



January 2013

Removing Ruby

by Zach Schneider, on Cedarville, January 2013, Purge

Dr. Carl Ruby did not resign of his own accord. There is not a shadow of doubt in the mind of anyone close to the situation. The circumstantial evidence is damning in itself: Dr. Ruby allegedly resigned after twenty-five years of service, a few weeks into a semester, and left campus a week later. Sources closest to Ruby will all confirm that he has two children receiving tuition remission from…



November 2012

Women as Leaders

by Zach Schneider, on Gender, November 2012

On October 29, 2012, Cedarville held their semi-monthly question-and-answer session in chapel, with Dr. Brown and Pastor Rohm answering a selection of student questions about the university, Christianity, and more. At the end of this particular chapel, Dr. Brown sent shock waves across Cedarville’s campus with a surprise announcement of his resignation as president, effective at the end of the year. This event was the only thing most students…



February 2012

Hollywood Tyranny

by Zach Schneider, on February 2012, Technology

SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act) have become recent buzzwords, as the Internet was rocked on January 18 by protest blackouts from Wikipedia, reddit, and other websites. Both bills would essentially seek to stop Internet piracy by forcing removal of DNS entries of websites accused of hosting even links to infringing content. (A DNS is what…