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National Coming Out Day

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Alrighty folks, mark your calendars. National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is tomorrow! This year, the 29th anniversary of the day will be observed on Wednesday, October 11th. Regardless of whether or not it affects you, this day is a day designed to show respect, tolerance, and support to those who it does. On October 11th, 1987, thousands of people participated in ... Read More »

Indigenous People’s Day @ Graceland

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Last year, many students and faculty at Graceland dedicated weeks of their time to set up informational booths around campus to petition the celebration of Columbus Day on campus. Posters were designed, shirts were inked, and events were held in order to get the university to change the name on the school calendar. This year marks the first year that ... Read More »

#TakeAKnee Protests Less Prominent In College Football

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For the last year or so, many football teams (and other national sports teams) have started to kneel during the national anthem. It is to show solidarity with the many black people who have dealt with racism and police brutality. Many believe it is because there are hundreds of people who don’t care about the military members that fight for ... Read More »

Through Their Lenses Part One: Whitewash

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In the coming weeks, the Tower will be releasing a short series of articles—an expose if you will—that will confront the topic of race through multiple lenses. The purpose of these installments is not to vilify, but to spread awareness to the Graceland community as well as the community at large. I hope you read these with intention and open ... Read More »

Jonathan Montalvo – GU’s New Professor of Spanish

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Preface: The first time I met Jonathan it was mid-August, myself in mid-sunburn (that repulsive molting phase) painting the Main Street mural with a crew of students, faculty, and locals. The two events coincided harmoniously because, not unlike the mural itself, Jonathan’s personality is colorful, vibrant, and a much welcomed addition to our community. He’s one of those rare few ... Read More »

DACA, We Support You.

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DACA has recently transformed from its previous subtle existence and wormed its way into the spotlight thanks to a recent decision by President Trump to end it in its entirety. It is a buzzword; working its way into social media, classroom discussion, and dinner-table conversation. The removal of the DACA program has caused an uproar. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ... Read More »

DACA Eligibility Requirements

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If you have heard that DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is simply a program for international folks – forget that notion. If you have similarly thought that DACA is for every immigrant in the United States of America, scratch that too. In fact, I want you to erase all thoughts you have had about individuals who qualify for ... Read More »

What the Heck-a is DACA?

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The four letter acronym that is being spread everywhere you look. DACA. There are a lot of misunderstandings when it comes to this issue. When did it start? Why was it established? Etc. So let’s clear things up. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is an idea made to protect illegal immigrant children. Former President Barack Obama established the law towards the ... Read More »

Now You’re Just Somebody That I Used to Know

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  As a third-generation legacy student, I was raised hearing mischievous stories from my mom and her days as a student here at Graceland University. While hearing these stories, my mind was often bombarded with quite vivid imagery—ranging from naked runs through campus all the way to sneaking off with people’s towels in the showers. One of her funniest stories ... Read More »

Dr. Erin Bodnar – Musician, Teacher, Marathoner

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Dr. Erin Bodnar, a beloved music professor at Graceland University and director of the Symphonic Band has recently ran in the Boston marathon coming in at a 3:38. She is nearly three quarters of the way to her goal of 40 by 40, to run 40 marathons by the time she is 40 years old. At 36 years of age, ... Read More »

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