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Mission Trips 2017: Love is Selfless

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This past spring break, many Wesleyan students had the opportunity to serve on mission trips. From Ecuador to Atlanta, students were able to break out of their comfort zone and truly experience a life of humility and service to others. Keep Reading

Students “Kick the Dust Up” at Sadie

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    Watson Copeland, Ashton Cameron, Henry Beltrami, Cassie Henning, David Thrower, Katie Hanger, Lauren Pavlec, Daniel Baisier, Ansley Jones, and Jeb Brown take a picture before the dance. Henning
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    Juniors pose for a group picture before Sadie. Chatham
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    Sophomores pose for a picture before Sadie. Cooper
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    Freshmen take a picture before Sadie. Lalley

On Saturday Feb. 25, high school students gathered in Chandler Plaza for the annual Sadie Hawkins dance. This year, attendees came dressed in their best Western attire, as the theme was “Kick up the Dust.” Keep Reading

Passion 2017 Makes History in the Georgia Dome

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College students and high school seniors from across the world gathered in the Georgia Dome for Passion 2017, Jan. 2-4. Established as an organization aimed at “…uniting students in worship and prayer for spiritual awakening in this generation,” the Passion movement cites Isaiah 26:8 as its theme verse. Founded 20 years ago by Louie Giglio, the first Passion conference was held in Austin, Texas with an attendance of only a couple thousand. Over the years, however, the Passion movement has grown immensely, having currently reached over 20 million students.

Over 50,000 18-25-year-olds convened in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome from Jan. 2-4 to worship, learn and grow in their faith. In fact, over 90 countries were represented. For 6 sessions, students had the opportunity to hear from renowned evangelists such as Francis Chan, John Piper, Katherine and Jay Wolf and founder of the conference, Louie Giglio. Worship artists also included Passion Band, Chris Tomlin and Hillsong United. Carrie Underwood also made a surprise appearance during the night of the first session and sung her Grammy winning, faith driven song “Something in the Water.”

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Donald Trump Elected President

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    Donald Trump and Mike Pence celebrate their presidential victory early Nov. 9. New York Times.

In what the New York Times considered, “a stunning repudiation of the establishment” and Business Insider considered “the biggest upset in political history,” Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. Keep Reading

Children of Christmas: Where Are They Now?

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Taylor Momsen

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Taylor Momsen. Billboard.

Remember that adorable girl who played Cindy Lou Who in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas? How could anyone forget. Many people remember her for her gorgeous rendition of Faith Hill’s “Where Are You Christmas” and her hair that looked like an Auntie Annie’s Pretzel, but few people recognize her today. Since starring in that beloved Christmas classic, Momsen went on to appear in Spy Kids 2 and even audition for the title role of Hannah Montana for the Disney Channel Original Series. She also went on to appear in the hit TV show Gossip Girl. Currently Momsen finds fame as the lead singer for the rock band The Pretty Reckless. Today fans might find her under dark shades of eyeliner or accompanied by an entourage of older men (aka her band), but no matter where she is, there is no doubt that she still embodies the heart of the Christmas spirit.

McCauley Culkin

McCauley Culkin. E!.
McCauley Culkin. YouTube.

Contrary to popular belief, McCauley Culkin is not dead. After suffering the major trauma of getting left home alone during Christmas (not once, but twice), Culkin went on to become… nothing. Unless Culkin invents a cure to cancer or makes a major comeback to the entertainment industry (he won’t do either), he will never be anything more than a child actor. Over the years, Culkin has evolved into the posterchild for the anti-drug movement, spending some quality time behind bars due to drug abuse. Nowadays you might see him out and about. Just look for that sketchy guy that your mom always told you to avoid who lures children into his van with free candy!

Eric Lloyd

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Eric Lloyd. Eric Lloyd.

If you don’t know who Eric Lloyd is, you must not live in this world. Known to most people as Charlie Calvin, it’s a shame that Eric Lloyd virtually disappeared from society after his breakout role in the Santa Claus trilogy.  After stealing the hearts of audiences young and old, he went on to star in the Hollywood blockbuster The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars, a true cinematic masterpiece. But where is he now?  Who knows? In fact, did he ever exist or is he just a figment of our imagination? All we know about Lloyd is that he went on to open a movie/music studio, names LP Studios, somewhere in Los Angeles. But it obviously hasn’t done well according to their unattractive outdated website. Well wherever you are Eric, we miss you.

Peter Billingsley

Peter Billingsley. IMDb.


This is a classic tale of “don’t bully the chubby kid with glasses, because he might turn out to be attractive and successful.” And in fact, Peter Billingsley (aka. Ralphie from the American Christmas classic, A Christmas Story) has become both attractive and successful. With an Emmy nomination and a plethora of other random accolades under his belt, he rises above all other Christmas child actors.




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