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Category: Current Events

By Sherman Elliott, EdD
Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Claire was listening to her favorite radio program, “The Shadow,” when an important broadcast interrupted the popular murder mystery program. The announcer read the copy, “The Japanese have just bombed Pearl Harbor.”

Claire ran into the kitchen to tell her father the news. Putting his newspaper down, he quickly admonished her for saying such things. “No, Dad, it’s true. Come listen to the radio,” she pleaded.

Glen stood in silence as the radio broadcaster repeated the details of the unprovoked attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. That was the first time my mother ever saw my grandfather cry.

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On Oct. 21, GCU’s nationally ranked Speech and Debate Team represented the current presidential candidates in a mock debate. The event took place in the Ethington Theatre, where students, staff and faculty gathered to watch.

GCU Speech and Debate Team members Thomas Rotering, Jasmin Sharp, Zach Kuykendall and Alaina Owen represented candidates Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein.

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By Brian P. Raftery, MA
Faculty, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

American currency is the strongest and most stable in the world, but it might also be the most homogenous.

While other nations’ currencies honor prominent men and women who have been explorers, scientists and artists, our currency primarily features military heroes and political leaders, all of whom were white males.

Well, a national organization wants to break up that “old boys’ club” and replace Andrew Jackson with a comparably important woman. What do you think? Should Jackson stay, or should he go? If he should go, who should replace him?

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