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Kidist Ashami – Perspective of a First-Generation Student

By Elshaday Yilma How prepared an individual is prior to arriving on campus dictates his or her college experience. Some students with parents who attended college have the added advantage of their parent’s support and guidance in navigating through college. However, first-generation college students are faced with the challenge of going through the college application process, admission and college experience ... Read More »

Words, Magic

By Derby Chukwudi We often ignore the possibility of the manifestation of our words. Magic to some people have to do with fairy tales and bedtime stories but magic to me, has everything thing to do with my words. Unwanted situations can be avoided by choosing to say things that will only help our situations and not worsen them. I ... Read More »

Title IX with Katie Basham

By Talia Floyd Berea College has chosen to focus on bystander intervention. Basham explains saying “Research has shown that those programs that focus on teaching women not to get raped and teaching men not to be rapists don’t work. The majority of men aren’t going to be perpetrators…bystander intervention, is not labeling women as victims.”      Sexual violence on college ... Read More »

Adriana Williams ’18, reflects on the 14th BC’s Cornell Weekend event

   Cornell Weekend was a very enlightening experience for me. This year was my first time attending Cornell Weekend and I was very impressed with the outcome. Friday was the networking and reception event in which we were able to meet all of the Cornell panelists including Joe Bridy, Venus Yam, and Brian Balduzzi. I learn about their careers and ... Read More »

Why we should “all” be Activists

By Talia Floyd Most people on campus probably do not know me, have not heard of me, do not care about me, which is ideal. I am an introvert; I would not want them to. A very small percentage of people might know me as a student activist. An activist is “a person who campaigns to bring about political or ... Read More »

On Mourning

By Talia Floyd Do you mourn your ancestors? No really, I’m curious. Do you mourn? Some of us mourn for our ancestors. We miss a connection to a home, a place with languages and cultures and distinction. I mourn for my ancestors who died in raids, died as they were abducted, died in filth in what amounts to the basement ... Read More »

Synopsis of College Career

By Taylor Brown I strongly disliked Berea when I was a freshman. My excuses at the time: I am only here because my mother forced me, Berea is in the middle of nowhere-too far away from home, I feel so alone, I am sad and afraid, the dorm rooms are small, the bathrooms are inconvenient and crowded, my roommate is ... Read More »

Dr. Jose Pimienta-Bey; Moorish Influence on World History

By Derby Chukwudi                          Dr. Jose Pimienta-Bey is an author and Associate Professor of the African and African-American Studies at Berea College. Berea, KY. Pimienta-Bey holds a B.A in History from Gettysburg College, an M.A. in History from Shippensburg University, and a PhD in African American Studies (interdisciplinary) from Temple University. Pimienta-Bey’s doctoral focus (concentration) combined the fields of ... Read More »

Berea College Prof. and writer in residence Crystal Wilkinson, Named 2016 Winner of “Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.”

By Derby Chukwudi            Born in Hamilton, Ohio, Wilkinson was brought up in her grandparents’ farm at Indian Creek, Kentucky. Wilkinson earned a journalism degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 1985. Although “Birds of Opulence” is Wilkinson’s first novel, many of her works have garnered critical acclaim, including but not limited to “Blackberries, Blackberries,” a collection of short stories–a 2002 ... Read More »

Differences unified through Dance

By Derby Chukwudi Nashwa Cahill, Associate Professor of Health and Human Performance at Berea College, Kentucky, USA.   Pinnacle: What made you choose Berea College? Cahill: My Husband Richard Cahill was offered a job as the Director of International Education and a history professor. We were impressed by the mission of Berea College and decided to make Berea our home. ... Read More »

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