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Teach us to persevere or teach us to fail

By Talia Floyd It was right around this time last semester, a little earlier, that I decided I wasn’t going to drop that Spanish 102 course. My midterm grades were abysmal, mostly due to spending too much time staring at my screen as if by the power of vision the complexity of verb tense would be transferred to my head, ... 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 »

Congratulations to EPG Cohort ‘14

Front row (from the left): Breanna Lawson, Kevin Cuartas, Evelyn (Evy) Perler-Tomboly, Anna Heremes, Alexyss Lindsey, Admiral Blaney, Julia Roberts, Samantha Drew;Back row (from the left): Yabsira Ayele, Anna Keller, Makayla Allison, Azis Toktobaev, Matthew Schwartz, Isai Sanchez, Rodney Kimbangur; Not pictured: Kayla Barbour, Zakary Sholtz, R’Mon  Harvell, Puspa Kafley, Andrea Dwelly. The Entrepreneurship for the Public Good (EPG) program ... Read More »

Faculty Spotlight-Dr. Lauren McKee

By Derby Chukwudi Dr. Lauren McKee, Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies at Berea College            Dr. Lauren McKee is the Assistant Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies. A significant resource in the community, McKee is also the instructor for the Model African Union for this semester. With the current issues concerning immigration and executive orders signed by ... Read More »

Staff Spotlight-Monica Jones

By Derby Chukwudi Jones shares her perspective as a woman in the Workforce            As the new academic year begins, for so many people in this country, the future is not certain, but hope is still in the air. Women have been faced with challenges in different arenas of life and despite their persistence to overcome these challenges, the struggle ... Read More »

Dr Karsonya Wise Whitehead Active past will inform an active future

By Talia Floyd Dr. Whitehead 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies            Dr. Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead is an associate professor at Loyola University Maryland in the Communication Department. Her teaching and research focuses on the intersections of race, class, and gender. Whitehead  is the Founding Executive Director of The Emilie Frances Davis ... Read More »

A Visit to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

By Derby Chukwudi Berea Economics Association (BEA) took 34 Berea students to St. Louis to learn more about the Federal Reserve Bank and its operations. BEA serves as a platform for students in the Economics Department to network with professors and alumni. Faculty attendees included, Dr. Volker Grzimek– BEA adviser, Dr. Nancy Sowers, and Dr. Caryn Vazzana. Attendees received a ... Read More »

Terror, Brothel, Romance, Resilience… in RUINED!

BC’s Theatre Laboratory presents “Ruined,” which is scheduled to open 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 through the 21 at the Berea College Jelkyl Theatre. An evocative production directed by Professor Adanma Barton, “Ruined” is a spice of comfort and uncomfortable subjects that cannot be avoided, but must be told. Inspired by “Mother Courage and Her Children,” a play written by ... Read More »

Senior Spotlight

By Derby Chukwudi Senior News Writer The Fall semester is coming to an end, and many students can use a motivation to persevere through. Boubacar Cherif, “17, shares what keeps him motivated during his time in Berea with the Pinnacle. Pinnacle: What would you like to tell our readers about yourself? Boubacar: I reside in Alabama but was born in ... Read More »

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