Celebrating Billy Graham’s 96th Birthday

Maraya Wahl Staff Writer    Today, on November 7, 2014, Billy Graham is celebrating his 96th birthday. Billy Graham is a renowned evangelical Christian evangelist who has dedicated his life to sharing his faith and leading revivals across the country.  He has had a spiritual mark on this nation more than many realize, including that he was a spiritual advisor to a few past Presidents.  His sermons have been broadcasted globally since his rise to acclaim, and he has had an impact on individuals around the world. Graham was born on a small farm in Charlotte, North Carolina, with little…

American Marine Finally Released from Mexican Prison

Taylor L. Turner Political Writer  After being held prisoner in Mexico for two-hundred and fourteen days, Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi was freed from his prison cell last Friday. Tahmooressi, who served two tours in Afghanistan, was arrested March 31st of this year by Mexican authorities after crossing the border with the possession of three guns. The war veteran crossed the border into Mexico by accident after being unable to make a U turn to avoid entering Mexico. In an exclusive interview with Greta Van Susteren, Tahmooressi spoke out about the horrors he endured being held captive in two different Mexican prisons.…

Faith, Awareness, and Action…Addressing Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence

Maraya Wahl Staff Writer Of all the fundamental Quaker beliefs and practices, there is an emphasis on the principle that all people have inherent worth and value.  Throughout history, Quaker groups and individuals – including those at Wilmington College – have been a part of reaching out to the oppressed.  In our world today, there is deep oppression that is occurring, and that is the abuse and trafficking of human beings. On Wednesday, October 29, members from many advocacy groups and local government met at the University of Dayton River Campus (UD) to speak about the topics of human trafficking and…

Chase for Suspected Cop Killer Comes to a Close

Taylor L. Turner Political Writer  After seven weeks of eluding law enforcement officers, thirty- one year old suspected cop killer Eric Frein has been captured by authorities.  Frein allegedly opened fire on Pennsylvania’s Blooming Grove state police barracks, killing Pennsylvania state trooper Bryon Dickson and wounding Officer Alex Douglas on September 12.  Using stylistic survivalist tactics, Frein was able to escape capture by law enforcement for 48 days. On Thursday night, October 30, U.S Marshalls arrested Frein at an abandoned airplane hangar. Frein did not resist capture and was shackled in the handcuffs that belonged to the state trooper that…

WC’s Organizations: A look into Active Minds

Ashley Fox Staff Writer With only four weeks left in the fall semester, it may look like the events to go to and organizations to join are dwindling down. However, did you know that Wilmington College has over 40 organizations and clubs on campus? Five of these are national organizations which include Greeks such as Lambda Chi, Kappa Delta, Iota Phi Theta, and student interest organizations such as 4-H, and Delta Tau Alpha- a National Agricultural Society, and Active Minds. Students can stay updated with these organizations and their hosted events by checking for flyers in their Pyle boxes, school…

Tragedy in Canada

Taylor Turner Political Writer As the weekend approaches, Canadians are left to reflect on two terrorist attacks that have deeply shaken the country this past week. On October 20, in Quebec, Martin Rouleau-Couture drove his vehicle into two Canadian soldiers, killing Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent. The perpetrator, identified by Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper as an “ISIL-inspired terrorist,” was one of ninety individuals who were being monitored by the government. The New York Times reported that Rouleau’s Facebook posts “had extolled Islamic State violence, expressed anti-Semitic sentiments and denigrated Christianity.” The Times also reported that those close to Rouleau, a…

Fall Memories, Local Activities

Maraya Wahl Staff Writer Upcoming holidays, colorful leaves, and sweater weather are a few of the excitements that constitute the season of fall.  The air is not too hot and also not too cold.  Everyone is cozily bundled up and ready to enjoy outdoor activities.  But if people are not able to find fun activities to do, it is easy to get stuck inside with little to do.  There are a few places nearby that many Wilmington College students can visit before the season comes to a closing. Because of halloween, a large number of haunted attractions can be found…

CIA Annex Security Contractors Speak Out on What Really Happened in Benghazi

Taylor Turner Political Writer After much delay and miring with political rhetoric, details of what truly transpired in Benghazi on the night of the deadly 2012 terrorist attack have been brought to light by security contractors charged with protecting the CIA Annex. In an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier, security contractors and contributors to the newly released book 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, Kris Paronto, Mark Geist and John Tiegan explain their battle to defend the U.S Consulate and CIA Annex in Benghazi as it was besieged by terrorists. The account is…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Speaks on Growing Threat of Iran and Militant Islamic Groups

Taylor Turner Political Writer In an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revisited concerns addressed in his recent United Nations’ address. Specifically, he spoke on the dangers of Islamic extremism and the growing threat posed by Iran in its desire to increase its nuclear weapons capability. He warned that the various militant Islamic branches seek to destroy Israel in order to “get to” the United States and that the U.S is in fact the “number one target” of these groups. In addition, the Prime Minister addressed the growing threat of Hamas in the region.…

Generals Disagree on President Obama’s ISIS Strategy

Taylor Turner Political Writer While the President persists that there will be no American troops involved in combat operations against ISIS, several generals have publically challenged his strategy. Among the generals to disagree on the use of combat troops are Generals Ray Odierno, Martin Dempsey, James Mattis and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates. In an interview on “CBS This Morning,” Robert Gates stated that air power and reliance on Iraqi forces alone would not be sufficient in the effort “to be successful against ISIS.” Gates also stated that “boots on the ground” are necessary “if there is to be any…