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GLVC partners for awareness

January 29, 2015

The GLVC recently announced it will be the first Div. II conference in the country to partner with Generation Progress and its national “It’s On Us” campaign to stop sexual assault on college campuses. “It’s […]

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Students Seek to Help Homeless

November 18, 2014

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Five Truman students and alumni recognized a need for a homeless shelter in the Kirksville community and are working to start a nonprofit shelter. As part of their efforts, the group has started collecting warm clothes […]

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Sustainable Living Community Finding Its Footing in La Plata

November 6, 2014 and

Origins
The Catholic Worker movement was founded in New York City during 1933 by Dorothy Day. It is a network of about 240 houses and farms across the United States dedicated to serving those in need. The movement is interfaith and ecumenical, Bambrick-Rust says, and seeks to emulate the life of Jesus Christ through a life of poverty, service to others, and a challenging of the dominant religious and political authorities.
The White Rose branch of the Catholic Worker movement began in Chicago during 2009 while Bambrick-Rust was pursuing his masters degree in Ministry at Loyola University.
After hearing about and becoming intrigued by the idea of a land and craft-based society, Bambrick-Rust started a garden in his Chicago neighborhood.
Along with two partners, Jerica Arents and Jake Ozlen, Bambrick-Rust’s operation expanded to a farm south of Chicago, according to Marquette University’s alumni magazine.
Bambrick-Rust and his wife Regina later were invited by the Possibility Alliance to move a branch of the White Rose to La Plata.
“We certainly did not imagine that would lead us to be living without electricity in rural Missouri,” Bambrick-Rust says.
Bambrick-Rust, his wife and their infant daughter, Johanna, live on the land semi-permanently, either in camping tents or, when the weather gets cold, in the workshop. […]

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The Editor’s Inbox

September 19, 2014

Why do Americans call soccer “soccer,” but the rest of the world calls it “football,” or “futbol”? — Andrew

Andrew, it looks like someone read my Premier League Primer! Let me say this is a question that has baffled many sports fans for a long time. As with so many things we know and love, the term soccer comes from our friends across the pond, England. During the 1860’s they called what is the equivalent to modern soccer, Association Football. This was what the fancy people called the sport, and contrary to Iggy Azelea, the young schoolboys and common folk in England did not want to be fancy, so they started calling the sport “assoc.”

You still might be thinking to yourself that it’s not soccer, and to that claim I ask you watch any truly British person talk. Not those party animals on Dowton Abbey, but rather down and dirty Brits, like Hagrid or any of the homeless people that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock runs around with. Now that you have watched two awesome pieces of pop culture, you have heard they love to add “-er” to the end of many words. Try to imagine a schoolboy wasting his precious recess time saying “that was a great goal in the assocer game last night.” No! That’s just silly and much too hard on the tongue. After having this realization, Association Football turned into assoc, which the dialect changed to assocer, which then became soccer. […]

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Shop and contribute to the greater good

September 11, 2014

All I wanted to do was buy a cup holder I could put on the handlebars of my bike. I began my search at Amazon.com. When I opened the page, however, I was greeted with a large box asking me if I wanted to leave Amazon and try a new site, Amazon Smile.

I clicked “yes” out of sheer curiosity.

Amazon Smile is business at its finest. It uses Amazon’s huge customer base and giant profits to help better our world.

Upon entering the site, you are asked to pick a charity. For every purchase you make, 0.5 percent of your order subtotal will be donated to your charity by Amazon. While that might not seem like a lot of money at first glance, it really is a way to buy for the greater good. All I wanted to do was buy a cup holder I could put on the handlebars of my bike. I began my search at Amazon.com. When I opened the page, however, I was greeted with a large box asking me if I wanted to leave Amazon and try a new site, Amazon Smile.

I clicked “yes” out of sheer curiosity.

Amazon Smile is business at its finest. It uses Amazon’s huge customer base and giant profits to help better our world.

Upon entering the site, you are asked to pick a charity. For every purchase you make, 0.5 percent of your order subtotal will be donated to your charity by Amazon. While that might not seem like a lot of money at first glance, it really is a way to buy for the greater good. […]

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Our View: Homelessness might not be apparent

April 17, 2014

For Truman State’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, student organizations around campus will participate in a food, toiletries and clothing drive April 14 to 18. The contributed items will be donated to the Food Bank of Central/Northeast Missouri in Columbia. During this time, the University encourages students to give toward this cause and educate themselves about the realities of homelessness.
We, the Index Editorial Board, applaud these efforts and encourage students to take this opportunity to familiarize themselves with the realities of homelessness. […]

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Paying it forward is as easy as a drive-through

March 6, 2014

“There is no wrong way to perform an act of kindness.”
Author Catherine Ryan Hyde’s book “Pay It Forward” ignited a spark during 1991 that continues to fire up people around the world. A worldwide movement started during 2007 by Australian Blake Beattie promotes one day a year during which everyone “pays it forward,” according to PayItForwardDay.com. Sixty-five countries publically participated in the Pay It Forward Day during 2013. This year, the international date set by this foundation is April 24. […]