The Crowder Sentry: PaperCut’s printing on campus

PaperCutStudents using the Lee Library may have noticed a green box with a number in the upper right hand corner of their computer screen, a feature of the new PaperCut program that Crowder is using. A program that is meant to help Crowder manage printing and create a more green campus.

Before the program, “Many open labs had no control over printing,” said Chris Woitowitz, Director of Information Technology (IT). “Students were printing thousands and thousands of sheets.” Continue reading

Facebook Posts: Cobra and Puppies

317363_10151441958521909_947729273_nThe incident occurred in the Indian state of Punjab. Two puppies fell into a well. Their mother ran near the well and started barking, and attracted the attention of the owner, who looked inside and to his surprise there was a king cobra at the bottom, which didn’t pose any threat to the puppies. Moreover, the reptile, looked after the puppies, by not allowing them to cross to the other side, where they could possibly drown, when the well is filled with water.

In general, they spent around 48 hours together at the bottom and in these 48 hours the cobra sat quietly next to them. When help finally arrived from the forest department, the cobra slithered to the other end of the well. The puppies were not injured at all and the reptile was immediately taken into the woods and was released into the wild.

If one of the world’s most venemous and deadly creatures can show compasion, can we not do the same?

~Shared from Facebook

Suicide

In 2010, 38,364 people committed suicide, approximately 105.1 per day! Suicide is a terrible, horrible problem.

. . . I have lost two people whom I love to suicide–and I have almost lost four more whom I love, who have attempted suicide.

This blog is split into three sections: “If You are Thinking About Suicide,” “If You have a Friend Thinking of Suicide,” and “If You have Lost Someone to Suicide.” Read the section that you best relates to, and I pray that it will help you.

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You are loved. You are unique. You are never alone.

Yes, this world is terrible, corrupt, and overwhelming—but there is no reason why you should take your own life. Everyone goes through obstacles, and yes some have harder lives than others, but no matter how bad life gets, there is always hope. There will always be a spec of life in the desert of despair. Yes, usually we do not see it while we are in our problems, but it is there.

I’ve also cut myself during a dark time in my life. . . . I understand how it feels, how it feels like an escape, like there is an easy way out, but the best things in life are never easy. Suicide is not the only way out. I can’t tell you what is, but know that there is another way; you just need to keep your eyes open for it. Continue reading

Light in the Darkness

bImagine a dinner table, which is filled with a feast. There’s a bowl of green salad, steaming, hot rolls with rivers of butter dripping off them, warm baked potatoes stuffed with cheese and sour cream, fresh fruit saturated in juice, and steak—juicy steak just off the grill, wrapped in bacon. These delectable aromas fill your nostrils. Drool is dripping from your mouth, and your stomach growls.

You and your family sit and dig into this amazing meal. In no time at all, rolls are flying, knives are stabbing, and juices are spraying. Everything tastes so good, and you haven’t even seen dessert yet. But sadly, your eyes were too big for your stomach. You feel stuffed, even though there’s still food left on your plate.

“You better eat that, there’s kids in Africa,” jokes your brother.

We joke like this all the time—but it’s not a joke. There are kids, there are people, who are starving, and not just in Africa, but in China, Mexico, Ukraine, even in your neighborhood. There are people who are suffering everywhere. Continue reading

Window Gazing

100_1120Our life is like looking out a window. We see our small, little world so clearly, but we don’t see the whole picture, the whole world that is hidden behind the frame.

For instance, if you live in Missouri, you may see trees whose leaves grow green, turn orange then brown, and then fall off, and don’t return until next year. There may be squirrel acrobats dancing in the branches, jumping from limb to limb, or the occasional car that passes by, driving down the black asphalt. This is the world that you see through your window, but if you thought that this was the whole world, wouldn’t you be missing a lot? I mean, what about the snowy topped mountains, or the golden grasslands, or the blue ocean? What about the bustling city or the quiet farmland? Rowdy sport games, soothing orchestras, or comedic plays? How would you know about all of this by only the sight of your window? Continue reading