The Course of Reason

Planning a Heretic (Scavenger) Hunt

October 9, 2012 Jessika Griffin

I put all of the planning for SAIU's Heretic Hunt in our Social Director's hands. He came up with a list of things on campus to get your picture taken with, worth 1 point each, and we put up posters with various images on them for people to find and take down, worth 3 points each. Some of them were relevant, like a picture of the Milky Way on the door to the Kirkwood Observatory, some not so much, like a picture of a puppy on a bulletin board at the Indiana Memorial Union.

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The Illini SSA Lights the Night

September 27, 2012 Daniel Hay

Service is a vital part of what we do in the secular community, it's an excellent way of defeating the negative stereotypes surrounding atheism that are frequently perpetuated on the internet and elsewhere. So when the Foundation Beyond Belief (along with help from an incredible number of secular groups) announced that it would be supporting the Leukemia Lymphoma Society with an ultimate goal of raising 1 million dollars, we here at the Illini Secular Student Alliance were thrilled to take part.

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SSA at Presbyterian College Lights The Night

September 20, 2012 Harrison Hopkins

Most people have in some way been touched by cancer. In my own family, my grandfather succumbed to bone cancer, and both my grandmother and mother have had bouts with breast cancer. When I heard about the Foundation Beyond Belief’s challenge to secular groups to raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, I knew I wanted my group, Secular Student Alliance at Presbyterian College, to be a part of it.

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Music Monday: Wilco - “One Sunday Morning”

August 20, 2012 Cody Hashman

"One Sunday Morning" is one of those songs that you listen to while you are cleaning your house because it's soothing, long, and unsurprisingly appeared on your Wilco Spotify radio station, but you never really get a chance to sit down and listen to it. It is a beautiful song and makes Sunday morning chores tolerable (heh, it's still better than church). It also has hard-hitting lyrical content—many Wilco songs do—when you get a chance to pay attention. 

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Music Monday: Pussy Riot - “Punk Prayer”

August 13, 2012 Cody Hashman

I'll admit that my passion for free expression is derived from my admiration for artists that are willing to say, sing, and write unpopular things. As I have mentioned before, I found/find solace in listening to artists express doubts about religion and god. Similarly, I have also come to appreciate the willingness of artists to say politically unpopular things, as well, because it is imperative to a just, fair, and open society. Importantly, it should be emphasized that freedom of expression doesn't stop at the instance expression; freedom must prevail after expression. This isn't the case for Pussy Riot, the punk rock/activist collective from Russia, who are currently being held as political prisoners according to Amnesty International. Today's Music Monday is a nod to them and their song "Punk Prayer."

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