Decline of the great American empire

Is America an empire? It has been a major global superpower since the end of World War II. But is it an empire? Merriam-Webster Online defines an empire as, “A major political unit having a territory of great extent or a number of territories or peoples under a single sovereign authority.” Welcome to the American empire. In the past, our nation has meddled in the affairs of other countries whenever it saw fit. A leader among countries can pave the way into the future for others to follow. As long as our motives are just, we should lead the rest of the globe. However, many other countries don’t like the idea of a “bigger kid” bullying the others into submission. Even if it is done with good intentions or for a righteous cause, no one likes being told what to do. But America can be the one to pick up the scrawny kid who is in need of a hand. Should America step down from its position of leadership though and simply blend in with other nations? Since it came into power, the Obama administration has been transforming the U.S. from a leader into a follower. With a new nuclear policy doctrine that further disarms the United States and makes it vulnerable to attack, we take another step into submission to the rest of the world. President Obama signed a nuclear arms control agreement with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday to reduce the stockpiles of nuclear weapons of both nations. The agreement, called the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, builds on a previous Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that expired in December. If passed, it will cut the number of both countries’ nuclear weapons by about a third. With policies like the START agreement, the public health care bill and charging terrorists in American civilian courts, the Obama administration is weakening the United States’ power to influence other nations. We are stepping down from our destiny instead of rising to the potential of a world leader. Was our country founded to stand out or fit in? That’s the question America has to ask itself to decide what role it will play in the future of the global...

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Mr. Freshman Class crowned
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Mr. Freshman Class crowned

Evan Mullins, a freshman math education major from Sweeny, Texas, was crowned Mr. Crusader Knight. In Bachelorette-style, Julie O’Rear, wife of university President Randy O’Rear, presented a rose to the winner in front of the audience in the W.W. Walton Chapel, Feb. 27. “When she handed me the rose on stage, I was speechless. I was completely blown away,” Mullins said. He represented the freshman class as one of 20 contestants who took part in Crusader Knights this year. He was judged on four categories: dance, strut, video and interview. During the competition, the participants performed group dances together as well as in small teams of five members each. “In our group, we danced to a song by ’N Sync. It was a blast from the past, and we made it funny,” Mullins said. They also showed the audience a short video filmed while the contestants went on a staged date with Julie O’Rear. In Mullins’ date video, he gave many different gifts tothe fi rst lady O’Rear during the “date.” He made her a T-shirt, a picture out of macaroni art, and a glitter-covered “key to his heart.” He even played a song on his guitar written especially for her. “My video wasn’t as funny as Ben Baecker’s, but Mrs. O’Rear really liked the song,” Mullins said. The top five contestants answered two interview questions each during the final night of the competition. In one question, Mullins was asked why he wanted to teach math and do missionary work. “What led me to be interested in teaching in impoverished countries started in the eighth grade when I received a call to youth ministry,” he said. Mullins started going to Super Summer leadership camps to prepare him for the ministry. “Through those camps, I became involved in a mission organization called iGo Global. Through them, I went to Germany in 2007 and Tokyo, Japan, in 2009,” Mullins said. He realized after going on the mission trips that it was hard for him to do ministry work with people from industrialized countries. When he first came to the university, Mullins started as a Christian ministry major. In a class, he heard the founder of Hope for the Hungry talk about schools in Haiti that needed teachers. “My desire for missions, the need for teachers in Haiti and the difficulty I have with industrialized countries, led me to change my major to math education and begin to pursue a career in teaching and doing mission work in impoverished countries,” he said. All the Cru Knights contestants put many hours into practices to make the two-night event successful. “Practices were long and...

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