Oil pulling: What the heck is it?

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Coconut oil
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Celeste Forrest, Staff Writer

   What if you could whiten your teeth, improve your gum health, get rid of cavities and bad breath, possibly stop those migraine headaches and get a better night’s sleep in just three easy steps?

  You could do that and more with just swishing some cold, natural pressed oil around your mouth! If you think that sounds crazy, you’re not alone. When I first heard about oil pulling, I thought, “Oil can pull toxins from your mouth and make you healthier? What kind of sorcery is that?” However, the more I researched this practice, the more I have learned that oil pulling may actually be beneficial to your health. It might even be worth a try! Continue reading

Love is great, but presents are nice two

Themed gift baskets make great gifts. Photo used by Creative Commons License

Themed gift baskets make great gifts.
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Ronna Fisher, Editor-in-Chief

   Wedding season is upon us, as well as graduation season. While you can celebrate these auspicious moments in many ways, gifts are often expected. Whether you go all out for a pricey gift or tend to lean more towards cheaper or DIY gifts, here are five more tips for becoming a brilliant gift giver when duty calls. Continue reading

Jackson’s alleged gang ties cause trouble

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Desean Jackson (number 10) in a team huddle.
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Cass White, Staff Writer

   The three time All-Pro wide receiver Desean Jackson was cut from the Philadelphia Eagles on March 28,14. There have been numerous rumors floating around the NFL and media about the cause of Desean’s release.

   Jackson is one of the most versatile players in the league; with 21 receptions, he leads the NFL in the most 30+ yard receptions during division games since 2008 while stacking seven touchdowns. The former Eagles player has the most 40+ yard catches since 2008 with 35 and his blazing speed allows him to stretch defenses. Continue reading

So We Go

Graphic provided by Joel Mullens.

Graphic provided by Joel Mullens.

Katelyn Lamb, Content Editor

   What do Brazil, Germany, Haiti, Swaziland, Australia, Serbia-Slovenia and Mexico have in common? All of these countries will be receiving groups of SNU students this summer for short-term missions trips! SNU in Missions (SIMS) is sending out eight teams between May and July to participate in a wide range of international ministries. Joel Mullens, Missions Pastor here at SNU, is in charge of coordinating the trips, assisting students with logistics such as fundraising and visas and leads pre-departure training for the teams. Eager to highlight the exciting opportunities SIMS provides, Mullens sat down with the Echo to discuss the upcoming trips. Continue reading

How I Met Your Mother finale

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How I Met Your Mother
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Macy Sliman, Staff Writer

  Just a forewarning, if you want to avoid spoilers, hit the road. Please, bail out now so I do not have to deal with weepy fans that happen to be a little behind on this show.

   Similar to most college students and the rest of sane America, I have been completely obsessed with the television show How I Met Your Mother. For 9 whole agonizing seasons, I have waited most impatiently (while cry-laughing) for The Mother of the show to be revealed. Little did I know, that is not the only reason I was watching the show. Continue reading

It’s a jungle out there: How to survive middle school observations

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Middle schoolers
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Celeste Forrest, Staff Writer

   Now, I understand that not everyone here is an Education major. However, we can all agree that there is something special about your major that sets it apart from all the others. For example, theology and ministry majors have 5-20 hours of internships a week. Nursing majors get to intern at various hospitals. Music majors have the superpower to use the piano practice rooms whenever they want, however they want. Educations majors, however, get to do something uber special called observations. Continue reading

Changes made for good in the MLB

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Major League Baseball
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Carlos Font, Staff Writer

   Major League Baseball has gone through some changes in the past twelve years. The MLB has taken a stand against performance enhancing substances and have taken a vow to rid the sport from banned substances.

   In 2006, Major League took a stand against banned substances and in the spring of said year, the league established their drug policy, called The Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The goal of the policy was to stop and end the use of banned substances like steroids. Despite their efforts, in 2008, the baseball world was rocked by the Mitchell report. Names of players and former players that used banned substances were published in the report, marking a very dark time in baseball history. Continue reading

New master’s degree at SNU generates interest through campaign

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Claressa Cortesio, Staff Writer

   Dr. Sylvia Goodman, Professor of Kinesiology at SNU, said the campaign for the new master’s degree offered by the School of Kinesiology is “off to a roaring start.”

   According to Goodman, this degree is for people with a focus in Athletic Administration or Sports Business. People who already have a Bachelors or are already active in this field will be targeted by the program. Continue reading

In review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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Byron Crouch, Staff Writer

   When there is no longer outright war or self-proclaimed enemies, can you be sure that you’re not the enemy?

   This is the problem Steve Rogers (aka Captain America) now faces. After learning about S.H.I.E.L.D.’s more questionable methods of doing business, Cap begins to wonder if he is still fighting for the right side. That unsettling feeling in his stomach only increases when he learns that Nick Fury has been spying on him. But if that isn’t enough, Fury gives him a memory stick with vital information along with the words: “Don’t trust anyone” right before he is shot. The rest of the movie portrays S.H.I.E.L.D. trying to find out what Cap knows, while Cap struggles with knowing who to trust. Continue reading

Between the pages: Seven books you won’t be able to put down

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Photo by Mo Riza
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Summer Howard, Staff Writer

   There are four types of people in the world: those who love to read, those who hate to read, those who are indifferent to the hobby and those who simply have never learned the skill. For those of you who are indifferent towards reading or absolutely despise picking up a book, this article is for you. I have compiled a list of seven books/series everyone should read at one point in their lives. Even avid readers need to pay attention to make sure they have checked these great works off their list. Continue reading

Former Thunder point guard wins NCAA Championship

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Kevin Ollie
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Saydi Dowd, Staff Writer

   Who is the young coach that just won the Men’s NCAA Championship one might ask? Well, some would be surprised to find out that he used to be a part of our Oklahoma City Thunder (2009-2010). That’s right, this mystery man was right there on the court playing alongside our very own Durant and Westbrook. The same tenacity that Kevin Ollie played with has been transferred over into his coaching, often looking like he is more prepared to break into the game than anyone else on the sideline. With an attitude like that, it’s no wonder his team made it all the way! Continue reading

New York student accepted by all eight Ivy League schools

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Yale University, one of the eight Ivy League schools
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Stephany Reyes, Staff Writer

   Many young students dream of getting accepted into an Ivy League school. Few, however, aspire to be admitted into all eight of these prestigious universities; being accepted by all eight Ivy League schools is extremely rare. According to reporters from CNN, though, that is exactly what 17- year- old Kwasi Enin from New York has done. Enin has been officially accepted into the University of Pennsylvania, Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, Yale, Harvard and Cornell and was asked to be part of their class of 2018. Continue reading

Campus Trends

Graphic by Zack Wussow

Graphic by Zack Wussow

Macy Sliman, Staff Writer

   Much like the insane mood swings of Oklahoma weather, campus trends are constantly changing. From the season of winter, with its brown riding boots and denim button ups, we move on to summer’s too short shorts and bro tanks. Fueled by the increasing use of social media and the close quarters of on-campus living, these trends are even harder to keep up with. If you have given up the social media aspect of being an adolescent in the twenty first century, here are a few trends that have become increasingly popular on campus. Continue reading