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  • Centre Service Day: New Hope Food Pantry
    BY KORE SEVERANCE - STAFF WRITER On Saturday, September 23, STAND and the Bonner Program organized an event at New Hope Food Pantry, a non-profit organization with the purpose of providing food for Boyle county families, often serving over a thousand families per month. At the event, the building was cleaned and renovated to make…
  • What is a Hackathon, Anyway?
    BY PEYTON POPP - STAFF WRITER The word “Hackathon” seems a little iffy. It’s a combination of two words the average American probably doesn’t like very much: hack and marathon. Of course, hacking is commonly imagined as a devious dweeb dubiously hunched over a computer screen in his mother’s basement searching for ways to steal…
  • Lunch with a Legend: Dr. Helen Longino, a Pioneer of Women in Philosophy
    BY COLLEEN COYLE - STAFF WRITER Anxiety bubbled in my stomach last Tuesday as I awaited my encounter with the prolific Dr. Longino. What does a sophomore undergraduate say to a woman who has spoken all over the world, published three books, been awarded numerous honors, and teaches at Stanford, one of the country’s top…
  • To Tip or Not To Tip? It’s Not Really a Question
    BY MORGAN UNDERWOOD - STAFF WRITER Who doesn’t love a nice meal out? You get delicious food you don’t have to cook, no dishes to wash afterwards, it’s a dream. There’s just one increasingly controversial aspect to dining out, as well as other services, the tip. Tipping has become quite the gray area in the…
  • Off the Beaten Path: Moving Off Campus
    BY COLLEEN COYLE - STAFF WRITER There are many unusual qualities about Centre’s campus including a small following of people deeply devoted to the sport of badminton, our celebrated victory over Harvard which is about to be 100 years old, and the chance that you might run into your professor or President Roush at 9:30…
  • Signing Out of the Centre Bubble
    BY DEVIN BAKER - STAFF WRITER In January of 2016, Rhoman James, who currently serves as the group’s president, founded Centre Signers. Centre Signers is an American Sign Language (ASL) club on campus where the learning of ASL and deaf culture is taught. In addition, the group also offers language opportunities to engage the deaf…
  • To Break Bread in Cowan
    BY MAX ADDINGTON - STAFF WRITER Next to “How’d your test go?” and “What in the world is going on with this weather?,” the question “What’s at Cowan?” is one of the most frequently asked questions on a day to day basis at Centre. The answer to this question usually determines whether or not you…
  • The Muslim Student Association
    BY ZAMIRAH HUSSAIN - STAFF WRITER  Being a Muslim in the United States is not easy. After the horrific and tragic events of 9/11, being Muslim became associated with terrorism and anti-Western sentiment. Many students don’t know that here on campus there is a Muslim Student Association with roughly 17 members. The MSA is meant…
  • The Afterschool Program
    BY EMILY INNES - ART & LEISURE EDITOR The After School Program (ASP) is a campus-housed and student-led organization that serves educationally disadvantaged students in the Danville and Boyle County communities. The program is open to elementary through high school students, with most participants being ESL students. Centre students established the program several years ago…
  • Islam in America: Giving This Peaceful Religion a Face
    BY OLIVIA MURRELL This past January during Centre Term, Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Christian Haskett led a course on Islam in America. For the first week or so, the students engaged with some literary material regarding Islam. They began with some rich historical material regarding the long history that Islam has had in America.…
  • Sick at Centre: A Roadmap
    BY MORGAN UNDERWOOD - STAFF WRITER It’s 7:30 in the morning, you wake up feeling terrible and unusually tired, but you can’t afford to miss class at this point in the semester so you decide to attend anyway. Fast forward 24 hours later when you’re waking up again at 7:30 in the morning to puke…
  • Traveling Galleries: Students and Their Indelible Ink
    BY COLLEEN COYLE - STAFF WRITER Few of us consider that every day we sit beside art acquisitions experts, students who can tell you everything and anything about certain works of art, specifically the ones they carry permanently. Small and large, tattoos grace the skin of many students on Centre’s campus, telling stories, carrying symbols,…
  • The Pinto Bean: Marksbury Farm
    BY JASON PINTO - STAFF WRITER AND FOOD CRITIC Many Americans seem to have lost the satisfaction of eating something straight from the earth. The near vicinity of Danville offers a wide selection of food, that, while maybe tasty, is a gross abstraction to what a purist defines as “food.” Commercial fast food, Cowan, and…
  • One Hot Program
    BY BECKY FULTON - STAFF WRITER Centre is known for its study abroad programs, but its glass blowing program is prominent as well. After just over 30 years, there remains one constant figure behind Centre’s glass art, H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Art Stephen Powell. Powell began the program in 1985…
  • Coming Together: How The 'Beloved Community' Lunches are Bringing Us Together
    BY BECKY FULTON -- STAFF WRITER While many students, faculty, and staff may recognize the faces around them as they walk around campus, how well do they actually know each other? Apart from a name or a title, what are these people to each other? Each person has their own story, and a group of…
  • Panhellenic Party: The Sorority-Wide Tailgate
    BY EMILY INNES -- STAFF WRITER One of the Centre social scene’s most notable characteristics is its Greek life. The small school setting makes our system a little different than most schools, but the fraternities and sororities are known for their continual positive presence on campus. Throughout the year, the different organizations host a variety…
  • The Pinto Bean: The Coffee Bean
    BY JASON PINTO -- STAFF WRITER AND FOOD CRITIC   As a regular consumer of coffee, quality matters to me, and when I venture to purchase a cup of coffee from one of Danville’s selections, I want that cup to be worth the trip! Recently, a new coffee shop opened next to Guadelahill. Sweet Beans…
  • With Open Arms: Welcoming a Refugee Family to Danville
    BY EMILY INNES – STAFF WRITER Last week, Danville and Centre College opened their arms and hearts to welcome a refugee family into the community. Many of you may remember the convocation last November where Barbara Kleine of Kentucky Refugee Ministries discussed the global refugee crisis. A Centre graduate, Kleine inspired campus to take action…
  • Homecoming 2K16
    BY MICHELLE KIM – STAFF WRITER College — you spend four years living, studying, crying, and partying with the same group of people. It is only standard for the most impeccable of friendships to evolve during these years, especially when attending a school the size of Centre. Homecoming festivities began on Thursday night, with a Black…
  • Finding Grace in Food Insecurity: The Mission of Grace Cafe
    BY EMILY INNES – STAFF WRITER Grace Café opened in July 2015 as a mission-focused restaurant aimed to combat food insecurity in the Danville community and surrounding area. Owner Rochelle Bayless first learned about the “pay what you can” restaurant model after seeing Jon Bon Jovi discuss his New Jersey café on an episode of…
  • The Pinto Bean: Nellie Burton’s is Uninspired, Overpriced
    BY JASON PINTO – STAFF WRITER AND FOOD CRITIC Jason Pinto continues his culinary exploration of the surrounding Danville area. This week's adventure take's him to 'Nellie Burton's Restaurant and Steakhouse'. One afternoon this semester as I was making a visit to Jane Barleycorn’s, I saw a new establishment next door - a steakhouse and…
  • Meet the KD Consultants!
    BY EMILY INNES - STAFF WRITER The Cento is thrilled to welcome Kappa Delta to campus, giving Centre a total of five national sororities. Founded at Virginia’s State Female Normal School, now known as Longwood University, in 1897, Kappa Delta currently has 165 active collegiate chapters, including Centre, with more than 250,000 members worldwide. Two chapter…
  • The Pinto Bean: Plank on Main is Anything but Plain
    BY JASON PINTO - STAFF WRITER Jason Pinto continues his exploration and review of the hidden culinary gems Danville, KY, and the surrounding area have to offer.       ‘Plank on Main’, is a progressive new coffee and juice bar and is bringing healthy options and quality refreshments to Danville. Located across from The Hub, ‘Plank’ opened…
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    Embracing New Roles: Dr. Brian Cusato's Promotion to Associate Dean
    BY SEBASTIAN DUNCAN - STAFF WRITER Dr. Brian Cusato’s promotion to Associate Dean marks a new page in his professional career here at Centre College. Cusato, who is also associate professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience, was named associate dean at Centre College in July of 2016. Since then, he has had the opportunity to…
  • New Year, New Faces: Vanessa Bentley
    BY EMILY INNES - STAFF WRITER This year, The Cento continues their series featuring new faculty on campus and introducing them to the Centre community. This edition, The Cento would like to welcome Professor Vanessa Bentley to Centre as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy this year. A graduate of Hiram College and the University…
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    The Pinto Bean: 'Tut's' is King
    BY JASON PINTO - STAFF WRITER Danville is not on the top of the charts when it comes to culinary variety, but I will not let that stop me from bringing you quality food reviews from some of the hottest new places popping up in the area. This week, Jake McGuirk and I hit up…
  • CentrePeace display awakens students to realities of Syrian refugee crisis
    BY HAYLEY HOFFMAN - EDITOR-IN-CHIEF By last count, over 4 million people have registered as Syrian refugees. This fact was just one of many exposed to students during “End of March” week, centered around a chain-link fence display found on the front lawn of the Campus Center. The display, put up by CentrePeace in partnership…
  • Health Corner: Simple swaps that could change your life
    BY DANA REYNOLDS - STAFF WRITER Just a few swaps in your lifestyle can create a healthier and happier life for yourself! There are several to choose from including: Food/Diet Black Coffee for Latte. You’ll drink less coffee, spend less money, and consume less calories. This is one I know I could work on as…
  • Local activities for warmer weather
    BY BECKY FULTON - STAFF WRITER With the promise of spring and warmer weather, Centre students are crawling out of their Netflix nests to spend more time outdoors on campus and around Danville. Abandoning the blankets and sweatpants of colder days, students now take to shorts and leave behind their jackets. And, even though both…
  • New Year, New Faces: Dr. Karen Gill
    BY CATHERINE HINES - STAFF WRITER The Cento continues  its “Meet the new faculty member” series this week with Dr. Karen Gill, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience. Dr. Gill most recently taught as a graduate student at the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University. She is originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She graduated from…
  • Health Corner: Learning to love yourself
    BY DANA REYNOLDS - STAFF WRITER What have you done for yourself today? Some of you may be confused by this question, and think that it is promoting selfish behavior. But the truth is it is very important to take time to do things that help you love and accept yourself. I am not talking…
  • Research Spotlight: Karan Aletty and lignin
    BY RACHAEL BLANDAU - STAFF WRITER Have you ever wondered why trees are so sturdy, but paper made from trees is so thin? This is because trees contain strong polymers called lignin and cellulose. Since lignin is so strong, bacteria can easily break down the cellulose in wood so it can decompose, but lignin cannot…
  • Health Corner: Benefits of water
    BY DANA REYNOLDS - STAFF WRITER We’re told to drink more water all the time, but what are the health benefits of doing so? In order for your body to function properly, it’s important that you stay hydrated. However, the myth of drinking eight cups of day may not be necessary; the daily recommended amount…
  • Senior Volur Zhang interns on campaign of Centre alum Bill Noelker
    BY DANA REYNOLDS - STAFF WRITER Economics and finance major Volur Zhang is spending part of his final semester getting a first-hand experience of American politics as an intern for Bill Noelker, the Democratic candidate for District 54, Kentucky House of Representatives. While working in the attorney’s office, Zhang has also been working to promote…
  • Health Corner: Being Positive
    BY DANA REYNOLDS - STAFF WRITER Imagine: You pull an all-nighter to cram for a test and finish feeling miserable. A few days later, you get the test back and your grade does not reflect the effort that you exerted. You’re bummed. You turn to your friend hoping to gripe about the class, and he/she…
  • 'The art of coming home' convocation opens eyes to reverse culture shock
    BY BECKY FULTON - STAFF WRITER Becky Fulton  The Art of Coming Home Convo Centre College is known for sending its students abroad. These students travel on wonderful journeys that allow them to learn about life outside the United States; however, many of the students face the jarring effects of reverse culture shock when returning…
  • New Year, New Faces: Dr. Tara Strauch
    BY SHRUTI RAM - STAFF WRITER New faces are easy to pick out amongst Centre College’s tight-knit community, and this extends to faculty members as well. Last semester The Cento began its “Meet the new Faculty” series, and it continues with Dr. Tara Strauch, Assistant Professor of History. During our interview, Dr. Strauch is warm…
  • Humans of Centre College: Introducing the faces of our campus
    BY RACHAEL BLANDAU - STAFF WRITER On October 26, Humans of Centre College made its first Facebook post. It chronicled the life of international student Eh Nay Thaw, and how he came to Centre. This first post is a good indication of what the organization will be doing in the future—interviewing students, faculty, and staff…
  • Health Corner: Tips to relieve stress
    BY DANA REYNOLDS - STAFF WRITER With the semester soon ending and finals fast approaching, every one of us becomes consumed in exorbitant amounts of stress. It is not uncommon to see Centre students frantically sprinting across campus after oversleeping due to a long night of studying, and trying to get to the library to…
  • Grace Doherty Library hosts pumpkin decorating contest
    BY SHRUTI RAM - STAFF WRITER As the leaves continue to turn and the temperature continues to drop, it is truly beginning to fell like fall on Centre’s campus. It’s the perfect time of year to sip on pumpkin-spiced lattes, bundle up in warm sweaters and have a bonfire is also a great time to…
  • Health Corner: A Centre coffee addiction?
    BY DANA REYNOLDS - STAFF WRITER To most students, getting through the day without coffee would be very difficult. For me, personally, a day without coffee would be nearly impossible. I know that I tend to overload on coffee and there have been many times when my stomach has not thanked me for this, yet…
  • Campus stereotypes, and how to avoid them
    BY DANA REYNOLDS - STAFF WRITER Across a campus that claims to strengthen diversity and promote a positive environment for all students, there is still one issue that continues to prevail: stereotyping. Referred to as a cognitive shortcut, stereotyping allows people to make judgments immediately based upon physical characteristics or attributes. Brains are immediately hardwired…
  • Health Corner: Tips for budding vegetarians
    BY DANA REYNOLDS - STAFF WRITER A little over three years ago, I became a vegetarian. I made this switch as a first year in college with the hopes of practicing a healthier diet. This transition was not too hard for me because I have never truly been a “carnivore.” But before you make this…
  • New year, new faces: Dr. Shayna Sheinfeld
    BY SHRUTI RAM - STAFF WRITER Centre College is a small, tight-knit community, so any new or unfamiliar faces are immediately picked out amongst the crowd. It is not just students that are new to this campus every year, but faculty and staff as well. When professors have taught at Centre for years, students pick…
  • Students discuss their favorite Cowan creations
    BY DANA REYNOLDS - STAFF WRITER With tough schedules, practices, and limited time: meal planning and prep is a pain Cowan fortunately provides convenient and good food—food that, if used correctly, can be used to fulfill student-crafted recipes, providing variety to sometimes repetitive diets. As a senior, Kirsten Larson has mastered the art of creating…
  • Health Corner: The Importance of Sleep
    BY DANA REYNOLDS - STAFF WRITER What is the one thing that almost all college students are lacking? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this one out, it is most definitely sleep. But between hard classes, exams, sports practices, choir, student government, etc., how are we supposed to make time? Like everyone else…
  • SGA Finance Committee on allocations, special funding requests
    BY DANA REYNOLDS - STAFF WRITER Within each academic year, the Student Government Association (SGA) is given an allocation of funds from Centre’s Board of Trustees that is used to finance events and organizations across campus. Instead of having self-sustaining organizations, Centre promotes an atmosphere where is the Student Government Association plays an active role—taking…
  • Centre's rugby club takes to campus
    BY SHRUTI RAM - STAFF WRITER Looking to learn a new sport? Have no fear! A hot new sport is right under our noses, and its name is rugby. Inspired by ball games from Ancient Greece, rugby was a style of football developed in the city of Rugby, Warwickshire, in England. A little known fact…
  • Saving Grace: Setting the table of Danville
    BY SARAH HOLLOWAY - STAFF WRITER Imagine an idyllic cottage café, cozy and brightened with flowers on every table, with blackboards highlighting a daily menu of locally sourced and often organic meals. An enticing aroma will pull you through the door, and you’ll notice only one thing missing from the charming restaurant—prices. In their place,…
  • Getting to Know...The SLO: Part II
    BY HAYLEY HOFFMAN - EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Students often recognize how important faculty members, who they interact with during classes, are to their day-to-day lives at Centre. But what about the other staff members who keep the College up and running, and make all aspects of the challenging yet rewarding Centre Experience one worth pursuing? Throughout the…
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