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The Rise of the Social Media Influencer

A relatively new phenomenon has been the rise of the social media influencer. A social media influencer is exactly what it sounds like: someone with significant influence over online followers.
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Talk to Me: Dean Nelson on Better Conversations

If you ask Dean Nelson, Ph.D., founder and director of the journalism program at PLNU, about the driving force behind his...

The Great Food Fight: Local vs. Global

Some people say an avocado from the farmer’s market is better for the palate, the conscience, and the planet
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Why Is Gen Z Disconnecting from the Church?

The decline in church attendance in the U.S. over the last few decades has been widely discussed and written about. Young adults who have...

How Much Do Our Words Matter?

Although we have always known it intuitively, science has confirmed the tremendous power our words have on ourselves, communities, and the world. In fact,...

The Social Media Silo Situation

The year is 2016. The place, Facebook. A 30-something man is scrolling through his newsfeed when he sees the inflammatory headline of a news...
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Restorative Justice: From Retribution to Redemption

After the “Guilty” verdict was announced, concluding the second of two capital murder trials, John Sage walked out to the courthouse...
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Why We Need More Play, Recreation, and Leisure in Our Lives

The author Stuart Brown, M.D., details the intriguing encounter between a twelve-hundred-pound Polar Bear and a Canadian Eskimo sled dog in the book Play: How...
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Women & STEM

Although there are talented women in every field, the gender gap in many science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is well documented. According to...
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Bringing Back Play: What the Loss of Play Means for Our...

In her online Washington Post article “The Decline of Play in Preschoolers — and the Rise in Sensory Issues,” pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom...

Why Are We So Lonely? “Connection” at the Cost of Community

Things worsened. Dave Cummings, Ph.D., PLNU professor of biology, struggled to hold any food down, his body shaking, weak, and aching, head pounding. He...

Is Life Over After College? Recent PLNU Alumni Share About Life...

It seems like as soon as college freshmen walk onto campus the countdown begins: only four more years until they have to enter the real world.