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Donald Trump gives an immigration policy speech in Phoenix, Arizona on August 31, 2016. In his victory speech after being named president-elect of the United States, Trump delivered a message of unity for all Americans, contradicting his typical tone during his campaign. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons.

Donald Trump is having an identity crisis: Unifying America while Making it Great Again

After winning the presidential election on Nov. 8, Donald J. Trump was a victim of identity theft during his victory speech.

The MidAmerica women’s basketball team poses after its victory over Baker in the NAIA Division I National Championship Game. This is the first National Championship for the women’s basketball team and head coach Jon Lewis. Photo by Jim Smith.

National Champions: women's basketball defeats Baker for NAIA title

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - As the final seconds ticked away in the NAIA Division I Women's National Championship game, the five Pioneers on the floor embraced as the crowd counted down.

Senior guard Nick Syrie (No. 5) turns his back to the action in the final moments of MNU’s 90-83 loss to Georgetown in the Fab Four. This game marked the end of Syrie’s exceptional career at MidAmerica. Photo by Renée DeVault.

Men's basketball falls in Fab Four, 90-83

Outside of the MidAmerica locker room in Municipal Auditorium, the electric atmosphere of game day had been evicted. Instead of cheering fans, shouting coaches and a dribbling basketball, the sounds were indistinct and unimposing.

Letter from the Editor: Embracing the challenges of complexity

I have been a part of The Trailblazer for the last two years, and in that time, my understanding of the paper’s purpose has consistently evolved.

Dr. Randy and Lorie Beckum stand together at Tuesday’s special community chapel held to honor their contributions to MidAmerica. They will be leaving the university at the end of December as Randy takes an interim pastor position at a church in Hawaii. Photo by Rebecca Smith.

Dr. Randy Beckum resigns as MNU chaplain

Dr. Randy Beckum has resigned from his role as MidAmerica’s chaplain, effective Dec. 31, to take a one-year interim pastoral position at a church in Hawaii.

MidAmerica juniors Ryan Landreth (left) and Joshua Brisco (right) disagree about the role of political correctness in America. Photo composition by Sydney Wright.

The Forum: Political Correctness

Political correctness has become a hot button issue in American culture. In this edition's forum, students share their view on the controversial topic of political correctness in America.

MNU Chaplain Dr. Randy Beckum stands at a microphone during a Feb. 2014 chapel service in College Church. Beckum’s recent statements have brought the circumstances of his removal from his position as Vice President of Community Formation into question. Stock photo by Jim Smith.

Beckum Makes Statement, President Responds

MidAmerica Nazarene University Chaplain Dr. Randy Beckum said he was asked to resign and was ultimately released from his position as Vice President of Community Formation due to the backlash to his Feb. 10 chapel message, according to a written statement given to The Trailblazer on April 1.


Video: MNU Community Gathers for Discussion

MidAmerica students, staff, and faculty came together to discuss controversial and difficult topics.

President David Spittal speaking at an April 2014 event. Photo by Jim Smith.

Dr. Beckum No Longer VP of Community Formation

Official email from President David Spittal regarding Dr. Randy Beckum's loss of position as VP of Community Formation and Kristi Keeton's appointment as VP for Student Development.

MidAmerica's diverse community brings a unique opportunity for beautifully differing points of view and important conversations. Photo by Jim Smith.

MNU Community Must Embrace Debate

MidAmerica is a perfect venue to discuss the harshest theological and cultural issues in our world. We must embrace that gift. 

Dr. Randy Beckum, MNU Vice President of Community Formation, encouraged students to have a conversation following the service using #mnufatherforgivethem on Twitter. Photo by Jim Smith.

Controversial Chapel Sparks Discussion

On Tuesday, Feb. 10, MidAmerica Nazarene University chaplain and Vice President of Community Formation Dr. Randy Beckum gave a chapel message that sparked conversation across the MidAmerica community.

Head softball coach Kelly Latendresse (center) talks to her team during a game in the 2014 season. Previously head coach at Johnson County Community College, Latendresse is entering her fourth year as MNU head softball coach. Photo by Laura Fields.

Softball Embraces New Challenges

As MidAmerica's softball team begins its 2015 season, a plethora of concerns could disrupt the team's future. However, head coach Kelly Latendresse has not backed down as the team embraces their newest challenges.

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