2015 has been a banner year for The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. We celebrated an all-time high in website traffic, an exponential growth in social media (approaching 25,000 Facebook fans), and a record number of email subscribers. These accomplishments would not have been possible without the thoughtful, charitable, and powerful scholarship from our many fellows and contributors. Each and every article we published and distributed in 2015 was also reprinted by at least one other media outlet across the country and/or world. Many of the articles are reprinted in dozens of media outlets yielding an impressive 49,000,000 total newspaper circulation for recurring placements and an equivalent advertising value approaching $1.7 million (July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 data).

To celebrate, we are honored to present the Top 10 of 2015. The selection was based on numerous factors including: social shares, likes, media reprints, and comments. We invite you to enjoy some of the Center’s extraordinary scholarship from 2015.

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5. "Has the President Exceeded His Authority on Immigration?"

by Dr. John Sparks

In late November 2014, President Obama issued an executive order to suspend immigration laws for nearly four million illegal immigrants. Was this order constitutional? Recently, many states have joined a lawsuit against the order and one court has already given an opinion against it. In this informative article, Dr. John Sparks reviews the court’s decision and examines the implications of the lawsuit on the president’s executive order.

 

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4. "That Flag Would Have Offended Your Great-Great Grandfather"

by Dr. Paul Kemeny and Dr. Gillis Harp

As the nation celebrated both the Fourth of July and the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, citizens of southern states are rightly debated the appropriateness of flying the Confederate flag on state grounds. In this interesting article, Dr. Paul Kemeny and Dr. Gillis Harp examine the history of western Pennsylvania and its support for the Union.

 

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3. "Practice Resurrection"

by Dr. H. Collin Messer

On April 30, 2015, Dr. H. Collin Messer, in recognition of being chosen Grove City College’s 2015 Professor of the Year, delivered the chapel address at Harbison Chapel. Far more than an acceptance speech, Messer offers an important lesson about Christ’s resurrection and His purpose for professors and students.

 

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2. "Black Pastors Protest Margaret Sanger at Smithsonian"

by Dr. Paul Kengor

Recently, a group of African-American pastors asked for the removal of Margaret Sanger’s bust from the Smithsonian. Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, is enshrined in the museum’s vaunted “Struggle for Justice” exhibit. But should she be? In this article, Dr. Paul Kengor examines Sanger’s actions and words to argue that the African-American pastors are spot-on with their own claim for justice.

 

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1. "Commencements, Causes and Campus Free Speech"

by Dr. R.B.A. DiMuccio

Many sat awkwardly during the speech—almost uncomfortable. Afterward, a vocal minority offered a standing ovation. Was this a pleasant and unexpected surprise? Or was it a mistake? In this fascinating article, Dr. R.B.A. DiMuccio details the recent events from his daughter’s college graduation and defends the commencement address as “a thoughtful, poignant, unabashed, and—in the inimitably dispiriting context of today’s campus discourse—courageous defense of free speech.”