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Empire State Tribune As an independent, student-run newspaper, we exist to give The King’s College community the news and information they need and want to know.
As an independent, student-run newspaper, we exist to give The King’s College community the news and information they need and want to know.
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Meg Capone reports on a new bubble tea shop in ChinaTown. “Buried in the belly of ChinaTown on a weekday afternoon, a sm...
11/21/2019
Tiger Sugar Bubble Tea: Taiwanese trend hits New York City — Empire State Tribune

Meg Capone reports on a new bubble tea shop in ChinaTown.

“Buried in the belly of ChinaTown on a weekday afternoon, a small bubble tea shop is brimming with customers. Some are taking photos and some stand alone with two drinks for themselves, one for now and one for later; begging the question, ‘What kind of customer do niche bubble tea shops attract?’”

https://www.empirestatetribune.com/est/11/20/2019/tiger-sugar-bubble-tea-taiwanese-trend-hits-new-york-city

The Taiwanese brown sugar bubble tea craze has made its way to NYC, and people are loving it. 

“I will sift through hours and hours and hours of cringey, not good tik toks to find one tik tok that makes me cry laugh...
11/20/2019
TikTok: The Good, The Bad and The Trending — Empire State Tribune

“I will sift through hours and hours and hours of cringey, not good tik toks to find one tik tok that makes me cry laughing. Like, then it’s all worth it to me.”

Have you heard of Tik Tok? Rachel Elizabeth Freeman covers the new app that keeps people scrolling.

https://www.empirestatetribune.com/est/11/20/2019/tiktok-the-good-the-bad-and-the-trending

TikTok has supporters and haters, high and low quality content, and some extremely confusing dance trends, but it’s sole purpose is not to please every corner of the internet or build a business’s following. TikTok’s mission is to “inspire creativity and bring joy.”

‪Savanah White has found a way to save money, reduce stress, and eat healthier. She offers tips on how to do the same in...
11/19/2019
Meal Prep: Save Money, Reduce Stress and Eat Healthier — Empire State Tribune

‪Savanah White has found a way to save money, reduce stress, and eat healthier. She offers tips on how to do the same in her opinion piece on meal prepping. ‬

“We’ve all been there. College is hectic. You often don’t have time to cook, and eating out can feel like a necessity. However, learning to meal prep means taking just a few extra hours on the weekend, and following these five simple steps. This can save you money, reduce stress and allow you to eat healthier.”

https://www.empirestatetribune.com/est/11/19/2019/meal-prep-save-money-reduce-stress-and-eat-healthier‬

We’ve all been there. College is hectic. You often don’t have time to cook, and eating out can feel like a necessity. However, learning to meal prep means taking just a few extra hours on the weekend, and following these five simple steps. This can save you money, reduce stress and allow you to ...

Sydney Powell explores the trash turned treasure world of a King’s alumni in her profile piece, Maggie Ford: a collector...
11/18/2019
Maggie Ford: a collector of trash and a lover of people — Empire State Tribune

Sydney Powell explores the trash turned treasure world of a King’s alumni in her profile piece, Maggie Ford: a collector of trash and a lover of people.

“Her bedroom is an eclectic haven, filled with trash finds. On one wall stands an old oak desk, stained dark brown and covered in worn newspapers dating back to 1976. A bookshelf found on Craigslist free lines the wall catty-corner to the desk. Five Herbert's Lemonade jugs sit on the bottom shelf, filled to the brim with coins found on sidewalks and left behind in parking meters.”

https://www.empirestatetribune.com/est/11/18/2019/maggie-ford-a-collector-of-trash-and-a-lover-of-people

Kids run in circles and giggles fill the night air. Parents stand and chat as bedtime quickly approaches. A few buildings down the block, Maggie Ford darts across the street and heaves open the CVS dumpster. Her head disappears into the bin as she begins sifting through the waste. Lindt truffles, lo

‪“How can we live well together in our common enterprise at The King’s College?” Professor Paul Mueller offers his opini...
11/14/2019
Facts, Feelings, and Fairness — Empire State Tribune

‪“How can we live well together in our common enterprise at The King’s College?” Professor Paul Mueller offers his opinion on the answer to this question in his opinion piece. ‬

https://www.empirestatetribune.com/est/11/13/2019/facts-feelings-and-fairness‬

How can we live well together in our common enterprise at The King’s College? By cultivating Christian community in charity and forgiveness. How certain conversations around race and racism among members of the King’s community have played out over the past few months should give us all cause fo...

Many American viewers are familiar with the Russian villain trope that is portrayed in various forms of media. Although ...
11/14/2019
Slurpees and Shotguns: How American Portrayals of Russian Characters in TV are bad for diplomacy — Empire State Tribune

Many American viewers are familiar with the Russian villain trope that is portrayed in various forms of media. Although at first glance it may seem like an innocent motif, Kathryn Caswell holds the opinion that it is more dangerous than that.

“These films also wound Russia’s trust of the United States. Film and television are a kind of cultural diplomacy. Media crosses borders and reaches audiences diplomats never could, representing American culture and ideas. What message does the Russian killing machine trope send?”

https://www.empirestatetribune.com/est/11/13/2019/pr3iyn0sm9cv00gil5d1s095wvnyfb

By capitalizing on real-world political fears and national stereotypes, directors can elicit feelings of dread with villains who are flatter than their own crew cuts. But besides simply producing bad art, the writers who rely on manufactured Russian hitmen for their thrills influence real-life relat

Basketball season is off to a good start for TKC's Lions. With two wins from the men's team and one win from the women's...
11/13/2019
TKC Lions Basketball Season: New Coaches, New Players and New Season — Empire State Tribune

Basketball season is off to a good start for TKC's Lions. With two wins from the men's team and one win from the women's team, the players are feeling confident about this year.

“The first game felt like a breeze. We were flowing and working out the kinks and it felt good for our first game win,” Kaufman said.

Kaitlyn Simon covered all of the games this past weekend, check out the scores below!

https://www.empirestatetribune.com/est/11/11/2019/l853uk7tjhpvsl3newlb8uykrw2iqw

Both TKC Lions basketball teams started their regular season games with some wins, losses and a few injuries. This weekend, the Lady Lions will play at Albany College of Pharmacy on Sunday at 1 p.m. while the men’s team will compete at Cooper Union on Friday at 8 p.m.

The November and December months are rumored to be the most wonderful of the year. Freshman Reporter Paige Hagy offers i...
11/12/2019
The Ice Skating World Outside of Rockefeller Center — Empire State Tribune

The November and December months are rumored to be the most wonderful of the year. Freshman Reporter Paige Hagy offers insight on a festival winter activity.

“Ice skating is a fun weekend activity or date night, especially if you already own skates! And you can pay for your ticket ahead of time so you don’t need to wait in the freezing, long, outside line,” said Paris Welker-Widell, a senior at King’s.

https://www.empirestatetribune.com/est/11/12/2019/the-ice-skating-world-outside-of-rockefeller-center

The first snow of the year and the peppermint hot chocolate in seasonal Starbucks cups are tell tale signs that the ice skating season has arrived in New York City.

Cara Weglarz reports on the upcoming Fall Musical and the uniqueness of the genre chosen this year. “When it came to cho...
11/11/2019
King's Fall musical presents unique method of storytelling through song cycles — Empire State Tribune

Cara Weglarz reports on the upcoming Fall Musical and the uniqueness of the genre chosen this year.

“When it came to choosing a Fall musical for the MCA department, Pike described Songs For a New World as being a “rich experience for students in a style that’s challenging” while also being relatable for students thematically.”

https://www.empirestatetribune.com/est/11/10/2019/songs-for-a-new-world-a-unique-method-of-storytelling-through-song-cyclesnbsp

Songs For a New World , the upcoming Fall musical for The King’s College, takes a different approach to musicals by telling a dozen stories through a “song cycle.”  Songs For a New World plays at The King’s College November 21, 22, and 23.

Latin, a language considered by some to be dead, is alive and well at King’s. +Shannon Mason expands on the language’s n...
11/08/2019
Latin Returns from the Dead in King’s Classrooms — Empire State Tribune

Latin, a language considered by some to be dead, is alive and well at King’s. +Shannon Mason expands on the language’s new life.

“I know people say Latin is a dead language but I love reading, so taking Latin gives words a whole new valence,” Grossman said. “Everything has an extra layer of meaning that it did not have before.”

https://www.empirestatetribune.com/est/11/7/2019/46sdpbxnbnb8c8glqtcuuzkbr2jl1b

To some, Latin is considered to be a dead language. At King’s, there are students who believe otherwise after taking the course taught by Dr. Joshua Kinlaw. 

“Difficult Discussions held at The King’s College were created to foster close conversation on sensitive topics, such as...
11/08/2019
King's Holds Difficult Discussion on Pornography — Empire State Tribune

“Difficult Discussions held at The King’s College were created to foster close conversation on sensitive topics, such as race and premarital sex, discussed in previous school years.”

Abigal Miller reports on the most recent discussion on pornography.

https://www.empirestatetribune.com/est/11/7/2019/kings-holds-difficult-discussion-on-pornography

On Thursday, The King’s College held a Difficult Discussion on porn. The discussion not only centered around what pornography is and its effects on human brains, but also the morality of pornography from a Christian perspective.

With Kanye’s new album coming out, JESUS IS KING, people in the Christian community have sparked up conversation. Sarah ...
11/08/2019
Kanye, the Power of Prayer, and the Problem of Hypocrisy — Empire State Tribune

With Kanye’s new album coming out, JESUS IS KING, people in the Christian community have sparked up conversation. Sarah Fox wrote her opinion on the topic.

https://www.empirestatetribune.com/est/11/6/2019/kanyes-hands-on-highlights-the-power-of-prayer-and-the-problem-of-hypocrisy-within-the-modern-church

Kanye West’s JESUS IS KING . uncovers a deeper meaning behind the truth of the gospel. The Church as a whole has no right to judge Kanye for this radical transformation in his life.  As a Church, we often underestimate the power of prayer and its role in leading others to Christ.&am

President Gibson recently expanded his cabinet in an effort to include more perspectives and have more inclusive convers...
11/06/2019
President’s Cabinet expands to represent more voices at King’s — Empire State Tribune

President Gibson recently expanded his cabinet in an effort to include more perspectives and have more inclusive conversations. +Shannon Mason expands on the details of the changes.

“To be frank, in my experience in the Air Force I always had a much larger group of people in that weekly recurring meetings so it always struck me as a little odd that, although King's was small, we had a limited number of voices in the room,” Gibson said.

https://www.empirestatetribune.com/est/11/6/2019/presidents-cabinet-expands-to-represent-more-voices-at-kings

President Tim Gibson notes that the motivation behind adding new members to his Cabinet was in effort to create a community of belonging at King’s.

This year the King’s College’s soccer team played  a student who was academically ineligible. Joseph Hiti reports more o...
11/06/2019
TKC Men's Soccer Penalized After Playing Ineligible Athlete — Empire State Tribune

This year the King’s College’s soccer team played a student who was academically ineligible. Joseph Hiti reports more on the implications of this action.

“Until now The King's College Athletic Department has had an unblemished record and reputation with both the USCAA and the HVIAC,” said athletic director Bryan Finley. “The fact that the athletic department self reported this eligibility issue is looked at very favorably by both the USCAA and the HVIAC.”

https://www.empirestatetribune.com/est/11/6/2019/tkc-mens-soccer-penalized-after-playing-ineligible-athlete

The King’s College men's soccer team finished their season with some controversy after news broke of the team inadvertently playing a player who is academically ineligible. 

The King’s College women’s volleyball team finished their season with a win against Five Towns College to earn the HVIAC...
11/05/2019
Women’s Volleyball Close Season as Conference Champions — Empire State Tribune

The King’s College women’s volleyball team finished their season with a win against Five Towns College to earn the HVIAC Conference Championship title.

Kaitlyn Simon covers the details:

https://www.empirestatetribune.com/est/11/4/2019/womens-volleyball-close-season-as-conference-champions

The King’s College women’s volleyball team finished their season with a win against Five Towns College to earn the HVIAC Conference Championship title.

Congratulations to Jackson Fordyce for winning 2nd place for Best Column at the College Media Convention this weekend! h...
11/03/2019
King’s Student Wins Second Place for Best Column at the CMA Pinnacle Awards — Empire State Tribune

Congratulations to Jackson Fordyce for winning 2nd place for Best Column at the College Media Convention this weekend!

https://www.empirestatetribune.com/est/11/1/2019/kings-student-wins-second-place-for-best-column-at-the-cma-pinnacle-awards

Washington, D.C. — The weekly tech column, “Tech Talk,” published in the Empire State Tribune was awarded Second Best Column at the National College Media Convention in Washington, D.C.

“On October 12, two House of Reagan freshmen, also known as the House of Honor,  jumped into the Hudson River along the ...
10/31/2019
King's freshmen not injured after jumping into Hudson to grab volleyball — Empire State Tribune

“On October 12, two House of Reagan freshmen, also known as the House of Honor, jumped into the Hudson River along the North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place to retrieve a volleyball. Though neither of them were injured, the action of jumping into the Hudson had its own repercussions.”

Mattie Townson reports on the details.

https://www.empirestatetribune.com/est/10/31/2019/two-kings-freshmen-not-injured-after-jumping-into-hudson-river

On October 12, two House of Reagan freshmen, also known as the House of Honor,  jumped into the Hudson River along the North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place to retrieve a volleyball.

This week, students were given the option to break away from the business dress code if they chose to dress instead in a...
10/29/2019
King's Council Hosts Spirit Week Leading Up to Fall Picnic  — Empire State Tribune

This week, students were given the option to break away from the business dress code if they chose to dress instead in accordance with the Spirit Week guidelines. Lauren Bannister writes more about the details of Spirit Week.

“The goal in creating a Spirit Week was to cut through the stress and professionalism that can sometimes be overwhelming at King's,” Director of Student Events Rebekah Lambdin said. “College doesn't need to be all blazers, books, and bow ties. I'm hoping this week allows the students to relax a bit and make some fun memories on campus.”

https://www.empirestatetribune.com/est/10/28/2019/council-hosts-spirit-week-leading-up-to-fall-picnicnbsp

The King’s Council has coordinated a school-wide themed dress up week to give students a break from the business casual dress code.

River Bell reports on the reasoning behind the closed library doors, changed policies, and the student body’s reaction. ...
10/24/2019
Less Ink, More Studying: The Quiet, Digital Future of the King’s College Library — Empire State Tribune

River Bell reports on the reasoning behind the closed library doors, changed policies, and the student body’s reaction.

“This semester, and in previous semesters, students had complained about the volume of the library and it not being a quiet place to study,” Director of Library Services Christina Rogers said. “We recognized the need for quiet space on campus.”

https://www.empirestatetribune.com/est/10/23/2019/less-ink-more-studying-the-quiet-digital-future-of-the-kings-college-library

Last week, the Rosezella Battles Library put into effect a new enforcement of policies that ban talking and eating within the space. These changes come as the library is in the first year of a three-year project to reduce the number of print books and digitize more of its resources.

Alumni Josh Craddock (‘13) shares his opinion on the recent conversations and changes pertaining to house namesakes. “Pe...
10/23/2019
Getting Rid of the Gipper — Empire State Tribune

Alumni Josh Craddock (‘13) shares his opinion on the recent conversations and changes pertaining to house namesakes.

“Perhaps rather than concluding from the inadequacies and sinfulness of the House namesakes that they no longer deserve the honor of namesakes, despite their contributions to preserving the West, we should be inspired toward introspection and acknowledgment of the truth that there is none good, no not one, and that the line between good and evil runs through every human heart.”

https://www.empirestatetribune.com/est/10/22/2019/getting-rid-of-the-gipper

The deconstruction of past heroes is tied to an assumption of moral progress and evolution that is, for Christians, theoretically untenable and empirically false.

King’s recognized a new student organization with a mission to “to establish a knowledgeable understanding of the Democr...
10/22/2019
King’s Democrats Society recognized as official student organization — Empire State Tribune

King’s recognized a new student organization with a mission to “to establish a knowledgeable understanding of the Democratic Party’s core values and how they coincide with the beliefs preserved at The King’s College.” Abby Miller offers more details about the recently recognized King’s Democrats Society.

“The purpose of creating KDS is to bring rational and respectful conversation to the King’s student body, and to do so in ‘radical love and acceptance,’ Hollenbeck said. She wants to bring the conversations she has with her friends to the entire student body.”

https://www.empirestatetribune.com/est/10/21/2019/kings-democrats-society-recognized-as-an-official-student-organization

Earlier this month, The King’s Council officially recognized the King’s Democrats Society as an official student organization at The King’s College.

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