Articles written by: Anthony Barr

Anthony Barr

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Facebook Is Not Your Friend (and neither is Hillary Clinton)

       Maybe it costs a life by exposing someone to bullies. Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools. And still we connect people.” On June 18, 2016, Andrew Bosworth, a Vice President at Facebook, wrote an internal memo circulated to Facebook employees. Bosworth (or […]


An Easter Reflection

As I prepare for Easter this year, I am thinking about the harlots of the desert. In my Spirituality of the Desert Fathers class, I’m reading Sister Benedicta Ward’s book Harlots of the Desert. This book explores ancient stories in the Christian tradition such as of St. Mary of Egypt […]


Black Panther: A Film More Radical than You Realize

It is fitting that the new Black Panther movie opens and closes in Oakland, California for three reasons. First, Oakland is the birthplace of the Black Panther party, founded in 1966 largely as a response to police brutality in black communities. Second, it was at the Fruitvale train station in […]


An Interview With Dr. Ronald Matthews

Eastern University junior, Anthony Barr, had the opportunity to interview Dr. Ron Matthews, the new President of Eastern University. This is an edited transcript of their interview. ● Tell us about your faith journey! What were some defining moments for you? Moment 1: I was born into a Christian family. […]


Justice and The nassar Case

I have all sorts of opinions on philosophy of law, on justice, on Christian ethics. But when I began researching to write this op-ed on the sentencing of Larry Nassar, it quickly became apparently to me that what was necessary to say ought not come from me at all. More than […]


Duffett Resigns, Board of Trustees Elects Matthews as New President

Eastern University President Bob Duffett submitted his resignation letter to the Board of Trustees on Jan. 25, effective Feb. 28. This news was shared with the Eastern University community on Feb. 6, via an email from Chairman of the Board, Steven Clemens; he simultaneously announced the new president-elect, music department […]


Superbowl LII Commercials: The Good, the Bad, the Just Plain Weird

        Alexa Loses Her Voice:        This commercial is what a Hollywood executive would call high-concept in that you can pitch the idea literally just using the four words of the ad’s name. The ad begins humorously enough with Amazon’s Alexa coughing. The scene shifts […]


An Interview with Dr. Lia Howard: New Agora Director Dr. Lia Howard Shares Her Vision for the Program

      Dr. Lia Howard is the new Executive Director of the Agora Institute and a Professor of Political Science and Liberal Studies in the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University. Prior to Agora she taught American Politics in the Political Science Department at Saint Joseph’s University. Dr. Howard […]

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The Search for Transparency at Eastern University

The Nuances of Transparency Asking for greater transparency from college administrators is a millennial thing, or so the senior editors of the Waltonian have been told. “I don’t know if your generation is going to trust anyone in authority,” says Ben Howard, Associate Dean of Students. Howard adds, “you could […]


The Crucible: A Flawed Play, Well-Performed

Eastern University’s theater program recently performed Arthur Miller’s award-winning play “The Crucible.” As with any play, “The Crucible” only succeeds where its cast is strong, and Eastern’s cast was more than sufficient for the task. Of particular note, were stellar performances by Niki Brown as the chillingly devious Abigail Williams, […]