Tax Bill Negatively Impacts Berea

Berea College was thrust into the national media spotlight when Congress voted to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act today. The bill includes a proposed 1.4 percent excise tax on college endowment earnings in excess of $500,000 per student at colleges that enroll more than 500 students. As the bill was being finalized, President Roelofs worked with the Kentucky congressional delegation to include the phrase “tuition-paying” to shield Berea’s endowment from the excise tax. Just before the Senate vote, that language was removed from the bill. Continue reading Tax Bill Negatively Impacts Berea

Robert Jones to Describe How the End of White Christian America is Reshaping U.S. Culture

Dr. Robert JonesDr. Robert P. Jones will speak at the Service Convocation on Thursday, October 27th at 3p.m., in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Jones will discuss his new book, The End of White Christian America, in which he argues that America is no longer a majority white Christian nation and how these changes are affecting politics, churches, and American culture. Continue reading Robert Jones to Describe How the End of White Christian America is Reshaping U.S. Culture

Charles Badger: a passion for the future

Charles Badger has been in love with politics since age eleven. He was first inspired during a summer of shadowing Ed Sanders, a politician in Charles’ native Nashville, Tennessee. Sanders was “a giant of a man,” and young Charles was captivated by his ability to fill a room with his voice alone. Since then, Charles has been the Student-Body President here at Berea and Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, and he has participated in internships under Federal Judge Thomas W. Phillips, Senator Mitch McConnell, and the White House Office of Political Affairs. His accomplishments become all the more outstanding when seen in the shadow of his past: living from paycheck to paycheck, in a house that was robbed twice, with a brother in prison and a father dying of HIV. Continue reading Charles Badger: a passion for the future