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Isabel Rinkenberger

Isabel Rinkenberger

Isabel Rinkenberger is the digital director (2022-2023) for MBU Timeline. She is majoring in journalism and hopes to either enter the publishing world or work in a journalistic setting upon graduation. Running both cross country and track for MBU, she also enjoys baking and designing websites in her limited free time.

Why Arcane Succeeds Where She-Hulk Fails

Although Arcane and She-Hulk differ in style and tone, they both aim to portray their respective female leads as strong characters worthy of audiences’ attention spans. However, Arcane accomplishes this task while She-Hulk fails, and the defining reason is found within the portrayal of their main characters.

She-Hulk (left) and Vi (right) are two strong female characters who are elevated in different ways within their respective shows. “Arcane” is on Netflix, while “She-Hulk” airs on Disney Plus. Photos courtesy of Marvel Studios and Riot Games

A Soundtrack for Senior Year

Music is my favorite way to break writer’s block, and my high school creative writing class is a testament to that with “Strangers” by Mt. Joy being the inspiration behind the protagonist of my short story.

High school represents a time when teens are trying to figure out who they are and what they want to be, and the creatures on Mt. Joy’s 2020 album “Rearrange Us” portray that through unique and strange designs. Creature designs by Steve Girard; Graphic created by Isabel Rinkenberger 

Why Don’t You Want Student Debt Erased?

President Joe Biden has alerted college students across the country with his student loan forgiveness plan, which would give students between $10,000 and $20,000 toward paying college loans depending on their yearly income. Sounds great, right? So why all the pushback?

Students often struggle after college, finding an overwhelming amount of debt waiting for them in addition to a new job and the responsibilities of living on their own. The Biden administration’s student loan forgiveness program attempts to solve this. Graphic created by Isabel Rinkenberger

The Absurdity of a Gymnastics Meet

I did gymnastics for eight years before I quit the sport in high school, and the competitions that demanded perfection from athletes barely out of grade school were unique experiences that are hard to forget.

With colorful balloons in the background and medals around their necks, gymnasts salute the audience during an awards ceremony at the end of a day of competition. I am on the far left, competing for Gym Corner Gymnastics. Photo by Heidi Rinkenberger

Mastering the Art of Waiting

Rachel Rooker balances her own education with the blessings and challenges of helping students on a daily basis as she studies for her master’s degree and performs her duties as the new resident director of MBU’s North Hall.

Rachel Rooker smiles at her colorfully decorated desk as she has moved into her office as the new resident director of North Hall.        Photos by Isabel Rinkenberger

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DID YOU KNOW?
   
Here are some interesting facts about MBU Timeline, the student newsmagazine of Missouri Baptist University, in St. Louis:
   
*Our mission statement is: MBU Timeline is the student news network of Missouri Baptist University, a private Christian university that embraces the essential core value of “social change through service and leadership.”
   
*The Bible verse that drives our mission is 2 Timothy 2:15 (Worldwide English Version): “Tell the true message in the right way.”
   
*The WordPress website has been up since late-fall 2013. We average about 3,000 sessions and about 5,000 pageviews per month.
   
*Our stories and galleries get as few as 40 or 50 hits, or as many as 8,000 hits.
   
*We have readers in every state and more than 90 countries around the world. We have several readers in South America, the United Kingdom, India and Australia.
   
*Most of our readers are in Missouri, followed by Illinois, California and Texas.
   
*We do not accept advertising as we are a not-for-profit online newsmagazine.
   
*We welcome contributors from all walks of MBU life, regardless of your major. Reach out to us on Twitter at: @mbutimeline.