About Shingi Mavima

Blessing Shingi Mavima is an alumnus of the Alpha Gamma Chapter at Grand Valley State University and, more recently, a recipient of a Master's degree in International Affairs from Penn State. He enjoys soccer, poetry and keeping up with international matters. Writing interests include cultural dynamics and challenging conventional wisdom. He is originally from Harare, Zimbabwe.

Learning to Love My Song-Again

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I have listened to other songs since then and, as good as many of them are, I cannot help but feel that I have heard a better song: and although that same song no longer moves me like it did, I remember that it once did and such are the heights of euphoria for which I yearn.

The Light – In Real Life…

Bro. Maximo Anguiano shares an engaging bit of knowledge with the inmates

“Words may show a man’s wit but actions his meaning.” Benjamin Franklin I like to think that I am handy with the pen. I have written my fair share of pieces for El Iluminador and other publications and, whether the post turned out popular or otherwise, I have always left my sweat and tears on […]

Tolerance: Never Been a Riper Time

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So NBA’s Jason Collins is out of the closet. In doing so, he became the first openly gay player in the 4 major U.S pro-sports leagues. The day the notoriously homophobic elements in professional sport had dreaded is finally upon us. Yet, much like the Mayan doomsday and Y2k, the world did not end! In […]

Theories on Beta Extinction

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Sitting with my neos, sharing Beta tales of old One disconcerting trend became distinct ‘With such a memory of a glorious past being told How did many formidable chapters become extinct?’ They lost sight of what it means to don this purple and white Put in ten weeks on line, and decided they had it […]

Ten Things I wish I had known as an Undergraduate

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Soon after my graduation from undergrad, I wrote and published an article on 10 things I had learned in college.  People received it well, thanks in large part to the fact that most college readers could identify with one or more of the lessons on the list. It has been almost three years since that […]