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Reno's College Application Contest - and Time to Vote!

Results of Our College Application Contest - and Time to Vote!

We asked our readers to submit a response in 50 words or less to Stanford’s question about what historical event they wish they might have witnessed. We had two submissions. Their answers and Liam’s (not in that order) follow. Give us your thoughts. The winner will be announced on Friday.

A -- As an Irish Republican, I wish I could have participated in the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, Ireland, as a soldier in James Connolly’s Irish Citizen Army. Despite the birth of “a terrible beauty,” the goal of a united socialist Irish Republic espoused by Connolly remains a worthy cause.

B – The moment when the Manhattan Project was completed signaled a transition into a world destructible by one device and affected Japan for generations. What were the scientists feeling? A joyous cheer or an anxious silence. I wonder if they recognized their notorious contribution to world history.

C – There is a non-Biblical, contemporary record from Josephus establishing the historicity of Jesus Christ; however, like his disciple Thomas, I wish to have witnessed the gospel event of the resurrection of this man, dispelling my doubt. As simply a human moment, how wonderful to see a loved one alive again.

Email your vote to by Thursday 1/25

Notes: The phrase “a terrible beauty” comes from Yeats’ poem “Easter, 1916.” Robert Oppenheimer, the “father of the atomic bomb” after the war, used the phrase “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” from the Bhagavad Gita. In Flannery O’Connor’s famous short story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” one of the main characters, a mass murderer, speaking of Christ’s resurrection, says, “I wasn’t there, so I can’t say he didn’t. It ain’t right because if I had of been there. I would have known. Listen, lady... if I had of been there, I would have known, and I wouldn’t be like I am now.”