KORU Podcasts

The Secret Life of the College Freshman

Join McKensie Garber, Miss Gateway St. Louis and ORU convergence journalism grad, as she deals with the issues facing college freshman today. As college students move away from home and begin making their own decisions, they are confronted with personal battles on a larger scale. The way students handle these magnified issues can affect their habits and mentalities for the rest of their lives. The five topics covered in each show present insight and expertise on key issues facing the college students of this generation. As a national spokesperson for CharacterPlus, McKensie provides encouraging testimonies and ways to overcome these obstacles with integrity.


  • Show #1, Depression: McKensie's Personal Testimony
    On the premiere show, McKensie shares her personal testimony of overcoming depression her freshman year of college to pursue excellence in every area of her life.
  • Show #2, Pornography & Sexual Temptations
    Join McKensie and her special guest, ORU men's chaplain, John Bradford as they discuss the prevalent temptations of sex and pornography. Find out how pornography affects relationships, personal well-being, and life issues.
  • Show #3, Drugs & Alcohol
    Find out how recreational marijuana recently cost the life of an ORU student and the challenges and risks students face with the decision to drink or take drugs. ORU student, Madeline Osiwala shares her personal testimony with alcohol and how abstaining from that lifestyle has enhanced her life.
  • Show #4, Chasing Your Dreams
    Join McKensie as she interviews a friend who recently followed her dreams to the world of Disney. Sometimes chasing your dreams means cutting through a lot of red tape and overcoming personal fears and insecurities. Interview guest, Emerald Dean shares why chasing your dreams is worth it all.
  • Show #5, Self Identity
    Join McKensie and ORU Professor of Psychology, Dr. Andrea Walker as they discuss self-identity. Dr. Walker shares her insight on self-identity issues from her studies, research, and time working with students. During college, students grow and shape into the adults they will leave campus and step into the world as. What many of them might not know is that "identity" is the ever-changing result of their environment and experiences.

The Time Machine

Join us for a trip back in time through the History of ORU. Ride with your host, Mark Labash, in his fictitious time machine as he re-experiences the people and events that shaped ORU. Suggestions or comments may be sent to Mark Labash at mlabash@oru.edu.