Author Archive

Rebecca Gonner, Managing Editor, Signing Off

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By: Rebecca Gonner Time has this annoying habit of constantly moving forward; and though it technically does so at a constant pace, I find the experience of it to be anything but constant.… Continue reading

Fall of the Puddle

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By: Rebecca Gonner As the spring semester begins, Western students have flocked back to campus from their winter break retreats. The halls of Simpkins are once again filled with the chatter of classmates… Continue reading

Thesis in 200 Characters or Less

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Ah, the thesis: the greatest of all undertakings a student of English can take. This intensive writing process may involve tears, sleep deprivation, and crippling moments of self-doubt, but those who emerge victorious… Continue reading

Strong English Department Representation at TEDxWesternIllinoisUniversity

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English faculty represented half of the speakers in Western Illinois University’s first-ever TEDx event, hosted by The Presidents Institute on the fifth of April. The theme for the event was Embracing Uncertainty, and Dr.… Continue reading

Boy, Put Your Records On: Duncan Gingrich, Record Collector

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As any student of English knows, the English major attracts a wide variety of personalities and unique individuals. We all have our quirks, whether we be dedicated fan fic writers, comic book enthusiasts, proud… Continue reading

Simpkins Puddle

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By Rebecca Gonner Simpkins: home, refuge, and learning space of the English Major. Those who claim the title have a special familiarity with the random fireplaces, awkwardly short bathroom stalls, and moaning noises… Continue reading

A Night with Monica Berlin

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It was a full house on Thursday, November 19th, when Monica Berlin came to Western Illinois University’s Art Gallery to read poetry from her co-authored book, No Shape Bends the River So Long.… Continue reading

Alumn Spotlight: Daniel Connelly

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Dan Connelly is a man just like you or me. He enjoys motivational kitten posters, gives firm handshakes, and has a lovable yet rambunctious black lab. This same Dan Connelly was also recently… Continue reading

A Needle Pulling Thread: The Basics of Book Binding

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Shaggy brown hair, a beard, glasses, and a t-shirt sporting a cat playing the banjo. What could such a man as Professor Joseph Lappie possibly have been doing in Garwood 13 on such… Continue reading