Author Archive

Bonding over English with University President Jack Thomas

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By: Jon Naskrent President Jack Thomas’ meeting with the members of Sigma Tau Delta was advertised as informal, but setting foot in the room suggested otherwise. Every student and faculty member was dressed in… Continue reading

EA Games: The Reality of Getting a Dream Internship

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By: Haley Helgesen It was September of last year that I was suffering a self-imposed crisis. I had suddenly decided that I was in desperate need of an internship for the summer if… Continue reading

Judge Not

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By: Chris Bell “I think you should burn it.” This was my first piece of literary criticism, delivered in the paperback section of Osco Drug by my disapproving grandmother. The aforementioned criticism was precipitated… Continue reading

A Letter from the Chair

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“On Being Lost” by Mark Mossman I love getting lost. I love getting lost when I am traveling somewhere, when I am talking with a friend, when I am telling a story to… Continue reading

Interview with Barbara Ashwood

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By Meghan Haupers I interviewed English professor Barbara Ashwood and learned a lot about her time as a student and as a professor. She also shared a bit about her personal life and referenced students… Continue reading

Dinner and Globalization

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By Molly Cameron April eighth saw another of Sigma Tau Delta’s Dinner and Conversation events. The featured speaker of the evening was Dr. Roberta Di Carmine, a film professor here at Western, presenting… Continue reading

Remembering Professor Forrest Robinson

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A Remembrance by Professor Barbara Harroun In the Fall of 1994, I took ENG 200: Introduction to Poetry with Professor Forrest Robinson. He wore tweed coats with patches on the elbows, dress shirts… Continue reading

The Difficulties of English Education

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By Meghan Haupers As a senior English Education major at Western Illinois University I have developed a unique perspective on the English language and language in general. My English courses range from practice of… Continue reading

Books that Helped Us Through Tough Times

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By Rachel Troyer This was a tough question for me because I used books in general to escape during my childhood and teenage years. However, the series that impacted my life and my… Continue reading

The Boiler Room: A Welcome Break From Reality

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By: Haley Helgesen In a quiet, white room punctuated by evocative artworks and photographs, a continuous conversation is occurring. A conversation about a communal and overwhelming passion for words, verse, story, prose, narration… Continue reading