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Creative Writers Fire Up the Boiler Room

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2013-2014 was an extremely productive academic year for the creative writing minor. The Boiler Room Reading Series kicked off, featuring faculty and student readers sharing original poetry, fiction and nonfiction at the University… Continue reading

Dr. Robert Jacobs, former chair of the department, dies at 86

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Dr. Robert Jacobs, former chair of the department, died March 31, 2014, at Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb. He received his B.A. from Grinnell College, his B.D. from University of Chicago, and his… Continue reading

A Letter From the Chair–Reading Lives

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This past year I read a lot. I roamed through a whole set of authors and topics: works by David Foster Wallace, James Ellroy, Daniel Woodrell, Frank Bill, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Jaimy Gordon,… Continue reading

The English Minor: How It Has Enhanced My Experience as a Liberal Arts and Sciences Major

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Upon commencement of my first semester at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities (WIU-QC), I found myself unprepared—the areas of study that would consume much of my time, money, and focus for the following two… Continue reading

A Shadow of a Doubt

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Somehow I snuck my way into a graduate program halfway through the school year and nobody’s noticed yet that I don’t actually belong here. I’ve been told over and over again that what… Continue reading

Extra-curricular Involvement in Higher Education: Be Actively Involved in Your Learning

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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” —Benjamin Franklin “My résumé is full. Too full—I can’t fit any more lines on one page, but… Continue reading

I’m Nobody! Who are you? Are you – Nobody – too?

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I’m Nobody! Who are you? Are you – Nobody – too? Then there’s a pair of us! Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know! How dreary – to be – Somebody! How public… Continue reading

On a 50 Degree Day in the Middle of February

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My boyfriend and I play a game in the winter called “Spot the UGGs,” where we count all the pairs of UGG boots we see every day – whoever sees the most wins.… Continue reading

University of Iowa, Special Collection Job Shadow: A Reflection

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 About two years ago, I made the conscious decision to declare myself as an English major for my undergraduate degree.  More recently, I made the decision to continue my education at some point by… Continue reading

The Life of a Double Major

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Elizabeth Dunn is double majoring in English and Art. She is a Centennial Honors College student, a member of Kappa Pi  (an Honors Art Fraternity) and a member of Sigma Tau Delta (an… Continue reading