Transitions and Decisions

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In high school, I’d planned on attending the University of Iowa, mainly because it was close to home, and I was an Iowa resident. On my trip to the school, however, I was… Continue reading

A World War II Student Shares Her Story

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  Last year, Martha Simons, a 93-year-old Western Illinois University alum, received a copy of the first edition of The Mirror and The Lamp.  She thoroughly enjoyed reading the articles, getting a glimpse… Continue reading

How it Began: The Foundations of Western Literary Society

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  by: Dakota Carlson It was during the Fall semester of 2013 when I was first approached by friend, neighbor, and WIU alumni Benjamin Scott about starting a creative writing organization on campus.… 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

Edge Makes Its Official Launch at IDEAS Coffeehouse Bash

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  The Edge Launch and IDEAS Coffeehouse Bash proved to be a big success Friday evening, October 24, at Western Illinois University – Quad Cities. The Edge staff made an official debut of… Continue reading

Roxane Gay: Bad Feminist

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I’m always toying around with the idea of “feminism” and whether or not I see myself as a feminist. It can be tough and confusing to place the label of “feminist” onto oneself.… Continue reading

I Went to the EGO Conference and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt…

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As a first year graduate student in the English Department here at WIU, I generally have little to no idea about what I’m doing at any given time. So when the opportunity came… Continue reading

Our Favorite Books From Our Childhood

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I have recently been reminiscing about the amazing books that my parents spent countless hours reading to me throughout my childhood. I have fond memories of my father making silly, monster voices while… Continue reading

Ivory Towers and Grain Silos: EGO Conference 2014

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Written by: Abigail Tichler & Chelsea Brotherton On October, 24th, 2014, students and scholars from across the nation gathered in Simpkins Hall less than an hour after the sun rose. These academics were… Continue reading

Screening “Inside Buffalo”: A Commentary on the Ironic and Contradictory

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There were about 50 other people sitting in the red chairs of the theater. The majority were spaced out, with only a few clumps of whispering students, heads bowed before cell phones; the… Continue reading