Book vs. Book: A Ludiological Literary Event

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Every year a new Dinner and Conversations hosted by a faculty member occurs as part of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society. Sometimes the event is a party portraying literary and cultural icons… Continue reading

English Majors are Zombies!?

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As October 31st draws nearer by the day, WIU students’ heads are filled with spooky thoughts of ghosts, ghouls, and things that go bump in the night. Werewolves, vampires, witches, and, of course,… Continue reading

Bookish Traveling: Twice Lost

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I’m sitting in a cafe in Wisconsin munching on an apple cider donut. It’s raining outside, and in my lap sits a pile of new and old books wrapped in crinkly paper. Across… Continue reading

The Best Places to Sleep in Simpkins (Meet the Editors Part 1)

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English majors and minors alike both know that Simpkins is not just a building, it’s a home. Oftentimes that home is freezing cold or rumored to be haunted, but it is also a… Continue reading

The Book That Changed My Life: Featuring Aubrey Foust

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English majors share a lot of common interests; one of these interests, naturally, is books. Yes, it is true– English majors live and breathe literature, and it is rare to find an English… Continue reading

Simpkins’ Fairy Tales of Leatherneck Pride

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Once upon a time, every year in Fall, WIU has “Dec the Office” where faculty and staff can decorate their offices based on the yearly theme for homecoming. A panel of judges comes… Continue reading

Birds love Simpkins Hall

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“Everyone likes birds. What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird?” – David Attenborough Most students… Continue reading

The Art of the Handwritten Letter

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I’m lying in a well-stained cot in ninety-degree heat while allowing a small child to draw Pokemon on my leg in black Sharpie. Around me, I hear the whispers of little girls as… Continue reading

Huizinga on Lateness: 10th Annual Magliocco Lecture with Dr. Birger Vanwesenbeeck

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By: Sheldon Gaskell Late winter, 11:30 am, Tuesday, March 7th一the calm, sunny morning after tornado sirens and harsh, relenting winds beat the Macomb streets a shade of twigs and leaf buds—my fellow graduate… Continue reading

A Magical Experience: Harry Potter Study Abroad

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By: Haley Helgesen I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when I was eleven years old. Staying up past my bedtime, reading by lamp light, I never imagined the series would… Continue reading