The Grad School Shuffle

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Entering freshman year for me felt like staring down another brief eternity; I had just finished high school and completed a chapter of my life, only to be faced with the prospect of… Continue reading

Boiler Room Reading Series Fall 2017

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On October 27th the English department put on their Boiler Room Reading Series at the university art gallery. The featured readers were Undergraduate student Tess Tyler, Graduate student Nick Nusbaumer, and faculty member… Continue reading

This Is Why I Write

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This is why I write. Writing has always been a passion of mine. I have enjoyed writing since I was about eight years old.  To be honest, I am not any good at… Continue reading

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