Reading Art: Boiler Room Reading Series

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By: Jocelyn James A silence took over the room, every eye staring at the podium. The audience, attentive and engrossed by each speaker, sat quietly listening. Short stories and poetry enchanted the air.… Continue reading

Then & Now: Teaching English 180

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On the first day of the Spring 2015 semester, I was nervous. I sat in my office in Simpkins Hall with fluttering butterflies running amok in my stomach, dreading the moment I would… Continue reading

The Importance of Instructor Evaluations

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Near the end of each semester, we are subjected to the same ritual of instructor evaluations. What may seem to be an inconvenience to some is actually a critical component of a student’s… Continue reading

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