Muse-ical English Major: Part 2

Last week I interviewed Collin Hancock before his performance at the PCAL Fall Festival. I recently caught up with Collin again to speak about his musical pursuits.

Jacky Killian: What compels you to write music?

Collin Hancock: It feels good to have a finished product. I mean, songwriting is incredibly frustrating, and I feel like I waste a lot of time doing it, but I keep doing it. If someone told me I wasn’t any good, I might agree with them and keep doing it anyway. A complete song, even a bad one, can be a zen-like place when you perform it with a good band. Continue reading

The Little Writing Center of Horrors

Costume Contest 2014

The Writing Center is holding a costume contest and open house on Halloween starting at 1 in the afternoon. There’s also going to be a two sentence horror story…for you creative writers out there!! There will be three judges, one of them being Dr. Fife! There will be fun and prizes to win, so come to the Writing Center on Halloween for a fun (and spooky) time.

For those interested in the costume contest, these are the categories.

Best in Show (1st place)–Best Collaboration (2+)–Most Original

Best Literary Figure–Scariest–Funniest

“Penny Pincher:” Best Homemade–Best Makeup–Most Boo-tiful–Worst


Potter College Fall Festival : “I Wish Ogden did Cool Stuff Like This!”

As most of you know, the lovely Potter College Fall Festival was this past Wednesday, and it was fantastic! There was live music, food, and pumpkins. I made a flower bouquet, drank hot apple cider, and won a cool mug from the history department. There was a table where you can get poems written for you, learn about study abroad, and take pictures with a guillotine. This festival contained everything it meant to be a part of Potter College. I went with a friend, who is a Biology major, and she said “They never do stuff like this for my college. It’s all ‘this famous chemist is going to talk about bonds and polarity yay!'” What happens at the colonnades is unique and combines what it means to be the wonderful, creative, intellectual beings we are.

Editorial: Why I think science and writing work together.

Image from the WKU Herald/William Kolb

Image from the WKU Herald/William Kolb

On Wednesday the 15th, Bill Nye—known from my childhood as the Science Guy—spoke at Diddle Arena. He discussed his family history, specifically talking about his father’s interest in sundials and how this would influence Bill’s work as a scientist.

One theme Nye revisited throughout his speech involved our ability to change the world. Specifically, Nye implored his audience to appreciate science as a way to understand the universe, the problems that plague our planet and society, and find ways to solve them. It was all part of Nye’s discussion about scientific literacy and why it is so important to have a scientifically literate populace.

How does science affect us English majors, and why is it so important we keep up with scientific trends? Bill Nye touched upon topics such as near-Earth asteroids and climate change, two issues that affect life on our planet. See, Bill Nye didn’t just challenge us to change the world, but to save it, and he said science is a way to make that happen. He said we need real science, the kind of science with evidence and theories and peer review.

But how can we English majors help science? Continue reading

Muse-ical English Major: Part 1

Collin Hancock is a classmate of mine. Has been for a couple of years now, and is a pretty cool guy. In addition to being an English major and student, he’s also a musician.

Photo courtesy of Collin Hancock from his Facebook

Photo courtesy of Collin Hancock from his Facebook

Jacky Killian: How old are you, and what year are you currently in?

Collin Hancock: I’m 22, and I’m a senior.

Jacky: What is your concentration?

 Collin: I’m an English literature major with a minor in creative writing.

Jacky: What does it mean to be a English Major to you?

Collin: I’ve always wanted to be around people that have a desire to express themselves, listen to others and grow. I think the English major promotes that sort of behavior.

Jacky: What draws you to music?

Collin: I’ve got a specific taste in music, and I think, if you’re really into something, you’ll have a desire to recreate it in some small way. I write my own music because it’s something I feel compelled to do. Even if it’s not always good, I did it, and it’s out there, and I can move on.

Jacky: What compelled you to perform at the Fall Festival this year?

Collin: It was a spur of the moment decision. A friend told me about the auditions because they thought I might be interested, and I decided I’d give it a shot.

Collin will be performing at the PCAL Fall Festival this Wednesday at the Colonnade. Take the time to listen to some music and have a little fun.

Get ready for the Fall Festival!!

Get ready for the Fall Festival!!

Charles Bukowski – The Best Parts from His Works

Charles Bukowski is by far one of my favorite American writers. Imagine my delight in finding this blog post, considering I bought the Volcano Choir album because the song “Alaskans” featured a reading of his poem “The Shower.” If you enjoy Charles Bukowski as much as I do, then this is for you:


30 Charles Bukowski Quotes That Prove No One is Completely Bad or Good

And here is the Volcano Choir song, too: