Go Celebrate Some Writing

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The Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing is being held this year at the Augenstein Alumni Center on Sunday the 9th of November (That’s this weekend!!). Go and celebrate the writing accomplishments of your fellow students. It’s the perfect excuse to get out of the dorm  or apartment for a Sunday afternoon.

The Writing Center’s Costume Contest/Open House

The Writing Center had an awesome turn-out at their Costume Contest/Open-House event this past Friday, October 31st! Below are some pictures of those who entered the Costume Contest.

The winner of the costume contest was Link, or really, me, second place was Callie’s Carmen San Diego, and third was Dori’s Katniss.

We also had a two-sentence horror story contest! Of which, Andi/Batgirl, and our MC for the day, won. Second place of the horror story contest was Brittany/Hermonie.

The crowd at the Open House.

The crowd at the Open House.

The Writing Center’s hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cherry Hall room 123.

The Writing Center is also open evenings at the Craven’s Library commons room on the fourth floor from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. The Writing Center at Cravens is not open on Fridays.

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!!

Who wants to play video games?!!

 

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Sometimes, fun distractions are needed at this time of the semester.

For those who like video games and like playing video games with people, you don’t want to miss this gaming event!! It’s a fund raiser for the Association for Computing Machinery. There’s a five dollar entry fee, and multiple platforms (such as X-Boxes and Playstations) will be supported. Also, for those with a new copy of Super Smash Bros for the Nintendo 3DS, they might have a Smash Bros. tourney…

NaNoWriMo – “The World Needs Your Novel”

crest-bda7b7a6e1b57bb9fb8ce9772b8faafbNaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month - starts next month in November. As English Majors, writing is a big part of all we do, even if we aren’t planning on writing novels professionally. Even if it isn’t something you considered beyond as a distraction while walking up the hill, the event is here to encourage creativity and free expression, even if it is purely for fun.

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