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Course Exam—ADMN 233 (Writing in Organizations)

According to the syllabus, ADMN 233 (Writing in Organizations) is a three-credit introductory business and administrative studies course “for students wishing to improve their written communication as it applies to the workplace.  Writing in organization involves a problem-solving process requiring that one analyzes situations, make decisions, and inform others of those decisions.” Writing in Organization… Read more »

The Study Dude—Stephen King Sans K-12

Do you want to write like an illiterate?  Like Stephen King stripped of K-12?  Like J.  K. Rowling at a loss for how to handwrite the letter “H”?  I’d bet you do—that is, if you love Shakespeare.   Some say Shakespeare, an illiterate, honed his mastery in adulthood.   Others say he had a ghost writer.   As… Read more »

From Where I Sit—One Perfect Word Redux

Faithful readers of this space may remember that in 2017 I wrote about author Debbie Macomber’s decades-long habit of choosing one perfect word to focus on for a year.   She chose words like wisdom, prayer, surrender, hope, purpose.   My own experiment with the word ‘kindness’ was not a total failure.   I didn’t do all the… Read more »

Fly On the Wall—Truth Tellers

Last year, we addressed the idea of us, noble scholars, reduced to asinine drudgery and suggested that behind our mild-mannered veneers we have a cornucopia of fruitful intellectual possibilities.  We posed the question, is truth itself impossible? Education means philosophical inquiry, even if it’s only to realize that each act we engage in and each… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—

Have you ever been dying to host a dinner party, wanted to impress the guests, but also not to drain your wallet? I realized the crux to hosting an excellent party doesn’t all depend on the food, but it certainly is one of the highlights.  So instead of going out of your way to scroll… Read more »

The Fit Student—Reward Yourself!

What brings you pleasure?  Lunch at a comedy club? Lunch by a still pond?  Or lunch loaded with Redbulls and ballpark franks at a spelling bee? I once got highs over perfect math grades.   I’d stare at math textbooks until midnight, solving problems.   A 100% exam scored a victory.   Anything else, meh.   Yet, I fretted… Read more »

Media Review—A Monster Calls

Book/Film: A Monster Calls Author: Patrick Ness Illustrator: Jim Kay Before her death from breast cancer in 2007, writer Siobhan Dowd began to develop a story about a boy facing the imminent loss of his mother to cancer.  She drew inspiration from the highly poisonous yew tree, which was nevertheless the source of an anticancer drug she was… Read more »

Dear Barb-Broken Hearts, Online

Dear Barb: I have a six-year-old daughter who was recently diagnosed with a heart condition.  She was apparently born with it, but it wasn’t apparent.  Now she needs to take medication for it.  My husband and I have not told my daughter about her condition.  My husband says our daughter doesn’t need to know.  He… Read more »

Council Connection

The AUSU monthly meeting, held on December 12, 2017, was the last council meeting of the year and the marathon meeting—almost three hours long—dealt with some weighty topics that affected AU students.  All councillors were present except Amanda Lipinski, who was absent due to a scheduled vacation. Council unanimously approved November’s minutes, and the action… Read more »

The Fit Student—Danica Patrick’s Abs

New Year’s has just passed.   Now imagine your next ten years.   Will you sport an Indie 500 pinup body or a Papa John’s Pizza belly? I’m a fan of Danica Patrick.   Her abs, that is.   Okay, and her racing. Papa loves races.   He buys sports cars, tweaking mufflers so they rev with “bite.”  He even… Read more »