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Fall 2016 Drop-In Hours

Fall 2016 Drop-In Hours Writing Success Program (WSP) Drop-In Hours – Fall 2016 NOTE: Drop-ins are intended for shorter questions and run from 15 to 30 minutes. To schedule a longer session with a counselor please visit: View our hours below. We look forward to seeing you soon! WSP Fall 2016 Drop-In Hours Monday – Wednesday: 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM Thursday – Friday: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM … Continue reading Fall 2016 Drop-In Hours


Daily Tidbit: The Black Arts Movement

“The cultural wing of the Black Power Movement prominent in the 1960s and 1970s. It inspired the establishment of black-owned publishing houses, magazines and journals, art institutions, and African-American studies within universities. Well-known writers and poets associated with the movement include Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, and Amiri Baraka.” Taken from the The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy Continue reading Daily Tidbit: The Black Arts Movement

A photo by Syd Wachs.

Daily Tidbit: “Break a Leg”

Sometimes when we want to wish our friends good luck, we say “break a leg!” To an individual not familiar with this idiom, it might imply anything but good luck. The origins of this phrase is quite ambiguous; some say it was born as a replacement of “take a bow.” Others say it was created out of theater culture – instead of actors literally saying … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: “Break a Leg”


The One Hundred Year Old Man…

Poignant and unabashedly presumptuous, Jonas Jonasson’s satiric account of a one hundred year old man’s tumultuous trek through time is laced with every element of corruption you can name – betrayal, criminal injustice, sadism, homicide, murder… and it’s hilarious. The 100 Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared recounts the fictitious tale of Allan Karlsson – a restless, free-spirited soul who … Continue reading The One Hundred Year Old Man…


Sending an Email to your Professor? Follow these five simple steps!

When emailing professors, I felt that I did not know how to address them, be professional, or make sure that my questions were clear…etc. I thought to myself that maybe others have felt the same way. Therefore, I decided to provide a guideline with five simple steps that will make this process easier. Step 1: Make sure to use the proper salutation with the right … Continue reading Sending an Email to your Professor? Follow these five simple steps!


Daily Tidbit: Quote

In order to escape accountability for his crimes, the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting. If secrecy fails, the perpetrator attacks the credibility of his victim. If he cannot silence her absolutely, he tries to make sure no one listens. ― Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence – From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Quote


Teachers: The Unsung Heroes

I always looked up to my teachers in high school. As I sat in my classes, wide-eyed and unsure of the subject I was learning, my teachers were usually there to help me gain new understanding of the concepts being learned in class. They knew what they were talking about, professionals in their career, with years and years of teaching experience under their belt.    … Continue reading Teachers: The Unsung Heroes


Opening Hammer Projects: Nicolas Party

Promptly at 12:30pm last Wednesday, Ali Subotnick, curator, led an open discussion about artist Nicolas Party – the man responsible for the art on display in the Hammer Museum’s newest exhibit, which was set to open that morning. The conversation lasted only 15 minutes, but it sparked further discussion on  modern art and design, and the limits of conventional artistic methods – limits which Party … Continue reading Opening Hammer Projects: Nicolas Party


Daily Tidbit: “born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth”

born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth Born into a wealthy family: “She may have a lot of money, but she earned every penny herself; she wasn’t born with a silver spoon in her mouth.” – Cultural Literacy, What Every American Needs to Know by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.,Kett and Trefil Check out the definition for idiom. Continue reading Daily Tidbit: “born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth”


“Barbie Q” by Sandra Cisneros

Did you ever make new clothes or outfits for your Barbies out of socks? I did. I remember making shirts and skirts for them or using the clothes that my older sisters made for my hand-me-down Barbies. I thought it was really cool that we were being creative, but when I read Sandra Cisneros‘ short story “Barbie Q”, I thought about my childhood in a … Continue reading “Barbie Q” by Sandra Cisneros


Daily Tidbit: Fact of the Week

Did you know that there are 24 dialects of American English? And, no, I’m not just talking about accents! A dialect is a specific form of a language, often attributed to a geographical location or group of people. In most cases, people speaking different dialects can understand each other, but certain vocabulary, grammar, expressions, etc. are different. Which dialect of English do you speak? Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Fact of the Week


A Glimpse into My Creative Process

Writing is a deeply personal affair. For some it comes naturally and easily, and for others, it is a time-consuming and distressing affair. Everyone writes in their own way, and I’d like to give you a glimpse into my writing process. If you asked someone to write you a story about a man who saves a dog, no person on earth would write the same … Continue reading A Glimpse into My Creative Process


Daily Tidbit: “Take with a grain of salt”

Idiom of the Day: “Take with a grain of salt” Definition: To “take with a grain of salt” means to not take what someone says too seriously. You accept what they said, but also remain skeptical about the validity, or truth, of their statement. This idiom comes from the idea that food is more easily swallowed if taken with a small amount of salt. Example … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: “Take with a grain of salt”