Daily Tidbit: Ocean Vuong

“They say nothing lasts forever but they’re just scared it will last longer than they can love it.” ― Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous Ocean Vuong is the most important voice in American poetry of the last few years. His collection of poetry, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, reads like Whitman and tickles the eyes like one million dandelions. His debut novel, from … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Ocean Vuong

Professionalism: The Future of the ‘Personal’ in the Workplace

This decade has come in roaring. The assassination of Iranian General Soleimani, the panic of COVID-19, a choatic Democratic primary which preludes a very, very important high stakes election — so where’s our place in this future? Here we are at the cusp of adolescence and true adulthood. And yet, we are expected to keep on with our lives and develop as professionals with a … Continue reading Professionalism: The Future of the ‘Personal’ in the Workplace

Daily Tidbit: Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo

“Forty years later and we still want justice. We are still America. We know the rumors of our demise. We spit them out. They die soon.” Joy Harjo, “An American Sunrise” Harjo is the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States and the first Native American woman to hold the post. Tomorrow night, she will be performing a poetry recital at the Hammer Museum, just … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo

What’s Happening: Is There ‘Good News’?

The “news” in common parlance usually has a less than positive connotation. “Did you hear the news?” is a question self-answered most normally with a piece of dismaying news. It’s hard to not want to just gossip about our signs and our times. I’m not one to blame things on human nature, but it’s hard to resist to talk about negative things. There seems to … Continue reading What’s Happening: Is There ‘Good News’?

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Personal Narrative Workshop, Tuesday 2/25 6pm to 8pm

Dear friends, This coming Tuesday 2/25, WSP and our team of interns will be hosting a Personal Narrative Workshop in the Student Activities Center, Room 120P. This will be a chance to receive advice and pointers on personal statements, as well as a chance to brainstorm potential submission ideas for our annual magazine, whose theme this year is duality. The Facebook event link is here, … Continue reading Personal Narrative Workshop, Tuesday 2/25 6pm to 8pm

Daily Tidbit: Remembering Malcolm X

“If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” – Malcolm X, 1925-65 On February 21st, 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated while giving a speech in New York. We should remember Brother Malcolm as a spirit of courage and defiance in the face of our times that want to … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Remembering Malcolm X

Opinion: A Weird Moment in American Democracy

Regardless of where you stand politically, this is a weird moment for American democracy. For the first time in over one hundred years a socialist candidate, Bernie Sanders, has a strong chance at the White House. The last major socialist candidate for President, Eugene V. Debs, won 6% of the popular vote in 1912 under the Socialist Party ticket, a political party which no longer … Continue reading Opinion: A Weird Moment in American Democracy

Daily Tidbit: The Game of Telephone, the Buddha, and Medieval Europe

Buddhism did not first arrive in the West with the Beatles, acid, or other prominent facets of new age/”hippie” culture. The first Western re-telling of the life of the Buddha occurs in the 11th century saint’s life of Barlaam and Josaphat, which became available in Old Norse, Old French, Latin, Georgian, and many other languages. Josaphat is a corruption of the Sanskrit, “bodhisattva” (Sk: ‘enlightened … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: The Game of Telephone, the Buddha, and Medieval Europe

Exposition: My Repurposed Beanie Baby Lunchbox

And now for a bit of #WhatsInYourTrunk: Dear readers, For those of you that know me I usually bust out a Beanie Babies lunchbox where I’m taking out my things. Have you ever asked why? Well, last year after carrying around a bunch of miscellaneous things I needed for my life — packing tape for packages, an wireless mouse, medication, pencils (recently crayons), and a … Continue reading Exposition: My Repurposed Beanie Baby Lunchbox

WSP Workshop: Resume and Cover Letter Workshop 2/11, 6pm to 8pm

Done with midterms but stressed about summer job applications? Come to the Resume and Cover Letter Workshop hosted by the Writing Success Program to learn all the tips and tricks you need to land your dream job! Counselors will also be available for one-on-one writing help in the second half of the workshop. Here is the Facebook event page, be sure to make yourself as … Continue reading WSP Workshop: Resume and Cover Letter Workshop 2/11, 6pm to 8pm

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On Writing: History of Singular ‘They’ in English

There is a lot of discourse today on the subject of pronouns, and rightfully so. Many paradigms about gender and its expression are changing. Needless to say, some folks are taking this as hard to swallow. A common argument or quell against a more inclusive and functional system of pronouns in modern English is an appeal to grammar: “There’s no singular use for ‘they’! ‘They’ … Continue reading On Writing: History of Singular ‘They’ in English

Professionalism: Caffeine and the Working World

For some more than others, it can be hard to wake up in the mornings. Even still, staying awake throughout the working day becomes an even bigger challenge. Today, there are a plethora of many to ingest caffeine – the central nervous system stimulant that is the active ingredient in coffee, many varieties of tea (including the ever popular Yerba Mate!), many sodas, nearly any … Continue reading Professionalism: Caffeine and the Working World

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What’s Happening: Don’t Forget about Bolivia!

After weeks of protests and disruptions about the legitimacy of the last election cycle, Bolivia President Evo Morales has been deposed in what has been defined by many members and leaders of the international community as a military coup. Since then, interim President Jeanine Áñez, formerly a Senator, has assumed power and is supported largely by swaths of the Bolivian military, police forces, as well … Continue reading What’s Happening: Don’t Forget about Bolivia!