The Hilltop News Launches the Fall Special Issue Theme “The Network”

The Hilltop News Launches the Fall Special Issue Theme “The Network”

By Emily Webb

Editor-in-Chief, ’17, English

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In 1976, the movie Network was released. The film, about a television network dealing with low ratings, ranked #64 on American Film Institute’s Greatest Movies of All Time list. It is from this film we received the classic line, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” a refrain that disaffected TV audiences shout from their windows into the streets.

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The First Word: Erin Missroon

The First Word: Erin Missroon

Erin-MissroonIntroduction from Dr. Amanda Kellogg, English Professor: Erin Missroon’s essay “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern: Unravelling Reality” (written for my Honors English 1102 course) offers a thoughtful and sophisticated explication of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Tom Stoppard’s reimagined version of Hamlet. Stoppard’s play, which features non-sequiturs, irony, and unnerving direct addresses to the audience, often proves challenging for students to read and write about, but Erin’s essay shows how thoroughly she has understood and appreciated the eccentricities of this, one of my favorite plays. Arguing that Stoppard constructs an “anti-play,” Erin proposes cogent answers to the question “How does postmodern literature interact with (and possibly change) its audience?” Erin’s reading not only draws on such sophisticated theoretical questions. It also demonstrates mastery of the literary critical vocabulary and the close reading skills I expect from junior- and senior-level English majors. Read her essay here.

Stepping Through History: A Jan Term in London

Stepping Through History: A Jan Term in London

By Ben Fuller

Copy Editor, English, ’16

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From the 7th through the 15th of January 2015, Professors Dottie Joiner and Margaret Reneke of the LaGrange College art department took a group of thirteen students and six alumni to London, England for a study abroad course about the art and architecture of the richly historic city. While there, we had the opportunity to see many famous sites and artworks, and learned their history and significance. Read more

National Library Worker’s Day: Honoring Our Librarians

National Library Worker’s Day: Honoring Our Librarians

By Emily Webb

Editor-in-Chief, ’17, English

nicoleMrs. Lisa Farrow, a librarian at LaGrange College, has been friends with Senior Nicole Cato since Nicole was a freshman. “She’s very helpful,” Nicole says. “She’s like my mom here at school.”

This relationship made Nicole want to establish a connection with the other librarians.  She says, “I am grateful for the relationship I have with Mrs. Farrow and the other librarians.  Without their role in the library, I would never have gotten to know them.  I wanted to express my gratitude for their help.” Read more

The Hilltop News Launches “Spring into Service”

The Hilltop News Launches “Spring into Service”

By Emily Webb

 

Editor-in-Chief, ’17, English

unnamed (2)One of LaGrange College’s pillars is service, and the college is quick to promote service projects with Service Saturdays, the creation of the Servant Scholars, and service trips during Jan Term. But what does service really mean?  Is it volunteer work?  Is it helping someone else?  Service is a broad term, and it has different definitions and can be experienced in many ways. Read more

The First Word: Rebekah Lee

The First Word: Rebekah Lee

Rebekah-LeeIntroduction from Dr. Justin Thurman, English Professor: Ignore for a moment that this essay celebrates perhaps one of the greatest final paragraphs of one of the greatest novels written by an American in English. That’s not why this essay is good (but, really, The Great Gatsby is amazing, right?). Rebekah Lee’s “What’s Your Line, Old Sport?” is successful because she worked through draft, after draft, after draft. And then she worked on it some more. It’s a great piece to kick off the Spring semester of exemplary first-year writing; it’s about paying attention and learning to love what you read and see in this world. Read her essay here.