The First Word

Chase Davis’ “Humans and Wolves: A Vitriolic Relationship Built Upon Misconceptions” is kicking off 2019’s First Word column. It was nominated by Dr. Patti Marchesi.

Dr. Marchesi said the following about Chase’s essay:

Chase’s essay is polished and well-organized. It introduces us to the history of wolf-human interaction and the current state of wolf recovery, and argues for the protection of the species. It does all of this within the scope of a 2-3 page paper!

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Back and Better Than Ever: The Revival of The Hilltop News

Jayme Middleton, Editor-In-Chief 2019-2020

            When I wrote for The Hilltop News during the Jan Term of my freshman year, I told everyone I knew that I was going to be published in the school newspaper. The general reaction to that by my peers was, “We have a school newspaper?”

            Like many institutions of higher learning, LaGrange College does indeed have a student newspaper, and it’s been publishing since the early 20th century.

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Creative Flashy Friday: “There Had Been a Murder” by Miranda Cox


There Had Been a Murder

By Miranda Cox

She watched as yellow police tape was rolled around the scene, as the detectives conversed, as the medical examiner hauled the woman’s limp body onto a stretcher. Shelley recognized the place. It was the street off of 34th Avenue. She walked by it every day on her way to the diner.

She switched off the television. It was time to leave for work. Shelley was eighteen when she started at the diner. She was now thirty-four. Continue reading “Creative Flashy Friday: “There Had Been a Murder” by Miranda Cox”

Creative Flashy Friday: “Trust and Serve the Temple,” by Nick Oakley


Trust and Serve the Temple

By Nick Oakley

For their youthful recklessness, they were punished. The cost of the crime was a toe, the smallest toe on their left foot. This was the traditional punishment for those who transgressed against the Temple. With a knife, heated red by coals, the arbiter exacted the price. In this moment, the youth did not feel shame, or guilt for their transgression. They held within themselves only anger, as hot and as sharp as the knife, and as loud and as piercing as their screams of pain as the blade severed flesh from flesh Continue reading “Creative Flashy Friday: “Trust and Serve the Temple,” by Nick Oakley”

Creative Flashy Friday: “What Are We Doing Here?” by Madison Murphy

We are so pleased to bring you Madison Murphy’s “What Are We Doing Here?” Be warned that the piece includes violent imagery and explores the implications of trauma. In addition to its being fiction, the story also illustrates its author’s care for her characters and any readers who have experienced domestic violence or abuse. 


What Are We Doing Here?

By Madison Murphy

He pulls onto the dirt road that’d been collecting my tears every Saturday for the past two years. My heart races as I see the end of it, but that’s nothing new.

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Creative Flashy Friday: “There’s Comfort in the Cold” by Markus Newsome


There’s Comfort in the Cold

By Markus Newsome

The door was the first thing in my room to freeze. The mechanisms within are frozen solid, refusing to budge no matter how much force I apply.

The windows were next. Now they are encased in thick ice that proves to be far more durable than anything I could break.

That was it for some time.

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Creative Flashy Friday: “Antyesti” by Puja Roy

For our first installment of exemplary creative writing by LaGrange College students, we are thrilled to bring you Puja Roy’s “Antyesti.” Readers should be warned that the piece includes troubling imagery and explores an upsetting theme. We remind all of our readers that this piece is fiction and despite its controversial subject matter, Puja handles her characters with respect, grace, and sincere beauty. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.



By Puja Roy

I am fortunate that my religion requires the body to be cremated within three days of its death. We have my uncle Prem laid out, dressed in white, hands neatly folded as if he was merely sleeping. The temple apprentices had washed his body, ridding him of all impurities. I doubt they were able to clean them all. Continue reading “Creative Flashy Friday: “Antyesti” by Puja Roy”