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”

Cultural Enrichment Event Explores the Black Lives Matter Movement

Dr. Kelly Veal and Dr. Justin Muller with members of the LaGrange College Black Student Union

By Lasha Banks

On September 25, 2018 Dr. Kelly Veal, assistant professor of clinical mental health counseling services, and Dr. Justin Muller, the newly appointed assistant professor of clinical mental health counseling sciences, presented “Understanding the Need for Groups Such as BLM.”

This event examined the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement’s origins and offered guidance and encouragement to students affected by the deaths of unarmed, innocent African American citizens. This cultural enrichment event was held in Turner Hall’s Bailey Room.

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Fall Preview Day at LaGrange College

This coming Saturday, September 22nd, marks the first in a series of preview days for prospective students. These preview days are an exceptional opportunity to tour the campus and discuss academic areas of interest with faculty.

The 2017/2018 Special Issue Is Here!

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Welcome back for the spring semester, LaGrange College! To celebrate the the new year, The Hilltop News proudly presents its special issue, TRANSFORMATION.

This issue is particularly special. For one, it was curated by a section of English 1101, LaGrange College’s first-year writing program. In this section, students learned the standards of news-writing and editing and helped select the articles that were submitted for publication.

Furthermore, over half of its articles were written and edited by first-year students. Their subjects range from the fake news phenomenon to the new academic programming being designed and offered by LC’s forward-thinking faculty.

Also in this issue you will find long-form nonfiction composed by upper division students in Dr. Laine Scott’s advanced composition course. The writing in these pieces is distinguished by its depth, precision, and beauty.

You can download our special issue here.

The First Word: Man With No Face

The second entry in this year’s “First Word” entries comes from Miranda Cox. It was nominated by Dr. Justin Thurman.

About this piece, Dr. Thurman writes:

 For this assignment, students were to read James Baldwin’s “My Dungeon Shook” and compose a letter to someone important about a moment that reshaped them. While many students wrote letters to themselves, their future children, their parents, or their good friends, Miranda took a different—and stunning—approach.  Furthermore, the subject of Miranda’s letter is wildly relevant. The writing is both heartbreaking and thrilling to read.


Every piece that is nominated for the “First Word” column is eligible for one of the English program’s annual awards for exemplary student writing.

Great job, Miranda!

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Finals: Can You Survive?

By Tia Braxton

3570134262_e284a3ee3d.jpgSurviving finals requires more than a midnight cram session hyped up on Monster and coffee. Finals demand cunning, strategy, patience, preparation, and probably a little bit of luck. To put yourself in the best position to succeed, you will have to make some changes. Here are some tips to help you manage your time, study your books, and navigate your way through those final exams. Continue reading “Finals: Can You Survive?”

Twelve LaGrange College Musicians to Rock the Plaza

By Jacob Robert Krzysiak


Every day from November 7th until the 9th, lunchtime on the Plaza of LaGrange College will be filled with musical acts for “Rock the Plaza,” a charity event for the Fender Music Foundation. The Fender Music Foundation supports and donates instruments to schools with underfunded performing arts budgets and contributes to programs that specialize in musical therapy.

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