Connor Yeck (BA, 2015) will enroll at Western Michigan in the fall, Phillip Russell (BA, 2015) at the Ohio University, and Anna Goodson (BA, 2016) at the University of Maryland.
In December 2015, Stefanie Haapala organized "Story Lines", an evening of writing and music at SCENE Metrospace. Along with Stefanie on the guitar, participants included writers Phillip Russell, Erin Alvarez, Stephanie Burnham, Stephanie Saba, and Anna Goodson, as well as musicians Eric Smith, Joe Hertler, James Gardin, and Middle Middle. Congratulations to all these artists on a spectacular end-of-semester event!
Our Introduction to Poetry class began with the 14 word "In a Station of the Metro" by Ezra Pound. We ended with the rather long sestina, a complex form that achieves its often spectacular effects through intricate repetition. The sestina follows a strict pattern of repetition of the initial six end-words of the first stanza through the remaining five six-line stanza, culminating in a three line envoi. Anyone who has tried a sestina knows that tedium and redundancy are its dangers. We read many sestinas but we particularly studied Jamaal May's two sestinas using the same end words in his book Hum, Elizabeth Bishop's classic sestina with its inflexible words, and a much loved sestina using only one end word, Bob, by Jonah Winter. One brave student wrote her sestina following Winter's Bob sestina: Lynnette Roth tried her hand at Joe.
Recently, Dr. Aldrich's Readings in Nonfiction class completed an assignment to re-map the campus of MSU. Each student picked a location on campus and wrote a mini essay about the place. Below is a link to the map.