Western’s English Honors Society Attends Louisville Conference

Sigma Tau Delta Conference

Marisa Cardin / Senior Staff Writer

From March 29th to April 1st, 2017, ten students from Sigma Tau Delta flew to Louisville, Kentucky, to attend the annual English Honors society conference. About a year ago, some of these same students had gone to the conference in Minneapolis, with only one of them presenting a collection of poetry. This year, all ten students were presenting something, and some of them were involved with more than one presentation. Five people presented a panel entitled “Women In Violence: Debunking Cultural Myths,” which explored the myth of women being unable to enact violent crimes in the same way that men are able to. Three students presented academic papers, two presented short stories, and three presented collections of poetry. The conference included keynote speakers, such as Jeff VanderMeer and Megan Mayhew Bergman, who students had the opportunity to speak with and even get copies of the writers novels signed. When students weren’t busy presenting their own work, they were welcomed to go around to different readings and panels, some of which included: “A Critical Lens Evaluation of Disney Princesses,” “Narrative in Gaming: Role-Playing and Beyond,” “Adolescents in Original Fiction,” and “The American Short Story as a Form.”

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Does summer break have you unsure what to do?

Then Gunnison just might be the answer for you.

Nicholas A. Fischer / Staff Writer

Snow from an epic storm delayed the start of the spring semester by two days, making the campus a winter wonderland for almost a full three months. As warm weather fights its slow return to the Gunnison Valley, the spring semester rapidly approaches its end. With snow storms possible through May, snow on graduation is tradition at Western, it leaves little time for Mountaineers to enjoy the valley before summer break.

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Talking Social Justice and Translation in the Realm of Poetry

Student Writer / Bethany Eveleth

On Tuesday, April 11 in conjunction with Penguin Random House Publishing, Western’s Contemporary Writer Series and WordHorde hosted poets Todd Fredson and Sarah Vap. Fredson and Vap gave a craft talk that was open to all students, faculty, and staff at 11am. They both discussed their artistic process and led an activity to help the audience understand some of the things that they both attempt to address in their work. Following the craft talk, Fredson and Vap hosted an invitation-only talk for aspiring poets which gave students an opportunity to have further discussion about publishing, the writing process, and translation. 

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