Friday, July 27, 2012
Those of you that have the pleasure of interacting with me on a daily basis know at least two things about me: 1) I do The Michigan Daily crossword religiously and 2) I bitch about the poor quality journalism just as often. Normally it’s little stuff like capitalizing “University” when the word appears by itself but refers to the University of Michigan* or writing editorials that are poorly thought out or terribly far from the scope of a college newspaper. However both of those mistakes betray a graver problem. The Daily seems to nurture an inflated sense of importance at UM.
Monday, July 16, 2012
I will never forget the English class I had sophomore year of high school. There were lifelong friends, a great teacher, and plenty of good books to go around. As a class (with Ms. M-P leading of course) we deconstructed every move that Ivan Denisovich, R.P. McMurphy, or MacBeth made and tried to figure out what the author was trying to use their book to say. It was difficult, frustrating, and thrilling to learn that so much meaning could be pulled from the slender pages of any given book. By the time spring rolled around we were bona fide scholars of literature.