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How NOT to Succeed in College

I had trouble in college, especially during my first two years. I can’t relate to those people who ace college, graduate with a 4.0, and wear those cool cords while

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The Comeback

Last year in the fall there was a large tree growing next to the road. It was leaning slightly to one side with beautiful red and yellow leaves covering its

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A Slip of the Tongue

It is interesting to see the change in speech as it spans the generations. Though it’s the same language, words tend to take on an entirely different meaning with each

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How Many Wolves?

Here’s an embarrassing admission. Though I am a scholar of nineteenth-century America, with a special interest in the era of the Civil War, I have never read one of the

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Using the iPad in the Classroom

Even though I believe that successful teaching doesn’t depend on technology, the appropriate use of it can enhance the teaching experience. This is something that I had the privilege of experiencing

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Reality Check

I was upset. I was mad. I felt as if I had been taken advantage of. Ever since the iPad had come out, I had wanted one. But we could

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In Defense of Indirection

Thomas Jefferson put that wonderful phrase “the pursuit of happiness” into the Declaration of Independence. Though both the man and the document deserve our reverence, it is, alas, a most

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Ten Years From Now

Kelsey Workman wants to know what I will be doing ten years from now. That’s the assignment the editor of Mizpah, Southwestern’s annual, gave to everybody.   God willing (or

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Root of All Evil

Tonight I got to watch the movie, “The Razor’s Edge,” based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham. It tells the story of two young men who graduate from college

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Why I teach

The first inkling I had that I might be interested in teaching came when I was studying for my master’s degree. I got the opportunity to be what is called