Finish strong at the finish line

“College is supposed to be tough.” I overheard this quote a few weeks ago from Lanny Frattare, my mentor and former voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates, when I walked past his classroom. He has a great point. College is supposed to be difficult.  Students aren’t entitled to a degree for just paying the price of … Continue reading

Q&A: The Faculty and Student Shared Reading Space

Professor Robert Randolph, professor of English, has started open readings for faculty, staff and students. Anyone is welcome to attend or share pieces such as poetry, short stories, creative nonfiction etc. According to Randolph, the only pieces that do not meet the event’s vibe are essays, music and visual art. On Thurs. Oct. 21, Randolph … Continue reading

Mindfulness: the solution to endless to-do lists

Work. Sleep. Repeat. It’s a never ending cycle that needs to be stopped. I’ll admit it. I’m a workaholic. I spend most of the week doing two things: working and thinking about what to work on next. I primarily credit my workaholic mentality to my fear of being viewed as a “slacker;” however, I think … Continue reading

When life gives you lemons

Do you know the saying, “If life gives you lemons … make lemonade?” Well, what if you don’t want to make lemonade? What if you rather enjoy pure pristine water? What if you want to avoid the lemons altogether? That’s how I felt about the direction my life was going my freshman year of college. … Continue reading

Cancel culture or accountability?

Earlier this month a peer of mine was called out on Twitter for racist, white supremacist statements made in his biography on Twitter. This was the result of a contentious episode of a student-run political talk show on-campus, The Waynesburg Effect, that was removed from viewing after going semi-viral amongst alumni and current students in … Continue reading

The meaning of the universe

Recently in my college literature class we read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It’s a book I’ve read many times before, mostly because I’ve always loved the absurdity throughout the book, but taking a deeper dive into it for my class has opened my eyes to new meanings within the words. In the book, … Continue reading


My capstone class, COM 466 Practicum, recently all shared their last lectures. The theme of presentations was inspired by the late Randy Pausch’s last lecture and the subsequent novel “The Last Lecture.” I was absolutely enthralled by my peers’ stories. In typical fashion, I decided to end my own presentation in spoken word form. Poetry … Continue reading

Collection of poetry

The Taming of Fire  When winter came too close to call,   when it seemed that even more would fall  to the chilling blackness,  who dared awake  the beast with glowing orange hide-  released from desperate friction  and wooden sacrifice;  who did regret   the yellow teeth and sap-stained claws  that devoured them and sealed their eyes.  … Continue reading