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Changing the World? (Yes, You Are.)

Written by McKenzie Hohenberger. Originally published as part of the Spring 2017 “Power” Issue. What starts here changes the world. It gave us chills at orientation. We cheered when the class president closed his speech with it at Gone to Texas. We, the proud students of this acclaimed university, claim it as a truth. Sometimes, however, it might ring a […]

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Children’s Series: Building a Generation of Book Junkies

Written by McKenzie Hohenberger. Childhood literacy, like most childhood hobbies and skills, bears an invaluable developmental responsibility. What starts as flipping through a picture book quickly transforms into the liminal body of literature called children’s series. This specific area of literature streamlines every last bit of its utility toward building a reader. Children’s series cater to a need for stability, a […]

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The Power of Language #2: Do You Even Lift? The Strong vs. Weak Verb Dilemma

Written by McKenzie Hohenberger. As we saw in the previous Power of Language article, “Just Bearing Around,” the ancestors of English are Latin and an early form of German called Proto-Germanic. Since our language came into its own in the fifth century, it has transformed dramatically. The first manuscripts written in English would be indecipherable to a native speaker. Think […]

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The Power of Language: Just Bearing Around

Written by McKenzie Hohenberger. We all bear. I don’t mean that we all behave like bears, or even that we know much about bears (aside from the occasional Dwight Schrute reference). I am talking about the multitude of words in the English that are rooted in the idea of bearing or carrying. In Latin—that infamous and ancient language—the verb ferre […]