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Right in the middle of the story.
Followed by moving and touching.
Metaphors that are unclear but will soon be deciphered.
Personal story from before the great war.
Pull quote from General about power hunger.
Explaining the quote with more personal story, but this time, during the war.
Those sneaky metaphors are beginning to take shape…
A map showing the impacted region.
A scale to compare to your thumb nail.
Bold Text!
(Inside your head there are violins playing)
Pan all the way out.
“We are all tiny specks falling like snow over Chernobyl.”

Why do some people hate poetry?


Poetry had undergone a fantastic transformation. Poetry, Shelley says, is “connate with the origin of man,” and “a poet participates in the eternal, the infinite, and the one.” Poetry comprises every creative activity of human nature, including the arts, politics, and science: “The institutors of laws, and the founders of civil society, and the inventors of the arts of life” are all in some sense poets, since they shape reality in the light of their vision. Shelley even speaks of “the poetry in the doctrines of Jesus Christ,” as if Christianity itself were just one enormous poem.


Atlantic article – Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies

“Someday, when all your material possessions will seem to have shed their utility and just become obstacles to the toilet, poems will still hold their value. They are rooms that take up such little room. A memorized poem, or a line or two, becomes part internal jewelry and part life-saving skill, like knowing how to put a mugger in an arm-lock or the best way to cut open a mango without slicing your hand.”

Link to full article here

Taking classes pass/fail comes with pros, cons

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading option, known as “pass/fail courses,” are a substitute to the typical “A” through “F” grading scale.

Some students, however, are uncertain about what taking a class pass/fail really means.

To receive a satisfactory mark, a student must receive a “C” or better in the class, while a “D” or “F” will yield an unsatisfactory mark, said Bob Kline, academic adviser in the College of Arts and Sciences. When students register for classes, they must decide to take a class with the S/U option.

Every college at the University has a different policy on pass/fail classes, Kline said. Students must research that policy when compiling their class schedule.

For example, the College of Arts and Sciences allows students to take up to 16 hours of pass/fail classes, Kline said. However, students cannot take classes pass/fail within their major or minor.

Although taking classes pass/fail may make classwork easier, it can come with negative consequences, Kline said.

“Graduating with Latin honors could be impacted by taking numerous pass/fail courses,” he said.

Other problems can also surface as a student continues his or her academic career, Kline said.

“If you start out as a journalism major and take a sociology class pass/fail, you are fine, but if you switch to a sociology major, then what do you do?” Kline said.

This type of scenario could mean taking classes again with a normal grading scale, he said.

While there are some downsides to taking classes pass/fail, many students said they think the positives outweigh the negatives.

Senior Jamie Meggas said taking classes pass/fail has helped her tremendously.

“I had to take a science class that was not part of my major,” Meggas said. “I took that class pass/fail, which made it easier to concentrate on other courses.”

Meggas also said she took classes pass/fail to help keep her GPA up, and it was a “very safe option, because all you need is a ‘C’ or better for it to count.”

Senior Maddy Brown expressed similar feelings.

“Hard classes usually average into your GPA, but with pass/fail, you still get the credits without a grade affecting your GPA,” she said.

Both Meggas and Brown agreed on one downside to the pass/fail system   – if a student takes a class pass/fail and earns an “A,” he or she cannot change from the S/U option so the “A” can help his or her GPA.

Students taking classes pass/fail may also slack off on assignments and attendance because they aren’t focusing on the class as much as others, Brown said.

Researching the pros and cons of the pass/fail system is essential for students, she said.

“I think students should definitely be more aware of the opportunity to take classes pass/fail because it can help with GPA requirements,” Brown said. “Taking classes pass/fail, however, is not a way to disregard working hard and learning in the classroom … It should be used as a tool to succeed – not an excuse to be lazy.

Bowling Green is full of life in the summer – Tyler Strittmatter

The last multiple choice test has been bubbled in. The final lackluster PowerPoint presentation has been given. For seniors the last tassel has been turned. Summertime has reached the city limits.
Although a vast number of students have gone home, the city does not become a ghost town. There are numerous things to do that will keep people entertained.
The city is home to many parks that can accommodate a range of activities. Baldwin Woods hosts a nature preserve and provides a place for a hikeing. Bellard Park has a butterfly garden, and Carter Park has an 18-hole disc golf course as well as sand volleyball courts.
Senior Joy Ashton said she loves going to the parks to run or to read in the sunlight.
“The parks bring college students and the residents of BG together,” Ashton said. “It’s a way that we can do things together and create a sense of community and togetherness.”
The Slippery Elm Trail extends from North Baltimore to Bowling Green and is a place to bike for exercise or roller blade with friends.
Scott Williams graduated from the University last year and works as the webmaster for the Sentinel-Tribune. He has made use of the trail over the last four years.
“The trail appeals to many local cyclists, runners and residents who want a nice quiet walk,” Williams said. “Not only is it a great outlet for exercise, but the trail stretches across a number of towns, providing a connection for the area.”
The Farmers’ Market brings fresh vegetables, plants and baked goods downtown every Wednesday over the summer. It is a way to celebrate the area’s agricultural history and bring some of the best homegrown food back to your home.
Recent University graduate Kelsey Adams has taken advantage of the market.
“The people are super friendly and are knowledgeable about how to make different meals with the ingredients. They’re very helpful,” she said.
Fireworks will also be at the intramural fields July 4.
Senior Alesia Hill enjoys the fireworks every year.
“I love fireworks,” Hill said. “My birthday is July 3, and while the nation thinks that they are celebrating the independence of our country, they are actually celebrating my birthday.”
Al-Mar Lanes and Varsity Lanes on Main Street offer places to bowl. To perfect your swing, go to the golf course that is open to the public at Bowling Green Country Club and Forrest Creason on the University’s campus.
With the wealth of things to do in the city , there will be no watching the grass you just mowed grow or siding you just painted dry.