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An Ode to the Lovely List February 28, 2012

I have a confession to make: I absolutely love lists.  Writing them, reading them, going over them in my head – call it a compulsion, or a hobby, or just a way of life, but lists are essential to my daily functioning.  They may be the simplest form of writing, but they’re probably my favorite.  If you were to make a list of my favorite types of writing, you might even say they’d be #1.  Whether it’s prioritizing my homework for the weekend, or reading top 10’s online, there’s just something about lists that always gets my attention. (more…)


CMWR’s Friday Forum is Back! February 24, 2012

The CMWR’s Friday Forum is up and running for Winter Quarter, and this conversation-based group reads through a short text on different aspects of American culture and analyzes it together. Last week we read an article from DePaul’s student newspaper called “G8/NATO summits, security could cost up to $65 million,” a topic that is especially relevant for us Chicagoans, and invoked great discussion on the impacts that the summits will have on the city. (more…)


When considering a career, use data as a guide

One of the best sources of information for career planning and guidance comes from the United States government. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) not only reports  on national employment and unemployment rates, but also offers detailed reports on employment according to  job and industry as well as projections for future growth. You can find this information in the BLS’s Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). While the BLS is set to release a revised OOH in late March (containing data gathered in  2010) you can still access the older data set from 2008 , bearing in mind the data was published before the collapse of Lehman Brothers, an event widely seen as triggering our most recent financial panic. (more…)


Scrawl Season 3, Episode 6: Scrawl Gets Interviewed February 21, 2012

On this very special episode of Scrawl, the team talks with Molly Rentscher from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She stops in to talk about her current research for her senior thesis on diversity in Writing Centers.  The gang talks briefly with Molly about her research, but the tables turn when she starts to interview them.  Yes, you heard it right, the gang opens up and gets serious.


Scrawl also has their most impressive, yet still very wrong attempt at the word of the day.  What do you think?



Relishing the Repeating Appointment

As a first-time writing tutor last term, I had new experiences and new lessons to learn almost every week.  When Winter Quarter came around, I thought I was well-versed in most types of appointments but thankfully this term has afforded something completely new – a repeating appointment.  While I enjoy all of my appointments and like helping all sorts of writers, the repeating appointment is a special opportunity to get to know someone (and their writing) more in-depth. (more…)


Resume Advice: Should a Tutor Push the One-page Rule? February 19, 2012

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In the process of an overwhelming internship search, I have been updating, rearranging, and tailoring my resume to fit the perceived expectations of prospective employers in both the film and editing/publishing fields. This is also the second week in a row that I have commented on resumes at the Loop Campus outpost, so it seems appropriate that I write a post reflecting on a specific challenge related to this highly-structured form of writing. (more…)


On Open Access Scholarship February 18, 2012

“Open Science, Open Minds.” That’s the slogan of Intech, an online resource with a wealth of science journals (and books) available for download, for free! I remember stumbling upon Intech and thinking, “Why didn’t I know about this sooner?” Upon posting the link to Intech on the various geography facebook groups I frequent, responses from my fellow geographers directed me to more open access journals related to the field as made available at the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). From boycotts  of publisher prices to journal costs scaled by a subscriber’s income, questions about how journals are made accessible and exclusive are on the rise. Upon investigating further, I find myself barely grazing the edges of an exciting and growing movement in free knowledge.  Knowing that I have barely scratched the surface, I am curious to know what Open Access Journal resources my peers have come across, and what thoughts you have on this phenomena?