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Why Do We Laugh at Gaffes? October 26, 2011

On Thursday night I attended a lecture series at Saint Xavier University. The guest lecturer was Robert Gibbs, the former press secretary for President Obama.

The talk was pretty good (probably not worth the $20 bucks I spent, but whadderyagonnado?). He shared some anecdotes about working with our President, and gave some interesting insight into the Republican primaries. He also gave a surprisingly effective answer to a question on how young people can avoid apathy. He noted that lobbyists in $2000 suits really like our apathy. They capitalize on it.



Scrawl Dump October 25, 2011

Because we’ve been so busy doing our jobs well, we forgot to post a few weeks worth of shows! Check them out here. (more…)


In Praise of Online Appointments

As a new tutor with the UCWbL, my appointments so far have been either in person or via email.  In both cases, I’ve felt in control of the tutorial to a greater or lesser degree.  However, there’s something to be said for collaborative relationships in tutoring as well, and the online interface was the first time that I’ve experienced this sense of working together on a piece of writing.  I recently had my first experience with the online tutorial system in my UCWbL class, Writing Center Theory and Pedagogy.  Granted, it was just in the classroom and with my fellow new tutors – we used it to look over each other’s project drafts for an assignment we’re all working on – but it was still an eye-opening evening.  I’ve been using chat functions since middle school in a social capacity but this was the first time I’d even seen the same basic platform used for tutoring purposes. (more…)


Body Language Learning: Non-verbal Communication in the Writing Center Tutorial October 23, 2011

Think of all the choices you make between your handshake with a new peer and your first glance at his/her work. First of all, do you shake hands at all? Then, do you grab a cup of coffee to maintain your focus, or do you restrain yourself to avoid Starbucksbreath and/or an awkward trip to the bathroom? Do you sit next to, or across from your peer? Once you have sat down, do you fold your hands in your lap, rest them on the table, or cross your arms in disdain?  (more…)


How Important Is Popular Culture to the Contemporary Writer? October 13, 2011

How important is knowledge of popular culture to the contemporary writer? Is popular culture knowledge something we should actively pursue, or something we accumulate without effort as we wander through our lives? (more…)


Training season at the UCWbL: a view from the other side October 10, 2011

Spiced cider…  The bursting colors of turning leaves…  The soft sounds of your “Fall” playlist on Spotify…  There are a number of reasons why we look forward to autumn, but at the UCWbL’s Writing Center, the most thrilling thing about the season is the training of our new tutors.



Writers Guild Shindig for National Day on Writing! October 7, 2011

Greetings all! As some of you may know, the National Day on Writing is rapidly approaching. We’ve got a lot of great things planned. Who’s sponsoring this event? I’m glad you asked! (more…)