Tartans: A Woven History

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Contrary to what might be your first guess, a tartan scarf has nothing to do with tarts or with food. Instead, a tartan scarf is a woven material, generally of wool, having stripes of different colors and varying in breadth. While that sounds simple, their history is not, and it is one that intertwines with culture, politics, and even Scottish nationalism. While all tartans are plaid, but, not all plaids are tartan. On tartans, the pattern…

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Graduating Senior Writes of – and to – The Teachers Who Helped Her Along the Way

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I’m graduating from college in less than four months, and I definitely didn’t do this all on my own. My parents, grandparents, and extended family have provided endless support to me throughout my academic career. My friends and mentors have been there for me to celebrate my successes and encourage me to continue. But the more that I think about how I actually got to Drury, the more I realize that I have my high…

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The Rise, Fall, & Rise of the Comma: History, Religion, and Language

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The comma is known as a piece of punctuation that helps break up sentences by inserting short pauses. Commas can also add more clarity to sentences by separating adjectives and parts of sentences. Many of us are quite grateful for the comma, but have you ever thought about the origins of it? Who started it? What language did English steal it from?  According to some, that answer would be Greek. Once upon a time, before the…

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A History of Thanksgiving Food

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Last week many Americans partook in Thanksgiving eating food like turkey, stuffing, corn, mashed potatoes, green beans, bread, pumpkin pie, and maybe cranberry sauce. The first Thanksgiving, in 1621, took place to celebrate the Plymouth pilgrims’ first successful autumn harvest. It wasn’t made into a national holiday until 1800s, thanks to President Lincoln and the author of Mary had a Little Lamb Sara Josepha Hale. That’s almost two hundred years later! There’s no official menu,…

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