The Importance of Language

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Merriam Webster defines language as “a systematic means of communicating ideas or feelings by the use of conventionalized signs, sounds, gestures, or marks having understood meanings.” While I do love that this definition includes not only the spoken language, but also those unspoken languages, I prefer to define language in a simpler way; language is expression. Language allows a form of release that nothing else can match. Whether it is in a speech, a letter,…

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At the Table: The Importance of a Meal

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When I was a child, my mother and I ate dinner at the dining room table each evening. Sometimes we would have lively conversations; other times we would sit in comfortable silence. Slowly, as I grew older, we began to eat more meals on the living room couch. My mother and I would sit in front of the television instead of having a conversation. Sitting and not communicating was a way to destress after our…

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The Value of Debate at a Liberal Arts University

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During my freshman year at Drury, my communications professor convinced me to join the Debate Union. I was hesitant at first, considering I had zero experience in debate and no desire to participate. Debating had never seemed appealing to me, so I wondered what role I could play in this organization. My fears were assuaged, however, once I began working on filming the debaters, judging rounds at tournaments, and assisting the Director in running the…

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Escape, Adventure, and Dystopias: Snow Like Ashes

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I have always found that books can be an excellent form of escape from the real world. When life gets too hectic or upsetting, they provide an alternate narrative for one to be a part of. Books allow us to forget our everyday troubles for a while by sending our minds on adventures that we might not ever dream of. I know that this year has not been easy for some, so I wanted to…

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