Science Fiction Builds Mental Resiliency in Young Readers

Young people who are “hooked” on watching fantasy or reading science fiction may be on to something. Contrary to a common misperception that reading this genre is an unworthy practice, reading science fiction and fantasy may help young people cope, especially with the stress and anxiety of living through the COVID-19 pandemic. I am a professor with research interests…

Personal Achievements During Covid-19: Clark Alum Lee V. Gaines on Rallying Pride in Difficult Times

I recently learned I won an award. I received my first ever regional Edward R. Murrow award for best news series. Now, I’m up for a national award, which is cool. When my mom called to congratulate me, she sounded happy. I have a hard time feeling the same way. It’s a positive life event…

A Clarkie Reflects on Presenting at the 51st Annual NeMLA Convention

As a senior, it’s easy to feel like I’m losing a lot over the next few months. Graduation is online, Senior Week is canceled, my final Spring Fling took place virtually. I have just submitted a complete draft of my honors thesis to both of my readers so that I can defend it on Zoom…

April Paintings

In the rain, the mailman looks like a painting. He is dressed in blue, leaning against a red wall beneath a cherry blossom, the bottom half of his face hidden behind an N95 respirator mask. His eyes are deep and serious, one hand in the pocket of his blue shorts, the other hanging tired, his…