The Case of the Missing Hale
By Megan Carlson
Rob Hale, one out of many
wonderful English professors here at Monmouth College and long-time
admirer of William Wordsworth, has seemed to disappear this
semester. Where did he go? What has he been doing?
This information all became clear to me when I sat down to have a
chat with the illustrious man. Hale has been on sabbatical
this past semester. Instead of hopping on the next plane out
of Monmouth, he decided to stay here on campus to work on many
projects that he had in mind. While teaching, he had to put
off these projects until there was more time to devote to them, and
devote he did. He has been working hard to publish articles,
research topics interesting to him, and propose a new minor for
Hale explained that when
publishing an article, you submit your work and
are either accepted or rejected. Sometimes journal editors
will allow you to make substantial revisions and return it, but
times you have to find a new publisher if it is rejected. Hale has submitted articles that deal
mainly with Wordsworth and the Romantics. One article is on
"The Emigrant Mother", a poem by William Wordsworth, and another
article is a psychological analysis of "The Mad Mother", a poem also
by Wordsworth. He also wrote an article on a class that he
taught on the Romantics. In this class, he used entire books
rather than anthologies to have his students read. Examples
included Lyrical Ballads, "Don Juan", a collection of Keats
poems, and writings by Hemans. This class went particularly
well, causing Hale to write an article about why this class was so
successful. He has also worked with Steve Price on a
website/textbook that will focus on helping students write about
link to the poem, "The Emigrant Mother":
Wordsworth, William. 1888. Complete Poetical Works.
link to the poem, "The Mad Mother":
Wordsworth's poem: The Mad Mother
Another important project that
Hale has been working on is the 19th century studies minor.
This proposal calls for an integration of many studies here at
Monmouth College. History, Spanish, English, art, theatre,
music, and religious studies are just a few examples of the broad and varied type of learning
one would receive with this minor. The idea came from a
conversation about three years ago, and Hale finally was able to act
on it with the sabbatical. Many professors from other majors
and minors are working together with Hale to propose this minor for
future Monmouth students.
Next semester Hale will teach four
classes, so you will be sure to see him. He is teaching a
Romantics class again, but in a completely different style, adding a
gothic novel and a collection of gothic art. He also is
teaching Senior Seminar on revolutionary books next semester.
Students will read
Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads, Whitman's Leaves of Grass,
Woolf's To The Lighthouse, Hughes' Fine Clothes To The Jew,
Fowle's The French Lieutenant's Woman, and Plath's "Ariel".
British Survey 2 and English 110 will be his constant companions as
well. During spring semester he plans on integrating many more
visuals into the classroom. He believes that there are obvious
parallels between poetry and fiction. He also knows that we
are a visual generation, and that seeing helps students to learn. To help him
learn more about art, he has been working with a database called Artstor.
This database has a large collection of pictures that contain art
and architecture. To check out the database,
follow this link:
So as you can see, Rob Hale was
actually not in hiding, but very busy this semester on sabbatical.
He told me
that he already has plans for his next sabbatical in seven years.
Although he did enjoy his time off from teaching, Hale has missed
the interaction and instruction with students in the classroom.
Well, Rob Hale, we have missed you too.
Hale would like to thank
all the librarians for their generous help. The librarians
gave Hale a space to work and also worked hard to get Interlibrary
Loans fast from other sources. The librarians are also here
to help students, so be sure to take advantage of their help and
advice if you are researching in the library.
link to library: https://department.monm.edu/library/default.htm
By Anne Stone
semester comes to a close and finals lurk around every corner, there
seems to be a great deal of stress hanging over the heads of
students at Monmouth College. While it is normal for students
to feel final exam anxiety during this time of year, English
students seem to be feeling overwhelmed this semester. After
speaking with several classmates, it became apparent that the
majority of the majors feel this immense stress. Most English majors in the past weeks have
abandoned all usual hobbies in exchange for paper-writing, required
reading, and studying. While not a seasoned veteran in the
world of college finals, here are a few common tips that can help
any English major get through finals week:
plenty sleep is vital in remembering key facts on exams. While
staying up late cramming facts is common for college students, it is
hard to recall facts from The Canterbury Tales or
Emerson without sleep.
2.) Take a
break from anything intellectual. As the most intelligent
majors on campus, it is safe to say that time away from academia is
in order so long as that break stays within the boundaries of
reason. No one is advocating a break that lasts throughout all of finals
to the Huff Athletic Center. Working out may not seem like a
relaxing activity, but physical exercise actually releases
endorphins in the brain, producing pleasant feelings and a relaxed
Reading a book for fun is one of the best ways to relax and
de-stress. Removing oneself from his/her own life and jumping
into an enjoyable plot and setting can be the perfect escape for an
studying, study where focus and concentration will be at their
highest. Some experts say that soft, classical music
allows students to study well, but others say absolute quiet
promotes the best environment. Ultimately, each individual
knows what tactics work best for him/her. Be sure to utilize
the space needed to perform well.
someone say 'procrastination'? That is doubtful; everyone knows
that English Majors don't procrastinate. As a final tip, it
usually works well to study before the day of a final, and writing
an essay the night before the final draft is due will not
necessarily secure the highest grade.
Finals week will most-likely
involve some type of stress, but if a large magnitude of test
anxiety can be avoided, every English major will find a blossoming
creative mind and hopefully, an A on your final.
Winter Break Booklist
College students sometimes find it
difficult to read for pleasure when there are already so many required
readings, papers, and various other assignments. Winter
break is the perfect time of year to find that one book, or several,
that have caught your eye. The Printing Press staff hopes that you
have a wonderful time perusing local book shops for your ultimate winter
break escape. Here are some of the
New York Times Best Sellers to help you get started on the search.
These books and reviews were taken from
Scissors: A Memoir
Burroughs's perspective achieves a crucial balance for a
memoir: emotional but not self-involved, observant but not
clinical, funny but not deliberately comic. And it's ultimately
a feel-good story: as he steers through a challenging childhood,
there's always a sense that Burroughs's survivor mentality will
guide him through and that the coffee table will be salvaged
after all. --John Moe
||The Audacity of Hope
Barack Obama's second book The Audacity of Hope, engages
themes raised in his keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic
National Convention, shares personal views on faith and values
and offers a vision of the future that involves repairing a
"political process that is broken" and restoring a government
that has fallen out of touch with the people.--Daphne Durham
||The Innocent Man
Grisham's first work of nonfiction is shocking, disturbing, and
enthralling--a must read for fiction and nonfiction fans.
From the man USA Today has called the "master
of the genre," Cross is the high-velocity thriller James Patterson
and Alex Cross's fans have waited years to read--and the pinnacle of
the bestselling detective series of the past two decades.
||The Pursuit of
A triumphant, modern-day Horatio Alger storyóbased on
the life that inspired the major motion pictureóThe
Pursuit of Happyness is a memoir that will have you
rooting for the underdog as it stirs you to pursue your
For One More Day
This novel is about a son who is unable to be home the
day his mother dies. With the death fueling his depression, he
spirals into alcohol addiction. He even tries to commit
suicide, but he is soon visited by the ghost of his
mother. They talk and he asks her many questions pertaining to
life and realizes that she had worked hard to keep her family
together. This is similar to his novel The Five People You
Meet in Heaven. In Albom's novels, characters are able to
cross the threshold of death to learn the importance of life.
Quotes on Learning
"As we acquire more knowledge, things
do not become more comprehensive, but more mysterious." ~Will
"Our aspirations are our
possibilities" ~Robert Browning
"Readers may be divided into four
classes: 1. Sponges, who absorb all that
they read and return it in nearly the same state, only a little
Sand-glasses, who retain nothing and are content to get through
a book for
the sake of getting through the time. 3. Strain-bags, who retain
dregs of what they read. 4. Mogul diamonds, equally rare and
profit by what they read, and enable others to profit by it
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"That is what learning is. You
suddenly understand something you've understood all your life,
but in a new way." ~ Doris Lessing
The Writing Corner
They were supposed to be the
focus of the picture
A proud declaration of our success
A stringful of eight-pound bass
Is all that I saw.
A five year-old rough draft of
And my dad, and the fish.
I could see it now.
Could he see it then?
The picture was never about the
He did know.
Its in his forever frozen eyes.
The cold, clear water blue in
Exposes a far greater truth
Than a bountiful catch.
It speaks of a father and a
And all the fish they soon won't
be reeling in.
Speaks of a father and his only
And the fish that are symbolic at
There is nothing in the picture,
Now that I
But his telling eyes
And what they see in the
Was it a reflex that caused his
eyes to betray him?
Or was it that he actually saw the
And what they meant
To a father and his son.
That was the last of the
pictures of fish,
And part of a dwindling number
Of a father and his son
But its not too late for
Of that father
And of that son
And of fish.
Padme to Anakin
*This is a
parody of a Heroides style letter. It was written for a
Star Wars and Greek Mythology class.
sends this letter to you, her absent Anakin,
A message from a droid will not do;
return to me my love.
The Force does
not need you, there are other Jedis ---
Dooku cannot possibly still have
How I wish that
Sith had been decapitated by a lightsaber
while in his battle with Obi-Wan
Then I would
not have had to lie in my maternity bed alone, or have
complained of passing morning
or worried that
evil doers from the Empire
were coming to kill me and our
Tell me, when
did I not fear you would turn to the dark side?
A Jediís love in one thatís full of
clones and Siths about to make a rush at you;
At every mention of Darth Sidiousís
name I grew faint.
recounted how Mace Windu was subdued by Sidious,
Mace was the reason for my fears.
In time our
child will be born into this world (provided I am kept safe)
but our child should have the
presence of its father.
I would like to
think I have the strength and courage to drive the
You must return to me. You are my
protector and lover.
You will have a
child, who needs your tender love
and if a boy, will grow up to be
like his father.
Have regard for
your unborn child. I hold off giving labor,
hoping that you will be here to
witness this miracle.
As for me, I
was a powerful woman before we met.
But I loved you, and you must return
have this friend who I knew really well;
I see her everyday
but something has changed.
Her bright eyes
are now dimmed; her big heart used to be light as a
now it seems to be
in a frozen state and weighs a ton.
Scars run deep and
she weeps all the time.
How can I help my
friend I used to know so well?
When I talk she
does not answer back, she simply sits there looking at
as if it were through glass.
But you see there
is a barrier between us because my friend is also my
and exists only in
- Karissa Inman
From Printing Press
Staff- Thanks so much to those who sent in writing for
this issue! We highly appreciate it and hope for
more in the future!
Tutors Luke Gorham, Whitney
Helfrich, and Megan Carlson work hard to help students with their
Tuesday 10-12 p.m., 1-3 p.m., 7-9 p.m.
||The Writing Tutors
are helping out for finals in the Library this year. They will be
in the Library Cafe.