Experience By Mathew Underwood
Monmouth College offers
a variety of study abroad locations around the globe where students
can go and study. I took advantage of this opportunity this past
fall semester to take a trip to Florence, Italy to study Italian and
As both a classics and English major,
there were a couple of locations that I found interesting, such as
London and Greece. However, I decided to do as many other eighteenth
and nineteenth century British and American authors did and go to
Italy for some culture. I saw most of the clichéd tourists spots in
Florence, minus gli Uffizi, and I also visited some of the
more out-of-the way locations of Florence, such as Casa Guidi, where
the Brownings wrote their poetry and entertained their strictly
British, high society guests. I went to Venice where I visited the
house on the Venetian Canal where Lord Byron lived, stopped by
Rome and saw Nathaniel Hawethorne’s Marble Faun in the Cappeline
museum as well as the Coliseum, (pictured above); and romped around the famed Tuscan countryside eating
Pecorino cheese and drinking vintage Chianti; (yet not once did the
Corn Laws trouble my mind).
The academic coursework in all the
classes combined was equal to about two 350 level courses here at
Monmouth. I took courses on Architecture, Italian, Literature, and
drawing the human form.
However, the faculty realized that the time we spent in Florence was
short and that the program should be flexible in allowing students
freedom to experience the culture of the country. And so I did.
The experience of staying with an
Italian family and living day to day in an Italian city was
tremendous. To be completely absorbed into the language and culture
was terrifically edifying and I have consequently a great deal of
confidence in myself. It has made me more sensitive to both other
cultures and my own while forcing me to be more critical about my
lifestyle and more generally the American lifestyle. I don’t wish to
align myself too closely with Miss Honeychurch, but admittedly some
of the difficulties Forster creates for her in A Room With a View parallel closely with
some of my own.
Overall, the trip was an invaluable
experience. I would go so far as to say that to not go abroad is
like being deficient of a sense. I would recommend the program to
everyone whatever their major. In fact, if I were in charge,
everyone at Monmouth would be taking Greek, Latin, and studying
of Plagiarism As We Know It?
by Jessica Heinen
The Internet website Turnitin.com,
created in 1998, is a resource for schools and teachers to combat
plagiarism which, according to a study by the
Center for Academic Integrity,
seems to be quite prevalent with 80 percent of college students
admitting to cheating at least once.
One of the goals cited by Turnitin.com is to "promote academic integrity and the development
of good research and writing skills through quality online
education." Though the website claims to be the "world’s most widely
recognized and trusted resource for preventing Internet plagiarism,"
not all students and professors approve of using it.
"I feel a little uncomfortable about
it," said Emily Mitsdarffer, a sophomore. "Not for fear of getting
caught but for fear of being punished for something I did not do in
the case of my paper bringing back information that I might have
plagiarized when I did not intend to."
The website, originally known as
plagiarism.org, was founded by John Barrie, a former biophysicist.
Despite a positive reputation in news stories from The Economist
and The New York Times, some professors have been
reluctant to use it. Within the English Department, opinions
on the site conflict. According to Professor Mark Willhardt,
"Turnitin has real use for departments of theater arts in the case
of speeches that may be similar from campus to campus, but I feel it
is less useful for English."
He states a few reasons why he does
not like to use the webpage, including the 24-48 hour delay to
receive a response on the status of the paper submitted, and he is
"not convinced it will always catch everything."
Professor Cynthia Coe, Department
Chair of Philosophy and Religious Studies, states that, "I feel like
there is a lot of plagiarism out there and students should not get
credit for something they did not do." She feels it is "almost over
dependable" and can largely be used for a "preventative effect" in
deterring academic dishonesty.
Other deterrents that Professor
Willhardt feels are useful include teaching students what plagiarism
is and reiterating the consequences of it by building it into the
syllabus. Whether the use of the webpage or simple, constant
reminders for students to be honest is the best way to prevent
plagiarism is, in many ways, still to be seen. Barrie however is
very confident in his Internet invention, saying, "If you applied
our technology at Harvard it would be like a nuclear bomb going
of Valentine's Day, Here Are A Few Poems From Some Anonymous
I am getting pretty hungry
Pacing the kitchen floor
I’m still waiting, waiting,
As I check the refrigerator
I don’t know where your
Why would I even know
I don’t care what you look
Let’s just freaking’ go!
The ink from this pen
Is the blood that I shall
From a lacerated heart that
Affected by your malicious
The poison in my veins is
but anger and hurt
Not the strychnine and
cyanide that I crave
After you dealt such a
lonely cold prophesy
You asked me to express to
The complexity that’s
Into thinking that I’m some
type of fool
Who you can toss away like a
Tattered and torn
By the hate you take form
The leeches disguising their
As bonds that can’t be
By contractual obligations
And the texture of your
That you discarded like
That gets stuck in my throat
I saw what you were doing
From in between the blinds
But I turned away
Wanting to please you
Wanting to keep you
I wanted to keep things
Easy, familiar, painless
But I saw what you were
Through the window yesterday
Simply Not Worth It
When you were near,
Your presence was bliss.
And your lips,
With their soft subtle kiss.
Your touch was so tender,
It made me go numb.
But what do I care.
You’re ugly and dumb.
Who left me with squat.
I thought you loved me,
In your quick passing,
You made me your mat,
And that new dress you
Yes you looked fat
- Professor Stanley Lombardo, professor for
the Department of Classics at the University of Kansas will be at
Monmouth College on Sunday, March 2, 2003 to give a presentation on
readings from Homer. Professor Lombardo will read passages from his
translation of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. The
presentation will be at 4p.m. in the Highlander room in Stockdale
Center. The reading from Iliad 22 and 24 will deal with the
death of Hector and the ransom of his body.
- Professor Lombardo will give a second and different presentation
regarding the readings from Homer on Sunday, March 2, 2003 at Knox
College. The reading from Odyssey 23 will deal with the
reunion of Odysseus and Penelope. This presentation will take place
at 8p.m. in the Common Room of Old Main at Knox College, Galesburg,
- Dr. Robert
Hale and Dr. Mark Willhardt will be at the University of Chicago
from February 27 to March 1 to participate in a Midwest Faculty
Seminar entitled “Modernism and the Cultures of Modernity.” Since Dr. Willhardt's dissertation topic is modernist, and Dr. Hale teaches
the 19th and 20th century survey courses, this seminar will be particularly
helpful in refining their knowledge by fruitful discussion with
other mid-western scholars.
- On Wednesday, March 19 in the MLC
great room Sigma Tau Delta will host a presentation for English majors who
will not be going on to teach. The presentations will
address career opportunities in public relations, advertising,
library science, and various other options.
any, books did you read over Christmas break?
|The Sun Also Rises by
Hemmingway, A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries by someone, Room With a View by Forester,
Survivor by the guy that wrote Fight Club and, sadly, a few
romance novels.~Carrie Casper
|I read The World According to Garp by John Irving, and I
loved it. I also started The Satanic Verses by Rushdie, but I
didn’t get very far before I had to come back and start on my busy
class work load again.~Autumn McGee
The Great Gatsby.~Shannon Kloser
The Signature of Jesus by Brennan Manning.~Kelly Winfrey
|About 2/5 of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.~Ryan Schrodt
|I read a three dollar book from Walgreen’s entitled Fast Women.
Pretty terrible. Don’t read it.~Betsy Mahrt
|I read Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers, Stephen King’s
On Writing, Robin Cook’s Coma, and James Patterson’s
Violets Are Blue.~Brandon Athey
Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Satanic
Verses by Salman Rushdie.~Ryan Standard
|I read mostly magazines while I was on break like
Cosmo and Allure.~Amanda Freeman
|I read a book called Lucky. I also read Ishmael by
Daniel Quinn.~Jessica Heinen
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