Saturday, April 25, 2009


this coming monday (april 27), in place of the usual staff meeting, there will be a wc cookout on the peterson patio. there will be hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, and a very good chance for a pinata. there's a sign-up on the front desk, or email emily c. with mealplan info.

what: wc cookout
date: monday, april 27
time: 5:30 pm
place: peterson patio

kids against hunger

here are some photos from last week's meeting, in which the writing center sponsored a "kids against hunger" food drive. each consultant donated $5 (and bob matched the consultants with a $250 donation) and participated in packaging food for underprivileged children.

photos by kevin dyrland

Monday, April 20, 2009

Sunday, April 19, 2009

around the world, part xi

"CWC Around the World." Ezra Stewart-Silver (09) in Thailand, 2006.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

around the world, part x

Marie Hunt (09) in Ireland, 2007.

Friday, April 17, 2009

around the world, part ix

"CWC Around the World." Rob Synovec (07) in Japan, 2008.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

around the world, part viii

Deborah Kwan (08) in Wu Han, China, 2007.

around the world, part vii

Brad Bosma (08) in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

around the world, part vi

Katie Becker and Brandon Scodius (07) in Prague, Czech Republic, 2005.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Not Penultimate (but something-ultimate) Minutes

We are presented with nine different conferencing scenarios (scenaria?) and split into groups by table. The goal: to present on the conferencing quandry. Here’s a quick breakdown of the events:

1) Do we follow our own advice? How often do you use the WC? How often do you do what you advise others to do? Food for thought.

2) Plagiarism: what to do if the writer doesn’t think it’s wrong? “If you plagiarize, the terrorists win,” offers Jackie. Other ideas: lay out the consequences (failure, expulsion) for them.

3) Some beat-boxing (is that what the cool kids call it) illustrating cliches. Mike grinds. Kevin and Andrew Klingler make hand gestures. Leta does not got back. Um.

4) My group. What if a student’s paper has errors, but he corrects them when reading aloud?

5) Jorduhn Loord wears some tight tights. Grant is hung out. People enjoy this. Ellen does a great accent, and writes about birds. What to do when a writer doesn’t think her (bad) paper is bad? I’m not sure that a consensus was reached.

6) Ezra is a great friend, but a really bad writer (this is a fictional tale): how do you conference a paper about “book” when the student hasn’t read said book?

7) (the numbering is way off – my notes got a little hazy) – You hate poetry. Someone wants poetry conferenced? The solution is...conference it anyway. Be polite and useful, ask questions.

8) A faculty member’s “corrections” for a student’s paper don’t make sense and are grammatically incorrect. No solution reached. Any ideas?

9) We only had eight tables.

A reminder: if you signed up to send a postcard or call an accepted high school student, be sure to get on that, right quick.

Next week will be the Kids Against Hunger pack-athon. Be sure to bring in your $5, and sign up for a 20-minute shift. I believe people are still needed for the 6:40-7:00 time slot.

I’m still running way high on “Coe cash,” for the semester. Does anyone have any suggestions for things to buy in the Pub? So far I’ve been stocking up on toothbrushes and toothpaste, chapstick, hot cocoa, and cinnamon gum. Those are no-brainers. Some experiments:

--“A Taste of Thai” instant pad thai: surprisingly not that expensive or cholesterol-laden, and tastes pretty good, though not, of course, like actual pad thai)
--Kashi “Strawberry Fields” cereal: insanely expensive – almost seven dollars! – and, for me, a little high on the grain flakes and low on the freeze-dried berries. There are also little weird grain pellets that will assault your molars, even if you let the cereal sog-up a little before chewing
--Triscuits: again, overpriced, but you can’t really mess up Triscuits
--“Mary’s Gone Crackers” Organic, wheat-free, gluten-free crispy crackers: grossly expensive (I’m sensing a theme), but what can you do. These are apparently really healthy, and contain no ingredients that will make you break out in hives. I wanted to like these crackers. I really did. And, to be honest, they’re okay. But they’ve got this weird, plastic-y hard texture, like a poker chip, and they’re so very, very brittle and crunchy.
--That popcorn stuff: I haven’t tried the caramel yet, but the “aged real cheddar” and classic kettle corn varieties are entirely satisfactory. And fairly priced.

Can I say something about the Pub “coffee”? No, I don’t want to start. Honestly, as I told Becca in the ninth-floor lobby this afternoon while microwaving noodles, it makes me want to cry. I want so, so badly to like it. This coming from me, a person who enjoys even the dingiest, grittiest of diner coffee. It’s not real coffee. The “espresso” is an abomination upon the lord. I can’t continue with this discussion.

Anyone have any Pub faves?

Gia su,

around the world, part v

Katie Roger (class of '08) in France, 2006

Sunday, April 12, 2009

around the world, part iv

Tanner Curl (class of '07) in Wales, 2005

Saturday, April 11, 2009

around the world, part iii

Hannah Ross-Suits (class of '06) in Gambia, 2008

Friday, April 10, 2009

around the world, part ii

Corrie Ball (class of '06) in Japan, 2008

Thursday, April 9, 2009

CWC around the world, part ii (?)

Portland, England - 2007.

around the world, part i

starting with me. one else volunteered.

Jenna Shaw (class of '09) hiking óros ólimbos (aka mt. olympus) in northern greece, 2007

around the world

we're starting starting a new blog series called "cwc around the world" (does anyone have a cuter title?) featuring photos of consultants (current and alumni) in exotic places (basically anywhere that isn't cedar rapids). feel free to send in a photo if you want to be featured. any sort of comments, anecdotes, stories, lists, advice, whatever related to your experience that you want to include are also certainly welcome.

Hello from some WC folks on Asia Term (pictured in Thailand)!

Goodness Gracious, How about some Minutes

Here’s what happened at the Monday night meeting:

Bob informed us that acceptance letters have been sent out to students invited to join the WC next year. Behind the desk there will be envelopes, stationery, and postcards on which you can write messages to prospies you interacted with during the competition weekend encouraging them to come to Coe. I guess there’s some sort of spreadsheet listing the students, and you should write your name, indicating who you will be contacting. Phone and email is also okay, though be sure not to be too creepy or insistent.

Something happens, and Bob blushes, giggles, and says that he loves Victoria’s Secret essays.

We divide into committees. Discuss committee things. I am on the blogging committee. My fellow bloggers are Leta, Ezra, Johanna, and Taylor.

On April 20th, we will be working with Kids Against Hunger to package 2,000 meals for underprivileged children. The boxing up will happen during the Monday night meeting, and people will be asked to work in one of three 20-minute shifts. Each person is asked to fork over $5. Anyone with fundraising ideas should contact Andrew Boone.

See y’alls next week.


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

But I've yet to set off the fire alarm!

I keep shocking myself on couches and doorknobs (and Andy, when he's around). Hello, dry Iowan weather. I loves me some static electricity. (The last statement was a lie. I'm sorry.)

I thought I'd write up a list of How Not to Burn Down the Writing Center, possibly based upon personal experience.
  1. Do not microwave your socks for three minutes in an attempt to dry them out after a walk in the rain.
  2. Clean out the oven before you use it - turns out that food residue left from the previous use starts to smoke when you're innocently trying to make a loaf of bread. Who knew?
  3. Set the oven to Convection - not to Bake. It prevents the tops of your brownies or muffins from becoming something like charcoal biscuits while the middles remain stubbornly gooey.
  4. Don't leave a pot of coffee on a burner and forget about it so it boils dry and the pot cracks/explodes.
  5. Um. Don't be a moron, basically.
Fortunately, you're all smart, savvy individuals who won't make these same mistakes! And remember, as always, to remain vigilant against nuclear weapons.

- Leta