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Rich Egger

On December 2nd, the evening news droned as I was in the kitchen, making soup. Donald Trump's nasal reiteration that he stood by his hateful statement regarding barring all Muslims from the United States until our government had a concrete plan in place carried to the stove. 

An Open Letter to WIU's Board of Trustees

Dec 14, 2015
Tim Schroll

Dear members of the Board of Trustees,

An attack on faculty is an attack on students, the regional economy, and the brand of Western Illinois University. 

Rich Egger

Stop it.  Just stop it.  Stop pretending to care about those harmed by gun violence when you fail to address the root of the problem.

The Spirit of Community is Alive and Well

Dec 3, 2015
Rich Egger

Several recent lectures, newspaper columns, and radio interviews have proposed a hypothesis that we in Macomb are suffering from a decline in the spirit of community. Really?

I Believe in Hope

Dec 2, 2015
Rich Egger

I spent last week in the house my great grandfather built when he immigrated to the United States from Sweden. He built the house on the land he farmed, the land my mother spent the majority of her life on and still lives on today. I spent the week with family and old friends, sharing stories, playing games, catching up and just enjoying being with each other.

Giving Thanks vs. Saving Money

Nov 24, 2015
Powhusku from Laramie, WY, USA Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a peaceful time surrounded by family, close friends and a delicious meal. It took an outside perspective for me to see how another tradition may be dominating American Culture this time of year.

The Power of Pie

Nov 18, 2015
Photo (c) 2007 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) - Self-photographed. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and many will be unbuttoning their pants so as to make room for a slice of pumpkin pie. Of course, pumpkin pie wasn't at the first Thanksgiving, but according to the American Pie Council, "Pie has been around since the ancient Egyptians."

Rich Egger

Mornings are not easy in my house.  Amidst the chaos of fighting for the bathroom, misplaced shoes and socks, and readying ourselves for the day ahead there is one that thing that brings everyone to a dead stop and allows us to pause and savor the moment. 

Some of the earliest memories I have with my dad are related to baseball. Every Sunday after church, we would sit in the car waiting for my mom to finish getting "just a few things" at the store and listen to Herb Carneal's play-by-plays of the Minnesota Twins on WCCO radio.

Amos Doyle

The Illinois state budget was due July 1. Four months later it appears that Governor Rauner and Speaker Madigan are locked in a battle of wills with no end in sight.

How Do I Live in this World?

Oct 21, 2015
Rachel Chaves

A Bright New Boise by Samuel D. Hunter opened Wednesday at Horrabin Theatre on the WIU campus.  It will run until this Sunday, October 25. 

Sugar is Not So Sweet

Oct 20, 2015
Rich Egger

I have hesitated to make good on a promise to expose sugar as an addictive substance.  It is as if I were doubting my mother's love or the core of my existence; for if little girls are made of sugar, what is the substance of women?  Are boys and men made of sugar as well?  

Community. Service.

Oct 14, 2015
Rich Egger

On Saturday, October 3rd I attended the WIU Homecoming parade. It was a beautiful day for a parade: sunny, the air crisp, the trees around us on the verge of exploding in autumnal color. I watched high school marching bands, politicians and hair stylists, dance troupes and college floats pass by. 

Rich Egger

Standing on the edge of a hay field on a cool September morning I fell in love again.  It wasn't a hard, fast, impassioned fall like those felt by first time lovers, but rather a slow fall -- deep with appreciation and wonder of seeing the familiar in a new light. 

Rich Egger

I can't remember not reading books. I still have a photograph of me from Kindergarten, pigtail braids and my overalls with the mushroom on the pocket, surrounded by books because I won the book reading contest at school.

The "F" Word

Sep 23, 2015
Rich Egger

Hello ladies and gentlemen. I do not want to alarm you, but today I've been given clearance to say a very, very bad word right here on the airways.

The Global Hispanosphere

Sep 17, 2015
Rich Egger

This fall colleges and universities have seen some of the largest Hispanic student enrollment ever, and next month, people from various regions of the world will observe or protest Columbus Day.  Hispanics despise and revere Columbus for initiating the vast expansion of Hispanic language and culture through the Americas and the Caribbean.

Rich Egger

I was moved by Rebekah Buchanan's commentary on the courage and heroism of Mamie Till-Mobley, and Rebekah's own call to activism as a mother. It humbled me to think of Ms. Till-Mobley carrying on with such incredible strength and endurance after the violent murder of her son, driven by love and outrage.

Rich Egger

The photo got me.  Red shirt, blue shorts, and little shoes.  It's been a long time since I have helped my children put their shoes on, but in an instant I was sitting on the floor lacing up Willow and Maren's tiny floral trainers before taking them to pre-school.   Three year old Aylan Kurdi's parents had lovingly dressed him for a very difficult journey that morning.  Hoping for a better life, his parents placed their faith and their family in a rubber dingy, trusting that the journey would end in a better life. 

The Heroism and Activism of Mamie Till-Mobley

Sep 3, 2015
Wikipedia

Last week was the 60th anniversary of the murder of a young boy, a murder that changed the world. And, the reason we even know about the murder, the reason we know his name, is because of his mother.

My Time on the Other Side of the Microphone

Jul 23, 2015
Jamie & Jason Parrott

The powerful windstorm that hit Quincy on Monday, July 13 brought down hundreds of trees and knocked out power to thousands throughout the city.  It's the type of moment when a journalist thinks, "It's time to get to work" -- unless one of the homes that's been damaged is your own.

Reaching Across Party Lines

Jun 21, 2015
AmosDoyle/Wikimedia Commons

The members of the McDonough County Interagency Council, which is a networking group of social service agency providers, annually schedule a meeting with our Illinois State Senator and Representative.

A Welcoming & Inclusive Environment

Apr 22, 2015

On Thursday nights at 6:30, in the University Union’s Sandburg Lounge you’ll find full tables, laughter, students hugging, and Unity Executive Board members welcoming General Assembly members to our weekly meetings.

In Praise of a Liberal Arts Education

Mar 19, 2015
Rich Egger

This is an open letter to State lawmakers Norine Hammond and John Sullivan:     

As an alumna and faculty member of Western Illinois University's College of Arts and Sciences, I ask you to consider my testament to the value of Western's liberal arts-based education. 

I am an educator and a parent with daughters in the 7th and 8th grades in the Macomb Public Schools.  Like many others schools - although not all - throughout the nation, Macomb schools will be administering the PARRC exam this month to its students.

Breaking Out of the Testing Trap

Feb 22, 2015

Like many Macomb parents, I’m not pleased with high-stakes testing. 

Personal Stories of Combat and Peace

Feb 9, 2015

In the bottom drawer of my desk are among my most valuable possessions—the letters my brothers sent when they were active duty Marines.

A Dark Anniversary

Feb 5, 2015
Dickson Mounds Museum

My brother Chad disappeared Feb. 8th, 1998 in the Spoon River at the Bernadotte dam.

Warner Bros.

A couple of weekends ago, my husband Michael and I did something we haven’t done in years.

I'm a Person, Not a Place

Jan 22, 2015

I never had an abortion, but I should have.  I am sure of this after reading Katha Pollitt's highly acclaimed book, Pro:  Reclaiming Abortion Rights

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