Coming Home and Other Memories: The Heart (or Art) of the Story

“We’ll Meet Again,” Vera Lynn Let’s say goodbye with a smile, dear Just for a while, dear We must part Don’t let this parting upset you I’ll not forget you, sweetheart We’ll meet again Don’t know where Don’t know when But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day Keep smiling through Just like you always do ‘Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far … Continue reading Coming Home and Other Memories: The Heart (or Art) of the Story


Within the first two minutes of this film, director Kogonada knocks you off your feet with his commitment to symmetry. The visual symmetry in each shot mirrors a dramatic parallelism drawn between the lives of two people struggling to break free from the past. Casey is a recent high school grad and architecture enthusiast who has forgone going to college in order to take care … Continue reading Columbus

Lady Bird

Lady Bird simply sings. It is a triumph—an era-defining coming of age story in the same vein as The Graduate, The Breakfast Club, and The Garden State—that is sure to have a similar impact on those who grew up in the early 2000s. While being wholly novel and refreshing in its approach, Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age debut seems so well-known, so personal, and so honest that … Continue reading Lady Bird

The Post

All work stops at The Washington Post when everyone feels the whole building lurch and groan. The press is running. Steven Spielberg’s The Post recounts the story of The Washington Post, at that point a small, family owned newspaper, crashing onto the public scene as the editors attempt to publish classified White House documents on the Vietnam War. The paper owner, Katherine Graham (Meryl Streep), … Continue reading The Post

Letter From the Editor, March 2017

By Chandler Ryd   An essay is a room. In writing, the author chooses words with which to furnish it before inviting you all, the readers, to enter. Nouns are the chairs and couches where you can rest; verbs are the tables—hard surfaces—that allow you to lean forward and work; metaphors are well-placed lamps and windows, illuminating and casting contrast.  The sum total, the atmosphere … Continue reading Letter From the Editor, March 2017

War, Mission, & Memory: Dr. Somerville’s Childhood in South Korea

by Micah Meadowcroft Yi Seung-hun was baptized in 1784. Peter Lee, as he became called, returned to Korea from a diplomatic mission to Beijing accompanying his father, the country’s first convert, bearing books and items of devotion. A Silhak Confucian teacher had asked him to learn more about the faith they read of in the writings of Matteo Ricci, a Jesuit missionary to China. The … Continue reading War, Mission, & Memory: Dr. Somerville’s Childhood in South Korea

Letter From the Editors, November 2015

As summer’s reality falls down dead around us, it seems appropriate to reflect on disillusionment and to seek the integrity that can disarm it. The distance that opens up between a soul and the world when something like a season’s end strikes it is a rich space, if risky. Each in its own way, the essays and features in this issue ask sharp questions, force … Continue reading Letter From the Editors, November 2015

The Ten-Dollar Bill Controversy Ignores History

By Timothy Troutner The recent pair of Collegian editorials on the ten-dollar bill controversy [Oct. 22], while interesting, failed to consider the history of United States currency. History suggests that the history of our currency, particularly in relation to women, is far more complicated than seniors Micah Meadowcroft and Josiah Lippincott’s arguments suggest. Depictions of the feminine used to be commonplace, while the cult of … Continue reading The Ten-Dollar Bill Controversy Ignores History