The Danger of the Liberal Arts

“There is some danger in the liberal arts,” Dr. Fennell told us in that first lecture. “If you wanted to stay where you’re at, you should have become a dental hygienist.” I didn’t tell him that in my childhood, entering the world of cavities and dental chasms had been my modest aspiration. But something other than my idea of common sense propelled me into the astonishing world of Dr. Fennell’s classroom, and into an uncommon store of wisdom.

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College Tips from a “Wise Fool”

Freshman year presents itself in a flurry of new faces, and unfamiliar routines. Freshman year will present challenges to all students. With this uncomfortable truth established, here are a couple of tips that might help.

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The Joys of Hillsdale’s Theatre Department

When I auditioned, I wasn’t totally sure what to expect. I’d auditioned for plays before, but this was college. Surely the process would be far more competitive than anything I’d experienced so far. My audition was with a group of six other students and the talent I saw blew me away. I remember thinking that if I was up against them for parts, there was no way I’d be cast.

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To the News (Max)

I’d been searching for an internship since October. The temporary advisor to the Collegian had encouraged me to find a journalism internship for the summer. However, I struggled to find ones for which I was eligible, since I was only a freshman at the time.

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Internship Spotlight: Larissa Clark, ’17

Larissa Clark, ’17, is a Political Economy major with a minor in Business Administration and is from Fort Wayne, Indiana. This summer, she interned at Young America’s Foundation.

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What is Friendship?

During my freshman year, I went to my older brother for advice on how to make good friends. He was a senior at the time and had an amazing group of friends – I was still trying to figure out this whole college thing.

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Hillsdale Students, Faculty, and Staff Remember 9/11

To keep alive the memory of these tragic events and those who died on 9/11, the Hillsdale campus community holds a memorial service every year.

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Why I Chose Hillsdale: Friendships and Contracts

At my Freshman Convocation, Dr. Arnn spoke of college not only as an institution of learning to foster wisdom and encourage virtue, but also as a contract. He explained that the word collegium, the Latin root word for “college,” was occasionally used in Roman culture similarly to the way we use the word “contract,” highlighting the nature of the relationship between student and teacher.

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Recommended Reading: English Faculty’s Suggestions for Your Reading List

We asked several members of Hillsdale College’s English faculty to give us their top recommendations for literature. Here are the books that should be at the top of your reading list.

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The Heritage Room

Tucked away in the corner of the library there is a special room. The Heritage Room, colloquially referred to as the “Eagle Room” because of the abundance eagle statues dotting the walls, shelves, and tables, was constructed in 1994 during the extension of Mossey Library.

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What is the Source?

While the hot residue of summer fades, the College campus comes alive under a series of expansive white tents on the quad in an event know as “The Source.” Organized by the Student Activities Board (SAB), The Source pulls together various campus organizations and clubs to vie for the attention – and email addresses – of prospective members.

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