The Ocean (2nd Place Winner of IDEAS Poetry Contest) By: Ian Lambach

I had no wisdom And yet you taught me (Illuminated, beyond conditions) Water is clear to the bottom Where the fish swim Without moving And the sky is vast and boundless Where the bird flies away And disappears Just one word Of a poem is better Which if a man hears He is quiet This being that appears Then loses Every meaning The withered tree … Continue reading The Ocean (2nd Place Winner of IDEAS Poetry Contest) By: Ian Lambach

The Barn Burner (1st Place Winner of IDEAS Poetry Contest) By:Nicole Steinbaugh

I. We are going to walk in circles, the rings of you didn’t call, you don’t want to talk, I will never see you again, the jagged jumping-to-conclusions, the five hour act unconcerned. It is an art. It is What Happens when we’ve been abandoned, when someone else has already burned the barn and killed the cattle. In an hour there will be a voice … Continue reading The Barn Burner (1st Place Winner of IDEAS Poetry Contest) By:Nicole Steinbaugh

Say Hi to Rocky!

Rocky has a new home! On may 3rd 2016, the WIU-QC Planning and Advisory Committee unveiled Rocky at his new location in the walkway between Riverfront Hall and the QC Complex Buildings. Western Alumni, WIU Board Chair and local State Farm Agent Roger Clawson generously provided the funds for Rocky and the piece was made by artist  Ian Shelly. Visit Rocky at his new home and take … Continue reading Say Hi to Rocky!

Keanu Review By: Sean Harrison

Directed by Peter Atencio, “Keanu” is the first movie starring the comedy team of Keegan Michael Key and Jorden Peele.  In addition, the movie also stars Method Man and Luis Guzman as the two antagonist.  It is, in effect, what you would expect from a movie starring Key and Peele and in fact it feels a bit like an extended skit from their show, basically … Continue reading Keanu Review By: Sean Harrison

Security: Is it the Enemy? By: Cheyenne Coleman

Is security really a necessity? In today’s world, we are practically guaranteed security. We have winter coats and heat to keep us warm, food in the fridge, and cars to get us places. To many of us, we think it is a necessity because we are so afraid  of uncertainty. There comes a time, hopefully sooner than later, that we find time limited. I often … Continue reading Security: Is it the Enemy? By: Cheyenne Coleman