There have been no winter blues for the Shortridge Blue Devils, with a special string of events to cap the fall semester and commence the spring term.
In December, we organized for the customary Holiday Party with ham sandwiches and pineapple upside-down cake, a special treat previously featured in a memorable student poem. Led by our team of fearless graduate assistants—Anthony, Natalie, and Colby—there was a robust Open Mic showing, with poems and stories that will surely feature in our year-end Reverberations print journal.
In February, as part of a Butler grant, we welcomed poet Ian Manuel, one of the subjects of Bryan Stevenson's best-seller Just Mercy. In an inspirational dialogue, he discussed his experience finding his poetic voice while serving time in solitary confinement, encouraging students to open up about what inhibits their creativity and keeps them from feeling whole.
Manuel's visit would not have been possible without the vision of professor Dr. Angela Hofstetter, who wanted to share his story with the Butler community and beyond. Before parting, Manuel asked for one last souvenir, a group photo with our Shortridge crew.