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Former Truman student self-publishes novels

January 19, 2019

Brendan O’Brien, visiting writer and Truman State University alumnus, could not write about people, landscapes or events by sitting down at his computer. For his novels, an important part of his research involved observing people, […]

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Truman graduate publishes poetry collection

December 9, 2018

Last month 2014 Truman State University graduate and writer, published his first book of poetry titled “What Loss Taught Me.”

Stephen Furlong chose to write poetry because he was blown away by the beauty and complexity of it. Furlong compared it to standing close to a painting and seeing the brushstrokes, and then by stepping away, one can see how ideas are woven together. That is one of the mystifying elements of writing, but he always thought that poetry was different. […]

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Testimony of the Living, Part Six

December 8, 2018

What is this? This is the beginning of a story. Not a story about Truman State University, nor a story of real people from anywhere, but a work of fiction. A short story from the brain of a person with too much going on inside her head. And this is only the beginning of it.
Each edition will bring you a new piece of the story until it has been fully told. Then, perhaps, I’ll tell you a new story. For now, welcome to the world of five teenagers living in Finder’s Point, Washington, a town that one of them describes as a “hideout for the lifeless.” This is the story of the creative, passionate, and animated living among the dreary, dull, and almost dead. This is the story of a group of friends whose own parents didn’t know what to do with them. A group of friends who are committed to staying alive. […]

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Cancún Mexican Cuisine — from burrito stand to brick and mortar

December 5, 2018

It all began with a simple burrito stand at the farmer’s market on Saturday mornings.  Hector Contreras, John Garlock and Contreras’s two nieces would fry tater tots and sausage at 5 a.m. and place their burritos into a wagon to pull two blocks to The Square. With demand for burritos and Kirksville community support high, Contreras came up with an idea: turn the burrito stand into a restaurant. […]

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Testimony of the Living, Part Five

December 3, 2018

What is this? This is the beginning of a story. Not a story about Truman State University, nor a story of real people from anywhere, but a work of fiction. A short story from the brain of a person with too much going on inside her head. And this is only the beginning of it.
Each edition will bring you a new piece of the story until it has been fully told. Then, perhaps, I’ll tell you a new story. For now, welcome to the world of five teenagers living in Finder’s Point, Washington, a town that one of them describes as a “hideout for the lifeless.” This is the story of the creative, passionate, and animated living among the dreary, dull, and almost dead. This is the story of a group of friends whose own parents didn’t know what to do with them. A group of friends who are committed to staying alive.
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Truman alumna Renee Eveland speaks on social and political issues

November 29, 2018

Renee Eveland, lawyer and Truman State University alumna, decided that current events should be a key topic for the two presentations she will give as this semester’s English and Linguistics Senior Seminar keynote speaker. She said this fall has been such a historic moment for the United States with the Kavanaugh hearings and the midterms. She thought if she were a senior in college, she would want to discuss the cultural, social and political issues happening right now in the country. […]

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Truman students take second in hackathon

November 26, 2018

After three and a half years of working together, a trio of friends finally made their way to the stage to take their second place awards in the 2018 TigerHacks hackathon. With every trial, junior computer science majors Tyler Acosta, Katherine Durant and Jeremie Amano’s skills and bond only grew stronger as they attended hackathons every semester. […]

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Truman welcomes film festival

November 22, 2018

For the first time ever, Truman State University will be hosting a film festival. This was made possible by the students in Truman Short Film Fest, a class created by Jocelyn Cullity, English professor and film studies minor committee chair.  

Cullity created this class to teach students how to establish and run a film festival. With 20 students, they have spent the semester laying the groundwork, including event-planning, promotional work and crowdfunding. […]

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Truman professor documents life with wearable camera

November 18, 2018

Psychology professor Mark Hatala has been using a wearable camera to document his life since May 2014. The camera he wears, and sometimes sets on a shelf or other surface, takes a photo every 30 seconds.

Hatala said the venture is part of a research movement called the “Quantified Self,” in which a person uses technology like a camera or a Fitbit to measure various aspects of their life, like how often they eat a certain food. If he wanted to, Hatala said, he could see every meal he has had in the past four years. […]

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Top 5 Thanksgiving dishes

November 16, 2018

Mashed Potatoes/Cheesy Potatoes: Baked, roasted or scalloped, potatoes can complete just about every Thanksgiving meal. Personally, mashed potatoes are my favorite, but my grandma’s cheesy potatoes are good enough that they deserve their own category. […]