Summer Reading Recommendation: “Mr. Loverman” by Bernadine Evaristo

Bernardine Evaristo’s Mr. Loverman is a joy. When I was reading, I was engrossed. When I wasn’t reading, I couldn’t wait to get back to the characters and their lives. The novel follows Mr. Barrington Walker, a sixty-year-old immigrant to England from the Caribbean. The tension in the novel revolves around Barry’s sexuality. He has… Continue reading Summer Reading Recommendation: “Mr. Loverman” by Bernadine Evaristo

Dar Mayweather joins Academic Support Programs team

This month, Dar Mayweather joins the Academic Support Programs team as the 4S Coordinator of the Edge program. His pronouns are he, him, and his. Dar helps his students confidently engage in tough decision making around academic and social life. He is a first generation college student who earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, a… Continue reading Dar Mayweather joins Academic Support Programs team

Summer Reading Recommendation: Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend”

Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend” is the first in a four-part saga, The Neapolitan Novels, set in 1950’s Naples, Italy. The novel is focused on the friendship of Elena Greco and Lila Cerrullo who grow up together. Their friendship sits at the forefront of this novel, everything else, including romantic and familial relationships, is secondary.… Continue reading Summer Reading Recommendation: Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend”

5 Fun Things to do in Ypsilanti this Summer

The demanding schedule of a college student oftentimes does not allow for festivals, hikes, or sunbathing. Use your free time this summer to take advantage of all that Ypsilanti has to offer. Now is the time to enjoy slow brunches at Beezy’s, take long walks at Frog Island Park, and attend late-night bingo at The… Continue reading 5 Fun Things to do in Ypsilanti this Summer

Summer Book Reads: David Sedaris, “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim”

David Sedaris’s collection of essays, “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” is an easy and enjoyable read. Sedaris manages to make each and every essay both funny and thought-provoking. Since the essays stand on their own (as opposed to working as one piece), the book reads like a long, winding, delightful, and slightly odd… Continue reading Summer Book Reads: David Sedaris, “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim”

Motivation Monday: Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison is an American writer. In addition to writing novels that have earned both critical and public acclaim, she has won both the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize. “Freeing yourself was one thing. Claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”

Motivation Monday: Khalil Gibran, “The Eye”

Khalil Gibran, 1883-1931, was a Lebanese writer and artist. His work often explores the mind-body connection and drifts into the spiritual. He rejects rigid social rules and opts for joyful freedom.   Khalil Gibran, “The Eye” Said the Eye one day, “I see beyond these valleys a mountain veiled with blue mist.  Is it not… Continue reading Motivation Monday: Khalil Gibran, “The Eye”