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The Mall publishes writing from Butler University’s Freshman Year Seminar (FYS) program and shares exemplary work produced in FYS courses. We aim to empower students’ understanding of the purpose and power of writing. We hope that this resource serves as a learning tool in classrooms and the larger community.

See the Aims and Scope for a complete coverage of the journal.

Current Issue: Issue 1 (2018) Writing from Butler University’s First Year Seminar 2017-18

A Note from the Editor-in-Chiefs

Dear Butler students, faculty, and community members,

The Mall staff are proud to present this new edition filled with the wonderful writing of many 2017-18 first year students. During the spring 2018 semester, students from many different first year seminar classes offered at Butler submitted their writing to the journal. As a staff, we read through each submission, and it was a challenge to choose just a handful of pieces to publish. Every author who submitted work, published or not, added to an incredibly unique blend of passions, perspectives, and voices with their writing. It was an honor to read them all.

The wide range of submissions we received is evidence that our class of 2021--and our university, too--is full of encouragingly courageous, tenacious, supportive, dedicated, and caring people. People capable of greatness, of making change happen in our world. As Editors-in-Chief of this year’s Mall, Wade and I would like to thank each one of you who submitted your work. Your vulnerability in sharing your writing with us showcased the remarkably strong minds on campus here at Butler University. It proved that each one of you is striving to better yourselves, and in the process, you are making each person around you stronger as well. We loved reading your work and regret that we could only choose a small number of pieces for the final edition. Thank you for allowing us a glimpse into your lives, for sharing a bit of your pain and your bravery, your loss and regret. And most of all, thank you for sharing your joy and success.

We can’t wait for you to read the wonderful pieces authors from the Butler University class of 2021 have allowed us to share with you, and we hope you enjoy this 2017-18 edition of The Mall.

Lindsay Marohn and Wade Townsend

The Mall Editors-in-Chief, fall 2018

Essays

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Front Matter
The Mall Staff

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Dearest Susan
Alexandra Cordill

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Meine Fahrerin
Molly Wells

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Blame
Gwendolyne Valles

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Prisoners of Men
Briana Kelley

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Put in a Box
Libbie Rammage

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Utopian Suggestion
Frannie Peabody

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Frosty
Jarod Lipson

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A Guide to Going Home
Ntinyari Miriti

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The Maple
Adrian Daeger

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A Letter in Confidence
Sofie Camarillo

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Blurred Mirrors
Katie Brownlee

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Curling
Michelle Duritsch

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Four Poems
Katie Brownlee

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Days on Dixie Drive
Mariesa LaRosa

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Reason for Everything
Katelyn Shadoan

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Taken
Jaclyn Collier

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Man of Words
Erin Morrisey

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Hearts of Ash
Hope Blackburn

EDITORIAL STAFF

Editor-In-Chiefs
Lindsay Marohn
Wade Townsend
Editorial Assistants
Taryn Plamann
Teryn Trent
Alfred Morris
Faculty Advisor
Nicholas Reading