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Today's word on journalism

Friday, May 12, 2006


PETERSBORO, Utah -- Gloom like a Bulwer-Lyttonesque pall hung heavily over the Cache Valley as word came that the WORD had gone.

"As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire. . . ." No, wait. . . . That's actual Bulwer-Lyttonism. Scratch it.

We conclude, with joy and trumpets and a tankard or two, the 10th season of TODAY'S WORD ON JOURNALISM. What began in 1995 as a professor's strategy to get his students to read email (guess that worked!) now has spread, birdflu-like, far beyond that unwilling audience to self-flagellating WORD volunteers on five-and-a-half continents. But the willing and unwilling alike--the halt and addled and addicted and deluded--will have to get a life and smell the roses, for a while anyway.

Today marks the end of the WORD for this academic season. Even ere the rosy dawn that didth bust o'er this glade, this vale, this happy home. . . . ooops. Avert already, Sir Bulwer, you mangy cur!!!!

See you in the fall. . . TP

JCOM banquet singer finds inspiration in 'dramatic' roommates and definition of beauty

By Megan Sonderegger

April 7, 2006 | Mikaylie Kartchner was told in her younger years she "couldn't carry a tune in a bucket."

Now, after what she describes as a story of persistence, this 21-year-old print journalism major has performed, produced her own CD and plans to continue. Kartchner will entertain at the journalism and communication department's end-of-the-year banquet at 6 p.m. April 20 in the TSC Walnut Room.

Despite her difficulty in reading music, due to blindness in her left eye, Kartchner said she became determined to play the guitar because both of her parents had done so. She said she practiced singing by matching the pitch of notes on a piano to her voice and began teaching herself to play the guitar five years ago.

Kartchner said some of the inspiration behind her songs has come from the people in her life, especially her roommates and their experiences with boys. She said one of her songs was written on behalf of a "rather needy" roommate who walked into her room one day and said, "Mikaylie I just want a boy that I can kiss whenever I want."

"That basically started my song. I've had some incredibly dramatic roommates," Kartchner said, chuckling.

Kartchner said her greatest source of inspiration comes from things that bother her because she wonders about them. She said what bothers her most is the number of girls who are beautiful and do not think they are. She said she came from an emotionally abusive home and has at times struggled with her identity, but has come to the realization that "all women no matter what they look like are inherently beautiful."

She said this problem has been the focus of some of her recent songs, and she hopes to inspire girls to realize their beauty and help each other feel worthy.

"If you act like you're beautiful, you'll feel like you're beautiful," Kartchner said.

Kartchner said she plans to graduate in the spring and pursue writing. She said she would love to have her own humor column and feels she would excel in it because she has had a lot of life experiences that she feels most people have not.

"My family's incredibly crazy, I'm the only girl of five step-brothers and three brothers, I have two sets of parents, I'm blind and I come from an abusive home," Kartchner said listing off a few such experiences.

Kartchner said she plans to continue writing and playing after graduation and hopes to produce a new CD after she improves on her former one.

Tickets for the JCOM banquet are $5 for students, $25 for non-students, and can be purchased beginning Tuesday, April 11, in Room 310 Animal Science.


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