The Gong – Volume 1, Number 2, April 2017 – Shorter University

Goodbye to Our Seniors

Zayne Allen

Zayne Allen

The hallways of Rome Hall will not be the same as we no longer hear the walls resonate with the deep voice of one Zayne Allen as he investigates yet another question of identity throughout his literary studies. Ambitious in so many areas from Literature to Film Making, we do hope to see his name in many original productions in the near future. Good luck in all your endeavors big and small Zayne.



Alex Zayas


Alex Zayas

We wish Alex all the best in her future endeavors. Surely, with her broad field of study, Alex will be a success, making herself, the EMLLA faculty, and Shorter proud. We appreciate all you have contributed to our department in your time here at Shorter!




Leah-Joy Smith


Leah-Joy Smith

Her name pretty much sums it up. Leah-Joy brings such joy to our department, and she will be greatly missed. She is a writer, a scholar, and an artist who is equal parts head and heart, and her love for the Lord has ministered to so many here at Shorter. Leah-Joy, we look forward to seeing where the Lord takes you next…your legacy here will live on!


Sierra AndersonSierra Anderson

Sierra’s artistic, creative mind has gifted her with a rare natural talent for textual analysis. Her gentle spirit, combined with her reading skill, made her an incredibly remarkable English major over the past four years, and she will be sorely missed. Her contributions to many of the English department endeavors were invaluable. We can only hope she will visit and stay in touch!

Jeremiah 29:11 –

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

English Week Recap

The Chimes

The 102nd Chimes Release Party was a huge success. People of all ages showed up to congratulate the winners of the Chimes awards, Bellwether awards and Departmental awards. They came to listen to students read their best poetry, look at some great photography and listen to the guest speaker read from her published book. Some of the students had family members in the audience that cheered them on with pride.

Renee Emerson reciting poetryRenee Emerson read a few poems from her book “Threshing Floor” while her husband, Bryan Emerson, performed songs on his guitar and sang “These Hands.” They were both very well received and many praised their God-given talents.


Not only did students read their poetry, but a few professors did as well. Dr. Bost, Dr. Poussin and Dr. O’Neal read some of their works and captivated the audience with their artistic expression.

Brian EmersonThe end of the ceremony was bittersweet for many members of the staff. They were all extremely proud of the work and success that was accomplished from the 102nd issue of the Chimes, but they were also rather sad it was over. Thankfully, we all have the next issue to look forward to live online in March 2018. The theme “Selah” is about being able to relax, take a deep breath and just enjoy life. Submissions are now open and will be accepted until mid-November.

– Kat Tate

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Group of students and professors at The Chimes party.

English Luncheon

English luncheon

Story Night

Student reading to children at story night.

 Teacher Appreciation

English teacher with appreciation gift basket.
English teacher with appreciation gift basket.
English teacher with appreciation gift basket.
English teacher with appreciation gift basket.

 Photo Fundraiser

Photo Fundraising table in FSU.


From the Editor’s Desk

Hello English lovers!

I can honestly say that I have truly enjoyed being your current editor of The Gong, and I have loved sharing the passion of English and literature with all of you. However, along with the other seniors featured in this edition of The Gong, I will be graduating soon.

It feels as though I spent forever to reach this point, but when I think back on my years here at Shorter, the time I have spent here seems to have flown by too quickly. I want to thank you all for allowing me to invest into your lives through this newsletter, and for investing in me through this experience in return. I wish all of you the best for your finals, for your summer, and for wherever your lives may take you. God bless you all.


Sierra Renee Anderson

Internship Opportunity

Broad Street Live is currently accepting one to possibly two interns who are interested in the Rome community, local events, and writing. Located in Rome, GA, BSL is offering an excellent opportunity to students who are seeking to expand their portfolio in the arts of writing, journalism, and communication. (Payment may be possible in the future). If you would like experience in writing columns for a website, then feel free to contact

Sad looking girl with open text bookHow to Survive Finals: 101

  1. Study, but don’t over-study. Over-studying will only stress you out even more.
  2. Ask a teacher for advice. Believe it or not, teachers are human just like you, and there’s a good chance they actually want to help you (especially the teachers here at Shorter – just saying).
  3. Get to sleep! Good sleep will only help you in the long run.
  4. Make sure you eat plenty of yummy and satisfying food. Not only does good food make you feel better about life in general, but it also gives your brain the fuel it needs to remember the important stuff, like why Edgar Allan Poe never names his narrators.
  5. Hang out with a friend. Whether the two of you are talking, laughing, or picking on each other until the cows come home, a good friend is guaranteed to make your day a little brighter (or at least make you forget about your stress for a while).
  6. Take some time out of the day for some you-time. Read a book (that doesn’t have to do with school, unless you enjoy that), watch some T.V., listen to music, or even watch funny cat videos on the internet! Anxiety and stress can make finals so much more difficult than they actually are. The more relaxed you are, the better you’ll feel.
  7. You can do this! You’ve been working hard and studying this material for the entire semester! If you’re simply doing your best, then those passing grades are bound to follow.

Featured Author

Graphic of lion's head/C.S. Lewis featured author



C.S. Lewis

“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.”







The Breakfast Club

Every Thursday and Friday at 8 a.m.
Rome Hall, Room 105

Join us for a literary morning to discuss books we are reading in class, enjoy lively discussion, and partake of food, fun and fellowship with your Shorter classmates.

Canterbury Tales

On April 1st, Shorter students and faculty traveled to the Shakespeare Theater in Atlanta for a night of fun and laughter to see the Canterbury Tales.

A Hobbit Weekend

From April 7th to 9th, the English Club will watch a movie from The Hobbit trilogy each night from 7-9 p.m. There will be popcorn. There will be soda. And there will be hobbits!

Department Organizations and Publications

English Club

President: Kristin Towe

They read. They write. They eat doughnuts.

For an English lover, a club doesn’t get much better than that.

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The Chimes

Editor-in-Chief: Hannah Cauthen

An esteemed group of students dedicated to the creation of a first-class literary magazine.

Named after the very magazine that they create, this prestigious organization has been operating for over 130 years. In only the past couple of years, The Chimes has made extraordinary strides in the fields of literature and art, one of their greatest accomplishments yet being the bold transition to an online format.

To see The Chimes 102nd edition, visit

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Sigma Tau Delta

President: Zayne Allen

The Shorter English Department’s honor society.

Sigma Tau Delta consists of highly skilled students dedicated to gaining knowledge and experience in the fields of English and literature. Induction into the honor society begins during a student’s sophomore year of college.

Drawing of sheep with bell around neck.



An English departmental newsletter dedicated to the celebrated success of students.

Each semester, professors submit the best essays from their first year composition and other writing classes, and the best of the best are selected by committee.

If you would like to see previous winners and the newsletter itself, feel free to check out