The Stevens Writing and Communications Center Blog

Five Reasons Our Writing Center Should Have a Theme Song

In Uncategorized on February 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm

by Laryssa Wirstiuk

I recently discovered that The University of Mississippi’s Writing Center has a theme song that anyone can enjoy on YouTube. My favorite line of the song is “Oh, the night is too short for a comma splice /And tonight is perfect for some MLA on ice.”

I jokingly asked if the WCC could also write and perform a theme song. Though the image of our staff singing about misplaced modifiers may seem rather silly, the idea that a writing center should have a theme song isn’t so bad. Here are five reasons why our writing center would benefit from a theme song:

1. Music helps us learn. My high school Spanish teacher was one of the best instructors I’ve ever had, and one of her favorite activities was teaching us Spanish songs, which would get stuck in my head and endlessly loop Spanish vocabulary. Though Writing Center Specialists won’t necessarily sing to students, a theme song would let them know we’re not afraid to think outside of the box to help them.

2. A theme song would capture the attention of any student still hesitant to visit. We try our best to lure students to our center in 210 Morton (Dunkin’ Donuts Munchkin crumbs leading from the stairwell to the entrance help), but some students are still intimidated by the Writing Center. They may be skeptical of an activity that’s neither class-time nor office hours. Theme songs smash boundaries and prejudices! Songs can even help end famines (think “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid)!

3. Students will never forget where we’re located and/or neglect making appointments. Our very catchy theme song would include a refrain with our location and our hours so that all a student needs to do is hum the melody until the correct information comes to mind.

4. We want to impress our neighbors. The Music and Technology department is located just down the hall, and I think a theme song would really impress both faculty and students. At the very least, we may be able to get some help (we’re amateur songwriters, after all).

5. A theme song would only emphasize the fact that we encourage “can-do” attitudes. If we want a theme song, we will write a theme song. Similarly, we try to do everything in our power to listen to staff and student feedback with the goal of making the Stevens Writing Center a better, more productive place.

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