Senior Spotlight: Emily Bernard

Midland Park, Nj. native Emily Bernard

As Commencement grows nearer and nearer, soon-to-be graduates are looking back at their years as Royals at The University of Scranton.

Emily Bernard is a history major minoring in English and theatre.

“It’s been a fun year with a lot of work, [but] I am lucky to have shared laughs and stories with friends and professors,” Bernard said.

If given the chance, Bernard would go back in time and tell her first-year self not to stress and that the work will all get done.

Bernard said this piece of advice is especially relevant considering how big of a year it has been for her composition.

“I received the Gail and Francis Slattery Center for the Humanities Fellowship which has enabled me to write my first full-length play,” Bernard said, “A short screenplay I wrote will also be published in the Spring 2021 Esprit Literary Magazine.” Continue reading

Club Spotlight: Literature Club

We caught up with Kody Fitzgerald (pictured here, center, with other officers), Literature Club president, to find out all about the Literature Club.

What is the goal of the literature club? 

Our club exists to foster the love of all things literature! Whether someone has a passion for writing, reading or grammar, we hope to further those passions. And, for those people who may just be curious about the literary arts, we hope to provide a community from which they can learn.

What kinds of books will you be reading? 

Our club will choose, read and discuss a new book each semester. This semester, our members voted to read a classic in Japanese literature: No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai. It happens to be one of my favorite books, so I’m excited to discuss it with my club members!

Why is it important for Scranton to have this club?

Scranton’s club communities don’t exist just so our school can say, “We have this many clubs.” I believe our communities exist to stimulate discussions, whether those discussions explore cultures, politics or any of the other subjects Scranton clubs have been founded on. Before this year, Scranton’s club communities lacked a club focused on literary discussion, so this club provides an important outlet for that discussion. Without a club like the Literature Club, Scranton students would not have an accessible outlet for this kind of discussion anywhere else on campus. Continue reading