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The Peay Read 2013

Saints at the River

When a twelve-year-old girl drowns in the Tamassee River and her body is trapped in a deep eddy, the people of the small South Carolina town that bears the river's name are thrown into the national spotlight. The girl's parents want to attempt a rescue of the body; environmentalists are convinced the rescue operation will cause permanent damage to the river and set a dangerous precedent. Torn between the two sides is Maggie Glenn, a twenty-eight-year-old newspaper photographer who grew up in the town and has been sent to document the incident. Since leaving home almost ten years ago, Maggie has done her best to avoid her father, but now, as the town's conflict opens old wounds, she finds herself revisiting the past she's fought so hard to leave behind.

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The Freshman Legacy Project

     Each year, new Austin Peay freshmen enroll in APSU 1000, the University's orientation class. During the course of the semester, APSU 1000 students write a collection of short essays covering all sorts of topics, from special events occurring on campus to personal experiences and ideological issues. The Freshman Legacy Project(FLP) was conceived to chronicle the best of these written essays and to showcase the students' work to the following year's freshman class. The University believes that FLP will bring a heightened continuity to APSU's student body by constructing a bridge  between one freshman class and the next. Successes, frustrations, joys, and sorrows can be shared between generations of freshmen and therfore permit them to share the struggles of life and hopefully, some really good advice. In essence, the FLP is an experience genome. It is one venue for students to make lasting impressions on our ever-evolving student community.

     Currently, the Project selects about 20 essays for publication each year, though we hope to increase this number in years to come. The essays chosen must be well crafted, thesis-driven, and articulate, and they must exhibit proper use of grammar, documentation, and syntax. Please communicate with your APSU 1000 instructor for more details. The FLP staff looks forward to reading your essays!

A link to the essays as mentioned above are listed below: