The “McKendree Review” Crew

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Vol. 93, Iss. 1

Editors

Kimberly Bennett
Editor-in-Chief

Mindy Allen
Assistant Editor

Emily Lucia
Assistant Editor / Web Manager

Editing Team

Mindy Allen
Kimberly Bennett
Emily Lucia

In This Issue

Kaleigh Admire
Mindy Allen
Kimberly Bennett
Logan Ghast
Emily Lucia
McKendree University Athletics
Prof. Amy MacLennan
Pamela Manning, Ph.D.

The McKendree Review is a student-run organization of McKendree University. The mission of The McKendree Review is to give students the opportunity to learn the news process and publish articles pertaining to their opinions and ideas.

The staff does not agree with all statements and opinions, which rightfully belong to their writers.

The McKendree Review Office can be found in Eisenmayer 208 on the McKendree Campus, at 701 College Rd., Lebanon, IL, 62254.

Staff can be reached by email at mckreview@mckendree.edu.

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“Leditors” ~ A Letter from the Editors

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Welcome back everyone!

The McKendree Review is excited to return for a full semester of action. As you probably have guessed, we are still using the WordPress site as our main domain so some of the functions may seem familiar to you. If you are not familiar with WordPress, I implore you to explore our website. If you are still having questions regarding the domain’s layout, please email mckreview@mckendree.edu for assistance.

What’s new?

The Review is going to start a monthly project called: Department 101. Each issue will showcase a different department as a way to gear students towards learning about departments that may be different from their own. This project will also serve a purpose for prospective students. Granted, not all of McKendree’s departments can be showcased within ten months, but if Department 101 is successful, then we hope it will become a regular column.

We are also wanting to start a column called, “‘Leditor’ Advice,” to replace the “Girl Talk” and “Guy Speak” columns. If you have a question regarding anything campus-related and would like to hear the McKendree Review’s opinion, feel free to email us and ask.

Be sure to check out the Sudoku! There will be a surprise waiting for you.

Thank you everyone who submitted articles and creative writing pieces for the first issue. I know it can be hard to nudge yourself to write something during the summer, so again, thank you.

Don’t forget to stop by our booth at the Involvement Fair on Sept. 4 from 11 AM – 2 PM. We will have a sign-up sheet for anybody who is interested in the following criteria:

  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Photography
  • Layout (for printed issues, we use InDesign)
  • Website management (www.mckreview.com)
  • All of the Above

We look forward to hear from fellow McKendreans throughout the year and hope that everyone has a great academic school semester!

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Why You Should Join the “McKendree Review”

BY MINDY ALLEN & KIMBERLY BENNETT

cropped-town-gown-picture.jpgHave you ever considered writing articles for a newspaper or even joining the staff? Do you like writing in general? Do you have a lot to say but have no idea how to share your opinions?

When an article gets written for the Review, it goes through the process of editing and then sometimes gets sent back to the author for revision. Whether you are on the editing side of the process or on the receiving side, it can improve your writing. Proficient writing is an underrated skill for any major from education to business. For example, what if you were not hired for your dream job because your writing did not meet the employer’s standards?

The benefits from joining the McKendree Review are endless:

  • Editing other people’s writing
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Learning about and designing newspaper layouts
  • Expanding computer skills
  • An experience to include in your résumé.
  • Provides Leadership opportunities
  • Offers Conferencing opportunities

If you are interested, send the Review an email (mckreview@mckendree.edu) or find us at the Involvement Fair on Sept. 4 from 11 AM to 2 PM.

You do not have to be an English major / minor or a Journalism minor in order to join the Review.

If you are interested, feel free to come to our first meeting on Sept. 11 in Clark Lounge, 3:00 PM!

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Pamela Manning, Ph.D. Sparks Interest of Medical Doctors

BY PAMELA MANNING, Ph.D.

For Dr. Manning's piecePamela Manning, McKendree’s Assistant Professor of Education, was invited to speak at the National Medical Association Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii on Aug. 3, 2014.  In response to her book, My Child Would Never Do That!, which highlights her philosophy on several school experiences, the National Medical Association asked her to speak for the Grace James, M.D. Memorial Lecture.  Dr. James was a pediatrician who believed in helping youth both medically and educationally.

Dr. Manning has 39 years of experience in education across the United States and abroad. She has been a teacher, speech pathologist, principal and superintendent.  She spoke of her first medical emergency as a first year teacher.  A high school student in Hurtsboro, Alabama had a seizure in mid-air on an outdoor basketball court as he was jumping to make a basket.  He jerked while he was still in the air and came down head first on a concrete court.  There was no nurse on site, and Dr. Manning had received no professional medical training.  She wondered if her actions were correct as the ambulance carried him away.  Fortunately, the student returned to school two weeks later.   Dr. Throughout Manning’s career as a teacher, she has encountered many students with several different kinds of medical issues such as sickle cell anemia, tuberculosis, diabetes, HIV, mental and emotional issues, infections as well as urgencies which required the use of EpiPens and defibrillators.

She believes pediatricians and public school administrators can have a positive impact on today’s youth.  Nurses and physicians should offer professional development on the university level to prepare new teachers for certain medical emergencies. Together, we can save our youth through education, medical training and support by closing gaps between the medical and educational fields while taking into consideration the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Collaboration can only make us that more powerful in making a difference!

Learning / Performance Objectives for Pediatricians:

  • Identify medical needs in their service community
  • Identify points of contact for Physicians
  • Identify health gaps within the local community
  • Identify activities and possible solutions for closing gaps from a provided list
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My Child Would Never Do That!: A Guide For Student Success
Pam Manning, Ph.D.

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974-1-4602-1792-4 (Paperback)
974-1-4602-1793-1 (e-book)

 

 

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Department 101: English and Writing

English and Writing Brings More to the Professional World than You May Think…

BY KIMBERLY BENNETT

The McKendree Review is proud to present the first segment of an ongoing project featuring different departments of McKendree University. Whether students are new, transfers or thinking about changing majors, there are always students who are searching for career paths. Because the McKendree Review reaches out to staff, faculty, alumni, current students, prospective students and parents of current, prospective or graduated students, we hope to provide a helpful outlook on the different majors McKendree offers with our new project: Department 101. As the first segment of the project, the McKendree Review would like to introduce our audience to two areas of the Humanities Department: English and Writing.


As an English major with an emphasis on literature and writing, I feel it is important to showcase the English and Writing departments of McKendree University because there are people out there who do not take the English and/or writing fields seriously. Some think teaching is the only English profession that exists; others believe the English and writing fields are the easiest fields to study. For anyone who wishes to be an English major or minor, let me make something clear: the material will make you want to rip your hair out at times, scream at your textbooks or even make you crumple up three-thousand sheets of loose leaf paper. But, despite the headache-worthy knowledge in which some of the classes hammer into your heads, the tough journey is worth it.

  • The study of literature and writing will enrich your minds with worldly knowledge.
  • You will gain an appreciation for material written in the 1500s, 1600s, 1700s, 1800s, 1900s and present day.
  • You will learn to read and understand Shakespeare.
  • You will gain a general knowledge regarding semantics and syntax.
  • You will be able to learn about historical periods through literary works such as Native Son (Wright), The Sound and the Fury (Faulkner) and Persepolis (Satrapi).
  • You would also have the chance to learn about medieval myths and legends like “Beowulf” and “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.”
  • Alongside the literature, you will also improve your writing skills in areas like specificity, clarity and organization.

Some writing intensive classes are designed to teach you different aspects of writing such as professional writing and academic writing. Granted, the content for several English and writing classes is not easy and requires an immense amount of time dedicated to studying, but the enrichment of knowledge, insight and critical analysis is worth the struggle.

One of the tracks the English field offers is Secondary Education of English. Although the education route did not pan out for me due to personal reasons, Megan Doty, a Secondary English Education major, has completed mostly all of the English and Education classes in which her degree offers and will be graduating in December to start the next chapter of her life.

Doty praised the English department at McKendree when I asked her what her thoughts were regarding the education aspect of her degree and added, “[The department] could not do a more fantastic job at preparing future English teachers. They not only offer classes specifically geared towards helping all of us plan interactive and creative lesson plans, but they also provide excellent examples of caring, dedicated teachers. They also open our eyes to some of the stresses and hard realizations that will come along with teaching and provide practical ways to combat those stresses.

In order to explain the benefits of the English field even further, I have created a piktochart that briefly covers the main aspects of the English department.

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As you can see from the piktochart, the English Department offers fun organizations in which any student can join. I have had the pleasure of being a part of the Literary Interest Society (LIS), the McKendree Review and the Creative Writing Group for the past few years, and I cannot wait until we all meet up again for another fun year.

The Literary Interest Society, as stated by LIS’s faculty advisor, Nichole DeWall, “provides an opportunity for English majors and students from other disciplines to discuss, enjoy and study all forms of literature and written expression. LIS sponsors numerous events throughout the year, including T-shirt sales, book and writing clubs [as well as] poetry slams. The organization makes frequent trips to literary events in St. Louis. Most of the proceeds from fundraisers go toward the annual Chicago Shakespeare Trip.”

My favorite part of LIS is the Chicago trip because it gives students a chance to experience life inside a big city (sorry, but St. Louis hardly counts) as well as explore a part of Illinois that may be foreign to them. I have always lived in smaller cities like O’Fallon, Ill. or Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. Going to Chicago for the first time two years ago was certainly a culture shock to me. Walking in the streets of Chicago gave me a chance to live on the edge a little; the streets are covered with taxis and pedestrians, and if you are not careful, well…, let us not go there, shall we?

Obviously, if it was not for the McKendree Review, you would not be reading any of these articles right now. When I first joined the Review, I never pictured myself as Editor-in-Chief. In all actuality, the only reason I signed up for the Review during my first year of college was because I was looking for information for McKendree’s anime club. Yes. Guilty as charged. Then, when I received an email regarding interest for the Review, I decided to give it a go. It turns out I was pretty good at writing film and book reviews, and before joining the McKendree Review, I have never written an article for a school newspaper in my life. Joining the McKendree Review showed me how much I love editing, and my decision pretty much told me what I wanted to do after college: editing and publishing. That example just proves that something small can take you somewhere incredible!

One of my favorite parts of the week is when I go to McKendree’s Creative Writing Group meeting. Do not worry, the name will be changed into something much cooler early in the semester. No matter what your major or minor is, the CWG welcomes anyone who loves creative writing. Whether you love writing poetry or short stories, the CWG is the place to be. Once a week, a student will volunteer his or her creative work(s) for the group to read and workshop. Some members give advice on content. Others focus on editing. The volunteer will receive an abundant amount of advice from different people to help them improve their writing. Unfortunately, the Creative Writing Group is not offered as a registered organization, but it will make an informal presence at the Involvement Fair. In fact, the sign-up sheets can be found at the Review’s booth and possibly, the LIS’s booth. If you are interested, we are planning on meeting Fridays (starting the Sept. 5) at noon to 1:50 PM in the Writing Center lounge.

If you are either planning on going into English or are already a part of the English discipline, you will have a chance to be nominated for Sigma Tau Delta (∑Т∆), the International English Honors Society. ∑Т∆ has an induction ceremony at the end of each semester where eligible English majors are inducted into the society.

To join ∑Т∆, English majors must be eligible in all three of the following standards:

  • Overall GPA: 3.0 or above
  • GPA in English: 3.0 or above
  • Pass and complete at least three 200-level English courses at McKendree University

One of the benefits of being part of Sigma Tau Delta is the scholarship opportunities. Members receive a monthly newsletter regarding what’s new with ∑Т∆ and are encouraged by professors to apply for the scholarship opportunities.

Even though I am majoring in English with an emphasis on literature and writing, I am not an avid reader. The main reason I decided to go into English is because of my love for writing and editing. At the time, there was not a field solely dedicated to writing, but starting this year, McKendree University is welcoming a new program to the Division of Humanities: Professional Writing & Rhetoric (PWR). Emily Lucia, senior, is one of the first students entering into the PWR major, and she wanted to share with others why she is thrilled to start her new degree.

“I’m super excited about this new major,” said Lucia during our interview a few days ago. “Since I first switched my major to English, I knew I wanted to go into writing. The course, Professions of the English major, guided me into realizing I wanted a career in professional writing. Obviously, the decision to switch from English to PWR was not too difficult. I love communicating with people in different ways through writing; whether it is explaining information in order to help others understand material or sharing stories for a newspaper or nonprofit organization, professional writing is where I want to go. And since PWR is a new program, it is going to be fun to see how the curriculum develops.”

Here is another piktochart that will help cover the basic information regarding the new Professional Writing and Rhetoric course.

Created by: Kimberly Bennett

Created by: Kimberly Bennett

Alongside all of the goals and benefits of both the English and writing fields of McKendree University, there is an abundant amount of career paths that English and writing influence:

  • Communications / Media
  • Education (K-12)
  • Higher Education
  • Legal Professions
  • Research
  • Public Policy
  • Info Systems / Technology / Library

For more detailed information regarding career paths, visit the English department’s information page: What Can I Do with an English Degree? Or, make an appointment with McKendree University’s very own Career Services.

Here is a list of classes both the English and PWR departments offer. You can find their descriptions within your student catalog.

  • Note that some of the classes can be offered for more than one track.

English Major || Literary Track:

  • Introduction to Literary Studies (ENG 290)
  • Shakespeare’s Romances and Tragedies (ENG 302)
  • 17th Century English Literature (ENG 315)
  • 20th Century English Literature (ENG 319)

English Major || Literature / Writing Track:

  • Major Authors (ENG 390)
  • American Literature from 1900 to Present (ENG 304)
  • Romantic English Literature (ENG 317)
  • The Nature of Language (ENG 300)

English Major || Secondary Education Track:

  • Seminar in English (ENG 490)
  • Medieval and Renaissance English Literature (ENG 311)
  • World Literature I & II (ENG 309 & 310)

English Minor:

  • Victorian English Literature (ENG 317)
  • American Literature to 1900 (ENG 303)
  • Everything Above As Needed

Professional Writing & Rhetoric Major & Minor:

  • Introduction to Professional Writing (PWR 210)
  • Writing in the News Media (JRN 351)
  • Digital Imaging (ART 445)
  • Feature Writing (JRN 353)

Thank you for taking your time to read the Review’s first Department 101 article, showcasing the English and writing divisions of McKendree. As of right now, the next department / division has not been determined, but we will contact the department chair within the upcoming weeks. So, faculty and staff, be on the lookout for an email from the McKendree Review!

The poll closes on Friday, Sept. 05 at 6 PM. 

Please let us know if you would be interested in writing your own Department 101 piece for your program / major / minor / department / division.

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McKendree University Softball Completes 2015 Recruiting Class

BY MCKENDREE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS

(LEBANON, Ill., Aug. 15) – McKendree University softball coach, Evelyn Bean, recently completed her 2015 recruiting class.

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Lucienda Adams of Dahlgren, Ill., Rebecca Franke of Trenton, Ill., Emma Lewis of Bethalto, Ill., Abbi Liske of Ashley, Ill., Adrianna Pantano of Bolingbrook, Ill., and Chole Thies of Willisville, Ill. join early signee’s Brooke Gajewski of Kronenwetter, Wis. and Kyla Haukap of Dawson, Ill. as members of the 2015 recruiting class.

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Lucienda Adams
Infielder, Hamilton County High School, Dahlgren, Ill.
Three-year starter at Hamilton County High School…hit .294 with eight doubles, two triples, 19 runs scored and 12 RBI…was a two-time All-Conference honoree…named school’s top senior female athlete.

Rebecca Franke
Catcher, Wesclin High School, Trenton, Ill.

Hit .440 with 10 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 22 RBI as a senior at Wesclin High School…was a two-time All-Conference and All-Area honoree.

Brooke Gajewski
Pitcher, D.C. Everest Senior High School, Kronenwetter, Wis.

Was a three-time All-Conference honoree at D.C. Everest Senior High School…was named conference Pitcher of the Year as a senior…posted a 0.94 ERA with 143 strikeouts and only four walks…was an All-District honoree as a junior…helped lead the Evergreens to three regional championships and a conference title…played club softball for Wisconsin Bandits/Fire Pro.

Kyla Haukap
Outfielder, Buffalo Tri-City High School, Dawson, Ill.

Hit .576 with 55 runs scored and 56 stolen bases as a senior at Buffalo Tri-City High School…her 174 career stolen bases set a school record and is ranked ninth all-time in state history, while her career .552 batting average is ranked 19th all-time in state history…was a four-time All-Conference and four-time All-State honoree…helped lead Buffalo Tri-City to three conference championships and a regional championship as a sophomore…played club softball for The Hitting Center.

Emma Lewis
Utility, Civic Memorial High School, Bethalto, Ill.

Hit .211 as a senior at Civic Memorial High School…was an All-Conference honoree as a junior and helped lead the Eagles to a fourth place finish in the state tournament as a freshman…plays club softball for the Bluff City Sox.

Abbi Liske
Infielder/Outfielder, Nashville Community High School, Ashley, Ill.

Hit .355 with 10 doubles, 10 home runs, 37 RBI and 29 runs scored as a senior at Nashville High School…was a two-time All-Area honoree and was an All-Conference honoree as a senior…helped lead the Hornets to a state championship as a sophomore and a third place finish as a junior…played club softball for the O’Fallon Tomahawks.

Adrianna Pantano
Infielder/Outfielder, Bolinbrook High School, Bolingbrook, Ill.

Helped lead Bolingbrook High School to a regional championship as a senior…played club softball for Bolingbrook Panthers.

Chole Thies
Infielder, Trico Community High School, Willisville, Ill.

Hit .358 with two doubles, 25 runs scored and 29 RBI as a senior at Trico Community High School…helped lead the Pioneers to a state runner-up finish as a senior…was an All-Conference honoree…plays club softball for the Southern Illinois Dirt Dawgs.

The McKendree University softball team finished the 2014 season with an overall record of 17-31 with a 10-24 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

 

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McKendree University Men’s Soccer Picked to Finish 12th in GLVC Pre-Season Poll

BY MCKENDREE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS

(LEBANON, Ill., Aug. 27) - The McKendree University men’s soccer team has been picked to finish 12th out of 16 schools in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) in 2014. The league’s annual pre-season poll was released Wednesday by the GLVC office in Indianapolis.

The poll was voted on by the 16 head men’s soccer coaches in the GLVC, and the Bearcats were one point shy of tying for 11th place with University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Four teams received first place votes, led by University of Indianapolis on top with eight. Quincy University was in second with four votes, while Rockhurst University and Lewis University earned three and one vote, respectively.

McKendree is coming off a 2013 season that ended with an overall record of 4-12-1 and a 2-12-1 mark in the GLVC. The Bearcats lost nine games last season by one goal and had four of those end in overtime.

Senior Kavel Smith, No. 10

Senior Kavel Smith, No. 10

Head coach John VanBuskirk is entering his second season at the helm of the McKendree men’s soccer program and returns seven starters and 12 letterwinners from last season. Also returning this season is 2012 third team All-GLVC selection Kavel Smith (Kingston, Jamaica/St. George’s College). Smith scored seven goals and had four assists that season before sitting out last season with an injury.

“We didn’t play complete games last season,” said VanBuskirk. “We lost a lot of one goal games and you can’t be successful when you can’t finish games. This ranking will help motivate us to play until the final horn and prove to everyone that we can compete in this league.”

McKendree opens the 2014 season in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Sep. 4 for a 2 p.m., game against Saint Mary’s University (Texas). The Bearcats home opener is on Sep. 7 at 2 p.m., against Oakland City University.

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McKendree University Women’s Soccer Picked to Finish 11th in GLVC Pre-Season Poll

BY MCKENDREE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS

(LEBANON, Ill., Aug. 28)- The McKendree University women’s soccer team has been picked to finish 11th out of 16 schools in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) in 2014. The league’s annual pre-season poll was released Thursday by the GLVC office in Indianapolis.

The poll was voted on by the 16 head women’s soccer coaches in the GLVC, and the Bearcats received 97 votes, trailing 10th place Lewis University by 14 points for a spot in the top 10. Three teams received first place votes, led by preseason favorite and No. 13 Quincy University with 14, followed by second place Truman State University and third place Rockhurst University both earning one first place vote.

Tim Strange, Head Coach for McK Women's Soccer Team

Tim Strange, Head Coach for McK Women’s Soccer Team

McKendree earned a GLVC postseason berth for the first time in program history last season after posting a 7-6-6 record overall. Head coach Tim Strange is entering his 17th season as head women’s soccer coach for the Bearcats and returns six starters and 12 letterwinners, including three of their top five scorers, from last season.

“We’re in our third year in the GLVC and have improved every year,” said Strange. “We qualified for the conference tournament last season and lost a close game in the opening round. We want to take that next step and I believe we have the group to do that this season.”

McKendree opens the season in Florence, Ala., at University of North Alabama on Thursday, Sep. 4 at 7 p.m., before returning for its home opener on Saturday, Sept. 6 against Hannibal-LaGrange University at 4 p.m.

2014 GLVC Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll

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Get Out! Paint Out!

BY PROFESSOR AMY MACLENNAN

Get Out Paint OUT #4The McKendree University Gallery of Art hosted a “plein air” painting event on Aug. 2-3 in Lebanon, Ill. Twenty-five artists traveled to Lebanon from around the greater St. Louis metropolitan region and from as far away as Indianapolis, Ind. Fifty-three paintings, which were created during the event, are on exhibit in the gallery from Aug. 14-Sept. 27. Gallery visitors were encouraged to vote for their favorite paintings in the show. Peoples’ Choice awards for first, second and third place were announced at the reception last Thursday, Aug. 21.

“En plein air,” a term meaning “in the open air,” was popularized by painters of the French Barbizon and Impressionist schools in the mid to late 19thcentury. These artists found it increasingly important to work in a natural setting and paint what they saw. In the 21st century, painting “en plein air” takes on the aspect of a public art project: engendering curiosity from the general population, dispelling misconceptions about the artistic process and fostering pride of place.

The local newspaper, Lebanon Advertiser, published a feature article in their Aug. 6 edition.

All photos courtesy of Susan Meister and the Lebanon Advertiser.

“Soybean Field” by Margaret von Kaenel, on exhibit in the McKendree University Gallery of Art for “Get Out! Paint Out!”

“Soybean Field” by Margaret von Kaenel, on exhibit in the McKendree University Gallery of Art for “Get Out! Paint Out!”

St. Louis artist Jane McDowell at her French easel.

St. Louis artist Jane McDowell at her French easel.

Belleville artist Brad Eilering at work on St. Louis Street in Lebanon on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014.

Belleville artist Brad Eilering at work on St. Louis Street in Lebanon on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014.

 

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A Tribute to Robin Williams

BY KIMBERLY BENNETT

“Oh Captain! My Captain!” –Dead Poets Society

Robin Williams

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Millions experienced a tragic loss on Aug. 11, 2014 when the media informed the world of Robin Williams’s shocking demise. According to The New York Times, Mara Buxbaum, Williams’s publicist, found him unconscious inside his home and alerted the 911 dispatcher that he was not breathing. An emergency response team arrived at the scene and declared Williams dead at 12:02 PM that afternoon.

He was 63 years old when he died.

Once the investigation of Williams’s death was completed, the media was notified that Williams had committed suicide by hanging himself with his belt. Buxbaum disclosed that Williams, for the longest time, had been “battling severe depression.” Susan Schneider, Williams’s widow, recently released information stating that her husband was showing early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease alongside his depression and anxiety. According to CNN, a friend of the Williams family informed the news company that “[the] diagnosis of the progressive illness was ‘an additional fear and burden in his life.’”

Williams’s death devastated millions around the world. While everyone mourned the loss of such a phenomenal actor and comedian, many celebrities paid their respects to Williams through social media and television. For example, Conan O’Brian learned of the late comedian’s death while he was recording his late night talk-show: “Conan.” Instead of following his show’s agenda, he paid his respects to the late actor by commenting on Williams’s character. You can see O’Brian’s response below.

If you really feel up to grabbing some tissues, you can view Jimmy Fallon’s sentimental tribute from “The Tonight Show” as well.

Ben Affleck, co-star of Williams from “Good Will Hunting,” posted his response on Facebook: “Heartbroken. Thanks chief — for your friendship and for what you gave the world. Robin had a ton of love in him. He personally did so much for so many people. He made [Matt Damon’s] and my dreams come true. What do you owe a guy who does that? Everything. May you find peace my friend. #RobinWilliams.”

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Celebrities aside, everyone who grew up with Robin Williams’s movies are aching. Even three days later, people are still mourning his death, and it would not be a surprise if the world mourns the loss of Williams for an entire year—that’s how great of a person he was. He was well-loved by millions, and it was apparent he loved his family dearly. Shortly before his death, he posted a picture on Instagram detailing his love for his daughter, Zelda Williams.

No one knew just how much Williams was suffering until it was too late.

The death of Robin Williams should be a wakeup call to people around the world. It was no secret that he was struggling with depression at points in his life. He was also open about his alcohol and drug addictions, but he still continued to make his fans laugh through comedy.

The late journalist, Erma Bombeck, once said, “There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.”

People generally use laughter to hide their internal sufferings—Williams was one premiere example. All around the world, people are suffering—wanting, wishing and waiting to be heard but never are until it is too late. In memory of Robin Williams, be sure to tell your loved ones how much you love them and are there for them. A simple conversation goes a long way. As an underlining message, if you know anybody who is suffering from depression and contemplating suicide, do not wait until it is too late.

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and seek help immediately.

And if you, yourself, are going through a rough time, just remember one very important thing: your life is worth living. Never doubt that for an instant.

“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.”

-Psalm 34:17-20

So, as a final tribute to Robin Williams, treasure your life for you are precious in each and every way.

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