Good Omens for Campus Reads Series
The student editors of The Eye, NHTI’s literary journal, selected the novel Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett as the next NHTI Campus Reads title with a series of events and book discussions slated for the spring semester. Neil Gaiman is one of those rare and prolific writers who maintains a cult-like following among college students for his blend of fantasy and humor and his insight into human nature and the art of storytelling.
Eye president Kelsea Huckins says, “Good Omens is a clever, witty, irreverent take on modern religious mythology. It's good versus evil... except no one is really evil. It's funny and it's smart and it doesn't take itself too seriously. It's not trying to push a Judeo-Christian agenda. It's actually telling everyone not to take themselves so damn seriously, to enjoy life because the world can always end.”
Good Omens’ fantastical plot is described this way: "According to [a book of prophecies], the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon -- both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle -- are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist ... "
Good Omens came in first among NHTI students in The Eye's voting process with Nightlife by Rob Thurman in second, and The Last Policeman by Ben Winters, an end-of-the-world novel set in Concord, NH, in third place. Other titles that received the students’ votes included the following: Jean Kwok's Girl in Translation, Orhan Pamuk's Snow, Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Jim Butcher's Storm Front, and Stephen King's The Stand.
Huckins, who has been integral to the NHTI Campus Reads initiative now entering its sixth semester, says, “This was my first Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett book. I fell utterly in love with both of them when I read it. They are both inarguably geniuses; Pratchett is considered a modern philosopher with his Diskworld series, and Gaiman is the greatest modern fairy tale writer in the literary world. They both bring something unique and wonderful to the story but write so compatibly that it doesn't feel like two separate people wrote it. It's just such a great book and everyone should have the opportunity to read it!”
Serendipitously, Good Omens was published in 1990, the year that the NHTI student literary journal was started. The Eye is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with its own publication of two volumes, its annual literary journal and a volume of the best writing from the past twenty-five years.
Now is a good time to pick up a copy of Pratchett and Gaiman’s Good Omens to read over the winter break so that students, faculty, and staff can join in discussions of the book this spring. Feel free to contact faculty advisor Paula DelBonis-Platt at 271-6484 x4151 for more information or with suggestions for future Campus Reads titles.
Become a Published Author/Artist with NHTI's The Eye
Don't burn those old papers and poems! Submit them to The Eye.
NHTI's student literary journal is encouraging students to submit their writing during this final stretch of the semester. The Eye publishes creative nonfiction, narrative essays, persuasive writing, research papers, poetry, fiction, journal writing, "This I Believe" essays, comparison essays, drama, and more. Selections are made by an all-student editorial board.
Do you have artistic talent? The Eye is also seeking art submissions in all genres ranging from mixed media, drawings, and paintings to sculpture and photography. A $100 prize will be awarded to the artist whose work is selected for the cover. Other submissions will be featured inside the journal.
Art published in the 2013 edition of The Eye (clockwise from upper left) by Rebecca Nann (cover), Douglas Rouse (2), Bonnie Farren, and Phi Pham (2).
Being a published author and/or artist is a great résumé builder and accomplishment, as well as a chance to share your voice with the campus community. Submit now! The deadline for all submissions is February 10, 2015. Contact faculty advisor Prof. Paula DelBonis-Platt at 271-6484 x4151 with any questions.
December 15 - 23, Library Gallery
Works by senior Visual Arts majors Suheily Cabassa, Bonnie Farren, and Jessica Roberts and other NHTI students.
Artwork by Suheily Cabassa
Dec 12, 2014
Campus Safety Information
The following incidents occurred on NHTI property during the week of December 1-7, 2014. The numbers reflect only the incidents the Safety Department handled directly. To view the NHTI crime log of the past 60 days reported incidents please visit the Campus Safety office at One Institute Drive.
Fire Alarm: 1
Lock/Key Issues: 10
Lost and Found: 13
Maintenance Emergency: 1
Motor Vehicle Lockout/Jumpstarts: 2
NHTI Campus Policy: 1
Tickets Issued: 5
Outside Vendor Assists: 11
(Cable/Phone Company, etc.)
Campus Safety would like to wish the campus community a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season!