The Non-traditional Life: The Joy of Journalism. Is it becoming a profession again?

The Non-traditional Life: The Joy of Journalism. Is it becoming a profession again?

Al Fairchild, Staff Reporter
April 26, 2012
Filed under The Non-traditional Life

In my first column for the Lakeland Mirror last September, I explained my definition of “non-trad.” Now, as I approach graduation and write my final column, I find myself compelled to tell you what I’ve learned while working as a non-traditional student on this newspaper’s staff. This is the... Read more »

The NonTraditional Life: The liberal arts and the non-trad

The NonTraditional Life: The liberal arts and the non-trad

Al Fairchild, Staff Reporter
April 5, 2012
Filed under The Non-traditional Life

I was sitting at the Daily Grind with a friend recently, and she began to give me a hard time about my classic Mickey Mouse watch. I replied that returning to school was making me young again. “But now I can’t make it stop,” I sobbed, “and this is the result!” My friend immediately regretted... Read more »

The Non-Traditional Life: My gift to you

The Non-Traditional Life: My gift to you

Al Fairchild, Staff Reporter
March 7, 2012
Filed under The Non-traditional Life

During the nearly two years I’ve been a non-traditional student at Lakeland, I’ve come to appreciate the assistance my traditional classmates continually provide—things like showing me how to use Facebook and Twitter, or how to set up a blog (http://alanfairchild.wordpress.com – hint, hint).... Read more »

The NonTraditional Life: Don’t attempt this at home

The NonTraditional Life: Don’t attempt this at home

Al Fairchild, Staff Reporter
February 23, 2012
Filed under The Non-traditional Life

Head: Don’t attempt this at home I recall—when I was a traditional student at a large land-grant university during the Seventies—that there were always pranks going around the campus. Many had to do with sports because, well, it was the University of Nebraska. Special days and events like Halloween... Read more »

The NonTraditional Life: Welcome back!

The NonTraditional Life: Welcome back!

Al Fairchild, Staff Reporter
February 1, 2012
Filed under The Non-traditional Life

I’m beginning to wonder if these winter breaks are worth it. Three weeks off at a time when many of us inevitably come down with a cold that turns into either a sinus infection or pneumonia, and sends us back to spring semester with almost no memory of having had any time off. It’s one of the joys... Read more »

The NonTraditional Life: Don’t you just hate it when . . .

The NonTraditional Life: Don’t you just hate it when . . .

Al Fairchild, Staff Writer
December 8, 2011
Filed under Columns, Opinions, The Non-traditional Life

A national television commentator who passed away last month began many of his segments with the phrase, “Don’t you just hate it when…?” and then he’d slide into a rant — albeit a humorous one — about whatever it was he disliked that day. I loved to listen to Andy Rooney, but I’ve... Read more »

The NonTraditional Life: Suspicious death on campus

The NonTraditional Life: Suspicious death on campus

Al Fairchild, Staff Reporter
November 17, 2011
Filed under The Non-traditional Life

Now that I’ve got your attention, let’s talk about the Kellett School. And, yes... there was a suspicious death. Someone murdered the Kellett Tree. It happened a while back. You’ve seen them. Those contorted evergreens that have been knocked sideways by some power they’ve had no control... Read more »

The NonTraditional Life: What’s a nontrad? (continued)

The NonTraditional Life: What’s a nontrad? (continued)

Al Fairchild, Staff Reporter
November 3, 2011
Filed under The Non-traditional Life

I was expanding my original list of “Ways to Recognize a Non-trad” when Jenni Heinrich, who writes the column above this one, saw my ideas and asserted that I was only writing about “old” non-trads. She was right. Non-trads come in a variety of flavors—old, young, tall, short, male, female…... Read more »

The NonTraditional Life: How to give back to Lakeland

The NonTraditional Life: How to give back to Lakeland

Al Fairchild, Staff Reporter
October 13, 2011
Filed under The Non-traditional Life

Danny Spatchek, Editor-in-Chief of the Mirror, stopped in while I was writing one of my columns. “You’re just having too much fun with this,” he said, “and that’s not right.” “Besides,” he continued, “I hear you’re ruffling some feathers among the faculty and the Muskie fans... Read more »

The NonTraditional Life: Fashion advice from a fish

The NonTraditional Life: Fashion advice from a fish

Al Fairchild, Staff Reporter
September 29, 2011
Filed under The Non-traditional Life

I’m interning for Professor Karl Elder in the writing department, doing some of the legwork for the Great Lakes Writer’s Festival in November. One of my jobs is to order the T-shirts that will be sold during the event. I asked Karl about ordering them with pockets this year and his response was that... Read more »