Welcome to Bridge Generation, the Course Blog for UM’s Writing 100.207 2014!

 

On behalf of our blog administrator Mylaica Connor and myself, welcome to the Bridge Generation Course Blog.

You have sent me back to the Oxford English dictionary to review all the meanings of a simple word, “bridge”, and here is what I found in the choice of a name:

bridge

Syllabification: bridge

Pronunciation: /brij 

  

NOUN

1A structure carrying a road, path, railroad, or canal across a river, ravine, road, railroad, or other obstacle:a bridge across the rivera railroad bridge

1.1Something that is intended to reconcile or form a connection between two things:a committee that was formed to create abridge between rival parties

1.2A partial denture supported by natural teeth on either side. See also bridgework.

1.3The support formed by the hand for the forward part of a billiard cue.

1.4A long stick with a frame at the end that is used to support a cue for a shot that is otherwise hard to reach.

1.5Music An upright piece of wood on a string instrument over which the strings are stretched.

1.6Music A bridge passage or middle eight.

1.7short for land bridge.
2The elevated, enclosed platform on a ship from which the captain and officers direct operations.

3The upper bony part of a person’s nose:he pushed his spectacles further up the bridge of his nose

3.1The central part of a pair of glasses, fitting over this:these sunglasses have a special nose bridge for comfort

4An electric circuit with two branches across which a detector or load is connected. These circuits are used to measure resistance or other property by equalizing the potential across the two ends of a detector, or to rectify an alternating voltage or current.

VERB

[WITH OBJECT] 

1Be a bridge over (something):a covered walkway that bridged the gardens

1.1Build a bridge over (something):earlier attempts to bridge the channel had failed

1.2Make (a difference between two groups) smaller or less significant:bridging the gap between avant garde art and popular culture

 

So it is my hope, to the Bridge Generation, that you

carry

reconcile to form connections

support each other’s voice

hold for a sense of balance, to take your best shot

stretch

elevate

get the right fit, right between the eyes

equalize

cover and build

bring generations closer together

 

I decided to Google The Bridge Generation, too.  There was some interesting scholarship on Filipino generations, but this article from entrepreneur.com caught my eye.  Written by Karen Miller, the article echoes our assignment for our first blog contributions, plus it picks up on changing face of entrepreneurism:  “The culture and major historical events of its time shape the worldview of each generation and how they approach work. They tend to differ on everything from dress code, to work hours, to interoffice communication.” (http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234314) Already you might begin to notice the differences and also the potential to bring great differences closer together for a greater university.

We can’t wait for your first writings for the University to emerge this weekend.  Congratulations on continuing your life’s story here alongside so many excellent companions on the road of higher education, on one of the greatest and longest bridges of our civilization.

Respectfully,

Marcy Epstein

Comprehensive Studies Program, July 2014

 

P.S.:  Some old Elton John for you– Happy Fourth

 

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