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As Rudyard Kipling says in his poem “The Ballad of East and West,” “East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” In the battle between East and West, the swastika gets pulled and ripped. It gets rotated and flipped back and forth. The West was introduced to the extreme hatred of the swastika; the East embraces the swastika as a symbol of unshakable faith. Hinduism is Hinduism and Hitler is Hitler; the two shall never meet.

Jennifer Wernimont: I am a sophomore double major in Dance and Health Sciences. I am heavily involved with the clubs Dance/Theater and InterVarsity, and I work as a Madison Advising Peer through JMU. I am an advocate of coffee in the morning, football in the afternoon, cookie dough in the evening, and the beach whenever possible. I am passionate about writing in its most organic form and I love the idea that small factoids can grow into developed papers that people can find inspiration in.

We were given amazing freedom in this assignment back in GWRTC103: we were told to write about writing. My brainstorming process took a while but my interest was piqued by a conversation I had with my sister, during which she noted that the swastika was originally used as a symbol of peace. I remember thinking that the twisted way it was perceived now was such a shame, and I recognized that I wasn't shocked to hear about its double meaning. I was inspired to examine this concept further, and from that inspiration my paper grew. I had a lot of support from my professor, whose passion for thinking outside the box led me to explore formatting and sentence structure in ways I had never seen as appropriate for lengthy papers. I'm grateful for the opportunity I to learn so much in that class!"



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