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November 1975 - Improve the Writing
By
Bill Brandt
Botany

September 26, 1975

If the notice in the Staff Newsletter represents the sort of help given at the Communication Skills Center, students and faculty who wish to improve their writing had best look elsewhere. Does the Center offer as its example of directness and precision "Continually ongoing minicourses will be offered weekly throughout the year."? Do members of the center really prefer weak, passive verbs? We stoically accept writing of this kind in professional journals; in OSU's catalogue, academic regulations and procedures, official letters, textbooks, and handouts; and in Faculty Senate resolutions. But we have a right to expect a Communication Skills Center to set a better example.