Faculty in Focus: Scientific Writing is Challenging and Can Inspire Change

Robin Van Meter, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science/Studies and Biology. Dr. Van Meter researches the effects of environmental pollution on amphibians and reptiles and teaches a range of courses including Introduction to Environmental Studies, General Zoology, General Biology II, Current Topics in Ecology, and Wetlands Ecology. Her current scholarship investigates the effects of pesticides and…

The Effects of Capitalism on American Health

By: Maggie Witham.   The average American has been coerced into an extremely unhealthy diet by the dominating companies in the food industry. Bombarded with advertisements for fried, sugary, and processed foods, people tend to gravitate to these unnatural products and ignore the healthy, whole foods that should be consumed. Processed food is being sold…

“Dark Humor” and the Facilitation of Hatred

By: Elizabeth Collins.   1. Introduction Although social media outlets such as Reddit promote participatory media practices which provide grounds for productive, democratic discourse, these sites also have the potential to foster discourses of hatred against marginalized groups, especially given the anonymity these sites provide. (Topinka 2017: 2). Humor and irony can be ‘powerful tools’…

Thought Control in Brazil and Parable of the Sower

By: Rian Van Tassell.   “Until one of them becomes a leader most will follow, or a tyrant most fear.” (Butler 103). In reading dystopian novels, one may begin to wonder why a character makes certain choices or realize that sometimes characters tend to play right into the hands of whatever force they’re most rebelling…

Making and Breaking a Family in “Wiseguy”

By: Sarah Bowden.   Wiseguy is a detailed portrayal of the mafia as seen through the eyes of Henry Hill, who was part of a mafia for over twenty years.  Between the everyday crimes and the routine killings, the mafia members had each other’s backs— at least for now— and they were driven by their…

Dance in Nazi Germany

By: Caroline Cox.   In the early 20thcentury, prior to the election of Hitler as chancellor in 1933, Germany built the roots for today’s modern dance style. With the sensation of Ausdruckstanz, or Expression Dance, prolific choreographers such as Rudolf von Laban and Mary Wigman got their start and began setting a new standard for…

We Are Our Own Demise: the Risk of Ignorance in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Red Badge of Courage, and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

By: Annalie Buscarino.   “Don’t run no resk,” Jim warns Huck in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Ironically, both Jim and Huck, among other renowned literary characters, actively court risk into their own lives.The characters of the books The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane, and…

The Ineffable Self and Memory in “Mrs. Dalloway”

By: Emily Holt.   Literature has the ability to act as a vehicle through which the effects of consciousness can be explored. The limitations and influences of individual consciousness inherently prove to be obstructions in the pursuit of a true connection with another being; sharing thought and experience within the context of what it means…

The Inspiration for Social Change

By: Eman Simms.   For centuries, theatre has been a centerpiece for expression. Whether used as a means of conveying religious ideology, moral character, novel ideas, or just pure entertainment, theatre has become an antique artform that has gained exceptional appreciation as well as numerous amounts of criticism. Nevertheless, while a rich form of entertainment…

Senior Recital

By: Michael DeMaio.   Acknowledgments First and foremost, thank you to the professors in the music department—Dr. Schweitzer, Dr. Leupold, Dr. McCollum, Dr. Thomas, Dr. Wharton, Dr. Brower, Dr. Park, and Professor Winter—for believing in me and pushing me beyond what I thought was my fullest potential. A big thank you to Dr. Crossen-Richardson, Professor…

Faculty in Focus: The Power of Paragraphs

Michael Harvey, Associate Professor, Department of Business Management. Dr. Harvey is editor-in-chief of the interdisciplinary journal Leadership and the Humanities and the co-editor of the book Leadership Studies: the Dialogue of Disciplines. He is the author of The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing, a college writing guide now in its second edition, and put to good use by…

The Effects of Google on Our Minds

  By: Amanda Gabriel Featured artwork: “Reflection” by Anna Watts.   Growing up in the “Electronic Age,” I have witnessed and experienced many of the vast developments and discoveries in the field of technology. With new computerized advancements being made each day, more traditional practices are being converted to online forms, such as printed literature…