The Politics of Rhetoric: Reagan’s Rhetorical War on Nicaragua

Senior Capstone Experience by Victoria Cline ’19 Submitted to the Department of English and Department of Political Science Advised by Dr. Sean Meehan and Dr. Christine Wade Description: “This thesis explores the linkage between Reagan’s foreign policy toward Nicaragua and the rhetorical patterns he used to communicate this policy in public addresses during the years…

Southwest Native American/White Interaction: History as told by Archaeologists, National Park Service, and Native Americans

Senior Capstone Experience by Nicole DeWitt ’19 Submitted to the Department of Anthropology Advised by Dr. Julie Markin Description: “I completed research in the Southwest that explored the dynamics of race relations between Native Americans and White Americans in museum settings and how this affects the content produced by federal agencies to the public. I…

The Meaning of Art is Lost: A Manifesto

Senior Capstone Experience by Rachel Frebert ’19 Submitted to the Department of Communication and Media Studies Advised by Dr. Alicia Kozma and Prof. Heather Harvey Description: “My project, The Meaning of Art is Lost is a visual thesis that focuses on how the experience of art is based within commodity fetishism as an aesthetic object. I…

The Chester River as a Source of Nitrous Oxide to the Atmosphere

Senior Capstone Experience by Catherine Gaudlip ’19 Submitted to the Department of Environmental Science and Studies Advised by Dr. Rebecca Fox Description: “After introducing the definition and effect of a trace greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide, the paper suggests the Chester River is a source of nitrous oxide to the atmosphere through data collection and analyses…

Photography through the Social Lens: A Case of East Baltimore and Gentrification

Senior Capstone Experience by Danielle Lynch ’19 Submitted to the Department of Sociology Abstract: “The main aim for this Senior Capstone is to explore the visual method of Sociology through photography as a research method to study gentrification in East Baltimore and the social issue’s effects on the subculture of residents. With specific focus on…

The Effect of Gender on Animal Product Consumption Opinions and Behaviors

Senior Capstone Experience by Kelsey McNaul ’19 Submitted to the Department of Sociology and Department of Environmental Science and Studies Advised by Dr. Nicholas Garcia and Dr. Rebecca Fox Abstract: “The dietary and economic consumption of products derived from animals is influenced by various factors. Societal norms and traditions largely dictate the kinds of products…

Stress Granules Link the Environment and Genetics, Contributing to Adult-Onset Neurodegenerative Diseases like ALS

Senior Capstone Experience by Cole Craig Rineer ’19 Submitted to the Department of Biology Advised by Dr. Mala Misra Abstract: “Rapid progress has been made in identifying genetic underpinnings associated with neurodegenerative diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). In the past few years, there has been significant agreement of the idea of heterogeneous nuclear…

Aerobic Exercise: Potential Rose in the Treatment and Prevention of Depression

Senior Capstone Experience by Joshua D. Samuels ’19 Submitted to the Department of Biology Advised by Dr. Aaron Krochmal and Dr. Cindy Gibson Description: “Depression, one of the most common mental illnesses, is primarily treated with antidepressants that often fail to meet the expectations of the depressed individual for numerous reasons. Due to this, many…

Which Group has a More Sustainable Model of Terrorism, Al Qaeda or ISIS?

Senior Capstone Experience by Aziz Sbeih ’19 Submitted to the Department of International Studies and the Department of Economics Advised by Dr. Andrew Oros and Dr. Lisa Daniels Abstract: “The thesis compares Al Qaeda and ISIS models of terrorism, and demonstrates that despite similar ideological beliefs the two groups markedly differ in terms of their…

“A Sea of Equilibrium:” Antoni Gaudí’s Political Undercurrent

Senior Capstone Experience by Lori Wysong ’19 Submitted to the Department of History Advised by Dr. Clayton Black Description: “Antoni Gaudí’s unique architecture draws tourists from all over the world for the sake of its aesthetic and structural qualities. While many art historians such as Joan Bassegoda Nonell and George Roseburgh Collins have examined Gaudí’s…

Volume XXVI, SCE Issue Contributors

Victoria Cline ’19 grew up in the state of Georgia and overseas in Latin America. She has a passion for making a difference in the world around her and hopes to continue doing so either in public service or law. During her time at Washington College as an English and Political Science Major, she was…

Faculty in Focus: Seriousness of Purpose and a Sense of Play

Heather Harvey, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Art + Art History Professor Harvey creates site-specific installations and objects that straddle traditional boundaries between painting, drawing, and sculpture. She is interested in hidden infrastructures and invisible ordering mechanisms—things like gravity, quantum physics, and radio waves, but also the human body, memory, and contradictory emotions like…

Coming Out of the Vulcan Closet: The Queer Appeal of Star Trek

By: Will Cohn ’22, a Communication and Media Studies major. The following work was created for FYS 101: Queer Pop Culture. Brief description: This essay explores the uniquely conducive tropes of science fiction that create indirect representations of queer experiences and characters. It demonstrates this through a closed reading of the episode “Amok Time” from…

Combating Male Superiority Within Collegiate Hookup Culture

By: Katharine DeSantis ’22, a Political Science and Philosophy double major. The following work was created for FYS 101: Feminism and the #MeToo Movement Brief description: “Combating Male Superiority Within Collegiate Hookup Culture” is an analysis on the nature of romantic relationships as seen today on college campuses. This paper strives to define “hookup culture,”…

Imitation versus Emulation: The Emergence and Significance of Greek Art in Rome

By: Rebecca Kanaskie ’21, an English major. The following work was created for ANT/ENV 107: Introduction to Environmental Archaeology. Brief description: “This essay is an attempt to explain and highlight the emergence of Greek art in Roman society as a result of diffusion and emulation rather than appropriation. It draws on specific examples from Roman…