Viney Intricacies: Medusa & Eve’s “Wanton” Gardens in Paradise Lost

Senior Capstone Experience by Sophia Grabiec ’20 Submitted to the Department of English Advised by Dr. Katherine Charles Description: “Milton’s gardens operate as portals into his ideological understandings of Puritan and Catholic paradigms & constructions of women figures. “ Contributor Bio: Sophia graduated in the spring of 2020 and is now an M.A. student in Georgetown…

Dream or Scheme: The Operations, Internal Communications, and Appeal of the American Dream in Multi-Level Marketing Companies

Senior Capstone Experience by Jenna Follin ’20 Submitted to the Department of Business Management and Department of Communication and Media Studies Advised by Dr. Caddie Putnam-Rankin and Dr. Alicia Kozma Description: “This thesis explores what Multi-level Marketing Companies (MLMs) are, how they function, and how these companies impact both their customers and distributors. The study…

Spatial Analysis of Economic Recovery in Appalachia in the Post-Recession Period: A Senior Capstone Experience

Senior Capstone Experience by Lauren Frick ’20 Submitted to the Department of Economics Advised by Dr. Lisa Daniels Abstract: “This study describes how economic trends in Appalachia from 2007 to 2019 differed from the nation during an unprecedented period of economic expansion. We used summary statistics to compare trends in unemployment, per capita market income, and poverty in the Appalachian…

We’re Here and We’re Queer: An Ethnographic Study of the Queer Community at Washington College

Senior Capstone Experience by Emily Kreider ’20 Submitted to the Department of Communication and Media Studies Advised by Dr. Alicia Kozma Description: The following project, centered in queer theory, explores the concept of metronormativity, its historical context, and its impact on the lives of queer rural youth. It examines how cultural bias towards urban settings has otherized rural areas to…

The Impact of Restored Mangrove Forests on Fishery Populations and Biodiversity

Senior Capstone Experience by Max Lambert ’20 Submitted to the Department of Environmental Science and Studies Advised by Dr. Jillian Bible Description: “As mangroves are being destroyed around the world, numerous efforts have been undertaken to restore mangrove forest. This paper analyzes the data surrounding mangrove restoration, examining if restored mangrove forests are an effective…

An In-Depth Look at Cytoreductive Surgery Paired with Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy

Senior Capstone Experience by Alexandra Lee ’20 Submitted to the Department of Biology Advised by Dr. Jennie Carr Abstract: “Cytoreductive surgery paired with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy is a relatively novel technique used to treat various forms of cancer, including ovarian cancer, gastric adenocarcinoma, and peritoneal carcinomatosis. Cytoreductive surgery is performed by surgically removing visible tumor…

The Biological Effects of Proton Minibeam Therapy on High-Risk Tumors

Senior Capstone Experience by Ellie Lienert ’20 Submitted to the Department of Physics Advised by Dr. Karl Khem Abstract: “It is fairly typical for most cancer patients to undergo radiation therapy at some point during their cancer treatment and recovery process. Radiation therapy targets malignant tumor sites with a high energy concentration in the form…

Craft and the Corporation

Senior Capstone Experience by Maura West ’20 Submitted to the Department of Business Management Advised by Dr. Michael Harvey Abstract:  “Traditional crafts have been both a method of subsistence and an integral part of human culture for thousands of years, if not longer — in fact, some of these crafts even date back to prehistory. Recently, there have…

Guerilla Warfare: Representing the Other in Contemporary Art Museums

Senior Capstone Experience by Casey Wolhar ’20 Submitted to the Department of Communication and Media Studies Advised by Dr. Alicia Kozma Description: “Guerilla Warfare explores issues surrounding representation of women identifying and non-male artists within contemporary art museums. Through a literature review, I investigate disparity of representation, how this can be built on institutional bias and…

Featured Artist: Katie Ecoff

By Katie Ecoff, a Psychology major and Chemistry minor. The following work was created for ART 294: Printmaking. Artist statement: The piece “Thoughts” was made using two linoleum blocks and relief paint. It was created to represent thoughts, the inside of the thought bubble itself is left blank to allow the viewer to implement their…

Featured Artist: Liane Beckley

By Liane Beckley, a Studio Art major and Journalism, Editing & Publishing, and Arts Management & Entrepreneurship double minor. The following artwork was created for ART 394: Art as Inquiry. Artist statement: This piece was created from modular cartographic images. The maps were generated from a GPS application I used to track my movements while…

“You couldn’t be sure about anything”: Facades in William Trevor’s “Beyond the Pale” and “Death in Jerusalem”

By Annalie Buscarino ’21, an English and Sociology double major and Creative Writing; Psychology; and Justice, Law, and Society triple minor. The following work was created for ENG 334: Irish Short Story. Brief Description: Willian Trevor’s “Beyond the Pale” narrates the disruption of British imperialism through the ignored outburst of a woman against the indifference…

Comic Book Orange: Contrasting Visuality as Representative of the Self in Invisible Man

By Sophia Grabiec ’20, an English major and Secondary Education Studies minor. The following was created for ENG 345: The African American Novel. Brief description: This essay examines the artistic landscape of identity in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man by close reading the novel as a comic book with orange as the focus.   Riddled with contrast and contradictions, Ralph Ellison’s…

Theoretical Analysis: Marxist Exploitation Theory

By Emily Kreider ‘ 20, a Communication and Media Studies major with minors in English and Creative Writing. The following work was created for CMS 250: Intermediate Communication and Media Theory Brief Description: This piece examines the incompleteness of Karl Marx’s theory of exploitation, seeing as his writing does not take into consideration racial inequalities…

Recommendations for Risk Assessments of Intimate Partner Violence

By Saoirse ’20 Abstract Professionals within the criminal justice system will likely encounter victims and/or perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) within the course of their professional duties, given the prevalence of IPV. It is important that these professionals take a proactive and not a reactive approach to IPV and play an active role in…

The Unequal Treatment of Media and Communication Technologies

By Patricia Rana ’21, a Communications and Media Studies major and Arts Management & Entrepreneurship and Journalism, Editing, & Publishing minor. The following work was created for CMS 294-10: International Communications. Brief description: The paper aims to answer the question, “Do media and communication technologies treat all users equally regardless of their country of origin?”…

Writing to the Tune of Jazz

By Saoirse ’20 The following work was created for ENG 214: Intro to African American Literature and Culture II. When writing Jazz, Toni Morrison “was interested in rendering a period in African American life through a specific lens—one that would reflect the content and characteristics of its music [Jazz music]…and the manner of its expression”…