The Effects of Capitalism on American Health

By: Maggie Witham. Written as part of the First-Year Seminar “The Raw, the Cooked, the Processed” 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…

“Dark Humor” and the Facilitation of Hatred

By: Elizabeth Collins. Written as part of the First-Year Seminar “The Power of Language Ideologies” 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…

Thought Control in Brazil and Parable of the Sower

By: Rian Van Tassell. Written as part of the First-Year Seminar “Dystopia on the Page, Stage, and Screen” “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…

Making and Breaking a Family in “Wiseguy”

By: Sarah Bowden. Written as part of the First-Year Seminar “The Business of Organized Crime” 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…

Superheroes and Mortal Beings

By: Erin Asman Featured artwork: “Ruins” by Casey Williams Heroism has become increasingly romanticized. While heroes were once the strongest and bravest of warriors, the person with the most kills on the battlefield, this is no longer true. The word hero now invokes the image of a person being helpful, being brave, of someone sacrificing…