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    • Ebony Eyes

      Risam, Roopika; Gelin, Christina (2021-05-01)
      The poetry collection Ebony Eyes expresses the perspective of Black students attending predominantly white institutions and the multitude of emotions and experiences that accompany that. The purpose of this poetry collection is to both provide a black voice, which is often low in representation at PWIs, and creatively discuss how the experience of Black students differ from their peers. Throughout eighteen poems, the collection highlights the racial stressors that Black students oftentimes face in their college experience: microaggressions, triggered trauma, racial profiling, white washing of history, and more. Ebony Eyes sheds light on the role systematic racism can play at predominantly white institutions and through this lens, with the goal of prompting healthy dialogue about how predominantly white institutions can be inclusive—not just diverse.
    • Comparing Generational Portrayal in the Holocaust Graphic Novel Memoir

      Young, Stephenie; Bowden, Jillian (2021-05-01)
      As we study the descendants of Holocaust survivors and the testimonies they give, we see how the effects of the event are not stagnant but move from the witnesses to their offspring. To better understand these narratives when they are told through different mediums, they have been divided into "generations": the first, 1.5, second, third, and so on and so forth. Susan Suleiman describes the 1.5 generation as the child survivors who suffered through trauma, and later, as adults, reflect on their childhood experiences (277; Felman and Laub 1992; Langer 1991, as cited in Suleiman 291). The second-generation of survivors are the children of those who survived the Holocaust (Suleiman 277). Marianne Hirsch uses the term 'postmemory' to refer to the memory that the second-generation has of their parents' traumatic events, something that they did not experience, yet suffer the effects from (4). Since the generations have different ways of processing and remembering the event, the memory of the Holocaust is represented differently by each. In this thesis, I analyze how generational memory of the Holocaust is shown through the artistic mediums of three graphic novel memoirs: We Are on Our Own (2006) by Miriam Katin, and Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History (1986) and Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began (1991) by Art Spiegelman. Katin's novel represents the 1.5 generation and both of Spiegelman's represent the second-generation. Through this analysis I have found that although there are differences in how the generations tell their stories, they also share important similarities.
    • Tiny Victories

      Carey, Kevin; Snook, Kayma (2020-12-01)
      Tiny Victories is a poetry collection that was experiential as much as it was research based. In preparing for this creative project, I read many collections, and spoke to poets to discuss their process. Preparation for this collection included writing free-hand in my journal for months, and reaching back into old journals I’ve kept since middle school and then transferring and editing these words to craft poems. This required reflection, revisiting old pain and past loves and ultimately a reworking of my world. In this collection I explored themes of mental health, memory, nostalgia, trauma, time and healing. The title Tiny Victories was meant to capture a duality with tiny obviously meaning small and victory invoking a large feeling of conquest. I used this to define a concept of “baselines” without actually ever using the term. This concept was introduced to me by an old therapist and has changed my perspective and provides comfort. It basically means we all have different capacities on different days. Getting out of bed or taking a shower on some days is a real win for me, which is not to say I am not also capable of accomplishing astronomical feats. I wanted to make this focus and idea clear to validate my experience as well as potentially those of my readers. This collection features an applied study of a variety of classic forms as well as free-verse. The collection is divided into two sections titled Unlearning and Relearning, which is meant to repeat the duality within the cycle of human development, involving both regression and rebuilding. This theme is repeated throughout the collection to tell a story of revisiting and reframing trauma and experience for therapeutic purposes.
    • Mild Inconveniences: A Collection Of Essays

      Peary, Alexandria; Walton, Casey (2020-05-01)
      Life is good at being inconvenient. It’s these inconveniences that make us who we are. In this thesis, I explore embarrassment, annoyances and memories. These things all made me the person that I am. Though they seem to be the worst thing possible at the time, they end up becoming positive memories that I can laugh about. When you learn to laugh at yourself, life becomes more fun.
    • Starry-Eyed, Grounded-Feet: A Sci-Fi Collection

      Scrimgeour, J.D.; Pennington, Bailey (2020-05-01)
      Starry-Eyed Grounded-Feet: A Sci-Fi Collection, consists of two stories. In the first story “The Window between Me and the Night Sky,” Anna Marie’s routine is disrupted by genius rebel, Margot. Margot’s unfiltered views on life draw out Anna Marie from her self-imposed placid way of life. This story shows how on-campus college culture acts as little more then a boarding school and in sheltering students does little to prepare them for the vastness of the life post school. The second story, “The Book of Cathleen Rose,” follows Cathleen ‘Cathy’ Rose. Cathy’s life is thrown off-kilter after people from another planet appear. From PTSD as a result for the alarm and shifting reality their presence brought to the realization that there is a Cathleen Rose on their world – a long dead author who lived a miserable life. Cathy then makes drastic decisions to get out of a life path she had fallen into passively. “The Book of Cathleen Rose,” reflects on the rigidness of college and career paths that don’t reflect the many different ways life can branch off.
    • Between the Lines of Life

      Taylor, Ann; Tettoni, Erin (2020-05-01)
      As a prospective English teacher, I worked to create a project that encourages my readers to speak their truth. Teachers, like poetry, awaken their students to vital lessons. It is my hope that these poems will help readers develop their powerful voices. Similar to a teacher, I want to instill confidence and inspiration in my readers. However, there exists a thin line between lecturing your readers on what they “should” think or feel and allowing readers to develop their own experiences and understandings of the content you are providing within your poems. With this in mind, I set out to create a collection of poetry that guides readers towards establishing an understanding of my poems yet does not instruct them how to digest any singular one. Again, the theme of this collection is authenticity; I hope that each and every reader will experience their own unique emotions and ideas. What better way to accomplish this than writing poetry? I sincerely hope that my readers develop their voice, remain unwavering in their confidence and courage, and understand that the ability to be vulnerable is one of the most useful skills humans can develop. The purpose of the following collection of original poems (titled “Between the Lines of Life”) is to empower my readers; my poems will allow my readers to see the value in authenticity and encourage readers to tap into their most authentic selves. This collection of poetry was a rigorous challenge, but one that I was determined to accomplish.
    • Palumbo

      Scrimgeour, J.D.; Nowka, Scott; Bryan, Cheyenne (2020-05-01)
      My thesis is a creative novella titled ‘Palumbo’. It follows the story of Detective Benjamin Love, a law enforcement officer struggling with the pressures of his job, deep in the throes of a drug addiction. The story takes place in the early 1990s, in a small fictional town in Southern Florida. After a series of gruesome murders take place at a local business park called Palumbo Enterprises, he is sent to Jetsonville to help catch the killer. He works with Han Nakamura, a detective from the Jetsonville Police Department. Though the two are from polar opposite worlds, they must overcome their differences and catch the killer before it is too late. The story will be around five chapters, and each chapter will rotate from the point of view of both Sam, the killer, and Detective Love. The story should be between sixty and eighty pages. Because it is a novella, it will cover the story in its entirety. This story will be a complete account of everything I have learned as an English major. It will cover the skills I have learned from my creative writing concentration, such as character development, how to write a compelling scene, and how to craft realistic characters in compelling situations. It will also involve a small level of research in police departments and active investigations.
    • When the Hunted Become the Hunted

      Carey, Kevin; Nowka, Scott; Escott, Megan (2020-05-01)
      The main goal was to create a story that combined different aspects of vampires to create a new version that appealed to the young adult readers. This story was heavily influenced by three particular authors and their works. Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series got me into writing in the first place, but also provided one of the major ideas I wanted to change about vampires. I liked how the vampires in her stories had a more human side to them with their personalities. However, I did not want the vampires in my story to sparkle in the sun like they do in her books. I wanted to bring in some of the more “traditional” vampire traits, like those in Dracula by Bram Stoker. While my vampires do have more emotions, they do drink blood and have a more vicious side to them (i.e., they will kill if necessary or for fun). A heavy influence on how I created my characters came from Cassandra Clare’s novels, specifically her The Mortal Instruments series. Her characters were relatable while still having a slight disconnect, since they were mostly in the realm of the supernatural.
    • The Black Bull: Exploring Celtic Mythology And Romance Fiction Tropes Through A Historical Fantasy Novella

      Jaros, Michael; Liddle, Jennifer S. (2019-05-01)
      "The Black Bull" is a historical fantasy novella set in late eighteenth-century Ireland. It explores traditional Irish folklore and a common romance fiction trope through a feminist lens. Claire Featherfew, a sensible young woman not quite young enough to be unmarried, works as a book-binder for the taciturn Mr. Collins for the better part of a year before he proposes to her. She accepts and continues restoring his large collection of fairy-tales and books of folklore. Mr. Collins is secretive about the great black bull that has long been regarded as the pride of Collins Manor. Claire’s curiosity gets the better of her, and she uncovers a secret about Mr. Collins and the bull. She makes a difficult choice, and finds herself contending with wild, perilous creatures she thought only existed in the pages of her fiancé’s books. "The Black Bull" addresses a common trope in both classic and contemporary fiction: the aloof but handsome bachelor whose prickly (and frequently abusive) behavior the heroine endures before redeeming him with her love. Most of the time, these stories also have a significant power imbalance between the brooding male love interest and the heroine. From Hades and Persephone and Jane Eyre’s Mr. Rochester to modern Byronic heroes like Uprooted’s Sarkan (not to mention the endless adaptations of Beauty and the Beast), it is clear that this trope continues to fascinate and entertain readers. "The Black Bull" simultaneously embraces and subverts this trope.
    • Through the Eyes of Beauty: An Examination of Classic Beauty in the United States in the 1920's to the Present

      Jaros, Michael; Giannino, Jessica (2014-05-17)
      Beauty is a key element of culture. Every culture has its own ideas and views of what is considered beautiful. These ideas come from inspirational figures of the time or what is portrayed in art or in the media as idealistic. In the United States, trends in beauty are always changing, but history always repeats itself. Elements of cosmetics become trendy, lose their edge and are reborn into the industry decades later. Often we see looks from the past becoming a part of trend again. How do elements of classic beauty continue to reoccur in trend? How can these classic trends be kept original, yet altered? As an artist, this matters because to understand current trends in beauty, you need to understand the past. This project is an examination of looks in makeup trend from the 1920's to the present. Different cosmetic mediums were used to create looks that define the standard for what the ideal of beauty was in trend. Each decade will be examined closely to see what specifically stood out. There will be a series of 10 photographs that showcase makeup that has features of each decade, but would be trendy and wearable for the average woman today. These serve as examples of how classic looks can be replicated to create current trends for everyday wear and show what elements of beauty from vintage looks remain a part of our culture.
    • No English: My Experiences As An Immigrant

      Scrimgeour, J.D.; Yao, Jen (2018-01-01)
      After living in Taiwan for the first nine years of my life, I moved to America with my family. I struggled with learning the language, adapting to the culture, and fitting in. Now that I have assimilated, I can see that some English speakers just didn’t understand how difficult life was for immigrants. My thesis, “No English,” is a series of creative non-fiction essays, attempting to help people understand what it’s like to be someone who struggles to learn a new culture. By recording my transition from being illiterate in English to an English major, I demonstrate the hurdles that immigrants must overcome as they adapt to the American way of living. Our schools and culture can impede an immigrant’s development. The adjustment process can be made easier and faster when immigrants receive the proper help and support. My thesis talks about the struggles I went through and suggests some ways to help immigrants, especially those who cannot speak English.
    • “That’s Enough, Mr. West, Please No More Today:” West, The Media And Representation

      Jaros, Michael; Torres Rozo, Leticia (2018-01-01)
      Kanye West would be the first person to tell you that Kanye West is not ordinary. He is an artist, a producer, a visionary. He is crude, egotistical, impulsive. My undergraduate thesis, from which the proposed paper is taken, examines how West’s music reveals that his albums are created for much more than entertainment. What sets Kanye West apart from many of the rappers of his time is his reluctance to commodify his art and his vision for profit. The proposed paper will examine how, in his first several albums, Kanye uses his platform to expose the trap of several prevailing ideologies through music. Soyica Diggs Colbert comments on his debut album as a rapper, “The College Dropout,” noting that it “decries alienated labor and incorporates bitter irony with notions of transcendence” (54). In the proposed paper I shall examine how Kanye mixes in his experience as a middle-class African-American to criticize the meritocracy in America, demonstrating that that “meritocracy’s” real purpose is to create social hierarchies and further segregate people. Specifically, and because of how predominant racial commentary is in his music, I will focus primarily on the complicated race relations in the U.S. and how they contribute to what I call his “conceptual martyrdom.” His lyrics suggest fame, fortune, and success are empty dreams because they foster a false sense of security and happiness. Furthermore, Kanye accuses black people specifically of being most oblivious to the emptiness of these dreams. In the song, “All Falls Down” off “The College Dropout,” he raps “Things we buy to cover up what’s inside// Cause they made him hate ourselves and love they wealth” (West). My proposed paper will argue that this reward system breeds a ferocious consumer culture that equates material possession with success. As Chris Richardson has asserted, “West recognizes that a university degree is necessary for attaining status and the hope of a well-paying career but is also a way for the dominant culture to judge others and legitimate social hierarchies and segregation” (102). By questioning what is otherwise widely and passively accepted by most, Kanye’s likeability suffers. Ultimately, the proposed paper argues that Kanye’s character suffers an unfair metaphorical death because his vision promotes radical thinking about the current state of American culture. The media mistakes his confidence for arrogance, and remembers his passion as mania. This paper is intended to recover his character as a radical social critic instead of a methodless madman, revealing how his work provides insight and inspiration for those willing to listen.
    • The Secret Of Her Silence

      Carey, Kevin; West, Colleen (2018-01-01)
      Writing has always been a passion of mine and writing a novel has always been a goal. This thesis was the perfect way to bring passion and goals together. To achieve this goal, I worked closely with my thesis advisor, Kevin Carey, to meet a goal of 7-10 pages weekly and edit them along the way. After around 3 weeks of submissions and editing the smaller chunks, I would submit everything I had edited and he would re-read it and give me more notes on how to strengthen the story. This process went on for four months until I had the first 60 pages of a novel completed. I got the idea of the story from my distaste of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet because it is so unrealistic and an inaccurate representation of true love. The original play takes place over the span of three days and ends in teenage suicide, even though the main characters barely knew each other. I decided, instead of modernizing the play which many people have done, to take main characteristics of the characters and either enhance them, or remove them completely. For example, Romeo is more damaged and more of a womanizer in my thesis, while Shakespeare’s innocent Juliet is not-so-innocent which leads her to become a selective mute. Although the characters were originally based off of those from Romeo and Juliet, the story went in a completely different direction than the original. For example, Justin, my character with an enhanced womanizer characteristic, to try to figure out why Rose, my selective mute character, stopped talking while also trying to figure himself out. I learned that it is very difficult to write a novel, more difficult than I had imagined. I had to create a new place with believable characters who were interesting enough to read about. It was challenging to do this because I did not want the reading to become stale, but I also couldn’t make a story only about one small plot that could be resolved in under 60 pages. Professor Carey helped me to find a balance between the two and I learned that the setting and introduction to the story is just as important as the story and plot itself. In hindsight, I would not make any changes to this, I might edit it more, but it is something that I will continue to work on and hopefully publish in the future.
    • "Bad Blood Will Out": Racial Purity In Harry Potter And Parallels To World War II

      Nowka, Scott; Rutter, Devin (2017-04-01)
      Since the publication of the first installment in 1997, JK Rowling's Harry Potter series has endured in popular culture as nothing less than a phenomenon. Thanks in part to its charming cast of complex characters, heroic adventures, and entertaining litany of magical spells, the series has attained a sort of immortality. Beyond entertainment, however, Rowling's novels also contain a spectrum of compelling cultural issues that everyone eventually grapples with as their rose-tinted view of the world is compromised. Chief among these issues are the concepts of prejudice and racism, which are embodied in the series through the dispute over blood purity, specifically between those with entirely magical ancestry and those with mixed or non-magical ancestry. Racial purity has been a cornerstone of numerous historical regimes and conflicts and as such, many comparisons can be drawn from the Pureblood-Muggleborn struggle; however, given the lack of emphasis on physical appearance, as well as a number of additional parallels among characters and events, one historical conflict stands out from the rest: Nazi Germany's anti-Semitism during the World War II era. Much of the existing criticism of the novels notes these parallels, but this paper seeks to deepen the examination of the overall theme of racial purity and its relations to WWII, primarily by engaging the mythology of the series and drawing comparisons between fiction and history. The paper also seeks to examine how these parallels help further understanding and tolerance on the part of young readers as they navigate modern society at large.
    • Machiavelli In The Modern World: A Closer Look Into What It Takes To Be A Successful Leader

      Nowka, Scott; Raymond, Jessica (2017-05-01)
      This paper discusses the ideas Machiavelli discussed during the 1500s on leadership, and relates it to the modern world. This piece of writing looks specifically at Machiavelli's work in The Prince (1513) and the themes within the text: whether it is better to be feared or loved, the balance between the lion and the fox, and how to be a strong leader without being hated. These big themes are related to different parts of the modern person's life. Leading a sports team requires the role of a leader. Also, being an aspiring educator, leader qualities need to exist to have a successful classroom. These leaders must be 'Machiavellian' in order to keep the respect of the people being led. Following the rules in which Machiavelli has said many years ago, leaders such as Cesare Borgia, and also business CEOs, teachers, and captains are influenced by the words of Niccolo Machiavelli.
    • Executive

      Jaros, Michael; Mele, Jeremy (2016-12-01)
      Executive is a play, first and foremost, that I wrote to grapple with moral issues both eternal and contemporary. What is the nature of right action? Do ends justify means? Is killing ever permissible? These questions, and more, are the ones I attempt to examine in this thesis project you have before you. The play is about many things. It’s about, as I mentioned moral issues, but it’s also about political and emotional ones. The main character, Geoffrey, is an autobiographical vessel; many of the elements of this work form a pastiche of my life. Like Geoffrey, I too struggle with fears about our contemporary political situation—with its absurdity, its hatred, and its uncertainty—as well as fears over the quotidian; I fear being dead, I fear being forgotten, and I fear being, ultimately, unimportant. As I struggle with these fears, so too do I make Geoffrey struggle. There is, of course, one important difference between him and me; Geoffrey—in a Twilight Zone-esque twist—is granted the ability to kill the bigoted politicians that plague his well-being and his TV screen with his mind. How these powers are granted are never explained because I did not really care to explain them. What interested me more was what a person—a person very much like myself—would do if given these powers and what would happen as a result of his actions. If that sounds intriguing to you then, hopefully, the play proper will make for a good read. I will offer up no spoilers in this abstract, so you will just have to read the work itself if you would like to know how the play ends. Is our hero victorious? What would victory even mean here? Who knows? All I can say is this; right or wrong, writing the death of a Donald Trump analogue was a fairly cathartic experience.
    • Donald J. Trump: A Voter Case Study

      Mulcare, Dan; Mark, Amanda (2017-05-01)
      The purpose of this research is to determine whether the recent literature on the Trump phenomena explains the motivation behind college student Trump supporters. Ten college students were interviewed between October 2016 and January 2017. The information gleaned from these interviews show overlaps that further support the scholarly and journalistic conclusions of why people voted for Trump, but as these interviews were conducted after Trump had secured the nomination, it adds new information to help determine the driving force behind a subsection of Trump voters.
    • From The Ashes: A Collection of Short Stories

      Scrimgeour, J.D.; Olin, Jessica Ann (2016-05-01)
      A memorable birthday party to a violent Christmas Eve, From the Ashes details the story of a broken family, and a young girl who learned to overcome. Jessica Olin details her parents' divorce, her many moves, and the challenges of becoming a parent to one's own parent in her memoir. From pleasant memories of a childhood Halloween to the soul crushing loss of someone loved, Jessica Olin impressively describes her most memorable moments, demonstrating how our experiences shape our future, and giving us some insight into the disillusion of what family really means.
    • The Screen Door: A Collection of Poetry

      Carey, Kevin; Connolly, Felicia (2014-05-17)
      The following is the result of one semester’s work of crafting poetry under my advisor, Professor Kevin Carey. Though the bulk of the work took place under his guidance in this short period of time, the screen door, my forty-three page collection of poetry, has been long in the making. My undergraduate career exposed me to the soft and alluring voice of January O’Neil, the gentle nature of Rod Kessler, the experienced mind of JD Scrimgeour and of course the honesty and rawness of Kevin Carey’s work. I have learned from each poet countless skills and lessons that transcend my study in poetry. This work is a representation of my journey under their guidance.
    • Little One: A Modernized Thumbelina Novel

      Scrimgeour, J.D.; Horn, Megan (2016-05-01)
      Based off of the Hans Christian Anderson story "Thumbelina", this reimagining puts the character of Thumbelina into a modern setting. The beginning of the novel includes a diverse set of the author's original characters and characters adapted from the Anderson story. Thus far, the novel brings a fantastical quality to a world much like the one around children today. It includes representation of disenfranchised groups of people as well as representation of the conflicts within the modern world and possible solutions. It also touches on universal themes and weaves a story that will entertain and enlighten young readers.