Cycle 2, 2011

Princess Peach
 

“Guns? Check. Explosives? Check. Minivan? …” What makes a Gamer? or Personalized Gaming Experience and the Gender Dynamics of Video Games

Molly Chapman

This article closely examines the past and present representation of female characters in video games, investigating the correlation between “video game realism” and the de-objectification of female video game characters.  Although there is an overwhelming amount of evidence for the sexualization

 

‘Til Death Do Us Part: The End of Government Regulation of Marriage and the Emergence of Domestic Partnership Contracts

Allison Hoover

The current debate over same-sex marriage has brought into question how exactly the government should interact with the institution of marriage, if at all. In America, marriage and government have coalesced for centuries, but its time for the two to divorce.

 

Wait, You Stormed Franklin Street! Why? The Social and Psychological Motivations of UNC Sports Fans

Kristine Thompson

Sports are a distinct subculture in the United States that encompass diverse populations and affect the lives of millions of people.  This article examines the social and psychological factors that influence sport fandom and presents a case study of the motivations of fans at the University of No

 

Can We Grow Replacement Organs? A Survey of Current Literature

Connor Karr

Although written a century ago, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is not far off from the ideas some scientists have for modern medicine. Regenerative medicine, also known as tissue engineering, could be one of the most powerful medical fields in the future.

 

The Wrong Diagnosis: Why Infectious Disease Continues to Undermine Africa’s Development

Chris Rota

Infectious disease is a part of the human existence, a necessary experience which is shared by people from all walks of life. In the developed world, illnesses such as the common cold come and go with relatively little impact on the people they touch.

 

Quite Useless: Truth, Art, and Life in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray

Sarah Huener

In his examination of art in human form, Oscar Wilde ultimately concludes that art is not a means of striving for Absolute Truth, as Plato describes Form to be. Wilde’s choice of a man as his object of analysis is no coincidence; for him, the human soul itself is Form.

 

Rebirth Melodies: Music’s Instrumental Hold in the Rebuilding Efforts of New Orleans after Katrina

Flavia Crovesi

This article assesses the work done by charities and local music venues to revitalize the musical culture in New Orleans in the years following the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

 

Joke’s on You, Interpreters of “Bartleby”

Zeke Saber

Some mysteries weren’t meant to be solved, but that doesn’t stop literary critics from trying to dissect Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener.” Saber argues that Melville intentionally prevents concrete interpretation of his short story through complex linguistics and multiple layers of for

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