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essays from spring & fall 2007


The Absent Indian
Colin Greene

Young readers flock to Peggy Parish’s books because they are fun to read. This can be dangerous. Parish’s books mold children’s view of the world, and it is easy to understand how the subtly racist material that makes up some of her books, such as Granny and the Indians, is helping to foster prejudices children will carry with them to adulthood. The types of opinions Parrish is forming are the ones that children will not even realize have been internalized.

Born Country
Lindsey Roby

Many people don’t realize that maple tree leaves turn upside down when the air is heavy with moisture, and when birds that have been chirping and flitting about suddenly fall silent and disappear, a storm is just a few minutes away. Generally, people travel through life never knowing these simple things. In today’s world of technology, the Weather Channel tells viewers the weather and the Discovery Channel teaches viewers about nature. I know am not the only one, however, who has discovered and learned from Nature.

Consequences Exceed the Law
Rachael McNerney

The faint tinge of whiskey tickles at Pete’s nostrils. Five miles from his destination and no longer on the main street, Pete assures himself he is in the clear. He accelerates; the pedal fights back against the sole of his boot. He exceeds the speed limit and simultaneously the wind current strengthens in the cab. The boys in the back cheer at the clockwise progression of the speedometer.

Jack Bauer: The Post-9/11 American Hero
Whitten Maher

With such fans as senior officials in the Bush Administration, former President Bill Clinton, and even horror novelist Stephen King, 24 has a wide fan base and broad appeal. But there is a deeper significance to the lure of Bauer, a compelling reason as to why Jack has become ingrained in the nation’s collective consciousness. So let’s answer the question few ask: why exactly and to what extent is Jack Bauer the new American hero?

Minivan Motoring, or Why I Miss That Old Car Smell
Sam Patteson

It is very difficult to look “cool” while driving a minivan, and I never bothered to try. “Cool” is overrated anyway. What’s not overrated is the urban camouflage a minivan affords. “No one suspects the soccer mom,” Joe deadpanned as he rolled us a joint on the open door of the glove box. I had to agree as I pulled the van into the Shell station to gas up before our long trip to Charleston. I let the tank fill while I checked the various reservoir levels for brake fluid, antifreeze, power steering, and the like. As usual, I needed a quart of oil.

MSG is Everywhere
Ian Hannon

Easy Mac. Progresso Soup. Doritos. Ramen Noodles. These products are godsends for those living on an American college student’s budget. However, the adverse effects they have on our health go beyond the gaining of the dreaded “freshman 15.” All of these foods contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is an excitotoxin.

Robots Are Taking Over the World
Addison Nugent

We as humans seem to be becoming more and more like the machines we love so well. Just as the personal computer can be updated, upgraded, and rebooted, so too can the human body through plastic surgery. We are slowly drifting away from our humanity and could not be more pleased.

A Small Price to Pay to Save a Failing System
James Edmonds

The problem, as noted on the Bush administration’s “Strengthening Social Security” webpage, is that in 1950, there were sixteen workers to support every single person who drew from Social Security; today there are 3.3. Under the current system, a thirty-year-old worker will face a twenty-seven percent cut in his or her benefits when he or she finally is old enough to claim them. Something has to change.

Welcome to the College of the Future:
A Productive Society of Soulless Shells

Mason Shelby

Donnie didn’t like it when the drugs wore off. He hated that empty feeling, that feeling that there was a hole in his chest where his heart should be. It reminded Donnie of something that he had learned in history class: people used to believe in something called a soul, which was said to be the essence of a person, a ghostly vapor that seemed to dwell deep inside each and every human being. Of course, scientists had long since proved the nonexistence of souls. Finally arriving at floor one hundred and eighty-four, Donnie shook his head of such thoughts. They were a waste of time.

When Babies Aren't Enough:
Analysis of "Motherhood: Who Needs It?"

Jessica Hopkins

World War II, the Cold War, Vietnam, and the Civil Rights Movement all had a dramatic effect on women and their dissatisfaction with their place in society. The age of the June Cleaver mothers, equipped with their pearl necklaces and homemade apple pies, was dead, and the feminist movement was dawning. One writer, Betty Rollin, sought to change the image of American women forever with her revolutionary article in the September 1970 issue of Look magazine, titled “Motherhood: Who Needs It?”




volume eight editorial board

Traci Cox
Ashley Gutshall
Nicole Lee
Brandi Mooring
Jessica Nelson
Cory Scott

volume eight faculty advisors

Erin Lambert
Karen McDonnell
Kevin Jefferson


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