Volume 1                                                                   Spring 2013








Table of Contents

Graffiti: Voices on the Wall
Aimee Glover creates a video in which she examines the role graffiti plays in raising awareness of social issues and injustices.

Cultural Imperialism and Globalization in Pepsi Marketing
Justin Grandinetti explores how Pepsi's "Live for Now" campaign effectively negotiates the risks of cultural imperialism associated with globalism to create one of the most effective marketing strategies today.

Haunted, Yet Haunting: A Visual Analysis of "The Afghan Girl"
Taylor Callwood asks what makes National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry's 1985 photo of an Afghan girl in a refugee camp so unforgettable.

Kevin DiFazio explores how playing music may present the potential to hone memories and allay symptoms of diseases such as Alzheimer's and dementia.

Video Game Music: A Connection Beyond the Controller
Zach Nicely discovers how video game music influences player mood and cues player responses.

The Cape House
Kelly Smith intimately shares memories of a family vacation home and reflects on how it has shaped her identity and moulded her into the woman she is today.

The Impact of Undergraduate Education on Workplace Writing: Are Students Ready to Write?
Justin Grandinetti responds to critics who argue that today's students are not prepared to write in the workplace.

Comida Colombiana
Carly Botero reminisces about the delicate foods that link her to her familial homeland, Colombia.

The Artistic Flaws of the Modern Music Industry
John Brooks questions how we should define music artistry in a culture where anyone with a computer can create music and be a successful musician.

Perfect Thought
Tommy Sheffield describes a dystopia in which education becomes sport, valuing above all else, the ability to memorize, recall, and forget.

Semiotics: Putting Theory into Practice
Rudy Barrett applies theories of semiotics to create a graphic organizer to track his daily and weekly schedule.

The Colbert Report: An Interview with Al Gore
Taylor Denecke writes, directs, and films a Colbert Report sketch in which the guest of privilege is Al Gore, who promotes his book The Assault on Reason."

Driving Through Space: An Examination of Car as Place
Marisa Seitz explores how the car that once merely transported drivers to places has evolved to claim its own sense of place, and questions whether the resulting disconnectedness will leave us numb with indifference.

My Own Kind of Faith
William Casey explores questions of faith while explaining why his choice to practice atheism.








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