Volume 4                                                                 Spring 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table of Contents



The Real Young Life by Jonathan Britt
The Real Young Life is a promotional video that explains what Young Life is through creative use of whiteboard testimonies that give a glimpse into how Young Life can transform. Created for WRTC 103: Critical Reading and Writing, this piece’s use of well-crafted cinematography offers a clear example of how multimedia can be used to inform.

South Park’s War on U.S. Religions by Justin Miller
In this compelling piece, Justin Miller presents a well-researched argument that analyzes episodes of Comedy Central’s popular cartoon show. Miller dissects how the show depicts various religions and suggests that South Park is more than a form of entertainment; it is an informative and critical satire that evaluates the roles of religion in American culture. This engaging argumentative essay was written for WRTC 103: Critical Reading and Writing.

Communication in the Modern Hookup Culture: A Literature Review by Sandra Webb
A survey of comprehensive research, "Communication in the Modern Hookup Culture: A literature Review" presents current knowledge surrounding a topic that strikes home with a college-aged audience—“the hookup culture.” Webb shows the need for further exploration as she points out the lack of research in the overlap of millennial communication, the modern hookup culture, and committed relationships. Written for WRTC 103H: Critical Reading and Writing-Honors, this piece offers us an excellent example of quality analysis and integration of sources to develop the thesis.

How the LDS Church Communicates with Women Regarding Gender Roles by Catherine Evans
With honesty and integrity, Catherine Evans explores how gender identity and is inscribed at a young age within the Latter Day Saints community. The piece ends with an analysis of the writer’s own faith and an explanation of why she left the church. This essay was composed for WRTC 200: Introduction to Studies in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication.

The Future Writers of America by Stephen Roddewig
This class project-turned-full-time blog features the eloquent writings about anything and everything that has to do with authorship. The website simultaneously carries an authoritative voice while creating a space for others to contribute their opinions and insights on the subjects provided. Initially, Roddewig created the blog for WRTC 200: Introduction to WRTC, but has since continued the blog to create a community of writers within and outside of academia.

The Scars of Memory by Tyler Morris
With an undeniably compassionate and innocent voice, two-time Lexia author Tyler Morris explores Alzheimer’s Disease, the effects it has on his family, and the losses that inevitably surround the disease. Morris’s piece is strongly written and strongly emotional. This narrative was composed for WRTC 334: Introduction to Popular Writing.

Ek statis by Lindsey Campbell
Through description, rich with details and imagery, Lindsey Campbell takes readers back to the days of their youth. In her piece, Campbell juxtaposes the world she once knew with the all too busy world in which she currently lives. In doing so, Campbell underscores her ability to transport readers to another world, an ability she's honed in WRTC 342: Writing Place.

The Problems with GPS by Catherine Reed
This podcast explores the trouble and adventure that can ensue when GPS gets directions wrong…or right, as the case may be. This entertaining piece, created for WRTC 342: Writing Place, makes effective use of narration, interview, and sound effects to create a holistic listening experience.

Piktochart: Basic Designs for Beginning Designers by Maya Chandler
In this software review, Maya Chandler incorporates research and personal experience to objectively evaluate Piktochart, an online design application. In exploring this design platform, Chandler demonstrates her command of language coupled with her knowledge of design to conclude that Piktochart, with its easy-to-use interface, is a great app to introduce users to graphic design and desktop publishing. With its visually appealing graphics and straightforward language, this piece showcases the design skills that students acquire in WRTC 354: Document Design.

4 Ways to Reduce Your Water Waste by Giuliana Macaluso
Macaluso's infographic is a prime example of the breadth of WRTC classes. Through economy of text and resourceful graphic design, Macaluso demonstrates how easy it can be to save more and use less--as well as demonstrating how visual elements can be combined to craft a compelling argument. This infographic was created for WRTC 354: Document Design.

The Rhetoric of Fat Female Bodies in Western Culture by Hannah Jones
In this compelling essay, Hannah Jones posits that the physical bodies of overweight females are interpreted in ways that subjugate those individuals to various forms of discrimination. Jones’s piece provides a sophisticated and advanced approach to a complex topic, discussing highly difficult concepts in a nuanced way. This essay was composed for WRTC 420: Feminist Rhetorics.

Toxic Masculinity, Unyielding Vaginas, and Vampires: Gender Roles in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Series and Life and Death by Rachael Linthicum
Rachael Linthicum compares and critiques the first novel of the Twilight saga and author Stephenie Meyer's most recent novel, Life and Death, a gender-swapped version of the same story. This essay offers careful analysis, ultimately arguing that agency is too often withheld from female characters in popular culture. For a topic that is so often talked-about--that is, the depiction of women in the media--this piece remains fresh, interesting, and authentic. This essay was composed for WRTC 420: Feminist Rhetorics.

 

 

 

Volume 4 was published in May, 2016. Writers retain all rights to their published works. Please visit Lexia on Scholarly Commons.