Volume Two: Essays from Spring 2001 and Fall 2001 Semesters

Table of Contents

A Window to the Past
Lenin promised peace to the Russian people, but it was an
illusion that never came, for the country where my
great-grandfather remained with the majority of my family
soon sunk into civil war
  Krista Adamovich

Euthanasia: A Compassionate Crime
The arrogance of mankind has dampened the hope that
individuals can achieve a dignified death.

  Margaret Alford

She had seen things and experienced a life that I only
knew about through the movies. She acted as though
she knew I would not be able to understand her, but
I could see in her eyes that she hoped I could.

  Dan Roberts

e-Vision likes to publish examples of excellent revision work. Here is an example of a rough draft that was revised to become a richer, more successful final piece.

Female Circumcision
It's easy for us to be self-righteous and rant about the cruelty of female circumcision. However, people in first world countries are often just as destructive, if not more so, to their bodies.
  Lisa Meyerhardt


The world where goals and success are of
sole importance is not a reality, it is an illusion.
  Jennifer Karey


The Cost of Obedience
The Nazis follow through with Hitler's plan to exterminate the Jews. Many of the soldiers who work at the death camps were not even members of the Nazi party originally. However, most follow orders obediently.

Anne Springfield

Capital Punishment: Does Death Equal Justice?
Capital punishment causes the death of someone because that person killed someone else, yet only murderers suffer such a fate. Rapists do not endure rape, thieves do not have their possessions robbed, and those convicted of assault do not undergo a similar assault.
  Tara Volpe


Shedding the Shackles
I began to follow in my sister's footsteps, and suddenly I lost myself.
  Meghan Hyland


Comics: A Better Means to an Artistic End
If a line of symmetry were to be drawn down the center of the paper, it would seem that each character rests within his environment about to collide with the other. Even without words, a vivid story begins to formulate in my mind, and hopefully I share the artist's vision.
  Sean Nyhan

Flash: September Eleventh
I see the three bodies in his painting as people falling from the 110th floor of the South Tower. I see the broken debris and splintered wood as pieces of steel and glass collapsing to the ground, taking firefighters and innocent people with it.

An extra essay published in honor of those who perished during the September 11 attacks.


Jennifer Karey




Other Distinguished Essays of 2001:
"Can Anyone Find a Mullet?" by
Ellen Bowman Kokinda
"Ethics, Individuality, and Human Cloning" by
Kristin Sheehan
"Hook it Up!" by
Ashley Williams

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