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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 

By analyzing the language used in notable Latter-Day Saint communications, Catherine Evans explores how gender identity is inscribed at a young age within the LDS community. The piece pulls from the author's personal background and ends with an analysis of the writer’s own faith. 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 stasis 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.

Looking Toward the Future

The WRTC Journal is growing!

First there was e-Vision - Journal of First-Year Writing (2000 - 2012).

Then there was the Lexia Undergraduate Journal (2013 - 2017). 

What's next? That's what the WRTC 328 Practicum students will be deciding during the 2017 - 2018 academic year. Stay tuned as they explore rebranding and preparing the journal to accept submissions from students working in comparable, stand-alone writing studies programs in the U.S. Plans are underway to reopen submissions in the fall of 2018 with publication of the first issue in spring of 2019. 

Lexia Undergraduate Journal (2013 - 2017) 

The School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication launched a new journal and a new website in place of e-Vision in April 2013. Lexia was a student-run online journal that published innovative student work produced by students in The School of Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication. The mission was to publish a range of texts that best represent the students and faculty of WRTC, as well as the disciplines of writing, rhetoric and technical communications.

e-Vision - Journal of First-Year Writing (2000 - 2012)

In its inaugural year, e-Vision was produced by both students and members of The Writing Program faculty. A student editorial board, with nominal guidance from The Writing Program faculty, chose the eight essays published in the first issue. The careful selection process began with several meetings of the student editorial board in January of 2000, during which the board established the criteria used to evaluate and identify essays which best fulfilled expectations of excellence. The rubric, created by student editors, rated essays on the basis of their logical, thoughtful, incisive development of ideas expressed in clear, inventive, compelling voices of concern. Over the summer of 2000 and into the Spring 2001 semester, student editors read and selected from the 120 essays submitted to e-Vision by both Writing Program faculty and students involved in GWRIT 101 and 102 classes in the Spring 2000/Fall 2000 semesters.

Lexia Journals
Spring 2017 - Volume 5
Spring 2016 - Volume 4
Spring 2015 - Volume 3
Spring 2014 - Volume 2
Spring 2013 - Volume 1
Journal Archive
2017-2018 Journal Staff
GRADUATE ASSISTANT

Connor Ham

EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS

Nathan Cleveland
Emma Friedman
Trudy Horsting
Samuel Jefferson
Lacie Knight
Sylvia Landis
Maryssa Mancuso
Abigail Mumma
Tabitha Sawyer
Saw Thein

FACULTY ADVISOR

Dr. Cathryn Molloy

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