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Editor's Introduction

Good Will in Globalized World

Youssif Zaghwani Omar

The community guides the individual’s behaviors and actions and controls misbehaviors and bad actions. This society starts from the family and ends with the people who are living in the surroundings. The small society, however, has interrelationships with other societies, which makes it impossible for an individual to be apart from the whole global community. […]

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First Winner

Insects: It’s what’s for Dinner?

Christine Carson

Christine Carson is a senior in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Soil Resource Management at the University of Missouri. Upon graduation in May of 2015, she plans to attend Kansas State University, where she will study soil microbiology in restored prairies. Motivation for her academic interests and this article stem from Christine’s vested interests […]

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Album Review of The Velvet Underground & Nico

Sam Jennings

Sam Jennings started attending the University of Missouri in 2012 and is currently pursuing a bachelor of music performance in guitar. He writes in his spare time and fronts a local Columbia rock band, “The Rollups”. He is thankful to Dr. Michael J. Budds for encouraging him and his submission to this journal. He wrote […]

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Third Winner

Eating Otherness: The Unifying Qualities of Chocolate in Lasse Hallström’s Chocolat

Paige Lockard

Paige Lockard​ is originally from Kansas City and attended Lee’s Summit North High School. Now, she is majoring in both English literature and psychology, as well as studying French and business for minor degrees. Next year, she will be working on Honors Capstones in both of her major areas of study. She will graduate in […]

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“Supernatural” Beginnings in North American Folklore: The Vanishing Hitchhiker and La Llorona

David J. Shewmaker

Rock music blares from the speakers of a car as it drives down a dark wooded road. The young man driving is speaking to his girlfriend on the phone explaining that he can’t make it tonight because it’s late and he has to work in the morning. Just when he hangs up, a beautiful woman […]

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Hauntings of the Hudson Valley: Landscapes, and Ghosts

Michael Brassea

Michael Brassea is from Frankfort, Illinois. He’ll be graduating May 2015 with bachelor in English. He is an avid Chicago Bulls fan rarely misses a game even here in Missouri. He also loves to run, co-founding the Mimosa Court Track club with his former roommates here. He wrote “Hauntings of the Hudson” for Dr. Luanne Roth’s […]

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    A Conscious Universe

Sean Donovan

Sean Donovan is a sophomore biology major from Wildwood, Missouri. He chose to write A Conscious Universe out of interest in the reoccurring concept of fate and divine predestination in the works of the Middle Ages. Not being a believer in such concepts himself, he specifically wanted to explore some of the reasons that might […]

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The Cultural Power of Iron in Early Africa

Elias Froeschle

Iron played a central role in many societies of early Africa. It held both spiritual and material power. Physically, Africans used iron to create tools for agriculture, utensils for everyday life, and weapons for protection and conquest (Shillington, 2012, p. 45). Spiritually, Africans considered iron potent. Because of the elemental forces wielded to create iron […]

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Birth of a Workforce: The Blacksmiths Rise in Sub-Saharan Africa

Jordan Murray

The “Ritual Staff with Seated Nommo” made by the Dogon people from modern Mali available at the University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archeology represents the rise in specialized occupations in early Africa and demonstrates the complex techniques of smelting and crafting iron, which were carried out across the continent during the so called […]

Reading

Books: Or, A Brief History of a Fleeting Love Affair

Peter Myers

Peter Francis Myers is currently a junior, studying Secondary Math Education and is proud to call Kirkwood, Missouri his home. His paper was originally an assignment for the class LTC 4560: Reading & Writing in the Content Areas, and what started as a stream of consciousness set to the music of “Vance Joy” was later […]

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I Love that It Takes You an Hour and a Half to Order a Sandwich

Bruce Mackenzie

When discussing the reasoning behind the dialogue-driven plot in When Harry Met Sally (Rob Reiner, 1989), writer Nora Ephron explained that, “People who live in cities aren’t in car chases. We don’t get shot at. What we mainly do is talk on the phone and have dinner” (Kimmel, 2008, p. 194). The basis of action […]