Topic: Arts

nocturne painting

Museum of Art and Archaelogy Ekphrastic Writing Contest: 1st Place

Siren: Based On The Painting “Nocturne”

Rebecca Bajek

Black. White. You can’t seem to have one without the other. It is their contrast that brings out their beauty.   Clouds on a spring afternoon, the dandelions in the pasture out back, the warm milk Ma brings us before bed. White has always been a sign of comfort and beauty in my eyes.   […]

Crop Circles Explained

McKenzie Pendergrass

Crop circles and their mysterious origins have spawned years of debate and speculation about whether or not they are formed by aliens. Crop circles have been adapted into films and television series, and usually the use of crop circles in these mediums is to give way to a supernatural or otherworldly entity that has come […]

A Glimpse of Everything

Sean Donovan

Very rarely is one able to extract from a work of literature, or any work for that matter, a truly profound insight into a person’s most defining views on life, the universe, and existence. Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy, however, remains one of these works. With a journey to reach not only a turning point in […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

    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 […]

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 […]

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 […]