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The Environment, Maize and the Human Genome

Corn, as it is today, is a result of a long history of humans changing the land, its flora and fauna. Corn produced today is the product of thousands of years of humans selectively breeding corn's ancestors for beneficial traits. The corn we are all familiar with originates from the domestication of a grass called teosinte, or “grain of the gods” by the early farmers of central Mexico between seven and ten thousand years ago.

Obesity in America and its Children: Affecting the Lives of Millions

America is the land of plenty. Its citizens have more money, more jobs, more food, more technology, more land, more schools, and the list could keep going. They also have become a nation that is carrying around more weight. In the last half century America has turned into a nation with more than 60 percent of its population over weight, or more than 100 million Americans being over weight.

The Right to Life, Liberty, and Poetry

On the 20th of January, 1961, millions of Americans watched as young John F. Kennedy, only 43 years old, took the oath of office. On that same day 32 years later, the equally charismatic Bill Clinton was sworn in as the President of the United States of America. Throughout the years, this simple “passing-of-the-torch” ceremony has been adorned with fancy dinners, parades, and poetry.

Issue 3

All Mizzou students have one important thing in common: they are writers. Thanks to the writing intensive courses across the University, students have the opportunity to experience different writing situations in every discipline. Mizzou students learn that different writing contexts demand different sets of strategies. Not only does the content change, but the way research and arguments are presented also change. The essays featured in Artifacts Issue 3 reflect the variety of writing that Mizzou students create every day. From technical reports to historical research to literary analysis, these essays are all snapshots of the Mizzou writer at work.

Discovering the District: A Look at the History of Downtown Columbia

In 1928, women wearing bright dresses, silk stockings in every color of the rainbow, and bobbed hair could be seen strolling down 8th street next to men wearing Panamas hats and buttoned waistcoats. They were well on their way to an elite party celebrating the opening day of the newly erected Tiger Hotel. This was the hotel that people had never before even dreamed about.

Issue 2

The second issue of Artifacts features articles on a range of topics, from a historical narrative of Mizzou'’s medical school to a critical analysis of engineering failure during Hurricane Katrina. These texts reflect sophisticated research skills, including archival and discipline-specific research. Every piece in Issue 2 developed from assignments in undergraduate writing classes at The University of Missouri.

Sounds of (the) Country

If you could listen to the sounds of the country, what would it sound like? Andrew Lovewell's audio essay talks about how life in small town America sounds to a local.

An Unspoken Tool: Review of John Schilb’s Rhetorical Refusals

Imagine you’re having a heated argument. Maybe you and a friend are debating some issue you both feel passionately about. You begin giving your opinion on the matter, maybe offering up a defense of your position while simultaneously attacking the other person’s stance. Your tirade goes on for several minutes, and you think that your target is absorbing your words, readying to make an articulate response. Instead, when you’ve finally finished pouring out your thoughts, your friend answers with a simple “Whatever,” and then retreats from the debate without another word.

Identification With the Need to Achieve

While flipping through the pages of Seventeen, among the numerous makeup, fashion and perfume advertisements, a half-page ad caught my eye. It was in split-screen format with a cool blue background. On the left stood a grim-faced girl who had just stepped off a yellow school bus full of rowdy children and a screaming driver. In one arm she held two, hefty schoolbooks and in the other was an overloaded backpack. Her nothing-but-average appearance consisted of an unflattering, black and white, patterned school dress, tightly buttoned up to her neck, a matching headband, and long, white socks pulled up to her knees. The sky was dim, gray and cloudy.