The Gay Lib Controversy: Social Change versus Social Norms at the University of Missouri

In 1971, a homosexual student organization known as Gay Liberation or Gay Lib requested and was denied recognition at the University of Missouri-Columbia. For the next seven years, Gay Lib members would work their way through a system of appeals…

Reflections in a Black Mirror:  Analyzing Bloody Mary and Her Presence in

Reflections in a Black Mirror: Analyzing Bloody Mary and Her Presence in "The Wolf Among Us"

It’s a typical setting; a group of teens enjoying each others company at a sleepover, when suddenly, they decide to play a game. At the behest of the others, one of the teens gets up, goes to the bathroom, turns…

The Rise of the

The Rise of the "Crazy Cat Lady"

I grew up wanting a dog. In fact, since I learned to talk up until the age of 7 all I talked about were dogs. It didn’t help that my neighbor had a real-life Air Bud Golden Retriever who would…

My Misadventures in Love, Like, Lust, & Other Attractions

My Misadventures in Love, Like, Lust, & Other Attractions

My Adventures Misadventures In Love, Like, Lust, & Other Attractions “I regard romantic comedies as a subgenre of sci-fi, in which the world operates according to different rules than my regular human world.”- Mindy Kaling Disclaimer:…

Death as Freedom In 19th Century Women's Literature:  An Escape from Idleness

Death as Freedom In 19th Century Women's Literature: An Escape from Idleness

Introduction: Giving Voice to Struggle Few would argue that Victorian writers were death-averse; generally, at least one of their novels or poems consists of a hefty, symbolic death that transforms the other characters around them. Being so numerous, these deaths’…

Hypovolemic Shock and Fluid Resuscitation

Hypovolemic Shock and Fluid Resuscitation

 Case Introduction Patient is a 54 year old male who presented at the ER complaining of abdominal pain for the past two days.  He admitted to the consumption of a 12 pack of beer four to five nights a week…

Out of the Water and Onto Our Plates:  Combating Asian Carp Invasion with Cutlery

Out of the Water and Onto Our Plates: Combating Asian Carp Invasion with Cutlery

A Flying Fish Frenzy Fishing trips in the Midwest are typically associated with tranquil waters and relaxing, daylong excursions. But more and more often, horror stories are being told about unsuspecting boaters and fishermen who have been…

Fear of Fear Itself: A Deeper Look Into U. S. Birthing Culture

Fear of Fear Itself: A Deeper Look Into U. S. Birthing Culture

Imagine a woman giving birth. What exactly comes to mind? For many Americans scenes of a screaming woman laying flat on a hospital bed in an all white room probably flashes before them. For others around the globe, the picture…

Vauxhall Gardens in Frances Burney's Evelina

Vauxhall Gardens in Frances Burney's Evelina

Frances Burney’s Evelina portrays a world where politeness, manners, and proper etiquette are very important.  When Evelina first encounters Vauxhall Gardens, she has yet to believe that the place is anything but reputable, and she endeavors to express her satisfaction…

The Essential Role of Islet Transplantation in Diabetes Treatment

The Essential Role of Islet Transplantation in Diabetes Treatment

According to compelling studies performed in 2005, the prevalence of the disease, diabetes mellitus, could be found in over 20 million Americans, and the amount was perceived to increase significantly in coming years to create a hardship…