Student Research

Violeta Crow  "The Effects of Feminism on Love and Sexuality" - 2010

During the postwar era, women would abandon their studies to marry and have children when they were very young. They entered a marriage with little or no knowledge about sex and contraceptives. Male dominated families diminished the role of women. My presentation evaluates the effects that the feminist movement had in the concepts of love, sexuality and related terms.

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Karina Gonzalez-de Graaf "Come Drink the Green Koolaid" - 2011

As concerns for global warming intensify, an optimistic attitude on renewable energy technologies has compelled our society to investigate in these investments. Regardless of the prospective long term benefits, critics are concerned of barriers over which that these new technologies must climb.
The study applies the influential work of Nobel Laureate Robert William Fogel’s social saving theory regarding the technological innovation of the steam engine and economic expansion. The preliminary investigation of green technology critics’ apprehensions, along with Fogel’s “social savings” concept will be examined in order to propose more effective methods of green technology development.

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Dupont, Serge, and Steven G. Diener. Canada. Western Canadian Economic Development: Energy Policy and Alternative Strategies. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1985. Web. 02 Feb 2011. <>.
Fogel, Robert William. (1962). A quantitative approach to the study of railroads in American Economic Growth: a report of some preliminary findings. The Journal of Economic History, 22(2), 163-197.
Kilian, Lutz. "The Economic Effects of Energy Price Shocks." Journal of Economic Literature 46.4 (2008): 871-909. Web. 02 Feb 2011.
Wright, Brian D. "The Cost of Tax-Induced Energy Conservation." Bell Journal of Economics, 11.1 (1980): 84-107. Web. 02 Feb 2011. <>.

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Aldo Garcia  "Andy Warhol: Deeply Superficial" - 2010

Warhol’s works of art depict icons of our modern culture, unmistakable objects of our daily lives, in a way that mimics advertisements. His works were reproductions the real object or person without making it sublime as artists used to do; he was only interested in the surface, in what the object represented. A can of soup is not only a can of soup, it is the can of soup that every American loves and consumes. A coke is not just a soft drink; it is an icon of our modern culture, a coke is the same for a CEO, an artist or a common person. My presentation analyses Warhol’s peculiar view of the world and how he embedded it in his art.

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Veo Rice  "Chattel to Citizen: Children's Medical Rights Versus Parental Religious Rights" - 2010

The Constitution of the United States clearly indicates all citizens are to have equal protection under the law (US Constitution). Citing government intervention to secure life saving medical treatment on behalf of a minor child as a violation of the parental religious rights is an invalid declaration. The right of general welfare and protection from neglectis freedoms guaranteed to all citizens. The mandates established in our Constitution specify the action, [removal with the intent to secure medical attention] as an obligation designed to achieve equal application of rights afforded the child as a citizen of the United States.

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Tristan Sheldon    "Taming the River: How the use of water affected the development of government in two early civilizations" - 2011

Two early civilizations left the migratory hunter-gatherer style society behind to form a civilization based on a rank society. The governance of these two great nations can be analyzed through their use of water. This poses the question: How could something as simple and as necessary as water affect the development of these societies’ governments? This comparative research study discusses how the control and use of water gave rise to the great societies of Ancient Egypt and Ancient Mesopotamia. From population growth resulting from crop cultivation to the trade network that was established; each government can contribute its success to the local water ways. The construction of dams, canals, and irrigation systems provided the basis for the growth in this region. The benefits that each river system delivered seemed endless but the drawbacks, if left unchecked, were very severe. Through government control the river systems were able to be utilized for maximum profitability.

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