Recent Submissions

  • Malina

    Zubarava, Hanna (2022-12)
  • Modern garbage: an eco-critical perspective on trash, art, commodities, and Duchamp's Readymades

    Gaudiana, Joseph (2022-12)
    In the twentieth century, trash was drastically re-invented to become a daily fixture of modern life. Art became increasingly difficult to define, while objects and commodities were produced like never before. Most of what I'm about to discuss in this thesis has to do with objects: whether categorized as trash, art, or commodity
  • Let these birds out

    Cavallucci, Katie (2022-12)
    The following collection of original poems consists of new pieces written this autumn as well as revised versions of pieces I began when I was fifteen years old. Bits of my younger self are preserved in this thesis. My work is inspired by the raw, often vicious nature of Richard Siken’s poetry whose words tear open the angsty adolescent inside of me and get to the very heart of all pain. Recently, I’ve been touched by Maggie Smith’s work, its brazen honesty wrapped in eloquence. The concise yet poignant observations of Mary Oliver, whose work is seemingly always bent toward finding beauty in life, certainly played a part in developing the themes of my project. I shrink at the idea of trying to explain what this collection is about. In the thesis, I attempt to paint portraits, to capture the essence of the people, places, and elements of my environment that have most influenced my identity up until now. I suppose it conveys my evolving attitudes toward family and friendship and spirituality and the imminent end of everything. When I was younger, I was perpetually anxious about lack of control, death, and the end of the world. But by the end of the thesis, I have perhaps found some peace in the notion of apocalypse, of everything falling apart. I suppose this thesis may be an ode to optimistic nihilism, accepting that nothing really matters, and I should fully embrace the immediate world around me while I still can. And I suppose it’s maybe about birds. I did not realize that birds were such a significant theme in my life until I put these poems together. As Abraham Maslow says, “To be looking elsewhere for miracles is to me a sure sign of ignorance that everything is miraculous.” It sounds cliche, but I’ve found great meaning in this. I quite adore being alive, in this ordinary place. I wouldn’t know how to write about anything else.
  • Jackson's journey and other stories

    Clark, Michael (2022-12)
    This bill lies on its deathbed, a bleak conveyor belt filled with its brethren. It awaits a gruesome execution by way of an industrial grade shredder. At the time of its creation, this bill would have met a fiery doom, but the government has since instituted a system to destroy paper money without harming the environment. So, let's take a look at twenty special people this twenty-dollar bill has met over the last twenty years. We must make haste, so our friend’s story can be told before it ends up torn into micro bits and deposited into a landfill with other items that are too dead to contain the history and experiences of their owners and users.
  • Memoir in progress

    Merlini, Amber (2022-12)
  • Intra- and intergenerational experiences with menstruation taboos

    DeBonis, Ann Marie (2022)
    The purpose of this study was to conduct an exploratory analysis of generational differences and similarities in women’s experiences of menstruation taboos in the United States. Participants (N=18) were women between the ages of 14-71, who identified as women who experienced menstruation at least once. A series of semi structured interviews were conducted remotely through Zoom. To gain a better understanding of how women experience menstruation, participants were asked to tell the story about the first time they menstruated. Additionally, they were asked to describe both a negative and positive experience of menstruation. Six emergent themes were identified from the interviews using a grounded theory approach that included: Maternal Imperative, Exposure of Menstrual Status/ “Failure” to Conceal, Liberation, and Connection. Emergent themes were compared cross-generationally and within each generation. Overall, Gen Z participants described a more supportive reaction from maternal figures compared to the other generations. Boomers and Gen X participants reported no supportive reactions. Additionally, Gen Z indicated that their positive experiences were liberating compared to other generations. Although emergent themes were present across all generations the sub-theme occurrence varied. Findings were discussed as they relate to and challenge menstruation taboos.
  • Drop the beat music therapy: a psychoeducational music therapy program proposal for individuals with type 2 diabetes

    Friedman, Gabrielle Davida (2022-12)
    Drop the Beat Music Therapy will focus on individuals with type 2 diabetes by providing an outpatient music therapy psychoeducational group. This psychoeducational group will be addressing the needs and interests of the participants in order to help alleviate the burdens they experience due to their chronic medical condition. Drop the Beat will consist of various music therapy experiences that will be designed to provide opportunities to express creativity, expressive freedom, spontaneity, playfulness within structure, increase self-awareness, and enhance group cohesion. In addition, Drop the Beat will provide education about the effects of music and use of music for self-care, as an addition to the patient’s existing self-care regimen. This paper presents a proposal for a music therapy program with collaboration with the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York, New York.
  • Who do you want to be? Exploring personality goal motives

    Rodriguez, Kanji (2022)
    Personality research is studied with the foundational understanding that it is stable and consistent over the lifespan. However, psychologists can also agree that personality is subject to a great deal of change. Hudson and Roberts (2014) measured and validated the Change Big Five Inventory (C-BFI) to record people’s goals to change themselves. The current study, with the goal of adopting a new perspective on personality, explored why people have goals to change who they are. In line with Hudson and Roberts (2014) work, results revealed that, on average, most people had goals to change in at least one trait on the Big Five. Additionally, it was found that goals to change were inversely related to scores of life satisfaction. When assessing the variability in approach motives for each personality trait, it was found that traits agreeableness, emotional stability, and openness are, on average, pursued for internal (or autonomous) reasons, while extraversion is pursued for external (or controlled) reasons. Conscientiousness was pursued for both internal and external reasons. In determining if these reasons matter, regression analyses revealed that for every trait, students were more committed to their goal of changing the trait if they had stronger autonomous reasons to change it. By contrast, controlling reasons promoted commitment only to two trait change goals: Extraversion and conscientiousness. Hopefully, the results of this study will help individuals improve or change themselves in way that is both fulfilling and successful.
  • Generational welcomes: comparing the reintegration of Vietnam Veterans and Iraq Veterans

    Wood, Thomas (2022-05)
    Vietnam veterans went through an imperfect reintegration experience while they were readjusting to living in civilian society after their service. They would receive estrangement from society due to their connection to the war, experience high unemployment levels, struggle with the VA in securing medical care and benefits, and many would deal with post-traumatic stress disorder. The harsh nature of Vietnam veterans readjusting to society would be acknowledged with the construction of the Vietnam War Memorial, leading to veterans’ well-being becoming a top priority. America would enter another large scale conflict in 2003 with the Iraq War. After that war ended, Iraq veterans would attempt to reintegrate back into society. Because of the experiences of their predecessors, Iraq veterans would not experience the same estrangement from society and were prioritized in federal hiring practices. But they would also struggle with the Department of Veteran Affairs securing medical help and dealing with another combat induced affliction called Traumatic Brain Injuries. Keywords: History, Reintegration, Readjustment, Vietnam, Iraq, Veteran, War, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury / TBI, Veteran Affairs / Department of Veteran Affairs / VA, Employment, Occupation, Estrangement, Alienation, Draft, Draftee, Volunteer, Deployment, America, Suicide
  • The past, present, and future of forensic accounting

    Whitehouse, Amanda (2022-05)
    The purpose of this thesis is to conduct an in depth and comprehensive exploration of the forensic accounting profession. By doing so, everyone who reads this thesis will understand how this profession has become an integral part of many transactions and what impact it can have on an individual’s life. To bring all of this together, the thesis will begin by examining how the circumstances of our world stimulated the need for the field of forensic accounting, then move into what the profession currently encompasses, with insight from current professionals, and lastly, a short discussion, with input from professionals currently working in the field, about what the future of the profession holds.
  • Disease heterogeneity and differential severities in COVID-19

    Taborda, Sarah (2022-05)
    During the time of the ongoing worldwide pandemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV2), scientists are finding answers on the varying severities of the pandemic’s novel variants. One of the more intriguing aspects of this virus occurs in the presentation and severity of symptoms in patients. How does the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease have this wide-range prognosis from asymptomatic to fatal? This thesis examines some promising areas of investigation regarding the innate immune system and inflammatory factors in the role of severe COVID-19 cases. Various experimental findings regarding the possible connection between inflammation factors of the human innate immune system and the severity of COVID-19 will be described. Keywords: Biology, COVID-19, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, Innate Immune System, Inflammation, Interleukin-6, Tumor Necrosis Factor, Interferon Gamma, Lymphatic System, Neutrophils, Apoptosis, Asymptomatic, Proinflammatory Cytokines, C-Reactive Protein
  • Confronting and overcoming stigma of mental health challenges

    Stoller, Kiran (2022-05)
    Mental health stigma remains a consistent and widespread barrier to mental health literacy, mental health treatment, and social equality. Due to the overarching effects of mental health stigma, many have formulated methods to reduce its prevalence and severity. However, many of the proposed reduction strategies are often focused on the sociological level, tackling large scale social institutions such as the healthcare industry, political policies, and mass media. While effective, many of these interventions exist on such a large scale that they leave many individuals with a sense of powerlessness, as most cannot hope to achieve large scale social or political change within a single lifetime. Thus, the purpose of this project was to locate, identify, and formulate possible mental health stigma reduction techniques that can be accessed and applied on the level of the individual within one’s day-to-day interactions. The concept and process of mental health stigma is discussed and dissected in order to formulate and contextualize effective and relevant interventions. Interventional methods are primarily focused on interpersonal interactional style, language usage, effective psychoeducation, positive between-group contact, and mental reformulation. This knowledge may be used to further one’s understanding of mental health stigma while guiding effective confrontational strategies.
  • An exploration of placebo effects and their use in the treatment of depression

    Spina, Liv (2022-05)
    Large placebo effects have been measured in the treatment of depression with psychotherapies and psychopharmaceuticals. Antidepressant medication has been shown to be marginally better at treating depression than placebo antidepressants, however, flawed study designs may be the contributing to this marginal difference. Psychotherapies have also been implicated in being largely placebo treatments for depression, based on the historical trends of placebo interventions, the current definition of placebos, and the results of component control trials. The emerging idea that our best treatments for depression are largely (if not entirely) placebos suggests that the act of receiving care is an effective treatment for depression.
  • Measuring attachment force of B. bacteriovorus over short time scales

    Smithing, Carrie; Herne, Catherine; Ferguson, Megan (2022-05)
    The goal of this research is to examine the attachment of the predatory bacteria known as Bdellovibrio bac-teriovorus onto its prey bacteria, Escherichia coli, and to increase the understanding of the B. bacteriovorus predatory process. B. bacteriovorus is being considered for predatory therapy, an alternative to antibiotics. Predatory therapy is the use of predatory bacteria to target pathogens in the body. The B. bacteriovorus has a hair-like protien filaments known as type IV pili that are believed to be the cause of the attachment. The pili extend and attach to the bacterium’s prey, then pull the predatory bacterium into its prey where it transitions from its attack phase into its reproductive phase. We utilized optical tweezers to facilitate attachment of a trapped B. bacteriovorus to an immobilized E. coli. Upon attachment, we used optical tweezers to pull the two bacteria apart. The optical tweezers provided a way to measure the attachment force of the B. bacteriovorus associated with short attachment times ranging from 90 seconds to five minutes. For the short attachment times, we found the force to be a minimum of a few piconewtons. We hypothesize that the force will become greater over longer periods of time.
  • Norm contestation and the usage of rhetoric in China

    Shepard, Halle (2022-05)
    This paper explores the type of rhetoric and tactics used by the Chinese government to counter accusations of human rights violations against ethnic minorities in Xinjiang. Most of the terminology used involves the principles of sovereignty and nonintervention. By engaging in this discourse with the international community, the state has engaged in norm contestation and a debate about the universality of norms. With these concepts in mind, China has gained political influence and an increasing number of like-minded allies that can challenge the Western order. As a result, this could be problematic for the United States if it wants to retain its perceived status as global hegemon.
  • Supernova Weddings: my plan on how to approach the future wedding boom

    Schadoff, Allie (2022-05)
    As we prevail through the COVID-19 pandemic the world needs more reasons to celebrate now more than ever. The forthcoming future is predicted to be the busiest wedding period ever recorded and Supernova Weddings will be there to assist couples along the way in the planning, coordination, and design of their dream wedding. Supernova Weddings is a wedding planning company based out of Raleigh, North Carolina that assists engaged couples in the planning process of their wedding. Supernova Weddings focuses on commitment, innovation, and passion to ensure each couple's needs are met and to bring the client's dream wedding vision to fruition. Supernova Weddings services are structured into 3 packages, Day-of Coordination, Partial Planning, and Full-Service Planning, and will be priced accordingly. Supernova Weddings’ innovative approach to wedding planning will be the future of weddings.
  • Fast fashion: the hole in humanity that must be fixed

    Richard, Melissa (2022-05)
    Clothing has long since been an integral part of the human experience. On a basic level, clothes provide protection from the elements and the environment. However, as time has progressed, clothes have evolved from a simple necessity to symbols of culture, job status, sacred moments and artistic choice. More recently, with the rise of industrialization, has come a society less concerned with the necessity of clothes, and more enamored with their marketability and capitalist yield. With the birth of fast fashion came a linear business model focused on quick product turnover, and low quality garments in favor of maximizing profit. Although this model works well, in part, by advertising new and exciting trends towards women in the global north, it leeches off of the labor and energy of women in and/or from socio-economically disadvantaged regions. This paper aims to explore the implications of such processes on garment and second-hand trade working women from financially disadvantaged locations. In addition, I provide possible solutions for how business and governments can rectify their part in this corrupted system. Finally, I provide ways that individuals in the global north can do their part to elicit change.
  • Understanding the impacts of human rights violations in Puerto Rico through the analysis of Hurricane Maria: identifying Puerto Rican resistance

    Rabenstein-Bolufer, Sarah (2022-05)
    This paper explores the ways in which Hurricane Maria revealed the impacts of human rights violations in Puerto Rico. Through the analysis of colonial history, austerity measures, and neoliberal ideologies, sources of vulnerability in Puerto Rico are identified and Hurricane Maria’s impact is denaturalized. I identify local interventions based in grass roots and mutual aid models of solidarity that work to minimize Puerto Rican vulnerabilities. Interventions based in social work are also identified as possibilities to reduce vulnerabilities. Using a human rights framework, recommendations for policymaking are additionally presented.
  • The migration: a novel

    Porcelli, Jay (2022-05)
    This thesis consists of the first ten chapters of the novel The Migration, along with art and maps describing the world in which the story takes place. The novel, which could best be described as a science fiction backpacking story, takes place in an alternate world where people evolved from birds rather than apes. This alternate world also has the Link, an empathic connection between every living thing on the planet. The story is told through the perspective of Kaz, a nonbinary freshman in college who is embarking on the Migration, a two-month flight that follows the path of migratory birds. The process of writing the first ten chapters, part one of three in the novel, took place over two semesters. The first semester mostly involved brainstorming, world building, and writing down ideas in non-chronological order. In between semesters, I wrote in chronological order and solidified some of my ideas. During the second semester, I continued writing in chronological order until I reached chapter ten. I also revised and fine-tuned my work, and worked on making maps and solidifying my world building. In the future, I plan to write parts two and three of the novel. Part one is week one of Kaz’s journey, part two is weeks two through four, and part three is weeks five through seven. I plan to complete about thirty chapters total.
  • Beautiful losers: street art and the museum

    Pierson, Clara (2022-05)
    During the 1990s and early 2000s, the idea of “DIY” street culture was redefined. This emerging movement was rooted in the popular graffiti and street art of previous decades, but was characterized by a group of young, interdisciplinary artists that lacked formal training, and self-identified as social outcasts. These artists, who included Barry McGee, Mark Gonzales, Ed Templeton, Mike Mills, Spike Jonze, Thomas Campbell, Jo Jackson, Shepard Fairey, Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, and Harmony Korine, found a platform at the Alleged Gallery in New York, where they were able to collaborate, deface, and create in a singular space. Unfortunately, the Alleged Gallery closed in 2002, and the street art movement developed by these creators was largely left uncharacterized and unrecognized by the art world. However, in 2004, the founder of the Alleged Gallery, Aaron Rose, was given the opportunity to curate an international, touring exhibition, entitled Beautiful Losers, which helped to group these artists into a singular, cohesive movement, while also providing them with a new level of exposure and formal museum recognition. The goal of my paper is to explore the accessibility and impact of street art through the example of the Beautiful Losers exhibition. In particular, I will examine themes of public versus private exhibition spaces, the commodification of art through corporate partnerships, and the idea of “selling out” as an artist.

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