Monarch Review, Vol. 2The Monarch Review was founded with growth in mind. Our aim was not only to recognize outstanding undergraduate work, both academic and creative, but also to stretch our students’ limits. The papers and artwork presented here demonstrate what our students can accomplish.

From the market dimensions of permanent residency permits in the U.S. and United Kingdom to the Medieval romance of The Green Knight, from the life of a midwife on the American frontier (when Maine was the frontier!) to the pitfalls of tax policy in an era of global mobility, the research presented in volume 2 covers a wide terrain. Moreover, our first “research news report” describes an original psychology experiment, conducted by MU students, on ways to influence college students’ drinking behavior.

We again offer an impressive array of 2D images from both amateurs and trained artists, working in print-making and painting, as well as photography. And we are pleased to announce the inclusion of a musical performance and an original musical composition in this volume, with video and audio files available in our online edition. It is clear our students’ talents exceed the boundaries of the printed form.

As I plan to graduate from Methodist University in May, I find myself reflecting on how privileged I am to have had a pivotal role in launching this journal, a journal that will, I hope, be an enduring forum to celebrate and challenge MU undergraduates in their creative and scholarly undertakings.

Of course, this feat would not have been possible without the contributions of many people, including visionaries such as MU’s President Ben Hancock and Executive Vice President Delmas Crisp, and program directors Dr. Clay Britton (CURC) and Prof. Robin Greene (Writing Center), who threw their support behind the concept; Dr. Kelly Walter Carney for her guidance in the early stages; the students who bravely submitted their work; the faculty members and students who provided critical reviews; and the contributors themselves, many of whom showed great dedication as they revised their work in response to feedback from the journal. Most especially, I extend my thanks to the student staff members, past and present, as well as to Baylor Hicks, the coordinator of the Monarch Review. Baylor and I met in the spring of my freshman year and, in our three and a half years of collaboration, have developed a close working relationship and deep friendship.

I hope the Monarch Review enriches your years at Methodist. It has certainly enriched mine. The journal is about looking forward, about seeking ways to improve and grow. So, rather than harp on a bittersweet goodbye, I’ll just say . . . Happy reading!

Miranda Jade Friel
Senior Student Editor

Peer-Reviewed Research

The Commoditization of Permanent Residency Permits under Immigrant Investor Programs in the United States and the United Kingdom (government studies)
Fernando Tevez-Rosales

The Effects of Case Management on Frequent Emergency Department Users (health care administration)
Shiva Sharma

A Discourse of Power: The Manipulation of Stereotypes in Octavia Butler’s Kindred (American literature)
Cheri Molter

A Year in the Life of Martha Ballard: An Exploration of Her “Enclosed Garden” (history)
Cheri Molter

Restrictive Free Speech Zones and Student Speech Codes in Public Universities (business law)
Mary Madison Kizer

Common and Noteworthy Instruments from 1750-1800s’ Eastern USA (music)
Emory Jacobs

Not Going Green: The Effect of U.S. Public Discourse on Millennials (discourse and literature)
Miranda Jade Friel

Public Finance Policies and Externalities: A Survey of Tax Policy in the Global Economy (finance)
Alexander Demitraszek

The Green Knight as Saracen and Mentor (English literature)
Lin Baumeister

Research News Report

“Textsperimenting”: A Norms-Based Intervention for College Binge Drinking (psychology)
Chelsea Smith

Performing Arts

Flute Performance, J.S. Bach’s Sonata in Eb Major BWV 1031, Movement I. Allegro Moderato—Artist’s Statement
Katlin Harris

Emerson’s “The American Scholar”: From Words to Instruments—Artist’s Statement, sheet music
Emory Jacobs

Juried Artwork

Artists’ Statements—Michele Jesus da Costa, Tracy Raupp, and Kyonghwa Bouriaque

Artists’ Statements—Bethany L. Little, Leslie Lingo, and Heather Swenson

"Another One, Another Mask" by Michele Jesus da Costa "Identity 2015" by Michele Jesus da Costa
Another One, Another Mask
Michele Jesus da Costa
Identity 2015
Michele Jesus da Costa
"The Trail" by Tracey Raupp "Shadows Watching" by Kyonghwa Bouriaque
The Trail
Tracey Raupp
Shadows Watching
Kyonghwa Bouriaque
"Memory" by Kyonghwa Bouriaque "The Brave One" by Kyonghwa Bouriaque
Kyonghwa Bouriaque
The Brave One
Kyonghwa Bouriaque
"Sleeping Beauty" by Bethany L. Little "Red-Eye Flight" by Leslie Lingo
Sleeping Beauty
Bethany L. Little
Red-Eye Flight
Leslie Lingo
"Kawayan (Bamboo)" by Leslie Lingo "Tangled" by Leslie Lingo
Kawayan (Bamboo)
Leslie Lingo
Leslie Lingo
"Ms. Vegas Lockedheart" by Leslie Lingo "Costa Rican Watercolor" by Heather Swenson
Ms. Vegas Lockedheart
Leslie Lingo
Costa Rican Watercolor
Heather Swenson

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