Monarch Review, Vol. 3 (2016)
The Monarch Review showcases the excellent academic and creative skills of Methodist University undergraduate students, and volume three presents an assortment of our diverse interests and achievements. This year’s volume is comprised of eleven research papers, eleven 2D art images, and two musical performances.
Interestingly, all four literature papers explore gender issues, in writings that range from the 14th century Decameron by Boccaccio to a memoir by contemporary writer Terry Tempest Williams. Two papers pertain to the health and well-being of our fellow Monarchs: A group of students presents research and recommendations about instituting a campus-wide tobacco ban, and one explores a brief treatment protocol for students who suffer from PTSD symptoms. In other papers, historical research examines aspects of European politics and culture, and statistical analyses by two political science majors address religion and globalization. The art images range from naturalistic works to surprising and even amusing compositions in a variety of media. And we are happy to offer two wonderful musical performances this year, one featuring the flute and the other the marimba.
Each year, many students courageously submit their work, faculty members sponsor those submissions, student and faculty reviewers thoughtfully offer constructive criticism, and members of the journal’s student staff devote many hours to digesting the reviews, assessing the submitted work, and recommending revisions to meet our publishing standards. I offer sincere gratitude for the contributions of all these individuals and for the indispensable support of MU President Dr. Ben Hancock Jr., Executive Vice President and Academic Dean Dr. Delmas Crisp, Jr., and program directors Dr. Clay Britton (CURC) and Professor Robin Greene (the Writing Center). Most especially, I’d like to thank Baylor Hicks, the managing editor of the Monarch Review, who works tirelessly to produce an impressive journal that reflects MU’s high standards.
Several years ago while in the Trustees Building, I saw colorful flyers that announced the creation of a new academic and creative journal here at MU, and I was so excited. I knew I wanted to submit a paper or two, just to see what would happen. I discovered that I enjoyed the peer review process, which provided feedback that helped me improve my papers. Actually getting some of my pieces published was an additional perk. Later, as a member of the Monarch Review staff, I had the pleasure of learning new skills. Now, as the senior student editor and a graduating senior, I look back on my involvement with this well-regarded journal—and the people who work to produce it—as one of the highlights of my MU Journey. It has been my privilege to play a part in crafting this publication.
Enjoy this volume, and think about what you want to submit to the next issue! May the Monarch Review inspire you to improve and grow…
Cheri D. Molter
Senior Student Editor
Fallen Angels, New Women, and Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing: Modern Stereotypes in the Elizabethan Era (English literature)
Le Donne Forti: Sex, Marriage, and the Expression of Female Agency in Boccaccio’s The Decameron (Italian literature)
Miranda Jade Friel
A Discourse of Domination: Shakespeare’s Falconry Language (English literature)
Gender-Specific Relationships with Nature in Terry Tempest Williams’s Refuge (American literature)
Determining the Support for a Tobacco-Free Campus at Methodist University (health care administration)
Kartik Sharma, Anthony Fish, Edith Olivarez, Emilie Ingram, Ronnie Hatfield, Aaron O’Neil, Olivia Bundy, Miguel Da Silva Guterres, Thomas Edwards, Donnie Fann, and Ben Gold
Evaluation of the Brief Academic Trauma Intervention for MU Students (psychology)
The Effect of Loneliness on the Perception and Learning of Negative Words (psychology)
The Three Major Shifts in Soviet Music During World War II (history/music)
Romany Rights in the Balkan Region (political science)
Secular America: Why Religion Still Matters in Shaping the Debate (political science)
Globalization Among Nations: An Empirical Study (political science)
|A Different Self-Portrait
|Ants Go Marchin’
Jorge Luis Rivera
|The Last Supper
Jorge Luis Rivera
|Pro Wrestling Beetles
Jorge Luis Rivera
|Odocoileus virginianus Still Life