English, 2009
  • English, 2009



    The Innocent Can Never Last
    Allie Breithaupt
    Mentor: Mary Alice Scherer

    This presentation addresses the creative process used in writing a young adult novel entitled, The Innocent Can Never Last. Special attention will be paid to the novel’s inner textual connections to other literary works such as, Robert Frost’s poem Nothing Gold Can Ever Stay, the epic poem Beowulf, and the revisions made to develop the character and the voice of the protagonist. As the author of this book I read selections from the text.



    Membership: A Literary and Musical Declaration of Place and Purpose
    Abigail Ciampa
    Mentor: Gloria Still

    The purpose of this project is to present a collection of my recent creative writing. The presiding theme of the collection is Membership. Pieces reflect the quest to explore the many roles one plays in social settings ranging from singular to global. Specifically, the four categories that are represented are Role as an Individual, Role in a Couple, Role in a Family, and Role in Global Society. To add a cross-disciplinary dimension to the project, and to relate the project to my primary course of study (tuba performance), I play recordings of my instrument in various settings (solo, duet, chamber, and orchestral) that correlate to the role being represented. The intent of this element is to help listeners more fully comprehend the theme I present, by presenting it via plural creative media. The ultimate goals of this presentation are to create an outlet for sharing my writing and assist my audience in organized self-reflection. I hope to provide a clearer understanding of how role and purpose change from setting to setting, while primary essence remains intact.



    Oxford, Van Auken, and the Ideal-I
    Owen Heisey
    Mentor: Reginald Dyck, E. Wray Bryant

    Last semester, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Oxford. In this paper, I examine that experience and revisit the authors, books, conversations, dreams, and people that led me to Oxford. Sheldon Van Auken’s A Severe Mercy is read as a source for part of my own myth. In reflecting on my experiences, I inform my analysis using Lacan’s writings on the mirror-stage and Levinas’ writings on the importance of the human face to ethics. In using these authors and others related to them to reflect on my experience, I examine how my experiences may have rendered or de-rendered my own ideal-I. The experience of a myth affirms and solidifies the divergence between the ideal-I and reality, the divergence between the myth and the experience, but this breakdown is necessary and valuable. The breakdown ultimately allows reconciliation between the ideal-I or myth and reality – the ideal-I is now less ideal and reality is more mythic.



    Fight Club and the American Male
    Darrell L. Lowery
    Mentor: Barbara G. Keller, Susan Nash

    The book Fight Club, addresses many issues relevant to men in contemporary society. I discuss the plights facing American males, the society in which we live, and how one could remedy the situations. I have used many sources which looked in depth into the psychology behind the characters and the sociological issues presented in the book. I shine light upon a topic that is often overlooked.



    The Pickens Plan: Good for America or T. Boone Pickens?
    David W. Pickering
    Mentors: Terry D. Lahm, Kevin R. Griffith

    The Pickens Plan promises a future of energy independence, and economic prosperity for the American people. However, the “devil” is in the details. My paper provides a technical analysis of the Pickens plan and attempts to weigh the pros and cons of the entire plan. The core of the Pickens Plan is using wind energy to generate 22% of electricity needed by all Americans. This increased capacity will free up the natural gas that is currently used to generate utility electricity. This displaced natural gas could be used to fuel vehicles. Pickens intends for the Federal government to subsidize private enterprises to create the wind power infrastructure. Pickens acknowledges that his plan is only a medium range solution that will not provide any immediate relief or long-term impact. For this reason and others outlined in the work, the Pickens Plan would be an obstacle to obtaining an energy independent nation. This piece critiques the Pickens Plan and provides other solutions. The Pickens Plan is not perfect and the American taxpayer should not finance this plan.



    WWII: Changing the Censorship of Shakespeare
    Beth Sharb
    Mentor: Lisette N. Gibson

    While Shakespeare's plays do not top any lists of banned books, Shakespeare has known his fair share of censorship from the Elizabethan era onward. However, this censorship has undergone many phases, and plays have waxed and waned in their level of offensiveness to the reading public. The scope of this project is to address how World War II changed the banning and censorship of Shakespeare in America, Germany, and Japan.



    Beth Sharb, Angie Geiger, Adam Wetterhan, Rex Hughes
    Mentor: Kevin R. Griffith

    The 2009 edition of Dionysia, Capital's Literary and Arts Magazine, will be published both online and in print. This presentation reviews the history of the magazine and the process that is used to decide which student, faculty, and staff submissions are published. The award winners in each publication category are spotlighted as they speak about their pieces. The presentation also serves as a reception to celebrate this year's publication and the many creative works it includes.



    A Writer Finds Her Voice in Radio
    Kelly Winters
    Mentor: Kelly J. Messinger

    English majors often wonder what they can do with their degrees after graduation. I know I did! Publishing creative works, and writing for newspaper or other periodical publications are obvious career options, but the skills gleaned from English courses can apply in other media fields. As a Radio/TV minor, I can demonstrate creative and useful applications for English skills in other settings, particularly radio. Through sharing my radio and television experiences in pre-professional settings at Capital University, and in my internship at WCVO, I hope that other students, particularly other English majors, will see that there are career options open to them in places they might never have considered.