Sociology & Criminology, 2011
  • Sociology & Criminology, 2011



    The Yellow Card: An Alternative Solution to the Illegal Immigration Problem
    Jacqueline Baumann
    Faculty Mentor: LaDonna Long

    Illegal immigration is a controversial topic that is becoming more pronounced with each passing year. Statistics of how many undocumented immigrants are currently residing in America are unknown, but estimates are around 11 million (MSNBC, 2011). Several solutions have been suggested such as border fences, deportation, jail, and the most current law, SB1070 in Arizona. I set out to create a new, alternative solution to solve the problem of “What to do with the millions of undocumented immigrants entering our country?” The solution I came up with is derived from a combination of already existing government programs, such as the Green Card Program and the Unemployment Compensation Program. My solution consists of putting in place a law that, over the course of one year, all undocumented immigrants would have a chance to come forward and obtain a Yellow Card, a.k.a. a temporary status card. My hope for this solution is that granting them legal status for one year will cut down costs associated with pursuing and punishing undocumented immigrants, boost our economy, and provide undocumented immigrants the chance to legally contribute to our nation while making efforts to becoming permanent citizens.



    The Correlation between Positive and Negative Outlook and Religious Affiliation with Students at Capital University
    Sarah Beinkampen, Megan Trimble, Justin See, Courtney Otto
    Faculty Mentor: LaDonna Long

    Over time it has been debated that there is a correlation between the strength of an individual’s religious beliefs and their personal outlook on life. However, there are few studies comparing these two variables. The purpose of this study was to compare and contrast the relationship between the subjects’ positive or negative outlook on life and the strength of their religious faith. Subjects voluntarily completed a questionnaire that utilizes the Life Orientation Test-Revised and the Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire. The process maintained the anonymity of the subjects. A positive correlation between students’ strength of religious belief and positive outlook on life is predicted. The outcomes of this study may be beneficial to Capital University so that it can better suit the needs of the students in accordance to the student body’s religious preference. In determining a correlation between religious strength and outlook, behavioral scientists can better understand the benefits and pitfalls of religion in a student population.



    Factors that Influence Voting Preferences in Young Adults
    Jed Cooper, Laura Shields, Yesenia Soto
    Faculty Mentor: LaDonna Long

    The 2008 United States General Presidential Election was a pinnacle year in the turnout of young adult voters (18-24 years old). According to a study by Patrick Fisher, young adults predominantly voted for Barrack Obama. The purpose of the investigators study was to determine the factors that influence the young adult vote in the historical 2008 presidential election. The factors the investigators used were: family, religion, media, issues, peers, and political affiliation. The investigators used an online survey and distributed it to Capital University juniors and seniors in select cross-disciplinary courses and through e-mail. The investigators found that family, issues, and political affiliation were the most dominant influences on young adult candidate preferences. The study was conducted to improve understandings on how political campaigns could more effectively attract the young adult vote.



    Psychological Aspect behind Fake Injuries
    Amy Walla, Jamie Blankenship
    Faculty Mentors: Julie Dallas, Beckett Broh

    Observations of athletes in athletic settings have revealed that some athletes may exaggerate or fake injuries/illnesses to avoid participating in athletic events. Little research has been done on this topic, yet information has been extrapolated from other relevant studies. The purpose of this study was to identify specific factors that contribute to athletes faking injuries or illnesses. The Athletic Injury/Illness Survey was distributed to the winter sports athletes at a Division III university these data were analyzed to help determine the best strategies for obtaining maximal effort from the athletes both as individuals and as a team. Results are presented and discussion regarding application is discussed.