Ethical Communication

By Gabriella Petruzzello ’24

Ethical communication requires a broad consideration for the individualized needs of every person, regardless of their physical characteristics or cognitive abilities. Neurodiversity is a newly explored area of ethical communication that emphasizes how we can enhance communication for individuals with autism, ADHD, and other neurodiverse individuals. Changing the communication landscape to become more inclusive to people with differing levels of cognitive abilities and perspectives is critical to cultivating a more welcoming and productive workplace.

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Eating the Rich: The Proletariat and the Aristocracy in The Hound of the Baskervilles

By Carter Piagentini ’25

The phrase “eat the rich” has become a contemporary colloquialism with etymology typically tracing to famous French philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau’s quote: “When the people shall have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich.” And, although Rousseau likely used “the rich” to refer to any form of power, many nowadays echo this phrase to denounce capitalistic antagonism between the powerful aristocracy and the poor proletariat. This pervasive enmity between the classes is epitomized in Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel The Hound of the Baskervilles.

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Remembering American Slavery: Learning From Germany’s Eradication of Antisemitism

By Quinn Deahl ’23

America is unlike Germany in its response to atrocity given that Germany has made significant efforts to acknowledge its responsibilities for the Holocaust and build a culture of remembrance, subsequently becoming a welcoming and inclusive place for the Jewish people that were once victimized while America has largely repressed its human rights violations against African Americans.

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College Girl Commentary: Teaching African American Literature and History

By Rachel Daniels

Attending high school in my small town was a privilege. Our teachers challenged us and repeatedly told us they were “preparing us for college.” At the time, the late nights and piles of homework were not something I appreciated—at all. However, after attending two different universities in my first year of college, I realized how blessed I was to grow up in a school district where students are cared for, challenged, and prepared for the academic journey that lies ahead, should they choose to pursue a degree beyond a high school diploma.

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A Rooted Education

By Alora Nowlin '21

One of the most valuable skills we can learn today is how to live sustainably. This is easier said than done. There is not a class that can teach you how to live sustainably in the course of a single semester, since the resources that are available to us are ever-changing.

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Recycling Crisis

By Lauren Goeke '19

I vividly remember my trip to Alberta, Canada in the summer of 2018. The wheels touched down on the landing strip. I found myself in a foreign land where the landscape, people, and priorities were completely different from my home in St. Louis, Missouri—and different from the college I attend in Pella, Iowa.

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El Efecto de la Casa en la Salud en Comunidades Mayas

By Kayleigh Rohr '20

This paper deals with the impact of home and housing on health in Mayan communities, particularly in Yucatán. Kayleigh’s expansive investigation draws from areas such as human rights, environmental studies and the biological sciences in order to illustrate the interdependency of housing and access to culturally-appropriate health care.

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The Bohemian Problem: A Sociological and Literary Examination of Willa Cather’s Fraught Relationship with Czech Culture

By K.E. Daft '19

Willa Cather has been hailed, for decades, as an advocate for Bohemian culture.

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Teaching Elementary Mathematics to Students with Disabilities: Strategies for Instruction

By Marina Paul '21

When asked to think about learning challenges in elementary school, it would be safe to assume that many people would reflect on the difficulties of mathematics.

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Machiavelli’s Politics and A Game of Thrones: The Board Game

By Matthew Wells '18

A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (GOT) is a laudable effort to put in players’ hands the chance to exercise their inner Machiavellian in a (hopefully) nonviolent fashion.

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Restoration Through Brave Narration

By Peyton Gray '18

In the popular Middle Eastern piece of literature entitled The Thousand and One Nights (The Nights), a frame-tale narrative is used to tell various stories that revolve around King Shahrayar and his relationship with women.

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