Artifacts Journal, Page 19

A History of the Maneater

In 1955 when Joel J. Gold, better known at the time as Joe Gold, was approached with the opportunity to become editor of The Maneater, he was unaware of the change he was about to make. He was also unaware of the impact he was about to have on the student body of the University of Missouri-Columbia. He was your average “Joe” trying to make his way through college.

Critics of America’s Engineers Form Bashing Squad Following Katrina

It doesn’t take much to blame a disaster like Hurricane Katrina on an act of God or on uncontrollable circumstances. Be reminded that nature, in all its beauty, has the power to destroy anything humans build. When the hurricane hit the Gulf coast on August 25, 2005, the levees separating Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans collapsed. With many homes and businesses submerged in the torrent of water, the people within the city fought to survive. Even before the water level returned to normal, people reacted with frustrations toward the government, relief organizations, and engineers. People wanted to know what went wrong and who they should blame.

Book Review: Everything Bad for You is Good For You

Almost immediately, Steven Johnson’s' Everything Bad is Good For You presents a compendium of intriguing arguments and ideas. The title itself seems to promise a collection of contradictions and oppositions to a supposedly uniform state of thought. Instead of the typical argument against a two-sided issue (such as whether moral ambiguity is justified), Johnson changes the roles of the main separation of agreement between the evolution of popular culture and its effects on the mental capabilities of those who partake in such activities.

Rap, Dogs, Human Nature

The buzzer sounded in the district championship of my senior year in high school. As I walked off the court in defeat, I took a glance up at the scoreboard, and the clock read all zeroes. It was really over.

Whitepaper on Design and Collaborative Practices

Imagine a freshman student at the University of Missouri on the night before their first major exam. It is late at night and their nerves are now getting the best of them. They are stuck in front of a big stack of books and notes with no sense of direction and nowhere to turn for help. Coming to a large state university, many students have not yet mastered how to effectively learn and study. The Internet is the major medium of information for today’s students. Creating a freshman learning strategy website would be a step in the right direction to guide and inform students on topics such as time management, writing tips, and study strategies.

Hip Hop 1000

Writing happens in a number of different forms. Student Kendall Dumas composed this original hip hop piece in order to reflect on his experiences in English 1000. This composition is a multimodal performance that builds on the rhetorical theory taught in English 1000.

The Birth of a Union: An Archival History of Missouri’s Memorial Union

It was the year 1915, and many other universities across the country were beginning to establish student unions. Chicago already had its Reynolds Club; Harvard had its Union Building; Peabody College had its Social Building; and Michigan had a union structure that cost nearly a million and a half (Pamphlet in UMC Archives, Memorial Union Vertical File). All of these buildings served a purpose and carried a memorable significance. It was now time for the University of Missouri to create a memorable Student Union to call their own.

Sounds of (the) Country

If you could listen to the sounds of the country, what would it sound like? Andrew Lovewell's audio essay talks about how life in small town America sounds to a local.

Texting: The New Form of Communication; Actually, the New Form of Everything

MOS, PAW, PIR, and POS: any guesses as to what these combinations of letters are used for? If the guess has to do with something along the lines of crazy government acronyms to keep outsiders oblivious to the inner workings of the government, well… that is actually close to the real answer—with one small change. These letters are not meant to block out spies or traitors to the country but rather a much less threatening group of people: parents. The acronyms MOS (mom over shoulder), PAW (parents are watching), PIR (parents in room), and POS (parents over shoulder) are used frequently among teenagers to quickly and covertly tell a friend that parents are in the room.

An Unspoken Tool: Review of John Schilb’s Rhetorical Refusals

Imagine you’re having a heated argument. Maybe you and a friend are debating some issue you both feel passionately about. You begin giving your opinion on the matter, maybe offering up a defense of your position while simultaneously attacking the other person’s stance. Your tirade goes on for several minutes, and you think that your target is absorbing your words, readying to make an articulate response. Instead, when you’ve finally finished pouring out your thoughts, your friend answers with a simple “Whatever,” and then retreats from the debate without another word.