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2016-2017

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  • Thumbnail for A Search for Food Sovereignty:  Neoliberalism in Alternative Food Movements in Colorado Springs
    A Search for Food Sovereignty: Neoliberalism in Alternative Food Movements in Colorado Springs by Vernon, Claire

    Access to nutritional foods as well as the limited consumption of such foods are problems that continue to exist in the United States despite many programs dedicated to promoting healthful nutrition and eradicating food insecurity. This paper analyzes contributing factors to these issues and presents ways in which they could be addressed through alternative programs managed by and for the local communities most affected. It advocates for food sovereignty and critiques the neoliberal regime that currently dictates the food system in America through a case study of a community ran grocery program in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Nongovernment domestic food aid fills a niche not met by federal programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. However, the community based food movements can still fall victim to issues that affect the food system at large. Alternatives and potential ways that the programs can avoid these pitfalls are offered.

  • Thumbnail for Capitalizing on Community: A Critical Discourse on the Neoliberal Management of Diabetes and Inequity
    Capitalizing on Community: A Critical Discourse on the Neoliberal Management of Diabetes and Inequity by Mulhern, Morgan

    I have taken up the difficult task in this thesis of ethnographically weaving together many strands of theory, practice, and analysis into a coherent narrative about type II diabetes and racial/ethnic disparity to answer the questions: What is the experience like for community health workers for Hispanic and Latina diabetics living in Colorado Springs, CO, and how does their clientele reflect disparate social histories? Further, how can Colorado Springs as a community better understand and strategically address public health efforts? The literature offered in this paper positions a single disease at the intersection of several historical moments and scales of analyses. This work is not meant to be a meta-narrative on the phenomenon, but rather a composite picture of public health framing of type II diabetes at a localized level to prompt collaboration to create an integrated system of health.

  • Thumbnail for Exploring the Impacts of Temperature on the Activity Patterns of Mongoose Lemurs (Eulemur mongoz) at the Lemur Conservation Foundation, Myakka City, Florida
    Exploring the Impacts of Temperature on the Activity Patterns of Mongoose Lemurs (Eulemur mongoz) at the Lemur Conservation Foundation, Myakka City, Florida by Twinney, Rebecca Clare

    This study focused on the activity patterns of a male-female pair of semi-free ranging mongoose lemurs (Eulemur mongoz) in Myakka City, Florida. Despite hypotheses that a change in temperature drives the seasonal shift in the species’ activity patterns, previous research has been unable to conclusively isolate this variable. Because the Lemur Conservation Foundation provided a constant food source and limited predation, it enabled this study to isolate the effect of temperature. The data illustrated no significant difference between hourly activity levels during sampling periods in the summer and fall of 2016 (P = 0.32). Despite lower temperatures in the fall (P = 0.01), the lemurs’ activity patterns did not significantly alter from those in the warmer summer months. These findings indicate that seasonal food availability, rather than temperature, drives the shifting activity patterns of wild mongoose lemurs. While Curtis et al. (1999) originally suggest that the lemurs’ higher fiber intake during the dry season drives this change in activity, more research is needed in order to fully understand this relationship.

  • Thumbnail for Exploring the Influence of the 2016 Presidential Election on Social Identity in Liberal Arts College Students
    Exploring the Influence of the 2016 Presidential Election on Social Identity in Liberal Arts College Students by Dinkin, Leslie Nicole

    Throughout the 2016 presidential election, our new president, Donald Trump, attacked every social group, but his own. I hypothesized this type of pointed rhetoric would influence individuals’ self assurance. Through an anonymous questionnaire, I found that four in five Colorado College students indeed shifted in how they self-identify pre- and post-election. Despite students’ fear, disillusionment and outrage resulting from Trump’s attacks, however, several students still managed to find power within their more marginalized identities. Given the tumultuous nature of the election, my study is indicative of a broader national movement in terms of how college student’s responded to the election

  • Thumbnail for The Language and Linguistics of Donald Trump:  Condoning and Promoting Rape Culture Through Words
    The Language and Linguistics of Donald Trump: Condoning and Promoting Rape Culture Through Words by Baker, Elizabeth Reece

    This project looks at the intersection of linguistics and social power in relation to rape culture, exploring these concepts in the context of President Donald Trump. Trump’s language in speeches, videos, and social media was analyzed for linguistic tactics that contribute to the continuation of rape-condoning attitudes. Several pervasive trends appear, such as deflection/denial of blame, “gaslighting,” and treatment of sexual assault as unimportant. These trends demonstrate how seemingly inoffensive language is critical to the continuation of rape culture.