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    Colorado College bulletin [2013 November] by Colorado College

    A publication for alumni, parents, and friends of Colorado College. Published quarterly per calendar year.

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    Colorado College Student Government Association : Full Council minutes [2013-02-19] by Mia, Mohammad

    Minutes of the Colorado College Student Government Association Full Council meeting held on February 19, 2013.

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    The purple paper : politics monthly [2013-2014 Block 1]

    The Purple Paper : Politics Monthly is the newsletter of the CC Dems, CC Repubs and the Collaborative for Community Engagement.

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    The silicone story

    A video created by Colorado College students as part of the course, FG110 Introduction to Feminist and Gender Studies, taught by Assistant Professor Heidi Lewis during Block 5, 2013.

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    The transnational politics of Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill : competing networks and movement dynamics by Speyer, Ashley

    Transnational advocacy networks (TANs) play an important role in restructuring global governance and maintaining international norms. Recent literature has amassed highlighting the role of transnational advocacy networks, movements, and coalitions in the promotion of international human rights norms. Drawing on social movement theory and literature on transnational advocacy networks, this paper analyzes the dynamics of transnational movement activity surrounding Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill. I argue that Ugandan human rights activists strategize with international actors to both strengthen the local movement and conceal Western power. Secondly, the case in Uganda highlights the presence of competing networks working to both promote and limit LGBT rights. Although Ugandan human rights activists are able to overcome traditional North-South power imbalances to a certain extent, they rely on the international community’s implicit pressure and structural power to exhibit influence over the Ugandan government.

  • Thumbnail for The Socio-logic of restorative justice
    The Socio-logic of restorative justice by Bodner, Sara Reid

    Restorative justice seeks to repair harm by bringing together those involved in and affected by an offense in order to address their needs and impose obligations. However, the field of restorative justice has become increasingly undefined due to its expansion over the last couple of decades. Moreover, existing empirical research on restorative justice predominantly evaluates its effectiveness and then grounds its finding in restorative justice theory. This thesis uses interviews and participant observation to demonstrate the connection between the theory and practice of restorative justice group and family conferences and the tradition of social theory. I argue that restorative justice reflects the theories of Emile Durkheim, George Herbert Mead, Jürgen Habermas, and Ivan Illich. Threads of their theories are evident in how the structure of restorative justice conferences creates the conditions for the process of communication to occur, which then facilitates the realization of abstract values and strengthens community. By explaining the role of this implicit yet significant logic, I locate restorative justice within a broad historical process of social theory to illustrate its potential foundations.

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    Urban agriculture : a transnational alternative economic pathway for Hmong refugees by Cirullo, Katherine Alexis

    Within the field of migration studies, the study of transnationalism is a relatively new concept with a building body of empirical research. There is ongoing debate over the meaning of the term, its significance as an area of study, and its legitimacy as a concept that can be applied to future generations of migrants. In this paper, I use data gathered from my ethnographic research to present an analysis of a Hmong transnational community in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I illustrate the relationship between their history as a diaspora (and their ascribed refugee identity), their agrarian background, and the urban agricultural movement. I propose that, as refugees, the Hmong exhibit a strong desire to assert their agrarian identity within United States. Thus, they maintain a transnational identity that is reinforced through urban agriculture. Urban agriculture is then an economic pathway in which the Hmong simultaneously assimilate into society and maintain home-country ties. It facilitates the maintenance of a Hmong transnational identity and the strengthening of their transnational community.

  • Thumbnail for A novel mutation in the daf-19 gene affects ciliated neuron development in C. elegans
    A novel mutation in the daf-19 gene affects ciliated neuron development in C. elegans by Wells, Kristen Lynn

    The Caenorhabditis elegans male and hermaphrodite nervous systems display sexually dimorphic development characterized, in part, by the presence of 8 hermaphrodite-specific neurons and 89 male-specific neurons. We are interested in identifying the genes and molecular mechanisms that govern sex-specific neural development in C. elegans. Through a mutagenesis screen using a pkd-2::GFP reporter to label male-specific neurons, we recovered several mutants that display defects in sex-specific neural development. Males carrying the sm129 mutation lack pkd-2::GFP expression in the male-specific CEM neurons that are involved in mate finding. Genetic epistasis experiments suggest that CEM neurons are improperly specified or differentiated. We cloned the sm129 mutation and determined that it is an allele daf-19 based on three pieces of evidence: (1) RNAi of daf-19 phenocopies sm129, (2) sm129 fails to complement a daf-19 null mutation, and (3) we found a mutation in daf-19 that likely affects splicing. We are also testing to see if sm129 mutants can be rescued by adding a wild type copy of daf-19. daf-19 encodes an RFX transcription factor that activates genes required for sensory cilia function in ciliated neurons such as the CEMs. daf-19 null mutants lack all sensory cilia, have sensory defects, and display a constitutive dauer phenotype (worms enter an alternative part of the lifecycle associated with starvation survival). We are currently investigating how this mutation affects ciliated neurons such as CEMs but does not affect dauer formation.

  • Thumbnail for Recruitment mechanism of histone deacetylase 3 to replication sites and role for histone deacetylases in DNA damage response
    Recruitment mechanism of histone deacetylase 3 to replication sites and role for histone deacetylases in DNA damage response by Wellman, Hannah

    Histone Deacetylases (HDACs) are enzymes that modulate chromatin structure, mediate transcriptional repression and contribute to DNA damage repair. HDAC inhibitor compounds show promise as chemotherapeutic cancer treatments through disruption of chromatin structure and interference with cancer cell replication mechanisms. HDACs are divided into four classes according to function, location and expression patterns. Class I HDACs include HDACs 1, 2 and 3, and are recruited to DNA replication sites through chromatin-associated proteins. HDACs 1 and 2 are recruited to DNA via the Chromatin Associated Factor 1 (CAF-1) complex, but the recruitment mechanism of HDAC3 is not well understood. Co-immunoprecipitation experiments found that unlike HDACs 1 and 2, HDAC3 is not associated with CAF-1. Instead, HDAC3 interacts with RbAp48 and msin3a, transcriptional corepressor proteins. Previous research has confirmed the role of HDACs in DNA damage repair. Inhibition of HDAC function induces chromatin defects, indicating disrupted DNA repair pathways. Immunofluorescent analysis in HDAC-inhibited and control cells was performed to examine the role of HDACs in damage repair. Cells with inhibited HDAC activity displayed a significant increase in gamma-H2AX foci, an indicator of double-strand breaks. When DNA damage was induced, HDAC-inhibited cells also exhibited increased CAF-1 foci, indicators of the CAF-1 protein complex. A more thorough understanding of both HDAC recruitment mechanisms and role in DNA damage repair could lead to better, more targeted cancer chemotherapies.

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    Service learning : improving student learning and character by Gaskill, Whitney Dawn

    In a world where social and environmental issues are increasingly complex and global in nature, teachers have a unique opportunity to not only prepare their students academically, but also help learners apply their skills as active members in society. How can we incorporate these current events and issues into our classrooms? Furthermore, how can we empower students to feel that they have the power do something about these problems? Service learning can be used as a tool to engage students in their studies, increase learning, and build character....Service learning standards of quality practice can be implemented to optimize student achievement.

  • Thumbnail for Teaching second languages with bilingual children’s literature : investigating the benefits of bilingual literature in the ESL classroom
    Teaching second languages with bilingual children’s literature : investigating the benefits of bilingual literature in the ESL classroom by Koncak, Alexandra Lynn

    Children will attain the greatest proficiency in second languages when bilingual children’s literature is incorporated into the curriculum and learning environment, such as the school or classroom library. Additionally, semi-bilingual children’s texts will be more effective at introducing English to ELL students than fully-bilingual texts, because the format of the text forces the students to read more of their second language.

  • Thumbnail for Gustav Klimt's Faculty paintings in the intellectual context of fin-de-siècle Vienna
    Gustav Klimt's Faculty paintings in the intellectual context of fin-de-siècle Vienna by Wolfman, LeeAna Beth

    In 1894, the Austrian Ministry of Culture and Education invited Gustav Klimt to participate in the creation of a set of monumental paintings for the ceiling of the Graduation Hall at the University of Vienna. The Ministry commissioned the artist to paint allegorized versions of three of the four faculties of the University: Philosophy, Medicine and Jurisprudence. The commission specified that the works were to depict the “Triumph of Light over Darkness,” indicating the power of man over nature, the triumph of the human will over irrational urges. Each of Klimt’s paintings, however, seemed to represent the opposite of what the University intended, challenging the traditional liberal values of the Enlightenment and reflecting the evolving ideas of the avant-garde intellectual milieu. The philosophies of Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche pervaded progressive thought in turn-of-the-century Vienna, informing Klimt’s paintings in the same way they influenced Sigmund Freud’s psychological ideas. Many scholars have since wondered why Klimt’s art underwent such an abrupt shift from a conventional academic approach towards an evocative and imprecise style and Symbolist subject matter. My thesis explores the ways in which Schopenhauerian, Nietzschean, and Freudian philosophies can elucidate Klimt’s subversion of the University’s commission.

  • Thumbnail for Judith Leyster : a master worth remembering
    Judith Leyster : a master worth remembering by Dick-Valdez, Mariell Louise , Dick, Mariell Louise

    This thesis explores Northern Renaissance painter Judith Leyster as an influential female artist of the seventeenth century. Her contributions to the art world as a citizen of the Dutch Republic are unprecedented and commendable. Two of her most prized works are The Proposition and her Self-Portrait. Both of these works are explored in this thesis to better understand Judith’s role as both a market artist and female artist in a male dominant world. The Proposition, a painting embedded with symbolism and mystery, touches upon gender roles, domesticity, and prostitution. Meanwhile, Judith’s Self-Portrait is understood to be Judith’ personal manifesto. Both paintings shed light on Judith’s character and skill. A true “Leading Star,” Judith not only became a master artist during her lifetime, but she also achieved incredible success despite her gender. Judith remains a mystery to many art historians due to her enigmatic past, but through viewing and analyzing her artwork, she is being rediscovered and reinterpreted. My hope is that Judith continues to interest art historians for years to come. She is undoubtedly a master worth remembering.

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    The exploitation of Pushkin’s image in the making of Russian identity by Khazova, Tatyana

    Alexander Pushkin is considered the father of Russian literature. Works such as Boris Godunov and Evgenii Onegin help reveal his perception of what it is to be Russian, and Pushkin's relationship with Alexander I and Nikolai I demonstrate his way of attempting to reconcile the disconnect between the people and the tsar. It is important to understand that Pushkin as a writer is different from the myth that people have associated him with. Misunderstanding who Pushkin is has made it easy for leaders such as Stalin to manipulate the idea of Pushkin in order to control and upkeep morale of the people. The following is an attempt at understanding who Pushkin was and what his beliefs were, and in doing so comprehending why it is so easy for people to elevate and equate this particular individual's life with a martyr, whose image came to represent Russian national identity.

  • Thumbnail for Eating for safety, not survival : lessons from schema theory for eating disorder treatment
    Eating for safety, not survival : lessons from schema theory for eating disorder treatment by Harburg, Rebecca Eve

    Using the framework of schema theory from cognitive anthropology as implemented by Roy G. D’Andrade (1995) and Claudia Strauss and Naomi Quinn (1997), the current study analyzes the language use of participants in an eating disorder support group meeting, of three interviewees who have a history of at least one eating disorder, and of three interviewees who have played a role in eating disorder treatment: a licensed professional counselor who works as a research associate for a biomedical organization, a registered dietician who works in private practice at an organization with a multidimensional approach to food and body issues, and a recent graduate of a master’s in acupuncture and Oriental medicine program who intends to specialize in the treatment of eating disorders. The study took place in and around Portland, OR. It culminated in four schemas related to eating from the viewpoint of individuals with eating disorders, which pointed to an underlying metaphor linking eating and being. The practitioners’ language use reflected acknowledgment of these schemas and of the metaphor driving them at varying degrees. Therefore this study concludes that eating disorder treatment necessitates a complementary approach involving biomedicine primarily in extreme cases, the holistic thinking of Oriental medicine, the philosophy of intuitive eating, and support from loved ones—at the table and elsewhere.

  • Thumbnail for Tattooing identity : an analysis of historical and contemporary tattooing practices among members of the military community
    Tattooing identity : an analysis of historical and contemporary tattooing practices among members of the military community by Frecentese, Victoria M.

    Tattooing as a cultural practice has existed definitively in the archaeological record since the Bronze Age and continues in a diverse array of contemporary cultures. Throughout its extensive history, tattooing has often been closely tied to the military community, as either a mark of prestige or punishment, or through the military’s ability to transfer the practice between cultures. This study investigates tattooing among the contemporary military community in terms of image, location, motivation, and meaning in order to better understand influences of tattooing on identity formation. Quantitative and qualitative data collected through interviews in several tattoo parlors in the Colorado Springs area revealed that 71% of the tattoos observed had no military association in imagery or motivation, compared to 12% with direct military association. The results, when coupled with military tattoo history, indicated a higher level of personal identity assertion than anticipated. This study investigates this phenomenon further and formulates a new hypothesis on tattooing among the military community: the trend of individuality.

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    Determinants of FDI from traditional versus nontraditional source countries by Price, Christin

    Inflows of foreign direct investment spur growth in the receiving country and cause positive spillovers of technology and skill throughout the entire economy. FDI comes from source countries that can be broadly classified as traditional and nontraditional investors. Traditional refers to wealthy and developed economies, while nontraditional refers to emerging economies in the process of developing. The overarching hypothesis is that nontraditional source countries are less risk-averse than their wealthier counterparts. This is believed to be the case because multinational enterprises located in these regions are familiar with political and economic uncertainties at home; therefore, less than satisfactory investment conditions in the host economy abroad do not deter their interest. If FDI is originating in a more diverse set of source countries, does this mean receiving nations have more opportunities to attract FDI and subsequently experience positive growth? We test how the two source country types respond to different elements of risk using a random effects generalized least squares regression. Our main empirical findings support that political instability indeed does not deter FDI flows originating in nontraditional source countries, however quality of transport and trade-related infrastructure within the receiving economy does determine FDI flows from both source country types. Overall, we strongly emphasize that a blanket generalization concerning investment behavior between different types of source countries cannot be made, and encourage more research to be done in this relatively new field of study.

  • Thumbnail for Economic indicators of public education in Colorado
    Economic indicators of public education in Colorado by Brody, John Samuel

    The treatment of education as a production function has become a relevant way to numerically assess the state of schools and districts at a local, state, and federal level. This study examines the relationship between accreditation scores, a more holistic assessment of district quality and achievement, and the three main inputs of the education system –student, teachers, and expenditures—by using an OLS regression of Colorado Department of Education data for the 2010 – 2011 school year. Significant negative correlations between specific operating costs and pupil-teacher ratio were found with accreditation scores. These, paired with social demographic variables, were to have the largest impact on accreditation scores and thus, district quality and achievement.

  • Thumbnail for  Applying difference-in-differences to measure the effect of Medicare preventive medicine policy
    Applying difference-in-differences to measure the effect of Medicare preventive medicine policy by Brody, Patrick

    In this study I examine the effectiveness of the Medicare Modernization Act’s inclusion of preventive cholesterol screenings with no copay or deductible to Medicare Part B beneficiaries. The screenings were included in the MMA to increase usage of cholesterol screenings among Medicare beneficiaries. Using data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, I employ a difference-in-differences model to isolate the change in screening rate among Medicare beneficiaries. Using individuals not covered by Medicare as a baseline, I find that in three age restricted samples the rate of screening among Medicare beneficiaries either decrease or keep a constant screening rate, relative to the control group. Overall, the MMA’s cholesterol screening policies are not effective in increasing the rate of cholesterol screenings utilized.

  • Thumbnail for Millennial attraction and perception of wine label design
    Millennial attraction and perception of wine label design by Mueller, Monica Jane

    The design of a product is the first impression that a company makes on a consumer. A good design can attract consumers to the product, portray the company’s brand, and add value to the product. Therefore, the exterior design of a product is imperative to the perception of the product, and overall success in the market. In the crowded global wine industry, consumers usually judge the wine solely by its label. For a new generation of consumers, the millennial generation, it is imperative to understand their preferences in these labels. Looking at modern and classically designed labels, this study investigates what influences the millennial generation’s preference of label design. Qualitative and quantitative data from a wine tasting finds that the millennial generation’s initial visual perception is driven by their previous experience with wine, while their actual preference is driven by unconscious design likability.

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    Peak performance and contract inefficiency in the National Hockey League by Winkler, Scott Kristian

    The purpose of this study is to determine what age National Hockey League (NHL) players have their best seasons and how this relates to their contract earnings. The hypothesis is that NHL players have their peak performance at age 27, which indicates that long-term contracts that exceed this age create inefficiency. The study will examine player productivity by taking 30 NHL players and evaluating their performance in the years leading up to age 27 as well as years that follow. Performance measures include average point production and the highest average ice-time per game. The study will also use two OLS (Ordinary Least Squares) regressions where the dependent variables are average time on ice per game and capital hit, both good indicators of how valuable a player is to his team, as well as several statistical independent variables such as points, games played and most importantly age. By gaining knowledge of peak performance, NHL organizations could better manage their teams by limiting long-term contracts to players and as a result lessen the inefficiency that exists in the market.

  • Thumbnail for Why alumni (don’t) give : motivations of charitable giving at Colorado College
    Why alumni (don’t) give : motivations of charitable giving at Colorado College by Lee, Nathan Harry

    In 2012 Colorado College has a low rate of alumni giving of less than 19%. The top colleges in this category boast a rate of more than 50%. At this time, Colorado College is a highly selective and competitive private liberal arts college. In 2012, philanthropic giving to institutions of higher education totaled more than $31 billion. This study seeks to identify the motivations of Colorado College alumni to give philanthropically to their alma mater. A survey used by Hubert (2009) was modified and sent out to 1000 CC alumni. Five groups of alumni were targeted: those who give regularly, those who used to give but no longer do so, those who have never given, alumni who live outside the state of Colorado, and alumni who live in Colorado. In addition, different direct mailing strategies were used to attempt to influence response rates. This study finds that the major motivations of charitable giving among CC alumni are loyalty to the institution, the establishment of a relationship with the institution, and financial security.

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    Risk taking behavior on the PGA Tour by Howe, Joseph Paul

    This thesis investigates characteristic variables such as wealth and recent wealth of PGA Tour golfers that may affect risk taking behavior during play. This study finds that professional golfer's risk taking behavior on the PGA Tour is affected very little, if at all, by recent and career performances. Additionally it is found that in-tournament performance as well the importance of the tournament will slightly affect their risk taking behavior.

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    The impact of natural disasters on divorce rate : housing destruction as a channel by Iwasaki, Yukiko

    With the increasing frequency, natural disasters are affecting more and more people these days. We investigate the relationship between natural disasters and divorce rate in the United States, specifically through the channel of housing destruction. We used panel data of 50 states for the years 2000 to 2009 from multiple sources. Becker’s marriage model suggests that destruction of houses through natural disasters is a great shock to a marital-specific capital and may be a trigger for a divorce. OLS regression with fixed effect reports a positive and significant relationship between divorce rate and per capita property damage through natural disasters, as hypothesized. The result was robust after the white’s correction and instrumenting medium income and home price.

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    This Was Love by Busby, William Colin

    My recital consists of an assortment of romantic art songs from the European concert tradition. These art songs cover many musical and emotional treatments of love, while all are confined to the masculine hetero-normative perspective on romantic love. My purpose is to demonstrate that, more than just entertainment, these songs are cultural artifacts through which one can discover past musical and social paradigms. The recital is sectioned by language and location which serves to illuminate the specific movements and characteristics of different areas of western culture. Accordingly, this paper provides a brief background and description of terms before examining each of the composers and pieces.