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  • Thumbnail for The purple paper : politics monthly [2012-2013 Block 3]
    The purple paper : politics monthly [2012-2013 Block 3]

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

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    CAMPAIGN SPENDING ON ELECTION OUTCOMES by Shin, Junnor

    The goal of this study is to analyze the effects of campaign spending on the percentage of votes received for a candidate and the election outcome. This is achieved through correlating independent variables specifying the candidate’s spending, candidate’s characteristics, and state’s characteristics on the dependent variable of either vote percentage for a candidate or wins and losses. Using Tobit regression analysis, for every $1 dollar increase in campaign spending, the vote percentage received will increase by 6.77×10^-7. Using Probit regression analysis, for every $1 dollar increase in campaign spending the probability of winning increases by 5.12×10^-8. Other variables such as the incumbent status of a candidate, celebrity status, party affiliation, scandals, percentage of registered voters in the candidate’s party, state partisanship, state unemployment, and state population were included in the study to further analyze other factors determining the percentage of votes received and ultimately, the election outcome.

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  • Thumbnail for The Examined Life Examined: An Investigation of Socrates as Characterized in the "Forgotten" Dialogues and Apology
    The Examined Life Examined: An Investigation of Socrates as Characterized in the "Forgotten" Dialogues and Apology by Albert, Samantha

    My goal in this paper is to produce a more “multi-dimensional” characterization of Socrates by examining several “forgotten” Platonic dialogues. The intention of this paper is to produce a more comprehensive characterization of Socrates so as to examine whether Athens was justified in ultimately trying Socrates and putting him to death. I seek to assess how these “forgotten” dialogues shed light upon the conflict between Socrates and Athens and fundamentally how they elucidate the conflict between philosophy and politics. Understanding these conflicts contributes to a better understanding of Socrates, his method of enquiry, and his ability to teach others. I ultimately conclude that the condemnation of Socrates in Apology may be misguided in the sense that the Athenian jury fails to understand that conversing about ideas that bring one closer to wisdom is not a corrupting act, but instead an enlightening act. Philosophy and politics, while fundamentally in tension with each other, can and should coexist if one desires to live the fully examined life.

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    Political Socialization of the Young American Jewry by ,

    This research looks at young American Jews complicated relationship with the state of Israel. Previous literature has cited that the younger generation of American Jews are distancing themselves from Israel, citing research that demonstrated differences of attachment levels between Jews aged 65 and older, and Jews aged 35 or younger. For this research, 10 interviews were conducted with American Jews aged 23 or younger in order to compile qualitative data on young American Jews’ relationship to Israel. The findings emphasis three critical factors that shaped participants’ relationship with Israel: older family influence pressure, societal pressure, and the sentiment that Israel is receives unjust scrutiny from the American liberals and the American press. The thesis concludes by suggesting that participants can use current events to inform society– the media, politicians, educators, friends– that they have agency over their opinions on American Israeli politics.

  • Thumbnail for The purple paper : politics monthly [2013-2014 Block 7]
    The purple paper : politics monthly [2013-2014 Block 7]

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

  • Thumbnail for The purple paper : politics monthly [2013-2014 Block 6]
    The purple paper : politics monthly [2013-2014 Block 6]

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

  • Thumbnail for The purple paper : politics monthly [2013-2014 Block 2]
    The purple paper : politics monthly [2013-2014 Block 2]

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

  • Thumbnail for The purple paper : politics monthly [2012-2013 Block 7]
    The purple paper : politics monthly [2012-2013 Block 7]

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

  • Thumbnail for The purple paper : politics monthly [2012-2013 Block 5]
    The purple paper : politics monthly [2012-2013 Block 5]

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

  • Thumbnail for The purple paper : politics monthly [2012-2013 Block 8]
    The purple paper : politics monthly [2012-2013 Block 8]

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

  • Thumbnail for The purple paper : politics monthly [2012-2013 Block 4]
    The purple paper : politics monthly [2012-2013 Block 4]

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

  • Thumbnail for PARODYING POLITICS: HOW TINA FEY AND AMY POEHLER INFLUENCED POLITICAL THOUGHT DURING THE 2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
    PARODYING POLITICS: HOW TINA FEY AND AMY POEHLER INFLUENCED POLITICAL THOUGHT DURING THE 2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS by Gattuso, Theresa BEssie

    This presentation presents a case study of four SNL sketches parodying the 2008 Presidential election, with particular focus on Tina Fey's impression of Sarah Palin and Amy Poehler's impression of Hilary Clinton, paying special attention to Identity Theft, Same-Gender Drag and Conceptual Differences between political and comedic spaces.

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    Religion and the death penalty by Scully, Ellen S.

    Americans have questioned the morality of the death penalty for centuries. Recently, racial bias and a surge of death row exonerations have brought the death penalty back to media headlines. Although geographic, socio-economic, and racial disparities relating to the death penalty have been studied extensively, religious factors have not. This study seeks to understand why religion is consistently excluded from the death penalty debate, despite its proven importance in shaping Americans’ political attitudes, including those on the death penalty. Despite both belonging to the Christian Right, evangelical Protestants and American Catholics have opposing views regarding the death penalty; the former officially supports it, while the latter officially opposes it. Using data from the 2010 Census and the Pew Research Center, I create a probit model to discern whether large evangelical and Catholic populations help explain whether states use the death penalty. I find that large evangelical populations are not statistically significant in explaining states’ use of the death penalty, but large Catholic populations are statistically significant in reducing states’ probabilities of using the death penalty. Furthermore, I corroborate existing literature in finding that states that use the death penalty have lower incomes, more inequality, more Blacks, and more violence than states that do not use the death penalty.

  • Thumbnail for The purple paper : politics monthly [2013-2014 Block 5]
    The purple paper : politics monthly [2013-2014 Block 5]

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

  • Thumbnail for The purple paper : politics monthly [2013-2014 Block 3]
    The purple paper : politics monthly [2013-2014 Block 3]

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

  • Thumbnail for The purple paper : politics monthly [2012-2013 Block 6]
    The purple paper : politics monthly [2012-2013 Block 6]

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

  • Thumbnail for Cipher [2016-2017 v.20 n. 5 March]
  • Thumbnail for Cipher [2015-2016 v.19 n.7 April]
  • Thumbnail for Suicide and Politics: The Influence of Donald Trump on Deaths of Despair
    Suicide and Politics: The Influence of Donald Trump on Deaths of Despair by Richardson, Emily Fischer

    Since 1999 there has been a rise of suicides among less educated white Americans. This demographic group also makes up the majority of Trump voters. To contextualize this trend of suicides through the lens of the 2016 presidential election, regression analyses were run using county level suicide, demographic, and voting data. Before the election, in 2014, the percent of Trump voters in a county was significantly and positively correlated with suicide. However, after the election, in 2017, the percent of Trump voters in a county was no longer a significant predictor of suicide. These data may indicate that the formation of a community and collective conscience around Trump has led to a decline in anomic suicides.