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Spring 2007 Publication, Volume 2

Preface:

As someone somewhere surely once said, "Sustaining something old inflicts greater pain than creating something new." Now that Amalgam is in its second issue, we can attest to that unknown (and most likely fictional) person's assessment. We should mention, however, that we did not bear the burden of sustaining alone. We would like to thank our faculty advisors–Dr. Kearns, Dr. Bloom, and Dr. Aley–for vetting and editing the submissions. We would also like to thank Dean Glassman and the Liberal Arts Council for supporting and funding the issue for the second year in a row.

In our second issue, we offer an even more varied selection than last year. In the first essay, Michael Phegley discusses the future of Haynie's Corner–a former refuge for Evansville's "hippie" counterculture–and the efforts made by the city to transform the neighborhood into a thriving arts community. From there, we move to Rachel Whitledge's contribution, which compares and contrasts the Mormon and Oneida ideologies while arguing that they are similar but not identical. In a unique reading of Othello, Corey Halbig assesses the reader's role in creating meaning, positing the possibility of Emilia as play's true villain. Derek McGraw, balancing post-structuralist theory and the visual arts, examines the origins of the "global capitalist system," paying close attention to the example of slavery.

Also indulging in some post-structuralism, Krystal Krocker evaluates the roles of binary oppositions, especially brotherhood and sisterhood, in the classic poem "The Goblin Market." Jesse Sandlin's essay, in contrast, looks romantic relationships and how they affect social triangles. And finally, in our second Shakespearean essay, Samuel C. Bowles looks at Shakespeare's Elizabethan audience and dispels many of the myths about them held by the modern man.

We should also acknowledge the students who offered their essays for consideration–three times as many as in our first year. With the increasing interest and support of the students, we know our sustaining will continue to inflict pain for years to come.

Craig Fehrman and Jon Webb

Table of Contents:

Michael Phegley wrote his essay in Dr. Gillam's ENG 316: Critical and Investigative Writing. He is a non-traditional student who returned to college last fall after seven years in the workforce; in his free time, he enjoys reading, running, and, of course, writing.

Rachel Whitledge is a senior History and Social Science Secondary Education major. She wrote her essay in Dr. Pitzer's Communal Studies class. Rachel is a member of the History Club and Phi Alpha Theta and enjoys reading, writing, and most of the liberal arts.

Cory Halbig is an English major more days than not. He wrote his essay for Dr. Michael Kearns's "English Studies & Ways of Reading," a class he recommends for anyone interested in adjusting their world perspective. Among his interests are reading, writing, and birdwatching.

Derek McGraw wrote his essay in Dr. Hilary Braysmith's ART 490: Art and Identity. He is a studio art major, yet works as a lab analyst.

Derek also enjoys painting, hiking, and biking.

Krystal Krocker, a graduating senior majoring in English, wrote her essay in Dr. Wooden's 19th-century Literature class. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta and several national honors societies, but plans to take the summer off to read, write, and ride her Arabian horse.

A junior majoring in communications, Jessee Sandlin wrote "Triangular Relationships" in Dr. Durham's CMST 312: Interviewing: Principles & Practices. Jessee plans to attend graduate school, with the long-term goal of becoming a professor.

Samuel C. Bowles is a junior, majoring in English. He wrote his essay in Dr. von Loewenfeldt's Shakespeare course. He enjoys traveling and hopes to teach high school or junior high (English, of course).