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Spring 2010 Publication, Volume 5

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Preface

Marcel Proust once stated that “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”  Over the past five years, the Amalgam has continued to represent the ways in which students benefit from scholarly pursuits, and this year’s volume serves as a reminder of what undergraduate students are capable of achieving.  The methods and topics vary among the disciplines in the College of Liberal Arts, whether the student is researching the impact of flooding on a local area or examining the use of cultural legends in contemporary literature. The opportunities for these students to publish these new perspectives, however, would not have been possible without the guidance and assistance of many people within the USI College of Liberal Arts.  Thanks and recognition is extended to the faculty advisors—Dr. Kearns, Dr. Aley, and Dr. Hitchcock—for reviewing and revising this year’s submissions.  Our gratitude also includes Dean Glassman and the Liberal Arts Council for supporting and funding the Amalgam for the fifth consecutive year.

The fifth issue presents a diverse collection of ideas and research from many areas of study within the College of Liberal Arts.  Christopher Westfall discusses the actions of the 75th Infantry Division during the Battle of the Bulge, and he examines the successes of the division despite their lack of experience in the field. From the first essay we move on to Celeste R. Mandley’s analysis of John Smith’s travels prior to reaching the Americas and the forces that may have propelled him to travel overseas. Sheena Pfefferkorn addresses the issue of teenage dating violence and what actions can be taken in confronting the problem. Joshua G. Orem explores early relations between the Harmonist Society and the Shakers during the early and mid-1800s. Amy Brown looks at the consistent flooding problem in Evansville, Indiana, and examines the social factors contributing to the impact experienced by the local population. In the journal’s final selection, Casey Blackmore uses the legend of La Llorona to show how contemporary short stories written by Chicana and Native American women are questioning constructs of femininity in their own cultures.

We would also like to thank the students who submitted their essays for publication.  The fifth volume of the Amalgam serves as a milestone for publishing excellent scholarly work by students in the College of Liberal Arts. In the future, we hope to continue working with students who seek a fresh perspective on the path to academic discovery.

Leah Weinzapfel

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