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Spring 2008 Publication, Volume 3

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Ralph Waldo Emerson once stated that “In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.” While compiling the Amalgam, we have discovered this meaning and purpose through the wide selection of articles contained in this third issue. We were not alone, however, in our search for these rejected thoughts. Thanks and recognition belongs with our faculty advisors—Dr. Kearns, Dr. Bloom, and Dr. Aley—for reviewing and revising this year’s submissions. Our appreciation also includes Dean Glassman and the Liberal Arts Council for supporting and funding the Amalgam for the third consecutive year.

The third issue offers a diverse collection of ideas from many different areas of study. Ryan DeLaney explores the conventional views of creativity and how these notions are constantly being reassessed, developed, and defined. From the first essay we move on to Andrea L.C. Henke’s discussion of life for Jewish minorities in displacement camps after World War II, which offers an array of personal accounts and historical fact to enlighten the reader. Chris Schwenk’s essay considers the role of society and political parties and how these factors contribute to a person’s views on singular issues, such as abortion. Sara Elpers considers the role of heliocentrism in Tristram Shandy by discussing how the main character deviates from the conventional narrator. Megan Morrison contributes another independent study that centers on the issue of non-smoking campuses and public opinion. In our final essay, Danielle Lefler explores the mysterious nature of Iago through a psychological perspective and contemplates the character’s state of denial.

We would also like to thank the students who submitted their essays for publication. Their desire to encounter and study the rejected thoughts of society will inspire others to strive toward the same alienated majesty in the future.

Leah Weinzapfel

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