Reading Beowulf : Paradoxical Paradigms

by Jaclyn Gingrich

When a person thinks of Old English, he or she likely cannot help but think of the most popular piece of literature of that language’s time, the legendary Beowulf. In fact, if that same person were to search for discussions on Old English, he or she would find many academic articles covering a variety of theories concerning Beowulf… Read More

Redefining “Nerdiness”: The Big Bang Theory Reconsidered

by Jaclyn Gingrich

This paper analyzes the linguistic characteristics of Leonard Hofstadter, television character from The Big Bang Theory and socially-constructed “nerd” according to viewers of the show. This study revisits Monika Bednarek’s “Constructing ‘Nerdiness’: Characterisation in The Big Bang Theory” which investigates how another “nerd” from the show, Sheldon Cooper, is linguistically portrayed through explicit and implicit cues in characters’ dialogue from season one… Read More

Examining colonialism and gender in A Passage to India and Wide Sargasso Sea

by Laura Birkin

Wide Sargasso Sea and A Passage to India are two very distinct novels set in different locations and at different times, yet both of these works deal with issues of colonialism and imperialism, and through the characters of Adela and Antoinette, issues of gender and patriarchy also come into play. By comparing these two characters, I wish to highlight some of the similarities these two women face in their disparate situations because of their gender… Read More

Research and Development Ideas

by Josephin Vincent

The use of technology, specifically a virtual voice system, can convert sensory signals to voice. The problem addressed is that people who cannot speak are unable to explain what they feel or what they want, and sometimes miscommunication may cause major problems… Read More

Millersville University Psychology Graduates: Where Are They Now?

by Chelsea Fleeger and Shawn P. Gallagher

We present the results of a social media search aimed at finding the current career status of two cohorts of psychology graduates from Millersville University; specifically, those receiving B.A. degrees in the 2005 and 2010 calendar years. Using publicly available information from social media sites (mostly LinkedIn), we conclusively located over a third of each cohort and found that approximately half of those found had gone on to pursue graduate study… Read More

Midnight Robbery: Philadelphia, Bermuda, and a Sinister Plot

by Alexander Goodrich

For nearly a century, a handful of historians have examined Bermuda’s role in the American Revolution. A natural harbor and haven for merchant shipping, the small British colony was well established as a center of the Atlantic maritime economy by the time King George III lost his thirteen North American provinces… Read More

Hearts Together: Concordance and the Role of the Healthcare Provider A Concept Analysis

by Erica M. Lehman

Healthcare is an ever-changing field of study. New terminology and colloquialisms are introduced in medical and nursing literature constantly. Concordance is now evident in the vernacular of healthcare literature. The origin, evolution, and use of the term concordance is reflective of patient-centered healthcare… Read More

Women and Redemption in the Romantic Gothic Novel

By Elizabeth Notarangelo

Romantic Gothic poetry highlights the uniquely transformative power that victimization can have on a female character. Such transformation, especially in the case of Percy Shelley’s Beatrice of The Cenci, does not always promise a change for the better… Read More

Marylou and the Portrayal of Women in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road

by Laura Birkin

Mary Lou and the Portrayal of Women - Jack Kerouac

Although Jack Kerouac’s On the Road has earned a reputation as a seminal work which embodies the Beat generation mentality, its portrayal of women is not something that can be described as positive. In fact, the attitude towards women depicted in the novel will most likely shock the contemporary feminist reader.In this essay, I explore Kerouac’s portrayal of women in On the Road, using the character of Marylou as a starting point… Read More

For Diversity in Young Adult Literature: Printed in Black and White, Read in Color

by Phil Jago

For Diversity in Young Adult Literature

As a reader and lover of books, it is with some regret that I admit that the concept of young adult literature (YA Lit.) passed me by as I navigated the treacherous waters of adolescence. By the age of thirteen, I was devouring adult novels without any thought that there may have been authors writing specifically about the sorts of issues I struggled to deal with by myself… Read More

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Angels in America:  Literary Interpretations and Homosexual Identity

by Liz Lapchak

Tennessee Williams’ influential plays during the tumultuous “witch hunts” of the 1950’s, particularly Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, paved the way for playwrights like Tony Kushner to openly address and expose the American identity and treatment of homosexuality… Read More