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  1. American Indian Oral Traditions and their Relation to the Paleo-SETI CommunityTue, 01 Apr 2014 12:21:46 PDT
    Paleo-SETI is a social discourse which has seen rapidly increasing popularity since its conception in the late 1800s. Its main focus is identifying evidence of intelligent extraterrestrial occupation of Earth in its distant past. The Paleo-SETI community commonly draws upon ancient oral and religious traditions, reinterpreting them as containing evidence of alien visitors. Commonalities such as the flood and cyclical time are also identified. Paleo-SETI thought also incorporates evidence of Supra human knowledge, anomalous archeological sites and seemingly unexplainabe advanced technology. This paper examined six American Indian Oral traditions and their relation to the evolving discourses in the Paleo-SETI community. An attempt is made to determine if ancient Oral Traditions do, in fact, lend themselves to an alien reinterpretation. Common themes among the movement are discussed in terms of these six traditions. Also included is an examination of these key themes in Paleo-SETI thought on a global scale. The final section includes a brief investigation of possible psychological, spiritual and philosophical motivations driving the popular Ancient Astronaut Theory. Faculty mentor: Sean Daley More...
  2. American Indian Skateboarding and Suicide PreventionTue, 01 Apr 2014 12:21:44 PDT
    The purpose of this project is to contribute to a growing movement that is empowering American Indian youth across the nations many reservations; skateboarding. Emerging in communities as more than a hobby, sport, or past-time, skateboarding has revitalized the youth living on Native American reservations like Pine Ridge in South Dakota, which is home to the poorest counties in the United States, as well as some of the worst living conditions in the Western Hemisphere. The trend has impacted and lowered the suicide rates among the youth of these areas, which in Pine Ridge has been as high as 150% of the national average. This project consists of designs for skateboards that remember a heritage of hardship and loss, and in embracing an ongoing, honest dialogue, the history of lies, betrayal, and violence that caused it. The Northern Plains design concerns Lakota history, and is a donation for Wounded Knee Skateboards, one of the more visible forces working with the youth and communities of Pine Ridge. The other boards offer ideas of how the progress at Pine Ridge can be expanded and shared with youth on reservations across the country, with ideas for the Southeast, Southwest, and Northwest Coast culture areas. Faculty mentory: Sean Daley More...
  3. Terrarium TalesTue, 01 Apr 2014 12:21:43 PDT
    Terrariums, clear enclosures with no drainage holes that mimic ecosystems by creating additional humidity, are a wonderful way to bring the power of nature into ones very own home or in areas that would otherwise not be suited for plants. If properly designed, terrariums can be enjoyed for years even if they are occasionally neglected. This paper addresses what to consider when constructing one and explains the reasoning behind such considerations. The papers range of examples and techniques will give the reader the capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a terrarium. Faculty mentor: Lekha Sreedhar More...
  4. Cultural Property: How Italy is Addressing the Theft of Artistic HeritageTue, 01 Apr 2014 12:21:42 PDT
    The purpose of this paper is to identify the correlation between the Italian tombaroli and Italys fight to reclaim its lost cultural heritage. The tombaroli steal priceless artifacts and sell them on the international market which has recently led to legal allegations against prominent American museums and art dealers. Modern day international agreements such as the Hague, UNESCO and UNIDROIT conventions have all proved unsuccessful in dealing with such theft. Italy is leading the way in the battle to reclaim what they feel is an integral part of their rich history and is now claiming such pieces as historical relics and demanding their return from countries worldwide. Italy is also striving to strengthen international laws and is implementing stricter local laws. Italy is at the forefront in opening communications between nations, thereby fortifying bonds and demonstrating good faith by allowing museums with stolen works to retain them on extended loan. Finally, Italy is leading by example. It is showing reciprocity toward other nations by returning their cultural heritage. The discussion in this paper may be useful for other source nations who are trying to stem the tide of cultural theft. Faculty mentor: Allison Smith More...
  5. The Ethics of Preemptive WarfareTue, 01 Apr 2014 12:21:40 PDT
    With issues such as the Syrian Civil War taking a central role in current political discussion, it is important to understand fully what is occurring in the ethical conversations surrounding it. There are three philosophies that represent the ethics of war. These philosophical schools are referred to as Realism, Pacifism and Just War Theory. Because both Pacifism and Realism fail to adequately frame ethics in times of conflict, Just War Theory should be used to determine whether preemptive wars are ever ethical. This means that only by following the strict framework of Just War Theory, is it possible to properly map the answer to the issue of whether preemptive war is ever ethically justifiable. This paper argues that because of the ways in which preemptive warfare violates Just War Theory, it can never be ethically justified. Faculty mentor: Dawn Gale More...
  6. Women in Ancient RomeFri, 06 Sep 2013 08:11:02 PDT
    When we view the women of Rome, we see them closest to the roles of nature: daughter, wife and mother. While the nature of Roman culture allowed for a relatively generous amount of freedom for its women, a sense of fear and trepidation toward women of the time existed. Within the core of Latin, we can note that those phenomena that are tempestuous or uncontrollable phenomena are typed feminine nouns. Notably, both the volatile natura (nature) and fortuna (fortune; luck), over which the Romans had absolutely no control in their age are solidly gendered as woman. Fortuna, when embodied, is a terrible goddess, as like to vengefully smite as she is to gently smile. This may show us something of the conceptions of women, while evincing something of the role expected of women: the force and influence they wielded was unpredictable, and must still be respected. Honors project mentor: William Stockton, Professor, History More...
  7. Poem CollectionFri, 06 Sep 2013 08:11:01 PDT
    This project is a collection of poems written for an Honors Contract in Creative Writing. The beauty and power of nature lay the foundation for these pieces while the use of vivid imagery, free verse, and fixed form engage the reader. Honors project mentor: Greg Luthi, Professor, English More...
  8. Things Made VisibleFri, 06 Sep 2013 08:11:00 PDT
    This book is a compilation of photographs of everyday objects/scenes, integrated with the appropriate type choices and type orientation, that create a defining commentary of the individual pictures. The goal of the book is to magnify the defining characteristics of my photographs to the person who may not initially recognize them. Honors program mentor: Stephanie Sabato, Professor, Graphic Design More...
  9. Ranch Homes: Then and NowFri, 06 Sep 2013 08:10:59 PDT
    This purpose of this project was to compare ranch homes in Overland Park built in the 1950s and 60s, to ranch homes built in the 2000s. Research ranged from census and demographic information, to research of typical ranch home plans from the 50s and 60s through today. Current real estate listing information was used to find square footage of home and lot sizes, number and sizes of bedrooms, bathrooms, garages, kitchen, dining, other living areas, and amenities. It was interesting to note that homes listed for sale in the 2000s were mainly new construction and not resale. From the information I was able to determine typical house and room sizes to create floor plans in Computer Aided Design (CAD) for the 1950s ranch homes, and current ranch homes. Exterior elevations were then drawn from the floor plans. The most significant changes between rooms of ranch homes built in the different time periods have been in the number of bathrooms, and the size of the master bathroom. Detailed CAD drawings were created of the floor plans and elevations from each time period. Other research included the influences that caused ranch homes to be built in the 1950s compared to the 2000s, the differences in the style of ranch homes in the different time periods as well as the growth of Overland Park since the 1950s. This research lead to information regarding the future housing needs due to population growth and the changes in household type, size, and the aging population. Honors project mentor: Margaret Davis, Professor, Drafting More...
  10. Sectarian History: The Construction of Meaning in IndiaFri, 06 Sep 2013 08:10:58 PDT
    The purpose of this paper is to analyze the construction of religion and social identity in India. Religion is an incredibly complex social phenomenon and must be examined holistically for a true appreciation of history. This paper follows the idea of authority and legitimacy, why religions are adopted, who designs administrations around them and how those administrations are informed. This ties into an examination of history, how it is written and what purpose that writing serves from a social perspective. This paper also examines how meaning systems coexist and affect each other, and how they in fact evolve together in a reciprocal process of development, and how identities are formed across people, in terms of defining ones normative characteristics as well as the otherness of outsiders. By trying to envision the perspective of a group by unpacking the meaning system that underpins the groups understanding, it may be possible to discern the nature of some conflicts. This may also allow for a deeper understanding of why some groups seemingly adopt definitions of themselves that are not conducive to their own history, but rather a functional byproduct of a neighboring groups understanding. Finally, social divisions are examined from the perspective of observable religious syncretism in India, what factors brought it about, what sustained it, and why it disappears in some cases but not all. Honors project mentor: Eddie Boucher, Adjunct Professor, History More...