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3690: A Journal of First-Year Student Research Writing

3690 is an online journal that features engaging research writing from first-year students at St. John Fisher University. The journal’s premise is that working carefully with the ideas of others—in print and in conversation—is a crucial component of academic writing, and that undergraduates who have participated successfully in this work should have opportunities to share it with a broader audience. The journal will be useful for students entering St. John Fisher University who are curious about what academic writing entails, for incoming 199 students, and for writing faculty who refer to sample student essays when teaching the discipline-specific, challenging work of research writing.

Current Volume: Volume 2021 (2021)

Issue Summary

The student essays featured in this second pandemic-era issue include Jake Antinelli’s “The First Step Towards Change is Knowledge,” wherein the author expresses hope that young people can be the catalysts for positive social change by expanding their knowledge and empathy through reading Young Adult Literature. In a paper about the dangers of mindless consumption of social media, Jessica D’Amico asserts that online disinformation threatens our very civilization by perpetuating conspiracy theories. In her essay, “Dark Is Not Fair,” Rachael Chukwu delves into Toni Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye, to explore dehumanizing and ingrained social attitudes that perpetuate a view of dark skinned Black women as lesser which results in negative consequences for their mental health. Justin Gabriel further investigates the modern oppressive forces of racism that are often more concealed than overt in the United States. In her paper, author Cora Hawn shifts the focus to Europe and asserts the emerging power of Irish mothers over the traditional patriarchy. Finally, Matt Krusenstjerna offers one practical solution that helps combat the worldwide issue of global warming: drive an electric vehicle.

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Dark Is Not Fair
Rachael Chukwu