Academics

2011 Winter Afficio Undergraduate Journal

Erecting, Entering, Emitting: Early Modern Definitions of Manhood and Masculinity
Katherine Crooks (Humanities, Best Overall Undergraduate Paper)
According to one Spanish proverb, "Not everything is a man that pisses on a wall, after all, dogs piss too."[1] Despite its vulgarity, this aphorism astutely encapsulates how masculinity was roughly defined in the early modern era, spanning from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries.

Careless Objectification: A Cautionary Tale
Alison Rudy (Humanities)
Vladimir Nabokov's 1955 novel Lolita is troubling because it deals with the incendiary social problem of pedophilia in a cryptic and manipulative manner which has led many readers to condone, rather than condemn, the damaging sexual disorder.

Symbolism, Complexity and Intentional Burial Among the Neanderthals
Jonathan Cranton Phillips (Social Sciences)
Of particular interest is the question of whether or not Neanderthals were capable of complex and symbolic behaviour, and if so, were they capable of intentional burial of their dead?

Feminine Dharma: Buddhist Women and Duty to the Earth
Amanda C. LaPointe (Humanities)
Buddhism has long been acknowledged for its concern with the welfare of all beings and its concentration on the continued care of the natural world. Buddhist philosophy offers a sense of connection between oneself and all other beings of the earth, and a compassion for this relationship.

Microflora of the Human Gastrointestinal Tract
Rebecca Kennedy (Science)
The human body plays host to a large and diverse group of microbial inhabitants. The intestinal system is certainly no exception.

Canada In Kandahar
Michael Murphy (Social Sciences)
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 were the catalyst for a long series of events that would change the lives of people worldwide for years to follow. Canada now finds itself mired in one of the most dangerous regions of Afghanistan, desperately trying to complete its biggest military operation since the Korean War.