What Happened to Free Speech on College Campuses?

Sarah Hemphill Universities used to be bastions of free speech and the flow of ideas. Students passionately fought for their right to not be silenced in regards to the most controversial of issues. Now, it seems as if the opposite is occurring: students in general are in favor of limiting speech and establishing safe spaces […]

Our Voices Will Make a Change

Our Voices Will Make a Change is an online blog created by Margaret Duggan and Danielle Snali in the fall of 2016. In it, the authors bring awareness and insight about police brutality. The blog provides background information, contrasting points of view, and even offer commentary on ways to end police brutality. This blog gives excellent […]

Grief: How It Controls Lives

Bradley Iverson In this Narrative, Bradley Iverson discusses a painful journey that his family went through: grieving the loss of a loved one. As he discusses this grief, he touches upon how it was unique to each individual family member. Iverson sends us a strong message to walk away with, and what we can learn, […]

Expectations of Queer Studies 114B

Amber Barraza In this reflection of Queer Studies 114B, Amber Barraza tells future students what to expect from this course, along with what she has learned. She reflects on her experiences as a writer and what it means to be an ally for the LGBTQ community. This reflection can serve as an excellent tool to […]

“Say Hello to my Little Friend”: Media’s Fear of the Gangster’s BFF

Delia Scari Dressed in a sleek black and white suit, Al Pacino, portraying the gangster, Michael Corleone, casually pulls out a gun in the middle of a diner and shoots drug lord, Sollozzo directly in the forehead. Nobody can deny the polished and cool mastery of Al Pacino’s daunting gangster, of which he has achieved […]

More Than A Friend

My literacy journey with comics and reading began when I was living in my country, Kuwait. At that time, my family had a get-together in my grandfather’s house on a daily basis to help build a strong relationship between the family members, especially the kids. When I was 4 years old, I used to spend […]

English 114 Course Website – Nia Deocampo

This student takes the informal route in her exploration of relevant social and cultural issues, including finding one’s identity and social conceptions of beauty.  Here, you’ll also find an interesting reflection on this student’s 114B experience.  Informal and conventional aspects come together to create and interesting rhetorical experience.

Today I Am Alive – Lizeth Avalos

This student’s multi-faceted site is an excellent example of the variety made possible on a digital platform.  Here, you’ll find formal essays analyzing contemporary novels, an exploration of the hypersexualization of women, and a blog.  To move fluidly from one kind of writing to another makes one thing clear about writing in the digital world […]

English 114B Portfolio – Charlene Gipuland

  In this student’s creative English 114B portfolio, new kinds of text are employed for an interesting and charming result.  Her essays on Watchmen and Geek Love demonstrate cogent analysis and are really enhanced by accompanying visual elements.  Also, don’t miss her comic preface.

English 114B Course Website – Anahid Bajikian

Various genres are combined into one cohesive project in this student’s 114B website.  Featuring  an exploration of space and an analysis of a graphic novel, this site speaks to the rhetorical power of non-traditional texts, and the importance of engaging with these subjects.