Artifacts is a refereed journal of undergraduate work in rhetoric and composition at the University of Missouri. The journal celebrates writing in all its forms by inviting student authors to submit projects composed across different genres and media. Artifacts seeks to promote a public exchange of ideas by providing MU students with audiences outside their own classrooms. Please note that all links provided in the articles were current at the time the article was placed in MOspace.

Recent Submissions

  • Wrap it or pack it 

    Owens, Ryan (University of Missouri--Columbia, Rhetoric and Composition Program, 2014-08)
    In twentieth century heterosexual relationships, there is a discriminative bias of sexuality as men in the dominant role and women in the submissive role. As such, there are social stigmas and pressures placed upon both ...
  • Parental divorce and student academic achievement 

    Grubb, Justin; Long, Tre (University of Missouri--Columbia, Rhetoric and Composition Program, 2014-08)
    In America, there is a traditionalist view on marriage where men and women are expected to marry. Marriage is viewed as a life-long contract that is not easily broken. When the contract is broken, the resulting divorce has ...
  • Leather yoghurt: suspicion of exotic food and the Chinese government’s crisis of faith 

    Zhang, Anqi (University of Missouri--Columbia, Rhetoric and Composition Program, 2014-08)
    Yoghurt is a popular exotic food in China, especially among young Chinese girls who want to lose weight because they think yoghurt is healthy and contains relatively low calories. Even though the price is high compared to ...
  • Rocky Mountain valleys of southern Colorado 

    Marschka, Lindsey (University of Missouri--Columbia, Rhetoric and Composition Program, 2014-08)
    In this ethnographic report, the author examines cultural changes resulting from the subdivision of ranchland in the valley of Garden Park, Colorado with a particular focus on the shift from traditional “Old” West homesteaders ...
  • From pioneer forest to political prop: power geographies of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways 

    Larsen, Thomas B. (University of Missouri--Columbia, Rhetoric and Composition Program, 2014-08)
    Long before becoming a national park, the Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR, Ozark Riverways, or Riverways) has been subject to intense competition and controversy. Located in southeastern Missouri, the boundaries of ...
  • Effects of McDonalds on younger Chinese generation's lives 

    Chen, Ruixue (University of Missouri--Columbia, Rhetoric and Composition Program, 2014-08)
    In 1990, when McDonalds was first introduced to China, fast food restaurants from western countries were not widely accepted in China. In fact, many Chinese had never heard about the typical menu such as French fries and ...
  • The woman 

    Mullane, Ellie (University of Missouri--Columbia, Rhetoric and Composition Program, 2014-08)
    The Woman, by Ellie Mullane, is a work of fiction dealing with one woman's journey of self-evaluation and discovery.
  • Protecting the rainforests of the oceans 

    Basecke, Graham (Rhetoric and Composition Program, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2014-08)
    Coral reefs are underwater living structures composed of calcium carbonates that over time are secreted by animals called coral polyps. Coral reefs are vital for society, not only ecologically, but also economically, but ...
  • Preventative programs targeting aggression among college students 

    Crawford, Erynn; Gross, Kelly (Rhetoric and Composition Program, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2014-08)
    This study researches the association between higher levels of aggression, as measured by an aggression scale, and participation in aggression prevention programs during adolescence.
  • Proposed hydroelectric mega-dam project in Chilean Patagonia 

    Marschka, Lindsey (Rhetoric and Composition Program, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2014-08)
    Imagine a place where everything is measured by its majestic beauty: This region is Patagonia, located at the southern tip of South America’s Chile and Argentina. Namely, Chilean Patagonia remains one of the few truly ...
  • The concept of death in early African societies 

    Daniel, Alex (Rhetoric and Composition Program, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2014-08)
    All cultures of the world find explanations for death and the afterlife.
  • Contents page 

    University of Missouri Rhetoric and Composition Program (Rhetoric and Composition Program, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2014-08)
    Brief introductions to the articles contained in this issue.
  • Editor's introduction: Diversity 

    Omar, Youssif Zaghwani (Rhetoric and Composition Program, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2014-08)
    This is the editor's introduction to Artifacts, 2014 issue 10.