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

  • Books: Or, A Brief History of a Fleeting Love Affair 

    Myers, Peter (University of Missouri, The Campus Writing Program, 2015-04)
    In this work, Peter Myers presents his relationship with reading and some of the books that hold important places in his personal development.
  • I Love that It Takes You an Hour and a Half to Order a Sandwich 

    Mackenzie, Bruce (University of Missouri, The Campus Writing Program, 2015-04)
    [Harry Burns and Sally Albright] begin as recent college graduates driving from Chicago to New York; they do not see eye-to-eye and after the drive, leave with mutual contempt for one another. Five years later, they meet ...
  • The Cultural Power of Iron in Early Africa 

    Froeschle, Elias (University of Missouri, The Campus Writing Program, 2015-04)
    Iron played a central role in many societies of early Africa. It held both spiritual and material power. Physically, Africans used iron to create tools for agriculture, utensils for everyday life, and weapons for protection ...
  • Birth of a Workforce: The Blacksmiths Rise in Sub-Saharan Africa 

    Murray, Jordan (University of Missouri, The Campus Writing Program, 2015-04)
    The “Ritual Staff with Seated Nommo” made by the Dogon people from modern Mali available at the University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archeology represents the rise in specialized occupations in early Africa and ...
  • Hauntings of the Hudson Valley: Landscapes, and Ghosts 

    Brassea, Michael (University of Missouri, The Campus Writing Program, 2015-04)
    The Hudson Valley is an area of one hundred and fifty miles that encompasses a large section of New York State, from Albany to downstate New York. Over the last few centuries the Hudson Valley area has become to many a ...
  • A Conscious Universe 

    Donovan, Sean (University of Missouri, The Campus Writing Program, 2015-04)
    A grand plan, guiding individual lives along a predetermined string, a string that is unable to be deviated from. It has been called many things, ‘destiny’, ‘god’s will’, ‘determinism’, and ‘fate’ among them. While its ...
  • “Supernatural” Beginnings in North American Folklore: The Vanishing Hitchhiker and La Llorona 

    Shewmaker, David J. (University of Missouri, The Campus Writing Program, 2015-04)
    Through the use of motifs (such as the bridge, travel and vengeance) and character role reversals the creators of the pilot episode of [the television program] “Supernatural” build a narrative that cleanly combines the ...
  • Eating Otherness: The Unifying Qualities of Chocolate in Lasse Hallström’s Chocolat 

    Lockard, Paige (University of Missouri, The Campus Writing Program, 2015-04)
    Many films that directly involve food as a plot point or major theme choose to use it as either a means of utopia or dystopia, positive or negative. Because different foods are conducive to different moods within a film, ...
  • Album Review of The Velvet Underground & Nico 

    Jennings, Sam (University of Missouri, The Campus Writing Program, 2015-04)
    When The Velvet Underground & Nico was released in March of 1967, it was to a public that hardly cared and a critical establishment that could not make heads or tails of it. Its sales were dismal, due in part to legal ...
  • Using Regular Yoga Practice to Reduce Blood Pressure in Patients with Unmedicated Prehypertension 

    Weber, Victoria (University of Missouri, The Campus Writing Program, 2015-04)
    This is a video describing the blood pressure reducing benefits of yoga.
  • Insects: It’s what’s for Dinner? 

    Carson, Christine (University of Missouri, The Campus Writing Program, 2015-04)
    Imagine your family dinner table. It is a gathering to enjoy food and good tidings. The table is full with all of your favorites, including the green bean casserole, fresh dinner rolls and fried…crickets?
  • Good Will in Globalized World 

    Omar, Youssif Zaghwani (University of Missouri, The Campus Writing Program, 2015-04)
    The current issue of Artifacts provides a good example about how good wills are used for offering good academic services to the global community.
  • Artifacts, Issue 12 (2015) Contents page 

    University of Missouri, Department of English (University of Missouri, The Campus Writing Program, 2015-04)
    This is the front page of Artifacts, Issue 12 (2015) which functions as a contents page.