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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 College. 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 College 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 2018 (2018)

Issue Summary

The student essays featured in this edition address topics in African American Studies, Communications, and English. They include research on salient issues around race, depictions of women in pop culture, and the role and power of media. In her paper, Meghan Costello challenges her own preconceptions in an effort to understand how the national anthem can be used to protest racism. Meleah Hartnett investigates a popular situation comedy and reveals the problematic nature of its success—a humorous, but disturbingly representative depiction of society’s often degrading view of women. Mark Walsh discusses partisan bias evident today in media outlets and uncovers the dangerous potential result of magnifying polarized views among media consumers. Finally, Kara Woglom examines the lasting negative impact of an academically segregated education system on Black students.

3690 2018 Cover Image