Vol 1 (2011)

Student Editorial Staff
Managing Editor: Matt Bennett
Production Editor: Lindsay Gates
Student Editorial Board
Jamie Fuston
Daniel Gouger
Cari Jennings
Sam Mitchell
Ruben Tavakalov

Staff Advisory Board
Sherry Wiser George
Marsha L. Powers
John R. Vile

Letter from the Editor

As Middle Tennessee State University celebrates its first 100 years, it is truly an exciting
time to be here as a student. From humble beginnings, MTSU has grown into one of the
largest and most important academic institutions in the state and region.

Because of this, we are excited to publish the inaugural issue of Scientia et Humanitas: A
Journal of Student Research. It serves to highlight some of the wide spectrum of demanding
research and scholarship being conducted by students here.

As managing editor, I have seen the journal grow over the last year from little more
than a name and a good idea into the publication you see here. This would not have been
possible without the hard work and persistence of the entire staff. Not only have they
done exceptional jobs as editors and reviewers, often on very short notice, but they have
been tireless advocates and spokespeople for our publication. In short, their hard work has
enabled us to make Scientia et Humanitas a reality, and it would not be so without each one
of them. Thank you for your dedication, for your patience, and for your belief in me and
in the journal itself. A special thanks to Production Editor Lindsay Gates; the task, quite
frankly, seemed impossible, and would have been, if not for the many hours of hard work
you put in.

I would also like to thank Dean Vile for his support, his guidance, and for taking a
leap of faith that we could bring this publication to fruition. And last but most certainly
not least, Marsha Powers, whose relentless patience, optimism, and unshakeable belief in
Scientia et Humanitas are at the foundation of its success. I could not have learned to do
this job without you.

And so, in the centennial year of Middle Tennessee State University, we present
Scientia et Humanitas: A Journal of Student Research. It is my hope that, in the university’s
next century, the journal will grow to become a showcase of MTSU academics, of the
diversity and scholarship of students here, and an ambassador of the university itself.

Matthew Bennett
Managing Editor

Introduction to Inaugural Issue of Scientia et Humanitas

I am pleased to introduce this volume that features research from undergraduate
students at Middle Tennessee State University. Although the length of this issue is relatively
modest, it represents considerable time and effort on behalf of student contributors, student
editors, and our Director of Publications, who already takes primary responsibility for
our newsletter the Honors Edition and for our Literary Magazine Collage. With these
publications in mind, I would be inclined to say that this is the third leg of a three-legged
honors publication stool, except for the fact that this year the Honors College has also
metaphorically worked on yet a fourth leg by sponsoring the publication of a book of
poetry entitled Time and Tradition, in anticipation of Middle Tennessee State University’s

MTSU has been offering honors classes since 1973. The once fledgling program has
now become a College with its own building and bell tower, and -- dare I say it?-- its own
dean. It now boasts more than 750 students, an increasing number of whom are receiving
national recognitions, in a variety of majors and minors.

With his own education at the College of William and Mary in mind, Thomas
Jefferson once said that the best education he could think of was a professor (biologist
William Small) at one end of a log conversing with a student at the other. Although the
Honors College boasts many advantages, including prestigious scholarships, the heart of the
College consists of the interaction of the best students and the best professors that MTSU
has to offer in small classes. Honors classes are not designed to be more difficult, but they
are intended to develop higher-level thinking skills, which are particularly important for
the majority of our students who go to graduate or professional schools. I have always
found that research and writing are two essential components of higher-level learning and
two of the most important skills that students can cultivate, regardless of their majors. The
capstone of the Honors experience is, of course, an honors thesis, and while some theses
are creative, all have a written dimension which are commemorated in bound copies in our
Honors Library.

While students rightly revel in the achievement of writing and defending such a thesis,
the Honors College is increasingly encouraging students to take the next step by seeking
a larger scholarly audience than the one that typically sits in on an honors defense. Just
as students who write masters theses and honors dissertations are encouraged to publish
their findings in scholarly journals, so too we encourage students to disseminate their own
findings in similar outlets.

We view Scientia et Humanitas as one means for doing this. It proudly takes its
place alongside the McNair Research Review, which serves a similar purpose on behalf of
undergraduate students enrolled in the McNair Program. Some observers will see further
continuity between Scientia et Humanitas and a previous on-line journal simply called
Scientia, which was started by Dr. Phil Mathis and continued by Dr. John Dubois and
housed in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences. Whereas that journal was limited
to publications in the natural sciences, this newly-titled journal is open to contributors not
only from this area but also from the social sciences and the humanities.

We encourage students from all disciplines to consider submitting future contributions
to this journal or joining the editorial board.

Dr. John R. Vile, Dean
University Honors College

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Table of Contents


Contact Hypothesis in Context: Household Characteristics, Community Perception, and Racial/Ethnic Prejudice in the U.S. PDF
Amanda Watson, Meredith Dye, Brian P. Hinote 1-26
"And still she asked, where in this system, was there room for a studio?": Reading Gender and Lesbian Space in Vita Sackville-West’s All Passion Spent PDF
Shane McCoy 27-49
Impact of 3-Week Educational Program on Low Back Flexibility and Pain in College Students PDF
Lauren Easley, J. Angela Hart Murdock, Don W. Morgan 51-66
An Evaluation of the Alcohol Consumption Patterns of Tailgaters at Greenland Drive and Walnut Grove, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee PDF
Joseph L. Keasler, Thomas Gildemeister 67-82
Chronic Illness and Mental Health Underutilization in African-Americans: A Labeling Theory Perspective PDF
Matthew Bennett 83-91
We Are What We Eat: A Cultural Examination of Immigrant Health and Nutrition in Middle Tennessee PDF
Sarah Visocky 93-112
Comparisons of Accuracy of Nutrition Knowledge of College Students With and Without Risk Factors for Type II Diabetes PDF
Monique Richard 113-120
The Evolution and Industrial Food Production: McDonaldization and Population Health PDF
Andrew D. Currey, Brian P. Hinote 121-135