Vol 3 (2013)

Student Editorial Staff
Sarah Gray-Panesi: Editor in Chief
Kayla McNabb: Managing Editor
Jake Verhoeff: Managing Editor (yielding)

Student Editorial Board
Christian Brown - Social Sciences

Helen Albert - Natural Sciences
Marcelle Albert - Natural Sciences

Jonathan Bradley - Humanities/Webmaster/Print-setting
Clint Bryan - Humanities/Copyediting
Jacquelyn Hayek - Humanities
Jessica Hanson - Humanities
Khristeena Lute - Humanities

Staff Advisory Board
Philip E. Phillips
Marsha L. Powers
John R. Vile


In the third volume of Scientia et Humanitas, I am excited to report a boom in author
submissions. As we receive more and more papers from a more diverse group of students,
the journal is increasingly able to represent the university and its contributions to various
areas of research more faithfully. This edition of Scientia et Humanitas offers a diverse array
of topics and several award-winning articles as well.

Four award winning essays open this volume. Clint Bryan, a PhD candidate in English
and winner of the 2012-13 William R. Wolfe Graduate Writing Award, and recipient of
the Deans’ Distinguished Essay Award, applies elements of social literacy theory to Tobias
Smollett’s Humphry Clinker to examine Smollett’s commentary on eighteenth-century
society. Following Bryan’s piece, Katie Stringer, also receives the Dean’s Distinguished
Essay Award for her examination of the history of the relationship between museums,
sideshows, and people with disabilities and will graduate with a PhD in public history
in this year’s Spring commencement. Representing the natural sciences, Anna Love,
who earned her B.A. in English (2010) and is now seeking a B.S. in science (chemistry/
pre-medical), in collaboration with Dr. Ngee Sing Chong of the chemistry department is
awarded the Dean’s Distinguished Essay Award for her analysis of the products of the
gas phase reaction between chlorine dioxide and malodorous compounds produced during
putrefaction. Kayla McNabb’s essay examining the relationship between Edgar Allan Poe’s
“The Philosophy of Composition” and Process Theory won second place among the college
of liberal arts graduate students at this year’s Scholars’ Week poster session. McNabb is
currently pursuing an M.A. in English.

The Humanities are represented more strongly in this year’s issue than in any previous
with seven articles. In addition to Bryan’s, Stringer’s and McNabb’s projects, Jonathan
Bradley, a late stage English PhD candidate, offers an existential reading of Southern
women’s writing. Sarah Gray-Panesi, another English PhD candidate, examines Anne
Rice’s Southern Gothic to illustrate the writer’s connections with the Southern literary
tradition. Two more English PhD candidates, Margaret Johnson and Fadia Mereani, round
out the Humanities. Johnson examines the possibilities of Milton’s Satan as allegory in
Paradise Lost while Mereani considers Edgar Allan Poe’s poetry as an influence on that of
Wallace Stevens.

The Social Sciences are represented by six projects in this issue. Jamie Sutton, a graduate
in philosophy (2012), offers a brief explanation of Islamic limitations on violence and how
extremists sometimes circumvent them. Philip Routon, a PhD candidate in economics,
examines “fly-by-night” firms and the methods they use to decide whether to follow
or ignore certain governmental regulations. In one of two collaborative efforts in this
year’s issue, Rachael Smith, an undergraduate in anthropology and art history, and Crystal
VanDalsem, an undergraduate in anthropology and philosophy analyze the accumulation of
tobacco waste around Peck Hall following MTSU’s smoking ban. Pursuing a Master’s in
social work, Hyeryon Kim evaluates Asian American parents’ perceptions of their children’s
educational experience. Rita Jones, an undergraduate in communication studies, evaluates
the communication experiences of international students on American college campuses,
while Michael DeHoff, an undergraduate in organizational communication, provides an
examination of the interpersonal relations in the People’s Republic of China.

In my first year with the journal, I have been repeatedly impressed not only with the
level of scholarship presented by students at MTSU for publication but also with the
amount of work my editorial team has put into making sure the journal continues to be
a worthy vessel for MTSU students’ work. Many thanks are due to my fellow editors,
reviewers, proofreaders, and advisors, and especially to the Honors College for sponsoring
this publication. To the students of MTSU, thank you for your contributions, and I hope
you enjoy the third issue of Scientia et Humanitas.

Sarah Gray-Panesi,
Editor in Chief


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Table of Contents


Why Humphry Can’t Read or Write: Tobias Smollett, 18th-Century Literacy, and Preservation of the Social Order PDF
Clint Bryan 1-14
Disability, the Sideshow, and Modern Museum Practices PDF
Katie Stringer 15-28
An Exploration of the Gas Phase Reactions of Chlorine Dioxide and Malodorous Compounds of Putrefaction Using FT-IR Instrumentation PDF
Anna M. Love, Ngee Sing Chong 29-46
Discovering Poe as a Compositionist: Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Philosophy of Composition” and Process Theory PDF
Kayla McNabb 47-55
Transgress Not the Limits: Just War Theory in Early Islamic Theology PDF
Jamie Sutton 57-68
She Is She: Existentialist Themes in the Works of Women Writers of the Southern Renaissance PDF
Jonathan Bradley 69-82
Communication Experiences of International Students in the U.S.: A Comparison Study of Cross-Cultural Adaptation between European and Asian Students PDF
Rita Jones, Yang Soo Kim 83-104
An Analysis of Smoking and Tobacco Waste Patterns at Peck Hall, Middle Tennessee State University PDF
Rachael Smith, Crystal VanDalsem 105-119
“Everything is Always Happening”: Echoes of Faulkner and Warren in Anne Rice’s Blackwood Farm PDF
Sarah Gray-Panesi 121-132
Invisible Americans: Exploring Asian Parents’ Perception about School Discrimination in the U.S. PDF
Hyeryon Kim, Yang Soo Kim 133-146
Fallen Faith: Satan as Allegory in Milton’s Paradise Lost PDF
Margaret Johnson 147-159
People’s Republic of China: Interpersonal Relations PDF
Michael DeHoff 161-173
The Influence of Edgar Allan Poe on Wallace Stevens’s Poetry PDF
Fadia Mereani 175-183
Fly-By-Night Firms, Credit, and Regulation: A Simple Model PDF
Philip Routon 185-196