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Vol. 3 / Fall 2012

Call for Papers

Commonplaces is dedicated to publishing writing produced in any courses across the College taken by Davidson students in their first year. We invite writers to submit work produced during the 2016-2017 academic year to be considered for publication in the 2017 issue. We seek academic and intellectual writing of any length that demonstrates a commitment to understanding and its expression, and encourage submissions from the full range of natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Submission Guidelines


Van E. Hillard, College Writing Program


Commonplaces is an annual publication of the Davidson College Writing Program.
©Davidson College, Davidson, NC.

Heads or Tails: Always 50/50

Christina Haleas

Christina Haleas (class of 2015) is from Western Springs, IL, a suburb of Chicago. Her major is currently undeclared, but she hopes to pursue psychology in hopes of becoming a counseling psychologist. At Davidson, she is the captain of the Davidson Dance Team, the vice president of the service organization BEST, a Cats Connect Mentor, a choreographer for Davidson Dance Ensemble, a volunteer for Davidson Students Volunteer for Science, a member of Turner Eating House, and a 2012 Orientation Team member. Christina’s paper was written for Dr. Sean McKeever’s Writing 101 class, Luck and Chance.

In Hopelessville: A Reconsideration of Raymond Carver’s “A Small, Good Thing”

Jordan Williamson

Jordan Williamson is a rising sophomore from Blowing Rock, North Carolina. He might declare an English major sometime this year and hopes to incorporate an interest in Russian literature into his studies. He likes reading and writing, and spent this summer making fudge at Kilwin’s Ice Cream and Chocolates in Blowing Rock. He wrote his essay for Professor Randy Nelson’s English 220: Literary Analysis.

Song of Solomon: The Language of Flight

Kirsten K. Huffer

Kirsten Huffer (class of 2015) is from Tallahassee, Florida. Although she has yet to decide on a major, she hopes to continue her studies in biology, art history, and classics and perhaps eventually pursue a career in scientific research or art conservation. She spent the past summer interning in an analytical chemistry laboratory. Outside the classroom, Kirsten loves to travel, visit museums, skate, knit, and bake. If Kirsten could have one “superpower,” she would choose flight. Her essay, “Song of Solomon: The Language of Flight,” was written for Dr. Elizabeth Mills’ Writing 101: The Hero’s Quest.

Christian Ethical Arguments Regarding Same-Sex Marriage

Stephanie Schauder

Stephanie Schauder (’15) is from Huntersville, NC. Although she has not yet declared her major, she is interested in Environmental Studies and Economics. On campus she is a Chidsey Leadership Fellow, a member of the Habitat for Humanity Club, involved in Methodist College Fellowship, and helped start a creation care bible study. She also enjoys teaching Sunday school and Youth Group at Davidson United Methodist Church. Her essay was written for Dr. Perry’s News and Commentary Writing 101 class.

Where is the Girl Power? The Portrayal of Young Women in Wolfe’s I Am Charlotte Simmons

Leah Schroeder

Leah Schroeder is from Westwood, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. She has not yet declared a major, although she plans to pursue her nterest in education policy and inequality. This past summer she worked as a student leader intern at the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program here at Davidson. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading, and spending time with friends. Her essay was written in Professor Hillard’s Writing 101: Ideologic Sexualities.

Spectacle and Artifice: Victorian Advertisement and its Impact on The Importance of Being Earnest

Ian Thomson

Ian Thomson (class of 2015) is from Toms River, New Jersey. Though he is currently undecided in his major, he hopes to pursue a combination of Political Science, English, and Theatre through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. He is also interested in work with non-profits, and participated in the Stapleton-Davidson Summer Internship, interning at the Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte. At Davidson, he is a tour guide, an actor in the theatre department’s productions, a member of the Nuances, and a brother of Phi Gamma Delta. Ian’s work comes from Professor Onita Vaz-Hooper’s English 220: Literary Analysis.

Bananas for Boys, Girls, and Everyone Else

Richard Hendrix

Richard Hendrix (Class of 2015) is from Atlanta, Georgia. Although currently undeclared, he plans to major in Political Science and minor in Economics with an eye towards business upon graduation. He has a strong interest in community involvement, preferring a diverse range of activities to compliment his Davidson education. Among them are membership as a brother in the fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta, service as a Class Senator in the Student Government Association, work with the Pre-Business Society, Young Republicans, Dinner at Davidson, and the Eumenean Society. During his free time, his hobbies include backpacking, debating, and technology. Richard’s work was produced for Humanities 161: Cultures and Civilizations with Dr. Jonathan Berkey and Dr. Suzanne Churchill.

The Public Appeal of Intelligent Design

Sarah Friedensen

Sarah Friedensen (‘15) is from Raleigh, N.C. While currently undeclared, she plans on pursuing a major in Physics and a minor in Religion to allow her to combine her diverse academic interests, including science, history, literature and belief systems. It was this cross-section of interests that led her to choose the topic of Intelligent Design for her work in Dr. Cho’s Anthropology 102: Humankind Evolving. Outside of the classroom, Sarah enjoys reading, crocheting, playing bass and guitar, watching MST3K, and drawing.