Vol. 5 / Fall 2014

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.
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Collateral Damage: The Ethical Implications of Neuroenhancement

Shirley Ge

For Shirley Ge (pronounced “guh”), home is Westford, Massachusetts, where the ice cream is better than Ben and Jerry’s. She plans to pursue a major in Chemistry and a concentration in Medical Humanities. On campus, Shirley is a member of the women’s ultimate Frisbee team, Reformed University Fellowship, and Residence Life Student Staff. Her other interests include art, coffee, hiking, and social change. Shirley composed her essay for Professor Vaz-Hooper’s Writing 101 class, Writing Medicine.

A Dialogue on Style

Sara Shah

Sara Shah is from Fort Worth, Texas. She is an undeclared Political Science major. Sara spent this past summer studying abroad in Amman, Jordan. At Davidson, Sara is a Spanish and Arabic tutor, a member of Connor Eating House, the Treasurer of the Middle East and North African Students Association, and a Regional Editor for The Davidson International, an International Relations magazine on campus. She hopes to study abroad in Morocco and France her junior year. My essay was produced in Professor Nina Serebrennikov’s Renaissance in Italy course.

The Endorsement of College Hookup Culture

Sarah Kostoryz

Sarah Kostoryz (class of 2017) grew up in Kansas City, Missouri but finally feels at home at Davidson College. She is currently undecided about her major but juggling between theatre, education, and social justice. Sarah is the new co-captain of the Davidson Dance Team and an active participant in Dance Ensemble. She spent her summer in Kansas City as an art camp counselor for 6-8 year olds at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. Next year, Sarah looks forward to creating a Socrates café on campus; the project is currently named “Davidson Family Dinners” (soon to be changed hopefully). Her essay was written for Dr. Martinez’s Communication 280: Intercultural Communication.

Extending Judith Butler’s “Vulnerability”

Jonathan Ferguson

Jonathan Ferguson (Class of 2017) is from Williamston, South Carolina. He is majoring in English and hopes to pursue a medical degree after Davidson. He is passionate about literature, the education of children, and his faith in Jesus Christ. At Davidson, Jonathan is involved in RUF, an on-campus student ministry, and tutors fifth graders at Ada Jenkins LearnWorks Center in his spare time. His paper was written for Dr. Campbell in WRI 101: Reading Like a Writer.

The Documentarian’s Difficulties: Acknowledgment as Ethical Strategy

David Robinson

David Robinson (class of 2017) is from Tallahassee, Florida. Though he has yet to declare a major, he is considering both Biochemistry and Philosophy. This past summer he studied physics at Florida State University with his best friend Jameis Winston. At Davidson, he is a Cats Connect Mentor, a Chidsey Fellow, and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. David wrote his paper for Professor Hillard’s Writing 101: Reading like a Writer.

Kibbutz Kfar Azza

Kerry Honan

Kerry Honan (class of 2017) is from St. Paul, Minnesota. An undeclared Spanish major, she is considering a double major in Anthropology or Environmental Studies. Though not yet sure what career she wants to pursue, Kerry is passionate about sustainability, food security, global female health, and learning foreign languages. As a Bonner Scholar, she has spent many hours volunteering at the Ada Jenkins Center and with Sow Much Good. Kerry also stays busy on campus by dancing for the Gamut Dance Company and serving on the Hillel club’s board. She is excited to live in the returning Eco House as a sophomore. This essay, which she wrote for Christine Marshall’s Writing 101: Memory, is dedicated to her parents and six siblings.