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Open J. of Occupational Therapy     Open Access   (Followers: 38)
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The Hilltop Review : A J. of Western Michigan University Graduate Student Research     Open Access  
Transference     Open Access  
Journal Cover The Hilltop Review : A Journal of Western Michigan University Graduate Student Research
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  • Reflection of Humanity

    • Authors: Srikanth Baratom
      Abstract: A happy school-going girl who is warmhearted try to help people within in her capabilities. Once she saw a poor kid who is waving his hands to school children showing his interest to school. Hence, the girl tried to get admission in her school for the poor kid. Finally, she got admission after so many hurdles. This art shows the happiness of girl that her dream was achieved and showing the poor kid on a rusted mirror that how he looks with uniform. Thus, you can see the reflection of humanity in the mirror. Here the reflection of humanity is happiness in their faces.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:29:01 PDT
       
  • Sweet Expectation

    • Authors: Melissa O. Rosario
      Abstract: As we all know pregnancy is a long and sweet waiting to meet that beloved being. In the case of Patricia her wait has been distressing because the loss of two pregnancies and now she is expecting twins. In this picture, we can see her eyes towards the horizon, where she reflects the anguish that has passed but at the same time doubts of celebrating her double happiness.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:28:58 PDT
       
  • Solo

    • Authors: Marc J. Scott
      Abstract: Digital photograph of a lone desert nomad on a camel near the pyramids at Meroe, Sudan.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:28:55 PDT
       
  • Unmasked

    • Authors: Ariel Berry
      Abstract: This painting shows someone after they have taken off their mask, in this case a “smiling” paper bag. As a graduate assistant here at WMU, I have taught undergraduate courses and I know how important it is to understand what my students might be feeling. Many of them are going through terrible situations I never would have guessed had they not confided in me. With this in mind, I try to treat all my students with kindness and respect and give them grace when they need it.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:28:52 PDT
       
  • Reflections

    • Authors: Stephanie R. Bobbitt
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:28:49 PDT
       
  • Small Seeds Still Bloom

    • Authors: Casey Slager
      Abstract: The world can seem bleak, and, especially now, it is vital that we each find ways to spread love, joy and creativity as best we can. As a counseling psychology student, part of my work will be to help people to plant their own seeds. This picture represents the impact of small efforts on the world.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:28:46 PDT
       
  • The Light

    • Authors: Gauri Manohari NK
      Abstract: The Light — Signifies the simplicity behind the concept of light that many people fail to embrace and admire. This painting shows a terracotta lamp used in India from ancient times. A cotton wick burns with the help of the oil poured into the lamp to give a serene yellow light. The light from the sun, the light from a camp fire, the street lights, the light from a humble study lamp or the light from grand chandeliers; all have the same purpose. It illuminates and it enables us to see the world as it is. This simplicity and unbiased harmony of “Light” is an unnoticed quality that is similar to the hidden quality of humanity and brotherhood. No matter where we come from, we all stand for one purpose, which is love, peace, brotherhood and co-existence. Boundaries between countries were made for the ease of geographic studies. The color of skin or hair were just biological adaptations of human cells. Do not identify yourself with these simple parameters. Identify yourself as a member of the human race which, like the light is supposed to be harmonious to be capable of great things to make the world as it should be. Respect the differences we share and keep pushing forward together. Be the Light.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:28:43 PDT
       
  • to nobody, too

    • Authors: Ariel Berry
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:28:40 PDT
       
  • Quantifying the Spiritual: Incorporating Subjective Spirituality in
           Biomedical Research

    • Authors: Joseph R. Schuetz
      Abstract: Biomedical objectivity is a dominant health paradigm in the United States today. This paradigm views the body mostly as an object to be studied by objective means. These objective means are taken for granted as universal categories for comprehending truth in biomedicine. Lack of theoretical reflection leaves vital subjective attributes of experience out of the picture of health and healing, including lived subjective spiritual experience. This partly stems from definitions of spirituality that are lacking in explicating many elements of lived spiritual experience. Flawed definitions of spirituality are the result of both unchecked biomedical authoritative theoretical assumptions, and a lack of familiarity with scholarship in the social sciences and humanities.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:28:37 PDT
       
  • Acetone Production

    • Authors: Ali Ibrahim Neamah
      Abstract: Iraq struggles with a lack of acetone production. This overall deficiency impacts the economy of countries like Iraq. Inasmuch, acetone is a vital chemical component for many items imported into this country such as nail polish remover. Therefore, a process of acetone production is proposed in this study.The ideal process of producing acetone with 90.0% isopropyl alcohol (IPA) decomposition method is proposed within this study. The feed of the process is 100000 ton/ day. This amount of feed is suggested due to the demographic need of acetone for the Iraqi population as well as the surrounding Middle Eastern region. In fact, globally, in 2005, the yearly consumption of acetone was 5 million ton (Table 1). Moreover, acetone (C3H6O) and hydrogen (H2) are produced materials from isopropyl alcohol decomposition. The produced amount of acetone is 63346 Kmol/hr. Finally, the proposed factory of producing acetone is profitable since ROI> 1.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:28:33 PDT
       
  • A Defense of the Unrestricted Kantian Moral Saint

    • Authors: Richard Szabo
      Abstract: In this article I provide a defense for the worthiness of the moral paradigm of unrestricted Kantian Moral Sainthood from criticisms raised by Susan Wolf. She claims that actually achieving the ideal would result in undesirable moral fanatics with underdeveloped nonmoral characters that none of us would want to be like and so we should not aspire to this ideal of Moral Sainthood. My defense’s main thrust appeals to the impossibility of human beings achieving the demands of the ideal in the actual world in order to avoid Wolf’s objections. Because we can never become unrestricted Kantian Moral Saints (i.e. we can never really achieve unrestricted Kantian Moral Sainthood in real life), the negative consequences of what people would be like if they achieved this form of Sainthood should not count against the desirability of this moral paradigm. I then motivate the worthiness of unrestricted Kantian Moral Sainthood by showing that, despite being impossible to achieve, aspiring towards the ideal (but never reach it) produces very desirable results and so unrestricted Kantian Moral Sainthood remains a worthwhile moral ideal (and there is no reason we should not all want to be more like unrestricted Kantian Moral Saints ourselves.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:28:30 PDT
       
  • Balancing of Production Line in a Bearing Industry to improve Productivity

    • Authors: Sudharsan Sridhar et al.
      Abstract: Line balancing addresses the issues of balancing production or assembly line and it generally minimizes the idle time for all the events and the combinations of workstations. Factors such as lack of materials, design changes in the product, labor position may also be needed for line balancing. We approached the industry and proposed a heuristic solution solving in two different platforms, by rearranging the existing tasks over the work stations, so that the idle time of the machines are reduced to minimum and the other is by using Timer Pro software where grouping of similar kind of activities are to find out the optimized productivity . The experiment was conducted in a bearing company where analysis about line balancing were made and latter comparisons are made with that of Timer Pro Professional software to analyze the productivity. The results were much more higher compared to that of existing productivity. We address the solutions by experimenting, analyzing either ways through practical as well as software and propose how optimization can enhance the productivity in an industry.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:28:27 PDT
       
  • The Impact of Monetary Policy on Banks’ Risk-taking: Evidence from
           the Post Crisis Data

    • Authors: Nardos Moges Beyene
      Abstract: This study investigates if expansionary monetary policy actions have an impact on banks’ risk taking after the financial crisis. Using time series data from December 2008 to April 2016 from the banking sector, the paper finds no evidence of any impact by asset related expansionary monetary policy actions while credit crunch and expected economic conditions are found to have a significant effect on banks’ risk taking decision. These results imply that the risk-taking channel of monetary policy has been ineffective after the fed funds rate reached the zero lower bound.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:28:24 PDT
       
  • Mechanized Identity: The Blood-Mill of Richard Coer de Lyon

    • Authors: Andrew S. Thomas
      Abstract: The seven-thousand-line Middle English romance, Richard Coer de Lyon, is not often read as a text fascinated with machinery. The semi-historical, superlative, titular character and his various marvelous and deeply disturbing deeds usually claim most attention, and not without reason. There is much to examine in the heroically cannibalistic Richard, who presents a complex and often troubling vision of the ways both Englishness and the Saracen Other can be constructed within romance. Alongside these well-studied qualities, however, is a strange attention within the text to sieges and siege engines. Richard’s army is accompanied by a large, named siege tower and a countless conglomeration of throwing engines such as trébuchets, ballistas, crossbows, and mangonels. One device in particular, the mill aboard one of Richard’s ships, a machination designed to look like it grinds dead bodies, seems to perform an explicitly symbolic function. While the mill becomes a useful psychological weapon against the fictional Saracen army, I argue that it principally serves as a manifestation of some of the core ideological movements of the romance, a physical representation of the budding English identity that destroys the Saracen Other in order to create sustenance for the English community. This transformative and destructive process relies upon a body of technical knowledge shared only among the crusading army and the English reader, a manufactured community represented by the construction and operation of complex machines.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:28:21 PDT
       
  • Academic and Social Engagement of Students with Psychiatric Disabilities

    • Authors: Nizoramo M. Haitova et al.
      Abstract: The attendance of students with psychiatric disabilities has significantly increased over recent decades and these students represent the largest group of students with disabilities across college campuses (Madaus, 2011). It is important for higher education administrators and student affairs professionals to understand the experiences of students with psychiatric disabilities in order to better support their academic and social engagement in higher education. Further analysis of research related to the student experience reveals issues faced by students with psychiatric disabilities and the coping techniques used to navigate through college. The purpose of this paper is to bring forth recommendations for postsecondary institutions that provide insights on how to better support the academic and social engagement of students with psychiatric disabilities. Recommendations for postsecondary institutions include: Promoting an inclusive environment, Awareness and action training, Simplifying the process of seeking and receiving accommodations, and Ongoing research on strategies for creating better supports.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:28:17 PDT
       
  • Experience and Authority: Knowledge, Gender, and the Creation of the Self
           in the Book of Margery Kempe and Late Medieval Travel Literature

    • Authors: Rebecca D. Fox
      Abstract: The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between written authority, experiential authority, travel, and gender in late medieval travel literature. By expanding Terrence M. Bowers’ discussion of travel as a masculine rite of passage beyond Margery Kempe to include Marco Polo, John Mandeville, and Chaucer’s Wife of Bath, the relationships between the aims and experiences of each figure are clarified. Each figure claims that their travels have given them unique a experiential knowledge which allows them to both recreate themselves on their own terms and to assert their own authority in opposition to written authority. Variables such as the gender of the traveler and the author who wrote about them and the fictionality of the traveler’s claims allow for Bowers’ thesis to be further developed, but also challenged. These four figures are united in their use of their journeys as a claim to experience, yet their differences allow for an expansion of the theory of rites of passage and how they may have functioned in medieval travel.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:28:14 PDT
       
  • Liturgical Processions in the Black Death

    • Authors: Eric A. Gobel
      Abstract: The popularity of the flagellant movement in the German speaking lands during the Black Death is due to a number of factors. Flagellation may seem like a nonsensical reaction to despair from a modern perspective, but for medieval people, the itinerant processional penitent pilgrims represented more than a bloody, painful spectacle. Rather, it was a rational and emotion reaction to their troubles. The success of the flagellants lays, not in the grotesquerie of their performances, but instead in their ability to provide people with familiar, engaging ways to perform and observe penance while also departing from ecclesiastical norms that had failed to protect Christendom.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:28:10 PDT
       
  • Glorious and Execrable: The Dead and Their Bodies in World War I Poetry

    • Authors: Rebecca E. Straple
      Abstract: While many scholars of World War I poetry have identified aspects of soldier poets’ work that embody the change from enthusiastic support of the war to disillusioned criticism of it, in this paper I argue for an additional, and highly meaningful marker of this significant change: the use of the dead and their bodies in this poetry. The commonly held critical view of World War I poetry is that there is a clear divide between poetry of the early and late years of the war, usually located after the Battle of the Somme in 1916, where poetry moves from odes to courageous sacrifice and protection of the homeland to bitter or grief-stricken verses on the horror and pointless suffering of the war. This change is particularly noticeable in the poetry of “soldier poets." Through analysis of poems by a variety of World War I poets, including Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Isaac Rosenberg, and others, I track this shift and examine how it is mapped onto the bodies of soldiers in their poetry. I argue that poetry of the early years of the war depicts bodies as stable, insulated objects on which poets can project messages of admiration for the sacrifice and nobility of soldiers, support for the war, or concepts of nationalism and empire; in contrast, in the later poetry of the war, bodies are unstable, exposed, and corrupted, no longer able to support old messages of courage and noble sacrifice but reflecting the futility, senselessness, and destruction of the war.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:28:07 PDT
       
  • Biographies

    • PubDate: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:28:05 PDT
       
  • Notes from the Editor

    • PubDate: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:28:02 PDT
       
  • The Hilltop Review, vol 9, no 2. Spring 2017

    • PubDate: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:27:59 PDT
       
 
 
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