The Valpo Core Reader

The Valpo Core Reader (formerly the Freshman Reader: A Magazine of Student Writing) collects and honors excellent writing from Valparaiso University students who have been through the Valpo Core Program the previous year. These essays address a wide variety of texts and topics and include many genres of writing, including argumentative papers, personal narratives, and more. Main themes are drawn from the curriculum of the Core Program, which is arranged according to important aspects of human experience: origins, education, love, leadership and service, work and vocation, and matters of "life and death."

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Argument Essays

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Today's Trash: Tomorrow's Trouble (1990), Eric Bardenhagen

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Liability Insurance: A Liability to Americans (1986), Mark Bayler

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Let's Crack Down on Hackers (1984), Fred Benner

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Physician-Assisted Suicide: Mercy or Murder? (1994), Sara Bobenmoyer

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The Military as Editors: Crossing the Lines of Censorship (1991), Patti Disparte

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Free to Choose (1984), James Donaldson

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The Wonder Drug (1983), Rochelle Erhart

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Is Euthanasia a Crime? (1988), Heather Greenleaf

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A Plea from the Deep (1991), Tad Hartmann

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What Shall We Read in Reading Class? (1987), Kathleen A. Kisner

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The Battle Over Bilingual Education (1988), Erica Langenegger

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Control of the Greenhouse Effect (1989), Matt Lorentson

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Nagging in America (1991), Jack Lyons

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A Proposition for Victory (1993), Rebecca Menis

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When to Turn the Television Off (1994), April Metz

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The Euthanasia Controversy (1989), Scott Mueller

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Baby Fae: An Experimental Child (1985), Debby Naumann

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The Co-op Experience (1987), Vicki Panoushek

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Record Labeling and the PMRC (1990), Jennifer Parks

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Commercials Are Teaching Our Children The Wrong Things (1993), Rachel Pearson

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Nuclear Energy and the Future Energy Demands of the United States (1993), Timothy Plath

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Animal Experimentation is Both Useful and Ethical (1994), Allan Rowe

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Preschool Academics: Is It Too Much Too Soon? (1990), Katrina Sifferd

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Equal Opportunities (1989), Ann Stien

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The Right to Die: An Option for the Elderly (1986), Anonymous Submission

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Educational Anarchy (1988), Nichole Thursby

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Against the Legalization of Drugs (1991), Joe Troyer

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The Right to Work Without Smoke (1994), Laura Verdun

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A Delicate Balance (1984), Andrea Wagonblast

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Handguns in the Home: An Unnecessary Risk (1983), Kim Walesh

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The Issue of Gun Control: My Big Bang Theory (1994), Teresa Witte

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Children with AIDS: Lepers in the Classroom (1987), Elizabeth Young

Argument and Information Essays

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Tourette Sydrome (1992), Debbi Beattie

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Refusing an AIDS Patient: The Right Belongs to the Physician (1992), Debra Landbo

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Genetic Engineering: Where Does it Stop? (1992), Nada Mlinarevich

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The Japanese Equal Employment Opportunity Law of 1985 (1992), Ikuko Sugiura

Cause and Effect Essays

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The Damage is Done (1987), Anonymous Author

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Max, Marty, Paul, and Me (1994), John Bennett

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How TV Makes People Hate the Sport of Golf (1992), Jim Boehm

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Happily Ever After? (1985), Lora Bulmahn

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Fast Food Restaurants: A Healthier Alternative (1989), Suzanne Crabill

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The Consequences of Under-Age Drinking (1994), Craig Fantin

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The Hardening of the Body, the Softening of the Soul (1994), Lisa Finnern

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Can a Dad be a Homemaker? (1992), Jennifer Hard

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It's A Jungle Out There (1991), Mark Hollander

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Wordlove (1991), Anne Iverson

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"Pictures, Anyone?" (1984), Patricia Jaeger

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The Only Child Syndrome (1990), Wade Jones

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The Effects of Failure (1992), Kate Kitzmann

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Vivid Pictures and Lasting Impressions: Television and Movies in Education (1988), Bonney Leckie

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Winning And Everything That Goes With It (1990), Tina Maaske

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First Born, Second Born (1990), Maureen Maher

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Emancipate the Children! (1989), Sherri McCuddy

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The Family Reunion: What Causes Its Demise (1994), Gary L. McMahan

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Devastating Effects (1991), Stephanie Nelson

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Dollars and Sense (1984), Helene Pappas

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The Dying Olympic Dream (1994), Beckie Ramstack

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Honor Code: A Screen Door On A Submarine (1985), Paul Rinehart

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Win a Few, Lose a Few (1993), Allison Ring

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Setting A Rusty Wheel Into Motion (1991), James E. Saqui Jr.

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Dying Love (1993), Tanya Senne

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The Runaway Ninja Turtles- Why Were They So Violent (1992), Lisa Trimpe

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The Perfect Woman (1989), Laura Van Prooyen

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Dorm Volume (1986), Kim Walz

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Food: The Great Replacement (1987), Cherie Wibben

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Car Crazy Culture (1988), Mark Willer

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Burnouts (1985), Zorina Winterrowd

Comparison and Contrast Essays

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Two Lives to Live (1991), Hala Al-Rifai

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Bold Belle (1994), Banu Berkem

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With or Without Him (1994), Angie Boyll

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Oahu (1983), Ruth Bugtong

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Bass vs. Chandler (1985), Lora Bulmahn

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The Male Harness (1992), Krista Castleman

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Injustice (1990), Deann Feece

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Liturgies: Catholic and Lutheran Perspectives (1994), Thomas Fielding

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The Ace Benchwarmer (1990), Lora Grandrath

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Two Women (1987), Jennifer Grava

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Living on my Own (1994), Julie Grocki

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The Gravel Road of Time (1990), Mike Halkitis

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The Price of Freedom (1989), Senta Jorgensen

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Martin Luther King and Malcolm X (1992), Ra Joy

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A Conscious Decision (1993), Melanie Koenig

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Changes (1994), Vasilike Kostouros

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Daddy's Girl (1993), Amy LaFontaine

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Disappearing Stereotypes (1991), Thomas Lavelle

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Oceania vs. The Soviet Union (1986), Brian Mather

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Decisions (1990), Therese Nelson

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2C Or Not 2C (1985), Paul Rinehart

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Lost and Found (1993), Lila Rommelmann

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Misconceptions of Vietnam (1994), Amy Ruhter

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Prosecution and Defense Counsel (1988), Kimberly Sebold

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Real Individuality--Real Class (1984), Teresa Shelton

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On the Road for the First Time (1992), John Simshauser

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Herzberg--Heart Mountain (1989), Hella Skrotzki

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"I Wish the Old Man Would Just Kick Off" (1988), Martin Sonnenberg

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Why is NBA Basketball a Joke? (1984), John Speckhard

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Rational and Irrational Hunting (1991), Richard Swanson

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The Changing Female (1988), Christina Taskoff

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Japanese Food (1991), Yuiko Yagi

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Mommy Track (1989), Mark Zimmermann