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."


We welcome submissions from Valpo Core faculty and students. Submissions may be sent to core@valpo.edu.

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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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Adopted Children Have Rights Too (1996), Lisa Dimitroff

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

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"Alternative Futures" (1997), Ryan Doering

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Free to Choose (1984), James Donaldson

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The Wonder Drug (1983), Rochelle Erhart

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Open Adoption (1996), Melissa Fann

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Why Apathy is King of My Generation (1996), Jennifer Fett

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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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Outcome-Based Education: The Problems Behind the Theory (1996), Errin Jeffes

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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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The Existence of Repressed Memory Syndrome (1996), Carri Massau

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Relax, Have Fun, This is Prison (1996), Leslie Medlik

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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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We Have Got A Prayer (1996), Victoria Morton

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The Euthanasia Controversy (1989), Scott Mueller

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True Loving Christians? (1997), Kelly Mullin

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

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Immigration (1997), Francisco Nuno

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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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Their Choice? (1986), Jon Rachiele

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

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Anorexia as a Harmful Effect of Women Succumbing to Societal Pressures (1997), Angela Seitz

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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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Rage and Confusion: The Debate Over Capital Punishment (1996), Melissa M. Wilhelm

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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

Birth and Creation Essays

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At What Cost? (2007), Evan Akers

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Power of Pressure (2008), Sarah Blystra

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Falling (2003), Joy Bowker

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Learning Through Our Experience (2001), Andrea Bronner

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Africa is Calling (2008), Mary Chilcote

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God Complex (2006), Emily Cullar

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Becoming a Little Woman (2007), Alysse Foster

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Conflict Through the Eyes of Genesis, Old Man Coyote, and Genome (2006), Cory Francis

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Lust for Life (2008), Mia Goulding

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The Desire for Knowledge (2008), Angela Huerta

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Dancing Like No One Was Watching (2006), Jenny Johnson

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"Brother Against Brother" (2002), Erica Kruger

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Nature in Creation Stories (2006), Chris Lentz

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Intrinsic Motivation in the Absence of Satisfaction in Genesis, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and Frederick Douglass' Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (2005), Ryan J. Perri

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The Truth About Smelly People (2005), Emily Peters

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The Ethics of Rappaccini (2007), Jacob Roshanmanesh

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The Product of a Nightmare (2008), Elizabeth Simons

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Self Portrait (2007), Aaron Stevens

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The Question of Creation (2007), Kirsten Swanson

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Religious Revolution (2008), Theresa Vachon

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Becoming Allison Cassidy (2007), Emily Zitnik

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (2004), Diane Zuber

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 Effect of Feminism on Motherhood (1995), Lea Dalphond

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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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Spice Up Your Life (1995), Kerri Ann Kielpinski

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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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They Work Hard for their Money (1987), Paige Prestia

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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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I Can't Drive 55 (1986), David Soderna