Comm-entary is the annual student journal of communication, founded in 1981. Articles are "blind-reviewed" by a student editorial board, that is, the editors do not know the names of the authors of submitted work until after an article has been accepted for publication. Copies of Comm-entary and a folder with the tables of contents of all issues are available for reference in the department office. Any communication major, as well as any other undergraduate student, may submit material for consideration and possible publication. Submission guidelines are available in the department office. Students interested in working on the editorial board of Comm-entary should contact the department. (Note: Since most of the articles in Comm-entary are based on papers students have written for upper-level communication courses, the journal is also an excellent way for prospective majors to preview the type of projects that majors work on in advanced courses.)

Current Issue: Spring 2018

Table of Contents

Art Therapy and Virtues Between the Young and Old by Ellen Gibbs

Representation in Media – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly by Hiwalani Kapanui

EDM: Spirituality in Sound by Abigail Lehner

Local Reactions, Revolutionary Implications: The Stamp Act Rebellion in Portsmouth, New Hampshire as a Precursor to American Independence by Charlotte Harris

“Playing” to God: An Analysis of Video Games through the Lens of Religion by Jason Paul

Protest Policing and the Privatization of Surveillance by Jenna Ward

The Importance of Overall Structure in Conducting a Medical Encounter by Lindsey Hall

A Tropic Understanding of Street Art as a Persuader for Social and Political Advocacy by Lindsay Kosel

Conversation Analysis: An Interaction between Amy Schumer and Ellen DeGeneres by Jennifer Royka

Understanding the “Other” Perspective by Sriyaa Shah

The Ethics of Documentary Photography in a Digital Age by Laura Olivier

Recognition on the Olympic Stage: The Tension between Olympism and Universalism by Alana McKay

Yes, White People Can Be Terrorists, Too by Dillon Mulhern

Queer It Up: Queering Food Justice by Zoë Parsons

Shaping Adolescence: The benefit of Young Adult novels, specifically This One Summer by Tali Cherim

You Have to See It to Believe It: Mental Illness vs. Physical Illness in Nate Powell’s Swallow Me Whole by Tali Cherim


Charlotte Harris - Editor-in-Chief
Zoë Parsons - Editing Chair
Ashlyn Correia - Digital Chair
Lindsay Kosel - Design Chair
Sriyaa Shah - Marketing Co-Chair
Rebecca Barton - CAMRA Liasion
Brianna Belley
Lucy Klemarczyk
Kylie Marshall
Kali Mondor
Kellie Reardon
Rebecca Barton - Cover Art

Faculty Advisor

Lin Zhang