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The Cultural Divide

28 Jun , 2015  

“Culture is the collection of values, beliefs, knowledge, norms, language, behaviors, and material objects shared by a people and socially transmitted from generation to generation.”   As a Coloradan, many people ask me if I smoke due to the recent legislation that has legalized marijuana in Colorado. In fact it’s the first thing people ask […]

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Surveying Santa Claus

21 Jun , 2015  

When I took Statistics in high school, we had to design a survey in order to get original data for a project. The challenges of taking what would seem to be a simple survey were shocking to me. Though statistical and sociological research methods vary, they have distinct similarities. Surveying can produce a lack of […]

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The Education/ Environment Change

18 Jun , 2015  

  Out of the ten features of postmodern society, the threat to the natural environment relates most closely to my life. I chose to be an urban planning major because for one I love cities, but also because I hope to make a change in the amount of pollution produced in cities. I believe that […]

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Viva el Estudiante! (long live the student)

14 Jun , 2015  

Education, “the social institution through which individuals acquire knowledge and skills and learn cultural norms and values” (353 Croteau). This is only a fraction of a way to describe education.   When I was four years old, my family moved from Texas to Colorado primarily so that we would be in an excellent public school […]

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Summer Sociology Beginnings

9 Jun , 2015  

My name is Elle (pronounced like the letter L) Gaubatz.I’m from Colorado Springs, CO and am starting my sophomore year at VCU in the Fall. A lot of people ask me what I’m doing at VCU so far away from my home in Colorado. In addition to school, I’m also a ballet dancer with the Richmond […]

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Completed: First Semester of College

4 Dec , 2014  

As of 10:45 on Thursday, December 4th I can say that I have completed my first semester of college, and it feels so good! To look back and see where I started in September and where I have come definitely gives me a sense of pride. Not only have I accomplished a lot academically, I […]

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Promoting a Sustainable Future

4 Dec , 2014  

Promoting a Sustainable Future             Renewable energy is currently seen as a futuristic ideal for creating a sustainable world. Photovoltaics (PV’s) are the prevalent form of solar energy that is, at this point in time, the most affordable and most widespread kind of renewable energy. However, the majority of individuals still view photovoltaics as a […]

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Uncovering Richmond

10 Nov , 2014  

This past weekend, I decided to find Texas Beach, a place on the James River that I have heard lots of talk about. The first time I tried to find Texas Beach I basically got lost because it was dark (but don’t worry I wasn’t alone). Anyways, it was a beautiful Autumn day to go […]

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Where Will You Live After College?

3 Nov , 2014  

In my Intro to the City class, we recently did a project that compared the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) of Richmond to various other cities throughout the United States. A MSA is a city plus some of it’s surrounding suburbs that is defined by the government. I compared Richmond to Louisville, Kentucky using statistics from […]

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Sisterhood

29 Oct , 2014  

  Alpha Xi Delta. To most of you, this is just a sorority, but to me, it is a home, a sisterhood, and a lifestyle. This past weekend, I was initiated into the VCU chapter of Alpha Xi Delta and learned their secrets and rituals, which I cannot share because we hold these things so […]

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