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Senior Projects from 2016

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The Big Short, Elizabeth Armon

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A Rhetorical Criticism of Blackfish: Making Waves in Orca Activism, Lindsay Beisheim

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Modern Horror Film and the Evolution of the "Final Girl", Josi Bertling

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A Fish Out of (Open) Water: A Close Textual­-Intertextual Analysis of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Danielle Berton

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Calling All Rebels!: Taco Bell Fights Fast Food Breakfast Fascism: A Rhetorical Analysis of the “Routine Republic” Commercial Using Narrative Criticism and Intertextuality, Sharine Borslien

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Effects of Intrapersonal Communication on Reverse Culture Shock, Serena Brown

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Edward Snowden, Hero or Traitor? An Analysis of News Media Framing, Cole N. Caster

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Texting Etiquette and its Effects on Our Perceptions of Intimate Relationships, Taylor Clarke

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Nike Pulls Away: An Analysis of Nike's "The Jogger" Advertisement and Other Marketing Strategies, Michael Sean Dingilian

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SunSafe Health Campaign: Rationale and Planning, Jennifer Gonzales and Michelle Merritt

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Cal Poly Sustainability Activities Newsletter Design, Alek C. Johnson

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The Ideology of Commodification in the Music Industry, as Exemplified by Taylor Swift, Sydney Taylor Jordan

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#LikeAGirl: Realizing the Communicative Potential of Fourth Wave Feminism, Samantha Keville

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Pretty Princess and Hurdling Heroes: A Content Analysis of Walt Disney Studio Movies, Jessica Noll

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Lust for Lulu: An Examination of Lululemon Athletica's Marketing Authenticity and Branding, Sara Sousa

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Beneath the Surface Dive and Beach Cleanup Festival, Megan van Hamersveld

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The Emergence of Efficacy: Effects of an Orientation Leader Training Program on Participant Self-Efficacy, Hayley Marisa Walker

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Thomas Davis and the Rhetoric of Sport: A Reception Study on an Athlete’s Positive Perspective, Andrew Vincent Walsh

Senior Projects from 2015

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Search Engine Optimization: Starter Guide To Improve Website Visibility, Carley Ann Applegate

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Biodynamic and Conventional Wine Cultures: Theoretical Implications from a Communication Studies Perspective, Audrey Elizabeth Coleman

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Sublime Absence: An Analysis of the California Drought Discourse, Mitchell Cooledge

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The Iconic Blue Box: A Semiotic Analysis of Tiffany & Company Advertisements, Lauren Drewniany

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Josè Mujica's Speech at the UN: a Post-colonial Look at a Neo-colonial Issue, Alberto Ganis

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The Movie "Wild": In Search of a Lost Soul, Jerry Duane Gibson

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“Betches,” “Slams,” and Gender Construction: Satire (Mis)Use in Total Frat Move and Betches Love This, Jenna Gollands

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"Indians Are Not Mascots": Using Critical Race Theory to Examine the Documentary In Whose Honor, Karina Greek

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An Experiment: Instagram Marketing Techniques and Their Effectiveness, Ashley Ha

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A Close Reading Analysis of Bud Light's PacMan Super Bowl Commercial, Sally Hurst

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"Up For Whatever": A Close Reading of Anheuser-Busch Superbowl Advertisement, Jamison Jordan

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Locals Only!: Understanding Localism in San Luis Obispo Surfing, Matthew Alan Khachadoorian

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Environmental Communication Strategies through the use of Posters: A Comparative Analysis, Dacy Marie Lewis

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Investigating Hostility in a Retail Setting, Carlos D. Martinez

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Ethnography of Coachella: Communication within the Intersections of Popular Culture, Fandom, Music, and Performance, Vanessa Minh-Trang Pham

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A Proposal for the program “Information Communication Technology For Development” (ICT4D) to the Cal Poly Campus, Mika Jennifer Raz

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: A Feminist Critique of Lisbeth Salander, Sandra Michelle Robles

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Harmful Recurring Themes in the Media: The Cost of Fifty Shades and Lovelace, Ashley Sanbonmatsu

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The Power and Importance of Emotional Investment in Scholarly Research: An Ethnographic Account of San Luis Obispo County Juvenile Hall, Claire E. Shannon

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The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy: A Metaphorical Look at Life, the Universe, and Everything, Thomas David Thompson

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A Critical-Cultural Analysis Of Evolving Music Technology and Human Communication: Should We Let The Music Do The Talking?, Erin Warren

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The Implementation of Communication Theories to Assist in Resolving Perennial International Conflicts, Kelly Witkop

Senior Projects from 2014

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Drenched Fitness: Marketing Toward Men, Erin Sydni Abzug

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Loose Connections, Strong Networks: Self-Enrollment and the Rhetoric of 350.org, Daisy Celine Lucile Brightman

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Use of Peripheral Route Triggers to Test Buying Habits on Social Curating Sites, Kellie K. Brown

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Media Portrayal of Individuals in the Lower Class and its Effects on Attributions of Educational Hardships, Krista A. Burke

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Lady Gaga: Performer, Persona, and Political Advocate, Cassidy Burns

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Analyzing Organizational Consulting as a Professional Practice: An Exploration of the Theoretical and Attitudinal Assumptions, Kristina Rose Cosgrave

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OCBF Fundraising Handbook, Clare Devlin

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An Attempt To Unify: A Rhetorical Analysis On Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address, Chanel E. Garcia

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Learn By Traveling Through AIESEC: The Importance of Studying and Experiencing Intercultural Communication, Haley Gross

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A Feminist Exploration of Gender and Communication in the Professional Sales Workplace, Chelsea Heil

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Virtual Brand Communities and Brand Loyalty: A Case Study of MINDBODY Inc.'s Virtual Brand Community, Dillon Katz

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The World Is My Classroom, Dante Pisana Logie

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The Power of PLUR: EDMC as a Reflection of a New Generation, Nichole Lorenz

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The Music Says My Soul. The Beat Says My Life: Electronic Dance Music Culture, Megan McDonald

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A Comparative Analysis of the First Inaugural Addresses of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Barack Obama, Siobhan Miller

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Brave: A Feminist Perspective on the Disney Princess Movie, Danielle Morrison

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The Deceptions of Powerful Female Roles: A Feminist Critique of Homeland, Shelby C. Murray

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From Superhero to Human: A Genealogical Criticism of Depictions of Police Officers in Media from the 1970s to the Present, Samantha Wendy Ann Neher

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A Look at Intercultural Communication in the Adult ESL Classroom: Using English to Empower not Overpower, Ashley Elizabeth Nelson

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A Study of the Effect of Product Placement in Television Shows and its Influence on Consumer Behavior, Danielle Patton

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Perceptions of the Communications Studies Major: Is There a Female Stereotype?, Kyle Petersen and Karina Almaguer

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Respect, Cho Chang, and Asian Representation: A Critical Analysis of the White Gaze in Harry Potter, Kaitlin Pham

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"The Falling Man" as Viewed in the Lens of the "Public Sphere", Laura Reinacher

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Studying Communication: Deepening my Understanding and Insights, Katie Sepa

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Humble Me: Increasing Awareness of Ethnocentrism and of the Need for Ethnorelativism Through a Spoken Word Performance Event, Corinne H. Sherman

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Poly Royal 2014: Applying Communication Concepts in order for a Successful Annual Rodeo Event, Shyan Souza

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Gender Representation in Sports Communication, Michelle R. Stiller

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Cal Poly Open House: An Application of Communication Principles, Jillian Syftestad

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Proposal for a Media Effects Study: What Preschoolers and Kindergartners Retain from Animated Children's Films with Intricate Storylines, Samantha Lynne Tanner

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The Miscommunication of Standardized Education, Eliott James Walker

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Entering a Musical Haze: How Music Festivals Have Created Their Own Culture, Kaitlyn Weaver

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From Print Culture to Digital Culture: Effects on Communication, Culture, and Technology, Brent Weber

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Where Does it Hurt? A Cultivation Theory’s Perspective on Domestic Violence, Kendra Grace White

Senior Projects from 2013

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After the Final Rose: Effects of The Bachelor on Viewers’ Perceived Realism, Relationship Satisfaction, and Expectation of Sexual Timing, Macy Boschee

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A Quantitative Survey: Are Twitter Advertisements Effective for College Students?, Christia J. Brockman

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"Bridesmaids": A Modern Response to Patriarchy, Blair Buckley

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Jackie Robinson: Impact the Game, Evan W. Busby

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All You Need Is Capitalism?: An Ideological Criticism of the Beatles-Jackson Auction Controversy, Arianna Marie Chopelas

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A Close Reading of Fashion Blogging: A Form of Postmodern Communication, Hasy Rose Crookston

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The Virtual Bulletin Board: A Feminist Critique of Pinterest, Alexandra B. Davila

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Promotion and Visibility for the Online Rebirth of Moebius, Amanda Gonzalez

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Sole4Souls/Running Warehouse: An Application of Communication Principles in Non Profit Event Planning, Tiffany Gummow

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Souls4Soles/Running Warehouse 2013. An Application of Communication Principle in Non Profit Event Planning, Vianna Hochstrasser

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ELM in the Courtroom: Application to Trial Juries, Natalie Claire Hopkins

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A Metaphor's Power Over Salience and Ideology, Aaron McKinnon

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A Twist in Hip Hop Culture--A Feminist Perspective, Brandon Edward Michalkiewicz

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Recognizing a Shift Toward Continued Secondary Orality: The iPhone's Contribution to the Development of Human Communication, Heather Christina Parks

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The Myth of "Moonrise Kingdom": A Children's Tale, Laura Ragsdale

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Queen B: A Modern Feminist Critique of Beyoncé, Catherine Demi Ray

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Mexican-American Anglophile, Lorena A. Saldana

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A Critique of Dove's Campaign for Real Beauty, Sarah Scott

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The Real CSI: A Criticism of Media’s Manipulation of Forensic Science, Stephanie Adrianne Slaught

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Lives Interrupted: A Sibling’s Guide to Cancer, Robin Sweeney

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The Reality of Fiction: A Textual Analysis of Verisimilitude in The Appeal, Stephanie M. Taft

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National Tragedy and Uncertainty Reduction: Adult Reaction to National Tragedy and Anxiety Reduction Strategies, Erica Christine Turnlund

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Coming to Appreciate the Redneck Stereotype: A Value Analysis of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Bevie Tyo

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Military & Media: A Close Contexual Analysis Of Moveon.Org's Controversial Attack Ad Of General David Petraeus, Joseph Jordan Vignolo

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She’s Forever Present, Marina Abramović: An Artist, An Innovator, And The Grandmother of Performance Art, Jessica Volmer

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographs And The Rhetoric Of “Poignant Presence”: What Brings The War Home?, Kelly Ann Wakeland

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Is CMC the new FTF: a study exploring the nature of computer mediated communication on Facebook, Suzanne S. Wu