Communications students
present research on SURF day


A total of 146 Elon students had their undergraduate research accepted for presentation at Elon's annual Student Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF) April 9; 56 of the students represented the School of Communications. As a matter of fact, six communications majors each presented two projects.

Faculty mentors for the School of Communications presenters include Connie Book, David Copeland, Jessica Gisclair, Don Grady, Janna Anderson, Laura Roselle (political science) and Tom Mould (English). Most of these mentors also acted as moderators and/or respondents to the research at SURF 2003. Anthony Hatcher and Brooke Barnett of the communications faculty also served as moderators for select panels.

The student presenters were honored at a banquet that night in McKinnon, and all were awarded with certificates in recognition of their participation. Elon President Leo Lambert spoke at the event to celebrate the 11th annual Elon undergraduate research day. He noted that the level of the presentations has now reached the point where it can be considered equivalent to much of the graduate research he has seen.

Communications major Lauren Vilis, who finished her coursework in the fall, traveled the longest distance to present her work, coming all the way from her new home in the Tampa, Fla., area to present her video ethnography, "Kingpin Studio: The Best Prick in Town," with fellow presenters Samiha Khanna, Beth Fullerton and Caitlin Malloy.

Following is a complete list of the student presenters and the titles of their research:

Theresa Petronella, "Overzealous Reporting: Publicity about the D.C. Sniper Violates Accused Rights." Faculty mentor: Jessica Gisclair.

Ellen Foust, "Courts and Confidentiality: Should Journalistic Sources Be Revealed in Crimial Vs. Civil Trials?" Faculty mentor: Jessica Gisclair,

Wendy Manning, "The Pentagon VS. the Press: An Ethical View of the War Between the Media and the Military." Faculty mentor: Jessica Gisclair.

Leigh-Ann Reilly, "The Patriot Act: Civil Liberties Vs. National Security." Faculty mentor: Jessica Gisclair

Rich Evans, "Social Norms and the Prevention of Danger Zones at Elon University." Faculty mentor: Constance Book.

Megan Livengood, "A Genre In Search of Identity: The Use of Theological Words in Contemporary Christian Music." Faculty Mentor(s): Constance Book.

Crystal Allen and Erin Moseley, "Internet Predictions Project: Building a 1990-1995 Predictions Database." Faculty mentor: Janna Quitney Anderson.

Andrea Petrini, "Made in Taiwan: A History of Freedom of Expression in the Taipei Press." Faculty mentor: Janna Quitney Anderson.

Beth Bafundo, "Soft News in Hispanic and Mainstream Press: A Comparative Study." Faculty mentor: Don Grady Communications.

Blaire Galaton, "Radio Station Ownership." Faculty mentor: Constance Book.

Derrick Jackson, "The Influence of Minority Ownership in the Radio Industry." Faculty mentor: Constance Book.

Andrea Petrini, "Convergence and Comprehensive Media Coverage." Faculty mentor: Connie Book.

Jennifer Guarino, "Shaping the Next Generation of Newspaper Readers." Faculty mentor: Constance Book.

Katherine Knoepffler, "War and Americans: Effects of World War II on the American People." Faculty mentor: David Copeland.

Katie Beaver, "Chicago in Black and White: The Chicago Defender and Chicago Tribune, 1920." Faculty mentor: David Copeland.

Daniel Hanson, "What Factors Shape Media's Framing of International Conflict?" Faculty mentor: Laura Roselle.

Kellen Taylor, Kellie Brielmaier and Wendy Manning, "How the Language of Media Coverage has been Skewed During 'Showdown with Iraq.'" Faculty mentor: David Copeland.

Erin Cooper, Julie Leven, Kelly Murphy, Nicholas Rust, Kirsten MacMonegle and Kristin Simonetti, "Child Pornography Over the Internet vs. The First Amendment." Faculty mentor: Jessica Gisclair.

Anna Brodrecht, Matthew Lupfer, Colin Lessig and Brandon Dent, "Sold to the Highest Bidder: The 49 North Auction House." Faculty mentor: Tom Mould.

Juliet Marateck, Kylene Moore and Margaret Cabanis-Wicht, "915: A Video Ethnography of a Greensboro Skate Park." Faculty mentor: Tom Mould.

Jennifer Witt, Amanda Swartzbaugh and Spencer Fastie, "You Cannot Tip-Tip Up to Heaven: Music and Dance of Elon First Baptist." Faculty mentor: Tom Mould.

Lauren Vilis, Beth Fullerton, Caitlin Malloy and Samiha Khanna, "Kingpin Studio: Best Prick in Town - an Ethnography of a Tattoo." Faculty mentor: Tom Mould.

Erica Choutka, "G-Strings and Leotards: The Portrayal of the Dance Profession in Film." Faculty mentor: Constance Book.

Erica Choutka, Rich Evans, Megan Livengood and Allison Jones, "Tomorrow's Television Viewing Environment? Understanding PCTV Consumption." Faculty mentor: Constance Book.

The following students are presenting their research at an afternoon Poster Session in Koury Concourse:

Malika Irving, "A Closer Look at Advertisements." Faculty mentor: Constance Book.

Debra Bard, Pamela Gallerani, Kelly Kohlhagen and Theresa Petronella, "How Cartoons are Feeding Kids." Faculty mentor: David Copeland.

Katherine Baggott, "MP3's: Stealing or Borrowing?" Faculty mentor: Constance Book.

Kathryn Cutler, Idalia Hill, Carley Olsen, Nicholas Tashjia and Alaina Wallace, "Internet Advertising: Effective or Annoying." Faculty mentor: David Copeland.

Lawrence Dickerson, Sean Carroll, Kevin Krout and Awel Gheddai, "Alcohol and Advertising: Does Anyone Care?" Faculty mentor: David Copeland.

Katherine Knoepffler, "Visual Representation of Sponsorships and Endorsements in NASCAR." Faculty mentor: Constance Book.

Nicole Pfaff, "Sexual Innuendoes in Children's Animated Movies." Faculty mentor: Constance Book



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