We are pleased to announce the publication of the Spring 2014 issue of Rhētorikós: Excellence in student writing, containing ten outstanding essays produced in Spring 2014 by first-year students at Fordham’s Rose Hill campus. These essays were chosen from a record number of submissions through a blind-review process. This process involves composition teachers and writing center tutors as judges who provide comments that help the writers improve accepted essays in one more revision prior to publication.
Rhētorikós gives undergraduate students the experience and prestige of publishing at an early stage in their academic careers. Their professors likewise benefit from the experience of mentoring students through a vigorous revision process of an important piece of work. Students and teachers alike are justly proud of the results, as are co-editors Tara C. Foley and Christy L. Pottroff as well as faculty advisor Moshe Gold.
Please visit rhetorikos.org to read the newest essays, which include personal narratives, researched arguments, and thoughtful responses on the following wide range of topics: the prevention of sexual assault on college campuses; the abuse of performance-enhancing drugs; the storied histories of two New York City landmarks, Bryant Park and Grand Central Station; life as a commuter; inequity in public education; the Motion Picture Association’s ratings system; organic farming; and a personal totem. In addition, we are pleased to announce the first-ever multi-media project chosen for Rhētorikós, an investigation into the booming coffee industry. Looking forward, we hope to publish more innovative student work that combines written expression and new media.
We hope you enjoy the issue!