Claro Past Issue, Fall '11-Spring '12


Nibbles: The Options Eatery, by Kelly White
In this marketing plan, White explains how her new bite-sized eatery, Nibbles, focused on providing a customizable, eclectic cuisine, will succeed by catering to traditional and exotic or restricted palates alike and providing locally sourced ingredients.

Lolita the Proletariat: A Marxist-Feminist Analysis of Lolita, by Krystal Summers
In her theoretical exploration of Nabokov’s controversial novel, Summers asserts that the book serves as a critique of the capitalist system, with its exploitation and corruptive commodity fetishism. In so doing, she challenges her readers to question our own participation in the consumer system, to wonder in what ways we sell ourselves or buy others for material goods.

Inside Look at the Life of a Confessed Drug Dealer, by Kylene Mills
Using Adler’s Theory of Individual Psychology and various theories of deviance, Mills explores (without a trace of treacle) the motivations of “Matt,” a convicted felon, and traces the familial and cultural influences that made him who he is.

The Beauty of Sorrow, by Lauren A. Smith
Smith elucidates the “axiom of self” that is depression for Angela Carter’s protagonist in her story, “Smile of Winter.” She discusses primarily Carter’s setting, symbolism, and point of view, all of which serve to show the paradoxical, but inevitable, nature of “the heart of things.”

Cup of Cake Café Marketing Plan, by Allie Gardner
In this marketing plan, Gardner details Granby, Colorado’s future favorite bakery.

Pulling Back the Black Curtain: The Lighter Side of Rock ’n Roll Culture, by Rikki Visser
In her fun but informative photo essay, Visser shows us what music means to today’s youth. She gently pokes fun at traditional notions of music influencing deviant behavior as a way to showcase the ways music might (and does) influence positive behavior.

George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” by Jonathan Lowry
Lowry listens with careful attention to several versions of Gershwin’s classic tune in order to discern what determines personal preference for one performance of a piece over another.

Equine Therapy, by Shelby Schaefer
In this deeply felt, but not sentimental, piece of creative nonfiction, Schaefer recounts her father’s journey to peace on the back of a horse. In the relationship formed between mount and rider, her father learned valuable lessons about his effect on his family and was able to take back the reins of his life.

The American Dream: The Consumption of Consumers, by Lauren A. Smith
Money can’t buy them love, according to Smith in her eloquent analysis of Nabokov’s Lolita, which she claims is a dark “take on where streets paved with wanton dreams can lead,” in which the consumers are the consumed.

Meeting Somebody That I Used to Know, by Patrick C. Welle
Welle explores the “reactionary self-definition” in Gotye’s popular radio hit, “Somebody that I Used To Know.” Through use of a careful, postmodern, and reflexive lens, he painstakingly, but pleasurably, examines the song, its accompanying video, and himself.

Performance Inspired by Love, by Kristina Harkin
Attending a Russian Souvenir Duo concert at Red Rocks Community College gave Harkin a unique opportunity to reflect on what makes composers great, and what makes for a great performance: love.

The Progression of Beer Pong from an Activity to a Sport, by Rachel Trujillo
This photo essay shows us the serious side of the time-honored beer-pong game.

The Purpose behind Zero Tolerance: Improving Safety or Creating Harm? by Yamili Quezada
In this legal review, Quezada argues that Zero Tolerance policies don’t protect students or communities as much as they aim to. She provides arguments for and against, and examines relevant data and statistics.

The Last Nomads, by Gantuya Yanjinsuren
In this compelling photo memoir, Yanjinsuren shows us the lives of Mongolian nomads, and the threats to that life, such as harsh winters and urban migration. She asserts that, even with these external pressures, the noble traditions of these, her people, will live on.

Don’t be Left Out Like the Dancing Man, by Nick Koprowicz
Koprowicz’s humorous ad analysis reveals the successful strategies employed by AT&T’s recent flash mob “fail” advertisement.

Willys Jeep, World War II Legend, by Jennifer Mencin
This historical review of one of America’s most iconic and capable vehicles shares fascinating anecdotes about its development and use during war times.

Interface: An Oddyssey, by Dan Ciobanu
In this creative multi-genre piece consisting of a collage and a eulogy, Ciobanu portrays the mind and madness of Murdoch Nielsen, lover of science-fiction, who, through brain-interface technology, has managed to explode milk cartons, levitate his dog, and create cyborg squirrels that will populate the hills around his mental institution long after he passes from our consensus reality.

Where Saxophone Meets Marimba, by Joelle Waguespack
The unexpected collision of seemingly disparate instruments creates a superb performance at Red Rocks Community College, according to Waguespack.

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