Volume 2, Fall 2020


The Editorial Board is pleased to present the second edition of Illuminate, the undergraduate journal of the Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC). For the second year in a row, it is, without doubt, that the honors students of the northeast region are extraordinarily talented. Many of the students in the region present their scholarly and creative works at NRHC's annual conference, traditionally held every spring. However, this year was different. The coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of our annual meeting. The world literally changed before our eyes. Therefore, we believe the publication of this journal is more important than ever. Celebrating our students’ work is more important than ever. Sharing illuminating ideas and thoughts is what we need during these unprecedented times. 

The purpose of Illuminate is to allow students to publish their work, letting it "shine on" and provide intellectual and creative stimulation to all. This second volume aligns with the conference theme from what would have been NRHC’s 2020 conference—Finding Your Voice: Speaking Truth to Power.

As you read and reflect upon the various contributions in the following posts of Illuminate, you will certainly notice the presence of this theme. However, Illuminate also celebrates pieces of student work that aren’t connected to this theme. The ability to create something is a way to share your voice, to speak your truth. Critical and creative thought is powerful. Each author and contributor has shared his or her voice, his or her truth, his or her power with us. From photographs, fine art, and poetry to literature reviews, analyses, and original research studies, our 30 contributors will entertain and engage you.

By publishing these unique and compelling pieces in this journal, we will allow these works to endure and “shine on.” Their voices, truths, and power are celebrated.

There are so many people to thank for bringing this project to fruition—you may read every editorial board member’s biography on the Meet Our Team page, along with the biographies of all the authors/contributors to this volume.

As we continue to navigate through these challenging times, we urge you to stay focused, continue to push the limits of your critical and creative skills, and find the light in any circumstances that challenge you.

Please enjoy this second volume. It has been the pleasure of the Editorial Board to review submissions, work with contributors on edits, and bring this volume online. If you have any questions or wish to contact any of the contributors, please email us at illuminatenrhc@gmail.com.
Be safe, be strong, and always be illuminated! And...Happy Reading!
The Illuminate Editorial Board

2020 Edition Contents

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The following are the pieces selected to be featured in Volume 2 of Illuminate. They are organized by author last name:

“The Mentor/Mentee Relationship: Significance in the Arts”

Rosalie Anthony, Point Park University


“your niqāb”

Prachi Bhandutia, University of Hartford


“Measuring Effects on Voter Turnout in State and Local Elections”

Nicholas Bykov, Ramapo College of New Jersey


“Puerto Rico’s Police Department is Key to Post-Maria Recovery”

Amelia Chumney, Fairleigh Dickinson University


“Empire State of Mind”

Maeve Conlon, St. Francis College



Jernessa Cruickshank, SUNY Old Westbury


“Questioning the Roots of Female Genital Mutilation- Is it Faith or Culture?”

Mabintou Darboe, University of Saint Joseph


“The Bluest Eye, Being Outdoors, and the Experience of Pain”

Michael Ducker, Adelphi University


“Recovery of DNA and RNA from Microorganisms in Water Samples”

Catherine Dougherty, Fairleigh Dickinson University


“The Leaders of Today with the Minds of Tomorrow: Using the Town-Gown Relationship to Improve Social and Environmental Sustainability”

Sarah Dougherty, Fairleigh Dickinson University


“Social & Physical Imprisonment in Jane Eyre & Wide Sargasso Sea”

Lauren Fenner, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania


“Branches and Limbs”

Amanda Hall, Lock Haven University


“Exploring the Impact of Gender on Early Release Decisions for the Graying Inmate Population”

Sapphire Hilton, Dominican College


“Power in Poetry: Feminist Poetry, Its Roots, and Present Influence”

Allison Hritz, Point Park University


“Variation of Medicare Costs for Intracranial Hemorrhages and Cerebral Infarctions Across the United States”

Brianna Johnson, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth


“A Slave and A Queen: Figures of Feminine Resistance in American & English Literature”

Molly Lea, Howard Community College


“A Voice for Those Who Can’t Speak Up”

AnnaMaria Leal, St. Francis College


“The Monster that is A Man: A Feminist View of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Trisha Mehta, Ramapo College of New Jersey


“Gráinne Mhaol: Ireland’s Pirate Queen”

Sabrina Moody, Northampton Community College


“On Friends and Foes: Examining the Evolution of American White Supremacy Through Dystopian Literature”

Grant Mooney, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth


“Effects of Sexual Objectification of Women in the Media”

Keira Mull, Notre Dame of Maryland University


“History of HIV/AIDS in Atlantic City”

Jessica Peoples, Stockton University


“Instagram Use, Interest and Recognition of Images”

Catherine Pope, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth



Amish Regmi, Ramapo College of New Jersey


“Using Caenorhabditis elegans as a Toxicology Model for Novel Antibiotic Compounds”

Janelle Sangalang, Notre Dame of Maryland University


“Japanese Anime: Factors Leading to Acceptance or Rejection”

Jake Simon, William Patterson University


“The Actual Cost of the Dollar Menu: Empathy, Self-interest, and Exploitation of Meatpacking Workers”

Jacob Snell, Monroe Community College


“The Huaorani of Ecuador Against Multinational Oil Companies”

Gabriela Ulloa, Ramapo College of New Jersey


“Determining the Reliability of an Axial Rotation Measure for Children with Cerebral Palsy: Empowering Greater Activity, a Proof of Concept Study”

Quimby Wechter, University of Hartford


“Reforming How Slavery is Taught at the 6-12 Level”

Sarah Wood, Wor-Wic Community College

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