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    The Interstate Highway System as an Agent for Cultural Expression and Transformation
    (2014) Student, Zachary; Schaefer, Richard; Lindgren, James
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    The Company He Kept: The Aftermath of a Student Death at SUNY Plattsburgh
    (2014) Goldblum, Jacob; Neuhaus, Jessamyn
    This senior project consists of two transcribed oral history interviews with student administrators at SUNY Plattsburgh reflecting on the impact on the campus of a hazing death, and detailed Finding Aids for the interviews. Walter Dean Jennings died in 2003 from water poisoning during a hazing at an unrecognized fraternity off campus. These interviews are with Allison Swick-Duttine, the current Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Plattsburgh, and Bryan Hartman, current Vice President of Student Affairs. Topics covered in the interview include: crisis management after the 2003 death; change in campus culture; hazing prevention programs; Greek life at Plattsburgh; student organizations; and public relations.
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    Plattsburgh for Peace: Student Protest at SUNY Plattsburgh from 1965-1970
    (2014) Orth, Joe; Neuhaus, Jessamyn
    This paper examines antiwar protests at SUNY Plattsburgh during the Vietnam War era. He draws on primary sources from the Feinberg Library Special Collections such as student newspapers, a recording of a teach-in, speeches, and letters to the college president Georg W. Angell to argue that it the non-repressive response of the college administration to the protestors that allowed antiwar protests at Plattsburgh to remain peaceful. He situates his argument in the most recent scholarship on antiwar college protests, which looks more closely at the role protests at lesser-known and state university campuses played in the antiwar movement.
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    Surviving Hell: A Marine's Story of the Korean War
    (2014) Villanyi, Justin; Neuhaus, Jessamyn
    "Surviving Hell" is a senior project of historical fiction that draws on primary and secondary source research about serving in the Korean War. It's the story of Private Jake Sullivan, a Marine in the 2nd Battalion, 7th Regiment, 1st Marine Division during the Korean War. It's told through a series of letters to his parents and his fiance. The letters trace the emotional toll that combat takes on Jake and although Jake is a fictional character, the battles he fights in and the experiences he shares could have and probably did happen to a lot of the men who fought in Korea.