https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/issue/feed USURJ: University of Saskatchewan Undergraduate Research Journal 2021-11-29T17:18:21-06:00 Kandice Parker and Jordan Wellsch usurj@usask.ca Open Journal Systems <p><em>USURJ</em>&nbsp;is an open access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal featuring original artwork and scholarly articles by University of Saskatchewan undergraduate students. <em>&nbsp;</em>All submissions are reviewed by established experts in a relevant field. The journal is supported by the Office of the VP, Research, the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and the University Library, including the Writing Centre.</p> https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/628 Editorial Board and Acknowledgements 2021-11-05T16:56:07-06:00 Jordan Wellsch jordan.wellsch@usask.ca Kandice Parker kandice.parker@usask.ca 2021-11-05T14:51:14-06:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/629 Cover Art: Covid-19 Assembled and Disassembled 2021-11-05T16:56:07-06:00 Puja Rajesh pur142@usask.ca <p>This piece is from my ART 141 class and is a light-up model of the coronavirus itself, able to be assembled and disassembled at will, ironically allowing people to influence the virus but not the other way around. Medium: Candy peanuts, Styrofoam, clay, paint, plastic teaspoons, a plastic cup, LED lights, glue. <br>©Puja Rajesh (2021)&nbsp;</p> 2021-11-05T00:00:00-06:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/630 Saskatchewan Cactus (Grasslands National Park) 2021-11-05T16:56:07-06:00 Rebecca Lanovaz zju728@usask.ca <p>This was a random cactus I found at Grasslands National Park that happened to be quite photogenic. I don't have a macro lens for my camera, so I was basically laying down on the ground to get this photo. I had to play with the focus a lot so that the texture of the cactus could really shine through.</p> 2021-11-05T00:00:00-06:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/631 Riverbank 2021-11-08T13:40:13-06:00 Meerah . meerah.business@gmail.com <p>For the landscape background, I used acrylic paint on a paper ground. Then I took a photo and overlaid it on top of my painting in PhotoShop.</p> 2021-11-05T00:00:00-06:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/626 Inferno XV: Dante Encounters Ser Brunetto Latini 2021-11-08T13:25:47-06:00 Jasmine Redford mrmsminjaz@gmail.com <p>Medium: Inkwash and coffee</p> 2021-11-08T13:25:47-06:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/494 Dreaming of Colonialism: Imagining “Place” in Richard Brome’s The Antipodes 2021-11-05T16:56:07-06:00 Matthew Ryan Hetu mrh736@mail.usask.ca <p>This article explores the colonial mindset behind the depiction of space and travel in Richard Brome’s <em>The Antipodes</em>. Using Benedict Anderson’s <em>Imagined Communities </em>and Robert T. Tally Jr.’s “On Literary Cartography: Narrative as a Spatially Symbolic Act” as frames for reading travel and travel literature in the text offers new insight into reading <em>Antipodes’</em> underlying colonial mindset that is intertwined with the complex metatheatrical elements of the play. I read Peregrine as a British explorer going into the exotic to reform and impose his own ways of knowing on the people of the Antipodes. However, the complex metatheatrical elements further complicate this colonial reading of the text. The text uses metatheatrical elements that ultimately makes the audience aware of their own role in the space of the play—invoking a sense of self reflection. By focusing on the ways in which the exotic world is constructed and imagined, the nation as a performance, and the colonial discourse and power dynamics underlying the text I argue that <em>The Antipodes </em>can be read through modern literary theory to better understand and display the emerging difficulties and problems that accompany the developing sense of English nationalism and proto-colonialism. In doing so, the text displays the inherent colonial structures that inform and limit the role of both travel literature and the romance genre in “imaging” nations—something that is pivotal to both questioning and understanding the role of the nation in an increasingly global context.</p> 2021-11-05T12:14:18-06:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/574 The 'Wordsworth-Spinoza Link' and Ethics: Motivating the Wordsworthian Moral 2021-11-05T16:56:07-06:00 Logan Ginther loganginther6176@gmail.com <p>Marjorie Levinson has established a link between Spinoza's philosophy and Wordsworth's poetry, focussing specifically on the two authors' shared metaphysics. In this paper I will follow the chain of Levinson's link and show that Spinoza and Wordsworth share an&nbsp;<em>ethics</em>, too. Spinoza's is an ethics of perspective; his primary prescription is to hold a perspective which acknowledges the metaphysical truth of the interconnectedness of all things for the sake of one's mental health. After grounding Wordsworth's well-known prescriptions of communion with nature in a metaphysics of monistic&nbsp;<em>N</em>ature (as Spinoza suggests), we will be in possession of vocabulary with which to describe a much deeper version of the Wordsworthian moral than has hitherto been familiar. Importantly, though we arrive at our description of the Wordsworthian moral by following Spinoza, it remains markedly&nbsp;<em>Wordsworthian</em> and is a novel particularization of Spinoza's general ethical suggestion.</p> 2021-11-05T12:16:19-06:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/585 The Deconstruction of Oppressive Structures: Three Non-Conforming Female Figures in Canadian Drama 2021-11-06T18:10:34-06:00 Sophia Charyna sophia.charyna@usask.ca <p>Sometimes, resistance to oppressive structures takes on forms initially unexpected. Through close readings of George Ryga's<em> The Ecstasy of Rita Joe</em>, Judith Thompson's <em>The Lion in the Street,</em> and David French's <em>Salt-Water Moon</em>, this paper considers four female figures in Canadian drama who oppose their circumstances leveraging the—sometimes minimal—power available to them.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> 2021-11-06T18:06:27-06:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/526 An Academic Sin: The Use of Ser Brunetto Lantini in The Divine Comedy 2021-11-08T14:30:41-06:00 Jasmine Redford mrmsminjaz@gmail.com <p>On his journey through The Inferno, Dante Alighieri is shocked to encounter his beloved former teacher, Ser Brunetto Latini, in the third ring of the seventh circle of Hell where Latini is eternally tormented with other men of his ilk—academics, poets, and learned men of rhetoric—are punished as sodomites.&nbsp; The question then, is why has Latini been placed there and what can be inferred about Dante’s understanding of the nature of&nbsp;medieval sodomy as academic blasphemy? The findings presented here indicate that one of the most offensive readings of sodomy is an unsexual one.&nbsp; Sins of fleshy sensuality are presented blatantly in both the Inferno and Purgatory, but I argue that Dante places Brunetto among the eternally damned not only to privilege the rhetoric of humility but to serve as a cautionary tale on how our teachers fail us.&nbsp; Dante’s disassociation with Latini’s need for cerebral acclaim forms the foundational pad for which Dante cautions himself against the ultimate heresy of pride, while Latini continually presses the immodest approach for both himself and his pupil.&nbsp; Intellectual sodomy is a crime that is valued higher in Dante’s penal hierarchy than any sexual sin is, with less chance for redemption, as is shown with the direct bridging of desexualized sodomy in <em>Inferno</em> 15 with the explicitly sexualized sodomy of <em>Purgatory</em> 27.&nbsp; The fact that Inferno XV does not contain obvious allegory or simply&nbsp;stated sins renders it one of the most enigmatic cantos. The position that Brunetto’s sin is hubristic supports Dante’s conflicted relationship with his own pride—the sin on which Dante dedicates his journey.</p> 2021-11-08T14:30:40-06:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/605 What Do Christina Rossetti and Emily Ratajkowski Have in Common?: Gendered Power Dynamics in the Relationship Between the Female Model and the Male Artist 2021-11-29T17:18:21-06:00 Nakita Funk nkf305@usask.ca <div class="_3BpnlUwgtfNUWLoQytJYRy"> <div class=""> <div class="wide-content-host"> <div class="_3BL964mseejjC_nzEeda9o NN4ve7-zXI11J6Er51ULd" tabindex="-1" aria-label="Email message"> <div class="_2Qk4AbDuWwkuLB005ds2jm QMubUjbS-BOly_BTHEZj7 allowTextSelection" tabindex="-1" role="region" aria-label="Message body"> <div> <div> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="_3BpnlUwgtfNUWLoQytJYRy"> <div class=""> <div class="wide-content-host"> <div class="_3BL964mseejjC_nzEeda9o NN4ve7-zXI11J6Er51ULd" tabindex="-1" aria-label="Email message"> <div class="_2Qk4AbDuWwkuLB005ds2jm QMubUjbS-BOly_BTHEZj7 allowTextSelection" tabindex="-1" role="region" aria-label="Message body"> <div> <div> <div dir="ltr"> <div>In her work, the Victorian poet Christina Rossetti explored women’s issues such as the objectification of women and the unequal standards that women were held to. One such issue, demonstrated in “In an Artist’s Studio,” was the controlling and manipulative relationship between the male artist and the voiceless women they immortalize in poetry and visual art. In the twenty-first&nbsp;century, the relationship between female muse and male artist remains complicated and often victimizing, as outlined by Emily Ratajkowski’s essay on her experiences as a supermodel.&nbsp;Common themes between Rossetti’s poetry and Ratajkowski’s essay demonstrate that male artists historically and currently require female models to conform to standards that are male-defined and unattainable, forcing the model to disassociate her body from her identity to perform her job. However, female artists and models redefining beauty standards and reuniting their identities with their bodies suggest that the future of modelling will give the model control over her own image.</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="_3BpnlUwgtfNUWLoQytJYRy">&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="_3BpnlUwgtfNUWLoQytJYRy">&nbsp;</div> 2021-11-29T17:16:50-06:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/577 The Effect of a Fundamental Movement Skill Intervention on the Physical Literacy Levels of Children with Congenital Heart Disease – A CHAMPS* Cohort Study: Physical Literacy in Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease 2021-11-05T16:56:07-06:00 Matthew Chapelski msc007@usask.ca <p>Preliminary evidence suggests that children with congenital heart disease (CHD) may have low physical literacy (PL). High PL is a determinant of physical activity participation. Therefore, we assessed the effect of a 12-week intervention on the PL of children with CHD. PL was assessed pre- and post-intervention in 14 participants with CHD, aged 9-16 years, using the PLAY tools. The intervention involved six bi-weekly sessions that consisted of a fundamental movement skill practice designed to enhance gross motor function and confidence. PLAYfun assessed physical competence. PLAYself assessed the child’s perception of their PL. PLAYparent was completed by parents to assess their perception of their child’s PL. We found a significant increase in overall physical competence (PLAYfun, <em>p</em>&lt;.001), along with the domains of running (<em>p</em>=.001), locomotor (<em>p</em>=.002), upper body object control (<em>p</em>&lt;.001), and balance (<em>p</em>=.006). No significant changes were found in PLAYself or PLAYparent indicating no changes to their self and parental perceived PL. We demonstrated that a 12-week fundamental movement skill intervention can improve PL in children with CHD. Children with CHD are at an increased risk of sequelae secondary to their reported physical inactivity, PL development may augment physical activity engagement and provide health benefits to this at-risk population.</p> 2021-11-05T12:17:15-06:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/480 The North Star of Hype: How Detroit Charts a Course in a Neoliberal Framework 2021-11-08T11:30:01-06:00 Crystal Montoya crm679@mail.usask.ca <p>The city of Detroit is associated with the creation of and rise of industrialism in North America. Industrialism, specifically Fordism, within the municipality of Detroit maintained financial strength for decades until the mid-1980s when a new global capitalist era emerged in the Global North. Currently, the city of Detroit is in the process of rebuilding. In the academic literature on development, there is an apparent gap that explores how current ideologies shape development in social spaces. In this review, the ideological influences of sustainable development and neoliberalism are explored through analysis of the social, historical, political, and economic lenses that contribute to and shape development within the city of Detroit. Moreover, the ideological influences are analyzed to understand how explicit discourse for sustainable development either forms or breaks implicit systems of social control. The paper concludes by acknowledging that progressive notions of equality and growth are difficult to actualize due to the inequitable allocation of capital under our system of global capitalism. The paper closes with an exploration of the implicit and symbolic biases that appears inherent in development ideologies to contribute to a genuine and possible path to an equitable and sustainable future for places such as Detroit.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2021-11-08T11:29:59-06:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://usurj.journals.usask.ca/article/view/549 Mental Health in Uganda and Canada: A Descriptive Case Study of the Issue and Recommendations for Improved Mental Health 2021-11-21T20:45:35-06:00 Cayley Lynn Mackie clm714@usask.ca Lori Bradford lori.bradford@usask.ca Eric Enanga eenanga@uwo.ca <p>Mental health is a crucial part of overall wellbeing. Canada’s mental health system has progressed over the last decade but still has room for improvement. In comparison, developing countries, such as Uganda, have not shown the same progression with their mental health systems. The embedded experience, together with expert consultations in the field, was conducted over several months at a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) specialized hospital, the Joint Clinical Research Center (JCRC) in Kampala, Uganda on the topic of mental health systems. The observations and consultations were thematically analyzed into four main themes: cultural attitudes towards mental illness, the interconnectedness of childhood HIV and mental health, a gap in education for mental health professionals to become certified, and barriers to addressment of mental health issues at the JCRC. The main barriers for Ugandans seeking professional treatment were also identified, which included the accessibility and availability of professional treatment. Local solutions are outlined, as well as recommendations for improvements and future research.</p> 2021-11-21T15:51:39-06:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##