Spring 2015

Letter from the Editor, Charlene Stewart

Dear Readers, Welcome to Northern Light, North Hennepin Community College’s student-run undergraduate research journal and the first of its kind in the nation. After working diligently over the past several months with our featured authors, staff, and faculty in selecting and editing six articles that resonate with our journal’s mission, we are proud to present this inaugural issue. … Continue reading Letter from the Editor, Charlene Stewart

Special Feature: NHCC’s Biology Research Team

What’s the work of NHCC’s Biology Research Team? Special Feature Editor Kieran Kadlec investigates.  

Perceptions of Diversity at NHCC in the 1980s: Drawing the Line between the American Melting Pot and Multiculturalism

By Andrew Contreras | The story of diversity at North Hennepin Community College (NHCC) is unique. As one of the most ethnically diverse student communities in the metro today, NHCC has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1966. Over time, there has been a change in the way minority populations are received—but … Continue reading Perceptions of Diversity at NHCC in the 1980s: Drawing the Line between the American Melting Pot and Multiculturalism

The Dakota Uprising: Lake Minnetonka and Dakota Holy Ground

by Debbie Allyn | Historical records suggest that the area surrounding Lake Minnetonka, located approximately twenty miles west of Minneapolis/St. Paul, was considered “holy ground” to the local Dakota natives. To date, local historians have gone to great lengths to record the early history of white settlers in the area. Whether intentional or unintentional, early … Continue reading The Dakota Uprising: Lake Minnetonka and Dakota Holy Ground

Antebellum Feminism’s Relationship With the Antislavery Movement

By Joshlynn Borreson | Since the early nineteenth century in America, the main goal of organized feminism has been to provide women with political, social, and economic equality. Women of the American Antebellum era longed for these rights, just like women do today. Of course, there were incredible women such as Mary Wollstonecraft from the … Continue reading Antebellum Feminism’s Relationship With the Antislavery Movement

In the Bard’s Defense: Debating Shakespeare’s Authorship

by Anne Mielke | “Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides.” –King Lear, I.I. The Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969 was an elaborate hoax devised by NASA to gain support for their work. Adolf Hitler did not die on April 30, 1945 as people are led to believe, but is alive and … Continue reading In the Bard’s Defense: Debating Shakespeare’s Authorship

Same Message, Different Tone: Politicians and Their Means for Promoting Political Activism on the Campus of NHCC

by Ryan Tate | The presence of speakers on the campus of North Hennepin Community College has been extensive, and stands firmly significant throughout its rife forty-four year history. From its earliest beginnings in 1966, the college has demonstrated visitations from a wide array of U.S. political figures, varying from the most local city council member, … Continue reading Same Message, Different Tone: Politicians and Their Means for Promoting Political Activism on the Campus of NHCC

The Voynich Manuscript: Preconceived Madness

By Camryn Monzo | “Michi dabas multas portas,” meaning “To me thou gavest (or wast giving) many gates” (Newbold qtd. in Kennedy 31). These were the words that set the mind of William Newbold ablaze, starting his lifelong addiction to deciphering the Voynich Manuscript. Publishing his research on the Medieval Latin ciphertext in the early … Continue reading The Voynich Manuscript: Preconceived Madness

Book Review | Cognitive Vulnerability and Stress in Children and Adolescents

Cognitive Vulnerability and Stress in Children and Adolescents, by Randy P. Auerbach and Benjamin L. Hankin. Guilford Press, 2013. $11.01 E-book, ISBN 9781462511884. Research in psychiatry and mood disorders continues to deepen with the publication of Randy Auerbach and Benjamin Hankin’s Cognitive Vulnerability and Stress in Children and Adolescents. Dr. Hankin is a professor at Denver University … Continue reading Book Review | Cognitive Vulnerability and Stress in Children and Adolescents

Book Review | The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, by Sam Kean. Little, Brown and Company, 2014. $27.00 paper, ISBN-13: 978-0316182348. Sam Kean’s first book, The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Stories of Madness, Love and the History of the World from the Periodic Table is currently on the New York Times Best Seller list. His second, The Violinist’s Thumb: … Continue reading Book Review | The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons