Forbes and Fifth

Volume 7, Fall 2015

Something Old, Something New: An Analysis and Diagnosis of Marriage

By Juliette Rihl

“I don’t know if I want to get married.” It is as if I’ve announced that I’ve decided to gnaw off my own limb for sport. “WHAT,” my roommate exclaims with a look of deeply disturbed awe, a reflex programmed by eHarmony commercials and reruns of Say Yes to the Dress
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At Wit's End: Navigating the Library of Algorithms in Adventure Games

By Stephanie Roman

Stuart Moulthrop’s amalgamation of electronic literature and flash game Reagan Library says, “To move is to choose.” While it’s a proverb that applies to all video games, it’s a phrase that speaks prominently to the adventure game genre, where movement is coordinated through typing cardinal directions rather than utilizing a control stick.
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Depression Diagnosis and Treatment: Reformation Required

By Allesandro A. Luna

Despite numerous efforts to categorize the depressed population, there still remains investigation as to how many people are truly afflicted with depression. A Johns Hopkins study reports that 60% of depression diagnoses are actually misdiagnoses. 
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Surfacing the Stranger

By Andrew Weber

This multi-layered image was inspired by thoughts I’d been having at the time about the process of baptism, given that my father had recently become “born again.”
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Art and Space in the "Peripheries": Modernist Architecture in Early 20th Century Sweden and Peru

By Fabio Miranda

The notion of ‘the modern’ has been, since its inception, deeply intertwined with another one: the ideal of progress. Unlimited, unrestrained improvement of the conditions of living through the development of science, technology and manipulation of the environment, including nature and social organization in benefit of humanity’s needs, have been some of the core features of the modernist narrative.  
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Lear's Tyranny in Gaddafi's Libya

By Murry Smith

Have you ever noticed how dogs tend to be afraid of vacuum cleaners? They’re loud, make a lot of noise, and suck up the piles of hair dogs work so hard to shed all over the carpet. To an observer their fear of vacuums would seem nonsensical, but maybe the dogs are the ones with a little bit of sense. In politics, a power vacuum often wreaks havoc both for leadership and for civilians.
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Refining the Consumption of Architecture in Pittsburgh's East End

By Michael Sestric

Architecture is rhetorical theory—rhetoric being the designing of language with the intention of impressing or persuading an audience.  Jeff Grabill writes, “Good rhetorical theory helps us think and engage the world in ways both strategic and practical” (Grabill 256).  Architecture meets both of these functions.
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Be Wary of the Future

By Ryan Rabea

For centuries Central Europe has had the fate of its citizens and territories held in the balance by outside forces. The countries of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic have been part of multiple empires, called different names, and been in different places.
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Twilight: Changing the Business and Culture of Contemporary Cinema

By Sara Klein

The Twilight Saga—comprised of multiple controversial books and movies that have been debated around questions of passivity, female sexuality and consumerism—created a trend within the film world through its marketing efforts and post-feminist qualities. 
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Artist's Note

By Stepahnie Taylor

Research as a studio artist is not about studying and emulating already-famous artists. It is not just about refining a singular piece either—it is about considering and proposing steps forward, both professionally and personally.
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