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Articles from Vol. 80, No. 4, Fall

2001 Convention Features James A. Autry as Keynote Speaker
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce that James A. Autry, renowned author, poet, consultant, and former Fortune 500 executive, will be the Society's keynote speaker at its 2001 convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Autry will...
A Note from the Editor
James P. Kaetz IN THIS ISSUE Recent news that the violent crime rate in the United States is down, perhaps by as much as 33 percent, is encouraging, to say the least. Nevertheless, for a country that is not suffering through a civil war and is...
Business & Economics
The Continuing Debate over Executive Compensation On Wednesday, May 20, 1999, US Airways Chairman Stephen M. Wolf faced a tumultuous annual shareholders' meeting. Placed before the shareholders was a contentious executive incentive plan that would...
Closing Gun Control Loopholes
By the time this article is published, the citizens of two states, Oregon and Colorado, are likely to have followed Florida's lead in voting to "close the gun show loophole" -- a gap in the Brady law that allows the ownership of firearms to change...
Education & Academics
Shame Called the "the master emotion" (James Twitchell), shame, according to psychologist Robert Karen, "is the preeminent cause of emotional distress in our time." Shame is felt when one becomes aware of having unintentionally violated a social...
Intimate Violence
Paradoxes of Romance, Conflict, and Control Physical violence, ranging from pushing and shoving to hitting to severe beatings and use of weapons, occurs in nearly one in four couples in the United States. Once thought to be the purview of married...
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
They have taken my metal from me, watch, rings, the hooks of my bra. They have given me earphones tuned to National Public Radio. They have spread a cloth over me as if I were a loaf of bread being set to rise or a body at the morgue. ...
Science & Technology
Science and Shoestring Technology Technological advances throughout the past thirty-five years have yielded increasingly sophisticated research tools, enabling scientists to explore their respective fields with far greater precision, efficiency,...
Serial Killers, Evil, and Us
"There is never an instant's truce between virtue and vice." Thoreau Why are people fascinated by serial killers? The plethora of books, movies, and television documentaries about them attests to the public's obsession with these human killing...
Teaching Kids to Kill
Michael Carneal, the fourteen-year-old killer in the Paducah, kentucky, school shootings, had never fired a real pistol in his life. He stole a .22 pistol fired a few practice shots, and took it to school. He fired eight shots at a high school prayer...
The Arts
A Tracing in Lighter Colors (Figure number 1.) My Aunt Violanda wrings her hands as I remember from weekends at her house as a kid. Her teenaged son was deaf, and I would watch him talk in his sleep with his hands. Scissor motions, loose fists,...
The Columbine Syndrome
Boys and The Feat of Violence "I don't want to be that type of kid who comes to school and just takes out a gun and starts shooting." --Bobby, age 12, from a city in the West "The other day I walked into school and a girl was carrying balloons...
The Market for Television Violence
Fights. Shootings. Killings. If you surf across channels during a normal weekday evening, you are likely to find violent stories unfolding. The violence may seem senseless or aimless, even gratuitous. But the use of violent images is not a random event...
When Gun Control Costs Lives
Guns make it easier for people to kill, but guns also make it easier for people to defend themselves, especially for victims who are not strong physically. The question is not whether guns have costs, but what is the net effect. Do guns on net save...