Noah Corman, "Choose Your Own Path: Subjectivity in the Criminal Justice System"

The U.S. criminal justice system is complicated. It is also overwhelmingly subjective. Over the course of months and sometimes even years, there are dozens of contentious decisions made during each case that determine responsibility for alleged wrongdoings. The goal of my project is to highlight this subjectivity in the hopes of fostering deeper conversations about the choices of police departments, judges, lawyers, jurors, and parole officers. This will entail a set of stories that guide the reader through every step of the criminal justice process. Using the storytelling application Twine, the reader will make their way through each fictional narrative. When the police investigation stalls or punishments need to be handed down, the reader will decide the fate of the characters. Making the reader central to this project will serve to emphasize the ambiguities of the process and that reasonable people can come to different conclusions. At the end of each story, the reader will be left with some questions to encourage deeper thought about what the system does right, where it strays from our constitutional values, and what can be done to improve it.

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Christina Yang, "So Why Mika, Anyway?!"

Christina is a queer creative committed both to a rich portrayal of queer lifestyle through visual art and storytelling, and a continuously developing awareness of psychological and neurological concepts as they apply to technology.

"So Why Mika, Anyway?!" addresses the exact question most people have when first meeting me. It is a virtual art gallery of transformative works based on the Japanese dark fantasy series, Seraph of the End (SotE). SotE is ongoing and has garnered fans on the international scale, most of whom are enthralled by the complex queer romance between male protagonists "Yuu" and "Mika" Hyakuya. Since discovering SotE on a whim in high school, I have been a staunch fan, using Yuu and Mika's love as my creative muse in traditional and digital art media. My project is a tribute to SotE and its role in deconstructing my own internalized homophobia. Beyond that, series like SotE have connected me to other members of the LGBTQ+ community around the globe. Queer art and representation are indispensable to queer youth who must navigate both the world and their own identities. By chronicling my own artistic and personal growth alongside my favorite subject, Mika, I hope to impart an understanding of why he is such an important vehicle of queer narratives to me and other SotE fans.