The Washburn Review

DNP: Students explore civil rights in the South

Mingzhu Zhu

March 17, 2020

Do not publish, waiting on quotes from studentsStudents in the 2020 Exploring Civil Rights class went on a trip to the south during spring break. The class is taught by three professors, Muffy Walter, an English professor, Br...

History Day Competition showcases youth research

February 26, 2019

Around 240 children from sixth to 12th grade from schools in North-East Topeka visited Washburn Feb. 23 for the Regional History Day Competition. They showcased their talent, interest and enjoyment in history as they participated in co...

Professor profile: Kelly Erby

February 3, 2019

Kelly Erby is an associate professor of history at Washburn. She has been passionately teaching at Washburn since she came in 2011. She is also the chair of Academic Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which organized 2019 The...

Films and history, peanut butter and jelly

January 25, 2019

History has its eyes on us, as we  look on it through our own lenses of perception: books, literature, and if we are to look at the Historical Movie Nights at Washburn, films. The history department with the help of Phi Alpha Theta,...

History professor Kerry Wynn leaves her impact on Washburn

January 22, 2019

Kerry Wynn is entering her 13th year of teaching at Washburn University in the history department.Wynn started her education in Peoria, Illinois at Bradley University. She double majored in English and history with a minor in women’s...

History of Marijuana

Emily Unruh

April 22, 2018

When Leslie Knope, the beloved personality from Parks and Rec weighed in on the marijuana debate she said, “I would like to be president someday, so no I haven’t smoked marijuana.”Leslie then described her “indescribable brownie” in college, but luckily for Knope, marijuana’s popularity is on the rise among American adults, and is expected to increase in the future according to several surveys from LiveScience.A Gallup poll released in July 2017 reported that “forty-five percent of adults in the US have used marijuana at least once in their lives,” the all-time highest percentage in the history of that question.The fastest growing age group is young adults ages 18 to 29, and according to Deborah Hasin, one of study authors and a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University, the rates of use are also increasing among middle-age and older adults. No matter what you call it, weed, cannabis, or pot, the use of marijuana is quickly becoming more acceptable and the in the wake of 420, the history of this drug in the US is a rocky road.This “go-to pop culture punch line” is the foundation of a “growing recreational and medicinal industry” according to NPR.The ACLU writes that it is also the reason for more than half of the drug arrests in the US, the vast majority of these arrests (commonly for possession) are African-Americans, despite similar rates of usage among whites and blacks, the ACLU says.Early forms of the drug in the 19th century, among news reports and medical journal articles usually use the formal name, cannabis. It is only in the 20th century when anti-cannabis factions wanted to tie the drug to anti-immigrant sentiments that the term “marijuana” became popularized and the government began the crackdown on the “locoweed,” writes NPR.A world caught in the middle of dangerous otherizing of a population combined the fear of a drug to spur the public to take action against the “marijuana menace.” This combination became the base of restrictions in states, and finally federal prohibition.

Mega Man Retrospective part 2

Steven Dennis

February 4, 2018

“Mega Man” had a rocky start in terms of sales, having sold at a lackluster rate. The publishing company, Capcom, was willing to allow the developers to make a sequel to “Mega Man” so long as the developers were willi...