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Katrina Nemchik

Katrina (Katie) Nemchik is a junior computer science and philosophy major at Saint Vincent. Interested in photography, art and graphic design, Katrina over-schedules herself with various work study positions on campus to explore the art career her family has tried so hard to prevent. A fan of the stories and lessons of Humans of New York, she is very excited and looking forward to contributing to Humans of SVC. She once listened to all nine Led Zeppelin albums in one sitting.

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Speaking for the Oppressed Victims of a Silent Culture

Posted by Katrina Nemchik on Mon, May 15, 2017 @ 09:05 AM

When you want to save the world but are not sure where to start, a good question to begin with is “what makes people sad?”  I'm not sure how it started in my case, but it led me to write my senior thesis on female genital mutilation. Nothing about this is happy. The practice is ethically reprehensible and rather uncomfortable to talk about, which made it the perfect topic for a philosophy paper. My argument against any cultural justification for the practice is supported by the capabilities approach, a theoretical framework which affirms that anything that hinders basic human capabilities is morally evil.

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Topics: Katrina Nemchik, female genital mutilation, philosophy research paper, Calabar Youth Council for Women's Rights, CYCWR, senior thesis research, Nigeria

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On this blog, current students write about everyday life on the campus of Saint Vincent College, a private, liberal arts college located in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.


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Michael Brinker, junior communication major, currently in Orlando, working with the Disney College Program.


Amanda MacMurtrie transferred to Saint Vincent as a sophomore studying English with a minor in Theology. Transferring to a new school is not the easiest thing in the world, but she is steadily finding a home on this beautiful Benedictine campus. Between enjoying life in community, balancing books for fun and books for class, and finding little corners of beauty, Amanda is discovering a few joys of life at Saint Vincent College.

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