"The Authority to Kill: Ghandi and Thoreau on Proposition 34, the Death Penalty"
by Danielle Saunders
Danielle Saunders wrote "The Authority to Kill" in HON 1: Education, Self-Examination, and Living. Danielle's instructor, Vanessa Arnaud, asked students to imagine what would happen if two of the authors studied in the course had a chance to vote on a statewide proposition. The reviewer for Writing the University praised Danielle for her sophisticated analysis that included quotes, data, and a strong personal voice. The reviewer said that Danielle's paper does an excellent job of integrating and synthesizing the philosophies of Ghandi and Thoreau to question assumptions regarding the death penalty and the concept of vengeance.