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Over 900 Morningside Students and Alumni helping Siouxland, learning new skills and bonding with fellow classmates

Those Students and Alumni were up at 8 am Wednesday, October 3rd to help serve over 80 Siouxland organizations. Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society organized Into the Streets where students in group and departments sign up to help different agencies around Siouxland. This year was unique because they had the biggest turnout, and Alumni were able to participate.

Emily Widman, a senior has participated the last four years. “My favorite part about Into the Streets is seeing so many students there in the morning making a difference in one day.”  Widman explained later that she was excited that Alumni were able to participate and that she would definitely go as an Alum with Campus Ministries again.

This year, Widman was able to help with the Salvation Army to move boxes and sort clothes. She liked seeing so many students with her participating, and making a difference This event has taught Emily service-mindedness. It is important that Morningside sets aside a whole day for this event because it shows the significance of volunteering, and that Morningside cares about the community.

Maggie Ganley, a senior, has participated in Into the Streets for the last three years with AOII, the sorority on campus. This year, they went to East Middle School to do crafts and board games, and dancing with the Special Ed kids. She enjoyed being able to give back, and participating with her fellow sisters. “I do really like the bonding aspect.” This event creates an atmosphere for students to help others, but also to enjoy time with their friends and classmates.

This event was organized by seniors Maddie Dotzler and Nic Madsen, and has been in the works since May with 15 other committee members. Dotzler says “I think the most enjoyable part was seeing everyone on that day when we finally had all the shirts figured out, and the support that we get from the community when we call places and, and the thank you from the organizations after, knowing that we did make a difference and that all of our students really helped the local organizations.”

Alumni were able to participate in this year, idea from Nic Madsen “I think it was a brilliant idea on his part, and it will only grow bigger and bigger.” “I hope we can get even more people to participate next year, and I would love to be one of them, “ Dotzler says.

Abby Koch, a sophomore at Morningside  was part of the committee for this event , “It was a rewarding experience for me because it is making phone calls, learning how to talk on the phone, and other leadership skills.” She volunteered with the Mass Communications Department.

Koch further discusses situations where “on the spot improvisation leadership skills to handle the situation” were needed, and she learned. Some examples discussed include missing t-shirts and correct groups not in the right location. These problems were sorted out, thanks to Koch and other dedicated members in ODK.

This event has been going on for 12 years, students arrive at Eppley, receive juice, donut, and t-shirt, and are sent out into the community until noon. It is important because it gives Morningside Students an opportunity to serve others, and look at the world from a new perspective. It helps students on the committee build leadership and teamwork skills. It also creates an atmosphere for students to bond within their sports, groups, and departments, as well as helping the Alumni stay connected.

 

 

News Comment #8 Register to vote on Snapchat?

https://mic.com/articles/191504/snapchat-voter-registration-drive#.q7XOwNmd1

http://time.com/4506506/snapchat-voter-registration/

I read this story because I saw on Snapchat that you could register to vote. Both stories focused on how this election, millennials are highly encouraged to vote, so much so that Snapchat partnered with Turbo Vote for National Voter Registration Day to encourage its users. they both were very short stories, the video on TIME.com was only 30 seconds long, and the article on Mic.com was only a couple of paragraphs.

 

Both the videos and the articles lead focused on why Snapchat partnered, giving an introduction on the significance of the day. The video was a voice over with pictures and videos, showing the use of snapchat, and what the form looks like to fill out on the app.  The article took this story a step further to show a picture of the snapchat filter made for Voter Registration Day, and quotes from Jennifer Stout, Snapchats global head of public policy. The article gives more description from the Snapchat press release, and statistics of the ages of their users.

 

I really liked the use of a video in the broadcast story, they are able to show more of the typical use of snapchat. I really liked how in part of the video, they split the screen in to make it look like many videos from phones right next to each other, emphasizing the ability and use of snapchat.

ROUGH DRAFT 900+ Morningside Students and Alumni helping Siouxland, learning new skills, and bonding in organizations and departments.

900+ Morningside Students and Alumni were up at 8 am Wednesday, October 3rd to help serve over 80+ Siouxland organizations. Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society organized an event called Into the Streets where Students from all sorts of groups and departments sign up to help different agencies around Siouxland.

 

This event is important because it gives Morningside Students an opportunity to serve others, and look at the world from a new perspective. It helps students build leadership and teamwork skills, and creates an atmosphere for students to bond within their groups and departments.

 

Abby Koch, a sophomore at Morningside – part of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society, or ODK – helped to organize the event.“It was a rewarding experience for me because it is doing phone calls, learning how to talk on the phone, and other leadership skills.”

 

Koch further discusses situations where t-shirts were missing, and a group not at their location. she required “on the spot improv leadership skills to handle the situation” These problems were sorted out, thanks to Koch and other dedicated members in ODK.

 

Maggie Ganely, a senior, has participated in Into the Streets for the last 3 years with AOPii, the sorority on campus. “This year, we went to East Middle School and hung out and did crafts and board games and dancing with the Special Ed kids.” She enjoyed being able to give back and participating with her fellow sisters. “I do really like the bonding aspect.” This event creates an atmosphere for students to help others, but also to enjoy time with their friends and classmates.

Reasons from West Virginia on why people don’t vote

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/03/us/non-voters-midterm-elections.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

 

With the elections coming up, I found this article interesting and was curious. The audience I would say is Americans, voters, and people who will choose to not vote. The lead is interesting because it introduces the point of view of someone who used to be a frequent voter who felt it was her civic duty to vote, and why she doesn’t feel this way anymore.

 

It is newsworthy because elections are coming up, and it is interesting to people to hear negative opinions of why they won’t do something, especially if it was something the person once felt very strongly about in a different way. Americans also tend to click on stuff “Why most probably won’t…”, they want to be in the loop and know why others won’t probably vote.

This is also interesting, because this election is important, because it is for positions that last a while, and will make an impact, especially with the allegations in the news about one of the candidates.

 

I did think this article was quite long, but it is nice to have different viewpoints of different people throughout the article, including opinions, but also historians analyzing the norms of society that seem to be changing, but I think there were too many viewpoints and didn’t need that many opinions. I also think they needed to say in the lead that the focus of voters asked were in West Virginia, and many of the citizens that were not historians interviewed were just from West Virginia and that this article claiming “Most Americans” might not have accurately represented the rest of America based on the interviews conducted.

Practice Interview: Meet Pastor Andy Nelson, now full time Campus Chaplain for Morningside College

Pastor Andy Nelson is the newest full-time hired campus Chaplain for Morningside college, and his job is Director of Campus Ministry and Community Service. Last year, he was the campus Chaplain for Morningside part-time and has been the Campus Chaplain for the University of South Dakota as well. He is married to Dr. Jessica Pleuss who is a psychology professor here at Morningside College.

 

When asked what students often times come in to chat about he replied “Discernment, where a student is headed and vocation, or what is next in life.” His job as the campus chaplain means that he is there to help students with their spiritual and faith lives. He enjoys when students drop by and chat, and loves when his office is full of students.

 

He works with many different students, with a range of worldviews, many denominations, and people that do not believe in religion or particular faith. One of the challenges he has come across with working with students of ranges of faith is “the different definitions of contemporary worship and a pattern of worship that is meaningful for students” according to Pastor Andy.

 

Working with students has also reminded him of his college experience. He says “understanding what we are interested in, and finding what we are willing to give time for and would like to learn more about” has reminded him of how busy college students are. When asked about his most memorable college experience, he describes the different close relationship he made with friends, his experience of studying abroad in China, and meeting his wife while studying abroad.

 

What brought him to Morningside, was that his wife Dr. Jessica Pleuss was hired in 2012 as a Developmental Psychology Professor. He worked as a Campus Chaplain at the University of South Dakota as well and was hired part-time here at Morningside after Kathy Martin retired for the second time.

Twinkie and Pirouline Review

In class, I had the opportunity to analyze the characteristics of the following processed desserts.  The chocolate cake Twinkie I tried had a spongy, soft, chocolate cake texture. The cake was moist, porous, and had a cocoa smell. The Twinkie tasted like a cheap chocolate cake and had a fluffy creme center. I expected maybe a vanilla flavor inside but didn’t seem to have a strong flavor.

The Dark Chocolate Pirouline was a different experience. The outside was a striped crunchy, sugary crispy straw-like shell. The center from end to end was a creamy dark chocolate. The dark chocolate filling was rich and had a slight cocoa smell.

Airlines potentially getting larger seats

https://mic.com/articles/191488/airlines-may-soon-be-legally-required-to-add-more-legroom-and-increase-seat-sizes-on-airplanes#.tfKuI5MRi

Since moving to Indiana, my family has been flying me home for shorter breaks like Thanksgiving to avoid driving for 9 hours. I have flown more on airplanes than I ever did growing up. This being said, I instantly clicked on the article once I saw the headline.

I personally think they should have moved the section “Airlines profit from tiny seats” before “Seats get smaller as passengers get bigger.” I think it would have to make the article more interesting because it is more pessimistic and blames almost the airline profiting off of smaller seats. Then, after that section to read how much the seats have “shrunk” because of the profit of smaller seats.

This article is newsworthy, because it is interesting, and I feel has an impact on many lives because many use airplanes. Later the article discusses other changes that are proposed in the bill, including wider seats, more regulated bathroom sizes in planes, nursing rooms for new mothers, and new standards for service animals.

The audience I think is travelers, anyone that uses airplanes. I did like the tweet included in the article, shows a situation of little legroom that happens too often. I did think the article was a little long, and farther down I lost interest. I thought the lead did its job, had me interested.

Scavenger Hunt

Today I became a journalist. For the end of class, my professor sent us out with an assignment. I had to get a creatively bent paper clip and ask for music recommendations from two people.

I did not read the directions very well and interviewed the first two people I saw.  The first interview I did was on Professor John Kolbo, I asked him to creatively bend a paperclip and what song he would recommend.  He replied “Get Together” by Young Bloods. When asked why he said it is his “life theme song”, and it “relates to my life”.

My next victim to interview, Dylan Ferguson recommended “Transatlanticism” by Death Cab Cutie. I asked him why this song, and he replied “Just a really beautiful song” and mentioned the theme of the song as “emotional distance between two hearts.”

News Comment 5: NASA named asteroid in space after Aretha Franklin

https://mic.com/articles/190812/asteroid-249516-aretha-nasa-named-an-asteroid-in-space-after-aretha-franklin#.OtipubTkT

This article grabbed my attention right away, especially the lead which I thought was very clever. I listened to some of Aretha Franklin’s songs and was sad to hear about her passing. I find this newsworthy because the topic has prominence discussing the “Queen of Soul”, and timeliness because she has been in the news due to her passing.

The audience I would say is anyone who normally keeps up on NASA news and Aretha Franklin fans. The basis of the story is simple and short, which makes for an easy read. The point of view seems to be a tribute from NASA. The article was long enough to have everything it needed but short enough to get to the point.

Paper 1: Controversy with Umpire Overshadowing Osaka’s Big Win

Serena Williams lost to rising star, Naomi Osaka in the 2018 Women’s Open on Saturday, September 8 after arguments with the chair umpire, according to the New York Times. Serena Williams called Carlos Ramos, the chair umpire a thief, argued with him throughout the match, and accused him of sexual bias.

 

Osaka remained composed during the match as Williams argued with the umpire. This took the focus away from Osaka, and fans watched to see what Williams was going to do or say next. At the podium, fans booed as Osaka pulled down her visor to hide her tears. Williams responded by asking them to stop, and celebrate Osaka’s victory. Osaka addressed the crowd saying “I’m sorry it had to end like this. I just want to say thank you for watching the match.”

 

The Washington Post article Japanese, Haitian and now a Grand Slam winner: Naomi Osaka’s historic journey to the U.S. Open questions the turnout. “We will never know whether young Osaka really won the 2018 U.S. Open or had it handed to her by a man who was going to make Serena Williams feel his power.”

 

The New York Times article “Naomi Osaka Lost Her Moment of Triumph. Let’s Not Forget Her Match.” They state “Ramos could have handled the situation better, but no doubt, Williams could have handled it a lot better..” Later in the article, it talks about how Serena is using her “hard-earned” platform more to speak out about social issues.

 

First major victories are not supposed to feel like that, and Osaka will never get that back. Instead of praises and celebration, she had to try to hold back her tears and face a crowd booing at her. She handled everything going on, the emotions, the arguments, the crowd, well beyond her years.

 

The Men’s US Open finalist respond to this controversy from News.com respond with the need for equality, especially about behavior and conversation on court with chair umpires.

 

Novak Djokovic says there was a lot of emotion on that court “He did change the course of that match. (It) was in my opinion, maybe unnecessary. We all go through our emotions, especially when you are fighting for a grand slam trophy.”

 

Billie King, tennis star backs Serena up in Washington Post, claiming “When a man does the same, he’s “outspoken” and there are no repercussions. Thank you, Serena Williams, for calling out this double standard. More voices need to do the same.”

 

Since this match, Williams has been fined $17K for rules violations, according to the New York Times. She was fined $10,000 for “verbal abuse”, $4,000 for coaching violation, and $3,000 for breaking her racket.

 

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