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News Comment Week 4

Two hard rock bands have donated a combined 190 thousand dollars of their ticket proceeds from this summer to two charities of their choice. Five Finger Death Punch (FFDP) donated ninety-five thousand dollars to Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), a charity that helps families of officers killed in the line of duty. Breaking Benjamin, who has been co-headlining this summer with them, donated ninety-five thousand dollars to Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA), a charity that counteracts child abuse, and promotes services to to improve their well-being.

“We’ve had the privilege to work with veteran and police organizations for years,” Zoltan Bathory of FFDP said. The band has also worked closely with Wounded Warriors, and their song Wrong Side of Heaven helps to raise the awareness of homeless veterans, and veteran suicide in America.

“C.O.P.S. is grateful to be the recipient of such a generous donation from Five Finger Death Punch,” said Diane Bernhard, the C.O.P.S. executive director.

“We’re honored to be able to utilize the thing we love to do most as a tool to help children in need,” said Ben Burnley of Breaking Benjamin. “Organizations such as Prevent Child Abuse America remind us that we are the voice of the voiceless and positive change is possible in otherwise hopeless situations for these kids.”

“We are very grateful to the members of Breaking Benjamin, not only for this incredible donation, but for helping to spread the word that child abuse and neglect prevention is possible,” said Dan Duffy, president and CEO of PCAA.


This article hits a couple of news values. It’s timely, because it happened earlier this week. It has human interest, because they are donating to charities that help people throughout our nation.

Broken but Alright

A firefighter broke his leg saving a cat. Firefighters went to 102 11th Ave after getting reports of a cat being stuck in a tree.

The firefighter, Bob Harwood climbed fifty feet to get the calico belonging to Charlie and Kim Decker’s twin children. A dead branch broke when Harwood had fifteen feet left, and he broke his leg when he landed. He’s in good condition at St. Luke’s, and the cat is also doing well.

Writing Practice #2

One dead, three injured in two vehicle collision. Moyer Quick, 65 of Townsville was killed in a car accident yesterday. According to Iowa Highway Patrolman Patrick Stewart, both vehicles were west bound on a two-lane highway when Quick passed the other vehicle driven by Randy Radin, 17 of Townsville. The rear end of Quick’s vehicle struck Radin’s, and both ended up in the ditch.

Quick’s two passengers and Radin were transported to Townsville Health Center to be treated. Quick’s wife Dorthy is reported to be in “good” condition, while the other passenger, Maxine Steurwald, 1019 7th Ave Lawton is in “fair” condition. Radin is in critical condition with a fractured skull and internal injuries.

The crash occurred under cloudy skies with a chance of rain in the forecast. At the time of the accident, the roads were clear and dry.

Destiny 2 Changes almost Everything in Forsaken Expansion

Coming next week on September 4th, Destiny 2 (D2) will be launching its new expansion named Forsaken. In Forsaken, many components that make D2 the game that it is are going to change, including the death of a fan favorite non-player character (NPC).

This NPC is named Cayde-6, and is one of the three leaders of the Guardians–humanities last hope, and warriors of the Light. Cayde helped oversee a prison in the Reef, and when a disturbance occurs, he goes to fix what is happening. While he’s there, he’s killed by Uldren Sov, an NPC who hasn’t been seen since the beginning of the second year of the original Destiny game. In a video released on August 28th, we see how the rest of the Vanguard and the main character (you) react to Cayde’s death.



Some of the other changes that are coming are that the mod system is being changed, the weapon slots are being revamped, class skills are changing and getting a boost, and the in-game economy is changing as well.

All of these changes (except for Cayde’s death) were things that the Destiny community as a whole wanted to happen. While nobody wanted Cayde to die, it was something that needed to happen. Destiny was losing a lot of players, and this is definitely what could bring them back.

Transferring in, Diego Marquez

Diego Marquez is a junior at Morningside who transferred in from the University of South Dakota. He is originally from Sioux City, and decided to transfer to Morningside because it’s closer to home, and gave him some better opportunities.

Marquez is on the dance team, and is a mass communication major. In his free time he naps, and spends time with his friends. He said that his after school plans involve being an admissions councilor and working at a news station.

PR Release for Mari Pizzini

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Morningside Freshman Mari Pizzini from Helena, Montana just had a short story published by The Kiosk on campus. Pizzini, a 2017 graduate from Helena High School wrote a short story on her last few days in Montana, before moving to campus for classes.

When asked about the publication of her story, she said, “I love writing, and honestly, I’ve wanted to be an author since I was about eight years old.” She also said that this was her first submission to The Kiosk, and her first story to be published ever.

Pizzini has decided to continue writing stories, and try to be published again. She said that she will probably continue to write short non-fiction and documentary type stories, because she likes telling people the truth.

Sondra Thoreson: Neutral

Sondra Thoreson decided that one word that would describe herself well was neutral. She said it worked because she doesn’t really go to extremes, and just kind of sits in the middle.

Thoreson didn’t really have one particular story to tell, but instead made her story one about her life. “Throughout my life, it seems that if I had one extreme, I immediately went to the other,” she said. “I had a pretty bad temper when I was little. If something didn’t go my way, I’d throw a massive fit. Just throwing stuff and screaming.”

“As I got older though, I started to mellow out. By the time I got into middle school, I kind of didn’t care about anything at all. I just let whatever happened happen.”

Thoreson now finds herself in the same shoes as many college students. Sometimes she does get a emotional, and other times she doesn’t. “Now that I’m in college, I kind of go back and forth. Sometimes I get angry, whether it be at an assignment, or a person, and sometimes I just don’t care about what’s going on.”

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According to the New York Times, Syria announced during climate talks with the United Nations that it would sign the Paris Climate Accord. This move follows the decision made by Nicaragua to do the same last month. This agreement leaves only the United States to sign the Accord. According to many people present at the talks in Germany, the Syrian delegate said that the country was ready to send its ratification of the agreement to the U.N.

Syria has been fighting a civil war since 2011, and was subject to European and American sanctions. This made it extremely difficult for them to send a representative when the Accord was first drafted.



According to, last Wednesday Twitter announced that it removed its verification mark from several controversial accounts. Many prominent far-right figures complained that conservatives were being targeted by this move by the social media giant. The verification guidelines were also updated to involve information detailing when account verification could be revoked. All these moves came after the uproar caused by the verification of the organizer from the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Jason Kessler, the rally’s organizer, tweeted that the social media site was trying to censor him by making the policy changes. Twitter removed the verification for his account, but had not blocked him, or any of the other users that lost their verification marks, from continuing to use the site.



Mustang Football is once again your GPAC Champions. This makes the seventh year in a row for the Mustangs, and the good news doesn’t stop there. The Mustangs went undefeated on the season, which helped them out for the postseason to come. By going undefeated on the year, Morningside clinched itself the number three spot in the nation for the season, giving it a home field advantage for at least the first two rounds of the playoffs.

In the first round the Mustangs faced off against the Sterling Warriors. The Mustangs won the game 63-7, and got ready for their next game in the second round. They will face off against the St. Xavier Cougars, who also won their first round game.

Nat the Freshman Rewrite

Nat Simpson is a freshman on Mornignside’s campus, and is actually quite unique.

While Nat has chosen to major in graphic design, she hasn’t quite figured out what she wants to do with it. He also hasn’t figured out what she wants as her minor, or cluster, but has hopes for something good.

When asked what made her unique, she said, “I don’t have a favorite anything. Like nothing at all. No favorite color, or food, or movie. Oh, but cats are my favorite. I like cats.” She also said that she knows a lot of cat facts.

She likes to hang out with her friends. Most of the time they’re playing games. “We do a lot of the Pathfinder thing,” she said. “You know, the whole D&D thing.”

If they aren’t playing games, they’re making late night Wal-Mart runs.

She as a job at Hy-Vee, and said that she was just looking for a place to make money, and that she applied in the middle of the night.

She said that most of her motivation to do things comes in the middle of the night. This would explain the late night Wal-Mart runs, and the middle of the night  application to Hy-Vee.


Speech Story

Feminism is something that can be highly questionable, but some people are trying to bring what they believe the true meaning of feminism is to the sport light. One such person is actress Emma Watson.

Watson, who played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, gave a speech yesterday at the One Young World conference. She talked about what becoming an activist has done to her life. She said, “I was very nervous before that speech; the nerves were followed by a tremendous high immediately afterwards, and a crashing low a few days after that.”

Watson went on to talk about how her decision to start the HeforShe campaign was like opening, “a Pandora’s Box,” of standing ovations, and a level of critique that turned into threats.”

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