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Blog #5: Practice Argument

Greed. What is greed? According to the New Oxford English Dictionary, “Greed is the intense desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food.” Greed is also one of the seven deadly sins.

Greed is a major problem in today’s world. It is visible in many places, like in the home, at work, in the government, in the banking system, and in the big corporations that make up much of our economy. I’m going to talk about how greed is prevalent in the big corporations though.

According to the Fortune 500 Company, in 1965, Eaton Corporation was ranked 111th in the nation for highest profit, with 559.4 million dollars in revenue, and 32.3 million dollars in profit. Coca-Cola was ranked 68th, with 833.6 million dollars in revenue, and 65.3 million dollars in profit. General motors was ranked 1st, with 16.997 billion dollars in revenue, and 1.7348 billion dollars in profit.  Also according to the Fortune 500 Company, in 2005 Eaton Corporation was ranked 227th, but had 9.817 billion dollars in revenue, and a profit of 648 million dollars. Coca-Cola was ranked 92nd, with 21.886 billion dollars in revenue, and 4.847 billion dollars in profit. And General Motors was ranked 3rd, with 193.517 billion dollars in revenue, and 2.805 billion dollars in profit.

You may be saying, “But they all dropped in rank. If they were greedy they all would have climbed, right?” Well, that is true. But you also have to look at how much money they were making in 2005 compared to what they were making in 1965. Eaton increased revenue by seventeen times, and profit by twenty times. Coca-Cola increased revenue by twenty-six times, and profit by seventy-four times. And General Motors increased revenue by eleven times, and doubled profit.

Based on this, you’d think that working men and women would be able to make a decent wage to live off of right? Well you’d be wrong thinking that way. According to, the increase in real value of the minimum wage since 1990 has been 21%. The increase for cost of living since 1990? Did you guess 67%? Because that’s how much it is. The average yearly income for someone working on minimum wage is $15,080. The average cost of living? It’s thirty-thousand dollars.




How to Pick and Preform a Prose Piece

When you do prose for individual speech events, there are several things that you need to do. First you need to look for a piece that you find interesting. You can use material from recent authors, or authors from the past. Once you find a piece, you must cut it down to something that will get as close to six minutes as possible, without going over the six minute mark. To do so, you can cut out parts of the piece that won’t change the overall story.

Once you have finally gotten the piece to the required time limit, you need to make a paragraph long summary to use before you start reading off the material you’ve chosen. Once you have made this summary, you need to check if you are still within the time limit. If you are, then you are fine. If you aren’t, you need to cut a few more things out to get it back within the limit. Once you have the piece within that time limit, you need to practice it several times.

After practicing the piece many times, you must get ready to perform at competition. When performing at competition, you need to dress up. It doesn’t have to be anything to fancy, a shirt and tie will do if you’re a guy. If you’re a girl, either a dress, or a blouse and slacks will work out fine. You must then get to the place where the competition is being held, and usually you’ll ride on a bus with the rest of the students from your school that are competing.

Once you are finally at the competition, you’ll find out when you are to perform. Once you know when you need to perform, you wait until that time. Once it’s your turn, you will stand in the front of the room where you will perform. The  room will be filled with spectators, and there will also be a judge and a timer. The judge will score your performance based on several things, while the timer times your performance. The timer has flip cards that tell you how much time you have left, starting at six minutes, and working its way down by one minute intervals, and then at the thirty second mark.

When preforming, you must have a clear, strong voice. You must stand straight, and look around the room. If you only look at your papers with the piece written or typed on them, you will lose points. You must also be able to pronounce your words clearly. When you have finally finished your performance, you bow your head. The judge will give complements and constructive criticism when you are done, and when they have finished, you can leave the room.

Results are posted in a gathering spot. You will check this spot often after your performance, hoping to see what your score was. Once all of the scores for the people who have performed from your school have been posted, you and your friends will leave, and go back home.

Freshman Year Thrill Ride: Mside Edition

1. If you play sports, you will almost never be able to eat when the cafe is open.

2. Work studies can make you miss lunch.

3. Three hour labs are fun… depending on which professor you have.

4. Futons are a gift from God.

5. If you have Netflix, you will spend more time on it than actually doing your homework.

6. E-mails are amazing–especially when you need help with an assignment.

7. Procrastination is very real, and happens all the time.

8. Sports aren’t an activity, they’re a lifestyle.

9. Your roommate will either become your best friend, or your worst enemy.

10. R.A.’s are great people, as long as you don’t piss them off.

Drew MaGary and The Postmortal

I wasn’t able to make the Drew MaGary event on Wednesday, but I looked up a video of a speech he gave in Dallas, TX. From what I’ve heard about the event here, it was pretty much the same speech. He talks about his past, and how it kind of ties into the book. He uses examples of how he acted, and tied it into how young adults like us see the world. He told how he wrote the book to try and change the way that people saw things the way they did, because nobody wanted to blame themselves, and instead, blame everybody else. I think that MaGary did a wonderful job of presenting, even if he didn’t talk about the book that much.

Groups That Made Me Who I Am

There are several groups that I can say that I am a part of. Son, grandson, nephew, cousin, brother, athlete, student, friend, teammate and classmate.

As a son, and grandson and nephew for that matter, I am expected to pay attention to my parents, or grandparents, or aunts and uncles. I am also expected to help them when it is needed of me, and I am able to do so. As a cousin and a brother, it is expected/required of me to help my cousins and brother as much as possible. That being said, it is also required that I pick on them from time to time as well, just to annoy them, or to point out a mistake that they can fix. I am required as a friend to help my friends whenever possible, with anything that they might possibly need, to the best of my ability.

As an athlete and teammate I am required/expected to do what is best for the team, and sometimes that might be admitting that I am the wrong person for what they need to get done. If I have to sit to let a better player take my spot, so be it. In the end the team will be better for it, and maybe I can see what it was I was doing wrong, and then fix it. As a student and classmate, it is expected/required of me to go to class, and do whatever work is assigned. If I’m required to work in a group, and it is part of the class, I will. If a classmate needs help outside of class and I can help them, then I feel that I am also expected/required to do so.

There is also one thing that I personally believe–meaning that not everyone thinks, or feels the same way–that all of these groups require of me. I must protect those people that are in those groups that I am a part of  if it is needed.

I am recognized as a son because both of my parents love me. They always have and always will. The same is true of my grandparents, and aunts and uncles. I am recognized as a cousin because they too love and care for me as a part of their family. I am recognized as a brother, and even though neither one of us will admit it to the other, because my brother and I love each other dearly. We may fight one another, but as soon as we are in trouble we will back each other up in every way possible. I am recognized as a friend because I am always helping my friends out if they need it and I can do so.

I am recognized as an athlete and teammate because I am included in things that the team does. Fundraisers, teaching younger generations about the sport I play, being in the game, and going to practices are all things that a team does. We go to events for other sports that people we go to school with play as well. It helps to show a strong front between our different sports teams, and that we support each other.

I am recognized as a student because I always show up to class, unless something comes up that I can’t make it, and I do my best to get my homework done on time, and correctly. I am recognized as a classmate, because I will work on assignments with others if they need help, and if I already have mine done, I can show them the steps to take to get theirs done as well. I do not do homework for them, they don’t learn anything from that, and then they flunk the tests, which is bad.

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