Archive for the 'Articles/Stories' Category

Dec 09 2017

Profile Image of Reilly

Story #4 Alex Watters Profile Second Rough Draft

Filed under Articles/Stories

A man is in his office at the Krone Advising Center on a busy, November Wednesday afternoon. He is at his desk working on what’s going to be on his schedule for the next day.

Alex Watters is a first-year adviser at Morningside College and a member of the city council in Sioux City, Iowa. His regular schedule is full every day between city council duties and his responsibilities in Morningside College.

He graduated from Morningside College then came back and became an adviser to help out students who are coming out of high school and entering the college world. He also said that he graduated with a major in political science and global history.

He is very occupied completing both jobs at the same time. Doing two jobs at once means that there are times where he can’t do everything he wants to in one day.

He came to Morningside on a golf scholarship. His golf handicap was a plus three to plus four. He also said that it “wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be.”

Alex doesn’t play golf anymore because he is in a motorized wheelchair. He sustained a spinal cord injury that was pinched and wasn’t severe. The damage from the injury made his spine like a banana and will stay this way for the rest of his life.

This injury hasn’t stopped him from doing what he wants to do in life. He was to be able to live his life to the fullest every single day.

One of his students, Hailey Barrus, thinks that he has been great as a first-year adviser. “He’s a super cool guy and easy to talk to.”

One of his co-workers, Kate Miltenberger, who is also a first-year adviser at Morningside College says he is a great co-worker. “He’s lots of fun. He has a smile on his face and a song in his heart. He always gets the mood up in the office when everybody is tired and stressed.”

He recently won the city council election in November and won. He is now serving his first full term as a member of the city council. The length of a city council term is four years.

He balances city council and Morningside College duties by making sure that everything in his schedule and order when it comes to times in a day.

He said that you have to have “patience, time management, and be able to schedule what you need and can do for the day.”

Being a part of Morningside College and a member of the city council means that an average day is a very busy one for Alex. He only gets six to seven hours of sleep, but he says that “six to eight hours is the sweet spot for me.”

With the busy schedule on his plate, that means he doesn’t have a lot of free time on his hands. He said, “I do the best I can to have free time and have it whenever I can.”

Barrus is impressed by how he handles his schedule. “He’s a very busy person but doesn’t make me wonder about it very much because he handles it so well.”

Miltenberger thinks that he can do more than a lot of people. “He wants to be as active as he possibly can.”

For Alex, there is not a goal at the end of the day for him. He says, “There’s always going to be something.”

Being on the city council and a first-year adviser at Morningside College, Alex Watters will always have something going on for the next four years. But Alex hasn’t decided yet if he wants to go for reelection in the next city council election. He said, “That’s a bit too early to know and who knows what the future holds.”

No responses yet

Dec 05 2017

Profile Image of Reilly

Story #4 Alex Watters Profile Rough Draft

15826402_1362875577064815_3268029361743020813_n

A man is in his office at the Krone Advising Center on a busy, November Wednesday afternoon. He is at his desk working on what’s going to be on his schedule for the next day.

His name is Alex Watters, and he is a first-year adviser at Morningside College and a member of the city council in Sioux City, Iowa. His regular schedule is full every day between city council duties and his responsibilities in Morningside College.

An interesting fact about him is that he graduated from Morningside College then came back and became an adviser to help out students who are coming out of high school and entering the college world.

He also said that he graduated with a major in political science and global history.

He came to Morningside on a golf scholarship. I asked him what his golf handicap was and he said that it was a plus three to plus four. He said that it “wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be.”

But what makes him a unique individual is that he is in a motorized wheelchair. He sustains a spinal cord injury that was pinched and wasn’t severe. The damage from the injury made his spine become bend seriously like a banana and will stay this way for the rest of his life.

This injury hasn’t stopped him from doing what he wants to do in life. He was to be able to live his life to the fullest every single day.

One of his students, Hailey Barrus, talks about his personality as a first-year adviser.

“He’s a super cool guy and easy to talk to.”

One of his co-workers, Kate Miltenberger, who is also a first-year adviser at Morningside College talks about how she sees him as a co-worker on a day-to-day basis.

“He’s lots of fun. He has a smile on his face and a song in his heart. He always gets the mood up in the office when everybody is tired and stressed.”

He recently was in the city council election in November and won. He is now serving his first full term as a member of the city council. The length of a city council term is four years.

He talks about how he balances the city council and Morningside College duties by making sure that everything in his schedule and order when it comes to times in a day.

He said that you have to have “patience, time management, and be able to schedule what you need and can do for the day.”

Being a part of Morningside College and a member of the city council means that an average day is a very busy one for Alex. He only gets six to seven hours of sleep, but he says that “six to eight hours is the sweet spot for me.”

With the busy schedule on his plate, that means he doesn’t have a lot of free time on his hands. He said, “I do the best I can to have free time and have it whenever I can.”

Barrus also spoke about how she sees him handling his schedule as a student.

“He’s a very busy person but doesn’t make me wonder about it very much because he handles it so well.”

Miltenberger also talks about how he can do more than a lot of people.

“He wants to be as active as he possibly can.”

For Alex, there is not a goal at the end of the day for him. He says, “There’s always going to be something.”

Being on the city council and a first-year adviser at Morningside College, Alex Watters will always have something going on for the next four years. But Alex hasn’t decided yet if he wants to go for reelection in the next city council election. He said, “That’s a bit too early to know and who knows what the future holds.”

 

No responses yet

Nov 13 2017

Profile Image of Reilly

Story #3 Final Draft

Filed under Articles/Stories

Intro:

Good morning, I’m Reilly Mahon reporting for M-C-T-V. Here are the top stories of the hour.

In recent years, Morningside’s women’s basketball team has been a powerhouse. This year’s team started out of the gates slowly with only three wins and two losses.

The improvements need to be shown at their next couple of games, in order to be seen as a competitive team.

I spoke to Daniel Ver Steeg, one of the play-by-play announcers for the Women’s Basketball games this season about how they did in the beginning and what they can do to improve for the rest of the season.

[Audio Clip] About 18 seconds about how he thinks the season will go for the Mustangs

Their current record is five wins and two losses. Their next home game is on November 18th at 5 P.M. in Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center.

 

Moving to national news, after the recent Manhattan Terror Attack and the Sutherland Springs church shooting, the safety concern in this country is up and will stay up for a while.

This has been an issue in this country lately because of so many shootings in the last couple of years. The terror attacks internationally are making the situation worse because they have made people worry about traveling outside of the U.S.

Safety is also a concern for Morningside College.

I spoke to Brett Lyon, the director of safety and security for Morningside College about what security will do if a terror attack happens on campus.

[Audio Clip] About 30.5 seconds about the protocols if a terror attack happens at Morningside College.

These protocols are also the same for a shooting, if it happens on campus. In today’s world, safety is a factor that people are looking at constantly all the time.

 

In the last two weeks, President Donald Trump has threatened the Department of Justice and the job of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump wants an investigation on the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton.

One issue in this situation is that the President is forcing an investigation to happen without having evidence to back him up to the DOJ.  Another issue is that the President is threaten Sessions’ job because he is not doing what Trump wants him to do.

I asked James Farnan, a member of the Morningside Civic Union, whether it would be legal for the President to threatening Sessions’ job as Attorney General.

[Audio Clip] About 28 seconds about Trump being able to threaten someone’s job

The President needs to provide the DOJ with evidence before an investigation begins and in order for an investigation to happen.

 

Outro:

That’s it for the news this hour, once again, I’m Reilly Mahon reporting for M-C-T-V. Thank you for listening and come back tomorrow at the same time for the news.

No responses yet

Nov 09 2017

Profile Image of Reilly

Story #3 Draft

Filed under Articles/Stories

Intro:

Good morning everyone, I’m Reilly Mahon reporting for M-C-T-V. Here are the top stories of the hour.

The Morningside College Women’s Basketball team season has currently started out pretty slow. With three wins and two losses right now, they need to improve in order to make it to the playoffs.

The improvements need to be shown at their next couple of games, in order to be seen as a competitive team.

The improvements will help them make it into the GPAC tournament and have a shot of winning the championship.

I spoke to Daniel Ver Staag, one of the play-by-play announcers for the Women’s Basketball games this season about how they’re currently doing and what they can do to improve.

[Audio Clip] About 20 seconds

Their next game is at home on November 10th at 6 P.M.

 

After the recent Manhattan Terror Attack and the Sutherland Springs church shooting, the safety concern in this country is up and will stay up for a while.

This has been an issue in this country lately because of so many shootings in the last couple of years. The terror attacks internationally are making the situation worse because they have made people worry about traveling to outside of the U.S.

Safety should also be look at locally in cities like Sioux City and local colleges like Morningside College.

I spoke to Brett Lyons, one of the security guards for Morningside College about what they will do if a terror attack or shooting happens on campus.

[Audio Clip] About 30 seconds

In today’s world, safety is a factor that people are looking at constantly all the time.

 

In the last week, President Donald Trump has threatened the Department of Justice and the job of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump wants an investigation on the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton.

One issue in this situation is that the President force an investigation to happen without having evidence to back him up to the DOJ.  Another issue is that the President threaten Sessions’s job because he is not doing what Trump wants him to do.

I spoke with James Fardan, a member of the Morningside Civic Union about if its legal for the President is threatening Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ job and the issue with the investigation on the DNC and Clinton.

[Audio Clip] About 20 seconds

The President needs to provide the DOJ with evidence before an investigation begins and in order for an investigation to happen.

 

Outro:

That’s it for the news this hour, once again, I’m Reilly Mahon reporting for M-C-T-V. Thank you for listening and come back tomorrow at the same time for the news.

Comments Off on Story #3 Draft

Oct 10 2017

Profile Image of Reilly

Story #2 Final Draft: Is Socializing a Problem in Today’s Society?

Filed under Articles/Stories

People not interacting often can be seen on Morningside Campus when you walk to class or the commons. Students are connected to their phones like it is a necessity.

Locally, this is not as big of a problem as it is society wise. Morningside College has the Morningside Activities Council, MAC, to help students stay on campus and interact with one another.

“MAC helps with the socializing problem on campus. They also spread the word about events that they are happening on campus as well. They are doing a good job of bringing students together for events,” Hailey Burrus, a fellow student at Morningside College.

MAC is a way for Morningside to help with the problem but not solve it completely. Socializing is a way for people to meet new people and interact with one another.

With the quick advancements of cell phones and social media, people are now focused on their phones more than ever. Phones make people not pay attention to others.

“Students are easily more distracted with technology and social media these days,” said Katie McClintock, a student at Morningside College.

Social media apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram help people attach themselves to their phones. Being online a lot will also help people be more open online than in person. Social media also makes it easier for people to hide their real feelings.

“The fact that conversation partners look into a screen instead of each other’s eyes, coupled with the fact that–more often than not–they don’t occupy the same physical space. This may make it feel less risky and uncomfortable to share personal feelings with another person,” said Howard Gardner and Katie Davis, authors of The App Generation.

It makes them distracted and not want to talk to them face-to-face. Social media is a problem because this is changing how people socialize with each other in today’s society.

“Technology will advance more and will make socializing not as important and more at their phones which means less face-to-face,” says Katie McClintock.

When someone is walking around or out in public, there is a possibility that they are on their cell phone and not noticing the world around them. Phones shouldn’t be playing a significant role like it is in students’ lives.

“Students use their phones more than ever which means that this helps them to ignore people when walking on campus,” said Dave Madsen, the head of the Mass Communications Department at Morningside College.

Is there a solution to the socializing problem? According to Dave Madsen, there is not a solution to this problem.

“People are used to doing everything on their phones all the time. Phones were not what they were ten years ago.”

Right now, there is a problem with no solution, and that is the challenging part that needs to be figured out before socializing is extinct. Socializing is a critical factor for society.

Without it, there is no society but just a group of people that are on their phones all the time. Society should not end up with people talking to each other online only.

 

Comments Off on Story #2 Final Draft: Is Socializing a Problem in Today’s Society?

Oct 09 2017

Profile Image of Reilly

Story #2 First Draft: Is Socializing a Problem in Today’s Society?

Filed under Articles/Stories

With the quick advancements of technology and social media, people are now more focused on their phones more than ever. Technology makes people not want to pay attention to others, distracts them, and not want to talk to them face-to-face. Social media is a problem because this is changing how people socialize with each other in today’s society.

This problem is one that can’t resolve in one day. This issue is going to be solved, but it will take a long time for the solution to be in effect in society.

Social media helps people hide online. People also use technology as a way to talk to others more easily.

“Students are easily more distracted with technology and social media these days,” said Katie McClintock, a student at Morningside College.

Social media apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram help people be online regularly. Being online a lot will also help people be more open online than in person. Social media also makes easier for people to hide their real feeling when they are online.

According to Howard Gardner and Katie Davis, who wrote the book, The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, said, “Social networking sites have transformed many social interactions into considerably more public affairs than they would have been in pre-digital times.”

The social interaction in today’s society has become a factor as in why social media is so popular and used all the time. The advancement of technology is going to make this problem even worse. The more advanced social media becomes, the less interaction there will be.

“Technology will advance more and will make less socializing and more at their phones which means less face-to-face,” says Katie McClintock.

Face-to-face interaction is more important than communication on social media because people can see each other in person and see the reactions on the faces of who they are talking.

People not interacting often can be seen on Morningside Campus when you walk to class or the commons. Students are connected to their phones like it is a necessity.

“Students use their phones more than ever which means that this helps them to ignore people when walking on campus,” said Dave Madsen, the head of the Mass Communications Department at Morningside College.

Locally, this is not as big of a problem as it is society wise. Morningside College has the Morningside Activities Council, MAC, to help students stay on campus and interact with one another. MAC is a way for Morningside to help with the problem but not solve it completely.

“MAC helps with the socializing problem on campus. They also spread the word about events that they are happening on campus well. They are doing a good job of bringing students together for events,” Hailey Burrus, a fellow student at Morningside College.

Is there a solution to the socializing problem? According to Dave Madsen, there is not a solution to this problem. He also says that Morningside cannot fix the problem of socializing.

Right now, there is a problem with no solution, and that is the challenging part that needs to be figured out before socializing is extinct. Socializing is a critical factor in how a society runs and go about every day. Without it, there is no society but just a group of people that are on their phones all the time. Society should not end up with people talking to each other online only.

Society is at a roadblock as to where they should go next to save interaction offline and still advance in technology. It is time for a solution, and it needs to be thought of sooner than later before it is too late to do anything about it.

Comments Off on Story #2 First Draft: Is Socializing a Problem in Today’s Society?

Sep 15 2017

Profile Image of Reilly

Story #1 First Draft

Filed under Articles/Stories

How Politics Have Made College Campuses Unsafe for People who Have Different Views than the Majority of the College

The political world that the United States has created is forcing college campuses to become dangerous places for students who do not have the same political views as the majority of the school.

These students are trump-supporters, conservative Republicans who are going to liberal colleges to get their respected degrees. They feel like they have to hide from their college and are afraid to speak out about anything involving politics.

The danger started with political correctness on college campuses where students are not allowed to say something that might offend someone who doesn’t agree with them. This backlash is causing a huge change on campuses around the country.

Political correctness is a big part of why colleges are becoming unsafe for different opinions and views to be heard and discuss without some controversy. This correctness has caused students not handle opinions from the “other” side.

Ruth Sherlock from The Telegraph wrote an article about how political correctness is hurting American campuses. She discusses not only students are affected by this correctness but professors too.

She states, “The introduction of “trigger warnings” may have been designed to protect people who have suffered serious trauma, but critics fear they are now a means to prevent the free discussion in class that is an essential part of academic learning.”

She also talks about how students are now changing what professors are teaching in their classes and how professors are not able to teach the courses the way they’ve always done because of political correctness.

She puts in her article that political correctness is far from advance social justice, they are limiting freedom of speech according to faculty members of Harvard Law School she talked.

Political correctness has made college campuses more dangerous than ever that started with the 2016 Presidential election. This particular election has made a lasting impact on universities for generations to come.

Frank Bruni of the New York Times put in a quote in his article that comes from Van Jones that states, “I don’t want you to be safe, ideologically. I don’t want you to be safe, emotionally. I want you to be strong. That’s different. I’m not going to pave the jungle for you. Put on some boots, and learn how to deal with adversity.”

Bruni discusses that protests are not the problem, it is how controlling people by shaming and silencing them is doing the opposite of what the protests’ goals are. He knows that protests make a change to society as a whole, but he doesn’t discuss what happens when a protest turns into violence that causes innocent people to get hurt.

But what continues this is the fact that their voices not heard and the fear of unsafety at college campuses. Republicans on college campuses are feeling threatened, harassed, and hated because of the 2016 election and their political views.

More university students and professors have identified themselves as liberals than conservatives. The liberal colleges have made conservatives feel left out and alone when they are on college campuses.

Clare Foran of The Atlantic wrote in her article that “Add to that a wave of liberal activism pushing for trigger warnings and safe spaces at universities—demands that critics describe as codding at best and threats to free speech at worst—and a presidential election filled with divisive insults, and it’s not hard to see how the divide between college Republicans who support Trump and the rest of the student body may have widened on college campuses across the country.”

College Democrats have thrown insults like racist, sexist, homophobic, and other bigotry words that do not describe the majority of college Republicans. Republicans are hated more than ever on campuses because of the 2016 election.

Foran discusses how the Black Lives Matter movement inspired young liberals on college campuses to denounce and call out racism whenever they believe they see it exists. She also talks about how liberal students have the belief that anyone who supports Trump is a racist and should be labeled a racist.

The 2016 Presidential election was a big chance for college Republicans to speak out and show their political views for Donald Trump. The Trump victory didn’t change the environment of the liberal college campuses.

Donald Trump winning the Presidential election gave college Republicans an opportunity to have the chance to speak out and stand up for what they believe. If Trump lost the election, then college Republicans would be even more alienated than ever at college campuses.

Today’s political world has changed college campuses forever. College campuses need to give college Republicans space where they can speak out. Universities also need to have liberals and conservatives discuss difficult topics that require both sides to have their voices heard.

Comments Off on Story #1 First Draft

Sep 11 2017

Profile Image of Reilly

Story #1 Final Draft

Filed under Articles/Stories

How Has Politics Have Made College Campuses Unsafe for People who Have Different Views than the Majority of the College?

The political world that the United States has created is forcing college campuses to become dangerous places for students today. This is because of students that have different views than the college, professors, and fellow students. Republicans on college campuses are feeling threatened, harassed, and hated because of the 2016 election and their political views.

College Democrats have thrown insults like racist, sexist, homophobic, and other bigotry words that do not describe the majority of college Republicans. Republicans are hated more than ever on campuses because of the 2016 election.

These students are trump-supporters, conservative Republicans who are going to liberal colleges to get their respected degrees. They feel like they have to hide from their college and are afraid to speak out about anything involving politics.

The danger started with political correctness on college campuses where students are not allowed to say something that might offend someone who doesn’t agree with them. This backlash is causing a huge change on campuses around the country.

Political correctness is a big part of why colleges are becoming unsafe for different opinions and views to be heard and discuss without some controversy. This correctness has caused students not handle opinions from the “other” side.

Ruth Sherlock from The Telegraph wrote how political correctness is hurting American campuses. She discusses not only students are affected by this correctness but professors too.

She states, “The introduction of “trigger warnings” may have been designed to protect people who have suffered serious trauma, but critics fear they are now a means to prevent the free discussion in class that is an essential part of academic learning.”

She also talks about how students are now changing what professors are teaching in their classes and how professors are not able to teach the courses the way they’ve always done because of political correctness.

She puts in her article that political correctness is far from advance social justice, they are limiting freedom of speech according to faculty members of Harvard Law School she talked.

Political correctness has made college campuses more dangerous than ever that started with the 2016 Presidential election. This particular election has made a lasting impact on universities for generations to come.

Frank Bruni of the New York Times refers to a quote from Van Jones. Van Jones was discussing at the University of Chicago how students want to be in “bubble wrap.” He states, “I don’t want you to be safe, ideologically. I don’t want you to be safe, emotionally. I want you to be strong. That’s different. I’m not going to pave the jungle for you. Put on some boots, and learn how to deal with adversity.”

Bruni discusses that protests are not the problem, it is how controlling people by shaming and silencing them is doing the opposite of what the protests’ goals are. He knows that protests make a change to society as a whole, but he doesn’t discuss what happens when a protest turns into violence that causes innocent people to get hurt.

But what continues this is the fact that their voices not heard and the fear of unsafety at college campuses. More university students and professors have identified themselves as liberals than conservatives. The liberal colleges have made conservatives feel left out and alone when they are on college campuses.

Clare Foran of The Atlantic wrote in her article that “Add to that a wave of liberal activism pushing for trigger warnings and safe spaces at universities—demands that critics describe as codding at best and threats to free speech at worst—and a presidential election filled with divisive insults, and it’s not hard to see how the divide between college Republicans who support Trump and the rest of the student body may have widened on college campuses across the country.”

The 2016 Presidential election was a big chance for college Republicans to speak out and show their political views for Donald Trump. The Trump victory didn’t change the environment of the liberal college campuses.

Donald Trump winning the Presidential election gave college Republicans an opportunity to have the chance to speak out and stand up for what they believe. If Trump lost the election, then college Republicans would be even more alienated than ever at college campuses.

Today’s political world has changed college campuses forever. College campuses need to give college Republicans space where they can speak out. Universities also need to have liberals and conservatives discuss difficult topics that require both sides to have their voices heard.

One response so far