News Comment #5

September 22, 2017 - One Response

In Christy Rakoczy’s article, “The US gender wage gap is narrowing, but women still face higher poverty rates” on, Rakoczy uses a lede that doesn’t really capture the interest.

The title of the article is what had originally caught my attention, but then Rakoczy uses information from a year ago, 2016, in her report that she wrote September 12, 2017.

Aside from the slightly outdated, but possibly most recent, information available, the article presents good statistics that back up her title.

Rakoczy tells us that the change from women earning $0.796 in 2015 to $0.805 “for every dollar earned by men” has been the most significant change since 2007.

In the poverty statistics side of her article, Rakoczy tells us that “women have a 2.7% higher rate of men in all age groups.” This tells us that we still have a lot of work to do when it comes to equalizing men and women, but despite the poverty situation, we are starting to make advances.

Read the original article here.

Scavenger Hunt Exercise

September 21, 2017 - No Responses

The Scavenger Hunt exercise conducted during class required myself and my classmates to go out of our comfort zones and find new people to talk about random things. This was not the easiest thing in the world to do.

Dr. Jack Hill is one of the people I decided to interview, mainly because I only knew him in context from one of my friends taking some of his courses throughout her time here at Morningside. Dr. Hill is a Psychology professor as well as the Chair of the Department.

When first meeting him, I noticed he is a heavyset man of older years, mainly detailed because of his grayed hair. He was wearing a light striped shirt and suspenders, and we shared a commonality of not wearing glasses when looking at a computer screen. He only put his glasses on when I first came into the room and introduced myself and my assignment.

Dr. Hill’s first reaction to my question about finding an object with a Morningside logo on it was confusion. I further explained the assignment, and he started looking around his desk until he remembered his business card sitting on the front of his desk. Objective number one complete.

After obtaining Dr. Hill’s card, I asked him when and why he came to Morningside. He told me started working here in 1990 and said “I was looking for a liberal arts college to teach at” and also that those were the only kinds of schools he applied for work at.

The second objective we had to find was that of a conversation about the interviewee’s favorite movie. He reacted with an intake of air and smiled as he said it would be slightly difficult to decide on one because he is a movie buff.

I instead simplified the question, going with what his favorite genre might be. He said Science Fiction was his favorite genre, but his favorite movie, The Shawshank Redemption, fell out of that category.

Since I hadn’t seen the movie before, I asked for a little bit of background on it. He told me it’s “based on a Stephen King novella” and the reason why he likes it so much is because it “totally absorbs me” whenever he comes across it. He is unsure of the amount of times he has seen the movie.

After finishing my interview with Dr. Hill, I thanked him for his time and went searching for another person I wouldn’t know. My first idea was to head up to the English Department offices, but there are more faculty on the third floor of Lewis Hall than just the English staff.

On that same floor, I found Dr. John Pinto. I introduced myself once again, stating my assignment and if he had some time to talk, to which he agreed and told me to pull up a chair.

Dr. Pinto is an older man, made much clearer when he said he started at Morningside in 1981. I asked him what he does here at Morningside and he said he’s “in charge of institutional research and assessment of students.”

When asked why Dr. Pinto came to Morningside, he told me it was because of work, “a strong growing program and good students.” He also gave me his card when I asked for an object with the Morningside logo.

Dr. Pinto gave me much of the same reaction as Dr. Hill when asked about what his favorite movie is. Since movies are such a big source of entertainment, I wasn’t surprised that people had some difficulty with answering the question.

However, Dr. Pinto was more ready for this question. He answered with vigor as he said his favorite movie is Clockwork Orange, a movie about a violent person in a gang who is eventually conditioned to hate violence and even gets sick when witnessing it.

The reason for this movie as his favorite was because “the questions and issues it brings up resonated” with him.


News Comment #4

September 14, 2017 - One Response

The article written by Andrew Prokop on reports that Trump has taken his stand on kicking illegal immigrants out of the US and partially turned on it.

Rather than kicking all illegal immigrants, the President has been sending out Tweets starting Thursday morning, stating that immigrants who are a part of DACA “have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own.” Trump even praises them.

These tweets, according to Prokop, give show us that Trump is willing to sign a law protecting thousands of immigrants from deportation.

Prokop acknowledges the turn on Trump’s promises and protests against illegal immigrants during his campaign, and though he still wants to disband Obama’s DACA, Trump clearly wants to save the DREAMers.

Read the original article here.

Lede Exercise 4a

September 14, 2017 - No Responses

Story 1:

Christy Wapniarski died suddenly yesterday night after a leisurely afternoon sailing with three of her friends turned dangerous.

Randy Cohen, one of the three who accompanied Christy during this trip, tells how the events occurred from his hospital room in Halifax Hospital in Daytona.

The four friends went out to sea in a 16-foot catamaran, which at about 5 pm started leaking until it sank. They weren’t wearing life jackets, Cohen says. The four friends hung onto one of the pontoons throughout the night, but with a strong ocean current taking their toll on them, they decided to swim four miles to the nearest shore, Ormond Beach.

Partway through the swim, Wapniarski called to Cohen for help, claiming a shark had attacked her. Cohen called for help from the one swimming ahead of him who warned him not to go back or he would also be attacked.

Cohen went to help anyway, but Wapniarski was unconscious by the time he got to her, no sign of sharks in the area. He tried swimming her back to shore, but Perrin, another of their friends who were swimming behind Cohen and Wapniarski took her pulse and pronounced her dead.

Cohen tried swimming her body back to shore, but with another six hours before the three reached the beach, he let her go and finished the swim.

While Cohen is still in residence of the hospital, the other two were examined and released.

Story 2:

A United Airlines jet bound for Omaha, NE crashed into a residential district outside of Chicago’s Second City Airport Friday Afternoon.

Of a total of 61 people on board, 55 were killed, though only 42 bodies have been found so far. One of the deceased was Rep. George W. Collins who was coming back from Washington. The remaining 16 survivors of the crash were admitted to Holy Cross Hospital with injuries.

One survivor reports that the pilot told his passengers that everything was going well, but “knew something was wrong a few seconds later because he began to rev the engines.”

Eyewitnesses, such as John Eldon, are concerned with how Chicago is running their airports and are considering moving.

Students Make Bad Sleepers (Story #1 Final)

September 14, 2017 - No Responses

College students aren’t getting the amount of sleep they really need. Sleep is one of the things everyone needs in order to live and work well.

Sleep is one thing college students become good at making time for, whether it is a quick nap in some free time after a bad night, or scheduling it in when they have to wake up for class on time.

Several articles, such as those written by the University of Georgia’s Health Center and Terri Williams at, tell about how lack of sleep affects, and is important for, college students.

The common points between the two articles are about why we need sleep, how much we need, and why not sleeping enough can be very harmful.

Though mainly pointed at college students, especially a negative side effect of sleep deprivation affecting memory recall and disrupting academic performance, these reasons can all be applied to everyone on Earth.

The University of Georgia’s Health Center has a bolded section headline titled “CONSEQUENCES of sleep loss,” which gives some physical and mental health issues that come with sleep loss, such as “impact[ing] the immune system function,” “obesity,” “impact[ing] brain function, attention span, mood and reaction times,” depression, and anxiety.

Williams reports about a recent survey showing “college students consider sleep to be an important factor in their success – but admit that they’re not sleeping as much as they should.”

According to the study, as many as 84% of students say they “would like to sleep 8 hours or more” on a school night, but only 16% actually do.

The University site says “Establishing A Sleep Ritual” and avoiding caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol will help students get enough sleep.

Williams at also relays tips from a professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, such as “Setting a cut-off time for studying – and then sticking to it – is helpful, as is keeping that schedule regularly.”

Overall, both of the articles give compelling reasons and statistics for why sleep is important, but not always probable for students.

Anya Kamenetz on gives a different viewpoint, believing that college students are getting the right amount of sleep.

“Students aren’t as sleep-deprived as we might think. The overall average was 7 hours and 3 minutes during the week, and 7 hours 38 minutes on the weekends,” Kamenetz reports on a study released by Jawbone, a developer of wearable sleep and activity trackers.

The study also tells that students at more difficult/high level universities are night owls, or more likely to go to sleep later, though they still get within the appropriate range of time asleep.


Students Make Bad Sleepers (Story #1 RD)

September 12, 2017 - One Response

Sleep is needed for all humans to correctly function. It’s one thing college students become good at is making time for, whether it is a quick nap in some free time after a bad night, or scheduling it in when so they can wake up for class on time.

However, college students might not be getting as much sleep as they should be. These articles from the University of Georgia,, and give the issues from students lacking sleep, but also tips and tricks for them to get the sleep they need.

The article written by the University Health Center at the University of Georgia is very informational about why sleep is invaluable for college students.

Their website is separated by small sections for each bolded heading, such as “WHY do we need sleep?”, “HOW MUCH sleep do we need?”, and “CONSEQUENCES of sleep loss.”

After the “CONSEQUENCES of sleep loss” section, they list some of the physical and mental health issues associated with lack of sleep, such as “impact[ing] the immune system function,” “obesity,” “impact[ing] brain function, attention span, mood and reaction times,” depression, and anxiety.

The article also mentions the impact on a student’s top priority: academic performance. It’s usually negative because sleep deprivation affects memory recall, among other things.

The article finishes with ideas for figuring out how to get enough sleep, what to avoid for getting sleep, as well as some insight for students to recognize if they might have a sleep disorder.

The article written by Terri Williams on gives many statistics in her article about what students think about sleep: “A recent survey reveals that college students consider sleep to be an important factor in their success – but admit that they’re not sleeping as much as they should.”

Williams continues the article with more survey statistics, as well as creating sub-headlines in her article about why the appropriate amount of sleep is ideal: “Emotional and cognitive reasons why sleep is important” and “Other problems caused by insufficient sleep.”

Williams also relays tips to students for “How to develop better sleeping habits” from associate professor Dr. Ann M. Romaker at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, who says “Setting a cut-off time for studying – and then sticking to it – is helpful, as is keeping that schedule regularly” and more.

The article written by Anya Kamenetz on tells the opposite side of the story. She believes college students are not actually sleep deprived.

“Students aren’t as sleep-deprived as we might think. The overall average was 7 hours and 3 minutes during the week, and 7 hours 38 minutes on the weekends.” This comes from a study released by Jawbone, a developer of wearable sleep and activity trackers.

The study also tells the reader that students at more difficult/high level universities go to sleep later, but are still within the appropriate range of time asleep.

Kamentz acknowledges the opposing side to her argument by quoting Jawbone’s head of data science and analytics, Brian Wilt: “Framed another way, they got less than seven hours of sleep on 46.2 percent of nights. So I think it’s definitely a problem.”

However, she sticks by her original argument that students are in fact much more concerned about their health, including their sleeping patterns, than originally thought. This is shown by their increase in buying and using fitness equipment such as Jawbone’s tracker.

News Comment #3/Lede

September 7, 2017 - One Response

The first thing to catch my attention when it came to Tim Mulkerin’s article “How exposure therapy helped me hack my OCD brain and eliminate my greatest fear” on was his lede. The first thing he mentions in his article is knives, and connecting the lede with the title, I knew I wanted to continue reading.

Mulkerin writes this article about his difficulties with OCD thoughts, in this case his thoughts about taking a knife and stabbing his loved ones with it. He relays that his violent thoughts are from his OCD and his fear of him being capable of committing these acts, then continues with telling about his exposure therapy and the little steps he took to slowly control his fear into something manageable.

Mulkerin says he is now better, and he is “doing [his] best to accept that” he “can’t have total assurance about anything.”

Read the original article here.

Suspensions Cause Unrest Among East High Students (Lede Exercise #1)

September 7, 2017 - One Response

Last Monday, five students at East High were put on week-long suspension for being caught smoking marijuana in the school parking lot.

Disgruntled students protested the suspensions by causing a cafeteria-closing food fight Tuesday, followed by three false alarms sounding on Wednesday.

Principal Laura Vibelius reported there was general unrest among the students, “Not so much unrest because of the suspensions, but because of summer vacation being so near.”

Ten upperclassmen were also put on week-long suspension, with Vibelius stating she sees no continuation of these “incidents” in the near future.

News Comment #2

August 31, 2017 - One Response

In the article “Want to save money and grow richer? This is the best way to rank financial priorities, experts say” by Anita Hamilton, she starts with telling the reader to write down their financial goals in their lives. Following these goals, Hamilton says a “financial plan” will help the reader get to these goals as they continue to find wiggle room with their extra savings.

These extra savings would then be put toward one of the “financial priorities” Hamilton lists in her article: “Pay down any high interest credit-card debt”, “put money in an emergency fund”, “start saving for retirement — especially if you get a company match”, “paying off your student loans”, and “paying for a big expense or saving goal”.

Hamilton says “the best way to avoid getting into debt for these things is to start budgeting well in advance: as much as two years ahead,” which will help the reader get to their goals much faster than without putting their little bits of extra money into these “financial priorities.”

Find the article here.

Get to know Jesseca Ormond

August 29, 2017 - One Response

Jesseca Ormand, an international student here at Morningside, has come to us from the Caribbean nation of Antigua. She was born in 1993 on the island known as St. Martin. She has a total of four siblings, though two of them come from her father’s previous relationship before meeting her mother. Jesseca is a Mass Comm major, having always known she wanted to go into public relations and communications. She says “I like communications [and] knowing how that works.” In fact, the reason Jesseca chose Morningside is because of the Mass Comm program and the good scholarships available to her. She decided to come to college in the United States because “you have to know people [in Antigua] or you leave and come back with experience.” This, Jesseca says, is the reason she came to college so late: she needed to raise the funds to come to the US before she could get the experience she needs to get a job in her home country. She also loves photography and the color black, though she knows it’s a shade rather than a color.