News Comment

November 4, 2017 - One Response

In the article “America is facing an epistemic crisis” by David Roberts, the subtitle is about Mueller and his court case. However, he doesn’t get to that point until halfway through the article.

Instead, he starts by talking about protests at Mike Cernovich’s speech at Columbia University and “crazy conservative fairy tales”.

When Roberts does finally talk about the Mueller case, he talks about possibilities that might happen after evidence is found.

Then he gets into what the title of the article is about: an “epistemic breach”.

Roberts describes epistemiology and how it is affecting America right now, then continuing about how Mueller’s case is affecting this crisis. Then he continues with what might happen if nothing happens at all.

Overall, this article is very unprofessional, though he does exercise good possibilities of different outcomes. What confuses me, however, is that this article seems more like an opinion, but isn’t actually labeled opinion.

Read the original article here.

Emma Watson Speech Exercise

November 4, 2017 - One Response

Broadcast Lede: Emma Watson gave a special speech to the young activists of the world yesterday at the One Young World Convention in Ottawa, Canada.

Print Story: Emma Watson, known for both her roles in the Harry Potter movies and her feminist activist movements, inspired people from around the globe at the One Young World Convention in Ottawa, Canada.

She told her own life story after becoming the face of activism and the difficulties she faces because of it. However, that was just a starting point for her speech.

Watson’s speech was an introduction to the first scholarship winners from One Young World and emphasized the importance of the different activist movements, including gender equality. She refers to the different forms of feminist activism movements as “an unstoppable current” that come from combining various backgrounds and identities.

The One Young World Convention is an organization to bring young leaders from around the world together and participate in debates while sharing ideas and solutions for world problems.

About One Young World, Watson said it “isn’t about what I, each of us individually, can do, but what we can do, working together, supporting and listening to each other.”

 

 

Shooting Broadcast Exercise

October 24, 2017 - One Response

After a day of happiness came a day of pain.

The day after Richard and Laurette Brunson’s wedding, Richard shot Laurette in the abdomen.

A neighbor, Walter Corse, said “I heard the sound of the shot, or I think I did. It was kind of a pop, pop, pop.” He then says one of Laurette’s three children came out of the house, yelling that she had been shot and can’t breathe.

Sgt. Mann, a police spokesman, tells reporters “the shooting occurred at 5 p.m. It happened after she threw a plate of wedding reception macaroni salad at him. His whereabouts are still unknown.”

Laurette is in the hospital and had no comment on the situation. Officials say she is “in satisfactory condition”.

Science Scavenger Hunt

October 17, 2017 - One Response

A loud chirp and a large shockwave disrupt our universe, finally answering questions astronomers have been wondering for years.

In the past week, thousands of astronomers, such as those involved with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, announced their findings from a collision between two dead stars in the Hydra constellation that occurred in August.

New York Times’s Dennis Overbye reports that the astronomers, many a part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration who studies gravitational waves, say the collision has answered the question of where the more dense materials of the universe, such as gold, silver, and uranium, come from.

The amount of matter in each of the stars, known as neutron stars, and their collision into each other created an explosion of gamma rays, X-rays, radio waves, and even a cloud of gold dust.

The astronomers are unsure of the remains of the collision, thinking of three possibilities: turning into a black hole, creating a bigger star that vanished, or staying in the spot of collision as another neutron star.

E-Sports on Campus (Story #2 FD)

October 17, 2017 - No Responses

Morningside College recently became one of the newest schools to join the E-Sports community and even added it to their sports teams roster.

For non-gamers in the world, watching when players are yelling at a computer screen or constantly clicking a mouse button during gameplay, these games don’t seem all that appealing.

However, gamers know that despite the sore fingers after hours of gameplay or scratchy voices when either communicating with their teammates through a microphone or just yelling at a screen, the fun of the game is why they continue playing.

Athletes in physical sports know how accomplished they feel after winning their matches/competitions/games. E-Sports athletes feel the same and put in a lot of time practicing just to get a little bit better.

The amount of time put into practicing for this ever-growing community made Dean Stevens, the professor in charge of the E-Sports team on campus, believe early on that students deserve a scholarship.

Stevens said he wanted to give scholarships to students because playing these games and practicing “requires a huge amount of investment and time, of effort, it requires a lot of skills in terms of competition, in terms of communication with your teammates.”

Students also believe E-Sports is worthy of becoming equal to physical sports. Quentin Charbonneau, a Junior at Morningside, said “I think it deserves as much of a chance as any sport. It’s a fast growing community that needs recognition.”

Casey Wall, a freshman at Morningside, agrees and says “Teachers should be treating [E-Sports] as an athletic team because it goes together with every other sport.”

The E-Sports team is currently focusing on Blizzard Entertainments Overwatch and plans to switch to Riot Games’s League of Legends for next semester.

E-Sports on Campus (Story #2 RD)

October 10, 2017 - No Responses

Morningside College recently became one of the newest schools to join the E-Sports community.

In Fall of 2016, Morningside’s E-Sports team got its start when the first students involved spent a day in what is now known as the Nexus, a long room originally used for extra storage but is now home of the gaming computers.

E-Sports means sporting in an electronic media, such as video games. Though there are significantly many and older games that players still use in competitions against each other, there are only two the Morningside E-Sports team is currently playing: Overwatch and League of Legends.

Dean Stevens, the professor in charge of the E-Sports team, said they use those two games because League of Legends (further referred to as League) is “the granddaddy of them all” and is what “really kicked off the E-Sports phenomenon as we know it today,” and Overwatch is the “new kid on the block.”

Stevens said this knowing that League was created by the company Riot Games in 2006, while Overwatch only recently came out in 2016. Though there is a ten year difference, the interest in the games is still present, shown through the count of over seven million Overwatch players in June 2017 and the most recent count of 67 million players play the game every month in 2014, according to Riot.

For non-gamers in the world, on the outside when players are yelling at a computer screen or clicking a mouse button an annoying amount of times per minute during gameplay, these games don’t seem all that appealing.

However, gamers know that despite the sore fingers after hours of gameplay or scratchy voices when either communicating with their teammates through a microphone or just yelling at a screen when they can’t, the fun of the game is why they continue playing.

Athletes in physical sports that require moving around know how accomplished they feel after winning their matches/competitions/games. E-Sports athletes feel the same and put in a lot of time practicing just to get a little bit better.

In fact, because of the amount of practice put into these games by the students, Dean Stevens offers scholarships for those just starting college. However, it’s not just because of the practice. Stevens sees the scholarships are for students working on skills outside of just clicking buttons.

He said it “requires a huge amount of investment and time, of your effort, it requires a lot of skills in terms of competition, in terms of communication with your teammates.” These things, and more, require a lot of commitment and effort for the game to be played well.

Media Comparison Exercise

October 9, 2017 - One Response

In 1997, the spacecraft named Cassini was launched into space where, for the next twenty years, it would make its way to and around Saturn. This year, in 2017, Cassini was given final directions to fall through Saturn’s atmosphere while sending final signals and sights of Saturn’s surface.

In the article by Ashley Strickland on CNN.com, she tells about Cassini‘s final journey to Saturn’s surface.

Strickland includes a lot of detail by going into depth about how the crew felt after receiving the final signal, as well as telling what might be next in the science community by using what Cassini taught the scientists at NASA.

Connected to the article is a video featuring a news correspondent, Rachel Crane. Unlike Strickland’s article, Crane doesn’t go into detail about the minds behind the project.

Instead, she only gives information about Cassini‘s mission and why the craft was sent into the atmosphere instead of letting it drift.

There was also an interview featured in the video. NASA Planetary Scientist Carolyn Poro tells about the possibility of life because of the hidden ocean found on one of Saturn’s moons. Because of this possibility of a life sustaining environment, we don’t want to put our debris in it and contaminate the surface.

Crane finishes the video with news that there are currently no plans for another expedition to Saturn.

 

News Comment #6

October 2, 2017 - One Response

In the vox.com article “Why London is banning Uber from its streets” written by Zeesham Aleem, the lede used is quick and to the point. It creates a kick in the gut, so to say, about what the article is about and creates interest as to what the article will continue to talk about from that point forward.

Aleem talks about the importance of Uber in London, both for the employed drivers and those who rely on it for transport. He also talks about why London is not renewing it’s license when the current one is terminated, such as that of Uber “failing to report sexual assault by its drivers and using lax background checks.”

Aleem mentions that Uber will be taking up their position in court, and maybe London raising the issue about how Uber drivers treat their customers “could give it pause about the costs of the way it does business.”

Read the original article here.

Observation Exercise

October 2, 2017 - One Response

This room is longer lengthwise than it is widthwise. It has several rows of tables that fill the room, complete with computers on top and tall gaming chairs behind each set.

There are windows along the right side of the room when entering, covered by horizontal blinds to filter the sun out of the players’ eyes. Along the far wall, as well as the wall on the left side of the room, there are whiteboards filled with lines, players’ names, and online account names. These people are separated by current members of three different teams.

When sitting at one of the sets of computer equipment, the chair is slightly tough from the leather and hard plastic it is made of. The monitor is a wide screen with buttons along the bottom and a switch hidden underneath that turns it on.

The console is made of black hard plastic to contain the mechanical elements inside and even a see-through panel on one side to see the console illuminate from within when turned on.

Attached to the console is a pair of headphones with soft leather pieces that go over the ears and create a more sound-proof barrier to the surroundings. Also attached to the console is a keyboard that lights up when the system is turned on, and whose keys make a clicking sound when pressed down. There is also a slightly long wheel of about 1 1/2 inches in length at the top right of the keyboard that is used to turn up or down the sound.

The screen has nice quality when turned on, creating noticeably clean definition on the elements on the screen. On the homepage along the left side of the screen are several icons of various games, applications, and software that is available on the computer.

Interview with Alex Watters

September 29, 2017 - No Responses

Alex Watters is a man whose life took an unexpected turn after an accident when he was a freshman in college. However, despite the difficulties that have become normal in his everyday life, he is a very optimistic person and lives each day to the fullest.

Watters is a well-known 1st year advisor here at Morningside, usually seen zipping around in his wheelchair around campus either on his own, with fellow faculty members, or some of his student advisees.

He said “I really believe in the ability to make a difference,” which has led him to being an advisor, a Sioux City Council member, and working with several government programs associated with disabilities.

Being an advisor makes Watters feel proud of his students, much like how a parental figure would feel for their child. He sometimes has very difficult cases in students who can’t seem to adjust to college life, but when they finally come into their own, it’s “inspiring to see.”

He mentions tearing up at several of the Morningside events he attends whenever one of his current or previous advisees is recognized, knowing just how far they’ve come in their time here.

Though he doesn’t see himself being here forever, he does want to continue being an advisor in general and continue helping people.