21
September
2017

Scavenger Hunt0

Scavenging for good conversations, interesting motivational quotes, and a creatively bent paperclip. The motivational quote was definitely going to be the easier of the two tasks, so that’s what I looked for first.

I stopped Taylor, a fellow student here at Morningside, on her way to get lunch with her friend Quinne. I know both of them, but not very well. Going out on a limb I asked if they knew where I could get a paperclip, but was met with only confused looks and a no. They suggested the student center since neither had a paperclip and agreed to come with me.

On the way towards the student center, Taylor told me her favorite motivational quote. She quoted Allie Brosh who runs a popular blog called Hyperbole and a Half, and said,”Procrastination is its own tool for success. You push yourself so close to failure you become scared and flee for success.”

We went down into the bookstore where conveniently the man at the counter, after hearing Quinne, Taylor, and me talking about the paperclip dilemma, offered me a paperclip. I thanked him and explained that it was part of a scavenger hunt for class, and we talked a little about the scavenger hunt and its objective.

Duane Benson seemed a little confused though when I asked him to creatively bend the paperclip and said, “How can you artfully bend a paperclip?”But he bent it up some after he tried to find a paperclip that was already messed up.

15
September
2017

News Comment #41

This week I decided to write my news comment on an article titled “The Jamele Hill Controversy Is What Happens When Bigotry Becomes Partisan Politics” by Zak Cheney Rice on Mic. This is a newsworthy story because of conflict and human interest. The conflict stems from the people who want Jamele Hill to be fired from ESPN for her calling Trump out for being a bigot and empowering white supremacists, and the people who think she should not be fired because she is speaking to a larger issue that needs to be addressed. The human interest is there because it is putting a face to  a bigger issue.

 

https://mic.com/articles/184424/the-jemele-hill-controversy-is-what-happens-when-bigotry-becomes-partisan-politics#.e1oFRbVvo

14
September
2017

Betsy DeVos Plans to Rewrite Campus Sexual Assault Regulations0

Recently, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos gave a speech on the Title IX regulations for campus sexual assault put in place by the Obama Administration. While she gave credit to the Obama administration for bringing light onto the issue, she plans to find a more successful solution.

Stephanie Saul and Dana Goldstein from The New York Times state that DeVos, “Believed that in an effort to protect victims, the previous administration had gone too far and forced colleges to adopt procedures that sometimes deprived accused students of their rights.”

Although DeVos stated her goals, she did not say what changes she would implement. The changes could rollback on the obligations that fall under Title IX which was implemented by the Obama administration to combat sexual assault and harassment on campus.

DeVos has met with both those who oppose the current policy and those who support it. Out of that comes her goal to consider the needs of students accused of sexual assault or harassment in addition to school administrators and survivors.

Emily Singer on Mic states that DeVos, “said current guidelines hurt both accusers and the accused.”

In the NY Times It is said that DeVos’ speech focused heavily on the accused who as she said were “denied due process.” Because the 2011 Title IX guidelines lowered the bar set for the standard of proof used in sexual assault cases on campus.

According to Tess Owen in Vice News those who have been falsely accused feel like their schools have let them down resulting in over 100 lawsuits since 2011 compared to 15 in the years prior. However, false reports only account for 2 to 10 percent of sexual assault reports.

In comparison Singer states that one in five women experience sexual assault while in college, and 90% of victims never report it. Critics of the rollback of the Obama guidance fear that it could have a major impact on the willingness of survivors to report sexual assault.

Singer found that sexual assault advocates were upset with DeVos’ speech, and that some groups would “pressure college and universities to continue adhering to the 2011 guidelines.”

https://mic.com/articles/184297/sexual-assault-survivor-groups-and-advocates-pan-betsy-devos-plan-for-title-ix#.2PCVxuiVr

https://news.vice.com/story/betsy-devos-wants-to-roll-back-protections-for-campus-rape-survivors

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/07/us/devos-campus-rape.html

14
September
2017

Lede Exercise0

Story 1: United Airlines Jet Crash

United Airlines Flight 553 crashed on its way to Chicago’s Second City airport killing 43 people including Illinois congressman George W. Collins.

A reported number of 42 bodies have been found so far and the remaining 16 survivors were admitted to the hospital after a United Airlines jet with 61 people aboard crashed into a residential district south of the city.

According to one of the survivors, ” The last words the pilot said to use were, ‘We are at 4000 feet and everything is going well.’ I knew something was wrong a few seconds later because he began to rev the engines.”

The National Transportation Safety Board in Washington sent and investigative team to Chicago immediately. Several board members were already in Chicago because of the commuter train crash that resulted in 45 deaths last month. One of the board officials said that they’ll “look into this thoroughly.”

 

Story 2:

Christy Wapniarski, a student of the Armstrong Aeronautical University in Daytona, Florida, died last night after a night of sailing with three of her classmates took a turn for the worst.

At about 5 pm a leak was discovered in their boat which caused them to capsize. According to Randy Cohen one of the students who survived, they had not been wearing life jackets and clung onto the 16-foot catamaran’s pontoons through the night. Despite the strong current the students made the decision to swim to the shore of Ormond Beach which was 4 miles away at dawn.

During their swim back Cohen says that he heard Wapniarski call for help because “a shark attacked her.” Cohen then called for one of his classmates to help him go back to help Warpniarski, but the other student said to not go back because Cohen could be attacked too.

When Cohen reached Wapniarski she was unconscious and there was no sign of the alleged shark. He began to swim towards shore carrying Wapniarski along with him. Daniel Perrin, who had been swimming behind the other three, swam to the aid of Cohen and Wapniarski, and when he checked Wapniarski’s pulse he told Cohen that she had died. However Cohen continued carrying her for what he says was 15 or 20 more minutes until letting her go.

It took the remaining three students six more hours to reach the shore. They were admitted to the Halifax Hospital where Perrin and Tammy Ennis were examined and released; however, Cohen had to stay in the hospital because he had been bitten by dozens of Portuguese men-of-war.

12
September
2017

(Rough Draft) DeVos Plans to Rewrite Campus Sexual Assault Regulations0

On Thursday August 31, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced her plans to review and rewrite Title IX campus sexual assault guidelines issued by former president Barack Obama in 2011. DeVos hasn’t said what what the Trump administration would replace them with.

Stephanie Saul and Dana Goldstein from The New York Times state that DeVos, “Believed that in an effort to protect victims, the previous administration had gone too far and forced colleges to adopt procedures that sometimes deprived accused students of their rights.”

Although DeVos stated her goals, she did not say what changes she would implement. The changes would rollback on the obligations that fall under Title IX which was implemented by the Obama administration to combat sexual assault and harassment on campus.

In her speech, DeVos acknowledged the fact that the Obama administration shed light on the issue. However, she stated that her administration plans to look for a more successful way to deal with sexual assault on campuses.

DeVos has met with both those who oppose the current policy and those who support it. Out of that comes her goal to consider the needs of students accused of sexual assault or harassment in addition to school administrators and survivors.

Emily Singer on Mic states that DeVos, “said current guidelines hurt both accusers and the accused.”

In the NY Times It is said that DeVos’ speech focused heavily on the accused who as she said were “denied due process.” Because the 2011 Title IX guidelines lowered the bar set for the standard of proof used in sexual assault cases on campus.

According to Tess Owen in Vice News those who have been falsely accused feel like their schools have let them down resulting in over 100 lawsuits since 2011 compared to 15 in the years prior. However, false reports only account for 2 to 10 percent of sexual assault reports.

In comparison Singer states that one in five women experience sexual assault while in college, and 90% of victims never report it. Critics of the rollback of the Obama guidance fear that it could have a major impact on the willingness of survivors to report sexual assault.

Singer found that sexual assault advocates were upset with DeVos’ speech, and that some groups would “pressure college and universities to continue adhering to the 2011 guidelines.”

https://mic.com/articles/184297/sexual-assault-survivor-groups-and-advocates-pan-betsy-devos-plan-for-title-ix#.2PCVxuiVr

https://news.vice.com/story/betsy-devos-wants-to-roll-back-protections-for-campus-rape-survivors

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/07/us/devos-campus-rape.html?_r=0

 

7
September
2017

Lede Exercise 11

Four families were evacuated after Texaco gasoline truck overturns on the outskirts of town flooding streets and sewer lines.

Fire chief Charles Hochandel says: “The firemen followed catastrophe and hazmat procedures set up beforehand for just such an occurrence.”

Sewer-lines, streets, and ditches surrounding 48th Street and Correctionville Road were flooded with gas after the truck overturned. Streets in that area were closed for two hours and cars were rerouted to side streets while firemen flushed the gas out.

 

7
September
2017

News Comment #31

This week, my news comment is on an article titled “After decades of letting students with addictions fend for themselves, colleges are starting to help” by Carter Sherman on Vice News. The story was interesting, and started off with a good lead in describing the addiction of a college student named Manny Delaveris, who struggles with opioid addiction which has become a widespread epidemic. It is definitely news worthy in the sense of the impact that opioid addiction has on our country as of today. Using statistics like that “the worsening opioid epidemic killed 3,200 Americans under 25 in 2015,” proves just how bad the situation is getting and just how much these people need help. But also this could fall under conflict because of the stigma surrounding addiction because most people think of it as a black or white situation which is what kept schools from offering help for so long. There is also conflict when it comes to what approaches are acceptable in the path to recovery as most people think that programs using medication like the 12-step program are still bad. Using quotes from various sources like the students who have struggled with addiction or the people trying to get them help, helps make the case that these students should be able to receive help for their addictions because it can be hard especially at larger schools for students to get sober on their own.

You can read the story here: https://news.vice.com/story/collegiate-recovery-addiction-on-campus

31
August
2017

News Comment #21

This week, I decided to do my news comment on an article titled “These Somali Men Oppose Male Stereotypes to Fight for Female Empowerment” by Alice Rowsome on Vice. The article discussed the efforts of a Somali man named Khadar is challenging the societal norms of his country surrounding the women and girls. He focuses on issues like stopping female genital mutilation, violence towards females, and getting females to become involved in journalism which is a highly uncommon job for women in Somalia. Khadar stresses the importance of getting these women involved in the media as well as informing other men on these issues to try to make a change.

The lead for this news story is extremely effective as it explains how Khadar had to convince his sister not to perform female genital mutilation on her own daughter, and that really hooks a reader since this isn’t something one thinks about in Western society. It sounds horrifying, and is enough to make a person want to read about what this man is trying to do. This story is definitely news worthy because it had impact on about 98 percent of girls and women in these part of the world which is awful to even think about especially when it comes to FGM. It is an issue that should concern true feminists because girls like these are the ones who need feminism the most having to endure violence against them or being forced to undergo FGM for religious reasons despite the effects is not okay.

You can read the full article here https://impact.vice.com/en_us/article/mbb438/these-somali-men-oppose-male-stereotypes-to-fight-for-female-empowerment

30
August
2017

Let’s Meet Marcus!1

Today I met Marcus Mackey, a junior and now mass communications major at Morningside. With his focus on mass communication he hopes to become a sports broadcaster, but before settling on his major he changed it twice. He comes from the southwest region of Iowa, and came to Morningside because it was far from home but also close enough that he cold go back home relatively easily if something came up being only a 3 hour drive away. Over the past two summer’s Marcus has worked at Fareway, a grocery chain located in the Midwest.

He graduated from a school with a graduating class of 15 in 2015, 13 if you don’t count the foreign exchange students. Although he graduated from a very small school, Marcus was very involved in high school with speech contests, reader’s theater, and poetry and prose. Also, he is a dog person, but he doesn’t mind other animals.

25
August
2017

News Comment #10

For my first news comment, I’ve decided to discuss a Vox article called National Revulsion Over the Charlottesville March Shows Why We Shouldn’t Ban Hate Speech by Robert C. Post. The article was written in response to what had occurred  in Charlottesville, Virginia. The article outlines how the organizer of the alt right Unite the Right rally, Jason Kessler, had intended for the event to be peaceful, well as peaceful as an event involving people with hateful ideologies can be. However, many of his supporters brought weapons in addition to their hateful slogans which makes this an issue not only concerning free speech, but the lack of constitutional protection from serious threats.

It becomes an issue of protection from serious threats as the police remained passive long enough for chaos to erupt. Their purpose should have been to deescalate the situation as opposed to letting what they let go on occur. They should be held accountable to some extent for the events that occurred because they chose to remain passive in a time when it was so clear that they needed to intervene which could have prevented the injuries and the death that occurred. The people who were put at risk of danger from the rally were not protected from this true and serious threat to their lives which is the bigger issue here.

I get why people would call for hate speech to be banned, but that does not help to eliminate the problem as a whole. It in no way changes the beliefs that these people have or prevents them from passing it on to other or their children, and it doesn’t ensure that these people will adhere to laws against hate speech. Robert Post made a huge point at the end of the article when he says that the purpose of the constitutional right to free speech is to allow us to question what we should do and what should be done with what we know. Without knowledge of what people think and believe, as wrong as they may be, it becomes hard to change their opinions as well as understand things that are still wrong with our world today.

Banning hate speech isn’t going to solve the problem in it’s entirety because the problem lies in that these people are somehow allowed to essentially form a militia when protesters of other groups that remained peaceful  were met with brute force when faced with the police. This kind of treatment towards people who are so obviously willing to get violent because of their hateful beliefs is what needs to change. While I don’t believe hate speech should be banned because it brings issues in our society to light, I do believe that we should not be treating these people as though they are not a threat to those whom their hateful ideologies affect personally.