19
November
2017

Wal-Mart A Chaos Center1

Chaos seems to reign in Wal-Marts during the day, but in smaller amounts during the nights when I prefer to make trips.

During the days Wal-Marts are busy oh so busy and loud. The crowd during the day is that of families and older people as opposed to the nighttime crowd, if it can even be called a crowd, mostly being college aged people. The noise of people talking is constant, and faint cries of babies or children not getting what they want are occasionally heard from across the store.

The busiest section of the store seemed to be the grocery section the aisles difficult to get through with inconveniently placed carts and people standing in the way looking for items on their grocery list. Sights like misplaced food items, toys, clothes, and other miscellaneous items seem more prominent during the day because of the larger crowd.

The one redeeming aspect of the trip was at check out. My friends and I used the self check out as usual, and as we were checking out an older woman who was an employee came up to us simply to tell us a pun which led to an exchange of puns between the sweet old lady and my friend who has an arsenal of puns on hand at all times. It made the trip almost worth it.

15
November
2017

Broadcast Story1

Story 1: Morningside’s GSA

Promoting awareness and providing a safe place for it’s LGBTQ students is Morningside’s own Gay Straight Alliance.

The goal of Morningside’s GSA is to provide a safe environment for LGBTQ students as well as spread awareness about the LGBTQ community. GSA is also a great opportunity for students to make friends.

GSA meets every other Sunday at 2 in the student center. Each meeting has a set activity such as Cards Against Humanity, Taboo, and Uno.

Story 2:

Danica Roem thrash metal singer and now the first transgender elected official in the United States makes a historic win for the LGBTQ community.

Roem, a trans woman, won a seat on the Virginia State Legislature previously held by self-declared “chief homophobe” Robert Marshall. He held the seat for 14 consecutive years and attempted to pass a bathroom bill that would  have negatively affected transgender students had it passed.

Her success comes from making the focus of the campaign on public policy, and not just her gender identity. Roem dedicates her victory to members of the community who those who have been singled out or treated as misfits.

 

Story 3:

Congress isn’t the only thing standing in the way of President Trump’s border wall plan.

Cards Against Humanity has launched a new promotion called Cards Against Humanity Saves America. The promotion promises 6 surprise gifts for 15 dollars.

In addition to the gifts Cards Against humanity has bought a vacant plot of land along the border of Mexico. The people behind the card game have teamed up with a law firm to make sure that purchasing the land would be as time consuming and expensive as possible.

15
November
2017

Morningside’s Gay Straight Alliance (Story #2)0

Morningside’s GSA is an important club for those who don’t fit into the societal norms when it comes to gender and sexuality. But also a place for allies of the LGBT+ community or those who want to learn more.

The goal of the club is to provide a supportive environment for LGBT+ students, and to spread awareness of LGBT+ people and their concerns. In addition, students can voice their own personal concerns and be themselves without concern because what is shared stays within the group.

Within the group, the gender identities and orientations of the members are respected. At the first meeting, everyone went around the group talking about who they were, something interesting about themselves, and what their preferred pronouns are.

Rebekah Mayer and Matthew Gardner, the students who are in charge of the group, say that they hope to create a “place where other student’s feel safe to be themselves” regardless of gender identity or orientation.

Those who are curious about the LGBT+ community are welcomed too. Through the club it is possible for them to gain a better understanding of the community even if they’re straight or identify within the gender binary.

GSA meets every other Sunday at 2pm in the student center. At each meeting there is a set activity, and suggestions for future activities are welcomed. So far the activities have been playing Cards Against Humanity, Uno, Pictionary , and Mad Libs.

 

 

 

 

4
November
2017

Emma Watson’s One Young World Speech1

Emma Watson talks about the struggles she and other activists face while promoting gender equality at yesterdays One Young World summit.

Watson’s speech was empowering and emotional. The speech touched on her own struggles after launching her HeforShe campaign which advocates for gender equality, and how she found a community of activists that helped her.

Watson describes her own experiences as not being “about being an activist; it was about the choice to make [herself] visible.”

In advocating for gender equality Watson has experienced “a level of critique” of the likes she has not experienced before because she has in becoming an activist made herself visible. But with the community, or tribe as she calls it, Watson has been able to continue on with her efforts to achieve gender equality.

The audience to which Watson had been speaking to were activists like herself fighting for their own causes. Activists all gathered together for the One Young World summit that bring together people representing a variety of causes and to award young activists for their efforts.

Watson emphasized the sense of community when she said, “One Young World isn’t about saying what I, each of us individually, can do, but what we can do, working together, supporting and listening to each other.”

The One Young World organization stands for just this trying to bring activists together to make a real difference in the world. The goal is to bring activists together to make lasting connections and share their experiences in trying to make changes to issues such as gender equality, climate change, global health, hunger relief, transparency in business and government, and other pressing issues.

4
November
2017

News Comment1

This week I’m doing my news comment on a Vice article titled “Republicans Want to Make It Harder for You to Pay Off Student Loans” by Harry Cheadle. This story is newsworthy because of the impact that the new tax plan would have for Americans with student loans among other Americans, and it would eliminate tax cuts that help Americans who rely on these tax cuts to help them out. Also conflict because the GOP tax plan is bound to cause conflict because the plan would hurt more people than it would help.

26
October
2017

News Comment1

This week I decided to do my news comment on “Inside the Brilliant Minds Behind the New Season of ‘Stranger Things’” by Charles Moss on Vice. The story is newsworthy because of timeliness and currency. Because the highly anticipated Stranger Things 2 is set to premire on Netflix tomorrow this story is relevant especially to fans of the first installment of the series it is a newsworthy story to cover. It also becomes newsworthy because Stranger Things is trending again because of the next installment.

17
October
2017

The Microbiome and Mental Health1

Probiotics may be the answer to improving mental health.

In Psychology Today’s June 2017 issue they say that researchers have discovered that gut bacteria could be linked to psychiatric disorders. Scientists find that bacteria in the gut sends neural signals to the brain that have effects on mood and cognition.

Antibiotics, a bad diet, and stress has been shown to disrupt the composition of the bacteria in the gut and change the function of the gut. Gut-bacteria shifts activate immune cells which cause inflammation in the brain that leads to psychiatric symptoms.

Regular use of probiotics restores the bacterial balance of the gut and boosts learning and memory fucntions in the brain. Researchers have been studying the use of probiotics to improve psychiatric disorders.

13
October
2017

News Comment1

This week I’m doing my news comment on a story called “After Harvey Weinstein allegations, psychologists explain why men protect abusive men” by Chris Caesar on Mic. This story is newsworthy because the prominence of the recent allegations against Harvey Weinstein for sexual assault allows for people to speak on the bigger issue of sexual assault and the many people that it impacts. The story captures interest with the term bro code which is something well known, and that people could relate to the subject of the article being why men protect other men who commit things like sexual assault.

2
October
2017

Alex Watters Interview0

Charismatic and optimistic are two words that describe Morningside’s own Alex Watters very well. His positive attitude is enough to put anyone in a better mood just from talking to him. Even after the accident, Alex stays positive with an “attitude of gratitude” in which he focuses on things he should feel lucky for.

It is important, according to Alex, to think about the things you should feel thankful for as opposed to focusing on what is going wrong. He could have easily focused on the downsides to the diving accident that put him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life back in 2004 as opposed to feeling lucky for what he has now.

As of now, Alex is one of three first year advisors. His job is to help students through their first year of college in terms of adjusting and getting everything sorted out with their classes. Alex feels good being able to influence these students in a positive way.

Although there is “not a chance in hell” Alex would have been an advisor had it not been for the accident, he feels good about how his life has changed since the accident. Alex truly  appreciates being able to help students to succeed. He is greatly inspired by his own student’s success especially when it comes to the tougher cases.

Alex supports his students by going to their games or other events, and tries to make it to at least one of each sporting event and other events in the community. On some level he feels as though they are his own kids, and sometimes even cries at their games when they get put in. Happy tears of course.

He encourages other students to make changes in the community or even in their day to day routine. He tells them, “Your ability to influence others is more than you know.” It can be as simple as a smile and a hello to staring up a conversation with someone new because you never know what that person is going through and you could make their day.

29
September
2017

News Comment #61

This week my news comment is on a Vice article called, “Indiana Cops Actually Shot at a Guy Playing a Bank Robber in a Movie” by Drew Schwartz. The story in itself is rather lighthearted and has a good lead I mean who wouldn’t want to hear what happened when cops shot at someone filming a movie. It’s a good example of a human interest story and could also fit into the weird category because one would think that the cops would have known about the movie but they didn’t.

 

You can read the story here: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/59dkz5/indiana-cops-actually-shot-at-a-guy-playing-a-bank-robber-in-a-movie-vgtrn