Armenia Kardashian Baptism (Week 9- Extra Credit)

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West take three youngest kids to Armenia Etchmiadzin Cathedral to be baptized. 

Kim Kardashian shared glimpses of her family’s baptism, which involved pictures of her oldest daughter North, and other children Psalm, Chicago, and Saint. Kardashian mentioned that she’s, “So blessed to have been baptized along with my babies at Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.”

Kim wore a mermaid-style dress along with her their children wearing traditional plain white outfits for the ceremony. Whether it was action baptism shots or standing by candles, each photo had meaning. 

“Kanye and I are so thankful.”

This is newsworthy because a vast majority of people know who or about the Kardashians, any news with them in it is interesting to people in today’s society. The audience is mainly young girls into college age. The lead may or may not be affective but if it is about the Kardashians people will want to know more about what went on. It is a very simple, straight to the point article and that is what I like. Short and sweet. Whether or not it is interesting to you, a lot of other people may be interested in it… just like any news article.

Teen climate activist speaks out about climate: ‘How dare you’

“How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,” Thunberg added.

Greta Thunberg, 16 year old Swedish climate activist, spoke out to the world leaders at UN Climate Action Summit. Climate change is overlooked by many in todays world, and Thunberg’s message is that “we’ll be watching you.”

Thunberg continued on with her speech saying that the members of the United Nations Climate Action Summit care about is their money and economic growth.

She continues to add on how they say they “hear us and that you understand the urgency, but no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that.” Scientists try to be clear with what the future could possibly hold for the Earth, “67% chance of staying below a 1.5 degrees global temperature rise.”

Individuals, especially young people these days are trying to do what is right, especially when it comes to the world we live in. Young people are “starting to understand your betrayal.”

“I want you to feel the fear I feel every day,” Thunberg added, “And then I want you to act.”

65 countries, after Thunberg’s speech, had announced efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. And Thunberg led 150 countries in a Global Climate Strike. “The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not.”


Allyson Felix, the most decorated female Olympian in track in field history, and now mother, was a part of Nikes movement to change long-standing maternity policies for their sponsored athletes. 

Just last year, Felix’s focus expanded significantly when she wanted to be a professional athlete and be an amazing mother. She thought that dream must be crazy. “If we have children, we risk pay cuts from our sponsors during pregnancy and afterward. It’s one example of a sports industry where the rules are still mostly made for and by men.” 

It was a terrifying time for Felix after getting pregnant because her renewal of the Nike contract. Despite all of her victories, Nike wanted to pay her 70% less than before getting pregnant. After asking Nike to contractually guarantee that Felix would not be punished if she did not perform her best after childbirth, Nike declined.

Nike told Felix she could help them empower women at the time of signing with them, and she believed them. Which is why this experience was heartbreaking for her. 

Just last week, Nike took a step in the right direction. Other brands announced new contractual guarantees for pregnant women and women who have children while being supported by their sponsorships. Nike joined in. 

“We shouldn’t have to rely on companies to do the right thing. Our families depend on it.”

This was a very empowering news article for me to read. The audience for this news article I would say is mainly women/mothers/pregnant women who want an empowering article to read and know about. I think the lead is very effective, it is what drew me in to even read about it. There is nothing missing in the article I read about, it started with her getting pregnant, what Nikes contract said about that, Felix fighting for what she and other professional athletes want, and how it all ended.

Article 2 Draft: What are College Parking Permits Really For?

“Maintenance, painting, and lighting of the parking lots is not cheap, and we use this money to help offset the costs of this.”

Brett Lyon- Director of Safety and Security at Morningside College

Students are paying an outrageous price just to get where they need to go for their education all around the United States. 

Besides tuition, room and board, textbooks/supplies, there are many more hidden costs like transportation and parking permits. Why do students have to pay for a permit to park on campus?

After interviewing several fellow Morningside students about this nationwide issue, they all the same opinions. Some explained that the price of the permit is cheap, but there is no parking in return. Or that the price of a parking permit is “just fine” compared to other big colleges that pay $400-$500 dollars for their parking permits, but those bigger campuses have more lots to park in. On the flip side, some other students I interviewed said that the parking passes are way too overpriced for the parking that we do get. Also, that us as students, “have no other option but to buy a parking pass from Morningside. If we do not buy one, we get a ticket.” Students explained how the price is too steep for what we actually get for parking, for example, freshman can only park in one lot and the Dimmitt lot only holds about 30 cars. Lastly, a sophomore at Morningside College explained how for a parking permit, that is expensive for only being allowed 1 or 2 lots at most. 

Along with interviewing fellow Morningside students, I also had the opportunity to interview the Director of Safety and Security here at Morningside College, Brett Lyon, about campus parking at Morningside. I choose Campus Security because they are the ones that set the parking regulations and deal with everything there is to know about campus parking. 

The first question I asked was the simple, why do students have to pay for parking? Chuckling under his breath Lyon added, “Maintenance, painting, and lighting of the parking lots is not cheap, and we use this money to help offset the costs of this.” Redoing a parking lot once it comes to the repair stages can cost from $20-$50,000 and the bigger lots can cost upwards of $200k. Lights and painting are a constant cost and Morningside has to replace lights, repaint lines and that is an additional cost that happen each year. That is what the parking permit money goes towards each year. Personally, I could tell with each answer that Lyon was not fond of this interview. The next question was why the permit prices were raised this year and why are lots restricted to certain permits. Lyon slowly responded by saying how we have not increased parking permit fees in about 5 years, and this one time was only a $5 increase; if you think about other colleges like Iowa, ISU, and UNI, those permit fees range from $200-300 per semester. Parking lots like Grace Methodist, Olsen Student Center, and visitor lots at Morningside College are restricted during the day so students living on campus are not taking up parking spots for commuters/faculty/visitors. Lyon added, “We also restrict other lots for those that live in specific buildings as those lots are small in size at times and have limited space.” 

Overall, parking permit fees are a nationwide thing and will not change any time soon. Whether that permit money goes towards maintenance, painting, and lights, or something completely different; it is being used in some way for the college. 

Texas man robs bank day before his wedding to afford ring

A Texas man, by the name of Heath Edward Bumpous, decides to rob a bank in order to pay for the wedding ring; a day before the wedding. Later, his fiancée found out by seeing surveillance pictures that were posted by the police of him, recognizing him right away. 

Instead of a wedding, Bumpous was charged with robbery. Bumpous said that he needed money for the ring, but also money for the wedding venue. Later, his fiancée got in touch with him and asked if he really did rob a bank, but she knew it was him. 

Bumpous turned himself into the courthouse with his gun, along with the money that was stolen. He is now in custody and charged with aggravated robbery. There is no other information on if the couple is still planning to get married or not. 

This news article got my attention because of how weird and different the title was; I had to know more. In class we talked about “newsworthiness” and I was thinking to myself if this article is newsworthy? Does it affect people in Texas/surrounding area? Probably not, but it is still an interesting and funny article to read.

The Sky’s the Limit

            Morningside Alum, Sioux City Council Member, Career Development Specialist, and avid brewery goer, this is Alex Watters. 

            Watters had a pretty adventurous childhood growing up. Growing up in Ocheyedan, Iowa, live was pretty great in the town of 500 people. Watters is blessed to have 2 loving parents along with 1 sister. Some of his favorite memories was when he was ramping his bike off of curbs, shooting hoops, or fishing with his friends. Once 8thgrade hit, his family decided it was best to move to Okoboji, Iowa, which is about 30 minutes from the small town of Ocheyedan. Watters favorite things to do quickly went from shooting hoops to wakeboarding on the lake, golfing, and longboarding. With growing up and getting through high school only means one thing, college. 

            Watters attended college at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Little did he know; his freshman year of college would change his life forever. Whether it was meeting girls, golfing, or just trying to make money, every day at Morningside was filled with something new. A couple weeks into his freshman year he met a girl at a M’side orientation dance, and they became really good friends. Weeks after school started, he was asked to go to a family reunion at his hometown, Okoboji, with this group of people he met at that dance, and without any hesitation he said yes. Fast forward to the reunion, it was midnight, and they just wanted to go swimming. Watters went out to the dock which was 150 feet out from shore and suddenly a gust of wind got a hold of the hat he was wearing, and it flew into the water. Like any other person would do, he dove in head first to fetch his hat and little did he know the water depth was only 18 inches deep. Watters heard his own neck snap and found himself laying in the water not being able to move his own arms or legs and blacked out. After this tragic incident, he woke up 3 separate times; in the ambulance, in the helicopter, and lastly, a table getting ready for surgery. 2 broken vertebrae, 6 months of rehab, 3 months of bedrest, and many prayers later, his life was changed forever. 

            Fast forward to today, many years later, Watters is a well-known-successful Sioux City man. When asked if he could give any piece of advice, one of his quotes stuck: “you truly determine your destiny.” We all have the same time through the day, so what are you going to do with that time? If you know what you want to achieve in life, go after it and do not stop until you reach it. “The sky’s the limit.”

Stefon Diggs fined over $200,000

The Minnesota Vikings fined starting Stefon Diggs, starting wide receiver, over $200,000 because of a couple unexcused absences from practice and meetings. 

On Monday and Tuesday the days were filled with practice and meetings, yet Diggs did not attend either; but still started against the Giants. Other teams reached out to the Vikings to see if they would be interested in a trade, but Diggs is still with the Vikings. Sources say it would take “an offer they can’t refuse” to trade the all-star receiver. 

The Vikings said no to every team that got a hold of them, and do not plan on getting rid of Diggs at any given time. It would take quite a lot to change their mind. 

This story was interesting because most people follow the NFL, and it is not common that players miss a couple days of practice in a row. The audience for this article is anyone that follows the NFL and the lead will catch peoples eye right away because that is a huge number that Diggs is being charged. This also relates to the class discussion where we talked about if you add the actual number (in this case $200,000) if it adds to the story, etc. In this case I thought it was more interesting and more eye catching if I added the actual amount that he was charged for.

Kim Kardashian & Kendall Jenner Awkward Moment at Emmys

While simply presenting an award at the Emmys, Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner feel “deeply uncomfortable and awkward”.

The audience broke out in laughter at their opening lines, which was apparently supposed to have been a joke, but the sisters did not get the memo.

“Our family knows firsthand how truly compelling television comes from real people just being themselves.” The audience broke out in laughter while the sisters stayed silent. Everybody that has seen Keeping Up with the Kardashians knows that the show is definitely not “real people being themselves” nor “unfiltered and unscripted”.

Turns out they “were not briefed” about the the line being a joke. The line they were ordered to say was suppose to be funny, but the sisters did not quite get it.

Seeing this on the news drew me in because of the heading and lead sentences. It was also interesting to me because I watch the show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Honestly without a good heading or lead sentence, no one would read this article or find it interesting to read. It had a compelling intro that got my attention. That is why we spend so much time talking about leads in Journalism class, because if they are not interesting, no one will want to continue reading.

Cauliflower and Piroulines

When eating cauliflower, I did not really think much about it because I have eaten cauliflower before. It looks like a white tree, crunchy, and not a lot of taste. The next thing I tried was Piroulines, I have never had the “chocolate cigarette” before. I liked the initial crunch of the wafer outside, but I am not a huge chocolate fan so I did not like the inside of the Pirouline. Overall, 2/10.

Interviews with strangers

For the scavenger hunt in my journalism class today, I had to ask someone about an academic success story, and find someone who had a post-it note with a doodle on it.

 For the academic success story, I found an individual named Madison Goodwin. When I first ran up to her aggressively and asked for a story she looked at me like a deer in the headlights and said “this is weird”. She continued on by saying, “graduating high school, my teachers were a big part of my success”. I quickly ended the interview and said, “thank you so much” and continued on with my hunt. 

Next, I needed to find a post-it note with a doodle on it. I ran into Lewis Hall and found the first person I could, which was Katarina VanderPloeg. I asked quickly and out of breath for a post-it note with “some type of doodle” on it. She looked at me and said “let me look” then began frantically looking through the desk drawer where she was sitting. A few seconds later she pulled out two notes and handed me one with ice cream on it. VanderPloeg said with a giggle, “anything else you need?” and while already halfway to the door I yelled back “no thank you, have a good day”.