Real Thoughts with Dylan

September 21, 2017

…And Here’s Zach With the Weather! (Scavenger Hunt)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dylan @ 11:23 am

Sometimes when working in the post office, you might not know exactly what’s going on in the outside world today. Today when needing some information about the weather, it occurred to me that I had a package I needed to pick up from the post office.

While I do not know post office worker Zach Hutchison very well, I have had a class or two with him in the past, so when we do see each other there usually is some conversation between us two. Today when picking up the package, I figured I would ask him about the weather. When I did this, he gave me a confused look and simply said, “It’s warm, I think.” He then proceeds to look up the weather on the post office computer and admits to me that he actually had no idea what the weather was like outside. After looking up the weather, he told me, “I’d rather it not be 89 degrees outside.” This is because Fall was his favorite season and has been awaiting Fall weather since classes started. When asked for the required selfie to commemorate the exchange, Zach was more than happy to take one with me.

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After collecting my mail, I decided that I wanted more. I wanted the opinion of someone who was actually outside and getting to enjoy the weather. On my way back, I ran into freshman Skyler McDermott, who was walking across campus with a smile on her face and pep in her step. When I asked her how she felt about the weather today, she told me, “It’s beautiful! Except it’s supposed to get hotter today and I’m wearing jeans so it’s not going to be very fun.” When I asked for a selfie to commemorate our encounter, she refused and continued on with her day.

As someone who is generally an outgoing person, doing things like this are not too hard for me. I was a little heartbroken that Skyler refused to take a selfie with me, but you can’t win them all.

September 14, 2017

News Comment #4

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dylan @ 10:04 pm

In the article I read, it stated that North Korea has fired another missile over Japan. This now makes the fifteenth missile test North Korea has conducted this year. It comes after the United Nations passed sanctions against the nation, which North Korea threatened retaliation towards. The missile landed 1,200 miles east of Cape Erimo.

As someone who has currently been following the rising tensions between North Korea and the United States, this is slightly concerning me. While I don’t believe anything bad will happen, the amount of missile tests they have been conducting lately has been giving me a lot of reason to concern. My one complaint with the article is that there isn’t much of a lede to get me hooked into the article.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/14/551095592/north-korea-fires-another-missile-over-japan

 

Lede Exercise 9/14

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dylan @ 11:09 am

Exercise #1:

After a group of students had their boat capsize off the coast of Daytona Beach, one was killed and another was injured.

Four students of the Armstrong Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida- went sailing in a 16-foot catamaran. 19 year old Randy Cohen reported that the boat capsized after springing a leak. The four students were left hanging on to one of the boat’s pontoons through the night with strong currents and without life jackets. They began swimming towards the shore of Ormond Beach at dawn.

When swimming back, Cohen heard a call for help from 19 year old Christy Wapniarski, who was being attacked by a shark. By time Cohen was able to reach Wapniarski, she was unconscious with no shark in sight. 20 year old Daniel Perrin swam to aid Cohen and Wapniarski. After checking her pulse, Perrin told Cohen that she was dead. Cohen still swam with Wapniarski for another few minutes until he had to let her go due to exhaustion.

The three remaining students took six and a half more hours to reach the shore. While swimming back, Cohen was bitten several times by Portuguese men-of-war. He currently is in Halifax Hospital, Daytona Beach. The other two were examined at the hospital and later released.

Exercise #2:

42 were killed and 16 injured after a United Airlines flight crashed in Chicago.

A United Airlines flight crashed this Friday afternoon while approaching Chicago’s Second City Airport. The jet plowed through homes in a residential district south of the city, killing most of the passengers. According to a spokes person with United, “The plane was due at Midway at 2:30 pm. CST. The plane was aproaching the airport with a 500-foot ceiling and a one-mile visibility.”

The National Transportation Safety Board in Washington were immediately dispatched to the scene in Chicago. In their investigation, 42 bodies were found. One of the victims was identified to as Representative George W. Collins of Illinois, who was returning to organize a children’s Christmas party. 16 others, including the three flight attendants, were admitted to Holy Cross Hospitals with injuries.

College Stress Article 2nd Draft

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dylan @ 8:48 am

With the worry of academics, obligations with extracurricular activities, financial difficulties, family affairs, and the constant rush of life; college can be a very stressful time.

For many first year students, college means a new world of freedom. Additionally, this is the first time they have been responsible for making sure they show up to their classes on time, the first time they have been responsible for making their own money and using it wisely, and even the first time they have had to study regularly for their classes. These new responsibilities can lead to stress first year students may have never experienced before.

US Today reports that 85 percent of students have been overwhelmed by their work at some point. The same study also reported that “30% of students have reported that stress had negatively affected their academic performance.” Much of this stress comes from having to get used to an unfamiliar environment, the larger workload from their classes, and having to continually plan for their future.

All of this stress can truly take a toll on the student in multiple ways. According to a study conducted by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “70% of those who report persistent stress have trouble sleeping.” A lack of sleep can lead to difficulties in listening, learning, problem solving, concentration, and memory.

Stress and a lack of sleep can result in students to have issues learning and studying, which can in turn have negative effects on student grades. A Mayo Clinic report also reported that stress can lead to irritability and anger, which can in turn be detrimental to relationships between fellow students and teachers.

While stress is inevitable, there are many ways to prevent and relieve stress. One of the best ways to reduce stress according to Campus Mind Works is to “Try setting a specific goal for yourself that will improve your mood and help you reduce stress.”

Morningside offers ways to reduce stress in students as well with a massage chair in the health center, occasional puppy petting sessions, and constant fun activities to take students’ minds off stress. Additionally, students should exercise regularly, practice good sleeping habits, limit or eliminate the use of caffeine or other stimulants, and realize and work within their physical limits.

September 12, 2017

College Stress Article Rough Draft

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dylan @ 9:03 am

For many students, the stresses of college can be very overwhelming. With the worry of academics, obligations with extracurricular activities, financial difficulties, and other stresses; college can be a very stressful time.

For many first year students, college means a new world of freedom. Many students will be living on their own for the first time. They have free time they may not have had before. Along with this new freedom comes new responsibility. For many students, this is the first time they have been responsible for making sure they show up to their classes on time, the first time they have been responsible for making their own money and using it wisely, and even the first time they have had to study regularly for their classes. These new responsibilities can lead to stress first year students may have never experience before.

US Today reports that 85% of students have been overwhelmed by their work at some point. The same study also reported that “30% of students have reported that stress had negatively affected their academic performance.” Much of this stress comes from having to get used to an unfamiliar environment, the larger workload from their classes, and having to continually plan for their future.

All of this stress can truly take a toll on the student in multiple ways. According to a study conducted by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “70% of those who report persistent stress have trouble sleeping.” A lack of sleep can lead to difficulties in listening, learning, problem solving, concentration, and memory. This can cause students to have issues learning and studying, which can in turn have negative effects on student grades. A Mayo Clinic report also reported that stress can lead to irritability and anger, which can in turn be detrimental to relationships between fellow students and teachers.

While stress is inevitable, there are many ways to prevent and relieve stress. One of the best ways to reduce stress according to Campus Mind Works is to “Try setting a specific goal for yourself that will improve your mood and help you reduce stress.” Morningside offers ways to reduce stress in students as well with a massage chair in the health center, occasional puppy petting sessions, and constant fun activities to take students’ minds off stress. Additionally, students should exercise regularly, practice good sleeping habits, limit or eliminate the use of caffeine or other stimulants, and realize and work within their physical limits.

September 7, 2017

Lede Exercise #1

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dylan @ 11:04 am

The suspension of 5 students at East High School has lead to protests and unrest within the school.

East High Principal Laura Vibelius reported that there was general unrest from disgruntled students last week after five students where suspended for smoking marijuana in the school parking lot on Monday. On Tuesday, students started a food fight in the cafeteria. In addition, three false alarms were sounded on Wednesday.

When asked about the protests, Principal Vibelius commented, “Not so much unrest because of suspensions, but because of summer vacation being so near.” An additional ten students were suspended for a week due to the demonstrations. Vibelius also commented that she sees no continuation of these “incidents” in the future.

News Comment #3 + Strong Lede

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dylan @ 8:26 am

In an article I found while scrolling around on Reddit, a Massachusetts library is having to release a statement reminding library members through Facebook that tokens from Chuck-E-Cheese and Bonkers cannot be used to pay their fines and printing costs. The Peabody Institute Library in Danvers reports that this summer they have seen a surge in patrons attempting to pay for their fines using tokens that are meant to be used to play games at Chuck-E-Cheese.

When originally scrolling through Reddit, I thought this was just a post from The Onion, and then I realized that it was from the CBS station in Boston, so that this was an actual news story. The lede simply reads, “Chuck-E-Cheese tokens are for arcade games, not for paying your overdue book fines, one library is reminding its patrons.” When reading this on the Reddit post, I thought that this was just silly and I had to dig deeper into this.

Article Link: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/09/01/library-chuck-e-cheese-tokens-danvers/

 

August 31, 2017

News Comment #2

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dylan @ 3:22 pm

Today I read an article from The New York Times saying that in addition the millions of fraudulent bank accounts discovered within Wells Fargo, another 1.4 million accounts have been discovered in a recent internal review. The controversy began when an internal review discovered that thousands of Wells Fargo employees opened millions of fraudulent bank accounts without the consumers’ knowledge in order to meet sales goals. This recent review increased the amount of these accounts by almost 70%.

The news value that is used most in this article was impact, as millions of these accounts existed. Personally as someone who banks with Wells Fargo constantly, this is very concerning to me. At many points I have wondered if there are bank accounts in my name that are illegitimate.

Link to article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/31/business/dealbook/wells-fargo-accounts.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

Student Spotlight: Joey Volquartsen

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dylan @ 9:21 am

Joey Nicole Volquartsen is a junior theater student at Morningside College, originally from Stanton, Iowa. Her passion for theater began as a little girl. When she was in Kindergarten, she knew that she wanted to become famous. This desire became full-blown in middle school, when she saw a national touring production of the widely popular musical “Wicked”. From that point on, she knew that the theater life was the life for her.

Additionally, Joey is minoring in Mass Communication. She can be heard in not one, but TWO radio shows broadcasted on Fusion 93. One of those shows, entitled Musical Mondays, reflects her love for the theater, as she mainly plays songs from musicals on the show. Her second show, entitled Culture Shock, places her with good friend and fellow Morningsider Jared Marten as they discuss the pop culture news of the week.

When not on stage or on the radio, Joey enjoys collecting and listening to vinyl records and dancing. When her time at Morningside is complete, she hopes to work at Walt Disney World as part of their college program. When she finishes there, she then hopes to work with regional playhouses and eventually hopes to work her way on to Broadway.

August 25, 2017

News Comment #1

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dylan @ 4:44 pm

The Vox piece “After Charlottesville, How do We Cover an Immoral President” has really had me thinking about how the news should cover events like what has taken place since the election of Trump. As someone who generally believes that a news outlet should be balanced and needs to publish the whole truth in a situation, news outlets should not shy away from condemning the actions of the president. While many will cry that there’s a liberal bias or that it is fake news, I no longer believe that this is an issue of politics, but an issue of morality. Trump’s refusal to condemn the acts of the White Nationalists and Neo-Nazis in Charlottesville to me isn’t an issue of being on the left or the right, but an issue of knowing what’s right and what’s wrong. To me, it is important that a news outlet doesn’t sugar-coat his actions and makes it know just how wrong his actions can be.

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