Real Thoughts with Dylan

November 21, 2017

Walmart at 2 am.

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Typically, I go to Walmart either on weekend afternoons or weekday evenings around 7 pm, and each time I go it is insanely busy and is filled with people of all ages and from all walks of life. There have been occasional times where I’ve been to Walmart late at night, but this was with friends at home because in small town Iowa, there isn’t much else to do but go be a hooligan at the local Walmart. I have never been to a Walmart late at night during a weekday in a moderate city, so I knew this would be a new experience for me.

I walked into Walmart, and it seemed like the apocalypse hit. There wasn’t a single person at first glance, not even a greeter like you’d expect at Walmart. From what I was able to see, there was only one checker at the checkouts, and they were on the complete opposite end of the store. I venture through the store to pick up the bread, milk, and string cheese like I intended to do, but I decided I would roam around the store to see if I could find anyone else in the store that did not work for Walmart. It was almost a surreal experience hearing the echoing of George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” that I typically hear along with so many voices, yet this time it was the music alone.

After about five minutes of roaming, I decided to get the stuff I needed and get out of there. When I finally got to the one checker that was up front, I decided to ask her about the typical late shift at Walmart. She told me that, “What you see right now is typically how it is. Typically I will only see about a handful of customers every hour until the morning.”

Overall, I think going to Walmart at a late hour is a very lonely and slightly creepy experience, especially when you’re used to the typical business of Walmart that one would expect when they go there during the day.

November 13, 2017

Story #3 Script

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This is Dylan Ferguson with your Siouxland News Update. In national news; Twitter users react negatively to Keurig’s pulling of advertising from Sean Hannity’s television show. Outrage occurred after the coffee brewer company pulled advertising from the popular Fox News show after host Sean Hannity expressed support towards Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct towards multiple underage women in the late 70’s. After the announcement from Keurig, users posted photos and videos of them destroying they machines with the hashtag #boycottkeurig. We spoke with Levi Swan about his opinions of the situation. (Quote) The CEO of Keurig has since apologized for making people choose sides.

In state news, the Iowa Music Education Association Conference is taking place this week. The annual music education conference will be taking place this Thursday, the 16th and runs through Saturday, the 18th at the Sheman Building on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames. Over 50 speakers will be presenting on several topics including band, choir, general music, best practices, and technology. In addition, Dr. Tim Hawkewich will be delivering this year’s keynote speech. Dylan Root, junior Music Education student spoke to Siouxland news about going to the conference. (Quote) In addition to presenters, dozens of vendors will be on-sight with instruments, sheet music, and other music supplies. The conference also coincides with the Iowa All State Music Festival, which also takes place at Iowa State University.

In local news, Morningside’s Greek Life Organizations brought back a long standing tradition. Representatives from Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Alpha Omicron Pi, and Acacia Fraternity brought back the Stand for the Cure fundraiser started by the now defunct fraternity Delta Sigma Phi. The fundraiser entailed representatives from each organization standing on a box for 24 hours per day during the week of Morningside’s homecoming in order to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research. The fundraiser was brought back by Morningside senior and Phi Mu Alpha member Bradley Davis with the help of Morningside’s Greek Council. He spoke to Siouxland News about why he decided to bring the box back. (Quote) By the end of the fundraiser, over $500 was raised for the June E. Nylen Cancer Center here in Sioux City.

That was your Siouxland News Update. I’m Dylan Ferguson.

November 2, 2017

Emma Watson Speech

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Yesterday, actress and gender equality activist Emma Watson gave a speech at the One Young World Summit in Ottawa, Canada. One Young World is an English non-profit organization dedicated to gathering young leaders to develop solutions to today’s most pressing issues. Her speech talked about the importance of gender equality and her actions towards achieving gender equality.  “I feel that gender equality is as important as any other goals that we are here to discuss,” Watson told attendees of the summit and those about to receive scholarships for their work.

NOT FINISHED

October 24, 2017

Shooting

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A beautiful wedding ended in gunfire yesterday afternoon.

Yesterday, Richard Brunson shot his newly wedded wife, Laurette Kenny Brunson with a .22-caliber handgun. The incident occurred at 5 pm at the couple’s home, where the wedding and the reception took place. Sargent Mann of the Sioux City Police Department reported that, “it happened after she threw a plate of wedding reception macaroni salad at him.” Neighbor Walter Corse heard the incident from his home. ” I heard the sound of the shot, or I think I did. It was like a pop pop pop. Then the son came out yelling she’s been shot and can’t breathe.”

The police were called, but by time they arrived, the groom was gone. His whereabouts are still unknown, a neighbor reported that he ran off with no shirt and no shoes. Laurette Brunson is in St. Lukes Hospital where she is currently in satisfactory condition. She refused to comment on the situation.

October 17, 2017

Scavenger Hunt

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Story by Dylan Ferguson. Presented by Mason Knaub

Those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder may soon have a new way to open up about their symptoms.

Researchers from USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies are working on a new Artificial Intelligence named Ellie which is designed to engage patients in interviews. Patients sit in a room alone, where the AI communicates with the patient through a television screen. It is capable of asking patients basic questions such as, “Where are you from?” to questions pertaining to their symptoms such as, “How easy is it for you to get a good night’s sleep?”

Patients are not just talking to a television screen, as not only is Ellie capable of giving subtle sympathetic gestures such as a smile or a nod, but knows when to give those gestures. Through this, Ellie is capable of building rapport and encourage patients to open up about their symptoms. The AI also uses a machine eye in order to pick up on the patient’s body language and facial cues in order to provide effective feedback.

To test the AI, the Institute recruited soldiers who recently returned from Afghanistan. According to the magazine WIRED, the Institute reported that, “In the end, test subjects reported significantly more symptoms in their interviews with Ellie than they did with their official Post-Deployment Health Assessment.” Researchers hope that Ellie and other virtual therapists can be used in Clinical Psychology in the future.

 

A Long Standing Tradition Returns- Draft #2

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The Greek Life organizations at Morningside are known to usually have friendly rivalries during Greek Week, but the Greeks put their differences aside during Homecoming Week to band together for a worthy cause. Morningside’s three Greek Life organizations came together this year to bring back the Stand Against Breast Cancer fundraiser that former Morningside fraternity Delta Sigma Phi started in 2008.

The fundraiser entails someone standing on a wooden box outside of the Olsen Student Center 24 hours a day from the end of Into The Streets on Wednesday until game time on Saturday, where the box is moved down to the stadium where someone continues to stand. The goal is to help create awareness for breast cancer, and to raise money for breast cancer research. Morningside’s current Greek Life scene is made up of sorority Alpha Omicron Pi, and fraternities Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Acacia.

The project was a collaborative effort of the Greek Council and Bradley Davis of Phi Mu Alpha. Davis is a second year senior majoring in elementary education with an emphasis in special education. He joined Phi Mu Alpha in the spring of 2016 because he wanted to continue on the fundraiser after the disbanding of Delta Sigma Phi. He felt that it was a great cause and said, “I heard many complaints from alumni when there wasn’t a box during last year’s homecoming.” After hearing this, Davis was hard at work to help resurrect the fundraiser. He built a completely new box, which features the letters of the three organizations and paid tribute to Delta Sigma Phi. Davis even pitched the idea to the Greek Council, which he received universal support from representatives from the other Greek Organizations.

Overall, 24 members across the three organizations participated in standing on the box. While they worked in shifts, not a moment between Wednesday afternoon and Saturday evening was spent without somebody standing on the box, even though there were rainy conditions throughout the week.

It wasn’t just active members of the organizations that participated, even those pledging to the organizations contributed towards the cause. Freshman Shawnae Van Veldhuizen is currently pledging to Alpha Omicron Pi. Asked about her experience on the box, she said, “I stood on the box for two hours but hung by the box for another 3 hours.”

By the end of the Football game Saturday, over $500 was raised for the June E. Lylen Cancer Center here in Sioux City. Davis said “Faculty and alumni enjoyed the return of the fundraiser.” He hopes that with more planning for next year, the Stand Against Breast Cancer fundraiser will be better than ever.

October 10, 2017

Observation

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On Monday, October 2nd, I spent a little more than an hour at a bar downtown known as The Marquee. Normally, I have no business hanging out a bar since I’m under 21 and I typically don’t drink, but this particular night I had a reason to be there. Local jazz band Reggie Shive Big Band was performing and as a man who is currently developing his taste in jazz, I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to listen to some live local music.

When myself and the group of friends I was with showed up, the band was not performing yet, so the place was generally quiet. The first thing that really struck me was the delicious smell of popcorn coming from the popcorn popper near the bar. As soon as I paid my cover charge, I immediately went over to the popper to get myself a snack before the show. The corn had a very rich, buttery taste, but it wasn’t an overwhelming taste that can sometimes happen with fresh popped corn like that.

The first thing I noticed altogether about the place is that it is very music oriented. I knew before I came there that they had a stage for live music, but I never understood until I came there just how deep their music roots went. When taking my seat over by the stage, I saw to my right a massive mural of a Gibson Les Paul guitar on one of the walls. In addition, there were framed photos of many bands throughout the bar. This overall theme of music even extended to the drinks, as their signature drinks had music related names such as “Purple Rain” and “Green Day”.

The joint really lit up once the 20 or so piece band began to play. Any noise of people talking was drowned out by the sweet yet loud jazz music being played by the band. Red stage lights illuminated the stage as the jazz band came to life. The first set the band played contained not only the well known Jazz standards, but they also played a couple newer pieces. A sweet waitress made sure my water cup and popcorn bowl was full throughout the show.

 

October 9, 2017

A Long Standing Tradition Returns- 1st Draft.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dylan @ 11:14 pm

The Greek Life organizations at Morningside are known to usually have friendly rivalries throughout the year, they put their differences aside during Homecoming Week to band together for a worthy cause.

Morningside’s three Greek Life organizations came together this year to bring back the Stand Against Breast Cancer fundraiser that former Morningside fraternity Delta Sigma Phi started in 2008. The fundraiser entails someone standing on a wooden box outside of the Olsen Student Center 24 hours a day from the end of Into The Streets on Wednesday until game time on Saturday, where the box is moved down to the stadium where someone continues to stand. The goal is to help create awareness for breast cancer, and to raise money for breast cancer research. Morningside’s current Greek Life scene is made up of sorority Alpha Omicron Pi, and fraternities Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Acacia.

The project was a collaborative effort of the Greek Council and Bradley Davis of Phi Mu Alpha. Bradley is a 2nd year senior majoring in Elementary Education with and emphasis in Special Education. He join Phi Mu Alpha in the spring of 2016 because he wanted to continue on the fundraiser after the dismantling of Delta Sigma Phi. He felt that it was a great cause and said, “I heard many complaints from alumni when there wasn’t a box during last year’s homecoming.” After hearing this, Davis was hard at work to help resurrect the fundraiser. He built a completely new box, which features the letters of the three organizations and paid tribute to Delta Sigma Phi. He also pitched the idea to the Greek Council and got the organizations to participate in the project.

Overall, 24 members across the three organizations participated in standing in the box. While they worked in shifts, not a moment between Wednesday afternoon and Saturday evening was spent without somebody standing on the box, even though there was rainy conditions throughout the week. It wasn’t just active members of the organizations that participated, even those pledging to the organizations contributed towards the cause. Freshman Shawnae Van Veldhuizen is currently pledging to Alpha Omicron Pi. When asked about her experience on the box, she said, “I stood on the box for two hours but hung by the box for another 3 hours.”

By the end of the Football game Saturday, over $500 was raised for the June E. Lylen Cancer Center here in Sioux City. Davis says “faculty and alumni enjoyed the return of the fundraiser.” He hopes that with more planning for next year, the Stand Against Breast Cancer fundraiser will be better than ever.

September 28, 2017

Alex Watters Interview

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When it comes to First Year Adviser Alex Watters, staying in one place is something he typically does not do. From working every day helping students grow through their first year at college, to being a member of the Sioux City city council, to helping lobby for helping disabled youth, Watters keeps a pretty tight schedule from day to day.

A typical day for Alex begins at 6:00am, when his caregiver comes to help him begin his day. Once he’s ready, goes to his city council meeting at 7:30. After the meeting, he heads to work at the Krone Advising Center at 9:30, where he spends the day working with students and attending other meetings. According to Alex, what he loves most about the job is” to see them (his students) blossom and to see them come into their own.” He finishes work at 5:00 pm, but his day is not over just yet. On this particular day, Alex had an awards ceremony to attend at 5:30. Afterwards he has a call for the State Rehabilitation Council.

Free time for Alex is not a common thing, but when he does have free time he likes to have fun. He loves to watch movies, go to beer festivals with his girlfriend as he is a fan of craft beer, seeing his students at Morningside events, and considers himself a foodie. Additionally, Alex is currently working on a book, which he currently calls “Living the Dream, Just Not the One I Imagined.” Along with the book, he hopes to be a motivational speaker in the future.

September 26, 2017

Description

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The last person I talked to was my roommate, Levi Swan. He is a 19 year old Caucasian male. Small build. Has Straight, dark brown hair. Around 5′ 9″ tall and weighs around 115 lbs. Still has braces on his upper set of teeth. He was wearing no shirt and wearing dark colored gym shorts and glasses. The last conversation I had with him was about how game publisher EA stopped making NCAA video games a long time ago, as he was playing an NCAA basketball game on his Xbox.

 

Food:

I was given a small selection of goodies. The first food item I received was two chocolate doughnut holes. They were a deep dark brown color and was liberally coated with sugar. Feeling these doughnut holes, you could tell that these were very soft and dense, unlike some doughnut holes which can be crispy on the outside and light on the inside. When touching them, a small layer of sugar came off onto my fingers since there was simply so much sugar. They have a subtle cocoa scent to them. When biting into them, you could definitely experience the density and cocoa flavor of the doughnut hole, along with a nice sweetness and a satisfying, slight crunch sound from the sugar.

The Next item I received was a small selection of mixed fruit. This included a strawberry, a blackberry, a raspberry, and two blueberries. The strawberry did not look as fresh as I would like it to be, as there is some slight discoloration throughout the berry. Biting into the strawberry, it was very apparent. The taste was fairly bland compared to a normal strawberry, and was also slightly sour. The next fruit to try was the blackberry. Upon picking it up, it was very squishy and even a slight touch caused it to leak juice. When biting into the fruit, I was surprised by the amount of seeds that were in it. Along with the strawberry, it as well had a bit of a sour flavor and could’ve been sweeter.

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