Real Thoughts with Dylan

November 28, 2017

Joey Volquartsen Anecdote

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In order to survive a role in a theater production, one must remain ambitious. Joey Volquartsen proved her ambition with not only one role, but three roles at one time during her high school career.

In the summer after her senior year of high school, she auditioned for a local production of the musical “Bye Bye Birdie”. She was able to attain a role in the chorus, but wanted more. She was told that she had talent, but lacked the experience needed to succeed. Because of this, she decided to audition for two more shows, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, and “Hello Dolly”. These auditions proved to be successful, as she earned leading roles in both shows.

This left Joey with a tough decision to make. Which role would she choose? She noticed that each show occurred in a different month in the summer, and because of this she decided to take all three roles. In a normal day, she would head to Red Oak, IA in the morning to rehearse for one show, take a 45 minute drive south to Clarinda for rehearsals in the afternoon for the second show, and travel another 30 minutes northeast from Clarinda to make it to Corning for evening rehearsals for the last show.

While she was able to maintain doing the three roles at once, there were many times during rehearsal where one role would bleed into the other. “I remember during one rehearsal I forgot which show I was doing and spoke in a lisp like I do for one show, even though it wasn’t the right show for it.” Other than small mishaps like that, Joey successfully acted in all three roles that summer and gained the experience she sought out.


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

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dylan @ 11:29 pm

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

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dylan @ 11:28 am

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.┬á “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.


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