News Comment #7

October 22, 2021

This is an article about the tragic accident that occurred on the set of “Rust” resulting in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, and leaving director Joel Souza injured and currently recovering in the hospital.

This event happened on Thursday afternoon, and as of today it is still being reported live and being updated. This particular news website “New York Times” is a well known company so I’d imagine many people follow their stories and enjoy the live updates.

The author of this article has done good job portraying the chain of events as they had happened and then updating the readers about Alec Baldwin and the condition of Souza. Along with the updates the author was able to pull sources from twitter which are live updates within themselves.

Of course the pictures and the tweets also add to the ‘drama’ of the tragic event. The article explains the heart-wrenching investigation then shows pictures of Baldwin emotional while talking on the phone.

The photographs and twitter posts are also the only solid sources that the author had to work with considering the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the shooting and have yet to release much information.

The pressure is on for Iowa lawmakers as neighboring states begin to legalize marijuana. Law reforms are growing prominent statewide, including Iowa State University students supporting the advocacy group NORML.

I asked Morningside University students their opinion on the legalization of marijuana in Iowa, and if they think a program like NORML would be of interest on our campus.

“I think legalizing marijuana would provide a lot of jobs in our area, and there is a lot of money that can be made for the state in taxes”, says Brenndan Gorski, a senior business major here at Morningside. Gorski, familiar with economics, explained how beneficial this would be for the economy not only because of the money but it would also open up space in jails if it were decriminalized. Gorski believes decriminalizing marijuana would “make the community a better place if the more dangerous and violent people were locked up and not people who recreationally use marijuana”.

In the article “Iowa State University students seek to legalize marijuana”, it is stated that under Iowa law the punishment for the possession or use of marijuana recreationally includes a $1,000 fine and/or 6 months in jail.

Ron DeFauw, a senior Biology major, agrees with Gorski on the legalization of marijuana.

“For Iowans to be put in jail for smoking weed, it is doing the opposite of building our economy” DeFauw said. DeFauw explains that a lot of tax payers money “isn’t paying for the right kind of people to be in there” and that the laws that vary from state to state do not give Americans equal opportunities.

DeFauw also explains that law makers should consider the medicinal opportunities that marijuana provides.

From a biology majors perspective, he states, “Since it is a federally banned substance it makes it illegal to experiment on it and do further research on things like the endocannabinoid system”. DeFauw says that there is a lot of benefits that can come from the research of marijuana. “…it can provide jobs for scientists, there could be medical breakthroughs, and I’m sure the list could go on” says DeFauw.

Although these students support the legalization of marijuana in Iowa, some students like Bri Courtney, a junior nursing major, are more skeptical about taking this step.

“I think it has its benefits, but I don’t think it is for everyone either” says Courtney. She continues to elaborate, saying that not many young adults are responsible enough to maintain healthy lifestyles if it is recreationally legalized.

Although Courtney doesn’t support it she states she is on more of a middle ground. “I don’t really think it’s all that great but other states that are really close to Iowa that have already passed laws, like Illinois, are just bringing that kind of stuff here so it doesn’t matter anyways.”

Many students state-wide are actively advocating to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana.

“I want to provide an outlet for Iowans to share their voice on this important cause of cannabis law reform” says Josh Montgomery, a student apart of the organization NORML.

In an effort to further spread awareness, would a reformation group like NORML be supported at Morningside?

Gorski replied, “I think some sort of organization like that would be a great way to make it more of an easier subject to talk about and less of a ‘taboo'”.

DeFauw also agrees, “The more this is talked about seriously the faster change can happen”.

“I would definitely support a group like NORML here on campus… in fact, I think a lot of people would” DeFauw said. DeFauw believes that something like this on campus may not make any large legal changes for Iowa, but he says the community should be more informed so support numbers grow and “maybe we can reach this reformation to a federal level someday”.

Although Courtney is undecided on whether she supports the legalization of marijuana, she states, “I think that would be a great way to inform people like me so I can understand how it could be beneficial”.

The student organization NORML at Iowa State University has created a website in support for legalization of marijuana and they hope to gather 10,000 signatures. Although federal law prohibits states from lightening penalties and fines, creating local reform groups here at Morningside could create the same impact as it did at Iowa State University.

“Watch for gesture”

October 12, 2021

I would describe Professor Fuglsang as more of a relaxed character, especially for a professor. He uses his hands for hand gestures, even when he is eating he still flails his hands around. Although Fuglsang is quite a bit older, his posture and movements are still quick and perky with energy. Fuglsang usually uses his body language and hands to communicate. While I observed his actions I noticed that he tended to use hand signals rather than facial expressions to express himself. Occasionally, he did crack a smile or express a face of confusion but along with those he would shake his hands or raise his shoulders up. I also noticed he does to the typical “professor walk” where he walks with his hands clasped behind his back whenever he is listening to a student or impatiently waiting for the class to reply to his questions.

Fuglsang is a communications professor so I have noticed that he knows how to communicate efficiently, that’s why he uses his hands and his body language to portray his confidence that he does to the class. I also noticed that he dresses down compared to most professors. Not that dressing down is a bad thing, but for the students I think it sends the message that he is easily approachable.

While Fuglsang speaks to our class he is constantly moving. Even though he makes my head twist around like an owl, he still uses the right tone of voice and volume for us to hear him. He also speaks to us a bit differently than other professors speak to their students. I don’t know many professors that drop terms like “shit” or “fuck up” in the middle of class. That being said Professor Fuglsangs quirky lax-like nature is what makes him most comparable to a cool house cat that always has something to say.

The pirouline is a sweet and crunchy straw-like cookie that is filled with a creamy chocolate hazelnut filling. The nostalgic crunch takes me back to my home in Wyoming during Christmas time because my mom always buys them for the holidays. The red and white cylinder always glimmers with festivity.

The Disney Princess gummies come in a variety of colors and flavors. Although the package is enticing by featuring Pocahontas and Cinderella on the front, the rubbery princess heads inside are less than thrilling. They all have different flavors, but they are all commonly sweet with bland versions of strawberry, blue raspberry, orange, lemon, etc.

According to the Washington Post YouTube is actively removing videos and video channels of influencers that are anti-vaccine activists, in order to ‘prevent’ further skepticism of the COVID-19 vaccine .

The article says that the US is behind about 20% in vaccinations compared to other countries, sitting at 56% fully vaccinated Americans. Biden claims that “social media platforms are partially at fault for the decrease in vaccinations”.

Although untrue and false content should have some restrictions, social media companies are going too far. They are nearly being controlled by the government. YouTube is not the first to begin such drastic measures in regards of ‘fact checking’. Facebook and Twitter have had policing enforced on their sites as well.

Originally, these companies all had policies that maintained an open platform which is important for freedom of speech and press. Now that regulators of status and lawmakers are able to pressure companies into regulatory policies, what other influence do they have on social media companies?

Although that remains a mystery, it is obvious that they are not targeting anti-vax influencers in general, but anti-corona-vaxors that share their studies, theories, and inquiries specifically about COVID-19 vaccinations.

I personally agree with medical freedom, but during this time of a pandemic it is very difficult to decide what is right and what is wrong because nothing is clear. In my point of view extremists, and those of large influence, should be monitored, but not taken down in order to protect our first amendment right to freedom of speech.

Payton Miller

The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an incredibly infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus that sent the globe into a state of panic and fear.

When COVID initially struck, many questions were asked. It changed the entire way of life, especially for those just starting up school. I interviewed Payton Miller, a Morningside swimmer who graduated with the class of 2020, about her transition into college during a pandemic. Miller explained that she comes from a small town in Wyoming, so many of the mask mandates and social distancing precautions weren’t so strict. Miller stated.”I knew it was going to be a huge transition and I would have to compromise”.

As if the jump to a completely different environment during a pandemic wasn’t a challenge enough, Miller faced many limitations coming in as a Freshman in college. “I remember people being like ‘your freshman year sucks’ because we didn’t get to experience many of the activities previous classes did”. One of the largest problems college students came upon was the socializing, no one could really do it. The masks made it hard to recognize your peers, and sometimes even hear them, social distancing prevented any major gathering, and there was a lot of fear and mystery to what would happen if you contracted COVID.

Along with the fear of COVID, there was the fear of being quarantined. Due to quarantine students would be taken out of classes and activities for two weeks to be secluded in a specula “covid hall”. Miller explained her time in quarantine, saying “quarantine led me to miss out on a lot of experiences in swimming as well as school and other activities like homecoming and Mak events, etc”. Miller also explained that her time in quarantine was really hard on her mental health because of how secluded she was while sick. “I got quarantined the day before I was supposed to travel home, so I didn’t get to be comfortable at my own home while sick”. To add on to this Miller also said the food provided was ‘pretty rough’– that may be true unless it was the COVID that took her taste buds!

On September 11th Gabby Petito’s family reported her missing after she did not return from her cross country road trip with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, who returned to his home without Petito.

During their trip there had been multiple eyewitness accounts of the couple arguing, some even reporting that Petito was hitting and punching him in the arm/face as she was trying to get into the van. According to CNN there is a 911 recording of an incident the couple had in Moab, where witnesses had called police and reported a “domestic dispute” between the couple.

Flash forward to September 17th, Petito’s remains have been located in the Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest and Laundrie is reported missing buy his parents.

According to his parents, Laundrie was last seen leaving their home with a backpack to the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve in Florida. Currently, law enforcement underwater diving team known as SURF, have arrived to the swampy 25,000-acre reserve in Venice, Florida to continue the search for Laundrie.

This story has captivated people all over the country. Gabby Petito’s story in particular has grabbed peoples attention regarding domestic violence as well as missing persons cases. Everyday people go missing ranging from ages 2-62. This case is no more important than any other case, but it has opened doors for awareness, showing how well communities can work together to solve something so dire.

Tuesday night McGregor was honored with the chance to throw the first pitch at the Chicago Cubs game.

According to Fox News it looked like McGregor had lined up his pitch to go down the line to home plate, but instead the ball went to the far right nearly taking out the front row. McGregor claims that his ‘power’ was the same as the other ball players, “just the accuracy is a little off”, he told sports reporters.

Although everyone make poke fun of the fighter, McGregor recently underwent surgery in his leg to repair fractures from his most recent fight against Dustin Poirier. McGregor states that, “you can see me based fully on the left leg that was just recently injured”, indicating that may have been a contribution to his wonky throw.

Sep 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; MMA fighter Conor McGregor throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Minnesota Twins at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Scavenger Hunt

September 21, 2021

For my scavenger hunt I went over to the Krone Center. Primarily most of those who work in this building are in charge of Morningside’s marketing, social media, photography, and much more. I spoke with Carly Hanson, Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communication. “Over here we do a little bit of everything, jack of all trades really”, said Hanson. Although there are many tasks that Hanson does she explained that she does a lot of the writing and editing for the Morningside magazine as well as talk to other news reporters that do stories about the college. Hanson said she “enjoys writing the most” out of her many jobs.

As I was asking her questions about her job I had her creatively bend a paperclip to any shape she desired. She said that, “I want to make it unique, most would bend it into an ‘S’ shape”. With that, she definitely made it a uniquely twisted shape. Her mindset fit well with her favorite motivational quote: “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense”.

Although our conversation was brief, I got to know more about Carly Hanson and I even discovered that I may occasionally work with her for sports information, my work study job here on campus.

Lead Exercise 3

September 14, 2021

Big bargain announcement made between two steel companies and work union to discourage strike set for midnight tonight.

The strike, which would have resulted in a halt of all production and 475 workers unemployed, for midnight has been cancelled due to the joint announcement of a bargaining agreement between the Ambrose Steel Company and Charles Pointer the president of United Steelworkers Local 923.

President of Ambrose Steal Company, Clyde Parris, does not state the amount of the bargain, but claims the contract includes “substantial wage agreement”.

The exact terms for the agreement will be read at a meeting later tonight. A vote over the contract will take place next weeks union meeting.