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

https://www.foxnews.com/sports/ufcs-conor-mcgregor-awful-first-pitch-cubs-game

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.

Lead Exercise 2

September 14, 2021

Cancer causing radar guns to be banned from East Dakota Highway Patrol.

As of yesterday, reports claim studies are being conducted regarding possible links between the hand-held radar guns guns and cancer after three municipal officers of Central City filed for workmen’s compensation after using the hand-held devices, claiming they caused cancer. The ban will result in the withdrawal of 70 radar guns from service due to the long term exposure to radiation waves from the devices.

Adam Smith, the spokesman of the state policy agency says, “The feeling here is to err on the side of caution until more is known about the issue”. This issue is a ‘first of its kind’ within the department. Smith explains, “the whole situation is under review”.

State troopers will continue to use the radar units that are mounted outside of their patrol cars.

Lead Exercise 1

September 14, 2021

Police report one deceased and one in critical condition in two car collision two miles east of Sioux City on Highway 28.

At 11 a.m. yesterday morning, officials received a call regarding a two car collision which lead to the death of 65 year old Moyer Quick of South Iowa City. The other driver 17 year old Randy Radin of Swan Lake, and the two Quick passengers Dorothy Quick,  61, and and Maxine Steuerwald, 43 were transported via ambulance. Reported to have internal injuries and a fractured skull, Radin is in critical condition.

According to Highway Patrolman, Patric Stewart, both of the vehicles were proceeding west when Quick passed Radin. Upon the completion of the merge, Quicks rear-end struck Radins vehicle, sending both vehicles into the northern ditch. Quick’s vehicle rolled once.

The road was clear with weather conditions being cloudy skies with possible rain in the forecast. The accident is still under investigation.

Lead Exercise 4

September 14, 2021

Local merchant passes after donating “educational rides” to City Park.

Robert T. F. Ho, former owner of the Quick Stop Laundry recently passed away two days ago after he anonymously donated $11,000 to install playground equipment for local parks.

His wife Mrs. Ho said, “Robert always enjoyed watching the kids play in the park across the street. He felt sorry for the kids who had to wait to use the equipment, especially the little ones.” The compassionate businessman provided funds to install a “Hanging gate” and a “Super Slide” for toddlers to use and enjoy.

The first record of a late Jurassic pterosaur, described as the ‘flying dragon’ by The New York Post, was recently discovered in Chile by Osvaldo Rojas, the director of the Atacama Desert Museum of Natural History and Culture.

Previously, these kinds of remains from this period were only found in North America. 

Although there is no evidence of ‘fire breathing’ abilities, the discovery of this creature in the Atacama Desert of Chile helped scientists paint a bigger picture regarding Gondwana and how much land masses have moved over the past 150 million years.

According to the APP archeological journal, the remains consist of the left humerus, a possible dorsal vertebra, and the shaft of a wing phalanx all related to the same individual. Reuters described the creature to have sported wings with a pointed tail and large outward facing teeth. John Jamison of Outsider described the “dragon” to be similar to the commonly known pterodactyl.

The Atacama Desert, a vast barren dry-land once submerged under the Pacific Ocean, has become an increasingly popular area for paleontology excavation.

The discovery suggests that migration took place between North and South America during the time of Gondwana, the ancient supercontinent. Even with a sparse amount of materials, studies show that the traits of the remains classify within the ‘clade Rhamphorhynchinae’ pterosaurs. This includes pterosaurs from the Jurassic era which are located in Asia, Europe, and North America.

Originally, the reptile’s remains were discovered in 2009. Recent studies have revealed that the rhamphorhynchine pterosaur discovery is “the oldest known pterosaur found in Chile,” according to Alarcons documentation in the journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. It is also the first of its kind to appear in the supercontinent Gondwana which later formed the southern landmasses.

Even though there is further research to be done on ‘why’ they migrated, Jhonatan Alarcon, head scientist of investigation from the University of Chile says, “this shows the distribution of the animals in this group was wider than what was known up to now”. 

As technology progresses, researchers have a variety of ways to get answers about the past as well as get an idea for the future.

https://www.slashgear.com/flying-dragon-pterosaur-fossil-discovered-in-the-atacama-desert-14690744/

https://www.app.pan.pl/archive/published/app66/app008052020.pdf

https://outsider.com/outdoors/flying-dragon-dinosaur-fossil-discovered-desert-scientists/

https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/science/flying-dragon-dinosaur-roamed-southern-skies-too-scientists-say-2021-09-10/

https://nypost.com/2021/09/12/flying-dragon-fossil-discovered-in-chilean-desert/

On Thursday Sept. 9, President Biden declared that over 100 million Americans will be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This statement has caused an uproar amongst the working class and put pressure on the 80 million plus Americans eligible for the vaccine. Experts such as The American Hospital Association states that the requirements for the vaccine may lead to larger numbers of unemployment throughout the nation.

Ambivalently, Everett Kelley, the national president of the American Federation of Government Employees said that although the vaccines protect America’s workforce and the best way to end the pandemic, there may have to be some “bargaining” and “negotiation” within organizations because according to Kelley, “workers deserve a voice in their working conditions.” Although there is much skepticism about the efficiency of his new requirements and even the vaccine itself, Biden is persistent.

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/09/09/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine?campaign_id=60&emc=edit_na_20210909&instance_id=0&nl=breaking-news&ref=cta&regi_id=158356646&segment_id=68518&user_id=7543fa28bc7ecd1c76a45358546584a9

Twenty-one year old Sha’Carri Richardson was favored to be the gold medalist for the Women’s 100 meter dash in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after her first place finish at the trials. Post Olympic trials, the United States Doping Agency announced that Richardson would not be allowed to perform in Tokyo due to a positive drug test for marijuana. According to her interview with NBC, Richardson explained that her consumption of THC was used as a coping mechanism due to recent news of her biological mothers passing. Richardson stated that the news sent her into an “emotional panic” and added that, “I didn’t know how to control my emotions or deal with my emotions during that time.”

Following the news of her suspension, Richardson tweeted “I am human”. Later apologizing to friends, family, and fans about the unfortunate news. According to the article, she explained that she doesn’t expect people to understand or sympathize with her situation. Richardson knows that people will criticize her marijuana use stating, “I just say, don’t judge me and I am human — I’m you, I just happen to run a little faster.” After Richardson’s indefinite suspension from the 100 meter dash, it was still possible for her to take part in the Women’s 4×100 relay. However, in a later article the World Anti-Doping Agency says that their deepest condolences are with Richardson, but they must maintain fairness to all athletes.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/01/sports/olympics/shacarri-richardson-suspended-marijuana.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/olympics/2021/07/06/shacarri-richardson-tokyo-olympics-relay/

Miller is starting her Sophomore year here at Morningside College. She chose Morningside because of the amazing campus and opportunities that are offered here. Originally, Miller is a small town girl who grew up in Rocksprings, Wyoming. Wyoming is a peculiar place with towering mountains and vast areas of just space. Although the scenery is gorgeous, a majority of the towns are settled in valleys or giant bowls of flat dessert ground leaving most of the population isolated from one another. However, Miller managed to escape the rugged mountains and travel east… to corn land (Iowa).

Here at Morningside she is majoring in Mass Communications as well as General Psychology. She chose these majors because she enjoys creative writing and mentioned that she wants to even write a book someday. Miller also enjoys photography and takes pictures of her friends as well as occasional sunset and landscape pictures on her free time.

Miller may be wicked with the camera and on the keyboard, but swimming is where her true colors show. Payton is a distance swimmer, meaning she swims events ranging anywhere from two hundred yards freestyle, to the mile freestyle swim. Now, if you watch the Olympics at home you may underestimate the true difficulty of sports like swimming because superhuman like Michael Phelps make it look easy. This sport requires good work ethic, dedication, and skill to perform and Payton has been doing so since she was 4 years old. She joined the Rocksprings Swim Club and worked her way up the food chain swimming for the middle school swim team and then for the girls high school team and continued to pursue her swimming career here at Morningside. After many enduring many relentless years of swimming practices and swimming meets Miller stated, “I believe swimming will always be a part of my life because of how many pool chemicals I’ve swallowed”.