The ACT is going to allow students to retake certain sections of the four-part test that usually takes three hours. Officials say this will be available in September of 2020. There is a writing section that is the fifth optional test part and takes about forty-five minutes. Students can retake this, also. The scores of the four test sections are put into an average composite score. If taken multiple times, the highest composite score a student has may not reflect their best individual section scores. Individual section test-taking will allow for putting their best scores together for a “superscore.” Some schools do superscoring, but now students will not have to send in multiple tests.

Anemona Hartocollis wrote this article on October 8th to talk about this new system/option for students. She explained all the things above and quoted an ACT spokesman who said, “We’re trying to save them time. We’re trying to save them money.”  She told how it applies to high school students trying to apply for colleges and get their scores up. Hartocollis questions whether colleges will evaluate scores by whether they were achieved at one sitting or as a superscore. She also introduces the idea that students may be able to take the test online and get results faster. She puts the article together by explaining how the ACT works now and how the changes will improve the experience.

            Yesterday, Greta Thunberg told the U.N. that the science behind climate change is clear and that action needs to be taken. She expresses the urgency of the fact that rising temperatures could turn into mass extinction.

She gives her message from the view of the younger generation who will be affected the most by climate change. Thunberg said, “You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal.”

Thunberg looks at the years of science that tells that rising climates could end in catastrophe. If emissions are cut in half in the next ten years, there is a 50% chance of staying away from the cutoff of irreversible damage. Thunberg said, “So a 50% risk is simply not acceptable to us – we who have to live with the consequences.” She wants a better chance than 50%.

She is frustrated that the U.N. has not acted to cut emissions and they pretend climate change can be solved “with just ‘business as usual’ and some technical solutions.”

She ends by saying, “We will not let you get away with this.” Thunberg used this speech as a warning that her generation will not be forgiving if no one helps stop climate change.

Morningside has a garden on campus that is maintained by students and staff to provides opportunities for the Morningside community. The agriculture department plays a big role in the garden’s success to give food to the cafeteria.

The garden was started with a small match grant from The Wellmark Foundation for $10,000 to start everything. They also requested and got $5,000 from the Morningside student government to help. [talk to Tom Paulsen and how the garden started and his experience with it]

The 3500 square foot garden was started in 2018 and grew potatoes, carrots, white onions, radishes, and an assortment of herbs. Most of these vegetables were sold to Sodexo, the food service management company for Morningside and the garden’s main purchaser. These vegetables were served in the campus cafeteria.

The same vegetables were grown in 2019, but squash, green beans, eggplant, and zucchini were added into the garden. There are raised beds and in-ground beds. These plants are grown during the summer and fall seasons to be ready for harvest in the latter.

Dee McKenna, the manager of the garden oversees the interns who work in the garden and keeps track of the work put into the garden. She ensures the garden is being taken care of and creates opportunities for people to visit and spend time learning in the garden. She spends time working with the Morningside students and says, “They all come to the garden with different experiences and expectations.”

            There are “workshops” for local elementary schools to visit and learn about gardening. There are days when various classes visit the garden and see what impact the garden is making and makes people aware of what the agriculture department is doing. The garden is hands-on and unlike other experiences on campus.

            The interns from the agriculture department do a lot to maintain the garden. They spend hours in the garden in the summer and fall to take care of it for harvest season. They keep it clean and make sure they produce high quality vegetables for Sodexo. Some leftover vegetables go to other organizations like the Gospel Mission or Food Bank of Siouxland.

            The interns learn a lot and gain experience from taking care of the garden’s needs. [talk about what intern Lou has to say]

            Threats to the garden are rabbits, insects, and people who come and take vegetables or flowers. The raised beds of flowers are there to attract bees and butterflies for pollination. People will come and pick the flowers for their own. McKenna says the rabbits are the biggest issue because they get into the in-ground beds and eat all the fresh plants and vegetables.

            The garden is made possible by students each day and they enjoy doing it. [Last paragraph Dee: “Seriously, I absolutely love my job. The students make it the best.”]

The Red Meat Controversy

October 3, 2019

Red meat has had some backlash from organizations, but four new studies say otherwise. The Department of Agriculture and World Health Organization have urged everyone to eat less red meat. These studies report, “there is no compelling evidence that reducing consumption of red or processed meats will be beneficial to an individual.” The studies say that nutrition studies are difficult because human nutrition is a complex system and it is hard to know what someone is eating. There are some findings on health benefits from cutting back red meat, but these studies question the other studies. The studies of red meat are flawed and do not have controlled variables.

            This article by Gina Kolata, tells the audience that major organizations urge people to eat less dark meat. She discusses five takeaways from the debate. The standards for these nutritional studies are not as structured as a scientific one. Kolata expresses that the audience should be aware of the difference. She ends with a section titled “We’re all going to have to live with some uncertainty about what to eat.” She quotes from the studies to show the audience both sides.

Alex Watters, Morningside College alumni, uses his life experiences to change Morningside and the Sioux City community today. At Morningside, he is a Career Development Specialist on campus. He is currently a City Council member in Sioux City after being appointed in 2017.

            At the beginning of Watters’ freshman year at Morningside he went to a lake and was severely injured. He broke his neck and has been in a wheelchair ever since. He now has some mobility in his upper body and tells his story.

            After graduate school in Omaha, Watters was moved to Washington D.C. for what he described as an “internship on steroids.” He was selected to work with the US Department of Education where he worked with the secretary of Education.

 He even worked with First Lady Michelle Obama on the “Let’s Read Let’s Move” movement. The “Let’s Move” part is when famous people will do fun physical activities and workouts with students. This movement is for a healthier America and to fight childhood obesity.

            Watters brought his experiences from Washington D.C. and life back to Morningside. He connects with students through his experiences and people reach out to him to work together. On campus, he works in the Krone Advising Center to help students find career paths and activities they are interested in. When asked what is the most fulfilling part of his job Watters said, “Seeing students succeed or have the realization of what they want to do with their life.” Students will come back and tell him about how they landed a job they wanted.

            Watters helps countless students on campus and has connections in the city to do his job well. While being on the city council he pushes to make changes for everyone and is open to new ideas. He said, “As long as I’m making a difference in people’s lives that’s what I am going to do.” He is doing that now in any way he can.

Reflection over Story #1

September 29, 2019

For paper #1, I think I put the most work into choosing the articles that I would use for my story. I read a lot of articles and had to pick three to use and choose the quotes I wanted. I wish I had spent more time considering what would be considered the important information to the readers. I think the information may be all mixed up.

The most difficult part was choosing information I wanted to emphasize and paragraph topics. The difficult part of this was the first sentence of the paragraph and introducing what I would be talking about.

My biggest problem was making things concise and awkward sentences. I would add “starts out saying” instead of using “says” talking about a quote. I tried to use short phrases to describe things after writing the draft and change it for the final.

By 2050, sixty countries want to reduce their net carbon emissions to zero. The United Nations announced this this week, but these countries only accounted for 11% of the world’s emissions. It is not clear how they will cut back to zero, but technological advances to capture carbon may help. The cutting back of these sixty countries is a small amount compared to the top three emitters: China, the United States, and India. To get on the list of sixty, the countries could have either “plans to achieve net zero CO2 emissions” or say it is “a long-term national goal.”

            Somini Sengupta and Nadja Popovich put together an article about this new announcement. They discuss how the cutting back of emissions from these countries will be a small impact. The way it will happen is unclear, but countries may pay for projects like tree-planting programs. They discuss countries specific laws and when they plan on making the most impact. There are some different comparisons they make between countries and cities in them and how much each emits.

Orange Slice

September 24, 2019

I took a bite out of a candy orange slice about five minutes ago and it is still stuck in my teeth. When I bit into it for the first time I could feel the gritty sugar that is on the outside. It reminded me of a sugar cookie, but the sugar pieces were larger and more dense around this candy. The orange gummy candy on the inside is very soft and sticky and is sticking to my teeth after the sugar has dissolved. It is sweet and tangy like an orange. It is even orange and color and in the shape of an orange slice with ridges. The textures go well together as the sugar is crunchy then soft from the candy.

Mside Scavenger Hunt

September 19, 2019

I was in my journalism class and we were all sent on a hunt for different items from people we did not know on campus. I was sent to find a creatively bent paper clip and a favorite Morningside memory.

            I went to the Krone advising center to find the paper clip. I met Shari Benson, at the from desk. I told her I was looking for a creatively bent paperclip. She laughed and said, “certainly,” and grabbed one, bending it in a spiral fashion. She even used a pen, as she asked me and a couple other classmates what else we were looking for out of curiousity.

            My second objective was to ask someone their favorite Morningside memory. I went to the Ag department and found Kim Hawkins, the administrative assistant, at the front desk. I told her what I was doing and asked her favorite Morningside memory. She said, “You should give me a couple days to think about.” She decided after a couple of minutes that her memory was the first day she started. There were 5 or 6 interviewers, not one like expected, and she was overwhelmed. But, early on she learned that everyone was nice and made her feel comfortable at Morningside for the last twenty years.

            Both Shari and Kim were surprised at what I was asking, but seemed to enjoy the company. They had just as many questions for me as I did them. This activity was fun and I have met two more people here in campus.

David Yaffe-Bellany wrote an article today about how Juul and other e-cigarette device advertisements are being taken off television. CNN, CBS, and Viacom are stopping all ads by e-cigarette companies because of rising health concerns related to vaping. As CNN includes TNT and TBS, Viacom includes ads on MTV, Nickelodeon and BET networks they will all get rid of such ads. E-cigarettes are becoming widely understood as addictive and harmful, with rising numbers in illnesses related to vaping.

            Bellany leads by explaining what networks were getting rid of the ads and that they did this because of health warnings. The warnings came from the American Lung Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bellany says that there have been nearly 400 cases of vaping-related sicknesses throughout the US and seven deaths. He put the information related to vaping itself at the end and what he wanted to address(companies removing ads) at the beginning.