Cowboys may be in Trouble

October 13, 2019

The Dallas Cowboys are in a world of hurt tonight after losing 24-22 to the Jets, in New York tonight. This will be the Cowboy’s 3rd loss in a row in a downward spiral that keeps getting worse. After a big 34-24 loss to the Packers last week, the Cowboys went into this week confident against the 0-4 jets hoping to bounce back, but they have yet to show any resilience.

The Cowboys started the season off strongly with 3 wins in a row including a big win over the Giants who beat to Dallas soundly twice last year. But after a close 12-10 loss to the Saints, they have seemed to be a bit behind the curve. If you would like to read a recap of the game there is a link below.

https://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2019/10/13/20912639/dallas-cowboys-are-in-deep-trouble-after-24-22-loss-to-the-new-york-jets-jason-garrett

Earlier today a young Swedish girl gave a heart-wrenching speech and UN headquarters about climate change, and the effects it has on the younger generations.

The 16-year-old Thunberg climate change activist had many intense views on how the government is handling the changes that are happening around the world. She even went as far as to say “You are still not mature enough to tell it how it is”.

“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood” she exclaimed while fighting back tears. “You say you understand the urgency but I do not want to believe that”. As the speech continued, the opinions got stronger, and the crowd fell more and more silent.

It seems that this high school-aged kid, has begun to make more of a difference than most politicians ever dreamed of making.

As the speech neared an end, she intently scanned the crowd and firmly said “And if you chose to fail us, we will never forgive you”. After her passionate performance, 65 countries had announced efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

Getting Ready to Rumble

October 10, 2019

As the weather cools down, the Morningside wrestling team eagerly awaits the beginning of the competition season.         

Coach Stevenson and the mustang squad have been working hard to achieve their lofty goals. Goals that have been set in stone since the end of season last year, but this year the team is has taken a different approach. 

The mustangs had multiple national qualifiers in the 2018-19 season and were able to secure a GPAC Regional title as a dual team. 

Coming in to the 2019-20 year the team has an all new mentality, and plan to make even bigger waves in NAIA Wrestling. In an interview, a fired-up head coach Jacob Stevenson had this to share. 

“Yeah we got a number of guys that I’m excited for. Our national qualifiers from last year Kyle Fowler, Jacob Wiley, and Phil Rasmussen”. He went on to say; “Jonah Egli and Dusten Reed are guys that are kind of off the radar, but they are guys that we’re excited to be on the mat for us this year”.

This is Coach Stevenson’s Seventh year with the mustangs. He has won three GPAC titles, and four second place conference finishes during his coaching career. 

Stevenson seems very prepared for the quickly approaching season and that has passed on to the motivated Morningside wrestlers. 

Junior Heavyweight and team captain Phil Rasmussen shared his thoughts on this year’s team as preseason training comes to an end.  

“I think everyone has been training hard and everybody’s just ready for the season to roll around… We definitely need to win the GPAC again this year”.  

Phil was a team captain last year as a Sophomore and plays a key role in the mustang wrestling family. 

The excitement shown by the team has influenced others as well. Former wrestler for the mustangs Brendan Crews is ready for the team to hit the mat. “I’ve been through the grind, and know what it’s like to start competing again. Now that I’m not wrestling anymore I feel like I’m going to miss it. I’m so excited to watch my boys kick some ass.”   

Wrestling season officially begins October 21stand their first time in action will be November 23rdin Minneapolis Minnesota. Morningside has three home duals this year including against their rivals Briar Cliff University. They will also be hosting the regional tournament which is the qualifier for nationals. You can find their competition schedule online at msidemustangs.com. If you’re bored and looking for some entertainment this winter make your way over to the Hyper Fieldhouse and cheer on the Mustang Wrestling team some love. 

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2019 Ju-Jitsu world silver medalist Nick Rodriguez, sent out a challenge on October 2nd challenging any wrestler to a match. The New Jersey native was a wrestler in high school and has made big waves in the world of grappling. however, wrestling was not about to let this challenge go un noticed.

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The man to answer this challenge is none other than Pat “funky bunky” Downey. If you know wrestling, you know that Downey has created many controversies in college wrestling. After being kicked out of Nebraska, he went to a Junior College in Fort Dodge Iowa where he won a national title. He then moved on to Iowa State University where he was an All American, but then was asked to leave after some problems with the coaching staff. After that happened he went straight to the OTC in New Jersey, where he trained at the same club as Nick Rodriguez himself. Since then Downey has earned multiple impressive accolades includiing a world title.

The two competitors squared off at Rutgers University on October 5th. Downey was able to make quick work of the confident Rodriguez. In the 2nd period the match was ended by technical fall, after four big throws. After the match downey said this; “It’s more important for my legacy. Being someone who says anyone, anytime, anywhere, and then following that up though my actions. Thats how I want to be remembered”.

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Alex Watters, career development specialist for Morningside college and a Sioux City council member came to visit the news writing class today to be the practice interview subject for the students. Watters has been involved in many different things around Sioux City including Barak Obamas re-election campaign, many large speaking engagements, and a variety of other impressive accolades. Despite being outrageously busy, he remains a shining light of positivity around the college campus. Out of all the students and employees, he seems to stand out from the crowd. 

            No matter who you ask, Alex is loved by all the mustangs. Whether students are studying in the library or rushing to class, it is always a pleasant surprise when Alex Watters wheels by and says hello. As a Career Development Specialist, he knows many of the students on a first-name basis, which, considering his hectic schedule is quite impressive. “I have a lot going on, but my priority is Morningside” he explained. “When I go to city hall meetings I have Morningside and how to get things to Morningside in mind”. Watters is responsible for getting dozens of speakers and events on campus each school year. 

            The conversation lasted for quite some time as Alex told the class about his life, growing up in Okoboji, stories from college, hobbies, life goals, and memories from his work career. Then he decided to give the group some words for motivation. “We all have the same time in the day. You control your destiny”. He went on to say “you guys have no idea the advantage you have. If you are in this college right now, the sky is the limit for you”. It is clear that he has good life experiences to share with the young students of Morningside. If you ever get the chance to have a conversation with Alex Watters take advantage of it and you might just learn a thing or two.   

“I’M NOT LEAVING!!”

September 29, 2019

How Marvel Can Solve Its Spider-Man Problem in One Movie

An article released by the Hollywood Reporter said that Marvel Studios has signed a deal with Sony to make another Spider-Man movie, confirmed to be released in 2021. If you are a comic book fan, or just enjoy the MCU films this is an article that you’re going to want to read. The content includes the negotiations between Marvel and Sony, the amount that recent marvel movies grossed, as well as a glimpse of what is to come in the near future for the wildly popular franchise. It is an enjoyable article to read because it shows how Tom Hollands’ role as Spider-Man impacts the MCU.

I have to admit, I saw this one coming. I was upset when I heard that the Web-Slinger was going to be taken out of the MCU, but when you think about it, it was probably all just a marketing stunt. These two powerhouse companies know their way around the movie business. I think they planned this whole thing out from the beginning, in order to sell more tickets and merchandise. I suppose when it all comes down to it, we’re all just happy that the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is back and hopefully here to stay.

Link to the Story: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/spider-man-shocker-disney-sony-striking-deal-new-movie-1243777

X-Men to the MCU?

September 24, 2019

If you love super heroes like me, then this article is for you. Fans have been awaiting a merger between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the X-Men for years now, ever since the the MCU was introduced in 2008 when IronMan was first dropped. Recently an artist decided to depict what the X-Men would look like if they ever did join the avengers in battle, and the picture that came from it is exciting.

The article itself talks about the removal of Spider-Man from the Universe, and what we need to replace his character moving on. Obviously the web slinger is irreplaceable and will be sadly missed by everyone who has been paying attention to the series. That being said, the possibilities for Marvels future have so many cool possibilities. I can’t wait to see what they decide to create in the future, and how they may incorporate more of our favorite childhood heroes to the exciting world.

Link to the article: https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2480780/former-disney-artist-imagines-what-the-x-men-could-look-like-in-the-mcu

Scavenger​ Hunt Story

September 19, 2019

Today in Mr. Fuglsangs class we were given an assignment to find two different things. The things I needed were simple, and signature, and I had to have a conversation about a recent news story. So a buddy and I hit the streets.

I found myself at the campus Cafe talking to a worker there. After she signed my assignment paper, she told me about a neat event that is coming up in Sioux City. Morningside will be putting together a presentation to be shown at the library downtown about the 125th Anniversary this year.

“I can’t remember the exact date, but I know it will be downtown” she told me. Unfortunately she was very busy and the interview did not last long.

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Reflection of College Cost Post

September 19, 2019

            This assignment really helped me better understand the process of news writing. I found that I am not where I need to be in terms of writing a well-rounded story. Most of what I write about includes “I” or “me” which I have found is quite frowned upon. My whole scholastic career I have been writing in first person context, and it is quite hard to break this bad habit. It is an entirely different thought process when it comes to writing news stories. 

            It is interesting to see the difference between the way I have been writing and the way we are being taught in class. I enjoy projects like these because it gives me a new perspective on how to write in different ways, in order to better my vocabulary and sentence structure. During this assignment, I have realized that there is plenty work to do in order to be successful at this style of writing.   

A Win For the Yak!

September 15, 2019

This is the story of a Yak in Virginia who was on the way to a slaughterhouse, but it had different plans. I enjoyed this article because of its humorous topic. The thought of an escaped yak does not seem to be an everyday conversation topic. The article itself is easy to read and to the point (my kind of story). If you are looking for an easy read to brighten your day look no further. The article is very short but worth the read.

Link to the article: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/09/15/meteor-yak-escapes-virginia-avoids-butcher-shop/2334865001/