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/

Attending college is a decision that can affect anybody’s life in a positive way. College can be a great tool to further a career, or to start a career. While enrolled, people have the opportunity to learn multiple different skill sets that they will be able to execute for the rest of their adult lives. 

Nonetheless, college is not for everyone. Yet, today everyone seems to believe that higher education is a necessity to be a successful adult.  

In a story written about a study done in June of last year, CNBC reported that less than half of college graduates get a job related to their major. Furthermore, it was found that more than forty percent of college graduates take a job that does not require a college degree. 

This means that over forty percent of all the people with a degree in America attended college for no reason. 

The rising cost of college is obviously a compilation of a multitude of things ranging from price inflation, to the insanely high demand for schooling today. Yet, costs have gone much higher than what seems to be reasonable to an average citizen.

 The Patriot Post reads; “As measured by the Consumer Price Index, the cost of college since 1985 has increased at nearly quadruple the rate of inflation. In a single decade from 2007 to 2017, college tuition skyrocketed 63%, school housing 51%, and textbooks 88%”. 

The drastic rise in the cost of college makes sense because of the immense pressure that young people in America have to get a college degree. In many cases this pressure is passed to the younger generations by their parents, who believe that if their child does not get a college degree they will fail in life. 

In some cases, this is a serious issue, but it seems that there are not many people who speak out about it, but there are some people who have taken notice. 

Mike Rowe, who hosted the popular TV show “Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe”, had this to say “Seven million jobs are available now; most of them don’t require a four-year degree,” he stated. “They require training. And yet we’re obsessed, not really with education, you know.”

Rowe went on to explain “What we are obsessed with is credentialing. And so, people are buying diplomas. And they’re buying their degrees. It’s a diploma dilemma, honestly. It’s expensive. It is getting worse. It’s not just the kids holding the note. It is us.” 

“Us” in this instance, is referring to the average tax paying in American.  

“Eating to Energize”

September 10, 2019

This is a helpful and easy to read article found on apple news, about how certain foods can help you stay energized and focused throughout the day. These “Superfoods” as I like to call them, are not necessary to your diet, but if included in your everyday diet, you can boost your energy and positivity. The article explains clearly what each food can provide for your well being. It also explains what vitamins the food gives you and the benefits of eating each. If you are looking to change things up in your diet, I recommend reading this article for a good solid change in your everyday diet.

We all have good times and bad times hen it comes to eating right. Personally, I notice a very big difference when I am eating right. As an athlete, I believe that a good diet is the most important thing when it comes to success physically. There are so many people who are struggling to get off that layer no matter how hard they work, and the problem is their diet. America is so good at giving people bad food, and everybody buys it because it is cheap and quick. Everybody is in such a big hurry these days that it seems healthy food has been brushed off. Eating healthy does not have to be hard. This short article is a good place to start turning your diet around.

A man from Odessa Texas was fired from his job on Saturday and did not take it well. After losing his job he decided to drive down the road and start to randomly shoot at pedestrians, killing seven innocent people. Shortly after the man was shot and killed by authorities. I hate reading about things like this because people weren’t taught the value of human life. Most of us as children were taught that everybody matters and deserves to be happy, but some people did not get the memo. There is absolutely no excuse to take another human’s life in a situation like this. In my opinion, the people who are committing these horrific acts were not raised right, and don’t know what it is like to have repercussions for their actions. I have no sympathy for this man being killed in this interaction with the police. anybody who has no problem killing innocent Americans should have no problem getting the same consequences brought upon them.

Here is a link to the article written by Fox News:


A story about my classmate

August 27, 2019

            I recently interviewed an interesting classmate of mine named Alex Thompson for a class project in Fundamentals of Journalism. Alex Thompson is a twenty-one-year-old Junior at Morningside College. He is currently a Psychology major, and told me “I really enjoy the Psych classes here”. Aside from academics he is a wrestler competing at 174lbs and aspires to be a multiple time All-American for the Mustangs. When he can, he also works the wine and spirits counter at Hy-Vee to make some extra cash. Most of Alex’s time is taken up by schooling, training in the wrestling room, and work, but is not confined to these things alone. 

For fun Alex enjoys longboarding, fishing, jumping off of tall things into water, and all around likes to be outdoors. He also likes to go Frisbee golfing, and listening to music. Naturally, after this response I had to ask him what his favorite Genre of music is. I was surprised when he said “I don’t really have a favorite genre”, he went on to explain that it depends on what kind of mood he is in, but country is always a good option. It makes sense that Alex would like country music because when I asked him where he is from and he replied with “Well I was born in Norfolk Nebraska, but I grew up in the town of Hoskins”. Hoskins is a small “drive through” town in Nebraska where everybody knows everybody. Needless to say, Alex Thompson seems like a good ole Midwestern small town kid down to the core.       

It is enjoyable to read stories like this for multiple reasons. First and foremost, it is always nice to see a news article that has a positive message instead of hundreds of negative articles written in today’s world. Second, this is something that could change the course of history, as this superstar may become the first-ever female kicker in the National Football League. As the video attached to the article shows, Carli Lloyd kicks a fifty-five-yard field goal, which I could not do if you paid me to. Roomer has it that there have already been multiple offers for Carli to join a team, however, none of the teams have gone public with this newly found piece of information.

Not only was this a good article, but it was also easy and fun to read. The article was well written and had seamless transitions to each new topic. The positive message keeps the reader locked in as it flows together with no noticeable reiteration or contradictions. I recommend reading this piece if you want to add a little positivity to your day. Below is a link to the article:


I recently read a story on the Fox News website that followed a ninety-nine-year-old WWll veteran. They asked him in the interview what advice he had to give to the younger generations. His first answer was “stay off the drugs, that’s number one”. His next answer, however, really made me think. He went on to say “stay in school, and when you come out, come out with the idea of serving people”. The reason that I found this interesting is because my generation is known to be the most selfish generation, and I believe it to be true. The fact that kids can take a picture of themselves, and post it on social media in a matter of five minutes has made us completely self-absorbed. Most people don’t even realize it. We all need to take the fantastic advice that this hero has given us. If we all came out of college with a mind to serve others instead of ourselves, I believe the world can become a place where people are respectful, kind, and considerate of those around them.