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Non-Fiction Text Review #2

John Hersey’s novel Hiroshima discusses the atrocious act of the dropping of the first atomic bomb. Through his story, he follows the stories of six different characters. Each character counted themselves lucky to be alive that fateful day and Hersey told their stories.

Hersey was an American writer and journalist who was born in China. Upon return to the United States, Hersey began attending school in Briarcliff Manor, Yale, and the University of Cambridge.

During World War II, Hersey worked as a journalist and covered fighting in Europe and Asia, as well as the Allied troops in Sicily. After the war, Hersey was in Japan reporting on their reconstruction. During this time, he was introduced to the people who would later become his award-winning characters.

Hersey fathered what would later be termed as “New Journalism.” He worked to take non-fiction stories and weave them into fictitious-sounding works of writing, exactly like Hiroshima.

I believe that Hersey wrote this piece in order to tell the truth of the devastation in Japan after seeing the destruction of the atomic bomb. His writing was new; he took the story and created it into an article that could be read as a story. He wrote to bring awareness to the realities of what the United States had done.

Hersey worked to piece together a masterpiece of survival with one of fear and pain. He wrote through scenarios in a tone similar to Ernest Hemingway: clear, concise, and clean.

Hersey wrote this story through copious retellings and interviews. He met his first victim, Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge –a Jesuit priest– who then introduced him to the remaining five victims. Precise recollections were necessary for Hersey to construct his graphic, realistic scenes.

One of the many times in Hersey’s book where this is shown in full happens within the beginning of the story. Miss Toshiko Sasaki describes the pain and fear she felt after the explosion.

Within this passage, Hersey tells of her coming in and out of consciousness and in and out of pain. In order for this to be effective, Hersey would have needed to ask the right questions of Miss Sasaki, beyond that of “What do you remember?”

He paints a picture of bookshelves falling into each other and books themselves littering the floors. The sound of footsteps atop their heads and the clawing through to be freed. In this section, it seems as if Hersey could have been there, but he wasn’t.

His interview tactics got to the meat of the story. He described scenes as the survivors, though he only knew everything secondhand.

Personally, I was intrigued by the story. It takes dedication and careful decisions to write a story from the perspective of a person that is still alive. Hersey did this in an incredible fashion.

This book was set-up so it was told from the perspectives of six individuals. Each story was told through their eyes. It was interesting to see so many emotions evoked, even though there was a single author.

I love history and its implications, and John Hersey made me see it from a different light. The atomic bomb not only won the war, but it destroyed people.

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Taylor Van Vliet and Tara Van Vliet:

a look at their attempt at what they have called “Nacho Tour” this summer before school started. The ins and outs of the “best nachos” in Lincoln,  NE and what this unique experience taught them. This will look at their nacho tour specifically and then the idea of trying one type of food across a city.

My Morningside

Lewis Hall is what makes Morningside special to me. It is where I live, basically, and where I study. Three flights of stairs ain’t got nothing on my favorite place on campus. This is My Morningside.

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Culture: Roommates

Roommates are a college guarantee. If you move onto campus from a different city, or town, or even just to get away from your parents, you will most likely be assigned a roommate. Morningside fills out a questionnaire in order to match up roommates with people that are similar to them.

For this article, I can talk to my roommate now about what it was like to be able to choose a roommate for the second year on campus. I can discuss the implications of roommates with an RA, such as Tessa Renze or Dylan Ferguson or Bailey Powers. I can talk to Alyssa Miller about having to change roommates in the middle of a semester.

Bad roommates, good roommates, silent, loud, messy, clean, all types of roommates change a person’s college experience.

Sharing your room, but more importantly your life, with a stranger is hard. This is how college usually starts. I want to discuss the relationships that roommates have, and how this can change how a person interacts and participates in school. I also want to talk about the idea that after college you don’t usually have roommates, or you do only because it is cheaper.

Kate and Leopold: A Review

Kate and Leopold has tugs at more than just a single genre. With its elements of time, history, and romance, Kate and Leopold works to send the viewer through time and through the present. The film is rated PG-13 because of brief strong language, and parents should accompany children while watching, even though the story itself is nothing vulgar. The storyline is quite common and should be no concern for many children. Personally, the movie became dull during its mid-section, and my attention was difficult to keep. Its characters of 21st century Kate and 19th century Leopold did not capture my attention.

The movie revolves around the lives of Kate, living in New York in the 21st century, and Leopold, who lives in New York in 1876. Kate’s ex-boyfriend Stuart finds a hole in the space-time continuum and travels back in time in search for his great-great-grandfather, Leopold, who eventually invented the elevator. Leopold ends up following Stuart back to the present day, where he meets Kate. Their story continues around the idea that Leopold must return, and Kate must stay.  

Kate and Leopold does not fit the common bill associated with ‘RomCom,’ but more sets itself apart with Science Fiction tendencies and Historical Background. Though it is, obviously, meant to be a Romantic Comedy, Kate and Leopold extends beyond that. It mixes romance with time travel, and the 21st century with that of the 19th. Meg Ryan (You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seatle) and Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine and Logan) work together to create a unique romantic connection between two characters of different realities.

As most ‘RomComs’ recently, the acting was mildly flaky and the story was cliche. In the end, the guy and the girl ended up together. Released in 2001, many ‘RomCom’ storylines had been used, and I believe that James Mangold, the director, was trying to work with storylines that would be new and exciting by introducing the concept of time travel and an inter-dimension relationship. It seemed very Thor-like, romantics wise. The girl fell in love with the guy who wasn’t from her world and who was (technically) over 100 years older than her.

Though I did not necessarily appreciate the acting, I did enjoy the concept of the story. Mixing what I would deem to be an absurd idea with that of common 21st-century life gave the story meaning. In general, it made the movie more comedic in the idea that what was happening was most likely impossible.

I enjoy both romance/comedy, and science fiction, but I am not sure I have ever seen them try to mix together in a way such as this. I would suggest this film to anyone who does not take their films too seriously, anyone who enjoys corny romance, and anyone who loves odd connections of science fiction.

Overall, I would give this film a 2.5 out of 4 stars because of its creativity in the plot. Kate and Leopold attempts to make ‘RomComs’ more interesting and different than their average connotations.


Indianapolis in the summer of 2016 was hot. In the middle of July, temperatures were hitting over 100 degrees and being packed in a warehouse building with 3,500 of my ‘closest friends’ wasn’t helping the heat.

I looked around at the lines surrounding me. Everyone wanted to meet the pros from Storm and parents were swarming around their kids while fussing over their hair and skirts. Practice was in less than two hours. I stepped sideways to avoid being sideswiped by a fussing parent and bumped into the side of my mom.

“Well,” she said as she caught her balance, ” who do you want to talk to first? What was that one college you said Tommy liked?”

“Morningside,” I replied. My head was swiveling from left to right as I looked down the rows of tables. They each had banners with their school colors fluttering from the white plastic. I had no idea what the coach looked like or the college mascot or the colors. I just knew they had a team and I wanted to bowl.

“There!” I said and pointed to the right. The maroon and white banner was hanging about halfway down the line of tables. I grabbed my mom’s hand and pulled her behind me as I bee-lined for the table.

I walked up to the table and looked at the man behind it. The skin around his eyes was rough and wrinkled and he had a beard that wasn’t necessarily well-kept but didn’t look like an accident either.

“Hi, my name is Mari Pizzini and I want to bowl for your program,” I said. I stuck my hand out towards him and he grabbed it in a loose handshake. He eyed me warily. I smiled back at him, “I have been researching your program for the last couple of months. You’re new. I want to bowl somewhere and I want to help the team.”

It’s All In the Name

I have been stuck with the name Marianna Delynne Pizzini, or Mari Pizzini, since the day I was born. Substitute teachers always get it wrong and I always have to smile and reply and say “it’s actually Mah-ree, not Mary.” It gets old never being able to find keychains with your name on it. I grew up having to write out twenty-two letters just to get my full name on a page. I was ACCIDENTALLY named after my great-grandmother. If that doesn’t tell you about the frustration of my name.

Your name is what ties you to your family, or to your spouse. It is the one thing that you carry with you from cradle to grave, unless you want to change it. Honestly, it is something that you can’t choose at birth but can change at 18 and that to me makes a name unique.

My name is unique. It is as unique as I am, in a way.

I used to hate my name. It felt clunky in my mouth. It never fit behind my teeth or on the tip of my tongue. I refused to answer to “Marianna” until I was 16 or I was in serious trouble. My name never felt like it belonged to me because no one could pronounce it and no one could spell it right. It felt like an accident.

Today, I have begun to accept my name. It’s intricacies make it mine. My name is still longer than I am tall, but it fits behind my teeth and in my mouth. I’ve grown with it.


Rewrite: Five-year-old

I hate my name. It’s stupid. It’s really, really, really long and I don’t like it.

Mom only calls me Marianna when I do something bad. I don’t like being called that. It’s Mari. Only Mari! Because I hate spelling my name for Ms. Lara. It’s Mari.

Why is my name this big? I wish it wasn’t. I wish it was something different, like Rose! I wish my name was like a princess. I want to be like a princess. I don’t want to be Mari anymore. I want to be a princess.

5 URGENT Questions

  1. Why can we make steps forward in plastic reduction, but not in the reduction of natural resource use?
  2. Why does hot air rise?
  3. What does racism accomplish?
  4.  Could we go back to a bartering system?
  5. What superhero power do the majority of people wish they had?

The ‘Write’ Time: Reintroducing Sioux City to Theatre



Adam Gonshorowski is a rising star in the film and theatre business in our very own Sioux City.

Gonshorowski graduated from Morningside College on May 8th of 2010. A Dakota City, Nebraska native, Gonshorowski was awarded his Bachelor of Arts, one of 479 degrees earned that year. This propelled him forward towards a fascination with the arts.

After graduation, Gonshorowski went on to earn his Master’s in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University. He moved back to Sioux City soon after and began a career in film production and screenwriting.

Though Gonshorowski began with a focus in film and screen, he has recently been transitioning from film to theatre.

Theatre is a recent development in my portfolio of work,” Gonshorowski said, “First and foremost my work has consisted of film and television, but there are different challenges working in that medium that makes theatre more accessible to work in at this time.”

He detailed that his childhood was filled with great movies and films, but rarely theatre. This lack of theatrical “intervention” caused Gonshorowski to lean more towards film production. Sophomore year of high school changed that.

Around sophomore year I picked up an app called Final Draft and a book titled The Screenwriter’s Bible.  The combination of the software and book gave me an insight into writing screenplays and I unlocked the key to writing.” He began to vigorously apply to Graduate schools in Film Production and landed in the middle of the largest city in the film industry: Los Angeles, California.

“I was taught by the best in the business, everyone from J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, to my mentor and prolific writer, Jeph Loeb.” Loyola Marymount University left no stone unturned and Gonshorowski believed he was headed towards studio writing.

After three years of some of the best teaching in the world, Gonshorowski made a big move back to Sioux City where his first true production, “The Truman Decision,” is being performed at Evelyn Larson Theatre.“I decided to start my own production company with the goal of producing films, television, and theatre.  That brings us to today after over 15 years of trying to get here.”

Gonshorowski is leading a new era of theatre with self-written productions. Khiana Hume, a Morningside College Freshman with a passion for theatre, explained how she feels about the changing theatre scene.

It’s amazing and is becoming more culturally diverse and inclusive.” Theatre productions are now trying to push the agenda of incorporating differences. Hume also believes that the growth of theatre is acting as a new News medium.

“The audience can relate more to it [theatre] because the modern issues are being presented to them by real people and not a screen.” While Gonshorowski began in the screen industry, he is now pushing the stage and live action. “Most of them [new productions] push boundaries and that is what makes them great because they are original.”

“The more we humanize entertainment the more beneficial it will be for our society,” said Chloe Person, a Freshman English Major from Morningside College.

Gonshorowski is bringing theatre to the people. Self-written and directed plays are getting attention, which surprised Gonshorowski.

“It is amazing the outpouring of support that appeared as if by magic.”

Adam Gonshorowski is bringing Los Angeles to Sioux City, and the magic of the screen to the stage.

Mega City Mall’s Explosion Will Keep Doors Closed Until Further Notice

An explosion just before 10 am in Mega City Mall left 2 dead and close to 100 people injured.

The explosion occurred close to the Dairy Queen in the food court before the opening of the mall. There has been no indication of the cause of the explosion according to Sergeant Fuglsang. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Those injured are in the process of being transported to local hospitals. Names of the deceased will not be released until next of kin is notified, but one is a male from Seargent Bluff and the other is a female from Sioux City.

The Sioux City Police Department is not worried about any follow-up danger and is not referring to this as an attack.

Security footage has been found and given to police, who will review the tapes later today.


Before the incident occurred a 12-year-old boy, Stephen, went missing from his mother but has been located and interviewed.

“I was just over by the bungee jump area trying to sneak in. My mom was shopping in boring places. When I heard the explosion I ran to the parking lot and just kept running.”

Stephen and his mother have yet to be reunited but he is in the care of the SCPD.

Nathan Hoogland, a Police Officer himself, was in the vicinity of the mall as he was off-duty. Retired from the FBI bomb squad, Hoogland tried to run towards the site of the explosion but was ushered outside by on-duty police officers.

“I initially ran towards the ‘boom’ but saw a stampede of people coming towards me so I ducked into an alcove to avoid being trampled.”

Hoogland states that he cannot distinguish the source of the explosion.

“I haven’t seen the crime scene, I haven’t seen pictures, so I can’t say what caused the explosion.”

The Mega City Mall will remain closed for the rest of the day and potentially the week depending on damages and the crime scene. A crime scene investigation will need to be conducted before the doors of the mall will reopen, but mall officials hope to open doors soon for holiday shoppers.

Repairs will begin after the investigation.

A second news conference will take place at 3 pm today between Seargent Fuglsang and the media. Updates will be released thereafter.

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