Monthly Archives: November 2021

The night that Brandyn Clair’s ambition paid off

It was on a rainy Saturday two years ago when Brandyn Clair, with 30 cans of Busch Light on his head, walked through the city for hours. Why? He was determined to find a party that night.

He had already walked two miles when he got to the party he had heard of, but things did not go as planned. When he knocked on the door, it was not a student that opened – it was the guy’s parents that were thought to be out of town this night.
About to walk back to campus full of disappointment, Brandyn got a call. There was another party, apparently a really good one. The problem? It was on the other side of town, about 5 miles away.
Yet, Brandyn started walking, not knowing this party wouldn’t be less disappointing than the first one.
“It was already one in the morning when I got there, and the party was all over. And I still got the 30 cans of beer on my head,” he recalls.
Still, Brandyn didn’t want this night to be over, and it was a call from his roommate that gave him one last hope: A party on campus that just started. So, he made his way back.
“I got there at 3 and partied until 8. Because I earned that party. I earned that party. And I drank all the beer.”
Clearly, Brandyn’s ambition paid off in the end.

News Comment #12

There’s finally an Alzheimer’s vaccine in the works

By Melissa Pandika (Mic)

In the article, the author addresses a nasal vaccine that could potentially cure and prevent Alzheimer’s disease and is currently in a phase I clinical trial. She talks about the stage of research the vaccine is in, explains the trial that is conducted and how the vaccine would work, and mentions a potential problem with the vaccine.

First off, the article appears to be very credible. The author included quotes from experts, statistics, and attribution to other articles.

In the introduction, the author talks briefly about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the problem that there is no cure yet, and the new vaccine. I think it does a good job of getting the reader’s attention (at least mine) and indicating what the article is about.

Furthermore, the topic is very news-worthy, in my opinion. The disease could have a huge impact as millions of people struggle with Alzheimer’s, and the article was published the same day a statement about it was released.

The article seems to be suitable for a large part of today’s audience, as it is very short. It gets to the point fast and only contains information that I found quite essential. In addition, the author was able to explain how the vaccine would work in an understandable way. 

Lastly, the article is a bit subjective. In the end, the author even clearly states her own opinion (“I’m all for investigating a plethora of approaches”). Given that the topic is not very controversial, it doesn’t seem like a big issue to me. However, in general, articles should be as objective as possible.

News Comment #11

Can ‘Squid Game’ Season 2 Replicate the Addictive Quality of Season 1?
By Brandon Yu (Mic)

The article talks about the second season of ‘Squid Game’, the most popular Netflix show at the moment, which was announced by director Hwang Dong-hyuk a few days ago in an interview.

It’s good that the article is not very long. However, for the information that it contains, it’s still too long, in my opinion. Other than the fact that there will be a second season, the article didn’t seem interesting to me personally. It provides some background on Season 1 that I feel has been addressed in a lot of other articles before and some speculations about Season 2.
In general, though, I think the topic is news-worthy because Squid Game brought a huge hype lately and thousands of people are waiting for a second season, and the announcement was made recently.
The article is not that easy to read as a big part of today’s audience would want it today. The sentences are too complex, and the paragraphs are too long.
Another aspect I liked was that the author included some quotes by the director and that there is a link to a video of the announcement.

Possible Feature Stories: Profiles of the different actors, look behind the scenes of ‘Squid Game’, feature story about a die-hard fan

Paper #3 Script (Final)

Good evening ladies and gentlemen. It’s 8 pm. Welcome back to the Tagesschau. An NFL player involved in a fatal car accident, intense negotiations in the formation of the new German government, and new blood tests that could detect cancer before symptoms are shown.

Former NFL receiver Henry Ruggs killed a young woman and her dog in a car crash last Tuesday. 
He had been speeding down a residential street in Las Vegas with his girlfriend at around 3:30 in the morning. He was driving at a speed of 156 miles per hour just seconds before crashing into Tina Tintor’s car. The 23-year old was declared dead at the scene after her car burst into flames.
According to police officials, Ruggs had a blood-alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit in Nevada. He was charged with DUI resulting in death and reckless driving the same day. The Las Vegas Raiders released him shortly after.
Here’s what student Cole Hawk has to say, “It’s crazy. He went from making millions a year to spending his life in prison in only one night.”
Now, prosecutors want to file additional charges for the injuries of his girlfriend and the possession of a firearm while under the influence. Ruggs could face up to 40 years behind bars. 

Three German parties start discussing details for a possible coalition.
The Social Democrats, Free Democrats, and Greens had already worked out a rough framework for a coalition. 
Last Wednesday, about a month after the elections, party members started discussing details in 22 separate groups.
Greens Leader Anna-Lena Baerbock is not sure how long the negotiations will take. She says there are still considerable differences. For example, when it comes to climate action, finances, and the transport sector.
Forming a coalition can be a long process. German student Lisann Evert knows that. “Sometimes it seems like a never-ending back and forth. Last time after the elections, it took them, I don’t know, five months.”
This time, the parties plan to agree on a coalition contract by the end of November so that a new chancellor can be elected early in December. Until then, Angela Merkel remains in office.

When cancer is discovered, it’s often too late. New blood tests could change that and save many lives, according to an article published by National Geographic.
Multiple companies are working on innovative new blood tests that can detect cancer signals circulating in the bloodstream in tiny concentrations. Their goal is to reveal cancer at earlier stadiums before the patient even shows symptoms. 
Thousands of people die of cancer every year. The disease is often incurable by the time it is diagnosed. For example, once somebody with pancreatic cancer has symptoms, the survival rate is only 3 percent.
Here’s what Julie Raffel thinks about reliable screening methods for cancer: “That would be huge. It could save so many lives”.
Yet, tests have to prove to be precise as false positive tests could be a huge problem. Also, it is not sure if they will really make a difference as an earlier diagnosis doesn’t necessarily make the disease curable.

These were our Thursday night news. Thank you for your time, and good night.

News Comment #10

Police say Henry Ruggs III was driving 156 mph. This wasn’t an accident. It was an inevitability. By Dan Wetzel (Yahoo!Sports)

The article addresses a fatal accident that happened in the night from Monday to Tuesday, caused by NFL player Henry Ruggs, in which a young woman and her dog were killed. The author describes the accident and the legal consequences it has for Ruggs. 

In general, I think the article is very informative. I heard about the accident earlier today and was looking for an article on the topic. Everything I wanted to know was mentioned in the article.

In addition, the topic is very news-worthy, mainly because it involves a deadly accident, a prominent athlete, and happened just two days ago.

Another thing I like about the article is that the author included quotes from experts, like a judge and a defendant specializing in DUI cases. This gives the article much more credibility. On the other hand, he also paraphrased some things and didn’t pick too many quotes.

The article could be more objective. You can definitely tell that the author has a clear opinion on the issue. In that case, I feel like having a strong opinion is normal. However, that also means readers can come to that opinion themselves, just by reading the truth. There is no need to convince them with excessive use of adjectives, for example.

I think the author could have mentioned some of the most important information a little bit earlier. It is in the third paragraph when he first mentions the death of the woman, for instance.