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December 4, 2019 · No Comments

Profile Subject: Dave Nash

If you were to walk the campus, you’re bound to see a slim man with a smile across his face. That would be Dave Nash, the track and cross country coach of Morningside College. Full of positivity, Nash is always a man that inspires not only his athletes but his students as well through his own actions. He is either headed to the cafe to talk to multiple recruits at once or organizing our workout schedule while ordering hundreds of shirts for family members of athletes. Nash is a man that everyone wants to be around to be put into a good mood. College coaches are viewed as all work and no personal affairs. Surprisingly, Nash is the type of guy to care about his athletes personal lives and checks on them daily to see how they are feeling or just a quick checkup on their schoolwork. Dave Nash is a genuine man who has a heart of gold. 

Mr. Nash is on his 17th year as the Morningside track and cross country coach. Running has been part of his life for as long as he can remember. Hailing from the Des Moines Iowa area, Mr. Nash created a name for himself and his team. He was a talented runner through high school and would be part of successful teams through his four year career. 

As he grew to a senior, he was a well known athlete in his community and was his teams’ leader. His mates looked to him for inspiration, positivity, and motivation before a big race or a hard workout. 

Moving to Sioux City to continue his running career, Mr. Nash was once known as an athlete from Morningside when they were known as the Chiefs. He came to the cross and track team and although was a freshman, had leadership qualities that drew others to him. He was always positive through tough workouts or hardships the team would go through. 

Years later, Mr. Nash is now the head coach of the Morningside Track and Cross team. His natural leadership skills and positivity along with dedication to running brought him to lead two successful teams at a college level. 

Now I add interviews from his athletes and his assistant coach to talk about his personality and how he acts behind closed doors. 

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PR Story

December 3, 2019 · No Comments

Heavy Hearts for Homer

The 16 year old polar bear Homer, was found dead around 7am by zoo staff.

Chris P. Bacon, Midland Zoo director stated “We will do everything in our power to determine how this bear died.”

Dr. Shanda Lear, senior staff veterinarian said “The zoo will perform a necropsy to try to determine the cause of death. The results will not be available for several weeks.”

Homers death following the death of Regina, the 10-year-old bobcat who died of renal failure and Kenya, the 6-year-old giraffe dying of a broken neck from a miracle accident (unrelated) are saddening.

Midland Zoo is doing all they can to investigate the death and ensure safety of all animals living in the zoo.

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Anecdote Assignment 4

November 26, 2019 · No Comments

If you were to walk the campus, you’re bound to see a slim man with a smile across his face. That would be Dave Nash, the track and cross country coach of Morningside College. Full of positivity, Nash is always a man that inspires not only his athletes but his students as well. Nash is a man that everyone wants to be around to be put into a good mood. My first time meeting him I was nervous because he could be the type of coach only caring about work and nothing else. Surprisingly, Nash is the type of guy to care about his athletes personal lives and checks on them daily to see how they are feeling or just a quick checkup on their schoolwork. Dave Nash is a genuine man who has a heart of gold. He looks for the best in all he meets and has the determination for them to meet their aspiring potential as people.

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Ball Isn’t Life

November 7, 2019 · No Comments


He is now a sophomore track star after coming to college on a basketball scholarship.

Mr. Carney grew up revolving around basketball. He would religiously watch basketball and would always be part of camps and travel team basketball until his high school career started. 

Originally, Mr. Carney had the goal of becoming a college basketball star. His father knew the track coach and he was recruited to the track team his freshman year. 

Once his season on the court was over, Mr. Carney made the transition to the track. Although he didn’t have the base that the other members had, he quickly became a standout athlete. 

After participating in multiple events Mr. Carney found a niche for the 800 where he and others made it to both indoor and outdoor nationals in the 4×800 relay. 

After his successful freshman year, Mr. Carney made one of the toughest decisions of his life to quit his dream of becoming a basketball star and live his reality as a track star instead.

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“Parents warned to look out for marijuana in Halloween candy” Comment

October 31, 2019 · No Comments

https://turnto10.com/news/local/massachusetts-parents-warned-to-lookout-for-marijuana-this-halloween

In the spirit of Halloween, I thought I would make a comment about spooky based news. The article warns of the weapons in the candy, like they do yearly. Except this year they warn of THC based products in children’s candy with it being legalized to the public. A few interviews had parents saying that they won’t let their children traditionally trick or treat and instead are finding safer alternatives.

Upon reading the article I can see that marijuana treats could be a problem, but it’s within the same category with needles, razor blades and poison. This has been a problem for decades and I feel that all of the other warnings are more harmful than THC in candy. Those can kill where as marijuana can’t. It is a problem for families, but its at no greater risk than previous years.

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Homemade Wedding Ends at Hospital

October 30, 2019 · No Comments

Newlywed Richard Brunson (50) shot his wife Lorette Kenny Brunson (38)  with a .22-calibre handgun around 5pm Saturday night.

His whereabouts are currently unknown.

The ceremony and crime scene were held at the house of the couple at 617 Black Street with about 30 relatives and friends attending, including Mrs. Kenny Brunson’s three children.

Shots were heard after Mrs. Brunson had thrown a bowl of reception macaroni salad at her husband.

Walter Corse, a neighbor attending, was asked what he heard at the time of the shooting.

Insert Walters Corse’s Clip

How could a shooting happen during a wedding?

We go to Michael Martis, another neighbor of the couple to give insight of their lives before the shooting.

Insert Michael Martins Clip

Mrs. Brunson had recently quit her job in hopes of opening a daycare and Mr. Brunson works for a construction company.

Mrs. Brunson is in satisfactory condition after being shot in the abdomen and is recovering in St. Lukes Hospital.

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Pentagon releases video of raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi comment

October 30, 2019 · No Comments

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/baghdadi-raid-video-pentagon-release-isis

The article and broadcast of this news were completely different. When reading the article, I was given detailed information about what the names of the troops were, who was all killed in the bombing, and gave detail to how it all went down. It gave a comment about how the president responded over social media for the public to see.

When watching the broadcast it was a video of the explosion itself and they gave commentary to what was happening before, during, and after the explosion. It was about a 3 minute video. It was one of the commanders who was personally at the raid who had commented on the video that was broadcasted, making it more personal and unique.

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Revised Article 2

October 29, 2019 · No Comments

Athletic Scholarships are key to most athletes in college and Mr. Nash the track coach has special recruitment tactics.

Scholarships are the most important for students who are wanting to attend college. For athletes there is no difference.

They have more opportunities with their talents. They find a balance between classwork and sports.

Mr. Nash, gave insight on the scholarship process, “The NAIA isn’t so transparent, there’s a rule that you cannot get more than free tuition and Morningside can call it whatever they want.”

He continued, “Five thousand dollars is the maximum scholarship award the track department is able to give. For the multitude of sports, yes there is an emphasis to some sports getting more money than others and it could be related to numbers of athletes on each team.”

A member of the track and cross country team, Tenna Beel, was brought here for the maximum amount awarded saying, “Coach really goes out of his way to make me feel wanted and works hard to get me to the college, I knew that he could only give $5000 max to me but when he found another scholarship that wasn’t athletic really showed that he wanted me on the team.”

She also brought up the family aspect that Mr. Nash brings to the college by saying, “I plan on majoring in nursing and wanted to know if I was to take a step back from a season of running, would my scholarship be taken away. I was relieved to hear that he doesn’t revoke scholarships especially for studies and injury.”

Mr. Nash noted, “I wouldn’t think to take an athletic scholarship

Another member, Jenna Dirkx said, “I would not be at morningside if I wasn’t involved in a sport. The tuition is so expensive, I know that It’s private, but $42000 is too much.”

Morningside athletic scholarships compared to other colleges are vastly different. Mr. Nash said, “A division three college is unable to award athletic scholarships and this is what gives our college the advantage.” There are multiple D3 colleges in the surrounding area. He continues, “Since scholarships are an important thought for students, we get a multitude of recruits who were originally looking at division three schools.”

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Science Story Audio

October 29, 2019 · No Comments

Narrated by roommate, Jenna Dirkx

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“NASA joins forces with alien hunters to search for life beyond our solar system in $100 million project that ‘listens’ for signs of advanced civilizations” ScavengerHunt Article

October 24, 2019 · No Comments

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7606825/NASA-joins-forces-alien-hunters-search-life-exoplanets.html

NASA joins alien hunters in multi million dollar project.

100 Million dollars will be put to use to search for signs of life beyond our solar system.

NASA partners with Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETA) to listen for techno signatures and look for anomalies in stellar light curves using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellites(TESS).

Dr. S. Pete Worden, Executive Director of the Breakthrough Initiatives said, “We’re looking forward to working together as we try to answer one of the most profound questions about our place in the Universe: Are we alone?”

The collected data will be transmitted in multiple ways, including radio waves and propulsion devices.

Along with the exploration of new life, the project will also be able to discover up to 10,000 new planets.

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“US Claims 3 More Gold Medals at World Track Championships” Comment

October 7, 2019 · No Comments

https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2019-10-06/u-s-claims-three-more-gold-medals-at-world-track-championships

Being a runner, I keep up with track news. This past week, the World Track Championships took place in DOHA, Qatar. The article began with saying of course where the championships took place, and automatically moved to the accomplishments of the US teams. Overall, the total gold medals awarded were 14, the best performance in almost a decade. The article particularly looked at the women’s 4×400 meter relay. It gave recognition to the member involved in the race, “Allyson Felix won a record 13th world championship gold as part of the relay team, though she only ran in the heats. The U.S. used Dalilah Muhammad and Sydney McLaughlin, the gold and silver medalists in the 400-meter hurdles, on the relay team.” It then went on to say racers from other countries that outperformed in other events.

This article was not only informative with the most recent news of the last day of competitions, but gave detail of the members of relays and their exceptional performances. What I did not like about the article was not giving information from all days of competition. I feel that winners from other countries could have been replaced with US performances because the title was stating that more medals were being added. I want to know what gold medals the US teams already had and more information of the event and title holders.

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Revised “Humans Are to Blame for Earths Suffering”

October 7, 2019 · No Comments

Heading:Environmental Issues

Article1:https://climate.nasa.gov/ 

Article2: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/pollution/ 

Article3: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/03/climate/hurricane-dorian-climate-change.html 

Recent news of climate change urges society to change their detrimental choices to avoid catastrophic effects. 

The environment has been at a rapid decrease the past two decades. Varying from pollution to climate change, humans are to blame for their own downfall. 

Whether you believe in climate change or not, it is an alarming epidemic. 

An article from NASA.gov concluded “More than 95 percent that human activities the past 50 years have warmed our planet.” They created a panel of 1,300 independent scientific experts from around the world to come to this conclusion. 

To rule out other factors of the rising temperatures, scientists conducted research on Sun activity and energy. NASA.gov article continued, “If the warming were caused by a more active Sun, then scientists would expect to see warmer temperatures in all layers of the atmosphere.” From their research, the inner layers seemed to get warmer while the outer layers cooled. 

Climate change is a direct effect from pollution of humans. Pollution affects not only the land and sea, but the air as well. 

Air pollution is most often invisible, seeming like less of a problem. An article from National Geographic said “Polluted air can be dangerous, even if the pollutants are invisible. It can make people’s eyes burn and make them have difficulty breathing. It can also increase the risk of lung cancer.”

That is just how humans are affected from air pollution. “CFCs damage the ozone layer, a region in Earth’s upper atmosphere. The ozone layer protects Earth by absorbing much of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation.” If the earth is absorbing more Sun, that means heat which is climate change. 

The most recent environmental issue affecting humans now is hurricane Dorian. Humans are a contributing factor to the storm. An article by John Schwartz from the New York Times states “Tropical storms draw their energy from ocean heat — and more than 90 percent of the heat trapped by greenhouse gas emissions is being stored in the ocean. Storms that survive the cradle of formation can intensify quickly and become immensely powerful.” 

These natural disasters like forest fires, hurricanes, and the deteriorating ozone layer are a direct effect from the Carbon Footprint humans leave. 

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“How bad will this coming flu season be? Experts weigh in” Comment

October 6, 2019 · No Comments

https://news3lv.com/news/local/how-bad-will-this-coming-flu-season-be-experts-weigh-in

The article gave statistics to how many people died from the flue last year and brought up the US and Australasia’s worst outbreaks. It was a short article that ended with “The flu is unpredictable, so it’s too soon to predict if we’ll have a rough season as well.”

The article was unnecessary with the title that they gave. With the title, as a reader I thought I would get concrete predictions to the upcoming flu season. Either the article title needed to be changed as to not be so alluring, or the whole article be vetoed altogether.

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Interview of Alex Watters

October 6, 2019 · No Comments


You may think you have your life planned out, but life can change in the blink of an eye. 

This is what happened with the interviewee Alex Watters. Originally on the path of most teenagers pave their first year of college, spending his time golfing on a scholarship. 

Alex had a dream of becoming a golf “teaching pro” until one night he dove headfirst into 18 illuminous inches of water. He next woke up to be completely paralyzed from the waist down with limited mobility in his arms. 

Now, Alex had to completely make a new plan for not only his career, but for his life. Succumbed to a wheelchair, Alex could no longer play golf, do most daily activities, and had to live with the help of those around him. When asked if he faced any prejudices for his newfound disability, he replied, “They wont say it to my face, but there would be offhanded comments.” when he would go anywhere public. 

Although Alex had a dream revolving around golf, he also had a strong feeling toward politics. Since he was a child he had wanted to run for office, helped campaign for his fathers election of town sheriff, and he became a page in the Iowa House of Representatives. “I believe in the difference that can be made and that I should be involved and try to make a difference.” Alex made a clear point to finish with when he spoke about his urge to join politics. 

Most recently, Alex is a member of Sioux City Council and always keeps to a busy schedule. He is currently campaigning for Kamala Harris because she personally made it clear to Alex that she had a goal geared toward individuals with disabilities. 

As an advisor, Alex is a big part in students lives. With his vast connections, he can make a call and there is a high chance that his call will be answered due to his status. He loves to “see that click” when he helps a student land that interview, or get that job when they graduate. He is able to be part of that rewarding moment. 

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Deviled Egg Review with Detail

September 24, 2019 · No Comments

Upon picking up the polished deviled egg, it was refrigerator cold and slimy. It had a smell of egg and mayonnaise but also a hint of sketchy rotten-like sense to it. It was slipping around in my fingers as I went for a bite of the creamy yolk whipping. I do not know what the yolk whipping is mixed with but it tastes like there is mayo and pickles. Sort of a tartar sauce taste but with a combination of boiled egg.  I do like deviled eggs because I feel risqué, especially if they have been sitting out for a few hours.

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“Melanie Martinez’s ‘K-12’ Vision Is A Perfect Conceptual Album In The Streaming Age” Comment

September 18, 2019 · No Comments

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffbenjamin/2019/09/12/melanie-martinezs-k-12-vision-is-a-perfect-conceptual-album-in-the-streaming-age/#2437c28530fe

The article gave tribute to former ‘The Voice’ contestant, Melanie Martinez. She recently released a new 13 track album named “K-12”. She has a unique aesthetic to her appearance and it shows through her new 90 minute album film. Jeff Benjamin said “No doubt, her core following will jump into this next step with her as already early numbers indicate that the album will have a very healthy debut on the charts and very possibly land Martinez her first Top 5 album on the Billboard 200.” Martinez released her album a while before her video letting her tracks take off with simple listener steams. After the video’s debut, it brought a visual aspect to the connecting songs and gives a look to her dark pop aesthetic.

I thought the article was positive toward Martinez and brought her past success with her first article. I thought that it was a bit unprofessional to add his own outlooks to the album and should stick to what the new album has done so far because some could think that it is a fact for the album to land on the Billboard 200. It opened with her being introduced from her past album and not her new one, which I think was smart because this will help the audience remember who she is because that album was released over three years ago. The article was simple with saying that the video was a new idea that will be favored in the streaming world because we are a visual generation.

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Final: Humans are to Blame for the Earth’s Suffering

September 17, 2019 · No Comments

Humans are to Blame for the Earth’s Suffering:

Recent news of climate change urges society to change their ways to avoid catastrophic effects. The environment has been at a rapid decrease the past two decades. Varying from pollution to climate change, humans are to blame for their own downfall. 

Whether you believe in climate change or not, it is an alarming epidemic. 

An article from NASA.gov concluded “more than 95 percent that human activities the past 50 years have warmed our planet.” They created a panel of 1,300 independent scientific experts from around the world to come to this conclusion. 

To rule out other factors of the rising temperatures, scientists conducted research on Sun activity and energy. “If the warming were caused by a more active Sun, then scientists would expect to see warmer temperatures in all layers of the atmosphere.” From their research, the inner layers seemed to get warmer while the outer layers cooled. 

Climate change is a direct effect from pollution of humans. Pollution affects not only the land and sea, but the air as well. Air pollution is most often invisible, seeming like less of a problem. 

An article from National Geographic said “Polluted air can be dangerous, even if the pollutants are invisible. It can make people’s eyes burn and make them have difficulty breathing. It can also increase the risk of lung cancer.”

That is just how humans are affected from air pollution. “CFCs damage the ozone layer, a region in Earth’s upper atmosphere. The ozone layer protects Earth by absorbing much of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation.” If the earth is absorbing more Sun, that means heat which is climate change. 

The most recent environmental issue affecting humans now is hurricane Dorian. Humans are a contributing factor to the storm. An article by John Schwartz from the New York Times states “Tropical storms draw their energy from ocean heat — and more than 90 percent of the heat trapped by greenhouse gas emissions is being stored in the ocean. Storms that survive the cradle of formation can intensify quickly and become immensely powerful.” 

These natural disasters like forest fires, hurricanes, and the deteriorating ozone layer are a direct effect from the Carbon Footprint humans leave. 

We must first see there is a problem with the environment and make a plan to stop the problem. Whether that be less fossil fuels, or more fuel efficient cars, humans have a choice to change. It isn’t asking if there is a problem, but what are we as a society going to do about it. 

Article1:https://climate.nasa.gov/

Article2: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/pollution/ 

Article3: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/03/climate/hurricane-dorian-climate-change.html 


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“Questions surround cause of vaping-related illnesses as local man hospitalized” Comment

September 12, 2019 · No Comments

A man in Texas went to the hospital complaining of shortness of breath, he was then hospitalized for about a week and in that time his health deteriorated. They waited until after his breathing tube was taken out for them to ask him if he vaped. “Oh yeah, I do it all the time” the man said. This is one of at least 450 cases across the nation.

This is very relevant today and effects millions of individuals around my age. There have already been 6 deaths related to ‘e-cigarettes’. The problem is increasing drastically within the past 6 months to the point where the federal government is taking action to stop the production of flavored e-cigs. There are much more prevalent issues in the US but at least the government is working on one problem at a time. My personal opinion is the point that people are doing this to themselves, not having others do it to them.

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“Sioux City Man Arrested Following Indian Hills Convenience Store Robbery” Comment

September 12, 2019 · No Comments

Noah Pineda, 20, was arrested for robbing Sarg’s Mini Mart around 6pm Wednesday Night. He pointed a rifle at the clerk and demanded money. He then fled once he did and ran into a wooded area where the Woodbury County Officials released their K9 unit to apprehend him. Both the rifle and money was recovered from the place of being arrested. Further investigation is happening to see if there is any correlation between this robbery and recent other robberies in the Sioux City Area.

There has been a lot of crime around campus recently and I wanted to read a more localized news article. When I was on google news looking for a story, there was this one along with about five other robbery related crimes for the area. The article was short and gave all of the information needed like if anyone was hurt, if the evidence was found, and if he was found. I also like the part where they added the question of connection to other robberies because now im interested to want to stay updated on the story and what will come of the recent crimes.

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RD1: Humans Are to Blame for the Earth’s Suffering

September 10, 2019 · No Comments

The environment has been at a rapid decrease the past two decades. Varying from pollution to climate change, humans are to blame for their own downfall. 

Whether you believe in climate change or not, it is an alarming epidemic. An article from NASA.gov concluded that “more than 95 percent that human activities over the past 50 years have warmed our planet.” They created a panel of 1,300 independent scientific experts from around the world to come to this conclusion. 

To rule out other factors of the rising temperatures, scientists conducted research on Sun activity and energy. “If the warming were caused by a more active Sun, then scientists would expect to see warmer temperatures in all layers of the atmosphere.” From their research, the inner layers seemed to get warmer while the outer layers cooled. 

Climate change is a direct effect from pollution of humans. Pollution affects not only the land and sea, but the air as well. Air pollution is most often invisible, seeming like less of a problem. An article from National Geographic said “Polluted air can be dangerous, even if the pollutants are invisible. It can make people’s eyes burn and make them have difficulty breathing. It can also increase the risk of lung cancer.”

That is just how humans are affected from air pollution. “CFCs damage the ozone layer, a region in Earth’s upper atmosphere. The ozone layer protects Earth by absorbing much of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation.” If the earth is absorbing more Sun, that means heat which is climate change. 

The most recent environmental issue affecting humans now is hurricane Dorian. Humans are a contributing factor to the storm. An article from the New York Times states “Tropical storms draw their energy from ocean heat — and more than 90 percent of the heat trapped by greenhouse gas emissions is being stored in the ocean. Storms that survive the cradle of formation can intensify quickly and become immensely powerful.” 

These natural disasters like forest fires, hurricanes, and the deteriorating ozone layer are a direct effect from the Carbon Footprint humans leave. 

We must first see there is a problem with the environment and make a plan to stop the problem. Whether that be less fossil fuels, or more fuel efficient cars, humans have a choice to change. It isn’t asking if there is a problem, but what are we as a society going to do about it. 

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“Another Study Warns Drinking Soda and Energy Drinks Daily May Be Deadly” Comment

September 5, 2019 · No Comments

https://www.slashgear.com/another-study-warns-drinking-soda-and-energy-drinks-daily-may-be-deadly-04589922/

After going to google news and looking to the health category, the article “Another Study Warns Drinking Soda and Energy Drinks Daily May Be Deadly” stuck out. Upon reading the article, it simply gave an overview of a study on individuals who did not have any health related conditions. The article was short and seemed to say that mortality rate increases after consuming drinks like soda and energy drinks daily. I was not given any actual evidence in the primary article, but instead had to click on a link to another article about a case study performed. This article was just written to add to the case.

As a member of the audience who drinks energy drinks almost daily, I was intrigued by this article because I related to it. I wanted to know if my health could be severely at risk if I keep drinking energy drinks. The article claimed to do a study of European adults from 10 countries. This swayed me a bit because I was not given specific ages and they were only from one part of the world; I need demographics. The article was short and explained a case study that they were expanding upon but I had to be redirected to another news article to be able to know what the specific details of the case study were about. As a reader, it seems to be a hassle to not just have at least a bit of information on one site. I felt left in the dark until I read the other article. Overall the title was compelling but the body of it should have had more research information to keep the readers involved.

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August 26, 2019 · No Comments

Im on the left(:

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