Morgan's Memoir

Entries from October 2019

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

October 31st, 2019 · No Comments

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 30th, 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 30th, 2019 · No Comments

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 29th, 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 29th, 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 24th, 2019 · No Comments

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 7th, 2019 · No Comments

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 7th, 2019 · No Comments

Heading:Environmental Issues




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 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. 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 6th, 2019 · No Comments

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 6th, 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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