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Profile Draft

December 4th, 2019 · 1 Comment

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 3rd, 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 26th, 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 7th, 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 31st, 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 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

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 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

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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