Morgan's Memoir

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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Article 1 Reflection

September 24, 2019 · No Comments

This article was fairly easy to write and I did not need much research. I was able to finish this article within a few days. The part that took the most effort was finding the three sources for the article. The article didn’t need to be long and I only had to link sources together with news that’s important today. 

My topic was humans affecting the environment with pollution, reduced resources, overpopulation etc that leads to climate change. I thought that there was a lot in my article for there not to be much length to it, but there was so much I wanted to get across. 

I have trouble staying on one specific topic. I write my article and think there are certain topics that I add to help my paper, but reading back it seems jumbled together. Organization and focus is what I need to work on to make me seem more polished with my research. 

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Interview Class Exercise

September 19, 2019 · No Comments

On the quest to find interviewees, I ran into Sarah Bosch on her way to class.

She was startled that I stopped her and didn’t just say hi and kept on my way. I told her that I just wanted to ask about her weekend for my journalism class and she put on a sad expression and said, “I have a cross country meet in Nebraska so I have to miss the homecoming game. “

I then asked for her signature to prove that I interviewed her and she laughed a bit about it and then I also told her that I needed a picture of her too for class and she then got awkward, but I assured her that she was stunting today.

I then took a trek toward the apartments because I knew one of my roommates should be awake.

As I had guessed, I was able to stop Betsy Ridout as she was picking up her laundry of the Poppen Apartment.

We had a quick laugh about my hunt to find her, and then I asked her about her weekend plans. She quietly responded, “There will be a lot of fun this weekend with the homecoming game, but all of my friends are going to be gone for it so I don’t know who to go with.”

I told her we would be back that night so we would miss the game but we wouldn’t miss the socialization afterwards.

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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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“Kim Kardashian Gets Tested For Lupus in New ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ Trailer”

September 5, 2019 · No Comments

The article gives a negative title to be able to captivate the audience with the name that so many people know. It begins with an intro of saying that there will be a new season of KWTK and that a big factor will involve Kim getting tested for Lupus. So it gave an overview of what Lupus is and only gave a sliver of information from the show because the new season hasn’t aired, only a preview was.

I was drawn to this article because my mom has Lupus, but many people will know Lupus through Selena Gomez and her kidney transplant that recently happened. Personally there is always some big news right before a new season of the show because it is really good for publicity and brings viewers in.

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