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Science Story

Alaskan village living through the effects of climate change

When home becomes unfamiliar, these villagers decide to pack up and head else wear.

The Yup’ik village of about 380 people on the Ninglick River near the Bering Sea. With the thawing and erosion that follows global warming, the increase flooding risks that causes the land around their homes to crumble and sink.

After years of planning the move, families two weeks ago began arriving in the village of Mertarvik, about 10 miles southeast on Nelson Island. A few more families are expected to make a transition this week.

“It will be challenging, but this is a very strong community,” says Gavin Dixon, a development manager with Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

Climate change has warmed the planet, and has started thawing the frozen ground that sits below the surface across 9 million square miles of the far north. This is causing roads, pipelines, and buildings to buckle while releasing greenhouse gases. With global gases being released, this only drives global temperatures to elevate higher.

These families were forced to move from family homes and travels miles on foot to a different destination where they will have to build another home. Global warming is real, just ask the Yup’ik people.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/10/climate-change-finally-caught-up-to-this-alaska-village/

California’s deliberate blackouts were outrageous and harmful. They’re going to happen again.

Last week 738,000 customers power was shut off intentionally. These families were told they were getting their power shut off and some had no power for days. 1,370 public schools lost power and 400 of them sent 135,000 students home to parents scrambling to cover their jobs. Highways, roads, and intersections went dark without notice and caused traffic accidents. Food was lost in freezers and fridges of homes and even grocery stores. “It’s pretty safe to say it did not go well.”

Being from California, writing this would be very hard for me to stay neutral and put my opinion of the blackout in here. This article is very well written in addressing how this effected the residents, which is very important to realize, and later continues to address how these blackouts will continue to happen and the repercussions. This article is very informational if you live in California. I think presenting evidence is important when writing articles for this class and reading this article helps me see how important structure is when presenting information like this so that it all makes sense. The author does a great job at doing that.

https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/10/16/20910947/climate-change-wildfires-california-2019-blackouts

Turkey presses Syrian assault as thousands flee the fighting.

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Turkey pressed its assault against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria on Thursday for a second day, pounding the region with airstrikes and an artillery bombardment that raised columns of black smoke in a border town and sent panicked civilians scrambling to get out.

The U.N. refugee agency said tens of thousands were on the move, and aid agencies warned that nearly a half-million people near the border were at risk. The Turkish air and ground assault was launched three days after President Donald Trump pulled American troops from their positions near the boarder. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the military intends to move 30 kilometers (19 miles) into northern Syria and that its operation will last until all “terrorists are neutralized.”

I think Lefteris Pitarakis and Mehmet Guzel wrote this article very clearly for the readers to understand. It may not have used transition words like then, later, and before, like how we talked about in class, but I liked this article because of the way the authors transitioned from subject to subject. Iv’e noticed with the article #2 I just wrote, I have issues moving from one point to the other and making it flow and make sense. It helps reading articles like this and seeing how they use the information and quotes and transition to the next topic they are writing about. Also, I added the lead at the very top, is it ok to have a lead that is that long? Sometimes I have leads that are long and feel I need to condense it.

https://www.apnews.com/8500277b239b4acab805e5e2bdb43938

Greta Thunberg:

Empty promises of climate change continue to fill the air, but younger generations are not standing for it.

Thunberg explains that young adults are starting to see the empty promises that are being fed to them. Thunberg said,” …the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. If you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you.”

Scientists have been very clear on what the future holds for this earth. Thunberg explains, “To have a 67% chance of staying below 1.5 degree global temperature rise..” She continues, “The world had 420 gigatons of CO2 left to emit back in Jan. 1st 2018. Today that figure is already down to less than 350 gigatons.” Scientists have stressed for years the effects of global warming and what it is doing to the earth as well as the planets and animals.

Young adults are trying to stand up for what is right and make a change, but ultimately they don’t have the power too. They rely on politicians to make those big decisions that we fear wont happen. Thunberg says, “How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you’re doing enough, when politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight.”

“My message is that we’ll be watching you.”

Private Colleges Are in Trouble

Private colleges around the country have been struggling with low admission rates because of the continuous need to increase tuition. Morningside College continues to evolve and overcome these challenges.

These are challenging times for private colleges. Many private colleges such as: Mount Ida College in Massachusetts, St. Catharine College in Kentucky, Saint Joseph’s College in Indiana, and Southern Vermont College have announced plans to close or have closed. These colleges failed due to lack of student admissions and the ability to supply students and their family’s reasonably prices tuition. Morningside college admissions recognizes the issue and are constantly innovating how they address the problem in order to meet their enrollment numbers.

John Reynders arrived on campus in 1999 when the college was faced with declining enrollment and budget cuts. The college since then has made a huge turn around.

The average American household is shrinking because of financial pressures which means less student are enrolling in college. Reynders said, “Life is expensive. Men and women are deciding to not have children or the average house hold is decreasing to 2 rather than 4.” This is effecting all colleges. Reynders continues, “The college isn’t concerned by this ratio because we continue to market ourselves effectively.”

Morningside, along with many other colleges, are always in competition with state school as well as private colleges. The need to match those colleges financially is a continuous battle. Reynders said, “There is not much of a difference between the cost of a state school and this school (Morningside) because of the financial aid opportunities that are offered.” The cost of college continues to increase each year so price is a continues concern for students. Reynders said, “When talking about inflation rates, we raise our tuition to compete with surrounding colleges, our financial aid matches those prices, if not exceeding them.” 

Morningside college was mentioned in Forbes magazine for having the happiest, most successful alumni. Reynders comments, “99% of our graduates within 6 months are placed in jobs or accepted into graduate programs. That percentage at the end of the day is appealing to students who are thinking of coming to Morningside.” He continues, “When potential Morningsider’s here that, their faces light up.” Students are looking for colleges where they can see themselves being the most successful after college. 

Morningside admissions focuses on traveling to local high schools and college fairs to get students thinking about the college. Amy Williams-Malenosky is a Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Morningside College. With private colleges having troubles with low admission rates, Malenosky emphasizes that Morningside College is at an all-time high with hopeful recruits. “We actually had the third largest freshman class in the last decade this year. We are unique to a lot of the other private colleges who are struggling.” 

Morningside College is always growing and evolving to meet the needs of students. The college offers their students a variety of programs that help them succeed after college such as X-Path and Project Siouxland. Malenosky says, “This is what Morningside has to offer that other colleges don’t, so we use that as a unique selling point for admissions.”  Marketing is a huge part of the recruitment process. Malenosky said, “Our VP of Marketing, Erin Edlund does a fantastic job of marketing Morningside and created a stir on all media outlets.”  

Alongside marketing the college to students, something that is also very important to students are scholarship opportunities. Student-athlete Anthony Ventura is from San Jose, California who transferred here to play football. Being an out of state student, usually you would have to pay more tuition but Morningside worked with him like many other students. 

Ventura said, “Morningside offers a lot of scholarship opportunities that have helped lower the tuition price for me.” Admissions works closely with students and families to make Morningside an affordable option. College is more than just football practice for Ventura. He says, “Private colleges have tight-knit relationships, smaller teacher-to-student ratio’s, and you are less likely to get lost in a crowd.” 

How Responsible Are Our Tech Giants?: Facebook.

The European Court of Justice ruling is seen as a defeat for Facebook and other tech giants because this forces them to block or remove unlawful material. This would cause them increased monitoring what would appear on the internet.The one drawback from this would be that any request would have to go through a longer procedure than a simple complaint to a regulator. The court ruled after an Austrian politican sued Facebook in her home nation to remove comments she considered bad for her reputation in a post that could be seen by any Facebook user. Austria’s court turned to EU’s top court for help. This court case raises questions around freedom of expression. This move comes after the same court ruled last month that the EU’s “Right to be forgotten” rule- which allows people to ask for the removal of some search results that come up for their name.

https://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2019-10-03/eu-facebook-can-be-forced-to-take-down-certain-material

This article by Samuel Petrequin was very interesting for me to read. Since taking Law of Miscommunication, it was interesting to see what we learned is actually happening. I can sense Samuels opinion in this article sometimes just based on the facts he chose to use. With us learning about interviews and leaving our opinions out of our stories, this was a good one for me to read to be aware of how other readers can see little bits on opinion in stories.

Confessions of Alex Watters

Alex Watters is a Career Development Specialist at Morningside. Watters love for the Mustang runs deep as he is a Morningside Alumni. His drive to impact not only the student of Morningside, but also the community of Sioux City is what makes him so well known.

Watters moved to Okaboji, IA when he was in high school and eventually began to love the area and meet some great friends. He was living the life. Watters said, “I was very self-centered. I cared about making money, talking to girls, and golf.” Watters had plans to become a golf pro at a golf course and teach people how to golf. All of that was soon to change.

Watters is wheel chair bound and is very open about his accident. Two weeks into his freshman year, he met a girl. Watters said, “Isn’t that how all the bad stories start?”. The girl he met was a friend from school who invited him and a few friends over to her lake house for a family reunion. 

Watters and friends met the family, played football with the younger brother, and ate s’mores. It was cracking up to be a great night.  Watters and the friends younger brother decided they wanted to go swimming at midnight. Watters and the brother walked 150 ft. out on to the dock where a gust of wind knocked Watters hat off of his head into the water. Watters took his sandals off and drove in head first not knowing the water was only 18 inches deep. Watters says, “In that moment I though, it’s been a really good life. I have been lucky, if this is my time, then it is my time.”.

Watters remembers laying in the water not being able to move. He thought he was just in shock but didn’t realize that his neck had snapped. As Watters laid floating above water in and out of consciousness, the little brother ran back to get his sister. His sister and friends ran out and helped him out of the water. The paramedics showed up and rushed him to the hospital.

Watters later found out that he broke his C5 and C6 vertebra. He was sick for months after because while he was unconscious, he inhaled water that got to his lungs giving him pneumonia. Once he was pneumonia free, he traveled to Denver Colorado for rehab at the top 10 best in the world facilities for brain and spinal injuries. He was there for six months.

The biggest take away Watters wants his audience to take away from his story is to never take life for granted. The best piece of advice that was given from Watters is that we determine our destiny. It doesn’t matter what we have been through in life, we all have the same amount of time in a day to make things happen for ourselves. We have to stay hungry and the sky is the limit.

Global Warming is Real.

The author, Seth Borenstein, writes on the Associated Press New, “if steps aren’t taken to reduce emissions and slow global warming, seas will rise 3 feet by the end of the century, with many fewer fish, less snow and ice, stronger and wetter hurricanes and other, nastier weather systems.” Borenstien wants to get his readers to understand the dire effects that will be felt on both land and sea, harming people, animals, food, societies, infrastructures and the global economy. Not enough people pay attention to global warming or think it is even real. In the middle of the article, he gives us some statistics that are helpful to the reader in understanding how important this issue is. For example: “Seas are rising at one-seventh of an inch (3.66 millimeters) a year, which is 2.5 times faster than the rate from 1900 to 1990.”

In class we have been talking about quotes and how important it is to use some in articles to sounds factual. Borenstien not only puts in quotes, he also puts in statistics. As a reader, i enjoyed seeing those because it makes an article credible. Global warming has become a huge issue. People lack information on this topic and I think this article does a good job of explaining that while presenting the facts. He uses a lot of good quoets that make his article factual and believable.

Food is life.

How delicious are Piroulines you ask, they are the best thing on this earth.

When eating Piroulines, the initial crunch is intriguing. The outer shell was very crunchy and flakey. As you continue to eat, you get a rich and smooth chocolatey inside. When combining the two flavors and textures, it is the perfect midnight snack. It is so good it feels like I am in heaven. 

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