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Author: Matthew (Page 1 of 6)

Article 4 Final

I get out of my car and lock the door. Walking into Bob Roes I look at the bartender and prepare to order one of my favorite drinks, a gin and tonic. She starts making my drink as I check my phone while I’m waiting for a few friends to join me. While waiting I’m making small talk with the bartender asking how the night is going.

            After fifteen minutes or so pass my friends join me at the bar. They give their orders to the bartender as they get settled at the bar counter. This was more of a business meeting than just a casual hangout as we needed to discuss the upcoming booking for our concert venue. Before we get out our laptops and multiple manila folders, Grace says something out of the blue “What is zero proof gin?” Tanner and I both looked at each other probably wondering if we heard the same thing.  

            We had no idea what she meant so we asked her what she was talking about. “There’s a bottle behind the counter named Ritual zero proof gin alternative” As someone who drinks gin occasionally, I was unaware of such a thing. Sure, you have a nonalcoholic beer, but this is my first time seeing a zero proof spirit like gin. Being the curious person that I am I ask the bartender for a shot of the Ritual zero proof gin. All that I can say is that it had the same kick that typical gin has which surprised me because it didn’t have any alcohol in it.

            We joked about it at the time, but later that night I thought what purpose zero proof could have? I wanted to ask several people not only if they knew that such a thing existed, but what purpose such a thing would serve. I interviewed a bartender, an owner of a bar, and another friend of mine to see what their responses would be.

            The first person I interviewed was Autumn Solomon, who started bartending three years ago at the Firehouse in Sioux City. First, I wanted to establish if she was familiar with the concept of zero proof spirits. I could tell that she wasn’t right away because when I asked her, she looked confused. “You mean like beer, right? I don’t know you could get gin in a nonalcoholic form”. I replied, “neither did I until the other night when I had some”. I asked her why she thought such a thing existed. Autumn sat there thinking for a few moments until she replied, “Maybe it’s for recovering alcoholics”. Up to this point, that thought hadn’t even crossed my mind. With quitting any addiction, I can only imagine how difficult that can be. Particularly one as destructive as an alcohol addiction. I have had family members go through rehab and it’s always a difficult thing to go through as a family. 

            Next, I interviewed the owner of Buddy’s Tavern Bud Hall to find out if he was familiar with this type of liquor. We agreed that we would meet at his bar in Whiting and we would do the interview there. I can’t remember the last time I stepped foot in that bar. Bud is somehow related to my mom as her maiden name was Hall. I think a distant cousin maybe. Certainly, can’t remember much about him growing up. It’s been at least several years since I’ve visited his place of business. 

            Whiting doesn’t have much in terms of businesses left. Besides a gas station, there isn’t much left to the town. Somehow there is enough business to support two bars though. As you would expect there isn’t much to the bar itself. It is comparable in size to the television studio on campus. Besides the bar counter, there isn’t much to speak of with any additional seating. Bud and I sit down at the bar counter as I get prepared for this interview, he gets a call on his phone. Of course, I say no big deal as he answers his phone. I must lose track of time as close to twenty minutes pass and I’m already on my third beer.

            Bud then emerges from the back office like our conversation didn’t miss a beat. The first thing that I asked him was how his business was responding to the pandemic. He thought about it and said that all things considered it could be worse. When I asked him to go into more detail, he replied “I think some of the larger bars that are used to seeing a larger volume of customers are in a worse spot than we are.” I then proceeded to ask him if he was aware of the existence of zero proof liquor. To my surprise, he said yes without any hesitation. I followed up with that by asking what purpose such a thing would have “I have seen recovering alcoholics order it if they are going to bars with people who do drink.” Up to this point, I hadn’t even considered the social aspect of drinking with friends or co-workers. It’s nice that there is a substitute out there for recovering alcoholics to where they can still order a drink with friends. I thanked him for his time and paid for my drinks as I left the bar.

Finally, I wanted to interview some of my friends. One night I had four good friends over watching the Kansas City Chiefs play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We were all drinking light beer as that’s what most college students can afford. Out of everyone there I knew that Dane enjoyed mixed drinks. At this point, the Chiefs have amassed a 17 point lead in just the first quarter. While most of us are Chiefs fans, Dane is a Buccaneers fan. Well, he’s more of a Tom Brady fan above all else. I asked him what some of his go-to drinks were. Dane responded “I don’t drink anything fancy usually just a rum and coke or something similar. Usually, I’m just more of a beer guy.” I asked him if he was aware of zero proof alcohol. He had no idea such a thing. “It’s cool that something like that is around though.” I then gaged the room to see if anyone was familiar with it. I received a resounding no as all the attention in the room was on the football game.

Non Fiction Text Review 2

Where Men Win Glory The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer chronicles the life of star football player and American hero Pat Tillman. Pat Tilman was a standout linebacker at Arizona State University. He was subsequently selected in the 1998 National Football League draft by the Arizona Cardinals. After playing safety for Arizona he declined to renew his contract after the 2001 season was over. Tilman moved by the events of September 11th enlisted in the United States Army. 

            Going into this book I was unsure what to expect. With a title like The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, I would expect a wide focus on his life. As a sports fan, I was hoping that there would be a focus on his athletic career. Jon Krakauer decides to dedicate much of the book to Pat Tillman’s time in the military. Krakauer had access to Pat Tilman’s diary that he kept while he was serving in the army. Due to this, the author is able to use quotes throughout the book giving us insight into Tilman’s thoughts.   

            When I first started reading this book, I had a difficult time getting started. Unlike my previous book Can I Keep My Jersey by Paul Shirley which I had no problem reading. I think part of this is because Where Men Win Glory starts off at a snail’s pace talking about how the events that transpired in Afghanistan during the cold war created terrorist cells throughout the middle east. While I think It is important to explain to the reader how these things came to be, it wasn’t what I was expecting. 

            I think part of the reason I enjoyed Can I Keep My Jersey was because it got straight into the workout with the Lakers without going too much into who Shirley was right away. This book takes the opposite approach. If I read the first few chapters I would have thought it was a generic book about the Iraq war or the Taliban. While there are references to Pat Tillman in the first chapter, we don’t know much more than he was a football player. Once you get a few more chapters into the book Krakauer spends some time on what Tillman’s upbringing was like growing up and playing football. I wish Krakauer would get to this earlier as I think It would be important for the reader to know. More so than the history of Afghanistan during the cold war. 

            The best part of the book is when the author spends time talking about Tillman’s time playing football. Particularly the brief portion on the night Tillman was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals. Again, it reminded me of Paul Shirley what he was going through being drafted. Another subject the book spends much time on is the death of Pat Tillman and the controversy surrounding it. I would say the last third of the book is focused on this and the fallout following the friendly fire incident. 

            I did enjoy the book the farther I read particularly towards the end when Krakauer detailed the attempted coverup from the Military following the Pat Tillman accident. Prior to reading this book, I had no idea the length the government went to cover up the fact that Tillman died by friendly fire. The parts where the book lost me was when it went into the political climate surrounding the middle east. Like I said earlier I think there is merit to including this information, I just would expect to see it in a history book as opposed to a book about Pat Tillman. 

            Jon Krakauer’s writing style is very dry and unengaging. The book is split into four parts that each focus on a particular aspect. For example, part four which I found the most engaging focused on the aftermath of Tillman’s death. Instead of featuring diary exerts from Tilman like the other three parts, Krakauer interviews people who were close to Tillman personally and from his time in the military. My least favorite part was part two which mostly focuses on how the Taliban came to power and the conflicts in Afghanistan during the cold war. As someone who enjoys history, I did learn some things that I wasn’t aware of regarding the Russian insurgency attempts in the late twentieth century.

            One thing that I appreciated as a reader was the maps and diagrams that are throughout the book. There are multiple maps that serve to give the reader a sense of how a certain event unfolded. My favorite example of this is on page 220 that shows a map of a firefight that Tillman was involved in. It goes into great detail breaking down everything that happened over an hour-long encounter. I think that It helps the reader visualize the event better as I found it confusing while just reading the text. 

            Overall there are certain things that I like about Where Men Win Glory, I don’t think I would go through it again. Krakauer failed to keep me engaged when I was reading. When I was reading Paul Shirley’s book I wanted to keep reading to the next encounter or event that was going on in Shirley’s life. With this book, I felt that It was more focused on the events around the war and the terrorist attacks on the twin towers than Pat Tillman’s life or athletic career.           


Something that makes me angry is the lack of a national plan to deal with the pandemic. The first case arriving in the United States all the way back on January 20th. Yet even after all this time, the United States is disproportionally affected by the Coronavirus. As I am writing this the U.S. reached another daily high case count yesterday. The United States is rapidly approaching 250,000 deaths. We have had plenty of time to prepare, so what went wrong? 

I think the problem is obvious, we have a President who reacted slowly at first praising China’s handling of the pandemic earlier this year. Then changing his stance once cases started showing up in the U.S. While he did shut down some travel from China early on this wasn’t a complete travel ban while certain people with special standing could still travel freely. 

I’ve always thought comparing COVID-19 to the seasonal flu was not just untrue but dangerous. We knew early on that it was something different from the flu. The President in an interview with Bob Woodward admitted that the coronavirus was more deadly than the flu. Now granted I understand wanting to keep people calm during a crisis, but could you imagine how different things would be right now if Trump was just honest about it from the beginning. It’s like with masks, every other country in the world seems to agree that they are effective. However, in America, there is a huge divide on masks as if they infringe on individual rights. My thinking is that protecting other people from something that may seriously impact their life couldn’t be more patriotic. 

I would have never thought that there would be a time when our medical experts are ignored. Take someone like Dr. Anthony Fauci who has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. Fauci who has served under several presidents of both parties seems to have a good record and be nonpartisan. So why is President Trump attacking his credibility? I think it’s because Dr. Fauci has contradicted him several times. The President has made too many false claims to list them here, but I’ll just point out some of the most egregious lies. He said the virus was going to miraculously disappear once the temperature warmed up outside. One of his earlier goals was to open everything back up in time for Easter services. Finally, the most disturbing is how the President has repeatedly called the virus a hoax that would disappear after election day. Well it’s well past the election even though he is promoting baseless claims of voter fraud and saying it was a rigged election (big surprise I know). 

Another glaring issue is that there is no national plan. Every state has different guidelines and regulations set in place to stop the spread of the virus. While cases are rising nationally, unsurprising to me we are seeing a huge spike in the Midwest. We are now just seeing some governors issue mask mandates. States that were touted for their handling of the virus earlier in the year are currently in big trouble. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a watered-down mask mandate that went into effect last Tuesday. In my opinion, it’s too little too late as the state just surpassed 200,000 cases and 2,000 deaths.

So where do we go next? Unfortunately, I think these next few months with both the coronavirus and the flu may be one of the most depressing times that we have gone through as a country. Due to weak policy decisions early on particularly the shortened shutdown that only lasted a few weeks. I understand that going into lockdown comes with its own issues, however, I think protecting people’s lives is much more crucial than being solely focused on the stock market. 

Trends Sketch

For this article, I will be looking at the emerging trend of “zero proof” drinks. There seems to be a movement towards nonalcoholic beverages. With mixers like Ritual a gin substitute, why are these substitutes for traditional liquor gaining popularity? Particularly during the pandemic where you would think the opposite would be true. I plan to interview multiple bartenders to see what their thoughts are. Is it popular at the bar you work at? If so what do they attribute the uptick in popularity to?

Platoon Film Review

“I think now, looking back, we did not fight the enemy; we fought ourselves. And the enemy… was in us.” Platoon which was released in 1986 and directed by Oliver Stone, portrays the harrowing reality of the Vietnam war. Prior to watching this, I was impressed with the casting and eager to see how the actors portrayed their film characters. 

The film opens on Private First-Class Chris Taylor, a US Army volunteer portrayed by Charlie Sheen. Upon arriving near the Cambodian border, he is dispatched with the rest of his division to a planned night ambush. As expected, things don’t go according to plan. The North Vietnamese army ambushes the U.S. Forces during the night. Platoon then captures the downward spiral of events and the horrors of war. What sets Platoon apart from similar films of the time is the perspective that it portrays the United States in a negative light. Stone a Vietnam veteran himself called upon his experiences while serving in the military.

One element that I enjoyed were the two opposing views of the war held by Sgt. Barnes and Sgt. Elias portrayed by Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe respectively. Barnes who is a by the books authority character is quite the contrast from Elias a pot-smoking hippy who has a compassionate side.  To see how their relationship deteriorates because of one specific event was very surprising. Another strong point is to see how Sheen’s character evolves during his time in the army. He forms relationships with members of his platoon. Seeing how Chris Taylor reacts to the insurmountable loss of life and the terrible events that transpired is heartbreaking

You can’t mention Platoon without spending a moment talking about the incredible score composed by Georges Delerue. With other films about the war featuring music like Hendrix, CCR, and other what I would consider stereotypical Vietnam anthems, Delerue uses incredible restraint by only using one licensed song which is a Jefferson Airplane song. However, the main theme throughout the movie Adagio for strings maybe the most heartbreaking song I’ve ever heard. 

I’m not sure if It would be possible to recommend Platoon more. It certainly isn’t for everyone as it features sensitive and disturbing situations, but I think it’s one that shouldn’t be missed. 

5/5 Stars 

Article 3 Draft

At times being a commuter can feel like you are stuck in a rut. Wake up, go to classes, go to work, then go back home and repeat. The pandemic has only amplified that feeling of being caught in a never-ending routine. I live with three other college-age adults, one who recently graduated from Briar Cliff. I wanted to find out what similarities or differences between the two colleges.

            As a commuter student at Morningside, there are times where I feel that I’m not a part of the campus culture here. Besides what I do at the radio station, I’m not really involved with much else on campus. Partially I feel because I don’t live on campus in the dorms. Dorm culture is a huge thing, particularly at Morningside. I feel that Morningside could improve by finding ways to better engage non-traditional students who enroll at the college. 

Jonah Egli, a Morningside student who lives in Roadman Hall, had this to say when asked how he feels living on campus. “I think I would have a much harder time getting out of bed and making it to class on time if I didn’t live on campus.” He said with a grin on his face. “Being a wrestler, we have killer early workouts during the season. It’s nice being able to stumble out of bed half awake and not have to worry about driving or anything.” I then asked if he enjoyed living on campus and if he ever considered becoming a commuter student. “Since my parents don’t live in town, it wouldn’t be practical to live with them. I enjoy living in the dorms, but conflicts have definitely come up. All I’ll say is I’m much happier about my roommate’s situation this year.”

 While I was attending Western Iowa Tech, I did live in the dorms on campus. They always hosted a variety of events on campus. Everything from your typical comedian, to a local music showcase put on by WIT students. Since I lived on campus, it was always just a short walk to the main campus building to attend these events. Because of that it always felt like there was something happening somewhere on campus. 

One of my current roommates Austin Cooper also lived with me in the dorms at WIT. The room and board options at WIT are different than what is offered at Morningside. The housing complex that we lived in was called The Bur-Oak Suites. I would say it shares a similar room layout to something you would see in Lags Hall. They are both four-bedroom apartment-style dorms with a living room area. While Austin graduated with a criminal justice degree and is no longer attending school, I wanted to see if he shared some of the same opinions that I had since we spent both years at WIT sharing a dorm with two other people. 

 Austin explained “I think we got along pretty well right out of the gate; we had a lot of the same interests. We only shared that stupid Intro to College class that everyone had to take. I was worried at first because those first few weeks were a difficult time for me. My family only lives down in Lincoln, but that was the first time I was living on my own.”    When asked if he thought if living on campus impacted his college experience he replied. “Most defiantly, I don’t think I would have interreacted with nearly as many other students otherwise. Living in the dorms is like living in a small community. You form relationships with the people who live on your floor, it was a blast.”

Briar Cliff University alum Lucas Koster has a unique perspective on the aspect of commuting to college as he was on the golf team. “I defiantly felt like I was missing out on some of the same experiences that my teammates had. I’m glad I only committed to Golf my senior year. Those basketball workouts start way earlier than the golf ones that’s for sure. I don’t think I could roll out of bed at 6 in the morning, drive to campus, and get changed all before the 6:30 start time. There’s no way in hell am I going to run hustle drills for being late.” I was interested in finding out what the dorms were like as he lived on campus up until his senior year. “I remember my Freshman year not really participating in many on-campus events. I would hang out with a few guys from the team but not much else. It wasn’t until I reached out and developed more friendships that I started going to parties and hanging out with people. None of these parties were on the campus of course because of the notorious campus security.”

I have been very lucky with my current roommates all being able to get along. Personally, I’m pretty passive and go with the flow. I don’t know if I could say the same for my other roommates as they all have strong personalities. We have developed somewhat of our own culture around the house. As an example, prior to the pandemic, we would often host large parties at our place. We always had ground rules to ensure that they never got too wild or out of hand. If someone had a disagreement, we always felt like we were free to bring it up. If things got too serious, we would settle it like men, by playing a game of Super Smash Brothers or Mario Kart on GameCube.  

            Being off-campus certainly allows us more freedom than we wouldn’t have otherwise. No quiet study hours, no room inspections, and most importantly we are free to have as many keggers as we want! 

Article 3 Sketch

For this article I want to cover commuter culture. As someone who doesn’t live on campus I feel like there are certain events that I miss out on. At times it feels like you get stuck in a routine just going to and from classes. I know besides the HPER I don’t utilize anything else on campus. I am interested to see if other students who live off campus feel the same way.

I will interview several commuters to see how they feel not living on campus or being apart of a dorm culture. One of my roommates attends Briar Cliff, so it will be interesting to get a different perspective on another University. Besides differences I want to find what similarities commuter students share.

Non-Fiction Text Review 1

Can I Keep My Jersey chronicles the life of Paul Shirley, a self-proclaimed Basketball vagabond. Shirley’s career started out playing for the Iowa State Cyclones where he evolved from starting as a walk-on, to later when he joined the starting lineup. After playing at the college level for four years, he declared for the 2001 NBA draft. Unfortunately for him at the end of the draft, he wasn’t selected by a team and went undrafted. 

That doesn’t mean there wasn’t some interest around Shirley. Shortly after the draft, the Los Angeles Lakers were one of the few teams that reached out to him. He went to the tryouts with the goal to give it his all as he knew his options were dwindling. Shirley failed to impress the coaching staff and decided to go a different direction that didn’t involve the Iowa State alum. 

He then spends the next seven years bouncing around from team to team. While he does play for three NBA teams Atlanta, Chicago, and Phoenix. He has little impact on the team and never stayed on one for more than a year. He does see more success overseas on teams like the Greek professional basketball club, and later in Beijing.

Paul Shirley has always had a passion for Basketball playing in the town of Meriden, Kansas. He describes how he had to work hard and improve both in the classroom and on the court. He is certainly qualified to write this book because I would consider it a very personal memoir. While I feel some events like the interaction with Kobe Bryant to be hard to believe, they still seem to be mostly true. You wouldn’t know it from the way this book is written but it seems like Shirly has two different personalities. While in the memoir he is certainly sarcastic, but always seemed like the outsider on the team. 

The way the memoir is set up is like looking into the personal diary of Shirley’s. Recalling dates and times of specific events. One of my favorite examples of this is January 21st on page 64. This captures the uncertainty of not knowing what is going to happen during contract negotiations. Shirley’s ten-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks hung in the balance depending on the severity of another player’s injury. When the coaching staff found out it was mild knee inflammation, they declined to offer Shirley a contact. 

I feel that Paul Shirley has a legitimate reason for writing a memoir. Very few NBA players have had the journey that he has had. In fact, I can’t think of any athlete who would have a similar situation to Shirley. The fact that he kept a record of all the crazy events that happened is impressive. I found it motivational at times throughout the book. One day he is a part of an NBA franchise the next he’s working in the mall food court. Regardless of his situation he perseveres and doesn’t give up. I don’t know if I would do the same if I was in his position. It can’t feel good to be rejected by so many teams. I would have a hard time with it because it would be so demoralizing.  

I’m certain he thought it wouldn’t hurt either to capitalize on these experiences either. Can I Keep My Jersey? Released when he was employed as a writer for ESPN. Much like he uses offensive terminally in the book, he also was controversial with ESPN. After saying Haiti didn’t deserve any help after the 2010 earthquakes. That is certainly not the only controversial thing that he has said. But that was the straw that broke the camel’s back as he was fired from ESPN following the Haiti comments. 

The beginning of the book starts with an introduction by Shirley. Right off the bat, he establishes the sarcastic and comedic tone. He dreads going to the doctor because of filling out the employer information box. The memoir is then split into three years. Throughout the book, Shirley has cleaver observations at times pointing out the little details. Shirley is incredibly witty when he describes his teammates. Particularly towards the end of the book when he is playing with the Russian league. 

I enjoyed how the book was broken up. Instead of it being large chapters, it feels like every date is significant for one reason or another. Another touch that I like is the headings like on page 278. I don’t remember any of the game lines being particularly good, But Shirly including this one when he was against the Los Angeles Clippers almost seems like he is making fun of himself. 

Of course, another method is participation. He has experience playing in these games and living through the experience of a professional athlete. I think the exchanges with Shaq while he was just trying out are great. The reader knows that Shirley is terrified of meeting him at first, but it turns out to be a good experience. Shaq welcomed him to the team when he very well could have ignored him. He is certainly emotionally involved as the memoir covers very personal details. He lays it all out for the reader to interpret.

As a fan of Basketball particularly the NBA, I was excited to read this book. Prior to reading the book, I knew Paul Shirley played basketball at Iowa State but had no idea he entered the draft or played for a few teams. 

            I really had a hard time putting this book down. It drew me in right from the introduction. I would keep telling myself to read one more day and that that would be the last one. While I am not a prolific reader, I enjoyed Can I Keep My Jersey immensely. I do have to question what Shirley exaggerated as I do have a hard time taking everything at face value.   

Article 2 Final Updated

I remember saying goodbye to my parents as they departed the Kirkwood Village West parking lot in Cedar Rapids. The only thought that I had at the time was questioning if I was ready to live by myself for the first time. Being alone on the other side of the state only amplified my nerves. One activity that helped shaped my interests going forward was college radio.  I’ll get back to radio, but first, you need some background on what led me there.

            During my senior year of High School, I was under constant stress about my post-secondary education. I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted to do. Being able to complete several college classes through Western Iowa Tech during my senior year was a great advantage. I took everything from arc welding to a web coding class. Even then, no specific career path was piquing my interest. Community college provides a great opportunity for young students to discover their interests. Financially speaking, I was able to graduate from Western Iowa Tech without taking out any loans. According to Forbes, there are now over forty-five million borrowers with loans totaling $1.56 trillion. I’ll be honest that if I didn’t have the employee rebate for Morningside’s tuition I wouldn’t be here. 

            Looking back, I’m still not sure why I chose to enroll at Kirkwood. At the time, I was just working on completing my general education classes and would go from there. I think I was like any eighteen-year-old college student; I was eager to live on my own for the first time. Throughout particularly the first semester I didn’t enjoy the classes that I was enrolled in. It just felt like I was submitting assignments to check it off the list and to get to the end of the semester.

            Being alone for the first time was both an exciting and nerve-wracking experience. Invigorating because it was my first taste of independence, but terrifying for that same reason. This would be the first time that I would be alone. Well not entirely since I had a family member who lived a stone’s throw from Cedar Rapids in Marion. But other than that, the nearest family I had was over four and a half hours away. For the most part, I was on my own. It was the first time that I had utilities in my name, had a lease in my name, and had to work two jobs on top of a full-time class load. At the time, it was overwhelming.  Looking back on it, it was a valuable experience. 

            While I was at Kirkwood, I was just completing my general education requirements. Things you would expect like algebra, public speaking, and of course an introduction to college class. It wasn’t until my second semester when an area sparked my interest. While I was walking to my algebra class, I noticed a radio station. At the time, I thought that it was unusual to have a radio station in a college. When I peered into the large window into the station there were CD’s scattered everywhere in a disorganized mess. It looked like a bomb went off in the studio.

            I reached out to my academic advisor to inquire about the radio station. She put me in contact with the station manager. After meeting with him he offered me a work-study position with KCCK. My responsibilities were pretty basic. I was essentially a production assistant who organized the studio, monitored the social media activity, and other housekeeping tasks. Eventually, I was able to become more involved as the semester progressed. I formed relationships and experiences that I still cherish to this day. 

            Their radio station is used only as an extra circular activity, not as an option for a major discipline. Because KCCK 88.3 FM is a public station that is licensed to the college, similar to KWIT on the Western Iowa Tech campus. What was intended to be “just a hobby” for students sparked an interest in me. When I returned to Sioux City and enrolled at WITCC, Audio Engineering became my major, my passion, and my career choice. 

            I had the pleasure of working with some talented students and faculty while at WITCC. The hands-on practical experience was both educational and enjoyable. Being able to be a part of Comet radio was a great stepping stone to what I would eventually do at Siouxland Public Radio and even at Morningside’s own KMSC.

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