Dr. Patrick Blaine

Dr. Patrick Blaine is a man that works hard so he can play hard.

Dr. Patrick Blaine is a professor at Morningside College for the passed six years. He is currently teaching Spanish at Morningside and is bilingual in English and Spanish. He is also involved in many programs there as well. He also is involved in different programs around Sioux City.

Some of the things that have influence Dr. Blaine becoming bilingual was his time in school. He took Spanish when he was in high school and then not again until his third year of college. He then spent a semester in Spain, and started to fall in love it.

Dr. Blaine is a very busy man that spends a lot of his time teaching or participating in many committees that he is involved in. He makes sure that he stays busy so he is able to take breaks and have some fun.

Some of the things that Dr. Blaine likes to do for fun is travel, ride his motorcycle, cook, and make his own beer. He loves being outdoors and doing things like camping and skiing.

Dr. Blaine has traveled many places in his life and said that he loves living in other countries. He met his wife in Chille and has been married to her for thirteen years. They are expecting a child in February and said that their baby is going to be bilingual as well because his wife his also bilingual in Spanish and English.

Dr. Blaine did not always want to be a teacher. When he was younger he wanted to be a surgeon like his father. He said, “I wanted to be a doctor like my dad, until I realized that feet stink and I couldn’t handle always being around that.”

Dr. Blaine said that him and his wife plan is to eventually retire in Chille where his wife’s family is, but until then they are staying  in Sioux City where they are both currently employed.

News Comment #7

For this weeks weekly news comment I chose an article that explains the new feature on the app Twitter. I think that this news article is news worthy because a lot of people around the world use twitter and an article like this helps people understand the new features.

One thing that I would critique would be the first paragraph of the article. It just seemed to run on and it ended in a question. I just found it a little confusing and a little wordy.

The audience for this article would be anyone that is interested in social media or anyone that is intreated in learning about the new features on Twitter.  I think the lead is effective because the author not only talks about the new features on twitter but also talks about the person that has created the new features and what readers can expect when they look at Twitter now.

The only thing that I would change about this article is the first paragraph. I would try to shorten it and make it a little less wordy. Other that that I do not think anything else is missing.


News Comment #6

For this weeks weekly news comment I picked an article that talks about Aaron Rodgers success as a Green Bay Packer over the years. I feel like this article is newsworthy because there are a lot of football fans out there that like to keep up to date on whats happen with teams and players.

The only thing that I would critique would be that the title of the article talks about the Kansas City game but most of the article is about Aaron Rodgers success. When I fist saw the article I thought it was going to be how well he did during that game but instead it talks about how good he has been doing of the years.

The audience of this article would be any Green Bay Packer fans, any Aaron Rodgers fans, or any football fans. I think the lead is effective because the whole article talks about how well Rodgers is doing and some of the things he has had to overcome with injuries to other injured players.

The only thing that I would think to change would be the title of the article but other than that I would keep everything else the same, and I don’t think anything is missing.


Scavenger Hunt

When I first started my search for a thick red rubber band I started asking some random students that I saw outside of the library. After most people said no to me  I decided I should go look and ask some faculty in their offices.

I made my way to Lewis Hall and decided to ask the ladies in there if any of them happen to have a thick red rubber band. Surprisingly more than one of them said that they had one.

They started to compare the rubber bands by which one was thicker and what one was more red than the others. That is when I met Jerri Hanson.

When I first saw Jerrie Hanson she was sitting at her desk, she had her hair half up and half down,and dressed in business casual.

When I asked for the rubber band she started to laugh and then proceeded to pull one out of her desk. When she walked over to me to give me the rubber band she stated, “Well this is my last thick red rubber band.” I then thanked her for giving me her last one and we said goodbye.


News Comment #5

For this weeks weekly news comment I decided to write about an article that talked about the Kardashian/Jenner sisters new app. I do not feel like this article is very newsworthy. It has some good information that some readers might be interested in but I do not think many people would care to read it. I feel like the audience of this article would be anyone that is interested in the Kardashian/Jenner sisters or anyone that keeps up with what they are doing.

I do think that the article had good information when it came to talking about the company that created the app, which was Whalerock Industries. The author gave a good background on the industry and up incoming projects that might involve them.

I think the lead was effective because they talked about the app the entire article. The author even added what troubles they had with the app and new projects that the sisters might be working on with Whalerock.

Overall I would not change anything about this article. Although it had some good information I do not think it is newsworthy because I do not think many people would be interested in reading something like this.


News story, final draft

Molly O’Neill

September 22, 2015

College Tuition on the Rise

            According to The New York Times, the cost of college tuition is almost three times more expensive than it is now.

In 1974, the price for a private college was roughly $2,000, and $510 for a public college. Today, a private college cost around $31,000, and $9,000 for a public college. For most Americans these prices are not in their budget.

Today, the great national crisis states the fact that too many young adults are not going to college, or they do not graduate is mainly because they cannot afford it.

President Obama would like to make changes so that people do not have to worry about the expenses of a college. He states in the U.S. News, “We also have to make sure that everybody has the opportunity to constantly train themselves for better jobs, better wages, and better benefits. Put simply, I’d like to do is see the first two years of community college free for everybody who is working for it.”

If this were to happen, students would have to at least go to community college half time and maintain a GPA of 2.5 to receive their first two years free.

This is not the first time that free community college has been proposed. The first time was in 1947 by president Harry Truman’s commission on higher education. The commission’s report stated, “The time has come to make education through the fourteenth grade available in the same way that high school education is now available.”

By following through with President Obama’s plan, it would benefit nine million students nationwide to save an average of $3,800 per year, according to the White House.

There are some people that do not agree with or have criticized President Obama’s plan. They feel only students who do not receive enough finical aid would benefit. According to Debbie Cochrane, research director of The Institute for College Access, and Success states that the White House’s proposal differs from existing programs. Cochrane says, “It is aimed squarely at stopping state disinvestment in public colleges, which is crucial to making college affordable.” This plan also contains federal funding.

According to The Washington Post, higher education leaders loath when the media and public focus on the sticker price of the college. A lot of students do not end up paying the full price, but there is a little amount of students that do have to pay that full price.

The sticker prices of colleges scare off other students and their families. They feel like it is out of their price range. The Washington Post states that students that do get scared from the sticker prices end up choosing or looking for a different school before they know what they will be actually paying.

Even though the price of college tuitions has continued to grow over the years there are people out there that are trying to change that. Not only is President Obama, but Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Mally all have announced that they have plans to increase federal funding for college if they are elected. People would like to see prices of colleges go down so students do not have to be afraid anymore of not being able to afford their college tuition.





Gasoline Spillage Due to Texaco Truck Overturning

A Texaco gasoline truck has overturned on the outskirts of town near 48th street and Correctionville Road causing gas flooding sewer lines  for two blocks.

Cars are being rerouted through the side streets and four families have been evacuated because of the sewer line gas. The gas has also found its way onto streets and into ditches.

It will take up to two hours until gas in flushed away. Fire Chief Charles Hochandel has said, “The firemen followed catastrophe and hazmat procedures set up beforehand for just such an occurrence.”

Ten Students Suspended from North East High School

Ten upperclassmen have been suspended fro one week from North East High School.

A series of events including a food fight that has closed the cafeteria on Tuesday, and three false alarm soundings on Wednesday are all results in these ten students protesting the suspension of another five students. The other five students were found smoking marijuana in the schools parking lot, they were then suspended for a week.

There was no general unrest and principal Laura Vibelius commented, “Not so much unrest because of suspensions, but because of summer vacation being so near.”  She also said she sees no continuation of these “incidents” in the near future.

Cat Found Stuck in Tree

The local fire department has been sent to 102 11th Ave. after locals Charlie and Kim Decker called after twin girls, Suzanne and Samantha fount their cat stuck in an oak tree.

Fire fighter, Bob Harwood was sent up the tree to retrieve the cat. On his way back down, Harwood falls fifteen feet because one of the trees limbs break.

Harwood was sent to St. Lukes Hospital because he has broken his leg from the fall, be he is doing just fine. The Calico cat is also safe and has returned to Samantha and Suzanne with no injuries because Harwood broke his fall.

Moyer Quick story

The death of a local man has been revealed be the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office.

At 11 a.m Wednesday morning a collision of two cars east of Sioux City left one man, Moyer Quick killed, and leaving three injured.

Moyer Quick, age 65 was driving down highway 20, when trying to pass the vehicle next to him. Quick’s rear-end struck the vehicle and sent both vehicles into a ditch causing Quick’s car to roll once.

Accompanying Quick was his wife Dorothy Quick,  61,  and Maxine Steuerwald, 43, who is Dorothy’s sister. The man driving the other vehicle was Randy Radin.

The conditions of the three survivors range from good to critical. The three survivors were transported by ambulance to Marian Health Center where Radin is still in critical condition.

Autopsy shows that Moyer had a heart attack while he was driving and could have been the cause of the accident.

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