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“How Dare You?”

In an extremely passionate speech by Greta Thunberg to the United Nations Climate Action Summit today, Thunberg addressed the leaders of the world on the effects of climate change.

Thunberg was asked what she had to say to world leaders and she responded, “We will be watching you.” When referring to we, Thunberg is speaking for the young people of the world, the ones who are still to grow up and hopefully live long lives on this planet. She mentions that “entire ecosystems are collapsing” and we are facing a “mass extinction” that can not be solved with “business as usual.”

Thunberg says that the idea of cutting our emission in half in ten years will still only give us a “50% chance of staying below 1.5 degrees.” This runs the “the risk of setting off irreversible chain reactions beyond human control.”

Thunberg is sure to inspire the youth and to jumpstart change within the world. She is passionate and intelligent and knows the information she is relaying. Since the time she gave the speech earlier today, 65 countries have already announced their efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

Article #2 Rough Draft (not complete)

Would you rather live in the dorms or live in a house with a number of friends? Many college students dream about living in a house with a group of friends. This idea is glorified through movies based on the college life. 

Whether the goal is to host massive parties every weekend or just feeling more independent and having your own place to escape to when the stress of college starts closing in on you, moving off-campus is a process. Maintaining off-campus living is an adventure in and of itself. 

The process of moving off campus consists of two very important aspects: finding a place to live and finding people to live with. When it comes to finding a place to live, the most important consideration is the cost of living. Depending on your financial situation, you may be looking into cheaper or more expensive properties. Rebecca Riley, a senior at Morningside says, “Get a job first, if you’re an athlete and can’t keep a job throughout the school year, work a lot during the summer and save your money.” While Riley said this, she put extra emphasis on the last three words of her statement, “…save your money.” 

Saving money is key when in college and living off campus. Riley said that she has a monthly budget that she tries to follow as close as possible. This budget is made up of the cost for rent, utilities, food, and car maintenance (gas and cleaning). Riley also said to “limit how much you spend while out on the weekends.”

Paris attack leaves 4 dead

The New York Times posted an article written by Aurelien Breeden titled, “Knife Attack at Paris Police Headquarters Leaves at Least 4 Officers Dead.” This story explained how four officers were killed on Thursday at the police headquarters in Paris. An employee, who had been working at the headquarters for more than 20 years. It was stated ‘that the suspect had “posed strictly no problem” in the past.’

The article went on to explain how this event has made sure that security concerns will be brought back to attention. This is because there have been many attacks on Paris in recent years. It referenced the attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper, where 12 people were killed and the terrorist attacks later that year that “left more than 100 dead.”

I think this article is important to the people of Paris. The situation may be concerning being that they still do no have a motive for why the man attacked and killed the people he did.

The article was well written and straight to the point. It had some in depth information about the attack and I feel it informed the public well.

Article:

Do you even Water Polo?

In an article from The New York Times titled, “College Admissions Scandal: Parent Gets 4 Months in Brazen Scheme”, a father was sentenced to four months in federal prison. According to the article, written by Kate Taylor, Devin Sloane “ordered water polo gear online and had his son pose in it for a photograph in the family’s swimming pool.” Following the photoshoot, the father hired a graphic designer to enhance the the photo to assist in securing admission to the University of Southern California, “for the price of $250,000, some of it paid as a bribe to a U.S.C. official.

Sloane pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. The article also mentions the recent trial of actress Felicity Huffman, who was sentenced to 14 days in prison for paying $15,000 to cheat on her daughter’s SAT.

This article is newsworthy because a number of people have recently been attempting to commit fraud in order to get their children into college. This is a result of the rising difficulty and competitiveness in the college admissions process.

Overall, I thought this was a fairly well-written article. It was short, detail-oriented, and got the main point across. The article brought up some good points around the subject of different sentences being handed out to different fraud situations. The article was also put together well, in the inverted pyramid form.

Article:

Sensory Details

While tasting a Pirouline for the first time, I was pleased to taste the dark chocolate encased by crunchy wafer. This snack is light and crunchy. The center is filled with dark-chocolate, which is creamy and smooth. The sweetness of the chocolate contradicted the saltiness of the wafer in a heavenly sense.

The Pirouline provides the comfort of a blanket and a fire on a stormy day. It gives a reminder of grandma’s baking and brings back memories of childhood.

Article #1 Reflection

In writing my first article titled, “College athletes soon to be paid”, I put the most effort into writing a clear lead. One thing I could have put more effort into was finding more effective articles on the topic.

The hardest part about writing this article was finding articles that are not repetitive. Many of the articles said the same thing, but just had slightly different variations in the people that were being quoted or referenced.

College Athletes: Lab Rats?

In an article from the New York Times titles, “Football Players? Or Lab Rats Who Can Run and Pass?” written by Zach Schonbrun, the multimillion dollar facilities of big name colleges are referenced.

The first program and facilities that were brought up were Louisiana State University’s. L.S.U. recently got a new $28 million football operations building. Included in the building are jetted tubs, antigravity treadmill, sodium-infused water coolers, and even a centrifuge. “The centrifuge is used for a blood work for injury treatments such as platelet-poor plasma therapy and stem-cell injections.”

The article even mentions how the athletes get their sweat analyzed for “nutritional deficiencies” and they also swallow digestible electronic pills that monitor body temperature.

I think this article is news worthy because of the awareness it brings to the ongoing advances in college athletics. Some people would think that these methods are over-the-top when it comes to analyzing peak performance of athletes.

Some of these methods can be seen as bizarre, especially the digestible electronic pills. They may also fall under Human Interest, considering these are people that they are running these tests on. Overall, this article was very interesting.

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Scavenger Hunt

Today in class, we were tasked with finding people around campus to help us fulfill the requirements of the scavenger hunt.

The two requirements on my scavenger hunt were to ask someone for their favorite motivational quote and to find a creatively bent paper clip.

Evie Williams, an English major, told me her favorite quote was “Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin'”, which is a quote from the movie, Shawshank Redemption but is referred to many times in her favorite Hulu series, Last Man on Earth.

John Dolphin, a worker in the Registrars office supplied me with the creatively bent, paper clip. She formed it into a rope-looking shape. When asked what situation she would use a rope in, she replied, “I would use a rope if I ever needed to escape from anywhere, I bet it would come in handy.”

“Rope”

Overall, this experience was interesting. Finding reasons to approach a random person for a very random task was probably the most difficult aspect of the task. It was enjoyable and a good learning experience for future interviews.

College athletes soon to be paid (Final Draft)

The fight for college athletes to get paid has officially started to move forward. For many years it was always a conversation but, a bill to allow college athletes to get paid has officially passed.

Nancy Skinner, a former California State Assembly member and long-time advocate for the 99%, the underdog, and the longshot “championing causes that one might expect from a Berkeley activist: organizing graduate assistant teachers, banning Styrofoam from fast-food business and raising taxes on the rich.” Skinner was considering a run for State Senate and was curious as to if the state could make a change.

Billy Witz, a journalist for the New York Times, wrote: “Skinner, who was elected to the State Senate three years ago, produced a bill that would allow college athletes in California to be paid for the use of their name, image, and likeness.” This is not limited to sports that produce large incomes, such as football and basketball but, it applies to all sports. 

The “Fair Pay to Play Act” was written by Skinner along with Steven Bradford, made it past the State Assembly on Monday (Aug. 2, 2019) by a vote of 72-0. Many of the people in support of this bill were civil rights advocates. The bill, “S.B. 206, would go into effect Jan. 1, 2023, and it has provoked the expected opposition from the N.C.A.A.” 

Not only has the N.C.A.A. shown opposition towards this measure but, the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems along with distinguished private colleges such as Stanford and the University of Southern California. The reason for the strong opposition is because leaders in college sports foresee a “doomsday scenario”. 

According to Larry Scott, the commissioner of the Pac-12 Conference, this scenario is that of which these California institutions could be prohibited from competing in N.C.A.A. championships “because they would have an unfair recruiting advantage – being able to lure athletes with the possibility of cashing in on anything from jersey sales to sponsorship deals.”

In an article from the Los Angeles Times,Andy Fee, the athletic director at Long Beach State warned of “unintended consequences.” Fee stated, “I fear the distinct possibility of a scenario where California schools could be expelled for willful breaking of NCAA rules. Should California schools be expelled, the very student-athletes the bill is intended to assist would be adversely affected.”

The legislation got some attention from NBA superstar LeBron James and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. James encouraged California residents to get their state representatives to support the bill.

James tweeted: “Everyone in California – call your politicians and tell them to support SB 206! This law is a GAME CHANGER. College athletes can responsibly get paid for what they do and the billions they create.” Senator Sanders quoted the tweet saying: “College athletes are workers. Pay them.”

The N.C.A.A. will most likely review the name, image, and likeness issue and the panel is scheduled to make a final report to the association’s board of governors in October.

The Fair Pay to Play Act is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom and again, will go into effect on January 1, 2023.

Articles Used:

https://sports.yahoo.com/washington-state-mike-leach-slams-california-student-athlete-compensation-pay-bill-225741007.html

Legislation

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200SB206

How many burglars does it take?

An article in the East Bay Times, “Burglary crew arrests linked to nearly 20 crimes throughout Bay Area”, written by Robert Salonga reports a group of 10 suspects being arrested for being in possession of stolen ID’s, firearms while being a felon and other commercial items stolen throughout the area. The article goes on to explain how the SJPD Burglary Prevention Unit was in the middle of issuing warrants when they came across three felons in possession of firearms which then resulted in the finding of stolen ID’s and other items including “high-end bicycles and generators taken from construction sights, and materials from a break-in in May at the Union School District offices.” Following this information, the article explains that the 10 person burglary crew is allegedly linked to 18 burglaries so far, spanning all across the Bay Area.

The audience of this article are the Bay Area residents. The purpose is to bring awareness to the growing burglary and crime problems in the area. I also believe the journalist is using proximity, relevance, and impact. The reason for these are because it is in the area of the people(proximity), it affects the businesses and people in the area(relevance), and it has happened multiple times to multiple to people(impact). 

This article was fairly straight forward and gave a good background of the situation. The article also had pretty simple language making it every day reader friendly. I think this is a locally news-worthy article.

Link to story: https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2019/08/30/burglary-crew-arrests-linked-to-nearly-20-crimes-throughout-bay-area/

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