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Scammer Alert

An article from Siouxland News, written by Jetske Wauran, stated that a local couple were recently scammed out of $1,000.

Janie Koch, Sergeant Bluff, said that she received a friend request on Facebook.com from a known friend. After a few messages back and forth, the friend explained to Koch that she could claim $150,000 if she called a certain number. Koch continued to make the phone call and a women named “Megan” answered and said that in order to claim the $150,000 Koch would have to pay a $1,000 filing fee.

Through some explaining Koch was told to go to the local Walgreens and buy $1,000 in eBay cards. After purchasing these cards, Koch was told to give the numbers on the cards to “Megan” and then the $150,000 would arrive at Koch’s door on Monday.

Of course, the money never arrived.

I thought this article was well written and straight to the point. I think it is important for the local community to know about this as well as any larger community as well. The internet alone can be considered a massive community and bringing awareness to scams like this is very important, especially for people who are not quite familiar with social media and the internet.

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https://siouxlandnews.com/news/local/local-couple-warning-social-media-users-after-losing-1000-to-scammer

Short haired woman

I woke up next to her this morning at 7:30 A.M. She is 23 years old and white. She is average in height, probably around 5’7″, and is of medium build, possibly weighing anywhere between 155-165 pounds. She has short brown hair and by short I mean a buzz-cut, not just shorter hair for a woman.

Her eye sockets were fairly deep and her lips were full. She also had earrings in. One stud in each ear, with another hole in each for another earring. She looked tired; she had brown eyes that were open about half way. Her voice was raspy, but that could be because she had just woken up. Her voice is usually somewhat soft. She was in a maroon shirt and grey sweats.

The conversation we had was not much different than any other morning. She asked me what my schedule for the day was, answered and returned with the same question. She said she had a few classes to attend and work would follow shortly after. When I left the room, she rolled over and, I assume, went back to sleep.

Competitive Californian: Madison Hartman

Madison Hartman plays on the volleyball team, here at Morningside College in Sioux City, IA. Hartman was born on August 13th, 1997 in Fremont, California to her parents, Brad and Julia Hartman and her sister, Savanna Hartman. Although she was born in Fremont, Madison was raised in Morgan Hill, California. Madison recently turned 22 and is beginning her senior year at Morningside. 

Although her hobbies include sewing and watching sports. Volleyball is her passion. Hartman began playing volleyball because she wanted to be better than her sister at something. Hartman said, “Savanna and I played the same sports while growing up and when she started volleyball her freshman year, I started too.” At this time Hartman was in seventh grade and she was determined to be better than her sister.

After going to college, Hartman’s coach convinced her to start playing sand volleyball with the idea that it would help her with her indoor game. Little did Hartman know, she would fall in love with sand volleyball but because of the limited sand volleyball programs at the collegiate level she would come to Morningside and play indoor. Hartman said she would have never been able to make the 1,755 mile journey to Sioux City without the help and support of her parents.

Hartman says that her two major influences are her parents. She says, “My parents have taught me right from wrong and encourage me to learn from their own mistakes.” Hartman says her parents have set an amazing example for her, driving her to become the amazing young woman that her friends and family have come to know today. She looks forward to moving home and being around her family more. 

Madison plans on moving home after college in order to save money, while working as a Marketing Assistant. Her short-term goals are to save up enough money to buy a new car and to move to San Diego.

“Wake up, it’s time for school!”

In an article from The New York Times, “California Tells Schools to Start Later, Giving Teenagers More Sleep”, Christine Hauser and Isabella Kwai wrote about a new law that has passed in California, requiring later start times for middle schools and high schools.

In October, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the law in pushing back the start times at most pubic middle and high schools. California is the first state to do this. Schools will start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. The reason for this is years of studying the effects sleep deprivation has on adolescents in school. 

Dr. Sumit Bhargava, a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Stanford University and specialist in pediatric sleep medicine at Stanford Children’s Health, said that brain development in adolescents is still occurring and sleep deprivation can be a cause of disease later in life. Bhargava said, “the effects of that one hour is something they will be feeling as 40-year-old adults.”

Anthony J. Portantino, a Democratic state senator who wrote the bill, said that this is the “magic bullet” that everyone is looking for in order to cut across all demographics and ethnicities that “has a positive, measurable increase in test scores, attendance and graduation rates without costing money.”

Many concerns come to mind when thinking about parents and guardians needing to change their work schedules in order to get the students to school at these later times. 

I think this article was well written. It was written in inverted pyramid form. The beginning is filled with facts about the bill and the reason for the bill being created. The facts and statistics are presented in the middle. And at the end of the article, a point of suicide in adolescents in South Korea is brought up. 

With mental health concerns in adolescents rising, this article uses relevance to get the story out. For communities in California it also uses proximity, because it will be effecting them directly. 

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Multi-level societies aren’t only for big brains.

We are not the only species who have multi-layered societies, according to a study published in Current Biology.

Current Biology is an open access journal that publishes scientifically accurate research. This study was conducted in order to research the relationship between brain size and multi-level societies. Damien Farine led research on baboons’ hierarchal societies. While studying the baboons he began to watch the vulturine guineafowl wondering around his study site.

The vulturine guineafowl is a larger bird which resides in eastern Africa. Farine noticed that these “pea-brained” guineafowl had a multi-level society, much like baboons. Farine said the guineafowls do not only have small brains relative to mammals, but relative to other birds as well.

The study presents information on the idea that small brained animals may also have the ability to create multi-level societies. These are societies where groups are within groups within the population as a whole. Research states that the guineafowl choose other specific groups to be around as well as sleep around. This shows that much like humans; these birds are capable of choosing groups of their species to be around. 

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Off-Campus Living

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. Anthony Ventura says that being able to choose who you get to live with is one of the upsides of living off-campus. Ventura went on to say, “If you choose the right people to live with, off-campus living is awesome because you can surround yourself with awesome people.” Taylor Duncan says, “Some of the positives of living off campus are that I have my own room and I like the people I live with.” Duncan said he was aware of the peoples’ habits that he moved in with before they became roommates so that made the transition a lot easier. Make sure if you move off campus, you are with people you can tolerate for a year. 

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.” Ventura says, he worked during the summer to save up his money and he also works weekends in order to keep money coming in throughout the school year. Most people will find it easier to work on the weekends due to heavy course loads during the week at school or extracurricular activities like sports. 

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.” One piece of advice from Riley is, “if you work more than two jobs, put one whole paycheck away into savings or bill paying accounts and use the other one for your spending money.” She said this allows her to stay on top of not spending too much money in a month.

When asked what he does to make sure he has money for the necessities like rent and bills, Ventura responded with, “I make it a priority to separate my wants and my needs. It’s really easy to buy something you want like a new pair of shoes and then realize at the end of the month that you’re short on the Wi-Fi bill, so like I said separate your wants and needs.” Ventura went on to explain that he did not mean you can’t buy anything for yourself, but he meant that you should have your priorities straight. Taylor Duncan said cooking at home and not eating out helps him save money. Duncan also said that the total amount for rent over his year-long lease is less than the cost for two semesters in the dorms on campus. This allows him to save even more money. All of these have the same aspect of keeping priorities straight, so if you’re not good at prioritizing, learn. Otherwise, you’re going to realize that learning to prioritize the hard way is not the way you want to learn. 

Many people advocate for off campus living because of the independence it grants and the growing it allows. The people interviewed for this article all said that they grew as a person when they were responsible for their own bills outside of school. “It really makes you to realize how much work goes into just living,” said Riley. 

California’s Safest Cities

In an article written by Karen D’Souza, a writer for the East Bay Times, two Bay Area cities are placed in the top 10 for safest California cities.

This article begins immediately with pathos by connecting to peoples emotions. It talks about how if one has ever lived in a bad neighborhood, then they know how safety is always a priority because of the things that one may experience in a bad neighborhood. The article then goes on to explain the factors that the surveyors take into account when ranking the cities. The study looks into “FBI crime reporting statistics and census data to establish which cities are safe havens.”

60 percent of the cities in this ranked list are located in Southern California but the Bay Area has a couple cities in the top ten. The two cities from the Bay Area that are highly ranked are Danville and San Ramon, which are both located in the affluent San Ramon Valley.

Danville is ranked first out of the 228 total cities surveyed having only .35 violent crimes and 7.83 property crimes per 1,000 people. The population of the city is currently at 45,088 people.

This article is relevant because of proximity. The cities are close and within an hour of the people who this newspaper is written for. This article is also relevant due to its currency aspects. The people of the Bay Area are dealing with tons of safety concerns right now like, future earthquakes, multi-day power outages and even air pollution levels. Knowing which cities are dubbed safest can be helpful for people and families trying to escape some high impact or densely populated areas.

Overall, I think this article was helpful for a person living in the Bay Area. It is to the point and presents facts and statistics to support the “why?”. The article is also presented in inverted pyramid form, presenting the important information in the beginning and lesser needed information at the end.

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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.

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