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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.

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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/

School Conversions

An article called “Fremont’s first converted middle school opening for classes Wednesday”, written by Joseph Geha at the East Bay Times, sheds some light on the impact of overpopulation on our education system. Over the past year, junior highs in the Fremont Unified School District in Fremont, California have been undergoing major renovations and adding on classroom buildings to their campuses. The article mentions how overpopulation in the area has resulted in cramming students into elementary schools that are not necessarily in their enrollment area. In my opinion, this article is news-worthy because it provides an insight into what our school districts are doing in order to allow more productive and effective learning environments. 

The audience for this article, I believe, are the parents of the community. The article uses somewhat simple language but also provides statistics that support the reasoning for the renovations to the schools. The article seems to be aiming to reassure students’ parents that the district is making improvements. 

This article was short and to the point. It gave the layout for future renovations to convert other junior highs in the district to middle schools. The statistics in the article helped for the reader to understand the importance of the junior high to middle school conversions. 

Link to story: https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2019/08/26/fremonts-first-converted-middle-school-opening-for-classes-wednesday/

From the “Land of Dre”: 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 Brad and Julia 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. 

Some of Hartman’s hobbies include sewing, designing clothes, and cooking. Besides these she is very interested in sports. She enjoys volleyball, baseball, and football. While savoring the food she cooks and watching the sports she loves, Madison also considers herself an environmentalist. 

Hartman states that her two major influences would have to be her parents. She says, “My parents have taught me right from wrong and encourage me to learn from their own mistakes.” Madison 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.

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