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dark secrets

The New York Times article “Before Joining White House, Stephen Miller Pushed White Nationalist Theories”, reports on leaked emails written by White House advisor Stephen Miller, in which he promoted ideas that are popular with white-nationalist groups before he joined Trump’s administrations.

The author explains that the Southern Poverty Law Center obtained over 900 messages from Miller to Breitbart News between 2015 and 2016, in which he tried to influence Breitbart to include ideas in their news that are regarded as white-nationalist, like the idea that people of color are planning a “white genocide”.

The article then explains the significance of this emails is even higher, because Miller is now one of the main advisors of immigration policy of President Trump.

In my opinion, the article does a very good job explaining what happened and also why it is significant in an objective way, which is remarkable given the subject. The target audience is people interested in politics young and old. Since the article provides most of the facts and background info, the readers does not need a great deal of previous knowledge to understand whats going on in the article.


My seat neighbour in my 8 a.m. class is a guy of dark, south American complexion, about 5’11” tall and has black hair. He wore a black winter coat with dark jeans and brown leather shoes.

During the class, we were tasked with a project and he was very excited and passionate about the subject and talked to me and the rest of the group with high energy and with a slight Spanish accent.

He talked about the premiere of his theatre production tonight and also brought most of the input to our project. It was easily noticeable that he was excited about today’s premiere and also that he was slightly nervous.

Article #3 Final

Broadcasting Article #3

Good evening. My name is Niklas Gustav and welcome to the 8 o’clock news on channel 8. 

First, let’s check in on a groundbreaking discovery in the science world. 

Scientists at UCLA discovered that earth-like planets might be more common in the universe than we think. 

In a NASA funded study at UCLA, a team of astrophysicists and geochemists are using telescope pictures of burned-out stars, called “white dwarfs” to look for rocks that could stem from Earth-like planets in their periphery. 

Alexandra Doyle, who leads the team of scientists explains that the rocks are quite similar to the rocks on Earth and Mars in terms of their oxidized iron. The oxidation of the rocks can mean that the composition of those planets is similar to Earth and that they could potentially support life.

This discovery proves that there could be many more rocky planets like the Earth in other solar systems and that the likelihood of finding one just rose immensely. 

When asking Morningside Bio-Chem major Joel Katzer about this topic he said: “It is really amazing to see how technology and expertise from different fields of science came together here to make apretty groundbreaking new discovery that could potentially change our future dramatically.”

Next up is our sports correspondent from the Morningside campus, that is buzzing in anticipation for this weekend’s CPAC championship football game. 

When Morningside College and Northwestern College clash on the gridiron in Orange City this weekend, the implication of this rivalry are even higher than they were in years past. 

While the long-running rivalry has been the deciding factor for the GPAC championship in each of the recent meeting, this year’s game between the two undefeated teams left in the GPAC while decide the outright GPAC champion on the last regular season game day of the year. 

While Morningside is ranked in the top 3 nationally in virtually every offensive and defensive category, Northwestern College also comes into this game with a strong offense and a defense that is highly ranked nationally. 

With such high implications on the game, it is not surprising that the Morningside campus is bursting with excitement for this duel of the unbeaten.

morningside Senior student Marcus Dodson shares his thoughts on this weekends game: 

“ I think that Morningside is going to travel pretty strong to Northwestern. It is for the championship and I think it is going to be a pretty competitive game.”

And now concerning news from the West Coast where wildfires have been wreaking havoc in both the northern and southern part of the state.

According to Cal Fire, three people were injured in Tehama County, near Sacramento while trying to contain the wildfires in that area. 

The three injured people were part of over 1200 firefighters and personnel that is tirelessly fighting the “Ranch Fire” since Sunday around noon. Despite the injuries, efforts to contain the fire have shown success, as the fire is now over 30% contained, according to Cal Fire. 

Morningside Junior and California native Nicholas Loya has the following to say about the wildfires in his home state : 

“Over the last few years there have been a lot more wildfires due to the California drought . Finally getting out of that drought, it has just been really devastating for a lot of people losing their homes and hopefully the communities can come together and get past this devastation.”

And with this insight, we are saying goodbye for tonight! Thank you for tuning in and make sure to be back tomorrow for your nightly news at 8 on channel 8.

go green colorado

Vox’s article “Colorado’s cleanest energy options are also its cheapest” shines a light on how well equipped the state of Colorado is, both in terms of environment and political climate, to make the switch to producing mostly renewable energy.

Vox does a good job describing the factors that are needed to successfully make the complete switch to renewable energy and also provides a detailed timeline of how renewable energy is developing in the state. The article also explains that the cheapest option is also the cleanest for Colorado.

The audience for this article is clearly people that are interested in renewable energy and how to implement it effectively. With many graphs and figures, the article is easy to understand for both younger and older audiences.

“Can​ you dig it?” Ashley Boer can

When Asley Boer hits the court with the Morningside Volleyball team, she leaves her mark on the game from the back row.

Her duties as a back-row player mostly consist of reading hitters and defending balls hit deeper in the court, called “digging”, making sure that those hits get turned back into play. She also serves for the Mustangs.

With Ashley’s help, the Morningside Volleyball team was able to secure a spot in the NAIA national tournament for the 3rd year in a row with a win in yesterday’s regular-season finale vs. Dakota Wesleyan.

For Ashley and the now 8-8 Mustangs, the GPAC tournament will start this Saturday in Jamestown, North Dakota.

Ashley is from Rock Rapids, Iowa, which is approximately one hour and 15 minutes away from Sioux City. She found her way to Morningside to play Volleyball and pursue an Advertising degree with a graphic design minor. She also said that she came to Morningside because “it felt like home”. 

Ashley enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to music and watching all kinds of sports when she is not on the court herself. When asked what three things she likes best about Sioux City, she was quick to respond that she likes the food options here, especially Buffalo Wild Wings, the size of the city which she described as “Not too big and not too small” and the close proximity to home, which allows her to see friends and family often.

Red wedding

What was supposed to be celebration of love, turned violent yesterday, when a shooting erupted at the site of a local wedding.

Richard and Laurette Brunson were married on the front porch of their home in front of 30 relatives and friends, as well as the bride’s 3 children. At the reception following the wedding, a fight broke out which led to Richard Brunson, 50 shooting his newly wedded wife Laurette, 38 in the abdomen with a small handgun.

Let’s hear from our correspondent live at the scene.

Thank you, I am here with sergeant Mann from the Sioux City PD, who will tell us more about the events leading up to the shooting.

“The shooting occurred at 5p.m. It happened after she threw a plate of wedding reception macaroni salad at the groom. His whereabouts are still unknown.”

Thank you, sergeant Mann! With the groom still on the loose after such a traumatic event, the guests of the wedding, like Ms. Corse, are still in shock!

“I just feel so bad for the kids to see this! He ran off with no shirt or shoes.”

With that back to you in the studio!

Thank you! Mrs. Brunson was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital where she remains in “satisfactory condition” according to hospital officials.

With Richard Brunson still on the loose, police officials warn to stay away from shoeless, shirtless men on the streets.

Broadcast Writing vs. print

This article compares two new story about the current wildfire situation in California.

One story, titled “Winds will continue to spread the California wildfires” is a broadcast story by CNN, that shows the weather forecast for the region and explains what that weather could mean for the situation at hand. The other story is a collection of updates by the New York Times that is updated in real-time as new developments become available.

The CNN story does a good job focusing on one aspect of the situation which is the windy conditions that are currently fueling the wildfires. The meteorologist is easy to understand and uses simple language to describe the conditions at hand. He also does a good job staying calm and collected given the less than promising forecast he is presenting. The disadvantage of the broadcast format is that it is impossible to present all aspects of the story in such a short amount of time. This segment focuses on one aspect and does a complete job.

The NYT story is much more complete in terms of coverage but is very long and detailed, which makes reading the article time-consuming. What helps is that due to the updated format of the story, bolded headers mark different updates, which makes it. easier to maneuver through the mass of information. The authors do a good job of being detailed and complete while staying objective and calm in their writing. This story covers most aspects of the fires from evacuation plans to what major buildings and highways are threatened.

Overall the main difference between the two stories is that the broadcast story has limited time to work with while the print story has nearly endless space to be as complete as possible. This results in the very clear an concise nature of the broadcast story, while the print story is not holding back words in an effort to be as complete as possible.




No lonely planet after all?

Scientists at UCLA discovered that earth-like planets might be more common in the universe than we think.

In a NASA funded study at UCLA, a team of astrophysicists and geochemists are using telescope pictures of burned-out stars, called “white dwarfs” to look for rocks that could stem from planets similar to earth in their periphery. The gravitational pull of those “white dwarfs” which are up to 665 light-years away from earth, swallows up asteroids and fragments of rocky planets that cross their path. The scientists observe the elements in the “white dwarf” stars to find out if these rocky structures are similar to the rocks on Earth or Mars.

“The rocks are Earth-like and Mars-like in terms of their oxidized iron. We’re finding that rocks are rocks everywhere, with very similar geophysics and geochemistry” explains Alexandra Doyle, who leads the team of scientists. The oxidation of the rocks can mean that the composition of those planets is similar to Earth and that they could potentially support life.

This discovery proves that there could be many more rocky planets like the Earth in other solar systems and that the likelihood of finding one just rose immensely.


foreign gains

The Vox article “The emoluments clause, explained for Donald Trump” does exactly what the title says. It explains the emoluments clause and states its significance for President Trump’s plans to host the upcoming G7 summit at one of his own resorts.

The emoluments clause is a group of provisions in the U.S. constitution, which basically state that any person that is holding office in the U.S. is not allowed to receive “any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”(Vox,2019)

Emoluments “would encompass sort of the profits of ordinary market transactions.” which makes this clause relevant for the upcoming G7 summit. Trump plans to host the summit at one of his resorts, which would lead to him receiving monetary gain from foreign governments in the form of their leaders and with that, violating the emoluments clause.

The article does a good job explaining these old and complicating provisions in simple terms to a younger audience. It also does a good job applying the concept of the clause to Donald Trump’s case and explaining why this is significant for the audience.

busted weights

When asking around campus what campus facilities are in most need of renovation, nearly everybody was quick to mention the HPER weight room, a facility that is surprising in two ways.

Firstly, a surprisingly large amount of people are working out in that space, especially given that it is mainly designed for the small non-athlete student population of Morningside. 

Secondly, when looking at the machines, squat racks and free weights in the room, the run down and in some cases non-functional state of the equipment is noticeable.

Madison Reed, says: “Not only is the HPER weight room, in its current condition a hazard to the well being of the students working out there, but also does not provide a welcoming and motivating atmosphere due to dim lighting and dirty floors and fixtures.” 

Madison, who worked out at the HPER weight room for over a year, observed the decay of equipment first hand. “There are eight non functional barbells in the weight room, which makes working out with them impossible. There are also many broken and missing cushions on the weight machines, which makes working out on them uncomfortable and even dangerous.” Madison also adds that “a renovation of the HPER weight room is overdue and would improve the quality of life for all students on campus.”

Her experiences working out there and the fact that more and more students made their discontent with the situation known, prompted Madison to use her position as the Morningside student government vice president to start lobbying for a renovation of the HPER weight room but unfortunately her term was over before real results were reached.

While the students that work out in the HPER regularly are certain that a renovation of the weight room is more than necessary, the fact that this weight room mainly serves the non-athlete population on campus and that this population is fairly small might make school administrators hesitant to put large amounts of money into the project. 

Since there is a weight room and strength staff for the students on campus that are in athletic teams, their urgency to push for a new rec center weight room is not exactly overwhelming. “Well, it’d be great to get a renovation but in all honesty, I rarely train there so it does not affect me too much.” says Joel Katzer, a Morningside Football player. He adds “but if there was a petition or something that would be put out where we could show our support for this renovation, I would definitely sign it.” This shows that even students that are not directly affected by the state of the HPER weight room are aware of the problem and are willing to support finding a solution when presented with the opportunity to do so.

Unfortunately, when reaching out to school officials about this topic, no specific comment was available at the point of publishing this article, but this article will be updated as soon as a comment on future plans with the HPER weight is available. 

The need for a renovation of the HPER weight room is evident, with many students being negatively affected by the bad condition of the facility and more and more athletes also becoming aware of this problem. It is up to the Morningside community to push for a renovation of a campus facility that, in the words of Morningside student Alex Paulson “really sucks”, the way it stands right now.