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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.

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. 

“you determine your ​destiny”

One thing that stands out right away when talking to Morningside Alumn Alex Watters is that he has a passion for helping people. It doesn’t matter if it is during his day job as a Morningside College career development specialist or as a member of the Sioux City council, Alex Watters seems to always be focused on how to improve the lives of the people around him. So it was no surprise to me that he answered the question of what the most fulfilling part of his job at Morningside with “seeing students succeed or seeing them have that realization of what they really want to do with their lives.”

Even before a life-changing accident, that severed Watters’ T5 and T6 vertebrae and left him paralyzed from the chest down during his freshman year at Morningside College, his life was filled with service to others. As a middle and high school student he was active with local political campaigns and worked as a page at the Iowa house of representatives where he helped wherever he could and developed a passion for politics.

This passion was one of the reasons why he took an internship with the department of education in Washington DC during the summer after his senior year. During this internship, he worked with the secretary of education as well as with First Lady Michelle Obama on her initiative “Let’s read, let’s move” wich encouraged kids to read and play more aoutside.

After working as a regional coordinator for Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, where his coordinating efforts earned him a week with the most doors knocked in Iowa, even though he was not able to physically do that himself, he was able to take a position at Morningside as a first-year student advisor, which has no progressed to career development specialist. With such rich experience both in the professional field and in life in general, it does not surprise that he states: “it was mostly Life experience that helps me to advise my students.”

Alex is a man that did not let a Life-changing accident define him and who works tirelessly to enrich not only his life but to touch as many lives as possible in a positive way. He is not only aiming to make the city more accessible for wheelchairs and other forms of personal transportation through his position on the City Council but has bigger visions for healthcare and awareness for disabled members of our society, which he lobbies tirelessly to many of the influential political figures he knows through his engagement with parties and political campaigns alike.

And while he is well aware that some people have it easier in life than others, his advise is “you truly determine your own destiny! It is about how hungry you are!”

Safe to inject?

The Vox article “Cities are considering safe injection sites. A federal judge just said they’re legal.” talks about the rising movement for safe injection sites in major cities as response to the opioid epidemic sweeping vast parts of the U.S.

The article gives a timeline of the development and gives information on a court case that allowed a Philadelphia based non-profit to establish a safe injection site in their city.

The target audience is most likely a younger audience, concerned with the drug problem of the country and also with social issues in general. The author does a good job giving objective information and a detailed timeline of the events and also does a good job featuring supporters and opposing voices throughout the article.

The case of Antonio​ brown final

 After months of controversies and antics, Antonia Brown was released by the Raiders and signed with the Patriots over the weekend. 

Ever since he started training camp with the Raiders, there always seemed to be something going on with Antonio “AB” Brown. First, a cryotherapy visit gone wrong left the star wide receiver with blistered feet that didn’t allow him to practice for most of training camp. 

Then, just when his feet seemed to get better, the NFL banned his decade-old helmet and AB did not seem to be willing to play in any other helmet than the one he’s always played in. Many fans got mad and did not understand why AB would not just get a different helmet and move on, the newer helmets have to be better and safer after all? 

As Nate Jackson wrote for Deadspin, no helmet on the market is so safe that it can actually completely rule out concussions for the player wearing it and Antonio Brown “is a finely tuned instrument. Throw off one key and the whole thing gets retuned. Who knows if it ever sounds the same again?”.

Brown finally decided to wear a newer helmet, which came with a hefty new endorsement deal with the company Xenith and started practicing. Fans thought he finally settled in with the raiders and is ready to chase a Super Bowl.

But the drama continued. Last week, it was reported that Brown and the Raiders’ general manager Mike Mayock had an altercation which was, according to the Washington post, over the fact that “ Brown had been fined by the team for unexcused practice absences and posted a picture of the fine letter on social media, voicing his displeasure.” and the Raiders were planning to suspend or even release their superstar pass catcher. Towards the end of the week the problem seemed solved when Antonio Brown apologized to the team and Raiders quarterback Dereck Carr told NBCNews that the team was “all excited to move forward.”

Finally, this weekend the Antonio Brown saga with the Raiders finally came to a finale. After asking the team to release him via Instagram post and getting released shortly after, Brown posted a controversial video on YouTube that showed him celebrating being released. That did not scare off the New England Patriots, who signed Antonio Brown only hours after his release. 

Only time will tell if the Patriots, who are known to not be scared by difficult personalities, have made the right move by acquiring Antonio Brown but their receiver corps is definitely one of the best in the league now and it would not be the first time that signing a drama-heavy talent like AB worked out for them in the long run.