I went out and bought a box of hot chocolate mix by swiss miss. When you open the box there are packets of the actual mix, one for every 6 ounces of water. It has a particular smell when the packet is opened. It smells like cocoa and milk, when made into hot chocolate it has a really strong taste of chocolate that is complemented by the taste and texture of the marsh mellows that are included in the packet as well.

When I tried giving away the hot chocolate mix, I just knocked on people’s doors asking if they wanted the hot chocolate. I only had to knock on a few doors before I got someone to accept the hot chocolate mix. Before they accepted they asked if I had done anything to it, and were taken back by me offering them a box of hot chocolate mix. They also asked if there were drugs laced into it. They did finally take it after some investigating of the box and the individual packets where they were looking for any sign of tampering. When doing so he held it up to the light and was feeling it for anything abnormal. He was tilting it up and down to check for any possible leaks or wholes where I could have slipped something in or out. He then asked why I was trying to give these away and I said it was for a class.

News Comment

This article is about people who have had wrong done to them when they have felt the need to call 911. The first example they list is about a woman who was beaten up by her boyfriend and went to a friends house who called 911. The next day her landlord recieved a piece of mail from the city deeming the property a nuisance because someone who did not live there was charged with assault on the property, and she was promptly evicted. It then talks about places where nuisance living is and why its a problem.

I think that this a good article about something that is under the radar in the United States right now. I do not like their lede I think it is a bit long and doesn’t really get to the point it just tells a story. I think story is a very factual story without bias.

News Comment

In this article in The New York Times they discuss the most coveted award in the NFL and they throw out a name that no one is thinking about, Johnny Hekker a Punter for the Los Angeles Rams. The articles discusses why he is so effective at punting a football and who he is. They compare him to other top punters and why he is better.

This article does a really good job of opening up the article with a very intriguing lede. It does a good job bringing in the backstory to Johnny Hecker and how he ended up with the team. I like their use of quotes in the article, as they bring in people talking about how much his value really is.

Emma Watson Feminist Speech

In this speech Emma Watson, an actress and activist, is calling upon help from people attending the One Young World conference. In this speech she quoted Robert Kennedy saying “Each time a man or woman stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lots of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest wall of oppression and resistance.” She uses this quote to talk about the feminist movement and how this is what they need to do. The feminist activists need to create many ripples and make them form a big current and tear down the oppression against women.

She also is trying to relate to all women by saying 7 statements. “I am willing to be seen. I am willing to speak up. I am willing to keep going. I am willing to listen to what others have to say. I am willing to go forward even when I feel alone. I am willing to go to bed each night, at peace with myself. I am willing to be my biggest, best-est, most powerful self.” She says these are things that on a daily basis women should ask themselves in the fight for gender equality. She asks the crowd they have any truth for them. She then says that “These seven statements scare the absolute shit out of me. But I know that they are at the crux of it all. At the end of the day, and when all is said and done, I know that these are the ways that I want to have lived my life.”

One Young World is a non profit organization started in 2009 by David Jones and Kate Robertson. It takes all young leaders in the world and puts them in one place to help empower change. Anyone can be an ambassador if they meet the critia, which is to be a 18-30 year old who demonstrate leadership and commitment to a better world.

News Comment

After an attempted succession from Spain, Catalonia has been invaded. The Spanish Government has voted to move into the area and remove the separatist leaders. This Catalonia is the area of Spain that runs along the Mediterranean Sea’s coast, starting with a border next to France, and continuing down past Barcalona.

In this article they have a good lede. They also do a good job explaining the differences between Spain and Catalonia, and why there is such a crisis. They explain why Catalonia began a movement to try and be independant, and why Spain doesn’t want them too.

News Comment 10

In this article Claudio Reyna talks about one of the reasons why the US soccer team is failing. He says that the problem is the ego and arrogance surrounding the coaches and players, they have no respect for international players and styles of playing. He compares the US players and coaches and attitudes to that of international coaches and players.

The article uses a good lede and throwaway lede to tell you what the article is about and why this is a relevant topic. The article uses many quotes by Claudio as its about what he said. The organization of the article is good however there are still some paragraphs towards the top that I would deem not very important, however it still makes sense for them to be where they are.



Science Scavenger Hunt

Ever since farmers first strapped and hammered wooden crates onto their Model-Ts in the early 1900s trucks have evolved and have become huge, strong, and conquering beasts that fill the highways, garages, and driveways across America.

Three top selling automobiles on the best-sellers lists are pickups, and 3 of every 5 automobiles sold is a pickup. The image of a pickup truck is becoming synonymous with American toughness and  strength. Americans also like the feeling of a pickup, it sits higher and has a more comfortable steering position.

Throughout the decades the pickup has changed a lot. Back in 1925 people would have to take out the back half of their car and replace it with open topped wooden baskets. After World War 2 in 1946 trucks began to receive four wheel drive, which increased their payloads and made them able to traverse tough ground. Now today they have replaced the steel inside the pickups with aluminum, and in 2019 there are plans to replace the aluminum with composite.


Article #2 Final

Coach Steve Ryan is aware of the football protests occurring across the country.

Coach Ryan is the head football coach at Morningside College, and when asked about what he would do if a player on his team did decide to protest he responded, “I would talk to them about it and why they feel the need to protest and make a statement, I would want as a member of the team to know why you feel you need to make the statement.”

His team is currently in the locker room for the anthem, not giving his players a chance to protest. He stated “that is more of a timing situation” and if the team came to him wanting to be out there for the anthem he is willing to allow them to be out there.

The handbook says ‘The involvement of student-athletes in any incidents which may bring dishonor to them will also dishonor their team and Morningside College. Such involvement is unacceptable and will not be tolerated’ applies to this situation he responded “I don’t believe that is the intent of the phrase, however it is broad enough that it can be applied in the situation. However I think it does go back to the mentality of being in third grade and standing for the pledge of allegiance.”

He also said that he did have a meeting with his players before the year began that included a talk about possible protests. He couldn’t comment on what was said in the meeting.

While there have been protests around the area, most recently Buena Vista University, he said that he doesn’t believe protesting will be an issue for the team. He said part of growing up is questioning why you do certain things and that sometimes leads to protesting.

He also has said that if a player approached him before a game saying they would like to go out and protest he would not allow them to do so on a spur of the moment decision, however if the team as a whole wanted to be out for the national anthem he would allow that.

News Comment Week 8

This article is about the United States Men’s National Soccer Team not making the World Cup after losing to Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 including the United States giving up an own goal. It asks questions about what happened and what will happen next; such as how this will affect a world cup bid, how it affects the US financially, whether this is surprising, and the thoughts of the old coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

The lede to this story is fairly poor, however it does grab a persons attention. The lede is “it is bad” it doesn’t give any information on the article, unless you know the background. This article is also very informative on a different view of the situation than everything else coming out about the game right now. It also is very good at asking a question and answering it without a lot of extra unneeded information.