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Nov 15 2018

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Article #3 College Culture- Basketball Game

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When you go to college, there are events that students go to have fun, be with friends, and support their college. One category of activities on a college campus is sports events. There is football, the biggest sports event attraction for college sports.

Football is the big sports event in the late summer to early winter or, in school terms, fall semester. Some other ones are baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, and many more. One sport that comes to mind is basketball.

Basketball is second in the sports event attraction for colleges. Basketball is the sport that goes from middle of fall to early spring, or both semester of school. The basketball season lasts longer than football but doesn’t have the attention level like football. The scale goes up once the football season is officially over.

For Morningside College, the ranking for attraction and attention level for their sports is football, basketball, baseball, softball and then the rest of them. Each of the big four sports hand off the attention to next one after their season ends.

Sports events are a big part of the social scene for Morningside students. They get to see their classmates play their sports and cheer them on. The students also hang out with their friends at the games.

This scene is played out big at the men’s varsity basketball game, which was also their season opener game. They played against the Benedictine Ravens on October 30th, 2018 at Allee Gymnasium Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center on the Morningside College campus.

When you enter the doors for the Sports Center, you have to buy a ticket to see the game. For adults, it’s five dollars and for children, k-12, three dollars. But for Morningside students, they are free as long as they have their IDs.

Once inside of the gym, the thought of seeing the men’s basketball players from both teams warming up gives the audience a good chance to see them before they play the game and what to expect from both sides.

There is a student section for every home basketball game. That’s the same for other Morningside College sports that have home games on campus.

The gym was filling up very fast of fans, Morningside students, Benedictine students, and friends and families of both of the men’s basketball teams in every section. The student section was almost empty for about ten minutes, and then it filled up quickly.

To put it in better terms, it went from the Sahara desert to downtown New York City in a matter of minutes. That’s when the wave of fans and students showed up. So, arrive early to get a good seat before it’s gone.

For Morningside students, sit in the student section, you won’t regret it from the perspective of entertainment and memories. The student section at the basketball is the loudest, most energized, and most honest about their opinion people in the crowd.

The men’s basketball players came out of the locker rooms; the crowd cheered in excitement as their favorite team comes out to do warm-ups. Each of them performs their warm-ups on the opposite side of where their bench is in the gym.

The teams have about 10 minutes to warm up, stretch, and get a feel for how they’re going to shoot baskets in the game. The national anthem was played seven minutes before the game started.  Then, the starters for each team were introduced to the audience.

After that, the teams talked to each other to discuss the plan for the first half of the game. The starters went onto the court, and the game began. During the first half of the game, people in the student section were talking to each other and on their phones not paying attention to the game.

For the game itself, the Mustangs was making sure that their defense was improving from last season. It was one of Morningside’s most significant problems last season. Their offense was excellent with the score being 41-24 over the Ravens by the end of the first half.

When sitting in the student section, there are a group of guys who are very, very loud and can be heard outside of the gym and into the lobby of the Sports Center. They’re the hardcore fans and are the heart and soul of the student section. They can be heard throughout the entire game, which pisses some people in the student section off.

Katie McClintock, a Morningside student, had been to a couple of games last season. She said that she’s “sick and tired of that guy (one of the hardcore fans) always talking.”

She also said that it bothered her because she was trying to watch the game without any annoyance. But the reality is that there will always be those profoundly dedicated fans that are the loudest and most annoying.

During halftime of the game, the dance team went out and performed a dance routine. The audience was not that interested in the dance team’s performance. So some people stood up from their seats to go to the concession stand to get some food for the second half of the game.

Some of the student section didn’t get up to get food from the concession stand. They decided to sit and talk with their friends more. The thick smell of pepperoni pizza from Jerry’s Pizza filled the entire basketball court.

The teams came back out of the locker rooms with around 10 minutes left in halftime to rewarm up and try something different when shooting the baskets. The game resumed and the second half began.

During the second half, the hardcore fans became louder and harassed the refs hard every time they called a foul on either team. There was also a group of softball players that walked over people as they watched the game to find seats in the student section.

The Mustangs’ scored 41 points in the second half, but it was the Ravens that had the turnaround rally to try to take the lead. But the Ravens had no chance in the second half to catch up to the Mustangs.

The Mustangs’ defense pressure towards the Ravens was felt more in the first half than the second half. The Ravens were able to score more in the second half than in the first half.

The final score was 82-59. The Mustangs will get the first win of the season. The Morningside men’s basketball undefeated home streak is still alive.

After the game ended, people quickly got up and left the gym to go to their cars and leave. Some people stayed longer to wait for the basketball players to come out of the locker room or for the traffic to go down.

It went from being a mostly filled Allee Gym with lots of people making noise and watching the game to becoming empty and quiet as the nighttime. The gym becoming empty gives the janitors a chance to clean up the bleachers and basketball court floors.

Their next game is against the Dordt Defenders from Dordt College on November 10th at 3 P.M. in Sioux Center, Iowa. The next home game for Morningside students to attend on campus is against the Northwestern Red Raiders from Northwestern College on November 17th at 7 P.M.

Sitting so close to the action on the basketball court and the Morningside men’s varsity basketball players when they’re playing brings out the feeling of starstruck. The sense of excitement lasted the entire game shows how amazing it is to be a college student and enjoying the best years of your life.

That kind of energy brings out the joy of supporting your favorite team and wanting to see them play again in person. Every time that the men’s basketball team has a home game, there is always a nice to a considerable size of a crowd that comes out and supports them.

But for some people, the sense of excitement was there for them. For others, there was no sense at all. There was the feeling of when is this game going to be over and how long is this game.

Lindsey Smith, another Morningside student, said after the game that she “didn’t know how long the (basketball) game was supposed to be.”

Expect this thought process out of those who haven’t gone to a lot of sports event or don’t like sports in general.  Lindsey also said that this basketball is “one and done” for her.

That is understandable, and it’s O.K. to try something new or go to an event that you don’t like. The fact that you’re exploring new things and sports is what makes the college life what it is.

The basketball game is just one example of what it is like to experience a part of the college culture. There are more parts of college culture to be seen and heard, but believe that sports will have the biggest piece of this culture.

When the men’s basketball coach notices the crowd and how good they are, it shows how much means to the team to have that support from their fans. Going to a basketball game as a student means that you’re showing school spirit and that showing them that, as a fan, you have their backs in supporting them.

Coach Jim Sykes, head coach for the Morningside College men’s basketball team, said it best in an interview with Morningside College after the game. He said that the crowd was “good and fun night all the way around. You can’t ask for more.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nov 01 2018

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Article #3 College Culture-Men’s Basketball Game First Draft

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Lindsey Smith- “I didn’t know how long the (basketball) game was supposed to be.” “One and done for me.” Camera work for basketball. Maybe use?

Katie McClintock – been to a couple of games before last year “I’m sick and tired of that guy always talking (next to us). It’s bothering me.”

Softball players walking over me just to sit next to me.

Story: As a mass communications major at Morningside College, going to a men’s basketball game was, in a way, typical for me. Helping out the video crew by seeing if they need any additional help setting up the cameras, have them connect to the director’s computer screen, etc. I haven’t gone to a men’s basketball game as just a fan. This basketball game is a college culture experience that I never thought I would be a part of in my college life.

I went with my close friend, Katie McClintock, to the game, the season opener for the men’s basketball program against Benedictine Ravens. My plan was not to go to the game alone. I arrived early to Allee Gymanisum and found out that the Morningside students go to the basketball home games free. I thought that I check on the video crew after checking up on the control room person, who is in charge of making sure that the game goes over the air. When I went up to the second level of Allee Gymanisum, the video crew had everything set up and waiting for the pre-game show to start.

I spent about 10 minutes hanging out with the crew and talking to two of the Intro to Mass Communication students observing the production of the broadcast. A Morningside fan came up and asked if the link to stream the game was working. The director, Jonathan Covert, checked and said that he hadn’t heard any other complaints about the link not working.

I went back to the first floor of Allee Gymanisum to find a seat for Katie and myself to sit in the student section. The first floor filled quickly with students and fans for both teams. The Morningside student section went from being a desert to downtown New York City in a matter of minutes. Both teams came out and performed warmups of shooting basketballs into the hoops.

I have never been this close to any basketball team before, even though I’m sitting in the middle of the Morningside student section. Sitting in the student section gives a new perspective on what the fans want to hear on the radio, what the broadcasters see on the basketball court.

Just being in the student section made me feel for the first time, an actual student at Morningside. The student section gives life and energy to any home game.

Looking around the basketball court before the game starts, there are people in every section of the gym.

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Coach Sykes said in an interview for Morningside after the game that the crowd was “good and fun night all the way around. You can’t ask for more.”

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Oct 15 2018

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Article #2 My Mother-Daughter Relationship with my Mom Final Draft

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These last two years of college has brought the thought into my head. “Why don’t I have a boyfriend?” There are two answers to this question.

One, I am very focused on my education and want to graduate from Morningside College with a bachelor’s of arts degree in Mass Communications.  Two, my social life is going to work, to the grocery store, and helping my mom clean the house and yard.

I have this debate in my head almost every day, and I always pick school over having a decent, healthy social life that includes having a boyfriend. Ever since I came to Morningside, this feeling of loneliness is dominating my mindset. But I feel like I’m not the only one with this feeling on campus.

There is this sense that having a boyfriend will be fun and exciting. But, there is also the sense of trying to juggle a romantic relationship and school at the same time. You’re in college to earn a degree not to get a boyfriend. Focus on yourself is what my mother tells me everytime that I’m thinking about wanting a boyfriend.

She says, “Everyone will feel lonely.”

College is supposed to be fun and exciting, not worrying about going on dates with your boyfriend or trying to find time to spend it with him. College is also supposed to be about your education and your future. My mom wants me to focus more on getting a degree than finding a boyfriend.

I’m just too focused on my future and not looking at the present. I mean I have checked out a few guys on campus; it’s not like I’m not looking at all. It just I’m not checking out or dating the first guy that I see.

My dearest and understanding mother says, “For you, you are goal-oriented.”

That I know, for sure, is true. My mom is my best friend, and I can go to her for everything and anything. So going to her about this lingering problem was much more challenging than I thought. My thought was that she would feel that I’m odd and weird, but as it turned out, she’s having the problem of not going out like me but in the early-50’s version.

She has been divorced for five years and hasn’t gone on a date in over 25 years. I haven’t had a boyfriend and haven’t been out with a guy in six years. The “sad” part about all of this is that my gram and my aunt have boyfriends before my mom and I do.

My mom and I don’t go out a lot. We are too focused on work, paying the bills, and for me, school. We are almost like the same person but different at the same time.

She has to get out there and have a healthy social life too, like me. As people say, “Like mother, like daughter.” She puts it best about why I am in college and not to have a boyfriend or even a social life.

“You’re there to get a piece of paper, a significant piece of paper, that will stay with you for life.”

Having a college degree is very important for that dream job I always want. Especially in the money that I will be making in the position.

“It makes a big difference in your income.”

I wish that I can have the best of both worlds. I want to have a great boyfriend and be successful in school and out of school. The thing is that I have a crush on a guy that I saw in the library a couple of times. I know that it’s weird, but that’s life for you.

It all depends on what my mindset is and what I want my life to be at this point. I am more worried about my happiness than making others happy. But it is what it is. Life will always be complicated, and that is something that I will have to live with forever.

My mom says, overall, “It’s what you want in life.”

My mom and I’s relationship wasn’t always the best. There are a few reasons why starting the big one with me going through puberty. There is also the fact that my parents’ divorce was not a pleasant experience. I didn’t know the full extent of the reason behind the divorce until years later.

Every relationship goes through ups and downs in a lifetime. For me, I couldn’t understand why she left my dad. I was living in a bubble, and when the separation happened, the bubble burst like a balloon popping.

I had to learn to go with my gut instinct, and I have my mom to thank for that quality. The divorce was a life lesson that I didn’t know that I needed until I look back on it. My mom gave a chance and opportunity to find out about me and who I am.

She is someone that I look up to and having the strong bond with her is incredible. The ups and downs don’t change the fact that she will always be my mom. A relationship works both ways, and that’s the beauty of it.

The constant factor in talking about dating, school, the future, and past experiences in my life is my mom. She is the one factor that I can go to for everything and anything. Our relationship is similar to others because there are many factors and pieces that anyone takes from looking at us.

Moms will always be there to support you and love you no matter what. Every child learns that at a young age. The love and support from moms will never leave. I’m very thankful that my mom is always there for me and that our relationship is stronger than ever. I honestly wouldn’t be here where I’m at in life if it wasn’t for my mom.

 

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Oct 01 2018

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Article #2 First Draft Personal Narrative-A Piece of Paper

These last two years of college has brought the thought into my head of “Why don’t I have a boyfriend?” There are two answers to this question.

One, I am very focused on my education and want to graduate from Morningside College with a bachelor’s of arts degree in Mass Communications.  Two, my social life is going to work, to the grocery store, and helping my mom clean the house and yard.

I have this debate in my head almost every day, and I always pick school over having a decent, healthy social life that includes having a boyfriend. Ever since I came to Morningside, this feeling of loneliness is dominating my mindset. But I feel like I’m not the only one with this feeling on campus.

My mom says, “Everyone will feel lonely.”

I’m just too focused on my future and not looking at the present. I mean I have checked out a few guys on campus, it’s not like I’m not looking at all. It just I’m not checking out or dating the first guy that I see.

My dearest and understanding mother says, “For you, you are goal-oriented.”

That I know, for sure, is true. My mom is my best friend, and I can go to her for everything and anything. So going to her about this lingering problem was much more challenging than I thought. My thought was that she would feel that I’m odd and weird, but as it turned out, she’s having the problem as me but in the early-50’s version.

She has to get out there and have a healthy social life too, like me. Like people say, ‘Like mother, like daughter.’ She puts it best about why I am in college and not to have a boyfriend or even a social life.

“You’re there to get a piece of paper, a significant piece of paper, that will stay with you for life.”

Having a college degree is very important for that dream job I always want. Especially in the money that I will be making in the position.

“It makes a big difference in your income.”

I wish that I can have the best of both worlds. I want to have a great boyfriend and be successful in school and out of school. The thing is that I have a crush on a guy that I saw in the library a couple of time. I know that it weird but that’s life for you.

It all depends on what my mindset is and what I want my life to be at this point. I am more worry about my happiness than making others happy. But it is what it is. Life will always be complicated, and that is something that I will have to live with forever.

My mom says, overall “it’s what you want in life.”

 

 

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Sep 25 2018

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College Women’s Health Final Draft

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School has just started, the homework has started to pile up, and the stress level is already at brain-melting. It’s only the middle of September.

Students are dealing with a million things at once. They are trying to do everything in a 24-hour time frame but can’t. Cramming homework is not helping with their stress levels.

Stress is one of the most significant problems for students. Pressure can be around for one week to an entire semester or school year. Some students find a way to relieve stress.

Abby Koch, a sophomore but has junior status at Morningside College; says this week is “throwing off other things that relieve stress, like having to skip working out, which take away stress.”

Abby is taking 16 credits this semester, on the women’s golf team and is the social media chair of Alpha Lambda Delta or ALD and a part of ODK.

Katie McClintock, a second-semester junior at Morningside, says that “each day is its own struggle like yesterday was good, today not so much.”

Katie is taking 12 credits this semester and is involved in Campus Ministries, Christ Connections, and Morningside Activities Council, also known as MAC.

Many health issues come with going to school. Inadequate nutrition, lack of sleep, anxiety, depression, and not enough exercise are some of the big problems.

The mental and physical health and well-being of a student are essential to survive a school semester to even a school year.

Katie suffers from both anxiety and depression. She says that “putting yourself first is of the best things for yourself.”

She also said that “mental health is very important and should be one of your top priorities.”

For Abby, she talks it out with her mom is how she stays mentally healthy. She says, “Bottling it up creates anxiety, and it just steeps and just moves around. If I don’t talk it out, it drives me to a point to curl up into a ball and not do anything.”

The question is how someone can be able to focus on their health while dealing with school and other activities at the same time? The answer comes in three different parts.

Carol Garvey, the campus nurse at Morningside, said that “The body wants three things in a day. It wants proper nutrition, sleep — enough sleep, and movement every day.” She also adds that this pertains not just to women but also for men too.

Nutrition is also a critical factor in keeping a body and mind healthy. According to 4collegewomen.org, the Food Pyramid is a simple, reliable way to plan a nutritious eating pattern and is an outline of what to eat each day.

Carol says that late night eatings to Taco Bell or Perkins, staying up late and alcohol affects the sleeping pattern. She also says, “Eat a little bit from every food group every day.”

Katie usually has a protein bar on the go every day for breakfast. She says that “your body is a temple so what you put in is what you get out.”

Sleep helps the brain relax and reenergize for the next day. If someone doesn’t get enough sleep, the mind will not function as well as it would with good night sleep.

According to affordablecollegesonline.org, younger adults between the ages of 18 and 25 need seven to nine hours of sleep per night.

Carol says that it is a badge of honor for college students to have less sleep and be busier. She also said, “Shut your phones off and give yourself six to eight hours of no phones and sleep.”

Katie only gets around seven to eight hours of sleep every night. She says, “It depends on if you are anxious or have racing thoughts or scary dreams.”

Abby sleeps on an average of six hours sleep a night. She says, “Not getting that [enough sleep] will throw me off my academic game.”

For movement, the best thing to do here at Morningside is to walk to class and school, not driving. If someone has anxiety or depression, then increase the number of steps taken in a day.

Carol said, “Go above the normal activity. Take a ten-minute walk by yourself or with a friend. Ten minutes a day is a good start.”

According to youngwomenshealth.org, try to include aerobic exercises like running, muscle strengthening exercises like weight training, and stretching activities like yoga in your daily routine. The website also suggests that there should be 60 minutes of exercise each day.

Katie goes to the gym every day and usually goes for at least 30 minutes, but she tries to be there for an hour or an hour and a half, to even two hours.

But what is the easiest way for college women to get advice about their health besides their campus nurse? Carol says MyPlate.gov. She also adds that it “is a really good place to get a lot of information that has been done for you.”

 

Sources:

http://4collegewomen.org/fact-sheets/nutrients.html

https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/womens-health/

https://youngwomenshealth.org/2013/02/01/college-health/

Abby Koch email: alk013@morningside.edu

Katie McClintock email: kmm018@morningside.edu

Carol Garvey, campus nurse email: garvey@morningside.edu

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Sep 18 2018

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Article #1 First Draft-College Women’s Health

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School has just started, the homework has started to pile up, and the stress level is already at brain-melting. It’s only the middle of September.

Students are dealing with a million things at once. They are trying to do everything in a 24-hour time frame but can’t. Cramming homework is not helping with their stress levels.

Stress is one of the most significant problems for students. Pressure can be around for one week to an entire semester or school year. Some students find a way to relieve stress.

Abby Koch, a sophomore but has junior status at Morningside College; says this week is “throwing off other things that relieve stress, like having to skip working out, which take away stress.”

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The mental and physical health and well-being of a student are essential to survive a school semester to a school year.

Many health issues come with going to school. Inadequate nutrition, lack of sleep, anxiety, depression,  and exercise are some of the problems.

Katie McClintock, a second-semester junior at Morningside College, suffers from both anxiety and depression. She says that “putting yourself first is the of the best things for yourself.”

She also said that “mental health is very important and should be one of your top priorities.”

The question is how someone can be able to focus on their health while dealing with school at the same time? The answer comes in three different parts.

Carol Garvey, the campus nurse at Morningside, said that “The body wants three things in a day. It wants proper nutrition, sleep — enough sleep, and movement every day.” She also adds that this pertains not just to women but also for men too.

Nutrition is also a critical factor in keeping a body and mind healthy. According to 4collegewomen.org, the Food Pyramid is a simple, reliable way to plan a nutritious eating pattern and is an outline of what to eat each day.

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Sleep helps the brain relax and reenergize for the next day. If someone doesn’t get enough sleep, the mind will not function as well as it would with good night sleep.

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For movement, the best thing to do here at Morningside is to walk to school, not driving. If someone has anxiety or depression, then increase the number of steps taken in a day.

Garvey said, “Go above the normal activity. Take a ten-minute walk by yourself or with a friend. Ten minutes a day is a good start.”

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Sep 11 2018

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Story: College Women’s Health: What women need to know, should they be doing, and how to protect themselves?

Question: What should college-age women be aware of, and what should they be doing, protect their health?

Online sources: https://youngwomenshealth.org/2013/02/01/college-health/

https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/womens-health/

http://4collegewomen.org

Interviews: Three college-aged women at Morningside College

Structure: Martini glass

Lede: Question

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Sep 10 2018

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Cookie Snack Story

The experience with this assignment was unique because carrying a box of cookies to classes every day for three days was stressful with a backpack full of school work. It was hard at first to make the cookies go away but the next two days made it easy for the cookies to go away.

On day one, it was challenging to try to get someone to take one bag of cookies. Luckily, the activities fair was on the same day as this story first started. I took the box and open it up and set it in front of the Mass Communications table in the fair.

Nobody took a bag except when the fair was over. There was a lady at the table to the right of me that looked at my cookie box.  Another classmate, Mari Pizzini, also brought her box of cookies to the activities fair. They were Scooby Snacks.

She asked, “What kind of cookies do you have?”

I said, “Fudge Stripes.”

“Can I have a bag?”

“Sure you can.”

I tossed the bag of cookies to her, and she said, “Thank you so much.”

“You’re welcome.”

On the next day, my progress of making the box of cookies empty was much better than the day before. Five bags of cookies less to have with me. I gave out two bags of cookies to Katy Hackworth and Nathan Hoogland. It was an awkward but funny experience. We laughed as gave them cookies.

Quickly after that, I asked Jenny Mansfield if she wanted a bag of cookies. She said yes and gave her a bag of cookies. Soon after, Jonathan Covert realized that I was giving out cookies and asked for bag himself. I said yes and gave him a bag of cookies. Katy, Nathan, and Jonathan all went to their class afterward.

I took my box of cookies onto the second floor of the library. Set them in front of my computer so when people walk by; they can see the cookies. Nobody took a bag of cookies for a while, and so made a sign that said: “FREE Yummy Cookies” to put in front of the box.

After a while, Steph Davis noticed the sign and was confused. I told her that it was for an assignment for class and she repeated what I said.

She says in a loud voice, “THANK YOU!!” and takes a bag for herself.

On day three, my progress was even better than yesterday. I gave out six bags of cookies. Kaitlyn Polk, who was leaving campus that day, before my class start. Morgan P., who was confused about why I was giving out cookies and was skeptical about the whole thing. Katie McClintock, who asked why I was giving out cookies and explained why she was seeing people giving out cookies.

The last three bags of cookies were giving out before the J.D. Scholten rally. They noticed the sign on the box and asked if there were cookies inside and said yes. They didn’t believe me, so I opened up the box to show that there are cookies inside.

They asked if they can have them and I said yes. I tossed the bags to them, and they said, “Thank you.”

I said, “You’re welcome.”

Finally, all twelve bags of cookies were gone. The struggle of carrying a box of cookies and trying to make them go away was gone.

 

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Story #4 Alex Watters Profile Final Draft

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A man is in his office at the Krone Advising Center on a busy, November Wednesday afternoon. He is at his desk working on his schedule for the next day.

Alex Watters is a first-year adviser at Morningside College and a member of the city council in Sioux City, Iowa. His regular schedule is full every day between city council duties and his responsibilities in Morningside College.

He graduated from Morningside College then returned as an adviser to help out students who are coming out of high school and entering the college world. He graduated with a major in political science and global history.

He is overloaded completing both jobs at the same time. Doing two jobs at once means that there are times he can’t do everything he wants to in one day.

He has short brown hair, blue eyes, and wears a professional-looking sweater or a white, long sleeve dress shirt with a blazer. He wears slacks and dress shoes most of the time, but once in a while, he wears blue jeans with tennis shoes.

He is a long-winded talker that can talk for at least 20 minutes. With this ability, he has to take breaths of oxygen and take a drink of water from a pouch occasionally.

He came to Morningside on a golf scholarship. His golf handicap was a plus three to plus four. He also said that it “wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be.”

Alex doesn’t play golf because he is in a motorized wheelchair. He sustained a spinal cord injury in a diving accident. This injury hasn’t stopped him from doing what he wants to do in life. He continues to live his life to the fullest every single day.

One of his students, Hailey Barrus, thinks that he has been great as a first-year adviser. “He’s a super cool guy and easy to talk to.”

One of his co-workers, Kate Miltenberger, who is also a first-year adviser at Morningside, says he is a great co-worker. “He’s lots of fun. He has a smile on his face and a song in his heart. He always gets the mood up in the office when everybody is tired and stressed.”

He recently won the city council election in November. He is now serving his first full term as a member of the city council. The length of a city council term is four years.

He balances city council and Morningside College duties by making sure that everything in his schedule is in order when it comes to times in a day.

He has to have “patience, time management, and be able to schedule what you need and can do for the day.”

Being a part of Morningside College and a member of the city council means that an average day is a very busy one for Alex. He only gets six to seven hours of sleep, but he says that “six to eight hours is the sweet spot for me.”

With the busy schedule on his plate, he doesn’t have a lot of free time on his hands. He said, “I do the best I can to have free time and have it whenever I can.”

Barrus is impressed by how he handles his schedule. “He’s a very busy person but doesn’t make me wonder about it very much because he handles it so well.”

Miltenberger thinks that he can do more than a lot of people. “He wants to be as active as he possibly can.”

For Alex, there is not a goal at the end of the day for him. He says, “There’s always going to be something.”

Being on the city council and a first-year adviser at Morningside College, Alex Watters will always have something going on for the next four years. But Alex hasn’t decided yet if he wants to go for reelection in the next city council election. He said, “That’s a bit too early to know and who knows what the future holds.”

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Dec 09 2017

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Story #4 Alex Watters Profile Second Rough Draft

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A man is in his office at the Krone Advising Center on a busy, November Wednesday afternoon. He is at his desk working on what’s going to be on his schedule for the next day.

Alex Watters is a first-year adviser at Morningside College and a member of the city council in Sioux City, Iowa. His regular schedule is full every day between city council duties and his responsibilities in Morningside College.

He graduated from Morningside College then came back and became an adviser to help out students who are coming out of high school and entering the college world. He also said that he graduated with a major in political science and global history.

He is very occupied completing both jobs at the same time. Doing two jobs at once means that there are times where he can’t do everything he wants to in one day.

He came to Morningside on a golf scholarship. His golf handicap was a plus three to plus four. He also said that it “wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be.”

Alex doesn’t play golf anymore because he is in a motorized wheelchair. He sustained a spinal cord injury that was pinched and wasn’t severe. The damage from the injury made his spine like a banana and will stay this way for the rest of his life.

This injury hasn’t stopped him from doing what he wants to do in life. He was to be able to live his life to the fullest every single day.

One of his students, Hailey Barrus, thinks that he has been great as a first-year adviser. “He’s a super cool guy and easy to talk to.”

One of his co-workers, Kate Miltenberger, who is also a first-year adviser at Morningside College says he is a great co-worker. “He’s lots of fun. He has a smile on his face and a song in his heart. He always gets the mood up in the office when everybody is tired and stressed.”

He recently won the city council election in November and won. He is now serving his first full term as a member of the city council. The length of a city council term is four years.

He balances city council and Morningside College duties by making sure that everything in his schedule and order when it comes to times in a day.

He said that you have to have “patience, time management, and be able to schedule what you need and can do for the day.”

Being a part of Morningside College and a member of the city council means that an average day is a very busy one for Alex. He only gets six to seven hours of sleep, but he says that “six to eight hours is the sweet spot for me.”

With the busy schedule on his plate, that means he doesn’t have a lot of free time on his hands. He said, “I do the best I can to have free time and have it whenever I can.”

Barrus is impressed by how he handles his schedule. “He’s a very busy person but doesn’t make me wonder about it very much because he handles it so well.”

Miltenberger thinks that he can do more than a lot of people. “He wants to be as active as he possibly can.”

For Alex, there is not a goal at the end of the day for him. He says, “There’s always going to be something.”

Being on the city council and a first-year adviser at Morningside College, Alex Watters will always have something going on for the next four years. But Alex hasn’t decided yet if he wants to go for reelection in the next city council election. He said, “That’s a bit too early to know and who knows what the future holds.”

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