Day 25 April 15, 2003
1. Names. Poster stuff back—I enjoyed those days, even if they’re a bit hectic for me. Things coming up: Papers due next Tuesday, whether you’re doing the project or the service learning. If the former, remember, the earlier sections should be woven together into a single essay, though it may still have visible sections; you may want to revise your introduction/proposal in light of what you’ve actually done, and the others as well in light of the feedback you’ve gotten.
If you did the service learning project, please hand in all your journals again, as well as your final paper, which should be a reflection on the whole experience and how it connected with issue(s) that have come up in class as well. Many of you are well along with that thinking, I learned from the poster sessions.
I hope to get some feedback on the particular placements you did as well, separately—I think Kristen had brief forms for people to fill out last time. I know there were some issues beyond your control.
About the final: I’m leaning toward a take-home; it’s not until Thursday, May 1, . Probably somewhat similar to last time.
2. All right, here we go with what’s news. I counted ca. 27, ca. half of them late; I found myself copying in the varied explanations, just for relish.
My plan: to just zoom through these quickly today, then talk a bit about the patterns we see. For Thursday, I propose a broader discussion about the state of the country and the world, and about the information we’re getting and not getting.
For the recent news issue to discuss in Issues, here’s a link to one of the best articles I found on bilingual education. I think this is something the class should discuss, because as more English as a Second Language Students live in America, this is no doubt an issue all of us may come in contact with at some point, especially if we care about what is going on in our schools. There are positives and negatives on whether the native language should be taught along with English, or under English, or classes taught in native tongue until English is learned. It’s hard to say, and there is research on both sides that say one way is better than the other.
This article talks about Pres. Bush and the way that he and his people have
tried to make the war look like a justified and necesary thing for our
country. The language in this article is clearly against the Pres. and his
people. This is not the issue though that I want to discuss this article
for. The reason I want to discuss this artilce is to ask the question who,
what, when, where, why, and how? Who do we beleive? What do we believe?
Where did they get their info? Why should we believe it? And the most
taxing question of all to me how do we know we can believe it even if we
know the answers to all those other questions?
Here is the article that I read http://www.msnbc.com/news/896296.asp?#BODY.
It is from Newsweek. It talks about Private Jessica Lynch and
the complete story about her rescue from
I think that this article
"Aids crisis: a job for churches?" is a very compelling article that
is worthy of our attention. Aids is one of the ultimate weapons of mass destruction in
the world that we live in today.
Something needs to be done to stop the spread of this epidemic. World Vision is launching a campaign in 15
University newspaper shut down over April Fools' issue
This article is about an April Fools Joke that was played on a campus. It tells of an issue of a newspaper that was shut down after making racist jokes, condoning rape and domestic violence, and it included profanity. I think this is important to talk about because of the issues that the paper made fun of. Rape, domestic violence, and racism is still very prevalent in our society. I think its important to be aware that even joking about these issues condones them. Though some people may not feel that this April fools day joke was a big deal, I believe it was and I think its important to talk about these issues.
“Paige: No Religious Bias in Remarks”
I chose this article because I hear a lot about how people are always
finding ways to keep God out of schools because it offends them or oppresses
their freedom to worship other gods or no god. It always aggravates me
because they speak about their freedom to not have religion forced on them
but what about a Christians’ freedom in the classroom? I think it’s
ridiculous how easily people are offended and how forceful they are about
protecting their “rights” even if it means denying the rights of another. I
thought this would be a good issue for class discussion because I’m sure
there are some strong opinions surrounding this topic.
I think this piece is worthwhile because of the way it
represents my opinion that the
I found my article from the Washington
Post. The article I chose was "
Causalities: Low Member, Many Causes."
I found the article really interesting and I was surprised that many of
the casualties of the
article would be interesting to talk about, because of how it takes a different
perspective of what’s happening in
Matt Gothard sent you this MSNBC News Link:
This article is fascinating because when scientists learn more about the human genome, they could possibly cure diseases. Unfortunately, it could lead to more genetic cloning and the idea of making everyone exactly the same.
** Human genome sequence completed **
Scientists have completed the finished sequence of the human genome, or genetic blueprint of life, which holds the keys to transforming medicine and understanding disease.
This article tells about how the
This is a website that I just picked from random about the war. The war in a
pretty contraversial topic right now that is happening in our world. There
were many stories about the war, I just picked this one at random.
The url for my news article is http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/14HOSP.html
This article is intitled Burden
Grows for Southwest Hospitals. It talks about the lack of funding that the
government is giving to hospitals. Hospitals in the Southwestern states are
treating an increasing amount of illegal immigrants who will not be able to pay
for the services. Since the government is not providing the funding for the
laws that mandate hospitals to treat everyone, hospitals are beginning to
reevaluate the services that they are willing to provide in the emergency
rooms. This should be a concern for anyone who wants to know that they will be
adequately treated in any hospital emergancy room in
I read an article about the SARS virus and how they have broken the genetic
code. I think that this is important to talk about because this virus has
been deadly for many people and if they have found a cure for it could help
many more. I know that a lot of famous people have been putting off going
hopefully this will ease their tensions and they will be able to get back to
Sorry that this is late but i was thinking it was due tomorrow morning.
i am so sorry that this is late.
now that bush has gotten his way
This article is about the continueing battle for women's rights. i think
when ever anyone feels discriminated it needs to be discussed. i do not feel
that martha burke is right in this case though.
P.S. i thought this was due on tuesday by 8 not monday sorry adam meekhof
I found this website http://msnbc.com/news/899962.asp?cp1=1 This is a story about what the POW's experienced the days they spent in jail. I swore to myself that I wasn't going to pick an article that was about the war, but when I thought about what had been going on this semester this is what dominated the news.
I thought this was not due until tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, but someone told me that it was actually due today (Monday). Sorry if this caused you any problems!
Raudel Hermosillo Jr.
This particular issue is very important. As a minority of the class, I feel
this issue is very imperative to discuss and gain some feed back from this
class, where the overwhelming vast majority is “white”. The issue of
affirmative action has grasped the attention of the United States Supreme
Court. “At issue is whether race can be used as a factor in admissions to
publicly funded institutions as part of an affirmative action program.”
article practically talks about affirmative action in institutions of higher
learning publicly funded.
I personally feel race should not be a factor for anything. I believe in
equality, I believe in “the right person for the job”, and I believe that
affirmative action is not the only way to acquire a diverse atmosphere.
“Justices Tuesday were asked to decide whether a state has a "compelling
interest" to promote a diverse student body, or whether the Equal Protection
Clause of the 14th Amendment forbids giving one ethnic group or minority
special advantages over another.” (Same article)
The country loves to exploit the notion of equality for everyone. I
strongly believe that affirmative action is in violation of that goal that
the country strives for. It is a violation because due to affirmative
action, sometimes the qualified person is not hired, or admitted to college.
When a person is hired, or admitted to college, solely because of race over
a qualified person, equality becomes inequality. I like to believe I am
employ a diverse characteristic for the college. I will probably never know
why I was accepted as a student here.
A possible solution to gain diversity in colleges and universities would be
to recruit students from all over in a sort of blind technique. Issue
students a number with their test scores and a list of schools they wish to
apply to. The only way to contact the potential student would be through
mail, or e-mail, telephone contact would be prohibited due to possible
accents students may have. The student would also be issued an e-mail
account with their number as the name, for example
firstname.lastname@example.org. The student’s high school counselor will
issue out the number and the email. The question of “what race are you?”
would have to obviously be prohibited to ask as well. This would be a good
remedy for schools like
scholarships. I believe that schools who do give out sport scholarships do
not initiate affirmative action. I believe they try to simply get the best
athletes for their programs regardless of race. Non-athletes for these
schools would have the same procedures that students who go to schools
without sport scholarships have.
Once again this is just a foundation for a possible solution of the
affirmative action issue. There are still a number of issues to be answered,
such as the whether or not to keep the gender question in or out. The
student body then becomes a gamble, and not a quota system that many
colleges today try to comply with.
The Mystery Virus: A Guide to Origins, Symptoms and Precautions You Can Take
By Rob Stein
I feel that such and epidemic like SARS is a concern for all of us. People
are dying in this world and who knows how far this will spread. I think that
people should be aware of it and aware of the dangers. This article answers
all the questions needed to really understand this condition and this tragic
epidemic, which is hitting
I read this article and i thought
about the issue of governmental power. I actually think this is a issue in
I chose the issue of rising malpractice insurance probably because I am a Biology/Pre-med major who is very concerned about this topic as I prepare for medical school. However, this problem affects everyone. If doctors are unable to pay for their insurance, which protects them from the greedy individuals who sue every chance they get, then they can not continue their practice. This means that, as indicated in the story, desperately needed trauma centers and other medical facilities are forced to close. People with life threatening injuries or illness must then drive hours out of their way which can have fatal consequences.
I think that issue should be relevant to everyone because after all doctors are human and will make mistakes, although few and far between, it is inevitable. Therefore, until our society becomes less greedy, this problem will persist.
I wanted to inform you that after checking my email a moment ago I
found a mailer-deamon email telling me that the
assignment that I sent to you could not be sent, for reasons very
unknown to me. I checked and rechecked your address and everything and it was
fine so I am not sure what happened. I am sending it to you yet again in hope
that it reaches you.
Jenny Lehman- who would very much like to break this computer which has caused a ridiculous amount of problems....
My article is about how a
* Sorry Jeff, I didn’t look at the date well enough and thought it was that we had until Tuesday morning to turn this in.
With the controversial subjects like 911 and the war with
Sorry Prof. Gundy, I forgot that this response was due before Monday at 8, I thought it was due the same time our other articles have been due. I am sorry. I didn't find this out until tonight, then I had class til 10, so this was the first oppertunity I had to respond. Again, I am sorry.
Ryan Whitaker Current news site
Jeff Gundy http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/
chose this site, because I am kind of wonder if media
is going to far with its coverage and what it is actually showing people such
as the dead solders in
This article is about a juvenile prison's violence. It contains a teenagers account of what happened on the "inside". It struck me as interesting because it appeals to the issue of prisoners rights. How safe are our inmates? Should they be protected at all? These are the two main questions I had.
ps. I took this assignment to be due Tuesday morning as opposed to Monday morning, therefore causing my email to be late.
This article grabbed my attention right away. It is so violent. I cannot believe this actually happened. In what kind of world do we live today??? The article never mentioned what crime Shilon, the witch, has ever committed. It would be interesting to follow up on this case and see what the grounds were for stoning and killing this man.
Whoops! I forgot this was due on Monday. Sorry for the late response!!
I was having problems with my account, something about it being oversized,
but I finally got it straightened out and I got my account all cleaned out
so there shouldn't be a problem sending mail anymore. Anyways, I think this
artilce is interesting because it talks about how the new strain is very
dangerous but that with the help of new technology/medical information they
are finding ways to fight it.
First, I want to apologize that I didn't get this in sooner. I honestly just looked at my paper this morning and that's my fault. But I figured late was better than never...I hope, anyway. Here's the web address for what I found.
This is about the outbreak of SARS. I believe that this is an important topic because it is something that could easily affect each of our lives. This is a very fast and easy spreading coronavirus that is potentially deadly if given the right host/environment. Research is a continuing process for SARS in order to contain/stop the outbreaks. There is still not much known about SARS, such as where it actually originated. It is suspected that two common viruses came together and formed a single new mutated virus, and that this began in chickens. THis is such an important issue because SARS is airborne rather than bloodborne. THis causes rapid spread of the virus. Carriers show flu-like symptoms, so SARS is not always caught right away. 80% of people with SARS are able to overcome it. However, 20% reach a more dangerous stage of the disease and die.
http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/Northeast/04/13/broadway.cellphone.ban.reut/index.htmlI wanted to take a look at something other than the war in the news. The article talks about NYC banning the use of cell phones in "any indoor theater, library, museum, gallery, motion picture theater, concert hall or building in which theatrical, musical, dance, motion picture, lecture or other similar performances are exhibited." Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who tried to have the law vetoed, does not feel that it is an enforcable law. Any offeders actually caught will recieve a $50 fine for their cell phone usage. What really gets me about the article is the fact that this is NYC. When you think of NY, you think anything goes because of it's free spirited environment. I guess that banning cell phone usage just seems slightly petty to me. My excuse is that I honestly forgot. Sorry.
Yeah... my excuse is pretty lame. I just plain forgot.
I did find this interesting bit about Rodney King I'd like to share. http://www.msnbc.com/news/900553.asp
It seems King's claim to fame is going to forver be run ins with the law. While what happened to him in the early 90's was unjust, he's only celebrity because he was once a victim. If anyone else had had a similar accident as this recent incedent, it would have only made local, perhaps at most state news. Yet because of the national attention the riots created King's may forever be under fairly close watch by the national media, waiting to see if they yet again make use of his name to grab people's attention.