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September 29, 2005

Who woulda thunk it?

Okay, I'll admit it. I HATED the idea of blogging. I thought that it was pointless. I wanted nothing to do with it. WOW how things have changed! Looking back, I realize now that the reason that I didn't want to do it was because it was something different, something new. Today, it's second nature. I just do it, and believe it or not, I've actually come to like it. I now see the point. It really is helpful. Not only do I get a better understanding of the works that we read, but because I write my response right after, I actually remember the material. When I read something that I don't understand, I go to other people's blogs and read their interprutations, and it usually becomes clearer, or I just ask a question on a peer's blog. So basically, what I'm saying, is that I like to blog. Haha!

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Cover Page-Drama

For those of you who aren't familiar with a blogging portfolio, I have compiled the following list of entrys, URL's, and the significance of each entry.

This is the first play that we read in drama.

This was the 2nd play that we read.

CST is my favorite!

I had a difficult time with this play. My peer's helped me out.

I also enjoyed this play.


This was the first entry that I ever posted on my blog.

This entry really shows my capability for depth.

I really enjoyed this play.

I really made a connection between this play and life today.

I absolutely loved this play.

This entry really generated a lot of conversation.

I loved this play and movie, this blog also generated a lot of conversation.

This was the first play from Greek Theatre that I have ever read. I chose to use Antigone in my blog.

I loved this quote right away, because I immediately related to how he feels.

This was the first academic article that I have ever read.

I posted a really interesting comment on David's blog.

This was another comment on David's blog.

I also posted on Andy's!

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September 28, 2005

Interesting to think about...

Rix, ''Was Oedipus Framed?'' -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

"Oedipus, we know, killed his own father. This is the decisive event on which the tragedy is founded, even though the murder itself lies before, or outside, the action in the play."

This academic article wasn't as hard to read as I thought it would be. I went through it slowly and re-read sentences that I didn't understand. I like this statement that Rix makes though. I'm not sure that I have ever heard of the "decisive event," but it makes sense. It's interesting to think that every story has this decisive event, and we usually don't pick that out and analyze it. We probably don't even notice it most of the time except for the fact that it is essential to the plot development.

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September 27, 2005

Good job Kaitie Aikens and Gina!

Ex 1-2a: Informal Oral Presentation -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

I thought that this was a really good exercise. I never really had to do an oral presentation in high school, so it was good to work on one now. It was also very laid back, since we were sitting on the patio outside around a table. I wasnít nervous or anything because Kaitie Aikens and Gina Burgese were the upperclassmen in our group, and they were very, very supportive and helpful. It was clear that they have done things like this before, because they knew exactly what it was that they were supposed to do and they did it well. They also gave a lot of helpful comments and suggestions to the freshmen. They did a very good job of calming us down and making us feel comfortable.
For the most part, no one really had any ideas that we havenít talked about at one point or another. Gina had a very good idea though. She talked about the fact that men always think that they in control of the household, when in reality, it is the woman who has complete control. It was a good learning experience and Iím glad that we did this. It also helped to know that I was doing it for a reason, as the beginning of a process.

^^^Just wanted to give you girls some credit for how helpful you girls were...thank you!

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Cover Page

For those who are not familiar with what a "Blogging Portfolio" is, I have compied the following list of entries and explanations and the significance of them.I have been blogging on Microsoft Word, and have just put all of my entries on my blog.

This reflection stemmed from the first assignment we had in EL227. I read an article in the Tribune Review that I found appalling and thought it important to blog about it.

I really disliked this book. This is the first text that I have had to read in college thus far and I didn't like. Okay upperclassmen, I know that this is the first of many, but it's a milestone that I felt had to be included.

I found this information very useful in writing news articles.

I found this information on leads very useful as well, it answered alot of questions that I had.

This is my experience in writing my first news article ever!

I struggled with the use of quotes, but after reading this chapter, things became a little more clear.

I had some trouble reading these chapters, after reading other's blogs, I got a little clearer understanding.

I have learned alot from newswriting!

Dr. Jerz asked us to compare our spot news article to the article in the Setonian and the Communicator.

I posted a comment on Elyse's blog!

I also posted a comment on Rachel's blog!

This is my wildcard entry. It is a comment that I posted for Drama, but I think that it says alot about my acheivements as a student web blogger.

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Reporter's Notebook -- News Writing (EL 227)

I felt like I was in 6th grade reading this book. (NO OFFENSE DR. JERZ;p)But I didn't really like reading it. It was a good brush up on some vocabulary and some other things, but I didn't really enjoy this at all. But hey, we're not supposed to enjoy every text right?

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Lots of football!

So I remember looking through the Setonian and reading ALOT of articles about football, but I couldn't remember seeing an article on the first home football game. So I went back again, and I was right. There isn't an article on the first home game EVER. The article in The Comminicator was rather short, and my article doesn't really compare. Their article basically just gave a few facts and basically focused on the fan support. My angle for my article was about the scare of not playing because the field was not ready. I know that Dr. Jerz told us that sport's writers have a little more freedom when it comes to being biased, but something really stood out to me when I was reading the article in The Communicator. The author was telling the score of the game, and said, "the disapointing final score was..." That seemed to be a little too much. There was also alot of useless information. For example, the author said that the crowd "was largely made up of SHU students, faculty, alumni, parents, and community supporters." The concept of fans really did not need to be explained to readers.

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Chapters 3-5

Elements of Journalism (Ch 3 to 5) -- News Writing (EL 227)

I had a kind of hard time reading these chapters. I was okay until I got to BACKLASH AGAINST DETACHMENT. I understand the section CITIZENS ARE NOT CUSTOMERS, but when I got to THE WALL I got confused again. I thought we would discuss it in class, so I wasn't really worried about it. We didn't talk much about these things in class, so I read other people's blogs to try to get an understanding. I was relieved when I read Elyse Branam's blog, becuase she too had some difficulty. I read the comments that people posted and the tips that they left her. So I tried to re-read and highlight, and it's a little clearer now. So thanks everyone who left comments on Elyse's blog!

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AP Guide to News Writing (Ch 8) -- News Writing (EL 227)

This chapter cleared up alot of my confusion on quotes. I was having trouble knowing when I should quote someone and when I should just paraphrase. This chapter helped alot, because it actually told me what quotes are supposed to be used for. They use the example of quotes pulling on oars of a story to keep it moving along. I remember that now when I'm writing.

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Leads, Leads, Leads

AP Guide to News Writing (Ch 3) -- News Writing (EL 227)

This chapter was informative as well. I first thought that in order for a lead to be a good one, it HAD to include the 5-w's in the first sentence. I got a much clearer idea of what a lead should and should not include in Chapter 3. I think that the best parts of this chapter were the first and second sections. Section one says not to bury the news. It says to make sure you include only the most important aspects of the story. The second is too much, too little. I was looking back at some of my original assignments after all of the things that we have learned in the past few weeks, and it's amazing how much I would change now that I know what I know. Cutting down my leads is probably the biggest change that I would make.

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Information really is not enough....

AP Guide to News Writing (Ch 2) -- News Writing (EL 227)

I liked this chapter alot. Mainly because this is something that I have always struggled with. Dr. Jerz often talks about the difference between writing for literature and writing for a news article. I totally agree, but this is a common problem with all forms of writing. I remember my Lit teacher in high school telling us after every essay test that we had, about how we can't just throw all of the information that we have learned on paper and expect her to make sense of it. The same goes for writing news articles. There is an emphasis on making what you want to say simple and concise. The idea of wasted words, wasted space is what I have the most trouble with in newswriting. I want to write things clearly, and I guess my instincts tell me that in order to do that, I have to explain things thoroughly which often leads to me using incredibly long sentences.
^^^ see what I mean? All in all, these chapters were very informative for me, because I have never written news articles.

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Intro of Elements

Elements of Journalism (Intro, Ch 1, & Ch 2) -- News Writing (EL 227)

Talk about grasping attention of readers, this book does a very good job of doing so. I love reading books that are easily read and understood. This is definately one of them.
I am so fascinated by the fact that literature and certain concepts are so universal. Kovach and Rosenstiel demonstrate this in their introduction of Elements of Journalism. The fact that the concept of news is universal never crossed my mind. These authors are just so clever. I suppose that's why they get paid the large sums of money that they do. They bring up alot of points in the intro that made me think. The fact that people have this instinct to know what is going on was one of them. People today feel like if they watch the news, and if they know what is going on in the world, they are in control. What a false sense of control to have though. Honestly, if I know that China has some very intelligent people, how is that going to stop terrorists from destroying our lives in America? The reality is, that it's not. It's interesting to think about though.

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WTAE-Pittsburgh Channel 4 TV newscast -- News Writing (EL 227)

We had an assignment on August 31 which included reading an article in the Tribune Review. I came across an article about a family and a dog. Sound newsworthy yet? Well it doesn't get much better. On page seven of The Reporters Notebook, Mark Levin lists some basic steps to follow in writing stories. The author of this article should have definately consulted point number one of Levin's list. "Make sure your story passes the 'who cares' test." This article was not news worthy whatsoever.
The article told of Robert Walters, a man who put his dog out for the night, and woke up without his dog there the next morning. Now I feel sorry for this man and his family, but since when has a lost dog been front page news? I was almost appalled that a professional writer would choose such dull subject matter. The information seemed to be accurate, but he definately did not grasp my attention.
This man claimed that he saw his dog with another man, and based his whole argument on the fact that he thinks he saw his dog.I love animals, dogs in particular, and I know that many dogs look a lot alike. There is absolutley no way to tell if the dog is his. The fact that the owner took this case to court and the judge ruled against his favor supports this. The author claims that the other man did not return his phone call, so he only got quotes from one side. I don't believe that he was biased in any way; I just think that he simply had nothing better to write about.
The author had no main point that he wanted to convey, which therefore led to his lack of an attention getting lead. Although his paragraphs seemed organized enough, as a reader, I was still unclear on the idea or point that he was trying to convey. To be honest, the only reason that I continued to read the article was because I continued to find things that were wrong with it.

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Common Feelings...

Sophocles, Oedipus the King (Finish) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

O, I adjure you, hide me anywhere
Far from this land, or slay me straight, or cast me
Down to the depths of ocean out of sight.
Come hither, deign to touch an abject wretch;
Draw near and fear not; I myself must bear
The load of guilt that none but I can share.

How many times have we felt like this in our lives? When we do something, not always bad, that we regret, we want to be punished for it. We feel so bad that we'd likely punish ourselves more harshly than anyone else would. We feel that no one understands how we feel, like this has never happened to anyone else. Granted Oedipus has a rather unique situation, but I like this monologue. It does a very good job of expressing how he must feel.

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Sophocles, Oedipus the King (Up to Scene III) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

My brother, and, though thou deny him, thine
No man shall say that _I_betrayed a brother.

I'm sorry that I am posting this late. I'm sure that some of you heard that my uncle (my mother's brother) passed away on Saturday. So I just got a chance to read the play a few minutes ago. This line stuck out to me like a sore thumb. I have been dealing with thoughts like this all weekend. My uncle, who died, was struggling with juvenile diabetes, depression, and a drug addiction for a long time. He drove just about every family member away from him, except my grandma, and when he died suddenly, and unexpectedly, alot of us were having a hard time with that. We lost him a long time ago. He didn't take care of himself, and he gave up. He had nothing to live for, so he just stopped living. This quote is very similar to the things that I have been hearing all weekend. "He did the things that he did, but he is still my [son, brother, uncle]". I can certainly say, now more than ever, that this quote hit RIGHT home with me.

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September 21, 2005

Reading the Trib,,,

Tribune-Review (Sep 20 edition) -- News Writing (EL 227)

How many times have I looked at a newspaper in my lifetim? ALOT. However, being in the Newswriting class has taught me to look at artciles from a completely different angle. Rather than just reading an article for subject matter, I now look at the style of the article. I look at the headlines to see if they grab my attention and I look at the leads and see if they answer the 5W-Hows. I check to see the background and the nutgraph, and reading the Trib yesterday, I looked at the end of the article and tried to decide where the article could have been cut off. I don't want to now, nor have I ever wanted, to be a journalist. I'm learning slowly, but surely, how to not write a paper for Literature and how to write for a newspaper. It is amazing to me, though, how much I have overlooked in the past, and learned in the last couple of weeks.

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September 20, 2005


Spot-News Roundup -- News Writing (EL 227)

Prof. Jerz has been emphasizing lately, the fact that alot of his students can write well, they're just used to literature writing or some other style of writing. This is completely the case for me. I have never written a news article before. I have, on the other hand, written many many papers for literature. So naturally, when we got this assignment, I was kind of scared. Changing styles has been very difficult for me. Perhaps more than I thought it would, but nonetheless, I am learning. Slowly but surely. I haven't received my spot news back yet, so I'm not sure how I did, but I was confidant. It actually sounded like a real news article, so that in itself is improvement. I also had an easier time shortening sentences and writing leads and things like that. So all in all, I think that the spot news exercise was a very good learning experience.

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How respectable!

Robbins and Prejean, Dead Man Walking: The Shooting Script -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

PREJEAN: I try to follow the example of Jesus, that every person is worth more than his worst act.
CLYDE: That is not a person. This is an animal. No, I take that back. Animals don't rape and kill their own kind. Matt Poncelet is God's mistake. And you hold the poor murderer's hand? You're going to comfort him when he dies? No one was there to comfort Hope when those two animals put her face down in the wet grass in those woods.

Well, if this play doesn't show alot of the principles of CST, then I don't know what does. But I want to talk about Sr. Helen and how respectable she truly is. Clyde's quote is an example of how alot of people would think of a convicted murderer. How much strength and love it must have taken for Sr. Helen to rise above all of this, and be there for Matt on his road to death. This woman is certainly one to admire.

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September 18, 2005

So much to say...

Wojtyla, The Jeweller's Shop -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

This made me think that beauty accessible to the senses can be a difficult gift or a dangerous one;
I met people led by it to hurt others
-and so, gradually, I learned to value beauty
accessible to the mind, that is to say, truth.

I love literature. There are two things that I admire most, one of which, I talked about before. The first, is the timelessness of literature. I love how literature written over 200 years ago can apply to our lives today. The second, is the fact that literature is so universal. Literature speaks of human nature, and human nature, never changes. This is why I chose this quote to talk about.
We, as humans, are superficial. Overly superficial at certain points of our lives. At one point or another, we will at least ONE time come to the realization that Andrew did here. Beauty is difficult. I'm sure every single one us has experienced beauty working in evil ways at one time or another. Like when we were in gradeschool or middle school or even high school, and the really goodlooking people who everyone wanted to be like would cling together and make fun and talk about and gossip about people who they thought were inferior because they looked a little different. This happens, and I think that we all will come to see at least once, that outer beauty is nowhere near as important as inner beauty.

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September 14, 2005

So much to say...

Treadwell, Machinal (Scenes 1-5) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

YOUNG WOMAN. Girls turns on gas.
HUSBAND. Sale hits a million-
YOUNG WOMAN. Woman leaves all for love-
HUSBAND. Market trend steady-
YOUNG WOMAN. Young wife disapears-

Wow. There is so much to say about this play that I can't even remember it all. As I was going through reading the last 4 episodes, so many things were going through my mind. I chose this dialogue because if this isn't foreshadowing of the play's outcome, I don't know what is. I just kept thinking, this poor, poor woman. She's definately emotionally unstable, but not only that, she's very immature, which could also be effects of a mental disorder. All she wants is to love and to be loved, but she is clearly uncapable of having such a relationship. In episode 6 when Helen is speaking to her lover,after being with him one time, she never wanted him to leave her. She kept asking him if he would take her with him, and he kept ignoring her or implying that he didn't want to. When she asked him if he was going to move on, he told her yes, he has to. Not only did she not pick up on his cues of denial, but the fact that she thought she would be with him forever shows in itself that she is very, very immature.

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September 13, 2005

Marriage for the wrong reasons

Treadwell, Machinal (Scenes 1-5) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

I posted an entry similar to this last night a few times, and it never posted! I'm starting to get very annoyed with these things! So I'm gona try to post it again.

MOTHER. Love!-what does that amount to! Will it clothe you? Will it feed you? Will it pay the bills?
YOUNG WOMEN. No! But it's real just the same!
YOUNG WOMAN. If it isn't-what can you count on in life?
MOTHER. I'll tell you what you can count on! You can count that you've got to eat and sleep and get up and put clothes on your back and take 'em off again-that you got to get old-and that you got to die. That's what you can count on! All the rest is in you head!

How often does this happen? Even today, as developed and as much as our morals have changed since the days of this play, I can think of at least three people that I personally know who married for stability, money, and many other reasons besides love. It's horrible to think, but people do it all the time. The Young Woman doing it in this play is a little different however, because ultimately, we know that this idea of marriage as a neccessity is going to lead to her committing a murder. Sometimes, marriage really will be the difference between life and starving or freezing to death.

I know that I said more last night, but unfortunately, I can't remember what else I wanted to say. Sorry guys.

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September 12, 2005


Treadwell, Machinal (Scenes 1-5) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

MOTHER. Love!-what does that amount to! Will it clothe you? Will it feed you? Will it play the bills?
YOUNG WOMAN. No! But it's real just the same!
MOTHER. I'll tell you what you can count on! You can count that you've got to eat and sleep and get up and put clothes on your back and take 'em off again-that you got to get old-and that you got to die. That's what you can count on! All the rest is in your head!

How often do you guys think that this happens? How often do people marry for convienence? I can think of three people that I personally know who married for money, stability, or some reason other than love. Alot of people think this way, that it is more important to be taken care of for the rest of your life than to be in love or to wait for love and be hungry, cold, lonely, etc.

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Moral Responsibility

Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

ALGERNON:Lane's views on marriage seem somewhat lax. Really, if the lower orders don't set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them? They seem, as a class, to have absolutely no sense or moral responsibility.

This quote really shows the views of the rich towards the lower classes. Algernon sees no reason for there to be a lower class if they don't set a good example for the higher class. It's almost as though he feels that the upper class is not capable of forming their own values and beliefs for themselves. Then he contradicts himself by saying that they, as a class, have no sense or moral responsibility. So if they don't have a sense of moral responsibility, then the upper class musn't either.

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September 9, 2005

A Doll House-Act 2

Ibsen, A Doll House (Act 2) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

NORA: (unperturbed) I mean, then I went from Papaís hands into yours. You arranged everything to your own taste, and so I got the same taste as you Ė or I pretended to; I canít remember. I guess a little of both, first one, then the other. Now when I look back, it seems as if Iíd lived here like a beggar Ė just from hand to mouth. Iíve lived by doing tricks for you, Torvald. But thatís the way you wanted it. Itís a great sin what you and Papa did to me. Youíre to blame that nothingís become of me.

When I read the first act of this play, I loved the way Torvald treated Nora. I truly thought that he loved her very much, and this was the reason that he talked to her the way that he did. Her playing along made me think what she wanted Torvald to think, that she liked it. As I read on, I started to almost, hate the way that he treated Nora. This is a very important quote. This is when Nora finally stops the act for a moment and tells Torvald how she truly feels, like a doll. She feels that her father played with her like he would a doll, and then Torvald continued this treatment when they were married. But can you blame Torvald? Is he a horrible, horrible person for treating her this way? Whereas I feel for Nora and the way she feels used, I can't seem to blame Torvald. If anyone is to blame, it is her father. This is the only way that Torvald has known Nora, how was he to change the way that he treats her without knowing that it is not what she wanted? Perhaps he could have been more observant, or he should have just treated her equally. Honestly, what man would just do something, just because he thinks that it MIGHT be what his wife would want? Not only men, it's human nature to push the limits and to want to take advantage when there is slack clearly seen. But with this quote, Nora tells him exactly what she's needed to say for so long now.

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September 8, 2005

How to Read Literature Like a Professor

Foster, How to Read Literature Like a Professor Intro through p. 22 -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

"To put characters, then, in this mundance, overused, fairly boring situation, something more has to be happening than simply beef, forks, and goblets." (Foster, Chapter 2)

I love this quote. It is a perfect example of Foster's humor and his writing style. He writes in a way that is very easy to understand. I particularly like this quote and chapter, because it deals with something that is so common and that I see on a daily basis while watching TV or reading a book. I never, even once, gave a thought to the depth of the dinner table in a work. I always just saw it as enjoyable entertainment. It now makes perfect sense that the author, playwright, director, etc. put the dinner at the time and point that he did. I'm excited about reading the rest of this book because I think that it will be very beneficial in reading literature from here on out.

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