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September 28, 2005

Interviewing Stormy

I am so glad we did this because it showed me that I can have fun doing newswriting and learning to use that kind of voice. She also gave me alot of tips on dealing with being new to Seton Hill and blogging.

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Interviewing Stormy

I am so glad we did this because it showed me that I can have fun doing newswriting and learning to use that kind of voice. She also gave me alot of tips on dealing with being new to Seton Hill and blogging.

Posted by ErinWaite at 03:09 PM | Comments (0)

News Writing Blogging Portfolio 1

Coverage: I didn't cover as much here as I would've liked to because there's so much blog work that in Lit as well and I enjoyed that more. I did enjoy covering the Dish Hall story and that was my most productive post.

Depth: "Man Tantrums" was my most in-depth blog because it reminded me of whiney, weird, Cosmo article and I got comments from Mike Sichok on it.

Interactions: The in-class discussions, particularly on the emotion appeal of Newswriting interested me the most. I noticed everyone gets the most comments when they talk about the something that they like. For instance, check out Stormy Stormy's blogs, they are hilarious.

Discussions: When I posted my first entry and mentioned someone Stormy and I both knew I got like 6 comments from Lou, Neha, Mike, Karissa, Stephen, etc.

Timeliness: I suck at this part because usually something always happens in class that things get postponed or we all get confused about something but I did my best. I posted my spot news blogs and comments on freedom of speech right away.

Comment Primo: I was the first to comment on Quin's and Meredith's blogs.

Comment Grande: I went responded a great deal to a comment Mike had posted on my blog and also to Meredith's blog.

Reflection: I didn't enjoy the topics in Newswriting and there seemed to be fewer, so I had to stretch more, which teaches me more about working ahead and eliminating wordiness. This will help though and I'm more comfortable bloggging now.

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You gotta have faith

this was the title of my essay and i wanted to post it but lost the disk (i am a floppy disk toting dork and yes I only have windows '95, so give me some props on my first blogging portfolio attempt). Faith is the symbol of innocence wither pink hairribbons and gives Young Goodman a real lesson in having Faith. He lost his lust for life like Bartleby and both persished as a result. the moral to me is that you must find a reason to get out of bed in the morning because if you dont, you'll end up nutty like the wallpaper lady or dead like Bartleby. Hawthorne was unemployed and down, he had the faith to continue and ended up being famous. Why give up when you could have Faith and accomplish anything?

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Ist week poems

I never realized that Francis Scott Key saw so much worse than what we imagine the freedom fighting for our country to be. Our soldiers go to war to risk their lives so we can bitch about gas prices while we slap "Support Our Troops" ribbons on our minivans and stuff our faces with hotdogs as Roseanne made a mockery of such a powerful song. The class discussion helped me realize the significance of the war then and now. Michael Moore is now no longer my only source of political statements now. The poem about everyone's songs throughout our daily life helped me see that we are all in-sync, one way or another and it reminded me that some people still have an appreciation to a hard days work. Our country is so diverse, but we all share some longing for the "American Dream" but each have different ways of achieving it.

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Blogging Portfolio #1

I think Bartleby the Scrivener covered my feelings towards the text as well as blogging in general because I like writing for humorous entertainment. I also got good feedback from Michelle Koss

My most in-depth entry was The Yellow Wallpaper because I did research on a website that actually had the author's own meanings for the story and I tried to combine her opinions with my own.

Interactions: I was usually the first to comment on Meredith, Quin, and Leah's blogs. I really got into Meredith's blogs on the hypocrisy of religious figures and on Pearl. I didn't get as many people to comment on my blogs as I hoped, but the funny ones I got from Mike Sichok kept me laughing. Michelle's comments are always intelligent. We talked of the Scarlet Letter and my favorite blog "Man Tantrums for the New Breed," for a relief to all my fellow feminists.

Discussions: Lou and I have had a few on the meanings of Pearl and the Minister. The best one by far was in class, when we discussed hypocrisy and Lou went into the details of Italian perversions and papists. Everyone got fired up about something for once! Once again, not many people commented, but I attempted by going on Valerie's, Michelle's, Quinn's, to start some talks.

Timeliness: It took me awhile to figure out the time to comment, etc. , but I was the first to post on Bartleby and the second on Yellow Wallpaper which demonstrates working far ahead of time.

Comment Primo: I was the first to comment on Dee's Scarlet Letter entry and Michelle's and Leah's on Pearl.

Comment Grande: When I first read Masque of the Red Death, the colors and the ticking clock got my wheels turning and I went deeper into the meanings of colors. Also my entry on Young Goodman Brown was one of my favorites because I feel that a life without goals and faith is so worthless.

GrabBag: Check out my entries on "The Star Spangled Banner" and "I Hear America Singing," (I hope the 2nd title was right. Poetry moves me because I write poetry myself and wordiness is a speciality of mine.

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September 25, 2005

The Yellow Wallpaper Agenda Item and Essay

Agenda Item:
“According to Lanser (author on website), the color in Gilman’s cultural era “applied not only to the Chinese, Japanese, and the light-skinned African-Americans but also to Jews, Poles, Hungarians, Italians, and even the Irish” and symbolized “inferiority, strangeness, cowardice, ugliness, and backwardness.” I found this website after reading the text and feel that the sheer insanity of the poor woman could be caused by what we now refer to as post-partum depression that a woman can experience after pregnancy.
This book was written in 1892, when women were repressed still and couldn’t just go do some “retail therapy” or tell her husband that she wanted some anti-depressants. This seen to reflect the society’s values at the times that women were inferior and any attempt that they had of thinking on their own was wasteful and they were “nuts” to complain when they had it so good.
I find the fact that wall paper is yellow, which is the color of neutrality when a woman has a baby shower and doesn’t know the sex of the baby. Her husband John approaches the woman with a neutral assumption that makes her crazy because he just keeps encouraging “cod-liver oil” and promises to changer room colors if it makes her happy. He just wants to shut her up.
In the text, she says “There are things in that paper that nobody knows but me, or ever will. Behind that outside pattern the dim shapes get clearer every day. It is always the same shape, only very numerous. And it is like a woman stooping down and creeping about behind that pattern. I don't like it a bit. I wonder—I begin to think—I wish John would take me away from here!” She eventually peels back the paper and tells John that he can no longer hold her in. Anyone who feels trapped, whether it is in thoughts or daily routines can go crazy, this story reflects that feeling in my opinion.

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Bartleby agenda item and essay

"Ah, Bartleby! Ah, humanity!" Are we all really as apathetic as Bartleby?
This resigned quote from the narrator made me think about how easily we give up nowadays and how many college students(myself especially) have taken the "I'd rather not" approach to work and sometimes life in general. I could compare this story to what a day in the life of as a hostess at a family diner consists of (which I'd rather not be, but something must pay for the books I won't even be using this semester). When a guest walks in the door we play the "Not it " game. This consists of I know them, I hate them, or I'd rather be running to the bathroom for a smoke than waiting on them. Whoever says "not it" last is stuck seating the customer. We also express our apathy by offering irritating customers a free pie to stop their irritating complaints of "my bun was soggy" or there's a straw wrapper on the floor, so I want a free meal" complaints we get from customers who "hate" the restaurant but come in at the same time everyday. They themselves are so bored with their own jobs or are chain-smoking coffee-guzzling college students tapping away on their laptops, who are blogging, even though they'd "rather not." We even have our own version of Turkey, who comes in late almost every Sunday mornings due to hitting the bar and who gets a wake-up call from my manager. We even have our own Nibbles. She seems to have discovered a different disease every day and enjoys regaling us with tales of them even as we struggle through sandwiches on break. If a customer makes a mistake of asking how she's doing, you'll hear about every bout of indigestion she's had. Bartleby continued to haunt his place of work,though he is a ghost, because although we are unhappy or wouldn't like to work, we become comfortable and it's hard not to haunt what you've become accustomed to. I believe this story also highlights the fact that people are constantly switching from optimist to pessimist in a split second, without really looking at their options in life. The movie Office Space, hits the nail on the head with the overall feel of "apathetic" workers trapped in their cubicles even better than I can with my own analogies.

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didn't know if we were supposed to blog this

The opening of DeChantal hall was widely covered and everyone seemed to have a different angle. The one in the paper seemed to focus mostly on the history of DeChantal herself which I found to be interesting because the writer had some interesting stories (especially the rule about fathers and brothers) that no one else had. It was similar to mine that it retold the story of how she got her nickname and we both gave a summary of the events that took place. We also both interviewed Diana Geleskie, who gave a very descriptive and positive view on the hall. Needless to say, I need a lot more practice when it comes to wordiness and avoiding simply summarizing, but I really enjoy reporting events because they’ve taught me to focus better.

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September 22, 2005

Custom House

In the beginning you know Hawthorne kinda sounds like some of the guys I went to high school with (not you Lou if you read this. He's unemployed and was living at home till mom died. He describes the Custom House to be as not living up to Puritan standards like,just as Hester wasn't. He describes the "vixen eagle" and the harbor vividly in what he calls Romance. I read online that his description of the employees of Custom House were angered and people thought he was conterversial enough. This boring intro actually helped sell more copies.

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September 21, 2005

Response to Elements of Journalism

I found this to be helpful in understanding how to write an article using the pyramid, etc. It's also helpful in understanding the rules of journalism because if you're a creative writer its hard to keep your own voice out of your writing

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Freedom of speech article

I found this article to be interesting because of all the politically correct terms people constantly have to use when simply trying to express an idea. Although it is important not to hurt people's feelings, if a certain issue arises that must be covered that may offend some, it is important to have a speech code. I wasn't aware of SHU's speech code because it seems that in college, it is much easier to express your opinions and I've really taken that for granted. Although in my theology class in particular, certain thoughts are expressed that are a bibical truth (depending on how the reader interprets it) that are very offensive to both the professor and the students. Like we'd discussed earlier, if you dont like the article you're reading, don't read it. Then again, no one should force values just because they are certified to teach about a subject.

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Scarlet Letter Ch. 22-24

The procession is marked by all the different people attending. The Indians, the sailors, and the most important people in the town. I love that Pearl asks if the minsiter will kiss her cheek and Mistress Hibbins lets Hestor know she has a clue about what's happening. When the Minister awes the town with his inspiring speech and reveals his own Scarlet Letter, many questions come to mind. Did the physician use drugs to create that? Notice how he tried to get Dimmesdale to cast off the child, but he saw his evil work was done. "But there stood one in the midst of you, at whose brand of sin and infamy you have not shuddered." He showed the townspeople that God is merciful by confessing his sin. Also I'd love to hear the story of Pearl's life and how she married well, as well as how the scarlet letter may have had a postive effect on her.

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The Scarlet Letter Ch. 14-21

“And, mother, he has his hand over his heart! Is it because, when the minister wrote his name in the book the Black Man set his mark in that place? But why does he not wear it outside his bosom as thou dost mother?"
Even little Pearl (who is proving to be quite preceptive) is aware of the minister’s anxiety in coming to terms with the truth. I am at ch.17 right now, but am doing my first entry on this because I want to know: will the minister take Hestor and Pearl with him to another country to escape this? Will someone find out the truth before Dimmesdale admits it? Hester has told him about her husband. Will this drive him more insane or cause him to become jealous almost? I guess I’ll find out and discuss this in my next entry.

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September 19, 2005

More whine with my cheese

Plain and Simple: What the hell is the point of buying a parking pass that allows you to park only about 20 minutes from your class so you can be late even at 7 am when you can park where ever’s convenient and pay the same amount in tickets before graduation. This isn’t a free lunch, this is lobster prices for fish sticks (I never said I aim to make sense). A teacher got nasty with me for parking in a faculty spot at the end of the day when she and I were the only ones there and the rest of the parking lot was full. Maybe she’d like to pay my tickets or buy my parking pass considering it is so very helpful. Our school appears to have plenty of money to keep building, but how can people enjoy these “enhancements to learning” if they can hardly get to them? I know this is a common gripe, but I’m new to this blogging and extra-hassle thing. I wish somebody would’ve warned me. Apologies for unecessary whining.

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Man tantrums for the new breed

I’ve seen my share of heavy-weight fights, with hits below the belt, first round knock-outs, and a hell of a lot of man tantrums, but I’m beginning to notice a new breed. The selectively “sensitive” man who’s cutsey as a kitten when it comes to pet names and then he’s spitting his blood at the audience when his girl makes an irksome statement he just made last week that they’ve already hashed out. Yet he’s ready to throw down again. Men want space, no doubt. As a woman, when I need mine, I let him know. My own guy didn’t like it, even assumed I wanted to break up, and being the new breed, tries to srike first. I won that and he’s still has his tail between his legs (which is comes in handy for my needs). The old breed would’ve busted out a beer and watched me fight by myself, mopped the blood up and done his own version of a proper throw down that we’d both enjoy. Not this kind. This breed consists of those guys who appear as the highschool dork who suddenly got muscles with brain included and started realizing by pretending to get teary-eyed and write poems, as well as maintain self-righteousness at all costs, he could have any girl he wanted. They’re not hard to pick out, with their Mr. Fix-it look or “I’m so old-school” attire, they are becoming as common as the Abercrombie boys. Anyhow, back to the heavy-weight title, what are the ground rules for these things if you have no trainer to put you in separate corners as the doors slam, drawers are emptied, and tires are pealing? New breed is telling me he wants space, doesn’t know who he is, doesn’t want to talk, but keeps on talking to me, like I’m doing now, then pretends like he wasn’t the one who gave me housekeys and a drawer within the first month. I miss the banter-weight fights when he let me get away with below-the-belt comments and threw me down in the best way. I guess if I plan on marrying a man of this species, I’ll have to agree with Pamela Anderson on one thing (besides the fact that breasts can be more fun, if they’re real), “he’ll have to just get all caveman on me, knock me out with his club, and drag me to his cave,” ‘cause I don’t like to lose a good relationship fight. If a man isn’t going to chase me, even when I resist him, then I’ll just hold out for a cave man who can yell back and will chase me around the ring. If you’re playing sensitive, then don’t hide when a girl comes swinging, cuz there will be no passionate make up after. What are the rules to a good, clean fight again? I guess I like it a little dirty.

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September 14, 2005

The Opening of "Dish" Hall

I really enjoyed attending this event because I paid more attention and the fact that I wrote notes and recorded it really helped in gaining numerous quotes. My main problem is having too many quotes and eliminating the least important. I got to interview one of the alumnae, June Campbell and I knew her from church, so she gave me a real sense of what DeChantal was like. The students were so enthusiastic, comparing this dorm to the "the Hilton." I found that funny.

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September 12, 2005

Ch. 8-13 Scarlet Letter

Will Dimmesdale confess? There are too many good quotes to pick from. The one about glove and the tombstone is excellent. I love that the "A" is now seen as "Able" and not "Adultress"

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Scarlet Letter Ch. 1-7

"Hast thou enticed me into a bond that will prove the ruin of thy soul?" Hestor asked the physician. "No thy soul," the physician, later referred to as the Black Man to the Minister and Pearl replied. I found this to stick out from the beginning because throughout these chapters, you begin to see that the scarlet letter is almost a "fertility" because she is seen as almost Virgin mother-like when she stands alone for hours and you can tell that the people who are ridiculing her about her indiscretions have their own dark secrets. When they see that she is charitable and a great seamstress none the less, it irks them more because she wears her badge proudly. I think this is because she now has confronted her sin and has the freedom to admit it and move on. This is rare in the Puritan times because they seem bitter and burdened because they feel that they have to hold their sin in to be accepted.

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September 02, 2005

First newswriting blog

I'm a blog virgin so I'm trying to learn the right way to do this. The ones I've read from other people are quite interesting. We did interviews today. I had a boyfriend in preschool that Stormy knows. My favorite quote of the day was Jerz's comment on his ass. I'm sure there will be more where that came from.

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