October 31, 2005

World Literature: Perspectives

I like culture and people, and in this class I vicariously travel in exotic places and learn about different aspects of people (their culture)...it's liberating because I'm not immurred with one view, one way of living...

In approximately 10 weeks, I've visited Africa, China and Japan...next week we're off to India...these countries and continent do not completely reflect the world but they are totally different from the 'Western' society that I'm constantly exposed to...perspectives show that there's more to life...

when I recognize that I'm being petty, I put myself in context of the world...I imagine that i'm this person studying in SHU in Western PA in the U.S. in north America, on the other side of the world the sun may be rising or setting...my relatives going on with their lives...politics are happening...people starving...people sleeping...people dying...babies being born...earth revolving around the sun...stars dying/exploding...etc. etc.

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October 30, 2005

Chapter 6 and 7 of It ain't necessarily so...

page 99: "newspaper stories generally ay much less attention to the wording and ordering of questions, which are likely to skew a poll's results much more dramatically."

I found this quite contrary to journalism's precision and emphasis on economy of words...but if this statement were true then it would be hypocritical and careless on journalism's part (journalism being irresponsible).

Chapter 7 (126): "Ironically encouraging consumers to believe that the government can ensure meat safety could well create added risk:...[people] may take fewer pains to handle food safely themselves, thus actually increasing the danger."

I agree with this. The government take on the responsibility and people stop being responsible and become lazy. The government rather than governing the people, they become the people in the sense and people become bestial 'consumers.'

(129): "People like to read about what's weird and unexplained."

This statement referred to the frog deformity case studies. I agree with it, and it made me think about the horror genre in books and movies. In books, I think it's still pretty scary because it's up to the reader to interpret it using his own fears and fantasy. In movies, acting should still be esteemed. Directors/writers shouldn't rely too much on special effects and gore to make it scary. the actors should be able to convey doubt, fear, paranoia etc.

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October 29, 2005

weird

Lately I've been dreaming about my teeth and how out of place they are, it's weird that I'm having nightmares on this subject (maybe because candy is in the air because it's halloween) instead of the ghoulish unknown monsters lurking around...

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October 28, 2005

Eye Contact: Poetry Slam

Tonight's event was pretty successful, more than 10 people showed up, old SHU students (Carla), Alums, faculty and their family, and neighborhood students showed up...there were a lot of great poems and readings...DV8 was cool...they had awesome coffee and non-coffee drinks such as apple cider, chocolate etc....tres chique...as Dr. Arnzen said, "A celebration of words!"

I had fun listening to people (their voice intonation and story-telling techniques (very effective)) and also me reading other people's poems such as nora thompson, chris ulicne, blake, antoine de saint-exupery, and finally my own.

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Presentation Reflection

today I presented Chapter 5. It was abouts statistics, from the get-go, it was 'dry' (just think numbers). However, I did try to make it colorful with a metaphor, and I did a quick survey about colors. I think I might have spoken too fast and my transitional phrases might not have been smooth (my accent probably hindered some to focus) BUT I didn't say "um" and my heart didn't beat as fast. I said my conclusion but I failed to mention the article about statistics and public trust, which I thought was insightful (although the writer of it was a bit biased and I was pressed for time).

My goal was to present an example of some statistic and interpret it and in doing so, show the class how statistics doesn't necessarily contradict, have different angles and difference between raw numbers and percentage as a whole. I accoplished this I think (hope), but I fear that talking about numbers on Friday before the weekend (when everybody wants to go home, relax or party) might have been a 'blind spot' on my part. Maybe in general, this is how people feel when statistics are presented to them. I think my classmates were just so hungry that they just want to leave: two out of twenty eight congratulated me publicly, one out of twenty eight commented on my presentation, 100% including me was hungry-- all in all, it was jolly- on the brighter side-- it's the weekend! :)

***Statistics are not as "straight-forward" as they appear, they can get very ambiguious...it really depends on your perspective/interpretation.

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October 27, 2005

Chapter 5 (It ain't necessarily so): Informal Presentation

Statistic cartoon

Introduction: My name is Mike Diezmos and today I'm going to talk about Statistics specifically looking at both sides (or rather most sides).

Rainbow Metaphor

A bad interpretation/reading of statistics is like looking directly at the white light of the sun, it's blinding and bright.

A well-informed newsconsumer is like a prism when it comes to reading statistics, he or she can delineate the different hues. They can see the slant in given statistics.

Questions (Total 32)
***Please only raise your hands once [thanks]:)
How many of you like:
red?orange?yellow?green?blue?indigo?violet?black?white?rainbow?

Key Points from text ('it ain't necessarily so') and interpretations:
"Data don't necessarily contradict but rather they can be read at least in two ways." (cool or warm)

"Intrepretation can have different spins (angles)." (black and white)

"One has to be mindful of raw numbers and percentage of the whole and when each is used." [ex. 7/10=70% like this..., 2/7= there's a 28% drop in people who used to like...(more than a quarter)]

(Warm, cool, all/no colors, just these seven, etc.)

Examples:

Jobless claims up, durable goods orders dip

Statistical Blitz Helps Pin Down Mammography Benefits

Suggestions:

How to achieve public trust in official statistics
Two from the five actions needed, I agreed with:

*Independent interpretation: Written in plain English

*Educating the Users: for example enhancing Quantitative skills


Fun tid bits about Stats:

google search: statistics stories

the Onion stats stories

Comments?

Conclusion: Statistics are not as "straight-forward" as they appear, they can get very ambiguious. Is the glass half empty or half full?- it really depends on your perspective/interpretation.

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October 26, 2005

Excited and daunted about life and the Honors Capstone Program

"sometimes I think my weakness is my passion..." ~anonymous

I was in Harlan Gallery and I heard somes actors for kindertranport learning European accents- I can't wait to see this play...

Below is my proposal for my honors capstone...it's been a while since I saw this and looking at it now, I feel daunted by it, rest assure I'm still doing it...

Outline of Proposal

Michael Diezmos, a Seton Hill University (SHU) student in the Honors Program, double majoring in Creative Writing and Literature,

a. Proposal: petitions to have a Project capstone that addresses cultural education of Filipinos and non-Filipinos by interpreting a local popular folk tale in a format of picture book, which would help preserve the heritage of the Philippines and her people.

b. Social Relevance: This project addresses the importance of literacy in today’s world and will hopefully inspire others to read and to take care of their environment.

c. Personal Challenge: It requires that Michael would have to step out of his westernized environment to interact with non-westernized natives of Northern Luzon (instead of the urban Manila).

d. Two Disciplines: It also requires Michael to apply research on location and creativity and marketing which are essential in the Publishing World (Creative Writing Core).

e. Field Work: His fieldwork will be a stay in the Philippines for 2 to 3 months. For the first 2 to 3 weeks, he will research in local libraries in the Philippines such as the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Library and Archives. He will try to interview professors in the University of Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) campus. These activities will prepare Michael to research on location. He will travel to the rural northern Luzon in designated locals for at least 4 weeks: Hundred Islands in Pangasinan, Baguio City and the Banaue Rice Terrace. The last weeks will be dedicated to post-consultations with Philippine contacts: professors of UPLB, CCP and Tourist Information Center. The rest of the stay will be dedicated to organizing collected data.

f. Presentation: At the Honors Banquet Michael will present final product of a picture book. He will talk about oral traditions, the process of his research and have a reading of it (also have a reading with the Child Development Center (CDC) kids in March before they graduate). My presentation will be like a cultural day event in which I will invite SHU International Student Organization (ISO) to read with me some stories from their countries. If possible, they will be able to wear national costumes and have treats from their homeland. Adults and children are all welcome and invited to participate.

Details of Proposal

1. Challenges Student Abilities

a. Information Gathering: Interview natives/professors/village historians/story keepers by using photography, video and audio recording. Unobtrusive observation by being in the actual location.
b. Document Production: Thesis: Trying to accurately record oral tradition/history using text and images in the specific fields of folk tales/myths (origins)
c. Information Presentation: Finish product – a ‘chap’ book of a folk story translated/reinterpreted and illustrated by Michael Diezmos.

2. Addresses a Social Relevant Issue
a. Inspire kids to read (literacy issue)
b. Cultural education – people being aware of Philippine culture
c. Preserve Philippine heritage

3. Two Disciplines in Major and Liberal Core
I. Creative Writing Core
a. Blend of creativity and marketing
b. Research experience/field study on location
c. Publishing
II. Liberal Core: Skills for Historical and Global Awareness
a. Historical Perspective: Appreciating the human quest for meaning through history
b. Global Context: Understanding the impact of geography in culture.

4. Incorporate a Fieldwork Component
a. Community location: Northern Luzon- Hundred Islands, Baguio City, Banue Rice Terrace.

5. Costs
a. $800 plane tickets roundtrip
b. $500 traveling on land, food, lodging etc.

6. Transportation
a. Airplane ride- 23 hours from U.S to the Philippine Islands
b. Land transportation- jeep, car, walking etc.

7. Time
a. 2 to 3 months in the Philippines

Tentative Calendar (Four parts)
Part 1: Preparation
Fall 2005
September to December
a. Shadow Mike Rubino as he design layout for SHU’s literary Magazine Eye Contact (in order to learn design concept in a computer – useful for final product)
b. Take World Literature with Professor Wendland (to get basic themes and styles of non-western literature)
c. Take Painting with Professor Brode (to learn painting and illustration techniques)

Spring 2006
January to May
a. Take Writing of Fiction: to practice writing (helpful for final product)
b. Take Publication Workshop with Dr. Arnzen (beneficial to experience)

Part 2: Going to the Philippines (Mid-May to Mid-August)
Summer 2006
Late May to Mid June
a. Go to Phil. Libraries
b. Consult with Filipino professors who specialize in Filipino literature
Mid June to Mid July
a. Travel on location
b. Interview natives

Mid July to early August
a. Post consultation with Professors
b. Final gathering of info on location

Part 3: Putting it all together
Fall 2006
September to December
a. 1st draft of interpretation done
b. Finished illustrations for it
c. Have a “mock copy” finished for review by Adviser
d. Find a printer that print it (something inexpensive)
e. Final draft will be sent to printer either at the end of Fall 2006 semester or beginning of Spring 2007 semester.

Part 4: Presentation
a. After receiving “bound” copy of finish product, I will invite the CDC kids in Reeve’s Library and have a reading.
b. I will present what I did to the honors banquet.
c. I will send a manuscript version of the final product to:

Children’s Book Press (who publishes multicultural literature for children featuring traditional and contemporary stories from minority and new immigrant cultures in America today)

Address:
Children’s Book Press,
6400 Hollis, Suite#4
Emeryville, CA 94608

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Defending Eye Contact

from what I learned from the book It ain't necessarily so "numbers don't speak for themselves"

Why should accepted submitters' works 'devalued' because they've been accepted again? The people who do this only see one side: the fact that these successful submitters "did it again." They often ignored the fact that it's blind judging, also people who judged them can't judge their own work, the judging which determines what pieces go to the top of the list for the editors to decide and finalize.

I find it disappointing and sad to hear people argued that the same people always get publish. Eye contact have been 'charged' with nepotism. If this were true, why would the editors (who supposedly just want to get publish) go to all this trouble of holding blind judging sessions which takes a lot of time in organizing, and after that sending out acceptance and rejection letters, advertising for submission, collecting submissions, finding patrons (knocking on doors to personally ask) etc. etc. Nowadays people could just go to barnes and nobles, pay the fine and and get published by barnes and nobles.

People who submitted took a chance, a risk of being accepted or rejected. These people have fortitude and I commend their courage because it is horrifying to get rejected (nobody wants to be rejected). I'm speaking from experience...in my freshman year (I was one of the art editor for eye contact then)I submitted to eye contact...it was a literature piece...it was rejected...but i tried again in sophomore year with poems I'd worked on in my poetry class for One semester and art from my Design class...I was elated to find out that they were accepted- the reason why they were accepted is that they matched with the theme and it scored enough points to be considered.

People can't really complain when they don't submit, or they don't take the time to go to the judging session or take the time to 'craft' and 'refine' their work...most people procrastinate and they think that just because they spent 24 straight hours working on their writing or art just before the deadline (which is the following day), they'll automatically get in...the people just want their work in, they don't put into consideration that the editors have to be mindful of the magazines objectives, eye contact isn't just a magazine, it's an award-winning art and literature magazine...

and just to prove this, recently two of the editors who submitted art and literature received an award on a national level for their works and these are two people's work out of 17 total in the tragedy issue. It doesn't matter how many times people submit whether they're editors or not, it's quality that we strived for (quality over quantity anytime)!

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October 25, 2005

It aint's necessarily so: Ch. 2 and Ch 3

in chapter 2, the author wrote: "findings will also get more attention if they fit the template that journalists use in making sense of the world" (52).

From this quote, I sense the need of affirmation. I don't know why we humans need to constantly reassert our existence. Just to reiterate the gist of the prologue, intro and chapter 1, the role of the "template" and social construction of what is "newsworthy," I sort of get the feeling of being "duped."

It's almost like back in ancient Greece with the Greeks: how they believed the gods were playing with their lives- What if Paranoia and the "Media" are the new gods? If you were to parallel both you'll see the similarities- the greeks used the gods to explain phenomenon, unexplainable stuff etc. (for example sun rise was attributed to Apollo/Phoebus pulling the sun using his golden chariot). In today's world, the News explains the trend or show facts or at least (supposedly) inform truthfully the public.

I don't know if the News group (organization) know the ratio of skeptical and attentive readers to ignorant mass of people relying on the News group to completely and honestly inform them.

I also wonder if the News group organization assumed that readers would automatically understand the context/operative definition stated by the "facts" or "numbers." Isn't it irresponsible on the News group organization's part to leave it to the audience to interpret something they don't completely know? Chapter 3 summarized this as underreporting (presenting a side to tell the story while 'de-emphasizing' the other).

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October 24, 2005

World Literature: Princess Mononoke

We watched Princess Mononoke, an anime by Hayao Miyazaki. I think this is the third time I've seen this. It's really great. I like the imagery and the vistas. the night scene with the night walker was cool. I like the green little forest spirit that rattled their heads.

The villians were multi-dimensional. They're not type-cast. They're very human. They make mistakes, they do wrong, but they repent, they start all over again, they're unpredictable.

The way women were portrayed in this movie was reminiscent of Amelia Lanyer's "Eve's Apology in Defense of Women."

There's a lot of symbolism in this movie (western and eastern thinking). I don't know if the movie presented a slant against either west or east because you can argue that foreign power destroyed the "forest" but at the same time a "foreigner" helped saved it. Could the blame be attributed to the locals? quite possibly, maybe perhaps it's traditions versus modernization, or inner versus outer conflict.

The animation in this movie rocks!

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Revelation about blogging

Blogging is just a euphimism for quiz preparation.

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SCARY! It ain't necessarily so: prologue, intro, Ch 1

I was talking to Chris U about the readings from this book and I agreed with him that it was a little "dry." I think what made it dry were the numbers (statistics) that were presented. As the authors explained at the prologue that numbers (scientific data) could paint or erase the picture of reality. I think that since using numbers as facts which are often dry, they tend to present to the public a nuetral and "unbiased" view. Because these numbers are considered unbiased, people do not refute them.

It's scary to think about "filters," "templates," and how news are "socially constructed." It makes me question further the truth of reality, and I ask these questions:

1. What is healthy/beneficial in fostering paranoia?
2. Are the true enemies of truth the reporters who present the angle of a story, or the 'institutions' (such as government, other authorities etc.) who release information with a slant?

I do take comfort in what the author said, "Simple awareness of the problem is important in itself" (34).

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October 21, 2005

Chapter 11: AP Guide to News Writing (Features)

I like this chapter a lot because it helped me to understand feature stories more.

What I liked about features is that "immediacy of the event is secondary...[and] descending news values are replaced by human interest, mood, atmosphere, emotion, irony and humor." It's informative and entertaining.

I liked what was written in this chapter: "[Features] illuminate events, offer perspective, explanation and interpretation, record trends and tell people about people...strong feature writing is simple, clear, orderly and free of labored mannerisms and tricks that call attention to the writing itself rather than the substance" (95).

From this chapter, I learned the importance of "particulars/details" as evidence of your 'lead' (what your feature is all about).

Chapter 11 (Features) revealed some points that I never considered such as going beyond "the reservation of the immediate subject" (100).

The tips on the same page by Hugh Mulligan are insightful. According to him, writing down emotions, observations and passing thoughts on how he felt as a witness (visually or hearing) helped with his feature articles. "I take notes on everything I hear and see and smell and think or moon about," he said.

On page 101, I definitely agree with this statement: "Creativity is not the product of freedom, but the product of the conflict between freedom and discipline."

A great example of this in the "real world" is the recent lack of response in this year's Eye Contact submissions. In the past, the editors have reported complaints from submitters that the themed issues (comedy, tragedy, truth, and consequence) restricted their creativity (yet we had huge response). This semester, we didn't have a set theme, "anything goes" (others argued that this was sort of the theme). To our surprise and disappointment, we didn't receive many submissions. We're not extending deadlines but individually we are approaching people to submit.

***Philosophical sidenote: I think it's just in the human will to resist, and if there's no challenge, then there's no meaning in life.

The tips on writing peer profiles on page 103 would have been helpful when I wrote my peer profile in the beginning of the year. Looking for characteristics, habits, traits, working methods, individual experiences, anecdotes and quotes relate to the success and integration of nit wit details with the bigger theme.

Also focusing on the subject not overlooking. "The value of steering people in interviews to subjects with which they have real affinity and thorough familiarity is often overlooked." I thought it was funny that the author called celebrities being interviewed "animated cliches" (104).

Closing quotes that summarzed feature writing: "Feature writers, like novelists, have many literary devices to engage readers emotionally, and that's their privilege...it does mean that feature writers, as honest reporters, recognize that life is multi-dimensional...[features] are free of mannerisms, verbal flourishes, stylistic tricks and literary tinsel...[they] demonstrate an unassailable truth: Good feature writing proceeds from good reporting" (105-106).

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Workbook exercises: "redo"

Robber on the loose

Black Derby Liquor Store in 2311 Ripley Way was robbed tonight at 7:12. Suspect eluded the police, who arrived on scene at 7:19 p.m.

According to Seve Bellinos the clerk on duty, the robber was about 6 feet tall and weighed 155 pounds. "He wore blue jeans and a dirty white T-shirt with a torn right sleeve," he said.

Because firearms were involved, Police Chief Antonio Grasso said a routine investigation of the incident would be made by the Police Internal Security Squad.

Responding to the triggered silent alarm, an officer who arrived at the scene shouted a warning and fired a shot at the fleeting suspect.

"The guy ran so fast he looked like a track star," said eye witness John Paul Reinicke.

Rape on Campus

Female student victim, 19, was raped on campus on her way back to her dorm.

The rapist according to the victim was a man 6 feet and 4 inches tall, 210 pounds, athletically built, with blond hair, blue eyes and a scar on the left side of his neck.

Suspect is on the loose.

The victim told police that she was threatened with a knife. Police said her description was similar to that given by two other victims of rapes in the campus area in the past six months.

Police Chief Grasso said he is forming a rape task force composed of police, rape crisis center officials and others to determine what can be done about the series of rapes.

College officials say they will install emergency telephone lines in outdoor areas around the campus and review street lighting in the area.

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Response from today's class lab

I sort of like the andreneline rush in trying to capture breaking news. I agree with Katie L. about the confusion in trying to list the names and their quotes. I thought it was really tricky of Jerz to juxtapose the revelation of the hostage's name "Sarah Johnson" with "Pharon Johnson's" confession (turning himself in) and crying reaction.

The five W's and how really helped me to sift through the jumbled facts, and gave me a structure to follow.

When I wrote my article in lab, I didn't know how to differentiate which Johnson said or did what. To solve this problem, everytime I mentioned the hostage, I used her full name instead.

Once I understood the gist of the newsworthy story, I was able to sequester relevant quotes and information from irrelevant ones. Today's class was 'riveting.'

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Briefing on Media Law

This section in the AP style book was very detailed. It gave tons of information about cases and decisions (of some states) concerning libel, first amendment rights, privileges etc. They clearly made their point.

I found Chapter 7, which was about defamation of the dead, absurd. I would think that once a person died, it was over for him or her, for his or her problems to continue seemed petty (depending of course on the individual state's decisions).

Libel/slander. Defamation. Injury. Ruined reputation. All of these can be paralled to Hotspur's life in Shakespeare's 1 Henry IV.

Hotspur was short-tempered. He engendered valour and honor. Honor for him was all about reputation. He died defending his reputation (honor) because he felt that King Henry IV had caused dishonor to him and his family. In his last battle with Prince Hal, Hotspur believed that one of them had to go. This was similar with libel claims, it was the plaintiff who needed to prove to the legal system of being defamed...(lost my train of thought)

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Why Journalism is benificial to Creative Writing: A response to the Online Readings of Oct. 19

Journalism is helpful to Creative Writing because it establishes writers with fundamentals essential in story telling. It provides the structure. Through its precise and compact form, journalism clarifies such as in crime reporting.

Dave Krajicek summarized the traits important to all writers not only the crime reporters: execptional initiative, determination, an eye for accuracy and detail, a knack for sourcing, and the ability to tell a story (interpersonal skills developed).

This interaction between writer/reporter and interviewee/community aids in forming the story (sort of what Amanda Cochran commented about interviews writing the story).

Comments unrelated: Katie Lambert commented last Wednesday in class about the intrigue of seeing fatalities and how it was almost okay because we as viewers were not directly involved. Linda Heath concluded that this was a psychological response of bystanders to assert one's own security.

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October 20, 2005

fairy tale homework

I thought this homework was unique. I never thought of fairy tales as subjects for crime reporting, but now it makes sense. I thought that this exercise was a great example to view a story from several angles.

For example, the fairy tale I chose was Snow White. The articles I chose dealt with attempted murder, healthy food, and facts about poison. Reflecting back, I noticed how other angles could make it more interesting such as teen marriages, child abuse, dysfunctional families etc.

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October 19, 2005

SHU's french fries are safe!

In the Morgan Spurlock lecture, I was reminded of the McDonald's french fries incident, so I decided to test out SHU's french fries, luckily for me, four days after the lecture on Oct. 10, SHU had fries...I took some and placed it in a dessert box and kept it in my room.

After four days in my room, the fries were still whitish/yellowish, no changed occurred, I was getting worried...but to my relief, nine days later, when I came back from the Fall Break on Oct 18, mold started growing on it, it started to decompose.

This is great because it showed that the ingredients of the fries were not too artificial. There were not many preservatives in SHU french fries. Yeah SHU fries!

***Caveat: Below is the picture of the moldy fries.

Notice the green fuzzy spots!

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October 18, 2005

My uncle dropped me off...

When we were in the Westmoreland Mall food court my uncle pointed out that the "Japanese Cuisine" and the "Chinese 'Wok' take out" are the same, they just had different names.

The significance: I don't know if this is insulting for the people of greensburg or the asian people of greensburg. The Chinese and Japanese are totally two different and unique nation/ethnic group.

When my uncle pointed this out, I suddenly remembered hearing the vendors of the 'Japanese Cuisine' speak Chinese. From this I deduced that it's the asians (working in this fastfood takeout) exploiting this oppurtunity: taking advantage of some Greensburgians' ignorance of different asian ethnicities out there.

I rationalized that these asians are just making business, trying to differentiate their food from others. They're using the name "Japanese Cuisine" as an edge. They figure it's an open market (not a monopoly).

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October 17, 2005

Americana Sketch iii: Conservatory of Cosmetology

they sent a condolence card one month after he died...I'm still pissed off from that...for us, in order for us to go to school, we had to work...life sucks, life is hard...good thing you're in school you'll find jobs easier... I have two jobs...I work from 9 am to 6pm and then I work from 9pm to whenever...I'm in debt right now...on my day off, I sleep...I wake up and work...sometimes i have time to watch tv...when I'm settled I'll go back to school...school...

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October 16, 2005

Americana Sketch II

my uncle and i were waiting for a guy in a motorcycle to finish putting air in his tires...out of the blue, this black and dusty pick-up truck cut in front of us and blocked the motorcycle...

the guy in the motorcycle had to back-up sides ways in order to get out...my uncle decided to inform the rude guy that we were waiting next...

to my relief, the guy didn't make a fuss... he got out of his truck with its rear window framed by dull "duck-tape"...his flabby biceps showcased his faded tattoos and he walked straight to the dumpster behind the gas station, his daughter followed him.

He searched through the dumpster and he picked up some flat cardboard boxes...my uncle finished putting air in his tire and we left...

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advertising

on my way to Pittsburgh i saw billboards for either Subway or Quiznos' "Philly Cheesesteaks." At first i thought that the billboard was rather plain.

But the second billboard I saw was the same as the first...there were 'graffitis,' I thought the graffiti was there because some hoodlum saw the plain white billboard and decided to spruce it up.

It's weird...I don't know if graffitti is insulting or aesthetically unique to Philadelphia. It's insulting because vandalism is being associated with Philadelphia (it also happens in New York and mostly large cities). It's unique because graffiti can be a style of the Philadelphia School tradition [of art]...

Who knows?...

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October 15, 2005

out of the hill

today is my first day of fall break...

it's nice to get out of the hill once in while. To my surprise, Greyhound didn't suck this time as much as last last time.

Recap
I was a bit nervous. on Wednesday afternoon, I went to the Westmoreland transit area in front of 'Otterbein' church to purchase a greyhound (g) ticket. The lady in the ticket booth said that they don't sell g ticket, I had to go to Tommy's bookshelf (good thing I knew where it was or else ("doom" for me)).

I found out from the owner of Tommy's bookshelf about how he became an agent for the greyhound. He told me how the county of westmoreland was losing revenue for having to maintain a full time staff. The owner then became the agent and complained to me how he's spending more money paying for "rent" space rather than earning profit.

He stressed to me to arrive at the bus stop 1 hour early and to stand directly in front of the greyhound bus sign. According to him, if the bus driver was a jerk and he didn't see anybody, he wouldn't bother to stop (and i would have to miss my bus). To my 'naivite' I actually believed him.

The day
I arrive half an hour early on Friday. The bus was half an hour late. Under normal circumstances this would have been fine, BUT, i didn't eat my dinner. I was paranoid that the owner of Tommy's bookshelf was right. To my relief the bus did arrive.

MEANtime: Sketch of Americana
i entered and placed my black bag on the floor. This old caucasian man started talking to a teenage boy across from him. I thought it was odd at first. Then I realized that the bus they might be riding was local and they were familiar with each other.

The teenage boy started conversing with the guy and asked from across the room:
"Did you watch wrestling?...you missed it, Undertaker was defeated, his casket was burned to the ground...oh he's pissed... you should have seen it George!"

the guy replied: "My name is not George, it's Eugene...remember i changed my name...thanks for telling me...i can't wait to watch it tonight..."

"It's so cool George- I mean Eugene." The boy walked away and met up with his friend outside.

Eugene started talking to the guy across from him. The guy soon left, and Eugene continued to mumble:

"America is a great country...football...when I was born if I only knew, I would have turned around and get back inside...I wish I wasn't born...nobody likes me...we're running out of trees...it's becoming overpopulated...Alaska has trees...the victims of the Katrina..."

I looked outside and the local buses finally left and greyhound still hadn't arrived. I went to the ticket window. The ignorant ticket seller assumed that I missed the bus.

"It must have left already," she said.

I refuted, "The bus is supposed to be here at 4:30 and I've been here since 3:45."

"Oh, well... here's there number, you can call their toll free number, there's a payphone near the bathroom."

I walked away and started dialing my cellphone. The greyhound finally arrived. End of Sketch

the Bus ride
back to my voice (not the sketch voice)...the ghetto thing that happened in the bus going to Pittsburgh was lack of seat. The bus driver had to ask somebody to volunteer to stand up until Monroeville so that one of the newcomers could sit down.

I fell asleep and when I woke up, we were in Monroeville mall. The sky was beautiful. The gray clouds acted as barrier in between the orange light of the setting sun and cold blue october sky. I fell asleep again and woke up in Pittsburg. The sun was hiding behind the mountain. The sight was sort of startling. Either I was in a high elevated place or the sun was really low.

Another bus incident...when i was in the bus going to Columbus, a man was annoying the bus driver to make a stop at Cambridge, OH. At first he said no because Cambridge wasn't part of a stop (although it was on the way) but eventually he succumbed. Our bus driver to Cambridge was Fischer (I forgot his first name). He was comedic and it appeared to me that his bus was his stage for his bawdy jokes about bus policy(phone policy, neighbor consideration, temperature etc.) and his ex-wife. This was totally something different from other bus rides I've taken...

Columbus
I arrived finally, the ride was definitely better (probably because it's not a holiday). My uncle picked me up...my godchild was quiet for the first ten minutes and then he started talking. In spite of Morgan Spurlock's warning, I still tried White Castle's burger...it tasted like any burger, I admit the beef patty looked weird...but hey I was "starving"...

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October 14, 2005

Editorial: Reflection on Kindertransport

When I was five, my mother left to work in the United States of America (U.S.A). I remember waking up late and finding out that my father had already brought her to the airport. Without thinking, I ran outside hoping that the car was still there. I searched the house. They were gone. My mother left me.

My experience was not as traumatic as it could have been. My mother found a job in the U.S.A, and my father and her thought it was in the family's best interest for her to go. Just imagine a child leaving his or her parents to travel alone to a foreign country or parents sending away their children in order to save them, while knowing the risk of losing them forever.

Seton Hill University's (SHU) theater will be performing Diane Samuel's play Kindertransport in Reeves theater from November 11 to November 19 (for showtimes contact: 724- 830- 1417).

In 1938 the Nazi pogrom known as Kristallnacht, in which outward violence toward the Jews were first seen in public, spurred the Jews to take aggressive actions in safeguarding their children.

With adamant lobbying to the government, the Jews living in England persuaded Parliament to take action. Between 1938 and 1939, nearly 10,000 unaccompanied children ranging from ages 4 to 16 emigrated to Britain. Their passports were altered. Boys and girls were renamed Jacobs and Sarahs.

Wilda Kaylor coordinator of the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education commiserated with the hardships of both children and the parents. "It's difficult for the children to get used to new family and being on their own...it's a huge sacrifice for the parents," she said. "It takes a lot of trust in this situation."

Samuels examined the cost of survival and the trauma experienced by Eva Schlesinger, representing children in Kindertransport. In the author's note of the hard copy version of the play, Samuels said, "The rerunning of what happened many years ago is not there to explain how things are now, but is a part of the inner life of the present."

The tone [of Kindertranport] according to senior Sarah Rosenberg was very serious. "[The play] examines the life of Eva in relations with her foster mother and birth mother," she said. "The play gives hope."

"Eva is a composite of survivor stories," said Kaylor.

Through newsletter, conferences, speakers etc, the Kindertransport Association (KTA) with its sister organizations RoK in the United Kingdom and Israel are recovering the Kindertransport story.

Educating the public about this part of the Holocaust history, Samuels, KTA, and others are keeping the stories alive for the next generation.

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Blog Portfolio 2: Second chance to improve

Reflection:
This time around since the last blog portfolio, I've kept up with my readings, bloggings, and assignments.

Reading Elements of Journalism, I found it easier to respond at the conclusion of each chapters (6, 7, 8, 9, and 10). Responsibility/being responsible summarized this book. Journalism is the embodiment of citizenship. Journalism has great power and as Peter Parker (Spiderman) said, "With great power comes responsibilty." So if Spiderman can do it, so can we!

Chapters 5 to 7 in AP: Guide to News Writing delineated the voice of the journalist in "journalese," his personal conscience and the attributive verbs he employed. It would be nice if the author also listed alternative/creative attributive verbs with its connotations for journalists to use.

After outlining one of the truths of the objective and unbiased goal of journalism, these texts finally affirmed the role that ethics and morality (biases) played in the personality of the journalist. The editorials were more direct and personal. In George F Will's article, I noticed how 2 out of 3 traits of persuasive writing were incorporated. I applied these techniques in my own editorial: reflection on kindertransport. A good editorial is like a Morgan Spurlock lecture: informative, persuasive, and entertaining.

Not only did I do my work in a 'timely' manner but I interacted with the community more. My interaction was not related to 'EL 227' per se but nonetheless it encompassed two main dogmas of journalism "connecting with people" and "creating community." I have participated in T.V. nights and other group activities. I shared my experiences about art and researching topics. I reflected on the process of background research in the homecoming article. I networked with people with the same interest as me. I asked the community to share their inputs, and I spurred a discussion about pop culture and Chaucer.

Overall I have been productive and well prepared for this blog portfolio in comparison with the first one.

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Funny Mirrors

So today I saw Fuddy Meers at Reeves Theater, it was hilarious. The cast did an awesome job.

The play reminded me of last semester when I took playwriting class with Denise Pullen.

The play is absurd in a sense that the probability of all the elements in Fuddy Meers coming together is pretty slim...BUT it wasn't unexpected, all of it were established in the beginning in the tone and dialogue that were used in the opening scene.

This weekend is the last weekend for the play, so everybody in the blogesphere and the world, try and go see it!

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Alias and ER.

It's been the third week of Alias, so far so good. Last week's episode wasn't as good as this week. For a recap go to Alias, or ask me and I'll do my best...

I also saw E.R., what I've noticed so far is an emphasis on personal responsibility. The hospitals and all its doctors and nurses are human too, they can only do so much before the individual takes responsibility for his or her actions.

This sort of reminded me of elements of journalism stressing personal responsibility...

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October 12, 2005

table conversations

Johanna and I were discussing that much of the materials in elements of journalism is common sense (unless of course you're one of those people who doesn't have ethics or a sense of moral responsibility).

I forgot which section it was, but the authors mentioned how the history of news/journalism began in the taverns (a public forum). It had an informal atmosphere but very informative. The people of that time didn't just go to get drunk, but they were also receiving information. In one sense they were getting 'drunk' with information.

Which brings me to the most interesting points I've not in chapter 10 of Elements of Journalism:

1. Journalists have an obligation to personal conscience

In spite of journalism's objective and "unbiased" stand, the individual not only is loyal to his or her citizens but also to himself or herself (once again moral/personal responsibilities).

2. Basic elements [of journalism] - calling attention to inequities in the system, connecting people, creating community (184).

This summarized the whole book and my own personal philosophy about journalism. 2 out of the 3 mentioned about I personally practice. The first one about "calling attention to inequities in the system" --> often times I deemed this "controversial." I think one of my weakness as a journalist is my dearth of skepticism. You can say I'm not as skeptical as I should be. I just like to believe in the good of people.

"Connecting people" and "creating community" are really my focus. I'm going to work in being more critical/analytical about the institutions (gov., school administration, other authorities, etc) and their system of being.

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October 11, 2005

Art update

I finally got my painting started. So far it looks like I'm in good shape. I had my objects blocked in and my teacher commented on my composition.

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Chapter 9 elements of journalism

2/3 of this chapter, I found boring. They talked about market researches, and finding formulas that would attract audience either by the "naked" strategy or "good guitar-playing skills." There are so many variables in human life that for market researchers to simplify this would leave out other possibilities.

Near the end of the chapter, I thought to myself, rather than focus on "numbers" why not focus on the "people." and guess what, after I turned to the next page, people not numbers were finally mentioned...remembering journalism's first loyalty to its citizens not their money and "connecting with the community."

Chapter 9 not only illustrated the disproportion between numbers and people, but the chapter itself is disproportionate, as I mentioned above, 2/3 atleast talked about numbers, the last 4 pages finally pointed out people as subjects not objects.

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editorials (Oct 11 issue of the trib-review)

Between George F. Will's "Earth's quaky design" and Robert Novak's "House GOP somersault", I was compelled to read Will's editorial over Novak's. I think the reason for this is that Novak's article had a lot of back story that I wasn't familiar with...

as I was reading Will's article, I noticed that he employed two out of the three characteristics found in editorial writing. He used persuasion and information.

The general structure of his editorial consisted of general, specific, technicality, general with application of technicality, specific with the effects of technicality, and lastly three examples of the results through out time.

The first general statement he mentioned dealt with the world (mentioning Pakistan and Asia). His specific is the United States. Why they should care and how do they fit within this context.

For the technicality, he provided us with general background of how tectonic plates functioned. He used this information and applied it to the world and the United States (specifically San Francisco).

Why should we care? because, not only would the earthquake devastate its point of destruction, but it could also affect neighboring locals not exactly the point of target. The earthquake could take place in Japan, and Los Angelos can still be affected by this even though it's thousands of miles apart from Japan.

As a result, religious fanaticism became rampant causing mayhem. Through his use of scientific information Will tries to persuade us that this potential geological disaster will not only destroy homes but also cause disorder.

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dramatic lines of the week

from shakespeare sonnet #73

"In me thou seest the glowing of such fire
that on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
as the deathbed whereon it must expire,
consumed with that which it was nourished by."

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October 10, 2005

Elements of Journalism 6 to 8

These chapters were very controversial and since i'm a product of infotainment I found them- oh look a shiny a button...

Chapter 8 was about engagement and relevence. The line that I found most amusing was on page 155, it said, "Hairdressers have more continuing education than journalist."

This sentence was written in a context that journalism education wasn't esteemed. It's ironic because you would think otherwise. You'd think the reverse (since hairdressers just cut hair). I found out that hairdressers and barbers are well-informed.

When you think about it, their environment (the shop or the saloon) is similaar to taverns of colonial America (as mentioned in these chapters). News writing is a mix of storytelling (and gossiping to a sense). "Journalism is storytelling with a purpose." Barbers and hairdressere are perfect sources because they come in contact with all sorts of class who have different view points. Their shops or saloons depending on their local, are like the Globe or the Rose of Shakespeare's time, where all classes mingled.

This line also reminded of the times when I was in a barbershop and I would hear the conversations going between the client and the barber and the topics they would talk about would range from world politics to favorite place to travel to health.

Sometimes I don't feel like engaging with them because their conversation seem superficial. It's like they only know the surface of the story not the details found when one reaches in more depth.

Chapter 7 discusses journalism as a public forum

"Journalism must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise..."

This is almost contradictory to news. If one were criticze another, the other is liable to get sued or something worse. and if one was to compromise, it's almost admitting defeat. this extreme promotes the Argument culture.

Most of the news reported about politics are shouting matches unless of course, war compels the parties to unite.

"Journalism" is not really a public forum, it's more like an elitist forum for those who can read and afford the newspaper. The elitists get better news becaue their sources is not limited to one medium.

Chapter 6: Monitor Power and Offer voice to the voiceless

my question is how can you monitor power when that power is part of the news organization?

the other thing that I'd like to point out about this chapter is "examining the unseen corners of society." This can have a reverse effect (similar to reverse discrimination). Sometimes journalists look for new things to inform the public that they miss what is in front of them.

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I really like Chapter 7 said I

this chapter on the pitfalls of attributive verbs and loaded word is really helpful. It's not only beneficial to journalist but to people who write English paper.

base on my personal experience, thinking of attibutive verbs is onerous for me when I 'm writing the first draft. I find it easier to just write "said" for the time being and after finishing the draft, i'd go back to the circled "said" and try to understand the context and find a word that would fit that context.

this chapter will be one of sources I will refer to especially when I have some sort of "brain fart" (attribute goes to Katie L and her expression) for the right words.

on a contemplative/philosophical mood, I'm starting to perceive how words can be abstract. Words are like empty jars and whatever you put in them (their connotation) will be determined according to their purpose...

I also noted-- it would be helpful if Chapter 7 gave us good attributes as well (with explanation of their connotation) even though the emphasis was on the omni-neutral word 'said.'

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Chapter 6 Tones

It almost seems absurd, that this chapter is warning journalist to check themselves. The part about treating death not so lightly or in a humorous state is common sense to a majority of the cultures whether eastern or western.

I guess it's a self-check. It's ironic that a journalist who's so bent in on getting the facts, not misquoting any of his sources, trying to view the story from all types of angle, fail to scrutinize himself, his actions.

I'm learning in my readings how media people can manipulate the news , the story being told. An example of this was given in class today when Dr. Jerz, mentioned Michael Moore. Moore cited his source to the new york times. The audience assumed that the New York times wrote an article on this thus their facts were verified. But what the audience fail to recognize is that Moore's info was from a letter to an editor. The letters received were pure opinions (another person's unverified facts).

which reminded me again of something that happened in world literature class today, Dr. Wendland mentioned how in Haiku, the unsaid could also be as important as the said, or maybe more important or how silence could convey more (some sort of silent communication, an intuitional trade off)...

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Ch 5: i can't believe the computer logged me off

I was writing about journalese and the computer logged off (argh)...

well I was saying how unprepared and sort of prepared I was for the surprise quiz on the AP guide to newswritng ch 5 to 7. all I can say is that I'm grateful for my attentive ears.

Throughout the semester Jerz had stressed the role of bias and the difference between bias and biased. I was able to use this context and apply it to journalese. My educated guess proved me right sort of.

After finally reading it journalese reminded me of my writing of poetry class with Dr. Arnzen. I noticed a parallel between journalese and the "no's of poetry" which were sentimentalism, cliches, careless choices of words, telling rather than showing etc.

I just realize that journalese the proper terminology for "flowery expressions."

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painting class neglected

I'm minoring in fine arts and painting is the last subject I need in order to fulfill my fine arts minor...

I'm so glad that I took half of my art classes during the summer. If you think I take forever writing a thesis statement you should see try to finish a drawing (just think about applying oil paints to the complication of drawing alone).

I am learning a lot but I feel that most of my energy is being placed in my English classes. I'm constantly bombarded with papers to write and the reading is tremendous. I figure I rather suffer now and do the readings because as soon as I finish the 2nd semester of my junior year, I'll get a bad case of senior laziness (I mean senioritis).

Well in painting class we finished a monochromatic "traditional" still-life in burnt umber and a colored still life of our choice using complimentary colors and neutral. Compositions, blending, form, values etc. are all considered.

For our third painting, we are moving into what Carol coined "expressive realism." I like this topic a lot. We have a choice to paint either a place or a portrait. I can't wait to actually get started (I've been busy with presentations and readings). I decided to paint a night scene with clouds, stars, the moon and an airplane. Hopefully it'll be pretty!

sorry for digressing, the reason why I'm glad I took my art classes in the summer is because I have more time for them. I remember I would have 4 hours instruction time for four days a week (in 7 weeks). I have an option of arriving four hours early to work on it and or staying fours late after class time. Also I didn't have ot worry about writing papers. Those were the days. sigh [insert reverie mode (@_@)]

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looking back on homecoming

the background research really helped me...

When I was assigned the sing and ring concert, the first thing I did for the background research was the five W's and the how.

Then I started thinking about people who I knew were involved in SHU chorus. Coincidentally that day after class, I bumped into the people I intended to talk with. They further gave me sources to approach.

When I got to the lunch table, I started asking my friends question about what they would be most likely like to learn if they were in a choir concert. Johanna mentioned about difficulty of music, music preparation etc. Katie even commented how I should focus on my lunch before homework.

I think it was Ami who suggested that I talked with Pr. Huls (he was only the choir director). She mentioned how he's very up to date with emails. I don't like emails for interview because I feel they're impersonal, BUT I like their conviniency. I went ahead and emailed Prof. Huls and to my great surprise he emailed me back on that same day, I was really glad and appreciative.

I guessed I asked enough questions for him to give me great quotes and a very informative summary of the history of sing and ring.

When I attended the concert on Sunday, I was prepared. I was still hesitant about talking to the greater public but as the numbers wane my confidence wax and I got around to asking people. Even though I wasn't the one singing and "performing" I felt ready for the singers, Bring on the music!

***extra note on the emails: for the Oct 13 issue of The Setonians I emailed two sources questions to support my article, they didn't get back to me right away but nonetheless they responded thus my faith in email correspondence have been restored, ALLlelujah!

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Research paper reflection

for my world literature class, we had groups with designated countries to be expertise with. my group consisted of Karissa, Neha, Johanna and Katie and our country was Japan...

in our assignment, besides leading the class in discussions and having a cultural presentations of our country, we also did a one page paper of our participation in class and a 3 to 5 page paper critical response to one of the stories we had selected.

I was unsure about the 3 to 5 page critical paper. I asked around a little too late I guessed. I treated the critical paper as if it was a research paper.

I took out all these books in the library (I think at least 27 books) and I had a week to do this. Of course I caved in. I was stuck I had a writer's block. I finally asked around and my classmates responded that the critical response paper was a close reading (more interpretive while using the text for support and clues).

In the end I ended doing half research and half interpretive. I was reading a book called a Profile of a Nation: Japan, the summary of the country's aesthetics and religion gave me an idea, and I started to see connections.

the research part that I did dealt with understanding the Zen tradition of Japan and I related this to the connections I saw.

I was so tempted just to give a bunch of block quotes, because I feared that I would butcher the interpretation...

reflecting on the presentation, i see how I could have delivered my part better...I didn't want to write out my presentation and just read from that, I wanted to maintain eye-contact, but I just freeze up and start to mumble and to stutter...

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October 7, 2005

Funny Morgan

Morgan Spurlock's lecture was hilarious. He was even more humorous in person. He answered the question (that Dr. Jerz admonished us not to ask-- too late for me) I wrote in my background research: "Have you recently been to McDonald's?" He gave a "hyperbolic" NO! When I got his picture and autograph I asked him about Starbucks (yummy delicious over-priced caramel frappucino). He mentioned how he had a segment talking about starbucks in a new movie he's producing. It's about globalization and this caricature Reverand Billy. I can't wait to see that. Could the night get even more absurd, the answer is yes... Dr Jerz got his cheeseburger autographed. It was a fun night!
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Active SHU students

SHU students raise money for Katrina relief fund

De Chantal and Farrell residence assistants (RA), class of 2007, and Seton Hill University's athletics organized a 'Buy-a-guy' auction and dance to raise money for Sr. Alicia Costa's Sisters of the Holy Family down in New Orleans.

"My sisters are all over Lousiana and Texas," said Costa, recapping to students the ordeal that her order went through because of Katrina. She stood on Cecillian stage on Friday night September 23, thanking the students in advance and reminding them of the event's objective. "I appreciate what you are doing for us," she said.

The male athletic students who volunteered to be auctioned ambled in to the song called "Boys" by singer Britney Spears.

RA Melissa Whiteman explained the rules to the crowd consisted predominantly of females. "No guys can buy guys and bidding started at five dollars," she said.

The volunteers were individually introduced before the auction began. Freshman Richie Bishop received the highest bid of the night - $105.

Junior Vanessa Vintinner said, "I thought it [the auction] was good, we raised a lot of money."

At the end of the night, the females, who bid the most money, received a carnation from their escorts and a date to the dance that followed after the auction. $1164 were collected in total from door fees, auction and faculty and staff donations.

Kathy Faijt adviser for the class of 2007 was impressed with the leadership shown by all participants.

White agreed, "It was great to see a lot of people support the cause."

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Morgan Spurlock Lecture

Laughing with Morgan Spurlock

Morgan Spurlock performed for Seton Hill University's (SHU) students, faculty and the Greensburg community on Thursday October 6 in Cecilian Hall for SHU's 2005 Lecture Series.

The purpose of the lecture series according to Daniel Bernstein professor of Hospitality Management was not just to entertain but also to educate the students, faculty and community.

Professor of Communication and Education Frank Klapak introduced Spurlock. "Who is Morgan Spurlock?....He is an intellectual jackass who stimulate us to think about corporate America," he said.

Spurlock produced, directed and starred in Super Size Me, a documentary studying the effects of a 30-day "McDonald's Only" diet.

"I was intrigued at someone who'd go to such great lengths to make a point about serious issues in our country," said Mary Ross Cox member of the lecture committee.

Throughtout the night, Spurlock used a humorous tone to convey his message. To some, his language usage was offensive.

"I was highly insulted by his language," said June K Campbell class of 1952. "I was going to buy his book at the end but I changed my mind, I won't give him a penny," she said.

Others did not mind Spurlock's language. "The language didn't bother me. I took it with a sense of humor and in the spirit of the evening," said Wilda Kaylor coordinator of the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education.

According to Campbell a Catholic College such as Seton Hill should not have speakers like him [Spurlock].

Graduate student Jen Palmer disagreed, "This is a liberal and open-minded school, his language was very real."

In between comments about his movie, he parodied people in his life.

"It [the lecture] was very funny," said Palmer. "I'm glad that they brought him here [SHU]," she said.

"It's great that you don't have to beat people over the head with graphs and figures to make a point," said Kaylor.

Class of 1998 Judi Fuchs said, "I'm happy about the facts he talked about." She said, "His message of fighting for your belief was inspiring."

Spurlock stressed about personal responsibility and being conscientious consumers. "You can do anything...find the one thing you believe in the most and fight for it," he said.

Shirley Ovitsky class 0f 1950 agreed, "You're never to old to learn."

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