DJ Beckage

Archive for March, 2011

Heller, Catch-22 (25-30)

by on Mar.31, 2011, under Uncategorized

In Heller, Catch-22 (25-30) I noticed this passage:

I didn’t want to write the entire paragraph out but it’s the first first paragraph where Nurse Duckett is described in chapter 27 as both this attractive woman and as being very compitant and the paragraph ends with “Yossarian took pity and decided to help her.”

Again, I just found the whole paragraph and great set-up to the joke.  You have this wonderful sounding woman and Yossarian wants to change that to make her better (in his mind).

via Heller, Catch-22 (25-30).

Leave a Comment more...

Exercise 3 – My Revision of the Email

by on Mar.29, 2011, under Uncategorized

For my revision of exercise 3, Professor Jerz suggested that my email sounded more like a negative email at the original midway point by suggesting that SHU automatically assuming the educational level of the incoming freshman class.  With some small revision, here’s the new email:

To the Summer Book Selection committee of Seton Hill University,

I thank you for contacting me with regards to my opinion of a work for the Summer Reading program.  I would recommend the book “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith (source D).  The book is a very well-paced story and will give the incoming student class not only a literary linchpin for the freshman class to hold fast to as they transition to the rigors of college-level academia, but also give historical background to the early twentieth century of America.  With this insight prior to attending their first class, the freshman body will become better immersed in the ability to “think and act critically, creatively, and ethically,” as referenced in Source B.

Seton Hill University, and by proxy its alumni, hold the responsibility of offering a firm education foundation for the newly adopted freshmen student body to build upon.  These students will be coming from a diverse range of educational backgrounds, from institutes of both low reproach and high praise.  As noted in source E, many universities attempt to assimilate high school students without taking into account these educational level differences but this has not been the case with Seton Hill University, due in part to the accessibility of past summer reading selections.  This accessibility of the selected summer reading has allowed the new freshmen body coming to Seton Hill University to better themselves and, in doing so, bettering the community around them, locally, nationally and worldly.  “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith would be an appropriate reading for these new minds to the world of collegiate studies because they will be able to divine for themselves what their path to personal and academic growth will be.  The book will be not only become a literary source for them to commune over between fellow students and professors but also a mirror onto themselves which asks of each reader “what will you become?”

I hope that through this letter, I have been able to offer valuable insight with my recommendation of this reading.  I believe it will not only be beneficial to the incoming freshman class but also, like a pebble striking the surface of a pool of water, will ripple outwards from each student in a positive manner onto his or her community.  This is not a flight of fancy but an informed opinion on a book that I believe will help ignite and brighten the minds of the incoming class of freshmen to Seton Hill University, creating a strong academic world for these students to thrive.

With great appreciation,

DJ Beckage

 

Leave a Comment more...

Exercise 3 – Original Post

by on Mar.29, 2011, under Uncategorized

So for exercise 3, we are to take on the role of an alumni member being asked to suggest a book for the SHU summer reading program.  So here was my original email:

To the Summer Book Selection committee of Seton Hill University,

I thank you for contacting me with regards to my opinion of a work for the Summer Reading program.  I would recommend the book “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith (source D).  The book is a very well-paced story and will give the incoming student class not only a literary linchpin for the freshman class to hold fast to as they transition to the rigors of college-level academia, but also give historical background to the early twentieth century of America.  With this insight prior to attending their first class, the freshman body will become better immersed in the ability to “think and act critically, creatively, and ethically,” as referenced in Source B.

Seton Hill University, and by proxy its alumni, hold the responsibility of offering a firm education foundation for the newly adopted freshmen student body to build upon.  As noted in source E, these students will be coming from a diverse range of educational backgrounds, from institutes of both low reproach and high praise.  The stance of the university should not be of assumption; that these new students come from a level playing field but rather that these students are coming to this university to better themselves and, in doing so, bettering the community around them, locally, nationally and worldly.  “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith would be an appropriate reading for these new minds to the world of collegiate studies because they will be able to divine for themselves what their path to personal and academic growth will be.  The book will be not only be a literary source for them to commune over between fellow students and professors but also a mirror onto themselves which asks of each reader “what will you become?”

I hope that through this letter, I have been able to offer valuable insight with my recommendation of this reading.  I believe it will not only be beneficial to the incoming freshman class but also, like a pebble striking the surface of a pool of water, will ripple outwards from each student in a positive manner onto his or her community.  This is not a flight of fancy but an informed opinion on a book that I believe will help ignite and brighten the minds of the incoming class of freshmen to Seton Hill University, creating a strong academic world for these students to thrive.

 

With great appreciation,

DJ Beckage

 

Leave a Comment more...

Portfolio 2

by on Mar.29, 2011, under Uncategorized

And here we go again.  HA!  So for my second blog portfolio, I was able to see how the class discussions have helped shape my blog entry.  I’ve found that a number of my blogs have been the free writings from class and these have really helped to facilitate my classroom discussion.

Even with the changes that I’ve made in my career life, I still find myself somewhat playing catch-up in class which has also been somewhat of a debilitation.  With that said, I’ve likened it unto turbulent waters that have actually begun to subside, which has been really nice.

So here is what I’ve completed with my blog so far:

Depth: With this section of my portfolio, my blogs have stayed pretty close to topic and have been able of touching on some topic that either you enjoy or you disagree with but either way, they’ve been of substance and honest.

Interaction: I was a little light on the interaction with my fellow classmates between the last time we posted our blog portfolio 1 and now and I think that’s because the of how in-depth the class discussions have been.  I do have to say that I enjoyed your comments on my blog, as well, Professor Jerz.

Discussion: Again, I’ve found that a lot of my blogs have been based more on the classroom discussions we’ve had.  What’s been great is hearing each person’s perspective on a book or idea and being able to either build on my own thoughts or further develop my own through the discussion.  One of the ideas I’ve been able to build on is the topic/thesis of my research paper.

Timeliness: This time around with regards to timeliness, I think I’ve been ok with getting my blogs in on time.  I have two blogs that reflect this, both my discussion on awkward use of language and comical timing.

Coverage: The reading and the class discussions have helped me to better formulate my ideas with future readings.  I have two blogs that have helped me to better convey my thoughts, one in regards to the O’Connor reading and subsequent class discussion and then my tying together one of the class’s first Foster reading with the devil.

4 Comments more...

Heller, Catch-22 (11-24)

by on Mar.28, 2011, under Uncategorized

In Heller, Catch-22 (11-24) I noticed this passage:

“A day or two later after the city fell, he would be back with leases on two large and luxurious apartments there, one for the officers and one for the enlisted men, both already staffed with competent, jolly cooks and maids. ”

This passage stuck out to me because of my own deployment.  It just reminded me of where I was stationed in Bahrain in 2004 and then in stark contrast where I was stationed in Kuwait.  Two completely different living environments.

via Heller, Catch-22 (11-24).

Leave a Comment more...

Heller, Catch-22 (1-10)

by on Mar.24, 2011, under Uncategorized

In Heller, Catch-22 (1-10) I noticed this passage:

“There was a urologist for his urine, a lymphologist for his lymph, an endocrinologist for his endocrines, a psychologist for his pathos, a cystologist for his cysts, and a bald and pedantic cetologist from the zoology department at Harvard who had been shanghaied ruthlessley into the Medical Corps by faulty anode in an I.B.M. machine and spent his sessions with the dying colonel trying to discuss Moby Dick with him.”

To be honest, I just thought this was funny.  He doesn’t know exactly what the job of each of these doctors are so he just goes with the first part of the area of expertise.  It was just a funny bit.

via Heller, Catch-22 (1-10).

Leave a Comment more...

A Thesis for Discussion

by on Mar.22, 2011, under Uncategorized

So, I’m thinking that this may be the thesis for my research paper (or something very similar to it).

In Eugene O’Neill’s “The Hairy Ape,” the character of Yank is used to show the changing social and technological world by making him both unsympathetic and unable to change.

Leave a Comment more...

Gordon, “Somewhat Like War…”

by on Mar.22, 2011, under Uncategorized

In Gordon, “Somewhat Like War…” I found the paper to be rooted in this idea of genuine realism.  Outside of this, I really wasn’t too sure.  The reading was a lot and sort of overwhelming to me.

via Gordon, “Somewhat Like War…”.

Leave a Comment more...

Free write – Researching My Research Paper

by on Mar.22, 2011, under Uncategorized

I’m really not 100% what I want to do with my research paper for this semester so while it was interesting and insightful to have these readings available to look upon for assistance, I think my lack of enthusiasm is more based on the fact that I really have even thought that far ahead.

As far as how the readings for today prepare me, I think they give me a guide as to what is being required of me for my research paper.  Being able to read them and have the light bulb switch on “Ok.  So this is what they’re looking for,” was really nice.

Honestly, as far as a topic goes for my research paper, I’m truly not sure yet.  I haven’t thought that far ahead.

1 Comment more...

Cardullo, O’Neill’s THE HAIRY APE

by on Mar.22, 2011, under Uncategorized

In Cardullo, O’Neill’s THE HAIRY APE I noticed this passage:

“The central preoccupations of the futurists were speed and technology; like Yank, they were particularly drawn to the intoxicating power of machines”

Yank was not a futurist. He did not care about speed and technology. Yank is much like Paddy, where Paddy revelled in his days on old sail boats, Yank does the same in “modern” times. His character refuses to move forward and so Yank is always locked into this time period much the same as Paddy. He shows this mindset when he speaks about being a part of the boat’s inner workings to when he refuses to let go of Mildred’s insult of him.

via Cardullo, O’Neill’s THE HAIRY APE.

2 Comments more...

Looking for something?

Use the form below to search the site:

Still not finding what you're looking for? Drop a comment on a post or contact us so we can take care of it!