November 30, 2003

Friendship @ Seton Hill

It's amazing when you don't really get to know a person until one of your friends introduces you to them. You saw this person before because she was in your class, but you never took the time to say hi. Well, one of my friends Katie introduced me to someone and now we became best friends. It's weird, don't you think...

Stefanie Robb is very silly, weird and wacko...but that's the strange part, because SO AM I. We get along so well. It's amazing how you sit in the same room with someone for a couple of weeks and you don't even know that you will be best friends with them someday.

I'm very happy Stef and I became friends. She's there for me and I try to be there for her. I needed a friend who makes me laugh and not tie me down with all their problems, that friend is Stef. When we do talk about problems, we talk about them together and work them out. We don't complain about much and when we do complain it's over school or because no one's commenting in our weblogs. We listen to eachother, and that's what I needed, someone to listen to me just as much as I listen to them.

Friendship is a wonderful thing. Maybe you could be the next person to be introduced to a new best friend. It can happen.

Thanks Stef, for being a great best friend!!

Posted by Anne Stadler at 11:43 PM | Comments (1)

What Happened Steelers??

Ok-this makes me mad. The Steelers come back and then what!!-The Bengals score a touchdown in less than a minute and giving the Steelers only 14 seconds to play with. Well, it didn't work too well, the pass to Zereoue at the end didn't cut it and the Steelers lost 24-20. If only Randle El would have caught the touchdown pass thrown by Charlie Batch, everything might have been ok. Oh well. Even though the Steelers don't have a chance to make it to the playoffs, I'm still a fan. It's ok Steelers, I still love ya!! There's always next year!

Posted by Anne Stadler at 07:09 PM | Comments (2)

November 29, 2003

BIAS

In found it strange that news reporters do not realize when they are being bias in some cases. These included liberal issues. Because so many reporters think that liberal issues, according to the story Bias by Bernard Goldberg, are just sensible, reasonable, or rational views. What I liked a lot about this story, was when the author asked Dan Rather, CBS news anchor, if he thought that the New York Times had a liberal editorial page. I found it odd that he said it was "middle of the road."

The New York Times, according to the author of Bias, said that the whole editorial page is liberal. It deals with all liberal issues and liberal people, but no one believes this to be bias because they don't think it's wrong. This is an act of liberal bias and I found it weird that people don't even notice it.

If you want to read what the editorial page has to say, click here. Can you pick out the liberal bias, or have people started to eliminate it because they noticed it? I still don't think they recognized it yet. It's still "middle of the road."

Posted by Anne Stadler at 08:06 PM | Comments (0)

November 27, 2003

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!!! I hope you had a great time with whatever you did or wherever you went. Hope everyone's dinner was excellent. Can't wait to talk about it with all of you when we get back to campus. (Actually, I wish we didn't go back to campus-I need a vacation now!-but I still can't wait to see everybody!)

Posted by Anne Stadler at 09:28 PM | Comments (2)

November 25, 2003

Keep It Coming Teachers

Is it just me or does everyone have tons of homework to do over Thanksgiving break. Teachers just keep on piling it on and with only one week left. Well teachers, keep it coming cause we have Christmas break coming soon and you won't be aloud to give us any work then. HAHAHA!!

View my list of things to do over break (if your interested)...

To Do List:
1) Write 8-10 page case study for child psych.
2) Write revision for mock crime story for journalism.
3) Finish term project for journalism.
4) Write blogs, blogs, and more blogs!
5) Revise gender paper for Thinking/Writing
6) Prepare for oral presentation about gender to give in Thinking/Writing
7) Practice lines for Spanish skit that has to be given on Monday (yes the lines are in Spanish-you try to remember a lot of Spanish lines)
8) 7 online exercises for Spanish
9) Write another Spanish journal-last one (thank goodness)
10) PUT TOGETHER PORTFOLIO!!

I don't really mind all this cause soon I will have freedom!!! I CAN'T WAIT!!!

Posted by Anne Stadler at 09:52 PM | Comments (2)

November 23, 2003

More Football Talk

People, not to name any names, say the Steelers stink this year. Well, I still have faith in them. I watched the game today (Steelers won 13-6 against the Cleveland Browns) and they still got it in them to win, their offense just sucks right now. Next week the Steelers play the Bengals and there is still hope of the Steelers winning. Ever here of Stella Got Her Groove Back? Well I believe the Steelers will get their groove back-hopefully sooner than later.

Posted by Anne Stadler at 09:38 PM | Comments (0)

November 20, 2003

Your Name Is All Over The Internet

Did you ever happen to do a web search or google search on your own name. Well, I know it sounds dorky, but there are so many things you would find that are soooo interesting. I found a lot of things that I didn't know were online. Try it sometime. It's fun.

I found out that the cross-country championship results from my high school was posted online, and because I came in 9th place, I was in the article. I thought that was pretty cool. I found some of my wrestling results too from one of my tournaments. The Seton Hill athletic web page was in there too. The most interesting website that I found was the pittsburghlive.com one. I never knew they wrote an article about our cross-country team. This was really cool to find. There was a mistake on this article too. We finished in FIRST PLACE, not third. This was in the Tribune-Review. Well, try it out for yourself and maybe you wouldn't think it's so dorky. Just think, all someone has to do is type your name in the search engine and find out everything about you. Isn't that a scary thought?

Posted by Anne Stadler at 06:25 PM | Comments (2)

November 18, 2003

Counseling Anyone?

For my midterm project, which was on a day in the life at Seton Hill, I chose to discribe the Counseling Center, and included who goes there and why. I was an interesting topic and I really enjoyed working on it because I want to be a counselor when I get out of school. While entering into Terri Bassi's busy office for about 10 minutes, I gained plenty of information to do this report. Also with the help of Amy Slade (thanks again Amy) and Stefanie Robb (thanks Stef), I completed this paper with great enthusiasm and felt proud of my work. Here it is everyone (the good stuff):

A Day in the Life of Seton Hill’s Counseling Center

Do you suffer from problems, such as homesickness, boyfriend/girlfriend relationships, peer relationships, eating disorders or depression? There is help if you are a student at Seton Hill University, a Catholic liberal arts college an hour east from Pittsburgh. A lot of people have problems dealing with the stress that follows moving away from home for the first time to go to college. It’s a big change in someone’s life and can result in many personal problems. Seton Hill understands that students may have problems coping with these differences, which is why they created the Counseling Center.

Terri Bassi is the person to talk to when it comes to needing counseling. Her philosophy says, “My primary obligation is to respect your integrity and promoter of your welfare.” A lot of people at Seton Hill decide to come to the center voluntarily to receive help. Others are going for alcohol education as a result of being sanctioned of violating the policy. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 3 pm or by appointment. In that time period, an average of seven to ten students come into her office.

The process goes as follows. She presents the student with the Consent for Counseling Services form. It discusses eligibility for services, which states that the service is free of charge. It has a section on counseling services that tells about the program at Seton Hill. It says, “The SHU Counseling Center offers a range of professional services for students wanting help with psychological issues, personal concerns, interpersonal issues, and crisis intervention.” It also includes sections about confidentiality, counselor records, which states that the files do not go on an academic record, staff consultation, graduate student interns, changing appointments, emergency services, and an e-mail policy. After the student signs this form, the counseling process begins.

Bassi asks what the students reason for coming to the center is. After the student gives an overview of their problem, Bassi mentions the confidentiality between them. She makes the student feel comfortable.

Stephanie Robb said, “Even if you don’t have problems in your life you should go to the counseling center because no one is a perfectionist. [Bassi is] someone who you can trust and talk to all your problems about.” Robb also said that she helps you work your problem out step-by-step and she won’t move on until you understand what she’s talking about.

In an e-mail interview for the CAPS newsletter between Bassi and Amy Slade, Bassi said, “Psychological and emotional issues are the reason for counseling.” She also said that students could seek counseling for personal development, which is where there is no problem but the student wants to avoid having them. She said, “Students…are all welcome to seek counseling for assistance with their concerns. Students who are seriously depressed or suicidal should always be referred to the counseling center.” The most important part of the counseling center is that it provides information to promote a healthy lifestyle.

There are many pamphlets placed around campus that are available to the students that provide information. One of them is on “Coping with Crisis and Disaster.” This has topics such as emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and physical responses to crisis or disaster. It also includes tips for coping and self-care and how to support a friend in crisis. There are pamphlets with information on university policies about alcohol and drugs and another giving information about rape, which offers prevention tips for men and women.

More students are receiving counseling each year. The types of problems are changing each year. Bassi said, “They are very, very eclectic.” Bassi is here to help and when her services are provided, it makes a student feel better throughout each day at Seton Hill. A day at college can be stressful for a student, but it doesn’t have to be. Now don’t you feel better knowing you can get help?

Posted by Anne Stadler at 07:23 PM | Comments (2)

November 14, 2003

David Maraniss @ SHU!!

David Maraniss was at Seton Hill tonight from 7:30-9:30 pm. He gave a great lecture about his new book called They Marched Into Sunlight. He began his journalism career while at the University of Wisconsin. He worked for the Madison Capital Times. In 1977, he began working for the Washington Post. In 1983, he went more towards reporting and won awards for it. In 1999, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his articles about Bill Clinton. Right now, he works as a writer at large for the Washington Post. His lecture given today was his last event of a 5 week book tour. One of the things I liked about this lecture was Maraniss added a little spunk to it. He said that journalists are the worst to interview and if he would interview himself, it would be apathetic. This is just one of the things he said that made his presentation interesting. I found his lecture and the topic of his book to be very informative and interesting.

This book, They Marched Into Sunlight, gets it's name from a poem. The first line of the poem is "Into sunlight they marched" and the last 2 lines are "Some of them died; Some of them weren't aloud to." This book tells of a painful and important event in history, the Vietnam War. No one knew, according to Maraniss, who the friend was or who the enemy was. The reason Maraniss decided to write a full book on the Vietnam War was due to all of his books dealing with some aspect of the war and he became more intensely involved. In Madison, Maraniss found a lot of information on the Vietnam War that helped his book a lot. A man who was receiving his doctorate in history around the date October 18th in 1967, wanted to follow a riot group to find out what happens. He wrote a 15 page report on everything he saw that day and Maraniss used that information in his book. He also has Dick Cheney in his book because he was at the University of Wisconsin during this time. He found that Cheney didn't want anything to do with the war and thought it was a distraction. A university police chief had left a garage full of first-hand documents of what he went through in 1967. These were very useful in the production of Maraniss's book. The reason why most of these riots occur on college campuses and such are due to an awakening to the larger world, according to Maraniss.

In his book, the Madison part of the story is familiar to him because he grew up there, but the Vietnam side was not. When he was 18 or 19 years of age, he was opposed to the war and was unfamiliar with the whole world out there with Vietnam Veterans. He didn't know it until he started talking to Veterans (60 men with incredible stories). He found a lot of Veterans through the Internet (Something that Dr. Jerz would be very found of). The Internet has become the community of Vietnam Veterans.

Maraniss's rule as a journalist is to "go there, where ever there is." As a result of this little rule, he decided to go to Vietnam. 2 goals that he had in Vietnam were to try to find the battle site and walk it himself, and to find the battle site of the other side. He accomplished both of these goals. Maraniss talked to a man who he thought forgot about the war so he didn't want to ask directly about it. After talking to the man about everything else for 3 hours the man pointed to a map and said that we weren't supposed to be there and let me tell you how it happened. The man told him that his regiment was starving and they were looking for rice. They fell into a trap. The man took Maraniss and his friends to the battle field. Maraniss said that everything changed on the battlefield, yet everything was the same. He said that the bunkers were they slept were still there. They walked on the exact spot were the battle was fought.

To the Seton Hill campus, Maraniss says to get yourself involved in the things going on in the world outside Seton Hill because it does affect you.

This book may bring a movie along with it. Maraniss said that Tom Hanks bought rights to the book. Usually when that happens, it becomes a movie. Maraniss said, "It might happen."

After all of these experiences, Maraniss said that he would never be finished with Vietnam emotionally. His next book that he said that he started to work on is about Roberto Clemente. So all you sports fans out there should keep up to date with Maraniss's progress on his upcoming book.

Posted by Anne Stadler at 11:23 PM | Comments (2)

November 12, 2003

SIDS In Children

I learned about Sudden Infant Death Sydrome in child psychology and found it very interesting. In my child psychology book entitled Infants, Children, and Adolescents by Laura Berk, it said, "[Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is] the unexpected death, usually during the night, of an infant younger than 1 year of age that remains unexplained after thorough investigation."

I found an article on this, which was published only a couple of days ago, and it says that researchers may have found the reason for this death.

This article said that the cause of this death could be due to high levels of cytokine, which is protein, in the brains of infants. It mentions that the research was put into a journal called the American Academy of Neurology. (In order to read the article on the American Academy of Neurology website, you need to have an online subscription). In the article it is said that the children who experience SIDS are between the age of 6 weeks to 10 months. A man named Hazim Kadhim, of Université Catholique de Louvain and Free University in Brussels, was highly involved in this study. Here is aanother article about this topic.

I found these articles to be very interesting, because for a long time there was no reason behind SIDS. It's crazy how there just starting to come up with a reason for these deaths now. If your interested, read this article.

Posted by Anne Stadler at 07:42 PM | Comments (1)

November 09, 2003

Steelers Finally Win!!!-And I Was There!!!

The Pittsburgh Steelers played the Arizona Cardinals this afternoon, and I watched the whole thing-no, not on TV-IN REAL LIFE! I finally got to go to my first real life NFL game. This had to of been the greatest day of my life. My boyfriend bought the tickets off of a season ticket holder and I was so excited when I found out he got them. I have never been to a football game, other than a high school game. Yes, I did see Randel El return the punt for a touchdown and I did see Hines Ward catch the touchdown pass. You probably saw these things too, but I WAS THERE!!!!!!!!!!! They actually won too, which made it even better.

Posted by Anne Stadler at 08:55 PM | Comments (2)

November 06, 2003

Current Media Ethics

A man named John C. Merrill wrote an article called Needed: An Ethical Press. The first sentence of this article was very strong. It said, "Journalists in the United States who enjoy bashing everything and everybody in sight are beginning to get growing amounts of their own medicine." I thought this was very interesting and wanted to learn a lot more about this.

I found out that the author of this article said that many critics believe that "ethical journalism" in today's world is oxymoronic.

Let's look at a current issue that is supposedly creating ethical problems for the broadcast media. Two major issues they discuss in this article that cause ethical problems are digitally changing the background on televised news stories and compressing dialogue on live radio talk shows so that more commercials can be used per hour. Well, who would want to listen to more commercials on a radio station and why does it matter what the background looks like on televised news stories? New technology is the answer. As the technology gets bigger and better, the television and radio shows have to get bigger and better.

This technology is creating an issue because viewers rely on the media to give them correct information and show them correct footage. In this article Harry Jessell, the editor of Broadcasting & Cable magazine, said, "You would think that a TV news organization would not tamper with video, especially live video. Viewers should be able to rely on the fact that what they are seeing is actually there."

This article gives tons of information on ethical issues relating to media technology. One of which was my favorite to read was "Journalism ethicists have pondered the question of when the manipulation of images becomes unethical. The answer: when reality becomes distorted." I totally believe this to be true and technology is the reason for this distortedness.

If interested at all in media ethics and technology, I highly recommend this article.

Posted by Anne Stadler at 09:16 PM | Comments (0)

November 05, 2003

Torill Mortensen At Seton Hill

It was a pleasure to have a guest speaker for once and it was definitely a surprise. First of all I'd like to thank Torill Mortensen for coming to our classroom and giving us information on games and media panics.

I learned many things from Dr. Mortensen, especially about the Norwegian way of life, because she's from Norway. She told us how the media can be represented as caretakers and that people need to be looked after and nourished by the state and the media.

I learned that it wasn't until 1992 that Norway only had one television program, unless someone had a satelite dish. Norwaywas not permitted to advertise and they're strictly on the entertainment side. The had strict control over what programs they could put on TV. Also I learned that Norwegians are very big on newspapers. They have at least 2 or 3 newspapers coming to their house in one day. In Mortensen's words, "...almost adicted to newspapers." They have so many kinds of papers, Communist, Religous, Rural, etc. Here are the list of newspapers in Norway. Mortensen also said that in Norway, you expect the media to look after you.

Concerning BBC, Mortensen said that it is a public service model and is to serve the people so information can reach everybody. It gives general knowledge about what's going on and gives current issues dealing with entertainment, because entertainment represents culture.

The topic that Mortensen said keeps repeating itself is that technology is dangerous. People who go to the movies too often can disrupt their sense of reality. It is said that any more than going to the movies more than 2 times a week is dangerous. In 1962, were the first broadcasts in Norway. The fragile minds couldn't handle it. An example Mortensen gave was that someone who watches the Texas Chainsaw Masacre would grab the closest chainsaw and go wild.

Another issue being discussed in class was computer games. Mortensen wrote a book about computer games: why people enjoy them, the connection between games and public culture, and whether they are dangerous or not. Mortensen has never said that commputer games were good, but every time she speaks to a journalist, they always draw the conclusion that computer games are good. She is not qualified enough to say whether or not they are good or bad, but the journalists keep asking her this question. The only thing Mortensen said is that computer games can develop social skills and empathy. She found that games are predominantly an American influence. The French had this same thing occur, but only with comic books.

People can learn many things from a game. Karate kicks can be learned from fighting games and from the media, people can learn violence and how to use violence. Mortensen said, "You do this if you already accepted that violence is a way to solve your problems." These are the only things so far that media research has discovered about violence.

These are the things that were discussed in class. It was a very informative presentation of game and media panics. I would again like to thank Torill Mortensen for sharing her knowledge with our classroom.

Posted by Anne Stadler at 09:36 PM | Comments (1)

November 02, 2003

Cross-Country RUNS This Campus!!

On November 1st, all of us girls on the cross-country team raced together one last time this semester at St. Vincent College for the region IX and X championships. All of us had a wonderful time and did a great job, the best from the whole year. Our team placed 10th out of 16, which was where we were ranked. Even though we didn't place first at championships, we all did great for ourselves and a lot of us got our own personal records, including myself. It was a great day to race. The weather was windy, rainy, and cold. It was great running weather!!!!!!!!!!!!

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