Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Top Teamwork Tips

This article's title was self explanatory for what it was about. It listed 5 great tips to have in mind when you're working with a group. Ellen Sarkisian of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Howard University mentioned, that working in groups was meant to, "[allow] students with different backgrounds to bring their special knowledge, experience, or skills to a project, and to explain their orientation to others." "Group projects are intended to develop your leadership abilities while also providing an opportunity to show you are capable of working part as a team."

The 5 tips that were listed are:
1) You're probably not the only one not happy about working with a group. So remember that you're all in the same boat and the easier you make it, the faster it will get done.
2) Set ground rules. Make sure everyone is aware of due dates.
3) Be patient with your group members.
4) Be fair. Make sure everyone gets the chance to do things within their talents.
5) Respect others needs for responsibility. Being in a group is a chance for people to grow as a leader, follower and collaborator.

With all that being said, I thought this was a great article to write about because in English, we're currently working in groups for our argument essay. So I figured for anyone that reads this, can benefit a little from it. Maybe not even for this class, could be for another because I'm also in a group for another class.

I felt the author used enlightenment. It put things into prospective reading and learning about the ways I can help and contribute to my current group projects. Some of them can be common sense, but not everyone automatically keeps these tips in mind when their put in that position. So it's okay for a small reminder.

If you would like to check this article out:
The Clarion
Volume 40 Issue 90
October 25-31, 2016
Page 2
By: Meggan Lanahan

Saturday, October 22, 2016

A Special Pizza Delivery


On October 11, there was an article posted about an older woman's grandson that was checking up on her after Hurricane Matthew in Palm Coast, Florida.

Apparently, after the hurricane, Clair Olsen's phone was disconnected and her family had been waiting to hear from her. They couldn't wait any longer so her grandson called the nearest Papa John's to deliver her a pizza. Along with the pizza, there were instructions on the receipt. So when the delivery man, Lance Tyler, knocked on Clair's door, she thought it was a scam because she didn't order a pizza. Lance told her the pizza was ordered by her grandson and he called the number placed on the receipt. It was her grandson so he put the phone up to her ear and he said, "Grandma, I haven't talked to you in two days. I got worried about you. You must be hungry by now."

Ever since then, her phone has been reconnected and she let a lot of people know she was okay.

I thought the author used emotion and a little entertainment. I feel they evoked emotion because I thought it was very sweet and thoughtful of her grandson. This story put a smile on my face. I thought the article was entertaining because it was a happy story. It was clever and it made me want the story to go on.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Coffee Written In Your Genes?

Apparently according to the article, the amount of coffee you drink a day relates to your genes. This is found to be possible because the people who carry a gene called PDSS2 tend to drink less cups of coffee than the ones who don't. It says the gene reduces cells' ability to break down caffeine, which causes it to stay in the body longer.

The author ended the article with saying, "So the next time someone judges you for that fourth cup of coffee, just blame it on your genes."

The article was pretty short so that's why my summary is as short as it is. But, this article caught my eye because I am a coffee drinker and I have classes with people who have a cup every class. I'm probably one of those people who carry that gene because even though I like coffee, I may drink it once a week and one cup in that same day. So going by this article, it would be cool to find out if I actually carry that gene.

The author used education and entertainment. She used education because I definitely learned some things I had never even heard of and it was very interesting. She included facts and quotes. The way the article was ended, I thought that was pretty entertaining in itself.

If you would like to read the article yourself, check out:


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

In Life and Liberty, Law and Order

By: Laina Yost

This article was about the new law that passed in North Carolina October 1, along with the death of Keith Lamont Scott September 20 in Charlotte, who was shot by a police officer.

Two months before the shooting, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed the bill that blocks the public from getting or viewing recordings from body cameras and dashboard cameras. Even though a judge can order for the videos to be released, it still isn't fair for the community and people around the world in general. I'm sure they feel as though it leads people into having bad judgment on the ones whose job is to protect us, but I feel we should still know. Know what's going on around us, how to be more cautious and aware of who you trust. With those cameras, it shouldn't only be for the judge's eyes or whomever, but for everyone.

If there was some wrong doing, we all should have the right to know. Without that kind of information, it keeps us in the dark and to assume. Assume based upon the little information released. I feel that makes a story/situation worse. Say another situation like this happens and the victim was actually found 100% innocent but the story sounds pretty different and in the end, a police officer gets off the hook. We can only assume the officer deserved to be okay in this one. So we would we wouldn't really know that the real story says otherwise.

My point is, whoever is at fault, without the proof and evidence..it will be harder for everyone to trust. That goes for anyone and anywhere.

So for myself, I do not agree with the new law that was passed and with that, I won't feel comfortable going to Charlotte or having anyone I care about being there either.

I think the author used emotion, enlightenment and education.

I think emotion was used because she expressed a few opinions which was clear to see how she felt about this topic. But she also evoked emotion out of me because it made me feel upset and concerned. She used enlightenment because she made me more aware of the new law. I also think she used education because with her facts, she showed me that she was knowledgeable about what was going on.

To check out this article:
The Clarion
Volume 40
Issue 6
October 4-10, 2016