Thursday, May 1, 2014

The life of sommer

The beginning was a bit rusty, it seemed as though they didn't really know where they were going with the movie. The main character seemed a bit lazy, not really willing to do much to change her life. It seemed as though the director had a low budget, the effects weren't all that great. It's about an artist who tries her best in school but still falls behind. She hangs with the wrong crowd sometimes and gets into trouble, but other times, she makes good choices in her friends. (Me) as in Cody McEnery There was a struggle for finding a college right for her, and when she did, she couldn't afford it. Not really knowing what to do she shrugged it off, not paying any attention to it to last minute.
Honestly, the whole time,she seems like she's only making it harder for herself. The time she seems at her happiest is when she's with friends, but yet she doesn't get out all that much. She hates her job, but can't muster up the courage to quit it, though she's not sure if she can afford to either.
She has weird collections of macabre things, but I suppose that's something you'd expect of an artist, to own skulls and what not.
Overall, I wouldn't really recommend the movie, kind of boring, not much excitement. I guess PG13 would be a good rating for it, the only bad thing about it is the language.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Blog overview

For the first piece, I chose my valentines day article, mostly because it was one of my favourite pieces I wrote this semester, and it was really well done and a new topic that a lot of people really haven't heard of. It's also one of my longest pieces of the semester, as well. I had interviewed two different people for this piece, each with a differing point of view on the topic that I was discussing, to really show the contrast and just how much that the average, everyday person isn't exposed to. Overall, I thought it was a really good piece and that's why I chose it.
For my second piece, I chose an editorial I wrote on the price of college now-a-days. Honestly, I didn't really have much of a choice with this one, seeing as though I didn't really write all that much this semester, but I suppose this is an okay piece, it definitely could be better, but I don't really know how to go about fixing that. If this piece, I wrote how expensive college is these days and how important it is to have a college degree, even if it isn't in something you want to pursue. If I had to redo this piece, I probably would.
I chose my independent vox pop to display because that was the best one I did. I had better answers in that one, better sound quality, better background music, and a more interesting question than the other one. I didn't exactly enjoy doing the vox pop but it was interesting to hear all the different answers, nada what I liked most about my question is the variety in answers that it could get, since it was an opinionated retort.

Vox pop


The cost of living
Is the cost of college too much? What happens when a person can't afford college? They can't get a good job, a high grossing job, good enough to support themselves or others, such as a family. It's ridiculous that you have to pay an arm and a leg to get an education in this country.
The average two year, in-state, cost of a public college is $3,131, and the average four year, out of state public college is $8,665, and those are just the averages according to College Board. Private colleges will cost almost three times as much, coming to an outstanding $29,056.
Once a person graduates from college, they have to find a home, a job, and be able to pay both college loans and bills on their house, which all adds up very quickly, draining your bank accounts.
There are college that specialize in topics that students want to specialize in as well, but probably can't afford to pay the costs of what it is to go there, causing them to have to settle for less than want they want, and then in turn not getting the job you want. I realize you can't have everything you want, but it's education. It's a bit absurd that you have to pay so much to be able to support yourself in life.
When asked what he thinks about the price of college, Kevin Cassidy said "I completely agree, people should not have to pay so much to be able to go to school to get a job." In som jobs, they will pay you more to have a bachelors of some sort, even if it doesn't relate to the field of work. "I could have a degree in basket weaving if I wanted to, and be paid twice as much as I am getting paid now."

Valentines day article

When most people think about Valentine's day, they think of heart shaped boxes of chocolates and roses and most other "mushy-gushy" things. But, truth is, not everyone likes that kind of stuff. What first comes to mind on February 14th, is romance. But there are people out there who don't experience romance, or even want to. These type of people are called aromantic.
Aromantics are people who experience little to no romantic attraction; Where as most other people have an emotional need to be with another person in a romantic relationship. Aromantic people are often satisfied with friendships and other non-romantic relationships. Although, this doesn't prelude them from feeling other forms of love or attraction. "Many other forms of substantial and beneficial relationships with others can be formed" Rachel Wolfe said ", such as friendships, the bond you may have with family, or a pet, etc."
Romance is a feeling that most people experience, especially on Valentine's day. Romance is the expressive and, in some cases, pleasurable feeling from an emotional attraction towards another person associated with love. It usually implies an expression of a deep and strong emotional desire to connect with another person intimately or romantically. The term "romance" actually originates from the medieval idea of chivalry as it was portrayed in its romantic literature.
 When asked, Rachel Wolfe said "Romanticism, at its core, was a movement in the 18th century focusing heavily on the concepts of human emotions in a wide array, mostly very strong emotions such as love, terror, bravery. The time period is also where a strong sense of 'romancing' other beings came into play, the emphasis on these feelings and enacting the wooing of other people."
Another form of romanticism that people may not know of, is demiromanticism. Aromanticism and demiromanticism are the big two, there are plenty of other stem offs as well. Demiromantics are people who only experience romantic attractions or feelings towards someone after a strong bond has been formed.
 Where most romantics can elicit romance to their partner almost immediately, demiromantics cannot do so right away. When I asked a friend, Clifford Anderson, what he knew about demiromantics, he had said "I think it's a moderate amount of romance being shown." Showing that the average person knows little to nothing about these kinds of orientations.
There are plenty of other terms as well. Such as lithromantics, grey-romantics, queerplatonics, and more; they are all people who experience different types of romantic attractions, if any at all.
"I consider Valentine's Day being highly bastardized. These days it is merely a corporate holiday targeting the evolved ideals from the romanticism era and morphing them into a highly monetized concept of spending exorbitant amounts of money on partners for this singular day, almost a competition if you will, of who can spend the most money on the most lavish displays of affection through material gain." Rachel said, after I had asked her what she thought Valentine's day was about. On the other hand, Cliff had said it was "a day to do something nice for the one you love." There are a spectrum of people who think and feel different things on Valentine's day, and they should all be acknowledged and respected.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Geri's game review

Geri's game is a funny little short that I remember watching when I was a kid, right before watching "Bugs Life". There's only one character, Geri, and it seems as though he's a lonely man, which he shows through his actions. It has no spoken words, all for you to interpret yourself with the emotion shown through the character.
The short animation is about an old man who decides to play a game with no one else but himself. Switching back and forth, he challenges himself in a game of chess. He shows two different personalities with each persona he takes on; One, a competitive person, and the other, seemingly kind hearted.
Almost reaching the breaking point of the chess game, Geri decides to trick his other persona into thinking he had a heart attack, just so he could switch the board around, making him the winning side. His opponent, with only a queen left, he and no other choice but to sacrifice the game, giving himself the winning prize.  It's a light-hearted animation, and the genre is a comedy. Overall, it was a nice little video to watch, and I enjoyed it.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Movie review

  • If you are thinking about seeing a particular movie, would you consult a movie review for a recommendation? Why or why not?
    - I don't think I would. Everyone's entitled to their own opinions but only I can make my own.
  • What types of useful information can a movie review offer you? List as many as you can.
    - I guess it can tell you what to expect, just in case it's a bad movie, or maybe if it's good/worth seeing.
  • How often do you think young people consult movie reviews before watching a movie?
    - probably a lot. There's a lot of sites revolving around movie reviews, like rotten tomatoes.
  • What aspects about movie reviews make them a positive or negative influence on your decision to watch the movie?
          - whether what the people say about the movie is good or bad can really influence someone's decision to watch the movie.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

College crossroads

— What is your idea of what the perfect college for you might be? Why?
I guess the perfect college, in my mind, would be one that specializes in something I want to go into, or, at least, have a wider selection of what I want to go into. When a college doesn't have what you're looking for, it makes it hard to enjoy what you're doing, and having to settle for less is never fun.
— How much pressure do you feel, whether from parents, teachers, the media or your friends, to get into a selective college? How do you handle that pressure?
I feel a lot, actually. All my parents had gone to really prestigious colleges and are now applying pressure to me to do something more with my life. I'm not too good with handling pressure, though, I normally just try to brush it off.
— In the end, how much do you think it matters where you go to college? Why?
Not that much really, you still come out with a degree or bachelors in something. It may sound better to say you got it from Princeton rather than a community college, but the certificates have equal meaning.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SAT scores

  • — Do you think SAT scores could be a good indicator of future career success? Why or why not?
- in a way they are, but just like the article said, high school transcripts would be a better indication of they would do in college. It's just one test, there shouldn't be that much focus on just that to determine if you'll get into college or not.
  • — If you were on a hiring committee at a workplace, would you consider SAT scores as part of an applicant’s materials?
- I would not. I don't think the SAT has much to do with work/work ethic.
  • — What if a job applicant did not take the SAT? Do you think some employers would penalize that person? How should this situation best be handled, in your opinion?
- I don't think that person should be penalized at all. Like I said in my previous answer, I don't think the SAT matters all that much when applying for a job, so I think it's something that should just be brushed off.

Monday, March 24, 2014

— How much have you learned about climate change in school? What do you believe about it?
- I haven't really learned much about it. I remember touching base in it briefly in eighth grade science, but hardly any knowledge was gained from it. The only stuff I know about climate changes is what I've heard on the news, if ever.
— How compelling do you find this most recent report to be?

- eh, it was kind of so-so for me. I didn't find it boring, but I didn't find it interesting....
— How much does the topic concern you in general? Why?

- I want to say it concerns me, but I don't feel the need to be too concerned by it. I know I should be concerned with it, but I'm not....

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Fraternities and sororaties

— Do you want to join a fraternity or sorority? Why or why not?
I don't think I would, I feel like there's way too much of an obligation to be there and participate in whatever they're doing. I'm also not really a fan of being in groups like that.

— What do you think fraternities could do to police themselves? Is what Sigma Alpha Epsilon doing enough?
I'm not really sure what they could do to police themselves. I feel like if they were the ones making rules for themselves, that they could just bend the rules a bit and still get away with things. I also not sure if what they're doing is enough, it is definitely a step forward though.

— What do you think would be lost if there were no fraternities on college campuses? What might be gained? Would banning fraternities substantially lessen problems like sexual violence and alcohol-fueled injuries and deaths on college campuses or not?
I guess what would be lost would be a sense of community or brotherhood amongst the men. But what could be gained was more of a sense of stability on the campus, to be able to have more control over what happens, in a sense. I don't think that banning fraternities will lessen any problems, because no matter if there's a group or not, there's always going to be that one person who takes it to the extreme. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Thumbnail editorials

The weather in Maine is harsh and cold for just about half the year. Always snowing in the winter, it can get really annoying. I, personally, do not like the cold. I have to wear way too much to escape it, not to mention the heating bills.

Facebook is still on the rise, with more and more people joining everyday. Facebook is a good way to stay connected with friends and family even when you're not near them. But, sometimes people decide to post rude, or just plain boring statuses.

Bumper stickers are a good way to express yourself and what you love. Things like "coexist" or "I love my dog" are greater ways to show people, or more so strangers, what you're passionate about. But is there such a thing as too many bumper stickers? Sometimes covering the whole rear end of your car can be a bit obnoxious or overwhelming to those around you.

School lunch is a meal, that's reasonably cheap, and helps you get through the day when you're at school. But, I feel as though it gets too repetitive. The same meal after meal, as though nothing really changes.

Plastic and cosmetic surgery is a very debatable topic. Where some people want to be sliced  and diced to perceive themselves as pretty, others prefer a natural way about it. Some people frown upon this type of surgery because they see it as unnecessary.

Senior privilege is being able to park closer to the school and to get a month off from school for senior projects. I think these are. Good ideas because it teaches us how to work with responsibilities and prepares us for being on our own.

Having or getting a job can be difficult. You can be discriminated against for the way you look when applying for a job because if the way you look, or you just don't like your job or your boss, so you need a change of scenery. I think that people should judge you based on your work ethic instead of your appearance.

Gun control is a very controversial subject. Some people will vote for it, and others, against it. The people who own guns will think its a ridiculous law and others who don't will think that guns are way too dangerous to be used by the public. I for one, think that they should just do more thorough background checks.

I think that reality tv is so cheesey. I'm not even sure why they call it reality tv, it all seems so staged. The fake laughter, smiles, tears, it all seems to be unreal. I just don't like it, far too much drama for me.

Art is a very enjoyable subject to do, but not everyone likes it. Not everyone is good at it, and when people aren't good at something, they tend to dislike it. I believe that art is a very one sided thing, you either hate it, or love it.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


— How much control do you think you have over your fate?
I like to think that you can control a huge part of it. You get to choose what you do but you don't exactly get to choose what happens to you, and I believe that's the part that really shapes us/has a bigger impact on us. 
— Do you feel your fate is already predetermined by your lineage — your parents and ancestors? Or do you feel you are in the driver’s seat in determining your own success?
I feel as though I'm "in the drivers seat" with determining my own success. It all really matters on how much you try to do things in your life that will make an impact in the long run.
— Do you think you will be better or worse off than your parents? In what ways? Why?
To be honest, I'm not even entirely sure. There's such a diversity between the decisions that I have made and the decisions my parents have made. I'd like to think I'd turn out at the same kind of success rate as them, but you never know. They turned out to have very..... Government(?) like jobs I suppose would be a way to put it, being a firefighter and a nurse, whereas I just want to go into something with art. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Pulitzer price

Mark Mahoney was the winner of the 2009 Pulitzer price. His article "shush" is trying to enlighten people about what the government is trying to "keep us in the dark" about. There was definitely some bias in his article. He basically used people around him for a source and got their opinions. His articles seem to be more lengthy and more biased than a feature article.

Monday, February 10, 2014


I believe that everyone is creative, but it's all a matter of how much they use it or how much they've developed it. Being an artist, it's a goal to. Be creative, but it's also something that I've worked on and honed over the years, while others let it lie dormant and feel no need to use it. But I believe that people can still learn to be creative, not just in artistic ways, but like the article said, in creative problem solving.

I suppose most of the things the students listed also annoy me, but not much. I suppose some things at my house that annoy me is when my dogs bark for ten minutes at nothing, but there's nothing I can really do about that. I guess taking a creative studies class would be really helpful, you'd learn different ways to cope with different issues in the world that you could use later on in your life.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Art of the Interview

Sawatzki's rules for interviewing are: ask short questions, you want to the answer to be more important than the question itself. Don't charge words, you want to be able to coax the answers out of them, not push them. And last, don't ask yes or no questions, you want long answers, not short.
Some things not to do while interviewing is offend the person you're interviewing. Also, not to have a boring subject, otherwise you'll get nowhere. Don't try to make your questions more important than the answer itself, the answer is the only thing that matters.
Some challenges that I've encountered while interviewing others is getting back really short responses. I'm not entirely sure if it's just because I was asking lazy people, or if my questions weren't open ended enough. I suppose something I could do in the future is try to work on my questions more and make them more open ended. Also, to ask more knowledgable people on the subjects I'm questioning, to ensure that I can get longer answers.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Hip hop controversy

Who does hip hop belong to?
I know it's been said that hip hop is a historically black genre, but I believe that it can belong to anyone who feels passionate about it. Music is a form of art, and no form of art can belong to just one person.
Are white artists who prosper in hip hop robbing from black musicians? Or is music fair game for all true fans? I believe that it's fair game for all fans. The world is becoming more diverse in what is happening and just like everything else, you have to try and work your way to the top. "Part of accepting hip-hop’s growth into a pop music juggernaut is accepting that its edges are fuzzier than they once were."
I think that rap, someday, can transcend class and race, because it's music, and music belongs to everyone.

Friday, January 17, 2014


I think this year, as a writer, I have really improved and learned a lot more about journalism than I had known previously. I've also really improved with my writing style. One of my goals for myself was to learn a new kind of writing style, which is exactly what I did. The only thing I struggled with was getting this done and in on time, it's always been an issue with me.
I chose the era eaters article and my college app essay because they were my best. And I believe they are my best because they are topics that I am most passionate about. One thing I've always had a passion for my entire life is teaching and helping people and that's what I was trying to do/convey in my feature article. My college app essay was good because I was writing from the heart, and it think those are the best kinds of pieces. I tried to expand my diction during the process of this class to make my papers seem a bit more educated.
For my first piece, I chose my college app essay. In this prompt I felt as though I was really able to express myself, and it showed my us of voice in it as well. It was something I felt was, and probably still is, one of my best pieces. It wasn't much of a process to write this piece, mostly because it just flowed straight from the heart, which I know is a corny saying, but it's true. Writing about things I'm passionate about is fairly easy for me, and I out more time and effort into it to really pack the punch I want to deliver.
For my second piece, I chose my feature article about satanism. Like I said, I put a lot more time in effort into things I'm passionate about. I've always wanted to teach people about different religions, to me, I feel like they don't know enough of a variety, and don't have the passion or drive to research it. Writing this piece did require a decent amount of research, and I actually learned some new things along the way as well! I didn't exactly get to interview anyone, mostly because the people I did interview, gave really vague answers, I suppose because they didn't know enough in the topic. I suppose my strengths in this piece would be the amount of research that went into it, and maybe voice? I did struggle a bit to keep a bias opinion out of it, as well.
Overall, this semester has taught me a lot more about writing, especially in different styles, and taking multiple writing classes has really expanded my knowledge.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

College app essay (portfolio p.2)

My parents divorced just after my first birthday. My older brother went to live with my father, and I stayed with my mother. We moved a lot. It was difficult to adjust to every new location, and, in the process, I developed severe social anxiety. Being separated from everyone I knew over and over again created an obstacle in forming new relationships. So I dealt with it the only way I knew how: through art. I'd channel my emotions and express myself in splashes of color. I spent my days effortlessly dragging the paintbrush across the canvas, creating elaborate pieces of work to show how I felt.
        I've had a passion for creating all my life. When I was younger, I'd watch Disney's handiwork in awe, curious of how they made it happen. I would watch these movies over and over, completely inspired by them. Starting out, I was fixated on drawing cats. One of the few times i remember my mother connecting with me, she helped me with the anatomy and colouring of my drawings. To my eight year old self, she was like Leonardo DaVinci. Over time my graphite doodles became sophisticated drawings of...well...cats! Because of these drawings, most people would refer to me as the "Crazy Cat Lady" or "The Girl Who Always Draws Cats". It was a bit demeaning, so I tried to break out of the habit of drawing only cats. It was difficult at first, but I eventually moved onto my next phase: dogs.
        I drew dogs for the next four years, slowly and meticulously perfecting my style. Then, my sophomore year, my mother committed suicide. It was a rough time in her life, all of our lives, and she became unable to muster the energy to persevere. She had left me a note, telling me I could do great things with my talent and much more. That sentence motivated me to try harder academically, socially, and continue with my artistic passion. I've been struggling with the weight of her death, and with each drawing, the weight lightens. Art is, and always will be, a significant part of my life.

Feature article (portfolio p.1)

When most people think about satanism, they think about people who hum chants and sacrifice living beings to give a blood sacrifice to their deity. But in reality, some branches of satanism don't even believe in Satan as a physical being. You see, Satanism is just a general category with a bunch of little subcategories. Satanism is broad term used to generalise a group of Western religions compromising ideological and philosophical beliefs.
Some of the subcategories that don't believe in Satan as a deity are the LaVeyan and Deistic divisions of Satanism.
LaVeyans got its name from the creator of the religion, Anton LaVey, who was also the author of the Satanic bible and founded the Church of Satan. They are considered a symbolic religion meaning that Satan is merely just a symbol representing certain characteristics and traits that people may find desirable such as individuality, carnality, independence, earthly success and power. The religion itself is not about worshipping the devil, but rather worshipping oneself as the "center" of their own universe. In Deistic Satanism, it is very similar to that of the Laveyans beliefs in that they do not believe in Satan as a physical being, but rather a supreme being or force which is one with all.
The most "hardcore" sect of Satanism is Devil Worshipper, also called Diabolator. Most Satanists actually frown upon the use of this name, much as homosexuals frown upon the word "queer" or the "n" word for African-Americans. Though, there are some that embrace the term "Devil Worshipper" , And use it in self reference. Diabolators unashamedly worship Satan (or Satans) and refer to him as "master". Referring to him as such is considered "taboo" by most other satanists in other sects. Those who identify as diabolators, overlap with many, if not all, theistic categories of satanism.
If satanism, there can be some rather "weird" sections to it. There is the Joy of Satan Theistic style Satanism. They believe that satan is a extraterrestrial being who telepathically communicates with humans. There are also the Setians. They believe that Satan is just a fixed name, but rather he is called "the Prince of Darkness". The Setians also worshipped the Egyptian sun god, Ra, who would procliam an Egyptian saying every dawn, "xeper" meaning "I have come into being".
Some sects of satanism are merely separated by small things, suchas. How they perceive the serpent from the story "Adam and Eve". Unlike Christians, the Ophidians perceived the serpent as Sophia, the goddess of wisdom. Also, the Yezidi believe in a fallen angel called Shaitan, instead of the devil. Although, Yezidis do not accept the term "satanist" because they do not believe in "satan" as the prince of this world. It is just the fact that they worship the same deity as other theistic Satanisms.
As you can see, there are many different kinds of satanism and not all believe in Satan as a deity, let alone a deity at all. People say things like "I think satanism is like a way of going against normal Christianity and religion" when really it is it's own religion in itself.