Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Yes, that's Chloe smiling

Chloe Knue is a machine.  Congratulations to Chloe and the soccer team for advancing to the Elite Eight.  See the story here  For those of you have never seen the "ice woman" smile - there is is proof - check out #5 in the picture.  She actually appears happy.  Seriously though, congratulations Chloe and the rest of your teammates.  

Making a good point

In the most recent edition of The Chronicle, Lindsay McCalmont wrote a great article on how young girls are often driven away from careers in what is considered male dominated fields. In the math, science, engineering, and technology fields women are definitely a minority.  Personally, I find this alarming.  What a waste of talent.  There are a lot of girls who like science (math, tech., etc.)  in elementary school, they still like it middle school and then something occurs in high school.  While there are still numerous young women who engage in these fields of study it seems as if something occurs that drives them away.  Is it the good ole boy club mentality? Is it salaries? Are they not appreciated?  Is it not cool? I'm not sure.  Then when I read Kelly Noriega's blog post this week I saw even more evidence as why young women may be making decisions because they sort of "cut" themselves.

"I ended up deciding to take all the honors and AP courses I could, because hey that looks good for college applications right?


I would be lying if I said I regretted taking the courses I did this year because they showed me a lot about who I am and what my limits are. They also opened a lot of opportunities for me for the future, yet I wish I would have known all of this while I was scheduling my classes, instead of just thinking about what is going to look good for college."


Kelly raises an interesting question.  And in her blog she not only raises the question she attempts to answer it.  Kelly said she gave into peer pressure.  At least it was academic peer pressure.  But when I look around at students making decisions about their college future sometimes you have to wonder are they really thinking it through?

In Malcolm Gladwell's recent book David and Goliath, Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, Gladwell talks about a young woman who was faced with a similar predicament.  In the end the young woman decided to abandon her pursuit of a career in a field that she had dreamt of since childhood.

Now you'll have to read the book if you want a better understanding of the point Gladwell is trying to make.  So what's my point - I'm not sure if I have one but sometimes maybe it is important to avoid even academic peer pressure and do what you feel is best for you.  However, AP courses and honors courses are vital components in college preparation so challenging yourself may be more important than the grade. The workload and material in AP courses resemble what you may experience in a college course. 

I was really impressed with Kelly and Lindsay's opinion on these topics and Lindsay's article about women who are trying to break the mold.  Lindsay has a great interview with an AP Science teacher in her article.  It is worth reading.  I think a lot of high school students can identify with these two writers.  Check 'em out - you'll find it is time well spent.  Who knows you might be inspired?

Monday, October 28, 2013

Super Star Blogger

The bloggers continue to do a great job but this week the nod for some outstanding blogging has to go to Abbey Marshall Abbey calls herself a "full time dreamer," and her blog is a testament to that.  Besides being extremely honest and insightful Abbey appears to be having the most fun with her blog.  Abbey is not afraid to talk about things that are very important and personal to her but she also likes to talk about the whimsical side of her personality.  You will enjoy your time on Abbey's blog and here's hoping that someday Abbey finds her prince.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Funny pictures of scared people

If you want a good laugh check out these funny pictures taken of people as they walked through a haunted house in Canada.  These are hilarious.  Check 'em out.

Hey Madison - look

There are many out there who doubt that new species exist - well - check out the news of this new amazing find on the shores of Catalina Island.,0,655439.story#axzz2iSQUjczK

Super Star Blogger !

Sonia Rayka deserves a shout out as the week's top blogger.  Sonia is kind of "under the radar" with her blog but this week she really has made it pop. Sonia's blog touches on several topics with links provided.  She also has an excellent book review.  Check out Sonia's blog -  Our bloggers continue to do a great job.  Madison Krell just can't get off the topic of Bigfoot so she must still have some doubts about her stance.  Check out all the bloggers here

Friday, October 18, 2013

Shut up and Play

"Why did they give my #12 to someone else?" That's my number, how dare they?
I used to really admire Dwight Howard.  He played hard and he played with passion.  Off the court he was a great example to young kids and he was outspoken about his faith.  However, over the last few years I really have lost a lot of my admiration for this guy.  I know Dwight could care less about what some high school teacher thinks about him but I wish he would just shut up and play.  He got a good coach fired in Orlando, he goes to L.A. does absolutely nothing there, and now he is in Houston where the Rockets have pinned their hopes on his hype.  During the past off season he appeared to be handling things the right way, talking more about team accomplishments, and his role to help the Rockets get to a championship level and then this -  Now Dwight is upset they gave the #12 to another player in Orlando. Are you serious?
Howard said he was disappointed that, last February, after the Magic acquired Tobias Harris in a trade, the team granted Harris’ request to wear No. 12, Howard’s old number.

“I just think that despite whatever happened, there was a lot of things that I did and that we did as a team, and that number was special down there,” Howard said. “And I was a little bit upset about that.”
He even acknowledges "despite whatever happened," in that above statement that there are still ill feelings there and that he thinks they should acknowledge him.  I guess he's saying he wants to see his jersey hanging from the rafters.  I guess guys who play well for a franchise, get their team to the play-offs a few times now think they're worthy of some kind of knighthood.  Retiring jersey and greatness should be reserved for the great players.  The players who distinguished themselves both individually and as a part of their team.  Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, Kareem, Julius Erving, Bill Russell - champions. They were great individually and great teammates too. So Dwight - shut up and play - but if you can't shut up - then think before you speak.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Bigfoot has been here baby !

There are many out there who think this whole Bigfoot thing is a bunch of "you know what." In particular, a blogger I know is not willing to at least be a little open minded. After a recent blog post on my own blog about Bigfoot, it seems like some people need some more proof.  So here's another tidbit of information that might help out the closeminded among you.  It seems Ohio is a hotspot of Bigfoot activity. Here is a Geographical Database of Bigfoot/Sasquatch Sightings and Reports
Map of Bigfoot sightings


Super Star blogger is also marvelous

The blog entries this week were amazing.  If Lindsay McCalmont had not been the superstar blogger last week she would have made a run for it again this week but how can your argue with the marvelous one, Matt Marvar - he reviewed the book "To Kill a Mockingbird."  Whenever someone reviews this classic you have to give them a shout out. Check out Matt's blog here.   It is getting harder each week to pick a blogging superstar - I guess that's a good thing. Check out the bloggers here

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Rebekah Barnes shout - out

Former Chronicle Editor-n-Chief Rebekah Barnes makes the front page again.  Check out her story.  Excellent lead ! Rebekah is a freshman studying Journalism at Ohio University.

Underdogs Unite, Gladwell pens another masterpiece

Many of you probably read Malcolm Gladwell's amazing book Outliers.  Now in his own unique fashion comes the release of David and Goliath, Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.  Right from the beginning the reader gets a new take history's biggest underdog story, the story of David and Goliath.  Gladwell takes an unconventional look at the "underdog" David and how this nimble shepherd from humble beginnings was a force to reckon with.
We all know that underdogs can win–that’s what the David versus Goliath legend tells us, and we’ve seen it with our own eyes. Or have we? In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell, with his unparalleled ability to grasp connections others miss, uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed. Gladwell examines the battlefields of Northern Ireland and Vietnam, takes us into the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, and digs into the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms–all in an attempt to demonstrate how fundamentally we misunderstand the true meaning of advantages and disadvantages. When is a traumatic childhood a good thing? When does a disability leave someone better off? Do you really want your child to go to the best school he or she can get into? Why are the childhoods of people at the top of one profession after another marked by deprivation and struggle?
I could ramble on forever about this book.  I started reading it in the evenings and these incredible stories of successful men and women who overcame their disadvantages to become trendsetters, rebels, and conquerors kept me awake at night. I couldn't put the book down and now I can't stop telling people about the lessons I learned.  If you read Outliers then you know what I'm talking about when I say Malcolm Gladwell style - you'll have to read it but you probably already have some idea of what I'm talking about.   Just hours after I finished reading the book someone forwarded me a great interview with Gladwell about how, through writing this book, Gladwell rediscovered his faith in a book that from page to the very end is entrenched in faith as its' foundation. 
I’ve had a different journey. I had drifted away a little bit. This book has brought me back into the fold. I was so incredibly struck in writing these stories by the incredible power faith had in people’s lives, it has made a profound impact on me in my belief. That’s been the completely unexpected effect of writing this book. I am in the process of rediscovering my own faith again.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Blogger feedback and the Super Star Blogger

Last week I issued a challenge for our bloggers.  I asked them to integrate multi media with news commentary in their blogs. They were allowed to choose whatever  news they felt was important.  So here's a rundown of the bloggers. Katie Rojas waded into the Miley Cyrus phenomena - Katie has links, tweets, and video. Katie Hermann explored the issue of bullying with pictures, links, and commentary. Lindsay McCalmont discussed how the government shutdown is having an impact on an area that probably many people aren't really paying attention to - space. Rashika Jaipuriar focused on health care which is a pretty hot topic right now.  Sonia Rayka also focused on the government shutdown. Gina Deaton touched on the topic of mail, more specifically the kind of mail that actually arrives in our mailbox not the electronic kind. Matt Marvar took a closer look at one of the top stories in the country right now.  The viral video of the motorcyclists assaulting an SUV driver has made national news, Matt has some commentary.   A woman tried to run through a blockade in Washington D.C. - she ended up dead - and now we're finding out she may have been mentally ill - Madison Krell explored this topic on her blog. Emily Taylor has a great blog post on a young teenager who had to make an agonizing choice. Abbey Marshall also explored the government shutdown on her blog.  The government shutdown is a hot topic and Monica Brucher has more info on her blog. Gabrielle Stichweh has the lowdown on the shutdown on her blog. Fernanda Hurtado broke free from government shutdown talk and introduced us to Siri - seriously Fernanda found Siri. So now comes the time for me to pick the superstar blogger of the week.  While I found Fernanda's blog post awesome - especially the topic - I have to go with Lindsay McCalmont as the superstar blogger of the week because she "got it."  She intertwined commentary, discussion, out quotes, pictures and video in her blog.  She dangled the bait in a visual way and I took the bait and explored more.  She just didn't provide a link, she discussed the topic, inserted interesting quotes, and even embedded video. It was a tough decision considering Fernanda introduced us to Siri and Katie Rojas actually acknowledged the Cyrus conundrum. The bloggers did a great job I will be looking forward to the upcoming blog posts.  

Thursday, October 3, 2013

I Knew It !

I have always had a sneaky suspicion that Bigfoot is real.  I mean come on, we discover new species all the time.  When tsunami's hit new ocean species from the depths of the ocean are discovered so why can't there be a Sasquatch.  Well there is new evidence that the big guy exists.   For years people have been trying to find "Bigfoot," and last year a popular television show Finding Bigfoot really brought this phenomena into the mainstream.  There is even this dude on the show "Bobo" who is says he "knows" Bigfoot exists.  He doesn't "believe" Bigfoot exists. He knows. it. Check out this video of Bobo on the Conan Show. Bobo is kind of cool. I think he may actually have some "Sasquatch" DNA in his own genes. Bobo loves Bigfoot and his passion for this furry species really shows.  You gotta watch this.

Good News, Government impasse can't shut down Air Force v. Navy football game

The game is on.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Government Shutdown, do you care?

The United States Government is "shut down."  Well for most people they would say the government should be shut down, since the American people for the most part feel, shut out when it comes to matters of government.  A lot of people are asking what does this mean to me?  Well I'm not going to try to wade into those murky waters but you will probably see some slow down of government services and a lot of government workers will probably get several days off without pay.  Of course our government leaders will still get paid. On Day 1 of the government shut down you might witness something like this The government makes sure the things they shut down are noticeable, a kind of like "rub it in your face inconvenience."

The reality of the shutdown began to become clear early Tuesday. Children’s playgrounds in small pocket parks around Capitol Hill were closed. The military service academies suspended all intercollegiate sports competitions. The National Zoo’s online “Panda Cam” stopped showing images of Mei Xiang’s latest cub. Officials stopped giving tours of Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay.
The American people are losing faith in their political leaders or then again maybe they're not because many of these same figures will be reelected. Sports fans who often are immune from governmental issues and even tragedies could see some games impacted by the shutdown.  Today, there is news that the Air Force - Navy game could be postponed.  These two heralded service academies are feeling the government shutdown pinch.

Maryland AD Kevin Anderson, who spent six years in the same position at Army, was stunned by the news that the Navy-Air Force game might be canceled .
“I still have a strong affinity for the service academies. ... Athletics and competition is a key pillar to what the academies are all about,” Anderson said Tuesday in College Park. “I think it would send shock waves through the West Point community and also through the country. If there's three teams that I believe this country embraces through thick and thin, it's the Air Force, Navy and Army. For them not to be able to compete this weekend is very disappointing.” Asked about the possibility of the Army-Navy game not being played if the shutdown continued into mid-December, Anderson was blunt.
“That would be un-American,” he said
There still is hope that the game will be played since a lot of the funding for athletics at the academies come from private sources and conference affiliations but you never know, in order to drive the point home the game could be cancelled which would mean delaying some of the pageantry that exists when the service academies compete against one another.
 It doesn't matter where you go for guidance on the issue.  On Fox News you're going to hear about the Democrats are responsible.  One CNN you're going to hear how the Republicans are at fault and I'm sure they'll throw in some rationale that George W. Bush had something to do with it but even television personalities are tweeting some of the things that we're probably already thinking.

 Of course the shutdown is causing true harm and this should not happen.  United States military veterans who traveled to the World War II memorial were shut out until some politicians conveniently postured to get them access.  Notice politicians from both sides of the aisle made sure they were on hand to greet and grant these deserving veterans access to the memorial.  Of course they didn't talk about their role in this. 
United States veterans deserve to visit their memorial.  Here's another good story that shows that even after all these years of fighting for our country, our veterans are still fighting.  Thank goodness for these men and women who are willing to stand up for their beliefs.
The BBC really did a nice job covering the story but you can still manage to catch a glimpse of politicians trying to politicize the whole mess. 
No matter what you're belief or what side of the aisle you're on you won't have any trouble surfing the net to find those who support you.  You can listen to Rand Paul on one of his rants or you can listen to Nancy Pelosi talk about the anti government stance of Republicans.  The whole thing is a mess and the American people, the folks who elect these leaders are left standing here asking our leaders to represent us instead of posturing for their next reelection.  Wait until the next big huge election cycle all this will be used in their campaigns, debates, and advertisements.  The government shutdown does affect us.
So that's pretty much how the shutdown will affect you but more importantly it's probably already driving home a point we've already come to grasp with and it's that our government is dysfunctional. While it's flawed it is still a democracy and it's founded on truly great principles.  "Government for the people, by the people," what a novel idea.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Our bloggers are Super !

I spent some time last night checking out our student bloggers and once again I'm amazed at their work.  They are really using their blogs to express some of their own personal thoughts and ideas.  Katie Rojas really tackled a tough issue in her blog  With all the focus on health care Katie takes a shot at mental health care.  Check out her blog.  Kelly Noriega is really starting to delve into some issues on her blog.  Kelly takes a look at a topic that is probably of interest to all teenagers - losing control.  Teenagers are bombarded with time management decisions and Kelly gives her readers some honest insight into her personality. Katie Hermann continues to rock on her blog.  I really found Lindsay McCalmont's blog to be thought provoking and "dead on."  Lindsay talks about her thought process as she applies for college and in one of her posts she lets everyone know that Steeler pride is alive and well in the McCalmont household.  I think for every senior applying to college right now - Lindsay's blog is worth the read. Rashika Jaipuriar is one of our best bloggers. Her blog is constantly updated with news here in Comet Country but she also takes some time to "brag" a little - which I am fine with - I was happy to see Rashika was pleased with her first byline.  Congratulations Rashika.  Sonia Rayka's blog post this week is hard hitting and honest writing.  Sonia discusses a topic that needs to get more attention on college campuses, especially after a flyer surfaced on the campus of Miami University last year.  You need to read Sonia's blog.  Jimmy Halpin loves sports and this week he discusses college football. After a week of "dud" games Jimmy finally gets the chance to talk about some good games. Blogger Gina Deaton talks about blessings her blog post this week and how her family tries to help make one  young man's life a little better. Marvelous Matt Marvar's blog is a unique blend of thoughts and images and this week he talks about taking on the characteristics of an object. You gotta read it - I can't do it justice by describing it.  Madison Krell's blog post this week has coverage of a "free"dom event in Mason.  Emily Taylor's blog post this week talks about how life can change in an instant.  Emily's blog allows us to get a closer look at what is going on "Beyond the Surface," Abbey Marshall's blog allows readers to get to know Abbey a little better.  In her blog you'll find that she's a bit of a "scaredy cat" but she does have a protector. Monica Brucher's blog tackles a truly tough topic - especially after some of the horrendous events in the news lately.  Gabrielle Stichweh may be a master graphic designer - in fact so popular that she's garnered the title of "The Stick," but this week she is discussing the topic of feminism and I like her point of view. Fernanda Hurtado shows off some of her Chronicle convergence media work on her blog but she also lets her readers know "who she walks for," and I truly appreciate Fernanda letting us have a glimpse at her life and her hero. 
You need to read her blog.  Thanks Fernanda and wow, what a great story   Chronicle Sports Editor Erin Brush uses her blog to post the stories she's working on for The Chronicle.  This is a great use of her blog  I really don't know what the heck snapchat is good for but Sheila Raghavendran helps me understand it a little better on her blog  So once again, there you have it.  Our blogging crew is really doing a great job.  Blogs are a great avenue to express more opinions and ideas about the news that is important to the blogger.  Sometimes its a great place to give a shout out to people or just to let them know you're watching what they're doing and in this case I'm watching and I think our bloggers are doing a great job. Keep it up.