Thursday, May 1, 2014

Are Native American mascots racist?

The assignment was to write an editorial that had to be a topic with one New York Times source and then we submitted it to a New York Times contest.I chose this piece because I felt that it was much stronger than my valentines day article. A big strength in this piece is my sources, I think that all my quotes add a lot to this piece. Something I would change would probably be how strongly my side sounds, I kind of want to tone it down a little.

Are Native American mascots offensive?
It seems like in recent years there have been a slew of mascot changes in America. One of the changes includes Scarborough high school who recently changed their mascot from the redskins to the red storm.
In my opinion all of the teams that have a Native American as a mascot are honoring the Native American community.
Dan Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins stated that, "Our fans sing 'Hail to the Redskins' in celebration at every Redskins game. They speak proudly of 'Redskins Nation' in honor of a sports team they love (CNN)."
However, before they changed it there were, according to the American Indian cultural support, 31 Schools that use Native American mascots in Maine. According to this website the names chiefs, braves, warriors, Indians, and redskins could be perceived as all racist and need to be changed. I don't know about you, but seems kind of silly that even braves and warriors would be considered bad.
Really the only ones that are borderline racist are Redskins and Indians, In some cases native Americans see Redskin as an equal to the N-word. I don't want to come off as a racist white guy, but if a team named themselves after my ethnicity I would be pretty stoked and really honored that they did so. Although the names Caucasians, Europeans, Puritans, or Pilgrams don't sound very intimidating.
When I hear the word Redskin, I do think of a Native American, however I do not think of it as a term that could be used to put someone down. I see it as a describing word, like Caucasians are called white and African Americans are called black.
I absolutely agree with what Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, that there is just so much history and so many memories that are attached to the football team with the redskin mascot.
"After 81 years, the team name 'Redskins' continues to hold the memories and meaning of where we came from, who we are, and who we want to be in the years to come (CNN)."
This issue was also brought up in congress, and I agree with Michael Gonchar, who wrote "Is It Offensive for Sports Teams to Use Native American Names and Mascots?" In the New York Times, that this topic just puts congress people in an awkward situation. It is all trivial compared to the things that congress should be focused on.
Overall I believe that we should just have the two parties affected in the matter in each case deal with it on their own, even though the sports teams are just honoring the Native American community.


17 years a Chanler

17 Years a Chanler
Rated PG13 for mature situations, some strong language, and mild violence.
Directed by Chanler Harrison
17 Years a Chanler stars Chanler Harrison as Chanler Harrison, a senior at Freeport High School. He plays football and is also in the high school band. He helps lead his team to the playoffs, despite staving off multiple injuries. As a typical high school athlete Chanler  tries to balance school, football, and his social life. A girl named Nina Davenport (Nina Davenport) starts talking to him. He then decides to focus more of his energy on Nina when she asks him to go to a soccer game with her. After they have an awkward first date they start talking more. Although Nina's mom (Maryll Streep) doesn't want Nina to be with Chanler.
Nina and Chanler must overcome multiple hurdles that try to get stop them from being together. Their adventure spans 6 months crossing many mountains, rivers and part of the ocean to discover their love for each other.
In this tale that follows Chanler the cliche hopeless romantic, it has all the makings of a decent romance movie, although probably not as good as classics like the notebook, and the titanic seeing as though it's lacking the deaths of main characters. Chanler Harrison convincingly portrays an awkward, yet charming, teenage boy. On screen Nina and Chanler have amazing chemistry that you can just feel. Meryl Streep's portrayal of an overbearing matriarch is spot on. Overall the acting in this film is spectacular.
The way the film starts you get the vibe that it's going to be a sports movie, much like Friday night lights. There are fast paced clips of Hard hitting football, frames of jubilant faces from a win to dismayed after a loss. Then bam all of sudden it cuts to a seen of  Chanler and Nina talking to each other on Facebook. The film the starts to unfold as the love story it was made out to be in the trailers.
Overall This film is for you if you want a very relatable love movie that you can get all of your friends together and have a girls night out. It is a classic forbidden love story with a modern twist. It also has it's own respectable comedic moments when, which are always refreshing. Overall I would give this move a b+ or a 9 out of 10 for a rating.

Childhood obesity

Childhood obesity crisis

For as long as I can remember I was an overweight kid, until recently. I would get so mad at people when the called me fat, I would come up with excuses like "I'm just big boned." The stigma around being fat didn't help either, since people really aren't supposed to say that you are fat. They also come up with these describing sentences meant to boost self esteem.

Eventually sophomore year, I believe, I was in the 90th percentile for my bmi and I had high cholesterol, but it didn't bother me too much because I thought I was mostly muscle (I was really mostly fat). Last year I really started caring about my health so I changed how I ate and grew a couple inches and now I'm in a healthy bmi range.

There have been multiple cases in the news that children are extremely overweight. There is this one girl that is 210 lbs (U.S. News) and she is only ten years old. I truly consider this child abuse, and parents should be reprimanded. The parents are killing this child slowly.

Studies show that children that are overweight are more likely to stay this way for the rest of their lives.

"Half of the obese kindergartners were obese when they were in eighth grade, and nearly three-quarters of the very obese kindergartners were obese in eighth grade.(nytimes)"
I think this is a problem, I had an awful time being fat, and I don't want other children to have to experience it and this can be combatted in multiple ways.

Children generally don't cook for themselves and eat what is prepared for them. Also they snack on whatever you have in the pantry. Therefore you should have healthy food for snacks, and prepare healthier meals. Even if you work long hours, you could possibly prepare something the day before.

And if your child is already obese, or very overweight I believe the best thing for them is some tough love and a little exercise.

On the subject of exercise I think that schools should require each student to participate in at least one sport per year.

Overall this subject is near and dear to my heart and I really hate seeing kids struggle throughout their whole lives because of some bad decisions that they really didn't have a say in.

The assignment was to write an editorial piece about something that you think is a problem in the world. I chose this piece because I felt that it was much stronger than my valentines day article. The one weakness that I can think of in this piece is that there Is a lack in scientific/medical sources. The first strength in this piece is that I use my own experience with being fat so it's a first person view. Another strength is that I have some good vocabulary use.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Movie reviews

  • If you are thinking about seeing a particular movie, would you consult a movie review for a recommendation? Why or why not?
    Sometimes I watch spencer drakes reviews but that just for fun.

  • What types of useful information can a movie review offer you? List as many as you can.
  • If it's good
    Who's in it
    If the acting is good
    If it's funny
    If it's scary

    How often do you think young people consult movie reviews before watching a movie?
  • I think that some people consult movie reviews often, but I think it ruins the surprise. If you go in to a movie thinking it's going to be like what the review said your opinion of it may be swayed

  • What aspects about movie reviews make them a positive or negative influence on your decision to watch the movie?
  • I don't really take them to heart so they don't really influence me. But if someone that I know tells me that it is good I may be more likely to see it.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

College crossroads

— What is your idea of what the perfect college for you might be? Why?
My idea of a perfect college would be one that you can go to and just do classes on the things that you are majoring in, instead of have tons of classes that have no benefit to for your career and more potential to make you fail as a result of your disinterest.
— 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?
There is basically no pressure form any of my friends because basically all of them are going to UMaine or places comparable to it. My family just told me to do what I want and what would make me happy, and up until last year I wasn't going to go to college. 
— In the end, how much do you think it matters where you go to college? Why?
I think for different professions some colleges just have better classes and better prepare you for that career. However things like business,  journalism, and stuff like that you can probably get the same education wherever you go.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SATs for business application

Do you think SAT scores could be a good indicator of future career success? Why or why not?
I do not think that SAT score could be a good indicator of future career success because someone maybe a very hard worker but they just don't test well. Or they aren't prepared for the test
If you were on a hiring committee at a workplace, would you consider SAT scores as part of an applicant’s materials?
No I would not because they are irrelevant and I think that I could judge their character better than a standardized test.

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 feel as thou some companies do penalize applicants that didn't take the SAT and they would probably be very low on their list. I think that if they require SAT scores and you don't have them, then you could just give them your grades.