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Monday, March 24, 2014

Global Warning

— How much have you learned about climate change in school? What do you believe about it? I've learned very little about climate change in school to be perfectly honest. Granted I don't take an environmental class, but it still seems like in freshman and sophomore science I should've been taught something considering it's a pretty big deal. The only real teachings I've gotten are the bandwagons messages from students and even that has been more helpful than occasionally saying oh by the way the planet is dying and now on to my next boring lecture. The school even stopped recycling bottles so I guess that stopped being important. But they do recycle paper, kinda. Oh and they save paper by not allowing us to print although I'm pretty sure that's more about saving money than actually saving the environment. I believe that climate change is a very real thing even though I'm coming from Maine where it's winter till like the end of April and I believe that we should do something about it. — How compelling do you find this most recent report to be? I find it very compelling because rather than beat you over the head with the same message over and over again the present it as an argument. They also break it down into plain and simple terms that way dumb people like me who don't understand science actually know what the heck is going on. Also as an argument it makes it more interesting to read rather than some boring analytical piece that has a whole lot of statistics. — What do you think scientists like these can do to “cut through public confusion” about global warming? Break it down into simple and easy terms. They need to understand that a good portion of the population just doesn't get it, or has just heard the message so much they don't care anymore. With that they also need to talk more about how it will benefit the people. Granted they do by saying the Earth will die eventually, but people are selfish they don't care about the eventuality only the here and now so tell people how it will help them. Also do a better job of making alternative energy affordable, I'm sure more people would be willing to use solar panels if it didn't cost an arm and a leg. They should also start an ad campaign to counteract big oil because big oil has such a strangle hold on America; get your message out, use the tv, use the internet.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Flipping out over fraternities

I could never really see myself joining a fraternity. It's never something that's been appealing to me and unfortunately it's because of all the things I hear and see in the media and even in television and movies. However I know people who are doing very well in their fraternity so I think as long as you're comfortable where you are you should do it and I think for some people it's a very positive thing. In order to police themselves better I think fraternities should think of why they call themselves brothers. To me at least you wouldn't maliciously bully or beat your brother so much so that it causes him pain, and you most defiantly wouldn't let him go out on his own wandering after a long night of drinking. So I think that they should just look after each other better much like you would with a real brother. I think that pledging is one of things that the people who it happened to are like well it happened to me so it should happen to you. I think Sigma Alpha Epsilon has a good idea of banning pledges. I think that in order to respond to bad behavior by students you must first start by taking care of your students. Everyone knows what goes on in frats and if you're a college administrator saying you don't than you're just plain dumb. The minor things that's happen are a part of growing up and a part of the college experience now granted bad things do happen and they are very very tragic, yet they get blown up in the media because here's the real news flash the get headlines and sell papers. If you say all is fine and dandy at the frat no one cares. I have to say I think banning fraternities is a bad move. A know a lot of people who have gotten good experiences out of it, and you basically have to screen your students better and actually look after them.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Thumbnail Editorials

Weather in Maine- It's been well documented Maine has three seasons. Summer (where it is actually decent out but only last from July to August), Winter (which typically last from November to April), and mud season (this is the cause of all of the snow melting and the rain we get it lasts about April to the end of June). As I write this it is snowing again for probably the 100th time this winter and quite frankly I'm sick of it. Normally I don't mind it but this year Mother Nature has been unreasonable. I wanna put down my snow shovel and pick up my sand shovel and go build castles on the beach gosh darn it! Facebook-oh Facebook the relationship we use to have. It was you and me everyday chatting with friends, giving useful updates, and sometimes a good video oh and let's not forget those games either. But now, now our relationship well it's complicated. I hate you yet I go on you every day. And everyday all I see our people (even famous celebrities) trying to sell me things, or how about all the memes about trucks and which one is better news flash der guy no one cares, or my personal favorite the trashy Facebook fight it's basically like having my own reality tv show develop right before my eyes. Lying- now generally I'm an honest guy. It's because I don't like being mean. But sometimes a good lie is necessary. For example protecting your child's innocence by lying to them about Santa or the stork. Also lying can get you out of a lot of trouble and even I have used it on several occasions. But sometimes lies are just plain dumb and useless too. Like telling everyone your cousin works for tony hawk, and the fray, and Obama. Lying is a necessary evil in our society you just have to make sure you use it the right way. School Lunch- I weigh roughly 220 pounds (I know what a fatty right, don't worry it's all muscle). I'm a three sport athlete and when it comes to lunch I'm starving. I honestly have no idea how I'm supposed to subsist off of one measly plate of food which typically is the size of the sandwich. Now I know we have an obesity epidemic on our hands, but hey that's what makes America, Murica! Now under feeding kids at school isn't going to do anything to stop obesity. In fact I'd be willing to wager that these kids well just go home and snack on unhealthy food at their house because they're starving. So why not make the food healthy but gives us normal portions that we everyone gets full but still remains healthy. Senior privileges- you're darn tootin I deserve privileges I have been in this school for four years! I actually really like the privileges afford to us by the school. Our parking lot is a teensy bit closer than the GPL and if we're not late we can walk indoors. Plus I get to leave school in study hall anyways which is a very nice privilege. Topic of our choice- I've been in high school for three and half years now. I'm graduating soon which should be a happy occasion. I should be able to sit back and enjoy my life with my only worries being will I survive college? And will I be able to pay for it? It shouldn't be can I pay for my own graduation? Why do I have to pay for my own diplomas for goodness sake? I mean if they're that expensive just slap a sticky on my head and call it good.