Thursday, January 30, 2014

Rap Music

  • Are white artists who prosper in hip-hop robbing from black musicians? Or is music fair game for all true fans?
  • White artists who prosper in hip-hop are not robbing anything from black musicians because they have every right to make hip-hop music too. To some people it may not be as good and for the most part I find that to be true. One exception would be Eminem because he raps about real stuff. Macklemore shouldn't have won those Grammys but just because he is white it doesn't mean he's robbing anything from the black musicians. People voted for him more so it's simple that they thought he had a better album but in no way are white people robbing them.
  • Is the history of white privilege — think of Elvis Presley and the birth of rock ’n’ roll in the 1950s — continuing with Macklemore’s Grammy Award for best rap album?
  • Should Macklemore be apologizing? Is his apology sincere? Is it appropriate?
  • Can rap music ever transcend race and class? Or is it too indelibly tied to black urban culture?
  • Personally I think it was a nice gesture of him to apologize to Kendrick because it's showing how he didn't agree with himself winning over him. But it could be taken two different ways. Kendrick could see it as him rubbing it in or take it as a sincere apology. So I do think it was appropriate. I don't think that rap music will really ever transcend race or class because it is tied way too hard to black urban roots. From the beginning of hip hop it's belonged to the black community more than the white so I don't think that's going to change anytime soon.

Opening Moment

Italy mourns boy killed in apparent mafia hit

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Blog Semester Reflection

Dear reader,
This year for me as a writer has been pretty successful. I have created some of the best work I've ever written, especially my college essay. I have really focused in on trying to make my writing the best it can be this year. I don't think I have struggled all that much, but if I had to choose where I did the most it would be the feature articles. Getting all the interviews and then figuring out how to make the paper flow and where to put everything was kind of challenging. But after doing it the first time and then having it revised I think I had a pretty solid piece if writing. No matter what there is going to be room for improvement and as a student I'm striving to be the best writer I can be. I have succeeded in putting a lot into my work, and by doing that I see how I have the potential to write really good pieces of work. Before this year I feel as if I used to do my writing assignments just to get them done and for them to be good but not as good as they could be. One particular piece of writing I did was my college essay. Not only was this a grade for journalism class, but probably the most important piece of writing I have ever written. This paper would help determine my future and what college I will go to and as of right now it has helped me get into the University of Maine. I chose this piece to include in my blog posts because I spent a lot of time working on the college essay, I sat down and really focused on that paper. I tried to make it as well written as I possibly could, trying to make it sound original and not like every other college essay. I chose the topic where it said describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you? In order to make the paper unique and unlike others I made sure I really described why being on a baseball field is my place where I am perfectly content, but not only did it do that. I made sure to include my personal experience and how I got into the game of baseball which meant through my grandfather so there was a lot of personal connections in my paper that I thought really made it unique. So as the first semester is coming to a close and journalism one is almost over I look forward to what the second semester has to offer.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Personality Profile Jenna

                                                              Jenna Interview

    As college rapidly approaches I've decided that I would like to study sports medicine or physical therapy. I needed someone who I could interview about their job and I decided to pick someone who I already knew and felt comfortable with. Jenna Strunjo is the current athletic trainer here at Freeport High School and she also works at the clinic in Brunswick. She's a great person because of her ability to handle people and a great trainer and Freeport is lucky to have her. I can personally back that up because I've had my share of trips to the trainer's room and whenever I go in there she always makes me feel welcome because of the way she greets me with a smile on her face. Even when I confronted her about interviewing she said, "Sure thing I'd love to help, just send me an email and I'll reply as soon as I get it!" Once again Jenna is an outstanding person to have at our school.
     I think that people who are really into sports choose this as their profession because although they may not be able to continue sports career they will still be able to be around the game that they love. Jenna decided that she wanted to be an athletic trainer while she was in college. She was a member of the field hockey team at Husson University. Like many of the athletes here at Freeport, she had to take trips to the trainer's room. She took an interest in the profession and what went on, so she started asking questions and from there her interest really took off. She decided that the next step to take was to do an internship in the training room at Husson. This was basically her job shadowing the trainer and seeing what their daily life was like. After that she took an intro to athletic training class and she fell in love with it. Jenna went to college at Husson for her undergrad and she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in psychology and in Health Sciences. She attended Grad school at Bridgewater State College and she graduated there with her Master's Degree of athletic training. Like most young college students you aren't one hundred percent sure about what you want to do and you end up changing your major. She originally started her degree in physical therapy but decided that it wasn't for her and that's when she went to Bridgewater for athletic training.
     Being an athletic trainer requires you to deal with people all day and for some that may be hard because obviously people can be really frustrating. Any time you see Jenna she's always cheery and makes you feel welcome when you go to see her. So she does an excellent job at being a people person and putting up with them. When I asked her her how she deals with people, especially a lot of teenagers she said, "Dealing with people is always challenging. You have to sometimes pick your words and make sure that you are coming across to people in the best way. Telling people what they don't want to hear is always hard as well especially talking with athletes and telling them they can't play, trying to balance getting your point across and being caring is hard. I do care!" Of course everyone has their limits and even Jenna gets annoyed although she said, "I don't ever get annoyed with people. Maybe with the problems and issues when they really aren't legit and it is more of an excuse maybe but never with people." These answers shows how well Jenna understands her job, how to talk to people and come across as a genuinely nice person while doing so. People may think that by being the athletic trainer at a high school that she's only dealing with the students but that definitely isn't true. One of the hardest things she's come across during her tenure at Freeport are not the students themselves but parents of these students. This is how Jenna described it, "There are hard parents that don't want to hear what you have to say or don't want to listen to you. Making parents understand that it is in the best interest for their child not to be playing or practicing is really hard."
     To some people this job may sound boring but it really isn't. It allows Jenna to have the chance to travel around the country every year to go to the annual conference for athletic trainers. These conferences are held in different places each year across the United States. She also gets to go to a lot of different courses to learn and adapt her career. Overall Jenna said she is extremely happy with her career right now, working at the clinic and at the high school. She described it as, "The best of both worlds", because she gets to experience everything. When I asked what her favorite part about her job was she said, "The best thing about my job is working with you guys at the school! It is so much fun, I love covering the games and being there every day." This is another great example of why Jenna is so good at her job, because she loves what she does. Jenna loves working with the students of Freeport and because of the many different people we have at the high school she is bound to hear some crazy things. She said, "One of the craziest things she's ever heard from one of the students is probably when Nick Cartmell asked me out to dinner." And if anyone knows the rest of our Freeport baseball team than you know some of the things that come out of the player's mouths are pretty crazy. Her response to the question was anything that came out of Cole Harrison's mouth. I will not share some of the things he said because they are not very falcon friendly! As you can see Jenna is very happy with her career and after interviewing her it makes me want to pursue a career in athletic training even more.

College Essay

Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?

Top of the seventh inning, two outs, game tied, runner on third base, I want that person to be me stepping into the batter's box. For many this may be stressful but for me this is where I feel the most comfortable. In between those lines, feeling the bat in between my hands, standing sixty feet, six inches away while staring down the pitcher waiting for him to deliver the ball. A five ounce ball coming at me at eighty miles per hour, less than a second to react. This is where I feel the most content.
Ever since I can remember I've had a ball or bat in my hands. From the days I was in my grandparent's backyard playing wiffle ball with my grandfather. When he first started pitching to me he kept telling my mom every day I was going to be a great baseball player. My grandmother would be outside with us telling me I'm going to play professional baseball for the New York Yankees. These two people have played such a huge role in my life. I wouldn't be the person I am today without them. I credit my grandfather for being that one person who sparked my passion for America's pastime. Although he may not be with me in person anymore, while I'm on the field I can still feel the connection that we had. I know that he is in heaven watching over me, cheering me on. Anybody who is a teammate of mine knows why the numbers 6/6/10 are written on my glove, they know why I always look up to the sky before every pitch, they know this is to honor the man who helped mold me not only into the baseball player I am today but the man that I am.

Whenever I'm stressed out, having a bad day, or just in need of a good time I'll go out to my high school field and hit a few buckets of balls. Many people dread going to practice after a long day of school but from the moment I step foot in the school that's all I look forward to. The baseball field has a calming affect on me much like a sail boat or a long run may have to someone else. The field not only gives me a place to play but it also gives me a place to think. It helps me clear my mind and set everything straight. Many people may look at a baseball field and just see a bunch of guys throwing a white ball back and forth, but not me. When I'm on that field it feels as if all time stops. There's nothing else going on in the world but the next pitch and me hoping the batter hits the ball to me. The yelling from the fans is just a faint buzzing because I'm in my own world from the time the umpire says, "Play ball!" To when the last out is recorded. Here comes that white little ball, eighty miles per hour, outside corner of the plate. Don't blink.