Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
OP-ED PAPER/ ENGLISH
TITLE: DISTRACTIONS OR FUN
ARGUMENT: Students should cut back on visual entertainment, because of occurring problems in our lives that are causing get damage. I am one of those who are guilty of wasting time, that affectes my social life as well as academic life. One of my experiences was a long time ago in a place far, far away, well a actually about an hour away, I just got back from football, tired and sweaty, staggering into my families’ home den, looking for a pleasant place to set. As I entered I found the little black stress box and also a nice landing place, the coach. Slumping into the nice fluffy coach I unknowingly found the remote control and flipped on the television, and just at that moment my family started to show up, sisters with their cute girls all wanting to play games with me. I just sat there not paying attention, because I was so fixated on the TV. I sat there, watching my little stress box until they all went home. I missed a great opportunity to have a blast with my little nieces, just to finish a TV show. I just touched one misfortune but there are others.
Monday, September 14, 2009
As of this year, the cougaretes have finally decided to go give some support to some of the women's athletics. For that I am glad, but has it seriously taken them this long to finally do that? I do love sports, weather it be guys or girls, I love to watch both. The mens sports can be more exciting to watch, but the BYU womens athletes are your team too.
I have been to a women's BYU basketball game verses Utah, our rivals! There was hardly anybody there. I could have sat anywhere that I wanted. Now when I went to the boy's BYU basketball game, It was packed. I don't know about you, but I see something wrong with this situation. Utah is our rival, so why aren't we supporting the girls when they play Utah?
Education now is becoming more efficient than ever. We have permithian boards, tablet pc's, pens that record a lecture as you take notes, the iPhone with its many applications can benefit the students education but how does blackboard interact with all these new developments? Isn't all blackboard is capable of doing is posting microsoft office docs, pdfs, and internet links. Can you save research? Blackboard doesn't even keep information on a specific topic more than 15 months. I believe we are in need of an update.
A tax should be placed on food items high in sugar or fat content. This tax would increase the awareness of unhealthy eating habits and help promote a healthier society. I will address the current obesity problem in the United States and various ineffective methods trying to combat it. I will also address possible uses for the funds generated by the tax. Many questions arise from this topic and I will do my best to answer them. Some of these questions include the determination of what foods to tax and whether healthy eating habits should remain a personal decision. This issue affects BYU students in particular because food high in sugar and fat content is often the cheapest and usually fills a student's apartment. Healthy food is often times more expensive and takes longer to prepare.
You always see the bike racks around campus, jammed with bikes. It appears that not a single additional bike could fit within those black snakes. Well, you are correct. There is absolutely no room for bikes after the first few hours of classes. Many students live off campus, and use a bike as their sole mode of transportation. But when they arrive at class, they find that all the racks are full or that the nearest bicycle rack is far from their destination. I agree that bikes should be locked up only in designated areas to keep the campus aesthetically pleasing, but in order to accommodate students riding bicycles to school, more bike racks should be placed in convenient areas around campus.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
The English language is the basic means of communication in America. Regardless of ethnic background, we all learn it. As English and modern American cultures are embraced, native languages and cultures are forgotten. America must take action in the prevention of an shift in its heritage and culture. There are three ways to prevent this: Schools are to require students to study a second language, learn their ethnic culture, and take part in family history. This should be done from the beginning of their academic careers. I will also address some counter arguments such as agency and changing times in the world.