Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Charity… I think.

So right now I am currently sitting in my I-COMM Student Media class. A couple of minutes ago, a girl walked in selling these wanna-be sour skittles.

She stated to everyone that everything that they make on these will go to help impoverished kids in Africa. Me, feeling generous and hungry thought to buy some. At that point I realized that I had only two quarters. So I told her that I only had the 50 cents and she reply in a semi-dramatic "ahhhh" and walked away.

Now this got me thinking… I doubt that those cost more than 50 cents buy, probably quite a bit less. But yet, she refused. It's some better than none? I don't know why but I am totally perplexed by this. I have never been denied for a small donation before.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Scroll: Parenting class offers skills to students

Note: Every week I have an article published in the Scroll, a newspaper on the BYU-Idaho campus. The following is one of those articles.

Child development majors at BYU-Idaho will teach a class about parenting every Monday and Wednesday 9 to 10 a.m. throughout the month of June.

Since the beginning of Fall Semester 2008, students have been facilitating this class to share what they have learned in the classroom.

“This program has started to give students the opportunity to practice what they have learned,” said Kevin Galbraith, a professor in the home and family department.

Galbraith said that what is taught in these classes would be helpful to any parent.

At one class, a student discussed how to change challenging behavior, and the positive ways it can be dealt with. 

Another student taught about the attachment theory and how it develops consistency in a child’s life.

The last student talked about how to build strong bonds between parent and child and how important it is to take time for your children.

“We have been getting good reception with this, but most seem to come because of a crisis situation,” Galbraith said.

The course welcomes anyone in any situation and it is aimed to be more prevention oriented.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

I lust after this...

So this past weekend I bought myself a really cool looking titanium and carbon fiber CTR ring.  It is pretty much the coolest thing ever.  So today as I was bored, I was looking at carbon fiber rings and found this.  So yeah, 57 dollars of pure manliness. In fact, I kind of want it for a [future] wedding ring.

You heard that right ladies, I'm inexpensive.  I don't expect much, just a cheap ring.  I ain't no gold digga.  I expect your phone calls any minute now.... waiting...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

BP Oil Spill: Jimmy Fallon's take

So there I am this morning... it's raining outside and I am eating my regular bowl of cheapo brand frosted mini-wheats.  I decided to see what was on CNN and as expected, another story about the BP oil spill.  As a bit of comedic relief, they showed this video of the monologue on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. My favorite part is at 3:08 left.  Think Field of Dreams. :D Video after the break...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Midterm Grades

That, my friends, is how the cookie crumbles.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Perfect Monday

Often time's people think that Mondays have to be the worst day of the week. I beg to differ.

Today was one of those perfect days for me. The weather was perfect. Warm and a light breeze. I don't know why I am why am writing about this but today was one of those days that was remarkable.

It was one of those wear you just walk slow and enjoy the great weather and because you have no reason to walk fast. Anyway, I love it and wish everyday could be like this.

Scroll: Expansion promotes student gathering

Note: Every week I have an article published in the Scroll, a newspaper on the BYU-Idaho campus. The following is one of those articles.

In the 10 years since the announcement that Ricks College would become a four-year university, many changes have been made to the physical appearance of the campus. The campus has grown to accommodate the increasing number of students.

When the announcement was made, plans were put into place to help accommodate the projected growth of the university. Over 30 renovation or construction projects have been completed on campus to help fulfill those plans.

“When you look at it 10 years ago, we had a total enrollment of six to eight thousand; now we are approaching 15 thousand,” said Charles Andersen, BYU-Idaho university resources vice-president.

The most notable changes have been the addition of the Thomas E. Ricks Building and the Gordon B. Hinckley Building. The most recent changes have been the Hyrum Manwaring Student Center expansion and the new auditorium.

“I think the changes are good because they help create a better learning environment,” said Amy Esplin, a junior studying English. “It really helps me focus more on my studies.”

Andersen said that most of the construction from 2001 to 2007 was focused on expanding classroom sizes and accommodating the larger student population.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Scroll: Three new degrees to be offered in the fall

Note: Every week I have an article published in the Scroll, a newspaper on the BYU-Idaho campus.  The following is one of those articles.

Starting fall semester, BYU-Idaho will be offering three new degrees in humanities and welding fabrication.

Two of the new majors will be in the Mechanical Engineering Department and the third will be in the Humanities and Philosophy Department.

“It’s a really good liberal arts education preparation for grad school,” said Vaughn Stephenson, Humanities Department chair in regard to the new humanities major.

The humanities major will offer three areas of emphasis: intellectual heritage, law and life-long learning.

“We have a significant number of people who say that they would like a good well-round[ed] college degree and this finally allows us to offer something like that. I’m really excited about that,” said Stephenson.

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