Not Too Perky…

Now studying broadcast news reporting, I wanted to begin with my passion, sports.

ESPN New York is currently airing a story on New York Jets backup Quarterback Erik Ainge, who recently has had more problems off the field then on it.

Ainge was interviewed by ESPN New York reporter Rich Cimini, regarding Ainge’s recent admission to a drug and alcohol addiction that he now is taking head on.

The story began with a rundown of Ainge’s addictions and how they started when he was just 12 years old.

The story was very free flowing, with Cimini more or less guiding the interview and Ainge taking it in the direction he felt necessary.

Cimini seemed to be comfortable in his role as the interviewer and never seemed phased or uncomfortable with the direction of the interview.

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2012

The 2012 “prophecy” has taken the world by storm now more than ever with the recent natural disasters.

First came the strange winter weather patterns in the Northeast along with the horrific flooding in Australia.  Then it was been a tornado that touched down near Mobile, Ala. and Louisiana, whirling through the cities with no regard for business structures.  And then there was the devastating tsunami and earthquake that rattledJapan and grabbed the rest of the world’s attention during the process.

The recent disasters bring to life the looming discussion that the world could suffer serious damages, or in fact end, come 2012.

The discussions of 2012 arose due to interpretations and predictions discovered in theMayan calendar.

The Mayan civilization was extremely advanced in engineering, mathematics and astronomy, along with an incredible understanding of time and space.

The Mayans used a variety of calendars to track time in linear progressions within cycles.  Their findings lead them to the culmination of two calendars which equated to5,125.36 years.

With all those numbers, all that information, where does that leave us? Why do those numbers pose any significance to our lives? We can start with the fact that the final day of the calendar lies on December 21, 2012.

The most recent of the sporadic natural disasters menacing all parts of the globe hit Japan last week, leaving its people to fight for their survival, imparting those who watched to question the future of theirs.

With the revelations from the Mayan calendars coupled with the reoccurring devastating natural disasters, mere speculations quickly turned to food for thought.

Heads are certainly turning at Elon University, where employees and students alike are beginning to ponder what the future holds.

Robin Fogleman, an assistant director at the Varsity Grill on Elon’s campus, has taken notice of the recent tragedies to strike Japan.

“What’s going on over in Japan,” lamented Fogleman, “it’s scary. The news keeps getting worse.”

Japan was first jolted by an earthquake registering an 8.9 on the Richter magnitude scale with more devastation soon to follow.

A tsunami warning was issued for countries all around the Pacific ocean following the earthquake, and even caused a whirlpool to form in the earthquake and tsunami aftermath.

The deadly combination of the earthquake and tsunami has left parts of Japan in ruins, demolishing buildings and homes, taking countless lives in the process.

“If my house and my family members houses were destroyed,” said Fogleman, pausing for a minute to collect her thoughts, “I don’t know what I’d do. There would be no where for us to go, no where to live. Where would my kids go to school?”

Fogleman acknowledged the lingering theories of 2012, whatever the year may hold. She was careful with her word choice, but still had a claim to make.

“Someone, or something, is trying to get our attention,” said Fogleman. “There needs to be peace between the people of this world and peace with the Earth, before it’s too late.”

Foglemans thoughts were shared by another employee at Elon.

Pat McCaskill, a cafeteria worker at Elon’s McEwen Dining Hall, had more to say on something, or someone who may not be too happy with the human race.

McCaskill identified herself as a devout Christian and someone who believes things truly do happen for a reason.

“God is disappointed with us as a whole,” said McCaskill. “He created our world and is upset with how we are treating it. We have a merciful God. He would not do this unless his people were doing something wrong.”

McCaskill’s view, while strongly religious and not shared by everyone, is one to consider.

Whatever is in store for our Earth in 2012 remains unknown. But with the recent tragedies around the world, people are beginning to think about all possible scenarios, good or bad.

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Global Warming

It is clear that Americans like to eat.  If we want to keep it that way, then we need to care about climate change.  That was Elizabeth Kolbert’s main point Thursday night.

Kolbert, who is the author of two books and has most notable work in the fields of climate change and global warming, spoke to an eager group of Elon students last night regarding climate change and the future of food.

“Do you like to eat?” asked an inquisitive Kolbert of the Elon student body.

As she qualified her statement to mean in the simplest form, students became instantly intrigued and even started to learn forward in their seats.

Climate change, commonly known as human induced climate change, measures the amount of carbon dioxide taken out of the ground and the amount sent into the atmosphere in forms of carbon dioxide.

Americans are guilty of the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere, especially in forms of coal and oil.

Measuring the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere started out difficult, but in 1950 a machine was created that measured the amount of carbon dioxide in parts per million.

With this machinery available to measure the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the numbers have been on a very steady upward rise.

If the consistent rise of carbon dioxide continues in the atmosphere, the world could experience an average temperature increase of 10 degrees Fahrenheit by the year 2100.

Other issues arising from the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can be found in the Artic Ice Caps.  Between the years 1979 and September 2010, the Artic Ice caps have become substantially smaller.

By 2030, the Artic Ocean could be entirely ice free.

As a result of the carbon dioxide levels affecting the atmosphere, it is also affecting the crops of the world.

The floods and droughts of Pakistan have been linked to global warming.  The droughts are leading to less and more expensive crops.

The same issues have arisen in China and Russia, and now, may have reachedCalifornia.

The west coast state is looking at a possible agricultural absence in the pending future.

“We’re looking at a scenario were there is no more agriculture in California,” quoted Kolbert from a California representative.

From the speech of Kolbert, it was clear to her, and should be clear to us all, that until we stabilize greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the climate and agriculture patterns will continue to change.

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Multimedia

The Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs finished playing late Sunday afternoon.  A recap of the game was up on ESPN shortly after it ended.

The recap on the World Wide Leader of Sports website offered photographs from the game, video recaps and written analysis.

The Associated Press was responsible for the release of the article, and it wasted no time explaining the story in the lede.

“ Kobe Bryant agreed it might have been the Lakers’ best game so far.”

The article also offered 64 photos taken before, during and after the game, along with a 1:04 video of highlights.

Twitter is an example of a non-traditional multimedia source.

Coming into popularity among business’ and independent professionals, the site offers users a chance to follow companies and access constant updates on a daily basis.

The site also offers video clips, photographs and access to other websites in embedded links posted in tweets.

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ABSS Meeting

Recognitions to Crisis

The Alamance Burlington Board of Education met on Monday night to discuss the budget situation, and the board of committee’s agreed on a final proposal that will use an allotted $11.2 million during the 2011-2012 school year.

The bad weather did not stop a good turnout for the February meeting, audience members ranging from middle school award winners to attendee’s seemingly old enough to be grandparents.

Del Burns began discussing the current budget situation as a “weighty matter” and one that would be addressed as the meeting progressed.

The meeting interrupted its discussion on the budget issue for the recognitions portion, the most notable winner being Joy Cantey.

Cantey has been teaching at Graham Middle School since 2002, teaching both sixth and eighth grade language arts. Cantey earned her bachelor degree of middle school education from University of North Carolina Greensboro and her masters in special education from Elon University.  The Alamance Burlington School System and 15 other counties recognized Cantey as the Region 5 Middle School Association Teacher of the Year.  In attendance supporting Cantey were her husband and her infant son who apparently grew weary of the meeting, sleeping comfortably in his father’s arms.

The committee refocused its discussions on the pending budget issue.

Del Burns continue speaking on the issue, describing substantial reductions that would take place and actions taken to date to meet those reductions.

The meeting held during the first week of January saw the previous budget process suspended and the meeting held during the second week of the month focused on administrative measures used to reduce the budget, mainly freezing certain positions.

The board was adamant about the efforts extended to ensure the use of this money because of the loss of federal stimulation money for the upcoming school year.  It is safe to say that the committee planning ahead was a smart move.

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Deafening Demolition

Recent Construction on Elon Campus Causes Classroom Disruptions

Many students are not quite sure what is actually being constructed across the street from the McEwen building, but they are sure that the construction is causing its share of problems.

The construction started a few weeks ago when construction workers infamously demolished the former Pendulum building.

Students sitting in class across the street that day had the opportunity to experience the demolition first hand.  The students sitting in class heard the thunderous clash as bricks tumbled to the ground while other students recorded the action up close.

The recent construction hasn’t been completely in favor of everyone however.  Many students have complained that the construction serves as a distraction while attending class, while others do not seem to know much about the construction at all.

As a Business Major, Sophomore Michael O’Gara still has one class in McEwen and has more than noticed the ruckus coming from across the street.  While acknowledging that the demolition and construction was pretty cool to see, he also recalls numerous problems it has caused.

O’Gara has recounted many occasions in which the construction across the street has caused disruptions in the classroom.  Aside from the constant noise filtering into the room, it also disrupts the attention and note taking of the class.

“The construction causes the entire building to shake at times,” recalled O’Gara.  “And once the projector starts shaking back and forth, it becomes difficult to take notes and follow what the professor is teaching.”

The construction is not just disrupting classes, but is apparently disrupting elevator rides as well.

O’Gara recounted a time when he was heading to class and decided to take the elevator up to the second floor because of an ankle injury.

“I decided to take the elevator up to class because I was on crutches, and then the elevator just started to rumble and shake,” recounted O’Gara.  “I thought I was going to die.”

O’Gara was not the only student who showed animosity towards the current construction situation.

Doug Williams, a second year student at Elon and Broadcast Journalism majoralso has his opinions on the construction.  Williams’ opinions differ slightly from others simply because of his lack of knowledge of the situation.

William’s discussed how the construction did not impact his one class in McEwen, simply because it was at 8 a.m. and focus on anything is hard to come by that early.

“Waking up early for an 8 a.m. already takes a toll on me,” said Williams.  “I have a hard time paying attention to the professor that early, yet alone any ruckus coming from anywhere else.”

Williams was never truly impacted by the construction nor knew much about the construction, having little to say on the subject.  However another student had a little more insight on the construction and the new buildings coming to campus.

Luke Lesourd, also a second year Broadcast Journalism major, has one class in McEwen.  And while Lesourd claims the noise of the construction does not bother him, he did acknowledge that it interferes with the teaching.

“I can’t say that the noise is an actual distraction, but the constant shaking and rumbling of the projector does make it difficult to take notes,” said Lesourd.

Aside from the noise and rumblings the construction causes, Lesourd is excited about the rumor of Chipotle Mexican Grill being apart of the new complex.

“Rumor has it Chipotle is coming to campus next semester,” said an excited Lesourd.  “And I love Chipotle!”

It’s safe to say that the current construction offers a lot of excitement and buzz around the campus, in regards to the new possibilities.

But for now, it is hard for students and professors alike to look past the disruptions and distractions the noise of the construction is causing.

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Too Much Sheen?

The Charlie Sheen fallout as traveled through news stories like a whirlwind.  But there is a point in time when we need to stop and say, “when is too much, too much?”  Some feel like that time is now.

Much like Chapter 8 discusses, a news story covering the overload of Sheeninformation describes the hype with links and short phrases.

The lede itself runs ten words, wasting no time informing the reader with the purpose of the story.

The second paragraph describes Sheen’s rants during appearances his made on television and radio interviews alike, while also offering a link within the story while describing why CBS abruptly cancelled his hit show Two and a Half Men.

The following paragraphs continue to allow readers access to his interviews via embedded links and a link to his publicist website.  The news regarding his publicist and the fact that he resigned was in bold, following a quote from him that read “I’m unable to work effectively as his publicist.”

The final paragraphs of the news story confront the issue of a Sheen overload.

Many publicist and representatives of news stations insist that Sheen is going through a sort of “mental disturbance,” and feel there constant publicity of Sheen’s blowups are starting to wear thin and become unfair.

The coverage was called “excessive, and even dangerous” by some news outlets and others urging the rest of the media to “use their journalism to identify the people around Charlie who can actually get him into a rehab facility — against his will if necessary — and then start badgering them to do something.”

Links, bold phrases and photographs were used throughout the news story to help bring the overall message across to the readers, hopefully slowing down the overwhelming Sheen-a-polooza.

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