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The PUSH…

There are so many, many times I have held my tongue. However, knowing me, when the push to say something is SO strong,…I let it out.

So, this what happened today.

We all have our moments of being fed up. And maybe I was actually glad that straw landed on the camel’s back and the happiness butterfly was yet aloft.

In public, in front of many other students and professor, I stood up in loud, voiced opinion of other fellow students and the lack of responsibility and respect they show to those around them and themselves.

It really embarrasses me for those who behave in such a manner.

Students who come to class very late, talking on the cells, texting during class and laughing at the texts and not paying attention. They cannot answer any questions asked of them. They disrupt class with talking or stupid comments that have nothing to do with anything remotely related to the material. They have rude dispositions and basically could care less to be there. Some even sleep the entire class. They hardly or never study and fail in their work continuously.

The other fact is knowing that the teachers are promised in their job to say very little and do everything they can to keep the student from dropping the class, save from just giving them the “A” or passing grade, without merit.

It is ridiculous! It is ludicrous!

I just could not take it any longer.

Class time was having to be wasted in each class on asking students where their books were and why were their cell phones not turned off and why were they on Myspace and Facebook instead of taking notes.

I raised my hand and said, ” Excuse me” to the professor.

I then proceeded to put a point of reason out on the table for all.

Why can the teachers not just inform the students of how much they truly want them to stay in the class for their own benefit and say that they are willing to do as much as they can ( and actually do that ) to see to it , that if the student needs help, they get it? Then,…..THEN, in the next breath say to the students who cause this issue, “As much as that is true, if you truly do not give a care about taking this class or want my help and cannot show the responsibility required to pass the course, or the respect of yourself and your teacher and fellow students, WHY ARE YOU HERE? Why are you here wasting my time, your time, everybody else’s time and your money?”

“If you could really care less about your education, your future or your money, what is the point of you taking up the space of someone else who maybe actually wanted to take this class  and couldn’t because the seat was filled by you?!”

Oh, how this needs to be said to the whole school.

And, what about the professors?

These are people who have dedicated their lives to teach, in hopes of doing a greater good and at least reaching the few who care. Yet, the attitudes of the professors start to change to adapt to the students continuously filling up the rooms with their “I don’t care attitudes”.  This then causes the students to respond to their teachers negatively and the whole thing just keeps perpetuating negative experiences.

Something must be done to confront the situation.

SPEAK UP! SPEAK UP!

It has to change.

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Categories: Miscellaneous

Drink of life

My power today and at each breaking dawn, lies in being open. I am always true to myself and forthright with others. I will only regret the chances I don’t take to seek or follow my hearts desire. I fail if I take no action. I will turn away from or make a clean sweep of that which does not honor or sustain my passion and love. In this, I do not stand alone. These lives are to live, not to shadow in the cave. We should be empowered to move forward and reach out. When the walls crumbled, that was when we truly lived. The firey blaze of victory was shared. Do not mock our hearts with speeches on the days. Breathe out with the wind that with which you want known. What fear is there in expression that cannot be doused once spoken?
So, I raise this chalice to you and myself in honor of that which is to come, TOMORROW!

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Plagiarism

HUMOR

“Prose and Cons ”
Saturday Night Live skit

In 1981, Saturday Night Live documented the incredible reservoir of prison literary talent in a segment titled “Prose and Cons,” starring Eddie Murphy, as jailhouse poet Tyrone Green. In the segment, prison guards carry off an inmate caught in the act of plagiarism. As the culprit, his arms and legs flailing, is carried passed Eddie Murphy’s cell, Murphy reaches through the bars with a tin cup and hits him in the head, saying, ” Why don’t you see what you can steal out o’ that!”

As funny as Eddie Murphy made the skit, the act of plagiarism is in reality a crime.

"Prose and Cons"

  • a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work
  • the act of plagiarizing; taking someone’s words or ideas as if they were your own
    wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn
  • A plagiarized paper almost always results in failure for the assignment, frequently in failure for the course, and sometimes in expulsion.

    Maybe you should ask yourself BEFORE you steal someone else’s words, if it is worth it to pay the price for trying to get an easy “A”.

    Outside of academics, the act is a misdemeanor which is punishable by fines of anywhere between $100 and $50000 – and up to one year in jail.

    Maybe you should ask yourself BEFORE you steal someone else’s words, if it is worth it to pay the price for trying to get an easy “A”.

    Give credit where credit is due.

    Try accepting the responsibility for your own future and express your own thoughts and opinions.

    And in the words of Emenim, ” I’m the real Shady. Yes, I’m the real Shady. All you other Slim Shady’s are just imitating”

    Click below to learn more

    http://www.c21te.usf.edu/…/plagiarism/pdfs/plagiarism_tutorial_content.pdf

    Categories: Literature

    Controversial Sexual Theater

    Controversial theater has been around since theater had its beginnings with Thespis ( hence we now have “Thespians” ) in 534 BC. The theme of sexuality as a controversy was not lacking in those ancient times. It usually found its way into most plays, even if only by the fact that the storyline might consist of two lovesick fools, where the men played the part of women in those lovers’ roles.
    Around a thousand years later or so, the Victorian Age, we get the playwright George Bernard Shaw.
    He wrote the play “Mrs. Warren’s Profession”,  about a wealthy prostitute and her prude of a daughter.

    The play was banned in Britain from being performed, due to its explicit content.
    Around the same time in Germany, another play, “Spring Awakening” was being written by Frank Wedekind. This was banned in Germany, for about a century, due to its portrayal of masturbation, abortion, rape, bondage, child abuse and suicide. Needless to say,  all human life everywhere is interested in sex. It is a natural make up/design of our bodies and fortunately for Hollywood and Broadway, sex sells. Today “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” is taught in classrooms and the adapted for musical, “Spring Awakening”, has been given raving reviews and won several Tony awards.

    So, if sex is only a natural desire and basic need within us all, why is it that any form of art or theater that deals with “explicit” content is considered to be “Taboo”?

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    Weirdly true or just weird?

    Scientists have been trying to prove the fact of life on other planets for decades. We have so many science fiction films on aliens that it has grown to an occult factor.
    So, this question is posed. What of life on other planets or in other galaxies? Do you believe that we are the only intelligent lives in all the universe? And more, do you think that if we are, were we always?  Does evidence of amino acids on other planets and water on the Moon say anything for the possibilities that life existed before us?
    Take a look at this excerpt from a science journal and after watch the trailer of the factually based/live footage movie, The Fourth Kind.

    Excerpt:
    Science 19 March 2010:
    Vol. 327. no. 5972, p. 1448
    DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5972.1448-a

    News Focus
    Lunar and Planetary Science Conference:
    Lucky Glimpses of a Weirdly Wetter Moon
    Richard A. Kerr
    Planetary scientists recently flew a ground-penetrating radar on India’s Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter. At the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, they reported a distinctive radar signature from the interiors but not the surroundings of more than 40 small craters in the north polar region. Almost all of the craters are permanently shadowed. That combination, they argued, suggests ice, perhaps as much as 80% or 90% pure. But the Chandrayaan-1 radar is not confirming long-suspect reports of radar detection of massive ice in the south, so most researchers are reserving judgment.

    Is it all just a hoax or could it truly be a reality?

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    Does this apply to you?

    We are willing to reject the sure thing or accept excommunication to try to make it on our own rather than endure the status quo or submit to conditions that assume we are invisible — in this, we have nothing to lose. We accept responsibility for the difficulties ahead and do not seek pity for having chosen against the grain. We are empowered by mutual support and our assets are self-worth, hope, and pride.”

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    The kiss…

    “A kiss is a lovely trick, designed by nature, to stop words when speech becomes superfluous.”
    –Ingrid Bergmen

    In regard to love, the kiss is sometimes everything. There is that moment when the force of longing and desire meet with unspoken words of the heart in gratification.

    ”Love distills desire upon the eyes, love brings bewitching grace into the heart.” –Euripides
    “Where is love and all its glory tonight and all the tomorrows after?”~ Anonymous

    Categories: Miscellaneous