College Life Is Rough

College Life Is Rough

 

Going to college is stressful. No matter if you’re a freshman or a senior. There are so many things that need to be done in order to attend a university, especially here at Rowan. I do not know about everyone else, but I was a transfer. I came from Rowan College At Gloucester County, formerly known as GCC. i noticed a lot of changes when I started attending school here. From money to food, to weather to just simply walking to class. Everything changed. Here are three things that i thought would be helpful to know if you are attending college here at Rowan University.

  1. The cost: You need to be financially stable if you don’t want any issues. When transferring from another college you need to pay an enrollment fee. That enrollment fee costs me two hundred dollars. Then, I had to pay for orientation. Which should be free shouldn’t it! And do not even get me started on financial aid. That shit is just a living nightmare that never ends. By the end of the semester I am always paying my bill out of my own pocket because financial aid only covers a fraction of my tuition. They charge you for the most outrageous things. They charge you for the Recreational Center, even if you do NOT use it. They charge you for the library, which should be free. A lot of students do not have computers or printers at home or can not afford six hundred dollars worth of textbooks every semester. They even charge you for health insurance. This is beyond bizarre. By the end of the semester you will be broke. I do not care what anybody tells you. You will be broke. Searching everywhere in your house for the smallest amount of change just to buy you a cup of coffee to stay up during class.

 

  1.  The food: This is one good thing about Rowan University. There are so many different places to get food here on campus. You will feel like you do not ever need to leave.in the student center alone, also known as Chamberlin Hall, there are five places to grab something to eat. There is the Marketplace, which is a buffet. They have all kinds of food. Sandwiches and burgers, soups and salads, pastas, meat entrees, and they even have desserts. You can make your own waffles and ice cream. Then there is Peet’s Coffee. They serve other things along with coffee. There is RoGo, which is like a wawa. They have a microwave so that you can heat up your packed lunch. You can also stop by some of your favorite shops to grab a bite. On Rowan boulevard, there is Pizza Hut, Dominos, a burger and shakes place, Cookie Munchers, Barnes and Noble cafe, Ry’s Bagels, and Seven Eleven. There are so many options. You can even go off campus to local restaurants.  You will be so happy to see all the different types of food that you can get in a two through five mile radius.

3. Friends. Here at Rowan University there are many people. I came here not planning on talking to anybody. I am an introvert and do not like people. But everyone here is so friendly. This semester alone, I have made nine friends.  That is a record for me. My entire college experience has been great. Having friends made it that way. If I didn’t have any friends, I probably would have failed a couple of classes this semester. Its nice having friends here at Rowan because you can text them if you have a question about an assignment, instead of emailing your professor and waiting and waiting and waiting for them to email you back. When in reality they probably will not email you back, depending on who your professor is.

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Methane Emissions From Livestock (Final Draft)

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I decided to fact check a recent news article named: Methane Emissions From Livestock Are Contributing to Global Warming Much More Than Scientists Thought from the website weather.com. I thought the headline was relevant to me because I am a huge animal person. I love animals . I found this article when I went into Google News tab and searched “recent study”.The News article was not the first result when I researched the topic. Google’s database knows my passion for animals and animal related topic so it’s not accident that I stumbled across this article, which I found to be very interesting. On my computer I mostly search about animals and anything animal related. This is a big topic on which I talk about. It must have known that I’d find this article to be very interesting.

This article is also relevant to my intro to writing course where we were given the option to create a twitter account as a mini blog . My content is composed of my farm animals, primarily my dogs, cats, chickens and rabbits.

My twitter is also about nature. I try to post daily on there to keep it up to date with my animal life at home. You may check it out .

After I clicked on the link it lead me immediately to the weather.com site and showed the post.The first thing that pops up is the title and a picture. Once saw the picture I looked underneath at the caption to see what they had to say about the picture. It read:

In the Sept. 22, 2017, photo above, a farmer works to move a herd to another field in Glen Flora, Texas. A recent study suggests methane emission estimates from livestock are larger than researchers previously thought.

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

This is good because they cited where the picture came from. The next thing under that are three main bullet points in which the article shares.

A recent study suggests emissions of methane from livestock are much larger than previously estimated.
In 2011, estimates were 11 percent higher than previous data suggested.
Researchers believe the variation in numbers is due to outdated information used to develop the factors used to tally up the emissions.
A definition of methane is A colorless, odorless, flammable gas that is the simplest hydrocarbon. It is the major constituent of natural gas and is released during the decomposition of plant or other organic compounds, as in marshes and coal mines.

I got that definition and pie chart from just a simple google search. The picture of the cow is also just a google search of “methane emissions from livestock.”

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As I looked further into the post, I found that weather.com was citing throughout their post the original post about the methane emission. I clicked on the link they had provided in order to go upstream. That link had brought me to an online journaling site https://cbmjournal.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s13021-017-0084-y . This is the original information about the methane emissions coming from livestock. This post was just published on September 29, 2017. Literally the other day. The title of the post was Revised methane emissions factors and spatially distributed annual carbon fluxes for global livestock .This research was conducted with support from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) program under Project #NNH13AW58I.

This original post states that livestock methane emissions, while not the dominant overall source of global methane emissions, may be a major contributor to the observed annual emissions increases over the 2000s to 2010s.

I researched “the rise in herding of cows over the years which results in the production of methane gas”. I came a website called timeforchange.org . this website talks about cows being the blame for global warming. What is global warming you ask? Global warming is also referred to as climate change. It is the observed century-scale rise in the average temperature of the earths climate system and its related effects. Global warming occurs when carbon dioxide (CO2) and other air pollutants and greenhouse gases collect in the atmosphere and absorb sunlight and solar radiation that have bounced off the earth’s surface. Methane is a greenhouse gas. This is all tied together in one way or another. Just like everything we do is tied into pollution and global warming.

 

In the article on timeforchange.org , it states that a cow releases between seventy and one hundred, twenty kilograms of methane per year. A quote from the article states that “According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) agriculture is responsible for 18% of the total release of greenhouse gases world-wide.” If you think about it, eighteen percent doesn’t seem to be too much. But when in reality it is enough. If you are not into science, you may not understand this stuff. I, myself do not understand what all this means. All I know is that its bad.

The final thought on this article was to “eat less meat and dairy products.” “This is one of the most effective ways to reduce our personal carbon footprint and to generally reduce our personal negative impact on the environment.” We each have a carbon footprint. For those of you who don’t know, a carbon footprint is “the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a particular person, group, etc.” according to google. The very last thing placed in the article was a quote from Albert Einstein. He quotes “Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”  This is great news. I am a vegetarian, that means that I have a lower chance and a lower risk of getting a heart attack, certain disease, and cancers. Being a vegetarian is a very good thing to do.

 

Methane Emissions From Livestock (Draft)

 

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I decided to fact check a recent news article named: Methane Emissions From Livestock Are Contributing to Global Warming Much More Than Scientists Thought from the website weather.com. I thought the headline was relevant to me because I am a huge animal person. I love animals . I found this article when I went into Google News tab and searched “recent study”. This was not the first choice I had to see but it was on the first page. I think Google’s algorithm knew that I love animals by the things I search. On my computer I mostly search about animals and anything animal related. This is a big topic on which I talk about.  It must have known that I’d find this article to be very interesting.

Also I think this is relevant to me because in my other class called Intro to Writing Arts, I have a twitter account as my mini-blog. My twitter is about animals and nature. The stars on my twitter feed are my own animals from my own backyard. I have four different kinds of animals at the moment. There are cats, chickens, a dog, and a rabbit. I try to post daily on there to keep it up to date with my animal life at home. If you’d like to check it out be my guest.

So after I clicked on the link it lead me immediately to the weather.com site and showed the post.The first thing that pops up is the title and a picture.  Once saw the picture I looked underneath at the caption to see what they had to say about the picture. It read:

In the Sept. 22, 2017, photo above, a farmer works to move a herd to another field in Glen Flora, Texas. A recent study suggests methane emission estimates from livestock are larger than researchers previously thought.

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

 

This is good because they cited where the picture came from. The next thing under that are three main bullet points in which the article shares.

  1. A recent study suggests emissions of methane from livestock are much larger than previously estimated.
  2. In 2011, estimates were 11 percent higher than previous data suggested.
  3. Researchers believe the variation in numbers is due to outdated information used to develop the factors used to tally up the emissions.

A definition of methane is A colorless, odorless, flammable gas that is the simplest hydrocarbon. It is the major constituent of natural gas and is released during the decomposition of plant or other organic compounds, as in marshes and coal mines.

I got that definition and pie chart from just a simple google search. The picture of the cow is also just a google search of “methane emissions from livestock.”

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As I looked further into the post, I found that weather.com was citing throughout their post the original post about the methane emission. I clicked on the link they had provided in order to go upstream. That link had brought me to an online journaling site https://cbmjournal.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s13021-017-0084-y . This is the original information about the methane emissions coming from livestock. This post was just published on September 29, 2017. Literally the other day. The title of the post was Revised methane emissions factors and spatially distributed annual carbon fluxes for global livestock .This research was conducted with support from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) program under Project #NNH13AW58I.

This original post states that livestock methane emissions, while not the dominant overall source of global methane emissions, may be a major contributor to the observed annual emissions increases over the 2000s to 2010s.

 

 

 

Coffee = Longer Life

There were two recent studies that declared drinking coffee leads to a longer lifespan. The post was on CNN. com .

I followed up with one of the links to go upstream. I found the source of the study. I came to a cite called annals.org . The objective of the study was to find out whether the consumption of coffee is associated with mortality. The setting of the study was in ten European countries. there were 521,330 participants enrolled in EPIC (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition). The conclusion of the study stated that drinking coffee reduced the risk of death. 

The second linked to the second study. This study’s objective was to examine the association of coffee consumption with risk for total and cause-specific death. The setting of this study took place in Hawaii and Los Angeles, California. The participants in this study included 185, 855 African Americans, Native Hawaiians, Japanese Americans, Latinos, and whites aged 45 to 75 years at recruitment. The conclusion of this study was that higher consumption of coffee was associated with lower risk for death in African Americans, Japanese Americans, Latinos, and whites.

Well that concludes it. If you want to live as long as you possibly can, drink more coffee. If you wish to die sooner, don’t drink as much coffee.

Happy Drinking!

Filter Bubbles

Filter bubbles include: Mainstreamers, Liberals, and Conservatives

1. What headlines and stories cut across the three bubbles? What stories seem unique to those bubbles? There were only two stories that are common in all three bubbles. They  are the health care bill, and Mueller/Russia. 
2. Do particular keywords keep coming up across or within each bubble? I saw Trumps name in all of them.
3. How do they differ? Do they draw from different sources—interviews, studies, unnamed sources, etc.? How do they link to other sources or stories? They differ because each bubbles is geared to a certain audience. Mainstreamers will not be interested in what the conservatives or the liberals have to say. Its goes the same for the other ones too. 

 

Fact Checking Fox News

I chose to fact check foxnews.com. I chose this site because it is the one I have heard about most. I checked on wikipedia to see what other say about fox news. It is a real site with real news. Fox News is a news channel. They talk about the world, business, weather, politics, entertainment, and much much more. They even have stocks posted. I feel as though if the site provides the weather forecast, then there is another reason why I would believe what they say. It is available on American basic cable and on satellite cable. It does however say that there are several controversies.  Many other sites refer back to fox news. Fox news researches their stories before they talk about them. they are a very reliable source. They cater to their audience, whether that be students, politicians, house wives, whomever watches the channel or visits their website. Fox_News_Channel_logo

Robo-calls: what to do

Do you get robo-calls every now and again? Well if you answered yes, then this post is for you. Do you get phone calls about “your current electricity bill”, or “you’ve just won a free cruise to the Bahamas”?

I certainly do. I get these types of phone calls just about seven times a day.I have even tried blocking the numbers, well that didn’t work. They would just call me from another number. Most of the time it is the same town that the number is registered with. This way when I see those numbers or that town calling, I just ignore it and let it go to voicemail. Nothing seems to ever work. It is so frustrating. They even call my home phone number. 

So while I was going through my twitter feed, I saw the Washington Post and I started skimming through all their tweets. I came across this post they had made about robo-calls. Instantly I felt that post was made for me considering that I get them pretty much all day long.

This post talks about the ways you can get rid of rob-calls. First there is a video for you to watch. It talks about which calls are legal and which are illegal calls. There are numerous ways for you to try in order to get rid of rob-calls.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/are-robo-calls-driving-you-crazy-heres-how-to-block-and-beat-them-for-good/2017/09/11/23c9d6d6-9253-11e7-89fa-bb822a46da5b_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.77152526a58f

Fact Check

Here is a photo that I came across on Facebook. It is three police officers posing for a photo before going to help out with Hurricane Irma. Screen Shot 2017-09-13 at 9.32.59 PM

What is actually going on after these officers posted this photo, is that women are calling 911 and asking for this group of officers. These officers really got popular. They are being offered to make a calendar “for charity”. Click the link to the post or copy and paste the url. Be sure to read the entire article.

Police Department Warns Women Not to Call 911 After Photo of Officers Helping During Irma Causes Social Media Stir

 Gainesville Police Department