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It's Not the Victims Fault

For my topic I chose I chose rape. I chose this topic because I thought more people should be aware of the topic. In America alone there are 293,066 victims, who are 12 and older, who are a victim of rape and sexual assault each year. Rape is a big issue, even though in many cases it can be overlooked. I am doing this topic because I want to bring awareness to this situation. So many people especially younger kids are a victim of rape and many of them don't get the justice they deserve. rape graph.jpg

This shows the percentage of of rape crimes from 1973-2015.  

Many people who are a victim of rape are often told ¨Ït's your fault I did this to you¨ or ¨Your clothes were too revealing and it tempted me¨ (preferably told to younger girls). Many cases have been dismissed because the girl ¨looks older than her real age¨ or ¨ she is well developed¨ No one should have to suffer throughout life because they lead someone on because of the way they looked and what makes it even worse they don't receive justice. This issue has been around for a very long time. 15% of the victims are 12, 29% are 13-17 and the rest 80% are under the age of 30. But girls between the age of 16-19 are more likely to be the victims of sexual assault.   

Most people who have been through this experience suffer a lot. Some go through depression, abuse themselves with alcohol and drugs, and even try to commit suicide. If the victim has a closer relationship with the rapist, they most likely won't report to police because they are scared or have this thought of them doing something wrong and it being their fault of the cause. I feel as though more people can receive justice and to possibly make this happen less give the assaulters time in jail and get what they deserve.
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Airport Security | Blog Post #1

Christian McCormac

Ms. Giknis

Blog Post #1 (X Band)

24, April 2015

Airport Security

Planes are a form of transportation that is very popular. This has led to security having to be enforced on planes in order to keep the passengers safe. But, sometimes safety goes too far. Sometimes those that are supposed to protect you are the ones that make you feel unsafe. The topic that I am talking about is Airport Security. Since Airports are a very big and populated space it is only right for their to be security. But security is too much at times. There should be less security for the main fact that it is a invasion of privacy. No person has the right to pat you down and scan your body. The whole point in wearing clothes to provide privacy, so therefore by patting someone down they no longer have any sense of privacy and it is as if they are not wearing clothes. Then you have body scanners. These scanners can make it seem as though the person being scanned is naked. Therefore the person being scanned has absolutely no sense of privacy anymore. The guard that you have never met before has seen you naked.


A airport security guard.

There are better methods that are more efficient. For example metal detectors. They can be used to detect any form of metal. Since metal is a thing that is found in most weapons it will be a very smart move to install extremely strong metal detectors. Now for the dangerous objects that are made out of materials such as plastic you can use dogs. You see since dogs are able to detect drugs then with the proper training they should be able to detect any dangerous chemical found in dangerous objects. A dog simply sniffing a person is much less invading then scanners that allow you to see people like they are naked. A dog simply sniffing a person is much more comfortable than a person thoroughly patting down another person. By patting someone down your are invading their privacy and feeling them. By a dog simply smelling someone they don’t even have to make physical contact with them. The dogs just have to be close enough that they can smell the dangerous chemicals. Another method is having a machine that only detects dangerous threats. This machine will scan the person but instead of giving the viewer a naked view of the person they will simply only see the dangerous chemicals. This method shows no invasion of privacy whatsoever and keeps all people at the airport safe.

People getting patted down.
The reason why I feel so strongly about this topic is that it has happened to me before. I have gone through a body scanner that made me feel shameful afterwards because the guards had then seen what my clothes hided. This experience has made me very passionate about airports being able to keep passengers safe without having to technically harass them. Therefore I want to educate the public on the belief that we should not be forced to go through harassing security measurements.

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Ad Campaign: Brain Lesions

Individual part: Other Group Members: (Azaria Burton and Emily Jenson)

The brain is the most important part of a human body, it helps us learn and gain knowledge. By the help of forebrain, midbrain, and hindbrain, we are able to do activities and focus on our regular daily basis. The brain also controls all systems of the body and is the key of every access of a human body. Imagine how our lifestyle would be without being able to do certain things. Brain Lesions is considered as one of the worst cases that is able to block brain structures and their functions 

Brain Lesions are spotted to any type on the abnormal tissue, they can only be seen throughout on a brain imaging test in a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). They appear as small to large parts of the brain, which is a minor of life threatening. Lesions are caused by damages from an injury or diseases. As well as infections, problems with the immune system, exposed to certain chemicals, and many more. The symptoms are changes in eye vision or pain, nausea and vomiting, strong behavior, headaches, fever, seizures, and confusion. Brain Lesions are compared to brain tumors, the causes are usually unknown but are very complicated to handle. Such as, leading the way to deadly cancer and having high chances of suffering from trauma. 

The brain is responsible for every process of the body. The two types of cells that forms the brain are neuron and gila. Most diagnosis of brain lesions are affected to a human by family background history or physically harm. It is to know that not all brain lesions are the same. Apparently, there are two different types of lesions called Abscesses and Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM). Both not similar to each other but are part of the causes in brain lesions. Abscesses are the infections in a brain tissue that includes pus and inflammation. It affects the areas near the ear, sinus, and even dental infection. Also, they present after an injury or surgery onto the skull. It’s uncommon to be affected but definitely very dangerous to handle. The Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM) begins in an early development. When arteries and veins grow in the brain, it becomes connected in tube structures that are called fistulae. Since the arteries are not strong as regular arteries in lesions, the veins are able to enlarge because of the flow of blood that directs itself through the fistulae. Overall, AVM can cause vessels to be fragile and may leak brain into the brain. Therefore, it would be unable to function and likely to create seizures. 

Overall, It is to know that there are different types of brain lesions. Most treatments are different, depending on the case of the brain. As a patient, one may want to find a cure and to be treated. Going through a situation of being diagnosed with brain lesion, it’s not a pretty picture. The human body as a victim, will react to the uncomfortable feeling of being affect by different medications and attending visits to the hospital. The treatment goals are to cure, improving length of life, and relieve the symptoms of lesions. The way brain lesions are treated with an chemotherapy and radiation therapy, only for the lesions that are cancerous. The use of medications to treat brain lesions are antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs. They help to smooth and calm the immune systems but also to make the system react differently onto the body. It would be the only ways to prevent from brain lesions, unless if the lesions are strong, brain surgery must be performed. 

People should be aware of brain lesions, it takes many forms and make a huge impact of a human being. The average of United States population of having brain lesions are 700,000 and 14,000 who are battling brain tumors. The most common ages of male and females to be affected are the ages 20 years and older. It would be best to decrease the rates and statistics. If a person have any more questions or can be related to the symptoms should contact their doctor or research more information online. Together, we can live a better lifestyle without any pain and suffocation.

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Reconstruction Era Visuals Project

The  visual that I created had meaning to the reconstruction period. This showed the drastic change during reconstruction involving, lincolns death.

Something that is a bit confusing to my audience may be the lincoln after death photo. The reason I chose that picture is to show that long after his (or anyones) death his legacy will live on and the way that they made people feel will have an everlasting affect.


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What Changed Our Mind?

​Link to Newspaper:

Link to Research:

Readers Statement:

My project is a series of newspapers that show different opinions given throughout the civil war and years following. If you pay attention to it, the newspapers show certain years, corresponding with the pictures and situations going on at that time. The visuals indicate different opinions due to observations at the certain time period. This matters because it shows that even people on the unions side who had wanted to see the slaves freed became easily irritated with them and considered them wild and uncontrollable. It also shows how even though they were on the north's side doesn't mean they liked blacks, they just didn't like all slavery rules. Also most opinions and cartoons were made by cartoonist Thomas Nast. He was a north supporter and created the first image you see and called that the evolution of the world. He created it before the war was even over, trying to send a message of how the emancipation proclamation will change the circumstances most people were in. As you go through the series of newspapers you will see how the emotion was for blacks before the civil war ended and years after and during reconstructing times. As you come along to the last newspaper you see how what first was a plea to let blacks free turned quickly into a sign of help from the blacks. It seemed that they were trying to portray a message that the blacks were out of control and didn't deserve the right to vote.
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How to Lie with Statistics: Book Meeting 1

Podcast 1
(read chapters 1, 2, and 3)​
​Group Members
  • Nia Hammond
  • Alexis Mccormick 
  • Alaina Silverman
  • Monisha Das
  • What is "average"?
  • Different surveys
  • Visual graphs
There were no points of conflict because we all agreed that there is never that much honesty in numbers.

We think that government knows that certain data is misleading and we were wondering if they will do something about it?
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4 More Rough Cut Films Win Awards at 10-Day Film Fest!

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Over 120 short films were submitted this year to the 10-Day Film Challenge in the Tri-Sate Area. Only 30 were selected as finalists and 4 from Rough Cut made it to the Awards round. All were nominated for multiple categories and each won at least 1 major award!!!

FULL STORY and Links to Films

I'm so very proud of all our amazing filmmakers for their achievements!


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The Story of Us

​This video is dedicated to an important person in my life. Florentino, has been the greatest friend that I could ever have and lucky enough to say that he is mine. I wouldn't change it for the world from the memories that we gain together. I decided to make this video about Florentino because I thought our story would be interesting and agreed to share out. In this video, I did accomplished a storytelling that isn't simple and basic. I did reach my goal of sharing a love story and felt proud of the video, that I have created. I wish to hear some feed back from the audience and hopefully, they will get a sense of feeling to learn how to love someone and should always keep people close, knowing that anyone can impact their lives. 
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​The Silver Linings of Manipulation: Comparing “Taming of the Shrew” to “Silver Linings Playbook”

In “The Taming of the Shrew”, honesty and deception play big roles in the relationships between the characters, especially Petruchio and Katherine, as well as Katherine and her father, Baptista.  In the 2012 movie “ Silver Linings Playbook,” honesty and deception are even more important — almost every important thing that happens is rooted in honesty or a lack thereof.  

Pat Solatano, Jr. is a diagnosed bipolar who has just been released from prison following his beating of his wife’s lover.  Tiffany Maxwell is a recovering sex addict whose husband has recently died. While the relationship between Pat Solatano, Jr. and Tiffany Maxwell can be compared to Petruchio and Katherine’s, the genders should be reversed.  In “Shrew,” Petruchio uses very manipulative tactics to eventually end up with Katherine’s love.  Likewise, in “Silver Linings Playbook,” Tiffany manipulates Pat, making him think that her end goal is something completely different from what it is.  In contrast, Pat Solatano is not aware of Tiffany’s goals until almost the end of the movie, while Katherine most likely knows Petruchio’s plans from the beginning.  Both of these stories show that, while manipulation is not always moral, the results can be good for both the manipulator and the manipulated.

Petruchio: Come, come, you wasp, i’faith you are too angry.

Katherine: If I be waspish, best beware my sting.

Petruchio: My remedy is then to pluck it out.

Katherine: Ay, if the fool could find where it lies.

Petruchio: Who knows not where a wasp does wear his sting?  In his tail.

Katherine: In his tongue.

Petruchio: Whose tongue?

Katherine: Yours, if you talk of tales, and so farewell.

Petruchio: What, with my tongue in your tail?

(Act II, Scene I, 207-214)

In this scene, Petruchio and Katherine are first meeting.  While on the surface they are insulting and trying to intimidate each other, they are also hinting at the physical or sexual attraction between them using innuendos.  This represents deception and manipulation, because they are hiding their true meaning behind clever words.

Pat, Jr. and Tiffany also have a strange first conversation:Screen Shot 2015-04-17 at 1.04.11 PM.png

    In this scene, Pat and Tiffany are meeting for the first time at Pat’s friend Ronnie’s house.  Pat remarks that Tiffany looks nice, and soon after asks about her dead husband, which spurs an awkward and somewhat hostile conversation between the two.  However, during the conversation, they are both giving each other somewhat heated looks.  When Tiffany leaves the room, she gives Pat a sultry look, implying her unspoken intentions, just like Katherine and Petruchio.

Thus in plain terms: your father hath consented

That you shall be my wife, your dowry ‘greed on,

And will you, nill you, I will marry you…

Here comes your father.  Never make denial.

I must and will have Katherine to my wife.

(Act 2, Scene 1, 261-272)

In this scene, Petruchio has recently spoken to Baptista, Katherine’s father, and gotten his consent to marry her.  This was a very deceptive act, because Katherine thought that her father would at least talk to her before doing such a thing.  This is incredibly dishonest, of both Petruchio and Baptista.  

However, in the long run, this might have been good for Katherine; she ends up seemingly happy and “tamed” at the end of the story.

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In this scene, Tiffany shows Pat the envelope that supposedly has a response from Nikki in it, but says that he cannot read it until he nails the dance they are working on.  In the end of the movie, it comes out that Tiffany actually wrote the letter.  This was an incredibly dishonest and pretty manipulative thing to do, but in the end, seemingly caused Pat to fall in love with her.  

Both of these works prove that manipulation, dishonesty and deception can sometimes bring about good results and happy endings.  In Shrew, while Petruchio’s manipulation and deceit at first only bring about a difficult, forced marriage, in the end, Katherine seems to be a more happy and subdued wife that any of their friends.  In Silver Linings Playbook, Tiffany does something that in many cases would be appallingly manipulative and dishonest.  However, through the dishonesty that is part of her friendship with Pat, comes an honest relationship of love.   
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The little things count

Tell us a bit about your digital story, what did you set out to do?

I set out to make people think about what they overlook.

How did you accomplish this goal?

I want to accomplish my goal by making this video and pointing out the things I noticed about myself.

What do you hope your audience gains for viewing/listening your piece?

I hope everyone takes a second to think about what they overlook.

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Reconstruction Era Visuals Project Asher S.


Artist Statement: 

Hello I am Asher Swartz, creator of the fictional "The Confederate Life" newspaper. This is a fictional newspaper set in the Reconstruction period following the American Civil War. A brief overview of the contents of this fictional newspaper (brief disclaimer: I do not inherently agree with the viewpoints expressed in these articles and this newspaper. They are merely fictional ideas I wished to express.): It is called The Confederate Life (as I'm sure you understand by now) and it features two main, one age long each articles. One is titled “Dirty Carpetbagger” (carpetbaggers were northerners who moved to the South after the American Civil War to benefit financially) and the other one is titled “Honorable Gentleman”. These are articles written by someone very mad about the American Civil War and Reconstruction in general and is venting their anger by writing newspaper articles promoting Southerners and bashing Northerner carpetbaggers. They each contain quotes from a main person. The Northerner is Marshall Harvey Twitchell, a Civil War veteran who lived in the South, a self proclaimed carpetbagger. The Southerner in question is Edwin H. McCaleb, a supporter of the Confederacy. The quotes are from an autobiography for Twitchell and a letter to a friend for McCaleb. The articles use these quotes, and the author rants on about this that and the other thing. End of summary. Now, there may be some points that cause some form of confusion for some readers, and I would like to clear these up. First, there are only two main articles. Everything else is for context. Secondly, once again, this is purely fictional. Everything besides the quotes themselves is completely made up. To finish up, I will tell you why this is important. Even though this is fictional, it is a representation of something that might have existed. Its just an example of how people might have thought.

​Here is the link to my source analysis. It also has the Artist Statement
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Why I Hate Valentine's Day :)

Tell us a bit about your digital story, what did you set out to do?

The goal was to tell my viewers why I hated valentine's day so much. I wanted the story to be relatable and easy to connect to and understand. 

How did you accomplish this goal?

I told my unique story. Hopefully one or two of my viewer's could relate. 

What do you hope your audience gains for viewing/listening your piece?

I don't want anyone to gain this new hatred for valentine's day but I do want people to think about how interesting it is for certain relationships to die off or have things die off on you in a short matter of time.
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Reconstruction Era Visuals Project

Artist's Statement:
My poster is about important African-Americans during the Reconstruction era.. This poster is about what each people did while they ran office and what they wanted to changed. For example, some people wanted to end slavery and how they can make people treat each other differently. In this poster it talks about 4 important African-Americas that wanted to make a change. The poster tells us what each person did in their past. I was amazed how some went to school and got education, and some people didn't. In this poster it talks about the how each person tired to fix the problem that was happening during the era. For example, Robert Delarge he wanted education for people who doesn't get education. Another person I researched about was Hiram Revels, he wanted everyone to be treated equally. In the poster, it's mainly about what each candidate did. I felt like a poster was a great idea because it gives the audience a better understanding of each person. In this poster, it shows

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Reconstruction Visual Project

This newspaper article is about the question: Was Abraham Lincoln an true abolitionist or was freeing enslaved apart of his strategy to use them as soldiers to increase the chances of the Union succeeding? In this assignment, I tried to recreate a news letter from Philadelphia in 1863. I collected several pieces of data from historical speeches, novels, articles and websites. I drew pictures of what photographs were probable to use in this case and were clear and simple. Including the style of what these newspapers used to look like aesthetically. Using research and making a similar design to old newspaper I attempted to make this article of information realistic to the time period. This piece of writing shows the North v.s the South's stance on Abraham Lincoln's belief and what felt was of importance to him and his society. 
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Malachi : A 2015 View

The message that I attempted to get across was the idea that there will always be two opposing sides in EVERY situation. That being said, I also tried the emphasise the fact there can never be in any form a way of successful equality. In fact the closest thing that we have to being equal is fact that we are all mammals. Another lense that I attempted to look through was this idea on an “equalizer”. By this I mean leveling the central rights between both sides during the reconstruction era. And It may sound like a little much, but connect this topic to a more relatable instance in our modern society where something that is greater is being changed by an equalizer. The problem isn't whether or not it is unfair for the thing that is greater. The real issue is that fact that it's problematic on both sides because they are being equalized. So then what do we consider it? Is this really a reconstruction for the better? After doing this project I realized the radical perspectives in literally everything. In a sense it was almost troublesome looking at different situations and noticing the shift between good and bad (As cheesy as it sounds).

On top of that I’ve noticed that something that may appear to be confusing is the history behind my idea. The whole point of my magazine was to not only highlight the opposing side, but it was more of a thinking activity, and less of a learning experience if that makes sense?
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Reconstruction Visual Project

Artist's Statement:

My newspaper is a paper that was published exactly on the five year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. It follows the struggles that blacks had to endure after the Emancipation Proclamation. It begins with the actual meaning of the proclamation, followed by a quote from President Lincoln at the time, and concludes with quotes from former slaves. I wanted to include a quote from Lincoln that I thought was really important and was crucial to what was going down at the time and embodied what an intelligent, devoted president he was.

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Reconstruction Era Visuals Project

My work is a letter to black people feeling oppressed during this time. The letter is written from the viewpoint of Isaiah Montgomery. Montgomery was one of the founders of Mound Bayou, an all black town. He also became mayor of the town. This letter is meant to be an advertisement from Montgomery urging blacks feeling oppressed to move to Mound Bayou since it has more opportunities than other places blacks could live in the South. An important point is this letter was not written from the viewpoint of myself if I was alive during this time. The letter is from Isaiah Montgomery, and should be treated as such. The letter is also not meant to be personal. This would be something that hundreds of would be printed and handed out to many people. The letter isn't really a letter as it is more of a flyer. You wouldn't get this in the mail. You'd be handed it by some sort of advertiser. As well as that, try to keep in mind as this is being read that you should pretend you are one of these people alive during this time. Try to role play a little and think like you were one of the people being asked to move to Mound Bayou, and see if this would have convinced you.

The College Process

For my digital story, I set out to find out how the tiring college process went for different people. I also wanted to aim this towards the junior who will soon be going through this same process. I know that a lot of people, including myself struggled with this and so I wanted to capture what it looked like. I did this by interviewing a few seniors and asked them about how it went and what they would suggest for the junior to do. I hope that the audience will be able to think back to the process and feel accomplished if they have successfully passed it and if they have not been through it yet, for them to have a sense of how much work it really is.
Q4- Digital story
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