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History Journal #17 - Dec 20th, 2012

The Ad and The Ego

• Advertising is a system of education
• with ads comes truth and consequences
• "Can they really get inside my head?"
• Ads try to show who you are and should be
• It's about a whole set of different values
• People in America are overly exempt from Ads
• People who they are not affected by Ads are the ones wearing the Ads
• Ads become an environment
• Average American is exposed to over 1500 ads/day
• It's like breathing air, you don't notice it
• World, power and self understanding 
Teaches us to be consumers, ha[iness can be bought they are instant solutions and products can fullfil our daily needs
• Indirectly & directly, they are intimately involved in our lives
• Everything is advertising
• Informing  --> tool of socialization
• Less about products now, more about emotions and lifestyle
• Rests the fate of American dignity
• Goal is to make you feel unhappy so you need their product to be happy
• "Guarantees"
• Make you become what you buy
• Reverse psychology
• Needs to grasp attention
• False idols
• Mainly white women being advertised
• Ads define beauty for us
• Sex sells
• To appeal someone on levels that they are unconscious 
• No one who sees a commercial will ever forget
• We are their tests dummies or mindless monkeys
• Mythology of independance
• Seeing is believing
• Images are more powerful than words
• Symbols + Images have a force of persuasion that is undeniable
• Ads are an evolvement device
• Symbols = power of social and economics
• First step towards justifying violence towards someone is to treat them less than human, turns people into objects
• "I can be anything you want me to be"
• "What do you want out of life?"
• Not about manipulation or false unconsciousness, it's about getting into their dream life
• Can physically transform you
• Consumes culture
• Ads is the most powerful influence on our society ever
• Integrated communications
• It's a loop --> Ads advertise other advertisements
• One main message is consumption
• Premeditated waste
• We waste as much as a poor country of 100 billion people
• Unfortunately, that's life.
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History Journal (1/31/13)

I believe that destruction of ones property is very beneficial.When the circumstance becomes ungovernable and the people have no other option that's a way to get attention. Once one person starts, other people will follow and make an even greater point. On the other hand though, it is kind of redundant. Let's say burning homes gets the attention of the government and you get your justice. Okay, you get the justice... but what are you left with? Or what if you burn the homes and still get nothing in return? You end up with nothing. 
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Never Shall I Forget Journal Entry

Never Shall I Forget...

Never Shall I Forget the piercing pain that shoots through my system 
as my mom says to me in a calm weird like voice with eyes full of regret 
"Im disappointed in you."
Never SHall I Forget the warmth that spread throughout the house 
when she laughs & tickles my little sister. 
Never SHall I Forget the dark lonely nights 
and hearing the squeaky sound of my door 
as my little sister opens it to lay beside me for comfort. 
Never shall I Forget those hot sizzling days, 
seeing a ritas water-ice in someone's hands 
and just wanting to drown in its cold sensation.
Never Shall I forget the first time I saw you 
and looking back never knowing 
how important you'd mean to me now.
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Forgive, Never Forget ( journal #42)

When was the last time that you were forgiven for something or that you forgave somebody who'd wronged you?

* The last time I forgave somebody would probably have to be the time my mother told my very religious family that I was Agnostic against my wishes. I had specifically asked her to keep it to herself, my family is a straight christian family. It's the Jesus way or no way, everything must be done by the bible, Christ is the only way. I asked her to keep my new found discovery on the downlow until I was more comfortable and more open with my decision. I wasn't yet ready to face the barrage of questions, insults, and disappointing vibes I knew were coming my way. My mom urged me to say something she said, "give them some credit, that's your family Naihema they'll love you regardless." Reluctant, I didn't listen, I didn't want them to know. My mom somehow managed to slip it in at a family cookout. Everybody was laughing joking and talking catching up, and then somehow the conversation switched, the focus was on the children. How we were doing in school, how our personal life was going, and my mom just Let it slip. I didn't speak to her for weeks , and my family didn't speak to me for weeks. I was an outcast. They didn't see it my way, they were dissapointed, I even earn I few of my grandmother tears that night. To this day they still don't believe I'm agnostic. I put on an act, during family gatherings when they all say grace, I stand in the circle and bow my head, but my eyes are open, and I entertain my grandmothers Easter Sunday plans, and I listen to my Aunt drawn out church stories, but I eventually forgave my mother, she's done worse & i still love her.
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Never Shall I Forget ( journal #41 )

Never Shall I forget;

*Never shall i forget the day of my mothers birth, the day or my sisters birth
*Never shall i forget the one verse of that Frank Ocean or Drake song
*Never shall i forget the day of 6th grade when Jamira drowned in that puddle
*Never shall i forget the people I met and bonded with
*Never shall i forget all the late nights, the partying with friends
*Never shall i forget the new experiences, the experimenting
*Never shall i forget the harmless jokes and banter we made
*Never shall i forget the crushes, A.D .. K.R .. S.T.. J.C .. D.J.. A.B.C.. J.M <3
*Never shall i forget Ernest Talington, may he Rest In Peace
*Never shall i forget my home Texas
*Never shall i forget my father & how my weak memory of him makes me strong.
*Never shall i forget what made me .. me

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History Journal Entree

​Does the U.S/do WL have responsibilities toward Haiti? How? Why?

In my opinion, I think the U.S does have responsibilities towards Haiti. The U.S. have been braking promises to Haiti such as, not helping and giving back that Haiti should be able to live wealthy enough. The U.S should start giving back and re make those promises that they own to Haiti because the U.S didn't reach its goal to approach what is best for Haiti. The U.S should be able to give the money they need, freedom rights needs to be given and many other promises that Haiti was promised. Indeed that hard work it will be able to process of giving back to Haiti from the goals the U.S left behind. It would be hard to keep up with Haiti but at the same time we have our own problems in the U.S also. The U.S can not handle Haiti and its self problem at the same time. It's weather taking care our own country or handling a other country that is not even apart of our land from a different property. The U.S may have money to afford but we do have our own struggles. 
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Podcast Two

Group Members: Matt, Max, Bee, Sabrina, Natalee
Chapters Covered: Three, Four, and Five

In this podcast we discussed how researchers graph their findings, utilize means inappropriately, and how house builders build homes to fit the "average" family. We chose these three topics because we found these to be some of the more interesting points covered over the three chapters. 

Again, I am unable to upload our podcast directly to SLATE. To access our podcast click here
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How to lie . . . Pt 3

Taina R. and Jamelia B. podcast #3

Discussing chapters 7-10

We give our opinions on the chapters, and how, at times, we find some of the lessons comical since there is a sense of common sense. There wasn't any arguing since we took each others opinions into consideration.

(there were no previous questions to answer)
Podcast 3
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Henninger, Mcneil, Smith, Fichera - Podcast 2

Group Members Present:
Dayona Mcneil 
Chelsea Smith
Chris Fichera
Sophia Henninger

Today we discussed specific examples used in chapters three, four, five, and six. There was not much arguing, though there was some attempts to clarify how we agree with the book's point. 

Specifically, we discussed:
 - statistics of American housing circumstances
 - statistics of child development
 - representation of data can be misleading
 - graphs/graphics can be inaccurate/misleading

Stats 2
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Buying with Statistics - Team Voldemort, Podcast #2

Group Members Present: Stephen, Manna, Marley

Topics Discussed: ​Lying with Graphics, Biases & and Incomplete Truths, Miscellaneous Advertisements 

Specifics: How graphics are used by advertisements to lie to consumers, and how a party's bias might affect how incomplete their truths are. We also talked a lot about advertisements we've seen and what we thought about the way they displayed their information.

Questions: Who is to blame for a consumer buying an advertisement's incomplete truth? 

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Arlana Brown Capstone

Name: Arlana Brown

Mentor:Rosalind Echols

Topic Summary;

The goal of this project is to implement a successful exercise program at a facility.

Project Abstract:

The reason why I choose to do this project is because I wanted it to tie into something I want to do in the future. I want to be a nurse and it would help if I had some one else then my self to watch closely over and to make sure they were doing the right thing. I did exactly that in this project. I worked with my church to make this possible. I was able to conduct this project with the help of 12 people total. They worked hard and allowed me to document this project by taking pictures. As a result I will be able to show my mentor and my classmates what my capstone turned out to be.


Process Paper
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Chelsea Janette Smith_Capstone

Chelsea Janette Smith
Mentor- Senorita Manuel 
Advisor- Zoe Siswick
Capstone- Latin Dance

      1. Smith, Chelsea. 31 January 2013. January . Print. The reason I used myself was because I am the one who started this dance group and started doing the choreography. Also I’ve used myself because this topic happens to be close to my heart. This was a way for me to express my culture.

      2. Cruz, Benjamin. Personal Interview. 31 January 2013.
        Benjamin Cruz is my uncle on my mother’s side. When I was younger he taught me how to dance salsa. From there it grew into something much more and allowed me to love the dance and everything that came with it.

      3. Smith, Wanda. Personal Interview. 31 January 2013.
        My mother of course who has showed me what my heritage is. By making original latin cuisines and speaking her native language around the house. She also has helped me to understand who I am and what it means to be Puerto Rican.

      4. Guzman, Noemi. 31 Jan 2013. Jan . Print.
        The reason I used Noemi (my grandmother) is because she always taught me how to stay true to my heritage just like my other family members. She also was the one who help me to become more interested with my heritage by the foods as well as the language. No matter what she was the one who helped me stay true to myself and be able to explore myself even more.

      5. Valentin, Maricza, perf. Maricza Valentin & Jose Valdes Jr. (Latin Rhythms) perform 'Quimbara'. Perf. Jose Valdes. 2011. Film. 1 Feb 2013. <>.
        In this video it helped me get some ideas together for one of the songs that we will be performing (Quimbara). I came across this video after hearing the song and decided that this will be the perfect thing to dance to. I used this video because the performers are professional and I look up to professional dancers.

      6. 2008. Film. 1 Feb 2013. <>.
        This was actually the first video that I ever watched of a bachata dance. Once I saw this video I fell in love with the art of dance. I looked at this as a way to really show what a hispanic can do especially through a dance. It was also what inspired to me to explore more through a dance and learn more than what I knew.

      7. La, Alemana, dir. Ataca Jorgie & La Alemana. Dir. Ataca Jorge. 2009. Film. 1 Feb 2013. <>.
        In this video this where I learned ways to incorporate a group performance. Also the way that they move together is so graceful. This video also bought my interest because of the thought of being able to perform in front of people. As well as being able to get a positive response from people because they aren’t use to seeing this kind of dance.

      8. Kensinger, Tanja. Internet Chat Interview. 31 Jan 2013.
        Tanja Kensinger, better known as La Alemana is a professional latin dancer. She started dancing salsa in 2005 and began dancing bachata in 2008 with her partner Ataca Jorgie. She has continued to grow her love of salsa with her passion of bachata and teaches at one of the best dance schools in Fort Myers, Florida.

      9. Lopez, Jennifer. 31 Jan 2013. Jan . Print.
        The reason I am sighting Jennifer Lopez is because she is one of my role models. She has a love for salsa and seeing how much she loved her heritage gave me a look on how much I love mines. She also says how much salsa is important to her and just like its important to her its important to me.

      10. Fuego Dance Co. - Miami Salsa Congress 2012 (Saturday - Performance). 2012. Film. 1 Feb 2013. <>.
        Fuego Dance Co is a well known dance group in Philadelphia and the reason I used this specific video is because of how dedicated they are to dancing. In the video you see how the audio stops working but the dancers didn’t give up. They continued to dance and finish their performance and that’s what I like to see especially in a dance. Its takes a lot of determination and commitment to continue to go even when things go wrong.

      11. Fuego Dance Group 3-11/12. 2012. Film. 1 Feb 2013. <>.

      In this video I watched it mostly to get a feel of the way people were dancing to the song Promise. While watching this I loved the transition from bachata to salsa and how they were all confident and kept moving. Also I used this video to show my dancers how confident they should always be.

      1. Santos, Romeo, prod. Promise. Perf. Usher. 2011. Film. 1 Feb 2013. <>.
        This song is a new bachata original by Romeo Santos and has Usher featured on this song as well. I decided to use this because it has a beautiful beat and makes it a lot easier to dance and catch everyone’s attention. Also this was a very popular song so I know people will love to watch a dance that is done with this song.

      2. Anthony, Marc, perf. Valio La Pena. 2009. Film. 1 Feb 2013. <>.
        The song Valio La Pena (meaning “it was worth it”) happens to be a very popular song in my family. Especially when it comes to my Uncle and his love for salsa this happens to be a song that he really enjoys. I figured the best way to show this would be to have a dance for this and represents what this means from my family.

      3. Anthony, Marc, perf. Aguanile . 2007. Film. 1 Feb 2013. <>.
        When we first started to do the Latin Dance group I had went around and asked people what would we be a great performance song. It turned out that a lot of people loved the way Aguanile worked as a performance. I decided the best way to bring my audience attention in is through this song and from there they can get into the mood of the show.

      4. Cruz, Celia, perf. Quimbara. 2010. Film. 1 Feb 2013. <>.

      In this song I decided to take time out and just work with the people that wanted to do an extra dance. We decided to mix the song and make it a little shorter than the orginal song and from there work with the fast beats with this song. I figured this will really keep the audience entertained as well as on the edge for wanting more.

      Click here to see the keynote
Process Video
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You And The World : Agent of Change - Teen Pregnancy

My name is Brittany Cooper, over the past seven months I have been working on my You and The World Project. I had a very difficult topic for my age which was teen pregnancy. A agent of change is a way you would make a difference.  For my agent of change I made posters about teen pregnancy. Stating general facts about the topic. They would be found all the school and throughout the hallways.

I was highly hesitant to pick what my agent of change should be, because of how opinionated my topic is. I felt as though, I might not be in control. I was unsure as to what I was going to do, weather I was going to interview people or even do a presentation. But I wanted to hands on so I decided to make posters and post them around the school. The posters would contain information from my previous blogs. A problem that occurred for me was making sure I don’t repeat or overfill the poster with information.

After doing this project I learned that one mistake can change your life . Getting pregnant at a young age, is not worth it. When you get pregnant in your teen years you give up everything! You have you grow up fast and have to take responsibility for your actions because it is no longer about you. I believe my topic makes teens think twice about having sex. That abstinence is the safe way.

I see myself in the community as a person who is always willing to educate themselves. Also as a leader. A positive person who is proud to be a person who is all for abstinence. From this project I will take a different look at the level of maturity people go through. That there is a time and place for everything.

Link to My blog #
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English Journal #21: "I Wear The Mask"

​There's a mask that I wear all the time.

That mask that I use to hide the real me inside. To cover my face that has these deep indents like pot holes from the tears that constantly ride down my cheeks day in and day out.

I wear the mask.

The mask that extends not only on my face but over my whole body 'cause I have too much insecurity to be me. To wrap around my arms and wrists to hide the lingering cuts that stain my skin like tire tracks 'cause I took that pair of scissors to deep.

I wear the mask.

It travels out of my mouth and my hands and covers the words and phrases that I know I can’t say aloud without someone clicking their tongue or taking their dialect up three octaves.

I sensor.

Letting the mask covers and translate what I want to say into something acceptable for these ears to listen to and take in.

I am covered by the mask.
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History Journal

​History Journal 4:
Janitor sick of cleaning up!
It was a crazy Wednesday morning and it gets even more crazier. Mr.Block, history teacher at high school science Leadership Academy, was teaching his class. I was sitting at the lunch room as I suddenly hear my name being called by the loud speaker. I was told to go to the office, from their they send me to Mr.Block's History class. I rushed to see what happened, hoping to not clean up a mess. I had spoken to soon! I walked through the door and see this egg that lays their on the floor. 
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English Journal Entree

​Why do humans so often treat each other badly?
Sometime people just don't understand what it means to be a human. 
I think that humans treat each other like trash, some people do bullying,
some are to be racist to others. There are people who treat others badly   

based on their looks or maybe even based in their culture. People become 
disrespectful just to catch the people attention and isn't able to change there               
attitude. There was a reason why we were made into this world, to change 
the lives of others and not create violence.  

What different things change this cycle of negative behavior towards others.

We'll first, people change all the time. Once you get to know a person. 
Later in life they become to change slowly, from becoming to being nice to a cruel 
person. As a friends with another person, you call each other best friends,
but then as people change along the social media. You realize, who were your true friends and who wasn't. Becoming friends and letting go, can go along with how humans often humans treat each other badly.
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History Journal #41

What is more powerful ​Violence or non violence? 

Non- violence is more powerful. I'm not a violent person at all. You have to be really...desperate when you have to get to a level where you need to HARM someone. I should be able to fight for my rights without having to throw a bomb or having someone throw a bomb at me. And war? It shouldn't exist. It shouldn't have to exist. In reality (no offense to anyone who has family or friends serving, I respect them highly) they don't fight for their country. They're pawns fighting for their king and it's all just a game. And we are simply players in this chess game of life and unfairness. If I'm a soldier why would I want to fight for someone who made poor decision and then puts us all in danger? Why does it get to the point where we must get below the animal line and actually fight and not come to a mature consensus. We need to worry about having a safer world and solving our problems, rather than having our thumb hovering over the red button ready to nuke anything and everything. 
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Journal #21 & Journal #39

General Understanding:

Reflection teaches you that you're not perfect

Journal #21

​"We Wear the Mask"

MASK= Public Face

1) Protecting; shows happiness

We wear the mask that stares; but hides
It shows interest but never speaks or tries
This principle we pay to normal human live
With regret and disappointment we smile 
And my mouth with myriad subtleties

Why should the world be based off of traditions
In counting all our fears and cries
Nay let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.

We smile, but, heavens see our souls,
to thee from tortured souls arise
We thin, but our actions are small,
We try to release but the beasts watch
We wear the mask!

Journal #39

How do you define freedom?
Provide an explanation for your definition.

I believe "freedom" is the ability to live by your own words and the ability to make your own decisions without being controlled physically and/or mentally by one's decisions. I also believe it is being able to express yourself freely.
  • do as you please
  • way of feeling
  • relief of something keeping you trapped
  • illusion
  • mental
  • speaking, action, living w/o rules
  • free speech
  • no fear of judgement
  • not oppressed
  • controlling yourself
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English Journal #40

Idea : Seeing things in a different lenses helps create a better understanding of the world

English Journal #40 (4/25/13) - Describe what it felt like to be crowded together. In what ways do you think this compares to what they went through in the book ?

It felt like being in a cage. Everybody's body heat made the experience very uncomfortable. There was no place to sit down, so I couldn't imagine standing for hours to days on end. It felt dark. This certainly doesn't compare to the real thing in Night : we were just in a classroom. We had places to go to the bathroom and food in our stomachs. They didn't. But it does give some insight. It was probably dark and highly uncomfortable not being able to sit down. They had the fear we didn't: the unknown. We knew we wouldn't be held up in this position for oh so long. We had to sit back down and get on with class. But those prisoners didn't know what was going to happen to them or what they were going to be headed up against. 

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Never Shall I forget

Never shall I forget the day he held me in his arms, 
For I did not want to let go. 
Never shall I forget the late night phone calls, 
The ones that were had so that he would be the last voice I heard before bed. 
Never shall I forget how much I love him. 
Never shall I forget the person I gave my heart to. 
For all these things worth remembering, I never shall forget. ​
Never shall I forget the day I saw him. 
I fell in love instantly and I knew we were meant to be. 
Never shall I forget the day I got the courage to talk to him. 
He liked me too. 
Never shall I forget the day he asked me to be his. 
Never shall I forget our first kiss by the backstairs. 
Never shall I forget the butterflies I get every time I hear his name. 
Never shall I forget the day he said I love you... because I love him too. 
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History Journal #27

Idea : Seeing things in a different lenses helps create a better understanding of the world

History Journal #27 (2/19/13) - In your opinion, what are the different messages of the cartoon ?

The smaller fish represent the poorest of people, stating there is no justice. He doesn't get anything, but he gets eaten. Behind him there is a bigger fish ready to eat him, saying there is some justice. He represents the middle class. He's still able to eat something, but he knows he is going to get eaten. Then behind him, there is the biggest fish, saying the the world is just. He represents the higher class. He gets to eat everything with no repercussions and nothing to worry about. The idea of this cartoon is that the higher-ups see everything as completely fine because everything is going their way, and they don't get reprimanded for their actions. They can ignore the lower classes without a care because their life is great. The poorest of people have the worst of luck, but they see the world as it really is because they can't help but not ignore the lives of people higher than them.

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