Factors like exposure to obesity, culture, body image, social ties, and stress increase college students' propensity of becoming obese

Through my research I discovered that a college student’s propensity of becoming obese can vary according to how often they are exposed to obesity, the culture of the student, and the image the student has on their body (i.e. what they consider to be obese). A study done on 42 college students showed that social ties changed the college students’ Body Mass Index by more than 50 percent.

Another important discovery through my research was that stress affects the behavior patterns of college students, which in turn increases their likelihood of gaining unwanted weight. By behavior patterns the researchers meant increase in alcohol and food consumption, decrease in physical activity, among other similar behaviors. Obesity remains a prevalent issue in the United States that is beginning to show its impacts in the workplace. A recent article on Yahoo discusses how obesity costs companies in the United States around $8.65 billion annually!

In conclusion obesity is a health issue that affects a wide range of people and is influenced by many factors, and ultimately we should try to prevent or decrease obesity among college students so they will not suffer and pay the negative consequences of obesity later in life.

Illiteracy Rates in America May Rise As Education Boards Remove Writing From Exams and Students Begin Using Slang in the Classroom

The College Board has recently made the executive decision to eliminate the Writing Section from the SAT Exam. By removing the writing, education systems made the point clear that academic writing is no longer prevalent in the way students communicate with one another.

Today, Twitter, Facebook, and texting dominate the way we communicate, and quite frankly, very few people take the time to write their words out fully when participating in these forms of media.

Shorthanded writing, through the use of words such as "LOL" or "OMG," floods the internet and swims its way into the minds of American children who are learning the English language. 

Lisa Sopher, an Advanced Placement English and Creative Writing teacher at Hereford High School argues that there is certainly a time and a place for this nifty texting lingo, but that a Standard English is required for people to cooperate and get work done at both school and the office.



Sopher may be right. As international students flood the States with the multilingualism, American students struggle simply with their monolingualism. This inability to master one language may lead students fighting for a job. Advice? Until the older generations who don't use texting-lingo die off, students must focus on professional language.

Media Coverage of Ebola in the U.S. Promotes Alarm, Exhibits Political Bias

After conducting a content analysis of 75 articles from the conservative Washington Times and 75 articles from the liberal Los Angeles Times, it was found that the media in the United States promotes alarm rather  in their coverage of ebola across party lines.

When comparing the conservative and liberal newspapers' coverage to each other, it was revealed that, although both media sources were alarmist, the conservative newspaper promoted alarm on a significantly greater scale than the liberal newspaper did. This could be as a result of political loyalties in which the conservative newspaper used their coverage to perhaps critique the liberal Obama presidency's response to ebola in the U.S.

 The alarmist attitude throughout the media, however, is unwarranted, as the U.S. contains only .000264% of ebola cases in the world, and only .000185% of the deaths caused by ebola. Compared to certain countries in West Africa, such as Nigeria, this alarmist attitude is unnecessary and should be replaced by a calm and informative one that will promote progress against deadly diseases like ebola.

After Multiple Studies, the Origin of Sexual Orientation Remains Unresolved

There continues to be debate by scientist, religious leaders, elected officials, and the general public on whether sexual orientation is something you are born with or if its caused by the environment we are raised in. This has been a very controversial topic for years now due to the fact that there is still no answer to the origin of sexual orientation. It has been a very slow but gradual process trying to get homosexual people equal rights.


CNN did a poll in 2007 asking adults to voice their opinions on whether homosexuals choose to be so. The majority disagreed, which is a very good thing being that it is even more normal now and socially acceptable in the younger generations. Slavery was common at one point in time and now it is seen as one of the United States ultimate sin. Homosexuals have felt ashamed for centuries now, and have even been verbally and physically abused for it. It is time to put an end to the discrimination regardless of the origin of sexual orientation.

Opponents blame homosexuality on environmental factors like brainwashing, sexual abuse, or poor parent-child relationships. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but scientific research has already been able to disprove some of these theories about abuse and conversion therapy. On the contrary, these theories have been supported with evidence leaving the question unresolved. Regardless of the origin, it is now that time where we all fight for equal right for all human beings.


Research finds that Academic Stress is the Leading Cause of Depression among College Students

Within my research, I focused on the relationship of academic stress and high depression levels. Depression is not a state of emotion; it is a serious mental health condition that impacts 9,000 undergraduates enrolled each year.

As academic pressures become more demanding, fourth-year students experience higher levels of depression with frequent visits to the counselling center. Research states that current generations face greater academic challenges than in the past due to technological advances, competitive economic environments and financial burdens.

Over 20 percent of individuals suffer from depression but less than one-third of students seek professional help. Instead, students resort to drugs and alcohol which can lead to high-risk behaviors like suicide.

At the University of Maryland, a patient-health questionnaire otherwise known as the “PHQ-10” is a tool utilized by healthcare professionals to evaluate the levels of severity within depressed patients. Various methods of treatment are available like the “behavioral activation” treatment created by UMD Professor, Carl Lejuez where goal-setting and diary keeping is used to focus on one's mental state.




Seeking professional help greatly increase the chances of betterment. It is imperative for colleges to develop programs to improve prevention, identification and treatment for depression to ensure a safe educational setting.

The Effects of Hyper Networking on Millennials Diffuses Negative Outlook on Social Media



Hyper networking is defined as spending more than 3 hours of per school day on social networking sites. Young adults, also known as the Facebook Generation or "digital natives" are the first to identify so closely to communicative technology.Young adults are growing up in a digital age and use social media as their primary tool of communication between friends and family. Social networking websites use may increase adolescents’ self-esteem and well being if the tone of the feedback provided by viewers of their profiles is positive, but decrease self-esteem when the feedback is negative. Introverts are actually benefiting from social media and its helping them communicate with others when they couldn't in the classroom. In order to create healthy online relationships the key is to showcase authenticity in order to build trust. Social media, however, should not be a tool used to replace face-to-face interactions.

The rate of US students studying abroad is growing but at a much slower rate than that of the rate of students studying abroad in other countries.


The rate of US students studying abroad has increased by 2 percent in the past year. Although this may seem like a small number, the number of students studying abroad from America has tripled in the past century. However, when comparing the rate of US students studying abroad to that of the rate of UK students studying abroad America is surely falling behind. China alone sends more students to study abroad in America than the number of students America sends out as a whole. Less than ten percent of undergraduate students study abroad during their undergraduate years, compared to that of 42 percent of international students who study abroad. America has stayed being the top destination for studying abroad for other students for many years now because of their top ranking education system, job opportunities, and the popular and envied culture that America holds. However, Americans fail to look at other countries to experience their cultures which could be so beneficial to their future careers. One place that has stayed the top destination for American students to study abroad has been the United Kingdom. This may be because of the comfort that the students may feel due to the similarities in culture between America and the UK. The biggest deterrent of studying abroad is the language barriers, which is a huge reason why the UK most likely stays at the top. If students just understand and overcome the misconceptions of studying abroad, they may be able to find more interest and confidence in studying abroad. Through the interviews, we've come to understand that there are many cultural differences with places America seemed to be so similar to, UK. If school systems encourage studying abroad to their students and reveal that cultural differences and language barriers are easy tasks to overcome, American students may potentially give a chance to studying abroad which would not only change their future, but the future of America.

Analysis of Tweet By Lauren19

Lauren's tweet, "Balanced coverage of Boston Marathon’s bombing, suspects friend who lied during the FBI investigation due to drug use," is a very explanatory tweet. It gives the reader descriptive information and includes the main details that were included in the article. I agree with Lauren when she says that this article included balanced coverage. Throughout the article, “Bombing suspect’s friend convicted of lying to FBI” by Denise Lavoie, the words used were fair and covered the most important parts of the story. The story consisted of no bias and included information from both sides. Fore the most part, the article followed the Inverted (bottom to top) pyramid, by putting the most important and detailed information at the top and the background information towards the end.


Although, the Boston Marathon happened in 2013, this is still considered an event that happened recently. This is also new information that has just been found out about the bombing. Since this is the case, I consider this relevant news. Others may not agree with me just for the fact that it has happened at least a year ago and some people may have forgotten about it. But for the people who were directly affected by this event, this is current information that they would like to stay updated on. This situation also brings up the question, “have others lied during an investigation due to drug use”?

Analysis of Tweet by Pat25

"Unbalanced coverage of republicans predictions for victory of representing the house http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/10/29/republicans-eye-big-gains-in-house/ "
I think this coverage is unbalanced but if you dissect the article you can pull out key points and information that support 
Fox's claim. I decided to pull out a visual from the Washington Post to help better explain what the article is trying unveil.  This article is definitely newsworthy due to its timeliness with the upcoming elections.




Republicans and Democrats don't have a positive campaign for voters, however the Democrats are at a disadvantage because of the "presidential drag." The negative energy towards Obama is a powerful force across the whole nation and Republicans have a "99 percent chance" of keeping their majority in the House and will likely gain eight new seats which would bring their majority up to 242. 
This map shows the predicted House elections in 2014 from the Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dre/politics/election-lab-2014



This table from The Rothenburg Political Report show how many seats are solidified in the house. It also shows that 28 seats are available for grabs on the democratic sides while only 14 seats are available on the Republican side. Lastly the table shows what seats could either be Republican or Democratic.



Republicans are pushing to create a 245-seat majority, which hasn't been seen since the Truman administration. According to The Rothenburg Political Report democrats need to gain 17 new House seats to win back the majority but lately it has been predicted that Republicans will pick up 8-10 House seats. Unbalanced coverage of republicans predictions for victory of representing the house.

ANALYSIS OF TWEET BY SARAH20

Through a tweet, Sarah slams a Fox News article on "Climate Change: The Musical" as unbalanced. I completely agree with her reasoning. Chiaramonte, the article's author, presents only his one-sided view of the facts. He mentions the goals of the musical, but never speaks to the extent they were accomplished--he only says that they were not achieved. Through the presentation of incomplete facts and half-truths, he paints a construed portrait of a failing and meaningless project. This was not the case. He never concedes that the musical made an impact and only speaks about its failure in quality and timing.
Chiaramonte assumes the play was a failure and claims that it
did not inform its audience of the dangers of climate change

While the musical failed, it presented a message to an audience that may not have been fully aware of climate change. One review by New York Times writer Charles Isherwood, ignored by Chiaramonte, says that the musical presents issues that "plant a black seed of knowledge about our imperiled planet." While the review is negative regarding the performance and writing of the musical, it recognizes the musical's goals and conveys that the presentation of the issues made a difference.

Chiaramonte only took from the negative portions of reviews. While many critiques slam both the company for its performance and the directors for its writing, they praise the musical for its message. In a balanced article, the journalist must respect that fact. Although the musical failed in its deadline and quality, it had an impact. However, Chiaramonte does not concede this. He does not delve into the 5% of the intended audience to whom the musical impacted. To those who created the musical, as long as they taught 5% of their audience about the dangerous effects of climate change and how to help prevent global warming, then they have succeeded.

Analysis of Tweet by Brad31

This story about Snooki and her baby that Brad tweeted about is newsworthy, albeit not very interesting or useful. The story was posted on Yahoo! Celebrity, so the source was not would not be somewhere a consumer would browse looking for world news, and is not surprising for this story. While most people would probably think that this story is not really news, I don't think I agree with that statement.


While the story isn't describing the newest information about ISIS or Ebola, this doesn't mean that it isn't news. This particular story is about the first public photograph of Snooki and her newly born child. News is defined as information "about an event that affects the public in some way, or at least has some element of public interest." While this photograph and story has close to no effect of society, that does not automatically mean that it is not of public interest. There are many people who are Snooki fans from her TV shows and other endeavors. 

Celebrity news is news whether it is important in life or not. So although definitely not important in everyday life, or in most people's lives at all, Snooki and her baby clearly have a big enough following for a site like Yahoo! to post a story about her. Therefore, this story falls under the category of public interest and should be considered news.

Analysis of Tweet by Eric33

The article titled "Ebola crisis: Team Obama takes politically correct approach, ignores science" is a perfect example of unbalanced  coverage. The bias in the article is apparent before even reading the body, as the title itself is an opinion geared towards one distinct view. The author, McCaughey, makes the claim himself that the Obama administration is "ignoring science," rather than getting a statement like this from a professional. 

Once the reader heads into the body paragraphs, there is an obvious lack of objectivity in the article. While he introduces the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's new Ebola policy that was announced by Frieden, McCaughey almost immediately frames the rest of his article around his own opinion. He writes "Sorry. The Obama administration's half-way approach is based on political correctness. It ignores science." McCaughey directly contradicts the idea behind the policy of being led by science, which guides the rest of the article.

While McCaughey may pose this as a news article, it's more of an argumentative essay. He positions the Obama administration's policies as wrong, without presenting both sides equally (those favoring the policy and those not).  He ignores other opinions and fails to get feedback from these health care workers/CDC employees on their opinion of not isolating the workers. The only "evidence" he uses to support his one-sided opinion are what he believes the "science" is, bolstering the list with statistics of Ebola transmission that are not a direct effect of this policy.

In my opinion, there are benefits and negatives to this policy and McCaughey only provides us with the negatives, which are the risks of spreading the disease. He doesn't acknowledge the moral benefits given to these workers who are treated as pariahs when isolated for the disease they may not have. McCaughey views science as the only right answer, which narrowly frames the entire article, making this an example of unbalanced, biased "reporting." 

Analysis of Tweet by Hannah32


Any bias or preference aside, CNN is considered by many to be a trustworthy source of breaking news. So it might seem strange that the site featured a story about the breakup of 'Bachelor' couple Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell. Reality TV probably doesn't resonate with many people as "breaking news," but in this case I can understand why CNN found the split newsworthy. 


As Galavis' season drew to a close, his popularity substantially declined. He's infamous for refusing to tell Ferrell, the women he chose to win the season (but did not propose to) that he loved her, only that he "liked" her. The show had a large viewership and made headlines with its unconventional end to the season, so by definition, there is an audience that would find this breakup to be an important piece of news. I do agree though that this story is not something that would have a significant impact on the day-to-day, personal lives of readers. I think that the story could have taken a more “newsworthy” approach if it was framed around the idea that ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ is meant to help young, attractive singles find love, when in reality, not many couples on the show have long-lasting relationships. If the story was about the dating competition’s failure to create lasting love and why, then perhaps the story would have been more than just another celebrity entertainment piece about the latest Hollywood breakup.

ANALYSIS OF TWEET BY DYMOND24

I disagree that the story Dymond tweeted is unbalanced. The article, which was published by the Washington Post, is balanced because the article presents all sides of the story equally. The focus of the story is the victim's family and children and repercussions they will all face. The author explains how Caleb Crew changed his story from not guilty to guilty, offers an explanation for why he committed the crime and states his sentence.
Source: Washington Post

What makes this story unbalanced? The author provides information about both the victim and the perpetrator, who happen to be a husband and a wife. The story covers their volatile history and even explains how Andrea Crew had recently dropped domestic abuse charges against her husband, not long before he killed her. The timeline of events is clear. Images of Crew's attorney's reactions at court are engrained in the audience's brain. The article ends with a future-action kicker explaining the effect this incident will have on their couple's children.

Whats the News?
The article has the news qualities of human interest and proximity. Firstly, murder almost always includes human interest. We see this from the comments section below the article. People share the reactions to the article; these reactions include relating to the perpetrator's "temper" and sympathizing with the victim and her family. The story has proximity because the crime was committed in Fairfax, Virginia. Crew's sentencing is scheduled to be held on January 9 in Fairfax, Virginia.

Try Tweeting Something Less Newsy
While the story Dymond posted would be classified as hard news, here's an example of a feature news story. This story does not have any real news qualities, except that it is unique to a specific audience niche. This article tells a story of two collaborators who met on an "artistic blind date." The article goes on to list details about their shows. The tweet Dymond could write about this article could be something along the lines of "@aaronposner and @lauraeason may have met in college and are receiving recognition for their artistic masterpieces. http://wapo.st/1wdkbeF"

Analysis of Tweet by Rachel21

I felt that the article, Man Told To Remove His NRA Instructor Hat While Voting, tweeted by Rachel21 was not a very balanced story. Yes, the author of the article talked to those on both sides of the issue - the man told to remove NRA hat and the election official of the county who asked him to do so - but he/she did not present both sides fairly.

To start, the author conducted a far more rigorous examination of the election official's position without doing any fact checking him/herself. The author never states whether state courts did in fact forbid voters from wearing NRA merchandise. He/she only mentions that the election official couldn't name any case, making her seem incompetent. Perhaps she is incompetent, but the author should have done the work to verify it. There was no similar cross-examination of the man who was told to remove his hat; no questioning of his political affiliations, the accuracy of his claims, or any comparable issue that may bring into question his own competency.

The second issue I had is that the article comes from a biased source. While posted on Yahoo News, the article's original source is The Daily Caller, a conservative publication. With this in mind, it is easy to see that the author intended to frame the situation negatively, as conservatives tend to be more pro-gun and more pro-NRA.

In summation, the author tries to present the article as balanced by speaking to those on both sides of the issue. However, the rigor at which each side was examined was clearly unfair, especially when factoring in the bias of the publication.

ANALYSIS OF INTERACTIVE CONTENT TWEETED BY DAVID30

The article, "Fox News Poll: Race for Congress tightens, confidence in Obama low" discusses statistics of Republican, Democratic, and independent voters on issues of who currently supports Obama, support for Congress members, and federal policy issues such as the economy, unemployment, and homeland security.
The beginning of the article is about declining support for Obama. The statistics in the article include: percent that lack confidence in Obama, percent that say they are losing confidence, and percent that say they never had confidence in Obama. There is more of a focus on Obama's reviews going down and no information on any supporters he may be gaining or that he may have had from the start. The statistics show an unbalanced coverage of data of the public opinion of Obama. The following sections of the article are similar in their coverage. In discussing congressional voting and policy issues, the article is swayed to show an overwhelming disapproval from voters for the Democratic party and more support for the Republican party.
In addition, the article is structurally unbalanced. Some paragraphs are only one sentence, of a statistic. And the overflow of data from all the statistics used in the article is confusing for any reader. There is not much flow when some parts of the article are just one statistic after another. Also, at one point the article moves from full sentences to listing poll results on the attitudes of voters.
Overall, from the structure to the content, this article is an example of an unbalanced news story. From biased coverage and structure that is hard to follow, the article is unbalanced to a reader looking for information on public opinion of the government.

Analysis of Tweet by Kabrea27

The article "Wi-Fi hot spot named after terror group delays LAX flight" in my opinion was balanced written article. In this article the first thing talked about was that an international flight out of LAX was delayed because a passenger on the plane was trying to connect to the plane's Wi-Fi when he noticed that one of the other options for Wi-Fi was named "Al-Quida Free Terror Nettwork." 

When the passenger noticed this he alerted the crew of the flight and the flight was delayed for three hours while they checked the plane. After the crew found nothing they were cleared for take off, but because of what had happened with the Wi-Fi name, the crew did not want to fly that Sunday and the flight was pushed back a day. I think that this was a well balanced article because the author didn't have any bias towards the terror group and just focused on what they had to write about. 

ANALYSIS OF TWEET BY: Steph23

Examining the news article on how, NFL team, the Washington Redskins need to change their name. I must say I am a tad bit uncertain about this article. I had some trouble deciding on if this was actually an unbalanced news article or if it was balanced. After reading through it and analyzing it, I do agree with (Steph23) that it is unbalanced. I can understand if the article had examples supporting the main cause of the article, but I also felt it got off topic at times. The examples were understandable but too much in my opinion. With this, the coverage was sort of spread out. There were not just two legit sides to the story. Since the author decided to use many examples, he should have at least kept it with professional sports. He even went into slight detail about how Native American people may feel offended by the name and the logo. The author even told us to Google the “Indian Removal Act of 1830” and the “Trail of Tears.” In my opinion this has nothing to do with why the Redskins should change their name and logo as if the history of Native Americans will be erased. An article that should be about an NFL team, spoke too much on college football as well. The article stated how since 2005, the NCAA banned Native American nicknames. Florida State was the only school that got an exemption, but Florida State’s college football team has nothing to do with the Washington Redskins. All in all, I feel that the many different opinions thrown into this article makes it an unbalanced news story.  It’s like the article will have you thinking about one thing, but the next paragraph or two afterwards will be about something else.