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“His Airness” not only won six NBA Championships, but he also won six Finals MVP awards as well. Here’s a timeline of the events. 

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Fans poured into the streets, rejoiced in dorms, bars and living rooms, and at one point became so raucous that riot police were briefly called in as the city held all-night parties to celebrate the Cardinals’ first NCAA title in a generation.

Hundreds streamed onto Cardinal Boulevard after Louisville’s 82-76 victory over Michigan on Monday night, screaming, dancing and lighting off small fireworks in revelry that lasted into the early hours.

The celebration got briefly out of hand as it was winding down, with an attack on a police officer that prompted authorities to send in other officers using riot gear. Students quickly fled the area but several scuffles ensued and bottles were thrown, to which police responded with tear gas. Order was restored about 2:30 a.m. after an armored carrier was brought in.

The citywide party could be repeated Tuesday night if the Cardinals’ women’s…

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There are five different Chinese restaurants in Mount Pleasant, MI. Each of the restaurants offers a different service, including dine-in, carryout, delivery and buffet. With another restaurant being built and a Korean restaurant already established, competition between the seven could heat up like the bottom of a wok.

Kelly Babbitt is a student at Central Michigan University. However, unlike most students she’s married; to a United States Marine whom she hardly sees. Here’s her short, inspiring story.

Whether print or online, The USA Today is consistently known for delivering quality images. In their article entitled “Training molds dogs into police and military officers,” they continue to live up to their expectations.

As the title suggests, the story is about the training that’s necessary in order for a dog to become a reliable police or military dog. The story jumps out at you right away with the head trainer Ken Licklider yelling as a black dog attacks him and locks his jaw onto his padded-covered arm. This is effective because he yells so loud that you’re immediately wondering what’s happening and if he’s ok.

As the dog bites Licklider, he strikes the dog several times in the back with a wooden rod. These are the most powerful and emotional images conveyed, and therefore immediately capture the viewers undivided attention right off-the-bat. This also helps the story get straight to the point. Despite being over two and a half minutes in length, the story is told effectively, which in turn makes the story seem shorter.

The video has a clear beginning, middle and end. After immediately introducing the attack training process, the story transitions with a cross-fade into Licklider explaining the process of transforming the dogs from sports dogs into military or police dogs. Furthermore, in the middle of the story he elaborates on the difference between a military style dog and police dog. The story ends with Licklider discussing the dog’s relationships they have with their commanding officers.

There’s really not much I would’ve done differently with this story. Video works best because people love watching animals. They grab their attention. If this were text, then the training process could have confused readers still. By showing the audience a wide variety of training courses, Licklider doesn’t have to explain the process as much.

The most important character in the story is often the dog. Unfortunately, the story doesn’t tell us his name, which is something that I would’ve added. The emotion in the story comes from the natural sound and b-roll of the three shots of the dog attacking different trainers.

The action in the video provides for a fast-paced story. This works well because the training that takes place is in itself fast-paced. Never once though did the story seem over-done.

There are a wide variety of shots in the video, including photos mixed in. For how little time the editor had to work with, there are a number of different shots of the training course. For the most part they are all wide shots, which seemed fitting to convey the story. However, I would of like to see a little more close-ups of the dog.

People who watched the video definitely left with a better perspective of what goes into training police and military dogs.

During midterms we can all feel consumed with schoolwork. Exams, papers, projects, etc. Whether you’re an instructor, student or faculty member, you know where I’m coming from.

With this being the last weekend before Spring Break and Midterms all next week, one would expect extended study hours at the Charles V. Park Library on the campus of CMU. But no. The Library closes at 6 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.

Yea sure, the “extended hours” study room is opened till midnight, but that can become so packed at times that you can’t even find a seat. So why is it that the Library closes so early? 

Oh, wait. Is it because everyone parties at those times and doesn’t go to the library? That’s it. Now it makes sense. How stupid of me for wanting to do homework on a Friday and Saturday night, right?

Sorry to sound so sarcastic but it has to be done. I just don’t feel the college is setting forth the best example by closing the doors to their library this early. 

Furthermore, the Student Activity Center does’t open till Noon on Saturday and Sunday. You know; Because everyone’s too hungover to make it to the gym at say 9 or 10 a.m. 

I feel like we’re being cheated as students. Both of these facilities should be open 24 hours, especially on weekends when students have most of their free time available. 

CMU is just being cheap. They can pay Colin Powell $125,000 to come speak on campus, yet can’t afford to keep these facilities opened.

I know this is a party college. I get that. But this is also an accredited  university. And not everyone is focused on getting wasted on weekends. Some want to help further their education by hitting the books more.

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My sister has danced practically her entire life and continues to do so at Central Michigan University. A freshman at CMU, Mary Colon elaborates on routines, practice, and what dance means to her. Colon enjoys pumping up the crowd during all games in which she is dancing.

Sports Blogs are Journalism too

There’s no larger professional sports business than that of National Football League. It currently grosses an estimated 9.5 billion dollars. Amazingly, the organization relies on a blogger for late breaking news and up-to-the minute info.

Kevin Seifert is that guy. Constantly and consistently delivering news from a dominant division, right when it happens. Posting in upwards of seven blogs per day, Seifert’s sticks with the NFC North like the pigskin sticks to brand new receiver gloves.

Seifert’s blog entitled, Moss-Rice: Who changed the game more?, adhered to many of the blogging principles discussed in JRN 340. Although a former writer for the Minnesota Star Tribune, Seifert keeps his structure short and concise. Providing a photo of Moss during his interview, with stats as a caption was fitting next to the text that discussed that exact moment. It put you there as a reader.

Switching organizations, Eric Freeman blogs for Yahoo on the NBA. His blogs deal directly with any NBA related issues both on-and-off the court. For the most part, his blogs were short and to-the-point. Never once did he put down anything sloppy. Just like Seifert, he too sticks to a set schedule and posts at least three times a day with immediacy.

Taking a look at Freeman’s blog, Lebron James is upset he will miss the Super Bowl because of Heat game, Freeman displays character from top-to-bottom. His comments like, “Unless you avoided media all week…”, show his humor with sports blogging. Moreover, his tags and links to what he’s discussing help provide readers with more than they bargained for.

Because both blogs were unbiased, I was able to appreciate to content even more. In addition, I liked how  both bloggers knew what they were talking about. Even though they didn’t lay too many numbers down, they still seemed very trustworthy just through their terminology and recollection of events.

Freeman’s blogs were frequently accompanied by video, making them even more interesting. Seifart did the same, just not as much. Nonetheless, Seifart’s blogs were more blog-like, whereas Freeman stayed more journalistic.

I’m a numbers guy. I might have thrown a few stats down just to provide proof. But, it is obvious that; their confidence level is higher than mine. These two experienced journalists have been doing this for much longer than I have. Seifart was good at in-depth news, while Freeman could lay down a story like no other. The both had their own style.