Archive for February, 2013


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.