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When going into this lecture I had a faint idea that it was about Indian culture. I figured the women presenting the lecture would have been wearing pigtail braids and have feathers in her hair to really overdue the stereotype we have given Indians to just make a point, but she didn’t. She looked and dressed like a modern day person. This doesn’t mean she was leaving her heritage behind because the lecture she gave was very in tune with her ancestors. Her name is Mari Jo Moore, and she is of Cherokee Indian decent. I can relate to her on a very little plane because I am also of Cherokee Indian decent, but I am not informed on any of my Indian background, unlike Mrs. Moore. Mrs. Moore explained that life involves creativity, and behind all creativity there is a spirit. I was a bit skeptical with this idea she was presenting, but after really thinking about it I understood what she meant.  We all are creative in our own ways, may it be poetry, dance, art, etc. but there is some type of force that pushes us to dance or to write. We seem to have a passion for whatever creative task we choose and the driving force behind it brings out our creative energy, often producing great works.  Mrs. Moore did an activity where she had the language professor of Northern read in his native tongue, and then she read it in Cherokee. While this was going on we had our eyes closed and let the pictures come to mind. It was interesting comparing the images that came to others’ minds than from my own. When the professor talked the words seemed softer and had a gentle sound, and it made me imagine of Indian women telling stories to their children. Whereas, when Mari Jo read it was harsher and made me think of the Indian men working outside. This image was very different than the image of an African American lady who attended the lecture. Her imagination brought her back to her ancestry of African American dance and chanting.  Mrs. Moore had read two of her poems to us and they were very powerful. They way she had put the words together just seemed right and brought so much more meaning to the poems. She had explained how a spider’s web had portrayed Mother Nature herself. I would have never been able to make a poem myself and bring forth the imagery she does, and it has inspired me to actually dig deeper when I am writing my poems. I don’t just need to scratch the surface, but I need to bring force the true meanings behind the words that Mari Jo told us helps heal.

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A part in the movie, Bowling for Columbine, we have been watching in EN 111 recently tried to blame kid’s violent behavior on music.  That music being mainly from Marilyn Manson. He is quite different and rocks out to some interesting hard core  music, but he is honestly not the one to blame. I find it pretty outrageous that they would target him just because he is a little different. As said in the video, they didn’t even consider what the president was doing when he was bombing other countries causing many fatalities. Music is a release of frustrations and anger not something that causes it. I could see if Marilyn Manson was going out and shooting up schools but he wasn’t. All he was doing was expressing his emotions through music, and he became a target for that. Many people, young and old, listen to soft rock, hard rock, country, all different types of music, and we don’t see them going out and killing the person next to them. Music does have influences on children but not to the extent of taking someones life. The community in the video needed to open its eyes and see what was going on around it. Why not put partial blame on the parents? It is from them that children learn many of their qualities. That is one thing that should have been questioned in the movie before pointing the finger at someone who probably has never even talked to the children that held their schoolmates at gun point.

Here are a few of the websites that I visit often:

* www.myspace.com

* www.facebook.com

* www.addictinggames.com

* Nmu’s webct (Now because of college)

* www.popcap.com

* www.google.com

* www.wikipedia.com

* www.hotmail.com

* www.youtube.com

* www.yahoo.com

I don’t think that it should be allowed for professors to have exams on the same day. It causes an ovcer ubundance of stress on the students. Right now I am juggling studying between two exams and I feel exhausted. I am over stressing myself and because of that I feel I will not be able to perform as well as I should on these exams. I understand that the teachers have limited time to give the exam, but it wouldn’t hurt to space them at least two days apart. At least it would give us students a breather and not have to study until our eyes fall out of our heads. I ran into this problem in high school, but in college it is way more stressful. There is so much more to know for these exams and having them on the same day just jumbles all the information together. It wouldn’t hurt for the teachers to shoot an e-mail to each other letting them know when they are giving the exam for a certain class and schedule around each other. I wouldn’t be so stressed if I had to only take one test instead of two in the same day.

I have never really been into the political world. I have always left that task up to my parents and grandparents. This year is going to go down as a historical even with the election of Obama becoming our forty fourth president. I am very misinformed on the political level because it is not of interest to me. I do, however, believe that we had two good running mates for president this year and either of them would have done a fine job in bettering our country. Obama has a lot to fix in this world of the United States, and hopefully he will bring change to our damaged America. In time, hopefully, Obama will be able to bring the troops back from Iraq like he has said. I feel we haven’t really gotten anything accomplished over there and the lives of many are being lost for nothing. It’s time for the barely out of high school young men and women of our nation to be able to come home to their families and loved ones. Our world has become quite damaged over the past couple years and Obama is going to have a hefty expectation on his shoulders to put our nation back in order. I think he can do it. He appears to be a strong and very knowledgeable man , and if I were in his hands or McCain’s I would feel better than I did in Bushs’.

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College tuition rates are outrageously to high. I can understand that we have to pay for our education now because it is preparing us for the real world, but how much is to much? I feel I had to give up my whole life savings just for one year of college, and that doesn’t help when I need eight years just for my profession. We have to pay an outrageous amount for tuition alone and have to pay for the necessities needed for college on top of tuition. It seems like all these schools are in for is the money and will nickel and dime you anyways possible to squeeze a little extra cash out of you. I recently got a parking ticket because they had given me a commuter sticker, and I was parked in the wrong parking lot. So I went to discuss this situation with the Public Safety and explained, “Hey you guys gave me a commuter sticker I shouldn’t have this parking ticket”. They said they would take the fine for the ticket off  my bill but I had to pay an extra five dollars to transfer from commuter to freshman. It wasn’t even my fault ,and I still had to fork out money. It’s not like I have a money tree in my back yard to pick Benjamins off for all these extras college makes you pay. I was recently thinking about transfering, and the college I was looking at was twenty-four thousand dollars for one year. Teenagers like me, with out a job and already in college, cannot afford this type of financial punishment.

We all have those little things in life that just get on our nerves and makes you want to pull your hair out. Well, at least I do. It’s just the things I can’t seem to blow off and annoys me all day. Here are a few of my pet peeves.

* Boys not putting the toilet seat down

* People not refilling the toilet paper roll when it’s empty

* When I am trying to study and people are talking on the phone right next to me

* People eating with their mouths open

* People barging through others

* Over board P.D.A (personal display of affection)

* When people think and act like they are better than others

* Tooth paste left in the sink after someone brushed their teeth

* When people I don’t know get up in my personal space

* People who talk with baby voices when not talking to an actual baby

* Talking on the phone

*Teachers telling you about the exam the day of the exam