Go Team!

The best lesson in Writing for Multimedia has been learning to be on a beat team, I imagine it is like being on the editorial staff of a newspaper.  I have enjoyed getting to know my beat team and discovering how best we work together.  An important key to working together on a beat team has been communication.

My team is hard-working, organized and dedicated; we meet every Wednesday a few hours before class to discuss and work on projects.  Each person on my team, myself included, faces personal challenges.  If one of us can’t be there due to health, work or family, one of us will step in, supply notes, and/or pass on information.

If a team member is frustrated with a task or situation we support one another and make collaborative decisions on what needs to be done.  We offer one another praise and constructive criticism when reviewing work.

Sharing creative ideas and brainstorming is productive, and we all get our two cents in, even if our ideas aren’t chosen.  Taking on and learning different media jobs on projects has given each of us an opportunity to share and learn from one another.

Each team member brings something valuable to the group.  We each have different strengths and skills when it comes to creating a project.  Sharing media jobs has given us each an appreciation for one another’s interviewing, video, photographic and writing styles.

If one team member does not have resources available to them another team member offers help.  As the Spring 2017 semester comes to an end I believe we all have a beginner’s grasp on media production and writing.  With more media writing experience and further learning everyone on our team will only get better, we are a diamond in the rough.

My beat team shares their talents and tools with one another to reach a common goal.  I’ve discovered what makes my beat team great is the open communication and respect we have for one another.  Learning to work together on a beat team, fusing different aspects of media to create news, has been a valuable lesson.

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Making a Difference: Dale Lovejoy

There are many behind the scenes individuals making a difference at University of Wisconsin Parkside campus in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Dale Lovejoy is one of those people.  Energy conservation is an important factor in sustaining our Earth and the measures made on UW Parkside campus benefit not only the students on campus, they also benefit the planet’s future population.

From South to North

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Discrimination is not discriminating, it knows no boundaries.  Discrimination can be found in the workplace, a community, an organization, a dinner party, etc.  I’ve experienced discrimination for being a woman, for being from a bad city, for being a stay at home mom, for being divorced, for being new to town and other reasons I can’t recall.

The oldest count of discrimination I remember is for not being white.  My father served the United States Navy for twenty-five years and we moved often.  I was born in the Philippines a half white and half Filipino child.  My father’s tour in the PI ended and we came to the United States of America when I was three years old.

I lived in San Diego for five years and then my dad was assigned to Charleston, South Carolina.  Most of his work was sea duty and he was gone for 6 -9 months at a time.  My mother was used to having some type of family support and did not know anyone in our new housing community.

I did not have many friends and we did not have much money.  My father was not high ranking and my mother was not adapted to American culture.  The children I met thought I dressed funny and my mom’s accent was weird.

I befriended some neighbor girls, Linda and Nicole, after living in the housing community for a year.  After school sometimes I went to their houses to play.  Their homes were nicer and filled with things mine was not.  They had toys I didn’t have, television and even radios in their rooms.  One day I was playing outside with them and Nicole and I got into a disagreement, she got physical with me.  I was little and easy to push around, Linda stood by as Nicole hit me.

My grandmother was visiting, saw the tussle and pulled me in the house.  As my grandmother was pulling me out of harm’s way Nicole yelled, “Your mama is a black bitch.”  I started crying, I was being hit by someone I thought was my friend, she sounded very mean, and my mom wasn’t African American.

My grandmother put a steak on my black eye and told me those girls were not good friends.  Looking back, the situation was ironic due to the fact the Navy consists of integrated cultures.  To experience discrimination in a military housing community to me is ridiculous.  My experience proves discrimination can be found anyplace.

I don’t know if Nicole was exposed to derogatory racial language from southern culture or if her parents spoke of my mother that way.  We were in the South and my mother was most definitely not white.  It was my first taste of being singled out for not being white.  We lived in South Carolina for two years and then my father was assigned to Great Lakes, Illinois.

My father bought us a home in Waukegan, Illinois and commuted 30 minutes to work every day. I was enrolled in Greenwood Elementary School for 6th grade.  There were two African American boys, Fernandez King and Nigel Patrick, who were in my class.

Nigel and Fernandez would jeer at me “Jap!”  I hated having to stand by them in line or pass them in the hallway.  They used their fingers to make their eyes slanted, they laughed and made comments behind my back. I couldn’t understand why they did this, it made me feel ugly and ashamed.

I wasn’t embarrassed to be called Japanese, I felt bad because their words and actions made me feel like an outsider.  As the year went on I made friends, grew confident and told Nigel and Fernandez to basically shut up.  I learned to stand up for myself and not treat others badly because they were different.

I don’t know why Nigel and Fernandez treated me the way they did.  Maybe they singled me out because the school consisted of mostly white children and I was obviously not white? Maybe they singled me out because I was small? Maybe they singled me out because their parents talked negatively of Asian people at home?

Nigel and Fernandez were minorities at Greenwood Elementary the era I attended yet they were racist towards me.  My experience with Nigel and Fernandez taught me discrimination not only can occur anywhere it can be done by anyone.  The funny thing is both those boys ended up having crushes on me in high school.  I guess they got over my race by then!

On gun violence – University of Wisconsin Parkside Community Presents Solutions

by Wilfreda Kramer Reporter, Laurel Marcinkus Videographer & Sheila Schlitz Photographer

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

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University of Wisconsin Parkside sophomore, Yamini Kumar, shares her point of view regarding the relationship of gun laws and mental illness in the United States.

Two years ago, Kumar moved from Delhi, India, an area where attaining a gun is very difficult.  Kumar states she will never own a gun, “I would rather die than have blood on my hands” said Kumar.  She believes in alternative ways to resolve conflict, reveals her ideas on mentally ill gun owners and provides a solution to end gun violence.

“In the US you have a very good law enforcement system so your 911s are very effective,” said Kumar.  Kumar compares the 30 to 45 minute police response time in Delhi to the much faster arriving US police force response.

Kumar states gun accessibility makes the use of them easier.  If she owned a gun she would take it out to use and possibly kill someone without thinking.  “I would never have a gun,” Kumar said.  She points out she would rather carry a knife, make noise or try and talk to an assailant.

The accessibility of guns, in Kumar’s opinion, also results in higher likelihood of guns being in the wrong hands.  Unstable individuals should not own a gun let alone a stable person according to Kumar.  She says guns are made for military use, military should have them.

Kumar says all individuals have been given the right to own a gun regardless of mental state.  If a person is given the right it should not be taken away until a reason to have the right taken away is presented.  Kumar points out stable people can become unstable when triggered by stress.

Kumar suggested more intrinsic checks on people purchasing guns.  Background checks should also include testimonies of people who are in contact with gun purchaser.  The testimonies of purchaser should come from coworkers or people in the community who know purchaser.  Kumar thinks if purchaser testimony checks are done randomly they will be even more effective.

In regards to gun violence Kumar accounts psychological factors to mass shootings.  Kumar refers to Isis as an example of a religious group able to manipulate the psyche of a shooter.  Kumar says recruiters of Isis find a key to a person’s psyche convincing them to join the group and enact shootings in the name of the group’s cause.

The key to preventing gun violence and mass shootings is education says Kumar (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICrFk2AhGDQ).  Psychological training for children starting at middle school age will help them understand the difference between religion and radical groups.  Kumar thinks younger minds are more open to learning than minds of young adults in high school.  A child will have perspective other than what is exposed to them at home and in their community.

Wrong interpretation of religion can lead to misunderstanding and make people feel shameful or resentful.  Kumar thinks groups of people in culture and organizations can act on people’s fears to influence their behavior.

Education will help people develop views based on learning many views not only views exposed by their culture.  Understanding how the human psyche works will help individuals be aware someone is trying to control them says Kumar.

Margaret Kendrigan, PH.D., is an Associate Lecturer of Criminal Justice at University of Wisconsin Parkside.  She has a PhD in urban education and a minor in criminal justice.

“I was quite involved in the politics of the civil rights movement and the peace movement.  I actually did a summer with Martin Luther King in Mississippi.  I am pretty devoted to non-violence,” stated Kendrigan.

Even though she does not have personal experience with guns she has dealt with many people who have used guns. Kendrigan believes people become addicted to violence, it’s a lifestyle.  She says we need trauma informed care and schools that address trauma with children to prevent gun violence.

Trump Undoing Global Warming Policies

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Former U.S. President Barrack Obama’s Clean Air Act policies are being threatened by President Donald Trump’s administration’s attempts to aid auto industries that think tailpipe rules are unattainable and not cost effective.

Major U.S. auto companies have let Trump know they feel current tailpipe rules are almost impossible to meet.  It will take $200 billion dollars to implement the technology needed to reach compliant tailpipe emissions.

Trump is in the process of making many changes to Obama’s Clean Power Plan to aid the auto industry.  Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt is in the process of undoing Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

Tailpipe regulations are set in place for automobile models up to 2021.  A final rule was supposed to be put into effect solidifying rules for cars built 2022 to 2025.  The Trump administration found a loophole;  the E.P.A. did not release its plan to the Transportation Department.

Tailpipe pollution makes up about one third of the U.S. total greenhouse emissions.  If auto manufacturers follow tailpipe rules U.S. tailpipe pollution will eventually be drastically reduced.

Trump’s administration seems to be focused on stopping energy-efficient standards and putting an end to pro-climate policies.  The “America First Energy Plan” does not include renewable energy or energy efficiency, it is mainly centered around fossil fuels.

Some people feel the Trump administration decisions are positive.  Citizen, Morganne Brown, believes Trump’s choices regarding tailpipe regulations are good for the United States auto industry.  Brown feels Trump is making changes he sees fit to benefit the country.

Other people feel the Trump administration choices are negative.  Citizen, Andy DeHart, feels Trump is taking a step backwards by eliminating the growth of renewable energy and climate control regulations. Citizen, Ngoc DeMarco, stated environmental programs take years to do actual good and is horrified they are being eliminated.

Countries worldwide are focusing on electric car manufacturing.  Some officials are concerned Trump’s decision will put the U.S. auto industry behind globally.

New York state records show 2012 Trump took advantage of New York State energy-efficiency incentives and low interest loans to update a Trump property with eco-friendly fixtures.  “I strongly believe in clean energy, in conserving energy, all of that – more than anybody,” Trump was quoted saying.

Trump’s business has benefitted from the energy-efficiency upgrades according to Dave Anderson, policy analyst at the Energy and Policy Institute.  The E.P.I. has been following Trump’s energy-efficiency incentive use.

2017 Trump has shown a different attitude regarding clean energy.  Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign promised to undo Obama’s global warming policies.  Trump’s E.P.A. administrator, Pruitt, does not believe in global warming.  Pruitt is also set to undo Mr. Obama’s E.P.A. regulations for greenhouse pollution reduction emitted from coal-fired power plants.

It will be harder for Pruitt to change the E.P.A.’s Clean Power Plan regulations.  The process to change the regulations could take up to two years and is likely to be filled with delays and legal problems.

Sequence Shots

Cedarburg, Wisconsin hosted its 43rd Annual Winterfest “Mardi Gras” Saturday & Sunday, February 18-19, 2017.  One of the annual events is an ice carving contest store owners along the historic downtown area are welcome to participate in.  Each store gets a block of ice the morning of the contest and has until noon judging to bring its ice to art.