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ABOUT Arthur- This page is about me; my education and passions dictated where I see my career going, description of pages

I am a student of McMicken College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. I will be graduating in the summer of 2013 from the English department with a focus in rhetoric and professional writing. After graduation I will be conversationally lingual in French, German and our own American language. After graduating from Carroll High School, I moved to Cincinnati where I discovered my passion for English. Though I didn’t know this would be the route I’d take, I aspired to be a lawyer when I was young.

Since the beginning of my English curriculum, I’ve discover that there is more than writing and interpreting; in order to write, you must understand why it was written, and, in order to interpret, you must understand what made the writing what it is. Well:

This profile is intended to express an appreciation of the ecological circumstances that develop an individual and their writing capabilities. Skills of specificity, collaboration, multicultural intellect and knowledge acquisition are among those that have established an appreciate from the various forms of writing and rhetorical implications that apply. Despite the various technologies that aid us today, texts serve as different pieces of technology that can only be appreciated when their purpose is understood. My appreciation for this comes in my desire to understand both textual technologies and software technologies. Yes, genres and technologies can, in some cases, be interchangeable; I, however, appreciate these technologies and aspire to be articulate with various softwares. The necessity of individuals who can use and accomplish goals with specific software is eminent. My appreciation of the ecology of education has led me to seek new forms of English that deviate from common generalizations.

 

Collaborative Work– analysis of economic conditions that are involved with sustainability, written for class with homeowners as audience, demonstrates strength of factual writing, credibility and my ability to coordinate with a group

During my second year as an economics student, three students, including myself, wrote a paper about sustainability and the economic effects that are involved. This 103 Economics class was a seminar and focused primarily on readings involving current events. Our professor created groups, issued prompts, and applied audiences: home owners and educated individuals conscious of ecology and economy. At this point in my college experience, I hadn’t fully embraces the creativity writing allows. Rather, I stick to a more vindicated and evidence based style that leaves little room for imagination. In this case, little imagination is a good thing. The topics involved in global warming, sustainability and ecology are peaking in public conscience. This fact assumes that the criticisms are as prevalent as support. When a homeowner views a situation that impacts them, they have the furthest position from that of bias; a home, usually being the second biggest investment to college, is very delicate, and, while individuals do have bias, many realize that expert opinions need to be trusted. Now, I am no expert at writing, economics or sustainability, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try to convince you I am. In my introductory description, I explain that sustainability is hugely impacted by consumer’s economic confidence. Homeowners don’t take ethos lightly; they are quick to criticize that which effects them the most. I attempt to show how sustainability relates to the consumer wallet and how this wallet significantly impacts public appreciation. There are few individuals who’ve made the commitment to lowering their carbon foot print, but my description of the market of sustainability and the green house effect, in compliment with my partners discussion of cars and carbon capture, effectively demonstrate that, whether or not you fully believe in global warming, practicing sustainability can come in a variety of forms, and, no matter the extent of practice, practice itself significantly effects our economy as a whole.

Sustainability

Planet Earth is currently facing a worldwide sustainability conflict that could later escalate the Her demise if not dealt with properly. Manufactures and scholars across the globe are collaborating on a daily basis to analyze the statistics of feasible solutions, as well the economic factors the play significant roles in the application of this evolving technology. CCS technology, hybrid cars, and solar energy are three methods of conservation being experimented on by people working to end this possibly catastrophic situation.

Adam Moxon

Sustainability can be roughly defined as: the level of efficiency used in consuming nonrenewable resources in attempt to maintain the welfare of Earth and all its inhabitants, or using what we have to the best of our ability before the world ends. The idea of a mass movement in order to preserve Earth sounds like a cause worth while, but, like so many other causes, it is much easier said then done. Alternate power sources have been moving up in the global market yet haven’t made any major break-throughs due to a variety of factors, one in particular being the consumer. Sustainability works to raise the standard of living of the very consumers that reject the viable options giving to them. This is most immediately a result of the steep initial price included in going green. Solar energy is a renewable resource that can be economically utilized on the home front as well as in the work place after doing a little homework. In this paper, the specific designs of solar energy systems are of lesser importance than their economic aspects, so this is what we will focus on.

The current economy creates a few barriers of entry for the solar energy market, such as competition for materials. The quickly moving technology revolution presses manufacturers to the edge in contest with other manufacturers. The glass, plastics, and metals required for solar systems are not only expensive, but are required in almost all other newly developed technologies, in turn slowing production and making prices rise. This creates a static scene. Producers battle for prices and materials while consumers see eye dropping retail prices which then makes them turn around and invest their money in something else which could very easily be a direct competitor of solar system producers. To reduce this competition, producers must think of incentives to lure consumers in. 

Solar energy can be looked at from many different angles as it is a vary wide subject. Most people hear solar energy and think about some expensive science experiment for people to independently acquire energy. This is true, but there are more benefits than meet the eye. Solar energy systems can have a variety of bells and whistles, but some are too significant to surpass. In some cases, solar energy can collect and accumulate in a battery over time for later use. This may seem like your already beating the system, but it gets better. Excess energy can be sold to the government in exchange for energy allowances. Once enough energy allowances are collected they can be redeemed for an instant return, allowing you to make money on your new piece of capitol while recycling efficient energy to others around you. This type of incentive gives people a hands on return that can come sooner rather than later.

When considering solar energy systems as a consumer you will want to look the total investment cost including loans, taxes, resale, equipment, maintenance, insurance, fuel and other operating expenses. These should include most financial inputs regarding your system, whatever type it may be, and, in order to calculate efficiency, these inputs must be compared to returns. Internal Rate-of-Return (IRR), Net Present Value (NPV), and Pay-Back Period (PBP) can be examined in relation to input costs to determine the efficiency of your project. Once again, consumers look for the highest possible return for their chosen input prices. IRR and NPV used to calculate interest and other costs that determine product efficiency. If the product creates a return higher than zero it will usually be considered a viable option; returns below zero commonly cause projects to fall through. This solves the money issue; the next issue is time. PBP refers to the time it will take for your investment to pay for itself. Because the price determining factors are so variable and each system made with it’s own design, PBP can only be examined one solar energy system at a time. Some may purchase a system with low energy output, typically resulting in a longer PBP, while others may invest in larger energy source that pays for itself faster.

In the end we are left with worldwide problem that has an efficient group of proposed, yet expensive, solutions that are not being taken into consideration due to our economic uncertainty as a planet even after offering incentives. Some have taken this pessimistic attitude and made it a reality. Others, like the Mubadala Development Company, have ignored the barriers of entry and invested in the long term energy revolution. Abu Dhubi’s Masdar City is the world’s first carbon-, waste-, and car-free city on Earth. Using solar energy, wind energy, and magnetic energy, Masdar is currently setting a high bar for living efficiency and a higher bar for reducing their carbon foot prints.

Lauren Moton

There are many contributors to the rise of global warming and one of the major ones happens to be the nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide emissions being released from motor vehicles into the atmosphere. Hybrid cars have been around for about ten years now and have greatly helped the race to ultimately bring global warming to a halt. Hybrid cars, or Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV), are creating a new era where by driving people can actually save the planet rather than hurting the atmosphere (hybrid-car.org). Automobiles emit many harmful gases into the air such as nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide through their exhaust pipes, creating smog and adds to a increasing the temperature on earth (earthguide.ucsd.edu).

“The basic argument (that is, that greenhouse gases keep the Earth comfortably warm) has never been challenged, and it follows that an increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere undoubtedly produces a rise in temperature at ground level.” (earthguide.ucsd.edu). This proves that the more carbon dioxide being released into the air will create more warming on earth. More and more people nowadays are obtaining motor vehicles, driving semi-trucks or riding trains to name a few ways of emitting more and more carbon dioxide into the air. Because of all the new models and inventions that are coming out, it is almost impossible to pass them up in order to “keep up with the Jones’s.” However, now that the hybrid electric vehicles have emerged, hopefully more and more buyers become interested in them as the newest thing.

“A hybrid car, also known as an HEV or hybrid electric vehicle, is an automobile that is powered by two sources; an internal combustion engine, and an electric motor. Hybrid cars have no use for plugs, as they are amply charged by the movement of the wheels, and storing the kinetic energy that is generated through a process called regenerative braking.”(hybrid-car.org). This displays that hybrid cars are extremely environmentally friendly and have great gas mileage. Hybrids have gotten very popular since they came out in the year 2000. Toyota was the first to release a hybrid model called the Toyota Prius in 2000. Next to come out with a new hybrid model was Honda with the Honda Civic Hybrid in the year 2002. Finally in 2004, Ford introduced a new idea to the hybrid world, hybrid SUV’s with the Ford Escape Hybrid which was ground-breaking. (hybridcars.com).

Colin Quinn

Carbon Capture and Storage/Sequestration

The emission of carbon dioxide in to our atmosphere is the leading cause of the green house effect, also known as “global warming.” The statistics from the United States alone are staggering; 130 million tons of coal and sludge pollution each year. If we were able to capture this CO² from the burning coal before it left the smoke stacks and change it from a gaseous state to a liquid-like state, it would be transportable and disposable. In theory, this process, known as CCS, is effective and very plausible. The reality is there are a number economic problems CCS is facing, both fiscally and with the lack of cooperation of powerful coal companies, but are these society bound problems great enough to possibly sacrifice the planet?

If we were able to use CCS our global warming crisis could eventually be solved and we would be able to safely burn coal for electricity and power. CCS’s main problems lie in economics; its costly production and maintenance, the decrease in output of coal plants and the lack of commitment of the coal companies to invest and develop the technologies needed. There are other factors as well, such as finding proper, safe disposal areas, places in the ground that will not be affected by earthquakes or have chances of leaking. All of these conditions contribute to the long awaited technology and its continuing postponement.

The first circumstance is the high cost of developing and running this type of technology. It is extremely costly to develop, run and maintain, this is a major deterrent in the production of this solution to global warming, but is the cost of this machinery more than that of the earth and our lives? The second curb in the idea is the lower amount of power coal plants would be producing, or that much more coal they would have to burn. In his book Our Choice Al Gore states that a coal power plant would need 25 to 35 percent more energy, meaning the plant would have to burn one third more coal just to make up the difference from running the CCS, this or they could produce one third less electricity from the original amount of coal. Burning more coal is fine with the coal companies, but it is not fine with the environment, the detrimental effects are chopping of mountains, dumping of toxins and polluting the water and land. According to Greenpeace, “CCS could well mean electricity price rises of between 21 and 91%. Clean energy sources, such as wind power, provide electricity much more cheaply than coal-fired plants fitted with CCS will ever be able to. The funding to get CCS off the ground – including substantial sums of taxpayer’s money – comes at the expense of real solutions. In countries it has been pursued, CCS has taken up an increasing share of energy research and development budgets whereas funding for renewable technologies and energy efficiency has stagnated or declined.” There is no perfect solution but what we have presented in front of us is seemingly a possible solution. The large, wealthy coal companies must invest in the development and production of this technology, this is the only way the resolution can begin. Our Earth deserves this and we must invest ourselves in to saving our home.

Theoretically, the Carbon Capture and Sequestration system could work, it is possible to turn carbon dioxide back in to a liquid-like form and transport it, we have the space and places to safely dispose of it, yet we are fiscally restrained from doing so. We must find a way to support the progression of this knowledge and put it to use, our planet is in too much trouble to not try anything to save it. If the coal companies continue to build new plants, with the cover that CCS will be implemented on them soon, we will just further our problems until they are unfixable. The chance that CCS gives is a great enough chance to risk financially, because in all actuality, what good is money if we don’t have a planet we can survive on. Several proposals for CCS plants have been made in the United States, states including New Jersey and Illinois, though these have not yet begun, this is a good sign, a show of progress. If we do not test and constantly research new technologies we could run out of time, that being said we need to implicate these solutions soon and change our ways of living.

In conclusion, although the deterring factors are substantial the risk of not doing something about our planets pollution is far greater; it affects all of us, on every continent. There is enough money in the world to produce material items and goods and wage war but when it comes to saving the planet we all live on, people begin turning their backs. We must make a policy on pollution, charging polluters more than would be necessary to fund the development of CCS technology and then they would quickly find a way to “clean up their act.” I would like to see this technology or any other put to use soon, I like this planet, and I do not want to be part of its demise.
There are countless ways to contribute to the energy crisis on both large and small scales. No one has developed a solution that will save the world by any means, but hopefully having a high concentration of professionals working in this field will lead to some sort of advance that gives us a nudge in the right direction. While the options are very diverse and some ideas very disconnected, we may be able to come up with something as a result of these tests that could

Definition- assignment for Introduction to Rhetoric, pick a scheme or trope, define it, and see the ecology of terms in rhetoric and professional writing

Metabasis                                                                                                                       me-ta’-ba-sis

Metabasis- Greek for metabaio, “to pass over”. Transitio, transicio- transition

Meta- beyond, adjacent, after; abstract idea placed in supplementary fashion; turning point

Basis- Linearly independent phrases that, in combination, form a coordinated system
-transitional statement in which one explains what has been and what will be said: a linking, running, or transitional summary, whose function is to keep the discussion ordered and clear in its progress (therefore)

VS.

-epexegesis- one’s interpretation of what was just said, redefinition/self-interpretation (that is to say)
Differing

I have spoken of manners; now it remains that I speak concerning doctrine. You see that he could do this; in the sequel you will hear why this was not his    will.
Equal

You have heard how the proposed plan will fail; now consider how an alternative might succeed.

Eight types are categorized according to the sort of relationship being announced between the preceding and subsequent matter:

Unequal
You have heard very grievous things, but you shall year more grievous.

Anticipating Objection
I have staied too long in lamentable matters, I wil now make mention of some pleasant reports. You may think me too long in the threatenings of the law; I will now pass to the sweet promises of the gospel.

Like
You know how he has just been conducting himself  towards his fatherland ; now consider what kind of son he has been to his parents.

Reprehension
Why do I dewll on these things? I shall hasten my speech unto that which is the prinicpal point of the matter in question.

Contrary
As I have spoken of his sad adversity and misery, so will I now speak of his happy prosperity.

Consequents
If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice–nor do the churches of God.In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good.

Document Analysis– analysis of Germany Today within Discovery Channel’s Insight Guides: Germany, demonstrates the ability to observe rhetorical tools at work, the rhetorical creation of the text, and the interaction between audience and author

Adam Moxon
Document Analysis
May 17, 2012
Introduction to Rhetoric

Introduction
The ‘Germany Today’ subsection of Insight Guides ‘Germany’ will be analyzed to demonstrate how one effectively presents a country’s characteristics and status in relation to those it interacts with, while subliminally suggesting an open minded mentality. Anne Midgette and the Discovery Channel observe a nation’s solidarity, economy, education, and other categories in a manner that demonstrates precise understanding of audience and use of technologies in a rhetorical situation. When considering genre ecologies, ‘Germany Today’ acts as a single-source and can be used as an example of how an exigency is answered.

Genre
Insight Guides travel guides have served as photography based nonacademic resources since 1970. Produced by the Discovery C hannel, these guides provide visual and textual description of destinations and cultural phenomena to external viewers. As travel guides, these books are informative and explanatory works made by professionals and distributed to the sight-seers of the world. The subsection entitled ‘Germany Today’ concludes the History section of the book; while explaining to readers where Germany lies in regards to distinguishing national characteristics, previous subsections within the History provide historical background that led to this current location. ‘Germany Today’ reveals how events throughout history have affected interconnectedness between Germany and other countries and answers questions regarding cultural differences that distinguish Germany as a nation. Midgette’s essay is specifically geared to tie previously (in the book) reviewed historical fact to the development of current conceptions, or misconceptions, of German culture and to appropriately present information so that accurate perceptions are maintained.

Analysis

Situational Provocation
Bitzer states that rhetoric is called into action based on an existing situation: “the situation which the rhetor perceives amounts to an invitation to create a present discourse.” “But what exactly is the identity of this country…” that is “still torn by questions of its past history and its future role in the world?” In this statement, Midgette presents the situation that provokes the rhetoric of ‘Germany Today’. She answers Bitzer’s second rhetorical characteristic of a fitting response by addressing it in many circumstances: “Germany’s 16 states form a patchwork as varied and decentralized as the country has known since it first became a sovereign nation”, “East Germans…weren’t as thrilled…at the prospect of abandoning lock, stock, and barrel…”,”…on that day, the growing pains officially began…”, “a profound sense of otherness”, “…sometimes unsettling differences in the way the East has evolved since

reunification.” These quotations demonstrate the hesitation involved in unifying Germany that has led to this lack of identity, and, as a result, making the rhetoric of ‘Germany Today’ fit for the situation: foreigners and prospective travelers wanting insight regarding German patriotism and/or solidarity. While German economics have a worldwide affect, national solidarity, education, and attitude toward foreigners have little to no direct affect on those of us miles away. This is where genre is significant. Those interested in experiencing Germany and its culture are subject to these concepts and will now have an aid in their travels; this aid would not have been created had there been no disconnect within Germany and its various states. At one point or another, someone returned from Germany and decided that informing future travelers of the cultural distinctions was worth including in travel guides. These distinctions are caused by Germans, past events, and their ecologies; thus we are able to observe, study, and make assumptions about these different elements that have led up to the rhetoric of ‘Germany Today’. Once this is done, a rhetor publishes a work, like Insight Guides ‘Germany”s ‘Germany Today’ subsection so that readers will be able to observe these circumstances and appreciate them rather than scrutinize and judge.

Power
Delivery

Discovery Channel is a documentary television program that focuses on science, technology and history; its features predominantly include investigation and documentaries, and it is geared towards families and young generations. As the most widely distributed television program in the U.S. and available in 170 countries, Discovery Channel has market, if not professional, credibility. This distinction is significant when looking at the genre and power of the sender. As an investigative and documentarian organization, it is appropriate that Discovery Channel would produce a nonacademic, but highly informational, resource to countries around the world. They aren’t professionals in history or German, though they may have history and German professionals on staff; they are professionals in customer satisfaction. Due to the appeal to so many consumers, transfer and diffusion of technology must be taken into careful consideration. The company does, in fact, “sell themselves”, as demonstrated by their popularity. They do not need to be experts in German or cultural historical perspectives to produce a travel guide. Rather, they accurately market their product to the correct audience who is a “willing receptor”(Clark). Unlike knowledge utilization, this book has been used and revised according to new and relevant technologies and user feedback. Consumers know what to expect from a travel book and from Discovery alike. Luckily, travel guides have a what, and in the case of ‘Germany Today’, and why element instead of the how. This eliminates a majority of the ethical concerns the involve power. Should something be false or produced with intent to maliciously manipulate, close to the whole world would see it and come down on Discovery Channel. Factual accuracy may be contested within ‘Germany Today’, but the implication of manipulation to favor Germany, the U.S., or some other parties cause can be quickly refuted in analyzing its purpose and language.

Audience
The power that exists between this document, sender, and receiver is always changing, or, at the same time, is always shared. ‘Germany Today’ did not always exist in the history section of the German edit of Insight Guides, but, as a result of cultural misunderstanding, a new piece of the history, the present, was added. Families and young individuals are the targets of Discovery’s consumer base, and traveling adults, families and young adults are the target of Insight Guides. Because there are no claims to professionalism in these guides, the relationship between sender and receiver is reciprocal/supplementary. They do not perform the same task or have the same knowledge base, but the sender responds to the consumer, as well as the changing world and relevant content. Consumers have power in determining the content, and, as a user service, the producers of these guides develops what they believe will satisfy the future market demands in travel artifacts. Since there is no how involved, consumers can trust that the history of user service production will ensure accuracy in what they are receiving.

Purpose
While this makes the meaning more accurate, the objective can be easily missed. Applying a connotation to a particular bit of reference material doesn’t demonstrate any practicality; there is no call to action and it is difficult to distinguish one that doesn’t seem whimsical. In reading this essay in combination with those that precede it, one gathers that, though potentially uncomfortable compared to our own, German culture has developed due to specific events and should not be judged without giving time to be understood: be accepting and open-minded. Based on its primary purpose, this book is a source of information and does not contain much analytical substance or application outside specific circumstances regarding Germany (potentially a tool in other disciplines that study formatting of informational texts or genre ecologies which are discussed later). ‘Germany Today’ is the one section in which the past and present are combined to form something new. This ‘something’ is a mentality. It is not delineated, but is suggested by its location within the book as well as by the tools used by Midgette.

Technology
As a technology, Insight Guides are meant to serve as a single-source. They will be complimented by a variety of professional documents such as maps, itineraries, cultural texts, history texts, and even art, but these books serve the purpose of having everything in one place. Since 1970, Insight Guides has updated itself to new consumer needs in direct response to inquiries. It is a “useful object…,…designed to meet human needs…, …evaluated internally and by market forces…”, and does “…enlist the support of numerous publics”, thus, making it a reality.

Meaning
This “salience”, as Vatz describes it, viewed by travelers is the initial provocation of the subsection at hand. Midgette, then, writes in a way that creates an appropriate meaning to the audience: any world traveler. “…most Germans are content to live in an ethnically diverse society — and to them race simply isn’t an issue.” Though the focus of this essay is the differences between Germany and other cultures that establish German identity, the closing line opposes this connotation and makes the audience’s diversity feel welcomed. The author describes Germany as “the economic powerhouse of Europe” more than once in the essay. While this ties to the initial question of identity and future role, its repetition is also used as a strategy to eliminate what questionable, or even hostile, feelings may exist towards Germany; as an economic powerhouse, one implies future success above others which evokes “worldwide admiration”.  While sustainability may not seem culturally significant to a world traveler, the inclusion of its subsection in ‘Germany Today’ adds a positive connotation that counters the misconceptions that brought this essay into existence. In the case of Insight Guides, information predominantly addresses the what or why of a situation, as oppose to how. Because of this, intended meaning is more difficult to obstruct than an instruction manual, for example; things just are how they are.

Revised Copy

Adam Moxon
Document Analysis
June 8, 2012
Introduction to Rhetoric

Introduction
The ‘Germany Today’ subsection of Insight Guides ‘Germany’ will be analyzed to demonstrate how one effectively presents a country’s characteristics and status in relation to those it interacts with, while subliminally suggesting an open minded mentality. Anne Midgette and the Discovery Channel observe a nation’s solidarity, economy, education, and other categories in a manner that demonstrates precise understanding of audience and use of technologies in a rhetorical situation. When considering genre ecologies, ‘Germany Today’ acts as a single-source and can be used as an example of how an exigency, or “a shorthand way of describing a series of events”(Edbauer), is answered.

Genre
Insight Guides travel guides have served as photography based nonacademic resources since 1970. Produced by the Discovery Channel, these guides provide visual and textual description of destinations and cultural phenomena to external viewers. As travel guides, these books are informative and explanatory works made by professionals and distributed to the sight-seers of the world. The subsection entitled ‘Germany Today’ concludes the History section of the book; while explaining to readers where Germany lies in regards to distinguishing national characteristics, previous subsections within the History provide historical background that led to this current location. ‘Germany Today’ reveals how events throughout history have affected interconnectedness between Germany and other countries and answers questions regarding cultural differences that distinguish Germany as a nation. Midgette’s essay is specifically geared to tie previously (in the book) reviewed historical fact to the development of current conceptions, or misconceptions, of German culture and to appropriately present information so that accurate perceptions are maintained. Insight Guides can “exist in the elements of their situation, but also

Analysis

Situational Provocation
Bitzer states that rhetoric is called into action based on an existing situation: “the situation which the rhetor perceives amounts to an invitation to create a present discourse.” “But what exactly is the identity of this country…” that is “still torn by questions of its past history and its future role in the world?” In this statement, Midgette validates Edbauer’s quote in regards to this excerp: “rhetorical action as “located” around the exigence that generates a response. She answers Bitzer’s second rhetorical characteristic of a fitting response by addressing it in many circumstances: “Germany’s 16 states form a patchwork as varied and decentralized as the country has known since it first became a sovereign nation”, “East Germans…weren’t as thrilled…at the prospect of abandoning lock, stock, and barrel…”, “a profound sense of otherness”, “…sometimes unsettling differences in the way the East has evolved since reunification.” These quotations demonstrate the hesitation involved in unifying Germany that has led to this lack of identity, and, as a result, making the rhetoric of ‘Germany Today’ fit for the situation: foreigners and prospective travelers wanting insight regarding German patriotism and/or solidarity. While German economics have a worldwide affect, national solidarity, education, and attitude toward foreigners have little to no direct affect on those of us miles away. This is where genre is significant. Those interested in experiencing Germany and its culture are subject to these concepts and will now have an aid in their travels; this aid would not have been created had there been no disconnect within Germany and its various states. At one point or another, someone returned from Germany and decided that informing future travelers of the cultural distinctions was worth including in travel guides. These distinctions are caused by Germans, past events, and their ecologies; thus we are able to observe, study, and make assumptions about these different elements that have led up to the rhetoric of ‘Germany Today’. Once this is done, a rhetor publishes a work, like Insight Guides ‘Germany”s ‘Germany Today’ subsection so that readers will be able to observe these circumstances and appreciate them rather than scrutinize and judge.

Power
Delivery

Discovery Channel is a documentary television program that focuses on science, technology and history; its features predominantly include investigation and documentaries, and it is geared towards families and young generations. As the most widely distributed television program in the U.S. and available in 170 countries, Discovery Channel has market, if not professional, credibility. This distinction is significant when looking at the genre and power of the sender. As an investigative and documentarian organization, it is appropriate that Discovery Channel would produce a nonacademic, but highly informational, resource to countries around the world. They aren’t professionals in history or German, though they may have history and German professionals on staff; they are professionals in customer satisfaction. Due to the appeal to so many consumers, transfer and diffusion of technology must be taken into careful consideration. The company does, in fact, “sell themselves”, as demonstrated by their popularity. They do not need to be experts in German or cultural historical perspectives to produce a travel guide. Rather, they are accurately “mediating, not authorizing”(Slack) their product to the correct audience who is a “willing receptor”(Clark). Unlike knowledge utilization, this book has been used and revised according to new and relevant technologies and user feedback. Consumers know what to expect from a travel book and from Discovery alike. Luckily, travel guides have a what, and in the case of ‘Germany Today’, and why element instead of the how which allows them to be “ethically transparent”(Slack).This eliminates a majority of the ethical concerns the involve power. Should something be false or produced with intent to maliciously manipulate, they would be “inadequate surrogates and close to the whole world would see it and come down on Discovery Channel. Factual accuracy may be contested within ‘Germany Today’, but the implication of manipulation to favor Germany, the U.S., or some other parties cause can be quickly refuted in analyzing its purpose and language.


Audience
The power that exists between this document, sender, and receiver is always changing, or, at the same time, is always shared: “a rhetorical approach that places users, rather than systems, at the center of our focus”(Clark). ‘Germany Today’ did not always exist in the history section of the German edit of Insight Guides, but, as a result of cultural misunderstanding, a new piece of the history, the present, was added. Families and young individuals are the targets of Discovery’s consumer base, and traveling adults, families and young adults are the target of Insight Guides. Because there are no claims to professionalism in these guides, the relationship between sender and receiver is reciprocal/supplementary. They do not perform the same task or have the same knowledge base, but the sender responds to the consumer, as well as the changing world and relevant content. Consumers have power in determining the content, and, as they are “designed to meet human ends”(Clark), producers of these guides develop what they believe will satisfy what has been “evaluated internally and by market forces”(Clark) regarding travel artifacts. Since there is no how involved, consumers can trust that the history of user service production will ensure accuracy in what they are receiving.

Purpose
While this makes the meaning more accurate, the objective can be easily missed. Applying a connotation to a particular bit of reference material doesn’t demonstrate any practicality; there is no call to action and it is difficult to distinguish one that doesn’t seem whimsical. In reading this essay in combination with those that precede it, one gathers that, though potentially uncomfortable compared to our own, German “identity is not just about a relationship to to one period of the past, nor is it simply a question of nationality”; “there are a few definite elements to help orientate the observer(Midgette): be accepting and open-minded. Based on its primary purpose, this book is a source of information and does not contain much analytical substance or application outside specific circumstances regarding Germany (potentially a tool in other disciplines that study formatting of informational texts or genre ecologies which are discussed later). ‘Germany Today’ is the one section in which the past and present are combined to form something new. This ‘something’ is a mentality. It is not delineated, but is suggested by its location within the book as well as by the tools used by Midgette.

Technology
As a technology, Insight Guides are meant to serve as a single-source. They will be complimented by a variety of professional documents such as maps, itineraries, cultural texts, history texts, and even art, but these books serve the purpose of having everything in one place. They are also a part of science: “a class of objects and a way of conversing about them, not a way of knowing the truth.” (Clark(McCloskey)) . Since 1970, Insight Guides has updated itself to new consumer needs in direct response to inquiries. It is a “useful object…,…designed to meet human needs…, …evaluated internally and by market forces…”, and does “…enlist the support of numerous publics”, thus, making it a reality.

Meaning
This “salience”, as Vatz describes it, viewed by travelers is the initial provocation of the subsection at hand: “exactly what is the identity of this country?”(Midgette) Midgette, then, writes in a way that creates an appropriate meaning to the audience: any world traveler. “…most Germans are content to live in an ethnically diverse society — and to them race simply isn’t an issue.” Though the focus of this essay is the differences between Germany and other cultures that establish German identity, the closing line opposes this connotation and makes the audience’s diversity feel welcomed. The author describes Germany as “the economic powerhouse of Europe” more than once in the essay. While this ties to the initial question of identity and future role, its repetition is also used as a strategy to eliminate what questionable, or even hostile, feelings may exist towards Germany; as an economic powerhouse, one implies future success above others which evokes “worldwide admiration”.  While sustainability may not seem culturally significant to a world traveler, the inclusion of its subsection in ‘Germany Today’ adds a positive connotation that counters the misconceptions that brought this essay into existence. In the case of Insight Guides, information predominantly addresses the what or why of a situation, as oppose to how. Because Midgette is “rendered transparent”(Slack), intended meaning is more difficult to obstruct than an instruction manual, for example; things just are how they are.

More Than A Guide

The analysis of this work can proves that it accomplishes a task within a given discourse. If you apply the text, and Insight Guides in general, to other audiences or goals, they can be equally as successful. Information regarding tourist attraction can be viewed from an opposing position: supplier perspective. At the end of every travel route there is something for the traveler to spend money on. If German retailers, or other businesses in areas discussed in the text, present themselves or their services in a way that successfully compliments the book’s perspective, they can utilize this text outside of its discourse. This book could also be useful to psychologists or other professionals who study culture, relationships, or geography. Insight Guides is published in multiple languages, so a variety of cultures are getting similar perspectives of Germany. If someone were studying tourism, perhaps, they could observe where they got their travel information, Insight Guides or other forms of guide, and compare how individuals react based on their findings. If we look at Insight Guides in its simplest form, which is a history and breakdown of specific locations, we could assume this is an academic tool. I could serve multiple classrooms from art to geography, history to architecture, and possibly more.

Application

This book successfully embodies ethos even though it isn’t considered a professional work. While it exists as an informative work and sticks mostly to factual content, there are some occasions in which pathos is evoked. Midgette includes German react to controversial Nazism and the fear of being a proud German. These ideas are stated as reality, but details as to why are omitted. Writers could view the book as a source of addressing cultural controversy, or any general information, and take from it the means in which feelings are displayed without issuing bias. Though I may not feel this is a strong suit of the book, one can also observe the coordination, lack there of in my case, of text and photography if they were practicing similar tactics.

 

Education– journal responses in an American Teaching Class, write to the professor and demonstrate understanding of classroom concepts and how to take a concept and take it further, demonstrates appreciation of ecology in classrooms

Looking back on my one experience in an education class, I realize that education itself has as many ecological concerns as the study of rhetoric itself. Our class was set up with about 20 journal entries, group activities, a midterm, group project and final portfolio that included a case study. We discussed different ideas in the classroom, teaching practice, racial implication, the evolution of teaching, and other applications that I’ve realized are ecologically coordinated. These two journal entries demonstrate my implicit recognition of this ecology. The audience, my education professor, believed these two pieces were acceptable journal responses that demonstrated my understanding of topics and their classroom application. The first, however, has substantial room for ecological discussion, explicit discuss, that is. In discussing ADHD, I address the issue that one’s interactions are narrowed while their capacity is heightened. Yes, people work better with others, learn from others. But why this is true is more significant. No where do I refer to this group work as a learning tool. It is a practical tool, yes, but, while we learn about collaboration and division of work, we can also learn from each other’s specific practices. This is lacking in the discussion of the various character traits that cause one to learn the way they do, interact with others in particular ways, and the ways in which we can view these ideas in comparison to ourselves. The second prompt, however, goes deeper into the over arching circumstances that make an individual who they are, specifically in the classroom. There aren’t many people who don’t pass superficial judgement of others. Regardless of the basis of judgement, there is always a reason behind the view one holds. I explain that my experience with relationships has led me to observe these judgments but realize there insignificance. Essentially, ecology effects a persons life and can be directly observed; without realizing that some are unable to control ecology and its effects, we see discrimination of what someone actually is. This appreciation of what something is is exactly what we analyze in genre ecology.

Journal

The correlation between divergent thinking and ADHD medication made me see education in a way I haven’t before. One can hold a variety of perspectives on the methods of education but, in my opinion, the only single perspective worth holding onto is that a variety of methods are necessary. In attempting to write this response, it is hard to decide where to begin because of how many areas there are effected. Well start with students in batches. I cannot see a way to divide students up in a mannor separate from age that uniformly groups them into an intellectual category besides the original idea of one school house. In this setting all students are exposed to the same concepts which allows different ages to learn as whatever pace they are capable. I think that this collaboration is not necessary, but very beneifical. This collaboration complements creativity; this is the same creativity being eliminated by things such as ADHD medication. In the same way that ADHD medication shuts down one’s creativity, or contridiction to the standard method of learning,  group collaboration is denied by common methods of essentialist teaching.

The period in history in which particular methods of teaching prevail also strikes me. As in the time of the enlightenment when students were factory bread for essentialist works, the present time calls for factory bread divergent thinking and group collaboration. It is, of coarse, imparative that individuals go through the basic levels of learning techniques in order to grow intellectually so that they may comprehend what is necessary for more complex materials, but I think that many people under value that which can be achieved by group work. I personally am someone who feeds off of other people’s ideas and can create a progressive conversation out of a simple beginning. I think that this is necassary to apply to school to prompt students to use available resources. Divergent thinking is synonymous to collaboration in that it goes down as age increases. I feel as though individuals are instructed to find their particular style of learning, in turn pushing them away from the ideas of collaboration. If collaboration and divergent thinking was a class of its own, students would benefit greatly in the academic and non-academic arenas of life.

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In Poverty of Culture, Critical Incedent 4 has a particularly strong impact on me. Regardless of the reasoning behind why the students are where they are, I believe that the way the instructors handle the situation is far from beneficial. Though it may be a distraction to class, these kids should be an example. The shouldn’t be placed in an isolated room so sit in silence, rather they should be isolated within the classroom. All students should be given an assignment that they may complete at their own pace. Students should be allowed to work together, with the exception of the misbehaved students. The should be instructed to complete the same assignment but on their own because of their inability to cooperate with classmates and the teacher.

Critical Incedent 1 is significant too. While students need a high self-esteem, it can not just be instantly instilled. Verbal consoulation does not have as much of an impact as social consoulation. Students may ackowledge that they are upset but they don’t know why or how to fix it. The only way to prompt a change in attitude is stimulate positive peer construction.

I think that the third solution may be a little bit far fetched. Including foreign culture in the lives of those who do not yet understand their own may create many difficult scenarios. Some people naturally understand the aspects of culture and how to interpret others but many people can’t get a grip on their own.

One aspect of my culture is relationships with the opposite sex. People in college, in the United States, and in our modern age have many avenues to choose from when consulting with the opposite sex, especially in comparison to the past. People analyze superficial attributes of individuals, their actions, and the interaction between the two. Exclusivity to eachother also receives a great deal of attention. At this point, I feel like people acknowledge the fact that longevity of relationships don’t matter, rather they want to prove what they are capable of while they are there. I’ve had a relationship for almost three years. I take pride in the fact that it is something meaningful and not abusive. I ackowledge the superficial attributes of my relationship but I don’t hold that in high regard in comparison to others around me.

I like to create and not follow. I take shit on a daily basis for being in a relationship in college but I believe in loyalty and legitimacy. I see no need to be superficial and waste my time chasing gaudy females when I know that they are readily available. Though I do not know how I will revolutionize or trend set, I will not be shy to straying from teaching norms. I’ve been known as someone who doesn’t conform and I don’t plan to start.

 

First Assignment- demonstration of rhetorical base, analysis of an advertisement that shows thorough understanding of rhetorical strategies but that the use of tools and ecology is missing

English 101 is an experience that is determined entirely by the teacher. The curriculum itself is most stringent of all English courses but is varied most significantly because of the amount of classes and dynamic of teachers. In this analysis of recycling campaign, I begin to demonstrate my understanding of the canons of rhetoric and how to observe there desired meanings. While writing style is very limited, I entertain various aspects of the ad and their subliminal additions to the effective strategy. Professor Erin Prus, recent graduate is the audience.

The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation published a piece convincing viewers to recycle dead batteries of all kinds. Rhetorical strategies satisfy the three appeals to ethos, pathos, and logos, using a very simple method targeted at a more proactive audience to recycle unused goods. It is difficult to refute the message after going over the supporing evidence.

The ethos of this piece is simple, yet appealing to the audience, and valid. All of the questions are answered almost immediately answered once you begin to read the text at the bottom. All of the recyclable items listed are common among every audience and therefore keep people reading as they think of all the places in their house those items happen to be located. The argument is extremely fair and could again be done by all audiences considering it’s free. Recycling, or ‘going green’ is a global movement in attempts to save our planet, and the proposing organization is a non-profit group in collaboration with groups nationwide; there can almost be no argument against it it would seem. Credibility is established through the appeal to consumers. It can’t be any easier. And if you were to have an argument, feel free to jump on your computer, which your probably one everyday whether it be laptop or smart phone, and go to the website to learn more; http://www.rbrc.org. Also listed are two phone numbers as well as another website for more information regarding the subject. You can’t be much more thorough than that. The ease at which all the previously stated information is read, acted upon and it’s organization, in complement with the monkey in the laptop pretty much sum up the punch line to this piece’s credibility. Logos in this piece is immediately made clear what they’re trying to achieve, and it is a consistent yet diverse group of organizations/businesses working to better the lives of consumers as well as help out the environment. There is enough evidence in our media, not just this article, related to this topic that should be catching all eyes because it is very relevant in today’s society and needs more light shown upon it in my opinion.

Now the monkey. As your first glance goes from primate, to computer, to text, you can’t help but develop a picture of nature in your head as well as all the other things negatively affected by pollution and lack of recyclables. Whether it’s next year or ten years from now, there will be an event that kicks everyone into gear as what will be ‘the war on pollution’ takes way; why not just start before that event? Everyone’s felt a little sympathy towards the monkey after reading.

The angle of vision is constructed first through a text strategy in ‘Recycling isn’t monkey business’. You can tell that the mood is relaxed, making you interested to continue reading. There are also different focuses as you move to different parts of the page; organized retail stores, one small paragraph, and just a little non incriminating small text that flow together with bolded resources. The message is simple and convincing and clear, and in my opinion efficient. It’s message can be understood by any who read it, starting off with a sense of comedy, then a quick transition to a more serious note. Those savvy to the other articles in the magazine will appreciate, and relate to the angle of vision. The resources supply on earth, or lack of it, is something no one can escape the effects of when the time comes.

The article itself could be directed to any audience, however I found this piece in a National Geographic magazine so I would make the audience middle aged educated, those who have a diverse range of knowledge and worldwide topics of all kinds. When we are younger we see monkeys in cartoons as fun figures, maybe in cartoons or movies, but from personal experience, our perceptions grow as we see monkeys in evolution, biology, and environmental science classes. Having said this, all audiences are immediately familiar with the context and can further relate. This audience is intended to be one that would likely act upon the subject, and usually with knowledge comes responsibility, so if all goes well more people will catch on. I’ve heard a lot about an upcoming revolution, or reformation of society that becomes a resource based society, one that supplies equally and sustains everyone, where there isn’t a monetary system anymore. Although this isn’t likely very soon, and it may be a little broad for this text, it still proves the point of the text to readers who will hopefully give a nudge in the right direction.

Visually, text is appealing as soon as you see it. The blue color contrasts with the words and the picture which puts the focus all on the center of the page. We can assume they didn’t actually have a monkey sitting on a computer with a battery intermingled with a tree branch, but the link of technology and nature just emphasizes the diversity of the subject.

Not often have I come across a piece that’s thesis is to convince you how easy it is. It’s even stated literally. Everyone consumes electronics of some sort so virtually every reader falls into the category that could act upon reading this.

The RBRC constructed an add with a purpose, a message that they were trying to send, with a specific target audience, using planned methods to do so. In my opinion, it worked. Those who see this advertisement and do not recycle their batteries, will probably soon realize that they could have done so with no haste once they step foot in Best Buy the next time as they recall throwing there last camera battery in a dumpster.

 

Food Scare-exploring food and its ethics, taking a subject that is otherwise bland and employing writing style that appeals to the audience: college students and professors

During my freshman year of college, I experienced more weight fluctuation than at all other times in my life. This paper is an example of how I took a class focus (food, health, and ecological friendliness) and made it appealing to a younger generation while addressing a concern many undergraduates at various schools experience.

My English coarse was all about food: health, animal rights, dieting, farming, and all of the writing that surrounded it. Needless to say, I really wasn’t very interested. With instruction to write a report that will satisfy the center page of a university news paper, I took a topic and, without making it over dramatic, made it appeal to both students and faculty at the University of Cincinnati. Notice though, that it may not be the same appeal across the board. Luckily, it’s not that hard to convince when you use facts; through my ability to propose situations and effectively use quotes and statistics, I express to my collegiate audience the need for a major reform at our university.

Food Scare

As an undergraduate student at any university, one must face the issues of independence while acquiring an education. One aspect of this independence involves eating habits. In a child’s early years their parents take control of the food provided for the family. Once a young a adult reaches college, they are usually free to make their own decisions; this includes deciding what they nourish their bodies with. While some students have the luxury of a set budget allotted to food, others must abide by the rules corresponding to their respective university. These rules can vary from institution to institution, and so can the opinions of students regarding the food stipulations at their schools. Upon entering into the college world one faces many new aspects of life. As if these new scenarios aren’t enough, some universities increase the stress by forcing their students to abide by food regulations that are far from appeasing. There are many ways universities advertise their meal plan industries, and I intend to examine these methods of advertisement and analyze their accuracy and impact on the student body. I believe that the food industries implemented at schools significantly impacts the wellbeing of the students, and, thus, some industries should be re-evaluated.

The issue regarding the campus food industry cannot be made more apparent by any source besides the UC Food Services. When enrolling at the University of Cincinnati there were many concerns that came across my mind. Food was not included in the list of concerns. Even before applying to the university I had heard that UC had the best food a school could offer. Many of friends attended university tours that boasted about the food provided there. I didn’t second guess their opinion. Being a senior in high school, I took these opinions to heart and firmly believed I was in the safe zone in regards to food; I had no reason to second guess what I’d heard considering the fact that there were more prominent issues at hand. I proceeded to attend the orientation and freshman convocation once I had arrived at UC. In both occasions, I acted as many other freshman in college would: I had no regard for what information was being presented; I was overwhelmed with the campus, students, and classes I’d be taking while attending the school. Food was very far from my concentration. Even before I visited the school or attended convocation I became absent-minded. My father had a lot to do with the application process. I knew I wanted to attend UC, but I did not look into the minor details regarding campus living. Once I began the fall quarter, I discovered a grim reality: my choices regarding food were more than severely limited.

The University of Cincinnati has a very brief description of their food services. After doing some research involving the campus and the food provided, I found that some of the information proved to be misleading. One page, entitle Campus Eateries, presents information to the reader about the availability of food while on campus. After experiencing these eateries, I discovered that this page was highly misleading. The link includes a list of twenty-four locations: what about these twenty-four locations are significant? In my opinion, nothing. This list is misleading in more than one way. The main discrepancy relates to the use of the Bearcat Card. The Bearcat Card has a very high value in terms of dollars; this value is severely undermined by the range at which it can be used. Many freshman don’t think about the various available food sources that surround them: I was in this category. I thought that there was a particular dollar amount designated to my card that would allow me to purchase food as I pleased. This was hardly accurate. Included in this list of campus eateries are three food centers located on campus. Center Court, Market Point, and Stadium View are the three food providers on campus that accept Bearcat ‘swipes’ as form of payment. These ‘swipes’ cause a great deal of controversy. These ‘swipes’ encompass a significant, if not entire, amount of value in terms of food. While one may manually add money to the Bearcat Card, a minimum of $3700 must be paid to satisfy a university meal plan; these meal plans are a mandatory part of freshman year dormitory living. It is also interesting to me that the ‘swipes’ provided by the Bearcat Card are not determined by a particular dollar amount; rather, these swipes have a set value. Each ‘swipe’ is consumed by one entry into a ‘campus eatery’ regardless of the value of food one eats. What many freshman do not realize is that the value of the Bearcat Card only has worth at these three locations. Thus, this list of twenty-four locations can clearly be seen as a misleading source. After realizing that the Bearcat Card ‘swipes’ are only valid at these three locations, one may ask what the other campus eateries really amount to.

There are six college cafes in the list of campus eateries. Of these six, two of the campus cafes are location on the University of Cincinnati’s main campus; neither of these locations use ‘swipes’ as form of payment, yet they accept Bearcat Dollars: money that has been manually placed onto the card aside from ‘swipes’. The remaining four college cafes are location on other campus locations around the Clifton area; none of these locations accept the Bearcat Card for its monetary worth, rather, they consume one swipe which allows one to acquire the meal being served at the time. While the idea of a college eatery sounds appealing at first, it is very misleading. It would be convenient if every student could go to their college, or other colleges, at a the University of Cincinnati and get a quick meal or drink between classes, but, unfortunately, this is not available. Also listed in the campus eateries are two Starbuck’s locations; both of these retailers on main campus. Though one may not consider Starbuck’s as a proper dinning location to get a meal, it is a convenient place to get a well deserved shot of expresso; it would be convenient if one didn’t have to have money aside from ‘swipes’ to use the Bearcat Card at these locations. While this is convenient, it may be a little too convenient: there are two locations on campus, as well as one location that is one street away from campus. A little over-bearing? Maybe. The remaining locations on the list of campus eateries are various UC and franchise restaurants that are predominately located inside Tangeman University Center. Chick-fil-a, Burger King, and Subway are offered as chain locations while there is also Catskeller, a bar, Quick-Mick,s, and Mick and Mack’s which are campus sponsored locations. Again, the options appear to overwhelming while in one building on campus; one is quickly cut off when they realize these locations only accept cash.

My first thought after coming to the realization that the $3700 on my Bearcat Card was only able to be spent at three locations: how the hell do other schools deal with this problem. I will be examining the food services of four other schools: University of Virginia, The Ohio State University, University of Kentucky, and Princeton. The school with the meal plan most similar to ours is Princeton: a little of $5000 is placed on a card that gives students access to six school dining halls, five cafes, one convenient store, and one retail food center dining location. All of these places accept every form of payment a person at Princeton may want to use. It almost appears as though the locations are laid out identical to those at the University of Cincinnati, however all forms of payment may be used at all of these locations at Princeton. University of Kentucky offers a plan similar to that at UC but in a slightly different way. Their meal plan are broken up into Flex Dollars and D-Plan Cash. The Dining Plan Cash can be used at any of eighteen locations in an entrée-drink-side format: one of each may be chosen and that value is removed from the card. They also allow Flex Dollars to be used at these locations: each item may be purchased according to its value while they offer a 10% discount with the Flex Dollars. This separate money account system is like that of UC’s, but different in a very substantial way: each meal plan has a minimum of $300 in Flex Dollars. Another significant difference in these plans is that fact that there is variety; the plans offered to undergraduates ranges from $2178 to $5304 dollars. This allows each student to purchase a meal plan precisely according to their campus eating habits. The Ohio State University allows students to use their cards at twenty locations as well. Each location has signs that relate food to a dollar amount with symbols. Each value is then deducted from the card amount: these amounts range from $3210 to $4995, which, again, are more fine tuned to each student than that of the UC meal plans. OSU also allows 20% of the money of their card to be used at outside locations and another 20% to be used on guests. The University of Virginia offers, in my opinion, the most basic plan. Meals plan are around $2045 with a cash balance from $75 to $430. These plans can be used at three dining locations and 23 restaurants. The main difference derived from these plans are the variety. The University of Cincinnati allows students to spend close to 90% of their plans at three locations while the others allow no less then 20.

The University of Cincinnati has eight on-campus housing options with one off-campus housing option. These nine locations may hold up to 4083 students: freshman may live in any of these locations according to admission rules while four are strictly freshman living and the other five open to upperclassmen. Give or take a few numbers for Resident Advisors and these numbers are accurate. Now, let’s look at these numbers in dollar amount, seeing as on-campus residents are required to have meal plans. Well lower the number of student to 3334 due to the fact that University Park Apartments residents are not required to purchase meal plans. Keep in mind that students who are not freshman may chose a significantly smaller meal plan with 45 swipes as appose the minimum for freshman at 132. We’ll assume half of these students are on campus are freshman and half are upperclassmen: both groups choosing their smallest meal plan available. $8806761. This is how much money goes directly from various bank accounts to one University of Cincinnati bank account per year just in meal plans alone. This is the result of the investment put into the UC food industry when it was established at this campus. At first glance, this seems reasonable: any investment must have a stable plan for revenue to satisfy the investment. This is where the problem is created. The University of Cincinnati made an investment that requires students to pour money into the food services account while the city of Cincinnati is undertaking a very similar investment. Take one step off the south side of campus in the year 2013 and you will be in the newly renovated Uptown Commons. The city of Cincinnati is fighting a battle against northern Kentucky for the people of the Tri-State areas money. Construction is underway in downtown Cincinnati, and I believe that the battle has now come to the boarders of UC. A $100,000,000 investment is being made to renovate one block located between Scioto Avenue and Ohio Street, and between McMillan and Calhoun Street. By what does this have to do with UC or its food services? Everything. The main aspect of the UC food service that sets it apart from the other examined universities is variety. 

Though Clifton already offers vast variety, Uptown Commons only adds fuel to the fire. Along with new dining locations, the Commons will offer other retailers and venues that will attract the attention of all UC students. Considering the fact that prices rise every year, at the very least there will be $8,806,761 floating around the University of Cincinnati that never plays a part in the new renovations just off campus. But how is this UC’s problem? Luckily for staff, it isn’t their problem; it is the students problem. Though I am no expert, I find it farfetched that an establishment like the University of Cincinnati faces severe problems like termination in this day and age, thus they may keep their policies the same as they’ve been in the past. The only thing that will change is the attitude of those who fund the school. Thus far, I am one of few who has expressed their opinion regarding the atrocity that is the food industry at this institution; should more and more students become passionate about, and discuss the situations of monetary placement, this school will face new obstacles in satisfying their students, or getting students to continuously enroll.

 

Le Francias- composition of vacation prompt in low level college French, demonstrates appreciate of linguistic ecology

The study of English is not limited to one language. The distinction between language and English is insignificant in some senses. This piece was done my sophomore year of college for a professor with PhD in French, who lived in France, and loves to teach it. I began my appreciate for the ecology within language when I was in high school and I continue it today. This is an entertaining piece about my summer.

Mon Ete

Mon été va commencer en Haïti. .Du 12 Juin to Juin 20 I sera d’aider la communauté de Port-au-Prince. Nous allons travailler sur un centre médical, et temporaire centre médical, et une école. Nous allons rester dans la maison d’hôtes Béthel, nous avons la chance qu’il a une piscine. Après le voyage, je vais rester à Cincinnati pour prendre un cours de mathématiques, je vais rester à la Fraternité Sigma Chi. Je ne suis pas très bon en maths De Juin 9 to Juin 14 Je serai à Bethany Beach, Delaware sur des vacances en famille. Le groupe est originaire de l’Ohio, la Virginie, du New Jersey, et New York.Pendant les vacances, nous allons jouer au volleyball, golf hillbilly, et à la pétanque. Au cours de la semaine, nous serons farniente sur la plage et profiter de la société des peoples.
Nous avons été va sur ce forfait pendant 15 ans. Le dernier film Harry Potter va sortir alors que je suis en vacances, alors je vais le voir quand je rentre chez moi.Pendant les vacances de printemps, j’ai lu les 3 derniers livres de Harry Potter, donc je suis très excité à propos du dernier film. J’ai commencé la série Harry Potter quand j’étais en deuxième année: ma mère lu le premier livre à moi. Aussi, mon cousin se marient le Juin 15. Je suis très heureux d’chante. Du 5 août au 7 août, je vais aller à Chicago pour Lollapalooza. c’est un festival de trois jours de musique. Je vais aller avec ma petite amie, Katie, mon meilleur ami, Kevin, et ma sœur, Darcy. Ce sera ma deuxième fois assister à ce festival.

 

REFLECTIVE SYNOPSIS- culmination of assignments and career in English, how I have progressed and learned throughout the quarter

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When you consider your major as a senior in high school, you imagine yourself practicing in the most acclaimed occupation of that field: corporate CEO, heart surgeon, or CIA. But how do we come up with the occupation that we associate with? No one has the same reason; some decide based on their parents opinions and some chase dreams while others don’t make a decision at all. I, however, realized that I wasn’t exactly sure where I wanted to end up, so I took the easy route: apply to the business school in a track that interested me in high school.

There were a variety of classes that I took in high school that opened my eyes to possible future careers. My private high school, Carroll High School, didn’t have an impressive class schedule, but I still made the effort to take what I could from each professor. This landed me in the school of arts and sciences. While, yes, I pursued business, I went into economics; my senior AP Macroeconomics teacher was about the age of 40, young compared to most at my school, a Miami Oxford graduate, and a good friend of my father’s, who happened to teach right next door. Even though I didn’t get a grade worth boasting about in this econ class, I discovered that studying what you are interested in and are good at is the path you should follow. Unfortunately, this was my curse before my blessing.
In a, more or less, unrelated story, I didn’t complete all the required math at my high school; this wasn’t a big deal until I saw the first track coarse for economics. My first three econ classes went well; they were basic concepts with intensive exercise and application to models, then shifted to discussion of broad topics and globalized issues that are long term considerations. Economics, or money ecology, is very similar to rhetoric and professional writing. Different consumer aspects like demand and savings directly impact producer’s investment, labor, and production, and these individual consumers are even effected by international economies. Ah, but just stating that these economic factors effect each other is not enough; I had to be able to employ some sort or logic, argument, as to why I thought that this was true. At the time, I had no idea that this was the beginning of my interest in what I’d later call genre ecology.

My mother always told me I should be a lawyer because I like to argue; in eighth grade, I was one of five in a class of 30 who was proficeint at sentance diagramming; one of the few honors classes I consistantly took was English. The page FIRST ASSIGNMENT is a good example of where my work in college began. In this analysis of a recycling advertisement, I employ the basic analysis of the roots of rhetoric: ethos, pathos and logos. While doing so, I have a rather straight forward rhetoric stating that an aspect of a piece is the way it is because of this desired effect. It demonstrates understanding of what to analyze and what its meaning is but does not fully explain how. This is the precursor to my practice of rhetoric: theoretically analyzing it without much explanation.

The assignment, COLLABORATIVE WORK, is taken from a first level economics coarse. Similar to the previous assignment, I convincingly display sustainability itself, its practices, the effects of practices ecologically and economically, and I explain the inevitability of its involvment in unlimited walks of life. More importantly, this piece demonstrates my expertise in comparison to others; also, it shows my realization of this expertise and my ability to use it appropriately with others. My tendency to explain what is, though not exactly an esteemed skill, is usefull in this piece. A manner of presenting information that makes the reader believe the information puts them in the mind set that whatever is to follow will syncronize with what already is and move forward to what is involved in this idea of sustainability. As I declare earlier, money ecologies, relates to the ecologies we’ve discussed in class. Similarly, ecologies exist between co-workers. Different people with different skills are frequently coming together to complete goals; while we’ve raised the question about whether humans as a single source are more advantageous than acting as one tool in a system of a technology, we must sometimes appreciate that the task at hand requires a separation of inputs. Examination of one’s location within an ecology is key to accomplishing a specified goal.

The next assignment takes an aspect that mildly relates to journalism. In this field, you take a subject that is relevant and find what makes it enticing. The page FOOD SCARE addresses the variation of food services at different universities, which, they themselves vary greatly, also. Simply stating that the this dining hall is open from these hours and this school allows students to purchase food at this location doesn’t give the reader any context to keep reading. While this coarse focused around the ecological effects of food, I took a slightly different approach and observed the food practices in regard to a students habits. Using my own pathological view of the subject, I suggest to readers that practicing healthy habits is a necessity that should not be made a chore. Due to the personal growth we experience in college, it is difficult to dedicate time to something our parents make us take for granted. Though this serves as an informative piece, to me, it acts as a stimulus to take your concerns into your own hands. As journalism does, I attempt to present the applications that can be appreciated by peers and show them that we should not wait until we are negatively impacted before putting forth effort towards that which we see fit.

Throughout my college career I moved my focus from economics to journalism, to education, then, to english. In an American Teaching class, students were given journal entries to express opinions and concerns regarding the prompts and how they could effect us in our teaching. This demonstrates the beginning of my appreciation of ecologies. In the first prompt, I discuss divergent thinking about address the amount of knowledge it introduces or removes. Essentially, I state that more minds bring more to the table. In the second prompt, I talk about ecologies. Different races and backgrounds obviously play a role in the classroom, but we don’t always see the various ways these characteristics effect us. Teachers and students both have race and background; each individual has culture that views other culture in a particular way; each individual reacts to various individuals because of both family and cultural upbringing. Unfortunately, this piece demonstrates my recognition of this interconnectedness, but, without the canons or rhetoric, I still haven’t been able to go beyond the obvious.

Le Francais tells me that I had an early appreciation for ecologies from a young age. I began French in high school, and I remember thinking that I wanted to be able to diagram a French sentence like I had in grade school; I thought about the structure of poetry and how to analyze it based on a sentence diagram and then, recognizing that difference in language format, thought that the understanding of two different formats of language would give me a better appreciate of speech and effective expression.

The writing samples I present can be summed up in the phrase ‘Jack of all Trades’. This is very similar to an appreciation of ecology. By no means to consider myself this, but one who understands that there are so many elements playing roles on knowledge, and rhetoric in our case, are ahead of those who see knowledge purely as something gained, rather than how it was gained, for what purpose, and the ways in which it can be utilized. In the future, I’d like to attend graduate school more than once. Though I had this aspiration due to my appreciation of knowledge in general, I’ve realized that the real learning process comes through the comparison of discourses. The sum of your knowledge, what you can apply outside of what you’ve learned that is created by your different learning experiences is most valueable.

 

RESUME- includes resume and downloadable versions

Adam Moxon
2617 University Court
Cincinnati, OH 45219
Cell: 937.409.4462
Ademanox7132@gmail.com

Education

Carroll High School, Dayton, OH Class of 2009, graduated
University of Cincinnati 2013 Studying English: Rhetoric and Professional Writing

Work Experience

September 2008-February 2009:  Abercrombie, 2727 Fairfield Commons #305, Dayton OH 45432 (937-427-1090). Stock Clothing, Greet Customers, Prepare the floor
Summer 2007 and Summer 2008:  Student Painters, 51410 Milano Drive #101 Macomb MI 48042 (586-677-7545).  Exterior house painting
Summer 2006:  Cardinal Hill Recreation Club, 1990 Wilene Drive, Dayton OH 45432               (937-429-3131): Lifeguard and pool maintenance
Winter 2011: Camargo Beverages 8161 Camargo Road, Cincinnati OH 45243
Member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity

Volunteer Work

Christian Service Work Camp, Habitat for Humanity, Helping Hands, Elizabeth New Life Center, Neighborhood Seasonal Lawn Care, Focus Ministries: Haiti 45, Cincinnati Tutoring Center

Skills

Proficient with InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe, and WordPress. Written in various formats for a variety of publishers creating text based multimedia.

References

Scott Molfenter, Carroll High School Soccer coach 937-212-0365
Susan Peterman, RN, Family friend 937-219-5782
Kathy Irrizary, CHRC, Past Boss 937-232-6561

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