I got 99 problems and the administration is one

  • Administration Values – The administration values the quantification of learning, such as canvas.
  • Community of scholars – As scholars we value; Friends, free time, romantic relationships, weekends, food, sleep, animals, family, jobs, and much much more.
  • Program area (writing) – Values engagement, ability to make an argument, to use supporting evidence, the ability to make a claim, and to make connections to your major.
  • Professor – Professors value personal responsibility for learning and self assessment.


Admin vs Scholar collision

      With all four audiences valuing different things this is an easy way for the audiences to butt heads. For example, the administration wants students to excel in school and spend 3 hours studying for every hour in class, but some students have sports and other activities going on and don’t have that kind of time to put in. Another example is that the administration wants numbers and doesn’t care about the effort made in a class, when professors care about self assessment and how much you tried in the class.



Bill also talked to us about how professors have to satisfy the needs of not only the administration (owner of the restaurant) but also the needs of the scholars ( the customers). They are put in a tough situation




Dead Man Walking


IMG_2973Sister Helen Prejean’s Speech was a really great one and I really enjoyed it. She didn’t shy away from any of the details throughout the speech and that kept me interested the entire time. One of the parts that caught my attention the most is when she explained how she got introduced into the justice system and the death penalty. It all started when someone asked her if she wanted to be a pen pal to an inmate on death row and she said sure and she wrote him and he wrote back. She then later found out he could get visitors so she went to visit, thinking it would be a one time thing, and after that she said that “her journey had begun.”

0511-1008-2518-4947_Prisoner_Wearing_Shackles_clipart_image[1]She later explained when she finally went to talk to the victims families and the father of the boy who was killed really touched her when he said that instead of giving the two brothers spiritual guidance his family was who she should’ve been helping. She later then gave credit to the father when she said he was the real hero of the book “Dead Man Walking”






I swear to God...the big guy didn't do it! It was ME!

Sister Helen also talked about the death penalty from the view of the guards who were in the room during the execution. She said they had to practice strapping down the victim quickly when he was calm but also when they knew he would put up a fight. She then said one of the guards told her that after an execution it would take him a while to clear his head, his wife and kids knew to leave him alone until he was good to go.




156972_165470126823706_165469550157097_272127_5597763_n-590x292[1]In Chapter two of Writer Designer it speaks a lot about how authors need to pay a lot of attention to who their audience is and that we don’t only just have one audience but we in fact have multiple.




Purpose! Every author should have a purpose for writing what they write, my purpose is to make people laugh and I hope I can keep doing this.







My Reading List


Adan Soto

Bill Mangrum

Comp 250/SEC 4

25 September 2014

In these articles I was looking for anything that I could connect to my major which is psychology. For example, things that have to do with the mind and or learning could all be connected.

  • “Body Language”- Body Language helps us read a person and kind of get a feeling for how that person is doing.
  • “Your bad grammar at work: what’s the problem?”- Language evolves all the time such as slang words, in psychology the idea of evolution is huge.
  • “The soccer mom”- Stereotypes, they are everywhere, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover ever.
  • “Let’s talk about gender, baby”- Gender is also pretty big in psychology because of the way the mind works sometimes people are born programmed backwards.
  • “Don’t call me homophobic: The complexity of ‘that’s so gay'”- People are always interested in whether or not people are gay by choice or if their born that way, they always look toward psychologist for the answer.
  • “How does language shape the way we think?”- Anytime learning is involved it has to do with the brain, which is always full of interest from people.
  • “Language and thought”- When we hear certain noises they all have a meaning to them, such as when you hear someone crying you automatically start to think something is wrong.
  • “Words are weapons”- In today’s world people are hurting themselves over what other people are saying to them, people don’t understand how much words can truly hurt someone.
  • “Experience: I can speak 50 languages”- The brains ability to do things like this is why it’s the most interesting but also what people know the least about.

One Class All In Bullet Points

  • Fundamentals can make your papers bump up
  • “Sweat the details”
  • Pay attention to form, rules, and discipline
  • MLA format is like how football fields are arranged, there social agreements
  • Quit fighting against the rules of the game
  • “You don’t have to play the game, it’s a choice.”
  • You have to master the convention
  • As you move up your given authority
  • As you move up your afforded the privilege of challenging the conventions
  • All disciplines advance by being challenged
  • Are all conventions social?
  • In writing there are personal styles
  • Questions don’t equal resistence
  • Questions are age appropriate
  • Exigence
  • “Can’t change it until you master it, but challenge it on your way there” (Austin Pierpont)
  • Researcher papers are all the voices in your head going onto one paper
  • These conversations improve writing. Question, laugh, and talk
  • Scholars talk, think, and listen
  • Learning how to talk and think together
  • Rephrase what you hear

In class Monday we had a big class discussion about conventions, or rules. A convention is an agreement between people or a group about something, in this case rules. For example the dimensions of a football field are conventions because a group of people had to agree that those dimensions fit right for the game. In class we talked about how you should have to master something before being able to challenge it. For example, i can’t go change a rule in volleyball because i don;t know much about it, but someone who has been to the Olympics for volleyball has a better chance because they have mastered the sport. During this argument Austin Pierpont said something that stood out to me, he said “you can’t change it until you master it, but challenge it on your way there.” One person in class did a great job of this, Adelyn Mandeville. She questioned, or challenged, Bill and the point he made about mastering something. Bill went on to say that questions don’t equal resistance, but are actually a great thing. To end the discussion Bill finished and said that conversations like these help us improve our writing and that we should keep questioning, laughing, and talking.



Class discussions that happen in other classes but not in Bill’s!







  • Spatial- This is a spatial OVERLOAD. In my opinion you can’t really read what all the different ads are trying to tell you because some of them are overlapping and it is just flat out overwhelming. If they took the time to lay out all the ads more people could look at them and actually receive information from them.
  • Visual- There is a whole lot of visual going on with these different ads. Although it may catch the attention of the audience walking by, it doesn’t really help them get anything out of it.
  •          Linguistic- With these ads there is plenty of language on them, but it’s up to the audience to take the time out of their day and actually go read them and look further into them.



Too much for one person to handle






  • Spatial– The poster is a great example of showing the spatial mode because it uses all the room available and nothing is crammed together. Also the poster itself is a big one so it can easily grab the attention of the people walking by.
  • Visual– The poster is a great visual example because it gets all of your attention to go directly towards the picture of the dam. I also liked how they set up the words on the poster and used different colors to help make it pop out.
  • Improvements– Although the poster has many positives about it I feel like it doesn’t give the audience much information about what it’s trying to promote. I feel like the use of more words rather than such a big picture of a dam could help catch our attention even more.

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