This class makes sense, Eureka!

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Sometimes, when it comes to our academics, scholars can overlook the real emphasis of a class or an assignment. Lets take our blog for example, Bill Mangrum wanted us to take control of our own writing, in more than one aspect. He wanted us to do the most difficult thing of all,  he wanted us to critically think. Take a situation and breakdown its’ key ideas and turn over in ones’ mind the thoughts that evolve and grow. This is how we prosper as individuals in our writing.

On November 5, 2014, Bill said something that made this whole class click. He told us to ponder on the idea that this blog, is just like a paper in the academia world. There is a header, that introduces who we are to the audience, and helps display our intended audience. The title which would be the page on the blog, gives a brief description of what the reading will be on. The body of the paper would be the writing, and the conclusion would be in the last bit of the paper. The last bit that amazes me the most is the citations. By which we can hyperlink to a direct source, showing that we took the time to do the research. Maybe we should look at this in a deeper context.

Header:

Lets look at the header of the Blog vs. the header of MLA format. Both consist of the authors name, date, course, and who your writing for.

As we compare the two even closer, you can see that the actual formatting is similar as well, not considering margins of course. In MLA format, the header is located in the upper left corner listed in this manner: Name, Who your writing for( in the case of MLA Format, Instructor, the Blog is our Major), Course and last the Date. This is a great presentation, but the blog post header seems to be almost the same.

Title:

The title is one of the most crucial elements to a blog or a academic paper. This should be a shock and awe component, that draws a reader in. It has to be catchy, but not to revealing.

As we compared the Blog to the MLA format title, we can see that both titles are centered, and are easily readable. Though they might not intrigue us, they may appeal to an appropriate audience.

Body:

Like any piece of writing, the body contains the majority of the text. Okay, I lied, I’m pretty sure the whole entire text, apart from the conclusion, is the body. This is where an author tries to get his or her point across, while compiling evidence to help sway the reader their way.  The only real difference is that the blog is online, while the paper is actually in your hands. To me this is the only real difference in the body.

(For those that don’t know, this is how a book opens)

Conclusion:

Simply, this is usually the ending of a academic paper or a blog. Would usually consist of a brief summary of the paper, restating your thesis, and leaving questions that you didn’t think about during your research. The end result is contributing to the world of knowledge in your own perception, which results in further questions to be answered. Both a blog and and a paper follow this guideline, though one might be a bit different.

Composition 250 with Bill Mangrum is the perfect example of how teachers can take the technological world around us, and bring it in to the classroom. Bill is trying to get us ready for when papers become obsolete, and our communication becomes more reliant on technology. This also helps us in the future to be familiar with tasks related to our majors. Most jobs revolve around informing consumers or customers with information about certain things. The task of blogging gives us knowledge that we will be able to use not only now, but for the rest of our lives. But then again, I could be perceiving this all wrong.

Sometimes We Have to choose our Values.

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Well here I am sitting in the Student Union of Fort Lewis College. Pondering on the daily choices we must all make. Every choice we make has an ultimate consequence or reward, the sad thing is that I seem to always choose the wrong value.

In Composition 250, we have started to discuss the topic of values and their association with a certain audience. In any scenario, one person can be faced with a problem, and choose different outcomes based on the actions we can take. This past weekend I had to face a morale dilemma.

On November 2, 2014, I was scheduled to work from one p.m. till around ten p.m. at Durango Stadium 9 theatre. With this information in hand, I had planned to arrive at Bill Mangrum’s house as soon as I got off of work. Well, little did I know that I would be the only crew member to show up that night. As my managers told me that I would be needed to stay late and help them close.

Knowing that I would not be able to make it to Mangrum’s Blogapalooza, I was faced with the challenging problem of leaving my job and possibly being fired, or receiving a bad grade due to not showing up. Sadly, loosing my livelihood is not an option for me at this moment. I raced to my phone to text Mangrum before his party  started. I left an explanation and a number in case Mangrum needed to authenticate my whereabouts. I never received a confirmation text or any type of reply. Instead of bothering my teacher, I just left it be.

 

Audiences and Values

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In class on Friday, we had discussion about the roles of different audiences.

  •  Administrators
  • Facility
  • Program
  • Scholars

In business, this how we would rank the following due to their importance. As Bill Mangrum Said,” Higher education is a business.” And as such, one of the main goals is to acquire a profit. A profit occurs when your income is higher then your expenses. When being in most forms of business, values play a huge role in decision making.

Lets talk about all of the different values for these different audiences, while analyzing how they would effect a business, such as Fort Lewis College for instance.

Administrators 

Though we are talking about audiences and their values, this category is tricky, due to them being the “controllers”. In the essence of Fort Lewis College, this would be the people who decide the curriculum of classes. Which creates the values the facility will try to  deliver to the scholars.( I will go into more detail on both subjects in time) The main values of the administrators is that the facility performs well and continues to educate the scholars.

Facility

If the facility performs well, as a teacher having a class average of a B-, it reflects that the Administrators values are being reached. With values being reached, the facility then has incentive to perform well for rewards. Rewards consist of pay raises, more vacation days, or the opportunity to teach more challenging classes. As the facility translates the program to the scholars, in a way that is easy to understand.  The more appealing the facility makes the program, the more incentive for the Administrators to keep putting money into it for research and development. Which keeps both audiences happy, while fulfilling their values.

Program

This is what attracts Scholars to different universities, Fort Lewis College has an excellent business program that brings a lot of students in. This shows how a strong facility that works with a great program provides value that scholars want to have. This idea of diversifying your curriculum  is what makes Colleges a huge source of profit. The more variety of majors or programs offered, brings in more scholars that are willing to pay high prices to understand these programs. Leads to more money administrators can acquire. The main values with programs are: Engagement from scholars, the ability to argue, and connections. Theses all have to be done by the scholar to understand the context of the program.

Scholars

At the very bottom of the totem pole, lies the scholars. Which sadly, is the one who ends up paying for most of the things you see at a college campus. Also included with that, is the salaries of the facility/administrators, and most  things related to certain programs.

With that in mind, this gives us the motivation to do well in school while having time with our values. The values of students can range from anything really, but I would consider them things we do in our spare time. Our first value should be school, since we are investing so much time and money into, but sometimes life happens and things don’t go as we plan. When this happens, sometimes we have to choose between the world of academia, or the world of our values. Which to me can be put into different categories.

 

 

 

Some Times Finding the Problem, is the Problem

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This weekend has consisted of nothing relevant, saw a few friends down town. Would probably be the most exciting thing that happened. Well, until I remembered about Bills’ assignment, which was to finally decide a problem to research within our field of study. Mine being Business Management, it took me awhile to decide what problems to deal with.image

In a simple context, Business is operating a profitable facility within a market, that provides needs for the consumers. Markets are broken up into their certain discourse or discipline, and have multiple competitors to provide choices for the consumers. Choices create different products and prices, and with those the supply and demand curve. This is what basic business runs on to show wether a business should open in this market, or try to open to a different market.

A very basic and brief description, but shows the main functions in business. These businesses have many choices and problems to face. From a morale or ethical problem, to a financial or marketing problem that can change how the whole entire business runs.

Just how business’s have to make choices, I have to choose a problem related to my discipline of business, to research throughout the semester. Looking at it from a business owners perspective, there are many different ways I could look at this assignment. I feel that morale problems are all based on one persons’ opinions, which I would hate to bore you with my rants, but I have no first hand experience with this type of problem. Creating a difficult task to research if I don’t have any experience in the topic. I also thought about ethical problems, but I have already taken a class on that, it bored me to death, almost.  So i started looking at it from more of an entrepreneur perspective, of which what field to move into. I wanna research the economics behind why and how a company moves into a certain field. With that, I want to research the ethical decisions that those owners face going into a certain field. As I have the dream of owning a Crossfit gym, I will research the marketability for this discourse, while trying to understand some of the ethical decisions that are involved.

I hope that this will help me further my knowledge of the market, and help set up future goals of getting into this market. This will help me understand the field more and will influence my decisions down the road.

Language meaning more?

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Things that I have noticed from reading this book, ” Language” is that, they’re so many different types of language. I mean, I knew from the get go that there  were different types and forms of language. From writing, gestures, body language, looks, etc. Anything we interpret could be taken as a form of language if we want it to mean something. That’s why it’s so important that we make it clear how we want people to understand our writing. You might know how you want it to be read from your mind, but someone else’s mind may take it somewhere completely different. Thats why no matter how we write, make it clear what you want to be said.

Is a Definition more than a Sentence?

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Inquiry, the process of obtaining knowledge through a question(s) and or observation(s) that is relevant to the discourse.

When you think of the definition of inquiry, do you feel as if this definition above is clear and understandable?  Can you help make this definition better? Is it lacking something? Well honestly, I don’t really know, but I have a few thoughts on how to improve it.

– Is this definition somewhat complex, and could be simplified to get our point across?

– Are we even on the right path of what Bill wants us to be doing?

– Can a definition be more than one Sentence?

These are just a couple of the ideas I have though about while trying to improve the definition of inquiry. Though it doesn’t seem like the hardest task to accomplish, it has been difficult to do as a group. When two or three people agree about a part of it, there could be another group of students that have a different thought. Everyone’s opinion is very important, however, sometimes students try to take the meaning of things to deeply. I, Pat Geisinger, am one of these students that try to look for the deeper meaning of things. It’s absolutely horrible trying to analyze things and not realize the bigger picture.

In this assignment, while trying to build a structured definition of the word inquiry, we did exactly that. What I mean, is that the class as a whole took the class period discussing how we interpreted the word. Most students in the class had the same understanding, but a few thought about it in a different manner, opening the door for discussion. As we are talking about inquiry, we are inquiring different ideas and observations from around the room. The exchanging of thoughts is what we were doing, we were literally using inquiry, to answer our own questions.

As we can continue to inquire throughout our lifetime, the most logical place to use it, is in our workplace. I hope to one day open up my own Crossfit affiliate box, which is a gym that specializes in functional movements with components of olympic weightlifting.  When I choose to write my business plan for my gym, I will need to inquire information from public records. Some of the information I will need to know are: prices to charge, how much initial capital will I need, how many customers I need to have per month, cost of equipment, expenses, etc.. There are many different aspects that I will need to take the time gathering information or making an inquiry of data. These are just a few different aspects I would need to inquire about, depending on how I would want to run my gym, I would need to inquire more specific information. That will come further down the road, but you can see how important inquiry is. We actually do it every day, but just don’t realize it.

Patrick Geisinger

Twelve minutes of Reflection!

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As our group met up again this morning, we found ourselves lost in what we would be doing. Quietly awaiting our assignment, everyone could tell it was a Friday. I my self being a little bit tired from the previous nights engagements, the dreaded pint night! Thats another story in itself, but our group meeting is the main topic at hand.

We all read the blog post to ourselves, then discussed that we should all look through each other blogs for the requirements. My blog was not up todate, not realizing I needed to blog before coming to class. I took this time to finish my blog and hope that it was updated enough!

We all gave each other help, then went about our day as if it was any other day, but it’s not. The weekend is here!

Patrick Geisinger

I have no idea what I’m doing!

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Hmmmmm…. What to do? Should I text Bill? Do I talk to my group? So many different options, but what is the right choice?

After missing class on Wednesday, I was completely lost in what I should be doing for Composition 250. Do I need to blog? Write a paper? Honestly, I wasn’t that worried, come on I’m a senior in college. With a mentality like that, your bound to mess up from time to time.  Luckily, for me, Celeste Torrez( a member of my Cohort group) texted me to let me know that we were meeting Friday. This was a miracle, without that little bit of help, I wouldn’t of known that I needed to blog! But first, it’s picture time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

imageThe main assignment for today was to take pictures of things around campus, and discuss how they use multimodel modes to express their point. In this picture, we can see that there is a picture and words. Just by seeing this we know the author was using visual and linguistic modes. Taking another look at the picture, the animals are trying to portray their wildness, which is a mode named gestural.

Lets look at a message board for instance.

Almost everything we look at uses the five modes to explain a message. Without them, we would be lacking a very key part in our language.

imageA message board, or bulletin board, in general, is to make a space avaible for people to advertise jobs or upcoming events to dogs and cats ready for adoption. Basically, they were a caveman’s internet, or thats how I see them at least. However, they’re great places to find multimodal modes. It is basically a multimodal, within a multimodal. If your not following, realize that the board itself is a multimodal, its visual, can be linguistic, gestural. Then by hanging material on it, it become even more multi modal!

Lastly lets take just a piece of paper with some writing on it.

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This informational ad, has multimodal written all over it. Look at that spacing, the colors, the writing. Is that a picture I see as well? When it comes down to it, everything is multimodal in our day and age. We just don’t realize that we are using them.

Patrick Geisinger

So What? Who Cares? What Does It Mean?

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Writing from the big brown house once again, here I am to report my latest thoughts on Composition 250. Which, if you didn’t already realize, is becoming one of my hardest classes of the semester. Shesh, and I thought Physiology was gonna be bad.

In class on Monday I think it was, Bill Mangrum assigned us the task of reading, “So What?”, by Kurt Schick. When I say read, I don’t mean leisurely read, I mean get down to business and read all of this two hundred and seventy-eight page book, or as far as you could in two hours and thirty-six minutes. Well that was the time frame given for the assignment.

Oh yeah, that’s right, I forgot that the assignment was assigned on friday… Whoops! Well it’s a little to late to be thinking about that now. Mangrum wanted to add one hour to the assignment and forty-five minutes to blog about what we perceived from the book. Honestly, to read a book in that time frame is ridiculous and I actually just skimmed the chapters. Though I didn’t follow protocol, sometimes students need to learn in their own way. My mind works a lot better by skimming, and then pondering about things I found interesting.

Interestingly,   the book actually says this. I’m pretty sure it was in the first chapter, but it said that students can’t always follow the rules. Sometimes they need to think outside of the box and go their own way. Some students need the rules to write though, just depends on the the student. Not everyone learns in the same ways. The book talks about this as well.

“So What?”, goes onto discuss arguments and why they are important for papers, or writing. I didn’t comprehend all of the information from the book, but to sum it up; without an argument, your writing will lack a certain essence of persuasion or meaning. Literally, why would you even be writing if you weren’t trying to prove a point or make someone else think. The context would just be words and facts, making it boring. No one likes boring writing, well at least I don’t.

Which by the way, I’m probably already boring you.. I wish I could talk more about the book, but I just read it. I didn’t try to comprehend it or ask questions, just to try and finish it. Being sick didn’t really help the situation. I’m hoping to understand the book more as we continue to discuss it in class, and as I have to read chapters more in depth.

Benny( my new puppy) just decided to take a bathroom break in my room, so until next time bloggers, stay classy.

Patrick Geisinger

Scholars Thinking Outside the Box

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Pat, Pal, William, Carlie, and Celeste reporting from the basement lab of Reed library. Using what we know about multimodal from “Writer/Designer” and the “11 Essential Ingredients Every Blog Post Needs”, we’re going to deconstruct a meme using different modes.

When first looking at the meme, what catches our eye is the reference to the “Lord of the Rings”, a popular book and movie series. The scene portrayed in this meme, refers to a moment where this man says, ” One does not simply walk into Mordor.” Since Lord of the Rings is a widely known film, by simply having the picture it will catch the eye of the audience. Creating an association with that scene, the text, or linguistic mode creates more of an impact.

Humor is a way of communication in today’s society, we love things that make us laugh. This meme’s intended purpose is to do exactly that, by using the linguistic and Visual mode. The photo, being the visual mode, and the text being the linguistic mode, create a story where we can relate to the contents of the photo. Then read a witty phrase that is located on the visual mode, creating a comprehensive meme.

Though these are not the main modes being used, the meme also offers examples of spatial and gestural modes. While looking at the meme,  you can see how the man in he picture is waving his hand. In the book, “Writer/Designer”, it discusses how Obama uses his hands to emphasis his key points and strengthen his expressions.(13) One could simply annotate from the picture, that if it was a video feed, the man would be gesturing in a way that adds emphasis to the scene.

Spatial  mode, or the physical arrangement, is very clear to see in this meme. The meme has it’s background image, and the text is written on the top and bottom. Giving clear space to see the background. If the text was thrown in the middle, the meme would lose some of its dynamics, making it not as powerful of a message.

Until next time Mangrum,

Patrick Geisinger, Carlie Anderson, Pal Herndon, William Krause, Celeste Torrez.

 

 

 

 

Comp 250 SEC 3 Major: Business Management


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