Professor Toriseva's SUNY-GCC 2016 Class

About this class

This is a writing class designed to promote critical thinking, and hone the craft of writing. 

SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
by Tmeade1 on November 20, 2016
For decades, Africans fleeing from their war torn countries have resided in many parts  of India.    As I researched further into Africans living in India, I found out about the ongoing issue of racism.  There have been many short films, and news articles showing how badly Africans living in India are treated.  Some Indians have gone as far as harassing, and  assaulting many African students.   Some of these hate crimes even take place during the day when many people are around. No matter where Africans go, they are discriminated against-and it’s sad.

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by bdona11 on November 18, 2016
            It was clear to me after reading the comments on my previous blog post that I needed to further develop points on topics that I briefly talked about in my last post. Two commentors told me that it would be a good idea to read the articles that they posted in their comments so that I could further develop my points about the two issues. The two issues that the commentors want me to further develop my point on are Intersectionality and the mommy track. To do this I will use the articles that they provided for me to look at, as well as, one or two that I found myself.

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by AJ on November 14, 2016
    Most people are very familiar with vaccinations; whether they have children that were vaccinated at birth, they remember themselves vaccinated or someone they know being vaccinated. It is a typical that the majority of people have received vaccines because, this is what we have been taught to be the best practice. There have been many requirements throughout the world, requiring students to be vaccinated to attend school.

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by AJ on November 14, 2016
         People donate money to different medical foundations in hopes to raise awareness and further research. Many people do this to help ill patients, in memory of someone who they have known that passed from the sickness or to do what they think is a kind act of good heartedness. In recent years, some foundations have been found to be fraudulent. This means that they are advertising for people to donate money to their fictional foundation. Then when donations are made, the money is not going to a foundation but into the con artists’ pockets. Rebecca R.

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by hlvolpe on November 6, 2016
                        In my summary i am going to be talking about a few articles dealing with special education. The more  that I see and read on this issue, I realize how much improvement needs to be made. There are so many issues with the current system. For instance some reports i read talk about the racism when dealing with students and whose receiving special education services. In some cases

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by 22paris on November 4, 2016
                “Easy, breezy, beautiful… CoverBoy?” This well-known slogan has been chanted by the many faces of the makeup line, CoverGirl throughout the years. Female actresses, models, singers, etc. have been plastered on various media outlets representing the face of the brand. All of the women with high defined cheekbones, perfectly lined lips, voluminous hair, long eyelashes, and a smile. But, the company has recently decided to break this gender stereotype by signing a new model with a beauty contract. This person is not a celebrity, nor a female.

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by dainguyen267 on November 4, 2016
            Nowadays, when sexual behaviors are publicly and openly portrayed through television and other electronic media, viewers, specially people in a development period when gender roles, sexual attitudes, and sexual behavior are being shaped, will have a different perception regarding virginity of a woman.  In addition, the movement for gender equality has successfully broken down barriers between women and men. Thus, it leads to a dramatical change in conservative attitudes towards virginity and premarital sex.

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by sconti on November 4, 2016
I've read a lot of women powering articles. I've heard about them on the news. It's a topic that might not ever die out. Why? Because it's a topic that changes as the decades go on. As a women, myself, I have great respect for women who have originated, founded, governed, prophesied, created great art, fought for our rights, and for ourselves. These are the type of women we all need to be like. We need to make our own stories and prove that we are equal to men.   

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SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
by 22paris on November 4, 2016
      What exactly comes to mind when you hear the words and phrases: “Think outside the box,” “hero,” “let’s explore” and “desert adventure awaits?” Most would answer that question with words such as, daring, creative, courageous, etc. These phrases were displayed boldly on t-shirts within the boys’ section of a clothing store, symbolizing the world’s image of the stereotypical boy. An eight year old girl from the U.K. realized something was wrong when she traveled from that section of clothing to the girls’.

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SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
by Ashepherd on November 4, 2016
The number of heroin overdoses have been rising quickly over the last few months. In Erie County, NY there were almost 600 opiate overdose deaths by April of 2016 this includes heroin and prescription opiates such as morphine, oxycodone, and methadone. There was 39% increase in heroin related deaths in 2012-2013. This number has continued to rise; Opiate overdoses have doubled in the last year all over the country. Officials are saying that the country is facing a heroin epidemic.

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by SHolmes on November 3, 2016
http://www.forbes.com/sites/laurabegleybloom/2016/06/23/why-arent-there-more-female-airline-pilots-this-high-flying-woman-is-breaking-boundaries/#4fdcefce3f96  

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by Ashepherd on November 3, 2016
There have been many accusations of sexual assault against Donald Trump. Many of the accusations have been sparked by the fact that Trump is running for president in the 2016 election.  One accusation in particle is from a woman who has chosen to remained anonymous; she is known as Jane Doe. She claims that Donald Trump raped her when she was 13. She said that immediately after it happened he threatened her and her entire family with physical harm and possibly death if she ever told anyone about what happened.

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by kaeleigh17 on November 2, 2016
As time goes on, there are changing trends that are affecting the legal profession. There are some trends that are exclusive to the United States and its extensive law system and there are trends that are seen around the world as well. TheBalance, a financial website, writes about the trends that are “reshaping the legal industry” domestically. Chamber Student, a law research group based in England report on the changing trends in the United Kingdom as well as the European Union.

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SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
by asquerns on November 1, 2016
As Americans, we often regard ourselves as leading the charge against the unethical treatment of individuals with regard to gender. Unfortunately, the truth of the matter is that we are stuck in the dark ages when it comes to the mindless and senseless practice of male circumcision. To demonstrate the ugly reality of this unnecessary operation, imagine this: the parents of a newborn take their child to the doctor. They tell the doctor they want their son's nose fixed. The doctor is confused by this request, so she asks the parents to explain the problem with his nose.

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SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
by jander18 on October 29, 2016
In the Article “New study confirms every female boss' fear that she just can't win” By Rebecca Ruizhttp www.mashable.com/2015/07/10/female-bosses/#iWrQxPQoukqL .

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SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
by jander18 on October 29, 2016
Do you think women are often stereotyped in the workplace because of their gender? Do you prefer a male boss to a female boss or vice versa or does their sex not matter? Nowadays Woman have taken on major roles in the workplace. Rather than the stereotypical phrases such as “Women belong in the kitchen” Now century’s later women are bosses, doctors, teachers and so much more. Well even though times have changed, am sure there are still some men who struggles with taking orders from women. What do these men think of the fact there could be a woman president?

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SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
by josh_cifelli5817 on October 28, 2016
Are self-driving cars the future of driving and safe? Hopefully because that would save me so much time! Although a lot of people are very worried about the risks for very good reasons. Some risks include weather, unpredictable humans, face to face interactions (like at a four way stop), urban areas/bridges, and unclear road markings (according to Danielle Muoio from business insider). These are very important issues although some of them are already fixed or are almost fixed.

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SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
by Emule on October 28, 2016
“Increasing the Effectiveness of Homework for All Learners in the Inclusive Classroom” is an article written in 2013 about different methods that teachers can use to increase how well homework actually helps the pupil. Doing things such as giving the student a choice in his/her homework and maintaining that homework at a moderate difficulty level keeps students somewhere between bored and frustrated. This provides a happy student and also good test grades. As well as homework, the teacher should also provide in class teaching.

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by AJ on October 28, 2016
Many women who are pregnant or wish to become pregnant face discrimination in the workplace. Whether it be a woman who is already pregnant and seeking to find a job, or a women who already has a job and wants to become pregnant, discrimination may occur. For a woman who is pregnant and looking for a job, an employer may deny employment to the pregnant women, although this is illegal it does happen in many cases.

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by dcarroll on December 5, 2016
University of Guelph
National Geographic addresses multiple issues in One of the World’s Biggest Fisheries is on the Verge of Collapse. The two biggest being natural resource governance, and conflict over open-access resources. The environmental issue at hand being fisheries over-extracting fish stock in the South China Sea, where 10 countries and territories surrounding the South China Sea extract stock in order to support their economies, as well as their need for fish to support the hunger of many.

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by breanne on November 29, 2016
University of Guelph
            Climate change seems to have our undivided attention as its effects span every cultural, social, and economic reach of our earth’s populace. In a nutshell, carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere resulting from anthropogenic activity has initiated the rapidly accelerated warming of temperatures globally. We hear through the media on a regular basis, just how imperative it is that we halt the rise before it exceeds unrecoverable levels and drastic changes begin to occur in every facet of the environment.

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by mcaponci on November 29, 2016
University of Guelph
With climate change at the forefront of most environmental discussions, scientists have taken it upon themselves to seek out a viable path forward towards achieving our climate targets by 2050. Clean energy and a move towards decarbonization has been distinguished as the most urgent task. Scientists conclude that through the use in nuclear power, whole civilizations can be powered and carbon emissions can be dramatically lowered. Nuclear power is being characterized as environmentally advantageous in comparison to alternative for of energy.

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by vquach94 on November 28, 2016
University of Guelph
The Pacific Northwest LNG project was announced in 2013; a $36 billion gas project that’s an extension of the Petronas Company. It would export 19 million tons a year of liquefied gas to markets in Asia, while contributing more than 5 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, annually. This project would be beneficial to Canada’s economy and as such, the Liberals have granted approval, alongside the federal government of British Columbia, who has granted conditional approval of the LNG project.

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by Cped101 on November 28, 2016
University of Guelph
National Parks: The Pressures of Development http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/thenational/national-parks-pressure-1.3797434

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by nchis_1 on November 28, 2016
University of Guelph
The decline of marine species is having troubling affects on fisheries around the world. In an interview with marine biologist Dr. Worm, Mike Adams uses his expert opinions and recommendations to document the issue in greater depth. The article and interview covers the problem of commercial fishing of every corner of our planets oceans, with many of the fisheries now failing. During the interview, Dr. Worm exaggerated how unsustainable the sea life population is as a leading food source of the world.

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by ao1sc on November 26, 2016
University of Guelph
One of the planet’s largest ecosystems is brewing in controversy: is manmade pollution impacting the oceans?  Recent studies have shown that marine degradation is rapidly accelerating with thousands of tons of waste such as sewage, oil, chemicals, and mostly plastic, entering the oceans every day creating trash vortexes. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest of all and spans from Japan to the West Coast of the United States.

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by samanthacasey on November 26, 2016
University of Guelph
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by Andrew1262 on November 26, 2016
University of Guelph
The concept of alternative energy has been growing in discussion over the last few years, and has given concern to many modern energy use concerns and how they link to other issues such as climate change. The topic has created a separation of many manager opinions regarding the use of energy, and this is especially so with Ontario. In recent years Ontario has cooperated with the fight against climate change with the construction of numerous wind farms and solar energy panels throughout Ontario.

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by Philly Dias on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
A little over a year ago, the Albertan government implemented the Climate Leadership Plan, a new mitigation tactic to transition away from harmful forms of energy, and promote the growth of their oil industry. With the impacts of global warming at an all time high, Alberta needed to take preventive measures of their resources, while still allowing for their staple economy to thrive. Alberta as a state, must strive to sustainably manage their resources whilst promoting economic growth, sustaining job security, and planning goals to protect their residents and the surrounding environment.

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by elle_wing on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
Cover: Location of Proposed Park in downtown Edmonton. (Taken from Google Maps on 25 November 2016)

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by jessieparlee on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
In summary, the piece of media which has been selected is regarding the protest against the North Dakota Pipeline in Standing Rock Sioux Nation. Thousands of people have now displayed their support with the first nation community. Protests, marches and rallies have also taken place all over Canada, as a way to display solidarity. Standing Rock Sioux Nation is opposed to the construction of a multi-million dollar project that would transport crude oil from the Bakken oil field, close to the border of Saskatchewan Canada, into the border of Illinois.

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by Andi_T_de on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
The article “Markham opens Canada’s 1st Municipal milkweed nursery” is an example of how local initiatives can aid in conservation. The goal of the city of Markham is to increase the number of milkweed plants available for the monarch butterflies as they migrate from Mexico back to Canada. The individuals involved in the project are the City of Markham’s mayor Frank Scarpitti, council members, the David Suzuki Foundation and the students from St. Patrick’s elementary school (David Suzuki Foundation, 2016). The nursery is located at the Milne Dam Conservation Park.

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by koalabear on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
For decades our society has been constantly urbanizing, turning untouched land into skyscrapers and sub-divisions.  We are constantly attached to technology and glued to what’s going to happen next on social media. What if everyone took a step back and remembered what used to make most of us so happy when we were younger? Playing outside!! After researching the effects of how being outside affects mental and physical health; it’s evident that going outdoors has many positive benefits

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by rrazak on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
Coal consumption is one of the dirtiest of all the fossil fuels that threaten our environment and health. Yet, the aritcle titled Phasing out coal: good for the environment, bad for your wallet by Global News seems to solely focus on the economical disadvantages of phasing out coal. 

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by AsimSayMo on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
Original Article by John Paul Tasker, CBC News: Canada's rejection of coal will clear the air but impact workers and power bills

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by cehlert on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
An article from Food Safety News entitled: Oceana going overboard on fish fraud, according to seafood industry group, introduced a recent study conducted by Oceana, a global environmental group, that brought to light a recent fish fraud study. The fraud found was that 58% of samples from restaurants, stores and other retail outlets in over 55 countries were labeled as higher valued species of fish, when they were really lesser valued species of fish. What is worse is that in some cases the mislabeled fish posed health risks to consumers as well.

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1 year 3 weeks ago

Mohammed, Zaradheen. “Being African in India: 'We Are Seen as Demons'.” News from Al Jazeera, 26 June 2016, www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/06/african-india-demons-16062010....

1 year 3 weeks ago

This was very well written. Your title caught my attention immediately. I am a cat lover myself but do understand the need for some sort of control on the over population of stray cats. I do not think just killing them is the answer though, I believe a catch,fix and release is a short term solution, but this still leaves so many cats without food, shelter and people to love them!! Anyways back to your article, I think your paragraphs are well written and flow together great. I am impressed with the amounts of resources you used for your piece, this shows me you know what your taking about and have supporting facts proving that. Great job!!

1 year 3 weeks ago

The topic of your blog post is definitely what drew me in and made me want to read the post. Hurricane Matthew was one of the most devastating hurricanes that there has been. And the fact that it went through Haiti is devastating because it seems like they were still somewhat trying to comeback from the earthquake from a few years ago. I feel for the people of Haiti because it seems like they can never catch a break when it comes to these natural disasters.
https://weather.com/news/news/hurricane-matthew-haiti-latest-news
It is also important to notice the other countries and their people who were effected. For instance, this article talks about the people in Cuba who were effected by Hurricane Matthew. The article also says that at least 11 deaths were blamed on the hurricane.

1 year 3 weeks ago

Your title was pretty intriguing, which is why I came to read your blog post. When reading your blog post I noticed that you provided some very interesting details. The use of these details helped you explain how important it is to work with these tribes and other groups of people to create safe drinking water, while also trying to effect climate change positively.
It is very important that we all come together and try to positively effect climate change and bring clean drinking water to everyone. This is a good start, but we all need to get involved. Bringing clean drinking water to people is actually something that needs to be done in some places in the United States like Flint, Michigan. There is even some people in Western New York, near why I live that have had this problem as well.

1 year 3 weeks ago

Your title is definitely the reason why I came to read your post. This is because we in the United States are also dealing with issues with the creation of a oil pipeline effecting a group of indigenous people in North Dakota. Well, that oil company really doesn't care what the indigenous say or think. It has been a highly populated and protested area, with celebrities even joining in on the protesting. In my opinion, it is wrong to go into the land of indigenous peoples and mess with it. We all need to stand up to these companies doing this.
Do you think that these instances can be resolved at all or are the companies invading the land of indigenous peoples just going to go ahead with their plans to build pipelines? My assumption is that the companies will continue with their plans, but you never know. I don't see why they can't find a different place to do it, honestly.

1 year 3 weeks ago

The title of your blog post is definitely what drew me to your post. It drew me in because I have recently watched a documentary on Climate Change titled "Before the Flood" from National Geographic Channel that strongly revolves around the Paris Climate Agreement. I think if you watched it, it would help develop your point further. It's quite interesting. A lot of what you said in your post is in the documentary. I really enjoyed your post.
I have one question for you that pertains to the Paris Climate Agreement. Do you think with the recent election of Donald Trump as the President of the United States, that the U.S. will try to remove themselves from the agreement. I only ask because Trump has said numerous times that climate change is a hoax.

1 year 3 weeks ago

As soon as I saw the words "Climate Change" in you title I was drawn in. This issue of climate change has been something that I have been interested in researching for awhile because I want to know if there is going to be a thing left for my future kids. I enjoyed the amount of detail you included in your post. You did a fantastic job.
If you are interested in learning more about this topic, then I recommend you check out a documentary titled "Before the Flood" from National Geographic Channel. It's a couple hours long, but it's really interesting. It even talks about your topic of infrastructure, so it could help develop your point further than you already have.

Reply to: Heroin Epidemic
1 year 3 weeks ago

I really enjoyed the facts that you presented in this article. Opiate addiction is one of the fastest growing in this country, due mainly to the accessibility of prescription painkillers and the glamorization of products like fetanyl by musicians in the form of syrup. Many people begin using these products casually and unknowingly become very addicted in a short amount of time. I liked especially that you touched on the media coverage of overdoses. I feel that it's very important for this to become an issue at the forefront, as many younger people who attend parties are particularly susceptible to addiction to these substances.

1 year 3 weeks ago

I found your article to be very well written and informative. I was not aware that the company had hired a male model for it's products. As you stated in the article, this is certainly a step forward in the push to break the stereotypical gender roles that frequent our culture. I do also agree with your concern that some people may not necessarily be ready for something like this. Looking into it further however, I notice that race is not something mentioned within the articles. It's wonderful to see such progress made on the gender identification front, however it is a little discouraging to see that the person in the limelight for this is a white male. I think it needs to be considered that there are other barriers that can be surpassed within gender stereotypes.

1 year 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed reading your article. I have to admit I don't know much about pike but I did know that they were becoming an invasive species. The pike population has gotten out of control and the only way to add balance back into the ecosystem is to act now. Here is a link for more info on this invasive species http://wdfw.wa.gov/ais/esox_lucius/

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