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 StrongFaith on October 28, 2016
Deforestation may not be a problem for humans in short term, in fact they destroy forests to benefit themselves. Logging provides the means and supplies to create a number of things that man uses in this world. And taking all these trees down also provides the necessary space and areas to build more and more houses, factories, stores, railroads and highways. These three websites show the dangers and repercussions of deforestation.

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by JacobT on October 28, 2016
     Through time we have had many changes in technology in all of the fields it has an effect in. Technology effects media, health, entertainment, and just about everything else in our every day lives. One of the biggest things it has effected is communication. We have gone from sending letters by mail, to sending messages in a snap over the internet. We can speak to just about whomever we want, whenever we want. I can talk to my friends living in Brazil that I have met in college in a matter of seconds.

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by Ashepherd on October 28, 2016
Recently most news stories are about all the bad in the world. A lot of the negative attention is going towards police officers. I would like to bring some of the positive things police officers do; they aren’t all like the ones that have been in the news.  

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SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
by BeckyGay1 on October 28, 2016
     Child abuse is a topic that generates feelings of both sadness and anger to anyone who hears about a case. Children are supposed to be able to trust their parent, so when a parent or other close relative abuses a child, it can have a number of negative impacts on the child that could affect them for the rest of their lives. It can also have another, scarier effect; it could lead a child to commit homicide. Could a child that has been exposed to physical, mental, and/or social abuse though all of their life all of a sudden one day snap and commit an act of murder?

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SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
by efuller3 on October 28, 2016
We spend at least twelve years of our lives in a school setting in the presence of teachers. Almost everyone has a teacher who has influenced their lives and for many instilled a love of learning and a want to educate. Education is not gender biased and teaching is not specifically geared toward one gender. Schools however, are seeing less and less male teachers. Elementary and Middle Schools specifically are seeing fewer men, with less than twenty percent of teachers being male. Part of this can be due to the low salary and less prestige that teaching in American now holds.

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SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
by bdona11 on October 28, 2016
                     Gender inequality, specifically the issue of the wage gap has been a widely disputed and sometimes even unnoticed topic for as long as I can even remember. The disputes aren't even about whether or not there is even a wage gap because everybody knows there is. According to,"No, The Gender Pay Gap Isn't A Myth--And Here's Why" by Catherine Pearson, "'Few experts dispute that there is a wage gap, but differences in the life choices of men and women - such as women tending to leave the workforce when they have children - make it difficult to make comparisons.

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SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
by Navy Girl on October 27, 2016
     Discrimination is a topic that's hotter than cocoa, more pungent than fresh-cut pine, and louder than carols. Who ever thought that Christians would be discriminated against for celebrating their own holiday incorrectly? Christmas, the holiday that is world renowned (even among atheists) for its peace and joy, is now being pounced upon with hatred. While public acknowledgement of Chanukah and Kwanzaa is on the rise, Christmas is being forcibly shaken from the public circle.

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SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
by Kimthompson1978 on October 27, 2016
For years our society has dictated gender roles.  Telling us what behaviors are acceptable for boys and girls.  Society tells us that girls should wear pink and boys should wear blue.  Boys should play football and girls should stand on the sidelines cheering them on.  Boys should play with trucks and cars while girls play with Barbie dolls.  Growing up girls are taught that the woman’s place is in the home, cooking and cleaning while it’s the man’s job to work.  Why is this?  This teaches our daughters that they aren’t as important as our sons.  We are raising our daughters to feel inferio

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SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
by nicolemorey59 on October 27, 2016
 Social isolation has been proven to play a negative role for elders in terms of physical, cognitive and most importantly emotional health. Social supports play an important role in the lives of older adults, as their lives change many loose spouses and friends that have always been there, leaving many with no social activity. There are many community based organizations for older adults that provide a healthy social environment for those who are socially isolated.

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SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
by ctrainham on October 27, 2016
I come from a rural public school system, where much of the social structure followed a very traditional path, with the expected cliques and social roles. Similarly, the techniques used within the classroom are exactly what you would expect form a traditional rural school. After reading the article, I began to think about how my educational experience contained very much of expected gender roles and treatment. From the gym class sport choices to the course options presented, much of the average public school is based on gender roles that are much more traditional than one would think.

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SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
by kaeleigh17 on October 27, 2016
There is a controversial problem in the United States today regarding the differences in pay between men and women for the same nature and amount of work. The work sector of interest in this article is the legal profession, focusing mostly on full-time lawyers. Wage gaps have been reported by multiple research agencies including PayScale, Sky Analytics, and the United States Census Bureau.

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SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
by Ryjay125 on October 26, 2016
Everything in this world seems to be geared towards whether you're a boy or a girl...man or women. Everything from jobs to the toys children play with. Toys? Yes toys dictate whether it's for a boy or a girl. Pink-girl, blue-boy. Action figures vs baby dolls, kitchen sets vs tool sets. Who says all girls like pink and want to pretend to cook and clean or that all boys want to build and wrestle? Maybe, just maybe a girl loves blue and likes superheros or a boy likes to cook and likes dolls. Would this be so bad? What could be possibly wrong with this scenario?

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SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
by StrongFaith on October 25, 2016
Nowadays dating starts at a very young age, 13 or maybe 14 for some kids. For others dating is a sense of freedom to date who you want and find a compatible companion that you can have fun with and hang with. For me, dating didn't even come to my mind at that age, I was more focused on other things in life. My whole life, my paretns told me "no dating until your 18" and I had no issue with that. I didn't really start having crushes unitl I was 15 and even then I knew I would wait until I was 18 to start dating.

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SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
by kwolf4 on October 25, 2016
     It is no surprise that a night without enough sleep can lead to a groggy morning, but that is not the only thing that can happen when the body needs more sleep. There are more frightening effects to sleep deprivation, if a person is deprived of sleep it can lead to emotional and physical problems. Research over the years has shown that people can be physically and psychologically damaged from not getting enough sleep.

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SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
by spmmps on October 21, 2016
I have been researching into the lives of serial killers, more specifically their childhoods, to see if there are any similarities in their lives. My objective is to see if any events in adolescence or possibly their childhood environment has affect on their adulthood lives and impulse to kill. Within my research, I have found that there are definite similarities. It is essential in my research to look at not only their childhoods but the period of time, in adulthood, that they killed.

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SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
by kwolf4 on October 18, 2016
       There are two recognized types of gender, a man and a woman. There are many types of gender roles of a man and a woman placed by society. The ideas of how one should act and behave, but sometimes this idea are unwelcomed. Stereotypes play a predominate role with society and influences what people believe. People in society are able to go against these stereotypes and be who they want to be. People can break free from stereotypes to be more individualistic.

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SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
by josh_cifelli5817 on October 16, 2016
Does the wage gap exist? Yes but not at the 79 cents per every man’s dollar like people keep quoting, its actually 93 cents per every man’s dollar.

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SUNY Genesee Community Colllege
by ebentley on October 14, 2016
PTSD is mental disorder which many Americans may never come in contact with. For someone in the military though, it’s very possible that if they go into war they may come out with PTSD. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder wasn’t put into the APA until 1980, so what would happen to a military veteran before 1980 who would be experiencing PTSD? Well they would be sent home to cope with their disorder alone. Do I think this was a good idea? Of course not, because often times the veteran would end up taking his own life due to the mental disorder.

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by lgriffin on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
        In no longer than a month, the federal government must make a decision whether to follow through with the plan of a pipeline extension from Alberta to the B.C. coast. More specifically, it is expanding Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline between these areas. There are many factors that will determine the final decision on carrying out these plans including the environmental risks of spills and the increase in emissions of greenhouse gases. The federal government must have the positive impacts outweighing the negative in order to allow for the continuation of this project.

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by leafitalone on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
On October 7th, 2016, The Calgary Herald released a news article on its website regarding a 3-hectare oil spill in Northern Alberta. The leak occurred about 15km away from a town called Fox Creek, covering a flowing marsh area “which isn’t home to fish”. Glad that’s cleared up. The Alberta Energy Regulator is said to be investigating the extent of the environmental damage, and an emergency cleanup process has been initiated.

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by Allison on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
As discussed in the article Standing Rock Pipeline Protesters Repelled by Force at Bridge Crossing, there is currently a significant amount of conflict in the region of North Dakota mainly between the government whose actions are represented by law enforcement and an indigenous community. This stems from the native reserve of the Standing Rock Sioux protesting a pipeline that is being built near their reserve as there is fear of contamination of their water supply.

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by Acotter on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
2016 and a Liberal swinging government have provided the political equivalent of a subtweet aimed at the archaic ways in which our government includes the public in policy making decisions regarding climate action. The purpose of this article is to question the Liberal governments creation of an online forum for engaging a large section of the Canadian population including industry members, NGO’s, environmental groups, the private sector and the public at large.

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by Acotter on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
2016 and a Liberal swinging government have provided the political equivalent of a subtweet aimed at the archaic ways in which our government includes the public in policy making decisions regarding climate action. The purpose of this article is to question the Liberal governments creation of an online forum for engaging a large section of the Canadian population including industry members, NGO’s, environmental groups, the private sector and the public at large.

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by LK1013 on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
An article called, the “Impact of Muskrat Falls a Nova Scotia Problem, Protesters Say” by Rachel Ward of CBC news, touched on the ongoing dispute between Nova Scotia's Energy Department and environmentalists, indigenous groups, and citizen’s scientists who are worried about methylmercury leaking into the nearby watershed of the Happy Valley-Goose Bay area. Protestors are insisting that proper precaution procedures should be implemented to ensure that the reservoirs remain uncontaminated.

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by chauvin.m on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
An article in CBC News by Paul Withers discusses a new tidal turbine that has been installed in the Bay of Fundy that is now delivering electricity to 500 homes. Initially, this seems to be great news, because Canada needs to increase its use of renewable energy in order to uphold our part of the Paris Agreement and investing in tidal energy is a good option as three oceans border Canada, providing easy access to a renewable resource. However, this may be more complex than simply installing turbines and letting them generate electricity.

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by dylan.grieve on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
Every day we make decisions in our lives that can either leave an impact on the environment or not. Businesses and media tell us how we can lower these environmental impacts every day. We can swap out light bulbs, take shorter showers, buy eco labeled foods, turn off AC and heating when we are not home, and support local businesses. What if all these environmentally friendly initiatives and consumer goods are doing enough? What if by simply cutting down on our meat consumption to follow the recommended health food guidelines could cut emissions by nearly a third by 2050.

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by carlythrasher on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
“Duunn duunn…duuuuuun duunn… dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun “We have all experienced the sinking feeling hearing the two notes that have made us scared of swimming pools, oceans and lakes. The 1975 blockbuster Jaws spiked the worldwide irrational fear and hatred towards sharks. Since then, multiple films and TV shows have amplified such fear, making sharks vulnerable and targeted for commercial fishing.  The radio clip by CBC’s Matt Galloway describes this spike in commercial fishing, specifically drawing in on the shark fin trade and its inhumane tactics.

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by cmajor_1 on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
According to an article about the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) meeting in Portugal, Canada has made “the right decision” over fishing quotas. The ICCAT is charged with the conservation of tunas and tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and its adjacent seas.

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by McTeeg on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
It comes as no surprise that many Canadian provinces have and continue to rely on coal-fire power generation. It’s also not news that Ontario has recently managed to go coal free as part of their initiative to reduce emissions and move towards renewable power sources. However, as great as this is from an environmental perspective it has come at a cost, specifically in the form of expensive hydro bills.

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by andrewsd on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
  Make Muskcat Right  

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by Thor06 on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
The article “Standing Rock pipeline protesters repelled by force at bridge crossing” written by The Associated Press aims to inform the public on the increasing tensions associated with the construction of the $3.8 billion “Dakota Access” pipeline in Standing Rock Indian reserve adjacent to their primary source of water. The Dakota Access pipeline is expected to carry oil from North Dakota to Illinois which will eventually reach its destination to Gulf of Mexico.

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by oneillp on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
Article of Discussion: World leaders wage into water to fight climate change Author: Bob McDonald   Until The Last Drink of Water!

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by efortush on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
     Oceanic contamination throughout the world is one of the largest issues pertaining to water degradation, and is now a large threat to the Canadian Pacific Coast.  Specifically, introduction of algal blooms to coastal areas can be attributed to being a large portion of the threat to the environment, various species and human life. The article titled “Climate change could foster toxic algae along Pacific coast, says report” encompasses the growing risks related to the Canadian BC pacific coastline as well as its relationship towards the nearby harmful Alaska blooms.

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by tatertot on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
     As reported by Cameron (2016), at about one kilometre away from the Lake Huron shoreline, stands the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station that is owned by the Ontario Power Generation (OPG). Over time, as a result of generating nuclear power, they have developed waste products that have been classified as low-level and intermediate radioactive waste.

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by aseth on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
The recent discovery of another source of oil in Texas has sparked the conversation about the increased need for pipelines in Canada. The new Texas formation, known as the Wolfcamp formation, contains an estimated 20 billion barrels of oil, 16 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids. While this is not expected to have a huge effect on oil prices, it is still noteworthy for the Albertan and Canadian government.

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by kohearn on November 25, 2016
University of Guelph
This May, Canadians and people around the world were shocked by the wildfire that tore through Fort McMurray, Alberta, leaving almost 80,000 people homeless and resulting in immense economic and social consequences. Most people saw the fire as an event that could never have been predicted, and it highlighted the importance of disaster readiness for communities at risk from wildfires.

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4 years 2 months ago

Your title grabbed my attention right away. I have to say this was a very good article! Climate change has had a negative impact on this planet and this is just one of the many things to come. I truly believe if something is done now we can start to reverse the damage already done. I found this link that touches more on the impacts of ocean acidification http://icesjms.oxfordjournals.org/content/65/3/414.short

4 years 2 months ago

I enjoyed your post! As a cat lover I would hate to see so many cats euthanized. I can't believe Australia has let the cat population explode to the point where they want to poison them! I believe maybe another way of taking care of the cat population is to trap , neuter/spay then release back into the environment. Maybe even trying to adopt out the cats granted there are way too many of them. What are your views on trying to lower the amount of cats? Do you believe a trap, neuter and release program would be a good idea?

4 years 2 months ago

Your title Easy, Breezy, Beautiful...Coverboy! really caught my attention. I say it's about time that a company took that step and plans to market their makeup line with a male! Times have changed and i think this is a positive step forward. I found a few articles about makeup companies started to gear towards men. This is the link http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/mens-makeup/, I found it interesting.

AJ

4 years 2 months ago

You have a very intriguing title. "Who is ready for climate change?" caught my attention and gets me thinking about this question. Is anyone really ready for a change that is going to happen? No one knows what the extent of a change will be. How can we know all of the effects it will have until it has happened?
https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/ca/Documents/risk/ca-en-c...
This article from February 2016, shows improvement on Canada's interest of changing climate, having had a strong presents in Paris at the United Nations’ 21st Conference of Parties. I am hopeful that these nations will come together and make needed changes to help slow climate change.

AJ

4 years 2 months ago

Your first sentence really caught my attention, it really isn't that surprising that climate change has effected marine life. I think it is a great idea to have the government initiate a movement before there is an unchangeable crisis. This article is really interesting,and relates to your paper: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/david-suzuki/atlantic-canada-climate-change...

AJ

4 years 2 months ago

The title of your paper, really caught my eye, but I found the statements regarding the United Nation having the "power to pollute," very interesting. Along with the information about the United Nations, your paper educated me about the agreement known as substantive policy instrument which will target emissions producing behavior. I looked into the Paris Agreement and found this website: http://www.pwc.co.uk/services/sustainability-climate-change/insights/low... With this it seems that they have seen positive results but not enough to reach their goal.

AJ

4 years 2 months ago

You did a great job explaining the importance of working with the local tribes and South Central Climate Science Center to ensure a beneficial outcome of safe drinking water while addressing global climate change. This subject is interesting to me because I have a passion to help slow global warming, in anyway I have access to.
http://www.triplepundit.com/2014/10/epa-northwest-tribes-hit-hard-increa...
This article shows that more than 44 tribes in the California are struggling with this same issue. I feel that it is vital for humanity to come together and concur this dilemma.

4 years 2 months ago

22paris,
I want to first say that this was very well written and your title was intriguing. I have to say this is by far my favorite piece I have read through out this assignment. Your ideas flowed from one to the next very smoothly and I had no trouble at all following your thoughts while I was reading. I like how you used your own personal experiences to express your main idea and this helped drive it home for me. I can honestly say that much of my " girly-girl-ness" as well was instilled by how I was raised. I was bought dolls and not cars to play with, I was taught how to cook and clean but not how to change the oil in my car. As a woman I can relate to this topic. I was wondering if while researching this topic you found any accounts of boys " blasting the gender stereo types" as well? I think adding a boys view on this it would show a great comparison on the difference in gender views. Again, I enjoyed this very much! Great Job!
Nikki M

4 years 2 months ago

Your article title definitely caught my eye. I personally have faced the effects of a Hurricane (Sandy) that hit the New Jersey coasts. This hurricane destroyed the boardwalk and surrounding areas, made it impossible for families to get food for their children, and cut all heat sources within homes for two weeks during the winter season. My heart goes out to the people of Haiti and all that were affected my Hurricane Matthew. What would you do if a hurricane impacted your area or town?

4 years 2 months ago

CAT LIVES MATTER! Your title obviously grabbed my attention. I found it ludicrous that the feral cat population is a vast number in Australia to the point that they want to poison and reduce the number within the area. I am a cat lover of all types, so that saddens me. Do you believe reducing the population is a good idea? And if so, why?

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