The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 99, No. 3, Ed. 1 Wednesday, September 19, 2007 Page: 4 of 6
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September 19, 2007
The Rambler 4
Extra, extra ... or do you not read all about it
People wander from printed news sources, preferring to utilize various electronic avenues
You're walking to class one day and you see about 10
people standing in front of the library talking. Only about
seven of the people have seen, read or heard some sort of
news source in the past day, according to a report from The
Pew Research Center for People and the Press.
About a year ago, the research center released a study
entitled Online Papers Modestly Boost Readership-
Maturing Internet News Audience Broader Than Deep,
which reported on the current state of how Americans gather
their news. This report cites the fact that 81 percent of
Americans access some sort of news during their busy day
but that they differ on where and when they get their news.
The report from the Pew Center also went on to say that
on a normal day 57 percent of people will watch their news
on the good old television while 36 percent will hear their
news on the radio. Another 23 percent read their news on the
Internet, while only 40 percent now read their news from a
"News? I read it sometimes on my Yahoo! home page if
something looks inter-
esting or watch it on
the TVs in the library,"'
said Michael Franklin,
a senior general busi-
ness major. "But, for
the most part, I don't
get any news most
To put the numbers
in perspective, the
report states that an
average 63 percent of
our country's popula-
tion watches television
that has no news con-
tent, 44 percent do
Photo by Kevin Keathley
Zach Davidson, senior political science and history
major, obtains his news briefing from the latest edition of
read books on a normal basis (much to the dismay of some
Overall, the traditional methods of
news gathering (television, radio, print)
have all fallen in the last decade while
the Internet's base of people who seek it
as a news source has grown. According
to alexa.com, a Web information and
reporting site, the top two most visited
sites in the last week were, m order,
Yahoo and msn.com. Both sites give a
majority of their home pages to different
sections of news.
The falling numbers in where our
news comes from are attributed to peo-
ple under 30 who go to many different
sources to get their news - if they both-
er being informed at all.
After all, 27 percent of this age
some sort of physical activity regularly and only 38 percent group doesn't receive any news most days.
Student volunteers have potential to change the world
To some, volunteering is part of college life. Perhaps a class grants extra credit for it, a
sorority requires it or your religious organization promotes it. Maybe, it just feels good to
make a difference in the world, no matter how insignificant the gift of time and effort may
Jenny Houze, coordinator of student activities and volunteerism, expresses great excite-
ment about the
activities and volun-
teer opportunities at
While several cam-
are getting ready to
participate in out-
reaches like Boo at
the Zoo - a
held at the Fort
Worth Zoo - there
are ■ many other
activities geared for
the Wesleyan body
At many Larger
teering is not such a
comments, but at
Wesleyan, all that's
Wesleyan, most stu-
dents and faculty
alike feel like the
campus is a home. It is because we are small that we are so close with each other; we are
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Cowtown Brush Up allows neighbors within the community an opportunity
to help one another out while giving their homes a facelift. All supplies are
donated by various businesses, churches and schools.
Iiterallv^our own community," she said, ""As a community located within a needy commu-
nity, many feel it is our duty to help."
Low-on-funds college students living the hectic life may feel their potential to aid is
limited, but a glance at the Student Life calendar reveals two Saturday projects looming on
the horizon. Both are small time commitments but promise great returns.
First up on the Student Life service calendar is Cowtown Brush Up Oct. 6.
Cow tow n Brush Up, a nonprofit neighborhood revitalization program that has been restor-
ing community pride for the past 16 years through new coats of paint and yard tidy-ups.
What began as a small operation giving 33 houses a facelift has now spun off the city
of Fort Worth, churches, businesses, schools and hundreds of citizens renovating round-
about 1,778 homes.
Benefits are enjoyed all around: deserving home owners receive a fancied up house,
volunteers have the chance to invest in their community, and donors obtain a sense of
satisfaction knowing their surplus isn't being hoarded but rather spent well. Join the
giving spirit of Fort Worth and turn out in: your "work get-up Oct. 6 to beautify
Ever remembered that loose policy you made for yourself concerning class atten-
dance back in the freshman days and wished you could change it? Well that may be
impossible, but i Dream. iLeam, iWin, second-up on the service calendar, offers you, the
college student, a chance to mentor high school students and hopefully help them avoid
that same mistakes. Held this year on Oct. 13, iDream, iLearn, iWin presents Wesleyan
and other area college students the chance to visit with local Fort Worth high school stu-
dents about the college experience, college success and their potential as individuals.
During this Saturday conference, high schoolers and their parents will attend work-
shops and enjoy a meal and entertainment as well as browse through booths set up by
local universities and colleges. Families can also obtain answers to all their financial aid
questions, making this event a one-stop education shopping. Many of the students
addressed will potentially be the first in their families to attend college; it is therefore
important that they view high school graduation as an exciting springboard to higher
learning and accomplishments.
Seize this opportunity to guide and stimulate American youth, looking on the occa-
sion as an honor and privilege. Who knows - that sullen, unkempt, tongue-pierced kid
slouching around the back may grow into our next mayor, governor, congressman or
president, and you can play a small part in achieving that win.
For additional details regarding any one of these events or campus volunteerism in
general, stop by the Student Life office or e-mail Jenny Houze at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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TODAY IS YOUR DAY
Publish your self-expressions in
Being positive affects others' lives, not just your own
Have you ever known someone who brightened a room by leaving it? You know, the one who never has
anything nice or positive to say. How sad it must be to be that person and not even know your own sourness.
Think about what that means: There are people out there who make a room brighter when they leave.
As you go through your days, I want to encourage you to be the bright spot. Be the one whom others want
to be around. It is not always easy to be positive, especially when life around you is crumbling, stress is at an
all-time high and there doesn't seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel. But here's your challenge: Be pos-
itive anyway. You may not feel good at the time, but when you make others feel good I promise you will feel
I heard once that, as a Christian, you should always remember that your actions and words will influence
others because you may be the only Bible that they ever "read."' That means that to others, you could be the
walking definition of Christianity (or any other faith) and people will define that faith by what they see in you.
That is not to say that we all don't have the right to have a bad day now and then. It just means that by
limiting your negativity, you will be happier ... and so will the people around you.
Julie Davis is a senior English major and is a staff writer for The Rambler.
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