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February 23, 2011
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Equal ef fort in classroom makes difference
fdedwards@mail. txwes. edu
Each semester as classes begin,
like many returning students, I am
eager to find out what my sections
have in store for me and how they
will benefit my goals and ambi-
The professor usually begins
class by reviewing the syllabus
and informing the class of his ex-
pectations for the semester.
Then, somewhere between the
course description, weight of
each assignment and the im-
portance of attending class,
the phrase, "As long as I pass,"
is uttered from the lips of a
student. Suddenly, attention is
focused exclusively on the pro-
Everyone is wondering if
the word teamwork is going to be
Those students that only have
an interest in surviving make it
difficult on the rest of the class,
especially if there is group work
Tension builds and just before
the end of the introduction, the
teacher announces that there will
be a group assignment that will
be worth a substantial portion of
Students immediately begin
choosing teammates and those
who don't have friends in the class
find themselves in a group with an
individual who doesn't really care.
Deciding on furthering an edu-
cation beyond the high school
level is a decision you would think
is made to improve one's career
Understanding how some-
one would settle to simply pass a
course is something that baffles
me, especially since most jobs are
looking for graduates with at least
a 3.0 GPA.
Now, as group projects begin later
in the semester, the individual who
doesn't really care whether they re-
ceive an A, B, C or D in the class ei-
ther does absolutely nothing, or just
goes through the motions.
An even worse scenario is cre-
ated when the less motivated stu-
dent begins contributing to the
group only to avoid having to
argue his case with the profes-
sor, even though the other group
members can attest to his or her
lack of participation.
Still, the contributions made
clearly lack both time and effort,
and he will continue to argue oth-
This forces other members of
the group to either pick up the
loose ends or avoid the headache
that comes with rejecting the
Perhaps, these students don't
understand that their lack of effort
not only affects their learning, but
has a direct impact on everyone in
It deprives their peers of the
opportunity to learn from their
knowledge and experiences,
which spoils the project.
I know that each one of us, as
college students, is watching the
job market, wondering what the
outlook will be when we graduate.
So, everyone should be willing
We can truly set ourselves apart
from any other school if we sim-
ply allow others to learn from our
Staying in touch while driving not worth risk
: Emma Fradette
Texting while driving is one of
the most dangerous things a per-
son can do, but a large number of
people of college age admit to do-
In a story recently published on a
legal blog, I learned about a tragic
example of what can happen to
drivers who text behind the wheel.
Ashley Johnson, a 10th grader
from North Carolina was driv-
ing her BMW when she received
a text message on her cell phone.
Seconds later, her car crossed the
center-line and hit a pick-up truck
on the other side head on.
Several days later, Johnson was
dead. She passed away due to in-
ternal injuries she sustained in her
car accident. Johnson was an ex-
ceptional student working towards
her associate's degree already.
Texting and driving is something
plenty of people fall victim to, my-
I find myself texting while I am
driving about half of the time I am
in the car. When I think about it,
it worries me because I do not
pay attention to the road, and
sometimes even miss my turn
because I am more concerned
with what I am reading and
I don't know if what I have
to say in those texts is that
important, but I seem to do it
all the time along with many other
people. According to handsfreeinfo.
com, people who text while driving,
are 23 times more likely to be in-
volved in a deadly car accident than
those who are not. Some even say
that texting while driving is worse
than drunk driving.
Although I text and drive, I think
there should be harsher punish-
ments for those caught texting and
School zones statewide now re-
strict phone use while driving
through one, and San Antonio has
now banned texting and driving
completely; ticketing starting Jan.
I think the Fort Worth commu-
nity should do the same thing be-
cause too many people are dying
and causing accidents while they
are looking at their phones.
Text messages are not important
enough to endanger someone's life.
Along with texting and driving, I
think new car models are enabling
such distractions as well.
New car models with On-Star
now have a Facebook status update
option where the driver can push
their On-Star button and request
their Facebook status updates.
A driver who is worried about
his Facebook is not concerned
about what is in front of him.
Although constant updates in
our lives can be important, safety
and the protection of human life is
way more important.
Texting and driving is not worth
losing your life, nor is it worth tak-
ing someone else's.
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Split ceremony spoils
graduation or students
There's a countdown under-
way for my glory days, and
the countdown reads 85 days.
That's right, 85 days until
graduation and I couldn't be
Since it's just around the
corner I've been hustling to
get everything done—from
applying for graduation, to
finding a mentor who will
robe me, to turning my infor-
mation into the alumni office.
I can't believe that very
soon I will be calling myself
an alumna of Texas Wesleyan
Graduation is the day that
I have been looking forward
to for a really long time.
Homecoming, prom and high
school graduation were just
stones to the path
that I am now on
and will complete
edu in May.
if things go as
planned, I will be
I was not pleased to hear that
our spring 2011 graduation
would be split, with my de-
partment graduating at 4:30
Nobody is even out of work
at the time. It's upsetting to
think that I may not be able to
have my family and friends at
my own graduation.
We'll walk the stage and be
rushed out to clear the way for
the second round of gradu-
ates. I'm sorry but I would like
to be given the opportunity to
bask in my success for a while
with my classmates and fam-
The other thing I am upset
about is that I barely know
anyone in my own depart-
ment. Maybe that is my fault,
but I want to graduate with
my peers and the people I
have grown to know and love,
not just the other students
that have the same career path
as me. I wish I could vouch
for the rest of the graduating
class of 2011, but it may be too
early to tell.
This is upsetting and almost
sucks the excitement out of
the entire event. I hope ad-
ministration will reconsider.
I don't think we are the right
group to be used as guinea
If it's more tickets that stu-
dents want, I think the venue
should be reconsidered or
the issue should be addressed
more clearly with students.
In my opinion, this gradu-
ating class is the closest I have
We are such a tight knit
family; I believe that a fam-
ily should walk together and
graduate together as a school,
as one—as Rams.
What do you think about texting
"I think texting while driving is very dangerous,
because it causes wrecks."
- Broderic Terry,
"Texting while driving is bad, because it takes your
focus off the road."
- Eva nay Lopez, freshman,
I think texting while driving is as bad, if not worse
than drunk driving."
- Georgina Arzate, freshman,
" "I think texting and driving is bad because alot of
teens die from it every year."
- Komame Hassel,fresh man,
v sports medicine
" Its not good at all because you can get easily
- Marie Tachie, freshman,
? I text while I drive so I guess it's okay as long as youre"
safe with it."
- Stephanie, junior,
Shauna Banks, editor-in-chief
Barry Grubbs, opinion editor
Eliana Mijangos, sports editor
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Stephanie Mejia arts & entertainment editor
Jonathan Resendez, multimedia editor
Erica Estrada, graphic designer/cartoonist
Wendy Moore, faculty adviser
Dr. Kay Col ley, faculty liaison
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