RCL #2 2018

In the first article, the author addresses that the mental health problem for the college student. In fact, the current college students have greater levels of stress and psychopathology than before. The article summarizes several surveys to prove the emerging epidemic of mental health problems from different age groups. Then, the article proceeds into the possible causes of the mental health problem. The first approach of this article is the survey conducted by the directors of counseling centers on college campuses. It reveals that “95% of college counseling center directors surveyed said the number of students with significant psychological problems is a growing concern in their center or on campus” (Gregg Henriques). Then, the article uses data from several other surveys to compare the mental health from today than before. Next, the article starts to discuss the possible causes of the increasing mental health issues. For example, the author concludes that the changes in eating patterns, sexual activity, sleeping, and drinking are all associated with mental health problems. Finally, the article concludes that the college students are facing a more serious mental health crisis than before.

The second article also discusses the mental health problem of college students. The article starts with the introduction of Amy Ebeling, a college student that struggled with anxiety and depression. The article includes two direct quotes from Amy Ebeling to give a direct view of the mental health issue. In the second part of the article, the author addresses the problem from the viewpoint of college counselors. The argument of the rising mental health problem is then supported by empirical data and the credibility of the school counselors. It is a good employment of logos and ethos. Next, the article brought the mental health problem into a broader view by saying that it is common for students to experience mental illness in college. Finally, the article concludes with several tips for the parent from the National Association of Mental Illness. First, it is important to know that mental health conditions are common to all college students. Secondly, parents should help to emphasize the importance of exercise, sleep, and diet. Third, it is important to check out college resources for help. Last but not the least, it is important to share your experiences with your parents or friends.

Both articles address the use of college counseling as a resource to help mental illness. They all use data to support the same claim that mental health issue is more serious than ever. The structure of the second article is related to our deliberation. For our deliberation, we want to start with students expressing their own feelings about college to show that stress is common to everyone. Secondly, we would also include data to support our argument that mental health issue is worth discussing and the environment should be changed according to the rising issue. Another point we are going to cover in our deliberation is the student counseling center (CAPS) in State College. We would like to include their view on the mental health issue for our school. The articles can be used in our deliberation for the investigation of the causes of mental health problems and possible ways to solve it.

Link to the first article


Link to the second article



Deliberation #1


Deliberation title:

State of Mind

Description of the deliberation:

Our discussion started with the mental health organization CAPS in Penn State. We found out that the mental health problem has been an issue for college students. the problem also involved with the question “how can we get help?”. Even though CAPS was established and advertised in every single class, it is still hard for the students to contact or know how it works. Therefore, our group aimed at first knowing how the program works and how are we able to make it better. We analyzed three different approaches includes improving CAPS, creating an accepting and stigma-free environment, and promoting mental health as a part of the general education. After our approaches, we will hold discussions amongst the audience and help to bring this issue to attention.

My Role:

I am assigned to do the team summary and outreach.

Design and arrange the issue guide written by the other Mini-Teams, take notes during the approaches, moderate the conclusion, develop and hand out the post-deliberation questionnaire, invite at least three local organizations who may care about your deliberation topic (save the evidence of that invitation), create social media campaign for the event, format the post-deliberation reports and write the cover letters/emails for sending the post-deliberation reports to policymakers.

What I am currently working on:

I am currently working on the flyer of our deliberation. We are going to email the flyer as an invitation to the fellow students and CAPS members. In the same time, I was helping to do the research on the second approach on how to provide a stigma-free environment. And we are just waiting for other groups to give us their analysis so we could finalize them and create a pamphlet to bullet point the topics and hand it out during the deliberation.

This I Believe

Several years ago, I have been involved in a program to volunteer at the Leprosy Village in Kunming, China. It was one of the last places in China that separate the Leprosy patients away from the society. For decades, these patients have been isolated from the outside world in the deep mountains. They weren’t allowed to come out and no one was willing to get in. The lack of knowledge for this disease scared both the patients’ relatives and volunteers away from this place. Our volunteer group aimed to reconcile the patients and gave some warmth for their last few years of life.

Leprosy might sound totally unfamiliar to you as it was to me. We took a few lessons from the director of the village and learned the basic contact and safety rules for our work. Then, we met the patients.

The first word I would describe as I saw the patients was “silence”. It was the deadly silence not only from how they looked but also the feeling. It was an empty feeling that centered around each one of them. It felt like they were from another world miles down of the earth. Even though there were only about 10 of them, but they were all sitting alone by themselves and tried to get as far as possible from each other. There was absolutely no communication or eye contact amongst them. They completely shut themselves down from the reality. Moreover, the patients were just sitting there without doing anything. It felt like they were waiting and waiting for nothing. It was a weird quietness that even has some sense of creepiness. The scene strict my mind and it never goes away.

My faith to help and love got shaken. At this exact time, I felt that I was forming my own shelter just like the patients. I was also closing my world from communication.

I stepped a few steps back, but then a voice raised, “you got to be the one to break the silence.” And just in that moment, one of the patients raised his head and looked at me. Tears started to drip down from my eyes. How innocent, how helpless, how vulnerable he was. It was just like a child asking for some attention or more importantly: love. From that moment, I chose to make the first step forward to the people around me. To help and love as much as I can.

After the visit, I started to observe the people around me, little or more, they all possess the similar quality as the Leprosy patients. I believe that there is always a vulnerable kid hidden in our mind that wanted to be cared or loved. Sometimes, we shut ourselves down from the world when we are afraid of getting hurt. We give out an attitude that just wants some attention and with no intention to hurt others. But we have to understand that, there is always someone that needs to step out their own world and try to understand the others. I believe that we must express the true feeling of ourselves, and to start to open up our little worlds and break the silence verbal or non-verbal.

History of a Public Controversy

“Me Too” Movement

Malisa Yin, Emma Davies, Liz Druschel, Kristin Sickau, Nora Tietjens, Eva Ragonese

For our history of a public controversy movement project, we are going to investigate the controversial “me too” movement that has sparked conversation across social media these last few months. In our video, we will highlight the different opinions on this subject and controversy and how influential it is to our society.

Below is our group contract of our assigned roles for the project.

Editors- Kristin Sickau

  • This role will fulfill our final edits on the research of our project as well as digital editing of the video

Filming- Nora Tietjens and Malisa Yin

  • This role will function as the main camera person and director of the video portion

Research- Liz Druschel, Emma Davies, and Eva Ragonese

  • This role will focus on gathering sufficient information to fulfill the video portion of the assignment and research the controversy behind this movement

Through the project, we will follow our assigned roles and collaborate to create our final project.

RCL #9 Ted Talk Script

Ted Talk Script:


Does anyone know when is the next Victoria’s Secret Show? It is on Tuesday, November 28th. By the way, they are performing the show in Shanghai this year. Who wanted to watch that show? Well, I am pretty excited to watch all those energetic charming flesh blood walking on the shining stage. The first time I watched the show is when I was with my grandma. I liked the wings that make the models like angels; however, my grandma covered her eyes up. Just a few days ago, I was watching the show again to get some inspiration for my Ted Talk in a philosophy class. Well, I shouldn’t do this, but my friends sitting behind me find something interesting. The interesting findings could probably make up for not paying attention in the class. According to my friend, the boys sitting behind me are all staring at my computer screen. Hold for a second, why does my grandma as a woman are too shy to look at the mostly naked model while the boys have no problem at all? How can it be more obvious about the paradigm shift in the views of beauty from the past to now?


  1. Clothing in the past (associated with pictures)
  • Uniformed vs. The uniform of our high school really need a shift (joke)
  • Boring
  • Limitation towards movement
  1. Clothing in the modern days (pictures)
  • Sometimes could be not understandable but definitively showed personality
  • Variety
  • Victoria’s Secret
  1. Guess how many people are watching it?
  • Bikinis
  1. The Changing view of beauty
  • No longer modified
  • Everyone has her own beauty
  • The courage to express yourself is the true beauty
  1. Emphasizing on Freedom and equality
  • We could do what men do or even better. (picture of a muscular woman)
  1. Not going to be haste about everything should be equal.
  2. There is no limitation on female power and beauty
  • We have to freedom to choose what makes us comfortable.
  • We care less about others view on our appearance.


Everyone could be Victoria’s Secret model in my mind. The shift in the view of beauty has moved the society to progress into a more global and diverse environment that encourages us to make a change. Stubbornly holding on to the old ideas will not do any better for you. This year, I am watching the Victoria’s Secret Show with my Grandma.

RCL #8 Paradigm Shift Essay Draft

Paradigm shift essay


The shift of femininity is a fundamental change in approaching to our society and deeply related to our daily lives. It also underlines assumptions of the shift in female sexuality, and physicality throughout history. The moments when new ideas of women’s ability displaced old and were accepted as mainstream tenets of our society, we need to start to think about what will these changes bring to our society. Instead of using large ideas or common knowledge, the detailed examples in our daily lives were also symbolized and propelled the change that occurs all around the world. This important transformation of femininity had been going for years and will continue to raise its power in the future.


Point 1: the shift in clothing


In ancient Greece, women started to wear a specialized garment designed to restrain their breast as the beginning of the revolution of bras. Then, women in ancient Rome adopted a form of the Greek “bra”, and added a new viewpoint towards women’s breast. Romans regarded large breasts as a characteristic of aging and considered them unattractive. Therefore, young girls started to wear breast bands secured tightly in the believing that was beautiful. Modern day, bras certainly became a statement for women, and it is now a way to express beauty. Instead of wearing a garment for restraining the breast, women have more choices and freedom in clothing and their body. It is also turned towards a feminist movement for the liberation of our body. This little shift has changed the society as a whole and the change of the perspective of beauty.

Point 2: the shift of the education for women

  1. Education shift in China
  2. Before the establishment of the People’s Republic of China:

Along with the custom of foot binding among Chinese women that lasted through the end of the 19th century, it was recognized that a woman’s virtue lay with her lack of knowledge. As a result, female education was not considered to be worthy of attention


  1. After the establishment of the People’s Republic of China:

The percent of uneducated women was over 90%, and the most of the women who were educated had only completed the elementary level. (1931-1945) In the 1950s, a civilization project started. It provided educational opportunities for a large number of uneducated women to learn basic writing and calculation. However, the project was limited towards certain areas. In the 1980s, the Chinese government passed a new education law. It required local government to promote nine-year obligation education nationwide. When the time comes into the 21st century, university education is becoming more prevalent. The total enrollment goes up.

  1. Education shift in the U.S.
  2. Colonial

In Colonial America elementary education was widespread in New England, but limited elsewhere. Few girls attended formal schools, but most were able to get some education at home or at “Dame schools” where women taught basic reading and writing skills in their own houses. School taught both, but in places without schools reading was mainly taught to boys and also a few privileged girls. Men handled worldly affairs and needed to read and write. This educational disparity between reading and writing explains why the colonial women often could read, but could not write and could not sign their names—they used an “X”.


  1. 21st Century

For the first time, more doctoral degrees are conferred on women than men in the United States women. More doctoral degrees have been conferred on women every year since. (2004-2005)

Point 3: Women’s campaigns

  1. Campaigns gave women chance to test their new political skills and to conjoin disparate social reform groups.
  • Married Women’s Property Act (1882)
  • The repeal of the Contagious Diseases Acts of 1864, 1866, and 1869
  1. It united women’s groups and utilitarian. Generally, women were outraged by the inherent inequity and misogyny of the legislation.
  • Ladies National Association

It demonstrated the potential power of an organized lobby group. The association successfully argued that the Acts not only demeaned prostitutes but all women and men by promoting a blatant sexual double standard.

Point 4: inequality within different countries.


The shift of femininity will continue its movement around the world while inequality still exists. The paradigm shift undergoes a more developed civilization. It is a definite for the human race as a whole to experience the change. Moreover, it will lead towards are more prosperous future.