Category Archives: RCL

Voting Rights Reflection

This paper was set up in a very clear format, with bold titles telling someone the main point of the next paragraph. It went from describing what the legislation was that he wants to talk about to its importance to Alabama then onto say why it was important to all of the US. To conclude the paper he describes a solution, which is how he calls his audience to action it seems. I personally like bold headings, I know we talked about how people usually read over them and they aren’t effective but I think in this paper they really help readers see where he is going with his ideas. The paper probably could have done fine without them, but I don’t think the titles hurt anything.

I think the first demographic was helpful, a little difficult for me to understand at first but overall it seemed relevant. The Texas map though seemed extremely unnecessary and not helpful in persuading his readers at all. It just didn’t give his argument any support really, he needed to add more to the demographic for it to be effective.

The paper did have some pretty good points and facts in it but it did not do a good job at persuading me. There seemed to be little emotion or passion in his paper. It seemed kind of flat which made it a little boring to read and less effective.

I want to make sure that everything I put in my paper helps my cause and isn’t just there to fill up space. I want my paper to be easy to follow but not so boring that people loose interest. I think one way I can do that is by putting in some personal experiences, and also adding in headlines.

RCL- This I Believe Draft

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A parents worst fear is getting a call in the middle of the night saying your child was in a car accident and was rushed to the emergency room. That call was sent out to my friend’s parents one night. His sister had been in a car accident and was in intensive care. One of the passengers has been killed on impact, while the driver and Kelly had been rushed to the emergency room. I knew Kelly Phillips, my friend’s sister, through hockey. We had played together. She was never the best player on the team nor the star, she was actually just a swing line player for the high school team. Regardless she always had others best interest at heart and looked to help anyone in need. The next 48 hours were hell for the Phillips family. They waited for the doctor to come out with the ok but it never came. Eventually Kelly went brain dead and they had to take her of life support. Our entire community went through extreme grief. For me, I didn’t know how to help my friend deal with his sister’s death, and the hockey team was also trying to recover from her loss. Not because of her hockey skills, but because of the energy and light Kelly brought to the team. No one knew how to handle the death of someone too young.

I saw some truly wonderful things come out of Kelly’s death though. I program was created by her father after her accident to raise money for underprivileged kids, so they can have a chance to play hockey. This program also asks for volunteers to help teach the kids how to play hockey. I have volunteered at the camps, and the change and happiness you see in the kids is unbelievable. Also, an award was created in her name that a player on the high school team who embodied her personality and love for the game receives at the end of the year. I was lucky enough to receive this award my senior year. I feel as though receiving this award has made me think of my actions more and try to reach the expectations of the amazing person Kelly Phillips was.

I believe in the power of death. Although Kelly’s death was a tragedy, the outcomes from her death have touched so many lives. Although she wasn’t the best player on the team, her jersey number was retired in respect for her and every player since has strived to be awarded the Kelly Phillips award because of the honor it brings to that player as a person.

RCL- This I believe

I was thinking about doing something about believing in the importance of attitude  when you want to achieve something in life. I think that people who are more positive about their situation and think that what ever they set their mind to is possible will be more successful. Also that people who honestly have emotions towards their work or goal and more likely to achieve them, even if they aren’t as skilled as say someone who doesn’t have as much motivation. I think it would be cool to contrast how attitude can be more important even than skill. I would use the quote “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” to emphasize my point.

Another idea that I had was making a point about the influence of parents on their kids while they are growing up. I think that kids are mostly an image of their parents. One example I could use in my talk is that I think kids are the images of their parents like images that people see in those warped mirrors at amusement parks. You can see the major parts of your original image but there are some things that have changes because of the mirror.

The last idea I had was maybe to point out how friends start looking alike once they hang out for a certain amount of time and the reasoning behind it. I realized this when I was walking out of my dorm building and saw a group of girls all wearing the same thing , I was about to make a comment but then I realized that I was wearing the same thing as my friends. It would be interesting to show that friendships can change your looks more than social media.

RCL #10- Ted Talk Presentation

Overall I was pleased with my Ted Talk presentation after watching it. I think my point came across very clear and a lot of people could take advice from it.

In my delivery I was a lot more fluid than I usually am in presentations which was a huge accomplishment for me. One thing I would like to improve on is my mumbling. Sometimes when I would get lost I would mumble which made it hard for me to be heard and made it look  less professional. Another main thing I would change in my presentation is my conclusion. I got so excited that I had finally gotten through my ten tips with little error that I forgot to say my conclusion. This created a big pause in my presentation that bothers me every time I watch it. I think my visuals worked very well and that I don’t use too many hand gestures throughout the presentation. I felt like my tone of voice sounded a little too concerned than it needed to be for the topic I was presenting but it worked overall when it came to getting my point across.

I am most proud of my lack of stumbling over my words and gestures. I think that the recording turned out very well in general and could be used as a Ted Talk online. One thing I really want to change about my presentation is my conclusion, more specifically the long pause before it, like I mentioned before. I was so happy with my presentation up until that moment. For next time I need to keep in mind that my presentation isn’t truly over until I have said my conclusion.

RCL #9- Ted Talks

Ted Talks have advantages and disadvantages in rhetorical analysis. Some advantages are that they can reach a lot of people quickly, they are short, and they are easy to understand. Some disadvantages to Ted Talks are that you can’t pick your audience, the majority of your audience can’t communicate with you, and you may not be able to get your point across clearly/completely.

Ted Talks are recorded and able to be put online. This allows many people to watch them and with little effort. If more people watch them then our point/story is getting to more people and can be spread more quickly. People now a days have very short attention span so being able to make you point in a short presentation is a good way of getting and keeping and audiences attention. Also one of the main reasons for Ted Talks is to explain an idea or story. These presentations can be made so the majority of the population can understand what you are talking about. These advantages make Ted Talks a good method of rhetorical analysis.

There are also disadvantages to this method. One of the disadvantages is that the speaker can’t pick their audience. Although the Ted Talk may be reaching a lot of people, these people may not be the audience you were looking for. If you aren’t reaching the correct audience the message may become lost and the presentation will lose its importance. Another down side to Ted Talks is that the majority of your audience isn’t live. People that watch Ted Talks online can’t converse with the speaker during or after their presentation. This leads into another disadvantage, not being able to get your point across. Some people may not understand what you are trying to say, and if they can’t ask questions then they most likely won’t understand and your message will be lost.

Overal Ted Talks are a good way to communicate with a lot of people in a short amount of time, but there are also some disadvantages to them.

RCL #8- Paradigm Shift Rough Draft

Throughout the recruiting process Dayne Crist was overwhelmed by the instant fame he received from college coaches. He was getting 36 texts a day from different college coaches, none of which he answered. He received emails, letters, and phone calls constantly talking about scholarships and opportunities he would have. Even his parents were feeling the pressure and stress from all the attention their son was getting and he was only a junior in high school. While I know some people who waited until the last minute, literally, to decide what college they wanted to attend in their senior year of high school, Dayne Crist was trying to make the same decision in his junior year of high school and with more pressure on him (Reference A). I went through this same process during my junior year in high school. I started getting calls and emails from college coaches wanting me to come visit their school, because they were interested in me. I felt like my time to decide was so limited and that I needed to make my decision soon or I wouldn’t get into a good college. Throughout the years student athletes have felt pressure and stress from the recruiting process. With new technology, higher competition, helicopter parents, and recruiting starting at a younger and younger age the process have changed throughout these years. These pressures and resources create a cause for more rules and regulations in the recruiting process. With more rules, more are broken.

These days people, specifically coaches and admission boards can find everything they need to know about a student with the click of a button. Before the Internet coaches would have to hear through the grape vine about an athlete and make the trip out to their school and watch them play. These trips also gave them the chance to meet the players and determine what kind of person they are. Now, with all the top ten players and statistic websites coaches do not have to go watch a player to decide if they want them. Also, to decide what kind of person a possible recruit is a coach has many resources online to figure that out, for example, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to name a few. In high school we had lectures teaching us the possible permanence of something you put online and the damage it could cause. My parents never had these kinds of lessons because they did not have the resources that we do today to connect with everyone. “Many athletic departments already use the Internet to assess potential recruits and determine those factors that are most likely to influence their choice of school” (Reference H). Not only do coaches use the Internet to decide whether they like an athlete or not they use this resource to help them figure out what the athlete is looking for in a school. I feel like the Internet has turned recruiting into a dating site. The players are trying to make the best impression they can online to possible future schools while the schools are using this information to make their school seem like the best fit for the athlete. Two other ways the Internet allows coaches easier access to the student-athletes is through online questionnaires and email. As a student athlete you can go onto almost any college sport website and fill out their questionnaire online. This allows the college to find prospective student-athletes without making very much effort. Emails require more energy for the school than online questionnaires, but it also expresses more interest from the school in the students’ eyes. College coaches are not allowed email student-athletes until after their sophomore year according the NCAA regulations. NCAA regulations will be discussed later. Past student athletes did not have access to online questionnaires or email during their recruiting process. Technology has greatly changed the recruiting process by allowing the student-athletes and schools easier and less expensive access to each other.

Every year the competition in athletes get more and more intense. The higher expectations and more advanced technology in regards to equipment put greater pressure on student-athletes. “When I started coaching in 1958, I guess the biggest player I had was 185 or 190 pounds,” says Nick Hyder, head football coach at Valdosta (Ga.) High School. “Today, I’m coaching youngsters who are 250, 270, and are pretty good athletes. That’s on a high school football team, now.” (Reference J). Obviously the physical requirements for athletes to play these days have increased greatly throughout the years. Athletes overall have to become bigger, faster, stronger, and better in order to compete at high level than past athletes had to be. The high competition makes it harder for students to stand out and catch a coaches interest. This may lead students to drugs and/or alcohol, either to try to help them in their performance or just because they need a way to relieve the stress they feel.

“Helicopter parents” is a term I learned the first week in college. Parents that fall under this category are controlling and overly involved in their child’s life in all aspects. The change of parents’ views about their kids throughout the years has also change the recruiting process. Before this new breed of parents exists, kids were basically on their own to figure things out. No, their parents did not want them to fail, but they did make their kids achieve and develop to where they naturally would. These parents get extremely involved in the recruiting process, almost to the extent of where the coaches feel as though they are recruiting the parent instead of the student-athlete. I have seen many cases of this when I was going through the same process. Helicopter parents believe that their children deserve anything they want whether they earned it or not.

Another aspect of recruiting that changes throughout the years is the target age of coaches recruiting athletes. Student-athletes are committing to schools earlier and earlier. Some athletes are completely skipping college and going straight to professional leagues. “[Kevin] Garnett decided to enter pro basketball straight out of high school, and was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves” (Reference J) Not only are college coaches recruiting at a younger age but also professional leagues. I mean look at Thomas Hertl, a 19-year-old hockey player who scored 4 goals for the Sharks against the New York Rangers. The examples of today’s young recruits go on, the list is much longer than it used to be back when my parents were in high school. The combination of younger age recruiting and helicopter parents creates a volatile mixture which tends to lead toward children only being allowed to play one sport and not putting as much emphasis on school work as athletic work. One of my friend’s dad does not let him play golf because he believe it will mess with his baseball swing, he is 12. Kids have less opportunity to explore and find what they are truly passionate about in sports when their time is being more limited before recruits are looking for their next star. “In the beginning, you can play several different sports and love them all equally. It’s not until things get serious that most athletes choose just one sport” (Reference C). The sad thing is that the time when things get serious is coming sooner and sooner for athletes. Kids are being persuaded by their high school coaches to only play one sport, but there are still some like “Luther, who has 20 years of baseball coaching experience, believes high school athletes should play more than one sport, “ Without question, they become more competitive, their work ethic is a little bit better, people are tracking their grades all the time, it’s just a little bit of a better situation that they can be in a structured environment all the time” (Reference C) Luther believes that when you are entering collegiate sports “that’s when they should focus their energy on a single sport” (Reference C). Playing in more than one sport definitely has its advantages and disadvantages.

All these things changing in recruiting is causing the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to create rules and regulations, mainly to protect the student-athletes from being bombarded by coaches and their recruiting methods. One rule mentioned earlier was that college coaches can not email a student-athlete until after their sophomore year in high school. This rule is a perfect example of trying to limit the amount of contact a coach is able to make with prospective athletes. Without this rule athletes could be getting hundreds of emails their sophomore, even freshman, year in high school when they may not even be sure which sport they want to play in college if they are a multisport athlete. During my recruiting process I received an email from a college coach asking if I could visit their school, I informed him that I was still a sophomore and that he was not allowed to email me. He apologized and then had to submit his rule violation to the NCAA so that they knew it had happened. Because he submitted the form in time and he did not pursue emailing me until he was allowed to nothing happened. That was a minor violation but the violations that make headlines are usually major and are hidden for multiple months or years. For example, the “University of Colorado faced charges, it used sex, alcohol and drugs to recruit high school players” (Reference E). This scandal basically destroyed the University of Colorado’s football program and its reputation. These unethical ways of recruiting is spreading to the majority of Universities, big and small. “Money seems to be the force that’s causing what is happening,” says William Friday, president-emeritus of the University of North Carolina and chair of the reformist Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.” (Reference E) Money is also a big issue during the recruiting process, some schools offering students perks that they are not allowed to supply under NCAA eligibility regulations. I have heard of many athletes becoming ineligible because they accept money or gifts from colleges, which is also breaking NCAA rules. Under NCAA regulations a student-athletes most important thing is their eligibility, if they lose it they are unable to play amateur sports, including collegiate sports. Getting your eligibility back is almost impossible and in some cases not possible at all.

Overall the recruiting process has changed drastically throughout the years. Many things have caused the changes of recruiting and the changes occurring have had an effect on a lot of rules and regulations.

RCL #7- Paradigm Shift

Recruiting at a younger age

– teams that aren’t very good have a chance to get better
– players have a chance to choose to be on a good team
– maybe the players transfer to a better school
– gives them relief knowing where they are going
– makes players feel special getting the attention
– becomes more like college
– gives players more options

– more stress on players
– parents tend to interfere more, Helicopter parents
– team may not be what they think once they get there
– too soon to tell player’s true talent
– against the rules
– Private Schools have an advantage
– becomes more like college
– adds another aspect of high school hockey (most likely not in a good way)
– takes focus form developing players
– lack of school/town pride
– lack of history/chemistry
– focus more on individual than team (even though team sport)
– money becomes involved (with Private Schools)
– pressures younger kids into only picking one sport, doesn’t allow them to explore other options

RCL #6- Rhetorical Analysis Unit

The main thing I learned during the rhetorical analysis unit was the term Kairos. If someone had asked me what Kairos were before this unit I would have no idea how to respond. Kairos is the opportunity to state an argument. Recognizing these is important in politics. If someone wants to bring a topic up when no one else is interested in the topic then they will be sadly disappointed with the lack of response they get. You need to be patient when bringing up arguments in a group. I can apply this concept to my daily life as well. I need to remember that my audience has to be interested in the topic I’m talking about or I will get a response less than satisfactory.

Secondly, although I already knew what, ethos, pathos, and logos are it was a nice refresher to go over them again. I enjoyed being able to look at them in a more complex way than just emotions, reputation, and logic.

Lastly, I learned that there are different types of arguments; forensic, deliberative, and epideietic. Forensic arguments have to do with past issues, while deliberative arguments are future issues. Epideietic, which I am still unsure is a real word because no word programs recognize is as one, are arguments dealing with present issues. More specifically they are usually arguments dealing with praise or blame.

One thing that surprised me during this unit was how loose the definition of an argument was. I always thought of an argument as two people yelling at each other. This is not the case in rhetoric. I learned that people used to get together in the purpose of argument. They looked for opportunities to argument, either to show their knowledge or expand on it.

RCL #5- Kairos

There are many definitions of Kairos in rhetoric, but mine in this instance is the opportunity someone has to make their statement or get their message across. Miley Cyrus was beginning to fade into the background of other up and coming stars younger than her. Her main audience was teenage girls, but now that her audience, and her, were growing up changes needed to be made. Miley’s reputation as an innocent, but talented teenage girl was not making the cut with her older audience anymore. Her fading audience is the exigence that caused her change in appearance. She knew with her growing age that her reputation had to change and her last two songs combined (including their music videos) got her message across. I can’t even begin to analyze her “We can’t stop” music video so I’m analyzing her somewhat less extreme “Wrecking Ball” music video. Even after Miley’s hair cut, change in apparel, and “We can’t stop” music video, people were skeptical as to what she was trying to achieve. Many people thought this was just a quick phase that would be old news. In response to the lack of response to her changes Miley needed another chance to get her message across, that she had changed. I believe that her “Wrecking Ball” music video put the nail in the coffin to her old, innocent reputation. After riding on a wrecking ball nude, there is no going back to innocence. Her entire performance in the video separated her farther and farther away from an innocent image. She knew exactly what she was doing when she decided to become a sexual, outrageous pop star. I don’t believe her goal was to cause problems, only to get back on top and noticed again. She saw her opportunity to get back on the radar and took it.