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spring break 2012

Discussion by: dillon beckett on Mon, 2012-04-16 19:32 with 0 comments

Spring break is often regarded as the herald of summer, it is the last long break of the school and takes place only a month from the end of the school year. It is the time that students everywhere rejoice and enjoy themselves, and unfortunately for some of us, it is when senioritis approaches its terminal stage. This spring break I had the good fortune of accompanying EF tours on a tour of Roman Britain, up through Carlisle to York, across to Bath, and finally down into the heart of Britain, London.

Vegas tunnel people

Discussion by: dillon beckett on Sat, 2012-03-17 13:23 with 0 comments

We all know you can lose it all in vegas, and we all know people do, but do you know where they go when they have not a penny left to their name? The answer may surprise you. Beneath Las vegas lies an expansive, 200 mile tunnel system that is home to over 1,000 people, a community beneath the streets that manages to survive. These are the people that caught by the Sin City, unable to escape they eke out their lives in the underbelly, making ends meet by finding leftover change in slot machines and dumpster diving.

Archer

Discussion by: dillon beckett on Sat, 2012-03-17 12:27 with 1 comments

In less than one week, my favorite show ends its third season and then I must solemnly await its return for another 8 months. I first saw Archer while at a fellow swimmers house, and we made it through the entire first season amid outbursts of laughs at joke after politically incorrect joke. I returned to school to spread the word about this hysterical new show, only to find that many of my friends had beat me to it. As the year went on, I followed the second season, overjoyed and impressed that they kept the show so fresh and new while still keeping a very interesting.

Hockey Enforcers

Discussion by: dillon beckett on Fri, 2012-02-24 15:47 with 3 comments

Throughout my research these past few months, I have realized one major thing; the role of enforcers, the players whose job is solely to fight, is no longer needed in the sport of hockey. Fighting is a part of the game, and has many supporters, including myself, but it needs its limits; the stress and damage of being an enforcer took its toll this past year in the form of three young men.

Library online databases

Discussion by: dillon beckett on Wed, 2012-02-08 12:40 with 0 comments

After browsing the multiple databases, I have a good grasp on which to use and which to avoid when researching a specific topic such as the stress placed on 'enforcers' in the NFL. My first database, the Utah Digital Newspapers site, had a very slow search, and had ancient sources, some before the 1900s, all what appear to be amateur photos of the article, often illegible and confusing. I would never use this database on a serious research assignment. The second source, newsbank, was equally unhelpful.

DLDay; Deleting your facebook

Discussion by: dillon beckett on Wed, 2012-02-01 13:10 with 1 comments

For Digital Learning Day, I read the article 'Would you consider deleting your facebook?'. My answer is no. I, however, may be an exception among today's teens, as I check it around 4 times a month on average. I see my friends more often then I text them, and message them less than I text them. Facebook is a luxury in my life rather than a burden, or an addiction.

Chasing Ice

Discussion by: dillon beckett on Fri, 2012-01-27 15:47 with 0 comments

Glaciers are rapidly receding, we are all told this over the course of our high school class be it by a classmate, teacher, or the media. However, we are only told, not shown. James Balog's poignant film Chasing Ice delivers a shudder through the audience as they truly grasp the severity of their situation. A documentary of the Extreme Ice Survey, Balog's project to study the ice sheets and the danger they face, Chasing Ice features typical film components such as score and dialogue, but what makes it unique is the amount of time lapse photography.

Top Ramen

Discussion by: dillon beckett on Thu, 2012-01-26 22:05 with 0 comments

Top Ramen is a staple food in the diet of most of today's college students. While high in fat content, these delicious noodles fill one up fast, be it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Arguably the greatest pro of top ramen is the fact that it can be eaten raw or cooked and still taste fantastic. I myself have a super pack in my pantry, and am preaparing myself for college life by eating one a day when I can. If one thing is for sure, I will never tire of Top Ramen.

Senioritis

Discussion by: dillon beckett on Mon, 2012-01-09 15:56 with 0 comments

Senioritis is an epidemic spanning all of the United States, possibly the entire world. Described as "noun. A crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as Graduation." Senioritis takes hold of budding intellects, ready to blossom into the adult world, and crushes them underfoot.

London Olympics

Discussion by: dillon beckett on Mon, 2012-01-09 15:43 with 1 comments

With the Olympics fast approaching, London is bustling with energy and planning. Wenlock and Mandeville have been selected as the mascots, for the Olympics and Paralympics respectively. The 2012 games feature 26 sports broken down into 39 disciplines, according to the website www.london2012.com, with many stars returning to the competition this year. Swimming superstar Michael Phelps returns for his fourth olympics, leading a pack of 950 swimmers in 34 medal events.

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