Veronica Capas and Gabby Lotter

The faces of the Piedmont College training room are always changing. Different people, all with different ailments, are constantly coming and going every day. However, two faces that have remained consistent are those of Piedmont soccer players Veronica Capas and Gabby Lotter. The two friends share an unbreakable bond, having been there for each other as they both recover from serious knee injuries.

 

“We had our surgeries about three days apart, so we decided to help each other with all of our rehab training stuff,” said Capas. Both her and Lotter suffered ACL injuries before coming to Piedmont, which sidelined them for the whole season. The only thing that was keeping them sane during that tough time was the drive to get back to playing, and the fact that they had each other’s back.

 

“There will be days when I’m down and she’ll pick me up, or vice versa,” said Lotter. “Having someone in there with me who knows exactly what I’m going through has definitely help me get through the recovery process.”

 

Both girls are cleared to return back to the field for the women’s soccer spring season, but Capas is the only one who is allowed to go through full-contact in practice. The transition back onto the field has been fun for her, but extremely challenging at the same time. “I feel so slow,“ said Capas. “The other day I had to stop practicing because my body hurt so bad. I’m so excited to finally get to play but it pisses me off  that I’m not at 100 percent.”

 

Lotter, though happy for Capas, wishes she could be doing more out on the field. “I’m not fully cleared to do contact drills. I’m basically a neutral player that no one is allowed to tackle. I’ll be fully cleared soon but right now I’m just going to have to deal with it.”

 

This whole experience had made Capas and Lotter inseparable as friends. Seeing each other succeed on the field is one of their main goals and they will do whatever it takes to get back to playing the sport they love, with their first taste of game action on April 14thas the women’s soccer team participates in scrimmages.

 

“Playing on the field together would be awesome,” says Capas, “especially because it’s the goal we shared since we began the recovery process together.”

Diane Roberts Speaks at Piedmont

Renowned novelist and journalist Diana Roberts came to deliver the second of her three speeches here for the students at Piedmont College on March 29th.

 

“I got the chance to check out you guys’ radio station…all I can say is that it’s nice to not have to worry about real world issues like revenue so enjoy it while you can,” said Roberts.

 

Roberts’ main focal point of the speech was the impact of journalism and its place in the modern world today, but before she go into her story as a journalist, she opened up the room for questions.

 

She explained to the small group of students both the perks and the pitfalls of being a journalist in this day and age. She provided wisdom in her many anecdotes and kept everyone awake with several witty remarks that had everyone laughing.

 

“If Paula Deen ever expressed an interest in mathematics, I would find her a more interesting person when she talks, but instead she just puts butter on butter and says ‘try this!’”

Roberts definitely gave several students in attendance some great keys to continue their pursuits of being journalist and writers. Her words of encouragement seemed to resonate with all of the students, many of whom will  be completing capstone and heading off to the real world.

 

“No one get out of bed and decides ‘I’m a writer’ or ‘I’m a journalist’, you have to work at it,” she said. “It’s kind of depressing but that’s how you become successful, by working hard at what you do”

Prompt #6

Many of these stories reinforce the perceptions about how competitive sports are by explaining how teams are getting better, or how games will be played in the future. However, stories like the one about the little girl playing with a birth defect are mostly about the story and less about how good she is at volleyball. People love a good success story, especially sports fans.

The story I liked the most was the story regarding the GHSA and how they moved their state championship games away from the Macon Centerplex. This one is my favorite because of my personal association with this article. Ironically, I was one of the last people to play in the Macon Centerplex before this article came out. Everything that is listed in this article was something that I experienced when I played in that arena.

There are times when sports writers tend to over-dramatize whomever they are covering, and there is evidence of that in the story about James Washington to a certain extent. The story’s setup for the most part felt like I was reading an opening plot for a movie. It was well written, but not necessary for an article like this.

From reading these articles, I feel that it is very important to know about the sport that you are writing about. If a writer has no idea about the sport that they are covering, there can create some sort of a disconnect with the reader and that can create distrust with the source. Its not that hard to tell from the writing that the writer has no idea about the sport that they are covering.

Prompt #5

The main thing that all of these publications share is the fact that they show that a social commentary can be made about literally anything in the world today, and that includes the arts. These publications go beyond the usual review and talk about what about a certain part of the arts related to social problems in society today.

The one that resonated with me was the #BlackPantherChallenge because seeing something that involves young kids of the same race as me is always something I love to read about. I am a person who loves superheroes and comics, and having a character as iconic as Black Panther represent my race in a certain royal way is something that young black kids need to see.

These stories provide mass appeal by first expelling a certain social commentary. Then, instead of taking a biased stance on that commentary, they simply provide facts and tell the story without throwing the writer’s own opinions in the face of the reader.

Kneeling for the Flag

The issue of equality has come to the forefront due to the current state of America. There are viral videos of blatant racism by several people, starting with the people who are sworn to protect us, up to the person in charge of running this country. There have been several protests from citizens, specifically African-Americans, trying to call attention to these issues. No matter how much they yell and plead, it seems like they can’t get their point across.

 

Along comes a black professional athlete by the name of Colin Kaepernick. He decided that he had enough of what he was seeing in America today and decided to use his stature and platform to make a call to action. During the playing of the national anthem, Colin decided to take a knee instead of following the natural procedures of the anthem. The news spread, and millions of people were up in arms about his actions. As the days followed more pro athletes were kneeling during the anthem, causing a massive uproar from Americans, especially whites. Their anger is directed at the wrong thing and no one has informed them on what is truly being protested.

 

During that time, there had been several viral videos of black men who were unarmed and complying with police being viciously beaten or shot dead in the street, like the infamous Mike Brown situation in Ferguson, Missouri. The people responsible for the brutality were mostly white and got out of serving any jail time or even a loss of employment. Those people got away with assault and murder, even when there was clear evidence of their wrong doing. On top of that, the person running in office currently has a hidden racist agenda that rears its ugly head in rallies and press conferences across the country.

They kneel because it’s hard to be a black person living in America today.

They kneel because it is the only way that people will pay attention to the equality issues we have.

They kneel to give blacks the voice that they don’t have the ability to express.

J.I.D– The Never Story Album Review

Short Version:

 

J.I.D puts his name on the map with the major success of his debut project “The Never Story”. The Dreamville rapper shows off his skills with songs like “General,” “LAUDER” and his hit single “NEVER”. The album is in many ways a nod back to the times when rapping was about lyrical style and flow in addition to story-telling. Both older and newer generations alike will definitely take a liking to this Atlanta-based rapper’s music. An album like this makes fans eagerly excited for whatever he has next in store.

 

Long Version:

 

In the current state of hip-hop music, it seems like almost like every new artist has lyrics and flow that sound like they are coming from a 10-year-old. Rap has now shifted towards an audience with short attentions spans who need catchy lyrics. Atlanta-based rapper and Dreamville signee J.I.D is like a breath of fresh air with his debut album “The Never Story”.

 

The 12-song project is a nod to the days when rap was all about lyrical style, flow and telling a story. J.I.D’s words dance on each track effortlessly with a sense of confidence in his abilities that is unmatched. The album begins with “General” a song that prepares you for the lyrical performance that comes with the rest of the project. He continues with his breakout single “NEVER”, a song that should be on your workout playlist if it isn’t already. J.I.D isn’t just a one-trick pony on this album, though, he flexes his singing chops on back to back songs “Hereditary” and “All Bad”.

 

The Never Story is an instant classic. This project will make fans of both older and newer generations excited for whatever he decides to release next. The title of the next greatest rapper of this generation is a hefty one to carry, but J.I.D is ready for the challenge, and “The Never Story” is more than enough proof.

 

 

Prompt #3

Roger Ebert is considered one of the best reviewers and from looking at two of his movie reviews, the consideration is very justified. Ebert uses a vocabulary that gets right to the point and doesn’t contradict himself while explaining his thoughts. He provides a certain imagery for those who may not have seen or understood the movie without spoiling anything and thats what makes his reviews so renowned.

This is also why his review of Lincoln was the one I felt was the best written. He explained the movie and took a firm stance on how he felt about it. No contradictions were made in his review, rather they we’re things he thought could have been changed about the film.

I feel like the short reviews were effective. For people who don’t necessarily like to read long articles or paragraphs, both of the reviews get straight to the point without adding any fluff and extra wordiness.

A good review has to have a firm opinion about the subject and do a good job of not contradicting itself. It can provide suggestions about improvement as a means to get people to debate about the movie.

Prompt #2

What each of these articles have in common is that they are calling attention to certain issues that are happening in society today. From sexual assault to the internet escapades of our President to the academic level of high school students. Each article calls attention to these issues, take a specific stand on them, and lay out solutions based on that stance.

The difference between the articles of this week and last week is that these articles are more opinionated and deal with current events, rather than tell specific stories. They bring facts and outside stories, rather than anecdotes. They look to create discussion and form opinions, rather than tell a story for an audience.

The most effective for me was the article explaining the use of free speech on Twitter. It made a very complex idea very simple for people to understand, while also not showing any kind of serious bias.

I couldn’t really tell which of the stories were the least effective because all of these articles presented were very well written and explained their stories and stances well enough to call serious attention to the issues going on in today’s society.

Prompt #1

All five of these articles, though some of them uncomfortable to read for me to be honest, all focus on personal experience and anecdotes to the issues of everyday life. These “issues” range from most commonly talked about, such as President Trump’s stance on Mexican immigrants, to taboo topics that no one wants to talk about in public. Each one of these stories are testimonials that shed light onto these vast topics and provide perspective to someone who may not understand.

My favorite one to read in terms of the writing style was the one that talked about the spanking fetish. The way it is written gave me the feeling like I could fully understand and relate to the writer, even though I have not a clue about what she goes through mentally when it comes to intimate settings. The use of comedic imagery and funny anecdotes helped me to keep from cringing over this taboo topic and stop reading altogether.

The column that I thought was the least effective was the “egg” story, mostly due to the vocabulary used in the article. At times I had to re-read sentences and even paragraphs to even understand the point she was trying to make. Even when I got to the conclusion I still didn’t understand what was being said. The vocabulary used in The New Yorker could be geared towards people not in my demographic and that could probably be the reason why I think its not very effective.

If I had to ask a question to any of the writers I would ask the writer of the gun control column and I would ask him what kind of responses did he think he would get from people who were with them in the military, and what would he say to people who have a different opinion than him.