Everyday Writing

Within the last week, here are some times where I used writing.

1. Rent check and mailing address on envelope

2. Posting comments on various websites and forums such as Reddit

3. English 111 blog, assignments, and free write

4. Texting

5. Replying to emails


Last reading

The essay by Nathalie Singh-Corcoran was an interesting read and displayed how FYC (first year composition) is important to students of all fields and how their writing careers will continue onward through their life and stem outwards whether they believe it or not. I could compare this essay with my own works in English 111 by looking towards the section titled “learning how to learn to write: the purpose and goals of FYC”. The writings have followed the awareness of rhetorical knowledge, critical thinking, reading, and writing, process, conventions and composing in electronic environments. I believe the Inquires we’d completed showcase many of these ideas and skill sets. Inquiry 3 showcased rhetorical knowledge, critical thinking, reading and writing. We had to explore readings and think critically of them as to their potential effectiveness as a source. Where did it come from, who wrote it, is it biased? This all requires reading and then a write up in the form an annotated bibliography. This essay explains very clearly how a first year composition course will prepare all students for their future and how in all actuality the content that appears in the course could very likely show up again in the workplace and at the very least the writing skills gained will carry over into the workplace.

Inquiry 4 thoughts

I have done a little bit of work so far on inquiry 4. I’m using Windows Movie Maker to compile a set of pictures and back ground noises, which I found on freesound.org, to compliment the narration that will soon be added into the mix. I still need to decide what I’m going to say, and I’m most likely going to write a script of some sort based off a section of the first inquiry. As for right now, I have two pictures of a lake and the sounds of water on a lake and birds to accompany this. I think it seems to work well right now but once I add some narration I’ll be able to decide if I need to tone the sound effects down or not based on the clearness of my voice. I’ll probably add a few more pictures such as people on a boat, or fish underwater to add even more to the theme of the outdoors and fishing in particular. I haven’t come across any problems yet aside from getting use to the movie maker program and tinkering with the settings to see what I can do with it. Overall, everything is going smoothly thus far and my next draft will include narration.

Inquiry 4 ideas

I’m thinking of doing my inquiry 4 based on the first inquiry of the class.  Ill be doing an audio version of some section of it. I’m not sure what section and I’m not really sure how I’ll go about doing it. I think that I’ll somehow add some sound effects of being outside and on a boat, such a birds and insects. Over this, I’ll narrate the section of actually sitting in the boat and discussing what bait we’d like to use and why that is our preferred set up or our favorite and the rhetoric that comes into play.  That’s pretty much it as for right now as I haven’t spent any time on thinking about it until now.

Jones blog

From Jones’ rules I have taken away some knowledge on how to properly argue an issue and defend it through the use of evidence. The freedom rule pretty much states that you should stay away from personal jabs at the other side, instead focus on the argument and the facts, and in my case that would be to not take any cheap shots at Miami or the parking services. It seems like it could be easy to accidentally slip up and throw out a cheap shot because of all the headaches that are caused by lack of parking throughout the campus and the hefty fines that are issued because of this. I will apply the burden of proof rule through the use of my articles and compile my arguments from the evidence provided with them. Essentially I shouldn’t just make up claims and sell them as fact. The relevance rule will be used because I do not plan on straying from my argument that Miami should improve the parking situation on Campus. I also must maintain the validity rule and assure my readers that I am not making claims that do not match up or back each other up. The piece must flow smoothly and fit together nicely.

inquiry 3 part 2 zero draft

There has always seemed to be a grudge between parking services and anyone who parks on Miami’s campus. There are many factors that make this an unfriendly situations such as limited parking availability, fines with steep prices, and meters that do not adequately suit this campus in reference to time and convenience. For those who commute, there is no guarantee that they will be able to find a parking space that allows them to move freely to their destination without making it a longer trip than it should have to be. By utilizing more space for parking, and insuring that upgrades to the campus do not remove preexisting parking lots such as the ones sacrificed for Etheridge Hall and the Armstrong Center, Miami could ensure a more convenient experience while on campus. To add more fuel to the fire, desperate times call for desperate measures, such as parking “illegally”. If you’re caught by parking services, they will not hesitate to throw out fines that can be as much as $75 or more for simply parking too close to the line in a parking spot. Is Miami more interested in the amount of money they receive from these fines each year, or providing a memorable experience for the many students who occupy the campus everyday during the semester. I would like to argue that Miami is not doing everything to address the issue, and not providing enough lots for parking other than red zone lots, there seems to be more incentive involved with collecting money than providing a workable parking situation. With my sources I will argue that enough people have been bitten by the system and I will provide reasonable insight as to how Miami has tried to tackle the issue, but how not much has been done over the past few years, while an increase in students each year creates a bigger jam than the year prior.

Inquiry 3 entry 6

Jobin, Matt. “Overcoming The Community College Parking Crunch.” University Business 13.7 (2010): 24-25. Academic Search Complete. Web. 4 Apr. 2014.

This article is about how community colleges are dealing with the same problem that all colleges are facing. Primarily due to the increase in costs and tuition many students are enrolling at community colleges and the number of students far exceeds the amount of parking. It is noted the community college students are made up entirely of commuters and it would be effective to conduct parking utilization studies to measure the use of parking and at what times it is needed the most. There are comparisons to the benefits and disadvantageous to parking lots and parking structures, such as space and money. There are comparisons made between urban and suburban campuses and their differences and their needs based on location. Urban campuses are more likely to have municipal parking on streets which could help take the load off the campus itself. Promoting alternative transportation is a way to advertise bus routes and car pooling. The key is getting the information out there so the students can utilize it, otherwise they are unaware and won’t know. Also, there needs to be safety ensured all around a campus and if there are areas where people don’t feel safe parking than it is a wasted spot. Sufficient lighting and visibility is key. In conclusion the article again states that community colleges are dealing with new parking challenges as more and more students are taken in. It will take planning and effort to provide safe and efficient parking for students and staff.

This piece was taken from University Business and I found the source under Academic Search Complete from the Miami University Libraries website. The intended audience for this article would seem to be campus planners of Community Colleges who are looking for information and suggestions on how to better accommodate a growing number of students with not enough parking for them all. It seems to be a strategically written article to give administrators and planners an idea of how to best build their campus parking based on location and size. I believe it is a credible source for these people because it provides good examples and suggestions on how to go about dealing with this issue. The article cites Eric Gohr, the director of auxiliary services for Lansing Community College. He works with a community college so it is safe to say that he has the ability to make suggestions based on what he’s experienced and that he is aware that even community colleges are dealing with the issue of parking availability. This article was released in July of 2010. It about 4 years old but in my opinion it is still current enough to hold its credibility. This focuses on Community Colleges but is still associated with any University because they all have a similar situation of too many people and not enough parking. I would still associate this article with Miami because it is addressing ways that parking can be bettered. The rhetorical pieces involved with this article are most notably logos, because it is providing logical solutions and steps to take in order to better the parking situation on community college campuses. A little bit of pathos is used because of the issue and as I’ve stated before parking woes do bring out emotions. Lastly, ethos is established by citing someone who has knowledge and experience into the issue at hand. This source is persuasive to me because it provides tips and strategies and comes from a reliable source.

I believe this piece could be useful in providing some solutions, even though this is more focused on community colleges I still believe that some of these ideas could be implemented on a level that could work for Miami’s campus.