Inquiry 3 entry 5

TROOP, DON. “Nobel? Sure. Parking Space? Maybe. (Cover Story).” Chronicle Of Higher Education 58.7 (2011): A1-A10. Academic Search Complete. Web. 4 Apr. 2014.

This is an academic article from Chronicle of Higher Education. It starts off by listing a few instances of how parking has worsened for administrators, students and staff all around the Country. An example is provided by a professor who retired at the age of 62 because she just couldn’t do it anymore. Getting to the campus around 7:30AM to ensure a parking spot and not leaving until after 11PM because of other duties. A lot of colleges will sell more parking passes than they have spots, some schools up to 65% more than what they have. The major problem seems to lie on the fact that universities are always growing and accepting more and more students each year but fail to address the need for more parking spaces in response. This article shares the stories of many professors and how they must cope with the growing population of students and the lack of parking. Many have to walk such as Lea Shopkow who commutes a mile and half on foot each day, no matter the weather. Thomas R. Rochan, president of Ithaca College has a spot designated for him 3 minutes away from his office. He once gave up his spot for a week to a lucky faculty member and he was able to experience the physiological rollercoaster of not knowing if a spot will be available, unlike his usual spot with his name on it. In the end it pretty much is summed up by explaining that everyone is having a pretty rough time in college campuses across the US as far as parking is concerned.

The article was published in the Chronicle of Higher Education and I found this by searching the Miami Libraries and Academic Search Complete. The author is Don Troop. I believe the intended audience is anyone who is interested in the overall situation that American campuses face with the large influx of students and the same number of parking spots each year to accommodate them all. I believe this is a credible source for people who are looking to get more information on the scarcity of campus parking. There are plenty of stories from faculty members all over the countries campuses. This article was published on October 7, 2011. It is over 3 years old but the problem still hasn’t been solved here at Miami, and I’m sure the campuses featured in the article are still going through the same problems as well. This isn’t an out of date piece yet because these problems are still occurring and it just shows that they’re not going anywhere. This issue is connected to the national scale parking problem across university campuses, and is also connected to Miami because we are having similar issues. This article uses a lot of pathos to bring out an emotional stance for readers, and also displays the emotions of unhappy faculty and students who struggle each day to teach and learn because of the inability to always have a convenient spot to park. There is ethos because there is credible names such as CEO’s and prestigious colleges discussed. This issue seems to be a big provider of pathos because as I stated earlier, there is a lot of emotions that go into this topic. The source is persuasive to me because it comes from an academic search engine so I believe that it is credible. I can relate to an extent with some of the peoples stories featured but I also haven’t been to scorned by the parking situation here like some others have at their respected institutions.

This source is going to be useful because I now have an outside source that is on the larger scale and dealing with the same issue. I can use comparisons of situations on other university campuses and put them side to side with problems here at Miami with our parking situation.


Inquiry 3 entry 4

Thebault, Reis. “MU pumps the brakes on student parking.” The Miami Student 3 September 2013. Web. 3 April 2014.

This article was found on the Miami Student and is written by Reis Thebault.   The main focus of this article points out that while there is indeed a lot of concern with parking for many students and staff, the campus just wasn’t intended to have so many cars on it. Parking meters have been installed in the Shriver Centers west parking lot but as one professor pointed out, Miami is not a campus that is intended to be for short periods of time, which is all that these meters accommodate as they have an one hour limit. Research found that about 43% of students who live within 1 mile of King Library still choose to drive instead of an alternative method. The consensus seems to be that Miami is stepping away from accommodating the drivers and is instead looking towards other ways of transportation.

This article came from The Miami Student and I found it online. The intended audience of this article is on students and the faculty and staff of Miami University. Like most of the articles on the Miami Student, they like to focus on the news and topics regarding and surrounding Miami University. This article was published on September 3, 2013, and updated on September 4, 2013. This article is less than a year old and seems to be a credible source because of this and other things. This article is also credible to the students and staff of Miami because of the inclusion of opinions of those who have had issues with parking and others who believe that Miami is better off with less drivers. Once again this article is based on the parking situation at Miami and is bound to bring up pathos when discussing it. There is a lot of frustration that moves through people when talking about the lack of parking spots available. Ethos is maintained by providing two sides to the story, those who think more parking is needed, and the other that believes Miami’s campus is better served for walking and using alternate transportation such as the buses. This creates an unbiased feel to the story. The source is persuasive to me because it shows that there is two sides to this story and it can better my argument because I have opinions from each side to base it from.

This source is going to be useful in providing two opinions within one article. It will help in forming my argument and will provide credible evidence as to what I am arguing for. This will easily fit in as I’m addressing both sides of the issue and in my opinion, will be very effective in doing so.

Inquiry 3 entry 3

Braude, Olivia. “‘Miami Makeover’ turns into parking takeover.” The Miami Student 22 November 2014. Web. 3 April 2014.

This article is featured in the Miami Student and is written by Olivia Braude. It focuses on the lack of parking spaces now that Miami is undergoing a makeover and construction has left an eyesore on the campus itself momentarily and on the already tarnished parking situation. There is mention of 75 faculty parking spaces being sacrificed in order to construct the Armstrong Center, and also another 220 spots that were replaced by the edition of Maple Street and Etheridge Hall. The article features the voice of George MacDonald, the assistant director of Parking and Transportation and throughout points out his concerns and how construction has severely affected the parking situation on Miami’s campus. The rest of the article addresses hefty fines upon parking illegally, attempts to utilize the bus system more trying to express the fact that Miami is an effective walking campus. There is mention of hazards to the handicap as construction has caused detours and more spots designated to the handicap are needed but that some were also added for those who need to be close. The cost of parking tickets has been described as disturbing but it is not the intent of the parking services, but only that they need to protect the little amount of parking that exists with as few problems as possible. The overall feel is unhappiness from many faculty members and students alike.

This article was published in the Miami Student and thus is exposed directly to those associated with the University. The intended audience is faculty and staff, students and the University itself. By quoting unhappy students and staff, it really provides our ears with the needed messages in response to the recent construction and its inevitable effect on parking. The credibility is very high in my opinion because there are direct quotes from those who work at Miami as instructors, and from the assistant director of Parking and Transportation. Along with this, students also voice their opinions and experiences so to me the credibility all falls onto the sheer amount of voices that are exposed because of this article. This article is not necessarily very old but is not as recent as some of my sources. It was published on November 22, 2013. But, it is still less than half a year old so it is not outdated. This is also connected to the parking issues that have come up at Miami due to the construction on campus and the amount of people who need sufficient parking in terms of its location. A lot of pathos is utilized within the quotes and opinions featured in the article. A lot of emotional responses and unhappy people who can’t seem to find parking when they need it and within a reasonable distance to their destination. Ethos is used because George MacDonald voices his take and concerns as the assistant director of Parking and Transportation which shows his credibility and knowledge on the issues. This piece is persuasive to me because I can relate to many of the opinions featured because I have also been in situations where I could not find a parking space and was late to class as a result.

This article is very useful in providing the stances of both teacher and students as well as the people who oversee the parking on campus. This will be useful in providing arguments in favor of creating new parking lots and spaces and will also include the other side of the argument as parking services state they are doing what they can with what they currently have. This will fit into my essay as a tool to provide specific instances of concern and unhappiness towards parking on campus.

Inquiry 3 entry 2

Navera, Tristan. “Miami University to boost parking options.” Dayton Business Journal 2 April 2014. Web. 3 April 2014

This specific article was featured in the Dayton Business Journal and was written by Tristan Navera. Within this article, Navera passes on information that Miami is asking for 1.5 million from the Ohio Controlling board to buy the old Talawanda high school. This would be for the possible addition of parking spaces for Miami University and would be located where the old Talawanda High School building lies. The plan would be to demolish the old high school and the few other structures in the area and construct 400 parking spaces and also use the area to provide more intramural fields to be shared with both Miami and Talawanda. Also, a plan to instead build a parking garage but that could cost them an additional 2 to 4 million dollars.

This article was published in the Dayton Business Journal and its intended audience is probably anyone who is affected by this such as those attending Miami University as additional parking spaces could save a lot of people the headache of searching for a spot without much luck. This article is effective in providing the information that is known publically at this time, such as the request of 1.5 million to purchase the old Talawanda High School. If this does not go through, those reading this would ultimately be let down because of the lack of parking spaces, but without speculating this article’s credibility lies on the author and his findings about the requested money to purchase the old school. This article was written on April 2, 2014 which makes it a day old as I’m writing this. It is certainly a current news article and it creates credibility to the topic. It is a little difficult to pick up on the rhetorical strategies used but pathos is used by bringing up that additional parking spaces could be constructed in the future if the request to buy Talawanda goes through. Also, a bit of logos is used simply because there is clarity to the article. This article is associated with the local problem found throughout Oxford and Miami’s campus which is parking or lack thereof. This piece is persuasive to me because it shows that Miami is trying to provide more parking for the staff and the students.

This article will be used to show that Miami has taken note of the parking crisis and is looking for new avenues to address the problem such as purchasing the old High School and using the land to build parking and more intramural fields for sports for both Miami and Talawanda students. This article will be useful in providing a stance that shows that Miami does care and is willing to expand the number of parking spaces assessable to students.

Inquiry 3 entry 1

Shear, Andy. ” Miami’s parking situation go from bad to worse; a senior’s take on parking     garage problems.” The Miami Student 1 April 2014 Web. 4 April 2014

This article is a letter to the editor of the Miami Student about Miami’s parking situation and in particular the parking garage. The author, Andy Shear, goes into detail about an afternoon in which he attempts to find a parking space within the parking garage. The garage is full and he’s unaware of this. One of the problems he points out is that there are no indicators given to drivers before they enter the garage to specify whether or not the garage has any space left. This causes people the hassle of driving blindly through the garage in hopes of finding something but in this case he has no such luck. Shear rhetorically asks if Miami’s goal is to make money off its students through tickets, as he was forced to park in a yellow zone and was ticketed for doing so. Rather than missing more class time or group work, he chose to risk it but was fined, and so he simply wonders if Miami is doing everything in its power to supply adequate parking to try and limit these experiences for students who need to park on campus. Shear brings up an excellent point about the ever growing number of students each year, but the lack of any real upgrade to the parking.

This letter was sent to the Miami Student because it is directly associated with students and staff of Miami University. This provides more students with an opportunity to be exposed to it, as I’m sure more students read the Miami Student than the local Oxford Press. The intended audience is students in particular, but instructors, professors and the staff of Miami’s many operations would also be an audience because they surely are ticketed just as much as the students. I believe that this is a credible source because it’s coming directly from a student and should be interpreted as a true story as there seems to be little incentive to lying about the parking situation from this stance. I’d see it more likely that if a lie was made about this topic, it’d focus on how Miami’s parking situation is working properly and there are no problems. However, this one story can be multiplied into many similar stories as I’m sure something similar to this has happened to many students. This article is not even a week old so that adds to the ethos and credibility. This problem is connected to the problems all around the country that have to do with high influxes of people and the inability to cater to everyone’s needs as a driver by providing parking for everyone. This article seems to lean heavily on pathos as Shear tries to put you in his shoes and explain how he missed out on valuable class time because of the lack of parking spaces and the ineffective ways in letting students know that a garage is at full capacity.

This article could prove effective in my essay because it provides a specific example of why one student feels Miami’s parking situation has gone from bad to worse, as his title states. I believe it will fit in my essay as an argumentative tool for taking a stance that provides specific examples of how the parking at Miami has failed students who are trying to get the most out of their Miami experience.

Jones Blog

I’ve fumbled around with a few topics already but I believe I have the issue that I want to work with. As many students and teacher already know, parking on campus is a really big problem. I am lucky enough to have access to a red parking pass, as I share one with my roommate who is finishing her master’s degree. This makes it easier for me as I don’t live on campus, but for other people it can be a real nightmare trying to get close enough to your class without sacrificing your own time to make sure you’re not late. From the Jones reading, I focused on inductive reasoning once I read about it, as it seems to be an effective way to provide your evidence and in little pieces to generalize the conclusion that you’re after. In my case, I’ll be able to provide many reasons why our parking situation here at Miami isn’t so good. Deductive reasoning is also a great way to show that a generalization about many aspects of the parking situation can help to pinpoint more specific aspects and form conclusions that way. I think this topic about parking is a pretty big issue and there is plenty of stances on the issue.

McClure Blog Post

So far I’m still a little skeptical about Inquiry 3 and if we’re suppose to address 6 different current events, or try to find 6 articles based on 1 event. So far, I’ve found an interesting article about a fraternity that is axing the pledging process after recent deaths due to things such as overdoses, alcohol poisoning and hypothermia. It was not pointed out where these deaths occurred but I do know that Miami has a chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity located on Talawanda Street.  I can relate to McClure’s article in that I also am one of those students who uses Google and Wikipedia a lot. I was always told throughout my middle school and high school time that these sources were not credible but as time has gone by, I have found that Wikipedia usually always has correct information and the people who are dedicated to making Wikipedia and reliable source do a pretty good job of keeping incorrect information away from their pages. I believe it provides good information on a lot of things that can be useful to get an idea as to what you’re researching but I can understand professors and teachers not wanting it to be cited as a source. Since being at Miami I have taken advantage of the University Libraries page and their web search tools that take you to credible, academic sources and that has really helped out in a lot of research I’ve done here.

Inquiry 3 Zero Draft

“America’s ‘deadliest fraternity’ drops pledging” published in the Oxford Press. I believe the intended audience for this article is for a lot of college students and those who are interested in joining a fraternity. Sigma Alpha Epsilon is a fraternity represented all over the country including here at Miami. There is also a video transcript which provided by I believe this article was effective in covering the news that Sigma Alpha Epsilon will now eliminate pledging in an attempt to cleanse their name of the recent pledging deaths. The title alone is eye catching as Sigma Alpha Epsilon is being referred to as the deadliest frat in America. The rhetoric here is very bold and definitely catches the eyes of readers who know of a Sigma chapter on their college campuses. I think pathos is being used heavily as this article reflects on how Sigma’s pledging process has resulted in multiple deaths and torture-like initiations that led to overdoses, alcohol poisoning and hypothermia. This source is persuasive for me as a reader and somewhat relevant because this fraternity is located on our campus and even though these deaths were not here this axing of the pledging system affects the fraternity here.

Booth Reading

After reading Booth, I found his section on Win Rhetoric to be the most interesting for me. This section really outlines public speaking and politics and human nature in general. Everyone wants to win, but by what means are people willing to use to win? I feel like presidential candidates practice WR-b  to gain popularity but then will later lose that but after they’ve already been elected and hold the power for the time being. When there is only two sides to fight for, it seems to be too easy to gain respect and praise from one group by speaking to those people and to their opinions and wants.

The Huffington Post may use a few of these categories  because they are presenting news to people, but usually to their audience which consists of a younger group of people who are more liberal in their views. I feel like they try to imply WR-a, which is the honest win rhetoric. When they publish articles it is in their interest to present it in such a way that may appear unbiased but they are leaning more towards the side that they believe to be right and just. There is a news article about the Keystone XL pipeline and that a new study found that the environmental risks are greater than the state department suggested. This article is showing that the state department did not assess the project’s impact environmentally as far as it should have, at least in the findings just made in the recent study. I think this article was published to show that the environment will be hurt if the government goes through with its construction. It’s almost a way to take oil off the pedestal by showing the environmental risks involved with pursuing even more oil when we know the carbon emissions are harmful to us and the environment. The readers of the Huntington Post would most likely agree with this because it is a liberal idea.

Inquiry 2 Zero Draft

For my Inquiry 2, I’m choosing to do a rhetorical analysis on the Huffington Post. I’ve actually never visited this news reader so there will be no biases involved.  At first glance, the date and the title  pop out, the title more so because it is capitalized and larger.  Like a lot of news readers, a main story is featured with a large picture and a large title.

As I was browsing the site, the top story changed once. Something that I found interesting is that this site also features a blog, which is showcased to the left side of the page. It shows a picture of the author next to their post and from this I gathered that there’s an age distribution  from early 20’s up into people in their 60’s and 70’s as far as blog posters goes. The site relies on pictures to capture interest in stories  because they provide a picture next to every story. I think this caters to a younger audience, possibly college students and recent graduates who browse this site in their free time or in between classes. I feel like these pictures would increase interest because some of them are gifs, and others are eye grabbing in general.  Also, the stories on the front page seem to only offer keywords or topics of what the story is about, requiring you to click on the picture to actually get more than just a title, and I think younger people are more likely to do this.

With different sub sections of the site such as “gay voices”, “horoscopes”, “Sports”, “Celebrity”, and “GPS for the soul”, I can tell even more so that this news aggregator is for a younger based audience, with possibly more liberal views and sections dedicated solely to women. There’s a section called “Voices” and includes, women voices, black voices, Latino voices, gay voices, religion, teen, crime and impact. This offers more news for any demographic of Americans and keeps a very open mind in showing that the Huffington Post is for the people, all people and is not afraid to showcase all opinions of all people alike. The news is mostly U.S. news but there is also a worldpost section which focuses on global news.