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Blog Post #1 – King Corn

How is it that our generation will be the first one that will not outlive their parents’ generation? Upon hearing this shocking and discerning news, Ian and Curtis, recent college graduates who should feel free and see their whole lives ahead of themselves, started to investigate this disturbing question of earlier death of their generation by implementing various problem-solving and critical learning methods. Ian and Curtis started to jot down their diet and record what they ate. Curtis and Ian had Steve Macko, a Isotope Chemistry Professor at the University of Virginia, to analyze their pieces of hair because it is to be a “tape-recorder” of what humans eat. The analysis concluded that the carbon in most human body is made up from corn that humans knowingly or unknowingly consume every day. According to Professor Macko, corn is injected in almost every “food” that you find in the aisles of local supermarket. They have been chemically altered to be injected into food. Since corn is in shape and forms that you would not expect, it is not easy to distinguish or to know if you are eating them or not. Corn can be processed to high fructose corn syrup, starch, main diet for almost every domestic animal that humans consume. Corn substituted many other ingredients like sugar, flour, grass (for cows and animals), et cetera because corn is easy to grow, efficient and most importantly inexpensive. Because corn is inexpensive, it has been industrialized and utilized into our food system easily. Also they are stored and there are more than plenty of corns to go around every year. Curtis and Ian moved to Greene, Iowa to raise corns as farmers and track down their own corns into the grotesque food system that we currently have. As Curtis and Ian raised their own corns in an acre, they found out and showed in their documentary many disturbing facts. Farmers would not eat what they have grown. It seriously raises a troubling question: why would farmers not eat their own crops and so what is gravely wrong with their crops? By digging deeper, Curtis and Ian came upon the fact that corns are grown by heavy pesticides and they are genetically engineered so that they can be grown in such harsh conditions easily and efficiently. After raising these corns, Curtis and Ian tasted corns and the corns were tasted horribly unpleasant when consumed raw unlike other corns raised in other countries like Mexico and countries in South America unless they are processed in anyway. As Curtis and Ian followed their pile of corns, they found out that corns are turned into high fructose syrup that replaced sugar in many foods and drinks. Since corns are cheaper than sugar cane, it is used to sweeten most of the foods and drinks. Our generation is drinking more calories than ever before, all thanks to corn. When corn is processed into high fructose corn syrup, it has no nutritional value and it is purposely for metabolism and contains only calories. So Ian, Curtis and his friend made their own high fructose corn syrup after their failure to visit the factory that makes them. Indeed, HFCS tasted too sweet to be consumed alone. Curtis and Ian found out that their corn will end up in the “elevator” in Greene, Iowa. The elevator is a place for storing excess surplus of corns. All theses corns were grown due to an act passed in 1970s for agriculture. We are the first generation that saw abundance that brought too much and bad health. All the excess amount of corns will go to our bodies and will probably store excess fat since cannot burn all those estimated calories. By growing and tracking their own corn, Ian and Curtis came down to a conclusion. The reason for the earlier death of our generation is this commonly grown crop called corn and its effect on the food system.

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Academic enrichment

I just realized that I attended the Everything You Need To Know About Math with Dmitry because he needed help with Calculus and I was tutoring him. Luckily I had the signature from one of the student assistants. I passed my AP calc exam in highschool I learned most of my techniques there. I personally think that there are no legitimate study techniques but one must learn the basis of mathematics including algebra. It is a very personalized subject because as long as you follow the rules of math properly, you wil achieve your answer. I think many of my classmates attended this workshop in desperate need of help because of the horrible math class. What the workshop did successfully was to explain that stress and craming leads to nothing good. I asked some of the people who attended what they thought and they said it helped, so I don’t know.

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Communications article

Communication skills are the the basis of success in the world in every aspect. From personal relationships to school to the work place, communicating with your parents, your peers and your employers is the key to success. In the last 10 years, the technological advancements have stunted the importance of communicating in children especially. Today texting, gaming, tv, etc has kept kids occupied without direct communication to others. Back in the day, children played outside together, always communicating with eachother. They spent time with family participating in progressive activities. Today children play games online, chat with their friends and do not leave the house to play games. The do not communicate with friends in person, do not stay active with family, and are not very social. The lack of communication leads to many serious problems, including obesity. The young generations are becoming lazy, antisocial, game-aholic who cannot focus in school or simply introduce themselves to others in person.

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The Nature of Landscaping and Photography

I attended this Arts workshop on Oct. 6. I am actually a photography enthusiast and really enjoy photography. I did not learn much in this workshop because of my previous experience but I was glad to attend and see so many interested faces. Also there was a nice collection of photographs taken by Baruch students. I feel as if the workshop was very well organized because it gave just enough information to intrigue the students, but did not load them up with difficult techniques. It was made to interest the us and it successfully did so. I enjoyed this workshop the most.

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The Path Of A Tax Lawyer

On Nov. 19 I attended this Career Exploration Workshop. The guest speaker was tax lawer Sidney Kess, one of the most recognized individuals in the tax industry. He came to speak about his career and how he overcame hardships to get through college and lawschool. It was very funny because the students that organized this workshop wanted to ask Mr. Kess particular questions and he blew them of and spoke about the importance of the involvement in your college. Instead of explaining particular aspects of his career, he focused on reaching out to all of us to explain the importance of family, education and career choice. It was a very light and enriching experience to see an old man speak of his influential life.

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Gallery tour Mercedes Matter 11/3

This workshop was in the Mishkin gallery and it was basically paintings from the artist Mercedes Matter. A woman walked around and discussed her paintings and the symbolism in it. Mercedes drew alot of shapes and fruits in her pictures. She was an artist in the 20th century. I think some pictures were interesting with the use of different colors. In general this workshop was kind of boring because a woman was basically just walking around and describing each picture. I would not recommend this workshop unless you’re really into art. All the paintings in the gallery were donated. I thought the most interesting thing discussed in the workshop was how they are hundreds of art galleries just in New York City. However alot of them are closing with this declining economy.

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Basic interviewing techniques 10/29

I believe this was the most useful workshop i have gone to. In this workshop they discussed about how we should dress and act to possible employers. They also told us about writing thank you letters, which will give us an edge over our competition. They made us interview each other during the workshop to show us what kind of questions we can be asked and how we should respond. Internships are very important and this workshop defenitely make me want to get an internship because they explained how internships are a gateway to jobs. I think the speaker made everything very clear and  i defenitely would recommend this workshop. Interviews are going to be a part of our life and it was defenitely a good preparation for the real world.

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SACC everything you need to know to pass math

This workshop went into great detail in teaching us tricks in getting good grades in our math courses. The most useful thing they presented us that day was how we should break down our notes and make sure its easily understandable so when we look back it we will understand it. They also discussed tutoring and how we should take advantage of the tutoring system. Practicing is very important and we should practice until we fully understand each type of problem. I think this was a pretty good workshop, but alot of the things they spoke about was common sense like we should get a good nights rest. I would not recommend this workshop, it wasn’t that beneficial.

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