Champlain College, 2016: NewsActivist (Contemporary Issues Complementary Course)

About this class

This course requires students to develop individual portfolios about contemporary issues, sharing work with increasing depth as the semester progresses.

The course encourages student to develop cross-disciplinary knowledge and broaden perspectives regarding local, provincial, national, and international news, Assignments encouraging interactions with peers across campuses and borders will build broad understanding of issues in an exciting and unique manner.  

Themes addressed during teh semester involve: Journalism, Critical Thinking and Credibility of sources, Personal Voice in writing, impacts on communities of non-profits, NGOs, and socially-conscious businesses, the impact of academic research on communities, and the  possibilities of Collaboration and civic journalism in 2016.

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by Gretta-olivia on May 9, 2016
Name: Gretta-Olivia Ineza                                               Burundians lives matter   During the semester, the majority of my posts on new activism were about the accurate situation in Burundi, my native country, which is located in East Africa.

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by Cynthia_pare on May 9, 2016
    There is so much problems on the planet that could be overcomed by stronger wills of inhabitants. Most problems that we face nowadays are caused by men “cleverness” that sometimes can be very destructive. The planet is starting to age, because of her tiredness of men’s fights. Citizens, children, women, men, foreigners are tagged, but  now it is time to stop putting names on what we see and start being one whole that support each other. Oxfam

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by Adam J. Lavoie on May 9, 2016
In my latest project, I studied what are the problems in our everyday lives that keep us from going forward in the gender equality matter. I looked at impartial articles on gender studies, men's studies and sociology to find the general causes of gender inequality in our social environment and found out that the major factors in that issue were that women are expected to work a double shift of work when they get home because of gender role. Also gender generalization in our society prevents us from being equal with everybody who doesn't fit the mold our society puts them into.

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by CherryBlossom on May 9, 2016
Many diseases have symptoms that are visible to the eye like cancer, Parkinson or muscular dystrophy. The people who are affected by these diseases tend to be noticed by the population and attract unwanted stares. Although these people can fell like they are being pitied or judged, having a visible disease has its advantages or may I say, having an invisible disease has its disadvantages.

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by ADaydreamingWal... on May 8, 2016
Education has been my main subject on News Activist. I wrote about the issues concerning women, students and teachers in the educational environment. In this last post, I will introduce you to the inequalities of the women’s post-education and, then, I will introduce you to an event I have went to called “Marche Monde” organized by Oxfam Québec.

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by julie.brown on May 8, 2016
Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to become acquainted with a couple churches around the South Shore and in Montreal, getting a better sense of what each is doing in order to get involved with their community and with global issues. Growing up in a Christian community, I’d sometimes felt that the church was separate from the outside world. It seemed as though there was an invisible rift between the people I would see during a Sunday service and those that would sit next to me in class; sermons and worship seemingly never intersected with real-world issues.

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by julie.brown on May 8, 2016
The following is an interview between the author, Julie Brown, and Bianca Hébert, the chair of the youth group of Rosemount Bible Church. The interview was conducted on April 29th, 2016. The article that these interviews were conducted for can be found here.   BROWN: How long have you been involved with RBC (Rosemount Bible Church) on a leadership level?

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by julie.brown on May 8, 2016
The following is the transcript of an interview between the author, Julie Brown, and Matheus Schultz, a college student and member of Saint-Marc's Parish in Candiac. The interview was conducted on April 6th, 2016. The event discussed took place on April 3rd, 2016.  The article that these interviews were conducted for can be found here.   BROWN: Tell us a bit about the event that you orchestrated.

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by RomyLeclerc on May 8, 2016
Inequalities have always been a major part of our modern society. We all know that some people own more than others. Recently, a report came out revealing that 62 people own the same as half the population worldwide. This report was written by an organization named Oxfam.

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by rebstooke on May 7, 2016
All along the semester, I decided to concentrate my blog post and writing on a cause that is important to me, homelessness. I chose this subject because it perfectly shows how our society is build today. It demonstrate that the entire society is not build in a way that favorises a quest of solutions in this issue. Also, the well-being of every human on this planet is something that bothers me because everybody deserve the same quality.

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by Nikolaos on May 7, 2016
Words are very important. They allow us, amongst many other things, to communicate our thoughts, feelings, and ideas. Some words, however, are more delicate than others, especially when they define someone’s identity or have a very heavy and dark past such as “faggot” or “nigger”.

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by Sauro on May 5, 2016
This essay answers the following question: To what extent does community journalism is an asset to its locality? The topic has been chosen in the view that there is a lack of information about what it is and the importance it has in society. The research done is of academic level using examples of news stories from around the globe. The findings of the research illustrate that community journalism is a tool that promotes the cohesion, freedom of expression, and organization within society.

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by hunter_c on May 4, 2016
The issue of aboriginal abuse in Canada and the United States has been an ongoing one for many years now, and it is just recent that it has gotten more attention in the news and in the academic world.

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by Mr.Bean on May 4, 2016
Albertan oil sands exploitation and pipelines construction and/or expansion throughout North-Canada could be economically benefit for Canada. Canada could open its market internationally in addition to create jobs. Some politicians and environmentalist called that the environmental risks were too important, and that the project should not see rise. The Canadian population also affirmed that they do not want pipelines in their yard, since it could contaminate water areas as well as the soil.

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by catherinegamache on May 4, 2016
Throughout the semester I chose to concentrate my writing and blog post on homelessness. I chose this subject because I am very concerned about people’s well-being and even more about vulnerable persons’ well-being. Homelessness is a topic that really affects me because a member of my family encountered some difficulties linked to homelessness. When he first started his company, he borrowed a lot of money from the bank and had many debts. At the begging his company did not work really well so, he did not have enough money to pay off all of his debts.

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by gbrouillard on May 4, 2016
I have decided to do my volunteer work with an organism related to homelessness. After doing some research on the volunteer opportunities close by, I chose to contact the Accueil Bonneau situated in the old Montreal. This organism has as a goal to welcome any homeless person or anyone who is at risk of homelessness by daily journeying with that person in responding to his basic needs and helping him achieve a better quality of life and well-being. The work I did there was to serve the people who came to have a lunch during the second service of the day.

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by alexebelec on May 4, 2016
Even during the twenty-first century, there is still violence occurring towards animals. Several laws were newly installed in order to help animal cruelty situations, but there are still a lot of animal abuse occurring in the world. In this essay, animal abuse will be argued to still be common nowadays for small animals and farmed animals. It will also be viewed as the responsibility of a  veterinarian to see and protect the animal’s rights whenever it sees animal abuse made on one of their patients.

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5 months 1 week ago

Hi Jonathan,

While not an ethics course, this makes for a fine possibility for collaboration.

You might ask your students to comment on a post from my class and in the comment demonstrate an understanding of a theme you cover in your ethics class.

Each of your students can then apply course content in the form of  a comment associated with the contemporary issue a student in my classs wrote about, and my student can benefit from seeing an ethical angle to their post/issue of which they otherwise might not have been aware. 

Since my stduents are generally tasked with writing about contemporary issues that they believe indicate a part of the world that should be improved/changed, without elaborating their normative ethical positions, your students could be tasked with challenging and/or exposing such implicit positions.

Thanks for getting in touch!

Gabe

6 months 1 week ago

You chose a really interesting topic who differs from the other topics posted on this website lately. A lot of people talk about Trump lately, but you took another choice and it was a good one. I never really knew much about humanism and it was interesting to know more about it.

I also feel many people don't really understand the purpose of Feminism anymore and I was happy to see someone chose and wrote about an article that understood what Feminism really meant. I am a feminist and a lot of people believe Feminism is about women being superior to men, because of the Radical Feminism. Women who promote Radical Feminism often make it in the big news instead of regular feminists since they have more controversial words. Feminism is not about being superior to men, but equal rights just like stated in your article.

I actually think a lot of women are feminist since it is natural for women to want to have equal rights, but because of today's complex about Feminism, some of us are too afraid to claim they are. I don't deny the existence of women who really don't promote equality.

I remember when someone recorded a feminist removing anti-feminism posters and the recorder was harassing the girl. The person recording was following the feminist, purposely trying to provoke her by saying feminism is cancer. This shows how many young people don't honestly understand what Feminism is about. In the end, the feminist recorded stayed calm and simply continued her task of removing the posters, not answering to the non-sense from the girl recording.

Your post helped me understand better what Humanism is and just like how people should try to understand Feminism better. It was a bit confusing at the beginning, I was not sure if Humanism was about men supremacy or not and if they did believe in god or not. I had to read a few times and the primary source as well to understand they do not promote men supremacy at all and honestly believe in scientific method. The confusing sentence was “Humanists are the type of people to criticize the ban against abortion because they view it as a form of beliefs that all non- religious people share [...]". Otherwise, it was great.

Link for the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFUrIVPhM84
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6 months 2 weeks ago

Really interesting topic. I believe you should put your text in paragraphs and your links at the end or the beginning of your text.

I want to add that your source seems reliable, as you used another source to confirm it, but I believe you could have chosen a higher quality source, one that has more information. You could have also talked more about who wrote the article you summarized.It seems that there is no author when you look at the link you provided. No authors really makes the readers doubt about what is written in the article. The only reason it seems reliable is the other sources.

In the one I found, it adds many tweets from an individual spreading fake news about the shooter. The article focus on all the fake news about the mosque shooting, so perhaps it would have been interesting to look at this article as well.

http://www.dailydot.com/layer8/quebec-shooter-muslim-mosque-fox-news-whi...

The author is Dell Cameron,a well experienced author who investigated before about the FBI and is skilled to search the truth on Internet. His experience makes him reliable, you can read more about him on his social media page.

6 months 2 weeks ago

Really interesting topic. I believe you should put your text in paragraphs and your links at the end or the beginning of your text.

I want to add that your source seems reliable, as you used another source to confirm it, but I believe you could have chosen a higher quality source, one that has more information. You could have also talked more about who wrote the article you summarized.

In the one I found, it adds many tweets from an individual spreading fake news about the shooter. The article focus on all the fake news about the mosque shooting, so perhaps it would have been interesting to look at this article as well.

http://www.dailydot.com/layer8/quebec-shooter-muslim-mosque-fox-news-whi...

The author is Dell Cameron,a well experienced author who investigated before about the FBI and is skilled to search the truth on Internet. His experience makes him reliable, you can read more about him on his social media page.

6 months 3 weeks ago

Your news summary is well done. You didn't only use one source, but added another one to increase the reliability. It is not so long and certainly clear, you didn't go in too much unnecessary details.

I believe you could have added the original news source of Ryan's incident. It says he first lied to USA TODAY and it would have been interesting to quote their article about Ryan as well. I think it is reliable, since your article and other articles confirm the same information. Like I've previously said, it is also the original website that interviewed Ryan.

Their article has a slight different point of view from what really happened and also more information. According to USA TODAY, the police officer is the one who asked money to repair the damages to the property. The writer also added that Ryan will be suspended for 10 months. Otherwise, the news are the same.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/rio-2016/2016/09/07/olympi...

I believe you should also provide a link to your sources.

8 months 1 week ago

I think that you are all right, everyone can speak or be defended equally. It is not because a tragedy happened around a specific religion that all religions should be consider differently. Our system has always been based on equality. However, I do agree with the fact that their possible illegal actions are not respectful and can send a message who is questionable. In fact, our country is supposed to be open and should be able to listen to everyone's justification.

8 months 2 weeks ago

This subject which unfortunately monopolizes a large majority of young women in South Asia denounces an enormous inequality in men and women in this corner of the world. Being a faithful feminist, I must be appalled by this problem. These girls are forced to have early behavior for their age. Indeed, they become wives and mothers at a very young age which obviously reduces their educational opportunities and have a job. The poverty of some place like India is a very influential factor in this social problem. For example, India is a victim of an highly social segregation, which means that there is an important gap between the rich and the poor. Girls who come from more disadvantaged families are more likely to be married younger than girls from richer backgrounds. South Asia is composed of several countries whose traditional values are very exploited, man being often the master of the house, which results very much from abut control of feminine sexuality and physical violence. Several families in this region of the world that the education of these girls is negligible for economic reasons. There are also social norms that value boys more than girls, which is why some parents do not fund their daughters' health and access to education, believing that marrying these girls is the only way opportunity. I find that this subject must continue to be denounced in order to improve the justice of our world.

9 months 1 week ago

Very interesting topic! What drew me to your post was the name, “From Indians to Redskins: is it time to stop using Native American names in sports?” Since I’m not a sports fan I had never really thought or even knew that there were sport team named and mascots that were “Native American themed” (for lack of a better word), but I’m glad that it has been brought to my attention. Appropriating and disrespecting Native American culture in North America has been a problem for some time, and it doesn’t just stop at sports names. Since Halloween just passed, I’m sure you saw all the costumes that were appropriating and sexualizing Native American culture, which is equally as disrespectful as having a sports team called “Redskins”. All of these things help keep the Native American stereotypes alive, which we have been discussing in my class. In my class, we talked about Disney movies, and how some of them perpetuate stereotypes. For example, in Aladdin, the opening line to the first song is “Where they cut off your ear if they don’t like your face, it’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home.” Racism in pop culture (as well as sports culture) is detrimental to a society because it desensitizes people to it, and makes people think it’s okay. In your post you say, “Another reason this issue seems to get overlooked or dismissed is that sometimes these teams get backing from certain tribes because unlike the Redskins, they use specific tribe names that would not really be considered racist.” It’s this kind of implicit racism that gets overlooked, and almost gives people “permission” to behave this way because it’s “not that bad”. Since there are over 2,000 sports teams in America with Native American themed names, it will take some time to change the way our society perceives what is and isn’t racist, or at the very least, what is just plain disrespectful.

11 months 1 week ago

Hi! I had never heard about this protein before reading your post and I found this really interesting. I think that this could potential help in the medical field. The only thing that is making me have a doubt about this research is the size of the group of rats that were put to this scenario. It makes a difference whether 10 mice or 100 of them were tested, because if for example 500 of them were placed under social stress and that most of them, but not all had an increase in SIRT1 protein, hasty generalization might have even taken place. I believe that the size is not mentioned either in the original article, so it is not because you emitted this information. I might have misunderstood and would be happy for you to correct if I did. Apart from that, I loved reading about his topic and you worded and explained everything very well.

11 months 1 week ago

Hello! I was very intrigued by the subject that your article was about and I find that you very well explained and summarized it. Although, I am not sure about the connection with first premise in relation to the conclusion. I am not sure why this proves that the brain processes information faster. I could have misunderstood your premise and I would be happy to discuss this with you. Again well done!

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About the author

I'm a Humanities Teacher at Champlain College, Saint-Lambert and the designer and founder of Newsactivist. Between 2007 and the present, I've developed a course, Newsactivist, which asked students to blog about the news that they felt showed parts of the world in need of improvement.