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Prospective roles/parts for each person in our group and video

Introduction (Taylor Mullins) - :30 to :45

Issue/Research/Both Sides/Stakeholders/Positions (Tyler Davoren) - 1:00 to 1:15

Initial Thoughts (Austin Barnett) - :45 to 1:00

How our opinions have changed (Sam Burton) - :30 to :45

Conclusion (Chris Best) - :30 to :45


Bien! Bon! Good! I’ll get to sleep in but I’ll continue my research for our project. I’m leaning towards making the video through iMovie since I used the program last semester and it served me well. 


Crazy stuff.. used it in my essay. I had no idea that the “full” scholarships players receive don’t cover all expenses. The fact that these athletes who earn millions for their school still have to pay to go there is ridiculous.

In related news, I think I finished my rhetorical analysis this morning. The bibliography’s done, the pictures flow nicely with the text, and I added the above point into the writing. Feelin’ pretty good bout this one. 


Was doing some reading just for pure enjoyment and stumbled upon a quote about paying NCAA athletes a stipend of +$2,000.. 

And if I was at the table negotiating, here is what I would say: 

These kids get a stipend — and more than $2,000. 

Their insurance, which they have to pay for right now, would be covered by either the universities or the NCAA. (Update: To clarify, I am talking about the NCAA’s Exceptional Student-Athlete Disability Program.) 

If they do stay in school, their families get to tap into a loan program after the first year that is capped. 

Lastly, on the NBA side, if a young man stays in school, he can renegotiate his rookie deal faster than someone who comes out sooner, plus the pay scale goes up the longer he stays in school.”

- CALIPARI himself


The case for paying college athletes -

UK Men’s Basketball page (Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist nominated…)



Hey y’all. I interviewed My good friend Austin, his girlfriend Alex, and his roommate Jeston. They all spend a ton of time with each other so it came as no surprise that Austin got high scores when it came to knowing Alex and Jeston well. Alex scored higher since she knew the answers to more deep philosophical questions, compared to the simple, concrete ones that both of them scored well on. For example, both answered correctly what his favorite color was. Jeston was incorrect, however, in answering Austin’s favorite childhood experience and what his fondest unrealized dream was. Alex was much more close to hitting the pin on the head for both of those “deeper” questions, whereas Jeston only knew the concrete ones. Since I know both Alex and Austin well I know that they spend a lot of time together, but this exercise really confirms it; she knows a lot of stuff about him that you figure would only come out in relationships once a couple spends a lot of time together. They consider each other to be best friends and it shows. Alex also knew of Austin’s stressors whereas Jeston had no idea. Alex knew of the tests Austin has coming up and she knows that sometime he gets stressed out about being so far away from his family. Jeston, as a friend, is more just there in good times (whereas Alex is there in good times and bad)


This week’s blog post covers Gottman’s seven principles for making marriage work. In class this past week, we talked about the four horsemen of apocalypse: criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling. I’m only human so I find myself at fault for any and all of these on every day occasions. Today, I nearly got into a fight with someone on the basketball court. It was completely uncharacteristic of me as I always pride myself on being a good teammate and an even better competitor. But I was having one of the least productive games I’ve had in as long as I can remember, I’ve had a very long week, I was tired, and felt physically sick. The man who I was guarding kept pulling at my jersey and throwing elbows because he knew he could get away with it; the referees were letting us play physically, which I dished right back at him (in which case I would typically let it go), but got even more angered as he got away with plays I thought to be dirty. I held my temper and didn’t end up doing anything because one of my teammates picked up on my overly aggressive demeanor and stepped in at just the right time. I was, at one point, only an elbow or another jersey grab from throwing a punch. The defensiveness with which I carried myself is something I need to take notice of in future situations to make sure I maintain my cool and don’t anything rash that I wouldn’t do with a level head.

         The one horseman that I often and consistently struggle with is stonewalling. There are several people in my life, people I’d say are very close to me, that I often want to stonewall. One person isn’t as good with communication as I’d like and it’s necessary to talk to them because they’re so far away and are important to me. I try my best, but I feel the effort is one-sided. On the other hand, someone else very close to me is very argumentative and is convinced they’re right 100% of the time, despite being very naïve. I say this because it was only recently that I was in their shoes; I know what they’re going through, and they don’t realize it. Instead, they insist that what they think they know is concrete knowledge and that they’re correct. Time and time again they are proven wrong, and won’t admit to being wrong to my being right (even though I do everything in my power to work with them and to not punish them for being wrong) in matters that aren’t of opinion but rather of fact. A final person that I’m very close with has a problem with abusing substances that I will keep unnamed. It only bugs me because I know that they’re not reaching their potential and I hesitate to tell them otherwise for fear of losing their friendship. Their abuse problem isn’t ruining their life; if that were the case, I honestly would have stepped in weeks ago. It is merely holding them back from all that I know they are capable of doing and I am disappointed to see it slowly develop into something that will hold them back from life goals. How easy it would be to stonewall these people and “cut my losses” is two-fold; I love these people to death, and stonewalling them would inevitably lead to weakened friendships that could potentially be lost. These people help to hold me up when I need them and define the person I’ve come to be since I’ve been at college. They figure to be major parts of my short-term and long-term future, as well. Because of this, I make the effort to not stonewall them and if I feel backed into a corner and have no other way to react, I’ll simply suck it up for the duration of the conversation, do my own thing for a few hours or a day or so, then resume where we left off. I take a step back to concentrate on how I’m going to handle the situation then execute my plan.

         Going back to the reading we did this week, it centered on entering into, developing, and maintaining healthy relationships. I like to think the relationship I has could be only marginally approved; distance aside, there are no major problems that my girlfriend and I have had to deal with and we are very happy together. We can attribute this to maintaining a consistent level of interest in what each other has to say (or so it seems! (kidding)) and we always make time to talk - especially when we are five hours away at college. I can attribute much, if not all, of the success of our relationship to knowing each other better than we know probably anyone else. We make an effort to ask about the days each other are having and talk often about our plans for later in the day, tomorrow, the weekend, etc.

         In the friendships I’ve developed with some of the people I’m closest to in my life, I can attribute the close bonds we share to the genuine interest I’ve taken in hearing about their lives. In adopting my family as an example for this point, I love talking to them and make an effort to talk to them on a daily basis; in particular, I really try to make an effort to sound extremely enthusiastic about anything my brother tells me. He’s only 9 years old and I know that having me as his older brother to tell him that I’m his number one fan positively encourages and reinforces all the good things that he’s doing this year. With my sister, I tell her how I’m happy that she’s doing well in school and needs to continue to keep up the good work and maintain her good grades. With my parents, I tell them everything I’m doing and thank them for all that they’ve provided me with. 


He talks about the work they have to put in for the magazine to appeal to us in the sense that he deserves, as a merit of the work he does, our attention.
He uses graphs and pictures to illustrate his points, though the aforementioned tools have numbers that are hard to read.
His awkward pauses and stops throughout his speech make it somewhat difficult to watch.
His organization is thorough; he uses 4 points to better show what he’s trying to say, then expands on it.
He jokes once or twice to appeal to audiences and slowly goes from more complex examples (stocks) to easier ones (cars).
He ends his speech talking about money. People like money.