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Week of September 7, 2003

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    Jackie Marolt wrote on Friday, September 5th:
    On grades and grading

    I think that the changes make sense. I just dont fully understand how grading is going to work w/o the grid forms.

    jackie -- instead of doing all the paperwork (i.e., grid forms), we meet to discuss progress.

    On September 7th, James Parker wrote:
    On Dear Habermas

    I was exploring the dear habermas site, and i think i have it figured out. I read a few of the linked pages under our class's section. I was wondering If we were going to discuss these in class(the questions too), or if we should try to figure it out alone. Just slightly confused.

    james --- glad that you're exploring the site. yes, we will be discussing the questions in class.

    On Monday, September 8, 2003, Merranda Houston wrote:
    On being confused

    As many times as I have had your class I seem to be quite confussed on what we are suppose to be doing, in this particular course. I have looked at the habermas web site and did the readings for both books but am unsure of what else you are expecting.

    On Monday, September 8, 2003, Rich Ruocco wrote:
    On being confused

    I think I am a little confused with the accountability aspect of class this fall. Do we just e mail you what we are doing or do we have to meet with you in person as to what we are doing? This is a little different from the other classes, and I just want to clarify what it to be expected so there is no mis-understanding on my behalf.

    merranda and rich-- the confusion is okay. i'm glad you emailed me to ask me what to do. have you read "answerability and academic assessment?" including all the links to it? can you answer the discussion questions? and finally, did you check "the minimum requirements for week 1 and 2?" rich -- to keep track of your progress, it's probably a good idea to do both -- meet and email.

    From CRMJ/SOCA 233: Criminology

    On Friday, September 5, 2003, Willie Soppe wrote:
    On the puzzle

    . . .I thought it was cool what we did in class today, how we put a puzzle togethor and then you linked it to criminology.

    willie -- glad you liked today's class. remember a theory is just a puzzle.

    On Saturday, September 6, 2003, Sammy Kromm wrote:
    On the puzzle

    I also think trial and error such as putting the puzzle together is beneficial so that you do learn from your mistakes and learn to keep trying...Great lecture today...stimulating!! Do you think the problem with today's society is that people dont have the patience or time for teamwork and trial and error???

    sammy -- yes, much of what we learn is "trial and error" and learning from our mistakes. that's why jeanne and i always say, "learning is messy!"

    On Saturday, September 6th, Niomi Bushman wrote:
    On the puzzle

    So far i have really enjoyed this class. I am excited to be a part of the different way of your teaching. I feel it will be a nice change from the normal read a book and take a test classes. I liked putting together the puzzle because it was a refreshing way of learning that theories are like puzzles. I also got to meet more students in the class. I feel this class will be a challenge for me but it will be a challenge that I am up to taking.

    niomi -- glad you like the puzzle exercise. just keep in mind as you're reading different crim theories that a theory is a puzzle.

    On Monday, September 8, 2003, Katie MacCready wrote:
    On truancy and crime

    Having us discuss the article about truancies and crime, helped us become more comfortable with one another, which I thought helped us learn from one another and helped us be able to work off one another's idea's. One opinion I have on the subject matter about truancies and crime is finding ways to rehabiltate kids out of their constant habit of not attending school. At my high school we had the bridges program which was a smaller class size with more one on one help from teachers. It helped kids who skip alot get back on the right track and graduate on time or graduate for that matter. I think rehabilitating and working to correct the reason why kids skip out on class is a good way about going helping kids to go to class and susceed.

    katie -- good follow up discussion of this morning's class. hopefully others will read the commentary page and will continue where we left off in class.

    On Friday, September 12, 2003, Ashley Christel wrote:
    On truancy and crime

    In class Wed. we discussed truancy relating to deliquency. After many courses in Psychology I can easily say that that was a correlational study; does not explain causation. Basically, does truancy cause deliquency or is it delinquency that causes students to be truant?

    ashley -- excellent point! there was another article in the newspaper on this issue but i didn't have time in class today to mention it.

    On xxxday, January xx, 2003, xxx wrote:
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    From CRMJ 490: Media, Crime & Criminal Justice

    Veronica Ramirez wrote on Saturday, September 6th:
    On M& B chapter 1

    After reading Chap. 1 in M&B I found something that did relate to how I feel right now. That Media can make you mad if you can relate to an issue or feel a connection. I have read so many terrible things that are happening to children, and am planning on doing research on statistics of crimes against children and how the media portrays it.

    veronica -- that's also the affective component in learning, too. there's a link to the teaching/learning prep on this subject.

    Caroline Zires wrote on Wednesday, September 10th:
    On M& B chapter 1

    just a comment on the readings of M/B. i have always known that the media has the power to control what we think are "real" problems. however reading about how politicians use the media to implant fear in us to get votes, that was eye opening.

    caroline -- yes, it does make you wonder about politicians and political campaigns, doesn' t it?

    Anel Garza wrote on Saturday, September 6th:
    On reactions to reading

    As I read chapter one I was thinking about how some jurors have to stay in hotels. In doing so they are prevent them from speaking to other people or watching the news. They are trying to make sure they aren't influenced by news reports, so they can come up with their own conclusion based on what they've heard themselves in the trial.

    anel -- good point! why is that some juries are kept away from news and other sources while others are not?

    Stephen Bedwell wrote on Monday, September 8th:
    On reactions to reading

    I read that the media exposses the operations of the CRMJ system. I wonder if the media can change how are future CRMJ system is operated. The media helps show that the CRMJ system is accoutable to the people.

    stephenl -- good question. is this something you want to explore further?

    Altovise LeShoure wrote on Sunday, September 7th:
    On interests and observations

    I have heard of groups at least trying to help some of the imates on death row, but I don't know of any groups trying to help the inequity of the sentencing. I would like to learn more about it. I watched the news last night and it devoted 15 min. to violent crime. They also tried to make connections to serious crimes claiming there was an epidemic. Where is their anserability or accountability?

    altovise -- yes, where is their answerability and accountability? how might you answer this question?

    On Monday, September 8th, Ryan Fornal wrote:
    On Racine bank robbery suspects

    Today in class some people spoke about the Bank Robbery suspects and how we have stereotyped them as the actual suspects already. I couldnt remember all of the details from the article I had read on Sat. but now as I look at the paper it's plain as day that they are infact the suspects. It clearly states in the article, "they were in a vehicle that matched the description of the one used in the bank robbery; and clothing, disguises, weapons and ammunition found in the vehicle appeared to match those used in the robbery." Is it a coincidence that all of those belongings were found in their vehicle? It appears to me the evidence is a bit overwhelming!

    ryan -- whatever happened to "innocent until proven guilty"? or do we even need to bother with the criminal court process if the article in the local newspaper is so "overwhelming" as you put it? why.

    Heidi Schneider wrote on Monday, September 8th:
    On "Bowling for Columbine"

    I watched a documentary last night called bowling for columbine? it was a gun control movie have you seen it?? If not i recomend it!!! It has alot to do with violence in the media!

    heidi -- i haven't seen it but i know it's out on dvd. tell me a little about it and how it relates to the class.

    Heather Sikorski wrote on Wednesday, September 10th:
    On gin and news analogy

    the qoute that was read today about drinking a bottle of gin rather than watching the news was a true fact. There is never any good news its always bad.

    heather -- jerome miller's point was not that there isn't enough "good news" but rather whatever news is broadcasted just doesn't tell us much of anything. what do you think?

    From CRMJ/SOCA 363: Corrections

    On Sunday, september 7th , Antionette Morrow wrote:
    On Life Without Parole

    My best friend works at The House of Corrections in Milwaukee(Franklin). He said that the prison system he works at it is very similiar to the book.

    antionette -- find out what the differences are between where hassine is at and the house of corrections. let me know what you find out.

    On Monday, Sepember 8th, Katie MacCready wrote:
    On the Hassine book

    In Hassine's book Life Without Parole, when reading Chapter 2-Things Missed page 19 paragraph 4, something caught my eye. The part of paragraph 4 that talks about missing everyday things like "trees, beautiful women, and all the joys of the outside world." I made a connection with a movie I watched just recently called Cool Hand Luke(it has Paul Newman in it and it about men serving time in a prison.) There is part in the famous part in the movie were the men are doing road work outside and a beautiful women is washing her car and basicly teasing this sheltered men. It reminded me of what Hassine said about missing everyday things and doing anything to be able to see the outside world, even simple things like seeing a beautiful women.

    katie -- good connection between the readings and an outside observation!

    On xxxday, January xxth, xxx wrote:
    On xxx


    xxx -- xxx