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Week of September 12, 2004

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    Andrea Vesel wrote on Tuesday, September 14th:
    On pop quizzes

    I was wondering how you go about grading the pop quizes, is it a pass or fail, or is it a grading system?

    andrea -- good question. I put a letter grade on the quiz. I mainly look at the "big picture" (what the average grade is for the first 8 weeks and the 2nd 8 weeks). btw, some students forgot to note "count" or "do not count" on yesterday's quiz!

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    From CRMJ/SOCA 363: Correctdions

    On Wednesday, September 15, 2004, Walter Kukawski wrote:
    On the documentary, "The History of American Corrections"

    The corrections video we watched today was very informative. I didn't know how or when corrections was first introduced, but now I do.

    walter -- good. think about what this documentary tells us about the interrelationship between "theory, policy and practice."

    On Friday, September 17, 2004, Will Soppe wrote:
    On Hassine

    I am really enjoying reading hassines story. It really puts life in maximum security prisons into prospective. I think it would be cool if we could take a day off and drive to the max in Joliet. I hear it is really crazy there and it would be a cool thing to experience.

    will -- glad you like the hassine book. we will be discussing the book next week. if you like the hassine book, there are others recommended on the corrections preps page. as for access into a maximum security prison, that would not be easy to do for a site visit.

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    From CRMJ/SOCA 365 : Race, Crime & Law

    Mona Mlejnek wrote on Wednesday, September 15th:
    On "The Butter Battle Book"

    I just wanted to say I enjoyed the Dr. Seuss movie and the discussion after. I think the movie is a great representation of our society and the destructive road we are headed down. The battle over which way to butter your bread is also a good statement on how trivial some of our own battles have been throughout history.

    mona -- even though this is a Dr. Seuss cartoon, i think the message is strong! we will talk about this movie and the Fellman book more on Friday.

    Walter Kukawski wrote on Wednesday, September 15th:
    On "The Butter Battle Book"

    Todays video on Dr. Seuss's Butter Up was really wierd, I didn't know where it was going, but after we briefly discussed it I understood. The whole rivalry issue and winners and losers.

    walter -- why must we have winners and losers? why can't everyone win?

    Renee Caliendo wrote on Thursday, September 16th:
    On "The Butter Battle Book"

    The book Butter Battle Book movie really did make me think about how competative everyone really is. We are in almost every aspect of life, from work to play. I think in some instances it's healthy and in others not. As adults I think with reasearching and trying to beat other countries in technology may be motivating us to not only do the try, but to try and be the best. If there was no competition would a man have ever been in space?

    renee -- when is competition "healthy"? you might want to read alfie kohn's book, No Contest as a creative measure.

    Nicole Brooks wrote on Thursday, September 16th:
    On "The Butter Battle Book"

    When I first began to watch the Dr. Suess movie I was kind of puzzled as to what the point of the movie was. As it got towards the end I began to understand and was able to relate it to what it happening now with our country. How we are fighting over petty things (small issues), fighting a war no one really wants to fight. War was the first choice for us, we are spending all this money on weapons when we could be helping the needy people and boosting back up our economy we are continuing to fight a war while our economy is steady falling. Unemployment rates our at their highest, gas prices are rising.

    nicole -- what would Fellman say about this movie and why?



    Paul Kehrli wrote on Friday, September 17th:
    On Adversarialism and Mutuality

    I know this contrasts what is being said in class, but i simply cannot bring myself to terms with the idea of striving for a competitionless society. The whole thing is too idealistic. To me it sounds like boderline communism, which is fine on paper, but we all saw how it worked out for Russia. I wish I could go into more details to support this, but these are the basics.

    paul -- today in class, i could tell that you were struggling with these ideas. that's good! you're thinking about them. keep an open mind. i'm not here to convince you which way is better but i do want you to think "outside the box." as you read on in the fellman book, see what he has to say about mutuality toward the end of the book. also, many believe that communism was marx and others vision of their ideal but i'm not so sure that communism was an accurate vision of their ideas put into practice. at any rate, for a creative measure, i encourage to read alfie kohn's "no contest." i'd be very interested in your reactions once you've read his arguments against competiton.

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