Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Harry Potter has become a huge franchise, with all of the books, movies and merchandise.  I absolutely love the Harry Potter universe!  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is based on a book that the main character wrote which is basically a textbook for students to learn about the different beasts of the world.  JK Rowling wrote a film script for this movie because the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them had no plot to it.  I am very excited that this movie will be part of a three-movie release, so we get to see more from these characters.  The director, David Yates, even hinted that in the next movie we might see some of our favorite characters from the original Harry Potter universe, like Dumbledore.  The special effects of movie were really beautiful and matched the Harry Potter world.  I feel like this movie is a good addition to the wizarding world because the movie had the same tone as the previous ones.

The film’s plot is all about Newt Scamander as he tries to capture some of his beasts that got loose in New York.  The movie shows how non-magic people view wizards and even has some darker tones to the movie.  The movie is based on segregation because non-magic (or muggles) are blaming wizards for problems that are occurring.  The movie had a lot of comedy interwoven into a very heart-wrenching movie.  The ending of the movie is very sad with some of the characters saying goodbye but there is also a little bit of hope at the end too.  The movie left the viewer feeling hopeful that everything will work out and have a happy ending.

I feel like the movie is really based on friendship and working together.  Scamander would never have been able to catch all of his beasts without his new non-magic and wizard friends that he acquired on the way.  Also, the friendships and relationships between Scamander and his beasts is really evident in the way that they care for each other.  Scamander really cares for the beasts and puts them before anything/anyone else.  This is proven when he gets captured by the high wizards and while being dragged out, he is begging them to not hurt his creatures.

The only thing about the movie that I didn’t like was one of the actors that was cast in the movie.  Johnny Depp was recently showed in the media for being bi-phobic towards his wife by beating her.  I heard some people say, “It’s so horrifying how little JK [Rowling] or David Yates actually care about the media they’ve created. Harry Potter at it’s core is about an abuse survivor reacting to the world around them.”  People, me included, feel like casting Depp puts a bad image on the Harry Potter world.  Johnny Depp plays Gellert Grindelwald which, along with Dumbledore, are speculated on whether they were gay and in love.  It feels wrong for an almost canonically gay character to be played by a person who does not support the whole LGBTQ+ spectrum.

I’m happy when…

With finals week, almost here, I decided to list a few things that make me happy.  Hopefully, these will help me and maybe others to become less stressed during this week.

I’m happy when…

I am surrounded by my family.  I am a very family oriented person.  It brings me joy to have a relaxing day just playing board games and laughing with each other.  Baking Christmas cookies after Thanksgiving every year is a big family traditions of ours.  I love to be out on the beach building huge sandcastles.  I look forward to going golfing then eating ice cream at Dairy Queen.  I cannot imagine my life without all of my family loving and supporting each other.

 

I’m happy when…

I am outside surrounded by nature.  I love to hear the birds singing and chirping.  Being out in the water rowing a kayak is relaxing and calming.  I am trying to travel the world and visit all of the National Parks. Being around nature makes me feel happy and content.  The feeling you get on top of a mountain that you hiked up is unmatched by anything.

 

I’m happy when…

I am cocooned in a blanket on my couch with my favorite book.  Or I am gently rocking on a hammock with a new book that I simply cannot put down.  It brings me a lot of pleasure to be transported to another universe.  There is nothing better than spending hours getting invested into a story and cheering on the characters.

 

I’m happy when…

I am working out.  I find getting into shape to be a stress reliever.  Whenever I am having a bad day, running helps to burn off steam.  I feel like the better shape I am in the more opportunities are available for me.  I love to run marathons to help support a cause.  They bring so much adrenaline and are fantastic opportunities.  One day I want to participate in a Spartan, Color Run, Tough Mudder and maybe more marathons.  It is always the best to work out with a friend, encouraging each other and helping each other reach a goal.

Family

Family

Family is a very important part of my life. With Thanksgiving happening here is a list of things that I love about family.

  1. Be there through thick or thin
  2. Game nights and competition
  3. Laughter and smiling
  4. Unending and unconditional love
  5. Inside jokes between members
  6. Supporting and cheering each other on
  7. Found family (family that aren’t blood related but you are really close to)
  8. Always a shoulder to cry on
  9. People to be thankful for
  10. Someone that you can always go a talk to
  11. People to freak out over TV shows with
  12. Family vacations to enjoy and explore the world with
  13. People who stick up for each other
  14. Happiness surrounding you
  15. Working together to get things done
  16. Provides values and identities
  17. Traditions are cherished and passed down for future generations
  18. Strong sense of belonging and importance to people
  19. Families help define who you are
  20. Joy when someone in the family succeeds at something

 

Do video games make you violent?

Do video games make you violent?  Since Thanksgiving has happened this week, all of the college students were allowed to have off.  That meant that, both my brother and I got to come home.  Since haven’t been home in a while we decided to play Borderlands.  Borderlands is an action role-playing first person shooter game.  Playing this game got me thinking about violence in video games.  My brother and I use video games as a bonding experience and a way to be entertained.  But while we do these, are we slowly becoming more violent in nature?

I personally don’t think that videos games make a person violent.  I feel like videos games can get a person’s aggression out in a positive way without hurting other people.  “A peer-reviewed study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that children, especially boys, play video games as a means of managing their emotions.  “61.9% of boys played to help me relax, 47.8% because it helps me forget my problems, and 45.4% because it helps me get my anger out.””

There could be a different stressor that causes the violence that may be in the person’s head.  This could be activated by video games because it might put the idea of violence in a person’s head.  This should not be a problem though, since they should be taught what is sociably acceptable in the real world.  “A 2014 study published is Psychology of Popular Media Culture found that 90% of pediatricians and 67% of parents agreed or strongly agreed that violent video games can increase aggressive behavior among children.  More than 98% of pediatricians in the United States say that too much exposure to violent media heightens childhood aggression.”  There is a counter argument which is a study which stated that “many studies failed to control for factors that contribute to children becoming violent, such as family history and mental health, plus most studies do not follow children over long periods of time.”  This could be a key determining factor that determines if it is the video games that are making them violent.

Another way to look at this issue is the sales of video games and the crime rate.  “Total US sales of video game hardware and software increased 204% from 1994 to 2014, reaching $13.1 billion in 2014, while violent crimes decreased 37% and murders by juveniles acting alone fell 76% in that same period.”  The other way to look at this is “60% of middle school boys and 40% of middle school girls who played at least one Mature-rated (M-rated) game hit or beat up someone, compared with 39% of boys and 14% of girls who did not play M-rated games.”  It seems like there is not enough solid evidence that points to either side of the argument.  There was a lot of studies that counter act each other making it difficult to say if video games makes you violent.

 

 

Where I got my sources/studies:

http://videogames.procon.org/

Relaxation Station

Yesterday my roommate and I attended the Relaxation Station event hosted by Student Programming Board.  The event had therapy dogs, massage chairs, an oxygen bar, and other stations.  I will admit the biggest reason that I went was to see the therapy dogs.  I was not disappointed because all of the dogs were soooo cute and friendly!  My roommate and I also got to make a stress ball with balloons and sand.  So many more people came to this event than they thought because they had to quickly find more sand to use since they ran out.  My roommate also made a scented reed diffusers.  They had a whole bunch of different scents to choose from.  They even had different foods and drinks available but the line was super long because there was a lot of people enjoying this event.  I think this event was very successful because of the number of people there and the variety of activities to do.  I would definitely recommend this event to other people if they host another one.  I also think that they should host another one the day before the week of finals because it could really help people relax during a stressful time.

15 Bullied Years

This week I was listening to music from one of the YouTube channels that I like.  Bria and Chrissy is a singing duo that also posts blogs and skits.  I started watching some of their older videos that they posted and came across this one song that got me really thinking about bullying.  I decided to share my thoughts and facts that I found on this subject because the song really inspired me.  This song really stood out to me because in Bria and Chrissy’s newer videos they talk about how Chrissy was bullied.  Chrissy is a victim of revenge porn and thought of committing suicide herself because of it.  Revenge porn is the sexually explicit pictures or videos of one or more people distributed without their consent.  Now both of them are a huge advocate to anti-bulling and are trying to get a law passed to help other people who are victims of revenge porn.

Bullying happens to everyone in some shape or form.  “A 2010 survey of Americans showed that 13.7 million people said they were currently being bullied, and nearly three times that number said they had been bullied in the past” (Riggio).  This is an enormous about of people that are being told that they are worth nothing.  By being bullied and constantly put down by others, people think that they are worthless which causes them to take drastic measures sometimes.  “In 2011, 39,518 suicides were reported, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans” (Facts and Figures).  There needs to be more of an awareness of the causes of bullying so it can be prevented.

Bria and Chrissy sing duets on YouTube.  They wrote a bunch of different songs but one of them stood out to me.  The song “15 Bullied Years,” is all about a teenager that committed suicide because he was being bullied.  The purpose behind the song is to bring light to the consequence of bulling.  They sing a story about the life the boy lived.  “People would laugh when Greg would walk by confused by his odd ways and the clothes he would wear” (Bria and Chrissy).

They use the story as evidence that bullying causes horrible pain.  This pain is not just to the person that was being bullied but to their loved ones as well.  “Screaming doesn’t help, as she loosens his rope, knowing she’s lost her only son” (Bria and Chrissy).  The song was made to make the listener feel sadness so that they would want to stop bulling.  Feeling emotion was more powerful then stating a bunch of facts.  It made the listener really know the full consequence of bullying.

The intended audience of this song is anyone that will listen.  The song is not intended for a particular group of people because bullying and suicide affects all ages and types of people.  By working together, bullying can be stopped for good.  Banding together will help give support to the bullied people.

The conclusion really brings the emotional point across.  “Greg lived for 15 years, 15 bullied years, way less than his peers” (Bria and Chrissy).  By writing this song Bria and Chrissy were hoping to stop bullying.  They were hoping to get people to take action to stop this from happening to anyone else.  Bullying is a really big problem that needs to be stopped because it really effects the way people have grown up.

 

Works Cited

Anti-Bullying Song- “15 Bullied Years”. By Bria and Chrissy. Perf. Bria and Chrissy. YouTube. 6 October 2012. Web.

“Facts and Figures.” 2014. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Web. 1 October 2014.

Riggio, Richard E. “Four Steps for Stopping Workplace Bullies.” 31 May 2011. Psychology Today. Web. 1 October 2014.

 

Bingo Night

On Saturday, November 5th, Student Government Board hosted a Bingo Night.  In the beginning of the event, the caller kept jumbling the letters and numbers making it very confusing on which number she was calling.  Furthermore, the same caller wasn’t informed on how to play certain bingo types.  There were different ways to get bingo depending on the round.  One round you had to make an X, the next you needed four corners, and so on.  But, the caller was misinformed on how to explain each round.  I really liked how they had these different ways to win because it mixes things up and makes Bingo more exciting.  I also thought that they should have told non-DelVal students that they couldn’t win before they came to the event.  It felt like more of an afterthought, once a non-DelVal student won.  Although the way that they handled the misinformation was really effective without much fuss.  I thought that it was weird that they didn’t have the person who called Bingo first win.  For example, multiple people called Bingo from the same number being called and one person clearly said it first.  But, the people in charged had all of the people that called Bingo to pick a number 1-100 and whoever was closer won the prize.  They had a good variety of prizes that you could win for each round.   It is always a good excuse to take a break from studying. Despite some of these slip-ups, I had a really good time playing Bingo with my roommates and I would definitely go to another Bingo Night.

The Long Debated Topic

People are constantly saying that books are better than movies but why is that?  What are the advantages and disadvantages to books vs movies?  Should we even be comparing them because they are different forms of media?

In books, there are more description of character’s thoughts and feelings.  Since it is a book there is no real-time limit of how long it would take to read the book.  This helps the author write as much as they want without the typical 1.3- 3-hour time limit of movies.  Any movie longer than that time limit, people lose interest.  So, the directors have to leave scenes and sometimes characters out of the movie which could upset the fans.  This could also be a disadvantage for books because the thicker the book the more intimidating the book looks to people.  Furthermore, the reader can read through a book at their own pace.  With this being said, they can even re-read parts of the book if they didn’t understand it.  With a book, it is much easier to transport into another universe anywhere you are because it is easy to bring with you.  With a book, there has to be a big catchy opening so that the reader gets hooked on it.  If there is a slow beginning the reader might lose interest and find a different book.

In movies, it is really exciting to finally see your favorite characters come to life.  This could be a disadvantage to movies because if the characters don’t look like what you imagined, it might ruin the movie.  Furthermore, if an actor or actress has a bad performance in the movies, then the movie is also ruined.  There is a higher expectation for the movies because more people know about them since there are advertisements.  A huge advantage of movies is that it might be considered less time consuming to watch a two-hour movie than it is to read an entire book.  Movies are better for visual learner and people who have a hard time reading, like dyslexic people.  Most movies have a list of topics that they are not allowed to discuss, but with books there is an unlimited resource of ideas.

Soreness Activated

I read an article that is an Ode to Preseason that got me thinking.  So, this blog will be dedicated to the exhausting fun times of preseason.  Preseason.  For those of you who do not play a sport this word does not carry any weight.  But for those who do play a sport, I am sorry for bringing up horrible flashbacks.  Preseason is a week-long camp that pushes you close to your breaking point.  It is a week of two a day practices that has conditioning in the morning and stick work in the afternoon.  When you graduate you never have to go through another preseason again.  But what if I tell you that you will miss it?  Would you think that I was crazy? Think of it this way, in the words of Kaitlin Piosa “Never again in your life will it be so simple as to eat, sleep and play field hockey.”  This is a week that is dedicated to your sport, nothing else matters.

Here’s a list of all the hard times of preseason:

  • You have to duck walk because your muscles are really sore and you don’t want to move them
  • Since your muscles are sore and protest every time you move, you have to do a trust fall with the toilet seat because it hurts to bend down.
  • No matter how much you run before you get here, you will never be fully prepared for the toughness of preseason
  • Blisters forming on all of your toes from your cleats/turf shoes
  • I managed to pull my quad muscle almost every preseason
  • The endless sprints (suicides, work horse, sniper, etc)
  • Burpees, lunges, bear crawls, and squats…enough said
  • The dreaded timed mile on the track
  • The turf is always 10 degrees hotter than the air around it. Your feet will feel like they are on fire, you can see the heat waves coming off the turf
  • Make sure you put sunscreen on or else you will get really sunburned

Even with the amount of toughness that preseason brings, it isn’t all bad.  Here is a list of all the times that preseason is worth it:

  • We get to move in early, before the big rush of people
  • A lot of friendships are made and these friendships help make the transition from high school to college more smooth
  • There is a lot of team bonding, “suffering together”
  • We all hang out after all of the practices are done at dinner
  • We are getting in shape for a purpose; to do our best to win the MAC Championship
  • Once an aggie, always an aggie
  • There are great memories amidst the painful week

 

Link to the article:

http://www.teamusa.org/usa-field-hockey/features/2014/august/20/ode-to-preseason

DVU Field Hockey Seniors

For this interview, I decided to ask a series of questions about field hockey to the three seniors.  I interviewed Cecelia Lounsberry, Stefania Swider, and myself who are all seniors at Delaware Valley University.

What is your major and what do you hope to do after you graduate?

Cecelia Lounsberry: I am a pre-professional Biology Major. I hope to go onto veterinary school after I graduate.

Stefania Swider: My major is marketing.  I will be a G.A. next year at DVUFH and perusing my MBA.  My goal is to get into Medical Device sales or as a Medical Center Liaison.

Rebecca Szatkowski: My major is Conservation and Wildlife Management with a minor in Media and Communications.

How long have you been playing field hockey for?

CL: Since I was a freshman in high school so 8 years.

SS: Since 4th grade

RS: I have been playing field hockey for about 10 years.

What is your favorite memory off the field that you have from playing on the Del Val field hockey team?

CL: My favorite memory off the field that I have would probably be all the memories with my teammates. We always have a good time together.

SS: Being a campus leader

RS: My favorite memory off the field was during my freshman year preseason.  After we finished our second practice of the day and after we showered/had dinner we would all hang out.  We would always go to Leah and Sanders (seniors at the time) room and eat popsicles while getting to know each other.

What is your favorite memory on the field that you have from playing on the Del Val field hockey team?

CL: My favorite memory is probably when I scored my first collegiate goal. My teammates were so happy for me because it was something that I had worked for 4 years.

SS: Our freshman year getting into finals of MAC Conference.

RS: My favorite memory on the field happened this semester at our senior year.  For the past four years, I never got a chance to start a game, since I was usually subbed in during the game.  But during the senior game when the whole team walked out and the starters got their name called, my name was announced.  It brought tears to my eyes hearing my teammates cheering for me and getting excited for me to finally get a starting position. 

What motivated you to start playing field hockey?

CL: My sister played field hockey and I enjoyed going to her games so I decided to give it a try when I started high school.

SS: My family motivated me to start playing field hockey.

RS: My aunt played field hockey when she was in school.  Also, since I was on a travel soccer team when I was in middle school, I decided that I wanted to join the middle school field hockey team to get a different experience.

What is a reason that you stayed playing field hockey?

CL: I enjoy the competition and I love the game. I also have enjoyed being with my teammates.

SS: I loved to game, it is not only a sport to me it’s a passion and a lifestyle.

RS: The reason that I stayed on the field hockey team was because I had more fun playing field hockey than I did playing soccer.  Also, I really liked the family dynamic that my field hockey team had.

What is one thing that you are going to miss about playing field hockey?

CL: I am going to miss being out on that field with all of my teammates.

SS: Competing

RS: The one thing that I am going to miss about playing field hockey is the family and team bonding aspect of the sport.  It always felt good to work towards a common goal while staying in shape.

What advice would you give to new incoming freshman who want to play field hockey?

CL: My advice would be that playing field hockey will be one of the best decisions that you’ll make. You will make lifelong friends and have great memories. The years will fly by so enjoy it.

SS: Put work in. Your DIII but as a college athlete you only get what you deserve.  You work and put time in to get strong both mentally and physically you’ll be playing every game.  Stick to one position, you don’t get any honors if you work the whole field.  Be a team player but be sure to remember to honor yourself too and find a happy medium.  Don’t be afraid to have confidence in your game, there will always be someone that thinks they are great but make your ideas aware and have confidence in them to back them up.  Last but not least, don’t leave any minute on that field unaccounted for, meaning grow upon your failures, find what feels right and become a leader to those that need guidance.  Don’t fool around, get on the field do your job and get out.  If you aren’t committed then don’t weigh down those who are, because to someone field hockey isn’t just a sport to do, it’s a living, breathing, beating thing inside them.

RS: A piece of advice that I would give to incoming freshman is, enjoy the little moments.  One day you will look back at this time in your life and remember all of the memories (good and bad) that you made during this time.  Don’t let getting too competitive with your teammates make you lose the family aspect of the sport but use the competitiveness to make each other better.

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