Sunday, August 30, 2015

Mysterious religious group discomforts students [edit]

Groups of people carrying Bibles have been stopping and asking students to participate in Bible study sessions throughout the day outside Henderson and the Union.

The group locates its study areas at prime targets during various parts of the day. In the morning, members are outside the entrance of Mabee Library. In the early afternoon, they are at each exit around Henderson. In the evening, they are outside of the Union’s main doors and on the stairs across from the Mulvane Art Museum. Nobody seems to know who the group is.

Many people around campus are avoiding the religious group and are arriving to their desired location without interacting with them. Of the students who are stopped, some are uncomfortable with having God thrust upon their way of thinking, while other students don’t know how to say they did not have time for a Bible study and instead sit there. Both Christian and anti-religious students are upset by this tactic.

However, some people appreciate the group’s outreach, but the issue is that it can make people feel awkward being pressured into unwanted beliefs or discipleship techniques.

It is possible this group will be around campus for more days outside of Mabee Library, Henderson and the steps of the Union asking people if they would like to have a Bible study session. It will be interesting to see if students on campus embrace the group or continue to walk past them.

Mysterious Religious Group Making Others Feel Awkward

Recently on campus, there has been a group of people with Bibles asking students who pass by if they would like a Bible study session. Most of the time, the group seems to have someone there with them throughout the day around Henderson and the Union.

The group locates its study areas at prime targets during certain parts of the day. In the early afternoon, they are at each exit around Henderson, and in the evening they are outside of the Union, sitting around the stairs across from the Mulvane Art Museum and also just outside of the main doors. No one seems to know who the group is.

There seems to be many people around campus who are avoiding the group and going out of their way to get to their desired location without interacting with the group. One time as I passed them, I chose not to stop and interact with them and the second time I avoided them altogether. There are many people who do not handle God being thrusted upon their way of thinking very well.

Along with those feeling insecure, what about the mass of people who are too insecure to say they did not have time for a Bible study and instead sat there awkwardly? There are Christians who do not like this tactic just as an anti-religious person would, meaning it is not one sided. There are many folks who appreciate this group doing this, but the issue is that it makes some people feel insecure.

One thing is for certain though, this group may be around campus for many more days outside of Henderson and on the steps of the Union, asking people if they would like to have a Bible study session. Going forward, it will be interesting to see if students on campus embrace the group, or continue to walk away from them with their heads down.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Olivia Marshall: Better late than never?

Greetings fellow classmates:

I am Olivia Marshall, a senior majoring in mass media, emphasis in public relations  and minoring in poverty studies. I've spent the past three years at Washburn and anticipate on having an exciting final semester before I graduate this December. A few of my favorite pastimes include biking, roller derby and dance music.

I've always loved biking, but this summer I have taken this hobby to the next level. On July 5th, I rode the Lizard Under the Skillet in Lawrence; it's a sizzling 66-mile ride. My new biking buddies inspired me to train and sign up for my first bike race on August 16th. I managed to finish it! It was a 15 mile criterion race that took about half an hour. That was a big milestone for me. My next goal is to complete a century ride (100 miles).

Last month, I traveled to Las Vegas for a week at RollerCon, a convention with roller derby players from around the world. I learned new skills, played in outrageously fun-themed bouts and scrimmages, and took random classes like breakdancing, Buti yoga, Tai Chi on skates, and figure skating. The experience inspired me to play my best, be a better skater and take care of my body. Last night, my team the Capital City Crushers, won its final bout of the season against the Lakewood, Colorado Derby Dames.

I hope to work in advertising/marketing/public relations. I hear being an excellent writer is imperative to be successful in this field. I took AP Literature and Composition in high school and have always been a decent writer, but I don't think I've practiced nearly enough. That's why I've decided to start writing for the Washburn Review. I hope to learn all that I can in this class so I can put my best foot forward when I snag that entry-level job and enter the working world!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Who is Courtney Sweeney?

Hey everyone!

My name is Courtney Sweeney and I am a super senior (I have been in college for six year because I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life). I am majoring in mass media with an emphasis in creative advertising. I also have a minor in psychology.

I am from Valley Falls, which is a small town, about 30 minutes northeast of Topeka. I grew up on a farm. I have cows, chickens, pigs, rabbits, ducks, cats and dogs. I love being from the country. I went to Bethany College for two years and I was on the dance team.

I do not have a lot of experience in editing. My mom teaches English at a school up north, so she is going to be my best friend this semester! I probably won't be smiling a lot in class because I am NOT a morning person. I promise I am not being mean!

I hope everyone has a great semester!

Almost done

My name is Justin Braun. I am a fifth year senior at Washburn University. My major has changed a few times in the last 4 years. I am now majoring in mass media with an emphasis on public relations and my wonderful minor is communications. I chose communications because I did very well in my Public Speaking class. When I finally graduate and grow up I plan on being a college cheer coach.

I am a very honest person, so I know that my grammar is horrible. I think this class will either greatly benefit me or slowly kill me. I am hoping that this class will help me in my other classes where I will have to write ten page papers.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Dating profile

Hello everyone!

My name is Bree Zuchowski, I am a junior at Washburn University. My major is mass media with and emphasis in public relations. I am minoring in Spanish because I traveled abroad with Washburn to Spain for a month this summer. If you haven't thought about doing study abroad before, I strongly recommend it. I had the time of my life! I am from Olathe, Kansas and enjoy spending time with my family, my friends and my dog.

I haven't had a lot experience with editing. I took AP English throughout high school. I feel that what we learned and focused on was somewhat similar, but not necessarily the same. I am looking forward to this semester.

- Bree

Journalist oddly looking forward to to editing class

My name is Trevin Edelman. I absolutely love being a journalist, whether it is television news, radio reports or articles for print. I live to inform the people of the world. While most of my efforts go toward being a sports journalist, I still have a spot in my heart for anything that informs audiences.

I am from Sabetha, Kansas, which is one hour away from Topeka. Sabetha High School had no opportunity for journalism when I was attending, so I took a job at the local newspaper. The experience I gained from this job jump-started my career. I am forever indebted to the staff at the Sabetha Herald for the gig.

I feel a bit weird as I actually enjoy learning the correct way to edit. It's probably my weakest skill, leaving plenty of room for growth. I am looking forward to growing with all of you in this area throughout this semester.

Welcome to my world


My name is Kelly Haywood. I am currently a senior at Washburn University studying mass media: public relations, with a minor in psychology. I am from East St. Louis, Illinois. After graduating from high school, I attended Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, for a year and a semester. I then moved to Topeka in January of 2013 and transferred to Washburn. At first Topeka was different for me because it is very small compared to where I am from, which is also two minutes away from St. Louis, Missouri.

I've been in the health care field for over five years, while also maintaining my studies as a full-time student. Currently, I work for St. Francis Health in Topeka. This past February, I had my first child, so I sat out last spring and plan to graduate next December. Transitioning to motherhood has been one of my best experiences yet. My daughter is so precious and adorable.

I love to read and write, so I am sure this course will be interesting. I really don't have any formal training on editing, but many people for some reason like me to look over some of their documents. I have also always been pretty good with English, so I hope this class will be similar. I hope to continue to expand my communication and writing skills this semester because everything I learn will definitely strengthen my career aspirations.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Student returns to Washburn

      Hello! My name is Mindy Barks and I'm a returning student at Washburn University. I graduated from Washburn in May 2013 with my Bachelor of Arts in Communication. I am back and working on my second major in mass media with an emphasis in public relations.

      I grew up in the small town of Tyro, Kansas. I attended high school in Caney, Kansas and received a full-ride theatre scholarship to Coffeyville Community College.

      I absolutely love to draw. Drawing has been a hobby of mine since I was three years old and I couldn't imagine my life without art. I've also participated in theatre, debate, forensics and band throughout my educational career.

     As far as editing is concerned, I'm not too familiar with it. The most exposure I've had to the editing process was during my Creative Media Writing course last spring. This will be a new and challenging experience for me. As nervous as I am for this course, I'm really looking forward to enhancing my technical writing skills!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A little about myself

Hi, everyone!

My name is Mao Tohge, and I am an international student from Japan. I am a junior majoring in mass media, with an emphasis in public relations, and a minor in theater. My hobby includes traveling. I really like to go to new places.

This summer I went to New York, Washington D.C., Indiana, and the Jersey Shore. I really had a great experience traveling to new places. Each state was unique, such as the people and fashion.

My English skills are still poor and I'm not so good at writing. Therefore, I’m kind of afraid to take this editing class. However, I hope to improve my editing skills through this class and semester.

Everyone enjoy the semester!

Michaela in the making

Hey Everyone!

My name is Michaela Olberding and I am a junior this year at Washburn University. I'm majoring in mass media with an emphasis in public relations and minoring in psychology. I want to be an event planner after I graduate. I am currently the social chair for Delta Gamma which keeps me busy  making fun t-shirts and planning formal/social events with other chapters. I'm from Abilene, Kansas, which if you know where that is it's probably because you took a field trip to the Eisenhower Museum when you were younger. I have two younger sisters. Mallory is a freshman this year at Washburn University and Shiann will be starting the 8th grade. I'm excited to be entering the upper level classes because that means I'm getting that much closer to graduating!

I don't have very much editing experience. My senior composition teacher covered grammar guidelines and made us review parts out of a grammar book. It's been three years, but I'm sure once we get started some of the rules will come back to me. I'm optimistic about learning new rules!

Transfer student enjoys Washburn spotlight

        Hey everyone! My name is Amy, and I'm a senior majoring in mass media with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in business. After high school I attended Johnson County Community College for two years and attained my Associate's degree. I transferred to Washburn University last fall.
        I was born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas. I am the oldest of two siblings, who are both much taller than me. My family enjoys having game and movie nights, cooking dinner together and going on spontaneous vacations.
        My main hobbies are theatre, creative writing, photography and scrap-booking. I've been performing since second grade. I have been involved in every production at Washburn University since my start here. My primary roles thus far have been Elizabeth Proctor in "The Crucible," Laura Wingfield in "The Glass Menagerie" and Mary in "Mauritius." I plan to audition for Washburn's musical "Into the Woods" in a couple weeks.
        At the beginning of the summer I started employment with Student Media and the Washburn Review. I have gained experience in covering and photographing a variety of events around campus. My favorite story I've covered so far was the Mulvane Art Fair in June.
        My experience with editing has been minimal. The majority of my experience has come from my involvement with the Washburn newspaper. I look forward to taking away a lot of great lessons from this class to help me become a more advanced writer and editor.

I Am Mr. Cox

My name is David, and I am 22 years old. I am a 5th year senior this year, and will be graduating in May with a degree in mass media with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in anthropology. I am excited to be done with school, but also terrified because then I am expected to contribute to life and be an adult. I am expected to buy my own clothes, and make my own doctors appointments? This is not what I signed up for.

I have spent this summer transitioning to a new job, and trying many new things. I have made the change from working as a Pharmacy Technician to working at a local bank as a teller. I love my new job because I am able to have evenings and weekends to myself. This lead to me having a life outside of school and work, which is exciting for me. As far as editing experience, I have none. This class will be an interesting struggle.

I am excited for this year. I hope everyone has a great semester!

Monday, August 17, 2015

International student is enjoying her time at Washburn


  My name is Fangfei Lu and I come from China. It is good to see you all today.

  I have studied at Washburn for two years and I am emphasizing in PR and minor in Theatre. I like the beautiful campus and the friendly people here. I have taken part in some local festivals like Old Albany Day's and Gary's Fall Festival. I love this kind of activity because it's a good time to relax and get close to nature.

  Outside of class I like playing badminton and watching entertainment programs.I like music too, I downloaded many Chinese songs, English songs and Korean songs on my phone. When I am running, I listen to these songs, the music is a driving force for me.

  Thanks for reading my post.^-^


All about Me, Myself and I

Hello everyone!

My name is Kara! I'm a senior planning to graduate in May. I'm studying Public Relations and I'm hoping to get a job in a flashy, big city such as Chicago, Washington D.C. or New York City someday.  I was born and raised in Topeka. After my first year of college at the University of Arkansas, I decided to transfer back home, which has been a good transition for me. I have a love for adventure and have a crazy dream of becoming a travel blogger someday. This summer I went to South Africa and considered following that dream. However, I haven't decided if I'm up for the challenge. There are so many people and places in this world I would love to see.

As far as editing, I'm extremely intimidated by this class. I'm nervous and know it will be a struggle for me. In my previous schooling, we spent a lot of time writing, but not a lot of time breaking down the English language and how to use it properly. I'm optimistic about this class, though, and I know I will learn a lot.

I hope everybody has a wonderful semester!


What to know about Sydney

Hey everyone!

My name is Sydney Hansen and I'm a senior public relations major. Originally, I'm from Pleasant Hill, Missouri, which is a relatively small town outside of Kansas City. Throughout my life, I've been super passionate about music. I was involved in choir from 5th grade until my sophomore year of college; it was definitely a huge part of my life. For a while, I wanted to be a choir teacher, but then changed my mind and decided public relations was a better path for me. Currently, I work part-time as a manager at Beauty Brands while also being a full-time student. I'm excited for this semester and to see what this class is all about.

I don't have any formal experience with editing, but my high school language arts professor was SUPER strict about learning grammar rules/guidelines. So, I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on them, but I suppose that will be put to the test throughout this class! Have a great semester everyone.

Sydney Hansen

Mikayla in the making

Hello Ichabods!

I hope you are having a wonderful first day of classes. My name is Mikayla Douglas and I am a junior this year at Washburn University. I'm majoring in mass media with an emphasis in public relations. My hometown is Wellsville, Kansas, which is a very small town an hour south of here. I have a younger brother, who is a senior this year at Wellsville High School. I love my family, Netflix and traveling. It was definitely a culture shock coming to college where there were more kids in my WU101 class than I had in my graduating class.  Choosing to attend Washburn was the best decision I have ever made. As I begin my third year here, I am excited for my classes this semester and getting that much closer to starting my career.

I have had some experience with editing over the years. I was in yearbook from middle school throughout high school, and was on Student Media part of my first year at Washburn. I am looking forward to bettering my editing skills throughout the duration of this class. I will see you all Wednesday!


Meet Miss Woods

Hello Editing class my name is Heather. I am excited for this semester, because I will be graduating in December. Also, two days after graduation I will be going to Mexico with my family. I am ready to get this semester over with.  I am taking 14 hours this semester and working part time.
This summer I found a love for the outdoors. I love riding my bike and taking walks with friends.   I walk around Lake Shawnee with a friend from work. The walk takes us about two hours. I would say I am a health nut. I also love cooking and other healthy activities. Also, I do not have any editing experience. Have a good semester everyone!

A brief letter to editing 422

Hi All,

My name is Cathryne. I grew up in Dallas and moved to Topeka when I was 14. I have two dogs and two cats. I love traveling, shopping, and reading. I have two blogs, one is about thrift shopping and the other is about recipes, restaurants, and food products.

I had an amazing grammar teacher in 6th grade. She taught me the acronym Ivan Capp. I feel like I have a pretty solid foundation of grammar knowledge, but today's quiz left me thinking otherwise. Currently, I intern for se2 and I have helped proofread all of their onboarding material and eLearning courses.


Introducing Josh Wallentine

If I had it my way, I wouldn't need an introduction. I mean, I am Josh Wallentine after all - Just kidding. I am a junior from Wichita, Kansas. My family has two dogs and two cats who are all rescued. One was rescued from a puppy mill and one was rescued at the bottom of the kennel from a hoarders house. One cat we rescued from a farm, which isn't much of a rescue, but it was in the middle of a blizzard! Our other cat was found in a beer box on the side of a street. She weighed only 2 oz. when we adopted her and was miraculously a "false-positive" for kitty leukemia. It is a crazy life, but I wouldn't have it any other way! I am easy going. I like to watch racing, take naps, and run with my girlfriend. I hate running, but she makes it a little more bearable.

I don't have any more experience with editing other than that of high school. I am remaining optimistic about this class, even though Regina seems to make it out to be so awful! :)

Welcome to Editing!

Give us a quick introduction and in the last line share your overall experience with editing :)


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Reporting and Writing? Same as Tow-May-Toe/ Tow-Ma-Toe?

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I remember clearly a night I was riding my bike with my family on the Shunga Trail, which is located really close to campus, just to the south of 21st Street. Sometimes I daydream as I ride along and other times ideas will float into my mind.

There were a lot of families out last night, but so many other things were happening. I started to think about how fun it would be to turn into reporter mode and find out some interesting information. Why were two people climbing up the big tree in the open area just west of Gage Boulevard? They had climbing ropes and were high up in the tree. Were they just having a night of fun or preparing for a big climbing trip?

A little while later I noticed a trio who had set up their temporary hammocks in a trio of trees. Young people sitting in the tree, lounging, and having conversation. I wondered is this a new hobby? Was this a planned outing or a spontaneous whim realized?

Many smaller groups lined the trail engaged in games of Frisbee golf and many others were walking dogs along the generous pathway. Here a slice of the community coming together for an ordinary Tuesday evening.

Had I spent a mere 10 minutes talking to any of these groups, I would have had more than enough information to write up a quick human interest story.

I share this with you today because I have been meeting with or having phone conversations with media professionals supervising our mass media interns. The ability to write well and communicate with diverse people was mentioned to me over and over again. I'm 100 percent biased, as a trained journalist myself, but I firmly believe working as a reporter for a year gives anyone an amazing lineup of skills to begin any number of career paths.

As you all begin to consider future paths, I urge you to consider taking a journalism class or working for Student Media. This fall, I am also offering a pretty cool WTE that would look terrific on anyone's diploma. You can even complete it as an independent study if you wish, which would give you mass media elective credit. Contact me if you are interested. You can apply online for Washburn Student Media at