Katie Copple

Wreaking Havoc Since 1992


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Just days after Hurricane Sandy tore through the upper Northeast and destroyed and flooded much of New York, the Mayor of New York City decided to hold the New York Marathon. Supposedly kicking New Yorkers out of hotels to make room for the marathon runners, the city was not happy. The Mayor cited the 2001 marathon, ran just two months after the 9/11 attacks. The race brought the country together after a time of tragedy. It was also about 60 days after the disaster, not less than a week. Not long after announcing that the Marathon would still be held, the Mayor called it off. Enough New Yorkers and Americans alike helped him change his mind and I think it was for the better. Having that many people in the city, along with the disaster workers, would be a terrible idea. Its good to see the Mayor came to his right mind and made the correct decision. 

http://news.yahoo.com/stance-marathon-mayor-misreads-nyc-070257392–spt.html

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Yet another new Apple protect has just been announced. The Apple iPad Mini, it’s smaller than the regular iPad yet bigger than the iPod Touch. I am not entirely sure what the point of this new device is. It does basically everything the others do, its just an inch or two smaller and a few ounces lighter. Apple product junkies are already lining up to pick of one of these new gadgets, and many are planning on selling their iPad 3, which they bought a mere six months ago. Just because this product has the name Apple behind it makes it newsworthy. Even if you are not an Apple person, you are still intrigued to see what their latest product is. I like Apple products but I am definitely not going to line up to get this one. Besides, I don’t even have an iPad yet. So I guess the question is simple, do I want a iPad 3 or iPad Mini for Christmas? 

http://forwardthinking.pcmag.com/none/304311-ipad-mini-steals-the-show-but-new-macs-will-please-consumers-too


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Student Interest Paper Final (revised)

Student Interest Paper

While many college students worry about the recent scores of the last NFL game or what is going on in the MLB, there is another sport that is often over looked but never quite forgotten. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, otherwise known as NASCAR, is not just a sport for rednecks, it’s a sport for everyone.

Rob Blount is a junior at the State University of New York at Purchase and started watching NASCAR at the young age of three thanks to his Dad and grandparents being fans. Since he lives in New York, NASCAR is not as popular as other places, although there is a racetrack in the state. Rob loves the sounds and feelings that come from watching a race, both live and on TV. “The sounds, the sites, the feeling of the cars rushing by, it’s exhilarating,” he said.

Camille Jones is a freshman this year at East Carolina University and really got into NASCAR racing in 2010, although she had watched off and on throughout her childhood. Located close to Charlotte, the NASCAR epicenter, and many other race tracks on the NASCAR circuit, Camille has been to quite a few races. “I love the cars, the close atmosphere of the drivers, the fans, etc.,” said Camille referring to what draws her in to the sport of auto racing.

College students make up a large portion of NASCARs fan base. There are many elements that can draw college students to the NASCAR industry. One of the lower tiers of NASCAR, otherwise known as the Nationwide Series, has many drivers that are of college age. “There is a large amount of incoming drivers who are at the college age, and I think that brings a lot of eyes from their peers to the sport,” said Camille.

Popular drivers like Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Austin Dillon, both in the running for the Nationwide Championship, are of college age. Austin even manages to take college classes and host his own radio show at his school. There are even some young drivers in the highest tier of NASCAR racing, the Sprint Cup level.

Camille and Rob, who have each been to a recent race, had noticed many people in the 18-24 age demographic. Both came to the conclusion that there is a large showing of college students at the racetrack even though the last demographic study, done in 2009, states that that age group is dropping.

A NASCAR racetrack is a great social atmosphere. The NASCAR industry itself, drivers, teams and sponsors use social networking, mainly Twitter, as a way of attracting fans. There are many drivers and reporters who are not afraid to interact with fans, and with social networking being a big part of society today, especially for college students, it draws many of them in.

One thing a new fan will learn rather quickly is that NASCAR drivers, sponsors, teams and fans are always willing to take the time and chat. You will make many great friends through this sport, even if you may never meet them face to face. It’s great to know that you can log on to Twitter on a Saturday or Sunday before, during and after a race and you will always have someone to talk to about the recent happenings in the sport. There are students right here on Morningside’s campus that are NASCAR fans, much like there are fans of the NFL and MLB. Even if you have never watched NASCAR, give it a chance, sit down and watch a race. Some of NASCARs biggest fans started out not knowing a thing about the sport; they just sat down one day and watched a race on TV. It’s exhilarating, unpredictable, and a great way to make new friends.


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When I heard this news the other day, I couldn’t contain my excitement! A Hard Rock Casino in Sioux City would be a BIG economy boost to a town I have grown up in. I have been to a few different Hard Hock Cafe’s in this country and have never had anything less than amazing service. Being a part of downtown Sioux City’s booming culture should be an easy sell for this proposal and hopefully it goes through. Voting begins shortly and hopefully construction does too. Although it is going to be a very large project, the benefits this Casino would bring in should make this proposal a no-brainier. 

 

http://www.omaha.com/article/20121012/NEWS/710129919/0


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Student Interest Paper

           While many college students worry about the recent scores of the last NFL game or what is going on in the MLB, there is another sport that is often looked over, but never quite forgotten. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, otherwise known as NASCAR, is not just a sport for rednecks; it’s a sport for everyone. College students make up a large portion of NASCAR fans and I talked to a few to see why they think that is.

            Rob Blout is a junior at the State University of New York at Purchase and started watching NASCAR at the young age of three thanks to his Dad and grandparents being fans. Since he lives in New York, NASCAR is not as popular as other places, although there is a racetrack in the state. Rob loves the sounds and feelings that come from watching a race, both live and on TV. “The sounds, the sites, the feeling of the cars rushing by, it’s exhilarating,” he said.

            I also talked to a freshman from North Carolina, the NASCAR epicenter. Camille Jones is a freshman this year at East Carolina University and really got into NASCAR racing in 2010 although she had watched off and on throughout her childhood. Being located close to Charlotte and many other race tracks on the NASCAR circuit, Camille has been to quite a few races. “I love the cars, the close atmosphere of the drivers, the fans, etc,” said Camille referring to what draws her in to the sport of auto racing.

            There are many elements that can draw college students to the NASCAR industry. One of the lower tiers of NASCAR, otherwise known as the Nationwide Series, has many drivers that are of college age. “There is a large amount of incoming drivers who are at the college age, and I think that brings a lot of eyes from their peers to the sport,” said Camille. Popular drivers like Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Austin Dillon, both in the running for the Nationwide Championship, are of college age and Austin even manages to take college classes and host his own radio show at his school. There are even some drivers in the highest tier of NASCAR racing, the Sprint Cup level.

            I asked Camille and Rob, who have both been to a recent race, if they had noticed many people in the 18-24 age demographic and both of their answers were very similar. Both came to the conclusion that there is a large showing of college students at the racetrack even though the last demographic study, done in 2009, states that that age group is dropping. A NASCAR racetrack is a great social atmosphere and the NASCAR industry itself, its drivers, teams and sponsors use social networking, mainly Twitter, as a way of attracting fans. There are many drivers and reporters who are not afraid to interact with fans and with social networking being a big part of society today, especially for college students; it draws many of them in.

            NASCAR is something that I am still a little new to and am still learning about. One thing I learned rather quickly is that NASCAR drivers, sponsors, teams and fans are always will to take the time and chat. I have made many great friends through this sport, even if I may have never met them face to face. It’s great to know that you can log on to Twitter on a Saturday or Sunday before, during and after a race and you will always have someone to talk to about the recent happenings in the sport. There are students right here on Morningside’s campus whom are NASCAR fans, much like there are fans of the NFL and MLB. Even if you have never watched NASCAR, give it a chance, sit down and watch a race. I never would have guessed that I would have become a fan of this sport, but once you watch one race, you have to watch another. It’s exhilarating, unpredictable, and a great way to make new friends. 


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Into The Streets

This was the second time I participated in Into The Streets here at Morningside and i had a great time yet again. This year, my group, made up of seven girls, went to the Ronald McDonald house to help them clean, straighten up, and do basic house chores. I had never been to the Sioux City Ronald McDonald house, even though I have lived in this area my entire life. When I walked into the front door, I was taken back as to how nice it was inside. I wasn’t expecting it to be a rundown old home, but it was basically spotless and very well kept. We met with Velvet, one of the managers, and she gave us each a list of chores that she wanted us to do. Things like vacuuming, dusting, organizing, and straightening were on the list. We split up into teams and quickly made it through the list.

As part of MCTV, I was asked to document our Into The Streets experience. As I talked to Velvet to get more information on the Ronald McDonald House for my story, she said something that I hadn’t thought of before. She said that families with sick children long for a place to stay that feels like home. They don’t want to spend weeks in a cramped hotel room, they want an actual home. That is what the Ronald McDonald House does for those families. They house families anywhere from over night to months at a time.

While we were there we met a father and his little boy, maybe four years old. “They are like family to me,” Velvet said, “It’s always hard to say goodbye.” Although it didn’t take us long to complete our tasks at the Ronald McDonald House, I really had a great time. I really hope I get the opportunity to go back. the Ronald McDonald House really is a great thing for our community. 


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Last Sunday was the 3rd race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship at Dover International Speedway. Many of the Chase contenders were up towards the front, but one driver who dominated most of the race was not even in contention for the Championship. Kyle Busch missed the Chase by only a few points to Jeff Gordon a few weeks ago Kyle had a great run throughout most of the season but had quite a few DNF (Did Not Finish) races thanks to blown engines and fuel problems. Kyle has led most of the race Sunday at Dover and was well on his way to a Top 3 finish or even a win when he, along with many other Toyota Racing drivers, were forced to make a late pit stop for fuel. Dover is a fuel mileage race and every team and driver knew that. Brad Keselowski, driving a dodge, and Jimmie Johnson, driving a Chevrolet, did not have to make a late pit stop for fuel because they had enough fuel to make it to the end of the race. Brad, Jimmie and Kyle were all on the same pit strategy, meaning the Dodge and the Chevrolet engines got better gas mileage than the Toyota’s did. Kyle came over his radio at the end of the race and expressed his anger over the difference in fuel mileage, using many colorful words. Toyota was upset at Kyle’s comments, as was Kyle’s car owner Joe Gibbs. Kyle’s comments were in the headlines on every NASCAR website, many blogs and many sports websites. With Kyle being such a large public figure, his comments about Toyota could make a difference in their sales. Earlier today, Kyle released a statement apologizing to Toyota Racing for his comments. An apology may not mean much to some, but it may have saved him, his team, his car owner, and his sponsors, lots of money and headache. 

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/busch-apologizes-rant-against-toyota-215952612–nascar.html