Journal 11

Femi Hollinger-Janzen

Chris Sloan

English W131

24 October 2012

Homelessness is a large problem in Bloomington, Indiana. There are several ways to solve this issue. A very applicable solution would be to host fundraisers at various athletic events. At these events, there would be donation boxes where people could drop off household products in bins before entering the event. Also at various parking meters they would install a donation box where leftover change would go to help buy food for the homeless. This would be a great way of promoting the homeless issue in the city. Another solution to the problem, would make those on parole work at local gardens that aid homeless people. They would also have to stock shelves at homeless stores, as well and aid in building homeless shelters.  These are very feasible options to assisting in the homeless problem in Bloomington. 

Femi Hollinger-Janzen

Chris Sloan

English W131

24 October 2012

Annotated Bibliography

Werth, Robert. “I Do What I’M Told, Sort Of: Reformed Subjects, Unruly Citizens, And Parole.”Theoretical Criminology 16.3 (2012): 329-346. Academic Search Premier. Web. 22 Oct. 2012.

This source provides the definition of what a parolee is and what types of things they go through when they are on parole. It also talks about whether or not parolees are changed people or not when they are set free. This enhances my solution to my local problem by learning the benefits of helping parolees and getting then used to society again. By making these parolees more responsible, they will then be able to help out others in need.

 

Fernandez, Manny. “Spare Change for Homeless? Cuomo Sees a Sham and Sues.” New York Times 25 Nov. 2009: 1. Academic Search Premier. Web. 22 Oct. 2012.

This source discusses how parking meters can be used in order to help the homeless. It talks about how spare change at parking meters can be used to buy food for homeless shelters. Some opposing objections could be that the homeless shelters are not fairley treated in the amount of donations they receive. This method was executed in Nashville so it would also work well in Bloomington.

 

“Hoosier Hills Food Bank – Donate.” Hoosier Hills Food Bank – Donate. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Oct. 2012. <http://www.hhfoodbank.org/donate.php&gt;.

            This source provides great solution to my local problem. It addresses the Bloomington area and how food can be successfully collected in a donor drive.  There are no opposing views in this article. The source provides an example of how food donations are accepted in the Bloomington area. 

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Journal 9

Fem Hollinger-Janzen

Chris Sloan

English W131

8 October 2012

Source One

In the Bloomington area there is a large number of homeless people. This first article I read addressed that problem and talked about a foundation that is looking to help this issue. The New Hope Family Shelter has begun open homes and take in donations in order to help out these homeless people. It is estimated that there are 30 families on any given night that do not have housing, and the New Hope Family Shelter is looking to put a stop to this.

 http://indianapublicmedia.org/news/shelter-families-opens-bloomington-18131/

 

Source Two

            Elaine Guinn is the Director of the New Hope Family Shelter. Her story is a very interesting one, as a child her family was homeless. But being a child she was not aware of her family status. They would just go on living their lives as usual, and would not address the topic of homelessness. People who are homeless still celebrate birthday and do what normal people do, homelessness is just a stage in life it is not permanent. Elaine specifies that at the New Hope Family Shelter they are sure not to use the word homeless because it is after all an experience it does not have to shape who we have yet to become.

http://newhopefamilyshelter.org/

Journal 8

Femi Hollinger-Janzen

Chris Sloan

English W131

4 October 2012

Around Bloomington there is way to much construction. Everywhere I go there seems to be some type of constriction going on, and this really slows me down. When I am trying to get to class on time I have been late because there is construction slowing me down. There are some roads I can’t go on and I don’t know a second route to go on so I get lost. This is bothering me and I feel as if they need to hold up on all the construction and do one thing at a time.

 

Perhaps due to the large population of Bloomington the roads get a lot more wear and tear on them. They want to make Bloomington look really nice so they want to make all the roads look really nice. 

Journal 7

Femi Hollinger-Janzen
Christopher Sloan
English W131
26 September 2012

The Hunger Games

Gary Ross’s film The Hunger Games is one of the greatest movies of all time. The film is about a girl who is chosen to participate in the annual Hunger Games. Which consists of 24 children ages 12-18 that fight to the death, and the winner is showered with glory. People opposed to the film may say that it is too violent and sends the wrong message to our youth. Our children may think that killing is the way to gain riches. But the film is much more than just violence and killing, it encompasses the journey of a girl who places her life on the line in order to save her family. The willpower and determination for her to win, makes the movie both exciting and dramatic. It describes the world that we could possibly live in, being ruled by a greater power, and being forced to fight against our will. The film is both heart-stopping and eye-opening to the world that is around us. The Hunger Games is a 2012 must-see film.

Journal 6

Class Evaluation

Personally, I feel as if the class is not going as well as it should be. It is not the professor’s fault at all but I feel as if we don’t feel comfortable sharing and talking in front of the rest of the class. That is partly my problem of why I don’t always talk in class. Another problem may also be that the students have not done the reading for the day so they have no idea what we are talking about. But I think maybe part of that problem is that we don’t always know if we have a reading or not. Sometimes I don’t know when readings are due, and maybe it would help if the professor reminded the class of the readings that are due the next day. But other than that I feel as if the professor is doing a great job of teaching the class, some of the stuff is confusing because I don’t understand some of the words. But the professor is explaining other things in detail which is great. I need to do a better job of asking you what words mean, but then again I feel as if people will think I am dumb for asking that question. For the most part I think it is the comfort level of students amongst each other, which is why there is not much talking going on in the class.  But overall I feel that it is mainly the student’s faults for not doing the readings and that is why discussions are not going well.

Journal 5

Femi Hollinger-Janzen
Professor Sloan
English W131
21 September 2012

The Hunger Games Critique

I looked up a movie review on The Hunger Games. There were a lot more pros about the movie then there were cons.  I used the website Rotten Tomatoes to look at a review of the film, and this website had a lot of people’s opinions to critique the films. The pros were that people enjoyed the movie a lot and that the actors did a great job of portraying each character. People were saying that the movie kept them engaged the entire time because the action does not start till half way through the film. People also liked the fact that the movie described the possible world that we could live in, making it more realistic.  The cons of the film were that the camera was moving around too much making it hard to watch, and cause people to become dizzy. People were also saying that the message of the movie was very wrong, kids killing other kids. People also described how the book was a lot more detailed than the movie, so by watching the movie you did not get the entire picture. But overall there were a lot more prose than cons making the film a success.