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This NPR story on unpaid internships hits at the exact reason so many potentially illegal unpaid internships go unreported: nobody wants to jeopardize their future with a company by taking it to court.
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So often I hear complaints from people who feel the World Wide Web and social media technology are dehumanizing. Today, I feel like nothing has been more humanizing than hearing the firsthand story of the Troy Davis execution through those who stood outside the prison and reported it over Twitter.
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Another inspired post from bluegrass banjoist/blogger/philosopher Chris Pandolfi on the natural evolution of music. Pandolfi often writes about the bluegrass tradition and how the music continues to grow as it branches into and influences new forms of music.

He's definitely one of the best advocates for acoustic music and his writing, in my opinion, is helping to inform and enthuse the next generation of acoustic musicians and fans.
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Although he probably never stood a chance to win the GOP nomination, it's unfortunate to hear Huntsman's campaign is running out of steam. Among the field of candidates, I've always found Hunstman to be the most level-headed, intelligent and respectable, the type of Republican politician America needs today.
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A very interesting article from The Atlantic in which Jeff Tweedy talks about the creative process he used to write "Born Alone," a tune from Wilco's forthcoming album.

It's both neat and incredibly frustrating to think that Tweedy simply began pulling words from a book of poetry. As an often confused and creatively broke songwriter wannabee, I have huge amounts of respect for artists who've mastered their creative processes.
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In my Organization and Behavior class this semester we're required to complete a semester long research project dealing with a specific OB issue. My group decided to tackle the issue of "removing barriers to communication in the workplace."

We've been told to approach the research from a broad standpoint, so do any of my professional/business followers out there have any suggestions for a direction the group might take? I'm hoping to somehow tie our research and final presentation to social media and its effects on workplace communication and culture.
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A longer but worthwhile read from the American Journalism Review on how Twitter and the Web have transformed political journalism. Gone are the days when journalists were able to get up close and personal with candidates.
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Occupy Des Moines began this afternoon and I had the chance to sit in on their evening group meeting. It's a fascinating and democratic movement and I'd encourage everybody to stop by and observe what they're doing.
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I hit up On the Border last night during a visit to Jordan Creek with the girlfriend. While I'm usually not a big fan of chain Mexican restaurants, I must say their "Taco Stand" deal is a great value. If you're a seafood lover, stick with the Dos Equis fish tacos. The shrimp tacos look great, but the higher price isn't worth it.
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After being away from my personal blog for awhile, I'm back with a post on the nature of renting textbooks. It's a little bit philosophical, but still something you might enjoy.
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Welcome to the 2011 Restoring America Tea Party rally in Indianola. Lots of energy among the attendees, but I've found the energy is not matched by an understanding of Obama's policies.
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I'm currently at the Simpson College Student Government Association's annual budget allocation meeting. At the end of each academic year, campus groups submit budget requests for the next year to SGA's budget committee. Today, the full senate will hear the committee's recommendations on the amount of funding each group should receive and will make the final allocation. You can watch this live blog of today's meeting and I'll post each final allocation after the senate votes.

Best Buddies: The group requested $2,500 in the spring and the senate allocated $800, citing the "substantial" amount of money the group didn't spend last year and a lack of new initiatives mentioned in the group's request.

Simpson Multicultural Women's Association: The group requested $500 and the senate allocated $0, expressing uncertainty of the group's goals and purposes and their sources of funding in the past.

Math Club: The group requested $3,480 and the senate allocated $2,300, cutting out funding the group requested to attend conventions.

Student Conduct Board: The group requested $1,000 and the senate allocated $515. The funding will go to buy an HP notebook and a webinar to train members. The senate cut the funding SCB requested to pay for a note-keeper at meetings.

Environmental Awareness Club: The group requested $5,350 and the senate allocated the full amount. JoAnna Freeland, junior class senator, argued that the group should receive the full amount, citing their high level of engagement on campus and their responsible handling and full use of funding in the past.

Students in Free Enterprise: The group requested $6,900 and the senate allocated $3,000. Treasurer Elsen Hoxhalli pointed out that SGA is not SIFE's only resource for funding, as the group does a substantial amount of fundraising throughout the year.

Humans Vs. Zombies: The group requested $250 and the senate allocated the full amount.

Education Club: The group requested $1,750. The senate voted to table a final allocation until more information becomes available on the group's finances.

Alpha Phi Omega: The group requested $1,675. The senate voted to table a final allocation until more information becomes available on the group's finances.

Sequel: The group requested $6,000 to cover the cost of printing the magazine and the senate allocated the full amount. However, across the senate, the discussion revolved around the size of Sequel's readership (presumably low) and how Sequel might be able to increase their engagement on campus.

Campus Activities Board: The group requested $162,500 and the senate allocated $160,000.

Religious Life Community: The group requested $47,800 and the senate allocated the full amount. While the budget committee recommended not to fund the full amount requested, discussion among senators brought out that in past years, RLC has come back to the senate to request money from the operating budget for additional events and the process could be streamlined by funding the full amount.

Simpson College Triathlon Club: The group requested $3,650 and the senate funded $2,000. The senate agreed the group's campus activities should be funded, however, the majority of the discussion revolved around whether or not the group should be funded to attend off-campus triathlons.

Residence Hall Association: The group requested $6,460 and the senate allocated $4,000.

Amnesty International: The group requested $2,800. The request was tabled until a later date when the group could come in and explain certain points of their proposal.

Intramurals: The group requested $32,800 and the senate allocated the full amount.

The Simpsonian: The group requested $22,709.20 and the senate allocated the full amount.

KSTM Radio: The group requested $7,821 and the senate allocated $0. The uncertainty about funding the group centered around when the station will begin broadcasting again following the move from the BSC.

Stormtracker Magazine: The group requested $23,000 and the senate allocated $18,500.
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Multimedia Journalism student at Simpson College. I enjoy music, trout fishing and lots of reading.
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I like to think of myself as a storyteller. Whether it's through music, writing or video, everyday I'm trying to learn more about how to relate to people through my passions.
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    Multimedia Journalism, 2009 - present
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