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The many aspects of research


Two themes that seemed to continue to show up in the Field/Action Research were the importance of secondary research and ethics. The talk mostly explored instances of primary research where students were interacting with subjects to gather information. However, all the Professors emphasized the importance of doing secondary research as well if not before primary research. I know Professor Searles spoke in detail about the importance of ethics. Ethics is the basis of every research project. There has to be a certain level of trust between a subject being interviewed and the people interviewing. If this ethical code is not formulated, there is no real basis for a relationship. This especially rang true for the adult entertainment shop project that Professor Searles spoke about.

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Distracted Driving in the United States


There are over 3,000 fatalities and 400,000 injuries in the United States every year that involve distracted driving. “Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving . . . These types of distractions include texting, using a cell phone or smartphone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading, including maps, using a navigation system, watching a video, adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 player” (State). People using cell phones in any manner while operating a motor vehicle will be the focus of this paper. Americans agree that distracted driving is an issue that needs to be addressed, yet not every state has a primary enforcement law regarding distracted driving. The Federal Government cannot create a national law for distracted driving because traffic laws fall under the state’s jurisdiction. Aside from each state implementing a primary enforcement law for distracted driving, organizations and concerned citizens can take matters into their own hands, using awareness tactics to combat distracted driving. While these efforts have proven effective, the most effective and logical next step would be for every state to have a primary enforcement law for distracted driving. In order to battle distracted driving, the Federal Government should implement realistic federal funding incentive programs in a similar manner to the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 and national 0.08% BAC limit. This would at the very least encourage all states to have primary enforcement laws for distracted driving, which is an important foundation for the United States in the fight against distracted driving.

Distracted Driving in the United States

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The Graduate: five years later


When I was a junior in high school, I wrote an eighteen-page research paper on The Graduate and must have watched the film twenty times, meticulously taking notes, doing research and thinking deeply. I went through the entire movie and would pause the movie every few seconds to write down something on a notecard. I think even my teacher would agree that I went a bit overboard with the whole thing, but I was intrigued by the concept of the film, the time period it sought to depict and the music it chose to use. Below is my concluding paragraph of that research paper.

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The Limits of your life


During his visit to Bucknell, Ta-Nehisi Coates answered a question from a student in the audience. The student asked Coates what people could do to make a change in the world? He was specifically speaking about racism in the United States. In response to the question, Coates spoke about how people like Martin Luther King Jr. existed within a history. In history there has to be a motive or something that we cannot ignore. On an individual level, Coates said that a person should find something that he loves that makes an impact on the world or at least something that matters. Coates said that people should be prepared to accept the limits of their lives. He meant that most people would not be able to change the world. The most important thing was for a person to do what he had to do in order to be at peace with him.

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Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall


Millennials have been “blessed” with being born into a generation that has technology and convenience at their fingertips. We do not have to leave a day at the end of finishing our papers, so that we can make sure we have enough time to type our final version out on a type writer. We have the gift of information at our fingertips. Wherever we are we are able to pull out our smartphones and google something. Our generation also has the luxury of communicating through text messages, emails, group messaging applications and many other newer mediums.

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growing up just the right amount


In a New York Times article about him, Shane Smith, CEO and co-founder of Vice Media, was quoted, saying he wanted to be just like Tom Freston, “Tom Just flies around everywhere, gets to make movies, gets to start TV shows, hang out with cool people and do whatever he wants.” Tom Freston was a top executive at Viacom and was instrumental in the success of MTV and is now an advisor to Vice. Just like Shane Smith, I want to be just like Tom, and since Shane Smith is now just like Tom, I want to be just like Shane Smith for the same reasons he wants to be just like Tom.

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Just sit back and relax


Mr. Musk,

The United States Census Bureau published traffic accident data from the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that contained some disturbing statistics.  In 2009 there were just under 11 million traffic accidents in the United States.  In the same year there were almost 36,000 deaths as a result of these traffic accidents.  This number does not include the hundreds of thousands of people who are injured to different degrees as a result of traffic accidents.  While the number of car accidents has stayed relatively constant over the past ten years, the death rate in car accidents has decreased significantly over the same time period.  I know there are many other problems across the world that cause significantly more pain and deaths, but I think that this problem is one that is not such a hard fix.

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Give Mr. Musk a Challenge- prompt 8


Mr. Musk

Imagine you are conversing with Elon Musk and he asks you to come up with an invention that he will work to invent in the coming years.  Your mind explodes with ideas as you consider the possibilities.  You are limited only by your imagination.

Come up with an invention that will benefit the world as much as possible. Explain to Mr. Musk how the invention would work and how it would benefit the world. Your response can expand on concepts and topics we have covered or discussed in class or can be an original idea.

Don’t forget to use appropriate media to enhance your post.

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Record number of students register for 8am classes


For decades, college students have measured the greatness of their schedule through the start time of their first class of the day. It is widely known that college students cherish sleeping in almost as much as Scooby-doo loves Scooby snacks. Recently, however, students at Bucknell University have started to demand and register for more 8am classes than ever before, causing mass panic among University administrators as they search for professors who were willing to teach at such insanely early times.

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The Company the World Needs: Monsanto


As the world nears a population of 9.5 billion people by the year 2050 and the world’s climate continues to become more volatile, Monsanto aims to work with farmers in the long run to ensure that the world’s resources are used as efficiently and effectively as possible in order to feed the world. Although Monsanto’s work in the agriculture industry has been important to the industry’s growth and success, there are ethical dilemmas surrounding Monsanto’s business practices and safety of its products. These ethical issues include mistreatment of farmers through investigations into saving seed and possible safety concerns surrounding herbicides and genetically modified seeds. This paper is an analysis of these two ethical dilemmas, setting aside the larger factors and implications of government and policy. These two ethical dilemmas bring about an important conversation, but when speaking about feeding the world, I argue the consequentialist view is more realistic than the deontologist view.

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