60 Second Awards- BC Blows the Whistle

Coach: Meg- Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

Assistant Coach: Mike K.- Change Starts At Home

Captain: Jenna Romeo- Unplug for 1 Hour a Day

Quarterback: Steph- Ditch the Nukes

Offensive Coordinator: Foster- Get Rid of the Two Party System

Team Doctor: Rubio- Organ Donations

Cheerleader: Rachel Litt- Everybody Dance Now

Water Boy: Nyein- Change the World, Save Water

Team Bus Driver: Allison- “I haven’t been anywhere, but it’s on my list

Jordi’s Picks

Team Captainleading by Example:Joe- “Pay it Forward.”

Self-Help Guru :Alli- “Me, Myself, I.”

Q (for Quartermaster, the gadget guy in bond):

International Drug trade from a Business Perspective

For this part of my proposal I want to discuss the International Drug trade from a business perspective.  With the drug trafficking industry being over a $25 billion industry, the business side is an incredibly important piece to the puzzle.  Everything is driven by money and this couldn’t be more true than with the drug industry.  If all of this money was not on the line than the cartels would not be as dangerous and there would not be as many murders of violent acts related to these organizations.

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LAST post- 60 second idea to change the world

There is a lot wrong with the world.  But there is nothing wrong with the world that cannot be fixed by what is right with the world (thanks Bill Clinton for the phrase).  I think the same mix is inside each of us.  Hopefully, your education and this class have given you the means and tools to find what is fixable and how to start fixing.

What To Do

In that spirit, your last post is to think of a “60 second idea to improve the world.”  This is shamelessly borrowed form a BBC podcast I heard. (You can riff on an idea there if you like).

Please read your post and time it to sixty seconds!  These should be short, powerful, and convincing.  60 seconds is about two paragraphs or 500 words. Continue reading

And The Award Goes To…….

……no speech interruptions please.

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BEST HORROR  Rachel Litt






BEST REALITY SHOW – Heather Wilson

BEST MINI SERIES – Steph Janson ….we accept this award on her behalf, because she couldn’t attend on November 7th.  November 8th better suited her schedule 🙂

International Drug Trade from a Governmental Perspective

This week I want to look at the international drug and the United States’ involvement in it from the lens of the government.  I want to discuss what exactly the US has done in the way of laws and legislation in a response to the drug trade.  There is over a $30 billion dollar business in the US based on trafficking of international drugs.  Now that Obama is in office for a second term, what are his plans in this regard?

While not the most controversial or dangerous drug, Marijuana has been in the news for years.  Within a lot of circles there has been discussion of feel legalization of marijuana in the US.  It is often argued, as it is here, that a legalization of marijuana would make the US have less high touch environments with Mexican cartels and would, in fact, slow down their business and operations.  Here is a quick blurb from the linked article above:

“The possible legalization of marijuana at the state level in the US could provoke a considerable loss in proceeds of drug trafficking for Mexican criminal organizations,” the report concludes. In fact, it says, ballot initiatives Tuesday could represent the biggest blow to Mexican criminal syndicates in decades.

With Oregon, Colorado and Washington having initiatives to legalize marijuana, the trend could be coming where more and more states are going to try to legalize marijuana.  How is this going to effect the international drug trade within the United States and what tangential laws will the US government put into play to make sure that the legalization does not become a problem?  It has been determined by a Mexican think tank that these laws could lower marijuana trafficking and revenues within the US by 30% for cartels.

I want to take a look at the history of US drugs laws and how they have adapted to the change of different strategies by drug traffickers.  Here are some major milestones in America’s history with drug policy.  I look forward to diving into this history and any other future plans in order to see both the short and long term strategy.





They Get Paid How Much??

For my white paper, I will be examining the issue of compensating college athletes (outside of the the scholarships that already exist).  This image presents various salaries and revenues from icons/organizations such as University of Texas head football coach Mack Brown, Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino, and the NBA (among others).  The purpose of the chart, which came from a New York Times piece, is to show the extremely high salaries that these coaches and leagues receive.  If they earn such large amounts of money, the Times article argues that athletes deserve to be paid as well because they are really the people who are generating the revenue.  In fact, the image even shows that (in the case of Texas) the head coach is paid more than the combined value of all players’ scholarships.  This is a very to-the-point, simple graphic that very effectively portrays the argument of the entire article.