Group C

Stating the Issue

Katelyn Lavrich
People say a good education comes only from an Ivy League college; but experience tells me that public and other lesser-known colleges can provide as good as or better education without the high cost.
Tags: education, college, Ivy League, cost of college, reputation, public vs. private
1. Should Binghamton University be considered as academically challenging as Harvard?
2. Should public schools have the same reputation academically as private schools?
3. Should the professional world regard Binghamton University with as much prestige as private schools?
4. Will Binghamton students be put at a disadvantage for attending a public school?
5. Will Binghamton students in the pre-med program have the same chance of getting into John Hopkins Medical School as those who attended Harvard for undergraduate education.

Elena Bugor
Although many may think that a true Christian must attend church every Sunday, experience tells me more is needed in order to be considered a follower of Jesus Christ.
Tags: Religion, Christianity, beliefs, morals, faith, church, religious practices
1. Should Elena need to go to church to be accepted into Christian society?
2. Should Christians be required to attend church in order to be seen as a believer?
3. Should the church focus more on attendance at services or the faith of their followers?
4. Should the church impose consequences on those who do not attend service regularly but claim to be Christians?
5. Will Elena still be a considered a true Christian if she does not attend church regularly?

Joe Park
People say that the media distorts the truth, but I believe the news media reveals important truths about society that people should know.
Tags: media, news, truth in reporting, society, awareness, ignorance, fact vs. fiction
1. Should Fox news always present stories in an unbiased, truthful manner?
2. Should the media distort the truth in order to persuade the audience?
3. Should Fox news have the right to report what they want, how they want?
4. Should the media be required to report the entire truth without distortion to the public?
5. Should Fox news be held legally responsible for distorting news stories to the audience regarding the Iraq War?

Chelsea Robble
Some teachers believe that students should teach themselves, but experience has shown me that being taught thoroughly helps me learn best.
Tags: teachers, teaching style, education, students, self-educated
1. Should Professor Santos, an engineering professor at Binghamton University, expect students to learn on their own?
2. Should students in college be required to teach themselves in order to understand material?
3. Is it just for Professor Santos to not teach the information thoroughly during class, expecting students to learn on their own?
4. Should Binghamton University require Professor Santos to teach in a certain way?
5. Should Binghamton University establish standards for teaching Watson 111 that would require Professor Santos to teach in a more thorough manner?

Rhetorical Analysis Proposal
“What’s the Matter with Kids Today?” by Amy Goldwasser
Originally published in Salon, an online magazine, March 14, 2008

Amy Goldwasser’s goal in writing this essay is to create sympathy for teenagers, who use the Internet and take advantage of technology, and illustrate how they are being wrongly attacked. We will explain the rhetorical techniques Goldwasser uses including ethos. We will analyze the effectiveness of Goldwasser’s piece as she tries to establish herself as an expert of popular culture yet a knowledgeable adult. We are going to analyze the individuals who are being attacked by the elders who think that there is something wrong with the use of Internet. We will demonstrate how Goldwasser claims the children are not doing anything wrong by being fluent in texting, emailing, blogging, IM’ing and constantly amending their profiles on social network sites (237). We will explain the specific people that think there is something wrong with kids today, and why they think this. We will use the information provided in the book along with outside information of statistics and surveys that prove being fluent with technology use is not a bad thing.

  • Chelsea Robble: Chelsea is going to work on the handout which will contain an outline of the presentation, and statistics that enforce how children are not doing anything wrong by being fluent in technology.
  • Katelyn Lavrich: Katelyn will be working on coming up with a good explanation of the dispute. She will find and demonstrate how they are useful in Goldwasser’s argument.
  • Elena Bugor: Elena will be describing how the author achieves her goal, and examples of how she achieves her goal.
  • Joe Park: Joe will be finding specific examples throughout the text of the strategies that prove her intentions.
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