Archive | June, 2011

Grammar Slammer

19 Jun

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The grammar lesson we had in class on Wednesday was a mere reminder that I have a lot of studying to do in order to prepare for the grammar exam. Unfortunately, a few of the things we went over in the grammar lesson have vacated itself from my memory in my transition from high school to college. On the other hand, I did remember many of the basic grammar rules so luckily I wasn’t too lost. In high school, I  used “this sounds right” or “this doesn’t sound right” as my so-called “grammar rules,” but that’s obviously not going to work in college.

In the grammar lesson, we touched on our knowledge about the different types of verbs, such as: being, transitive and action. These are the basic things that I am fairly familiar with. Apart from that, some of the things I forgot about were clauses, and other complex grammar rules. Additionally, I never new a simple sentence such as “I am a woman.” could contain such complex terms like “predicate nominative,” which I had never even heard of until Wednesday. Fortunately, my memory was refreshed on some of these many grammar rules after going over the numerous examples.

We can all agree that grammar is not the most fun subject, but it is the most necessary. All in all, I thought the grammar lesson was extremely helpful.

My pitch to The Beacon

12 Jun

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Among the numerous amount of things students worry about when entering college, the infamous “freshman 15” or just gaining weight, period is definitely one of them. But what happens when the University’s cafeteria, which is many of the students main source of  dining, isn’t serving healthy food options nor encouraging healthy eating? I think the Beacon should research the food options that are available on campus and decipher whether these foods are healthy in any way.

Miami: A Melting Pot?

1 Jun

Growing up and living in Miami for nineteen years I’ve seen different ethnicities of people, heard unfamiliar languages, and experienced different cultural customs. In my opinion, these are the things that make Miami, Miami; A flavor-filled city that is like none other. I believe that these differences are also what attract so many outsiders to our wonderful city.

This uniqueness of Miami is what makes Miami a melting pot, in which dictionary.com defines as “a country, locality, or situation in which a blending of races, or cultures is taking place.” I would have to say there is definitely a blending of cultures taking place in Miami. For example, I attended a high school where the majority of the students were hispanic and as a result, many of there cultural customs, such as cheek-to-cheek kisses when you are greeting someone have became apart of me, as well. Although I am African-American and this greeting isn’t apart of my own culture, I often find myself unconsciously acknowledging someone in that manner. This is a case in point that there is some sort of cultural blending taking place in Miami. Face it, this city is filled with differences that are constantly blending every day and it is such a beautiful thing.