Blog 8, “The Dream”

I never really thought too much into pyramid schemes, I guess I sort of knew what they were, but ever knew they were called as such. After listen to the podcast, it makes sense to why they are called pyramid schemes. It doesn’t really make sense to me why someone  would take up a job that requires them to buy what they sell plus the other “essentials” that come with it. It reminds me of grade school when kids would sell chocolate bars to raise money for something. They would have to buy the chocolate, only to sell it. If they couldn’t sell it all, they would have to pay for what was left.

I remember my mother had a friend who sold clothes for this brand called “cabi.” Someone would host a party, and the friend would show the clothes off and try to sell them for the guests. I also remember going to a Mary Kay makeup party with my mom. I remember the person who was promoting the products talking about the benefits of her job. If you worked for the company long enough you get a car. Or at least that is what I remember her saying.

Now you don’t even have to leave your room! I guess I understand that people sometimes need a quick/easy job that doesn’t necessarily require much of a resume. But as a full time job?! Now with the social medias, it is so easy for people to get sucked into these kinds of things. Especially for women. I feel like pyramid schemes mostly target women because of the stereotype of women staying at home.

When Joe said it wasn’t a job, and that it was an activity. I can definitely see how that would be true.

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“101 Ways to Waste Time on the Internet”

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The activity I chose to do was number 9, which was to delete my Facebook profile picture, and see long I can go without it. I deleted the photo Wednesday night. it is now Friday night and I and still without a profile picture. I don’t really notice it that much, and I don’t really think anyone else really cares either. No one has asked me yet why I don’t have a profile picture anymore. I think that part of the reason is that Facebook doesn’t give a notification on your page that you deleted the photo unlike when it does when you update one. Also, I think that people are so occupied and “in the zone” when they are scrolling through Facebook, like they are in a trans. So they don’t really notice that my photo is gone. For me, I don’t really mind either way if I have one or not. I dot really post on my page as such as I used to. I will say that it is easier to recognize and see someones photo right away than to have to think about who they are.

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Have you ever wanted to try food from around the world? Well, now you can! The Alfred State Potluck is a great way to get a chance to try foods from different cultures. All of the food is home cooked by students here at Alfred. Every last Friday of the month, the international club and kaleidoscope co host a potluck in the Student Leadership Center in room 401at 6pm. Everyone is welcome to cook and or attend. In order to cook, just give the International club a grocery list of the ingredients you need before the day of the potluck, and they will buy the ingredients for you. Then all you have to do is cook! There is also an opportunity to win prizes!

Cyan Corwine the International Student Coordinator, along with former international student and office assistant Yuki Isogawa, started the potluck in 2016. They wanted to bring the community together, and thought food is a great way to do so. The potluck was originally held at the St. Jude’s church at the bottom of the Alfred State campus. The reason for this was because of the school’s rules and regulations with food were not yet laid out. At this time, mostly only the members of the International club knew about it. Aces then moved the potluck on campus. 

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It is a great way to meet new people. Former president of the International club Juedy says; “The potluck gives me a chance to make new friends and to taste different dishes I may not have experienced up until that point. Everyone has a unique take on their dish and it allows people a form of expression. Also, just sitting in a confined area with all of your friends is very nice.” 

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For me, I always try to get there a little bit early. Since the potluck moved on campus, more people know about it, which means more people come. Sometimes the line gets so long, not everyone can fit in the room. Homemade FREE food always draws attention to college students. During this particular potluck, we started with a drum circle. Everyone joined together in a big circle and we did some activities on the drums. Not only did we learn about the African culture and the drums themselves, we learned about leadership and working together, and what it is to be a good leader. 

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Before the Potluck starts, the International says a few opening words. The people who cooked then gives a small explanation of their dish; what it is they have cooked, what ingredients they used, and where it is from. At this potluck there was homemade macaroni and cheese, Italian alfredo, a beef dish, a pork dish, and a fruit salad with marshmallows. Patiently and anxiously, we wait in line to get served. Once we got our food, we all sat and ate together sharing stories and laughs. While eating, slips of paper are passed around for people to vote on the top three dishes. The first place winner wins a 50 dollar visa gift card. Then the second and third place winners get a certificate. 

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The potluck is one of my favorite events to go to, to learn about different cultures, make new friends and to eat good food. It is so nice and relaxing, to see so many people from different places and backgrounds come together to share a meal. 

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Have you ever wanted to try food from around the world? Well now you can! The Alfred State Potluck is a great way to really try foods from different cultures. All of the food is home cooked by students here at Alfred. Every third Friday of every month, the international club and kaleidoscope co host a potluck in the Small event space in room 401 at 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to cook and or attend. All you need to do in order to cook, is give the International club a grocery list of the ingredients you need before the day of the potluck, and they will buy the ingredients for you. Then all you have to do is cook! 

Cyan Corwine the International Student Coordinator, along with international student and office assistant Yuki Isogawa, started the potluck in 2016. 

Before the Potluck starts, the International says a few opening words. Everyone who cooked gives a small explanation of their dish, what it is they have cooked, and what it’s origin is. 

From entrees such as soba noodles and chicken curry with rice, to simple deserts, you really get a wide variety of different foods. Dishes are voted for the top three spots to possibly win gift cards to the campus store. 

The Potluck brings people together. It is a great way to meet new people. Former president of the International club Juedy says; “The potluck gives me a chance to taste different dishes I may not have experienced up until that point. Everyone has a unique take on their dish and it allows people a form of expression. Also, just sitting in a confined area with all of your friends is very nice.” 

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Journal 4 Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and cultural inclusion is important in the workplace and in design because everyone is taken into account. It is important for people to have equal opportunities and to have role models of all different types, because no one is the same. If we don’t have these things, it could lead to aloofness and discrimination.

Diversity does not only have to mean cultural diversity or gender diversity, according to the article “Diversity & Inclusion in Design: Why Do They Matter?” written by Carroll Antionette, she says that race is only a piece of the picture. “Diversity in design means diversity of experience, perspective and creativity, otherwise known as diversity of thought.” -Carroll Antionette. These can then be molded into factors like race, gender, identity, etc.

During class we had a candidate presentation applying for a position in the new gaming program. He was a young French mad with a thick French accent. Before he started, he apologized for his accent and was more than willing to repeat what he said if we didn’t quite understand him the first time. I thought that his presentation was very creative and well thought out. He took us through step by step on how to make a game. He also did an interesting presentation with us, showing us a way to make controllers with micro chip plates and wires. He also included a jar of water. Just by touching these things, he completed the circuits which made the sprite in the game move. Despite his thick French accent, I thought his presentation was the most memorable. I also think that by having a professor from elsewhere would be beneficial, in a way that both the students and the professor would have to adapt to each other. Because in the real world, there is a good chance you may have to work with someone who has a different background than you. Whether that they are from a different country, have a different sexual identity, etc.

We watched a video about cultural differences in the workplace. An american women is communicating with people from around the world. One person she is communicating with is a Chinese women. The American women says that she prefers to email back and forth with the American culture being so fast and demanding. The Chinese women on the other hand prefers to talk via video chat. Her reasons for this are that with video chat, she can comprehend the conversation better since she spoke little English. She also said that in her culture, people do business on a more personal level than email. Another person that the American women talks to is a man who was also from another country. He sends her an email telling her that she is a great role model, and wanted to know if he was doing a good job. The American women’s response was that he was doing fine. During the explanation, the man said he didn’t really know what she meant by “fine.” The Women’s response was that yes he was doing a good job, but the email he sent didn’t have the information she wanted. In both scenarios, the American women was willing to compromise a little bit but not much. After each explanation, she would say something like “yes connecting with your coworkers is important, but in order to be efficient, email is the best way.” She was basically saying that her business was more important than the other’s.  This is an issue because people should be able to adapt and compromise to fit everyone’s needs. Email may be the fastest and more efficient way to communicate, but it is important to meet other’s needs as well.

It is important to have diversity and inclusion in design, and in the workplace. Otherwise, it could have a lot of negative results. It is important to adapt, and to try to meet in the middle to entertain everyone’s best interests. Because they could have some really valuable ideas.

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My proposal for the second project is what the hero’s lover does when the hero is away crossing the threshold. The video would start with the hero leaving and the lover really missing him. While the hero is away, the lover gets really bored and starts doing silly stupid things to pass the time. She misses him so much that she calls him all of the time. The video would be kind of a funny documentary.  Throughout the video she will learn to be more independent. When the hero leaves his lover, its very dramatic.

 

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