March 07, 2007
mblog due march 13-monument-michigan stadium
Kenneth Hunt says a fan is, " an enthusiastic devotee of some particular sports consumptive object. Thus, a fan is a consumer of organized sports"(http://www.emeraldinsight.com/Insight/ViewContentServlet?Filename=Published/EmeraldFullTextArticle/Articles/0750130601.html). The University of Michigan stadium holds thousands of sports fans every Saturday before a home game. The michigan stadium is a monument because it honors an event;a football game. A monument is a statue or building that honors an event or a person. An article discussing the role of monuments says that, “monuments and memorials are designed and created in various ways that seek to capture a moment from the past and sustain its influence in the present and on into the future” (http://www.clevelandart.org/educef/asianodyssey/pdf/MicMonMS.pdf).
I would never imagine myself, a girly LA chic who shops like it is her job to be into college football. When I arrived at michigan I put on my maize and blue and cheered for the University of Michigan like it was my new job. I went to all the tailgates and enjoyed this new school spirit thing that was lacking at my highschool in Los Angeles. I was frightened when I first entered the michigan stadium. The massive fans trying to squeeze themselves in, all hung over, intimidated me. For all I knew, I was just a highschool student who went to an artsy highschool where football was not allowed because it was too competitive. My group of friends did not know what was wrong with me when I was jumping up and cheering so loudly. I guess it was the amazing new hobby of sport watching and booze drinking that fascinated me. The crowd flocks in unison as we sing the fight song..."hail to the victors valiant.. hail..hail.. to Michigan....."The stadium is so powerful because almost the entire student body comes together on Saturday football games to cheer on Michigan. Michigan prides itself on its stadium and its football game. If I were to think of one thing that people love about michigan is its school spirit and its football games. Thus, this monument will always stick with me because of how much school spirit it holds and how the entire school comes together in harmony as we chant the Fight Song.
March 06, 2007
march 13-environmental condition
Mblog due March 13th
An environmental condition: pollution
Many people do not understand how bad pollution really is. Yesterday as I was walking down State Street I noticed a man in his car throwing his coca cola out the window. Smoking is also something that heavily pollutes our world. The dictionary definition for pollution says that pollution is the discharge of harmful and hazardous environmental contaminants. Little do we know what we are exactly breathing into our lungs. Pollution can lead to many long-term deathly illnesses. Pollution can cause cancer and kill plants and animals. If everyone comes together we can reduce pollution by recycling. There are many different types of pollution such as air pollution, water pollution, noise pollution, light pollution, soil containment, visual pollution and many more. At my home in Los Angeles we would always recycle our recyclable goods. An article written by Seaton discusses , “[the] association between particulate air pollution and not only exacerbations of illness in people with respiratory disease but also rises in the numbers of deaths from cardiovascular and respiratory disease among older people” (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=7741860&dopt=Citation). Even today when all these known facts are out in the media people still pollute. If people would just recycle and cut down on smoking the pollution factor would be so much better. People need to come together and make a difference one step at a time.
mblog due march 13th on monuments
Mblog due march 13
A monument: Wailing Wall in Jerusalem
In 4th grade I stepped off the plane and arrived in the holy land. I was too young to appreciate the spiritual aspect of Jerusalem. I visited all the holy monuments and the Wailing Wall was one of the monuments that has stuck with me the most. A monument is a statue or building that honors an event or a person. An article discussing the role of monuments says that, “monuments and memorials are designed and created in various ways that seek to capture a moment from the past and sustain its influence in the present and on into the future” (http://www.clevelandart.org/educef/asianodyssey/pdf/MicMonMS.pdf). To an outsider the Wailing Wall looks like a massive wall but really it is more than a wall. The Wailing Wall is the holiest of Jewish sites in Jerusalem. The Wailing Wall is the remains of the Herodian wall that once enclosed the Second Temple. This monument will mark my trip to Israel. Everyday millions of people come to the wall in Jerusalem to pray. The Wailing Wall got its name because people come to mourn the destruction of the Temple Mount and the exile of the Jews.
I am not a religious person but when I visited the wall I was reminded of my Jewish heritage. Although I usually do not associate myself with Judaism, I found this sense of comfort when I walked up to the Wailing Wall. In some sense the wall was telling me that I belonged. Regardless, the Wailing Wall is a monument that will stick with me for a while.