May 4, 2010

In this essay I believe his main goal was to decide whether it is more important for a town to have a booming economy or does it need to preserve its open space. It also seems that he is interested in finding out the trade offs of being in a town that enforces preserving public space. In the middle of his argument I started to get a little confused as to why he was making certain points. For instance when he goes into detail about the different semiotics of the OSI sign I got a little lost as to its relevance. I believe if this were my paper I would definitely want to reference the sign and analyze it however it got into too much detail and I started to loose interest, especially because this particular sign is so boring and simplistic. I believe he makes his message clear towards the end of the paper however in the middle I feel he could have emphasized it a bit more. I found myself wondering what the reason was for some of his facts about the semiotics of the sign.  I believed his thesis statement was “But all the talk about economy this and economy that, does the need for a growing economy overrule the need for public space?” This evolves throughout the essay and he gives good evidence towards the end of the essay. I think he is making a valid point but I think if he re- read his essay a few more times he would see that his topic jump a bit from paragraph too paragraph. When he started to analyze the sign I lost track of what he was arguing or even if this was an argumentative essay. He has good evidence to support his theories, which is why it worked for me as the reader. However I felt there could have been more primary research because from what I could tell, without a work cited, his research came from text rather then actual encounters with people. I think if he were able to get a response from the president of OSI that would be a compelling piece of evidence for his paper. However I know he wanted to talk to the president about the reasoning behind the meaning of the sign and I think that’s getting a bit off topic again. He should interview the president and focus on the organizations goals and find out more about his main thesis he is trying to prove. By dwelling any further on the semiotics of the sign I think he will start to make his paper confusing and loose his overall message. I feel this paper needs more input from people who live in this area every day. I understand he is from this town but I have learned that interviewing people in different age groups can vary the information you receive. I wonder what an older man who owned one of the large farms would have to say about the OSI program. I wonder if his input would vary because of his different experiences of being in the farming trade. I also wonder what people who live next to this preserved land think about it. I am sure they have their own opinions about whether they would like to see it prosper or remain the same.  He has many secondary sources and for the most part I feel that they are incorporated smoothly. However like I state previously a lot of the citing from our class textbook seemed a bit too much for me personally. I don’t think it is all-necessary. Overall I feel this paper could be a bit more interesting with different perspectives from people within this area or possibly even outside the area in Saratoga. I think with more primary research it could have made a more compelling argument especially since you go back and forth a lot from thinking its better for the economy to not use the land and then you use sources that say it actually doesn’t make all that much of an impact as far as taxes go. I feel that the author should examine the placement of paragraphs and even his main point. If I were writing this paper I think I would want to make the overall concept that you’re trying to prove a bit more forceful to the reader. By the end of this essay I was a little shocked that he had decided OSI was in fact a good thing for this town. He kind of contradicts himself in the last paragraph by saying, “ And for my successful neighborhood you keep thriving.” Originally in the beginning of the paper he made it seems as though this program was holding his town back from prospering like other near by towns. He makes good point on both sides of the argument but it gets confusing as to which direction is dominant. Overall this paper has a meaningful topic.

April 15, 2010

I chose my topic because it has affected my life drastically as well as many of my friends. My question was, does the Connective Corridor program help integrate Syracuse students with downtown Syracuse. I have found after interviewing many people at the warehouse as well as people from downtown with no real relation to the warehouse that many feel it has made little or no change to the integration of students and residents of Syracuse. The few people who had positive views of this program were mostly staff and faculty which leads me to believe they like it more because of the location and the space which has little to with the students and why students like it. After doing a lot of primary research I have discovered that I am not the only one who feels the warehouse is segregating art majors and not giving us the atmosphere that every other college student gets while on main campus. I have found that the same issues mainly upset a lot of students that disliked the move to the warehouse. They hated the bus route and had many similar complaints about how long it took and how it stops at 12pm when most design students are still trying to work at the warehouse. The warehouse also has no book or art store, so for all design students that need supplies they have to travel back to main campus to get their supplies and then go all the way back to the warehouse to do work which on average could take close to an hour for such a short trip. After conducting the interviews and finding similarities between peoples answers I have discovered this program is exactly how I originally thought it was, a failure! I keep interviewing other people from different majors in hope of finding answers that could give me some kind of different opinion but many students don’t even know what the connective corridor is. In fact when I was asking random student on main campus about the Warehouse many had said all they knew about it was that they receive emails about the bus route but that’s about it. I still want to know more about the chancellor’s view of this program. She has to see it is not integrating the students with downtown and she must get complaints about this from parents whose children study at the warehouse. I am curious to know if she has future plans for the warehouse. Also in my findings I have discovered that there was a speaker who deals a lot with trying to use space wisely and integrate towns with schools which is very similar to what the chancellor is doing here. She had a lecture here in March and it was based on the warehouse, I am hoping to get a hold of her because I am sure she has a lot of helpful information and maybe some ideas that I haven’t come across in my research. I haven’t found a gap in my research yet however some of the faculty members that I interviewed had some different responses to the questions I asked both them and the students. I hope to use these differences to add some controversy in my essay. If I were to make an inquiry today based on the research I have right now it would be that the warehouse has done nothing more then segregate art majors from the rest of campus. It has yet to be proven anywhere in my research that its helping businesses downtown or helping to integrate the students with the Syracuse residents.

March 30, 2010

I plan on conducting many personal and group interviews for my project.

These are a list of questions I plan on asking.

–       Is the connective corridor program beneficial to Syracuse University students or does it limit their college experience because they are isolated downtown at the Warehouse?

–       In what ways do people feel the connective corridor integrates both Syracuse students with downtown residents?

–       How do both sides of this topic feel about the connective corridor and do they take advantage of this programs opportunity?

–       What kinds of people are the ones that take advantage of the connective corridor for instance the bus service and also which types of people do not take advantage of it and why?

–       What was Nancy Cantors actually intent for this program and does she feel it was successful?

–       What do people on both sides of this topic feel the connective corridor program needs to strive in this environment?

–       What do both sides of this topic feel was the reason for the chancellor putting this program into place and why this year?

–       What are students’ first reactions when they hear the term connective corridor or downtown Syracuse? And from where did they get these ideas? (Are they clichés or from previous events that have happened to them or a friend)

–       How do the residents of downtown Syracuse feel about the students at Syracuse University?

–       Does each side of this topic feel generally the same way about one another or does it vary from different types of people? (race, sexuality, class, etc.)

–       How do the professors that teach at the Warehouse feel about this transition from main campus?

–       Do they find it successful for the city as well as Syracuse University students? Why or why not?

I hope that this start of questions will trigger more questions to get a better understanding of this program as well as the people who should and or are involved in it.

March 25, 2010

Amanda Rhoads

Interviews-

  1. I want to discover the perspectives of students at Syracuse University and the residents of downtown on the connective corridor program that has been put in place.
  2. I plan on conducting individual and group interviews with random students at the Warehouse because they are the students that are affected by this program most. I also want to talk to professors and get their perspective of the new change at the Warehouse. The challenging part will be to find Syracuse residents that are downtown and willing to talk to me about this program especially ones that actually know anything about it. I think I will start off by locating people in Armory Square.
  3. I will also be observing the café at the Warehouse because its an easy center point to locate students and possibly even Syracuse residents that once and a while stroll through to see what the Warehouse is. I will talk to my roommate who is not a design major and spends all of her days on main campus so that I can gain a wider range of date. I then will also interview more random people on main campus that are not necessarily accessible to the connective corridor program.
  4. The art and design majors will be easily accessible because I am at the Warehouse every day and it is always full of students. I will gain access to the Syracuse residents through Armory square during lunch time to get various quick interviews with people who both live and or work near the Warehouse and would probably have a better understanding of the program then others outside of this area.
  5. I feel that the connective corridor does nothing but segregate myself and the rest of the design majors from main campus and having the same daily experiences as every other student at Syracuse University. Besides taking the ridiculously long bus ride downtown the students that I know do not go any further then that. I do not think this is effectively connecting downtown with main campus, in fact I think it’s doing the opposite. I do not agree with the Chancellors decision and feel it is unfair to segregate only art majors there.
  6. By getting a wide range of interviews from various types of people I can make sure my bias does not come through and affect my paper.
  7. I expect to discover the real truth behind what Syracuse residents really think about the students at Syracuse University and what their opinions are of this program. I also hope to understand what main campus thinks about our position at the warehouse and what they would do or feel if it were their majors being moved downtown.

February 9, 2010

Amanda Rhoads

February 9, 2010

I chose this advertisement because after looking through many on the internet this one hit me the hardest. I think for me personally it is very successful because my mom is my best friend and I could never imagine hurting her emotionally or physically. This ad was interesting to me because it doesn’t show the meth user at all in the photo, it is strictly focusing on the aftermath of what using meth can do to people around you. This is attempting to control or stop the use of meth. I feel that if this were on a billboard it would be too graphic for younger children who have yet to understand this kind of behavior. This can also lead to more questions about this issue and I think sometimes questions put ideas into children’s heads that may overall spark their interest in meth. The only participant in this ad is the use of texts because it is the only connection we have to what this advertisement is actually trying to tell us. I view this as a conceptual ad because it is very abstract and without the use of text we would have no idea this was due to the use of meth. I think this ad is successful however I do think the modality could be higher. I believe this ad is showing what could actually happen to a mother of a meth user however because of the blood stains on her shirt and vibrancy of the color saturation, some of the image seems less truthful. I feel that this ad could do more harm than good if placed on a billboard because of its graphic content. However if this was used in a different context where the target audience was the only audience viewing this I think it could be successful. Most teenagers view their parents as their support therefor this ad could really put things in perspective for both users who have experienced this or for those who were thinking about experimenting with this drug. After searching this week for advertisements that both sparked my interest and also conveyed a truthful meaning I realized how hard it is to try to change peoples behaviors with just one glance at a billboard such as this one. People are very much afraid of change which is probably why these billboards are so hard to get across to the youth today. I feel that my generation has an attitude that were going to do what we want to do no matter what sign we see or what bad things people say could happen from doing drugs such as meth. Our attitude is what makes me feel that these signs are simply just a security blanket for worried mothers or mothers who are trying to get their own children off meth. I think some advertisements leave out the group of people who are already addicted. An addiction like meth is so intense that I don’t think an ad such as this one is strong enough to end an addiction. We need more advertisements focused on positive reasons to quit because this ad is simply just scaring the youth that was thinking about using. We need more ads to end current drug addictions.

February 2, 2010

Amanda Rhoads

February 2, 2010

This is a symbol because it is a completely arbitrary sign in that it only shows the speed limit and thats it. This sign is everywhere on every road to try and control the speed of traffic. The yellow is a symbol for caution or slow down.

This is both a sign and an index because it is prohibiting smoking on campus. This sign uses the red slash line to show you what not to do on school grounds. No tobacco is prohibited on school grounds. This sign is attempting to control smokers from smoking where there are younger children.

This is a symbol because its words and does not depict the flammable liquids. This is typically used in work sites and factories where there are harmful chemicals. They use the red to show its importance and to try to control the behavior of the people around it. The red is supposed to make you stop and be careful.

FREEWRITE 1

January 21, 2010

Amanda Rhoads
Freewrite 1
January 10, 2010
I grew up in Baldwinsville, a small town twenty minutes outside of Syracuse. It is probably very similar to any other boring rural town in the North East. Baldwinsville is the name of the town however like many places there are different planned communities within them. My particular neighborhood is called Radisson. It has your cookie-cuter middle class family homes in various shades of neutral colors. It has miles upon miles of bike trails that lead to numerous parks around the neighborhood. Radisson is a safe neighborhood with plenty of children on every street, which is the appeal for most couples that are finally ready to settle down. All the children go to the same elementary school, so for the most part everyone knows everyone including their families. My family lives on a street that is cut up by two unbelievably obnoxious stop signs, which intersects a cul-de-sac in the middle of my road. I’m not sure anyone even bothers stopping at these stop signs anymore because I can’t remember the last time I saw anyone drive out of the cul-de-sac. I remember back in elementary school I stayed on my own street to play after school everyday with the other kids my age. My best friend Molly lived smack dab in the middle of the two stop signs on my road in a pale yellow house. Her back yard was pretty big because it opened up to the backyards of homes on the cul-de-sac. Most of the time we would play there with our friends and hike our way to the trail that ran through her backyard. Even though all of my friends lived on my street it was always fun to try to push our boundaries. Molly and I were the oldest of our siblings and her mom was always home while my mom seamed to always be at work. I always felt that having a working mother was odd during my elementary years because all of my friends had stayed at home moms. Since my mom wasn’t home and I had finally reached the age where I no longer needed a nanny, I started riding my bike along the paths on my street. I always wanted to cross this one particular road that lead down to a small river with a play ground. It probably wasn’t even all that exciting then but because Molly and I were specifically told not to cross this particular road it made it even that much more fun to think about. This was one of the three main roads that led you into Radisson, so the speed limit was much higher than 30mph. At the very end of the path where it met the road the trail got much wider, probably to allow maintenance vehicles to drive through. There are also thick yellow lines on the road and on the end of the trail. At the time this made it very clear to me that this intersection was dangerous and these markings were warning me to not cross this road. The ironic part is now thinking back to this I never had the slightest desire to cross the other road at the opposite end of my street. Since my mom worked until about five every night it would have been easy to go ahead and cross the street on my own but I never did without permission. A year or so later I was finally told that I could cross the street on my own. After I crossed it and rode my bike all the way to the end of the path I remember thinking how dumb it was to assume this would be anymore exciting then riding my bike on my own street. I remember sitting by the lake for a few minutes and getting bored and riding home to meet up with Molly. After that I just continued to ride around with Molly and my other friends on our street, because it would be years before Molly’s mom would ever even consider her precious child to cross such a dangerous intersection. Although you have to realize Molly wasn’t allowed to have a sleepover before practically sixth grade. Her mom was a bit over protective although like many parents in our neighborhood they all sheltered their kids from the real world. I suppose this intersection was one that kept the kids from my street in and kept the kids from the other side of the road out. This along with crosswalk signs helped determine the people I could and would play with after school each day. Without even thinking about it my parents were sheltering me just as much as Molly’s crazy mother. All of our parents were. Not because I lived in a planned community or because there were crazy people around us but due to all the boundaries our parents set up verbally that also interacted with actual signs around my community. This created what our parents thought was a safe environment for us to play in.

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