The Market of Flyover States (4/28)

Hi all! Iranoutofpuns here…

Q: What is wrong with aviation uniforms?

The Midwest and central mountain regions of the United States are considered flyover states. They originally earned this nickname because planes flying from coast to coast pass right over them without stopping.

Alaska Airlines is the most recent airline to take advantage of these flyover states and the air travel market that they over. In the past two years, Alaska Airlines and their subsidiary SkyWest have opened many new routes from their West Coast hubs of Seattle, Portland and San Diego.DSC01331

Cities that have been added include Kansas City, Omaha, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. In the past, these cities were major connection points for airlines flying cross country. As fuel efficiency of aircraft increases, these cities have lost service as there is not a need for planes to stop to refuel.

Some flyover states are home to major hubs, many of which due to historic ties. Denver International Airport and United Airlines are on example of a hub based in the middle of the United States. United utilizes Denver as a scissor hub, a way for passengers to transfer flights from smaller west coast cities to cities on the east coast and vice versa. This prime location in the center of the country allows for this set-up to work reasonably well, however it has become less viable over the past decade.

American Airlines used to have a major scissor hub in St. Louis, Missouri, but this become very irrelevant and lost the airline a lot of money, following the 9/11 terror attacks. The flights that existed before the shut down of the hub have not come back, much to the disappointment of those wishing to travel to and from the city.

A: They are too plane…

See you next week.

We Are Almost In May

imageHello, I am back and I am here to say we are almost in May.  School this week was relatively easy and hey weather is getting better too. Now our winter and spring have been awful, I hope summer is super dope – come weather wise.

Math I am getting better at and hope I can really improve my grade. Having an online teacher is different but nice, now I’m not pro technology but this is nice and worth a chance.

science I need help in, chemistry is really shaking my boots!!! However I got a 8/9 on my quiz. We get to do test corrections and I can earn an 9/9. You know that would really help my grade.

we had our first history test in awhile and it was the first one I did relatively bad on. I got an 80% so it’s a bummer and I’m mad about it, however I feel great about the final in the class.

English is going well for me and we have a research paper soon, it’s been a process but I’m always ready.

sports med is a really fun and intriguing class I’m so happy I took it. Now it’s cool learning so much about the body, now I don’t always find my self into this stuff, but sports med is an exception and I enjoy it.

my last and final class. JOURNALISM. Man what I ride right. We have grown as friends and colleagues.  Now I’m glad to have been here. Also I really these chips.

American Sociological Association

Members of the ASA include college and university faculty researchers, students, and practitioners.

Members of the ASA include college and university faculty, researchers, students, and practitioners.

Hello my bloggers and readers! I hope everyone is ready to kick start the weekend. I had a terrible and miserable Friday because I had three tests in three separate classes. They were almost back to back and I think my brain exploded. After school was much better because I had my last tennis practice in the sun. I’m sad the season is over but I need to focus on bigger things such as prom and graduation. There’s a lot to be aware of when you’re a senior. Big events are to come soon. I wanted to focus this week’s blog post on the American Sociological Association. I can’t believe I didn’t blog about this sooner. Anyways, the ASA is the national organization for sociologists. On their website it says, “The ASA is well positioned to provide a unique set of services to its members and to promote the vitality, visibility, and diversity of the discipline. Working at the national and international levels, the Association aims to articulate policy and implement programs likely to have the broadest possible impact for sociology now and in the future.” The ASA is a non-profit membership association based in Washington, DC. They are dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good. ASA was founded in 1905 and has over 13,000 members today. About 20 percent of the members work in government, business, or non-profit organizations. Additionally, this association is also a publisher of nine professional journals and magazines. ASA has the overall mission of serving sociologists in their work, advancing sociology as a science and profession, and use of sociology to society.

Check the website out people if you’re interested. Goodnight, see you all next week!

Finding and Choosing a Roommate

Hey everybody! TheCollegiate here. I realized this week that I have yet to talk about a somewhat significant part of college life- roommates. With off-campus housing being costly, and most schools requiring underclassmen to dorm on campus with a roommate, it’s important to find a person that you won’t mind living with for at least one school year. Here is my advice on how you can best choose a roommate.

My first piece of advice is to start local- during your senior year, see if you can find anyone amongst your friend group that is going to your college or university and is looking for a potential roommate as well. If nobody in your immediate group of friends is attending the college you are, see if they know of anybody who is, and get in touch with them. You can email them, or even direct message them on social media to introduce yourself and explain your need for a roommate. It might be particularly comforting to have either a familiar face, or at least somebody from your hometown and your high school, to live with during your early years of college.

on-the-quad-1465132-640x480However, if you want to broaden your horizons a bit and room with someone you’ve never met before, social media is a great tool to use to get in contact with potential roommates. Certain colleges will create Facebook groups for incoming students to join and post what they’re looking for in a roommate, and these groups will give you an ample amount of students to choose from. Most students in these groups will talk about themselves and their future college lifestyles- if they’ll be somewhat messy, if they’ll rush for Greek Life, and if they’ll be partying a lot. This personal information can help you refine who you best see yourself living with, and that’s very important- after all, you want to come home to someone who you consider a friend, not someone who you have nothing in common with.

Finding a roommate may seem daunting, but if you reach out to people or social media groups in advance, you might meet the perfect person to dorm with. Good luck!


The Draft

Hello everybody. Cougar Fan here. The biggest thing happening this week in the world of football is the NFL Draft, where each NFL team selects college players to join their organization. A lot of the players that enter the NFL draft have completed their senior season, but there are quite a few who have entered the draft after their junior season, and some the enter after their red shirt sophomore season (meaning they are in/have completed at least third 3rd year of college, but they’ve only played two seasons of college football.)

The first round of the draft was last night. Defensive end Myles Garrett from Texas A & M was the first player selected. He is a good player and had a lot of success at the college level. The second overall pick was Mitchell Trubisky, a quarterback out of North Carolina. I do not 100 percent understand this pick. Trubisky is a good player, but he wasn’t amazing in college. In fact, he lacks much college experience, as he as only started 13 games. At this point Deshaun Watson was still available, who I think is a much better player. Sure he doesn’t have as much pro-style offense experience, but I believe that he is still a good pocket passer, and overall a much better QB. Watson went 12th in the draft. The other quarterback that went in the first round was Patrick Mahomes from Texas Tech. Mahomes put up huge numbers in college, but Texas Tech rarely played teams with elite defenses.

Mitchell Trubisky was the second overall pick in the NFL draft



Hi there!

I hope you have all had a wonderful week, and are enjoying the warmer weather! As you all know, I have an incurable travel bug (I’m sure some of you have it too!), but in the times of my life where I am unable to actually travel, I substitute that by going on adventures close to home. This is of course easier to do when the weather is warmer! This winter has felt extremely long and rainy, so I truly cannot wait to head into summer.

In light of my desire to adventure, today we are headed to Switzerland, where there are some amazing places to go!

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The Swiss Alps (pictured above) are some of the world’s most renowned mountains for skiing. People flock from all over the world to experience the perfect powdery snow and the extensive series of slopes and resorts that pepper the mountains. However, I have been warned that only experienced skiers should attempt these slopes, because the overall level of skill is much higher. Additionally, the culture of skiing is much different, and beginners are somewhat shunned and frowned upon.

These wonderful mountains also have many opportunities and places to hike and take backpacking trips.There are mountain refuges that are first-come-first-serve shelters throughout the mountain range, and these make backpacking significantly easier. Without having to carry a heavy tent, more space and weight can be used to bring food and water along on your trip.

Overall, Switzerland is one of the best places in the world to head out on an outdoor adventure!

Have a great week!

Earth Day Protests

Hey Guys!

Well I totally forgot Earth Day was last Saturday, my bad. I mean, I think it is great that we have a day encouraging to love and protect our environment however, it seems a little hallmark-y to me. I know you all have probably heard the cliche “Everyday is Earth Day!” and annoying as it may sound, it’s actually really true. Think about only setting aside one day a year to care about yourself–sounds crazy, right? Just as your body requires lots of care pretty much everyday, so does the environment!

This Earth Day, crowds around the country gathered together to suppScience_March_84951.jpg-2f4a9_c0-211-5000-3126_s885x516ort science and ‘evidence-based research’ fueled by President Donald Trump’s threats of implementing budget cuts towards agencies funding scientific experiments. At the main “March for Science” that took place in Washington D.C., demonstrators gathered at the Washington National Mall where speakers emphasized the importance of scientific research in today’s world. One main point made in the protest was the fact that Trump’s policymakers seem to be ignoring the issues of climate change. TV host and scientist Bill Nye, one of the speakers at the event, rallied supporters stating, “Today we have a great many lawmakers — not just here but around the world — deliberately ignoring and actively suppressing science. Their inclination is misguided and in no one’s best interest. Our lives are in every way improved by having clean water, reliable electricity and access to electronic global information.”

Besides the main march in Washington, almost 600 other smaller marches took place around the country on Earth Day. Throughout all of the marches, all seemed to be making clear their opposition to Trump’s budget blueprint which would cut $12.6 billion from the Department of Health and Human Services and $5.8 billion from the National Institutes of Health alone.


Jack the Ripper: The Whitechapel Murderer

Hey Guys,

Today I will be writing about Jack the Ripper, I am just going to write about serial killers that are interesting for a while, but my next post is a conspiracy theory linking Jack the Ripper and H.H Holmes together so stay tuned 🙂

In 1888 White chapel London, several women were found dead. The women were mutilated, and some of their organs were stolen. The ‘unknown’ victims are,  Emma Smith (April 3rd 1888), Martha Tabram (August 7th 1888), Rose Mylett (December 19th 1888), Alice Mckenzie ( July 9th 1889), The Pinchin Street Torso was found on September 10th 1889 (A torso of a woman was found, nobody knows who she might be since they did not have the certain things we have now to figure out the murderer), and Frances Coles was murdered on February 13th 1891. There was of course, the ‘Canonical Five’ who are the five main women who were found and police discovered the person murdering them was a serial killer.  The Canonical Five included, Mary Nichols ( August 31st 1888), Annie Chapman (September 8th 1888), Elizabeth Stride ( September 30th 1888), Catherine Eddowes (September 30th 1888), and finally, Mary Kelly (November 9th 1888).

There were several theories of who Jack the Ripper could be like, Frederick Deeming ( an Australian killer who actually may be him, but there is not enough evidence to actually prove that it is him), Jill the Ripper (There were several theories that a woman killed other women because she was jealous of other women and that she could not have babies), Lewis Carol and Prince Albert Victor ( Which were both proven false). But, to this day there has not been a positive identification on who he/she is.

There were numerous letters, thousands of letters written by people who claimed to be Jack the Ripper, but there were a certain few that made police know it was the actual murderer of those several women found. One of the most well-known letters sent by Jack the Ripper is titled ‘Dear Boss’, and he/she is basically taunting the police, saying how the laughs when he hears say that the police are on track and that they almost caught him. In the next letter titled, ‘From Hell’, he/she sends the police a kidney, from one of his/her victims and saying how they ate the other one and said he/she may send them the knife used to kill his victims. There is one letter where he tells the police which street he lives on, Prince William Street. There were other letters but these are the most important ones.

Everyone wanted to know who Jack the Ripper was, people still do want to know like I but, it’s not just possible since like I said we did not have the same technology as we did back then. Hopefully we get enough evidence to prove someone guilty and finally put Jack the Ripper’s numerous victims to rest.



100 day burnout

Hey reader base, how has your week been? Das ist gut. I hope everybody is enjoying the NFL draft, super exciting. Oh and also tomorrow will be President Trump’s 100th day in office, so congratulations to him. Although, I am probably the only person saying that as this week has been another hard week for Trump. To be candid, it seems that the White House has finally acclimated to the climate of D.C. yet that doesn’t mean Trump still didn’t get battered in the news for not accomplishing the vast majority of his legislative agenda that he said would be accomplished by day 100. In addition to the 100 days, tensions with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea are still very hot, maybe slightly cooler then last week, but there still seems to be a lot of anxiety related to North Korea. The US military has deployed THAAD missiles in South Korea to shoot down any North Korean missile that might be shot towards southern parts of South Korea, Japan, or Guam. All in all, this is not a fun preposition. Congress has been pushing for more anti-missile sites in the US, and Hawaii in particular is worried about a nuclear strike from North Korea. President Trump has also taken an aggressive tone towards North Korea, which might be necessary but isn’t reassuring. The chance of a bloodless, peaceful resolution of this conflict seems to be slipping farther and farther away. 100 years ago, The Great War raged all around the world. It was a defining conflict of the age that set the stages for the second World War, and subsequently the Cold War which led us into this current predicament. My point, history’s wheels haven’t stopped turning and the decisions we make today could have a tremendous impact for decades, or a century to come.

I am for IMO’s.

‘Indigenous microorganisms’ or IMO is a term keyed by Dr.Cho Han-Kyu who established the school of Janong which is an organization in South Korea that is dedicated to educate farmers and the public of the practice of pure natural farming. This school has developed a very structured method of utilizing the local harmony of soil dwelling microbes, fungi and plants to encourage great performance from farms without the use of harmful artificial farming practices that limit plants and the environment surrounding them. The commercial normalization of lab-produced fertilizers and other products have really limited western agriculture and the local environment. The methods used by Janong farmers is completely based around the biology that is native to the area of cultivation. By using local organisms to amend the crops and soil, the need for human intervention is decreased and so is cost, while also not manipulating the plants to give more than they are capable. One of their most potent soil amendment practices called IMO boxes are steadily gaining traction with smaller scale farmers here in the US. The concept of these boxes are rather simple, but takes a life time to master. Essentially small wooden boxes are filled with rice and unrefined sugars that establish a small microorganism colony, which is gradually added to with other medias that will continue to grow the colony and diversify it. The colony is then harvested and utilized as a soil amendment to give crops a boost. The whole idea is to replicate the extreme natural diversity of forest soil,  which can be utilized to  turn your farm into a thriving, diverse and realistic place for all sorts of organisms to flourish and mingle with each other. So if you are skeptical of artificial nutrients for your plants (like me), consider growing your own fertilizer that will continue to give to your plants and soil for years.

Plant and Prosper!

Box of stage one IMO that is slowly colonizing rice

Box of stage one IMO that is slowly colonizing rice

Las Vegas!

Hi guys!!

I hope you all have had a wonderful spring break, and we’re able to spend it somewhere fun. One week is not a huge amount of time to be able to fully explore a new place, but it can give you a sense of whether you want to come back to that place for a fuller trip.

Another point that I haven’t talked about very much (mainly because it has not happened to me with any kind of frequency) is that not all travelers have to enjoy all the places they travel to. It is a great skill to have to be able to enjoy the place you are in and live in the moment, but it is also completely okay to reflect on your trip and realize that wherever you were was not your favorite place.

This was my experience in Las Vegas.

Although it was pretty awesome to get away from the long, rainy winter of Seattle and enjoy the heat of Vegas, I was, as a whole, non-plussed. To be fair to the Sin City, I am not yet 21 and as such cannot participate in the nightlife of Vegas, which is the main appeal for most people. The combination of slightly sketchy people and endless expanses of casinos ended up wearing me down until I was exhausted and fairly sick of the whole trip.

By explaining all of this, I do not mean to seem ungrateful for my wonderful family taking me to Las Vegas, I simply want people to understand that not every trip is the picture perfect experience advertised in brochures, and that even if they are not, you can learn something from them.

Oh Boy! Feeling the tension

Wow, the past two weeks have been fun. Bombing in Syria, bombing in Afghanistan, oh and Korea.

Like I’ve mentioned, there has been a lot of foreign policy occurrences lately, and the President has had to deal with all of them.

Last week Syrian Presidential Dictator, Bashar Al-Assad used sarrin gas against civilian rebels, which dramatically changed President Trump’s opinion on the entire conflict. Several days later 59 Tommahawk missiles bombarded the Syrian airbase where the strike was believed to have originated from. The missiles did varying levels of damnage to the base and surrounding areas, but the airstrip itself was not hit allowing for further airstrikes. This air strike is very significant, especially because it is a complete 180 of what Trump has said before in tweets of leaving Syria alone. This bombing also probably severed the last ties between Russia and Trump.

In eastern Afghanistan, US forces dropped the largest non nuclear bomb in the Military arsenal. The 21,600lb M.O.A.B. or massive ordinance Air burst was dropped on ISIS tunnels. The bomb killed between 36-96 ISIS insurgents according to current reports, and wasn’t intended as a foreign policy move/threat to other countries, but turned into one. A change that President Trump has made compared to his predisessor, Barack Obama, is Trump would like his military to be less constrained, meaning generals will drop big bombs without consideration of how that might affect regions outside their zone of control.

Finally the Korean Peninsula is heating up again, as North Korea looks to be ready to conduct another nuclear test. Trump and the rest of the world has reacted negatively, and a aircraft career is supposed to be on its way to Korean waters. War is unlikely, but everybody is still scared regardless.

AP Classes- Do Colleges Care?

Hey everybody! TheCollegiate here, and welcome back from spring break! I hope you all had a fantastic break spent relaxing, traveling, or spending time doing the things you love with the people you love.

Spring break being over means that May is only a few short weeks away, and with May comes Advanced Placement, or AP, testing for many students across the country. I myself am preparing for the AP US History exam taking place on May 5th, which gave me the idea for this week’s blog post: how much of an impact does taking AP classes have on your acceptance into a certain college?

AP classes are always recommended by teachers and school staff as a more rigorous course option for students who want to challenge themselves, and there isn’t anything inherently bad about taking an AP class. The truth of the matter is yes, colleges do like to see students pushing themselves and taking AP classes. However, not taking any advanced classes doesn’t mean that colleges won’t accept you, it just is something that they prefer.


When it comes to course selection, try not to focus as much on what colleges want to see from students, and think about what classes, and what level of difficulty, would best suit your own interests. If you are feeling constantly bored or unchallenged in a class, and whatever you are learning comes naturally to you, consider taking an AP class to challenge yourself a little more. If you have a particular interest in a certain subject, definitely try taking an advanced level class in that subject to delve into that interest more. However, don’t just take an advanced class to take one- if you have no interest in it, you probably won’t do well in the class.

Ultimately, taking advanced classes does look good when applying to colleges, however you should only take advanced classes in the subjects that you want to, and feel comfortable in taking. Not taking any AP classes won’t deter colleges away from accepting you either; while these classes show perhaps a greater dedication to academics, there are so many other factors that colleges consider when choosing who to accept that it most likely won’t be a deciding factor.

That’s it for this week’s blog post, see you all next week.


Moving from the FCS to FBS…and vis versa?

Hello everybody! Cougar Fan here. In this week’s post I will be discussing information about teams moving from the FCS division to the FBS division, and vis versa.

To start off, let’s discuss what FBS and FCS mean. The NCAA is divided into several divisions, Division I, Division II, Division III, etc. For the most part, what division a school plays sports in reflects on both the size and financial power of the school, as well as the quality of athletics. For almost all sports, all Division I teams play on what one might say the same level, or in same league. Not to be redundant, but they play in the same division, all playing each other in conference and non conference games, and all competing for the same national championship. Division I in football, however, is divided into the Football Bowl Subdivision, and the Football Championship Subdivision, the FBS being the “premiere” division, and, for the most part, is home to the better teams.

No team has ever dropped from the FBS to the FCS before. But that will change after this season. Idaho will be dropping down to the FCS. Idaho has not had much success on the field as of late (other than their breakout season last year that ended with a bowl win). But more importantly, they cannot afford to remain in the FBS. After the Western Athletic Conference (the WAC) stopped supporting football, all the teams previously in the WAC had to find new homes. Idaho and New Mexico State, however, were left homeless. Neither fits well geographically with the other small conferences (i.e. the MAC, Conference USA, or the Sunbelt), so they both went independent for a year. Then the Sun Belt picked up the two teams for a couple years. Since both Idaho and New Mexico State are both so far away from the other Sun Belt schools, it became too much of a financial burden on the conference and the schools to have the teams travel across the country for away games every year. Especially since, until last year for Idaho, the lack of on field success kept the schools from earning very much money to contribute to the conference. Because of this, the Sun Belt in essence kicked the two teams out of the conference. New Mexico State is going back to being independent and Idaho decided to drop back down to the FCS level, to a conference that they already are a member of for all sports other than football, and that fits much better geographically, and will cost much less money. It will be interesting to see how Idaho competes at the FCS level.

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Idaho coach Paul Petrino and other university staff members announce the move to the FBS

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Idaho QB Matt Linehan calls for Idaho to remain in the FBS after the team’s New Mexico Bowl victory over Colorado State in December