2015/10/29

What is the difference between a punitive and a non punitive grade?

If you fail a class you may receive what is called a "punitive grade" for that class. This means that the grade you receive earns credit towards your degree, even though it may bring your GPA down. Since this grade counts towards your degree requirements (even negatively) you are entitled to GI Bill benefits for any class you receive such a grade in.
 
A "non-punitive grade" is a grade that doesn't earn credit towards your degree. An example of this may be withdrawal after the drop period; or other things like auditing a class, academic probation, or suspension. Since non-punitive grades don't count towards your degree you may be required to repay any GI Bill money you received for such classes.
 

2015/10/28

Strawberry Yogurt Parfait

♡ Chicago ♡

Halloween is near : )

The hidden treasures

I use to be ashamed to shop at thrift stores as a kid, but now as an adult, I could really care less what people think.  Hell, I admit going to them now.  I have found running clothes, jeans, books, leather jackets, kitchen appliances, etc.  I have bought many things that I need personally, that cost a lot of money at stores like Target, K-Mart, Walmart, or even the shopping mall. Depending on your area that you live in; you could find name brand things that are still in good use. 

While trying to rid my apartment of useless things, by selling them on eBay, I picked up on a hobby of buying things from the thrift, and selling them on eBay.  It all started with me selling my running clothes, that I do not use, and selling them on eBay. Then I went to the thrift, and purchased a pair of Triathlon shoes, that sold on eBay.

I make it a point at least to visit the thrift, twice a month to purchase things to sell on eBay.  Many people do not know the value of most of their things, that they drop off at the thrift store or the value of things inside of a thrift store.

2015/10/26

Bottom Of The Totem Pole

                        For many years African Americans have been portrayed as being violent, lazy, uneducated, and ignorant.  We have also been stereotyped for having the love for certain foods, such as watermelon, fried chicken, cornbread, and drinking kool aide.  Growing up, Ihave never took the stereotypes seriously until I graduated from high school, joined the military, and lived in several different states.  Living in several different states via the military, I experienced the way different ethnicities treat and view African Americans.  Some of my experiences include being talked down to like I have no education due to my lazy English, being constantly under surveillance while shopping at certain stores, that are not black owned, and just being talked to like I’m complete trash.  I sometimes feel as if we are at the bottom of the totem pole as far as other races.  Being put in the category of being uneducated, and violent just because the color of my skin is a hard pill to swallow at times.  It is a very sensitive subject that I take dearly to heart.

                        In Tanya Maria Barrientos "Se Habla Espanol", she mentions that most of her childhood she liked being the brown girl who defied expectations.  I can relate, and feel as a African American male, who does not like some of our stereotypes, I have to defy expectations every day I step foot outside of my door.  We are not all violent, steal, uneducated, nor ignorant. There are other ethnicities that commit crimes also with little education, and are ignorant!  My experiences with other people outside of my race, I always have tried to leave a good impression, that we are not a bad race.  Sure, I do love watermelon, fried chicken, cornbread, and the taste of koolaide, but I’m not obsessed with it.  I’m a human being! And those are just foods that we all eat as human beings.
                        Dr. John Baugh, in "Do You Speak American" did research on language profiling, and how people are judged according to how they speak.  I for one have experienced this personally myself.  Growing up, I have often been looked at or talked to like I’m not educated just because I speak lazy English.  It has made me very uncomfortable to speak in a classroom environment or ask for help when in need.  There was also a piece in "Do You Speak American"part 1, where Asheen Brenen, and Kihilee Brenen went back to their old elementary school named Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School.  While attending Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, they received little communication from their teachers, who looked at them as un teachable due to their lazy English.    
                        Being an African American male, I have to bring my ‘A-Game’ at everything that I do.  I’m not violent, and yes I was raised in a broken home by a single mother, but that does not mean that I should be looked at differently.  According to Census Bureau, 70 percent of African American families are headed by single women.  Yes, many African American males that are raised in broken homes have greater chances of turning to the street life to survive.  A life of drugs, gangs, violence, and lacking education due to the way they were raise.  Growing up with no father in your life, who do you have to emulate? I grew up in that same broken home as them, but that does not make me like them.  My life has evolved around doing what my father did not do, and avoiding the life of violence, alcohol and drugs.  Our race is highlighted for all of the negative things, but none of the good things.  There are many successful African American males in this world, and ignorance is not just in the African American race, so why must we all be looked at as the bad apple of ethnicities.  There are Hispanics, Caucasians, and Asians who commit violence also.  Last time I checked the definition of African American, it did not mean being uneducated, violent, or ignorant, so why must we all be looked at in that negative manner.

2015/10/24

Nike Tempo Track Shorts

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Zoot Performance Tri Top

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Adidas Running Shorts (ebay)

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Rex Nation

Seen this during my run at Kathy Osterman Beach in Edgewater neighborhood, and instantly looked it up once I got in. Back in 2014 this was sprayed 30 garages in West Rogers Park, and Avondale. Not sure what kind of group this is, but according to the other articles posted, its targeted at the Jewish community. I don't see many Jewish people in Edgewater neighborhood though. Edgewater is a peaceful area, especially Osterman Beach.

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Nike-Opening-Store-With-Only-Michael-Jordan-Items-in-Chicago-335844281.html

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141229/west-rogers-park/jewish-united-fund-condemns-anti-semitic-graffiti-on-synagogue

2015/10/15

Leviticus 15:16

Leviticus 15:16 ~ When a man has an emission of semen, he is to bathe himself completely with water, and he will remain unclean until evening.

Leviticus 15:18

Leviticus 15:18 If a man sleeps with a woman and has an emission of semen, both of them are to bathe with water, and they will remain unclean until evening.

2015/10/13

Chicago Neighborhoods

Off to the Expo

Chicago Marathon 2015

Thomas Gouard

Osterman Beach

Chicago Style Pizza

Oh boy, I just had my first Chicago style pizza. Funny that I've lived here for so long and grew up in Illinois and this is my first time having it. My first time having a Chicago dog was in Hawaii. I can't wait to have Chicago style pizza again, this was awesome.

Chicago Marathon

Just finish my 17th marathon and can't wait to do my next. Wowzers, that was fun. 26 miles of fun and pain mixed together, but I enjoy it. I will definitely be back next year.

Cubs vs Cardinals

Another busy day, while leaving school on the redline train. The Cubs are playing the Cardinals tonight