-Please excuse my absence. I was gone a full week for a family emergency. Then finals!
Every year, seniors from every department of Stetson present to the school. All day long, presentations are going on from 8am till 4pm. It’s so hard, because they overlap each other! Yes! This means that there are presentations going on simultaneously. So over the course of the day, tens of 15 minute presentations making up a year of work from each senior is shown! One presentation I narrowed down on was this one on a video game. I also narrowed…three more. My Calculus teacher Dr. Pulapaka, who happens to run a restaurant in Downtown DeLand called Cress http://www.cressrestaurant.com/, is giving extra credit if we go to presentations.
Angel Guity, The Controversial Criminalization of Cannabis in the United States, Crimes and Injustices
Angel’s presentation was about the history and reasoning behind the banning and allowance of marijuana. He argued that marijuana has many positive uses through history, and that many beliefs of marijuana were inaccurate. Marijuana had been used as rope, fabric and clothing material until it was made too expensive. This was because hemp laws had been passed to limit usage of marijuana and increase it’s price. Angel reasoned that the government passed such laws because they profited from them. Propaganda against marijuana provided false information. In particular, propaganda spread in the 1930s by the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Harry J. Anslinger had a lot of inaccuracies.
Stephanie Gonzalez-Riestra, What Makes a Hero? Exploring Moral Decisions Through Role-Playing in Tales of Symphonia, Fear, Hate and Hope
Stephanie looked at the logic behind people that make good descisions. Specifically, she liked to look at popular culture. The video game “Tales of Symphonia” featured instances of morality, ethics, and good decisions. The player views the story and other characters as Lloyd. Stephanie wanted to know from the story presented, about how morality and ethics drive good descisions. From start to finish Lloyd matures and grows via other characters he encounters. He starts as a lazy and kind of clueless student. He then meets two mentors who help train him. They teach him to fight and effectively mature him by exposing him to difficult tasks and choices. As he grows, he makes some friends. Interestingly, he then in turn mentors them. As he mentors other people the same things he learned, he bonds closer to them. This is because mentoring his friends also allows them to understand him better. By the end of the story, he has enough experience to actually face adversary with maturity and comfort, from his friends and mentors.
Holly Reudgen, Attachment Style: A Mediating Variable of Mindfulness Training, a Positive Psychology Intervention and its Effectiveness, Fear, Hate and Hope
Holly examined attachment style, and how it’s theories can help people understand their minds. She starts out with the conclusion that mental health is more than the absence of mental illness. Attachment theory is stylized as positive psychology. Attachment theory is an attempt to help patients by presenting solutions. The patient then has to experiment and wonder if a solution will work for him/her. Attachment theory explains the different ways that we cope in the constant desire for security. People can be secure, insecure, and avoidant. Secure people are comfortable as is, meaning they aren’t ever very concerned about security. With or without people, they do not emphasize security at all. They are comfortable. Insecure people struggle and highly prioritize security. Without awareness of how secure they are, being loved or with other people for instance, they are in constant distress. Avoidant people are those who seek security, but are reluctant to actual opprotunities. They need to be very assured to accept forms of security. In other words, they are looking for security, but appear to not desire security when it presents itself. Generally people who are avoidant have had security broken from a family or friend. This would explain their flighty attitude to susbequent security opprotunities.