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How to Cook the Perfect Rice

Rice is the staple food in almost any home. It has been eaten around the world since the beginning of time. The exact origin of this crop is unknown, but many speculate it was discovered somewhere in China, thousands of years ago. Rice plays a major role in almost every person's diet especially if you are on or below the poverty line. As a struggling college student and as an African, rice is one of my favorite foods. To make rice may seem like a simple feat, yet when many are put to the test, their rice comes out soggy, hard, or inedible. The tools needed to make rice are white or brown rice, cold water, a 4-5 quart stock pot, the matching lid to the pot, a sink, salt, butter or margarine, measuring cup, a large wooden or silicone spoon, a large mixing bowl, fork, timer, antibacterial soap, and finally a stove top. If you are trying to lead a healthier lifestyle, choose brown rice, and if you are not, use white rice. All items needed for this recipe can be found in your local grocery store. First, decide how many people a


Medical Cannabis as a Treatment for Depression

Anxiety, apathy, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest, insomnia or excess sleepiness, excessive crying, social isolation, thoughts of suicide, etc. It probably didn't take long for you to realize these were some of the common symptoms of depression. There are a variety of drugs for the treatment of depression but not all have the same effect on their patients; however, there is evidence that marijuana has helped treat depression on patients who have taken the drug. Antidepressants have various side effects that don't make you feel very good while marijuana doesn't. Also, antidepressants are so expensive! Cannabis helps with many psychiatric disorders, works better than antidepressants and is not that expensive. Because marijuana can be taken just as regularly as antidepressants, it should be an option for those who struggle financially and for those who don't have any benefits on antidepressants. As you continue taking antidepressants, the side effects get worse; nevertheless, you c


Sexuality in The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis

"The Monk" is a horror-gothic novel written in 1796 by Matthew Gregory Lewis, a man who came from a somewhat scandalous background which influenced his work as an author later in life. Lewis's mother, Frances, left his father for a lover and Frances had to leave her children as a consequence of the estrangement and social ruin. Lewis continued to financially support his mother but this separation from his mother was a critical point in his life. At the young age of twenty, Lewis wrote his most iconic novel entitled "The Monk", which revolves around temptation, sin, and sexuality, set in the Monastery of Capuchin in Madrid, Spain. The novel follows an idolized monk, Ambrosio, who struggles between maintaining his monastic vows and fulfilling personal ambitions after he is tempted by a young woman. The characters must navigate through black magic, incest, rape, and the supernatural as they fall from grace and are faced with their consequences of their actions. Matthe


A Letter to Jamie Foxx

Dear Mr. Foxx, I'm writing to you regarding your hit single 'Blame It,' released in 2009. Firstly, I'd like to say that I am a fan of your skill. Your passion for the art and your raw vocals are both unique and entertaining in a way that is unparalleled in the industry. I watched you perform on the Jimmy Fallon Show last year and found you extremely talented and very down to earth. For someone who has come so far, it's only right to say congratulations and thank you for sharing your adept talent. A few days ago, I was skimming through my music and came across 'Blame It'. I listened to it for old time's sake, but this time I actually registered the lyrics. I've only ever heard the song in the back of a restaurant or the context of a dance, so I've never had the chance to concentrate on the lyrics. As your words bounced through the air, my body engulfed feelings of anger and fear; I was shocked. The most surprising aspect wasn't that it was a #1 hit or won a Grammy, but i


Poetry Analysis - The Broken Heart by John Donne

John Donne's poem, "The Broken Heart" is composed of a multitude amount of themes, worthy diction, poetic devices, and figurative language that fall into place in order to successfully emphasize on the thoughts of heartache from the speaker. The speaker kicks off the poem by declaring that a man who claims he's been in love for an hour is crazy, "He is stark mad whoever says That he hath been in love an hour, Yet not that love so soon decays, But that it can ten in less space devour;" (1-4). He attempts to say that it's not because love is destroyed in an hour, but because it will destroy the lover faster than that, and he continues that idea throughout the poem. We can see the speaker using an analogy, "Who will believe me, if I swear That I have had the plague a year? Who would not laugh at me, if I should say I saw a flash of powder burn a day?" (5-8). Donne adds an analogy and establishes that plague and powder is like love working violently and quickly. It is an accessible idea th


The Doctrine of Double Effect

In Philippa Foot's essay "The Doctrine of Double Effect," she discusses various cases that present a choice between the death of one person or the death of five. She examines these situations under the lense of the doctrine of double effect (DDE), which essentially contends that an action can sometimes be morally permissible even if it results in bad, unintended consequences. One of the cases she discusses is that of a patient who is in need of a massive dose of a certain drug in order to save his life. There is a limited supply of this drug and there are five other people who are also in need of a dose. These five patients do not require as large of a dose as the first patient, in fact, their lives can all be saved by the same amount of medicine that the first patient would have to consume in order to survive. In this case, it would make sense that the right decision would be to spare the five patients and give them the last supply of the scarce drug. Therefore, it is more


The Soul of Hindusim

One of the greatest ways to gain an understanding of a culture is to plunge yourself into it. The soul of Hindu religion lies within its thriving diversity of the worship of many gods. Many gods are worshiped on a daily basis throughout India and the Hindu world. Sanskrit, the word for culture means the most cultured language. Prominent languages within the Hindu religion include Hindi, Gujarati, Avadhi, Tamil and Bengali. Hindus speak the dominant language in their country. There are many philosophies within the Hindu religion; main philosophies are in Tamil and Sanskrit. There are many preconceptions about the Hindu culture, for example, Hindu's worship cows. They believe that every living thing has a soul. While this is true, cows hold a special place within the Hindu society. After praying, Hindus put on vebuthi (a greyish-white chalky substance; that is initially made from cow feces); which is applied on the forehead. Since all creatures are respected, Hind


Sergeant York: An American Hero by David D. Lee

The book Sergeant York: An American Hero was written by David D. Lee. It was copyrighted in 1985 by the University Press of Kentucky. The book covers the life of Alvin York from 1887 to 1964. This book covers from his birthplace in the Valley of the Three Forks of the Wolf River nestled in the Cumberland Mountains of the Fentress County, Tennessee which was a few miles from the Kentucky border to his time spent in the Army in Europe. The author's thesis is telling the story of an unlikely hero. I believe this book is to inform people of how a poor Tennessee family produced an American Hero even through many struggles, one such struggle was to even sign up for the mandatory draft. He went from being a son in a large family that had to take over trying to make the family's income by running his father's blacksmith shop and quitting school way too early in life to being a wild young man that spent way too much time in bars to seeking God so that he could date his neighbor then truly becoming a believer in God and struggle with the convictions of following God's word and registering for the mandatory draft for World War I. In the beginnin


Baseball Great - Yadier Monlina

Most people agree that a team's pitcher is only as good as a team's catcher behind the plate. He has to know what pitch to call based off of the batter and the count, frame the ball to make it look like it is over the plate if it is not, and fall to his knees and block the ball if it is in the dirt. He is one of the most important players on the field defensively. Since the very beginning when the Major League Baseball first began, in 1869, catchers were picked up for their defensive, not their offensive abilities. However, Yadier Molina has thrown out the role of being only a "defensive catcher". He has one of the best batting averages for a catcher, while still maintaining the title of being the best defensive catcher in the league, or I would say the best catcher to ever play the game. Yadier Molina should be considered the best catcher to ever play the game for three primarily reasons: his dedication to the sport at an early age, his defensive abilities, and his cons


Student Former Proposal

The project in which I plan to propose a research question and discuss my findings on will revolve around the main idea of what a student can accomplish after learning and experiencing extracurricular clubs and activities that are relevant to the student's career path/choices. This project matters to me because it not only, it also describes the current state I'm in right now, in terms of the career choices I will be making later down my college career. I seek to find the importance of the course-related clubs as well as the importance in-class and out of class activities and how these extracurricular activities will impact/benefit a student. Focus The central idea that my project will hope to address is that given my experience as a CIS major and Cal Poly Pomona's hands-on learning philosophy, I'm interested in how college students in tech fields can benefit from participating in technology-related clubs. This idea is relevant to the research and ideas that I have found because it


Being a Dermatologist - Dr. Pimple Popper

I have a strange interest in dermatology. About a year ago, I came across this Youtube channel called "Dr. Pimple Popper." I watched a video of doctor squeezing a cyst on a women's back. I thought it was the most fascinating thing in the world. I wanted to watch and learn more. I watched almost all the videos she had uploaded in one night. Finally, I searched the name in Google, and I found out that the doctor behind the cameras name was Dr. Sandra Lee. Since then I have changed my major in school to become a dermatologist. Nothing would be more amazing then spending the day with Dr. Lee, reasons include, she is an incredible dermatologist, she is super caring and nice, and she is famous for her Youtube channel. To begin with, Dermatologist is not an very day doctors visit, maybe every six months. A dermatologist is a medical expert you see if you have any problems with your skin, hair or nails. Dr. Sandra Lee was born in Upland, California, she completed undergrad school at UCLA, then moved to Hahnemann University school of medicine. She then completed h


Music in Silence - Dinig Sana Kita

Music is a means of releasing, expressing, and manifesting one's innermost feelings and emotions. The deaf-mute community may not have the ability to hear sounds, words or music with their ears; they may not have the ability to communicate through speaking; they may live in deafening silence, but they do have the capacity to feel, love, understand, appreciate, create, hear and listen to music with their hearts and minds. Music can transcend beyond sounds. "Even in silence, there is music" and the film delivers just that. Last Wednesday (November 25, 2009), our block was fortunate enough to attend a private screening of Dinig Sana Kita, a light-hearted romantic comedy indie film presented by our college and the Committee on Culture and the Arts. I must say I enjoyed watching this film although there were a lot of audio-technical difficulties while the film was being aired. It isn't the typical mainstream movie wherein the actors and actresses may be star-studded and look imp


Race and School Discipline

DESCRIBE Does the punishment fit the crime? Unfortunately, for minority students, office disciplinary referrals in comparison to students of other races are much higher. A study was conducted to determine "the rate at which male American Indian students received office discipline referrals compared to female and the leading behavior violations and how they compare across race/ethnicity, and the impact that the type of ODR and race/ethnicity have on administrative action" (Whitford & Levine-Donnerstein , 2014). The results were that American Indian students were more likely to receive office disciplinary referrals than their fellow Caucasian, Hispanic, and Asian students but n


Frankenstien's Grant Proposal

I, alongside a board composed of Doctor's in the fields of Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology will lead the discussion and evaluation of Victor Frankenstein's grant application. He wishes to continue his research in the field of the reanimation of dead tissue. We realize that this is a controversial matter with many ethical problems; however, we would like to analyze this matter thoroughly because the practical applications of this research to the scientific community may outweigh the negatives. The fact of the matter is that Victor Frankenstein has achieved a feat of science that has been deemed impossible by those who have attempted to recreate Dr. Frankenstein's experiments. This research provides insight to the human nature and existence thought only to be known by god. However, there are many questions of morality that need to be discussed before allowing such research to continue. We will be referencing Victor Frankenstein's previous work and experiences from the text of Frank


An Xbox for College Students

College is off to a fast start and whether you are a young freshman or a fifth-year graduate student, you may need a new gaming system to get you through the tough times of being a college student. When you are overloaded with multiple exams, projects, and homework assignments, gaming can be a way to relieve a certain level of stress. Choosing the gaming system for you can be very time consuming and stressful. One has two main options when choosing a gaming system: the PS4 or Xbox One S. They are both very expensive and very crucial to your college experience. You want to pick a gaming system that you know you will get the most use out of. The storage, portability, game selection, and online experience are just some of the important criteria to use when determining what gaming system, you want to invest in. After researching top gaming systems based on this criteria, I have come to the conclusion that the Microsoft Xbox One S Console is one of the best options for students in college


World History From 1500-1870

In order to properly analyze any event that occurred in history, you must first try to have a clear understanding of why these events happened. In my opinion, the main motivators of events, trends, and conflicts conspiring in the 1500's through 1870's were religion, resources, riches, and power. As seen even today, religion is a very controversial topic, especially when the holder of certain beliefs believes his or her own are the only acceptable beliefs to have. A difference in beliefs can cause many conflicts, as shown throughout the chapters in the text. Additionally, without resources, man cannot live, let alone conquer. Resources allow us to prevail. To conquer, in turn, means to gain power and dominance over an area with resources men can use to their advantage. In the 1500's through 1870's, there was not much else to strive for besides status. With power comes both status and wealth, as well as riches. Historically, these seem to be the most valuable things a man can obtain.


Virtual Water and Water Footprints in a Global Perspectives

The concept of virtual water first emerged in the early 1990s and was defined by Professor John Anthony Allan, as the water embedded in commodities. Producing goods and services requires water and the water used to produce agricultural or industrial products are known as the virtual water of the product. Countries which have a scarcity of water use the concept of 'virtual water' to determine their agricultural and industrial production strategies. The concept of water footprint was introduced in 2002 by A.Y. Hoekstra as an alternative indicator of water use. A water footprint consists of three components: the blue, green and gray water footprint. The blue water footprint is the volume of freshwater that evaporated from the global blue water resources namely surface water and ground water. The green water footprint is the volu


The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today by Twain and Dudley

Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner wrote the book The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today. This book depicted an "American Society that despite its appearance of promise and prosperity, is riddle with corruption and scandal." Today in American history this is how we explain this period of time (1870-1916). The beginning of railroads not only brought goods and resources across the country at alarming rates, it also brought people. The railroads helped cut travel time in half, giving thousands of people a chance to finally explore their country as well as have a wider choice of goods to purchase. People were now able to transport cash crops like wheat, corn, and tobacco1 across the country for a fraction of the cost they were used to paying. The railroads also provided thousands of jobs for men all over the country. It brought thousands of immigrants from all over, looking for jobs and knowing that America was quickly becoming the land of opportunity. Railroads quickly became a


Gun Violence and Background Checks

Our country has suffered so many tragedies at the hands of dangerous people who use guns to commit terrible acts of violence. Though most gun owners use their guns legally and responsibly, there is more we can do to protect our children and communities. What are some ways we could prevent gun violence? We could start out with gun safety. As a starting point, we should insist on mandatory training and licensing along with safe and secure gun storage. The training will not be a one-time thing. Gun owners should be required to regularly refresh their training and renew their permits. Basically how you renew your drivers license. What also might work is tighten restrictions on gun sales. Loopholes exist in the background check system that make it possible for people with criminal records or mental health issues to procure guns. Back ground check saves lives. But today, too many dangerous individuals are still able to get their hands on a gun. Expanding background checks is a common-sense measures supported by nine out of ten Americans, including and overwh


A Rationale for Vegetarianism

Introduction Vegetarianism is a frequently debated topics in society. Scientists, activists, and even the average citizen have all joined in the discussion of whether or not vegetarianism is the way to go. However, even more important than if vegetarianism is right, is why such people take up vegetarianism. There are several reasons attributed, and some dispute and difference of opinion over said reasons. Although some people see it as caused by a guilt conscience from meat consumption, there are in fact bodily, spiritual, and social aspects of adopting vegetarianism that are clearly the true reasons. As such, it can be claimed that adopting a vegetarian lifestyle can be quite beneficial due to a wide range of reasons supporting it. Purpose The purpose of this article is to provide an insight into the diverse range of perspectives on the benefits and reasons to support vegetarianism. It has been long thought of as simply a way to get over the feelings of guilt from eating animals, but



What is does it mean to be coachable? Does an athlete have to be coachable to be successful in sports? Coachable is what separates average athletes from the great ones. It is not something a person has to be born with, but something he has to develop as he matures as an athlete. Being coachable is up to him, not his coach. This trait is something good athletes disdain until they reach a certain level of play because then this can become an obstacle in his path to that next level. I believe that an athlete can only be success in their sport if he has that relationship with their coach. Now they are some professional athletes that had plenty of success in their career and they are labeled as one of the most un-coachable players. There are professional athletes who could have had success and did not because they lacked the ability to developing this intangible trait. Developing this characteristic is not rocket science; it just takes determination and patience. If a person can become the


Process Essay: How to Make Lasagna

Becoming a new housewife can be quite a challenge. There is so much expected of a wife in so many different cultures. One thing that is set in all cultures and expected of the woman, will be cooking. When you get married, one of the biggest expectations is to know how to cook. In a Hispanic culture, women are the matriarch of the home. They are expected to carry all loads of the household, along with all the other members of the families. Some suggestions for women marrying into the Hispanic culture, learn to cook, or have at least two dishes to start with. You can order pizza, and watch the grandmother not eat a single slice. This is frowned upon. Suppose there was a new addition born into the neighbor's home across the street, a packaged lasagna that can be frozen and reheated at another time, would be totally appreciated. Once you begin with one recipe, it gets easier to add to your list of recipes. So, begin with a somewhat easy to remember recipe. The very first step in this recipe- following process. Will be preparation. Preparation is huge. Having all your ingredients, and all of your materials needed for the recipe on hand will be effective, through


The Collapse of the Soviet Union

On December 25, 1991, the president of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), Mikhail Gorbachev, resigned, leaving Boris Yeltsin as president of the newly independent Russia. As the world watched in amazement, the most successful communist country, the USSR, collapsed and disintegrated into fifteen separate countries. Though some expert argue that the Soievt's "experiment" of Communist ideology was doomed to fail from the start, it seems that the dissolution of USSR was radical and unexpected. In actuality, the collapse was a sensible result that was triggered by multiple events. The collapse of USSR was a result of both internal and external forces. It was a reaction of radical economic changes, a wish of independence of Union States, and a struggle between political leaders and international pressure. Economy stagnation was one of the reasons that caused the collapse. In the 1980s, after several years of economy growth, USSR struggled in an economic stagnation wh


The Positive Effects of Dancing

The positive effects of dancing are numerous and expansive, with a heavy emphasis on the brain and body. Dancing improves brain function on many levels. Two recent studies show how different types of practice allow dancers to achieve peak performance by combining cerebral and cognitive thought processes with muscle memory. Dancing can help people improve their balance and be less dizzy. "In September 2013, researchers from Imperial College London reported on specific differences in the brain structure of ballet dancers that may help them avoid feeling dizzy when they perform pirouettes" (Christopher Bergland, Psychology Today). It doesn't just have to be a ballet to improve balance and lessen dizziness it can be any dance style. The reason dancers like ballerinas don't get dizzy when performing is because an are in the cerebral cortex part of your brain that is responsible for dizziness adapts over time and every time a ballerina practices. There are signals being sent into t


Equality in To Kill a Mockingbird

In, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout learns many lessons as a young child. She gets into a lot of trouble and is always confused on why certain things happen. Her father, Atticus, never fails to tell her to the truth about the world. One of the most important lessons Atticus teaches Scout is that people are people no matter their race, social class, or past, and they deserve respect. The first experience with the lesson of people is people no matter what is with Walter Cunningham. It's the first day is school, and the teacher is new to the area. When the kids are about to eat lunch Miss Caroline notices that Walter doesn't have lunch. So she tried to give him money for one, but he won't take. When Scout realizes that Miss Caroline is confused, she proceeds to say "That's okay ma'am, you'll get to know the country folk after a while. The Cunninghams never took anything they can't pay back- no church baskets and no script stamps. They never took anything off anybody. T