Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
USM’s math zone is a place where we students go for class and can get our work done. We sit in class for close to two hours and are required to work in the zone for an additional three. All work is done online including homework, quizzes, and tests. If we have trouble solving the problems given, there are many options we can choose to get a better understanding. Besides the book we purchase for the course, there are online study plans, a step-by-step problem solving option, and then there is staff that work within the zone. Everything is organized on a weekly schedule that we follow as we take the course. My experience is somewhat neutral. I get the chance to complete my work, but I feel the hours demanded in the rule book are unnecessary. Work can be completed under the three hour mark, so I don’t understand why it’s set so high. As the year passed by I dreaded going because I completed the majority of the work in my room and still had to get my hours in. In the end, it’s a good place to go when help is needed and quite time is required, but some rules, like the time requirement, should be improved.
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During my free time I enjoy reading a book of my interest. I love reading romance novels, African-American fiction, along with mystery and thriller books from time to time. In the last five and a half years I have purchased an exceptional amount of books and have always thought about the prices of them. I have spent anywhere between eight to twenty-five dollars for these books depending on their binding format and release date. Now, it seems like the more books I buy the higher the prices get. Christmas is coming up, and I’ve have added the Kindle to my wish list.
This electronic reader has caught my eye, because it seems to have everything I would need and want when it comes to reading a book, or many books in this case. Since I am a college student my book bag is always full of books, so I never really have room for extra books that are not school related. Amazon’s Kindle is the most convenient device for me next to my iPod and droid cellphone. It’s slender with a six inch screen, weighs next to nothing, and can hold all of the books I’m going to buy in the future. While reading I sometimes have trouble with the meaning of words, so I love how it has a built-in dictionary. Because Wi-Fi isn’t available everywhere I go, the addition of free 3G coverage is also impressive.
What got my full attention is its amazing library capacity, holding almost four thousand books at once. The Kindle is to a bookcase full of books like an iPod is to a hoard of CDs. I can carry all of my books with me without taking up space. Since I read for long periods of time, its battery life is no problem, loving that it can lasts for one whole month off a single charge. And if, for some reason, I can’t carry it with me, I can get the app which makes this device even better. Its availability includes computers, laptops, Macs, and different types of cellular devices. It’s very stylish and has plenty of accessories including skins and cases. Well, Christmas is a few weeks away, so I hope I’m blessed with a Kindle as one of my gifts.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
From the early years of Southern Mississippi, this exhibit includes many photos. It includes numerous artifacts that are used by teachers and students, yearbooks, and newspapers. Some of the where obtained from Southern’s archives, while others were donated by alumni members. This exhibit was created successfully by the Centennial Steering Committee and University Libraries as a tribute to the well-rounded University.