Childhood Obesity in America


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In today’s American society, we have accepted a lifestyle of laziness and poor nutrition, and now this way of life is starting to have a serious effect on our children and their future. Over the past thirty years, the childhood obesity rate in America has nearly tripled and is still continuing to rise each and every year. Serious consequences have evolved from our way of life in the form of, chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and many types of stomach, lung, esophageal, colorectal, and prostate cancers.

In today’s America, about 95% of children attend school between the ages of 5-17, meaning no other institution has more connection with a child in the first two decades of their lives. This means the education system has the opportunity to play a large role in the proper diet and exercise education in a young child’s life. Government programs like the National School Lunch Program were initially designed to make food available to all children who were trying to gain an education. Flash forward to present day, where the nutrition quality of this program has been severely lacking and properly enforced. Cut backs in physical education have cost children hours of physical activity a week, which is just as harmful as having an improper diet.

I believe more incentive programs can be a starting point for the government to take more action in our education systems’ nutrition and physical activities. Programs that allow for healthier alternatives than the highly saturated fatty options that schools offers. Incentive programs which allow for more physical activity during school hours to help kids stay more active during the week. With my research and my recommendations, it’s on the government to take action before our country and its children suffer anymore.

Rounders: Living the Dream


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I woke up in my sweet at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino after a night of hitting the Strip. By the way, did I mention I live in Las Vegas, well there you go. I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit hungover right now, but I was out on the town with my friends and my fiance last night. We recently just celebrated the engagement of one my close friends. Must have dropped nearly $10,000, which is absolutely nothing to me. You might ask what I do for a living then if I can wake up each morning not caring that I spent a $10,000 last night? Well, ever since I graduated college, I made it my life’s goal to one day become one of the greatest poker players on the face of this Earth. Without bragging, I accomplished that goal.

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I currently sit at #4 in the world and #6 on the all-time World Series bracelets list with 7, behind the legends Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, and Daniel Negreanu. They called my quick rise to fame a miracle, I called it just playing my game. I was 24 when I left my family and  job in New Jersey. I had spent the first two years after college in investment banking, but I had spent my weekends sitting $100/$200 at the casinos in Atlantic City each weekend. After a year and half, I was making more income in poker than I was in investment banking. The day I told my father that I was leaving to go pursue a professional career in Las Vegas was one of the saddest and angriest conversations we ever had. When I paused the argument and showed him the brand new Mercedes I just bought for him, he realized what my true calling was.

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I has spent the first year of my stay in Las Vegas playing the tables everyday with the likes of high-tier professionals like Tom Dwan, Patrik Antonius, Antonio Esfandieri, Phil Laak, and Mike Matusow. I quickly learned that I could hang with these guys. I began my tournament career at the 2016 World Series of Poker Championship, cashing in at my first tournament appearance and coming in 25th place. I knew at that point that I would have a long career playing cards and doing what I love to do. That next year, I toured around the country playing in the WSOP Circuit. I won two bracelets early in that year alone, climbing the leader boards of Player of the Year. I was beginning to be recognized by some of the top professionals of the worlds.

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It all changed though at the 2017 World Series of Poker Championship. At this point, my net worth was $2.7 million with 2 WSOP bracelets and a couple of World Poker tour final table appearances. I was determined to win it all this year. After days and days of grinding it out, I wound up back in the last 25. Making moves and bluff left and right, I found myself in the last ten, only one more gone and I was sitting in the November 9. Waking up with Aces, I immediately moved All-In, and was luckily called by someone with Kings. I had made it, I was a part of the November 9, but only one problem remained, I would have to face the all-time great and my idol Phil Ivey.

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The months leading up to November, I had played and trained everyday. When I sat down at that table, Phil Ivey sat across from me and I starred him down. One by one players fell left and right and I sat with a chip stack of more money than I could ever bare. Eventually, I found myself heads up for the title, but against the Tiger Woods of Poker himself, Phil Ivey. IVEY! IVEY! IVEY! ran through the stands. The clear fan favorite with a 2 to 1 chip advantage. We had played heads up for nearly two hours, stacks going back and forth. It was the ultimate challenge and the hardest game that I ever played. I found myself as the chip leader at one point, up only a million chips, nearly identical stacks. I starred down at my cards and found myself holding Pocket 9’s, or two 9’s, a very strong handle when playing heads up. Ivey opens under the gun with a strong raise, but one that quickly raise back immediately. Ivey easily calls and we go to the flop.

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2, 7, 4 rainbow; safe flop for my 9’s. Ivey bets and I raise. The crowd is silent. Staring at me and me staring at him, I hear him utter the words, “I’m all in.” I was stunned, did he have an over pair? Was he slow playing me from the start? I breathed easily and looked over at his face. A simple twitch of the eye on the face that is considered to be the best poker face on the planet. “Call!” I said. Ivey sighs and flips over his Ace King, completely stunned that I caught him on his bluff. With two cards coming and his two over cards, the game wasn’t over. Crowd cheering for Ivey. I wait in fear as my life was about to change by these two cards. I turn around to see my Dad, who I didn’t know was coming, was walking towards me. He put his arm around my shoulder and told me, “Win or lose, you bet the best in the world, and I’m proud of you son.” Turn card, Jack of clubs. Crowd goes crazy and I stand their unable to watch the table. And here’s the river…………

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8 OF CLUBS! I had done it. I immediately hugged and my Dad and walked over to Phil Ivey. “Congrats kid, you were the toughest opponent that I have ever faced. I’ll see you down the road.” I had beaten the best player in the world, my idol, and took home the World Series of Poker title. I had won $9.4 million and my life has never been the same. Since that time, I have won a combined 9 World Series of Poker bracelets and 3 World Poker titles. I had earned the respect of my fellow professionals and became a household name in the poker world. I am truly living the dream and at 32, am on track to become the greatest player that has ever lived. Let’s see what the next 10 years has in store. Later

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Cars to the left, trucks to the right


You know what one of my biggest pet peeves is, when semi-trucks block up the left lane and make it impossible to pass. Nothing irritates me more because they are either going under or exactly the speed limit and sometimes I like to drive a little bit faster when I’m on a highway. The worst is when you are on a highway like Rt. 80, where there are only two lanes, and there are two massive trucks going the same speed right next to each other. They make it impossible to pass, causing massive amount of cars to follow closely behind, just waiting for some huge accident to happen.  It once took me 2 hours to complete the final hour of a trip all because I couldn’t get pass these stupid ass trucks. I understand that these people drive all night and cross country, carrying lots of expensive company material that they are responsible for, but hey, that’s the job that you signed up for. But seriously, get the hell out of our way.

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What I envision, is a universal law across the entire country, one that forces trucks to stay in the right lanes at all times. Let the cars be free to pass on the left and stick to your side of the road. Now, this may sound like segregation, but it’s what we need. Statistics show that highways that travel at lower speeds and have massive amount of trucking activity have more accidents. Simply put, we don’t want to drive slower, we just want to get away from these damn trucks. We don’t want to be driving behind or next to these long, less controllable, and over 10,000 lbs vehicles, we won’t to get as far away from them as possible. The sight of them usually makes people uncomfortable on the road, at least it does for me, and I’d like to consider myself a better driver than most. And when people are uncomfortable on the road, the more likely an accident will happen. So, unless the government starts building new highways specifically for trucks, I feel this law needs to be universally accepted across all states.

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This needs to be on every highway in America

Pete Rose: Current Wall of Shamer, Future Hall of Famer


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Considered by most to be America’s pastime, baseball has become one of the largest, most entertaining, most watched, and most respected games in the history of sports. Since its inception in 1936, Major League Baseball has honored those who have excelled in playing, managing, and serving the sport at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. Regarded as the highest honor in the history of the sport, the Hall of Fame currently holds a total of 297 inductees, which include 236 players, 20 managers, 9 umpires, and 32 pioneers and executives. These individuals have forever been immortalized and have gained the highest amount of respect for their dedication to the game, but there has been one issue over the last twenty-five years that has stirred one of the greatest debates in the sport’s history, Pete Rose.

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On the night of September 11, 1985, then player-manager Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds drove a single to left center off San Diego Padres pitcher Eric Show. Although the hit was not very significant during that particular game, it marked Pete Rose’s 4,192 career hit, thus passing Ty Cobb’s all-time career hits record of 4,191. Gaining widespread acclaim for holding baseball’s all-time hits record with 4,256 career hits, Rose also holds MLB records for games played with 3,562, at-bats with 14,053, and outs with 10,328. A twenty-four year career as a player and a five year career as a manager, three of them as a player-manager, Rose has won three World Series rings, three batting titles, one MVP Award, two Gold Gloves, a Rookie of the Year Award, and was an eighteen time All-Star; he was considering a lock for the baseball Hall of Fame following his retirement from the game.

“On February 20, 1989, Rose met with Commissioner Ueberroth and then National League President Giamatti about gambling allegations. On March 20, Ueberroth announced he would investigate these allegations, selecting a Washington lawyer, John Dowd, to be in charge of the inquiry.”[1] During his investigation, Dowd had interviewed many of Rose’s known associates, which included alleged bookies and bet runners who admitted to taking bets from Rose. When Dowd gave his report to a now one-month in office Commissioner Bart Giamatti on May 9, 1989, it contained Rose’s alleged gambling activities in 1985, ’86, and ’87. Known as the Dowd Report, this 225-page report, accompanied by seven volumes of exhibits, documented Rose’s alleged bets of at least $10,000 on 52 different Reds games in 1987, but “no evidence was discovered that Rose bet against the Reds.”[2] This was still in clear violation of Major League Baseball’s rules, which states, “”Rule 21 MISCONDUCT, (d) BETTING ON BALL GAMES, Any player, umpire, or club or league official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has a duty to perform shall be declared permanently ineligible.”[3]

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Commissioner Giamatti was often criticized in the course of the investigation as having a personal vendetta against Pete Rose. During the MLB’s investigation, Rose had sought a restraining order against Giamatti, believing it would put an end to him acting as both a judge and executioner of his case. “Rose found a few sympathetic ears. U.S. District Judge Carl B. Rubin resented “the baseball commissioner entering into what I think is … a vendetta against Pete Rose.” In Ohio, the Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge, Norbert Nadel, stated that he also thought Giamatti had “prejudged Rose.” Many fans also questioned Giamatti’s motives, remembering in particular an incident between Rose and Giamatti in 1988.”[4] When Giamatti was the National League president in 1988, he suspended Rose 30 days for bumping into umpire Dave Pallone, which fans and writers believed was way over the top. Fans often showed how unfair his ruling was when they compared it the four day suspension Giamatti gave a player for throwing a bat at another during that very same season, an act far more severe than Rose’s.

Rose continued to deny the accusations made by Commissioner Giamatti over the next couple of years. Rose filed a lawsuit against the Commissioner in the city of Cincinnati in order so he could get a fair trial. After several court battles over the legality of Giamatti’s ability to decide Rose’s fate, Giamatti and Major League Baseball finally secured a federal hearing for Rose’s case on August 17, 1989. This time around Rose’s appeal was denied, so instead, he decided not attend the hearing. In a plea-bargain settlement, Rose agreed and signed to the following terms,

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“In accord with the agreement signed on August 23, 1989, both Rose and Giamatti were allowed to make public statements regarding the affair “so long as no public statement contradicts the terms of this agreement and resolution.” The agreement also allowed Rose the right to apply for reinstatement in baseball, although he may not, at any time, attempt to contest Giamatti’s decision, or of the decision of any future commissioner. The most curious clause in the contract reads: “Nothing in this agreement shall be deemed either an admission or a denial by Peter Edward Rose of the allegation that he bet on any major league baseball game.”[5]

From Rose’s end, he only asked for one thing in return, “In exchange for his lifetime ban, Rose did not ask for much, only that the MLB refrain from making any “formal findings” in relation to his betting on the Reds.”[6] On August 24, 1989, former Major League Baseball Commissioner Giamatti banished Pete Rose from all involvement in the sport of baseball. Rose was barred from baseball and sentenced to permanent ineligibility from the Hall of Fame for his alleged involvement in gambling on baseball games while he was still playing and managing. Rose voluntarily accepted a place on baseball’s “permanent ineligibility” list and also agreed with Giamatti that he would never challenge his statement when applying for reinstatement in the future. (Below is the signed plea agreement between Giamatti and Rose)

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On February 4, 1991, the Hall of Fame voted formally to exclude individuals on the permanently ineligible list from being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Although it was already considered an “unwritten rule,” the Baseball Writers Association of America voted to make it an official rule for the Hall of Fame, which people believed was in response to Rose’s plea-bargain agreement. Pete Rose was also the only living member on that list at the time and still to this day.

On January 8, 2004, after years of denying the gambling allegations against him, Pete Rose released his autobiography My Prison Without Bars. In his own words, Rose finally admitted to betting on baseball games, as well as other sports, while he was still playing and managing the Cincinnati Reds. “Some folks have even implied that I am unworthy to set foot on a baseball field because of what I’ve done. I’ve never really understood that way of thinking. But I understand now.”[7] That same night, Rose appeared on the ABC news program Primetime Thursday, where in the interview he publically readmitted that he was betting on baseball games, but also admitted that he never bet against the Reds. When asked why he did it, Rose said, “I bet on my team every night. I didn’t bet on my team four nights a week. I bet on my team to win every night because I loved my team, I believed in my team, I did everything in my power every night to win that game.”[8] His hope was that if he came clean to the public, then he be more likely to be reinstated back into baseball so he can live to see himself get into the Hall of Fame.

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Admittedly, Pete Rose willingly violated a known Major League rule and should accept the consequences for his actions. He lied for nearly fifteen years and was trying to gain forgiveness by the baseball community. In today’s world, this case has turned into a moral one, with no need for an investigation or a new trial, but understanding and listening to arguments Rose has made as to why he should be reinstated. He has argued, on numerous occasions, that baseball has allowed many people into the Hall of Fame that have committed worse acts than his.

“If MLB wants to say that placing a bet to win a game is worse than purposely striking one’s comparatively defenseless spouse, then it’s worse, and baseball can impose light sanctions for the latter and lifetime banishment for the former. If MLB has implicitly concluded that a bet on one’s team to win a game more seriously compromises or over-enhances the competitive integrity of the game than does an outfielder pumping himself up on steroids, then so be it.”[9]

When you take into account what Rose has to say, he makes some good points as to why he should be reinstated. How he has handled so much abuse over an act that is less bad than someone beating their wife or men who are on steroids has been amazing. He still played with the integrity of the game and never made a decision that affected the outcomes of games.

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When looking at this case from an ethical standpoint, you really have to address both sides of the situation. First, with Rose, he knowingly violated an established MLB rule and then denied that he did so for nearly fifteen years. As a coach, although he may never have bet against his own team, he still should have business ethics in mind. From a Kantian perspective, Rose had a duty to manage his team and by violating rules, he failed in trying to achieve that duty because he showed his players that they don’t have to respect the rules of the game. He can go around and try to justify the decisions he made by saying he loved his team so much that he knew they could win, but he was getting himself involved in illegal gambling activities with most likely the wrong kind of people. What if situations arose where he was in debt and in order for him to get out of it, he had to start manage the games in order to lose on purpose? He had a duty as manager to make sure not to get in situations like that. I think that is why people take a case like this so seriously and why baseball executives don’t want baseball to be associated with this kind of illegal behavior.

From the current baseball executives’ ethical point-of-view, you are now addressing issues with steroid all over baseball. Currently, baseball today has been dubbed the ‘Steroids Era,’ where we not only see fielders, but pitches as well, taking steroids and Human Growth Hormone in order to increase their strength, stamina, and recovery time. These are the types of issues that should ban people from baseball, as these are performance enhancers. Pete Rose broke records and never once had to pop a pill or inject himself with a needle, he played with his natural talent into his forties. Yes, he violated a rule, but you are treating him as if he was a member of 1919 Black Sox, who threw a World Series in order to win bets of their own. Obviously, these executives believe in a rule-utilitarian philosophy, in that if you commit actions that violate the happiness of others, then there will be consequences for those actions. Which is what major executives should abide by, but as time goes by, the happiness is beginning to swing another way and soon more people will be unhappy that he is not inducted into the Hall of Fame.

From my point-of-view, I think it’s disrespectful to the game that Pete Rose isn’t in the Hall of Fame. The man was one of the best players to play the game and holds multiple Major League records, most which probably will never be broken ever again. Even after he was banned, he was still voted to the All-Century team as outfielder in 1999, meaning he still is respected by players and writers alike. I think Pete Rose will one day become an inductee into the Hall of Fame, but I feel in order for baseball to get their point across, they will wait until after his death to reinstate him, which is a major shame in itself.

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[1] Matthews, G. (1995). Epideictic rhetoric and baseball: Nurturing community through controversy. The Southern Communication Journal, 60(4), 275-275. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/226934909?accountid=9784

[2] Dowd, John M. “The Baseball Archive Presents The Dowd Report.” The Baseball Archive Presents The Dowd Report. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Apr. 2013. <http://seanlahman.com/files/rose/dowd/dowd_ii.html&gt;.

[3] “SoxProspects Wiki – Rule 21.” SoxProspects Wiki – Rule 21. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Apr. 2013. <http://wiki.soxprospects.com/Rule 21>.

[4] Matthews, G. (1995). Epideictic rhetoric and baseball: Nurturing community through controversy. The Southern Communication Journal, 60(4), 275-275. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/226934909?accountid=9784

[5] Matthews, G. (1995). Epideictic rhetoric and baseball: Nurturing community through controversy. The Southern Communication Journal, 60(4), 275-275. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/226934909?accountid=9784

[6] Standen, J. (2010). Pete rose and baseball’s rule 21. Nine, 18(2), 134-140,210. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/210876794?accountid=9784

[7] Rose, Pete, and Rick Hill. My Prison Without Bars. Emmaus, Pa.: Rodale, 2004. Print.

[8] “Rose Admits to Betting on Reds ‘every night'” ESPN.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Apr. 2013. <http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2798498&gt;.

[9] Standen, J. (2010). Pete rose and baseball’s rule 21. Nine, 18(2), 134-140,210. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/210876794?accountid=9784

No Smartphones …. Guess We’re F**KED


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The world today is based around cellphones, and getting even more into, now around smartphones. I use it for everything. Calling, texting, social media, taking pictures, checking bank accounts, looking up stocks, playing games, using GPS, and hell, it’s even a flashlight. There are even more things it can do, but we don’t have the time to get into Siri and all that other stuff. What if one day all the cell towers went out and all mobile satellites came crashing to Earth. I would wake up to my alarm clock on my phone, another useful feature, to see my bars at 0 and my 3G non-existent. I would try to call my parents to see what would happen, but get no signal. I would look online to see to why there was no service, but it be out as well. I would look for a landline, only to laugh and realize, who the f**k has a landline phone nearby? What would I do? I remember last semester when I lost my phone for a week, it was like being a social outcast. I couldn’t get in touch with anyone and they couldn’t get in touch with me. In that week alone, I knew what not having a smartphone, or hell even any cell phone, was like. It was misery. When it was the weekend, I had to walk to their individual houses to see if anyone was around, which was the biggest pain in the ass in the world since we all live seperately. Now, if everyone lost their cell phones and smartphones entirely, it would be like going back to the 6th grade when kids didn’t have phones yet. I would have to call people using landlines, asking their parents if whoever was there, wait a few minutes while they were looking for them, only to get back, “Sorry, he’s not here, I think he went out somewhere.” That was hell. But, here at school, where there are no landlines anywhere, none in the dorms, fraternity houses, or downtown houses; how could I connect with everyone? People would literally not leave each others sides because they knew once they left someone, they were lost until you physically found them again. The social system would collapse. Bucknell would have to call all local phone companies and have landlines installed all over the campus, which sucks because I’m sure at one point they were. We have become so reliable on these devices that just the fact that I lost my smartphone, my life was completely changed. Thats absurd, but that’s the way our society is these days. We have become so reliant on these devices, that without them, we end up in total anarchy. Which is pretty ridiculous since we only had these devices for not even 10 years. All I know is, I experienced it once, and I hope I never have to again. (knock on wood)

Let’s just say the world would look something like this

Bucknell gets Sustainable……in the classroom


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Hey everyone, hope you had a Happy Easter. Since I was leaving after class to go home for the weekend and had work in the morning, I was only able to attend the 1 pm session of the Sustainability Seminar about the curriculum. I noticed that there was a significant amount of us that attended this one, so I’ll try not to be too long and do the best I can not to make this sound repetitive. So what is sustainability in the eyes of four Bucknell professors? According to dictionary.com, its defined as “the ability to be sustained, supported, upheld, or confirmed.” I don’t think this really sums up what they were trying to say, but the website also gives an Environmental Science definition as well. It states, “the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance: The committee is developing sustainability standards for products that use energy.” Now this is more likely, as the four professors discussed educating future students at Bucknell on how we should be more environmentally sustainable when making managerial decisions.

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Professor Tammy Hiller spoke to me the most, considering I’m a management major and she was speaking for the management program. She discussed how the school of management was recently split up into four degrees and that sustainability was one of them. The courses in this division of management will focus on how to make the future of our world a more sustainable place. I find this interesting, but I have a feeling student will tend to turn away from this kind of major. That’s a personal opinion, but I feel kids will lean more towards finance and marketing. Anyway, this was only a small part of her discussion. She went into greater detail though about how sustainability has not been a major issue for most companies in the recent past. She said now though, that more companies are working towards becoming more sustainable, a lot of them because it is the ethical thing to do. But are all companies eventually going to be sustainable? I don’t think so. There are always people looking to cut corners and as long as they make profits, they won’t care about the state of the environment. Does that mean we need more government regulation or is this just the American way?

Is sustainability a major issue for corporations? Yes. Should we work towards becoming more sustainable for the health of our planet? Definitely. Do we need a whole section of the school of management focusing completely on it? Will wait and see, I guess. I don’t know. I always felt that sustainability courses were good, but not good enough for me to base my major on it. I always felt one class a semester, maybe even a year would be better. What’s your opinion?