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by Katherine - Thursday, 20 February 2014, 08:16 AM
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Although it is a local issue, the poor traffic regulations in Fort Collins, Colorado are an important issue. A specific issue is the lack of lights that are placed between neighborhood and main streets, especially between the intersection of Wabash and Shields. This intersection is very dangerous and the lack of traffic regulations in this particular area has led to many accidents, and traffic in the neighborhoods. People should care about this issue because the lack of lights in certain areas is not only inefficient for people trying to get to their destination, but it is also unsafe. For example, in a rush to get to school or work, one may enter the intersection without seeing the oncoming traffic resulting in an accident. Also, being as inefficient as it is, the buildup of cars trying to enter the intersection can create an unreasonable amount of traffic into the neighborhood. Traffic also has to be regulated on Sundays when large sums of cars are trying to leave the church, which is placed near the intersection, all at one time. In order to establish an interest group and solve the problem our group must take a series of steps. First, we will talk to all the homeowner’s association that is affected by the intersection of Wabash and Shields. With the support of the Homeowner’s association we will be able to have a large support group for our cause and be able to accomplish more. After getting the support from the Homeowner’s association we will then try to get a hold of the people in charge of the traffic regulations in Fort Collins. The Homeowner’s association will create a large interest group to make our claim more credible when discussing our problem and solutions to the city of Fort Collins. The Homeowners association will help us have a larger group showing how our claim is important to many citizens of Fort Collins. Our goal with following up on this issue is to create a policy specific to the placement of stoplights in intersections that without a stoplight can be potentially dangerous to drivers and also very inefficient. If this plan seeks through we will have safer intersections with a more organized and secure way of travel for all of the neighborhood to main road intersections.

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by Christopher - Thursday, 20 February 2014, 08:10 AM
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There are many problems at Rocky without an intramural sports league. One is getting cut from sports. There are tryout sports such as basketball for you to make it on the team. You will not make the team if you are not “good enough”. Another problem is the competitiveness of high school sports. Sports such as football are extremely competitive. The competitiveness may deter some students wanting to join a sport. A third problem that could be fixed with an intramural sports league is trying to find some enrichment activities to do with friends/ joining a club.
Getting enough exercise as a student is important. Another important factor is having fun while exercising. By combining these two concepts, we plan to create an intramural sports league at Rocky. With an intramural sports league, students at Rocky will have a positive experience playing sports. It will almost be like playing sports when they were little; just for fun. There will always be competitiveness with sports, but that will be kept minimal.
By creating an intramural sports league at Rocky, we will allow students to play sports that they enjoy with their friends or other fellow peers. Creating an intramural sports league will also decrease the level of competitiveness. The league can be split into tiers based on level of experience or skill level. This will allow all students to have an equal chance. For an example, football players will be in separate tiers than someone who does not know the sport as well. The separate tiers will make it more fair for intramural participants. The intramural sports league can also be considered as a club. We have a lot of other clubs such as drama or theatre, but Rocky currently only has one sports club and it is specifically associated to disc golf. Students that are interested in sport clubs such as football, soccer, or basketball can join the intramural sports league. Students will also have another way to be involved at Rocky and have something to put on their college transcripts.

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by Robinson - Thursday, 20 February 2014, 08:08 AM
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Creating an intermural sports program will allow everyone the chance to play a sport. Many sports are too competitive, have cuts or take too much time for some kids to play. Multiple students feel pressured and judged if they don't have enough skill for a sport, a subtle cultural bullying. This program would strive to create an environment that allows kids to feel comfortable playing sports. I believe it important that kids have a chance to play with other students who feel the same and would enjoy playing together. Sports also help build character and life lessons which can help people later in life. A positive attitude can stem from good health which this program would promote in kids. Through this project an intermural sports program will begin and allow kids to explore sports and have fun.
I want this plan to work because I've always been able to play school sports and I would like others to have a similar experience. Many kids are deterred because the competitiveness of high school sports. The time involved can make it hard for some to juggle clubs and school at the same time and kids are forced to cut exercise from their life. Some students aren’t even given the chance when they are cut from sports and aren’t allowed to play. The school should have their students’ welfare in mind and sports should be accessible for all. That’s why the intramural sports program is a good decision to allow kids to play. At Rocky large groups of students play basketball at lunch. The intramural program will create structure to their game and create a more fun environment. The program will also allow kids to try different sports and explore if they have interest in playing those sports competitively. Overall this program will promote student health and will be an opportunity for a fun time.

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by Tia - Thursday, 20 February 2014, 08:06 AM
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Recycling is not a new thing, not for me and not for anyone else. I’ve been recycling since I can remember. Being a girl scout I was taught to bend over back words to persevere our planet, but not everyone is like me when it comes recycling and litter. Sometimes even organizing the recycling box to make everything fit made my mom second guess recycling, but recycling is important to me and it should be important to everyone else as well.
I want to get recycling in the Mobile Home parks that I live in. I’ve lived in the Lago Vista Mobile Home Park for almost five years now and recycling was never a question, no one did it and no one wanted to change it. That is what I want to fix. No one in the mobile home park cares, they should care. This is our planet and we use natural recourses every day, it helps to give back, even just a little. We encourage our kids in schools to recycle and in our offices there are recycling bins everywhere. They are there so we use them. Humans love convenience. In the Lago Vista Mobile Home Park there is no means to recycle so there is no recycling. At school our kids recycle simple, they put it in the green bucket next to the trash can. We recycle at work, in offices or labor jobs separated the recycling from the trash for the most part because the recycling bins are there. We should care about recycling at home to, that is where all most of our wasted comes from anyhow. If someone was able to take the recycling we would have recycling to give.
In the Harmony Mobile Home Park they use two different trashing companies. The one that my family uses, which is the same that the Lago Vista Mobile Home Park uses, is Ram. Ram trashing company does not let us recycle in the Mobile home parks. In the Harmony Mobile Home Park I would like to try to get very person to use the same trashing company and then try to get recycling from there. I do not know about the trashing company that the other half of that Mobile Home Park uses but if they are will to help us recycle I am willing to go around and try to convince the other half to go towards the helpful trashing company. With the Lago Vista Mobile Home Park I believe it will be a little tougher. With every one using the same trashing company I have to find out why Ram does not want to recycle in the Mobile Home Parks and if I can’t change their minds that whole Mobile Home Park might not get recycling. In the Harmony Mobile Home Park, even if the people who use Ram don’t want to change and even if Ram doesn’t want to recycle I can at least try and get the other half to recycle making a difference somewhere even if it’s not in my home in particular.
Getting at least a portion of the neighborhoods to recycle would be better than them not recycling at all, but if I could get the Ram trashing company to recycle with us by changing the trash pickup schedule that would be my goal. I’m going to start by talk to the managers and then move to talking to the trashing companies and my neighbors. I really hope I can get recycling in to these Mobile Home Parks.

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by Selena - Thursday, 20 February 2014, 08:05 AM
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In 2011, Scott Mills went to Uganda to investigate the increased discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community. His findings were filmed by British Broadcasting Corporation and reveal the human rights abuses taking place against LGBT people. A homosexual in Uganda may be subject to corrective rape, arbitrary imprisonment, public ridicule, or exile (Mills). Homosexuals that were forced to leave town then have to live in slums that lack infrastructure, clean water, sanitation, and food (Mills). The issue of discrimination was made worse last December when Uganda’s parliament passed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill which punished people to life in prison if they are discovered to be homosexual or have HIV (Karimi). It also punishes people who support, aid, or sponsor homosexual behaviors (Karimi).
The effects of this bill violate a number of articles in both Uganda’s constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Issues at Hand, Universal Declaration). The United Nations was founded to preserve universal human rights, and the international community needs to insist that Uganda adjusts its treatment of LGBT people and defend the rights of all its citizens. As a member of the United Nations, Uganda needs to be a defender of human rights and not a violator of them. If we as humans do not defend human rights, we can no longer call ourselves human.
The following actions can be taken to try to remedy some of this issue. Supporting organizations that already work to get human rights recognized in Uganda could lead to the termination of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Contacting the United Nations, specifically their human rights division, and urging them to address this issue would also help show the international community that people are concerned about Uganda. Organizing a petition or a letter-writing campaign to send to the UN would also show them a wide amount of support for LGBT rights, even in Uganda.




Works Cited
Issues at Hand (2014). Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law. Retrieved from http://www.ugandans4rights.org/index.php/issues.html

Karimi, Faith (23 Dec. 2013). CNN Online. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/21/world/africa/uganda-anti-gay-bill/

Mills, Scott (13 May 2011). BBC Online. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00yrt1c

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (n.d.). United Nations Online. Retrieved from http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

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by Keith - Thursday, 20 February 2014, 07:55 AM
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PSD currently has a PaCE program to benefit students who work while at school, however the program does not help students find work opportunities. In particular, jobs which lead to careers rather than fast food or retail. We propose a program to help connect students with beneficial work experience. The students are connected through the different departments in the school such as an engineering class can lead to a technical work opportunity. The businesses would be able to contact the school or departments about potential positions that could be performed by students. The teacher can then talk with advanced students about the opportunity in which they can apply in which the business chooses which of the students will fill the position. Opportunities provided by the program would be short term allowing students to obtain experience in a field of work that they’re interested in; building bridges connecting students with future chances of employment or helping students realize they would prefer another field of work.
This will aid students in learning about a field of work they’re interested, giving them firsthand experience in the career better preparing them for their future. Many high school students don’t know what opportunities are available as well as what to study after graduation. Giving students access to the many work opportunities in the area allows them to better decide what career would best suit them.
A solution for creating the program has to begin in the most local level. This would be done by speaking with the director of the PaCE program about expanding the program. The next solution would be to talk with the business teachers to begin creating a network of local businesses interested in work opportunities involving high school students. The network could be established by utilizing the required job shadow project in the Career and Financial Planning class in which students would contact local businesses inquiring if the business would be willing to extend further occupation options.

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by John - Thursday, 20 February 2014, 07:55 AM
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PSD currently has a PaCE program to benefit students who work while at school, however the program does not help students find work opportunities. In particular, jobs which lead to careers rather than fast food or retail. We propose a program to help connect students with beneficial work experience. The students are connected through the different departments in the school such as an engineering class can lead to a technical work opportunity. The businesses would be able to contact the school or departments about potential positions that could be performed by students. The teacher can then talk with advanced students about the opportunity in which they can apply in which the business chooses which of the students will fill the position. Opportunities provided by the program would be short term allowing students to obtain experience in a field of work that they’re interested in; building bridges connecting students with future chances of employment or helping students realize they would prefer another field of work.
This will aid students in learning about a field of work they’re interested, giving them firsthand experience in the career better preparing them for their future. Many high school students don’t know what opportunities are available as well as what to study after graduation. Giving students access to the many work opportunities in the area allows them to better decide what career would best suit them.
A solution for creating the program has to begin in the most local level. This would be done by speaking with the director of the PaCE program about expanding the program. The next solution would be to talk with the business teachers to begin creating a network of local businesses interested in work opportunities involving high school students. The network could be established by utilizing the required job shadow project in the Career and Financial Planning class in which students would contact local businesses inquiring if the business would be willing to extend further occupation options.

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by Benjamin - Wednesday, 19 February 2014, 09:17 AM
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I believe that in our generation and the younger generations, kids aren’t being active enough. The advancement of technology has taken kids away from sports and gotten them to stay inside and be lazy. Another reason kids aren’t being active enough is they feel alienated from high school sports or sports in general, because they haven’t ever played before. Everyone should care about the lack of exercise students are getting because it will affect our country in the future. The young generations are the future leaders of this country and we should want them be able to live long and have a positive effect on the country. One way, I believe, we could fix this problem is start an intramural sports program for high schools, and maybe advance it to get to the younger generations. This would allow students to get exercise in a fun and accepting way. High school sports are scary to try out for if you have never played the sport before. The thought of failing and being cut from the team keeps kids away from trying out and having that enjoyment of playing sports when they are still young. Another reason why intramural sports would be a good idea is because it would be more under the control of the students and players of the program. A lot of students don’t like the thought of being bashed by coaches on what they are doing wrong. They want to enjoy the time out there playing sports. The main reason to get an intramural sport program going is to get students more active in a way that isn’t being graded or judged by others. Physical education classes are used to get students to be more active but they are being graded for that. High school sports are good exercise but they can end up making kids feel judged. Intramural sports would make it so the kids can just enjoy sports but get exercise at the same time without the aspect of being judged.

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by Alexis - Wednesday, 19 February 2014, 09:12 AM
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The main thing that is so infuriating about high schools is that people are exceedingly naive about issues that involve rape culture. Our society right now tells people to "prevent rape" more than we educated individuals not to rape others. Yes, in the health classes in high school they touch on the topic of rape and sexual assault but we need to expand on it and add to it. I want either to get small presentation about these issues to be given to classes across Fort Collins or I want to expand our sex education classes to include more about healthy relationships, straight and LGBT and consent in any form. It's a known fact that teenagers get into romantic relationships without thinking. A fair amount of teenagers that get into relationships are uneducated on healthy relationships in general. High school is a good place for teenagers to learn about relationships because it’s a safer environment. These teenagers then have poisonous ideas about relationships when they go out into the world via college or getting jobs and they don't understand what’s normal and what is not okay in any type of healthy relationships. Students are only required to take health once throughout high school. Most students take it freshman year when you’re wide eyed and immature. I think that there should be a requirement for juniors/seniors to take a healthy relationships class. There are so many incidents of rape in college and I think it’s due to the lack of education about consent and healthy relationships in high schools. What is consent and how important it is. Most people don't understand the definition of rape and sexual assault. I want to work on this because rape and sexual assault is becoming an epidemic in our society. Most victims don't think what has happened to them as being rape. If we could affect high school students then it's the most direct way to impact the college scene. Educate the youth you educate the future.

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by Kunten - Wednesday, 19 February 2014, 09:11 AM
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In current generation, kids aren't getting enough exercise and feel alienated from school sports. They believe that they’re not good enough to participate and neglect trying out for school sport teams. There has been discussion on kids not getting enough exercise resulting in poor health condition. Outside of the school required physical education class, kids rarely exercise. After a quarter of physical education class, they distance themselves from exercise and living a healthy life. Kids who believe they’re not good enough to play sport also distance themselves from exercise and feel neglected. Although the school board has changed food to healthier choices, it’s not enough to keep a student fit and healthy. Exercise is a must for a healthy life style. If we were to achieve the goal of kids living a healthy and fit life, having intramural sports can play an important role. Its way students can get exercise outside of school and participate in fun events. With the rise in child obesity, the combination of healthy food from school and exercise with intramural league can lower the child obesity rate. Students of every type can participate in intramural league and have a great time. Students who believe they’re not good enough for school sport can participate and have a great time. Kids not looking for competitive sport can enjoy a relaxing and fun competition. Intramural sport is great idea for kids to enjoy playing sport without pressure of winning and just enjoy it. Intramural league will also help kids develop friendship and understand the true meaning of teamwork. It’ll offer services to beginners who are looking to improve and enjoy playing sports. Kids of every level won’t be neglected and feel that they’re part of a family. Intramural league will welcome kids who’re looking to have fun and enjoy playing sports.

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