By Casby Bias
Aug. 2, 2012
A newsletter for a nonprofit started up again Thursday because of a Marquette University student’s dedication to journalism. The bulletin contained information about people who ended up becoming role models of a program connected to the Y.
Casby Bias, a journalism major in the Diederich College of Communication, said that she dreamed of obtaining a position as a “positive powerful influence for all generations” in the future through such mediums as writing and broadcasting. But not a lot of opportunities promoted Bias toward that route until the new responsibility offered.
"I knew I liked writing and expressing myself at a young age: but I didn't have enough confidence to look at journalism as a career until late sophomore year," Bias said. "I'm now always eager to increase any experience."
Bias said that the task increased her awareness of what is expected for producing powerful and fast news.
“The first time creating news was interesting: the process took a lot longer than I expected, even from the time limit I gave myself,” Bias said. “But the foundation understood that I needed more practice in order to become great."
But Bias also said that she felt nervous about the amount of credit given to "the speakers." The job granted limited access to words that nominated people used toward expressing thanks, the 19-year-old college junior reported.
“It was a lot more statements than what people were actually saying," Bias said. "I didn’t interview anybody."
Bias learned something from striking luck with the media-responsibility.
“I obviously need to learn how to practice more and learn how to write more 500-word articles on my blog,” she said. “The more practice I get, then the more experience, power and influence I’ll have on the people of the world."
By Casby Bias
Aug. 1, 2012
A student met with the adviser of the UW-Parkside NAACP College Chapter Wednesday for first arrangements of a NAACP at Marquette University.
Casby Bias, journalism major at the Diederich College of Communication, said she decided that students needed a NAACP at the school as a future "support-resource" if they ran into any type of future discrimination issues. She also said that the national organization helped "spread awareness and knowledge" to other residents. She anticipated a college division as an asset toward the coverage of civil-rights-issues on the university's campus.
“Hopefully from this there will be a reduction of discriminatory issues based on race, gender, etc.,” Bias said. “I don’t want people to go through the same issues students talked to me about during their undergraduate years."
And Bias also talked about bringing in new ways of promoting the organization. She brought up the idea of a new YouTube News series called "NAACP News." She planned on including comical relief episodes through objectivity.
Bias also asked Ms. U, the UW-Parkside adviser, what NAACP college chapters partook in on campus. Ms. U said future material focused on Marquette University-related issues: or what happened on or around the school.
Starting up a chapter also consisted of finding 25-30 paying members, five leading members and two recommendations from Wisconsin's College Division chapter president and the state's NAACP president.
“It sounds like a lot of work,” Bias said. “But I want people to have a louder voice on campus."
By Casby Bias
Jul. 28, 2012
A mother annoyed her daughter with excuses of why the college student shouldn't move in to her apartment early.
Casby Bias, a journalism major from the Diederich College of Communication, said that she thought her mother used the excuses because she wanted a little bit more time with her daughter before school started up again.
“Around 1 a.m.…the woman came out of her room and insisted that if I move in earlier than the other girls then the electric bill would be put in my name,” Bias said. “What made me mad was her implication that I’d have to speak up to get money from roommates for that future bill: as though I don’t have the confidence to remind girls of a task.”
The 19-year-old also said she ran into previous apartment-situations with her mother not believing in her maturity. The episodes included her mother mentioning that she couldn't clean a toilet or cook her own homemade-food.
“I can’t believe my mom said I couldn’t cook,” Bias said. “I can cook things like noodles, eggs, toast and pizza."
But Janice, Bias's mother, opposed.
“[She] can burn toast,” Janice said.
The Marquette University rising-junior said that she felt as though she lacked experience in “being her own person” because her mother still made the previous implications that her daughter couldn't “take care of [herself].”
“[My mom is] scared of seeing me change,” she said. “Or maybe I’m scared of showing... who I am.”
By Casby Bias
Jul. 27, 2012
A college junior said that she considered not joining a particular scholars program this fall.
People who show interest in obtaining a Ph.D. usually join the program. The program also helps students with GRE preparation: but only if they aren't set on professional programs such as law or business, one university reports.
"I'm still deciding between law school, business school or graduate school,” Lynn Blas, a communication major at the Diederich College of Communication, said. “I had to be sure about being a Ph.D., but I'm just not right now."
And the projects that scholars in the program presented on Wednesday at Blas' school focused on more of a scientific format with plenty of space for error in their research. Blas said the anticipated work didn't interest her.
"I didn't like chemistry or biology in high school,” Blas said. “I decided science wasn’t my passion after junior year.”
But Blas said she enjoyed listening to other students’ presentations earlier and finding out if the program fit her.
“Now I have one less thing to wonder about,”Blas said. “Perhaps learning from others was for the better.”
By Casby Bias
Jul. 20, 2012
A Marquette University student ignored a boy Friday who dressed like a thug and spoke informal language toward her near 91st and Silver Spring. The student said she brushed off the boy in front of two other children who walked with him.
Casby Bias, a journalism major in the Diederich College of Communication, said she didn't acknowledge the boy in front of his peers because she thought they needed confirmation that the attire and slang the boy expressed "wouldn't get the girls."
"You should've seen the little boy; walking in the center, acting like he was all that, dressed up in a blue hat, muscle shirt and a red bandana around his face," Bias said. "Before we passed each other he had the nerve to say 'Sup.'"
Bias said she hoped that her message got through to the boy and his friends.
"It's not OK to approach anyone like that," Bias said. "Hopefully other girls their age will act the same way I did."
By Casby Bias
Jul. 17, 2012
A pullcord on a transit bus embarassed a Marquette University student Tuesday on 91st and Fon Du Lac. The cord didn't work from the 19-year-old yanking it numerous times.
Casby Bias, a journalism major at the Diederich College of Communication, said she worried the incident that made her look as though she lacked the power of pulling a string
confirmed to riders the stereotype that women "were weak."
"What was wrong with the bus?" Bias said. "Does it enjoy finding new ways to humiliate and annoy me?"
She also said that she ran into more mental discomfort because a man on the other side of the bus, who pulled the cord on his side for her, recommended she pull harder next time she rode the bus. But Bias recognized the situation as only a bus technical difficulty because she never usually had to tug so hard on a bus's pullstring before.
"And the guy had the nerve to say, 'You just got to pull it,'" Bias said. "I would've loved to stay on that bus longer to see what that individual would say to the next victim on my side who also ran into that same technical problem."
By Casby Bias
Jul. 11, 2012
A college student realized Wednesday that Viacom prevented her from watching one of their channels because it took away its networks from DirecTV and its customers.
The action stopped Casby Bias, a journalism major in the Diederich College of Communication, from looking at the only Viacom-net she viewed: BET. Her family and any DirecTV owner now faced extra payment for services if they wanted Viacom back.
Bias, noticing the problem, published and retweeted her anger on Twitter, joining the hashtag outrage.
"I was sure thinking, what the heck, when did BET get another channel: 329-01?" Bias said. "Then my mom said BET 'shut down'; I looked at the trends on Twitter, read the tweets, and I was all like, 'aughhhh no they didn't'!"
But Bias said Viacom's lack of business helped her television-exploring decisions in the long run.
“I don't really watch BET anyway," Bias said. "It only placed African-Americans in stereotypical light."
By Casby Bias
Jul. 14, 2012
A college student's mother recently suffered sickness Friday and Saturday from her doctor's recommended prescription. The medicine was offered for the pain that produced in her big toe, the mother said.
Janice, 51, said she threw up numerous times, couldn't keep any food down and fought through a hoarse throat. Her bad health prevented her from enjoying her day off of work and catching up with her daughter.
Casby Bias, a journalism major at the Diederich College of Communication, also became concerned of the side-effects. Past experience led Bias toward questioning if the medicine really was for her mother's foot or a reaction from diabetes that her mom didn't tell her about.
"All her throwing up reminded me of the last months I spent with one of my uncles before he passed away," Bias said. "He had diabetes: my mom has diabetes. She's having the same side-effects that he used to have."
But Janice insisted the drugs helped her toe.
"Oh no," Janice said. "That [situation with uncle] was completely different."
She also said she felt OK enough for work the next day.
“I just need to suck it up and tell myself I feel better,” Janice said.
By Casby Bias
Jul. 7, 2012
A college student found birth years and names for her mother's vintage Barbie and Ken dolls Saturday at home.
Casby Bias, a journalism major at Diederich College of Communication, said that the 1960s Japanese figures belonged to her late-grandmother whom she never met. The woman then passed them down as heirlooms to Bias' mother before passing away. Bias viewed the research as an opportunity for learning more about her grandmother.
But Bias said she expressed disappointment that her mother wanted eBay-money for the family antiques.
"It kind of sucks," Bias said. "But they aren't my dolls."
Ken's details quickly surfaced: not Barbie's. Bias obtained new information because she asked, after a week of searching, her mother for more insight on the doll's original outfit. Her mother said she remembered as a little girl that the Barbie doll didn't originally wear a black leotard but a red and gold trimmed velvet jacket with a white tutu.
"This woman had me looking up 'vintage barbie MCMLVIII black leotard' for days," Bias said. "I had no idea the doll was a Drum Majorette: the information definitely wouldv'e saved me some valuable time toward anything else."
Bias said she gave herself a "self-five" after the new insight. But she said she held in the big celebration for later.
"Can't have a party just yet," Bias said. "I have to figure out how much the dolls cost for my mom."
By Casby Bias
Jul. 5, 2012
A college student returned a phone call from a retail store in one mall Thursday. But the call included a surprise job interview that she didn't prepare for.
Lynn B., a journalism major at Diederich College of Communication, said a part-time job at this point would help her pay off future expenses for school. But she forgot her basic answers to questions, such as why she wanted a job in retail, because she worked for years at paying and non-retail internships.
"I did not see that booby-trap coming," B. said. "What is a professional way of saying, 'I need some money?"
But B. pulled through with the questioning. She said the manager promised an update on the hiring in a few weeks.
"I don't have a few weeks," B. said. "Time for more job-searching."