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We all belong


Fri, Nov 16th, 2001
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Monday, November 19, 2001

Every class has its variety of students, who belong to several different social groups. These are the students who make up all the cliques such as the "preps", the "jocks", the "nerds", the "hicks" the "incrowd", etc. Each member of the class has probably had the same social status in elementary, junior high and possibly through their high school years. Stereotypes are given to each group. Although the members of the groups are individuals, the stereotypes apply to all of them and leave them with a rather irreversible reputation among their peers.

For example, the "preps" might be considered to be rich and stuck-up. The "jocks" only care about sports so theyre not very smart. The "nerds" always do their homework and carry calculators wherever they go. The "hicks" dont get out much so they have no clue about whats "cool" (simply because they live in the country and have smelly animals). The "incrowd" or "cool kids" (so they may think) -- well, they are all so popular and everyone wants to be like them. The standards for these groups are set early in elementary. Therefore, there is little change of who is in what group. A "nerd" could never become one of the "cool" kids. They either had to be in by second grade or they had no chance, at least not for a few years.

During junior high a lack of acceptance of classmates outside ones clique is a big issue. It seems to be the cool thing for those who are more confident to make fun of those who are somewhat insecure, or, for those trying to hide their insecurity, to make fun of someone elses inferiority. Of course, this is related to their level of puberty. Those who develop early tend to be leaders. Most junior high students also worry too much about what their peers think of them. If a "jock" gets caught asking a "nerd" for help on a math problem, they might be made fun of for months to come.

About a week and a half ago I, along with several other juniors and seniors, attended an eighth grade retreat as a group leader and role model. A junior guy and myself were the leaders of a group of six eighth graders. When it came time to get into our small groups for discussion I noticed that each of the six were very different people. It was rather obvious who was in what clique and how that influenced their personalities.

Have you ever noticed how cliques influence students? I remember when I was in fifth grade I had been hanging out with the "incrowd" .....
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Beer Baron

Fri, Nov 16th, 2001
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Monday, October 22, 2001

I have read that to make beer, good water is of primary importance. Since our well is very deep and tests show no impurities or crud of any kind, it should make for the basis of an excellent brew. I have also read nume ..... 
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Commute 006-Therapeutic Shopping

Fri, Nov 16th, 2001
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Monday, November 5, 2001

One of the interesting things about a consumer culture is how people use shopping as therapy. I have a friend who soothes herself by heading to a department store cosmetic counter when life gets bleak, to sample all t ..... 
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Are You Game?

Fri, Nov 16th, 2001
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Monday, November 19, 2001

The NBA season is fully underway. Youd have to live under a rock not to have seen MJ, his Airness, firing away for the Wizards. After all, TNT and NBC plan on having the lowly Wizards on the tube whenever possible; t ..... 
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It's a Disaster!

Fri, Nov 16th, 2001
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Monday, October 29, 2001

We see the birds flying in V's overhead with their long white necks stretched to their full lengths. We are close to our destination--Rieck's Lake, three miles north of Alma, Wisconsin along the Mississippi River. We r ..... 
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Return of the Eagles

Fri, Nov 16th, 2001
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By John LevellMonday, November 12, 2001

Despite the unseasonably warm temperatures of early November 2001, Bald Eagles can again be seen soaring over the Root River Bluffs of the Lanesboro region. Their arrival, as much a ..... 
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Berries for Winter Birds

Fri, Nov 16th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, November 12, 2001

More than just winter interest, you can add color to your landscape and feed the birds by planning ahead and incorporating berries into your garden plan.

There are lots of plants that have grea ..... 
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Jeg er Norsk-I Am A Norwegian

Fri, Nov 16th, 2001
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Monday, November 19, 2001

"Ich bin ein Berliner" is what John F. Kennedy said when he went to Berlin, Germany. He meant to say that he was one with the people of that city, but to the Germans it came out as, "I am a doughnut." Although I am no ..... 
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The other battle in Afghanistan is for food

Fri, Nov 16th, 2001
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Monday, November 12, 2001

While the United States attacks Taliban-held positions in Afghanistan, there is another critical battle underway in the central Asian country: how to feed the millions of people without food.

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