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    From CRMJ/SOCA 233: Criminology

    On Monday, November 3, 2003, Katie MacCready wrote:
    On environmental criminology

    When discussing enviromental causation of crime today in class one factor could be were you live(location.) With the Uniform Crime Report on got as a creative measure, I compared the amount of bulgary in the city and county with the amount of forcible rape. I discovered the amount of bulgaries in county was only 166, but the amount in the city was 532. The amount of forcible rape in the city it was 30 and the county was a very close at 12. People can help prevent burgalries by possibly moving or making you home safer, but when it it comes to abuse the location adjustments do nothing -other precaustions need to be taken.

    katie -- some interesting comparisons presented here. moving would be an expensive option, although on the news this weekend, they showed a neighbor moving out because he was fed up with .

    On Monday, November 3, 2003, Heather Blanchard wrote:
    On routine activity theory

    I was thinking about how my routine activity has changed in order to reduce my chances of crime. I used to walk myself out to my car at night after leaving my boyfriends apartment. Then his car was broken into in the parking lot and now I make him walk me out to my car so that if something were to happen I would have someone there to protect me.

    heather -- that's a very good example!

    On Monday, November 3, 2003, Kia Lor wrote:
    On routine activity theory

    I agreed with Heather about changing our everday life routine activity on the lecture commentary. I feel that we as the female should be more caution especially at night time because we never know who is walking behind us. Four months ago, my cousin was walking home from my grandma's house, which is only two blocks away from her house around 7:30pm; and she was chased by two teenage African Americans. And then ever since that she never walked by her self alone at nigth time or even during the day time again. I believe that people only change their routine activity if something bad happen to them or to someone they know.

    kia -- it is interesting how our routine activities change over time and why.

    On Tuesday, November 4th, Alison Weeks wrote:
    On rational choice theory

    Did some research on White Collar Crimes and found that the Rational Choice Theory is a good one for explaining it because many don't think they will be caught because they aren't a targeted crime group like lower social classes.

    alison -- what were the sources used?

    On Tuesday, November 4th, Lonell Mays wrote:
    On rational choice theory

    I believe that alot of individuals committ certain crimes when the benefit outweighs the cost, especially when you have corectional facilities like Racine that are laid back and might not be a struggling process for the criminals. Knowing that they are able to have t.v.'s, keys, and carpet floors.

    lonell -- would you like to research this topic as a creative measure?



    On Wednesday, November 5, 2003, Dina Varnes wrote:
    On victimology

    In class today we discussed victims. This interested me and so I looked up some programs for victims to go to. One web site had campus crime, military, all the way to workplace violence. So I thought you might be interested too. OVC another is Victims of Crime

    dina -- thanks! can you tell us about these websites in class?



    On Friday, November 7, 2003, Brandon Hutchins wrote:
    On consumer behavior

    I really liked the event that we did in class. I really enjoyed being in the upper middle class. I thought that the disturbution of money really does help to cause crime and cheating. In theory the captialist society has great perks, but in practice it has its downfalls. In being captialist, you have those that are poor and people that cant find a job, which in turn increases crime.

    brandon -- first, think about how this morning's activity relates to labeling theory. next, we'll focus on marxism.

    On Friday, November 7, 2003, Amy Tyllo wrote:
    On consumer behavior

    I really think the exercise we did in class today was a good example of how social classes acctually work. The group with the least amount of money still managed to purchase food and a reasonable amount for each person. The food they purchased also wasn't candy like the rest of the groups purchased!

    amy -- interesting observations. before you get into social class and marxism, think about how this exercise relates to labeling theory (next week's theory).



    From CRMJ 490: Media, Crime & Criminal Justice

    Merranda Houston wrote on Sunday, November 2nd:
    On Surette's website

    I read most of the material on Ray Surette's website and think that it is some very very good information and is great for the class. The article on television crime waves portrays reviews, from a very large sample size, the total times crimes were seen in each show! I recomend everyone at least take a glimpse of this site. Thanks to Bettie Poole as well for taking the time to find the site.

    merranda -- good. i'm glad you liked it.

    Stephen Bedwell wrote on Wednesday, November 5th:
    On "Media Circus/Reality"

    The video in class today got me thinking about "Family sensitive news." Is it possible to have such a thing? Is it not the people's right and the reporter/journalist's need to present what is occurring in the community. Journalists should be presenting crime stories to society. It gives society an awareness of dilemmas. In Bill O'Reilly's book that I am reading he states: "Every journalist should be angry. Reporters are in a position to expose corruption and deceit." So, should journalists forget about the news stories that are "gory?" And if they leave out what is "gory" are they failing to inform society?

    stephen -- i think what that segment of the video was trying to illustrate how the same crime story can be told in two different ways where you don't need all the "blood and gore."

    Heather Sikorski wrote on Wednesday, November 5th:
    On "Media Circus/Reality"

    when talking about a family senstive news station, its almost impossible to have one. Almost all of the news is crime. Unfortunatley its getting worse. I don't think you'll get any world happenings from family sensitve news station.

    heather -- but aren't there ways to present crime stories without a lot of blood and gore?

    Veronica Ramirez wrote on Thursday, November 6th:
    On "Media Circus/Reality"

    In a book I am reading for my psych class there is a paragraph that talks about Robert Ressler, an FBI agent who works on mass murder cases, blames the cinema in part for all the movies that have come out depicting real people doing horrendous things. For example he mentions Psycho. I think it's relevant b/c of all the new horror movies that are hitting it big at the box office, and the many more to come. The funny thing is that although he claims these movies are in part to blame for some people committing gruesome murders, movies like Psycho, Silence of the Lambs, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, etc. are all based on Ed Gein, a serial killer from the 50's in WI. So one would have to ask...is the media just portraying what it sees.

    veronica -- you raise a critical question at the end of this message. we will be focusing on copycat crimes in a week or two when we discuss "media as a cause." be sure to bring this up in class when we get to this topic.



    April Puryear wrote on Friday, November 7th:
    On Tom Knight

    The speaker, Tom Knight was very open about himself and how the media portrays him. He mentioned that the bad cops makes the news and the good cop doesn't. I really enjoyed listening to him.

    april -- i'm glad that you enjoyed today's guest lecturer. thanks for the feedback.

    On Friday, November 7th, Brandon Hutchins wrote:
    On Tom Knight

    The speaker was informative, yet he was very down to earth. The call during the speech was a little disturbing, but overall he was good. I really agree with what he said that the media Puts pressure on the police to catch someone for a crime. He gave good examples and i have read on some cases that pressured the police through the media.

    brandon -- thanks for the feedback on today's guest lecturer.

    April Puryear wrote on Friday, November 7th:
    On Tom Knight

    I think that it is disrespectful for students to talk when a speaker or even the professor is speaking (especially if it does not pertain to the class). I think that they are missing some very valuable information.

    april -- i agree! that is just downright rude.

    Heather Sikorski wrote on Friday, November 7th:
    On Tom Knight

    I thought the speakre today had a wealth of information for us. I like how he was right to the point when talking about the media and cops. It was good to hear from someone that is a cop and has been in the media numerous amounts of times. I like how he made the point about good cop, bad cop and that he was only in the paper when he was accused of doing something. It made me think of how many cops are very heroic and that hardly ger any media attention, only when they do something bad. In away the media is making the police force look bad when they really aren't.

    heather -- i'm glad that you found today's lecturer interesting.

    Anel Garza wrote on Saturday, November 8th:
    On Tom Knight

    I really enjoyed having the speaker in class. I think that he did a really good job and I thought that it was interesting to hear how the media has played a role in his life. I wish we could of read some of the articles, he had enough of them to go around!

    anel -- you might see if the Kenosha News has a web-based archive so that you can read old stories from previous editions.

    Kenyette Austin wrote on Saturday, November 8th:
    On Tom Knight

    I also think that the guest speaker Tom Knight was very interesting. He was real and he didn't portray himself as " Mr. Toughguy or Mr. Know it all." He tried to answer questions to the best of his ability and I also think that he gave some good information to the class.

    kenyette -- be sure to bring up these points in class on monday when we discuss his presentation.



    From CRMJ/SOCA 363: Corrections

    On Monday, November 3rd , David Peter wrote:
    On probation

    in response to the readings, I did not realize that over 3.2 mill people are on probation. I found these ch's very interesting because this is what I plan to do after graduation. I did a creative measure of interviewing a probation officer (9-11-03) and many of the things discussed in the readings were consistent with the answers given during the interview.

    david -- yes, i'm glad that you shared some of your interview with a probation officer in class today. very relevant to today's class topic.

    On Wednesday, November 5th, Keli Carr wrote:
    On inmate meals

    I have a comment on the discussion of Mon. Nov. 3. I feel that idea of lowering food intake to 2,500 calories idea is an ify situation. I understand that with this new idea a lot of money will be saved, however I believe that a better solution is not how much they eat, it is what they eat. For instance hamburger, and chicken is costs. But if they had a PBandJ sandwhich and some fruit it could cut the cost down. Starvation she not be used as a punishment or a reward.

    keli -- there should be some correctional institution minimum standards when it comes to meals but i'm not sure what it is. want to find out?

    On Wednesday, November 5th, Nicole Petruska wrote:
    On parole

    Commenting on what we discussed in class. I think that parole is, when used properly, a good idea. It gives the inmates something to work for and a reason to behave. It will benefit the prison both by controlling overcrowding and by giving inmates motivation. Sadly, often times the parole board and other corrections workers do not follow the policies or proper procedures when issuing parole which gives it a bad name to many.

    nicole -- yes, good point! parole is used as a way to control inmate behavior; to reward good behavior.