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  • From CRMJ/SOCA 363: Corrections

    On Thursday, February 6, 2003, Jessie DuBois wrote:
    On Hassine

    It seems to me that Hassine is saying that they are there to punish the inmates in whatever ways possible. To make their lives as uncomfortable as possible. I think they do this because they resent the prisoners lifestyles in prison. I guess I cannot really think of any other reason why the prison system would be so screwed up.

    jessie -- might be something worth researching to find out why?

    On Friday, February 7, 2003, Elesha Bennett wrote:
    On Hassine

    in relation to theory, policy, and practice i thought what Omar said regarding race relations in the Hassine book was interesting. it's obvious to everyone that race relations is a problem and there are ways to solve it yet the administration is not willing to. in this situation there are two different ways to go from one theory. the way they are currently using which keeps tension between the races but gains the administration money. they could also go the total opposite way from a theory of resolving race tension and devise a plan to stop it they just don't want to.

    elesha -- a good idea to link "theory, policy, practice" to the hassine book. would you like to research the issue of race relations in prisons?

    On xxxday, January xxth, xxx wrote:
    On xxx


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    From CRMJ/SOCA 365: Race, Crime and Law

    Heidi Schneider wrote on Friday, January 31st:
    On "The Butter Battle Book"

    I thought the film was very eye opening. ot think that 18 years ago that was a silly little film and now i can relate it to some of the nations largest problems. I think it is a good way to see racism, the ingnorance that racist people have is similar to the film, it's all due to the fact that they never take the time to get to know the people on the other side of the wall, if they did they would see how similar they really are!

    heidi -- yes, we'll be discussing this video in class more, especially with the upcoming discussion questions on it.

    Kendra Schnorberg wrote on Saturday, February 1st:
    On "The Butter Battle Book"

    I can't believe how much that Dr. Seuss movie related to modern day war and the things that are going on right now. There must be better ways to solve these issues other than shooting, bombing and killing each other over nonsense. The movie also displayed how war really is about competition and trying to out do the 'other' guy.

    kendra -- what do you think Dr. Seuss was trying to tell us?

    Lindsay Weinstein wrote on Saturday, February 1st:
    On "The Butter Battle Book"

    Just a note on the Dr. Seuss movie we watched in class. I found it to be not only entertaining, but also very relevant in a time like this with the possibility of war. Is competition always necessary and do we really have a justifiable cause for all the fighting that we do? At the end when it said "The End-Maybe" I took it to mean that we all make choices for ourselves. If the Yooks and the Zooks both dropped the bomb, everyone would die, which inevitably would solve nothing. If neither did, it would show the openness to resolve their differences once and for all.

    lindsay -- what good is war?

    Krista Lindemann wrote on Monday, February 3rd:
    Responding to Lindsay

    I would like to reply to what Lindsay said about the "Butter Battle" lecture commentary. Having both sides drop the bomb would have been devastating for both sides. It's odd that a cartoon can portray such a serious issue we are dealing with today. The idea and logic behind wars are a vicious cycle. Instead, talking issues out and resolving conflict in a peaceful manner would be a whole lot more affective.

    krista -- good! maybe we'll get a dialogue started on the commentaries page, after all. now, what would fellman's reaction be to the Dr. Seuss video? Why?

    Ray Fornal wrote on Sunday, February 2nd:
    On "The Butter Battle Book"

    After watching the Dr. Seuss movie and reading other peoples comments pertaining to the movie, I am able to relate it well to our current situation regarding war. I agree that there must be other alternative option(s) that we as well as other nations should exercise rather than "bombing" and/or "shooting" and killing one an other. However, that is easier said then done! We as a nation have a tendency to focus on justice. For every action, there shall be an equal or greater reaction, that is the mentality level for many of us. The events of September 11 were very tragic and unspeakable. I feel that was an "unfair" test against our country! Therefore, is it fair to let such a devastating event go unpunished?

    ray -- there are other ways of doing things as you will read further into the Fellman book. on the Dear Habermas site, we have some peaceful responses to September 11th that you might want to read. I think there is even a link to the Fellman discussion questions on this.

    Zach Alpert wrote on Thursday, February 6th :
    On adversarialism

    On Wednesday in our small groups we started to discuss the Fellman questions, and we branched off into Iraq. We started discussing why the US needs to attack Iraq and we came to the consensus that if we attack Iraq we need to attack all terrorist factions we once supported. Then I brought up the topic of taking action against just every major terror organization(i.e. Hamas, PLO, Fatah etc..). maybe we could discuss this in class on Friday.

    zach -- yes, we will continue our discussion of fellman on friday in class. and your group raises an important point -- what happens when the U.S. starts attacking everyone?

    Melissa Ringler wrote on Thursday, February 6th:
    On adversarialism

    You had asked yesterday to (email) remind you that I talked to you after class regarding my thoughts on Patriotism and how that can harbor feelings of adversarilism against others who are not included in that group.

    melissa -- thanks for reminding me and now i have a face to go with your name now. and that was a very good observation how patriotism creates an adversarial situation of "us and them."

    Wayne Berry wrote on Saturday, February 8th:
    On adversarialism

    i thought the discussion in yestersday class about 9/11 was quite interesting. it shows how ideologic different we really are.It is the difference of opinion that brings about prejuices. It is the common ground that we build lasting relationships.I think most of the class is stuck on the isolation policy rather than global.If history serves us right, being isolationist is not the way to go. Do we remember boh world wars.

    wayne -- yes, it does make one wonder if we haven't learned from past wars?

    Brad Gietzel wrote on Wednesday, February 5th:
    On competition and race

    I'm having a problem figuring out what compitition has to do with race crime and law. Is it because someone is always trying to be better then someone else?

    brad -- yes, there is a relationship between competition (and/or cooperation) with race, crime, law. can you think of examples where there is competition (or cooperation) between racial/ethnic groups?

    On Wednesday, February 5th, Ray Fornal wrote:
    On competition

    Today in Race, Crime and Law class we were discussing how cooperation may just be a better key to success rather then competition. I would have to disagree! We live in a capitalist society, whereby the people who wish to further there education, thus advance in there chosen profession, proving to be more successful. We as a society have been able to function for 250+ years based on a competitive capitalist society. Granted we have our fair share of problems, but we are still able to remain adequately functioning. On the other hand, if we were to base our society on "cooperation" or "communism" in other words, where would we end up? After all, "Communism is based on mutual cooperation, peace and justice instead of oppression." However, look where Russia ended up due to cooperation! I agree to some aspects that we should look at cooperation to solving a select few problems, however, I don't feel that cooperation will keep our society functioning as long as capitalism has!

    ray -- you might want to read alfie kohn's No contest and then let me know what you think about competition. just because that's the way things have been for a long, long time, does that make it "right?" why. cooperation and communism are not equated. and finally, what does fellman say about capitalism?

    Kimberly With wrote on Thursday, February 6th :
    On paradigm shifts

    In class we talked about changing our ways, and maybe if people in the united states would do that we wouldn't have so many enemies. Well i think it would be great if we didn't have so many enemies, but we invade these countries, because we fear that they are trying to destroy out land. As much as we want to have peace, we can't have peace when there is a fear of out safety.

    kimberly -- i agree with you that we cannot have peace if there is fear.

    Kendra Schnorenberg wrote on Friday, February 7th :
    On Alfie Kohn and terrorism

    It was very interesting in class today when you quoted the article by Alfie Kohn saying that the US is only against terrorism when we are the victims, and that's true! What bothers me is the thought that we are killing innocent people when it is only the extremist that really hate us.

    kendra -- it does make one wonder, doesn't it?

    From CRMJ/SOCA 352: Law and Social Change

    On Wednesday, February 5th, Shawna Lehmann wrote:
    On critical theory and critical crim

    Please define the differences btw. Critical Theory, and Critical Criminology? I know on deals with "eclipse of reason" and the other with the maxist theory, BUT can you explain what this means?

    shawna --- good question. critical theory is much more general; much broader in scope, whereas critical crim just focuses on criminology from a critical perspective; much narrower. although some would argue that critical theory and critical crim are the same. confused enough?

    On Thursday, February 6th , Heidi Schneider wrote:
    On white collar crime

    IN class yesturday when we were talking about crime favortism I think a good example of that is the movie "Cathch me if you can" it's about white collar criminal who gets caught but released from prison to help the FBI in other check fraud crimes. Over all I would say wealthy, educated get out becuase they are "worth" more to society.

    heidi -- sounds like a good example but i haven't seen the movie yet.

    On Friday, February 7th, Tim Mostowik wrote:
    On Unstated Assumptions

    this week the one thing that stuck out for me was when we were talking about sterotyping and how you should never judge a book by its cover. just because a person has a beater for a car doesnt mean that he is poor he may be rich and the same thing goes for a person who has a nice car, that may be all they have.

    tim -- good point! have you had a chance to read the martha minow link on "wicked little unstated assumptions?"

    On xxxday, January xxth, xxx wrote:
    On xxx


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