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First Impressions

For University of Missouri students, the Pavilion at Dobbs is one of six dorm food options.

For University of Missouri students, the Pavilion at Dobbs is one of six dorm food options.

The University of Missouri offers six residential dining halls that accept “swipes” — Baja Grill, Pavilion at Dobbs, Plaza 900, Rollins, Sabai, and The MARK on 5th Street. Although it may be the oldest, many Mizzou students continue to eat at the Pavilion at Dobbs for its well-known burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches.

Madison Serfas uses he student ID to "swipe" into residential dining halls.

Madison Serfas uses her student ID to “swipe” into residential dining halls.

On Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, Madison Serfas, a Freshman at Mizzou, shared with me her first impression of the dorm food, “I had heard lots of bad things about college dorm food coming into my Freshman year, but I’ve been pretty happy about the food here.” She added that the variety of food and having six different places helps a lot. While Madison is happy with the food provided in the dining halls, she shared her excitement for a break from it as she goes home to celebrate Thanksgiving.

The Pavilion at Dobbs likes to use reusable plates and cups.

The Pavilion at Dobbs likes to use reusable plates and cups.

Not Just About Grades

In Meredith Miller’s article for KOMU 8, she discusses Amendment 3 that recently did not pass in the November ballot. I believe this is crucial to our educational system because teaching to me is not all about grades. My teachers from kindergarden to now, partially formed me into the young man I am today. Do not get me wrong, it is important that teachers work hard to advance their students’ knowledge of english, history, mathematics, science, etc.; however, it would be unfair to judge teachers solely on the performance of their students on a standardized test that covers these areas. I myself struggle on standardized testing, does that mean my teacher should get punished for this? The answer is no. Being a successful teacher is much more than student doing well on a standardized test or good good grades, it is about caring for your students and dedicating the time and effort providing each student a chance to succeed.

Change is Among Us

Making the decision to major in Journalism was a tough one — especially for my parents. When friends and family heard of my emphasis area, I often heard, “Journalism is a dying field.” After almost a year and a half here at the University of Missouri, I have quickly learned that journalism is not dying, but it is changing. Along with this change, Katherine Reed and many others have expressed the need for a change in how journalism is taught in order to produce successful journalist, “if by success we mean graduating journalism students who are invested in vibrant forms of journalism that help communities help themselves and improve the odds that journalism itself will survive.” This transformation to better journalism will take strong and dedicated professors as well as people in the industry, but the time is now to advance in to a new generation of journalism.