Business Finance – Management

1.      What are some of the drawbacks to greed?

2.      How can you combat greed is your own personal / business life?

3.      Is there a way to help others deal with greed?

4.      Ego, greed, or misguided thinking, which is the toughest to combat in your life? In the workplace?

5.      Can you think of other issues that might lead to unethical behaviour?

6.      Does culture really care about greed, ego, or misguided thinking? Does it care about ethical behaviour? 


Nadya Suleman  

Prepare a 5-8-page PowerPoint Presentation on your assigned topic. Prepare a synopsis, telling me the significance of your topic, the ethical dilemma presented, and the different positions (minimum of 2)

Short Essay Questions

Short Essay Questions

1)The writings of Captain John Smith and Christopher Columbus serve as a type of propaganda. Both discuss the New World as an Eden-like paradise—a land of plenty. Supply specific examples of how each man uses his writing to spur future colonization efforts.

2) Discus Cotton Mather’s role as a Puritan leader and as a participant in the witch trials at Salem.

3) Two conflicting views of Jonathan Edwards exist: (a) that he has a searing and ferocious preaching style designed to exploit the fears of troubled and confused people (b) that he used “terror” not just to stir up emotionalism but to awaken sinners and proclaim the omnipotence of God. Which of these views do you think is more accurate and why?

4) Discuss how Mary Rowlandson’s captivity narrative follows the traditional pattern of most captivity narratives that proceed from “separation” to “transformation” to “return.”

5) Based on the readings from our textbook (NOT what you’ve studied before), what strike you as the most memorable aspects of the adventures/experiences of men like Columbus, de las Casas, Cabeza de Vaca, and/or Smith? Discuss TWO of these men in your answer.

6) What do the poems of Bradstreet and the Narrative of Mary Rowlandson suggest about the fears and anxieties of women in Puritan society?

5 Tips on Using Gerunds

Hi everyone.

When communicating with ESL students, I’ve noticed that they avoid using particular grammatical constructions—probably because they don’t want to make unnecessary mistakes or something. What I’ve paid attention to is that among such omitted constructions was the gerund; so, in order to both help those guys and to remind all of you about some basic rules of the English language, I’ve decided to write this small post dedicated to gerunds.

  • So, what is a gerund?
  • When are gerunds used most often?

I hope these rules will help you use gerunds more effectively. Good luck!

Educational Videos Worth Watching: Study with Mariana

oday, many YouTube channels are trying to put out lengthy, unedited, stream-like videos, prioritizing on quantity instead of quality, and this is all done due to YouTube’s monetary policy to get more timeline space for ad placement. Despite that, we can still succeed in finding awesome channels for young adults that are really friendly towards student time constraints and bring a lot of value in a concise manner. Today, we present Mariana’s channel.

Study with Mariana is an awesome student YouTube channel we’ve enjoyed and now wish to share with you! She specializes in note taking, planning, and structuring homework assignments in the most efficient way.

You know when the “how to” videos can sometimes basically be 2/3 repeating the video title and have some substance only by the end? Better than nothing, sometimes, right? Well with Mariana, you don’t have to deal with that. The videos are edited and brief with a respect for your time. You won’t be led to procrastinate while watching them. Mariana’s short vids always cut to the chase and usually take only up to 5 minutes of your time.

This vlogger is a student from Portugal studying law. She’s into daily planning notebooks/devices, varied writing supplies and really knowledgeable in them as you will see.

Should you have any question Mariana doesn’t cover in the videos, you are free to ask via her Tumblr page. She will answer you personally or include the question into her Q&A.

With Mariana you will:

Know Everything You Need to Know as a Student

Having one of those “Darn, if only I knew this before!” again? Her useful advice will save from these anti-eureka moments that make us feel dumb occasionally. Learned from personal experience, Mariana’s insights will give you a welcome, instant boost.

Get Useful Tips on Learning a Language Online

If you take your time to visit a guide on how to learn a new language, Mariana’s quick easy tips won’t disappoint you. She is studying German, Portuguese being her native language. Useful tips she came up with in the process of mastering the language of Goethe and Nietzsche will prove useful for students willing to go get their hands dirty and really learn a new language.

Learn How to Have Efficient Study Breaks

Having to do the same brutal routine for lengthy periods of time is one of the bottlenecks in learning at home. It’s hard to find joy in the process and being left on your own—it’s hard to stay motivated. Mariana will show you a great set of efficient ways to have various refreshing breaks from your studying sessions, like taking different learning approaches, changing activities, swapping the subject, and more.

Why Writing Skills are Important for Scientists

Throughout the last five or six decades, science has become almost an object of cult worship for societies all over the world. By the end of the 20th century, it was of interest mostly for enthusiasts; nowadays, everything is soaked with science, and perhaps only a lazy or an ignorant person would not make attempts to dig into it—at least into one of its superficial layers.

The latter is not an exaggeration: science is behind all kinds of things nowadays, starting with the order in which supermarket products are arranged, election and electoral technologies, new iPhones, methods of raising and educating children, and ending up with research and discoveries in biology, chemistry, physics, and so on. Being able to navigate at least in the shallow waters of science is almost equal to foresight: knowing which trends are topical at the moment, and which course scientific research worldwide takes, it is possible to speculate about what awaits humanity in the not-so-distant future.

In this regard, scientists are the new celebrities. Some of them enjoy the popularity of Kanye West, Beyonce, or Kim Kardashian could only dream about—say, Stephen Hawking, whose books become bestsellers the moment they are published. Michio Kaku, or Kip Thorne, or Carl Sagan, or Neil deGrasse Tyson, or Bill Nye—these, as well as many others do (or did) the most logical thing in the age of space flights, cybernetics, and biomechanical implants: they make science closer to common people, make it comprehensible, even fun.

Being able to make complicated ideas and theories comprehensible is probably one of the most important tasks contemporary scientists face. Of course, a regular person attending a conference on astrophysics would probably understand nothing; however, this same person reading a book by Stephen Hawking or Michio Kaku will understand more about the world he/she lives in, and maybe pass this knowledge on. Who knows, maybe this person will become inspired to become a scientist, thus contributing to humanity’s progress.

Expressing one’s ideas clearly, engaging people that want to know more about the world they live in, making them invest in their own education—this is what popularizers of science do. And this is why it is extremely important for them to be able to write not just well, but masterfully. For example, Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot” or “Cosmos” are about astronomy and astrophysics, but reading them is as exciting as following the intricacies of the “Game of Thrones,” or the epic quest of “The Lord of the Rings.”

A scientist able to write well does more than simply pass onto knowledge to others—he/she inspires, makes one open their mouth in awe and delight, showing how beautiful and incredible the Universe we all live in is. The feeling of unity, of belonging to something much greater than just one planet—this is what such a scientist does. And this is why writing skills are so important for a scientist: without them, no one would know about the magnificence of the world only scientists can witness.

Personal Statement: Master’s of Fine Arts

Why are you applying for your chosen course(s)

Through many years of getting getting poems, essays, and stories published in various periodicals and books, receiving awards, and teaching poetry classes, I am applying for a Master’s in Fine Arts at the University of Iowa to bring my focus on poetry to a new level. Ultimately, I want to teach poetry in a university and spread the word about haiku to a wider audience. I believe that haiku should be studied as an academic study in the West in the same way that is in the East. Receiving an MFA will aid me in focusing and learning more about this field of study and how to implement my ideas.

Why does this subject interest you?

Since I was in high school, I have known that writing—particularly creative writing—was the one subject I was truly interested in. All other subjects seemed robotic. They demanded one to memorize, to recall, and to do well on tests that displayed information that could be remembered via computer technology. On the other hand, writing is an exploration. I feel free to express myself and to reach far into my creativity. From writing long narrative poems, I have got more and more minimalist over the years. This process has culminated in my writing exclusively haiku and haiku-related poems. I feel that writing within this genre is a type of lifestyle that is beneficial for humanity, as it allows us to be more present, to be in touch with nature, and to explore the connections between things in a world that is becoming more and more separated.

Why do you think you’re suitable for the course(s)?

I am well-adjusted to studying literature and writing poetry for long hours. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Writing from The Evergreen State College, I continued to write poetry daily and to submit to journals. I have since become not only an award-winning poet, but also a mentor, teacher, and contest judge. Through these experiences, I believe I am comfortable in group environments aimed at constructive feedback. I know that the MFA program at the University of Iowa focuses on group feedback, and that is one of the main reasons I applied for this program.

Do your current or previous studies relate to the course(s) that you have chosen?

Yes, as I have stated before, I received a bachelor’s degree in writing. This degree was primarily focused on poetry from the Romantic Era and Victorian Era, and Asian literature, African literature, and modern American poets. In addition, I took a course on haiku during my bachelor’s studies. During my last year of study for my bachelor’s degree, I did a writing contract under the supervision of professor Francis R. Ferguson. The contract involved writing a poetry book within three months time, making the cover art, and creating a ready manuscript. I completed this contract successfully, with Mrs. Ferguson adding, “I believe Nicholas will become a famous poet.”

Have you taken part in any other activities that demonstrate your interest in the course(s)?

In regard to haiku, I have done much self-study, and even host a weekly blog called Haiku Commentary that features haiku poetry and commentary on it. I have been hosting the blog for three years now, created a haiku glossary for the blog, and collaborated with hundreds of poets worldwide. Furthermore, I have been studying under well-known poet Michael Dylan Welch. He has helped me understand the essence of haiku and its nuances. Through these experiences, I believe I am ready to examine poems and cooperate with other poets on projects in the MFA program.

It has been my dream and ambition to be a part of the MFA program at the University of Iowa. I know the best poets and professors are situated there, and I wish to be a part of its legendary program. I think obtaining an MFA from your esteemed university will allow me to best express my concepts about haiku and how it fits in the nation’s curriculum. My goal is to see a regular, serious study of haiku in literature classes, starting from Matsuo Basho, going onto the Beatniks’ influence on the genre in the West, and into the modern era of contemporary haiku poetics from the world over.