The Baby Boomers vs. The Millenials

If you are a young person sitting at a family event and happen to be texting your best friend about the next time you want to hang out, you may have been told by your grandmother to get off your phone and that you are becoming antisocial. It may not have happened to you, but it sure has happened to me.

What I do not think the generations before us understand is that communication is evolving with society. They see our ways of communicating with each other as unnecessary or inefficient. However, I feel that our generations have similar ways of communicating. Past generations would write letters to friends that lived farther away because they had no way of communicating with them otherwise. Heck, they would even use telephones to call them. The combination of these sound fairly familiar to me. I see the combination as a cell phone. The letters are the equivalent to texts, and the calls are pretty obvious. A major difference between the two generations would be having a landline vs. having a cell phone. I know my grandmother has a landline, but I do not.

Also, each generation has their own lingo. With each generation comes new words. For our generation words like “swag” and “twerk” have formed, but the older generations look down on us for them. I am not saying I myself am proud of these words, but they also formed words like “hickey” and “fuzz”, which means police. These words are also not the most intelligent, and I bet the generation before the baby boomers found this lingo unnecessary. It is like a never ending cycle.

Seth Sharpe


Is communication becoming too informal?

Communication. “Means of connection between people or places, in particular.” Many different categories of communication are used including verbal, non-verbal and written. Communication is very powerful as it connects one another and it helps build relationships but there should be a balance of how much we use of each category, we should try to get comfortable with all of them and continue to improve our communication styles. Written communication has definitely increased over the years and is the major form of communication today. Text messages, emails, and social networks are the easy, popular ways of communicating with one another. So, are these things contributing to communication becoming too informal?

We tend to be more open, speak our mind and even say things in written form that we would not say in a verbal conversation. We also use slang language and acronyms and become so used to it that we start to forget how to use formal communication. Social media has become very important in our lives today. It gives the ability to connect with people whom are far away, but ironically it also separates us from the people who are close. We get so caught up with looking at what others are doing, what they share, how many likes we receive, that we tend to pay less attention to the people we have close. Our face to face conversations diminish and we don’t feel as confident and comfortable communicating verbally. People become so involved in their virtual lives and spend less time in their actual lives. 

Laura Lopez

I’m not Lion, Animals ComMEWnicate!

Whether you are a cat person, a dog person, or anything in between, there most likely has been a moment we looked at our pets and thought “Man, I wish you could talk.” Well, what if I told you they can! Animals DO communicate, and if we pay attention there is a lot we can learn to “talk” with them! Animals and humans are more similar than you might think using chemical signals, vibrations and sounds, and even movement that can be witnessed in human interactions, too.

Most of us are familiar with the chemical signals animals unleash, but what do they mean? Those of us who have cats, or have been around them, have most likely experienced them rubbing against an object or the not-so-pleasant spraying from male cats. That is a cat letting you and other animals know it has claimed that object as its own.  Skunks are famous for their chemical signals, using their very pungent spray as a threat to anything that gets in their way!

Chemical signals are not the only form of communication, just ask animals such as elephants, jumping spiders, and Caribbean white-lipped frogs which communicate primarily through vibrations. Elephants use low-frequency calls that travel through the ground in the form of seismic waves to communicate with other elephants miles away. On the other hand, jumping spiders vibrate their bodies and special organs to find a mate…and reduce the chances of his suitor eating him. Caribbean white-lipped frogs also communicate through vibrations, burying their heads into the mud and expanding their vocal sacs to send out vibrations to potential mates.

Vibration-based communication may be fairly common in the animal world, but the most well understood nonverbal communication takes the form of body language.  Generally, we learn the most about animals from how they act during different situations. For example, when cats are happy their bodies are relaxed, their whiskers are to the side, and their ears are pointing forward. When cats are mad they keep their bodies and tails low to the ground and their whiskers and ears down to let you know not to mess with them. Animals constantly give signals to tell us what they are thinking, and they are similar to some that we as humans express.

There are awe inspiring interactions happening all around us that sometimes we fail to appreciate. Dogs, for example, are man’s best friend and they teach us every day to love unconditionally by expressing never-ending loyalty and respect. Ants teach us the importance of working together as a team to collaborate rather than compete. And all animals can teach us to not take ourselves so seriously and to let go of our attachment of being right or wrong. If we do, we will begin to fully embrace times we enjoy and align ourselves with what we value most. Animals teach us all valuable life lessons, and it is our job to listen.

By: Carrie Caldwell,  Biology major at IUPUC

Murderer, Widower, or Both?

“He’s cute,” said Penny. “Doesn’t that teardrop tattoo mean he murdered someone?” asked Bernadette. Canned laughter ensued. I was watching The Big Bang Theory, and that one statement was all I knew about teardrop tattoos. I have since researched teardrop tattoos and learned that, while the tattoo can have many criminal connotations, it may also simply signify the death of a loved one or some other tragedy the wearer has experienced. At the time, however, based on the information I had, teardrop tattoo equated to murderer; and this was further supported by my past experience of having a coworker with a teardrop tattoo, who, rumor had it, had been convicted of attempted murder.

Clearly, how we present ourselves matters, and in the workforce, it matters based not on what we mean to portray, but based on how we are viewed by those we are portraying ourselves to. Tattoos are an example of nonverbal communication, something that gives people an impression of us based on their own interpretations of how we look. A first impression is made in a matter of seconds, and, later, is very hard to overturn, which means that how we present ourselves can be our biggest weapon or our greatest downfall. Navigating the world of nonverbal communication is especially difficult when dealing with a workforce comprised of multiple generations.

A Harris research poll found that nearly half of millennials and a little over a third of Gen Xers have tattoos, while barely over 10% of Baby Boomers sport tattoos. In a workforce composed of at least these three generations, a tattoo will mean different things depending on the viewer. The fact that first impressions are made within the first few seconds of meeting someone means that, in an interview, a decision to NOT hire a candidate may be based on the nonverbal communication that occurs before a job applicant even has a chance to open his/her mouth.

As a millennial myself, I am not arguing that people should not express themselves via tattoos. I am simply urging readers to know their audience. An interview at a start-up begun by millennials like ourselves and an interview at a long established company with Baby Boomers in the positions of authority should be approached differently in regards to physical appearance. The same goes for actually working at these different establishments; being taken seriously at one may require a different appearance than being taking seriously at another. We can argue about the ‘injustice’ of the subconscious discrimination occurring or we can take control of the only aspect of it we are truly in charge of: ourselves. As Oscar Wilde says, “It’s the spectator, and not life, that art truly mirrors.” In other words, that teardrop tattoo can signify your heartache for your late wife all you want, but if the viewer thinks it means you murdered her…chances are…you won’t be hired.
By: Stephanie Baumgartner, Biology major at IUPUC

A New Business Environment

2004 was a year in innovation that everyone should remember. This is the year that effected nearly every human being either directly, or indirectly. It is said as of 2010 “one out of every dozen people on the planet has a Facebook account” (Grossman, 2010). Whether you realized this transformation or not, it plays a vital role in our economy. Some of us love it, others hate it. I have heard it called a gold rush, networking tool, and the demise of humanity. Which side you choose to be on is your individual filter of reality.

Yes, it is one of the most used social networking sites in the world today. Founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s owner is valued at “$55.9 billion dollars” (Wikipedia, 2017). The site works by allowing users to build profiles of anything that can assume an identity such as a person, pet, or business to name a few. Once the profiles are built, the user has now agreed to the privacy statements herein the agreement you accept for using the company’s service, which is social networking. In return for using this service, you agree to allow them to use certain aspects of your profile for marketing purposes, which is also a way that they make their money. Since nearly two billion have profiles, Facebook has a vast array of human assets that can spread viral content, making them one of the best ways to advertise in today’s economy.

The aspect of collectively networking so many people through a social platform that allows for individual personalization continues to drive growth and innovation throughout the technology community. This platform practice is a template for many to learn from and grow with

On the other side of the business websites, we have a local plastic engineering firm that makes their money from manufacturing goods rather than the internet. C&T Engineering, Incorporated was founded in 1986 and their practice is to provide tooling and engineering expertise. They may not be an internet minded company, but they do have a website with a dot com domain thus making them a company represented with an online presence.

After reviewing their webpage, the main objective of the site is to inform potential customers of their background, location, and capabilities. The site does not allow for individual personalization, but offers the ability to inquire about servicing a need in this industry of tooling and engineering.

In comparison, both web pages have dot com domains and are representative of their comparative knowledge of how users interact with their respective online content.

In contrast, Facebook allows users to build personalized accounts and socially network with their community in exchange for the information you provide on that account. This site is monetized, meaning that they use your demographics to sale to companies that are in the market for someone like you. Because they have so many accounts connected, they have an enormous field of assets to sale, making them the leader in this style of business webpages. C&T’s website on the other hand, is built to inform you about the certain information hoping to attract your business. From what I have seen, they do not have personalization or social networking capabilities directly on their web portal thus they do not monetize their online content.

After reviewing both sites, it is my determination that having the ability to personalize an individual profile drives users to want to be at your web site and the internet is a vast forum of content that everyone wants to share. As color tv was to black and white broadcast, the internet is the new age of advertisement compared to traditional news applications. Keeping this in mind, you have to decide if you want to your website to be a marketing tool or just a plain informative page that barely generates viewership.

In conclusion, websites that just offer information on their services are missing out on opportunities to increase capital by not generating the ability to network and personalize. Networking and sites that generate wanted content, will continue to share a multibillion dollar advertising industry.

Difference between hard skills and soft skills.

How many of you consider yourself easily teachable? Well that is what jobs look for when you think about hard skills. They are trying to see if you are teachable and can learn new skills while on the job. Hard skills are teachable abilities or skill sets that are easy to quantify. Some hard skills examples include: communication, leadership, problem-solving and many more. These three some of the more important ones because you have to know how to not only communicate with your coworkers but also customers or clients. With the leadership role they are looking for someone to take charge in situations that need a strong leader. Problem-solving skills are essential so you can take charge and figure out a problem that no one else can seem to figure out. Soft skills on the other hand are a little different. They are character traits and interpersonal skills that characterize a person’s relationships with other people. Some include self-motivation, team-work, and time management skills. These three are very important because you have to have the drive to push yourself to complete tasks and not slack on the assignment you are given. With team-work skills they want to see that you are able to work with others without conflict and complete the task that is given. Last with time management skills the employers are wanting to see that you can take the appropriate time to complete a task and finish it within a timely manner. Containing both sets of skills are very important because they want to see that you can not only get things done on your own but also work with others in a timely manner. They want you to be self-efficient and be able to take charge when it is needed. It is good to contain both hard and soft skills because you need to work together but also alone.

A Selfie is Worth a Thousand Comments: How Kim Kardashian Turned Herself into a Media Mogul.

Whether you love the Kardashians, or love to hate the Kardashians, chances are you know the famous family’s name. The family first came into the public eye in 1995 when the late Robert Kardashian Sr. was apart of O.J. Simpson’s  defense team representing O.J. in the People v O.J. trial. The family resurfaced again in 2007 when the hit reality show “Keeping up with the Kardashians” first aired, giving a glimpse into the lives of the Kardashian-Jenner family. Ten years later the show is still running and has turned the family into pop culture icons.

The most well known and fiscally successful Kardashian is Kim,with an astonishing 89 million Instagram followers and 49 million Twitter followers. Kim’s personal brand, that keeps her social media followers satisfied, is her actual image. Everyday people, magazines, and talk shows are fascinated by Kim’s ability to accentuate her famous features, through posting controversial selfies, promoting her husband’s clothing line, or snap chatting her beauty routine. Kim created this image by living by the mantra: there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Kim turned a sex tape “leak” into a playboy cover, from there the controversy continued and so did her magazine appearances, along with a growing following from the public.

Today a key part of Kim’s marketing strategy is communication with her audiences. Kim can instantly share what products she loves (Kardashian can see profits up to $300,000 for products she endorses online), give her followers glimpses into her elaborate vacations, and post an endless stream of selfies. Why this constant communication is a key to her success is because she has forged a platform and a following to share what she’s doing or what she endorses.

Key business lessons that are components of Kim Kardashians continued success are her ability to turn scandals into positive publicity opportunities, allow constant communication with her supporters, and utilize social media. Objectively speaking, Kim’s ability to capitalize on basic marketing techniques to become one of the most recognizable figures, makes her nothing short of admirable. To see what scandal Kim will capitalize on next, we’ll just have to Keep up with Kim, which is exactly what she wants.


Author: Nicole Bodi- Student at IUPUC

Advocate for your Health Care

I explained the ongoing list of symptoms to the fourth doctor I had visited in a year. My mother had fired the previous one because she was frustrated with the lack of progress in obtaining a diagnosis. I observed the doctor’s eyebrows raise, and sensed her quick judgement. I knew what she was thinking as she listened to me describe the nonsensical symptoms of high blood pressure, weight loss, high resting heart rate, inability to focus, fatigue, blurry vision, bone pain, etc. I could sense her judgment. Her assumptions were overwhelming and she had not even verbally expressed them yet. Much like all the other doctors, she had spent five minutes asking the typical hormone and stress-related questions before incorrectly diagnosing me. I looked healthy on the outside. I was sleeping a lot, but keeping up with schoolwork. She had zero interest in really engaging and taking me seriously. The previous week, my cure was supposed to come from more rest and this week it was a migraine pill. Although my mother expressed firmly that I never had headaches, and the only real headaches occurred when I ended up in the local emergency room in a hypertensive crisis state, the doctor was firm and insisted migraines were the cause of all my symptoms. I sat quietly and just stared at my mom in disbelief. I felt too ashamed and feared I would be labeled as crazy if I argued. Was the doctor right?

The average doctor spends 13-16 minutes with a patient before presenting a medical diagnosis (Here’s). Patients often view themselves as inferior to physicians and many leave their appointments unsatisfied with the results. I had approximately 15 doctors’ visits within six months. Every time I left with a pit in my stomach. I began experiencing extreme self-doubt. Was all of this in my head?

As of November of 2016, it had been almost a year of struggling with my health issues. After the advice of a yet another new doctor, I was taken to IU Methodist where I was hospitalized for three days. I received more care and attention in three days than I had received in a year from my local doctor’s office and hospital. Methodist doctors found a nodule on my thyroid that looked “hot”, a term that means active and potentially cancerous. After a needle biopsy, the nodule was determined as non-cancerous, eventually I was diagnosed with abnormal thyroid levels. In three days, I had made more progress in getting answers than I had in nearly a year and a half with my local physicians. All it took was for a doctor to slow down, listen, and decide to start running tests until something was found. He saw the symptoms and said to me, “This is not right. You are 19 years old and something is obviously wrong.”

Doctors are not perfect. In fact, I have learned they are far from it. It is a serious issue to feel undermined or insecure because of the attitude of your health-care provider. It is important to remember that doctors work for you. I have learned to never be the girl who sits in a doctor’s office feeling embarrassed for physical symptoms that impact my emotional well being and for expressing to doctors what I need from them. You live in your body every day. Be aware of abnormalities and push for results until your health care needs are met. Sick people can look healthy. The term woman should not be synonymous with over-emotional, hormonal, and unable to cope with stress. Young is not synonymous for healthy and doctor is not synonymous for right.

Works Cited

Erin Brodwin.Here’s how many minutes the average doctor actually spends with each patient.Business Insider.2016.Web.

Author- Hannah Graham

This isn’t your fathers country music

The evolution of country music is one of the little hot button topics friends like to debate while drinking a cold beer on a Friday night. There are typically three sides of this particular triangle. Side A is ingrained in what is considered old school country with the likes of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and so on. Side A would rather drink their beer after letting it sit in the fire for 10 minutes than listen to anything from the last fifteen years. Side B is a little more erratic in thinking, but usually enjoys both the old and the new, and has the right playlist for any occasion. Side C is the “Busch Light” class, if you will. They couldn’t tell you who George Strait is if he walked in the room, picked up his guitar and starting singing Carried Away. The most hotly contested topic between these camps is this: what is real country? Where are all the real country artists today? My theory is that it’s not the music that has changed, it’s the audience.

So often we tie country music artists to the popular songs we hear on the radio. It isn’t Luke Bryan playing his songs every two hours on the radio, and it’s not his fault we can’t listen to Country Girl Shake It for me ever again. So the question becomes: whose fault is it? That answer can be found by looking in the mirror. Radio stations have two customers: the first is the endless array of sponsors you hear shamelessly plugged before every commercial break; and the second is the audience. Since it isn’t the sponsors demanding to hear Dirt Road Anthem every thirty minutes, the demand must be coming from the audience. Take a walk with me down memory lane. Remember the 1940’s country music scene, with love songs like Bouquet of Roses and Lovesick Blues. Gospel music ruled the airwaves in a domesticated country trying to forget about a violent war. The 1950’s brought Elvis and Johnny Cash, and the U.S. raged into the 1960’s with the youth becoming more politically inclined and passionate that their views be heard. The 1980’s brought the end of the Cold War, and a thought of peace as artists like George Strait and Randy Travis sprang onto the scene. The Millennials were born and as they came of age, they brought the likes of Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean with them. They brought a generation of music that doesn’t give a damn if you like it or not, because they’re going to sing about tan legs and tan lines, guns and booze, girls and trucks, because that is what their generation wants to hear. They want a song they can turn up in their truck with the windows down and dream of the weekend as they drive away from Monday into Tuesday. This generation doesn’t want to Walk the Line or think about how He Stopped Loving Her Today, or sit enjoy the view from their Ocean Front Property. They want to Cruise down a backroad and sing their Dirt Road Anthem while thinking about a Drink In My Hand.

Music hasn’t changed, the artists have simply changed to match their audience. We want to hear something different. We’ve heard that same three chord melody about how she’s leaving and that’s not my truck in the driveway. Artists today are evolving to find how to communicate with the differing generations as country music reaches from coast to coast and generation to generation. As our communication styles evolve so must the artists. As our definition of new and different evolves, so does our music. This brings us artists like Sam Hunt and Florida Georgia Line, the likes of which Group C adore and Group B can get on board with. But don’t worry Group ; your real country music is still out there. You just have to find it. It might not sound the same, but last I checked, words didn’t have to sound a certain way to mean something. There are more songs on a Brantley Gilbert album than Bottoms Up. Jason Aldean made more songs than Burnin it Down. Instead of saying these artists aren’t real country, we should be asking if we aren’t the ones who are changing, and not the music.

Words Worth a Billion Dollars

One of many Donald Trump’s famous quotes is, “My father loaned me a small loan of a million dollars.” To anyone in the middle and lower class this is not a small amount of money. Immediately we can get an idea of his upbringing.

Donald Trump was born June 19th, 1946 in Queen, New York City. He attended The Kew-Forest School and at the age of 13 left and was enrolled in the New York Military Academy in Cornwall, New York. In the NYMA Donald Trump achieved the rank of captain.

Trump is a a Presbyterian and went to Sunday school as a child.

Trump has ties in business, television, and currently in the White House. These type of connections can make someone very powerful. Donald Trump’s reported net worth is $4.5 billion which would make him the 113th richest person in the United States and the 324th richest person in the world.

Donald Trump’s upbringing leads us to believe he did not struggle for money, food, housing, etc. His childhood can be translated to his presidential campaign as well when one hears him speak publicly on a more consistent basis. Being in a military school and attaining the rank of captain means he is a leader. He can influence people and will be followed, which we have seen much through his campaign. With the childhood he had you would believe that he would speak in a business manor (i.e. concise and clear). However, after watching his campaign speeches he can be very vague at times and even stray away from the initial question. A leader with a military background is expected to be direct, concise, and have no room for misinterpretation.

For someone who has as much of a business demeanor as Donald Trump you would think his campaign would have more facts about domestic terrorism and more facts about immigration as opposed to just saying the Hispanic community must send their, “best.” around his claims of fear and ego. His speaking tactics of using fear and ego was the base for most of his campaign. The idea that the Hispanic community is coming in and they are taking our jobs, they aren’t, all Muslims want to kill us and impose Sharia law, they don’t, and we need to take America back, we don’t. The type of narrative this creates is scary, to be frank. There have been multiple assaults on people who are Muslim, there has been vandalism of mosques, and there have been many other cases of verbal assault as well. His presidency has sparked an organization known as, “Alt-Right.” Donald Trump claims to have no ties or a relationship with him. My mom always said you are who you surround yourself with, so it will be interesting to see who Mr. Trump surrounds himself with over the next 4 years. A quote by Emma Lazarus tells of the true America: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled yearning to breathe free, the wretched refused of the teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempted tossed; to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” The words of this sonnet were placed on the Statue of Liberty in 1903. It does not say, “Give me your Christians, give me those who are fortunate enough to have money to come here. I lift my lamp only to those who are the same as those already here.”

What is scary is not what Donald Trump has said, it is how many people agree with him and give him affirmation to continue to do what he has set forth to do. In these times of hardship we can not forget who we truly are as a nation, and that is a welcoming one.

Cameron Brinkers, Bachelor of Science biology major at IUPUC.

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