More than a Gen Ed

The past sixteen weeks have been full of countless surprises, but one thing for certain is that I have become a more well-rounded individual from taking this class. Reading and understanding a wide variety of vocabulary has always been my strong suit, but this class taught me to engage in a deeper analysis of any…

This Seemed More Like a Hobby Than an Assignment

In Season 3 Episode 15 of the Dissect podcast, host Cole Cuchna dives into a deep analysis of “White Ferrari,” a song by Frank Ocean. He conducts this episode in a formal manner, almost turning his words into poetry at different points in his analysis. One phrase that particularly emphasizes Cuchna’s formal style is when…

Herky Would Die for You

CAPT Herky is dressed in a typical Air Force uniform complete with a triangular military hat and adorning badges. Some of these badges include a medic pin and a name tag that reads “Howarth,” in reference to CAPT Nate Howarth who assisted in the statue’s design. Also included in CAPT Herky’s outfit are a dress…

The Return of Kid Cudi

In rapper Kid Cudi’s TED talk to his former high school, he employs different rhetorical techniques to convince the audience that hard work and self-confidence is all that is necessary to succeed. An audience will not take a speech to heart if they are too overwhelmed or excited and blindly agree with the speaker. Cudi…

How to Live

Vaccines are safe and effective in preventing diseases. Growing up, I was always surrounded by the unchallenged belief that vaccines are a staple of healthy life. It came right along with eating nutritious food and exercising; if you did not have your vaccines, you were almost certain to be unhealthy. My parents, both of whom…

A Man of Manipulation or Rhetoric?

Hi guys, my name is Drew Bolisay and I am from Westmont, Illinois. Yes, it just so happens to be a suburb of Chicago, and yes, I am aware that many people attending the University of Iowa are also from the same region.  With that out of the way, some other things about me are…