Analysis on Miss America Scandal Article

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On September 15, 2014, Miss New York Kira Kazantsev won the title of Miss America 2015 (Press Release). In the aftermath of her coronation, an online website, Jezebel.com, broke the story that the beauty queen was kicked out of her sorority, Alpha Pi, in 2013 for a hazing scandal (Ryan). The author of the breaking blog, Erin Gloria Ryan, is the news editor for the website. Ryan’s article employs a number of different rhetorical devices to establish a persuasive style. Specifically, Ryan’s credible research and detail compliment her strong diction produce an article that caught the attention of major news outlets and unleashed a public relations storm that the Miss America Organization and Miss Kazantsev must now address.
The detailed research in the article not only establishes the ethos of the author but also sets a logical tone that influences readers who might otherwise be uninterested in the happenings of a beauty queen. For example, Ryan includes information from Kazantsev’s press kit, corroborating interview quotations, and the exact hazing policy statement from Hofstra University. The impact of these seemingly unbiased details is to persuade the reader to trust the content and trust the author’s perspective. From an author’s perspective, hopefully the impact will lead to the effect of persuading the reader that this story is deeper than it appears and that the editors of Jezebel.com are legitimately pursuing the full story.
Ryan’s diction drives the persuasive style as she cleverly weaves her bias into the reporting. Phrases such as “publicly passionate” and “standard sorority pledge stuff” illuminate an affinity for alliteration that catches the reader’s ear. Ryan also enjoys inserting parallel structure such as “squeaky-clean image and a squeaky-clean resume.” With cleaver phrasing leading to sardonic statements such as, “It’s missing one unflattering detail,” the author shifts the tone from one of objective but witty reporting to ironic commentary on a beauty queen with an unflattering past. Ryan’s expert manipulation of detailed research and witty style reveal her persuasive voice, and that voice has now been seen by a much larger stage thanks to this Miss America scandal. She may be a columnist worth watching for a fresh take on old stories.

Ryan, Erin G. “Miss America Was Kicked Out of Her Sorority for Abusive Hazing.” Web log post. Jezebel. 22 Sept. 2014. Web. 2 Oct. 2014. <http://jezebel.com/miss-america-was-kicked-out-of-her-sorority-for-abusive-1636095561>.

“Press Release.” Miss America. Miss America Organization, 15 Sept. 2014. Web. 02 Oct. 2014. <http://www.missamerica.org/news/press-releases.aspx&gt;.

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9 Ways to Maximize Your Summer Before College

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9 Ways to Maximize Your Summer Before College

I captured this article and saved it to my Evernote folder because leadership expert @TimElmore re-tweeted it.  The article is written by Kyli Singh and, clearly, the audience is about 20 years younger than me.  However, I found interest and inspiration in several of the tips, particularly the overarching point that I should use my summer time wisely and purposefully.  A few of the nine points are already fast-tracked in my life: blogging, reading, traveling. But the one that REALLY CAUGHT MY EYE is point #4: Improve Your Resume.

Even though I am not looking for a new job, it is always a good idea to work on your resume.  In fact, it’s particularly beneficial to update it and redesign it when you are NOT looking for a new job because you are calmer and more objective.  Then, just in case opportunity comes knocking, you are ready with a resume in the email that doesn’t scream “I JUST UPDATED THIS MORNING!”.  At the end of the article there’s  a bonus link on how to make your resume multi-dimensional.  I will DEFINITELY be checking that out and blogging on it later!

I know that most adults don’t have the summer free, and the word “free” is definitely misleading.  My summer isn’t free, but it’s definitely different from the school year.  My “summer-self” is different from my “school-year self”.

So, take a look at this article and apply it to your life. Hand it to a young adult who could apply it to his/her life.  Either way, make each season purposeful because we only get so many summers.