The American Dream: Destroying American cities?

Photo illustration by: Madison Dennis

Jeffrey Tangney | Copy Editor We have all seen the clips from the 1950s and ‘60s demonstrating that every U.S. family could own a house in the suburbs complete with a large yard and multiple cars. The mass production of residential housing and increasingly affordable cars made the life we know today possible. However, most people are either unaware or don’t care that this has accelerated the degradation of the central cities in America and creates many problems that are not easily fixed. The problem of people desiring a life in the suburbs is a problem called “urban sprawl.” Urban sprawl is the development of areas outside of metropolitan areas, usually via low-density residential housing…

Learning to teach

Self-motivation is the best tool Dilit Paul | Professor of Chemistry As a faculty member at Pittsburg State University it is my job to advance the university’s primary mission, which is focused on promoting excellence in education for all students. To achieve this objective in the Department of Chemistry, we attempt to provide a nurturing environment that is conducive for learning. Since chemistry is a subject many students find to be intimidating, it is essential that the environment does not reinforce this perception. At the beginning of each semester, I place a high priority on developing open lines of communication between the students and myself. Learning each student’s name as well as learning a little…