Monday, December 6, 2010


I am thrilled to officially announce that I, Lillie Richard, am the new vice president of Foundation for Delta Gamma Fraternity on the campus of San Jose State University.

My new role in Delta Gamma is to provide exciting and moving opportunities for my sorority sisters to participate in for community service. As required by Delta Gamma's Executive Offices (overseeing all collegiate chapters in the United States) each member must complete at least five hours of community service an academic semester.

To me, this number seems diminutive. However, I have been advised by my predecessor that motivating the women to complete all five hours is more of a task than I had imagined.

This reality made me realize a fault (of many) of the generation that I am apart of. To hear that for some people, dedicating five hours out of their semester to another human being is unobtainable, is simply depressing. Once I officially grasp how that is possible, I will be dedicated to changing this shear laziness.

First, I will show to my peers how truly insignificant five hours of service is. In my opinion, this number should honestly be much higher. Nevertheless, I believe using a visual aid will help me make my point.

I will produce a poster with a large anchor displayed on it. (The anchor is the official symbol of the Fraternity)

When members begin completing hours, I will slowly fill in the anchor. This may or may not prove to be motivating, however it is one step towards my ultimate goal: showing that what is required is in reality, not that much.

Finally, over the upcoming semester break, I plan on researching all types of different modes of community service. I must provide opportunities that will direct the interest of all my sisters.

I am very excited to begin this new project. With this position, I am given much freedom, aside from the completion of hours, to come up with as many modes of service that I can fathom. This alone, gives me hope that my friends will no longer view this service as a requirement, but an honor.

subsidy: A subsidy (also known as a subvention) is a form of financial assistance paid to a business or economic sector.

bystander effect: The bystander effect or Genovese syndrome is a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases where individuals do not offer help in an emergency situation when other people are present. The probability of help has in the past been thought to be inversely related to the number of bystanders; in other words, the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any one of them will help.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Power Rules Analysis

Driven by the developing international world, America can no longer boast the global dominance it once claimed. In order to regain legitimacy within domestic and global power, the United States approach to foreign policies must adapt to the new political and economic frameworks of the world. Proclaimed foreign policy mastermind, Leslie H. Gelb has taken on this issue directly by presenting ideas on how successfully incorporating this change for U.S. foreign policy is obtainable. Throughout the pages of his book, Power Rules: How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign Policy, Gelb offers logical evidence on how America can reclaim the true connotation of power.
Exercising power to its fullest potential requires a political strategy and global approach that both accept the realities of the century, and fulfill the requirements of American interests. However, the current national strategy is something Gelb believes, is bound to fail. Without a precise and logical plan of action, Gelb states, “there can be no sense of attainable objectives and no to plan wield power effectively and blunt the power of opponents” (Gelb). Washington’s currently implemented foreign approaches, such as acting multilaterally and providing the UN with more global responsibility, lack the vitality and potential to prove successful for the future of American foreign policy.

The twenty-first century has surfaced a new chaotic and demanding world that has become more and more of a security issue to the United States. Gelb addresses the principle irony within international affairs by questioning why the United States, known as the most powerful nation in the world, finds itself militarily and economically challenged by foreign states. He believes this power change is majorly linked to not only unrealistic American foreign policy priorities, but heavily on the underlying, yet apparent rise of intercontinental economic growth. “The enormous growth in the frequency and volume of business and financial exchanges worldwide certainly qualifies as a revolution” (Gelb). He continues to say that the deemed “revolution” does not totally change the rules of power, but rather proves the reality of the new economic patterns, and how they will affect the world’s foreign policy makers. Chinese leaders, Gelb points out, “understand the importance of priorities and don’t allow anything to divert them from promoting their internal economic growth and maintaining domestic stability” (Gelb). Comparing the Chinese strategy to President Bush’s seemingly erratic call to invade Iraq before he successfully controlled Afghanistan could perhaps be seen as a direct misapplication of power and the reason the world’s affairs are becoming too much for the United States to handle.
Gelb believes that U.S. foreign policy is off track; and the nations economy, not launching preemptive terror attacks, should be the main focus of Washington. The economy, Gelb points out, is the absolute basis of democracy and international power; and the recovery of the American economy is the true solution to its being able to solve international matters, not military force, as it had been in the past.

Collective Good - A good (the commons) that cannot be divided according to those who pay or do not pay.

Free-Rider - Someone who benefits from something but does not pay the costs.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Portfolio Interview

1. How are you connected, either directly or indirectly, to the food industry?
a. “I am involved directly. As a Marketing Associate, my responsibility is to sell food and other supplies to customers while simultaneously building relationships with the individuals involved. As a food distributor, I work directly with many different types of institutions. My clients include various restaurants, cafeterias, pizza places and even a deli. I keep the customers updated with specials, acting as a liason between the company SYSCO and the client. I place the food and equipment orders, and assure the customer their products are in safe hands.”
2. What services do you provide to Delta Gamma specifically?
a. I place orders for food, cleaning chemicals, and paper products. I commute to Delta Gamma once a week to place the orders, present flyers for specials, and mandate important information regarding payments and contracts.
3. Overall, how would you rate the nutritional quality of food available in America?
a. I feel its getting better, however still not ideal. Natural foods markets, while priced at a higher rates than typical grocery stores, are becoming more and more apparent and growing in popularity.
4. How would you rate the quality of food that SYSCO provides to its customers?
a. SYSCO has implemented three different grades for its products. Everything that comes in must sustain certain qualifications in order to be approved for distribution. The USDA directly regulates and approves our dairy products, SYSCOs packaging and distributing methods are also regulated, and products come from an approved list of suppliers. SYSCOs particular infrastructure provides for a smaller window for error in its products. The company also provides a $1 million insurance policy for all of its distributions. SYSCO also offers gluten-free, fat free, and whole wheat options. ENUTRITION customers can look up facts.
5. Due to its corporate size, how does SYSCO ensure this quality to its customers?
a. If a customer buys something /..reimubursmant..guantee of customers are satisfied.. HAACP when things come in they must have a certain tempuratures..guidelines for food intake. for frozen foods.dry items meats..
6. As an employee of SYSCO, the global leader in food sales and distribution, how do you feel about the company’s relations with its employees?
a. District meetings.
7. Based off the company’s website, SYSCO’s earnings for 2010s fiscal year, ending July 3, 2010 was $37,243,495. Do you feel the revenue the company has earned is distributed appropriately? Or into the hands of few? Why or why not?
a. there is a hierarchy..drivers, marketing ass..human resouces, accounting,,so any positions..employs..oppertunities..warehouse..night and day
8. What do you think about the mass production and distribution of food in the United States? Do you think food company’s hold health and nutrition above revenue?
a. Somewhat..the customer is going to get what they want..
b. economy has a huge pull most people

9. As a member of this country’s food industry, why do you think junk food advertisements in the media effectively attract Americans to consume the unhealthy products?
a. industry people losing jobs..not ging to choose for organic options.
b. places like whole foods and traders joes versus target walmart, if people had the money thy would wchoose to be more healthy
c. us us food birites foods competetores !

Name and occupation title of Interviewee: Beverly Mayer Marketing Associate

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Truth of GMO Products

Not many people notice much more than the calorie index on the back of their food products. Although most consumers have some awareness about the attributes of organic agriculture, they know very little about agriculture biotechnology. What if I told you that most of the food you were putting into your mouth was genetically modified and you had no idea. Corn for instance is labeled as an insecticide rather than a food. The FDA strongly encourages companies to label genetically modified food as well as to test the foods for allergens, yet this is not a mandatory procedure and few companies follow through with these recommendations. By making the labeling of genetically modified foods mandatory, society will be aware of side effects associated with GMO food, people with allergies can avoid allergic reactions to GMO foods, and society would be able to choose weather the want to consume GMO foods or not. Resolved: That Genetically Modified Foods should be labeled.

I. Society will be aware of side effects associated with GMO products.
a. Wide range of health hazards associated with genetically modified foods.
“Proven health hazards from genetically engineered foods already mentioned include the production of carcinogens, a rise in level of toxins, resistance to antibiotics, and allergic reactions”.
Epstein, D. R. (n.d.). Untitled. Retrieved April 1, 2009, from

b. GM foods can have hazardous genes that can be transferable to human genes.
“The effects of every gene is determined by the total situation in the cell. When genes are transferred to a foreign environment, their effects is therefore inevitably unpredictable. Unexpected substances may appear, which may be harmful.”
Genetic Engineering - important news. (n.d.). Retrieved April 1, 2009, from

II. People with allergies to GMO foods can avoid allergic reactions.
a. After GM soy was introduced to the UK soy allergies jumped 50 percent.
“Soy allergies jumped 50% in the U.K. just after GM soy was introduced.2 If GM soy was the cause, it may be due to several things. The GM protein that makes Roundup Ready Soy resistant to the herbicide does not have a history of safe use in humans and may be an allergen. In fact, sections of its amino acid sequence are identical to known allergens”
Smith, J. (n.d.). Article point of view: genetically modified foods unsafe? Evidence that links GM foods to allergic responses mounts genetic engineering & biotechnology news - Biotechnology from bench to business. Retrieved April 1, 2009, from

b. Unpredicted changes were discovered in the DNA GM soy.
“A mutated section of soy DNA was found near the transgene, which may contribute to some unpredicted effects. Moreover, between this scrambled DNA and the transgene is an extra transgene fragment, not discovered until years after soy was on the market.”
Smith, J. (n.d.). Article point of view: genetically modified foods unsafe? Evidence that links GM foods to allergic responses mounts genetic engineering & biotechnology news - Biotechnology from bench to business. Retrieved April 1, 2009, from

III. Society should have the choice weather they want to consume GMO foods.
a. There is not enough research to prove safety with GMO foods. “Americans are eating genetically modified food without their knowledge. There is not enough research to prove the safety of inserting genes into fruits, vegetables, and other foods.”
McCuen. (n.d.). Should genetically modified foods be labeled?. Retrieved April 1, 2009, from

b. Not labeling GMO foods shows a general disregard to free society.
“The overwhelming number of people naturally want to know what is in the food they are buying. Labeling for all kinds of ingredients is already required. In many cases the need for labeling of certain kinds of ingredients is not as urgent as for labeling of genetically engineered foods. Free choice in the food we buy is dependent on information on the content of the food. You cannot identify genetically engineered food just by looking at it. Without labeling citizens are denied what should be their fundamental right. Labeling genetically engineered foods in no way restricts the rights of those people who do decide to purchase and consume them.”
Epstein, D. R. (n.d.). untitled. retrieved April 1, 2009, from
In conclusion, by making it mandatory for GM foods to be labeled society will become more aware of the side effects associated with GMO foods, people with allergens will be able to identify GMO foods that they are allergic too, and society will be able to make the decision to buy GMO products.

Vocabulary Term:
boisterous: enthusiastic, loud
conformist: someone who follows the majority

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Food Industry's Dangerous Lies

False and misleading nutrition information is being sold to the unsuspecting public through convincing TV, radio, magazine and newspaper ads and not to mention brilliantly designed marketing campaigns.

Advertised as the latest and greatest new "healthy" foods, chemically based and unnatural synthetic food additives, such as high fructose corn syrup, are being promoted as safe and "made from food." Due to the fact that millions of Americans are becoming more conscious of healthier food choices, manufacturers have resulted to telling the public that these fake foods with their artificial ingredients are good for them.

The known, yet disregarded fact that the food industry is behind the media displayed nutritional information is the major contributor of the continued production of most of the unhealthy food available in our grocery stores. The food industry does not care about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or obesity, only the advancement and furthered success of their companies.

An article from, a website dedicated to providing healthy living information, discusses the how the food industry promotes high fructose corn syrup. As a television viewer, I have seen countless advertisements concerning high fructose corn syrup and how it has been unfairly given a bad name. "The food industry is advertising how HFCS is made from corn, doesn't have artificial ingredients, has the same calories as sugar and is fine when used in moderation." However, warns that the influencing commercials are nothing but propaganda. "They're brainwashing you into believing that highly processed, high fructose corn syrup is just like sugar, is okay to eat and is not going to adversely affect your health."

The website disclaims that the USDA, has found otherwise.

Unfortunately due to the media's mass communication attributes, the USDA's warning has been overlooked by millions of Americans. Resulting in high amounts of health problems, and directly sending these Americans to their health care providers.

It is so upsetting that deceiving, yet wealthy industries have the power to submit such lies to the public. I would definitely appreciate if an advocate or policy-maker would step up to this challenge and fight for the well-being of our nation's people.

For my next entry, I will look into such advocates and policy makers and research the work that they have created.

anachronistic: out of the context of time, out of date
ephemeral: fleeting, temporary

Monday, September 27, 2010

Government Influence on Nutrition (Possible Portfolio Topic)

I discovered the book, Food Politics: How The Food Industry Influences Nutrition And Health by Marion Nestle, and realized its topic was almost exactly what I was considering making the subject of my Portfolio Assignment.
After flipping through the book, I narrowed down the main points Nestle was trying to address. She divided her book into five parts, beginning with the messages the food industry uses to sell more food. I find this extremely interesting due to the fact that simultaneously our society is telling us we are too overweight.
Nestle then introduces the food industry’s tantalizing instruments used to increase sales in the second part and proceeds to give an example in the third part showing their influence on children. The fourth part concentrates on the food industry’s effort to actually deregulate the current advertisement restrictions which leads to her fifth part in which she explains how marketing turns “junk” food into healthy food. Obviously this book is going to be a staple in my "researching diet" :)

I have been reaffirmed that the overabundance of food forces food companies into competition with one another to make consumers eat their products instead of others. Additionally, food companies want to sell expensive rather than cheap food. Therefore, they try to sell more processed food than unprocessed fruits and vegetables. I am determined to centralize where and how this insanity is or is not being addressed.

This topic became more and more interesting to me as I continued my research. I am confident that there will be ample resources to use when producing the requirements of my Portfolio. I have decided to stick with this topic and to begin establishing the frameworks of the assignment.

1. Support (an organization or activity) financially.
2. Pay part of the cost of producing (something) to reduce prices for the buyer.

a·base/əˈbās/ Verb
1. Behave in a way so as to belittle or degrade (someone)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

“San Jose residents oppose public safety cuts as budget worsens, may accept sales tax hike or reduced library hours” By John Woolfolk

San Jose over the past decade has been constantly at work, producing jobs for the unemployed and more efficient forms of energy and transportation use. However, with the recent budget cuts in the area, the men and women in charge have been forced to figure out a new system for the growing city. Discussed in the article was a recent citywide survey proving residents interests in making cuts to the public park and library funds. These specific cutbacks would result in the closing of many public park restrooms and reduced library hours. This data is very significant to me, I believe that this type of feedback premeditates future alterations to the city and the general direction its resident’s are interested in heading. But what is this article’s purpose? I think that Woolfolk wrote this article not to scare his readers with more economy talk, but to show the population what it’s citizens are really feeling. He explained the amount of people who could possibly loose their jobs due to the cuts, while simultaneously encouraging the population to be aware of the situations at hand. Woolfolk describes the council and city management’s discussions as “frustrations” and “prodding”. This word choice shows (not tells) the digressions that have been occurring over this issue. Woolfolk ended his piece with a quote from Councilwoman Nora Campos, “"Every decision we have to make is going to be difficult." By ending the article this way, leaves the reader open to make their own decisions on the budget cuts. It also leaves a hint of hope, for the citizens to trust the officials and the decisions they make.