Freshman Seminar: Arguing with Judge Judy: Popular ‘Logic’ on TV Judge Shows
Ever feel like the people on TV “Judge” shows are a horrible representation of the United States? The logic of arguments involved with many cases seems to be quite lacking, making for hilarious moments of television.
If the answer is yes, we have the perfect course for you! This seminar is concerned with identifying such logical fallacies on “Judge Judy” and “The People’s Court” and discussing why they are so widespread. Students who are interested in logic, argument, TV, and pop culture will definitely be interested in this course.
The 17th of November is a day of international remembrance and celebration of student activism. The origin of this day goes back to 1939 when the Nazis stormed the University of Prague and invaded Czechoslovakia. After a large scale student protest, the Nazis closed all Czech universities, executed 9 student leaders and sent over 1200 students to concentration camps.
These days the 17th of November is a day to celebrate the freedom to study, or in the words of Amnesty International, “For the right to freedom of opinion and expression, for the right to education! Students solidarity!” As a student in today’s world, it is easy to take these rights for granted. It is hard to imagine that someone could have the power to close all the universities in an entire country, but the more we forget, the easier these freedoms can be taken away again.
The Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU) has made a video to mark the 70th Anniversary of this historic day and to celebrate the freedom and right to education today.
This may come as a surprise, but marijuana is no longer an after school activity done in the alley behind the gym. States with new medical marijuana laws are permitting schools oriented towards the growth and preparation of medical marijuana. The New York Times has recently published an article about this phenomenon, specifically about a new school that, surprisingly, is not located in California. Med Grow Cannabis College is a Michigan-based medical marijuana trade school that teaches courses about cannabis horticulture, history, legal issues, cooking, politics, and advocacy.
The Michigan medical marijuana program, unlike California’s big business program with hundreds of dispensaries in Los Angeles alone, is more representative of what is happening in other states that have legalized medical marijuana. Under the new law, doctors can certify patients for medical reasons to grow up to 12 cannabis plants themselves or name a “caregiver” who will grow the plants and sell the product. Anyone over 21 with no felony drug convictions can be a caregiver for up to five patients. Since the law recently passed in April, the Department of Community Health has registered about 5,800 patients and 2,400 caregivers.
Med Grow began offering courses in September, with new classes starting every month. The six-week program costs $485 and covers everything from the growing cycle, nutrients and light requirements to recipes for consuming plants, including crock-pot cannabutter, chocolate canna-ganache and greenies (the cannabis alternative to brownies).
Here are just a few of the courses that are taught at MGCC:
- Legal 1010
In legal 101 you will learn many of the different areas of the law, taught to you by an attorney whose expertise is in medical marijuana. The curriculum for this class includes a legal history of cannabis, overviews of Michigan and federal law, dealing with the law, and many other aspects of how cannabis laws affect patients, caregivers, businesses, and society as a whole. One-on-one consultations with a legal professor are also offered.
- Cooking and Concentrates 1010
Learn how to cook with cannabis! This class covers methods of ingestion, dosages, making butter and oil, making tinctures, hash making, making drinks, cannabis infused alcohol, over 200 recipes for cooking meals treats and snacks, and a whole lot more!
- Cannabis History 1010
Learn the history of this sacred plant. From 3000 B.C. until today, learn how it has developed and evolved. This class covers the use of cannabis in colonial times, the importance of hemp to the early economy, the elections of 1912, the roaring 20’s, the Mexican drug war, and much more!
It does not seem like anyone will be offering a Master of Science in Cannabis Growing any time soon, but it is a big step in legitimizing the industry and practice. There are similar courses though…
Jonathan Téllez Toriz is from Mexico City, one of the biggest cities on the planet. He now lives in Buenos Aires, but isn’t really sure why he came. He initially enrolled in an undergraduate program in art, but it was really just an excuse to come to Argentina given the fact that he never actually finished the program. He now has plans to create a documentary and present it as his thesis project for a journalism degree, his current focus. Jonathan enjoys reading, an occasional yoga session and is currently taking an illustration course. His cooking is slowly getting to an acceptable level and he hopes to take advantage of all the cultural activities that Buenos Aires has to offer.
Jonathan works in the content department, helping us organize all of our clients and how they appear on the website. He thinks it is great when clients respond positively and are satisfied with his work. He is also super excited to be in charge of our audiovisual projects we have going on right now. You might have seen some of his videos on YouTube.
Even though Jonathan misses authentic Mexican food, he will be staying in Buenos Aires. He has dreams of eventually heading to Brazil in the distant future but not until he has finished what he came here to do, have incredible life experiences.
Favorite band: The Smashing Pumpkins
Best concert ever been to: a Travis concert – he got to go to a meet and greet!
Best class ever taken: a Bartending Course – it was in Mexico and he got to make elaborate drinks and then try them all to see how they turned out
Ideal made-up course: How to Talk to Animals – he has always wanted to be able to since he was young