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  1. Oct 2016
    1. The college experience is a stimulating and demanding time in a student’s life where a multitude of curricular and extra-curricular situations require frequent and heavy use of direct, focused attention and concentration (Wentworth & Middleton, 2014). Thus, university students as a group are at a higher risk of attentional fatigue. Furthermore, increased technology use within today’s multitasking society is likely to hijack a student’s attentional resource placing her/him at risk of underachieving academic learning goals and undermining success at a university

      This could be a double edged sword like the statement describes. On one hand the use of technology has shown to decrease the students attention space with "something more interesting" in the palm of the students hand, but some students work better in this condition. The student will just have to know themselves and their own limitations to base their future classes on that.

    2. “one fifth of a student’s time is spent in the classroom, contributing about one quarter of the total learning variance

      With the digital age now approaching I think this may slightly change. Some students like the classroom because it's a time for them to meet other people and interact. Maybe some kids like the alone time with nature and over time with both opinions of in class or online classes.

    3. American higher education institutions face unique twenty-first century changes and challenges in providing good, holistic learning spaces for the diverse and evolving needs of today’s college student

      This is an interesting statement to make seeing that many students do tend to lean towards the digital age. It also acknowledges the fact that the new generation does have additional methods of learning in the day and age.

    4. Americans expect a university campus to look different than other places (Gumprecht, 2007) and that the campus “expresses something about the quality of academic life, as well as its role as a citizen of the community in which it is located”

      I feel like to a certain extent everyone feels as if their particular University should offer a certain feel to it. May it be a foreign University of a national one. For example, I love the city and I love Atlanta. The combination of store fronts in between classes the plethora of different types of people is actually exciting to me.

    5. we propose that the natural landscape of a university campus is an attentional learning resource for its students.

      This statement doesn't really apply to me. I honestly like the feel of the "concrete jungle" that GSU offers. I feel as if the change in landscape wouldn't help me learn any better.

  2. Sep 2016
    1. Throughout history, people have used varied methods to exclude undesirable individuals from places where they were not wanted

      This is very true and has even been seen a resent as the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. The current president of Brazil wanted all "run-down" houses and poor citizens to be relocated into the mountains and out of sight of tourists to give the country a more premium look. Seeing this done in Atlanta either unwillingly or not is definitely not a new practice by any means necessary, and is referred to by others as "showing your good side".

    2. Wealthy, mostly white residents of the northern Atlanta suburbs have vocally opposed efforts to expand MARTA into their neighborhoods for the reason that doing so would give people of color easy access to suburban communities.

      This could be seen as a doubled edged sword in terms that yes usually poor residents to tend to bring in more crime which maybe why those residents refuse to have the Marta extended in that area. Which would be a very logical argument to make. On the other hand this could be also seen as a way to not diversify the neighborhood as well, but in my personal opinion it mostly has to do with the probability of increased crime or homeless individuals.

    3. According to his biographer, Moses directed that these overpasses be built intentionally low so that buses could not pass under them.4 This design decision meant that many people of color and poor people, who most often relied on public transportation, lacked access to the lauded public park at Jones Beach.5

      Unfortunately, this isn't a new tactic by any means and has even been seen in countries such as Brazil. It may or may not have been for "racial purposes" seeing that Brazil does it to make the country look as profitable and upbeat as possible even with the country being billions in debt with most citizens under proverty.

    4. Walls, fences, and highways separate historically white neighborhoods from historically black ones. Wealthy communities have declined to be served by public transit so as to make it difficult for individuals from poorer areas to access their neighborhoods.

      Seeing that the South is based off the premise of "Separate but Equal" its not surprising seeing the neighborhoods are bordered off from each other. The real surprise is that the infrastructure hasn't been changed/altered even after all these new laws and reforms... Separation brings mistrust and ignorance on both sides of the fence.

  3. Aug 2016
    1. The built environment is characterized by man-made physical features that make it difficult for certain individuals—often poor people and people of color—to access certain places

      Just this statement alone shows that some people are indeed oppressed by society and actually brings it to light. Which is a great way to get the topic talked about.