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Sunday, October 14, 2018

"Niche degrees allow grads to stand out"/ "The classroom of the future, here today"

Mar. 20, 2018 "Niche degrees allow grads to stand out": Today I found this article by Jennifer Lewington in the Globe and Mail:

Data analytics and artificial intelligence are among the hot growth specialties for business schools

In growing numbers, Canadian business schools are rolling out new specialty graduate degrees tailored to respond to financial, environmental and other global disruptions.

The new programs – from data analytics and artificial intelligence to public safety and environmental sustainability and resource management – illustrate a worldwide strategy by business schools to diversify offerings beyond their long-running workhorse, the master of business administration.

“The phenomenon is the differentiation of degrees,” says Patricia Bradshaw, dean of the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, which offers specialty master degrees on credit unions and finance, as well as technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. “The MBA has a long product life cycle and it is at the mature end of that life cycle.”

She says business schools are “looking for the untapped niches.”

Two emerging niche topics are data analytics and artificial intelligence, with specialty masters that cater to applicants with no business experience (in contrast to several years of work required for an MBA) or to working professionals eager to enhance their managerial credentials.

This fall, McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management in Montreal introduces a 12month master of management in analytics, priced at $44,000, for those with no work experience but who are keen to tap into employer demand for expertise in this area.

“With all the recent developments in information technology, data, artificial intelligence and machine learning, we are seeing more and more in business the necessity for a new layer in the organization to bridge the gap between management and the technical side,” says Desautels dean Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou. “There is a huge demand for this kind of graduate.”

Last month, the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Kingston won approval to offer a 12-month master of management in artificial intelligence for working professionals who want to understand machine learning and its impact on business decisions.

“We are just reacting to market demand and trying to stay a bit ahead of it,” says Elspeth Murray, associate dean of MBA and master programs at Smith. The new program, which kicks off this September, was developed in a matter of months based on advice from the school’s industry advisory board last November.

Employer demand is expected to be strong, according to one industry leader.

“One of the biggest challenges within organizations today is the gulf that exists between the leaders who are under pressure to drive the initiatives and the people who are sitting in the trenches doing the work,” says Mike Durland, retired chief executive officer and group head of global banking and markets for the Bank of Nova Scotia, an advisor to several AI-oriented companies and a member of several advisory boards at Smith.

Graduates from the new program, he hopes, “will act as conduits who can communicate between those two groups and also lead those change initiatives. ”

Like Queen’s, York University’s Schulich School of Business in Toronto moved quickly several years ago to introduce a specialty master in data analytics.

In 2012, the program opened with an initial cohort of four students but this year 275 applicants (who submit a GMAT or equivalent score) competed for 48 spots in the current class.

“We have 100-per-cent placement,” says Murat Kristal, director of Schulich’s master of business analytics program, which attracts qualified students from science, physics and the humanities.

This fall, the school plans to enhance experiential learning for students in a new “cognitive analytics and visualization lab,” developed with consultancy Deloitte, to work on real-world applications of big data.

“We are putting students in a situation where they are working like a consultant and they have to deliver,” says Dr. Kristal.

While tracking data in Canada is anecdotal, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a U.S.-based accreditation body, reports that masterlevel business analytics and data analytics programs account for 345 of 433 specialties at U.S. business schools in 2017.

That said, specialized graduate programs cut across most sectors of the economy. In some cases, Canadian business schools take advantage of their geographic location to raise their profile.

Last year, Thompson Rivers University’s business school introduced its first two specialty business degrees: a course-based master in environmental economics and management and a thesis-based master of science in environmental economics and management.

Given its location in the interior of British Columbia, the Kamloops-based business school decided to tap industry and student demand for a management program that combines natural resource development and sustainable environmental practices.

 “Students are looking for a graduate program that will lead them to careers, and they are also looking to be more competitive in the marketplace in terms of differentiating themselves from an MBA,” says business school dean Michael Henry. 

By design, the classes are small – about a dozen per cohort – but Dr. Henry says the demand is “exceeding expectations,” with students choosing the specialty degree even without a tuition subsidy by their employer.

In Saskatchewan, the Levene Graduate School of Business at the University of Regina also aims to take advantage of its location to offer a new specialty MBA in public safety this fall. The university is home base for the Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety, which examines financial and other issues related to public safety, Indigenous policing, cybercrime and first responders. A recruit training centre of the RCMP is also located in Regina.

“We have to look at what we have to offer that really takes advantage of our skill sets and resources,” says Marci Elliott, associate dean of Levene.

She hopes the proposed two year MBA specialty, a blend of residential and online program delivery, attracts an initial class of at least 10 working professionals from a cross-section of emergency response and crime fighting agencies.

"The classroom of the future, here today": Today I found this article by Peter Nowak in the Globe and Mail:

It wasn't so long ago that media was a one-way form of communication where television and newspapers reported information with only tangential input from the public they served.

The internet and especially social media upended that arrangement, making it more of a two-way street. News outlets are becoming increasingly collaborative and inclusive with their constituencies as a result, morphing from mostly a broadcast model into something closer to a network.

The University of Saskatchewan believes the same needs to happen in the education sector, which is why it recently opened the Allsopp Learning Lab at its Edwards School of Business. The technology-heavy classroom is designed to encourage networking internally between students and professors, as well as externally with businesses throughout the province.

"It's a different type of teaching," says Vince Bruni-Bossio, director of the experiential learning initiative. "We're no longer standing around and delivering a lecture. It's more of an experiential exercise where students are actually doing things."

The lab revolves around Sony Vision Exchange technology, which includes eight large touch screens situated around the classroom, plus one at the front. Rather than rows of desks, students sit in clusters around the screens.

The system encourages BYOD – bring your own device – so that students can mirror their own laptops, tablets and phones onto the screens to show their work and ideas.

The class instructor can project any of the individual group screens onto the main display and provide commentary and criticism.

Students have used the lab, which opened last September, to collaboratively work on projects, including pricing and marketing simulations. So far, their reactions have been positive.

"It's beneficial that we can touch the screens and be more interactive. We can communicate more easily with each other," says Brittany McIntyre, a fourth-year management student at the Saskatoon university.

"With technology being such an important way that we access information and collaborate with each other … more classes should switch to this."

The idea for the lab began in 2013 with Daphne Taras, who was dean of Edwards at the time. She saw the need for students to gain practical work experience, as well as a growing desire in remote communities for more access to educational opportunities.

She put a plan together for a technologically-enabled classroom that could forge closer connections between both students and those communities. In 2014, oil and gas industry veteran and Edwards alumnus Harold Allsopp helped make the project a reality with a $500,000 donation.

The next step will be to virtually include students throughout the province, especially in remote northern communities, in classes on the Saskatoon campus. They'll be able to participate from wherever they are via an internet connection, similar to telecommuting.

The set-up will also allow students to partner with and create business plans and strategies for companies and organizations located throughout Saskatchewan.

"You can see them, they can see you, you can show them your screen and whiteboard with them," says Noreen Mahoney, associate dean of students and degree programs. "We have to go to others if we want to make an impact. We can't expect them to come to us."

This sort of networked experiential and collaborative learning is an accelerating trend within the educational sector, experts say.

A growing number of institutions are adopting similar technologies and programs. Toronto's Ryerson University, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Colorado in Denver are among the schools pressing forward with similar efforts.

"The concept of active learning is a theme that's really running through modern universities," says Nina Angelo, vice-president of product marketing at Toronto-based educational software maker Top Hat.

"Rethinking the spaces used in education is a theme we're seeing in both universities and K-12 [kindergarten to Grade 12]. It's about transcending the typical boundaries of a classroom."

The trend is being fuelled by both push and pull factors. On the one hand, students are increasingly asking for classes that are more involved and stimulating. On the other, employers are also wanting new recruits that have actual work experience.

Collaborative classrooms that network with businesses and organizations outside the academic world can bridge those needs.

"This is desired by all parties in the ecosystem," says Krista Jones, managing director of work and learning at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. "We need as much of this as we can get."

"Stay motivated when work becomes a grind"/ "Lotto tickets are swell, but may I have my bonus?"

Nov. 25, 2017 "Nine ways to stay motivated when work becomes a grind": Today I found this article by Dan Richards in the Globe and Mail:

Dan Richards is a faculty member, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and author of Getting Clients, Keeping Clients.

We all encounter periods when we're challenged at work. Last summer, I was faculty adviser to 35 MBA students during their summer internships. When some complained that their job was uninspiring or felt like a grind, we worked on nine strategies to help them stay positive.

Set key priorities each day

Feeling overwhelmed and out of control drains energy. Spend 10 minutes each morning laying out the critical things you have to do that day. Or consider making this the last thing you do before you leave the office, so you hit the ground running when you arrive the next day.

Do the hard thing first

Periodically, we all have calls that we avoid or projects that we don't want to even think about starting. The difficulty is that the longer you put off that tough call or delay that daunting project, the more overwhelming it becomes. In the interim, it hangs over your head and drains energy.

In his book, Do the Hard Thing First, Michael Bloomberg advocates ending each day by writing down the one important item on your to-do list that's overdue – and to do it first thing in the morning when you get in. The energy from making that call or filing that expense report will give you a boost through the day.

Focus on progress

Harvard Business School's Teresa Amabile conducted research with knowledge workers in which she had them complete diaries at the end of each day, recording their motivation level and what had happened during the day. 

Her conclusion: Being able to point to progress in your work, even if it's modest, has a strong correlation with enthusiasm at the end of a workday. The opposite is true as well – people who can't point to progress report lower levels of motivation.

Consider creating a file on your computer labelled "Progress." As the last item each day, take 30 seconds to write down at least one thing you've done where you made tangible progress.

Take breaks to increase motivation

You can't be effective when your motivation is below a minimum threshold, so if your enthusiasm level is dragging, take a quick pause. In The Organized Mind, McGill's Daniel Levitin points to research on the benefit of regular breaks, provided that they're for fresh air rather than checking status updates or completing the latest BuzzFeed quiz.

Everyone is different, so pinpoint what will get you recharged when you're flagging. 

Consider taking a five-minute break between meetings or schedule 15-minute morning and afternoon breaks to inject fresh air into your system, whether it's a quick walk around the block or a run to Tim Hortons.

Refuse to be a victim

Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch says feeling sorry for yourself is one of the most destructive and energy-sapping behaviours you can engage in. Yes, it's unfair that our boss or clients are unreasonable. But accept this for the reality it is and move on. Every minute engaged in self-pity is one minute too many. "Refuse to be a victim," says Mr. Welch.

Reward yourself

Sometimes internal motivation isn't enough and we need external incentives to see us through. It doesn't have to be elaborate. 

Something as simple as looking forward to a quiet dinner out on Friday night with your partner can be a reward for making those challenging phone calls or grinding through that spreadsheet. Looking ahead to a small payoff can provide that extra motivation.

Boost your energy level

Keeping your energy level up is always important, but is absolutely essential when your motivation is challenged. We all know the ingredients that create high energy – what's key is make them a priority.

Begin by getting enough sleep and eating the healthiest foods you can. Starting the day with exercise has a big impact. Even a brisk half-hour walk first thing can make a lasting positive impact on your energy throughout the day. Don't underestimate the effect of fresh air; yes, it's colder and there's less sun in winter, but a bracing walk can pep you up for several hours.

Build a positive mindset

A positive mindset is as contagious as any flu. Seek out people in your office who are positive and upbeat to share coffee or a sandwich at lunch. Work hard to be positive yourself.

Edward Jacobson, author of Appreciative Moments, has some suggestions on maintaining a positive mindset. First, find the opportunity to make at least one honest compliment twice a day (he calls this "filling people's buckets"). 

He also suggests replacing throwaway greetings like, "How was your weekend?" with more engaged greetings like, "What was the highlight of your weekend?" or "What's been the best part of your day so far?" You'll get much more than the standard "fine" when you ask questions that show real interest in the answers.

Avoid negative people

Just as talking to positive people gives us energy, spending time with negative people drains it. We all know people who are perpetually down and mad at the world, who suck the energy out of every room they're in. If you have a "woe is me, it's so unfair" person in your office, stay clear of them.

One final tip that I shared with students: If they were really down after a tough day, I suggested that when they got home they watch the funniest movie they could think of – twice, if necessary. Laughter is a proven remedy for feeling down in the dumps. And it's cheaper and less guilt-inducing the next morning than that bottle of wine or box of chocolates.

1 comment:

4 days ago

Hey Boss, let's try this technique: How about you bring back some of the "headcount" you sliced to ensure your bonus payment remained intact? How about you spend some of that huge cash pile you are hoarding to give us a significant raise more in line with what the Board of Directors will be handing out to you and your peers? And how about you just stop acting like an a$$hole for once and for all?

My opinion: I like this article.  I already do the above tips.  I like to listen and dance to music to release stress and increase my energy.

Mar. 14, 2018 "Lotto tickets are swell, but may I have my bonus?": Today I found this article by Noam Scheiber in the Globe and Mail.  It turns out this was in the NY Times bigger article.

It seemed like an epic blunder: United Airlines announced that it was replacing a standard bonus with a lottery that would give nothing to most of its roughly 90,000 workers while awarding lavish prizes, like $100,000 in cash and Mercedes-Benz sedans, to a few lucky winners.

United had hoped the sweepstakes approach would “build excitement and a sense of accomplishment.” But after workers deluged the company with hostile comments, the airline said last week that it was “pressing the pause button on these changes.”

The fiasco pulled back the curtain on the widespread use of gamelike techniques for motivating employees.

While employers have relied on such practices for decades, the methods have become increasingly sophisticated in an age when companies can collect more data about employee behavior than ever before, and as video game technology has proliferated.

Recent studies show a rapidly growing market for so-called gamification software, some of which allows workers to earn points and badges by completing certain tasks or performing well.

Defenders say such practices can be useful — if they are designed to make employees feel more engaged and invested in their work, not to save money. But to skeptics, the United program illustrated a deeper problem with gamelike motivational methods.

“Shareholders and management get the monetary rewards, and ‘meaning’ and ‘excitement’ are consolation prizes that go to workers,” said Caitlin Petre, an assistant professor of media studies at Rutgers University who has examined similar practices at media companies. “This is very much in line with my understanding of how the gamification trend in workplaces operates.”

Whatever one thinks about the ethics of workplace games, few question their potential to influence workers in certain circumstances. A pile of psychological research has shown that they can be cheaper and more effective at motivating workers than straight cash.

An experiment published in 2012 in the American Journal of Health Promotion showed that a far higher proportion of employees completed a health-risk assessment when they got a modest chance to win up to $125 in a lottery than when they would receive a $25 gift certificate.

“Lotteries in general may be more effective than fixed payments, as people tend to overweigh small probabilities in making decisions,” the paper noted.

Other studies have shown that simple compliments and recognition, which gamification software frequently incorporates, may be more effective than cash in motivating workers. An experiment at a semiconductor plant, published in 2014, showed that workers’ productivity rose more if they were rewarded with a note thanking them for their “hard work and great achievements in yesterday’s shift” than if they were given a cash bonus worth about $25.

In principle, there is no moral problem with seeking cheaper ways to motivate workers. Compensation and motivation are two distinct concepts, and a company could decide to pay its workers fairly — or exceedingly generously — then deploy lotteries and praise to motivate them to perform better.

“There are two things to consider,” said Kristen Berman of the behavioral consulting nonprofit Irrational Labs. “One is pay — what do people get paid, what should they get paid, what do they expect to get paid. The second is motivating people to do things we want them to do in the workplace.”

That distinction is often easiest to enforce when the tasks that employers link to gamelike rewards are narrow, and not central to a worker’s job description.

Charlotte Blank, the chief behavioral officer of Maritz, which designs employee motivation and incentive programs, said lotteries could be an effective way to pique interest among salespeople in a new product but should not replace crucial components of pay.

Riverdale/ Degrassi/ pregnancy on TV

May 11, 2018 Riverdale: I saw the episode Chapt. 34: Judgement Night.  Spoiler alert:

It was crazy. 

-Fangs from the Serpents died
-Midge's mom admitted to shooting Fangs

-Veronica and her mom Hermione almost get killed by Pa Pa Poutine's son
-Hermione shoots and kills Pa Pa Poutine's son
-Veronica's guard Andre is killed

-Archie and his jock friends are stuck at Pop Tate's diner and almost get killed by gang Ghoulies.  However, Archie throws Molotov cocktail at them.
Then former Sheriff Keller, Fred Andrews and FP comes with.  Keller shoots shot gun in the air

-Betty confronts her dad who admits he is the Black Hood who shot Fred, and killed Miss. Grundy
Dad Herald starts choking mom and Betty knocks him out.  He recorded his confession.
Dad is arrested.

-Toni gets kidnapped by Penny, who was a Serpent and now works for the Ghoulies.

-Jughead sacrifices himself to get beaten up by the Ghoulies so the Serpents won't get hurt

Aug. 2, 2018 The pilot: When I first heard about this show coming out, I had low expectations.  I read these comics when I was in elementary school.  Also I'm in my early 30s so I thought I was too old to be watching it.

I have been watching Degrassi: The Next Generation from like 2005 to 2014.  I only stopped by fall 2014 because I was in the Office Assistant program at MacEwan and was working part-time.  I could watch it on YouTube when I have time when school is over.  However, I didn't watch it.  

"A subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade."


1. All the actors look like their comic book characters.  The actors are good.

Luke Perry from 90210 is here as Archie's dad.  Molly Ringwald as Archie's mom does make a small part in the show.

Skeet Ulrich here as Jughead's dad.

Martin Cummins in Sheriff Keller.  I didn't recognize him at first until I was like: "Isn't he the bad guy Ames White on Dark Angel season 2?"  (In 2001-2002).  I was right.

2. The murder mystery of Jason Blossom is good.

3. It was shot in Vancouver.

4. The dialogue:

Archie's dad Fred: The decisions you're making now, they have consequences, they will form you are, and who you will become.  Whatever you decide, be confident enough in them that you don't have to lie.

I will put that in my inspirational quotes.

5. There is good writing.  It deals with death, suicide, and sexual harassment.  

There is also some adult and serious stuff like solving a murder in the 1st season.

In the second season there is a serial killer.

The characters are in real and present danger simply because they live in this town.


1. This is a mild con.


A character looks like he or she died by accident, when it was really murder:

Spoiler alert: It looks like Jason died in an accident, when it was really murder.  It has been done before.

2. Another mild con:

Spoiler alert: 

A student is hooking up with a teacher.  

That has been done in lots of teen shows like 90210 (reboot) and Pretty Little Liars.

Jan. 7, 2017 "Degrassi heats up": Today I found this article by Victoria Ahearn in the Edmonton Journal:

The esteemed Canadian teen-TV franchise Degrassi is tackling the subject of abortion again, given that it’s “a very important time to be telling this story,” says series cocreator Linda Schuyler.

In the third season of Degrassi: Next Class, Amanda Arcuri’s 16-year-old character Lola Pacini decides to have an abortion and viewers get a unique perspective — from inside the procedure room with her.

“We’re constantly reading the stats and keeping apprised as to what’s happening and also have our finger on the pulse of some of the scary right-wing thinking that’s out there,” says Schuyler, who is also an executive producer for the show.

“We’re very much influenced by what’s going on in the world, there’s no question. When this season comes on air, in the very first episode, we (also), see that Degras- si is welcoming Syrian refugees.”

The entire third season is now available in Canada on the Family Channel app and on Netflix in the U.S. and around the world. The season makes its Canadian broadcast premiere on Family Channel on Monday.

This is the fourth time a Degrassi character has had an abortion. The previous characters were Erica Farrell of Degrassi High, Tessa Campanelli of School’s Out! and Manny Santos of Degrassi: The Next Generation.

“We’ve also done an equal number of stories of kids who get pregnant and make different choices,” says Schuyler.

“So it’s not like we are advocating, ‘Get pregnant, get an abortion.’ But we really felt that it was very important, particularly in this day and age when the abortion debate is coming back on the main stage, that we wanted to demystify it.

“Our message is not: ‘Use abor- tion as birth control.’ Far from it,” she adds. “But we also want to respect the dignity and the rights of a young woman to be able to make her own informed choices.”

In the episode #IRegretNothing, Lola finds out she’s pregnant and decides to have an abortion after researching her options for a couple of weeks.

When a counsellor at the clinic stresses that she can take more time to think about her options, Lola insists she wants to go through with it. Cameras then show her lying on the examination table and chatting with the doctor in the procedure room as he preps the equipment.

“I think that it will help a lot of teenagers realize that, ‘Hey, it’s OK if I do this because it is my body and I can be strong after this, I’ll get through this, I have lots of people supporting me,’” says Arcuri.

Lola isn’t haunted by her decision, as is often the case in abortion storylines. Instead, she tells a friend that it wasn’t a difficult choice for her and that she doesn’t feel sad or regretful.

“Some girls will have an emotion and cry for days after and some will feel strong and feel liberated and feel like it wasn’t a big deal. And I think it’s a good way to tell a story — that people react differently, Lola’s reaction is justified, it’s normal, it’s OK,” says Arcuri.

“I’m happy that the writers gave me this opportunity to portray it and help young girls.”
Lola also doesn’t tell the father about her abortion beforehand. Arcuri says it speaks to a woman’s right to make a decision about her own body, but she adds that it might make some viewers angry.

“It was also very scary to think about portraying this with all the controversy that’s going on and how many people have different views on this specific topic,” she says.

“I wanted to get it right and to prepare myself for any backlash or anything that happens.”

The new season picks up right after the Season 2 cliffhanger, which involved a tragic bus crash. The new season will also see an influx of Syrian refugees to Degrassi.

But the abortion storyline will likely be among the most discussed, says Schuyler: “It is a subject matter, out of all — I think we’re up to 525 episodes of Degrassi now — and no question, it’s the first, if not the second, most divisive topic that we talk about.”

Oct. 6, 2018 Teen pregnancy, pregnancy, and abortions on TV:

90210: In the 2008 reboot, Adriana gets pregnant.  It's an American show so they can't have her have an abortion.  She was going to, but then she was too far along in the pregnancy.

It was predictable (at least to me) that she gives the baby up for adoption.  This is a TV show about rich teenagers having fun, and having a baby and raising it, is not fun.

Gossip Girl: It looks Blair was pregnant, but she wasn't.  She was going to have an abortion.  It's the same, it's a show about rich teenagers having fun and having a baby and raising it, is not fun.

Secret Life of the American Teenager: I knew Amy was going to have the kid and raise it as her own.  How else do you expect the show to go on for a long time?

This is a TV show that's not about rich teenagers having fun.  It was a bad show because of the writing.  I only watched it so I can read funny comments about it on

Desperate Housewives: It looks like Gaby got pregnant.  I, my co-worker/ friend Meghan at the Clothing Store #1, and someone on Fametracker Forums said Gaby seemed pro-choice.

However, Gaby miscarried.

Scandal: I saw the pilot and never watched it again.  I read somewhere that a character got pregnant and got an abortion.  It wasn't really a big deal.

Oct. 10, 2018 Clueless: There was a teen pregnancy episode of this teen sitcom that's based on the movie.  I wrote about this before.  It was where a honors student tutors the cast like Cher, Dionne, and Amber for the SATs.  The Tutor was sick and kept throwing up.

Then she admits she may be pregnant and they all go shopping at the store for a pregnancy test.

Cher: We can't buy this.
Amber: I have a friend who has this plan that whenever she has to buy something embarrassing, she goes to the store, buys a whole bunch of stuff and this one thing will just be another item.  

Dionne: That is the most stupidest thing I have ever heard.
Amber: Oh what?  Are you dissing me?  I mean, are you dissing my friend?
Cher: Let's go with Amber's plan.

My opinion: I was 13 yrs old and in gr. 8, and I thought that was a good plan if I or any of my friends, or teen viewers got into this situation.

You can implement this plan if you're buying anything embarrassing.

If I remember correctly, the Tutor was going to have the kid.

There was a PSA at the end of the episode where the cast says to use protection like condoms and birth control pills. 

Comedy comparisons: I wrote about this before:

A character goes to the store to buy a bunch of stuff to get one item:

The Simpsons: This episode came out a yr before the Clueless ep.  The family stays at Flanders beach house and Homer wants to buy some illegal fireworks.  He buys a bunch of stuff and the Hindu store clerk sells him one.

My week:

Oct. 7, 2018 Chance the Rapper donates $1 million:

There’s a good chance that Chance The Rapper loves Chicago.
The rapper, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, announced on Thursday that he is donating $1 million to improve mental health services in his hometown.
Chance said he will give six mental health providers in the area $100,000 via his charity, SocialWorks. In addition, his new initiative, “My State of Mind,” aims to connect people with treatment, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The rapper didn’t specify how his charity was spending the remaining $400,000.
“We want to change the way that mental health resources are being accessed,” Chance said. “We need a new space where people can get information on how they feel, on where to go and a network for us to interact and review our mental health spaces, and create a community of people helping people.”
Applications for the grants will be accepted starting in January. 
Meanwhile, Chance also announced his charity is giving $100,000 each to 20 Chicago schools, according to WLS TV. 
That makes a total of 40 schools that have or will receive donations from his charity.
“We will be upping the game in terms of equity, in terms of what is rightfully yours. Principals, teachers, we got your back,” he said.

Driver miraculously escapes as gas-carrying truck explodes on highway:

Veggie patty: I tried the ones by Kirkland Signature.  It was hard to cut.  It didn't really taste like anything.

I then tried the one at Subway.  It didn't really taste like anything.

In the box:

My blog: I have a blog and I have been posting my own writing from 2008-Aug. 2014.  Then in Sept. 2014- present, I have mainly been putting up news articles.

I was to be discovered on my blog and be a TV writer and producer.

I could be like Niel Pasricha who wrote The Book of Awesome and it started from a blog. 

Out of the box:

Put up some dancing videos: How about I put up some videos of me dancing?  There could be 100 videos of me dancing to 100 different songs.

I could be discovered and be a backup dancer for a pop singer.  Or at least become a dance teacher.

I could be like Taylor Hatala:

Oct. 8, 2018 The Dollar Tree on Jasper Gates closed down: I was on the bus and it drove by there.

Winter: Today I shoveled snow.  In Sept. it snowed, but it melted fast so I didn't shovel.

Oct. 9, 2018 Work: Yesterday my boss from my 2nd restaurant job asked if I can work.  I can work from 9am-11:15am and she says that's fine.  I went to work.

Then I went to my other job that was close by and worked for a few hours.

The highlight of the week:

Job interviews: I attended 2 this week.

Riverdale: The season 3 premiere was average.

Blindspot: The season 4 premiere was good.