Lawrence Non-profits

Your resource for community outreach

Letter to Kendall Jones from Conservative KU Journalist

 IMPORTANT NOTE: I have nothing against the hunting of animals as long it is legal. I support the Second Amendment. I am a proud Republican and advocacy journalist. This letter, and any other related, future information, serves to expose corruption surrounding and/or within non-profit organization(s).

(This is a well-supported presentation of my outlook on Texan student Kendall Jones’ actions. Will she respond? Or will she continue to ignore me and try to get this taken off of Facebook? I would hope the former, but my mind tells me the latter will probably occur.)

Dearest Kendall,

I don’t understand why you blocked me, but I would like to apologize. I understand I was a bit harsh, so I’d like to start over because I really would like to see your perspective and, as a journalism student, I’d like you to see mine as well. I hope that’s not asking too much from you.So, you recently posted 10 very valid reasons for and examples of conservation. The act of conservation hunting HAS DEFINITELY helped a lot of species to thrive….but the keywords here are: IN. NORTH. AMERICA! In the same post you also mentioned the specific animals in which conservation hunting has helped including: ducks, turkeys, pronghorns, elk and  whitetails.

Your argument for conservation hunting is completely infallible and correct… for those species in that continent. However, using statistics from North American animal conservation hunting and it’s success as a correlation between African endangered animal conservation hunting is one of the oldest and most common fallacies of rhetoric in existence. Deriving correlation from causation is not only statistically inaccurate, but, I’m sorry to say, it also shows a lack of credibility on your behalf.

 

As you seem to have the facts down about North American conservation hunting, allow me to enlighten you about the facts of legal and moral conservation hunting in Africa. First of all, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) announced in April that the import of elephants from both Tanzania and Zimbabwe will be suspended for the remainder of 2014. The decision was propelled by the fact that in these two countries, according to FWS, “additional killing of elephants…even if legal, is not sustainable.” THUS, your elephant trophies of conservation were actually adding to the endangerment of the species. Big, “Oops!” Huh?Moreover, you’re claiming to support a cause, and you, (or your father), rather, paid of dollars to help that cause. Well, let’s just see about how much money your dad invested in your selfless act to spread awareness, and what exactly it was you had to pay for, shall we?

We all know your favorite spot to hunt is Zimbabwe, as your father introduced you to the beauty of its plains at the sprite age of nine. African Sky Hunting, affiliated with Dallas, TX, (so I’m sure you’re familiar), offers all sorts of all-inclusive packages for hunts just like the ones you go on!

According to said well-known hunting operator in Zimbabwe, a 21-day lion, elephant & buffalo hunt costs $1,100 a day per person. A total upwards of $80,000. BUT that’s not including the price you pay for all of your fuzzy trophies! For each leopard, $15,000. Each lion, $22,000. Each elephant, $35,000. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Not including equipment, air fare, travel fare, transportation of trophy fees, and your ungodly amounts of bronzer, that’s a bit under $200,000.

Now, I understand that as a conservation hunter you are obligated to pay to hunt, and a portion of said payment goes to helping your cause. You recently posted about the lack of the “trickle-down effect” of money from national to local non-profit organizations…

If you support the idea that national non-profits should give back more locally, then how do you justify less than 1% of the money conservation hunters pay to kill these animals actually going to said cause? You simply cannot justify this because the two ideas completely contradict one another.

So, if your previous statements are truthful, then you undoubtedly know that it would make a more significant impact and help more animals if you directly donated money instead of hoping that one cent for every dollar spent will hopefully go to the cause you claim to believe in.

A donation of $200,000 directly to the cause would have made much more of an impact on this platform you “care so much” about. How many trips have you taken like this before? How many has your father taken? I guarantee the total cost of the animal deaths from all of the hunts combined is at least one million. But even with the $200,000, you could have actually made a long-term, positive change in the world for a species.

As I mentioned, (before you decided to block me for no reason), I am both a journalism student and the owner/manager of a website SPECIFICALLY dedicated to providing our community with news and information about non-profit organizations and advocacy in general.

For over two years now I have put my heart and soul into said website and into the overall spreading of non-profit awareness. I absolutely refuse to back down on this issue and your idiotic promotion of it. What’s more, I will not stop until a voice is heard for these animals who couldn’t speak for themselves.

Kendall Jones, I refuse to allow your success to be gained through exploitation of this cause, or any other for that matter.

Advocacy and awareness are vital to the future of our beautiful world. Manipulating causes for your own pleasure DOES NOT fall under the umbrella of advocacy or awareness. As a true proponent of this and other causes, and as a journalist, it is my ethical responsibility to inform the community of events and their surrounding facts.

I will not stop spreading awareness about yourself and your anti-advocacy actions until you stop feeding the flame for your infamy and your hopes for a stupid reality show.

I’d like to think that your father’s beliefs have simply been engrained in you deeply from a young age, but another part of me thinks that you truly know what you’re doing is wrong… But, with repetition of manipulated statistical facts, I’m sure you can sleep better at night.

I would truly enjoy a response from you, although I’m sure your publicist (ha!) had you block me BECAUSE I am a journalist. Specifically, an advocacy journalist. Your exploitation of organizations represents the non-profit corruption I fight to eliminate every, single day.
I may not be on Fox News or NBC. Hell, I still have a year before I graduate from the William Allen White School of Journalism at KU. But, that is the very reason I will not stop pursuing your response. I’m not any more educated, accredited or qualified than you are, Kendall. There’s less than two years between us. If you’ve been looking for a fair match in the media to defend your cause and respond to all of the backlash: you’ve found it.

I hope to hear from you soon. Until we speak again, happy shooting!

Be the change you wish to see in the world,

 

Terran Rae Smith

 IMPORTANT NOTE: I have nothing against the hunting of animals as long it is legal. I support the Second Amendment. I am a proud Republican and advocacy journalist. This letter, and any other related, future information, serves to expose corruption surrounding and/or within non-profit organization(s).
 STOPHER copy
SOURCES:
http://www.conservationforce.org/…/conservationoftheafr
http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/…/controversy…/
http://www.fws.gov/…/CITES-and-Elephant-Conservation.pdf
http://www.africanskyhunting.co.za/africanhuntingpackages
http://www.farrenglobaladventures.com/Safaris.htm
http://www.shakariconnection.com/african-hunt-pricing.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/…/hey-kendall-jones

9 Comments »

The Lawrence Public Library Reaches Out to KU Students

Each student at the University has his or her own, unique way of studying. As midterms and finals arrive, students face the same question: Where should I study? With five campus libraries, there are plenty of resources to choose from.

“It would be nice to have the resources of a library without having to go to campus libraries, especially during vital times such as finals,” Cassie Jones, junior, said. “It’s overcrowded with students, and unreliable with Internet access from overloaded servers.”

 KU libraries aren’t the only facility to provide one-on-one assistance, conducive study environments and overall willingness to help students.

“We don’t have the same resources as KU, but you can tap into the catalog with your KU card and our staff is ready, willing and able to help with many questions,” said Director of the Lawrence Public Library, Brad Allen.

The Lawrence Public Library reaches students at the University through social networks, pooled community resources and collaboration with KU.

“I’ve been spending a lot of time out in the community getting to know the people in the town, and what they want from their library,” Allen said. “I’ve also been up on campus a lot collaborating more with KU.”

The facility currently works with the Honors Program, First Year Experience Program and the KU libraries to give students experiences outside of campus life, feel more involved in the community and continue to improve this resourceful study area.

“We’ve been working with the Honors Program to let people know the opportunities we have so they can pass those on to students,” Allen said. “In the six months that I’ve been here, we’ve already got new volunteers from the Honors Program; that’s been a great partnership already.”

The LPL facility itself provides a multitude of resources for students studying during midterms and finals, says Marketing Director Susan Brown. 

“I think there’s a bunch of things that would appeal to KU students,” Brown said. “The first is our space; we have lots of tables to study at, meeting room space on the lower level, a gallery, and an auditorium free for public use.”

The facility also has free Wi-Fi connection, wireless printing, regular printing, and live-chat online with librarians during open hours. Social networking has become important to all organizations, and the LPL is no exception.

“Our social media is a great way to get a feel for what we do,” Brown said. “Following us on Twitter or Facebook is a great way to see what’s going on in the library or the town in general.”

Along with services offered at LPL, one of the facility’s main goals is to provide a productive learning environment for students.

“We’re working towards this library being a place students can collaborate more, and just have some quiet places to study,” Brown said. “Especially during the evening, we have lots of quiet space for groups or studying alone.” “Plus, there isn’t that tremendous mid-term impact the librarians experience on campus.”

During her first years of college, Jones tried studying at many campus locations including: the Underground, the Union, Watson Library and Anschutz Library. It was a good opportunity for me to discover what kind of learner I am, says Jones.

“In high school I loved studying at public libraries and thought I’d give campus libraries a shot too, but mostly it was full of talkative groups,” Jones said. “It was really distracting.”

Campus libraries include quiet zones, but Jones says even those areas lead to side tracking.

“The quiet zone is honestly a joke because even if you’re in it, you still have people that are disrupting you,” Jones said. “It’s like a social zone, but it’s a library.”

Although she now studies at home, the reliable Wi-Fi connection, smaller crowds and online resources provided by LPL appeal to Jones’ ideal study atmosphere.

“A productive study environment for me entails a quiet, secluded area, where I can sit down, get in the zone and get stuff done,” Jones said. “As well as being private, I need consistent Internet access because everything is online nowadays.” “I would definitely study at the Lawrence Public Library because it offers the environment that allows me to focus.”

Comparing College Student Study Habits at the University

There are countless study environments for college students to choose from. Two KU students explain the study habits they personally find the most productive and why.

TRANSCRIPT

TERRAN SMITH: From study groups at Anschutz to studying alone at home, each student has a different way of learning that is best for them. Junior in visual arts, Cassie Jones, tried studying at various campus locations, but realized that they weren’t the most constructive environment for her.

MS. CASSIE JONES: I like studying in my room because it’s private, I can close myself off from distractions. I can kind of create my own stable study environment.”

SMITH: For other students, studying at home is a recipe for procrastination. Junior in English and senior in History, Marcus Puga, finds his apartment counterproductive for focusing, and explains why he chooses to study at Anschutz library.

MR. MARCUS PUGA: It’s a different environment than my apartment. When I’m there it’s just like I’m home—can’t really study.

SMITH: Puga says along with the helpful environment of Anschutz and other campus libraries, a sense of student community also adds to his reasons for studying there.

MR. PUGA: It’s nice to be on campus and study and realize that this is what you’re going to school for.

SMITH: Every student has a different way of studying and learning effectively. Whether that be at the campus libraries or at home, Jones says it’s something that each college student must figure out on their own.

JONES: I think it’s, it’s part of finding whatever you’re comfortable with.

SMITH: This is Terran Smith reporting for Lawrence Non-Profits

6 Comments »

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,590 other followers

%d bloggers like this: