Articles by Katii Sheffield

Game On

From Sept. 22 to Feb. 22, I will be spending, at a minimum, 22 hours a week staring at a black line, and another three hours picking heavy things up and putting them down. Yes, swim season is right around the corner.   I won’t lie—I’ve had a few friends ask if I’m quitting swimming,…

What’s the price of independence?

  It isn’t often that a nation votes on a referendum to break from a larger country or to form a new one. It’s even less often that this country is part of the United Kingdom, especially when the U.K. has existed for over 300 years.   The Scottish people will vote in a referendum…

Hot Topics 9/18/14

Hot topics   Shares across the board in social media companies dropped on Sept. 15. Yelp and LinkedIn both dropped more than six percent, Twitter fell five percent and Facebook fell four percent. It’s unknown exactly why so many social media companies fell drastically, but Chinese e-commerce company, Alibaba, could be taking attention away from…

Business Basics: Groupthink

Groupthink is a phenomenon that is marked by a consensus of opinion within groups and teams without critical reasoning, evaluation of consequences or alternatives.   Business leaders and teams can unknowingly create a culture of groupthink out of fear of upsetting the status quo or causing conflict. Groupthink reduces creative thinking through an environment that…

Why I hate being a senior

The fate of being a senior is currently a part of my top five worst things that has ever happened to me.   When I was a senior in high school, I couldn’t wait to be in college. When I was a freshman in college, I couldn’t wait to finally be away from the stigma…

Is this the end of wallets?

    They made their mark in personal computers, smartphones and as of Sept. 9,  Apple Inc. has broken new ground yet again.   On Sept. 9, Apple announced the launch of its newest products the sleeker, larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, software update iOS 8, Apple’s first smartwatch, Apple Watch, and now Apple…

Hot Topics 9/11/2014

  Fast food workers throughout 150 cities walked off the job Sept. 4. Workers representing McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC have been fighting for a pay raise to $15 an hour, and allowing them to join a union. Currently, the average pay for a service worker is $8.74, equaling $18,000 a year—which is $5,000…

Business Basics: Labor Unions

  Labor unions are organizations that represent the interests of employees to their employers. These interests include wages, hours and working conditions. In instances where workers don’t feel as though their needs are being met, their union fees continue to pay them during a strike in a worst-case scenario. These unions are typically industry-specific, encompassing…

Business basics: Commodity

    A commodity is any good exchanged during business, and is interchangeable with other goods of the same type. The quality of a commodity, such as water, may differ slightly, but it’s still considered to be uniform and valuable despite various companies. There are two main types of commodities: hard and soft. Hard commodities…

Constant wanderlust

Sheffield’s Shenanigans       I spent my Easter break in the Grand Canyon.   Okay, that’s not completely accurate. I spent 90 hours in a car heading to the Grand Canyon, before having a brief two-day excursion hiking in the Grand Canyon overnight.   Over $600 was spent on gas, multiple Subway footlongs were shared and…

Hot Topics 5/1/14

Water is one of the world’s most precious and diminishing resources. Consequently, water has become a commodity more valuable than gold. Thus, companies that supply fresh water have become great investment opportunities. Fresh water is currently a $600 million industry, and is expected to grow into a $1 trillion industry in the next six years.…

Success is chopped up in a salad

  George Chase, Jr. is not your average student. While the average student may struggle with working part-time, Chase is a full-time business owner and founder of Chop It Salad Company.   Chop It is a fast-food restaurant–without all of the carbs, fat and sugars, specializing in make-it-your-own salads. With over 50 salad toppings and…

Workaholic Tendencies

    I have many flaws. I have a lot of pride in the weight room (I’ll never get over the fact that I’ll never be able to overhead press my body weight unless I go on steroids), I procrastinate and whenever I stress out I basically shut down.  I have many more—but, my least…

Hot Topics 4/10/14

  The new Windows 8.1 update for PC has arrived. Those with Windows phones can expect the update sometime between the end of April and early May. Included in the Windows phone update is Cortana—Microsoft’s personal digital assistant, akin to Apple’s Siri. Unlike Siri and Google Now, Cortana can put information from search results into…

Hope for the economy and for students?

President Barack Obama signed two executive actions on Tuesday, April 8 in the campaign for equal pay. Although these executive actions only apply to companies with federal contracts, Obama is encouraging them throughout the country.   One, called “Equal Pay Day,” is a push from Obama on receiving equal pay by making it easier to…

Do you have digital dirt?

    You may go out on a Friday night with friends, and by early Saturday morning there are already pictures of you on social media with your friends, red solo cups in hand, and any suspicious bottles hidden behind your back. But are those possibly suspicious bottles really hidden? While Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are…

Business Basics: LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a professional social network.  After building your professional profile that includes past job experience and skills, you can connect with classmates, employers and colleagues. You can use these connection to discover professional opportunities and business deals—now or in the future.   LinkedIn has become important for personal branding in a world full of…

Greek Economy Slowly Recovering

      Nearly four years ago, Greece was on the rocks. But, signs show that Greece may be moving away from its recession.   In 2010, Greece lost control of its public finances, and international confidence in the country’s ability to pay sovereign debt fell.   As a member of the economic and monetary…

Hot Topics 4/3/14

After being named the new CEO of General Motors this past January, Mary Barra has promised to run the company with transparency. On March 20, GM put a stop order on Chevrolet Cruzes, the company’s best-selling sedan, but did not give any reasons why. GM took a day to explain that the recall on Chevy…

The Senior Challenge

      I never really thought I’d get my own column. For the past year and a half, I’ve been sitting on the couch in the newsroom copy editing on deadline nights – occasionally writing an article here or there. But now I get my own desk.  Well, I share it with my co-editor…

Business Basics: Bonds

  Bonds are a debt investment where an investor, such as a bank, company or government, loans money to a company or government that borrows funds. The funds are borrowed for a determined amount of time and with a fixed interest rate. This interest is typically paid every six months, and the funds are to…

Building Credit for a College Student

    “I’m 20 years old, I don’t even need to worry about credit yet.”   While in college, it’s easy not to think about what’s going to happen after you get your diploma. Beyond not living with mom and dad after graduation, and that you need to get a real job, after college plans…

Lucky Numbers 3/27/14

    7.4: 7.4 billion to one is the estimated chance of a person having a perfect bracket during NCAA March Madness. It appears as if QuickenLoans and Yahoo, who were sold an insurance policy from Berkshire Hathaway, won’t have to pay anyone out in Warren Buffett’s Billion Dollar Giveaway, which has already made over…

Hot Topics 3/27/14

    Forbes’ 2014 Billionaire List has been released, and includes 1,645 billionaires from around the world, creating a net worth of $6.4 trillion – one trillion more than last year.  Included on the list is Bill Gates, ranked the world’s richest person; 172 women on the list, more than ever before; and the United…

Business Basics: IPO

  IPO stands for initial public offering, and it is the first stage in a company’s path towards a public offering.  In an initial public offering, shares of a company are made available and sold to public investors for the first time. This marks the transition from the company being privately held to becoming a…