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Twas the night before graduation, in May of this year. Amanda in my Boston 'More Than a Feelin' shirt and I in my Nationals cap decided to continue something we love after years of writing and editing for the Salisbury University Flyer. The creature that was stirring was an idea not to scorn, and that night Cennamology was born!
Now with 2014 almost behind us, it is time to honor those authors and articles that have helped get us up and going. This is the first of what I hope to be an annual tradition: the Cennamology Golden C Awards. These awards will be awarded to articles (since we do not have enough individuals writing for us yet to award them to writers) from 2014 that have been particularly notable.
Some of the awards are intended to be serious, others not so much. So enjoy this take on the cliche year-in-review piece every website does! Please join the fun as we say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015 by giving out awards that are not physically present. The only rule is one award per article. We had a total of 132 articles published in 2014 so some of the categories were very hard to decide, so for those categories I have decided to include some runner-ups or Silver Cs.
Why I Support Kendall Jones - From July 2nd
In what was actually one of Cennamology's first articles to reach 1,000 views, defending a blonde hunter of African wildlife made a lot of people type in all caps in the Facebook comment section. No matter what side of the argument you are on, Amanda presented the other side of the story, the one largely ignored by the media. Well you know what they say, if you make people mad, it only means you are doing a good job.
Ann Coulter/Ed Schultz Award for Excellence in Angry Partisanship:
Newsflash: Right-Wingers Love Entitlements - From August 1st
Anger that accumulated after a summer of the Hobby Lobby decision, failure to make progress on raising the national minimum wage, Republican senators whining about the EPA, and Internet trolls is released in this heated article. It is editorials like this one that return me to my early roots where I write in a similar fashion of my first articles for the SU Flyer. If biting political rhetoric is your thing, check this article out.
Dionne Award for Excellence in Explaining a Major Political Event:
Eric Cantor Loses to a Brat: Now What? - From June 11th
Written the day after Eric Cantor shockingly lost his seat to now-Rep. Dave Brat, who took office back in November two months before the other newly-elected freshmen because Cantor later resigned from Congress to get a lucrative paycheck on Wall Street, this result is now considered one of the greatest political upsets of all time. Written while every political commentator had a different opinion of what Cantor's loss all meant, Cennamology provided some clarification over why Brat won, Cantor lost, and whether or not other incumbents should be scared.
Disney Award for Best Disney-Related article:
American Politicians Need the "Kuzco Treatment" - From May 22nd
There were several Disney-related articles this year, and this will not be the only award-winning one as you will see next entry. But my favorite, and I may be biased here because I wrote it, is the one that led a woman from "The Guaradian" to ask me to submit an article to their website. The site's second article discusses how Kuzco's journey from "The Emperor's New Groove," is an allegory on how politicians need to be enlightened. In what the Guardian representative described as "a fresh and genius perspective on American politics," (her words not mine) it is certainly one of my articles from this year that I am most proud of.
Lister Award for Best Listicle:
If Disney Princesses were "Pride and Prejudice" Characters - From August 25th
If anyone from BuzzFeed saw this article, they certainly got jealous! Another one of our Disney-related articles, this list of Disney characters and their Jane Austen parallels might have easily taken home two Golden Cs tonight if the "one award per article" rule was not in effect. This article was also one of Cennamology's most viewed of the year after an Italian fashion page on Facebook shared it! Check out the article and find out how Belle, Cinderella, and Ariel may be alter egos of Lizzy, Jane, and Lydia.
(Silver C: 10 Problems with the Science in 'Divergent')
Dick Morris Award for article with the Worst Prediction:
New N.H. Senate Polls Show that Carpetbagging is Still a Political Liability - From June 20th
In this article, I end by predicting that Fmr. Sen. Scott Brown would lose to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in the 2014 New Hampshire Senate race by a wider margin than he lost to Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the 2012 Massachusetts Senate race. While Brown still lost the race, he came within three points of Shaheen. I still find it astounding that 48 percent of people voted for a known carpetbagger. In 2012, Brown lost by seven points. I also predicted in this article that Dan Bongino would not come anywhere close to defeating Rep. John Delaney. While Bongino lost, he came very close to a major upset in what was already a bad year for Democrats. With the double dose of inaccurate predictions, this award was a no-brainer.
(Silver C: Democrat Drops out of Kansas Senate Race, Make seat much more competitive)
Rickles Award for Funniest post of the Year:
"Out There" Episode 6 - From November 27th
It was very hard to pick just one episode of the "Out There" series, because they are all freakin' hilarious. One great thing about the series is that it always makes very topical jokes, one of my favorite being from this episode about the Buffalo Bills having to play in Detroit due to a snowstorm - "yeah, you know your city sucks when you say, 'Screw this place let's go to Detroit.'" Episode 6 also talks about robot porn. Try saying those two words without chuckling. I bet you can't do it. Anyway, I am very much looking forward to what the series brings in 2015.
(Silver C: "Out There" Episode 1)
Hatley/Lewis Award for Best Environmental Article:
The Cold Hard Truth About the Chilean Sea Bass - From November 14th
This article is not only one of the most well-researched, well written, and informative posts on Cennamology, but it also has a very productive comments section. In addition, Amanda landed one of Cennamology's most high-profile interviews to write this article by interview Ohio University professor Dr. Joseph Eastman, one of the leading experts on this subject. It almost feels as if this article is too good for this little blog site, and only a publication like Scientific American or Science Magazine would do this article justice. Articles like this one are the reason this site began.
Stevanda Award for best Fusion of Science and Politics:
Political Genetics - Part 1 and Part 2 - From July 14th and July 16th
This was by far the hardest category to pick, as there are a number of articles that combine science and politics - it's kind of one of the major themes of this blog. Out of all the possibilities, Amanda's two-part series on politics and genetics wins this award for covering biology's effects on political behaviors, views, voting patterns, and more. By reviewing a study by a University of Nebraska researcher, Amanda reviews some factors that may have been overlooked. If you love both science and politics, this two-part series is a must-read.
(Silver C: An Ebola Travel Ban May be Polling Well, but that does not mean it is an effective policy.)
Oni Award for Most Touching Story:
In Loving Memory of Janelle Marie Oni - From July 18th
It's only fitting that the first award for this category be named after the person who the winning article was honoring. Words cannot properly express the great loss friends, family, and the community experienced this year with the death of Janelle Marie Oni, but Redmond Howard's article comes the closest to doing that. His article about how Janelle touched the lives of so many people honors her memory and will certainly be emotional for those who knew Oni as well as those who did not.