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Markus Johnson’s online extra

Posted in Uncategorized by com360bu on April 14, 2011


My idea for an online extra was to explore the history and meaning behind the symbols associated with the back of the U.S. dollar bill. The way the graphic would work is that much like the image above, as the mouse moves over different regions of the dollar bill, the history and information about that particular symbol would come up. This could be representative as translations of the latin phrases like in the image above or a summary of why the eagle’s head is facing a certain direction or what the eye above the pyramid means.


Ben Clark History of the Cubs logo

Posted in Uncategorized by com360bu on April 14, 2011

This is an illustrated timeline showing the different logos the Chicago Cubs have had in their existence. The Cubs are a very storied franchise, that has been around for a very long time. For each of the logos, there will be an interactive component where you can click on the logos and it will pull up information such as notable players during that time, big events that the team had, and their total record during those logos. Each logo would say the following:

1) 1903-1905: During this time the Chicago Cubs began to form what would become one of the best teams in baseball.  1903 marks the year that the three All-Star infielders, Joe Tinker at shortstop, Johnny Evers at second base, and Frank Chance at first base began to play together. Charles Murphy purchased the Cubs in 1905. The Cubs had an overall record of 267-177 during these years.

2)1906-1907: 1906 was the winningest year in Chicago Cubs history.  In fact is was the best single season record for any major league team in the modern era at 116-36, only to be tied by the Seattle Mariners in 2001.  Despite such a great season the cubs lost the Crosstown Classic to the Chicago White Sox that year.  In 1907 the Cubs continued their success, with a 107-45 record, all the way to the World Series where they beat the Detroit Tigers to claim their first national title.

3)1908-1915: Once again the Cubs claimed the national pennant in 1908, defeating the Tigers for a second consecutive year. The following years were not as successful, beginning with Johnny Kling sitting out nearly the entire 1909 season to play billiards.  Many notable trades were made during this time including the breakup of the All-Star infield trio ending in 1913. The overall record during these years was 729-496.

4)1916-1917: In 1916 Albert Lasker and his partner Charles Phelps Taft gained the majority share of the Chicago Cubs.  The team was moved to Weeghman park where they had an overall record of 141-166.

5)1918: This season was shorted due to the war.  However the Cubs took full advantage and had a successful season with a 84-45 record.  The Cubs also are remembered for playing a role in the famous “Curse of the Bambino” during this year.

6) 1919-1926: During this time the ownership of the Cubs transitioned to William Wrigley Jr in 1921.  In order to gain more publicity for his chewing gum corporation, the home field’s name was changed to Wrigley Field in 1925, creating one of the most iconic locations in Chicago.  The Cub’s overall record for this time was 526-608.

7) 1927-1936: Some of the notable players during this era were Hack Wilson, Gabby Hartnett and Billy Herman.  These players helped lead the Cubs to some extremely successful seasons within the National League with an overall record of 987-569.  The Cubs always seemed to fall short against American League teams during the postseason.

8.) 1937-1940: These years continued to be successful for the Cubs.  The 1938 season was led by the pitching of Dizzy Dean, who took the team to the World Series where they would fall to the New York Yankees.  During these years the Cubs had a 341-273 record.

9) 1941-1956: The Cubs began this era with many post season appearances.  In 1942 the first alternate logo was revealed, a brown cub with a yellow background.  In 1945 the franchise experienced what is now known as “The Curse of the Billy Goat.” The Cubs lost the series that year and have not returned to the playoffs since.  The overall record for 1941-1956 was 1125-1335.

10) 1957-1978: The time of this logo began with the end of the darkest years for the Cubs.  Despite some of the worst season records by the franchise, some notable players were on the field during this time including shortstop Ernie Banks.  In the mid 60’s things began to turn around with two winning seasons in 1967 and 1968.  During this time one of the most popular alternate logos was used, a dark blue and brown face of a cub.  The team’s overall record during these years was 2111-1867.

11) 1979-Present: Since 1979 the cubs have seen many ups and downs from season to season.  Some very famous players have called Wrigley Field home, including Andre Dawson, Sammy Sosa and Derrek Lee.  Wrigley Field has become one of the most treasured ballparks in baseball, and the Cubs have gained recognition as an very historic team.  The Chicago Cubs have had a  2436-2614 record since the beginning of the 1979 season.

Perjury Case Timeline: Andres Rodriguez

Posted in Uncategorized by com360bu on April 14, 2011

This timeline covers the events that have taken place through the Barry Bond’s perjury case. Bond’s is being tried for multiple counts of perjury in the matter regarding the illegal distribution of anabolic steroids. When the user clicks on a date, the event and a description to come along with it will appear. This allows the user to see what happened on what day and catch up with the details of the case. The information would appear as so:

Sept. 26, 2007- Barry Bond’s plays his final major league game.

Nov. 15, 2007- Bond’s indicted on 15 felony counts alleging he lied to a grand jury when denying he knowingly used anabolic steroids.

Dec. 7, 2007,- Bonds pleads not guilty

May 13, 2008- Bonds is charged in superseding indictment with 15 felony counts alleging he lied to a grand jury when he denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs and that he hampered the federal government’s doping investigation.

Nov. 24, 2008- Three charges against Bond’s are dismissed.

Dec. 4, 2008- Bonds is charged in second superseding indictment with 10 counts of making false statements plus an additional obstruction of justice charge.

Feb. 27, 2009- Bonds’ trial is delayed after federal prosecutors notify Illston they will appeal her decision to exclude evidence, including three urine tests.

June 11, 2010- Three- judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds Illston.

Feb. 10, 2011- Bonds is charged in third superseding indictment with four counts of making false statements plus an additional obstruction of justice charge. Each count carries sentence of up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Federal sentencing guidelines indicate recommended sentence of 15-to-21 months if convicted on any of the counts.

March 21, 2011- Jury of eight women and four men is seated.

March 22, 2011- Anderson, Bond’s personal trainer, is jailed on contempt citation for refusing to testify.

March 31, 2011- Former Bonds personal shopper Kathy Hoskins becomes the only person to give eyewitness testimony that Anderson injected Bonds.

April 6, 2011- Illston agrees to prosecution motion to dismiss one of the counts accusing Bonds of making a false statement. Four counts remain: three charges of making false statements and the obstruction of justice charge.

April 13, 2011 -Jury finds Barry Bonds guilty of one count of obstruction of justice. The jury failed to reach a verdict on three other counts that the home run king lied to a grand jury when he denied knowingly using steroids and human growth hormone.

Michael Wenzel – COM 360 Online Extra

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Bill Hopkins – Bradley Basketball timeline

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When users view this timeline, the boxes will appear when they scroll over the different segments of the timeline.  In those boxes will appear links to YouTube or where videos and photos can be accessed.

This graphic includes the number of wins per twenty year span and key highlights for the program over its history.

Bradley Basketball timeline

Brett Addis Online Extra

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Intramural softball between the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity and Sigma Chi Fraternity.  Sigma Chi won by the final score of 11-10.

Alex Ross- Cardinals starting lineup graphic

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This is a graphic naming all the starters for the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals. When you click on their name you would see:

Picture of the player
Number of years on Cardinals with names of other teams they played for
Career stats
Current stats
Number of years left on contract

Danija’s Timeline

Posted in Uncategorized by com360bu on April 14, 2011

First, by moving your mouse onto the date a short biography of the album will appear and viewers will be able to read it and learn more about that particular album release.
Example: By scrolling over ‘The Writing’s on the Wall’ album readers will read a brief biography of that album and that album’s singles, as well as how many records were sold.
They will also learn that this was the album in which two of the original members were replaced and Michelle Williams joined the group.

Second, readers/viewers will be able to click on an album cover that is pictured and a sound clip will pop up and they will be able to listen to a single off of that album.
Example: By clicking the Dangerously in Love album by Beyonce’ readers will hear ‘Crazy in Love’ featuring Jay-Z which was her first official solo single.

And by clicking the “Letoya” album cover readers/viewers will hear former Destiny’s Child member LeToya’s first solo single, ‘Torn’.

And finally readers will be able to scroll through the timeline (even if nothing is pictured) and learn more about Destiny’s Child history as a group and how they went from a quartet to a trio. And how their careers are doing as solo artists.

***The text may be unreadable but by clicking on the picture you will see a full size version***

Competitive Business in Central Illinois

Posted in Uncategorized by com360bu on April 14, 2011

Several Central Illinois businesses have gone out of business due to the predatory placement of certain competing businesses. This is several of those businesses stories. Posted by Justin Miller

Posted in Uncategorized by com360bu on April 14, 2011

My top 5 videogames for Xbox 360 and the reasons why.

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