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October 10, 2005

Spurlock Fills Open Minds

Spurlock fills open minds

Morgan Spurlock was given the opportunity to share his beliefs and express his opinions to a college atmosphere. The Seton Hill University Lecture Series presented him to the Seton Hill community as well as the public on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m.
Spurlock entertained the enthusiastic crowd with his witty character and his funny anecdotes. His lecture, “An Inspiring Perspective,” drew out a full crowd in Seton Hill’s Cecilian Hall. The audience was attentive and responsive as Spurlock unveiled his views and opinions on the fast food industry in America today.
Professor at Seton Hill, Kim Pennesi thought it would be a good experience for the teachers. “The faculty here at SHU is open to hearing different perspectives. They will be open to him because as a faculty, that’s what we try to teach our students.”
In his lecture, Spurlock talked about how the consumer mentality of society needs a change. Spurlock had the audience rolling with laughter as he did impressions and incorporated jokes into his speech. “It was so funny,” said freshman Jillian Koweleski. “I didn’t expect it to be like that. He had so many good points of view, I really liked it.”
Not everyone listened to Spurlock with an open mind however. Jeremy Womer, freshman at SHU, said, “I think he really picked on McDonald’s. It’s a person’s choice to eat what they want.”
Spurlock spent most of the lecture talking about his movie, “Super Size Me.” He brought up many staggering facts that drew many different expressions from the audience. “McDonalds’s feeds 46million people a day,” he said. They have 30,000 restaurants in over a hundred countries on six continents all over the world.”
He closed the lecture with a question and answer session. During this time, Spurlock gave many of his ideas to change society. “Schools need to get the junk food out,” he said. “Some schools are even eliminating Phys. Ed. We need to make better habits now.”
Dr. Frank R. Klapak, Professor of Communications and Education, was chosen to introduce Spurlock. He found this to be a more difficult task than he’d expected. “It’s very difficult to find out about his private life,” said Klapak. “It’s always interesting to prepare for a keynote speaker. The assumption is that you know everything about them. I always try to find some unique insights.” However, Klapak broke the ice with a witty approach that loosened the audience with laughter.
In regards to the MTV series “Jackass,” Klapak said, “maybe Morgan Spurlock is the intellectual jackass.” On a serious note however, Klapak said “Morgan demands that we look at ourselves and define the American Dream.”

Posted by AndrewLoNigro at October 10, 2005 06:38 PM

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I like your article. I loved watching Morgan Spurlock walk around on stage making impressions, "salad, apple, yogurt..." and allowing the crowd to become interested in what he was saying. I could tell the audience were interested in what Spurlock was saying because, as I looked around, I saw nothing but smiles and eyes wide open. It was really nice to be involved in that type of scenario.

Posted by: Elyse at October 12, 2005 07:37 PM

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