November 16, 2010
For my senior year, I am writing a column in The Setonian each issue to talk about things going on at Seton Hill. I'm considering them love letters, hate mail and everything in between, because although I adore Seton Hill, I do also see it's flaws. This column will address all of that with each issue printed. This is the second for the year.
As a Seton Hill University Student Ambassador (SHUSA) I have a wonderful opportunity called Phonathon. It is a great honor to know that I am among a few students that get to talk to alumni about their memories of Seton Hill University (SHU), discuss the changes going on now, and to ultimatelyask them to donate to SHU’s annual fund. But it’s so much more than asking them for money.
Although not all SHUSA members agree with me, I think Phonathon is the greatest opportunity we have as student ambassadors. We have the privilege of talking to alum about the things they loved while they were on the Hill and compare those memories to the ones we’re making on our own.
On Monday, Nov. 8, I was assigned the graduating classes of 1947, 1948 and 1949. These are some of our eldest alum, but each one of them that I was able to talk to had crystal clear, fond memories of SHU (then Seton Hill College) and the lifelong friendships they made here. These memories are actually very much like the ones I have created here over the last four years. It was such an honor to hear from these remarkable women and listen to them marvel at how beautiful the campus is and how nice everyone was while they were here.
I hope you all are making those fond memories as well. I hope that you realize that the friends you are making now will be lifelong friends. Even though when the class of 1947 graduated, they did not imagine that there would be as many buildings on campus as we have now, they had the same primary value I think we have to this day: community. SHU is a community, a family. We all know that everyone knows everyone and that’s a great thing to have during these four years.
One of the women I talked to, right after I introduced myself said, “I hope you adore Seton Hill, just like we did.” It is such a great realization to see that we walk on sacred ground. That many years before us, students were making the same memories we’re making now, in the same hallways, in the same dorms, the same dining hall, the same classrooms and all of the lawns and spaces in between. The memories that we’re making here are what makes SHU so beloved.
So keep making those memories. Keep building those lifelong friendships; keep loving SHU. Learn to accept its flaws, but realize that anywhere you go will not be “perfect” and let yourself love this Hill. I know I will, but I hope all of you will as well. Pick up the phone in 60 plus years and tell that student caller your memories. I bet he or she will smile and reflect on the memories that they have made on the Hill as well and realize that their past years as a student have been nothing but beautiful.
Well, it's about the time to start wrapping up the projects we're doing in New Media Projects so here is what I plan on doing for my term project.
Term project plans: in terms of your creative, technical, and personal goals.
For my term project I plan on polishing and finishing my online portfolio. I want to make it stand out among the others so creatively I plan on getting professional (up-to-date) pictures for the site and make a background color that's pleasing to the eye and goes well with the pictures that isn't as bold as before. Technically I want to be able to post PDF's of my work and actually get good, major content on the pages as well. Personally, I want this project to actually be worth my time...which it will be since I can use it after this course.
What do you intend to have ready by Thursday?
Since I'm starting my page completely over again - by Thursday I plan to have all of the colors changed and the basic layout of how the pages will work and link to each other.
Polish, polish, polish.
What technical details make you feel confident?
Umm...HTML isn't really that hard to figure out so I'm fairly confident that I'll do fine.
November 11, 2010
Alright so we are finishing the three major projects we've begun in my New Media Projects class, Scratch, Inform 7 and HTML & CSS. It's been an interesting ride to say the least. Here's my portfolio of my projects for the last time.
I liked Scratch - even though I had no idea what it was prior to this class, I found it easy to use and overall a nice program (since it never gave error messages) and since it was so kid-friendly and colorful it was always nice, visually, to work with it in that way too.
I'm really proud of my Scratch project. I accomplished everything I set out to do with it and enjoy the outcome. From the beginning I didn't really have many frustrations with the project since it was so easy to work with and I like how it turned out in the end.
Well, since I have a biased opinion against Inform 7 I tried to make my project into game that I wouldn't mind playing. So there are a lot of things to examine and look at and really without looking at everything, you don't understand the character. I also tried a lot of things that I wouldn't have thought of testing out the last time I worked on Inform, during my sophomore year, so I'm feeling okay about this project...but I still don't like Inform.
HTML & CSS
I liked the idea of making an online portfolio into an iPad friendly website. Even though I don't know too many people outside of Seton Hill that actually have one, I'm sure they will be getting bigger in the coming years and improving as well, so this was something useful to learn about. I'm okay with this project since I know I'll be coming back to it for my final project in the course and can really fix it up for use after this class.
I'm happy with the work that I've done in this course. I like that I learned how to use Scratch (even though I'll probably never use it again) I'm glad that I don't hate Inform as much as I did before this class and I'm glad that I have an online portfolio that I can actually use if I wanted to.
For my final project I'm focusing on completely redoing my online portfolio to make it even more iPad friendly and just an overall better design and features. Hopefully it'll turn out just as well as I think everything else did.
October 29, 2010
Dear Seton Hill, I think it's time to start a revolution.
Alright so revolution is not really the word I’m looking for since its technical definition considers violence to be a major part, but what I have to say doesn’t want any part in the violent nonsense of a revolution. So let’s call this a peaceful revolution!
Recently I decided to revive the Feminist Collective. The mission of the club is to promote equality for women, to strive for a world without sexual and domestic violence and to raise money for an organization that helps victims of sexual and domestic violence, this year we have chosen to donate all of the money we raise at the end of the year to the Blackburn Center.
Now that I’m in a leadership position of an organization who is working towards making the world a better place, I’ve realized the number of other clubs, who have the sole purpose of helping others too. The ones that instantly come to mind are, Griffin’s at Work, SHU-A-THON, Make A Wish, Project H.O.P.E., SHU Red Cross Club and STAND.
Griffin’s at Work, formally known as Habitat Club, do their part through smaller Habitat for Humanity projects throughout Greensburg all year round and go on a week long trip every year, either during spring break or J-Term. SHU-A-THON does different fundraisers throughout the year and holds a dance marathon in the spring to raise money for a needy organization. This year, in memory of a SHU alum, they are giving their efforts to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. Make A Wish Club raises money every year to grant a child a wish through the Make A Wish Foundation. Project H.O.P.E, formally the Social Work Club, visits different shelters and help where they see fit throughout the year while the Red Cross Club volunteers through the Westmoreland-Chestnut Ridge Chapter of the American Red Cross and STAND raises awareness about past and current genocides to hopefully bring a future without genocide and now the Feminist Collective raises money to help victims of sexual and domestic abuse.
These seven clubs have started the revolution of making a difference on our campus and in the community. So why isn’t the whole campus involved in this revolution? For those of you that are, you rock, keep up the good work. But those of you that are not involved, I challenge you to join in this year. Join one of these clubs or create your own! There are also plenty of opportunities through Campus Ministry to volunteer through events such as Labor of Love or Saturday of Service.
As Ghandi said, be the change you wish to see in the world. Seton Hill and the world in general for that matter, will not get any better if you’re sitting along the sidelines; do something about the things you don’t like. Make a difference. Change the world for the better. But keep this in mind, volunteering is not just something you do because it looks good on your resume, it’s something you need to be able to put your heart in to. What I have personally found out through volunteer work that I have done is that the people I am serving give me a lot more than I could ever try to give them. But the feeling of knowing you made a difference in any way is indescribable, but you will remember it forever.
So get out there! Now that Seton Hill is on the map because of all the hype around our iPads, let’s be sure it stays there because of the buzz our revolution will create.
October 26, 2010
Below is a screencast I made thanks to Screencast-O-Matic of my first Scratch project that I made for my New Media Projects class, now that it's all done. Enjoy! There will be more coming of a tester that doesn't know how to do Scratch trying it out, but for now...you'll have to watch me play it! It runs a little slower than it actually does in real life, which you can see on the Scratch website, if you'd like to go play it yourself.
October 24, 2010
The Feminist Collective is doing its first fundraiser of the year this week to begin to raise money for the Blackburn Center. And we're selling underwear.
We have black, pink and white undies in bikini or boy-short style. Every pair has the female symbol on the front and the phrase "I'm more than my body" printed across the butt and a tag that has a statistic about sexual violence. They are $5 per pair and all of the money will go to help the Blackburn Center, our organization of choice for this year's efforts.
If you're a Seton Hill community member, stop by the table outside Lowe Dining Hall on Monday or Tuesday (October 25 & 26) between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you would like a pair and are not from the area be in touch with us by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boy-shorts on the left and bikini on the right, both styles come in black, pink or white.
October 20, 2010
From students, to faculty and staff, there was a lot of spirit on the Hill today, which makes me feel comforted that we are living up to the mission statement of the university and beginning to "transform the world."
Why purple? Because the purple in the LGBT rainbow flag represents spirit. Why the need for a day dedicated to purple? Because we have missed out on what beautiful children had to offer the world because of bullying them for who they are. I think Ellen said it best in this video, posted after the news of Tyler Clementi took his life due to bullying.
I feel especially related to this issue because my best friend from home is openly gay, but it really encourages me to know that so many people are standing up to support young people that have to deal with being picked on just because they're not "normal." Andrew goes to Penn State Beaver and today their Gay-Straight Alliance club sat outside and did face painting of the NO H8 symbol while wearing their purple, I was so proud to hear him talking about how well it went 1) because that means he's involved in school activities and 2) he knows now for sure that he can be who he is, wherever he is, which makes me feel happy because I know he's safe. He and all of my other gay friends here at SHU are safe. But I'm sure there are still kids out there, who didn't see anyone in purple today. Kids who still live in fear or self hatred because no one stood up for them today.
Those are the kids we need to continue to stand up for. The ones that are in real danger, the ones that don't have best friends that love them and would do anything for them. The ones that have died - the ones we know about and the ones we've never heard of. It is bullshit that this is happening, that kids are still taking their lives and feeling like they are not worth the space they take up because some asshole told them that they are a queer, a homo, a lesbo, a dyke...and the list goes on.
Shut up if you've ever called someone these names and stand up if you're against precious lives thinking they're worthless because of some idiot's senseless teasing.
October 19, 2010
For the second half of the semester in my New Media class, we're going back over the three different programs that we've worked on so far in the course; Scratch, Inform 7 and HTML. First, we're getting back to Scratch.
For my first Scratch project, I did a Behold the Griffin little interactive video, but because we're coming back to the projects this gives me some time to polish it up. I know that the beginning section of my video went too fast and the answers had to be typed really quickly to move on so I've changed that to have an answer response box pop up where the player has to type into the box and click the check mark to move on to the next screen. Also, I noticed the backgrounds during the beginning were a little annoying, because of the maroon and gold colors and how they changed so much, so I toned those down to be a black gradient and gold writing, so even though that make the video look a little like the Steelers...it's better than the mixed up ketchup and mustard look it had going on earlier. (Not to mention I'm a Pittsburgh fan, so it looks good to me.)
Overall, I'm proud of this project, I think it's been pretty quality all along considering in early August I didn't know this site existed and in a little less than a month later I finished my first project. I'm impressive.
October 15, 2010
I blogged about Kellee Maize last semester when I first heard her music and now I've noticed she is blowing up online. If you type in female rapper into Google, usually she comes up first...that is amazing. I hope she goes further and is able to really get out in the business, because honestly we need a female rapper out there that isn't focused on leaving little to the imagination by rapping about sex and showing off "their goodies" in their videos.
I love how this girl is staying true to Pittsburgh too. She's really doing a good thing and I really want her to be able to have a successful career and not be hated for doing something different and rapping about what she believes in. In her new video "Third Eye," I think it really shows how impressive she can be. Her outfits are beautiful and the location is perfect. And not to mention...the lyrics have been on repeat in my head for a few weeks now.
This is her video, for her new single, Third Eye. I love it, especially the part that says, "I don't really care what god you're praisin' or what herb you're blazin'..." because I have been (kind of) criticized for listening to her so much since she raps about her beliefs, that don't really match up with my own. But I love this line for one reason specifically, part of my beliefs are to accept everyone as they are and ultimately "meet them where they are" so through the way I live my life they'll be able to see the God I believe in. (Just to let everyone know.) So I think Kellee is saying the same thing in this song about her beliefs.
October 14, 2010
...or something like that. But nevertheless, it's that time of year. Midterms. Hooray!
I have to say that I feel like I've done a lot this semester throughout these three units. Before this course, I didn't know Scratch existed, I hated Inform 7 and I knew a little bit about HTML and CSS. But now, I feel like I am pretty decent in these three areas and could actually be able to do each of them on my own, if ever needed.
Unit One: Scratch
Like I said, prior to this class, I didn't know what Scratch is and probably would've never found out had I not been in this class since I'm not really in to the "gaming" part of the web. I guess you would consider Scratch as gaming, considering most of the work I went through were game-based. For my project, I wanted to do something that incorporated the Behold the Griffin campaign that is currently going on at Seton Hill to improve the visibility of the Griffin mascot, since William and Mary has recently changed their mascot to a griffin as well.
Entries for Scratch
Scratch that...let's try something new.
Got an itch? Scratch it.
Behold the Griffin Scratch
Unit Two: Inform 7
When we first did Inform 7 in Writing for the Internet, during my sophomore year, I hated everything about the game and struggled through getting a project finished. This year, however, though it was not really easy, it didn't seem as hard as I remember. Maybe I've just learned patience? Either way, I didn't mind doing Inform this time around and got pretty ambitious with it as well. Even though, there were a lot of dead ends in this project, I'm pretty proud of it since I really am not a fan of text adventure games, but instead of looking at it as something I dreaded doing, I looked at it as a different form of writing this time around. Which actually did help because I really do enjoy writing for the sake of it. (However, I'm not proud of it enough to post online because of the dead ends, but if anyone wants to play, I do still have it saved.)
Entries for Inform 7
Shopping always has been my favorite game
Let's get real here, Chels.
Not your everyday trip to the mall
Unit Three: HTML & CSS
I was alright with this unit, thinking I remembered a lot more than I actually did at first, but once I got going, it all started coming back to me. I plan on working with this website as my final project for the class because I know I could actually use this in the future and continue to add to it as needed, which I like because unlike the other two units, where once you post it, it's done. So expect to see an updated, finished and polished version of this by the end of the term.
Entries for HTML & CSS
I don't actually like red.
Chelsea Oliver Online Portfolio