October 26, 2006

Unity Rally

At 6:30 p.m. I headed to Lynch to catch a SHU van to the Unity Rally. As I was emerging from the arch of the Caniven/Lowe tunnel, I spotted the SHU van. Wow, they're early, I went straight to it and try to get my spot.

Just to make sure, I asked if the SHU van was going to the UNITY rally. The driver said yes; BUT this van was reserved for the Resident Assistants ONLY, there was a SEPARATE van for SHU students. Okay, I thought, way to unite...

In spite of this episode, the Unity Rally was still fun, energetic, and full of camaraderie.

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October 21, 2006

Killer Whale in a puddle

I was walking towards St. Mary and for the second time I see a bus stuck in the slope leading up to the fields in the back of the Child Development Center. I'm sure this is another driver (hopefully not the same one), and I'm sure there are many more occurences of this nature.

You would think that SHU would do something with this slope or al least inform the incoming teams playing in SHU fields. Maybe this is for pyschological effect- a way to taunt the other team sort of like a "ha-we've got you trapped"- "You've been captured, now surrender." To psyche them out!

It is a weird sight, like a killer whale from Sea World stuck in a puddle at an oasis in the Sahara's.

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Making cotton candy

last night in Night on the Haunted Hill, I was in charged of the cotton candy machine. This was the first time I've ever made cotton candy and it was a fun and hilarious experience.

The directions are "simple." Place sugar (for candy floss) in the center circular whole of the machine, turn it on and wait for the magic to begin. Depending on the amount of sugar you place, the faster the results will be if not it will take a while before weblike strings appear on the rim.

I was instructed to rotate the paper stick (which will gather the cotton candy) as I move my arm in counterclockwise (two rotation- sort of like the revolving earth spinning on its axis while circling the sun).

Being a little bit tall or lowering the cotton candy machine would have help to gather the candy floss. The tip a fellow gave me was to spin as close to the rim but not too close to the base of the bowl-like struture (if you do, you'll get sprinkles of sugar "gunks"- rock-like bits of sugar- on your cotton candy).

Making cotton candy looks easy but it's not. The whir of the machine, heating up the sugar, (smell of caramel) also heat stretching the sugar into threads, some flying away, a sugar wisp. It wraps around your arm- dry at first like wool then melts because of your body heat- sugar wisp landing on the floor masking it with stickiness...

The first cotton candies I made didn't have fluffly cumulus-look to them. Mine looked like a beehive hair-do, however by the end of the night, it was getting rounder...

A SHU staff who works in Student Accounts commented that I can now work in a Carnival.

If all else fails with my English degree, I may consider this. Who can ever refuse corn dogs and cartwheeling clowns? Plus you get to travel around different places! :)

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October 11, 2006

Office of Public Information Internship Reflection

Office Life: Part of a Bigger Network

In the Field: Taking Pictures
-Photo Opportunity
-1st Photo Shoot

Media Lingo

-In person

My internship is going well. I'm getting an insider's look of the workforce and seeing how my work is part of the bigger network. I'm getting field experience in taking pictures. I'm learning the how on writing press releases. I understand more about the lingo used in the Media field, and interviewing concepts I've learned from the Setonian are being reinforced.

One of my jobs is to organize the clips for the Board members. Seton Hill University's Office of Public Information (OPI) hires a clipping service company to go through all the newspapers locally and in the state of PA. From this company we receive newspaper clippings which pertain to SHU: SHU in the Headlines, SHU in the News, Faculty and Staff, Athletics, and Students. I sort these out accordingly and once in while I'll see the same story being covered by different newspapers. I'd read the lead and study how it would differ from the other. For the most part, they remain the same. The leads may differ in length: extra information added to the lead, which the other newspapers decide to omit or place it somewhere else in the article.

Organizing and keeping records of the clips reminded me of George Orwell's book 1984. I'm using this reference in a positive way. I'm learning that even a "small" liberal arts university, such as SHU, has a lot of records of information. I can just imagine how much information a larger university can have. The issue of confidentiality came up. I was reminded about privacy issues: respect them.

My boss, Becca, explained to me OPI's ethics about confidentiality. We in OPI do not put a spin on any story. We tell the press as much as possible, and we do a careful investigation of any situation. Becca told me that the press will find out no matter what so actually lying to the press will give a bad image to the university no matter what.

One of the great things about this internship is the pace, which constantly changes. I can be doing clips or writing press releases one day and the next go out in the public and take pictures. I've had three photo assignments so far. The first one was taking pictures of faculty with their dogs, and the second one was taking pictures of the Chemistry Club while they're cleaning the highway for Labor of Love.

The third one was doing the photo shoot for "Mazel". I enjoyed this one the most. The cast and crew sequestered a time for me to show up and take their pictures. I didn't have to worry about getting the names or writing which scenes I'm photographing because I had an assistant, who did this work for me. I was able to get as close to the actors as possible. I walked on stage and moved where the best lighting was. Everything was almost set up for me like a photo illustration. The only difference was that in Theater it was natural for actors to pose. It was in their nature to act; they were acting for the camera. Basically, they did scenes, and I walked around them taking pictures from angles. In some instances, the director guided me. This was also another awesome experience because I got the perspective of the director: how he framed a scene. When I took the pictures I didn't feel self-conscious or like I'm overstepping a boundary. The reason for this was that the cast and crew and I were collaborating. They wanted the publicity, and I was doing my job.

Writing press releases helps me to review the fundamentals of informing (answering the five W's and how). I'm also doing a lot of editing in the press release. The main editing I do is condensing to the main point (as bare as possible- not many details). In the beginning, I found this really difficult. I'm fighting off tendency (writer's habit) to make things flow. I'm still having trouble with this, but I've progressed. The press releases I'm writing now are to the point.

Being in the working environment, I hear Becca use Media lingo such as News Whole, layout, above the fold, cut line, free press coverage, and media advisory. Itís just amazing to experience these terms and see its application (rather than reading about it in books).

My recent assignment is doing a story on the Hawaiian marathon in which several SHU students participated in during the summer. I emailed them the questions, and they didn't respond. Meeting them in person (especially for students) is still the best way to interview people because they have to deal with it right away (no time to put it off).

I'm enjoying my internship, and I'm learning a lot.

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October 4, 2006

this time really more pictures



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