Category Archives: Fall2013 – J440

Group Fitness Benefits – Tori Stukins

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HOW’D YOU FEEL DURING YOUR LAST WORKOUT?

WORKING OUT ISN’T ALWAYS THE BEST FEELING… BUT GYMS ARE TRYING TO CHANGE THAT BY ADDING MORE GROUP FITNESS CLASSES.

I WENT TO THE REFINERY GYM IN CHAMPAIGN TO GET A REAL LOOK AT HOW PEOPLE ARE BENEFITING.

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THE REFINERY GYM MAY BE OFF CAMPUS, BUT IT’S HARDLY QUIET.

REFINERY’S HOME TO MANY FITNESS INSTRUCTORS WHO TEACH THE PROGRAMS: BODY PUMP AND BODY COMBAT.

THEY INCORPORATE WEIGHT TRAINING AND COMBAT DANCE IN GROUP SETTINGS.

 THESE WORKOUTS ARE HIGH INTENSITY THAT LEAVES THEM OPEN TO CRITICISM.

 SKEPTICS CALL IT A PASSING FAD, BUT REFINERY TEACHER JESSICA ROBBINS THINKS PROGRAMS LIKE BODY PUMP ARE ALWAYS FRESH.

TAKE SOT – JESSICA ROBBINS BODY PUMP INSTRUCTOR

“IT CATERS TO DIFFERENT LEVELS, SO IT’S A LITTLE LESS INTIMIDATING I THINK THAN SOME OTHER THINGS. PLUS, WEIGHT TRAINING DOESN’T REALLY EVER GO OUT OF STYLE.”

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STEVEN PETRUZZELLO STUDIES THE PSYCHOLOGY OF EXERCISE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF KINEISIOLOGY. HE THINKS IT’S HARD TO GET PEOPLE TO STICK WITH TOUGH WORKOUTS ESPECIALLY GROUP ONES.

TAKE SOT – STEVEN PETRUZZELO Ph.D. EXERCISE SCIENCE

“EVERYBODY IS UNCOMFORTABLE WORKING OUT IN A GROUP SETTING.  YOU KNOW SOME PEOPLE ARE VERY SELF-CONSCIOUS ABOUT APPEARANCE, AND THE LAST THING THEY WANT TO DO IS BE IN A SETTING WHERE EVERYBODY ELSE, WHETHER THEY ARE OR NOT, THE PERSON THEMSELVES MAY PERCEIVE EVERYONE ELSE IS JUDGING THEM, EVALUATING THEM, EVEN THOUGH AGAIN THAT MAY NOT REALLY EVEN HAPPEN…”

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THERE REALLY IS NO BEST EXERCISE.

EXERCISES LIKE BODY COMBAT KEEP PEOPLE BREATHING HEAVY AND ON THEIR TOES.

PARTICIPANT LILLIAN WILCOXEN CREDITS GROUP FITNESS WITH KEEPING HER ON TRACK.

TAKE SOT – LILLIAN WILCOXEN BODY COMBAT ATTENDANT

 

“I TRIED WORKING OUT ALONE FOR SEVERAL YEARS, AND I WASN’T VERY CONSISTENT.  I’D WORK FOR A PERIOD OF TIME AND SLACK OFF, AND I THINK WITH GROUP FITNESS, THE PROGRAMS CHANGE PRETTY FREQUENTLY.  PLUS, IT’S NOT JUST WORKING OUT, YOU’RE WORKING OUT WITH YOUR FRIENDS, SO IT’S MORE SOCIAL.”

WHETHER YOU’RE WORKING OUT ALONE OR IN A GROUP, ANY TYPE OF EXERCISE IS GOOD EXERCISE.

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CHECK OUT THE REFINERY GYM OR ANY OF THE RECREATION CENTERS ON CAMPUS FOR THE LATEST GROUP FITNESS SCHEDULES.

IF GROUP FITNESS ISN’T YOUR THING… JUST TRY OUT WHAT WORKS FOR YOU.

YOU’LL BE HAPPY YOU DID… I KNOW I AM.

Check out the full story here.

UIUC Campus Segregation – Zara Sikandar

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MINORITIES ACCOUNT TO TWENTY ONE PERCENT OF THE STUDENT POPULATION AT UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS.. YET STUDENTS LEARN IN LARGELY SEGREGATED ENVIRONMENT.

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THIS YEAR THE UNIVERSITY WELCOMED RECORD NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS.. COMMUNITY OUTREACH SPECIALIST OTIS NOBLE SAYS DESPITE EFFORTS.. CAMPUS SEGREGATION REMAINS A SERIOUS CONCERN.

TAKE SOT – OTIS NOBLE, III

“I THINK WE HAVE DONE A DECENT JOB IN BRINGING A LOT OF DIFFERENT VOICES AND A LOT OF DIFFERENT PRESENCE.. BUT I DON’T KNOW IF WE DONE A GOOD JOB IN MAKING THEM COMFORTABLE.”

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ADD OVER TWO HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS TO THE UNIVERSITY REVENUE ANNUALLY.

STUDENTS SAY OFFERING MORE SOCIALLY ORIENTED PROGRAMS CAN HELP VARIOUS ETHNICITIES COME CLOSER.

SOT – FARAH SAYED (SENIOR, CIVIL ENGINEERING)

“THERE SHOULD BE MORE EVENTS.. NOT JUST ONLY BETWEEN CERTAIN MAJORS.. BUT ALSO FOR EVERY STUDENT. LIKE WE NEVER GET A CHANCE TO WORK WITH PHYSICS MAJOR.”

SOT – KATE (GRADUATE STUDENT, ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING)

“MAYBE SOMETHING THAT CAN HELP REACH OUT TO GRAD STUDENTS.. NOT JUST WITH ACADEMICS BUT THE SOCIAL PIECE AS WELL.”

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DESPITE EFFORTS.. LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL BACKGROUNDS SET STUDENTS APART.

THE COMFORT ZONE PROVIDED BY THOSE WITH THE SAME BACKGROUNDS PLAY A KEY PART IN OVERSHADOWING THE REAL COLORS OF DIVERSITY.

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THE UNIVERSITY IS ALSO PLANNING TO ENHANCE STUDENT ORGANIZATION AND MAKE CLASSES MORE INTERACTIVE TO REDUCE ETHNIC GAP.

UIUC Campus Segregation (WATCH YOUTUBE VIDEO)

First Generation Students – Zara Sikandar

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BEING A FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENT CAN BE A BURDEN AND A BLESSING. LET’S SEE HOW IT’S LIKE TO BE FIRST-GEN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS.

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RACHEL LOYD THE FIRST.. THE FIRST IN HER FAMILY TO STUDY AT A UNIVERSITY.

SHE IS A SENIOR AT COLLEGE OF MEDIA.. BUT SHE SAYS HER JOURNEY WAS NEVER EASY.

TAKE SOT RACHEL LOYD FIRST GEN STUDENT

“MY FATHER PASSED AWAY WHEN I WAS FIVE.. SO MY MOM WORKED ALL THE TIME. SO SHE DIDN’T GET A CHANCE TO GO TO COLLEGE.”

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RACHEL SAYS SHE FEELS PROUD AND PRIVILEGED TO HAVE COME SO FAR.. BUT NOT BEING ABLE TO GET GUIDANCE FROM PARENTS WAS A CHALLENGE.

TAKE SOT- RACHEL LOYD

“NOT BEING ABLE TO CALL MY PARENTS LIKE A LOT OF THE PRIVILEGED KIDS DO. I COULDN’T CALL THEM AN ASK ..HEY MOM.. HEY DAD I AM GOING THROUGH THIS.. WHAT CAN I DO. OR WHERE SHOULD I GO.”

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THIS YEAR THE UNIVERSITY HAS SEEN AN INFLUX OF FIRST GENERATION STUDENTS.

ACCORDING TO UNIVERSITY STATISTICS.. ABOUT TWENTY THREE PERCENT OF ALL FRESHMEN STUDENTS ARE FIRST-GEN.

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THE UNIVERSITY HAS A LOT OF RESOURCES TO HELP DESERVING STUDENTS.. INCLUDING THOSE WHO ARE FIRST IN THEIR FAMILY TO JOIN THE SCHOOL.. ILLINOIS PROMISE IS ONE OF THEM.

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ILLINOIS PROMISE PROVIDES AFFORDABLE HIGHER EDUCATION AND MENTORSHIP FOR STUDENTS FROM THE LOWEST INCOME LEVELS.

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“A LOT OF TIMES STUDENTS PARENTS CAN BE SYMPATHETIC.. THEY REALLY DON’T NECESSARILY HAVE THE INSIDE INFORMATION TO BE ABLE TO DIRECT THE STUDENTS.. SO A MENTOR CAN HELP FACILITATE THAT.. MAYBE ON CAMPUS OR IN THE COMMUNITY.”

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FIRST-GEN COLLEGE STUDENTS CAN BE AT DISADVANTAGES WHEN IT COMES TO HIGHER EDUCATION.. BUT MENTORSHIP, EMOTIONAL SUPPORT AND AWARENESS CAN HELP THEM CLIMB THE LADDER.

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BY OFFERING EXTRA SUPPORT, THE UNIVERSITY HOPES STUDENTS WILL FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE IN THEIR PLACE WITHIN THE UNIVERSITY..

First Generation Students – Zara Sikandar (Watch YouTube Video)

Red Herring Vegan Restaurant

The Red Herring is a unique restaurant on campus because it caters vegan food-that means no animal products, and it may be a growing trend.

The Red Herring is the only vegan restaurant in Urbana-Champaign.  Families and friends often get together at the restaurant for different reasons, but they all agree that the campus and town could use another vegan restaurant.

Angela Toole, who has been a vegan for several years is attracted to the vegan and healthier versions of traditional junk food.

“There’s a lot of things you can get here that you can’t get anywhere else in town. You can’t get vegan nachos anywhere else in town. The food’s really good,” says Toole.

Head Chef, Adrienne Weber, has been working at the Red Herring for over three years. She thinks the campus could benefit from another vegan restaurant.

“Since campus is so densely populated, that if there were another restaurant on green street or something then you would get a whole other kind of crowd of people,” says Weber.

Linda Evans and Her Husband Rob Parker have been vegans for over 20 years. And they bring their two sons, Parker and Dema, and daughter, Josie to the Red Herring every week for family dinners.  Six-year-old Josie is a vegan for many reasons.

“It’s healthier.  I like animals. They’re cute. And, it’s better for the environment,” says Josie.

So it appears here at the Red Herring that vegetarians, vegans, and meat lovers will all benefit from a new vegetarian or vegan restaurant in Urbana-Champaign for health reasons and to add variety to the everyday college diet.

Get a taste of some vegan food at the Red Herring on the corner of Oregon and Mathews and decide for yourself if campus could use another vegan restaurant.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1oRp8HWSAk

 

 

 

Spooky and Safe

One thing I like about journalism is being in independent control of your work, but with this class, there is a lot of teamwork involved (which I like, now!). It was nice to be pushed out of my comfort zone by letting someone else film for me, but I still caught myself being a little bit bossy and tweaking the shots. Next time, I will be more trusting!

Also, with soundbites, I learned that I need to make sure I have 3 GOOD sources, instead of one great source and two mediocre ones. And, I strayed away from my topic slightly. Next time I will be sure to stick to my topic, and remember what I was looking for exactly.

Overall, I think I did all right on my first package… But next time, I will do better!

Script:

ANCHOR LEAD: HALLOWEEN IS FINALLY HERE, AND THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS HAS A WILD HISTORY WITH THIS HOLIDAY…  BUT DON’T WORRY; CAMPUS POLICE HAVE YOU COVERED THIS YEAR.  HERE’S HOW YOU CAN STAY SAFE TONIGHT.

AS THE LEAVES FALL, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS STUDENTS GATHER ON CAMPUS TONIGHT TO CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN.

OFTEN BRINGING FRIENDS FROM OUT OF TOWN TO JOIN IN ON THE FUN, THE STREETS FILL WITH GHOULS, GHOSTS, JESTERS AND JOKERS…

BUT DON’T BE AFRAID THIS YEAR– AS FORMER STUDENT JARED BROUGHAM TELLS US, THE HOLIDAY HAS BECOME SAFER IN RECENT YEARS THAN IT WAS IN THE PAST.

“HALLOWEEN HERE EVER SINCE I’VE BEEN HERE HAS BEEN PRETTY DOMESTIC, A PRETTY STANDARD WEEKEND OTHER THAN PEOPLE DRESSING UP.”

FOR MANY STUDENTS LIKE CAROLINE HOKL, HOWEVER, ALCOHOL PLAYS A BIG ROLE IN THE CELEBRATION.

“THERE’S THEMED JUICE AND THEMED DRINKS, SO… IT’S FUN!”

AND ACCORDING TO UNIVERSITY CAMPUS POLICE DEPUTY SKIP FROST, ALCOHOL IS THE NUMBER ONE PROBLEM WITH YOUR HALLOWEEN SAFETY.

WHILE THE POLICE AREN’T ASKING STUDENTS TO AVOID ALCOHOL, FROST SAYS THEY DO ASK YOU TO AVOID MAKING A BAD DECISION.

“THAT’S WHAT WE TRY TO EDUCATE PEOPLE TO AVOID IS: DON’T MAKE THOSE BAD DECISIONS THAT ADVERSELY IMPACT EVERYBODY.”

FROST SAYS THE BEST WAY TO STAY SAFE IS TO BE RESPONSIBLE, AND ASKS YOU TO BE MINDFUL OF YOUR SAFETY, BOTH ON CAMPUS AND OFF.

ANCHOR TAG: SO, NOW THAT YOU KNOW HOW TO STAY SAFE, REMEMBER TO HAVE SOME FUN TONIGHT.  HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Block Out Hate Package

For the first package, I decided to focus on LGBT Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Luckily, residential advisors at Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall were creating campaigns in support of these causes. I was able to capture B-Roll of students creating these campaigns and I was able to interview advisors first-hand. If you want to check out this story, click HERE!

LEAD: THE MONTH OF OCTOBER IS NOT ALWAYS ABOUT COSTUMES AND CANDY. RESIDENTIAL ADVISORS AT U OF I ARE SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT HATE AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. (8 SECS)BODY:

TRACK 1AS PART OF L-G-B-T AWARENESS MONTH, A STOP HATE CAMPAIGN WAS CREATED TO ADDRESS ISSUES SUCH AS HOMOPHOBIA AND TRANSPHOBIA.

MATTHEW SPECK, AN ADVISOR WHO HELPED TO START THIS CAMPAIGN, SAYS THAT EXPOSING PEOPLE TO THESE MESSAGES HELPS TO CREATE A BETTER ENVIRONMENT. (6 SECS)

TAKE SOT- MATTHEW SPECK

 

“I feel like it’s important to have exposure everywhere so that people know they are not forgotten, so the people in Urbana South know they have a support system”

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EXPOSURE TO THE ISSUES OF HATE TURNED INTO A CREATIVE WALL PROJECT FOR STUDENTS, A PROJECT THAT HAS STUDENTS SHARING THEIR THOUGHTS ABOUT DIVERSITY AND UNCLUSIVENEESS.

TAKE SOT- VIRGINIA TIMS, STUDENT

“I think that everyone should be tolerant of each other, there should always be an understanding of different cultures”

 

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STUDENTS LIKE VIRGINIA TIMS AND RESIDENTIAL ADVISORS ARE ALSO SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. “THESE HANDS DON’T HURT” IS A CAMPAIGN THAT ENCOURAGES VIEWERS TO SPEAK OUT.

KYLE GRANGER IS AN ADVISOR WHO STARTED THIS PROJECT AND HE SEES IT AS HIS JOB TO RAISE AWARENESS.

TAKE SOT- KYLE GRANGER

“If we don’t actively participate in these events, then how would the students actually be aware of the situations.”

 

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SEEING ADVISORS PARTICIPATE INCREASED STUDENTS PARTICIPATION AS WELL.

TAG: STUDENTS WILL HAVE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMING MONTHS. JUST CHECK THE UNIVERSITY HOUSING WEBSITE AT WWW.HOUSING.ILLINOIS.EDU/EVENT

Financial Aid Tips – Tori Stukins

It’s hard to believe we’re over a month into the fall semester. Students are preparing for midterms, and some have even found an apartment for next year already. This is all very important, but have you taken the time to fill out your Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) report?

Do you remember the last time you visited the Financial Aid Office? I’ll admit it’s out of sight, but it definitely should not be out of mind because financial aid application deadlines are rapidly approaching. With the government shutdown, the government is cracking down on students who miss deadlines, so file as soon as you can!

If that didn’t worry you, there are several other basic facts that many people do not know about financial aid.

For instance, make sure you do your research online when looking for grants. A grant may work for one college, but it may not work for your college. When in doubt, ask your advisor because they are here to help you! One of the most common problems found in the application process is people typing in their tax information instead of using the tool to transfer their information into the application.

Also, if you accept a grant, you are required to sign up for counseling. Counseling helps to prepare you for the debt you are required to pay after graduation. There is a six month grace period after college commencement to gather yourself, but after that, you are expected to start paying. Pay attention to debts because they add up quickly!

Always remember to be on time and prepared. Have a great fall semester!

A video supplementing this post can be found here.

Remember Phone Security – Tori Stukins

With the recent iPhone 5S release, phones are carrying more information than ever before. They are used for bank account information, as point-of-sale systems and even used for shopping. Phones these days carry everything from your credit card information to birthdays and other personal information.

A phone is with you all the time, but someone could easily take it at any time and steal your information. This is why I found it important to cover how to keep you and your phone safe from thieves.

A Computer Science major and Engineering IT worker Juan “Carlos” Flores instructed me on the basics of keeping your phone safe in a simple and easy way. He thinks anyone can safeguard their smart phone, but many do not know how to do it.

“Typically, smart phones are not very secure, but there are ways you can make them secure such as encryption which will make it so that they can’t hook up your phone to a computer and just take everything,” Flores explains.

The university also has many resources for students to protect their technology. You can visit the Engineering IT Lab or even Campus Information Technologies and Education Services (CITES) for additional help.

Passwords are no longer the primary form of security, so keep yourself in know! Outsmart your smart phone and encrypt it today. Also, feel free to visit the Engineering IT Lab at 105 S. Mathews Avenue in Urbana.

Check out a video that supplements this script here.

Urbana Halloween Decor – Zara Sikandar

Halloween is just a couple weeks away and many homes in Urbana-Champaign are decked out with ghosts and goblins. Pumpkins, witches, scarecrows and creepy spiders are some of the decorations you can see around Urbana neighborhood. The residents said as the Halloween crafts are expensive in stores, they made more homemade decorations.

For safety purposes, the police department has notified residents to follow safety rules to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

You can also enjoy Halloween Spook-tacular concert at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on 29th at 7:30pm.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_FYxeXfD78 (YouTube video)

 

Study Abroad Participation – Zara Sikandar

This week I focused on the study abroad program at the University and discussed how the participation rate of undergraduate students for credit program has decreased over years. For many students getting a chance to study abroad is the opportunity of a lifetime but at U of I the participation rate has declined from 27.7 in 2006 to 23.2 percent this year. The study abroad office said that the trend can be attributed to cost and limited knowledge about the resources available.

The number of male students studying abroad is just half the number of female students. To attract more students the university is planning to introduce more courses that match students major requirements to make it easier to transfer back.

Studying abroad is a great career builder. So make best use of university funding to open your eyes to the outside world.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keoRw2iaOcg (YouTube video)