The Krannert Art Museum had the privilege of having Erica Gressman, artist, perform her piece “Limbs” for an audience much eager to watch and listen. At first sight, I thought the structure was a sculpture. It was not until I had a closer look that I could recognize that a human body was inside the costume. Was it one person? Or two? This was exactly what intrigued me from the start.
Well, what can I say the semester is now practically over and what a fun journey this has been! I remember sitting here writing my first blog and now this is my last. There was so much we learned and covered over the semester and it was such a great learning experience. I really can’t believe how much has been accomplished over the course of the semester. Check out some of the work I did below, throughout the semester and some of the challenges it brought me. Enjoy!
The recent travel ban from Donald Trump has had a great impact on students and people in general. A few people from around the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign express their thoughts on the ban.
The recent Executive Order or “travel ban” initiated by President Trump has had quite a stir on people all over the country. It briefly didn’t allow Muslims from seven specific majority Muslim countries into the United States. It has since been appealed by an appeals court, but President Trump plans to make revisions to it and initiate it again. As of right now, Muslims from the seven specific countries can travel to the United States. It has lifted some burden off of the shoulders of people who are from these countries or know people from these countries. However, many people are still afraid and don’t know what to expect with Trump’s revisions to the ban. Some think he may eventually go after other races and ethnicities as well. In spite of all this controversy, there has been protests and rallies all over the country. Especially at Universities like the University of Illinois. Here is some sound from one of the rallies held on the University of Illinois campus and some feedback from individuals who are dealing with people impacted by the ban. Continue reading “WE ARE ONE- Barakat”
A new website is raising eyebrows on college campuses across the country. Professor Watchlist asks students to document and expose instructors who, according to the site, “discriminate against conservative students, promote anti-American values and advance leftist propaganda in the class room.” This website is causing controversy over all college campuses.
Freshman year of college may be a little overwhelming. You have to figure everything out on your own. All while trying to keep your grades up, make friends, and balance time for yourself.
There are over 1,400 Registered Student Organizations at the University of Illinois in Urbana, Champaign. As massive as the number may be, there is a new club that is trying to make a name for itself. Kendall Ralph is an undecided freshman who is keeping himself very busy. He is involved in creating a film-making and sketch comedy RSO.
“It’s a long process. And I’m working on it. I have to organize and find people, register with the school. I’m trying to develop a mission statement right now…”
It may be a long process, but his passion for film and comedy is what keeps him excited to make this club.
“I want to start a film making club, sketch comedy club just like I did in High School cause I think that’s one of my passions.”
Research shows that Fine Arts are extremely important to being a successful student. It helps improve emotional balance and help improve motor skills and creativity. If you are still iffy about Fine Arts, this will get you. Being involved in Fine Arts can help increase self-esteem, motivation, and increase the process of learning. Lizzie Bradshaw, a senior who was involved with a sketch comedy club in high school agrees.
“Arts brings out the fun in life. Kind of like makes people more comfortable if that’s what they want to do with their life”
Another benefit to joining a Fine Arts club is the sense of community and involvement that comes with it. Always remember that school is important, but so is the feeling that you belong somewhere. Lizzie says, “Just to bring people together is the most important thing. But I think that the idea of a sketch club is to make a home.”
Making a club is an important aspect to any club, but Kendall wants to achieve more.
“I hope it grows and gets recognition in a larger scale here on campus. I want people to be like that’s the guy from the RSO… Or something like that.”
This assignment was really exciting to me. I didn’t really have an inspiration until I was interviewing a new friend for fun. I started off with simple questions like what are you studying and How are classes going. Then I asked him if he is involved anything on campus and he said he was trying to start his own RSO. I knew there was a story there so I asked more questions like what is the process like, what is the RSO, and what are the goals of your club. Once I finally got the topic I was going to write and interview others about, I was really excited.
I got my other 2 interviews done and was nervous about the script because I wanted it to sound good. I just wanted to sound relatable and likable. After the script was done and I started recording my own voice, I was extremely nervous. I never did like hearing my voice on recording. I just felt it was too high pitched and annoying and for this project, I did not want that to happen. I just pretended I was talking to my best friend and that made it a little easier. I just wish I would have added more nat sound so that everyone could imagine being in the audience of a comedy show. I did love my topic because it was different and I was extremely interesting to learn about. I hope you enjoy the final product!
It’s a Friday afternoon. Many are out of class, or at least close to that point. What’s the best way to unwind? According to Illini Navigators, the answer is Ultimate Frisbee.
Illini Navigators, a Christian ministry on campus, is well known for being a very open organization and for hosting a number of outdoor events. One of the most enduring staples of this group’s culture is Frisbee.
Up until this point, every journalism class I had taken at UIUC was easy. It all came naturally so I never felt much pressure to get my assignments done. However, this class challenged me from the start and by the end I think it truly humbled me. Continue reading “To Be Continued”
The Final Project for J215 was clearly the toughest one. It was a true test of applying everything we learned this semester while trying to collaborate with our classmates. Finding a way to communicate with each other while completing our assigned roles was definitely a challenge. We worked down to last minute to get this piece finished, but it was all worth it in the end.
My main focus was on the News Package, How-To Package and putting together the website. At first I wasn’t sure what I would focus my news package on because all the protests I tried to attend never turned out that well. Luckily, by the last week there was a “Freedom Forum” which was an open conversation between the university administration and the black community. I was able to get some good b-roll and sound bites. Originally I had three interviews, but I ended up only using two of them because the quotes fit better with my story with just two of my interviewees. I realize now I should have used all of my interviews. I also had a lot of fun putting together the how-to package. I put together a bunch of my video footage around Anatta’s script and narration, and I thought the end result was great!
I am really proud of how my group came together at the end. At the beginning I wasn’t truly confident with what our end result would look like, but everyone came through with their parts and I think we are all happy with the result! I definitely learned a lot from this project!
The final project for JOUR 215 was, in my opinion, the toughest assignment in the class by far. It truly was a project that needed to be done as a group and I feel like my group definitely struggled to collaborate as a unit. We worked down to the wire and ended up getting the final project done, but overall it is not something I was very proud of. Continue reading ““Psychological Effects of Racism” Reflection – Boyd”