For this assignment I wanted to do something more news related. I found it interested that the local police department of champaign-urbana would now be able to carry a taser as a form of a weapon. Since the police has been in a very negative eye over the last couple of years related to racial prejudice cases I decided to get common it perspective on what they thought about officials getting to use such a form of weapon.
Pride Fest weekend kicked off Saturday in downtown Champaign with a parade. A special sense of celebration was in the air with the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide last June.
The Supreme Court’s ruling was a historic victory for gay rights, but the twin cities of Champaign-Urbana have also been evolving in terms of acceptance as seen in the evolution of Pride Fest. Follow the link for live coverage of the parade and learn more about the growth of the festival.
If you are interested in learning more about C-U Pride Fest or getting involved with next years celebration you can contact The Uniting Pride Center through their website.
Neutral Cycle is Champaign-Urbana’s very own bicycle shop that offers a variation of services. This year, they are offering bike rents to students at $69 a semester. The $69 package includes free maintenance as well. That way, there’s no need to worry about storing your bike while you’re away on holiday breaks. Aside from the new offer, Neutral Cycle is well known for their quick fixes. The shop has a continuous stream of bikers coming in looking for an affordable fix up. They have a team of specialist who know what they’re doing and can fix your bike up in no time. For any bicycle enthusiasts, check out their webpage here. Neutral Cycle doesn’t stop at service. They care about their community as well and recently they’ve filed 11 FOIA requests to see where the most bicycle thefts have occurred. The results helped them identified C-Us “hot spots,” which are known as locations where the most bike thefts occurred. To see them in action, click here.
First impressions I thought this assignment would be easy peezy. However as I began to work the equipment on my own I quickly realized I would be in store for something more challenging.
I believe that everything could’ve went wrong for me definitely did from the shooting to the editing process. I couldn’t figure out why my images weren’t saving to my SD card and during editing my files formatted strangely. However I was able to successfully achieve this assignment through the help of Dr. Collins. I kid you not you MUST have your multiple plans on deck because things will go wrong.
I’m just so glad the assignment is finally over, though I look forward to my growth through the skills we’ll inquire in multimedia this semester. Assignment showed me that I have to work on getting comfortable with my tilt and panning skills. I have to get a feel for the camera and the tripod, which i found setting up myself to become a bit confusing.
My video can be found here
Many people think of scary when they think of Halloween, but one family is trying to bring out the lighter side with their Monty Python tribute.
Jacob and Lori Bernard are bringing their love of the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” to Halloween night. The Bernards are re-creating the “Flageolet Monk” scene from the cult classic and putting it on display in downtown Champaign. The Bernards, along with friends and anyone else who wants to join, will be walking throughout the city reciting and chanting the familiar scene. Continue reading
Obtaining Organic, Fresh Food on a BudgetJoanna Nowak, Natalie Leoni, Carissa Townsend, Gino DiVittorio _______________________________
University of Illinois research shows that “one in 12 seniors do not have access to adequate food due to lack of money or other financial resources.” This unfortunate phenomenon is called food insecurity. Seniors with food insecurity have a higher likelihood of certain health issues, including diabetes, high cholesterol, gum disease and high blood pressure.
Supermarkets are often a go-to when shopping on a budget, however, some of these conventional markets lack in organic options. It is entirely possible for senior citizens to shop organic, get the necessary nutrients and not break the bank.
They say there’s beauty in the breakdown – and boy, did I breakdown. All weekend long I was worried about this video essay assignment and all the criterions we had to fulfill. Like most areas in life, I went into overthinking mode and couldn’t think of an idea or topic that I thought would be the most interesting and that would hit all the requirements.
As it was Valentine’s Day weekend, I went to Chicago. And while in Chicago, I thought about filming a billiards hall with its pool tables, bar, food and comedy shows. Pressure Billiards & Cafe was awarded Best Billiards in Chicago Reader’s Best of 2013 guide, and I thought that hit the points of uniqueness and prominence. Unfortunately, the videos had poor lighting. Plan B was to think of something back on campus, and Monday’s snowy weather proved to be an opportunity.
DO YOU HAVE AN ITCH TO STITCH?
WELL IF SO THERE’S A COMMUNITY FOR YOU HERE IN CHAMPAIGN-URBANA.
THE ILLINI COUNTY STITCHERS QUILT GUILD MET THIS WEEKEND FOR THE 2013 QUILT SHOW.
IT’S AT THIS EXPOSE THAT QUILTERS CAN SHOW OFF THEIR CRAFT AND SWAP TRICKS OF THE TRADE.
“THE QUILTED COW” VENDOR DEE COOK IS WORKING TOWARD MATCHING HER STITCHING TO THAT OF THE ARTISTS ON DISPLAY.
“SOON AS I GET MY CONFIDENCE UP, I, I DO QUILT SOME, BUT I DON’T THINK MY WORK IS GOOD ENOUGH TO SHOW YET”
THE GUILD LOOKS FORWARD TO EVERY SHOW, BUT THAT’S NOT ALL THEY DO.
MEMBERS RUN PROGRAMS AND WORKSHOPS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO SHARE NEW SKILLS AND CELEBRATE QUILTING.
OF COURSE YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A MASTER TO JOIN.
STITCHERS AT ALL EXPERIENCES LEVELS ARE WELCOME AT MEETINGS AND PROGRAMS, JUST DON’T FORGET YOUR NEEDLES.