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Look At What You’ve Done and Smile (: Caudell Group Reflection

As a preface, I’d like to congratulate all of you on an amazing semester. You have all produced such amazing work, and I’m honored to have you as colleagues. Keep up the fantastic work!

To Olivia, Zack, and Demi:

I loved the topic of your story because it gave me pause and made me think. Your group really took an unexpected approach to handing the topic of diversity, and I’m so impressed with the final product. Way to take an already understated issue and cover an aspect so easy to overlook yet so important to share with the world!

To Roger, Samantha, Maggie, and Tommy:

I enjoyed the more intimate experience I got from viewing your work. I admire how personal you were able to get with your subjects, because with a story like this, that is imperative. Most amazingly of all, you showed that students with disabilities are just like the rest of us, with very similar lifestyles and struggles. It almost reminds me of the old documentary Murderball. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it!

To Angela, Tim, and Cassandra:

I must say, your topic is one that is very talked about on campus, and rightfully so. That being said, you still found a way to make your take on the issue unique and impactful. The quality of production was great as well, I really enjoyed the way you handled the How-To and video package.

EveryDAY Should be a SunDAE – Schmitt

How to Make an Ice Cream Sundae

A sweet frozen treat with a combination of your favorite ingredients.








Ice cream sundaes never get old. They are the perfect frozen treat for any time of the year, and you can make one yourself with a few quick, easy steps. The best part is you can personalize your ice cream sundae however you’d like! That’s right…no ice cream sundae is the same. Choose your favorite flavor of ice cream or feel free to combine them, add toppings of your choice, and share your creation with friends and family. This recipe is entirely dependent on what you’re in the mood for or what happens to be in your pantry, but here’s my favorite combination of ingredients. And, let me tell you, I think it is better than ANY ice cream parlor around.

Follow along with my guide to make the sweetest, most sumptuous sundaes…in less than 3 minutes! Are you ready?!

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A Comedic Guide to a Basic Baseball Swing


Baseball is one of the most popular sports in the world, and has often been known as “America’s Past-time”. Even though I don’t play the sport anymore, I’m still passionate about it, and love to watch it, write about it, and teach people more about it. It’s been a part of me for a long time, and I’m happy to make this video of what I learned to be the “Basic 3-Step Process” to having a good baseball swing. I learned this process at a camp I went to in St. Louis when I was in 6th grade. The camp was hosted by the St. Louis Cardinals, and I got the chance to learn from MLB Coach Don Mattingly, and the players on the Cardinals at that time. In this article, I’ll give you a few more detailed descriptions of each step!

Baseball is a game of finite measurements, so any little offset could end up bad in a big way during a swing! Though the process may seem very simple, if one thing is messed up in a certain way, your swing can be thrown off!

Let’s start the process.

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The Other Side of Unofficial, Williamson Blog

While most students at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana were preparing alcohol, speakers, solo cups, and other things most recognized for their essence in good-spirited, and sometimes wild, partying, a few members of Koinonia Christian Cooperative House were preparing themselves to try to help others on the Friday so commonly associated with wild partying and binge drinking, also known as Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day. You can read about the origins of the holiday here from the University Archives.

Members of Koin, as it is termed by residents of the house, set up a table each Unofficial, on the corner of Fourth and Daniel, nearby the house, to give out water and snacks to people going out and partying on Unofficial, or even just students passing by going to class. The uncommon practice has raised a lot of questions, according to residents of the houses, but Jake Schyvinck, one of two Koinonia House Social Chairs, say that it’s pretty simple.

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The “Right” Solution: 2nd Amendment Advocate and Rape Survivor Speaks Out

To check out my video coverage, click here

There’s no easy way to cope with sexual assault. It’s a terrible crime that, if one even survives, can leave even the strongest person shaken. Kimberly Corban, a rape survivor and political activist, used her horrifying experience to make her stronger. She travels around the US, sharing her message at events, campuses, and even with former President Barack Obama. So why was attendance so low at her UIUC speech last Wednesday, March 8th? Debbie Bernal, campus president of the  sponsoring organization Turning Point USA says it’s due to the controversial nature of her message.

Digital Poster for Kimberly Corban’s campus visit. Source https://www.facebook.com/TPUSAatUIUC/photos/gm.390718911302279/1077488515696891/?type=3&theater

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A Fight For Life – Schmitt

Peaceful Prayer Gives Community Members Hope in Ending Abortion 

Joy Pace, a supporter of 40 Days For Life, stands behind Planned Parenthood with her homemade poster on Tues., March 15th.

To view my video package, please click here.

To view my script, please click here.

40 Days for Life is a multi-faith, multi-church, international collaboration that takes place for 40 days each spring and each fall in countries all over the world. People come together to pray for an end to abortion outside Planned Parenthood on the corner of Third St. and Stoughton St. from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

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Chief Illiniwek: An Unlikely Solution

Racial and minority tensions have spiraled across the country in recent months. These tensions can be attributed to many different factors, but one thing is for sure, its played in a pivotal role in causing riots, un-peaceful protests and simple animosity towards one another. Workplaces, schools and especially college campuses are faced with the challenge of working together to unite all kinds in a peaceful format. Many diverse campuses, like the University of Illinois, have released statements in efforts to unify everyone. While these efforts have its impact, the Illini might have an unlikely solution: Chief Illiniwek.

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The Forgotten Option: Private certified Housing blog

Many students come onto campus not really fully knowing what to expect out of their living situation. For many and most, it is the first time they have lived on their own, and along with the shocks that come with starting college classes, they also have to deal with the shock of not being at home anymore, and truly being responsible for themselves, and making sure everything in their life runs smoothly. Simply put, where you choose to live, and who you choose to live with, can greatly impact and influence your college experience. Choose a bad place to live, or bad people to live with, and the amount of stress on your shoulders can increase heavily. However, choose the right people, and the reverse is true. Having good friends in college is almost more of a requirement than a suggestion.

The same is definitely true at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.  Where most students choose to live in a dorm, and if they are not satisfied with that after their first year, they move into apartments or respective Greek houses. It’s a status quo for the most part at UIUC, but there are a few that differ from this path, and choose a third way to live on campus. Most students don’t know that this type of living exists!

Private Certified Housing is a third option for students to live on campus, with a unique set of rules, and even benefits and hardships. Koinonia Christian Cooperative House is one example of this type of living. Private Certified Housing (or as it is known by its residents, PCH for short) is housing certified by the University, but not directly regulated, run, or funded by the University itself, but by some outside group or organization.

One of the big differences in this type of living is that freshmen students can live there, rather than live in the dorms, and still have it count as on campus living.

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*Knock, Knock*

The word ‘comedy’ surrounded by lights (Source: http://michaelroud.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/SKETCH-COMEDY-2-RESIZE-e1373413350959.jpg)

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!


*Knock, Knock*

*Who’s There?*


*Watch who?*

*Watch my project here*

Read Script here: Ramirez Script


Friday Frisbee Fellowship

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.

A Frisbee, which gets thrown around (almost) more than Trump throws around the words China and “Yuge.” Picture Credits https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frisbee#/media/File:Frisbee_090719.jpg

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