Tag Archives: spring 2014

Training the trusting generation: Scams on the elderly and how to prevent them

With 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 each day, the size of the elderly population is getting larger. Unfortunately, so is the number of elderly citizens who fall victim to scams targeting their age group.

Photo retrieved from the FBI website.

Elderly are scammed about $2.6 billion per year.|Photo retrieved from the FBI website.

Scammers often target the elderly because of their trusting nature. According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, as of 2012, Baby Boomers were the most trusting age group in America. This was decided based on their answer to the question, “Generally speaking, would you say that most people can be trusted or that you can’t be too careful in dealing with people?” Forty percent of Baby Boomers expressed beliefs of the former, while the same was only true for 19 percent of Millennials. Continue reading

Adventures in Multimedia: The End of a Journey

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This Canon became my best friend for the semester! | Photo taken with Instagram

The Best (Class) I Ever Had
Life is a process of trials and tribulations, and with each challenge presented, you grow from the lessons learned.

Likewise, my time in multimedia has been incredibly worthwhile. Not only did I learn the basics of shooting, editing and writing for multimedia, but I also was able to go through this journey with encouraging and talented classmates.

Before I get all sentimental, let’s rewind to the beginning.
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Plunging for a special cause: Annual Polar Plunge raises $2 million for Special Olympics Illinois


Polar Plungers make a splash in Illinois in 2013.
Photo courtesy of Special Olympics Illinois.

In the usual wintry months of February and March, thousands of people are seen diving and splashing into the deep freezing waters. But they aren’t facing the bitter temperatures just for fun. They’re plunging for a special cause – the Polar Plunge, which raises money for the Special Olympics athletes.

This year, there were 20 different locations in Illinois for the annual Polar Plunge event, and over $2 million was raised for the Special Olympics Illinois athletes by more than 7,000 participants.  In the last 15 years, the event has raised $10.2 million with more 40,000 people taking the plunge.

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A Poverty Simulation : Students Experience Poverty


U of I Student Alexis Graham, struggled after not eating for four weeks during the Poverty Simulation

Unfortunately, there are many people in the Champaign Urbana community that are homeless. CU Citizen Access has several articles regarding the poverty rate in the community.

For Assignment 7, I was instructed to produce an audio package. I was really nervous going into this because I could not think of any newsworthy story to cover. I began searching and came across the poverty simulation. The Poverty Simulation occurred at the Business AInstructional Facility Atrium at the University of Illinois.

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Student Employment: Perks of Working in University Dining Services

Around 1,200 students – from freshmen to graduate – find employment in the University’s six dining halls and catering service. Many students end up working for a few years (if not all four or five years of their college career) and even find themselves moving up to Student Supervisors.

A student worker is busy carving meat.
Photo courtesy of University Housing webpage.

Most people don’t know why some students enjoy working in the University’s dining services, so I decided to do an audio story about the benefits of working in the dining hall. The increase in pay, free meals and new friendships were the reasons mentioned by a couple of students.

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Stressing About Your Post-Grad Life? — There’s Still Hope!

Students–Past and Present–Dish on All Things Graduation

Right now, U of I seniors might be excited, shocked, sad or baffled by the fact that graduation is on its way. Regardless of how seniors are feeling, May 18th 2014 is right around the corner…..

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UIUC Engineering Online Student Portal

This year, about 8,000 students (myself, Natalie and Gino included!) will be saying goodbye to their undergrad careers. While this might seem like an overwhelming thought to many, there are a lot of things seniors can do to secure themselves a great job after graduating.

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Adventures in Multimedia: I Love Illinois Week

Oh boy, where do I begin with assignment five? This assignment probably took the most energy out of me in terms of filming, interviewing and editing. But, I think it was all a great preparation for what’s to come for assignment eight.

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Staff members of 1867 Society get ready to hand out “I Love Illinois” tanks at Ikenberry Commons.

This week, the campus organization 1867 Society is hosting I Love Illinois Week to build school pride across the university. On Tuesday Feb. 25, at Ikenberry Commons, 1867 Society gave out 500 “I Love Illinois” tanks to students who donated a shirt from a different school. The day was dubbed “Give to Receive Day.”

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