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Environment H.A.P.N.S. at the U of I by MyKeisha Wells

The University of Illinois (U of I) establishes several environmental aspects that attain a beautified campus, in which everyone can benefit.

Humanity 

As one walks on the U of I campus – predominantly during the summer time, it is noticable how the smiles, laughter, and vibe naturally bounce from person to person. There are students jogging, riding bikes, reading books, laying in the grass and professors engaging in light conversation with one another. This ultimately enables visitors to see and feel the humanity and compassion throughout the campus, which is appreciated.

Two gentlemen enjoying the weather on campus. Photo by MyKeisha wells

 

Photo by MyKeisha Wells

(Kelly Stauskin speaks of her experience on the environment of the campus- “every staff member and every professor that we’ve talked to have been super gracious and nice..”)

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That’s a Wrap! End of Semester Reflection

Time to check out all the hard work from this semester and reflect!

I cannot believe the semester is almost over. This has been by far one of my favorite classes and I feel sad that it’s over. Professor Collins made this class so enjoyable and I know what I’ve learned in her classroom, I will use in my career.

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A Comedic Guide to a Basic Baseball Swing

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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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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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You Are Welcome

Muslim immigration ban protesters gather at the Alma Mater

 

Fear. Hope. Excitement. Afraid. There were the words Assignment 2 had to revolve around. I was extremely excited to go out and film. I feel like I work better when there is some sort of structure and instruction as to what a project has to be about. For example on assignment 1, I had to get specific shots, but what I shot was completely up to me. So I loved the fact that I had something to go off of. Now, deciding what to shoot was hard. At first I wanted to film my best friend, Carolina, going to an animal shelter and adopting a dog, because I figured there is a lot of emotions happening. But I forgot my camera, so that topic was a no go. A day later, I got invited to a march on the quad to protest the Muslim Immigration Ban and I knew that was the topic I had to film.

 

When I got to the march I just started taking pictures of every one in the crowd. It was said there was almost 400 protestors at the march. I then started taking pictures of signs that people made. There was so many signs and they were all equally invoking emotions. From signs that said, “Melania is an immigrant too” to “White Apathy Kills,” emotions were running high and I wanted to capture that.

Protestor holds sign in opposition to the Muslim Immigration Ban

When people started chanting, “No hate no fear, refugees are welcome here,” I knew I had to start filming and not just take photo’s. So I added that audio to my project. My favorite audio that I got was a speech from a muslim immigrant student saying, “and I refuse to be bullied into leaving this country.” Those were extremely important words and everyone in the crowd was cheering strongly.

Protestors on the Main Quad carrying a cloth saying “Resist”

One of the hardest things about shooting this event was trying to get pictures while everyone was marching. They moved really fast and I  wanted to make sure my shots were blurry. Most of my shots came out clear though. I took over 100 pictures and it was extremely hard to narrow it down to just 12. I decided to use the pictures that made me feel the 4 emotions: fear, afraid, hopeful, and excitement.

I am extremely happy with this project and it was a lot of fun shooting this event and learning about it. I felt all 4 of the emotions and I hope you will too.

You can see my video of images from the protest here!

It’s The Climb – Final Reflection Leahy

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Here’s me! With some gum (ew).

3 months, 6 assignments, 1 group project, and 1 semester later, and I’m finished with Jour215. What a journey it’s been! Starting out as a little sophomore, I had never done anything multimedia. I remember receiving my camera bag and being terrified – what do I even do with this thing? But I knew I wanted to work hard and learn a lot.

After only one year of journalism, I was (and still am) not sure exactly what I want to do with my career. So I knew the more I knew (broadcast, video, writing, etc.) the better off I would be. So I set out with my camera bag into the sunset. Continue reading

How to do laundry like an Adult

screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-4-49-26-pmAre you that struggling college student who secretly doesn’t know how to do their own laundry? Or that freshman who put hand soap in the washer instead of detergent? Or just have no clue where to begin?

I’m here to help.

I’ve found that so many of my friends and fellow students in their attempt to be an “adult” actually do laundry all wrong. For a simple how to on the subject, watch my video hereContinue reading

Coffee Break

Tis the season of midterms, cold weather, and warm coffee.

Here at the Illinois campusscreen-shot-2016-10-13-at-10-30-02-pm, coffee is all the craze. No matter what coffee shop is your favorite, you can find most students rely on their daily cup. Whether it’s because we’re busier or because new types of coffee have become more popular, young people are drinking more coffee than ever before. If I’m getting you in the mood for a warm latte, watch my video package hereContinue reading

What a Difference a Campus Makes: #Campuses Matter when it comes to Greek Organizations

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Alpha Chapter members performing their ritual of chants and songs around the fraternity's sun dial -also known as the "Mother Pearl".

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Alpha Chapter members performing their ritual of chants and songs around the fraternity’s sun dial -also known as the “Mother Pearl”.

Notable differences arise between two Omega Psi Phi brothers because of racial make-up at their campuses. The other attends a predominantly white institution. One student attends a historically black university.

This story holds true to the elements of news because of the conflict in the conversation between the two schools and their Omega chapters. There are different things each of the chapters have compared to the other, but it seems as if one is more widely accepted at one of the institutions either Howard, which is a historically black university, or at the University of Illinois, a predominantly white institution.

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Maker Girls Make a Difference

Maker girls are the women behind the magic that happens within the Maker lab. Designed to inspire young girls ages 7 – 10 to be involved in science, technology, engineering and math. Today girl scout troop 2192 participated in the session, “Creating with Chemistry,” which involved learning the different states of matter involved in the 3D Printing.

Charlotte conducting class

Charlotte conducting class

To see the whole story visit the lab here.