Monday, April 28, 2008

Want to get paid as a writer this summer? FUSE is looking for a few good reporters...

Fuse Magazine Summer Writer Position Available

Are you staying in Ithaca for the summer? Are you looking for a totally cool writing job?

Fuse is looking for a fun, dependable, proven writer to work in the Office of Marketing Communications this summer. If you take writing seriously and you're not afraid to take on several assignments (and maybe even tackle some photos), we’d love to hear from you. This full-time position pays $10/hour plus campus housing and a meal plan, if needed.

Don't miss this great opportunity to gain real-world experience. If you’re interested, contact Lisa Maresca at for details. You can learn more about Fuse at

New Park Center for Independent Media director makes the national media (again)

Sunday, April 27, 2008

This semester's final "sexual harassment prevention" session scheduled on Tuesday

Internship reminders

The semester's final Sexual Harassment Prevention session with IC attorney
Traevena Byrd is Tuesday, April 29, 12:05-1:00 in Park Auditorium.
One-time-only attendance is required prior to one’s first academic
internship, so last chance for summer. The next will be in Fall.

You have until early June for the dean’s office to enroll you in a Summer
Session internship.
The Application, Application Checklist, and Guidelines are under Documents
Most summer internships are for one credit, $860.00.

If you are unsure which Park faculty are eligible to sponsor a summer
internship, I’ll email you a list. Any questions, need help, resume
advice, etc., stop by Park 126.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

ICTV's new leadership for 2008-2009!

I am so happy to announce the Executive Staff of ICTV for 2008-2009 (congrats, everybody!):

Station Manager: Stuart Kenney

Director of Programming and Operations: Allison Gainza

Master Control Supervisor: Nick Righi

News Director for ICTV; Bryan Mercer

Executive Producer of NewsWatch16: Alice Pak

Managing Editor of NewsWatch16: Caryn Littler

Technical Opearations Director: Bobby Zeleny

Webmaster: Nellie Norden

On-Air Promotions Manager: Matt Portman

Promotions and Publicity Director: Jeri Kransoff

Sports Director: Eric Olen

Ad Labbers

Nobody has class at 12:10 on May 1.

And everybody should stop by the Park Aud to watch this year's Ad Labbers practice their presentation for this year's competition.

It's going to be amazing.

You'll see....

Two Parkies head to NYC for prestigious summer internships!

And more great news from your fellow Parkies:

The Multicultural Advertising Internship Program chose TWO Ithaca College students to intern through the program in NYC this summer, which provides a weekly stipend and a large part of housing and travel costs. Nationwide there are only 150 interns chosen for the summer.

Samantha Constant '09 is interning at TBWA/Chiat/Day in the print department and Peter Pasco '09 is interning with Saatchi and Saatchi Healthcare in their traffic department.

The link to their website is

Congrats to the Ithacan and WICB!

This just in from Ithacan Editor Erica Hendry from the Society of Professional Journalists Region 1 conference in Portland:

The Ithacan was awarded the First Place Mark of Excellence Award for Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper.

Erin Geismar was awarded Second Place Mark of Excellence Awards in both the In-Depth Reporting and Feature Writing categories.

Emma Strachman and Michael Vasios received a Third Place Mark of Excellence Awards in the Feature Photography category.

And in radio:
Chris Baxter was awarded the First Place Mark of Excellence Award for Radio News Reporting.
Rob Schroeder was awarded the Second Place Mark of Excellence Award for Radio Sports Reporting.

Congratulations to everybody who works so hard to make our student media the best in the country...year after year after year....


Monday, April 21, 2008

We Rock!

Congrats to Cornell Woodson ’09, who led his Reconstruction party to victory and will be president of the Student Government Association (SGA) for the 2008-2009 academic year, and to fellow CMDer A.J. Mizes ’09, who was elected IC senior class president.

That's what I call leadership.

And talent.

And making a difference in the world.

That's what I call being a Parkie!

Congrats, guys....

ICTV launches 24-hour marathon on April 25!

It's a first! ICTV will kick off a year of special events marking its 50th anniversary in the fall of 2008 with a 24-hour marathon of great programming.

Here are the details:

What: 24 hour marathon
Where: Channel 16
When: It starts on April 25th at 6pm and ends on April 26th at 6pm.
Why: to celebrate the close of ICTV’s 49th year as it enters its 50th
year come the fall.

Set your clocks, mark your calendars, and tune in!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Want to get published? Let an expert tell you how!

Rick Frishman '76, founder of Planned Television Arts (a national book publicity/PR company) and best-selling author, will give you the tips you need to turn your book idea or manuscript into a published bestseller.

Really. I promise.

Frishman is a nationally known consultant and writer whose books and Web site have helped writers like you to figure out how to write a book proposal, get an agent, pitch a project, and find a publisher.

Here are the details:

Name of his talk: "How to Get Published in America."

Wednesday, April 16
7:30 p.m.
in Emerson Suites

The talk is part of the Park School Writing Award Speaker Series.

About Rick Frishman:

Rick continues to work with many of the top book editors, literary agents and publishers in America, including Simon and Schuster, Random House, Wiley, Harper Collins, Pocket Books, Penguin Putnam, and Hyperion Books. Some of the best-selling authors he has worked with include: Mitch Albom, Bill Moyers, Stephen King, Caroline Kennedy, Howard Stern, President Jimmy Carter, Mark Victor Hansen, Nelson DeMille, John Grisham, Hugh Downs, Henry Kissinger, Jack Canfield, Alan Deshowitz, Arnold Palmer, and Harvey Mackay.

Prior to PTA, Rick worked as a producer of the Barry Farber Show at WOR-AM in New York City.

He is the co-author of eight books, including national best-sellers Guerilla Publicity and Networking Magic. He recently launched the popular four-book series, Author 101.

Rick's new book, Where's Your Wow? (with co-author Robyn Spizman), was released by McGraw Hill earlier this year.

Last year's students in Doc have a film in international distribution...really, no kidding....

You may never have another chance to work this hard and learn this much about documentary filmmaking:

Fall Semester 2008


A challenging workshop and lecture course in which students carry out
research, planning, production, and postproduction for a video documentary
and formal program proposal. Major topics include documentary genres and
techniques, criteria for selecting subject matter, primary and secondary
sources of information. Communications majors only. Prerequisites: TVR
29900 or TVR 21500 or CNPH 22400 or JOUR 21200 or permission of
instructor. 4 credits.

MWF 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm Park 279
W 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm Park 279

You will:

* learn about documentary, one of the fastest growing areas of media

* study with Dr. Ben Crane, an Emmy-winning documentary producer;

* work in groups as independent production companies.

Doc students have won major awards, screened their work at major festivals, and sold their work for international distribution.

Think about it. What better way to spend the fall semester?

Bob Scinto comes to Park!

Meet Bob Scinto '68
Emmy Award-Winning Director

Friday, April 18
2-4 p.m.
Park Hall, Room 220

Find out what it is like to work on a television series. Feel free to stop by anytime during his session to ask questions.

Bob Scinto has worked as a director on Guiding Light since 2004 and has previously worked on All My Children, One Life to Live, The City, Loving, and The Doctors. He won an Emmy Award for Drama Series Directing (2003) and has been nominated eight other times (1980, 1988, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006) for the award.


More Parkies: You guys are leaders, through and through...

This just in from Team Reconstruction Team:

Three Parkies -- Cornell Woodson, Sharlene Nichols, and Luke Elmers -- are a part of a campaign to transform the way Ithaca College and the Student Government Association works. They are members of the Reconstruction Team, a group of leaders from across campus who are passionately dedicated to meeting the needs of Ithaca College students. The Reconstruction Team believes that the SGA should be about people, not politics, and hopes to be a catalyst for change in the organization in 2008-2009.

In typical Parkie fashion, they have put together a website and plenty of promotional materials, which you can check out at . So how can you support your fellow Parkies in their efforts to serve the student body? Vote Reconstruction Team for the 2008-2009 SGA Executive Board!

The Team:

Cornell Woodson, Student Body President
Sharlene Nichols, VP of Academics
Miriam Feldman, VP of Business & Finance
Dan Wald, VP of Campus Affairs
Luke Elmers, VP of Communications


We've decided to institute a new tradition in the Park School: A Dean's Dinner in honor of our graduating seniors.

We're inviting the entire Park graduating class of 2008 and all of the school's faculty and staff -- a final celebration of all of the great work and learning and friendships that have developed in our community in the past four years.

Here are the details:

WHO: Graduating seniors only, please (sorry, everybody else: we'll do it for you, too, when you're graduating)

DATE: Wednesday, April 30

TIME: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Emerson Suites


Prime Rib
Grilled Salmon with Lemon Tarragon Sauce
Vegetarian Lasagna

Please stop into the Dean's office and let us know you're coming (and your dinner choice) on or before MONDAY, APRIL 21.

I sent out an email to everybody tonight, too, but please spread the word to all of our graduating seniors.

We really hope to see you there.


CONGRATS to the new leaders of ICB!

Please join me in congratulating the following students who comprise the WICB-FM Executive Staff for the '08-'09 academic year. The new staff members assumed their duties at the station's noon meeting today.

Student Station Manager Josh Giordano
Talent Coordinator Edward Cluett
News Director Robertson Engelsman
Sports Director Lee Small
Program Director Nathan Hodge
Music Director Reece Lazarus
Promotions Director Chelsea Boryca
Production Director Donald Spacht
Urban Programming Dir. Matthew Duelka
Jazz/Specialty Dir. Aaron Terkel
Public Service/Traffic Dir. Marianne Dabir
Underwriting Director Evan Schapiro
Web Coordinator Nicholas Ommen

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Renowned war correspondent Christiane Amanpour and former Ass't Secretary of State James Rubin come to IC as Park Distinguished Speakers

Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent, and James Rubin, broadcaster, professor, commentator and communications consultant, will serve as our 2007-2008 Park Distinguished Visitors.

Christiane Amanpour and James Rubin
Lecture Title: "America and the World"
Wednesday, April 9
7:30 p.m.
Ben Light Gymnasium, Hill Center

Christiane Amanpour:

Christiane Amanpour is CNN’s chief international correspondent based in London. Amanpour has reported on most crises from the world’s many hotspots including Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Somalia, Rwanda and the Balkans.

Her assignments range from exclusive interviews with numerous world leaders to reporting from the heart of war zones for which she has received wide acclaim.

In 2005 Amanpour traveled the world following the major stories that developed. From Tsunami-hit Sri Lanka to the hurricane devastation in Louisiana, Amanpour reported on the many natural disasters that hit the planet in a dramatic news year. Among the many other stories that she covered were the London terrorist attacks, the riots in France, the first democratic elections in Iraq and the death and funeral of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI. In 2004 high profile stories covered by Amanpour included the Darfur conflict in Sudan; she traveled to the region twice and coverage included an exclusive interview with Sudanese President al-Bashir.

Throughout her career Amanpour has succeeded in securing a number of high profile and exclusive interviews with world leaders. Just as Iran’s nuclear crisis was developing, Amanpour secured the first and only interview with Iran’s new president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Major interviews in 2005 included a world exclusive with Syrian President Bashar el Assad on the UN investigation into Syria’s involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and French Prime Minister Domenique de Villepin in the aftermath of the riots in France. Other noteworthy interviews conducted by Amanpour have included French President Jacques Chirac prior to the 2003 conflict in Iraq and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, with whom she also secured the first interview after September 11, 2001. Amanpour interviewed Mahmoud Abbas, the first Palestinian Prime Minister, during a state visit to Washington in 2003, secured the first ever interview with Jordan’s new monarch, King Abdullah, in May 1999 and was the last journalist to interview the King’s father, the long-reigning King Hussein, days before his death. Other interviews include President Musharraf during the war against Afghanistan in 2001, Chairman Arafat and ex-Prime Minister Barak during the heightened Middle East peace negotiations in 2000 and Mikhail Gorbachev in November 1999 for the 10th anniversary of the fall of communism, as well as an exclusive with Hillary Rodham Clinton in May 1999 and with President Khatami in December 1997.

Amanpour is widely acclaimed for her coverage of the war in the Balkans where she spent years on this dangerous assignment, bringing the Bosnian tragedy into context and to the world’s attention. No international network correspondent has reported as continuously from this ethnically torn region. Amanpour subsequently covered the Milosevic war crime trials in The Hague in 2001 and 2002 and returned to the region in 2005 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre.

Her reputation as a world-class correspondent began with her reporting on the dramatic changes occurring in central Europe during 1989 and 1990. During her assignment in the Persian Gulf she covered the Gulf War, from Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990 to the U.S. bombing of Baghdad and the Kurdish refugee crisis on the Iran/Iraq border that persisted after the cease-fire. She also covered the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991 and subsequent war in Tbilisi. In December 1992, Amanpour briefly left the former Yugoslavia to report live from the shores of Mogadishu, Somalia, as U.S. troops launched Operation: Restore Hope.

Amanpour has received many prestigious awards in recognition of for her reporting on major world stories. For her reporting from the Balkans, Amanpour received a News and Documentary Emmy, two George Foster Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, a Courage in Journalism Award, a Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival Gold Award and the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. She was also named 1994 Woman of the Year by the New York Chapter of Women in Cable and Telecommunications, and she helped the CNN news network win a duPont Award for its coverage of Bosnia and a Golden CableACE for its Gulf War coverage.

Amanpour’s 1991 Gulf War reporting also received the Breakthrough Award from Women, Men and Media. Her contribution to the 1985 four-week series, ‘Iran: In the Name of God’, helped CNN earn its first duPont award.

In total Amanpour has won nine Emmy awards, including one for her documentary “Struggle for Islam”; the 2002 Edward R Murrow Award for Distinguished Achievement in Broadcast Journalism; the Sigma Chi Award (SDX) for her reports from Goma, Zaire; a George Polk Award for her work on the CNN International special “Battle for Afghanistan” in 1997; and the Nymphe d’Honneur at the Monte Carlo Television Festival in 1997, to name but a few.

Recently, Amanpour was named a Fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists. This honor recognizes significant contributions to journalism. She has also been bestowed with a number of honorary degrees from America’s prestigious universities.

Amanpour began her CNN career in 1983 as an assistant on the network’s international assignment desk in Atlanta. She has since worked in CNN’s New York and Frankfurt bureaus.

Before joining CNN, Amanpour worked at WJAR-TV, Providence, R.I., as an electronic graphics designer. From 1981 to 1982, she worked as a reporter, anchor and producer for WBRU-Radio, also in Providence.

Amanpour graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor of arts in journalism.

James P. Rubin:

James P. Rubin is currently an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

From May 2000 to December 2007, Mr. Rubin lived in London, working as a broadcaster, professor, commentator and communications consultant. Most recently, from October 2005 to October 2007, he was international news anchor and world affairs commentator for SKY news.

Rubin served under President Clinton as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Chief Spokesman for the State Department from 1997 to May 2000. He was also a top policy adviser to Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright. He conducted daily on-camera briefings for the State Department press corps and represented the administration in print, radio, and television interviews regarding U.S. diplomatic, foreign economic and national security policies. During the 2004 Presidential general election, Mr. Rubin served as Senior Adviser for National Security for John Kerry.
Mr. Rubin was Visiting Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics from 2001-2004, and in 2002 and 2003 the host of the PBS series Wide Angle, a primetime, weekly international affairs program.

Rubin was Director of Foreign Policy for the Clinton/Gore '96 Campaign. From 1993 until 1996, he was Senior Adviser and Spokesman for the U.S. Representative to the United Nations.

From 1989-1993, he was a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and Senior Foreign Policy Adviser to Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE).

Rubin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a Masters in international affairs from Columbia University.
In 1998, he was the recipient of Columbia University's John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement. In 2000, he received the State Department’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award.

Rubin is Vice Chairman of the Atlantic Partnership, serves on the board of Columbia University’s School of International Affairs and the International Rescue Committee UK, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

PAID Summer internships at some of the coolest media sites in the country!

How would you like to earn $2500 working for one of the coolest media sites in the country this summer?
Do you care about social justice? public media? citizen journalism? expanding access to the media?

Apply for one of our Progressive Media Summer Internship grants, build your resume, and make a difference -- all at once!

In recent years, Progressive Media grants have provided funding for students to work at places like Bill Moyers' production studios in New York; Democracy Now!; Mother Jones magazine; Common Dreams; Global Vision; Working Films; the Center for Public Integrity; the Institute for Public Accuracy; Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR); and the Center for Media and Democracy.

Now's the time to apply.

Contact Jeff Cohen at or call 607-274-3590, or stop by Park 258 for more information.

Check out the details at the Park School Progressive Media Internship site..

Bayliss Roast: This just in....

This just in from Eloise Greene, our fearless internship coordinator:
Bayliss Roast Report

Last week I attended the John Bayliss Broadcast Foundation’s annual Radio
Roast – a black-tie fundraiser for the Foundation’s scholarship and
internship programs. One of only fourteen “Bayliss Schools,” Ithaca
figured prominently at the event, attended by 300 radio executives:

- Dan Henning ’06 received the 2008 Bayliss Horizon Award for outstanding
young talent in radio. He is associate producer for The Bill Press Show,
the syndicated progressive morning program. Dan’s speech was very well

- A video compilation piece of interviews submitted by several of the
Bayliss colleges was shown. It featured appearances by six Ithacans:
Bayliss 2007 interns Josh Giordano, Meghan Loftus, John Napolillo, and
Jessica Zerillo, 2007 scholarship winner Chris Wilson, and Chris Wheatley.
Ithaca was also mentioned often in the print program.

The deadline for the Bayliss 2008-2009 scholarship is April 30. One lucky
IC student active in radio will receive $5000.00. Three letters of
recommendation are required, so if you are asked you will know what this
is about. Details at

Thanks, Eloise!

Adults (with families) only, please....

A group of Parkies in Professor Scott Hamula's Advertising class needs your help -- IF you are an adult, preferably one who shops for a family....

It's only 10 questions, it'll only take a few minutes, and it would be a HUGE help to these students, who are doing everything they can to target the right demographic group....and it's not all that easy to be a college student and track down large numbers of family shoppers, let's face it.

Here's hoping this helps....and here's really hoping you'll help!

CLICK HERE for the survey.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Still the best after all these years....the Ithacan does it again!

For the eighth time in nine years, The Ithacan has been named the Best Overall Student Newspaper in New York State by the New York Press Association. In addition to winning the organization’s top collegiate honor, the paper also took First Place for General Excellence, First Place for Overall Sports Coverage, Second Place for Best Editorial and Third Place for Best Design.

In individual honors, junior Erin Geismar’s story, “Living Below the Line,” won First Place for Best News Story, and Thomas Pardee, now a student at Columbia College in Chicago, won Second Place for Best Feature Story for “Snake Charmer.”

Congratulations to Michael Serino and the whole staff. You make us proud. Every single year.

Parkie Power: Party F.R.E.S.H. runs for SGA Exec Board!

Three Parkies -- Mara Engel, Kameron Mohammed and Eddie Lemonier -- are members of the leadership team of Party F.R.E.S.H. - For Refreshing Every Students Hope in IC, which is running for Student Government Association Executive Board. You can check it out on the party's facebook site...:

Party F.R.E.S.H. plans to energize the student body with fresh legislation and fresh personalities infused into the Student Government Association. Our party has the common goal of servicing the needs of the student population, as well as engaging the student body through campus pride.
A few other goals of Party F.R.E.S.H. are to ease the coming transition for the new president, the community, and the student body and finish SGA projects already in progress. Finally, we promise greater communication between members of the executive board and the needs of clubs and orginizations and individuals at IC. VOTE F.R.E.S.H.

President - Michael Bender
V.P. of Academics - Mara Engel
V.P. of Business and Finace - Jeremy Lee
V.P. of Campus Affairs - Kam Mohammed
V.P. of Communication - Eddie Lemonier

Specific Policy changes and initiatives:
-having full SGA monthly meetings with top administration in a non-formal setting for increased communication.
-Holding one meeting a month in a more public forum such as the pub, textor, or the quad(weather permitting).
-Putting SGA meeting mintues on intercom every week.
-Increased energy and passion at SGA meetings.
-SGA sponsorship of big events on campus (ex.CORTACA) as well as placing influence on bigger campus events (Homecoming, outdoor tailgate concert ect...)
-Finalize Circles Shuttle system by graduation.
-Start explorotary committee into rising costs at on campus business (MAC'S/Bookstore, pub) compared to stagnet level of bonus bucks.
-Increase attention to any and all changes in Financial Aid, a.k.a. making sure needs of student popualtion are being cared for by new president.
-More signs and advertisments pointing to where the Student Activiteis Center is, and creating an environment more accessible to the student population.

BIG APPLE internship awards: Work in NYC this summer -- and afford to live there!

Big Apple Internship Award
The New York Communications Alumni "Big Apple" Internship, made possible
through the generosity of Park School alumni working in the New York City
area, provides a $1,500 award designed to support credit-bearing summer
internships for junior and senior Communications majors, carried out in
the New York City area. A minimum one-credit is required.


Proven financial need as established by the Ithaca College Office of
Financial Aid.
Evidence of academic and/or creative merit in communications.
The quality and career relevance of the internship opportunity.

Formal application must be filed with the School of Communications by
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 to Eloise Greene in Park 126, with:

Name, year in school, student's major and minor (if any), cumulative
grade point average, and name of student's faculty advisor.
A description of your planned internship.
A statement of goals and objectives in the communications field.
Resume, including Department, School, and College academic and/or
creative achievements and activities.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

It's a Boobies Bash for Breast Cancer Awareness!

Show up at the Boobies Bash for Breast Cancer Awareness at the Second Floor Bar from 9 p.m. to closing tomorrow night (Saturday). Have fun and make a difference -- all at the same time!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Expats in Mexico: Park alum tells their stories

Shauna Leff is a TVR major (class of 1999) who lives in Mexico and works for the American Benevolent Society, creating an oral history of the stories of American expats living in Mexico. (She might also be working with TVR professor Mara Alper this summer on her documentary about the Huichol tribe.)

A recent magazine profile described her work capturing the stories of the Americans who have made a home and a history in Mexico:

Shauna Leff enters the basement to the nose-twitching smell of must and cool air. Before her lies a clutter of boxes, wheelchairs, computer hard drives, blue fi ling cabinets and bookshelves.

A 30-year-old with contagious energy and a tiny nose piercing, Leff is ABS’s youngest board member and the organization’s self-described cheerleader. With the 140th birthday celebration fast approaching (to be celebrated February 20 at the US Ambassador’s residence), she’s digging for photos to use in the anniversary video.

Leff is spearheading the ABS’s Story Archive Project. Like NPR’s StoryCorps and the BBC’s digital Telling Lives project, Leff is recording expat interviews to preserve the stories of the older generation —stories she hopes will raise the institution’s profile and engage the new generation of Americans in Mexico. So far, Leff has
recorded 10 interviews on professional audio quality equipment. It’s expat history as never heard before.

Former ABS president Vicky Silvan, 83, and her husband Len tell of how they met, painting the scene at the Hotel del Prado, the popular expat hangout that crumbled in the 1985 earthquake. Author Diana Anhalt’s childhood memories of the 1950s take
listeners through Polanco cornfi elds, down a Paseo de la Reforma still traveled by burros and horses, and to the Pyramids back when you could still dig in the rubble and take home pre-Colombian artifacts.

Leff asks how her life changed by moving here. Anhalt’s voice cracks on the recording: “It gave me another language, it gave me another culture … and it gave me the gift of life.” A pause. “You know it’s funny, Shauna, I never realized how much it moves me
until I started talking about it.”

Parkies: they're using their talents and expertise to tell life's stories. All over the world.

Politics, Park-Style....or Who's running, and why?

This blog belongs to the Park School. I am the scribe who collects the content and -- as often and as accurately as I can -- posts it up here for everybody to read. But it's not's All Things Park.

So when a student who has a big idea (sustainability in Spain!) or a big dream (class president!) asks me to share some information with the community...well, that's what I do. (Again, as often as I can...and here's a formal apology to anybody who's ever emailed me with a blog request and I haven't followed through...sometimes, I just plain cannot find the time.)

So, in the spirit of All Things Park (and the fact that no other Parkie is involved in this competition, so there's no favoritism going on here -- except, of course, for Parkies), this just in from A.J. Mizes and his Team Renew, which is running for Senior Class President:

The campaign has officially started, and let me tell you: Team ReNew is absolutely excited to be here. We've spent an incredible amount of time planning and designing exactly what we wanted our party to stand for...and how we wanted to communicate this to the Class of '09.

We chose the name "Team: ReNew" for several different reasons. First, we wanted to stray away from the word "party" because we believe that the word "team" clearly communicates how we a team. Not only have we committed ourselves as an Executive Board to work as a team, but we also believe that it is EXTREMELY important for the E-board and the rest of the class to function that way as well. We care DEEPLY about individual opinions and have worked hard to incorporate this value into our platform, and then exactly how we were going to carry-through this value into office. But I digress...

Team ReNew is about renewing what it means to be a senior. In other words, we're renewing what we call "The Senior Experience." We plan on being innovative with our event planning, volunteer opportunities, and other programming to bring you and UNFORGETTABLE Senior Experience. Below, you will find an extended breakdown of
what we couldn't type in 100 words. It's an SGA thing I guess.

Yeah, a nice way of saying "parties." Team ReNew believes that the hard working Class of 09 deserves to play as hard as they work! We will offer both alcohol optional and alcohol free events to cater to everyone. Either way you decide to party, know that we will make these events innovative, fun, and memorable.

Job hunting. I think it's just a little scary that we will be searching for jobs in 8 months. Really scary. But no fear! Team ReNew is all about helping you out in the process. We're all in the same boat, so why not? Right? We plan on sending out a weekly "ReNewsletter" which will include job and internship opportunities that we have been notified about. Additionally, we plan on conducting networking nights, resume and cover letter writing sessions, and mock interviews SPECIFICALLY for graduating seniors.
This is for real.

Giving Back:
Our class has been exceptionally good at giving back to IC and our surrounding community. Team ReNew plans on highlighting this great point and offering opportunities for you to continue to do so as a senior. We plan on teaming up with some of IC's volunteer student organizations to make sure these are one-of-a-kind. What's better than hanging out with your closest friends and giving back? It'll
happen next year...

Your Opinion:
Team ReNew recognizes that we all want our voices heard. Especially when it comes to our last year at Ithaca. We have implemented a polling page on our website (to be released shortly) which will enable us to pick and choose how we spend our last year together.
Your voice counts, and we know that you will let us hear it!

Interesting, huh? I'd say so....

This just in from Parkie Calvin Smith, who worked with Professor Barbara Morgenstern (TVR) on a grant proposal that won him the first Office of International Programs Global Footprint Grant for his work in Spain this spring:

This grant, started in January of 2007, is made possible through Ithaca College’s Office of International Programs in affiliation with The Sustainability Initiative at Ithaca College.

It is designed to address the issue of sustainability in relation to study abroad.
...So far, I have designed and administered a survey written in both English and Spanish which students and professors alike have filled out. I plan on extrapolating the responses from these surveys to the greater Universitat de Barcelona community, and comparing the common transportation methods used there to those commonly used at Ithaca College. I hope that my research efforts may positively affect the Ithaca College community as a whole.

Basically, what I am trying to figure out is why the people in Barcelona tend to use
mass transit methods much more than everyone at IC…and, to some extent, so far
I think that it is likely due to the systems that are already in place, and different individual’s upbringings and culture. While I haven’t conducted in-depth interviews to figure out why exactly people choose mass transit (or walking or biking, etc…) in Barcelona, I did ask questions to probe these kinds of answers in the surveys that I administered.

Overwhelmingly, the responses are that they use these things because they are cheap and/or convenient…not exactly groundbreaking stuff, granted, but it hints that if the systems were in place at IC, and commonly used…gradual change may ensue. We have to change people’s mental models and transportation traditions to truly change their transportation methods and habits.

When it comes to culture and sustainability, there is absolutely a difference. Barcelona, Spain, and Europe in general are generally far ahead of the U.S. with respect to environmental issues. This is evident in numerous ways here in BCN…in fact, many politicians run on the platform of sustainability in Spain. While our presidential candidates use scapegoat topics like abortion and gay marriage, Spain’s address issues of sustainability. Interesting, huh?

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Multimedia Storytelling Camp: SPJ delivers!

The Society of Professional Journalists is sponsoring a weekend for multimedia storytelling from April 11 to April 13.

The workshop will kickoff with an opening lecture April 11 by Doug Feaver, a founding editor of

On Saturday, students will be trained in FinalCut Pro and Soundslides programs and digital journalism backpacks before breaking into teams of two to report and produce a local story across different media platform.

The program will end Sunday with a viewing and critiques of the project by Park School Dean Dianne Lynch, a founding member of the Online News Association

The workshop is open to all Ithaca College students, though members of SPJ will be given preference if sign-ups exceed the 18-student cap.

Students must sign up before Monday on a list posted outside Park 374.

There will be a brief meeting for participants at 7 p.m. Monday.

For more information, contact Erica Hendry at, or Ryan Parkhurst at

B-Ball and Giving Back: Make A Swish for a Wish

One of my mantras (in addition to "Just because you can doesn't mean you should," and "If you can dream it, you can do it") is

With privilege, comes responsibility.

One of those responsibilities is to give back, to take the time and exert the effort to make a difference in our world -- in small ways every day, and when we can and the opportunity presents itself, in big ways in combination with others.

You guys excel at that.

I get an email at least once a week about a benefit, a fundraiser, or a special event whose sole purpose is to raise funds, raise social awareness, and raise the bar -- whatever that might be -- in ways that will make the world a better place.

This one is probably nearer and dearer to my heart than some others: it's for kids who have life-threatening medical conditions and who are given the chance to make a wish, any please: turn out, show up, tie on those sneaks and grab your friends to make a team (talent is not a prerequisite, though enthusiasm certainly is....).

Spend a couple hours giving back to kids who need it. And if you can't afford the fee, call me: I've got you covered.

Here's the info:

Make A Swish for Make A Wish is a charity fundraising basketball
tournament. PRSSA is having this event to raise money for the Make A Wish
Foundation. We are trying to attract all students on campus to come and
support the cause or play in the tournament.

There is a 60$ minimum
donation fee for all teams. There will be food and drinks at the event, as
well as a live DJ and raffle prizes. All proceeds will go to the Make A
Wish foundation.

If you'd like to sign up please e-mail Jessica Carnduff,
PRSSA 2007-2008 President

Save those Puppies! Stay awake with VIC!

Mix that barking and meowing with some heavy-duty yawning, and stick around this weekend for VIC's annual 50-hour marathon.

It's a great fundraiser for the local SPCA (ah, those kitties and puppies) and a wonderful way to support VIC and its programming.

Here are the details:

This weekend from April 4th at 4pm until April 6th at 6pm, DJs Sarah and Dougystyle will be staying awake and on-air for fifty hours straight. Simulcasting on, WICB 91.7 and ICTV16, they will broadcast from different events around Ithaca raising money for and awareness about the Tompkins County SPCA.

Events include:

Friday April 4th 9pm-11pm
Drag Show @ the Common Ground
$5 cover

Saturday April 5th noon-2pm
Skate Park (raffling off a Comet longboard)

Saturday April 5th 6pm-10pm
Battle of the Bands @ the Haunt
$5 cover
Mercury Landindg, Brooks Binau, Fugu Frenzy, Father Son and Caution

For more info and full list of events check out

Internships? Career plans? The meaning of life?

It's that time of year again: April showers have arrived, the end-of-the-semester energy in the Park School is starting to wind up -- and it's time for advising.

I know what (at least some of) you are thinking:

"I don't need to see my adviser...I can figure it out on my own...."


"Next semester....Next semester I'll take the time to go and see my adviser, to sit down and talk about my future, to figure out a plan for internships and my get to know him or her better."


"Argggh, I have to go see my adviser so I can get in that class or I won't get to go to LA (or study abroad or graduate early....)....what a pain...."

We conducted a survey in January about advising in the Park School. We'll be talking about it in the months ahead, but here's a relevant highlight:

The older the student, the more likely it seemed to be that he or she recognized the value of advising -- not just getting scheduling advice, but ADVISING.

Many said they wished they had taken more time to get to know their faculty advisers, to develop a relationship that was more like a mentoring partnership than a scheduling requirement.

And those who did make a point of going in to see their advisers every semester -- even when they didn't have a pressing problem to solve -- were really glad they had done so by the time they were seniors.

I know you're busy. Really, I do. But that 30 minutes you take every semester to talk to your adviser adds up to a total of four hours over the course of your time in the Park School.

Four hours.

And they might be among the best four hours you spend in college.

The faculty have advising schedules on their office doors. Stop by. Sign up.

And let me know how it goes.....

BE THERE!: FLEFF launches this week....don't miss it!

The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival is one of the most exciting and imaginative events anywhere, and we're incredibly fortunate that it happens right here in Ithaca (thanks to the Herculean efforts of IC faculty Dr. Patty Zimmerman [go Park!] and Dr. Tom Shevory).

One (just one) of the programming themes is interactivity -- of all kinds. Check out this calendar of events:

Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival 2008
Interactive Counterpoints
Two days of immersion in ideas, debates, panels and forums with festival guests

Drop in between classes for informal, interactive sessions on camouflage, counterpoint, games and gastronomica.
Meet festival fellows from graduate programs across the country.

Thursday, April 3

10:50-12:05 CHS 203 FLEFF online curator Dale Hudson, Ubuntu.kuqala on counterpoint, featuring Witness’ The Hub

1:10-2:35 Friends 309 New media artist Stephanie Rothenberg on Usernomics 1.0: Rethinking our Relationship to Technology

1:10-2:35 Business School Auditorium Producer/director Lloyd Fales, screening, Return to Penquin City (Ithaca Premiere)

2:35-4 p.m. Panel with Lloyd Fales and environmental scientists on catastrophes, global warming and penquins

2:35-4 Park 281 FLEFF online curator Sharon Lin Tay, Ubuntu.kuqala on gastronomica

4-5:15 Park 281 Producer and media activist Gretjen Clausing, Precious Places and Counterpoint (Ithaca Premiere)

4-6 p.m. Park Aud. Digital Counterpoints: Performance and Networked Media with new media artist Stephanie Rothenberg, locative media artist Nick Louck, and FLEFF online curators Sharon Lin Tay and Dale Hudson

6:50-9:20 Hill 58 Computer gaming scholar Claudia Peterson on Gastronomic Games

7:00 –9:00 Park Auditorium Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? Community Forum (Ithaca Premiere) with a panel of health care activists and researchers, Reception to follow

Friday April 4

9:30 a.m. Park 140 Nature and Adventure Films Career Workshop with producer/director/ IC alum Lloyd Fales

10 a.m. Handwerker Gallery FLEFF online curators Dale Hudson and Sharon Lin Tay , A tour through Ubuntu.kuqala

11 a.m. Handwerker Gallery Novelist and nonfiction writer Sorayya Khan , reading and slide show on A Topography of Banda Aceh: Notes from Journey

12-1 Park 332 Feature Film Career Workshop with Kino Int’l acquisitions/IC alum Rodrigo Brandao

1 p.m. Park Aud. Technocultural theorist Ulises Mejias on Alternate Realities, Simulated Risks: Games, Politics, Action

2 p.m. Park Aud Producer and media activist Gretjen Clausing, Precious Places and Gastronomica,

3-3:15 Break

3:15 Park Aud New media artist Stephanie Rothenberg on The School of Perpetual Training Workshop

4:30-6 p.m. How to Get Your Break Forum, with former VP of Viacom, Steve Gordon, screenwriter/director Ramin Bahrani, Kino Int’l/IC Alum Rodrigo Brandao, screenwriter Steve Ginsberg, and literary agent Leslia Daniels (any student who attends receives a $2.00 discount coupon for one festival film at Cinemapolis or Fall Creek!)