Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I wasn't kidding: NOBODY ELSE has those t-shirts...

Hey everybody,

I've been getting a few questions about the t-shirts we made for the first-year Parkies. Here are the answers:

1. Yes, it's true. ONLY Parkies in the class of 2012, including transfer students, will receive those t-shirts.

2. Yes, it's true, lots of faculty, staff and upperclass Parkies have been asking for the t-shirts. Sorry, guys. The whole point of the t=shirt campaign is so first-year Parkies will see each other across campus and immediately recognize another first-year Parkie -- which is possible ONLY if the only people in blue Park t-shirts are....well, first-year Parkies.

3. We'll do it again next year for the class of 2013 - but the t-shirts won't look like these. They're unique to this year's class (see #2).

So next time you see a group of students in this particular kind of t-shirt, be sure to go up, introduce yourself, and welcome them to campus. They're our first-year Parkies.

BuzzSaw rushes....

One more Rush Night you should remember:

BuzzSaw Haircut, the school's alternative magazine, will hold its rush night on September 3, from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Taughannock Falls Meeting Room in the Student Center.
They'll be waiting to meet you!

If you can't make it to RUSH NIGHT(s)....

Yes, it's true: the Dean insisted that you HAVE to show up at Rush Nights (and afternoons, in the case of Park Productions) in the Park School.

And yes, it's true that Rush Nights are a really (really) important part of your first few weeks in our community.

But for those of you who were listening carefully (all the while pulling on your t-shirts, etc.), you may also remember that I said that


I said that if you have a conflict between a class and a rush night, well, there's no conflict:


And I told you that I would post the names and contact info of the people you should contact if you can't make it to one of our rush events....

SO here you go:

Professor Peter Johanns
372 Roy H Park Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 274-3911

WICB / VIC (radio)
Chris Wheatley, adviser
Manager Radio Operations
Building: 122 Roy H Park Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 274-3142

Ithacan (newspaper)
Michael Serino, adviser
267 Roy H Park Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 274-1036

Park Productions (film production company)
Carol Jennings
247 Roy H Park Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 274-3451

Imprint (online magazine)
Chris Winn, editor

And we'll let you know about everybody else -- from BuzzSaw Haircut (alternative magazine) to our clubs (SPJ, PRSSA) -- as soon as we get the names.

Let me know what you decide to join!

OK, so it's a weird question, but: Anybody bitten by a bat this weekend?

Senior Parkie Stuart Kenney just forwarded this announcement from the Tompkins County Health Department. Chances are good the guy with the dog and the bat bite is not an IC student or a reader of the Park blog. But hey, you never know....

So please pass the word: You get a bat bite, you need to have rabies shots. Like RIGHT NOW.


The Tompkins County Health Department must locate a man who was bitten by a rabid bat in a City park.

Contact Persons--Frank Chase or Skip Parr 274-6688

On Tuesday, August 26, 2008, the Tompkins County Health Department received word from the NYS Rabies Laboratory that a bat from a City of Ithaca public park has tested positive for the rabies virus. The bat was captured on Sunday, August 24, 2008, by the Health Department. It was on the ground in the park directly across West Marshall Street from the house at 112 West Marshall. This small park is directly across North Cayuga Street from the Northside Kinney Pharmacy and across Cascadilla Street from Gimme Coffee.

It is reported that a man walking a large dog off leash in the park picked up this bat from the ground with his bare hands and placed it in a small tree. At that time the man stated that the bat bit him. This man must begin the five-injection rabies post-exposure regimen immediately. Without rabies shots, this man could incubate rabies, become rabid and die.
Any assistance the media or the public can give to locate this man may save his life.

Remember, all bats are presumed to carry rabies unless proven not rabid by laboratory test! If possible, avoid contact with any bat. A bat bite, bat scratch or direct skin contact with a bat must be treated as a rabies exposure unless the bat is captured for rabies testing. When a bat is found near a sleeping person or unattended child, a rabies exposure is presumed because of the possibility that the bat directly contacted the person’s skin without the person knowing it. Capture the bat, freeze it to kill it and call the Tompkins County Health Department, Environmental Health Division at 274-6688 to arrange for it to be shipped to the NYS Rabies Laboratory for rabies analysis.

Want your original work broadcast on ICTV or WICB?

This just in from Doreen Hettich-Atkins in our Special Services and Campus Programs Office:

Title: Want your original work broadcast on ICTV or WICB?

The Health Promotion Committee invites Ithaca College students to develop a public service announcement in honor of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness (NCAAW) week, which takes place September 21-26, 2008.

The theme for the 2008 NCAA week is "Have Fun ... Stay Safe!"

All entries should represent safe and legal uses of alcohol and should clearly and creatively represent the theme.

All students are eligible to submit an entry in either the TV or Radio categories. Winning submissions will be broadcast on ICTV and WICB.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

Adherence to theme
Clarity of message
Public Appeal

All submissions are due no later than September 10.

For details on submission requirements visit the Health Promotion website at or contact Tiffani Ziemann or Doreen Hettich-Atkins

Monday, August 25, 2008

Evan Falk, live from 30 Rock....

This just in from Evan Falk, one of the lucky (and talented) Parkies who spent most of the summer working on the Olympics from the NBC Sports offices at 30 Rock in NYC. Evan had the opportunity to make an audition tape right there in the NBC studios....check it out (way to go, Ethan!).

Welcome back! We missed you....

And to kick things off in the Park School, we've invited Dan Heffner, exec producer of the Saw movies, to come and hang out with you all this week. He'll be here on Friday afternoon, in the Park Aud, from 4-7, showing clips of the new Saw film (slated for October release) and RepoMan, the rock opera.

Oh, and did I mention that we'll be serving free pizza, too?

Welcome back!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Revi Roza wins GMA's "Intern Superstar" contest!

Thousands of viewers -- including everybody we know in the Park School! -- voted in the Good Morning America Weekend Edition's battle of the superstar interns....and (of course) a Parkie took top honors. TVR senior Revital (Revi) Rosa and her funk-fusion band, the Rozatones (also IC students), beat out the competition to earn the right to perform before millions of GMA viewers.

Congratulations, Revi! We couldn't be prouder....