Multimedia Project 1: Photo Slideshow “Fall at the University of Memphis”
By Kix Patterson
College students understand how hard it can be to afford education. This past Friday, many student groups from the University of Memphis joined together to support the J. Wayne Johnson Memorial Scholarship and they got dirty in the process.
The annual Alumni Association Student Ambassador Board Mudball Tournament is a 30-year tradition at the university. Mudball is a game of volleyball played in a mud pit. Mud-Tug-o-War is also offered a second tournament. Teams are formed from fraternity, sorority, registered student organizations and learning community groups. Each team is made up of six students and cost $120 to enter.
The money supports a scholarship that is awarded to outstanding high school juniors and seniors who express academic and leadership excellence.
Members of Honor Student Council (HSC) formed a team and joined the festivities this year. After losing in the first round of mudball, they joined the mud-tug-of-war tournament and came out as victors winning best two out of three games versus Phi Delta Theta. Later, faced off versus Sigma Chi in the championship round. HSC finished as grand champions and each member received special recognition.
Multimedia Storytelling Project 2: NPR-Style Audio Story “Students at Work”
By Kix Patterson
College. A time where many students get their first taste of freedom and many live in dormitories on their college campus as their first home away from home. What they might not realize is that there is a parental figure in on-campus living.
RAs or Resident Advisors are the enforcers of rules and requirements in college housing across the US.
“My job, basically is to ensure that the policies and procedures that go on in the resident hall are maintained…I’m there for resident health and wellness.” explained sophomore Skyelar Brooks of the University of Memphis Living Learning Complex.
Brooks’ co-worker Veronica Parker also shared her view of the job. “As an RA, we kind of maintain the building by building communities, helping residents, being a campus resource and role model for residents.”
Community, it is a common theme of positivity among RAs. They have the opportunity to create communities and even life-long friendships among residents.
Both RAs explained that their biggest strife with their jobs is time management issues, which is usually caused by interruptions like fire alarms and lockouts.
Lockouts are the moments when RAs become locksmiths (and heroes) at the same time. They respond to call when a resident locks his or her key in the room.
RAs also get an amazing perk to sweeten the deal: free living quarters and a free meal plan.
Multimedia Storytelling Project 3: Audio Story “Hidden Memphis”
by Kix Patterson
Hiding in a neighborhood just blocks away from the University of Memphis sits a local hangout shop that student flock to for nightly cram sessions.
Found at the corner of Echles and Douglass, Avenue Coffee is a locally owned coffee shop that is students simply refer to as “Avenue.”
According to their Facebook page, the shop is used as “a tool for ministry (and) will serve as a meeting place for study, an art gallery which serves as a place to display the art of local artists, and an environment that promotes open conversation.”
“Community, it gives you that at home environment. It’s like my second home, and I always come here study. It helps my studies to be here and surrounded by friends,” shared the 21-year-old local Carson Badeley.
All tips received in-store are donated to a monthly charity in the Memphis area, as Avenue Coffee attempts to expand the community atmosphere across the city.
Their menu includes basic lattes, aero-press coffee and tea by the pot. They also feature a food menu that includes muffins, ice cream and sandwiches.
They are open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. and feature Smash Brother Tournaments every Monday night.
Multimedia Storytelling Project 4: Infographic on the Year I was Born
by Kix Patterson
In the year 1996, Bill Clinton and his running mate Al Gore were re-elected as for a second term.
Clinton ran unopposed at the 1996 Democratic National convention, where he received 91% of the vote. The remaining 12 electors chose to abstain from voting.
During the season, Clinton signed the Line Item Veto Act of 1996 into law. This would give the president to power to pass a law, then veto individual sections of the bill.
This act was later found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court with a 6-3 decision. The ruling of the case was based “under the Presentment Clause, legislation that passes both Houses of Congress must either be entirely approved (i.e. signed) or rejected (i.e. vetoed) by the President.”
As the general election approached, Clinton faced off versus his Republican opponent Bob Dole. The outlook for the future and new millennium continued to be an important discussion during the campaign season.
Clinton won the election with 49% of the vote. Bob Dole received 40% of the vote, with the remaining percent lying with non-bipartisan votes. The election was noted to have the lowest voter turnout since the 1924 election.
Multimedia Storytelling Project 5: Video Interview “Memphis Hero”
by Kix Patterson
Students of Dr. Jin Yang’s Multimedia Storytelling class joined instructors at the University of Memphis Confucius Institute for a tea presentation on Wednesday.
Judo instructor Guiling Chang gave two presentations of two different teas that are popular in China. Chang explained the process of brewing, pouring, drinking in her native language, Chinese, while fellow Confucius instructor Wei Wang interpreted on her behalf.
Following the presentation, Chang and Wang opened a question and answer session with the students. They were asked about the importance of tea in the daily life of Chinese people.
“Tea is a big part of our culture. Many Chinese people drink tea every day,” shared Wang.
The duo also shared the goal of the Confucius Institute at the university.
“The universities’ Chinese students gather here to enjoy activities and celebrate our festivals. We will have a big celebration for the new year, soon,” interpreted Wang.
One student asked their opinion on Memphis’ southern style sweet tea, to which the duo replied with a giggle, “that tea is good for your taste, but not us!”
The question and answer session ended with a final question. “Would you ever open a tea shop here in Memphis?” asked Jeff Bennett.
Chang answered with a friendly smile and a quick head-shake of “no.”