Wednesday, May 7, 2014

What's Happening Wednesday: Student Film Screenings

One of my absolute favorite parts of the semester is finals week. I know what you must be thinking... "really?..." But yes, I love finals week... aside from all of the stress that comes along with it. Besides the large amount of studying you're hopefully doing, there's also a ton of opportunities to take a break and enjoy MU.

One of my favorite ways to take a break is to attend the student film screenings in Allen Hall. In the past few semesters, I've always made sure to make it to the film screenings for the Advanced Video or Post Production Editing classes. The videos I've seen are usually anywhere from 10-20 minutes long and some are documentaries, some are narratives. I've seen some seriously amazing talent from these screenings and I totally recommend you attend one of them at least once before you graduate.

Two of my favorites from the videos from today's screening are posted online so I thought I would share them with you! I can't even begin to imagine how much work went into the making of these films. They're creative, entertaining, and (warning) contain some strong language.

Thanks to Chelsea Simmers and Kyle Northrup for posting their videos online! 


We Are Miraculous from Chelsea Simmers on Vimeo.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Mountie Monday: Passing on the Torch...

Hey everyone! Sorry the few absences last week... I caught the plague that hit campus a week or two ago. For the last Mountie Monday of the semester, I chose to feature the lovely Mountie that will be continuing The Mountie Guide next semester!

(Me, left. Erica, right.)

First off, I would just like to say that I am so, so happy that I found someone to continue The Mountie Guide since I tried to work hard on it this semester. It would've been a little heartbreaking to just watch it die down. Even though I didn't want to be extremely picky about choosing who would take over The Mountie Guide... it was hard not to be! This blog is almost like my baby and I want to make sure whoever adopts it takes great care of it. I have no doubts in my mind that Erica will do just that.

Thanks Erica! I'm so excited to see the amazing things you do with The Mountie Guide next semester and hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

Name: Erica Frank

Year: Junior

Major: History and Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations

Hometown: Hatboro, PA

Organizations: Public Relations Director of WNTE, Student Promoter for Sodexo

What made you choose Mansfield?

Erica: Originally, I just applied to Mansfield as a safety school in case I wasn't accepted into the other state schools I applied to. After I was accepted to all of the state schools I applied to, I made sure to visit them. I was dead set on attending IUP at first, until I visited their campus and it just didn't feel like the school I was meant to attend. As soon as I saw Mansfield from Route 15, I fell in love with it, just by looking at it. I went on a tour of MU and fell even more in love with it. It was so homey and just felt right.

Favorite professor or class and why?

Erica: Dr. K. Sue Young and Holly Pieper, for sure. They're both so fun and extremely personable. I seem to participate the most in their classes... probably because I'm really comfortable with them and they make it easy to be interactive during class.

Favorite event at Mansfield and why?

Erica: My favorite event would probably have to be when the music department puts on their Prism concerts. The Prism concert gives you a sample of almost each ensemble. It's interesting because you save your clapping until the end of the entire show and you just get to sit back and listen to the different varities of music that's being delivered.

Favorite memory from Mansfield:

Erica: I've actually dressed up as the Mountie before! I've always wanted to be a mascot and when I asked my friend that dresses up sometimes for it, he said I would be able to help out. The best part about being the Mountie is that no one knows it's you so you can dance and not be embarrassed. It's nice to just have fun with the crowd and go out into the field to increase the audience's support for MU.

What do you plan on doing with The Mountie Guide?

Erica: I'm interested in spotlighting a lot of different organizations on campus. At MU, there are so many options for clubs/organizations and I would love to expose them. Along with clubs, I think it would be interesting to spotlight different departments and expose any interesting things they've been doing.