Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

a sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare.

so my dear friend matt suggested that i start updating my blog again and posting my wacky dreams. crazy shit always happens in my dreams and i remember it all so vividly when i wake up, but sometimes the activities i take part in cause me to forget bits and pieces.

my dreams have been hit or miss in the past few days. i have tomorrow off, so hopefully some strange dreams happen tonight so that i can blog away the morning with a several cups of the starbucks holiday blend coffee i just bought. until then.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

looking back & moving forward. chapter 1.

Chapter 1: Ray Wilson from Liana LaRue on Vimeo.

looking back & moving forward. chapter 2.

Chapter 2: Whitnie Kimball from Liana LaRue on Vimeo.

423 final video: looking back & moving forward

The four or five years that most students spend at Central Michigan University earning their degrees, seems minuscule compared to many years of schooling prior to this. Often described as “the best years of your life”, college can prove to have its ups and downs. Recognized as a bit of a “party school”, CMU and its hold the title proudly. As home to CMU’s campus, Mt. Pleasant has unintentionally turned into a home away from home for most of its students. After years of lectures, football games, exams and keggers, this weekend Central will graduate another class of students.
To many, coming to the realization that entering the “real world” is steadily creeping more near, can commonly be a frightening thing. Whether students feel adequately prepared for life after graduation, or not, now is the time for graduating seniors to walk across the stage, receive their diploma and close a very large chapter in their lives.

earth day celebration

Earth Day Celebration from Liana LaRue on Vimeo.

Monday, May 4, 2009

chapter 1: building men to build men

Building Men To Build Men from Liana LaRue on Vimeo.

chapter 2: image of a black male

Image Of A Black Male from Liana LaRue on Vimeo.

521 final video- storyyy.

In the fall of 2007 Dr. Traci Guinn, Director of Minority Student Services, approached, then Graduate Assistant, Sean Novak, with the idea of forming an organization. Shortly after this discussion with Dr. Guinn, Novak became the adviser of the group known as the Men About Change. Collectively, they are a group of young men, both undergraduate and graduate students at Central Michigan University. But individually, the group members come from a variety of different social classes, races, ethnicities, and familial backgrounds.
“This program provides young men at Central Michigan University with the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills as well as obtain professional and academic guidance in order to help them obtain their undergraduate degrees while preparing them to assist other young men to do the same.”
The program works by organizing freshmen and sophomore students (mentees) and matching them with an older male mentor. This mentor is commonly a graduate student, but can sometimes be an upperclassmen, working on their undergraduate degree. Working with the motto “building men to build men” the group Men About Change aims to “foster reciprocity to younger generations.”
The members are required to participate in and also organize various services projects on CMU’s campus and throughout the community of Mt. Pleasant. Over past years, The Men About Change have volunteered with organizations such as the Isabella County Soup Kitchen and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Isabella County.
By putting on these different service projects, the Men About Change are able to spread the word about the issues they are really passionate about. In honor of Black History Month, the group presented a panel discussion on “The Image of a Black Male.” During this panel, there was a discussion on common stereotypes common among African-American males. These stereotypes were analyzed and commented on by members of the panel. Among most audiences, racism is often a controversial subject, that isn’t always talked about. With the Men About Change, racism is a serious topic that deserves to be discussed and not swept aside.
Men About Change also serves to provide assistance for young males in their transition into college life and then further, with life after graduation. By sharing their unique experiences with each other, the members of Men About Change are able shed light on situations and topics that might not be brought up in conversation otherwise. It is through this sharing that the members of Men About Change are able to form a male bond that can prove to be not only unbreakable, but of the utmost importance. By striving to “cultivate compassionate, progressive, and proactive mentality among young men at CMU”, the brothers of Men About Change are an organization unlike any other.

Monday, March 30, 2009

521 photo story.


Veronica Smith feeds her son Dominic, 3 months, and checks her e-mail, while her daughter Celeste, 12-years, and nephew Lamont Jr., 10-years, play a game on the couch.


A calendar of the Smith family's activities hangs on the refrigerator. "If i didn't write everyting down, it would go in one ear, and out the other," Veronica Smith said. "I have five lives, other than my own to worry about."


Mother & housewife, Veronica Smith goes through a detailed list of bills for her family's expenses. Smith has four children and manages her family's finances.


Veronica Smith feeds her son, Dominic a bottle. Dominic is the youngest, 3 months, of Smith's four children.


Veronica Smith helps her daughter, Makayla, 2 years, into her car seat. "Getting all four kids ready to go out is hard," Smith said. "I can't go anywhere spur-of-the-moment."


Veronica Smith helps her 12-year-old daughter, Celeste with her homework for the next day. After school, Celeste and her brother Jonathan, 9 years, must to all of their homework before watching television or playing any games.


2-year-old Makayla Smith opens the gate for her mother Veronica after being picked up at daycare. Makayla attends a nearby in-house daycare five days a week.

Monday, March 23, 2009

423 soundslides 2



521 assignment 4

hey guys- so i have an extension till next week to turn in this assignment. i'm doing a story on my older sister who has 4 children (12yrs, 9yrs, 2yrs & 3 months). she takes care of them all by herself because her husband works long hours and is rarely home.

i don't have any photos for my assignment this week, but this is my niece makayla. she's adorable and sassy as ever. more to come =)

Monday, March 2, 2009

521: assignment3


CMU students and friends gather at the "CMU up all Night" event at the Student Activity Center.


CMU seniors, Katherine Gallaher and Eric Joyce prepare to play a round of "Rock Band." "Rock Band" was one of many games avaliable to play in Video Game Alley.


A CMU student learns how to use a lasso at the CMU up all Night event on Saturday, February 28. The event ran from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.


Two volunteers serve sub sandwiches to a group of CMU students. A variety of food and snacks were provided throughout the night.


Two students prepare to play Dance Dance Revolution on a jumbo screen. Participants played in pairs and were limited to one song per duo.


Two students discuss strategy as the play a game on a Wii console at the CMU up all night event. The event was put on by On The Fly, Program Board, University Recreation, Student Government Association, Residence Life & Student Life.


Students lip-sync a song to create a "Dancing Heads" video in a racquetball court at the SAC. Other activities included a casino, airbrush tattoos, laser tag & human foosball.


St. Louis, senior Megan Hutfilz, lifeguards the SAC pool as Quantom of Solace plays over a large screen. Inflatable tubes were avaliable for swimmers to use as they watched the movie.

jrn 521: assignment 3

hello everyone. so i don't have anything compelling or awesome. i've been pressed for time in the past couple of weeks. i shot the cmu up all night event at the sac. for some reason- my computer isn't letting me upload the pic. i'll try and get them on asap.
hopefully before class. sorry guys =)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

apples & oranges.

sometimes i get confused as to what the hell class i'm supposed to be doing things for. taking 423 & 521 at the same time was probably a bad idea. i'm sure there are people that feel the same way, however, i don't know who you are because the two classes blur together.

that is all.

423: Final Video Treatment

Okay guys, listen up.

My final video project is going to be about a registered student organization called Men about Change. This program is run by Minority Student Service, graduate assistant, Sean Novak. Members in the organization meet once a week. The goal of the meetings is to develop skills in order to become a “better citizen and man.” The group also strives to be leaders on campus and in the community. They also cover issues such as racism, women, education, career success, and even how to tie a tie.

I plan to divide the project into a few chapters. The first initial chapter will be about the group, Men about Change, as a whole. It will cover the following topics briefly; the goals of their organization, how meetings run, what makes a good member, how they contribute on campus and in the community. There is a panel scheduled for this Thursday where members from Men about Change as well as guest speakers, will discuss topics that are of concern to students and faculty members.

For the other chapters in my project, I would like to do a spotlight on a few of the members of Men about Change. The advisor, Sean Novak, is a graduate assistant in the Minority Student Services office, and also helps with the Multicultural Advancement and Lloyd Cofer scholar students. I plan to follow him through his everyday life and let my audience see what it takes to, not only be the advisor of Men about Change, but a well known leader on CMU’s campus.

The second member spotlight will be on Lester Booker, Jr. Another graduate assistant as CMU, Booker is involved in many aspects of campus life. Not only is he involved on campus, Booker also has is hand in a variety of activities and organizations throughout Mt. Pleasant. By following him around, my audience will see another example of how one person can make a positive change and affect other people lives. A third member of Men about Change will also have a chapter in my final video project. This member is still being decided.

The one aspect that is going to tie all the chapters about the Men about Change members is racism. Every member I am spotlighting is a different race and from very different ethic backgrounds. Each one will discuss how they feel about racism & prejudice and how it these issues affect them on a daily basis. By showing my audience these men and their experiences with racism, I hope to broaden their horizons on race issues as well as possibly change the way the think about a certain race or characteristic of a race. I would like to establish a person relationship with all of my subjects so they feel open enough to share their personal experiences with not only me, but my audience.

I am choosing to do my final video project on this subject for a couple of reasons. I believe that race issues are not always paid full attention to in today’s society, especially with other issues at hand. Many people don’t believe that racism occurs in today’s society, but a lot of people are blind to things that they aren’t always exposed to. By exposing my audience to these issues and the organization Men about Change, I hope to open their eyes to the reality and severity of racism.

I also chose to do the organization Men about Change, because I believe in what the organization stands for. This is an overview of the information I found out about Men about Change.

Men About Change is a male mentoring program that was initiated by Minority Student Services in the fall of 2007. this program provides young men at Central Michigan University with the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills as well as obtain professional and academic guidance in order to help them obtain their undergraduate degrees while preparing the to assist other young men to do the same. The program serves to "build men to build men," fostering reciprocity to younger generations. Mentees are matched with graduate students, university faculty and staff male mentors to facilitate the changes the program seeks to create.

These young men will be provided this guidance with the expectation that they will provide the same guidance to an incoming freshman male as well as serving as a resource to their fellow students. By engaging male faculty, staff, and students as mentors, this program will function as a mechanism for increasing the retention of students at Central Michigan University.

The goals and objectives of Men About Change are to:

-Increase retention of young men at CMU and ensure that they obtain their undergraduate degree

-Increase civic engagement as well as the effectiveness of male leadership at CMU

-Cultivate compassionate, progressive, and proactive mentality among young men at CMU

-Prepare young men to be resources to their community

Participants- This program is open to all freshman and sophomore males who are registered students at Central Michigan University. There is no cost to be a part of this initiative. We only require a little of your time and ask that you invest in your own future as well as your peers. participants of Men About Change will be granted a variety of free opportunities to develop academically, professionally, socially, and culturally. More specifically, involvement in this program will provide participants with the following:

· Monthly workshops covering a variety of academic & professional development opportunities

· One-on-one mentoring

· Informational gatherings each month to aid social development

· Free access to conferences

· Provide you with useful information regarding campus and community resources

· Resources that will enhance your cultural understanding of the world

Monday, February 23, 2009

521: Long Term Project

I'm a failure. I apologize. I don't have 20% of my project done. I actually don't have anything done. I'm in the process of changing my subject due to some uncontrollable circumstances.

SRS (Special Recreation Services) is a program in Isabella Country that provides equal recreation opportunities for people of all abilities. SRS helps its members take place in activities that would normally be difficult or impossible on their own.

For my final project, I would like to highlight a couple of members of the SRS program. By following them in their everyday lives, I will be able to show the struggles they come accross all the time and positive effect that SRS and its volunteers have on these individuals. Heather, Richard & Frank all have different disabilities that make it very difficult to participate in everyday activities on their own.

SRS is a part of a bigger program known as Access to Recreation. The Mt. Pleasant Community Foundation was named 1 of 8 community foundations to recieve a grant, "intended to expand & enhance recreation opportunities for citizens of all abilities."

Through my project, I hope to show the impact the SRS program has on these individuals lives, and increase my audience's understanding of special needs individuals and the difficulties that they go through on a day to day basis.

What do ya'll think? Please give me suggestions/comments/whatever. Thanks =)

Monday, February 16, 2009

521: portraits.

Grand Haven, Senior, Tony Morrell.

Jenison, junior, Chandler Pickett & Midland, junior, Alisha Garlow.

Midland, junior, Alisha Garlow.

521: hockey.

The "Wombats" goalie reaches to grab the puck before the offense does. The Wombats are part of an all-male recreational league at the Mt. Pleasant Ice Rink.

Two platers line up in preparation for the puck to drop during a game at the Mt. Pleasant Ice Rink. Monday, February 2, 2009.

521: snowboarding.

Two young snowboarders chat as they walk with their boards up to the top of the terrain park at Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort.

Midland, junior, Alisha Garlow takes a spill while attempting to clear a box rail on her snowboard. "You can't let the fear of falling hold you back," Garlow said.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

JRN 423: Winter Sports

Clearly this project is not a good example of my best work. The photos are decent, but my audio is poopy and poorly cut. I apologize for my lack of awesome-ness. And I fully intend on sprucing this soundslides up as soon as time allows.

Monday, February 2, 2009

JRN521: Landscape, Nature, Wildlife

The sun illuminates the sky as it rises over frozen farm land in Shepard, Michigan.
February 2, 2009.