Monday, September 28, 2009
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
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.
Monday, May 4, 2009
“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.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
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
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
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.
hopefully before class. sorry guys =)
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
that is all.
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
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
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
Participants- This program is open to all freshman and sophomore males who are registered students at
· 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
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
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.