As many events and activities happen on the MVC campus, the Delta newspaper staff is small and can’t get to everything. I hope that my occasional blog can add some news notes, shout-outs, and random photos that might not make full-length stories on this website.
First of all, I would like to thank Stan Silvey of the TV Broadcast side of Mass Communication for the work he has done with the program and for being a great colleague. Stan is moving on to an excellent opportunity as director of Communication Strategies at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
I would like to welcome Joe Wittman, who will join the Mass Communication TV area soon. I also would like to welcome the new faculty members Lyndi Fuemmeller (Athletic Training), Christopher Libby (Religion and Philosophy), Shawn McDaniel (Psychology/MACC), John Nebeck (Business Administration), Carol Smith (Learning Center), and Teresa Taylor (Nursing) as well as new adjunct faculty members, coaching staff members, and MVC staff members. I always think that, regardless of your expertise and experience, the first year at any job is often the most difficult. A new work environment is always a challenge.
Another note of praise that I would like to give would be to Rodeo Coach Ken Mason and the rodeo program, which just held its local Stampede Rodeo. Ken is the national rodeo coach of the year. That’s a huge honor and compliment to him, for his work and leadership.
I always enjoy the Stampede Rodeo. With the exception of football, I probably have been to more rodeos over the years, especially when I resided in Wyoming, than any other sport. It is a great “photographic” sport—More so, though, when it is in the day, rather than at night. When I go to the Stampede Rodeo, I always miss the fact that I no longer wear cowboy boots. Yes, I wore cowboy boots or high-top boots all the time when I was working at my newspaper in Wyoming. (It’s also good to wear when you go into rattlesnake country.) I came to Missouri with one pair of boots and now they are too tight and don’t fit me. I miss the boots. Now I wear a tie that doesn’t do anything…and certainly doesn’t protect me from rattlesnakes!
As the terrible events of 9/11 commemorated a 10th anniversary, I wanted to note some of the events that occurred. The main event, coordinated through the office of Chaplain Pam Sebastian, was a somber, but hopeful gathering of students, faculty and staff at the Stewart Chapel. People there remembered where they were that awful day, commented about their feelings 10 years later, and offered prayer and moments of silence for a better future for the world.
Probably many faculty added aspects of 9/11 commemoration to their classes. In my Intro to Mass Comm class, I showed a portion of the excellent documentary “9/11,” that can be found in DVD form at the Murrell Memorial Library. It is the one by the Naudet brothers, French filmmakers, who just happened to be filming a documentary at a nearby fire station when the tragedy occurred. I believe their video was the only film from inside the twin towers that day. Then, in my Basic News Reporting class, the book we are reading as a book club is “American Massacre” by Sally Denton. It takes place in the 1800s, so how could it be related to 9/11? Well, it is a story about terror and fears and animosities. It is the story of the worst civilian tragedy in America in that century. Civilian, not military, of course. It is the tragedy of the Mountain Meadows massacre when fearful Mormon residents in southern Utah dressed up like Indians and slaughtered all travelers, except the children under the age of 10, in an Arkansas-based wagon train. And on what day did it occur in 1857? Several days, one of them being September 11.
The Delta Online website occasionally shows photos that don’t have cutlines (that’s a journalism term for what some people might call captions) in the “Photo Moment” place on the homepage. So, I would like to note the cutlines when it needs to be. In the case of the first photo we chose as “Photo Moment,” it was a photo of Sandy and Rich Machholz. To further define it, the photo was taken at the reception in their honor on campus at the end of July when they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Music playlists: Students in my Intro to Mass Comm class provided their “playlists” of five songs that had meant a lot to them over the years. The singers or groups that were listed the most by different students were Jason Aldean and Drake. Next were the selections of Coldplay, Kid Cudi, D.J. Khaled, and Lil Wayne. (If I count my playlist too, then the Beatles garnered enough mentions on the lists to make the cut.)
Book recommendation: “The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction” by Alan Jacobs was loaned to me recently by English major Robert Pannell and I enjoyed the book very much. It is a quick read, at 160 pages, and provides a lot to ponder in this world of distractions.
Two authors to note: Historian Taylor Branch recently wrote an article for Atlantic magazine called “The Shame of College Sports” wherein he hammers away at the collegiate sports system and suggests that college athletes should be paid for their “work.” He noted that the title of student-athlete was employed readily by the NCAA as a way of keeping something like workmen’s compensation, for injured players, from becoming a benefit for the students. It is an interesting thesis, to be sure, but, while the big universities are making millions of dollars from their athletic programs, I am not sure how wages for athletes would be affordable for the smaller institutions. And then would it extend to students on the theater stage, students working on the student newspaper, and other places? Interesting thoughts for debate. Then the other author is Joe McGinniss, famous for his excellent book “The Selling of the President, 1968.” McGinniss has a book about Sarah and Todd Palin called “Rogue.” Though I am not interested in celebrity-type books, I may decide to peruse the pages, just for curiosity, to see if MVC is mentioned. The book apparently notes information about the Palins’ college years and it was Todd Palin who spent one semester here on a basketball scholarship during his freshman year.
Roberts’ Dictionary: Two new terms:
1). Pirate’s English – To aggravate Professor Roberts by writing and spelling like an ignorant pirate when there is plenty of space for words and room for characters. Example: Writing “you” as “u.”
2). Fireflying – To aggravate Professor Roberts by using and thus shining a cell phone in the dark of the theater while a play or show is occurring on stage. It is an annoying distraction that is rude and breaks theater rules. Don’t do it!
Historical item for this month’s blog: From “We Were There Too, Young People in History” by Phillip Hoose, here is a description of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s effort to create jobs through the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Great Depression…”In 1933, the government set up the Civilian Conservation Corps—or CCC—to provide work for the millions of boys and young men, ages 17 to 23, who were not in school and had no jobs…They built road, trails, and bridges; fought fires; staked out fences; blazed trails; dug wells; and planted forests. By the time the program closed in 1942, CCC workers had planted more than half the trees in the nation.”
Remember, in keeping with a rodeo theme: “In every good rodeo ride, a little dust gets kicked up.”