Monday, September 27, 2010

Get Involved!

PRSSA President, Kristina Hunter, explains to new members the goals, activities and opportunities PRSSA provides its members.

My favorite thing about living on-campus is how much easier it makes staying involved in campus activities. I can walk to almost any campus event, meeting or lecture in 15 minutes or less. My walking distance from Willkie (which is in the corner of campus) is just far enough that I know I'm getting my daily dose of exercise without wasting time commuting to events.

College Republicans Chairman Justin Kingsolver opens the College Republicans call-out meeting.

The last two weeks have been filled with the first meetings of the year for clubs of every variety. Two organizations I am heavily involved in this semester are the College Republicans and Public Relations Student Society of America.

Todd Young speaks to the College Republicans at their call-out meeting, explaining the importance of being politically active in this general election.

Both organizations hosted IU alumna as guest speakers to help explain the importance of the experiences the organizations provide their members. Additionally, they explained the value of these opportunities not only for students but for the community it benefits.

Students sign-up for opportunities at the PRSSA call-out meeting.

It's never too late to join an on-campus organization, so find one that sounds interesting to you, sign-up and get involved!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Gay Talese at the Buskirk

Inside the Buskirk Chumley, a packed house waiting for Gay Talese to begin speaking.

Former New York Times writer and award-winning author, Gay Talese, came to IU Bloomington last week as the opening speaker in the Indiana University School of Journalism Fall Speaker Series. Two of my friends from the School of Journalism and I left Willkie and traveled over to the Buskirk Chumley for what will be one of my favorite events of the year. Talese's lecture revolved around his unique entrance into and style of journalism, where he finds his stories and his suggestions to budding reporters.

Author and former New York Times reporter, Gay Talese.

The Speaker Series allows students to see world-renowned authors, speakers and reporters, in a small and intimate setting alongside their professors and local journalist professionals or media enthusiasts. At the end of the speaker's usually hour speech, students and professors alike are often invited to an open microphone for a brief question and answer before the speaker has a book signing in the lobby. So students, take advantage of the accessibility that IUB programs like the School of Journalism give their students to such respected professionals like Gay Talese, by going on-campus lectures. They won't disappoint!

The Buskirk Chumley, my favorite venue in Bloomington.

Monday, September 13, 2010

4th Streets Taken Over by Art

The annual Fourth Street Arts Festival took over Bloomington's Fourth Street, just west of campus, last Saturday and Sunday.

Art and handicraft vendors from Maine to California set up booths along Fourth and Grant Street to sell hand-carved, painted and designed crafts of all kinds: jewelery and clothing to paintings and sculptures.

One of the best parts of being a student at IU Bloomington is going to school in a town that revolves around the university. Most major Bloomington events take place within a 15 minute walk of campus and oftentimes provide discounts for students who bring their IDs.

Going to the Festival with four of my friends bright and early Saturday morning was a great way to start off my weekend and enjoy lovely fall weather.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Welcome to the Hoosier Nation, Class of 2014!

Welcome to IU, Class of 2014!

Indiana University's 'Welcome Week' provides five days of events for incoming freshmen to get acquainted with campus, meet new people and be introduced to all things IU.

I've always been fond of school spirit: wearing school colors, shouting school cheers, attending school events. 'Traditions and Spirit of IU' is Welcome Week's event for people like me who want to be a part of the tradition and bleed cream and crimson.

Students are introduced to IU Athletics and taught cheers for sporting events. As an out-of-state student who only heard about IU for its sports when I was growing up, learning the cheers and being a member of the Hoosier Nation was an IU tradition I couldn't wait to experience.

So Class of 2014, you've survived thirteen years of grade school education, graduated from high school, and been accepted to an outstanding university. You're all moved in and unpacked, met new and exciting people, and said goodbye to Mom and Dad. Now cheer at games, join clubs, attend events, study diligently, and explore Bloomington.

Welcome to the Hoosier Nation.