Thursday, April 28, 2011

Diversity Rocks the Ole Miss Campus (Internet Length)

Journalism professor Robin Street began Diversity Rocks Mon. at 9 a.m. with a presentation on the origin of the program.

Diversity Rocks is a week of events put on by the Meek School of Journalism and New Media to support race, gender, sexuality, and disability differences at the university. The opening ceremonies, led by Street, included speeches by Will Norton, dean of journalism and new media, and Donald Cole, assistant chancellor of multi-cultural affairs.

“It’s a great way to show people how much we’ve grown,” Norton said.

Street explained that she had the idea for the program after hearing about three students who had committed suicide after being bullied because they were gay.

This idea expanded into a week about various kinds of tolerance. She dedicated the program to her childhood caretaker who had introduced to her to the history of the civil rights movement, Virgina “Tot” Taylor.

“We will replace animosity with a sense of tolerance,” Cole said.

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Diversity Rocks the Ole Miss Campus (Full Length)

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Journalism professor Robin Street began Diversity Rocks Mon. at 9 a.m. with a presentation on the origin of the program.

Diversity Rocks is a week of events put on by the Meek School of Journalism and New Media to support race, gender, sexuality, and disability differences at the university. The opening ceremonies, led by Street, included speeches by Will Norton, dean of journalism and new media, and Donald Cole, assistant chancellor of multi-cultural affairs.

“It’s a great way to show people how much we’ve grown,” Norton said.

Street explained that she had the idea for the program after hearing about three students who had committed suicide after being bullied because they were gay.

This idea expanded into a week about various kinds of tolerance. She dedicated the program to her childhood caretaker who had introduced to her to the history of the civil rights movement, Virgina “Tot” Taylor.

“We will replace animosity with a sense of tolerance,” Cole said.

Street also presented iPads to the winners of the Diversity Rocks essay and photography contests. Special Education major Lydia Smith took the prize for the essay contest. Journalism major and Trent Lott student Drew Carter won the photography contest.

“I used a fisheye lens. When I learned the prompt for the [photography] contest the image popped into my head,” Carter said. “James Meredith is the sole reason diversity exists at Ole Miss. Part of acknowledging our past and James Meredith’s instrumental role here at the university.” (Picture)

Shemetria Robin was awarded the Virginia Taylor Scholarship in honor of Tot. ????

Promotional videos for Diversity Rocks were also incorporated into the opening ceremonies. The first starred Ole Miss alumni Shepard Smith.

Students Natalia Burgos, Zach Graham, and Kentrell Lockett praised the program in the following videos. The final video starred Street as Lady Gaga lip-syncing “Born This Way” with her public relations committee as dancers.

Norton spoke about the history of civil rights at Ole Miss. The first shot of the civil war, he said, was shot 150 years ago, and the policy of segregation was not broken until the decision of Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954.

The first Miss. statesman to acknowledge that segregation was not merely states’ rights, Norton said, was Haley Barber.

“It’s regrettable that it took so long to [eliminate segregation],” Norton quoted.

Cole began his speech by rising out of his chair and shouting that diversity rocked. He addressed the importance of the student body’s attendance of the week’s events.

“We ask you to take a fresher look at things,” Cole said.

Having been jailed himself for protesting segregation at Ole Miss during his enrollment as a student, Cole emphasized the need to merge the University of Mississippi as a tolerant, educational environment with Ole Miss, the students’ social environment.

Before closing his speech, Cole challenged the audience to talk to someone different than themselves in race, socioeconomic status or sexuality.

“If not now then when? If not you then who,” asked Cole at his closing. ???

Street ended the presentation thanking here Public Relations committee and the sponsors of Diversity Rocks.

The Diversity Rocks Public Relations committee includes: Emily Laird, Lindsay Jordan, Lauren Childers, Kimberly Dandridge, Kristie Warino, Molly Jarabica, Robin Street, Ponesha Barnes, Jujuan McNeil, Ignacio Murillo, Macey Baird, Locke Houston, Bud Taylor and Artesha Dunning.

Chick-Fil-A, Fed-Ex, and Cole financially sponsored the events. Chick-Fil-A is donating free chicken sandwiches that will be offered to those wearing purple in support of Diversity Rocks on April 28th. The Diversity Rocks tent will be located in the Grove.

Diversity Rocks continues in the Overby Center Auditorium in Farley Hall from April 25 to April 29 to celebrate tolerance at Ole Miss.

[For more informations on the events scheduled visit http://diversityrocksonline.org/.]


Ellen Graves - Will iPads Replace Traditional Textbooks? (Print Version)

Will iPads Replace Traditional Textbooks?
With the release of the iPad 2 in March, many people are questioning whether the need for traditional textbooks in the classroom is necessary. Several schools have already implemented an iPad policy in the classroom.
More people are realizing the benefits of replacing traditional textbooks with iPads. For many, the convenience the iPad offers is unmatched by textbooks. Instead of carrying around several bulky books, the iPad is a sleek, thin alternative that can hold thousands of books. The battery lasts for 10 hours which is long enough for an entire school day.
College students are often faced with extremely high textbook costs. For only one semester, textbooks can cost up to $500. The iPad costs $500 but this is a one time payment. Generally, some textbooks can be found cheaper for the iPad and the variety of textbooks being offered is growing. In the long run, buying an iPad for textbooks could be cheaper and save the student money. School districts can save money on paper and supplies by opting to use the iPad in the classroom.
Also, the interactive apps available provide another learning tool for students in the classroom. The iPad has 5,400 educational apps available with almost 1,000 that are free. From chemistry apps to foreign language apps, the iPad has any app for the variety of subjects taught in the classroom. Students are even able to take notes and highlight with an iPad. Teachers can monitor students’ progress as well. The iPad allows multiple platforms for the student to learn the subject.
IPads also offer a more eco-friendly version of textbooks. Millions of trees are used each year to provide paper for textbooks across America. The iPad eliminates the need for paper and in the process helps the environment. Ole Miss literature professor Dr. Adetayo Alabi states, “I think iPads are good for the environment. It would be a lot easier for students to get textbooks on the iPad. It would save time and space.”
A new program at Northeast Mississippi Community College will begin in the fall of 2011 that requires freshmen in the radiology and medical lab technology programs to buy iPads at a discounted price for use in the classroom. According to school officials, this program will save the students 20 percent versus buying traditional textbooks.
Apple Inc. is working with textbook publishers on programs and sessions to inform teachers about the iPad’s potential for the classroom. Publishers are beginning to work on apps as well that would enhance the learning process. IPads have even been introduced to kindergarten classrooms in Arizona. Pinnacle Peak School in Ariz. has devoted a whole classroom filled with 36 iPads for student access. Schools across the country are embracing the iPad as a new tool that enhances the educational process.
College sophomore Jennifer Cooper states, “deter some students from purchasing one, a student would actually save money as well as other resources in the long run. Being that an iPad is more compact, a student would be able to replace all of his or her books with a sleek, light weight device.While the initial costs of an iPad may deter some students form purchasing an iPad, a student would actually save money in the long run. Being that an iPad is more compact, a student would be able to replace all of their books with a sleek, lightweight device.”
Some critics argue that the iPad is only a fad that will fade with time. One concern is that technology should not replace traditional teaching in schools. However, teachers are finding ways to integrate the iPad into the daily curriculum in a way that enhances the students’ overall education experience.
The iPad is still in the experimental stages in the classroom, but is receiving positive reviews. With convenience being a major factor in American life, it is reasonable to imagine that textbooks will be gradually replaced with iPads in the coming years.
Over 7.5 million iPads have been sold in the past year. 16.5 million iPads are expected to be sold by 2012.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ole Miss Baseball Attendance Nationally Ranked (Print Version)

The Ole Miss baseball team is nationally ranked second for attendance to games thus far in the season only behind SEC rival LSU. The rebels have placed in the top five the past four years.

Wichita State media relations coordinator, Jim Sutton, posted the full-length rankings online and the website link was then retweeted on Twitter by an SEC update page that many Ole Miss students follow. Several students commented on it and linked it to friends’ walls, as well as talked about it around campus. It did not come as a surprise by a lot of their reactions considering baseball is such a big thing in the SEC and especially Mississippi. Ole Miss has always been known to have great attendance in good and bad seasons for the rebels. There is something about Swayze Field that keeps students coming back for more and bringing others to enjoy the game as well. Most visiting teams also look forward to playing in such an upbeat atmosphere and well-made stadium.

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cussed why they felt people loved going to the games.

“It’s a really fun, relaxing thing to do on the weekend with your friends. You can bring your own drinks, if you’re of age, and drink in the stadium. This usually draws a crowd because drinking normally goes along with most sporting events,” stated Alexa a freshman business major.

“The cost is very reasonable. To get in to the stadium it costs seven dollars but to just go in the student section is only three. Some students have sports passes which include those games on their I.D. card,” stated Leslie Anne a freshman elementary education major.

“There’s really nice seating outside of the stadium and you still get a really good view of the game. You can just go and bring your lawn chairs, lay out with your friends and have a good time,” Alexa explained.

These students along with most of the population at Ole Miss enjoy baseball season simply because its outdoors, laid back, and a great thing to enjoy with friends and family. The rebels will most likely continue to have great success in attendance whether or not they are at the top of the SEC.


-Campbell Hunt

Ole Miss Baseball Attendance Nationally Ranked (Internet Version)

The Ole Miss baseball team is nationally ranked second for attendance to games thus far in the season, only behind SEC rival LSU. The rebels have placed in the top five the past four years.

Wichita State media relations coordinator, Jim Sutton, posted the full length rankings online and the website link was then retweeted on Twitter by an SEC update page that many Ole Miss students follow. Several students commented on it and linked it to friends walls, as well as talk about it around campus. It did not come as a surprise by a lot of their reactions considering baseball is such a big thing in the SEC and especially Mississippi. Ole Miss has always been known to have great attendance in good and bad seasons for the rebels. There is something about Swayze Field that keeps students coming back for more and bringing others to enjoy the game as well. Most visiting teams also look forward to playing in such an upbeat atmosphere and well made stadium.

-Campbell Hunt

The full story can be found here: www.jour102.blogspot.com

Additional sources for this story can be found here:

http://www.olemisssports.com/sports/m-basebl/ole-m-basebl-body.html

http://www.olemiss.edu/

Ole Miss Baseball Attendance Nationally Ranked (Internet Version)

The Ole Miss baseball team is nationally ranked second for attendance to games thus far in the season, only behind SEC rival LSU. The rebels have placed in the top five the past four years.

Wichita State media relations coordinator, Jim Sutton, posted the full length rankings online and the website link was then retweeted on Twitter by an SEC update page that many Ole Miss students follow. Several students commented on it and linked it to friends walls, as well as talk about it around campus. It did not come as a surprise by a lot of their reactions considering baseball is such a big thing in the SEC and especially Mississippi. Ole Miss has always been known to have great attendance in good and bad seasons for the rebels. There is something about Swayze Field that keeps students coming back for more and bringing others to enjoy the game as well. Most visiting teams also look forward to playing in such an upbeat atmosphere and well made stadium.

-Campbell Hunt

The full story can be found here: www.jour102.blogspot.com

Additional sources for this story can be found here:

http://www.olemisssports.com/sports/m-basebl/ole-m-basebl-body.html

http://www.olemiss.edu/

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Ole Miss Baseball Attendance Nationally Ranked (Internet Version)

The Ole Miss baseball team is nationally ranked second for attendance to games thus far in the season, only behind SEC rival LSU. The rebels have placed in the top five the past four years.

Wichita State media relations coordinator, Jim Sutton, posted the full length rankings online and the website link was then retweeted on Twitter by an SEC update page that many Ole Miss students follow. Several students commented on it and linked it to friends walls, as well as talk about it around campus. It did not come as a surprise by a lot of their reactions considering baseball is such a big thing in the SEC and especially Mississippi. Ole Miss has always been known to have great attendance in good and bad seasons for the rebels. There is something about Swayze Field that keeps students coming back for more and bringing others to enjoy the game as well. Most visiting teams also look forward to playing in such an upbeat atmosphere and well made stadium.

-Campbell Hunt

The full story can be found here: www.jour102.blogspot.com

Additional sources for this story can be found here:

http://www.olemisssports.com/sports/m-basebl/ole-m-basebl-body.html

http://www.olemiss.edu/

The Mississippi Open Track and Field Meet (print)

The Ole Miss Track and Field program hosted the annual Mississippi Open Track and Field meet Saturday, April 26, where athletes were able to prepare for the SEC Championships held next weekend at the University of Georgia. The Mississippi Open meet concluded Ole Miss’ home meet schedule, and did it with style. The Rebels claimed 11 victories, to ultimately, swamp their opponents, though no final score was kept. Along with the 11 first place finishes, the team had 30 athletes “score” at the meet—that is, placing 8th or better. These stellar performances by the Ole Miss Track and Field team, now ranked 22nd, show a high possibility for great potential at this year’s SEC Championship.

Wins included Lee Moore in the 400-meter hurdles (49:82), Ricky Robertson with double wins in the High Jump (6-11.75) and the Long Jump (24-03.50), Ben Lapane in the Javelin Throw (210-03), Sofie Persson in the 400-meter hurdles (57.77), Katie Breathitt in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase (11:10.78), and Juiliana Smith in the Hammer Throw (193-00). A few exciting and note-worthy performances that took place were the Men’s 4x400 meter relay, Neal Tisher placing 2nd place in the pole vault competition, Ben Lapane’s personal record-breaking Javelin throw, Katie Breathitt’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase, Al Lowe’s 800 meter heat win, and Ras-Len Bully’s 400 meter hurdle race.

In the final leg of the Men’s 4x400 meter relay, Lee Moore, a senior and Ole Miss record holder in the 400-meter hurdles and also, former NCAA All-American, hawked down his opponent from the University of Alabama at the 200-meter mark to put Ole Miss in the lead and give them the victory. During this stunning performance, fans left their seats to stand on the side of the track to cheer him on as he finished down the home stretch. Neal Tisher, a sophomore at Ole Miss, placed 2nd in the pole vault with a height of 13-06.25, which is a Second Best Personal Record for her behind her 13-09 (tied for 4th in the Southeastern Conference). Ben Lapane finally had the day he had been waiting for this entire season, when he threw a superb distance of 210-03, only being a freshmen, giving him a personal record and his first victory as a collegiate athlete. Katie Breathitt, a junior at the University of Mississippi, also got the crowd off their seats when she broke the Ole Miss women’s 3000-meter Steeplechase by more than a minute with a time of 11:10.78. Al Lowe made a great performance at the Mississippi Open when he won his heat of the 800-meter run with a time of 2:04.66. Though he did not win the entire 800-meter race, winning his heat was a first ever victory for the sophomore distance runner. Another great race by an athlete of Ole Miss, amongst many other notable performances, was Ras-Len Bully’s 400-meter hurdle race. This was the junior’s first time hurdling under the 52-second mark, placing 4th with a personal record time of 51.88.

“Definitely watching the 4x400 and seeing Lee Moore put the team on his back and winning the race at the end. Or watching the pro’s, like Trell Kimmons and Mike Rogers, in the 100,” Bradley Shields, a red-shirt freshmen on the Ole Miss Track and Field team and event helper at the Mississippi Open, said in response to what was his favorite part about the meet. “First time I ever saw pro’s in action running the 100-meter, and I had never seen anybody break 10 seconds, so I thought that was a great experience, it was awesome,” Shields said as he packed up to go to the team meeting, held after every home meet the Track and Field program hosts.

The Mississippi Open was considered a “practice meet” for those athletes trying to better their personal records in order to qualify for the SEC Championship.

However, the meet was open for professional athletes to perform “unattached”—meaning they competed independently and did not represent another team—to also better their personal record in preparation for the World Championships or other professional competitions. This was a definite plus for athletes and spectators to watch professional athletes perform, while also putting on a good show.

The selling point that drew spectators to this meet was the local, casual feel Ole Miss always assures, while at the same time, highly competitive, Southeastern Conference athletes put their mind and bodies to the test against each other. This made for an enjoyable, public event that made a sunny, breezy spring day like Saturday even more pleasing, for no price other than a walk or drive to the Ole Miss Track and Field complex.

-Alex Nichols

The Mississippi Open Track and Field Meet (online)

Oxford, MS—The Ole Miss Track and Field program hosted the annual Mississippi Open Track and Field meet Saturday, April 26, where athletes were able to prepare for the SEC Championships held next weekend at the University of Georgia. The Mississippi Open meet concluded Ole Miss’ home meet schedule, and did it with style. The Rebels claimed 11 victories, to ultimately, swamp their opponents, though no final score was kept. Along with the 11 first place finishes, the team had 30 athletes “score” at the meet—that is, placing 8th or better. These stellar performances by the Ole Miss Track and Field team, now ranked 22nd, show a high possibility for great potential at this year’s SEC Championship.

Wins included Lee Moore in the 400-meter hurdles (49:82), Ricky Robertson with double wins in the High Jump (6-11.75) and the Long Jump (24-03.50), Ben Lapane in the Javelin Throw (210-03), Sofie Persson in the 400-meter hurdles (57.77), Katie Breathitt in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase (11:10.78), and Juiliana Smith in the Hammer Throw (193-00). A few exciting and note-worthy performances that took place were the Men’s 4x400 meter relay, Neal Tisher placing 2nd place in the pole vault competition, Ben Lapane’s personal record-breaking Javelin throw, Katie Breathitt’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase, Al Lowe’s 800 meter heat win, and Ras-Len Bully’s 400 meter hurdle race.

(for full story go to my attached paper)

Attached are the two links that will show you the meet results and how to follow the Ole Miss Track and Field Team.

http://www.olemisssports.com/sports/c-track/recaps/042311aaa.html

http://www.olemisssports.com/sports/c-track/ole-c-track-body.html

-Alex Nichols

Rebel Golf Title Run (Online)

Jonathan Randolph
The Ole Miss Rebel golf team had a rough start to their SEC championship, held in Sea Island, Ga.  The Rebels finished in eighth place, leaving them disappointed but not discouraged.  Despite the disappointing finish, they earned a bid to their fifth consecutive NCAA Regionals.
Windy conditions, and a tough golf course proved to be too much for the Rebels on day one of competition, and they finished with a score of 303.  The tough layout and normally windy conditions provide a great challenge for anyone who steps onto the tee.  This critically acclaimed golf course is home to such players as Davis Love III, Jonathan Byrd and Zach Johnson.  The Rebels got off to a great start on the front nine but stumbled coming in and wasted a lot of shots. 
-Logan Waites

Click here for the full version:  http://jour102.blogspot.com/2011/04/rebel-golf-title-run-full-version.html

Click here for the Ole Miss golf team page:  http://www.olemisssports.com/sports/m-golf/ole-m-golf-body.html

Click here for an interview with player Chad Bounds on how he felt SEC's went:  
http://jour102.blogspot.com/2011/04/rebel-golf-title-run-full-version.html





Rebel Golf Title Run (Full Version)


Jonathan Randolph


The Ole Miss Rebel golf team had a rough start to their SEC championship, held in Sea Island, Ga.  The Rebels finished in eighth place, leaving them disappointed but not discouraged.  Despite the disappointing finish, they earned a bid to their fifth consecutive NCAA Regionals.
Windy conditions, and a tough golf course proved to be too much for the Rebels on day one of competition, and they finished with a score of 303.  The tough layout and normally windy conditions provide a great challenge for anyone who steps onto the tee.  This critically acclaimed golf course is home to such players as Davis Love III, Jonathan Byrd and Zach Johnson.  The Rebels got off to a great start on the front nine but stumbled coming in and wasted a lot of shots. 
“Our whole team was playing well the first nine holes but we seemed to make too many mistakes on the closing nine.  I know our players are capable of putting together a good round and I am confident that they will bounce back from today,” said head coach Ernest Ross. 
Coach Ross is no stranger to success at SEC’s as he led the 1984 Ole Miss golf team to a championship.  He hopes to repeat that success with the 2011 golf team, 27 years later.
Round two proved to be a more successful day for the Rebels as they shot five over as a team, which was the third lowest round of the day.  The second day was the windiest day of the tournament but the Rebels persevered through the conditions to have a great bounce back after they won.  Coach Ross was very pleased to see the improvement that the team showed, given the tough conditions. 
As round three commenced, the Rebels were looking to make a big move up the leader board, but it just didn’t happen.  Scoring conditions for day three were good in comparison to the first two days.  The Rebels shot seven over, which put an end to their hopes of bringing home a championship. 
 “Given the scoring conditions we were hoping to have some good rounds out there to make a good move up the leader board.  Unfortunately, none of our players really got it going and we finished with a mediocre round.  Nonetheless, I am still proud of my players for never giving up and playing hard,” said Coach Ross. 
The SEC has the best amateur golfers in the world.  With that being said, competition is very fierce and even a 14th place finish is noteworthy.  Jonathan Randolph led the Rebels and ended up tying for 14th in the conference. 
“I’m sure Jonathan had higher expectations for the week, but that’s golf.  Sometimes you don’t play like you expected to play and you just have to grind it out,” said teammate Chad Bounds. 
In regards to his own performance, Bounds said, “I feel like I let a couple shots get away from me, and that I could have played each round a little bit better.  Nevertheless, I tried my hardest and I had a lot of fun out there.” Bounds tied for 34th, leaving him disappointed as well. 
There is one thing that could be said about every player that competed as SEC’s in Georgia—fun was definitely at the top of the list.  Whether or not you play well does not dictate whether you have fun or not, when you go to Sea Island, Ga.  The members at the course were very hospitable, and the players enjoyed their time there.
Given the fall’s results, the Ole Miss golf team looked very promising as they geared up for spring tournaments.  They got off to a mediocre start but as the conference championships got closer, the Rebels began playing well.  With the momentum they had going into SEC’s they were hoping for a better result.  However, their expectations did not meet reality when they finished eighth.  Despite their finish, the Rebels still earned an NCAA Regional bid, and will be playing next month with hopes of going to NCAA Nationals.  The location for regionals is unknown, but the sites vary all across the country.  The general consensus among the team members is that they would love to go to California. 
In the words of Chad Bounds, “California dreamin’ is on my mind.” 
-Logan Waites

Click here for the Ole Miss golf team page: http://www.olemisssports.com/sports/m-golf/ole-m-golf-body.html

Interview with player Chad Bounds on how he felt SEC's went:  
video




RIP, Flip Cam-Elizabeth Burgreen

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Rest in Peace, Flip Camera (Print)

The Flip Video camera, also known as the Flip Cam, was shutdown on April 12, 2011 by Cisco. Since the Ole Miss journalism department requires all the students in the Journalism 102 class to buy a flip cam, what will they require of the students now?

The Journalism 102 class has been requiring the students to buy a flip cam for semesters, and now what will the students have to purchase to take the class in the upcoming fall? Will they be required to have a smart phone, or will they be required to have any type of video camcorder at all?

Another close alternative that the students could buy in place of a flip cam is a regular point and shoot camera. Most cameras are capable of videotaping. The only downfall to this option is that the videos cannot last long because videos take up more space than pictures on the camera do. You are only able to video very few and very short films.

“I was planning on taking the Journalism 102 class since I am finishing up 101 right now, and I was looking forward to using the flip cam because I see all of the Journalism students videoing all over campus. I want to interview people because that’s what I want to do in life,” sophomore Sydney Tornetto said about the flip camera.

The main reason why the Cisco Company shut the flip cams out of the business was because the flip cam could not compete with the new technology of the smart phones such as an iPhone, BlackBerry, or Android. The sales of the flip cam have been slowly decreasing over the past year because of these new technological advances. Cisco announced that they could not keep up with the newest advances, and the flip cam would not be needed as consumers bought the smart phones.

“I took the class last semester and I loved being able to do the projects with the flip cam. I am a broadcast major, and it was so cool being able to put together movies that I created with small video clips,” sophomore Alison Brunk said, “The technology is so cool when you just plug your cam into the computer and it automatically lets you make the movie. I really like how it is a really simple process to upload the videos to the Internet. I make all of my videos on here now, and I can upload them to Facebook for all of my friends to see.”

The Flip Video is a camcorder for strictly videos created by Pure Digital Technologies. Cisco Systems bought this company in March 2009. The three basic forms of a flip cam are the UltraHD camera, the MinoHD, and the SlideHD. The most popular selling is the UltraHD. Also, you can choose if you want to buy a 4 gigabyte which is one hour worth of video recordings or a 8 gigabyte which is two hours worth. All the flip cams are available in different basic colors or you can even customize your own cover of the camera. The flip camera is easy to use for any age. There is a bgi red button that you press to play and stop. You can delete the video right after you watch it. You can also replay the videos you take as many times as you want.

What is one of my favorite parts of the Flip Video is that it comes automatically with its own software programmed into the camera. As you plug your flip cam into the USB port, the flip software pops up and is very easy to use. The step-by-step process lets you turn your many short clips into a movie. You can upload your videos to YouTube, Facebook, or just the Internet in general.




Internet Version

Rest in Peace, Flip Camera (Internet)

The Flip Video camera, also known as the Flip Cam, was shutdown on April 12, 2011 by Cisco. Since the Ole Miss journalism department requires all the students in the Journalism 102 class to buy a flip cam, what will they require of the students now?

The Journalism 102 class has been requiring the students to buy a flip cam for semesters, and now what will the students have to purchase to take the class in the upcoming fall? Will they be required to have a smart phone, or will they be required to have any type of video camcorder at all?

Another close alternative that the students could buy in place of a flip cam is a regular point and shoot camera. Most cameras are capable of videotaping. The only downfall to this option is that the videos cannot last long because videos take up more space than pictures on the camera do. You are only able to video few short films.

For the full story, go to www.jour102.blogspot.com

For the telecom's blog on the flip cam, go tohttp://www.thetelecomblog.com/2011/04/20/why-cisco-quit-on-the-flip-and-the-fate-of-camcorders/

For the flip cam's website, go tohttp://www.theflip.com/en-us/

Ole Miss Goes Green (online)

The University of Mississippi hosted its fourth annual Green Week on April 18-22, 2011. The faculty in the Office of Campus Sustainability created this week to build awareness and knowledge of how to increase sustainability.

Green Week 2011 consisted of things like a gardening workshop with Felder Rushing, a Green Home Tour throughout Oxford, a “Go Local” food panel with experts from the Oxford area, the Sustainability Fair in front of the Student Union, the Sustainability Leadership Awards, and other events on campus and around Oxford. In an interview with Jim Morrison of the Office of Campus Sustainability, he named these as some of the very well attended events of the week.

Green Week, which is now working with the Oxford’s Mayor Office, is planning to expand the activities and the programs that they hold so that they occur more frequently throughout the year, according to Morrison. This annual event is gaining popularity and effectiveness with every year that they continue to hold it.
-Katherine Waits

Click here for the full version: http://www.jour102.blogspot.com/

Click here for “10 Easy Ways to be Green”: http://www.ourearth.org/education/greentips.html

Click here to view the Facebook page for Ole Miss Green Week: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ole-Miss-Green-Initiative/63568942468

Ole Miss Goes Green (print)

The University of Mississippi hosted its fourth annual Green Week on April 18-22, 2011. The faculty in the Office of Campus Sustainability created this week to build awareness and knowledge of how to increase sustainability.

Green Week 2011 consisted of things like a gardening workshop with Felder Rushing, a Green Home Tour throughout Oxford, a “Go Local” food panel with experts from the Oxford area, the Sustainability Fair in front of the Student Union, the Sustainability Leadership Awards, and other events on campus and around Oxford. In an interview with Jim Morrison of the Office of Campus Sustainability, he named these as some of the very well attended events of the week.

Green Week, which is now working with the Oxford’s Mayor Office, is planning to expand the activities and the programs that they hold so that they occur more frequently throughout the year, according to Morrison. This annual event is gaining popularity and effectiveness with every year that they continue to hold it.

Morrison believes that they are making a lasting impact every year with the Green Week events. “A key factor in changing our social culture will be driven by either a crisis (food, water, etc.) or by the market as new environmental friendly products and technology become more affordable,” Morrison said. This week of activities and events is an effective way to make sustainability a more desirable and accessible lifestyle.

Many students who would not normally participate in events like this found themselves paying attention to the interesting ways that they could contribute to this cause. “Green Week allows students to learn easy ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle in ways that they can relate to,” said Courtney Hudspeth, a student who observed and participated in a few of the Green Week activities.

Morrison also suggested some easy ways for students to easily contribute to this goal of improving sustainability. “It’s important to take small steps by setting a few goals each year,” he said. For example, students can recycle in their apartments, walk, ride a bicycle, take the OUT bus occasionally, and turn off lights when they leave a room, their house, or their apartment. Another suggestion was to observe “Meatless Mondays” in order to cut down on the water and gas used to transport the meat. These are all very simple methods of conservation and improving sustainability that students and other people with limited budgets and resources can easily observe.

-Katherine Waits

A Game of Zombie Tag Took Hold at Ole Miss (ONLINE VERSION)


(ONLINE VERSION)

From April 5 to April 12, zombies roamed free on the Ole Miss campus, while humans bearing Nerf guns tried to stop their invasion.

An elaborate game of tag called Humans versus Zombies has taken hold in many universities in the U.S. and has spread to six continents. The Ole Miss game was registered to have 184 students actively playing on the game’s official website.

To play, humans used Nerf guns to stun the zombies for 15 minutes of inactivity, while a tag from a zombie would turn the human into a fellow zombie. The conversion would be registered by the original zombie on the website dedicated to the Ole Miss game, OleMiss.HvZSource.com

Tyler Penny, an Ole Miss student who survived as a human until the last night, spoke of the extreme lengths some went while playing.

Humans could tag zombies with either thrown socks or nerf blasters, some people even went to lengths of using marshmallows.” Penny said.

By the end of the week, only three players remained human of the 184 originally registered. The rules state that if any humans are left, the zombies lose and the humans will have won the game. This was the case for the Ole Miss campus, which is a less common outcome for the zombies to be defeated.

Jackson Fitzgerald, a zombie in the game, knew the details as to the origin of the game and how far it has spread in only a few years.

"The game had originated in Goucher College in Baltimore, but by only a few people... Now over 600 colleges have had games on their campuses and it has been in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and England that I know of," Fitzgerald said.


For more information, you may visit the full print version at the website http://jour102.blogspot.com/2011/04/game-of-zombie-tag-took-hold-at-ole.html

The official website Humansvszombies.org can be visited to buy merchandise, view the rules of the game, and the mission statements.

OleMiss.HvZSource.com is the web address to view the results and personal messages written to students and participants specifically for the Ole Miss game.

View this video for more information:

2007 Humans vs. Zombies Documentary from HvZ Source on Vimeo.

Photo in heading courtesy of Humansvszombies.org

A Game of Zombie Tag Took Hold at Ole Miss (PRINT VERSION)

(PRINT VERSION)

From April 5 to April 12, zombies roamed free on the Ole Miss campus, while humans bearing Nerf guns tried to stop their invasion.

The commotion was all a part of an elaborate game of tag called Humans versus Zombies, which has taken hold in many universities in the U.S. and has spread to six continents. Ole Miss was registered to have 184 students actively playing on the game’s official website.

Tyler Penny, an Ole Miss student who played in the game described it to be a campus-wide game of modified tag. Zombies could tag humans to infect them and turn them to zombies, or humans could shoot at zombies and render them inactive for 15 minutes.

In order to play, you had to register online before the game started. Humans could tag zombies with either thrown socks or nerf blasters, some people even went to lengths of using marshmallows. But, if a zombie tagged a human, he would become a zombie and the original zombie would register him as no longer human on the website,” Penny said.

Humans were visible to zombies by wearing an armband around their arms, while zombies were required to wear them as headbands. If all of the zombies had tagged the humans to be zombies, the zombies would win. However, if any humans were remaining by the end, the humans would be victorious.

The game was put on halt from the moment a student walked into a building on campus, to prevent disruption to classes. In order to avoid the humans from hiding in buildings, missions were assigned to the humans to put them out in public. If a zombie is unsuccessful in converting a human to a zombie in 48 hours, they would be considered dead from starvation.

The humans were successful during the final mission the night of April 12, which lasted until midnight and had 12 humans left to fight. Only three of the 184 students remained human by the end, which is still considered a victory.

“It brought me to meet new and interesting people. It is definitely exciting when you are surrounded by 15 or more zombies outside of Peabody when you come out of class,” Penny said.

Jackson Fitzgerald, an Ole Miss student who played for the zombie team, was interested in the origin of the game and how far it had spread.

“The game had originated in Goucher College in Baltimore, but by only a few people. Now, it’s ridiculous, it has spawned all across the world. Over 600 colleges have had games on their campuses and it has been in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and England that I know of. It was stated by just two guys in Baltimore,” Fitzgerald said.

Each game of Humans versus Zombies is organized on the ground by local moderators. Gnarwhal Studios is the company which oversees the games from start to finish, and was actually created by friends of the original inventors of the game.

The website humansversuszombies.org states that their mission is “to spread the game as far and wide as possibly by providing it for free.”

In order to participate, there is no need to pay anything to register on the website or play the game. The company even offers a free game hosting service called HvZ SOURCE that helps people organize their games. The company gains profits by selling merchandise on their website.

The website also offers advice for those seeking to create their own game. They suggest to start by viewing the Dungeon Master’s Guide. There are also alternate rule sets available on the Multimedia page of their website and have public forums. The website also says to contact them for any help at their email address, info@hvzsource.com.

Facebook offers multiple groups, which are free for anyone to join, that people who are experienced veterans of the game or others who are simply interested have started. The purpose is to provide a way to contact or keep in touch with others.

Humansvszombies.org states that the purpose of the games is to create a teamwork situation where people of all ages, races, and backgrounds can come and work together, eliminating social barriers.

“Many players report that Humans vs. Zombies is one of the most meaningful experiences of their lives. The game creates deep bonds between players, instantly removing social boundaries by forcing players to engage as equals and cooperate for their survival,” the Humansvszombies.org website states.

When this statement was read aloud to Penny, he agreed that this indeed was the result of the game. Penny also spoke of the many friends he has made and the lasting experience it provided not only to his social life, but to his class attendance.

“I looked forward to come to campus every day.” Penny said.

The web address Olemiss.HvZSource.com is the personal website dedicated to this past game and can be accessed by anyone without registration. There is no indication on the official website, Humansvszombies.org, that another Ole Miss game is scheduled for the future.

Double Decker 2011(Online)

Double Decker 2011

The 16th Annual Double Decker Arts Festival comes back to Oxford on Friday, April 29.

With last year's festival having a small showing because of weather, this year's Double Decker

looks to be promising if more bad weather does not affect it. The famous annual festival will

continue throughout all day Saturday on Oxford Square. The festival will be filled with many

music performers and art exhibits. Double Decker will also have a 10K, 5K, and a kids fun run

on to start Double Decker off on Saturday. The courses during the races go all over The

University of Mississippi campus and around Oxford neighborhoods. Along with the relays and

arts shows, Double Decker will have many musical performances by artist such as Old Crow

Medicine Show, Eric Lindell, and North Mississippi Allstars.

Along with great music during the whole festival, there will be many art exhibits around

the square. many artist from all over Mississippi and other places will be displaying their works

of art and selling them for spectators at Double Decker. There will also be many local restaurants

with food vendors around the square selling their food to hungry customers. Double Decker

would not be called 'Double Decker' if they did not have a double decker bus. All day Saturday,

there will be double decker bus rides that go all over Oxford and Lafayette County.

For more information on the event check out http://www.oxfordcvb.com/doubledecker/2011/index.html

http://www.thedmonline.com/article/double-decker-festival-continues-two-day-stretch-2011

Double Decker 2011(Online)

Double Decker 2011

The 16th Annual Double Decker Arts Festival comes back to Oxford on Friday, April 29.

With last year's festival having a small showing because of weather, this year's Double Decker

looks to be promising if more bad weather does not affect it. The famous annual festival will

continue throughout all day Saturday on Oxford Square. The festival will be filled with many

music performers and art exhibits. Double Decker will also have a 10K, 5K, and a kids fun run

on to start Double Decker off on Saturday. The courses during the races go all over The

University of Mississippi campus and around Oxford neighborhoods. Along with the relays and

arts shows, Double Decker will have many musical performances by artist such as Old Crow

Medicine Show, Eric Lindell, and North Mississippi Allstars.

Along with great music during the whole festival, there will be many art exhibits around

the square. many artist from all over Mississippi and other places will be displaying their works

of art and selling them for spectators at Double Decker. There will also be many local restaurants

with food vendors around the square selling their food to hungry customers. Double Decker

would not be called 'Double Decker' if they did not have a double decker bus. All day Saturday,

there will be double decker bus rides that go all over Oxford and Lafayette County.

For more information on the event check out http://www.oxfordcvb.com/doubledecker/2011/index.html

http://www.thedmonline.com/article/double-decker-festival-continues-two-day-stretch-2011

Double Decker 2011(Print)

Double Decker 2011

The 16th Annual Double Decker Arts Festival comes back to Oxford on Friday, April 29.

With last year's festival having a small showing because of weather, this year's Double Decker

looks to be promising if more bad weather does not affect it. The famous annual festival will

continue throughout all day Saturday on Oxford Square. The festival will be filled with many

music performers and art exhibits. Double Decker will also have a 10K, 5K, and a kids fun run

on to start Double Decker off on Saturday. The courses during the races go all over The

University of Mississippi campus and around Oxford neighborhoods. Along with the relays and

arts shows, Double Decker will have many musical performances by artist such as Old Crow

Medicine Show, Eric Lindell, and North Mississippi Allstars.

The festivities of Double Decker officially kick off Friday night. At that time, there will

be three performers for Friday night. Okkervil River, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, and

Old Crow Medicine Show will all be performing Friday Night on the south stage setup on the

square. For the event, tickets are $10 for general admission and $25 for V.I.P. area where people

can bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the music. Old Crow Medicine Show is the main headline

band during all of Double Decker. "I'm real excited to watch Old Crow Medicine Show perform

Friday," said sophomore Ole Miss student Brendan Kelley. "I've never seen them perform and I

like their music, so I hope they have a good show for Friday night." Old Crow Medicine Show is

famous for their songs such as "Poor Man" and the very famous college song "Wagon Wheel".

The gates for Friday's performances will open at five p.m. and the show will start around six p.m.

On Saturday, there will be even more performers throughout the whole day performing

on the north and the south ends of the square. Musical performers such as Shooting Out The

Lights, Glen David Andrews, Jimmy Phillips Band, and North Mississippi Allstars. North

Mississippi Allstars is another big name group that will be performing at this year's Double

Decker. They will be the closing performers for Double Decker on that Saturday night on the

north stage of the square at seven p.m.

Besides all the music performances going on throughout Double Decker, there will be

several art exhibits around the square. Hundreds of artist around the Mississippi area and all over

will have their works of art setup for viewing and for selling their pieces of work. There will be

different varieties of art to buy such as paintings, pottery made by hand, wood sculptors, and

many more different items that spectators can buy. If people want to keep buying things on the

square during Double Decker, many of the stores on the square are having sales to celebrate the

annual festival in Oxford.

Along with Double Decker having the whole square packed with entertainment and

things to buy, there will also be many food vendors from local restaurants around the Oxford

area. Many famous places around Oxford such as The Rib Cage, Two Stick, Rooster's Blues

House, Oby's, and Taylor grocery will have stands along the streets of the square that will be

serving many of these different places most famous food items. "Being from Texas, I have never

gone to Double Decker, but I have heard it's so much fun." Austin Harris, a freshmen Ole Miss

student from Dallas, Texas, says about the two day event. "I'm really excited to go this year and

I'm ready to hear the good music and have a fun-filled Saturday."

Being that it is called Double Decker, there will be free rides all day Saturday on an

authentic English double decker bus. The double decker will have routes from ten miles long to

up to over sixty miles long. These bus rides on the double decker will span all over Lafayette

County and through Oxford itself. The double decker bus rides will begin at nine a.m. on

Saturday morning and continue during the entire day, so there will be plenty of chances for

everyone to ride the famous double decker to celebrate the festival. With many performers

playing Friday night and all day Saturday, and all the art exhibits that will be covering the

square, this year's Double Decker should be as fun and successful as any other Double decker

these past eighteen years.