Construction has been a major theme around campus this summer. Here’s the new picnic pavilion being erected behind Steadman. Right behind that the ground is being leveled to create a new band practice field. The location of the old band practice field has been paved for a huge student parking lot.
Today’s technology lets you do everything from tweeting a joke to creating a flash mob. Communication Dept. Chair Sue Young and retired Comm prof Howard Travis explore in dark side in their op-ed piece, “Mob mentality shows the dark side of interpersonal communication” in Wednesday’s Harrisburg Patriot.
A new Campus Directory graces the entrance of the student mall. The map was made possible by gift from the classes of 2008-2011 It was designed in house by Sheran Lawton. Rebecca Bair, director for Development who oversaw the project, formed student focus groups for their input, which is why the LED illuminated directory also includes locations for food and ATM machines.
Congratulations to MU grad Toby Motyka, sportscaster for Rochester NBC affiliate WHAM. The 2007 graduate was part of a team who recently received the New York State Broadcasters Award for “Best Broadcast in New York State.”
A personal footnote: my son Nathan Miller, a 2002 grad, is a news camera man at WHAM. Now if we can get an MU alum doing weather, we’ll have a triple WHAMmy.
“I’m glad my parents instilled a love of reading and learning in me so I did not arrive at an illiterate adulthood thinking the only choices are Disney and the Bible.” This is one of the more incendiary comments on the book review of “The Mouse That Roared: How Disney Instills Greed and Consumerism at Three Months. Disney has been controversial since the ’60s. Just to be balanced, here is part of another of the more than 150 replies to the post: “Yes, I know I’m giving into the rampant consumerism that Disney is serving up on a plate. And you know what? I accept it. Because I think that enjoying a bit of fantasy is worth the personal expense and the effect it has on my kids.”
Hard to believe that, for all his vision, Walt Disney had greed and consumerism in mind when he created Steamboat Willie in 1928.