Updates from CCI Commons

image001Adobe Skills

Two sophomore senseis from the School of Visual Communication Design will host an Adobe Skills Workshop at 8 p.m. today in the Design Studio in Olson Hall. Learn the ins and outs of Adobe before you learn them in class!

Rock Hall

CCI Commons residents will take a field trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on Friday, Oct. 28 from 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to see a special exhibit on rock & politics. Cost is $18 each. Those interested in going must register and pay for the trip ahead of time by contacting CCI Commons DirectorMarianne Warzinski or graduate assistant Jenelle Bayus. School of Journalism and Mass Communication Professor Mark Goodman will attend, as well, to discuss freedom of speech and music censorship.

Dissecting the Election

You know who’s running; you’ve seen the ads and the debates; but what does it all mean? Join us at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2 in the Olson Hall Lounge for a discussion called, “Dissecting the Presidential Campaigns” with Danielle Coombs, Ph.D. Professor Coombs is the interim associate dean in the College of Communication and Information and is an expert in media messages and audience analysis. She’s also the author of The Last Man Standing: Media, Framing, and the 2012 Republican Primaries and is regularly featured by mainstream media, such as WKYC, NPR and Canadian Radio, for her knowledge of the presidential race.

image003CCI Study Abroad Lunch

Samantha Antoine, a CCI advisor serving the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, visited the CCI Commons on Oct. 5 during a Commons Lunch to talk with students about CCI Study Abroad opportunities. For more information, visit the CCI Study Abroad website:http://www.kent.edu/ccistudyabroad.

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Wasted Talent Media was born from the creative talents of owners Todd Volkmer and Erin Ludlam, who met with CCI Commons students late last month to talk about their film and video production company. They shared with students the importance of humility and hard work when entering the workforce and stressed the need for storylines that capture the audience’s attention and create an emotional appeal. After the presentation, students were able to meet with them one-on-one to talk about the industry, the importance of understanding business and the ability to relate to their clients.

Senior Communication Studies Majors Represent CCI on Homecoming Court

by Taylor Meade ‘17

coreypattersonTwo students represented the College of Communication and Information in this year’s Homecoming Court: senior communication studies majors Corey Patterson and Reggie Jones.

Both Patterson and Jones agreed that seeing how much fun their friends had on past Homecoming Courts was enough to encourage them to apply. The two were happy to represent Kent State and give back to a community that they felt has given them so much.

“I feel like it was a great way to bring the close to my journey here at Kent State,” Jones said.

reggieheadshotPatterson was nominated to the Court by the Black Squirrel Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary and Jones was nominated by Student Success Programs.

Patterson and Jones have been incredibly active in student organizations over the past few years. Patterson has served as a resident assistant and held several positions within the Department of Residence Services. Because of his involvement, he has been able to work with the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) Corporate Office hosted at Kent State and has represented Kent State at the Central Atlantic Affiliate of NACURH. He also held many positions with Student Success Programs, worked as a Kent State Student Ambassador and served on Flash-a-Thon’s executive board.

Like Patterson, Jones has been involved in Student Success Programs and has served as a Resident Assistant. He also held a position in The Kappa Sigma Fraternity, served as the Senator for CCI in Undergraduate Student Government and volunteered as a CCI Ambassador.

Patterson and Jones found they had been selected for the Homecoming Court over the summer. Once the school year began, Patterson and Jones were seen building campus excitement about Homecoming at events like The Black Squirrel Festival and painting the K.

Patterson said what he was looking forward to most about Homecoming was experiencing the game with the rest of the Court and his family. He said two of his cousins had been on Kent State’s Homecoming Court in years past, making it a family tradition. At the football game against the University of Akron, Patterson was named Homecoming King.

“It is a huge honor and privilege to represent Kent State and the student body as Homecoming King,” Patterson said. “Being on the Homecoming Court was always something I wanted to do since my freshman year. Getting to live that dream with the other incredible members of the Court was, in and of itself, an amazing experience. Add on top of that, winning King, was a roller coaster of emotions, all of which stemmed from pride and joy.”

Kent, Trumbull and Tuscarawas campuses all participated in Homecoming activities. To see highlights and learn more about the Homecoming courts, visit http://www.ksualumni.org.

Barcelona Stole My Phone And My Heart

This semester, two CCI students will be sharing their experiences studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Follow them on their journey as they deal with culture shock, language barriers, and a total lifestyle change.

By Latisha Ellison


I’ve known I wanted to travel and see the world for as long as I can remember. My sister saved for six years to take us to Paris for my high school graduation present and with a crêpe in hand, in awe at the Eiffel Tower, I was in love. Paris stole my heart, and I needed more.

One of the reasons I chose Kent State, besides its stellar public relations program, was for the Florence study abroad option. I wanted to see the world and what better way to do so than studying in one of the most artistic, culturally rich cities in the world?

Everyone always told me how cheap and easy it was to travel throughout Europe and only having class until noon on Thursday provides the perfect opportunity to travel on the weekends. Traveling is amazing, but it isn’t always rainbows and sunshine.

I never know what to expect when I embark on a new adventure, but I always hope for the best, which is exactly what I hoped for during our trip to Barcelona.  Barcelona is a beautiful city known for pickpockets and even though I was warned, I fell victim to the thieves.

It happened on a crowded metro on our way to Parc Güell—one minute I had my IPhone, the next it was gone. I got off the metro, checked to see if I had a message, and my phone was nowhere to be found. Now, someone in this situation could have reacted in one of two ways: burst into tears and freak out, or remain calm and figure out what to do next; luckily I reacted like the latter.


I used my friend’s phone to call my service provider to suspend the service to the phone immediately. In hindsight, I should have tried to call my phone first, on the slight chance that someone actually just found it, but I didn’t think to do that until several hours later. Then, I texted my mom and sister to let them know the situation, so they wouldn’t worry when they tried to call me the next day for my birthday.

Like most millennials, I tend to have my phone attached to my hand, so the thought of not having a phone was a little stressful. Luckily, a friend from home had an extra phone and sent it to another friend’s parents who were visiting soon, and a new sim card was on the way—crisis averted.

I lost my phone, and the world kept turning. It’s not something I expected or wanted to happen, but it did and I had to deal with it. This is just another example of the ways being abroad is helping me grow into a functioning adult. In 10 years when I am talking about my trip, it will be a minor blip in the grand scheme of an amazing birthday weekend.

I was in Barcelona, the city of Antoni Gaudi and The Cheetah Girls stomping ground, there was no way I was letting the loss of a material object ruin my weekend!

Why You Should Vote

by Hana Barkowitz

As a politically engaged student at a historically significant school like Kent State University, I know firsthand that the only way to change something broken is to dive in headfirst and get involved in the solution. This can be applied to many different scenarios, but one that is all too relevant is the 2016 election. I know what many of you are thinking: “Another political blog post?” No, wrong. This isn’t about democrats or republicans or independents or libertarians or anything in between. This is about exercising a privilege we are given as American citizens. That’s right folks, I’m talking about VOTING.

Kent State students are known for being strongly opinionated and standing up for what they believe is right. There are many forms of activism students are able to participate in, but one that too many disregard is the basic privilege to vote. It is absolutely vital that, along with social media rants about politics and protesting, we make it a point to register and go to the polls.

Regardless of how you vote, vote. I would highly suggest that everyone skip out on absentee ballots and instead change your registration address to your Kent address. I have found that many people run into too many problems with absentee ballots. To make it easier on yourself, follow some guidelines I’ve given below to learn how to change your registration address.

For my out-of-state friends or those who aren’t registered at all, it’s so easy to change your registration to your dorm or Ohio home. You have a few options as to how to do this. Your first option is to find a student organization that is registering students. I know that most political organizations will help you out with this. Another option is to head over to the Portage County Board of Elections (449 S Meridian St # 101, Ravenna, OH 44266) to fill out a registration form right there.

For my pals out there who are from Ohio originally and already registered in your hometown but want to change your registration address to your new Kent address, you can do that easily online. Just go to the Portage County Board of Elections website and update it, or just click here.

If you’re not completely sure if you’re registered or where you’re registered, click here.

Here are some general tips about registering to vote:

  1. For anybody living in a dorm or temporary housing, be absolute sure you bring proof of residency when you go to the voting booths. This means a utility bill, a bank statement with your temporary address, a government check or paycheck, or a government document that shows where you live. This is so the workers at the polling location can ensure that you’re a real resident of Kent. If you don’t do this, your vote can be counted as “provisional,” which means it won’t be included in the initial count.
  2. Register AS SOON as possible. That way, the Board of Elections can verify that your form is complete and correct and you won’t have to be stressed if your registration will be complete in time.
  3. Answer every single question on the voter registration form and double check that every field is filled out correctly.
  4. If you live in a dorm, put your dorm name and physical address, not mailing address, to make sure you’re placed in right precinct. This is very important, since the dorms are split into four different precincts.
  5. The last day you can register to vote is October 11th.
  6. If the last time you voted was in the 2008 election, you need to register again.

Notice how I mentioned earlier that voting is a privilege, not a right. This is an opinion I hold for various reasons. For one, it can be revoked. Other countries fight every day for the ability to vote, and American citizens are lucky enough to have it handed to us. Also, for my ladies out there, it’s a strange thought to realize that women haven’t even had the ability to vote for a full 100 years. That’s how new it is for us. Women fought really hard to be able to get us to where we are, we should thank them by practicing the capability!

Regardless of your political affiliation, you should vote. I’ve heard many people mention that they don’t know enough about the election to cast an informed vote. There is an easy solution to this problem, take this quiz or this quiz. These are good tools to know with what issues you most align with.

Your VOTE is your VOICE! Make it count.

I’m on NPR?!

By Hana Barkowitz, ‘18

I felt like I was going to throw up. I was more nervous than I had been in a while, and my words would air on national radio. What was said could never be lived down. When I get into politics, I get passionate. And when I get passionate, I curse. “Please don’t swear. Please don’t swear”, I kept repeating to myself. I have a tendency to embarrass myself, so I needed to make sure I didn’t do that in front of a lot of people.

This is what an audience looks like from the perspective of an NPR panel.

Then Tom Ashbrook came into the green room and put everybody at ease. He is so charismatic and friendly, talking to him aided in melting away some anxiety. We talked generally about his career, and he asked us what we were most excited for and what we were hoping to get out of the discussion.

I heard the catchy tunes of the band that opened up the night, and while I wanted to dance and get groovy, I was too nervous. It felt like their set lasted for forever. I did listen to them again today, however, and realized how good they were. I wish I could have enjoyed them more when they were live.

We walked out on stage, and once I recognized some familiar faces sitting in the front of the audience, I felt much better.

The show began and it was over before I knew it. I wish I had more time to speak on some issues, but the show was only an hour, and it felt like 10 minutes. I never swore, but I did say that something sucks, and my mom yelled at me for that.

Overall I am incredibly honored and flattered to be asked to join and I am happy with the responses I gave. It was an amazing opportunity that I will never forget for the rest of my life.


Hear the broadcast online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5M3j-YV-pUg&feature=youtu.be&t=17m19s.

BY students FOR students in the College of Communication and Information at Kent State