CCI Boasts Three Representatives on Centennial Year Homecoming Court

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By Anne Dudley
This year, odds are in CCI’s favor for Homecoming Queen! The college can proudly boast three female representatives in the court during the centennial year’s Homecoming celebration.

Two of CCI’s court members will also receive the Outstanding Undergraduate Award from the School of Communication Studies on Friday, Oct. 8.

A student organization or campus office they are affiliated with nominated each representative.

Student Success Programs nominated Emily Carle, senior Applied Communication major from Bowling Green, Ohio. Emily said “It is a huge honor just to be nominated in the first place…Dozens of women were involved in the interview process with the Homecoming Selection Committee. All of the girls are very involved, very intelligent, and very aware of what’s going on on-campus…to be in the top six women is a huge honor.”

Carle also said she is so proud to have two other CCI students on court with her. “I know both of the girls personally and they are two of the nicest, most pro-CCI people… just to have them as my friends on court and second to have them represent CCI with me could not be better. All of them are very supportive of CCI. CCI could not have had better people.”

Carle also said she is looking forward to the philanthropy project court members will be involved in at the King Kennedy Center and continuing to form bonds with the other court members.

Kent Communication Society (KCS) nominated Arianne Gasser, senior Organizational Communication major from Canton, Ohio.

Gasser said she wanted to be a part of the Homecoming court because she not only loves Kent State, but also thought this would give her the opportunity to be the “ultimate role model” in addition to being a Resident Assistant and President of KCS.

“I’m really excited to get KCS’s name out there. In the last 2 years I’ve been trying to get recruitment up –I’ve tried to make KCS something that communication majors know about and want to be a part of.”

Kent Student Ambassadors nominated Carrie Drummond, senior Public Relations major from Boardman, Ohio.  Drummond said, “I didn’t ask to be nominated, and I didn’t see it coming” as she described the first Ambassadors meeting where all students with 90 or more credit hours were asked to stand and be voted on.

Drummond went on to say, “Going to Kent State was the best decision I’ve ever made, and I’m proud to be able to represent the school that has meant so much to me.”

Drummond is looking forward to leading the spirit walk to the pep rally. “…we even get to wear our sashes for that. That should be the most fun because we really get to show our Kent State pride!”

All of the CCI representatives are excited at the news of their selection and honored to have been chosen from a group of extremely worthy candidates. Gasser said, “It’s unbelievable and incredibly exciting.” She said that this experience will “top off all of the good memories of being at Kent.”

Drummond added, “Each girl on Court is more than deserving of the crown, and I’ll be thrilled for whoever wins.”

Each of the ladies stated that they were looking forward to sharing this experience with their families and friends, especially the other court members.

Drummond said, “I think that half of the female court members being from CCI says a lot about our college. We’re so well prepared by CCI. People in the college are well rounded. We participate in activities all over campus, we work hard in our classes, and we care about representing Kent State in the best possible way.”

Why should I get involved on campus?

By Emily Carle

Every week, I average at least 5 meetings and seminars for various clubs and organizations around campus. I always feel like I’m running from place to place, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. There are so many organizations on campus that I’m passionate about, I want to support them in any way possible. Probably one of the best decisions I have made over the past 3 years is to start attending Kent Communication Society meetings. KCS is geared towards Communication Studies majors and minors as well as all CCI majors who want to get involved in the school, the campus and the community. I just happened upon a meeting my freshman year, and honestly I was pretty nervous. By the following year, I was more comfortable with everything and I actually spoke up in meetings. By my junior year, I was the President and was working closely with the Vice President and fellow Communication enthusiast, Arianne Gasser, to really help KCS blossom. Going into my senior year, Arianne and I have swapped places as President and Vice President but our goals stay the same, we want to make KCS into a powerhouse organization. We’re planning social events for the fall, including a Sunday cookout, as well as service projects like Adopt-a-Family. In the spring we will be focusing most of our efforts on Relay for Life to build on our success this past spring.

Not all organizations are perfect for everyone; I would feel very out of place at a College Republicans meeting or a College of Business meeting. That’s the joy of organizations though; there are over 200 on campus to fit all personalities, interests and goals. It may seem cheesy, but there really is something for everyone! I have been in a few organizations where I just did not feel like I belonged, so I left. Easy as that. I found something that fit me so much better. When I am involved with different organizations on campus, I really feel like I’m part of Kent State. I feel like I’m more than just a student going to class. Also, it may seem like a minor thing, but when I walk across campus now, I actually recognize people and can wave to multiple people as I run to class or my next meeting.

Without getting involved on campus, I wouldn’t have met my boyfriend as well as about 95% of the people I talk to now. I wouldn’t have figured out what I want to do after college, and I definitely would not have been as proud to be a Kent State student. Every organization brings something different to the table, but there is no harm in testing the waters to see what works. While I started with a major/academic organization, there are so many other avenues. And for all of the Communication Studies majors/minors or just anyone who is interested in Communications, check out Kent Communication Society! KCS meets every Wednesday at 5 pm in Taylor Hall, 144.

Emily Carle is a Senior, Applied Communication major and marketing assistant in the CCI Dean’s Office.

Andrew’s take on Time Management

By Andrew Gardner

In today’s busy world students are becoming more and more pressured into effectively and strategically managing their personal lives around things like work and school. It is not uncommon to see students try to juggle a full time job with 12 or more credit hours. Personally, I graduated  from Medina Senior High in 2002 and attended Cuyahoga Community College for two years before coming to Kent. During this time, I worked full time at KFC and also transported a co-worker to Northfield Park Race Track four days a week for the extra cash. Although it was a heavy burden to work so much and also be a full time student, I found that time management was the key to my success. One thing I started to do was make flash cards. I would use these at work at KFC in slow periods to review chapter material for tests and so forth. When I was at Northfield Park I used the four hour time window to do my homework, read chapters and study.

I think one of the things that really helped me in this period was the fact that because I was paying my own way through college, I took it more seriously and was driven to achieve good grades. I also believe my time spent at CCC really prepared me for college life and my transition to Kent State. One thing that has really helped me with my busy lifestyle is the excellent advancements in online distance learning classes. In 2002, CCC offered these classes, but they were nowhere near the quality of the ones offered today through KSU.These classes made it possible for me to stay at home and work on my own time and I think they were essential for my success.

Poynter KSU Media Ethics Workshop Reaction

By Nicole Gennarelli

The Poynter KSU Media Ethics Workshop was extremely interesting. I got the chance to actually work behind-the-scenes for part of it in the morning, as well as sit in and listen to the Online News Association (ONA) panelists. The panel consisted of John Kroll, from the Plain dealer; Michelle Jarboe, from the Plain Dealer; and Bruce Winges, from the Akron Beacon Journal. The topic was Reporters and the Audience: A two-way street.

John Kroll talked about how the Plain Dealer has a three prong program that deals with taking down offensive comments posted online. Reporters like to engage with the reader over stories and allow a two-way street for communication. He talked about how reporters decide where to draw lines on rude comments, and that they have started to remove comments that cause controversy.

Michelle Jarboe talked about how she remembered when commenting was not open to the public. She was thrilled when she could respond to sources and readers’ comments on the website. Every time someone comments on one of her stories she receives and e-mail and she asks herself, “Do I really need to comment on this?” Sometimes comments require more than one answer and others she decides to let go because she has more important work.

Bruce Winges discussed how it is always good to look for a way to interact with readers. Blogs, Facebook and social media platforms allow readers to have a positive or negative voice in stories that are published. He has realized that when stories get posted on Facebook, the conversations about them get better. Winges also talked about how at the end of a story there is a reminder to “play nice” for readers. It’s not always a good idea to post controversial comments on certain stories. Some overly controversial stories will have comments blocked completely.

Overall, it was a great experience. I had a great time working behind the scenes and listening to media experts. I learned a lot and can’t wait for next year’s workshop.

Why are you here?

“Why are you here?” you’re thinking.

I know. There are literally countless websites out there. Blogs galore. Twitter, Flikr, Tumbr, YouTube… And oh yea that other big one… what was it? Anyways. You know where to find information when you want it. But, when it comes to being a student, what about the stuff that no one writes about? The real questions you want to know about your university. Or even about your program specifically? What happens when at 1:24 a.m. you try to Google “What the garbage is controlled registration and why isn’t it letting me register for VCD II?”

College can be a frustrating place for a student. You’re a quasi-adult now so, prepare for a professional career, pursue your passions, have some fun, and oh yea, get good grades.

Have you ever just wanted someone to say, “Why Johhny (or Jeany for all the ladies out there), we don’t have this controlled registration business to stop you from finishing your degree in time, we just don’t want those G.D. Art Students accidentally registering for a class we know you need.” All you want at 1:24 a.m. is to register! That’s it!

So, what this asinine anecdote was trying to point out is that I am here, sent from above, (not heaven, just the Dean’s Office), to answer your questions. If you want to know why you have to pass a grammar test, or why you have to do so many group projects, or why anything is the way it is, ask me. And until you start asking, I’ll just keep guessing what you’re thinking and writing about that.

So here, email: with your question. Stop back later and hopefully I’ll have answered it, or found someone else to answer it for you.

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