The Heart and Soul of New Brunswick

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Christmas has always been about the spirit of giving. It’s about showing those around you that you love them, but it’s also about helping those who are less fortunate.

For New Brunswick, no event symbolizes the Christmas spirit more than the annual Big Chill 5K charity event. For years this event has given thousands of underprivileged children across the tri-state area the Christmas of their dreams, and this year was certainly no exception.

With citizens across New Jersey flocking to the Big Chill every year, New Brunswick allows every person to share in the spirit of giving in one of the most fulfilling ways imaginable.

New Brunswick has always been a melting pot of different cultures, races, classes and religions. Yet there’s one day every year that every citizen of New Brunswick can put aside their differences and fight for a greater cause by giving children the chance to have their dreams come true.

Love for others, that is truly the heart and soul of New Brunswick.

Alcohol: Recession-Proof

Monday, December 5th, 2011

In a time in America where almost every company and individual is being effected by this economic recession, it seems that the liquor business continues to thrive more than ever.

Is it because of this recession that people have turned to alcohol? Or is it simply the fact that even though money may be tight, the common American just can’t seem to cut back on their liquor of choice?

Either way, it seems that operating a liquor store is one way to avoid all this recession nonsense, and unless we enter another prohibition, I doubt that this pattern will ever change.

My project on New Brunswick’s Livingston Liquors is a perfect example of what alcohol means to an American town in this current economic landscape.

Rutgers vs. Sacred Heart: A Recap

Monday, November 21st, 2011

The season has just begun for this young Rutgers Scarlet Knights team, and they’ve already accomplished something that this team hasn’t done in year.

Their recent game against Sacred Heart saw the Knights net a total of 91 points. After such an impressive performance, it seems like the sky is the limit for this energetic group of athletes.

The fans have definitely gotten behind their team in a big way this year, and with strong play, there’s no doubt that this Knights team could really be something special this year in the Big East.

Here’s a brief recap of Thursday’s game.

Photographs

Monday, November 7th, 2011

My photography skills at their finest…

Multimedia Done Right: #OccupyLA Through the Words of an Artist

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Whether or not one agrees or disagrees with the recent Occupy movement happening across the country, one must recognize its historical significance.

American life is changing, and there are currently many things about our country’s future that still remain uncertain. For many people, that uncertainly means it’s time to take a stand, it’s time to force change instead of waiting for change to come to them.

Occupy L.A. has been seen through the eyes of so many people. It has been dissected and commented on by almost every race and class. It’s a firm belief that these people have, that they are saving 99% of us from an utter economic collapse.

From an artist’s mouth though, Occupy L.A. becomes not just a movement, but a form of expression, which is something that we are all given freely as Americans. Everything about this report is artistic. From the freestyle poem that our speaker bellows from his personnel podium, from the pictures of those standing together in unison for a specific cause, it’s all a representation of American expression.

Again, agreeing or disagreeing with this idea is not the biggest issue. One however, must respect this man’s style of expression, and recognize that he believes what he’s dong will one day save the world.

You can watch this report right here.

Es-skate

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Matt Giacino uses skateboarding not only as a means of transportation, but also a way to escape the problems of everyday life. Giacino has been skating for a large portion of his life now, and its been his determination, drive, and his ability to get back up when falling that has kept him going all these years.

His interview shows exactly what his love for skateboarding means to him.

Flying High

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Ever since seeing Top Gun, Matt Sowder has always wanted to fly. After years in the R.O.T.C. here at Rutgers, his time is coming to finally achieve his biggest dream of protecting and serving his country.

The Woman I Most Admire Not Named “My Mom”

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

In today’s day and age, there are tons of inspirational women throughout the world. Women have taken huge strides over the last several decades and many are now in positions that years ago, were more of an impossible dream. They are leaders, revolutionists, and heroes.

For me though, there’s one woman that stands out above the rest. It’s Pat Summitt, Head Coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols.

Now going into her 37th year as Head Coach, Summitt has consistently been a role model to every athlete who has ever had the honor to play under her. She’s a winner, a legend, and she has always demanded, and gotten, the best out of her players. In my opinion, there’s very few people who symbolize the drive and determination needed in basketball more than Summitt.

According to her bio on the Lady Vols website, she has won a total of eight national championships, has a total of 1,037 total wins in her career, and has been to an astonishing 18 Final Fours. For a sport like college basketball, where teams change completely every four years, that is incredibly impressive.

Sadly, Summitt was recently diagnosed with early onset dementia. For many people, a tragedy of this caliber would be too much to handle. Not for Summitt. She plans on picking up right where she left off last year and continue to coach as long as she can.

If she wasn’t already an inspiration before, this should be enough to convince anyone. Dealing with something as horrible and unstoppable as dementia is something that I hope I never have to deal with, whether it’s me or the people I love. But Summitt proves once again that nothing can stop her love for basketball, as well as her determination in giving back to the community.

All these things and more is why Pat Summitt is the woman I most admire.

First Blog Post

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

This is my first blog post for multimedia reporting. This is also the first time I’ve ever been on WordPress.

Hello world!

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Welcome to WordPress.com. After you read this, you should delete and write your own post, with a new title above. Or hit Add New on the left (of the admin dashboard) to start a fresh post.

Here are some suggestions for your first post.

  1. You can find new ideas for what to blog about by reading the Daily Post.
  2. Add PressThis to your browser. It creates a new blog post for you about any interesting  page you read on the web.
  3. Make some changes to this page, and then hit preview on the right. You can always preview any post or edit it before you share it to the world.