A funny thing happened on the way out the door…

I didn’t expect to do any reporting today. I didn’t even want to do any reporting today.

Let me explain.

I’m in the last week of my master’s project. To be completely accurate, I’m in the last two days of my master’s project. The MNO  grad students have spent every day of the last six weeks putting  together a 108-page magazine with an accompanying website. This is, for the most part, the culmination of our graduate career. I’d been there early most every day, and even came in on days I hadn’t expected to.

In short, I was ready for it to be over.

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Record-breaking relay

The luminarias shone bright green after the lights dimmed in the Carrier Dome. Thousands silently circled the path lit by the small memorials, the only sounds heard from the once rambunctious group being small cries of grief or sighs. Some walked with each other, hand-in-hand or arm-in-arm. Some stopped to sit together by single luminarias made in memory of loved ones. Each could see the words “hope” and “cure” illuminated in the stands.

Though the Luminaria Ceremony lasts for only an hour, it accomplishes exactly what Betsy Guilfoil, Special Events Director at the American Caner Society, believes it should.

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It’s just like riding a bike?

It had been three months and 23 days since I filed my last story. I promise you, I counted. It had been even longer since I’d done any actual reporting.

Within my first week at Newhouse, I realized how much I loved design. I’ve put together newspaper layouts before and created some design packages, but nothing close to the depth and intensity of what I’ve been able to learn here.

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Hendricks Chapel | Dean candidate addresses ‘Christian privilege’ on campuses

The Rev. Tiffany Steinwert asked the audience in the Noble Room of Hendricks Chapel what “privilege” meant. No one answered. Faces glanced around at each other, until she finally clarified with a direct, “Yes, I’m asking you a question.”

Steinwert is one of three candidates vying for the dean position at Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel. The ordained United Methodist pastor who founded the Cambridge Welcoming Ministries in Massachusetts, which seeks to include LGBT people in ministry, spoke on “Interfaith Work in a Diverse Society” Tuesday morning.

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Graduate service programs on the rise

Increased interest in graduate programs and post-graduate service programs, such as Teach for America, are the result of the recession and growing unemployment, Syracuse University officials said.

Applications to graduate programs at SU for the 2009-2010 year have shown an overall increase of around 7 percent, said Donald Saleh, vice president for enrollment management at SU. Saleh said he believes this is a typical pattern during hard economic times.

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Using art to help heal the world

Local photographer Debbie Rosenfeld is more of an artist than a photographer. Pictures brimming with creativity and moving images, she has quite the extensive collection of work. Impressive for a photographer who only started working professionally three years ago. Rosenfeld attributes her wide collection to her long work days.

“I’m normally working 14 hours a day,” Rosenfeld said. Though she started professionally three years ago, she began with her sisters square Kodak camera as a kid. Her hard work and passion seems to be paying off. Currently, she has representation in Ohio, Indiana and New Jersey. Her works are making waves at shows from earning second best of show in the Professional 2007 Fine Arts Exhibit to the Ohio Art League Spring Juried Show where David Pagel picked her unconventional piece “Alien Biomes.”

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Melton Center hosts Pearl and Troy Feibel Lecture on Judaism and the Law

For 21 years the Pearl and Troy Feibel Lecture on Judaism and the Law has given the Columbus area the opportunity to hear about important topics hitting close to home in the Jewish community. Established in 1988, the Feibel family wished to honor the memory of Pearl and Troy Feibel by bringing to light important topics that will inspire discussion and unite the community.

Together with the Melton Center for Jewish Studies and Moritz School of Law at The Ohio State University, this year’s lecture will take place at 7 p.m., Sunday, March 29, at the Wexner Heritage Village.

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Keep your hands to yourself

Let me share with you an experience I had last week. I will preface this with a warning (because I sure didn’t get one): it will make you sick to your stomach.

I stood behind this couple at the Cru Club and at first, they were just holding hands and being normal human beings.

Then, it turned ugly. He, and I’m not kidding, was stroking her butt. She was rubbing his face as she kissed him. He kissed her neck, she giggled and they proceeded to hang on each other.

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Unethical or too real?

Those who know me know it is a rare occasion when something leaves me speechless. Few and far in between are moments where I can’t find ANYTHING at all to say. I did, however, encounter one of those rare moments over the weekend when I went to see a movie.

After this movie, I had no response except “wow” for the entire walk to the car. This response could have only been inspired by the documentary “Religulous” by Bill Maher.

Because this movie was so interesting to me I have been taking note of the press that has surrounded the movie.

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