Archive for February, 2011

iPad Apps I Use Most Often

By Gee Ekachai

ipad appsWhen people asked me what iPad apps I’d recommend, it’s hard to come up with a short list. I have more than 100 apps on my iPad, many are free, but here are 20 apps I use most often (but not in a particular order). Some of them were included in Mashable’s 10 must-have iPad apps for new users.

Dropbox is a must for transporting files from my laptop to iPad. Cannot function without it!

Flipboard is a great way to read your tweet feeds and Facebook updates. You can also subscribe to a few websites and my favorites are Smitten Kitchen, Wired, and Bon Appetit. Gorgeous pictures. Read Engadget’s review here.

Talking about pictures, NY Post Pix shows what great photojournalism is all about. Captivating photos that tell stories (although its captions are quite non-traditional). You can “favorite” and/or save the photos you like on your iPad. Continue reading ‘iPad Apps I Use Most Often’

Social Media and the Egyptian Revolution

By Scott D’Urso

Egyptian protestors take to the streetsThe events of the past several weeks in Egypt have been nothing short of remarkable for many reasons. One of them has been the debate over the role that the Internet and Social Media played in the eventual outcome. There has been a steady stream of stories, opinions, and tweets about this subject both during, and in particular after the fact. Regardless of where one stands on the issue, the fact that there is a debate, to me, says something in and of itself.

While there are the utopian-inspired Internet supporters out there who are making the claim that this the first “Social Media Revolution,” this revolution would not have been possible without the face-to-face gatherings of the hundreds of thousands of Egyptians, not only in Cairo, but around Egypt, that were the “face” of the revolution. On the other hand, many Internet dystopians out there refuse to acknowledge the role of the Internet and Social Media — a short-sighted opinion to say the least. Continue reading ‘Social Media and the Egyptian Revolution’

Behind the Scenes of ‘The Laramie Project’ at Marquette University

By Chester Loeffler-Bell

Lighting design for the Laramie Project production at Marquette University

Lighting design for the Laramie Project production at Marquette University

Getting the lighting design ready for the Marquette University Department of Performing Arts production of The Laramie Project by Moises Kauffman and the Tectonic Project is a challenge. As a designer, I try to find an emotional arc or journey within a play. I attempt to connect important or emotional dots and try and tell a story with the lighting design.

The challenge with Laramie is EVERY character and the story they tell is important. Each time I read it, and now after seeing a run through, I take away something different.

Fortunately, the director of the play is Deb Krajec. She is an excellent collaborator, and by working together, I am confident the look of the play will evolve into a work of dramatic beauty.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not worried about the play coming together. Under Deb’s hand, and with an excellent design team, and more importantly with a committed student cast and staff, this play will be a highlight of our season.

But we have an added logistical challenge. While the play is scheduled to open February 24, we are ramping up the process so we can have a polished dress rehearsal for scholarship weekend students to see Friday night, February 18.

This is a project that will change, grow and perhaps head in many directions, some good, some bad. I’ve decided to heed the advice of Broadway lighting designer Jules Fisher, who said at the  Broadway Lighting Master Class, (even though Laramie isn’t a musical), “you don’t finish lighting a musical, you just stop.”

Chester Loeffler Bell is an artistic assistant professor in the Performing Arts Department at Marquette University. He is currently involved in the campus production of “The Laramie Project.”

Reflections on Mission Week 2011

By Lauren Haberkorn

Thirza Defoe

Thirza Defoe plays Native American flute for audience in the jPad

If you weren’t in the jPad last Tuesday afternoon, I am sorry to say, you missed out.

As part of Mission Week 2011 here at the Diedrich College of Communication, students and faculty were given the unique privilege of watching Thirza Defoe’s native flute performance and hearing a lecture from guest speaker and New York Times best Selling author, Margaret Coel. After speaking with faculty and students after the event, I realized I wasn’t the only one who came to this lecture thinking I was not going to have anything in common with the speakers or the Arapaho Indians. I had no idea that within an hour, I was going to connect with the words Margaret Coel so eloquently spoke and the spirit of the Arapaho that she and Thirza demonstrated so strongly.

Thirza Defoe, also known by her Indian name, Giizhiigoquay, is a performer from the Ojibwe and Oneida tribes of Wisconsin. Though she’s only in her 20s, she’s got a resume that looks as if she’s lived an entire lifetime. She is widely known for her sacred hoop dancing she has been performing since she was a little girl. Her repertoire consists of performances at the Grammy Awards and the Native American Music Awards in 2002. In 1992, she danced in the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Barcelona and celebrated the Millennium in Egypt in December of 1999. She’s been featured in National Geographic World magazine and was named Wisconsin’s Best Kept Secret by News from Indian Country: The Independent Native Journal. She’s had principal roles in independent films and has been featured in PBS educational documentaries. Continue reading ‘Reflections on Mission Week 2011’

Vocation in a Vocation: On Photojournalism and Spirituality

By Jennifer Janviere

Father Doll, S.J., talks about approaching photography with compassion and empathy

Father Doll, S.J. talks about photographing land mine victims in Saravejo, Africa and Southeast Asia.

Photography isn’t a topic that most people closely associate with spirituality. As it turns out, however, the two have more in common than we might have ever imagined.

Father Don Doll, S.J. is living proof of the spiritual side of photojournalism. On a visit to Marquette University as part of the annual Mission Week celebration, Doll talked with students, faculty and friends of the Diederich College of Communication about his fascinating life’s work as both a Jesuit priest and photojournalist, something to which he referred as a “vocation in a vocation.”

Father Doll began his career as a photographer almost by accident, when he was a young Jesuit priest stationed on the Rosebud reservation among the Lakota Sioux. He learned to take photos out of necessity when tasked with developing marketing materials for the Native American tribe. He described the process as a struggle in the beginning, and talked about learning everything that he could about photography in those first few years. His hard work and dedication to the profession paid off, however, and soon Doll found himself teaching photography at Creighton University in Nebraska (where he still works today).

Doll’s work eventually broadened his reach from Native American culture to all parts of the globe. The experiences witnessed during his work with the Jesuit Refugee Service have provided the Jesuit priest with a first hand glimpse of both the beautiful and tragic nature of the human condition. Continue reading ‘Vocation in a Vocation: On Photojournalism and Spirituality’

Centennial of Journalism on Display

By Herbert Lowe

View of the Centennial of Journalism display at the Raynor Library

Michelle Sweetser and Matt Blessing of University archives in front of the Centennial of Journalism display, Raynor Library

From the founding fathers in the 1910s – John E. Copus, S.J., and John Danihy, S.J. – to those two benefactors who gave so much just a few years ago – J. William and Mary Diederich – many people have helped to shape journalism education at Marquette University.

To help focus attention on the Diederich College’s centennial of journalism celebration, the Raynor Libraries recently unveiled a large glass display that showcases Fathers Copus and Danihy, the Diederichs and others in several images related to those first 100 years.

At the behest of our college’s dean, Lori Bergen, Ph.D., I worked with Matt Blessing, head of the department of special collections and university archives, and associate archivist Michelle Sweetser, to produce the display now in the libraries’ primary passageway. Continue reading ‘Centennial of Journalism on Display’

Using Social Media to Document Egyptian Protests

By Lauren Haberkorn

Social media seems the one reliable way that the outside world continues to learn about the unfolding events surrounding the political turmoil in Egypt. Twitter, Facebook and YouTube may not have sent people out into the streets, but they definitely sped up the process. Now, those of us outside Egypt are relying on these social media outlets to provide updates on the demonstrations going on inside the country.

Citizen journalists inside Egypt originally began broadcasting messages and videos capture on cell phones to provide a glimpse of the protesters gathering and demonstrating in the streets. As protests against President Hosni Mubarak escalated over the last week, the government has responded by blocking the Internet, mobile networks and television broadcasts. The people of Egypt, however, continue to protest and stand up for what they believe in, and journalists continue to capture their stories. Without social media (now mostly by foreign journalists and observers), these voices would not be heard. Continue reading ‘Using Social Media to Document Egyptian Protests’


The opinions expressed here are those of the individual authors and do not represent the views of Marquette University or the Diederich College of Communication.

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