My summer semester at Newhouse ended, and I finally found some time to share the photos we captured throughout the six-week summer intensive affectionately known as "Boot Camp." When I told people, "I have class every day, 9-5 - plus homework," they smile and nod, as though that's a totally normal "fun" thing to do and why am I saying it like I can't breathe. So how about you let that sink in for a moment - you're in class all day, plus homework for that class. As I'm in school for journalism and a large part of the work is interviewing and covering stories or events, pray tell when we do this live action work? Right - after five o'clock most nights. Let's not forget the weekends - or those fun days when it's 2 p.m. and they tell us we have a 10-person interview and transcription interview due by midnight.
So just ruminate on that a while.
Some fun memories include telling an alumna I'm an "older student" and she responded by saying she was older when she was in the program, too - 23. Another memory was a "person on the street" interview response I was given, when I asked a 27-year-old girl about her thoughts on the 24th Congressional District election and those running:
"I know but you know what, the people that are seated in Washington voting on issues that affect the whole country? None of us give a fuck. Like it doesn't personally affect my Salisbury-steak-fucking-preheated-microwave-dinner, so I don’t give a shit....like as long as they’re not taking 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' off TV, I'm not gonna pay attention. And nobody else in America gives a fuck either. Okay a couple towers came down. Well…can I still go to the mall? That’s all I care about. And that’s what America cares about. Peace out."
But unlike the other Newhouse Masters programs, the Goldring Arts Journalism program did a bunch of activities together, out and about on the town, meeting people and going places. Yes, we have the best program - thank you Lola!
Orientation began with a zoo outing at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. There I am, showing you a tiger who gave no shits. A few days later we were in class and had to do a little "photo test" to show we understood how to take photos with a smart phone, as the journalism programs are very media-heavy nowadays. There's Mary and Madaylyn, and then there's me, casually strolling beside Kate. Ha!
We also took a walking tour of Downtown Syracuse led by Sean Kirst, who knows pretty much everything about the place. I took a few photos - like that statue of a soldier to commemorate Syracuse soldiers who served in WWI. Just the next day, the city held a 100th anniversary ceremonial event. We also made it to the Hotel Syracuse - but wait, we weren't outside. Are those...clouds on the ceiling? Yes, indeed they are, my friend, and the mirrored walls made it all the more magical. As you can see, Mike was really taking it all in...
Opening day of the Palestinian menu in restaurant With Love came next, a restaurant that changes its menu every six months and works with refugees and people from other countries to train them to work in the restaurant industry, also bringing authentic recipes to the kitchen. I got a bunch of stuff like beet humus with lamb, something like a baba ganoush, and there was definitely a lot of garlic. I finally had a chance to have some malabi in the states, too! The walls were a cool blue over tin patterns and textures that I had to photograph. This was our "food writing" class, and I'm not complaining, haha.
Then came our day in Cooperstown for Glimmerglass Opera! There we all are, smiling as it grew overcast and the sun set. We met Lola Goldring, the woman who launched our program, and went to see West Side Story. Admittedly, I'd never seen any iteration of this play, so I was satisfied to a point - could have been better. Casting was interesting.
Next, we ventured over to the Everson Museum, which has the largest video art collection in the country but I have no idea where it is and have no more information than that. Am I intrigued? Yes. Did I spend my undergraduate career at an art school studying video art and the prime video artists that launched the Everson's collection? Yes. Will I learn more? Yes.
However on that particular day trip, we spent time learning about Darryl Hughto's art in his exhibition "From Diamonds to Sailboats" straight from the artist, himself. That was interesting.
Then, over to La Casita, "a program of the College of Arts and Sciences established to advance an educational and cultural agenda of civic engagement through research, cultural heritage preservation, media, and the arts, bridging the Hispanic communities of Syracuse University and Central New York." Amazing art, more installations going into the space, and a fabulous photo opp because that's what we do best.
As our boot camp came to its end, our class took a day trip to Rochester! We first stopped at the George Eastman Museum to see the David Levinthal exhibition. I took photos of my favorite series, which you won't see them post on Facebook, haha. We briefly explored "the mansion" where Madalyn took some lovely photos of me in my cool outfit because it needed to be done. I wish Express still made bell bottoms because I need more bell, you feel me? Also funny, my dad bought me that shirt in France when I was 8, haha.
We jetted off to The Little Theatre for a private screening of Sorry to Bother You (2018), which was kind of insane and also makes a great joke (or perhaps references a real statistic) about men in pink shirts. Sure, some of the ADR could've been better but I'm not complaining - the movie was crazy and it worked.
After that, we went to Rochester's "Radio Social," where you bowl and eat and drink, should it strike your fancy. If you look above at that bowling scoreboard, check out my name...yes, I got four strikes in a row - crazy! I was pretty surprised and it was a great way to end the day in Rochester, haha.
I took a photo of every single person bowling, and it was awesome, haha. We listened to 90s music on the way home to Syracuse, and I was officially done with the summer semester!
Now on to the next...