Belmont University placed second in the onsite competition at the Southeastern Journalism Conference, held this year in Lafayette, La. Media studies department head Thom Storey and student publications adviser Dorren Robinson traveled with nine students to the conference to attend workshops and compete.
The following students placed in the onsite competitions:
- Nick Yacovazzi, second place for entertainment writing
- Heather Thompson, second place for copy editing
- Courtney Martinez, third place for current events
- autumn Allison, third place for sports photography
- Will Hadden, third place for news writing
In addition to the onsite competition, the Best of the South awards were handed out for work published over the past year. Belmont received three awards:
- Autumn Alison, second place multimedia journalist
- Katie Greene, seventh place, best sports writer
- Laura Hostelley, eighth place, best arts and entertainment writer
Nearly 300 college journalists and faculty attended the three-day event Feb. 20-22 at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. The Southeast Journalism Conference includes more than 40 public and private colleges and universities from a seven-state region. Belmont’s journalism program has been a member since 1986.
On Feb. 18, second-year students in the Master of Sport Administration program hosted a basketball tournament for nearly 200 Special Olympians from Middle Tennessee. The tournament was held at the Curb Event Center for the fourth straight year. The competition was incorporated into the Sport Event Management and Planning course and offered students the opportunity to work in all phases of organizing an event for participants with intellectual disabilities.
Pictured are Paul Shaw, Sordum Ndam, faculty adviser Dr. Colin Cannonier, Lindsay Bond-Harris and Jawon Taylor.
Five Belmont sophomores are working hard this month to build a movement to address the national debt, a figure that currently stands at over $17 trillion. Belmont “Up to Us” formed last fall when the five students–Paul Shaw (international business), Jawon Taylor (political science), Sordum Ndam (political science), Olivia Nishi (corporate communications) and Lindsay Bond-Harris (music business)–applied to participate in the national Up to Us competition, which is sponsored by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) and Net Impact. The Belmont team was selected as one of 25 teams nationwide and is competing against teams from Duke, Cal State-Fullerton, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Rice, George Washington and New York University, among others, with the contest set to end this Friday, Feb. 21.
The group was first interested in the competition as a means to have hands-on experience in a campaign that would benefit their diverse studies in political science, business and communications. However, this campaign has hit a nerve for all of them. Noting that $17 trillion is a difficult figure to grasp and contextualize, Ndam said, “You start telling people how serious this is, and the more you repeat these facts, the more you begin to realize how truly serious an issue it is… I’m afraid of the uncertainty of it all.”
“We want people to be thinking about the national debt and get discussion going,” said Bond-Harris. “We’re not asking for answers, but we do want people to get involved in finding answers.”
Asian Studies and Chinese Language Assistant Professor Dr. Qingjun (Joan) Li and four of her students–Anna Croghan, Samantha Hubner, Joseph Minga and Ryan Pino–recently were awarded an ASIANetwork/Freeman Foundation Student-Faculty Fellows Grant. Of 27 team applications, only eight were selected for grants which will fully fund the team’s research project in China this summer.
“I am so excited about this invaluable research opportunity which allows me to take four of my remarkable students to China and work together with them for over three weeks. We all carry the great passion for China, and our study of the commodification of culture will result in new understandings about how Chinese culture is being made into a profitable industry. This is an intriguing project,” Li said.
The team will be in the People’s Republic of China for approximately four weeks in May and early June 2014. The research project, titled “The Commodification of Culture in China’s New Cultural Industry,” will examine the role of culture in China’s new cultural industry, which is a pillar economic commitment of over $172.95 billion or a full 2.78% of the country’s GDP.
The OVC Basketball Conference Championship is taking place Wednesday, March 5th – Saturday, March 8th at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. Both the women’s and men’s teams have qualified for the post season tournament. Belmont University will be purchasing an allotment of complimentary tickets to be given out to students for both the men’s and women’s games.
At this time final tournament seeding’s have not been set and teams do not yet know the day and time of their games. Our men’s team this past weekend secured at least a 2 seed, and will play their first game on Friday, March 7th, (time, TBD). Final tournament seeding’s for both our men’s and women’s team will be announced Sunday, March 2nd.
Tickets can be reserved by visiting, http://prod3.agileticketing.
Ticket Pick-Up Procedure:
Once a ticket has been reserved, complimentary or purchased, tickets will be available for pick up the day of the game one hour prior to tip off at Municipal Auditorium. Tickets will not be available at Belmont University’s box office. Belmont Athletics will set up a ticket table in the front entrance of Municipal to pass out all student tickets. Students will need to bring their student ID to receive their ticket.
Thank you for your support all season long. It’s Bruin Time!
On February 15th and 16th the Belmont Club Tennis traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee to compete in the Volunteer Classic Tournament. This was the second tournament that Belmont’s club team has competed in since they were approved last fall.
The Belmont A team made it to the Gold Bracket, where they beat UTK’s C team. The Belmont B team was awarded as being bronze bracket finalists. From playing in the snow to getting sun burnt, the team enjoyed the wins, loses, and memories made throughout the time spent in Knoxville.
Bruiser is going to battle it out again this year in the annual OVC Mascot Challenge presented by Delta Dental of Tennessee. The twelve OVC mascots will compete in a head-to-head rivalry for the championship title of “Best Mascot in the Ohio Valley Conference,” during the week of Feb.21 – March 6, 2014. Fans can go online and vote for Belmont's Bruiser the Bruin as their favorite mascot. The winner will be announced on March 7 at the OVC Tournament in Nashville.
Last year, thousands of fans, students, faculty and alumni submitted their votes, and the competition was incredibly close. Murray State’s Dunker clinched the gold only by a small margin of votes over Awesome Eagle of Tennessee Tech. Belmont fans are encouraged to vote every day of the contest to ensure that the crown will belong to Bruiser at the end of this year’s battle.
The winning mascot will earn bragging rights for a year, and their school will also receive $1,000 towards their general scholarship fund. So vote, and vote again! Fans can vote once a day at www.OVCMascotChallenge.com.
Polls will open at 12:01 a.m. on Feb. 21 and will close at 12 p.m. on March 6, 2014.