Lisa

A feature article I wrote in September 2010 on a journalist I attended SUNY Purchase College with.

Junior journalism major Lisa Eadicicco always had an interest in writing. Her adoration for making stories from the written word stems from her childhood.

“In third grade I’d love when we had to write stories with our vocabulary words for the week,” she said as she flipped her long hair behind her shoulder. “I took a creative writing class in my senior year of high school and I absolutely loved it. It was so much fun,” she said. “We wrote fiction, screen writing, bits of everything.”

She said her interest in music has also been a big inspiration for her writing.

“I played the drums in a band in junior high and I played the guitar as a freshman in high school,” she said with a smile, eyes squinted beneath brown bangs. “I was into magazines like Spin, Rolling Stone, Alternative Press.  I’d love to write for them,” she said. “Now that I’m really into journalism, I’d write for any publication.”

Eadicicco said when she first got into journalism, she wasn’t sure what to expect, but decided to major in it because she liked to write. “In journalism, it’s all about the hard facts and to me that’s interesting,” she said.

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Mikey

A feature article I wrote in September 2010 on a musician I attended SUNY Purchase College with.

Singer-songwriter, Mikey Ballou, a junior composition major from Westchester, looks up in thought. His bleached blonde hair dangles over his eyebrows.

“Flexibility is important,” he says. “The music conservatory here offers more flexibility than most programs in other colleges. I don’t want to be limited to playing one instrument. I want to be in the studio and I want to record every instrument.”

He shakes his head and the hair over his eyes moves to one side. “I can network here. It’s nice to be in an environment where there aren’t 800 other musicians. Competition isn’t magnified as much.”

Ballou says he was exposed to music since he was a baby. He gives credit to his father, a professional musician, who he says he got his ears from. He considers himself independent from his father but it wasn’t always that way.

“My dad forced music on me ever since I was a kid and it sucked for the first few years. I wasn’t interested.” Read More

Sweetie, Purchase My Valentine

A short article I wrote in my journalism class at SUNY Purchase on Valentine’s Day 2011.

The total spending for Valentine’s Day is expected to hit $15.7 billion this year, according to the National Retail Federation. On average, a person will spend over $116.21 on the holiday.

For SUNY Purchase students, there is quite a range on what they’ll do, and the amount of money they’ll spend on their sweetie, for Valentine’s Day.

“Tonight, my girlfriend and I are making pizza,” said Nick Sciretta, junior drama studies major. “It’s a cheap and fun dinner. We don’t need to go overboard. Spending time together is special enough.”

Phil Gallo, SUNY Purchase alum said, “I’ll probably spend about $75 on gifts for my girlfriend. Maybe a little more.”

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It Was Always There (Scenes)

Watch the video of a scene I directed (for the first time – it’s obvious) from my short story, It Was Always There, here: 

It’s so bad, it’s good!

Starring Matt Riegler as Jake and Mateo Morel as Damien. Shot by Tommy Roach.

Below are two scenes from It Was Always There (including the scene above) in screenplay form.

FADE IN:

INT.  MEG’S HOUSE – DAY  ARRIVAL

MEG and JAKE are on each side of Meg’s window, waiting for DAMIEN to leave the property.

DAMIEN

Meg?

DAMIEN taps the window’s screen twice

DAMIEN

(laughs)

Meg? It’s me. DamYou00.

JAKE

What?

MEG rolls her eyes.

MEG

His stupid screen name.

DAMIEN

Are you ladies in there?

JAKE scrunches up his face.

MEG

He knows I’m not alone, remember? He probably thinks you’re a girl.

JAKE

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SUNY Purchase: Juice Bar Kickoff

The Yoga Health Academy at Purchase College presented their juice bar kickoff last Wednesday. According to students and staff, not only is the juice beneficial to the body, but it is surprisingly cheap.

The kickoff was held in the Dribbles room in the gym. Behind the curved bar in the classroom was a Jack LaLanne juicer, surrounded by a variety of cut up vegetables, including cilantro, celery, cucumbers, ginger, carrots, beets, kale, rosemary, and plenty of sliced red apples to add sweetness to the mix. Set up across two tables next to the bar were colorful fruit and vegetable platters. There were an abundant amount of melons, grapes, pineapples, tomatoes, celery, and broccoli, along with dip and pita chips. Hanging on the wall across from the platters were three poster-sized sheets of paper, all containing the benefits of the ingredients used in the juices.

Julie Broglin, faculty advisor for yoga health, set up the juice bar in order to inform students about their health. In her yoga classes, she always saves time to show films about the importance of choosing nutritional foods and keeping your body healthy. Read More

Disasters in Japan Affect Purchase Students

The tsunami that slammed northeastern Japan missed Purchase senior Kevin Cai’s home in Tokyo, but the 8.9 magnitude earthquake did not.

“The earthquake split the house in half and destroyed almost everything inside,” the arts management major said in an email. “It was my mom’s birthday so my dad had taken her out. Thank god they weren’t home.”

Over the last century, Japan has experienced 23 earthquakes that have caused major damage, according to Web-Japan.org. Estimates of magnitude make the earthquake of March 11 the largest earthquake to hit Japan and among the top five largest earthquakes in the world. 

The quake that destroyed northeastern Japan sent shock waves more than 6,000 miles away, as students and faculty at Purchase College dealt with the tragedy in varying degrees. Some, like Cai, lost homes. For others who had lived in Japan, the disaster brought up memories of past earthquakes. Read More