Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Excellent piece produced by MBC Alums

Former MBC staff members Kieren Astall and Scott O'Lone produced this amazing documentary for a course they're taking at Ohio University.  Kieren and Scott are seniors at O.U. They produced and created a short documentary for their  senior documentary class. After working on it all semester their professor and dean decided it was good enough to enter it into the BEA media arts festival. Its about Thomas Walker, a father of a schizophrenic who after seeing the unkempt cemeteries of the Athens Asylum decided to clean it up and begin finding the identities of the unmarked grave sites.  Check out the video FOUND

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Even 60 Minutes makes mistakes

Lara Logan who is a rising star at CBS News was recently suspended by CBS News for a flawed report on Benghazi that aired on 60 Minutes.  Logan is scheduled to return to 60 Minutes sometime early next year. Logan gained international acclaim when she reported on the 2011 upheaval in Egypt and was the victim of a savage sexual assault. This case just shows young journalists that even experienced journalists can comprise their ethics and make mistakes but in the end the executive producer stood up and took responsibility. Logan's producer Max McClellan was also forced to take a leave of absence and is expected to return as well.  See what others are saying about the situation here  Here is a story from the New York Times about what led to Logan's suspension/leave.  Here is a link to the original report on 60 Minutes of Logan's attack in Egypt There were a lot of media critics out there who were quick to jump all over Logan and 60 Minutes for the errors but in the end this situation provided those who are interested in news and especially reporting it that they must be diligent in their pursuit of the truth and when they make a mistake simply admit they made messed up and move on. Logan's apology

Monday, December 16, 2013

MBC Alum Alex Day produces video at U.K.

MBC alum Alex Day, now a freshman at the University of Kentucky recently produced the following video about Journalism.  Check it out.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Shout out to Katie

Katie Hibner could possibly be one of the most interesting people in the world.  Congratulations to Katie for being honored by Ball State University for a news feature that was recently in The Chronicle

Start blogging Katie !

Monday, December 9, 2013

College Decision shout out time

It may be early but some Chronicle and MBC seniors are already making their college decisions.  Congratulations to Morgan Orlando - the University of Tennessee, Gabe Dubois - the University of Missouri, Chloe Knue - Miami University, Joey Thomas - the University of Cincinnati, Lindsay Cornwell - Bowling Green State University, Allie Fultz - Ohio University, and Kendall Jones - the Art Institute of Cincinnati. Congratulations to our seniors.  More to come...

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Brave New World - 60 Minutes piece on Amazon

If you want ingenuity look no further than Amazon.  Once again the private sector shows us how to adapt.  Suggestion - Affordable Care Health/Obamacare people - maybe you should talk to the folks who run Amazon on how to set up a website.

Super Star Blogger

I have to give a shout out to super star blogger Madison Krell.  Even though Madison and I have opposing viewpoints when it comes to the existence of Bigfoot - I still admire Madison's blog. This week she has a great spin on the holiday season.  Check out Madison's blog.  Another Chronicle blogger who has a cool and very graphically pleasing blog is Katie Hermann - check out Katie's blog here.  If you like music you'll like Katie's blog.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Malcolm Gladwell on 60 Minutes

I have read Malcolm Gladwell book's David and Goliath This is an awesome book and I think it is a great read.  The author Malcolm Gladwell is truly a unique individual.  You've got to watch the feature about him that was on 60 Minutes.  Gladwell also wrote the popular books The Outliers and The Tipping Point

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

High School newspaper gets in trouble by 'their own' school for being sensitive

Did you see this story?  Pennsylvania students ban 'Redskins,' get sent to principal A high school newspaper staff in Philadelphia was "called to the principal's office" for trying to be sensitive.  Is this a case of political correctness gone amuck?  You should really read this article.  I would be interested to see what you think about this topic.

Super Star Blogger

I've gotta give a major shout-out to blogger Fernanda Hurtado.  Her blog is awesome.  It has to be one of the most visually pleasing blogs I've seen this year.  She really knows how to use several media platforms.  Nice work.  Great galleries.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Congratulations to our teams

It was a great weekend for Mason soccer.  The girls' team led by Chronicle editor-in-chief Chloe Knue turned in a valiant effort but fell short in the state championship game to Walsh Jesuit.  It was the second year in a row that the Comets made it to a state final.  That is impressive.  On the boys' side the team captured the state championship with a 1-0 victory over Mentor.  Congratulations to our teams, the players, and the coaches. 

Super Star Blogger

I have to give a shout out to Lindsay McCalmont for her blog this week.  Lindsay's blog lay-out is impressive and very easy to read.  She is also getting very skilled at integrating media in her blog.  This week's post is impressive. Lindsay really does a nice job talking about a topic I've acutally heard about before. Face Blindness, yes it is real. Check out her blog.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Yes, Madison, he's back...

Season Premier, Sunday, Nov. 10 at 10:00 on The Animal Planet @animal planet #findingbigfoot

Chronicle is the home of champions

Erin Brush can add another state title to her name.  Not only is Erin a phenomenal sports editor for The Chronicle - she is once again a state cross country champion.  That means Erin has two state cross country championship medals and a state track and field medal in her trophy case at home.  Erin Brush - you're amazing ! Check out Erin's blog

Super Star Blogger

The blogging just keeps getting better and better but this week my shout out goes to Sheila Raghavendran.  Sheila's blog has really turned into a multi-media experience and the variety on her blog is excellent. But this week she wrote one of the best blog entries I've read all year.  This is simply a great entry - one worth reading.
I never thought potholders would find their way to the blogs but if you take a moment to read this story you'll never look at potholders the same.  Read it....go on read it.

Chloe is at it again - congratulations

Mason girls back in final on Knue's overtime goal
Written by Matt Mulcahey Enquirer contributor
Nov. 5, 2013 |
BELLBROOK, OHIO — A sense of déjà vu permeated Tuesday’s Division I soccer state semifinal at Bellbrook High School.
That was just fine by the Mason Comets, who would happily relive the game’s result every season into eternity.
For the second consecutive year, the Comets beat Pickerington North, 1-0, in the first overtime period to advance to the state championship game.
The winning score came with two minutes left in overtime when a shot from senior forward Chloe Knue emerged from a cluster of players in the center of the pitch 15 yards out and slammed into the lower right corner of the net.
 Junior forward Rachel Holloway started the scoring play by beating her defender wide off the dribble and then crossing the ball back into the center.
“A little chaos ensued (after that),” Mason coach Andy Schur said. “(Senior forward) Taylor Sheppard kind of got a little touch on the ball and then it wound up on our best goal scorer’s foot and we’re very happy that it did.” The Comets advance to Friday’s championship game at Columbus Crew Stadium, where they’ll face Walsh Jesuit (19-0-3), which beat Rocky River Magnificat 1-0 in the other semifinal.
Mason (18-2-2) enters that title game with a streak of six consecutive postseason shutouts. That’s more than eight hours of playoff soccer without yielding a single goal.
“Our defense has played so strong, and it’s not just our backline. Our midfield has done a great job of helping defensively,” Schur said.
Pickerington North (19-1-1) had two golden opportunities to end Mason’s shutout streak.
The first came in the 34th minute when a tripping call gave Panthers senior forward Morgan Bittengle a penalty kick.
Bittengle booted that kick right down the middle, where it landed in the breadbasket of Mason sophomore keeper Toni Bizzarro without her having to move an inch.
The Panthers’ last, best chance came in the 86th minute when a shot by junior forward Megan Marasco deflected – in seeming defiance of the laws of physics – off the top right corner of the goalpost and out of play.
“In a match like this when both teams are really high-quality and hard workers, it’s probably going to come down to one play,” Schur said. “They hit the post and got a little unlucky and we were able to stick one in there.”
STAR OF THE GAME: Knue. The senior has scored 16 of the Comets’ 42 goals this year. That’s nearly 40 percent.
PLAY OF THE GAME: Toni Bizzarro’s penalty kick save.
“It was obviously a big moment for us,” Schur said. “She’s just very solid back there and the kids believe in everything she does.”
 QUOTABLE: Schur on his team’s back-to-back state title appearances: “It’s been a combination of great kids coming into the program, the kids buying into what we’re doing and a little bit of luck, too. But all the credit for the success goes to the kids and how hard they work.”
Knue on the role depth played in the Comets’ victory: “Our subs wear other teams out and I think that really does help us when we have fresh legs running at the defense every few minutes.”
FREE KICKS: Pickerington North entered the game with 93 goals this year, more than double the Comets’ offensive output. ... Mason lost to Perrysburg, 1-0, in last year’s title game, which was the first in Comets history.




Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Yes, that's Chloe smiling

Chloe Knue is a machine.  Congratulations to Chloe and the soccer team for advancing to the Elite Eight.  See the story here  For those of you have never seen the "ice woman" smile - there is is proof - check out #5 in the picture.  She actually appears happy.  Seriously though, congratulations Chloe and the rest of your teammates.  

Making a good point

In the most recent edition of The Chronicle, Lindsay McCalmont wrote a great article on how young girls are often driven away from careers in what is considered male dominated fields. In the math, science, engineering, and technology fields women are definitely a minority.  Personally, I find this alarming.  What a waste of talent.  There are a lot of girls who like science (math, tech., etc.)  in elementary school, they still like it middle school and then something occurs in high school.  While there are still numerous young women who engage in these fields of study it seems as if something occurs that drives them away.  Is it the good ole boy club mentality? Is it salaries? Are they not appreciated?  Is it not cool? I'm not sure.  Then when I read Kelly Noriega's blog post this week I saw even more evidence as why young women may be making decisions because they sort of "cut" themselves.

"I ended up deciding to take all the honors and AP courses I could, because hey that looks good for college applications right?


I would be lying if I said I regretted taking the courses I did this year because they showed me a lot about who I am and what my limits are. They also opened a lot of opportunities for me for the future, yet I wish I would have known all of this while I was scheduling my classes, instead of just thinking about what is going to look good for college."


Kelly raises an interesting question.  And in her blog she not only raises the question she attempts to answer it.  Kelly said she gave into peer pressure.  At least it was academic peer pressure.  But when I look around at students making decisions about their college future sometimes you have to wonder are they really thinking it through?

In Malcolm Gladwell's recent book David and Goliath, Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, Gladwell talks about a young woman who was faced with a similar predicament.  In the end the young woman decided to abandon her pursuit of a career in a field that she had dreamt of since childhood.

Now you'll have to read the book if you want a better understanding of the point Gladwell is trying to make.  So what's my point - I'm not sure if I have one but sometimes maybe it is important to avoid even academic peer pressure and do what you feel is best for you.  However, AP courses and honors courses are vital components in college preparation so challenging yourself may be more important than the grade. The workload and material in AP courses resemble what you may experience in a college course. 

I was really impressed with Kelly and Lindsay's opinion on these topics and Lindsay's article about women who are trying to break the mold.  Lindsay has a great interview with an AP Science teacher in her article.  It is worth reading.  I think a lot of high school students can identify with these two writers.  Check 'em out - you'll find it is time well spent.  Who knows you might be inspired?

Monday, October 28, 2013

Super Star Blogger

The bloggers continue to do a great job but this week the nod for some outstanding blogging has to go to Abbey Marshall Abbey calls herself a "full time dreamer," and her blog is a testament to that.  Besides being extremely honest and insightful Abbey appears to be having the most fun with her blog.  Abbey is not afraid to talk about things that are very important and personal to her but she also likes to talk about the whimsical side of her personality.  You will enjoy your time on Abbey's blog and here's hoping that someday Abbey finds her prince.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Funny pictures of scared people

If you want a good laugh check out these funny pictures taken of people as they walked through a haunted house in Canada.  These are hilarious.  Check 'em out.

Hey Madison - look

There are many out there who doubt that new species exist - well - check out the news of this new amazing find on the shores of Catalina Island.,0,655439.story#axzz2iSQUjczK

Super Star Blogger !

Sonia Rayka deserves a shout out as the week's top blogger.  Sonia is kind of "under the radar" with her blog but this week she really has made it pop. Sonia's blog touches on several topics with links provided.  She also has an excellent book review.  Check out Sonia's blog -  Our bloggers continue to do a great job.  Madison Krell just can't get off the topic of Bigfoot so she must still have some doubts about her stance.  Check out all the bloggers here

Friday, October 18, 2013

Shut up and Play

"Why did they give my #12 to someone else?" That's my number, how dare they?
I used to really admire Dwight Howard.  He played hard and he played with passion.  Off the court he was a great example to young kids and he was outspoken about his faith.  However, over the last few years I really have lost a lot of my admiration for this guy.  I know Dwight could care less about what some high school teacher thinks about him but I wish he would just shut up and play.  He got a good coach fired in Orlando, he goes to L.A. does absolutely nothing there, and now he is in Houston where the Rockets have pinned their hopes on his hype.  During the past off season he appeared to be handling things the right way, talking more about team accomplishments, and his role to help the Rockets get to a championship level and then this -  Now Dwight is upset they gave the #12 to another player in Orlando. Are you serious?
Howard said he was disappointed that, last February, after the Magic acquired Tobias Harris in a trade, the team granted Harris’ request to wear No. 12, Howard’s old number.

“I just think that despite whatever happened, there was a lot of things that I did and that we did as a team, and that number was special down there,” Howard said. “And I was a little bit upset about that.”
He even acknowledges "despite whatever happened," in that above statement that there are still ill feelings there and that he thinks they should acknowledge him.  I guess he's saying he wants to see his jersey hanging from the rafters.  I guess guys who play well for a franchise, get their team to the play-offs a few times now think they're worthy of some kind of knighthood.  Retiring jersey and greatness should be reserved for the great players.  The players who distinguished themselves both individually and as a part of their team.  Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, Kareem, Julius Erving, Bill Russell - champions. They were great individually and great teammates too. So Dwight - shut up and play - but if you can't shut up - then think before you speak.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Bigfoot has been here baby !

There are many out there who think this whole Bigfoot thing is a bunch of "you know what." In particular, a blogger I know is not willing to at least be a little open minded. After a recent blog post on my own blog about Bigfoot, it seems like some people need some more proof.  So here's another tidbit of information that might help out the closeminded among you.  It seems Ohio is a hotspot of Bigfoot activity. Here is a Geographical Database of Bigfoot/Sasquatch Sightings and Reports
Map of Bigfoot sightings


Super Star blogger is also marvelous

The blog entries this week were amazing.  If Lindsay McCalmont had not been the superstar blogger last week she would have made a run for it again this week but how can your argue with the marvelous one, Matt Marvar - he reviewed the book "To Kill a Mockingbird."  Whenever someone reviews this classic you have to give them a shout out. Check out Matt's blog here.   It is getting harder each week to pick a blogging superstar - I guess that's a good thing. Check out the bloggers here

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Rebekah Barnes shout - out

Former Chronicle Editor-n-Chief Rebekah Barnes makes the front page again.  Check out her story.  Excellent lead ! Rebekah is a freshman studying Journalism at Ohio University.

Underdogs Unite, Gladwell pens another masterpiece

Many of you probably read Malcolm Gladwell's amazing book Outliers.  Now in his own unique fashion comes the release of David and Goliath, Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.  Right from the beginning the reader gets a new take history's biggest underdog story, the story of David and Goliath.  Gladwell takes an unconventional look at the "underdog" David and how this nimble shepherd from humble beginnings was a force to reckon with.
We all know that underdogs can win–that’s what the David versus Goliath legend tells us, and we’ve seen it with our own eyes. Or have we? In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell, with his unparalleled ability to grasp connections others miss, uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed. Gladwell examines the battlefields of Northern Ireland and Vietnam, takes us into the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, and digs into the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms–all in an attempt to demonstrate how fundamentally we misunderstand the true meaning of advantages and disadvantages. When is a traumatic childhood a good thing? When does a disability leave someone better off? Do you really want your child to go to the best school he or she can get into? Why are the childhoods of people at the top of one profession after another marked by deprivation and struggle?
I could ramble on forever about this book.  I started reading it in the evenings and these incredible stories of successful men and women who overcame their disadvantages to become trendsetters, rebels, and conquerors kept me awake at night. I couldn't put the book down and now I can't stop telling people about the lessons I learned.  If you read Outliers then you know what I'm talking about when I say Malcolm Gladwell style - you'll have to read it but you probably already have some idea of what I'm talking about.   Just hours after I finished reading the book someone forwarded me a great interview with Gladwell about how, through writing this book, Gladwell rediscovered his faith in a book that from page to the very end is entrenched in faith as its' foundation. 
I’ve had a different journey. I had drifted away a little bit. This book has brought me back into the fold. I was so incredibly struck in writing these stories by the incredible power faith had in people’s lives, it has made a profound impact on me in my belief. That’s been the completely unexpected effect of writing this book. I am in the process of rediscovering my own faith again.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Blogger feedback and the Super Star Blogger

Last week I issued a challenge for our bloggers.  I asked them to integrate multi media with news commentary in their blogs. They were allowed to choose whatever  news they felt was important.  So here's a rundown of the bloggers. Katie Rojas waded into the Miley Cyrus phenomena - Katie has links, tweets, and video. Katie Hermann explored the issue of bullying with pictures, links, and commentary. Lindsay McCalmont discussed how the government shutdown is having an impact on an area that probably many people aren't really paying attention to - space. Rashika Jaipuriar focused on health care which is a pretty hot topic right now.  Sonia Rayka also focused on the government shutdown. Gina Deaton touched on the topic of mail, more specifically the kind of mail that actually arrives in our mailbox not the electronic kind. Matt Marvar took a closer look at one of the top stories in the country right now.  The viral video of the motorcyclists assaulting an SUV driver has made national news, Matt has some commentary.   A woman tried to run through a blockade in Washington D.C. - she ended up dead - and now we're finding out she may have been mentally ill - Madison Krell explored this topic on her blog. Emily Taylor has a great blog post on a young teenager who had to make an agonizing choice. Abbey Marshall also explored the government shutdown on her blog.  The government shutdown is a hot topic and Monica Brucher has more info on her blog. Gabrielle Stichweh has the lowdown on the shutdown on her blog. Fernanda Hurtado broke free from government shutdown talk and introduced us to Siri - seriously Fernanda found Siri. So now comes the time for me to pick the superstar blogger of the week.  While I found Fernanda's blog post awesome - especially the topic - I have to go with Lindsay McCalmont as the superstar blogger of the week because she "got it."  She intertwined commentary, discussion, out quotes, pictures and video in her blog.  She dangled the bait in a visual way and I took the bait and explored more.  She just didn't provide a link, she discussed the topic, inserted interesting quotes, and even embedded video. It was a tough decision considering Fernanda introduced us to Siri and Katie Rojas actually acknowledged the Cyrus conundrum. The bloggers did a great job I will be looking forward to the upcoming blog posts.  

Thursday, October 3, 2013

I Knew It !

I have always had a sneaky suspicion that Bigfoot is real.  I mean come on, we discover new species all the time.  When tsunami's hit new ocean species from the depths of the ocean are discovered so why can't there be a Sasquatch.  Well there is new evidence that the big guy exists.   For years people have been trying to find "Bigfoot," and last year a popular television show Finding Bigfoot really brought this phenomena into the mainstream.  There is even this dude on the show "Bobo" who is says he "knows" Bigfoot exists.  He doesn't "believe" Bigfoot exists. He knows. it. Check out this video of Bobo on the Conan Show. Bobo is kind of cool. I think he may actually have some "Sasquatch" DNA in his own genes. Bobo loves Bigfoot and his passion for this furry species really shows.  You gotta watch this.

Good News, Government impasse can't shut down Air Force v. Navy football game

The game is on.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Government Shutdown, do you care?

The United States Government is "shut down."  Well for most people they would say the government should be shut down, since the American people for the most part feel, shut out when it comes to matters of government.  A lot of people are asking what does this mean to me?  Well I'm not going to try to wade into those murky waters but you will probably see some slow down of government services and a lot of government workers will probably get several days off without pay.  Of course our government leaders will still get paid. On Day 1 of the government shut down you might witness something like this The government makes sure the things they shut down are noticeable, a kind of like "rub it in your face inconvenience."

The reality of the shutdown began to become clear early Tuesday. Children’s playgrounds in small pocket parks around Capitol Hill were closed. The military service academies suspended all intercollegiate sports competitions. The National Zoo’s online “Panda Cam” stopped showing images of Mei Xiang’s latest cub. Officials stopped giving tours of Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay.
The American people are losing faith in their political leaders or then again maybe they're not because many of these same figures will be reelected. Sports fans who often are immune from governmental issues and even tragedies could see some games impacted by the shutdown.  Today, there is news that the Air Force - Navy game could be postponed.  These two heralded service academies are feeling the government shutdown pinch.

Maryland AD Kevin Anderson, who spent six years in the same position at Army, was stunned by the news that the Navy-Air Force game might be canceled .
“I still have a strong affinity for the service academies. ... Athletics and competition is a key pillar to what the academies are all about,” Anderson said Tuesday in College Park. “I think it would send shock waves through the West Point community and also through the country. If there's three teams that I believe this country embraces through thick and thin, it's the Air Force, Navy and Army. For them not to be able to compete this weekend is very disappointing.” Asked about the possibility of the Army-Navy game not being played if the shutdown continued into mid-December, Anderson was blunt.
“That would be un-American,” he said
There still is hope that the game will be played since a lot of the funding for athletics at the academies come from private sources and conference affiliations but you never know, in order to drive the point home the game could be cancelled which would mean delaying some of the pageantry that exists when the service academies compete against one another.
 It doesn't matter where you go for guidance on the issue.  On Fox News you're going to hear about the Democrats are responsible.  One CNN you're going to hear how the Republicans are at fault and I'm sure they'll throw in some rationale that George W. Bush had something to do with it but even television personalities are tweeting some of the things that we're probably already thinking.

 Of course the shutdown is causing true harm and this should not happen.  United States military veterans who traveled to the World War II memorial were shut out until some politicians conveniently postured to get them access.  Notice politicians from both sides of the aisle made sure they were on hand to greet and grant these deserving veterans access to the memorial.  Of course they didn't talk about their role in this. 
United States veterans deserve to visit their memorial.  Here's another good story that shows that even after all these years of fighting for our country, our veterans are still fighting.  Thank goodness for these men and women who are willing to stand up for their beliefs.
The BBC really did a nice job covering the story but you can still manage to catch a glimpse of politicians trying to politicize the whole mess. 
No matter what you're belief or what side of the aisle you're on you won't have any trouble surfing the net to find those who support you.  You can listen to Rand Paul on one of his rants or you can listen to Nancy Pelosi talk about the anti government stance of Republicans.  The whole thing is a mess and the American people, the folks who elect these leaders are left standing here asking our leaders to represent us instead of posturing for their next reelection.  Wait until the next big huge election cycle all this will be used in their campaigns, debates, and advertisements.  The government shutdown does affect us.
So that's pretty much how the shutdown will affect you but more importantly it's probably already driving home a point we've already come to grasp with and it's that our government is dysfunctional. While it's flawed it is still a democracy and it's founded on truly great principles.  "Government for the people, by the people," what a novel idea.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Our bloggers are Super !

I spent some time last night checking out our student bloggers and once again I'm amazed at their work.  They are really using their blogs to express some of their own personal thoughts and ideas.  Katie Rojas really tackled a tough issue in her blog  With all the focus on health care Katie takes a shot at mental health care.  Check out her blog.  Kelly Noriega is really starting to delve into some issues on her blog.  Kelly takes a look at a topic that is probably of interest to all teenagers - losing control.  Teenagers are bombarded with time management decisions and Kelly gives her readers some honest insight into her personality. Katie Hermann continues to rock on her blog.  I really found Lindsay McCalmont's blog to be thought provoking and "dead on."  Lindsay talks about her thought process as she applies for college and in one of her posts she lets everyone know that Steeler pride is alive and well in the McCalmont household.  I think for every senior applying to college right now - Lindsay's blog is worth the read. Rashika Jaipuriar is one of our best bloggers. Her blog is constantly updated with news here in Comet Country but she also takes some time to "brag" a little - which I am fine with - I was happy to see Rashika was pleased with her first byline.  Congratulations Rashika.  Sonia Rayka's blog post this week is hard hitting and honest writing.  Sonia discusses a topic that needs to get more attention on college campuses, especially after a flyer surfaced on the campus of Miami University last year.  You need to read Sonia's blog.  Jimmy Halpin loves sports and this week he discusses college football. After a week of "dud" games Jimmy finally gets the chance to talk about some good games. Blogger Gina Deaton talks about blessings her blog post this week and how her family tries to help make one  young man's life a little better. Marvelous Matt Marvar's blog is a unique blend of thoughts and images and this week he talks about taking on the characteristics of an object. You gotta read it - I can't do it justice by describing it.  Madison Krell's blog post this week has coverage of a "free"dom event in Mason.  Emily Taylor's blog post this week talks about how life can change in an instant.  Emily's blog allows us to get a closer look at what is going on "Beyond the Surface," Abbey Marshall's blog allows readers to get to know Abbey a little better.  In her blog you'll find that she's a bit of a "scaredy cat" but she does have a protector. Monica Brucher's blog tackles a truly tough topic - especially after some of the horrendous events in the news lately.  Gabrielle Stichweh may be a master graphic designer - in fact so popular that she's garnered the title of "The Stick," but this week she is discussing the topic of feminism and I like her point of view. Fernanda Hurtado shows off some of her Chronicle convergence media work on her blog but she also lets her readers know "who she walks for," and I truly appreciate Fernanda letting us have a glimpse at her life and her hero. 
You need to read her blog.  Thanks Fernanda and wow, what a great story   Chronicle Sports Editor Erin Brush uses her blog to post the stories she's working on for The Chronicle.  This is a great use of her blog  I really don't know what the heck snapchat is good for but Sheila Raghavendran helps me understand it a little better on her blog  So once again, there you have it.  Our blogging crew is really doing a great job.  Blogs are a great avenue to express more opinions and ideas about the news that is important to the blogger.  Sometimes its a great place to give a shout out to people or just to let them know you're watching what they're doing and in this case I'm watching and I think our bloggers are doing a great job. Keep it up.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Madison is a blogging superstar

Our bloggers are really doing a great job but this week I have to give a shout out to Madison Krell.  Madison used her blog to actually cover an event.  Nice job Madison.  You are starting to get it ! A blog is a great place to continue your job as a reporter.  The print version of The Chronicle was already out, was full of stories but when these two avenues aren't available - where do you go?  Yes, you got it - your blog.   You need to check out Madison's blog so you can see what she covered.  I'm not going to tell you so you have to go read it.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Breaking News: Chloe headed to Miami

You heard it here first.  Chloe Knue, yes the Chloe Knue with ice water in her veins, she rarely smiles, she takes every thing so seriously, she hates small talk, yes that Chloe is headed to Miami University where she will continue her academic and soccer career next year.  Chloe is a tremendous athlete and she has worked hard to achieve this tremendous accomplishment.  Congratulations Chloe, you are aweome!   It will be awesome to see you suiting up for Miami but until then you've still got a lot of work to do for the Comet soccer team and of course as editor-in-chief of The Chronicle.  Chloe is number 5 in the green jersey in the picture above and in true Chloe fashion she looks like she's enjoying stomping on that girl in the white jersey.

Proud of my kid !

Time to give a shout out to one of my own.  My son, Austin qualified for the Division II district golf tournament by finishing in the top ten yesterday in the sectional tournament.  A good round next week at districts and he could be headed to Columbus to play in the state championship.  I can't play golf with him any more, he beats me way too bad.  He's had a really good week of golf lately, earning all league by finishing in the top of his conference, qualifying for districts and today he's visiting OSU.   That's the way a senior year should be - having fun, doing well, and going out strong.  I'm proud of him.

First issue of The Chronicle well done

The editor team and staff of The Chronicle deserve a big congratulations for getting the first issue out today.  The issue was very good with a wide variety of articles.  Nice job team ! No time to enjoy it though - back to work on the next issue.  It was a team effort - EVERYONE. The Chronicle - Voted the Number One Student Newspaper at Mason High School.....since....forever !

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ludwick thinks Reds' fan stink

Early in the season Jay Bruce called out Reds' fans, now Ryan Ludwick who has barely played this season thinks Reds' fans are troubled.
“Coming over here, I heard about how big a baseball town this is. We’ve put a
winning ballclub out there’’ three of the last four years, said Ludwick. “This is a good team. When we went to Pittsburgh, they had an advantage. (Fans) were loud. A playoff atmosphere.’’

Ryan Ludwick is batting .258 with 12 R.B.I. since returning from the D.L. Of course he was in the D.L. because he didn't know how to dive into base but I won't remind Ryan of that.  Now Ludwick thinks Reds' fans are bad fans and he tried to put a spin on what he was saying just as he realized his comments could get him in hot water.  He says he calling out fans in a positive way. Give me a break.

“I might be be calling (fans) out. But I’m calling them out in a positive way. We want loud and energetic. It’s like a natural Red Bull. We need every positive aspect we can to keep this thing going.’’ 

Cincinnati Enquirer columnist Paul Daugherty isn't buying it and neither am I.

"I respect this line of thought. I’ve never understood it. The onus is on the performers, not their audience. The play’s the thing. For whatever reason, this is a good team that has not seized the local imagination." 
Ludwick says "coming over here I heard about big a baseball town this is," hey Ryan - this baseball town and organization helped you resurrect your career.  Over the last two days the Reds returned home to a town that was buzzing about their team's chance to win the Central Division - instead Reds' fans got an effort from their team that was anything but passionate.  This team clearly showed they're a wild card team. Dusty said there was no reason to play with urgency - in the meantime the Cardinals swept the Nationals and eliminated any hopes they had of stealing a wild card spot. That's why the Cardinals are the measuring stick in the Central Division. 

The Reds' fans deserve better.  The team is in town for their final  home stand and instead of giving fans an effort that resembles a team that wants to get to a World Series fans got a team that looked like they already had their bags packed for the off season. If this team loses in the wildcard game to the Pirates this was a wasted season because a one game wildcard is really just an extra game.  Maybe the bags are packed.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Nice Job MBC

The first MBC broadcast of the year was a huge success. Congratulations to the Mason Broadcast Crew.   Our production team should be commended for their outstanding leadership and the entire team deserves a huge "Shout out," for their great work.  Nice job.  You can check out the first broadcast of the year here.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Buckeyes not to blame in Florida A & M blow out

Jordan Hall uses the referee to help him get to the endzone.
I was at the Ohio State vs. Florida A & M game on Saturday.  It was a blow out and I got to see a lot of future stars play in the game for OSU.  It was kind of boring.  Ohio State won 76-0. People are criticizing Ohio State for this game but really the administration of Florida A & M should be the ones who are getting the criticism.  They agree to allow their players to go out there and be a scrimmage game in exchange for $900,000.  These small schools don't have the revenue stream that major universities like Ohio State have so they have to agree to play games against these powerhouses in exchange for funds.  This money helps them run their athletic departments and fund their sports.  Just about every college program does it.  Check out the schedules of Alabama, Florida, Texas - and then wait for basketball season when Kentucky takes on teams that help them get in some glorified pre-season preparation before their conference season.  I actually don't begrudge these teams for doing this because in college football they don't get scrimmages.  In high school they get several scrimmages, in the NFL they get pre-season games but college football teams show up at the beginning of August and start practicing and then three weeks later have to start playing.  With freshman playing such a vital role now it is important to get them some game like experience.  So even though these games really aren't that exciting there is still always that outside chance that history could be made.  Just ask that team up north about a little known school called Appalachian State.

Blogger of the Week

It's that time again to give a shout out to a great student blogger.  This week I couldn't help but notice Katie Hermann keeps rolling on. Blogging is about finding a niche and Katie certainly has found hers.  While I may not share the same musical taste as Katie and who knows we may actually many of the artists I find her blog interesting.   Keep up the good work Katie.  You can check out Katie's blog here Katie's blog has a very professional look, it is very organized and easy to read.  She also makes great use of photos to help add another dimension to her blog.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Quote of the Year !

“It was a crazy play,” he said. “I liked the play, but I didn’t like all that face in the butt. I felt uncomfortable and violated. I know he felt violated too. I’m glad it wasn’t my face."
- Brandon Phillips,
(quoted in The Houston Chronicle)

Dorms aren't what they used to be

Seniors are applying to college right now and one of things they look forward to is getting their dorm and decorating their dorm rooms.  College dorm rooms used to be little square boxes with a bunkbed and a desk in it.  Students would have to walk down the hall to take a shower and had to look for creative ways to store stuff in their rooms.  Some cool posters, maybe a loft if you're so inclined, you might get lucky and have a game room in the basement but that is all changing.  As colleges look to recruit students they have to take creative approaches to getting them on their campus and one of the best ways to do that is upgrade their dorms and offer fitness & recreational facilities.  Check out this article in The New Republic about how dorms are changing on college campuses.  - you can check out the photo gallery here.  These are amazing dorm rooms.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Former Chronicle editor makes front page

Janica Kaneshiro served as Editor-n-Chief of The Chronicle during the 2011-12 school year.  Janica is now a student at Indiana University.  Last year she studied abroad in Hiroshima, Japan.  After tremendous research and gathering of information while in Japan, Janica's story was published on the front page of the Santa Fe Reporter.  Check out this amazing story here If you don't read this story you're really missing out. 

Did you see this?


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Can you say Fired Up ! ? !

I was reading Fernanda Hurtado's blog today and I have to say it "fired me up ! "  First of all it is cool to see how things are working out for Fernanda.   Now I just can't wait to read Fernanda's first Chronicle story.   Now this is a great quote from her blog.  Fernanda, you've got me pumped up! Read more here
"Now my biggest achievement yet is being part of The Chronicle and getting to write such an inspiring story. In just four years of high school I went from thinking I was interested in archeology in freshman year to this moment of my senior year as I begin to fill out my college applications for some of the best journalism schools in the country. Like I said, it’s funny how things happen for the better. "

Miss America, yes I said Miss America...

A new Miss America was crowned and it has created quite a stir.  Sheila Raghavendran is also blogging about it. Check out Sheila's take on the new Miss America.  I can't believe I'm actually blogging about a beauty pageant but instead of talking about the beauty of this young woman the conversation has turned kind of ugly.  I find Sheila's opinion very interesting and I believe her opinion is worth listening to - read more here

Monday, September 16, 2013

Dog on a blog

I want to give a shout out to my new dog.  Actually I've had him for about a month.  He's pretty cool.  We got him from a family who didn't have the time to take care of him so he ended up at our house.  His name is "Buddy" - not a big fan of the name but I figured since he had already been called that name for several months I didn't want to mess him up.  Buddy is an American  Bulldog.  

Blogger of the Week

Katie Rojas is the blogger of the week.  Katie has joined the ranks of blogger so we have to give her a shout out.  Katie's blog is off to a good start with a couple really good posts and you have to read her "about me" page.  Katie is a "cheesehead" - and that is not a derogatory term - she's a Green Bay Packer fan so if you see her doing the "discount double check" you'll know why.  Check out Katie's blog here - Katie is a busy person - top notch student, NHS Prez, Chronicle staff writer, and now a blogger. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Why haven't you check out our bloggers?

I was checking out some Chronicle and MBC bloggers this week and I have to admit I'm pretty impressed with our bloggers.  They are doing a great job.  If you don't blog you should consider it and if you don't want to blog you should consider following our bloggers.  They are insightful, honest, candid, and very informative. Abbey Marshall is new to The Chronicle staff this year and so far I've been very impressed with this talented writer.  Her blog posts this week really touch on some very honest and sincere subjects.  Check her out here   Emily Taylor's blog let us in on a little secret, Emily is preparing to run a marathon.  You can check out her plans for marathon prep and some other interesting topics here Madison Krell is another new staff member on The Chronicle this year and I have found Madison to be very witty and she always has something funny to add to conversations but this week she touched on a very serious topic, check it out here Matthew Marvar is "Marvarvelous" - check out his blog here - cool design and insightful comments as well Gina Deaton's blog is impressive and you'll enjoy reading Gina's work.  This week she even has a humorous look at her own name, check it our here Jimmy Halpin loves sports and his blog shows off his love of anything sports.  Right now Jimmy is commenting on the NFL and I think you'll enjoy reading his commentary here I met Fernanda Hurtado last year in Intro to Broadcast Journalism and I was immediately impressed with Fernanda's deep thinking (it's too bad she's a St. Louis Cardinals' fan - but I won't hold that against her) Fernanda has a very colorful and interesting blog, the time you spend reading her blog is well worth it, check it out here Sonia Rayka is another new Chronicle blogger and I think you'll enjoy checking out Sonia's fresh blog here  Rashika Jaipuriar is really getting into blogging.  She is probably posting more on her blogs than anyone on The Chronicle staff right now and her blog features variety.  She can talk sports, politics, culture and today she's talking about the "day after," I think you'll better understand what I mean here Lindsay McCalmont is kind of quiet in class but when she writes in her blog she is a little louder and I really am enjoying the variety in Lindsay's blog, check it out here Katie Hermann is just getting into blogging but I think she is going to be a superstar blogger.  She enjoys music so you'll mostly see her take on music but every once in a while she steps out of her music mode and comments on other topics, check her out here Kelly Noriega's blog has a really cool design and this week she really has touched on some interesting topics - I think you'll enjoy Kelly's blog here and finally there's MBC blogger Gabe Dubois - and when you stumble onto Gabe's blog you're going to get all the fishing advice you need.  Gabe is a true "bassmaster" and if you're wanting to catch some trophy bass this weekend - then Gabe's blog should be packed away in your tackle box, check him out here   There are some more Chronicle and MBC bloggers on the "blog" scene but it's been a while since they've blogged some new material so I'll revisit their blog next week and then I'll share their stories.

Amazing story - The Man in the Red Bandana

I can't believe I didn't post this story sooner.  It doesn't need any description.  If you have a few minutes you will really find this ESPN piece a must see.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Shout out to senior Joey Thomas

After a tremendous junior season and excellent summer performance Joey Thomas has decided he will continue his academic and athletic career next year at the University of Cincinnati.  Joey is a member of the MBC team and now he knows he will be playing baseball as a part of the UC Bearcat team next season.   The Comet baseball was undefeated last year and look to continue their winning ways this season with an excellent group of players returning.  Joey will join former Comet baseball teammates R.J. Thompson and Connor McVey at U.C.  The Bearcats hired a new head baseball who has made recruiting local players a priority. He is off to a good start getting these Comet stand-outs.

Congratulations Chronicle & staff

The National Scholastic Press Association has announced The Chronicle is a national finalist in two categories in their annual NSPA contests.  Former editorial cartoonist Ajay Agrawal is a finalist in the editorial cartoon category and former reporters Ashley Calvani and Erica Westley are finalists in the multi-media sports category.  Westley was a reporter for MBC and Calvani was's online editor.   Check out the finalists here:
Multi-media finalists:
Cartoonist finalists:
The winners will be announced at the November NSPA Convention in Boston.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Former Chronicle Editor gets first college byline

Former Chronicle Editor Rebekah Barnes (Mason grad 2013), now a student at Ohio University in the Scripps School of Journalism is now a published college writer/reporter.  Check out her first byline here from her article in The Post at O.U.  I'm sure this is just the beginning of many more to come. You can also check out Rebekah's blog here

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Learn more about Syria

Syria is in the news a lot right now.  Many people don't even understand what's going on in Syria - you can go to this PBS Frontline story for a really good look at the situation.  This might help eliminate some of the confusion you have regarding this subject.

Take a few minutes to watch this and it might help you better understand why this controversial issue is causing such a stir among politicians in the United States.