Friday, September 23, 2016

Chronicle alums not making the news but covering it at O.U.

Another proud moment for Chronicle alums.  Writer/Reporter Abbey Marshall and photographer Blake Nissen reported on the events at OU after recent on campus hate speech incidents.

Ohio University student organizations devise plan of action in response to graffiti wall images

Notice Abbey's byline and Blake's photo credit
 Nice job Abbey and Blake

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Abbey Marshall just made my day, but I'm a little jealous

Abbey knows I'm a "Spotlight" fan so last night when I got a notification to check a blogger I follow I was thrilled to see this post from The Marshall Plan. Abbey got the chance to listen to Washington Post executive editor Marty Barron in her freshman Journalism 1010 class at Ohio U. If you're a "Spotlight" fan you know Marty Barron was the courageous editor of the Boston Globe during the 2002 Spotlight Investigation of the sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.  What a great experience for Abbey and an amazing blog post, complete with links to the topics she references.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Proud of Big "E" and Loud E"

Big "E" number 74 gets ready to pound a West 'D' lineman

The Chronicle is fortunate to be filled with several gifted students who also excel outside of the classroom.  We have singers, performers, artists, scientists, mathematicians, designers, athletes, 'bloggers' - the list goes on.  And it is one of those athletes that I want to give a shout out to - Eric Miller - big "E," "big country," - I probably make up a new nickname for him each day.  And yes, he does look like he's 12 years old even though he's giant (6'6") but on Friday night Eric got the starting nod on the offensive line for the football Comets as they demolished West.  I'm very proud of Eric because I've watched him since the 7th grade and next year he will be the first person to ever be on The Chronicle staff for four years.  It's not that I'm proud of Eric for getting the playing time I would be proud of him if he never played a down but what I'm proud of is that Eric works hard on and off the field.  He listens to his coaches on the field, he's a team player, he buys in to the coaching philosophy.  He may not always agree.  He may want more P.T. But he never bad mouths his coaches or his teammates.  One of his teammates could have the worst game of their career on a Friday night and Eric wouldn't say a negative word about his teammate while others may publicly bash their comrade.  Eric won't. We're all proud (The Chron family) of Eric - and it was cool to hear Eric's classmate and fellow Chron member Eric Michael (yes Eric, I mentioned you in my blog) screaming out loud in class last week - "Hey everyone Eric's getting the start on Friday night, go see him play!" That was one of those "Chron" moments we cherish - when our peers acknowledge the accomplishments of their fellow "Chronnies."  Eric "proud Viking fan," "loud mouth," "class flirt," and by the way an excellent sportswriter - you too made me proud.  Great job to our Erics.  And on Friday we'll celebrate another "Chron moment" as Eric Miller produces his first sports section in The Chronicle as sports editor and the lead story in sports was written by none other than....yeah, you guessed it Eric (the Vikings will play in the Super Bowl this season even though they have no quarterback) Michael.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Great to see Chron"Alums" on the college scene

Thanks to Gina, Madison, Blake, Abbey, and Matt for checking in.  Why was I not surprised Matt would be pictured with a 'gator?'  And of course Madison, as always with an impeccable picture.  Gina rockin the awesome smile at X.  Blake with the 'stylin' pose at OU and as expected Abbey going all "academic" with her pic at OU.  Abbey, have you found the local elementary school or daycare center for your prospects yet?  (I'll leave it at that) I hope you're all having a great time.  Hopefully some more Chron alums will send us a pic from their college campus.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

It's time...it's time to blog again

Former Chronicle managing editor Abbey Marshall told me to get back to blogging so I figured I better get back it.  I don't want that sassy ginger getting mad at me.  I usually take some time to "blog surf" and today's surf was well worth it.  Of course I checked out THE MARSHALL PLAN and it was nice to see Abbey's hasn't wasted any time getting involved at Ohio University with this piece that was published in The Post.  She's covering a pretty controversial topic and in this time of economic challenges our country is facing this is no doubt a topic that is going to get more attention (especially in the stretch run of the Presidential race - I guess that's what you call this side show masquerading as the race to be the leader of the free world.)

A bit more surfing turned up quite a pleasant surprise on "LYSten up" - awesome title for a blog.  But after reading and watching I was listening.  Alyssa is crushing on her blog with plenty of commentary and several videos she has produced. Alyssa's recent post 'The Graceful Collision of a Journalist and a Christian' is a tremendous post where Alyssa isn't afraid to discuss her faith and her admiration for her friend.

My surfing also turned up another surprise - new Chronicle staff member Joann Tsai even got into the act with an insightful piece that just happened to appear on her blog on Sept. 11.  Nice job Joann. Another Chronicle rookie decided to tackle a tough subject on his blog "Is this it...? " Freddie has tackled some difficult questions about education and the students who are sacrificing a lot to achieve academically. 

Owen gets to play the role he's always wanted in the church play. 

Over the weekend I went to see "A Prayer for Owen Meany" at Playhouse in the Park.  This stage adaptation based on the novel by the same name by John Irving was touching and produced in such a unique fashion.  At first glance the stage appeared simple and almost blank but it soon light up with amazing use of theatrical elements and a small cast of characters.  Check out this review of the play on cincinnati.com.  I think if you've read the book (which I have) then you would have a much better understanding of the play.  In fact I could hear some people around me who were commenting about how they were confused.  Go see it, it's good play at an awesome theatre.  A trip through Mt. Adams is always a fun too.