Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I learned a lot from this photography experience. Elements that I would never think about were foremost in my thoughts when taking a picture. Make the picture interesting through using different angles that others are not used to, we all see the world at eye level, give them something different. The second was to fill the frame when taking photos of people and use soft lighting that makes their appearance more appealing. The last was the rule of thirds, change up the horizon, don't put it in the center of the photograph. Also, don't put the main emphasis of the photo smack in the middle, make it interesting.

Members of Delta Sigma Phi, Lucas Gruber, a junior and computer information systems major at Towson University and Ryan Patterson, a senior at Towson University, rock back and forth for hours on a see saw in support of testicular cancer research. The rockin' fund raiser was put on by Delta Sigma Phi in support of testicular cancer research.

Greg Romano, chairman of Delta Sigma Phi and senior at Towson University hopes to raise $700 to 1000 for the cause. "We have breast cancer awareness month which is great but its time to have something for the gentlemen" Romano said.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I will be covering a speech by Robert Ehrlich, former governor of Maryland on Thursday, October 30th. He will be giving the speech on what the outcome of the next election will mean for Maryland and the nation. It will take place at 7:30 at Goucher college.

1.) Previous research that I have done on former Governor Ehrlich was first of all his background and biography. He grew up in Arbutus, Maryland. He has a Lutheran background, and came from very Conservative parents. I have found that he is now serving as chair of presidential hopeful, Senator John McCain's honorary chair in Maryland. He has fully endorsed John McCain. I also looked into his policies and where he stands with certain issues.

"We need John McCain as our next commander in chief to win the war on terror. He has the experience, judgment and character to lead this nation forward. John McCain has put his country first above his own interests his whole life. We are proud to support John McCain and will work hard to help him to victory in November," Ehrlich said in an interview for the John McCain's official campaign website.

2.)My potential sources will be: former Governor Ehrlich, the other members of the audience, and those who organized the event (the transcending boundaries committee at Goucher in company with the political science dept.)

Why does he feel McCain is more prepared than Obama to take charge of this country?
How will McCain's victory directly affect Maryland or Baltimore?
He believes that John McCain has efficient plan to tackle the energy crisis, what is that plan and how does it differ from Obama's.
What does he have to say to the generation who will bear the consequences of the next administration.
4.) There will be a reception after the speech, that will be where most of the photo opportunities will take place. He plans on mingling with the students. Here I will be able to ask him for a picture, or capture certain moments with his consent.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Shape Up or Be Shipped into the Next Great Depression

Paul Krugman, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times, discusses the current market crisis and Henry Paulson's failure to act when Lehman Brothers fell. He finds that the original bailout plan was not explained the public successfully. And left the United States' chance for economic redemption out of reach. (photo from

In the article, "Moment of Truth," Krugman explains how the U.S. economy ended up where it is today. He believes that we as a country need to act immediately. "And when Mr. Paulson announced his plan for a huge bailout, there was a temporary surge of optimism. But it soon became clear that the plan suffered from a fatal lack of intellectual clarity."

He also explains that this is now a global problem and a global rescue plan needs to be embraced. "... we have a globalized financial system in which a crisis that began with a bubble in Florida condos and California McMansions has caused monetary catastrophe in Iceland. We're all in this together, we need a shared solution."

This was one of the first opinion articles on our economic position that was focused more on finding a solution than finding individuals to blame. Krugman explains how everything is connected and brings up the fact that this is now a global issue. I related to his feeling of disillusionment with the situation. I am tired of hearing who is at fault. I would rather hear about who is going to fix the problem at hand.