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Open Mic Night at the Student Union

Posted by travisj5 on February 18, 2009

The wood-paneled walls of the Michigan State University Student Union main lounge buzzed with the sound of music and slam poetry the night of Feb. 4. The second Open Mic Night of the spring semester was underway.

The University Activities board hosts the event every other Wednesday. From 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., MSU students have the chance to perform in front of their Union-goers. There will be another Open Mic Night on Feb. 18 at the same location.

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Energy at Michigan State University

Posted by travisj5 on February 6, 2009

A recent drop in price has prompted a switch to natural gas at MSU’s T.B. Simon power plant. While cleaner than coal, the university’s main energy resource, natural gas does have drawbacks.

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CAS Students at MSU talk about the cold

Posted by travisj5 on January 30, 2009

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Audio test using AFS space

Posted by travisj5 on January 30, 2009

hello, for those of you interested in just using your AFS space, here’s how:

First, you may  need to set up your AFS space. It doesn’t take long, and you get space you can use for your files, so no more thumb drives or emailing things to yourself. Find out how here.

1. click Overflow on the left side of your screen.

2. Click Internet

3.Click the green ball on the bottom.

4. When prompted, put in your netID and password.

5. Click your username option. There should now be a drive on the desktop with your username as its name. Open it. Anything you want to put online should go in the “Web” folder.

The address of any file you put there will be http://www.msu.edu/~username/filename.file

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A brief autobiography

Posted by travisj5 on January 29, 2009


My name is Jordan Travis. I believe that the requirements of the assignment were to avoid the typical “Hi, I’m me, I like this and I want to do this” format, but unfortunately for me it’s all I know.

I’ve been fascinated with the news for all my life. Only recently have I become interested in how it is produced. Once acquainted with the basic concepts of reporting, I knew it was what I wanted to do. Originally, I had been a Computer Science major, as I sometimes like working with computers. After a disastrous run-in with Calculus II, I changed my mind. I knew journalism was the right choice when I found that I enjoyed doing my homework.

I’ve been a politics spectator for some time now, and I think I might have a future in civic journalism. A woman from the Bay City Times told me that when people don’t know where to go, they call the newspaper. I think it’s very important that the public be made aware of issues that affect them, and that they feel like there’s something they can do about these issues.

I enjoy swimming, biking, photography, playing and listening to music, hiking, backpacking, and being outdoors in general.

In my video, I am typing on a typewriter. The reason I give there is that I think it’s less complicated. Well, that is true, but also I just like the way it feels. Also, the constant tack-tack of the keys helps to drown out distracting thoughts.

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MLK Day of Service

Posted by travisj5 on January 29, 2009

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the volunteer organization Into the Streets held a Day of Service event. Volunteers at Michigan State University had the chance to help with various projects around the Lansing community. Participants met at 10 a.m. at a lecture hall in the Business College Complex, where they heard a short speech by humanities and arts Professor C. Michael Liberato. He spoke of the roles served by volunteer work and community activism.

After students were divided into groups, each one left to help with a volunteer project. One such group helped to renovate a fire-damaged house for Habitat for Humanity. This was one of several groups that needed buses to transport them to their work sites.

At the house, volunteers were instructed by Chris, a construction worker and a Habitat for Humanity volunteer. He explained that walls needed to be painted and primed, nail strips needed to be removed from the floors, and kitchen cabinets needed to be taken down.

Participants worked dilligently at their tasks until 2 p.m., when the tasks were completed. Afterword, Into the Streets member Romi Ranasinghe directed a reflection session, where participants voiced how they felt about what they did that day.

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