Ready to begin another great academic year on the River Campus?
This is the first of what we hope will be many editions of The Buzz – a blog written FOR students and BY students.
We want to hear your exciting story ideas. Got a great event coming up? Win an award? Taking a unique course? Or maybe you just have some amazing photos of campus life you’d like to see posted.
Let us know. We’d love to share it with the University of Rochester community.
Here’s a brief look at who we are:
JIM MANDELARO, editor of The Buzz: Jim joined the University in June after two-plus decades as a sportswriter at the Democrat and Chronicle.
He won three New York State Associated Press Awards for feature sports writing (beating out the New York Times!) and is the author of three books: Silver Seasons: The Story of the Rochester Red Wings; Silver Seasons and a New Frontier; and Outside The Game: A Collection of Inspirational Sports Stories.
He is the Student Life Press Officer on campus, in charge of publicizing the great people and events going on at the University of Rochester’s River Campus.
“I’m excited to get The Buzz off and running. This is a community with endless great stories, and with your help we will tell those stories. I am also looking for students who like to write or take photographs and want to contribute to The Buzz. Please let me know if you are interested. You can also send me writing or photo samples to the email below.
“Let’s make this the best year ever for The Buzz!”
You can reach Jim at Jim.Mandelaro@Rochester.edu or at (585) 276-4061.
JOY BIAN, student editor of The Buzz: Joy is a junior majoring in digital media studies. She transferred to Rochester one year ago from Beijing. She was born in the southern part of China near Shanghai.
“Like most of my Chinese friends of the same age, I am the only child in my family due to the Family Planning Program that began in the 1980s. My father is a marketing director of a paper company. As long as he touches the paper and feels the texture, he knows the type of it. He is really an expert. My mother was an accountant before she retired.
“Our winter is cold but no one describes it as freezing or even brutal like it was in Rochester last winter. Though startled at first, I got used to it very quickly and started to enjoy the bubbly life of shoveling the snow every morning. My roommates and I regarded it as a morning exercise. Thirty-minutes shoveling exercise plus car cleaning drill, what else can be more efficient to work out your body? No running machine, no elliptical, no tennis court – a shovel and a snow brush, that’s all you need for keeping fit in winter.
“I fell in love with the video editing. That’s why I joined URTV last semester, filming student activities and editing the videos clips. I also took one of the most interesting courses in my life—Sound Design. I did my final project on dubbing for a movie trailer of Indiana Jones. I recorded the human voice, played the background music on digital keyboard and mixed the sound effects of bombing, shrieking and car crash, etc. After playing around with digital technologies, I became more and more interested in how information is shared nowadays via various communication platforms.
“Now I want to hear your marvelous experience and stories! No matter if it is on campus or off campus,we are excited to hear from you! So are you ready to share with us?”
Joy can be reached at email@example.com
Best of luck as you begin your academic year. And remember: If someone you know is Buzz worthy, shoot us an email!
Jim & Joy