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MSU Graduation

By: Brittany McCallum
May 6, 2010, was graduation day at Michigan State University. I went on a mission to find graduates and people preparing for the special event. It was harder than I thought. Not too many students were awake at 8:30 a.m. and most venues were not set up yet. I was able to find a couple people who played roles in the MSU graduation. In this video you will hear from a senior, Roland Morsee, a restaurant manager, Mary Welsh, and a restaurant server, Judy Parrish. They were all very excited for graduation day. Each one of these people had been looking forward to graduation day in a different way.


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Construction awareness day pictures

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By: Brittany McCallum

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Multimedia Project

By: Brittany McCallum

I wasn’t sure where to upload the multimedia videos..hope this is okay.

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MSU Relay for Life

I chose to cover the MSU Relay for Life event for my first out of class story. After doing a little bit of research I learned that it is an over night event that spreads cancer awareness. I was really interested in Relay for Life because I have many family members battling cancer.

The Relay for Life took place Friday April 16, 2010 at 5p.m. on the Ralph Young Track.

MSU Relay for Life participants

The event raised $122,616.98 and 1,582 people participated. Teams of people took turns walking or running around the track. Each team must have one representative on the track at all times. Having a representative walking overnight represents that cancer never sleeps.

Relay for Life participants range from cancer patients and victims to families who walk or run in memory of loved ones.

This year the wind was unbearable and the temperature got down to 40 degrees. I went to take pictures at 1 a.m. and nearly froze! People walked all night wearing layers of clothing and wrapped in blankets.

MSU Relay for Life participant

It was inspiring to see so many people walking for cancer awareness in the unfavorable weather conditions. Relay for Life is a time to celebrate those who have survived cancer and those who are still battling it. I am glad that was able to witness this powerful event.

By: Brittany McCallum

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Poor Things

We read the craziest novels in IAH 207. It is a course focused on Scottish identities. The professor assigns interesting novels for the class to read. They are all humors, wacky and sometimes dark and depressing all at the same time. The last book I read for the class was Poor Things.

Poor Things is a story about a scientist revitalizing a corpse of a woman. He transplants the brain of the woman’s unborn child into the dead woman drawing many comparisons with the creation of the monster in Frankenstein. The novel is similar to Frankenstein by the mad scientist and Victorian gothic style of writing.

Poor Things is an interesting novel and is written as the memoir of Archibald McCandless, Scottish doctor. The story focuses on Archibald McCandless and a man he works with, Godwin Baxter. Baxter’s character is similar to Dr. Frankenstein. He performs sensational medical procedures. The most outstanding procedure he performs is the creation of life. Baxter brings life to a dead woman. He does so by transplanting her brain with the brain of the fetus she is carrying. He names this creation Bella. Bella is an adult woman with an infant’s mind. Belle changes her name to Victoria later in the story.
By: Brittany McCallum

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State Politics

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The Burger That Shattered Her Life

By Brittany McCallum:

While searching for an interesting Pulitzer Prize story I came across this title that caught my attention. I immediately wanted know more about the burger. I recently became a vegetarian and have a new desire for learning about the production and distribution of meat products.

The New York Times’s Michael Moss won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on contaminated beef and food safety issues. The story focuses on Stephanie Smith, a children’s dance instructor. Smith thought she had a stomach virus, but her kidneys shut down.  Seizures knocked her unconscious. The convulsions grew so relentless that doctors had to put her in a coma for nine weeks. When she emerged, she could no longer walk. The affliction had ravaged her nervous system and left her paralyzed. Ms. Smith, 22, was found to have a severe form of food-borne illness caused by E. coli, which Minnesota officials traced to the hamburger that her mother had grilled for their Sunday dinner in early fall 2007. (New York Times)

Ben Garvin for The New York Times Stephanie Smith, 22, was paralyzed after being stricken by E. coli in 2007. Officials traced the E. coli to hamburger her family had eaten.

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