Jaylene and the Killer Whale

***This is an assignment I did for my interactive class*** Jaylene Clark was the mastermind behind the spoken word performance “Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale.” The play stemmed from a random Facebook status she wrote before she was on her way to a poetry reading, and wrote: “It’s time to stop dipping … Continue reading

OWS tents 11/6/11

Too many tents at Zuccotti Park?

***This is a piece I did for my interactive class at CUNY last week (11/10/11) using SoundSlides. Please click on link at the end of this text!***   Audio slideshow here: http://digitalstoragespace.com/12/LIN/Vennard_OWS_intents/soundslider.swf?size=1&format=xml   Tents are completely occupying Zuccotti Park, and one could think that is to the benefit of all the protesters of Occupy Wall Street. … Continue reading

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Big island- bigger ideas: physical therapy app developed in Hawaii

An app was developed to help individuals inquire more information about physical therapy treatments- for free. The app is striving to promote change in the United States’ health care system and its gaining attention, thanks to its accessibility. IREHAB.com was officially established in 2007 by founder/CEO Hawaiian resident Keith Krugh. The app was rated the … Continue reading

Protesters say dry socks are vital to prevent trench foot

OWS Medical Center Preps for Cold Weather

***As published in City Limits on Oct. 17*** Financial District — A cardboard sign that reads “Red + Black Cross Street Medicine” identifies the medical center at the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park. Medical supplies, volunteers, including registered nurses, and protesters were sheltered there under black and blue tarps on a rainy and … Continue reading

I try to stay positive and make peace with my AP Stylebook, aka "the journalist's Bible"

Beach Bum in the Big Apple part 3: Oh grad school, you’re breaking my heart, you’re shaking my confidence daily

My ma wrote “MISS YOU!!” on my Facebook wall. While I was writing “I miss you too” I could feel it building up…that intense cry with the heaving-breathing was coming. There was no stopping it. It probably didn’t help that coincidentally I was listening to LCD Soundsystem’s “New York, I Love Your But You’re Bringing … Continue reading

I like NY by Utpal Pande: google.com

Beach Bum in the Big Apple Part 2: Self discovery in New York

Living with a bunch of strangers is the best way to discover who you really are. Luckily, I’m what you would call a “people person.” And thankfully, having an extrovert personality has helped me connect with a good core group of friends at my apartment building and at school. The funny thing is, it’s weird meeting people … Continue reading

Overlooking Spanish Harlem

Beach Bum in the Big Apple…

I was pretty sure when my parents were going to be kissing me goodbye before catching a cab to JFK I would ultimately, immediately, cry myself to sleep. Of course I cried! I was completely freaked out. They left me alone in NYC with no knowledge really of living on my own. I have been … Continue reading

Thanks for nothing, Jerry Springer

*Opinion* Call it trashy…lewd…pointless even. An embarrassment to American society, maybe. I call it… entertaining. I don’t mean to condone this type of television behavior, but it’s like a train wreck to me and I just can’t look away. Jerry Springer, Steve Wilkos and Maury Povich have become dear friends to me this summer. I … Continue reading

The bachelorette's surprise cake

The penis and the bachelorette

*Opinion* The bachelorette started cracking up when her maid of honor handed her a wand, saying she had to carry it around throughout her bachelorette party. It was pink with ribbons, topped off with an erect penis. All of us girls were giggling at the penis wand, passing it around, putting it in each other’s … Continue reading

VB Love

Life and the Abominable Snowman

*Opinion* Madness, stress and chaos can be metaphorically illustrated by a computer game my grandma used to play when I was little. We had…wait? What was it? Microsoft 94? Dial-up internet. Remember that slow connection? In the game, you had to use the mouse to guide a skier down a mountain, avoiding randomly spread out … Continue reading

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