Communications, Media & Film

Student documentary draws attention to youth homelessness

A film student hopes a new documentary she produced will draw much-needed attention to the issues of youth homelessness in this area.

“The community needs to be aware of what’s happening and what’s needed, and film is one of the best mediums to demonstrate those challenges,” said Svjetlana Oppen, whose 40-minute documentary What Is Home? will be screened for the first time tomorrow night at the Capitol Theatre.

Student video sends anti-bullying message

Kaitlyn Quigley, a fourth-year student of film and geography, packs a big message in a short film.

She won a video contest on the theme “Stand up to bullying,” organized by the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance as part of its Anti-Bullying Week program. The victory carries a chance to have her one-minute video viewed by students across campus, as well as a $100 cash prize.

Watch Quigley’s winning entry:

Merged programs dubbed School for Arts and Creative Innovation

Senate approved “the School for Arts and Creative Innovation” as the name of the merged music, film production, visual arts and urban ecology programs at its meeting November 9.

“The new name recognizes the leadership of the arts in the digital economy and the evolution of a new culture,” says Cecil Houston, acting director of the new school. “Our graduates are creating the visual and sonic codes and designs that support the innumerable technical creations of our times.”

Film festival a learning experience for business students

The Odette School of Business has taken a large role in the Windsor International Film Festival again this year with the help of professor Vincent Georgie.

This will be the fourth year he has involved students in the festival and with 100 volunteers, it will be the biggest effort yet.

“I have had students work as much as 100 hours and take time off of work because they love it so much,” said Georgie.

Reading to reflect shared love of skating

A reading on Friday will bring together two UWindsor graduates to recall “It all started at Riverside Arena.”

Laurie Smith (BA 1991, B.Ed 1993, BA 1995, MA 1996) recounts that she and Kevin Shea (BA 1977) have been friends since the first day of Grade 1.

“Growing up in the shadow of Riverside Arena, we had no idea how important that rink would be in our lives as writers,” she says.

'Unwaged' work for social media sites a labour of love, new prof says

Despite the fact that social media web sites like Flickr are worth millions of dollars, the users who generate nearly all the content for them are surprisingly comfortable with their labour being “unwaged,” according to a new communications professor.

“The thought of someone else making money off their work doesn’t hold much sway with Flickr members,” said Brian A. Brown, an assistant professor who joined the department of Communication, Media and Film this fall.

Student’s solo exhibition explores relationship between virtuality and reality

In a technological age, what better way to explore the interplay between the online and offline worlds than through art that combines digital and mixed media?

A reception Thursday will celebrate the opening of Online | Offline: Artificial Perception in the Natural World, a solo exhibition by Nicole Beno, a fourth-year double major in visual arts and communications.

“Sometimes it seems the natural aspect of our lives as we give in to consumer society,” says Beno. “We ourselves are consumed by buying too much stuff.”

Gold medallist author of her own good fortune

In recommending Kate Hargreaves for the Governor General's Gold Medal, the department of English Language, Literature and Creative Writing described the two-time grad (BA 2010, MA 2012) as “the most talented and hard-working student we have had the pleasure to teach and mentor.”

Hargreaves received the medal as the top graduate student in her cohort at Saturday’s Convocation ceremonies.

Downtown community welcomes UWindsor campus plans

Downtown residents and merchants were excited by what they saw of the University’s plans during an open house Thursday at the Windsor Armouries.

“I think the value of my house is going to shoot up,” said Jon Liedtke, whose home on Victoria Avenue is within walking distance of the three buildings slated for the downtown campus. He was one of dozens of community members who turned out to view renderings, speak with University officials, and grill architects on the details.