Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Final: Lead In - Nadege Jorda

When David Minnihan first came to Norman, there were no serious tennis facilities for the community. The Westwood Tennis center featured only eight courts, two of which were unplayable. Since then with Minnihan's help, Westwood now has 12 outdoor courts and a 2,300 sq. ft. clubhouse. The tennis center won the 2007 National Facility of the Year award. Westwood partners with the University of Oklahoma to use OU's indoor courts for patrons and players to train year round.

"I think the Norman community is real proud of this facility," Minnihan said. "It's one of the nicer parks in the city. It's not only state recognized, but nationally recognized."

While the center's success is admirable, Minnihan enjoys another aspect of his job at Westwood.

"My passion is junior development," Minnihan said.

One special junior player in particular is Nadege Jorda. At 14, she is working towards her goal of playing professional tennis.

"He's really supportive. He helps me a lot with my tennis," Jorda said of Minnihan.

At 12, she walked into Westwood. Now she is turning heads by winning tournaments.

"She's won a ton of tournaments," Minnihan said.

Jorda has achieved the number one ranking for her age group in the state of Oklahoma. She has now moved on to playing older competitors.

By: Kelley Jones and Zack Hedrick

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Final Project Video - Nadege Jorda

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pi Beta Phi House

The Pi Phi house at The University of Oklahoma

Many greek houses on the University of Oklahoma campus rival multi-million dollar homes. Just down the street from Barry Switzer's impressive residence, is the Pi Beta Phi sorority house.

Sororities for Dummies sat down with Samantha Herbie, an advertising sophomore, Emily Johnson, an energy management sophomore and Megan Kinnie, a history sophomore to talk about the Pi Beta Phi house. The house is used for many functions throughout the course of the year. WIth the crunch time of finals over all students, most of the girls in Pi Phi are

using the house as a meeting place for study sessions.

Whenever the pressure of finals are not over the members of Pi Phi, the house is mainly used as a meeting place for social parties and headquarters for philanthropy service events. Johnson stated that numerous service events are held through the house during the course of the semester.

One unique aspect for the house at Pi Phi is that unlike other houses, it features individual living spaces. Other sorority houses have community style living with multiple girls sharing bedrooms and closet space.

"Every girl here has her own room and her stuff is in her room," Johnson said.

All three girls commented on the value of having their own individual rooms.

In addition, the house has the capacity to fit all the girls in the chapter in the house dining hall at one time.

"91 girls," Herbie said.

The three Pi Phi members stated that this was a big recruitment tool whenever new rush classes are going through the selection process.

The sorority itself is celebrating its centennial year. Pi Phi held a ball the first weekend of November and invited back alumni to visit the house and current members.

The plaque commemorating the sorority's centennial celebration on the front of the house.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Serving and Sociable

Sisters of TBS load food and other necessities into a truck for the canned food drive they held prior to the holiday season.

Members of Tau Beta Sigma (TBS), the national band sorority, have a lot to handle as members of a sorority and Pride of Oklahoma. In addition to all their responsibilities of being at rehearsals, gamedays and pep bands, TBS members also help carry out tasks that otherwise would not get done.
"Tau Beta Sigma is based on an action.We exist to serve the band," Alex Valiton, Vice President of Service, said. Valiton also commented on the unique traits that are shown throughout the nation in all TBS chapters.

The band sorority has the same national song throughout the nation, which creates a camaraderie between schools that usually would not take place.
"It's kinda cool because we can put away the rivalries that happen between our two schools and just be sisters," said treasurer Shanna Hestilow.
While they TBS is centered around service, they also hold social events as well. The sisters of TBS also get to throw social events and date parties like any other social sorority.

Members of TBS celebrate
the engagement of fellow TBS
member Jessie Stecker

For the upcoming bowl trip, Valiton said that TBS and Kappa Kappa Psi, the national band fraternity, have already contacted the same organizations from the University of Connecticut to meet up at the bowl game in Glendale, Ariz. when the two football teams meet for the Fiesta Bowl.
Next semester the joint chapters of TBS and Kappa Kappa Psi will host District Convention. The convention is an event where all active chapters from New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma will meet outside of a band or football game setting and share ides and build up relations between chapters.
The District Convention is set for April 8-10, 2011.

Members of TBS held an alumni reception during homecoming weekend.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

In Depth with Nantz

Since he was 11 years old growing up in Colts Neck, N.J., Jim Nantz wanted to broadcast for CBS. At 26, he found himself broadcasting live for CBS Sports and 25 years later he is the pinnacle of sports broadcasting. He is living what he calls a wonderful life and is grateful for the opportunities that CBS has given him over his career, in lieu of being a sports anchor with highlight packages.

"It's [sports anchoring] not like being able to call a Super Bowl or The Masters. One guy gets to call that," Nantz said.

Nantz got his start in broadcasting through radio. He called basketball games at the University of Houston when he was a student there. Nantz says that his start in radio was crucial to his success.

"Radio training was very viable to my career in getting started and getting comfortable with the pacing and rhythm of calling games," Nantz said.

Now the lead play-by-play broadcaster for CBS, Nantz appreciates the subtleties between radio and television mediums. While admitting it took a certain talent to do radio play-by-play, he prefers the visual partnership television offers.There is a fine line between saying too much to the point of insulting the viewer or being to spare and not providing enough information he said.

However, Nantz stressed that when you do talk, journalists must make their words count. Nantz even related this to writing in print.

"If you have a chance to say it succinctly, those words that you have say it with tremendous punch," the Emmy-winning broadcaster said.

Nantz believes that some announcers have their judgment clouded during games and try to utilize the game as a stage to show off their humor or sense of recall. It is Nantz's belief that it is his job to not just make the viewing experience more pleasurable for the guy on the couch, but to observe and inform what is going on at the sporting event.

In addition, he also has the ability to put a headline on the game so the viewer comes away with more than just the final score. Nantz set up a situation where the New England Patriots beat the San Diego Chargers.

Nantz said he only scratches the surface of all the information he compiles from players to present as stories during the course of a game. However, the news he gathers he stores away and uses it like a database for later games when "stories find their home."

Live television is arguably the hardest medium to perform in the field of journalism. But Nantz makes it look effortless every Sunday during the NFL regular season, during the highs and lows of the NCAA March Madness tournament and The Masters.

"It's really gratifying when you walk out of the booth and you know that everyone felt like they did their best," Nantz said.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cameraman Talks to Students

Ray Bribiesca talks to students in the Hall of Fame Room in Gaylord Hall on Nov. 1

Ray Bribiesca, an award-winning photojournalist for "60 Minutes," spoke to students at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication Monday, Nov. 1 about his extensive career in news and documentary reporting.

More than 46 years of television news, production and photojournalism has taken Bribiesca on a "great, great ride": He has won several Emmys for his work and was recently awarded the Peabody Award for "significant and meritorious achievement in electronic media." In his spare time, Bribiesca says he likes shooting wildlife photography.

Bribiesca has been shooting combat for all 46 years of his career and has worked with CBS for more than three decades. Ever since Bribiesca enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps for the Vietnam war, he has had a camera on and the film rolling. To this day, his camera is always on hand.

"My camera is in the car," he said. "I never go anywhere without it."

He described combat as a chaotic and difficult setting. To capture it on video without getting seriously injured is perhaps even more difficult.

"The tension is building, building, building, and you're just waiting for it," correspondent Lara Logan, who most recently worked with Bribiesca on his latest "60 Minutes" segment, in a video interview on

Bribiesca himself defines some of the shots he gets during combat as "crazy shots." He admits that when his family, relatives and close friends see them during production of his stories, they think "crazy shots." On the contrary, audiences are captivated by the footage captured by Bribiesca. His shots are not stock, over-the-shoulder combat sequences the public usually sees during a war package. His rare shots show soldiers positioning and their faces during combat, capturing often unseen human emotions.

"Those [the crazy shots] are the shots that when I see combat I always say, 'What does the face look like?'" Bribiesca said. He said shoots while keeping a mental clock counting in his head until he can answer the question "Do I have it?"

These shots obviously put Bribiesca in harm's way, but he attributes his vault of combat knowledge to put himself in places that provide him the best location to shoot the footage and not recklessly get himself shot.

Lara Logan said she admires Bribiesca for his commitment to his work and his self-control when the shooting commences through the battle, sometimes for more than 30 minutes at a time.

"Ray was just standing there...calmly filming everything," Logan said. "He wasn't reckless, he wasn't stupid, he just wasn't afraid."

Bribiesca said that he does not plan what he wants to shoot before the action happens. He also says that he is not looking for one particular shot. He is actively documenting the battle.

"You just react," he simply said. "I'm literally taking positions of soldiers in the field."

Bribiesca's "great, great ride" is soon reaching its end. Bribiesca is currently filming his last story for "60 Minutes" in Yemen. While this is his last story for CBS, this will not be the last assignment he will ever work on.

"I'll still be out there," he said.

At the completion of this last assignment for CBS, Bribiesca will begin working for National Geographic in search for the nature shots he is still pursuing in his free time.

Ray Bribiesca talks to students about his experiences shooting combat