Saturday, April 30, 2011

Connecting Across a Decade

Last night Stephanie and I spent a pleasant evening at Madeline’s with former Ithacan editor in chief Rob Bluey ’01, who was in town for an Alumni Board of Directors meeting. We were later joined by our current editor in chief, senior Libby Sile. It was fun getting these two together — both strong editors, and exactly a decade apart. Rob is still with The Heritage Foundation, the D.C.-based conservative think tank.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sorry, We Can't Talk About It

A partial reunion of the legendary 2008–09 Ithacan Fight Club took place Saturday night at Cafe Mogador on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village. Stephanie and I met up with Edon Ophir (in for a two-week visit from Israel), Erin Geismar and Andy Swift for an evening of great food and conversation. Byard Duncan, Erica Hendry and Jen Nevins were absent, and very much missed.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

More Awards for The Ithacan

The Ithacan was awarded the Second Place Mark of Excellence Award for Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper by the Society of Professional Journalists, Northeast Region, at the SPJ Region 1 Convention on April 9 in Providence, R.I.
In addition, junior Whitney Faber received a Second Place Mark of Excellence Award for feature writing at the convention for her story “Behind the Lens,” which appeared in the Sept. 2, 2010, issue of The Ithacan.

On the same day, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., The Ithacan staff was honored with half a dozen awards in the New York Press Association’s annual Better College Newspaper Competition.
Senior Allison Usavage (shown above) won first place for photography for her photograph “Standing Strong,” which appeared in the March 4, 2010, Ithacan.
Senior Michelle Skowronek won third place for feature writing for “Gay Enough?” which appeared in the paper’s April 15, 2010, issue.
In addition, the paper won second place for design, second place for sports coverage, third place for editorial and third place for general excellence.

Friday, April 15, 2011


Our good friend Vadim Isakov, late of the Ithaca College journalism department and now working for the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland (not Geneva, N.Y., as you might expect), was recently quoted in a piece on “Attacks on the Press” on the Committee to Protect Journalists website.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Edwards Named 2011-12 Ithacan Editor in Chief

The Ithacan has a new editor in chief! Tonight the Board of Student Publications selected junior Aaron Edwards to serve as the paper's top editor for the 2011–12 academic year. For those of you who don't know him, Aaron is a journalism major/theater minor with three semesters experience on the editorial board as assistant Accent editor, assistant news editor and news editor. In addition, his internships include some of the most prestigious news organizations in the business: CBS News in New York, the Associated Press in London, and — this coming summer — the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Last summer he attended the New York Times Student Journalism Institute as well. This semester he is studying in London.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Margaret Moran Now at Twist Magazine

From the class of 2010: Former Chief Copy Editor Margaret Moran writes “I recently started interning for Twist Magazine, a teen publication, and it has given me the chance to write some blog posts and do some research. I've also been freelance reporting for the past nine months for a paper in my area called The Advertiser-News. Until recently, I was covering town meetings for the paper, which gave me the chance to cover a variety of topics."

Monday, April 11, 2011

De los Rios Launches New Orleans Film Project

Alex de los Rios ’07, our former sports editor and columnist, is part of an ambitious project in New Orleans: “to chronicle the history, people and culture surrounding contemporary New Orleans brass band music.” The documentary, to be called “Brass Roots, ” is an outgrowth of a series of interviews of local brass bands. You can find out more at the Brass Roots blog.
Alex writes:
“I moved to New Orleans in 2007 the fall after graduation. It was a complete shot in the dark — I had no job, no money and knew just three people in the city — but thankfully it worked out. Really, I have The Ithacan to thank for it. It was through my work at IC that I got an internship at ESPN the Magazine, when I moved to New Orleans I used that as an in to work for the local alt-weekly Gambit ( covering the Hornets and Saints. That wasn't enough to be fully employed, though. We started the brass band documentary because a friend — who photographs sports — and I decided we were sick of not having anything to do in the summer. The rest was just putting in work getting to know the bands and honing the techniques we learned doing short videos for Gambit and adapting them to a documentary format. More than two years later and we're raising money to finish the film and have real dreams to premiere at film festivals. Not bad for a guy who once counted this as his greatest journalistic achievement: Bombs Away.”
The project is now in the kickoff stage, and it needs your support. Go to the Brass Roots Kickstarter Page and pledge your support.

Monday, April 04, 2011

An Update from Liz Crowley Pontillo

When we saw her in New York last month, I asked Liz Crowley Pontillo ’04 for a life-update. Here it is:
“I’m about to enter my fifth year at Facts on File, working as a copywriter and proofreader in the publicity department. It’s an academic and school library reference publisher, but with the push for eBooks, the company is slowly moving into doing more Web-based products. With that, I’m about to start classes in HTML and design, so I can be ready when ‘print’ refers only to the computer function.
“I just got married five months ago to a wonderful guy. We live in Oyster Bay on Long Island, the post-presidential town of Theodore Roosevelt, and after several years of living in New York City, I’m still adjusting to life with a yard, cars and no building superintendent.”