Wednesday, April 21, 2010

GaelPrint Interview

Continuing with our research into GaelPrint and it's effect on the College, we interviewed Quyen Trinh with CaTS.

She provided a fresh and more realistic perspective of the difference that GaelPrint brought. She commented on the financial challenges that came that her office faced with being burdened in picking up the tab for paper and toner costs, both of which had increased from the previous year. Also, some of her comments were aimed at the students who waste supplies on useless prints or throw them away immediately.

This shoot happened rather quickly as I emailed Quyen Tuesday morning and interviewed her less than six hours later. Thankfully I had my questions together beforehand. However she wasn't completely ok with being on camera at first. She wanted to know what the video was going to be about and how it would be distributed. My responsibility became to reassure her that I was going to faithfully portray her perspective and opinion. I told her that I wouldn't misconstrue her words and create a meaning different from what she was giving in the interview.

Technically, we ran into a few problems. Firstly, shooting in her office wouldn't work because there was a bunch of background noise including voices speaking, phones ringing, and music playing. We decided to change locations. The second set-up was to take place in the corner of the computer lab, but because of sound and people in the background, that didn't work out either. We settled on the group meeting room in the front of the library, a non-ideal backdrop, but it was quiet, private, and worked for our purpose.

Again, Quyen gave some surprising and candid answers that reveal a less politically-correct reaction to GaelPrint and student use. Here is a short clip from the interview where Quyen talks a little about the budget issues that follow GaelPrint's implementation:

Saturday, April 17, 2010

What's Baking in the SODA Center?

When most people hear the words "soda center", they probably think of a hub for sugary soft-drinks, but at Saint Mary's we think differently. The Soda Activity Center at Saint Mary's is a campus facility used to host educational, religious, cultural, social and political events for both internal and external audiences. The Soda Center is a place where many new ideas are generated and great speakers come to share their perspective on important issues. But as we all know, the easiest way to pull in an audience at a college campus is to provide FOOD. This is where Sodexo makes its name.

Sodexo is the exclusive on-site contractor for food service at Saint Mary’s College. They have been serving the campus for over thirty-five years, and are able to offer both experience and fresh ideas to ensure that an event goes perfectly.

While most of us show up just in time for an event and leave right when it ends (sometimes before), the Sodexo staff is there to prep for an event, and stays long after the event is finished. Team Ice-T is digging deeper into what it takes to be a part of the Sodexo Catering staff, the amount of prep and closing time they spend for an event, and what goes on behind the scenes while an event is in progress.

Thus far, we have talked to Humberto Lopez, the Catering Manager at Saint Mary's, who is responsible for all Catering events held on Campus, especially in the Soda Center. He has agreed to let us capture some video footage at a few events this semester, and to take a look in the kitchen to see the preparation process. You can check out our "Ice-T in the Soda Center" page to see some interesting pictures taken at the Soda Center and in the Sodexo kitchen. This will be updated as more photos are documented.

Although we have done well communicating and asking permission of the man in charge, it is difficult to decide which events we want to film. Every event is different at the Soda Center, and the Sodexo staff's responsibility changes based on the number of people attending, the complexity of the food requests, and the type of audience involved.

Documenting the responsibilities of the Sodexo staff is still in progress, and the filming has not yet begun, so stay tuned for any updates on our struggles and successes!

Again, here are some pictures from the Soda Center!

Friday, April 16, 2010

SMC and Food Services

Check out our new post under "INTERESTING LINKS" titled, "SMC and Food Services". There is a lot of great information about catering and food services, SMC's mission in sustainability and their involvement in locally grown food products. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Interview with Ed Biglin

To get the best story in journalism, go to the people with the most information. That's exactly what Team Ice-T did for our video project on GaelPrint.

On Tuesday afternoon I interviewed Saint Mary's College's Chief Technology Officer, Ed Biglin about the GaelPrint system. We chatted in his office about how the program came about, how much it costs, and the future of GaelPrint.

I conducted the interview and operated the technology and it was a bit of a challenge to perform both tasks as best I could. I had a hard time keeping Ed in frame, looking at the camera screen, listening to his answers, thinking ahead to my next question, and maintaining eye contact and making a connection with my interview subject.

What helped the process was preperation. I tested using the camera so I was comfortable with its controls. I had checked the audio levels before we began shooting so I wouldn't need to adjust on the fly. I created a long list of possible questions for Ed so I wouldn't have to think much about them during the interview.

The question writing process was helped by thinking about what I envisioned Ed saying in the finished video. In my mind's eye I saw him sitting at desk or in front of a row of computers talking authoritatively about what GaelPrint is, how it came about, and what its benefits are. This would be contrasted with more hands-on experience coming from students who use GaelPrint and, perhaps, a CaTS staff member. Knowing what I hoped would be in the final product helped me create and phrase questions.

It's a fine line to walk between being a fair, balanced documentarian and an interesting storyteller. Hopefully we did a good job and remained ethical.

Here's an excerpt from the interview. Ed explains the general workings of GaelPrint:

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SMC's Episcopal Lecture Series Presents “Caritas in Veritate: Economic Justice and Human Ecology"

What: “Caritas in Veritate: Economic Justice and Human Ecology,” a lecture by the Bishop of Oakland, Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone. Bishop Cordileone’s lecture focuses on “Caritas in Veritate” (Charity In Truth) — the third encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI. In this “social” encyclical, Benedict looks at the topics of human development in our time; fraternity, economic development and civil society; the cooperation of the human family; and the development of people and technology.

Faculty reaction panel: Michael Barram, Chair, Theology and Religious Studies, Steven Cortright, Philosophy and Integral Program, Ted Tsukahara, Integral Program and Economics.

Who: Bishop Cordileone was appointed the Fourth Bishop of Oakland on March 23, 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI. Bishop Cordileone presently sits on the Committee for Canonical Affairs and Church Governance of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) as well as on its Task Force on Cultural Diversity. He also serves on the Religious Liberties Committee of the California Catholic Conference.

When: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 3 - 4:15 p.m. (College Chapel)
Reception: 4:15 p.m. (Soda Activity Center)
Mass: 5:15 p.m. (College Chapel — Bishop Cordileone presiding)

Where: Saint Mary’s College of California

Cost: The event is free and open to the public.Contact: Ted Tsukahara, Director of the John F. Henning Institute (925) 631-4176