Good things

I really want to try to update this more than twice a month…we’ll see…

SO, here’s what’s going on in my life:

1) I just bought a pair of Vibram FiveFingers! They’re gray, green and black. I’m really excited for them and hope I can get used to them quickly. I finally can run more than 3 miles at a time again (this is huge, since I couldn’t for awhile b/c of my knee injury).

2) I have 6 days of class until my semester ends. This program is FLYYYYING by!

3) I’m going to be interning in Boston at NECN from December 27 until January 14.

4) Thanksgiving break was fantastic. I got a couple days to relax and clean and reorganize my life, then I went to Ithaca for a few days for Dan’s birthday. My brother was in town for Thanksgiving, so I stayed at my parents’ house, and then I had a couple MORE days to just relax. I saw so many friends and family members that I haven’t seen in months. It totally reenergized me and gave me the boost I need to get through the next couple weeks.

Edited to add: I’m pretty sure I have acid reflux, which is a fail. I’m working on figuring out what foods trigger it, how late at night I can eat, etc. This will be an adventure (sort of).

Growing “Occupy Syracuse” movement, but what’s ahead?

No clear answers for the future of the protests

by Olivia Fecteau (SYRACUSE) As the weekend approaches, protesters at the Occupy Syracuse movement are looking ahead to an uncertain future.

Protesters have been camped out on South Salina Street in downtown Syracuse since last Sunday. They’re stationed on private property owned by Chase Bank, a symbol of the corporate greed they say they’re protesting.

United despite differences

Just as their counterparts in New York City, protesters in Syracuse say they don’t have a common goal that they’re hoping to achieve. Their slogan says it all: “We are the 99%.”

What they share is that they are not among the wealthiest one percent of Americans, in whose hands are concentrated an enormous amount of wealth.

And they all share a sense of dissatisfaction.

“A vast majority of this country has had it,” Mark David Blum, a defense attorney from Manlius, said.

Blum is offering legal advice to his fellow protestors at no cost, so that they can avoid any run-ins with police. So far, Blum said, interactions with police have been courteous and civil.

Representing their beliefs

Blum counts himself among the 99%. Most protesters say the power behind the protest is that everyone can be part of it. At the Syracuse University student protest on Friday, however, one protester acknowledged that they don’t represent everyone.

“There’s a lot of people in that 99% who have been convinced that the system’s working for them [and] seem to think that everything’s great in this country,” Rebekah Jones, a senior at SU, said. “We don’t represent all of them. We represent ourselves. Every person who’s here is representing their beliefs.”

Sustainable?

Kristi Andersen, a political science professor at SU, said the movement likely stems from income inequalities that exist in the U.S. and that people no longer believe in the American Dream. That’s because income inequality usually persists from generation to generation.

“If you grow up in a wealthy family, you’re likely to be wealthy,” she explained. “If you grow up in a poor family, you’re likely to be poor.”

Despite the strength of the New York City protests, Andersen doesn’t think the movement in Syracuse will be able to continue for very long. In part, she said, occupying Wall Street is more attractive symbolically than protesting in Syracuse. She also cited the sheer number of people in New York City.

“Who knows?”

Still, some protesters intend to stay downtown for as long as it takes.

When asked how long she planned to continue protesting, Angel F. said, “How long? Who knows?” Like other protesters, Angel plans to travel back and forth to the protest site when she isn’t working.

Watch the story here:

Live video stream of protests

Watch here on OccupyTogether.org — protests from different cities

This is a stick-up, stick-up

Good evening!

I’m sitting in the Newhouse BJ Lab, cruising the Internet because it’s my first shift as an Instructional Associate and no students showed up to the lab for computer/project/homework help tonight (it is the first day of class, after all). As per Kathleen’s suggestion, it seemed like a good time to update the blog!

Today I had my first class of the semester–TV Reporting with Professor Perez. We spent some time going over the syllabus and doing housekeeping things, and then we broke out the cameras and tripods [insert 8,000 other pieces of equipment here] and spread out around campus and Marshall Street to practice setting them up and interviewing people. I was definitely a little anxious, since the idea of asking random people questions is still nerve-wracking even after a summer of interviews and stories, but it went well and Professors Perez and Lysak were quick to help when Matt and I couldn’t get the nerve to stop passersby.

On Mondays, I have a 6.5 hour break after my class until my IA duties start at 7pm. I went home, ate lunch, lazed around and finally broke out the running shoes. I’m having some trouble with my left ankle–I think I overdid it Saturday with my 16-mile long run, followed by 8+ hours at the State Fair:

Ridiculous. But ankle = :(. I’ll have to be more careful on my next few runs and try to baby it a little so that I don’t injure myself.

This week should be exciting–I have a couple undergrad classes that I’m IAing, plus more TV Reporting, Avid Newscutter training sessions, and…International Reporting. Terry Anderson (the AP reporter who was held hostage in Lebanon for years) is my professor, and I’m beyond excited. :) And then Dan will be here for the weekend, and we have plans to go to the Fair with some of my BDJ classmates. It’s looking like a fabulous week!

Every day I’m shufflin’

I’m officially a grad student!

In other news, my eyes hurt all day and I thought maybe my contacts were in the wrong eyes. Turns out I had two in each eye. How, you ask? Still trying to figure that out myself.

My classes start for real tomorrow and I’m pretty psyched. Being a real live person is pretty awesome and terrifying at the same time. I’ll keep ya posted…