COMMmon Myths: Episode 1 What exactly is going on in the basement of Knutti?

Anyone close to the us knows the Communication Department is Shepherd’s BEST kept secret, but many others don’t even know we exist. In this installment of COMMon Myths, we asked some non-Comm majors to tell us: “What do you think is in the Knutti Basement?”. We asked Kevin Williams, one of the Shepherd Communication professors, to read some of the responses:

 

No, the basement of Knutti is not a dungeon, or a cave. It’s actually a much less threatening series of hallways and doors. Students can be found working in the Mac Lab, creating projects in the studio, or simply relaxing on the couches. We may not have any windows, but that doesn’t mean the Comm department is dark and brooding. Everyday, students fill the halls with their creativity and can-do attitude. There’s always a surprise around every corner of the basement.

Join us again in two weeks for the next installment of #COMMonMyths. Keep up with Shepherd Comm on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! #ShepComm

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A Film Documentary That Looks at Why There is More to Cars Than You Think.

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– Smoke pours off the fierce tires of the Mustang GT.

My name is Alex Ponton. I was a transfer student from Frederick Community College two years ago, but now I am a 2017 graduate at Shepherd with a major in Communication & New Media and a minor in Marketing. My capstone journey started in the Fall Semester 2016, and after a rocky start in Capstone Prep I managed to plan out the majority of my capstone before filming it early into the Spring semester.  Continue reading

Does Getting Ready in the Morning Ever Feel Debilitating? For Trans Women It Does.

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Blair Cherelstein is a 2017 graduate with a concentration in digital filmmaking.

Before I begin let me give some backstory as to who I am: a Transgender Woman. Growing up I always knew myself to be a girl, but I had the world trying to tell me the exact opposite. This creates a lot of inner turmoil in children. Gender can be a very tricky thing, and while being transgender is becoming more accepted, there are still many more steps that need to be taken until trans people feel fully a part of society and not just on the fringe. With building audience empathy and understanding as a goal, I decided to make my Capstone film highlight a transgender experience. Continue reading

The Hungry College Student: A Podcast Series Reviewing Shepherdstown Food

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Callie Long is a Spring 2017 graduate with a concentration in Strategic Communication.

Have you ever wondered if there is culinary life beyond the dining hall on the Shepherd campus? To address that question I created a podcast series for my Capstone project called The Hungry College Student. Its goal is to help Shepherd students find alternative places to eat. Three steps helped get me on my way…  Continue reading

Is Everyone Doing It? Not Sex, Consensual Sex.

When I told people I decided to do my senior capstone project on sexual consent, I will admit I received quite a few strange looks. But there shouldn’t have been! At the end of the day, people have sex. The important question is if that sex is consensual. My name is Caroline Wines and my Capstone project examined the perceptions of college students’ on the topic of sexual consent. Continue reading

Does a Pregnant Beyoncé Have Swollen Ankles?

What should artists release to the media?

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Source: Instagram

In a recent article in The New York Times, “Beyoncé 3.0: The Maternal Ideal“, suggests that despite a positive message (“Pregnant is beautiful. It should be worshiped.”) Beyoncé’s depiction of pregnancy in the media doesn’t acknowledge that pregnancy is “also messy, sometimes uncomfortable and just another fact of life. And in her extended fetishization of her own physical evolution, Beyoncé has not allowed for any of that.” Continue reading