Spring Break Options

20 03 2015

Spring break is rapidly approaching and while some people have plans to travel for their week off, many students are staying in the state. Some may be upset about not going far away, but here are a few tips to keeping busy and having fun over spring break even if the vacation is in Wisconsin.


Staying home is an underrated way to spend one week off of school. Whether that staycation is in Oshkosh or back home, there are plenty of things to do around town. See a movie, go bowling, read a book, take a walk around town if the weather permits.

Just being home with pets and a home-cooked meal could be all the relaxation needed to recharge before the final half of the semester.

Job hunting

With more than three months off, summer is the ideal time to be working, and spring break is the perfect time to be putting out applications and resumes. Whether students are looking for post-graduation full-time jobs, a summer internship to add to the resume, or even just a part-time job for a little extra cash, the week off is the perfect time to make those preparations.

Take the break from class to use spare time to research companies, look for interesting jobs and internships, write the perfect resume and cover letter, and drop those resumes off in person.

Don’t forget to dress up when dropping them off; the hiring manager could be the one taking the application.

More schoolwork

It’s easy to fall behind during a stressful 14-week semester, so spring break would be an excellent time to catch up on all that missing work. With no class and no other homework, there is nothing to distract you from sitting down and finishing that 400-page novel that the exam is on.

Even working ahead is a good option. Writing papers and reading chapters that are not due for a couple of weeks may be beneficial in the long run when other class work starts piling up, and if the work doesn’t pile up then a little free time in the semester is nice, too.

Whether in Panama City Beach or Oshkosh, spring break can be fun. It just depends on the person to make the most of the options available.


Trivia Winner Week 2

19 03 2015

This week’s winner for the journalism department trivia game was Elizabeth Pletzer, who got all 10 questions correct.

Pletzer is a freshman majoring in journalism and minoring in anthropology. She has an undeclared emphasis in journalism but is leaning toward the writing and editing and visual emphases.

Pletzer said that while she did prepare for the quiz, she still feels like she “kind of just got lucky.”

She said she typically gets her news from The Advance-Titan, links on social media, and other newspapers provided around campus.

Pletzer said it is important for everyone to stay in tune with the happenings of the world.

“Ignorance may be bliss, but knowledge is power,” Pletzer said. “Best to know what’s going on so the power doesn’t all rest in one place.”

“I really like the trivia game,” Pletzer said. “I think it inspires people to know what’s going on around them. And everyone likes a little competition.”

While Pletzer got the most questions right this week, Week 1 winner Jenny Goldade is still in the lead with 18 cumulative points.

Answers are posted in the Reading Room, along with weekly scores and a running tally of cumulative points. This week’s questions are still open until Thursday morning and can be found at this link.

Journalism Trivia Quiz Week One Winner

11 03 2015

By: Nicole Kiefert (@nicole_kiefert)

The journalism department has launched a department-wide trivia competition. Every week an email will be sent to majors/minors with a link to surveymonkey.com where students can answer 10 questions about world and local news, along with questions from periodicals available in the Journalism Reading Room.

The first week’s winner was Jenny Goldade, a journalism major with a writing and editing emphasis and a creative writing minor. She answered all 10 questions correctly.

“I try to stay updated on what is going on locally and around the world,” Goldade said.

Goldade said she gets a majority of her news from postings on Twitter.

“I follow several news sources on Twitter such as CNN, The Associated Press, Wisconsin State Journal and other newspapers so I get updates on my Twitter feed about current events,” she said.

Questions for the trivia game range from news on campus to news throughout the world. As journalism students, it’s important to stay in touch with what’s happening in the world.

“I like the new trivia game,” Goldade said. “It is a good way to test my knowledge on current events and know what is happening nationally and worldwide.”

Answers to the questions and a list of students’ cumulative points are posted every Thursday in the reading room. Points will be calculated and the weekly winner will get a prize. Weekly points will accumulate throughout the semester and the student with the most points at the end of the semester will win a grand prize.

This week’s quiz is at this link and can be completed through Thursday morning.

Welcome to Sarajevo

3 03 2015

Professor Miles Maguire and Fulbright Scholar Mirza Mehmedovic are hosting a screening of Welcome to Sarajevo on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Sage 1210.

welcome to sarajevo

The movie is about a U.S. journalist in the 1990’s who tried to report the brutality he had seen in the Bosnian war zone. The film will be introduced by Mehmedovic, a Bosnian native, and will be followed up with a talkback session.

“I will probably say a few words about my experience at war because even if I was a child at that time, I remember a lot of things from war and I believe it should be the mission of the people who were in war zones to tell the people,” Mehmedovic said. “I really think it is something terrible, the most terrible thing that could happen to any human being.”

Mehmedovic said the film will be interesting to students who don’t know about the Bosnian war so they can see what happened and how things changed.

“It might be an interesting story to show how silly war in Bosnia was and how terrible it was and how difficult for journalists not from Bosnia it was to understand what was actually happening in Bosnia,” Mehmedovic said. “Because any war is very stupid war. It’s a quite universal story that can be applicable to anywhere in the world.”

The Bosnian war started in 1992 when some countries, Bosnia included, wanted to leave communism and become a democratic country.

According to Mehmedovic, this film took footage of the actual war zone from foreign journalists to use in the film instead of recreating the scenes of killed and wounded as in Hollywood.

“Some of the scenes in that movie are original scenes made right from war, they’re not movie scenes,” Mehmedovic said. “It looks terrible but I think it’s good they used [those] kind of scenes in the movie because that’s the way to show what was actually happening there. Not just Hollywood movie scenes, those are real scenes of real people wounded by grenades in Sarajevo.”

The movie night is being sponsored by the Department of Journalism, Photo Club, UWO History Club, English Club, University Honors Student Association and the UW Oshkosh chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.