Archive for Month: May 2016

Pancake Extravaganza

One of the many perks of being a journalism major at a small University is that you get a familial relationship to your fellow students and professors.

Woah, that sounded like something you’d read in one of those college catalogues they give to you in high school, but, you know, it’s true!

This past Saturday, our lovely journalism parents/professors, Janet and Jeffrey —  made sure we didn’t get too focused on our homework by inviting us all over to brunch.

By Naras Prameswari

These beautiful photos were shot my dear Indonesian Tante Kalkun (Aka Naras Prameswari)
Even if it never works, I’ll try to explain our little inside joke. Tante Kalkun means “Auntie Turkey” and we just happened to discover that those two words are the exact same in both Norwegian and Indonesian, pretty kewl.

By Naras Prameswari
Julie, me and Rachel. Photo by Naras Prameswari
Naras has got some nice “over the shoulder framing” going with her photography. Five stars 😉

Right now I’m watching Netflix and eating pizza before I’ll do an early tuck-in. I’ll have to wake up at 4:00 AM tomorrow, but more about that later!

Have a delightful evening all,

Road Rage and Acting

Thanks a lot for the response on my previous post! Every single vote helps, so please know that it’s greatly appreciated.

Right now I’m sitting inside the yearbook office preparing my final spread for the 2015-2016 edition of Edda. I also just finished up my two last papers for the semester. My 17-page script analysis of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, that I’ve been dreading for weeks, is finally done. I don’t like homework, but the only way I can make it disappear is to actually do it, so I always end up working ahead of the course schedule — which in return gives me an early summer vacation, yay!

The other day, Karen, Brittany and I were talking about love and relationships, and I said that I wasn’t sure I’d even have time for a relationship right now. Then Brittany said: “You’d have time — if you didn’t always work three weeks ahead of your homework.” I guess she’s right… But since my love life is non-existent at the moment I might as well, haha.

Now I should head out to my car and run through my monologue while driving to Wal-Mart. That type of multi-tasking may seem rather odd to some of you, but the thing is that I have to go get some groceries, AND I have my acting final on Saturday. The piece I’m performing is so loud I can’t rehearse it inside the dorms — unless, of course, I want someone to call Campus Safety — so the car seems like a more appropriate rehearsal location. You know, if someone pulls up in the lane next to me they’ll just assume it’s a severe road rage going on, and that’s pretty normal, right?

Oh, you think acting is weird? Yeah, me too.

But I love it.

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Snapshot from class last semester. Photo: Dan Workman
Acting class 2015, with the very talented Joscelyn Schipper! Photo: Mike Shafer

First Film Festival on the West Coast. Will You Vote for Us?

Hello dear readers,

I have some exciting news to share! Our documentary, “Over the Bridge” has been accepted to the Los Angeles CineFest 2016!

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We didn’t expect to even get into any festivals on the West Coast, so this is awesome! And you all know that just the name “Los Angeles” itself is enough to give me butterflies, haha.

Anyway, this isn’t a huge festival, but it’s and audience fest — which means that they give all of you an opportunity to vote!

Will you vote for us?


All you have to do it so fill out your name, e-mail address and type in Over the Bridge in the biggest box.

There’s no registration, and it’ll only take you about 14 seconds, depending on how long your name is. Yes, I timed it. (I do those things… a side-effect of being a former track athlete, I guess)


Once again, I’d like to give a huge thanks to all of the donors who helped us cover the festival fees! This would not have been possible without you!

Bless you,
Maria Lavelle

Dramatic Morning Run

This morning was a little too dramatic for my taste, to say the least!
I woke up at 6 a.m. like I usually do, laced up my running shoes and headed out the door with the intention of getting a good run in before my 8:30 class.

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However, I didn’t get much further than a couple of blocks until I suddenly noticed a person laying in the middle of the road. As I get closer I see that it’s a middle-aged male soaked in bloody clothes and with a 2 ft pond of blood around his head. He is unconscious and shaking severely.

Then I see a man coming out of his pickup a little further down the street. At first glance I thought I’d just ran into a car accident. However, I soon got to know that the guy in the pickup knew just as little as me. He was on his way to work and just happened to see the guy laying in the road. We called an ambulance and, luckily, the man came out of his seizure and regained consciousness after a few minutes. He had no idea what had happened, but he thought he had been walking on the sidewalk, fainted and then landed with his face first.

I don’t know what happened after the paramedics took care of him, but I hope and pray it looked worse than it actually was and that he recovers fast!

Have a safe rest of your day everyone,

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