Aug 2009 - Present
Currently a rising sophomore at American University in the School of Communications and the Kogod School of Business and the University Honors Program. The programs listed above are those in which I am currently pursuing degrees.
Sep 2005 - Jun 2009
High School Diploma
Lawrence High School
Graduated in top 10 percent of 2009 graduating class.
I am a rising sophomore at American University in the School of Communications and Kogod School of Business studying Public Communications with minors in Marketing and Business. I am also enrolled in the University Honors Program. I am looking forward to three more years at American University, including at least one semester abroad in Rome, Italy. After college I hope to work in the highly competitive field of Sports Marketing and Management. I will likely pursue a higher degree in Sports Industry Management soon after I complete my undergraduate education.
I am involved in a number of organizations on campus, most notably the Men's Club Ultimate team Stall 11 and a learning community called Human Dignity. Human Dignity's mission is to prevent important human rights issues from being swept out of the spotlight and ignored. We will share a suite next year as we research relevant topics and organize events that will bring them to the eyes of the American University student body.
Furthermore, I have been playing the acoustic, electric and bass guitar for over four years. I am a member of the Philadelphia based punk rock band Not in Public. I founded the group with two friends in 2008. We have one album released, titled The Petting Zoo Story, and have played venues across New Jersey and Philadelphia, including The Stone Pony, the Trocadero and Championship's Sports Bar and Grill. At American University, I am engaged in a number of independent projects. I play bass on a few tracks written and performed by an American University folk duo and I continue to write music.
If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail or call me.
In early January 2010, a horrific disaster struck the most unfortunate of victims. Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, was the site of a tragic earthquake. There was chaos and confusion throughout the city and the world, as there was minimal communication coming from ground zero. I had a particularly strong interest in the event. My good friend had flown out the day before the earthquake on a service mission for his church. With nothing else to rely on and terrible images in my head, I turned to the media to give me a glimpse of the scene. Considering the limited resources they had on the island, television news networks did a commendable job delivering stunning footage while providing information about relief efforts.
Within 20 hours of the quake, CNN had Wolf Blitzer communicating with Anderson Cooper and a wealth of other correspondents directly in Port-au-Prince. CNN, FOX, MSNBC and the like were the only sources of information in a disconnected city. The 24 hour news coverage was full of rich content including rescue footage, shocking images and gut-wrenching stories of families torn apart. Many people would argue that this type of journalism is sensationalist and is essentially exploiting a travesty for ratings. However, it seemed that all of the talking heads were persistently displaying phone numbers and websites where people could donate their time or money to the cause. The philanthropic efforts of the major news networks were abundant and sincere.
There is a debate about whether or not the overwhelming presence of news teams in some way hindered the relief efforts, either in the form of inhibiting rescue crews or by blocking traffic into the epicenter. Medical docter and blogger Bjoern Kils asked why the planes coming into the Port-au-Prince airport were packed with news teams and crew rather than doctors and supplies. These are certainly valid complaints. Evidence of reporters' aggressive and intrusive tendencies in the field is abundant, such as in the case of CNN's Ivan Watson standing on the same platform as rescue workers trying to free an 11-year-old girl from a pile of rubble. While these accounts are troubling, it is important to recall that so many hours were spent by affiliates of news teams that served as medical workers or distributed supplies. Some even stepped in as rescue workers in urgent situations. CNN even helped assemble a crew of doctors and nurses to supplement a small makeshift hospital that was low on staff.
While there are inevitably flaws and errors in live news coverage, the swift response and persistent support of major networks in Haiti helped shed light on the issue worldwide. Without the constant exposure of hotlines and donating mechanisms, the world may have turned a blind eye on the disaster because there were simply no images surfacing. As things are beginning calm down and relief efforts are stabilizing, it is only appropriate to congratulate the major media sources for the professional job they did in Haiti. Still, the job is not done. They must continue to show support and remind the public that the people of Haiti are still in need.