Career-oriented Champlain College in Burlington, Vt., is introducing new bachelor’s degree programs this fall in Broadcasting, Mass Communication, and Marketing–which offers concentrations in Advertising or Marketing Management. With Champlain’s existing programs in Public Relations, Professional Writing, and Multimedia & Graphic Design, the new programs establish a dynamic team of offerings in the communications area. “The College has built a deep collection of programs,” said Nancy Kerr, director of the new Broadcasting and Mass Communication programs. “Champlain students will earn solid communication skills and they can choose to specialize in one of several exciting career fields.” The Broadcasting degree balances theory and practice, preparing students for work in areas such as television, radio, audio, video and digital production. New courses include broadcast management and programming, audio production, advanced video production and broadcast journalism. Students will gain hands-on experience with industry-quality equipment in a refurbished television studio, as well as in internships at Burlington-area media outlets and companies. “The curriculum is designed to give direction to the creative expressions of students, to offer them diversified technological expertise, and to provide them with practical training in writing for the media, media production and media management,” Kerr said. The new bachelor’s program in Marketing offers two career concentrations: Advertising and Marketing Management. Students spend their first two years learning about all that marketing has to offer from advertising and customer relationship management, to sales and Internet marketing. “We’ve designed this program so students get the fundamentals and a real-world understanding of marketing in their first two years, and they are well prepared as juniors to study a career concentration that matches their interests and goals,” said Elaine Young, the program director. The program provides two internship opportunities, including a competitive honors internship in the students’ senior year. “Hands-on learning is a vital component of our Marketing program,” Young said. “These internship opportunities reinforce students’ classroom experiences, and the added incentive of competition in their senior year will give students the opportunity to showcase the skills they will bring to the marketplace.” New courses such as account and brand management, non-profit and social marketing, and advanced advertising round out the marketing core. In the College’s new Mass Communication program, students will earn communication skills that can be applied to a broad range of careers. A required internship helps to further define career interests. Students will learn how their communications operate within a context of cultural, economic and technological factors. Through an understanding of this context, students will be poised to create ethical and enlightened work in the communications arena. For more information on these new bachelor’s degree programs, visit www.champlain.edu(link is external) or call the Champlain Admissions Office at (800) 570-5858.
I’m for gun ownership, but am sickened by the acceleration in the scope of mass killing made possible by the assault-style military weapons used most recently. Florida, Nevada and Connecticut have all had records set for the biggest mass killing in state history since 2012 — all with military-style assault rifles. But gun legislation has remained elusive. So let’s leave the Second Amendment alone and make gun violence a free-market issue. Let economic incentives, or disincentives, regulate gun ownership by requiring firearm insurance.Like car insurance, each state would require that all firearms must be insured before the sale of that weapon. Insurance companies would have to carefully vet each citizen applying for insurance and make sure lies on applications are fact-checked.If that gun is used in a (single or mass) killing, the insurance company would have to pay out significant damages to victims. The incentive for meticulous screening and the costs of insurance would prohibit a lot of mentally unstable people from procuring firearms. It wouldn’t be perfect, of course.There is no panacea for the problem of a country of 323 million citizens possessing 300 million firearms already. It might save a few lives moving forward though. And what do we have to lose?Christopher OgnibeneNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfect Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
Canny defending and a host of Springbok errors conspired to frustrate the visitors and help Ireland defend their whitewash in an absorbing but low-scoring first half. Ireland led 6-3 at the break, Sexton trumping Handre Pollard’s goal-kicking two penalties to one. The hosts indicated their refusal to bow to Springbok power by refusing to bind on a maul, flummoxing Heyneke Meyer’s forward pack in an early statement of intent. After Sexton had opened the night’s scoring Willie le Roux, Jan Serfontein and Francois Hougaard all produced errors in Ireland’s 22 to waste gilt-edged Springbok openings. Pollard then drifted a long-range penalty effort wide, before Le Roux got away with a clear knock-on. Sexton’s second penalty only enticed South Africa back onto the attack, with Devin Toner sneaking in to disrupt another maul. South Africa continually opted for penalty lineouts rather than goal, a tactic that ultimately backfired as Ireland somehow held firm. Scrum-half Hougaard’s cheap knock at the tail of a maul summed up his side’s first-half profligacy, with Pollard forced to settle for a paltry three-point return for the half. Ireland opened the second half in style, Ruddock claiming his first Test try from a well-worked lineout maul peel , with Sexton’s conversion creating a 10-point lead. When Jack McGrath was penalised for popping up at the scrum, South Africa opted for the lineout. This time there was no stopping the maul, with flanker Coetzee barrelling home. Sexton’s third penalty of the night proved only brief respite amid the Springbok onslaught, but a huge double hit from Peter O’Mahony and O’Connell launched the Dublin crowd into full voice. Replacement hooker Adriaan Strauss was sin-binned for taking out the airborne Rob Kearney, allowing Ireland to clear their lines. Sexton’s rapier punt into the corner then piled the pressure on South Africa, with number eight Duane Vermeulen forced to throw in. Ireland stole possession and pounded through the phases, eventually forcing a penalty. Sexton slotted the goal to push Ireland nine points ahead with 10 minutes to play. And then Ireland wrapped up a famous victory, wing Bowe latching onto Conor Murray’s pinpoint chip to claim the home side’s second try of the night. Sexton’s smart break cut broke the first wave of Springbok resistance, allowing British and Irish Lions half-back Murray to tee up Bowe for the finish. Schmidt’s raft of substitutions signalled a happy Ireland camp, though Jared Payne hobbled off in clear discomfort. Replacement Ian Madigan landed a penalty of his own, before JP Pietersen salvaged some pride with a late South Africa try. Rhys Ruddock and Tommy Bowe scored tries to guide stubborn Ireland to their first victory over South Africa in five years at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. Marcell Coetzee crossed from a second-half Springboks maul before JP Pietersen claimed a late consolation, but Bowe’s score and Johnny Sexton’s 16 points saw Ireland to a fully-merited victory. Captain Paul O’Connell will lead the charge to beef Ireland up in time for next year’s World Cup, as Schmidt demands ever-increasing physicality. This was a confrontation against some of the very competitors that O’Connell wants to see evolve among the Irish, with Eben Etzebeth and Victor Matfield as menacing as ever. But sometimes brain beats brawn, and Ireland’s cerebral boss Schmidt had clearly racked his mind to devise a host of ploys to diffuse South Africa’s power game. So despite a dominant scrum and a plethora of promising set-piece situations in Ireland’s 22, the Springboks continually failed to out-think their hosts. Tighthead Mike Ross had spent the last two weeks scrambling to beat a groin problem in time to offset Ireland’s front-row injury crisis. The 33-year-old Leinster prop returned to ease the absence of Cian Healy, Marty Moore and Nathan White. Ross battled manfully throughout, somehow staving off South Africa’s superior scrum despite his evident lack of match fitness. Joe Schmidt’s side rebuffed their bullish visitors to triumph 29-15 and register their fifth consecutive win, Ireland’s best run since 2009. Leinster’s 23-year-old flanker Ruddock, son of former Wales star Mike, seized his first Test try after replacing the ill Chris Henry just hours before kick-off. Press Association