Cats push past Maine: Women’s soccer a success in final home contest

Originally published October, 2007

Original Link: Cats Push Past Maine

Seniors Callie Ewald and Eileen Cirilli of the women’s soccer team played the final home game of their careers, recording a 1-0 victory at the 82-minute mark over the Maine Black Bears.

Thursday’s victory over Maine (3-3-1 America East, 5-7-3 overall) gave UVM (2-5 America East, 3-13-1 overall) kept the hope of an America East playoff bid alive.

The lone goal of the game came with just under nine minutes left of play off the foot of sophomore Carson Laderoute, who caught a high breakaway pass from freshman forward Jessica Becker.

“[Becker] chipped it over the defense, and I was just able to chip it over the goalie’s head in to the net,” Laderoute said.

The tally improved Laderoute to 12 points in seven games, tying Becker for the team lead.

Maine’s best chance of the game came at the 85-minute mark when senior Laura Harper ripped a shot from the middle of the field, 20 yards out.

UVM’s sophomore goalie Eliza Bradley made a diving save to her right, spoiling Maine’s ideal chance for good.

The team’s two seniors, Ewald and Cirilli, were honored in their final homestand and were thrilled about their team’s effort.

“This was awesome,” Ewald said.

“It’s a great senior day present,” Cirilli added. “It’s surreal.”

Head coach Kerry Dziczaniek talked highly of the two seniors after their final game at Centennial Field. “[Ewald] has a lot of passion for the game and [Cirilli] takes so much pride in the game. We really rallied around our two seniors today.”

Though each shared possession of the ball near the opposing net, Maine gained an early offensive advantage.

Aggressive play from junior Lexie Kaknes, combined with a great all-around defensive effort by the Catamounts, disrupted Maine’s offensive attack preventing several Black Bear opportunities.

“Our defense was outstanding,” Dziczkaniec said. “It’s great to have a shutout. It really was a total team effort.”

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Many drivers say they’d welcome a cell phone ban

Originally aired April 13, 2009

Original Link: Many drivers say they’d welcome a cell phone ban

(Host) Vermont lawmakers may ban the use of hand-held cell phones and other electronic devices while driving.

 

As VPR’s Jason Bushey reports, many drivers say they’d welcome such a law.

(Bushey) Stand alongside any road and you’ll see plenty of people using their phones.

Josh Lee isn’t sure Vermont needs a law.

(Lee) “I think that’s what really distracting is the fact that someone’s having a conversation. So whether they’re doing it on a hand-held or handless device doesn’t make a difference. I think the law’s kind of silly.”

(Bushey)Lydia Wood says any conversation can take someone’s attention off the road.

(Wood) “Personally, I feel like people have a lot of conversations while driving anyway. Perhaps if you’re next to somebody and you’re talking. I think that’s equally distracting.”

(Bushey) Drivers seem to be distracted by a lot of things besides their cell phones.

Dave Bolain says he’s guilty of talking and driving. But he’s seen worse.

(Bolain) “The Burger King while yu’re driving is just as bad. People are sitting there trying to figure out what’s going on. As long as they’re looking down and not looking up at the road, it causes all sorts of problems. The makeup-while-you-drive, the shaving-while-you-drive. I mean, all different stuff – even yelling at the kids in the back seat, although that one’s kind of hard to make legislation on.”

(Bushey) Driving and dining is common. Here’s Drew Peberdy.

(Peberdy) “I think eating is definitely up there. I’ve seen people unwrapping subs and digging into little Styrofoam cups of chili, candy bars, that kind of thing. That is always really scary to drive by somebody at 60 miles per hour at risk of spilling pizza sauce all over the front of themselves.”

(Bushey) Former tow truck driver Henry Cyganiewicz says he’s seen his fair share of multi-tasking drivers.

(Cyganiewicz) “I’ve seen one guy, he went off the road, almost rolled his car over. I asked him what happened. He was like, `Oh, I was reading a book,’ while he was driving on the interstate. I’m like, `OK.”’

(Bushey) The driver safety bill has passed the House and is now before the Senate. If it’s enacted, Vermont would become the sixth state to adopt a cell-phone ban.

For VPR News, I’m Jason Bushey.

Interning for Vermont Edition

Originally published May 13, 2009

Original Link: Interning for VT Edition

UVM journalism student and Vermont Edition intern Jason Bushey is wrapping up his work at Vermont Public Radio, and he shared his thoughts about working at VPR:

On my first day as an intern at VPR, I came in expecting to do stereotypical “intern work”– making photocopies, answering phones, you know, the dirty stuff. However, almost right away I came to realize that this would not be the case when Vermont Edition host, Jane Lindholm, asked me if I wanted some coffee. (My response: “Isn’t that supposed to be my job?”) Instead, I was given real work in the office and out in the field, and I got to have an impact on some of the broadcasts. Here are a few projects I worked on over the past few months with Vermont Edition.

Recording “man on the street” audio:
Like most first-timers, I was a bit nervous to go up to random strangers on the street and ask them for their opinions on issues. However, once I got my first rejection, I realized that this would be the worst-case scenario – a simple “no.” Soon my nerves subsided and I felt comfortable talking with all kinds of people (including one man outside of City Hall in Burlington who had just left a child support hearing). With some practice, I got some pretty good tape of everyday people whose voices were heard on the air by listeners.

Research:
One crucial aspect of my interning experience was background research on future topics for the program. When I was given a topic to research, I worked to include as many sides of the story that I could find. This practice is definitely helpful for an aspiring journalist like me because it got me to dig deeper and farther on particular subjects that I may have not have thought to look at.

Voicing stories:
Honestly, when I first got the internship at VPR, I didn’t even dream of getting on the radio (and yet, anytime I told someone I interned at VPR, their first response usually was, “no way, you’re on the radio?!”). But VPR’s Newscast Editor, Ross Sneyd, heard the audio I collected for a debate over driving while talking on cell phones, and he asked me to write a newscast story and voice it for air. My greatest fear about getting on the radio was, “will I sound smart enough to be on VPR?” Ross, Jane and Production Engineer Chris Albertine gave me great advice on delivery and how to connect with a radio audience, and with their help I was able to get a brief spot on the air. Now, when someone assumes I was on the radio because I interned at VPR, I can at least answer, “well, not really. But there was this one time…”

Learning how to produce a radio show:
Finally, one of the most valuable experiences I took away from my internship at VPR was learning the day-to-day process of putting together a daily radio program. I had never worked in radio before my time at VPR, but I was an editor at UVM’s student newspaper. What I learned is that the two processes – putting together a radio show and creating a newspaper section – have something in common: both require several people working together in close orchestration to produce a high-quality result. The demands of a daily show require focus both in preparation and while Vermont Editionis on the air. I got to see how the process develops from an idea to a live broadcast by producing my own show (with, of course, the help of Vermont Edition’s producers) on magnet schools. Everything from research to booking guests to rescheduling guests when something comes up is required of producers, and my experience at VPR gave me really good behind-the-scenes insight into how challenging (and fulfilling) the job of a producer can be.

So, while I am trying to be a journalist and am always looking to be objective on a particular subject, I really have nothing but good things to say about working as an intern at VPR. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in journalism, so long as they’re ready to do real journalistic work, as opposed to making copies and coffee – I’m really glad I got to avoid that.

VT Edition: Armando Vilaseca & Paula Brown on magnet schools

Originally aired 4/30/2009

Original Link: VT Edition: Armando Vilaseca & Paula Brown on magnet schools

(Note: This was an on-air show I co-produced as an intern at VT Edition. Click on the link above for the story; a brief summary of the story can be found below.)

Imagine a classroom where students dance the lifecycle of a seed or learn about food production by meeting farmers and eating local food. Those are activities that are planned for the state’s first two magnet schools. The schools will focus on arts and sustainability and will be part of the Burlington School District in the fall.

VPR’s Jane Lindholm talks with one of the school’s principals, Paula Bowen, and with Vermont’s Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca about how magnet schools fit into our education system, and how the model could be spread statewide.

Puppets help students open up, teach values

Originally aired May 27, 2009

Original Link: Puppets help students open up, teach values

(Host) It’s no secret that education is effective when it’s entertaining. For nearly three decades, one Vermont organization has used large, colorful puppets to teach young students across the state a wide variety of values.

Kids on the Block-Vermont is an educational puppeteer troupe that has performed nearly 20 shows around the state in the month of May alone.

VPR’s Jason Bushey reports.

(Jason Bushey) It’s a sunny weekday afternoon in Addison, Vermont, and with summer looming just a few weeks away, it can be hard for a class of fourth graders to stay focused on the everyday curriculum. But today the kids will learn a little differently – for the next half-hour, puppets will be doing the teaching.

(Josiah Pearsall) “My name is Josiah.”

(Nancy Hellen) “And my name is Nancy.”

(Josiah Pearsall) “And we are with Kids on the Block-Vermont.”

(Bushey)  Kids on the Block-Vermont is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and promoting healthy lifestyles by getting kids to open up about their personal problems and warning them about risky behavior.

For 27 years, the group has traveled throughout Vermont, educating students K through 8 while armed with a special tool children can relate to – puppets.

Long-time Executive Director Deb Lyons talked about how the organization uses what she called “powerful puppetry” to educate young Vermonters.

(Deb Lyons) “Puppets are engaging. Puppets are safe. Puppets are non-threatening. Puppets can share really important and sometimes life-saving types of information.”

(Bushey) But as Lyons explained, these aren’t just any puppets.

(Lyons) “Well, the puppets are about three and a half feet tall and they look like the muppets in terms of a large head and a mouth that can open and that’s what allows us to do our lip-synch. Because we dress all in black when we’re performing, we blend into the black ground. …. …. …. And then the puppets are just standing on the stage. So they’re kids talking to other kids.”

(Bushey) The puppets come in all sorts of shapes, and – most importantly – backgrounds. There’s Renaldo, a blind 11-year-old who teaches children that despite his disability, he’s just like any other kid. Or there’s Mark, who has cerebral palsy and enjoys what he refers to as “cruising” around on his wheelchair.

(Lyons) “Each puppet has their own story and that story stays with them forever. Anywhere we go everybody will know, “Oh yeah I remember her she talked about cultural difference, or I remember Mark, he talked about what it’s like to have cerebral palsy and use a wheelchair, and oh yeah Renaldo he’s blind and he showed us how to use his cane. The consistency is really helpful.”

(Bushey) After every Kids on the Block performance, the puppets ask the students for suggestions on how to help deal with the problems they are presenting to the class.

Then, the organization uses interactive games – like this Jeopardy spin-off – to quiz the kids on what they’ve just learned.

(Hellen)  “The media – magazines, TV, movies – present thinness as the ideal female image and this as the ideal male image.”

(Child) “Muscular?”

(Josiah) “Muscular is what we were looking for.”

(Children shouting, laughing)

(Bushey) As a puppeteer, Josiah Pearsall has seen first-hand the effect one performance can have on getting a child the help he needs.

Pearsall recalls one performance where a child speaking directly to his puppet, named “Steven,” admitted to being abused by his mother.

(Pearsall) “Steven” went through the same thing and is like, “Yeah I use to make up stories to try and hide what my mom did,” and then Steven turns to the kid and says, “You should really tell someone what’s going on.” And the kid, who had been very nonchalant and calm about sharing this, suddenly freezes up and shakes his head violently and says, “No I’m not telling anyone.” He was just talking to a puppet and he was very calm about it and the minute I suggested telling somebody he says he’s not going to tell anybody.”

(Bushey) At the end of the performance, Pearsall said the child met with the school’s guidance counselor, who was then able to use the information revealed by the puppets and take the necessary steps toward getting the child help.

(Pearsall)  “So the great thing is that information did get out even though he wasn’t ready to share it.”

(Bushey)  Executive Director Deb Lyons, who was inspired to write her first grant for the organization in the late Eighties after her own child became the victim of abuse, talked about the lasting effect Kids on the Block-Vermont has had on thousands of students around the state.

(Lyons) “We meet so many people that all talk to us about their personal situations and what difference the puppets have made in their lives. To have high school students come to us and say I want to do my community service with you because I saw the puppets say it’s not OK, this touching problem stuff is not OK when I was in first grade and because the puppet said I should tell somebody I did and then I got help. We know that we’re making a difference.”

(Bushey) Despite running on what Lyons called a “shoe-string” budget, Kids on the Block-Vermont will continue its mission to educate over 13,000 students, educators and parents in the upcoming year.

For VPR News, I’m Jason Bushey.

The Week 6 NFL Picks

October 15, 2011 Leave a comment
It’s been a long week, kiddos. Good – but long. I began a second career endeavor as a caterer for a little saving money, and the results (I’m happy to report) have been quite positive. I get to go to a Bar Mitzvah tonight – my first in 12 years – which I think deserves a half-hearted Mazel Tov. Despite working in one of the richest areas in the entire country, I’ve found the guests to be pretty delightful; granted, they’re eating and drinking for free so, how anxious and needy could you get in that environment? And yes, I have already dropped a loaded tray of desserts – however, the only casualties were three strawberry tarts, a couple of cheap plates and a small portion of my pride. Not bad!

I’ll keep you guys posted on the catering biz, but in the meantime let’s chat about what the F is going on in the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE this weekend …

Falcons over Panthers

Really wanted to pull the trigger on the Panthers in the upset, for the obvious reasons – the Panthers are a feisty 1-4, the Falcons a floundering 2-3 and look destined to miss the playoffs. But despite all the passing yards and explosive Cam Newton plays, the Panthers still aren’t quite sure how to win the close ones, which is precisely what I think will happen here. In unrelated news, I slept four hours last night … mmmm … coffee.

Bengals over Colts

It’s too bad the Broncos aren’t shopping for a QB, because a Brandon Lloyd for Carson Palmer trade would be a potential game-changer for the Bengals right now. But yeah, that wouldn’t make sense in, you know, the real world.

Steelers over Jaguars

This week’s “Game I’m Least Likely to Glance At” at the bar.

Bills over Giants

The Giants blew my 2.5-year suicide run last week against the Seahawks, so this is kind of a revenge pick. Looking back, it was a totally foolish pick, given that everybody and their brother (as my Mom likes to say) had the Giants as well. Always the kiss of death. Silver-lining? I saw the first three quarters of that game in a pro-Giants bar, and it’s always fun to watch obnoxious New York fans get blindsided by a we-didn’t-see-this-coming-at-all type of loss.

(And no, now is it not a good time for a Red Sox-related comeback, New York fans. But thanks for asking.)

Lions over 49ers

The game of the week?! I’m fired up – and Megatron is now my second favorite NFL player to watch, behind Rodgers and ahead of Vick.

Packers over Rams

Amazingly, this Packers team is exceptionally better than last year’s. Yes, they give up a lot of yards on defense – but does it really matter when, time and again, they cause turnovers and become especially inspired inside the Red Zone? So far, the answer is ‘No.’

Eagles over Redskins

I still don’t think I’ve picked an Eagles game correctly. Let’s ride the train, I say.

Raiders over Browns

Unfortunately, we’ll never discover what was under Al Davis’ band-aid. This is probably unarguably a good thing.

Ravens over Texans

Matt Schaub’s last play against the Raiders last week was Favre-esque. I think it’s free-fall time (again) for Houston.

Saints over Bucs

My worst pick of the year so far? Bucs over Niners, week 5. (Final score, 48-3 Niners win.)

Patriots over Cowboys

I’m rooting for a huge fantasy day for Romo, one cold beer per quarter, and minimal distractions during this one. I don’t ask for much …

Bears over Vikings

Only if – and it’s a big ‘if’ – the Bear’s O-line can keep Cutler off the turf. Yikes.

Jets over Dolphins

I’m not sure who came up with this year’s MNF schedule, but I imagine they’re not working for the Mothership (ESPN) anymore. Jesus.

Last week: 9-4 Season: 43-20

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99% Problems (And a Bitch ‘Aint One?)

October 13, 2011 Leave a comment

This lady is 84 and, by all accounts, mad as hell.

These days, protesting has found a peculiar place in American society. With the advent of Twitter, Facebook and (most unfortunately) 24-hour news networks, a small protest could break out in just about any part of the globe and the general public would have access to the news within 24 hours. (Antarctica and North Korea are the obvious exceptions. If you want to start a stir, don’t begin in the South Pole.) I say ‘access’ because it’s hard to tell what most people are clued into these days; with so many options and such fragmented audiences, every one of us could say we watched or read the “news” last night and not have a goddamn clue what the other was talking about.

For instance, I listen to NPR every weekday, and until August I had never heard of Casey Anthony. (Thank you, NPR.) Until Friday, I was unaware that there was a woman named Amanda Knox, nor did I feel any animosity towards the country of Italy. Again, I felt informed – but it turned out I probably would have failed a current events test, and would have succeeded only marginally in NPR’s own “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.”

This is a problem, and it’s the problem at the heart of the Occupy protests taking place all over the country. One thing that’s interesting about the protests (among a million others) is that the stats used to back up the Occupy protests aren’t new. Hell, I distinctly remember my political science teacher explaining that around (at that time) 40% of American wealth was owned by just 1% of the public. I was shocked, appalled and complacent all at once. I sat in my desk tossing around the figure in my head. Like the woman above, I felt mad as hell. Unlike her, I wasn’t sure what exactly to do about. As it turned out, I did nothing.

So I guess the question is, why are the Occupy protests happening now? Well, in my (amateur, but original – to me anyways) opinion, the reason is fragmentation. There are a hundred ways to slice this thing but, unfortunately, its been simplified in to two sides: Left and Right. Right and Left.

Why? Because we’re all watching, reading and listening to wildly different news stories, opinions and criticisms – all of which claim to be reporting facts. So, how can we tell whose right? Well, it’s the people we’re listening to, obviously, because we gravitate towards the opinions we want to hear.

This leaves us with some pretty sharp and hostile opinions about one another. Over the last few days, I’ve read some pretty condescending things about the Occupy protesters; that they don’t have jobs, that they’re rich kids complaining, that they’re costing taxpayers money, etc. Yes – these are probably all true to some (small) degree – just like you can find Tea Party members scooting around on Medicaid-sponsored wheelchairs at rallies, and so-called patriots that are pro-war but anti-paying for it.

Yup, we’re all hypocrites and, of course, we’re all entitled to our own opinion; fuck, isn’t that what makes America great? (Well, that and hamburgers. And football.) But what we’ve done – with the help of news organizations, social media and especially politicians – is effectively whittle every issue down to Left and Right, Black and White. (The latter of which is figurative, in this case.)

Yeah – you can knock the 99% movement, but at least bring something to the conversation. Don’t generalize every protester down to some rich white kid bitching about having to work; maybe that kid with the sign can’t afford his (fucking absurd) college loan payment because most jobs available these days for anyone without a business degree pay around $10 an hour. And while it’s true some of us live outside of our means, what about those families protesting after they were laid off from work, lost their job and then their house? Are they spoiled? Were they living outside their means? Not at the time – they’re victims of circumstance, just like every other person on this planet.

Amidst all the animosity, I think people on the outside (and, let’s admit it, some on the inside) are missing the point of the entire Occupy movement. The fact is – the American dream is dead a whole lot different from what it was a generation ago. We’ve been scared off from buying homes (values are still basically plummeting), we no longer have jobs job security, and the middle class is dwindling. This isn’t because people aren’t trying – it’s because the system is now designed in a way that keeps it from being open to everyone. This should make everyone mad;  finally it is. So, let’s address the problem by being loud as fuck – this is a pretty tried and true strategy, and there’s no reason to think it won’t make at least some – albeit small – difference.

Anyways, this brings me back to that moment in college where I sat in my desk, wondering how I would make a difference in shortening the American wealth disparity before ultimately getting distracted by the next hot girl that walked by topic. Admittedly, I haven’t even been to the Occupy San Diego protests, but I fully support the movement, and hopefully I’ll find time over the next couple of days (in between two jobs) to make a cameo.

Then again, maybe I’m on the other side – the complacent side of the 99% that chooses to press on in the giant, universal cog rather than stand up (and shout) for real change, hoping for that illusive imaginary  ‘big break’ that will catapult me into the upper class.

It’s like I said earlier – we’re all hypocrites.

Now, on to the stuff that really matters …

This is the part of my blog where I ask myself questions (because no one else will):

Dude – where were your football picks last week? And furthermore, where the hell have you been?

Last week saw the end of my 2.5-year suicide pick streak, broken (like millions others) by the Seattle upset over the fackin’ New York Giants. On the bright side, I went 9-4 and I’m off to one of the best starts I’ve had picking games in a while.

As to where I’ve been, well, if there’s one thing I learned in my creative writing classes, it’s that if you write a blog about a bunch of Indie movies no one has seen before, let that fucker sit and stew for a good 11 days before returning. Your readers will be on the EDGE OF THEIR SEATS when you decide – at your own accord – to blog again. Yup – that’s the one thing I learned from college.

But I do promise the 10 of you who read this to have the NFL picks up on Saturday.

Whoa, there’s way fewer typos in this post than previous ones … you didn’t get your computer fixed, did you?

I sure did. Much thanks go out to Tim (the roommate) for knowing how to build computers. Sorry I drank all your “Thank You” beers.

What happened to the Whitney Challenge?

Despite our efforts, Whitney was inexplicably extended for a full season by NBC! There’s no goddamn way I’m watching that show until May. I tapped out. So did Tim. It’s over. Deal with it. (Slams head against the wall repeatedly.)

Until Saturday…

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