The Price is Always Right at Saint Louis University   Leave a comment

The Show Goes On

The students entered Tegler auditorium wit a buzz of excitement that this building has not seen since the first days of the fall semester. On, Saturday, February 4th, the Saint Louis University Student Activity Board hosted its second annual “The Price Is Right” show. Professors should take note; students are drawn to game shows.

The doors opened at 8:30 and they did not close until over 180 students filled in to take their seats. Colin Hirsch, SLUs very own Bob Barker, had the crowd sitting on each word as he introduced famous games such as Plinko, Lucky 7, and Secret X.

Luke Yamnitz, SAB’s chair for “The Price Is Right” had this to say, “this event is going to be a tradition that I hope to see grow over my time at Saint Louis University.” Yamnitz, a first year student, has done a lot during his first six months at SLU. His involvement in SAB has provided a spark for the organization.

Transforming into a Television Legend

“It was about a month before the show when Luke approached me,” said Colin Hirsch, “I did not have any idea of my responsibilities, but Bob Barker has always been one of my favorite game show hosts.”

Hirsch took to the stage and did his best impression of Bob Barker. “Colin did a phenomenal job. The crowd was engaged the entire time.” Said Ana Sontag.  Sontag is in her first year working at Saint Louis University in the Student Involvement Center. She is the main advisor in charge of the Student Activity Board.

Hirsch, sporting a light blue blazer, watched episodes of “The Price is Right” to learn about the various games as well as to pick up on some of Barkers mannerisms.  “I wanted to make this as real as possible. I did my homework and I feel like it paid off.”

The Pay Off is Huge

The students were chosen at random to be contestants on “The Price is Right”. Each game offered a chance for students to win various prizes from snack foods to an iPod Nano. The best prize was saved for last and David Gaillardetz and Patrick Kotecki were the two finalists.

They both were bidding on a Florida Vacation. Unlike the show, the finalsists did not receive the vacation as their grand prize. The students were bidding for their chance to win a 46-inch flat screen television.

The suspense of the final showcase was made even larger when both contestants overbid and had to rebid.

And the retial price is…

The crowd was ready to burst with the excitement that ensued as the finalists placed their second bid. As Hirsch was revealing the retail price, Kotecki knew that he was going to be the winner.

Like a cannon ball being fired out of a canon Kotecki sprinted up the stairs to his cheering section and back down to hug Hirsch.

“I showed up half way through the show. I never thought I would be playing on “The Price is Right”.

SAB Events

The Student Activity Board offers numerous opportunities for students to have fun on-campus. They are responsible for the Fall and Spring concerts as well as various events such as “The Price is Right” and recently hosted a Valentine’s Day Dinner and a movie.

Be Involved, Be A Billiken

The Student Activity Board is always looking for more members. Their office is located on the second floor of the Busch Student Center. They are open to new members and any ideas for events. “SAB is always developing and the new students always provide a spark of new ideas,” said Sontag.

Upcoming Events

  • Spring Concert 4/19/2012

SLU's very own Bob Barker, Colin Hirsch, addresses the crowd.

Patrick Kotecki celebrates after winning the Final Showcase.

Grand Forest shows their building pride.


Posted February 20, 2012 by dgreen19 in Uncategorized

The Future of Journalism: Through My Eyes   1 comment

The Rise and Fall of Pay Walls:

            In order to keep the newspaper business operating at a profit more papers will move to an online pay wall. I believe that it will be a struggle to gain viewers to their online sites. Readers will discover new ways to obtain the news they wish to read and will avoid the pay wall. The pay walls will then be removed.

Digital Media Convergence:

            This has begun and has been successful. Almost every news source has linked to twitter or facebook. More reporters will have personal sites where they will post their stories. This will allow more readers to access and even comment on the stories. This convergence will increase readership and help the journalists reach out to their readers.

Smaller Newsrooms:

            As the amount of readers and revenue drop to all time lows news papers will have to make cuts. This will come at the cost of their journalists. Especially in the new digital era, that allows for one journalist to do the work of three or four.


Posted January 30, 2012 by dgreen19 in Uncategorized

Journalists of the Future   Leave a comment

The future of journalism is moving toward become technological. Journalists will have to become more versatile. They will need to be more than writers. It is an exciting new development since news journalism can take so many different forms. It has opened up many new job opportunities for journalists capable of working within different forms of journalism. The one challenge is creating the best environment for journalists to succeed and to produce the best style of news for the public.It is a major shift from print media to digital media.

Posted January 26, 2012 by dgreen19 in Uncategorized

Africa 2 Australia. Reviewing the MPJ Journey   Leave a comment

The multiplatform journalism project I decided to review was “Africa 2 Australia”. This article caught my attention based on the simple but effective title. It made me wonder what stories were going to be told through out the article.

Upon entering the site, the viewer is met with an interactive loading screen. This keeps the readers attention until everything has loaded. Once everything has loaded audio begins playing with many artfully crafted photos changing in the background. The audio is telling a story of the first person that was telling their journey from Africa to Australia.

The site provides the reader and opportunity to watch 6 video and photo stories. The large amount of content has something for everyone, which makes this a valuable piece of multiplatform journalism since there is a little something for everyone. It also provides relevant timely information in a creative way.

The one thing that makes this a bit different than most multiplatform journalism is the amount of people working on the project. 30 people helped complete the project. So far the class has only seen clips and ideas produced by a one-man-band. I was surprised to find out the amount of people dedicated to work on the project.

Finally, the stories all have the option of being heard and read in a variety of languages. This spectrum of languages allows for the project to expand the audience and provide interpretation amongst many cultures. Dialogue can then begin to occur across different mediums and share other ideas.

Overall, this website provides great examples of multiplatform journalism. It provides timely news to the public. It also reaches a wide range of audiences. The creativity of collecting the various stories and producing them kept the reader engaged.

Posted January 24, 2012 by dgreen19 in Uncategorized