Apr 11, 2011
Here is the video he created. I think it's so much more valuable to have a student produced video explain this program than anything I could have made. That's what the JUA is all about: young people taking action to not only learn about things they care about but also to give something back. Thanks, Mack!
Mar 28, 2011
Next check out the data they collected during the trip.
This video is a nice summary of their program.
And their presentation wraps it all together.
Mar 24, 2011
My favorite part of the trip was listening to the presentation that was put on by Mr. York’s brother about 1band 1brand. It was interesting to hear about a unique idea that one of our teachers had a part in.
My favorite part of JUA was touring the House OF Blues. Learning the history and the many famous people that have stepped foot inside the building really inspired me.
My favorite part of the trip was touring the House of Blues. It was interesting learning about what happens behind the scenes. I also enjoyed learning about how to promote things and what the right and wrong way to do it are. Peace and love <3
My favorite part of the trip was seeing the Phantom Flex camera demonstration. Even though I didn’t understand most of the terminology, watching the footage that they took around Cambridge in slow motion was epic.
My favorite part of this JUA experience was learning about the organization 1band 1brand, which focused on the promotion of new and upcoming artists. It was a major influential experience for anyone with an aspiration for a music career.
My favorite part of the New Media JUA group was informing people about 1band 1brand, it was something that I feel will give a lot to not only the artists and designers but also the community. Giving people the information about this organization will help broaden horizons and expand the knowledge and awareness of others to media.
My Favorite part of the JUA experience was visiting The House Of Blues. From the recycled wood from hurricane Katrina used for the portraits to the Indian tapestry used as wallpaper, The House of Blues was filled with history, along with hosting some of the most popular modern day artists, it was an experience of a lifetime.
My favorite part of JUA was visiting The House Of Blues. This was a great experience, and really inspired me. The artists that have played there are true legends, and the way they represented them was incredible. This trip was a great way to widen my understanding of the music industry.
My favorite part of JUA was when we got to go to the House of Blues and get a fantastic tour. This was my favorite part because I got to see the number one place to hold a concert in the world. Another thing is that they had an amazing set up for music and lighting. I am so glad that NHS holds this for the juniors every year because it really helped with college. Thanks.
Here's a cool video the studio showed us made with the Phantom Flex.
After that, we took a tour of the Berkelee School of Music. The tour was interesting for many people who have a strong love for music. Berkelee is located in the center of Boston making it a unique campus and different from other colleges. We saw where they practice and perform many different types of music.
We walked to Newbury St. to grab a quick lunch and do some street promoting for 1band 1brand. We passed out and promoted 1band 1brand by handing out tokens with their logos on it, and spoke to the public about what they're all about. We found out that promoting isn't an easy task. We learned that there are right and wrong things to do when promoting. One big one is that you don't want to make it seem like your just looking for money. In order to attract people you need to think outside the box. One thing that 1band 1brand does great was instead of having regular business cards they put their logo on a wooden token as a different way to stand out.
Finally, we went on a tour of the House of Blues with Bob Dougherty, the Foundation room sales manager. The House Of Blues is the number one music venue in the world. The original House Of Blues was built in 1995 in Harvard Square and was then moved to the current venue next to Fenway Park. While we were visiting we learned a lot about the history of the venue, the original artwork throughout the venue and why it is so popular today. A lot the world’s greatest artists have performed there. Overall we learned that the venue is all about music, how it originated, what its meaning is, and what it means to the world.
http://www.1band1brand.com/ 1band 1 brand is a website promoting upcoming independent artists and clothing brands. They send out weekly updates completely free to subscribers, through email and newsletters. Kyle York spoke to us a lot about new and interesting ways to market products, and how we can get involved with the business side of the arts.
After the meeting we proceeded to Quincy Market to get something for dinner. There were a large variety of great tasting foods to choose from. After eating the group walked around and checked out the little shops that were in the market area. After leaving Quincy Market, we headed to the T station so we could catch a ride into the campus of Berklee, which is a world-renowned music school. At Berklee we watched a concert in the Red Room at the 939 café. There were three bands playing at the show, and all of which were upcoming underground artists. The café was mostly filled with Berkelee locals, and showed us more of the independent music scene. Some of us left after the second band, and the rest headed back during the third act to get in bed before lights out at 11.
To check out any of the bands we saw at café 939, you can go to their websites listed below:
The Winter Sounds
At the meeting with one of the owners of the company, "1Band 1Brand," we learned that in order to start a business/company, you need to have funds and/or a day job when you first start out. We learned that it is more easier now than ever to start a business because of the use of internet and social media networks. Since this is a newly launched company, the founders/owners of "1Band 1Brand" have yet to make a profit with this idea. In order for a company like this to make it big, you have to work your way up from the bottom and eventually it will become a well known name. With a new company or idea, you have to give it time and wait for the public to become interested in it on their own. If you force it on them, they will be pushed away and become uninterested in the idea.
We learned that there are multiple people and professions involved in producing a successful company. Each different field needs to work together and rely on each other in order to create one overall product. A lot goes into the production of the company "1Band 1Brand," other than just music and fashion. Label design, network design, financial development, advertisement, and many other fields of work have to collaborate in order for this company to exist. Each field relies on each other for business opportunities that utilize their particular skill.
The speaker expressed to us that it is important for us as juniors in high school to start now by becoming involved with what we are interested in before we go to college. We should make a plan as to what we want to accomplish in our life and work our way up to it by participating in unpaid internships and becoming exposed to the field at our age.
The tour around the House of Blues was the best experience during JUA for me. I was always interested in music, and being on a tour of a popular venue was like a dream come true. My first impression of the house however, was the color blue (yeah, I wasn’t impressed.) Later when we walked around and saw the music hall, the restaurant and the backstage area I found out that the House of Blues is full of hidden meanings that are expressed in paintings and different artworks that are all over the house. For example; Famous musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton and many more have their portraits in the house. There is a section where musicians faces have been sculpted into the wall and illuminated with a blue light, and it is called the "god-wall"! In the main music hall almost every religion is represented symbolically above the stage, all signs in the House of Blues are made out of recycled wood that was collected after the hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, and all this just shows how much thought and love was put into the House of Blues. It is not only a music venue, but also a museum. It has a philanthropic organization that brings art and music lessons to schools. It supports the local economy by attracting a lot of people. It is very versatile, but the coolest thing about the House of Blues is the backstage area. It is decorated in Indian wedding dress cloth, Persian carpets and a lot of Hindu artifacts give the area a really cool groove. This area is where the backstage politics happen. Managers, artists and agents get together here to plan the next concerts or salaries, include or exclude bands from venues, and celebrate their success!
We learned how artists get to perform in venues, and how much they get paid for performing, and that connections mean everything. This experience definitely influenced me to pursue a career in the music business!
We learn a lot from the experience, that the opportunity to perform is important and people have to strive for it. Successful musicians star with small event, they play not only at school but also at these Cafes and bars, so they get more known. They really put themselves out there and sell CDs, create themselves as products.
We observed that the symbiotic relationship really helps artist to be successful, such as connecting music with fashion design and marketing, so that it interests a larger grope of people, and the band would get famous faster. This is one of the most important way for artists to achieve their dreams.
I have never been to Fenway Park ever, and to see it from many angles that I may never get to see was very cool! After, they brought us up to the Owner's Suite overlooking the ballpark, so I was very appreciative of being in a place I knew not many people have been and I will probably never ever be back to, unless I one day own the Boston Red Sox :)
Red Sox Foundation, to discuss the Red Sox baseball franchise and its involvements with others. Mr. Prettyman spoke to us about how much the Red Sox are involved in the Boston and New England communities through multiple scholarship programs, fundraisers, and promotional events.
After speaking about give-back programs that the Red Sox run, Mr. Prettyman talked to us about the size of the organization. The Red Sox are not just the baseball team that everyone knows but instead are also the owners for multiple smaller organizations like the Liverpool Soccer team and a large NASCAR team as well as many other organizations. This really opened our eyes about how influential this organization is not only in New England but across the nation and globe.
We thought it would be a good insight to talk to him about being in our shoes at New Hampton and we all have the dream to play a sport in college, some in D-1. We asked him many questions: How he got to where he is now, his perspectives on playing D-1 sports, what stories he liked the most to cover as a sportscaster, and if he thought the spirit of the game has been lost from high school to college to pro? He did agree that is D-1 sports can be like your full-time job and to really pick a college for more than just sports in case you do get injured while you are there. He did think that playing in college did give him many opportunities for job openings in the future and many connections to people which helped him land his job today.
The street interviews went well. Both groups were very active and persistent in their work. Although the questions were broad, we noticed this after the fifth person said " Wow that's a really broad question", we were still able to get some awesome responses. At first we wanted to target middle aged adults and college students, but getting kicked out of Harvard didnt help us. So we just generally looked for anyone willing to get interviewed. By the way, the group members forgot to mention that the interviewers were going to get video recorded, so several people ran away as they noticed us approaching them.
We watched a series from National Geographic Channel called Hard Time. The series is a documentary about the life of correctional officers and inmates. The show demonstrated how people who wanted to become correctional officers through a vigorous training program. The show also showed the life style of prisoners. The episode we watched followed a prisoner who had just arrived at a prison and what happened right when you arrived.
We visited Boston University and met with five third year law students who are getting ready to take the bar exam this summer. We asked the questions about law school and why they wanted to become lawyers. We talked about the criminal justice system and if it was actually flawed or not.
Our visit with the BU law students was very interesting and informing. -Kim
We all visited the law students at BU and learned many interesting things, such as the difference between a public defendant and a prosecutor! -Kyra
The BU students were enthusiastic to describe what their future occupations demand. The overall meaning of law was defined through more specifically prosecution, defense, and justice as a whole. Many different scenarios were drawn frown to explain fully what a lawyer's job is. -Maddy
The BU students were very open to share their thoughts on their positions in law. It was interesting to hear what they had to say and what their opinions were.
The experience was unreal.
The students were open and it was easy communication.
Talking with the students at BU was a great experience and I learned a lot of things that many people might not n
Know... Your innocent until proven guilty
I learned a lot of new things that will come in handy later in life....Liam
Talked with law students from BU and learned more about criminal justice system in the USA. It was an interesting conversation.
I gained a lot of advice from talking with the law students, it really put the whole Idea of racial profiling and unfair justice into prospective.
Now back in school, students are reflecting on their trip to Boston. We did so much and learned a lot. We were only in Boston for 2 days but it felt much longer. We are now putting together a final project that will share what we did on our trip, what we learned, and the meaning behind what we are researching. We are very gracious that we got to visit MIT and Harvard, which is shown in the picture. We are also appreciative that we got to meet with Linda Thayer from Mass. Citizens for Life, Professor Joe Zhou at Harvard, and Professor Tracy Young-Pearse at Harvard Medical School. Our other picture shows our group with Professor Tracy Young-Pearse. Our final project will be a PowerPoint presentation, and will also have video of interviews with each of the students talking about their perspective on this issue as well as their experience.
Our JUA group met with Boston Blade's manager Paul Hendrickson. He answered all of our questions and gave us an idea on how we can give back. We are now in the process of sending a letter to numerous magazines and publications in an attempt to get the Boston Blade's the media attention we feel they deserve.
Tuesday morning our group went to a newspaper stand to pick up a few different newspapers from different parts of the world. Our goal was to see the differences of what they were focusing on. Because different people in our group speak many different languages we were able to get newspapers in Italian, French, Spanish, English and Arabic although no one in the group speaks Arabic we were still able to compare cover stories and pictures. What we found was that most Newspapers covered either Japan (English French and British) or Libya (Italian and Arabic). We concluded that because stories like Japan and Libya are current and important, most newspapers were covering their stories. However the Arabic newspaper focused more on Libya which is part of the Arab world.
Matt Moulton, Connor Slover, Trang Minh Le, Louis Zhu, Sydney Frazier, Cookie Burrus, Mack Willingham, Ethan Shinn, Dave McGrath, Mike Hutchinson, Claudia Mart Llado and Nick Wright - a huge thanks for being enthusiastic, engaged and responsible. You represented New Hampton School in the best ways and I appreciate all of your work. I will see all of you at 2:30 today in Memorial Hall Classroom to complete a stellar final project.
Mr. Mundahl thanks for all of your work to make this JUA experience such an amazing one!
This morning we visited the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. The college has around 3,500 students all focused on obtaining degrees in various aspects surrounding medicine. This college makes it possible to get your degree, and then achieve a master’s degree the year after. It is composed of 40 % men and 60% women. The college is situated in the medical district of Boston and is part of the Colleges of Fenway. Some opinions on the college were how nice the dorms were, how fast you can get a masters degree, and the direct entry approach. The college has a six-year doctorate program for students wishing to pursue a doctorate in pharmacy. When applying to the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, it is possible to directly enter this six-year program rather than have to compete against your peers in your sophomore year of college. In the doctorate program students are required to take classes in ethics and to work through real life scenarios so they are prepared to deal with difficult situations in the real world. Some of these include identifying when medications may interact and how to monitor the frequency and type of prescription a person is getting. By teaching the students this it helps to reduce the potential of people getting extra medication to sell. What surprised us was the bathroom situation in one of the dorms, there was one gender bathroom on each floor, but each floor was co-ed. You ended up having to go up or down a level in order to use the restroom. Overall, this was a very nice college visit and we learned a lot.
Mar 23, 2011
Later on, the group went around subway and interviewed people. We asked them whether or not they watch men or women's sport and why they do. We also asked them how the men's game differs from the women's and what they think should be done in order for the women's sports to grow. Many people said that they watched men's sports because they were a lot faster paced and that the intensity level is a lot higher. Many also said that they would rather watch men's because there was a lot more action.
Today was the second day of Junior Urban Adventure. We as a group, ‘Life against Life’, went to Harvard University and met one of the stem cell researchers, Joe Zhou. He explained to us precisely what he has been doing relating to stem cell research, specifically, regeneration; actually, he said that stem cell research is the part of regeneration research because the way stem cell research is applied is rooted from regeneration. He mentioned salamanders as an example when explaining about regeneration; when the gut of salamander was cut off, it did not die but regenerated the organ. This was interesting because, one day, as the regeneration research is improved, such specialized regenerating stem cell will be applied to a human’s specific organ.
After lunch, we traveled to Harvard Medical School in Boston. We met with professor Tracy, and Christina, two doctors researching IPS on how to use adult stem cells on Alzheimer’s disease. Fist, Dr. Tracy showed us a power point presenting the research of stem cells in an overview and the contrasts between a healthy brain and a brain infected with the Alzheimer’s disease. After, we looked at an electron microscope and saw the projections of the images on a computer screen. Christina described to us what the images were showing. We asked Dr. Tracy what her point of view on embryonic stem cell research was and she said that she wasn’t against embryonic stem cell research, but that they don’t use it for Alzheimer’s disease. We learned that there are two sides to every argument.
This system presents an interesting problem for the advertising section of TJX. Companies like, say, Polo Ralph Lauren, will spend an entire ad campaign to justify the price of their products. While TJX advertises how they could sell these products at a fraction of the cost, the consumer would realize the large profit margin of these manufacturers. For this reason, Marshall’s, Homegoods and TJ Max are not allowed to state directly the products they have in stock, and instead must focus their ads on the process of TJX’s aquisitions, and allow consumer to draw their own conclusions.
But does this process work? Do the people who shop at a place like Marshalls understand how their products are available at such low prices? In order to find out, our group conducted a survey and questionnaire outside the Marshalls on Boylston Street. We wanted to conduct the survey inside of the store, but were turned down, as the manager thought that it would distract or annoy shoppers. We’re working on compiling our results, and they’ll be presented in our group’s final project.
Working in this amazing public library is fun...
On Tuesday afternoon we took a trip to the sociology department of Boston University. After a bit of waiting, we went upstairs to find the office of Professor John Stone, head of the sociology department at BU. We filed into his office and took our seats as he prepared to speak to us. The interview started with a couple of questions from our group members. After a few questions we quickly learned Prof. Stone's passion; examining international migrations. He did his doctoral research in South Africa examining how the racist atmosphere effected the new white immigrants. He found that they would either become racist very quickly or deny the atmosphere and hate their environment. He helped our group by answering our questions about things such as: sample size, interview questions, the effectiveness of ESL and at what age someone stops being affected by their new environments.
Most people seem to think that candidates are limited to those who have money. Since there are restrictions on the amount of money a person can donate, the candidates who are not rich are at a disadvantage. Furthermore, we pondered with the idea that money is speech, and if you can't have your own advertisements and commercials, the only way to help express your opinion is to support a candidate through a donation. If this is true and money is speech, then do campaign restrictions on the donation of money violate your first amendment rights, freedom of speech? This question seemed to confuse some people but as a group we decided that restrictions on donations limit the support one can provide a candidate, restricts information that may be given in areas that normally isn't, and puts poorer candidates at a disadvantage.
We also concluded that most people are not very fond of our current government. For instance, it was said that people don't run for office to make the country or their state a better place, but simply for he benefits of being a government employee. Furthermore, it seemed like our current gridlock in government is all the Republicans fault. Most people believe they are unwilling to negotiate with the Democrats and don't want to work for the people but only for the benefit of themselves. We agreed as a group that these response may have to do with the fact that we are interviewing in a very liberal state and very liberal area. However, it is no secret that people are not satisfied with our current government, but why?
Most people seemed to want to complain about the government. Saying things like, everyone is corrupt, everyone is greedy, the economy is bad, healthcare stinks, but no one had specific or detailed reason why all of these things are true. Therefore, we decided that the image the media paints for the public is usually as far as it goes. People don't take the time to find out why these things are bad, they just think they know they are bad. Without educating oneself and wanting to know why certain aspects of government struggle, our country will never be able to make informed decisions. That is all for now, more to come later!
Of course now students regularly produce all kinds of content. In my media class, for example, finding a student who doesn't have a YouTube account is rare.
That being said I wonder if the concept of blogging is waning? Are new technologies taking over the space? Here on the JUA we are always trying to keep ahead of the curve so I pulled up some analytics data to see how this year compared to last. Although we are creating just as much content on the site, our blog viewership is down year-to-date:
Note that today's data is obviously incomplete so we may see a bump there.
On the other hand we have seen a massive up tick in student and staff Twitter use with hundreds of tweets demonstrating excellent use of tags, photos, mentions and brand interaction. I find this not only fascinating, but also hilarious because just last year all of my students had one of the following three responses when I told them we were going to use Twitter:
- A) Huh? Twitter? What's that?
- B) I don't get it
- C) I thought Twitter was for old people
This afternoon we volunteered at The Greater Boston Food Bank. This place serves most of Massachusetts shelters with food and supplies that families need in order to survive. We volunteered with 35 other people from Dunkin Donuts, Inuit, and Ohio State. We sorted around 11,722 pounds of food, in total creating over 7,222 meals. Chip quotes,” There is no better feeling than helping feed the hungry in the great city of Boston.” We separated food into different categories, such as pasta sauce, soaps, papers, and beans, to help streamline the process for shelters this food is given to. It was a fun environment; music was playing and all of the volunteers had a great attitude. This was a great way to give back and be able to help so many people.
This morning we went to the Hello House, an all men substance abuse rehabilitation center in the heart of Boston. The men there are there willingly, mainly between 20-50 years old. The program is based around the 12 steps of the AA (alcoholics anonymous) program. Whitey, the main counselor at the program, he is a recovering alcoholic who bases his program around overcoming alcoholism. Some points that really hit home with our group were the 12 steps and how detailed they were, Whitey and his story, the process of the program, and how ranged the ages of the men there were. The program has a pretty high success rate, most of the men who go through this program come out sober and with more knowledge of their addiction. The program made sure that the patients could live on their own, by making them find jobs, teaching them relapse preventions, and taking care of the house. The workers at the Hello House were determined to help the patients, even if they relapsed over and over again “We don’t give up on them” said Whitey.
Mar 22, 2011
After that, we walked to Metro Lacrosse’s office in Seaport to volunteer our time with all the new equipment that got shipped to them today. Metro Lacrosse is a non-profit organization that provides free equipment to kids around the Boston area who participate in their lacrosse program. One group screwed on brand new heads to new shafts, organized cones and body pads, and counted and organized helmets. It was great to help out this company as most of them are volunteers and do it for the love of the kids.
Then, we took the T again to go Northeastern University. There we met Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Pat Duquette, who gave us a tour of the athletic facility and gave us a great inside view of a coach’s perspective on recruiting. He also answered the question of how he recruits. He said that coaches recruit different but for them, they look for the overall person who has a good attitude that can help their team to succeed along with their great talent. It was a good comparison from a non-profit organization and a high big D-1 college where they help develop young athletes for the love of the game and they could possibly send them to a college where the game could possible turn into a “job." It was interesting to see the different opinions of people of whether or not they thought the real spirit and love of the game has been lost. And for the most part, they thought it has not but it isn’t for everyone to play at a D-1 level because it basically turns into your job.
Lastly, we walked across campus to the office of Sports in Society and met with the Executive Director Dan Lebowitz. He was a former body builder and had a great insight on how he worked for what he had and worked his way up to where he is today from a poor background and being disabled as a youth. The goal of the company is to use sports as a means to create social change. He also works with the MIAA to teach a curriculum of sports leadership to 50 high school athletes to later have them teach the middle school kids about anti-bullying and good leadership skills. He feels strongly about showing good qualities through role models in sports and praises those athletes in their Athletic Hall of Fame. He gave us great insight on our future college careers and words that we will always remember.
After getting lunch, the Life against Life group was able to meet with Linda from Mass. Citizens for Life at the hotel. It was a very informative meeting and was great to get a perspective on stem cells from an organization that is pro-life. After our meeting we quickly walked to MIT to take a tour of the campus. We were able to check out some of the academic buildings as well as some of the athletic facilities on campus. The tour took about an hour and a half. For dinner, our group ate at the Koreana Restaurant, a Korean BBQ restaurant where they cooked in front of us. It was a cool experience. Afterwards, we went to Fanuel Hall to get some ice cream and do some shopping. Tomorrow we look forward to spending the day at Harvard Stem Cell Institute.
Also folks will shortly be heading out for dinner and fun activities in their group. Lots of smiling kids and great stories of experiences today.
Overall we're looking forward to a exciting few days! We'll check back in soon with our impressions of the upcoming events.
So now is a good chance to ask you, dear blog reader, what is on the top of your mind? What questions do you have about the JUA? What kind of content would you like to see?
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Mar 21, 2011
In our Junior Urban Adventure we will meet with Kyle York of 1band 1brand, a business that supports and connects independent artists. We will talk with independent artists and visit Café 939, a venue for artists operated by Berklee College of Music. We will visit Rule and participate in a hands-on Learning Lab using the Phantom Flex, a revolutionary high-speed digital camera. A college tour of Berklee or Emerson, and a “give-back” to the independent artist community will round out our trip.
- We are still planning an 8:30pm meeting in the Master Classroom tonight
- We are still planning to board buses tomorrow by 7:30am behind the gym (see the full schedule to the right for more details)
If you are a day student and you are unable to make it to the meeting tonight due to hazardous travel conditions please see below.
- Please make arrangements to be on campus at 7:00am Tuesday so you can check in with your group leader and board your assigned bus by 7:30am
- Please review the packing list in the student resources section to make sure you have everything you need
- We will not be able to check in to the hotel immediately upon our arrival, please be prepared wearing what you need to wear and with everything you need for the day in a separate bag from your suitcase, your suitcase will be stored in a secure location until we are ready to check in
- Please review the Code of Conduct. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in swift action for you and possibly also your roommates in the hotel
Any student who will be unable to make it to the meeting tonight (or who will be late) should also contact their group leader to make sure they will be prepared for tomorrow.
Many thanks - and please stay safe! We look forward to seeing everyone soon.
Mar 20, 2011
Groups have already started blogging about where they are going and what they will be doing and you will be able to stay tuned here for all the latest and greatest throughout the program. Most groups will be posting 2-3 times a day during the trip!
If you would like to follow along with the program even closer you can search the tag #NHSJUA on Twitter or just check out the feed over on the right sidebar. I expect groups to be tweeting dozens of times a day, so that will be a fun way to keep up to date.
The JUA is our urban experiential learning project and we think it's a pretty compelling way to learn and experience interesting subjects together. If you need a quick overview of the program this is probably a good place to start.
Welcome back - and here we go!