Monday, May 10, 2010

A Goodbye From our Co-Presidents

Hey Comm Club!!

Thank you to everyone who participated and was involved with the club this year. Our events and meetings were only a success because of your involvement. During our four years at NYU we have seen the Comm Club evolve and grow, and we hope that it continues to do so! Being a part of the E-Board the last few years and serving as Co-Presidents this year have been great opportunities that helped shape our time at NYU and played significant roles in defining our college experiences. Thank you to all who worked with us on the Communications Club!!

We now pass the torch (pardon the NYU pun...we couldn't resist) to next years' Co-Presidents Natan Edelsburg and Sara Saldi. We can't wait to see all of the amazing plans they have for the club put into action.

Have a great summer everyone!

Caitlin Pirraglia and Felicia Shulman

Monday, March 29, 2010

What is Google Wave?

Written by: Catherine Liu

I recently came across an article in Times Magazine about a new communication tool called Google Wave. It has yet to be fully released, and is therefore not too well known. Even those people that have heard of it oftentimes do not know exactly what it is. One way to become acquainted with Google Wave is to watch Google’s explanatory video filmed at the Google Wave Developer Preview I/O 2009 Event. However, if you don’t have the time and energy to watch an hour and twenty minute long video (who does?) here are the essentials of what is discussed so you can get an idea of what Google Wave is, what it is used for, and how to use it yourself.

What is it?
Google Wave is “a personal communication and collaboration tool” that is going to be “an open system of communication”. It builds on the idea of e-mail, but instead of treating the conversations as individual messages, an entire conversation is treated as a shared object hosted on a server. This means that users can enter a "Wave" and be able to see the original message, all of the replies, photos, documents, and anything and everything that has been said. To put in simply , a "Wave" is essentially a long email thread where everyone "replies to all" -- but instead of a cluttered and confusing email chain, it is all contained on one simple, easy server.

The Basics:
•Click "New Wave" to begin a new thread, and type a title in the first line.
•Once you finish typing your message, click "Done" and it will ask if you would like to add more users. This is when you choose who will receive the message and therefore have access to this "Wave".
•When you receive a message, you can reply to it by simply splitting apart the message and inserting your response directly in the part of the original that you want. It is sort of like editing the original message to add your own thoughts.
•When users happen to be on together, you could do a wave "IM". The difference between regular IM and the IM in Wave is that every character you type is transmitted as you type, even before you click done or enter to send your response. You can also choose to disable this function so no one sees what you are typing until you hit "Done". This is really cool, and is some sort of middle ground between chatting online and chatting in person.
•You can add a person to an ongoing conversation. (Usually with e-mail, the newest person to the conversation would not have access to the previous conversations/emails.) You would place that person into the Wave and they would have access to the conversation and the original message as well (to access the original message and previous edits or additions, click on "playback"). The new participant can now join the conversation with ease (very useful for group conversations).
•You use "Private Reply" when you don’t want all the participants to see the message you write. You may also add participants you do want to see the message by adding them to the private reply thread.

•To attach pictures, you simply drag them into the wave. You can upload and download pictures, create group photo albums, copy images from one Wave to another new one, etc.

•You can embed the whole Wave onto a webpage - a cool feature that expands group viewing capabilities much further.

•You can use Wave on mobile devices
•New Spell Checker: It doesn’t just find your word by matching it up with words in the dictionary…it takes into account the context of the word so it helps you find the word you need even faster! Sometimes it automatically corrects your errors!
•Gadgets and Games: Play games (like soduku, chess) with all the benefits of Wave's playback
•Translations: Wave translates your sentence automatically into your desired language. Currently there are 40 languages available and it will translate between any pair of languages you choose.

My first impression of Google Wave is quite positive. It is a new, more convenient way to communicate, combining already existing communication forms into one easy-to-use space. Wave allows for real time communication among large groups of people. It is a whole new way of sharing online.

For More Information:

Edited by: Sara Saldi

Campus MovieFest at NYU

Comm Club is excited to finally be gearing up for the school-wide event, Campus MovieFest. 2010 marks the third year that Comm Club has sponsored the festival. Campus MovieFest is a program that provides students with HD Cameras and MacBook Pros (complete with editing software) completely free of charge, allowing hundreds of students to produce their films and compete against other NYU student filmmakers. Students borrow equipment for one week in order to complete a 5-minute short film on any topic or genre. This allows a chance to win recognition as well as prizes. Campus MovieFest's goal, as outlined on their website, is:

"To showcase the next generation of moviemakers and empower people everywhere to share their stories with the world a vision that has provided students the chance to learn skills that will be beneficial throughout their lives."

NYU's Top 16 films will be showcased at a red carpet Grand Finale on April 23 in Cantor. Winners then move on to a regional competition hosted at Lincoln Center, which will be part of the TriBeCa Film Festival this year!

For those of who want to participate, sign up on the website at and come to Kimmel 905 on April 6th to start filming! CommClub is also looking for volunteer judges (as long as you're not competing, you can judge!) to watch student-films and eat pizza. We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming CMF festivities!

Please contact us at with questions or to participate!

Monday, March 22, 2010

March Monthly Meeting!

Hey Comm Club - welcome back from Spring Break, hope everyone had a fun and relaxing time!

Our Monthly Meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday, March 23rd at 7 pm. The meeting will NOT be in the MCC Department this month. Instead, we are meeting on the third floor of Pless Hall (82 Washington Square East).

FREE pizza from Artichoke will be served! We will be discussing upcoming events as well as opening up conversation about class schedules (due to upcoming fall registration). So get excited.

See you all on the third floor of Pless at 7pm tomorrow!

Friday, February 26, 2010

March 3rd: "Free"lancing? Panel

Hey Comm Club. Just wanted to let you know that our friends over at Women in Communication are sponsoring a really cool panel with Career Services at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. See details below!

Women in Communication and Career Services at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute present...


-Hear media professionals discuss pros and cons
-Find out when working for free be worthwhile
-Have your questions answered!

Just some of the panelists include:
Monica Leas, the assignment manager at, a website started by NBC with an emphasis on the African American community and video stories.

Kevin Gray, a magazine writer who covers business, crime, politics and international affairs. He also writes about gender in America. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Conde Nast Portfolio, Details, The New York Times Magazine, New York and Newsweek. He is a former producer at CNN, where he covered business news.

Open to all students. Bring a friend. And as always, there will be FREE FOOD! Pizza AND cupcakes will be served!

Wednesday, March 3. 7:00pm-8:30pm. Kimmel 406

See you there!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

February Monthly Meeting

Hello Comm Club! Just wanted to remind everyone to come to our first general meeting of the spring semester. It is tonight, February 23rd at 7:00pm. We will be in the MCC Department (239 Greene Street on the 7th floor).

We are excited to see everyone and hear your ideas about events for the spring semester! We already have some amazing stuff planned including free studio tours, show tapings, movies, and more.

Special guest and former Comm Club President Aaron Azpiazu will be there talking about Campus Movie Fest, an exciting event taking place later on in the semester. You definitely don't want to miss hearing about it, it is a fantastic opportunity!

Looking forward to seeing you all! And as always, there will be FREE food provided!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Haiti: Events at NYU

In light of the recent earthquake in Haiti, we want to bring everyone’s attention to events happening around campus to raise money to aid relief efforts, and also provide links to many relief organizations where you can help by donating money. It is important that we all do what we can to help those in need.

Here are some events on and around campus:

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
: Headshots for Haiti
12pm -8pm - Tisch School of the Arts - Riese Student Lounge
721 Broadway - Photo ID required upon entry. Walk-ins only.
Have your headshots taken by Photography & Imaging students. 100% of sales will benefit Haiti Relief Efforts
Visit Headshots for Haiti on Faceboook and Twitter.
Headshot prices:
NYU Students $60 color or black & white
NYU Student $80 color and black & white
NYU Alum $100 color and black & white
Outside NYU $150 color and black & white
Per Image, Touch Ups $40
Host: TSOA Department of Photography & Imaging and Student Affairs
For more information please contact Liz Andrews
at 212-998-1926 or

Monday, January 25- Thursday, January 28: Hot Chocolate for Haiti
12:15pm-1:30pm - Tisch Hall Lobby of the Stern School
SternCares and Stern Student Council will be sponsoring "Hot Chocolate for Haiti" Cups of hot chocolate and snacks will be available for a donation in the lobby of Tisch Hall each day from 12:15-1:30. All proceeds will go to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.
Host: SternCares and Stern Student Council
For more information please visit: or email

Tuesday, January 26, 4:50pm: Vigil for Haiti

Gould Plaza - Front of Tisch Hall of the Stern School
West 4th Street at Greene Street
Please join us in marking the two-week anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. We will begin with a moment of silence, followed by candle-lighting and brief remarks from university leaders. The people of Haiti have suffered tremendously, so it is our hope to show our support as a student body and to remember the many victims of this disaster.
Host: Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life
For further information, please contact Rachel Slaff -

Tuesday, January 26 through Monday, February 1: Seven Days for Haiti
Join the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU in raising as much money and awareness as we can during a week-long campaign for Haiti. Initiatives will include fund-raising, political action on behalf of the people of Haiti, and support for the local Haitian community. Donate whatever you can - be it time or money - and help the people of Haiti in their time of need. As more details and co-sponsors become available additional updates will be released.
Host: Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life
To get involved, please contact Rachel Slaff at

January 19 through January 29, 2010: Clothing and First Aid Supply Donation Box
Kimmel Center, 7th floor Lounge
Drop off gently worn clothing and unopened first aid supplies to drop boxes.
Items will be transported to Haiti via the Bedford Haitian Community Center and Helping Hands Bring Sunshine.
Host: Delta Phi Epsilon
Student Contact; Rachel Freiman, VP of Programming, DPHIE

January 20 through February 15, 2010: On-Line Initiative
Gallatin Student Council On-Line Fundraising Appeal For UNICEF in Haiti
Goal: $5,000 by February 15, 2010.
Gallatin Student Council has created a fundraising page for United States Fund for UNICEF in Haiti. UNICEF was chosen because of their commitment to providing help directly to children who are one of the most vulnerable groups after a natural disaster. After the cameras have left, UNICEF will continue their work there building schools, medical clinics and fostering education.
To make a donate or for more info about UNICEF in Haiti go to:
Host: Gallatin Student Council
We thank you in advance for your support, and if you have any questions or
would like to get involved, feel free to contact me at, or
Rick Stern at

Sunday, January 24th at 3pm: Benefit Concert for Haiti
17 Smith Street, Brooklyn NY 11201
Grammy Award Winning Brookyln Tabernacle Gospel Choir
Hosted by: Christian Fellowship, NYU School of Medicine
Student Contact: ! Michelle Rullan,

Sunday, January 24, 2010: Horns for Haiti (Night of Dancing)
7pm to midnight
The Living Theatre, 21 Clinton Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan
Join the Hungry March Band, Raya Brass Band + More for a night of dancing in support of Haiti. Special Guest Performances by Mikerline Afro Haitian Dance + Drum Troupe, Peniel Guerrier + More. Special moment with Rev. Billy + the Life After Shopping Gospel Choir
$20 (or more please) All money to benefit Doctors Without Borders and the Haitian performers with family Haiti. Space is limited, come early.

Some of the many organizations collecting money:

Red Cross


Doctors Without Borders

Partners in Health

Clinton Bush Haiti Fund

Islamic Relief USA

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

American Jewish World Service

Catholic Relief Services

Christian Relief Services

In order to keep students and others informed, NYU has created a special NYU web site for disseminating information regarding the NYU community response to the Haiti Earthquake:

Please help any way you can.

Welcome Back Comm Club!

We hope you all had an excellent winter break and that you are looking forward to an even better Spring Semester! Comm Club has excellent events planned and we hope to see you all at our monthly meetings. Dates will be announced shortly! As always, make sure to keep an eye out for new blog posts and emails.

Also, if you are interested in getting more involved with Comm Club this semester, we are looking for two new E-Board members to be our USG Representatives at weekly Student Government meetings. If you are available on Tuesday’s from 12:30-1:45 and are interested in taking a more active role with the club, email for more information!

Here’s to a great semester!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Bi-Weekly Interview: Jim Ford

Written by Natan Edelsburg
Edited by Sara Sald

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jim Ford, talented actor and Chief Web Designer for NYU Steinhardt. Jim has played an essential role in helping the Comm Club begin to re-brand themselves this semester by helping us design a new website. He's also been helping out Steinhardt's Undergraduate Student Government by working with their new social media guru, freshman Jeremiah Malina. More importantly though, Jim was behind Steinhardt's phenomenal new web design, which if you haven't noticed, rolled out this semester. Here's a condensed and edited version of my interview.

How did you start your career as a web developer?

I majored in acting in college. I got my first job as an "HTML Monkey" making travel sites for destinations in the Caribbean.

When did you start working on Steinhardt's Website?

In 2000 the web team consisted of one person. We spent two and a half years building a site for the school. I then left Steinhardt for a bit and went to work for a company called Fractured Atlas, a non-profit that helped provide affordable healthcare for emerging artists, where I served as Director of Member Services. I then ended up coming back to NYU when a new position opened up.

When was the last time the site was redesigned?

We redesigned the site in 2007 when Steinhardt re-branded itself, changing its name to the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The problem with the original website was that the site was based more on the design and less on the userability. Using a trackpad with the site was horrible. However, we did introduce a great CMS (Content Management System), which allows departments and student organizations to easily create a page with their content.

What are some of the cool features of the new redesign?

When designing the site we used the mega drop-downs with a limitless options-style designed by expert usability consultant Jakob Nielsen. It lets users click where they want to go as quickly as possible. We also have a great video portal with interviews and lectures. Lastly, we launched our News Portal that features new blogs and happenings around Steinhardt.

Many students prefer to use Gmail as supposed to NYU's Messenger and other intranet features. Do you have any insights why NYU hasn't gone Google?

I'm not positive but it probably has to do with FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) that protects academic records. NYU may not want to give Google access to student's private communication with professors and other students. Another concern may be that they don’t want to sell their student’s attention to Google. It’s true that Google is pretty good about ads with their academic suites, but it could still be a potential issue.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Hey Comm Club! We wanted to wish everyone good luck on finals and invite you to our final event of the semester: MadCupMenCakes! It is happening today, Thursday December 10th, in Room 803 of Kimmel at 8:30pm.

The event is very chill and will allow all of us to take a break from Bobst. We are going to watch the Emmy award winning show "MadMen" and eat cupcakes of various brands to take a break from the madness that is finals.

Hope to see you all there! As always, if you have any questions, please contact us at


The Comm Club EBoard