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Daytona State College 2010 Talent Show: Photos & Videos

Photos from the Daytona State College 2010 Talent Show at the college theater, bldg. 220, Thu., Oct. 7, 2010, 6-8 PM.

This was the 2nd Annual Daytona State Talent Show and Pageant, held this year at the college theater instead of the News-Journal Center. This year’s show was presented by Student Government instead of Student Success. Read the 2010 Talent Show program here (PDF). Four performers returned from the 2009 Talent Show: Lillian Kinch, Jerred Mason, Farah Shaikh, and LaNae Wright.

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Felipe Brasil and others in the audience, 5:55 PM.

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Prof. Elena Jarvis before the show started. She was one of the judges and is the advisor to DSC In Motion, the college newspaper. 6:04 PM.

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Jillian Chase singing a love song on guitar, 6:09 PM.

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The judges for this year’s show were Warnell A. Vickers, Elena Jarvis, Bruce Cook, Jessica Kester, and Robert Grimm, from left to right. 6:10 PM.

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Brittany taking photos for DSC in Motion. On the left is Farhana “Farah” Shaikh, who performed a dance later but is uncredited in the program. 6:10 PM.

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Preston Johnston and Marina Lins introducing the 2nd contestant, 6:13 PM.

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Daniel Lucero singing a free flowing poem about life and relationships. 6:15 PM.

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Cornelius Simmons performing a loud rap piece, 6:19 PM.

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Massiel Rodriguez Leon, Gabriela Figuroa, William Ernesto Montes, and Reina Catu performing an international dance, 6:23 PM.

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Vernon Solomon singing a love song on the guitar, accompanied on the piano by Matt Elam. He won the Talent Show. 6:26 PM.

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Brittany taking another photo with her Canon EOS 7D, 6:39 PM.

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LaNae Wright performing a dance, as the first act of the Mr. and Ms. Daytona State pageant. I voted for her. 6:40 PM.

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Sarah Bebergal singing. I think this is called “Nothing,” and it’s about a girl trying to become an actress. 6:44 PM.

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Gerard Minnis singing, 6:49 PM.

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Kristy McLarnan performing a dance, 6:53 PM.

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Ashley Lumpkin singing, while I am wondering if that is her natural hair color. 6:56 PM.

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Francis “JR” Houston preparing to sing an old Christian song. I voted for him. 7:00 PM.

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Stacey Taylor performing a dance, 7:04 PM.

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The judges, quietly judging. I have a crush on Jessica, but like all faculty she is married. She is an Assistant Professor of English just like my aunt, and my aunt’s daughter’s name is also Jessica, which is really weird if you think about it. 7:06 PM.

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Lillian Kinch singing, 7:12 PM.

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Jerred Mason, the winner of Mr. Daytona State 2009 and 2010, reciting his poem, “This is How I Am.” He should NOT have been allowed to run again, but instead should have passed the crown to his successor. In fact, it was never stated that he was the CURRENT Mr. Daytona State, which was a definite oversight. Jerred made the same speech last year, and will be receiving another gym membership and $500 scholarship this year. 7:15 PM.

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The other contestants observing as Jerred is crowned again. 7:55 PM.

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Jerred T. Mason is re-elected as Mr. Daytona State. 7:55 PM.

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I meant to cheer up J.R. but did not get around to it. 7:56 PM.

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Nicole R. Brown, incumbent President of the Daytona State College Student Government Association, smiling as always, after giving the Ms. Daytona State award to Stacey Taylor, who will also be receiving a gym membership and $500 scholarship. Vernon Solomon won first place in the non-pageant portion of the talent show, which merits no scholarship. 7:57 PM.

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Backstage with Farah, Massiel, and Reina, 8:17 PM.

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Massiel, Reina, Farah, and William, 8:18 PM.

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Farah was the most beautiful girl in the entire theater ♥. 8:25 PM.

VIDEOS

This year, I shot 16 video clips which total 1:01:28 using my new Samsung SMX-F40BN/XXA digital camcorder on a 16GB SDHC memory card. At the end, the battery was down to 1/4 capacity, which means the battery is really crappy because it should last much longer. I charged it right before the show.

Farah took me to the show specifically to film her, which is why I have no photos of her performance. I did not find anyone to take pictures for me and I couldn’t do both at the same time. I ended up filming most of the acts. I wish I would have filmed the whole show and I should have bought an extra battery a week before.

Unlike last year, these videos are in widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio with stereo sound. I have resized the FLV files below to 480×272 pixels. Optimal playback requires Adobe Flash Player 9 and a sustained downstream connection of at least 768Kbps (i.e. AT&T DSL Lite).

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Jillian Chase singling and playing the guitar. [0:23]

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Daniel Lucero singing a free flowing poem about life and relationships. [3:36]

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Massiel Rodriguez Leon, Gabriela Figuroa, William Ernesto Montes, and Reina Catu performing an international dance. [2:34]

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Vernon Solomon singing a love song on the guitar, accompanied on the piano by Matt Elam. He won the Talent Show. [5:12]

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The band, led by Michael Cummings, performing a Pink Floyd song. [5:36]

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LaNae Wright performing a dance, as the first act of the Mr. and Ms. Daytona State pageant. She was accompanied by Gerard Minnis singing Amazing Grace. [1:47]

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Sarah Bebergal singing. I think this is called “Nothing,” and it’s about a girl trying to become an actress. [2:15]

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Gerard Minnis singing. He was runner-up for Mr. Daytona State. [3:28]

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The last 25 seconds of Ashley Lumpkin’s performance. I should have recorded her whole song. [0:25]

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Francis “JR” Houston singing. I did not know he has a good singing voice. [3:03]

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Jerred Mason, the winner of Mr. Daytona State 2009 AND 2010, reciting his poem, “This is How I Am.” [1:53]

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Long segment waiting for something to happen. Skip ahead to 1:30 to see LaNae Wright’s interview.

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The rest of the pageant interviews after LaNae Wright. I voted for J.R. and LaNae. [8:31]

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The talent show concluded with the band playing two Pink Floyd songs including “Brick in the Wall,” Bruce Cook’s closing notes, and the awards. [14:13]

CONCLUSION

It was a good show, but the audience was only about 200, compared to 460 last year. The News-Journal Center would have been better, but someone had already booked it. The performances were all good, but it was a shame Dr. Carole Luby and Michelle Moll were not involved, as they would have done more preparation. Nicole has too much on her plate, and it showed as the MCs got confused several times throughout the show. SGA did not successfully promote this show so very few students knew about it.

Awarding Jerred Mason the Mr. Daytona State crown two years in a row was outrageous, but he did get the most votes from the audience so it was legitimate in that respect. However, I really hope someone else wins next year.

My favorite acts were Daniel Lucero, Vernon Solomon, and Sarah Bebergal, but everyone was competent.

In the future, I would like to see the judges actually judge the performers after each performance, like on American Idol.

Short link to this post: daytonastate.org/ts10

Fall 2010 Award Disbursement

Daytona State College began disbursing scholarship refunds to the debit cards of college students yesterday, Sept. 24, 2010. If you don’t receive yours in the next two weeks, make sure to contact the office of student accounts.

Even students without scholarship or academic merit can receive a refund. The federal Pell provides most students with $694 per 3-credit class, and with Daytona State’s tuition costing $375 per class or less, this will result in windfalls of hundreds or thousands of dollars per semester for many students.

For a program that is completely unconstitutional, the Pell grant consumes a large portion of the Federal budget. While it cost a mere $16 billion dollars in 2008-2009, for the 2009-2010 school year the cost was $25.4 billion, and thanks to Obama, it is projected to cost $27.5 billion this fiscal year, granting an average of $3000 to over 8 million students. This wealth redistribution scheme is great news for students but bad news for job-seekers and the economy (an AA degree is becoming as common as dirt).

Note that if one of your parents died serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, you should receive a $2750 Pell grant this semester and next regardless of your eligibility or course load. Even though you are grieving, make sure you get your deserved award. If both your parents died in the line of duty, ask for even more money.

SGA Spirit Wars Photos, Wed., Oct. 7, 2009

Last Wednesday, 2009-10-07, the Student Government Association held Spirit Wars (codenamed Club Wars) on the quad out back of bldg. 130 (the cafeteria) at Daytona State College. It was from 11 AM to 2:25 PM and trivia indoors was from 2:30 to 3 PM. I didn’t get over there till 1 PM and I my job was helping to set up the chairs and tables for trivia, but I took a few photos. It was a contest with real scoring. At the end, the psychology club won, but there was a 3-way tie for 2nd.

Note that as always, each caption is for the ABOVE photo… not the one below. Also, all of these photos are in chronological order.

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Karen Zamora on the left waving, 12:54 PM. She was the co-host with Brian Portwine for the 2009-10-02 Talent Show. Each club wore different-colored T-Shirts made specially for SGA from club funds. Unfortunately I didn’t get a program so I don’t know the clubs. All I know is there are 12 official clubs on campus. Cheerleaders, pshchology, student newspaper, science, AASU, etc.

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Daytona State College 2009 Talent Show: Photos & Videos

Photos from the show at the News-Journal Center, Fri., Oct. 2, 8-10 PM. I was act one. I played The Entertainer on the piano with a slideshow of my photography. I got a big applause and I didn’t clam up at all, so I was lucky. It was my first time on stage in over a year and this was my largest audience. After my act I took lots of photos below. My Dad also took videos from the audience, including my performance, later in the post. Read my post yesterday.

Press info: You can use these photos for editorial purposes such as newspapers, newsletters, and websites. None of the people in pictures signed release forms so don’t use any of these images commercially. Click “high-res” to the right of each thumbnail to download the 10 MP version. They’re pretty grainy… I was using ISO1600 a lot on my Canon Rebel XTi. But they should look alright up to 8×10. Please credit me with the line “Photos by Richard X. Thripp.”

Photos of the Show

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Jerred T. Mason reciting an inspirational poem “This is How I Am.” He was act 2 and I was act 1 but I have no photos of my act because I couldn’t take photos while playing the piano. We were both running for Mr. Daytona State. Congratulations to Jerred for winning the Mr. Daytona State title! I got a special consideration certificate. 8:16 PM.

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Daytona State College 2009 Talent Show

I just played piano at the Daytona State College Talent Show at the News-Journal Center, 221 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach, FL 32114. The show was 8-10pm Fri. Oct. 2 (tonight) and it’s 10:45 now.

We had a full house… there were probably 800 people in the audience. It was great and I actually performed better than in the rehearsal. I was the opening act at 8pm, playing The Entertainer by Scott Joplin on the baby grand piano while a slideshow of 58 of my photos played including all 30 in my portfolio. The Rebel got a laugh from the audience.

I was also running for Mr. Daytona State against Jerred T. Mason, Zach Smith, and Tad Jennings. Jerred won with his monologue on overcoming obstacles in life and reaching your dreams, which is a lot of what I wrote last year in personal development. Michelle Underwood and Shawana Brown were running for Ms. Daytona State, and Michelle won with her improvised comedy act.

The show as very good. It was much better than the rehearsal Mon. and Thu. I told dozens of people about it at Daytona State College all this week and it seemed no one knew about it. I was only expecting a couple hundred people but Dad estimated there were 800-1000 students in the audience.

I took about 300 photos with my DSLR and my Dad filmed my performance. I’ll cull and edit everything by Sunday and post it then. It’s almost 11pm and I need some sleep.

Have a nice weekend everyone! Please leave your comments about the show on this blog post.

I also posted this on my personal blog.

Supplemental Instruction for Survey of Biology

As of Tue., Sept. 22 I am the Supplemental Instruction Leader (SI Leader) for Dr. Backer’s course, Survey of Biological Sciences (BSC1005) at bldg. 410 at Daytona State College. This is a job, so I’m now an employee of Daytona State College. 😀

I’ve created a webpage for the SI sessions on this website, including the session times. Attendance at this week’s Tue./Wed./Thu. sessions was 3/8/10 respectively. For sec. 3 there is an SI before the exam Tue., Sept. 29. Read all about it here: http://daytonastate.org/biology.

I lead three sessions weekly through December 2009. Come to any:
Tue., 11 AM – 12 PM, bldg. 410, rm. 228.
Wed., 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM, bldg. 410, rm. 228.
Thu., 2 PM – 3 PM, bldg. 410, rm. 131

Though it’s only a part-time work/study job, I’m glad to be a part of the Daytona State College team!

2009-09-09 Welcome Party Photos

There was a great party yesterday (Wednesday) near the clock tower at the main Daytona State College campus, from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. Unfortunately many people had classes and it was hot. I caught that last 40 minutes after my Prof. Smith’s Calculus II class. I’ve culled over 100 photos down to 18 below.

I’m providing 4 megapixel print copies of all the photos. Just click “High-Res” to the right of the thumbnails. You can pick out people in crowds with those photos.

Three crowd shots:

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How to Survive in QUANTA

QUANTA is Daytona State College’s premier learning community. It is interdisciplinary, meaning it merges multiple subjects into a cohesive framework. Instead of taking three courses in separate buildings with different professors and students, you get to stay with the same students and professors through six courses taught over two semesters.

I was in QUANTA 24 in the 2007-2008 school year, and I can tell you it is a hard set of courses. A lot is expected of you. You must have above-average ACT, SAT, or CPT scores to qualify. You are expected to have a firm grasp of history and the rules of English, and you will write over 20,000 words if you stay through both semesters. You must develop good habits and study techniques. You must manage your time well. Though QUANTA is based on creativity and flexibility, all your essays must make solid arguments citing other academic works. You must follow formal grammar and citation rules. This is a point-by-point guide to surviving in QUANTA.

Basics

How does QUANTA work? In the fall semester, it consists of English I by Professor Frank Gunshanan, Humanities I by Dr. Casey Blanton, and Introduction to Sociology by Dr. Michael Flota. Students who continue into the spring will learn English II, Humanities II, and American Political & Economic Issues from the same professors. Both semesters follow the same format but the spring semester is heavier. Though more advanced, we get more of the same from Frank and Casey in the spring, while Flota takes off with his analysis of the world economy, banking, and the evolution of American politics. I imagine his course will be even more interesting this year, what with the Obama administration, socialized health care, and the raiding of the U.S. treasury.

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2009 August 31: 1st Day Photos, QUANTA

Today, everyone started back at Daytona State College! I am only taking Calculus II, but my professor Brian Smith already covered the syllabus and policies, all of 6.1, and assigned 16 homework problems. An exciting day all around. I gave out 170 copies of Leafy Droplets and 10 copies of my newest article, Practicality, at QUANTA, my calculus class (bldg. 600 rm. 202 11AM-12:20PM), a neighboring class, the cafeteria, and to random strangers. I’m trying to get rid of all the photos I backprinted in 2007, this being the first.

QUANTA is as good as always with 60 new students this semester. Casey, Frank, and Michael aren’t changing the format because it works so well, so today was the introduction and Wednesday will be the scavenger hunt which educates students about the campus. The major learning starts Friday.

Incidentally, the QUANTA home page and reflections page shows photos I took in the Fall 2007 semester.

Anyway, on to today’s photos.

2009-08-31 Welcome

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700 Student Bills Unpaid

Hello readers. I took the spring off and while I took a computer programming course at Daytona State over the summer, it wasn’t interesting enough to write about. Since I’m going back to offline classes next week (just one Calculus II course and lab), I’ll start blogging here again.

I just got an email from the college which mentioned this:

“In addition, there are approximately 700 students who have bills due today that have not paid or deferred their bill. If this is not done today, classes will be cancelled.”

Since Daytona State’s enrollment is only around 25,000 students, that’s 3% that haven’t even paid for their classes. I bet maybe 200 will pay today. I guess we’ll have a lot of canceled classes as classes will be merged to make up for the missing students.

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