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Rebecca Bravo
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A group of graduating journalism students decided to create a website that is based on research and experiences on the complex issues of the current recession and its local effects.
All students graduating from the University of La Verne are required to do a senior project in their major based on what they have learned throughout your college career.
“Recession Realities: Suffering and Surviving in the Inland Empire” was created by seniors Kevin Garrity, Aaron Braunwalder, Sher Porter and Megan Sebestyen. The site was designed by Senior Multimedia Major Kaena Keefer.
The idea for the project – a Web-based magazine – was suggested by Associate Professor of Journalism Elizabeth Zwerling, who served as their project adviser.
Each senior was asked to pick an issue that intertwined with the recession and to experience the issue first hand by immersing themselves in the situation through volunteer work.
Staff and state budget cuts have taken a toll on public education, so Garrity decided to focus on this issue.
Garrity volunteered at a local school and was able to talk to teachers about the problems schools face.
“I (got) a sense of what they’re really going through,” Garrity said. “ Some of the stories I heard were humanized to me after helping out at the schools.”
Porter chose to focus on homelessness in the Inland Empire.
“It’s becoming an issue for people who never thought it would be an issue for them,” Porter said.
Porter wrote about the Foothill Homeless Shelter in Upland, and volunteered God’s Kitchen, a soup kitchen in Corona.
“Just learning how many people are homeless is an eye-opener,” Porter said.
Sebestyen concentrated on animal shelters, whose facilities and employees have been overtaxed because of the recession.
“I feel like its something that hasn’t really been explored, but the truth is animal shelters are underfunded,” Sebestyen said.
She volunteered at the Upland Animal Shelter where she became keenly aware of the issues in the shelters.
“Animal shelters were in a really tight spot, and since the recession there’s a huge increase in the number of animals and a huge drop in volunteers, budgeting and donations,” Sebestyen said.
Sebestyen said a statistic that stuck with her was that one in four dogs born in California has a very good chance of winding up in a shelter.
Braunwalder chose the topic

A group of graduating journalism students decided to create a website that is based on research and experiences on the complex issues of the current recession and its local effects.

All students graduating from the University of La Verne are required to do a senior project in their major based on what they have learned throughout your college career.

“Recession Realities: Suffering and Surviving in the Inland Empire” was created by seniors Kevin Garrity, Aaron Braunwalder, Sher Porter and Megan Sebestyen. The site was designed by senior multimedia major Kaena Keefer.

The idea for the project – a Web-based magazine – was suggested by Associate Professor of Journalism Elizabeth Zwerling, who served as their project adviser.

Each senior was asked to pick an issue that intertwined with the recession and to experience the issue first hand by immersing themselves in the situation through volunteer work.

Staff and state budget cuts have taken a toll on public education, so Garrity decided to focus on this issue.

Garrity volunteered at a local school and was able to talk to teachers about the problems schools face.

“I (got) a sense of what they’re really going through,” Garrity said. “ Some of the stories I heard were humanized to me after helping out at the schools.”

Porter chose to focus on homelessness in the Inland Empire.

“It’s becoming an issue for people who never thought it would be an issue for them,” Porter said.

Porter wrote about the Foothill Homeless Shelter in Upland, and volunteered God’s Kitchen, a soup kitchen in Corona.

“Just learning how many people are homeless is an eye-opener,” Porter said.

Sebestyen concentrated on animal shelters, whose facilities and employees have been overtaxed because of the recession.

“I feel like its something that hasn’t really been explored, but the truth is animal shelters are underfunded,” Sebestyen said.

She volunteered at the Upland Animal Shelter where she became keenly aware of the issues in the shelters.

“Animal shelters were in a really tight spot, and since the recession there’s a huge increase in the number of animals and a huge drop in volunteers, budgeting and donations,” Sebestyen said.

Sebestyen said a statistic that stuck with her was that one in four dogs born in California has a very good chance of winding up in a shelter.

Braunwalder chose the topicof health for the website.

“Health is very important and I got to see that people were not in the best position because of poor nutrition,” Braunwalder said.

Braunwalder volunteered many hours at True Vine Church in San Bernardino. And he did a story on a health education program in Montclair called Por La Vida.

Braunwalder said working on this project made him appreciate what he has.

In addition to the bleak “Recession Realities” explored on the site, Garrity wrote a story on green building construction and how local green projects are creating jobs.

Project adviser Zwerling said she’d been wanting to do such a group project, which combines the skills students have learned in journalism with some of the changes brought about by the Web.

“For one thing there are no space restrictions on the Web, so students could immerse themselves in the issues and write longer pieces.”

Zwerling added that the idea of writing first-person stories was also Web-influenced.

“With blogging and so many niche sites, we see a lot more first-person journalism today than we did 10 years ago. It’s a style I wanted the students to explore, since they will very likely have to write first-person stories in their professional careers.”

“I really liked the idea for our senior project because I thought it was a great opportunity to raise awareness,” Braunwalder said.

The site will be available through a link on the Campus Times website starting next week.

Rebecca Bravo can be reached at rebecca.bravo@laverne.edu.

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<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">A group of graduating journalism students decided to create a website that is based on research and experiences on the complex issues of the current recession and its local effects.</div>  <div style="overflow: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px;">A group of graduating journalism students decided to create a website that is based on research and experiences on the complex issues of the current recession and its local effects.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">All students graduating from the University of La Verne are required to do a senior project in their major based on what they have learned throughout your college career.</div>  <div style="overflow: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px;">All students graduating from the University of La Verne are required to do a senior project in their major based on what they have learned throughout your college career.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">“Recession Realities: Suffering and Surviving in the Inland Empire” was created by seniors Kevin Garrity, Aaron Braunwalder, Sher Porter and Megan Sebestyen. The site was designed by Senior Multimedia Major Kaena Keefer.</div>  <div style="overflow: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px;">“Recession Realities: Suffering and Surviving in the Inland Empire” was created by seniors Kevin Garrity, Aaron Braunwalder, Sher Porter and Megan Sebestyen. The site was designed by Senior Multimedia Major Kaena Keefer.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">The idea for the project – a Web-based magazine – was suggested by Associate Professor of Journalism Elizabeth Zwerling, who served as their project adviser.</div>  <div style="overflow: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px;">The idea for the project – a Web-based magazine – was suggested by Associate Professor of Journalism Elizabeth Zwerling, who served as their project adviser.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">Each senior was asked to pick an issue that intertwined with the recession and to experience the issue first hand by immersing themselves in the situation through volunteer work.</div>  <div style="overflow: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px;">Each senior was asked to pick an issue that intertwined with the recession and to experience the issue first hand by immersing themselves in the situation through volunteer work.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">Staff and state budget cuts have taken a toll on public education, so Garrity decided to focus on this issue.</div>  <div style="overflow: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px;">Staff and state budget cuts have taken a toll on public education, so Garrity decided to focus on this issue.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">Garrity volunteered at a local school and was able to talk to teachers about the problems schools face.</div>  <div style="overflow: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px;">Garrity volunteered at a local school and was able to talk to teachers about the problems schools face.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">“I (got) a sense of what they’re really going through,” Garrity said. “ Some of the stories I heard were humanized to me after helping out at the schools.”</div>  <div style="overflow: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px;">“I (got) a sense of what they’re really going through,” Garrity said. “ Some of the stories I heard were humanized to me after helping out at the schools.”</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">Porter chose to focus on homelessness in the Inland Empire.</div>  <div style="overflow: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px;">Porter chose to focus on homelessness in the Inland Empire.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">“It’s becoming an issue for people who never thought it would be an issue for them,” Porter said.</div>  <div style="overflow: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px;">“It’s becoming an issue for people who never thought it would be an issue for them,” Porter said.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">Porter wrote about the Foothill Homeless Shelter in Upland, and volunteered God’s Kitchen, a soup kitchen in Corona.</div>  <div style="overflow: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px;">Porter wrote about the Foothill Homeless Shelter in Upland, and volunteered God’s Kitchen, a soup kitchen in Corona.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">“Just learning how many people are homeless is an eye-opener,” Porter said.</div>  <div style="overflow: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px;">“Just learning how many people are homeless is an eye-opener,” Porter said.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">Sebestyen concentrated on animal shelters, whose facilities and employees have been overtaxed because of the recession.</div>  <div style="overflow: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px;">Sebestyen concentrated on animal shelters, whose facilities and employees have been overtaxed because of the recession.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">“I feel like its something that hasn’t really been explored, but the truth is animal shelters are underfunded,” Sebestyen said.</div>  <div style="overflow: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px;">“I feel like its something that hasn’t really been explored, but the truth is animal shelters are underfunded,” Sebestyen said.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">She volunteered at the Upland Animal Shelter where she became keenly aware of the issues in the shelters.</div>  <div style="overflow: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px;">She volunteered at the Upland Animal Shelter where she became keenly aware of the issues in the shelters.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">“Animal shelters were in a really tight spot, and since the recession there’s a huge increase in the number of animals and a huge drop in volunteers, budgeting and donations,” Sebestyen said.</div>  <div style="overflow: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px;">“Animal shelters were in a really tight spot, and since the recession there’s a huge increase in the number of animals and a huge drop in volunteers, budgeting and donations,” Sebestyen said.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">Sebestyen said a statistic that stuck with her was that one in four dogs born in California has a very good chance of winding up in a shelter.</div>  <div style="overflow: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px;">Sebestyen said a statistic that stuck with her was that one in four dogs born in California has a very good chance of winding up in a shelter.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">Braunwalder chose the topic</div>  
A group of graduating journalism students decided to create a website that is based on research and experiences on the complex issues of the current recession and its local effects.  
  <div style="overflow: hidden; width: 1px; height: 1px;">Braunwalder chose the topiA group of graduating journalism students decided to create a website that is based on research and experiences on the complex issues of the current recession and its local effects.</div>
All students graduating from the University of La Verne are required to do a senior project in their major based on what they have learned throughout your college career. All students graduating from the University of La Verne are required to do a senior project in their major based on what they have learned throughout your college career.
“Recession Realities: Suffering and Surviving in the Inland Empire” was created by seniors Kevin Garrity, Aaron Braunwalder, Sher Porter and Megan Sebestyen. The site was designed by senior multimedia major Kaena Keefer. “Recession Realities: Suffering and Surviving in the Inland Empire” was created by seniors Kevin Garrity, Aaron Braunwalder, Sher Porter and Megan Sebestyen. The site was designed by senior multimedia major Kaena Keefer.
The idea for the project – a Web-based magazine – was suggested by Associate Professor of Journalism Elizabeth Zwerling, who served as their project adviser. The idea for the project – a Web-based magazine – was suggested by Associate Professor of Journalism Elizabeth Zwerling, who served as their project adviser.
Each senior was asked to pick an issue that intertwined with the recession and to experience the issue first hand by immersing themselves in the situation through volunteer work. Each senior was asked to pick an issue that intertwined with the recession and to experience the issue first hand by immersing themselves in the situation through volunteer work.
Staff and state budget cuts have taken a toll on public education, so Garrity decided to focus on this issue. Staff and state budget cuts have taken a toll on public education, so Garrity decided to focus on this issue.
Garrity volunteered at a local school and was able to talk to teachers about the problems schools face. Garrity volunteered at a local school and was able to talk to teachers about the problems schools face.
“I (got) a sense of what they’re really going through,” Garrity said. “ Some of the stories I heard were humanized to me after helping out at the schools.” “I (got) a sense of what they’re really going through,” Garrity said. “ Some of the stories I heard were humanized to me after helping out at the schools.”
Porter chose to focus on homelessness in the Inland Empire. Porter chose to focus on homelessness in the Inland Empire.
“It’s becoming an issue for people who never thought it would be an issue for them,” Porter said. “It’s becoming an issue for people who never thought it would be an issue for them,” Porter said.
Porter wrote about the Foothill Homeless Shelter in Upland, and volunteered God’s Kitchen, a soup kitchen in Corona. Porter wrote about the Foothill Homeless Shelter in Upland, and volunteered God’s Kitchen, a soup kitchen in Corona.
“Just learning how many people are homeless is an eye-opener,” Porter said. “Just learning how many people are homeless is an eye-opener,” Porter said.
Sebestyen concentrated on animal shelters, whose facilities and employees have been overtaxed because of the recession. Sebestyen concentrated on animal shelters, whose facilities and employees have been overtaxed because of the recession.
“I feel like its something that hasn’t really been explored, but the truth is animal shelters are underfunded,” Sebestyen said. “I feel like its something that hasn’t really been explored, but the truth is animal shelters are underfunded,” Sebestyen said.
She volunteered at the Upland Animal Shelter where she became keenly aware of the issues in the shelters. She volunteered at the Upland Animal Shelter where she became keenly aware of the issues in the shelters.
“Animal shelters were in a really tight spot, and since the recession there’s a huge increase in the number of animals and a huge drop in volunteers, budgeting and donations,” Sebestyen said. “Animal shelters were in a really tight spot, and since the recession there’s a huge increase in the number of animals and a huge drop in volunteers, budgeting and donations,” Sebestyen said.
Sebestyen said a statistic that stuck with her was that one in four dogs born in California has a very good chance of winding up in a shelter. Sebestyen said a statistic that stuck with her was that one in four dogs born in California has a very good chance of winding up in a shelter.
Braunwalder chose the topicof health for the website. Braunwalder chose the topicof health for the website.
“Health is very important and I got to see that people were not in the best position because of poor nutrition,” Braunwalder said. “Health is very important and I got to see that people were not in the best position because of poor nutrition,” Braunwalder said.
Braunwalder volunteered many hours at True Vine Church in San Bernardino. And he did a story on a health education program in Montclair called Por La Vida. Braunwalder volunteered many hours at True Vine Church in San Bernardino. And he did a story on a health education program in Montclair called Por La Vida.
Braunwalder said working on this project made him appreciate what he has. Braunwalder said working on this project made him appreciate what he has.
In addition to the bleak “Recession Realities” explored on the site, Garrity wrote a story on green building construction and how local green projects are creating jobs. In addition to the bleak “Recession Realities” explored on the site, Garrity wrote a story on green building construction and how local green projects are creating jobs.
Project adviser Zwerling said she’d been wanting to do such a group project, which combines the skills students have learned in journalism with some of the changes brought about by the Web. Project adviser Zwerling said she’d been wanting to do such a group project, which combines the skills students have learned in journalism with some of the changes brought about by the Web.
“For one thing there are no space restrictions on the Web, so students could immerse themselves in the issues and write longer pieces.” “For one thing there are no space restrictions on the Web, so students could immerse themselves in the issues and write longer pieces.”
Zwerling added that the idea of writing first-person stories was also Web-influenced. Zwerling added that the idea of writing first-person stories was also Web-influenced.
“With blogging and so many niche sites, we see a lot more first-person journalism today than we did 10 years ago. It’s a style I wanted the students to explore, since they will very likely have to write first-person stories in their professional careers.” “With blogging and so many niche sites, we see a lot more first-person journalism today than we did 10 years ago. It’s a style I wanted the students to explore, since they will very likely have to write first-person stories in their professional careers.”
“I really liked the idea for our senior project because I thought it was a great opportunity to raise awareness,” Braunwalder said. “I really liked the idea for our senior project because I thought it was a great opportunity to raise awareness,” Braunwalder said.
The site will be available through a link on the Campus Times website starting next week. The site will be available through a link on the Campus Times website starting next week.
<em>Rebecca Bravo can be reached at <a href="mailto: rebecca.bravo@laverne.edu" >rebecca.bravo@laverne.edu</a>.</em> <em>Rebecca Bravo can be reached at <a href="mailto: rebecca.bravo@laverne.edu" >rebecca.bravo@laverne.edu</a>.</em>

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