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Scenes from The University of Rhode Island

Journalism students chronicle a ‘Day in the Life of URI’

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Public can spend a virtual 24-hours at University

KINGSTON, R.I. --May 11, 2005 -- Thanks to 14 students in Professor Barbara Luebke’s Online Journalism class, anyone with a computer who wants to get a flavor of an average day at the University of Rhode Island can do so by clicking on the journalism homepage The students spent all 24-hours of Wednesday, April 20 capturing the sights, sounds, and the flavor of life on URI’s Kingston campus.

“I’ve wanted to do a "Day in the Life of URI" project for several years, and am delighted that circumstances finally permitted it,” said Luebke whose first class online project, “Religion on Campus,” can be linked via the Journalism Department homepage.

The “day” idea dates back to 1974 when Life magazine published “One Day in the Life of America,” which spawned other magazines and books, which primarily told the story through photographs. Luebke asked her students to write a story about what they saw and snap a few photos in the process.

So on what turned out to be an unseasonably warm spring day, the students set out with ideas, notebooks, pens, and cameras -- some as early as 12:01 a.m. and others late into the night. The day begins and ends with the student newspaper staff putting its newspaper to bed. The stories were written, edited, and posted on the net within the next several days.

The students who made the day are: Katie Almeida and Courtney Anderson, both of Bristol; Nat Binns of Orwigsburg, Pa.; Christian Clarke of Warwick; Nicole Doucette of Johnston; Kyle Jarvis and Kyle Kluth, both of Middletown, Peter Larrivee of Cranston; Laura Markowski of Bedminster, N.J.; Hallie Overstreet of Ocean, N.J.; Kevin Shalvey, of Warwick, Melissa Silver of Sunapee, N.H.; Corey DelBove Whittington of Leominster, Mass.; Heather Zwain of Washington, N.J.

Here are a few snippets. A complete index of stories can be found on the website.
Cigar News Editor Christopher Barrett sits hunched in front of a computer going through a news story line by line. He is checking for grammatical errors before reading through again for continuity. Sitting next to him is Annie-Laurie Hogan, who wrote the story that Barrett is reading. In her lap is an AP Stylebook and she flips through it whenever Barrett has a question.—Kevin Shalvey

Just after 4 a.m., there was some movement ahead of the police cruiser. "Oh yeah, this is one of the things we get to do," Gregory said. He turned on the spotlight, which revealed three or four deer in a field—Kyle Jarvis who spent the graveyard shift with the URI Campus Police.

It hit me immediately. I felt like a hippie at an NRA convention. Quick, puzzled glances from students at Quinn Auditorium Wednesday afternoon told me it was unusual for someone like me to be there—Nat Binns, the only male at a TMD lecture on quilts.

Six women from the rugby team sat debating whether they would wear sneakers or cleats for their conditioning run. Though their decisions differed, all you’d have to do is take one look at their legs to see what they have in common. They’re battered, bruised, black and blue and scraped from the previous weekend’s tournament. —Hallie Overstreet

Without much chatter, Donahue then turned on the jazz—and didn’t turn his microphone back on for an hour. “It’s all about music; no commercials, no yakking,” he said. “I hate that on the radio, you know. Just shut up and play music.” –Pete Larrivee, who was “Jiving with Jay on WRIU.

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URI student Laura Killingbeck relaxes in a “quadhammock.” Photo by URI student Melissa Silver.