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Welcome to the Comm Showcase & Awards 2016 website. Please scroll through the links to see all the submissions from our amazing Comm majors, representing their hard work across areas that include Civic Engagement/Community work, Writing, Audio-Visual work, Research, and Speeech/Performance   photo credits: Lexi Sheldon

Research Winners

1st place: Robert Hunt: “No girls allowed:” Women as creators in Hollywood Abstract             This paper examines the lack of women existing as authors of film and television: the world’s most prevalent mediums. If women have provided such a key role on screen since the dawn of film, why is it that so few women are…

Speech/Performance Winners

1st place: Arjun Chawla https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwzUB22Khx3s   2nd place: Sarah Talaid Attention: In my informative speech I spoke about how arts education can improve literacy, raise graduation rates, test scores, and attendance, and improve cognition, attention, and learning. Today I will outline what policies can be enacted to support arts education, as well as what you as students…

Civic Engagement/Community Service Winners

1st place: Josie Baily-Zona, Annie Healy, Abby Balint and Haley Lapomardo: The Road to Responsibility, Middle School Presentation at the Williston-Northampton School https://prezi.com/8-szcccgonrj/the-road-to-responsibility-navigating-todays-social-media/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy   2nd place: Jillian Forcello: See-Hear-Feel-Film, Amherst Cinema This project was completed in the fall of 2015 as a portion of the class Communication 335, Media and Education. I attended the Amherst Cinema…

Writing Winners

1st place: Caoilfhionn Schwab, The power of transgender women Transgender women, especially transgender women of color, are perhaps the most misunderstood and threatened sexual minority present in today’s culture, facing ridicule, injustice and violence from the public, the media, as well as law enforcement. Transphobia is widespread in our culture, which stems from the fact…

Audio-Visual Winners

1st place: Alyssa Labrie Dust The Process of Creating Dust My short film Dust†is an experimental dance film that explores and showcases the art form of dance and its ability to connect people of all genders, races, sexualities, classes etc. The dust symbolizes soil and earth and how dance transcends geographic and social boundaries and connects us as…

Writing Submissions

Michael Agnello A Rat on Hind Legs “Look at you, there’s no need, why do you do it?” “Everyone has needs. Like you, the only need is right now, in your pants.” “So that’s why you do it? “To you, that’s why I do it.” He raises his eyebrows, lets out a quick breath of…

Audio-Visual Submissions

Audio-Visual Links   Noah Adams Where (not) to Live: Sylvan Submission in the Audio/Visual category. Part of a COMM 191 project to design a website for current and prospective UMA students. The idea was to create a site that showcases the school and surrounding area from the perspective of actual students.  This short video from the…

Research Submissions

Michael Agnello Kavita Nayar Social Media’s Role in Gender Inequity Social media’s presence is becoming increasingly more prevalent in younger users. And while the larger market poses benefits for capitalist demands, it also presents problems for the population, which remains ideologically entrenched in oppressive positions. When children, ages thirteen or possibly earlier, are exposed to…