Food Advertising Targeted Towards Children

I have known for a while about the health crisis in America. Obesity is a very real issue for both adults and children. It seems much harder nowadays to stick to a healthier diet because there is a surplus of products on the market that are high in sodium, fat or have too many sugars….

Social Media Analysis: Minnesota Wild

Introduction: I chose to do my analysis on the Minnesota Wild for a couple reasons. First off, they are my favorite National Hockey League team (Yes, I will be practicing objectivity during this assignment). But there is a more important reason, and that is, that currently this team is in the top spot in their…

Online & Offline Communication in Sport

Abstract In this paper I explore the different ways we communicate both online, and offline in regards to sports. How does the media, or Internet, change the way we interact? I’ll define both what a sport is, and what a sport fandom is, and how they can affect us. Group communication plays a big role…

“Remember the Titans” & Communication Theories

The scene I decided to choose a scene out of the movie, Remember the Titans, and see how communication theories relate to the movie.  For those that don’t know what the movie is about, I’ll give a brief description. The movie is actually based on a true story. It’s about a coach who tries to…

Critical Theory

What exactly is critical theory? The textbook definition of critical theory is, “critical theory is a social theory oriented toward critiquing and changing society as a whole, in contrast to traditional theory oriented only to understanding or explaining it.” (Crossman, 2014) To make it more understandable, critical theory is about being critical about the current…

Feature: Chris Klaxton

Chris Klaxton is a faculty member in PSU’s music, theatre, and dance program. Klaxton first started playing music at a young age, “I started taking piano lessons at age 8. Picked up the trumpet at age 10 and both instruments stuck with me.” Klaxton is originally from southern New Hampshire and went to Timberlane High…

My love letter to Interdisciplinary Studies

I arrived to my orientation at PSU, and was told by a Communications professor that the IDS program would be a better fit for me. Thats when everything changed for me academically.  If I’m being honest, I wasn’t exactly sure what this course would be like. I had a friend who was also an IDS…

Interdisciplinary Studies at a Crossroads: A summary

When researching an article relating to interdisciplinary studies (IDS), I found Ethan Kleinberg’s written piece on the challenges and criticism facing interdisciplinarity.  Kleinberg’s article in particular struck me, because it wasn’t just about how great IDS is, he also talked about the criticism it faces, and the upcoming challenges. Knowing about these things is just as…

Assumptions of Interdisciplinary Studies

One assumption many have of Interdisciplinary Studies, is that the disciplines are fundamental to interdisciplinarity. Repko explains that this is not necessarily true.  We use multiple disciplines to help our thinking, and overall problem solving. The disciplines give us specialization, depth of analysis, and expertise. However, interdisciplinarity gives us the broaden perspective we need, to help…

Sports Communication

The Interdisciplinary studies program I created is entitled Sports Communication. In this program, I have combined Sports Management, Communication & Media Studies, and Marketing classes. By combining all of these, I will be taking communication studies and marketing, and putting them in a sports setting with the help of sports management. My goal is to…

Disciplines as Organizational Units

Most things in life have a system to it. Things are organized in a certain way, this is to make sure that everything runs smoothly. Like life, education is no different. There’s basically three functions of a university. (You’d think there would be many more seeing how we pay so much $)  Those are: To…

Dinner with Kurt Vonnegut

I interviewed PSU faculty member and dance instructor, Amanda Whitworth. She talked to me about her educational views, dance and her experiences. Amanda Whitworth is a dancer and faculty member originally from Detroit, Michigan. Her favorite movies are Shawshank Redemption and Shine. Although, she loves dancing she also loves to cook. Whitworth started dancing in…