Category Archives: Geography

CNY Jobs that hopefully trend across the country

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Video and captions by Nathan Mattise

The months leading up to graduating from college are terrifying.  Not only do you deal with all of the emotional weight of leaving behind what essentially is home and the closest friends you’ve had to this age, but the dreaded unemployment lurks around the corner. It seems foolish to think you’ll be graduating with job in hand these days unless you settle for an internship, do some type of fellowship or happen to be involved in the hyper-structured business cycle of student-to-new-employee.

I’m preparing to move on from graduate school this time around… and it might even be worse. Admittedly there’s quite a bit less emotional stress (most of your good friends from undergrad are settled in their first jobs, your relationships won’t be dramatically impact since not everyone is having the same experience) but the pressure for employment is much greater. Simply having a job isn’t going to satisfy anyone this time around. You need the right job. That could be speaking in terms of  location, finances, company merit, type of work or most likely all of the above.

A Syracuse University degree (and probably one from any major institution) promises a lot. I only hope the positions I’ve seen open up around here translate as well as this skillset supposedly will. For the other Master’s candidates in communication related fields out there, check out a few of these local job opportunities that seem ideal (*if you want to stay local that is): Continue reading

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CNY’s Greatest Athletic Competition

Geography and Sports & Leisure Essay
Video and captions by Nathan Mattise

There were a lot of online entities looking for submissions lately – 48Hr Magazine or Tokyo Police Club for instance. Luckily, cameras were rolling when a three-man team and their coach from Syracuse went west to tackle CNY’s greatest athletic challenge… the Garbage Plate Run.

(Yep, it involves those garbage plates).

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August/September CNY Music Podcast: The Best Non-Mainstream Music CNY Fall Shows

Geography | Entertainment Podcast
Recorded and produced by Nathan Mattise

It’s been far too long since the last podcast, there’s so much to cover…

Time to relax with some classy music.

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July CNY Music Podcast: The Best Albums (From The First Half!) Of ’09 and John Legend in Albany

Geography | Entertainment Podcast
Recorded and produced by Nathan Mattise

The great debate for 2009’s midway album of the year is complete. Take a listen and then read on for the rest of the CNY music news for July.

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June CNY Music Podcast: Phantogram visits Syracuse (and does a quick interview!)

Geography | Entertainment Podcast
Recorded and produced by Nathan Mattise

This month’s podcast is so monumental it’ll need to be split into two parts. Part one is devoted entirely to CNY Music News. The most pressing issue is the big upcoming concert by Phantogram on Friday, June 12 at Funk N’ Waffles here in Syracuse (8 p.m. doors). They’re making their way into town soon but before then…

…they took time out of their schedules (literally they were doing some organizing work on their new t-shirts) TO CALL IN FOR A QUICK INTERVIEW!

Check it out and read on for some of the interview highlights after the jump.

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Five Signs: You’re in Arizona (mostly in Tucson).

Geography Essay
Photos and captions by Nathan Mattise

College (and post-college limbo) is a time for excessive sleeping, partying, *studying*…. and traveling. It’s one of the finer points of college because there are no real commitments to hold you back. So in the spirit of a good roadtrip, In the Pursuit of the Trivial offers the Five Signs series. It’s a photo-documentary account from an exotic location done through the signs ready to greet every and all tourists. Today, welcome to Arizona (specifically Tucson and the Phoenix Airport).

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Four Signs: You’re in Chittenango, N.Y.

Geography Essay
Photos and captions by Nathan Mattise

College (and post-college limbo) is a time for excessive sleeping, partying, *studying*…. and traveling. It’s one of the finer points of college because there are no real commitments to hold you back. So in the spirit of good roadtrip, In the Pursuit of the Trivial offers the Five Signs series. It’s a photo-documentary account from an exotic location done through the signs ready to greet every and all tourists. Today, welcome to Chittenango, N.Y. – childhood home of Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz.

There was a tornado on the day of my visit, but since I couldn’t make it to Oz-Fest in two weeks a journey to Chittenango had to come early. If I had another two weeks, maybe we could get a fifth sign in here. Continue reading

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