Predictions for Dining Week 2011 Superlatives

Sports & Leisure Essay
Written by Nathan Mattise

Before the start of any major league  season, appropriate media outlets always do previews. Typically these project each team’s success while also predicting overarching items like  major season trends and individual award winners.

February may not be the start for any sport, but Dining Week in Syracuse did start last night. It might be retroactive to do it now, but here are a few predictions for Dining Week 2011 Superlatives:

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CNY Jobs that hopefully trend across the country

Geography Column
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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The new blog in town was a long time coming

Arts & Literature Column
Written by Nathan Mattise

Syracuse University (probably like most media savvy schools) offers interested students a variety of media options to pursue. There’s a daily newspaper, campus television network, NPR-affiliated radio and now a strictly web outlet if general news, politics or sports is your thing.  There are separate campus magazines for health, fashion, music/entertainment, alternative features and social/cultural identities. Folks who want to write technology even have an outlet since the D.O. has recently sought op-ed writers in that field.

However, this week the NewsHouse launched a new blog devoted to filling a surprisingly unaddressed niche on campus: food journalism. Continue reading

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Syracuse loves social media, maybe it needs a trophy.

Science & Nature Post
Written by Nathan Mattise

To all the local naysayers of blogging, Twitter, Foursquare, Facebook, Tumblr and the vast and various other forms of social mediayou know you’re in absolutely the wrong place, right?

Today’s news about Syracuse University being one of the best (most influential) collegiate Twitter accounts is no surprise. Syracuse, N.Y. in general embraces social medias like very few other areas. We have massive Foursquare initiatives (not to mention the founder is an alum). Tweet-ups in the area seem to have as much success as SU Football watch parties (and they had more pre-2010 season). We even have social media professors who create Tumblrs to discuss ‘net known case studies involving local businesses‘ use of social media. Wrap your mind around that.

All the love surrounding social media in the area makes me wonder one thing – why not set up some formal means of celebrating it? Continue reading

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Kids gifts that will keep them (and you) cool.

Sports & Leisure Essay
Written by Nathan Mattise

I’ve been trying to steer my youngest sister towards the current and creative since she was born. For every Miley Cyrus or other Disney queen tune she’d like we’d slip Phantogram in there just the same.  Her easy bake oven escapades had to be filmed with The Flaming Lips as a soundtrack, her holiday cards are made as if she was an amateur typographer.  You can imagine there’s a lot of pressure to gift well when the occasion arises. No simple Barbie will do.

With sis’s BDay on the horizon, here are five children’s gifts I found while on the hunt. They’re all guaranteed to help the young one in your life stay edgy while making sure you stay cool to the ones who matter most.

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WFOETYLs #3: Twenty-five songs for 25-year-olds

Entertainment Column
Written by Nathan Mattise

I turned 25 in 2010. It’s an age you see as a landmark growing up…then it lacks a bit when you finally reach it and don’t really feel like you’ve moved on to some semblance of adulthood just yet. No matter what your perceptions of a quarter of life are, it at least gives you an ample amount of experience to look back on.

Music has been major interest and part of my life since I was young (first instrument at 6, recorder pride). To honor my relationship with music at 25, I decided a playlist was in order:  twenty-five songs for 25-years-old – one from each year I’ve been alive. As usual when I compile a list, here are the guidelines used to narrow things down: Continue reading

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WFOETYLs #2: Ten live sets from ’10

Entertainment Column
Written by Nathan Mattise

If you thought the top albums of 2010 were solid, the top shows really gave you reason to find a downloading means and put your funds towards tickets. Tons of big names came through CNY’s preverbial back yard (give it a 2.5hr driving radius) and I’m not even including Justin Bieber at the State Fair.

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