Gold Medal Winner • Veteran Awareness • Biggest Loser • Thailand
Volume 6, Issue 1 2013
A Medaille College Student Publication
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A look at people who
One common starting point, Medaille... Follow the journey of a remarkable group of students who are making a difference in the world.
Fashion Editor Meghan Hinton
Staff Writers Editor-in-Chief
Letter from the Editor I thought I was finished with school. Officially, as of this past December, I was. But then my prior commitment to the magazine surfaced, and I realized I still had more work to do. Bit by bit, story by story, this magazine came together, creating a mosaic of insight into the lives of some incredible people. Most stories originated right here at Medaille; and all encompass what I feel is the heart of Buffalo. A little bit of everything, each as inspirational as the next. Finally, with the completion of my last magazine here, my journey (well, this chapter of it anyway) can come to an end.
But for you readers, the inspiration can continue. Little by little, pieces of Buffalo are spreading across the nation, across the globe. It starts with you, and it starts here. Looking back doesn’t always have to be a bad thing; often the past gives an indication of the future. We draw inspiration, intentional or not, from things that have already occurred in our lives. No matter where we’re going in life, we should always remember where we’ve been.
I believe that Buffalo is slowly starting to return to what it once was, and I am proud to say that I am from this great city.
Amanda Larkowski Derek Wangler
On The Cover
Fashion Section Models
The cover photograph of the Vietnam Veterans Monument in Washington D.C. was taken by Jackie Neal, Editor-in-Chief of INcite Magazine, during the recent school trip. Reflected on the wall are Seniors Jackie, Amanda Larkowski, and Junior Meghan Hinton. Page 2
Kanisha Barrow Jackie Barzak Louis Clark Lena Fu Lei Sun
Ashlea Browning, a Medaille grad, crosses oceans to learn a new culture and teach others about ours. Pages 6 and 7
Inspired Buffalo Inventions Buffalo has had a long history of innovation in the world of inventions. We take a look at a few.
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A unique look into what it takes to be a female bodybuilder. Erica Strachura has taken it to a competitive level.
A Courageous Vet
Jeff Gramlich spends time helping other returning war vets
A group of journalists from Medaille spend a very unusual 4 days in Washington, D.C.
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When it looked like a majestic church on Delaware Avenue was going to be torn down, local musician Ani DeFranco stepped in and turned it into a great venue for the arts.
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INgenious Biggest Loser
Brittney Burchett found her calling in New York City where she freelances for NBC.
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INexhaustable Page 20 and 21 Heart
Adam Page knows what it means to set lofty goals. He won a gold medal in the United States National Sled Hockey Team and that is just the beginning for this dedicated student.
Buffalo became the first city to have a free public school system
1841 Who 1854 Could Forget!
Joseph Dart of Buffalo invented grain elevator, which led to enhanced grain mills
1964 Teresa Bellissimo, original owner of Anchor Bar, creates the worlds first chicken wing recipe. Buffalo hasnâ€™t recovered since.
Did you know....
Dr. Frank Hastings Hamilton performed first successful skin graft
First railway suspension bridge built over Niagara Gorge-became prototype for Brooklyn bridge
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...Some really COOLA stuff was invented right here in BUFFALO Oh! No! Please Say it ainâ€™t so... 1890
Maria Love founded first day care center in America, located right in Buffalo
Buffalo dentist Dr. Alfred Southwick invents first electric chair, which was later used that same year on Buffalo inmate William Kemmler
First implantable pacemakers were invented in Buffalo by engineer Wilson Greatbatch
First dog licensing law to be put in effect
First cancer-only laboratory in United States-- Roswell Park Institute
Buffalo resident Willis Carrier invents first air conditioning unit Page 2
Her communication skills have come in handy teaching abroad. Now she’s learning a new language.
DAILY Story and Design by Jackie Neal
ecent Medaille graduate Ashlea Browning first heard about teaching English abroad when she was a senior in college. After narrowing down a vast search, she chose the “Land of Smiles”, Thailand. Browning next had to determine how she was going to get a job in certain areas of Thailand. Using Dave’s ESL Cafe, an online meeting place offering ESL teaching job postings and other recommendations for teaching overseas, she started Skype interviewing. She eventually accepted a teaching position with an allgirls Catholic school in Rayong, located two hours south of Bangkok. The research didn’t end when her job search did; she now had to learn what to wear, how to act, whether or not medicine would be available, which Visa she needed, where she would be staying, if she could set up a bank account, how helpful their law enforcement would be, what laws she would have to follow, and what to do or not do while living there. Browning was eager to assimilate herself into Thailand’s culture. Each day was an opportunity to immerse herself in their society and get first-hand experience of a completely different way in which to approach life. Since she didn’t study teaching in college and had limited experience in it, there was much for her to learn.
“I started with just teaching 5th and 6th grades at St. Joseph. Now I teach both 5th & 6th grades as well as kindergarten at St. Joseph’s. I also tutor a group of 12 boys from another local school once a week, I teach at the American University Alumni language center once a week, and I’m doing private one-on-one English lessons a few times a week,” explained Browning of her schedule there. “Some weeks I’ll put in anywhere from 50-60 hours.” It’s not all work and no play. In her downtime, when she has some, Browning likes to keep busy with new activities. Running in relay races and learning yoga, she quickly learned that athleticism isn’t held in the same esteem in Thai culture as it is in the United States. It is unusual for people to go running around the area, and the locals were not used to seeing it. Another slight setback was the (expected) language barrier. “Thai people are some of the kindest, most hospitable, selfless people I have ever encountered and I think it’d be ignorant of me not to at least try to learn the language and communicate more efficiently while I’m living in their beautiful country,” said Browning. In the seven months
that she’s been there so far, she says her Thai is actually coming along quite nicely. “Communication is essential. I have a strong desire to understand Thai culture, as they have an immense curiosity about Western culture.” Another cultural experience for Browning came when she visited Baan Raksa Organic Farm (Happy Healing Home). “It was truly an incredible and enlightening experience being there and having the opportunity to participate. I helped in the garden a lot, took turns washing dishes after meals, learned some Lanna style cooking – all with stuff we grew on the farm, and learned meditation.” For her, it’s been worth it. “This is the most fulfilling and rewarding job I have ever held in my lifetime,” Browning stated happily. She plans on staying in Thailand until at least the summer of 2014. After returning to America, she would like to continue working abroad, possibly teaching or doing some other occupation where she is able to give back to and help out in other communities.
“This is the most fulfilling and rewarding job I have ever held in my lifetime.” Page 7
Buff Story and Design by Shannon Ruda
Erica Strachura started weight training back in 2008. Prior to that, she spent a lot of her time figure skating. When she stopped skating, she had a lot of spare time to try new things. “I had so much energy ... so I chose to spend my time in the gym.” Going to the gym ended up being life changing for her. “I fell in love with weight training, and this is when I took my body to the next level,” she said. Strachura started to notice positive changes in her physique, as a result of combining proper training with a great nutritional diet, and that encouraged her to push forward with her training. Not long after, she made the decision to show off her hard work. She entered herself into two bodybuilding shows in the bikini division. In both of the competitions, Strachura won first place and overall bikini champ. The work she put into weight training was not easy. This Medaille College student does “It was probably one of the hardest things I a lot more than just study. Senior have ever done,” she commented about the psychology major Erica Strachura training process. is training hard to keep her healthy There was a lot of commitment involved physique ready for competition. to stay on track, and she had to stay dedicated to follow the diet. She does not smoke and does not drink alcohol often. “I train hard and eat clean. When I am tempted to eat junk food I just think of all the harm it does to my body and I know I would regret it after,” she explained. She eats clean by avoiding eating bread, pasta, and anything that is high in sugars or fats; instead eating chicken, broccoli, and sweet potatoes. When working out, she enjoys doing free weights, cables, benching, and floor exercises. “Machines should be at the end of your workout, or when you are trying to isolate a certain muscle,” she recommended. “Squats are hands-down the best exercise for your lower body, and for abs you can do hanging side knee Train hard. raises.” Stick to your routine and diet Weight training and competing in bodybuilding shows have both Set goals and stay motivated! been an amazing experience for Erica. She plans on getting back on the stage in the fall but until then, she will to keep improving. Eat Clean. Erica has made many great accomplishments from all of her Avoid foods that have a lot of hard work, commitment, and dedication. “I make sure I do my sugars and fats. Find the best, because it is always worth it, no matter what you want to healthy foods you enjoy instead. achieve in life!”
Tips on Weight Training
v Sleep well. Page 8
Adults should get about 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night.
Raising Awareness Story by Shantina Addison
Whether it’s raising flags or raising awareness of high veteran suicide rates, this man takes his mission, helping others, to new heights .
eff Gramlich is the ultimate veteran whose courage and selflessness has made him extrodinary man of honor. After the tragedy on September 11th took place back in 2001, Gramlich was inspired. He wanted to help defend the country, and he did so by joining the United States Marine Corps. “I always felt the call to serve a cause greater than myself, and 9/11 was the icing on the cake,” said Gramlich. He was stationed out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, for four years and he was deployed twice; first to Afghanistan in 2004, and shortly after to Iraq. There, he was part of one of the biggest operations, Operation Steel Curtain. “We cleared out a whole city and the surrounding areas,” said Gramlich. This operation and its work made national news. After returning home in 2007, he was not finished; he continued to strive for excellence. Gramlich was a diligent student at Erie Community College, and decided to transfer to Medaille to complete his Business degree. Upon receiving his Bachelor’s degree, he proceeded to attend and complete Medaille’s grad school. While he was at Medaille, Gramlich arranged the first of many flag raising ceremonies for Veteran’s Day. He also created an event to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of September 11. Gramlich was the former coordinator of the Student Veterans Chapter, where he planned events with other veterans to be hosted on the Medaille campus. He was one of the original founding members of the Student Veterans Alliance, where he helped others returning from war to continue their education. As a veteran himself, his work with the Alliance came straight from the heart. These diligent efforts earned Gramlich the Founder’s Day Award from Medaille College in 2012, for community and citizenship excellence. Today, he is still doing everything he can to help his fellow veterans. He is currently partnered with a nutrition company called Vemma, located out of Scottsdale, Arizona. His personal goal is to launch a mission called “Back in the Fight”, to help combat the military and veterans suicide rates. “The statistics are awful, and I think it’s because once you leave service, the realities of war are still with you long after the final troops come home,” said Gramlich. “There are many things you wrestle with, and many things seem to be almost phony, or easy to see through.” Gramlich is speaking from firsthand experience. He can relate to the frustrations and mental destruction that military personal and veterans undergo from serving in such dangerous environments. “Many people don’t really know what it’s like, and it’s hard sometimes,” he explained. Jeff Gramlich strives to serve a cause bigger than himself. This is clearly evident in his service, commitment, and dedication through his work. He has gone above and beyond serving his country, as he continues to reach out and help its veterans.
Jeff Gramlich’s personal goal? “To serve a cause bigger than me.” Page 9
Vietnam War Memorial photo by Senior Jackie Neal, contributing photographers Lisa Murphy and Meghan Hinton Story by Jackie Neal Page 10
tanding silently, watching family members etch the names of loved ones lost in the Vietnam war, Seniors Jackie Neal, Amanda Larkowski, and Junior Meghan Hinton are reflected in the granite at the Vietnam Memorial Wall during their recent trip to Washington D.C. with the editors of the Medaille Perspective.
From the moment the plane touched down at Reagan National Airport, editors of Medaille’s newspaper, the Perspective, knew this trip would be unparalleled to any they had taken before. Thanks to advisor Lisa Murphy and her husband, Dr. Fran Murphy, Medaille students were awarded an inside look of D.C. that most tourists and visitors never get a chance to see. “Six years of everything I have ever learned about history and government was crammed into four up-close and personal days,” reflected Jackie Neal, senior Communications major. Their explorations began with a visit to the national mall-- an open park located in the heart of this nation’s capital. From there, the Capitol building and Washington Monument were shining beacons against the mid-day sky, beckoning tourists to continue exploring the monumental area. These students had the chance to view and read the personal memorials of Jefferson, Lincoln, Martin Luther King, and Roosevelt. Respects were paid to those lost at the World War Two, Korean War, and Vietnam War Memorials. A trip to the White House followed suit, where students were able to view the Presidential Inauguration Stand, which was under construction at the time. Secret Service agents to the President provided answers to questions regarding the Inauguration and offered insight on just what it takes to protect the President during that very important day. These sights proved to be just the first of many inspirational and informative ones to come. The Newseum, an interactive museum featuring the history of news, journalism, and news-worthy events, was first on the agenda the following day. There, displays to be held included the largest collection of Berlin Wall pieces outside of Germany, actual pieces from the Twin Towers of 9/11, countless newspaper headlines collected throughout the years, and one display that hit very close to home-- the office in memory of Buffalo native and nationally-known political journalist Tim Russert. The National Archives were up next; a brief stop here showed the original documents of the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. A tour of the Capitol followed; but Dr. Fran
Amanda Larkowski and Jackie Neal take their first of many pictures at the beginning of a 4 day tour in the capitol city.
Juniors Meghan Hinton, and Patrick Gregoire, Senior Jackie Neal, Junior Derek Wangler, and Senior Amanda Larkowski standing in front of the World War II Monument.
...from our nation’s Capitol
Department of State staffmember talks to Junior Derek Wangler and Senior Jackie Neal about the ceiling paintings in the Library of Congress.
Murphy had arranged for something even better: a meeting with Jerry Gallegos, the Superintendent of the House of Representatives Press Gallery for a very unique private tour. Gallegos has been with the Press Gallery for years, and discussed with students the role, history, and life of the working press in Congress. He also moderately detailed some off-the-record stories about famous politicians and Presidents he had met and encountered with during his career. Medaille students were given special press passes by Gallegos, allowing them behind closed doors throughout the Capitol (off limits to anyone but politicians, press, and employees). They sat in Majority Leader Cantor’s chair on the floor of the house, where they were able to actually touch the bullet hole left in that desk by the Puerto Rican Separatists in 1954. Students were then shown the republican cloackroom, directly off the Congressional floor, where republican house members can relax between votes and can caucus. Next was a visit to Speaker Boehner’s office and Conference room. Students meet with
“Speaker Boehners Office, the couch where John Quincy Adams died, and the two Holocaust survivors... those are amazing experiences that I will remember for the rest of my life.” -Junior Derek Wangler
Middle left; Meghan Hinton and Pat Gregoire visiting the Martin Luther King Monument. Left bottom: Eleanor Roosevelt is memorialized through this wonderful statue at the Roosevelt Monument Right; With the Jefferson Monument in the background Jackie and Derek capture the Martin Luther King Monument.
his Administrative Director, and were shown his private balcony, which overlooked the Washington Monument and the Capitol’s Christmas tree set up in D.C. at the time. Speaker Boehner’s Administrative Director also allowed students to tour the Congressional women’s reading room, and sit on the very couch that President John Quincy Adams died on (after his presidency ended and he returned to Congress). Their private tour wasn’t over yet, and though most of the Capitol was closed to the public at this time, that fact did not seem to matter to the historically-enthusiastic employees there. Lastly, students were led down private steps to the tomb originally built for George Washington, before Washington’s wife refused to let his remains leave Mount Vernon. “I thought
this was just a trip to Washington, but these were amazing experiences that I will remember for the rest of my life,” said Junior Derek Wangler. The next morning opened with a trip to the Holocaust Museum, where Medaille students met with and spoke to two Holocaust survivors, Henry Greenbaum and Erika Eckstut. Their stories and recount of the Nazi’s effort to subjugate and eliminate all Jews will not soon be forgotten. Mrs Eckstut survived in a ghetto in the former Czechoslovakia, under unbelievable privation. Mr. Greenbaum, ripped from his family at a young age, was sent from the ghetto to Treblinka Concentration Camp, where two of his sisters were exterminated. He and another sister attempted escape but were caught; she was shot and killed, while a bullet grazed his head. Both Mrs Eckstut and Mr. Greenbaum emigrated to the United States for freedom after the war. That day, they both wore symbols of the Jewish faith on their clothing, a clear sign of pride in their heritage. Both survivors displayed an extreme sense of gratitude towards America.
“Six years of everything I have ever learned about history and government crammed into four up close and personal days; best trip ever!” - Senior Jackie Neal Page 13
Above: A visit to the Tomb of the Unknown soldier. Below: The group is sitting on the couch where John Adams died in the women’s congressional reading room.
“One of the most action packed, fun, yet very educational trips ever. Definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity.” Senior Amanda Larkowski
Above Top: The Washington Monument looms in the background as students head to the Lincoln Memorial. Above bottom: Editors reading one of the many famous quotes that FDR said during the Depression. Right: Working lunch with Ambassador John O’Keefe at the State Department. Page 14
Above: Senior Amanda Larkowski takes a break next to one of the many waterfall features in the Roosevelt Monument. Left: Amanda, Jackie and Meghan take a closer look at FDR’s famous scottie.
Following the Holocaust museum was an appointment at the Library of Congress for a working lunch with Ambassador John O’Keefe. Ambassador O’Keefe is the Executive Director of the Open World Leadership Institute, which provides opportunities for world leaders to travel to Washington, and from there, around the country. They are also able to meet with others engaged in similar leadership roles across the United States. Many successes in this highpowered exchange program were pointed out by the Ambassador, including the opportunity for one former soviet socialist republic to model the judiciary of their newly established nation on one of our own The Ambassador talked with the students about his long State department career, rising from a blue collar Baltimore background to serve in the former Yugoslavia, Norway, the Philippines, The Kyrgyz Republic, and Russia. He told a fascinating story about negotiating for an airbase in the Kyrgyz Republic (after 9/11) to supply our troops in Afghanistan, and held a conversation about the role of Putin in that decision. On their way out of the State Department lunchroom, Ambassador O’Keefe introduced them to Congresswoman Debbie WassermanSchultz, head of the Democratic National Committee, for a brief chat. The visit at the Library of Congress concluded after a thorough tour of the Library itself, including a close look at some of the original books once belonging to Thomas Jefferson. These very books lay at the heart of what some call the world’s finest library, a library that has an unusual connection to Medaille College. The School of Education won a grant from the Library several years ago to show educators in western New York how to use the impressive electronic assets available from the Library right in their own classrooms. A visit to Washington D.C. merits at least a look at some of the Smithsonian museums, and that’s exactly what students squeezed in time to do. Both the Air and Space museum, and the Natural History museum were visited lastly that night. “This was one of the most action packed, fun, yet very educational trips ever. It was definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said senior psychology major Amanda Larkowski. Finally, on the morning of the last day, a group started out early to visit Arlington Cemetery, to see the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The flight home was a peaceful one for these Medaille students, as they reflected on everything that had been seen and done in the past few days. It was a trip that will not soon be forgotten. Page 15
â€œNot only were we a part of the resurgence of Delaware Avenue and downtown Buffalo, we were a leading force.â€?
...the structure, now reborn; its steeple pointing always to the sky; re-entered the Buffalo community as a worthwhile space.
n 1995, stones began to fall from the 19th century church that Buffalo now calls Babeville. They tumbled from their place on that skyward steeple to the streets below, the future of this monument crumbling upon impact. Identified as a safety hazard and a bygone relic with little left to offer, it was condemned to demolition by the city. But a very grounded Buffalo gal by the name of Ani Difranco saw another fate for the building, the last standing vestige of architect John Selkirk. Recognized as an energetic defender of individualism and artistic freedom, Difranco seemed the perfect person to interject. With longtime friend and manager Scot Fisher, the musician set out to preserve a hometown treasure. Initially, the pair answered the call for intervention as concerned members of Buffalo’s tight-knit community. “Tearing it down was a bad response on many levels,” said Fisher. “When your gutter falls off your house, you don’t tear the house down, you get a new gutter.” He went on to discuss the “American wastefulness” that threatens buildings like this one, and the loss of sentimental value that often results from that characteristic “American” ease, so to speak. However, as he recalled, at the time neither Difranco nor himself had any intention of purchasing the building. In 2001, after a slow process, change of heart, and change of vision, Difranco took ownership of the building. Fisher remembers Difranco saying of the decision, “I could invest in the stock market, or I could invest in my community.” In 2003, the extensive renovations began with stoneworkers “hanging from the steeple like climbers from a mountain.” “I thought that purchasing the church was the peak, the renovation, the culmination. It was only the beginning,” said Fisher. “I was completely unprepared.” Babeville, formerly dubbed “The Church,” amended on account of a priest’s reminder that the space was decidedly no longer a church, was getting a second life which exceeded
Photos, Story and Design by Josie Martin
the expectations of even those with the most hope in it. Within Difranco’s vision, which changed the destiny of the once doomed monument, was a concert hall. Architecturally and acoustically dynamic; thus was born Asbury Hall. As chance would have it, the peak of the church’s resurrection also coincided with the end of Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center’s five year lease at TriMain. Ed Cardoni, Executive Director at Hallwalls, who had been friends with Fisher and Difranco, jumped on the chance to collaborate. “To be affiliated with Ani Difranco, Righteous Babe Records and the political consciousness there is all really great. Not only were we a part of the resurgence of Delaware Avenue and downtown Buffalo, we were a leading force,” Cardoni boasted. So, with Babeville as the umbrella sheltering Righteous Babe Records, Hallwalls, Asbury Hall and the Ninth Ward, the structure, with its steeple pointing always to the sky, reentered the Buffalo community as a worthwhile space. “It could have just been a parking lot,” Fisher quipped. But what is Babeville today? What will it be tomorrow? The saviors of Babeville do not view this building as a “static image of an architect’s craftsmanship,” though it is indeed very beautiful. Rather, it is described by Fisher as “a tool to look toward the future, only.” Gazing up at the dark brick arching high above, sunlight shining through stained glass, worn wood balconies circling around Asbury Hall, empty, eerie and stunning; one gets lost in the splendor of a different time. But the real beauty is in the present. Babeville is living and thriving. Things are happening there. “We wanted people to know Babeville and to say, ‘I don’t know what’s going on there, but it must be good,’” said Fisher, with a certain tone of reverie. “That was a great show last weekend, so and so is getting married there next month… That’s eternal.” Though the success of the project in itself is something to note as inspiring, the real victory here is the true insight that lies within the community. There is something beyond simply giving a building new life and meaning here. As Fisher said, “There are a lot of allies. A lot of people feel responsible for our success.” It is true; Ani Difranco and Scot Fisher are responsible for fighting the demolition plans for the church. But were it not for Buffalo, and the individuals who saw something in the church and contributed to the project, it very well might have been paved over and painted on with parking lines. Babeville was a project taken on by many people and is currently giving back to so many more. That is sensational. That is community. That is inspiration; hope for all the things that can be. Page 17
Medaille graduate Brittany Burchett has worked freelance on shows like NBCâ€™s The Biggest Loser and The Next Food Network Star. With all this success you could hardly call her the ...
Biggest Loser Page 18
Story and Design by Chatham Marcolini
No two days are the same for Burchett working in TV production Brittany Burchett graduated from Medaille in 2008, and worked as the morning show producer for Rob Lucas on Star 1o2.5 which she started as an intern. She was accepted into the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, where she studied Television, Radio and Film, graduating with her Masters in 2010. She has since moved to NYC and has worked in production, post-production, research and development for reality television shows.
What is your job and what do you do on a day-to-day basis?
I currently work as a freelancer, which means that I’m not tied to one specific production company, show or network. Currently, I am working as a production associate for NBC’s The Biggest Loser working with eliminated contestants for the “where are they now” shoots. My day-to-day schedules are different. Shoot days generally consist of meeting with producers and traveling to the contestant’s homes, and then filming them on how their life is different after the show.
What do you like most about it?
The thing that I like most about working in this industry is that no two work days are ever the same. I’m not sitting in an office 9-5 staring at a computer, and I love that. One day I could be hanging out with Jillian Michaels, and the next, getting locations cleared for the next shoot. I also like all the different people you get to meet. For example, I’ve met Nene Leakes, Bret Michaels, and the cast of Jersey Shore to just name a few. Also, because you change crews a lot, you get to meet a lot of people and make contacts and network that way. I was working for The Next Food Network star and a friend on that crew suggested they hire me at her next job and that’s how I got hired for my job at HGTV.
What is the hardest part of your job?
The hardest part about working in television is that until you get hired by a network, a lot of your work is freelance, and a lot of the freelance work is short term. Meaning, I could work for The Biggest Loser for 3 months and then be
unemployed for a few days, a week, a month, etc. Stability is the hardest part, but if you’re a good worker, chances are that you could be called again to work on the next season of the previous shows you have worked on.
Did you participate in any clubs or internships in college? If so, how did they help you beome successful?
When I was at Medaille, I was involved with the radio station and did 3 internships. Internships are what help get your foot in the door and I would recommend that everyone participate in them. I did 2 of my 3 internships with Entercom Communications, and when I graduated, I was working for them.
You went on to grad school; do you think that it is worth the investment?
Personally for me, going to Syracuse was a great decision. When I graduated from Medaille I was working for Star 102.5 at a job that I really liked. But, I wanted to learn more of the television side of the industry. I think if there is a specific form of communication that anyone wants to learn more about, then grad school is a great option.
What advice would you give to students who are graduating and looking for jobs right out of college?
My advice would be to keep in contact with anyone that you met at internships for the possibility of getting a job in the future, also to be adaptable. Just because you want to be a news anchor or a TV producer, it doesn’t mean that you’re going to graduate and boom, you have your dream job. Never think any task is below you, and even if you think it is, don’t let your boss know that. Lastly, if there is a certain company you want to work for research them. If they have a position open, apply, what’s the worst that can happen,
Burchett with Saturday Night Live’s Bobby Moynihan in New York City.
Despite challenges, this athlete goes for the gold
Adam Page knows what setting high goals is all about Story and Design by Dan Feidt
rofessional athletes are often regarded as influential icons in today’s society. Brett Favre, Bobby Orr, Lou Gehrig – it’s hard to find more inspiring individuals... or is it? Medaille’s own Adam Page is an Olympic gold medalist. He is a Sports Management major at Medaille and is currently in his Junior year. He plays on the United States National Sled Hockey Team. So, what puts Page in the same league as these athletic greats? Despite being born with Spina Bifida, Page has managed to achieve athletic success, winning an Olympic gold medal. “It’s a birth defect where the spine doesn’t completely close all the way,” says Page, “So, depending on where that is on the spine, it affects where you’re paralyzed.” Page is paralyzed from the shins down. This didn’t stop him from being a regular kid, though. He learned karate, horseback riding, and played baseball, along with playing sledge hockey while growing up. He currently enjoys downhill skiing at Holiday Valley when he has time off during the winter. “I never felt different from anybody else,” says Page. Of course, he would
“I didn’t realize there was a higher level, so I made up my goal from there – to get to the highest level.” Page 20
turn out to be very different, during the 2010 Paralympics in Vancouver. “It started out as just something fun to do,” says Page, “I didn’t realize there was a higher level, so I made up my goal from there – to get to the highest level.” Page was determined to make the national squad. He first tried out for the National Junior team when he was 14. When he didn’t make it at first, he kept working hard for the next year. He tried again at age 15 and successfully made it onto the National Sledge Hockey Team. A few years later, Page wound up participating in his first Paralympics at Vancouver in 2010. The hard work and dedication to Sledge Hockey from him and the rest of the United States Sledge Hockey team, was rewarded with a gold medal finish. True inspiration comes from hard work, and it’s possible for all of us. “No matter what you’re going through or what obstacle you have in your life, if you put your mind to it, you can do it,” said Page.
“No matter what you’re going through or what obstacle you have in your life, if you put your mind to it, you can do it.”
ALLAN HERSCHELL CARROUSEL MUSEUM By Meghan Hinton
orldwide amusem e n t rides have Western New York to thank. Any experience at an amusement park has been an experience into the Allan Herschell Company history. Many years ago, 7,000 carousels were created. Only 300 remain in existence today. The carousel itself originated in Europe, but reached its greatest fame in America back in the 1900s. Western New York’s Allan Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is a world renowned company that is still in existence today. The Allan Herschell Company was founded in 1915 in North Tonawanda, New York. This was the fourth company in the Herschell series to manufacture amusement park rides; the most popular of which were carousels. The Company was made up of very inventive carousel makers, producing portable machines which allowed carousels to be a part of traveling carnivals. This locally owned company created over 3,000 hand-carved wooden carousels featuring stunning horses and other animals. There are only 148 of these hand-carved wooden
carousels left today in the United States and Canada; 71 of which were manufactured right here in North Tonawanda. Today, the carousel factory has received recognition as one of the only two surviving manufacturing complexes in the carousel making industry. The factory has since been transformed into a Museum to showcase all the intricate, detailed carousel pieces from the Herschell history. The museum opened to the public the summer of 1983, operating an antique carousel in its original roundhouse structure, which was built in 1916. The museum is still open today for exhibits, tours, educational exploration, and even events such as birthday parties. A staff of volunteers and only four employees host over 15,000 visitors a year. They have numerous displays out, such as the Lockman Collection of hand-carved carousel animals, the Wurlitzer Music Roll Shop which contains the only remaining roll production equipment, and then of course the carousels themselves. This attraction is a beautiful antiquity located right here in Western New York. A lot of history has occurred in the Buffalo region thus far, some of which has carried through and made an impact on the world today. A carousel ride is truly an “endless” adventure, metaphoric for life with its many ups and downs, and it will continue to provide enjoyment for many years to come.
The Herschell Carrousel Musuem in North Tonawanda is recognized as one of only two surviving carousel originators in existence today. The museum is featured as this year’s Incite photo shoot backdrop. Stop by this beautifully historic building today, or call to book a tour!
By Meghan Hinton
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‘Once Vintage’ Now Inspiration
ashion is ever changing, yet vintage is always in style. When thinking of fashion, Buffalo New York is not the first city that comes to mind; until now. Only two years ago, in 2011, did Molly Maureen Hoeltke, of Clarence, create an inspiring couture collection which constructs vintage and hand-made pieces from recycled garments and quality vintage fabrics.The label, “Once Vintage”, embodies handmade touches that give extra attention to detail, making each piece truly unique. Hoeltke started her clothing line based on a reoccurring dream she had while living in New York City. She had no sewing experience, but many beautiful drawings that she wanted to make into actual articles of clothing. Using modge podge and scrap fabric, she started what is now a dream come true, literally. Hoeltke began her fashion journey by becoming a wardrobe stylist. She had always been an artist, and she loved to design things. Through much hard work and many missed subway stops due to ideas overtaking her attention, Hoeltke asked questions, inspected clothing at stores, went to exhibits, and watched an array of period sensitive movies. By extensively doing some background work in order to open up some design doors, she began to find exposure in the fashion industry. All the dots slowly started to connect, combining her education in entrepreneurship from University at Buffalo, lavish drawings, inventive designs and a reoccuring dream that would not rest. Since the official beginning of “Once Vintage” in 2011, Hoeltke’s clothing line has had heavy involvement in the Buffalo area. Her line has been seen at Buffalo’s major annual fashion show, Mass Appeal, for the last two years; and has also been exposed in Buffalo Magazine, Buffalo Spree, Auxiliary Magazine, Buffalo Rising and on Buffalo.com. With considerable success in such a short amount of time, Hoeltke plans to keep things rolling. She has entered the production process to have her original designs become available for wholesale to the mass public in the near future. But, with big dreams comes with more work. “Don’t get stars in your eyes, this industry isn’t much glamour. It is simply hard work, just like anything else,” said Hoeltke. She is able to make it through each lengthy day by not getting overwhelmed and by being flexible and improvising when things don’t go exactly as planned. Molly Hoeltke is a great inspiration to those who have a dream. She is putting Buffalo’s name on the map in the fashion industry, and in turn making a name for herself in the world of success. Her advice towards making a dream become a reality is dedication, determination, a passion for that dream, and of course support from such a loving community, such as Buffalo. To buy any of these limited edition pieces of the “Once Vintage” collection, featured in the Incite photo shoot, go to oncevintage.com or stop by Lotions and Potions on the corner of Auburn and Elmwood in Buffalo.
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“Miranda” crocheted maxi skirt is perfect for a day out in the summer sun, especially with a pop of color. A red faux silk cape inspired duster jacket with animal print detailing down the back really adds to this ensemble.
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