Like many other MIT students, I’m looking for real work experience, because, let’s be realistic here, my undergrad degree in media studies isn’t going to put me at a competitive advantage in today’s world. So, when I heard about the MasterCard internship I was intrigued to say the least. Until I realized what I had to do to apply and how the selection process was going to work. Continue reading
Of the 358 FIMS students who participated in the election this year, 177 voted for Matt Wright and 181 voted for Jordan Pearson. Four votes. That’s all that separated the two candidates from taking on the role of president in next year’s FIMS Student Council. It seems like voters were quite evenly split over what direction to take the faculty in. This is a relatively turbulent time for FIMS, with uncertainties over how we market ourselves to post-secondary students, disjointed course content, a new building, and numerous communication shortcomings.
With Pearson taking the reigns, we’re certainly in store for a year of exciting changes. Stay tuned for a future interview with our incoming president Jordan Pearson.
Until Pearson gets the chance to share his thoughts, sound off in the comments section below. What do you hope to see from the FIMS Student Council next year? What parts of Wright’s platform do you think Pearson should implement? Are you still scraping your jaw off the floor over the close call?
The candidates have done enough talking. Your turn FIMS.
At one point in the FIMSSC Presidential debate Wednesday night, someone in the standing-room-only space leaned against the light switch and half of the room went dark. While the problem was quickly remedied, the audience was briefly left with the image of presidential candidates Matt Wright and Jordan Pearson divided by light and darkness. Personally, I was hoping they’d keep the new lighting: it illustrated just how different these two presidential hopefuls truly are. Continue reading
Wednesday afternoon, I had the pleasure of chatting with Matt Wright, former FIMS soph and Street Team Coordinator, and current USC Social Media Commissioner and FIMSSC presidential candidate. Here are a few of his thoughts about FIMS, his platform, and the future: Continue reading
This past Monday I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jordan Pearson, a leader in the faculty and one of two candidates running for the FIMS Student Council President. Here’s his take on our faculty and the role he hopes to play: Continue reading
With McGuire’s blue scarves, Whelan’s red pants, and Prabhu’s green balloons visible all over campus, it’s easy to get caught up in the USC presidential race. But don’t forget that FIMS, for the first time in three years, has its own candidates to pick from.
A key aspect of FIMS is critical thinking, so what kind of faculty would we be if we didn’t take a hard look at our candidates’ platforms? So here’s some insight into the platforms of FIMSSC presidential candidates Jordan Pearson and Matt Wright. Continue reading
It’s that time again, the time when FIMS celebrates Western University’s talented filmmakers in an annual film festival. This year the FIMS Film Fest is part of Reverie, a week-long arts showcase at Western. Reverie runs from March 4th-8th, and the film festival will be on March 6th from 2pm-6pm in the McKellar Room.
Submissions are now open. To participate, you must be a Western student, and your film must not be longer than 10 minutes.
Submit films to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information regarding the festival will be coming soon. Meanwhile, tell your filmmaker friends to get their best stuff together and let us watch it!
– This article is a response, written by two TAs, to Molly McCracken’s thought-provoking opinion piece for OPENWIDE, “‘My TA Isn’t From FIMS…’ Wait, what!?”
A Joint Response by Western TAs Siobhan and Atle
Molly McCracken’s provocative opinion piece “‘My MIT TA isn’t from FIMS…’ Wait, what?!” has inspired discussion among and between undergraduates, graduate students and administration, and even outside of FIMS. It is important to address here what is essentially a conflation of issues, which are issues nonetheless. As we often tell our students when it comes to reading texts and events, there’s a lot more going on here than meets the eye, or the ear in this case. Nevertheless, the article is timely and presents an opportunity for TAs to respond, and report particularly on what our union is planning to do to address this shared concern of giving undergraduates a better learning experience. Before addressing the broader criticisms of the article here, we must note MIT 2000 is an isolated case of administrative neglect not directly related to the sort of systemic problems raised by Ms. McCracken. Continue reading
Lowering our Standards? Cross-Faculty TAs Impede Learning
One morning this week, I forgot my earphones for the bus ride. I wasn’t trying to eavesdrop, but I couldn’t help but listen in on two second-year FIMS students sitting next to me and discussing their courses.
What I heard was disheartening, but not new. It exposed a problem I have seen growing out of control over the time I have gone from a naïve frosh to a slightly more critical, though still naïve, senior.
The students were discussing their final essays for MIT 2000. They began to complain, not about #firstworldproblems, but about a real issue: their Teaching Assistants’ inability to help them. Continue reading
Say what you will about the era in which your siblings, cousins and ultra cool day camp counsellors grew up, but the year Jian Ghomeshi describes in 1982 sounds like a whirlwind adventure made possible without tablets, Netflix or Starbucks. Continue reading