Top row: Kyle, Erik, Jessica, Paige, Therese, Anna, Michael, Dan
Middle row: David, Briitta, Johan, Cody, James, Brendan, Joel
Front row: Connor, Palmer, Patricia, Anders
This semester's JACC conference was much smaller than the previous one, since it’s only for So-Cal. But we’ve had a very nice weekend and had fun pretty much all the time. And we’d come much closer in the group too.
We stayed at a Marriott hotel right by the campus to CSUF, California State University Fullerton, where the competitions and all arrangements took place. Nice hotel, really good breakfast and service.
Many interesting lectures, workshops and speakers. Everything from photojournalism, Facebook, job applications, editing and filming.
The competitions were okay, but maybe not that funny. The sport reporters had to cover an archery PRACTICE (!) and the feature photographers wandered around the campus to find something fun.
Saturday morning there was a speak that was the ground for many competitions, news writing, news photo, opinion writing and editorial cartoon. The speaker was a guy from Malaysia who now is Editor-in-Chief at the CSUF daily newspaper. He talked about that and what changes he had done since he took office. Not that interesting, but I think I got a pretty good article.
We ate a lot this weekend. Friday night we went to a Mexican restaurants all of us, except those who were covering the sport story. Big hotel breakfast Saturday morning, then hamburgers, cookies and chips (American lunch) in the day and the again going to a restaurant in the afternoon. Plus coffee and candy all the time.
Friday night we all went to squeeze us all into the Jacuzzi at the hotels patio. We had ”fest i bübble-puulen” (~party in the hot tub) as we taught the Americans to say. Then everybody came to our hotel room and we played cards, had pillow fights and watched funny things on TV (cause just like in the spring the conference were completely non-alcoholic).
Card game at our room
The award ceremony went pretty good for The Channels. I disn’t win anything, but among others James, Cody, Dan, Brendan and Kyle did.
On the way home there was a sing-along in the bus all the way back to Santa Barbara. Queen, The Lion King, Beatles, Turtles, Michael Jackson, Tenacious D and much, much more. A fun ending to a fun weekend.
Swedish girls at a Mexican restaurant: Anna, Therese and Briitta
Jessica and Paige during the gambling night
Dan, Brendan and Connor on the way towards food
Brendan, minister for silly walks