Review Writing Sample – Vader’s Back! Final ‘Star Wars’ film turns to the dark side to win back fans

Battle of the Heroes

What would you do to save the life of the one you love most? How far would you go? Would you sacrifice everything you hold dear: your friends, your teachings, your soul?

This is the premise of the final installment of the Star Wars series, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, which finds Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) caught between saving the galaxy or the love of his life (Padme Amidala, reprised by Natalie Portman). Continue reading “Review Writing Sample – Vader’s Back! Final ‘Star Wars’ film turns to the dark side to win back fans”

News Writing Sample – Digital Pirates Walk Plank: RIAA corners file sharing students

RIAA corners file sharing students

(Originally published in The Rider News newspaper on November 19, 2004)

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – The actions against Internet music sharing have struck Rider University as students on both the Lawrenceville and Westminster campuses have been targeted by the industry.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has notified the Office of Information Technologies (OIT) of five students, three within the last month, who have violated copyright law by using the Rider network to upload illegally pirated songs to others, said Associate Vice-President for Student Affairs Anthony Campbell. Continue reading “News Writing Sample – Digital Pirates Walk Plank: RIAA corners file sharing students”

Sports Writing Sample – Dream Season Ends in Triumph: Swimming, diving make splash

Pool

(Originally published in The Rider News newspaper on February 28, 2003)

Both the women’s and men’s Rider swimming and diving teams took the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships by storm this weekend in Baltimore, placing first and second overall, respectively, and setting three new individual records.

Co-captain Melissa Michalov was named the women’s Most Outstanding Swimmer, setting MAAC records in the 100 backstroke (59.05) and the 200 backstroke (2:06.94) and sophomore Brad Lacey was named the men’s Most Outstanding Swimmer after setting a new MAAC record in the 1,000 freestyle (9:34.97) and winning the 1,650 free with a time of 16:10.06. Continue reading “Sports Writing Sample – Dream Season Ends in Triumph: Swimming, diving make splash”

Feature Writing Sample – Campus organization strives to support those in need

FLAG

(Originally published in The Rider News newspaper on December 6, 2002)

For students making the transition into a college environment, acceptance amongst peers can be a difficult thing to attain. However, it can be even tougher when a student feels as though they are different because of their race, personality or sexual orientation.

Rider F.L.A.G. (Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is an organization on campus, which according to junior Gio Buscetta, hopes to provide those in need of a friend with somewhere to turn. Continue reading “Feature Writing Sample – Campus organization strives to support those in need”