the campas

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Friday, September 30, 2011

TGIF

it's been a really long week.


for some reason, i am losing my mind.  i can't finish my 3 papers i have due before the football game.  i left my iClicker at home today, hence losing my extra credit points in my Stats lecture.  i left my pens at home...hence borrowing writing utensils from random people all day.  i left my computer at home, hence an emergency run home during my lunch break...making me late for my broadcast class.  also, i lost my fancy schmancy headphones that you can talk into that you get when you buy an iPhone.  blah....


why am i a mess?  IDK...i guess it's time for the WEEKEND!!!! 


i can't wait for general conference, it's the best.  i get to go on sunday, and i couldn't be more excited.


here's my news story for the week:





mayor washburn's family were so kind to me.  he certainly was a great man who will clearly be missed.  i'm grateful i was able to do this story to honor him.  ###



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

jimmer's all stars

sometimes i get to do really cool stories.  last week i did a really really REALLY cool story.

my friend scott needed help doing the interviews for the jumbotron during the jimmer's all star game here in provo....and i jumped at the chance to help him interview some of the best NBA players drafted this year.  it was a great experience all around, the guys were so nice and TALLL.  never have i ever had to basically jump a foot off the ground to mic up someone.


i loved being a sports reporter for a week.  not sure if that will happen again, but now i can say i've tried it!!  it was way fun seeing our interviews on the jumbo tron.  here's all the NBA guys we talked to:

-nolan smith
-jackson emry (not NBA)
-charles jenkins
-chris singleton
-jimmer fredette (duh)
-chris wright
-kenneth faried 
-kemba walker
-malcom lee
-bismack biyombo
-tobias harris
-kawhi leonard
-vernon macklin

best part of this experience: court side seating!  talk about being up close and personal....i was terrified we were going to get smushed the whole time sitting by the basket.  but seriously, thanks scott!  never have i ever heard such colorful language used in the marriott center.  also, i  have never seen so much dunking at a BYU basketball game.  kenneth faried=highly entertaining.  leslie and i caught isiah thomas in our arms as he fell trying to make a basket.  ahhh.  i love him.  he even tweeted at us the next day. whoop!  he is hilarious and was quite apologetic to us.

here's the story!!!

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leslie got to come too!  best night ever.  we love basketball.
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partners.
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whitney!  she also loves jimmer.  probs even more than me.
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old ward friend who makes the magic happen at BYU sporting events.
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Sister Ycmat.

when i applied for the broadcast program, i had a confirmation that it was the right major for me.  and it is.  i love broadcast, and i think i am good at it.  good enough to have a career, for a few years, maybe a decade or two.  then i will see where life takes me.


but there are some things i have gotten out of the broadcast journalism that are going to last a lot longer than my career.  they are going to last for eternity.  they are my friends, especially danielle ycmat.


danielle and i were instantaneous friends.  after we talked the first time i felt like i had known her for forever. (and i am convinced i have, heyooo preexistence friendships)!  we started to immediately hang out and have lots of good times.  she confided in me that she really wanted to go on a mission.  i was always supportive of her doing this, but was sad when she brought it up because i knew that if she went on a mission that i would not be able to hang out with her or have fun times in class/on campus/everywhere like we always did.  but when she turned her papers in, i knew it was the right decision.


and now, tomorrow, she enters the MTC to serve in the Iloilo Phillippines mission.  this day has been a loooong time coming.  it's been coming ever since that day she opened her call and i guess right.  i knew she'd serve in the phillippines!  i had been telling her all year that that's where i thought she'd go..and tomorrow her journey starts.  it makes me sad because we have really not been friends that long, even though it feels like we have been.  but i am just so excited for her, it makes it all ok.  i can't wait to write her and hear about all the lives she is changing and all the people she is serving.  she is going to be a remarkable missionary and i know she is doing exact what the Lord wants her to be doing.  


at the farewell luncheon:
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Daniellers i'll miss you so much.  i'll miss running with you, going to california with you, speaking in abrevs with you, producing with you, getting fro yo with you, talking to you about everything, and everything else we do together.  here's to the best 18 months of your life!!!  thanks for being the most amazing BFFL ever.  


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Friday, September 16, 2011

rivalry week


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dear whoever put the sign on the family statue that says:


"SEALED for time and all eternity...."


i think you are hilarious.  i LOL'ed when i saw this.  i almost ROFL'ed, but there were too many people shuffling off to class.  i am glad i got to see it before the BYU cheer nazis removed it.  happy rivalry week.  i feel like i should be going home for thanksgiving, but alas, the utah and BYU game is tomorrow.  how odd.  go cougars.


xoxo, anna ###

Thursday, September 15, 2011

flu fighting...


this week for my story...i was able to help a 325er put together a story on a new flu vaccination.

  this story idea was NOT mine....because.....let me tell you...i do not enjoy shots and i do not enjoy needles.  please ask my mom, who has to hold my hand and sing "i am a child of god" every time i go to get a shot.  (that song is soothing...ok!?!?)  or, perhaps ask staley and becky who were with me during my last shot.  the SWINE FLU shot. (da da da).....  it happened at this very building where we filmed our story.  i was surrounded by 7 and 8 year olds. my overly cautious mother had encouraged us to get the shot.  i was overcome by fear and emotion when i sat down and saw the needle....andddd i proceeded to cry many tears.  the poor nurse was so confused as to why a college student was bawling at a little shot...and brought me a juice box!  it was very embarrassing, and delicious.  i love that lady.  i wanted to see her and reminisce, but alas, she probably quit her job after dealing with me that day.


good work julianne, my 325 student i got to mentor!  we had the lead story this morning.  aka, we are a pretty huge deal.  don't get the flu...get a shot...and bring a juice box with ya. ###

Saturday, September 10, 2011

owlz and pioneers.

last night was a great night!

it started out with a trip to rumbi island grill, which serves tropical beachy foods and delicious rice bowls....mmm.  For a split second i thought i was in hawaii with all the decor and smells.  then i remembered i was in provo and i got sad.  the food is beyond delish, however.

brian had the great idea to attend an OREM OWLZ game!  (not the ogden owlz, as i kept accidentally calling them...big mistake.  we were playing the ogden raptors.  rawrrrr).  the owlz are the mysterious team that i did not know existed till this week.  apparently some of their players go on to play for the angels....whom i LOVE...so i was all about going to a game.  and it was awesome!  i love baseball games.    i go for the ambiance.  the food, the fans, the 7th inning stretch...(hoot hoot hoot for the owlz)!

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they even played "L.A. Baby" by the Jonas Brothers in between innings!  this occurred right after i declared that if i was a baseball player, i would choose a jonas song to be played before i went up to bat.  those boys, i swear, we are so in tune with each other.  i may or may not have cried when i heard it.  ok, i did.

only downer of the evening....their mascot, holly, looks like satan.  check out those demon eyes.

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after the game, we attempted to go see X-men with kevin and his friends.  however, we severely underestimated the number of seats left in the dollar theatre on a friday night in provo.  in an attempt to not sit in the front row, we opted to go see "17 miracles," which i had heard my parents talk about and had an interest in seeing.

IT WAS INCREDIBLE.  the movie tells the story of the willie handcart company.  we have all heard the stories since primary and we all know about their hardships, but seeing it come to life right before your eyes in such a well-done and believable way is really really really LIFE CHANGING.  the pioneers gave up everything for us, and i too often forget that.  there were so many miracles along the trail west.  although tragedy surrounded the saints, it is clear to me that there was someone watching over them.  i cannot stop thinking about the movie.  if you have any time at all to get over to the dollar theatre, go see it.  there are plenty of seats available, and i bet it is a more uplifting than x-men.


i loved so many of the stories which were told in the movie, and i bawled so hard that i gave myself a headache.  i knew i would cry, i don't know why i didn't think to go get some tissues.  bye bye nice new sleeve on my nice new shirt i wore.  ohhh well.  watch the trailer:


my favorite story told in the movie is the story of sarah franks and george padley.  it's a beautiful love story.  i found this little summary online:


Sarah Ann Franks (21) and George Padley (20) were both from England. They became engaged but wanted to be married and sealed in the temple in Salt Lake City. They joined themselves with emigrants that eventually became the Martin Handcart company.
Sarah and George made their way across the Atlantic Ocean and then across the plains of America. They reached the last crossing of the Platte River near Red Buttes when the October snow storm hit the ill fated Martin Handcart Company. George was a strong young man and therefore spent the majority of the day on October 19, 1856 helping others across the Platte River.


Due to the extreme exposure to the cold, George became ill, suffered hypothermia, and eventually died in Martin's Cove.


The Journals of the Martin Company are very graphic as to what happened when the dead were buried in shallow trenches of snow. The wolves would come in and devour the dead bodies. The horrible sound of the snapping and snarling wolves was only exceeded by the graphic look of the area after the wolves had finished their work leaving body parts strewn about in the snow.

Sarah did not want this to happen to her beloved George. She therefore took off one of the few things she had to keep warm, a shawl. She asked the men responsible for burial duty to wrap George in the shawl and hand his lifeless body in a tree to keep him away from the wolves.
As Sarah departed Martin's Cove the last thing she saw - her fiancé George Padley's dead body hanging in a tree, warped in her shawl. Our world today could learn much from such sacrifice. 




at the end of the movie, they said that in 1997 sarah and george were finally sealed in the salt lake temple at the request of james e. faust.  in the movie, sarah said "it would all be worth it," and 100 years later...it was.  what a wonderful story of love and sacrifice.  i was so touched by these two pioneers.  

i love this quote by gordon b. hinckley.  it really sums up my feelings on how we should view the sacrifices of those early saints....so many of whom i am excited to meet in the next life.

“Let us never forget that we have a marvelous heritage received from great and courageous people who endured unimaginable suffering and demonstrated unbelievable courage for the cause they loved. You and I know what we should do. God help us to do it when it needs to be done.” -Gordon B. Hinckley  ###

Thursday, September 8, 2011

first show.

happy first show of the semester day.  now that the news is back (well...the news never really went anywhere, i suppose, just my participation in covering it).....my life has spun into complete, utter chaos....or, in anna terms....i have become "OOC."  out of control.

news stories mean stressful interviews, deadlines, writing, staying up late, getting up wayyyy before mr. sun, trying to look like you have slept more than 4 hours when your producers tell you you are going to be live in the newsroom....and many other challenges.

sound miserable??  maybe to someone who doesn't love this business and their major like me!  i LOVE this.  it's what i live for and what i love.


i hope we can all remember those who died in the september 11th attacks.  this story was easy for me to become attached to.  i really do remember that day so clearly.  after interning in NYC this summer and being surrounded by people in the newsroom who were THERE and who were COVERING the event....i have a newfound appreciation of this anniversary.  everyone in NYC knows someone who died.  everyone.  my heart goes out to them.  i was there when Osama was killed and celebrated with them and saw their victory.  now i wish i was there to be with them on sunday as they have to confront all those sad memories.

i love this country.  ###

Monday, September 5, 2011

utah. people working together.

i am a BIG believer in state songs.  ask all my roommates, past and present.  they all know the nevada state song..."home means nevada," which was burned into my brain by nevada-loving father at a very young age.  it is really great.  nevadans in general enjoy our state song.  and although it will always be my favorite, i have recently found a fondness for the utah state song.  i decided since i spend so much time here and have many many relatives who have lived here, i should learn it.  and i am really embracing it.  it is fantastic!  this video is great, please watch:


maybe it is the lyrics....."it was brigham young who led the pioneers across the plains...."......or maybe it's the great visuals in this movie....the couple kissing, representing utah's focus on family....or maybe it is the fact that i am PRETTY sure they used the same children on the primary children's songbook CDs to record this fantastic version.

or maybe it is all those reasons, but i love utah and all those people working together.  this really is the place to be....as brigham said.  and i have pictures to rpvoe it.  the past week has been a flurry of family time, friend time, class time, and happiness before the snow starts falling in like a week.  then i will not be singing utah's praises.  literally, i have been singing them.

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cousin BJ gets baptized!  whoo hoo!
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this was actually still in vegas, but i love it.  so much family time.  yay.
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aunt chantal is in utah now!!  family=happiness.  the more the merrier!  everyone move to utah please!
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she is SO preshhh!!!!!
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taken by jack-a-saurous-rex.
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ella loves her cousin phil. how cute is that???
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all the sibs, back in action.
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sister DANIELLERS!
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date night with the married folk, megan and reese, in their cute little house from the 50's.  it is so cute.  i would like to move in and be their child.
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my RAINBOW cake i made!  it was good, thanks pinterest.
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the happy snappy couple!
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brian and i hiked stewart falls today at sundance.  it was BEAU-TI-FUL!  and the lift up to the hike was awesome.  it was weird being there and not having skis strapped to my feet.  soon enough, soon enough.
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it's bear grylls!!
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just hanging out.....
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this labor day, we celebrated with THE BOX!!  the box=a blessing from the pizza hut gods.  all that food for a mere TEN DOLLARS.  i can't express how great it is.  pizza hut should pay me, i am a walking advertisement for this bargain.
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well, that it is utah.  people working together and stuff.  speaking of work.....happy labor day.  i am currently preparing myself for a week full of labor and lots of homework.  our newscasts start this week....if you have any good ideas for stories that i can do, please tell me.  you could be famous.  well, not really, but dream big.

seriously.  ###