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Indiana University announces winners of “Celebrate IU” student video contest
Students who produced IUPUI rap win first prize of $300
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Oct. 22, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University students created more than 50 videos highlighting their favorite aspects of the university for a recent "Celebrate IU" student video contest.
The contest, now in its second year, is part of the university's "Celebrate IU" festivities, a month of special events at all eight IU campuses that began Oct. 1. IU asked students to share their university spirit with the world by creating 60-second videos and uploading them to the popular video sharing Web site YouTube.
The winning video, viewable at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg1qP7iBiMQ, was produced by IUPUI undergraduates Robin Licht, Erik Osburn, and Mariah White, who will receive the $300 grand prize. In the "Why We Love IU," co-stars Licht and Osburn rap about IU, IUPUI's status as a top urban university, and successful IU alumni such as astronaut David Wolf and actor Kevin Kline.
IUPUI graduate student Prathik Gadde won second place and $200 for his video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5Ug_jjC-7g) about the culture, tradition, passion and accomplishments at IU's eight campuses.
In the third-place video, viewable at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRXlej9JuHY, IU Bloomington undergraduate Jake Isley asked students around campus why they love IU. Isley will receive $100.
"I was very impressed with the students' creativity," said Keith Roach, project manager of the contest and a writer-editor at the IU Office of Creative Services. "All of the videos are a lot of fun to watch, and they show the variety of reasons students think IU is a great university."
The contest's judges were Bob Bledsoe, a lecturer in the IU Bloomington Department of English and the director of the IU Writers' Conference; Michael Lasater, professor of communication arts and director of new media at IU South Bend; and Danielle Straszheim, a business administration major and member of the Student Government Association at IU East.
To watch all of this year's Celebrate IU video contest entries, go to http://www.youtube.com/group/celebrate2008. For more information about Indiana University's Celebrate IU month, see http://celebrate.iu.edu/index.php.