BYU Buys Accolade News
Big news for The Accolade today. After weeks of negotiating, The Accolade News and its subsidiary, The Accolade Podcast, will now be under ownership of Brigham Young University and their student paper, The Daily Universe.
The Accolade will serve as the online arm of The Daily Universe, and will now have the benefit of contributions from both Southern Virginia and BYU.
“We are impressed with the dedication and writing featured on The Accolade over the last few months, and are pleased to have such ardent journalism at our disposal,” a BYU spokesperson said.
As part of the deal, The Accolade will continue to report on Southern Virginia University’s campus life as well as Mormonism in higher education in general. The Accolade will still be a place of debate over LDS culture, and will also feature new sections covering BYU sports, the intersection of faith and politics, and Stephanie Meyer novels. The podcast will still feature occasional student interviews, but will now be accompanied by hymns and EFY soundtracks. Mostly hymns.
We look forward to an exciting new venture.
In this episode we had the chance to sit down with Gina Griffith and discuss music. We covered everything from how she writes music to what music inspires her. We also had the chance to indulge ourselves in a little rant on our favorite music.
So what do you think? What are your favorite bands? What album should be required listening for all incoming college students?
Be sure to let us know in the comments.
Also for your listening pleasure, here are some (but not anywhere near all of) of the artists/albums/songs mentioned in this podcast.
Nic Jensen was on our first podcast, and here’s a part of the conversation that didn’t make it into the episode. It’s mostly us talking about movies, the Oscars, comedy, and Terry Gilliam.
Keep spreading the word about the podcast. Also, if you’re interested in joining the Accolade or being a guest on the show, let us know. We’re also looking for a webmaster, and obviously we’re trying to get these up to iTunes so they can be real podcasts. Like, real, grown up podcasts that can be downloaded through your apps. That’s all we want.
Here it is, the very first episode of the Accolade podcast.
We wanted to get it out as soon as possible, so there are a few things we are still working on. Like server space. Which is why, for now, this episode is only on SoundCloud. But soon we should have it available in proper podcast format and ready to be downloaded through iTunes.
Until then, enjoy, and keep checking for updates and news. We are already working on our next episode, and hope to have some bonus short episodes up throughout the week.
Let us know what you thought in the comments, or on our Facebook page.
The Accolade News has decided to radically change its format.
The Accolade has come far in its first year of existence, and its editors and staff are proud of what it has become and the work that we have put into it. We have published well over 100 articles since we first went live, including the breaking news announcement of the new YSA stake presidency. However, after much consideration we have decided that The Accolade can better serve Southern Virginia and fulfill its desired purpose by shifting its focus from a written news blog that relies on updates and contributions several times a week to an audio podcast that will be released weekly. Though we feel we have done the best we can as a club and news organization serving Southern Virginia, we find it difficult to maintain watch over even the very mundane and routine aspects of the University without at all being able to pursue the more ambitious projects we feel would be more interesting and beneficial to both our audience and our writers. We believe that the podcast format can solve this problem.
The website will continue to function more or less as is, but posts will build upon or relate to the content of the podcast and rely less on frequent contributions from various students. The podcast will be the central focus of the site, and will be produced by a handful of students who can dedicate the time necessary to each project. Stories for the podcast can be contributed by the student body at large, and the editorial board will select people from the student body, faculty, or the community to interview and feature on the podcast. We are grateful for the writers and photographers who have contributed to The Accolade over the last three semesters, and welcome their future involvement. In fact, we hope the new format will give them freedom to explore their own ideas and creativity.
There are several reasons for this major change. When The Accolade was first started by JJ Feinauer, Stuart Enkey, and Jeff Gasser over a year ago, the original intention was to create a place where students could be engaged in a dialogue about Southern Virginia, the liberal arts, Mormonism, or any other topic that was important to them. It was also going to be a place for students who had a genuine interest in journalism to meet and learn how to write for the press. In its current state, The Accolade serves as merely a recap of weekly forums, dances, and occasional club events. We know we are capable of so much more.
As editors, we have made a conscious decision that The Accolade should be an unpaid, amateur project that focused on educating those involved as much as informing our readers. Though we are not opposed to earning revenue through advertising, we would use that money to better our website. Because of this decision, it has been increasingly difficult to maintain an active membership when competing with the Paladin news magazine, which began offering compensation around the time of The Accolade’s inception. We strongly feel that this new direction, by offering opportunities separate from The Paladin, will increase recruitment and involvement.
Again, we are grateful for those who have contributed to The Accolade and the students who have shown an interest in what we do. We honestly hope that this change will benefit the school as a whole, and especially those who want to participate, and we can return The Accolade to what it was originally hoped to be: a gathering place for student information and ideas.
- The Accolade Editorial Staff
Southern Virgina University held its 9th Annual Shenandoah Invitational Art Show and Campaign Gala Thursday evening. Hosted by the Fairfax Marriott Hotel in Falls Church, Virginia, the show featured talented work and contributions from numerous artists, including Southern Virginia’s own faculty, Professor Douglas Himes and Doctor Barbara Crawford. Both faculty members won awards for their work. Read More…
Service Forum Announces Four New Service Campaigns
Vice President of Academics and Service Justin Winslow presented four new service campaigns at Friday’s Service Forum. Serve it forward, The Service Task Force, Adopt a Garden and The Recycling Experience will now be encouraged by the service council as ways to get involved in service in the community and and on campus. Read More…
I heard a rumor that Obama was going to be in Charlottesville on Tuesday, and Bruce Springsteen would be with him and I could go. For free. It sounded like the sort of life experience that could justify missing a few college courses. So I did.
Traffic backups on the 81 made us late to the afternoon rally, and parking was tricky. Unfamiliar with the area, I searched my ticket for any useful information. I noted that Obama’s name wasn’t anywhere on the ticket—only Springsteen’s—and commented on the irony. Read More…
Southern Virginia Students Prepare for Senior Recitals
A recital is something that musicians plan for months in advance. They literally put hundreds of hours into practice and preparation. A junior or senior recital is especially key to a musician’s college experience. In the words of Professor Whitehead, “You should begin preparing for your senior recital the moment you walk onto campus.” This week, I had the opportunity to interview Julie Sieron and Todd Cubit, two vocalists here at SVU who are getting ready for their recital next month.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte Addresses Southern Virginia Students and Faculty
Congressman Bob Goodlatte, who represents the sixth congressional district of Virginia, addressed the weekly forum in the Stoddard Activities Center with prepared portion titled “Our Public Lives”, followed by a question and answer session.
His prepared remarks focused primarily on the deficit and the need for more bipartisan cooperation in Washington.
“Partisan rhetoric has reached such extreme levels,” he explained, continuing to urge that “congress must rise above disingenuous finger-pointing.” Read More…