Just a quick update –

We had Fall Break last week (10/10 – 10/14). (I went home on the 9th though). At the last minute, my mom and I planned a quick trip to Washington D.C. since I hadn’t been there before (though my mom begs to differ). We drove down to do the usual touristy things – the Library of Congress, the different Memorials, the Capitol Building and the White House. The only thing I missed out on was going to the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Unfortunately it’s closed until late November for renovations. The trip was great. I really enjoyed DC and I could definitely see myself living there for 2-3 years in the future. It has a nice mix of southern charm while still being fast-moving. It also has a lot of history with modern touches here and there. I especially loved the architecture. While I was planning to write some bitter commentary on how people are disrespectful in the presence of such deep history (I mean seriously, standing on walls at the Kennedy grave site or picnic lunching at a memorial?), but I’ll save that for another day because I don’t want to say anything I’ll regret. Instead, here are some pictures from the trip:

I was supposed to come back up to campus on Tuesday for classes on Wednesday, but as I was about 20 min away from my house I got a phone call from Sarah, the Managing Editor at The Sun. She proposed the idea of going to Hofstra University on Wednesday for the last Presidential Debate. I promptly made a u-turn and headed back home.

On Wednesday morning I hopped in my car bright and early and drove to Long Island. We knew we weren’t going to be able to get into the debate itself, but we thought it would still be worthwhile to cover the various events going on around campus. After getting some awesome parking spots, I loaded up my cameras (the 40D AND the Rebel with an assortment of lenses) and we headed into Hofstra. Luckily, we look like college students so we didn’t have a problem getting in unlike some of the other “members of the public” who had to stay behind a barricade across the street.

Covering the event was a lot of fun. We took some breaks from interviewing students and watching live recordings of news segments from Fox, CBS, and a few live broadcasts to MSNBC shows to plop down in the student center, grub some wi-fi, and upload photos and update the Sun site. We were a two-man mobile news unit. So much fun.

We also covered some of the “public” events like the protests and demonstrations that were happening across the street.

And then, just as we were about to leave, I locked my keys in my trunk. Genius.

Luckily I had my laptop still and my CF cards were in my pocket, so I used the time to download photos until the locksmith arrived. Two seconds after he got there, I was back in my car and we were headed to Starbucks for some more wi-fi and to submit our final stories/photos of the day. Everyone else in the Starbucks was doing the same. There were some people from the NYU live news wire and an assortment of other publications.

On a whim I decided to submit some of my photos to CNN’s iReport. A few minutes later I got a call from them for some more information. Soon my photos had an “On CNN” stamp on them. From the iReport FAQ: “Some of the iReport stories on this site have a little “On CNN” stamp in the top left corner. That means that a CNN producer has picked that iReport to use on CNN, either on TV or CNN.com.” SWEET. Check it out: Hofstra Pre-Debate

More of my photos from the day are in a slideshow at The Sun: here. Enjoy!

Ok, so much for quick! It was definitely a fun week and I’m still recovering from the lack of sleep and all of the driving, but I’m so glad I got to experience covering a non-Cornell event like the Hofstra debate. It makes me wonder if I could actually make a career out of being a photographer. Who knows, maybe some day?