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Old videos for new archive?
As a rising second year in the College, I’ve been working
over the past year on a project that may interest and excite alumni
of the University.
The RSO Media Project hopes to consolidate films
made by registered student organizations, otherwise known as RSOs,
into a single RSO Media Library, where students, alumni, and faculty
may explore our shared history. Over the past week, for example,
a few members of a student filmmaking group and I sifted through
reels of forgotten celluloid, discovering student videos dating
to 1956, with titles like One Man Dies and Escape from
The project needs your support, and I urge you
to glance through any videos you’ve saved from your time at
the University. You may be pleasantly surprised at your findings.
For example, five campus clubs—the Chinese Undergraduate Students
Association, the South Asian Students Association, the Organization
of Latin American Students, the Organization of Black Students,
and Samahan (the Filipino student association)—produce elaborate
and original cultural shows each year. Some of these clubs have
been active for decades. How many tapes of these shows are out there,
waiting to become part of an archive accessible to the general public
and individual RSO members?
The materials you’ve saved could help a
student organization to recruit new members, challenge old contributors,
or inspire seasoned leaders. They could also strengthen the links
between current student groups and the alumni community.
If you think you have some tapes or film that
may be of interest to the media project, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
or send your contribution to: RSO Media Project, RC 001, 5706 S.
University Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637. We will be happy to return
originals if requested.
David Clayman, ’07
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