Multimedia Storytelling (COM 117) is a required course for
every Newhouse student. Freshman Jessica Serkiss took the class extremely
seriously. Serkiss and her group received an A- for their 2 minute non-fiction
film about Syracuse’s weird weather entitled “Where’s the Sunshine?”.
Serkiss’s first thought upon seeing her grade was, “I
totally deserved an A+, this is gonna bring down my entire GPA.” After crying
in a Newhouse bathroom for an hour, then getting lost around Newhouse for
another, the COM 117 student emerged in Food.com. She claims that a poster of
Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin was pinned to one of the bulletin boards, and that’s
when she had her epiphany. “I always knew I would be the next Aaron Sorkin, but
I never realized how similar our names are. Serkiss-Sorkin-Serkiss-Sorkin,”
said Serkiss. She immediately decided that she doesn’t need a Newhouse
professor to tell her what videos are and aren’t good.
Her group member, Jason Bolin, tells us, “our group got,
like, a good 3 hours of footage. We even filmed during the Georgetown game. That
shows that we’re obviously the hardest working
students at Syracuse!” He agrees with Jessica and has seconded the nomination
for “Where’s the Sunshine?” in the Best Documentary category. They are both
currently en route to L.A. to talk to the Academy before Sunday’s award show.