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All Aboard the C-SPAN Bus

Written by Meghan Swope
9/9/2009

Mike Sutter '11 and Allison Wassink '09 explore the C-SPAN bus. Photos by Allison Usavage '12

Alumna Sarah Parker made sure the C-SPAN Civics Bus made a stop at Ithaca College. “I’ve wanted to bring this bus to IC since I started working for C-SPAN three years ago,” said Sarah Parker ’98.

Her dream was finally realized when the state-of-the-art mobile TV studio arrived outside the Roy H. Park School of Communications as part of the bus’s college tour.

“I knew that Park students, politics students, even theater students would be interested in seeing the production capabilities this bus has,” Parker said.

Sarah Parker '98 speaks with IC students aboard the C-SPAN bus.

Sarah Parker '98 speaks with IC students aboard the C-SPAN bus.

“I want the students to know that the Ithaca College name carries a lot of weight in this business,” said Parker.

It’s true -- from the robotic arm cameras to the soundproof doors in the studio area, the C-SPAN Civics Bus impressed students by having all the capabilities of a traditional studio, with the added bonus of traveling, which enables C-SPAN employees like Sarah to produce programming on location.

“Driving back onto campus this morning was such a thrill,” Parker said. The long road that led to Ithaca was filled with many interesting stops for the C-SPAN Civics Bus, from Iowa and New Hampshire for the presidential primary elections to the Mall in Washington, D.C., for President Obama’s inauguration. 

“I want the students to know that the Ithaca College name carries a lot of weight in this business,” said Parker.

Current IC student Will Chilcoat ’12 received that message. “I think it’s awesome that the woman on board this bus was from Ithaca College,” he said. 

Sophomore television-radio student Jessica Polizzi was also impressed by the capabilities of the bus. “I thought the whole setup was interesting. They showed a clip of [a C-SPAN] interview with Rudy Giuliani, and you’d never know it had been filmed inside a bus if they didn’t tell you,” said Polizzi.

“The production capabilities are really cool!”



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