8A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 19, 1998
By Susan T. Port
Daily Staff Reporter
LSA sophomore Shomari
Terrelonge-Stone dreamed of
becoming a broadcasting anchor
since he was little. As executive pro-
ducer of WOLV's "The Shomari and
Sean O'Neill Show", Stone just
might make that dream come true.
This past month, Terrelonge-
Stone was awarded the Leland Stowe
Award for outstanding scholastic
performance in preparation for a
career in professional journalism
and a Claude Sifritt Undergraduate
Award for outstanding academic
performance in the field of commu-
When he first heard about the
awards, Terrelonge-Stone said "I was
flabbergasted. Tears came to my eyes."
Terrelonge-Stone said he aspires to go
into a career in broadcasting. He said he
hopes these awards will help further his
dream of becoming a news anchor.
"Since I was a little boy, I have
always wanted be on TV as an anchor
for the news," Terrelonge-Stone said.
"The dream is coming true."
Terrelonge-Stone said "The
Shomari and Sean O'Neill Show"
addresses important topics and con-
cerns that affect University students
ranging from politics to hip hop music.
He added that important "sports figures
have appeared on his show, including
Heisman Trophy winner Charles
Woodson, Michigan Football Safety
Marcus Ray and Michigan Basketball
Center Robert Traylor.
"Our show shows a positive image
of rap music and hip-hop and touch-
es upon issues such as race in Mary
Markley (Residence Hall),"
Terrelonge-Stone spends his free
time studying, editing and produc-
ing work for the television show,
often during very late hours, he said.
"I am very hardworking about
achieving to the highest of my ability'
he said. "I only get four hours of sleep.
My life is studying and the show."
The Department of Communication
Studies student services associate Hanna
Reeves described Terrelonge-Stone as
Greek Week participants
plunge into bins ofJell-O
By Erin Holmes
Daily Staff Reporter
Dessert anyone ?
Most students passing through the Diag yesterday
afternoon donned winter jackets and backpacks. But
about 30 Greek Week participants took off their outer-
wear, challenged the cold and made Jell-O more than
Participants of Greek Week's annual Jell-O Jump
plunged into a tub of strawberry Jell-O and hunt for golf
balls that were hidden on the bottom.
"I'll need a shower," said Corey Fernandez, an LSA
first-year student and member of Theta Chi. Fernandez
wore warm-up pants and a T-shirt in an effort to dress
comfortably for his plunge into the Jell-O bin, which
contained more than 1}2 garbage cans full of the gooey
"Greek Week is a great way to get involved (in the
community) and I want to participate any way I can,"
Fernandez said. "I just hope I can clean it all off before
The event drew a captive audience made up of hun-
dreds of students - some of whom thought that Jell-o
should stay in the kitchen.
"I think it is really unhealthy to jump in there," said
James Huang, a junior at Wayne State University. "I
realize it's for charity, but I'm generally cynical about
events like this."
LSA first-year student Marie Prosper said she didn't
think too highly of the event.
"I thought we were in college," Prosper said.
"I guess it's for a good cause, but jumping in Jell-O is
not the only way or the best way to raise money."
While skeptics watched the event from a distance,
enthusiastic members of the Greek system defended the
Jell-O Jump and Greek Week.
"Who wouldn't want to get a
- Angie Miller
LSA first-year student
Anthony Imbrunone, an LSA sophomore who repre-,
sented Evans Scholars in the Jello Jump, said plunging
into the cold substance was like "being in the ocean in
March," but definitely worth it.
"It's an awesome way to support my team," Imbrunon
said. "I'll do it again next year."
Many Greek members said the week should focus on
the money charities will receive from the Jell-O Jump
and other Greek Week festivities.
"This is just a way to raise money," said LSA first-
year student Angie Miller, a Pi Beta Phi member. Miller
said Greek organizations paid a fee to participate in the,
"This is so much better than going door-to-door,"
"Who wouldn't want to get a little gooey?"
Apparently, a lot of people were willing to pass up
"Are they jumping in there?" LSA junior Aaron
Freilich asked as he walked through the Diag. "I don't
know about that. It's pretty cold out."
The unwillingness wasn't limited to those outside the
Beta Theta Pi member Gavin Tomalas, an LSA sopho-
more, shivered as he watched participants jump in the
"You couldn't pay me enough to jump in there in I4
degree weather," Tomalas said.
LSA Sophomore Shomari Terrelonge-Stone receives a broadcasting award from
Department of Communication Studies student services associate Hannah Reeves.
the type of person who could accomplish
anything if he put his mind to it.
"ie is motivated, intelligent,
hard-working and extremely well-
focused for someone his age,"
Reeves said. "In addition, he seems
to have a real flare both for working
with people and working in front of
Woodson, who has appeared on the
show, said he was impressed with
Terrelonge-Stone's dedication to the
"I think Shomari is showing peo-
ple that when you dream and you are
dedicated. anything is possible,"
Woodson said. "I was honored to be
apart of' 'The Shomari and Sean
O'Neil Show,' especially with the
building process of the show."
Woodson predicted that in the
future, Terrelonge-Stone will be one
of the hosts of CBS's "60 Minutes".
Woodson said he was also impressed
with how Terrelonge-Stone is man-
aging to break stereotypes of
minorities in his show.
"it just doesn't happen too often
that two young black students will
get together and try something dif-
ferent," Woodson said.
University of California ethnic
and Asian studies Prof. Ronald
Tukaki said Terrelonge-Stone adds a
lot to the University community.
"He showed a concern for sharing
important campus events with the
larger community," Tukaki said. "We
need more people like Shomari."
Kelly Robinson, Virgin Records
midwest region sales manager, said
she worked with Terrelonge-Stone
while promoting Janet Jackson's
Velvet Rope album.
Robinson said Terrelonge-Stone
inspires younger journalism hope-
fuls in believing that they can suc-
ceed and should follow theircdreams.
"Shomari is going to blow up
Robinson said. "lie's going to have a
successful career in broadcasting."
Terrelonge-Stone said his parents
have insisted that he stay focused on
advancing his work.
"I have to push further and keep
on going," he said.
Former University Law School Prof.
Pauline Terrelonge said she encour-
ages her son to persevere.
"I think Shomari will be very suc-
cessful because I think he is hard work-
ing he has goals and commitments and
those are the things that bring about
success,' Terrelonge said.
"The Shomari and Sean O'Neill
Show" is scheduled to air tonight at
8 p.m. and will run every four hours
during the weekend.
Parents follow slowly behind their
computer savvy whiz-kids
TRAVERSE CITY Mich. (AP) -- While virtually every 10-year-old Meteer said.
Father knows best, right? is computer literate these days, an Young computer Einsteins say th
Probably not, if the question involves elite layer of young computer users while they occasionally run into adul
the merits of the Pentium II, the finer has emerged. who see their age before heir abilii
points of Windows 95, or whether to Between 1 and 5 percent of the that usually passes quickly.
spring for the 33.6-speed modem or to students Traverse City Schools tech- "Usually, you're accepted pretty w
settle for a 28.8. nology coordinator Wayne Kladder based on your knowledge of the su
Ever since computer technology sees "really go at it." ject," said Dan Olin, 19, a 1997 Centr
expanded beyond laboratories, kids "Some of them are nearly profession- graduate who now works full timea
have been closer to the cutting edge als," said Jan Hale, who started teach- Grand Traverse Internet's assistant sy
than adults. Part of the reason is ing programming in the Detroit suburbs tems administrator.
that they have more free time than in 1967 and now teaches it at Traverse Rosema's boss, Jerry Milatz, sa
their parents to explore computers. City Central High School. he warns his young employeest
Kids are also inherently more Kadder and Hale don't mean expect some adult wariness at first.
inquisitive. these students are merely willing to "It's not right. It's not fair," Mila
lend a hand to struggling classmates said.
- or teachers, for that matter. "Just accept that for now. Ther
They're kids who are already work- nothing you can do about it. As tin
ing in the private sector, for real goes on, it will change."
employers who heap a lot of respon- Meteer's boss at Pinecrest seesh
sibility of 16-, 17- and 18-year old employee'sextraordinary ability as on
Exhibit A is Eric Rosema. He "They start when they're young, ai
first touched a computer when he the more you do something, the beti
was 5 or 6 years old, and started you get at it," said Gary Greenman,
using them in school during fourth Pinecrest vice president.
grade. In fact, today's young comput
Now a senior at Central, he is also experts eventually get a tests of th
the system administrator at Infinite own medicine from the likes of ki
Communications. A subsidiary of now in junior high.
CRT & Associates, Infinite provides "Every class that comes to us is mo
Internet service and networks to computer literate than the previo
businesses. class," said Traverse City West Juni
"The main thing I do is keep every- High teacher Joe Nyhart. "Our nint
thing running," said Rosema. graders are not as computer literate
Brendan Meteer is also among that out seventh-graders. Our fourth-grade
guru-like minority. Another senior, he are more computer literate than our se
used to do computer tech work for the enth-graders."
school system. Among the up-and-comers are eigh
Now he does a little computer grader Adam Spinniken and nint
work "here and there." He trou- graders Jason Simonin and Sc
bleshoots, advises on equipment pur- Sillner.
chases and installs upgrades. The trio created a game on a W
He's currently wrapping up a net- page and linked it to an Intern
work installation at Pinecrest search engine. Since last Augu
Engineering in Traverse City. more than 4 million people have vi
"I'm mainly a bail-me-out person," ited the site.
Tell mom most of what