College

Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (BCAS)

Date of Last Revision

2020-05-07 13:10:40

Major

Mass Media - Communication

Honors Course

7600:485

Number of Credits

3

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020

Abstract

Video is one of the most media-rich forms of content. When the elements of production come together, it can shed light on issues, provide information about a cause, and bring about an opportunity to connect with the world. One of the most informational forms of video is a documentary film. Documentaries that are focused on the stories and experiences of people bring a sense of reality to matters that may otherwise seem distant and irrelevant. Having a visual to relate to can help bridge the gap between a disconnected viewer and the issue at hand, and create awareness, empathy, and possible action.

This documentary is centered on a sector of the Athletic Department at the University of Akron. The University of Akron Dance Team is a part of the Spirit Program responsible for providing game day entertainment, an exceptional fan experience, and positive publicity for the University. With a miniscule budget, zero scholarship dollars, and low-prioritization within the Athletic Department, members of this program are still expected to train, compete, and attend games just as any other on-scholarship athlete would. This documentary explores the experiences and opinions of the team members and takes a look into how their passion, commitment, and respect for each other override any odds that are against them.

Research Sponsor

Juan Eduardo Contreras

First Reader

Maegen Pruitt

Second Reader

Rhiannon Kallis

Honors Faculty Advisor

Kathleen D. Clark

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