A fledgling rapper…Knee-high flood waters…The housing crisis. What do these things have in common? They’re all subjects of Suffolk student videos and photos nominated for this year’s Rammy Awards.
The Rammy Awards, named for Suffolk’s beloved mascot, honor exceptional student work in video and photography. A record 200 entries were received this year in nine categories, and the winners are:
Benign Indifference – Nicholas Jones, Joseph Shacar, Mason Marino and Brendan Flanagan
My Mistake – Mason Marino, Tyler Fisk and Nicholas Jones
Changing Fate – Alexander Ortiz, Athanasios Armenis and Jessica Bard
Breath of Fresh Air – Moss Lynch
Photography: Black & White
Aamnah – Leidy Restrepo
Photography: Spot News
Drugs: All Ages – Jennifer Wong
Photography: Photo Essay
The Streets of Italy – James McMasters
Suffolk Alum for Japan Relief – Katie Sampson
Occupy Boston Students – Andrew Scheinthal and Katie Sampson
Each category was evaluated by an expert panel of judges, including professional journalists, producers, and photographers across the country. The judges had their work cut out for them this year. Competition was so fierce that one category – feature news – was expanded to four finalists instead of the usual three.
Winners were announced at the 5th Annual Rammy Awards Ceremony on April 12 in the Modern Theatre. Assistant professor Dana Rosengard once again brought a touch of Hollywood showmanship as master of ceremonies. The event also featured Miss Boston 2012, Kelsey Beck, and performances by Suffolk's a cappella group, the Ramifications and faculty member Vicki Karns.
This year’s entries featured a strikingly diverse array of subjects, tones, and perspectives, and showcased the talent and creativity of students in many majors.
“The selection was incredible,” says associate professor Shoshanna Madmoni-Gerber, who helps to organize the event each year. “We saw everything from an amusing portrait of Renaissance fair culture -- to a thought-provoking documentary about the challenges of being a young Muslim American woman -- to a truly poetic piece on ice-skating in Boston.”
The Rammy Awards are hosted each year by the Department of Communication and Journalism in the College of Arts & Sciences. Students from all majors may enter the competition, and the entire Suffolk community is invited to the ceremony.