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April 11, 2002 Students determined to revive campus TV station



by Sarah Arruda

The dead-looking television screens that hang over the heads of students on the sixth floor of the Hall Building will soon be lit up again.

“It would be great to be able to catch the news and be informed about what is going on in the university while waiting for your classes to start,” said journalism student Anne-Marie Reynaud. “Everyone would benefit from an operating student television.”

CUTV elections took place last Friday, and a new executive faces the challenge of breathing life into the student-run station, which has been plagued in the past by theft and mismanagement.

Stephan Herman, chief electoral officer in the recent CSU election, will be executive producer. Steve Murphy was elected station manager.

Two students have taken on public relations duties. Gino Vassallo (PR Internal) plans to work during the summer, so that by the beginning of next semester, CUTV will be ready to lift off. Amin Tabaa (PR External) said he’ll be keeping an eye open for donors and corporations interested in investing in CUTV.

Program Director Roxanne Pekeharing is enthusiastic about bringing her communication studies experience and creative ideas into putting the station’s pilot episode together.

Former CUTV Webmaster Steve Helsing plans to spend a month with the new executive, orienting them around the station. Helsing was one of the people responsible for reviving the institution two years ago, and says it has untapped potential. “Things would go a lot better for both the executives and for the members if there were at least two full-time people working here,” he added. “We have the budget to pay them; that isn’t the problem. The problem is just finding the time to track down the person that can do the paperwork.”

Pekeharing had a different view: “All CUTV needs is more structure and organization.”