Saturday, December 02, 2006

PlayStation 3 campout story

This was going to be for the Oakland Tribune, but they got someone else out there for the PlayStation 3 release, so they didn't run the multimedia. We gave it to the [X]Press. Here it is.

The Tenderloin Piece

Taught me a lot about people, working relationships, and myself. An uphill battle to get in done and published, but it's done. If nothing else, I hope this story demonstrates my potential. If given the proper resources, I want to do this and more.
Related and *in print:
Love & Addiction - Xpress Magazine, December 2006

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Blog #3

Don’t Hide The Belt

Story by
Aaron Morrison

On Monday, USA Today insinuated that children who are spanked have an increased chance of becoming the world’s top CEOs and power brokers. This news certainly comes too late for most college students.

Honestly, how many of us would have taken a few more spankings to have the master corner-office suite, stock options, and a Rolls Royce?

I certainly was spanked when I was growing up. But hell, don’t I now wish I could have been beaten nearly unconscious just before I went off to college. Perhaps I’d have that 4.0 GPA.

The very suggestion that there is a correlation between getting the belt occasionally and becoming the head of a major corporation is a bit absurd, but not totally far-fetched.

While I’m no CEO or power broker, I certainly can attest to the power of a good beating. I remember the time I was spanked in the first grade (pants down with a wooden yardstick from the garage) because a girl hit me and I pushed her back. Of course when the girl told our teacher, I was the one sent home with a “bad news” report for my parents to sign, which clearly stated that I had pushed a chubby, brunette girl during recess.

My mom spanked me good for that one. And while I was angry that nobody believed the girl hit me first, I certainly avoided all potentially physical altercations with the opposite sex from then on. Perhaps this means I’ll be less likely to beat my wife when I get married. But I’ve digressed.

Where was I? Oh yes, pubescent beatings and CEOs.

According to the USA Today article, of the 20 CEOs they interviewed over a few months, all 20 over-achievers admitted to being spanked during their youth. However, most felt being spanked as an adolescent had little to do with the successes in their careers.

That’s complete bullshit.

If I’m going to be beat for most, if not all, of my childhood, something good better come out of it.

In fact, I urge you all to tell your younger brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, cousins and Godchildren to stop hiding daddy’s belt. Just hand it to him when he comes home from work. Tell him you pushed Suzy Bluesy on the playground today at recess. And don’t forget to mention she broke her neck. That’ll get you a real good whooping.

During the spanking, snotty nose and tears, think of the paid vacation to tropic islands, the country club memberships and expense accounts. It’s all worth it, right?

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Blog #2

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Stylin’ and Profilin’ Like a University President Should

Story by
Aaron Morrison

So, the Westfield San Francisco opened downtown. Whoopteedoo!

Another reason for staunchly materialistic people to pretend as if they didn’t just spend this month’s electric bill money on Juicy Couture. Another reason for broke students to become broker. Another reason, or rather excuse, for President Robert Corrigan to perhaps style and profile for his political friends.

Mayor Gavin Newsom was there. And that “Shriver lady” showed up. But what was Corrigan really doing there? The extension of San Francisco State University at the Westfield doesn’t open until early next year.

But why pontificate when you can walk right up and ask him?

Corrigan happened to be sitting down on cheesy, retro mall furniture enclosed by red velvet rope. That rope separated the “common folk” from the wealthy public figures, Westfield executives, and “FTE” reporters who were invited to take part in the inclusive yet exclusive opening ceremony.

Corrigan sat, legs crossed, studying a note card as if he was preparing to speak during the ceremony. And he didn’t. Was there a particular new development regarding the extension of the university? Corrigan said there wasn’t, also admitting that the walls had not yet been put up where the extension is to be housed.

Realizing where this line of questioning was going, Corrigan began rambling about the Westfield and how it’s an Australian company, blah blah blah. This effectively turned off any desire to entertain further conversation. However, one can’t leave empty handed from such a rare encounter with the university president.

Many students often admit that they don’t even know what the president looks like. Our estranged president is arguably the least social university president in the California State University system. But it’s clear he’s social enough to rub shoulders with the “important folk.”

Fret not, friends. This is our president at the mall, taken with a digital camera, paparazzo style! Enjoy.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

My firstever paid freelance gig

This is a story I did earlier this year....which is kinda like my first published clip...

Blog #1

Friday, September 22, 2006

‘Crack’ Can’t Be That ‘Wack’

Story by Aaron Morrison

Substance abuse and domestic violence, in general, are certainly not laughing matters. But in the case of the recently divorced Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, it might be. The couple’s often public marital problems over the last several years may have you wondering whether Houston has finally realized that Brown is what’s ‘wack’, not so much the crack.

The Associated Press reported last Thursday that Houston filed divorce papers in an Orange County Superior Court. Houston requested a legal separation from Brown because of irreconcilable differences. But after numerous allegations that Brown was abusing her during their 14-year marriage, Houston’s filing for a divorce is not so surprising. Well, at least statistically.

Researchers at the Group Health Center for Health Studies are calling domestic violence an ‘epidemic.’ The report, published in the June 2006 issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, reveals that in a sample of almost 3,500 women, 44 percent of them had experienced ‘intimate partner violence’ during adulthood. Their findings conclude that the longer domestic violence has taken place, the worse the woman’s physical and mental health is.

This could certainly explain Houston’s appearance and behavior while accepting a Lifetime Achievement honor during the 2001 BET Awards. After delivering a painfully mediocre rendition of her hits, she proclaimed Brown the ‘king of R&B’ music, despite the lack of career longevity to support that allegation. Let’s not forget her behavior on the 2005 Bravo reality series Being Bobby Brown, in which she co-starred with Brown. “Oh, hell to the no!”

Whether Houston’s public persona even a year ago was a result of years of marital abuse at the hands of the “R&B king” is unclear. Houston, however, is taking a step in the direction that many women who are in abusive relationships are unlikely to take.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence has estimated that women who choose to leave an abusive relationship are at a 75 percent greater risk of being killed by the ‘offender’ than those who choose to stay. This, they say, explains why so many women remain in abusive relationships.

In addition, researchers with the Group Health Center also found that rates of domestic violence were much higher in surveyed participants whom were old, had higher incomes, and were typically more educated. Previous studies estimated domestic violence rates as high in ‘younger, lower income groups.’

Whether Brown beat her senseless or beat sense into her, it’s clear that Houston has decided that her own well-being and the well-being of their daughter Bobbi-Kristina, who Houston has requested full custody of, is more important than having ‘the greatest love of all.’

Let’s hope Houston doesn’t plan on ‘running back’ to Brown. Unless, of course, there are plans to tape another season of Being Bobby Brown.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

My first multimedia piece ever...

I'm quite proud of myself. I learned a new software program! This is a short piece I did on the tenth anniversary of Tupac Shakur's death.

Tell me what you think...

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

I guess I should start one of these...

This is where I'll post my published clips that I will accumilate over the course of the year. Let's hope I haven't created this blog in vain.