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In this blog I almost forgot to talk about my classes. You know that I'm a Journalism major student. My Online Journalism teacher, David Loomis, asked us to do a Mobile journalism assignment. We had to attend an event and write an article in real time using phone, camera, video camera and handheld recorder. Everything we need to do go reporting. I decided to attend the IUP basketball game, Saturday 11, at 7:30 in the Memorial Field house on campus. Saturday and Sunday was the Indiana Regional Medical Center Holiday Classic, a kind of tournament between four teams- Central State, Edinboro, Urbana Blue Knight and IUP.

To do this MoJo assignment, we were supposed to send short report on our Twitter account with our phone. I was really excited to attend this game since IUO team is a good team and there is always a good ambiance for our home games. But this time I could chill with my friend but stay focus on the game and the atmosphere around and type on phone everything I could say about it.

The first game was Edinboro versus Urbana. Few people were there to watch this game. Around 7:15, most of the students started to full in the gym. The IUP game versus Central State was going to start late, but it didn't seem to annoy the fans there. When the players came on the field, the IUP stand was almost full.


                                                                                          End of the warm up. Picture by Laurie Ajavon


The cheerleaders with their pink shirt to help breast cancer, the usual IUP basketball fans and I, with my phone in a hand and my camera in the other hand; everybody was ready to cheer our team. 


                                                                     Cheerlearders wearing pink shirt to support fight against Breast cancer. Picture by Laurie Ajavon


The IUP players dominated the first part of the game despite a lot of mistakes. They lost stupidly the ball times and missed to score a basket too many but we can see that obviously our team was better than their opponents. The IUP #3, Kevin Steward was everywhere on the field. At the halftime, our team was winning 45-29.



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                                                                                  Pictures during the second half of the game. Last picture: player "fighting" to win. Picture by Laurie Ajavon


The second was at the same time more interesting and irritating to watch for the Crimson Hawks fans. But in the stands, a lot of people left. When they went out of their locker rooms, The IUP players kept doing miss to score a baskets and loosing the ball allowing Central State to move up their score. At 11:58 of game, the score was 59-50. We could feel a lot of tension between the players.

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        Coach Lombardi and Central State's coach stressed out. Picture by Laurie Ajavon


Even the coaches looked stressed out. Joe Lombardi could be restless. The last minutes of game were very tense; both team wanting to win. Darryl Webb and his team-mates who were commiting a lot of mistakes seeing their opponents scored started to give everything to keep the victory. Finally our team beating Central state. The team didn't show his best during this game but it was the better this weekend winning its other game against Urbana 87-63 the day after. My Mojo wasn't really easy to do since I was suppose to type and watch the game at the same time but it was interesting to do. It was funny to be a sport commentator.

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                                                                                                                  End of the game; IUP won. Picture by Laurie Ajavon


Tell me: what did you think about the Saturday game?

 And you my online journalism classmate, what di you think about your Mojo assignment?


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We are already in December. A lot of houses in my neigh borough are decorated with Christmas' colors.  This year is going to be my first Christmas in the United States, my first Christmas in IUP and, most of all, my first Christmas away from Paris and my family. This article is not to make you feel sorry for me but to make you discover what a Christmas in Paris is.

I'm excited to discover how you celebrate Christmas here but I have to admit I don't really feel like it's going to be Christmas soon. Since, I will not stay here during the break, we don't have any Christmas tree or decorations in my house and the streets are forlornly dark. At this time, my house in France is full of decoration and the Christmas tree has an overabundant decoration. Outside, in every city, there are luminous tinsels everywhere on the street lamps and on the shop and houses' windows.


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Here are the places almost every Parisians- including me- go during the Christmas period:

The Champs Elysées

The best thing to do when you spend Christmas in Paris or close to Paris is to go to the Champs Elysees. You will see the beautiful illuminations, the stores' decorations, the Ferris wheel, enjoy traditional dishes and find present's ideas in the 170 small chalet-style house built for the Christmas market.




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 Tree's decorations and the Ferris Wheel; Louis Vuitton's luminous store windows  on the Champs Elysees. Picture from


More than a million of luminous dots illuminate the 415 trees of the most beautiful avenue of the world. It's more than 180 000 m of luminous tinsels and LED bulbs, more observant about the environment. Thanks to them, Paris will reduce its electricity bills to about 70 percent according to the French newspaper, Le Journal du Dimanche.

This light fairy will cost about 2,5 millions of euros- $3.35 million- to the storekeepers and the city.

This year, 15 millions of visitors are expected.


Boulevard Haussmann and the Galleries Lafayette

For 50 years, the Haussmann Boulvard and the Printemps and Gallerie Lafayettes' windows-a famous department store company- are, for Christmas, the inescapable places for families to admire the Christmas' animated stores. These illuminations will cost a million of Euros but these consumption's temples will make a quarter of their sales during this period.

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Boulvard Haussmann stores'animated windows. Picture from paris


The Eiffel Tower

From the Eiffel tower's side, a luminous show recounting the monument construction, more than a century ago. The strobe light effects, the game of light and color follow the five minutes of sparkling that mark each hour every day from 8 p.m. It will last until December 31. 










Eiffel Tower's Illuminations during Christmas. Picture from Google Image


For me, a Christmas full of light and decorations, full of people and full of things that make you smile like a kid is a real Christmas. That's why I love Paris during this period.


And for you, what is a real Christmas?

Where is your favorite place to celebrate it?

I hope you have appreciated the trip. 

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