608: the BDIC newsletter







Enjoy summer vacation!

As this semester comes to a close, we wish you the best of luck with all of your finals. Congratulations to our graduating BDIC students! Have a wonderful summer, everyone!


BDIC will be having a party for graduating seniors directly after the Commencement Ceremony on May 22. All graduates are invited, as well as their friends and family! The party will be held downstairs from the BDIC office in the Honors Lounge on the fifth floor. For more details, call the BDIC office at 545-2504.


BDIC Fashion

BDIC T-shirts are still on sale in the office, for just $10! The light blue shirts feature the BDIC logo on the front, with the pink flamingo mascot and slogan ("Stand Out in the Crowd!") on the back. Show your pride by wearing the shirt around campus!

Koffee Haus and Goood 4 You

The Van Meter Koffee Haus takes place every Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Van Meter Basement. BDIC student Jessica Morgan sells her "Blissfully Organic Teas" and "Sustainable Foods" at the Koffee Haus each week. Her organic foods are "packed with love and the healthiest ingredients," so be sure to stop by and check out these delicious goodies! Goood 4 You foods can also be ordered by e-mail: Goood4YouLove@hotmail.com

Reminder for Spring Proposal Class

If you have already been accepted into the major by your faculty supervisor, make sure you fill out a change of major form and sign the BDIC contract in the office.

Not Graduating But Still Walking?

Seniors who are not graduating in May but are still going to be walking at the Commencement Ceremony need to sign up in the BDIC office for a cap and gown. Also, make sure to speak with the registrar’s office so that they also know.

We Need Volunteers!

BDIC needs volunteers to help with our graduation party on Sunday May 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please contact Linda or Davina at 545-2504 if you're interested.

Dana Sebastian

Dana Sebastian, BDIC's resident jewelry artist has a website that showcases his jewelry. Take a look at http://www.iloveyourearrings.com or http://www.sebastianjewelry.com! Dana will be selling his handmade jewelry at the Spring Projects Fair.


Don’t forget to check out the Spring Projects Fair today in the Student Union Ballroom! Support your fellow BDIC majors and join in the festivities! Stop by anytime between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. to check out the projects and talents of your peers!

Student presentations will be from 2-4 p.m., followed by the Alumni Forum from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The evening will wind down with a catered reception with music from 5:30-7 p.m.


by BDIC Major Angel J. Rhodes

Can I get a Film Certificate and be a BDIC major?
Yes! The Film Certificate is not a major track, but rather just an official authorization that you've taken a particular core of film related classes. Think of it as a General Education for the film department.

Will classes counted towards my certificate count towards my BDIC major as well?
Yes! Classes used for your Film Certificate can also be applied to your BDIC major track, as long as they're 300 level or above. This does mean, however, that your introductory course can not count towards your BDIC major, so plan ahead.

Is it required I get a Film Certificate if I study film through the BDIC Department?
No. The BDIC department's mission statement is to allow you to design your own major track and will not require you under any circumstances to apply for a Film Certificate. The certificate, however, can be an aid to students' studies as well as resumes, and is often recommended if you plan to study film.

What are the language requirements of the Film Certificate?
The Film Certificate is not a major track, and hence has no language requirement. Any language requirement is dependent on your BDIC or primary-major track and should be discussed with Linda or you’re the advisor in your primary-major.

How do I sign up for the Film Certificate program?
Go to room 129 Herter Annex and make an appointment with a film advisor. Once enrolled, students are expected to update their records every semester and advisory meetings per semester are highly recommended.

What are some drawbacks in signing up for the Film Certificate program?
While the program offers a large variety of classes, it does limit your choices to a more limited set. However, the program is designed to be somewhat open ended and requests for alternative courses can be made to the Film Studies Chief Program Undergraduate Advisor. Also, keep in mind many of these classes are Communications classes, which while far from impossible, are slightly difficult to enroll in as a BDIC major.

Can you recommend any courses on the list?
I highly recommend “Film Styles and Genres” with Richard Stromgren and “Asian Popular Cinema” with Anne Ciecko.

Where can I find more information about the Film Certificate?
For more information and a list of eligible courses, go to: http://www.umass.edu/film/about.html


by Peer Advisor Franklin Onuoha

     Finding an internship can take several months, so it is imperative that you be willing to follow up on phone calls and leads. Start the search process well before papers and exams are due, so that you have the necessary time to find a placement. If a site requests that you call next week to set up an interview, do it. If they ask that you send a resume, do it immediately.

     Even seemingly secure placements can fall through at the last minute (due to a supervisor leaving the company, layoffs, etc.), so you must be prepared to do searching and interviewing in a timely manner. A placement can never be guaranteed, particularly in very specialized or competitive fields.

     Internships are often unpaid, or pay at the minimum wage level. A few students a semester may be offered a job at their sites, so it is possible, but not probable. However, through an internship you will gain valuable experience and contacts that will assist in your job-hunting, particularly if you ask your site supervisor or colleagues for advice and assistance.


Jesse Jacobs opens Tea Shop in San Francisco

"Want a cozy place to catch up with friends? Need a gentle pick-me-up? Samovar Tea Lounge offers all of these comforts and more with a simple pot of tea." - Monica Heger of Downtown Debuts

     In 2003 Jesse Jacobs made the switch from business analyst and user interface designer, to the co-owner of the Samovar Tea Lounge in San Francisco. The restaurant opened with some interest but soon became a favorite among residents and visitors alike.

     But if we rewind, we see that Jacobs' story is an interesting one. In 1995, Jacobs graduated from UMass Amherst with a BDIC concentration in Japan and the European Community while furthering his studies by spending some time abroad in Denmark and Japan. Looking back, Jacobs has taken a round-about route to where he is today. Although staying on the business track for some time, Jacobs worked in the computer technology field, he realized that that the life of the traveling techie wasn’t for him. He wanted not only to produce, but also to experience his work and he found that the world of tea shops' offered just that. Finally, in 2002, Jacobs joined with Paul Fullarton and Robert Sandler and developed the idea for the Samovar Tea Lounge.

     Since the opening of the restaurant in 2003, it has evolved into a community space. The 60-person lounge has seen its share of friendly get-togethers, business meetings, inquiring tourists and more. To reach out to the community, the Samovar Tea Lounge hosted several election booths for it's local patrons to vote for the mayor. Jacobs is currently considering franchise requests in the US and abroad.

     All of us at BDIC would like to congratulate Jesse for the success of the lounge and hope to see him at an event soon!

Remember, the BDIC office is open every weekday from 9-5. Stop by anytime with questions about pre-registration, internships, courses, summer plans, or any other concerns you might have! Good luck on all your finals, and enjoy your summer vacation!

Enjoy summer vacation!

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Additions? Contact paden@student.umass.edu.