Thursday, March 21, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 113


Despite lack of equipment, SVN up and running

By Geronimo Rodriguez
Daily Cougar Staff

When members of the Student Video Network set out in search of filmmaking equipment, one wouldn't have thought the program would prosper as much as it has. It has three short films lined up for Saturday and plans to consistently run at least three shows per week.

The short films, created by UH students, are University Fighting Center, Students of the Corn and The Mad Cow Project and will air on the Houston Media Source on channel 17 (18 for Cambridge Oaks residents) at 9:30 p.m., 10:13 p.m. and 10:29 p.m. respectively.

While SVN chairman Jason Ugorji, a media communications major, awaits the finances to replace equipment lost to Tropical Storm Allison and for storage
space from SVN, he and SVN members continue to collaborate with HMS.

"Technically, we're supposed to have a studio and equipment of our own," Ugorji said. "But in the meantime, we air student productions on cable, which is kind of
like a substitute until we get our own things up and going."

HMS provides UH students with equipment and also allots them airtime. The student productions are also shown on UH campus television.

When SVN meets the students' equipment needs, Ugorji plans on maintaining a relationship with HMS.

"Once we get SVN up, which is only on campus, I want to continue putting our UH productions on cable and see what happens," he said.

SVN has no say in where the programs air at this moment due to the fact that the students are not using SVN equipment. 

If or when students are given a studio and resources that enable filmmaking, Ugorji plans to evaluate the policies to ensure the student program will continue to
benefit from the exposure HMS provides.

"One of the problems we were having is that there are only 3,000 students living on campus and UH has 35,000, so there were a lot of students who don't have
access to information about things going on around campus," he said.

Ugorji, who is also an intern at the cable access channel, feels the opportunity will provide students with an accessible, entertaining medium.

"The goal of what we're trying to do with this program is inform and entertain the students," Ugorji said. "This is a chance for students to literally just go home and
watch what's going down on campus."

The program is working on two projects, Cougar Hype and Word of Mouth, both of which will focus on Ugorji's ideas regarding UH students.

The program also intends to encourage more students to submit their own work. Writing, directing and even acting ideas can be proposed at the SVN meetings.

The next SVN meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. today in the Student Program Board room of the University Center Underground.

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