Meet your Council

 

JordanCoop
Jordan Coop, President

Program, Year: MTP Year 4
Favourite FIMS Course: MIT2500 – The Meaning of Technology
Connect with me via jcoopmen@uwo.ca
You’re going on a date with one theorist studied in FIMS (romantic or platonic) who is it and why?
Theodor Adorno: he’d be sure to take me somewhere that plays good music.
I study in FIMS because? Quite frankly, I initially chose FIMS — and more specifically, the MTP Program — because in high school I had a passing interest in video production. Three years later, I have acquired a well-rounded and holistic educational experience that I could have never anticipated. Throughout my time in FIMS, I have learned to truly understand the importance of media studies to our human condition. It would be inadequate, however, to stop there; for it is not only the education I’ve received, but the diverse and intellectual community in which I’ve been immersed that has rendered my time here meaningful. And this is why I continue to study in FIMS: the people, the passion, the pedagogy. In fact, a large part of me never wants to leave.
Favourite book for school, for pleasure: School: You Are Not a Gadget – Jaron Lanier; Leisure: White Noise – Dan DeLillo

Kelly Mark, VP External

Program, Year: Major MIT Year 4 (English Minor in Popular Literature and Cultural Studies and Writing Certificate for Professional Writing)
Favourite FIMS Course: MIT 2500: Meaning of Technology
Connect with me via @kelleeehh
You’re going on a date with one theorist studied in FIMS (romantic or platonic) who is it and why?
Malcolm Gladwell – his perspective on our personal motivations and subconscious drive for certain human conditions is enticing and relevant to our daily actions. SO FASCINATING! And also – have you seen his fro?!
I study in FIMS because? Tim Blackmore gave a badass Open House sample lecture
Favourite book for school, for pleasure: Enders Game by Orson Scott Card, The Room by Emma Donoghue

Lizzie Sarjeant
Lizzie Sarjeant, VP Academics

Program, Year: Honors Specialization MIT Year 4, Certificate in Writing
Favourite FIMS Course: MIT 2500: The Meaning of Technology
Connect with me via elizabethsarjeant@gmail.com
You’re going on a date with one theorist studied in FIMS (romantic or platonic) who is it and why?
I would date Noam Chomsky. He wouldn’t have to manufacture my consent. I admire him for knowing a lot about a lot. His wide range of research interests reflects the interdisciplinary nature of FIMS. Like those of a true FIMS student, Chomsky’s ideas are born out of his ability to turn a critical eye on elements of linguistics, philosophy, cognitive science, history, politics, activism, and (surprise) media.
I study in FIMS because? In Grade 11, I learned that De Beers invented the diamond engagement ring. I came into FIMS wanting to learn how media, particularly those of a corporate variety, are so powerful. When I graduate FIMS, I want to teach others how important this field of study is and advocate for what we can and should be doing with media literacy.
Favourite book for school, for pleasure: For school, Our Media, Not Theirs, by Robert McChesney and John Nichols. For pleasure, The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood.

Sabrina Zavarise, VP Communications

Program, Year: Honors Specialization MIT Year 4
Favourite FIMS Course: MIT 3773: Introduction to Visual Cultural Studies w/ Prof. Sliwinski
Connect with me via @sabzav
You’re going on a date with one theorist studied in FIMS (romantic or platonic) who is it and why?
Judith Butler, I seem to always find a way to tie in her work with my assignments. Her work is fascinating and provocative, and maybe I’d become cooler by osmosis if I was in her vicinity for enough time.
I study in FIMS because? Partly because I’m bad at math. Mainly because I see so much value in what I learn here. Our media, from pop culture phenomenona, to the way news stories are created, packaged and disseminated… it matters and is worth studying.
Favourite book for school, for pleasure: School: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. Pleasure: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

Anna Peirce, VP Events

Program, Year: Honors Specialization MIT Year 4
Favourite FIMS Course: MIT 2500
Connect with me via @annapeirce, apeirce2@uwo.ca
You’re going on a date with one theorist studied in FIMS (romantic or platonic) who is it and why?
Lasswell – He would be John Tuckered so fast…
I study in FIMS because? I found FIMS by fluke and it was the BEST thing that I have ever stumbled into. Uncovering the secrets of technology and pop culture has sucked me in!
Favourite book for school, for pleasure: Mythologies, Roland Barthes for 1200 and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Aditi Bhargava, VP Finance

Program, Year: MIT Year 2 & Minor in Economics
Favourite FIMS Course: MIT 1500
Connect with me via @AditiBhar
You’re going on a date with one theorist studied in FIMS (romantic or platonic) who is it and why?
Marshall McLuhan, cause “Medium is the Massage” totally gets me.
I study in FIMS because? I’m from Oman in the Middle East (same hood as Aladdin, he’s my homie) and I’ve travelled quite the distance to study in the FIMS! FIMS teaches me to critically re-evaluate the societies we live in, and recognize the byproducts that these societies produce. PLUS now I finally begun to understand how American popculture has made its way over Oman, cause boy do we LOVE our memes.
Favourite book for school, for pleasure: Fav book for school: “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” by Frank Miller (Yes, Graphic novels are books) and Fav book for pleasure: “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson

Kelley Morgan, Chairperson

Program, Year: Honors Specialization MIT Year 2
Favourite FIMS Course: 1200 with Blackmore. I sat at the very front and I’m proud to admit it.
Connect with me via @kelleygreen
You’re going on a date with one theorist studied in FIMS (romantic or platonic) who is it and why?
Marshall McLuhan, because I’d love to introduce Twitter and Facebook to him and see his reaction.
I study in FIMS because? I was first drawn to FIMS because of how unique and interesting it seemed, and I am staying because of the amazing profs, people and opportunities. I love it here.
Favourite book for school, for pleasure: Favourite school book was “Enders Game” by Orson Scott Card. Favourite book for pleasure was “A Tree grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith. (Are you there God it’s me Margaret by Judy Blume a close second)

Genevieve LaCute, Head Soph

Program, Year: MIT Year 4
Favourite FIMS Course: MIT 3773: 3437 International Media and Social Change
Connect with me via glacute@uwo.ca
You’re going on a date with one theorist studied in FIMS (romantic or platonic) who is it and why?
Hadrian Mertins Kirkwood
I study in FIMS because? I love celebs, magazines, and mtv
Favourite book for school, for pleasure: US Weekly

Monica Abadir, Charity Commissioner

Program, Year: Honours Specialization MPI and Honours Specialization Arts Year 2
Favourite FIMS Course: MIT 1200
Connect with me via @mabadir
You’re going on a date with one theorist studied in FIMS (romantic or platonic) who is it and why?
Marshall McLuhan
Why FIMS? The FIMS program is intertwined throughout my entire life. School isn’t just school, it’s a means of examining and understanding my world.
Favourite book for school, for pleasure: Favourite book for school: Maus by Art Spiegelman. Favourite book for pleasure: too many to count but, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is lovely.

Kelly Hobson, Faculty Liason

Program, Year: Honours Specialization MPI Year 4
Favourite FIMS Course: MIT 2510 Race, Ethnicity, and Technology
Connect with me via khobson3@uwo.ca
You’re going on a date with one theorist studied in FIMS (romantic or platonic) who is it and why?
Jurgen Habermas, so we can discuss how Glee fits into the public sphere.
I study in FIMS because? This is the faculty where your paradigms are shifted and your most concrete understandings are challenged. This is the place where critical thinkers are born and raised. I study in FIMS because I want to make a difference.
Favourite book for school, for pleasure: For school: Kindred by Octavia Butler, For pleasure: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Cindy Ma, Grad Rep

Program, Year: Honors Specialization MIT, Major Political Science, Year 4
Favourite FIMS Course: Race and Technology
Connect with me via cma59@uwo.ca
You’re going on a date with one theorist studied in FIMS (romantic or platonic) who is it and why?
Barthes, because he picks up on all the signs.
Why FIMS? I study in FIMS because things are better when we question our assumptions about each other and ourselves. They are better when critical reading is not confined to the novel, but applied to the world. And they are better when we embrace the idea that the truth resists simplicity.
Favourite book for school, for pleasure: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger

Chris Pandza, First Year Rep

Program, Year: MIT, Year 1
Connect with me: cpandza@uwo.ca, @cpandza
Why FIMS? Where else can you study MIT 3433F: Gender, Race & Class in Wedding Media? I have a tendency to deconstruct Four Weddings.
Now I can get a degree for it!
Favourite book for school, for pleasure: The Educated Imagination by Northrop Frye, East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Number one goal as a FIMSSC First Year Representative: To make sure everyone takes advantage of the FIMS experience and comes out to our stellar events!

Samir Kashyap, First Year Rep

Program, Year: Media Theory and Production (MTP), Year 1 (I’m a Froshie.)
Connect with me via @safrOka, www.safrOka.tumblr.com
Why FIMS? I’ve always wanted to learn more about our parents.
Favourite book for school, for pleasure: Skewl: The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, Plejur: Olivia by Ian Falconer
Number one goal as a FIMSSC First-Year Representative: To make sure every FIMS Frosh like myself knows their FIMSSC is more than just a council—it’s a movement. A movement towards the complete inclusivity of every student regardless of their stream, all voices being acknowledged, and consistency in quality of FIMS events. My number one goal, however, is to make sure all of the FIMS Frosh know that they can get a hold (literally and figuratively) of me at any time of the day, and I will always be there for them with a smile, a hot cup of coffee, and five baskets of puppies*.
*Does not always carry puppies; if anything, is guaranteed to have baskets of assorted cutieqs.

Jake Kislinsky, MTP Rep

Program, Year: MTP Year 3 (Broadcast Journalism)
Favourite FIMS Course: MIT 2100: Political Economy of Media
Connect with me via Twitter: @KolonelStarfire
You’re going on a date with one theorist studied in FIMS (romantic or platonic) who is it and why?
Definitely Marshall McLuhan, because for a date we would probably go to a nice spa (you know, cause the medium is the massage…)
I study in FIMS because?
The FIMS Faculty makes you think different about everything. EVERYTHING. We live in an information age, so I feel that MIT/MTP/MPI gives us information that has relevance outside of the classroom. I’m proud to say that I’m in one of the best programs, and THE BEST faculty at Western.
Favourite book for school, for pleasure:
Business: Crazy Like a Fox By Scott Collins Pleasure: “Room” by Emma Donoghue

Jas Irwin, MPI Rep

Program, Year: MPI Year 4
Favourite FIMS Course: 2901 Social Movements and Media
Connect with me via Don’t have twitter…you can reach me by building a signal fire, communicating in 140 puffs of smoke or less
You’re going on a date with one theorist studied in FIMS (romantic or platonic) who is it and why?
I would go on a highly romantic date with Theodore Adorno….we would go to a Avicii concert. As we held hands in the crowd, I would turn to him and say “And you thought JAZZ was going to bring us down”. And then I would watch lovingly as his eyeballs melted down his face.
I study in FIMS because? I came for the amazing professors, incisive class material and the strong student community. I stayed for the mustaches
Favourite book for school, for pleasure: MAUS I & II by Art Speigelman, Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Jess Pirraglia, Alumni Relations Commissioner

Program, Year:Honors Specialization MIT year 2
Favourite FIMS Course: MIT 1500
Connect with me via @jesspirraglia
You’re going on a date with one theorist studied in FIMS (romantic or platonic) who is it and why?
McLuhan… duh.
I study in FIMS because? I study FIMS because I want to be a part of a faculty that recognizes how technology and culture drive each other and are one in the same. That and John Reed.
Favourite book for school, for pleasure: School: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

Jordan Pearson, MitZine Editor-in-Chief

Program, Year: Honors Specialization MIT Year 3, Minor in Sociology
Favourite FIMS Course: MIT 2500
Connect with me via @neuwaves
You’re going on a date with one theorist studied in FIMS (romantic or platonic) who is it and why?
Jaques Derrida because he seems to have a good sense of humour (or at least a good amount of playful energy) about the world, how messed up it is, and his own work. The concept of “play” interests me, and I think it would translate into a lot of fun… 😉
I study in FIMS because? I study FIMS because this stuff matters. Entertainment and news media, advertisements, the parts in your phone, how you interact with others via social media; it all impacts our lives and society in powerful ways. Exploring how technology intersects with, shapes, and is shaped by our social landscape is a tricky business, and FIMS is a program willing to navigate these muddy theoretical waters and hopefully come out the other side having gleaned some insight or meaning.
Favourite book for school, for pleasure:School: The Original Accident by Paul Virilio, Pleasure: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakam

Sasha Barkans, Production Coordinator

Program, Year: MIT Year 4 & Minor in Visual Arts
Favourite FIMS Course: MIT 3773: MIT 3216 Culture of Consumption
Connect with me via www.ordinaryinstant.com or sasha@loveandrum.com
You’re going on a date with one theorist studied in FIMS (romantic or platonic) who is it and why?
I’ve been able to quote David Byrne in more than a couple essays on cultural theory, so I’d take him in a heartbeat for obvious reasons. The Talking Heads! Come on! Otherwise, Louis Althusser because his ideas are dangerous and it’s fun being bad.
I study in FIMS because? Truth be told, I just always enjoyed making art. But whether it was visual, sound, or literary work…through my work I began to be exposed to just how deeply I was concerned with globalism, hypercapitalism and it’s many ramifications. MIT has allowed me to explore these concerns and ideas further while nurturing creative and critical thought. Outside of bagging it up, shutting off my head and heart and enrolling in a program that would allow me to live in the woods… I don’t think I could have survived four years of anything else.
Favourite book for school, for pleasure: For school: Bartleby The Scrivener by Heman Melville or Mythologies by Barthes(y) baby.

Steph Schoenhoff, Street Team Coordinator

Program, Year: MPI Year 2
Favourite FIMS Course: 1200, with the infamous Tim Blackmore
Connect with me via: email at sschoen2@uwo.ca
You’re going on a date with one theorist studied in FIMS (romantic or platonic) who is it and why? Marx, because I like facial hair.
I study in FIMS because? It’s insightful, critical and frankly, uncomfortable.
Favourite book for school, for pleasure: School: MAUS, Leisure: My guilty pleasure will always be Paulo Coelho. Here’s why; “The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”
– Paulo Coelho

Molly McCracken, Webmaster

Program, Year: Honours Specialization MIT Year 4, Certificate in Writing
Favourite FIMS Course: Culture Vulture (now Intro. to Consumerism)
Connect with me via @mcmollz
You’re going on a date with one theorist studied in FIMS (romantic or platonic) who is it and why? Hans Moravec. Not the cutest, but a guy who wants humanity to download their lives onto hard drives and live forever as computers must be an intriguing conversationalist, right?
I study in FIMS because? The future is intriguing and MIT is as close to a degree in “futurism” as you can get as far as I can tell.
Favourite book for school, for pleasure: For school: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley For pleasure: We the Living by Ayn Rand

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