Athesia, Video Celeb turned Paparazzi, at the rally

Athesia, Video Celeb turned Paparazzi, at the rally


[Photo: A, 4/12/16]

In Millions of views and counting! made MCC art professor Athesia an MTV-like video star. MTV was an 80’s phenomena, young Sandernistas. Now we discover Athesia is also an annoying paparazzi.


[Photos: A]

Hoping to remaining relatively incognito, I covered the rally solo. Unbeknownst, Athesia was hidden in the crowd — just like a paparazzi — popping pics of political photojournalists.


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Ashley from WOKR – Ch. 13, the “alternative media.” 4/12/16


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Campaign volunteer Mr. Kramer (a different one) signs in rally goers.

Just in the last week, Monroe Community College has seen two presidential candidates, Sanders and Hillary Clinton at the Samuel J. Stabins Physical Education Complex (see at end).


Secretary Clinton’s 4/10/16 visit; Student Government Association President Blake Moore introducing her. [Photo: MCC/Vasiliy Baziuk]

Interested in how these rallies came to be and other similar campaign rallies at MCC,  I turned to Cynthia Cooper-Mapes, Assistant to the President for Marketing & Community Relations.

Cynthia said this was the fourth presidential candidate visit to MCC: Bill Bradley (Democratic Party) spoke in 2000 and Ralph Nader (Independence Party) in 2004. Nader also was at MCC in 1972 and 1982, but not as a presidential candidate.

Cynthia also explained the Sanders and Clinton appearances followed invitations by an MCC student association:

Student leaders of MCC’s Power to the People initiative (a get out the vote and civic engagement effort) invited all of the 2016 presidential candidates to speak at MCC. Witnessing the Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders events provided incredible learning opportunities for our students. They are continuing the dialogue through New York’s primary next week, hosting a debate watch party, more dialogue opportunities and an elections return party on April 19. We couldn’t be more proud of our students, who have shown a strong understanding of the importance of the democratic process and civic engagement.

Cynthia added that the campus photographer is looking for 2000 photos from the Bradley visit which we will add.

I was at Nader’s 2004 visit, even interviewed by Channel 8 News. In the segment, I was said to “strongly support Nader.” I liked Nader, but the darned paparazzi omitted, however, I was voting for Kerry as I disliked President Bush’s Iraq policy.

In his talk, Nader discussed how ideas championed by third parties often have gained widespread acceptance even if taking decades.


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Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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