SUNY Canton Awards Students in First RooTube Contest

The SUNY Canton RooTube video competition yielded a narrative students’ view of campus and original footage of students paddling a canoe across a parking lot.

The campus-wide video competition elicited numerous student videographers attempting to capture the elements of college life at SUNY Canton.

Student films students kayaking down a hill.

DOWNHILL KAYAKING – Russell Martin, a SUNY Canton student from Newton Falls, films his fellow Outing Club members for the RooTube competition. The outing club won first place in the campus life category.

“Our inaugural year of the RooTube competition inspired some fun and interesting visions of college life,” said Vice President of Advancement David M. Gerlach. “The competition culminated with an Academy Award-style gala, allowing the students to show their videos to the campus community.”

Gerlach thought of the RooTube contest idea earlier in the semester after viewing videos on the highly popular “YouTube” website. Students received trophies and prizes for their efforts during the recent Golden Roo Awards ceremony.

The results included films about the SUNY Canton Outing club finding adventures in ordinary places. Outing club students were captured on their video saying, “At SUNY Canton, we don’t need water,” as they paddled a canoe across the parking lot of French Hall with help from a not-so cleverly disguised tow rope attached to a moving car.

The outing club students also found adventure scaling the stairs of the college’s six floor Faculty Office Building in snow shoes, repelling from the 20-foot retaining walls, and skiing inside of the residence halls. Their video won first place in the Student Life category.

The overall best film, as decided by RooTube committee members was “What Students Think about SUNY Canton,” a light-hearted documentary-style video by Francesca Goyette, a Physical Therapist Assistant major from Scotia. Goyette interviewed students about what they liked best about the college, their majors, living options on campus, and the squirrels. The common consensus of students featured in the video was that the college’s squirrel population is crazy.

Other competition winners in the general category were:

  • Samantha Zbytek’s “Do Your Thing” video won second place.
  • Jonathan Turner’s “SUNY Canton website” video won third place.

Other competition winners in the Student Life category were:

  • Okeyere Twumasi’s “That’s My SUNY Canton” video won second place.
  • Ryan Madigan and Mike Wilbur’s “Sunday Afternoon” video won third place.

Other awards included:

  • David Hartman won a special best collaboration with a national celebrity award.
  • University Police Lieutenant Brian Kurish won best faculty staff cameo award.

The college’s website will be featuring some of the videos in the future. Plans are already underway for future RooTube competitions.


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