CCAT Week of September 29

Welcome back to a new year of MadCat and the CCAT column! I know you have all been anxiously anticipating my return so let me be the first to assure you that, yes, I will still be writing my monthly column about the CCAT this year. The CCAT has kicked off the year in style, with students coming in and out and making the most of their time by utilizing many different technologies. We would also like to welcome a new member of the CCAT team, Tevin Brown, who is a pretty rad dude.

Some students are already delving into major, independent projects using the CCAT tech. One such student is Nani Inocentes, a senior Stage Design and Production student. She is working in Adobe Photoshop and other programs on a mixed media portfolio piece to use for college applications. She obviously has had a good experience in the process of making the piece, telling our reporter, “working on the project has made me closer with my friends, especially because many of them have now seen me naked.” I think we can all take a lesson from this sentiment. This is just one of many examples of how CCAT-related activities can really help to cultivate friendships in an artistic learning environment. Nani herself seemed immensely grateful for the CCAT, saying, “The tools in here have given me a voice to express how I really feel.” She also emphasized the uniqueness of the CCAT experience; “Not many schools offer this equipment at a high school level. Pat is someone who is as enthusiastic about art as we are.”

Speaking of Pat, I’d bet a lot of you are eager to hear about what’s going on in the world of high-tech pasta. I’m proud to report that, after a brief slump, Pat has recently regained interest in the pasta arts. He is particularly excited about a new type of flour he has recently acquired, containing chia. Very interesting indeed. I can’t wait to hear how it turns out.

As a note to my readers, I’m always on the lookout for exciting new projects to feature in my column, so if you are working on something cool in the CCAT, talk to me about it.