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  1. This video was created by Vida Angway '10. Vida, a cinema major, used cutouts from construction paper and then scanned them into Photoshop, creating individual layers for each piece to make the video. Afterwards, the layers were animated together in After Effects as different sequences, which were then exported into Adobe Premiere to be pieced together into 1 short film. Marcus Ramos '08 composed the music by playing both bass and guitar along with a drum loop. This video was originally submitted to the "Bold and Brilliant Film Contest" and has been re-edited. In this version of Sweet, distinguishable landmarks of Binghamton University are scattered around the film, and the male character's hat has been turned green to reflect Bearcat Pride.

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  2. A senior design project for Binghamton University's Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, five seniors with backgrounds in mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering are encouraged to build a one-person super-fuel-efficient vehicle. They must then race it as part of a competition sponsored by SAE International (an international organization of more than 120,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries).

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  3. Binghamton University senior Cassandra Santiago takes us to downtown Binghamton for the 4th Annual CITI Clean up and Green up. While some volunteers cleaned the streets in the surrounding area, members of SIFE talked to local businesses about "Give the city 15 and it will shine!" for a second year, along with simple ways to become more environmentally friendly.

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  4. David Czarnecki, 97 has been a video- game enthusiast for most of his life, going back to the days of the now-archaic Atari 2600 game system and Commodore 64 home computer.
    Yet, it took him more than 10 years before he found a way to turn his passion into paychecks. After working as a computer scientist and software engineer for General Electric, he went to work for Agora Games in Troy, N.Y., which builds websites for video games — where he serves as lead engineer for the Guitar Hero project.
    I get to see things months in advance, before they get released to the general public, he says. Its exciting when you get the first builds of a game, and then people start to find out about it on websites. And, when the game launches, you share in the excitement and enthusiasm that everyone feels when playing it.
    While todays video games look much cooler than they did in the 1980s and 90s, Czarnecki has seen other significant changes in the industry.
    Community is a vital component of games now, Czarnecki says. It has changed design to emphasize players and social content. Games are now released with co-op, letting players work as teams.
    Czarnecki visited Binghamton University last fall to talk about his career with students in the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. Working on Guitar Hero isnt his only accomplishment. Several years ago he co-authored Java Internationalization for OReilly Media, which explains how to write software targeted for multiple languages. His goal was to give programmers a different way of thinking about software for the international market. He also created blojsom, an open-source blogging software, which Apple adopted for its Tiger Server platform.
    That was a nice feather in my cap for the project to be able to go from no code in February 2003 to be included in server software for Apple about a year later, he says. Heres a large programming project I released into the community. I support it, foster it, and make sure it grows and does things that are useful for people using a blogging package.
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  5. Joe Weiss, a Binghamton University PhD student in the Watson School of Science and Engineering, took his 1993 Ford Ranger truck and transformed it into an electric vehicle. Great for everyday commutes that are within 50 miles, Joe's now battery-powered truck can travel up to 65 mph. He spent about $10,000 converting the vehicle and estimates it will take up to 10 years to make back that investment with the money he'll save on gas. Weiss is already thinking about upgrading components; but in the meantime, he simply plugs it in at night and it will be ready to go in the morning.

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