This time around, our Member of the Week is Omicron Class' Nnamdi Odoazu!
Q: Last semester you helped organize a Lip Sync Battle for LKT Brothers, but opened it up to the whole campus this Fall! Why did you make that decision?
A: After the first Lip Sync Battle, I asked on the pages if people enjoyed themselves and if they wanted to do it again in the fall. The reaction was really positive and some people couldn’t make it out the first go round because of finals, so they really wanted that round 2! I spent all summer thinking of ideas on how to make it bigger and better. A few weeks into this semester, Duncan, our social chair, approached Val and I with the idea of making it into a campus wide philanthropy event and we immediately said yes! It’s the best of both worlds; having fun and acting a fool for a good cause! It’d be foolish NOT to get everybody in on the fun!
Q: How do you think it went, and do you plan to make this an LKT tradition?
A: For the first time doing this, it went really well! It was great seeing different student groups come up and bring their own flavor on stage! At the end of the night, we just about broke $100 for charity which was more than great for our first go round! What was really cool is that Laura, our co-president, pulled me to the side and told me “I helped START something in LKT…this is something that can become bigger and better year after year.” Now, I haven’t been this society for that long, I still remember Spring 2015 outreach week like it was YESTERDAY, and here I am, with the co-president not only telling me I did a fantastic job setting up this event, but that I helped establish an LKT STAPLE…..it’s CRAZY, man. I’m just super humbled and happy that I was able to get this off the ground, and I absolutely couldn’t have done it without my fellow brothers. Special shout out to Val, Duncan and our marketing chair, Merenda, for working closely with me to pull this event off!
Q: Through partnering up with our Philanthropy Chair, Valerie Genzano, the proceeds of this event benefited the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Why is it important to you keep philanthropy alive in LKT?
A: Well first and foremost…..HUGE shout out to Val. She’s easily one of the most driven, hard-working and dedicated people I’ve ever met. Seriously, she kicks ass and takes names. Between Extra Life and helping me out with Lip Sync, I have no idea how she does it, so hats off to her! To echo what she’s said about the importance of philanthropy, I truly believe that we as a society have a civic duty to give back to the community in any way we can. It just feels good knowing that somehow, someway, we’ve changed a person’s life for the better. The fact that we can touch people lives through doing Relay for Life, or playing video games for 24 hours straight, or even lip syncing to some Bell Biv DeVoe makes it that much more worthwhile!
Q: Lastly, do you have any projects you're currently working on, or something you have planned to work on in the near future?
A: Well, aside from Lip Sync, there’s one thing I really wanted to try and do. I thought about doing a podcast in the same vein as the Nerdist (AWESOME podcast that you should go check out if you haven’t already) in which I would invite fellow brothers on and we’d just talk about whatever. How they got into LKT, what they want to do in Film, any specific interests, funny tales from their lives, things of that sort!
This time around, our Member of the Week is none other than our Greek Affairs Chair, Jeb Burchick! Check out Jeb's interview to find out about Pi Class initiation, the future of LKT, and Jeb's Movember campaign.
Q: Greek Affairs Chair is arguably one of the most time consuming and intense positions one can hold in LKT. What drove you to run for the position, and subsequently, accept it?
A: For as long as I have been in LKT (two and a half years) I have been extremely interested with the future of how LKT will be set up. This semester, especially, I wanted to make sure that by taking in the best possible class we can, we are guaranteeing a triumphant future. My goal is to ensure that each member of Pi Class is fully prepared to become official brothers of LKT and represent us as quality filmmakers, media producers, and people. I did this by emphasizing the extreme importance of production, brotherhood, and new member education.
Q: Pi Class initiation is this Sunday! What about this new class of Brothers excites you the most?
A: I am extremely proud of each and every member of Pi Class and what they have proven they are able to do. I was thrilled to see the new members learn and grow as filmmakers through the workshops and actual on-set instruction we had during Shadow Week. The way in which I set up the Greek structure ensures that we only receive the best, most well-prepared filmmakers and this class is no exception.
Q: Can you give Pi Class any hints as to what they expect from initiation night?
A: Be prepared for a night that you will never forget as bigs and littles are revealed and you are sorted into your houses!
Q: Where do you wish to see the future of LKT's Greek affairs going?
A: I would like to see continued emphasis on new member education so that each new class is aware of the history behind LKT’s great members of the past as well as present. Furthermore, I would love to continue the trend of the Outreach and Callback processes to be an amazing time of fun and learning for any interested member.
Q: As a Junior in the EMF department, you are starting to get into the thick of production courses. Are there any projects of your own that you plan on working on in the future?
A: I have accepted a great opportunity to be the 1st Assistant Camera on the talented Tyler Peterson’s Film 2, “A Mysterious and Sudden End”. I am also currently working on the script for the Halfway There Film Festival intro video for the program in December. Another fun thing I’m working on is a promotional video to be released soon for my Movember Campaign in order to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Initiation for Pi Class is this Sunday, so be sure to stayed tuned for pictures from that. Also, to donate to Jeb’s November Campaign, please visit the link below.