Students speak on TV

Members of the university have a chance to see their faces on the small screen.

NUTV’s Speak Tank is up and running, providing students and faculty with a unique public forum.

"Speak Tank is a chance for people to pay a dollar to speak for a about a minute," said NUTV Program Director Tinu Sinha. "We really wanted to keep it self-sufficient for play on our closed circuit."

Open anytime and located beside the stairs in front of MacEwan Hall, Speak Tank is a converted photo booth. With the exception of inciting hatred, students are free to say just about anything.

"It’s modeled after Speaker’s Corner," said Sinha. "Comments are not necessarily political, but students, I think, are in tune."

All clips will be played without audio on the campus closed circuit system, with selected clips airing every two weeks on NUTV’s channel 78 program Full Frontal NUTV.

Proceeds go to the Campus Food Bank.

"The idea of a Speak Tank is very original and the money that goes to the Campus Food Bank benefits many campus community members," said Campus Food Bank Coordinator Olga Traczyk. "Monetary donations are very important, since many people do not think of donating such items as toiletries or cereal."

NUTV will provide free access to the Speak Tank Oct. 27-28 from 12-2 p.m., with a chance to enter a draw for gift certificates from the Black Lounge. The first airing of clips and the draw will be held at the Black Lounge on Tue., Nov. 4 at 6 p.m.

Plans for further broadcasting remain tentative.

"We’re kind of leaving it up to campus and testing the waters," said Sinha.

Full Frontal NUTV airs Sundays at 9 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on channel 78.

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