December 20, 2011 - 6:04am
Reality TV's affordability and entertainment value inspires Syracuse television enthusiasts to make their own shows.

For Chris Xaver, it started early.

At two years old, the reality TV personality toddled up to the television set, arranged the antennae, and set the box to the correct channel. With a freshly filled bottle in hand, she promptly shushed everyone in the room.

PBS' The Galloping Gourmet was on and she needed quiet.

August 6, 2009 - 1:47pm
SU graduate student Sarah Haase ventures into the wilderness to test her survival skills and reconnect with nature.

An ominous drumbeat echoed through the dark, quiet forest. With five others, I began a trek across an uneven landscape scattered with fallen trees, rotten stumps, muddy knolls, and budding branches – blindfolded. I “fox-walked,” a slow, cautious technique I’d learned on the first night of camp. I wished I’d practiced it more.