The Cost of Care

When your child is facing a critical illness, survival – both physical and financial – is key. And with medical bills skyrocketing, sometimes you just need a place to get a way from it all.

The Ronald McDonald House was created to help in those situations. They strive to keep things as normal as possible for families in crisis, providing them with the comfort of home. Of course, providing a place for 32 families to sleep every night isn’t cheap, and with so few residents able to contribute even $15, the task of paying the bills falls to the House’s seven-person staff.

This piece was written and produced for a Visual Journalism class at Belmont University. All video and audio recordings were captured using an iPhone.

Songs from a Squad Car:

Security officer on the road with Carolina Rain…and back

In his trademark Crayola blue uniform and an unassuming black baseball cap, Marvin Evatt, 36, doesn’t seem much different from the average campus security officer. But as he weaves his way through throngs of aspiring Belmont musicians, he sometimes wishes he could tell them his story — a story about the rise and fall of his breakout country trio Carolina Rain.

Sweep Your Job Well

Donna Kelly, a janitor at Belmont University, tells a fascinating story about a day on Mulberry Street she’ll always remember.  Kelly, 64, was there in Memphis when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot.

This article was published as a freelance story in the Tennessee Tribune as part of their commemorative Martin Luther King, Jr. pieces on Jan. 7, 2010.

A Very Special Santa

The Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., is famous for its extravagant holiday decorations.  At the heart of it all is the man himself, Santa Claus…or, in this case, retired computer programmer Paul Shoun.

“From the ground up:” A former adjunct professor becomes Belmont’s provost

Marcia McDonald describes the determination she learned from her grandparents, the love she’s always had for Nancy Drew mysteries and classic novels, and the  30 years she’s spent working her way up to a top position at Belmont University.

This story was published in Explore, Belmont University’s student-created public relations magazine in Spring 2010.


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