Friday, December 31, 2010


I'm currently sitting in a Princeton McDonalds attempting to fill out graduate school applications, internship applications and browsing the social networks. Chris doesn't have internet or TV, so this is my best option. I've hit a point with the applications and whatnot where I simply need a printer to finish anything, so I think I'm at a standstill. What better time than now (amidst a group of teenage boys staring and screaming babies) to blog about Christmas.

I spent this Christmas with Chris, mostly because my parents decided they would be ultra Christian and not celebrate it this year because it's a "Pagan" holiday. Instead, I get a week in October where I'll get presents. Yeah, I don't understand it either. Alas, we spent Christmas together, and it was a good time.

I made my very first dinner.

I got an iPad for Christmas.

I got Chris WWE Smackdown tickets to a house show.

Now, it's New Year's Eve. Chris has to work, and I'm stealing internet. Not ideal, but I guess I'll make it work.

Update 1/2/10: After I left the Princeton McDonalds, I was able to see Chris. We went to Danny's, a nice little bar in downtown Princeton. It's probably one of my favorite bars because it's very chill and relaxing. It's not a super young crowd, and I can appreciate that.

On New Year's, though, they had a DJ, and there were some younger people, but it was a very nice time. After the bar, we went to the Omelet Spot. Since it was the only place in Princeton open on New Year's, it was packed. We waited two hours for our food, but it's not like we had anywhere better to be. I really enjoyed just spending time with Chris.

I'm now at home, and I plan on finishing all my applications. My birthday is Thursday (I'll be 22), and Chris will be back for that. I'm hoping for a nice dinner and movie. I think I've hit the point where I no longer have fun birthdays, aka I'm getting old, so I'm satisfied with a nice evening instead of a party.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Anonymous Comments

Anonymous commenter
A big debate in the ever-changing world of journalism and the worldwide web is the use of anonymous comments.

Pros: They encourage debate. They let people speak while hiding.

Cons: While a journalist has to tack their name to a story, an anonymous comment can remain hidden.

As a journalist, I hate anonymous comments. I personally think it's unfair to have my work ripped apart by people who won't even name themselves. Cowards. Some editors have spoken up for them, though.

However, I do see that for very limited reasons, some people need to stay anonymous. Sometimes those people can add something to the debate. It's the people who have no constructive criticism and simply want to complain for the sake of complaining. Somebody is angry about something, and they can say it because they're not held accountable.

It's unfair, but it's the route I've chosen to go at The Daily Athenaeum. We have unfiltered, anonymous comments every day. Why? Because there is that small chance of getting a news tip from somebody who couldn't reveal themselves.

Is it worth it? Not yet. Will we continue to use unfiltered, anonymous comments? Maybe not. But, it has definitely forced me to deal with the negativity of people. We do delete the comments containing profanity or ones where commenters just yell back and forth at each other.

But if someone comments that I wrote a terrible article, I should fail school and they hope I die ... it stays.

Many newspapers are changing this, though. The Charleston Daily Mail has a wall, and all comments are filtered before approval. They say:

We value your comments, but we're changing the way we allow comments to be posted on our site. Rather than allowing comments to flow onto the site unfiltered, we are going to check the comments first for approval. So, readers who use the comments function may experience a lag before actually seeing the comment on our site. Personal attacks, remarks in poor taste or those overly critical will not be published. We believe the result will be a more thoughtful, civil website."

Readers hate this, but it seems to be the trend. This is eventually where I'd like to see The Daily Athenaeum go. But for now, I think it makes us more transparent, which is key to any newspaper or media outlet. I also allow anonymous comments on my blog, simply because it encourages debate and hosts that open forum for discussion.

Some other helpful links on the topic:

Sunday, November 14, 2010


I've been blogging for my internship blog for awhile, but since I've finished that, I thought I'd give an update here. I'm beginning my last week of class before Thanksgiving Break, and I couldn't be happier. Work has been very rough, to say the least. And, I need a break from classwork as well. I plan on spending most, if not all, of my break with Chris, and that's also a welcomed change.

I spent this past weekend cleaning my very, very dirty apartment. In my last blog, I talked about how October was very busy - Las Vegas, presidential football game, The Daily Athenaeum retreat, Gwen's wedding and then my trip to Louisville.

Gwen's wedding was gorgeous, and I had an excellent time. The only downfall was that Romney's McDonalds closes before 11 p.m. on a Saturday. Ridiculous, I know. Chris and I went to Sonic instead, where we loaded up on goodies. That was fun.

Louisville was slightly lame. Melanie and I saw the Louisville Slugger Museum and drowned our boredom in liquor, as per usual. That ended up being fun. The ride home, however, included Melanie vomiting at least five times. Not so much fun.

Ride to Louisville
So, with all these trips, my apartment was quite dirty, and I've never felt so refreshed to clean the place from top to bottom. This may be symbolic of the chaos going on in my life right now. Changes are going on at work, and I've nearly been losing my mind. It felt good to have one portion of my life under control.

This break is very welcomed. VERY welcomed. I'm excited to get away from Morgantown for awhile and see the boyfriend. I'm also excited to see more of the state. Hopefully we'll go back to Pipestem (maybe), and see a lights show. Regardless, I know it'll be fun.

Monday, October 18, 2010


My last post was in September. If I can post at least once in October, I will have kept up my goal of posting once per month. So, here it is. I've been blogging for my internship, so I have been neglecting this account. For shame.

What's been going on - I'm halfway done with this semester. That means I'm 1/4 of the way finished with The Daily Athenaeum. That somehow gets me through these rough, long nights. The long nights in October have definitely taken a toll on me mentally and physically.

I went to Vegas, and I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't think I'd like it as much as I did, but I had a fantastic time. I gambled for the first time, had amazing food, went to the top of the Eiffel Tower, saw the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign, and went in every major area: New York, Paris, Italy, etc.

I have photos that I posted on my Facebook, and I'm far too lazy to put them here. Maybe some time.

Last weekend, Chris and I went to a nice media football event. We had lunch at the president's house, took a shuttle to the game, watched it from the Touchdown Terrace, and had a shuttle back home. He wasn't impressed; I had a good time.

This upcoming weekend is Gwen's wedding, and the weekend after is the trip to Louisville. I think that can vouch for my lack of blogging. At least I hope. Always making excuses.

On top of all of this, I've been in the process of applying for graduate schools and all the junk that goes along with that. I'm tired, and at least this is a little something.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Back to School

My senior year has started, and I'm already busy. Chris told me I abandoned my blog, so I decided to show some love to it.

For starters, I am typing this from my brand new MacBook. It's fantastic, and I'm hoping to get CS5 and the Office Suite installed shortly.

This weekend is the Wine & Jazz festival. Chris is coming up to accompany me. I've heard really great things about it, and I am writing a story on the actual event. It should be a good time. I'm excited to taste some West Virginian wines and hear some local music.

I'll try to keep up with the blog, but I have to update my blog for my internship. Check that out to see what I have to say every week about the WVU Business Incubator.

Thursday, July 29, 2010


I recently launched my site: It's fantastic, go learn about me. But, I am a little disappointed to see I am not the #1 Candace Nelson when searched! So, I've been researching the imposters. Here are the top four.

1. Candace Nelson
aka "Cupcake lady"
This is the most famous Candace Nelson by far. She's famous for making cupcakes. Great. But, it's funny because she is on Food Network a lot, and my friends Dave and Tony watch it. Whenever they see she's on, they text me to let me know I'm on television. Anyway, thanks Candace for ruining my spotlight.

2. Candace Nelson
Well, this Candace is much less entertaining. She is, however, a window-decorating specialist. That sounds fancy. She does shutters, wood blinds, duettes, pleated shades and verticals. Yeah. Next time I need to decorate my windows, I know who I'll call.

3. Candace Nelson
Maybe all Candace Nelsons are just really creative. We have a newspaperer (me), a baker, a window dresser, and now, a photographer. I might like this Candace more had she not been ahead of me in search results ... without a basic website! Clients are told they have to log in, otherwise, it just says new website coming soon. I've been checking, it hasn't been soon.

4. Candace Nelson
The creativity just keeps flowing, folks. This woman not only has the same middle initial as me, "R," but she also does photography, design, photo restoration, marketing consultancy, print management, writing and editing. Uh, wait a second. Is this me? No, but it's pretty close. Too bad her website doesn't have anything on it except three photos. Like the one to the right.

Disclaimer: I did not include Candaces who spelled their name differently. It is not spelled "Candice" or "Candance." Please try again.

Monday, July 26, 2010


Summer is drawing to a close. My internship with WV Living ends this week (though that may start back up during the semester). USA TODAY ends next Monday, and next Tuesday is the final newspaper. My two business classes have been completed, and I only have about two more weeks left for my internship credit class.

This brings me to five fun upcoming things.

1. Wednesday
Wednesdays are usually always fun because I have the day off, and it's a nice break from the week. The day after tomorrow will be exceptionally fun because Mr. Chris Slater will be here to visit. We have a good time when he visits.

2. A whole week off
This could sound pretty lame to most people, but I will literally have an entire week off - no internships, no newspaper, no classes. After next week, I will be free and will see my friends, cook yummy dinners and have a mental break before school starts back up.

3. West Virginia Press Association Awards
The Daily Athenaeum won a few awards (about 8 to be exact), and we get to go pick them up at the WVPA awards. It's a nice little retreat in Daniels, WV (never been there - I suck with southern WV). We spend three nights there in a hotel where we can mingle with other WV journalists and attend seminars. The last night is where we receive the awards. I also got a scholarship from WVPA, but I'm not sure if they announce that there or not. Anyway, we get a small stipend for food, etc. Also: open bar.

4. Las Vegas
The DA won the best newspaper in our region and then the third-best all-around daily college newspaper in America by the Society of Professional Journalists So, we get to fly to Vegas to pick up our awards. Now, I've never been to Vegas, nor have I ever gambled. I think this could be a match made in heaven.

5. Gwen's wedding
One of my best friends, Gwen Schoolcraft, is getting married. We met as I was just beginning at The DA, and she was my editor. We became close friends. She has since graduated and is off doing far better things, but she recently got engaged. I've never been in a wedding before, and this is for one of my best friends, so I couldn't be happier. I'm a little nervous about the bridesmaid dress she's going to put me in, but it's her day, so I'd wear a tutu for her.

P.S. They just sang happy birthday to someone at USA TODAY. "Sometimes if you're here early, you get cake." I got cake.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

WV Living

I talk a lot about my internship with USA TODAY because it really is an amazing opportunity, but I don't want to neglect my other internship with West Virginia Living Magazine.

WV Living is a great magazine that celebrations a modern West Virginia. It features cities with popular attractions, famous artisans and recipes specific to West Virginia. It's not a typical "WV" magazine; it's very classy and appealing to all ages.

I'm technically a marketing/advertising intern, but I've also been able to do other odds and ends. The magazine just opened up their first store in Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort. It features products made from all over West Virginia in one convenient store. Why Snowshoe? Well, it's a huge tourist attraction for West Virginia, and the owner wanted guests to take a piece of West Virginia home. They didn't want a tacky souvenir shop, so they suggested Snowshoe as the first store.

So, I've been writing author bios for the website, product descriptions and just recently, I wrote a story that should appear in the next magazine (Fall edition; magazine is quarterly) about the opening of the new store and my experience with it.

Yes, I drove all the way to Snowshoe (about three hours) to stay there for about two hours to take a look at the store and all the products and drive back home. That was a long day, especially considering I had to drive to DC the day after. But at least I can say I did it, and I hopefully won't have to again.

They are opening another store in Morgantown in the Seneca Center. The magazine's office is located in the Seneca Center, and the store will be only a few office spaces away. I've actually been working in that office by myself. There's a large room in the back where I can plug in my computer and work on what I need.

Sometimes I get bored and distracted, but I like having the freedom. I can come and go as I please, and I don't like anybody breathing down my neck. I only have about two weeks left for my internships (although I don't know if WV Living knows this yet or not...) but I have to have an internship for my capstone for my English degree. So I was thinking about staying on with WV Living, if they'd keep me, of course. But that's something I'll need to talk with the editors about and, of course, my teacher once that class starts.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


So maybe this blog can be a release. God knows I need it. My day Sunday Monday ended with a three-hour drive home, only to discover my air conditioner is broken. Then, when I wake up, my computer is broken. And to top off that 24 hours, my apartment flooded.

And I know this may just seem like a string of unfortunate events, but it really, really got me down. The flooding of my apartment was just so taxing - mentally and physically. It's like this horrible incident occurred... and I'm trying to deal with it alone. I have friends coming over asking if I'm okay, and that's fine.

But I'm still dealing with it alone. Many care on a superficial level, but few insist on coming over to make sure you're okay emotionally, even when you have a stone exterior. I've always had a problem letting people in, but I never realized how much I push people away too. I only know how to deal with problems one way -- me fixing them with no help from anybody else. Expecting nothing has worked in the past because then I won't be disappointed. But, sometimes, you have to let people in... otherwise there will be nobody left.

Monday, July 12, 2010


It's 4:24 p.m., and I still have one hour until I officially start my internship for today. I'm interning on the print news copy desk, and it's much more fast-paced and intense than I imagined. I'm still trying to keep up, but I feel like I'm missing too much stuff. I had one good catch yesterday and couple not so good misses, but today is a new day and hopefully it will go smoother.

But, why am I sitting here an hour before my shift? Well, I have to check out of my hotel by noon. And unless I want to spend another $100, I leave directly after work 10:30ish. But I begin my shift at 5:30, so I have a gap from noon to 5:30 to fill with stuff to do. I've been coming in early to get stuff done, but what I would love to do is just work early so I am not driving home at 1 a.m. Unfortunately, the copy desk doesn't work that way.

This is my fifth trip, which means I have three more to go. As grateful as I am for this experience, it defniitely takes a toll on me.

Also, I will only have four more summer papers to do. That's exciting, as well. I'm ready for summer to be over, even though I know my school year won't be any easier. The traveling is just what's getting me right now.

Oh, PS, got a tattoo for Justin. I'm pretty sure I like it. It was just spontaneous, so it makes me a little uneasy. It's for him, regardless, so it's important

Monday, July 5, 2010

Three-day weekend

I see how this works now -- when I get time off, I blog. Or maybe it's because someone has been encouraging me. Either way, not a lot has happened since I last posted, but it's enough to make for a short blog.

Yesterday was the Fourth of July and probably one of my favorite holidays (behind my birthday and probably Christmas) due in large part to the fireworks. But, I started off the day with the parade. It was ... disappointing to say the least. There wasn't a single float. Maybe Morgantown doesn't do it up like Wellsburg, and that's sad. There were a few people walking, some firetrucks and a few cars. Lame. The only two worth taking photos of were Cindy Frich ( and Men's B-ball (

After the parade, Heather (who I met on my Spring Break trip to Italy) decided to go to Eat'n Park. We went back to her house, drank a couple on her porch and watched the general shenanigans of college kids mixed with fireworks.

Then we left to go watch some fireworks. Her cousin said we probably wouldn't be able to see them from her house, so we went driving through the campus. We saw a lot of people gathered by White Hall, so we set up camp there. Their fireworks, too, left something to be desired. Fireworks Grand Finale (

I'm back at the paper tomorrow ... It'll be the first time we lay out the smaller edition, so I'm hoping it goes smoothly. Regardless, I'm sure it's going to be a late night. Thankfully, I didn't have to go to DC this weekend. After the last trip, I'm a little nervous to go back. I'm halfway done right now though. Four trips down, four more to go.

Sunday, July 4, 2010


At work when we're waiting on a late story and everyone has been there for 12 hours, we start to get loopy. This usually leads to watching ridiculous YouTube videos at 2 a.m. I have literally 100s saved, but I thought I'd put together my favorites. These are my top 10 videos.

10. Buhlud (this won't embed, so check out YouTube for it)

9. Muffins

8. The Sneezing Baby Panda

7. Show Me Your Genitals

6. Backstreet Dorks

5. Big Mac Drive Thru Rap

4. End of Ze World

3. Nintendo 64 Remix (This won't embed, so check out YouTube)

2. WOW Freakout

1. Crazy Subway Girl

That was a lot more work than I expected. Luckily, I have excellent taste, so they're all really funny.

My new website is running: I'm surprised I actually went ahead and did it. There are a few tweaks that I need to do still, but I definitely have the majority finished. =] I expect this burst of constant posting to wear off soon, so happy Fourth of July.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Toy Story 3

What is this? Another blog post? Sure, why not. I went to see Toy Story 3 a couple days ago with two of my co-workers. I was never crazy about Toy Story, and I'm not even sure if I saw Toy Story 2. Nevertheless, I've heard Toy story 3 was amazing, and people couldn't stop talking about it, so I wanted to check it out.

The movie started out with the main characters I remembered from Toy Story 1, but there were some missing, and it was revealed they were lost along the way. This reinforced the fact that I really don't think I ever saw Toy Story 2. If that's the case, that's sad.

Anyway, this wasn't a happy-go-lucky type of movie that I generally enjoy. Honestly, I hate seeing sad or scary movies because I deal with enough death, tragedy and terrifying crimes in the news, every day. The last thing I want is to see more of it in my free time. No, I want something that will make me feel good.

So really it tugged on my heartstrings. There were two instances in particular that I had to remind myself to keep it together since I was seeing the movie with two boys and I wouldn't hear the end of it if I actually shed a tear. The main thing that was sad to me was that it was the end of an era. I do remember watching the first Toy Story when I was younger, and I even had Buzz, Woody and the Racecar toys. It reminded me I'm getting old, and in the movie, Andy is off to college. I kind of grew up with the kid.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

One year

So, it's been one year since I began this blog. I haven't updated as much as a I would've liked, but I'm not going to promise I'll get better -- because I know it won't happen.

I thought I posted about Paris, but I apparently didn't. I really learned a lot about not only myself but about perceptions of Americans. Right now, it's a mess because the school is saying I owe a lot back out of stipend than I do, but hopefully that will get sorted out soon.

I would've liked to have seen more, and I would've liked to venture outside of Paris and into the more country areas, but it simply wasn't feasible. I saw the Louvre, L'arc de triomphe, and, of course, the Eiffel Tower. The last night there was by far the best time I had. I really was immersed in the French culture and felt welcome, as opposed to the outsider I felt the majority of the time.

I posted a link in my last blogpost, but we had to change it. The newer one is

I also saw the French AP, which was probably my favorite part. The French school of journalism was nice, but they certainly had their opinions about America.

My article (I had to publish about the trip) is here: I wish I was better at writing columns -- that's something I hope to improve in the upcoming year.

Now, I'm currently interning at USA Today every Sunday and Monday, which means I drive to DC every Sunday and come back every late Monday night (2 a.m. ish) to avoid paying to spend another night in a hotel. A Best Western runs about $100 per night, plus gas, plus food while I'm there... really adds up.

Tuesdays I'm editor-in-chief of the DA, which is up and down. I have great days and I have horrible ones. I like the work I do, but the people are sometimes difficult to manager. Luckily, most have become my good friends who I see even outside the workplace.

Wednesday is my day off! That, and Saturday.

Thursday and Friday are devoted to WV Living. This internship is a little break for me because I have time to myself to accomplish what they'd like me to do. Currently, I'm writing product descriptions and artist biographies for their website. I'll also be writing a story soon, so that will be exciting.

My two business classes for the summer just ended -- Thank God! They were the most inconvenient things I've ever had to deal with. I've learned my lesson: no more summer online classes. I do have another that began this part of the summer, but it's only my internship class for credit, and I write one paper per week. So far, so good.

I only have about four weeks left of this craziness, then I'll have a week off for vacation and the insanity of the newspaper begins and shortly thereafter, school. This year, it will include my capstone for English (which is an internship), beginning grad classes and doing EIC.

Sen. Byrd died Monday. It's a sad day across WV. In fact, the governor declared it a day of remembrance and state employees have the day off. Technically, this includes me, but I opted to continue our training this week since I already took the day off from my internship to train and we also have editors in for the week, and I don't want to put this off any longer because we'll just have to set aside another day to do it.

I just wanted to document my life a little bit, but hopefully if I get some more time, I'll update with more. We'll see how it goes.

Friday, May 14, 2010


Hi! Remember how I said I'd be going to Paris, too? Well, that's coming up soon! I can't believe it's here already. I've been running around like crazy getting ready. As part of the Kearns Fellowship, I have created a blog to use while I'm in Paris!

Chez Candace is the house of Candace. It's French! I think it's cute. I need to finish packing, and we head out Monday at about 8 a.m.

Also, I've been Editor-in-Chief of the DA for the past couple of weeks. Very stressful, but I'm starting to get in the groover of what my job is. Hopefully it only gets better from here. This summer will be crazy between USA Today, WV Living, The Daily Athenaeum and my two business classes -- woo! But it'll be worth it... at least, that's what everyone tells me =]

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


I'm going to Italy in 38 hours!! I'm so excited I can't even believe it. The food, the wine, everything is going to be amazing. I just pray things go smoothly (especially the flight!), and that I meet lots of friends. I'm thinking 10 days in a foreign country will bring people together. At least I hope so! =]
I hear the food will make me hate everything Italian I've ever had in Morgantown.
Italian foods I want to try:
Pizza (duh)
Pasta Carbonara
Chicken/Veal Parmesan
Fettuccini Alfredo
Chicken Marsala
Chicken Florentine
Obviously I just want to eat the whole time I'm there. Oh yeah, and see all the beautiful sights =]

Friday, March 12, 2010

Some Dance to Remember; Some Dance to Forget

Whoa, it's been more than a month since I blogged. How did that happen? Sorry =[

So, what's been going on? This year has gone by faster than I could've ever imagined. I'm already a junior, and I will be scheduling for senior classes in a week. So crazy.

I have two internships lined up: USA Today and WV Living for the summer. I'm excited for both, and I can't wait to get started. I may also be going out for editor in chief of The Daily Athenaeum for next year. Scary!

I'm currently in my capstone class where I've been writing stories for the Charleston Daily Mail, so maybe I'm just burnt out on writing at the moment. We also have to blog for that class, and it can be found here:

We also have to complete two multimedia projects. Our first is finished: I completed this with Joey Machak and Matt Armstrong.

Spring Break is coming up soon, which means I'm going to Italy!! I can't wait to see another country. To top it all off, I recently won the Kearns Fellowship, and I get to explore Paris, too! Unbelievable, yes? Amazing. I am just overjoyed.

There are TWO pizza places in Morgantown that I am determined to try very soon: Rosa's Pizza & Pasta and The Original Pizzeria. I hear the latter is some of the best in Morgantown. I'll see if it can compare to Pizza Al's.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end

So with the start of the new semester, I'd like to share some thoughts. It's now the second week of classes, and I like them much more than I originally thought I would. I'm slowly getting used to them.

I'm busy as usual with school, the DA, the J-school and now the writing center. Still actively searching for a good internship over the summer, but hopefully that comes soon. I think I've made the decision to try out for editor in chief, which is a huge step for me. Hopefully that works out for the best.

Speaking of, I'll be meeting with the current managing editor and editor in chief along with the girl who I hope goes out for managing editor to go to dinner. We plan on going to PUGLIONI'S, which is by far the best Italian restaurant I have ever had. I'm not saying I'm a restaurant connoisseur, but I would rank this as one (if not No.1) of my top favorites in Morgantown. I may take some photos of my favorite dish, Pasta Carbonara, to put up here. It's to die for. They serve salads and homemade bread, and the portions are enough for seconds, maybe thirds!

This definitely receives my blessing because it's just amazing. If you haven't tried it yet, do so! Immediately!

Friday, January 8, 2010

We got spaghetti ... and blankets.

Mitch Hedberg is on Comedy Central tonight. I almost forgot how much I absolutely adore him. I really need to catch up on my comedians. I couldn't stop laughing.

Unfortunately, there was a female comedian on right after him, and she just ruined it. I really wish there was a halfway decent female comedian. It hurts me that there isn't. Then again, Chelsea Lately is HILARIOUS. I just wish she did more stand-up. She could make a name for women.

Also, the president of the university send me a happy belated birthday e-mail. Shocked? Certainly. How did he even know out of 30,000 students? I'm quite impressed. That will be a saved e-mail.