February 2, 2010: Orange, Calif.—Christian Hartnett, Chapman ’07, is a finalist in the mtvU Oscar Red Carpet Correspondent Contest, along with partner Rachel Berry. Hartnett, who serves as the duo’s cameraman, and Berry submitted a video to the competition and are now among 10 groups competing for a chance to cover the 82nd annual Academy Awards March 7.

The top three finalists—based on online voting—will be flown out to Los Angeles to take part in the weekend’s events, but only the winning team will cover the Academy Awards from the red carpet.

“To be in the top ten in the nation is ridiculously exciting and I’m enjoying every second of it,” Hartnett said.

Hartnett’s interest in journalism began in high school when he and a friend started a show called Baseball Talk on the local cable access channel. By the time they graduated, they had produced 145 episodes. The experience made TV and broadcast journalism an obvious pick for his major.

Hartnett said the Epsilon Sigma chapter has been supportive of his project, from helping with the submission video to voting. He believes the greater Phi Tau brotherhood can make an even bigger impact on his chance to cover the Oscars.

“Rachel and I could use all the votes we can get,” Hartnett said. “If the Phi Tau brotherhood could help send me to the Oscars, it would be a dream come true.”

To vote for Hartnett and Berry, sign up at www.oscars.mtvu.com and vote daily.