Hey y'all! I am a first year Communications and Journalism major with a minor in history at the University of Denver.

New Final Cut Slideshow

DU greek life battles negative stereotypes

For my first Final Cut Pro project I decided to continue with the topic I wrote my second story issue on, which was Greek Life at DU and how students are battling the negative stereotypes that are commonly associated with sororities and fraternities. While I have some knowledge of this topic, being in the Delta Delta Delta sorority it was difficult to try to get pictures of this, all of the sorority chapter meetings are closed door and I could not take pictures of them. It was also difficult because I could not get into many of the other sorority/ fraternity houses to take pictures, so most of the pictures I do have ended up being of the sororities.
Overall I think this was a great project to introduce us to Final Cut Pro because I do think it is a piece of equipment that we will need to know as we start to become more involved in the journalism world and it will help us in the future when we are trying to get an internship or a job in the journalism field.

DU students get involved in greek life

One of the ways greek life members get involved in the community is through intramural sports

Ronald Regan, Condoleeza Rice, Brad Pitt, and Jennifer Garner, all of these people are famous for something, however they were all also a part of greek life. On many college campuses greek life plays a large role, however members of sororities and fraternities also have battle many negative connotations that are associated with greek life. However, many of these stereotypes ring false.

“I joined [greek life] because I thought it would be a good way to get involved on campus and meet people,” Alpha Phi member Grace Mader. “After rush it just seemed like such a wonderful group of girls and I was so excited to get to know all of them.”

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DU students take on distances

The topic of this slideshow is long distance relationships. While this topic is hard to photograph I tried to take pictures that embodied some of the ideas of long distance relationships. Long distance relationships (LDR’s) are something that has become a norm in the college scene and often causes a lot of stress to students when they are trying to balance a relationship in the mix with school work, jobs, and extracurriculars. When trying to get photos of couples it posed several issues. Some of the couples I wanted to photograph were several states apart, others broke up after I had interviewed them, so naturally photographing them was not an option, and some requested to remain anonymous, which posed challenges for pictures. I was really only able to photograph one couple together, which required me to use my imagination when taking pictures of them, as well as using different types of photos in the slide show. The photos that I chose to use in my slide show I chose because I thought they represented what the couples told me about their relationships and how they cope with the distance. For instance Moore and Fatta are in the same state and live an hour away from each other. Fatta often comes up to DU on the weekends to spend time with Moore so I was able to get them together and take picture of them together. However, in French’s case her boyfriend lives in Illinois and the next time he is coming to visit is in May so I had to improvise and take pictures of her Skyping with him, for instance, and talking on the phone, etc.
After writing my issue story number one and interviewing several couples about how they cope with the distance I realized that while I thought many of the relationships were the same or similar, they weren’t, so i really wanted to capture what it was like to live 100 miles away from each other as opposed to 1,000 miles away from each other. This made the way I took photos of Moore and Fatta different from the way I took photos of French. Taking photos of this topic was also difficult because while the couples agreed to it, it felt somewhat awkward taking photos of them in what felt like should’ve been a private moment shared just between the two of them and not between the three of us. However, all of the people who were in the pictures were thrilled with the outcome and very very appreciative of the photos.

DU students battle distance

Distance never separates two hearts that really care, for our memories span the miles and in seconds we are there. But whenever I start feeling sad, because I miss you, I remind myself how lucky I am to have someone so special to miss– Unknown

Marian, a DU freshman, skypes with her long distance boyfriend, Brad.

College, in risk of sounding cliche, is a time for many to learn and grow. Many students are taken from the comfort and familiarity of the home they’ve known for 18 years and thrown into a new environment, living with a complete stranger, and surrounded by people they have never met. But, for some students there was the reassurance of having a significant other just a phone call or a text message away. According to USA Today at least half of college students are in a long distance relationship and at least 75% will be involved in one at some point.

Many students come into their freshman year still dating their high school sweethearts, others are elementary crushes just recently acted on, and some are new found romances. Continue reading