Brenda Rohn

Brenda Rohn

Hi, I am Brenda Rohn and I am a junior at the University of Denver where I am majoring in Journalism Studies with a minor in Marketing. My experience with journalism began early in high school through my experience as editor of my high school online newspaper and the yearbook and has led to recent internship opportunities as a writer for a Denver based magazine called Colorado Country Life in addition to covering feature stories at a local radio station. With all I have learned so far, I am eager to acquire more knowledge and experience within the exciting field of journalism and truly discover all it has to offer!

Carbon monoxide within Nelson Hall: calling attention to serious issue at DU

Produced by Brenda Rohn, Carly Ann Moore, Samantha Selincourt 

Carbon monoxide may not be the most typically attributed cause of death for a loved one; however, it is important to realize that carbon monoxide is a very prevalent and threatening issue to the safety and well being of individuals. Carbon monoxide is the nation’s leading cause of death due to poisoning.

With regard to the University of Denver, carbon monoxide proved to be a serious issue with the loss of a DU grad student, 23-year-old Lauren Johnson, three years back on Jan. 5, 2009. While Johnson lived in an off-campus apartment near the DU campus, her lost life due to carbon monoxide poisoning hit the University of Denver hard.

After the loss of Lauren Johnson, DU installed carbon monoxide detectors in every room within the various residence halls and apartments on campus.

In efforts to deal with the loss of Johnson and prevent future losses from carbon monoxide poisoning, DU decided to install carbon monoxide detectors in every room within the residence halls.

Carbon monoxide levels cause evacuations of Nelson Hall
Since the installation, the University of Denver has experienced two encounters with carbon monoxide. Last year the resident hall, Nelson Hall, was evacuated due to carbon monoxide levels present and this year, Nelson Hall was evacuated again, twice within the month of October.

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University of Denver cheer team brings spirit & unity to Denver community

For my Final Cut Pro Slideshow, I really wanted to give recognition to a group or organization within the DU community that does so much for the DU campus and others in the community, but doesn’t always get the recognition they deserve. Throughout two years spent rooming with a DU cheerleader, I began to notice all the hard work it takes to be a DU cheerleader. There is an immense amount of time, dedication, and commitment present in what the DU cheer team stands for and all they do for the University of Denver, and, many times they don’t receive proper appreciation for the great role they play within the DU community.

The University of Denver Cheer team does more than simply cheer on the athletes at DU; they foster a sense of spirit and pride toward the DU Pioneers throughout the campus and provide a sense of unity to the Denver community through their high level of community involvement and service, both on and off the DU campus. With this being said, for my pictures, I wanted to truly encompass the many ways the DU cheer team makes an impact on and off campus by capturing pictures depicting ways the DU cheer team raises spirits and the overall sense of pride for the University of Denver through their cheering at athletic events and competitions, the ways the DU cheer team interacts with the community through community events on campus and through community service involvement in the greater Denver area, and the amount of dedication and commitment these girls give throughout the year to be a part of the University of Denver cheer team. Continue reading

Suicide: a potential and grave threat to the lives of college students

For my slideshow, I focused on the occurrence of suicide among college students and the prevalence of suicide at the University of Denver by including national statistics for suicide among college students and suicide statistics pertaining to the DU student body specifically. By including statistics for suicide, I was hoping to increase the level of awareness students have for suicide as an issue, and, therefore, increase the amount of importance they place on prevention efforts.

Once I established suicide as a prevalent issue, I narrowed in on the leading causes of suicide such as stress and depression as well the most common methods for committing suicide (wrist cutting, self-poisoning, and firearms) in efforts to increase awareness of the signs leading to suicidal thoughts and help students detect those who may be in the contemplative state. After promoting recognition, I focused on ways to help fellow students who may be currently contemplating suicide by highlighting the ways students can be there for other students. As an end goal for this slideshow, I was seeking to encourage students to identify the importance of suicide as an issue and gain an increased desire to promote greater awareness of suicide, and the measures we can take to prevent it from happening to our fellow students.

In efforts to highlight the occurrence of suicide and draw awareness to the issue, I took pictures that evoked the realism and the compelling nature of the issue. To evoke such meaning, I took pictures of students in distressful situations by depicting them as stressed, depressed, hurt, troubled, and/or other such emotions that can lead to contemplative thoughts towards suicide. For this reason, I included a picture of campus in a dreary light, a similarly gloomy picture of students walking to class, and students looking stressed as they studied or did homework. Continue reading

Raising awareness of suicide on college campuses crucial


A white rose in remembrance; the dew drops resembling the countless fallen tears.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention ranks suicide as the third leading cause of death among those 15-24 years old.

When focusing on college students alone, the national average of college students suffering from severe depression linked to thoughts of suicide is about 13% of the student body. Out of this 13% of contemplative students, less than 1% actually completes suicide.

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