Brenda Velasquez

Brenda Velasquez

Attending the University of Denver where she's double-majoring in Art and Journalism with a double minor in French and Communications. Aspires to work for Marie Claire magazine composing cultural pieces that express her love of diversity, and hopefully inspire the same love in her readers.

DU Pioneer Breakers share positive experiences in hip-hop community

My photos revolved around the individuals on the Pioneer Breakers team. Since this story centers on their personal experiences within the hip-hop community, I wanted to focus my photographs on their faces and body language. Combined, these two components would provide a more well-rounded illustration of the Breakers’ stories: the viewer would not only be listening to the tones in the individuals’ voices but would also be observing their visual cues. Continue reading

Exploring the inner reality of Daniels College of Business ethics training

While gathering photos for my slideshow, I focused on human subjects whose energy would activate my presentation and infuse it with personality. The most challenging aspect of the photographic process revolves around the unexpectedness of capturing candid photos. I would find a perfect composition but just before I pressed the camera button, one person would move, and though I waited, poised at the ready, the composition would never return and I would be left empty-handed. Additionally, I struggled with finding the correct shooting settings on my camera. Continue reading

The danger of practicality: DU business students prepare for ethical dilemmas

Alma Limon, a DCB graduate with a double-major in Marketing and Communications

Alma Limon, a DCB graduate with a double-major in Marketing and Communications

They say money doesn’t buy happiness. But maybe it can provide a good down-payment.

After spending thousands of dollars on higher education, it seems the most practical thing for students to do is invest in self-preservation. And so, they choose a money-making major like business, regardless of how passionate they are about the subject. Students concerned with practicality are willing to endure years of dissatisfaction for a sizeable paycheck promising financial security for them and their loved ones. These students often formulate such plans: major in business, make as much money as soon as possible to pay back interest-accumulating loans, buy a house for a future family and build up a savings fund for aging parents. After fulfilling this string of heavy responsibilities, the students then return to college to pursue their true passion. Continue reading