Campus Life

DU strives for inclusive excellence in trying political climate

Denver- In a trying time in American politics the University of Denver wants to open its arms and respect students of all different backgrounds. In a year that has been rough for many minorities, indigenous peoples, and immigrants due to a multitude of political events such as the travel ban and standing rock DU has decided to continue share their values of acceptance. Early this May DU’s Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management held a dinner celebrating the traditional foods of Native Americans. All were invited as the graduate culinary students of the hospitality school prepared an amazing array of dishes distinguished from tribes throughout America. Continue reading

A Faith Community for DU Students

An organization on campus is striving to provide a community for students to express faith in the midst of a largely non-religious school.


The DU Catholic Student Fellowship (CSF) is a campus organization that serves Catholic Christian students through various services and events. The organization functions as a club with a student-run board, as well as a ministry served by priests and graduate student volunteers.


“I think the mission of CSF,” said student president Zoe Klein, “is to enhance students’ faith and allow them to express it in the most comfortable way possible.”

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Ride Club Freeride

May 15, 2017 – Club Freeride, a ski and snowboard organization at the University of Denver, wins the “Red Bull Bracket Reel Snow” challenge, a competition of the best skiing and snowboarding videos between teams of college students nationwide.

Despite the victory, Club Freeride, a first-year club that was founded August 2016, is still facing the heavier challenge of gaining traction as a well-known organization at DU. Romi Kristl, co-founder of Club Freeride, understands the lack of school publicity due to the organization’s lacking amount of members.

“Currently right now Club Freeride has about 50 members, but we’re hoping to expand to 60 or 70 next year, ” Kristl says. “We have a solid group of ten members who are dedicated to competing every year.”

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DU value art?


The University of Denver offers various major and minors in studio art, art history, emerging digital practices and so on though its School of Art & Art History. The University also has a student gallery, ceramics studio, painting and drawing studios, a darkroom, and a photo lab so that students can pursue their various artistic interests and goals. At a time when the arts are being defunded nationally it is important to consider what the value is of taking art, teaching art, and having art on campuses across the country. 

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DU’s off season: What are students up to this summer?

As spring quarter at the University of Denver comes to an end, students around campus are beginning their transition into summer break. For some DU students this means packing up their bags and heading back to their home state, while others are choosing to spend the summer somewhere new or stay here on campus. Continue reading

DU students react to restaurant closings

In the last two quarters at DU several businesses in the University area have either closed temporarily due to renovations for a new restaurant and business, or they have closed completely. The businesses that have closed are Nova frozen yogurt, Redford’s Tavern, and Noodles and Company.

Many students aren’t happy with these businesses decisions to close or sell. DU graduate student Kaela Martins was frustrated with the closing of Nova.

“It has been kind of hard because I’m a part of the DU Club Basketball team and that was our routine, pretty much after every game or practice we would go over to Nova.” Continue reading

Writing opportunities for DU students

By Taylor Sienkiewicz and Daniela Santos.

The University of Denver (DU) holds various majors that tailor to prospective writer’s aspirations. For example, students are able to focus on their creative writing by majoring in english while fact-based analytical writers can major in journalism. Other writing practices can include business writing, short memos, long-form theses, etc. Nonetheless, no matter what the style is that pertains to the prospective writer, having a platform to publish their own work is important to polish one’s skills and continue sharing one’s stories. Continue reading

Students speak out on gender

DENVER- It has long been a taboo to talk about issues and biases surrounding gender and here at DU is no exception. For many years there has been a negative almost dismissive stereotyping of gender rights especially surrounding feminism which is often greeted by older generations with an eye roll.

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Beans: “Coffee for Students, by Students”

Student-run coffeeshop Beans is a unique feature of DU’s campus. Offering “coffee for students, by students,” it serves a niche market and has a promising future.


Beans was originally a small operation started as a class in the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management, with a new staff every quarter. Nine years ago, however, it was turned into its current state: a full-fledged business Screen Shot 2017-05-25 at 8.49.58 PMentirely managed and staffed by DU students.


“The idea was to turn Beans into an ‘after-school job’ for students, for lack of a better term,” explained Mary Margaret Monacelli, a senior Hospitality major and one of Beans’ two managers. “So the school OK’ed it, gave us a budget to buy food and pay people, and it’s just grown from there.”


While Monacelli and her co-manager are still supervised by Knoebel school staff, they are enabled to make a majority of decisions regarding ordering, hiring, and day-to-day operations.


“Beans is a learning lab,” said Monacelli. “Not only do the students working get to learn how to be baristas, but the managers get to learn how to manage.”

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Ride with DU skateboarders

We all notice the students skateboarding to class, landing tricks in the middle campus, or just attending class holding a board. The skate life is prevalent at the University of Denver, but what lies behind the curtain of everyday use are people who skate for a deeper reason. People who skateboard as a muse.

Three students at DU describe the skateboard culture, explaining why they love to skate and why it is such an important aspect in their lives.

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