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

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.

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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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Exploring the potential of a Jazzman’s – Starbucks transition

This slideshow and my story were focused on the issue of a potential plan to replace Jazzman’s Cafe in Driscoll Bridge with a Starbucks, which has been in discussion for a long time and is currently awaiting a decision from the University. There are shots of various parts of Jazzman’s, the Starbucks on Asbury and Evans, and Beans coffeeshop that all depict an element of what changes the transition to a Starbucks would bring. 

With a mixed bag of shots of people and settings, I intended to depict the realities of Jazzman’s’ current place in the campus culture and why a Starbucks would be considered an upgrade. I tried to make these as clear as possible by including elements such as the student sleeping in the Driscoll Student Center and the empty interior of Jazzman’s in order to “let the photos do the talking”, if you will.

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Jazzman’s-Starbucks transition remains ambiguous


DU campus coffeeshop Jazzman's, set to potentially be replaced by Starbucks

DU campus coffeeshop Jazzman’s, set to potentially be replaced by Starbucks

A proposal to replace the coffeeshop and longtime DU staple Jazzman’s Cafe in Driscoll Bridge with a Starbucks became relatively common knowledge around campus this year, following an announcement published on the online DU Newsroom platform on Aug. 25.


Seemingly indicating a definite plan, the announcement from Sodexo resident district manager Ira Simon stated that the new full service Starbucks would be located downstairs from the former Jazzman’s in the Driscoll Student Center, and would open during Winter Quarter.


However, students began noticing that as Spring Quarter arrived, a new Starbucks didn’t, nor did any news about it. When reached for comment, Simon explained that this was due to a long series of events that has ended in a still uncertain future for the planned coffeeshop swap, which hinges on a decision set to be made by the University sometime this month.

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Asian restaurants around the DU campus.

The University of Denver has a multitude of great dining options near its campus, but can sometimes lack variety. 7 of the restaurants in a 4 block radius around campus are Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai. So how can a school with only 6% of its population composed of international students support this many Asian restaurants?

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How DU Stay in Shape?

Most students at the University of Denver keep in shape in their own terms.  Some students choose traditional exercise at the gym, while others focus on mental health and nutrition. With a number of different schedules and majors, not all students will prioritize the gym as much. Of course, this begs the question: how do less-athletic students keep up their shape?

At the University of Denver, how do different students view exercise?

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Life after meal plans

For my audio slideshow I decided to focus on students and their eating habits, more specifically, DU students who live off campus.  The title of my slideshow is intended to give the viewer some insight as to what the video will address.  The goal of my slideshow is to make other students who live off campus aware of how their peers are going about college life without a meal plan.  The privilege of living off campus comes with many responsibilities that on-campus housing does not entail.   Continue reading

Steam Espresso Bar instills community in DU area

Focusing on Steam Espresso Bar, I wanted to capture the beauty and ambiance of the shop, along with telling the story of how two DU alum had a dream and a goal.

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Fighting waste, feeding people

The topic of my audio slideshow is the Food Recovery Network chapter at the University of Denver, started by junior Paul Sherman. The goal of my slideshow is to raise awareness for, and bring publicity to, DU’s chapter of FRN. In order to do this, I went along on a recovery mission and took corresponding photos of Paul and Zach getting the food, packing it into the car and delivering it to the Denver Rescue Mission. I spent time getting a lot of action shots and candid photos in order to express the movement and of the story and illustrate the work that goes into participating in a food recovery.

I aimed to get a variety of photos, and so I worked hard to feature as many aspects of the recovery that I could. What worked really well was the photos of Paul and Zach with the volunteer at the Denver Rescue Mission. The photographs that he is in depict his enthusiasm and gratefulness towards FRN, and the photos do well to liven up the slideshow. Other photos that worked well were the still shots that I took of Paul and Zach when first introducing them to the story.

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