Social Life

DU club builds awareness about pediatric cancer

The topic of my slideshow is a profile piece highlighting DU’s Love Your Melon campus crew. My slideshow consists of a variety of photos. The photos mostly consist of the members in the campus crew. There are a few photos of them at one of their tabling events. There are also photos of the gear that they sell and some photos showing some of the children that Love Your Melon helps.

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DU LSA wishes to be heard

The photos I took for the audio slideshow were hopefully able to add a new layer to the recordings. I imagine my slideshow as a composition of two parts: 1. the introduction with some general information and 2. the conflict and important issues.  For the first part I wanted to convey the qualities that make the Latino Student Alliance (LSA) and that describe their head, Carina Garfio.  In order to accomplish this, I attended an LSA meeting to get some pictures of the club discussing and collaborating with one another. To properly explain who Carina is, I took pictures of her sorority’s flag and her work location. As a whole, I hope my images where able to develop some helpful context for the issues that were discussed later on in the slideshow. Continue reading

Alpine Club gets students to opt outside

This audio slideshow feature’s DU’s Alpine Club, which is the largest club on campus. I attempt to give more of an inside look into not only what the club does, but how its operated. I do this by interviewing the president of the club, Michelle Connacher and the treasurer, Connor McKeen. Continue reading

Where do students gather?

After the heavier article I wrote before I wanted to do something more simple and light-hearted, so I decided to just capture some of the unique places where students gather on campus. Continue reading

Fast pace of quarter system rushes student life

The University of Denver is somewhat unique in its quarter system educational format. The classes are shorter in length, but taught more quickly. This may seem beneficial, as it offers students more choice of classes and keeps them from getting bored. However, the reaction of the students to the fast pace was more negative than positive. Many students found that their lives had been altered or rushed more due to the quarter system, and in turn it changed their lives outside of class. Continue reading

College drinking and student health

This slideshow is all about drinking, detox and student health. This topic is significant because drinking is so integral to the college experience, and can be considered almost a ritual. I’m seeking to show how prominent alcohol is here at DU, but within college campuses across the country. Due to this massive consumption, I also seek to highlight the negative consequences of drinking. Underage drinking is seen as a public health issues, and can affect almost every aspect of student life. I also think its important to emphasize the services and or policies that are in pace to help over intoxicated students, which I attempted to do through this slideshow as well.

For this assignment I chose to photograph a campus security car, the campus bars (Crimson and Gold Tavern and Angels Landing), the RA desk at Nelson a sophomore dorm, red solo cups, beer, shot glasses, and friends of mine participation in drinking games (shotgunning and beer pong). I feel like all of these photos speak to drinking culture and campus as well as student health services. I wanted to show students actually participating in drinking culture, and I think that the pictures of my friends playing beer pong and shotgunning beer are good examples of that. The images of beer, the red solo cup, and the shot glasses are also physical embodiments of drinking culture. I think it is also important to show campus security and also the RA desk to illustrate the people who are there to help overly intoxicated students. Also, it was important to depict the spots and bars that students frequent to drink around DU.

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Fraternity and Sorority Life supports philanthropy

The topic of my slideshow is to show members of the University of Denver community that Fraternity and Sorority life is about much more than partying. This slideshow is connected to my issue story because it shows fraternities and sororities supporting each other as well as defying the stereotype that all FSL does is party.
The slideshow is comprised of photos of various members of FSL participating in Delta Zeta’s most recent philanthropy event, Big Man on Campus. It also shows how faternities and sororities advertise their philanthropy events through different means.

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Does the fast pace of the quarter system impact student health?

The many books of a busy DU student.

The many books of a busy DU student.

As a smaller and privately funded institution, the University of Denver chooses to utilize a unique 10-week quarter system rather than the traditional 16-week semester system. The shortened time period forces students to traverse the college education experience differently, including more class choices per year and a quicker style of teaching. While it may seem more engaging and immersive, the large amount of information that students need to learn within the ten weeks can have both negative and positive effects.

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Drinking, detox and student health

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Hard liquors like these are often preferred by college students, especially within greet life or sporting events

It is easy to say that drinking and the college lifestyle go hand-in-hand. Alcohol consumption is an integral part of social life for college age students across the country. Drinking is seen as a ritual within the higher education experience. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH) stated “harmful and underage college drinking are significant public health problems, and they exact an enormous toll on the intellectual and social lives on campuses across the United Sates.”

According to a national survey by the NIH (here) almost 60% of college students ages 18-22 drank alcohol in the past month, and almost two out of three students engaged in binge drinking (four-five drinks within two hours).

There are serious consequences involving harmful and underage college drinking. About 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including car crashes. Approximately 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking, and about 97,000 students report experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault. 20% of students develop an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). One in four college students report academic consequences from drinking, including missing class, falling behind in class, doing poorly on exams papers. Other consequences include suicide attempts, health problems, injuries, unsafe sex, and driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as vandalism, property damage, and involvement with the police.

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The Controversy of Free Speech at DU

Graffiti on a DU building

Graffiti on the side of a DU building.

The University of Denver has a lot of history when it has come to students expressing their First Amendment right to free speech, and not all opinions have been welcome on campus.

In 1970, DU students attempted to protest the University’s decision to stay open after the events of the Kent State Massacre. The students lived in a makeshift village for several days, calling it ‘Woodstock West’ until The National Guard was called in to disperse the protest.

“I don’t think [The National Guard] was called in to necessarily restore the campus, but rather to ‘save face’ for the Chancellor.” Sheila Schroeder, a DU professor, said. Schroeder is working on a documentary about Woodstock West.

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