Businesses around DU strive for sustainability

By Daniela Santos and Taylor Sienkiewicz

As reported in 303 Magazine’s Earth Day report card, Denver businesses are not doing all it takes to be environmentally conscious and minimize their ecological footprint. But, around the University of Denver (DU), local restaurants, such as Beans, a student-run coffee shop on campus and Illegal Pete’s, a local mission-style burrito restaurant located on Evans, are doing a good job showing the initiative to be a sustainable organization that reduces waste going to the landfill. Continue reading

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DU says no to divestment of fossil fuels

The purpose of the slideshow is to inform the audience about the efforts of Divest DU and the response of the school administration. The slideshow depicts the difficult process and relationship between the members of Divest DU and the administration. I chose to take photographs of scenic spots around DU both with and without student subjects. Additionally, I made an effort to match quotes with photos that visually would create a similar response. Another goal of mine was to alternate photos based on conflicting statements in order to show the struggle between both parties. If I had to do anything differently, I would include more human subjects and focus on events that Divest DU holds. Unfortunately, the organization was not holding public events during this project but I would have loved to include a picture of organization members protesting.
My slideshow links up to my written Issue Story in the order it was written. I enjoyed doing this story because as I went along I learned more about the movement and efforts of the community to make a change in our institution. Furthermore, I feel that the pictures line up well with the statements and feel of my story. Lastly, I definitely see the issue more accurately and understand the position of both parties.

DU Administration and the Board of Trustees say no to divestment in fossil fuels

On January 24th, 2017, University of Denver Chancellor Rebecca Chopp and the Board of Trustees announced that they will not divest from fossil fuels as a way to fight climate change. The Divest DU movement, which started about three years ago, used public rallies, social media campaigns, and on-school events to put pressure on the administration and investor to make a positive move to divest.

Specifically, the organization states that, “University of Denver students, faculty, and alumni have been demanding that our institution align its investment practices with its mission to be a “great private University dedicated to the public good.”

The organization believes that it’s immoral for the school to be priding itself in environmental sustainability while “it profits from climate change destruction,” the page states.

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DU takes back the tap

Anna Walsh

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Take Back the Tap is a student run organization at the University of Denver that has been trying to make a name for itself since 2011. The organization is part of a national initiative to ban the sale of plastic water bottles on college campuses. Take Back the Tap is helping DU reduce their carbon foot print as well as become more environmentally conscientious. If DU bans the sale of plastic water bottles, it will show the public that DU is a pioneer of environmentally friendly college campuses, and how campaigns can be successfully established at other schools.


“Food & Water Watch is a non-profit which raises awareness about the issues that come along with bottled water on college campuses and in general and to promote clean, safe tap water,” says Erin Smith, campaign coordinator and DU senior.

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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

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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Denver’s Population: Still Safe to Drive?

For my audio slideshow, I looked at how people generally viewed driving conditions in the Denver Area. Recently, the city has experienced a population boom and I read a Denver Post report that traffic accidents are on the rise. In retrospect, my topic came to me from a close call on the road when I was heading to work. Having brainstormed many other topics, I was almost ready to throw in the towel and do another piece on swing dancing. However, I decided to venture into the background of my new co-worker. Recently, she had arrived from Miami, Florida. Ultimately, I wondered if Colorado’s road conditions were as bad as other major cities-especially given the population increase.
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