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Chipotle vs. Illegal Pete’s: Battle between local and big business burritos

Chipotle and Illegal Pete's are two of the most popular burrito restaurants on campus, and with just a tenth of a mile separating the two it is a tough decision for students to make.

When students at the University of Denver are craving a burrito they have a tough choice to make between two of the top burrito joints in Denver, Illegal Pete’s or Chipotle. When I surveyed 30 students, 24 said that overall they prefer eating at Chipotle, because of their delicious ingredients.

Student Jack Jagla said he prefers the taste of Chipotle, which he claims has been a long time favorite of his due to the natural ingredients and great taste. According to Chipotle, the company strives to use organic and local products free from synthetic hormones. Although 80 percent of students surveyed said they like Chipotle better than Illegal Pete’s that still left 20% of students who preferred Illegal Pete’s, and choosing Chipotle wasn’t as easy of a decision as the survey may seem to infer.

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DU students endure costs of college

Receiving their acceptance letter to the University of Denver is a very exciting time for students as they embark on the journey of obtaining their degree and entering the real world beyond school.

University Hall at DU where Financial Aid office is located

However, this time may also be a stressful one as DU students begin to start thinking about how they are going to pay for the next four years of their undergraduate education.

An average DU student will expect to pay yearly tuition and room and board fees as well as for student activity and health and counseling fees. This does not include indirect costs, which include books, transportation, parking, food, health insurance and personal necessities.

As these costs rack up, the average college student might find themselves having to work a part time job (or two), apply for financial aid, student loans and scholarships as well as seek help from their parents in order to pay for their education. This can be a large financial burden on many, especially if they or their family are not as financially stable as others.

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School, work and social life – A triple burden

With my slideshow I tried to illustrate the topic of working students on the DU campus and how they handle the triple burden of work, school and social life.
Though I mixed photos of the DU campus and its facilities with photos of my three interview partners for the first issue story, I primarily tried to capture the three students being busy with work, doing homework and engaging in social activities. The latter however was not very successful as I didn’t have the opportunity to follow them around a lot in their free time.

DU students working their way through college

College freshman Adriana Vega at her on-campus job at the Office of Academic Assessment.

A college education is one of the best investments of a lifetime.  However, as the financial burden of college tuition is significant and rising, working has become a necessity for many students in higher education today.

But the extent of working while in college raises important questions. In particular, what is the overall effect of work? Does it have a beneficial effect in the long run by building discipline and a strong work ethic in students, or does it have a negative effect by diverting students’ efforts from schoolwork?

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Unpaid Internships Cost – And Benefit – DU Students

Junior Marielle Mohs leaves her apartment to head to her internship, paying job, and then class.

DU junior and biology major Tink James has had a few jobs.  She’s worked retail, nannied, and scooped ice cream. She’s got a 4.0 GPA, loves animals, and considers herself very outgoing. What might surprise you is that James spent her most recent summer stuffing envelopes at her internship. For free.

As many colleges work harder to adjust their curriculum to the changing business world and economy, students are finding internship credit more and more valuable to their work experience, and graduation requirements. Concurrently, as the economy dwindles, paid internships are fewer and far between.

But regardless of monetary reimbursement, college students are finding these internships indispensable.

“There’s just no real chance of you landing a solid job after college without some internship experience,” said junior journalism major Elle Mohs. “Everyone wants someone with some real world experience.”

Lindsey Wimberg, a junior international studies major agrees experience is the best way to learn.

“When you’re learning to speak a language, immersion is sometimes the most educational. I think the same thing can be said of working in your field,” she said. Continue reading