Our silent protector

Here is a slide show about DU WiFi, how it came to be, the security measures taken by UTS and about how our students feel about our wireless connection. The story discusses how many people use our WiFi, the “Heartbleed bug” discovered in 2014 and how that bug worked, free security software that is offered on PioneerWeb and where DU WiFi is lacking according to it’s users. It was hard getting photos about this subject because showing pictures of someone on a computer gets repetitive. Getting creative with this process was a lot of fun. I liked finding different ways of linking a photo visually to this topic.

It was interesting deciding what pictures to use as well. I do have a number of photos of my friends using the wireless network but using the graphic for the “Heartbleed bug” was my best decision. I think this graphic really helps the viewer understand what is going on without much text and confusing language. Technology in general is my preferred beat which is why I chose to do a story about DU WiFi. Specifically, security because so much information is online about each individual who uses the network, even guest users.

Our silent protector

Recently entering 2017, we have come into the most connected time between people that we have ever seen in human history. What do we have to thank for this connectivity? The Internet! Just about everybody living in America and other first world countries uses Robert Kahn and Vint Cerf’s invention everyday, multiple times a day. Safety on the net has been over-looked by many Millennials, whom are considered to be the most technically knowledgeable generation.

Helpful graphic about how the HeartBleed bug works:

Helpful graphic about how the HeartBleed bug works:


Since my time at The University of Denver we have seen a change in the provided web servers. Initially we had Pioneer net which despite the universities best effort had flaws. For example, back in 2011 the “Heartbleed bug” was exposed, essentially this malicious software was tricking OpenSSL (software our University implemented for security) to obtain memory contained on our servers like usernames and passwords. This graphic to the right will hopefully help with understanding exactly how this bug worked. Since this event, DU has gone through all of it’s critical servers using SSL and have assured our security.

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Student filmmakers dedicate time and creativity to short film production

Chloe Barrett

Hayley Posner

Jillian Queri

As a student filmmaker in the University of Denver’s school of Media, Film and Journalism Studies (MFJS), creating a successful and well-produced film is not as easy as one might think.

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Todays 21st classroom

In the 21st century, we are surrounded by technology from the minute our alarms go off in the morning to the moment we put our phones down before bed.  In my photo slideshow I tried to show University of Denver students using technology in class, as well as some students using notebooks.  My photos are representative of my story because they show how DU students do not prefer technology over notebooks or notebooks over technology.  It seems the subject of the class determines whether or not students bring laptops to class.  Although DU has no campus wide policy regarding laptop use in class, many professors have policies of their own.

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College students and social media

Social media is one of the biggest ways that college students, and young people in general, communicate with each other. However because social media is a relatively new phenomenon the effects of heavy usage on a persons psyche are not fully understood, and many people are not conscious of how sustained heavy use can impact their lives. In addition it can be difficult for universities and other institutions to reach their students on social media in ways that they will actively want to engage with.

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Is DU more traditional or 21st century?

Majority of University of Denver students would be able to make it

Japanese major student uses her laptop & notebook to study for a quiz, but she does not use her laptop in class. Photo by Savannah C.

Japanese major student uses her laptop & notebook to study for a quiz, but she does not use her laptop in class. Photo by Savannah C.

through the quarter with only a laptop, however, the remainder of students continue to use a classic note-taking style: notebook and pen.  Whether it is personal preference or policy induced, more and more students are beginning to bring their laptops to classes.  For some students the benefits of using a laptop outweigh the drawbacks and the opposite for other students.  College students and professors are skeptical of how technology usage in class affects students’ grades and retention of knowledge.

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The increasing role of social media on the lives of college students


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Photo by: Adam Glasser Location: Driscoll Bridge Date: Jan 18, 2016 A students laptop on the Driscoll Bridge overlooking the library, and Evans ave.

In an increasingly technology focused world the internet is playing a larger role in the lives of college students across the country, and the ways in which we use the internet are shifting as well.

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The rise of the hobbyist drone on college campuses around the world


While sitting in class on the first day our instructor, Dr. Christof Demont-Heinrich, starting talking about his fascination in drone use. I have personally had first-hand experience flying a drone over the summer for my father’s real estate business. I immediately asked if this could be my topic for our first two projects and he gave me the go-ahead! I wanted to dig into the world of drones and find as much information on them as I could. I found I didn’t know as much about drones as I thought I did.

I wanted to steer my story in more of an informational direction. I wanted to provide students reading this article with the rules and regulations on drone use in the United States. In doing this I started looking into the benefits and disadvantages of having drones on a college campus. Could they be harmful to academics and/or safety or are they beneficial to our growing culture of electronics? This was the question I wanted to answer for my story. Continue reading

Women outnumber men in MFJS

Written Reflection

          The power point assignment that built off of our Issue Story #1 was satisfying and even a little fun to make. It was rewarding to go around campus and peek a little bit more into the lives of the community of the University of Denver. I was very interested in convering the topic of the representation of women in the media studies department at DU because as I have gotten into higher level classes in my major, I have noticed more and more that my classes are overwhelmingly made up of females. This was remarkable to me not just in the fact itself, but because I never really saw journalism as one of the programs that is known for attracting females more than males. I am also taking a class (in the MFJS department) that focuses on gender relations especially in different industries. We just finished an introduction to feminism, which I think is what got me thinking about the disparity in general. I thought that this would be a unique and relevant topic to cover because it is very apparent but it is not talked about very much. Continue reading

Binging without purging: students consider the ramifications of their instant streaming habits

DU student in Anderson Academic Commons squanders his time

DU student squanders time in Anderson Academic Commons 

It’s 4:00 p.m. on a Friday and Russell Anderson, a first year psychology graduate student at the University of Denver, sits on his bed, with a computer on his lap. As he settles into the comfort of his apartment, he reflects on his workload for the weekend: a neuroscience exam on Monday and several hours of assigned reading. Overall, Anderson feels certain he can manage with time to spare for visits to the gym and a party with his friends.

By Monday morning, however, Anderson has done none of this. The entire weekend has slipped away, into a black hole. Amnesia? A drinking binge? No. Continue reading