Monthly Archives: January 2012

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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DU students battle distance

Distance never separates two hearts that really care, for our memories span the miles and in seconds we are there. But whenever I start feeling sad, because I miss you, I remind myself how lucky I am to have someone so special to miss– Unknown

Marian, a DU freshman, skypes with her long distance boyfriend, Brad.

College, in risk of sounding cliche, is a time for many to learn and grow. Many students are taken from the comfort and familiarity of the home they’ve known for 18 years and thrown into a new environment, living with a complete stranger, and surrounded by people they have never met. But, for some students there was the reassurance of having a significant other just a phone call or a text message away. According to USA Today at least half of college students are in a long distance relationship and at least 75% will be involved in one at some point.

Many students come into their freshman year still dating their high school sweethearts, others are elementary crushes just recently acted on, and some are new found romances. Continue reading

DU students return from abroad

The International House at DU

Many University of Denver juniors are back on campus this quarter after returning home from their adventures of studying abroad in various countries around the world. Studying abroad in a foreign country offers many different opportunities for DU students.

Along with these opportunities come many ups and downs. For example, students have the chance to meet new people and return to their home university having made new friends. But, they may also experience homesickness and culture shock.

As students are working on the transition back to being at DU, they agree their study abroad experience was life changing and rewarding.

They are excited and eager to share their stories about their most important abroad experiences and what they thought was most valuable with the DU community and want encourage others to study abroad during their time at DU.
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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

A resolution that is here to stay

The entrance to the Coors Fitness Center.

The Resolution that just comes back

New Year’s Resolutions come and they go, but one that seems to come and go also comes back every year.

That resolution is to get in shape.

Somebody that we know has been in this position before. The start of the year comes around and they decide that it is time to get into shape, so they go out and get a gym membership or use the one that has been buried under papers on their desks.

For the people that go all the time, they seem to find a hard time getting their workouts in that they have been doing for years.

“I started coming to the gym like fall quarter last year,” said Chayce Duncan, a junior at the University of Denver, “and there were like only ten people here at a given time. Then at the start of this year, like last year, everyone seems to be here.

“There are sometimes when I come here and I do not even think that I will be able to get my workout in, and it is frustrating.”

The gym at the Coors Fitness Center experiences this every year during January. Just walking into the Center in November, before winter break for students starts, and walking in during January an observer can see the change in attendance.

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The Effects of Coming Home

Elise Elder is a junior who studied abroad in Paris

Studying abroad provides students with the opportunity of cultural enrichment and exposure to a new country.  On the University of Denver’s study abroad site, they state “the best way to understand another culture is to experience it.”

Consequently, many study abroad students feel as if they have changed from their time away. So when they return home, it can be a bit strange for them.  Returnees must re-acclimate themselves to their home life and become accustomed to the norms.  However, along the way, these students may find certain aspects completely different from their life while abroad.

This is something that is called reverse culture shock.

Educational Differences

The moment Elise Elder’s, junior studied abroad in Paris, airplane landed in Charlotte, North Carolina, she went through culture shock.

On Elder’s flight, there were two girls who asked their flight attendant where she was from because of her accent.  The flight attendant replied that she was from Prague.

“But these girls were completely confused.  They had no idea where Prague was… they hadn’t even heard of it.  They just laughed.” Elder said.

She said she was embarrassed by the girls’ ignorance.  As a result, Elder said she pretended that she was Parisian for the rest of the flight.

Elder stated that in Europe, the “education system is better and people are more politically involved.”  She also said she thinks people in America don’t care as much about politics or school.

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Pioneers win games without fan support

In the three rows of this section, only eight seats are occupied at this basketball game at the University of Denver.

Despite being ranked the #1 athletic program in the entire country amongst universities without football teams, the University of Denver continues to have a lack of support at a myriad of its athletic events.

The athletic program at the University of Denver has an impressive resume that proudly displays its exceptional success. Home to 28 national championships, the Denver Pioneers have seen success throughout the entire program. Additionally, 108 student athletes throughout the history of the program have won individual national championships. The University of Denver’s athletic program possesses a rich in history of success that cover a significant span of time.

2011 marked the 4th consecutive year that the University of Denver was awarded with the prestigious Directors’ Cup. The cup exemplifies athletic success demonstrated by student athletes, and is awarded to the university that has amassed the most athletic achievements without a football team. Thanks to strong seasons put on by fall, winter, and spring teams, the Pioneers have held onto the award for four straight years.

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DUI: DU under the influence

"Alcohol is a dangerous drug but I drink it anyway," says Collins.

Underage drinking is almost guaranteed to occur on any college campus, but rules are usually put in place and enforced to discourage this behavior. So why do students keep doing it?

“It’s just kind of a social thing,” says Ben Peterson*, a freshman at the University of Denver.

“I drink because other people drink,” adds friend Kevin Collins*, also a freshman.

According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, there are estimated to be 10.8 million underage drinkers in the United States. Students that are the most likely to drink usually tend to be Caucasian, male, athletes, members of Greek life on campus, or first-year students.

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Making “Miss Julie:” Understanding theater at DU

The fact that they encourage us, not only allow us, to pursue those other endeavors—it’s really something special.” – Actor Cody Schuyler

Getting ready for rehearsal

Kim Morgan, left, instructs Kaitlin Clark, in the blue, Cody Schuyler, in the red, and Julia Owen, in the black and white.

DU’s Theater Department is known for its provocative and challenging dramatic pieces. Most productions revolve around a philosophical approach to the world and its people, and each cast creates its own portrayal of life and its meaning.

The latest main stage play, which will run alongside the main stage musical “Urinetown,” is called “Miss Julie,” and it paints the same characteristically dark view on society as do most other DU plays.

Cheyenne Michaels, who designed “Miss Julie’s” commercial, described the play’s importance within the theatrical world.

“It’s the first play that ever separated sex from love,” she said. “Streinberg [“Miss Julie’s” playwright] was also trying to create a realism play, which focuses on real world problems through an artistic view.”

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How club sports really work at DU

Eli-Men's Club Lacrosse President

With 32 teams, DU club sports are an essential part of the student programs and although the dynamics of each team are different, it is the students who are responsible for keeping their teams together.

According to sophomore Eli Rosen, President of Men’s Club Lacrosse, the team had fallen apart last year after financial issues, instability of leaders and lack of commitment. “Even though I didn’t realize how much work it would be it’s worth it because I wanted to help make the team better,” said Rosen who manages and coaches the team by himself. Rosen has organized 6 games for the team this year against Colorado School of Mines, University of Wyoming, Western State, Regis, CU-Pueblo and CU-Fort Lewis.

The men’s team has about 30 players and they practice every Monday and Wednesday on the turf field from 7 to 8:30. They are looking into hiring a coach for their season, which will officially start in the beginning of February.

Women’s Club Lacrosse is part of the Rocky Mountain Women’s Lacrosse League, which is composed of division 1, and division 2 teams, according to senior Alex Mulvihill, President of Women’s Club Lacrosse. They are scheduled to play 12 games during their season against Colorado School of Mines, CU Boulder, CSU, Air Force, University of Wyoming, Westminster and a few other teams at a tournament in Santa Barbara.

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