Monthly Archives: February 2012

College Pets

College Pets– do the benefits outweigh the cons?

As college students finally living on our own, the decision to buy or adopt a pet is huge. With all of our typical day-to-day stress as college students, it’s hard to take care of yourself—not to mention taking full care of another living creature. I decided to focus my Final Cut Pro Slideshow on the responsibilities that come with owning a pet in college—the good, and the bad.
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DU students get involved in greek life

One of the ways greek life members get involved in the community is through intramural sports

Ronald Regan, Condoleeza Rice, Brad Pitt, and Jennifer Garner, all of these people are famous for something, however they were all also a part of greek life. On many college campuses greek life plays a large role, however members of sororities and fraternities also have battle many negative connotations that are associated with greek life. However, many of these stereotypes ring false.

“I joined [greek life] because I thought it would be a good way to get involved on campus and meet people,” Alpha Phi member Grace Mader. “After rush it just seemed like such a wonderful group of girls and I was so excited to get to know all of them.”

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How international students integrate themselves at DU

Moritz Lerzer (left) skiing in the Colorado mountains with other international students.

Studying abroad is sure to be a life-changing experience for many. It is the optimal way to learn a new language, provides the opportunity to travel, allows you to get to know another culture first-hand, helps you expand your worldview while meeting people from all over the world and helps you to learn more about yourself.

However, the international student experience is affected by two main issues students have to deal with: culture shock and the lack of integration with domestic students and the university community.

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DU students take interest in broom ball

The University of Denver’s recreational department offers a myriad of intramural sports and leagues to participate in; the most popular sport is broomball.

Freshman Sam Garry takes a shot on goal during a broomball game in Joy Burns Arena on Feb. 14.

Broomball is essentially a mixture of soccer and hockey. It combines assets of both sports, and requires teamwork in order to excel.Teams consist of anywhere between seven and 19 players, and must be composed of both men and women. Each team is allowed five players on the ice at a time, including a goalie. Two of the players must be girls, and all players are required to wear a helmet. Players wear tennis shoes and attempt to hit the miniature soccer ball into a hockey net with sticks containing plastic ends.

Unlike all other intramural sports, broomball is a sport that is only played on ice. The students at the University of Denver have a special opportunity to participate in broomball leagues due to the facilities on campus that many other schools do not have. Games are played on the ice in Magness Arena, as well as in the Joy Burns center. Broomball is a unique sport that is not offered at many other schools. No other intramural sport at DU allows students to compete on the same surfaces as their peers who are on scholarship for a Division I sport. Magness Arena has been the home ice for many student-athletes who have taken their talents to the professional level. Once every few weeks, broomball players get the opportunity to take the same ice that has manufactured over 60 players of the National Hockey League.

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More than just a college paper: the making of the DU Clarion community

The editor-in-chief candidates, Anita and Amy.

If someone wanted to offend a member of DU’s newspaper, the DU Clarion, all that person would have to do is to call it “just a school newspaper, almost fake, not the real thing at all.”

A statement like this would get under a Clarion writer’s skin, annoying them with what they’d believe is naivety and ignorance.

Ask anyone involved with the Clarion and they’ll tell you: This is no “fake paper.” The Clarion, they believe, is as genuine as any other paper out there, with all of the work, thought and effort put into it as any other local paper.

They’d probably even be willing to write you an opinion piece about it. But first they’d have to explain exactly how the Clarion works, starting with how the paper’s leadership is selected.

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Health insurance in a new light

Senior Gabe Morgione uses his parents' health insurance, because he says it is cheaper.

Every year each student has to go into their Webcentral account and either accept or deny the health insurance that the University of Denver provides.

Students are able to take advantage of the close proximity of the Health and Counseling Center as it is located in the Ritchie Center, but the health insurance that the school offers is often overpriced compared to insurance that students’ parents have already provided for them.

“I still have my parents’ health insurance and it’s a lot cheaper,” said senior Gabe Morgione. “I know that you have to wave the health fee (at the beginning of the year), but I am not exactly sure. I have never been (to the Health and Counseling Center).”

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Asbestos in Sturm no cause for concern

Over the last two weeks, DU Facilities Management has been working alongside an environmental consulting firm to replace asbestos-contaminated carpets and floor tiles on the third and fourth floors of Sturm Hall.

Most of the flooring in Sturm has tested positive for asbestos, according to Herron.

“It’s typical of any institution: when asbestos would impact material, it has to be removed in a certain way,” says Lennie Herron, an industrial hygienist and also president and CEO of Herron Enterprises.

According to Herron, the floor tile in the third and fourth floor was composed of six percent asbestos, while the mastic (what holds the floor and carpet together) was about 15 percent.

“We had six to eight works areas,” says Herron. “We had urgent areas at the start of the project.”

Freshman Melanie Kesner was surprised to learn about what was going on.

“I have classes on the third and fourth floor [of Sturm]; the fact that it’s there freaks me out a little bit.”

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Making life choices too young?

Deciding one’s major can be a difficult choice.  It can also be an intimidating one.  But what happens when one

The entrance to the Career Center, located in Driscoll Center South

changes their mind about their major after committing to it?  In a survey conducted by Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of the biggest regrets deals with education.  Specifically, many adults wished that they had studied something different in college or followed their passions.  This wish is shared among the college students who participated in this survey.

Often times when students realize that their major is not the one for them, it is too late.  This brings up the question:  Are students too young to decide their majors?

Changing minds
At the beginning of her freshmen year at DU, Meaghan Connor was set on a pre-medical major.  However, near the end of the year, she changed her mind.

“I originally wanted to be pre-med but after a year of taking the courses, I realized that was not what I wanted to do with my life,” Connor said.

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Practicing Yoga Keeps Busy DU Students Fit and Sane

Lindsey Wimberg practices yoga at home and at her local Core Power studio.

In a city as active and hip as Denver, it is no wonder that the practice of yoga has spread onto the DU campus. More and more students are participating in yoga classes both on and off campus, and reaping the benefits of this holistic practice. While many have heard of the physical practice of yoga, few realize that not only is it a mode of exercise, but a mental and spiritual quest for balance, clarity, and enlightenment.

The Path of the Yogi

“It isn’t a religion per se,” says DU sophomore Steph Winsor, a self-proclaimed yoga addict. “But you can definitely follow the path as deeply as you want, and carry yoga practicing through daily life both on and off the mat.”

Winsor started doing yoga in high school as injury preventionfor skiing. But as she practiced more and more, she became drawn to the spiritual and mental benefits of the routine.

“I never thought it would affect my life so much, but hey- now I’ve got an om tattoo on my wrist,” Winsor laughs. “The more I practice, the more I want to read about it and learn, and build my life in a fulfilling way.”

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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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