Monthly Archives: November 2012

DU emptied for Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving, 2012, the University of Denver revealed itself to be a lonely campus on the national holiday. Jerusalem’s, the only open business in the DU area, thrived despite the lacking student population.

Flyer for Thanksgiving celebration at Vista apartments.

Every year, DU purges the dorms of the majority of undergraduate students for winter break, and locks the doors until January.Although the rest of the Univeristy remains open during the rest of winter break, every office shuts its doors during Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Unfortunately, this leaves some students alone to celebrate Thanksgiving as best they can.

Because most businesses close for Thanksgiving, students often must depend on themselves to recreate the family affair at home, a restaurant, or forget about the holiday altogether.

The Vista Apartment Complex opened the common area for a makeshift Thanksgiving dinner available to its tenants.  Other students decided to make dinner themselves at each other’s home.

However, one establisment remained open and packed with customerss  like an oasis in the middle of the desert. Jerusalem’s, a DU legend and student staple boasts having been open everyday for the past 35 years, including all holidays.

.According to Mazel Akaswad, the Night Manager of Jerfusalem’s restaurant, “Our customers require us to stay open duting the holidays, because they love our food.”

A normally packed Starbucks lies completely empty.

International students dominate University of Denver tennis team

At the University of Denver, athletes come from all over the world to wear crimson and gold with Pioneer pride.  The tennis team is a great example of the diversity within the athletics program at DU.

Emma Isberg mentions that the tennis team consists of athletes from “Sweden, Austria, Germany, U.S.A., and we’re having two girls coming in in January, one from Wales and one from England”.

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Local band fosters musical growth

Denver Arts Week hosted dozens of local musicians; but a single band, North Side Travesty, used the surrounding excitement to celebrate opening the Rocky Mountain Sound Garden.

The Rocky Mountain Sound Garden, located in Centennial Park, will be a low-cost music studio for low-income and up-and-coming musicians in the Denver area. It was created by North Side Travesty in effort to provide a reliable and simple place for developing artists, such as themselves, to practice.

The opening took place Nov 9, during the Friday celebration of Denver Arts Week, and featured a performance by the band, other upcoming artists, food and festivities for patrons.

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The Women’s College gives working mothers flexibility in education

When 34-year-old Rachel Contizano plans her day, she recognizes the importance of balancing her life as a single mother with her life as a full-time student at the University of Denver’s Women’s College.

The Women’s College at the University of Denver provides working mothers with an environment to learn, grow and balance motherhood while getting an education.

“Taking care of a four-year-old and going to school full-time is actually not the easiest thing to do,” said Contizano.

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Carbon monoxide within Nelson Hall: calling attention to serious issue at DU

Produced by Brenda Rohn, Carly Ann Moore, Samantha Selincourt 

Carbon monoxide may not be the most typically attributed cause of death for a loved one; however, it is important to realize that carbon monoxide is a very prevalent and threatening issue to the safety and well being of individuals. Carbon monoxide is the nation’s leading cause of death due to poisoning.

With regard to the University of Denver, carbon monoxide proved to be a serious issue with the loss of a DU grad student, 23-year-old Lauren Johnson, three years back on Jan. 5, 2009. While Johnson lived in an off-campus apartment near the DU campus, her lost life due to carbon monoxide poisoning hit the University of Denver hard.

After the loss of Lauren Johnson, DU installed carbon monoxide detectors in every room within the various residence halls and apartments on campus.

In efforts to deal with the loss of Johnson and prevent future losses from carbon monoxide poisoning, DU decided to install carbon monoxide detectors in every room within the residence halls.

Carbon monoxide levels cause evacuations of Nelson Hall
Since the installation, the University of Denver has experienced two encounters with carbon monoxide. Last year the resident hall, Nelson Hall, was evacuated due to carbon monoxide levels present and this year, Nelson Hall was evacuated again, twice within the month of October.

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Student events committee at University of Denver offers free fun for students

By Anna Gauldin, Hannah Gilham and Katy Owens

The University of Denver Programming Board, also known as DUPB, organizes affordable and enjoyable events for students on campus, ranging from homecoming to concerts to movie nights.

DUPB’s goal is “fun, free entertainment for students,” according to Richard Maez, the co-chair of the DUPB Traditions committee. According to Maez, DUPB is one of the largest student organizations on campus and seeks to provide programming for all students, whatever their major, year or interests.

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DU cracking down on fake IDs

Here at the University of Denver, it is a wide known fact that fake IDs are a problem among the student population. With the new opening of the Merchants Mile High Saloon in place of the previous Border Bar, questions are being raised as to whether the bars around the University of Denver area are cracking down on the use of fake IDs.

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Technology opens blind students’ eyes to academics at University of Denver

Blind people are finding they can use computers, smart phones and other technology as tools to accommodate their disability and participate in the learning environment.

Universities across the U.S. are working to support those with disabilities by equipping programs with new technologies and disability specialists.

At the University of Denver (DU), students with limited to no sight are using this technology to improve their ability to learn and integrate into classroom environments. DU’s Disability Services Program provides counselors and specialists who help guide blind students through classrooms with the use of technology.

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DU students rock the vote

By Gabrielle Pfafflin and Sarah Ford

In a high turnout election night, DU students flooded the Centennial Halls Polling Center to vote on Tuesday.

From 9 AM in the morning to 7 PM in the evening, students passed through the doorways of Centennial Halls ready to vote and proudly flaunted their “I voted!” stickers upon leaving.

Chalk writing littered the DU campus, shepherding students toward Centennial Halls and reminding them to vote. Campaigners canvassed, called, and drove prospective voters to the polls.

The campus was abuzz with political involvement.

As the evening darkened on Centennial Halls, the DU Dems congregated to pass out free snacks and juice to all students that voted.

As he left the building, DU Graduate, Patrick Morris said, “I’m just glad that I’m here late in the day and there’s still voting.”

However, Campaign Coordinator of the DU Dems, Connor Evenson remained skeptical. He feared that DU has “been a fairly apathetic campus.”

“I think we can get an okay turnout,” He continued, “perhaps 35 or 40 percent, which is less than the normal electorate.”

Alex Johnson of the DU College Republicans disagreed. He claimed that the energy in this election was more palpable for conservative voters than in 2008. Although he expected DU to vote more blue, he elaborated that was not representative of the entire campus or state of Colorado.

When asked why they voted, students offered various reasons. Freshman Gege Sorenson said, “I feel like it’s kind of a privilege and it’s also kind of a duty at the same time.”

Shadi Maalaki offered a similar reason. He said, “It’s my civic duty in this society to vote.”

Unknown clubs at DU will forever impact the greater Denver area

Produced & Written by: Brenda Rohn, Carly Ann Moore, and Samantha Selincourt

“A private university dedicated to the public good,” is the mission statement of the University of Denver (DU). This mission pertains to more than just DU itself as it is echoed by the goal of most of the student organizations on campus.

DU has 40 active intramural and club sports and more than 129 clubs based on academics, culture, religion, politics, service, and Greek life on campus.  Clearly not everyone can know everything about all these organizations; therefore, many successful organizations that make a huge difference on campus are sometimes over shadowed or even unknown.

When students are asked what kind of clubs are on DU’s campus, usually the answers are Alpine Club, DU Grilling Society (D.U.G.S.), the Clarion, intramural broomball, etc.  Although these clubs are composed of quite a few students, there are a number of organizations that make a significant impact on the DU and Denver Community, but may not be the first to come to mind.

Catholic Student Fellowship (CSF), DU Service and Chance (DUSC), and Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) are among those organizations that reflect the vision of the University of Denver.  All of these organizations make a difference to DU students themselves, and to the greater community around them.

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