Monthly Archives: April 2013

Students balance work with school

Do you ever wonder why college students flock to places that have free food?  What is one common thought that constantly runs through college students’ minds? If you answered these questions with “college students are broke” then you are entirely correct.  The University of Denver is not exactly a cheap school to attend and many students find it hard to financially support themselves throughout their years of studying as a DU Pioneer.

Majority of students, during their four years of undergraduate studies, will at some point complain about the lack of money in their bank accounts.  However, some students find a way around this precarious stage of life and jump into a job to support themselves.

Where students work

Kinsey helps out the Shwayder Arts Building with their Sandy Skoglund book and pipe cleaner installation.

Kinsey helps out the Shwayder Arts Building with their Sandy Skoglund book and pipe cleaner installation.

Various locations on and around the DU campus offer student employment opportunities.  Kinsey Knakkergaard, a junior with a major in Psychology, works in the Shwayder Arts building as a receptionist and second hand to the administrators working in the building.  She has been employed since January 2013 and works around fifteen hours a week. Continue reading

The University of Denver’s Greek community welcomes new sorority

The University of Denver’s sororities voted to welcome a new sorority to campus. There is a general consensus among the members of the Greek community that the addition of a sorority, planned to join campus in the fall of 2014, is beneficial.

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Two members of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority prepare to welcome new members on “Bid day.”

“[The addition of a sorority] will just be good to expand our Greek life,” president of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority Marisa Maurer said. “We need more houses and this way the members of the Greek community can keep getting stronger on campus. I honestly don’t know if there are any cons. I guess that a new sorority will make rush more competitive but it is definitely for the best.”

According to Mauer, the application process for the sororities interested in joining DU’s campus is pretty intensive. Firstly, the five sororities currently on campus, Gamma Phi Beta, Alpha Phi, Delta Gamma, Delta Delta Delta, and Delta Zeta, all voted on whether a new sorority should be allowed on campus.

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Activists on campus tackle student debt

By Kaitlyn Griffith

On Thursday, a group of students from the Denver area met at the Sturm College of Law to discuss student autonomy in Colorado and the state of student loans nationwide.

The University of Denver, Regis University and the Iliff School of Theology were represented.

The red square was first seen in the Quebec student movement.  It originates from the students' demand that their government drop its plans to hike up tuition by 75%, a change which would have put students “squarely in the red” (i.e., in debt). Students in COSPA wear the squares to show solidarity with the Quebec student movement.

The red square was first seen in the Quebec student movement. It originates from the students’ demand that their government drop its plans to hike up tuition by 75%, a change which would have put students “squarely in the red” (i.e., in debt). Students in COSPA wear the squares to show solidarity with the Quebec student movement.

 

The students were members of the Colorado Student Power Alliance (COSPA), a group that seeks to eliminate student debt, democratize schools, reform curriculum and ensure open access to higher education for everyone who needs it.

 

“Students are financially constrained for something they should be allowed to do,” one student said.

To members of COSPA , education isn’t a privilege for the few, but a right of all.

Many issues discussed at the meeting hit close to home for many of the students present. Many fear what might happen if federal and state policy on student loans isn’t drastically altered.

“I don’t want to be my dad,” Elizabeth Borneman, a recent DU graduate, said. “He’s 50 and working in a job he hates.”

Students active in COSPA are aware of the potential pitfalls of trying to reform student loans. They understand that it will be an uphill battle, but many are determined to see this struggle through until the end.

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DU students achieve personal growth during rigorous yoga teacher training

DU students practice the Vinyasa style of yoga in Child's pose.

DU students practice the Vinyasa style of yoga in Child’s pose.

As the practice of yoga becomes increasingly popular among students on the DU campus, several students are taking their passion for yoga to the next level and becoming certified instructors through a demanding training process. From Bikram, a hot yoga intended to flush out toxins from the body, to Vinyasa, a style focused upon synchronizing movement and breath, these students are proficient in the various types of yoga practiced today.

Steph Winsor, a junior at DU currently in the middle of her teacher training, believes that yoga is about much more than physical exercise.

“Yoga is a way of life. It’s a spiritual practice,” Winsor said. “I can feel it in my body and my mind when I miss a class.” Continue reading

College students say Facebook both fosters and hurts real-life relationships

Is Facebook good or bad for college students? University of Denver students are divided on whether the #1 most popular social networking site in the United States helps them foster relationships in college.

Is Facebook good or bad for college student relationships? Photo by Hsing Tseng.

Is Facebook good or bad for college student relationships? Photo by Hsing Tseng.

Students use Facebook to connect with friends

Bao Le, a fourth-year Business major, signed up for a Facebook account in his first year of college and uses the site actively for at least three hours every day.

“It was told to me that without one, it’d be easy to miss out on events and that it was essential to making more friends. These days, I mainly use Facebook to connect/socialize with people that I don’t see very often in person. A lot of times, my friends are either very busy or are not in the state anymore and it’s a great way of maintaining friendships,” said Le.

Aaron Fisher, a second-year majoring in International Studies and Economics, also uses Facebook to connect with friends online.

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DU Rugby is the Pacific West Champions and is headed to Nationals

DU Men's Rugby celebrating becoming Pac West Regional Champions

DU Men’s Rugby celebrating becoming Pac West Regional Champions

The DU Men’s Club Rugby team became Pac West Regional Champions after winning their two games this weekend in Glendale. Their defeat against Cal Maritime on Saturday and Occidental College on Sunday advanced them to the final four.

This is the first time the DU Rugby Team has even made it to the Pac West Championship. They are now headed to the National semi-finals where they will compete to be crowned National Champions. Continue reading

UTS Help Desk provides wide range of specific tech assistance

The UTS Help Center is located in the Anderson Academic Commons.

The UTS Help Center is located in the Anderson Academic Commons on the main floor.

The University Technical Services Computer Help Desk, newly relocated to Anderson Academic Commons, provides an extensive assortment of free technical assistance to University of Denver faculty, students and staff.

The desk, staffed by both students and administrators with tech support and computer backgrounds, includes personal phone, email, online and walk-in computer and laptop support for Mac and PC operating platforms and software. Confronting a number of varying technology issues daily, the staff at the Help Desk can and does actively assist in the resolution of a large collection of common tech problems experienced by the DU community.

Common issues and services

Specifically, UTS Help Desk employees deal regularly with virus and malware disabling, printer installation, wireless Internet/PioneerNet connection issues, common software malfunctions in Microsoft Office software and troubleshooting of software programs, along with general tech questions and computer operations. Continue reading

Two Support Programs On Campus Help Students With Disablities Succeed

There is a misconception that students with learning disabilities (LD) and ADHD cannot succeed college. Another idea people have is that LDs and ADHD are correlated with a low intelligence which is not true. With the right support and the right resources these  students can excel and succeed in college. The Learning Effectiveness Program (LEP) and Disabilities Support Program (DSP) at the University of Denver are two programs that empower students with learning disabilities to reach their full potential.

The LEP and DSP are located on the fourth floor of Ruffatto Hall

The LEP and DSP are located on the fourth floor of Ruffatto Hall.

 

Both offices are located on the fourth floor of Ruffatto Hall. The DSP provides accommodations to any student with any type of documented disability. For example, students who are physical disabled, deaf or blind receive accommodations from DSP.  Currently there are close to 800 students registered with DSP. DSP helps students with learning disabilities receive accommodations such as note takers and extended time on exams. All students that are granted these accommodations legally receive them from the DSP due to the ADA that was signed into law in 1990. LEP is a fee based program that gives academic support to DU students with LD and/or ADHD, currently 210 students are enrolled.

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