Monthly Archives: May 2013

DU’s Gamma Phi Beta sorority hosts annual philanthropy event, Spagammi

DU students enjoy their Spagammi pasta dinner.

DU students enjoy their Spagammi pasta dinner.

DU’s Theta chapter of Gamma Phi Beta hosted its annual philanthropy event, Spagammi, last Thursday. The event is an all you can eat spaghetti dinner, which raises funds for the sorority’s philanthropy, Girls on the Run.

“Spagammi is great because it brings people from all different groups within the DU community together to eat a lot of spaghetti, have a good time and raise money for a really good cause,” Gamma Phi Beta sophomore Molly Rogow said. Continue reading

New admissions policy for students living in China comes under scrutiny

by Kaitlyn Griffith, Rachel Kamada, and Hsing Tseng

The Office for International Admission has instituted a new policy for all students applying to the University of Denver from China, which requires that those students complete an extra interview to assess their English proficiency.

The policy has been a point of debate, most notably in an Opinions editorial and a subsequent rebuttal letter to the editor in DU’s student-run newspaper The Clarion.

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RTD provides DU students with free, smart transportation options

The Regional Transportation Department (RTD) has partnered with the University of Denver in recent years to provide students and staff with free light rail and bus passes.

Using student tuition, DU buys light rail passes for all of its undergraduate students and some of its gradate students and staff at a discounted price from RTD. The passes then permit free transportation for all light rail and buses throughout the city, giving pass holders other, less expensive transportation options apart from vehicles.

RTD transportation benefits and convenience

“Why is simple, because it’s the right thing to do, ethically and morally for both the university, society, for the environment and for the students,” says Buddy Knox, University of Denver Parking Director. “Issuing RTD passes and negotiating that contract with RTD was the right thing to do.” Continue reading

DU’s Delta Gamma hosts Anchor Cup, the sorority’s philanthropy event

Mike Middleburg, a junior DU student, provides the music for Anchor Cup.

Mike Middleburg, a junior DU student, provides the music for Anchor Cup.

Delta Gamma hosted its annual seven versus seven soccer tournament at Observatory Park, on May 11. All of the proceeds benefited the sorority’s national philanthropy, Service for Sight.

“Anchor Cup is a great time, it’s our biggest philanthropy event of the year,” Steph Winsor, a former Delta Gamma president said. “All the proceeds go to a local school, called the Anchor Center, here in downtown Denver.”

The Anchor Center

“The Anchor Center in Denver serves as a way to help visually impaired children from birth until they are five years old,” Karlie Rosier, Delta Gamma’s president said. “The center helps them assimilate into the public schools, learn Braille, and adapt to the difficulties of being visually impaired. The Anchor Cup is a great way for us to give back.” Continue reading

Resident Assistants build communities in University of Denver dorms

The photos that make up this slideshow are mainly photos of RA’s that allowed me to shadow them while they performed duties related to the job, including walking with them on duty nights, photographing them interacting with residents, and taking pictures at programs held during the week. The topic is essentially everything that goes into the RA job and trying to give a full depiction of what it is like to be an RA, all the good and bad parts included. As an RA myself, I felt that many people have misconceptions about what RA’s do or do not do, so by trying to convey a holistic picture of what goes into the job, I hope that this slideshow might be able to clarify and shed light on the duties we perform.

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DU students have fun at the Big Event


This photo and audio slideshow covers some of the activities offered during DUPB’s Big Event.  I pulled students aside throughout the night to ask them what they were doing and to gauge their reactions of the event.  I had a lot of problems deciding on a topic to cover for this assignment, so I chose the Big Event because there was a lot of action to photograph and record.

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The DU Bridge Project: A bright spot in Denver area education

In taking the photos for the slideshow, I tried to, above all, capture active students engaged in the daily routine of the Bridge Project. My topic focused on the Westwood Opportunity Center, one of the Bridge Project’s four sites around Denver, and the services they offer to students living in the housing projects nearby. The organization offers an after school location for kindergarten through high school students living in housing projects and provides students with an assortment of educational services, homework assistance, tutor programs and social health classes taught by licensed educators and social work interns at DU.

My ultimate goal in creating the slideshow was to portray the daily routine at Bridge, as well as highlight the helpful services and education avenues the staff at Bridge is opening for more economically disadvantaged students. The pictures attempted to communicate interaction between tutors/staff and the students, as well as showcase the cooperative nature of the organization while shedding a light on who works there and why. Continue reading

DU students protest Wells Fargo

The photos I used in my slideshow come from the protest of the Wells Fargo board meeting held this month in Salt Lake City. A group on campus called the Colorado Student Power Alliance teamed up with other activist groups across the country to meet in Utah to make sure that John Stumpf, CEO of Wells Fargo, and the shareholders of the company heard their objections and their personal testimonies.

With these photos, I wanted to show the protesters in action, the response of the hotel’s security as well as the Salt Lake City police, and the narrative that was purposefully kept out of the meeting that day. I hoped to show the enthusiasm of the people who participated in the action as well as the sense of immediacy and desperation that they brought to the protest. It was clear through my interaction with the protesters that many were losing their homes or drowning in student debt. I wanted to share their voices because no one else there was listening.

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A look inside the Idiosingcrasies, a University of Denver acapela group

I chose to do my audio slideshow and the acapela group Idiosyncrasies because I thought it would be visually appealing as well as a good opportunity to get great audio. I attended a few of the groups’ practices to obtain the pictures and audio. Through my slideshow I wanted to introduce the Idiosyncrasies to people who do not know who they are or what they do. Therefore, I asked my interviewee basic questions and I took photos of the members simply singing and preparing for their next show. The photographs in the slideshow were chosen to illustrate the hard work, dedication, and passion involved in being in the Idiosyncrasies. I tried to get a variety of shots including the planning, fun, and of course singing that goes on during a typical practice. I placed the pictures in a particular order so that they would correlate to what Morgan, the girl I interviewed, was saying. For example, I put shots of the individuals Morgan mentioned as she mentioned them and I put shots of the group laughing and interacting with each other when Morgan discussed the great relationships among group members. In terms of audio, again, I tried to make it match up to the photographs. I also felt it necessary to play background music of the group singing because that is what they are known for. I started the slideshow with their warmup to give the viewer a feeling of being at the practice. Then I played most of a song throughout the rest of the slideshow, making sure to have breaks in the interview so the viewer could hear the song.

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Looking behind the scenes at the Root 40 Music Festival

The photos that I took for the slideshow are of different aspects of the Root 40 Music Festival. I took photos of a lot of behind the scenes set up for the first day of the festival of bands, merchandise stations, and the people who were working at the festival. I also took pictures of various bands that played on different nights during the weeklong festival. Some of these bands included Vomit Slaughter, Paradox Afterlife, and the A-Oks. Through these photos, I wanted to show how much work was involved in putting the festival together and how many people were really involved. The scale of the festival was huge, and I wanted to emphasize what a great opportunity this festival provides for interns, volunteers, bands, and even audience members.
The photo slides were placed strategically with what the interviewees were talking about. For example, when the intern I interviewed (Colin Starner) was talking about his duties that he was assigned throughout the process of Root 40, I coordinated the pictures of fliers and Colin stage-managing when he explained these aspects of his job. Through the audio, I wanted to highlight what it was like to help organize such a large music festival because the general public doesn’t quite know the effort people behind the scenes put into making a festival great and run smoothly. During this project, I learned that great pictures can really compliment audio clips to effectively demonstrate a point. I found audio editing rather easy, except for cutting out little bits and still having it sound smooth. I realized how much work really goes into making an audio slideshow work well with the pictures that I took, but I really enjoyed the process and creating my own video from little bits and pieces of pictures and audio clips. Next time, I would probably try to do my interview first just to make sure that the pictures completely match up with my audio clips because I think it adds a whole other level to a project.