Monthly Archives: May 2017

DU’s longest running tradition


May Days at the University of Denver serves as an event that marks the end of the academic school year. This week-long event takes place during week nine every year to distress students before finals. This year, May Days brought five different events to DU’s campus. The end of the week was closed off with the annual MusicFest at the Ogden Theatre with artist D.R.A.M. as the headliner.

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Greek life’s demise at DU

Greek life is a popular social aspect on many college campuses, specifically on the University of Denver’s campus. However, recently there has been a lot of negative associations with greek life. This new view has caused a decrease in students participation in greek life. There are fewer members going through the recruitment process, and more members dropping from their chapter.

DU has a pretty big greek life for a small school, consisting of six fraternities and six sororities. In the past two years two fraternities have been kicked off for various reasons. The first fraternity to get kicked off was Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a long standing fraternity at the university of Denver. It was in December of 2015 when the school emailed the members of SAE and told them they had to move out of the house and their chapter was being removed. Continue reading

DU students frustrated over registration system

Registering for classes is a stressful time for students here at the University of Denver, and also for students on campuses across the country. The majority of students worry about being able to take certain classes that they need. Registration at the University of Denver is completely online. Students lookup classes or enter course number online in order to register, which can all be found on the University’s website pioneer web. Because the system is completely online, there are often frustrations and difficultly for students to create the schedules they want  and or need.

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Beans: “Coffee for Students, by Students”

Student-run coffeeshop Beans is a unique feature of DU’s campus. Offering “coffee for students, by students,” it serves a niche market and has a promising future.


Beans was originally a small operation started as a class in the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management, with a new staff every quarter. Nine years ago, however, it was turned into its current state: a full-fledged business Screen Shot 2017-05-25 at 8.49.58 PMentirely managed and staffed by DU students.


“The idea was to turn Beans into an ‘after-school job’ for students, for lack of a better term,” explained Mary Margaret Monacelli, a senior Hospitality major and one of Beans’ two managers. “So the school OK’ed it, gave us a budget to buy food and pay people, and it’s just grown from there.”


While Monacelli and her co-manager are still supervised by Knoebel school staff, they are enabled to make a majority of decisions regarding ordering, hiring, and day-to-day operations.


“Beans is a learning lab,” said Monacelli. “Not only do the students working get to learn how to be baristas, but the managers get to learn how to manage.”

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Ride with DU skateboarders

We all notice the students skateboarding to class, landing tricks in the middle campus, or just attending class holding a board. The skate life is prevalent at the University of Denver, but what lies behind the curtain of everyday use are people who skate for a deeper reason. People who skateboard as a muse.

Three students at DU describe the skateboard culture, explaining why they love to skate and why it is such an important aspect in their lives.

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Parking at DU causes frustration and angst among students

At the University of Denver, the most agitating part of a student’s life should be class. Unfortunately for some, parking, rather than education itself, is one of the more dominant stressers in life. With limited space and time for street parking and expensive passes for on-campus parking, the options presented to students are often perceived as unreasonable.

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Dining Hall etiquette for DU students


Ellie Knott & Phalan Klein

  For first and second year Students at the University of Denver, the Dining Hall becomes their kitchen away from home. The first place where they eat without the company of their families, a consistent meeting place at meal times for friends and roommates after the hustle of class and extracurriculars. With an influx of hundreds of students daily, the Dining Halls are a hub for the University of Denver campus. The Sodexo employees who prep, cook, and maintain the food and dining environment, often feel as though students become too comfortable.  Continue reading

The off season isn’t really off, according to these student athletes

Leah is a member of the soccer team at DU and Kayla is a member of the volleyball team. Playing a division one sport at a university is extremely time consuming and takes a lot of dedication. Even when our sports are in the off season we still have to be in the gym training and competing. 

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Take Me to Africa

While the Black Student Alliance has become well established on DU’s campus, there was no organization for students who wanted a stronger connection to Africa.  Freshmen Anifa Musengimana and Sarah Tesfai decided to fill that absence at DU.

That is how African Students United came to DU.  The organization aims to “create a space to celebrate educate, and participate in the understanding of the many rich, diverse cultures of Africa”.  The organization is intended for students of African descent and anyone who wants to be an ally on campus.

ASU has been in existence since January 2017, and did their first big performance at Black Undergraduate Student Alliance’s event “Taste of African Dance”.  The President of ASU, Anifa Musengimana says, “When we saw how successful that event was, and everybody who came together to celebrate African culture, we knew that we needed to have this event.”

ASU did just that on Friday, May 19, 2017 in Davis Auditorium from 5:30-9pm, with Take Me to Africa.  The event featured traditional African food, local vendors, performances and a fashion show.

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Lamont ends the year with strong voices

Professor Chris Wiger is our first interviewee. He is the Director of Public Relations at the Lamont School of Music. “We had about 300 performance majors they are all trying to be singers, classical musicians, Jazz musicians and my job is to get people to all the concerts they gave each year which about 300 concerts, 250 which are absolutely free.“ he said with a smile.

The Lamont Sign

The Newman Center for Performing Arts Sign, where the concert took place on May 18, 2017.

Hunter Martin is a freshman at DU and he is the member of the Lamont Chorale. Martin’s major is vocal performance and he focus on classical music and opera, so it’s requirement to be a part of the chorale. He started singing when he was 9 and he also joined the musical theater for long time.

He told us a lot of details about their choir rehearsal. For example, they practice three times a week. On Monday, they only have one hour and sectional exercise, basic alone and other times for two hours each. The rehearsal always start with some warm ups. “We hear each other and hear the harmonies and after that, Doctor Sailer, she gonna picks a part each piece, so we will sing the all the way through, she will stop, pick a part and singing it again all the way through until we should able to look it on by ourselves.” he explained.

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