Monthly Archives: June 2017

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AfterLive Media

 

AfterLive media is a startup of DU 4th year student Hunter Saillen. The concept revovles around a community sharing photos and videos of concerts they’ve attended so people can always relive their favorite moments. Almost like watching the highlights of your favorite sport. Through the use of super hi tech, hi def camera’s they aim to give an awesomely detailed and beautiful account of all the shows they attend.

I went along with Hunter to a concert at Red Rocks to experience his work first hand and my admit I cheated and used his 360 camera to get some of the amazing shots from the slideshow. The shoot and concert were truly a unique and sublime experience but the hard work really showed the next day when they produced and edited all the content for the site.

DU strives for inclusive excellence in trying political climate

Denver- In a trying time in American politics the University of Denver wants to open its arms and respect students of all different backgrounds. In a year that has been rough for many minorities, indigenous peoples, and immigrants due to a multitude of political events such as the travel ban and standing rock DU has decided to continue share their values of acceptance. Early this May DU’s Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management held a dinner celebrating the traditional foods of Native Americans. All were invited as the graduate culinary students of the hospitality school prepared an amazing array of dishes distinguished from tribes throughout America. Continue reading

A Faith Community for DU Students

An organization on campus is striving to provide a community for students to express faith in the midst of a largely non-religious school.

 

The DU Catholic Student Fellowship (CSF) is a campus organization that serves Catholic Christian students through various services and events. The organization functions as a club with a student-run board, as well as a ministry served by priests and graduate student volunteers.

 

“I think the mission of CSF,” said student president Zoe Klein, “is to enhance students’ faith and allow them to express it in the most comfortable way possible.”

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Ride Club Freeride

May 15, 2017 – Club Freeride, a ski and snowboard organization at the University of Denver, wins the “Red Bull Bracket Reel Snow” challenge, a competition of the best skiing and snowboarding videos between teams of college students nationwide.

Despite the victory, Club Freeride, a first-year club that was founded August 2016, is still facing the heavier challenge of gaining traction as a well-known organization at DU. Romi Kristl, co-founder of Club Freeride, understands the lack of school publicity due to the organization’s lacking amount of members.

“Currently right now Club Freeride has about 50 members, but we’re hoping to expand to 60 or 70 next year, ” Kristl says. “We have a solid group of ten members who are dedicated to competing every year.”

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Students at DU utilize and praise Career Services Center

The University of Denver provides many ways to help students find success after graduation, mainly through the Career Services Center. Located under the Driscoll Bridge on the south side of Evans Avenue, the Career Services Center is tucked away into a cozy corner shared with Academic Advising. Staff and faculty offer assistance in many ways, such as looking over resumes and cover letters and connecting students with potential employers in a variety of industries.

“We review cover letters, resumes, job search strategies, salary negotiations, as well as getting ready for career fairs and anything really in between that,” said Career Services Center employee Claire Whitnah. Also a junior at the University of Denver, Whitnah has been assisting fellow students in their post-graduate planning since 2016. “We also do outreach stuff like dine and dialogues, career fairs and other little more niche events for specific engineering and science students, as well as arts and humanities,” said Whitnah.

Resume assistance is one of the first services offered after an appointment is made at the Career Services Center. “I first went in there as a sophomore, and got help with my resume,” said University of Denver junior Quentin Favia. Additionally, when the initial appointment is made, you are paired up with a specific advisor through whom you can contact individually to ask questions, seek advice or make appointments with. That advisor stays with you throughout your career services experience. “I got hooked up with this great guy, still work with him over the last two years editing my resume and stuff like that… he helped me get my first job,” said Favia.

Career fairs are held often on campus, with one every few months. They are a popular and easy resource for students to meet future employers and create a long-lasting connection with peers in their intended industries. The career fairs include both workshops, panels and networking events, as well as specific alumni-only meet and greets. Additionally, the fairs can help students find internships and jobs during their time as an enrolled student. “Actually, the job I’m working for this summer was set up through a DU job fair,” said Favia. The Career Service Center is responsible for setting up the fairs and advertises them on campus through posters and emails, and the attendance is rather high.

Another, albeit online, feature the Career Services Center hosts is the University of Denver job board. The job board is a platform where potential employers can post part-time or career-related jobs of any type that are offered to the DU student body. “I used the job board, and it was actually one of the easiest things, I applied to like four jobs, got two emails back, and instantly a call for an interview,” said University of Denver junior Mathais Solberg. “It took me maybe a week and a half,” said Solberg.

The Career Services Center also offers an online platform known as Alumnifire that connects current students with DU alumni who post jobs, offer career advice and build a network with the student. Additional LinkedIn profile guidance can be sought through the Career Services Center.

DU value art?

 

The University of Denver offers various major and minors in studio art, art history, emerging digital practices and so on though its School of Art & Art History. The University also has a student gallery, ceramics studio, painting and drawing studios, a darkroom, and a photo lab so that students can pursue their various artistic interests and goals. At a time when the arts are being defunded nationally it is important to consider what the value is of taking art, teaching art, and having art on campuses across the country. 

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New Innovation Floor Stimulates Students’ Creativity

Deep inside the bowels of the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science, burgeoning computer scientists, engineers, and other students work on their various projects like mad scientists, utilizing state of the art 3D printing technology, laser cutters, and even the humble sewing machine. For this edition of Daily College Life, we took a look at the space and talked to a few students using it. The venue: The Ralph and Trish Nagel Innovation Lab.

Located on the bottom floor of the new complex, the Innovation Lab serves as a conduit for students’ engineering creativity. Between undergrads and grads building robots and remotely operated vehicles, you can also find people working on motorcycle parts, sewing clothing, even using the provided area for VR. Best of all, the facilities are open to all students, not just those whose majors coincide with the equipment.

One engineering student, Andrew Stone, was working on a training robot for boxers. Engineered on CNC machines and powered by a small computer called a Raspberry Pi, the device was intended to automate fight training with a virtual trainer. The synthesized voice would tell the boxer to punch left or right, and sensors in the rotating punching target would detect the impact from the boxer’s fist. 

Another student, Sanjana Mohan was working on a quadrotor for her mechatronics class. The four bladed drone was being calibrated for flight weight, so it would remain balanced and stable while in the air. Sanjana extolled the virtues of 3D printing for rapid design and modification, which is what enabled her to create, modify, and test her aircraft quickly.

We then met with Jake Sigmond a bioengineering student who was working with Andrew on his boxing robot. He uses the lab not only for class, but also for personal use, repairing motorcycle parts with the provided tools. He enjoyed the openness of the new facility: “It’s not like the old building where it wasn’t very friendly or inviting, so not a lot of engineers didn’t stick around.”

Kirk Scully, a student in the entrepreneur class used the lab to make his clothing. Sitting at the sewing machine he praised the “incredible” floor and all of the additions to it that made it so useful for students to do their work. “It’s an incredible opportunity and be surrounded by incredible people…and machinery.”  

Students universally praised the open and inviting environment, abundance of cutting edge technology, and secure storage space for their projects. The floor itself is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 10:00pm as well as Saturday through Sunday from 12:00pm to 10:00pm. The floor is currently home to eight 3D printers (although more are being added), a laser engraving machine, a CNC router, a vacuum thermoformer, a scanner, for scanning real objects to make 3D models, a sewing machine, building kits for computer parts and engineering projects, soldering irons, cameras, as well as a myriad of other tools and accessories for engineering work. 

 

DU’s off season: What are students up to this summer?

As spring quarter at the University of Denver comes to an end, students around campus are beginning their transition into summer break. For some DU students this means packing up their bags and heading back to their home state, while others are choosing to spend the summer somewhere new or stay here on campus. Continue reading

DU students react to restaurant closings

In the last two quarters at DU several businesses in the University area have either closed temporarily due to renovations for a new restaurant and business, or they have closed completely. The businesses that have closed are Nova frozen yogurt, Redford’s Tavern, and Noodles and Company.

Many students aren’t happy with these businesses decisions to close or sell. DU graduate student Kaela Martins was frustrated with the closing of Nova.

“It has been kind of hard because I’m a part of the DU Club Basketball team and that was our routine, pretty much after every game or practice we would go over to Nova.” Continue reading