College students: complicated relationship with caffeine

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Coffee Art has become a new trend surfacing across all Social Media platforms — Photograph by Shannon O’Mara

The University of Denver is home to Beans Coffee Shop. Beans is a student run café that is located in the middle of campus. Beans has become a happening location on campus, serving over a 100 happy caffeine consuming customers a day.

University of Denver second year, Veronica Angell has been working at Beans for about 6 months. She loves her job because she is a part of something successful that people on campus love and support constantly.

One of the people that Angell serves is University of Denver, third year accounting major, Courtney Smith. Because of the vigorous expectations for accounting majors, Smith spends long hours awake in the library studying every element that is necessary for the accounting core. These long hours in the library cause Smith to rely on caffeine to function each and everyday. Continue reading

DU music students take center stage


Lamont Music School students rehearsing for "Lamont Opera Scenes".

Lamont Music School students rehearsing for “Lamont Opera Scenes”.

Walk into Joy Burns Plaza at Denver University’s Newman Center, and you will most likely find the lobby to be scattered with  music students; Some taking a quick break to chat with friends before heading to the next rehearsal, and many, speed walking to their next class, toting cases that hold trumpets and saxophones, among other instruments. With dreams of composing modern opera, and possibly scores for Pixar movies, following in the footsteps of Michael Giacchino, 22 year-old John Jones, a junior at DU, battles the grueling time and schedule demands that most music students at the Lamont School of Music have become accustom to. Continue reading

The wait is almost over for a new library

The library under construction last spring

The library under construction last spring

Students at the University of Denver have been struggling for over a year to find a quiet place to study on campus, since their beloved library has been closed for remodeling.

At one point there were rumors that the library would be completed by the October 3 Presidential Debate, but that date has since been pushed back to anywhere between January and March, hopefully.

While a temporary library has been set up in the Driscoll North Ballroom, many students find it difficult to concentrate with so many students in a small space. “I usually either go to the Daniels College of Business or the Morgridge School of Education building, try to find quiet space and use noise cancelling headphones,” says Junior George Cooper of Mountain View, CA. “I find the temporary library just too small and distracting. I feel claustrophobic and end up people watching more than working.”

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University of Denver student athletes juggle Division I athletics, academics

The University of Denver women’s soccer team practices on CIBER Field nearly every morning before classes begin.

For the University of Denver women’s soccer team, free time is a luxury rarely available. Between practices, traveling, games, classes, homework and studying, spare moments are reserved for sneaking in meals and getting enough sleep.

“A lot of people talk about time management, but all students need that, not just athletes,” said Head Coach Jeff Hooker. “You have to make a lot of good decisions. You need rest, and you have to make a lot of sacrifices that other students don’t. It is a total year-round commitment. You are an athlete for 12 months out of the year.”

Katy Van Lieshout, a senior forward on the women’s soccer team, demonstrates extreme commitment to both her athletics and her academics. In the 2011 season, Van Lieshout played in all 21 games for the Pioneers, finishing the season with a career-high five goals, three of which were game-winners.

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College students have mixed feelings about life post graduation

My slideshow is a series of photos that conveys the topic of life after college and the pressures faced by students to do well academically. I wanted to convey the huge amount of time and money spent on college, so I got that photo of the books and the photo of students studying. I chose the photographs I took carefully because the topic is interesting but hard to convey in an interesting and aesthetically pleasing way. I wanted to create a creative variety of photos that told the story so it took a lot of planning for my photographs.

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