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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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A student’s perspective on the housing problem at DU

This audio slideshow features a students perspective on how difficult it is to obtain housing on and off campus. I really wanted to get a student perspective since students are the people who are impacted by this the most. I did this by interviewing Dana Reegen, who is a student who has had difficulties receiving housing as well as difficulties finding housing for the summer and next school year.

I took photos during various days after my interview with Dana. I tried to take photos of things that she mentioned, such as the different apartment buildings that DU offers to the juniors and seniors to live in. Since the DU housing fair that was mentioned was only put on during winter quarter I took a screenshot of the promotion that is still on DU’s housing page. I also took screenshots of what the dates and prices were to live in DU housing during the summer because I think that it is important for other people to know why this is an issue for students. The photos went in that particular order that I put them in because I tried to match up photos I had taken of things that Dana had said during her interview because it gives viewers a visual as to what she is talking about.

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MFJS building

In this video I interviewed Mikaela, a junior at the University of Denver. She spoke about her favorite and least favorite things about the MFJS building.

ACL injuries & the effects on DU students

This slideshow is about ACL injuries that DU athletes have had and focuses specifically on the processes and struggles that they go through after having surgery and an ACL injury. The slideshow depicts student athletes doing their rehabilitation programs and the resources that athletes have available to them after going through an ACL injury. It also gives insight into what the athletes think about their injuries and the steps they take to overcome the struggles.

Throughout this slideshow I wanted to give insight into the life of a student athlete and explain the life changing things that happen when someone has an ACL injury. Through my photos I was able to show the Ritchie center training room and show where the athletes go for doctor appointments, treatments, and where they complete their daily rehabilitation programs. I wanted to show the story of an athlete, Courtney that had to end her career because of three ACL surgeries and the success of  a DU athlete, Taylor who has had three surgeries as well but continues to play the sport she loves everyday.

I chose these specific photos because they depict the life of a student athlete and describe what it is like to go through a traumatic injury. I wanted to make an emphasis to show the Ritchie center training room because when an athlete gets ACL surgery it is where they spend most of their day trying to recover and get healthy again.  Continue reading

DU community breaks down walls surrounding mental health

By taking these pictures, I attempt to document and bring awareness to mental health on college campuses, specifically the University of Denver. This slideshow links to my issue story as it regards the importance of making mental health part of conversations on-campus. Through it, I attempt to help the viewer visualize campus life and how those struggling with mental health can blend into a crowd. However, I also show the resources available. The most contradictory photograph to this sad concept is the nine out of 10 booth, which features resources for students to reach out to each other and students themselves.  Continue reading

Campus is ‘smoke free’ since 2010

'Tobacco free DU' in the courtyard of Nagel Hall.

‘Tobacco free DU’ in the courtyard of Nagel Hall.

The University of Denver is a smoke free campus, from both marijuana and tobacco. However, tobacco smoking was only recently banned from campus less than a decade ago.

According to a 2002 survey done by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, cigarette smoking rates declined among US adults but held steady with young adults ages 18-24. A study by Henry Wechsler done a year earlier also revealed that smoking rates were lower among residents of smoke-free housing, and students who did not smoke were also less likely to pick up the habit.

As a response, in 2005 the American College Health association began a push to create tobacco free college campuses. Five years later in January of 2010, University of Denver’s previous chancellor Robert Coombe announced the decision and it’s collaboration with the DU Tobacco Task Force (TTF.)

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Efficiency of public protests: Will students make a tangible change?

Hundreds gather for the Tax march on the Denver Capital.

Hundreds gather for the Tax march on the Denver Capital.

Since the historic election of Donald J. Trump protests have been ubiquitous and worldwide. Take for example the Women’s March which took place the day after Trump sworn into office, millions of people took to the streets in almost every major city in the United States. Even more renowned were the shocking photographs that captured the sheer mass of people participating in the march in places such as India, Serbia, Kenya and many more.

Across the country, airports such as John F. Kennedy and San Francisco International where filled to the brim with thousands of protesters – both standing in alliance with immigrants and against the Trumps temporary immigrant ban which prohibited people form the seven proclaimed Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

The famed No Dakota Access Pipeline protest, also known by its trendier name #noDAPL made waves as protesters flew into North Dakota from around the United States to partake. The protest which began in 2016 has been ongoing and in the media limelight even after the Trump administration has removed civilians from the land. Business Insider stated in Sep. 2016 that, “Whether or not the tribe is successful in stopping the pipeline, it is clear that the protest is reshaping the national conversation for any environmental project that would cross the Native American land.” Continue reading

DU community breaks down walls surrounding mental health

University of Denver students write encouraging notes to each other and leave on display in Driscoll Bridge.

University of Denver students write encouraging notes to each other and leave on display in Driscoll Bridge.

Mental wellness is an under-discussed aspect of college life. While everyday conversation surrounding mental health continues to be stifled, the concern over college student’s mental health is growing, according to the American Psychiatric Association.

Often, students struggling may want help, but are not sure how to get it. They are afraid of reaching out to those around them due to negative stigma. They are afraid of reaching out to professional help because they aren’t sure what the resources are or are afraid they won’t be able to afford counseling.

In the fall of 2015, University of Denver (DU) programs received the Garrett Lee Smith Grant, administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. This has allowed the university to expand mental health programs. Continue reading

College seen through the eyes of philanthropy

Rarely ever does one see the positives contributions to society from the greek community spread across the news. Greek Organizations across the country have been able to fundraise millions of dollars for their specific philanthropies. Gamma Phi Beta, Sigma Chi and Chi Omega at the University of Denver have been able to raise thousands of dollars for organizations that are meaningful to their chapters. Continue reading

DU’s Ritchie Center offers a unique on-campus job for students

The focus of my slideshow is a specific on-campus job at DU and the student I chose to interview about that job. The photos I chose to include were mainly of Iris Abraham, the girl I focused on, along with her tasks that go into her job, and shots of the kids in action during the party. With these photos, I’m trying to capture this specific on-campus job by showing the work that goes into and also the joy and happiness that it brings to the kids.
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