Chinese Students Bring the Foreign “Fever” to US Colleges


DU CSSA (Chinese Students and Scholars Association) Free Mother’s Day Gratitude Card Even in front of Strum Hall. Image took by a staff of CSSA.

According to the Project Atlas, there are almost 975,000 international students in the United States Colleges in the last academic year of 2014-15. And among the 975,000, over 31 percent of them are from the same country, China. Or we can think about it from a more direct way, if you talk to three international students in the US, then one of them will have a Chinese Passport.  Continue reading


Bringing climate change home at DU


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Denver, Colorado, April 25, 2016 – Climate change is considered to be one of the greatest threats to humanity we currently face.  With the scope of potential ramifications still unknown, it is difficult for people to imagine what Earth will look or be like in the future.

More frequent natural disasters like the earthquakes in Japan and melting glaciers in Greenland are just early indicators of what may be coming, and affecting everyone.

Still, students at DU, and across the country do not think of their actions, and their impact on the environment, because none of these signs of climate change have truly effected them on a personal level.  Unfortunately, as a nation and global community it may be too late to reverse some of the negative impacts in the near future. Continue reading

Is it too late to save the ocean?


A group of surfers off the Santa Barbara Coast. Photo by Amanda Roesser

The ocean may not be able to hold out much longer as over 80% of marine pollution comes from land activities. According to WWF Global oil, fertilizers, garbage, sewage disposal, and toxic chemicals pollute the ocean daily; and the pollution does not seem to be stopping. The amount of pollution affecting the ocean currently, can affect what the ocean holds for us in the future, and the rest of the world’s biodiversity.

According to a survey done by the NOAA, most ocean pollution begins on land, and the biggest source is nonpoint source pollution. Nonpoint source pollution includes a plethora of small sources, but the main source is motor vehicle engines, which drop oil each day onto roads and parking lots. The oil then finds its way into the ocean, harming animals and humans.

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Segregation still an issue to school diversity?


The Tennis Courts of University of Denver. Photo by George Vanderkloot

Denver is a very ethnically, and culturally diverse city. Yet, its own the University of Denver is far from it. College Factual reports that DU ranks 913 amongst universities on a national scale, both lacking strong faculty and student ethnic diversity.

Pointing to the importance of multicultural excellence, on the University of Denver’s website, Chancellor Rebecca Chopp writes, “In an organization so reliant on its people, creating a diverse and inclusive community isn’t only the right thing to do; it’s critical to the successful implementation of our mission.” The issue to include more diversity on Denver’s campus, therefore, is a group effort between faculty, staff, administration, and students based off of the school’s mission. So where do the mission’s deficiencies come from?

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Drones in Colorado raise concerns about safety and privacy


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Drones have been a hot topic in Colorado over the past few years and many people are not sure what to think. There are benefits and drawbacks to drones for almost every practical use. Drones might be in a time of transition where they cant be taken too seriously or it may lead to further problems the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration).

In todays world it is very easy to buy a drone and fly it freely around the US but that soon may change. Every year there are new problems arising with publicly and privately owned drones. In the ski town of Vail, Colorado we see a trend emerging among skiers and snowboarders and it involves the use of drones. Continue reading

Colorado locals protest overwhelming media coverage of Trump


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There is an unwritten rule in which media are to be fair by providing equal coverage among diverse parties. Although, Donald Trump has clearly been the focus of the media since the presidential race began, sparking criticisms from students and professors of the University of Denver.

Since the race began, Trump has been mentioned in media twice as often as Hillary Clinton, and that amount is even higher compared to the mentions of Bernie Sanders, according to the TV News Archive. Whether or not one supports or opposes the Republican’s views, there is a nationwide consensus that Trump has been receiving significantly more media coverage than the other presidential runners.

The Internet Archive TV News Archive released data portraying that in 2016, Trump has been mentioned 50% of the time among Republicans, while the candidate with the second-most mentions is Jeb Bush at 11%. Such statistics have generated criticisms as to why Trump is receiving such an excess amount of media coverage, and if this coverage is fueling his presidential race success.  Continue reading

Supreme Court to determine if states can imprison drivers for refusing Breathalyzer


A dangerous combo that can land you in prison for more than one reason. (Photo by Donovan Rice)

The U.S. Supreme Court is currently deciding on a case considering the constitutionality of a state imprisoning or fining an arrested drunken driver for refusing to take a Breathalyzer test without a warrant.

In the oral argument for Birchfield v. North Dakota and two other cases last Wednesday, the Court heard if a state can criminally punish someone for what the petitioners would like to call the assertion of one’s constitutional right, referring the Fourth Amendment’s warrant clause. The respondents, however, look at it as punishing drivers for not following an implied contract made with the state.

“One way of looking at what the State is doing is not to criminalize the assertion of a constitutional right, but to criminalize reneging on a bargain,” said Justice Samuel Alito to the petitioners during the case. “The bargain was, we give you a license to drive, and in exchange for that, you consent to a blood-alcohol test under certain circumstances.” Continue reading

Rocky Mountain high population: Colorado’s population increase impacts natives


Colorado’s Rocky Mountains attract thousands of visitors each year. Now some of those visitors are staying for good. [Photo by Chaye Gutierrez]

It’s almost impossible to drive from Denver to Boulder, from the Front Range to the mountains or even to the grocery store without seeing the infamous “Native” mountain sticker slapped across the bumper of some Subaru when cruising around Colorado. If you don’t see that one, you’ll definitely see the “Not a native, but I got here as fast as I could!” edition somewhere along your drive.

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Affirmative action on college campus

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Affirmative actions has impact on University of Denver’s admissions process. [Photographed by Angel Gonzalez]

Affirmative action policies have made news headlines for decades. The most current of which is the Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas. After bringing her case to the Supreme Court twice, Abigail Noel Fisher is the in midst of fighting the University once again. Despite being in the top 10 percent of her graduating class, Fisher, a white female, was denied admission to the University. As a result, she is now attempting to sue the school for violating the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Affirmative action refers to state voted policies that are aimed at improving opportunities for historically excluded groups in American society.Policies adopted under affirmative action include gender and racial quotas that have the potential to affect or influence collegiate admissions. Continue reading

The chain linking humans & the sea is breaking.


A school of fish on a flourishing reef in a marine park off of West Bay, Grand Cayman. Photo by Marisa Haag.

To people living in landlocked areas, the ocean may seem like a far away and insignificant part of the world. The vastness of the deep blue seas and unexplored wilderness seems eternal and mysterious, existing day in and day out like it always has been and seemingly always will be. However, the future of the ocean is much more of a pressing and important matter, with the future of its existing directly impacting the future of mankind.


Caroline Field, University of Denver freshman. Question: Do you believe the health of our oceans is a problem? Location and Date: Sturm Hall, University of Denver, Apr. 25, 2016. “Absolutely. I believe that the scale of the pollution of our oceans has become so massive that it needs to be addressed along with issues such as climate change.”

The ocean is a valuable resource, with many people and industries depending on it. According to the World Wildlife Fund, over 3 billion people depend on the ocean for their primary source of protein. Due to this great need, the ocean is often left with irreparable damage or deep scars. Certain species are overfished and overused, leading to mass extinctions and endangerments, most notably whaling through the 18th and 19th centuries, which had deep repercussions in whale populations worldwide in due to its thoroughness.

Most recently, fisheries and industry for highly sought-after fish such as Bluefin Tuna, Swordfish, and Chilean Sea Bass have collapsed due to overfishing, leading to desperate attempts from fishing companies to keep up their business. The term “fishing-down” is used to describe the companies’ attempts to go further out to sea in order to increase their catch, which is further devastating the populations of fish. Overfishing has lead to some populations dropping by nearly 90%, and devastating innocent bystanders in what is called “by-catch.” By-catch refers to the marine life caught in fishing trawls and nets other than the target species. The form of fishing that involves by-catch devastates reefs, which negatively impacts many different species and natural ecosystems. Continue reading