Italy still searching for identity

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Italian Geographer Davide Papotti

On Tuesday May 10, 2016, world-renowned geographer and professor, Davide Papotti, delivered an insightful speech regarding Italian identity. The crowd of Italian students, professors from the language department, and the University of Denver administration listened actively, as Papotti discussed how Italian geography complicates both identity and politics in the country.

Drawing the crowd in right off the bat, Papotti began with a joke about Germany and the Soviet Union, which put a comfort level across the audiences of all different ages. His low-pitch, heavy Italian accent, which he constantly poked fun of throughout the speech, made people listen closely and enthusiastically. Continue reading

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Sheppard’s hat trick not enough to oust Top Cheddar in 4-3 loss

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University of Denver’s Daniel Ritchie Center

In a highly anticipated 9 o’clock Tuesday night intramural hockey match up, team Slow Dump in the Corner, sitting at an 0-4 record, looked to gain some confidence before heading into the playoffs. Despite the hard fought comeback effort on May 2nd, they would come up just short to the well-established 3-1 Top Cheddar team.

While athletes do not typically have fan bases in intramural sports, that was not the case between these two teams, as a crowd of 60 students yelled at the top of their lungs in support of their friends. “We have a little friendly rivalry against these guys, so it’s always a game we look forward to on the IM calendar,” said Top Cheddar Junior, Griffin Olson. “A lot of our friends show up, and it’s fun feeding off the energy of the crowd.” This energy would be needed for a struggling Slow Dump in the Corner team who has not matched up well in its division thus far. Continue reading

Segregation still an issue to school diversity?

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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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