Death penalty is dying

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Graphic courtesy of Jake Pemberton

For the past 17 years, people from across the nation have come together to take part in the annual march to abolish the death penalty, held every October in Texas. The event experiences an annual growth of media coverage, sponsor support, and marchers of diversified backgrounds. Such an event would have been considered taboo pre-20th century, but the national consensus of the hotly debated topic is shifting.

The march is only a small light of the change in discourse of the opinions on capital punishment. Gallup, an organization that collects data on pressing worldwide issues, has an ongoing poll of American death penalty opinions dating back to 1936. The poll exposed that since 1996, 80% of the American population was in favor of the death penalty. However, the percentage has been slowly declining while the amount of people who oppose the punishment is rising.  Continue reading


FBI Special Agent John Grusing


Agent John Grusing. (Photo chosen and sent by John Grusing)

Jonathan Grusing, who began his career as a salesman with a Masters in business, had no interest in joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation, only until a meeting with a FBI agent altered his goals. Since that talk 20 years ago, Grusing has thrived as a FBI Special Agent.

On Wednesday, May 18, Grusing discussed the aspects of his career as an agent at the Colorado FBI headquarters located in Denver. Continue reading

Distinguished Italian scholar tackles the history of Italy

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Davide Papotti speaking to Denver audience. Photo courtesy of Jake Pemberton.

May 10, 2016Davide Papotti, an esteemed Italian professor, negotiated Italy’s historical heritage and current political issues to a diverse audience on Tuesday night at the University of Denver.

The event was organized by the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Department of the University of Denver.

Dr. Papotti is a professor of geography at the University of Parma, located in a region of northern Italy called Emilia-Romagna, and traveled to America to share his knowledge with the DU population for the whole week. The professor is also a scholar of several other fields, including immigration and multiculturalism in Italy, and is the author of 70 scientific titles. Continue reading

Swayd’s electronic take-over at Cervantes’ Other Side

new swayd concert

Photo courtesy of Jake Pemberton

As it began, Swayd’s show on Tuesday night at Cervantes’ Other Side seemed more like a social event than a concert. There were people scattered throughout the venue, barley moving to mesmerizing music, and talking in separated groups as if at a high school dance. The set-up stage was missing a DJ, and the only drama consisted of bartenders yelling at a TV showing the basketball game.

However, it became clear to me that the first hour of the show was solely to set the atmosphere for the night. I quickly became accustomed to the polite and non-judgmental people – reeking of marijuana and fruity vape smoke – happily introducing themselves to strangers of similar music taste.

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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