The long and difficult quest to combat sexual assault on college campuses


Taken on the way to the library at DU after my interview with Dr. Gillian Kaag, director of CAPE at DU. [Photo taken by Siobhan Stocks-Lyons]

Sexual assault is amongst one of the most prevalent issues that college campuses face, yet the numbers of assaults per year are still continuing to increase despite many colleges’ efforts to reduce them. In a study done by the Bureau of Justice Statistics for the 2014-15 year, an average of 21% of female and 7% of male college students experienced sexual assault upon entering their institution. While the number of sexually unrelated crimes are decreasing within colleges, sexual assaults continue to rise.

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Colleen Smith, founder of Friday Jones Publishing


Colleen Smith, founder of Friday Jones Publishing. [Photo chosen and sent by Colleen Smith]

Colleen Smith, well-known journalist and founder of Friday Jones Publishing sat down with me for a interview on May 12, 2016. Smith is the author and art director of Glass Halo, Laid-Back Skier, and Only Wild Plums. Specializing in arts, entertainment and nature, Smith has contributed to many publications as a freelance writer, including Sunset Magazine, Examiner, and the Denver Post. Smith has also written and directed a film that is currently being considered for national distribution. Smith offered a lot of insight into the field of journalism and what aspiring journalists need in order to be successful in this day and age. Continue reading

Negotiating historical heritage and current political challenges in Italy



Dr. Davide Papotti in Lindsay Auditorium at DU. [Photo by Siobhan Stocks-Lyons]

On May 10, 2016, Dr. Davide Papotti, professor of geography in the Humanities School at the University of Parma delivered a speech entitled “History of Italy: negotiating historical heritage and current political challenges” in the Lindsay Auditorium at the University of Denver.

In addition to Papotti’s work as a professor at the University of Parma, he is a well-known scholar in the fields of Italian geography, the relationship of geography and literature, and the immigration and multiculturalism in Italy. Continue reading

An epic night at the Gothic Theatre


Illenium at the Gothic Theatre. [Photo by Soul Explosion Entertainment]

The week of Apr. 25, 2016 was Sigma Chi Fraternity’s annual Derby Days at the University of Denver. It is a week filled with a plethora of activities with all proceeds go to Sigma Chi’s philanthropy, the Hunstman Cancer Foundation. The week ended with the much anticipated “bright and tight” concert.

This year’s “bright and tight” was held at the Gothic Theatre featuring Brian Bobak of Sigma Chi, Said The Sky, and Denver based-producer, Illenium. Continue reading

Another year, another Equal Pay Day.


A section of office space located at Colorado Ballet. [Photo by Siobhan Stocks-Lyons]

This year in the U.S., National Equal Pay Day fell on Apr. 12, 2016. This date varies every year signifying the amount of time that women must work into a new year to earn the same pay that man made in the previous year. Currently, women receive 79 cents for every dollar a man makes and this number only decreases depending on one’s race. Equal Pay Day is a yearly wakeup call to our nation that we continue to grapple with providing equal pay for equal work regardless of gender. Continue reading