Student organist symphonically rocks his senior recital

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The majestic William K. Coors pipe organ. (photo taken by Donovan Rice)

A student organist masterfully rocked the Hamilton Family Recital Hall at the University of Denver last night, performing his senior recital for his degree.

Josiah Hamill, a senior pursuing a bachelor’s in music performance for both the violin and organ, performed six classical and challenging compositions, testing his limits as an organist. Continue reading

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Organist Josiah Hamill shines at senior recital

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Pipe organ at Hamilton Hall. [Photo taken by Angel Gonzalez]

In the dimly lit Hamilton Family Recital Hall, organist Josiah Hamill captivated the room with each note and key as he prepared for his final hoorah at his senior recital for the University of Denver on May 5. The fifty or so friends and family in the room settled in their seats as Hamill played his first song, “Trio Sonato No. 6 in G Major” by Johann Bach.
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Swayd’s electronic take-over at Cervantes’ Other Side

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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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Skintight Outrage induces laughter and smiles

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The cast members of Skintight Outrage during “Lorraine.” Photo taken by Marisa Haag.

Every Wednesday night, University of Denver improv comedy group Skintight Outrage delivers an hour of hilarity, talent and laughter. Formed in 2011, Skintight Outrage consists of a group of around 10 students per show and performs various improv skits, inducing laughter and smiles from the crowd. There are tryouts to join, and University of Denver sophomore and Skintight Outrage member Claire Whitnah stated that she “used to go to the shows and they always made me laugh, so then I decided to try out and I made the team.” Skintight Outrage also travels around Denver for off-campus performances.

Their latest performance on May 4, 2016 at 9:00 P.M. in Lindsay Auditorium was no different. By the time the show had started, around 35 people had gathered in the auditorium, scattered around the front towards the stage. The audience was filled with excited collegiate students, with some professors and older crowd members chatting amiably with colleagues in the farther rows. More people trickled in over the hour, quietly ushering themselves into the front. Continue reading

Trivia night at Bean’s

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Beans Cafe. Photo taken by Amanda Roesser.

Every Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m., Trivia Night takes over Beans, the student run café on the University of Denver Campus. The normal coffee shop atmosphere of Beans becomes a raging powerhouse of emotions, competitiveness, and laughter, and only one team can come out victorious.

When I walked into the café, the sound of coffee whirring out of the espresso machines filled the beige walls and bounced off the chestnut brown round tables. The barista looked up in an acknowledging sort of way, and went back to her machines, wiping sweat off her brow and throwing her hair up into a bun. I chose the most inconspicuous seat, hoping to blend into the beige walls, while still being able to observe the unique set of University of Denver students rallied around their tables, waiting for the quizmaster to begin the evening.

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DU CSSA Running Man

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All the participant in the event. Photo taken by the CSSA staff.

It was a windy day on April. 23, 2016. The DU CSSA (Chinese Students and Scholars Association) Running Man was held on the ground in front of the Sturm Hall. Over a hundred DU international students and also American students participate in the event. The best male-striker goes to Xuxiang Wang and the best female-striker goes to Jimin Zhang.  Continue reading

Bringing the ruckus to Red Rocks

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Photo by Calder Wilson on 4/19/16 during Method Man, Redman and Raekwon’s set.

Morrison, Colorado, April 19, 2016 – Despite Red Rocks Amphitheater being a massive outdoor venue, a heavy cloud of marijuana hovered over the rows from the time doors opened to when they closed for the Wu-Tang-Clan reunion concert featuring three former members of the rap group, Red man, Method Man and Raekwon the Chef.  A fourth member, Ghostface Killah, was booked for the show as well, but missed his flight to Colorado.  Continue reading

An epic night at the Gothic Theatre

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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