Sandra Peiera share her life and experience as a restaurant general manager

“It will be my 23th year since I moved to United States next Tuesday.” Said by Sandra Peiera, the general manager of TheBronzeEmpire.

I was able to catch up with her during her lunch break this week’s Monday. She told me that it is never too late to follow your passion and choose your life.

Sandra was born and lived in Brazil for 30 years. She was a ballet dancer and teacher by that time. “My family was pretty wealthy when my father was alive. He was the most famous surgeon in my hometown. I was a simple girl who only thinks about dancing. However, I could not dance anymore due to a really bad back injury.” She told me that she chose to come to United States after her dad asked her to make a decision about her future due to the fact that she cannot dance anymore.


Sandra was talking about how she started hospitality career

She was learning English and study for other degrees at San Francisco when she was 31. However, the upheaval was striking her life and makes her into the hospitality business. “My father supported me for all the school and living bills. But he had a bad apoplexy and then retired when I was still in school. The family asked me to go back to live with them, or I have to live on my own.” Therefore, Sandra still chose to stay in United Sates. She started work at few restaurants as hostess and server. Continue reading

How live streaming become trendy topic

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On the screen shot of Twitch, we can see the streamer LIRIK has more than 30,000 active viewers at the moment. Also, he has over 110,000,000 history views and 1,300,000 followers.

Recently, the live streaming has become a trendy topic via media. Lots of people think the fact that it may bring more challenges and opportunities for the social media and modern journalism are fascinating.

The trend begins with game live streaming website TwitchTV. They started primarily focus on game streaming since 2011. The popularity of Twitch would eclipse that of its general-interest counterpart; in October 2013, the website had 45 million unique viewers, and by February 2014, it was considered the fourth largest source of peak Internet traffic in the United States.

On August 25, 2014, it was announced that would acquire Twitch Interactive for US$970 million. However, after the acquisition, “Live Streaming” has officially become a hot topic and trend that everyone can see and read on the news.

Lots of people are actually become full time game live streamers. Yes, they play games and make a living depend on that. Continue reading

Issues with Women in the Media


Tye Rabens watching season 1, episode 1 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Netflix.

The hyper sexualized female portrayals in films and television shows are notorious for pigeonholing gender groups as well as dehumanizing women. Celebrated screenwriter and producer Joss Whedon has been working to break down gender stereotypes to paint women in a stronger light. He is noted as “one of the most forward thinking show creators and writers currently wielding his craft today.” When asked the famous question: “Why do you write these strong female characters?” and brilliantly responded with, “because you’re still asking me that question” is a testament to how strong female characters not driven by trying to get the attention of a man needs to be more normalized.

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The Martian, Fact vs. Fiction

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DENVER – The first science fiction movies depicted men flying to the moon in a cannon shell, over time this idea transformed into massive star ships that could travel across galaxies.  However, in recent years’ audiences have become more interested in the reality of space travel and not a fantastical, unrealistic, vision of it.

Oct. 8, 2015, Hollywood director Ridley Scott released his latest work The Martian just three years after the release of his previous film Prometheus in 2012.  Prometheus is a more classical depiction of science in film with ships that can cross vast interstellar distances with no issue.  Continue reading

The gender wage gap’s potential effects on DU graduates


Woman working at Bruegger’s Bagels on University Ave.

The gender wage gap is an issue that the government aimed to wipe out nearly 53 years ago when the Equal Pay Act was implemented. The act hoped to eliminate the discrimination of employees based on sex but has in many cases failed to be enforced when brought into court. The deficiency of enforcing the act is due to the lack of transparency of wages in private sector jobs and the inability to define what constitutes as equal quality of work. The most recent movement in the work towards equal pay for women was in 2009 when President Obama signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act.

At the University of Denver many women have entered college unaware of the potential wage gap they will face after graduation. Hava Gordon, Director of Gender and Women’s studies said “I don’t think students are very aware, I do a lecture on the subject to present them with statistics and I think many are surprised to see that the gap has not moved in so long, I think they’re surprised because they have grown up believing that there is not such a gap anymore and that we have progressed so far and more women are getting BA degrees than men, so the university education system does not reflect the work world.” Continue reading

Undocumented immigration issues call for more than building a wall


An application for permanent residence in the United States.  [photo by Jessica Johnson]

As undocumented immigration has emerged on the docket as a pressing issue throughout the presidential primaries, flaws with the process have become evident, such as shady, under-the-table payments to undocumented workers, terrifying, middle-of-the-night raids by the Department of Homeland Security, and negative rhetoric that has shaped public opinion about immigrants, according to Dr. Margaret Thompson of the University of Denver.

As of 2014, it was estimated that there were 11.4 million undocumented immigrants residing in the United States, according to a report by the Pew Research Center.  They also estimated that undocumented immigrants amounted to about 5.1 percent of the U.S. workforce.     Continue reading

The future of sex technologies and gender remains, well, complicated


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For the last century, robots persist as a symbol of the future. Movies, in particular, capitalize on the prospect of man-made beings that assist humans in every aspect of life—even sex.

From the robotic prostitutes of Blade Runner and West World to the charming artificial intelligence of Ex Machina and Her, sex robots have been part of film since its beginning. Even the first feature length science fiction film, Metropolis, presents its female robot as a hypersexual being. In that 1927 German film, the “Maschinenmensch,” or “Machine-Human” in English, seduces the city’s men into a life of sin through her hypnotic and erotic dance. Continue reading

DU apathetic towards Israeli-Palestinian conflict


The Hillel Library at the University of Denver [photo by Helen Filanowski]

DENVER-College campuses have been in the spotlight as havens for social justice since the 1960s, when students began to protest the Vietnam War, Civil Rights and the Free Love movements. Today, the issues have changed but the forum that college campuses provide for young activists has remained.

Is every college campus as active as one might think, however? The Israeli-Palestinian issue is one of the most hotly debated of our time. The conflict is centered around the country of Israel and the Palestinian people, many of whom were forced to flee Israel as refugees after Israel fought for independence in 1948. Continue reading

Why are so many college students enthralled by Bernie Sander’s push towards a socialist economy?

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The American flag waves in the wind at the University of Denver [Photo by Palmer McGraw]

Denver, CO– November 8, 2016, will mark the 58th quadrennial U.S. presidential election which will determine who will be the 45th president of the United States. Currently Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are running neck and neck to win the Democratic nomination. However, unlike candidates in the past, Bernie Sanders is a Democratic Socialist, a political ideology frightening to some and appealing to others.

Currently Sanders has been deemed a popular candidate especially amongst Millennials, and a recent poll found that 58% of young people would choose socialism over capitalism. However, it is unclear if Millennials, who did not live through the Cold War and witness the collapse of Soviet Russia, truly understand what Socialism is and the potential implications it could have on America’s capitalist economy.

The United States is a representative democracy, which grants the people the right to elect representatives to speak for the interests of the voters. Two major parties dominate the United States; those being the Republican Party and the Democratic Party, and both parties hold differing beliefs on tax policies, social issues, health care, labor and free trade, education, and capital punishment. Republicans are known for being capitalists, wanting less government and free trade without strict regulation; while Democrats are known as being more toward the socialist end of the spectrum, due to wanting more government control and further regulations on trade.

Capitalism as a form of government advocates for free market and free trade. On the other end of the spectrum is socialism, which is a system where all property is controlled by a small group of individuals, in this case the government. They determine what the common good will is. Democratic socialism on the other hand is more in line with the political systems seen in Europe, in countries such as Scandinavia where there is more governmental control in terms of creating financial equality, but there is a higher happiness index because their citizens are not competitively profit driven like they are in the U.S.

Sanders, a democratic socialist, has pushed for policies such as free college, single-payer health care, wealth redistribution, minimum wage increase, increased estate tax, expanding social security through tax increases, and curtailing free speech. After hearing some of these proposed policies, for a Millennial, it would be hard not to vote for Sanders, given the amount of student debt in our country. Even more distressing is the fact that many recent college graduates are knee deep in debt and finding it increasingly more difficult to find jobs. Tuition rates are getting higher and higher every year, and economists have noted the price tag is rising past the point of inflation.

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Creating the DU Mascot!

The University of Denver will be releasing a new mascot soon after years of development. Boone, the previous mascot, represented a highly controversial figure, and was terminated in 1998 only to be brought back by alumni in 2009 as an unaffiliated mascot. Rufus “Potato” Clarke may be the answer, as a role model, DU graduate and donor, his story is more relatable. A board of influential DU students called the 14ers were brought this task, of changing and rolling out the new mascot. The mascot must represent the DU community and embody its spirit.

Chancellor Chopp in a recent interview stated “So, down the road, if the students were to want a mascot and want to imagine one, that would come after a much greater sense of school spirit.”

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