The lesser of two evils: Clinton and Trump fight against their own unfavorability


A discarded Bernie Sanders campaign sticker [Photo by Cooper Dahlen-Pagano]

Now that Hillary Clinton nearly has enough delegates for the Democratic nomination and Donald Trump has secured the delegates needed for the Republican nomination, Americans are now considering the pros and cons of a Clinton or Trump presidency much more seriously. However, while they have prevailed in the primaries, the months leading up to the general election are going to be an uphill battle for both candidates, as they each face record unfavorability ratings.

According to a recent survey conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News, Clinton has a net favorability rating of -9%, as 44% of survey respondents expressed a favorable opinion and 53% expressed an unfavorable opinion. On the other hand, Trump doesn’t fare any better with a net favorability rating of -23%, as 37% of respondents expressed a favorable opinion and 60% expressed an unfavorable opinion. Continue reading


Staying a step ahead of the competition: Terry Talley

With the rapidly evolving digital landscape and the increased access to quality video technology, the film industry is a tough nut to crack. While there are plenty of opportunities for aspiring filmmakers to get work, the competition is fierce. As many video production companies have come and gone, keeping a studio afloat is no easy task and Terry Talley is fully aware of this.


Terry Talley, owner and president of Rocky Mountain Audio Video Productions, Inc. [Photo by: Barry Donovan]

Talley never intended to be an entrepreneur or a business owner but when he was given the opportunity to start his own company, Rocky Mountain Audio Video Productions, Inc. (RMAVP) he took advantage of the opportunity when he saw it. Now after 34 years, Talley’s studio continues to thrive and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

“The process of telling a good story has not changed,” Talley noted. “But, the process for creating those stories has changed dramatically.” Continue reading

Davide Papotti visits the University of Denver


Students and faculty gather outside the Lindsay auditorium awaiting Papotti’s lecture [Photo by: Cooper Dahlen-Pagano]

Sponsored by the University of Denver’s Department of Languages and Literatures and Department of Geography and the Environment, guest speaker Dr. Davide Papotti discussed his research in a presentation entitled “The Geography of Italy: negotiating historical heritage and current political challenges” on Tuesday, May 10.

“The title is quite ambitious,” said Papotti with a light chuckle as he took to the podium. “My aim is to provide some food for thought.”

Papotti, a lecturer at the University of Parma in Italy, earned a Master of Arts in Italian literature from the University of Virginia and a ph.D in Geography from the University of Padua. A few of his areas of research include tourism marketing, immigration and localization in Italy. Continue reading

Nebula Ensemble disputes musical assumptions


The Robert and Judi Newman Center for Performing Arts at the University of Denver [Photo by: Cooper Dahlen-Pagano]

Nebula Ensemble’s recent recital at the University of Denver’s Newman Center sought to challenge the audience’s preconceived concert-going expectations and they delivered an immersive experience unlike anything the crowd had ever experienced before.

The theme for the evening was rituals and what role they play in our day-to-day lives. While one might expect a ritualistic concert to feature something along the lines of traditional religious or tribal melodies, the term “ritual” was taken decidedly literally.

Sarah Perske, one of Nebula Ensemble’s composers, took to the stage at the beginning of the concert and asked everyone to consider what their rituals are as consumers of music. Continue reading

The University of Denver after Title IX


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The stairwell of the University of Denver’s Nagel Hall. [Photo by: Cooper Dahlen-Pagano]

Campus sexual assault, nonconsensual sexual conduct of a student within the boundaries of an institution of higher education, has been a controversial issue nationwide.

According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), one in five women and one in 16 men are victims of campus sexual assault. Additionally, more than 90 percent of the victims don’t report the crimes. Organizations such as NSVRC and universities across the country are taking steps to raise awareness with sexual assault recognition and prevention programs.

In 2014, 55 collegiate institutions were subject to investigation for Title IX violations by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, including the University of Denver. Since then, DU’s Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE) has increased their presence on campus.

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