Diane Stevens shares her experience as a real estate agent

Diane Stevens, a realtor from the Silicon Valley, fills us in on what it’s like breaking into the real estate field and working full-time as a real estate agent.

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Diane Stevens, Realtor at Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation

Earlier this week, I was able to catch up with Diane over the phone from her home in San Jose, CA. Diane is a San Jose native, and informed me that it’s never too late to break into the real estate business. In fact, she didn’t enter the profession until she was 42 years old.

Diane earned her BS in business/marketing from CSU Chico immediately following high school, although she informed me that to become a real estate agent you only need a high school degree. After that you must take a few classes in order to pass the real estate exam. Requirements vary per state, but are similar where ever you go. Continue reading

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Winona LaDuke lectures at DU on multicultural democracy

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Davis Auditorium, located within Sturm Hall at the University of Denver / Photo by: Matt Holden

Winona LaDuke recently spoke at the University of Denver’s Davis Auditorium, where she advocated for the creation of a multicultural democracy, in the sense of religion, culture, and identity in America.

Winona LaDuke is a huge advocate for Native American rights. As a graduate from Harvard she has earned her academic respect. However, Winona’s large support from people nationwide stems from something more than her academic merit.

To be completely honest, she was a genuinely cool individual. Let me explain what I mean by this; she was a straight shooter, she said what was on her mind and interacted with the crowd. She was vibrant and spoke with a noticeable sense of passion about the topics she covered. You could tell by her vocabulary that she was probably smarter than most people in the room, but when she addressed folks in the crowd, she spoke with a very regular and laid-back vocabulary. She was a natural “peoples person”, and it helped her gain the attention and admiration of the entire audience. Continue reading

Sigma Chi defeats Pi Kappa Phi to finish the regular season of intramural hockey

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The Joy Burns Arena in the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness (Photo by: Matt Holden, 2016)

On May 3, 2016, the Sigma Chi intramural hockey team defeated Pi Kappa Phi, 6-4, in a highly competitive and hard-fought game to wrap up the regular season.

Pi Kappa Phi finished the season with a good record of 2 wins and 2 losses. Sigma Chi finished their season off with 3 wins and only 1 loss. With the way that the intramural league is set-up, both teams have a spot in the playoffs and a shot at the ultimate prize, becoming intramural hockey champions. Continue reading

Donald Trump: making America great again, or dividing a nation?

 

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Three flag poles in front of the University of Denver – United States, Canada, and Colorado; with a storm glooming in the distance. April, 2016. (Photo: Matt Holden)

In January, CNN Politics ran an article where they talked to over 150 Trump supporters in 31 cities to find out their reasons for voting Trump.  Young and old voters alike boasted their love for Trump, many of them referring to themselves as “the silent majority” in the upcoming election. The majority of this “silent majority” seemed to support Trump for all the same reasons; they agree with his policies on immigration, foreign affairs, and his distrust of Barack Obama.  They see his success in business as a sign that he will successfully bring our country out of a recession, and make America great again.

Another large turn-on, or turn-off (depending on who you are) is Trump’s disregard for a filter.  The guy says what he wants, and often what he says is not politically correct.  The American population seems to either love him for his bluntness, or absolutely despise him for it.  Trump’s Twitter account is a great place to view his nontraditional rhetoric; where he calls his opponents names like “Lyin’ Ted”, “Crooked Hilary”, and even “1 for 38 Kasich” (referring to his 1 win and 38 losses). Continue reading