Why people need to protect the wildlife


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In order to preserve wildlife, there is a need for positive actions by the citizens. These actions are accompanied by change in lifestyle and the way of thinking. There are some species that have become endangered and the citizens can act as resources in protecting these species. “This problem has become large and complex and the related organizations cannot eliminate the problem alone but needs the assistance of the citizens,” said Richard Reading, PhD,  Visiting Scholar at DU’s Graduate School of Social Work.


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“ The citizens can through reducing, reusing, and recycling the waste to save the wild life,” he said. The slogan “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle goes together with “Think Globally, Act Globally”. Though these slogans have been overused, they have a great meaning in them. These three activities play a great role in reducing the environmental degradation and saving the wildlife. Reducing can be utilized through lowering the number of materials and energy that are consumed by purchasing lesser-prepackaged goods, driving in a good manner, and reducing heating and air conditioning that are used. Reusing means putting into use again, the materials that have already been used such as old wine bottles. Finally, recycling can also be used in making the planet better. The citizens can demand for bins for recycling if they do not have. The activity has many benefits to the people and the animals.

A DU Junior student Brand also proved a way to protect the wildlife. “The citizens can protect the animals is through keeping the pets such as dogs and cats on a leash,” said by Brand. When pets are unleashed, they die since they are carnivores by nature. They can also destroy the nests or harass the birds that dwell on the ground. The citizens should also keep their cats indoor. Cats have been reported to be the first cause of the death of birds. According to a study carried out, a cat can kill around 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals per year in the United States of America. To protect the wild animals’ citizens should place decals on their widows during the season of migration to protect the birds that are prone to hitting glass. In addition, they can apply a transparent contact paper or bird tape to the outside of the widows to prevent the same. To ensure that there is maximum effectiveness, the tapes or the stickers should be four inches and below.

Moreover, “the citizens can protect the wild life through avoiding littering since litter is harmful to the animals and plants,” said a freshman Lee in DU, “for example, gum that is discarded is said to kill birds and animals.” Another interesting means of saving the wild life is through sticking to the official trails while the citizens are walking in the parks. Using informal paths disturbs the animals and especially those that are bleeding and they cause fragmentation of habitat. When a new path fragments a habitat, the parasites, predators, invasive plant, and animals get a way to attack. This makes the habitat less important for the native animals. The animals should not be removed from their habitat. It is illegal to remove animals from the parks since they cannot make good pets. They demand for extreme care from their caregivers and person who is not trained cannot offer the required care.

“Joining conservation organization also plays a great role saving the wild life,” Reading said. As resources of saving the wild life, citizens should join these organizations and work together to protect the endangered species and animals. Different organizations that protect the wildlife differ in their goals and objectives. There are some that work to ensure good environmental policies; others work to protect the whales while others focus on protecting a small piece of land.

An individual should join in the sector she is most interested with and he/ she can find an organization that protects the species that they are interested with other basic means of protecting the wildlife is through slowing down when driving. It is also important for the citizens to raise their concerns and get locally involved through letting the national and local government know that they are interested with protecting the wildlife. That increases the likelihood of someone doing something about it. Having love for the wild life and appreciating them, as a part of the beautiful nature will give people morale to protect it.

Wildlife is part of human life and the citizens should act as a resource in protecting them. The citizens can create programs and seminars that will educate the other citizens on the importance of wildlife. The programs and seminars should also aim at educating the people on how the wild life can be protected through means such as reducing the use of pesticides and herbicides on their firms. They can also form campaigns that speak against wild life destruction. Citizens can also come up with anti-world life destruction organization that punishes those that destroy the wild life. The human should by all means protect the wild life through protecting their habitats, and reducing, reusing and recycling.


Career as a Web Designer

Web design involves a lot of skills, expertise and wide range of areas to successfully produce, run and maintain websites and applications. Web designers are often employed in various industries although they may also prefer to work as independent contractors. Continuous growth of Information Technology Industry has seen an upsurge in the web design career.

Furthermore, most people view it as a lucrative field. As a career, the salary of a web designer ranges from $39,000 to 100,000 per year. The salary scale usually varies with the level of experience the designer possesses and the type of website he is designing. On average, they earn about $50,000 per year which translates to almost 20-50 dollars an hour. In terms of education, web designer can easily enter the field through his own acquired design and programming knowledge. However, the level of competition continues to grow everyday hence they may be required to be in possession of a college degree to horn their skills. Website design companies prefer employing website designers who have attained a degree programs connected to Computer Science. Importantly, web designers are required to be proficient in programming and scripting languages, have a high level of creativity and have the capability to be creative all the time.

Students are about to join college and as a consequence, the last few weeks have been centered towards helping them make a career choice. In fact, I have received numerous emails from a number of them inquiring about their career paths. Web design being one of the careers they asked about. Therefore, I took it upon myself to undertake a comprehensive research on the career so that I can acquire the relevant information on this field. I conducted an interview on a successful web designer and studied available material on the prospects of the job.

DingYi is a web design and development company that is centered in Beijing which is often seen as one of the best web design companies in China. San Zhang has worked at DingYi as a web designer for over ten years. San got his first job by working as a freelance web designer after teaching himself web design skills while he was still a teenager. Later, he attended college to undertake a degree in computer science. Upon completion, he was employed as an intern at Going Clear where he was able to secure his first job due to his hard work, skill and ability to produce results. Consequently, he became the lead web designer at Going Clear although he left to join DingYi after 3 years. Most importantly, San has over 15 years of experience and he asserts that the secret to success of a prospective web designer is hard work, creativity and ability to learn. Clearly, these skills enable a web designer to be dynamic and survive the highly competitive market. Moreover, one should have programming knowledge and have a clear understanding of existing web design applications that are in existence.

In a typical week, a web designers work for 37 to 40 hours. However, this may vary depending on the amount of work they are partaking and the deadlines which have to be met. San further states that a typical day for a web designer involves waking up for work, checking mails, attend office meeting with fellow designers and developers and start working on existing or new available projects. In addition, web designer also solves any emerging issues during the day. San simply could not hold back the urge to talk about the most memorable project he has overseen while working at DingYi which involved designing a new website for other company. The project involved creation of a new website with the ability of moving large files and San is proud to have come up with the best solution for this successful project.

Furthermore, he states that the to find solutions to complex problems and think clearly is what entices him most about his job. He also adds that he is proud to find a platform that can enable him exercise skills he acquired both in class and out of class. San does not shy away from giving prospective web designers a piece of advice and his is that, “as technology continues to grow, competition for web design jobs also increases. Therefore, it is important for young anticipating designer to work extra hard to become among the best out there. In turn, they skill and knowledge will be key in pursuit of their dreams as web designers.”

Upon completion of college, you can take off your career by finding an internship opportunity in web design companies which exist all over the country. Although this is not mandatory, it is an easier way towards acquiring your first job. Entry level workers in this field can expect to earn about $35,000 per year while experienced workers can earn up to $100,000 per year on average. The future for web design career is extremely bright because employment of web developers is expected to rise by 27% by 2024.which is a rate much higher than the average of all other careers. In conclusion, those who have passion and creativity to survive in this field should not hesitate to commence their journey towards becoming successful web designers.

Meeting about Climate Change


A group meeting about climate change was hosted at Sturm on Monday, May 9, 2016, 4:00 P.M. in order to give a presentation in society class. A group leader who is a society class student hosted the activity.

This meeting is talk about climate change. The leader of this meeting show a video about Obama called out world leaders to strike a deal at the UN climate summit in Paris. Obama warned the delegates that there was little time left to play politics on the issue of climate change. Obama began by explaining why an urgent solution is required to ensure continued sustainability of life. He said, “You would not be here unless you – like me – were convinced that this danger is real. This is not fiction; this is science. Unchecked, climate change will pose unacceptable risks to our security, our economies, and our planet.” He gave an example of North Alaska where villages were engulfed by increasing sea levels. The Paris Summit was called upon to ratify proposed regulations that could slow down human activities on the environment; thereby controlling climate change.

Then this leader lead group talks about this speech. “Obama further acknowledged that America is one of the biggest contributors of toxic emissions to the environment,” a group member said, “he was also committed to bringing the desired change.” In response to the pollution, this person also think that America is leading from the front through effective environmental legislation and investing heavily in renewable sources of energy. American was committed to spreading its environmental conservation ideologies to the rest of the world since climate change is a global issue. “Obama encouraged developed countries to take up proactive measures and follow America’s footprints.” Said another group member.

In this speech, Obama said, “I recognize this will not be easy. It will make a commitment to innovation and the capital to continue driving down the cost of clean energy.” Obama warned that actions alone were not enough; monitoring and transparent reporting were necessary to ensure that the desired change is achieved. Without transparency and accountability, any agreement reached could be futile.

Moreover, this group leader also gives his opinion. This speech touched on the challenges facing developing countries in their attempts to contribute to environmental conservation. Obama acknowledged that poverty and lack of funds to drive climate change initiatives were the major problems facing developing nations.

As much as the previous environmental conservation targets had not been met. The group leader noted that world economies grew in the previous years while carbon emission levels remained constant.

The aim of the summit, according to Obama, was to find a way of lifting people from poverty without condemning the next generation. Any of the resolutions passed ratified could only be achieved if nations worked together in unison.

After this meeting, the group leader asked group members to finish their own word and then put them together.

The Running Man Event Held at DU

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This entertainment was held by DU CSSA on 2:00 P.M, May 5, 2016. The DU held on its long running tradition of sports when it hosted the popular “Running Man” competition. As it has become an annual tradition, the event attracted numerous teams and a host of spectators. By mid-morning, crowds had thronged the university sports grounds to witness the spectacle. This year’s event involved fourteen participants split into two groups. The game entails tearing off a member of the opposing team’s nametag. All the participants had their nametags pasted on their backs and the player who had his or her name tag torn off had to exit play.

The excitement grew as the DU team and its UC Denver opponent got to the field. The game began on a high note with every player eager to tear the opponent’s nametag while protecting his at all costs. As the enthusiastic crowds cheered them on, the players went for the jugular. Among the outstanding players in the game were Xuan, King, Lu, and Wei. They seemed to outsmart their opponents with ease while ensuring that their nametags remained intact. In the sixth minute, Xuan of DU was the first casualty as he had his name tag torn off. Xuan had made a tactical move to tear a UC Denver opponent’s tag but appeared to drop his tag. The opponent capitalized on his lack of concentration to get to his back and get his reward.

However, the DU team appeared unbowed by the loss of Xuan as they pressed on with enthusiasm. In the meantime, the excitement in the fans had reached fever pitch as either side rooted for its team. Three members of the UC Denver went out in quick succession after sustained pressure from the buoyant DU side. UC Denver’s loss appeared to rejuvenate the DU side as the team upped its game and went for the kill. Even though fatigue began to set in gradually, the players summoned all their energies to ensure they emerged winners.

At the half hour mark, Lu made a tactical error as he went for an opponent’s nametag. In his hurry, he dropped his guard and had his nametag ripped off. The UC Denver fans roared in anticipation as they expected their team to take advantage of the miscalculation and go to the final. However, Wei came to the rescue of the DU team when he managed to eliminate two opponents in quick succession. However, his heroics were short-lived as he was soon eliminated.

Towards the end of the game, King and Kevin from UC Denver remained. The two were the smartest on the pitch, and they demonstrated their rare skills with vigor. King nearly got Kevin’s tag, but the latter outsmarted him and finally nailed him. The crowd cheered with enthusiasm as Kevin emerged the winner. “It was an interesting but absorbing match. I knew I had prepared well and was physically fit but I did not expect to win. I thank my teammates for their support and for giving me an opportunity to win,” an excited Kevin said. On his side, King was philosophical in defeat. “In a game, there must be a winner and a loser. I believe I was a worthy loser today. I congratulate Kevin for winning the match but I am sure I gave him a hard time as well,” he said.

Smoking in apartment



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Apartement (photo by shihua shangguan)

The government moved a new policy for presidential assent. This new policy will ban residents from smoking in their own apartments. Of the recent weeks, the topic has seen many controversies from both tobacco smokers and non-smokers. Second hand smoke from one tenant smoking indoor can drift into multiple other housing units and cause health problems.

Most residential managers try to set policies that will favor each tenant. Smoking free buildings help save the maintenance costs and reduce the fire risks. Many residential managers are aware of this but are reluctant to pass such a policy. Most of the residential managers think such a policy is illegal. A smoke free building provides a favorable living environment for the tenants. Different people came out with conflicting issues.

‘‘I think it is completely useless,’’ said Peng, a 24 year old smoker, who lives around university of Denver residential houses. ‘‘You might as well have us all under the bondage of your chains in our own houses’’. Peng was furious of this move. He thought this was too far a policy that was harassing people in their houses. Peng who is a chain smoker consider personal dwellings not public spaces. He thought the general legislation regulating smoking in public places should not cover them in their privacy. ‘‘Smoking is already banned in public sectors, the government wants to extend this to our houses?’’ he retorted. Another person had this to say, ‘I would not like to support such a bill, as it is some type of intimidation. However,I would have to comply with it,’’ said Longfei a 21 year old chain smoker and an undergraduate student at university of Denver. A recent research showed smoking in the houses led to health issues to family members and other neighbors. This research also showed this behavior led to some marital break ups. Coco a 22-year female student thought the vice was not healthy. ‘‘I cannot live with a smoker under one roof,’’ she said. She thought that a person who smokes in his house does not respect his house. Coco could describe this behavior with only one word, ‘‘Pathetic’’.This bill would ban lit tobacco products, cigarettes, cigars, or pipes, in all residential places. The ban is to take effect 8 months after the rule is finalized. The government spokesperson said in a press, ‘‘in this war, we need compliance from the residential managers, to help enact this policy. This is the only way to win this war’’. Most smokers think it is unfair for anyone to dictate what they can or cannot do in the privacy of their own home. Of the recent past, Non-smokers have filed suits against fellow tenants based on nuisance. Second-hand smoke kills. It contains 70% carcinogens. It is also linked to the increased infant deaths.


image2All the interview was carried out between 20th and 23rd april at 1701 Hampden Ave, Englewood, CO 80113.

An interview with Peng, a 24-year-old student at University of Denver.

Interviewer: what is your stand on the new law to ban people from smoking in their residential houses?

Peng:I think it is useless, you might as well have us all under the bondage of your chains in our own houses.This is just a way of harassing chain smokers like us. We are ban from smoking in public places, our houses are private places and not public zones.

Interviewer: Can you live with a smoker under one roof?

Peng: I think I can accommodate a smoker because I am also a chain smoker.


An interview with Coco, a 22-year-old female student at University of Denverimage3

Interviewer: What is your stand on the new law to ban people from smoking in their residential houses?

Coco: That law will help us non-smokers from the nuisance of these reckless smokers. It is pathetic when a person smokes next to your house.

Interviewer:Can you live with a smoker under one roof?

Coco:I cannot live with a smoker under one roof. A person who smokes in his house does not respect his house.

An interview with Longfei, a 21-year-old female student at University of Denver.image1 (2)

Interviewer: What is your stand on the new law to ban people from smoking in their residential houses?

Longfei:I would not like to support such a bill, as it is some type of intimidation. But I would have to comply with it.

Interviewer:Can you live with a smoker under one roof?

Longfei: Being a smoker, I have no problem with living with one under the same roof.



Work Cited

Huang J, king BA. ‘‘Sociodemographic disparities in local smoke’’. American Journal of Public Health. 2015.

Institute of medicine ‘‘Secondhand smoke exposure, and Cardiovascular effects: Making the Sense of Evidence.2012.