The Martian, Fact vs. Fiction

Philip R. Wilkinson

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

News, an ever Evolving Industry


DENVER – 2:00 P.M. Friday, May 13, 2016

By Philip R. Wilkinson


Tim Ryan at 9News Denver, CO  Image by Philip R. Wilkinson

Walking through the doors to 9News I was met by Tim Ryan, a News Manager for 9News Denver.  As we walked through the news floor there was a sense that employees were counting down till the weekend.  However, Ryan was calm and collected as he explained the basics of his operation.

As a News Manager Ryan is responsible for helping his new staff develop their stories and news shows while keeping a general eye on the reporting staff.  He first became a news director 25 years ago after being an on-air reporter and while he enjoyed reporting, Ryan wanted to have a larger influence on the news so he switched over to the managerial side of 9News.

Ryan is not afraid of reporting controversial news from any beat even if it involves sponsors.  This freedom is what makes Ryan enjoy his profession, which in turn makes him good at it.

Freedom to explore expression is important to Ryan, to the point where he would not be happy;

“If I worked for an organization that only covered politics, or only covered entertainment, or only covered sports, or only covered a particular thing.” – Tim Ryan

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The University of Denver and employment



Career advice for the 21st century.

By Ryan Wilkinson


Wensday, May 12, 2016, 2:00 P.M.  After entering the University of Denver (DU) Career Center I was guided to a small back room where a few other students were waiting for the presentation to begin.  However, after 15 minutes of waiting a faculty member finally told the audience that the venue had been moved to another location.  This was a disappointment because it meant that 80% of the people who attended the workshop completely missed the introduction.

When the audience was finally directed to the right room 20 minutes into the presentation they were met by a half finished workshop. Continue reading

The Flow of the Wind


Ensemble at the Ready  Photo by Philip Ryan Wilkinson

A New way to Rock the House

By Philip Ryan Wilkinson

7:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 4, 2016; the air stirred as the doors to the concert hall were thrown open by a welcoming elderly usher and the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music began its last performance of the Lamont Wind Ensembles.  This ensemble was performed by the students and staff of the Lamont School and conducted by Dr. Joseph Martin.

People started to filter into the auditorium about thirty minutes before the show was scheduled to start.  While the audience filled in, some performers were still warming up; their tunes conflicting and overpowering one another’s.  This went on until a few minutes later the auditorium went dead quiet. Continue reading

Gaming and the University of Denver

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By Philip Ryan Wilkinson

In recent years the influence of video gaming in popular culture has reached an all-time high and it seems to only be increasing with each new generation.  Because of this, people who are against the rise of video gaming believe that it can cause anything between social anxiety and violent behavior.  In order to get to the bottom of this issue I decided to interview a group of three video game playing male roommates from the University of Denver.  The first interviewee Brendan Bagg, 23 is a recently graduated DU Medical student who plays occasionally.  The second is David Dredge, 23 a current mechanical engineering student at DU and the most active gamer of this group.  My final interviewee is Brent Lockhart, 23 is a first year international security graduate student who thinks that his video gaming habits should have caused him more trouble with school in the past.  To the students that I interviewed gaming is more of a controllable hobby rather than an uncontrollable addiction.

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