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.


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

Davide Papotti speaks on the geography of Italy


Dr. Papotti speaking in Lindsay Auditorium [Photo by Shea Geary]

Dr. Davide Papotti, speaker at the Univeristy of Denver, was introduced by Roberta Walsh an Italian teacher at the university. The lecture on May 10, 2016 at the Lindsay Auditorium began with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and Papottti started his lecture titled, The Geography of Italy: negotiating historical heritage and current political challenges at 6:45 p.m.

The reception was filled with Italian foods ranging from spaghetti and meatballs to cannoli. The cuisine perfectly accompanied the lecture topic and majority of audience members. The audience was made up of a majority of students, many a part of Italian courses at the university. About one-third of the audience was elderly Italian’s who looked to be the most enthusiastic in the room. Lindsay Auditorium was nearly full with only a few seats left empty in the back rows.


Reception before the lecture [photo by Shea Geary]

The lecture began with Papotti thanking the many people who made his visit to the University possible, including jokes about how some students may have to hear his lecture multiple times. The audience reacted with laughter to that and his many other ice-breaking jokes. In his early slides Papotti introduced his topic of the relationship between Italian culture and geography with a quote from Massimo D’Azeglio, “We have made Italy; now we must make Italians.” This quote was a great introduction to what he proceeded to cover in the lecture.

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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 new Cold War? Gregory Gause thinks so



Center for Middle East Studies at Korbel [photo by Helen Filanowski]

DENVER- Applause rained down as Gregory Gause, professor of International Affairs and head of the International Affairs Department at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University took the stage as the keynote speaker on Monday, May 2.

The Center for Middle East Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver hosted an all day summit in conjunction with the Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies at the University of South Florida.

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DU Job Search Strategy Workshop


Photo By: Lily Binder, Tyler Till taking questions at the end of the workshop.

DENVER—The University of Denver Careers Center held an informative job search strategy workshop on the 11 of May, at 2pm, taking place in room 145 of the Driscol Bridge. The workshop was lead by Tyler Till and was open to all DU students.

In the beginning of the workshop Till brought to light some of the most common mistakes new graduates make during their job search. Saying “one of the most common mistakes is that people think they could just apply online and get their dream job without having networked. With technology now a days we are more connected than ever and you need to take initiative and do what you can to make your application stand out. Just applying online and thinking you’re going to get the job, that is how you get lost in what I call the resume black hole… but with networking and reaching out to any possible contact, especially a DU alum can help you get the edge.”

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Jazz vocalist Kathy Kosins divulges her business model


Piano in the Lamont School of Music’s Room 229 [Photo by Hayley Knoph]

DENVER, Colo.-Musician and painter Kathy Kosins shared her model for success in the music industry with students from the Lamont School of Music on Monday. Emphasizing interdisciplinary talent, Kosins ascribed her achievements as results of hard work.

“You have to make your own opportunities,” said Kosins in her lecture.

Since her start in a Top 40 band at the age of 18, Kosins has been doing just that. From recording ad jingles to signing her first record deal with Schoolkids Records, the musician has always found opportunities to keep herself going in the industry.

“I’ve never let doors closing in my face stop me,” she said. “I just keep going like the Energizer bunny.” Continue reading