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Fall Party Inspiration

August 14th, 2015

Party like it’s 1989 – or 2015. The idea is to explore party themes past the typical ugly sweater and commit to throwing an out-of-this-world soirée. My inspiration behind the idea for this blog were two things: One, my roommates and my idea of throwing an all out, combined birthday party for all three of us. This idea quickly escalated into a birthday/sexy santa christmas party – and two, the W Magazine photoshoot that featured a cast of VIP party animals, including Miley Cyrus, Emily Ratajkowski and Stella Maxwell. Being a college student, I’ve dreamed of hosting... Read More

Apparently, Boulder’s Expensive

July 24th, 2015

Living in Boulder has always felt like a privilege. From the Flatiron views to the The Kitchen on Pearl Street, Boulder is a city unlike any other in Colorado – or in America, for that matter. Being a student  living in Boulder though is both difficult and stressful because of the financial pressure that accompanies a city as expensive as Boulder. According to an article published on MSN earlier this week, “Goods and services in Boulder cost about 9% more than they do nationwide and about 7% more than they do across the state. Higher incomes usually accompany higher living costs,... Read More

New & Noteworthy – Young Entrepreneurs Make CU Proud

June 26th, 2015

The CU Boulder campus is jam packed with creative, innovative and savvy-minded students. Denver, and Colorado as a whole, is thriving – It’s rapid growth due to the hundreds of thousands of people who are moving to the CO each month can be contributed to the economic success of the state. Much of this success is due to the explosion of small yet successful businesses popping up across Colorado, from dispensaries to breweries. A new App called Free & For Sale is launching in August. Not only will this App change the way that we buy and sell used items within our local communities,... Read More

Campus, Construction, and Curiosity

June 19th, 2015

The word construction immediately makes me cringe when it is spoken. The construction on highway 36, a highway that I drive every single day, seems to only inch towards completion. My freshman year I lived in Smith Hall in Kittredge which underwent an entire year of construction, which forced me and all other Smith kids to reroute and take the long way to campus (an additional 10 minutes). The construction on campus was the basis for many stories though. My freshman year roommate snuck into one of the half-completed buildings in Kittredge and turned the inside into a dance floor. Construction that... Read More

Campus and Gender Binaries

June 5th, 2015

This past year, as a CU student, I have been witness to many changes on campus; all of which are good, progressive changes. Polly McLean, a professor in the Advertising school at CU created and teaches a class called Gender, Race, Class and Sexuality in Popular Culture. This class allows students to explore the modern world of popular culture through media. By doing so, students learn about the gender binaries that have forever dominated the way in which females and males are classified and identified. However, this past year has brought about massive changes in relation to binaries. In the news... Read More

Campus and Gender Binaries

June 5th, 2015

This past year, as a CU student, I have been witness to many changes on campus; all of which are good, progressive changes. Polly McLean, a professor in the Advertising school at CU created and teaches a class called Gender, Race, Class and Sexuality in Popular Culture. This class allows students to explore the modern world of popular culture through media. By doing so, students learn about the gender binaries that have forever dominated the way in which females and males are classified and identified. However, this past year has brought about massive changes in relation to binaries. In the news... Read More

Loans, Loans and More Loans.

May 22nd, 2015

How to deal with the stress of paying for you own school.  The thought of future debt is a stress that builds on students like an unstoppable load of bricks. Some days are easier to accept this thought, while other days render the heavy burden and fear of debt. Although this fear is rightful and understandable, it is also a necessary fear that is unchangeable for most students who must take out student loans in order to pay for their own college. Paying for school by yourself is an accomplishment all on its own. Some days, I know that I want to throw my arms in the air and ask, “why me?”... Read More

School’s Out! Create a Summer Checklist

May 15th, 2015

It’s finally here! Summer: The time of year in which students celebrate their successes in the classroom by exploring the various activities and adventures that await them. For students, the summer can be a time to network and expand the resume. The University of Colorado, Boulder offers various outlets that provide internship and job opportunities. Groups have been created on Facebook by students that allow the members of the group to post about opportunities that they hear about. It’s easy to join these groups – simply click “join” when entering the page, and just... Read More

One Thing All Students Should Do

May 8th, 2015

It may come off as cheesy, as obvious even, but no matter the connotation of this simple phrase, it is the one thing that all students should do: Be present. Last week in my Literary Analysis class, one student expressed her views on entropy – how could everything, all life and all matter, be pulled towards chaos? Another student in this same class explained that out of every class taken at the University of Colorado, this particular class was the only one that she felt completely engaged in. The downfall within today’s society is that everyone, especially students, are constantly... Read More

Winding Down

April 24th, 2015

It’s hard to believe that another year at CU is coming to an end. With finals around the corner, it’d hard to see the finish line. Think about it this way: There is only one week left of classes, and let’s be real, the last week before finals is all about winding down. Before finals it’s important to find ways to calm and find at least some sort of Zen in the chaos of finals, which for students is a combination of stress, anxiety and nervousness. Around campus though, there are various ways to contrast the chaos with relaxation. Here is a list of the various ways in which students can parallel... Read More

Meanwhile on Campus…

April 10th, 2015

On Monday, April 6, the CU Creative Writing Association with support from the CU Cultural Event Board and the CU English Department collaborated to put on a reading and panel featuring three talented and inspirational poets. The show was titled Code Switching and Recoding Language, in which the three presenters spoke powerful words and shared  images that depicted the struggles that people who break the societal binaries face. These performers highlighted the various issues of oppression that stem from the lack of acceptance, expressed stereotypes and general lack of knowledge and education that... Read More

Buffaloes & Social Media

April 3rd, 2015

The use of social media has increased dramatically over the last decade. Our use of smartphones has allowed for mobile marketing and advertising, application creation and innovation, and, on a more individual level, sharing, connecting and expressing. The mobile universe has come to mean community – a worldwide community yes, but also the opportunity for smaller – and a more specific – community. Popular apps such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have allowed CU students to join in on the web of inter-connectivity in the CU community. On Facebook every class has their own Facebook... Read More

Creating Spring Break – And That’s A Wrap!

March 27th, 2015

Us Buffaloes seem to be creative in establishing a spring break plan; or lack thereof. It seems that many of us have moved away from the pre-determined vacations, and instead, built our own maps. The exciting thing about building a “map”, is that plans can be limitless. You can begin in Boulder and head to Lake Tahoe, California, but on the way, stop in Moab to climb the Arch…and maybe in Vegas on the drive home. Why would we need all-inclusive when we have our own imaginations? These Buffs have ventured outside of the so-called “typical” spring break locations and... Read More

It’s Break Time!

March 20th, 2015

With Spring Break beginning, student brace themselves for a week of school-free enjoyment. This relieving of class time though, is fronted by midterms and project deadlines. How exactly do CU students celebrate their week of relaxation and relieving of the school time blues? Whether it be pitching a tent or stepping into an all-inclusive resort, us Buffs know how to Spring Break. Elle Donovan, although not a Buffalo, came across the chance of a lifetime this spring break: The chance to travel to the Bahamas, for an all-inclusive, totally paid for, spring break. The catch? Elle, a Junior at the... Read More

Who Is Our President, Even? (The CU President That Is)

February 27th, 2015

It’s strange to realize that after three years at he University of Colorado Boulder, I have very little knowledge of who Cu’s President is. Up until last semester, I had absolutely no idea who, or what our president’s name even was – and on that note, the only reason I do now is because I worked as a suite attendant in the Presidents suite during football season. CU’s president, a kind, warm, and intelligent man, became the head of the University in 2008. Being head of CU encompasses more than just Boulder, though. He is the president of all four campuses: Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs... Read More

Why CU Is Better Than CSU (A Comprehensive List)

February 20th, 2015

The long established rivalry between the University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado State has, and will continue to be, a relevant one. I present an unbiased and comprehensive list as to why, once and for all, CU is on top. Our mascot would win in a fight The view, of course Campus is modeled after Tuscany The city of Boulder itself We have a stadium that is actually on campus CU has a designated college area (the Hill) Popular bands want to stop in Boulder CU is ranked 182nd out of all world universities…CSU is ranked 441st. (top universities.com) You get what you pay for Our parties... Read More

The Secret’s Out! Top 5 “Secret” Study Spots for Students

February 13th, 2015

Amidst the various well-know study outlets on Boulders campus, which include Norlin Library, the Leeds School of Business Library and the UMC, there are many gems that have yet to be uncovered by most students. These study spots are secluded, quiet and creative in comparison to the popular, go-to study spots previously listed. The 5th Floor of the UMC Beautiful view of the flatirons, quiet atmosphere and outdoor seating. Spark (on the Hill) Available classroom rental, quiet atmosphere and mentorship Classrooms Many options, lots of seating and quiet atmosphere CU Museum of Natural History Walls... Read More

Kyle Macintosh: A True Forever Buff

February 6th, 2015

Kyle Macintosh – Best defined as a son, brother, track star, best friend to many and inspiration to all who knew him. During times of heartbreak, it is necessary to match mourning with happy remembrance. After a 13-month battle against cancer, Kyle’s battle ended, but not in desperation; Buffs on the track team continued to remind the CU community of Kyle’s legacy that is marked by happiness, positivity and love. A celebration of life was hosted by a number of his track teammates/best friends on Saturday evening that featured a frame that was signed by those who attended and filled with memories... Read More

CU is Saying, “We Want You to Be A Cultured Buff.”

January 30th, 2015

The University of Colorado Boulder, being an international university, enrolls students from across the globe including South Africa, Kuwait, and Australia. Walking from one class to another, it’s commonplace to hear fellow students conversing in different languages. All of this diversity has contributed to CU’s recognition of having a culturally diverse campus. What American students may not be aware of, however, are the opportunities to become a part of a completely different culture themselves. CU currently sponsors over 300 study abroad programs in over 65 countries. My three roommates... Read More