Category Archives: CU Independent

CU falls to Oregon State

On Saturday the Buffs lost 64-58 to Oregon State in their final home game of the season. I decided to shoot it because it had been more than a year since I’d shot basketball. Good times.

Also wanted to introduce a new storytelling technique I’m trying out… Gifs. Please click on the image below to see the gif.


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CUI: WelcomeFest

It’s that time of year again. The freshman have converged on campus to begin a new chapter of their lives.

In attempts to make that transition as easy as possible, CU puts on a free concert for students every year.

Ghostland Observatory headlined, accompanied by Sunsquabi, Hoodie Allen and Minnesota.

Here are my photos from the night.

CUI: President Barack Obama

Check out all of my photos and more at the CU!

President Barack Obama takes the stage at the Coors Event Center on Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Obama discussed student loan legislation during his speech at the CU Boulder campus. (CU Independent/Robert R. Denton)

The student journalist: 4/20 madness

Last Friday was 4/20, a holiday of sorts in Boulder to smoke weed and protest it’s legalization. In past years more than 10,000 people have flocked to CU, specifically Norlin Quad, from all around the country.

CU Facilities Management applies fish emulsion fertilizer on Norlin Quad the morning of 4/20 as a CUPD vehicle sits in the background. This year, CU administration cracked down on the annual event which has traditionally brought 10,000 visitors to campus. (CU Independent/Robert R. Denton)

This year, CU administration cracked down and closed campus, event though we are a public university, creating all sorts of First Amendment questions.

Essentially, they said that if you’re not a student or staff member you can be prosecuted for trespassing if you come on to campus, and that no one, not even students, were allowed on Norlin. Additionally, all media were required to register and apply for media passes, I believe about 70 passes were distributed.

This decision stood up in court when some Boulder locals sued the school for access to campus.

To enforce the crackdown, CU brought in police officers from surrounding counties to check ID’s as people entered campus and put down an awful smelling fish fertilizer on Norlin in addition to the CUPD officers stationed around campus and on the fish covered field.

As a student journalist I felt it was my responsibility to cover this day as fully as possible, and to push content in near real time.

Sophomore physics major Daniel Ellis Schwartz leads the crowd in chants near Norlin Quad. The protesters decided to move to the Duane Physics field shortly after. (CU Independent/Robert R. Denton)

This led me to the realization that I must get up prior to 4:20 a.m. to check the Quad for students smoking that morning because of the crackdown later that day. So I set off long before the sun rose to cover 4/20 from 4:20 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. and this is what I came up with…

In addition to those photos, a colleague of mine came up with the great idea to map where officers were checking for ID’s. That led to me riding my old Schwinn around campus a few times taking note of where officers were stationed. Take a look here

And, of course, what kind of an editor would I be if I didn’t get my staff’s work out as quickly as possible. So, I stayed up until 12:30 a.m. putting together a more diverse gallery of photos from all eight staff members of the CUI photog team. See that here.

The CU Independent has much more 4/20 related content so if you would like to see more click here.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Earlier this semester I covered a speech given by the popular astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson at Macky.

Check out my story here.

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson leans against the podium during his speech to students and community members at Macky Auditorium Wednesday. The event sold out in under a week. (CU Independent/Robert R. Denton)

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Mark Jones

Today I took a trip over to Balch Field House to shoot some photos of CU freshman high jumper Mark Jones for a CUI story. Jones won high jump event at home on Saturday with a jump of 6 feet 11 inches.

Freshman high jumper Mark Jones practices on Jan. 25, 2012. Jones won first at the 2012 Potts Indoor Invitational the previous weekend with a jump of 6 feet 11 inches. (CU Independent/Robert R. Denton)

Slackline competition

Last semester, I was walking through Norlin Quad and noticed a group of people around a slackline. Curiosity got the better of me so I pulled out my camera and went over to check it out. Turned out to be a competition where the winner would be sent to a national competition in Boston. The event was also trying to raise awareness of protecting the trees on campus from damage often caused by poorly constructed slacklines. These are some of the best photos I got last semester, and all on accident.

Check out the story on the CU Independent for more information.

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