This page features all of the work compiled from my first upper-division composition course. Also, The Boulder Beast is a student-ran website that I created for the class and serve as an editor and administrator for. It features work from other students.


Hurdles for Hispanic Students in Adams 14

Arguing that increased instructional time is the most important thing for students’ education, Adams 14 School District eliminated parent-teacher conferences, encouraging parents to use an online program that helps them track their student’s progress. 

Despite the district’s defense of the decision, some say the move could further alienate parents and stifle student progress, especially for parents who don’t speak English fluently. Adams 14, which encompasses Commerce City, has a large Hispanic population, with 83.5 percent of students identified as Hispanic and more than half identified as English-language learners. 

“Increased time in the classroom is not the only factor that matters when it comes to a student’s performance in school,” said Molly Hamm-Rodriguez, a doctoral student in the Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity program at the University of Colorado Boulder. “If you look at student performance holistically, we know that engaging parents is something that is effective in helping students improve.” . . . read more


Anti-voucher slate unifies DCSD school board

Teachers, parents and community members overflowed the boardroom and the lobby of the Wilcox Building in Castle Rock, Colorado, Tuesday night for the swearing in of four new members of Douglas County School District’s Board of Education. 

The new members, who are all against the voucher program that has divided the district, replaced the last remaining members of the conservative slate led by President Meghann Silverthorn that presided over Douglas County since 2009. . . . read more


Part of the city

It’s the Thursday after Halloween, a quiet night on the Hill and around downtown Boulder. Police officer Ryan Bemis and his partner for the night Fabian Rodriguez make circles around their patrol area, waiting for a noise complaint or a call from dispatch to switch their focus to.

The temperature continues to dip as the night goes on, nearing midnight, but they keep the heat off, driving quietly through rows and rows of houses with the exception of rock music humming quietly from the radio. Despite the cold weather, Bemis is in a short sleeve shirt, Rodriguez opting for a jacket and a beanie over his head. . . . read more


Attention Homes to Host Sixth Annual Sleep Out

Attention Homes, an organization that helps homeless youth in Boulder County, will host its sixth annual Sleep Out on Nov. 10 to raise money and awareness for youth homelessness.

Attention Homes has served the Boulder area for half of a century, but has changed dramatically in its scope and goals since its founding 51 years ago. Chris Nelson, the deputy director of Attention Homes who has been with the program for 10 years, helped as the organization adapted to its role in serving more than 750 unique homeless youth in 2016 alone. 

“When I started there we served about 30 young people maybe 40, and now it’s over 700,” Nelson said. “It’s been a big jump.” . . . read more


Be Mindful: Betsy DeVos is Dangerous for Students

Only 8 percent of CU students reported their sexual assault in 2016. DeVos wants to make that worse.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently claimed that Obama-era regulations on Title IX “weaponized the Office for Civil Rights,” thus further exacerbating the issue of sexual assault on campuses across the country and threatening the ability of universities to accurately and successfully combat sexual violence.

DeVos’ main argument against the regulations was rooted in “the notion that a school must diminish due process rights” of the accused.

Yes, false accusations are an issue, and there are many instances in which false accusations can be career-ending or life-threatening. But those instances pale in comparison to the amount of sexual assaults that go unresolved or unreported due to the failures of the system in helping victims of rape and assault. . . . read more


Guest Lecture Deconstructs Race-Based Incarceration

Kelly Lytle Hernandez, an associate professor at the University of California Los Angeles, spoke to a crowd of students and faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder about how the prison system in the United States is a “social institution” that discriminates against “racial outsiders” during a guest lecture last week.

Hernandez was invited to the university to talk about her new book, “City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965,” which focuses on the rise of race-based policing and imprisonment in LA, and how the phenomenon coincided with the criminalization of undocumented immigration.

"Eliminating indigenous peoples and disappearing radicalized outsiders is the basic crux of social relations in a settler society,” Hernandez said. “This variant of settler colonialism runs particularly strong in the American West.”   . . . read more