About S.L. Alderton

S.L. Alderton is an MSU Denver student majoring in magazine journalism.

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Beyond Barnes & Noble: meet Denver’s indie bookstores

May 24, 2013


The rise of digital publishing and online shopping has sparked a lot of debate over the last few years about whether brick-and-mortar bookstores are still relevant in our society. With Borders and other national bookstores chains out of business, it can seem like Barnes & Noble is the only option for those of us who […]

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MSU Denver’s The Heidi Chronicles is an entertaining study of emptiness

April 24, 2013


The Metropolitan State University of Denver’s theatre program finished off its performance season last week with a production of “The Heidi Chronicles” by Wendy Wasserstein. It was a much-anticipated show, and the audience at the April 18 performance I went to see nearly filled up the King Center’s Studio Theatre, where it was performed. That audience spent the […]

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The chilly world of Froyo

April 14, 2013

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AURORA, Colo. — They’re everywhere–in low-class suburbs and high-class malls, catering to high school students, seniors and families alike. Over the past few years, frozen yogurt shops have become almost as ubiquitous as Starbucks in the Denver area. Some belong to national franchises such as Yogurtland and Menchie’s, but many others are small businesses, comprised […]

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Breaking the Cycle: A teacher’s story

March 26, 2013


DENVER — As soon as Adelaida Carmona enters her conversational Spanish class at Metropolitan State University of Denver, the atmosphere of the room changes. “Buenoas tardes, chicos! Què tal?” Carmona says in a bright voice that cuts through the low-level chatter of her students. Carmona hurries to the blackboard, where her dress is quickly frosted with white chalk dust as […]

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Traffic stops: a key to catching criminals

March 9, 2013


   AURORA, Colo. — Most drivers know the feeling of frustration that comes when a cop pulls them over for having a dim headlight or an expired temporary tag. But for police officers, these traffic stops are anything but random. In fact, as a patrol with District 2 Officer Jared Krieger shows, sometimes something as […]

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New Auraria exhibit brings Colorado’s darker history to the surface

February 26, 2013


DENVER — The Auraria campus library is now hosting an exhibit that displays artifacts from fairly recent history (by archaeologists’ standards): a Japanese-American internment camp in southeastern Colorado. Over the course of World War II, Camp Amache, a fenced-in square mile of land in Prowers County, became home to about 10,000 Japanese-Americans who were forced […]

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The ACA comes to MSU: changes in student health insurance

February 8, 2013


DENVER — This fall, autumn leaves and course schedules won’t be the only things to change at Metro State University: the student healthcare policy will be changing, too. As all registered Metro students know, the cost for student health insurance has always been part of their tuition, but those who already have insurance are able to opt out of […]

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