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"Welcome to Boulder" video from CU AD

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Buffnik, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Daaah Club Member Club Member

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    Talk about underselling a destination. WTF? Who produced that pile of dog crap?
     
  3. Shldr2Shldr

    Shldr2Shldr Club Member Club Member

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    wasnt bad I dont think, but could have been better. When approaching it as a welcome to the city thing I think it works well, as far as promoting the university itself it sucks.
     
  4. Del

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    Well it may be designed that way to talk specifically about the city since I'm sure many kids from out of state have know idea what Boulder is like. I'm sure they have plenty of other info talking about the school.
     
  5. CUBUFF80

    CUBUFF80 No Stinkin' Title Club Member

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    Meh - standard travel destination fluff, seen much better.
     
  6. LaserDeathHawk

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    good lord. talk about missing the point
     
  7. HUFset

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    Are they selling Boulder to recruits with this or the middle-aged upper class? FAIL!
     
  8. BlackNGold

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    I liked it. I give is an 8. I don't know what people expect.
     
  9. HUFset

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    Ralphie! DUH
     
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    Fairly good images of the town. I don't think they needed to include the 29th street mall.

    I think it was okay with the following caveats:

    1) This was meant to only show small highlights of Boulder and its proximity to Denver.
    2) This was not meant to show anything about the University itself.
    3) This was not meant to show what there is to do close to Boulder (mountain activities, etc.)
     
  11. BuffAlum2007

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    The video itself is good (the first time I watched it, it was without sound), but the narration is a little dry...
     
  12. Tatanka™

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    If the purpose of this video was to sell 17 year olds on Boulder, it was a FAIL! How do you not include a few shots of attractive students in there? I'm not saying you have to be gratuitous about it, but come on! Not a single shot of some young hotties walking around the Quad or Pearl St? And if you want to showcase outdoor activities, you can do a lot better than a wide shot of people walking on a trail. How about emphasizing the close proximity of the ski resorts with some extreme snowboarding shots? Maybe some mountain biking? Anything that's, you know, like, uh, COOL!?! Do they have any clue what kids like? That seemed more like an extremely lame corporate recruiting video than a college recruiting video. Perhaps this video is aimed at parents. In that case, it still sucks! Just not quite as much. :lol:

    And 29th St mall? Meh. It's just like every other outdoor mall that has opened in the last decade. Why include that?

    I agree that Mark Johnson's narration left a lot to be desired. Unless you are having trouble sleeping, that is. In that case, it's perfect!

    Perhaps I'm being too hard on it. After all, they did get a shot of Hawk's favorite thing about Boulder in there! :lol2:
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  13. Sexton Hardcastle

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    :yeahthat:
     
  14. twilightchiq

    twilightchiq New Member

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    Quick Question

    Hi,:wave: please take the question that im about to ask seriously. I have wanted to attend CU for a while now (yes I make the grades all A's and 32 ACT). I know that Boulder, or CO as a whole for that matter, isnt very diverse, but how accepting is the city/University to African Americans? I am accustomed to being surrounded by all whites and all of my friends are too, but I have heard some not so good things about Boulder. So could anyone please answer as truthfully and less harsh manner possible?? Thanks!! :huh:
     
  15. sliderNcider

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    Urban myth
     
  16. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Boulder's about the most tolerant place on the planet even though it's not the most diverse place. Extremely liberal. Type of place where an interracial gay couple could walk down the street holding hands and none of the locals would pay more attention to them than anyone else... unless they littered or were mean to a dog (then they'd catch hell). Also extremely educated. When I'm at a dinner party, I'm often the only person there who doesn't have a Master's or Doctorate degree. Lots of money here, too, but you can't always tell by the way people dress or live. We have a lot of "trust fund hippies" and you'll find a number of students that fit that description.

    Lily white, for the most part, with about 15% minority population (mostly Hispanic and Asian). I'm pretty sure it's under 5% African American. That can be challenging if someone isn't going to be able to feel at home unless there are a lot of black folks around. But if a person felt a need for that, Denver's only a half hour away.

    I'm actually surprised you've heard negative things about Boulder on the issue of acceptance. Racism's everywhere, but I really don't think you'll find much in Boulder. I would think you'd run into people who weren't accustomed to interacting with a lot of black folks and you'd have to deal with some who overdo it or seem awkward at first, but not in a mean-spirited or prejudging way.

    It's a difficult subject to talk about and I hope this helped (and that I didn't give any false impressions). For the record, I'm a white resident who was never a CU student, so my perspective is limited. Hopefully some other folks here can add to this and paint a fuller picture.

    Thanks for posting, twilightchiq. Are you going to have a chance to visit to get a 1st hand feel for Boulder and CU before making your college decision?
     
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    :wtf: I don't get it :sad:
     
  18. Clean Undies

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    I'd recommend checking out this site http://www.colorado.edu/studentgroups/
    Find some club that sounds interesting and make your inquiry. For example, there is a Black Student Alliance and a wide variety of community groups. Make some contacts and you'll be likely to get the straight story.


    So what have you heard that is not so good?
     
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    Thank you for replying with a very serious and logical response. This has helped me a lot with my decision. I do plan to visit either in the fall of this year or summer of next. I live 1700 miles away and mom doesn't really want me to go so far away but I really like the look of boulder. It's very scenic, very few economic problems if any, education, location, and I have heard a lot of good things that completely shadow the negative. So thanks again for your nice.response and I look forward to visiting boulder ASAP.
     
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    Thanks! But being surrounded by blacks is not an issue for me I am in the position very often where I am the only black in sight, I doesn't really bother me but I dont like the feeling of being unwanted and I have spoken with a handful of blacks that live in or are students in boulder and most had only good things to say while others commented about issues that they have encountered because of their race other than that nothing major. I would like a white persons opinion now to see how they feel on the matter :)
     
  21. sackman

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    I'd contact the university and see if they can set you up with somebody from the Black Student Alliance (or whatever it's called, I forgot), and get some feedback from members of that group. It's one thing to talk to a bunch of white guys in their 30's about racial acceptance. We all think we're hip and totally accepting. Members from that group could give you first hand knowledge of the challenges of living in Boulder.
     
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    OK, well after reading that, I guess you've already taken my advice. :lol:

    Honestly, my impression of folks in Boulder is that they really don't care about the color of your skin. You may run into the occassional asshole, but that person is going to be an asshole regardless. We all have to deal with assholes from time to time.
     
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    I would dare to say that you will get more grief in Boulder if you are an outspoken Republican than for about anything else!:nod:

    All joking aside, there is a reason that Embree and Bienemy have always wanted to come back and live in Boulder, and it wasn't for the (possible) racism. Now youhead out onto the plains and you might get more exposed to that, but for the most part I think the wider media exposure to the world even has the more isolated plains towns being more accepting of differences in people.
     
  24. Clean Undies

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    This white guy's opinion is that overt racial prejudice in Boulder is strictly taboo.

    There is prejudice in Boulder. Smokers of tobacco are going to get some crusty looks and snide comments.

    Obesity is also likely to draw ridicule. Boulder is a town for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts.

    This is the profile of someone who may likely experience supreme prejudice in Boulder; A fat person who smokes, wears fur, hates to commune with nature, and constantly talks about how Chicago, Texas, California or "back home" are superior cities than Boulder. People in Boulder are there because they choose to be. If you don't like Boulder and voice that opinion, you'll be promptly told to get out.

    Boulder is not the place to avoid or sneer upon an outdoor lifestyle. If you have ever gone on a camping trip and accepted the inconvenience of peeing in the wilderness, then you'll do fine. A black person who is training for a triathlon or who rides bikes, or likes to climb rocks, or runs, or thrives in an academic setting will quickly be accepted.

    But if you'd turn down a 4 hour hike because you don't want to pee outdoors, and you insist on smoking, enjoy hunting animals, or redneck motor vehicle sports, or want to major in rap music, then Boulder would be a challenging place no matter your skin color.

    Boulder has a huge tolerance for religious beliefs. People are free to believe in whatever God they want, or believe in no God at all. There is no dominant religion in Boulder. It's a great venue to explore your spirituality in an absence of oppression in a city that has devout populations of Catholics, Protestants, Evangelicals, Mormons, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Islam, Wicca, Druids, Atheists, Agnostics, and just about any religious persuasion you can think of. This religious tolerance generally transcends racial differences, as people who live in Boulder tend to be very well traveled.

    The bigger knock on Boulder isn't racism, but elitism. There are some very well-to-do people in Boulder who ride $8,000 bicycles, drive fancy European luxury cars and take amazing vacation adventures that include treks up Mount Everest or Doctors(Engineers) without Borders excursions to places like Madagascar or El Salvador to build schools, dig wells, and cure malaria. For those without so much discretionary cash to spend on exotic travel and pricy toys, Boulder can be intimidating. Some of the in-state students might envy or scorn the out-of-staters who show off their wealth. The elitism of Boulder's upper crust is more financially based than racial.

    I've heard stories of subtle institutional racism, like second hand stories of someone getting pulled over for driving while black. But I've never personally witnessed anything like that. The Boulder Police tend to treat all students, regardless of race, pretty poorly.
     
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    One word


    Poor
     
  26. FChairbanks

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    and if you are considering by-passing skiddy's post because of wordiness, i recommend reading it. he pretty much nailed it.

    especially this line...

    :lol:
     
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    I remember one Boulder cop that stopped me for no reason, the guy was in shades, the fool thought he was like a super cop or something, hilarious.
     
  28. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Speaking of Boulder police versus the attitude of the locals, twilightchiq, I think this town actually decided to paint its police cars pink for a while so that they'd be less intimidating/threatening to people. It didn't work out, but that should give you a good idea about the way the locals think. :lol:

    Anyone who lived here that can confirm/deny that? I didn't know if it was an urban legend.
     
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    Twilightchiq, what do you plan to study?
     
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    I plan to study Political Science and Government and minor in Accounting. Would you recommend any good majors? I do very well in anything math related I'm talking like 103, 105 averages, but I love learning History/English.??
     
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