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Softball, page 12 the Monday, December 10, 2012 Inside this Issue news Napierkowski page 4 After returning from a semester-long trip to Romania, English Professor Thomas Napierkowski shared what he learned as a Fulbright Specialist. culture Holiday recipes page 7 Instead of splurging on stocking stuffers, try making something that family and friends will use. Or eat. Bob Costas’ Sunday Night Football comments about gun control have brought the issue back to the forefront. UCCS Student Newspaper Mikaila Ketcherside The more students and faculty report crimes and suspicious behavior, the more effective campus police hopes to become. UCCS experienced two crimes on campus in the last four weeks. Despite shuttle buses being vandalized on Nov. 17 and two students getting robbed at gunpoint on Nov.27, Public Safety hopes to reassure students that UCCS remains a safe campus. The robbed students were parked at 5424 North Nevada Ave. when their car was boxed in by two vehicles. The suspects displayed firearms and demanded the students’ wallets. One of the students was assaulted but only suffered minor abrasions. Continued on page 2 . . . Photo by TylerAnderson Police Lt. Brian McPike, left, and Transportation Manager Russ Wilcox discuss the shuttle bus vandalism. Scholarship applications open for 2013-2014 Gun control page 9 Vol. 37, Iss. 11 Armed robbery and vandalism incident raise concern on campus Alexander Nedd opinion cribe Even though the opportunity to win this year’s record $588 million Powerball jackpot has passed, students still have a chance to split $6 million on campus. Each year, UCCS is awarded more than $6 million in scholarships. Scholarships available for everyone, no ticket purchase necessary. No one wants to pay back student loans. With scholarships, students can reduce their debt before graduation. Students who receive scholarships can reduce the number of hours they work, giving more time for extra activities such as studying, joining athletic clubs on campus and volunteering. Jennifer Fisher, assistant director for scholarship programs at UCCS, and Danny Torres, scholarship counselor, work to ensure student success and are dedicated to help- ing students apply for aid. Beginning Dec. 1, students can access an extensive list of scholarships from their myUCCS portal by clicking on the Scholarship Application link in the student center. Additional scholarships can be accessed at uccs. edu/scholarships. Many times aid is not dispersed since not many apply for the scholarships, but the number of people applying for a scholarship varies based on what is offered. For example, the Bruce and Anne Shepard Reach Your Peak Scholarship received 450 applications last year, while zero students applied for the Julie Welsh Memorial Scholarship, a fund for English majors who are single with children. There is no simple answer for why students do not apply. Fisher and Torres urge students to apply and take advantage of these scholarships, whether need-based or sports Cross country page 12 The men’s and women’s cross country teams have improved over last year’s standings at nationals. Photo courtesy of Office of Financial Aid, Student Employment and Scholarships The UCCS Financial Aid Office can help students learn about new scholarships and how to apply for them. merit. “There are a number of need-based scholarship programs that are looking for hardworking students who need a little extra boost to make ends meet,” Fisher said. “A common misconception is that you have to be eligible for a Pell Grant to get needbased scholarships. This is not the case,” Fisher said. “If you were offered a subsidized Stafford loan on your award letter, you have financial need.” Other options are available for students with average GPAs. UCCS and other programs offer scholarships to students with GPAs starting at 2.5. Applications vary per scholarship, though most merit-based scholarships are due Feb. 1. Needbased awards are due on March 1, which is also the priority date for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students can start filling out the FAFSA Jan. 1. Students cannot win the lottery if they don’t purchase a ticket. Similarly, the UCCS Financial Aid Office hopes students take advantage of these opportunities and file applications. S

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