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Vol. 117, Issue 2

January 19, 2010

Raising funds for Haitian relief Vigil, panel planned for this week ARIANNA RANAHOSSEINI Editor-in-chief

DU joins worldwide mourning of the tens of thousands of Haitian earthquake victims with a memorial and vigil at 8:15 p.m. in the Driscoll Gallery today. The vigil is preceded by a panel discussion featuring Korbel students, professors

and a member of the Colorado Haiti Project will take place tonight in the Driscoll Gallery from 6:30 – 8 p.m. The discussion will focus on the political history of Haiti, a Haitian native’s thoughts on the tragedy and the view of on-the-ground service in Haiti. Since the earthquake last Tuesday, DU students have organized a collection of funds on Driscoll Bridge. Almost $5,000 has been collected so far. “This outpour has been incredible,”

said Jess Hunter, Jess Hunter, a graduate student who is helping organize Tuesday’s events. The event coordinators hope to raise at least $10,000. “We’re hoping to far surpass $10,000 and then put the challenge onto the other universities and colleges within Colorado and say, ‘Look what DU is doing, what can you do?’” Hunter said. Also today, the DU Grilling Society will be grilling drumsticks on Driscoll

Lawn to raise money to assist relief in Haiti with music from KVDU. The event starts at 11 a.m. and is expected to go until 2 p.m., and more than 300 people are expected to attend. “It was really impromptu. D.U.G.S. loves to be a part of the campus community and originally saw a little grilling as a good fundraiser,” said Jason Lundberg, co-founder of D.U.G.S. SEE ORGANIZATIONS, PAGE 3

Students honor MLK in ‘marade’

Sodexho workers seek better work conditions Employees petition CONNIE MIERKEY Lifestyles editor

On Friday, a group of Sodexo employees, students and community members attempted to deliver a petition to Sodexho management demanding better working standards and the right to form a union. Nori Yamashita, Sodexho’s general manager, did not accept the petition saying that it was against policy. The number to a company labor relations representative based in California was given instead. Yamashita would also not see the group for a delegation but suggested that individuals make an appointment with him instead. Grievances against management have been accumulating for some time now. Celeste Lascano has worked for Sodexho for three years and has worked on campus for one. When she became pregnant she was told she would either be laid off or should take a personal leave of absence. She did the latter and when she returned, there was no permanent position for her. “I had to fight three months to get my position back, they gave my position back just last week, [there is] a lot of disrespect, they try to intimidate you,” said Lascano, mother of six children. “My kids are on Medicaid because I can’t afford the health care. My husband’s a dishwasher here and we still can’t afford it.” Sodexho supplies food to all dining halls on the DU campus and is a major supplier of food services to public schools and private and public colleges.

Men’s basketball falls on the road to ULM What went wrong, right SPORTS | Page 16





A group of DU students participated in yesterday’s Martin Luther King Jr. marade in downtown Denver. The DU contingent included members of the Black Student Alliance. Thosands of people took advantage of the warm weather to honor the civil rights leader. See page 4.

“If this campus is really smoke-free, why are there so many well-used ashtrays?” OPINIONS | Page 9

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January 19, 2010

Students fight for workers’ rights New sorority solicits membership

Continued from page 1 The majority of employees signed on as full-time are working 30 hours or less, noted Vicki Harris, the organizer for Service Employees International union. Harris got involved in assisting the workers after she read an article printed in the [Dis]claimer addressing the mistreatment of Sodexho employees. The petition changes that employees are also not being allowed to take their full 30-minute breaks and yet the entire time is still being deducted from their paychecks, said Harris after hearing several different workers’ complaints. “I went almost seven hours before I went on a break,” said Barbara Ross who has worked in the Nagel Hall dining facilities for over a year. Among Ross’ other concerns, management does not hold safety meetings, but gives employees paperwork to read and sign during their shift. Ross also says she has also been cursed at by management and disrespected in front of students. “There’s no one we can talk to

about this, management is so unreceptive,” said Ross. “They say we will talk about it and we never do.” At orientation, employees were told they get one free meal each shift they work, but they are only given breaks when food is not available. There is also discrepancy about who can eat when and where. “It’s my kitchen, I’ll feed who I want” is what Lascano has heard when she asked a supervisor why the kitchen staff was allowed to eat and not the retail staff. “For a while nobody was eating,” said Lascano. There is no regional human resources representative for Sodexho in Colorado, but last week an HR representative flew in from California and it is common sentiment among workers that this occurred because Sodexho got wind that they were talking about organizing a union. “[The representative] questioned certain people,” said Lascano. When Yamashita was asked to comment about the employees’ complaints he refused to comment but gave the same number

of a Sodexho labor relations representative. There has been no response. “An employee called [the representative] a year ago and she didn’t get a response until last week,” said Lascano. “It is really hard to give a petition to a phone number,” said Dillon Doyle who attended the delegation on Friday as a student activist in support of the employees. Doyle is also the president of the DU DEMS who handed out 800 buttons last week to students in defense of Sodexho employees’ rights. “We care a lot about the safety of the students, but also about the safety and welfare of our families. Right now, it’s hard to make ends meet and consequently, our health care is unaffordable. Plus, some of us are being punished for improper work procedures when we have not received adequate training. That’s why we want a real voice on the job,” said Diana Soto, a DU Sodexho employee. The group plans to continue with the petitions and will attempt to contact human resources.


A new sorority, Alpha Phi, joins DU’s existing five sororities and eight fraternities. In order to secure a place on campus Alpha Phi went through a vetting process, giving presentations to DU and members from the Greek community before it was chosen from a number of hopeful sororities to start a chapter at DU. As of last week, Alpha Phi has more than 85 women registered. The new chapter will not have a house on sorority row on South Josephine Street next year. Instead, members will share a floor in one of the DU dorms. At DU Alpha Phi’s aims to, “provide another opportunity for students to enjoy leadership, service, social and sisterhood experiences,” said Stephanie Nordstrom, manager of New Chapter Development in Student Life. “The [future DU members} will take the traditions of our original founders and chapters

all over the country and tailor them to DU,” Nordstrom said. Throughout the year, Alpha Phi will participate in events similar to the other sororities, including Winter Carnival, social events, sisterhood events, philanthropy events, as well as hosting their own small events. DU will be one of four colleges in Colorado to host the Alpha Phi sorority. The University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado School of Mines have Alpha Phi chapters. Alpha Phi has 151 chapters across North America including DU. Recent Alpha Phi graduates will be answering questions about the sorority on Driscoll Bridge from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Thursday. DU undergraduate women can sign up for Alpha Phi’s recruitment process through a Facebook application linked on the Alpha Phi Web site. Interviews and recruitment events will begin on Wednesday.

Man robbed by ‘ninjas’ ASSOCIATED PRESS



Students and faculty gathered last week to raise awareness and petition for Sedexo worker’s rights.

U P C O M I N G TODAY “Afghan Exit Strategy: Winning with Jobs not Guns” 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Sturm 281 Attend this film screening, presentation and Q&A with Najim Dost, an Afghan national pursuing his PhD at Korbel School of International Studies. Supporting Haiti 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Driscoll Green University of Denver Grilling Society hosts this cookout to raise awareness and funds for Haitian relief efforts. “Haiti: Understanding and Reaching Out” 6:30 – 8 p.m. Driscoll Gallery This panel discussion features Prof. Lynn Holland, graduate student Figaro Joseph and Fr. Ed Morgan, the co-founder of Colorado Haiti Project. They will speak about the political history


of Haiti, doing on-the-ground service in Haiti and its recent tragedy. Memorial for Haiti 8:15 p.m. – 9 p.m. Driscoll Gallery Attend this memorial and vigil led by DU chaplain Gary Brower for all those affected by the Haiti tragedy. Book discussion: “Three Cups of Tea” 12 p.m. Suite 29, Driscoll South Prof. Peter Van Arsdale from the Korbel School of International Studies will co-facilitate the discussion of this book by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. Campus Resources Workshop 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Driscoll 1880 This workshop is hosted by the Center for Academic and Career

Development. WEDNESDAY DC-Korbel Student Panel 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Cyber Café Returning from DC, Korbel students host this panel to discuss their experiences during the Korbel-DC program in the fall 2009 quarter.

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DENVER — Denver police say a man pulled a gun on a medical marijuana dispensary manager and threatened to leave with some products but left without taking anything. Police say the man went to a dispensary in southeast Denver, grabbed a few products and then told the manager he was going to leave without paying for them. But police say the man fled in a car empty-handed. Dispensary employees told police they think they know the suspect.

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THURSDAY Salsa Dance Lessons 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Driscoll Underground The DU Latin Dance Club hosts this free dance lesson for all skill levels. Undergraduate Latino Student Dinner 6 p.m. Nelson Private Dining Room Socialize with other DU Latino undergrads in this communitybuilding event hosted by the Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship.

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LONGMONT — A 68-yearold restaurant employee told Longmont police he was robbed of the business' daily receipts by two people he described as looking like ninjas. Longmont police say the employee from Deli Cioso told officers that the two people were not armed when they took his money without saying a word as he was leaving the restaurant Sunday night. Police say that the only description he was able to provide was that they were short, dressed completely in black and

that they looked like ninjas. The employee was not hurt.

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January 19, 2010

Nelson Hall wins energy contest JACKELYN NGUYEN Contributor

Nelson Hall took first place in the energy conservation contest in which all dorms on campus participated. The contest measured each dorm’s ability to reduce its usage of electricity, natural gas and water. Centennial Towers, Centennial Halls, Nagel Hall, Nelson Hall and Johnson-MacFarlane Hall participated in the contest. Nelson Hall residents were treated to a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream party for their success in energy conservation. Nelson residents reduced the use of electricity by 28.9 percent and natural gas by 8 percent. Nagel Hall came in second with 27.3 percent saving in electricity., According to Christy Cerrone, the coordinator for sustainability initiatives for housing and residential education (HRE). In water conservation, Centennial Halls was first with 16.4 percent reduction and Nelson

placed second, saving 14.5 percent. The contest compared consumption from fall quarter 2008 with that of fall 2009, factoring in the number of residents from each time period. Cerrone said that overall students used 102,962 kilowatt hours fewer than last year which means 189,450 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide were released into the atmosphere. DU dorms also saved 1,082,000 gallons of water. The energy conservation contest also gave away prizes through box drawings. Residents nominated their friends or wrote pledges about how they would save energy. Nearly 200 students gave input such as how they hang dry their laundry or how they won’t buy bottled water. One winner was selected from each building. Freshman Nick Graf, who lives in Towers, won a pair of Tom’s Shoes. Tom’s Shoes has promised to donate a new pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of

shoes purchased. “The more energy conserved the better off everyone will be in the long run,” Graf said. Graf ’s winning pledge was to take shorter showers, use less water when washing dishes and use the heater as little as possible. Lauren Johnson is a freshman at J-Mac and another winner of a pair of Tom’s Shoes. Johnson is part of the DU environmental team and pledged to turn off lights when possible, to open her curtains during the day, to bring a towel to the bathroom instead of using paper towels and to turn off her computer at night. “We can only hope we’re raising awareness for others to be more energy efficient,” said Johnson. Campus Cycles also donated two cruiser bikes as prizes for students. Another energy contest among the dorms will be held next fall. Other events include educational campaigns and green teams in the residence halls open to all students.

Study abroad program ranks No. 3 MORGAN TILTON Contributor

DU has been ranked No. 3 in the country for undergraduate participation in study abroad programs in to the latest Open Doors report. According to the report, 73.6 percent of DU undergraduate students studied abroad in the 2007-2008 academic year. The University of San Diego was ranked No. 2, sending 78.5 percent of its students abroad, while Pepperdine University took first place with 96.7 percent of its undergraduate student body studying abroad last year. Eric Gould, vice provost for internationalization, attributes the high student involvement to the financial generosity of DU’s study abroad program.

“It becomes a good academic deal,” said Gould. “You’re studying longer but only paying for a quarter. You’re bringing back more credits than you would pay for in 10 weeks at DU, and you’re there for 15 weeks.” The DU study abroad program, Cherrington Global Scholars, allows eligible students to study abroad for a semester at the same cost as a quarter term at DU. Students also have the option to say abroad for a year. Cherrington covers fees such as round-trip airfare and student visas. DU spends approximately $2.5-3 million per year for the additional tuition, airfare and visa expenses. Returning junior Ricky Anderson, who spent the fall quarter in El Salvador, said the study abroad office staff helped

in guiding his decision-making process. “They were really supportive with everything and helped me make decisions,” Anderson said. “Everyone should at least check out the programs and make an appointment with an adviser.” Gould said the study abroad program broadens a student’s horizons. “Students can take courses in the language of the country, courses that will give a fresh perspective on majors and minors, and interesting elective courses to help them understand the country,” Gould said. “The two purposes of studying abroad are learning about and immersing yourself in another culture and having a transformative experience,” said Gould.

Organizations raise funds for Haiti Continued from page 1 departments,” Lundberg said. “The scope grew as I realized All proceeds will be sent to that we could easily challenge the Lambi Fund of Haiti, chosen other student organizations to because it is a second responder. give with us and make a larger “Not to say that first respondimpact,” Lundberg ers aren’t important, said. because they are,” From there, Hunter said. Lundberg and “We’ve seen the need for first D.U.G.S. united to responders, like organize one large the American Red fundraiser. Cross, and they are “It helps those crucial. However, in need in a devaswhen the minds tating time,” Hunter of the West forget said. about tragedies, and D.U.G.S. hopes we do forget, second to raise $10,000 responders are there from student orgato make economic nizations, individuinfrastructural decials, residence halls, sions that will help university departsupport the country ments and alumni. So far nearly Jess Hunter, who helped long after disaster $5,000 has been organized the events relief has alleviated raised. the situation.” And the reacFollowing the tion from the DU community has discussion, DU’s chaplain, Gary been great, Lundberg said. Brewer, will lead a memorial and “We have had donations from a vigil at 8:15 p.m. in Driscoll law students, Korbel students, Gallery. undergraduate students, staff To donate online visit members, student organizations,

“We’re hoping to far surpass the $10,000 and put the challenge onto other universities and colleges within Colorado.”




D.U.G.S. has raised $4,600 so far to donate towards Haiti relief. Their goal is $10,000.





On Monday, Jan. 11 at 2:24 p.m. a student reported his bike missing at the Daniels College of Business. The student secured his bicycle to the northwest bike rack with an approved lock on Jan. 9. When the student returned on Jan. 11, the bike was missing.

On Monday, Jan. 11 at 6:42 p.m. a staff member observed a suspicious party on the southwest side of the University College building. The man had previously trespassed on campus. Campus Safety issued him a trespassing citation.

On Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 5:12 p.m. Campus Safety investigated the license plates of an abandoned vehicle in parking lot 306 near Nelson Hall. The investigation revealed the license plates did not belong to the vehicle. After checking the vehicle identification number, the vehicle was discovered to have been stolen. Denver Police contacted the owner to retrieve the vehicle. On Thursday, Jan. 14 at 9:55 p.m. a student reported a missing wallet. The student was in possession of her wallet when she left her residence hall. She discovered it was missing when she arrived at the Driscoll Center.

ILLNESS On Sunday, Jan. 11 at 6:05 p.m. a student experienced chest pain at the Coors Fitness Center. The student declined medical assistance.

DRUGS & ALCOHOL On Monday, Jan. 11 at 7:58 p.m. two students admitted to smoking marijuana after they were found in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia in a residence hall room at Centennial Towers. Campus Safety confiscated the contraband. On Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 9:57 p.m. the odor of marijuana emitted from a residence hall room at Centennial Towers. Five students were in the room. Campus Safety observed the strong odor, but no contraband was in plain view. On Friday, Jan. 15 at 12:21 a.m. marijuana odor was coming from a residence hall room at Centennial Halls. Four underage students were in the room. When Campus Safety searched the room, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and alcohol containers were discovered. Campus Safety confiscated and disposed of the contraband.

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January 19, 2010

Community honors work of MLK Jr. RACHEL CONKEY Copy editor

A group of DU students participated in Denver’s Martin Luther King Jr. “marade” which attracted thousands of people yesterday. The term “marade” is used to combine march and parade and is unique to Denver, which holds the second largest MLK parade in the country. Atlanta hosts the largest celebration. A dozen DU students rode a bus from campus to City Park where they were joined by other students who took other forms of transportation. One of the DU contingents marched with various kites which represent the slogan of “one sky one world,” created by Jane Parker Ambros, the originator of the first three-dimensional sculptural windsock. “You get the sense of one sky one world when you get out and fly a kite,” she said. “You’re focusing on the sky and then all of a sudden you realize there is only one world. It’s kind of a Zen thing.” This unique idea of unity was largely supported by Colorado’s blue sky which hung above the countless participants throughout the event. “I think that the people who are less involved in the BSA [Black Student Alliance] and other organizations may feel as though they cannot properly appreciate what Martin Luther King did,” said David Lorish, a DU students who attended the marade. “Holding these kites can give them a sense of involvement.” The near three-mile trek began in City Park at the Martin Luther King Jr. statue and ended in Civic Center Park near the capitol. The crowd consisted of students, families, drum lines, and civic leaders. The list of honorable attendees included Mayor John Hickenlooper, former Mayor Wellington Webb, House Speaker Terrance Carroll and U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet.

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david lorish | clarion Top left: Students carried kites with the slogan “one sky one world,” a slogan which creates a sense of unity. Top right: Students from DU’s Black Student Alliance and Center for Multicultural Excellence marched alongside people from all over Denver in this year’s “marade.” Below: Participants gathered around the capitol building after the “marade” to continue celebrating.

In the Jan. 12 article, “DU smoke free, almost,” the parameters of the smoking ban were incorrectly stated. The ban includes all DU property except the two designated areas outside the Newman Center of the Performing Arts and the Ritchie Center. The ban continues to include all university property, including bulidings north of Asbury Avenue, East of University Boulevard and South of Iliff Avenue. Smoking is also permitted on public sidewalks and rights-ofway, such as sidewalks adjacent to public streets. Smoking is not permitted on DU sidewalks. There is not a 25 foot zone around the campus perimeter. The Health and Counseling Center provides tobacco cessation counseling services for free.

Surgery tech steals painkillers ASSOCIATED PRESS

DENVER — A surgery technician who infected three dozen people with hepatitis C and may have exposed thousands of others by switching used syringes with ones filled with a powerful painkiller says she got careless while at two Colorado hospitals and doesn’t expect to be forgiven. Ahead of a hearing where she’ll be sentenced to 20 years in prison, Kristen Diane Parker described for prosecutors how she slipped through a hospital’s drug screening process and began stealing drugs as she coped with a heroin addiction. “I can’t ask for forgiveness,” a tearful Parker, 27, told Assistant U.S. Attorney Jaime Pena during a videotaped interview Jan. 11. “I don’t expect anybody to forgive me for what I’ve done. You know, I’m human. I was a drug addict.” Parker pleaded guilty to tampering with a consumer product and obtaining a controlled substance by deceit or

subterfuge. She admitted stealing syringes filled with Fentanyl from operating carts while employed at Denver’s Rose Medical Center and Colorado Springs’ Audubon Surgery Center. Parker told prosecutors she injected herself with the Fentanyl, then replaced it with saline. She said she intended to put the saline in clean needles but got careless. Prosecutors say her scheme exposed nearly 6,000 patients at the two hospitals to the incurable liver disease. Thirty-six of them got infected. “It really doesn’t matter if it’s one or 30,” author and freelance writer Pat Criscito of Monument, south of Denver, said Saturday, adding she thought Parker should have faced attempted murder charges. “There are some people who are not going to live as long as they were going to because of her.” Criscito was one of the thousands tested but her case turned out negative. Investigations also were launched in Mount Kisco, N.Y.,

and in Houston, where Parker previously worked. Parker told prosecutors she stole no syringes at her first scrub tech job in Houston but started the practice at her second job at Northern Westchester Hospital in New York. There, she said she took care to fill clean, unused syringes with saline to replace the Fentanyl-filled syringes she stole from operating carts. Fentanyl is 80 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. About 2,800 patients at Northern Westchester were advised to get tested for hepatitis C. In Houston, an investigation found no cases linked to Parker, Harris County health department spokeswoman Rita Obey said Friday. Sentencing hearing is set for Friday in federal court in Denver. Parker described on the videotape how she got fired from her jobs in Houston and New York for performance issues and altercations with co-workers.

January 19, 2010


50th Winter Carnival refreshes tradition ROSIE WILMOT Assistant lifestyles editor

Reduced lift tickets, accommodations and entertainment by Milkman await DU students who sign up for the 50th annual Winter Carnival celebration at Winter Park. The event is run by the DU Programming Board and is one of the three tradition events the board puts on each year. “One of the reasons many of the students love DU is because of the mountains, and in 1960, as in 2010, it makes perfect sense to get the students to the mountains so that we can all celebrate our school’s amazing location together,” said senior Ally Veneris, co-chair of traditions, DUPB. The Carnival began in Winter Park and grew until the late 1980s and 1990s when the program became so popular that the Programming Board had trouble accommodating the attendees on-mountain at the resorts. “The masses became so large that many of the resorts were not wiling to accommodate DU Winter Carnival for a few years,” said Jared Roux, external chairman of DUPB.

Roux emphasizes that the size of the program was not the only problem, student rowdiness also was an issue. Relationships had to redevelop between the school and the resorts to rebuild the program in the last decade. Once it returned, the program lacked the hype it previously held. In the fall of 2007, DUPB’s traditions committee reevaluated the Carnival to return the event to its former glory. This years festivities begin with the premier of the Ruby Hill project, Rail Jam on Jan. 30 where more than 120 participants will gather to compete. Qualifying rounds will take place 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and finals will run 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Buses will be running from DU to Rail Jam throughout the day. Ruby Hill is sponsored by Christy Sports and Winter Park and frequented by urban snowboarders and skiers who desire to perfect their moves away from the mountain. The park is located on South River Drive and Florida Avenue. Today and tomorrow breakfast will be served on Driscoll Bridge to promote the carnival. Activities on campus also will

include a Grill and Chill event by the DU grilling society. Friday evening the event heads to Winter Park where ice skating and a bonfire 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the village are available to attendees. Snow tubing on Fraser Hill, located two miles from downtown Winter Park is available 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. One day lift tickets at Winter Park are $40 while two day passes will cost students $80. The ski school will offer discounted rates for those who want to improve their skills on the slopes. The weekend will close with a free Milkman concert Saturday, Feb. 6 at 9 p.m. at the Derailer. The concert is 18 and up. Roundtrip transportation to Winter Park is provided by DU by way of buses. Registration for on-mountain activities closes Jan. 24. Students are encouraged to form groups of four to 12 people to take advantage of the discounted condos at The Vintage. Faculty and staff are offered accommodations at Zephyr Mountain Lodge or Frasers Crossing/Founders Pointe for rooms from $169 per night to $514 per night. “About 10 years ago, Winter Carnival used to be one of the best attended and

highly anticipated events at DU, with nearly 1,000 students participating on-mountain,” Veneris said. Last year, according to Veneris, aproximately 450 students participated in onmountain events, an increase from the previous year’s 300. She hopes the program will continue to grow and bring members of the DU community together with experimentation in programming. “(DUPB wants to) hold different events to meet students’ wants and needs. Like this year, for instance, we’re having a concert in Winter Park, and to my knowledge, that hasn’t been done on-mountain for quite some time,” Veneris said. Attendance may be dwindling due to the large numbers of the DU student body that have passes to other mountains who find paying for lift tickets unnecessary. “We considered the five-mountain pass, but Winter Carnival is supposed to be out of the ordinary and something different. Plus, everything on-mountain is extremely discounted, so you’re getting a change of scenery, a change of slopes, for a price that you wouldn’t get otherwise,” she said.

Stalkers use technology to pursue, harass victims CONNIE MIERKEY Lifestyles editor

January is National Stalking Awareness Month. The National Center for Victims and Crime launched this awareness month in 2004. The focus is to increase the public’s knowledge of stalking crimes. The most recent U.S. Department of Justice report claims that stalking affects 3.4 million people a year, however many cases go unreported. Stalking is difficult to recognize, investigate and prosecute. In one of five cases, stalkers use weapons to harm or threaten

victims and stalking is one of the significant risk factors for femicide (homicide of women) in abusive relationships. More often than not the stalker is someone the victim knows. Technology is increasingly being used as stalking methods including cell phones, personal computers and global positioning system devices. For more information visit and For more resources and support visit the Gender Violence Education and Support Services (GVESS) in Nelson Hall 103 or

How much do you know about stalking? 1.How many people are stalked in the U.S. every year? a.) 850,000 b.) 1.2 million c.) 2 million d.) 3.4 million 2. How many states have stalking laws? a.) 25 b.) 34 c.) 48 d.) 50 3. Most stalking victims are celebrities. True False 4. Most stalking victims will report the stalking to the police. True False 5. What percentage of victims know their stalker? a.) 2 percent b.) 29 percent c.) 75 percent d.) 83 percent 6. What percentage of victims are stalked by an intimate partner? a.) 5 percent b.) 11 percent c.) 30 percent d.) 44 percent 7. Which of the following is common stalking behavior? a.) Following b.) Frequent phone calls c.) Monitoring computer useage d.) All of the above 8. If you ignore a stalker he/she will just go away. True False 9. Most stalkers are mentally ill. True False 10. Technology is used only by the savviest stalkers. True False



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January 19, 2010

Professor d’Estree handles crisis with expertise CARLY REYNOLDS

practices. “Practice and meditation and philosophy gives me a bed rock Claude d’Estree attended foundation that allows me to do Catholic schools all his life, yet work,â€? said d’Estree. at 10 years old, d’Estree began A colorful Buddha poster to identify with Buddhist phi- hangs in front of d’Estree’s desk as losophy. Since then, Buddhism a reminder of what he should be has served as a tool from which doing and for whom. The Buddha d’Estree draws from in his work. is not to be worshipped; rather it “Buddhism lays out a foun- serves as a mirror for d’Estree to dation for which I do my work,â€? truly see himself. said d’Estree. “It’s a D’Estree, a reminder to check professor in the motivations,â€? said Korbel School d’Estree. “You can of International do good things for Studies and chair the wrong reason.â€? for the Task Force Buddhism on Modern Slavery reminds d’Estree and Human Trafwhy he wakes up ficking, is also the every morning, University’s Bud- Professor Claude d’Estree besides his three dhist Chaplain. kids calling for D’Estree has taught him; it’s the fact law, philosophy, that he has another religion and international studies, day to help others. As an acabut is most passionately commit- demic, d’Estree informs students ted to making students aware of about human trafficking issues human trafficking issues. and motivates others into action. ROSIE WILMOT | CLARION Born in New York, d’Estree “It’s the best way I know to During the 2009 Interterm Professor d’Estree co-led a group of DU students on an International Service Learning trip to Dharamsala, jokes that he’s not from anywhere, serve humanity,â€? said d’Estree. India. Above he is pictured after the group met with the Tibetan government in-exile Prime Minister Samdhong Rinpoche. and has lived in many places. D’Estree attended Harvard University, The Divinity School, and was appointed the University’s first Buddhist Chaplain by the Dali Lama. D’Estree then traveled to the University of Arizona and George Mason University where he served as the Buddhist Chaplain, before moving to Washington D.C. to serve in the U.S. Attorney’s office. FITNESS CENTER WITH FLAT SCREEN TVS ON CARDIO EQUIPMENT It was in Washington that  Ĺ?Ĺ? Ĺ?Ä‘Ĺ?Ĺ?  d’Estree stumbled upon the reality of human trafficking, while Ĺ? Ĺ? Ĺ? Ĺ?Ĺ?  dealing with ship seizures.  Ĺ? Ĺ?Ä‘Ĺ? Ĺ?Ĺ?Ä‘Ĺ?ÄĄ Ĺ? “I was like anyone else,â€? said   Ĺ? Ĺ?Ĺ?Ĺ?   d’Estree. “I thought slavery ended with the Civil war.â€?  Ĺ? Ĺ? Ĺ?Ĺ?Ĺ?Ĺ?  D’Estree asserts that he is Ä‚Ä…ÄĄĹ? Ĺ?  Ĺ?Ä‘Ĺ?Ĺ?   one of six people considered

Ĺ? Ĺ? Ĺ?Ĺ? Ĺ?    senior in the matter of human trafficking, even though he has only been working on it for about A PA R T M E N T 10 years. According to d’Estree, people were unaware of slavery’s INDIVIDUAL LEASES existence until the fall of the ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCES Soviet Union. STUDIO, 1, 2, 3 AND 4 BEDROOM FLOOR PLANS AVAILABLE There are 23 to 27 million slaves worldwide, which is more FOUR COLOR SCHEMES AVAILABLE than any other time in history, FULL KITCHENS Ä‘ UTILITIES (UP TO A MONTHLY CAP) according to d’Estree. The largPHONE, CABLE & INTERNET INCLUDED est concentration of slaves lies in India, where bonded slavery PRIVATE BATHROOMS AVAILABLE has made 10 to 12 million people PRIVATE BEDROOMS WITH FULL CLOSETS working slaves. FULLY FURNISHED UNITS AVAILABLE WITH FULL-SIZE BEDS D’Estree said it’s not untypical for a 20-year-old woman in UNFURNISHED UNITS AVAILABLE Moscow to be intrigued by a amenities subject to change bride purchase agency that can get her out of a cold-water flat and into the U.S. with a marriage and green card. Instead, she is shipped to the U.S. and put in a brothel to endure rape and maltreatment. “The worst part is that it’s REDEFINE GREEN hard to spot, They are a hidden 

Ĺ? Ĺ? Ĺ? Ĺ?Ä‘Ĺ? Ĺ?  Ĺ?Ä‘Ĺ? Ĺ?  population.â€? said D’Estree. Traffickers are a big part of Ĺ? Ĺ?Ĺ? Ĺ?  ÄĽ Ĺ?  Ĺ?   the silence, making slaves fear Ĺ?  Ĺ?  Ĺ?Ä‘Ĺ? Ĺ?   Ĺ? Ĺ?Ĺ? for their safety and the safety of their families if they try to escape. Ĺ?  Ĺ?Ĺ?Ä‘Ĺ?Ä Ĺ?  Ĺ? Ĺ?Ĺ?Ĺ? According to d’Estree, people  Ĺ?Ĺ?  Ĺ? Ĺ?Ĺ?Ĺ?Ĺ? Ĺ? Ĺ? are unwilling to pry into their neighbors’ lives, or question the ENERGY STAR APPLIANCES AND LAUNDRY FACILITIES relationship between the person  Ĺ?  Ĺ?  Ĺ? Ĺ?

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January 19, 2010

Latin Dance Club spices up mile-high life COLBY POTTER Contributor

Going from the shore of the Caribbean to the mountains of Colorado, is quite a change. Douglas firs, Rocky Mountain oysters and ski parkas replace palm trees, roasting spits and sun-kissed beachgoers. Yet, salsa dancing, the long-time rhythmic heartbeat of the tropics, enjoys a comfortable second home a mile above sea level. As DU enters winter quarter, students looking to beat the winter blues and heat up the dance floor, whether novice or veteran, need not look farther than the school’s Latin Dance Club. Kaitlyn Culliton, club president, and other salsa enthusiasts founded the club in 2008. However, this is the first year the club has received student organization funding. “We are bringing salsa to DU and can now develop a full program,” said Culliton. “We can support our members with more chances to learn and most importantly, have fun dancing.” Brand new to salsa? Under the tutelage of instructor Fafa Bee, newcomers are introduced to

salsa and its varied components. Students grasp slides, twists and steps within minutes, said Culliton, and even those with the proverbial second left foot will enjoy themselves. That extra leftie is quickly lost to the conga’s percussion and that first perfectly-timed step is made. Seasoned dancers will find something to learn as well. Culliton herself boasts five years’ salsa experience besides a history of ballet, figure skating and tango, yet says she broadens her skill set with every Latin Dance Club meeting. “No matter your skill level, salsa fuels that need to dance,” she said. Salsa demands a tuned ear and musical opportunism. When the pace quickens, the better dancers respond with svelte foot taps or shimmies. More than anything else, salsa demands a fun-loving spirit, Culliton believes. For those who can’t cut a rug as well, the club offers another appeal. “One of my favorite parts is the social aspect,” said junior Kyle Nesslein. “It’s a fantastic way to meet people.” True, more women participate than men. But, as junior

Kachi Pray points out, this might be the greatest incentive for those who can’t move their feet over that Y chromosome as gracefully. “I can’t think of a better way for guys to meet girls,” Pray said. Introductions are inescapable. Men commiserate while women laugh with each other over impromptu flourishes. Following some solo practice, Bee then tears down the last wall of modesty by partnering everyone up. “Salsa has many individual elements,” said Bee, “but it is always a two-person dance.” Two heads may be better than one, but twice the number of feet does not always equate to double the success. Cycling through partners, I got to expose my knack at missing steps many times over. But everyone is patient; they’re mostly beginners too. Miscues abound at first, but by the end of the hour, there is some improvement, if not entirely on my part. “It’s a great atmosphere,” said Culliton. “Everyone’s having fun.” The Latin Dance Club meets every Thursday 7-8 p.m. in the Driscoll Ballroom. Those interested in participating should e-mail Culliton at

DU adopts composting program in two dining halls STASIA ERICKSON Contributor

Composting joins recycling and the bike-sharing program as the latest DU initiative to foster sustainability. DU’s food supplier, Sodexo, has established composting in Centennial Halls and Nelson Hall. The composting program was spearheaded by students Stefanie Bednar and Tay Dunkle who met with Sodexo’s manager Nori Yamashita to find ways to decrease the university’s waste. “I think that this is a great accomplishment on the part of DU students, faculty and staff. It is also an amazing step toward making DU a zero waste campus,” Bednar said. “It used to be that we could put only a few things in the compost, such as fruit and vegetable scraps. Now we can put anything from meat to wood stirring sticks to napkins,” Yamashita said. “We now use biodegradable straws in the dining halls, so we can also put those into the compost.” Even though cafeterias in

only two dorms are in the program, Yamashita explained that Sodexo is studying how other dining areas on campus can join composting. However, the new composting program does cost some extra money for Alpine Waste to come pick up the food materials. According to Yamashita, the composting program is costing the university about an extra $5,000 each year. But some students believe that it is worth it. “I think that if we are doing something that’s helping to pre-



Above: Items such as cardboard, food waste, straws, coffee grounds, wood stirring sticks, napkins, tea bags and much more are now being composted in Nelson Hall. Right: Nelson Hall now gives diners the opportunity to toss their waste in the compost bin before putting their dishes away.

Stalking awareness survey answers 1. 3.4 million. 2. 50, stalking is a crime in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and most U.S. territories. 3. False, most stalking victims are private citizens who know the stalker. 4. False, 37 percent of male victims and 41 percent of female victims report to the police. Victims do not report stalking for a variety of reasons including minimizing the seriousness of what they are experiencing, not understanding the behavior is criminal and thinking the police would not take it seriously. 5. 75 percent. 6. 30 percent almost a third of victims are stalked by a current

serve the environment it would not be a waste of the university’s resources,” said senior Grace Polleys. Other students are not quite sure what to think. “I feel that the environment’s condition is very important and as humans we should take care of it. But I also feel that we shouldn’t put too much emphasis or too large amount of funding to support composting on campus which may or may not truly help the environment or only to a minute degree,” said junior Stacey Putch.

or former intimate partner. 7. All of the above, stalkers use a variety of methods to monitor, threaten and harass. 8. False, stalkers rarely just go away and their behavior may escalate if their victims ignore them. 9. False, although studies show some stalkers suffer from mental illness, there is no evidence that most stalkers are mentally ill. 10. False, increasingly stalkers use technologies (such as cell phones, computers, e-mail, cameras, video devices and global positioning systems). More than 1 in 4 victims report some form of technology used.

Easy Mac and Cheese Everyone’s go-to, feel good meal, is a bowl of macaroni and cheese. Why not step it up a notch and give your microwave a night off? Try this simple, homemade mac and cheese, sure to satisfy your cravings and impress your roommates. It’s a step up from your boxed, or bagged cheesy delight, yet simple enough for the novice chef. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

1 pound of elbow macaroni 3 cups of milk 12 to 18 slices of American or cheddar cheese (or whichever cheese you prefer) 12 crackers (Ritz works well) Salt and pepper (paprika is another option to add taste)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Grease a 13 x 9 inch baking pan or casserole dish with butter or Pam Cook and drain elbow macaroni and let cool Spoon a third of the pasta into baking pan and pour 1 cup of milk evenly over pasta. Cover pasta with four to six slices of American cheese. Repeat previous step twice more until all ingredients have been used. (You should have three layers of pasta, milk and cheese by the end.) Place crackers in Ziploc bag and crush into crumbs. Add salt, pepper and paprika, if desired, into cracker mix. Shake to mix. Sprinkle crumbs over top layer of pasta dish. Bake for 30 - 40 minutes or until bubbly and golden colored.


January 19, 2010


Mocking gender stereotypes backfires NATE KNIFE Contributor

I risked a great deal when I joined the Facebook group “Say No to Misogyny in the DU Clarion.” As a former writer and editor, I still have friends on the staff, many of whom would be hurt if the group’s aims were met. Some of them have already expressed their disappointment with my choice to side against them, and that has been painful. I joined it though, because publishing pieces like “Seven women you’ll meet at DU” will ultimately do more harm to the Clarion than any amount of attention from firebrand activists. It wasn’t the alleged

LETTER FROM THE AUTHOR To the DU Community, I want to start by expressing to all of you what a humbling experience this has been for me. I never would have believed how much pain and agony I could cause with my words. I realize, however, that I have and I will try my best to rectify this situation. My last letter was not intended

misogyny that bothered me. Rather, it was the author’s firmly held belief that regurgitating long held gender stereotypes as though he actually believed them qualified as satire. Mr. Cobb is not a terrible writer. His spelling and grammar are usually respectable, and he clearly owns a thesaurus or knows someone with a large vocabulary that is willing to teach him big words he can use. His failure is in his expression. Rather than mocking gender stereotypes, he simply wrote them down and hoped that as reasonable people, his readers would assume he didn’t actually believe them and find it funny that he would pretend he did. Clearly, it didn’t work.

I don’t believe Mr. Cobb is a misogynist. I do believe that’s he’s a bad satirist, and if he’s going to continue to write for the Clarion he should learn to differentiate between being funny and being offensive. If they were one and the same, Carlos Mencia would still have a show on Comedy Central. If Mr. Cobb is reading this, I would advise him to write with the intent of becoming a better writer, not just for the sake of his ego. As for the editors, I think calling for their resignation is a gross overreaction. They are students, just as you and I are, and the Clarion is as much a learning experience as any class at the University of Denver. This isn’t their first mistake and it

won’t be their last, but I think it would be best if we allowed them to learn from it and improve the Clarion rather than calling for their heads on a platter. That said, I would address the editors directly: you CANNOT continue to print garbage just to fill space on a page. If you assign someone a humor column, it’s your responsibility to make sure it’s humorous and not patently offensive. When you publish something, even when you print it in the Op-Ed section, you are endorsing that it is worthy of publishing in the Clarion. Publishing bad articles makes the Clarion a bad newspaper. Raise your standards a little.

to be an apology, but rather an explanation of my intentions in writing the article. I understand that for many of you this was not enough, and rightfully so. In light of this fact, I want to offer my most heartfelt and sincere apologies for the harm caused by last weeks editorial: “Fancy That: The seven women you meet at DU.” I never intended for this piece to be perceived as a malicious attack on women by a disgruntled misogynist, but the reality

is that it was seen as such, and the responsibility falls squarely on my shoulders. I want to reiterate that I am not a misogynist, and respect women, including the intelligent and hard-working women with whom I proudly attend DU. I wrote this editorial intending it to be satire, however, I crossed a line and this is unacceptable. I must say that I love and respect my editors very much for standing by me during this entire fiasco, it has been a dif-

ficult week for all of us. I am resigning from my post as an opinion columnist for The Clarion, and I understand the ramifications my editorial has had for both the paper, and the larger community. This has been a tremendous learning experience for me, and one that I’ll never forget. I can only hope that we can move on and put this situation behind us. Stuart Cobb

Online readers take Clarion to task for column Surprised alum

To our readers, Please accept our most sincere apologies in running Stuart Cobb’s most recent column, “Fancy That: The seven women you meet at DU.” We understand the mistake in publishing a column that offends a member of our readers. ARIANNA RANAHOSSEINI KATIE MASTROIANNI Editor-in-chief, Opinions editor

Because no real names were submitted with the comments, we have removed any title given. Also, some comments were not taken in their entirety because of their length. The original opinion has not been edited and we have respected the author’s intent. We appreciate your feedback. Please send letters to the editor to

“As a 1975 alum I am completely amazed that such an obvious piece of satire has become such an object for the wrath of the PC faithful. Hate speech? Apologize? Resign? Whatever happened to the university as forum for free speech, free thinking and fun?”

Comedic intent obvious “This article was written with blatant comedic intent and in no way tried to construe itself as factual reporting. While you may debate the placement of a comedic article in a generally factual and serious newspaper, you must also realize that this article, like all of Mr. Cobb’s other articles, was clearly satirical and was not meant to be taken seriously and anyone who actually read the article would realize this. “

Take sexism in stride “The true way to take this as a woman is to take it in stride, and move on with your day without letting some sexist ruin your life.

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You’re not painting a good picture of us women, and you’re only lowering yourself to the level of base name calling, much akin to children’s insults on the playground.”

I believe the women at this school are a lot more motivated, capable and prepared to make a mark in the world than claimed in this article.”

Article is hilarious

Juvenile writing not funny

“Why is everyone so angry? I’ll be honest, I thought the article was hilarious. Apparently its the misogynist white pig in me that talking. I also find these comments hilarious as well. Have we really forgotten how to laugh at ourselves? Or do we feel that we should take ourselves as serious as possible? And why is everyone acting like they want to lynch Cobb? “

“I might be able to excuse this incredibly juvenile piece of writing as a satire if it were actually funny. Unfortunately, it’s more banal and cliché than anything.”

Offended reader “I am absolutely offended that our school would publish this to fellow students, alumni and parents. The fact that Stu Cobb would have the audacity to write such a demeaning article about women at DU is unbelievable to me. I’m a female student in Daniels at DU graduating in June 2010, just like Stu, and I will have you know that

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Ashamed to be a student “I am outraged by this publication and ashamed to call myself a student at this ‘inclusive institution.’ The women here at DU are some of the most amazing people I know, and they all should tell Stuie what they think of him.”

Insight to writer “This is one of those pieces that really provides more insight into the author and his values than into the subject.”

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January 19, 2010

Remain vigilant on the web A genuine attempt or DYLAN PROIETTI Contributor

Vigilance seems like an odd practice to employ for everyday citizens. One would normally associate the word with danger or fear of attack. However, in this modern age, the truth is that some small measure of vigilance, at least, must be used by anyone who uses the Internet. The Internet, being a massive and ever-growing entity, holds many wonderful possibilities. Virtually endless information, a social networking playground and more entertainment than people know what to do with can all be found on the Internet. This is wonderful and, in fact, should be utilized by each and every person who has access to the Internet. This plethora of possibilities, unfortunately, comes with a catch,

as do most wonderful tools. The Internet, behind the façade of the aforementioned positive traits, has dangers lurking behind every corner. In addition to traditional dangers, viruses, scams, spam and computer hackers, newer and subtler dangers are creeping up from the parts of the Internet most people know, but few people pay attention to. Facebook, for example, has been in the news recently regarding the privacy of the site’s users’ profiles. The company is, essentially, making the information that people fill their profiles with more accessible to, more or less, anyone who knows how to use a search engine. Again, vigilance must be practiced. If people refuse to acknowledge the changes this brings to the Internet, they will end up merely hurting themselves

with their own ignorance and inflexibility. Another premier example is the growing power of the search engine Google. Google has many millions of searches going through their sites worldwide every single day. The company is not inherently bad, but vigilance must be stressed once more. With such a large quantity of information going through the site every day, organizations such as Google Watch, a group founded to keep tabs on Google, believe the extent of their knowledge could even reach as far as creating accurate predictions of the stock market. Their power of knowledge is truly vast. In the end, the Internet is not an entity to be feared or avoided, but merely an obstacle course. A little vigilance and some nimble toes, and the average user need not worry.

DU is smoke free in name only LESLIE GEHRING Contributor

DU has been officially smoke-free for two weeks now, but the only change seems to be the bright blue signs announcing the ban on smoking. Ashtrays still dot the campus, cigarette butts still litter the ground and adults still continue to make decisions about how to treat their bodies. Despite the university’s attempt to pay lip service to improving health, the smoking ban amounts to little more than encouragement of public shaming and a waste of money. Every smoker knows that smoking kills. And while it’s true that a few students, faculty or staff may choose to quit because of the ban, most won’t. Why? DU’s campus is not that large, and it is


bordered and crossed by several public streets and sidewalks, over which the university has no jurisdiction. In many cases, getting to a public sidewalk does not require more than walking 25 feet from a building entrance, as required under the previous smoking policy. If the university were serious about trying to improve health, the ban wouldn’t include exemptions for two of the largest buildings on campus: the Newman Center for the Performing Arts and the Ritchie Center. These two buildings were chosen for exemption due to the “high traffic of visitors to these buildings for events,” according to What does this say about the university’s attitude toward visitors? Is the general public hardier than DU students and employees, who


are obviously too vulnerable and fragile to be exposed to even a whiff of smoke? Furthermore, it’s hard to take the ban seriously when ashtrays are still scattered about campus. If this campus is really smoke-free, why are there so many well-used ashtrays? In addition, the policy calls for peer enforcement. According to, “Every DU employee and student has a responsibility to adhere to policy and to remind others of policies.” In other words, if you see someone smoking, you have not only a right, but a responsibility, to tell him or her that he or she shouldn’t smoke. In conclusion, DU should rescind this toothless policy and stop wasting money promoting a so-called smoke-free campus.

politically correct? EVE ASIA Contributor

With the start of 2010, DU became a “smoke-free” campus. Decals are stuck to most doors of major buildings and the words “smoke-free campus, smoking prohibited,” are seen throughout the campus. Although this is a positive thing when it comes to peoples’ health, the rules and regulations of this ban call into question whether DU is actually taking serious action, or whether the ban is simply jumping onto the “politically correct” bandwagon that many universities nationwide have joined. Students, faculty and staff can smoke on cityowned streets and in two areas around the Ritchie Center and the Newman Center for the Performing Arts. These two buildings are the largest on campus, and the Ritchie Center is also home to our Health and Counseling Center, whose staff initiated the campaign to make the campus smoke free. You would think that since the Health and Counseling Center was so insistent on this ban it wouldn’t want smoking near their facility, but then again the public often uses the Ritchie Center and it isn’t DU’s place to tell the public that it cannot smoke. Another troubling aspect of the ban is that it is peerenforced. The university officials ask the campus community to “conform” to this new policy even though it is not an “administrative cudgel.”

This means fines and tickets will not be issued to those who ignore the ban. As a DU student, I would say that if there are no real consequences for ignoring this ban, students will openly go about smoking. It is troublesome to deal with a ban like this because it feels as if we are being mocked by not being allowed to make our own decisions about smoking. College students are young adults who have the right to decide what they want to do or not do to their bodies. Many students are not taking this ban seriously because they see it more as a marketing tool for DU. Potential students visit the campus with their parents throughout the year and it is definitely a positive point for parents to hear that their children would not suffer from second hand smoke on this campus. But, if parents are being realistic, they would know that college students tend to pair alcohol and cigarettes together when they are enjoying a night out drinking and relaxing with their friends. So this ban really isn’t enforcing or changing behavior as much as it appears to be. This ban ultimately seems to be a complete over reaction that supports all the people who overreact to smoking. Only time will tell whether this ban is really about the health of students, or if it is simply another way for DU to promote itself to potential students and their families.


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H O R O S C O P E ARIES (March 21-April 19): You’ll charm your way into someone’s heart. Your outgoing, outspoken, worldly wisdom will command attention and attract a partner who complements you in every way. Prepare to meet your match and enjoy your time together. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Socialize and have some fun but don’t put too much emphasis on finding the perfect mate. Your practical outlook will attract worthwhile friendships but beware of the person who comes on strong and promises you too much. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Romantic opportunities are plentiful and can be exciting but don’t count on a lasting relationship. There is too much choice, and trying to decide on one person will be impossible for you. Have fun but be honest about your intentions. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Falling for someone you work with will cause major disruptions in your position and status. Don’t slide into a relationship that appears comfortable in the beginning but has the potential to end quickly, causing you grief. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You’ll dazzle


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everyone with your outlandish tales and colorful way of presenting who you are and what you do. Your provocative come on and innuendoes will liven up your week but will not bring about a long lasting union. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Show how true blue you are and you will attract partners who are happy to form a friendship and see where it leads. Taking the slow road to happiness has its benefits and can be yours. Take a pass if someone offers a one-night-stand. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You’ll be attracted to someone who isn’t close to your age. Before starting a relationship, make sure that your motives are right and that you aren’t going to end up dealing with a control freak or stalker should you decide to back away. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You’ll want to play house with someone from your past. It’s not that difficult if you make the first move but realize that you will face the same problems you experienced the first time you were together. Prepare to compromise. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

Staying power is what is lacking when it comes to love and romance. You want it all: freedom companionship and a bit of a double standard and that isn’t going to happen. Have your fun but know it will end as fast as it began. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You’ll be tempted to have a secret involvement with someone from your past. Don’t jeopardize what you have for someone who is probably using you. Pick the safe route before it costs you financially, emotionally and personally. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Things will move fast and furiously when it comes to love relationships. Hot pursuit will result in a torrid and engaging union with someone who has the potential to win your heart and enhance your life. Happiness is a heartbeat away. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You’ll be attracted to someone who is offlimits. Before you go down that dingy path, realize that the relationship will be built on lies, not your dreams and hopes. Shake yourself off and move on before it’s too late. You deserve much better.

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January 19, 2010

Avid Avatar fans show what’s wrong with society STEVE COULTER Sports editor

In the Coen Brothers cultclassic “The Big Lebowski” Vietnam vet and devoted bowler Walter Sobchak cocks a gun and points it a fellow bowler while hollering at the top of his lungs “has the whole world gone crazy?” Although there is no connection between a film about a lazy stoner who loves to bowl, which earned less than $18 million at the box office to a film grossed over $400 million in less than fours weeks, there is however a reason I begin my rant citing Sobchak as a source of inspiration. This past week I stumbled across an article entitled “Audience experience ‘Avatar’ Blues,” written by CNN’s Jo Piazza. Piazza article examines the trauma James Cameron’s “Avatar” is having on certain fans, who have had trouble separating the reality of Earth from the cyberfantasy world of Pandora—where the film is fictionally set. Yet some fans are so completely immersed in the film’s imaginary world that they can’t live life in the real world.

On the fan forum site “Avatar Forums” over a thousand people have posted to a thread entitled “ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible.” On the fan Web site “Naviblue,” a user named Mike posted that he contemplated suicide after viewing the sci-fi epic. Mike wrote, “Ever since I went to see ‘Avatar’ I have been depressed… I even contemplate suicide thinking that if I do it I will be reborn in a world similar to Pandora.” Now I stopped reading the article after I read that last passage, because it nearly made me vomit thinking that I share the same planet as someone that is so feeble and pathetic that they can’t separate reality from a film and just move on. Of course, I came back to my computer 30 minutes later to read the remaining article that examined several other “Avatar” fans that cannot cope with life after Cameron’s movie. To Ivar Hill, who posted on the “Avatar” forum page that life on Earth “just seems so meaningless” and “I don’t really see any

reason to keep doing things at all, because I live in a dying world,” I only I have one thing to say—your what is wrong with this planet. Instead of complaining that the world is dying why don’t you go out into the world and be proactive. Plant a tree, give money to the homeless, hell I don’t care what you do, but please stop whining about how pathetic your life is in comparison to some wild, fantastical 3D adventure meant to entertain audiences, not make them question if life is worth living. The problem I have with these fans is not there extreme interest and dedication to the film—trust me I have realized some people have nothing better to do with themselves, rather it is their cop-out attitude. While these cowards are sitting in some psychiatrist’s office or some Internet forum complaining about their depression, there are real world problems occurring everyday that the rest of humanity has to take care of, not to mention jobs to attend. If these sulkers really no longer want to be human I have one thing to say to them—too

bad. You are a human, deal with it. You can’t just escape into some Avatar body, because that is simply unrealistic. I honestly do not care one bit for these people’s depression and trauma, because in reality they are just humiliating the human race. To be that stupid not to be able to separate reality from fantasy really shows how far we as a society has fallen. And the fact that psychiatrists are attempting to abate their problems only exacerbates my frustration even more, because it means that any person that grows so attached to fake realities such as the Internet or dreamlike moons such as Pandora will end up dragging the rest of the world down just to accommodate their shattered emotions. My only advice for the humans that still maintain their sanity is to ignore people like the ones mentioned in Piazza’s article, someday they will snap out of it and realize how foolish they have been. If they don’t then I guess I look like an idiot, but at least I know what is real and what is a product of James Cameron’s

imagination as well as spectacular visual affects. Cameron wanted the film to feel real as possible and engage audience members into a world that was beyond their wildest dreams. He never intended after the two and a half hour movie for fans to be so painstakingly engrossed in the alternate world that they couldn’t even roll out of bed and go to their job. I mean after all Cameron needs people to keep working in order to pay the $15 to go see his movie. Overall, the current events evolving around “Avatar” and its unintelligent fan-base have began to destroy my interest in Cameron’s film—a renaissance to the film industry and a movie that will be a beacon of inspiration for years to come, but most importantly this discovery has left me mind-blown, confused, and disgusted. Has the whole world gone crazy? I think so. To read Piazza’s article go to: SHOWBIZ/Movies/01/11/ a v a t a r. m o v i e . b l u e s / i n d e x . html#cnnSTCText


Daily crossword

ACROSS 1. Tight-lipped 4. “Stat!” 8. Seven-up and crazy eights 13. Lennon’s second wife 14. Jane of “Monster-inLaw” 16. Disco-era suffix 17. “Sure thing” 20. Note in an E major scale 21. Word before sheet or music 22. Loughlin of “90210” 23. Bygone despot 25. Outfielder’s asset 28. “Chances are good” 33. “___ Said” (Neil Diamond hit) 34. ___ Lama 35. “It could go either way” 41. Like dessert wines 42. Water co., e.g. 43. “Doubtful” 50. Turned on 51. Studio constructions 52. Close by 53. Gitmo mil. branch 54. Counselor’s clients, perhaps 56. “Forget it!” 62. Perfect 63. Fluctuates wildly 64. Ill temper 65. Apt to pout 66. Had a bawl 67. Ballpark fig. DOWN 1. “The Jungle Book” hero 2. Oneness 3. Insect monster of Japanese film 4. Get an ___ effort











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25. Melville’s obsessed captain 26. Thing to play 27. Haunted house sound 29. More than deceive 30. Put down 31. Pastoral poems 32. God, in Roma 35. AOL alternative 36. Whom an M.P. hunts 37. Hulking Himalayan of legend 38. Asteroid area, e.g. 39. Range units: Abbr. 40. Bailed-out co. in the news 44. ___ buco 45. “South Park” boy

46. “Movin’ ___” (“The Jeffersons” theme) 47. Cheech or Chong persona 48. Gawking sorts 49. Where one might see “OMG” or “TTYL” 53. Hideous 54. Dojo blow 55. Brewery dryer 56. Deadeye’s skill 57. Words said after “… so help you God?” 58. Keanu’s “The Matrix” role 59. Wee bit 60. “Stat!” 61. Floor vote

Out to lunch, Funny bone, Living on a shoestring, A round of drinks, Film festival, Wise up.


January 19, 2010


The Fray nominated for Grammy’s ARIANNA RANAHOSSEINI Editor-in-chief

Editor’s note: The Fray has been nominated for two Grammy awards for Best Pop Performance by A Duo or Group with Vocals, and Best Pop Vocal Album. The Grammy’s will be held Jan. 31. The Clarion got a chance to catch up with drummer and Colorado native Ben Wysocki. You’ve been nominated for two Grammy’s... What does that feel like? It feels a little surreal actually, but it’s an incredible honor we’re just trying to wrap our heads around it. What has it been like starting as a high school band and getting to where you are today? It’s been crazy. We’re all Denverites, we grew up in the Denver-Boulder area, that’s kind of our roots. Our studio is in Denver, we’ll always be home at heart. That’s been good, it’s a great place to be from and it’s a nice home to return to. We’re home recording in the studio this week, we try to work that in, keep writing and keep fresh and keep the new stuff coming.” What has been the biggest change? All of our lives have kind of gotten turned upside down. The biggest thing to try to get used to is that we went from homebodies with real jobs and hobbies to globetrotter traveling pirates. It’s a hard thing to get used to, we’re constantly moving, but that’s the price to pay for having one of the coolest jobs in the world and having the chance to do


what you love.” How’d you decide on the name “The Fray”? We were playing at a show and asked for suggestions, it was one that we liked the way it sounded and the Web site wasn’t taken. Not a lot of thought was put into it, but if we had put a whole bunch of thought into it, it could come back to haunt you. I read an interview with Billy Joe from Green Day now, decades after choosing their name, and they regret it. He was saying he doesn’t’ really like the name. But here we are, seven years into our career and we still stand behind it.

What’s been your favorite song to record? Hmm… My favorite song to record… I’d say it’s a song called Uncertainty. It’s kind of a b-side song that hasn’t really seen the light of day. It’s a song of Joe’s and it’s super old, super intimate and super simple. It has a quality to it that I’ve really grown to love. We recorded it when we were recording this second record, and there’s just something about that song, it’s a nice mood, definitely my favorite memory of recording. There was no pressure, very under thought and it’s remained as one of our favorite memories.

What’s the best part of it all? The best part is simply the fact that it’s a dream of a lot of kids to be able to do this, and not only to be rewarded financially for it, but to have an audience. That’s not just the general dream of musicians, it’s really important to have an audience that cares about what you’re making and that has a lot to do with what you’re making. It changes your process of creating your art. It’s such a rewarding thing on the deepest level to know that they’re receiving the art that you’re making and to be able to share it with people that actually care to listen, it’s the best part of it.” What’s been your favorite music video to make? Well my favorite so far is the one we just shot for the song Syndicate. I haven’t seen it yet, we just did it a couple days ago. We haven’t seen or edited or put it together yet. Most of it is very conceptual, pretty heavy narrative. It’s a pretty good thing. We approached it very differently, pure aesthetic and completely visual piece, which is kind of refreshing for us. It’s my favorite so far. I might take this back once I see it, I don’t know. Do you have any crazy fan stories? We kind of purposely keep a distance from the crazy ones. We’re not really the kind of band that attracts really crazy fans. It’s been kind of different for us, but we did have one girl that made us custom fortune cookies, and she typed out our names inside, I don’t know I try to block it out of my memory. We’re just pumped to still be doing this, we’re really appreciative to our fans we wouldn’t be a band if our fans weren’t listening. We’re excited.”

Bouncing Souls successfully return to music scene


The Bouncing Souls return after a four year haitus with their latest punk-rock album release entitled Ghosts on the Boardwalk.

ALAINA ROOK Contributor

Move over, Mike “The Situation,” there is another proud New Jersey native returning from the depths of the boardwalk to punk-rock you and your hair gel back to Italy. After four years, the longest hiatus between album production in a 20-year career, the Bouncing Souls are back. Their eighth album, Ghosts on the Boardwalk, released to much anticipation on Jan. 12. The 12 songs featured were originally

released one per month over the course of the past year as a part of the Twentieth Anniversary Series, which like its title hints, commemorates the band’s 20 years of creating and performing. The album has something to offer for the punk rocker of every persuasion— ranging from the frenzied, screaming edginess in songs like “Badass” to the almost surprisingly sweet and vulnerable sensitivity of “Big Eyes.” As the album is a testament to 20 years of production, there are many nostalgic flashes found in songs like “We All Sing

Along,” where the anthemic nature throws back to those early Jersey roots. The song’s heavy punk and pogo beat might make it a fun live experience, but it falls flat in any other venue and has a long drawn out ending as, “It goes on, and on.” Literally. “Gasoline” will become an instant favorite for the hardcore listener with it’s heavy sound and shocking lyrics like “Toxic meat, political deceit/Medicate me till I’m dead/And I’ll take life from your can/Just don’t show me who I am.” Whereas songs like, “Mental Bits” add a welcome diversity to their style

with a folk-laden harmonica twang that is enjoyable to even the most conservative of listeners. With only a few exceptions, the album is surprisingly easy listening, exemplified by the title track, “Ghosts on the Boardwalk”-a song that creates anticipation and excitement even in the introductory notes, building into a perhaps slightly superficial core. Regardless, it will have your toes tapping and head bobbing, mirroring the phenomenon produced by the album as a whole.


January 19, 2010

Krakauer examines war and bravery STEVE COULTER Sports editor

Like he did in his previous bestselling books, Jon Krakauer once again studies an irrepressible, individualistic and iconoclastic young man in order to delve into the deeper, more over-arching theme of why men go to war. In Where Men Win Glory— The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, Krakauer writes about Pat Tillman’s epic journey from playing on the NFL gridiron on Sunday afternoon to his enlistment as a U.S. Army ranger with his brother Kevin in May 2002 and finally concludes at Tillman’s death on a bleak hillside in Southeastern Afghanistan in April 2004. Tillman’s journey from fame to death by friendly fire is the heart of Krakauer’s brave exploration that undertakes an array of subjects such as military cover up of the truth and the way Tillman’s death was exposed as governmental propaganda. Krakauer uses Tillman to investigate the subject of alpha maleness, masculinity and the absurd ideology that some men, Tillman included, live their life by when they dedicate their lives

to combat. Krakauer’s strength comes in investigating the military cover up post-Tillman’s death, which in turn allowed the top leaders of the government to sell Tillman as a patriotic hero in attempt to sway public opinion that the unsuccessful war in the Middle East was harvesting positive results. In reality, Tillman’s death was not a noble or courageous one, because he met his end at the hands of his own soldiers, who were not charged with any crimes for their wrongful actions, rather just demoted from Rangers to a lower section of the military. Krakauer powerfully inserts Tillman’s own diary entries as well as interviews he has composed with the Rangers that fought next to Tillman. Most importantly, Marie Tillman extensively helped the author get to know his subject from a more personal perspective. Throughout the book Krakauer has a control, despite the range of topics he decides to cover. However, Krakauer does lose focus in several different points, drowning the reader in

the lengthy complicated history of the war in the Middle East. One thing that Krakauer sets out to prove and accomplishes in this historical exploration is the difference between coddled American adult males and fierce, combatitive Muslim men. Although the various historical references swerve away from Krakauer’s main thesis and shift to an entirely different war than the one Tillman participated in, they are extremely informative and chock full of useful historical knowledge. The one thing that Krakauer fails to do in this novel is estimate and predict how Tillman’s outcome would have been if America had denied war in the Middle East instead of inflicted itself with the conflict for the fourth straight decade. Once again, Krakauer has a character in Tillman who parallels his previous protagonists Christopher McCandless (Into the Wild) and Rob Hall (Into Thin Air), who opts to stay authentic to his ideals, which in turn results in inevitable and aforementioned death. Krakauer painfully questions at the end of his book that if Tillman is to be regarded as tragic hero then what was the

OK Go lightens up in new album


OK Go changes their unique pop-rock style in their latest album realese, The Blue Colour of the Sky.

CORY LAMZ Assistant news editor

If OK Go is any indicator, even rock bands get tired of running after success. OK Go is most famous for the pop-rock of “Here It Goes Again,” the staple song of the YouTube generation. During the music video, which has racked 48 million hits on YouTube to date, sees the four average Joes of the band perform a choreographed dance routine while singing on moving treadmills. Who could forget the Grammyaward-winning creativity of that music video? Apparently, OK Go has been trying to for five years.

With album three, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, the band abandons the energetic poprock sound it had so successfully crafted with “Here It Goes Again” and others for 13 low-key, lessinteresting slow jams. Colour of the Sky wastes no time in establishing the sound of the new OK Go. You would have never pegged the opener, “WTF?,” for an OK Go song – maybe a late-80s Prince instead. Yet on this album, it fits perfectly within the context. After a few plays, the album actually becomes extremely catchy. Unfortunately, few other songs on Colour of the Sky are as good. The ironic “This Too Shall Pass” makes you want to press the skip button, and “All is Not

Lost” exemplifies one of many songs that would benefit from a firmer drumming backbone and faster tempo. However, “Skyscrapers” takes OK Go’s new sound and perfects it. As the only memorable slow jam, it functions as the reference point to which all other tracks on this album should be compared. But none measure up to its sky-high lusciousness, and its sea of guitar riffs. “White Knuckles” is equally good but more upbeat. The sound is close enough to “Here It Goes Again” to satisfy the masses, but it’s more progressive edge complements Colour of the Sky, and, for the first time on the record, OK Go doesn’t sound so blue.

tragic flaw, or Achilles’ heel, that led to his death. Krakauer evaluates that it was Pat’s “stubborn idealism” and “insistence on trying to do the right thing” that caused his

death, but as he writes in the last sentence that in this “case it wasn’t a tragic flaw that brought Tillman down, but a tragic virtue.” In the end, the reader makes the final judgment.


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January 19, 2010

Going into Badger country EDDIE FISCHERMANN Sports editor

After a weekend off, the top-ranked Pioneers head to Wisconsin to face Western Collegiate Hockey Association rival, Wisconsin. Wisconsin is currently ranked No. 3 in the poll and the USA Today poll. The Pioneers will be fresh after a break over the weekend. However, they will be short two players for the first game. After the fight at the end of DU’s last game against the University of AlaskaAnchorage, both junior John Ryder and freshman William Wrenn received onegame suspensions for leaving the bench to join the fight. Wisconsin is coming into the weekend after facing Denver’s in-state rival, Colorado College. The two teams each won one game. In the first game of the series, it was a great performance from Wisconsin goaltender Scott Gudmandson as he propelled Wisconsin to a 4-0 win. Gudmandson made 35 saves in the contest. The second game saw a much different performance. Gudmandson was pulled from the game just more than 14 minutes in. After 17 shots and four goals allowed he gave way to back-up goalie Brett Bennett. However, Wisconsin came storming back in the game, but fell just short losing 6-5. The match-up this weekend has a few things to watch. Two Hobey Baker hopefuls face-off off as both senior captains try and make a statement in these games. Wisconsin’s Blake Geoffrion and Denver’s Rhett Rakhshani were teammates before college for



Joe Colborne stands in front of the net during a recent game against WCHA rival Alaska-Anchorage. This week Colborne and the Pioneers head to Wisconsin to face a tough Badgers team who will be looking to rebound after losing all five match-ups against the Pioneers.

two years at the United States National Team Development Program. Another major story line is where these teams will be in the WCHA standings at the end of the weekend. Denver is currently No. 2 in the WCHA, two points behind MinnesotaDuluth with two less games played.

Wisconsin is in fourth place, three points behind Denver. With the top six teams in the WCHA within six points of each other, there could be a lot of moving around in the standings. With two months of conference play left, there are many different teams who will have a say in how the standings end up.

This is the first time these two teams will meet this season, after Denver won all five games the two teams played last year, including the WCHA semi-final game. Denver will look to continue their success against Wisconsin this weekend, and hold on to their spot at the top of the polls.

want anything else from a coach.” Scott’s first head-coaching job came in 2000 at the Air Force Academy. When he arrived the Falcons hadn’t recorded a winning season in 23 years. Air Force got better every year under Scott and even won 22 games in 2004, which earned them a birth in the NCAA tournament. “There are certain times when you’re building a program where some games are bigger than other games and when you win them it can lead to more big games,” Scott said. “We are ahead of where we were at with the Air Force program after two and half years, that being said we might be further ahead, but until we reach our goals it doesn’t really matter. “We are at the stage where we can take the last step, which is the hardest step,” Scott said. “And if we meet this challenge then we will know were a good basketball team and its not going to be we think we are or maybe are, it will be we know we are and there is nothing more dangerous than a team that knows its good.” Scott stresses the importance of the remaining schedule, which requires the Pioneers to head on the road six of the next ten games. “We obviously would like to be better on the road,” Scott said. “When you’re over 500 or better on the road you’re a good basketball team and it’s hard to get to that point. During his first two years the Pioneers have gone 5-29 on the road and have struggled this season, producing one win in seven road games. “That’s the challenge we need right now,” Scott said. “It’s the last frontier for us, we need to conquer the road and that is

what you usually have to do when building a program.” Scott doesn’t feel the need to talk about the possibilities that could arise for DU once his reconstruction is complete. “The whole situation about switching conference relies on the fact of us getting better in the Sun Belt, if we can become a good basketball team in this conference

then good things will come,” Scott said. “But that’s not what our focus is, we want to focus on things we can control and what we can control right now is meeting this challenge.” For now, Scott and the Pioneers must rely on what has gotten them this far—the persistency to get better each and every day.

Scott’s persistence fosters success on the court STEVE COULTER Sports editor

Persistence is the motivational tool DU men’s head basketball coach Joe Scott chooses to use to hone his player’s individual skills and propel his team forward. It’s a tool he believes in, because he knows it yields positive results. When Scott arrived in Denver the Pioneers were 4-25. In his first season, DU won seven more games than during the previous season and increased that record by four more wins last season, finishing 15-16. “Our guys keep getting better because we have a consistency in our approach coaching them,” Scott said. “Our players know what our expectations are and what we demand out of them, because it is the same things we stress at every practice and before every game.” Scott’s unwavering message to his players is a simple one—prepare to be mentally tough, which means limiting mistakes. “When things change from day to day that is when you see stagnation because players don’t know what their coaches want from them,” Scott said. “When you are persistent with the things you want, with this age group, it puts the ball in their court to get better.” “Ever since he came here he has been a hard worker,” senior captain Nate Rohnert said. “I’ve never seen him have a day off, never seen him go half speed.” Rohnert is the only player remaining from the team that went 4-25. “He is always really into the practice, coaching us and that is because he refuses to let any of us take a day off or a play off,” Rohnert added. “As a player you don’t really



January 19, 2010

Norway names DU golfer top athlete LAURA HATHAWAY

the best he can,” DU head coach Eric Hoos said. “He is one of the hardest workers that I’ve ever After touching his first golf coached.” club at the age of 4, Espen Kofsted In addition to being honored never looked back. Recently, Kof- as the best golfer in Norway, Kofsted, 22, was awarded as Norway’s sted received a check for around best amateur golfer. $1,200 to be used for golf related Kofsted, a marketing major purchases. and economics minor, is one of “If I wanted to go practice two seniors on somewhere, DU’s NCAA whatever the Division I golf bill was they Countries where team. would pay Kofsted has golfed He is the it up to that only internalimit,” said • Australia tional student Kofsted. • England on the team. Kofste d • Greece And plans on began play• Ireland playing golf ing golf after • Japan after graduatvisiting his • Nordic countries ing. aunt and • Portugal The Arets uncle’s sum• Scotland Talent award is merhouse. • South Africa given to a male In Norway, • Spain or female aththere are not • Zimbabwe lete that demhigh school onstrates excelsports like in lent tournament the U.S. So results, great exercise diligence instead, Kofsted played in junior and other positive aspects. and national tournaments on a “Oh it was nice, I didn’t club golf team. expect it at all because it’s usually His best and worst memoa thing they give to junior play- ries both come from playing ers,” said Kofsted of winning the for Norway in the World Boys award. “It feels great.” Championship in 2006. The The Norwegian Golf Fed- championship took place in eration said Espen has established Japan and going into the last day himself as one of the most excit- Norway was leading the other 13 ing players in Norwegian golf. countries by five or six shots. “Espen is very sincere, “The last day I catch on fire focused and committed to be on the last couple holes and play Managing editor

really well, but then on the final hole I took a nine. We won by one,” Kofsted said. “I play really well, like four under par and then make a quick triple boogie and we win by one. Can you imagine how that felt?” He says he can laugh about it now, but it is still his worst memory. However, winning the championship is his best memory. Kofsted’s recruitment came by chance. A DU coach was there to observe someone else but zeroed in on Kofsted. The chance part was that Kofsted was not originally picked to play on a team. “I got called the day before we left and they said they needed me,” he said. “One guy got hit by a golf club in his ankle so he was out and the other one got back pain so they got me in there.” Golf remains in his future. “I will play golf. I don’t know where. I’m working on everything, like a resume for sponsors,” Kofsted said. “I am not aiming to play just on a satellite tour I want to play up there but I still have a lot I have to improve.” He believes coming to DU to play golf for four years has already helped him improve immensely. Kofsted’s freshman year he tied for 16th place in the Sun Belt Conference Championship and last season he won the tournament. He has a minus four handicap.


Kofsted was tabbed as the best amateur golfer in Norway after years of hard work and dedication. He looks to continue his success in his last year at DU.

“I am so much better now than when I came here. All credit to the coaches,” said Kofsted. His coach agrees. “When Espen started as a freshman he was an average college golfer, now he’s one of the best in the country,” head coach Hoos said. “He will be sorely missed next season.” But as for this season, Kofsted is motivated as ever. During fall, he finished third in two tournaments and second in one. “This fall I was starting to get results from all the practice,” he said. “It’s what motivates me, to see if I can play with almost

anyone in college right now and beat them.”

Kofsted’s stats • First place finish Shot an overall 208, eight-under par, to place first in the SBC tournament.

• Second in scoring Finished second on the team with a 71.91 scoring average.

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January 19, 2010

FAST BREAK men’s basketball (12-7) Louisiana Lafayette 54, DU 49 Louisiana Monroe 64, DU 53

what went right In Thursday night’s game, DU trailed by as many as 21 points, but Brian Stafford scored 16-points in second half effort to bring the Pioneers within three. Chase Hallam had a career high four three pointers on Saturday afternoon.

what went wrong DU could not stop ULM’s forward Rudy Turner who dominated under the basket, scoring 19 points. Against the Warhawks, the Pioneers turned the ball over 19 times, which was converted into 30 points. The two road losses drop DU’s road record to 1-6.

up next Denver returns home to host South Alabama on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Pioneers are 11-1 at home and look to regain the reigns of the West division of the SBC after the two game skid.

women’s basketball (12-6) DU 75, Louisiana Lafayette 66 DU 62, Louisiana Monroe 56

what went right Denver remains atop the West division of the SBC with a conference record of 7-1. In the second half against ULM, the Pioneers shot 71.4 percent from the field and scored 43 points. Guard Britteni Rice scored 22 and 16 points respectively, extending her double-digit point streak to 13 games.

what went wrong Against the Warhawks the Pioneers shot 35 percent from the field and had 10 turnovers in the first half. Despite poor shooting and a high-turnover ratio, Denver came back to grab their second road victory of the week.

up next The Pioneers hosts SBC leader, South Alabama (12-6, 7-0) in a conference duel that pits the East division leader versus the West division leader. The game tips off at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.


what went right Denver finished third at the Montana State invitational over the weekend. Men’s alpine skier Leif Haugen won the men’s slalom while female alpine skier Lindsay Cone finished second in two races. The Pioneers finished with 822 points.

up next The cross-country race team travels to Soldier Hollow, Utah next weekend to participate in the Utah Intentional. The Pioneers are currently the ranked second in the country after last weekend’s races.

Gymnastics off to strong start ARIANNA RANAHOSSEINI Editor-in-chief

The No. 14-ranked women’s gymnastics team is anticipating another big season, and they are already off to a winning start. The Pioneers won their first two meets, beating out No. 18 Penn State, the Air Force Academy with a score of 194.650. In their season opener, they scored a 195.575, the highest season opening score in seven years. The gymnasts started the season ranked No. 17. “We had a hair bit of an off year last year and I feel like we’re definitely back on track,” said head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart. Last year, DU sent former Pioneer Jessica Lopez and current senior Kelley Hennigan to the NCAA National Championships as individual all-around qualifiers. The team, however, didn’t advance past NCAA regionals. But Kutcher-Rinehart says this season is going to be different. “Honestly, we really don’t have a superstar,” she said. “This is a total team effort.” And the team agrees. “This team has so much chemistry and it has the ability to back each other up,” Hennigan said. The Pioneers added four fresh faces to the roster: Elizabeth Ames, Simona Castro Lazo, Emily Reichert and Jaleesa Wilson. “This team has a lot of pride in their gymnastics. I think this is definitely the best team I’ve been on since I’ve been here,”



Carle named to All Decade team Former DU hockey player Matt Carle was named to the College Hockey News All-Decade first team for the 2000’s. Carle was the first Pioneer to win the Hobey Baker in 2006 and helped lead DU to back-to-back national championships in 2004 and 2005. In addition, Carle earned All American honors in back-to-back seasons in 2005 and 2006. In 112 games as a Pioneer, Carle finished with 122 points on 29 goals and 93 assists. Carle earned the Hobey Baker Award, awarded to the nations best hockey player, after the 2005-2006 season in which he was named Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s player of the year and defensive player of the year. The defensive standout currently plays in the National Hockey League for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Swimming and diving awarded weekly honors DU’s men’s swimmer Jay Giddens was named the SBC’s comale swimmer of the week while men’s diver Cody Stambaugh was praised as SBC diver of the week. The award is the first earned by Giddens so far this season. However, it is the fourth time Stambaugh has been awarded this season.

said junior Kristina Coccia. “We have accountability toward our routines this year.” Denver starts off the season with four national individual rankings in the top 25. Sophomore Brianna Artemev, formerly Brianna Springer, married U.S. Olympic bronze medalist Alexander Artemev. Artemev is ranked No. 20 in the country with a high of 39.150 in the all-around and average 39.00. She is also ranked No. 19 on the uneven bars with an average score of 9.837. Sophomore Louise Mercer ranks No. 14 in the floor exercise, posting an average of 9.862. Not far behind is junior Kristina Coccia in No. 18 with an average of 9.850, also on the floor exercise. “I really like the character of the team,” Kutcher-Rinehart said. “They’re showing a lot of discipline, a lot of dedication a lot of perseverance.” Kutcher-Rinehart and the team say they’re the first to admit their routines haven’t been perfect, but they know they’re on the right track. “I feel like we look strong, but you can certainly see the nerves at the first home meet,” KutcherRinehart said. “I think we’re going to be in a really nice position.” Saturday, the Pioneers will host Brigham Young University and Central Michigan in Hamilton Gymnasium at 6 p.m. “I’m really looking forward to a great season,” Kutcher-Rinehart said.



Senior Kelley Hennigan and junior Kristina Coccia celebrate after the most recent victory for the gymnastics team. The season got off to a great start with wins in both the first two competitions.

N E W S Giddens accumulated 18 points over the weekend finishing in first place in two seperate races. He also finished second in the 800m-freestyle, earning four more points. Stambaugh set a new pool record in the three-Meter diving event. He scored a 411.60, which broke the previous record of 404.25 set by Aaron Feight last season against the Colorado School of Mines. With the score he earned a first place finish and nine points. Stambaugh earned an additional nine points, total 18 points for the meet, by placing first in the oneMeter diving event with a score of 354.97.

Bozak scores first NHL goal Former DU hockey star Tyler Bozak scored his first NHL goal last Thursday for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Bozak’s goal ended a scoreless game and helped Toronto begin a 4-0 rout of the Philadelphia Flyers. The goal occured in the second half with 8:44 remaining on the clock. In an inteview with NHL. com, Bozak’s teammate Phil Kessel said the goal was the “highlight of the night.” The goal was one of two points recorded by Bozak. He assisted Nikolai Kulemin late in the second period. With the win the Maple Leafs snapped a four game losing streak.





Above: Tyler Bozak, who signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs last spring, scored his first career NHL goal last Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers. Below: Junior Melissa Greeves competes in the 300 meter butterfly in a meet at El Pomar Natatorium last year.

DU Clarion, 1/19/2010  

The Clarion is the weekly student newspaper of the University of Denver. It is distributed every Tuesday and 2,500 copies are printed. The o...

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