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DU goes on swine flu alert
Getting help at PHC
ERIN HOLWEGER Contributor
Above: A homeless man is served lunch, which consisted of macaroni, chips, orange, cookie and a drink, by Robby Jupp and Ariel Kay during Project Homeless Connect at the Ritchie Center on Friday. Left: Sophomore Sophie Rosen chats with one of some 800 people who sought help at the event. About 600 DU students, faculty and staff participated in the PHC7, a joint project with Mile High United Way and Denver’s Road Home, a 10-year plan to end homelessness in the city.
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Chancellor Robert Coombe issued a statement Monday evening reassuring students that the university has a plan of action should there be an outbreak of the swine flu on campus. Coombe’s message came as health officials nationwide were warning Americans about the possible spread of the swine flu, which was first diagnosed last week in Mexico. “Anyone with flu-like symptoms is advised to avoid contact with others. Swine flu symptoms are the same as other types of flu and include: fever greater than 100 degrees, headache, body ache, chills and fatigue,” Coombe said in the statement to the DU community. A team comprised of representatives from across the campus is in regular contact to handle issues, like disease outbreaks, that arise for students, faculty and staff. The Health and Counseling Center is stocked with medications for an outbreak of the swine flu at DU, according to health center executive director Dr. Sam Alexander. “We are prepared for any sort of pandemic at any particular level,” Alexander said. The university first instituted its pandemic plan of action in 2006 and is continuously updating it. The last update to the plan was in March. The health center is stockpiled with non-expiring items to treat cases of the swine flu and would move on to further steps and medications depending on the spread of the virus. “When it comes to pandemic planning, it’s not a question of if, but when,” said Alexander. “There haven’t been any cases so far in Colorado, but we have to assume there will be.” Of the cases of swine flu reported in the United States, symptoms have been similar to the seasonal flu. The cases in the United States have been relatively mild so far, said Dr. Alexander. He echoed the chancellor’s warning that students, faculty and staff with flulike symptoms should distance themselves from others. “We do not recommend that they come in (to the health center), unless their symptoms get worse,” said Alexander. “The risk of going anywhere is infecting others.”
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April 28, 2009
PHC7: Students give back Pioneers give up a Friday to serve over 800 people JAMIE WARREN Assistant news editor
Approximately 600 DU students, staff and Denver community members volunteered on Friday, offering services to 800 homeless at the seventh biannual Project Homeless Connect (PHC7) in Denver. PHC7 is put on in partnership with DU, Mile High United Way and Denver’s Road Home, the city’s 10-year plan to end homelessness. This event offers the homeless in the Denver community the opportunity to seek assistance with basic needs. The event was held at the Ritchie center and offered services hroughout the morning including basic medical assistance, housing, financial, identification such as birth certificates and driver’s licenses, legal services, and child support. Lunch was provided. Individuals charged with petty crimes and misdemeanors were given the opportunity to participate in homeless court. This court is offered to the homeless and accelerates the judgment process so that the men and women can move towards stability. One man who found this service helpful was James Theil, who was issued a ticket on the RTD Light Rail. Due to his circumstances he was unable to take care of this ticket and if he were to plead guilty in court he would have a theft on record. Theil said, “With this court
I was able to have this incident amended. I was surprised to find all of this help.” According to volunteers, the most utilized services throughout the day are medical services, applications for food stamps and requests for new identification documents. Over 60 community organizations were represented at the event. “In order to make this a success it takes the cooperation of many people and companies. We work with the university. The attorneys, the medical personnel and everyone offering services, all are donating their time. This is a true community effort,” Shari Lawson, who volunteers for Mile High United Way and served as an area leader on Friday said, This is the second time that PHC has been hosted at DU. Denver’s Road Home is a project to end homelessness in Denver in 10 years. The plan was enacted in 2005 when it was
approved by Mayor John Hickenlooper and the Denver City Council in 2005. According to the organization, there are more than 3,900 homeless men, women and children. The city spends more than $70 million on services for these individuals, such as food and shelter.
Joseph Ringer will give a talk on export, finance and the global trade regime from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies Cyber Café in Cherrington Hall. He will introduce the Export-Import Bank and its various programs and the work it will do to support the export of U.S. goods and services and its role in combating the global credit crisis.
Tomorrow The Campus Crusade for Christ- The Well will be held from 7:05 to 8:30 p.m. in Evans Chapel. This event is open to the campus and community.
Thursday The Center for Academic and Career Development will hold a graduate school information workshop in their offices from 12 to 1 p.m. The workshop will cover basic information about applying to graduate school.
Friday Foothills Visual & Textual Magazine submissions for the 2009 edition are due to the editors. Contributors will see their work distributed to the campus and community during the week of May Days. Students interested in
Tuesday, April 21 3 p.m. Campus Safety responded to the report of a suspicious male in the women’s locker room at Coors Fitness Center. Campus Safety responded; the man left prior to their arrival. 3:35 p.m. An unidentified male was seen in the women’s restroom in Driscoll center. The man left the scene prior to the arrival of Campus Safety. 6:06 p.m A traffic incident occurred in the parking lot near Penrose Library when a DU student struck a university-owned vehicle. Campus Safety and the Denver Police Department responded. Minor damage and no injuries occurred.
Wednesday, April 22 4:19 p.m. Parking Enforcement Officers discovered a vehicle’s license plates to be reported stolen while issuing a parking ticket. Denver Police Department responded and the party was arrested because of an unrelated traffic warrant. 5:56 p.m. A DU staff member reported suspicious behavior at the Joy Burns Arena. The staff member felt threatened by another staff member after a verbal altercation between the two.
Thursday, April 23
Top: A volunteer helps repair a bicycle,. Bicycle repair was just one of the many services offered . Bottom: A volunteer speaks with her client about his needs.
submitting their work to Foothills can find additional information and submission guidelines at the Foothills Facebook page. Submissions should be emailed to foothillssubmissions09@ gmail.com Delta Zeta’s spring philanthropy the Big Man on Campus Pageant will be held in Davis Auditorium at 7 p.m. Nominees from each of DU’s fraternities will compete in a beauty and talent pageant for the title of Man of the Year. The event is free and open to the entire community. The winner of the pageant will be decided by the audience who will be able to submit votes for their favorite man by making one dollar donations. All proceeds will go to Delta Zeta’s charities for the hearing and speech impaired.
Coming up Submissions to DU Tube 2009 are due by May 18. Submissions should portray the DU experience. The goal of DU Tube is to assist new students in their transition and adjustment to DU by providing important information at the beginning of their time at the university. For more information on the project and submission guidelines visit www.du.edu/ studentlife/dutube.
11:50 p.m. An intoxicated party was reported in the 1800 block of South High Street. Campus Safety responded
and discovered an underage student to be severely intoxicated. The student was transported to a detox facility.
Friday, April 24 12:29 p.m. Campus Safety and the Fire Department reported to the Physics Building after a student in a classroom fainted and hit his head. The student had to be transported to Swedish Medical Center for treatment. 2:27 p.m. A student became lightheaded in a classroom in the physics building. A Campus Safety officer responded and escorted her to the Health and Counseling Center.
Saturday, April 25 1:55 p.m. A student was restrained by another student and moved to another location against her will, according to a report she filed with Campus Safety and the Denver Police Department. DPD cited the student with kidnapping and the Offices of Citizenship and Community Standards and Genter Violence and Education and Support Services were notified. 4:42 p.m. A student’s personal vehicle was vandalized in the C lot near Centennial Halls. The student left her car in the lot around 12 a.m. on April 4 and when she returned at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday she found damage had been done to the front left side of the vehicle.
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DU wins energy award Pioneers claim top spot in Green Power power purchases ERIN HOLWEGER Contributor
DU purchased 15 million kilowatt hours of green power in the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2008-2009 College and University Green Power Challenge, the most of any Sun Belt Conference school. Last year was the first time DU has participated in the competition. Nationally, DU ranked 14th out of participating colleges and universities. The University of Pennsylvania won the national award with a purchase of 192,727,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of green power. The Ivy League was the top ranking conference with 225,471,600 kWh. T h e Green Power Challenge tracks the green power purchases of participating institutions and ranks them nationally and within their athletic conferences. The Green Power Challenge is part of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership, in which corporations, small businesses, universities and colleges, state and local governments can purchase green power through the EPA’s market. Green power is sustainable electrical energy generated from wind, solar, geothermal, low-impact hydro and biomass resources. It reduces the carbon footprint and utilizes U.S. energy resources, reducing dependence on foreign supplies. DU’s green energy comes from a two-year contract signed in 2008 to obtain 15 million kWh of wind energy a year from Texas. This accounts for about 30% of the university’s annual energy consumption. DU’s win can be largely attributed to students encouraging administrators to invest in sustainable energy infrastructure and green power, said AUSA Sustainability Committee Chair Mary Jean O’Malley. “Over this past year we
learned that the administration is open to these initiatives, but administrators don’t always start them,” she said, “They look to students to start these changes.” While DU could not avoid using energy altogether, it can try to use as much renewable energy as possible, said O’Malley. “We use energy of course, we can’t really avoid it on campus, but we want to make it as green as possible,” she said. O’Malley is hopeful about the improvements DU has made in sustainability in the past few year, such as the wind energy contract, and the possibility for future improvements. “We haven’t done as much as other schools, but we’re well on our way,” she said, “There are great things happening because of students and a lot more room for students to get involved.” Currently, the Sustainability Committee’s major projects are a bike sharing program with the city of Denver, a community garden and composting. The Green Power Challenge ranked 44 schools for the 20082009 awards. In its third year, the competition has grown from 16 participating conferences in 2006 to 22 in 2009. The Green Power Challenge was started to determine which institutions are leaders in the broad national sustainable power market, said director of the Green Power Challenge, Blaine Collison. “It’s hard to make an apples to apples comparison,” he said, “It’s hard to see exemplars within your peer group.” The ranking lets colleges and universities know how they measure up to peers, and judging them within athletic conferences inspires healthy competition. “It’s pretty interesting to know who’s a leader and who has room to grow,” said Collison. Collison hopes to see new conferences and schools participating in the coming years of the competition. “There’s a lot of benefit to be accomplished simply by expanding the number of stakeholders participating,” he said.
DENVER — The Colorado Senate has passed a bill requiring anyone arrested for a felony to submit a DNA sample. Senate Bill 241 passed by a vote of 28-7 Monday and now goes to the House. Currently, only people who are convicted of crimes must submit DNA. Backers say testing people at the time of arrest will help catch criminals and save lives by running the DNA against evidence from other cases. But opponents say it blurs the line between accusation and conviction and that DNA information from innocent people shouldn't be put in a criminal database.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Same-sex couples in Iowa began holding hastily planned weddings Monday as the state became the third to allow gay marriage, a leap that even some supporters find hard to grasp in the nation’s heartland. Within hours of a state Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage taking effect, several same-sex couples exchanged vows at the Polk County Administrative Building. On April 3, the Iowa justices upheld a lower court ruling that rejected a state law restricting marriage to a union between a man and woman.
ISTANBUL — A police crackdown on radical groups in Istanbul on Monday led to a five-hour shootout with a leftist militant who hurled explosives and opened fire from an apartment building. Three people were killed and eight others injured, the government said. The militant attacked police as they closed in on him during a police sweep against leftist, Kurdish and other radical groups operating in the city. Police rounded up more than 40 people in 60 overnight raids, and the governor of Turkey’s largest city said the suspects were planning “sensational armed attacks soon.” The gunman identified by the government as Orhan Yilmazkaya, a top member of the leftist group Revolutionary Headquarters, was killed along with a police officer and an onlooker in the shootout in a residential area of the Bostanci district, on the Asian side of Istanbul. Seven police officers and a television cameraman were wounded, Interior Minister Besir Atalay said. The militant had a large amount of ammunition and was able to hold off hundreds of officers for more than five hours, Istanbul Gov. Muammer Guler said.
DENVER — The Colorado House tentatively approved a proposal by Gov. Bill Ritter and Democratic lawmakers to remove a 6 percent limit on growth in general fund spending and replace it with limits based on personal income growth. Supporters said Monday the budget fix is needed because current limits won’t allow the state to recover when the economy rebounds after the recession. Rep. Lois Court, D-Denver, said lawmakers are not violating the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, which limits taxes and spending in the state budget, and the state is not getting more money.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Park Police say they have arrested 91 protesters in front of the White House, including some in wheelchairs who chained themselves to a fence. The protesters are calling on the president to support legislation that would give people with disabilities in need of care alternatives to nursing homes. Sgt. David Schlosser says a large group gathered on a sidewalk outside the White House on Monday without a protest permit required for groups of more than 25 demonstrators. He says some protesters are in wheelchairs and have chained themselves to a fence. Police may use a bolt-cutter to cut them.
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Events raise genocide awareness Flu: Action plan ready Students learn about past, present genocides ADRIENNE ESTES Contributor
Never Again!, a student organization that works to raise awareness about genocide and prevent future genocide, held a series of events last week to mark the third annual Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week on campus. Events ranged from a flag display representing the victims of the Holocaust to the 12-hour litany of those who perished in the Holocaust to a genocide survivors’ panel at which two survivors spoke about their ordeal. There was also a Shabbat
dinner that Jewish students were able to attend. Keynote speaker Mohamed Yahya, a refugee from Darfur, spoke in Lindsay Auditorium. “Our purpose is to plan programs to inform the students, faculty and staff of the University of Denver, as well as the community at large about the Holocaust, the dangers of apathy, xenophobia and appeasement, and the reoccurrence of genocide throughout the world today and to encourage activism to prevent said reoccurrence. “We try to involve everyone at DU in learning about genocide, whether that is active engagement through attendance at programs or passive engagement through our yard signs or flag display,” ,” said Joel Portman, president of Never Again! Lauren Goldstein, vice pres-
Members of Never Again participate in a memorial service for victims of genocide outside of Evans Chapel.
ident of Chabad and a member of Never Again!, believes that Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week is important because it serves to educate younger generations on the atrocities that were committed during World War II. “College students specifically need to be more aware of what is considered a Holocaust and that it affects more people than just Jewish people,” Goldstein said. “It could happen at any time and its something we need to stop.” Goldstein believes the litany and the flag display were the two most significant events that took place throughout the week. “When you read names for 15 minutes, you can get through about one hundred to two hundred names. It hits you that it’s not just names on paper. It could be your best friends’ great grandmother or a family member, and it helps you to see that genocide affects everybody,” she said. Goldstein added, “I would say that it’s really important for people to step out of their box and realize that if you’re not Jewish or weren’t part of Darfur or if you didn’t have family that died in the Holocaust, that doesn’t mean you can’t be part of a solution or that it doesn’t affect you on some level.” Planning of the week began several months ago, when Never Again! worked with organizations such as the Holocaust Awareness Institute, which is part of the Center for Judaic Studies and Hillel.
Continued | Page 1 Students who feel symptoms should not go to class, and those living in residence halls should leave their rooms as little as possible. Faculty and staff should contact their primary care physician. Students also should contact faculty prior to missing class to discuss expectations and assignments, the chancellor said in his statement. A flu shot does not protect against the swine flu, and students cannot get swine flu from eating pork, he said. University health officials strongly encourage everyone to be vigilant regarding hand washing using soap and water. Confirmed cases of the swine flu have been reported in Mexico, Canada and Spain as well as in California, Ohio, Texas, Kansas, and New York. Students who traveled more than a week ago to one of the
locations where cases have been confirmed should not be concerned about contracting swine flu, as the incubation period for the virus is a week or less, said Alexander. As of Monday, the U.S. government has confirmed 40 cases of swine flu, but only one required hospitalization and none were fatal. On Monday, the World Health Organization raised the swine flu from a level three to a level four on the WHO’s sixpoint pandemic severity scale. According to the WHO Website, this means the virus has moved from predominately animal infections to human-to-human transmission. Level four also distinguishes the pandemic as causing “community-level” outbreaks. Though the U.S. government has issued travel warnings to Mexico, the WHO has not advised countries to impose travel bans or shut down international borders.
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Clarion recognized for special sections Two Clarion editors were awarded first prize for their editing and writing at the annual meeting of the Colorado Press Women Saturday. Senior Daliah Singer, whose term as editor-in-chief ended winter quarter, and senior Sara Castellanos, former managing editor, were recognized for two special issues published by the Clarion in 2008. The section appeared in the May 13 issue, which included a supplement containing profiles of volunteers and homeless persons who attended the 2008 Project Homeless Connect day at DU, and the Voter Guide supplement in the Oct. 28 issue, which explored issues of interest and concern to the youth vote. In addition, Ana Savage, adviser to the Clarion, received first prize for her work as an adviser to a college newspaper in Colorado. Two DU staff members also received awards in the annual CPW statewide contest for the editing and writing at Denver Magazine. DU’s alumni publication. Chelsea Baker-Hauck, who edits the magazine, received first prize for her work. Kathryn Mayer, who is a staff member at the magazine and is also a former Clarion editor, received first prize for her work.
All first–place awards are forwarded to the National Federation of Press Women’s annual nationwide communication contest. The winners will be announced at the NFPW’s convention in September. In addition to the most recent award, Castellanos was honored with the Damon Runyon award earlier this month from the Denver Press Club for human-interest articles she wrote for the Clarion in 2008. Also, Castellanos will leave DU on May 24-31 for New York as one of about two dozen college journalists who were selected for an internship by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund through a competitive test. The internship is considered the “Pulitzer” of journalism internships. After spending a week of training at New York University, Castellanos will spend the summer as a business writing intern for the Denver Post. Singer, who completed an internship at the Denver Business Journal last year, was a member of the staff of the publication that received first prize for a special section on “Outstanding Women in Business” in the newspaper’s Aug. 8-14 edition. The award came from the Colorado Press Association.
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April 28, 2009
Mom, son cook up breakfast CADDIE NATH News editor
Remember those pancakes mom used to make? The ones that were soaked in syrup and were so warm and soft that they seemed to melt in your mouth? The ones that had to be the best in the world? Jeanette Mueller’s are better. Jeanette Mueller, in case you are now planning on staking out her house around breakfast time next Saturday morning, is the tiny, but tough owner of the Cozy Cottage restaurant on 2423 S. Downing St. And there’s no need to stalk her. She will serve you up a stack of her amazing, homemade buttermilk pancakes, for which her little breakfast and lunch joint is particularly famous, for less than $10 any day of the week. That is, if you can get a seat. Cozy Cottage is small. Cramped if you’re hung over, intimate if you’re not. There are only seven tables and she handles them all herself. She has owned the restaurant since 2006. Her son, Mike Mueller, cooks using his mom’s recipes, which don’t include any “mixes or sauces,” he said. “Most of the stuff we make on our own. It is what gives us the character that you won’t find at other places,” he said. People may come in for her amazing pancakes or fish and chips, but they keep coming back because at her restaurant, her customers are like family, she said. “Because Mike and I treat people like they’re in our home, it becomes more of a family place,” she said. She went into the food service business in 1979, after her husband walked out and she was unable to make enough money to care for her young children. “My degree was in occupational therapy, but the kids were very little and I had to make more
money to raise them. So I asked, what are my God-given talents and it was cooking and serving people. I’ve been doing it since I was this high,” she said, indicating with her hand less than two feet from the floor. She opened a few restraints and after her son graduated from college tried owning a bar for ten years. “We tried doing different things over the years, but were always brought back to the restaurants, specifically break fast and lunch,” he said. And this time around they seem to have made it work. He said the restaurant has been embraced by the community and that Cozy Cottage has
Above: Cozy Cottage is located at 2423 S. Downing Street. Right: Owner Jeanette Mueller and her son Mike, the main cook. Left: Prepared dishes are offered at Cozy Cottage as well as a create your own meal option. This dish of ham, pancakes, eggs and fruit was created by the customer.
quite a few regular customers. For her, Cozy Cottage’s success is simple. “I enjoy serving food and I care about what you eat. This is
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Q&A with U.S. Federal Judge Blackburn LAURA HATHAWAY Managing editor
Editor’s note: Judge Robert E. Blackburn has been a U.S. District Judge for Colorado for seven years. Blackburn was appointed by President George W. Bush in
2002. After growing up in Las Animas, Colo., he attended Western State College in Gunnison, Colo. and received a law degree from University of ColoradoBoulder in 1974. Blackburn is 59 years old. Laura Hathaway: What
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made you decide this path? Judge Blackburn: From the time I was in junior high school I either knew I wanted to be a lawyer or doctor and the lawyer thing worked out. Even in law school I knew that someday I wanted to be a judge and that worked out. LH: What has been your most memorable moment as a federal judge? JB: I don’t know that I can pick just one moment. I have arguably the best job in the world. I really don’t have any bosses, I am appointed for life at a reasonable compensation and the wonderful thing about the retirement for a federal judge is you retire at full salary. So, if you do the time you are rewarded monetarily in terms of your retirement. LH: What is the hardest part of your job? JB: The hardest part about
my job is, of course, sending someone to prison, especially for a lengthy prison term. And they’re normally men, as opposed to women, so I’m sentencing someone’s son, father, husband, grandfather, cousin to prison without knowing what the privations in prison are and knowing how that is going to strain that relationship personally, politically, socially and economically. LH: What is the most exciting part? JB: The most exciting part is presiding in jury trials and in very difficult and complex trials. LH: You met George W. Bush, what was he like? JB: Fascinating, very down to earth, very straight-forwards, very honest. There are many things about him to admire. I owe him my professional life, so I’m not entirely neutral or unbiased on that subject. LH: Do you plan on retiring
anytime soon? JB: Well, the way it works is the “Rule of Eighties”. You take your chronological age and your years of service, at least 15 years on the bench, and that has to total 80. It wouldn’t take you that long because for every year that your working your losing a year off that 80. So, for me and my circumstances about my mid-sixties I can do one of two things. I can resign and walk away with my full salary or I can transition from active status to what we call senior status, which is semiretired status. I keep my chambers in the court house, I keep my administrative assistant and I keep my law clerks. LH: What option would you choose? JB: I don’t know if I had to decide today, I’ll probably do what most federal judges do and transition to senior status.
April 28, 2009
Snooze, an early morning dining experience DION MARTINEZ
sphere. The walls vary in shades of mustard yellow to lime green, and the starburst graphic logo of Breakfast at Snooze, an a.m. the restaurant is reminiscent of eatery, offers a new experience in something out of the cartoon, all aspects of traditional break“The Jetsons”. fast dining. Snooze specializes in breakSnooze is the work of DU fast items. The restaurant serves alumnus Jon Schlegel. The name up sizzling dishes, 6:30 a.m. came from his daily practice of to 2:30 p.m. Monday through hitting the snooze button whenFriday. They are open 7 a.m. ever it was time to wake up in the to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and morning. Sunday. Lunch While is served startS n o o z e’s ing at 11 a.m. downtown The menu address may includes typiseem like a cal breakfast trek, it is a items like eggs, mere RTD hash browns Light Rail and sausage, ride for DU but there students to are unique breakfast bliss. versions of Snooze is these tradilocated at 2262 tional items. Larimer St. Among these just a couple is Snooze’s of blocks from tropical take Coors Field. on pancakes. T h e The “Pineapple MICHAEL FURMAN Upside owners of Down Snooze cap- “Florentine’s Eggs” and coffee at Snooze. Pancakes” for tured the $7.50 offer fresh urban-revival style in the intechunks of caramelized pineapple rior design of the restaurant. with house made vanilla crème The outside wall of the entrance anglaise and cinnamon butter. is covered in a large mural that Deliciously unique, the pancake conveys this urban feel and is perfectly cooked to a golden also commemorates their third brown. The crème anglaise sauce anniversary. Upon entering the sweetly replaces traditional restaurant there is a retro-spacey syrup, and the largely sized feel to the decorations and atmopineapple chunks in the pancake Contributor
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serve to complete a sweet breakfast entree. The generous portions make this dish a delectable delight. Another menu highlight is the vanilla almond oatmeal brulee with seasonal fresh fruit of strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe and honeydew which is served with a little pot of cream on the side for $7. Snooze uses only fresh organic produce and most of the produce is grown locally. Also, the egg layers and beef builders eat all natural feed. The restaurant has some other
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Vice President Joel Portman
Vice President Jim Francescon
Hometown: St. Louis Class: Junior Major: International Studies
Hometown: Denver Class: Sophomore Major: Real Estate/Finance
Fill in the blank: “If you want an improved sense of belonging and a better campus community, vote for us.”
Fill in the blank: “If you want to make sure your voice is unified and heard, vote for us.”
A vote for us is a vote for self empowerment and the ability to utilize the collective voice of the students to improve the campus community.”
Remember, a vote for us is really a vote for you, because YOU come First, as Pioneers.”
-on what your vote means
-on what your vote means
Unite the campus community through cross campus collaboration Ensure university responsibility to the students Foster an accepting campus climate Embed inclusiveness into new student orientation Create a sense of belonging on campus Rebrand our campus as a university, not a corporation
Push the university to make it a priority to focus on job and internship placement by building partnerships with disconnected alumni Create a judicial branch for the Senate Focus on reliving, reviving and reinvigorating campus traditions for all Host a reception in the fall for all student organization leaders to meet and discuss ideas Expand the current sustainability efforts made by the Senate to new heights PHOTOS BY MICHAEL FURMAN
V O T E
AUSA Election Guide
April 28, 2009
DCB Senator candidates NATASHA KIEMNEC
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo. Class: Junior Major: Real Estate & International Business
Hometown: Denver Class: Junior Major: Marketing & HRTM
Hometown: Houston Class: Junior Major: Accounting/Finance
goals To bring more transparency to the role of Daniels Senate and the undergraduate student alliance For more operations within Daniels to be student initiatives such as a Daniels Store and the Café
goals Create Transparency Foster university and community wide communication Assist those who are struggling during these difficult financial times Improve the chances of job placement right out of school.
goals Help students excel in their business fields by giving them the opportunity to compete in local and national competitions Make DCB more reputable and known throughout the campus and community by showing that we are more than just about business
Fill in the blank: “If these align with your values of senate, vote for me!”
Fill in the blank: “If you want to know what senate does and want a say in our universities future, vote for me!”
Fill in the blank: “If you want someone who is responsible and will do the best to her ability to make DCB even better, vote for me!”
Hometown: Howard, Colo. Class: Junior Major: Political science
Hometown: Denver Class: Junior Major: HRTM
Hometown: Geneva Class: Freshman Major: International Studies
Create connections and bridges through all departments within the Social Sciences. Bring clarity and accountability to the role of SOCS Senator.
Build a strong HRTM community Promote HRTM to the University and beyond Promote HRTM student organizations to the University community
Fill in the blank: “If you want better practice accountability and community, vote for me!”
Fill in the blank: “If you want a strong HRTM student community, vote for me!”
Create a new standardized calendar for JKSIS students to inform them of lectures, speakers, events and interesting opportunities To better display the potential of this school across campus and internationally Fill in the blank: “If you want an international and multi-cultural perspective on JKSIS needs and if you want a set of new eyes regarding our campus issues, vote for me!”
WHO All registered DU students. Graduating seniors can vote. WHAT Voting for 2009-2010 All Undergraduate Student Association (AUSA) members. WHEN Today 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tomorrow 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. WHERE Online https://www.du.edu/voting or at voting booths set up in the Driscoll fireside room and Nelson private dining room.
Perf. Arts Senator
Hometown: Chicago Class: Freshman Major: Violin performance
Hometown: Stratton, Colo. Class: Junior Major: Mechanical engineering
Open up more practice space for performers Better advertising for Lamont performances Improve the Lamont Lounge Extend the hours of operation of Lamont so that students can practice later at night
Create a strong relationship with alumni and companies to help students with internship placement Work to involve more the of SECS students with campus wide activities Create a network between all SECS students through discussion panels and other activities
Fill in the blank: “If you want better practice conditions and rewards, vote for me!”
Fill in the blank: “If you want someone who has a passion for the University of Denver and the SECS department, vote for me!”
AUSA Election Guide
Off-Campus Senator candidates
April 28, 2009
Hometown: Houston Class: Sophomore Major: Intercultural Communications & Marketing
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo. Class: Sophomore Major: Biology
Hometown: Victoria, Minn. Class: Sophomore Major: Marketing
Hometown: The vast wastelands of Chicago (Suburbia) Class: Junior Major: International Studies
Dining services- Make improvements, particularly to “To-Go” and late-night options Commuting/Parking-- Implement “Per-park” passes. Students could purchase a pass based on a number of entrances into parking garages.
Make efforts to continue the new pilot Bike Sharing program Resume talks for returning DU SafeRide to its original accessibility to students Help to create a community for off-campus students, providing a better connection back to university events, programs, and other organizations
goals Increase support for Internationalization on campus A more approachable and open Senate so you know what we are doing for you! Increase in accessibility of DU Shuttle for off-campus students during winter months and more consistent and dependable route for day and evening use. Fill in the blank: “If you want someone who will do what she says and is always available to best represent you, vote for me!”
Fill in the blank: “If you want to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, vote for me!”
Fill in the blank: “If you want anarchy, vote for me!”
Senior class Senators
TUYEN TRISA BRI
Home town: Clearwater, Fla. Class: Freshman Major: Sociology
Hometown: Saint Paul, Minn. Class: Junior Major: International Business & Spanish
Hometown: Westminster, Colo. Class: Junior Major: International Business
To be a comprehensive voice for on-campus residents To bring together the residence halls through combined programming To continue the work of my predecessors To bring in diverse and inclusive food options as well as more meal plan options and hours of the dining facilities More accessibility for people who are non-able bodied
Inform seniors of what the Departures program offers and expand the program Support small organizations through senate committees and specifically work to publicize the financial support that is offered through Board of Contingency Work to create open communication between AUSA and other campus organizations to allow for more input from other students regarding senate affairs
Bring together the class of 2010 through different celebrations/events to create a more cohesive class Work to provide a senior class gift that is significant, symbolic, and remarkable Host a memorable Senior farewell party Work with administration to increase the number of graduation tickets, or even eliminate them as a whole
Fill in the blank: “If you want a voice, vote for me!”
Fill in the blank: “If you want to have a wonderful senior year, vote for me!”
Hometime: Minneapolis Class: Junior Major: Music
Fill in the blank: “If you want a socially just candidate that will promote plurality ideals of democracy sustainability and diversity, a candidate who isn’t afraid to publicly voice concerns and problems, and a candidate who represents all no matter how different one’s ideals may be, vote for me!”
I led the DU community garden project which is off to a great first season. Next year I would like to create another community garden specifically for organizations on campus (i.e. students orgs, faculty departments, greek houses, etc). A garden serving these diverse groups has the potential to strengthen the DU community and unite our campus. I could list a whole bunch of other crap, but I won’t waste your time. Screw campaign promises.
Ecology Diversity Democracy
Fill in the blank: “If you want someone to make efforts to improve your school FOR YOU, vote for me!”
Fill in the blank: “If you want progression, vote for me!”
Junior class Senators
Sophomore class Senators
Hometown: Blaine, Minn. Class: Sophomore Major: Management
Hometown: Rye, N.Y. Class: Sophomore Major: Business (Accounting)
Hometown: Las Vegas Class: Freshman Major: Political Science
Hometown: Boston Class: Freshman *No response
More career placement opportunities Larger alumni base On-campus events for returning Juniors Easier access to DU resources while abroad
Enhance AUSA Transparency with the undergraduate student body Improve the DU financial aid system Increase student participation in AUSA Senate
goals Move forward the process of finding a third year coordinator Make the Crimson & Gold Global Gala a more well known event for juniors coming back from abroad Having more programming when juniors come back from abroad to re-orientate them with DU For juniors not going abroad, doing programming while everyone else is abroad Fill in the blank: “If you want a senator who is going to work for you, then, vote for me!”
Fill in the blank: “If you want change, vote for me!”
Fill in the blank: “If you want solid experience, and a strong advocate for your ideas and needs, please, vote for me!”
This candidate supports Denver Boone, but the Boone revival is not a part of the candidate’s platform. PHOTOS BY DAVID LORISH
AUSA Election Guide
April 28, 2009
Q&A with presidential tickets Unite.
Ogaz & Portman
Perretta & Francescon
why there isn’t more of a focus put on the commitment of the university to News editor the students. JO: We want to begin to address Caddie Nath: What will you be trying the student attitude of feeling unable to accomplish if you are elected President to affect change beginning this and Vice President? summer. One of the ways to do that Javier Ogaz: One of our biggest goals is by restructuring the student govis to transform student government into ernment from a community of the ground up service that is including the based on the idea creation of a that the senators three branch and executive system. branch reach JP: We out to students will be making in a more active Senate more manner. account able. This whole People aren’t idea of Unite active. seems really JAVIER OGAZ And they simple, but it also aren’t fulfilling has the chance to the obligations be really powerthat they signed ful. Students are on to. People need to understand that the ones who come first in the university. senators aren’t here for something to Without the students there is no univerput on their resume, they’re here to sity. help the university. CN: So let’s get concrete- what are CN: So I’m a DU student, why you going to do? What are you going to should I vote for you over the other change? ticket? JO: Student organizations are very JO: I’ve seen a lot of the short falls important as the smaller images of our in leadership and the development of overall theme of community. We want to our campus community. I would ask change the way that they apply for funds by all students to take into account that clear guidelines, the way they are licensed, this campaign isn’t just a way to get and the way they get support to program your vote, but a way to involve you in on campus to create a process that works addressing the issues that are at the for them, not against that. heart of DU’s problems. The idea is to Joel Portman: The student organizabring students together as we’ve seen tions committee currently exists only to them come together time and time license student organizations. It should again on issues that are really imporbe a resource for student organizations, tant to them. providing the groundwork to learn how to JP: We’ve both been involved program. since we got to DU. Our platform is JO: We want to see is a campus comnot something we threw together, but munity that recognizes that we can learn a plan that we’ve developed over the from each others differences. One of the past year and beyond. Our platform strongest points of inclusiveness is the isn’t something we’re using to get ability to come together despite differelected; it’s something we’re using to ences. get students involved. Work on our JP: We want to work with administraplatform will continue throughout tors so that they understand that the uninext year as we try to utilize the stuversity can’t have this top down hierarchy dent voice to make these changes. with students at the bottom and discuss
key partnerships among different organizations on campus. A lot of organizations News editor have similar goals and could help each other accomplish their goals faster. We’d Caddie Nath: If you are elected, like to work with alumni relations and what do you hope to accomplish in the student life. Currently, the career center next year? is strong in the preparation- getting the Antoine Perretta: We focused on interview, resume building, etc. - but we’re three distinct areas; pioneering strong not as strong with actual placement. Our foundations, strength through unity next point is Pioneer Fusion. It’s sad when and unity through traditions and pride. everyone says, “I’m a Daniels student,” Within pioneering strong foundations or “I’m a Korbel student,” because we’re we want to increase transparency of the all DU Pioneers! We will work to bring Senate. everyone together as one group; conseFor example, I’ve already reached quently, improving our campus identity out to the Clarion to see how we can and improving campus traditions and work together to publish Senate updates. pride. I want senate committees to publish AP: Ultimately, we’re all here to serve a spending report so students can see the needs of the students and we want where we are spending their money. to make sure that we do that together as We want to post weekly video updates, opposed to separately. not only from myself and Jim, but from We’ll be creating opportunities other senators as well so that students for first year students to get involved. Over know who their senate is. We also want the summer I’ll be working as a Discoverto revaluate the budgets of certain larger ies Orientation organizations intern so I’ll so that smaller have access to student organizathe incoming tions can receive first years, and the money that be able to work isn’t being used. with the organiThis year we were zation presidents able to give about to make lasting $11,000 to smaller connections so student organizathat we engage tions. first years over Next year the summer and we’d like to push ANTOINE PERRETTA they will already an additional feel like a part of $10,000. Finally, campus come September. we want to bring senate to the students. Then there is the Departures ProRight now we meet in the Driscoll Galgram. We do a really good job with orilery, but not very many students come. entation- but there’s not enough emphasis We want to bring it to them, have it in on the culmination of students’ DU expethe J-Mac Lounge or the Halls lounge so rience. There have been different attempts that people can see that there actually is at creating a Departures Program. Seniors a Senate and that we actually are doing should be excited that they were Pioneers things and being proactive. for four years, and we should focus on Jim Francescon: Currently Senate reminding them that they are Pioneers not does not have a judicial branch. There just for four years, but for life. is no real checks and balances system CN: If you are elected, what do you in the senate constitution. There is no hope to accomplish in the next year? way to handle conflict between student JF: Our platform is very specific, realorganizations. Our next major point is istic and can be accomplished. strength and unity. We want to build
I’ve seen a lot of the short falls in leadership and the development of our campus community.
I want senate committees to publish a spending report so students can see where we are spending their money.
From left: AUSA candidates Antoine Perretta, Jim Francescon, Joel Portman and Javier Ogaz.
April 28, 2009
What does the acronym AUSA* stand for?
Student loans: How to choose between private and public lenders
Borrowing money for college can be an intimidating experience. Often, students don’t know what their income will be once they graduate, so it is hard to assess the manageability of the loan once re-payments begin. Of course, if you can pay for college without borrowing money, you will be better off as the interest on this borrowed money can be very costly. But once you have decided to borrow, you will have to CULLEN make a very MURPHY important Contributor decision: public or private? Public loans are provided by government, or governmentsponsored agencies and are available to almost all students. If the student is a co-signer, meaning the co-signer is equally responsible for the repayment of the loan as the parents. Repayment and interest on the borrowed funds normally does not begin until graduation plus a grace period (usually 6-12 months). This fact is important, as interest piling up over four years can really start to add up. Public loans are also given on a fixed rate, while most private loans are variable, which means the interest rate fluctuates Today, when interest rates are at historic lows, an interest rate that adjusts will most likely be doing so upwards. Private companies base student loan interest rates on the market rate plus a surcharge if the applicant does not have an excellent credit rating. This is called default risk premium. This makes private loans better for students with better credit, as they will be able to find a lower interest rate than their riskier counterparts. Student’s wit a bad credit rating may not even be eligible for a private loan if the bank deems them to be too risky. Because private companies can catch applicants with hidden fees, rate adjustments and other practices it is generally the course of action to borrow as much as is possible from the government How much is too much? The general agreement is that a student’s monthly payment should not exceed 8 percent of the student’s post-graduation monthly income. Be sure to do your research before signing anything. A significant element in the current recession can be traced to people t a k i n g out loans they didn’t understand or couldn’t afford.
GRACE SULLIVAN Freshman International Studies
CJ RATTERMAN Graduate Student Law
STEPHEN CONYERS Freshman Mechanical Engineering
BRANDI THOMAS Freshman Business
“Student Association… I don’t know… “
”AUSA… Something Student Association.”
“All students, I really don’t know. I don’t have a guess.”
“American University Senate… I have no idea.”
*AUSA stands for All Undergraduate Student Association
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
AUSA senators agonize about Boone Editor’s note: The question the Clarion posed was, “Would you like Boone to be placed next to your information in this week’s insert on the election for the AUSA Senate?” COMPILED BY MARY JEAN O’MALLEY
Current AHUM Senator and Chair of Sustainability The current Senate Affairs Committee strongly encouraged candidates to not use Boone as a campaigning tool. Current senators, some candidates and other community members want to share their thoughts about this newspaper’s decision to ask candidates whether they support the former mascot as it relates to current elections. JOHN MCMAHON AND TESS CROMER
Chair and Vice-Chair of the Senate Affairs Committee We are disappointed in the Clarion’s decision to force the candidates for AUSA Senate into answering a question regarding Boone. Chancellor Coombe and this year’s Senate (2008-2009) have already made a decision regarding the official use of Boone. Consequently, next year’s Senate will have no influence on the future of Boone. Because of this, we believe that the sole purpose of the Clarion’s actions is to be divisive and controversial. Furthermore, by focusing on the issue of Boone, the Clarion is minimizing the actual substantive issues over which next year’s Senate will be exercising control. The role of a student newspaper should be to inform students about relevant and substantive issues and enable them to make educated decisions, not to divide them over an already decided issue.
ANTOINE PERRETTA AND JIM FRANCESCON
Candidates for AUSA President and Vice President Denver Boone is representative of DU, more specifically of DU’s past. There is no question that students mobilize, on both sides when the issue of Denver Boone arises. What we are here to decide, however, is which candidate team is best representative of the undergraduate student body and who best be able to serve them. Perhaps today Denver Boone does not accurately represent the vast diversity of students that comprise of the undergraduate student body, but what we can and what we must acknowledge is that we are all Denver Pioneers. We can all unite around that name, whether there is a physical manifestation of it or whether you determine a Pioneer truly is. We are all here at DU to learn, grow, mature and set the stage for the rest of our lives. Remember that when you make your decision on who to vote for, not on their opinion of Boone. At least for the two tickets running for president and vice-president, there is no difference of opinion.
elections. It is our hope that the student body will focus on relevant, substantive issues that we need to address as a university community going forward. DILLON DOYLE
Candidate for On-Campus Senator First of all, it is not possible to explain my thoughts on Boone in less than 50 words, so I am instead going to complain that this question was even asked. First of all—sorry, out of words. Visit http://dillondoyle.com to read my response. ERIN HOUGH
Candidate for Off-Campus Senator Feeling about Boone: indifference.
Editorial Board ARIANNA RANAHOSSEINI
Assistants JAMIE WARREN
News JAVI OGAZ AND JOEL PORTMAN
Candidates for AUSA President and Vice President We have decided not to take a stance on Boone during AUSA Senate elections. In the fall, Chancellor Coombe and the AUSA Senate concluded that while Boone has been an important part of DU’s history, he will not be the university’s mascot in the future. Because this decision has already been made, printing or not printing Boone next to each of the candidates in the Clarion is irrelevant in these
Should students and alumni continue to fight for a mascot, official or unofficial, that resembles Boone?
Lifestyles MARK FLEMING
Entertainment MEGAN WESTERVELT
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â€˜Two athletes chargedâ€™ What a pathetic attempt at reporting. The Clarion must be hard hit by these difficult economic times if theyâ€™re promoting individuals of her intelligence to â€˜managing editor.â€™ -N. Grace
As a DU student, I am absolutely shocked this biased article got released. There is clearly a bitter and nasty resentment held against athletes here at DU. This girl suffers from â€œthe ugly duckling syndromeâ€? and should be ashamed. -disgusted
This is a reflection on Jamie Munro and how he has no discipline or control over his players. The best thing DU could do is get rid of him, the players themselves are good, respectful young men. -Giambi
Most of my friends are athletes and I do acknowledge that every weekend and most week nights there is a routine of heavy drinking followed by picking up fights at the bar aka the border, especially with fraternity boys. It is time for the athletes to learn their lesson and know that the fact that they are athletes does not entitle them to believe they are Gods and they can do whatever they want. -BB
I am not surprised that this type of altercation occurred. The athletes at DU are pampered and are never held responsible for their actions. -TR
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‘The Soloist’ evokes powerful emotions NATE KNIFE
The plight of the homeless is one uncommon to the silver screen, probably because there are no clearly defined villains to face down or solutions to be embraced. On the other hand, stories about crusading journalists fighting for truth and justice have been consistent box office draws as of late. The two concepts combine into an emotionally powerful film in “The Soloist.” The story follows Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.), a columnist for the Los Angeles Times struggling to find interesting stories in a world becoming more and more disinterested in newspapers. Lopez finds his story in a homeless man he meets, Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx). Ayers spends his days playing the two remaining strings on his violin, drowning out the sounds of traffic with the music of classical composers. As Lopez digs deeper, he discovers that Ayers was a prodigal music student at Julliard who was forced to drop out due to severe schizophrenia. As Lopez digs deeper and deeper, he finds himself more involved in Ayers’ life than he ever really wanted to be. Director Joe Wright has a reputation to maintain, and he does He was responsible for “Pride and Prejudice” in 2005 and the Oscar nominated “Atonement” in 2007. Moviegoers will be glad to know that his shift from classic British stories to this more contemporary tale has not impacted the overall quality in the least.
Jamie Foxx plays as the schizophrenic Nathaniel Ayers, a musical genius whom Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.) is instantly entranced by in the dramatic new film “The Soloist.”
“The Soloist” is a technical achievement that pushes the envelope just enough to impress without alienating audiences. Even more impressive is that this is Wright’s third film based on a book. He continues to be one of the few directors capable of a decent “book-to-film” transition. Wright definitely knows what it takes to make a good movie. The acting is superb.
Downey Jr. does a fantastic job of portraying Lopez as a flawed and believable human being that anyone can relate to. Foxx, however, steals the show as the schizophrenic Ayers. One can’t help but feel a profound mixture of pity and marvel at the musical prodigy turned homeless man in Los Angeles. This film is not without its flaws, though.
While deep characters and a quick moving story do go a long way in proving the quality of the film, the political aspect definitely means that some viewers are going to end up feeling left out. Whether or not the issue is important enough to merit this alienation is up for debate. And, while rare, there are at least two instances of pee jokes that seem
out of place against the overall dramatic backdrop of the film. “The Soloist” shows definite signs of being an awards season contender. It’s a political and emotional story of human frailty that audiences will definitely be able to identify with. It has all the right elements. The only question that remains is whether or not critics will find it appealing or preachy.
‘Fighting’ is pretty much exactly what it sounds like MARK FLEMING Assistant entertainment editor
Channing Tatum plays Sean, an eager young fighter with nothing to lose and something to prove in the new film “Fighting.”
For all of the angry, angry people out there who are too “gentle” to step up and show their stuff, there are and always will be digitally based entertainment to soothe that inner rage. Next time you’re itching for a fight, head to the theatres and relax. “Fighting” is the film for you. New York City can be merciless at times, yet the indomitable spirit Sean MacArthur (Channing Tatum) has is unmoved. Sean’s disturbing past life in Birmingham, Ala. apparently leads Sean to the Big Apple, where he sells counterfeit merchandise as a living. Of course, illegitimate dealings would not be complete without outside criminal activity. A group of petty thieves make an attempt at stealing Sean’s merchandise, but Sean proceeds to brutally thrash the group single handedly. Harvey Boarden (Terrence Howard) catches a glimpse of the fight – and likes what he sees. Sean’s natural fighting prowess is nothing to scoff at, and Harvey intends to take full advantage
of it. Being a true businessman, Harvey works together with Sean to find fights and make some money. The best part of “Fighting” is that the title says exactly what you should look forward to in the film. Sean has nothing to lose, and therefore the film itself has no real plot. Two men fight, one man wins – simple as that. Surprisingly, the acting is quite convincing in the film. The men and women look and act tough and are not there to fool around. The only contradiction with their character is the fact that the script is so poorly written you may find yourself giggling at the painfully obvious comments. The movie itself sounds and looks nice and has you sitting on edge for all of the fight scenes. Nothing at all worthwhile occurs in what could best be considered the film’s ‘downtime.’ “Fighting” is a strange film. There are moments where you’ll love it, and others when you’ll simply wonder why you shelled out eight dollars for this plotless mess. Do not expect much quality outside of the fights.
April 28, 2009
Thievery Corporation puts on stellar performance HUNTER STEVENS Contributor
For the lucky fans that caught Thievery Corporation’s second show in Denver, it was more than just a concert; it was like stepping into a scene from an exotic far-off locale. The sold-out Fillmore was packed with psychedelic dancing bodies swaying in time to the music booming out of the speakers and the kaleidoscope light show. For the next two hours, the Washington D.C. based DJ/producer duo of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton and their accompanying 15 or so piece band took the crowd on a musical vacation. The band included two drummers, a horn section, a bass player, a guitar/sitar player and a group
of vocalists from Tehran, Buenos Aires and Guyana. Being a band that could be considered a mix of trancetechno/electronica, Thievery has an impressively large-world music background. Hits such as “Lebanese Blonde,” from their 2002 album The Mirror Conspiracy and “The Richest Man in Babylon,” blend musical instruments from around the globe. These are a joy to experience, as the band plays them as if they were trained musicians from that native region. Impressively, Thievery is able to create a distinct mood with their music both on stage and on record. Possibly the best moment of the performance was during the second encore. Two lovely singers from Buenos Aires came out and led the crowd in “El Pueblo
Unido,” a song filled with optimism that is based on a protest chant used worldwide. To say the crowd loved the performance would be a complete understatement. Throughout the haze of smoke and moving bodies, it seemed like every single person in attendance knew the words to each song and sang them with as much energy and commitment as the musicians onstage. This performance proved that Thievery knows exactly what drives their audience and why they have cultivated such a large following. When the lights finally came up, many in the audience seemed to be convinced they would come back on again for a third encore. All we can do is hope that the music gods will smile on us again and deliver another brilliant Thievery performance.
Luckily this time around, MIMS seems to have acquired the desire to be something more than the cliché rapper. With this in mind, the new album, Guilt, is more memorable than his original single, though this may not be reflected in radio play. First off it sounds as though MIMS has put more thought into his career as a rapper and has placed less emphasis on using the genre as a get-rich-quick method. His lyrics have more meaning, his instrumentals are stronger and he is aware that his genre is interwoven with genres such as rock. “Rock ‘n Rollin” uses band names like Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Evanescence and Nine Inch Nails in the lyrics, which isn’t too much of a
common occurence. Guilt also has its shortcomings. Despite the strength of the lyrics, Guilt is filled with unutilized potential. The words that MIMS uses tell a powerful story, but the way in which he attracts the listener needs improvement. In a genre with such a diverse sense of vocabulary, it would be nice to see more colorful diction between points A and B. MIMS latest work is definitely something worth listening to. He is more mature as an artist and has put more effort into the composition of songs. There is a catch, though. MIMS is still finding his strengths as a lyricist. We can only hope that the messages in his music grow stronger as he finds better ways to vocally deliver them.
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Thievery Corporation packed the Fillmore with eager fans Thursday, April 16, 2009.
MIMS’ newest album proves to be more memorable DEVIN PITTS-ROGERS Contributor
Popular singles are rare in the music industry. But having one can rocket an artist instantly to superstardom. An album that contains songs just as memorable as that initial single is also a rarity. Remember the chart-topping track “This Is Why I’m Hot” by MIMS? His first album was a decent first effort, but nobody remembers anything but the single. His subject matter lacked any real depth, and it sounded as though his career may suffer from death by hubris. Many artists try to recapture audiences based on their initial appeal. They seldom try to take advantage of the momentum they make.
MIMS releases his second studio album Guilt, with the single “Move (If You Wanna).”
LaMontagne, rare talent HANNAH MORRIS Contributor
Ray LaMontange is an artist whose breed may be on the brink of extinction. No paparazzi follow his every move. Lamontange remains elusive. But his delivery is not. With eyes shut, mouth wide open, Lamontange sings from the gut. Unfortunately, despite a strong debut in 2004 with Trouble, he hasn’t done much. Better known in Britain, Lamontange, 35, has been touring and working on his third release, Gossip in the Grain.
“I feel like I kinda got tagged immediately as some kind of blue-eyed soul and that’s really not me,’’ he said about his raspy bluegrass style. Instead, this former carpenter says he can do anything. ‘’Not necessarily very well,’’ he admitted, “but I just love music.’’ “You are the Best Thing” is the first single from Gossip in the Grain that demonstrates how good this guy really is. The lyrics, which he writes himself, are simple but his burning delivery gets your attention. Download “Hold You in My Arms” from Trouble.
Ray LaMontange’s newest album Gossip in the Grain is a great addition to his work.
April 28, 2009
Baseball swings for success Soccer player leaves high school for DU
LAURA HATHAWAY Managing editor
It has been almost two years since the return of the DU club baseball team and already the Pioneers are making a splash in the club baseball world. Denver is ranked second in their conference with an overall record of 12-11 and a conference record of 8-3. The team has a 35 game schedule this year, with only four games remaining. The Pioneers may have lost their chance to play in the club sports World Series after three consecutive losses to University of Wyoming over the weekend. “There’s a chance. But either way, last year was the first year we had a team,” said Mari Yandall, general manager and founder of the club baseball team. “Wyoming is a good team, they’ve had a club team since they lost their varsity team.” Yandall and head coach Jared Floyd started the team together after finding out that there was no option for students who wanted to play baseball. “We just kind of barely scraped by last year,” Yandall said. “This year we had a fall season, we hosted a tournament and we had an alumni reunion where we brought the varsity baseball players back. We had a great time.” The Pioneers also traveled to Tucson, Ariz. over spring break to play the club teams from University of Arizona and Arizona State University. “University of Arizona’s club team is awesome. And every week we see club players going up and playing for varsity. Club teams are legit,” Yandall said. The club baseball team had fall and spring seasons this year and may have a summer season. Senior Anthony Floro, finance major, is one of the two capitans of the team and plays outfield and pitcher. “I love baseball. I was out of it for a couple years and then
ARIANA RANAHOSSEINI Editor-in-chief
Club baseball played three games against University of Wyoming over the weekend.
when they brought it back, I really wanted to do it,” Floro said. Floro added that the team has “great guys and a “great competitive spirit.” He is one of two seniors who will be leaving the team at the end of the season. According to Yandall, people have been contacting the team and saying they want to come to DU because they can play baseball. “It’s a good way to get involved on campus,” said Floro. “Keep your ears open on campus. We have try outs pretty much every quarter.” There are always try outs in
the fall, but if someone wants to try out during the year, they can contact the coach, said Yandall. The Pioneers will be traveling to Gunnison, Colo. this Saturday and Sunday to play three games against conference rival Western State University. These games will close out their spring season. For more information about club baseball, go to duclubbaseball.com or search DU Club Baseball on facebook. “I am really proud of what we have done. In the last year, we’ve competed with the best, I mean Divsion I as well,” Yandall said. “People miss baseball.”
Being a freshman isn’t easy. And for most students, it’s not something you have to deal with alone. This quarter is the first for Blake Shannon, and not only is it his first as a college student, but also his first as a Division I athlete. Now, he’s blogging about his weekly experiences as the latest addition to the men’s soccer team. In December, Shannon graduated from high school in Houston, a decision he and the DU head coaches made last fall. “It was the right time and a good decision for me to come early and get a head start on my freshman year,” Shannon said. Shannon sees this as an advantage as an athlete. “In the fall, you come in and have to play games right away for the season, get a feel of how the classes are going to be right off
the bat,” Shannon said. But the transition hasn’t been slow. He has started in each game of the spring season. “I was thrown into the fire five days in, getting my first collegiate start against one of the better teams in the country,” Shannon wrote in his blog. He also writes about the transition to college, classes, training and the team’s eight hour road trip to Omaha, Neb., in minivans. “Thursday hit as the team set sail for Omaha in four minivans,” Shannon wrote in his most recent blog. “The eight hour or so drive wasn’t bad as coach Korn and some of the other freshmen I rode with made the long journey entertaining with our rap sessions.” Visit denverpioneers.com to read Shannon’s blog each week. Shannon and the Pioneers have officially finished with their spring season. As the offseason begins Shannon will seek to fine tune his game.
Kayaking club shares secrets of their sport JASON MULLER Contributor
Stuck underwater and upsidedown in a submerged kayak can be a beginner’s worst fear. Sophomore Megan Beardsley may never have found herself in this situation if it hadn’t been for DU’s kayak club. During her first year of kayaking, Megan became stuck in what kayakers refer to as a “hole.” A hole is a spot where water tumbles over an obstacle and continually reverses the flow of the water, trapping the kayak from traveling downstream. Trapped under water and upsidedown in her kayak, Megan was forced to free herself from her kayak and swim to safety. But that was a unique situation. “It’s a misconception. A lot of people think that kayaking is really extreme or really danger-
ous,” said former president Chris Ruff, certified instructor for the American Canoe Association (ACA). “A very small portion of kayaking is really dangerous.” Ruff also assures anyone looking to join the club team that, “there are a lot of safe and enjoyable types of kayaking, whitewater kayaking is very safe.” The DU kayak club meets at the El Pomar Natatorium every Wednesday from 8:30 to 10:00 p.m., to go over upcoming trips and prepare for real situations one would encounter while kayaking. The kayak club recently held their Platte River clean up event,where they help to clean up the community by floating down the river and removing trash. According to the club’s current President, Kevin Thompson, the club intends on making more trips available in coming years.
Brent Ellman and Eli Rozansky practice in the El Pomar Natatorium Wednesday.
April 28, 2009
Still struggling as seasons near end m e n ’s l a c r o s s e DU 7, AIR FORCE 10 The men’s lacrosse team lost to Air Force Academy in their final match of the regular season, Sunday, April 25 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Mark Matthews led the Pioneers with a hat trick and an assist. Seniors Austin Konkel and Joey Murray both managed a goal in their final regular season game at DU. With the goal, Murray extended his consecutive goal streak to eight games, marking his 25th goal of the season. Before the game began, DU honored its six seniors for their hard work during their seasons at DU. The seniors honored were Murray, Konkel, Cory Schaeffler, Cliff Smith, Mike Anderson and Kyle Widerstedt.
m e n ’s s o c c e r DU 1, COLORADO RAPIDS 3
The DU men’s soccer team was edged out by the Colorado Rapids, Denver’s professional team, on Tuesday, April 21. The Rapids scored the first two goals of the game in the first half of competition. Although the Pioneers were down 2-0 after half time, they came out in the second half working as hard as they have all season. Despite the Pioneers low scoring affair, they had multiple shots on goal within the 18-yard box. With 20 minutes left in the game the Rapids pulled off another score to make the game 3-0. The Pioneers responded quickly when Collin Audley made a goal from a free kick 20 yards out. That ended the Pioneers spring season.
w o m e n ’s l a c r o s s e D U 1 4 , U C D AV I S 1 6 The women’s lacrosse team was upset this weekend in the quarterfinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament on Thursday afternoon in Stanford, Calif. Midfielder Karen Morton scored five goals and had three assists to become DU’s all-time goal scorer. Morton already holds the DU all-time record for most points. The Pioneers also received goals from Lexi Sanders, Steph Coyne and Tulley Sapp. Coyne had a hat trick and two assists, and Sanders added two assists to her goal. Denver’s last goal was recorded with 1:31 left in the game. But there wasn’t enough time to advance in the tournament. The Pioneers conclude their season with a game at Loyola University on May 2 at 10 a.m.
Club water polo team prepares for next season
ZAC D’ARGONNE Sports editor
Zac D’Argonne: What have been your greatest accomplishments as a Pioneer athlete? Daniel Wax: Being a senior and approaching graduation, I often look back on my years as a Pioneer with great memories. This year when I won the individual crown in Palm Springs at the Wyoming tournament was my biggest accomplishment. It gave me a great boost of confidence, and I proved to myself I could compete at the highest level. It is a memory that I can share with my teammates for the rest of our lives.
Top: Matt Gill attempts to outrun his head coach Mike Webb to reach the ball first in a recent practice at El Pomar Natatorium. Bottom: Goalie Paul Davis swats the ball away from teammate Greg Ackley in a team practice Thursday.
Broncos, only time can tell The NFL Draft took place this Saturday and Sunday. It is safe to say that some of the Broncos draft choices may have leftt some of us scratching our heads. I won’t go as far as to say that the draft was a ZAC D’ARGONNE Sports editor failure but it certainly was very interesting. Although many people expected the Broncos to draft completely defense, the Broncos chose a total of six offensive players including RB Knowshon Moreno followed by a WR, OT, C, QB and TE. People were not too upset with the Broncos first pick of the draft in Moreno. The Broncos may have a problem throwing the ball so RB’s are at a premium for the Broncos, especially with their injury troubles last season. The Broncos did get the man they were after in DE Robert Ayers of Tennessee. The Broncos made three more defensive picks in the draft of two safeties and a corner back. The move, however, that has to be questioned on Saturday was when the Broncos traded their first round pick for the 2010 draft to move up for the first pick in the second round, in which they drafted a TE. There has been criticism that the Broncos do not need a TE, and the pick could have potentially slipped to their later slot anyways. Only time will tell how the draft turned out, all there is to do it wait. One thing is sure, the Raiders helped Broncos, as they passed on Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin to draft Darrius Heyward-Bay. Thanks Raiders.
Q&A with aspiring pro golfer Editors note: Daniel Wax is a senior who has played for the DU golf team since 2006. Wax has the best single round average this season for the golf team. He was a part of last year’s SBC championship team. Wax believes he has potential to be a pro-golfer after he graduates.
ON THE SIDELINE WITH ZAC
ZD: How did you become a leader on your team at DU, even though golf is an individual sport? DW: Golf is by far an individual sport and if I perform well as an individual it can only benefit the team as a whole. So
the best way to lead is by my work ethic and performance on the course.
ting together a schedule for the summer and going to see how it goes from there. I’m very excited to play on my own and move to the next level. I feel like I am ready to bring my game to the next level.
ZD: What was your greatest moment on the golf team? D W: M y greatest moment on the golf team was winning the Sun Belt Conference Championship last year as a team. The entire trip was great and it was a must win to extend our season which made it extra speZ D : cial. Do you Winning as a have plans team is something to continue special because it playing golf after colbrought me closer lege? to my teammates DENVER ATHLETICS DW: After college I and gave us a am planning on turning bond and memory pro. I am in the process of putthat will last forever.
ZD: Aft fter finishing second as a team at the SBC tournament, where do you go from here? DW: Last year I finished second at the SBC’s and this year was a big disappointment for me. I had high expectations and just had an off week. However, my roommate and best friend Espen Kofstad held us up this year by winning the individual title.
Published on Apr 28, 2009
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