SPECIAL EDITION | BASKETBALL SEASON PREVIEW University of Denver student newspaper since 1899
Vol. 116, Issue 24
November 10, 2009
Fish flushed, students rescue lone survivors University drains campus ponds, hundreds of goldfish found in gutter outside Johnson-McFarlane ARIANNA RANAHOSSEINI Editor-in-chief
Dozens of freshmen woke up Saturday to a dismaying sight of hundreds of dying goldfish lying in the gutter on Iliff and High streets. It took two hours before some 15 students came to the rescue and saved more than 100 fish that are now resuscitated. Some of the fish are swimming in a large tank in the lobby of Johnson-McFarlane Residence Hall. “I was in shock,” said sophomore Nick Smith, a resident assistant. “It was a little alarming at first, we think they came from the Koi pond.” The ponds in the Humanities Garden, on the west side of the Mary Reed building, were recently drained for the winter. The fish, mostly goldfish, were discarded by DU maintenance workers. A worker in the department of Facilities Management said he was unsure how many fish went down the drain, but estimated the total in the water ponds was around 800. “Those fish aren’t cheap, so no matter your views on animal rights, that is a lot of money literally going down the drain every year,” Doyle said. “It is sad that we have to throw so many of the fish away.” It was about 10 a.m. when the first students organized to save the fish trapped in water less than 5 inches deep. By noon, the resident assistants filled two large buckets from Home Depot and a fish tank. Once the students placed the fish in the tank, they bought a filter and fish food to sustain the fish. “The students care,” said junior Dillon Doyle, a Johnson-McFarlane resident assistant. “It is great to see a huge group of students coming together to save the fish.” Twelve fish are now in a tank at the front desk of Johnson-McFarlane. The students called Facilities and the on-call administrator who came and took nearly 70 fish, Smith said. The rest were distributed among students.
COURTESY OF DILLON DOYLE
Freshmen living in the Johnson-McFarlane residence hall found hundreds of goldfish lying in the gutter shortly after the ponds in the Humanities Garden were drained for the winter. The students saved nearly 100 fish, filling two large buckets from Home Depot. Facilities took some 70 fish back to the pond on the west side of the Mary Reed building. Twelve fish are now in a tank on display in the lobby of Johnson-McFarlane. Facilities estimate the number of fish in the water was around 800.
ENTERTAINMENT | Page 15
Clarion gets up close and personal with the cast of ‘New Moon’
SEE HUMANITIES GARDEN, PAGE 7
“Being gay is not based on whom you have sex with...” OPINIONS | Page 13
TIL UN WINTER B
November 10, 2009
Alleged Ohio serial killer rare among Mass killers
iPhone application to give students access to DU info JAMIE WARREN News editor
DU will soon have their very own iPhone application, where students and faculty can access Blackboard, WebCentral, WebMail and other campus updates from their iPhone or iPod Touch. Senior Brian Huh, who is developing the application, says he hopes to complete it in time for the 2010-11 school year. “I think [an application] is a good way to include information, because I think a lot of students have [an iPhone or iPod Touch],” said Huh. “I feel like it would position DU in a different manner as far as bringing the community together and different students together.” Huh came up with the idea when he took a marketing class at Harvard this summer. He saw that other universities had created applications for their campuses. “I always wanted to contribute to the DU community and thought this would be a way I could do it,” said Huh. When the application is finished, students will be able to download it for free from the Apps Store. Huh has received a PINS research grant, which has provided him with about $1,500 for his project. However, according to Huh creating an application can cost as much as $100,000. Huh is also working with the Academic Affairs Committee in the Undergraduate Student Senate to develop an application that has components students want to see.
The application will include access to all of DU’s internet portals, as well as campus updates and other features such as the lyrics to the school song.
“When you create something the next step is to get people to use it,” said sophomore Milan Chatterjee, chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. “We will ask for student input to improve [the application].” Huh also hopes the committee will help him position his project to receive more funding as well. Huh has also contacted the Department of Information Technology, which handles WebCentral, the Computer Science Department and the University
U P C O M I N G TODAY “Papers” film screening Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall 6 p.m. Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity and DU Students for Comprehensive Immigration Reform present this film screening about undocumented youth and the challenges faced as they turn 18 without legal status. An in-depth discussion will follow the film. WEDNESDAY Green Symposium: Your office in the Era of Green HRTM Building 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Attend this discussion regarding what it means to operate a business in the “era of green.” Leaders from Howard Ecker + Company, Gensler and Workplace2go will present new ways to create a green office environment. Ethics Appropriation in the
Research Department. So far they all have supported the initiative, but did not have the resources to provide for the project. When creating the application, Huh is mostly concerned with what students would like to see in it. “I don’t want to create a cookie-cutter application, but include what students and faculty want to see,” he said. Anyone with input about the application can contact Huh at email@example.com.
E V E N T S
Construction of Whiteness: Buscando a Frida Sturm 286 5 p.m. Professor Aida Hurtado of the University of California-Santa Cruz addresses the culture and representations of women of color through their portrayals in the media. Light refreshments will be served.
Cable Center 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. John Mackey, chairman and CEO of Whole Foods Market, will speak about the Conscious Capitalist movement and companies whose purposes transcend profit maximization, are managed for the benefit of all stakeholders and are led by servant leaders. RSVP to www.daniels.du.edu/rsvp.
Short Film Big Success Mass Communications Bldg. 6 p.m. Mike Plante, short films programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, will discuss the fundamental concerns of filmmakers and programmers. He will also present short films he loves, those he finds problematic and answer student questions.
SATURDAY RAGE, 2009 Hamilton Gymnasium at Ritchie Center 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Attend this mixed martial arts show hosted by King of Champions Promotions Inc. for the first time at DU. The event promises to be action-packed with fights including Chris Camozzi vs. Chad Reiner. Buy your ticket online at www.kocmma.com. Use student discount code DUSTUR2009.
Conscious Capitalism: Creating a New Paradigm for Business
Weekly Forecast Today 63º | 45º
Wednesday 66º | 48º
Thursday 65º | 44º
Friday 48º | 35º
Saturday 39º | 30º
Sunday 46º | 32º
CLEVELAND — Authorities say Anthony Sowell lured women into his home in a busy neighborhood, killed them, most by strangulation, and scattered their remains throughout the inside and buried some in the backyard. Such brazenness defies logic, but experts identify a narrow subcategory of serial killers, including the 1893 Chicago Fair killer, Dr. H.H. Holmes and Milwaukee cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer, who hunt from home. “These types are so rare that you can’t make a summary estimation as to why or what went wrong or anything,” said Robert Keppel, a national serial-killer expert who investigated serial killer Ted Bundy in Washington state in the 1970s. “There’s just not a whole lot of these folks running around the world,” he said. Sowell’s home and backyard — a burial site for five victims — were shielded by an empty home to the left and the windowless brick wall of a sausage company on the right. Anytime the stench of decaying bodies blew over the street, neighbors blamed the meat processing next door. Sowell often sat on the front steps, sipping beer out of a bottle and greeting residents passing by on their way to the corner store that was just steps away for alcohol, snacks and cigarettes. His house was one of the nicest on the block. Sowell’s alleged approach reflects an obvious point, said forensic psychologist N.G. Berrill:
the potential role of mental illness in such unusual behavior. “The fact that they would dirty their own nest, as it were, is peculiar to me and suggests a level of mental illness or sickness,” said Berrill, director of the New York Center for Neuropsychology and Forensic Behavioral Science. Tanja Doss told The Associated Press that when she went up to Sowell’s third-floor bedroom for a drink last April, he attacked her. “I’m sitting on the corner of the bed and he just leaped up and came over and started choking me,” she said. She said she escaped in the morning when he went the store. When people think of serial killers, they imagine predators like Bundy, who stalked women and killed women in Washington, Oregon, Utah, Idaho, Colorado and finally Florida. But some of history’s most notorious serial killers literally worked close to home. At the same time, the Cleveland murders resemble the more general portrait of a serial killer who doesn’t stray far from his comfort zone. “They never leave town. They never travel to another state. They stay close to home, where they’re familiar with the victims and escape routes and dump sites,” Levin said. Hunting from home may have been easier because of the marginal lives led by Sowell’s alleged victims. All four of the Cleveland women identified until now battled addiction in their lives. It wasn’t unusual for some of them to disappear for a week or two and then return.
Want your fifteen seconds of DU fame? Be the first to find a hidden Boone inside the paper each week and win prize. Tell us where he’s hiding on our Facebook page, Twitter or e-mail du.clarion@ du.edu. Everyone who finds Boone will have their name printed in next week’s paper.
Congratulations to Nathan Solheim and Karen Nixon for finding Boone. Nathan won a ticket to the hockey game on Nov. 21 against North Dakota.
November 10, 2009
Students petition against bottled water on campus CORY LAMZ Assistant news editor
More than 500 signatures were collected last week for a petition created by the Sustainability Committee to eliminate the sale of bottled water on campus. “The official purpose of the petition is to show the administration that students find the amount of bottled water we give out and consume obscene, especially coming from an administration with a commitment to sustainability and a carbon neutral plan,” said Dillon Doyle, USG senator and Sustainability Council member. There are four main components to the petition. These include not selling bottled water on campus except during sporting events, not giving out bottled water as a marketing device, a promise to improve public drinking facilities such as drinking fountains and a commitment to educate the campus on the dangers of bottled water. The Sustainability Council also offered attendees the chance
to tape video messages to send to Chancellor Robert Coombe after the showing of the documentary ‘Tapped’ which premiered at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival on Friday. Some, like Stephanie Soechtig, creator of the film, recorded messages that were serious in nature while also playfully tongue-in-cheek. “I’d like you to join the movement,” said Soechtig. “Don’t make me come after you like I’ve come after Coke and Pepsi.” The Sustainability Committee will present both the video messages and petition to Chancellor Coombe by the end of the quarter, if not sooner, Doyle said. The film unearths the dangers of the process of bottling water, questioning: “Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought?” Soechtig explores the unregulated bottled water industry and its ruthless effects on our planet in a way that is part “I.O.U.S.A.,” part “Who Killed the Electric Car?” in its attack on big business
and environmental awareness simultaneously. As the bottled water industry begins to become the next sought-after empire, like oil, corporate behemoths Nestlé, Coca Cola and Pepsi turning a multi-billion-dollar profit from the convenience of bottled water. After the screening, five members of the “Tapped” team – Soechtig, executive producers Michael and Michelle Walrath, producer Sarah Gibson and interviewee Jim Wilfong – sat down for a question-and-answer session. They drank from the silver canteens distributed by USG and the Sustainability Committee which promote the consumption of tap water over bottled. “We have to take responsibility for everyone around the world,” said Wilfong, between sips from his canteen. “I hope people will get involved with this.” “We want you guys to start a revolution. Tell everyone you know about [‘Tapped’],” said Soechtig. “Give the finger to these big corporations, and make sure you can’t be bought!”
P O L I C E THEFT On Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 1:25 p.m., a DU student reported a theft at the Ritchie Center. The student left her belongings in the women’s locker room on Oct. 23. When she returned the next day, she discovered her iPod was missing. On Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 8:12 p.m., a DU student reported the theft of her personal belongings at the Performing Arts Center. She had left her belongings unsecured and unattended in a hallway near her classroom at 6:40 p.m. When she returned 2 hours later, she discovered her wallet was missing. On Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 8:40 p.m., a DU student reported the theft of her personal belongings at the Performing Arts Center. She also left her belongings unsecured and unattended. She left them in a hallway near her classroom at 6:40 p.m. Upon returning, she discovered her purse was missing. On Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 4:21 p.m., a DU student reported her cell phone went missing while she was visiting a house on the 2000 block of S. High St. on Oct. 31 between 9:30 and 10 p.m. On Thursday, Nov. 5 at 10:26 a.m., a DU staff member reported the theft of University-owned electronic equipment from the Community Room at Craig Hall. The unapproved removal occurred between Oct. 30 and Oct. 31.
VANDALISM On Monday, Nov. 2 at 9:49 a.m., a DU student reported that the tire of their personal vehicle had been punctured Saturday, Oct. 31, between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. in parking lot C near Centennial Halls.
Felipe Diaz signs the petition on Driscoll Bridge last week. The petition, created by the Sustainability Committee, asks the administration to reduce the amount of bottled water on campus.
DCB eligible to rank in survey Businessweek will measure Daniels by student opinion STEVEN STOKER Contributor
Daniels is looking to make up for two years of ineligibility in Businessweek rankings. For the fourth consecutive year, Daniels College of Business has been invited to participate in Businessweek’s national undergraduate business school rankings. Commonly used by recruiters and employers, these rankings are one of the predominant ranking systems and are known for their prestige. Student and corporate recruiter feedback accommodates half of the criteria taken into
account by Businessweek. The student surveys, which make up 30 percent of the Businessweek rankings, will be sent out to seniors in at Daniels within the next week. Two years ago, Daniel’s College of Business was ineligible from the survey due to a lack of student survey results. Last year DCB’s administration emphasized getting student responses, however, fell short in feedback from cooperate recruiters, said Chris MacMillan, director of strategic planning and ranking at Daniels. “We don’t want to tell students how to respond to the surveys, we just encourage them to take the time to fill them out with their honest and open opinions about the program,” she explained. “These rankings hold a lot of weight with recruiters and
employers.” With these rankings the business school hopes to add to their recent recognition after being ranked No. 20 by in a survey by Beyond Grey Pinstripes, as well No. 85 for Executive Master of Business Administration programs in the Financial Times world ranking system. “I think it’s an exciting opportunity that, as a Daniels student, I can make such a big impact on showing employers how great the Daniels is,” said Scott Fuson, Undergraduate Business Student Association president. In addition to DCB’s new application process for undergraduates, these new rankings will give perspective business students even more to consider when applying to DU. The survey will be available to students tomorrow.
On Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 2:15 p.m., a male DU student broke the parking lot gate arm of lot N near Nelson Hall. Parking Services issued the student a citation for vandalism.
ILLNESS On Monday, Nov. 2 at 11:39 p.m., an unaffiliated party lost consciousness while attending a performance at the Performing Arts Center. Witnesses reported nothing out of the ordinary that may have caused the sudden episode. Paramedics transported the party to Porter Hospital for treatment. On Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7:23 p.m., Campus Safety and the Denver Fire Department responded to a DU student experienced severe abdominal pain at the Driscoll Center. Paramedics transported the student to Porter Hospital for treatment.
ACCIDENTS On Monday, Nov. 2 at 11:39 p.m., a water leak in the second-floor restroom of Penrose Library damaged
R E P O R T a fire sensor and caused the fire alarm to activate. Campus Safety and the Denver Fire Department determined no fire or smoke were present. On Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m., a DU student observed a truck driven by an unidentified party strike the parking lot arm of lot L near the College of Law. The driver then left the area. Minor damage was reported. On Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 9:51 p.m., a DU staff member observed an unidentified party driving a sport utility vehicle hit a parked motorcycle then leave the area in the 2300 block of S. York Street. On Friday, Nov. 6 at 9:14 a.m., a contractor driving a company vehicle hit a parked University-owned vehicle in parking lot 125 near the Metallurgy Building. Moderate damage but no injuries were reported. On Friday, Nov. 6 at 3:20 p.m., a DU student driving a personal vehicle struck a concrete island at the parking lot entrance of lot 103 near Centennial Halls. Minor damage was reported. On Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7:40 p.m., an identified party ran in front of a DU student’s vehicle as the student was driving on Circle Drive. The student applied the brakes, and the vehicle struck the curb. Moderate damage but no injuries were reported.
INCIDENTS On Thursday, Nov. 5 at 9:26 p.m., two DU students were involved in a verbal altercation at the Coors Fitness Center. One of the students verbally threatened a DU staff member as the staff ordered them to leave the building. On Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2:40 a.m., an unidentified student assaulted a DU student at residence located in the 2100 block of S. High St. Paramedics transported the party to Swedish Medical Center for treatment.
TRESSPASSING On Thursday, Nov. 5 at 5:03 p.m., two unaffiliated, suspicious males were in the Centennial Halls building without authorization. Because the males declined to provide identification, the Denver Police Department was called. Both males were issued a trespassing notice and advised never to return to the DU campus.
DRUGS & ALCOHOL On Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2:15 a.m., an underage DU student was severely intoxicated near the Carnegie Green. Paramedics transported the student to detox for treatment. On Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7:59 p.m., Campus Safety responded to a heavy odor emitting from a Nagel Hall residence suite. The three DU students within the room denied smoking marijuana, and no drugs or paraphernalia were in plain view.
November 10, 2009
‘Real World,’ open Reality TV star Bronne shares his story casting near campus LAURA HATHAWAY Managing editor
MTV’s hit show is looking for season 24 applicants LAURA HATHAWAY Managing editor
Not everyone has the opportunity to be on a hit-television show, but MTV is giving those living in Denver a chance to apply in person at open casting calls. Casting for MTV’s hit show “The Real World,” season 24, will take place this Saturday at Hooters on 1390 S. Colorado Blvd. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 24 aand only need to bring a photo ID and a recent photo. More importantly, applicants need to focus on being themselves and relax. “The first suggestion I would make is don’t be desperate,” said Damon Furberg, supervising casting director for the show. “I’m only half joking, when I say that, but it’s not an attractive quality in anybody and certainly when applying for these shows.” A couple hundred people are expected to show up to Denver’s casting call and usually around 20,000 people apply each season, according to Furberg. Only around 10 percent of people apply in person and 80 percent of those who get on the show are selected from the open casting calls. “People shouldn’t be intimidated to try out because of the numbers,” Furberg said. “As long as you believe there is something interesting about you that will shine through.” Since so many people apply, casting directors see people in groups of 10 sitting at a table. “Having people in a group like that, it benefits us and we can see how they interact with each other,” Furberg said. “There are no specific questions. We give the casting directors a lot of latitude of how they want to do it.” The interview process is not
traditional, it is more interactive. Some examples of what casting directors may ask applicants to do are play party games, like two truths and a lie, or discuss a debate topic, said Furberg. Depending on how many people show up, interviews can be a minimum of 10 minutes and maximum of 24 minutes. “We’re very careful to be respectful of the fact that everyone has waited in line. Make sure everyone gets the chance to say something,” said Furberg. As this is not a professional interview process, people should dress casually. “Be comfortable. If someone shows up with everything hanging out everywhere, they are just trying to get your attention,” Furberg said. “I’m not saying they need to wear a turtle neck sweater or anything but dress comfortably.” Furberg said sometimes they see people dressed in costumes. Though it gets their attention for a second, there is probably a reason behind why they did that, and it may be because they are not that interesting on their own. “It’s not necessary, as long as you’re an interesting person, and you have that charismatic personality, you could wear a garbage bag and we’d remember you,” Furberg said. “But don’t actually wear a garbage bag.” Currently, the location of the next season is unknown. There are two seasons a year, and the location will not be decided until filming for season 23 in Washington, D.C. is done. Take it from someone who has been casting for “The Real World” for the last 12 seasons, the number one thing is to stay relaxed, said Furberg. “Don’t take it so seriously that you freeze up and don’t live up to your full potential,” Furberg said. “We are looking for the diamond in the rough.” It is possible to apply via e-mail. For more information about applying electronically, visit bunim-murray.com.
Editor’s note: Bronne Bruzgo was one of seven cast members on MTV’s “The Real World: Season 22,” which took place in Cancun, Mexico. Bronne is 22 years old and a senior, history major at Penn State. Tell me about your casting experience. Basically what happened was there was an open casting call at my school. My buddies said to try out. I never had watched the show in my life and went as a joke, to mess with people. They kept calling me back and next thing I know I was on a plane to Mexico. What advice would you give to people who want to be on the show? The best advice is be yourself, because they can weed those people out who seem desperate. If you want to be on show to have a career in acting, or modeling, they do not pick those people. How has your life changed since being on the show? I’m trying to be regular again, and get back to normal, except lots of people know who I am now. Obviously a lot has changed, I got a nice job as a bartender because of it, lots of girls want to
talk to me now because of it, but other than that my life is back to normal. I go to Penn State, drink and it’s senior year. What is the best part of being on “The Real World?” Aww man, I get that question a lot. It’s so hard to answer, just the experience overall. I would it do it again no questions asked. Did you act differently because your family was watching? My family knows me pretty well, I didn’t surprise them particularly. What would you tell people who are intimidated about applying? Like I was nervous about doing it too. Go do it, have a fun time. It will be the best experience of your life if you get it. How was living with seven people? I lived with four people my whole life. That house was so big, it seemed like I was living with less people because there was so much space. What kind of rules were there? There were no video games down there, no TV’s either, because they don’t want us sitting there watching TV and playing video games, they want us interacting. I am a huge nerd, and they wouldn’t even let me play games online.
Bronne Bruzgo poses in Cancun.
I’m a gamer. Did you eat every meal out? First you get there, the fridge is full of food. We grocery shopped at Mexican Walmart, but then we realized we could order room service and did that all the time. I seriously ate club sandwiches like every day. The best club sandwiches I ever had were there. What are your plans for the future? I’m still going to graduate on time. I was way ahead of the game already. I signed up for Marine Core today, so I will dedicate four years to that.
COURTESY OF SUSAN DENISON
Cast members from the MTV reality show “The Real World: Season 22” pose in Cancun, Mexico, where they lived together in a hotel.
Three Americans accused of espionage ASSOCIATED PRESS
TEHRAN, Iran — A senior Iranian prosecutor accused three Americans detained on the border with Iraq of espionage on Monday, the first sign that Tehran intends to put them on trial. The move could set up the Americans — who relatives say were hiking and strayed across the border from Iraq — as potential bargaining chips in Iran's standoff with the West. The announcement came as Washington and Tehran were maneuvering over a deadlock in negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad alleged the three crossed Iran's border illegally, saying this was something any country would punish. "In all countries, crossing borders would have a very heavy sentence, according to the law," he told a news conference in Istanbul before the start of a summit of the 57-nation Organization of
the Islamic Conference. "Unfortunately, they crossed our borders illegally. We are not happy about that, but there is a law. "Hopefully, they will have an appropriate answer in the court, and they will convince the judge that they did not have any intention of crossing the border illegally," Ahmadinejad said. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the charges were baseless and called for the release of the three. "We believe strongly that there is no evidence to support any charge whatsoever," she told reporters in Berlin. "And we would renew our request on behalf of these three young people and their families that the Iranian government exercise compassion and release them, so they can return home." Clinton said the U.S. would continue to make that case through Swiss channels who represent U.S. interests in Tehran. Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd
and Josh Fattal, all graduates of the University of California, Berkeley, were arrested July 31 after straying over the Iranian border from northern Iraq. The U.S. government and their families say there were on a hiking vacation and crossed accidentally. Bauer is orginally from Onamia, Minn. and had been living in Damascus, Syria, with Shourd, his girlfriend. Tehran chief prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi says the three "have been accused of espionage" and that investigations were continuing, according to the state news agency IRNA. He said an "opinion (on their case) will be given in the not distant future." It is not clear from his comments whether formal charges had been made, but such announcements are often a sign that charges are imminent if not already filed. In Iran's opaque judicial system, the process of indictment and trial often takes place behind closed doors.
November 10, 2009
Big plans for DCB’s future ZBT raises money for ARIANNA RANAHOSSEINI
around 1,800. This will not affect students already enrolled at DU. This goal will help to emphaAs a part of a new strategic plan, the Daniels College of Busi- size academic rigor and integrity ness is redesigning undergraduate within DCB, said Christine MacMillan, director of business curricustrategic planning lum to include and rankings at new courses, a DCB. secondary admisIn 2005, the sions process to class size was 1,400. reduce class size, Although the revamping the number of underMBA program graduate students and hiring 12 will be scaled back new faculty considerably, the members. number of gradu“Just as any ate students will good business grow by 1,000 to does, we needed 1,200. a new strategic Although plan,” said Chrissome believe tine Riordan, inflation dean of Daniels DAVID LORISH | CLARION grade issues were a cause College of Busifor the new plan, ness. Entitled “Daniels Tomorrow,” Riordan disagrees. “Grade inflation was never a the plan introduces seven goals in an effort to achieve the schools reason for the strategic plan,” she goal to be a globally recognized, said. “I haven’t heard it from any premier private business college. employers and I have been meeting with CEOs of all the major The goals include: companies and they have not • Delivering exemplary brought that up as an issue. Are market-relevant programs. • Engaging in research-driven we looking at grades? Absolutely. But it’s only one quality.” knowledge creation. Even though the plan does • Strengthening college-wide not directly address the issue areas of interdisciplinary of grade inflation, it hopes to collaboration. increase the program’s rigor. • Developing as a community “Our plan is that we also of choice. increase rigor, part of that is to • Building financial and increase the quality of students resource strength. coming in, therefore we can • Creating a leading-edge increase the rigor,” MacMillan infrastructure. said. “Grade inflation is a bigger, • Advancing the school’s broader issue. We haven’t put reputation capital. DCB plans to achieve these anything in place, but we will be tackling it in the next year.” goals by taking several key steps. The graduate MBA program Beginning fall 2010, students will enter Daniels as pre-business is expanding into five-distinct students, then they may apply for areas, some of which are already formal admission their sopho- in place. The five areas include: • One-year MBA program more year. This will reduce the launching fall 2010. number of undergraduate class • The full-time MBA program sizes from the current 2,200 to Editor-in-chief
for students with a minimum of two to three years work experience. • The international MBA program, with heavy focus on international business. • A professional MBA for mid- career professionals • An executive MBA program for senior-level professionals. DCB also will hire 12 new faculty members, funded by DU. With retirement, Riordan expects to hire four or five new faculty each year for the next five years. The redesigned undergraduate business curriculum will include two new “gatewayto-business” courses and a new undergraduate business minor for non-business students. Next, DCB will launch the Carl M. Williams Business Ethics partnership and Institute for Enterprise Ethics. The school hopes this will advance the focus on ethics, sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Among the additional faculty members, two new directors will be hired. The director of globalization and a director of alumni relations will also be filled. The plan also calls for the creation of a “Corporate Partners” program, with nearly 30 companies that will launch this month. “We’re strengthening our relations with our recruiters, we’re putting a lot more resources and energy into placement, especially with the undergraduates,” MacMillan said. “It’s pretty challenging in this economic environment, but we’re really doubling our efforts to help students.” Development of the plan began in summer 2008 and included meetings with more than 350 faculty, staff, alumni, current students and local business leaders. This is DCB’s first strategic plan since 2001. To read the complete strategic plan visit daniels.du.edu.
children in need RACHEL CONKEY Copy editor
This week Zeta Beta Tau fraternity will be hosting Get on the Ball, a fundraiser supporting The Children’s Miracle Network. Fraternity members will be rolling a 72-inch ball around campus asking people to donate a dollar and to sign their name throughout the week. In addition to receiving money from the generous donations, businesses around campus sponsor the event. Each has pledged to donate a specific amount for each signature on the ball at the end of the week. “For example, if a business pledges $.05 for each signature and the fraternity gets 1000 people to sign the ball, the business donates $50.00,” said Jeremy J. Lynch, philanthropy chairman of ZBT. He also explained that the goal for the event does not just involve raising money. The
brothers are also striving to gain more support from local businesses and to raise awareness for The Children’s Miracle Network. “When a brother goes on a hospital tour and sees where the money he is raising is being donated to, he understands the need and love associated with philanthropy,” said Lynch. “We simply want to help others and create awareness of the need that surrounds each and every one of us.” The brothers will be wearing shirts with Boone on them and can be found around campus every day this week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday, they will be bringing the ball to the sporting events on campus in hopes of gaining more signatures. Last year, the fraternity raised over $10,000 and hopes to double that amount this year with Get on the Ball and their annual winter project, Red-Nose Days. “Come donate a dollar and
Rand Woodson and Chayce Duncan roll around the 6-foot ball to collect signatures and raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network.
November 10, 2009
Mayor of Jerusalem discusses future of city CARLY REYNOLDS
Barkat hopes to return Jerusalem to a state of economic prosperity by utilizing the religious Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir significance of the city to increase Barkat, discussed his goals and tourism and income. His goal is challenges in leading Jerusalem to have 10 million tourists within to a better future in front of 700 a decade. Jerusalem is a religious mecca people at the Newman Center on for the 8,000 Jews, Muslims and Tuesday. Barkat, elected in 2008 as the Christians who live within the ninth mayor of Jerusalem, was city’s limits, but also for millions welcomed to the Gates Theater by of people around the world who Chancellor Robert Coombe and look to Jerusalem as a center of Gov. Bill Ritter at 6:30 p.m., as the religious belief. “Ever ywhere keynote speaker for you put a shovel in “Jerusalem in Tranthe ground, you will sition: An Ancient find Jewish roots,” City at the Forefront said Barkat. of Contemporary Jews and Arabs Issues in the Middle disagree over whom East.” Jerusalem belongs B a r k a t to; Arabs see their explained his plan land being taking to restore Jerusalem away from them, to economic success while Jews see themthrough tourism selves taking back and answered audi- Nir Barkat, mayor of land that is rightfully ence questions. As a Jerusalem theirs. member of the Left “The way to manage JerusaKadima party, Barkat believes in a unified Jerusalem, no power lem is to seek a common denomisharing and a return to economic nator,” said Barkat. Barkat’s common denomistability through tourism. Barkat acknowledged that life in Jeru- nator is his refusal to hand over salem must be improved in the Jerusalem to an international party. Arabs and Jews disagree West and East side. “Name a conflict, we have it,” on which of them should be in charge, but agree that it should said Barkat. Jerusalem is currently one of not be in the hands of a foreign the poorest cities, with the aver- power. “I believe in a united Jeruage yearly income being $800. Contributor
“The way to manage Jerusalem is to seek a common denominator.”
salem. We need it to work as a whole,” said Barkat. Heidi Alvarez, a DU student, who spent part of her summer in Jerusalem, said that people don’t understand the persistent discrimination and systematic oppression aimed towards Palestinians in Jerusalem. “I saw what was going on,” said Alvarez. “It’s hard to say things are all right when you see people getting kicked out of their houses.” Neil Dubro, chair of Americans Against Terrorism, and Barkat supporter, said the antiBarkat protestors had no basis in fact. “Under Israel is religious freedom for all,” said Dubro. “Houses are only demolished if they don’t have permits.” Kristin Hissong, a second year in the Korbel school, spent part of her summer in Jerusalem. She said she had witnessed the bulldozing of houses, but could see both sides of the arguments. “I’m pro both. Being pro one does not mean you have to be anti the other,” said Hissong. In a year Barkat has developed strong supporters and opponents, yet he says he feels comfortable they are getting their act together. “It’s my honor to serve Jerusalem,” said Barkat. “We must make [Jerusalem] better for the next generation.”
Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, discussed the condition of his city and his hopes to increase the prosperity of the region by increasing tourism.
Protestors line street in opposition, support of Israel LESLIE BASS Online editor
About 30 protestors lined each side of Iliff Avenue Tuesday night in response to “Jerusalem in Transition,” a speech given by the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, at the Newman Center for the
Performing Arts. “I’ve seen the demolitions and evictions in East Jerusalem,” said Christina Harris, a graduate student at the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies. She stood next to a man holding a “Zionism is Racism” sign at the event. “I am
Above: A protestor holds a sign reading, “I was born in Jerusalem. Nir Barkat doesn’t allow me to live in or visit my birthplace.” Right: Protestors gathered to oppose the policies made by the mayor of Jerusulem, such as the destruction of Palestinian homes in the city.
here to let people know what’s in a united Jerusalem, emphasized going on because the mayor is not the importance of tourism, retenrepresenting that side.” tion of high- and middle-income Senior Joel Portman, who residents and religious pluralstudied abroad in Beer Sheva, ism in the city in his 20-minute Israel last year stood on speech. the north side of Iliff “The way to ONLINE with other Israel supmanage Jerusalem is VIDEO porters. to seek the common “I came out to Visit us at denominator,” Barkat make a stand that Israel duclarion.com said. “The fragmentahas the right to be a to watch the tion of the city isn’t country,” he said. “Some protestors. a problem, it’s a feaof the people who were ture.” on the other side of the street Barkat also answered previwere much more in-your-face.” ously selected questions from the About 12 Denver police and audience. Campus Safety officers were pres“We don’t demolish homes ent. for the sake of demolishing them,” Barkat, who said he believes Barkat said in response to one
question about the destruction of Palestinian homes within the country. In response, a protestor called out and held up a sign reading “Barkat destroyer of Palestinian homes.” Three members of the Denver Police Department then approached the man in his seat and he put the sign away before exiting the theater. Barkat was introduced by Colorado governor Bill Ritter and Robert Coombe, chancellor of the University of Denver. During his introduction, Coombe noted the importance of public political discourse in inviting Barkat to speak.
November 10, 2009
Hanson walks for charity Humanities Garden
death trap for goldfish
Above: Hanson talks to a crowd at the DU bookstore after their walk. Left: Issac Hanson walks barefoot alongside students in the walk around campus.
This walk was part of Take the Walk, a program in which $1 is donated by Hanson to fight poverty and AIDS in Africa for every one mile walked. The group partners with the company TOMS Shoes, which donates a pair of shoes to a child in Africa for every pair of shoes sold by the company. The walk is barefoot to give the participants an idea of what children in Africa go through every day. Hanson leads these walks in every city before their concerts. Later that night Hanson performed in downtown Denver. After the walk Hanson signed autographs for DU students in the campus bookstore and talked about their charity with the crowd.
Continued from page 1 Then they named them. Names included Fernando, Carlos Santana, Mac-Gill, Danger Dan, Armes, Carrot Top and Michael Jackson. “My guess is they came through the drain,” said Brett Ericson, grounds foreman. Arborist Marc Hathaway, who is in charge of the fish, was unable for comment because he is away on a scheduled vacation break. “I know they have a net over it (pond). I’m sure there were efforts, I know they recovered the majority,” Ericson said. “As the ponds drain they try to grab as many as they can.” When the seasons change, many of the fish are moved to the upper ponds on the west wall of Mary Reed, Ericson said. “I think it is madness. We need to find out where they came from,” Smith said. “I was in shock that that many slipped through. There were tons of them and the water that they were in was absolutely disgusting. We just want to make sure that they’ll be OK and live.” In the spring, DU begins with 20 to 30 fish in the ponds, which
reportedly reproduce hundredfold during the warm weather. “They produce really rapidly,” Ericson said. The university stocks the Humanities Garden with only goldfish, but during the season, Koi, a type of goldfish, usually appear. It may be that students or passersby add their pet fish to the DU pond, Ericson said. “To me, the fish are somewhat symbolic of traditions at our school in the sense that instead of throwing them out we could be saving them and growing them every year,” Doyle said.
PHOTO COURTESY DILLON DOYLE
Students collect fish from the sewer early in the morning outside of J-Mac.
Pink treadmill raises funds for cancer STEPHANIE FRANQUEMONT
as we help our neighbors in need
We will be collecting non-perishable food donations at our retail and dining halls around campus 0ct 25-Nov 12. All donations will benefit Food Bank of the Rockies.
DU students raised $143.40 for breast cancer research by running on the pink treadmill in the Coors Fitness Center during the Pink Ribbon Campaign. The center took part in the campaign sponsored by Cybex, the treadmill manufacturer, during which Cybex would give 10 cents for every mile logged on the pink treadmill during the month of October to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. October was Breast Cancer Awareness month and Cybex sponsored this campaign at fitness centers across the country. Before October, Tiffany Ulatowski, director of membership and competitive programs at the center, said that the “current trends indicate that our students and members log an average of 950 miles per month on each treadmill.” The 1,434 miles that were logged on the pink treadmill in October reflect a substantial increase from that average per treadmill. “I liked running on the pink treadmill during Breast Cancer Awareness month because I felt like I was helping the cause even if it was only a little bit,” said sophomore Hannah Miller. “I liked the signs on the other treadmills that reminded people to check if the pink treadmill was open and encouraging us to use that one.” “We still see an increase in use on our pink treadmill. Many members still want to help the cause even though our campaign is over,” said Ulatowski. This was the first campaign of this type that has been at the Coors Fitness Center. “We are looking for ways to give back to our community,”
Ulatowski said. “We will continue to do this type of campaign as well as others in the future.” Other programs that were run at the Ritchie Center during October included Skate for the Cure. More than 70 people participated in Skate for the Cure, from which money was donated to the American Cancer Foundation.
This sign next to the treadmill kept track of the miles as they were logged. Throughout the month of October over 1,400 miles were added to the treadmill.
November 10, 2009
HRTM class hosts wine festival LAURA HATHAWAY
were playing a variety of music. The Clark Smith Trio, which plays jazz and The Vino Quartet, which plays classical music, were Hundreds of people spent Sunday the two DU bands present. afternoon tasting wine and eating appetizThe wine-pairing dinner included ers at the School of Hotel, Restaurant and wines from David Arthur Vineyards and Tourism Management for the first DU Vin a five-course meal designed by the HRTM Wine Festival. culinary team. The evening began with “It’s a great turn out. I’m really happy a cocktail reception and a string-quartet with the crowd. People are enjoying the from the Lamont School of Music. The food and wine,” said Morgaen Hoxsey, one dinner was served by the students. of the food and beverage directors for the Some of the many responsibilities the festival. students had were to analyze the target An HRTM class of 12 seniors planned, market, develop sales techniques, decide the executed and coordinated the entire festi- food and wine pairings and recruit HRTM val. The festival students to featured a wine help with the pairing dinner events. last Wednesday T h e re and the grand were several tasting. positions The class students in is called Topics: the class were Wine Festival assigned. Class, and There were is taught by two logistics professor Eric managers, two Lane, director food and bevof operations erage direcfor HRTM. Now tors, a director in its first year, of branding the capacity of and design, the class is 12 a director and this year it of public happened to be relations, a all women who director of enrolled. The class meets twice a week for advertising, an event director, a controltwo hours each time. ler, two directors of sales and a director “We spent class time planning, divid- of human resources. Professor Lane was ing up work, making timelines and meet- the director of operations. These positions ing with our partner, Republic National encompassed all the parts of planning an Distributing Company,” said Hoxsey, a event from start to finish. senior HRTM major. “I was in charge of writing press The class had six releases and getting weeks to make sure “As the first class to do the news out to magaeverything was ready for zines, news stations, this, we really had high DU alumni and hotel the two events. “I am looking expectations, so now associations,” said around, amazed that Goodman, the director this was pulled off so we realize that we will of publications. quickly. We started with Each position be a strong foundation nothing but a name for included numerous the festival,” said Rachel for years to come.” responsibilities but the Goodman. overseer of everyone The grand tasting was the event director. cost $52.80 per person Morgaen Hoxsey “As event direcand the dinner was $125 Senior, HRTM major tor, I was in charge of per person. The grand giving everyone the tasting featured more tools they needed to do than 60 vintners and around 20 differ- their jobs,” said Molly McMahon. ent pouring tables. Some of the vintners The class also incorporated sustainwho participated were Baqueano Winery, ability into the events. They used recyclable Bonded Winery #9, Milbrandt and Men- and biodegradable products and locally docino Wine Company. grown foods. Another green aspect was “I’d say the set-up is convenient and their decision to partner with a hybrid the wine selection is strong,” said Ken taxi company for guests who needed a ride Nauman, a DU community member, who home. heard about the event through a chef in the Another unique aspect of these events HRTM School. “We’ve just having a good is that they generated funds for the HRTM time. There are very good wines, the food scholarship programs. Each participant is tremendous.” had the option to make a donation while Many of the vintners were pouring visiting the festival’s Web site and proceeds four or five different labels. Some were from the festival also contributed to the pouring wines from around the world, general scholarship fund. such as Baqueano, who had wines from Not all of the student’s expectations South America. were met because they set them too high “I heard about this from our local for the first year, according to Hoxsey. distributor, RNDC. I am from out of state, “As the first class to do this, we really but happened to be in town this weekend, had high expectations, so now we realize so why not?” said Joel Portmann, from the that we will be a strong foundation for Baqueano Winery. “It’s been great, a good years to come,” said Hoxsey. crowd.” However, the model is now in place There were six different appetizers for future classes. passed around, including bruschetta, “It is cool because we’ve laid such spring rolls and pigs in a blanket. There a quality framework. Everyone is really also was a carving station with steak sand- impressed,” said Goodman. “I have done wiches and a cheese vendor featuring six a lot in the hospitality industry and have different cheeses. never put on an event that functions so The grand tasting also featured a silent well.” auction with work from emerging-student For more information about the festiartists. In the main room, Lamont students val, visit duvinfestival.com. Managing editor
PHOTOS BY DAVID LORISH|CLARION
November 10, 2009
Barbie’s crotch makes statement as art
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY CONNIE MIERKEY|CLARION
Allie Pohl’s “Ideal Woman: Necklace,” a pendant fashioned to look like the Barbie doll crotch, is currently exhibited at the Illiterate Gallery. Pohl comments on the idealization of feminine beauty, fetishes and technology.
CONNIE MIERKEY Lifestyles editor
In line at Michael’s craft store to purchase more necklace clasps, bling and plastic packaging, Allie Pohl fiddled with the silver chains around her neck that display bright yellow and neon orange shapes. Stepping up to the register she was greeted with, “Ooo! What is that on your necklace? A cat?” by the female cashier. “No, it’s the Barbie doll crotch,” Pohl responded with a smile. “Oh, I’m not of that generation,” said the cashier as her cheeks and neck grew rosy and then turned a deep crimson. “But the Barbie doll is over 50 years old!” said Pohl.
“You caught me off-guard.” Pohl is a graduate student in the Electronic Media Arts Design program, and some of her sculptures and necklaces are on exhibit at the Illiterate Gallery in the “Where the Wild Things Art” exhibit that opened Friday. Her porcelain sculpture pieces, “Ideal Woman: Astroturf A and B” and the “Ideal Woman: Necklace” derive from an artistic interpretation of the Barbie doll cropped at the midsection. Pohl has created an icon that examines the fetish, hits on feminism and is chic and sexy all at once. “I fell in love with the shape and I knew I wanted it to be part of who I was at that moment,” said Pohl about the icon she has created by cropping the Barbie doll
outline at the belly button and the lower thigh, framing the crotch. Pohl hung the pendant on chains to be worn as necklaces. Pohl started a blog (idealwoman. wordpress.com) for wearers of the necklace to share stories of interactions while wearing the necklace and to read others’ experiences. The idea stemmed from her work during undergrad at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., where her work explored female hair removal. In her early work at DU, she created a life-size porcelain version of a Barbie doll with strategically grown chia sprouts. “Now we live in the world where there’s a better version of the real,” said Pohl. She attributes this to technology. With the ability to make
things more perfect and ideal via technology, the fetish becomes an obsession. “We fetishize women, Barbie dolls, you know, the perfect breasts, the perfect grass, the perfect whatever,” said Pohl. The fetish element extends to the process of wearing the crotch shape as a necklace and the fetish of jewelry and beautification, said Pohl. Pohl’s technological process involved creating the shape with Adobe Illustrator and then sending the image to a company that produces the Plexiglas cutouts.
She then assembles them into necklaces. The pendants are available in eight different colors as part of the first edition. Other editions are to follow. “This is a factory-type experience,” said Pohl, “and this is how females are becoming, we’re cookie-cutters.” Visit alliepohl. com for more information on purchasing necklaces, to view her other work and for information on exhibits. Above: Artist Allie Pohl sports an “Ideal Woman: Necklace” bedazzled with various colored decorative jewels.
TURN YOUR UNNEEDED TEXTBOOKS INTO HOLIDAY CASH!
NOVEMBER 18 – 24, 2009 Order your winter quarter textbooks @ www.dubookstore.com. We’ll have them ready for you when you return from break... Relax, we’ll do the shopping for you!
DU BOOKSTORE’S 20% OFF DU CLOTHING & DU GIFT ITEMS November 16-21, 2009 www.dubookstore.com
November 10, 2009
‘Quake’ shakes audience
Bridging the education gap
Children in the after school care program enjoy reading, game play and arts and crafts in a nurturing environment.
ROSIE WILMOT Assistant lifestyles editor
Top: Lucy’s first love, played by DU student Jayson Cowley, reaches for Lucy after she decides to leave him and continue her search for ideal love. Below: DU student Shannon McKinnon, who plays Lucy in the play, competes in a beauty contest in order to gain the attention of the contest’s judge, her next love
On Thursday, the student play “Quake” opened in the Elizabeth Erickson Byron Flexible Theatre of the Newman Center for Performing Arts. The play highlights the trials and tribulations of Lucy, a girl searching for the perfect love. This quirky perfomance will be shown again on Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. and on Nov. 15 at 2 p.m.
The local outreach, the Bridge Project, strives to provide educational opportunities for children living in public housing in Denver. It began as the brainchild of graduate students in the Sociology Department at DU who started the first center in Denver’s North Lincoln Park public housing development. Since then, the Bridge has continued to be a part of the Graduate School of Social Work and has relied on more than 500 volunteers to help tutor and mentor students ages 3-18 in the Denver area. The students come from Denver’s four public
housing districts and are often approximately two years behind in reading. The students come primarily from non-english speaking families with parents who are unable to help their children do their homework. Volunteers have the opportunity to tutor an hour a week to help students catch up on their reading, math and science. Additionally they can become mentors to students who rarely have the opportunity to leave the public housing districts. “It’s exciting for the children who come from primarily singlemother homes to have the opportunity to have a relationship with someone outside of their family who cares about them.” said Lynn
Wilky the development director. “Just walking around the mall is a big deal.” The program also supports students after they graduate by helping them apply for scholarships and supporting them throughout their college career by covering additional expenses. Currently, the Bridge Project supports 45 students in college in the Denver metro area covering the expenses of necessities from books to health insurance. “The program is invaluable because we support children who are attending some of the worst schools in the area,” said Wilky. “We assist children whose parents don’t have the resources needed to help students be successful and stay in school.”
Elevating our game
HOM E TI P-OFF FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13 DU D U WO W WOMEN OM EN EN VS. V VS S. W WYOMING YOM I NG
5:30 5 :30PPMM
D UM ME EN DU MEN VS. N VS. VS NORTHERN ORTH E R N IOWA IIO OW O WA 7:30 7 :3 30 0PPMM
YOU’VE GOT A TICKET ALEADY! Show your DU student ID at the Rally Alley entrance and you’re in.
Get the Stub Club Card, Get to the game, Get FR E E STU FF!
Get your card at the games. Full schedules at DenverPioneers.com, and join us on Facebook.
S C O RE ZA Z I P E E FR
The ﬁrst ten Stub Club members to bring ﬁve friends to the game score a FREE pizza from Anthony’s Pizza!
Next games: Nov. 15, Men vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff Nov. 18, Women vs CSU Nov. 19, Men vs. Montana
November 10, 2009
Driven, focused Rohnert pushes team STEVE COULTER
DU’s men’s basketball captain, senior Nate Rohnert, was named to the Sun Belt Conference’s Preseason All-Conference team. He joins Middle Tennessee’s Desmond Yates, North Texas’ Eric Tramiel, Troy’s Brandon Hazzard, and Western Kentucky’s A.J Slaughter. “It’s a great honor to be named among the Sun Belt Conferences greatest players,” Rohnert said. The acclaim isn’t new for Rohnert as he was all-SBC player as a sophomore and a junior. Last season the senior guard averaged 15.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 4.7 assists. He also led the Pioneers in four
individual categories. He recorded team highs in steals, points, assists, and minutes played. “He does everything we need him to do, which is the definition of a great leader,” said Rob Lewis, junior forward. “He steals, rebounds, scores, passes for us and is a huge part of our success.” At the end of last season, Rohnert finished in the top-10 of the conference in five individual categories: scoring, fieldgoal percentage, assists, steals, and minutes played. He was first in the conference in minutes played, averaging 37 minutes per game. “He just does everything on the court and fills up the stat sheet at the end of the game,” sophomore forward Brian Stafford
said. “Most importantly though is that he makes his teammates better by playing hard at every practice, he is a great leader for us.” Rohnert’s hard work is proven by the simple fact that he was the only player last season to finish in the top-15 in the SBC in points, rebound, and assists. “I’ve played with him these past two seasons and it is pretty cool to see him grow,” Lewis said. “He has grown into a great player and a great leader.” The Pioneers return nine players, other than Rohnert, which puts DU in a great position to make a post-season run. “We mesh really well together,” Rohnert said of the returning players. “We all know each other well and know where
were at, we’re just excited to get going and see what we can do.” DU is projected to finish second in the West Division behind North Texas. In order for the Pioneers to fulfill predicted destiny, Rohnert will have to continue doing what he has done the previous three seasons and even more. “He needs to be a coach on the floor for us,” head coach Joe Scott said. “I think that is his biggest area of improvement.” As for the preseason accolades, Rohnert remains humbled and concentrated on the upcoming season. “Coach doesn’t want us to look too much into it,” Rohnert said. “We must focus on the team, rather than focusing on what is being said by others.”
2009-2010 Basketball Preview
November 10, 2009
Men’s basketball shooting for new heights, chance for greatness STEVE COULTER Assistant sports editor
In the third year under head coach Joe Scott, the Pioneers men’s basketball team hopes to continue improving on the progress it has seen over the past two seasons. Last year, the Pioneers finished with a 9-9 record in conference and hosted ent game in program history. “In year three we need to be better on both sides of the ball and begin to control games by playing our style of basketball,” Scott said. “If those things happen then it will show up with more total wins.” The Pioneers return 10 players from last year’s squad that finished 15-16 overall and lost in the SBC quarterfinals to Arkansas-Little Rock. “Right now we have 10 to 11 guys who can play and look well in our system,” Scott said. “We only have three freshmen, which means the sophomores are the younger guys and how fast they can come along and contribute like experienced players will determine our success.” The group of young Pioneers looking to contribute are sophomore guards Brian Stafford, Tyler Thalken and Sabatino Chen. “We are a lot more confident,” Stafford said. “Playing last year gave me a lot of experience and now there is less worry about making mistakes and overthinking.” However, the frontcourt is where the Pioneers struggled last season, finishing dead last in the SBC in offensive and defensive rebounding. Newcomer freshman forward Chase Hallam looks to end DU’s rebounding struggles. “Chase is coming along real well for us,” Scott said. “Physical strength helps you get more rebounds, but most importantly keeping the opponent out of the lane makes rebounding on both sides of the ball easier.” Another area for concern in past season for Denver has been games away from Magness Arena. In the past two seasons, the Pioneers
have won only three road games. “Mental strength helps you win road games,” Scott said. “This season we are older and more mature, with that experience we can win any game we just have to play our style and maintain our focus.” The season opens with a home game against defending Missouri Valley Champion, Northern Iowa, on Friday. “This is a team that won 20-plus games last season and went to the tournament,” Scott said. “We need to focus on ourselves, if we can be physical and aggressive than we will be okay.” As for the rest of the Pioneers schedule, Scott insists his team must have respect for each opponent. “Every team we play is a good team,
because every team has good coaches, players and schemes,” Scott said. “We must have respect for all our opponents, that way we will respect everything we’re doing and take care of what needs to be taken care of in order to win.” Junior Rob Lewis agrees with his coach on the matter of not overlooking any opponent. “If we stick to what we’re trying to do we can beat anyone on our schedule,” Lewis said. “But if we’re not disciplined than we can lose any game on our schedule, we must stay focused.” Once a bottom dweller, the Pioneers have risen under Scott. DU was picked to finish No. 2in the West and possibly No. 3 in the entire conference, which means
Freshman to keep an eye on
The men’s first game of the season will be a test as to where the Pioneers stand at the beginning of the season. The season begins with a home game against Northern Iowa, the defending Missouri Valley champions. Last season they dropped their season opener to Northern Iowa, 61-56, in Cedar Falls. “It was a tough game,” junior Rob Lewis said. “They are a very disciplined team and they don’t beat themselves.” The Pioneers open conference play at home on Dec. 31 against Arkansas State. A few weeks later DU hosts conference heavyweight and three-time defending champion Western Kentucky, a game that should prove how far Denver can go. The Pioneers biggest road test comes when they travel to Denton, Texas on Feb. 13 to challenge North Texas. The Mean Green returns all five starters to a team that is tapped to win the West Division. “In the past we have struggled on the road, but we’re a different team than past teams,” captain Nate Ronhert said. “We just have to do what we need to do and the wins will come.”
more home post-season games. “Preseason rankings don’t mean much to us,” Scott said. “We must concentrate on our weaknesses and continually get better each and every day.”
Freshman forward Chase Hallam Mesquite High School, Texas With ten returning players DU’s basketball team has plenty of experience to achieve their goals. The success of the team though depends on the variables, or the elements of the team that the coaches have not been able to review, or work on. One of those unknowns is how the incoming freshman class will impact the team. Forward Chase Hallam, the brother of DU’s sophomore Travis Hallam, heads the incoming class “I like what I see out of Chase,” senior captain Nate Rohnert said. “He is extremely physical and tough, which will definitely help us out this year.” As Hallam looks to directly impact DU’s season as a freshman, his progression and growth are vital. His physical strength will help the Pioneers in the frontcourt and under the boards, an area where the team needs assistance.
BASKETBALL PREVIEW STAFF Senior Nate Rohnert leads the men’s team.
LAURA HATHAWAY Managing editor
MICHAEL FURMAN Photography editor EDDIE FISCHERMANN Sports editor
2009-2010 Basketball Preview
November 10, 2009
Women’s basketball looks to build on last season’s success STEVE COULTER Assistant sports editor
Last season DU women’s basketball finished in second place in the West Division and reached the conference semifinals after most experts predicted the team would finish dead last. In his first year as head coach Erik Johnson turned around the women’s basketball program by stressing the importance of defense and rebounding. “Rebounding starts our fast break,” senior captain Ashley Robinson said. “We can’t run on teams without rebounding, and on offense rebounds give us the second chance opportunities we need to have success.” The Pioneers finished No. 3 in the Sun Belt Conference with a 10-8 conference record. DU returns four core players, who led them to their surprise success in 2008-2009. Robinson led the team in rebounding 19 times and finished with a team high total of 243 rebounds. “We learned from last year that we must finish solid defensive possessions with rebounding,” Robinson said. “One and done takes a lot of teams out of games.”
ULTER Assistant sports editor
The team’s defensive success was partially credited by the shot-blocking presence of Kaetlyn Murdoch. Murdoch was named the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year, because she helped the Pioneers lead the SBC in blocks per game. “Shot blocking isn’t what our defense is about,” Johnson said. “We want to play great defense by taking charges and limiting a teams shot opportunities.” “We have one great shot blocker, which helps our defense,” said Johnson. “And last season we led the league in blocking, because of Kaetlyn, she is our shot blocker.” Robinson and Murdoch were essential to the Pioneers success last season, but are only two members of a dominant Denver frontcourt presence. Junior forward Brianna Culberson returns for the Pioneers solidifying the team’s strength below the basket. In the frontcourt junior Britteni Rice, who led the team in scoring last season, leads the Pioneers. “The key to our success is consistency, we have to stay consistent offensively and defensively,” Rice said. “We can’t play down to lower competition, and we must always play hard.” Johnson agrees with his star guard on the subject of consistency. After losing a majority of their road games last season, the Pioneers aim to have more success playing away from Magness Arena. “The road is all about consistency,” Johnson said. “The road shows a team’s inconstancy.” “We must take care of home court advantage, but its crucial that we steal a couple of road games,” Robinson said. “Road wins will put us ahead in our division and get us to where we want to be.” In order to have road success, DU’s four freshmen will have to grow accustomed to traveling. “We have four great returning players in Britteni, Ashley, Kaetlyn, and Brianna,” Johnson said. “The key is how good our freshmen can be, we need them to add
depth off the bench.” “They’re doing great so far,” Murdoch said. “There is a lot of pressure on them [the freshmen] and they know they must step up.” Depth is a key concern for the Pioneers as they start the season with a total of nine players. “Having the experienced players really helps,” Johnson said. “They are helping the freshmen.” Although depth and experience are in question for DU, the team’s cohesion appears to be the cure to the problem. “We must make sure our teammates know we’re there for them,” Robinson said. “I feel comfortable with my role and right now I’m just leading by example and making sure everyone is buying into the team and their individual role.” Johnson sees the program progressing in the right direction and is aware of the teams that will challenge the Pioneers this season. “We have great kids here and great kids coming in,” Johnson said. “All the players must continue on the path of improvement in order for us to be successful, the good players need to become great and the ok players need to become good.” The Pioneers, last season ended in the conference semi-finals when they lost 70-60 to Arkansas Little-Rock. “Arkansas Little-Rock, Middle Tennessee, and Western Kentucky all return their entire starting lineups,” Johnson said. “Those are the teams who will compete with this year.” DU knows that the competition will be tough, but they still think they can build off the success of last year and continue to surprise people. “The season is the best part of the year,” Murdoch said. “Everyone must be mentally prepared for it.” “Our goal is to finish first in the west and make it to the conference championship and win that game” Robinson said. DU started off their season with a win defeating Regis University, 82-54, in an exhibition game last Saturday.
MEGAN WESTERVELT Assistant photo editor
The women’s team opens with two home games, but then faces a strenuous six game road stretch. This road trip will help the Pioneer’s four freshmen get used to the traveling of collegiate athletics. Also this stretch will prove whether or not Denver has improved in terms of road consistency, a place where the Pioneers often struggled last year. Some of the road games include University of Montana, University of Colorado-Boulder and Air Force. Following the six-game road stretch, DU plays five home games including the conference opener against Florida International on Dec. 14. In 2010, the Pioneers play most of their stronger division opponents. Last year the Pioneers got their first win against Western Kentucky. This year they look to continue that success and break into the SBC’s big three by winning games against conference powers Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, and Arkansas Little Rock. “We need to beat top teams in order to be in the top echelon of the Sun Belt Conference,” head coach Erik Johnson said. “Our goal is to finish in the top 3 of the conference.” DU plays Western Kentucky only once and it is in Magness Arena on Jan.10. The Pioneers also host Arkansas-Little Rock on Feb. 17.
Junior Britteni Rice lead the team in points last year.
Freshman to keep an eye on Point guard Emiko Smith Windward School, Los Angeles Smith joins the Pioneers starting lineup that includes four returning starters. She hails from private high school, Windward School in Los Angeles. She was three-sport athlete, playing volleyball, softball and basketball. Smith was starting setter for varsity volleyball, center field for varsity softball and point guard for varsity basketball. In 2009, Smith was nominated for the McDonald’s All-American team for high school. In a year where DU has four freshmen out of nine total players, there are high expectations for all the newcomers. “The key to our season is how good our freshmen can be,” head coach Erik Johnson said. All the new players will be able to gain key experience throughout the season, but no one has as big of a responsibility as Smith who will be the only freshman starting in the DU lineup and will be asked to run the offense. “If she can be the point guard we need her to be then we can be real good,” Johnson said. “It will come down to her ability to mesh with the experienced players.” Smith replaces point guard Celena Otero, who graduated last year.
2009-2010 Basketball Preview
November 10, 2009
6-26 (2-16 SBC)
Arkansas State had a season that looked promising at the halfway point. Starting off the season at 5-4 in the conference and 13-7 overall, the team looked to be on its way to its best season in three years. However, the second half of the season was not as good. They lost nine consecutive conference games and 10 overall to finish the year second to last in the SBC. The team was knocked out in the first round of the playoffs by Middle Tennessee. Arkansas State will look to turn around this year and finish the season stronger. They come to Denver on New Year’s Eve to play the first of two games against DU.
UALR is the power-house of the West Division of the SBC. They had the best regular season record for two consecutive years, and are looking to make it a third straight year. UALR is looking to accomplish something that has failed them for two straight years; a conference title. Last season, they lost to sixth seeded South Alabama in the semi-finals of the conference tournament. They were only able to net 44 points in a very disappointing 54-44 loss. UALR travels to Denver in mid-February to play the second game against Denver of the season. They play them on the road before.
FAU looks to bounce back after a very disappointing season. Finishing last in the SBC with a record of 2-16. The big thing that they need to focus on this season is their performance away from home. The team did not win any games on the road last season. They went 0-9 in conference games and 0-18 overall on the road. For this team to be successful, they are going to need to pick up their play when away from their home court. FAU will come to Denver in early February to play their only game against the Pioneers this year.
10-20 (6-12 SBC)
FIU hopes to expand on their success last season. They improved last year, although they were still not good enough to get deep into the Sun Belt playoffs. They were able to get past the first round of the playoffs, but after that they ran into eventual tournament champion, Western Kentucky. The team will need to improve on the road, as they went 2-7 on the road in conference games and 3-12 on the road overall. FIU will come to Denver in December to play their only game against the Pioneers this season.
The Ragin’ Cajuns finished fourth in the West Division last season, after finishing in the bottom five of almost every major statistical category. For the second straight season, junior guard Chris Gradnigo represents the Cajuns on the SBC’s preseason second team. Last season Gradnigo led the team in scoring averaging 13.3 points per game. Senior power forward Tyren Johnson, who led the team in rebounding and blocks, looks to be a big contributor for the Cajuns once again. Gradnigo and Johnson lead a roster that has a majority of their players from last season.
After displaying a league-low field goal percentage on both offense and defense, the Warhawks finished sixth in the West Division. Last season, the Warhawks allowed teams to shoot .459 from the field. They didn’t do any better shooting the ball as they finished with a league low .404 field goal percentage. The Warhawks leaders play for a team of mostly junior college transfers or freshman who have no collegiate experience. This season if the Warhawks want to claw their way up the SBC West Division then they will have to grow more comfortable away from home.
10-20 (7-11 SBC)
13-20 (7-11 SBC)
11-19 (6-12 SBC)
20-12 (11-7 SBC)
The Blue Raiders are projected to finish third in East Division of the Sun Belt Conference. They are led by senior forward Desmond Yates. Yates has been on the Sun Belt Conference first team the past two seasons and was named to the Preseason All-Conference team two weeks ago. Last season the Blue Raiders led the SBC in turnover margin per game, averaging a positive 2.94 turnovers a game. Despite being stout defensively, the Blue Raiders finished fourth in the East Division and had an early exit from the SBC tournament.
UNO had a mediocre season. After a slow start to the season, with four straight losses, the team rebounded fairly well. They were able to turn the season around to get into the playoffs with the eleventh seed. In the first round of the playoffs, they lost by two points to sixth seeded South Alabama. South Alabama would go on to finish second in the tournament. UNO returns this year, trying to expand on last year’s positives, and get deeper into the playoffs. They come to Denver in early January to play the Pioneers for the first time in the season.
NT comes off of three consecutive 10 win seasons. They look to expand on that this season and continue their success. One area that NT could look to improve on is their play away from home. They finished the year 5-4 in SBC play away from home and 7-6 overall. If they can find a way to win a couple more on the road next season, they will be able to get a higher seed going into the playoffs. They earned the No. 4 seed in the playoffs last year and made it all the way to the semi-finals. They lost to the eventual champion Western Kentucky by seven.
2 0 0 9 - 2 0 1 0
19-13 (14-4 SBC)
25-9 (15-13 SBC)
Troy is picked to finish second in the SBC East Division, which is the highest preseason ranking for the Trojans since they joined the SBC four years ago. The Trojans return four starters to a squad that has a total of nine players with collegiate experience. Senior guard Brandon Hazzard, who was voted to the SBC first team, leads the team as a captain and scoring leader. In 2008-09, Troy led the SBC in total scoring offense averaging 78.1 points per game. Senior swingman Richard Delk was honored with second team accolades. Point guard Michael Vogler was placed on the preseason third team.
The Hilltoppers are picked to win the East Division of the SBC, a year after they won the East and the conference tournament. In the NCAA tournament, the Hilltoppers represented the SBC well. They upset Big Ten power Illinois in the first round and came within one play of upsetting No. 4-seed Gonzaga in the second round. WKU is almost a unanimous pick to defend their East Division title. The Hilltoppers received 12 of 13 first place votes. A.J. Slaughter was selected as the the Preseason Player of the Year and heads the preseason All-Conference team. Sergio Kerusch and Steffphon Pettigrew are on the preseason second team.
M E N ’ S
S E A S O N
South Alabama advanced all the way to the SBC tournament championship game only to lose to Western Kentucky 64-56 after a second half comeback. The Jaguars are predicted to finish No. 4 in the East Division, despite the success the program had the past two seasons. In 2008-09, South Alabama led the SBC in shooting, finishing with a .479 field goal percentage. Guard Tim Williams appears to be a playmaker on head coach Ronnie Arrow’s team, which lost their top two leading scorers from last season. Expect senior swingman LaShun Watson, who tallied 12 double-digit scoring performances last season, to be a top contributor.
18-14 (10-8 SBC)
20-13 (10-8 SBC)
23-8 (15-3 SBC)
13-7 (5-13 SBC)
A look across the SBC for the 2009-10 season
S C H E D U L E
FRIDAY, NOV. 13 Northern Iowa Magness Arena, 7:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2 Lamar Magness Arena, 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, DEC. 19 Louisiana-Monroe Magness Arena, 4 p.m.
THURSDAY, JAN. 7 New Orleans Magness Arena, 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, JAN. 28 Arkansas-Little Rock Little Rock, Ark., 6 p.m.
THURSDAY, FEB. 18 Arkansas-Little Rock Magness Arena, 7 p.m.
SUNDAY, NOV. 15 Arkansas-Pine Bluff Magness Arena, 1 p.m.
SATURDAY, DEC. 5 Colorado State Fort Collins, Colo., 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, DEC. 22 Seattle Magness Arena, 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, JAN. 10 Western Kentucky Magness Arena, 1 p.m.
SATURDAY, JAN. 30 Arkansas State Jonesboro, Ark., 6:05 p.m.
SATURDAY, FEB. 20 New Orleans New Orleans, 6 p.m.
THURSDAY, NOV. 19 Montana Magness Arena, 7 p.m.
TUESDAY, DEC. 8 Cal State Northridge Magness Arena, 7 p.m.
MONDAY, DEC. 28 Northern Colorado Greeley, Colo., 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, JAN. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette Lafayette, La., 6:05 p.m.
SATURDAY, FEB. 6 Florida Atlantic Magness Arena, 4 p.m.
THURSDAY, FEB. 25 South Alabama Mobile, Ala., 6:05 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25 Wyoming Magness Arena, 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, DEC. 12 Portland Portland, Ore., 2 p.m.
THURSDAY, DEC. 31 Arkansas State Magness Arena, 4 p.m.
SATURDAY, JAN. 16 Louisiana-Monroe Monroe, La., 12 p.m.
THURSDAY, FEB. 11 Middle Tennessee Murfreesboro, Tenn., 6 p.m.
SATURDAY, FEB. 27 Louisiana-Lafayette Magness Arena, 5 p.m.
SATURDAY, NOV. 28 South Dakota State Brookings, S.D., 6 p.m.
THURSDAY, DEC. 17 Florida International Magness Arena, 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, JAN. 2 Troy Troy, Ala., 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, JAN. 23 South Alabama Magness Arena, 4 p.m.
SATURDAY, FEB. 13 North Texas Denton, Texas, 6 p.m.
MARCH 3-9 Sun Belt Conference Championship
November 10, 2009
Law students make their case DEIDRE HELTON Contributor
“Arraignments had been made for the fire that night,” said Sarah Bousman, one of the four finalists for the Daniel S. Hoffman Memorial Cup Trial Competition at the Sturm College of Law Wednesday night, in her opening statement. Bousman and Ross Ziev were the prosecution team of the trial. On the opposing side, Nicole Quintana and Christopher Brown represented the defendant being charged with arson and fraud. The Hoffman Cup is the most prestigious mock trial put together by the Moot Court Board of the Sturm College of Law, and this year it was commemorated on behalf of the passing of the former Dean Hoffman, whom the tournament is named after. Wednesday evening marked the first competition. Quintana and Brown will be the first winners to have their names placed on the new award cup. Bousman and Ziev were named runnersup. Competitors were selected based on merit, allowing only the most committed law students to participate. This ensured that the best of the best students were competing for the title. A dinner was held with the Hoffman family before the event, and they also attended the mock trial. The prosecution aimed to prove that the defendant had committed arson in order to claim insurance money on her home, while the defense attorneys argued that there had been “three suspects, two potential origins and one flawed investigation.” Practicing attorneys from the community and a federal and Denver district judge fulfilled the
Kyle McCarthy and wife Michelle McCarthy, act as witnesses for the defense and review the case with defense attorneys Christopher Brown and Nicole Quintana, who won the competition.
roles of the judges. Acting as a judge, Sean Olson, a practicing attorney in Denver, noted the personalities of each competitor were able to shine through during their respective opening and closing statements. All the judges agreed their passion and love for what they were doing was evident. The intensity and formal style of the competition made it difficult to keep one thing in mind—the trial was not real. Judge John Madden, Denver district court judge, said the par-
ticipants were “better than most attorneys they see in court.” Although the Hoffman Cup tournament is a mock trial, several Colorado judges and attorneys have admitted that winning the tournament has been one of their greatest achievements. Daniel S. Hoffman earned his LL.B.= degree from the University of Denver College of Law in 1958. Among his many accomplishments, Hoffman became the youngest person appointed to be the City of Denver’s Manager of
Safety in 1963. Hoffman participated in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. He also served as an adviser to Robert F. Kennedy in his presidential campaign. Along with being emeritus and professor emeritus at the University of Denver College of Law, he served as dean from 1978-84. Starting a new tradition of the memorial cup, the Moot Court Board sought to make sure the event was something that
would be memorable and would make Hoffman proud. “I’m so grateful to be part of the DU community, and I want to give back something that will be remembered for years to come,” said Jason Pock, co-chair of the Moot Court Board. “We’re trying to blow past competitions out of the water,” said Pock, in preparation for the event. “We keep saying it’s going to be better than 10 Super Bowls. Altogether I think anyone would agree that this event was a runaway hit.”
Talented conductor gets ‘Wicked’ in pit Sailer plays keyboard for the Broadway musical while it is in Denver STASIA ERICKSON Contributor
Catherine Sailer conducts the chorale during class at the Lamont School of Music. In addition she plays in the pit orchestra for the hit Broadway musical “Wicked,” while it is on tour in Denver.
As she stands at the podium in the middle of the room, Catherine Sailer welcomes the visitors and leads the choir while it rehearses songs. Occasionally, Sailer will turn to the visitors and enthusiastically explain the translations of the various songs before she proceeds with her conducting. Her presence, while conducting, is palpable as she exudes enthusiasm. Sailer is the chorale director at Lamont, the conductor for the Musica Sacra Orchestra and an associate for the Colorado Ballet. Along with her three main occupations, she is also one of the keyboard players in the pit orchestra for the Broadway musical “Wicked,” a story about the witches in Oz, while it is in Denver. She began playing in the pit a few years ago when she received a call from a contractor. “I had never heard of it when I first got the call to play,” Sailer said. “I remember thinking, ‘That doesn’t sound like a very nice
[title]. I don’t know what that means.’” But Sailer decided to play in the pit because she enjoys music so much. “Playing is definitely second to conducting, but I love it and I like to do it because I think it is really important for me to be on the other side of the podium,” said Sailer. Sailer said she has always wanted to conduct. Initially she was fascinated by the way the conductor is not limited by an instrument and is able to embrace all of the music in an ensemble. “The conductor has the sum of the music, the complete score,” Sailer said. As a piano major at Lamont, Sailer began studying conducting as an undergraduate. She decided that she wanted to pursue chorale conducting after being captivated by the music in a choir concert her freshman year. After studying at DU, Sailer
received her doctorate degree at Northwestern University. “I sometimes fill [my calendar] too much,” said Sailer, “but I would rather do too much and be exhausted. I love it. I think more is more. All of the experiences feed into each other. I know I’m a better chorale conductor for working with the orchestra, and I know I’m a better orchestral conductor for working with the choir.” Sailer said she is able to accomplish everything because she has a very supportive family and she is present wherever she is. “If I’m at DU, all I’m thinking about is DU,” Sailer said. “I try to really focus where I am.”
November 10, 2009
Two non-experts go head to head in this raunchy advice column. Have a question: e-mail Rob Gleeson and Steven Stoker at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brad, What better way to spend your winter break than to spend six weeks volunteering. There are SO many reasons to volunteer. First of all, volunteering is like cocaine: it’s ultra trendy with people who have money… like celebrities. Tons of celebs are getting involved. Chris Brown and Michael Vick are shining examples of celebs rolling up their sleeves to make a difference. Don’t worry, beating up your girlfriend and killing dogs aren’t perquisites for making a difference. You don’t actually need a plea bargain to volunteer; you can do it all on your own. It’s also important to remember that it’s the holidays. That means we need volunteers more than any other time of the year. Why spend Christmas morning
relaxing in the warm grace of your family when you could spend it with 43 homeless men who won’t stop staring at your sister? Is that the smell of a freshly cut pine tree on Christmas morning? Nope, it’s Homeless Hank crapping in the corner. Merry Christmas! The last reason to volunteer is probably the most important. People like me don’t volunteer, which means people like you need to pick up the slack. If God wanted me to volunteer, he would have given me more free time. Seeing as how you’re reading this column, it appears as if God has blessed you with a generous amount of time. When you see them, tell Homeless Hank and your sister that I said “hello.” Sincerely, Rob
Dear head to head: DU has such a long break between Thanksgiving and the New Year, I’m not sure what to do with all this time. Should I go home, stay here or try doing something different? Brad, Freshman J-Mac.
Brad, Have you ever been to one of Carrot Top’s live performances or been a spectator for a DU curling game/match? Or been to Northern Siberia? Of course you haven’t. Because just like DU’s campus over winter break, there’s nobody there and the only things left on campus are painful past memories, loneliness and the bitter cold. Few people know that DU actually leases out campus to the U.S. military over winter break to let them test all their newest weapons (explaining the “bombproof ” copper armor on all of our buildings). But this barren post-World-War-IIPoland-like landscape is infinitely better than your alternative, home… Your room back home is now being rented out to a 14-person family of Bulgarians to try to help pay your tuition. All your high school friends have already dropped out of community college and
are hoping to, but it’s no concern to you because they’ve already forgotten you anyway. Don’t even worry about that high school girlfriend you’ve been meaning to break up with all quarter either. That’s what the Internet’s for. A simple wall post will do fine, “Hey lover, I miss you so much, you’re the best girlfriend I could ask for, change of plans though, I’m not coming home over break, oh yea, and I’m breaking up with you forever.” Not to mention, it’s pretty hard to bring a girl home when your curfew is still 11:30 p.m., although she probably couldn’t even hear you rejecting her over the 12 screaming eastern European children. And hey, who knows, maybe if you stay here on campus, the army will let you drive a tank through J-Mac. Insincerely, Sven
Sources for news are comedy shows DYLAN PROIETTI Contributor
With advancements in technology, an economic downturn and constant changes in the media, it is easy to see why the term “news” is becoming potentially problematic and blurred. Keeping up with the news used to be easy. A person would merely pick up his or her local paper, read it and be informed up to an acceptable standard. Now, however, with the invention of television news stations and news Web sites, the world of news has expanded into a formidable base of knowledge that few can say that they are up to date with. The increasing disappearances of newspapers do not help these circumstances either. Even though news is changing, people should not be discouraged from staying informed.
It does not excuse, either, that Americans would list comedian Jon Stewart as their No. 4 pick for their most admired journalist. Stewart has been the host of the popular late night program “The Daily Show” since 1999. Since that time, he has satirized news stories with a political spin from a heavily Democratic and comedic standpoint. His program, while humorous and highly amusing, is not, however, a news program, nor is Stewart a journalist, a fact to which he readily admits. This show, while obviously misguiding
MICHAEL FURMAN MEGAN WESTERVELT
Photography JAMIE WARREN
Online CONNIE MIERKEY
News ROSIE WILMOT
Lifestyles ALEX GUNNING
Entertainment STEVE COULTER
Sports DAVID LORISH
Graphics KATIE MASTROIANNI
Online LESLIE GEHRING RACHEL CONKEY
people to a degree, does serve a valuable function. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart uses satire to bring to light the political issues present in the United States and in doing so, challenges people’s personal political opinions. Interesting too is the study by Pew Research that listed viewers of “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” as the most well informed on national and international news as compared to other traditional n e w s programs on channels such as CNN or Fox News. While this statistic may seem con-
Contributors Carly Reynolds Deidre Helton Devin Pitts-Rogers Dylan Proietti Hunter Stevens Lin Cong Nate Knife Pat Morris Rob Gleeson Stasia Erickson Stephanie Franquemont Steven Stoker Yuan Yang
The Clarion is a publication of the DU Student Media Board
2055 E. Evans Ave. | 303-871-3131| email@example.com
tradictory at first, it begins to make more sense when one considers that viewers of these comedic programs are more than likely more informed because they seek other sources of news. These people, these late night watchers of satirized news programs, are the ones the population should be emulating. Although they may be up late, watching comedians pretending to be news anchors, they are adapting to the rapidly changing definition of news. They are perusing the selection of news that the media now has to offer and ending their evening with a reality check courtesy of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Jon Stewart says that his show is an alternative for people who do not like the news. That’s fine, watch “The Daily Show,” but do not forget how important real, hardhitting news is. The more people stay informed, the more vigilant and aware they can remain.
The Clarion is the official student publication of the University of Denver. It serves as the voice of the Pioneers and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the faculty, the staff and/or the administration. Reproduction of The Clarion in whole or part in any form written, broadcast or electronic without written permission of The Clarion is prohibited. The opinions expressed by columnists and contributing writers do not necessarily reflect those of The Clarion. Any photograph that has been substantially altered or staged for use as a graphic will be labled as a photo illustration. Weather forecasts are of courtesy of the National Weather Service. The Clarion reserves the right to reject advertising, stories, columns or letters to the editor that it deems graphic, obscene or that discriminate on the basis of race, culture, gender or sexual orientation. The Clarion welcomes letters to the editor. Those who submit letters must limit them to 300 words. Some letters may not be printed because of space limitations, or because they are similar to a number of letters already received on the same subject or are libelous. Letters may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also fill out a form on The Clarion’s Website, duclarion.com.
Advertising |303-871-4209 | email@example.com
November 10, 2009
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
DU women not all the same
I would love to hazard a reply to Rob and Sven’s column last week concerning the issue of finding a marriage-material wife at DU. Now, if you subscribe to the whole ‘Mrs. Right’ mentality that there is one perfect gal out there for you, then do not settle for anything less than that girl. Rob and Sven seem to think that among the DU girls perfection runs rampant and that there is no help for poor, wifeless Chris. As a DU woman let me let you in on a couple secrets- some of us have jobs, don’t hook up with the athletes and have never worn Uggs. Not all of us have rich daddies. Some of us worked our asses off to get here and we’re not going to let that slip away easily. Some women at DU actually have jobs outside of school too (a claim I’m not sure a lot of men here could make) and we appreciate that opportunity to earn our own money so our parents don’t have to shoulder the entire financial burden that DU is. We have higher standards than your average ‘perfect’ sorority girl. We don’t all hook up with the athletes and we certainly don’t have a corner on the Ugg market. There is a big difference between a seemingly perfect, high-maintenance girl and the right girl. I am one of many women here at DU who works hard for what she has and takes pride in that. Just because there are many ‘perfect’ girls here doesn’t mean you guys have to go for them. So stop complaining about the girls and start looking for the women who are really marriage material.
Editorial offends LGBT student For many weeks now, I have been getting complaints about an editorial that was printed in The Clarion and have been asked to write an “official response” as a LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender) leader on campus. This letter is not an official response but rather just my own take on the issue in hope that people will be able to better understand why this is an issue. The line causing all the controversy is “Free pizza at LGBT weekly meetings? Be there! Not gay? So what! Gay pizza tastes just like straight pizza (except maybe more sausage).” This line was published in “Head to Head: How to survive dorm food” by Rob Gleeson and
Steven Stoker in the Oct. 6 issue of The Clarion. The issue is that many people have found this line to be offensive and somewhat homophobic. In the defense of the authors, I understand that they were just trying to get a laugh, but this statement is rather degrading to folks that identify as LGBT. The first reason that this statement is offensive is based on the idea that “gay pizza” has “more sausage” than straight pizza, this line directly equates being gay with being sexual. While sex is a big component of any relationship, being gay is not based on whom you have sex with, there are many more components and experiences
that come with being gay, many of which that have nothing to do with the penis or sex. Secondly, the sausage comment focuses on the idea of gay men and that they make up the LGBT community. Even if that would be amazing for me as a gay man, in reality the LGBT community is comprised of many different folks, many of which who do not have a penis. My last big complaint has to do with the line “gay pizza tastes just like straight pizza”. I find this line offensive because it infers that being gay is somehow different and less worthy than being straight, and I personally do not feel like
“gay pizza” is any different from “straight pizza”. In the end, I have faith that the writers did not mean for their article to cause harm, but in the future, I hope they will be more considerate when referencing the LGBT community. On that note, I do have an alternative that they could have used to invoke a laugh while not being offensive, “Free Pizza at LGBT weekly meetings? Be there! Not gay? So what! LBGT bought pizza tastes just like straight bought pizza (except maybe more fabulous).” Christopher Turner Co-President of DU’s Queer Straight Alliance
What are you doing over winter break?
GRAM JONES Freshman Illinois
LAUREN SCHIRLE Freshman Oregon
MARISSA GARROCK Sophomore Michigan
BEN ZENNER Senior Minnesota
“I plan to hang out with my friends mostly and that’s just about it really.”
“For starters, I’m going to Hawaii with my family for a week. So I’m leaving a couple days early to go catch the plain with them. And then I’m going to Vancouver, British Colombia to visit my boyfriend. I’m just going to hang out at home after that. I’m really excited.”
“I’m going home to Michigan to see my family. I’m staying here for two weeks to ski and then going home for Christmas.”
“I plan on doing work for this nonprofit called Project Cure which provides medical aid and equipment worldwide. I’m going to be working in their communications department developing a few different videos to basically create exposure for the organization.”
Visit us at duclarion.com to watch each student’s response. ONLINE VIDEO
End of quarter goodbye KATIE MASTROIANNI Opinions editor
The quarter is winding down and you probably have a few papers to wrap up before the break begins. Everyone has been stuck at the end of a quarter trying to fill a page requirement. Since this is the final edition, the seniors on staff got together and compiled a list of ways to make a paper longer without a professor noticing. Here is the best trick in the book. We’ve dubbed it, The Period Trick: -In Microsoft Word, Find All the periods (ctrl + f or apple + f) -Go to Replace -Find What: type in “ . ” -Replace With: type in “ . ” -At the bottom under the subhead Replace, click Format and select Font... -Make the Font Size 14 -Hit OK -Click Replace All All of your punctuation can be increased, such as commas
and quotation marks. We’ve all been saved by this trick. The rest of our tricks aren’t quite as brilliant or imaginative. But, they do work. I can’t remember being taught this in school, but apparently some students do this automatically. If you haven’t done so already, add two spaces between each sentence. This can take a long time if you don’t do it as you go along. Shrinking margins is always a classic. MLA style calls for one inch margins. However, teachers probably won’t notice another quarter inch. Plus, if you have a header with your last name and the page number at the top of every page, you can probably add a bit more to the top margin as well. Next comes adding. Do you have a heading? It may look like cheating, but it is actually MLA format to double space the heading. Every paper can also have a title and maybe even a subtitle.
Maybe you could even make it bold so that it stands out. Block quotes can get on teachers nerves, but it is a legitimate part of every paper. Any quote four lines or longer must be entirely indented two inches. These tricks will make your paper longer, but it certainly won’t make it better. Don’t do these things unless you have to. Wait until you feel as if you have enough content. Sometimes an A paper only needs to be six pages but the minimum is eight. In that case, our tricks will be just the thing. I hope that your life may be slightly simplified with these hints. Again, this is the final Clarion issue of the quarter. On behalf of the entire staff, I would like to thank you, our readers, for such a successful quarter. Our hard work means nothing without our readers. We cannot thank you enough for your ongoing support and opinions about the paper.
ROCK OUT KVDU.ORG
November 10, 2009
NEW YORK TIMES
ACROSS 1 Cause for an eyelift 4 Playground shout 9 With 59-Across, novel of 1851 13 Benzoyl peroxide target 14 Bitter 15 Shield border 16 Complain 17 Frigid temps 18 Head of the Egyptian god Thoth 19 Take the lead 21 Sig Ep and others 22 Fish tail? 23 At sea 24 Stable display 25 Stylize anew, as a car seat 27 Rushed (by) 29 Warhol associate ___ Sedgwick 30 Israel’s Barak and Olmert 31 Character in 9- & 59-Across 36 Chills, so to speak 37 Sorvino of “Mighty Aphrodite” 40 Cordial offering? 44 “___ is gained as much by good works as by evil”: Machiavelli 46 St. Stephen, notably 47 Pronoun in the starts of many letters 49 Netflix offering 50 Simon Says players, say 51 Displays 53 Designate “commercial” or “single-family,” e.g. 54 Incline (and a hint to the location in this completed puzzle of the first line of 9- & 59-Across) 55 Recipe direction
Daily crossword 1
EDITED BY Will Shortz PUZZLE BY PETER A. COLLINS AND JOE KROZEL
DOWN 1 Searched high and low 2 ___ Geometry (college course) 3 Four-star leader: Abbr. 4 Grasp 5 They’re served with spoonstraws 6 9- & 59-Across 7 Rear
56 Hollywood’s Kazan 57 Lumberjack competition 58 Change of address, for short 59 See 9-Across 60 Does what a good dog does 61 Halftime features
Trojan Horse, Breakfast in Bed, Snap up a Bargain, No Comment, Lay your Cards on the Table, Read Out Loud
T H E
8 QBs’ coups 9 Shimmery fabrics 10 Jerry of “Law & Order” 11 Carefree 12 Assented 13 Eponymous French physicist 20 1960 Olympics boxing gold medalist 21 High-school class, informally 24 Musical conclusion 26 “Fool (If You Think It’s Over)” singer Chris 28 Onetime Asiatic nomads 30 New York’s ___ River 32 Hunts, with “on” 33 Numerical prefix with oxide 34 Qty.
D U P L E X
35 What a swallow may swallow 38 Displays 39 Supplements 40 Blown away 41 “In ___, where love is king” (start of “That’s Amore”) 42 Peaceful 43 Word with hot or blue 44 Reading for home mechanics 45 Rambler maker, once: Abbr. 48 Baklava ingredient 51 One whose shirttail is always untucked, maybe 52 Start of an incantation 54 Sign of success
Sudoku Level: Gentle Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit, 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku visit www.sudoku.org.uk.
1 3 8
5 9 4 7 9 9 5 6 3 2 4 1 3 9 2 8 4 7 6 6 2
H O R O S C O P E ARIES (March 21-April 19): Frustration will mount if you are persistently trying to get the attention of someone who isn’t interested or is already involved with another. Forget about the pursuit and enjoy making new friends who have the potential to be something more. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You’ll attract a lot of potential partners but will have trouble deciding which one to choose. Be observant and something someone says will cause you to have a change of heart and lead you toward the partner best-suited to fill your needs. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Play around without making promises or getting too close to anyone. Your fickle ways will hurt someone if you send the wrong signal. Open your doors to friends and enjoy the company you have the most fun with. CANCER (June 21-July 22): You can meet your dream partner if you get out and network or socialize with people who have similar interests. Your tried-and-true persona will capture the interest of someone who is just as possessive and passionate as you.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): It will be diﬃcult to decipher what’s going on when it comes to the game of love. You are likely to misinterpret how someone feels or what is expected of you. Back away if you feel the least bit uncomfortable. Time is on your side, so take it. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A friend will play an important role in your personal life. Feelings you never realized you had will take you by surprise and lead you down a path you never knew existed. Don’t be afraid to test the waters and to say yes to love. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You’ll be attracted to someone you meet through work who can alter your status and oﬀer you a complete lifestyle change. The adventure and excitement will lure you in but, before going there, make sure your motives are clear. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You’re hot and everyone will want to be involved with you but, before giving your heart away, find out who is oﬀering what and what is expected of you in return. You may have second thoughts after getting to know some of your suitors better. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You
will attract a lot of people you meet but you must be careful not to align yourself with someone looking for a commitment. Too much, too soon may be enticing at first but, in time, you will tire of this person’s possessiveness. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Look for someone who is as active and mainstream as you and you will meet your match. It will take an accomplished partner to hold your interest. You may attract good lookers but it’s substance that will count in the end. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Give more thought to what you want before getting tied into a relationship you may end up regretting. Loneliness is not a good enough reason to make a commitment. Don’t fool yourself into believing you’ll be happy with just anyone. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You’ve got what it takes to attract someone who can oﬀer you all the perks and passion you want. A serious long-term commitment is heading your way and the chance to grab the personal security you’ve been looking for can be yours.
November 10, 2009
‘Twilight’ wolf pack stars bare all LAURA HATHAWAY Managing editor
Editor’s note: Alex Meraz plays Paul in the second installment of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” in theaters on Nov. 20. Kiowa Gordon plays Embry Call in the film. Meraz, 24, is from Mesa, Ariz., and Gordon’s, 19, hometowns are Cave Creek and Mesa, Ariz. Any good stories from being on set? Alex Meraz: juciy stories. Kiowa Gordon: It’s fun. A: Tell us your goofy story or experience. K: Every minute of it. I don’t know what to pick from. How much time did you dedicate to the film? K: All I did was, like, sleep, watch TV and play video games. A: He has a charmed life. What’s it like being thrown into the spotlight? K: It’s crazy. It’s surreal. Yeah, I’m just a regular kid. A: He knows Stephenie by the way. He goes to church with her. Has she given you any advice? K: No advice, she just gave me a chance to go to the audition. And I did it. A: He slam dunked it. How did you hear about the audition? A: Conventional, I had an agent. I think I submitted myself to the first one because a friend was really into it and wanted me to go for Jacob at the time. But Hollywood realized natives still existed so they turned it around. Are you doing anything to promote Native Americans in the industry? A: I mean before yeah, a lot of closed doors even on that. I think there’s a small mentality in a lot of those relations. I used to teach at reservations, dance and art and painting. So that was kind of the way I got to represent Native people. And getting this opportunity was great because it wasn’t the same guys getting the roles. It was completely new people. It’s different now. Now everyone wants us to go to their events. K: Like everywhere around the country asking me to go visit their reservations. A: It’s been a really cool experience knowing I can represent people and try to
do it in a respectful way. That’s a reason why I wanted to get this job, too, and also just to break boundaries. You know because all people know about Native Americans is one tribe, it’s Plains Indians. Did you feel there was pressure coming into doing such a highly anticipated film? K: I mean yeah, I’ve never acted before. It was kind of freaky to just go out there with all these people who had been acting for years. Yeah, but once filming started it got really easy for some reason. It came really easily. What is your favorite part about your job? K: I like that I get to go into a different world, and be a different person and put that up on the screen for other people to see. What is your No. 1 recommendation for those who want your job? K: Just take it one day at a time, with a grain of salt. And not to get big headed. How do you keep yourself a kid? A: It’s because he is a kid. K: Thank you. A: He’s 19. K: I just be myself. I like to hang out with my friends, watch movies, play video games. What’s your favorite video game? K: Call of Duty. You moved from Germany when you were one, and it’s the anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down. Do you have any personal feelings that resonate today? K: I was just a baby, I was born there. But my family actually all helped dismantle the wall. It was really cool that my dad was able to do that. They broke down barriers for the country. And here I am 20 years later breaking down barriers for Native American actors. Tell me about your event at Nordstrom’s? Were there a bunch of screaming 13-year-old girls? A: A lot of them. A lot of different ages. Last night was wild, walking on stage. It was scary. What did they scream at you? K: “Take your shirt off.” “Will you marry me?” And “Jacob,” for whatever reason. A: “Jacob!” I think they were meaning team Jacob. Is is degrading when they shout things like that?
COURTESY OF KIMBERLEY FRENCH
Alex Meraz (left) plays Paul and Kiowa Gordon (right) plays Emory in the new Twilight movie coming out.
A: Well it didn’t hit me until I was in “Eclipse.” I did “New Moon” and it was whatever. I was focused on trying to get ripped and look decent before I was immortalized on screen. So I did the work and the promotional stuff came out, glorifying our bodies. But it wasn’t until halfway through filming “Eclipse” that I really felt objectified. I felt like a piece of meat. That was a little different. For the next film, I’m keeping my goddamn clothes on. K: Yeah sometimes for photo shoots, but I just tell them no. A: It wasn’t until we got on set that they looked at us and said you guys should probably work out. Did you eat differently? K: Yeah, I just ate lots of food, lots of protein. A: But no, the working out thing. It wasn’t forced on us. And in fact, we weren’t sup-
posed to talk about it. That’s the funny thing. We weren’t supposed to talk about working out because it was supposed to be like we look natural. But I didn’t want to play ball like that. Because I know we worked out and I’m not just going to let Taylor [Launter] be the one that’s like ‘I gained 30 pounds of muscle’ and be like the only one. F**k that, we all worked out man, we worked our asses off. Have you guys become close? K: We became close in Vancouver, not even the traveling part. A: We became close the first hour. Everyone kind of fell into their parts. K: We’re all long lost brothers. A: Brothers from another mother. There’s like four us that hang out, we call each other the furry four. To read the rest of the interview with Alex and Kiowa, visit duclarion.com.
50 th Anniversary Jan. 30thFeb. 6th
Film Screening Davis @ 5pm
A story about undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 that spurs a discussion about comprehensive immigration reform.
Check u out @ s
November 10, 2009
‘A Christmas Carol’ warms the heart STEVE COULTER Assistant sports editor
Ever since its origination, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” has been a holiday treat, despite its constant retelling. In the newest version of the Christmas classic, director Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”) depicts the story of old, grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge with a new, modern style. Zemeckis directs Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” using the same photo-realistic, motion-capture animation technique that he employed while making “A Polar Express” in 2004. The result is an old story refreshed with dazzling effects and a film that is as fantastic as its original source text.From the mesmerizing opening scene, in which Zemeckis takes us on a rollercoaster ride through gilded Victorian-styled London without a cut, the realistic effects that potently steer the movie wow the audience. Every scene is so masterfully shot that if feels as if one could reach out and touch the characters moving about on the screen. Jim Carrey embodies the timeless grouch, Scrooge, as well as the arbitrations that haunt the man on the night of Christmas Eve. While Carrey is busy lending his voice to many characters alive and dead, Gary Oldman is given the duties to voice Scrooge’s dutiful and cheerful assistant Bob. Oldman also lends his voice to Scrooge’s long-time business partner Marley, who is the only non-Christmas apparition to visit Scrooge on Christmas Eve.
An old, cranky shopkeeper who is visted by three ghosts that turn his selfish ways around though lessons in compassion and generosity. Where have I heard this story before?
As the ghosts show Scrooge thanks to Zemeckis’ style of the past, present, animation. At the heart and future of of “A Christmas Carol”, ONLINE Christmas Day, however, is not outstanding VIDEO the man begins visual effect. The soul of the to understand the Visit us at movie centers on Scrooge’s interior motiva- duclarion.com to redemption for a better life. tions that shape watch the movie By the time the trailer. what he is. Christmas apparitions The journey leave Scrooge to correct unfolds with his attitude and way of life, an array of visual flamboyance Zemeckis has already begun his
masterful conclusion. Thanks to the help of the ghosts, Scrooge awakes from his dreamlike state determined to no longer be a man dislodged from the society that surrounds him. Scrooge is forced by fear of death to revise his way of living, but in the end all that matters is that he chooses to be a better person, rather than remaining what he previously was.
The character change of Scrooge has been an essential part of “A Christmas Carol” since Charles Dickens spawned the story years and years ago. Zemeckis is successful where many directors have failed before, he recreates a classic with a new style, but never relinquishes the lesson that the story teaches—we are all capable of achieveing a generous existence.
Hard to look away from ‘Men Who Stare at Goats’ NATE KNIFE Contributor
“The Men Who Stare At Goats” is a comedy based on the true story of the U.S. military’s attempts to train elite psychic super-soldiers to kill with their minds. Yes, you read that correctly. I know, just bear with me for a moment. The story follows journalist Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) whose life is coming apart at the seams.
The abrupt death of a coworker inspires his wife to leave him for his editor, which leads him to question whether his life has had any meaning at all. In an ill-conceived effort to bring her back, he volunteers to become a war correspondent in Iraq. While there, he meets Lyn Cassady (George Clooney). Lyn claims to be a “Jedi Warrior,” a psychic soldier of a division of the U.S. Army called the “New Earth Army.” Figuring that anything Lyn has to say must be more
interesting than what he’s actually doing, Bob follows him while he completes his mission. The film, based on the book of the same name, claims that more of it is true than one would believe. Given that one of the milder assertions made is that the U.S. Army successfully trained psychic operatives during the Cold War, one begins to hope that this is an exaggeration. However, whether or not you believe any of it is irrelevant to the film’s sheer entertainment quality.
The story is engrossing and original, and the characters are easy to empathize with. Clooney is in fine form as the alleged psychic who takes himself very seriously. Also delivering excellent performances are Jeff Bridges as Bill Django, founder of the New Earth Army, and Kevin Spacey as Larry Hooper, one of the Jedi Warriors eager to expand his own power by exploring more sinister psychic applications. The tone of the film is a
resounding success. McGregor narrates the film as though he’s reading from the book, but it comes across more as a friend telling you a story that you’re unlikely to believe. The uniqueness of the story allows for a great deal of comedy that flows naturally from the situations the characters find themselves in. Nothing is forced or awkward. It just works, and you could certainly do worse for the price of a ticket.
November 10, 2009
Student musicians “THE SEQUEL IMPROVES ON EVERYTHING perform at Sidelines THAT MADE THE FIRST FILM GREAT.” - Ryan McLelland, AINTITCOOLNEWS
DEVIN PITTS-ROGERS Contributor
Last Friday, the Sidelines Pub transformed from a local sportsthemed restaurant into a music venue for the DU community. A social gathering with a hint of intimacy between the performers and the audience seemed to be the atmosphere. Though Sidelines does this regularly, there was slightly more momentum this time around as the DU Battle of the Bands Preview was under way. A full assortment of instruments were present. Expected instruments like guitars and drums were on the scene, as were unconventional instruments such as windpipes, and even pens and paper. The variety here was unqiue, providing a means to cater to the musical interests of most in attendance. Among the performances were musicians freshman Miranda Whytsides, freshman Cassie Chanthavong and the acapella band Exit 205. One of the pluses of watching these groups perform is witness-
ing the passion involved in their music. They are here because of their passion for playing, and there isn’t too much that gets in the way of that. Even though this instance was related to Battle of the Bands, it was difficult to tell by the overall setting. There hadn’t been particular discrimination towards one performance or another, and the support for each individual on stage was strong. The audience seemed eager and enthusiastic to hear each upcoming song. The music itself was great. The audience was treated to many songs, which included but was not limited to original music, acoustic variations, Nelly songs from years passed, along with an acapella version of “This Love” from Maroon 5. Considering that these songs were mere acts apart, it can be said talent and variety were present. Although it isn’t too common for a preview for Battle of the Bands to take place, the Sidelines Pub does regularly put on “DU Unplugged,” an open mic night that takes place on the first Friday of every month.
DEVIN PITTS-ROGERS| CLARION
The acapella band Exit 205 performs in Sidelines in the Battle of the Bands preview.
CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS OR THEBOONDOCKSAINTSII.COM FOR THEATER LOCATIONS
Say Anything matures in new album Latest album combines witty lyrics with unique pop-rock sound ALEX GUNNING Assistant entertainment editor
Say Anything is at it again with their latest self-titled album release, which became available on Nov. 3. The album, simply entitled, Say Anything, is another fantastic edition to an increasingly impressive discography. This album is refreshingly original, and does an excellent job of maintaining and emphasizing the unique and sometimes vulgar stylings of Max Bemis, the bands lead singer and songwriter. The sound is a little more ‘popish’ than some of Say Anything’s previous albums, but it hardly sounds like anything on the current pop-rock scene. And of course, this album is loaded with a fresh set of Max Bemis’s sometimes fun, sometimes dark, and often times angry lyricism. This album focuses on Bemis’s struggle with faith and meaning in a life riddled with loss and hurt. It doesn’t bleed of the teen-
age angst that propagated their past albums, but is, instead, a more mature, reflective album that looks back on all of that anger and tries to learn and grow from it. This album is layered by its irony, which can be found flowing freely throughout the its lyrics as well as in the music. For example, in the second song on the album, “Hate Everyone,” Bemis sings about, well, hating everyone, but the music that swells behind the growling lyrics is upbeat and childish. This creates an interesting dichotomy within the song, and seems to really set the tone for the album. The tone that is directed towards the theme, that all this hate and aggression that has guided Bemis’s life has been childish and immature, and that he can “Do Better,” which is, coincidentally, the title of the next song on the album. For those who are familiar with Say Anything, this album is not as good as their near perfect album Is a Real Boy… However, this album is certainly worth picking up on its own merits. Although it may not have the same edge as Is a Real Boy…, it still
contains the unique and interesting musical styling that can only be understood by those who have listened to Say Anything, and Bemis’s penetrating lyricism is just as biting and poignant as
ever. There are areas of this album that come up a little short. It is not the album of the year, but it is far more creative and insightful than most bands
even care to experiment with. Let alone base the whole foundation of their music around as Say Anything does. And there are sections of pure brilliance on this album.
November 10, 2009
As finals approach, music while studying is a must
SLCGOV.COM The Animal Years by Josh Ritter. Idaho musician Ritter is known for his sensitive and beautifully crafted lyrics that create a rich tale for listeners. This singer/songwriter ponders the state of the nation and finding muses in unlikely places. “Good Man” and “Wolves” are wonderful.
SIVANANDABAHAMAS.ORG Breath of the Heart by Krishna Das. Now, some of you might be wary of the world music genre but there is something awesome about Das’ voice and the chanting creates a cool rhythm to study to. “Brindavan Hare Ram” is one of my personal faves.
STEVESILBERMAN.COM Crosby, Stills & Nash by Crosby, Stills & Nash. Possibly one of the best albums of all time. The beautiful three-part harmonies create a lovely sound. Perfect for when you need to get creative. Listen to “Helplessly Hoping” or “You Don’t Have to Cry.”
Gazpacho’s new album Tick Tock worth hearing, buying DEVIN PITTS-ROGERS Contributor
VESPERINLIMBO.COM So Tonight That I May See by Mazzy Star. This alternative rock band from Santa Monica gained popularity with their 1993 hit “Fade Into You.” Singer Hope Sandoval has one of the most beautiful voices in the business.
UNTITLEDRECORDS.COM Soundtrack to Away We Go. While the soundtrack features music from other artists, the majority of the tracks are by Alexi Murdoch. “All of My Days” is lovely, and Murdoch’s voice and lyrical prowess are on in full force.
DISCOGS.COM Hi-Fidelity Dub Sessions by Various Artists. For music lovers who need a little bit of reggae, this is a great compilation of reggae/dub jams. Definitely a good choice for art projects or a little light reading. “Dub Massacre” by Dual Tone is definitely a highlight.
Although some may not have heard them, the Norwegian band Gazpacho has been present in the music community since 1996 with their brand of alternative rock. Their sixth album, Tick Tock, was recently released, and while some songs are not the bands greatest, the professionalism present on the album, combined with the price, makes it a worthy steal. The thing that immediately catches one’s attention is the similarity between the voice of the lead vocalist, Jan-Henrik Ohme and that of Muse frontman, Chris Wolstenholme. Some of the songs are, in the way they are performed, reminiscent of Muse as well. While this could seem to some as an alternative to Black Holes and Revelations, Tick Tock doesn’t present Gazpacho as a Muse-like band, nor does it try to do so. The tracks come across as similar but still provide something of their own. The first track is perhaps the strongest on the album. Emotion emanates from the song: violin, bass, guitar, drums and the like harmonize to create a great sound. While not fully indicating the nature of the album, it serves as a good start. For the better, this album is not radio-friendly. With seven tracks, the shortest of which, “Clocks,” is it at just under five minutes, one is sure to get a lengthy amount of listening time in before track one gets ready to play again. Repetition factors in before the album is completely over. Some tracks have a continuing sequel or even a trilogy in the process. This means that the base rhythm of certain songs will repeat themselves later on during listening. This can be a bit of an aural hindrance sometimes, but can be vaguely dismissed. This is a good album to pick up if you are a little strapped for cash and decent music. Amazon.com and I-Tunes both sell mp3 versions of the album for less than $10, which is something of a steal. A hard copy could cost as much as $17.99, so it may make sense to listen to the songs on YouTube or to something to that effect until the price drops. Either way, it is still worth a listen.
SOULDISCOVERIES.COM Based on a True Story by Fat Freddy’s Drop. Fat Freddy’s is a 7-piece live dub/reggae band out of Wellington, New Zealand. Really mellow and perfect for 2 a.m. cram sessions. Check out “Ray Ray” and “Ernie.”
PRETTYLIGHTSMUSIC.COM Taking Up Your Precious Time by Pretty Lights. I’m obsessed with this DJ/drummer duo from Fort Collins. Mash-ups of genre-blending beats create a cool atmosphere to write papers to. “Finally Moving” is definitely the standout hit.
PAYPLAY.FM Visions of Backbeat by Boombox. This debut album is a collection of funky beats that sounds like a mix of jam band and house music. Think “Jamtronica.” Nice mellow beats to dance to while living in the library. “Stereo” or “Who Killed Dave Moore?” are especially good.
ROCKMYDAYS.COM In Our Nature by Jose Gonzalez. Gonzalez may have one of the best voices ever. “Crosses” is both beautiful and haunting. Perfect for a cozy night of reading.
Music selections compiled by Hunter Stevens
November 10, 2009
Conference champions again Women’s soccer wins fourth consecutive Sun Belt Conference championship STEVE COULTER Assistant sports editor
For the fourth consecutive season, DU’s women’s soccer team has been crowned Sun Belt Conference Champions. Entering last week’s tournament as the defending three-time Sun Belt Champion, the Pioneers defeated No. 7 seeded Troy 3-0 and No. 6 seeded Arkansas State 3-1 to advance to their fourth straight conference championship. In the tournament’s championship game, DU beat No. 8 seeded ArkansasLittle Rock 1-0, who three days earlier had shocked the tournament’s top seed Florida International, 1-0, in an overtime thriller. With the win the Pioneers receive an automatic trip to the NCAA tournament for the fourth consecutive year. This year the Pioneers will play their first-round game against University of Portland. Portland comes into the tournament with a record of 18-1-0. The game will be in Portland, Ore., on Friday. Denver defender Jessie Rogers scored on a header off of a nicely placed pass by senior midfielder Mariah Johnson in the 21st minute of the game. The goal proved to be the game winner as DU prevented Arkansas-Little Rock from scoring at the end of the first half when freshman goalkeeper Lara Campbell stopped an onslaught of shots from UALR’s Jacquelyn Paz, Christina Veasley and Kamiya Merrick. Campbell played an outstanding first half, recording four saves for DU. However, in the second half Denver’s defense proved to be excellent, holding the
Seniors Mariah Johnston and Lizzy Carlson embrace on senior night. The seniors will leave DU with four conference championships on their resumé.
Trojans to one shot on goal. With the victory, DU avenged an earlier season loss to the Trojans on Oct. 18 in Little Rock, Ark. In the regular season, the Pioneers only lost two games in conference play. The Pioneers ended what had been a tournament full of upsets. The Trojans entered the championship game looking for their third straight upset win after already topping No. 1 Florida International and No. 4 North Texas.
Denver refused to be claimed as the next victim, as they persevered to win the SBC tournament crown for the seventh time in ten years. DU’s senior class, which includes defender Emily Stewart, forwards Brooke Lamphere and Johnston, and midfielders Lizzy Carlson, Kelli Breidenbach and Caitlin Rollins, has now won an SBC title in each season they have played for the Pioneers. At tournament’s end, Carlson
was named to the SBC All-Tournament team. She joins Rogers, Campbell, freshman forward Kaitlin Bast and sophomore midfielder Bria Beardsley. Bast scored three goals in the two preceding tournament games and was named the tournament’s most-outstanding player. After losing to Kansas in the first round of last year’s NCAA tournament, the Pioneers hope to have more success in this year’s tournament.
Big weeks ahead during winter break EDDIE FISCHERMANN Sports editor
The hockey team prepares for a tough stretch of games over the next month and a half.
Going into Alaska over the weekend, the Pioneers had high hopes of coming back with two more wins. The game on Friday night was a close one. Led by senior captain Rhett Rakhshani, who scored two goals, the Pioneers went on to win 3-2. After the injury to starting goaltender Marc Cheverie against Minnesota State, freshman Adam Murray took the reigns and played well in the game on Friday. He made 22 saves, helping the Pioneers get the victory. Saturday’s game was a completely different story. The Pioneers started off well and were leading 2-1 in the second period with goals from Rakhshani and sophomore Patrick Wiercioch. Midway through the second period, the game went downhill. Murray struggled, allowing three goals in less than two minutes. Murray was eventually replaced by junior goaltender Lars Paulgaard in the third period after allowing six goals on 15 shots. In his first game of the season Paulgaard made two saves and allowed one goal as the Pioneers lost 7-3. The Pioneers are off this weekend. Over winter break, the Pioneers have eight conference games scheduled. The first series is against rival No. 2-ranked North Dakota in Magness Arena. Denver is currently ranked at No. 4. The next games will be at home against St. Cloud State. This is the weekend that Cheverie may be back in action. The
injured goalie is expected to be out the next three weeks. After this series, the Pioneers have a home-and-home series with in state rival Colorado College. The Tigers are off to a great start this year, which is a big surprise in the WCHA. Colorado College was predicted to be a middle of the road team after losing star goalie Richard Bachman as well as their two leading scorers last season. Senior Bill Sweat has stepped up his play for the Tigers and they have found a new star goalie in freshman Joe Howe. After the series against CC, the Pioneers hit the road to Duluth, Minn., to play the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. UMD has had a pretty good season thus far, as they are currently tied for No. 4 in the WCHA standings. They also have also recently cracked the national rankings, as they made the top 20 last weekend. The Pioneers then have three weekends off starting mid-December. When they come back, the Pioneers start off the New Year with a bang, as the annual Denver Cup starts on New Year’s Day. The Pioneers welcome Boston College, St. Lawrence and the University of Nebraska-Omaha. It will be a competitive tournament this year as three of those four teams are ranked in the top 20 nationally. The next month and a half will make or break the Pioneers season. With so many conference games, the Pioneers will have to get back to the basics in order to live up to their pre-season No. 1 ranking in the nation.
November 10, 2009
Beyond the boxscore with Pat
volleyball (16-14) DU 3, New Orleans 0 DU 3, Louisana-Lafayette 1 DU 3, Louisana-Monroe 0
what went right
Money buys happiness?
DU completely dominated a three-game stretch at home, which has vaulted them into first place in the West Division of the Sun Belt Conference. Before Saturday’s game, seniors Emmy Davidsmeyer, Clare Maxwell, and Alexis Ninos were honored.
what went wrong Almost nothing went wrong for the Pioneers over the weekend. The team dropped just one set over a three-game span.
up ahead With their home schedule concluded, the Pioneers play the final two games of the regular season on the road against Arkansas-Little Rock on Friday afternoon and Arkansas State on Saturday evening. Saturday’s game will determine who will be the West Division regular season champion.
men’s soccer (5-9-3) DU 4, Seattle 0 DU 2, Air Force 0
what went right With the two wins over the weekend, the Pioneers vaulted themselves from the bottom of their conference to the No. 5 seed in this week’s conference tournament. Junior goalkeeper Joe Willis earned his secondstraight shutout of the season. Senior Collin Audley scored twice, once in each game.
what went wrong Not much was wrong as DU was outstanding defensively throughout the weekend and scored enough in both games to earn victories.
up ahead The Pioneers host the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament from November 12-15 at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium. DU is the No. 5 seed in the tournament and will face No. 4 Cal State Bakersfield on Thursday afternoon.
swimming & diving (3-1) Men’s DU 135, UC Davis 160 DU 159, Pacific 98 Women’s DU 191, UC Davis 109 DU 150, Pacific 103
what went right On Saturday, the Pioneer women grabbed nine first-place finishes, five second-place finishes and nine third-place finishes. The men finished with 10 first-place finishers.
what went wrong On Friday, the Pioneer men only had three first-place finishers. The women, however, finished in first place in ten different events.
up ahead Denver takes almost a month break, which concludes when the men’s and women’s teams travel to Athens, Ga., for the University of Georgia Invite.
Sophomore Alyssa Bonelli jumps up to spike the ball against North Texas last month in Hamilton Gymnasium.
T H E
Tough schedule for women’s lacrosse The women’s lacrosse team will face four of the nation’s top 20 teams in their 2010 schedule. The rough slate of games includes playing No. 4 North Carolina, No. 5 Duke, No. 13 Stanford, and No. 13 (tied) Loyola. DU opens its season in February with four consecutive road games, which include a big game against national runner-up North Carolina. Despite the early road trip, the Pioneers play nine of their 17 games at home. The home schedule begins when Stony Brook comes to Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Feb. 18. On April 11th, DU hosts conference rival Stanford. The Pioneers will host the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Lacrosse tournament on April 29 at Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
Cheverie named player of the month The University of Denver’s hockey goalie Marc Cheverie was named the Hockey Commissioners Asssociation National Division I player of the month for October. Cheverie stopped 139 of 145 shots he faced in October, finishing with a .959 save percentage and a 1.27 goals-against average, which helped him post an undefeated 4-0-0 record. The junior goalie from Nova Scotia currently ranks second in the nation in save percentage and is third in goals-against average. His save percentage and goals-against average are the best in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Cheverie’s brilliant October included more than just national top numbers. He broke a DU school record when he registered 223:51 consecutive shutout minutes.
N E W S Cheverie’s new mark shatters the previous record of 208:42 set by Peter Mannino in 2005. The record included a pair of consecutive 3-0 victories over Minnesota, which earned him WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors. Besides the awards, the broken record, and the outstanding numbers, Cheverie has been most impressive in situations that matter the most. The goalie has not allowed a power-play goal yet this season, killing off all 27 man-down situations.
Men’s soccer hosts conference tournament The University of Denver Soccer Stadium will host the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men’s Soccer tournament this week. The first round of the tournmanet commences on Thursday afternoon and will conclude Sunday afternoon with the conference championship. The tournament’s No. 1 seed is Sacramento State, who went undefeated in conference play in the regular season. After a pair of conference wins, DU claimed the tournament’s No. 5 seed and will play Cal-State Bakersfield in the first round. The conference semi-finals will take be played late Friday afternoon and into Friday night. The tournament will have a day off on Saturday and will resume with Sunday’s championship game. In its inaugural season, the new soccer stadium gets to host all eight MPSF teams and the conference’s 17th soccer tournament. The MPSF tournament champion will play against the Atlantic 10 Conference champion. The winner of that game
will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Sherlock, golfer of the month DU’s Stephanie Sherlock and Florida Atlantic’s Ben Silverman were named the Sun Belt Conference’s golfers of the month. In October, Sherlock golfed in four different events. During the Tar Heel Invitational, hosted by University of North Carolina, the senior finished tied for 42nd out of 93 individuals. The next weekend at the Stanford Intercollegiate tournament she finished tied for No. 33 out of 80 individuals. In Palo Alto, Sherlock golfed on a par 71 course and was able to golf for par on Oct. 17. Next for Sherlock was an impressive weekend at the NCAA Fall Preview, which took place in Wilmington, N.C. At the Fall Preview, Sherlock finished tied for No. 7 out of 87 golfers. The No. 7 place finish was Sherlock’s season high. She placed amongst the top golfers with only a 2-over par, golfing a low-round score of 71 on Oct. 24. The performances at both the Stanford Intercollegiate and the NCAA Fall Preview stood out from previous events, because she was able to score a team low, 71, during two seperate events. So far this season, Sherlock leads the Pioneers and the Sun Belt Conference with a 73.08 scoring average. Sherlock’s conference leading scoring average has been earned through 12 rounds of golf. DU’s women’s golf team has taken a break for the winter. The Pioneers season starts up again on Monday, Feb. 8 when they travel to Palos Verdes, Calif., to take part in the Northrupp Grumman Regional Challange. In the spring, Sherlock looks to continue her early season success and lead the Pioneers to ther conference title.
A little less than a week ago, another season of baseball ended with another World Series title for the New York Yankees. And for a team that knows no other way of living than the lifestyle of the rich and famous, it was just another day in the life. The Yanks captured championship number 27 with a payroll that exceeded $200 million and did it in a new stadium that cost $1.5 billion. Not only are all those titles more than any other professional sports team in North America, but that payroll is also the largest. Coincidence that the richest team in sports has the most championships? Didn’t think so either. It’s been no secret for a long time, though, that the Yankees pump money into their teams to get championships back out. What’s scary is the fact that the greedy might be getting even greedier. Two days after the World Series, there were already news stories out about how the Yankees were turning their attention towards championship number 28. Seriously?! Can’t they celebrate for more than five minutes? The Yankees crave winning like Balloon Boy’s family craves attention. If you want to talk dollars and cents, it gets even uglier. Of all the money MLB teams spent signing players last offseason, nearly half of it came from New York alone. Three players who played major roles in the Yanks’ success this season—pitchers C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and first baseman Mark Teixeira—were all acquired last winter. The collective price tag on all three was $423.5 million. In other words, the money New York spent on three men could have paid for the tuitions of every undergrad at DU. Twice. With all that said, the old cliché that the Yankees buy championships isn’t true. No team can really do that. Say what you want about New York, but it takes more than cold hard cash to win it all. If you need more proof, look no further than the 2001 and 2003 World Series. Those Yankee teams were very rich, but they didn’t have it all put together. The Diamondbacks and Marlins— two teams that both have about one-fifth of the Yankees payroll— somehow dethroned the Evil Empire. Money doesn’t buy happiness, let alone a championship. But it can sure help. That’s it from the Boxscore this quarter. Good luck with exams and happy holidays. See you in 2010. 7TH ANNUAL
1-866-369-8080 18 TH Plus T&S. Sign-up after Oct. 15th add $20 13OR-1518 A DICKSON ProDUCTiOn
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...
Published on Nov 10, 2009
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...