ROHNERT, BASKETBALL HOPEFUL | Page 15 University of Denver student newspaper since 1899
Vol. 117, Issue 8
March 2, 2010
Tuition soars past $46,000 6.7%
ARIANNA RANAHOSSEINI Editor-in-chief
TOMMY NAGEL| CLARION
In a letter mailed only to parents late last week, tuition will be $46,317 next year, $1,340 more than last year. This is a 2.98 percent increase for the total cost of attendance for undergraduates. The total cost for undergraduate students can be broken down between the cost of tuition and room and board. Tuition will be $35,604 a 2.91 percent increase, and room and board will be $9,816, 3.39 percent more than the present cost. DU has increased tuition every year since 1979. The current is the smallest increase over that span of years. The student health fee will increase $12 to $432 due to
increase usage, Provost Gregg Kvistad said. The technology fee, $144, and student activity fee, $321, will remain at the same. “What we tried to do here was be extraordinarily careful with increasing tuition, fees and expenses,” Kvistad said in an interview with The Clarion. “The real bottom line is that we are trying desperately to keep the tuition rate increases very very low.” The letter regarding the increase was not sent directly to students via e-mail, as it was last year. The Board of Trustees approved the administration’s recommendation mid-January, more than one month before the amount was announced. Kvistad said for the 20102011 school year, DU will spend
$9 million more in institutional financial aid. The budget for the 2010-2011 school year is still being formulated, Kvistad said, however last year, DU’s operational budget was reduced by $12.1 million. There will be an additional 15 faculty positions added in the fall, most will be added to Sturm College of Law and Daniels College of Business. In the letter, Kvistad said, “The university is acutely aware of the environment in which we made this decision, which calls for the smallest tuition increase in many years. The economic challenges of the last year have affected, sometimes dramatically, every person, every family, every business and every institution in this country.”
DU-owned wind turbine proposed by students CADDIE NATH Copy editor
The USG Sustainability Committee is considering redirecting nearly half of the sustainability budget, a portion of the student activity fee, to build an in state DU wind turbine in western Colorado. Those funds, which amount to about $90,000 from the student fee and money provided by the DU administration are currently used to buy wind energy credits from an outof-state source, according to Dillon Doyle, a member of the student-led Sustainability Committee. “I don’t think it’s the best use of the money. It’s an offset and it doesn’t’ do as much as it could,” Doyle said. Under the current wind energy contract, which will be up for renewal later this year, DU pays to neutralize some of the campus energy consumption. There is no direct correlation between the energy used at DU and that it helps pay to produce.
The plan to construct a DUowned wind turbine in Colorado is projected to cost DU $900,000 over the next 10 years, according to Doyle. It is also unprecedented. While other campuses in the country have built wind turbines on school property to power energy consumption, none has ever sponsored an off-site turbine through an independent energy company. “We can’t find any universities that have done exactly what we’re envisioning doing. We haven’t been able to find a university who has contracted off site and worked through their energy provider to maintain it,” Doyle said. There is not enough wind at DU to power a turbine on campus. The committee, which is open to all students and appropriates the more than $100,000 Sustainable DU budget, is preparing to go to the administration with the project and come out with more concrete information for students by the end of the month, Doyle said. SEE COMMITTEE, PAGE 2
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Students contribute $108,712 annually to sustainablilty efforts on campus.
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March 2, 2010
Fight song modernizes original Wait list created for ERIN HOLWEGER Assistant news editor
An updated version of the DU fight song was created during winter break. The song is a more fun version of the original, said DU consultant Scott Gilbert. The aim was to modernize the traditional version. Four or five students recorded the vocals for the new version in the fall. The students’ voices were put over a rock mix of the song. The lyrics for the updated version are the same as the original version, but were sung
to a different beat. The process in to its full potential and had an deciding to create the new song outdated sound, said Antoine was informal, said Gilbert. Perretta, president of USG. It came about from casual “There was a general feeling conversation between the admin- that the fight song is outdated and istration and USG. under-utilized,” said The updated Perretta. version of the fight Only a few stuONLINE VIDEO song was designed to dents have heard the supplement the cur- Visit us at new song. It has not rent fight song, not duclarion.com been played at a sportnecessarily replace it, to watch the full ing event yet and there he said. The goal was fight song video. are no plans to play it to have a peppier verat in the future. The sion of the original. student reaction has been mixed. The feeling in USG was that Some students love it and some the fight song was not being used hate it, said Perretta.
Chancellor’s office hours CORY LAMZ Entertainment editor
One week after being made available, all 12 slots to meet and speak with the Chancellor have been filled. Following high demand of the past two sessions of the Chancellor’s office hours – the most recent was last Wednesday – students are now being put on a waitlist for the March 4 date from 9 to 11 a.m. Nine people were on the waitlist for one of the 10-minute appointments as of last Thursday. “My Chancellor’s office hours [in January] was a huge success,” Coombe wrote in an e-mail to DU students. Freshman Samantha Harper was one of the 12 able to speak with Chancellor Coombe during the Jan. 26 session. She wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to get to know the chancellor one-one-one and talk about her life as a freshman
at DU, she said. “Our session didn’t feel scripted at all,” Harper said. “The chancellor expressed interest in what I was doing [at DU]. I felt a connection with him. I’d say it’d be possible for him to recognize my name [because of participating in office hours].” “I talked to him about my freshman experience and made suggestions,” she said. “I mean, the staff should know where the university is going [with its freshmen]. I figured, ‘If we can make the freshmen experience better, why not?’” Harper also suggested that the Club Day held at the beginning of fall quarter should be moved to later in the school year, when freshmen have their schedules finalized and juniors have returned from abroad. Students can add their names to the wait list for the March 4 session by contacting the Chancellor’s office at chancellor@ du.edu or 303-871-2111.
Committee to propose project to administration
The updated fight song has not yet been played at athletic events, and there are currently no plans to play the new song anywhere.
U P C O M I N G TODAY Fraternity Fundraiser All Day DU Campus Zeta Beta Tau hosts the Red Nose Days philanthropy event to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. Grocery Bingo 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Johnson-McFarlane Hall Classroom DU Involvement Team hosts a bingo night with trivia from Woman’s History Month to win groceries.
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Human Security and Human Capabilities.” DU Theater and Lamont School of Music Production 8 p.m. Byron Theater The DU theater and Lamont School of Music perform a joint production called “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” General admission is $20 and $15 for students. Additional performances are March 4, 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. and March 6 and 7 at 2 p.m.
WEDNESDAY Fraternity Fundraiser All Day DU Campus Zeta Beta Tau hosts the Red Nose Days philanthropy event to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.
THURSDAY Fraternity Fundraiser All Day DU Campus Zeta Beta Tau will be selling red noses on Driscoll Bridge. All proceeds from this philanthropy will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.
Global Crisis Discussion 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Metro State College of Denver Tivoli Center 640 DU Professor Haider Khan of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies gives a speech called “Global Crisis:
Religious Discussion 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Driscoll 1880 The Interfaith Student Alliance hosts a conversation called “How Are You Religious @ DU,” open to students of all religious traditions and with free pizza.
FRIDAY Fraternity Fundraiser All Day DU Campus Zeta Beta Tau hosts the Red Nose Days philanthropy event to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. Islam Talk 7 p.m. University Park United Methodist Church Tawfik Hamid, a former Islamic extremist and now an Islamic reformer and scholar, gives a talk called “Reformation of Islam.” Talent Show 7 p.m. Sidelines Pub The DU Unplugged Student Alliance hosts a talent show with free food in Sidelines Pub. SATURDAY Fraternity Fundraiser All Day DU Campus Zeta Beta Tau will be selling red noses on Driscoll Bridge. All proceeds from this philanthropy will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.
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to do so. Ultimately its student Continued from page 1 Junior finance major Garrett money and students are the ones Gudge said he would be support- that are spending it,” Doyle said. The other big project the ive of the project. Committee has “I think it undertaken this would be smarter year is the bike just because 20% library to which of the State’s it approprienergy needs to ated more than come from sus$17,000. The tainable sources Committee also so by doing that funds student led you’re kind of supprojects such as porting Colorado,” the community Gudge said. garden which Doyle said the will be opened Committee sees Dillon Doyle, Member of officially on Earth the turbine as a Sustainability Committee Day 2010. learning opportuThe Comnity for students. “We want students to come mittee welcomes new student out thinking that they can make participation, Doyle said. It meets change and having the power on Sundays at 6 p.m.
“We can’t find any universities that have done exactly what we’re envisioning doing.”
March 2, 2010
Teacher tackles gunman suspected in school shooting ASSOCIATED PRESS
LITTLETON — The math teacher who has become a national hero after breaking up a potentially deadly school shooting near the site of the Columbine massacre said Wednesday that he was simply doing his job to protect his students from danger during his now-famous scuffle with the gunman. Schools in Littleton have gone through extensive emergency drills after the Columbine tragedy, and David Benke said he always thought about what he’d do if a school shooting broke out. School officials praised the quick actions by Benke and his colleagues as further proof that preparations put in place after Columbine have paid off. But authorities are still investigating to better understand what happened including why and for how long the gunman, 32-yearold Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood, was inside the school building before he began shooting. Assistant principal Becky Brown said the suspect had signed in at the main office about noon Tuesday — some three hours before the shooting. Investigators were interviewing school staff members in attempt to reconstruct the day’s events. They have found live rounds from the hunting rifle at several
places on school grounds. Eastwood said nothing during a brief hearing Wednesday in which a judge set bail at $1 million cash. The unemployed ranch hand appeared by video hookup from the jail, wearing an orange inmate jumpsuit with his dark, shoulder-length hair hanging loose. He faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Eastwood has an arrest record in Colorado dating back to 1996 for menacing, assault, domestic violence and driving under the influence, and he is believed to have a history of mental issues. The sheriff ’s department said Eastwood is a former student of the school who has been attending community college off and on in pursuit of his GED. Authorities said he opened fire in the parking lot with the bolt-action rifle at the end of the school day as terrified teenagers ran for their lives. He had allegedly just wounded two students and seemed ready to unleash more violence when Benke sprung into action. Benke confronted the gunman, tackled him and pinned him to the ground with the help of another teacher, stopping what could have been a much more violent encounter in a city all too familiar with tragic school shootings. The shooting occurred less than three miles from where the
Columbine High School massacre happened nearly 11 years ago. “Unfortunately he got another round off before I could grab him,” Benke said. “He figured out that he wasn’t going to be able to get another round chambered before I got to him so he dropped the gun and then we were kind of struggling around trying to get him subdued.” The two students survived Tuesday’s shooting and one remained hospitalized. The student in the hospital is one of Benke’s students, and the principal said he is “progressing well.” Meanwhile, Benke became a hero. A Facebook page called “Dr. David Benke Is A Hero!!!!” quickly grew to more than 17,000 members, and his actions were discussed on the floor of the state Senate. “Sometimes that’s just what we need. We need someone to be a hero for us,” said state Sen. Mike Kopp of Littleton, who lives in Benke’s neighborhood. “Believe me when I say, I think he stopped what could have been a more tragic event than it actually was this afternoon,” Mink said. The victims, students Reagan Webber and Matt Thieu, were both treated at Littleton Adventist Hospital, where spokeswoman Christine Alexander said Webber was treated and released to her home.
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DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
On Monday, Feb. 22 at 9:10 p.m. Campus Safety and Denver Fire responded to an unresponsive student having trouble breathing at the Coors Fitness Center. Paramedics transported the student to Porter Hospital for medical treatment.
On Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6:15 p.m. a Campus Safety officer found an underage student in possession of drug paraphernalia and an alcohol container at Johnson-McFarlance Hall. Campus Safety confiscated the contraband.
On Thursday, Feb. 25 at 11:38 a.m. Campus Safety and Denver Fire responded to a DU staff member who appeared to have a seizure at Margery Reed Hall. Paramedics transported the the staff member to Porter Hospital for treatment.
On Friday, Feb. 26 at 2:17 a.m. Campus Safety and Denver Police found an intoxicated underage student at Centennial Towers. Denver Police released the student to another student for transport to an off-campus residence.
On Saturday, Feb. 27 at 1:56 a.m. Campus Safety found an underage and severely intoxicated student in possession of a false identification card at Centennial Halls. Campus Safety confiscated the contraband and paramedics transported the student to Porter Hospital for treatment.
On Thursday, Feb. 25 at 4:03 p.m. a student’s vehicle window was broken in lot W/402 near the Ritchie Center between 2:30 p.m. and 4:42 p.m. A car stereo and peronal items were missing. On Thursday, Feb. 25 at 4:38 p.m. Campus Safety responded to a report of Universityowned electronic equipment taken from an office in the Mary Reed Building. The equipment was taken between Feb. 17 and Feb. 25. A staff member filed a report with Denver Police. On Thursday, Feb. 25 at 5:40 p.m. a student discovered a window broken in her personal vehicle parked in the 2000 block of E. Wesley Avenue. Personal items were reported missing. On Saturday, Feb. 27 at 6:35 p.m. a student reported a theft at the Ritchie Center. The student left personal electronic equipment unattended near a men’s locker room at 4:40 p.m. She returned to retrieve the equipment at 6:30 p.m. and discovered it missing.
On Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2:20 a.m. an underage severely intoxicated student was found at Centennial Halls. Paramedics transported the student to Porter Hospital for treatment. On Sunday, Feb. 28 at 12: 26 a.m. an underage student was found in possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and alcohol containers at Nagel Hall. Campus Safety confiscated the contraband. On Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2:15 a.m. Campus Safety observed a severley intoxicated student enter the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house. The student vandalized the kitchen and a common area of the house. While speaking with Campus Safety the student became affressive before fleeing the area. The student was cited by Denver Police for disturbing the peace and assault.
On Friday, Feb. 26 at 12:09 p.m. an unaffiliated party fell and temporarily lost consciousness at the Daniels College of Business. Paramedics transported the party to Porter Hospital for treatment.
On Thursday, Feb. 25 at 9:42 p.m. a DU student reported harassment at Nagel Hall. The student has recieved harassing phone calls from an unidentified male.
On Thursday, Feb. 25 at 8:58 a.m. a DU staff member in a University-owned vehicle was parked on the street in the 2200 block of S. Fillmore Street when he was hit by an unaffiliated party. Minor damage to the vehicle and no injuries were reported.
On Sunday, Feb. 28 at 9:17 p.m. a student reported vandalism at the Kappa Sigma fraternity house. An unknown person vandalized two common areas and a room door. The damage occurred between Feb. 27 at 11 p.m. and Feb. 28 at 1 p.m.
Clarion wins 4th place, national award At the National College Media conference last weekend in Phoenix, the Clarion was awarded 4th place, Best of Show for general excellence in the category for fouryear universities, 9th place for web site and 4th place for multimedia.
March 2, 2010
Applicants wanted for Boone character Attack raises questions ARIANNA RANAHOSSEINI Editor-in-chief
The unofficial mascot needs a new face behind the mask. The Boone-like mascot was purchased by alumni, students and fans last year. They are looking for more than one student to manage and take over as the unpaid Boone character. Of the applicants, one will be selected to attend the Dave Raymond mascot boot camp in Pennsylvania. Other perks include possible trips to away hockey games such as the Frozen Four. â€œItâ€™s a lot of fun,â€? said senior Scott Fuson, current Boone mascot. â€œEveryone from kids to adults loves taking pictures. Itâ€™s such a unique experience. Youâ€™re
behind a mask but are actively involved with everyone in the stadium.â€? Booneâ€™s responsibilities include high-fiving little kids, taking a lot of pictures, getting the crowd excited and making everyone laugh. â€œBoone is quite the entertainer,â€? Fuson said. â€œ In January, alumni funded Booneâ€™s trip to Wisconsin and last Aprilâ€™s trip to Washington D.C. for the 2009 menâ€™s hockey Frozen Four. They are passionate about school spirit, Fuson said, especially Boone because he was the mascot when they were in school. â€œThey take pretty good care of you,â€? Fuson said. â€œI love doing whatever keeps people engaged and interested in DU events.â€?
Fuson decided to get involved and become Boone to get students passionate about school spirit. â€œI had never done anything like it before and figured it would be a once in a lifetime kind of experience,â€? he said. The time commitment varies depending on the season. When hockey and basketball season overlap, a few hours per week are expected â€“ usually a minimum of one game per weekend. The mascot also attends non-athletic promotional events. Those are often paid, Fuson said, and include activities such as birthday parties and DU organizational appearances. Anyone interested in applying should contact Fuson at Scott. Fuson@du.edu.
Booneâ€™s responsibilities include exciting crowds at sporting events, photo opportunities and attending promotional events.
of captive animals ASSOCIATED PRESS
ORLANDO, Fla. â€” Rocky, a 700-pound grizzly considered one of the most gentle animals of all Hollywood's performing beasts, bites down on the neck of a veteran trainer. Illusionist Roy Horn is severely mauled by a show tiger during a Las Vegas performance. An elephant at an Indonesian tourist resort tramples its longtime handler to death. And now the latest â€” a 40-year-old trainer at SeaWorld Orlando is drowned by a massive 12,000-pound killer whale named Tilikum, an incident that raises anew the question of whether some beasts, especially the biggest ones, have any business being tamed to entertain. Descriptions of Tilikum, the 22-foot orca which has now killed two trainers, inevitably come around to his intimidating size. At nearly six tons, the bull bought for breeding is a giant among killer whales, the largest in captivity. "Humans trying to incarcerate orcas or elephants or any type of large brain or large society species, it's proven it doesn't work," said Mark Berman, associate director at the environmental group Earth Island Institute in Berkeley, Calif. "They're just too big." No animals were meant to entertain humans, he said. In fact, an investigation by California's workplace safety office into a 2006 attack by an orca on a trainer at SeaWorld's San Diego park initially reported that it was only a matter of time before
a trainer was killed. That trainer escaped with a broken foot. However, after objections from SeaWorld that the office had no place offering opinions that a trainer's death was inevitable, the workplace safety officials rescinded the report and apologized. They noted its investigation required expertise it didn't have. Former SeaWorld head trainer Thad Lacinak says captive killer whales serve to educate the public and help protect them in the wild. "These animals are invaluable in terms of what we can learn from them. And you cannot learn about killer whales through a pair of binoculars," Lacinak said. Using killer whales to perform, or displaying animals at zoos, brings them to life for the public, he said, something that the Discovery Channel can't do. "We know for a fact that people do not learn in static conditions. They learn from these animals when they are entertained by them," Lacinak said. "That's just how people learn. They don't learn when they're bored ... They have a greater appreciation of the animals when they walk out." Lacinak also stated the obvious â€” that trainers know their jobs are inherently dangerous but take the risks because they believe they're outweighed by the rewards. Orlando SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau was rubbing Tilikum from a poolside platform on Wednesday when the whale reached up, grabbed her ponytail and dragged her underwater. She died from multiple traumatic injuries and drowning.
Colleges enlist parents to curb drinking problem ASSOCIATED PRESS
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At Virginia Tech university officials are turning increasingly to Mom and Dad to curb problem underage drinking. This semester, the school in Blacksburg, Va., began notifying parents when their under-21 students are found guilty of even minor alcohol violations such as getting caught with a beer in a dorm room. Although it's common for colleges to alert parents of major alcohol offenses â€” or when a student faces suspension â€” Virginia Tech is part of a small but growing number sending letters home on minor ones. The debate about how much to involve parents in such cases is a balancing act for colleges and universities. Officials want to hold young adults accountable as they venture out on their own, are well aware that drinking is part of the college experience, and also recognize potential allies in a generation o parents who can help when things go too far. "I think it helps students open up to parents," said Steven Clarke, director of Virginia Tech's College Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center. "And parents can be helpful in setting boundaries students might need." The beefed-up parental noti-
fication policy is part of a broader strategy that includes alcoholeducation classes and a "party positive" program that encourages responsible drinking. The student reaction to the policy change, not surprisingly, has been less than enthusiastic. "If you have one beer in the dorm and you get caught, I don't feel like parents should be notified," said Erik Pryslak, a junior engineering major. "Now that we're all in college, we're all adults. It's kind of your responsibility to take care of yourself. If you want to make your parents aware you're about to be kicked out of school, then it's on you." Studies show that students who say their parents would disapprove of them drinking are less likely to drink heavily once they get to college, said Toben Nelson, an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health who has studied campus drinking. After a spate of alcoholrelated deaths on college campuses, Congress in the late 1990s changed student privacy laws for parental notification in cases involving students under 21. Schools took a wide array of approaches in response. Virginia Tech started notifying parents of under-21 students after major alcohol offenses or when a student
had accumulated two strikes with two minor ones. But some parents complained that because they had not been notified of minor offenses, they were in the dark until a student was suddenly facing suspension, said Edward Spencer, Virginia Tech's vice president for student affairs. Parents of Generation X students were often reluctant to get involved when the school invoked an emergency clause in privacy laws and alerted them of alcohol problems, he said. "The response would be, 'You know, I'm leaving on a cruise. I'm going to a class reunion.'" But today, parents tend to be tethered by cell phone to children who studies show often idolize their parents â€” so it makes sense to go a step further in parental involvement, he said. "We'd like to strike a happy medium," Spencer said. "We're grateful for the positive involvement of parents. We find it difficult when their involvement is over-involvement." Research has found more than 40 percent of college students reported at least one symptom of alcohol abuse or dependance. One recent study estimated that more than 500,000 full-time students at four-year colleges suffer injuries each year related to drinking, and about 1,700 die in such accidents.
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Tuskegee Airmen, veterans share experiences STEVE COULTER Sports editor
Col. Fitzroy “Buck” Newsum shares his experiences being part of the original Tuskegee Airmen who were the first black U.S. Army pilots. Newsum graduated from the program in 1943. “I wanted to be a pilot ever since I was 10,” said Newsum.
The third line of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” reads, “Let our rejoicing rise high as the listening skies.” The Black Student Alliance (BSA) greeted two Tuskegee Airmen and two other veterans last Tuesday night in Craig Hall with James Weldon Johnson’s poem turned song, which is now called the Negro National Anthem. Johnson wrote the words in 1899 for African-American pride during a time of widespread racial segregation. Forty-two years later and on the brink of World War II, racism still existed not only in American society but also in the U.S. military. Nonetheless, African Americans pushed for a chance to be U.S. Army pilots, although no African American had previously done so. In 1941, Congress changed that and many doubted that African-American soldiers could pass the War Department’s rigorous demands for pilots in education and flight experience. Two of the four men at DU’s event were veterans of the allblack unit known as the Tuskegee Airmen. The name refers to the location where the black airmen
trained, the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Ala. Lt. Sam Hunter and Col. Fitzroy “Buck” Newsum reflected upon their military experience as pilots in World War II. “I wanted to be a pilot ever since I was 10,” said Newsum. “I was rejected several times, but then finally accepted into the Tuskegee Program on April 13, 1943.” For Newsum, who was born and raised in New York City, the acceptance day is permanently etched in his memory, as is the day he graduated from the program Dec. 3, 1943. Hunter, who had finished college in Chicago, had to wait until the following December to qualify as a pilot. During the war, the Tuskegee Airmen were known by the “red tails” of their aircraft. They escorted B17 and B24 fighter pilots. The two veterans showed a video from that period. It was titled “On Freedom’s Wings”. The Tuskegee Airmen gained fame for not losing a single bomber in more than 200 missions flown in Europe during the war. “If you had graduated from the Tuskegee Flight School that meant something,” said Hunter. “We gave Uncle Sam everything we had at the time.”
Struggling with segregation in the military as well as at home, the Tuskegee Airmen ignited pride among African Americans, Hunter said. “We maintained our composure by always sticking together,” said Hunter. Their heroism would motivate many more African Americans to enlist and serve in subsequent wars. Chief Master Sgt. Loran Smith and Col. John Smith were the other two veterans who attended the DU event. They served after the groundbreaking service of the Tuskegee Airmen. Sgt. Smith was a second-generation fighter pilot, who served in Korea and Vietnam after leaving school. “I was a basketball player at St. Francis, but wanted to enlist for four years so I did,” said Smith, explaining leaving St. Francis College in Brooklyn, N.Y. He spent 29 years in the military, not the four years he originally planned. As for Col. Smith, he was in the 332nd Fighter Group of the U.S. Army Corps during the Vietnam War and spent 26 years in the military. Today the 332nd Regiment as is the rest of the military, has soldiers of many racial and ethnic backgrounds, whose goal is to help defend and protect America, Col. Smith said.
Student-produced video goes viral on YouTube appeared soon after, to the video’s success on YouTube. “I thought we were just The Innovation in Mass making a video,” said John Communications class produced Boswell, who played Michael, the a video “The Class,” which paro- professor character in the parody. dies the TV series “The Office” “I didn’t think anything of it and and has received more than then it just took off.” Boswell is a sophomore 27,000 views on YouTube in the studying journalism and said he month it has been posted. “The Class” sheds light on got the lead by default because he technology use in the classroom is the oldest student in the class. “It was challenging being in and was student-produced as front of the camera,” said Boswell. part of an assignment. Lynn Clark, professor of “I’m kind of a private person like the class, presented the students that.” It was a difwith results from a ferent experience survey done by the which made it fun, Center for Teaching said Boswell. and Learning asking After a coluniversity faculty laborative brainand staff about the storming session, use of technology at the group decided DU and elsewhere. to parody “The The parameter Office” and roles fell of the assignment into place based on was a video essay talent, levels of comthat addressed the fort and practicality, survey’s findings. said Joe Borrego, “The Class” John Boswell, the chief writer and comically portrays a sophomore a junior studying typical class period journalism. with a technolog“I feel that our main goal ically-challenged professor who attempts to integrate technology with this parody was to increase public awareness that our socito a class of tech-savvy students. The class completed the ety is rapidly advancing,” said six-minute video in around two Borrego,.“and with technology on weeks of class time. Students such a quick rise, we need to work presented it at the Education and harder to better integrate it into the New Media Conference in the classroom because this is what the end of January where key- today’s generations are growing note speaker of the conference up with.” “My hope is that this video and new media expert, Michael Wesch, mentioned it on his blog promotes discussion and critical thinking about what teachers after seeing it. Clark attributes the blog can do to evolve the classroom to and the article in the Chronicle make it more relevant for today’s of Higher Education, which generations,” said Borrego, who CONNIE MIERKEY Lifestyles editor
“It was challenging being in front of the camera, I’m kind of a private person like that.”
The Innovation in Mass Communications class produced a six-minute video in two weeks that parodies “The Office.” Their video is titled “The Class” and received more than 27,000 views in the past month it has been posted.
thinks the video accurately portrays his experience at DU. “I also hope that viewers understand that we weren’t trying to poke fun at professors but bring light to a situation that we think needs attention,” Borrego said. Aspects from “The Office” that the group thought were most important to implement were camera angles, interviews and the character names.. Kelley Hennigan, a senior digital media studies major, was one of the camera operators and aimed to get shots similar-looking to those used in “The Office.” “When you’re trained it’s all about having [the camera] on a tripod, tight shots, no shaking,
no abruptness,” said Hennigan. “It was kind of everything against what you’re told, it was a little challenging but it was different which made it really fun.” Hennigan stressed that the production was completed on a very rapid timeline. The group used one class period to do a test-shoot and all of the clips used were from one class period of filming, said Hennigan. All of the equipment, including cameras and Final Cut Express for editing, was accessed through the mass communications department as a part of the use from the lab fee the student’s paid for the class. Some of the students in the
class were invited to take the video to the WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World. It will be held at the Colorado Convention Center tomorrow through Friday and is co-sponsored by DU and the Denver Art Museum. Deidre Helton, a sophomore studying journalism, is one of the students who will take the video to the conference. She said the project was valuable because it related to the present and real life instead of focusing on what has happened in the past like other classes. Check out the video at www. youtube.com, search “The Class DU” and click on the first video.
March 2, 2010
Student cure to Professor sculpts ears of ice spring break blues lation of a big blue bear peering through the glass windows of the Colorado Convention Center. For the ice installation, Seven ice sculptures of large human ears make up the “Are you Argent developed the concept Listening” installation that is on and visualized the finished piece, display in Vail, Colo., and repre- while Rella sculpted the ice to fit the design. Argent sents the work of DU has been commisprofessor Lawrence “We shut off sioned to design ice Argent sculptures for the Argent, who a lot. It has a past three years and teaches sculpting in lot to do with the design of each the School of Art installation is unique and Art History, col- the aspect to where it will laborated with Scott of making a be displayed. For Rella, a local sculptor, instance, the conch to create the $35,000 shorter time shells found along installation. frame for Gore Creek inspired Argent was comthe ear sculptures. missioned to create listening.” Since conch shells are the ice installation often held to the ear for the third Triumph Lawrence Argent to hear the “swoosh” Winterfest in Vail. of tide water, Argent The piece is located Professor, sculptor used the concept of at the Gore Creek Promenade in mid-Vail and has listening and hearing as the theme of this year’s installation. been on display since January. Argent described the concept Argent teaches a sculpture workshop during the winter as “primarily simple,” with the art quarter. He also is the artist of “I addressing the components of see what you mean,” the instal- hearing and listening. Argent’s DEIDRE HELTON Contributor
ROSIE WILMOT Assistant lifestyles editor
After weeks of hard work, extensive papers, presentations and labs spring break is nearly upon us, and while for some this may mean a trip the tropics and margaritas, not all are so lucky. Even if this spring break finds you broke and stagnant in Denver there is no need to resign yourself to the couch downloading seasons of “The Office” wishing your were bathing on the equator. No, the time has come to get out in the mile high city and bathe in all her beauty for the third week of March. Denver is a central and historically revered road tripping destination. Back in the days of the Beatniks, revolutionary runaways Jack Kerouac, Butch Cassidy, Alan Ginsberg and many others made their way to Denver to experience the American Dream. These days you can explore the literary and jazz scene at the Mercury Café where week-night swing dancing, salsa and jazz quartets take precedence among the swirl of the bohemian café environment. Open mic nights, poetry readings and small band performances also are regular attractions. If jazz doesn’t quite cut it, maybe it’s time to explore Denver’s electronic and dub-step music scene at clubs like Beta, the Church or Vinyl. Boulder DJ Pretty Lights will be throwing down Friday night, March 12, after finals at the Gothic Theater and Saturday night, March 13, at the Ogden Theater. Dancing the night away is a sure way to start the break off on the right beat. For a bit of the outdoors, consider a hike on Boulder’s Mt. Chautauqua, a few minutes walk from the hill. Take a bike ride to Cherry Creek National Park to explore trails and meet fellow dog owners or visit the Garden of the Gods to view massive rocks and maybe experience a bit of enlightenment. If you are in for a longer adventure, maybe a day trip to the sand dunes for sand boarding is in order. A lonely day is best spent wandering through the Denver Zoo to witness gorilla’s picking their noses with glassy nostalgic eyes. Sing a song to the sleepy polar bear atop his well-crafted rock-like iceberg. Sip a $4 Icee and browse the selection of animal print t-shirts to update your spring look. If money is tight, try visiting any number of Denver bakeries for discounted day old pastries. Grab a baguette from Pajama Baking Co. on Old South Pearl Street, good company and head to Washington Park for a picnic. Swing by Whole Foods for some cheese, olives, sundried tomatoes and perhaps some Coloradan-native New Belgium Brew to complete the spread. Tired of watching Wash. Park joggers? Use that nifty RTD pass and ride down to the city for some exploring. Get off at Union Station and head away from the city to wade in the icy Platte River. St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, brings a multitude of opportunities to sport Irish flair, including parades downtown, Irish-step dancing and beer gardens by Coors Field. St. Patrick’s day is far
more than the elementary school days when you wore your most brilliant green and ate shamrock cookies until your mouth turned green while your head buzzed from sugar intake. No, now that you are of age and responsible it’s time to pound Guinness and find a partner to pinch while watching Boondock Saints and marching to it’s opening song’s Irish melody until your hungry enough to attempt a trek to Casa Bonita. Overall there are far too many things open to you this break to justify the vegetative state and a flurry Maury, Steve Wilcos and infomercials on daytime TV. Use yelp.com to read reviews from Denver diners and pick somewhere to eat beyond Evans and University, like one of the plethora of ethnic options spanning Colfax. If all else fails, you could always visit one of those world-class ski resorts a few hours away and shred the stress away.
belief is that, in a way, the culture we live in enables us to filter what we hear and what we shut out. “We shut off a lot,” said Argent. “It has a lot to do with the aspect of making a shorter time frame for listening.” Argent said the installation questions the disconnect between what we hear and what we are actually listening to and what is being said to us. Argent said the installation provides an auditory component, relating to his original idea, in that viewers often stick their head inside the ears as though they are large conch shells. To create the sculptures, the ice was aerated to create crystalclear ice. To keep the ice shiny, the surface was torched to remove the build-up of frost. LED lights were placed under the foundation to project light through the ice. and create different colors that alternate in intensity. The sculptures are left at their location until they either melt or become dangerous, in which case they are demolished.
March 2, 2010
Falling standards in public education system DYLAN PROIETTI Assistant opinions editor
Public education is a service that has become so commonplace that people have begun to take advantage of it. These people seem to forget that without it, students, who will one day replace this generation, will be unable to grow and function in normal society. With this in mind, education should be considered important and held at a high standard. This is, however, not always the case. At Central Falls High School in Rhode Island, the students were performing at a less than satisfactory level. According to the New York Times report on the situation,
a mere 7 percent of students were proficient in math and the school had a graduation rate of only 48 percent. In anyone’s mind, these are simply unacceptable figures. These high school students are the future of our country. The purpose of education is to educate them so that they can handle that responsibility. Naturally, educator’s first impulse should be to attempt to correct these figures. However, after a plan to change these numbers was proposed, it was refused by the teacher’s union. Making claims about the difficulty they have teaching students and the amount of time they put in already for their students, their arguments are, indeed, valid. At the same time, however, their job, as teach-
ers, remains to educate these students and allow them to leave their school with a satisfactory level of knowledge. This much the students deserve. As a result of their refusal of the plan, 93 faculty and staff members will be let go from Central Falls. This bold and controversial decision, applauded by many including Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, was completely necessary. If teachers refuse to work toward fixing such atrocious figures as a 48 percent graduation rate, then they have decided their fate. Yes, economically speaking times are tough, but does that mean that this generation should sacrifice the sake of future ones? Theoretically, all of the teachers could have maintained their jobs. They could have
simply agreed to the proposal and kept their jobs. However, due to their own lack of commitment, they denied the proposal. These words may seem harsh, but the fact of the matter is that these teachers do not simply work for the school district. The teachers agreed, when they accepted their position, to educate their students to what is at least a satisfactory level. They, in theory, had this opportunity and now they, as teachers, owe this to their own students. In light of this, I fully support the decision to let the teachers go and to move forward with the new attempt to educate these kids. They are, after all, the future and their education will help them to attain that future.
Marajuana use Pioneer Voices How much do you think tuition has increased at DU in the last 20 years? is respectable Dear Editor, I am writing you regarding the Clarions article, “Dispensary opens near campus.” I feel that Medical Marijuana Dispensaries are great and should continue to open all around the city. To put it simply, these dispensaries open to make money and more importantly, to help people. No one questions when a new bar or liquor store opens, and all they open for is to make money and get people drunk. It is not as if anyone can go into these stores and smoke pot, only 17,356 in Denver can go into these dispensaries. All of those people go to these dispensaries to help ease the pain of their everyday lives. As someone who strongly believes in natural remedies, I feel that the medical marijuana option should be a more recommended option for treatment. America has become so dependent on taking lab made pills, a pill of this, a pill for that. Marijuana is a drug that has been scrutinized for decades, yet has so many positive effects. People who have trouble sleeping or have severe pains take pills which they become addicted too and that have long lists of negative side effects. Our society needs to look past all of the stigmatism towards marijuana and start making decisions based on hard evidence. Sincerely, Matt Cole DU Undergraduate Student
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
A professor’s response to the laptop ban I’m one of those DU professors who’s banned laptops in the classroom and, in the process, apparently angered students like Leslie Gehring. Actually, mine is a regulated laptop policy. I hold frequent in-class sessions in which students use laptops for a variety of activities. I simply instruct them to bring laptops on the days on which we need them. I’m not a crusty, anti-technology dweeb. I’m just a guy who’s trying to create a classroom environment in which everyone can learn productively. I sympathize with Gehring’s frustrations, and I hear her in terms of her argument that if students surf during class, they will “pay the price” in terms of their grade.
More and more students are spending more and more time surfing and texting during class. Surfing distracts me – and other students. It disrespects me, and, of course, other students if it’s going on when these students are contributing to class. In fact, the worst surfing problems often occur during student group presentations. I won’t claim to be absolutely fascinating 100 percent of the time. No one can be. But I do work very hard to keep my classes engaging, often, somewhat ironically, by using audio-visual aids such as YouTube videos, DVD clips, PowerPoint, etc. In the end, few of us can concentrate for a full 110 minutes, no matter how wildly entertain-
Editorial Board ARIANNA RANAHOSSEINI
Editor-in-chief LAURA HATHAWAY
A.J. GUNNING CORY LAMZ
EDDIE FISCHERMANN STEVE COULTER
Photography LESLIE BASS
Contributors Alaina Rook Brooke Way Deidre Helton Joe Kendall Pat Morris Rachael Roark Johanna Zeller
Photography CADDIE NATH
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ing and engaging a class and its professor. Back in the day, we day-dreamed and doodled. Now, we post to Facebook and text. The tendencies are the same, the tools of distraction qualitatively different. Frankly, I’m not sure of the best way to address these changes. So, here’s my revised policy (I think): Announce I will be watching to see if students are texting and surfing excessively. If they are, they get a zero for their participation grade. They’ll get one warning . Then, nothing – until they see that zero in their participation grade column in Gradebook at the end of the quarter. What do you think? Christof Demont-Heinrich
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The Clarion predicts 2010 Oscar winners Contenders prepare to be crowned at Sunday’s annual Academy Awards BEST PICTURE Contenders: The five contenders for best picture this year mirror the five directors nominated for best director. It is interesting that the field has been extended to 10 films, which has allowed movies like “District 9” and “An Education” get much deserved attention from cinema lovers. However, those two films don’t stand a chance to compete with “Avatar,” “The Hurt Locker” and “Inglourious Basterds.” At this point these are three films to beat. Outcome: Although “Avatar” will walk away with the most statues come Sunday, the highest grossing film of all time will not be bringing home the most important piece of medal. “The Hurt Locker” is by far a better film than the immersive “Avatar.” It is simply the best war movie since “Saving Private Ryan” and definitely the most intense psychological depiction of what drives men into combat. Ignored: The Academy chose to give random nominations to films like “Blind Side” as well as Best Animated Film-favorite “Up,” while ignoring moving dramas such as “The Road” and “Where the Wild Things Are.” Some other notable snubs are the original romantic comedy “(500) Days of Summer,” sci-fi stalwart “Star Trek” and the years most popular comedy, “The Hangover.” BEST DIRECTOR Contenders: There are some excellent choices this year for best director. Quentin Tarantino did an excellent job with one of his best films ever in “Inglorious Basterds.” “The Hurt Locker” by Kathryn Bigelow is one of the best films on the psychological impact of war in years. And, of course, “Avatar” by James Cameron blew everyone’s mind. Outcome: Although there were some excellent films this year, there is no doubt who will win this award. James Cameron’s “Avatar” has revolutionized film-making in a way that only comes along every few decades, and he is clearly the most deserving of this prestigious honor. Although “Avatar” may not be the best film of the year, no one can doubt that the filmmaking itself was spectacular, and James Cameron deserves an enormous amount of credit for that. BEST ACTOR Contenders: This year includes several actors who are accustomed to the Oscar spotlight such as George Clooney, “Up in the Air,” and Morgan Freeman
“Invictus.” However, the field also includes some newcomers in the form of Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker,” and Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart.” Outcome: George Clooney’s criticallyacclaimed peformance as Ryan Bingham in “Up in the Air” certainly makes him a front-running contender. However, Jeremy Renner’s chilling performance as Staff Sergeant William James is certain to earn him some consideration as well. Look for Renner to take home the first Oscar of his career. BEST ACRTRESS Contenders: This year’s contenders encompass an extensive range
in both age and experience from legends such as Meryl Streep, “Julie and Julia,” to unknowns such as Carey Mulligan, “An Education,” with a wide range in between including Sandra Bullock, “The Blindside,” Helen Mirren, “The Last Station,” and Gabourey Sidibe “Precious.” Outcome: There is no clear frontrunner in this race even though Sandra Bullock gave one of the best acting performances of her career in “The Blindside” and Meryl Streep proved she only gets better with age in “Julie and Julia.” However, this particular year feels like it’s one for the dark horses because although both Bullock’s and Streep’s performances were worthy of nomination, perhaps neither deserves to win, which opens up the door for the other three candidates of which Helen Mirren’s performance in “The Last Station” might be the best.
Contenders: This year’s contenders include Penelope Cruz’s exciting and lustful performance in “Nine,” Maggie Gyllenhaal’s heartfelt and sensitive depiction in “Crazy Heart” and Anna Kendrick’s ambitious Natalie in “Up in the Air.” Outcome: Best Supporting Actress is generally given either to an actress that can steal the screen and enrapture the viewer in just moments, or to the actress that can best utilize her performance to bring out the best in the rest of the cast. With this in mind, Anna Kendrick has to be considered a favorite. Her performance as Natalie in “Up in the Air” is simply astounding, and her performance perfectly complimented Clooney’s character, Ryan Bingham. Mo’Nique may also be a dark-horse candidate for the Oscar.
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Contenders: Although Stanley Tucci delivers a hauntingly memorable performance in “The Lovely Bones;” he stands no chance to Christoph Waltz’s turn as Nazi Col. Hans Landa. Waltz has obliterated the competition so far during award season and looks to do the same on Sunday night. Eighty year old Christopher Plummer is the only actor who could spoil Waltz’ night, as he earned his first Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Leo Tolstoy in “The Last Station.” Outcome: There is no doubt about who is going to win, Waltz is a lock in this category. It is impossible even with the presence of Plummer and Tucci for the Academy not to award the Austrian actor for his iconic performance. It is simply the most memorable acting performance in any of the four acting categories. Ignored: Nobody can really complain, but Matt Damon’s nomination for “Invictus” seems to be the one flawed area in this category. If the Academy would have spared Damon, they could have made room for “The Hurt Locker’s” Anthony Mackie or “An Education’s” Alfred Molina.
Contenders: With no clear favorite, this is one of the more intriguing categories going into the award show. If “Precious” doesn’t win a statue in this category then the film’s only possible win can come from the Best Supporting Actress category where Mo’Nique is the favorite. The film is based on the novel Push by Sapphire. “In the Loop” got a surprising, yet satisfying nod in this category and could potentially be the dark-horse winner. Outcome: Like “Precious,” the comedy-drama “Up in the Air” based on Walter Kirn’s novel could be walking away from awards night with a limited amount of statues, despite earning praise reviews from national critics. It would be hard for the Academy to entirely ignore director Jason Reitman’s best film to date. Ignored: The two obvious snubs are “Where the Wild Things Are” and “The Road.” Both films and their respective scripts did the original authors, Maurice Sendak and Cormac McCarthy, justice. Some other notable adaptations were “Crazy Heart,” “The Lovely Bones” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”
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BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Contenders: Although some complain that “Avatar” was snubbed from the field, the consensus is that the Academy was right in ignoring the visual epic, because it lacked good dialogue. It is easy to say at this point that the two favorites are Mark Boal’s screenplay for “The Hurt Locker” and Quentin Tarantino’s script for “Inglourious Basterds.” Outcome: If “The Hurt Locker” takes home best picture gold then it will be hard to believe the Academy didn’t recognize its genius screenplay. However “Basterds” has the momentum going in and most likely will win. Tarantino won in this same category at the 1994 Academy Awards for “Pulp Fiction” and critics agree this is his best work since. Ignored: The consensus is that the Academy got all five of the nominees correct by including great original works such as the Coen brother’s “A Serious Man” and Alessandro Camon’s “The Messenger.” However in a year with a lot of nonoriginal work, “(500) Days of Summer” boldly stood out as the year’s most breathtakingly original film in terms of its structure and it’s dialogue. PREDICTIONS BY A.J. GUNNING, STEVE COULTER
March 2, 2010
Morgan and Willis strike out in ‘Cop Out’ JOHANNA ZELLER
Although Willis and Morgan seem to be on the trail of this notorious gang leader, they are Offering a few laughs here preoccupied with more imporand there, the comedy “Cop tant issues, such as getting back Out,” director Kevin Smith’s new the baseball card. movie, is a satirical look at those The end result is a circus of interracial buddy-cop flicks of the clowns playing “cops and rob1980’s. bers” where no one really wins. After Smith’s previous hits Although they did manage with comedy films “Clerks” and to pull-off several jokes, the com“Clerks II,” “Cop Out” bination of Morgan’s is a feeble attempt to extremely childish ONLINE make the public laugh. acting and Willis’s VIDEO The plot evolves Visit us at bad boy reputation around Paul Hodges duclarion.com to don’t seem to go hand (Tracy Morgan) and watch the trailer in hand with Smith’s Jimmy Monroe (Bruce of “Cop Out.” other film producWillis), who play longtions. time NYPD partners. Morgan and After Willis’s prized 1952 Willis could have given a better Andy Pafko baseball card is stolen interpretation of two cops out of by Dave (Sean Williams Scott), a control. boyish psychopath, Willis takes Kevin Smith’s direction also desperate measures to get it back. could have been more creative Since his daughter (Michelle by leaving some of the traditional Trachtenberg) is engaged, Willis’s cop jokes out and using more only hope to pay for the wed- innovative characters like Sean ding is by selling the rare card he Williams Scott’s character, Dave. owns. The lack of imagination that The search involves the two brings this typical police story partners getting involved with Mexican together is what makes “Cop Out” gangster Poh Boy (Guillermo Diaz). a strike-out. Contributor
Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan star in this latest comedy about two slapstick cops on a mission to discover a lost baseball card.
Sade Improves with age New album shines like fine silverware CORY LAMZ Entertainment editor
Sade brings her old success to a new music environment with her latest album.
BROOKE WAY Contributor
It has been 10 years since English R&B band Sade has released a new album, yet with the release of lead singer-songwriter Sade Adu’s sixth studio album Soldier of Love, the beautiful and talented artist clearly proves that she is still standing strong in the industry. Although today’s younger generation may be discovering Sade for the first time, she has been around since the 80’s, formulating soulful ballads such as “Smooth Operator” and “Your Love is King.” Sade may have had a different sound when the previous decade became entranced by her hypnotic voice, but the singer unquestionably gives all generations something to sing about. The Nigerian native, who’s real name is Helen Folasade Adu, may have grown up singing in England, but she has accumulated a fan base worldwide, where Soldier of Love has lived at the No. 1 spot in countries such as Canada, France, Italy, Spain and
atop Billboard’s Top 200. Sade’s new sound is categorized as jazzy and soulful, yet also holds a darker and more ominous tone than songs of the past. The album’s second track, “Soldier of Love,” grasps its audience with vigorous and commanding beats that are amplified by Sade’s emotive lyrics of personifying her heart with having gone through battle: “I’ve lost the use of my heart, but I’m still alive/I’m a soldier of love all the days of my life.” The singer also adds tracks that are sure to lift one’s spirit, such as “Babyfather,” where Sade sings about a father’s love for his child, and “The Safest Place” where she sings of one’s love as being safe and secure within her wounded heart. Sade’s voice is unmistakably dynamic and is guaranteed to move even the most skeptical and tainted of hearts. Amid the formulated pop star singles and auto-tune sensations that dominate today’s musical environment, Sade verifies the sentiment that some things only get better with age.
Spoon is that band all your friends rock out to. Spoon is that band that plays as the soundtrack to every summer party. Spoon is that band on the radio you tap your fingers to as if you were the drummer. And with the release of Transference, Spoon’s latest album, you’ll be hearing Spoon everywhere more and more often. Since its major-label debut in 1998, Spoon has been gathering more and more momentum and fans. With each album release, Spoon builds on its successes, sound and subsequent sales figures. Transference is no exception. The members of Spoon’s current lineup – Britt Daniel on vocals and guitar, Jim Eno on drums, Rob Pope on bass and Eric Harvey on everything else
– see themselves evolving from mere indie rock fledglings into full-fledged indie rock icons, particularly apparent in the pianopounding party jam, “Written in Reverse.” However, “Written in Reverse” is not the only reason for Spoon’s success thus far with Transference, which sold 53,000 copies in its first week. Luckily for listeners, the album plays strongly from start to finish, with 11 radio-ready rock songs. Though Transference starts slowly but firmly with “Before Destruction,” the momentum picks up by track No. 2, “Is Love Forever?,” with its layered beats, layered vocals and staccato guitar perfect for dancing along the shoreline of a beach on a summer night. Love may or may not be forever, but you’ll hear this song once and wish the fun will never have to end.
“The Mystery Zone” is equally bouncy and fit for a block party. Daniel’s vocal is enchanting with its nod to nonchalance and the slow groove makes your cares simply float away. “Got Nuffin” also provides an escape, as you could easily lose yourself in the fast riffs of the guitar. The most interesting track, however, is not any of these. Instead, it is “Nobody Gets Me but You,” with manic piano interjections and a base line that would stand up against Queen’s best. Make no mistake, though. Spoon’s Transference is not glamorized rock and roll like Queen’s back catalogue. Instead, Spoon’s indie rock is catchy but credible, uniquely grimy but interestingly shiny, like a favorite piece of silverware. And that’s one Spoon that everyone needs in their collection.
The rock group, Spoon, molds their sound into catchy beats and rhythms in their latest album Transference.
March 2, 2010
Boys of ‘Buried Life’ go beneath the surface ALAINA ROOK Contributor
Cruising across America in their purple bus fondly named Penelope, the boys of MTV’s “The Buried Life” have one mission: to accomplish 100 items on their ever-evolving list of what they want do before they die. For every item crossed off, Jonnie Penn, Duncan Penn, Dave Lingwood and Ben Nemtin will help a stranger achieve the No. 1 dream on his or her list. This had led to episodes featuring the boys doing everything from partying at the Playboy
mansion to ballin’ with Obama to enabling a Hurricane Katrina victim to visit her mother’s grave for the first time since her death in the aftermath of the storm. The Clarion had a chance to interview the boys of the show. Why is the show called “The Buried Life?” Penn: The name comes from a poem written in 1852 by a poet named Matthew Arnold. It articulated for us, the feeling of being lost, feeling disillusioned with the world, feeling like there’s a lot of crap around and we wanted to get through it. We thought, ‘What do you
want to do before you die?’ Because death would be a good tool to cut through the bull****. It wasn’t just that question we were asking each other. It was ‘What do we want to do before we die?’ especially as a generation. The millennials are finally reaching adulthood and I’m just curious what we’re going to take on – what is going to be our issue, what is going to define us, what is our legacy going to be, what is the cumulative sum of all that you want to do before you die? Given everything that’s happened, would you accept the title of being called a celebrity?
“The Buried Life” is the adventure of four boys searching to fulfill the dreams of each other as well as others they meet along the way.
Penn: I can tell you honestly, this isn’t about the four of us this is so much bigger than the four of us. Someone told us early on that you guys aren’t the message – you guys are the messenger. I think that’s what we’ve tried to stick to. The support that this gets isn’t anything that the four of us have done special; we’re just the hosts of the whole conversation. We want this to be something that everybody can own. I guess it’s just weird to think of celebrity culture. We’re flattered and honored to be a part of it and yes, it’s been a lot of fun. But having fans is weird. At the same time, we’re not afraid of it because we just want to be known for something we’re proud of. The general tone of the show seems to be a lot more socially conscious than a lot of the programming on MTV. It’s definitely not on the same plane as “Jersey Shore” or “The Real World,” but do you guys think that’s a direction that MTV might follow if your show is more successful? Penn: I wouldn’t be surprised if there are more shows like this in the future because I think it’s a pillar of being young today. Every one of my friends now, everybody seems to be doing something real positive in a different capacity – or not everybody, but a lot of them. Snookie [of “Jersey Shore”] loves to tweet about how hot you guys
are. What’s it like to have the fantasy of the young 20-somethings in America chasing after you guys in Twitter? Lingwood: Is Snookie the fantasy of young 20-somethings in America? Wow. I’m just kidding. I love Snookie, she’s fricking awesome. It’s nice to see she supports us. We know the cast on the “Jersey Shore” and they’re actually really cool. They’re a lot more well-rounded as people than you see on TV and they are really kind of down to earth and cool. Penn: Dave had an ‘ab off ’ with The Situation and got smoked. Lingwood: Whatever. Any final words for your college audience to hear? Lingwood: Just ask yourself the question ‘What do you want to do before you die?’ And take the steps. Don’t wait. Life is long. If you think about all the sunrises and sunsets that you’ve seen, that’s a lot of days. But the thing is, you never know what’s going to happen and you need to take advantage of what you have in front of you. You can’t take it for granted. If you’re not happy with what you’re doing, make a change. Don’t be afraid of doing something different and changing in order to make yourself happy. Look at what you want to do, not what you’re supposed to be doing or what your friends are doing.
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March 2, 2010
MacNaughton Cup champs
Junior Chris Nutini and senior captain Rhett Rakhshani celebrate a goal in a recent game at Magness Arena. The team returns from a series against Minnesota State where they swept their division rival to clinch the MacNaughton Cup. Now the team prepares for their final two regular-season games against in-state rival Colorado College with hopes of winning their first Gold Pan in three years.
The Pioneers are still ranked No. 1 in the nation, getting 48 of the 50 first-place votes. Last weekend, the Pioneers swept The buzz around Denver hockey this week is all about the Gold Pan. The Minnesota State to clinch the MacNaughMacNaughton Cup champions will try and ton Cup, awarded to the team with the best win another award this weekend. The Gold record in the WCHA during the regular Pan is the trophy that is awarded to the season. The first game the Pioneers won 3-1. winner of the season series of the games between DU and their in-state conference The big line of sophomore Joe Colborne along with Ruegsegger and Rakhshani was rival Colorado College. The Gold Pan has eluded the current on the ice for all three Pioneers goals. This line has been a major part of the senior class their entire time at DU. In the success for the Pioneers past three seasons, the this season. Pioneers have a record of These three have 1-7-4 against the Tigers. scored 118 total points, and The Pioneers had have scored 40 percent of won the Gold Pan three the total points for DU this years in a row before season. The dynamic trio the current three-year also has scored 54 of the drought. 112 total goals for the team “It would mean a lot this season, 48.2 percent of for us to win the Gold Pan, especially for the Rhett Rakhshani, senior captain the team’s total goals. “I feel really fortunate seniors,” said senior capto be playing with two tain Rhett Rakhshani. “It is something we have never won here and players of their caliber,” said Colborne. we are excited for the opportunity to bring “They are both so skilled and work so hard that I just do whatever I can to compliment it back.” This weekend, the senior class and the their games.” Rakhshani had three assists in Friday’s rest of the Pioneer team needs one win to game against Minnesota State, Ruegsegger clinch the Gold Pan. Earlier in the year, the Pioneers won had a goal and an assist and Colborne had the first half of the home and home series a goal. Junior goaltender Marc Cheverie against the Tigers in Colorado Springs, stopped 28 of the 29 shots that he faced. Rakhshani stole the show for the PioColo. The game in Magness Arena ended in a 4-4 tie after CC’s senior captain Mike neers in the second game. After the PioTestwuide scored on a penalty shot with neers lost a 3-1 lead in the second period, 40 seconds left in the game. DU comes the game went into overtime. Then, with 23 into the weekend as the hottest team in seconds left, the leading scorer for the Piothe nation. They are winners of 10 straight neers and the captain delivered the game games and a total record of 13-1-2 in the winning and conference-clinching goal. “We [seniors] have never won the last 16 games. Sports editor
“It would mean a lot for us to win the Gold Pan, especially for the seniors.”
WCHA regular season title, so it was really cool to win it with an overtime goal like that,” said Rakhshani After this high-octane weekend the Pioneers must look to their next set of games. The games are Friday and Saturday, at 7:35 p.m. and 7:05 p.m., respectively. The first game will be in Magness Arena and the team will honor their six seniors—Rakhshani, Ruegsegger, Brian Gifford, Brandon Vossberg, Matt Glasser and Cody Brookwell. The second will be held in World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Follow the games live at duclarion.com.
Junior Jesse Martin and sophomore Joe Colborne hit a Colorado College player into the boards during a game earlier this season. The two rivals are set to battle to finish off the regular season this weekend in a home and home series. The first game is in Magness Arena on Friday at 7:35 p.m., and the second game is on Saturday in World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo., at 7:05 p.m.
March 2, 2010
Haugen reflects on Olympic experience
RICH CLARKSON ASSOCIATES
Sophomore skier Leif Haugen returns to Denver after participating in this year’s Winter Olympics. Haugen finished in 28th place in the men’s giant slalom event at Whistler Creekside last week.
STEVE COULTER Sports editor
With the Vancouver Olympics Games ending two nights ago, participating athletes from around the world are returning to their pre-Olympic lives. DU skier Leif Haugen is one of these athletes, who had the honor participate in the games and celebrate with his countrymen when Norway took home silver and bronze medals in the giant slalom. “I didn’t do that great myself, but it was awesome for my country to win silver and bronze medals,” said Haugen. “It was a
weird feeling being there, because I had been dreaming of it for a while, but overall it was a great time.” Haugen finished in 28th place in last Tuesday’s giant slalom event at Whistler Creekside. He did not finish in Saturday’s slalom event. On his first run, Haugen placed 32nd after finishing with a run time of 1:19.58. He went on to improve that time and moved up for spots with a total time of 2:41.78 in both combined races. “I made a few mistakes that cost me a few seconds,” said Haugen. “But it was good to get a good run in and prove I can race
[experience] I will be able to relax and show what a competitor I am next time.” Haugen is relieved that his first Olympic experience is now behind him and is grateful to be a part of something so diverse from what he had previously experienced. “It was a lot different setting [on Whistler Creekside] than I am used to,” said Haugen. “There were a lot of new countries that weren’t a part of the World Cup tour, which made it culturally very interesting.” Haugen was a big part of Denver’s skiing success last season that resulted in the school winning its 20th national championship. He finished second in the giant slalom and third in the slalom at the NCAA Champion-
ships, which allowed him to earn All-American First Team Honors for both events. Despite of his rapid college success, Haugen didn’t slide into the Olympics easily. “Now that it is behind me I will be able to have a little more fun next time around,” said Haugen. Overall Haugen is one of a few athletes in the world that was invited to participate in the prestigious events, which he is satisfied to know. Haugen looks to return back to his pre-Olympic life now, which means once again leading the Pioneers in the NCAA championships on March 10-13 in Steamboat Springs, Colo. DU looks to defend it’s consecutive national titles with the help of an Olympic skier.
at this level.” Carlo Janka of Switzerland won the gold medal in the giant slalom event with a time of 2:37.81. He was followed by two of Haugen’s teammates, Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund, who took home the silver and bronze medals, respectively. Though Haugen hoped to do better than his 28th place finish, he still feels the experience helped him. “This is something I will learn from and in my next Olympics I will be able to get over the nervousness I had,” said Haugen. “I shouldn’t expect to win my first Olympics and because of this
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March 2, 2010
Basketball confident entering playoffs STEVE COULTER Sports editor
In his final home game as a Pioneer, senior Nate Rohnert scored 11 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, leading the Pioneers (17-12, 10-8 SBC) to a 63-47 win over Louisiana Lafayette. Rohnert, the team captain, has focused listening and leading by example. “Coach (head coach Joe Scott) has always said leadership is about doing what the coaches tell you to do,” said Rohnert. “Down the final stretch all I have wanted to do is run our offense, play good defense, rebound and lead by example.” Rohnert’s sentiment for finishing his career at DU is being overshadowed by the team’s preparation the Sun Belt Conference tournament. With last weekend’s win, the Pioneers clinched No. 6 in the tournament and will play No. 11-seed Florida International at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday. Last season, the Pioneers won their opening game at home against Louisiana Monroe, but fell in the quarterfinals, 58-55, to Arkansas-Little Rock at the neutral site of Hot Springs, Ark. This year, the Pioneers will not have the benefit of playing the first game in Magness Arena, where they finished the season with a 15-1 home record.
“I have told our players it doesn’t matter who we play or where we play, home, road or neutral,” said head coach Joe Scott. “It’s just about us playing well and doing the things we work on in practice and making sure there is a transference from practice to the games.” Although Scott insists Hot Springs is neutral, the Pioneers must still travel, which has not resulted well for them this season. DU is 2-11 in games away from Magness Arena. However the Pioneers do enter the SBC tournament with a little momentum, two weeks ago they got their first conference road win when they defeated New Orleans, 53-45. “The New Orleans win was big for us, to break through on the road was huge,” said Rohnert. “It gave us a confidence boost heading into the conference tournament.” Despite suffering a road loss to South Alabama last Thursday, the Pioneers have been playing consistently in the final weeks of the season. The Pioneers lost their last road game when Jaguar-guard Tim Williams made a game winning shot with six seconds left. “We have stressed how important it is to be playing our best basketball in February and to have that carry into March,” said Scott. “We have seen a great deal of improvement in practice, which we have seen carry into
games.” Improvement is a word that can summarize the Pioneers this season as they have more conference wins and more total wins then they finished with last year. “What I am taking stock in right now is how we are competing and how tough we are playing,” said Scott. “We have more wins than last year, but that doesn’t mean anything when I judge our season.” Scott said that the way he feels about a season overall depends on the final games. Now that the regular season has ended, the Pioneers have an opportunity to improve on the results of last post season. “It is how you play at the end
of the season, which determines how you ultimately feel about a season,” said Scott. “Our guys are on the right course, we have been playing the best since I have been here and we need to continue playing physically tough, it’s relying on ourselves and nobody else.” As No. 11 FIU poses a limited challenge to the Pioneers, because DU beat the Panthers 59-53 in December. If the team can get by its first round challenge they will play No. 3 seed Middle Tennessee, who beat the Pioneers 57-50 nearly a month ago. “I’m excited for the challenge,” said Rohnert. “I feel good about our team and I like our
chances going into the tournament.” As the guard prepares for his final games, Scott feels that his presence has allowed the team to become closer to understanding the importance of playing physical and team basketball. “Nate has grown with the program, he truly understand that good is being great in all the little areas that make your team successful and we need that from our leaders,” said Scott. “He is playing his best basketball, because he is doing the things that make this team win, which is more than just scoring baskets.” With 1,261 career points, Rohnert is ninth on DU’s all-time scoring list.
Senior Nate Rohnert driving to the basket in a recent game at Magness Arena. Last weekend, Rohnert played his final home game as a Pioneer. He recorded his second double-double in three games, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Limiting turnovers, consistency key for women’s basketball STEVE COULTER Sports editor
Junior Brianna Culberson looks to score in a recent game in Magness Arena. Culberson scored 11 points on Saturday afternoon when DU beat Louisiana Lafayette 76-63. The Pioneers have won four of their last five games and are the No. 4 seed going into the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
The women’s basketball team earned the No. 4 seed in the Sun Belt Conference tournament after winning the final three games of the regular season. DU will play No. 13 seed Louisiana Monroe in the first round. The tournament starts on Saturday at 9:45 a.m. in Hot Springs, Ark. Last Saturday, the Pioneers (17-12, 12-6 SBC) clinched the fourth spot when they beat the Louisiana Lafayette, 76-63, in their regular season finale. The Pioneers have relied on defense late in the season to pick up key wins, but stress that an offensive factor is pivotal to their success. “At this point we are really focusing on polishing up our game,” said sophomore Kaetlyn Murdoch. “Minimizing turnovers has been our main focus all season long and something we need to improve on.” Head coach Erik Johnson agrees, “Our margin for error is very thin, we cannot afford having anybody in foul trouble or an off shooting night.” The main reason for this small margin for error is that the Pioneers have a limited bench and need to have all their players contributing. All five starters average more than 30 minutes a game this season and three of the five are averaging more than 14 points per game. “Consistency has been huge for us this season,” said Johnson.
“Brianna Culberson, Kaetlyn Murdoch and Britteni Rice have provided the bulk of our scoring this season and we need to have all the components in our starting lineup to continue being consistent and if that happens in the tournament then it is anybody’s ball game.” As the No. 4 seed, the Pioneers are looking up at the SBC’s three best teams. Arkansas-Little Rock and Middle Tennessee each have oneloss conference records, 17-1 and have wrapped the tournaments top seeds. Western Kentucky, who beat DU earlier this season, 73-70, in Magness Arena, has clinched the other first round bye and is the No. 3 seed. “UALR and MTU are the class of the field and are borderline top 25 teams,” said Johnson. “WKU is the other team and we had them earlier this season at home, but we lost the lead and had a chance to tie it at the end of the game.” Johnson said this is the time of the year where teams play one game a time, but he is looking ahead to what can be intriguing match ups for the Pioneers. “If we get by our first round game we expect to see Florida Atlantic in the quarterfinals and then we hope to get a rematch in the semifinals against UALR,” said Johnson. Although limiting turnovers is being stressed in their postseason preparations, the Pioneers have not forgotten what has made them successful this season. “We are one of the top teams in the conference in field goal percentage and stopping other
teams from having a good field goal percentage,” said Murdoch. “Rebounding is a big key, because our goal is to stop the other team from having extra possessions, while maximizing our total possessions. ” In last Saturday’s win, the Pioneers shot 55.8 percent from the field, while limiting their opponent to shooting 36.8 percent. In a conference tournament with some pretty tough competition, the Pioneers realize they can’t rely on other teams mistakes for a victory. “Right now we are focusing on the things we can control,” said Culberson. “We need to change a few things and improve on a couple things in order to compete in the conference tournament.” Although they must travel, the Pioneers will be playing at a neutral site, which should even out the playing field. However, top-seeded UALR, 24-5 overall, only has to travel around an hour to get to the tournament. “Traveling is all about comfort level,” said Johnson. “It’s nice playing in Denver, but we don’t really care where we play, because we do a nice job on the road.” Despite the disadvantage of a long travel, the players are not too concerned about playing their postseason games in Arkansas. The Pioneers enter the SBC tournament as winners of their last three road games. They finished with a 6-3-conference road record. “Traveling isn’t much of a concern,” said Murdoch. “Give us the ball and a court and we are good to go.”
March 2, 2010
FAST BREAK men’s lacrosse (1-2)
Getting to know Cameron Flint JOE KENDALL
DU 17, Albany 13
what went right The Pioneers got their first win of the season on Saturday afternoon thanks to an eight-goal third quarter. Sophomore Alex Demopoulos and freshman Cameron Flint finished the game with three goals each. Demopoulos added three more assists. Charley Dickenson had four assists and is now fourth all time in DU history for assists.
what went wrong In a game with 30 goals, defense was a huge problem for both teams. In the second half, the Pioneer offense dominated the time of possession, which helped limit the Great Danes to sixsecond half goals.
up next Denver hosts the 9th Annual DU Face-Off Classic next weekend. They play Penn on Saturday afternoon and then Lehigh on Sunday afternoon.
women’s lacrosse (1-0 MPSF, 4-2)
Midfielder Cameron Flint, a Canadian native, has burst onto the DU scene. He has scored eight goals in his first three games. He is currently in a freshman and plans to major in business. What made you choose DU? I was looking at a bunch of places, but when I came out here I just fell in love. With the location and everything, and the older guys on the team, so it just felt like home. What is it like playing for a coach like Bill Tierney? It’s awesome, it’s kind of unbelievable actually because I never expected to have such a great coach. It’s a dream come true. What is your favorite sport to watch? Hockey. Who is your all-time favorite athlete? Jarome Iginla. What is your favorite profes-
sional sports team? Calgary Flames. What is your favorite to play sport besides lacrosse? Hockey. What made you choose lacrosse over hockey? I’ve always liked lacrosse more and if I played hockey I would have stayed back and education would not have been at the forefront. In the end education is really important to me and I wanted to come to the states. What is your favorite part of lacrosse? The run and gun type of feel of the game. What was it like scoring a goal against the defending national champions Syracuse? It was pretty awesome. I mean we were down and it was at the end of the game but getting your first goal takes a big weight off your chest. What music do you like to listen to before a game? Rap. What is your favorite movie? “Law Abiding Citizen”, I
actually watched it last night. What is your favorite lacrosse memory? I would say last year at prep school winning the New England championship. What goals have you set for your on the field play this year? Play my best every game, contribute, and do everything I can to make our team win. What’s it like to be a part of the blossoming Canadian lacrosse movement? It’s actually nice because you set an example for all the kids who want to come to the states and basically show them the ropes on what they got to do. When are they finally going to make a good lacrosse video game? (Laughs) I think that might take awhile it has to grow a bit before that happens. What is your favorite band/ artist? The Notorious B.I.G. What meal do you like to eat before games? Pasta.
DU 18, Mount St. Mary’s 2
what went right In the route of Mount St. Mary’s, senior midfielder Lexi Sanders had seven points on six assists and one goal. In addition, sophomore midfielder Lauren Ciccomascolo also finished with seven points, recording a hat trick and dishing four assists. Senior midfielder Ali Flury also added four goals and extended her NCAA best streak of consecutive games with a point to 56.
what went wrong Not much went wrong for the Pioneers last Sunday. They dominated the opponent in shots, ground balls, and caused turnovers.
up next DU plays a pair of home games this week. On Wednesday afternoon they take on No. 11 Loyola and on Saturday afternoon they host Holy Cross.
skiing what went right Nordic skier Antje Maempel tied for a first place finish in the women’s 15K freestyle at the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Assocation (RMISA) championships in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Despite her efforts, DU finished in fifth place behind Colorado, Alaska-Anchorage, New Mexico and Nevada. Maempel tied with Nevada’s Maria Graefnings for first place.
what went wrong Senior Harald Lovenskiold finished fifth in the men’s 20K, while two freshmen, Kristian Soerlund and Andrew Dougherty, finished in 13th and 25th, respectively. Andrea Kilde did not finish his second run of the men’s slalom. A.J. Avrin and Grant Jampolsky both were disqualified during their second run.
up next DU will return to Steamboat Springs, Colo., on March 10 for the NCAA Championships, where the Pioneers look to protect and defend their national title from last season.
Freshman Cameron Flint has been a big part of the Pioneers’ offense already this season. The Georgetown, Ontario native looks to continue his success this weekend against University of Pennsylvania on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
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Stastny gets silver medal at Olympics Despite losing 3-2 to Canada in last weekend’s gold-medal finale, team USA still was able to take home the silver medal. Paul Stastny, a member of this year’s team USA, now adds the silver medal from the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games to his national championship ring that he won in 2005 as a Pioneer. In his first year at DU, Statsny led the Pioneers to win their second NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship in a row. That same year he was drafted by the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, who he began to play for in 2006. He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 2006-2007 and since has had a productive career with the Avalanche. In this year’s Winter Olympics, the left-handed center played in all six games and had a total of three points from one goal and two assists.
N E W S His father, Peter Stastny, has been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and was the first European-trained player to reach 1,000 point in the NHL.
alongside Loyola’s Matt Langan, who also recorded six points last week. This is the first season Denver is a member of the ECAC.
Lacrosse player honored by ECAC
Men’s soccer announces spring schedule
Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) named sophomore attackman Alex Demopoulos CoOffensive Player of the Week last week. The award is the second weekly award earned by a Pioneer this season. Demopoulos recorded six points last weekend against No. 20 Albany, leading the Pioneers with three goals and three assists. Goalie Zander Buteux was awarded two weeks ago when he led the Pioneers when they faced No. 1 Syracuse Orangemen. He made a career-high 17 saves and allowed seven goals. Demopoulos was honored
The Pioneers spring season will begin with a week long trip to Tampa, Fla., on March 15-21. Before playing the University of South Florida, DU will play the U.S.-U17 National Team in Bradenton, Fla. Also on the spring schedule, are games against Creighton University and Fort Lewis College, The game against Fort Lewis, the 2009 NCAA Division II national champions, will be the first game played in the completed University of Denver Soccer Stadium. The Pioneers also will have a match against the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer.
Beyond the box score PAT MORRIS
Canada strikes gold Just hours before the Olympic torch was extinguished on Sunday night, the United States felt the fire go out a little early. All it took was a flick from Sidney Crosby’s wrists and a gap too wide between Ryan Miller’s legs. Then, just like that, the best player in the NHL had beaten the best goalie in the Olympics. Just like that, Canada was on top. And just like that, the United States watched in agony as their Cinderella story was doused. But that’s exactly how it was supposed to be. While it was a bitter end to the 21st Winter Olympics, the U.S. has nothing to be ashamed of. The 37 medals were not only the most by any U.S. Winter Olympic team, but the most by any country in the history of the games. It also was the first time since the 1932 games that the U.S. has topped the medal count in the Winter Olympics. Our northern border friends, on the other hand, poured $118 million into its “Own the Podium” campaign, in hopes of finishing with the most medals. Instead, Canada watched the U.S. settle into British Columbia like it was Beaver Creek. By the end of the first week, Canada’s Prime Minister publicly stated that his country had no chance of catching the U.S. medal count. Halfway through the games, Canada was ready to wave the white flag. If Canada was going down, they always knew it wouldn’t be in their own sport. That changed, though, when the young and relatively inexperienced U.S. team shocked them 5-3 in the preliminary round. Suddenly, we weren’t camping in Canada’s backyard; we were practically living in it. But the story line was too great: the U.S. and Canada would have to meet again for the gold, and the Canucks would finally get their revenge. You could even see that it would only be appropriate for the face of Canada’s sport to have the game-winning goal. Not even Disney can come up with this stuff. The beauty of sports is the unscripted drama—the idea that, no matter how sure you are of an outcome, anything can happen. In this story, though, there was no surprise ending; no plot twist. The U.S. was not supposed to win that game, and they didn’t. But with that said, they didn’t lose without dignity. Dubbed as a “dark horse” at best entering the Olympics, U.S. men’s hockey went from a group of misfit professionals to a team that nearly pulled off the greatest upset since the Miracle on Ice. They finished as the second-best hockey team on the planet. Keep that in mind come Sochi, Russia 2014. Looking back, we’ll remember how the best overall team won the most medals, and how the best overall hockey team won the tournament. No, it wasn’t the happiest ending for the United States, but considering all the damage Team U.S.A. did in Vancouver, the least we can do is pull one out of Canada’s book. Smile, tip your cap, and say congrats, eh?
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 Mar 2, 2010
The Clarion is the weekly student newspaper of the University of Denver. It is distributed every Tuesday and 2,500 copies are printed. The o...