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Vol. 117, Issue 9
March 30, 2010
No pranks, just party Fraternity member spins vinyl to entertain peers for Phi Kappa Sigma’s Black and White Night
DU attracts 12,000 applicants for spot in class of 2014 ARIANNA RANAHOSSEINI Editor-in-chief
MICHAEL FURMAN| CLARION
DJ Swags spun vinyl yesterday outside Sturm Hall, to promote the fraternity Phi Kappa Sigma’s bar party this Thursday. DJ Swags is sophomore Jack Jagla and also is known as DJ Swaggler. Jagla is a member of Phi Kap. and has entertained at various gigs around campus including at The Border. The bar party is not part of a philanthropic event but the group hopes to “get the fraternities name out there, to have a good time and to make our money back,” said Chris Chares, a member of Phi Kap. The theme is Black and White Night and will be held at the Gothic Theatre located at 3263 S. Broadway. Buses will run from DU to the theater all night. Admission is $15 at the door and $10 in advance.
Pioneer hockey decimated by NHL Editor-in-chief
Not only have the Pioneers lost a spot in the Frozen Four Friday they also are losing up to three players early to the NHL. Although DU was ranked No. 1 for most of the season, the Pioneers still needed to prove themselves to go into the NCAA Frozen Four tournament. They lost 2-1 in a lack-luster game against Rochester Institute of Technology, then-ranked No. 20. The Pioneers finished the season with a 27-10-4 record. This was the third consecutive season in which they lost in the first round
of the NCAA regionals. “I was disappointed and with four games to go, we weren’t able to win them,” said head coach George Gwozdecky. “Everyone expected us to win our league and be No. 1, and we did that for six months,” Gwozdecky said. This was not to be and defections started right after Friday’s loss. Sophomore Joe Colborne signed a contract with the Boston Bruins Monday evening and junior Marc Cheverie and sophomore Patrick Wiercioch also are expected to sign NHL contracts this week. SEE SHOCKING, PAGE 14
Tap Project DJ plays beats for water conservation awareness
LIFESTYLES | Page 5
MICHAEL FURMAN| CLARION
Goaltender Marc Cheverie allowed a goal in a recent home game. Cheverie let two goals past him in Friday’s season-ending game against Rochester Institute of Technology.
“We did not care if we played in Costa Rica or Antarctica, we just played.” SPORTS | Page 15
More than 12,000 students applied for admission to be a part of DU’s incoming freshmen class, beginning the fall quarter, the largest applicant pool the university has ever received. To date, applications have increased by 1,500 a 14.37 percent increase, compared to last year. “Every year it definitely becomes more challenging for student to be admitted to DU,” said Todd Rinehart, assistant vice chancllor of enrollment and director of admissions. “The standards have changed over the last five to 10 years.” Of the applicants, Rinehart said just over half have been accepted and the university expects to enroll 1,200 students, the same size as the class of 2013, making it more difficult to get in. In the last four years, applicant pools have more than doubled. In March 2006, there were 5,700 applicants for the class of 2010, and in 2008, there were 8,000 applicants for the class of 2012. “It’s interesting to see the demand for DU and how it has increased,” Rinehart said. “I think there are many great things that are happening on campus and the positive word of mouth has added to the increased application pool we have been receiving.” Not only has the number of applicants grown, but also the caliber of students, Rinehart said, has improved dramatically. Admitted students for the class of 2014 have on average a high school GPA of 3.71, an ACT score of 27.6 and on the SATs, scored 1227 on the 1600-point scale. In 2006, admitted students for the class of 2010 had on average a high school GPA of 3.63, an ACT score of 26.2 and an SAT score of 1201 on a 1600-point scale. SEE APPLICATIONS, PAGE 2
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March 30, 2010
Colorado gas-coal fight could CU gun ban appealed preview national energy battle ASSOCIATED PRESS
A plan to clean up Colorado’s air is pitting two powerful industries — natural gas and coal — against each other in what could be a warm-up for a national fight over how to confront climate change. The plan, moving quickly through the Legislature, would require Xcel Energy Inc., the state’s largest utility, to either replace several aging coal-fired power plant units in the northern Front Range with cleaner natural gas plants by 2018 or refit those smokestacks with emissionsrestricting technology or other green fuels before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency imposes tougher air quality rules. The bill has bipartisan support and the backing of Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter. Environmentalists who long fought more drilling by Colorado’s natural gas industry are working alongside their erstwhile foes. “Kudos to Xcel, Gov. Ritter, Colorado’s natural gas producers and environmental leaders for pioneering the road to a clean, robust and independent energy economy. All of America should follow its lead,” Robert F. Kennedy Jr., president of the environmental group Waterkeeper Alliance, wrote in The Denver Post on Thursday. Xcel says some of its coal plants along the Front Range could operate with retrofits and others could be replaced by natural gas, provided the utility gets a good price from gas providers.
The bill would allow Xcel to lock in prices in deals lasting up to 20 years; if market prices drop below negotiated rates, Xcel could still charge customers a higher price. Xcel says expected EPA restrictions on haze, mercury and ozone could cause customer rates to rise 4 to 6 percent but that a comprehensive plan to address all the pollutants could cost less. The coal industry is fighting back. The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity is spending nearly $2 million on advertisements warning consumers gas is more expensive than coal. Lobbyists and unions also argue it could cost jobs in coal mines and plants, which are more labor intensive than natural gas ones. With health care legislation now passed, coalition spokeswoman Lisa Camooso Miller said Congress could now turn its attention to passing some kind of limits on carbon. Rather than give an edge to gas, the coal industry wants the federal government to help the private sector develop commercial-scale technology to capture the carbon produced by burning coal. Such processes only exist on a small scale currently. “We believe that you can have affordable electricity and a clean environment. It’s already happening now,” she said. The bill’s backers note that most of Colorado’s coal is exported and that its mines could continue operating. Colorado’s proposal was developed with help from gas producers in the state, including Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and
U P C O M I N G TODAY Book Discussion 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Driscoll South, suite 29 Conference Room DU Chaplin Gary Brower and Sensei DoShin Nelson of Denver’s Integral Zen cofacilitate a discussion about the book “Zen Baggage.” WEDNESDAY Fraternity fundraiser 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Driscoll Ballroom Chi Phi hosts a “brinner” fundraiser with breakfast foods and activities to raise money for charity. Town Hall meeting 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. HRTM Building, Tiered Room South 229 Students are invited to participate in a meeting for writing a comprehensive selfstudy for re-certification of DU’s Division I athletic programs. THURSDAY Earth Month kickoff 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
EnCana Corp., said Jim Hackett, Anadarko’s CEO and chairman of America’s Natural Gas Alliance, a Washington-based trade group. Hackett believes new domestic gas discoveries will lower its price and make it an attractive alternative to coal. He also hopes other states and Congress look to natural gas when considering controls on carbon emissions. “I think it’s the right answer for Colorado and it’s the right answer across America,” Hackett said. The coal industry wants the federal government to help it develop commercial-scale technology to capture the carbon produced by burning coal. Such processes currently exist on a small scale. Under rules proposed by the EPA in January, counties could be forced to clamp down on emissions from industry and automobiles or face government sanctions, most likely the loss of federal highway dollars. The EPA plans to select specific emissions figures by August. Counties and states will then have up to 20 years to meet the new limits; by early 2014, they’ll have to submit their plans to do so. Despite concerns about environmental damage that can be caused by gas drilling, Pam Kiely, a lobbyist for Environment Colorado, said cleaning up the air is an urgent priority and that gas can help. “We’re optimistic with the protections we have in place (that) Colorado is ready to do this right,” Kiely said.
E V E N T S
Driscoll Green The DU Environmental Team hosts an Earth fair and kickoff event for the EcoMug. Art Opening Reception 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Myhren Gallery Faculty and staff from the School of Art and Art History and other departments showcase collections of music posters, postcards, ceramics, toys and art. FRIDAY Good Friday service 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Evans Chapel Chaplin Gary Brower leads an ecnumenical Good Friday service at Evans Chapel. Open Mic Night 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sidelines Pub Late Night @ DU hosts a DU unplugged open mic night for students. Students are welcome to perform, and the first 25 students to arrive at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. will receive 10 dollars in free food from Sidelines Pub.
Comedy Night 8 p.m., doors 7:30 p.m. Davis Auditorium DUPB presents the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company, a comedy school with theaters in New York City and L.A.. This event is free for students. SATURDAY Nuggets game 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Pepsi Center Late Night @ DU hosts an Urban Excursion to see the Denver Nuggets play the L.A. Clippers. Tickets are on sale at the Explore Denver desk in the Driscoll Center. Tickets are three dollars and include a ticket, drink and meal voucher. TUESDAY, APRIL 6 Benefit Concert 7 p.m. The Cervantes The University of Denver’s Human Trafficking Clinic hosts a concert for local bands playing to raise money for Human Trafficking Awareness Week.
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DENVER — The Colorado Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit by a gun rights organization challenging the University of Colorado's ban on guns on its three campuses. Attorney Jim Manley, representing Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, argued a 1994 CU policy banning concealed weapons from its campus violates state gun laws, particularly the Concealed Carry Act of 2003. The act states no local government can adopt an ordinance to limit state concealed carry rights in its municipality. Manley argued at the hearing that the CU Board of Regents is equivalent to a local governing body subject to this ruling.CU attorney Patrick O'Rourke argued the law does not apply because CU is not defined in state law as a governing body and is allowed to regulate guns on its property.
"CU is a state institution of higher education, not a local government," O'Rourke told the hearing. O'Rourke said the regents have a right to regulate the campus to create the best environment for learning. Manley said that creates a dubious distinction of where the campus authority ends. Manley said the SCCC would be satisfied if CU would change the law to allow guns in vehicles on campus. As it stands, Manley says, a person could be charged with violating the law by driving through campus with a firearm in their car. A decision from the Court of Appeals is expected within six weeks. El Paso County District Judge G. David Miller threw out the case in May 2009, saying he found nothing in the state constitution that would prohibit a campus gun ban. A decision from the Court of Appeals is expected within six weeks.
Applications grow by 14% Continued from page 1 Such an increase in applicants has allowed DU to be more selective, reach more academic goals and increase diversity, Rinehart said. More international students and students in states outside Colorado applied. Rinehart also said it allows for a better variety and distribution of majors. “By growing the applicant pool we’re able to diversity and enhance the student body,” he said. “Going from 10,000 to 12,000 it allows us to choose a
really special group of students for the incoming class.” Rinehart said the Office of Admissions does not expect the 2.98 percent increase in undergraduate tuition to effect admissions much. In comparison to DU’s competitors, Rinehart said, the increase is one of the lowest. “We’ve been watching really closes to percentage increases across the country,” he said. “Our percentage increase is the lowest we’ve seen for new tuition increases this year.”
Man faces 40-60 years for burglaries around campus JAMIE WARREN News editor
The man arrested for a string of burglaries around campus last year is facing 40 to 60 years in prison for 16 charges. Tarius Simes, 33, pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary and aggravated assault on Thursday. His sentencing hearing is set for May 6. Jim Berscheidt, associate vice chancellor of university communications said, “University offi-
cials are pleased that the Denver District Attorney’s Office recently confirmed the individual arrested in this case was responsible for all of the incidents near the DU campus.” Simes was accused of about a dozen cases between October 2008 and September 2009. Laptops, iPods and other electronic items were taken, along with jewelry and money. Nobody was ever physically harmed. Simes was arrested Sept. 19, 2009 and he was charged Sept. 29, 2009.
March 30, 2010
Digital course offerings expand ERIN HOLWEGER Assistant news editor
DU began a university-wide program to digitize some of its traditional curriculum in offering four online classes winter quarter. Two of the classes taught online winter quarter were math classes, one was through the English department and one was a NATS class. There is currently one online class being offered and there will be 10 or 11 offered during DU’s summer term. DU has offered online classes in the past for non-traditional and master’s programs. Winter quarter was the first time it offered these classes through its traditional undergraduate curriculum. The effort to introduce more online classes came about from Provost Gregg Kvistad and other academic administrators who felt online experience is important for students to have when they graduate and enter the job market, said Bridget Arend, associate director of instructional development at the Center for Teaching and Learning. The flexibility and convenience of the classes also lend themselves to helping students who have jobs or are athletes. Participants take voluntary surveys before and after their online class experience to determine the successes and weaknesses of the program. For the most part, students
are finding an experience that is comparable to or better than a traditional setting, said Arend. According to winter quarter’s survey data, 86 percent of students who responded said they would take another online or digital course and 75 percent said they agreed or strongly agreed DU should make online courses available to more students in traditional programs. All of the professors said they would teach an online class again. Professors for online classes are encouraged to use Blackboard as a starting platform for teaching, but may also expand to other Internet resources like Wikis and blogs, said Arend. Scott Howard taught an online English class called Renaissance Poetry and Prose: Digital Archives winter quarter. The class studied the literary, cultural, political and historical implications of digital archiving of 16th and 17th century works. The class, which had five students, gave students greater responsibility for both assignments and class discussions, because the conversation was recorded in a digital format. “The real advantage [of an online class] is that students have a real ownership of the intellectual community,” said Howard. Howard used a blended environment to teach the class, in which he had some face-to-face contact. The majority of instruc-
tion and discussion was online, but students met every other Friday for an hour to work on research in the library. Howard has integrated online elements into his classes in the past through Blackboard and other Web platforms, but this was the first time the experience was fully digitized. Deb Carney taught Calculus for Business and Social Sciences (MATC 1200) online winter quarter. The online format was not a good fit for all students, Carney said. The successful students were those who were self-motivated and realized they had to be proactive in learning the material. “You have to be comfortable learning on your own,” Carney said. The MATC 1200 class has used online resources in the past, including the WebAssign program for students to turn in homework. Carney’s class was taught entirely online, though students took tests in person. In the future, Carney would give students more opportunities to interact with her. She held online office hours during the course, but few students took advantage of them, she said. She would like to strengthen the instructor/student relationship through offering more online and in-person office hours from the beginning of the course. “In an online format it was challenging to communicate with students,” Carney said.
P O L I C E ILLNESS On Thursday, March 25 at 12:41 p.m. Campus Safety responded to a report of an ill party at the Ritchie Center. Paramedics arrived and transported the party to Porter Hospital for medical treatment. On Friday, March 26 at 8:30 a.m. a staff member reported a medical emergency that had occurred on Saturday, March 20 at a university sponsored event at the Pepsi Center. An incoming student’s child experienced health problems. Emergency staff responded and the child was treated by the staff.
THEFT On Monday, March 22 at 4:11 p.m. a student tried to modify the price of merchandise at the DU bookstore. Denver Police Department responded and issued the student a citation for theft. On Tuesday, March 23 at 1:34 p.m. a Campus Safety officer and the bookstore’s loss prevention coordinator saw a student place three items in their bag and leave the store without paying for them. Denver Police Department responded and cited the student for shoplifting. On Saturday, March 27 at 1:49 p.m. a student reported a cell phone stolen from an open study area of the Penrose Library. The student said that their phone was left unattended next to a laptop for five minutes and when they returned they found the phone was missing.
The online courses that were offered for the first time last quarter are designed to offer convenience and a flexible schedule for students including athletes, those who work part-time and others with scheduling conflicts.
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On Sunday, March 28 at 12:26 a.m. Campus Safety responded to the Ritchie Center to complete a report of a previously injured staff member. The staff member had been injured earlier in the evening and had been transported to Porter Hospital by a family member for medical treatment. On Sunday, March 28 at 5:21 p.m. Campus Safety responded to a report of an injured unaffiliated party at the Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Paramedics transported the party to Swedish Medical Center for treatment.
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL On Tuesday, March 23 at 3:48 a.m. an underage student was found severely intoxicated at Johnson-McFarlane Hall. Paramedics transported the student to Porter Hospital for medical treatment. On Tuesday, March 23 at 10:09 p.m. Campus Safety responded to a residence assistant report that four underage students were in possession of a large amount of alcohol in a resident’s room in Johnson-McFarlane Hall. Campus Safety confiscated and disposed of the contraband.
R E P O R T On Saturday, March 27 at 3:05 a.m. a Campus Safety officer smelled marijuana coming from a Centennial Halls residence room. The students were found in possession of marijuana and turned it over, along with drug paraphernalia, alcohol and a false identification card. Campus safety confiscated and disposed of the contraband. On Sunday, March 28 at 12:18 a.m. a severely intoxicated student was found at JohnsonMcFarlane Hall unsteady on their feet and vomiting. Campus Safety responded and found the student to be underage. Denver Cares personnel evaluated the student and the student was transported to a detox facility for treatment.
HARASSMENT On Thursday, March 25 at 3:34 p.m. a DU student failed to present their ID at the membership desk of the Coors Fitness Center. The student became verbally aggressive when confronted by a staff member about the situation. Campus Safety escorted the student from the building and the student was informed their fitness center privileges would be revoked for one week. On Saturday, March 27 at 10:12 p.m. a student at Hilltop Hall reported receiving harassing text messages from an unknown party. Campus Safety responded and learned that the messages were regarding the student’s former significant other.
VANDALISM On Friday, March 26 at 2:03 a.m. a Denver Police officer observed a student urinating on the side of the Gates Field House at the Ritchie Center. The officer cited the student and transported them to a detox facility for treatment.
TRESPASSING On Tuesday, March 23 at 8:50 a.m. a staff member reported someone tampered with their desk. Campus Safety responded. The staff member locked their desk at 5:20 p.m. on Monday and returned to find the top desk drawer open at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The staff member reported that nothing was missing from the desk. On Tuesday, March 23 at 3:54 p.m. a Campus Safety officer contacted four unaffiliated individuals who were skateboarding inside parking lot H2. The officer explained the skateboarding policy to the parties and they left. On Wednesday, March 24 at 11:15 a.m. a student was cited for trespassing at Nelson Hall the student had been formally prohibited from entering the building. Campus Safety found a false identification card while interviewing the student. Campus Safety officers escorted the student from the building and advised them not to return to campus.
March 30, 2010
Senate candidates see caucus Colorado trooper arrested rebellion from Dem., Rep. parties on drunk driving charge ASSOCIATED PRESS
DENVER — Disgruntled Colorado voters in both major parties rejected political insiders in straw poll results at caucuses around the state that exposed deep unease with two Senate candidates seen as favored by Washington party bigwigs. Tuesday's Republican and Democratic caucuses were just the first step for party nominations in Colorado. The nominees won't be picked until the Aug. 10 primaries. However, in Colorado, caucus success sometimes bears little influence on who ultimately wins a nomination. Few party leaders seemed surprised that rebellious sentiment pervaded both party caucuses, a possible warning sign for Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton, both of whom have large fundraising advantages over their opponents. Colorado Democrats snubbed Sen. Michael Bennet in precinct straw polls in favor of a former state House speaker who railed against national Democratic leadership. Andrew Romanoff defeated Bennet handliy, even though Bennet swamped him in fundraising and had the blessing of top Democrats, including President
Barack Obama. The president campaigned in Denver last month for Bennet, who is considered one of the more vulnerable Democratic senators this fall. But the star power didn't sway Colorado Democrats who said they're disenchanted with party leaders in Congress. "The same people still own and run Washington, no matter what party," said 72-year-old Denver Democrat Jeanette McIntosh, who chose Romanoff. In Republican caucuses, former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton lost narrowly to Ken Buck, a northern Colorado prosecutor. Buck trails Norton badly in fundraising but was backed by several tea party groups who have criticized Norton as a Washington-backed insider. Norton's brother-in-law, Charlie Black, is a powerful Republican lobbyist who advised Sen. John McCain during the 2008 presidential campaign. Buck said his showing was evidence of conservatives' unrest with the GOP. "Republicans want Republicans to act like Republicans. I say, 'Game on,'" Buck said Tuesday night. Even the front-runners seemed aware of the discontent among party faithful. Bennet talks as if he's not an incumbent in his first television
ad, which is set to air Wednesday in Denver and Colorado Springs. He reminds voters he hasn't been in Congress long — he was appointed last year when Ken Salazar resigned to become interior secretary — and refers to sitting lawmakers as "them," instead of "us." "I've been in Washington for only a year," he says. "But it didn't take that long to see the whole place is broken. It's time to give them a wake-up call." Norton spent the evening at one of the caucuses shaking hands with suburban Denver voters and downplaying her front-runner image. "I don't see myself as the front-runner," Norton said. "I see myself as the one who represents Colorado values." Party members also picked favorites in the governor's race, but that contest was less exciting on both sides. Democrats had no race at all: No one has announced that they'll take on Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper to become the party's candidate to replace retiring Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter. Republicans handed former Rep. Scott McInnis a wide victory over little-known Evergreen businessman Dan Maes. McInnis seized more than 60 percent of the caucus vote, even though Maes had courted tea party activists.
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DENVER — An on-duty Colorado state trooper was pulled over Monday and accused of driving drunk. Several people called 911 to report a State Patrol vehicle that was driving erratically, authorities said. Video captured by a television station helicopter showed the arrest of 48-year-old David Dolan, who was in uniform at the time. Sheriff 's deputies put handcuffs on him and placed him in the back of a patrol vehicle after determining he was unfit to drive. "Images like that tarnish our badges," said Col. James Wolfinbarger, chief of the Colorado State Patrol, adding that he was devastated by the arrest. Dolan, who authorities say was carrying a gun, was booked on charges of driving under the influence.He was also charged with prohibited use of weapons because Colorado law makes it illegal for anyone to have a firearm while intoxicated. The arrest happened about 7 a.m. on Colorado 470, a beltway around southwest Denver, the Douglas County Sheriff 's Department said. Dolan was placed on unpaid leave. An internal investigation is
under way, Wolfinbarger said. Dolan was on his way from his home station in Colorado Springs to the State Patrol training academy in the west Denver suburb of Golden, Wolfinbarger said. He said he did not know what business Dolan had at the academy. A woman who answered the phone at a Colorado Springs number listed for Dolan declined to comment and hung up. Dolan is a 21-year veteran of the State Patrol. Wolfinbarger declined to say whether Dolan had been commended or disciplined in the past, citing privacy rules. Asked whether Dolan might be suffering from post-traumatic stress or other consequences of job stress, Wolfinbarger said, "This is a very difficult job.... There are clearly years of accumulated stress." He didn't elaborate. After drivers called 911 to report the erratic patrol car, sheriff 's dispatchers proceeded to transferred the calls to the State Patrol. A few minutes later, the patrol asked the Sheriff 's Department to locate the car and to check on the driver. Wolfinbarger thanked the drivers who called 911. "That helped keep a very bad situation from turning tragic," he said.
March 30, 2010
Deli Zone delivers NYC delicacies
The Reuben features a half pound of corned beef brisket smothered in swiss cheese, sauerkraut and thousand island dressing on rye.
CONNIE MIERKEY Managing editor
The eclectic dining scene surrounding campus recently received an additional taste option with the opening of Deli Zone which serves New York style eats. There are 11 Deli Zone locations in Colorado because the founders, Rod Feiner and Ed O’Connor, aimed to bring tasty deli food to every neighborhood in Colorado like they grew up with in Westchester County, outside New York City. The first location was opened in Boulder, Colo. and on March 17 a Deli Zone opened up at 2439 S. University Blvd. There is a medium-sized dining area with choices of tables or counter-style
seating to eat-in. Food can also be ordered to go or to be delivered. Delivery is free but a minimum of a $10 purchase is required. Owner of the location near campus, Trey Cronin, said “we’ll work with you for close by deliveries” in reference to the $10 minimum. Deli Zone serves breakfast items as well as hot and cold sandwiches. Breakfast sandwiches mainly feature eggs and cheese with various combinations of steak, ham or sausage on either a Kaiser Roll or French bread. Made with two eggs, sandwiches are around $4 and made with four eggs, they are about $7. Specialty breakfast combinations are also offered like the Times Square sandwich which is scrambled eggs, bacon, American
cheese and tomato for $4 when made with two eggs or $8 when made with four. Breakfast is served all day and they will deliver starting at 7 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Not craving bread? A breakfast burrito is offered for $4.49 and is served up with a mix of eggs, sausage, hash browns, green chili and cheddar cheese. The founders believed that Denver was missing classic deli food like a Philly cheese steak and so Deli Zone offers one with sirloin steak grilled with sautéed green peppers and onions and is topped with white American cheese. It is one of the most popular items on the menu and the medium size is $6.79 and the large is $9.39. A medium is 8” and
a large is 14”. Another highly ordered sandwich is the Manhattan which is grilled turkey, artichoke hearts, lettuce, tomato, red onions, provolone cheese and garlic spread with pesto mayonnaise. This creation is a dynamically-tasting twist to the average sandwich and costs $6.79 for a medium and $9.39 for a large. Deli Zone brings quality to the dining scene around campus, said Cronin. “There is an assortment of places to eat but I don’t know if anyone is putting out the quality that we are,” Cronin said. Deli Zone has three vegetarian choices with the favored one being the veggie bomb. It is served hot with grilled artichoke hearts, green peppers, mushrooms, banana peppers, red onion and roasted red peppers with provolone cheese, pickles and dijonaisse. This sandwich lives up to its name with explosive flavor, expect a little spice. The vegetables are deliciously fresh. The medium is $6.79 and the large is $9.39. The same sandwich is available with meat as the Brooklyn bomb and is served with the same vegetables and has turkey, for the same price. Cold sandwiches offered include homemade tuna and homemade chicken salad. Both come with lettuce, tomato and red onion and medium sizes are $6.39 and large $8.99. The turkey club is served with turkey, ham, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. This club is priced at $6.79, for a medium and $9.39, for a large.
Hot sandwiches include the Bronx, which costs the same as the Manhattan and is a basic sandwich with turkey, bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. For a bolder sandwich try the buffalo wing which is chicken cutlets, Swiss cheese, onions, hot sauce and ranch for $6.79 or $9.39. In both the Reuben and the pastrami and Swiss, a half pound of meat is served with fixings for $9. “The Jamaican Chicken is a spicy and delicious sub smothered in Deli Zone’s specialty ‘rasta sauce,’ making it tasty enough to bring you back every day,” said sophomore Matthew Sidran. Salads are also available and are priced from about $4 to $7. Soup is also available although the kind offered varies depending on the seasons. A cup can be purchased for $3.49 or a soupsandwich combination includes a small sandwich for $6.99. There also are children’s options for ages 12 and under. Deli Zone offers fountain and canned sodas as well as Doritos and Boulder chips. A student discount is available for beverages. Call 303-927-6304 to place an order at the South University Boulevard location.
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Tap Project raises awareness about water scarcity BIANCA GORDON Contributor
When the door opened from Illegal Pete’s last Thursday night, music spilled out onto East Evans Avenue. The variety ranged from DJ beats to alternative rock. However, the loud and local music scene was not without cause; it was for quite a good cause – water conservation. In order to raise awareness for the issue and World Water Week, Illegal Pete’s hosted a Tap Project benefit concert that featured live music from The Masculine and DJs Glucose and Snubluck. Students, passers-by, and burrito-lovers alike grooved to the beats to raise funds for UNICEF’s Tap Project. On Monday, March 22, the United Nations Water Group recognized World Water Day, as did many in Denver and on campus. The theme this year was “clean water for a healthy world” since the lack of clean water affects millions worldwide. According to www.worldwaterday.org, “Every year, 1,500 cubic kilometres of wastewater are produced globally. While waste and wastewater can be reused productively for energy and irrigation, it usually is not. In developing countries 80 percent of all waste is being discharged untreated, because of lack of regulations and resources. And
population and industrial growth add new sources of pollution and increased demand for clean water to the equation. Human and environmental health, drinking and agricultural water supplies for the present and future are at stake, still water pollution rarely warrants mention as a pressing issue.” Only 1 percent of the world’s fresh water is available for human use. Those who do not have access to clean water face illness and a degrade way of life. Water issues have caused conflicts on the local level and potential wars among nations deprived of clean water supplies. Students at the event varied at how much they already knew and were concerned about the clean water issue. “The No. 1 killer is nonindustrial world is diarrhea from unclean water. It affects us and it affects the world,” said student activist Dillon Doyle. “Even in Colorado, access to municipal water is an issue.” He pointed out that companies like Pepsi sell bottled water, which costs many times the price of tap water and the plastic bottles overwhelm landfill sites. Others were just excited to see the issue gaining local exposure and support. Steele Kempton, 19, and a Metro State student, said, “I’m
The Masculine brought smooth beats to the Evan’s location of Illegal Pete’s in an effort to raise funds for UNICEF’s tap project.
aware that it’s an issue that needs to be fixed. It’s sad we have to have benefit concerts. I am enjoying it quite a lot. It has increased my awareness.” The musicians also were excited to be a part of the effort to increase awareness of the clean water issue. Seth Klekampt, a member of The Masculine, said, “It’s good to play for people who are there to support the reason we’re playing;
helping people. Mark my words, the next world war will be over water.” Illegal Pete’s assistant manager Chelsea Marx said, “I think that we got a good crowd. It’s always a pleasure to get local bands. This event has raised awareness for me as well. I feel like there are a lot of things we take for granted here. This is one thing that helps.” A recent DU graduate Kate
Powers volunteered through Korbel’s School of International Studies to take on planning this event. “This cause struck me, because so many children and people are ill and dying from totally preventable illnesses. It’s a worldwide issue,” she explained. “I feel like Illegal Pete’s was a great contribution to the community for supporting events like this,” said Whitney VanCleave, a DU senior.
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WikiLeaks in need of support DYLAN PROIETTI Opinions editor
WikiLeaks is an organization dedicated to unearthing sensitive material, often pertaining to government affairs. This group attempts to bring to light documents or stories that would otherwise be censored to a normal journalist. In this way, the site almost acts as an extension of the Freedom of Information Act, which provides the disclosure of full or partial government documents. WikiLeaks, in order to maintain their number of submissions, provides complete anonymity for those who submit the documents and, by doing so, allow for a style of reporting that could almost be considered one of a vigilante. In the past, the site has released such items as the Guantanamo Bay procedures and protocol, the contents of Sarah Palin’s personal e-mail account, Internet censorship lists, and thousands of other documents pertaining to a wide variety of subjects. Recently, however, this web site has
been under fire by the United States government. As can be seen on WikiLeaks Twitter account, the government, specifically the CIA, has been attempting to track down and shut down the Wi k i L e a k s operation. W h y they are doing this is fairly obvious: many of the documents the Web site releases are classified and censored by various governments or organizations. As far as they are concerned, the documents are classified for a reason. WikiLeaks is remaining resilient and defiant, even in the face of this trouble, which is heartening. Yes, what WikiLeaks does is slightly extreme, but it might be an extreme that people need. The site has been praised by may major
“WikiLeaks can do what every other news organization cannot: speak the truth with impunity.”
news sources for it invaluable services and it’s ability to protect the identities of the people who submit to the site. In truth, when one stops to think about the mere existence of the site, WikiLeaks almost becomes an indispensable member of the media. WikiLeaks can do what every other news organization cannot: speak the truth with impunity. While that very concept is somewhat disconcerting, it helps to add to the freedom of the speech that every citizen of the United States is guaranteed. Therefore, in this time of uncertainty for a group that has dedicated itself to bringing information to the people and protecting the people who provide it, we owe our support to this group of people. Anything from simply reading some of the stories that WikiLeaks breaks to supporting them monetarily will help their cause. WikiLeaks has attempted to preserve American freedom since it’s inception and if we want to see that continue now, they need our support.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Teaching in public school Editor’s note: This letter is in response to a Clarion editorial that ran on March 2. Have you ever taught in a low performing inner city school? I have been a public school teacher for 11 years, hold National Board of Professional Teaching Standard certification and two graduate degrees, one earned at DU. I worked in both inner city schools with demographics like Central Falls High School and in less diverse upper middle class suburbs. You write truthfully about what teachers owe their students. However, administrators, students, and their parents owe teachers compliance with basic philosophies. Disrespecting adults and fellow students will not be tolerated, getting to the next grade requires demonstrations of content proficiency, education is the way out and the way up, and failure is not an option. Parents need to support their children by getting involved in their child’s education. This is hard for many parents who work two jobs just to make ends meet, but remains essential for student success.
When teaching in a school similar to Central Falls High School I was constantly frustrated by administrators who would not expel students who physically hit teachers, stole teacher’s personal property, and verbally abused staff. The same students were rewarded with promotion to higher grades without mastering content skills despite tedious, documented interventions to families and administrators by dedicated teachers. Many districts justify social promotion policies claiming retention damages student self-esteem. Think of the selfesteem damage awaiting students who are not held accountable, and wonder why they can not get a job or into college! We must end social promotion, hold students, parents and administrators accountable as much as teachers. Firing all the teachers is not the answer. I encourage you to visit a low performing school and talk to teachers in the trenches. Sincerely, Andrew Burns DU alumnus and public school teacher
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Contrasting beliefs should be embraced rather than ignored AMY KNIGHT Contributor
An overheard conversation served as a reminder that the academic atmosphere here has a long way to go. “You’re taking that class? Well, just to let you know, I wouldn’t take it from that professor. The professor supposedly doesn’t believe in global warming.” The problem with that statement has little to do with global warming. Rather, it raises the bigger problem of a student advising another student against taking a class solely because the professor’s opinions are different from the first student’s beliefs. If such an attitude was an anomaly in university circles, it might not be worth mentioning. Unfortunately, experiences with professors and students alike say that it is not so. Rather, it seems that the same attitude that sought to silence Galileo and other scientists and intellectuals who challenged the norms and beliefs of their time is unfortunately alive and well today. Opposition to tenaciously held views on such topics as global warming and political reform create a dangerous desire in both professors and students to not hear out the other side. Instead of welcoming debate and discussion in the name of progress, the desire in some cases is to marginalize the other view, silence the discussion and dumb down those with whom one disagrees. What made the mindset of Galileo’s dissenters dangerous is not that Galileo was right, but that opposition to commonly held notions was unwelcomed. Indeed, some hold to their scientific and political opinions with such hostility it is mind blowing how far we have not come in the hundreds of years since Galileo. It may be true that the views of people we disagree with turn out to be false, but even that does not justify their silence, or avoidance. The DU community must learn to not view opposition with hostility but welcome it in the name of academic freedom of expression, and students and faculty alike must not be bullied into silence. More dangerous to academia than the potential of a spoken lie is the potential of a silenced truth, and unless this is continually recognized by the students and professors at this university, the wells of academic intellect and insight on the campus will be in danger of drying up altogether.
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March 30, 2010
Textbook prices bankrupt students MIYEKO INAFUKU Contributor
Last week was that time of the quarter again. You had to buy the textbooks for the classes you signed up for before spring break. Buying textbooks can be a real challenge. I am constantly waging war with the price tag. Even if you can afford a $200
textbook, chances are, you’d rather spend that money on something else. So why are our professors doing this to us? It’s time we let them know how we feel. Dear DU professors, your students do not just complain about textbooks because they are lazy or because they would much rather watch MTV. They complain about
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lots of ways to buy cheaper books, like looking online, but even using all the tricks I know like sharing textbooks with my roommate, I still spent over $365 on books in the past year. If we can get an A in your course and walk away having learned as much as you can teach us in 10 weeks without paying for a book, let us. Provide us with suggested texts only.
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them because textbooks are expensive. They could buy new pairs of skis with the money they spend on textbooks. And the price keeps rising. According to the Student Public Interest Research Groups’ Make Textbooks Affordable campaign, the cost of textbooks has risen at four times the rate of inflation since 1994. Yes, professors, we do know
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H O R O S C O P E ARIES (March 21-April 19): You’ll be in the mood and ready to take on the person who can live up to your expectations. A powerfully passionate approach to love will liven up your life but, before you make your move, find out if the person you have chosen is single. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The more active you are in your community, the more potential partners you will encounter. Volunteer your knowledge and experience and you will attract someone who will complement you both personally and professionally. GEMINI (May 1-June 20): Emotional manipulation will play a heavy role regarding relationships. You cannot bend to anyone giving you an ultimatum. Set your own rules and stick by them. Being alone is better than being in a poor or abusive relationship. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Get to better know someone who is paying attention to you. It may not be love at first sight but it can develop into something much more powerful if you give this person a chance to grow on you. There is potential for a serious
union. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): If you have to jump through hoops to get someone’s attention, it isn’t worth it. Focus on the person who oﬀers stability, not ultimatums. Synchronicity, equality and common interests are what you should be searching for, not just a pretty face. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Put yourself out there and you will find love. Networking, socializing and sharing your thoughts will attract someone unique who can appreciate what you have to oﬀer. A serious relationship can develop in a very short period of time. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Don’t hold back if you care for someone. Find out where you stand so that you can move on or get things started. Wasting time viewing someone from afar will only result in missing out on an opportunity that can lead to a commitment. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): An unexpected romantic connection is in the stars. Don’t move too fast or you will miss out on the pleasure and anticipation a courtship can bring. Explore, experiment and enjoy every moment and you will build a strong, healthy union.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): What you want and what the person you are pursuing wants aren’t likely to be the same. Ask questions first, before you end up in a relationship that is limiting and restrictive. You may be stalked if you lead someone on intentionally. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Proceed with caution. The person you want to pursue is a flirt and a user. Before you spend too much time and emotional energy, consider the possible outcome. Walk away, instead of wasting precious time with someone unworthy. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You can have fun without getting serious. Share your intentions and you will find someone who is looking for a good time, not a commitment. An open relationship can eventually turn into something quite unique and to your liking. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Don’t fall for someone trying to force you to do things you don’t want to do. Set your rules and stick to them when it comes to love and romance. There will be plenty of opportunities to find the right partner, so don’t settle for less.
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March 30, 2010
Flobots fight for social change DEVIN PITTS-ROGERS Contributor
This past month has been Flo-tastic. On March 12, Denver was treated to the CD release concert for the Flobots newest album, Survival Story. The following Tuesday, Survival Story was released to the public. To round out this Flobot trilogy, Johnny 5 of the Flobots spoke with The Clarion about the then-upcoming concert and album release. What do you think it is about your music that attracts people to it? J5: I think that, first and foremost, we try to write the best songs possible, and songs that don’t fit into any box. They represent the six of us and who we are, and I think if it makes the six of us happy, then it can have a broad appeal, since we’re different. I think we also speak about issues that anyone can recognize in their own lives, whether its political issues that we’re all familiar with or personal issues we all struggle with. The Flobots advocate peace as a means for tangible change first and foremost, where some other bands have promoted peace by any means necessary. Do you think that this has begun to positively reinforce or influence the minds of your listeners? J5: I think that the peacemaking we promote is peacemaking that anyone can do, which means it might be a very small thing in your own life where you realize that you are treating someone like an enemy and need to engage with them as a peacemaker, and that small step inside can be huge and it can be the most difficult thing in the world. It’s important that somebody who protests a war or helps stops a conflict or something like that. So we celebrate all types of peacemaking, whether it’s in personal relationships or conflict resolution across the globe. Fight with Tools (released in 2007) was a reaffirmation of the power in the people, while Survival Story is more of a call to action. Would you argue that this album places more emphasis on the choices we make with this power? J5: I think both albums place emphasis on choices, on power. But Fight with Tools was told through slogans, and this album is told through stories. Back then, we
were playing with slogans, and now we’re playing with stories – personal stories, but also what is the global story that we are writing about our future. Storytelling is not just about the past, it’s also about the future and what will happen, and we think we’re in a place right now where it’s very important to write a story together about our collective vision of what we want to happen on this Earth. In pop culture right now you can see a fascination with doomsday stories. That’s fine for an escapist movie, but it’s not fine as a self-fulfilling prophecy, which is what I fear it can become. We don’t want everyone walking around thinking “The world’s about to end, so why try anyway?” We want people walking around thinking “We’re going to face some tough choices in the next few years, how can I be prepared to help to make sure that I survive and that everyone survives?” And that’s why the album is called Survival Story. In 2008, you started up Fightwithtools. org, a non-profit organization showing support through the community. What kinds of ideas do you have for 2010? J5: We’re going to continue our programs that work really well, like music therapy at the Denver Children’s home, we’re going to continue our online resources Fightwithtools.org. We’ve now opened up a community space, where people can hold events, we’re also going to hold a Fight with Tools Institute – there’s quarterly trainings and a week-long skills training for people all over the country to come to Denver and learn about how they can become more involved in the community. Those people who do that will go back to their communities and do a six-month fellowship with the organization there to implement the training that they’ve had. And that’s something we’re really looking for, anybody to get involved. We’re looking for people who want to attend the training. We’re looking for people who have time to invest in the organization, and we need donations too, because a lot of people think that just because we’re in a band, we’re rolling in dough. And we definitely support the organization financially. We also need the help of the community to join us so we can create a sustainable organization. So if you believe in the power of music to make change, please
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Denver natives the Flobots promote change through the positive power of music. Brer Rabbit and Johnny 5, front left and right, provide vocals to the band’s thought-provoking songs.
consider donating. You can go to Flobots. org and there are incentives packages and special merchandise that you can get in exchange for donating. You also performed here at DU during May Days in 2008. Have you heard any interest from the community about playing here again? J5: We’ve been involved with DU in
a number of ways. I was here March 2 to perform a rap about Howard Zinn (the recently-deceased American historian who wrote “A People’s History of the United States.”) And as far as shows, we have to be very selective about our shows just so we can help to build up our audience because that’s what a band does, so we trade off.
‘Survival’: a story for all DEVIN PITTS-ROGERS Contributor
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Flobots’ latest album, Survival Story, is meant to inspire change and allow listeners to realize their own stories.
It has been two years since the Flobots have signed under Universal Records. Since then, the Flobots’ freshman commercial album, Fight with Tools, has sold 300,000 copies, and the single “Handlebars,” has gone platinum. With that success under their belt, the band went back into the studio when the tour ended to record their sophomore set, Survival Stories. Survival Story starts very strong with the song “Cracks in the Surface” and manages to carry that energy through to the end of the album, even transferring it into other songs’ moods. True to its title, stories are integral to Survival Stories. Throughout the course of the album, Flobots tells multiple narratives. The listener hears about the album itself, the band, the trials and tribulations of its members and the stories that the band wants to tell. “The Effect” encourages the listener to tell their story, regardless of sex – a comment on other artists in the
industry. Though the music is different from Fight With Tools, the direction is still great. The production values are high, and no instrument sounds out of place. The vocals are also top-notch, seldom ever becoming too weak or overpowering. Story also contains a couple cameo appearances in the form of Tim McIlrath of Rise Against and solo singer Matt Morris. Their appearances on the album are well-placed: one can be full-aware of their work on the album, yet find no distractions in it. The only con is this: if you weren’t sold on the band prior to the release of Survival Story, then the album may not win you over. That being said, all of the songs seem evocative of some degree of thought and the instrumentals are well-arranged. If you were already a fan before and don’t own the album, pick it up. The Flobots have told some of the stories they wanted to tell. What will yours be?
March 30, 2010
Gorillaz experiment with eccentric style BIANCA GORDON Contributor
Damon Albarn’s animated Gorillaz have released their freshest album yet, Plastic Beach, an electronic dish, tasty and assorted as ever. The anticipation was high since Plastic Beach is the first studio album after a five-year hiatus, and it delivers the goods. Always a band to push limitations, they have reached the far corners with Plastic Beach, which offfers a solid electro-funk base layer with guests ranging from Snoop Dogg to The National Orchestra for Arabic Music. Even Lou Reed and Bobby Womack make appearances. With the success the Gorillaz have seen after 2005’s Demon Days and 2001’s Gorillaz, it is clear the time between has been used by Damon Albarn, the musician behind his band led by cartoons, to evolve and experiment with every aspect and style of music that he and the Gorillaz can get their hands on. The Gorillaz know how to push listener’s buttons and they boldly go there. They still provide songs that sound like the band that listeners know and love. Tracks such as “On Melancholy Hill” and “Broken” are mesmerizing and reminiscent
of the sound they developed on Demon Days. Even “Some Kind of Nature,” featuring Lou Reed, engages the listener with steady beats and lyrics of social criticism: “Oh, Lord, forgive me/ (some kind of mixture, some kind of gold)/ It's got to come and find us/All we are is dust,” clearly lament the shallow materialist culture the band is repulsed by and engaged with all the same. The majority of new songs feature a different artist or style, leaving no stone unturned and there should be a sound for any listener to catch their attention. One track, “Superfast Jellyfish,” showcases the Gorillaz at their strangest, perhaps catchiest, as they rap and throw down about a hot breakfast. The animated band mixes electro, pop and synth to speak praise of such a delicious meal. “Glitter Freeze” and “Plastic Beach” include electricity and sound that sends a thrill of adrenaline down the listener’s spine as the songs combine synth tension with hypnotic beats. “Empire Ants” and “Cloud of Unknowing” are electronic and luring, the type of Gorillaz songs that pull the listeners into their virtual world where characters head bob to their anthems, overdosing on the rhythms and layers of music.
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The Gorillaz released their new, highly anticipated album Plastic Beach on March 9 and their latest experiment doesn’t disappoint.
‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ takes a dip into slapstick A little bit of improv and slapstick humor combine to make Steve Pink’s new film a good time
In the end, we got to hang out, shoot pool. He’s a jazz pianist. A really fascinating gentlemen. Where did you draw inspiration for your characters? CD: Deep method acting. We did a lot of research. CR: I’m this guy who is whipped by his wife. When I’m trying to figure out my character, I look around and figure out... I’ve looked to this guy who’s kind of wimpy and does whatever his wife says.
CORY LAMZ Entertainment editor
Thanks to a night of drinking and a time-bending hot tub, four men have a chance of a lifetime to change their future selves in “Hot Tub Time Machine.” Adam (John Cusack), freshly dumped by his girlfriend, leads a group of men, each bored with their own adulthood: Lou (Rob Corddry) can’t find the party, Nick (Craig Robinson) is controlled by his wife and Jacob (Clark Duke) won’t leave his basement. That all may change, however, when the men meet their younger selves in the year 1986. The Clarion participated in a roundtable interview with actors Craig Robinson and Clark Duke weeks prior to the film’s release last Friday. Did the director (Steve Pink) allow you to do any improv? Craig Robinson: Every scene called for some improv. He was very encouraging to do improv have fun with it. The majority of the movie was improv. Clark Duke: The most improv I’ve ever done in a movie. Do you think in the TV and online formats there is not as much room for improv? CD: On a TV show, you might see one thing. CR: We do a lot of improv
What were you like in the ‘80s? Who were your heroes? CR: Huge Morris Day and the Time fan. I was huge. I had an 8th grade autograph book. My nickname in my autograph book was “Craig Awesome Robinson.” COURTESY OF THEPEOPLESMOVIES.COM
A magical hot tub changes the lives of four men, who are thrown involuntarily back into the year 1986.
on The Office. I had a point living in this ADD society, online is becoming more viable. I can watch this clip for a little bit, but I don’t have three minutes. Do you think the Internet format has changed the face of comedy? CR: There are just so many outlets for comedy. Funny or Die, YouTube. It’s changing the game. Now it’s a lot of word of mouth. People pass videos around and make them viable. What inspired you to act in this comedy? CD: Funny script, funny ideas, cool people involved. CR: They were interested
in me doing it. Once I read it, I was excited about it. I got to see a screening of “Sex Drive” and thought this dude Clark Duke in “Sex Drive”] is cool. When we heard Cusack was coming, it changed the whole game. How much of the movie is based on slapstick and how much would the fans have trouble understanding? CD: It’s a pretty accessible film for all. CR: There’s a couple of gags in there, a couple of pratfalls. There’ll be not that much but some. CD: I do love a good fall. I got that from Chevy Chase. I have to do the Land Shark more
than anything. The mumbling. Chevy Chase’s mumbling became more funny than anything. Would you say those early years of SNL influenced your comedic career? CD: All my heroes were in the first five years of SNL. Chevy, Bill Murray. CR: I want to get on there. How was working with Chevy Chase and that experience? CR: We were watching Chevy since the 70s. Just the anticipation of him coming, in the end watching him work was phenomenal and to learn from him.
Can you do the dance [Morris Day was famous for]? CR: Yes, I’m doing “Jungle Love” right now. I had that haircut. What is your favorite memory of filming “Hot Tub Time Machine”? CR: There’s a lot of them. I think I laughed so hard on set because Clark and Rob and myself were improvising these bits where Rob was a master ass slapper. He was this English dude from London. Clark was the only other dude in the world who played his ass like a drum and they didn’t get along. I was the moderator. We would come up with stuff as different and stupid as that. I’d like to try and film it sometime
March 30, 2010
Impressive Jay-Z show sells out Pepsi Center Jay-Z rocks the Pepsi Center with a mix of new and old songs HUNTER STEVENS Contributor
The Pepsi Center was alive and kicking on March 22, the night when legendary rapper Jay-Z took to the stage. Playing to a sold-out crowd that was throwing diamond hand signals in the air, Jay-Z ran through a mix of both old and new material. In an interesting twist, Colorado favorite Sound Tribe Sector 9 started things off. While most fans had yet to enter the venue when the show started, the hardcore STS9 fans were there in full-force. If bringing in STS9 was a way to appeal to the Colorado crowd and sell more tickets, Jay-Z need not have worried as tickets for the show sold out quickly. Once the crowd was ready for him, Jay-Z hit the stage and commanded the attention of everyone in the arena. Unlike most hip-hop shows, Jay-Z broke from the norm by actually rapping all the lyrics to his songs, rather than just emphasizing every other word. The entire crowd sang along to lyrics from songs such as “99 Problems” and his recent smash hit, “Empire State of Mind,” as well as older songs like “Big
Pimpin’” and “Hard Knock Life.” Jay-Z interacted with fans between songs, even getting different sides of the venue to compete for which side was the loudest and conducting a venuewide hands wave. Camera operators on either side of the stage videotaped the crowd and allowed Jay-Z to call out specific fans and comment on the prettiest girls in the audience. Accompanied by a DJ, a drummer and a horns section, Jay-Z was every bit the classy thug. Dressed in a black shirt, jeans and wearing classic Wayfarer lenses, he was the epitome of hipster cool. Having been in the game for so long, Jay-Z knows how to use a stage and work the crowd. Running from one end of the stage to the other, he made sure to hit every section of the audience and his appreciation for the crowd’s enthusiasm was evident. Jay-Z was joined by Trey Songz and Young Jeezy. Jeezy gave Jay a break halfway though the set and performed a selection of his own material, including “Imma Go Hard” and “Soul Survivor.” Compared to Hova’s, Trey Songz and Young Jeezy’s performances were weak. Jay-Z closed things off with a round of his older material including “’03 Bonnie and Clyde” and “Can I Get A…”
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Jay-Z takes his BP3 Tour to Boston, days before his sold-out performance at the Pepsi Center with opener Sound Tribe Sector 9.
March 30, 2010
‘Greenberg’ lacks power, emotion CORY LAMZ Entertainment editor
When did Ben Stiller grow up and lose his flair for comedy? When he agreed to play the title character in “Greenberg,” that’s when. For audiences expecting a Stiller character to deliver more potty humor, in the style of his performance in “There’s Something about Mary,” or annoyance, like his character in “Dodgeball,” prepare for something entirely different with the character Roger Greenberg. Despite the director and cowriter Noah Baumbach’s unique approach to comedy, this time being realistically dry and comedically awkward, “Greenberg” still fails to get off the ground. The plot follows Roger Greenberg’s life – or lack thereof. “I’m really trying to do nothing for a while,” Greenberg says to a former lover. “I’m doing nothing deliberately.” When his
brother and family take a vacation and Greenberg must watch over their house, Greenberg starts to do something with his time, for once. Though he’s supposed to be building a doghouse while his brother’s family is away, he finds a love interest in his the family’s personal assistant instead. Just when there’s hope for excitement, as sparks between Florence Marr (Greta Gerwig), the assistant, and Greenberg ignite, Greenberg’s dullness prevails. His personality is so shallow he can’t even make out with Florence without her getting bored. That’s not only the problem with “Greenberg,” the film as a whole lacks substance, intrigue and excitement. Conversations are nothing more than an exchange of very brief words between characters and emotion is limited in the film, as if the actors were directed to be as stoic as possible to achieve a comedic effect.
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Ben Stiller plays the dull, dry character Adam Greenberg in Noah Baumbach’s lame comedy about an awkward man’s lackluster life.
March 30, 2010
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March 30, 2010
Maempel, Ski team shine again at NCAAs
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Antje Maempel celebrates her third NCAA Championship on March 13. Maempel is the only member of the ski team to have been a part of each of DU’s last three national titles. At this years’ event, she became the second women in NCAA history to win both classical and freestyle championships in consecutive seasons.
STEVE COULTER Sports editor
Antje Maempel led the men and women’s alpine and Nordic ski teams to their third consecutive NCAA Championship victory, the school’s seventh in 11 years. Maempel, the only member on either team to have won three national titles, became the second women’s skier in NCAA history to complete the Nordic sweep in two consecutive seasons when she won the classical and freestyle championships on March 13. “I’m very proud and I have to thank my team and my coaches for always being supportive and always believing in me,” said Maempel. “I definitely had more pressure this year since I had a great season with a second place being the worst [I finished].” Maempel said going into the 15K freestyle she planned on starting at a comfortable speed, which caused her to trail Colorado’s Alexa Turzian for much of the
race. However the junior was able to get the win with a quick burst in the final stretch, finishing 41:03 to Tuzian’s 41:09. “I knew that I had a good sprint to the finish and with that a good chance on winning,” said Maempel. “I attacked 500 meters before the finish and pulled away from her [Turzian].” “Antje was spectacular,” said alpine head coach Andy LeRoy. “She has rewritten the history books winning four individual titles in two seasons.” Maempel’s success followed after the alpine team, who won both the men and women’s giant slalom on Mount Werner in Steamboat Springs, Colo., when the NCAA Championship opened up on March 10. Sophomore Leif Haugen finished in first place in the men’s giant slalom while sophomore Lindsey Cone finished in second place in the women’s slalom. “Lindsey and Leif were phenomenal,” said LeRoy. “Leif was the best male skier all
year long and he had to come back from training for the Olympics and was able to perform really well.” Haugen rejoined his team after skiing for his native country of Norway in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Last season, he was a two-time first team All-American after finishing second and third in the giant slalom and slalom events at the NCAA Championships, respectively. “It feels good to have finished first this year, because it is something I didn’t have on my record that I wanted to have,” said Haugen. “I was more nervous at the NCAA’s than any of the other events I have done this year because my results would have effect how the team does, not just me individually.” As for Cone, a transfer student from St. Lawrence, she was also used to success at the NCAA’s. Last season she won the giant slalom event. “For Lindsey, she had the added pressure of a team vying for a championship, which was unlike what her situation was like last year [skiing for St. Lawrence],” said LeRoy. After the first day, the Pioneers led the NCAA Championships with 239 points, ahead of second place Utah by over 43 points. “The tone was set by both alpine teams on day one,” said LeRoy. “We nearly lapped the entire field, which put pressure on the other teams to ski flawlessly in the next three days.” According to LeRoy, the pressure put on the rest of the competition allowed both teams to ski relaxed. “It was key for us to get ahead on Mount Werner, because we knew that Howelsen Hill would be a much more challenging race,” said LeRoy. “At Steamboat though it was really impressive we were able to combine our success on both hills.” After the alpine skiers big first day,
which resulted in six All-American First and Second Team awards, the Pioneers had the confidence they needed. “We had the confidence we needed after day one,” said LeRoy. “We were really able to cruise and ski to the finish.” “The really good equipment on the mountain allowed us to ski strong and fast,” said Haugen. “We were able to ski out best at the right time and that’s when it really counts.” DU finished with nine First Team All-Americans, while four members of the team were named to the Second Team AllAmerican. Overall, the DU men’s alpine team and women’s Nordic team were the most successful, finishing atop their respective areas. “We haven’t had a single class take all the championships,” said LeRoy. “Three of our six Nordic skiers are new to the team and three of our six Alpine are new, which is really impressive.” Maempel is the only member on either team to have been on all three championships. “I feel honored being part of this team and winning three titles in three years with this team is unbelievable,” said Maempel. “The NCAA is always the main goal and most important for the team and that’s what we prepare for during the whole season.” For Maempel and the rest of ski team, the hard work on the mountain and in the classroom has paid off once again. The Pioneer skiers have a 100 percent graduation rate and maintain a grade point average of 3.5, according to LeRoy. “They are the true ideal of what a student athlete should be,” said LeRoy. “It is really important that DU continues this tradition of being good in the classroom and on the mountain.” With three straight national titles, DU now must maintain its stature and compete with other top ski schools.
Shocking loss magnified by departure of three to NHL Continued from page 1 “I felt like I’ve had two years of great development down here,” Colborne said Monday afternoon. “I have my coaches teammates to thank for that. Boston said they definitely thought it was good for me to come now. They have been really impressed with what’s one on here and the help I’ve gotten here. A decision here as a group, my family and my agents in Boston as well thought it was a great time to make a move.” Colborne was the Bruins’ 2008 firstround draft pick, No. 16 overall, and finished the season with 39 points on 22 goals and 19 assists. He said he is leaving Denver Wednesday morning. “It was a huge disappointment for us,” Colborne said. “We definitely had some higher goals than that, but overall it was a great year. We fell short and I feel like I let some people down. I wanted to get a national championship before I left.” Although he’s listed as a junior, Cheverie will graduate at the end of the quarter. He was drafted by the Florida Panthers in 2006. Cheverie was ranked as one of the top goaltenders all season, with a 93.2 save percentage, 2.03 goals allowed against average and six shutouts. “I haven’t decided yet,” he said. “I’ll figure it out in the next few days.” Discounting rumors, Wiercioch said he has not yet made a decision about next season. He was the Ottawa Senators secondround draft pick in 2008, No. 42 overall. “It was news to me,” he said Monday afternoon. “I got a few text messages saying ‘Congratulations.’ It’s not true as of yet.”
Wiercioch said he doesn’t know when he will make a decision. Players leaving early for the NHL isn’t a new problem for the DU hockey program. On average, two players have signed contracts each year. “If it never happened before, it would be [frustrating],” Gwozdecky said. “But it’s constant for us. It happened last year and the year before. It’s just a part of the program. You don’t like to see it happen…. You want to have those guys around for four years.” Gwozdecky said when you have a top program, losing players early is a part of the territory. Last year, DU lost Tyler Bozak to the Toronto Maple Leafs after his second season. Midway through the 20082009 season, Brock Trotter left to pursue a career with the Montreal Canadiens affiliate. When the Pioneers lost their NCAA regional that year, Chris Butler left a year early for the Buffalo Sabres. Captain Rhett Rakhshani, drafted by the New York Islanders, does not have final plans to leave yet, he said, but could be leaving as early as this week. Rakhshani graduated after winter quarter. “It’s part of the landscape of college and professional hockey these days,” he said. Gwozdecky speculated why athletes leave early in college hockey, discounting the attractiveness of the money a professional player earns. “I think it’s about the NHL and their demand to bring players along as early as possible,” he said. “Most of these guys have a dream of playing professional hockey and that’s it, plain and simple.”
Sophomore Joe Colborne, senior captain Rhett Rakhshani and sophomore Patrick Wiercioch celebrate during a recent home game. Colborne and Rakhshani will leave DU this week to pursue careers in the NHL. Wiercioch, a draft pick of the Ottawa Senators, is expected to sign a contract this week.
March 30, 2010
Basketball improves under Scott
is a great accomplishment, but what is most important is how we played in the final five weeks of the season,” said Scott. “We played the way, which I know if we play that way every time we step onto the court, then we can be really good.” Denver (19-13) also finished more than 500 percent in conference play, 10-8, for only the second time since the program began play at the Division I level. “Every year we have gone one game farther in the conference tournament and that was important for us to do,” said Scott. “When you get to that point in the year when 19 win teams and 20 win teams are playing each other,
it really comes down to who plays better that day.” In the SBC playoffs, the Pioneers were able to cut their second half deficit to one point, but couldn’t overcome a poor shooting night, where they shot just 38.9 percent from the field. “We didn’t make shots, we shot under 40 percent and that hurt us,” said Scott. Another problem that plagued the Pioneers in their final game was rebounding. The Mean Green outrebounded DU 36-27 in the game and 22-12 in the first half alone. “Rebounding changed the game, but we turned that around in the second half and we were
turned a lot of heads walking into the conference tournament in our last few games with only two players and four coaches on the bench.” The Pioneers were able to reach the successful level they did because of their top players, who played consistent throughout the long season, which required a lot out of them. Top players include, First Team All SBC selections sophomore Kaetyln Murdoch and junior Britteni Rice. According to Johnson, the coaches sometimes had to cancel practice because players were tired. The teams five starters often averaged over 30 minutes a night between them. “Depth hurt us in some games,” said Johnson. “Because of our depth we could not afford our top players to have an off night.” Although DU loses only one starter going into next season, they will have to replace one of their strongest rebounders in Ashly Robinson, who averaged 7.7 rebounds a night. “We have a really good freshman class coming in to fill Ashly’s shoes,” Johnson said. The Pioneers two other starters were also key to their improvement this past season. Junior Brianna Culberson, a finalist for the 2010 Jimmy V Foundation Comeback Award, and freshman guard Emiko Smith, who led the team in assists, played in and started every game
this season for the Pioneers. “I’m not sure if we are even a .500 team without Emiko Smith,” Johnson said of his point guard. “With more depth next season we will have a much better transition team.” An important factor to the teams success was their ability to play anywhere at any time, according to Johnson. The team finished with a 6-3 road record in SBC play, the same record they had at Magness Arena. “We did not care if we played in Costa Rica or Antarctica, we just played,” said Coach Johnson. Even with the upsetting lose in their second postseason game, there are still a lot of positives for the Pioneers looking back on the season. They had two of the conferences best players in Murdoch and Rice, who both battled injuries throughout the season. Rice even missed several mid season games. In addition to the success of their veterans, the Pioneers got significant contribution from two key freshman in Smith and forward Sarah Feeney, who played in 30 of 31 games. “It was one of those seasons where we had to deal with a lot of adversity,” said Johnson. Even with the adversity of a limited bench and worn out starters, the Pioneers were still able to improve, which they intend to continue to do looking forward to next season.
Junior Brianna Culberson puts up a shot against a South Alabama defender earlier this season in Magness Arena. Culberson was one of five players this season for the Pioneers to average over 30 minutes of playing time per game. Culberson was selected as a finalist for the Jimmy V Foundation Comeback Award. She finished the season averaging 13.5 points per game, while grabbing 6.1 rebounds per game. The Pioneers won 18 games, which was an improvement from the 16 games they won in the 2008-2009 season.
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Sophomore guard Brian Stafford attempts a lay up in a game earlier this season in Magness Arena. This season the Pioneers advanced to the SBC semi-finals and lost to eventual conference champion, North Texas. Stafford averaged 12.4 points per game.
STEVE COULTER Sports editor
In his three seasons coaching DU’s men’s basketball, Joe Scott has moved the Pioneers up a notch on the win scale. This season the Pioneers won 19 games, the second most wins in the history of the university at the Division I level. In addition, the Pioneers advanced to the semi-finals of the Sun Belt Conference tournament only to lose 63-56 to North Texas, the team that won the post-season tournament and earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. “Nineteen wins on the season
takes to get to win the conference and get to the NCAA tournament, they just have to work hard.” Scott credits the programs progress to the consistency his team has shown late in the year. “We showed some reliance and some toughness which allowed us to keep getting better in February, but what is most import is that our guys improved at that point in the year again,” said Scott. Scott emphasizes the final five weeks as an extended period of time where the team played better when the games got more important. In addition, he feels the importance in his teams accomplishments lies within the players who are returning. “When finishing seasons strong happens with guys who are veterans it becomes a habit for them,” said Scott. “That is why 19 wins is important, because we have put ourselves in a position where we make 19 wins something more than 19 next season and that’s what really matters.” As for his best season at DU thus far, Scott says all his goals for the program have not been accomplished yet. “Our goal has always been to make sure we are a winning program and in three years we have done that,” said Scott. “We didn’t reach our ultimate goal, which is the NCAA tournament, but the possibility is out there for us. It’s not a pipe dream anymore, it is a reality and it is up to us to make it happen now.” If the postseason trend continues next season, then the Pioneers will be playing in a game that can get them there.
able to make our run and get it to within one, because we rebounded better,” said Scott. “If you look at our last ten games one of the things we really did well was rebound the ball.” In his final game as a Pioneer, All-SBC First Teamer Nate Rohnert scored a team-high 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds and passed out seven assists, while becoming DU’s leader in all-time games played. “It is special to be the guy who has played the most games in school history,” said Rohnert. “What that means is that I was just durable and wanted to be able to go out there for my team.” “Nate has meant the world to this program,” said Scott. “The greatest compliment is that he loves to play and that is the hardest thing that we have to replace, his love for being in the gym.” The senior captain finished his career with 1,307 points, which places him No. 9 all-time on DU’s scorer list. “If we want to get better than 19 wins than we will need guys like him who love to play the game,” said Scott. “At this level that is leadership, so our guys have seen that and it’s going to be who wants to be like that.” With Rohnert’s absence next season, Denver must fill the void he leaves. The backcourt combination of sophomore Brian Stafford and freshman Chase Hallam improved as the season went on and will be difference makers next year, according to Scott. “Next season we are going to have a lot of seniors and juniors who now have the experience of winning a good amount of games,” said Rohnert. “They have what it
Women’s hoops overcomes adversity ALEX PAYNE Contributor
With the second best shooting percentage in the nation, the women’s basketball team was able to finish with a SBC conference record of 12-6, which was a two game improvement compared to last season when they finished 10-8. “We create shots for others,” said head coach Erik Johnson. The Pioneers (18-13) trailed only undefeated No. 1 Connecticut in shooting percentage and the Huskies have not lost a game all season. With the improved conference record, DU earned the No. 4 seed in the SBC conference tournament. In their first-round game game, they advanced with a 69-57 win over Louisiana-Monroe where they dominated the glass, out rebounding the Warhawks 42-24. Kaetlyn Murdoch had a double-double with 20 points and 15 rebounds while Britteni Rice also added 20 points to help the Pioneers advance. However in the second round the Pioneers shot a horrendous 28 percent from the field, hitting just 14 of 50 shots in a 55-48 loss to New Orleans. Another problem other than shooting, which plagued the Pioneers against the Privateers was depth. “We finished the season with seven players,” said Johnson, “We
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FAST BREAK women’s lacrosse (1-0 MPSF, 7-4)
March 30, 2010
Lacrosse rides back-to-back wins
DU 17, George Mason 9 Albany 11, DU 10
what went right In last Friday’s win over George Mason, senior midfielders Lexi Sanders and Ali Flury posted record-book numbers. Sanders tied the DU single-game record with seven assists, while Flury scored a game-high seven goals, which tied her career-high. Flury added two assists and finished with nine points, which is tied for the sixth highest single game total in Pioneer history.
what went wrong On Sunday the Pioneers overcame an earlier 5-1 deficit and tied the Great Danes going into halftime. However, the Great Danes finished the game on a 4-1, which the Pioneers could not overcome. Two Albany players to recorded hat tricks.
up next The Pioneers resume Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play on Friday afternoon when they travel to play University of California in Berkeley, Calif.
men’s tennis (14-2) DU 4, Illinois State 0 DU 4, Pacific 3
what went right The Pioneers were able to get their sixth and seventh straight win over Illinois State and Pacific, respectively. In the doubles point against Illinois State, DU dominated as Yannick Weihs and Jens Vorkefeld finished at No. 1 while Fabio Biasion and Andrew Landwerlen finished at No. 3.
what went wrong Although Pacific (4-9) is not a great team, No. 25 Denver continued their winning streak outlasting the Tigers 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. Vorkefield clinched the match for the Pioneers at the No. 5 singles when he broke a 3-3 tie with a 7-6 (8), 2-6, 6-2 win over Vegerd Veskimagi.
up next DU travels to Troy, Ala. to participate in the Sun Belt Shootout that will begin on Friday.
women’s tennis (6-12) DU 4, Wyoming 3 DU 7, Northern Colorado 0
what went right After losing six in a row, the Pioneers have now won their last three matches. On Friday against Wyoming, freshman Emma Isberg led DU to victory when she broke a 3-3 tie with a 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 win over Kim van Ginkel in the last match of the night.
what went wrong The Pioneers were able to dominate a bad Northern Colorado team (3-8) by sweeping at all three positions in doubles. In addition six Pioneers claimed single wins.
up next Denver travels to Dallas to take on North Texas and Louisville on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The Pioneers have one more home game after this weekend. After that they participate in the Sun Belt Conference Championship on April 22-April 25.
JOE KENDALL Contributor
The men’s lacrosse team won for the fourth time in five games when the Pioneers defeated rival Air Force, 9-6, on Saturday. Sophomore Mark Matthews recorded his second consecutive hat-trick while junior Todd Baxter and sophomore Patrick Rogers scored two goals apiece. Senior Peter Lowell got his second win of the season since replacing sophomore Xander Buteux on March 9. Lowell recorded ten saves and allowed only four goals against the Falcons. After a shaky 1-3 start of the season, the Pioneers have turned things around to a 5-4 record. “I’ve told the team that they have handled losses better than wins,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “What I mean by that is
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Cheverie and Gwozdecky awarded with WCHA Honors Goaltender Marc Cheverie was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Player of the Year and head coach George Gwozdecky was named WCHA Coach of the Year. In addition to the two top honors, DU landed three players on the All WCHA first team. League scoring champion Rhett Rakhshani joined Cheverie and teammate Patrick Weircioch on the All WHCA first team. It is the first time three Pioneers have earned first team honors since 1973 when four DU players were named to the first team. Cheverie’s season included a 1.94 goals-against average and a 24-4-3 record-in-net, which helped him become a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. Rakhshani also was named to the finalist list after he finished with 35 points, 15 goals and 20 assists, in 28 league games. The WCHA Coach of the Year honor is the fourth for Gwozdecky, who coached the Pioneers to their 12th WCHA regular season championship. The team finished with an overall record of 27-7-4 before entering the NCAA Division I tournament last weekend. Gwozdecky was previously awarded Coach of the Year honors in 1995, 2002 and 2005. Senior forward Tyler Ruegsegger was named to the All WCHA second team while sophomore forward Joe Colborne finished as a member of the third team.
Culberson a finalist in today’s Jimmy V Award Junior forward Brianna Culberson is one of nine finalists for the Jimmy V Foundation Comeback Award that will be presented tonight on ESPN. Culberson was named a finalist on March 11 for an award that is annual given to men and women collegiate basketball student-
every time we’ve lost a game they have really gotten upset. They’ve worked very hard. They’ve become very focused and usually came back for the next game pretty well.” This resilience was evident in the game against the No.15 ranked Stony Brook on March 20th when the Pioneers grabbed their first road win in Stony Brook, N.Y. DU took a 13-12 lead when Charley Dickinson scored the game-winner with only 2:37 left on the clock. “We haven’t been playing to our potential this year,” Dickinson said. “With the big win against Stony Brook, we’re hoping that we can carry that into conference play and just carry all the momentum and make us better.” In the game against Stony Brook, the Pioneers started out slowly and trailed 6-1 with 13:54 left in the second quarter, but ral-
lied back with four straight goals to put it at 6-5. By the 11:49 mark in the fourth quarter, the Pioneers faced a 12-8 deficit, yet managed to pull out a win. This was not the case in the loss to No. 9 Notre Dame on March 16. The Pioneers were overpowered by the Fighting Irish and lost 14-7 in South Bend, Ind. Although the team showed spirit in the first quarter, which ended 3-2, it was downhill thereafter. The Fighting Irish pounced, racking up a halftime lead of 7-3 and the Pioneers would never come within three goals for the rest of the game. It was during the Notre Dame game when Lowell replaced thenstarting Buteux. Since then, Lowell has been in net and has won both contests he has started. Lowell regains his starting
job after losing it on February 19. “Right now it is Pete’s job, we thought the team just needed a jolt after the Notre Dame game and Pete came in,” said Tierney. “He’s a senior and he’s been a starter before and we’re going into our league play and I’m not afraid to use either one of those two, but right now it is Pete’s job and hopefully he can stay consistent.” According to Tierney, the team is starting to reach that potential consistency it has been lacking all year, but there are still things to fix going into conference play. “I like it,” said captain Dillon Roy about the change Tierney has brought to the team. “It’s a lot of different techniques he has used that we haven’t in past years. Mainly it’s an overall good fit, because it works well and it is more of a team based scheme than individual.”
dium on Thursday afternoon for an in-state matchup. Last Sunday, the Pioneers began their spring schedule when they traveled to Greeley, Colo. to play Northern Colorado and Regis in back-to-back games. After the Air Force game, Denver will go back on the road to participate in the College Classic, which will be played in Temecula, Calif. on April 9.
The Pioneers first take on New Mexico at 8 p.m. on April 9 and continue tournament play on April 11 when they face San Diego. DU concludes its spring schedule with it’s final home game against Wyoming on April 17 at 4 p.m. The Pioneers enter their fall schedule as four time SBC defending champions, but are replacing five seniors who will graduate at the end of the year.
N E W S athletes in all divisions who have accomplished a personal triumph in true adversity. In her first two seasons at DU, Culberson battled with fainting spells, hypoglycemia and a knee injury. After returning from an injury in her first season, her father, Larry Culberson, suffered an unexpected seizure. According to Denver athletics, Mr. Culberson recently was diagnosed with Leukemia, which has not been easy on Culberson. However, she performed consistently this past season, finishing in double figure in 21 of 22 games. In addition to Culberson, the finalists include Georgia Tech’s D’Andre Bell, Youngstown State’s Dallas Blocker, San Diego State’s Kelvin Davis, Nebraksa’s Kelsey Griffin, Florida Athlantic’s Sanchez Hughley, Longwood’s Dana Pernell Smith II, Franciscan’s Thomas Kleinshcnitz and Waynesburg’s Kristen Lucci.
Bonin named SBC Tennis Player of the Week Freshman Enej Bonin was honored as Sun Belt Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week last week. Bonin helped the Pioneers win big matches over Princeton and Central Florida on March 18 and 20, respectively. In both contests Bonin posted single wins for DU. In addition, Bonin’s play allowed the Pioneers to leap toward their program-best No. 25 national ranking last week. Denver has seven wins over ranked teams this season, which has propelled their ranking.
Women’s soccer announces spring schedule The women’s soccer team spring schedule was announced yesterday and it will include seven games. The Pioneers have two home games slated against Air Force and Wyoming. DU plays it’s home opener when Air Force travels to the University of Denver Soccer Sta-