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University of Denver student newspaper since 1899

Vol. 117, Issue 10

April 6, 2010

NCAA re-certification looms STEVE COULTER CADDIE NATH Sports editor & copy editor

A committee of DU faculty hosted a meeting last Wednesday to discuss the NCAA re-certification of the school’s Division I athletics program and the process DU has taken so far in conducting its self-study. The discussion was opened to the public and members of the conference were encouraged to voice their opinion on the subject.

Todd Rinehart, the assistant vice chancellor of enrollment and director of admissions, and Jo Calhoun, the associate provost, are the self-study co-chairs and led the meeting. “The self-study process gives DU a systematic way to examine the operating principles, the individual teams, and day-to-day practices of the athletic department,” said Rinehart, When contacted by the Clarion prior to the meeting. Every 10 years the NCAA

reviews and re-certifies Division I athletic programs. In the 19992000 school year, Denver was certified as Division I school after previously being in Division II. The opening of the Ritchie Center with its state-of-the-art sports venues enabled DU to catapult its teams to Division I. DU has continued to improve its facilities and the recently completed soccer stadium can host NCAA soccer playoffs. The self-study is part of the recertification process, said Calhoun.

According to Rinehart, the focus of the study will be on governance and compliance, academic integrity, and gender, diversity and student athlete well being. Through the self-study and re-certification process the university also intends to increase the transparency of the athletics department and to bring it closer to the overall culture of the university, Rinehart said. The written self-study has to be submitted to the NCAA on April 30.

According to the co-chairs, this document will consist of three parts, each headed by a non-athletic department faculty member who will oversee responses to multi-part questions that the NCAA re-certification guidelines pose. The three sections include— Governments and Commitments to Rules Compliance, Academic Integrity and Gender Diversity and Student Athlete Wellness. SEE DU, PAGE 14

Stick-e shuts down DU considers

deleting e-mail ARIANNA RANAHOSSEINI Editor-in-chief


Odd collectables Myhren Gallery shows what faculty treasures



Bartender Deakin Bell pours one last drink for graduate students Laura Vizarraga, left, and Samatha Bader, right. See page 2.

DU student e-mail accounts may disappear as early as fall 2011, according to Ken Stafford, vice chancellor of technology. The university currently is looking into options such as eliminating DU student e-mail accounts altogether. No official decisions have been made, but Stafford said he is leaning toward having students register an official e-mail address from another server, such as Google or Yahoo. “A lot of students don’t want DU e-mail,” Stafford said. “We’ll make a decision as soon as we get all the ideas in.” The current e-mail system through Sun Java systems is six years old and at the end of a typical lifespan, Stafford said. It would cost $350,000 to replace. “We haven’t actually made a formal proposal for what we’re doing,” he said. “We think it’s the best way to go as do a lot of others, and we just have the details to work out.” The reaction from students is mixed. “I definitely think the current system is broken in that it isn’t really helping anyone,” said junior Dillon Doyle. “But I don’t think just doing away with e-mail and completely disregarding all graduates e-mail address and leaving them to fend for themselves is smart or very kind. I think if we just completely get rid of them it will send thousands and hundreds of thousand into Neverland they’ll never get

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delivered.” The current DU e-mail system has life-long mail forwarding for alumni, which raises concern for the new system, but Stafford said the university is trying to come up with a program to replace this. But other students said they would miss the university affiliation and how easy it is to contact students, alumni and professors. “I use DU and Gmail,” said Lalu Abebe, senior. “I really like having a DU e-mail and being affiliated with the university. For that reason, I would be opposed to getting rid of it. “I rely pretty heavily on the directory system,” she said. There would still be a DU directory through the Banner system with the student’s e-mail of choice. The university would provide a .edu proxy for student downloads. For legal reasons, faculty and staff will still have DU e-mail addresses. “You lose some professionalism. That’s what I think will impact me in applying for jobs and grad schools,” Abebe said. Others said they would be fine getting rid of DU’s e-mail and it would not be an inconvenience. “It seems like a waste of resources, especially when most people use other e-mail,” said Javier Ogaz, senior. Ogaz has had his e-mail forwarded to a personal account for the last year because he said it was easier with an off-campus connection. SEE FACULTY, PAGE 3

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April 6, 2010

Stick-e-Star owners leave area after 25 years CADDIE NATH

a community for people over 55. The Schettlers said they decided to close the popular Stick-e-Star, a popular DU hang out because the lease for the haunt, closed its doors perma- bar’s location on the redeveloped nently at two o’clock this morning block had gotten too expensive after three and a half years in and the new restaurant would business. require too much “It’s been a of their time and rough road at this resources to keep location,” said both businesses co-owner Tina running. Schettler. “This opporSchettler tunity came up and her husband and I kind of Mike decided to jumped on it and close Stick-e-Star, I didn’t renew my located on South lease,” he said. University BouleA new vard after opening rest aurant/bar a new restaurant e s t a b l i s h m e nt last month called Mike Schettler, Stick-e-Star will replace Emerald Grill in Stick-e-Star in its co-owner Windsor Gardens, location on South Copy editor

“This is like graduating from college for me, after 25 years. It’s really an upgrade to tell you the truth.”

U P C O M I N G TODAY International luncheon 12 – 1 p.m. International House The I-House holds a luncheon for international students and students who are planning on and have returned from study abroad. Meditation session 12 – 1 p.m. Evans Chapel Chaplain Gary Brower holds a music and meditation session with the theme of “creation” for April. Medical Marijuana discussion 12 – 1 p.m. Sturm College of Law, Room 190 Sam Kamin, Sturm College of Law professor, leads a panel discussion about the current and future state of Colorado medical marijuana laws. Lunch will be served. Physics and astronomy meeting 6 – 7 p.m. Physics and Astronomy Building, Room 113 The Physics and Astronomy Club holds an informational meeting about opportunities for participating in the club’s events, trips and demonstrations. Spiritual seminar 7 – 9 p.m. Driscoll Ballroom Mayan spiritual guide Miguel Angel leads a presentation to explore energies in the role of creation. The presentation is in Spanish with a simultaneous English translation. Benefit concert 7 p.m. The Cervantes The University of Denver’s Human Trafficking Clinic hosts

University, according to Schettler, although he did not provide details about the bar’s buyers. “There are some new people that want to come in there and were negotiating and they are going to make something happen,” he said. The Schettlers and their family have been serving the DU community since 1972 with Star Market, a catering business which they plan to keep running. Schettler said he is ready to leave behind the high energy DU bar scene for something lower key. “We’ve worked really hard. This is like graduating from college for me, after 25 years. It’s really an upgrade to tell you the truth,” he said. Still, the Schettlers say they’ll be sad to say goodbye.


a concert for local bands playing to raise money for Human Trafficking Awareness Week. WEDNESDAY Medical Marijuana debate 12 – 1 p.m. Sturm College of Law, Room 190 Proponent Robert Corry, criminal defense attorney debates opponent John Suthers, Colorado Attorney General. The debate will be moderated by Sturm College of Law professor Sam Kamin. Winter interterm information session 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. International House Professor Roscoe Hill holds an information session about the Project Dharamsala, the winter interterm class in Dharamsala, India. Middle East panel discussion 4 – 5 p.m. Korbel School of International Studies, Cyber Cafe The Middle East Discussion Group and ISIME co-sponsor a panel discussion called U.S.Israel Relations: The Current Situation. Financial seminar 7 – 8 p.m. Driscoll 1880 Sigma Lambda Beta hosts speaker Daniel Heredia in a seminar about the importance of establishing good credit in college. THURSDAY Dance team information session 4:30 p.m. Driscoll Underground The dance team holds an informational session for interested students to meet the coaches and ask questions.

Poetry Reading 7 p.m. Craig Hall, Community Room Martin Espada, Puerto Rican poet from New York, holds a poetry reading and discussion. FRIDAY Winter interterm information session 2 – 3 p.m. International House Learn more about the winter interterm class Project El Salvador. Religious life retreat 4 p.m. April 9 – 12 p.m. April 10 DU’s Mt. Evans Cabin Campus Crusade for Christ holds its spring retreat to Mt. Evans. Limited space is available and advance sign-up is required. Retreat is $20. Trivia night 8 – 10 p.m. Sidelines Pub Late Night @DU hosts a trivia night with free food and trivia at Sidelines Pub. SATURDAY Book performance 6:30 p.m. Newman Center for the Performing Arts The Newman Center hosts a free lecture to discuss The Secret Life of Bees as part of the Literature to Life Program. The theatrical performance of the book follows at 7:30 p.m. MONDAY, APRIL 12 & WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14 Dance team tryouts 7 - 10 p.m. Ritchie Center, Studio A/B The dance team holds tryouts for the growing dance program at DU. No formal experience is necessary but candidates should have mastered basic dance techniques.

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“I’m really sad that we won’t All of Stick-e-Star’s employbe around all of our ees will transfer to regulars and friends Emerald Grill now we’ve made at DU, that Stick-e-Star but we hope they’ll has closed, the come visit at our Schettlers said. The new location,” Tina menu at the new Schettler said. restaurant will be “It’s the end similar to that at of an era,” said Stick-e-Star, except the Schettler’s son that it will include Ryan, “It was a fun an all-day breakfast time, it was home. menu. The major Everybody grew difference, accord” up with everybody, ing to the Schettlers, you know, it was will be the clientele four years. We’re and the atmosphere Ryan Schettler, son of really going to miss of the restaurant. owner’s Mike and Tina everybody.” Located on a S t i c k - e - S t a r Schettler golf course, Emercustomers enjoyed ald Grill is open to drink specials at a the general public. It customer appreciation party last is located at 597 S. Clinton St. in night. Aurora.

“It’s the end of an era. It was a fun time, it was home. Everybody grew up with everybody, you know,

Body found in Wash Park lake identified ASSOCIATED PRESS

DENVER — The Denver coroner has identified a man whose body was found in a shallow lake in a city park. The coroner's office has identified the man as 37-year-old Brian Wichek. City workers spotted the body March 31 in Grasmere Lake in central-Denver's Washington Park. City workers spotted the body in the morning, about 20 feet from shore in three feet of water.

Police spokesman John White said investigators were trying to determine if foul play was involved. The coroner's office completed an autopsy and is waiting for test results to determine how he died. The man's older brother, Burt Wichek, told The Denver Post that his brother was a longtime United Airlines employee who transferred to Denver in 2000. His brother says he quit his job in 2008, left Denver and moved back last year.

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Pub changes possible next year




gun. The Nerf gun was confiscated.

On Thursday, March 25 at 12:41 p.m. Campus Safety responded to a report of an ill party at the Ricks Center. Paramedics transported the party to Porter Hospital for medical treatment. On Sunday, April 4 at 6:27 p.m. Campus Safety responded to a student feeling dizzy at the Ritchie Center. The student refused treatment, was escorted to their dorm room and told to seek assistance if symptoms returned.




Sidelines Pub may be seeing changes in its menu next year. Plans for increasing food options are currently under discussion.

ERIN HOLWEGER Assistant news editor

Sodexo is working on a plan to improve and increase food options at Sidelines Pub in Driscoll Student Center. Sodexo plans to present the plans to the university by the end of April. The plans are in the preliminary stage, said Joe Zemla, general manager of dining services at the

Ritchie Center. Sodexo is discussing ideas for the changes, but do not have set plans yet, he said. The additional stations would be added behind the bar. They may include a saladto-order station, a sandwich bar, grilled chicken and hot items like macaroni-and-cheese and baked dishes, said Nori Yamashita, general manager of dining services. “Right now some people like

the Pub, but we don’t have enough traffic,” said Yamashita. “We are trying to appeal more to the customers,” he said. If implemented, the changes may or may not be ready by the fall, said Yamashita. “There’s nothing set yet, everything is up in the air,” said a Sidelines Pub employee. It’s an exciting prospect, but there’s nothing set in stone, he said.

Faculty, staff to retain DU e-mail address Continued from page 1 “I believe that free services, such as Gmail or Hotmail are superior to DU’s own system,” Ogaz said. “ DU spends around $100,000 per year on security initiatives. On average, the university blocks 2 million spam messages a day. On a bad day, the DU mail server is hit with 24 million spam e-mails. This is separate from the e-mails DU marks that “appear

suspicious.” The money saved would go to other university projects and the student tech fee would remain in place. Stafford said more than half of DU students forward their e-mail to another account, which is a problem when it comes to blocking spam. When mail is forwarded, spam messages are not blocked, resulting in the proxy being blacklisted, mean-

ing all e-mails sent from the DU server are blocked. Earlier in the search for a new e-mail system, DU was considering Gmail, however Google could not guarantee privacy and according to Stafford, the university couldn’t receive answers on the process for holding or archiving e-mails for legal issues. Last week, Yale University decided against changing over to Google as an e-mail provider.

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On Thursday, April 1 at 9:53 a.m. the bookstore’s loss prevention manager took a student into custody after watching them tear two pages out of a book. Campus Safety and Denver Police responded, issued the student a citation for shoplifting and released them from custody. On Friday, April 2 at 12:33 p.m. a student came to the Campus Safety Center to report a theft at the Shwayder Art Building. The student left a pair of sunglasses in the rest room at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, and 15 minutes later returned to find them missing. On Friday, April 2 at 2:30 p.m. a student reported the theft of ski boots from the curb near the intersection of South High Street and East Colorado Avenue, south of Centennial Towers. The student was loading their car at about 9:30 p.m. on Friday, March 26 and left their backpack and ski boots on the curb.

INJURIES On Monday, March 29 at 11:51 a.m. a staff member reported injuring their hand in a workrelated duty at the Newman Center on Saturday, March 27. The staff member declined medical assistance.

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL On Thursday, April 1 at 10:24 p.m. the Sigma Alpha Epsilon president contacted Campus Safety to report an intoxicated and unresponsive student in their house. A male student walking across campus had noticed a female student stumble and fall near the SAE house and helped the female student to the house for assistance. Paramedics transported the female student to Denver Health Hospital for treatment.

HARASSMENT On Monday, March 29 at 5:09 p.m. a staff member at the Chambers Center reported receiving a concerning phone call from student’s family member about comments made in class by a faculty member. The staff member reported feeling intimidated by the caller. On Monday, March 29 at 11:31 p.m. Campus Safety responded to a report that a student was studying in a lounge in Centennial Halls when another student shot them twice with a Nerf

VANDALISM On Monday, March 29 at 5:23 p.m. a reported student accidently breaking a window at the Metallurgy Building. The student reported that they were making a normal gesture when a rock flew out of their hand and hit the window. Facilities Management was notified and responded to fix the window. On Friday, April 2 at 7:43 p.m. a student reported vandalism at parking lot C, east of Centennial Towers. The student parked their car in the lot at 8:20 p.m. on Sunday, March 28 and upon returning on Friday, April 2 at 7:20 p.m. found the weather stripping torn away from the window. On Saturday, April 3 at 2:18 a.m. five males vandalized bicycles near Hilltop Hall. When the Campus Safety officer arrived the suspects were no longer present but three vandalized bicycles belonging to the bicycle share program were found.

TRESPASSING On Monday, March 29 at 3:33 p.m. a Campus Safety officer saw four people skateboarding on the front steps of the Cable Center. Three of the parties left the scene and one entered the building. The officer advised the fourth party, a Cable Center employee, of the University skateboarding policy.

LOSS On Monday, March 29 at 4:36 p.m. a false ID in the name of a DU student was found in a wallet turned into the Parking and Transportation Services office. The false ID was found during a routine inspection.

ACCIDENTS On Monday, March 29 at 2:21 p.m. Campus Safety and Denver Police responded to the report of a hit and run accident at lot P near the Newman Center. A student parked their car at 8:10 a.m. and upon returning at 2:10 p.m. that day noticed damage on the rear bumper. On Tuesday, March 30 at 11:59 a.m. Campus Safety responded to a report of a hit and run accident at parking lot O, east of Olin Hall. A student parked their vehicle at 7:50 a.m. and upon returning at 10 a.m. later that day noticed damage to the rear bumper. On Thursday, April 1 at 12:11 p.m. Campus Safety responded to a report of an accident at lot 119, west of the physics building. A staff member was parking their car and struck a large rock. On Thursday, April 1 at 9:07 p.m. a Campus Safety officer was flagged down by a student reporting their car had been struck by the parking lot gate arm while exiting lot 108, near the intersection of Buchtel Boulevard Josephine Street.


April 6, 2010

Graduate programs to launch in fall CADDIE NATH Copy editor

In the fall DU will become one of only 12 universities worldwide to launch the Master’s in Development Practices (MDP) program, a newly conceived degree program through the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies. The program will combine on-campus courses with new “global classroom” technology, practical workshops and field research on four continents. “[The MDP students] will have a very challenging 25 months. They have 16 core courses, several electives, four [international] trips, a five month internship here in Colorado and fourteen practitioner-led workshops on development,” said Daniel Wessner, director of the MDP program. The program will cut across four disciplines, including health sciences, social sciences, engineering and management. The first class of the degree program will include 25 students from all over the world, according to Wessner. During the program, through the use of the Promethean Board, new technology that essentially works as a large scale two way computer screen and websites such as Webex and Skype, students will be constantly engaged with people from their own communities working to build sustainable development

strategies. Classes will also be co-taught by DU professors and professors at campuses in other countries through the new Internet technology. Wessner said the goal of the program is to transform the current approach to international development by bringing together people to develop an applied, scholarly and collaborative approach that will reflect empathy with the different situations and perspectives of people in diverse contexts and locations. “The end of this could be thousands of people accessing open source learning materials about sustainable development, not just 25 students at a time in a graduate program. For our DU students in the program, they [will be] relating to large numbers of diverse communities worldwide… it’s pretty radical stuff,” Wessner said. To test out the theories, topics and technology that will be central to the program, Wessner is currently teaching an undergraduate course called Strategic Peacebuilding that utilizes the global classroom technology, includes live web discussions with Vietnamese students and tackles some of the topics at the core of the MDP program. The initiative for this new program grew out of a challenge extended to universities all over the world by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 2008 to create programs

in development practices. Of 176 universities that initially showed interest in the project, DU is one of only a dozen that will launch the program in the fall. However, Korbel is not the only school at DU launching new programs in the fall. The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences division will be offering socio-legal studies major to undergraduates in the fall. The new liberal arts major will explore how the law impacts people’s lives and vice versa, how social institutions and their values influence and are influenced by the law and how the law constrains or empowers members of and groups within society, according to Ann McCall, dean of the AHSS department. The Sturm College of Law will offer two certificate programs in international law and employment or “worklaw” next year. These certificate programs are similar to undergraduate majors, according to Martin Katz, dean of the College of Law. Both certificate programs will give graduates of the law school more area specific expertise, making them more attractive to potential employers, Katz said. Proposals for an environmental law as well as a business law certificate are also in the works, according to Katz. Katz said both might be available as early as next year. Katz said the law school is also working on constructing a new International Legal Studies



The new Master’s in Development Practices program will utilize new technology in the classroom will help students communicate with communities and other professors to learn about sustainable development strategies.

LLM program, although it is still in the planning stages. Daniels also is launching a new one-year MBA program in the fall, according to Associate Dean Daniel Connolly. “We’ve had the dual degree programs, [where undergradu-

ate business students] go on in a 5th year and get the MBA, but what we are doing is we are opening up the program to other students who have gone to accredited business schools and have an[undergraduate] business degree,” Connolly said.

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Indie coffee without the attitude

from seven eleven, with a promise to finally unify the needs of coffee lovers and students alike with excellent roast and a comfortable environment to enjoy it in. Groundz was opened by the husband and wife team of Tony and Angelina Solano, and if you visit you are likely to be welcomed by their warm smiles. Unlike many independent coffee operations you won’t find descendent behaviors in the staff or have to deal with snooty coffee hipsters. Here, the independent factor is emphasized in their choice to roast Novo coffee and their dedication to the overall

experience. “We love coffee and always wanted to open our own shop, we drove up to the for lease sign on the old PC Express shop and knew we could make it our own,” Angelina said. The quaint spot is lit dimly with ceiling fans and filled with glass tables and metal chairs. It is not exactly coffee shop norm and one feels a bit like they have met in the cross section of coffee spot, deli and owner Angelina’s living room. A small, electric, oldfashioned fire stove in the back left corner provides a cozy spot to camp out with a stack of class

readings while enjoying a sweet treat or a necessary afternoon caffeine boost. Like most spots around campus, Groundz has free WiFi, but the Solano’s promise their 40 MB broadband will blow all the others out of the water. “We really are in it for the community, we feature art by DU students and want to make it the best experience we can,” Tony Solano said. But in coffee, friendliness is not necessarily a deciding factor on where to sip. So where does Groundz stack up against their competition? Novo Coffee company was rated best of Westword 2009, and the Solano’s received their training at their primary location in the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton building downtown. Angelina skillfully whips up a traditional macchiato, an espresso shot delicately delivered with a snuff of foamed milk atop for $2. Espresso shots must be timed perfectly and with keen eyes, Angelina makes her move to provide a tasty drink that is sure to satisfy the palette of any espresso lover. Sharing the menu with traditional espresso creations like the mocha, $3.50 for a 12 oz., and the Americano, $2.50 for 12 oz., are

“The majority of CorePower Yoga classes do incorporate heat, however, not all classes at CoreThe windows are so foggy Power Yoga are heated. There is a that Colorado’s famous clear blue Vinyasa flow class, called C1, that is non heated and is structured sky is blurred. A group of yogis sit on their for someone who is relatively new yoga mats as their bodies are to yoga, or any yogi who wants drenched in sweat. Moisture drips to take a class to get back to the from the ceiling as the humidity basics,” Ronan said. C orePower begins to resemble began in Denver that of the Amazon “Yoga has helped in 2002, and was rain forest. founded by Trevor Welcome to me see that each Tice, a native of hot yoga at the day in our world CorePower Yoga we are fighting new Telluride, Colo. Today, Corestudio on 1699 S. and unique battles Power Yoga has Colorado Blvd. grown to 28 stu“Some people internally and dios in Colorado, are here for the externally.” California, Illinois, heat and some Minnesota and people are here for Oregon. A memthe yoga. Let’s have Sarah Ronan bership is valid at some fun,” said Yoga instructor any of these locaCorePower yoga tions nationwide. instructor Sarah Ronan said, “The more time Ronan to begin Hot Power Fusion, a 60-minute class that combines a person spends on their mat, the Vinyasa-style and traditional hot more they will get out of the pracyoga poses, in a room heated to tice. As far as justifying the cost, yoga is a holistic practice.” 97 degrees. Yes, it is hot. The membership and classes CorePower currently offering a free week of unlimited yoga come at a price, but regular yoga classes to students at any of their practice offers many health benefits. Ronan explained, “I have locations nationwide. There are student rates for many students that say their yoga membership packages. There practice has replaced or diminalso are single drop-in classes for ished certain medications, psy$12, and a number of free or $8 chologist visits, doctor bills, and impulsive or expensive behavior discount classes. Ronan explained, “The two in their lives. I believe an investmain benefits of a heated room are ment in a healthy lifestyle, a intense detoxification and deeper mental, physical, and spiritual stretching. The heat also helps balance, will always pay off in the with relaxation and conversely long run.” “The benefits depend on the can pose a mental challenge for building focus as well. Everyone’s person and their commitment body will respond differently level to the practice, because it is just that, a practice.” depending on the day.”

Ronan said, “Yoga has helped me see that each day in our world we are fighting new and unique battles internally and externally. Coming to my mat is a reminder to me that I am not in control of what happens to me in this life, but I am in control of how I react

to each situation. It is an empowering practice and because of yoga I am able to accept and appreciate all of my life, not just the easy spots. The yoga butt and toned arms are icing on the cake.” CorePower is open seven days a week with classes at most


University Groundz opened in late February with a promise to treat the DU community at their nearby 2423 S. University Blvd. location.

ROSIE WILMOT Lifestyles editor

Coffee shops and college campuses seem to go hand in hand, but DU students know the options are limited around these parts. If the quick fix is your thing there’s Starbucks on University Boulevard. If you are in for a longer bike ride or car trek, the indie coffee spot Stella’s is your digs. But, there’s a new option. University Groundz, located at 2423 University Blvd., moved into the DU neighborhood in late February and is just across the street

iced drinks. Steamers and Italian sodas range in price from $2 to $4.50. Black, green, white, lemongrass and ginger leaf teas by Teatulia aromatize the environment and provide patrons with less caffeinated options. The front case also offers mineral water, Martinelli’s apple juice, orange juice and Izze sparkling juice. Groundz also is home to a host of affordable meal options and soon hope to expand to a full lunch menu and catering. Creations from Figaro’s bakery are delivered daily, including a sumptuously sweet sticky bun for $3, croissants stuffed with feta and spinach for $3.50 and brownies for $2. Breakfast burritos for $2 yield a satisfying experience with a hearty blend of potatoes, cheese, eggs and spicy green chili. Lunch burritos with beans cheese and chili are also available for $2 while a savory steak burrito is priced competitively at $3.25. “It’s a really exciting experience to get to do this, we receive a lot of repeat customers and are enjoying the ride,” Angelina said. Anyway you cut it, this place is an extremely comforting and accommodating environment where visitors will be met with quality and friendliness to match.

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April 6, 2010

Look what people collect Gallery exhibit, faculty and staff collections

CONNIE MIERKEY Managing editor

We come to know professors and staff members in a professional manner, but what are these people like outside the classroom and off campus? “The Faculty Collects: An Exhibition of Objects that Inspire, Incite and Inform” is currently at the Victoria H. Myhren Gallery. The exhibit offers a glimpse into faculty and staff ’s personal interests and lives. The exhibit encompasses 16 collections from DU faculty and staff. There is a wide range of types of collections and even mundane everyday objects are made intriguing. The idea for the exhibit grew out of conversations among the Faculty Gallery Committee, Catherine Chauvin, Annabeth Headrick, Laleh Mehran and Roddy MacInness. A must-see display at the exhibit is Sarah Gjertson’s collection of antique vibrators. Gjertson is an associate professor in the School of Art and Art History (SAAH) and became interested in collecting vibrators while researching hysteria. Vibrators were introduced in the 1800s and vibration was thought to alleviate hysteria, as well as things like fatigue and constipation. All of the electric vibrators in her collection still work. Check it out to see where the modern vibrator had its origins. Another very entertaining display is Christopher Coleman’s collection of airplane safety guides. Coleman is an assistant professor in the Media, Film and Journalism Studies department and he started collecting these items after 9/11. These are insightful because they are not supposed to be removed from the plane, however, information they offer about societal procedures and how we depict emergencies becomes evident in a way one would not have noticed glancing through them in an airplane. Take a look at the different drawing and photograph styles in the guides, as well as how different genders and ethnicities are represented. Some of the objects are ordinary but do not make for ordinary collector items. The Coordinator of the Academic Program at SAAH, Jason Kellermeyer collects Popsicle sticks. They are displayed on a table top and Kellermeyer invites gallery-goers to play. Most of the sticks are from Popsicles he personally ate although some are from others and they are mostly from his teen years. A very personal but compelling collection is that of Roddy MacInness, the associate professor of photography in SAAH. He collects keys from motels to explore the loneliness and anxiety of long-distance motel living. Accompanying the many keys with brightly colored tags, is a series of photographs MacInness took at various motels and campsites while working as a geologist based in Canada. The color photographs beautifully illuminate how lonely the human experience can be and allows viewers a glimpse into MacInness’ past. Susan Meyer collects small


Above: A collection of toys at the exhibit, some are new and still in their original packaging while some are worn with play. Right: Painting and drawing professor, Deborah Howard’s collection of worn shoes.

ceramics, sculptures, objects and cacti with her husband and they decorate their home with these items. Meyer is a lecturer in the SAAH. A small sample of the collection is on display in the gallery

like it would be in the Meyer’s home and viewers get a glance into the Meyer’s creative world. The exhibit will be open through April 25. There is no cost and it is open noon to 4 p.m. daily.


April 6, 2010

iPhone network expansion on the horizon DYLAN PROIETTI Opinions editor

The iPhone was first released nearly three years ago. The phone, and Apple, revolutionized the market and has since changed the way people think about mobile phones. Since that time, the mobile phone market has almost become a game of catch-up, trying to reach the pedestal that the iPhone has been placed upon. Mobile phones have come and gone, many labeled as “iPhone killers,” but so far none of them have been able to put a scratch in the multimedia Apple smartphone. Some companies, most notably Google with it’s Android phones, have made headway, but the iPhone still remains both a status symbol and the epitome of smartphones. More recently, Microsoft has begun to release it’s own phones in an attempt to compete with the iPhone and the smartphone market. Neither of these companies, unfortunately, have been able to reach the usability

or popularity of the iPhone. Despite its already significant following, the iPhone could be approaching a new level of unprecedented success in the mobile phone market. This year marks the end of AT&T’s exclusive contract with Apple to sell and provide service for the iPhone. With this knowledge in mind, an increased number of rumors have begun surfacing indicating that the phone will be available in the coming year on the Verizon and Sprint networks, with some, such as MSNBC, reporting the release possibly as early as this summer. Yesterday, Web sites such as Engadget have reported that details on the iPhone OS 4 will be released by Apple on Thursday at 10 a.m., just five days after the release of the highly anticipated iPad. If these forthcoming details were to include an expansion of iPhone sales to Verizon Wireless, with 91.2 million subscribers, and to Sprint Nextel, with 41.8 million subscribers, it would nearly double

“Mobile phones have come and gone, labeled as ‘iPhone killers,’ but so far none of them have been able to put a scratch in the multimedia Apple smartphone.”

the amount of potential iPhone users in the market. This, coupled with the currently questionable AT&T coverage, especially in areas of high 3G traffic, and the possibility of that coverage being extended with the two new networks, make this expansion even more highly anticipated by consumers and necessary for Apple. If these rumors are, in fact, true, the iPhone will only continue to expand on its already significant head start and pull further ahead in the mobile phone market. Personally, I have no qualms with the expansion of coverage. If Apple’s competitors, however, take no action in response to the expected expansion and improvement of the iPhone, many will fall in its wake. I see the iPhone as an incentive for competition rather than a threat to the market. Arguably,

the iPhone could be one of the best phones available on the market today. But it also provides the carrot for other companies to follow and attempt to reach. Products such as the Android and Microsoft phones, while behind for now, should be working vigorously to reach the point that the iPhone has already reached and continues to improve upon. In time, competitors will likely reach the level that the iPhone is on, and most likely surpass it, but for now, and for the near future, the horizon is masked by Apple and its iPhone.


Pioneer Voices How do you feel about DU possibly ending its e-mail service?

GINA MARES Junior Colorado

SAM VINSON Freshman Colorado

“I use it as my main e-mail. It wouldn’t be that hard to get a new one, but it’s kind of convenient.”

“The e-mail service is convenient, but sometimes it isn’t very timely. I’d like to see what they have in store for it.”

ERIC FROESE Junior Alabama


KATIE ELLES Freshman Colorado

“That would be really unfortunate. It’s how I keep in touch with my teachers.”

“Having .edu allows students to a lot of access to research databases and we would lose that, and that would be bad. But other than that, I really don’t mind.”

“Not good. I have different e-mails, and I expect to get certain ones from them. I check it way more than the others.”




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April 6, 2010


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H O R O S C O P E ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your energetic personality will attract plenty of partners but not a lasting relationship. You may be ready to settle down but, unless you tone down your playful, carefree approach to love, you aren’t likely to find long-term relationship. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Don’t get upset if someone you like doesn’t respond to your advances. It’s best to keep your feelings and plans secret until you get to know the person you are pursuing a lot better. A long courtship will bring the far better results. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You’ll attract lots of interesting people but, before you jump into a serious relationship, consider what’s being offered and what you are being asked to give up. It is apparent that you may end up with someone who cannot offer you equality. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Get over anyone who has been leading you on or taking advantage of you emotionally. Instead, get out with friends and take part in activities you enjoy so you will meet potential partners who share

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common interests. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): It won’t take long for you to meet someone of interest. Through work-related events or while traveling for business, you will come across someone who equals and complements you mentally, physically and emotionally. Enjoy the ride. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You will feel the urge to earnestly pursue someone you are attracted to but, before you become too pushy, rethink your strategy. You are better off slowing down and taking the time to find out more about this person’s likes and dislikes. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Nothing will stand in your way when it comes to love. You will attract someone who is looking for the same things you are and, together, you can form a fabulous relationship that will stand the test of time. It’s time to make a commitment. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Get out and have some fun. The chemistry you feel with someone you meet along the way will stop you in your tracts. Don’t fight the inevitable. Enjoy the moment and you will discover how magnetic the

right relationship can be. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You’ll fall for someone who can match you one-on-one. Expect a rollercoaster ride, full of excitement, adventure, heartache and sorrow. You’ll experience the bad with the good, but at least it won’t be a boring, one-sided relationship. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You may be tempted to reunite with someone from your past. Take a walk down memory lane and remember how the relationship ended the last time around. Spare your heart the grief and take a pass. There are other fish in the sea. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Love is apparent but make sure that your motives are honorable. You cannot buy love or be bought. When push comes to shove, if the deep emotional bond is not present, you will end up in a relationship that is unsatisfying. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Expect to be pursued by someone who may put the pressure on you. Too much, too fast will lead to questions when the dust settles. Find out all you can about your suitor before you become so deeply involved that you can’t say no.

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April 6, 2010

CD serves up good rock, forgettable music AJ GUNNING Entertainment editor

Envy on the Coast’s latest album Lowcountry, provides some mainstream rock thrills, but a lack of ingenuity makes it easily forgettable. The CD relies on simple and catchy guitar rhythms with equally fetching but ultimately meaningless lyrics. The album is very superficial in the sense that the instantaneous appeal it provides is quickly overshadowed by a frightening lack of musical or lyrical depth. The music seems recycled from the various genres of rock, including the initially enticing guitar rhythms. Despite the obvious lack of creativity, Envy on the Coast did manage to put out a well-designed, mainstream rock album. Instead of attempting something new, the band decided to improve the quality of what already exists. And it is hard to not bob your head and tap your feet to songs like “Death March on Two, Ready?” and “Head First In the River” that offer a mesh of fast-paced, distorted guitars and Ryan Hunter’s talented voice. The vocals are the most entertaining aspect of this album, ranging from a soft, slow drone to a full-on scream, often in the same song. Although this is not uncommon in modern rock, Envy on the Coast does it better than anyone except maybe Underoath. The album itself is a slightly softer tone than you would find in other screamo bands like Underoath, but much of the theory is the same. One of the more impressive feats of Lowcountry is how it draws from a wide breadth of rock music. Envy on the Coast


Envy on the Coast’s new album Lowcountry provides some immediate musical thrills, but it lacks the depth to make it a sustainable part of music lover’s libraries.

clearly draws from influences in the soft, hard, scream-o, southern and metallic rock genres. However, these influences sometimes go too far and start to sound a little too much like Incubus or Rage Against the Machine, thus losing some of the band’s own identity as a rock group.

This is an album for those who love the current modern rock scene and can’t get enough of bands that promulgate the 93.3 scene. Although Lowcountry promises nothing new, it does an excellent job of taking advantage of what has already been created. Despite doing this extremely well, it

is a little disappointing that it seems like an impossible task to discover a chord progression that has not already been utilized by other, popular rock bands. This album is worth getting only if you understand it is the kind of album that you will buy, enjoy, and listen to until a month later when you completely forget it.

Politics galvanize Sweatshop Union in interview ALAINA ROOK Contributor

Editors note: Kyprios is a member of the Canadian rap group Sweatshop Union. On March 23, they played a show at the Marquis theater. You all came from different groups and are also balancing solo careers- What does that add to the group dynamic? Kyprios: I think that the most positive thing that comes out of it is that it gives more opportunity for people who haven't heard our music to connect with it. You never know who will be able to connect with the music or how they will find it. For all of us, this is about the team first, even when promoting the individual subgroups it's with the hope that we are raising awareness of Sweatshop Union, and adding to the base of people who will listen and appreciate. You guys are really politically and socially conscious. How does that play into the derivation of your name—Sweatshop Union? Kyprios: The name is basically that in the larger part of the world, specifically to us, especially in North America someone is always just working for somebody's else's name, you have a boss who works for a company, who has a boss who works for a corporation. The sweatshop is just a metaphor for the fact that we are all working for somebody else, and just like in a sweatshop, where you are putting in so much labor and getting a minimal wage, it's generally not a fair split. Ten years ago when we stared this we were all in this state of mind where we just wanted to do this for ourselves. We wanted to work and drive and create something that was our own.

What are some of the issues you guys see as the most important to drive to the surface of Americans and Canadian consciousness in your music? Kyprios: For me specifically-not speaking for the group, because I think that this answer could be different for any of the guys-it's to question everything. Teachers, the people around you, artists. Get to the root of everything around you that's important in your life. Find that understanding of what it really is about. Get to that discovery on your own. Question your government, representatives of your town, county, even college. If you are just sitting there complaining, then nothing is ever going to get better for you. You need to take the time to understand and talk to people who can make the change. What is your favorite part of being a part of Sweatshop Union? Kyprios: It's really satisfying when people get it. When the things you are trying to do, trying to espouse, trying to say, are appreciated. Its comparable to a comedian getting on stage and trying new material to be met with a laughing audience. When people appreciate the message that's really the best part. What is the best part of touring? Kyprios: Touring has become more difficult over the years. It’s hard to live a regular life. It becomes important to focus on the positive factors. We have been touring the U.S. for only two and half years, and so there are still a lot of places we have never been able to go. So the most exciting part is meeting new people seeing new faces. But at the same time, in cities we have toured in multiple times, like Denver or Salt Lake City, it’s nice to see familiar faces, having somebody you know who can make it more like home.


Sweatshop Union braved the snow and played a concert at the Marquis theater on March 23.


April 6, 2010

She & Him find inspiration in 1950s sound Duo’s new album is ‘an old gem from a different decade,’ light-hearted pop with a tinge of darkness BIANCA GORDON Contributor

When listening to the recently released Volume II from She & Him, it is hard not to wonder if one has stumbled across an old gem from a different decade–the ‘50s, when pop music was simple and catchy. She & Him, a collaboration between actress-turned-singer Zooey Deschanel and music producer M. Ward, hit their aim at a ‘50s vinyl classic-like sweetness, with upbeat tunes that deliver simplicity and fun. Deschanel’s vocals echo another time with solid substance, and Ward’s guitar leans back on the days of Buddy Holly-like strumming. Tempos often hark on the ‘50s generation, and the lyrics are simple and sweet as well. The first single off Volume II, “In the Sun,” relies on the upbeat tones to allow Deschanel sing cheerily about a classic situation; getting “the slip.” Deschanel sings and flirts

around with choreographed dances and hula hoops. However, the chorus falls flat of She & Him’s usual catchiness and hook. Deschanel comforts her own heart, singing: “That’s alright/That’s OK/ We all get the slip oh everyday/ But I’ll keep it to myself in the sun.” Always one to juxtapose heartache and happiness, Deschanel penned most of the lyrics, while Ward lingered on the production aspects of the album. “Thieves” starts the album with a soft, lamenting tone about losing love, yet never truly stepping away from the bright tones with light guitar strumming and even harmonies. While the album may be catchy and sweet, it doesn’t bring forth anything new or substantial material, like Volume I offered. As Deschanel and Ward press farther into eras past, their sound blends more into white noise than significant and solid songs that can stand the test of time. The choruses are less catchy, remaining light-hearted, and Ward’s guitar is steadfast in backing Deschanel’s vocals. Nevertheless, they don’t deliver anything quite as exciting as they did in the past.


Goldfrapp dives ‘Head First’ into disco BROOKE WAY Contributor

If you thought that the days of the keyboard piano and women’s jumpsuits had come and gone, then the electro-pop sound of British sensation Goldfrapp is sure to prove any cynic wrong. Although some may be unfamiliar with Goldfrapp’s sound, their fifth studio album Head First was released on March 23, and is bringing back the kind of music people praised in the days of “The Breakfast Club” and legwarmers. Lead singer Alison Goldfrapp’s unique vocals are similar to that of a young Olivia Newton-John in her “Grease” days, and her lyrics are destined to make listeners of all generations want to become footloose. If her

vocals weren’t enough to remind those listening of a synth-pop phenomenon, Alison Goldfrapp’s bright blue eye shadow and Farrah Fawcett hairdo add to the band’s ever-convincing ‘80s persona. Along with collaborator Will Gregory, the popular duo has released previous albums such as Felt Mountain in 2000 and Seventh Tree in 2008, yet the newest is diverse in the aspect that it appeals to a more dancebased audience. One of the album’s more popular tracks “Rocket” was released earlier on March 8, and holds homage to ‘80s hits such as Van Halen’s “Jump” and Europop’s “Gloria”. “Believer,” the second track on the scintillating album describes one finding and attaining love with lyrics: “A cupid on


M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel of She & Him return to music with Volume II, a blast from the ‘50s pop past that is just as catchy as it is sweet and simple.

the go/No arrow and no bow… /I thought you’d gone for good/I hadn’t understood…/Rushing like the sea/You’ve come back to me.” Although the lyrics may be simple, Goldfrapp’s talented vocals and reference to a decade long gone have people feeling as if the ‘80s have never left. Goldfrapp may be far from the musical preferences of today’s hip-hop and R&B charttoppers, but for those interested in something new, yet surprisingly reminiscent of an earlier era, Goldfrapp’s Head First is just the album to be tuning into. As spring slowly starts to present itself on campus, Goldfrapp’s latest album is perfect for breaking out those retro neon Ray Ban’s and diving “head first” into Goldfrapp’s keyboard-clad arrangements.

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Alison Goldfrapp returns as an ‘80s disco queen on new album Head First by Goldfrapp. The sound is unlike any other the band has explored in its 11 years of releasing albums.



April 6, 2010

A late night with Spike and Sarah: immature, dirty comedy for mature, adult audiences Threesome explores sex, talking vaginas with “Oysters, Poles, and Beavers” WHITNEY HARKNESS Contributor

In their first sketch comedy revue, “Oysters, Poles, and Beavers,” Spike and Sarah present their audience with a full-frontal exploration of sex at the Avenue Theater on Saturday. Daring to portray everything from a couple abducted by aliens to singing three-foot vaginas, the trio keeps their audience trapped between embarrassment and immature laughter. The troupe, made up of performers Spencer Reedy, Mike Malyar and Sarah Kirwin, boldly explore every vice of the flesh in this onehour production. The show begins with a graphic cartoon porno, followed by some seemingly impromptu street interviews. The next 30-odd sketches range in location from the Old West to a city laundromat. Some were coy and intellectual, such as the unusual lovetriangle between an ex-con, his wife and his fugitive cell mate/lover. Others depicted fairly ordinary situations, like a sex joke gone wrong or the nostalgia of a lonely little league coach.

The group can only go so long, however, before they delve into graphic and jarring content. In addition to sketches, like one of a stripper and her daughter, Chlamydia, on takeyour-daughter-to-work day, the threesome closed the show with a rather explicit scene between a three-foot talking vagina and her guitar accompanist. The vagina sings a song about “sex-cretions” and then coerces her reluctant crush to “wipe her forehead,” causing her to climax and actually spit water across the stage. While the production maintains a strong sex-positive message, as is so rare in sex humor these days, the trio often goes for the easy, immature laugh. The potential shown in some of the more intellectual skits is lost in the sheer mass of explicit innuendo. Spike and Sarah force the audience to feel more uncomfortable than amused. This awkward tension could only be relieved by the troupe’s amazing comedic timing and characterization. The trio present a brilliant diversion for those looking for an easy laugh and immature giggles after happy hour, but unfortunately they lack any real substance. Spike and Sarah will continue their stay in Denver, performing at the Avenue Theater on Saturday, April 10 and 17.


Spike and Sarah performed their “immature mature” comedy at the Avenue Theater on April 3.

The fall of the house of Usher CORY LAMZ Entertainment editor

These are his confessions. Two years after releasing his last album, Usher has a lot to say on his new effort, Raymond V. Raymond. Unfortunately, we’ve heard it all before. Fresh from divorce, Usher returns to the dance floor with songs about sex, love and relationships. This time, however, Usher’s baggage weighs him down. The songs on Raymond V. Raymond aren’t celebratory; they’re egocentric. Throughout the album, the ladies’ man tries to reclaim the shine he lost when his marriage ended. If it weren’t for “Papers,” you wouldn’t know he had been married in the first place. He sings, “And I turned into the man I never thought I’d be/I’m ready to sign them papers, papers, papers.” It’s no coincidence, then, that the song following “Papers” is titled “So Many Girls.” The topic is like most other Usher tracks, but the production stands out: the drum beat is grungier and the synthesizer line adds a darker layer to the R&B crooner we thought we knew. The strobe lights turn down

Upcoming Denver concerts Taylor Swift April 6 and 7 at Pepsi Center Spoon April 6 at Ogden Theater The Fab Four April 10 at the Gothic The Big Pink April 11 at Bluebird Theater Puddle of Mud April 11 at the Gothic


After his marriage ended, Usher returns with Raymond V. Raymond, a declaration of his bachelorhood.

for another moment on Raymond, as Usher “gets exotic” with rising singer Nicki Minaj on the single “Lil Freak.” Too bad Minaj’s rap is hotter than any of Usher’s delivery in the whole four and a half minutes, as Minaj makes rapping about Santa’s reindeer sound sexier than making love in a club.

The standout on Raymond, however, is when Usher stands alone in the opening song, “Monstar,” with his self-proclaimed “black heart.” That, combined with a haunting synth, bouncing hand claps and self-effacing lyrics, make “Monstar” the catchiest Usher song never to be released

to radio. It strips away the superficial come-ons like in “Hey Daddy” for a more honest approach to picking up women. Usher whispers, “There’s three sides to every story/ There’s one side/There’s the other/ Then there’s the truth.” Now that’s a confession for all the hopeful single ladies out there.

Lucero April 13 at Bluebird Theater Overkill April 13 at the Gothic OK Go April 14 at Bluebird Theater


April 6, 2010

Black Gold: ‘We’re neo-nazi, communist, republican, Christian, right wing stoners’ DEIDRE HELTON Contributor

The audience moved in sync with the baseline, tithe heartbeat of the music, and the hidden treasure of Black Gold. An alternative rock band from Brooklyn, Black Gold exudes a combination of energy, catchy keyboard melodies and off-the-cuff lyrics to create irresistible tracks the crowd couldn’t help but dance to at the show at the Marquis on March 29. Despite being the opening act for Sherwood, Black Gold stole the show, hyping up the crowd with the energy and passion contained in every fluid song. Every musician on stage was enjoying himself, and consequently so did the fans. Simply put, the intensity was contagious. With smooth guitar riffs, foot stomping, keyboard slamming and an impressive vocal range, Black Gold into a specific genre becomes a difficult task, even in the band’s own eyes. “We’re neo-nazi, communist, republican, Christian, rightwing stoners,� said Eric Ronick, the vocalist and keyboardist, with a sigh. Black Gold was founded in 2006 when Ronick and Than Luu,

the drummer, met and began collaborating to write and record music almost immediately. Since then they were joined by Kerry Wayne-James on bass and Alistair Paxton on guitar and backing vocals. Their debut album, Rush, was released in February 2009. Their persisent attitude is what inspires the band and, according to Luu, every band member fell in love with Colorado during their visit. They especially love Red Rocks Amiptheater where the beauty and ambiance of the theater inspire impromptu jamming, while being able to receive feedback from other visitors. This same interaction carries over to the audience as the band performs. The stage presence of all four men exemplifies what it means to be a good musician. Last week, just as Paxton swung off his guitar to pick up a set of drumsticks and join Luu on a snare drum, Ronick moved back and forth from the keyboard while singing into the microphone, and Wayne-James swayed to the beat, stomping his feet in rhythm. Their enjoyment for the music they were making was apparent.



Black Gold opened on March 29 at the Marquis and stole the show with a blend of smooth guitar and keyboard creativity.

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DU examines its Division I athlete policies Continued from page 1 Vice Chancellor Craig Woody, who is in charge of the Governments and Commitments to Rules Compliance branch of the study, said at the meeting that there were 15 questions his group had to answer. Michael Levine Clark, the Faculty Senate president, discussed the academic integrity aspect of the study. He said academic standards for athletes include admission eligibility, graduation rate, missed classes and resources available to student athletes. Lisa Matye Edwards, the director of advising, addressed gender issues, diversity in athletic programs and the safety of the student athlete. According to Edwards, when DU was initially accepted as a Division I athletics program, there was a good plan set in place, but it was short on resources to take care of a student athletes well-being. As Denver goes for recertification, the members of the committee feel that the school is in an excellent position to provide for athletes well being, she said. In October, an NCAA sitevisit team will visit the campus to evaluate the self-study. “The end result will be that the university will be either certified, certified under certain conditions, or not certified,” said Rinehart at the conclusion of DU’s presentation of the selfstudy effort. Questions from the audience

concerned the positive attributes of the school’s athletics program, Rinehart said that the student athlete graduation rate was one thing that the committee was proud of. He attributed this to a close cooperation between the administration and the athletics program. Other questions related to the school’s compliance standards and student affiliation with athletics. A discussion ensued regarding the athletic program’s current affiliation with the Sun Belt Conference. “Our biggest issue right now is conference affiliation,” said Peg Bradley-Doppes, director of then Division of Athletics and Recreation, “It’s on the top of everyone’s mind. The SBC is a home for us right now as we search for a better fit.” Doppes said DU must get better in sports such as basketball, because the school lacks major sports teams such as football and baseball, which could attract other conferences. “DU is special to the SBC, because schools in the SBC don’t have sports like skiing, hockey and lacrosse,” said Doppes. “Conferences such as the WAC (Western Athletic Conference) and the Mountain West care only about core sports and we don’t have a football team.” She added that there will be a continued ripple effect in change in Division I conference affiliation in years to come and that a move would make sense for DU, because student athletes would miss less class and feel more connected to campus without having



At last Wednesday’s NCAA recertification meeting, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Enrollment, Todd Rinehart, and Associate Provost, Jo Calhoun, mediated a discussion about the University of Denver’s athletic program. After allowing the three section leaders of Denver’s self-study discuss their independent branches, Rinehart and Calhoun opened the discussion up to the audience, which consisted of students, faculty and alumni.

to endure long road trips. The proximity of a potential new conference is certainly key factor in a possible change in conference, however the most important concern is making the change permanent for Denver athletics. “We have to get better and that takes time,” said Doppes. “This is a move that is not for the short term, we are talking about 50 years from now. We are trying to change the complexion of the university.”

DID YOU KNOW? • Size. DU is home to 28 NCAA Championships. Twenty-one belong to the ski team. • Private. DU is the only private university in the SBC, its current conference. • Big games. DU lacks three major sports that bigger conferences look for—football, baseball and track. • The SBC. Although both basketball teams, tennis teams, and the swim team play in the Sun Belt, DU still has other sporting teams that aren’t affiliated with the conference, including hockey, both lacrosse teams and men’s soccer.

Social networking changing the game of college basketball JOHN PATISHNOCK IU Final Four News Bureau

Butler’s Brad Stevens has done it 64 times. West Virginia’s Bob Huggins has done it 14 times. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo has done it only once, and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski has never done it and, apparently, never will. What practice do the head coaches of the Final Four teams differ on? Recruiting one-anddone players? Encouraging their fans to storm the court after a big win? Suiting up in practice? Actually, it’s none of the above. Rather, “it” is to post on Twitter, or to “Tweet”, as it’s called in the online world. Twitter is a micro-blogging Web site that allows users to post updates, 140 characters at a time. Despite the character limit, Twitter has continued to expand and amass more users, many of whom are college basketball coaches. While some coaches, such as Oklahoma State’s Travis Ford, have taken an aloof approach to Twitter, others have seamlessly added it to their coaching and recruiting repertoire, such as Kentucky’s John Calipari. Though he lost to Huggins on the court in the East regional final, Calipari can take solace in knowing that he has been dominating Huggins in the Twittersphere, along with everybody else for that matter.

Calipari has more than a million people following his Tweets, compared to the decidedly less 441 followers that Huggins enjoys. With more than a million followers, Calipari now occupies a place in the online world that is usually reserved for national celebrities and international news companies. Kentucky Associate Athletic Director of Media Relations DeWayne Peevy says that Calipari decided to start using Twitter in April 2009 after he learned about it from Indiana coach Tom Crean. Though he isn’t astonished that Calipari has a large following on Twitter, Peevy is amazed at the sheer number. “I’m not surprised he has more than anyone else because of our fan base but I never expected over one million followers. The Big Blue Nation is spread all over and I will never underestimate its power again,” Peevy said. Part of the reason for Calipari’s enormous Twitter presence is that it provides a new experience and interaction level for fans. Plus, Calipari doesn’t just Tweet about Kentucky basketball. Social events, dinners, personal anecdotes, everything is fair game for Calipari’s Tweets, which number more than 2,000. Twitter not only has changed the relationship that exists between coaches, players, and fans, but has

also impacted how journalists from traditional media cover the sport. Dana O’Neil covers college basketball for ESPN, and has also worked for the Philadelphia Daily News. “I don’t feel obligated to follow coaches profiles, but I do think it’s a worthwhile effort,” O’Neil said. “They hardly ever contain anything but platitudes and inspirational messages, but every once in a while you can gain something.” O’Neil also says that she has used Twitter to reach out to coaches on occasion. The intimacy and immediacy of Twitter is able to bridge the gap that may exist between coaches, players and the public, but it also gives pause to journalists, especially O’Neil. “Everyone wants to be first and since Twitter is so instantaneous, I think sometimes in the mad rush to get news out, it’s not properly vetted or sources aren’t entirely checked,” O’Neil said. “We have strong policies about breaking news on Twitter —namely don’t do it — and I don’t have a problem with it. I’d rather be right and second than wrong and first.” On the other end of the Twitter spectrum is Duke’s Krzyzewski. According to Duke Director of Basketball Operations Chris Spatola, it’s not a matter of convenience, but rather a lack of necessity for Krzyzewski. “He is at a point in his career where that isn’t something that

he’s going to do, and he doesn’t need to do, but our coaching staff is very active in social networking and representing our program from a coaching level through that,” Spatola said. Despite Krzyzewski’s handsoff approach to Twitter, several Duke players have active Twitter accounts, including starters Nolan Smith and Jon Scheyer. Though there aren’t any rules in place for what Duke players are allowed to post on Twitter, Spatola says, “You just have to make sure that they’re putting out appropriate information so that you’re not giving away what is going on in your locker room.” These same concerns about social networking also exist at Indiana University, where Crean has a Twitter profile, and many of his players have Facebook accounts. Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations J.D. Campbell acknowledges that players need to take responsibility for what is on their Facebook page. “We try and educate our student-athletes that a lot of their privacy ends when you become a highly visible recruit. If the right person has access to their accounts, anything that they might say or post can come back to haunt them,” Campbell said. “We tell them to be smart in what they say and realize there can be consequences because many are considered public figures.”

The one area of college basketball that Twitter hasn’t been able to affect is recruiting, at least not yet. Indiana basketball players Daniel Moore and Kory Barnett both said that Twitter and Facebook didn’t play a role in their recruiting process, noting that both platforms are in an infancy stage with recruits. Although Twitter hasn’t been a factor for certain players during recruiting, it’s still something that the NCAA monitors. Erik Christianson is the Director of Public and Media Relations for the NCAA, and he is aware of this trend. “We realize there’s direct communication opportunities within social networking, and we encourage our schools and others to be smart about how they’re using it,” Christianson said. This lack of impact in recruiting could also be due to why Krzyzewski has never used Twitter; it just isn’t necessary. As Associate AD Peevy says when asked if he thinks if Twitter has impacted recruiting at Kentucky, “I don’t think so. I think recruits know who Kentucky and coach Calipari are.” A team of Indiana University journalists is reporting for the Final Four Student News Bureau, a project between IU’s National Sports Journalism Center and the NCAA at the men’s tournament in Indianapolis.


April 6, 2010

Lowell finds success in net


Peter Lowell was pulled from the starting lineup midway through the season-opener against Syracuse. Since then Lowell has worked hard to earn back his starting goalie position. The senior has won his last three starts after replacing Zander Buteux on March 16.

ALEX PAYNE Contributor

When goalie Peter Lowell started the season, he was looking to build off the momentum that he had from last season. The walk-on senior started in 13 games, finishing the season ranked No. 34 in the nation in save percentage and in goals against average. Lowell’s year got off to a rocky start after he was pulled in

the first quarter of the first game of the season against then-top ranked Syracuse. “After I got pulled against Syracuse I had a rough week, but coach just told me to hang in there and if I got my shot again to be ready to go,” said Lowell. “The Dome is a tough place to play it is hard to see and Syracuse is obviously a great team. On March 16, Lowell got a shot at redemption when he replaced sophomore Zander

Buteux in the middle of a game versus Notre Dame, which the Pioneers ended up losing 14-7. In the three games since, Lowell has been the starting goalie and has helped DU (6-4, 1-0 ECAC) resurrect its season, winning all three games. Last Saturday, in the Pioneers conference opener against Hobart, the senior made 10 saves in a 17-13 win to get his third win of the season. “I was a little frustrated in

getting pulled and losing my spot after the Syracuse game,” said Lowell. “Z [Zander Buteux] came in and played really well and deserved a shot. I was frustrated, but I knew I had to do what was best for the team.” Despite the shaking of his confidence to begin the season, Lowell proved to be patient and persevered in getting better at practice. He also went to his coaches for help. “Pete hung in there,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “He came to practice each day wanting to know what he needed to do. He worked hard and never complained.” The Pioneers are on a roll heading deep into their conference schedule, which includes upcoming games against Bellarmine and Quinnipiac this Friday and Sunday respectively, Lowell appears to have won back his position for the remaining schedule. “I am back in and I have to do my role as the starter, and playing well has helped a lot,” said Lowell. While on the bench, Lowell never sulked, rather he put in the extra time and attention that allowed him to reappear in the starting lineup. “I think Pete is a thinker, like most goalies,” said Tierney. “He is studying film and I think the most important thing is he is realistic,” said Tierney. “He went to talk to my assistant, coach Trevor Tierney, who talked to him about the flaws in his game and has tried very hard to correct those.”

The extra work has paid off. In the game following Notre Dame, Lowell made ten crucial stops that propelled the Pioneers to their biggest win of the season, a 13-12 win over then-No. 12 Stony Brook on March 20. He allowed only one goal in the pivotal fourth quarter. “He made some big saves down the stretch,” said Tierney, “I thought during the game, they are such a strong offensive team, that he did what he could, but down the stretch [against Stony Brook] end he played phenomenal.” During the ensuing game against Air Force on March 27, Lowell had 10 saves in what was one of his best games overall heading into league play. “Heading into conference play, hopefully I can do whatever I can to put our team in a great spot to win,” said Lowell.” Tierney agrees, “Right now I think that it is good for the team to head into league play with a senior in the net. We can go as far as these guys want to go.” Lowell’s character can be seen in his recent success in goal, rather through how he handled himself in the few weeks he sat on the bench—supporting his team and his teammate, who had replaced him. “I am probably more proud of how [Peter] handled himself when he was taken out of the lineup,” said Tierney. “He remained a positive leader, he helped Zander when he was in there and those are all qualities of a good goalie, but more importantly a good person.”

Senior scorers lead late season surge STEVE COULTER Sports editor

Senior midfielders Ali Flurry and Lexi Sanders have spearheaded a late surge for the women’s lacrosse team, while putting their names into the DU record books for goals scored. Flurry has a nation-leading 65 game point streak, while Sanders leads the league in assists. “I think it’s really important to help your teammates offensively,” said Sanders. “An assist is my favorite thing to get, I just want to keep it up.” In last Friday’s double-overtime 11-10 win over conference opponent University of California, Flurry scored a hat trick and added two assists, while the reigning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Play of the Week, Sanders, recorded a goal and an assist, which led DU to its seventh win in nine games. The Pioneers (8-4) advanced to a 2-0 record in MPSF play with the win. It was their first conference game since they beat St. Mary’s College 18-5 on Jan. 29. “It was really important to play Cal at this point in the season,” said Flurry. “They are always good physical competition and having a big win over them gives us momentum going into our game with conference leader, Stanford, next weekend.” So far this season, the offense has been a team strength, the Pioneers have scored in double-digits

in eight of their 12 games. On March 26 against George Mason, Flurry and Sanders each had career-best performances. Sanders tied the DU singlegame record with seven assists, helping the Pioneers (7-4, 1-0—Subject to change) to a 17-9 victory. “Lexi was hitting every feed and giving everybody a good game on offense,” Flurry said of her teammate. “Going into the game we knew it was going to be a good one, because we have gotten to the point where we are willing to take risks in order to put the ball where it needs to be.” Flurry was just as impressive, scoring seven goals, to tie her career high and placed her just one shy of Denver’s single-game mark. She added two assists in the game, bringing her point total to nine, which tied her for the sixthhighest single-game total in DU history. Flurry and Sanders are two of five seniors who will graduate at the end of the season after enjoying four successful seasons at Denver. “They’ve all been awesome,” said head coach Liza Kelly about the senior class. “Incredible leadership year for us with their voices and enthusiasm for the game being present every time we step out on the field.” “I think one of our strengths is that our team is so young, especially on the offensive side and we didn’t think it was going to be a strength at first, but it has proven

to be really strong,” said Sanders. “They are now some really good young leaders.” Two of those emerging offensive leaders are sophomore midfielder Lauren Ciccomascolo and red-shirt freshman Kara Secora. Against Cal, Secora scored three goals and Ciccomascolo had three points, scoring one goal and dishing a pair of assists. “Lauren has stepped up as a leader and Kara is a key playmaker for us,” said Kelly. “Another underclassmen is Kate Henrich on the defensive end, she continues to prove herself.” With four games before the MPSF championship, the Pioneers must hone their defense. The team has allowed their opponents to score in double-digits in four of the last six games. They will be tested on Sunday when they host conference leader Stanford at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. For the senior class, winning the remaining games is an understatement of their goals. “All of the seniors’ goal is to make the NCAA’s, which means winning the MPSF tournament and then win the play in game,” said Sanders. Although not a favorite going into the postseason tournament, the Pioneers will be hosting the MPSF postseason tournament. “Hosting the postseason tournament is incredibly important,” said Kelly. “We really want to take advantage of our field and our fans.”


Senior Ali Flurry has the nation’s longest point streak. She has scored in 65 consecutive games, which is every game she has played in her career. The captain scored three goals and added two assists in last weekend’s win against MPSF opponent, California. On March 26 against George Mason, Flurry tied a career-high when she scored seven goals. Her two assists that game tied her for sixth-highest for points in a single game.


FAST BREAK men’s tennis (17-2)

April 6, 2010



N E W S of the year

DU 4, Western Kentucky 0 DU 4, South Alabama 2 DU 4, Troy 0

Junior goalie Marc Cheverie was awarded Goaltender of the Year last Saturday by Inside College Hockey (INCH). Already this postseason, Cheverie was honored as the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s (WCHA) Player of the Year after he led all WCHA goaltenders in save percentage, goals against average, shutouts and wins in league play. Cheverie finished with a 24-6-3 record and a 2.08 goals against average. He totaled a 93.4 save percentage, while leading DU to its 12th WCHA title and the Gold Pan Trophy. He narrowly beat out Cornell’s Ben Scrivens for the award.

what went right Just about everything went right for the Pioneers in the Sun Belt Shootout last weekend. They started the tournament with a shutout and concluded it in the same dominating fashion. DU outscored their opponents 12-2, in their three matches. With the wins, Denver extends its winning streak to nine games.

what went wrong Nothing went wrong for the Pioneers. All four players that participated in the championship against Troy were able to win easily. Junior Andrew Landwerlen put DU up 1-0 after a 6-0, 6-2 win, which was followed by freshman Enej Bonin’s decisive 6-0, 6-3 win to give the Pioneers a 2-0 advantage. Freshman Jens Vorkefeld and freshman Fabio Biason finished the match.

Porter joins men’s soccer staff

up next With momentum built up for the Sun Belt Conference championships on April 22-25, DU looks ahead to its two remaining regular season matches. The Pioneers will travel to San Luis Obispo, Calif., on Thursday to play Cal Poly and then to Malibu, Calif., where they will take on Pepperdine in the regular season finale.

women’s tennis (7-13) North Texas 4, DU 3 DU 4, Louisville 2

what went right Against Louisville, senior Julia Bauregger clinched the DU victory with a singles win. Ute Schnoy and Sophia Bergner also won in singles play last Saturday. The duo also produced an 8-5 doubles win . Denver has won four of its last five games.

what went wrong Despite another Bergner and Schnoy doubles victory, the Pioneers fell in last Friday’s match against North Texas. The loss snapped a three game win streak.

up next The Pioneers play their regular season game on Sunday when they host Middle Tennessee.

men’s golf 16th place finish

what went right Senior Espen Kofstad led DU in the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational, finishing with a 2-under par at the conclusion of the tournament. Kofstad shot scores of 66-72-73, which helped him finish in the top-20. In the three-round tournament, the Pioneers shot scores of 292-301291.

what went wrong Washington won the tournament with scores of 287-284-268, all of which were significantly lower than what the Pioneers shot. Washington finished 13-under par, while Denver shot 38-over.

up next DU travels to Stanford, Calif., to play in the 2010 US Intercollegiate. The event begins on Sunday and will conclude Tuesday, April 13.



Senior David Simson hugs a teammate during a recent match.

Hockey players sign contracts; play in AHL Senior forward Rhett Rakhshani, sophomore defenseman Patrick Wiercioch and sophomore forward Joe Colborne all signed professional, National Hockey League (NHL), contracts last week. Rakhshani signed a two-year entry level deal with the New York Islanders last Thursday. The former Pioneer captain has already begun play for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League, who he helped last weekend with his first career assist. In his career at DU, Rakhshani accumulated 151 career points. Wiercioch eschewed his final two years of collegiate eligibility to sign a three-year entry level contract with the Ottawa Senators. He was chosen No. 42 overall in the 2008 NHL draft and finished his collegiate career with 62 points in 75 games. Colborne, who was the first to sign last Wednesday, inked a deal with the Boston Bruins after being drafted No. 16 overall in the 2008 NHL draft by Boston. Colborne signed a three-year entry level deal and has already reported to the Providence Bruins of the AHL. He recorded two assists last weekend in his first AHL action. In his two season at DU, Colborne recorded 72 career points. He was the second-highest NHL draft selection in the history of DU hockey. Wiercioch and Colborne join a list of DU alums since 2005, which includes Tyler Bozak, Chris Butler, Paul Stastny and Matt Carle, who left the school early to pursue a professional career. All four alumni are currently playing in the NHL.

Basketball alumna joins ‘Up with People’

Women’s basketball alumna Brooke Meyer, a former team captain, is raising money for a community service program called Up with People. The program’s goal is to use music as a mean of communication and inspiration for people. As a member of the organization, Meyer will travel to cities in North America and Asia with more than 100 young adults to perform in a musical stage that aims to bring communities

together. Over the course of sixth months, the participants plan to dedicate over 200 hours of community service. In the history of Denver women’s basketball, Meyer is third with 160 three-point field goals.

Cheverie named INCH goaltender

Men’s soccer coach Bobby Muus named Carson Porter as assistant coach last season. Muuss and Porter coached together for three season at Wake Forest, where Porter spent six seasons as an assistant coach. After his stint with the Demon Deacons, Porter went on to become the assistant coach of the professional USL Carolina RailHawks. This past season, Porter was the Director of Coaching in Raleigh, N.C., at the Capital Area Soccer League. Together at Wake Forest, Muuss and Porter helped the Demon Deacons to two Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championships. In addition, while apart of the coaching staff, Wake Forest went to its first ever NCAA Final Four appearance in soccer.

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