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Vol. 116, Issue 14

Senate election results

May 5, 2009

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Baring almost all LAURA HATHAWAY Managing editor

EMILY MCBETH Contributor

Junior Antoine Perretta and sophomore Jim Francescon were elected as the All Undergraduate Student Association Senate president and vice president by 120 votes Thursday in a campus-wide election by undergraduates. The Perretta-Francescon ticket defeated their opponents Javi Ogaz and Joel Portman with a 844-724 vote. The results were delayed due to a new voting process. A recent change in the voting process extended voting from one day to three days, and also allowed students to vote in person at voting tables around campus. This change had a great impact on voter turnout, which increased 9 percent from last year with 34 percent of the about 4,000 undergraduates voting. Originally, the results were to be announced last Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. but were not released until Thursday at 9 a.m. “The only problem that I saw was in getting the results in a timely manner from UTS. I really don’t think that this problem had a negative impact on the election; just take a look at the large increase in voter turnout,” said Tim Healy, HRTM senator. Perretta and Francescon along with the other newly elected senators will sit on the Senate for the upcoming 20092010 academic year. Perretta and Francescon ran on a platform of “Pioneers First.” They said that efforts will be made to unite students, faculty and alumni as pioneers by encouraging pride and spirit throughout campus. SEE AUSA, PAGE 3

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Above: Sophomore Morgan Lieberthal represents Kappa Sigma in his briefs during the swimsuit competition of Delta Zeta’s annual Big Man on Campus philanthropy event. Below: Junior Jake Epley models his swimsuit.

Students clapped and cheered as fraternity boys pranced and twirled across the stage of Davis Auditorium in Delta Zeta’s first Big Man on Campus philanthropy event on Friday. Seven different fraternity members competed, but first place and the title “Man of the Year” went to Phi Kappa Sigma’s Jake Epley, junior, who won with over 100 votes from the audience. Nearly 200 were in attendance at the pageant. Delta Zeta’s charity fundraiser pitted DU’s fraternities against each other in a three-day competition over the weekend, which included an all-male beauty pageant and a flag football tournament. Also competing in the beauty pageant portion of the tournament, were sophomores Morgan Lieberthal from Kappa Sigma and Jack Reis from Lambda Chi Alpha, Anthony Giavia from Sigma Chi, Bryan Berry from Zeta Beta Tau, John Delacey from Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Chris Gallion Sigma Lambda Beta. The men entertained the crowd with talent competitions, which included a peanut-butterand-jelly-making display as well as ribbon dancing, and a few heartfelt ballads. There was also a swimsuit competition and a Q&A section, where the boys dressed in formal attire. “We were so happy that the pageant turned out so well. It’s the first year we’ve done this event so everything was pretty experimental,” said junior Caddie Nath, who helped organize the event. “But I think the guys had fun and we got a great response from the DU and the Greek community. And we were able to raise some money for a great cause.” The tournament continued on Saturday afternoon with a giant game of hide and seek, which the fraternity Sigma Chi won. On Sunday, the fraternities competed in a flag football tournament in DeBooer Park in Harvard Gulch. The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity claimed victory on Sunday, but it was Phi Kappa Sigma that won the overall tournament at the end. Over the course of the weekend, more than $1,500 was contributed to the charities of Delta Zeta’s choice.


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Law, psychology rank in top 100 ERIN HOLWEGER Contributor

The Sturm College of Law and the Graduate School of Psychology placed among the top 100 in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2009-2010 rankings of the best graduate programs in the country. The law school ranked No. 77 overall, tied with seven other schools, while the school of psychology was No. 91 overall, tied with 10 other schools. The law school jumped 11 spots in ranking this year, from No. 88 last year. Dean José R. (Beto) Juárez, Jr. attributes this jump to an improvement in bar exam pass rates, an increased amount of spending on education and a lower student-to-faculty ratio. Though movement up or down a few spots is common from year to year, Juárez said this year’s significant move up was encouraging. “Moving up in rankings is never going to hurt,” he said. “We are in admissions season right now, and it will certainly help us get more students to enroll, and will help attract more faculty to teach our students.” The Sturm College of Law’s place in the top 100 for the past eight years is a reflection of its “superb faculty, wonderful students, state of the art building and long standing academic programs,” said Juárez. The Department of Psychology’s ranking is also due to a combination of factors, including nationally recognized and respected expert faculty members, said department chair and professor Rob Roberts.

“You are learning from people who are actively contributing to the field you’re learning about,” he said. “The faculty are really helping to push the field forward.” The research-active education that both graduate and undergraduate students receive also contributes to the department’s strength. “Most of our undergraduates work in the lab at some point in their career,” Roberts said. The department is particularly strong in children’s clinical research programs and biologically and psychologically integrated neuroscience, he said. As well as the strength of individual subfields, the department-wide, cross-disciplinary collaboration of faculty and students bolsters the department. This synergistic relationship between subfields creates an “atmosphere of intellectual

excitement,” Roberts said. Though important statistical indicators, rankings are a rough indicator of quality in a program and must be taken with a grain of salt, he said. Like the psychology department’s intellectually exciting atmosphere, the law school also has valuable qualities not accounted for in rankings. Juárez cites the cohesive feeling of the Sturm College as something that doesn’t factor into rankings but sets the college apart. Inside, students are working together, working with faculty and people are talking, which is not something you see in all law schools, he said. “The most difficult for outsiders to recognize are the things that make the Sturm College of Law great,” said Juárez. “It’s a feeling you have when you walk inside the building. It’s a community.”

There will be a panel discussion discussing the 1968 political movements from 5-7 p.m. at the Cyber Café in Ben Cherrington Hall. Panel members include professors Alan Gilbert, Haider Kahn and Rob Prince, along with author Ernesto Vigil and private investigator Doug Vaughan.

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3:50 p.m. A DU student reported his cell phone missing after he left it unattended in Ben Cherrington Hall at 11:30 a.m. Campus Safety responded to the incident.

Tuesday, April 28 12:06 a.m. A Denver Police Department officer witnessed a group break the gate arm and commit vandalism in parking lot L near the Sturm College of Law. While interviewing the group, the officer received another call and the party left the area.

Wednesday, April 29 11:10 a.m. Campus Safety was completing a routine patrol of the floral building when an officer spotted an unattended key ring with university keys.

A report was filed regarding the found possesions.

Thursday, April 30 7:05 p.m. A suspicious party was reported in the Nelson Hall cafeteria. Campus Safety found a person that had previously been issued a trespassing notice by the university. Denver Police Department arrived and arrested the person for trespassing. 11:40 p.m. Campus Safety responded to a noise complaint in Nagel Hall. Officers found empty alcohol containers and ammunition in the room. They disposed of the containers and confiscated the contraband.

Friday, May 1 1:50 a.m. An underage and severely intoxicated student possessing a false identification card was found in Centennial Halls. The student was transported to a detox facility for treatment. Campus Safety and Denver Police Department responded. The Denver Police Department confiscated the contraband.

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The Sturm College of Law’s ranking improved this year due to a combination of factors including more bar exam passes and increased spending on education.

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AUSA: 2009-10 election results announced s t l u s e R 

President and Vice President: Antoine Perretta and Jim Francescon Daniels College of Business: Natasha Kiemnec HRTM: Tim Healy Korbel School of International Studies: Sean Johnson Performing Arts: Lucia Thomas SECS: Lynsey Simon SOCS: Tyler Gerk Sophomore Senator: Milan Chatterjee and Max Ravech Junior Senator: Chris Fettig and Nathan Pearson Senior Senator: Lalu Abebe and Tuyen Trisa Bri On Campus Senator: Dillon Doyle and Sonia Wilk Off Campus Senator: Katie Bernell and Matt Johnson

Continued | Page 1 “We currently have much opportunity to improve our campus in various ways, including: traditions, alumni relations, campus involvement, connecting various organizations and bringing our student body together. These are all items I hope to accomplish over the next year and that is the reason why I ran for AUSA senate,” said Perretta. Other elected senators also plan to bring together the student body by promoting diversity on campus. Diversity was one of the top issues discussed by candidates throughout the election. Senior Sen. Lalu Abebe also echoed statements of unity

by saying, “a big part of bringing students together deals with bridging gaps between groups on campus that are separated because of cultural and/or racial identities. So many of our student groups are trying to

didates focused on included sustainability, school spirit, the transparency of the AUSA senate and university administration. “Our university has one of the highest voter turnouts in this great nation, and I would like to continue to set the precedent for turnout in the future,” said Dillon Doyle, newly elected on-campus senator. “The current Senate made substantial efforts to make sure that people knew they could vote. Both tickets for President and Vice President also worked really hard to target students who don’t typically vote to make sure they became familiar with the issues, and then encouraged them to vote,” said Perretta.

Our university has one of the highest voter turnouts in this great nation, and I would like to continue to set the precedent for turnout in the future. DILLON DOYLE

achieve the same things and we often do not realize it because we are so focused on our differences rather than our common interests.” Other issues various can-

Diversity Summit speakers commend DU’s progress JAMIE WARREN Assistant news editor

Diversity and the climate of acceptance have improved on campus, according to speakers at the eighth annual Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence on Friday. “There has been a great deal of progress over the years,” said Chancellor Robert Coombe. “We are entering the second phase of reaping the benefits of inclusion and diversity on campus.” In the keynote address, Matma Motwani Accapadi spoke about the difference between multiculturalism and polyculturalism and why polyculturalism is a more effective idea. She explained that multiculturalism is idea that societies exist in relation to one another but not together. Accapadi added that polyculturalism focuses on the overlap between cultures. She pointed out that those in a privileged position in society or in the world have the choice to feel bad for others that are not in

their position, or one can decide to make a difference in the world. “If we choose to connect with each other, we can make a change on a global level,” she said. “We have the capacity to make systemic change within our levels of privilege.” The summit is put on by DU’s Center for Multicultural Excellence and sponsored by more than 30 different organizations on campus. This year’s theme was “Great Hope and Major Changes: Building Engaged and Inclusive Communities.” Twenty-nine workshops were offered to the DU students, faculty and community members that attended the summit. The workshops addressed various aspects of social justice, such as community organizing, promoting education for low-income children and minorities in industry. “There were great ideas about how to bring the community together, to collaborate together,” said freshman Sunny Xiong, who attended the summit.

Speakers and presenters discussed how DU can continue to incorporate inclusiveness and diversity into the school. Jesús Treviño, associate provost for multicultural excellence, said with the current economic crisis also comes opportunity for the community and DU. “Crisis is an opportunity to rethink our relationships and build our team. As we take care of ourselves and our community, we can explore the great hope that DU offers us all,” said Treviño. According to Joel Portman, AUSA senator, at least 35 percent of this year’s participants were DU students. Over 400 people registered for the event. This year was also the first year the coordinators of event worked along with the Sustainability Council to make the event green. No paper programs were provided; all of the information was provided online. Powerpoints were used in the workshops and presentations to reduce paper handouts.

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Voices of Experience hosts Xcel Energy CEO LAURA HATHAWAY managing editor

The Voices of Experience Series, created by Daniels College of Business, hosts Dick Kelly, CEO of Xcel Energy, on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Cable Center Theater as the final speaker for the 2008-2009 series. “The Voices of Experience requested the president of Xcel Energy to come speak at the University of Denver because it has a record of environmental leadership,” said Bonny Fetterman, intern for VOE. Kelly will be discussing the strategy behind achieving the delicate balance between commitments to both customers and shareholders, and the environment. Kelly will touch on the ethical decisions that come with this balance. This event is a great way for

students to learn the application of ethical leadership as well as network with the DU faculty, alumni, and the business community, according to Fetterman. To RSVP and for additional event information, go to daniels. du.edu/VOE. This event is free and open to the public. Professors Sam Cassidy and Ron Zall, of the Daniels College of Business, created the VOE Speaker Series in 2004. VEO brings leaders from business, legal, financial and academic communities to the DU campus to provide students, alumni and community members with a unique learning opportunity, said Fetterman. This series has brought more than 30 experienced professionals to speak at DU, including Jack Welch, Dan L. Ritchie, Jamie Dimon, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and John Hickenlooper.


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Left: Barista Amanda Schaal prepares a beverage for a customer at Stella’s Coffeehaus on South Pearl Street. Not only can coffee and tea be enjoyed at this popular hangout but local art and live music as well. Above: Iced mocha. Below: A Denver local works on her laptop in one of Stella’s many rooms equipped with comfortable seating and tables ideal for studying. The walls exhibit local artists’ work, most are for sale.

Not your average coffee stop MORGAN TILTON Contributor

Coffee lovers who graduate from the Starbucks chain to Stella’s Coffeehaus get more than the typical cup of coffee. Located at 1476 S. Pearl St. Stella’s offers not only an excellent but also served in a very pleasant surrounding. An enormous porch invites wanderers to sit comfortably outside. Heated lamps and large umbrellas accessorize the portico that wraps all the way around the house, boasting two-person tabletops and tables large enough for a Hookah gathering. The coffee is supplied locally from Pablo’s Coffee. Buy a small cup for $1.50, medium for $1.75, large for $2.10 or a bottomless for only $2.32. Bags of coffee beans are also available for purchase. A pound of coffee usually costs $12.98, but every Wednesday the price drops by two dollars, and people have the option to purchase as little as one-third of a pound for only $4.

The blooming tea is a specialty here. The tea leaves are constructed into small spheres, which are carefully woven together by Chinese craftsman. As this tiny orb is left to steep in hot water, it slowly opens, and its layers unfold to reveal a beautiful blossom. One order costs $3.25, but the tea is potent enough for at least two cups. One of the most popular blooming tea flavors is called Two Dragons Play with Pearl. It is a light, green, exotic

blend. The blooming tea is also sold in tiny Chinese fashioned boxes for $8.95, the perfect size for a small gift. The counter at Stella’s offers baskets of vegan health bars, fresh baked goods and tiny bags of cashews. Among the baked items are frosted lemon bread, banana bread and pumpkin bread. Slices are sold for $2.25. The pumpkin bread is satisfyingly moist but is not especially flavorful. The raspberry date bar is

a delicious blench of buttery granola complemented by fruity dates; it tastes like it comes straight from grandma’s kitchen, and it only costs $1.85. The pastries drop to half-price after 5 p.m. The biscotti selection is exceptional. Among the interesting collection of flavors, two of the popular choices are razzleberry krunch and 3-D fudge brownie. The razzleberry krunch is a blend of wild cherry chips and pistachios. Each bite is an interesting combination of crunchy sweetness and tiny bursts of pistachio. The 3-D fudge brownie is also delicious, with a balanced blend of chocolate and chocolate chips. Buy a single biscotti for only $1.66. You won’t regret it. The tea list includes herbal tea, black, green, blooming and chai. The chai tea is sold hot or iced. A small cup is $2.27, medium $3.25 and large $3.50. For chai lovers it is important to note that this beverage leans towards the spicy flavor rather than the sweet.

The atmosphere also makes Stella’s worth the visit. The narrow foyer is misleading to the rest of the coffee house, which is a large labyrinth of rooms. There are a variety of unique nooks where people gather to chat and study. Four smaller rooms are linked together, one of them framed with comfortable sofas and another encircled by a small library. Toward the back of the transformed house there is a larger space that opens up to accommodate larger parties. Every wall showcases local artists’ work and most is for sale. Stella’s also showcases live music every Friday and Saturday night from 8 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Stella’s is typically filled with activity but does tend to be busier on the weekend. Check out Stella’s for the live music, artwork or as a place to study. Whether you order a bottomless cup of Pablo’s Coffee or the astonishing tea that blooms before your eyes, you are bound to enjoy your time at Stella’s.

Student balances heart condition with everyday life LAURA HATHAWAY Managing editor

Imagine waking up each day and knowing that you could be suffering unbearable pain at any moment. That’s the reality for sophomore journalism major Alexi Herman. But she doesn’t let her heart condition slow her down. Herman, of New York City, suffers from Wolf-ParkinsonWhite syndrome, which means that there is an extra pathway in one of the chambers of her heart. “That means that the

normal electrical impulses will go into the extra pathway rather than the correct pathway which causes symptoms like very rapid heart rate (up to 240 beats per minute), passing out, faintness, dizziness, chest pain and shortness of breath,” said Herman. “The episodes may last from a few seconds to a few hours.” Other symptoms of this heart condition include palpitations, murmurs, problems with the coronary artery and poor blood circulation. Herman learned about her heart condition when she was a sophomore in high school.

“I was having a lot of chest pain, shortness of breath, a quick pulse and I began passing out. One day I was sitting in class and I just passed out, so my parents and I decided I should go see my doctor who told me I should contact a cardiologist,” said Herman. Since being diagnosed, Herman has learned how to balance her heart condition with everything else in her life. “For the most part it doesn’t really affect my schoolwork, other than sometimes between doctor appointments and having episodes I don’t have as much

time or energy to spend on homework as is sometimes necessary,” said Herman. Even though she has accepted her situation, others do not understand the challenges and lifestyle of someone with such a condition. “In regards to my social life, I think it definitely has an impact on it,” said Herman. “Often people begin to treat me differently after they find out about my heart condition.” Most people do not know what the day will bring, but for Herman, not knowing how the day is going to go is the biggest

challenge of having Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome. “I could have a really good day and have no pain, or I can have a really bad day where I have up to five episodes in one day. Those days leave me drained and with more pain than a lot of people can imagine,” said Herman. “Part of the challenge is that the uncertainty of the disease can be unnerving.” Herman recently suffered from a ‘bad day’ when she got up one morning to answer the SEE HEART, PAGE 5


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Inspiration from a high vantage point Clarke’s childhood dream was to be a hockey player. His mother, fearing the dangerous sport, encouraged her son to explore the mountains of Alberta and gifted him with mountaineering tales each Christmas. After reading the stories, Clarke decided to devote his life to the sport. “Mountaineers came back

eventually got himself a spot on an Everest expedition in 1991. The group did not make it to the summit but Clarke recalls, Jamie Clarke doesn’t look “failure is the greatest teacher like a mountain climber at first I’ve ever experienced.” glance. Like a mix of characters Clarke spoke so quickly from a Will Farrell flick, dressed and excitedly, that it was hard to in a linen powder blue blazer imagine how the man manages and designer jeans, the Calgary, to go so long without a breath, Alberta native spoke to DU but his message students about his is compelling. He climbing adventures emphasizes, with last week in Davis poetic language, Auditorium. how reactions to Clarke has sumfailure lead to new mated the worlds highunderstanding and est Seven Summits, growth. traversed through the “Are you disEmpty Quarter by tracted by the small camel and written two things along the books, “The Power of way? Are you pickPassion” and “Everest ing at each others to Arabia.” flaws? Be honest In an event sponwith yourself and sored by DU’s Alpine make the changes Club and sports brand you need to and Champion, Clarke move forward,” came to encourage urged Clarke. students to persevere In 1997, Clarke and address their fear RACHAEL ROARK achieved his lifelong of failure through the Jamie Clarke, who has summitted Everest, speaks at Alpine club event. goal of summiting retelling of his own Everest after years tours of adventure, of training and while also providing from their climbs with life alterfundraising. them with comedic refuge. ing epiphanies, transformed, “For the first time in my life “Anyone hungry, I’m excited with characters forged anew, and there was no more up. No more they had pizza, anyone want that sounded pretty sexy back struggle. There was a sense of some pizza,” said Clarke. “This is then,” said Clarke. peace,” said Clarke. a long story but it’s going to turn Clarke began his ascent by Clarke now tours for Chamaround beautifully.” selling T-shirts at the mall and pion to raise money for his future Much to his mother’s dismay ROSIE WILMOT

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adventures and expeditions. He recently bought a sailing vessel in hopes he will one day sail around the world. Despite his résumé, Clarke remains humble and accessible stating his major goal in life is simply, “moderate living, modest means and lavish experiences.” For students who desire to one day climb the world’s highest peaks, he recommends trekking along more discreet paths. Peeks beyond Everest in the Himalayas will cost far less than acquiring permits to climb the Seven Summits. “Your summit awaits, go do it. Don’t stop looking for it,” Clarke concluded. ALPINE CLUB

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phone and her left leg was completely numb. “When I went to stand on it, I just fell. Unfortunately I had a computer monitor on my floor, because I haven’t gotten rid of it yet, and I fell onto it which led to my having to go to the hospital,” said Herman. The doctor’s concluded that the reason she fell is because her circulation is not so great anymore. Herman has felt support

from DU staff in regards to her uncertainty of what each day may bring. “I think most of my professors and advisors have been really helpful,” said Herman. “When I have had to go to doctor’s appointments during class times, they really understand and work with me to make sure I don’t fall behind.” Herman doesn’t let her heart condition keep her from looking to the future either. She plans on going to law school after finishing college.

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After a majority of companies on the S&P 500 have reported earnings for the first quarter of 2009, a tentative verdict has been reached: things aren’t as apocalyptically bad as we thought they might be. Sixtyfive percent of companies in the aforementioned majority beat their analysts’ expectations. Even areas of the economy that were expected to be hit the hardest e.g. sit-down chain restaurants like Cheesecake Factory, which reported stronger than expected profits, proved that profitability is not impossible, even during a recession. O verall, strength in these companies CULLEN points to a MURPHY renewal of Contributor strength in the economy. This, coupled with the rally that has been taking place in the markets for almost two months, gives a pretty good precursor to a bottom in the economy. The market is a leading indicator, which is generally thought to be ahead of the economy by about six months. This means we could see a bottom in the economy as early as the beginning of quarter three of this year.

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As most students know, this week is Advising Week at DU. In this column, we would like to address some common questions that students ask about Advising Week and academic advising in general. Q: I really bombed on one of my midterms. Is it too late to drop a class this quarter? A: No, it is not too late to drop a class for this spring quarter (see www.du.edu/registrar/ calendar/importantdates.html). The last day to drop is actually Thursday, May 14, by 4:30 p.m., but you cannot drop online. Students who want to drop a class at this point in the quarter will need to complete a short Drop/Add Slip and have the instructor sign it. Then the Drop/ Add slip will need to be taken by the student to the Office of the Registrar who will drop the class for them. There are, however, a couple of concerns to keep in mind when considering dropping a class. One concern is whether or not dropping a class will take you below full-time student status (12 credits). You must be a full-time student to live on campus, and your financial aid package may be affected if you are not a fulltime student. You should meet

with your professor during office hours to know if you are actually failing and to discuss your best options. Q: I’m registering next week, but I don’t have my alternate PIN to register. A: Each student must meet with an academic adviser to receive advising and to pick up their alternate PIN before they can register for classes. Advising Week is the designated time for students to meet with their faculty and/or professional advisers to select courses for the next quarter. Depending on your academic year and whether or not you have declared a major, here is where you would go to be advised and to receive your alternate PIN: If you are a first year student, please make sure that you meet with your first year Seminar Instructor for advising and to obtain your registration form. If you have already declared a major, you may meet with your faculty adviser in your major instead. If you are a second year student whose major is UNDECLARED BUSINESS, please call 303-871-6910 to schedule an appointment with a professional business adviser in the Daniels College of Business. If you are a SECOND YEAR (NON-BUSINESS) STUDENT and you have NOT DECLARED

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Woes about senate reaction to Boone ALEX GALLEGOS Contributor

An item appeared in last week’s Clarion that I feel compelled to jump back into the shoes of an editorialist and make a comment about. The senators of the university seemed to think that it was very important to comment upon a feature that also ran last week, wherein reporters asked senate if they wanted a Boone icon or not. The last time I wrote about the Boone issue, some of you will recall that I felt the entire discussion was a waste of time and that we shouldn’t be devoting any more resources to the arguably unimportant issue of what cartoon sketch to stick on our banners at hockey games. The response to that article was mostly negative, accusing me of being pointless and a windbag. It is with a sad heart that I realize that nobody is prepared to jump on this particular bandwagon with me and so I may as well weigh in on the discussion despite the fact that it makes me want to bash my head against the wall until blood comes out. The senators quoted in last week’s article seem not to quite understand the fervor with which people cling to this discussion.

That’s a frustration I understand since I also hadn’t realized the degree to which idiots refuse to be swayed from a pointless discussion. The point here, then, is that despite what would be the case in an idealized world, the people are interested in the Boone discussion and so that’s what the Clarion reports on. The people have spoken. They’ve clearly said that they’re not going to shut up about this and having the newspaper of the campus ignore the issue isn’t going to make it go away – it’s just going to convince readers that their student journalists don’t care about what they care about. You know, kind of like the way they think their student government will only raise their activity fee and spend it on events they won’t be invited to. Oh, sorry, did I get some of my truth on your shoes? One quote interested me a lot: “…we believe that the sole purpose of the Clarion’s actions is to be divisive and controversial.” The attitude here seems to be that the sole point is to cause trouble across the campus, to encourage strife, unhappiness and rioting in the streets. In addition, some senators seem to

think that people will vote based only upon a candidate’s preference for Boone. I may not hold the highest opinion of the people carrying on this foolish crusade, but saying that people are stupid enough to actually make their decision based on someone’s desire to have a Boone icon by their picture or not is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve heard in a long time, and it’s a major insult to voters, right up there with stealing someone’s bookbag and then beating them unconscious with it. I try to keep these pieces from becoming personal in any way, but I have to take a minute to express my real displeasure with Dillon Doyle, who refused to make an actual statement for the editorials page and direct readers to his blog instead. Congratulations, Mr. Doyle, for not only managing to make yourself look like a fool but also for what looks like a thinly veiled attempt to drive up readership for your blog. Class-A work, bud. The question is still with me – what’s wrong with you people, and when will you allow this god forsaken argument with no foreseeable resolution in sight to just die?

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Responses to lax cover story LETTER TO THE EDITOR BRETT HAMILTON-KOLL Former student athlete

Attn: Laura Hathaway, Roughly one-third of Americans under the age of 40 chose satirical news programs such as the Daily Show and the Colbert Report as their primary news source instead of some other more serious nightly news program, and after reading your article, “Two Athletes Charged” on April 21, it is overwhelmingly obvious to me why. Your article seemed to be nothing more than a cheap attempt to demonize two young men who you have never met, based on an incident you know nothing about. I am surprised that as a journalist you chose to put your faith in a source who has nothing to fear from the truth or the individuals you accuse, and yet declined to be named because “she still feels at risk.” My name is Brett HamiltonKoll, I am a 23-year-old male, I live at 2015 S. High St., and I was at the January “brawl” which you so poorly narrated in your article. Easily verifiable facts, such as the charges against the accused or disciplinary action from the Athletic Department, were flat out incorrect. I feel no risk saying that your article was grossly incorrect, and

in my opinion slanderous. I am not afraid of people knowing the truth. I am, however, sick and tired of hypocrites who on one hand admonish universities for special treatment of student athletes (based on presumed revenues or notoriety), and on the next hand jump at the chance to use those same student athlete’s notoriety in an attempt to incite interest in a newspaper and themselves. Truthfully I am quite sad that you would be so quick to write such an unfounded and accusatory story. I am not going to comment on specific facts of the case because it is pending, and I am sure within time that you will learn you were grossly negligent in writing your article and plastering it on the front page of your paper. (When you do, I hope your apology will be written with the same gusto as your accusation.) What concerns me the most is how eerily similar this situation is to one that occurred in March 2006, when another investigative journalist (Nancy Grace) and an ambitious District Attorney (Mike Nifong) tried to increase their own popularity and notoriety at the expense of three Duke lacrosse players. Both Grace and Nifong pronounced the three young men guilty without trial

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or any legitimate evidence. Much to Grace’s chagrin, the charges were found to be fraudulent and were dropped, but not before the lives and reputations of the student athletes were tarnished beyond repair. It is, I suppose, some comfort to know that the Nifong quickly found himself out of a job, but unfortunately Grace did not receive the same justice. I am disappointed in this article because to seek out a credible source, or to discern any legitimate facts, and as a result I have completely lost respect for you and your paper. I respect this university and its students (athletes or not). I respect the education I have received here, I respect the instructors who teach here, and I respect the diploma that I will receive upon graduation in May. I expect more intelligence and integrity from DU’s students than your article conveyed to the public. I am, quite frankly, embarrassed that upon your graduation, your diploma will carry the same weight as mine. Perhaps you will show yours to Grace, she may be hiring. Please let me know if it is possible to get published because I think someone needs to speak to Ilija and Brendan. Sincerely, Brett Hamilton-Koll

LAURA HATHAWAY Managing editor

Hi BrettThanks for sending in your views on my article. It is always a positive thing to get feedback. I acknowledge your point of view and your concern for the entire DU lacrosse team and the actions of its individual players. I added an attribution to every sentence of my article and simply restated the facts that can be found at http://www.denvergov.org/apps/newcourt/court_ select.aspx under the court case numbers 09M02271, Brendan Deblois and 09CR00571, Ilija Gajic. Check those out! Also, I would love to get the other side of the story. I really would like to know what happened from eyewitnesses who observed the altercation. If you or other eyewitnesses would like to share your observations on what occurred and which you have told to the authorities, I certainly would like to know them. Obviously, the two players charged with assault cannot discuss it on advice of their attorneys. Nevertheless, I spoke with Ilija on the phone before publishing my article, and he declined due to his involvement in the current court case.

I gave him a fair warning of the fact that I was still publishing the article. I also contacted Denver media relations to get an interview. They also declined. I also waited until enough time had passed with the court cases so that there was sufficient information to show that there were actually court cases being pursued by the prosecution. I have known about this incident since January and have been getting the facts sorted out since then. In any case, I appreciate your input about this. I would love to get another perspective after you checked out the online court information. Hope this helped give you a better understanding of my article and my effort to contact both sides. Thanks, Laura Hathaway Editor’s note: As always, if anyone has information about a story published in the Clarion and would like to contribute, they can send an e-mail to du.clarion@ du.edu or call 303-871-3131. There is also a Clarion story drop box on Facebook and a fan page that is checked regularly. If you’d like to contact a specific section editor, e-mail addresses can be found at duclarion.com.

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‘PHC7: Students give back’ What about those who where lactose intolerant? They cant have the macaroni. PB&J, soup, chips, coffee, orange and cookie would have been a better choice to serve. -j

‘AUSA senators agonize about Boone’ Give me a break guys. If you can’t find the strength to embrace Boone as something the people really want then how can you expect to represent them on anything important? Coombe is not the last word at DU, YOU are. Never forget you pay his salary he does not pay yours. -Tom White

If there’s this many comments (35 on one thread alone at LetsGoDU.blogspot.com), then how is this not a substantive issue? Just because the Senate takes itself too seriously doesn’t mean that this will just go away because they think this is stupid. -Jordan Hahn

Pioneer Voices: What does the acronym AUSA* stand for? I think this should be a greater concern for our policy makers and those in senate themselves and is not the fault of the students. Shouldn’t every student know about senate? Yes. But, with an extremely low voter turnout and no knowledge of the acronym itself, senators should be concerned for their lack of importance on campus.

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‘Wolverine’ tears up silver screen DEVIN PITTS-ROGERS Contributor

Violence? Check. Explosions? The hero walks toward the camera while a vehicle explodes behind him. That is a big check. This must mean that it is now finally time to cross over into the summer box-office blockbuster season. The season starts off with a pretty powerful entry into the X-Men franchise with “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” Or as my mother would put it, Hugh Jackman’s sculpted butt plus a movie. This movie explains how our favorite belligerent Marvel Comics superhero got his powers and tries to set the stage for his memory loss over the course of the rest of his franchise. The film begins with a less than auspicious start. The acting talents of the young Wolverine and Sabertooth reminded me of a young Anakin Skywalker ten years ago. But the pace picks up, and the film gains some strength. Anyone familiar with the character Wolverine in either past movies or comic books knows that subtlety, wit and thoughtfulness are not his style. The movie revels in his belligerence and violence, while making occasional and shallow forays into his humanity.

As this is an action movie, explosions, eviscerations and a plethora of special effects are ever present. It doesn’t hurt that the movie also includes a couple of scenes featuring rear nudity on the part of Jackman. I mean, it doesn’t hurt for the female viewers out there. I certainly didn’t have any strong feelings about it one way or the other – certainly nothing deep and forbidden. About halfway through, the film begins to descend from the hype that it created. Vast holes in the plot, characters killed off because it’s convenient and others introduced simply for the sake of giving dedicated comic book fans tiny nerdgasms – all these things make for a predictable and sloppy affair. It also doesn’t help that the film is a prequel or that it takes an impersonal approach to the hero’s origin story. From a veteran X-Men moviegoer’s perspective, “Wolverine” somehow manages to take place in the same universe as the other three films while changing the story enough to run parallel with them. This origin story doesn’t add much to the X-Men mythos. Jackman is a consistently excellent actor, and Liev Schreiber matches him as Wolverine’s violent and twisted brother Sabertooth. The weak

script hampers them both to the point where you’d never be able to tell. Furthermore, when you cast Ryan Reynolds in the role of the smart-alecky antihero Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, you

should not take away his ability to speak for half the time he’s on screen. “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” has some great action, but it simply doesn’t stand up to the standards of the original X-Men

trilogy. It’s a fine popcorn movie and should be successful enough to generate further entries into the “X-Men Origins” franchise. Let’s hope that “X-Men Origins: Magneto,” should it get the green light, takes it somewhere.

nist of the story. Suddenly the world of Terra is cast into shadow, as a foreign shuttle blocks out the sun. The Terrians embrace the shuttle as their new god – ignorant to the danger they are in. The foreign shuttle then sends out several fighter planes to scout the world of Terra and abduct the native Terrians. Mala herself does not accept these newcomers as a god and fights back. After a clash between one of the fighter planes, Mala dupes the pilot and sends him crashing. The pilot’s personal robot (voiced by David Cross) explains to Mala that the pilot will die

without oxygen, forcing her to take on the responsibility of saving the man’s life. Mala and the human pilot Jim Stanton (voiced by Luke Wilson) then forge an unlikely allegiance, eager to find a way to prevent war between Earth’s last bastion of hope and Terra. “Battle for Terra” is an animated film and nothing like what you may expect. The theatrical version has been done in 3-D, making an already outlandish film into something with quite outstanding visuals. However, there certainly could have been so much more done with the 3-D. There were only a few moments when it felt

like a truly immersive experience. Rarely were there moments which had you doing a doubletake to be sure an alien life form hadn’t walked past you. Regardless, the scenes of battle or snowy weather were very impressive. The 3-D unquestionably made the movie more fun. The characters of “Battle for Terra” are where the movie really loses its silky sheen. Both the animations and the voice acting for the characters seem unemotional. There were times where it wasn’t sure what emotion you were supposed to be feeling, even if the scenes were epic and

battle-ready. Thankfully the movie relies heavily on its plot, which is actually quite good. There are many powerful messages imbedded within this animated film which are emotionally guiding on their own. Quite simply, “Battle for Terra” will encourage you to remember that violence can be replaced with negotiation. Although at first “Battle for Terra” may seem like a children’s film, it offers quite a bit more than your first impression may lead you to believe. It’s a fun film with action when it needs it and a message to boot. Do not rule this movie out too quickly; it may well be worth your time.

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Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) runs about being generally violent and unfriendly in the new film “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

‘Battle for Terra’ promotes peace via 3-D action MARK FLEMING Assistant entertainment editor

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‘Ghosts of Girlfriends Past’ twists classic tale FRANCES GONZALEZ Contributor

Connor Mead (Matthew McConaughey) is a famous photographer notorious for loving beautiful women, mostly his clients, and then dumping them when they fall in love with him. His laid back, no-stringsattached attitude makes him a celebrity womanizer. Being flocked by so many women, Connor even had to do a break-up over a conference call with three women “in bulk” before moving onto his next prey. Believing love is a form of imprisonment, he heads back home to save his brother, Paul (Breckin Meyer), who’s about make the biggest mistake of his life by getting married. Connor’s harsh theory of love makes his presence resentful to all the wedding guests. He’s a constant panic attack to his extremely nervous, soon to be sister-in-law whose only source of sanity is Paul and Connor’s childhood friend, Jenny (Jennifer Gardner), the only woman who seems to be immune to Connor’s his charm.

While trying to break up the wedding, Connor is visited by his deceased idol and guardian, Uncle Wayne (Michael Douglas), the original lady’s man Conner has modeled himself after. Uncle Wayne informs him that he’ll be visited by three ghosts in hope to save him from a lonely future he once had. Now Conner must face his past to understand that love is something worth risking for. If not, he might lose the love of his life. This modern version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” provides a new insight on opening your heart to others. If you’re a fan of Dickens’, you’ll like how the characters seem to mirror those of Scrooge, Marley, Fred, Belle, and of course the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Unfortunately being too close to the classical story makes the film predictable. “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” offers the perfect date movie that is funny, sassy and ironic. McConaughey and Garner do an excellent job establishing a flawless love/hate relationship that leaves the audience in a fit of giggles.

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Matthew McConaughey plays a penitent playboy opposite Jennfier Garner in the new romantic comedy “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.”

‘The Uninvited’ a decent horror flick with great features

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Rachael (Elizabeth Banks) faces down the meddlesome Anna (Emily Browning) in the Korean inspired horror film “The Uninvited.”

HANNA GONZALES Contributor

In a film season that was riddled with stale movie plots that lacked both creativity and unpredictability, “The Uninvited” offered a refreshing twist on the typical thriller.

“The Uninvited” tells the story of Anna and her sister Alex, who while dealing with their mother’s supposed accidental death, are faced with their father’s new and often creepy fiancée, Rachael. As the girls begin investigating Rachael’s questionable back-

ground they uncover more than they bargained for. Anna begins having strange visions that foretell deadly things to come and all is not as it seems. The film unravels from here creating an especially spooky experience for average film fans. For a film that has relatively

few special and/or digital effects, it is surprisingly frightening at times. Although not exactly a cinematic marvel, “The Uninvited” still offers better acting and plot development than most movies of this genre. The climax of the film shines through in the surprising ending, which offers up a plot twist that is both creative and fairly shocking. Equally surprising are the DVD’s special features. Complete with deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and a “the-making-of ” type of feature, the special features offered in this DVD were surprisingly decent. The alternate ending offers little, as it differs only slightly from the original ending (which in fact is creepier). The deleted scenes are moderately interesting especially with regard to the end of the movie but were most certainly deleted with good reason, as they add little to the movie itself. The special feature Unlocking the Uninvited proves to be quite interesting. The back-

ground given on the film as a remake or Westernized version of the Korean film, “The Tale of Two Sisters,” is as appealing as the director’s discussion of making the movie. Both make this feature worth taking a look at. The cast commentary and background on selecting the location do not seem to offer much other than the obvious. While this DVD is probably not one you would wish to add to your permanent collection, it is one worth watching more than once in order to appreciate the twist in the film. Based on the typically low expectations of a movie in the thriller-not-quite-horror genre, this movie was both surprising in its plot and in its DVD features. This alone can be considered quite a feat. “The Uninvited” is a definite consideration for a Friday-night rental, but is not outstanding enough to consider spending twenty dollars or more to purchase. However, horror fans should definitely put it in their Netflix queue.

‘Obsessed’ turns platonic love into awesomely real catfight FRANCES GONZALEZ Contributor

Beyoncé Knowles’ new movie opens with what might seem as a remake of Michael Douglas’ “Fatal Attraction,” but think of this one as the good version, without the cheating part. Derek Charles (Idris Elba) works as an asset manager in a major corporation who’s just received a big promotion at work. The story begins with Derek and his lovely wife, Sharon (Beyoncé), buying a new home for their growing family. Meanwhile at work the new temp girl, Lisa (Ali Larter) has taken a liking to Derek. After having some boy issues that leaves Derek saying the wrong things when comforting her, Lisa takes things into her own hands

believing Derek is in love with her. Lisa’s world is twisted with the idea that she and Derek are having an affair. In all reality, she begins to stalk Derek: where he likes to eat, favorite music, corporate retreats…anything to be near him. When Derek fails to take care of the “problem,” Sharon decides to confront Lisa. The obsession turns into a major catfight; may the best woman win! This movie will continue to leave you on edge the minute you meet Lisa. After each attempt she tries, it makes you think, “When will this b**** stop?” You either want Derek to hit her, or Sharon to find out so she’ll take care of business. Either way, the suspense makes this movie well worth the ticket cost.

SCREEN GEMS

Lisa (Ali Larter) develops a dangerous affection for Derek (Idris Elba), much to the chagrin of his wife Sharon (Beyoncé Knowles).


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Be like a monkey: rock climbing 101 MATTHEW WHITEMAN Contributor

Scientists estimate that humans diverged from chimpanzees five to seven million years ago. In the meantime, humans have become more upright and fit for movement defined via their legs. Chimps on the other hand have retained their hunched posture and the ability to use their feet as if they were hands. In order to become more like our distant ancestors, give climbing a chance. In a nutshell, there are two basic styles of climbing, roped and un-roped. Un-roped climbing is also referred to as bouldering, obviously Where to go... characterisThrill Seekers tic of climbWithin biking disctance. ing on boulwww.Thrillseekers.cc ders. Roped climbing Rocking and Jamming is mainly Two locations 20 minutes by car. d i v i s www.RocknandJamn.com ible between lead and top rope climbMATTHEW WHITEMAN ing. Zach Woods climbs a rock named ‘The Price for Fire’ in Morrison, Colo. near Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The difficulty associated with this rock is 5.13a. For varying reasons, the novice climber should seek the Denver area. Bouldering in the purpose of climbing rocks. treadmills, climbing is a great share a common interest,” Spanel qualified instruction within a the gym merely requires a pair To free climb a route, one must workout. said. climbing gym before embarking of climbing shoes, available for ascend a rock face of any sort Greg Spanel, a senior math Physical and mental anguish, on any sort of roped climbing hire at any gym. This is the easiwithout either falling or relying major, began climbing as a as well as very sore forearms, will adventure. est way to test your interest in upon a device that defies gravteenager and hasn’t looked back define a tentative learning curve In regards to a vastly misunthis unique sport. Should you ity. By doing so, one simulates since. He cites the challenge of several months. However, derstood notion, ‘free climbing’ continue visiting the climbing the act of free soloing, without inherent within the sport as his those who continue to climb will is not climbing without a rope. gym, perhaps give roped climbfacing the consequences. main motivation. He also really likely find that they enjoy failure, Free soloing is choosing to climb ing a go. The eventual ability to For those interested in the enjoys the culture of climbing. as progress depends upon it. a route sans rope. Free climbclimb outdoors should remain outdoors, climbing offers a great “It’s almost as if climbers If your’e inclined to give ing, on the other hand, is a term a priority. Time in the gym will excuse to get outside. For those speak the same language, a bond climbing a try, head to one of which fundamentally defines ease this transition. tired of free weight routines and which allows random people to the various climbing gyms in

Club cycling heads to national championships JASON MULLER Contributor

DU’s Club Cycling team will head to Fort Collins, Colo. for the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships from Thursday to Sunday. Ben Quinn was the top DU qualifier from the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference, followed by Colin Don and Grant Goerzen. Nearly 500 student-athletes, representing more than 60 colleges and universities from across the country, will compete to win one of 18 national cycling titles. “Even though it is an individual sport, it is still a team effort,” said Amy Secor, club cycling team president. Road races are team-oriented, mass-start events which typically feature a field of 150180 riders. Teams are generally made up of eight to 10 riders. The road race on Friday will be about 80 miles and will take up to three hours to complete. One of the more challenging features of the course forces riders to climb a long steep path to the top of the Horsetooth Reservoir. Road cycling is considered

to be the most traditional, popular and purest form of bike racing, as it takes on many different forms. Events contested on the road include time trials, road races, stage races, criteriums, omniums, team time trials and circuit races. This is the fourth year in a row that the team has represented DU at nationals. In 2007, the cycling team placed 13th. In 2008 the cycling team placed ninth. This year, the biggest challenge for the Pioneers will be Trevor Johnson from Air Force and the leader of the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference, said Goerzen. Goerzen and fellow teammates are preparing to compete and become national champions. "It would just be really cool to be the national champions," Goerzen said. If Goerzen and his team win first place they will be the bring home DU's first Cycling College Road National Championship. For information on DU club cycling visit their website located at recreation.du.edu/ clubsports.

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Women’s tennis preps for regionals ZAC D’ARGONNE Sports editor

The women’s tennis team will be competing in the NCAA Regional Tournament against University of Mississippi in Atlanta in an attempt to qualify for the NCAA Championships starting Friday. This is DU’s second straight appearance to the NCAA regional and third overall NCAA championship appearance after receiving a surplus berth. No. 38 Denver has to play No. 21 University of Mississippi on Friday in the first round of regionals, hosted by Georgia Institute of Technology. The winner of the first round match will either play No. 8 Georgia Tech or Jackson State in the second round on Saturday. The Pioneers are not projected to win their first match versus the favorite Mississippi.

DENVER ATHLETICS

Senior Mallory Voelker has posted a 20-1 singles record so far this season. The Pioneers head to their second straight regionals.

Mallory Voelker has to set the pace for the Pioneers. Singles matches are going to be vital for a Pioneer title run. Voelker leads the Pioneers with a 20-1 record while Ute Schnoy is 16-4 and

Annette Askdal is 15-5. Voelker has been named Sun Belt Conference women’s tennis player of the week twice and is ranked No. 71 in singles. Aksdal and Bhavani Tirumurti have earned a

team-leading 13-4 doubles mark. Voelker and Schnoy earned allSBC singles honors. The Pioneers’ successful season gives them the best chance at a title run in recent history.

Eighth regional for women’s golf ZAC D’ARGONNE Sports editor

DU’s women’s golf team is going to its eighth straight NCAA Regional appearance on Thursday in Gainesville, Fla. The Pioneers will be competing in the East region of the tournament as the sixth seed. The Pioneers appear to be in one of the toughest brackets as they have to go up against Southeastern Conference champion Auburn University and Conference USA champion Tulane University. DU is coming off its sixth straight Sun Belt Conference championship victory after ending the tournament with a five under par score of 859. Denver defeated second place University of Arkansas-Little Rock by 14 strokes in Houston at the SBC tournament. Due to the success in the SBC tournament, DU named

five athletes to the NCAA all-conference team as well as receiving coach of the year honors for head coach Sammie Chergo. The three regional tournaments will be conducted Thursday through Saturday. The tournament is hosted by the University of Florida and will take place at the Mark Bostick Golf Course. Only eight teams and two individuals will advance to the NCAA Championship finals from each region. As a team this season, DU has averaged sixth in the standings in their respective tournaments. Led by junior Stephanie Sherlock, the Pioneers hope to build upon their legacy and bring home a regional championship for DU. The championship will be held May 19 -22 at the Caves Valley Golf Club and will be hosted by Georgetown College.

DENVER ATHLETICS

ON THE SIDELINE WITH ZAC

Rockies need support of fans It’s only May 5 and our beloved Colorado Rockies are already more than six games behind the first place Dodgers in the NL West. T h e Rockies need to kick it into gear if they hope to have a chance at the post season. ZAC D’ARGONNE Sports editor E v e n though this season, so far, has been somewhat of a disappointment, there have been some bright spots on the field. The biggest surprise this season is Dexter Fowler, proving himself on the base paths and already amassing nine stolen bases and 12 runs. We do miss Matt Holliday however, as Huston Street, whom we traded Holliday for, only has two saves and one loss with no wins. There continues to be a direct correlation between the Rockies record and fan attendance this season. The worse the Rockies do, the less fans attend and opposite for wins. Let’s just say, if the Rockies legacy of losing continues, the organization will be giving away tickets by June. Rock-Pile tickets are already only four dollars. A deal that they already have running is a $49 ticket for four lower level seats, four hot dogs, four fountain drinks, a parking pass and a game program. They are desperate people! Let’s show them a little love, a couple years ago they were Colorado’s favorite sports team for brining the Series here. Let’s help them out. God knows they need it. There is nothing like going out to a baseball game on a warm summer day eating a hot dog, drinking a beverage and taking in the sun. Even if you do not like baseball, its four bucks and it’s a great social event. Come on ladies, just think about the pants.

Ellie Givens leds the way for the Pioneers in a recent tournament.

Q&A with best women’s golfer in DU history, Sherlock ZAC D’ARGONNE Sports editor

Editors note: Stephanie Sherlock is a junior from Augsburg, Germany who has had a better three years on the women’s golf tem than any other member in DU history. Sherlock won the SBC Tournaent her freshman year and led the Pioneers to an NCAA Regional Championship as a freshman. Sherlock has been awarded Division I All-American Honors three consecutive years. Her career goal is to earn her degree and play professional golf. Zac D’Argonne: What does it mean for this to be your second straight year leading the golf team in average score? Stephanie Sherlock: We have a very deep team this year, and all of our scoring averages are very good. It is a nice accomplishment for me to currently have the best scoring average with our team being so competitive.

ZD: Did you find it difficult to live up to the pressure put upon your after a great first two years? SS: I felt the pressure more last year than this year because of my great freshman year. Sometimes it is difficult because you build up your own expectations and automatically feel like the next year should be better than the last. I got frustrated early last year because I didn’t have such a great start, but I managed to finish strong. ZD: How important was it for your team to win the SBC for the sixth straight time, and your third? SS: Winning the SBC for the sixth straight year was a great accomplishment for the team. I know from experience sometimes it is hardest to win when you are expected to win. I was not as happy with my performance at the championships as I would have hoped because I know I could have played better. However, it was a team effort,

and everyone came together when it counted. ZD: This year, how do you look to improve on your school record of sixth place in the NCAA Championships? SS: Our sixth place finish last year at NCAA’s really proved to everyone that we belong up there with the best Division I teams. I think we can do even better this year. I feel like the team has steadily improved all spring and is very ready for regionals. ZD: How have you individually, and your team, grown this year? SS: Every year I have been here the team continues to grow and get better and better, mostly through hard work and experience. For me individually, this spring has helped me grow as a player. I have made some technical changes and struggled early this spring. I have learned to be patient and trust my coaches. Changes

take time and don’t happen overnight. I have learned to understand that sometimes you have to sacrifice something now in order to benefit in the long run. ZD: How does this team compare to the record-setting team you were part of last year?

SS: We really have a very similar team compared to last year. Sarah Faller, our new freshman, is continuing to improve with every tournament she plays. I think Dawn, Katie and Ellie are all better players than they were last year at this time. We are excited to try and top the record we set last year.

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