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Vol. 116, Issue 10

April 7, 2009

Boone battle moves forward ARIANNA RANAHOSSEINI Editor-in-chief

Despite the administration’s dislike of Denver Boone, a group of 200 alumni, students and fans have raised over $5,000 to create an unofficial Pioneer mascot who will be modeled after DU’s former mascot “Denver Boone.” “We kept hoping that the University of Denver would reconsider its decision in the fall to mothball Boone,” Damien Goddard, class of 1988 said. “When it became obvious that no amount of letter writing, e-mails or public relations would change the decision, we changed our tactics.” Goddard is still very active in the DU community and also the creator of, a blog that follows DU in the news with videos, photos and score updates. Scott Fuson, a junior and Denver Boone advocate, will be the man in the new mascot outfit, but he hopes the new mascot will spark interest among students. “Our mascot should reflect the values of a pioneer, and the one of the best reflections of a pioneer was Daniel Boone,” Fuson said. “I share the administration’s goal of striving for diversity and inclusiveness at DU, but I find it farfetched to try to connect these ideals with the school’s mascot.” On Thursday, Fuson will unveil the Pioneer in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the Frozen Four and then return to Denver to make his first appearances on Saturday. SEE MASCOT, PAGE 7


Junior Scott Fuson will be the new unofficial Pioneer mascot funded by DU alumni, students and fans. Fuson will be making his debut as the new mascot on Thursday at the Frozen Four in Washington, D.C. before he returns home to perform at the women’s tennis match and men’s lacrosse game at Invesco Field on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Undergrad requirements to change in 2010 Contributor

Undergraduate requirements may change to eliminate arts and humanities (AHUM), social science (SOCS), and creative expression (CREX) requirements and modify CORE requirements, but changes wouldn’t affect incoming freshmen until fall 2010. The proposed changes would eliminate AHUM and

SOCS requirements and instead allow professors to submit courses in which non-majors could participate, which would count for the general education requirements, Buxton said. A faculty meeting will take place on April 24 in which all full-time faculty who teach in the undergraduate program will vote on whether they accept the new model, Buxton said. He said votes will be tallied on May 8 and a majority of

the faculty has to agree to the changes. If adopted, the proposed changes will not impact the Daniels College of Business requirements. Rod Buxton, a member of the General Education Committee, has been discussing possible curriculum changes for the past year with members from every division that teaches in the general education curriculum. Buxton, associate professor in the Department of Mass Com-

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munications and Journalism Studies, said the general education committee was requested by the provost’s office based on recommendations from the Academic Planning Committee, Faculty Senate, Thematic Core Committee and several faculty members to examine the university’s requirements for AHUM/ SOCS. Buxton said the main problem was that there was “a disconnect between what foundation

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courses were supposed to do and what they were actually doing.” He added, “Foundation courses were supposed to be preparation for CORE courses and that wasn’t happening. There were no specific learning outcomes required of AHUM, SOCS, and even [natural science requirements] and math – they were not as strong as they could be.” SEE CHANGES, PAGE 4

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Village Commons revamped this summer offerings to the Pub so students still have many of the options that the Village Commons offered.” With the opening of the Nagel Hall dining room this year more dining options are available to students, so there is less demand for dining in Driscoll. “The food service demand in the Village Commons has subsequently dropped considerably and the Food Service Committee wants to reduce the food service options in Driscoll to more appropriately meet the demand,” said Helton. Another reason for the closure of the commons area are the many requests by students for more student-dedicated space. According to Monica Kumar, president of AUSA, the Campus Activities and the Driscoll Student Center staff members are working with members of AUSA to brainstorm ideas about what they would like to see in the space for students next year. Among other things being considered is the name change to Pioneer Square for the remodeled area. The name change still

JAMIE WARREN Contributor

The Driscoll Student Center’s Village Commons may undergo a major change over the summer to make way for a center for student clubs and organizations that may be called Pioneer Square. According to Patti Helton, associate provost of Campus Life, the proposal to renovate this area is due to a decline in sales in the Village Commons dining area. Currently approval on the project is pending and no official decisions have been made. Helton said, “There has been high demand to create better student space in the Driscoll Student Center. With the waning of the food services in the Village Commons it provides us with an excellent opportunity to reconfigure the space and provide lounge, programming and operating space for students and student organizations. At the same time we will move the more popular food

needs approval. The renovations for this area will be minor changes for next year because there is a proposal for a major renovation of Driscoll that has been set aside temporarily.

commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Comments by professor Claude d’Estree will preceed the film screening.

Join the DU community at Driscoll Gallery for a speaker that will begin the annual “Take Back the Night” event, part of Sexual Assault Awareness Week. The lecture will be followed by a march across campus and a candle light vigil.


In celebration of National Alcohol Screening Day free root beer floats in commemorative DU cups will be available from the Health and Couseling Center on Driscoll Lawn from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To recieve a free drink students must complete a brief


The film “Stories on Human Rights will be shown at the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies at 6 p.m. The screening, which was rescheduled from March 26 due to snow, will

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Egypt’s leading political dissident, Saad Eddin Ibrahim, will give a lecture titled “After Gaza: the Struggle for Democracy in the Arab-Islamic World,” at 1 p.m. in the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies. Good Friday services will be held at Evans Chapel from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Contact Gary Brower.


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“We don’t anticipate a major renovation - as this area is anticipating a significant overhaul as part of the upcoming Academic Commons project,” said Helton If the project is approved, John Nichols, director of the

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Students planning on studying abroad next year can use the Health and Counseling Center’s online portal to make necessary health preparations for their program. Students can print immunization records from their account in the Web system or make appointments for travel medications and shots. Going into study abroad season, the portal is working “so far, so good,” said health center practice coordinator manager Erica Mischke. In addition to making appointments online, once established with a health care provider students can leave messages through the system to contact their provider with questions. If coming to the Health Center for a physical examination. Students can electronically submit the

required forms through the web portal, saving time. For now, the Health Center has no plans to expand on the features offered through the web portal, said Mischke. “We want to get as many students as we can used to using it,” she said. The Health Center will try to get student’s feedback on the system and then possibly add on features based on what students want. When students check in for appointments, staff can tell if they made the appointment online and ask the students how it went, Mischke said. Health Center staff also consulted the Student Health Advisory Council on the workings of the portal to receive input from students about how it was working. “Students are used to using the computer for everything, whether taking notes in class or Facebook, and this seems to be working well,” she said.

Police Report

Wednesday, April 1

A previously cited tresspasser was taken into police custody at 11 a.m. Campus Safey caught the party on university property after responding to a report of a suspicious person at the Performing Arts Center.

Thursday, April 2

Four underage students were caught with containers of alcohol in JohnsonMcFarlane Hall around 10 p.m. Campus Safety responded to the report of the smell of marijuana on the floor, although no illegal drugs were found in the room. The alcohol was confiscated and the students were reported to the university.

Friday, April 3

The Denver Fire Department and Campus Safety arrived

at Aspen Hall at 8 p.m. after a carbon monoxide detector went off in one of the apartment units. The alarm was falls and no carbon monoxide was present. Facilities Management has been asked to repair the broken detector.

Sunday, April 5

Campus Safety and the Denver Fire Department were called to Nelson Hall at 2 p.m. to attend to a sick student. The student told authorities that he did not require medical assistance, but was told to contact Campus Safety if his condition worsened. A fake identification card was turned in to the front desk at Centennial Halls at 9:42 p.m. The ID was handed in with a number of other items beloning to a student. The ID card was confiscated.


April 7, 2009

SDS founded at DU CADDIE NATH News editor

A new chapter of Students for a Democratic Society has been founded at DU and will begin recruiting members the weekend after next. The DU chapter of the national organization will focus on issues of tuition increases, transparency of the university, diversity and uniting students and student organizations behind social justice projects, according to co-founder of the DU chapter Ben Waldman. “We saw SDS as an outlet for students who were concerned about social justice issues so we wanted to bring it to campus to provide that opportunity for students,” Waldman said. The group has already been licensed and funded by AUSA Senate. The chapter was started by a few active members of the undergraduate student body after a chapter that was started up to organize at the Democratic National Convention last summer fizzled out. The national organization, aims to lead struggles that “can build and sustain a society of justice-making, solidarity, equality, peace and freedom,” according to the national mission statement. The organization backed the student occupation of NYU in February that resulted in the suspension of several students. “We’re not afraid to step up and take action, in a nonviolent manner to make sure that our voices are heard,” Waldman said. While the founders of the DU chapter take inspiration from the actions and goals of the NYU action, Waldman admits that similar actions will probably never happen at DU and that the organization hopes to work with the university administration to improve the campus, rather than

go against them. The organization was also involved with the Weather Underground, a radical organization that killed two of its own members usin bombs in the 1970s, according to Waldman. Waldman said that SDS separated itself from the group at that time to pursue more peaceful methods of social action. “SDS was split off from that group and took a non violent approach,” Waldman said. Waldman said that while the group is officially liberal, it does not actively campaign for one party or the other. “People see our title and assume that we’re part of the Democratic Party, but that’s not really what we’re about. That’s representative democracy, while [SDS} stands for a full on participatory democracy where everyone’s out taking full part in their governing system,” said Waldman. He said that he hopes the events of the chapter’s recruitment, called “Radical Rush,” beginning later this month, will change that. The small chapter base will begin that recruitment process on Thursday, April 16 with a vegan and vegetarian barbeque on Campus Green. The event will feature a community art wall and will aim to educate students about the environmental implications of meat consumption. The following day the group will host a forum on DU’s drug policy featuring speakers from Campus Safety, the faculty, the Health and Counseling Center and a community activist. On Saturday the group will work in the community garden and will feature a veteran of Iraq or Afghanistan who will speak against war. “The idea is to get people and organizations working together who weren’t working together before,” Waldman said.

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DENVER — College students rallied Monday at the State Capitol against budget cuts for state colleges and universities that could open the door to doubledigit tuition increases. State lawmakers are considering cutting about $425 million from higher education in the next fiscal year. About $100 million of that is expected to be offset by federal stimulus money. Members of the Joint Budget Committee would like to restore another $300 million of those cuts by taking $500 million from the surplus accumulated by Pinnacol Assurance. If lawmakers can’t find another way to restore $300 million to higher education, the state could be barred from spending any stimulus money on colleges. The Colorado Commission on Higher Education says the proposed cuts, without any stimulus or Pinnacol money, would require up to a 68 percent increase in tuition rates, which would cause some students to drop out.

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The man who gunned down 13 people in an immigrant center thought police had harassed him for years, even spreading rumors about him and touching him in his sleep, and apparently was intent on killing people before returning “to the dust of the earth,” according to a rambling letter in broken English mailed to a TV station the day of the massacre. The letter was mailed to News 10 Now, in Syracuse, and postmarked Friday, the day Vietnamese immigrant Jiverly Wong stormed into the American Civic Association and went on a rampage before killing himself. The letter was dated March 18, more than two weeks before the shooting. It included photos of Wong smiling with two guns, a gun permit and his driver’s license.

L’AQUILA, Italy — Rescue workers using bare hands and buckets searched frantically for students believed buried in a wrecked dormitory after Italy’s deadliest quake in nearly three decades struck this medieval city before dawn Monday, killing more than 150 people, injuring 1,500 and leaving tens of thousands homeless. The 6.3-magnitude earthquake buckled both ancient and modern buildings in and around L’Aquila. The quake, centered near L’Aquila about 70 miles northeast of Rome, struck at 3:22 a.m., followed by more than a dozen aftershocks. Some 10,000 to 15,000 buildings were either damaged or destroyed, officials said. L’Aquila Mayor Massimo Cialente said about 100,000 people were homeless.

FRESNO, Calif. — Federal officials confirmed Monday they found traces of salmonella in a central California pistachio processing plant that sparked a nationwide recall of the nut. The Food and Drug Administration said state and federal inspectors discovered the bacteria in “critical areas” at Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc., the second-largest pistachio processor in the nation. FDA officials also said they found places at the facility where raw and roasted nuts could have become cross-contaminated with salmonella. The company expanded its recall on Monday to include all raw and roasted pistachios from its 2008 crop. No illnesses from consumers eating tainted pistachios have been reported.

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s new rocket launch gives the communist country another bargaining chip in negotiations over dismantling its nuclear weapons program even if the flight wasn’t completely successful, analysts said Monday. Even with suspected problems in separating the second and third stages, the rocket flew twice as far as any missile the North previously launched. That range falls far short of U.S. territory, but neighbors are concerned by the expanded reach of a regime that claims to have atomic bombs. President Barack Obama and other world leaders called Sunday’s launch a provocation that cannot go unanswered, but the U.N. Security Council was so divided it didn’t even issue a preliminary statement of condemnation.

BRIGHTON, Colo. — A man convicted of shooting and killing an Aurora police officer has been sentenced to 80 years in prison. Brian Allen Washington, 29, was convicted last month of second-degree murder in the 2006 death of Mike Thomas. The sentence, imposed Monday in Adams County District Court, was the maximum. Thomas, 52, was in plainclothes and in his personal car when he was killed. The defense argued Washington was mentally ill and didn’t know Thomas was a police officer.

Birth control bill awaits Gov. Ritter’s signature CADDIE NATH News editor

Students are divided over the Birth Control Protection Act proposal (SB-225), new legislation that defines contraceptives as “any medically acceptable drug, device or procedure used to prevent pregnancy.” The controversial bill was released by the president of the Senate and DU public policy professor Peter Groff after being approved by the House on March 23. It is now headed to the gover-

nor’s desk for approval. The bill, which is an attempt to end any argument that birth control is a form of abortion, was presented in the wake of Amendment 48 that appeared and was defeated on last year’s ballot. Amendment 48 would have made some contraceptives illegal by giving legal status to fertilized eggs in the Colorado Constitution. The proposal was defeated by a 3-1 margin at the polls, according to Planned Parenthood of the Rockies. The proposal of the Birth

Control Protection Act also followed on the heels of new federal legislation which would make contraceptives more affordable for women who obtain them through college clinics. “Today’s victory on the state level reaffirms that birth control is basic, preventative health care…Women have struggled for years to afford the rising costs of basic contraception,” said Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains President and CEO Vicki Cowart. While the State Legislature

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has backed the bill, DU students have mixed opinions. Jeremy Lynch, president of the College Republicans, said the legislation is highly problematic. “Senate Bill 225 codifies the ability to destroy life after conception because some contraceptive methods prevent implantation of a fertilized egg. Contraception that prevents conception is OK in the state statute but after the joining of egg and sperm it is inappropriate and morally reprehensible,” Lynch said. However, other students

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Community garden to break ground AHUM, SOCS: Old requirements removed ROSIE WILMOT Contributor

The DU Environmental Team will break ground on the High Street Community Garden tomorrow morning. The project is the brainchild of the student Environmental Team since fall quarter and aims to unite DU students with community members in an effort to provide a sustainable way to reduce the University’s carbon footprint. The final resolution for the garden was passed in the AUSA Senate on Tuesday, March 31st after recieving the backing of the Sustainability Council, DUET as well as several community members, according to DUET president Ben Waldman. The garden, which will be funded by the AUSA with a budget of approximately $10,000, is meant to be a place where students and community members can meet and share knowledge with each other about the benefits of growing and eating locally, Waldman said. “The garden has also been a very successful way in getting to know the surrounding community better and meeting all of our wonderful neighbors,” Waldman said. Last fall DUET members reached out to the community around DU and spread the word to gain the support of the neighborhood for the project. Sustainablility Council member Zoee Turrill said that the community was very receptive to the idea of a garden. “People saw the garden as a way to take down the invis-

have to take 12 credits worth of classes that fit in the natural and physical world category and 8 credits in society and culture. Under the proposed reviInstead of the CORE requiresion, if a student took a psycholments, students would take 4 ogy class to fulfill an undercredits of an advanced seminar, graduate requirement and he or which Buxton says would be she was a psychology major, that the “bookend” to the first-yearone class would count for both seminar. requireStuments, d e n t s Buxton wouldn’t said. be able to “That take the way, it’ll advanced reduce the s e m i n ar number until they of courses complete the student all other will have general to take,” he ROD BUXTON educasaid. t i o n A ls o, requireinstead ments. of AHUM and SOCS, students In addition to those requirewould have to take courses that ments, students would still have fall into two categories: the natuto take 8 credits of writing and ral and physical world or society rhetoric and 12 credits to fulfill and culture. the foreign language requireThe analytical inquiry ment. requirement that is currently the Students who test out of the math requirement for underforeign language requirement graduate students would change. would still have to take a 4-credit Students would have to take 4 class in a foreign language. credits in the natural and physi“There are a few people in cal world and 8 credits in society the faculty senate who had had and culture. reservations; some people would Buxton said students could like to see more requirements take classes in this area that range and other people would like to anywhere from math classes that see even less,” Buxton said. are offered now, to classes about However, he said, “we are philosophical symbolic logic. optimistically hopeful that it will For the scientific inquiry pass.” requirement, students would

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Plans for the future Community Garden show the indivudiual plots, compost bins and place for a green house.

ible barrier existing between the university and the surrounding community,” Turrill said. The garden will be located at 1819 High Street between Centennial Halls and Towers in an empty lot owned by the University. The lot is currently used for storage. Denver Urban Gardens designed the plans for the garden which includes benches, pathways, along with the gardening plots. DUET plans to pair students with more experienced community members to cultivate the reserved plots of the garden. There will be 13 garden plots each costing the owner $25 annually to cover the cost of water. “Plots are 12’ x 10’ and 8’ x 15’. We are pretty much full

at this point for neighbors, but have yet to assign students. Students should stay-tuned for more information on how to get a plot.” said Waldman. The Environmental Team also plans to hold workshops on composting and water conservation at the site as well. Turrill said she hopes that the garden will become a place of congregation for the DU community. “[The garden could be ]a place where a First Year Seminar may take part in, or an R.A. and their floor can meet,” said Turrill. The ground breaking tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. will include digging for irrigation, moving trees and spreading topsoil. Free Kaladi coffee and bagels will be provided for volunteers.

Some people would like to see more requirements and other people would like to see even less.

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April 7, 2009


Opa! Greeks Gone Wild MORGAN TILTON Contributor

Squeezed in between Fuhgidabowdit Pizzeria and Yakety Yak, a wireless superstore, on University Boulevard, is the fresh and forthcoming restaurant addition to the expanding DU dining scene – Greeks Gone Wild. Greeks Gone Wild plans its debut in the next three weeks remediless add the last touches to the interior and the chef starts cooking savory goodies in the brand new kitchen as soon as it passes city inspection. Greeks Gone Wild hopes “to bring a different feel to the local dining scene,” said manager Constantine Anest, by providing an array of Greek traditional dishes as well the Greek take on chicken wings. Greek columns adorn the interior to let diners know what to expect. The seating area will accommodate 50 diners. “We are going to try to work with DU for promotion, catering and targeting college kids,” said owner, Pete Kallas. The Greek theme for the restaurant was chosen after considering the other restaurants in the area and deciding that customers should have a new flavor on their menu, Kallas said.



Above: Greeks Gone Wild restaurant located on University Boulevard is planning to open no later than May 5. Right: Owner Pete Kallas sets up the dining area of the restaurant in its last month of construction.

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April 7, 2009

Made in China CONNIE MIERKEY Lifestyles editor

A towering, shiny red sculpture of a man carrying a humongous pig by Chen We n l i n g now greets students when they enter Penrose Library. This sculpture, titled Happy Life #8, is currently on display in conjunction with the “Transforming Traditions: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Logan Collection” exhibit at the Victoria H. Myhren Gallery in Shwayder Art Building (SAB).. All pieces by the nine Chinese artists are located in the gallery and on display through April 26, except Wenling’s piece in Penrose and two sculptures in SAB which are on display through April 12. Nine Chinese artists are represented in this exhibition, the latest in a series of studentorganized shows from the collection of Vicki and Kent Logan, contemporary art collectors from Vail, Colo. The exhibit explores the meshing of traditional Chinese art practices with westernization. The artists examine innovative strategies and explore the social, spiritual and philosophical concerns that arise out of the country’s history of cyclical repression and relative freedom. Happy Life #8, the sculpture exhibited in Penrose, is made of fiberglass and automotive paint


Right: Happy Life #8, a sculpture by Chen Wenling, greets students entering Penrose Library. The work towers over 7 feet and is made from fiberglass and automotive paint. It will be on display through April 12. Far right: Profile 2-Yang by Liu Hung is currently on display in the “Transforming Traditions: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Logan Collection” exhibit in the Victoria H. Myhren Gallery located in the Shwayder Art Building.

and stands almost 8 feet high. Chen is known for using materials that trick the eye into believing it is something else. Happy Life #8 is part of series Wenling created to explore the relationship between humans and animals, a contemporary issue in China considering the rise in development of their meat market. Outside the Myhren Gallery, in SAB, two additional largerthan-life figure sculptures are displayed. They are Miss L and Mr. W by Yu Fan from Qinqdao, who was an artist in residence at the School of Art and Art History from Feb. 25 to March 5. Miss L wears only a pink cap, sweater and socks and represents the sexually precocious young girl in Vladimir Nabokov’s novel, “Lolita.” Mr. W dons a white turtleneck, s o c k s and blue jacket. T h e sculpture refere n c e s Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s novel, “The Sorrows of Young Werther,” an account of young unrequited love. Both works are made of fiberglass. Inside the gallery, Sui Jianguo’s 2 Legacy Mantles, made

of resin and acrylic, memorialize the drab jackets that Mao Zedong ordered everyone to wear to promote uniformity and equality. “Here, the jackets are represented as empty vessels, symbolizing the Great Leader’s empty promises to the people; they also act as a metaphor for the limitations and restrictions placed on Mao’s Chinese citizens,” wrote Anna Anglim about the work. Anglim, along with other students, helped to organize the exhibition. Sculptor Jianguo has done multiple versions of these jackets in bright colors alluding to Western pop art and Chinese modernism. T h e gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. daily and admission is free. F o r m o r e information on the exhibit and upcoming shows, visit www. myhreng a l l e r y. htm. A DU.EDU fully illustrated catalog of “Transforming Traditions” will be published with essays from students in director of the Myhren Gallery, Dan Jacobs’, graduate seminar “Thinking and Writing for Exhibitions.”

Serving up history with toppings POLINA PORTNAYA Contributor

Some people like it with cheese and pepperoni, while others like it with duck and cashews. That is what associate professor of history Carol Helstosky discovered about pizza preferences while writing “Pizza a Global History.” Reaktion Press, a London publisher, approached Helstosky, who is a food historian, to contribute to their series, which traces the history of everyday common foods that enjoy global popularity. “Pizza is a perfect example,” said Helstosky. “It’s an interesting concept to trace as a kind of global phenomenon.” Helstosky previously published a book on Italian food and nutrition in Italy during World War II as well as in other European countries during the war. She traces pizza’s origins to Naples, Italy, where it was consumed by the poor throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. Pizza then migrated to the United States along with Italian immigrants, who made the dish popular when they opened up Italian restaurants. Chain restaurants like

Domino’s and Pizza Hut popuHer reason for pizza’s popularized pizza not only in the larity: “It’s because it’s a meal on a United States but also all over plate and you can eat the plate. It’s the world. a blank canvas,” said Helstosky, While writing the book and explaining that the plate is the teaching a first-year seminar class, crust and the meal is what is piled Helstosky assigned students to on it. “Consumers get to decorate eat different kinds of pizza every their plate with any components week and they like,” w r i t e she said. a b o u t Pizza t h e i r H u t , experiwhich ences. Her has outgoal was lets from to deterChina to mine why Russia people to South e n j o y America, eating globalp i z z a CAROL HELSTOSKY i z e d and the p i z z a’s favored popularity. The chain generally crusts and toppings. offers the standard pizza with When evaluating students’ cheese or cheese and pepperoni comments on pizza and why but also customizes the toppings some ate it even when they did to local ingredients and prefernot like pizza that much, Helences. stosky reached the conclusion In Hawaii, the pizza may that it’s not necessarily the taste come with pineapple, while in that makes pizza popular. Frozen Australia the BBQ chicken pizza pizza, for example, is just easy to is standard. In Poland, people get and prepare. like to put Polish sausage and “Pizza became popular all pickled cabbage on their pizzas. over the world because of techHelstosky theorizes about nology and other things that food trends in general, as well have little to do with the way as pizza, and when it comes to pizza tastes,” said Helstosky. current economic setbacks, she

Pizza became popular all over the world because of technology and other things that have little to do with the way pizza tastes.

points out that it is too early to know the impact on American eating habits. Some differences are visible: people are eating out less and do not order as much when they do go out, said Helstosky. “Most likely, people are cutting back on more expensive habits, like eating a multi-course meal in a restaurant and still permitting themselves a less expensive indulgence, like a chocolate bar or a coffee drink,” Helstosky said. However, candy and chocolate sales are increasing. Helstosky points out that history shows that during economic depressions and recessions, hard liquor is purchased more often whereas when the economy is good, people drink more beer and wine. Nonetheless, food in the United States is relatively inexpensive. “There’s much

more freedom of choice on the part of consumers, even in the midst of economic difficulties,” said Helstosky. The bulk of her research for “Pizza a Global History” was done through the Internet. Helstosky utilized, a Website where people post photographs that include personal and family celebrations or what they did on trips. Often these photographs show food. Some she used in her book. Helstosky recently finished another book called “Food Culture of the Mediterranean,” which is currently on sale. Helstosky plans to get back to researching other interests aside from the edible ones. Her books are available at amazon. com and at local bookstores.



April 7, 2009

Students to contribute in biennial POLINA PORTNAYA Contributor

DU students will have the opportunity to be involved in Denver’s first Biennial of the Americas: In Good We Trust event, during summer 2010. Laleh Mehran, an assistant professor in electronic media arts design (eMAD,) and Chris Coleman, assistant professor in Digital Media Studies (DMS), are collaborating on four courses for next academic year that will produce student work that will be exhibited at the biennial. Students will build Web materials and models for the exhibition, while considering and working through design difficulties that they may encounter. “They’ll [students] be building the real thing on site. The students can go and intern and actually help implement the things that they thought about,” said Coleman. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper proposed the biennial, a two-month, city-wide cultural event that will bring together scholars and entrepreneurs as well as artists working in a variety of disciplines. According to Coleman and Mehran, students are presented with the opportunity to be associated with a massive project and be able to show their work in a real life situation. Students will also be working with acclaimed innovators. Biennial organizers hope the cultural event and its exhibits will articulate, engage participants, produce experiences, build networks and launch new contributions in the areas of health, energy, environment, habitat, economy, education and technology.


Laleh Mehran and Chris Coleman collaborate to create classes for next fall and winter in which students will produce works for the first Denver Biennial of Americas: In Good We Trust. The fall class will be Designing Social Awareness & Introduction to Interactivity, the class offered next winter will be Site Specific Design & Multimedia Authoring Tools.

Funds for the biennial come mostly from donations. Coleman and Mehran were awarded the Boettcher grant, which supports classes designed that enable students to be directly engaged with the community and contribute to the biennial. “These students are going to have their work in one way or another present at this massive

biennial,” said Mehran. The funds from the grant are going to pay for students’ tech fees textbooks, any specialized software that may be needed and pay “to bring in a lot of really great thinkers and scholars to talk to the class about the ideas,” said Coleman. “It’s about engaged learning,” said Coleman. “They’re actually

making stuff or communicating with the community at large.” Classes are not restricted to eMAD and DMS majors. “We want people that are going to be really excited and engaged that they might have some kind of background that would be perfect for this, but they might not be a DMS or an eMAD major,” said Mehran.

In addition to DU, other universities in Colorado are also offering classes that will produce work to be shown at the biennial. After the biennial in 2010, the intention is to have it every other year, with the next one in 2012. Visit www.ingoodwetrust2010. com for more information about this event.

Mascot: Student suits up for spirit Greeks: New restaurant Continued | Page 1 The mascot will be attending the women’s tennis match against Northern Colorado at the Stapleton Tennis Pavilion at 9 a.m. and the men’s lacrosse game against Notre Dame at Invesco Field at 1:30 p.m. The idea of a new mascot began developing three months ago when a young alumnus proposed the idea to the active alumni group. “I was very skeptical that we could raise the money, but we floated the idea on LetsGoDU Blog and the checks started flowing in,” Goddard said. Not only will Fuson appear at varsity sporting events, but the Pioneer mascot will also be at May Days, club sporting events and other campus events to get the students excited. But the Pioneer mascot hasn’t been given an official name or sanction yet. “It could be named Boone,” Fuson said. “People funding this entire program didn’t want to be too quick to name it something that the students didn’t support. We want to leave that up to the student body.” Another name in the mix

includes Pioneer Pete, the original DU mascot. Two weeks ago, Fuson attended the Raymond Enter-

tainment Group’s Mascot Boot Camp in Kutztown, Pa. Run by

Dave Raymond, the original Phillie Phanatic. The camp taught Fuson how to create the character and brand the mascot for DU student body. Fuson learned about nonverbal communication, interacting with the crowd and fans, improvisation, physical fitness, costume care and costume and site safety. Although alumni have raised a large sum of donations, they are still around $2,500 shy of covering the expenses. “We’re doing this to unite the alumni, students and supporters of the university,” Goddard said. “If anyone thinks they can come up with a better symbol of a ‘Pioneer,’ we challenge them to design and produce a better mascot. If it’s better than ours, no one will be happier than me.” According to Goddard, alumni have heard that the Pioneer mascot will not have a problem performing at events. For Fuson and the alumni, the fight to bring back Boone isn’t over, it’s just beginning.

Continued | Page 5 “Combine all the features of the restaurants in the area and you get our restaurant,” said Kallas. “We are going to play cool, funky music. The restaurant will be a clean, hip and fun place to hang out.” Greeks Gone Wild will be open late, all day and year round, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Restaurant hours will be set to suit the late-night routine of college students. From Sunday to Wednesday, doors will be open at 8 a.m. and stay open until midnight, while Thursday through Saturday the closing time will be 3 a.m. “Organizing things are still in the works,” said Anest. “We do want to offer take-out. These details will be worked out over the next couple of weeks.” Menu options include

Greek specialties such as gyros, calamari and souvlakia, which is a chicken kabob. “We want to provide quality Greek food at a cheaper price,” Anest said. The menu will specialize in chicken wings, but will also offer Mexican food and a selection of sandwiches such as hot cheeseburgers. Breakfast sandwiches will be available and set at a reasonable price. Discount nights with themes such as “girls night” are currently under discussion and a special consideration is being given for DU students and various DU student organizations. The restaurant did attempt to coordinate the use of Flex cash with DU, but DU is not currently accepting any more merchants for the Flex cash plan.





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If I have learned anything from the current recession and associated turmoil in the markets it is this: no asset is safe from price depreciation, whether it is real estate, equities or fixed income securities. It is certainly a humbling message being delivered to a generation which has hitherto thought that a house will always be worth what you paid for it CULLEN (at worst) and MURPHY that stocks will Contributor rise over any ten year period. I do not believe that anyone should wholly remove themselves from these risky assets, as smart investing in them—which includes being prepared for years like 07-08—will give you a better chance of retiring well. Today’s is a column of safety. The first group of securities outlined here are the safest vehicles for your money. These are: demand deposits (your bank account is insured up to $100,000 by the FDIC), money market mutual funds (highly liquid short term debt mutual funds, newly insured), and Treasury securities. Unless you believe that the American economy is about to collapse—not an unheard of opinion these days—these vehicles will most likely return your money with some small amount of interest. (If you do believe that the American economy is about to collapse, buy liquor and cigarettes, as these commodities often take the place of currency in times of collapse.) Of course, as college students, an aptly labeled risky bunch, you laugh at my suggestion of three percent and want to know how to invest in equities safer. There are many answers to this, and the most prominent is of course “diversify.” Buy many different types of stocks, from different industries—some of which will be less cyclical, e.g. cigarettes and utilities, but with today’s financial “advancement” it is possible to invest in what are called “long/short funds.” Without boring with all details, someone who has a short position will profit if the equity decreases in value, and long is a normal purchase. These funds therefore have the ability—or rather their managers have the ability—to profit in a market which is being indiscriminately sold off… a market like… 08 perhaps? Investing part of your portfolio in some safer assets, o r hedging your portfolio with some short positions, will serve to protect your money in hard times like these.

March 31, 2009

Greek life around nation concerns student LESLIE GEHRING Contributor Freshman

I’m not Greek. I’ve never rushed, I’ve never been inside a fraternity or sorority house and I’ve never attended any of the big Greek events like Mustache Bash or Spagammi. I will admit, I came into college with an anti-Greek bias. I’ve always been a bit wary of that level of sisterhood, but it was Alexandra Robbins’ book Pledged that cemented my decision not to join a sorority. However, as a student at a school where 19 percent of students are a part of Greek life (according to DU’s Website), I definitely notice the presence of Greek life. Many of my friends are in fraternities or sororities, and they seem to enjoy it, most of the time. While I personally am not

interested in joining a sorority, I can appreciate the fact that, for some people, Greek life is a great part of the college experience. They enjoy the camaraderie, the pre-planned social events, the philanthropy. T h a t being said, there are some parts of Greek life I will never understand: Hazing. As much as schools work to eliminate it and Greek leadership tries to deny it, hazing is a part of Greek life at many schools across the country. Take, for example, the case of the University of Alabama student who suffered from severe burns and a collapsed lung as a result of a Sigma Phi Epsilon event at which pledges were asked to sit on

a heated metal chair. The fraternity, which was kicked off campus, insisted that no one was required or forced to sit on the chair. Guess what? Asking, instead of ordering, someone to cause himself bodily harm does not absolve one of responsibility. Hazing is hazing, required or not. “Greek Sing.” Joining about 30 other girls in singing sexually explicit songs detailing exactly what we (supposedly) would like to do with and/or to a group of boys, most of whom I’ve never met before? No, thank you. Being excessively loud and obnoxious. Traveling in groups of six or seven to pound on the doors

“ ” There are some parts of Greek life I will never understand.

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of pledges at 12:09 a.m. is not only clearly a violation of the quiet hours rule in the dorms, but it is also extremely inconsiderate. With every rush period, I can expect to be awakened several times during the night by the pounding on doors, shouting of names and excited squeals that signal acceptance by the Greeks. The message I get? We like you so much that we’ll deprive you of sleep! Also, we’ll deprive everyone else on your floor of sleep since we don’t care about the feelings of others! Now, I do realize that many Greek organizations do a lot of good work. I also recognize that my observations are not necessarily representative of Greek life as a whole, but they aren’t meant to be. They are what they are: my personal experiences with and observations of Greek life.

What do you think about the foundation course requirement changes?


BRYAN BARRY Sophomore California

TYLER HUCKABY Junior Colorado

ADAM COLE Senior Utah

“I support the change. I wish it would affect me too. I like that it lets students take more classes that actually interest them and also help them move forward.”

“It’s a good idea but I don’t think it’s fair I had to go through it and others don’t. I think business majors shouldn’t have to go through a year of intensive science.“

“It’s a great idea because it allows students to effectively manage course load and utilize time.”

“They do need to take a few things out so you can have more electives, but I do think they need the forced variation. I think it’s good to have as much variation as you can here.”

Positive course changes KATIE MASTROIANNI Editorials editor

Although April Fool’s day was last week, this is no joke. This week, the Clarion has an article about proposed changes to the cirriculum. Foundations will be completely different. Currently, classes such as SOCS, AHUM and CREX are all a part of foundation courses. All the details can be found in the article, but the changes would create less requirements for students starting with the class of 2013. When I discussed the changes with other students, everyone sounded supportive but jealous. The changes would not, unfortuately, be retroactive. So, if you are currently a student at

DU, you will still need to fulfill the current foundation course requirements. For the money we pay to attend DU, it doesn’t make sense to take not just one, but in some cases several classes that neither interest nor supplement a student’s academic career. I fully support a diverse and well rounded student. The new changes appear to remain supportive of a well rounded student, yet allow the student to choose more classes that they find interesting or benificial. I hope that on April 24, full-time faculty who teach undergrads will vote in support of these changes. Next year, the incoming students will have an advatage with the possibility of being able to choose courses better suited for each individual.

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March 31, 2009

‘Adventureland’ fuses comedy with tragic themes NATE KNIFE

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If one believes in giving credit where credit is due, then director Greg Mottola deserves a great deal. After his breakout hit “Superbad” in the summer of 2007, he easily could have leveraged his success to head up some much larger projects that probably wouldn’t have been anywhere near as good. Instead, he chose to write and direct “Adventureland,” a smaller coming-of-age comedy with some serious dramatic clout. “Adventureland,” follows the story of James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg), a recent college grad who is rather unceremoniously told by his parents that rather than traveling across Europe for the summer and attending Columbia for grad school, he must return home and get a job. The story takes place in 1987, with the Reagan-era economic crisis leading James to take a dead-end job at a local amusement park. There he meets Em (Kristen Stewart) and begins a summer of self-discovery. Sounds cliché and boring, I know, but this film actually has a great deal going for it. Let’s get one thing straight before we go any further: this is

not “Superbad.” Mottola’s last film featured larger-than-life characters with raw charisma and razor wit to spare. In comparison, “Adventureland” features painfully normal characters, with all the shortcomings one could expect from people they might actually know. Probably because this film is based on Mottola’s own experiences, the entire production has an undercurrent of reality that is somewhat disconcerting at times. The relationship ONLINE between James VIDEO and Em is very Visit us at believable. They to watch the move about their “Adventureland” mutual attractrailer. tion awkwardly, making it quite clear that neither knows exactly how to talk to the other, a refreshing bit of realism when most on-screen romances work from polished scripts where everyone knows exactly the right thing to say. Billed as a comedy, the film will have audience members chuckling, with the most hilarious moments from amusement park manager Bobby (Bill Hader) and his wife Paulette (Kristen Wiig). However, the film is much deeper than it lets on. Ryan Reynolds abandons his usual role in films as the resident


Jesse Eisenberg (left) and Kristen Stewart (right) star as amusement park employees with issues in the new film “Adventureland.”

smug badass. Instead, he plays Connell, a man split between his twin personas as heroic rock star to the teens and twentysomethings he works with at the amusement park, but a loser to almost everyone else. His affair with Em would have branded him a villain in almost any

other film, but “Adventureland” presents a complex human being with the some pitiable shortcomings. “Adventureland” will likely resonate very deeply with audiences aged 16-24. Older viewers might appreciate the humor but roll their eyes a considerable

bit, what with them being so “worldly and experienced,” and younger folk will find it inaccessible. Literary majors with no idea what they’re going to do with their degree especially will find an undeniable truth in this film. After college, we’re boned.

‘Fast and Furious’ revs up audiences ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ is cool but DVD extras suck EMMA LYNCH Contributor

Fast cars, scantily clad women, and the quest to take down a killer sum up the fourth installment of the “Fast and Furious” series. Complete with the original cast from the first movie in 2001, the flick boasts exciting car races and impossible driving, with its usual bad acting and corny oneliners. The movie takes place in southern California and three Spanish speaking countries: the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Mexico. With booming reggaeton and badly spoken Spanish, the movie holds true to its ever present Latin flare. Melded montages of car races through the dusty moun-

tains of northern Mexico expose “suped up” cars as each driver tries to avoid death. Only the main characters accomplish this mean fit. When Dominic “Dom” Toretto (Vin ONLINE Diesel) decides VIDEO it’s finally too Visit us at dangerous for to watch the “Fast and him to be out and Furious” trailer. about hijacking gas tankers with his criminal status, he flees to Panama City leaving behind his lover/ partner in crime, Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez). Complications inevitably arise and Dom finds himself in L.A. once again, with Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) head to head in tackling a mighty drug cartel who conveniently hires street racers to deliver drugs across the border into Mexico.

While the acting skills of many are lacking, Diesel keeps audiences engaged with his determined and pensive scenes. We see the softer side of him avenging his girlfriend while blowing up cars and throwing uppercuts. He also fights off the ladies with one hand while he sips a Corona in the other in the majority of scenes. While Diesel lost all hope in 2005 when he starred in “The Pacifier” as basically a hardcore, nanny, “Fast and the Furious” has redeemed him and his badass status once more. As always “Fast and Furious” pleases the young crowds dying to be street racers, as was shown in the numerous suped up Hondas that raced out of the movie parking lot on two wheels following the movie’s end.


Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) finds herself in dire straits in the new film “Fast and Furious,” the fourth movie in the franchise.

MARK FLEMING Contributor

The slums of India are a harsh and unforgiving place, riddled with shady characters and corruption. “Slumdog Millionaire,” by Danny Boyle, gives us a rare insight into the more troubled parts of the second most highly populated country of the world. Chronologically speaking, “Slumdog Millionaire” starts somewhere near the end of its own story. Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) finds himself a mere question away from striking gold while participating in India’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” Yet little does he realize that his own code of morality and trust will lead him to trouble. Suspected of cheating, Malik must reiterate and justify how he managed to get this far on the game show. After a gruesome and frightening display of police brutality, Malik is finally sat down and forced to go back to every question he answer correctly thus far, and explain how he got the questions right to begin with. A series of flashbacks ensue, showing unforgettable moments in Malik’s life. These flashbacks range from cute and humorous to borderline disturbing. The slums of India are a harsh place to grow up, especially for a poor orphan. “Slumdog Millionaire,” in an ironic twist, struck gold of its own. It won the Oscar for Best Picture, a reward it richly deserved. The film is a powerful

story and well worth watching. The DVD however, does not hold up to “Slumdog’s” reputation. With the ONLINE relatively high VIDEO cost of DVD’s Visit us at right now, it is to duclarion. com to watch be expected that the “Slumdog Millionaire” trailer. when dropping a fifteen to twenty dollar hit on your bank account, you will walk away with something more than just a movie. This DVD does not deliver based on these expectations in the slightest. The movie has previews itself, and upon searching the special features of “Slumdog Millionaire,” what do you find? More previews! That is all the movie has to offer in terms of bonus content-a plethora of previews. “Slumdog Millionaire” is a very low budget film on its own, yet the bonus features should never be this lacking. Yes, the movie is great, and it certainly is worth watching more than once. The characters are believable, the story is powerful, and the music is superb. But where are the storyboards and alternate endings that we got with Boyle’s previous work “28 Days Later?” There’s not even a director’s commentary or deleted scenes. Did any thought go into the DVD’s production? Or were they just capitalizing on its Oscar success to maximize sales? You’d best wait for a Special Edition release before adding this to your personal DVD library.


April 7, 2009

Benjy Davis Project is lyrically solid New rapper Asher Roth Shuffle


An album that is entirely written by its lead singer leaves the audience understanding some of the thoughts and feelings that went into making the CD. Dust by the Benjy Davis Project is one of those albums. Davis takes us through the memories and feelings he had throughout his efforts to create this album. This fourth album from the Benjy Davis Project is a reflection on the life Davis has led, the loves in his life and even the struggles and hardships he has gone through while trying to make it as a musician. Although it is an alternative rock album, Dust combines the sounds and musical styles of Southern genres like blues and country to give a folk rock feel to the album. The band that backs up Benjy Davis utilizes many different instruments like harmonicas, pianos and of course guitars to give the songs their folksy feel. Some people might compare the feel of the album to the Dave Matthews Band. Others might feel that Davis sounds like a rougher John Mayer. I feel both are positive.


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The Benjy Davis Project has released its fourth album, Dust, written entirely by Davis.

Dust relies heavily on the idea of love and the ups and downs, ins and outs of Davis and the loves he has encountered in his life. The track “Sweet Southern Moon� is about how he felt as a 15-year-old boy with the first love of his life. In “I Love You,� he declares the love he has is “stronger than I can hold, worth more

than dying for,� but in the ending track, “Over Me,� Davis loses the love that he has been singing of the entire CD. Dust is both well-written and well-sung. The album starts out strong and upbeat, but as the CD wears on, the songs become slower and deeper which might turn some listeners off. I recommend this album.

There are three things that Asher Roth loves: college, drinking and women. If you didn’t know that by now, then you probably will soon. “I Love College� is Roth’s post-adolescent anthem that is making its way onto radio and no doubt party playlists. Even before making his mix tape debut in 2008 with “The Greenhouse Project� that features a remix of Lil Wayne’s “A Milli,� Roth has been making a name for himself. Growing up in Morrisville, Pa., Roth began rapping during high school and used social networking sites to create a fan base. While a student at West Chester University studying elementary education, Roth was

discovered by Scooter Braun, his current manager. He recently moved to Atlanta to begin recording “Asleep in the Bread Aisle� (Schoolboy/Universal Motown Records) available on April 20. Roth is predictably drawing comparisons to Eminem for being a white rapper, but he is stylistically different. “I write about what I feel, see, live� says Roth on “The Lounge.� That happens to be life in the middle class. While rap music has its roots in communicating the injustices of the streets, Roth’s injustices deal more with what he sees on CNN. He said “self-centered humans be the root of all evil.� His confidence borders on cocky, though at times his verbal eloquence does deserve applause. Roth runs the risk of being a one-hit wonder. With a single so potent to capture the attention of college kids everywhere in only one play, Roth could be stuck still holding a red plastic cup long after the party has ended and his listeners have real jobs. Time can only tell if Roth is an actual artist or a guy with a gimmick. Download: “The Lounge,� a song that asks what makes a rapper.

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Scale the Summit album technically impressive DEVIN PITTS-ROGERS Contributor

The progressive instrumental genre has never been immensely popular. Though it has seen a decrease in interest in the 1990s, instrumental bands are starting to garner more attention and produce more releases. The band Scale the Summit has released their new album, Carving Desert Canyons, and those who dabble in the genre or are familiar with the technical aspects should find a song or two to listen to. Just as noteworthy as the music itself are the two guitarists of the group. Travis Levrier plays a sevenstring electric and Chris Letchford plays an eight-string. For anyone who is musically challenged, the regular 6-string can pose a great deal of difficulty when learning to play, so the amount of talent present in this quartet is established before hearing any of their music. Carving Desert Canyons is a very technical album. While it may not perform the chaotic riffs we hear from groups like Dream Theater or artists like Yngwie Malmsteen, Scale The Summit sounds perfectly good playing what they know. Instead of having an intense introduction that tapers off moments after the song starts, Scale The Summit spreads that energy over the course of the entire album.

This is both a benefit and a hindrance to the overall sound the band brings to the table. On the one hand, there is no need to fear that the Scale The Summit took chances in their music that didn’t work. There’s never a moment where one would question whether or not the band is treading in territory they aren’t familiar with. Every melodic riff is filled to the brim with confidence as well as a deep appreciation for the genre. On the other hand, since there are no risks taken, the payoff isn’t as high as it could have been. It doesn’t seem like there is as much room for growth when Scale The Summit doesn’t take large risks to learn from. This isn’t to say the album isn’t worth checking out. Quite the opposite, in fact. In an interview in Guitar World, Letchford said the band decided to write “good songs.” This is true: the production quality is at the least on par with other professional musicians and all of the songs really are played quite well. However, I personally would prefer to hear more risks taken on a few of their songs. Scale the Summit runs the risk of becoming tired and predictable unless they start to push the envelope. Even just a little bit would help. As the saying goes, “Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained.”


The quartet Scale the Summit, a progressive metal band, has released Carving Desert Canyons, which features some amazing riffs.


April 7, 2009

‘Dollhouse’ is the best show on TV you’re not watching NATE KNIFE

Entertainment editor

Does anyone remember Joss Whedon’s “Firefly?� It was a sci-fi/western show on FOX that lasted 11 episodes. It followed the interstellar adventures of Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and his ragtag crew of scoundrels and misfits. Despite its brief network run, it generated an intense cult following that led to the creation of both a graphic novel and movie. Those of us who remember “Firefly’s� run know very well why it didn’t last. FOX aired the episodes out of sequence, consistently preempted the show for sports events and insisted on content changes that didn’t fit the theme. Billed as an action-comedy instead of the character-driven drama it was meant to be, “Firefly’s� demise was manufactured, whether purposely or not. Why is this relevant today? Because Whedon’s newest project, “Dollhouse,� is in danger of exactly the same fate. This series’s story follows Echo (Eliza Dushku), an “Active� in a high-tech illicit establishment, the Dollhouse, that literally reprograms the memories of human beings, tailoring them to suit the needs of its clients. The eccentric young scientist Topher Brink (Fran Kranz) takes memories from existing people and weaves them into composite identities for the Actives and provides the series some comic relief whenever he appears on screen.

In addition, a deeper connection to the Dollhouse’s somewhat sinister overseer Miss DeWitt (Olivia Williams) has been hinted at in several episodes. The first five episodes made it seem as though the show would be about a high tech whorehouse. The only benefit to watching would have been to see the network repeatedly play the game “how little clothing can Eliza Dushku wear without offending the censors?� “Man on the Street� started an upward trend in the quality of the episodes. This trend has continued through the following two episodes, “Echoes� and “Needs� and will hopefully go on unabated. The series desperately needs a boost in viewership if it expects to go anywhere. Whedon’s success with “Buffy the Vampire Slayer� and its spinoff “Angel� shows very clearly that, when he’s allowed to, he can generate riveting television. The network just needs to leave him alone. FOX has historically been unwilling to do this, thinking that forcing the addition of jokes and boobs will enhance any program. “Dollhouse� is finally overcoming its shaky start and seems to be exhibiting the sort of quality indicative of Whedon’s work. Hopefully, it doesn’t burn out like “Firefly� did. If it does, I know who to blame. Watch “Dollhouse� Fridays at 8pm on FOX.


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April 7, 2009


Two gymnasts end careers at Denver ZAC D’ARGONNE Assistant sports editor

Two seniors said goodbye as the No. 20 Pioneer gymnasts ended their season with a 4th place effort at the North Central Regional meet last weekend, with a score of 195.600. The regional qualifier marked the last meet for seniors Niki Brown and Liz Meals. “I honestly can’t believe my career here at DU is over,” said Brown “These past four years have passed so quickly, especially this last one.” Brown and Meals have been important to the success of DU gymnastics throughout their careers. The two have combined for three national championship appearances and consistent regional performances. “My class has left a legacy and tradition for excellence with this gymnastics program like we set out to do as freshman,” said Brown. “I have truly enjoyed my time here at DU and will always see this team and this program as

my family here in Denver.” Jessica Lopez, another senior, does not have to say goodbye yet as she and Kelley Hennigan have both received berths to compete in the 2009 NCAA Championships. “I couldn’t be more proud to represent DU, the coaches and my teammates at the national level,” said Hennigan. “I’m very excited and hope to represent my team and school with some enthusiasm and pride.” DU is one of three schools in the country to be sending two representatives to the NCAA Championship in the all-around competition. “I’m thrilled to have two student-athletes representing the University of Denver at the NCAA National Championships,” said head coach Melisa Kutcher-Rinehart. “Kelley and Jessica both deserve this fantastic opportunity.” The Pioneers earned their highest road score of the season this weekend. The team’s best event in the regional tournament



Left: Senior Liz Meals competes in one of her final meets. Right: Senior Niki Brown is leaving the Pioneers at the end of this season.

was the vault. DU managed it’s second highest score of the season at 49.275, with five participants recording a score of at least 9.800. No. 6 Florida won the

meet with 196.775, followed by No. 7 UCLA with 196.625 points. Denver finished fourth by one half-tenth of a point behind No. 23 Iowa State. The

University of NebraskaLincoln will host the 2009 NCAA National Championships April 16-18 at Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb.

Club rugby slaughters Colorado College Tigers with rst victory ARIANNA RANAHOSSEINI Editor-in-chief


Members of the club rugby team aggresively compete against the Denver Highlanders.


Hockey season may be over, but Denver’s rivalry with Colorado College lives on through the spring. The club rugby team (1-1) trounced the Tigers 33-5, for DU’s first win of the season. “The win against CC was a massive win for the club,” club rugby vice president Joe Parker said. “It marks the amount of progress we have made as a team since the fall. We suffered a disappointing loss against CC in the fall but we are currently adopting a new and more expansive and attacking style of rugby and it was great to see the benefits in action.” The Pioneers started the game well with a close range effort from sophomore hooker Brett Evans. DU was able to

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Most valuable player awards went out to Chris Nebenzahi for forwards, Petruisch for backs and Jack Wheeler received the coach’s MVP. The Pioneers will finish the year with a few more matches and in the fall, the rugby team will compete in a league system, giving the team a chance to play at regional and national levels for a shot at a national championship. “It is a fantastic opportunity to hopefully represent the school at more than just a local level,” Parker said. That league will include competing against teams from the University of Northern Colorado, Regis University, Colorado College, the School of Mines, Mesa State, Western State and the Air Force Academy. Next up, the club rugby team will take on Regis University on April 19.

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neutralize CC’s offense and sophomore fly half Andrew White crossed for the first of two tries and kicked the conversion from out wide, giving Denver a 14-0 lead going into the second half of the match. Denver’s Joe Petrusich powered through the Tigers’ defense for another conversion, giving the Pioneers a 19-0 lead. With their lone try, CC made the game 19-5, but the Pioneers battled back and White cleared through the defense for his second try. Parker rounded the scoring to boost the Pioneers 33-5. “As a team we are not particularly big,” Parker said. “Despite this, we defended well against CC and in attack we have great speed which allowed us to move the ball effectively from side to side as well as run the ball from deep in our own territory.”

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Rough weekend for Pioneers


w o m e n ’s g o l f DU 9TH The No. 16 women’s golf team finished ninth at the ASU/Ping Invitational at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.

The pioneers managed a 48 over par score of 910 as a team during the tournament that concluded Sunday. Denver placed just three strokes behind eighth-place Pepperdine. Oklahoma State won the tournament with a 17 over par 881. Seniors Katie Kempter and Dawn Shockley led DU taking 23rd and 33rd place, respectively. Kempter shot a 10 over par 226 and Shockley finished two strokes behind with a 228. Denver takes the course again on April 20-22 to compete for their sixth straight Sun Belt Conference title in Houston, Texas.


w o m e n ’s l a c r o s s e DU 9, OREGON 11 The Pioneers (8-5, 2-1 MPSF) lost on Saturday afternoon to the Ducks (9-3, 3-1 MPSF) at the Senior Day game which took place in Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. This loss snapped DU’s 12 regular season game win streak against conference opponents, which dates back to 2006. Midfielder Karen Morton had a hat trick that gave her 232 career points, the most in DU history. Morton also took control of the DU forced turnovers record Saturday with six making her total 99. Morton is close to acheiving two more DU records for goals and assists. DU finishes their season on the road at Stanford on April 10, followed by UC Davis on April 12 and Fresno State on April 13.


Broncos hopeless without Cutler The Denver Broncos will not win six games this season. As most fans know the “phenom” coach Josh McD aniels and staff decided to trade quarterback Jay Cutler last Thursday to the Chicago Bears. T h e ZAC D’ARGONNE Assistant sports editor t r a d e heard ‘round the NFL devastated any hopes for a Broncos playoff run for years to come. Fans most likely are hoping that McDaniels will trade Kyle Orton and 1st round pick in order to draft a promising new rookie. There is no doubt, however, that McDaniels will ignorantly state, “Orton is my guy”. What happened to Jay Cutler being the quarterback of the future? He was the “next John Elway” who was going to win us three Super Bowls. Cutler is a 25-year-old coming off of a pro-bowl year. Let’s see how many of those come around in the next ten years. I’ll just say Orton won’t be making the Pro Bowl anytime soon. Right now, Mike Shanahan is sitting in his mansion laughing at the Broncos and their Raideresque policies. Mark my words, within three seasons Josh McDaniels will no longer be the Broncos head coach.


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The No. 74 Pioneers finished fourth at the Sun Belt Conference Shootout over the weekend in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Denver started strong claiming the doubles point and first two singles matches. Martin Zimmermann and David Simson won 8-4 and Benny Althaus and Yannick Weihs won 8-3 to clinch the doubles point. Althaus and Weihs were also the only two Pioneers to win their singles matches at the No. 3 and 4 spots. Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette lowered DU’s record to 9-9. The Pioneers also fell to South Alabama 2-4, on Friday afternoon. DU continues on the road this Thursday at noon against Boise State in Boise, Idaho. The men’s tennis team will not return home for another match this season.

Denver (6-5, 1-1 GWLL) lost on the road to the Quinnipiac Bobcats (3-6, 1-2 GWLL), a conference opponent, Saturday afternoon in Hamden, Conn. “I’m proud of the group that competed today and for giving everything they had,” said head coach Jamie Munro. “We just didn’t put our players in good enough positions to be successful. Hats off to Quinnipiac.” Cliff Smith, Patrick Rogers, Joey Murray and Todd Baxter each netted two goals for the Pioneers. Alex Gajic and John Dickenson add one apiece. DU plays again at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 hosting Notre Dame in the Annual Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Showdown at Invesco Field at Mile High.

Bozak, Mullen go pro On Friday, senior hockey defenseman Patrick Mullen and sophomore forward Tyler Bozak each signed professional two-year entry level contracts in the NHL. Bozak signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs while Mullen signed a contract with the Los Angeles Kings. Bozak, 23, was highly sought after with more than 25 teams expressing interest.

Q&A with leading lacrosse lady Karen Morton ZAC D’ARGONNE

KM: A couple of games before the game in which I broke the record, I stumbled upon it on the Denver Pioneers website. I was kind of confused at first to have read that ‘Karen Morton is only two points away from breaking the all time DU scoring record for women’s lacrosse.’ Again, it was unexpected.

Asisstant sports editor

Karen Morton is a graduating senior from Andelaide, Australia. Morton is majoring in business. Last week she broke the record for most points in DU women’s lacrosse. Zac D’Argonne: What does it mean to you now that you hold the DU lacrosse record for most points in a career? Karen Morton: I honestly had no idea about the record. I did not even know that I was close to breaking it. I was, to say the least, surprised. But of course, it is very exciting to be a part of something like that.


ZD: How did you find out that you were close to breaking the record?

ZD: What was your reaction once you had time to process the information? KM: I was surprised. I have never really been the kind of person that contemplates or pays attentions goals or points. I always try and do my best in order make myself better each and every game. Every time I

step out onto the field I do not know how many goals I had scored that past game. To say the least, it was a great surprise. I am honored to be considered one of the best in DU history. ZD: What do you want your teammates to remember about you once you have departed DU? KM: I want my teammates to remember my work ethic. I want them to remember me for being hard working and giving a 100 percent in all aspects of my life, especially my games and practices. ZD: What is one thing your team is going to miss about you? KM: Probably my accent,

just kidding. Most likely being a good teammate, helping them out with lacrosse and other things going on with them. ZD: What is your most memorable lacrosse moment since playing for DU? KM: Having my team come to Australia in order to play in front of my friends and family at home. ZD: What made you come all the way to DU from Australia for college? KM: The DU coach, Jen Adams, from Australia recruited me to come play at Denver. I am grateful for the opportunities that have been given to me.

Clarion, 4/7/2009  

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