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From the Editor’s desk If you were expecting the old newspaper format for The Independent, we are more than happy to surprise you. We have moved in a magazine direction. We feel this format reflects the artistic, free-spirited feel of our campus. Our distribution dates have also changed. We are now an every-other-week kind of publication. So, two weeks from today you can expect another published issue from us. We look forward to bringing the campus and community our vision of what news looks like. Our staff is new, our ideas are new, and we hope that you can look into these pages with a new perspective on The Independent. However new our image is, we are still dedicated to covering issues, policies and events with the same integrity. If it’s a breaking story, look to our Web site—which has remained the same—, for more information. We can promise to have new content uploaded every week, whether it is something visual like a slideshow or a video, or we may have a completely new text story. Regardless, the staff of The Independent is more than excited to work hard, dig deep, and help to make you knowledgeable participants in the campus and community we all inhabit. If you have any story ideas, information on upcoming events, speakers, concerts, shows, dorm meetings, whatever, please feel free to share that information with us. We also like to be kept on our toes, so if you notice an error or don’t agree with what was written, please feel free to comment. If a comment is respectfully and tastefully written we may print it in the next issue. We appreciate and listen to you, our readers. Our e-mail address is:, and you can reach us by calling 247-7405. Sincerely,

Tirrell Thomas Editor in Chief

Laura Beth Waltz Editor in Chief



Editor in Chief Tirrell Thomas

Editor in Chief Laura Beth Waltz

News Editor Paige Blankenbuehler Art Director Dan Jagaciewski Chief Copy Editor Katy Maxwell Chief Copy Editor Avery Perryman

Public Relations Director Jenny Coddington

Writers: Katie Haagnestad, Mason Hess, Emily Hibbs, Brett Masse, Andrea Sokolowski, Emily Tennison, Ryan Versaw, Chelena Coulston Design, Photography, and Online Sarah Decker, Matt Morrison, Chelsea Flaming, Sassy Kelly, Tanya Marchun, Andrew Shears, Wally Wallace Chelena Coulston Copy Editing D. Linnea Decker, Jessica Tso

Advertising Director Kelly Erskine Advertising Department Mona Nozhackum Katie Waller Magen Long Andrew Mangiona

Hello all. My name is Michelle Kenney, and I am the Associated Students of Fort Lewis College, your student body president.  On behalf of the ASFLC senate, I would like to welcome you all to the 20092010 school year. Your student government is very excited to get the ball rolling this year because we have a lot to do. We appreciate all comments or concerns, so please e-mail me if you have any.  You can also contact me if you are interested in being a representative for your school. My e-mail is,, and I would love to hear from you. MK


Indy: What does “CODE Red” mean, how do students get involved with it and how does it benefit all Fort Lewis students?

Indy: What does Governor Ritter’s budget cut mean to Fort Lewis students? MK: Governor Ritter’s budget cut of $80.9 million—on top of the cuts proposed in May—is highly troubling but Fort Lewis will be handling this the best we can.  The college has not yet decided how the budget will be balanced but Fort Lewis President, Brad Bartel, has assured the senators personally that the cuts will not directly affect the students.  Fortunately, tuition cannot be raised by more than the state allows which was 9 percent this year for in-state tuition and 6 percent for out-of-state tuition.  I can also guarantee that the cuts that will be made will be highly scrutinized and made only when there are no other options.

MK: “CODE Red” is an anti-discrimination education program. Its goal is to make the Fort Lewis campus aware of multicultural diversity and to stop or heal discrimination and prejudice that has occurred or may occur.  If anyone is interested, you can get involved by contacting Maria Cristina Grabiel at (970) 247-7290.  The program is always looking for facilitators or simply people to attend events on campus. I know that this program has encouraged cultural awareness thus far and will continue to do so which will benefit everyone on our campus.

Indy: Can I be involved in helping choose the new Fort Lewis president? MK: Fort Lewis is now in the process of searching for a new president of Fort Lewis College. The ASFLC would appreciate any input you would like to give us about the future president. A public forum will be held soon; the date and time is yet to be determined.  This forum will be a place for anyone on campus to voice their opinion about the presidential position, just look for the flyers that will be posted or the e-mails that will be sent.

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Wash your hands

Protect yourself


Falling leaves mark the beginning of the 2009 academic year as Fort Lewis College students and faculty prepare for a new year of incoming freshman, courses, graduates, and extracurricular activities, including the task of avoiding the H1N1 infection. Referred to as “Swine Flu” after the 1970s pandemic, the H1N1 virus has a 4-day incubation period before symptoms occur. Ironically, this disease remains more similar to Influenza A and bears no similarity to the pig flu of thirty years ago. Symptoms of H1N1 include fever, coughs, head and body aches, runny or stuffy nose, chills and fatigue. Many people infected with H1N1 reported symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting once the sickness progressed, as said by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention web site. Those infected are usually ill with H1N1 for about a week and stop being contagious about one week after the fever breaks. An example of this was found at the Miller Health Center, involving several students clad in white medical masks, including senior, Brook Burdick. While awaiting checkup, Burdick dedicated her calmness toward the infection and described her first contact with the disease while on vacation in Mexico and it’s effect on the world, she said. “All over the world they were trying to prevent people from flying in and out of Mexico,” Burdick said. H1N1 death rates are much lower than the Swine Flu of earlier years, Ginny Newman, the Health Center’s director, said. Seasonal influenza and H1N1 cannot be differentiated, Newman said. only a blood test can distinguish them. “We don’t have a test available that would differentiate the two,” she said. “We are not testing for it; everything is on suspicion with H1N1.” The health task force aids the effort of directing the current move to address H1N1 precautionary measures on campus, Mitch Davis, the Public Affairs officer, said. Tasks like isolation, procedures upon suspicion of infection and education of preventative measures are managed by Davis and several other faculty members, he said. Presently, Escalante Hall provides an on-campus quarantine for a few residents, though exact numbers would not be given.

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There have been 12 infections recorded thus far, a low number considering that a planning session covering worse case scenarios involving the flu predicted a 40-50 percent infection rate on campus, he said. “We are only a few weeks into the semester and expect that number to rise significantly,” Davis said. Davis clarified that the amount of infections was anticipated to be higher than originally estimated by this time, but said that the situation is being handled well. “I think that the threat is overblown in most people’s minds,” Davis said. There is a desire to keep the public confident and calm during the 2009 flu season as well as a need for media caution, Terry Richardson, the campus Environmental Health and Safety director, said. Richardson is also part of the H1N1 task force and confirmed the prediction of an H1N1 infection increase on campus. He also agreed with Newman’s assessment of the similarities of H1N1 and seasonal influenza, he said. A response plan has been underway to establish flu policy, procedures of Miller Health Center and the business plan of this health policy, Richardson said. Off-campus students will be informed of their need to recover at home for one week and 24 hours past the breaking of their fever, he said. “We’ve been working together to develop a response plan to H1N1 that has included a committee made of three deans, some key individuals from student affairs, and finance administration,” Richardson said. When asked about the level of threat H1N1 poses to campuses, Richardson referred to reports from Washington State University indicating that 2,200 students were reported infected to date, he said. Camp Kanakook near Durango, ended up with 40 percent of their campers infected with H1N1 while the Air Force Academy of Colorado Springs ended up with a 20 percent infection rate in their freshman class alone, despite attempts to isolate people in their dormitories, he said. There is a need to prolong concern over how prevention of infection is to ensue, Richardson said. Throughout our own campus, there exists a call to do two things: exercise caution and keep the public calm while doing so, he said. For now, it is recommended that students get a seasonal flu shot and plenty of rest.

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By: Brett Masse In addition to the new housing complex and extensions to the chemistry hall and student union, Fort Lewis College has also implemented a new parking policy. Each parking area on campus will be designated as either a “commuter” or a “residential” parking area. If an owner of a vehicle lives on campus, they will be required to park in a “residential” parking area and those who live off campus will be required to park in a “commuter” area. Tickets will be issued to those parking where they shouldn’t be.

Why the change?

Arnold Trujillo, chief of the police department on campus, says the source of the change comes from consultants. Consultants from Denver, who professionalize in college policies and rules, visited the campus earlier this year evaluating some of Fort Lewis’ rules and regulations, Trujillo said. The parking standard of separating commuters and residents is a policy being practiced by several other colleges in Colorado, he said. “It’s too early to see if it’s a convenience,” Trujillo said. “We won’t know about that until much later in the year.” Another alteration in the parking policies is the option to purchase a LEED vehicle parking pass, he said.

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by Emily Tennison

Students and alumni may struggle to find employment in Durango. Unemployment in La Plata County increased from 3.6 percent in July 2008 to 5.5 percent in July 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics. This is the highest unemployment rate since the Durango Chamber of Commerce started reporting unemployment in 2002. “Finding a job in Durango can be difficult at times, especially since there are a lot of students competing for the same jobs,” Danny Lowry, a senior at Fort Lewis College, said. “I considered raft guiding this summer, however I am glad I received a research grant instead, because most of my friends that guided had to work two jobs to make ends meet.” If not raft guiding or doing research, Lowry is unsure of where he would have found work. The newspaper does not seem to have as many want ads as it used to and more people seem to be looking for jobs right now, he said. However, there is good news for students who qualify for work study. Despite a decrease in funds for work study, the amount of work study jobs offered at Fort Lewis remains the same compared to previous years, Allyn Talg, the director of Career Services, said. Fort Lewis received around $50,000 less in state financial aid for work study this year from last year, but this is not atypical according to Elaine Redwing, the director of financial aid. The amount received fluctuates from year to year, she said.

Students without work study may find it harder to get a job with Fort Lewis. “This year I have seen a significant decrease in the amount of non-work study positions,” Talg said. “It is a reflection of the economy but it’s more of a reflection of tight budgets.” On the other hand, there is at least one business not cutting down on employees. Sodexo, who provides campus dinning at the River Rock Café and other food outlets on campus, hired more students this year than in previous years due to an increase in food outlets, Cameron Clark, general manager of Sodexo, said. Sodexo usually hires between 20 and 30 students a year for jobs ranging from food preparation and cooking to serving and catering, he said. Finding a job off campus in Durango, though, remains a struggle for even those with degrees. “I’ve lived in Durango long enough to see that there are good jobs in Durango and there are good jobs to be found -- it is just very competitive,” Brandon Donahue, a Fort Lewis Alumni, said. “Because there is a constantly changing group of mostly young, and often temporary, people in Durango, there is a high demand for both housing and jobs.” People often have to work two jobs or have a supplemental income to afford the high cost of living in Durango, Donahue said. However there seems to be a trade-off between working multiple jobs and living in Durango. “To live and work comfortably in Durango isn’t easy, but it is worth it,” he said.

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Photo’s courtesy Outdoor Pursuits

OP trip persevers despite collapsed highway and nasty weather By Matt Morrison A semi-truck collapsed and fell into the river off of on the side of the highway and decided to go to Highway 160-East which forced the closure of Wolf Silverton to find a new location for the climb. Creek pass. After having climbing eight miles with a 4,500 feet Outdoor Pursuits, a program on campus that proloss and gain the group set up camp near Ice Lakes vides students with outdoor recreational activities, was Basin, Whalen said. on there way to their annual 14ers weekend trip. They Saturday night the group was pounded by rain, hail, were forced to find a new location for their climbs. lightning and thunder, which made sleep difficult, he So participants drove back through Durango and up said. to Silverton to climb Handies Peak on Saturday, Sept. The group had planned on climbing Fuller and 12, Kayla Andersen, a student that attended the trip, Vermillion mountains but couldn’t due to the weather, said. instead they climbed up to Ice Lakes Basin, and hung Handies Peak has an elevation of about 14,048 feet. out, he said. “OP trips are awesome because everyone gets along,” “You just go with what you’re dealt with, and can’t she said. really complain,” Whalen said. Tom Whalen, the assistant coordinator of Outdoor The original goal of the trip was to climb two 14,000 Pursuits and guide on the trip, agreed to this sentiment feet peaks, the Wetterhorn and Uncompagrhe, which by saying how appreciative he was of the students’ flex- are located outside of Lake City, Colo., located northibility in having to relocate the trip. east of Durango, Brett Davis, coordinator of Outdoor Due to the road closure, the group had a conference Pursuits, said.


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“It’s important for students to be able to go on trips like 14ers weekend because it gives students a safe opportunity to push their limits and go where they wouldn’t normally go,” Nathan Vandermost, a student intern in OP and the junior guide for the trip, said. Ten students attended the trip accompanied by the two guides, Whalen and Davis and also Vandermost as the junior guide. Outdoor Pursuits provided the transportation for the trip, as well as all cooking supplies, Whalen said. Students were responsible for their own food and any additional equipment they needed could be rented from Outdoor Pursuits. To attend the trip, students must be a member of Outdoor Pursuits, as well as pay a $25 trip fee, Davis said. Outdoor Pursuits members are able to sign up for events the Monday before the event takes place. To become a member of Outdoor Pursuits, Fort Lewis students must pay a $40 yearly membership fee. “Outdoor Pursuits provides opportunities for students to engage in super fun, healthy activities,” Whalen said. “Students get to experience amazing landscapes around Durango and four corners area.” Outdoor Pursuits members are able to attend OP events, are given access to use the climbing wall, the OP library, work in the shop and check out any OP equipment.

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By Andrea Sokolowski

Photos by Andrea Sokolowski


Every Saturday morning, the First National Bank parking lot is filled with people and fresh locally grown food. From 8 a.m. until noon, shoppers at the Durango Farmers Market can find onions, peaches, eggs, honey, bread, and so much more. Several local bakeries serve coffee and pastries; so arriving with an empty stomach is not a problem. The market is also the place to see familiar faces. Many locals show up on Saturday mornings to socialize as well as to shop. One of Fort Lewis Colleges’ chemistry professors, Monte Helm, was recently spotted shopping with his wife and baby son. Another benefit of shopping at the market is the entertainment. Shoppers can select their apples while listening to live music. They can also get massages or learn how to spin wool. Local organizations provide educational opportunities to learn about issues that affect the community and the environment.

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There are also special events like the Durango Iron Chef competition. The market is special in that it not only gives back to the community by selling locally grown food, but it also teaches people about the food they are buying. Peg Redford, the market director, described the relationship between vendor and customer as symbiotic. The community has helped those who start out as backyard growers become full fledged farmers. In turn, farmers supply the community, Redford said. Kristin Pogue, a local physician’s assistant, is a devoted market attendee. She appreciates the freshness of the food. According to the Durango Farmers Market Web site, all the products are required to come from within a five county radius. “It promotes more efficient and environmentally friendly consumption, and local farmers benefit from the business,” Pogue said. “You’re also more appreciative and aware of what you eat when you establish a personal connection with the grower.” Redford explained that the growing demand has incresaed the number of vendors in recent years to an average of 55 sellers compared to the six or seven when the farmers market began about 14 years ago. The majority of vendors are agricultural producers; however, there are three craft stalls and seven prepared food vendors, Pogue said. James Ranch has been a vendor at the market since the days when it was held at the bottom of Chapman Hill more than 10 years ago. Becca James of James Ranch explained that the ranch sells more products at the market than at any other venue in town. “We benefit from the support network,” Ranch said. “Small farms need help competing with larger, governmentsubsidized farms.” Time is limited to take advantage of this seasonal community activity. The Saturday morning market closes for the season on Oct. 31. The Independent Copyright © 2009


Parking continued from page 6 LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The new parking passes are applicable to vehicles that are environmentally friendly. These policies were not a change made by Fort Lewis, but instead were made by consultants hired this year, he said. The LEED list is based off of California’s standards for energy efficient vehicles, and vehicles with low smog output, Trujillo said. Students who wish to apply for a LEED pass are required to drive an approved vehicle by the campus police, he said. Those wondering if their car is eligible can look through a list of approved vehicles at the cashier’s office in Berndt Hall. These LEED requirements have caused some students inconvenience because the list does not include any cars older than a 2000 model, he said. This can be frustrating for students who drive cars that have been converted to run on either hydrogen or electric

power but were made before 2000 and therefore don’t meet the standards. Another detail that some students are curious about is why their fuel-efficient Subaru’s are not included on the list of approved LEED cars. The truth is the cars’ capability of all-wheel-drive makes it have a higher output of emissions according to the federal government. Little details like this seem to be a contributing factor for students’ intent on getting a LEED pass. “I think it’s ridiculous,” Danielle Megli, a third-year student said. “I don’t think we should be paying for passes in the first place; we’re paying for permission to park on something we paid for.” Some students hold the change of policies in a different light. “Parking has never been easy up here; it’s a good thing they made some sort of designations,” Gabe Deall, a Fort Lewis student, said. “Besides, I think people need to start walking up to campus more; it’d be a good thing for the whole community.”

Commuter Lots:

Berndt Hall Gymnasium South Stadium Education/Business Softball Complex Physical Plant Jones/Noble Hall Concert Hall Center of SW Studies West Hall, North Miller Student Services Rim Drive (parallel park) Skyhawk Ave. (parallel park)

Residential Lots: West Hall Centennial East Bader/Snyder Animas Hall Mears West Cooper Hall Mears East

Commuter/ Residential Lots: Football Stadium Cooper Hall (Lot East of Trailer Town)

Photo by Sassy Kelly


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Know Your Durango


In Durango, what do the ABC’s stand for?



Durango has a population of... a)12,000 b)15,000 c)17,000 d) 20,000

Durango’s elevation is... a) 6,512 ft. b) 6,988 ft. c) 5,320 ft. d) 7,564 ft.


True or False, Durango is the largest city in southwest Colorado. Q) What well-known location in Durango was featured in the movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid?

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Trivia Answers: 1) Adrenalin, Cascade, and Bakers 2) b 3) a 4) True 5) Baker’s Bridge The Independent Copyright © 2009


Attack de la swine!

Illustration by Siri Austill

Free Legal Aid September 2, 16, 30 October 14, 28 November 11 December 2, 9

Brought to you by the ASFLC 14

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Monday, September 21 - Wednesday, September 30

Concerts Waiting On Trail @ 6:30pm - 8:00pm / CSWS 120 (Sept. 24) Pat Banton @ time unknown / Summit (Sept. 27)

Four Corners Lecture Series Kathy Fine-Dare @ 6:30pm - 8:00pm / CSWS 120 (Sept. 21) Jun Sunseri @ 6:30pm - 8:00pm / CSWS 120 (Sept. 22) Randall McGuire @ 6:30pm - 8:00pm / CSWS 120 (Sept. 23) Gerg Johnson @ 6:30pm - 8:00pm / CSWS 120 (Sept. 24) Mona Charles and Dawn Mulhern @ 6:30pm - 8:00pm / CSWS 120 (Sept. 28) Fred Blackburn, Stacey Waltzman, & Meredith Provera @ 6:30pm - 8:00pm / CSWS 120 (Sept. 29) Chuck Rigs @ 6:30pm - 8:00pm / CSWS 120 (Sept. 21)

Theater Productions “A Very Old Man” @ 5:30pm - 10:30pm / Thearter Building 122 (Sept. 25, Sept. 26, Sept. 27, Sept. 28, and Sept. 30)

Miscellaneous Dr. Simon Walls: Small Business Development Center @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm / EBH 118 (Sept. 24) David Baron: Common Reading Experience Lecture @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm / Concert Halll (Sept. 24) Durango Fall Blaze @7:00am - 5:00pm / Outdoor Amphitheater (Sept. 26) Durango Fall Blaze @8:00am - 5:00pm / Center Fort Plaza (Sept. 26) Faculty Seminar Series @5:00pm - 9:00pm / SU 103 Vallecito Room (Sept. 28) United Blood Services @10:00am - 3:00pm / SU 103 Vallecito Room (Sept. 29) The Independent Copyright © 2009


Photos by Tanya Marchun

“Trophy” Amy K. Wendland

“A Classification of Things (Part 1)” Chad Colby

“Oil Dependency” Paul Booth


“First Love” John Abbott

“Rosa Spinosissima” Susan Moss

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