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UNC: A special place where the students matter By Kay Norton UNC President

Dear UNC Students, As you settle into the first days of the new academic year, and for some of you, the start of your college journey, know this: You matter. You became part of a caring community, an extended family, when you chose to further your education at the University of Northern Colorado. At UNC, we are about transformative education for you as an individual. You can experience a top-notch education by exploring a variety of academic disciplines in the classroom and applied learning opportunities outside of the classroom at a university committed to delivering on the promise of “Bringing Education to Life.”

World-class faculty will offer you opportunities to work alongside them on groundbreaking research. Our dedicated staff will offer you tutoring, answer your financial aid questions and provide you guidance. We share a common goal in that we all want to see you succeed. Get involved outside of the classroom. With the exception of when you’re taking Norton in our Division I sporting events, don’t stay on the sidelines. Join a club or organization. There are more than 100 clubs on campus to choose from. Run for an office. Apply for that internship, even if it might be in a field that you haven’t considered. You will find other opportunities to participate in the Around Campus newsletter that is delivered to

your student email account three times a week. You will have many choices to make during your time at UNC. Remember it’s OK, even encouraged here, to take risks. We learn from our mistakes. I know I have. That’s part of being a lifelong learner. Again, take us up on offers to help you make informed choices. In my 10 years here, I have done a fair amount of traveling, both professionally and personally, and I can tell you that there is no place quite like UNC. My travels reinforce how special our university is. And the reason isn’t hard to come by. It’s people like you who make the difference. I am glad you are here. See you around campus. Sincerely, Kay Norton, UNC President



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Make the most of college experience while you can By Michael Nowels


hey come in droves to pack the residence halls. Two to a room, dozens to a floor and hundreds to a hall. They come in their parents’ fourwheel drive SUVs, packed to the brim with IKEA furniture. Wideeyed and wound up, they are freshmen. For many new students at UNC, this will be the first extended time away from their families. It can be a difficult growing experience for some, but in the end, it is usually a worthwhile endeavor. Hopefully, after four years (or so), they will leave with a piece of paper proclaiming their preparedness for the “real world,” along with a boatload of memories their elders will deem the best

they’ll ever have. In a way, that is the most depressing thing about college. The whole time, people are telling you to live it up because life will never be this good again. All the while, you spend downtime in ways that are sometimes exciting, but rarely important, worrying about how boring the rest of your life will be. On top of Nowels that, you look at the job market and wonder how you’ll find a position that doesn’t involve a greasy spatula. You see all the people in your life who have switched career paths after college or have a degree that became obsolete as soon as the “next big thing” came out. You

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watch all that money you’re paying for school go right out those sprinklers on campus that water the sidewalks in the pouring rain. But that’s the cynic’s take. The friendships and connections built here will last a lifetime. Every time I see my grandparents, I hear about them meeting up with friends from their younger days. My parents and their college comrades are still best friends, despite decades behind them and states between. Those bonds have extended well beyond four years spent together, and I anticipate mine, too, will breach the city limits of this cow town. Throughout much of my K-12 education, I thought of school as a chore — something my parents did to punish me, or what society told me was right to do. Here, we

have a choice. If you don’t want to be in college, leave. Go get a part-time retail job and spend your money elsewhere. But if you are here, enjoy your studies and invest yourself in them. If you’ve ever listened to Kanye West’s album, The College Dropout, you know Mr. West aggressively views the college experience as a waste of time for a paper that won’t earn you more important paper. I would argue that it is a much more valuable endeavor for those lucky enough to afford it. For many of you, that voyage begins here, and it starts fast. Please keep arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times. Michael Nowels is a junior elementary education major at UNC and a columnist for The Mirror.

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UPC offers myriad entertainment options


It’s important for us to create a college experience. College isn’t just about going to class; it’s about creating social memories.

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— KACIE THOMAS, UPC’s arts and entertainment director

memories.” Importantly, UNC students have a say on what entertainment UPC provides. The office, which is housed under Student Activities on the second floor of the University Center, has a new phone number, (970) 351-3727, and students can text that number to make any suggestion — be it for a band, a comedian or an artist. Additionally, UPC staff will be conducting surveys, most likely in the UC, to gain an understanding on what students want to see on campus. Students can also serve on UPC planning committees, as-



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Kelsey Murray, the traditional events coordinator for UPC, echoes her colleague’s concern. “We are often the only entertainment venue (specifically tailored to college-age people) in Greeley,” Murray said. “We want to put on events that students want to come to. They sit in class all day. We don’t want to lecture them; we want to entertain them.” UPC aims to bring a comfortable atmosphere that promotes making friends and trying new things. “It’s important for us to create a college experience,” Thomas said. “College isn’t just about going to class; it’s about creating social


ften, new students to the University of Northern Colorado bemoan the lack of entertainment options in Greeley. One office on campus, the University Program Council, wants to combat the image of Greeley as a place devoid of student amusement. Because of the efforts of UPC, UNC serves as the site for comedy clubs, open mic nights and mock night clubs. “We’re going to face more challenges than Colorado State University for planning events because of where we are located,” said Kacie Thomas, UPC’s arts and entertainment coordinator. “That’s why we try so hard.”

sisting with events like Homecoming. Already, UPC has already planned a comedy club with Johnny Cardinale at 9 p.m. Aug. 31 in the UC Ballrooms. It has also begun to schedule the third Club UNC, a night club on campus. Plans are being discussed for a UNC day at Coors Field, with transportation and food provided. With the exception of the annual spring concert — past performers were the Flobots and 3OH!3 — and the possible Rockies game, UPC does not charge students because UPC is paid for with student fees. “Take advantage of everything UNC has to offer,” Murray urges students. “Go to events you wouldn’t normally go to. You might be surprised.”


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Multiple stores provide books, supplies for new year By Amanda Stoutenburgh

As students begin another exciting school year, there is one very important but often-dreaded task students go through: buying books. Not only has it become a stressful task, but textbooks are often very expensive and can be hard to find. There are three main bookstores on campus students can use: The Book Stop, located just off central campus on the corner of 16th Street and 10th Avenue; Textbook Brokers, located on 17th Street across the street from Kepner Hall; and the UNC Bookstore and Fan Shop, located in the University Center. All of these bookstores are great places for students to get all the books and

last-minute school supplies they might need. The Book Stop is a great place for students to find books as they have what faculty requests as soon as they can. “We have low prices and guarantee it,” said manager Steve Clark. The Book Stop believes buying books should be a simple process and aims to help all students through the stressful process. If they cannot match the competitions price, they will offer 10 percent better. One added bonus, The Book Stop offers its customers is a coffee shop in the same building. Under new management, The Blue Mug, will now have extended hours for students and everyone to get a cup of coffee while shopping for books.

Opened in April 2011, Textbook Brokers also offer the buy, rent and sell options but are also able to special order books for students. Textbook Brokers also provide counter service so students don’t have to search shelves upon shelves for their books; the staff finds students’ books for them. The UNC Bookstore and Fan Shop is another great place for students to get their books for classes. They have an extended supply of the books faculty request, as well as fan merchandise for UNC. Students can order their books online and already have them there once they move back to Greeley. The Bookstore and Fan Shop is also conveniently located in the University Center. Also, UNC receives a commission percentage of all sales that go

to support various aspects of the university, such as other student programs. No other bookstore around campus gives directly back to the campus like the Bookstore and Fan Shop. Matt Hanson, the store manager of the Bookstore and Fan Shop said its rental program, digital copies and book buy backs saved students $600,000 last year. “We expect to meet or break that this year,” Hanson said. The Bookstore and Fan Shop also has a new digital provider this year called Inkling. It is accessible through any device with Internet access and is more interactive than books. No matter where students decide to purchase their books this semester, it is a very important decision but students can’t go wrong by choosing any of these stores.


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Academic advising valuable resource to all UNC students By Conor McCabe


aking the jump from high school to college can be academically confusing and increasing hard to navigate, especially when sophomores become juniors and juniors become seniors. Luckily for UNC students, help can be found in the Office of Academic Support and Advising (ASA). The ASA, located in Michener Library L149, has countless resources for students looking to set up tutoring appointments or simply seek academic guidance from the university’s many experts. Each UNC student has an assigned adviser to answer the tough questions and help pave the way toward achieving academic goals. ASA advisers specialize in students who are searching for

the right major study and those struggling academically. In terms of privacy, when discussing intimate details about a student’s academic performance, there is no need to worry. The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act makes it so that university staff can only provide academic information to the student themselves. One of the ASA’s most used programs on campus is the tutoring center in the ASA office. Sessions are peer-led and are offered to all UNC students who are enrolled in undergraduate classes. “The tutoring center is for everyone,” said Melissa Hoffner, the director of Tutoring Services. “It’s for the students that are maintaining A’s and B’s and for the students that are struggling.” Certified through the College Reading and Learning Associa-

tion, the ASA is equipped with additional satellite and night tutoring options. Students looking to set up a tutoring appointment must stop by the tutoring center, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. with their UNC identification card for the first visit. The center has 40-45 peer tutors and supplemental instructors and is a great way to find a job on campus while helping other UNC students. “We offer both individual and small group tutoring, over about 130 different subjects, as well as supplemental instruction,” Hoffner said. The tutoring center is also home to a supplemental instruction program, which is open to all students. SI leaders are mainly upper-level students who hold one- to two-hour sessions each week to review students’ course-

work and develop learning strategies. Students interested in becoming a tutor or SI leader should visit the tutoring center’s website, or contact Hoffner at (970) 351-1904 or Cathy Heise at (970) 351-1906. The ASA offers a unique program designed specifically for freshmen called University 101. Studies show freshmen who participate in first-year seminars like University 101 tend to be more successful in classes than those who don’t. University 101 courses are structured to be small in size with the intention of capitalizing on that individual attention for each student. To learn more about University 101 classes, visit asa/univ101 or contact Angela L. Vaughan at (970) 351-1175.

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uch like a lot of the larger college athletic onferences across the nation, UNC’s main conference affiliation, the Big Sky, one some remodeling. ime for its 49th birthday, the Big Sky e unveiled a new logo, a new manded four new members, bringing the l to 13. The four new additions can be eading, two — rsity of at Dalifornia c State (Cal e football-only members while the rewo — the University of North Dakota ern Utah University — will participate s. w additions will drastically change the , rivalries and gameplay of the confertake a look at how they affect several e University of Northern Colorado. »»»


her sports at UNC will only have to face kota and Southern Utah every season, ing for the football team becomes more d with UC-Davis and Cal Poly added x. when you bring four teams in, it’s goothing but strengthen our league,” UNC h Earnest Collins Jr. said during fall w, as opposed to just getting two teams offs, there possibly may be a third with h of our conference. We have the power of FCS football. For me, it’s all about tition and getting good play out of each s, and I think we’re going to get that.” unt for the new members, the Big Sky a set of “rivals” for each university to cheduling of its eight conference games.


JUNIOR MIDFIELDER CHANDLER GUETZ goes for the ball during UNC’s second exhibition game against Air Force on Aug. 13. Each school has two rivals they will face each season; UNC’s rivals are North Dakota and Northern Arizona. The remaining six conference games will rotate on a yearly basis. The four remaining teams in the Big Sky a school doesn’t play in a given year can still be scheduled as a non-conference game that season. Thus, UNC’s week three game against Sacramento State won’t count toward the Bears’ conference record this season. Playing in the Big Sky won’t be a culture shock for any of the incoming teams, though, as all played at least one game against a league team last season, when all were in the Great West Conference. The Thunderbirds of Southern Utah, behind the arm of now-senior quarterback Brad Sorenson, went 3-0 against Big Sky teams last season, picking up wins at Weber State (35-28), at Northern Arizona (27-24) and at home in Cedar City, Utah, against Sacramento State (35-14). Sorenson threw for 3,143 yards and 17 touchdowns last sea-

son and has been named one of 29 candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given to the top senior quarterback in the country. As for the new California schools, the UC-Davis Aggies went 1-1 against the Big Sky a year ago, defeating Sacramento State 23-19 at home and losing to Montana State 38-14 on the road. Cal Poly had the worst luck against Big Sky teams, losing 37-23 at Montana and dropping a three-overtime game at home against Eastern Washington, 53-51. The Bears face the Mustangs in San Luis Obispo, Calif., on Oct. 13 for a week six matchup. UNC senior cornerback Finnis Caldwell, who was born in Stockton, Calif., said during fall practices that he and the team don’t know much about the new programs. Caldwell went on to say that it’s OK if the Bears don’t know much about the other programs this early. It matters more that UNC improves itself before worrying about other teams. Turn to Scheduling on P.10


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“We really just been taking these two-a-days and these one-a-days in camp just one by one,” Caldwell said. “We really aren’t worried about the big picture. We’re trying to get everything right right now, so that way we can get everything right when we play the other teams.” North Dakota’s only game against the Big Sky came against the Bears on Oct. 11 when the Fighting Sioux escaped Greeley with a 2725 victory following a 54-yard field goal in the final two minutes. North Dakota, which will come to Greeley again Nov. 17 for the Bears’ senior day game, returns its leading rusher from last season, Jake Miller. Miller rushed for 942 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, including 60 yards and a score against UNC. “North Dakota and UNC go way back to the NCC days, so it’ll be an old foe that we go up against every year, and I’m looking forward to it,” Collins said Junior linebacker Clarence Bumpas, who visited at Big Sky media days July 15-17, said he got to meet several players and coaches at the league’s other schools and learn more

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about them. “It was definitely a new experience,” Bumpas said. “They’re good people, despite what you think about your opposing teams. We got to mingle, we got to relate. It was a good time.” Bumpas said it was exciting to meet other defensive players who he considers similar to himself. “They’re about as hard-nosed as it gets,” he said. “It’s interesting to meet people who share the same general interests and the same playing styles as yourself. There were a couple of guys I got to meet, like Ross Brenneman, the D-end from North Dakota. He was a good guy. He’s real hard-nosed. He’s a big fella. It was interesting to say the least.” Bumpas said that the new additions to the conference have the whole team looking forward to the season. “It’s one of those things where you can only be excited to play against them,” he said. »»» SOCCER

The UNC soccer program is coming off arguably its two most successful consecutive seasons in school history. Two years ago, the

Bears went 10-5-1, notching the most wins in a season since 2002, its last season in Division II, and last season, UNC won its first-ever regular season co-championship and hosted the conference tournament. This year, with a group of nine seniors and a collection of younger talent, the Bears seem primed for more of the same. The success will come differently, though, as the addition of North Dakota and Southern Utah take away non-conference games. UNC had 12 such games last season to go with nine conference games. This year, the Bears have nine of both. Head coach Tim Barrera said, though, it’s not the quantity of out-of-conference games, it’s the quality. “It’s two games, so it doesn’t make that big of a difference,” Barrera said. “This year we’re playing CU from the Pac-12, we have Nebraska from the Big 10, we have Kansas from the Big 12, Utah State, who’s the WAC champion, we got Denver, who was the Sun Belt champion for years and years and years, and now they’re in the WAC, so there are a lot of challenging teams on our schedule. And we do that to Turn to Scheduling on P.11



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challenge ourselves for the grind of the Big Sky Conference. Generally the teams in non-conference are stronger than the ones inconference — that doesn’t mean the teams in the conference won’t be a challenge — it just gives us an opportunity to prove ourselves against some quality opponents.” The team returns seven players who started at least eight games — including seven who started at least 11 — a season ago. The biggest change the Bears will see, though, is senior Natalie D’Adamio in goal for the first time in her career. »»» VOLLEYBALL

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UNC SOPHOMORE MIDDLE BLOCKER Andrea Spaustat bumps the ball underneath the net during a drill at the first official practice of the year. Spaustat was named Big Sky Freshman of the Year in 2011. cess. And so are the other coaches in the Big Sky, who voted the Bears to the top of the preseason rankings. UNC garnered nine first-place votes, and the remaining two

were split between Portland State (No. 2 in poll) and newcomer North Dakota (No. 4). “It says a lot about what we did last year,” head coach Lyndsey Oates said, intentionally putting

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emphasis on “last.” “And then we have six of seven returners, so that’s really what the preseason poll says. It doesn’t say anything about this year’s team. It’s really respect from last year, and we have an experienced group coming back.” Southern Utah was picked ninth by the coaches, and Oates said — like the other programs — her team doesn’t know much about the new teams other than what the stats say. “We don’t know much about them right now other than their record last year and looking at last year’s stats,” Oates said. “North Dakota was very good. They graduated a lot, but they were the best according to RPI in the Big Sky, so they’ll be very tough. Southern Utah was very young last year so they weren’t quite as successful, but from what we hear they’re very athletic and will be a tough threat, as well.”


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Employment options available on and off campus By Conor McCabe

Now that the semester is here, the expenses of a student start to become more and more of a reality. To fight the stereotypical 24-pack Ramen purchases, the Office of Financial Aid is helping students find jobs on and off campus. The Office of Student Employment is a great resource for students looking to make some money while taking classes. For need-based work study, students must start by applying for work-study assistance through FAFSA by March 1. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 12 credits while graduate students only need to be enrolled in nine credits. Some of the on-campus employers include: Michener Li-

»»For»more For more information on the different resources Career Services offers, call (970) 351-2127 or call Student Employment at (970) 351-2628.

brary, residence life, facilities and operations, academic/administrative office, parking services, campus police, campus recreation and the University Center. The off-campus job opportunities are with some of Greeley’s nonprofit agencies including the Boys & Girls Clubs, GreeleyEvans School District 6, North Range Behavioral Health, City of Greeley Recreation Department and ARC of Weld County. No-need work study may be made available to Colorado undergraduates whose FAFSA’s were filed in a timely fashion,

but don’t have sufficient financial qualifications for other forms of financial aid. For student-hourly employment, any UNC student enrolled at least half the time can find student hourly employment on campus. Undergraduate students are required to be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours, while graduate students must be enrolled in five. Each year, the Office of Financial Aid hosts a job fair to give students an opportunity to talk to a variety of employers. This year the job fair will be Tuesday in the University Center. “Students need to bring paperwork to fill out an I-9,” said junior psychology major Austin Seeley said, “either a passport and a certification of naturalization or a photo I.D., Social Security card

and birth certificate.” The Student Employment and Career Services offices have joined forces to bring students an employment job bank. On the Office of Financial Aid website under the page Student Job Search enter your URSA username and password. This allows students to browse jobs available on and off campus in one convenient location. It also has a section in which employers can visit to post job openings. The job bank is called Bears Career Connection and can be accessed at Students are also encouraged to fill out applications for dining services. They don’t post jobs in the job bank, but employ students in the three dining halls across campus, Taco Bell, Einstein Bros. Bagels and the Coffee Corners.

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Student Senate meets weekly for campus’ needs By Alexander Armani-Munn

The University of Northern Colorado Student Senate’s mission is to represent and serve the student body in order to enhance the university experience through the empowerment of all students. The Student Senate currently consists of nine student-elected representatives and three hired positions, each with a distinct title and responsibility. Returning from last year’s Senate are Charlie Charbonneau as Student Body President; Levi Fuller as Student Trustee; Shelby Williams as Director of Academic Affairs; John Pherson as Director of University Relations; Samantha Fox as Director of Student Organizations; and Nicholas Atzenbeck as Student Rights Advocate.

Newly elected representatives include Oliver Bourne as Director of Finance, Becca Hoy as Director of Legislative Affairs, Jonte Fox Major as Director of Diverse Relations, Nick Loveridge as Director of Student Affairs; Ben Fuller as Parliamentarian and Fuller Julie DeJong as Administrative Assistant. The Senate will conduct a weekly session for the duration of the academic Hoy

year. Weekly Wednesday sessions are an opportunity for delegates to discuss current initiatives, as well issues regarding Loveridge funding and legislative affairs. “The best way students can get involved with Student Senate is to come to Senate meetings,” Major Charbonneau said. Each Senate meeting is open to members of the campus community; meetings take place Pherson

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Greek Life opportunities benefit new students By Parker Cotton


f students are looking to get involved at UNC upon their arrival this fall, there’s no bigger umbrella to get under than that of Greek Life. At UNC, students have the choice of 21 unique fraternities or sororities that fit their desires. Heather James, the assistant director of Student Activities for Greek Life, said students get benefits from joining a fraternity or sorority that are unlike anything else on campus. “It’s a great way for students, especially freshmen, to meet new people and make friends, and these are friendships and connections that will last for years,” James said. “Students in Greek organizations learn leadership

skills and are able to connect with alumni of that organization in fields that they’re interested in.” For Julia Karlin, a member of Alpha Phi and a junior business management and international affairs major, she said the relationships she’s developed with the alumnae of her sorority have been the best part of her Greek experience, which started in the fall semester of her freshman year. “My biggest influences in my life are the alumni of Alpha Phi, and that’s because of all they do and all they’ve accomplished,” Karlin said. “Most that are from UNC donate to the Alumni Association and they have huge ties to the university still, and that’s what I want to be.” Karlin said the value of joining a Greek organization cannot be overlooked because of all it offers.

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“It’s like a family, and you learn a lot from each other,” she said. “Also, if you’re having a bad day, it’s a plus to have that atmosphere. It’s a home away from home.” The academic support and community service, Karlin said, are also very rewarding. From mandatory study tables or putting on a Phiesta, Alpha Phi and other Greek organizations are all about bettering themselves in the classroom and bettering their community. Charlie Charbonneau, the president of Pi Kappa Phi and a senior sport and exercise science

major, said he’s been introduced to opportunities he never would have found outside of a fraternity. That includes participating in his fraternity’s philanthropic benefactor, Push America, an organization started by a Pi Kappa Phi member in 1976 to help people with disabilities. For things as small as better time management to aspects as large as school pride and success after college, Charbonneau said being a part of Greek Life will only benefit a student going forward. “In my experience, the more involved you are in anything on this campus, the more you grow,” he said. “You’re a part of a community here, and with all that we do, it brings you great pride in your university and you can’t help but be proud to be a Bear.”


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