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Volume 34, Issue 08

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One World, One Water donation flows into Metro  3

Hoping the smoke clears on campus  9

Students stage silent protest at Race for the Cure  8

Men’s soccer on a fivegame winning streak  15

Denver under occupation

One of nearly 20 speakers at the public forum and protest outside Denver’s capital building addresses the crowd before Occupy Denver’s Saturday march. The Guy Fox mask has become synonymous with the Occupy Wall Street movement. In New York City, a 150-year-old law that bans masked gathering was invoked to arrest protesters sporting the popular accessory. Photo by Jessica Wacker •


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Denver trio taps into the power of pride, imagination By Ashley Moreland

Photos by Sean Mullins

Friends bring unique look, ideas to Pride

TOP: Emilio Cordova finalizes his costume for Denver’s PrideFest June 19 at the west Denver apartment he shares with Adam Barnhardt.

Amid the usual fanfare of rainbows and bubbles during Denver’s PrideFest 2011, mystical-looking science fiction creatures stalked the streets and roamed seamlessly with the crowd June 19 at Civic Center Park. For the past few years, Emilio Cordova, Adam Barnhardt and L0a have worn costumes to the annual festival. Last year they went as zombies, but this year they decided to take it to the next level and be even more extreme. “What is the gay community? Who is the gay community? We are,” Cordova said. But Cordova knows the image he and his friends illustrate isn’t the only representation of the GLBTQ community and said he doesn’t think anyone can be a poster child representative. Barnhardt, who plans to attend Metro, said he started to really get into PrideFest in 2008 when he did a documentary to satisfy a high school graduation requirement. At the time, Barnhardt was struggling

LEFT: L0a prepares to select from an assortment of makeup for his costume June 19 at Emilio Cordova and Adam Barnhardt’s apartment.

L0a, Emilio Cordova and Adam Barnhardt board the 16th St. MallRide on their way to the Denver PrideFest celebration June 19 at Civic Center Park.

Pride goers plan costumes for months Walking around downtown and Civic Center Park, Emilio Cordova, L0a and Adam Barnhardt’s hardwork paid off, as they were constantly stopped to pose for pictures of them in their elaborate costumes June 19 at the Denver’s 36th-annual PrideFest. Emilio: “Cyber Goth Demon Thing” Cordova said he came up with his costume idea last year and started designing in January. A standout feature of Cordova’s costume was his armor, which he made from a co-worker’s son’s old hockey gear. Another unique element was the black liquid latex he used to cover his arms; L0a said it made them feel like sex toys. Cordova said one of the reasons he dresses up for Pride is because he would rather be a target and make a sacrifice for the rest of the GLBTQ community. “If you want to make fun of someone, make fun of me and leave everyone else alone. You can make fun of me; I’m immune to it ... If people want something to look at, I’ll give them something to look at.”

L0a: “Bene Gesserit from ‘Dune’” L0a said he didn’t decide for sure to dress up with the sci-fi look of Bene Gesserit from “Dune.” He said all the elements of his costume are things he already had. L0a enjoyed dressing up and recieving positive reactions from others. “They’re just so in love with you for who you are,” he said. “They just want to be all over you, take pictures with you. It’s wonderful!” Adam: “Gay Gwar” Barnhardt said his costume was a mix of pieces from previous costumes he recycled to “just make one big blowout for Pride ... I came up with this — whatever you may call this.” Barnhardt decided to call his look “gay Gwar.” For Barnhardt, going all out with his costume for the festival was his way of showing who he is. “When you’re gay, it’s kind of like something you need to tell everybody ... just to let the world know ‘I’m fuckin’ gay, and I’m fabulous!’” he said.

with the coming out process. He said he used the documentary as a way to “explore the other side” of the community. “I decided that it was going to be my goal for graduation from high school — kind of coming to grips with who I am and getting to know the more ‘normal’ side of being gay, because it’s really easy to feel like you’re on the outskirts and feel kind of like an outcast, especially for people who are really flamboyant [like myself],” Barnhardt said. “So I said, ‘fuck it. I’m going to document gays that are families.’ It was wonderful; it was such an illuminating experience.” For the trio, it’s diversity that makes the festival. They said that they get stopped about every 10 minutes for pictures. One picture they posed for was with a mother with her child on her shoulders. “I love the symbolism behind the extremity we bring and then the families that are here, and all that brings us together is a picture, something that they can say ‘hey, look. These people were there, and I was with them; I have a picture with them. And I love that,” Cordova said. “[They can later say], ‘I met a person like that, and they’re OK,” L0a added. Barnhardt thinks that’s exactly what PrideFest is about — variety. “There’s nothing more wonderful than being able to express yourself … and this is the place to do it; I’ve never been more proud in my life to be gay.”

LEFT: Adam Barnhardt works on his make up June 19 before heading to PrideFest. BOTTOM: L0a, Emilio Cordova and Adam Barnhardt take a break from dancing at the Denver PrideFest celebration June 19.

4  •  September 1, 2011  MetNews  TheMetropolitan

Ramadan –

We take a closer look at one of the world’s fastest-growing religions

Ramsey Scott & Amna Khokhar

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims not only refrain from eating or drinking during their fast but they also avoid lying, arguing, swearing and all other evil actions thoughts or words that might cause trouble or hurt someone. It is through this denial of basic human needs that Muslims hope to absolve themselves of their sin, similar to Christian Lent, when the devout reconnect with God. “The significance of it is that you are striving against the first and foremost enemy that you have to the path of submission, and that is you,” said Sheikh Ahmed Shirbeny, the Imam of Masjid Abu Bakr and the Colorado Muslim Society. The mosque serves over 15,000 Muslims in the Denver area. In each of us, there are evil forces, said Shirbeny. The evil in each of us drives us

to do things against the teachings of Allah. It is by fasting that Muslims hope to attain absolution for their sins along with learning to control the evil forces inside oneself. “At the end of the day, when you are able to say ‘no’ to yourself once it comes to basic needs like eating and drinking for a whole day, then it becomes easy to say no to unlawful things,” Shirbeny said. “Ramadan is the time where you are remodeling yourself,” said Ali, a young Muslim who recently moved to Denver from San Diego. “The structure is there, you just need to rebuild everything around it.” In the Islamic calendar, Ramadan falls on the ninth month of the year. This time changes each year, usually by 10 or 11 days, as it is tied to the cycles of the moon and not to a specific date.

RIGHT: Men, women and children gather for a joint Eid al-Fitr prayer at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park the morning of August 30.  Photo by Rachel Fuenzalida •

ABOVE: Men and Women gather for ceremonial Ramadan prayer at Dick’s Sporting Goods park Aug. 30 2011.  Photo by Brian T. McGinn •

TheMetropolitan  MetNews  September 1, 2011  •  5

Pillars of Islam

The guiding principles behind the Islamic faith are found in the five pillars of Islam.

ABOVE: Men kneel in prayer at the Abu Bakr Mosque in Denver Sunday Aug. 28. Photo by Mike Fabricuis • LEFT: Two friends hug during a joint Eid al-Fitr prayer at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park the morning of August 30. Photo by Rachel Fuenzalida •

One non-Muslim’s journey Ramsey Scott Sunday, August 28 3:30 a.m. Multiple alarms screeched around my head. As I slammed my hand down on the snooze button of one alarm and searched for the other source of loud buzzing in my room, I wondered why I had set so many alarms so early on a Sunday. Then I remembered. It would be the only chance I have to eat. To write about the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, I decided to spend a day participating in the fasting and praying called for in the Quran, the holy book of Islam. As I squinted at 3:40 a.m. on my alarm clock, I wondered if this was a good idea. 4:55 a.m. As the Fajr, the first of five daily prayers, approached, I started to become anxious. The idea of not eating for most of the day did not bother me. As a journalist, I’ve become used to skipping multiple meals while trying to make a deadline for a story. I was more concerned with not being able to drink all through the day. The weather forecast had the high in the mid 90s and I do not have air conditioning in my house. I looked at the clock. — 5:05 am. Two minutes until Fajr. I sucked down another glass of water, faced Northeast towards Mecca and began my first Rikat or prayer of the day.

3:00 p.m. It wasn’t until I started to wash the dishes sitting in my sink that I realized I was thirsty. Absent mindedly, I started to fill one of the clean glasses with water. Before I brought it to my lips, I caught myself and poured the water out. 4:30 p.m. An hour and a half later, I sat barefoot on the carpeted floor of the Masjid Abu Bakr, the largest mosque in Denver, waiting for the Imam to begin the Asr, afternoon, prayer. As worshipers arrived, they found an empty place and recited two Rikats before sitting. Some struck up conversation with worshipers around them, others read the Quran quietly to themselves. Everyone rose and began to form lines facing the alter when the Imam walked into the room. A young man standing next to me, named Ali, politely tapped me on the shoulder and asked if he could correct my stance. After moving my feet in line with the rest of the men in my row, he smiled at me and turned his attention to the front where the Imam was starting the prayers. For 15 minutes, I rose and knelled with the rest of the worshipers as the Imam recited prayers in Arabic. As I concentrated on my movements and the sounds of the fellow worshipers quietly reciting prayers, I quickly forgot the thirst and hunger I had been feeling when I walked into the Mosque. After the final prayer was said, I rose from the floor and thanked Ali for helping me with the correct method of praying.

He smiled and asked if he could give me a little more advice on the proper methods of praying. As he showed me the proper way to bow my head to the floor, we began to talk and laugh about the many similarities between our respective religions. When I finally left, I felt completely energized. The thirst and hunger I had been feeling had disappeared and was replaced by a sense of excitement at the new insight I gained. 7:55 p.m. The first bite of a date exploded with flavor in my mouth. My friend Mohammad had brought the dates back from Saudi Arabia, saying that he refused to eat any dates from America. “They are nothing compared to dates we grow in Saudi.” I had to agree. I had never eaten any fruit so sweet and delicious before. As my friends and I ate dates and sipped Arabic coffee, a light, semi-bitter brew, that tasted like a cross between weak coffee and strong tea, we talked about my trip to the mosque and how my fast went. I told them it was easier than I thought; yet I was definitely thirsty by the end of the day. Mohammad laughed. “The secret is not to watch the Food Channel,” he said between bites of dates. After we consumed an entire bowl of dates, we served ourselves heaping plates of chicken biryani and samosas. As I ate mouthful after mouthful of the spicy rice dish, I realized I was never more thankful for the food in front of me and the company that surrounded me.

‫ةداهشلا‬ Shahada

The First Pillar states that there is only one god, Allah, and that Mohammad is the messenger of God.

‫ةالص‬ Salat

The Second Pillar means praying in Arabic. Muslims are required to pray five times a day to Allah.

‫موص‬ Sawm

The Third Pillar requires all Muslims to fast for 30 days during the period of Ramadan. According to the Sahih al Bukhari, a collection of the prophet Mohammad’s thoughts, it is said that during Ramadan, “the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.”

‫ةاكز‬ Zakat

The Fourth Pillar is similar to the Chirstian ideal of paying tithes to the church, calls upon all Muslims to give charity to the needy. In the Muslim faith, once a certain amount of wealth is acquired, the giving of charity becomes obligatory.

‫جح‬ Hajj

The Fifth Pillar calls upon all Muslims to make the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once during their lives.




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Denver Shows Its Pride in Style

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Op ed: Nugget’s must wait till 2012 for free agents • 13

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A little girl watches as women and men gather for a joint Eid al-Fitr prayer at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park the morning of August 30. Photo by Rachel Fuenzalida •

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Runners heat up on the road


Volleyball wins five-set thrillers at Colorado Mines, UCCS Zee Nwuke

With postseason implications on the line, a red-hot Metro volleyball team conquered No. 22 Colorado School of Mines and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in two suspenseful five-set matches Oct. 21 and 22. The Roadrunners came back from being down two sets both nights to secure wins at both schools. “Obviously, I’m pleased we showed the courage and composure to battle from that type of situation in both matches,” head coach Debbie Hendricks said. “We won this weekend, but I’d really like to see us focus on coming out stronger.” The match against Mines was very important, according to Hendricks, since CSM had won 10 straight matches going in. With these two wins, Metro improved to 19-4 overall, and 11-3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. They’ve now won five straight matches. The Roadrunners moved up to 10th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II top-25 poll. Metro at Mines Mines won the last time the two teams squared off, so the Roadrunners had extra motivation to get a win at Lockridge Arena. In the opening set, Metro got off to a slow start, and Mines quickly took a slim lead. The two teams battled as the game progressed with a 10-10 score. After that, Mines got going offensively and seized the lead. Up 18-12, Mines stayed composed and finished the set 25-18. The second set brought on more frustration for the Roadrunners, as the Orediggers continued their offensive assault. Mines was up 5-2 early in the set, but Metro didn’t let that stop them. Halfway through the set, Metro got a 14-13 lead, but let Mines take it back. The score remained fairly close for the remainder of the set before the Orediggers took the set 25-21. “We just didn’t finish,” senior setter Darcy Schwartzman said. Hendricks also felt Metro let the second set slip away. “Any time you let another team run their offense at will, in any sport, you’re going to lose,” Hendricks said. In the third set, the Roadrunners quickly fixed their mistakes and made up for their previous sets, leading 7-1 early. This forced Mines to take a timeout. Mines tried to repeat a comeback once

again, but Metro remained poised. They cruised in the third set 25-19. “That’s definitely our potential,” senior middle blocker Julie Causseaux said. “We just need to start off [strong] earlier and take care of (business) in the first two sets.” Mines put up more of a fight in the fourth set, but Metro prevailed. The Orediggers took the lead early and maintained it. Mines called another timeout after Metro tied the set at 13. Each team looked for an edge to help them get the win. Both teams played hard, trading point for point in the final stretch of the set. The Roadrunners showed a lot of determination and secured the set 27-25. In the fifth set, senior outside hitter Bri Morley scored the first point with an aggressive kill, and Metro bombarded Mines with one kill after another afterward. Mines tried to make one last attempt at a comeback, but Metro took control and won the set 15-9. “We played well,” Schwartzman said. “We served more aggressive, and took them out of their system.” Schwartzman had 50 assists, while Causseaux led with 20 kills. Morley had 17 kills. “Every time we seem to match up with Mines, it’s a good match,” Hendricks said. “Being down two [sets] is not an easy thing against a good team, and I thought we responded really well.”

Metro at UCCS Metro got off to a slow start once again. UCCS exploded for five straight points to begin the match. The same trend continued, until Metro was forced to call a timeout after trailing 11-2. The Roadrunners made a slight comeback, but UCCS hit the ball on all cylinders. They took the set, 25-16. The second set started differently. Metro and UCCS traded kills in the beginning portion of the set. UCCS then caught fire for six straight points before Metro called a timeout. The Roadrunners came out of the timeout hot, but UCCS kept their poise and won the set 25-21. In the third set, Metro got on a roll. They took the lead and never gave it back. The score was 11-7 when the Roadrunners forced UCCS to take a timeout. Metro didn’t let up after. They took the set 25-21, as senior outside hitter Emily Greenhalgh fired a kill past the Mountain Lions for the point. Similar patterns continued in the fourth set. Metro came out hitting well again, scoring six of the next seven points. The score was 10-4 when UCCS made a comeback to

Metro senior middle blocker Julie Causseaux hits the ball past Colorado School of Mines’ Anna PadgetShields and Melanie Wannamaker Oct. 21 in Golden. Down 2-0, the Roadrunners came back to win 3-2. Photo by Steve Anderson •

cut Metro’s lead to 12-11. After that, Morley fired a kill carrying the Roadrunners to a 25-18 victory for the set. In the fifth set, the Mountain Lions took a 3-0 lead. Metro made a quick comeback to tie the set at six, but UCCS regained the lead. The two teams were tied at 10, and they battled for the advantage. With the set tied at 14, Metro saw their chance for victory and grabbed it. Greenhalgh fired a kill to tie the match, and Julie Causseaux finished them off with two more devastating kills to secure the match. Greenhalgh led Metro with 22 kills, and Morley contributed 19 kills. Senior libero Ngoc Phan had 29 digs, and junior setter Vanessa Gemignani had 53 assists. “I’m glad we came back for the win. But next time, I think we should start stronger,”

Greenhalgh said. “We came back for the win and showed we’re a strong team.” Metro will return to the Auraria Event Center Oct. 28 and 29 to face Chadron State College (Neb.) and RMAC-leading University of Nebraska at Kearney, ranked sixth in the nation. The Roadrunners will also travel to cross-town rival Regis University Nov. 1. “I feel like both matches this weekend are must-wins for us,” Hendricks said. “Obviously, we didn’t play the way we would’ve liked to play when we were at Kearney a few weeks ago, so I’m looking for us to match up against them well and bring our game to the gym.”

Cross-Country solid in RMAC Championships Sports Desk Report Although it was expected that Western State College and Adams State College would dominate in cross-country like they do every year, the Metro cross country team finished the RMAC Championships strong. The men finished fifth overall, while the women finished third. The third-place finish was Metro’s best cross-country outcome in

school history. Although Western State won the RMAC title for the first time since 2004, and with 2005-2010 RMAC-winner Adams State taking second place, Metro finished three points behind New Mexico University with 141 points on the men’s team and 46 points behind ASC with 77 points on the women’s team. For the men’s 8-kilometer race, senior

Carl Arnold III finished 15th overall with a time of 26 minutes, seven seconds, while senior Eiger Erickson finished 18th overall five seconds later. Arnold and Erickson were named to the second-team All-RMAC team. For the women’s 6-kilometer race, senior Xenia Flores finished ninth at 22:53, while junior Carissa Sinda finished 11th at 23:15. Flores and Sinda were named to the secondteam All-RMAC team.

Metro will host the NCAA Division II Central Region Championships at Denver’s Washington Park Nov. 5.

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METROSPECTIVE Custom guitar revival showcases local talent • 11

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