If football gods can be challenged, why not the gun lobby?
At a time of 24/7 news cycles, along with communication toys that tend to promote the attention span of a gnat, the images are already beginning to fade. Flags at half-staff. Families torn apart. Twelve dead; including a six-year-old girl. Fift y-eight wounded and a nation again shocked – this time by the July 20th Aurora theater shootings and carnage. Ceremonies of grief. Deja-vu yet again. We’ve seen this bad movie too many times. Columbine… Virginia Tech… Platte Canyon High School… the New Life Church in Colorado Springs… Northern Illinois University… Fort Hood… Tucson and, now, Aurora. But since James Eagan Holmes “allegedly” opened fire in Aurora, other news has seized Page One of the mind . Olympic gold, Michael Phelps’ grit, Missy Franklin’s sunshine and Usain Bolt’s ego. Six Sikhs shot dead by a white supremacist at a Wisconsin Sikh temple, where the shooter killed himself. And, in Denver, the Peyton Manning Show – now showing at a pre-season theater near you. More on football gods later. When all the speeches are done this time, all the hand-wringing over and all the comments on “senseless tragedy” have been mouthed by all the talking heads, what will have changed ? If past is prologue, not a goddamn thing. This time, the discussion on gun control is scantier than ever. Now, you can’t even suggest strengthening gun laws for fear of the National Rifle Association marking you
had guns, runs that reasoning, they would have fired back at Holmes – who was wearing head-to-toe armor – and prevented the tragedy. Picture it. Scores of movie-goers packing concealed guns. Then firing at Holmes and, in a gas-fi lled theater, shooting at each other’s gun-flashes. I feel safer already. In the wake of the recent Penn State scandal that revealed years of sexual abuse of young boys covered up by the athletic department – handmaiden to the all-powerful football program – sanctified football coach Joe Paterno was forced to resign and former assistant coach and pedophile-in-chief Jerry Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child abuse in June. Sandusky faces more years of jail time than he has left in life. Paterno, a football god with the most wins in major college football history, was disgraced and died shortly before his statue was quietly removed from its perch in front of the Nittany Lions’ Beaver Stadium. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) fined Penn State $60 million, banned it from post-season bowl play for four years and reduced its number of football scholarships. Paterno’s wins since 1998 were also nullified. Since the NCAA ranks right up there with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on the hypocrisy scale, the sanctions surprised some observers. Others argued that the penalties didn’t go far enough – as in a “death penalty” banning football altogether for a year. That, said critics, would have dire recruiting and TV-money consequences and sent a warning to other institutions where the football gods have become too big to fail. It may not be much of stretch to suggest that fan bases for big-time football and for lax gun laws sometimes overlap and share the same tent. If one can be challenged, why not the other? But don’t expect any action on guns before the November election. Or, sadly, anytime soon after. Comic strip created by Jorge Perez-Garcia • email@example.com
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a Liberal Left Socialist who wants to see Big Government take everyone’s guns away – an NRA tag-line often echoed by the Far Right fire-eaters. For candidates seeking office, or incumbents trying to keep them, it’s ticklish. Like the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s, the NRA’s reach can make and break candidates. When it sneezes, politicians catch pneumonia. Which may explain the tepid response by both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama to the Aurora shootings. Both issued perfunctory condolences and little more. Such is the NRA’s hold on the diluted discussion that, today, even a peep of protest or a call for tighter controls to make it tougher for a psychopath like Holmes to have three automatic weapons and 6,000 rounds of ammo, all bought LEGALLY, makes you an enemy of the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment as seen by the NRA. Despite decades of debate, what the Constitution’s framers meant by “a well-regulated militia” and “the right to bear arms” is still unclear. But we do know that “arms” for the Constitution framers were singleshot flintlock rifles that took time to reload, and not today’s lighting-fire automatic weapons that belong in no hands other than police or military. In the Aurora theater, one of the three weapons Holmes used was an AR-15 automatic rifle with a clip holding 100 rounds. Only because it jammed were more deaths likely prevented. A federal assault weapons ban, outlawing the sale of AR-15s, expired in 2004 due to NRA opposition and Congressional spinlessness. Which again begs the obvious question: what civilian needs 100-round clips of ammo and why are they still so easily available? The NRA argument is that if more people had guns – there are already more than 250 million guns in private American hands, according to the FBI – we’d all be safer. If movie-goers in the Aurora audience
August 16, 2012
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8 September 13, 2012 InSight TheMetropolitan
Of conventions, Clint Eastwood and being on your own
Thanks to TV networks who no longer have time for the horse’s-ass hoopla that used to mark nominating conventions past, we were spared - at both the 2012 conventions — the stupid hats, cascading balloons and “spontaneous” demonstrations by paid shills parading around the hall to support long-shot wannabe “candidates.” We escaped that nonsense, but got 2012 conventions fi lled with sound and fury, amplified a thousand times by 24/7 news cycles and social media with attacks funded by billionaires bent only on beating Barack Obama for their own corporate ends. Progress. As compelling TV, the Republican convention in Tampa fell flat on its face. When Clint Eastwood’s rants to an empty chair representing President Obama are the most talked-about facet of the entire conclave, what more needs to be said? And did some of the “family values” guys look eager to quit the convention floor for lap dances at Tampa’s vaunted strip clubs? If we didn’t have to endure mindless frivolity, we were not so lucky, in Tampa, with assaults to intelligence that would try a twelve-year-old in the guise of ideological rants. Look at the platform. First, it squeezes both ends of the spectrum by assuring that the cost of college and its gateway to a shrinking middle class remains out of reach for many young people, with a blithe “ask your parents for more money.” Turning Medicare into a voucher program would put seniors back at the mercy of predatory insurance companies whose main aim isn’t compassion.
J. SEBASTIAN SINISI firstname.lastname@example.org Many women outside the country-club set best represented by Anne Romney — who swears she shops at Costco for Mitt’s shirts — would be marginalized and worse with all abortion outlawed and no exceptions allowed. A platform “salute” endorses Virginia’s GOP-driven invasive ultrasound inspection laws. Women would still pay more for health care. And forget about marriage equality and civil unions of any kind. If some Republican-core attitudes toward women seem borrowed from a Taliban playbook already playing under different management in Saudi Arabia, the big lies — repeated long after being called out by “fact-checkers” — would make Joseph Goebbels proud. It was Goebbels, Hitler’s minister of propaganda, who perfected the “Big Lie” strategy that assumes the bigger the lie, the better chance it has of being believed — if it’s repeated loudly and often enough. GOP strategist Karl Rove, backed by a $23 million attack campaign, successfully used the “Big Lie” against 2004 presidential candidate John Kerry, whose ineffective campaign did little to counter bogus claims by alleged “Swift Boat Veterans” who questioned Kerry’s service in Vietnam and even his loyalty. His opponent, George W. Bush, was at the time hiding in the Air National Guard and seldom showed up for that. The Big Lie prevailed then and 2012 versions have Obama removing work requirements for welfare recipients while adding middle class taxes and raiding Medicare to pay for dreaded “Obamacare.”
While Mitt Romney tries, unconvincingly, to come off as a regular guy who cares about the middle class, the Romney/ Ryan tax plan would wage further war on 30 million American middle class families by eliminating mortgage-interest deductions while expanding military spending alongside continued huge tax breaks for the very rich. Alongside a steady mantra calling for “less government.” Other than repealing “Obamacare,” specific solutions were in short to non-existent supply on how the GOP would succeed where, they say, Obama has failed. But specifics, like facts, only confuse people. Most pundits agreed that the Democratic convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, at least showed some passion. There, Bill Clinton pointed out that the simple “arithmetic” of GOP promises doesn’t add up. And President Obama, in a foreign-policy jab more telling than any of Paul Ryan’s snide sneers, deadpanned that his opponents were “new” to that arena. Were he still with us, Ray Charles could even see the kind of choice GOP masterminds are offering: a back to the future that would roll back or seriously undercut most of the ”progressive” (another dirty word) reforms that date to Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s; w basic reforms like Social Security, an eight-hour workday, minimum wage and collective bargaining were decried by Republicans as “Socialism!” If you’re a student, pay attention to the real issues and not the noise. While those in a Facebook coma may think nothing they do matters, this election will have far-reaching effects on the kind of America you’ll graduate into and that your children will inherit. Mitt Romney’s handlers have laid out a scary vision — fueled by fear and resting on the twin GOP tenets of “I’ve got mine; sorry about you” and “if you’re not rich, it must be your own damn fault.” Nearly everyone else, and young people in particular, have been told, “you’re on your own.” Good luck.
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14 November 1, 2012 MetroSpective TheMetropolitan
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October 23 -November 21 If you decided to dress as Princess Leia this Halloween your world will be crushed with the devastating realization that you actually dressed as a Disney Princess.
February 19 -March 20 Halloween is over, but thankfully “The Walking Dead” will keep your love of zombies and gore alive for a few more weeks.
November 22 -December 21
March 21 -April 19
Your gambling addiction will get the best of you during an intense game of Apples to Apples this weekend. You will loose all the apples you have to your name.
Now that it is November, prepare yourself for the terrible Christmas and holiday music that will begin fi lling every retail store everywhere.
December 22 -January 19 You are likely to end up in the hospital after overdosing on sugar because you decided to steal half of your younger sibling’s Halloween candy and eat it all in one sitting.
January 20 -February 18 Try to keep your cool in the library this week. The stars predict that when looking at your calendar the realization that there is barely more than a month left in the semester will cause you to scream in excitement. Awesome realization, but remember, no screaming in the library.
April 20 -May 20 Chances are you will fi nd a Pokeball on your way home from school. Unfortunately, it will have a Magikarp in it. Just do your best to evolve that poor, little fish.
May 21 -June 20 Avoid post-Halloween parties. The costumes are only meant to last one night and all that’s left is the crappy candy that no one else wanted to eat.
June 21 -July 22 Only one week until the political ads disappear. Then you can go back to watching all your favorite TV programs and fi nally catch up on “Sons of Anarchy.”
July 23 -August 22 You may have noticed all the recent treats this last week have done nothing for your figure. Work off those extra sugar pounds, perhaps with some jogging or lots of cartwheels.
August 23 -September 22 You may have decided recently that your new life goal is to be a pirate. Follow your dreams, but just remember that Colorado doesn’t have any oceans and a pirate is nothing without a pirate ship.
September 23 -October 22 Do not worry. You only have less than a week before Halo 4 is released. You will survive.
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Last week’s answers (top to bottom) Deep in Thought, Matinee, Quite Right, Wide Load
11.2 Dia de Los Muertos Celebration 6 p.m. @ Center for Visual Art 11.3 $tart $mart $alary Negotiation Workshop 1 p.m. @ Science Building 1086 11.6 Election Day Watch Party 9 a.m. @ Tivoli Turnhalle
Events Around Denver
11.1 Dia de los Muertos: Wisdom Passed 10 a.m. @ St. Cajetan’s Event Center
11.1 Two Cow Garage, The Copyrights, Party Like Thieves doors at 8:30 p.m. @ the Hi-Dive $10-$12
11.1 Biomimicry 2 p.m. @ Tivoli 320
11.2-11.10 Denver Arts Week event info @ http://www.denver. org/DenverArtsWeek/
11.2 TJ Slattery 6 p.m. @ The Walnut Room Broadway free 11.3 American Aquarium, Hot Cheeze Soup doors at 8:30 p.m. @ South Moe’s original Bar B Que Englewood $6 11.4 The Black Rose Phantoms, Potato Pirates, Captain Blood 9 p.m. @ South Moe’s Original Bar B Que Englewood $5-$8
August 30, 2012
Volume 35, Issue 3
Serving the Auraria Campus since 1979
Jack Hanna welcomes Auraria to the jungle
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MetNews Financial aid changes leave students hanging
Botanic Gardens brings bamboo to you
Voter ID laws could sway election
RunnerSports Women’s soccer shuts out Red Raiders
January 19, 2012
Metro claws past UCCS Mountain Lions
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In recent weeks, the Metro women’s basketball team’s biggest asset has been defense. Although the offensive numbers have dipped substantially since scoring 83 points against Western State College on Dec. 31, Metro has averaged 58 points per game since and the Roadrunners’ defense has helped preserve additional wins. Metro won at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 55-48 Jan. 14. The Roadrunners are now ranked fift h in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division II top-25 poll. Those wins improved the Runners to 14-1 this season, including 10-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. “I think we need to work on putting some teams away,” said Metro head coach Tanya Haave. “Having said that, it’s a win on the road against a really scrappy team. [I’m] really proud [of] how we held our composure. Overall, [I’m] really pleased.” In the first half, the Mountain Lions knocked down their shots and manufactured a 15-6 advantage over the Roadrunners. Despite the early deficit, Metro got its act together on defense, forcing numer-
Metro junior center Desiree Collins fights past CSU-Pueblo sophomore guard/forward Paige Ramm Jan. 13 in Pueblo, CO. Metro won 55-49. Photo by Steve Anderson • email@example.com
ous UCCS shot clock violations. They also started to find their groove on offense, as Metro hit a couple 3-point shots to cut the lead to 15-12. The Runners obtained their first lead of the game, 21-19 when Metro senior guard Alyssa Benson scored a layup with less than five minutes left in the first half. Metro continued making baskets on offense and shutting UCCS down on defense. The Roadrunners went into halft ime with a 31-23 lead. In the second half, UCCS started playing more aggressive basketball. They fought their way to the post and took multiple trips to the free-throw line in the process. At one point, the Mountain Lions clawed their way to a two-point deficit. Down 49-47 with less than two minutes left in regulation, UCCS’s defense started letting up and struggled to execute offensively. The Runners pulled away for the win. “We fouled when we didn’t need to foul, our transition (defense) got really bad, and we didn’t execute offensively,” said UCCS head coach Corey Laster. “We’re walking into some territory that we haven’t been [in] before.” Metro senior forward/center Caley Dow had a masterful performance with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
“We knew they were a transition team, wanted to push the ball,” Dow said. “[They’re] very guard-oriented. I thought we did a pretty good job for 30, 35 minutes, but again had that little dip. So, [it’s] something we’re definitely going to work on, really driving it home that we’re a talented basketball team.” Metro will return to the Auraria Event Center to face Fort Lewis College (ranked fourth in Division II) Jan. 20 and Adams State College Jan. 21. Metro at CSU-Pueblo:
Redeeming themselves after their 67-59 loss at Colorado Christian University Jan. 7, the Roadrunners beat Colorado-State Univeristy at Pueblo 55-49 at Massari Arena in Pueblo Jan. 13. Senior Caley Dow recorded 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Roadrunners. Metro sweeps weekly awards:
Dow won RMAC Offensive Player of the Week Jan. 16, while junior guard Kristin Valencia won RMAC Defensive Player of the Week honors that same day.
Denver thrived in 2011 with Tebow Dear Tim Tebow doubters: Shut up. Who led the Broncos to a mile high upset? Tim Tebow. Who made the Broncos relevant again? Tim Tebow. All he does is win. Yet, there are still doubters out there. May I remind them that Tebow took over a sorry 1-4 team that was on the verge of having another embarrassing 4-12 season? He also won all of Denver’s AFC West road games this season and led the Broncos to their first division title since 2005. And somehow, the Tebow doubters are still not satisfied. They point out that the Broncos limped into the playoffs and their playoff victory was luck. Plus, they mention the New England Patriots’ 45-10 thrashing over Denver. All I have to say is this: He went 8-5 this season. And the last time I checked, quarterbacks are defined by wins and losses.
“Who led the Broncos to a mile high upset? Tim Tebow. Who made the Broncos relevant again? Tim Tebow. All he does is win.”
Were those victories considered “ugly?” Yes. But consider this: Let’s say Tebow had Aaron Rodgers-like statistics. The Denver Broncos would not be in the playoffs. In fact, they probably would not finish the season at the .500-mark. Just because a quarterback can throw for 4,000 yards does not mean the team gets an automatic playoff berth. In 2008, Jay Cutler recorded 4,526 yards. However, Denver missed the playoffs. This season, Tony Romo threw for 4,184 yards. The Dallas Cowboys failed to make the playoffs. Matt Ryan threw for 4,177 yards this season. The Atlanta Falcons were one and done in the NFC playoffs. Yet Tebow, who mustered only 1,729 yards passing, led the Broncos to an improbable playoff victory. What drives me insane is what the Tebow doubters will say during the offseason, “He won a playoff game because of luck and looked bad against the Patriots.” All I have to say to those doubters is this: Look at the facts. Tebow won a playoff game against the vaunted Pittsburgh Steelers defense that was ranked No. 1 in pass defense this season. The Steelers have a Hall of Fame defensive coordinator in Dick LeBeau, and have a roster full of defensive playmakers. However, the Tebow doubters will mention that the
Nick Ohlig firstname.lastname@example.org Steelers were injured and their secondary had a bad game. Again, let’s look at the facts. The Steelers lost two players in the game: Casey Hampton and Brett Keisel. Both of them are good defensive linemen, but they are not pass-rushers. Hampton had zero sacks this season and Keisel only had three. So, the fact is that the Steelers did not miss much with those two players out. Pittsburgh’s Ryan Clark also did not play because of his sickle-cell affliction. Did the Steelers defense struggle with Clark not playing? Yes. But, ESPN NFL expert Eric Mangini mentioned that Clark’s backup Ryan Mundy was a better pass defender than Clark. Tebow threw for 316 yards against the top-ranked pass defense and played great against arguably the best secondary in the league, but the Tebow doubters are still not satisfied.
As “Broncos Nation” knows, the game at New England was an ugly loss. But remember, the Pats are one of the best teams in the league, and they have one of the best quarterbacks of all time, Tom Brady. The Broncos took on the buzz saw that was New England and got cut into multiple pieces. Bottom line: The Broncos lost to a better team that was determined to not lose a fourth straight playoff game. Prior to the win over Denver, New England won its last playoff game Jan. 20, 2008. They beat San Diego 21-12 in the AFC Championship game. This season, Tebow’s five losses were against respectable teams. Tebow lost to the Patriots twice, and New England now has a good shot of winning the Super Bowl. Tebow lost to the Lions, a team which made it to the playoffs. Tebow lost to the Chiefs, the team that gave the Packers their first loss of the season. Tebow lost to the Bills, who treated their final home game as their Super Bowl. Finally, I ask Broncos Nation this simple question: If Kyle Orton or Brady Quinn were starting over Tebow, how many wins would the Broncos have had this season? I am not a math major, but if the Broncos kept up the 1-4 rate with Orton as their quarterback, they would be somewhere around 3-13. No AFC crown, no playoffs.
September 27, 2012
>> Continued from page 14 “I definitely think we can start playing more consistently and I know coach is going to make practices a lot harder and she is going to get tough on us.” The Roadrunners suffered a disappointing loss Sept. 21 to Colorado School of Mines. MSU Denver lost in four sets to the No. 23 Orediggers, 13-25, 25-20, 22-25, and 23-25. The lady ’Runners once again struggled with keeping their errors low on the game as the team came away with 25 total—11 from service errors. “Too many unforced errors. We have struggled all season to keep our errors low. We have done a good job when at home, but we need to really clean up the errors on the road,” Hendricks said. Heath led the way with 17 kills, followed by Haun with 12 and sophomore right sider Lauren Quijano with 11. Senior setter Vanessa Gemignani led the way in assists once again with 42. Junior defensive specialist Alex Green came away with 15 digs and Amy Wong came away with 11. The Roadrunners are now 8-4 on the season and hold a 3-1 RMAC record. No. 14 MSU Denver fell to No. 23 Regis University 19-25, 31-29, 25-21, 25-19 at Auraria Event Center Sept. 25. Sophomore Lauren Quijano, number 16, and junior middle blocker Daleah Whitaker go up for a block against Regis player Makayla Higgins. With the loss the Roadrunners fell to 8-5 on the season and 3-2 in conference play while the Rangers improved to 9-6 and 3-2 in conference play. Photo by Cosme Lindstrom-Furutani • email@example.com
64 could impact Auraria student-athletes As the controversy continues to light up around Amendment 64, I can’t help but wonder the implications for student-athletes and drug-testing in the National College Athletic Association. The amendment would legalize the purchase and use of marijuana up to one ounce and regulate it like alcohol. The problem for student-athletes will be that the NCAA currently classifies marijuana as a street drug and has listed it as a banned substance. If Amendment 64 passes in Colorado, what action, if any, will the NCAA take? And beyond the NCAA, what about MSU Denver? How will the athletic department respond if an athlete tests positive for marijuana? Although positive drug tests have not been an issue at MSU Denver, Athletic Director Joan McDermott said the university is currently researching if an institution drugtesting plan would be a good fit. “There are a lot of variables to consider before we can make a decision,” McDermott said.
Angelita Foster firstname.lastname@example.org Variables include how to enforce the drug-testing plan and what type of disciplinary action to take. If the university chooses to establish a progressive disciplinary action into the plan, does that leave athletes with multiple chances to fail drug tests before losing their scholarship? This is what other NCAA member universities do. But has it proven
effective? I don’t think that is a message a university should be sending to the studentathlete. According to the 2009 National Study of Substance Use Trends Among NCAA College Student-Athletes results published in January by the NCAA, about one in five respondents admitted to using marijuana within 12 months prior to the survey. This is a 1.4 percent increase since 2005. More than half of the respondents reported using the drug less than once per month—mostly during their off-season. The primary objectives are to use the data to update NCAA policy and to analyze why student-athletes do or don’t use specific drugs. NCAA currently tests at championship events throughout the divisions at least once every five years and some other teams are tested annually. The association also conducts random drug-testing of about 11,000 Division I and II student-athletes each year. Some NCAA institutions and some conferences conduct their own testing programs,
which are not governed by the NCAA. According to the NCAA, about 90 percent of Division I, 65 percent of Division II, and 21 percent of Division II schools conduct their own drug-testing programs in addition to the NCAA’s. MSU Denver student-athletes do participate in the two levels of drug-testing conducted by the NCAA. According to McDermott, some athletes were selected as part of the random NCAA testing at the beginning of the fall semester. Even though marijuana is linked to things like respiratory damage and shortterm memory impairment, doctors do prescribe the drug for certain medical conditions. If Colorado legalizes marijuana, would the use among student-athletes increase? I think legalizing the use of marijuana in Colorado would have a negative impact on student-athletes and the colleges they play for because there are too many variables and no concrete answers.
Division II survey respondents’ personal experience with drug testing Yes
Have you ever been drug tested by you college’s drug testing program?
Have you ever been drug tested by the NCAA?
Have you ever been drug tested by the national or international sports governing body?
October 18, 2012
Club baseball player finds that he still has it
Light Rail. School. Light Rail. Ask my roommate (mom) what’s for dinner. Homework. Sleep. Do it again tomorrow. I had become the definition of routine. As a transfer student to MSU Denver from a party school and town in Arizona, I had reluctantly grown up and come home. I came to school, went to class, and went home. Sure, that’s what I needed to be doing but I couldn’t tell you the name of one person I met in my first year going to school in Denver. I hated it. I felt like I didn’t know a single person on the entire Auraria Campus. When fall semester started, I kept getting emails to tryout for the Metro State Club Baseball Team. I had brushed off the first
Paul J. Marcely email@example.com few, but it stuck in the back of my head for some reason. I played baseball in high school and then
coached the junior varsity and varsity teams for the past three seasons. Now I was in a pickle. I have been around the game enough to know a lot about the sport. But playing again is a different story. It had been five years since I ran off the field with cleats on, and I missed that sound. Part of me wanted to prove to myself — that I still had the ability and wanted to prolong my love affair with the game. Most of me just wanted to break routine, do something after school and have something to look forward to other than school and meatloaf. I showed up to tryouts at North High School. I put on my baseball-pants and for-
attune • balance • transform
Healthy Moves Fall 2012 Schedule
Effective August 20 –December 6. (No classes during Fall Break, November 18–24.) Healthy Moves Classes will be held in the PE Building lobby (except 12:15 and 1:15 classes) Class participation is free and available on a first come-first served basis for the Auraria Campus Community (Students have priority)
Yoga for Stress Management
Yoga for Stress Management
Pilates Flow Yoga
Derik Room: PE 215 12:15–1:15
Beg. Hatha Yoga
Derik Room: PE 215 1:15–2:00
Zumba® Therese 1:00–2:00
Derik Room: PE 215 12:15–1:15
Beg. Flow Yoga
Derik Room: PE 215 1:15–2:00
Pilates Beg. Hatha Yoga
Flow Yoga Derik 5:15–6:15
Zumba® Cathy 5:15–6:15
BELLY DANCING Women of the Middle East have enjoyed belly dancing for centuries, as an expressive art, celebrating life and the joy of the soul. Belly Dance provides the means for improving posture and self-confidence. This fun and exciting dance form is a great aerobic and toning workout.
Pilates is a series of floor exercises increasing strength, coordination, and flexibility while promoting uniform muscle development enhancing postural alignment. All of the exercises are linked to a specific breath pattern aiding in a deeper core engagement and relieving stress.
YOGA FLOW YOGA
is an active style of yoga linking poses together with rhythmic breathing. Generally more physically challenging than Hatha Yoga, Flow Yoga calms the mind and tones the body.
nourishes the mind and body on every level. Postures play a primary role in Hatha Yoga as do specific breathing techniques and meditation practices. All are intended to calm the mind and uplift the spirit.
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got my belt. Trust me, I didn’t need the belt for my pants to fit. An elastic band would have worked best, but I didn’t look like a baseball player. My confidence was shot before I even left the dugout and I couldn’t hide that under my hat. I am fatter, slower and way older at 23 than these 18-year-olds. I had no business being out there. With a wad of tobacco leaves in my left cheek to calm my nerves, I sprinted to my old position — shortstop — finally feeling comfortable for the first time. I fielded a few balls and felt encouraged. My hands were quicker than expected, my feet were in good position and my throws to first base were strong and accurate. All that was left was hitting. Finally, I cracked a smile. What was I so worried about? This is baseball, the same game I have played since I knew how to walk. The field was, and is, my escape. Nothing could bother me out there. I was finally playing again. That’s all that mattered when I dug my spikes into the batter’s box. I spat on my batting-gloves and squeezed the wooden bat like I was keeping it from going somewhere. We each got five pitches so every swing was crucial. The first pitch came center-cut — crack — if flew far and bounced off the right field fence. I felt like I was better than I ever was — a good whack of the bat will do that for you. I got a call the next day and made the team. It’s been a little more than a month since then and we’ve played eight games. We are 5-3 — lost our first series to University of Northern Colorado, won four in row against Fort Lewis and DU and split games this past weekend with University of ColoradoColorado Springs. We are averaging more than eight runs a game at the right time. We will be hosting Texas Tech for a three-game series from Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 at Long Lake Ranch fields in Arvada. I know how good I was at one point, and what potential I have to make the team better. And, I am finally getting in shape. As a team, we push each other to get better at practice and during games, helping each other out with our approaches at the plate and different ways to improve. There are no hard feelings, no egos. Everyone just wants to be the best they can be on the ball field. Everyone takes a turn on the bench and we become our replacement’s biggest fans. That’s the only way it works; we become friends and understand that every person on the team has a role. That is my definition of a club sport. At times, we look like the “Bad News Bears” and other times we look like a varsity team. Baseball has brought us together as one club, one team, and if baseball were a person it would be my best friend. This month, club baseball has introduced me to 29 real friends who share the same love for it.
Metro State Club Baseball
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November 8, 2012
Day of the dead takes on many faces Corn Mothers join festivities at CVA Nate Hemmert firstname.lastname@example.org Even the dead need art. The Dia de los Muertos celebration Nov. 2 at the Center for Visual Arts marked the end of the Return of the Corn Mothers exhibit. With traditional Aztec dancers outside and an accordion player welcoming patrons through the door, the festivities attracted quite a crowd. “Last time I checked the counter, we were at 300 people for the evening,” Stefanie Gerber Darr, gallery manager of CVA, said an hour after the show began. Inside the gallery, visitors found a variety of Latin-inspired art ranging from traditional storytelling to sugar skull paintings, tapestries and weavings. “When you get into the Latin art, you have a lot of history built into it,” said Violeta Polk, a regular patron of the Santa Fe arts district. “I’m glad to see it’s flourishing and being accepted.” Jeff Polk, Violeta’s husband, also enjoyed the Latin-influenced art offered at the gallery. “I love the color, the contrast and then, really, the stories that the pieces tell,” he said. The exhibit didn’t just feature stories told by the art itself. Each artist with work in the exhibit was photographed and interviewed by Todd Pierson, a Art Institute of Colorado graduate. Afterward, the photos and stories were all compiled and displayed beside the artist’s work. Each of the corn mother biographies featured a photo of the artist, their philosophy and a quote that they live by. “La burla es las careta de la ignorancia,” or “To make fun of someone is the mask of ignorance” was the quote chosen by Rita Flores de Wallace, one of the corn mothers and a weaver of bordado mágico – or magic embroidery. The plaques were especially important because of what the women stand for. The corn mothers of the Southwest are multigenerational and multicultural. Their influence has created change in their communities through activism and creative endeavors, according to the exhibit. The gallery wasn’t just host to a bunch of art on walls. There was a candlelight procession with Aztec dancers and drummers, a place for children to paint their own sugar skulls and a Dia de los Muertos face painting
Lucero Juarez performs with her mariachi band, Azul Tequila, during the Dia de los Muertos: Wisdom Passed celebration Nov. 1 at St. Cajetan’s Center. Photo by Jessica Cuneo • email@example.com
Celebration educates the living Collene Lewis Clewis66@msudenver.edu
MSU Denver senior Megan Funk, left, paints Chicana/o Studies professor Dr. Renee Fajardo’s face for the Dia de los Muertos celebration Nov. 1 at St. Cajetan’s Event Center. Photo by Jessica Cuneo • firstname.lastname@example.org
station. With a family-friendly atmosphere, the exhibit got a lot of attention from visitors to the Sante Fe art district and passersby. “It’s been phenomenal. This show has been packed,” said Dr. Renee Fajardo, coordinator of the Journey Through Our Heritage program — a division of Chicana/o studies —and curator for the Return of the Corn Mothers exhibit. The department of Chicana/o studies partnered with several other departments on this project, she said. The department of African and African American studies, the institute for women’s studies and services, the art department, and the school of letters, arts and sciences all contributed the to exhibit. “Our mission is to bring the culture and knowledge of indigenous people back to students,” Fajardo said.
Fueled by traditional prayers and tamales, attendees celebrated life at Dia de los Muertos: Wisdom Passed. The stained glass windows and paper mache flowers on every table created a rainbow of color during Dia de los Muertos: Wisdom Passed Nov. 1 at St. Cajetan’s. With the help of mariachi band Azul Tequila and sugar skull-inspired face painting, the event had a vibrant feel. The energy in the room was reflected in the introduction to the ceremony, as Desirae Sarabia, from MSU Denver’s Institute for Women’s Studies and Services, asked that attendees to let go of worries and attachment to lost loved ones. Students should instead explore their passions and share their wisdom with others, Sarabia said. “It is not to be sorrowful or sad,” Sarabia said. “But there is reason to be thankful in
people we surround ourselves with.” Attendees engaged with one another and were encouraged to join in traditional prayers and blessings for the dead. Clouds of incense rose in puffs and many hands were held up to the ceiling as those present celebrated this traditional Mexican holiday. Carolina Arellano, an education major at MSU Denver, said she enjoyed how traditions blended together at the event. Arellano has attended many Dia de los Muertos celebrations before, but said she enjoyed MSU Denver’s celebration and felt that the mariachi band was a nice touch. “This is a tradition that will continue from generation to generation,” Arellano said. The activities at Dia de los Muertos: Wisdom Passed were not limited to prayers and blessings, as attendees were served pan de muerto (bread of the dead), tamales and aguas frescas.
Curiosity brought one visitor to the celebration. Kyle Konishi, an undeclared major at MSU Denver, wanted to gain more knowledge on how the holiday is typically celebrated. Attending the event gave more insight into Hispanic culture, Konishi said. “You can try to see the world from someone else’s perspective,” he said. Other attendees found a new respect for the holiday. MSU Denver student Pat Clark, 70, said the event was significant not only because it was her first Dia de los Muertos celebration, but also because it honored death. Clark said instead of recognizing death, American culture ‘stuffs it away’ with phrases like ‘time heals all wounds.’ She likes the way the holiday brings death out into the open. “They face it and embrace it,” Clark said.
About Dia de los Muertos Dia de los Muertos began centuries ago in Mexico. Today many people still create altars in their homes to honor their deceased loved ones. People also clean their loved ones’ graves and then decorate them with things such as flowers or pictures Some stay up all night telling stories about their ancestors. Many believe that during this time, the dead return to the earth to visit their living relatives and loved ones. Xochilt Chavez of the Huitzilopochtli traditional Aztec dance group performed Nov. 2 at MSU Denver’s Center for Visual Art’s Dia de los Muertos Celebration and closing of the “Return of the Corn Mothers” exhibit. Photo by Melanie J. Rice • email@example.com
October 11, 2012
Volume 35, Issue 9
Serving the Auraria Campus since 1979
Denver debate kicks off election home stretch
Artist Brian Olsen sprints through a painting of President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney facing off at DU’s DebateFest Oct. 3. Obama and Romney discussed domestic policy focusing on reviving the U.S. economy. Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan square off Oct. 11 at Centre College in Danville, Ky. Photo by Brian T. McGinn • firstname.lastname@example.org
Reporter endures debate debacle with puppets, police and protests 6
Food bank feeling hunger pangs 4
Women’s soccer on six-game winning streak 11
A breakfast staple gets a cheesy new twist 10
Planned Parenthood supporter in vagina costume.
October 4, 2012
Volume 35, Issue 8
Serving the Auraria Campus since 1979
Festival raises disability awareness 4
Men’s soccer defeats Fort Lewis 1-0 in overtime 11
Michael Bronk’s memorial garden grows at hotel and HLC 8
Baseball’s summer milestones 6
MSU Denver’s ‘Hair’ production lets the sunshine in
Heating up the stage, performers shimmy and shake their way through the American tribal love-rock musical “Hair.” MSU Denver presents “Hair” through Oct. 4-7 at the King Center’s Eugenia Rawls Courtyard Theater. Photo by Melanie J. Rice • email@example.com
They argue, we report. Look for immediate and follow-up coverage of the Oct. 3 Presidential Debate at DU.
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September 6, 2012
Volume 35, Issue 4
Serving the Auraria Campus
Women’s soccer sweeps Labor Day games
Roadrunners kick off MSU Denver’s new season 2-0 MetNews Denver changes transit fines 3
InSight Supreme Court: High rollers skew election results 6
MetSports Roadrunner season opener wrap-ups 13
MetroSpective Food trucks park it like it’s hot 8
MSU Denver junior Maggie Rojas, left, jumps into sophmore Karisa Price’s arms after Price scored a goal in the 57th minute against Rollins College, where MSU Denver defeated Rollins College 4-2 in the 2012 season opener, Sept. 1 at Auraria Field. Photo by Jessica Cuneo • firstname.lastname@example.org