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Are you supporting the local economy? Your Thoughts. Your Voice. Your Paper.

Volume 4, Issue 5

Confucius Exploratorium by Brandon Keen

A pictorial of the exploratorium's mural... Page 5

December 1, 2009

Sustainability by Jen Villalobos

Supporting the local economy... Page 10-11

Homelessness by Katherine Rice

What is peretrating the homeless epidemic? Page 9

Letter from the Editor

Your Thoughts. Your Voice. Your Paper.

STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS Editor-In-Chief: Antonio C. Valenzuela

Assistant Editor Paige Wendt

Art Director: Angel Vasquez

Assistant Art Director: Alysa Adkins

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Copy Editors: Tirzah Sandt

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Staff Writers: Laura De La Cruz

Emil M. Eckstein

Auburn Kisselman

Katherine Rice

Tia Nicole Terlaje

Christina Baralt

Jay Cunha

Time of endurance


enter the festive season, once again amazed at the speed of its arrival, welcoming the annual break from schoolwork to enjoy food and relaxation. Let us not forget the trials we have all overcome this past year when have allowed us to appreciate the much needed rest. As we are faced again with the looming questions of goals and resolutions for the upcoming year, do we take enough time to reflect on the year past and the invaluable lessons they hold to achieving even loftier aspirations? As students, when set our minds on the dedication it takes to complete a semester, it is a reactionary process. We fill out the paperwork, buy the books and do everything necessary to enter the realm of academia. Until the actual moment of anxiety deep into the semester, we forget the painstaking hours we will spend reading, writing, studying and cramming for exams. The last two months of the semester can be grueling, considering each person’s load of responsibility and, if not handled with care, can make or break your semester. The delicate game of balance played by students through the educational process is empathized by those who have also embarked on the journey of knowledge. Balance is maintained by working, not too much to restrict the aid the government will give you, but just enough to pay for the necessities; everything else is just an added bonus. People who never attended college will not

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Jen Villalobos

Ashton Santos

Adrianna Coleman

Michelle Perez

Photographer: Brandon Keen

Faculty Adviser: Kristi Strother

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fully understand the time and commitment getting a degree demands. This was perfectly displayed last week when one of my family members asked me to help them move. I responded I was too busy and their reply was “Why? You just go to school don’t you?” Because going to school demands the adjective “just.” That is when it occurred to me. College for many people serves more purpose than just getting the piece of paper that leads to a better career, but it teaches one to endure. For some people overcoming obstacles has become a theme of life, but for some, college may be the first introduction to this idea. As Winston Church Hill said, “We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.” The quote perfectly puts the value of suffering into perspective for me; if it was not the many days as child I spent wondering what we were going to eat for dinner or out in the cold wind at 3 a.m. wondering where we were going to sleep, the obstacles of being a poor college student might consume me. But through the suffering I endured as a child, I have become accustomed to surviving by very limited means and have learned to live without the luxuries most would call upon at anytime. The very nature of a college student is one of suffering, but by that very suffering we must create inspiration, and learn the means of survival. In practical terms it is easy to see why students who come from other countries thrive in the U.S. educational system. They have become accustomed to far worse conditions in their native countries, so if by working hard in academics means that they can obtain skills in which to better their futures here, the obstacles become only a minute detail on the road to triumph. Let me be perfectly honest here saying that not all students have to endure as much as others, but different pressures breathe down each of our necks as we search to find our place in the world around us. The demand on our schedules for school, work and social relationships leaves us with very little time to consider the bigger topics of life.

Paige Wendt, Assistant Editor Last issue we posed the dilemma that faces consumers in terms of shopping choices. Wal-Mart was highlighted because of the peculiar situation it puts people in. In a downtrodden economy it is hard to think about the effects shopping at a place like Wal-Mart has on the world when you can barely afford to pay your bills. This is the very way the system has failed us as consumers, by allowing these huge entities to control so many means of production. A letter to the Editor by Nakita Blue, asked the question if there are any places one can shop at without adding to the problem of globalization. The answers are not simple, and no one has them all, but in this issue we did not want to leave readers with so many unanswered questions. So you will find an article about sustainability and why we must continue to shop and promote locally. Also we included an assessment of the prison system, and a questioning article about the state of homelessness, so we can consider if these problems are inter-connected. The truth is that the answers lie within us and to have a better understanding for humanity you must first identify your own morality, and therefore must become an observer of your own behavior. Working hard to overcome the obstacles this semester will certainly pay dividend down the road, so keep it in mind when making this season’s resolutions. With every goal you set there is sure to be an adversary to battle in order to achieve those goals. Hiphop icon KRS-one, known as “The teacher,” said, “This is the center of endurance … George Washington lost almost every battle he had, but he endured more than the British … endurance is how battles are won.” Have a great break and remember what it has taken to get you here. Let’s do it again next semester. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza…

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Can you sing with all the voices of the mountain? by Wesley Reyna


ntonio Martinez has become a staple of Auraria Campus. In his thirties now, Martinez is short and speaks with a slight lisp. Sporting a bleached brownish blonde ponytail of sorts he makes his way to Auraria three days a week, no matter the weather or season. Any given Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, you can find Martinez in the square on the Lawrence Street Mall, between the Library and Plaza Buildings. Odds are, you have seen or heard him, on your way across campus, singing one of the 26 songs that he has committed to memory. His current favorites being “Lean on me”, “Always and Forever”, “My Girl”, “Wind Beneath My Wings”, and “Ain’t No Sunshine”. Many people don’t seem to notice him as they pass, too busy speaking into their cell phones as they hurry one way or another. But he’s there, gesturing along to the words of a song, his soft voice carrying just a few feet in each direction. Of those that do notice, some give short quizzical stares, others pause for a moment and listen to his performance, or continue on their way, smiling discreetly out of the corners of their mouths, unsure of his purpose. For the past six years, Martinez has been performing on campus for anyone who will listen. After taking classes at CCD for a couple years and working at the Auraria Child Development Center, he found this vocal outlet, his way of giving something back. As a Christian, Martinez attends church related activities a few times a week. To him, singing on campus is a ministry of sorts. He explained why he chooses this method rather than preaching, “I don’t know the Bible that well and I don’t want to offend people by standing out here and talking about God. Especially if people don’t believe in that kind of stuff.” Martinez is fine with people not paying him any attention. He doesn’t want to be like the man who, from time to time, occupies the same area as him, who shouts about God, Jesus and the Bible. Martinez thinks that just makes people mad and starts arguments. “I try to make friends, not enemies, although I’ve made a couple of enemies singing, a couple of times,” says Martinez, remembering the time when some students playing hackie sack near where he usually stands, tried to get him kicked off campus. They said he was disturbing their game. Or the time he actually was kicked off campus a few years ago by campus security. Martinez said they told him they had received complaints from the Auraria Library and other surrounding buildings. According to Martinez, the authorities had a quick change of heart, allowing him to come back to

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campus after just a couple days. “When the police called me at home to tell me I could come back, they said there was like 15-20 people, protesting.” Martinez was concerned for the students, but grateful. “I didn’t tell them to do that because I didn’t want them to get in trouble, but students have a mind of their own.” He didn’t let the event bother him too much, and he doesn’t let the negative reactions he receives from time to time get to him either. “You know with things like that, I just try to shrug it off; people have the right to their own opinion.” Most of the direct reactions Martinez receives are positive, like that of former CCD and current Metro student, Catrice Thomas, who offered her opinion as she stopped and said hello to Martinez who was between songs. “I’ve walked by and heard [Antonio] sing a couple times and I really like his determination, his tenacity and his boldness. Some people have admired him, some have laughed at him…[he] did his thing no matter what. He’s very inspiring and encouraging to me.” Antonio Martinez knows that like the countless students who have passed through the Auraria Campus, he too will leave someday. “People don’t want to see a 40 or 50 year old man out here singing,” he says, adding, “I know I can’t do this forever. I gotta get out there and get a job or do something with my life.” Some might December 1, 2009 argue that he already Backpack Talks–CCD to University: Getting the Most has, by adding a little out of Transferring life and personality to the often mundane South Classroom semesters spent 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. on campus. For Come find out the best way to get your credits to transfer, plus which now though, he will classes to take to make sure they get you where you want to be! continue to perform, bringing his positive December 2, 2009 message to students, Auraria Shares free of charge, three days a week. Location TBD Time TBD

CCD Events

Student Orientation Dates Friday, December 11 5:00-8:00 p.m. Tivoli 320 Friday, December 18 9:00-2:00 p.m. Tivoli Turnhalle Friday, January 08, 2010 9:00-2:00 p.m. Tivoli 320 Tuesday, January 12 5:00-8:00 p.m. Tivoli 320

Sixteen years ago, the Auraria Campus started a holiday tradition by launching the Share Tree Project. Last year, the generosity of the Auraria community was impressive and more than 100 gifts were collected for and distributed to less fortunate and homeless children in our local communities. We hope that we are able to reach our goal of 200 gifts for this holiday season. Here is how the Share Tree works: • Take an ornament off the tree. On it you will find the gender of a child and the age. • Bring an unwrapped gift, with the original tag attached to it, to the UC Denver Office of Student Life in Tivoli 303 or the Metro State Office of Student Activities in Tivoli 305 by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18th Please join the Auraria community in celebrating the Holidays through generosity and sharing.

December 8, 2009 National Brownie Day (Free Brownies!!!) South Classroom Lobby 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. It’s the last week of class and what a perfect time to have a brownie bake-off! Do you have a great brownie recipe (no box recipes please!)? Want to see if your recipe can win the bake-off? Don’t have a brownie recipe, but know a good brownie when you taste it? Come taste brownies from CCD students, staff and faculty. You decide whose recipe is best!

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HACU: Championing hispanic higher education 23rd annual conference by Ashton Santos



very year hundreds of students from colleges and universities across the United States gather for the annual Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Conference. The event provides opportunities to network with various government agencies and corporations and information on scholarships and internships. This year, HACU’s 23rd annual conference was hosted in the heart of Florida: Disney World. Here at the Community College of Denver, 10 students were chosen to receive a scholarship to attend the conference: Brenda Diaz, Jennifer DeHerrera, Eli Herrera, Hgan (Amy) Ho, Vanessa Manzaneres, Isidro Ochoa, Krystal Ornelas, Ashton Santos, Anais Torres and Janessa Valdez. All applicants were asked to write an essay on why they should attend the conference and were then interviewed by trip chaperones Nathan Cadena, from the Educational Opportunity Center and Yolanda Garduno, from the Precollegiate Program. The three day conference consists of various panels such as federal and corporate careers, internships

and fellowships. Representatives from each sector talk about how they became involved with their agency and how young students can jump-start their dream careers. Key-note speakers, ranging from a U.S. Diplomat to a member of the Coast Guard, delivered their own personal and moving stories. One of the most inspirational stories came from Paul Astrada, one of the first Hispanics to be hired at Goldman Sachs. As a little boy, Astrada dreamed of becoming a police officer in California. Astrada’s father and mother moved to Mexico to live with his grandmother in a one bedroom house due to their “economicallydisadvantaged” situation. Then his parents decided to go back to the United States with Paul and his two siblings. He recalled feeling like a misfit in Southern San Diego with no English skills. It wasn’t until high school that he could speak fluent English. On his father’s death, Astrada said, “I have never felt poor until I lost my father.” His mother had to work full time and the family moved in with his aunt in Fresno, California. Astrada remembered a time when his

younger brother was very hungry but they had nothing to eat. That’s when he decided to go to work as a farm worker at the age of thirteen years old, while still attending school. Throughout high school, Astrada fought the urge to drop out, graduating with a 2.0 GPA. After his high school counselor told him that he was not college material, Astrada joined the Army, earning the rank of sergeant by the age of 19. He attended night school in San Diego at Rosemont Community College, receiving a 4.0 by the time he was getting ready to transfer to a university. He chose to go to the University of Southern California, while he took on an internship at Goldman Sachs Investment Group. His 3.8 GPA and graduation with honors were bittersweet due to his mother being diagnosed with cancer. “She made deep sacrifices so her children can have opportunities,” Astrada said. This is evident by his

siblings’ achievements as well: his brother graduated from Yale law school and his sister received her MBA from the University of Michigan. Astrada is now a senior manager at Goldman Sachs. Astrada wrapped up his story saying, “Make your parents proud and never give up, every choice you make, strive to do right.” Astrada’s story exemplifies how the conference showed the students how to strive to become better leaders not only for the community, but for our college as well. “This conference helped me in so many ways; I was able to network with many agencies, learned about paid internships and heard about scholarships that I qualify for.”

Time Management Tips by Katherine Rice

The H.E.L.P. circle by Jay Cunha


you looking for a new and exciting organization on campus to join? One that helps the community and at the same time, supports students? The H.E.L.P. Circle might be what you are looking for. Moussa Bitar, a CCD student, stopped talking about solving problems and instead put his words into action. He started the H.E.L.P. Circle on September 25, 2009. H.E.L.P. is an acronym for Healing with Equality, Love and Peace. Their slogan is “We are a movement meant to move” and with Mr. Bitar’s passion and vision, H . E . L . P. m i g h t


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become more than just a normal organization on campus. The founder and President Moussa Bitar says that “The organization is meant to unite ethnic groups, religions and help the community.” It is good to see a student organization on campus that is trying to break down the tough barriers between different religions and races. To advance this goal, H.E.L.P. works with the African Culture Club, Black Student Alliance and off campus organizations like Padres Jovenes Unidos, AIDS Project and many others. Students are not the only ones that benefit from being part of H.E.L.P. members of the community are also involved. The organization wants to be of assistance to the community and they have already shown that commitment by gathering 150 coats for Coats for Colorado, which has been

distributing coats to nonprofits for over 25 years. H.E.L.P. also sponsors benefits to help local charities and the public, like their black tie dinner at the Soiled Dove on December 30th, benefiting Universal Health Care and AIDS. The H.E.L.P. Circle is trying to reach out to students and the community, not only to help both but to bring people together. Check them out and give support to a new campus organization. The H.E.L.P. Circle can be reached at: helpcircle2009@


s finals week approaches, we find ourselves starting to relax, knowing that the bulk of the work is behind us. Because we kept up in our classes, we can spend our fall break sitting in front of the television watching movies and eating popcorn, because we’ve already learned the material we’ll be tested on during finals. Not. Many of us are planning to use the fall break to catch up on material that we’ve been telling ourselves we’ll catch up on for weeks now. Many of us will be drinking a lot more coffee and getting a lot less sleep in the next couple of weeks. It doesn’t have to be this way. With better time management skills, we could perhaps guiltlessly spend the majority of our breaks in front of the television watching movies. Time management experts repeat the following mantra: make lists, prioritize, and take note of and utilize wasted time. All that time we spend standing in lines, sitting on buses, and even those few minutes before a class starts could be spent reviewing notes. When we do study, we become overwhelmed by big tasks. Instead of sitting down and thinking, I must write a research paper for my psych class, break the task up into smaller, less overwhelming tasks. One might be Find three sources. Another might be Read one of the sources for my paper. Another might be Write a one-paragraph summary of the source. Make lists of these bite-size tasks, crossing them out as you go. As you cross things off, the sense of accomplishment alone can be motivating. Making lists also reduces the risk that you’ll forget something. With the list you’ve made, prioritize the tasks. Try doing the more difficult first, or at least take turns between doing a difficult task and an easy task. Finally, break up your study time into small blocks of time. For example, set a timer or note the time you start and study for 20 minutes, then take a 5 minute break. Repeat. Breaking your work into shorter blocks of time not only helps study time seem manageable, but helps you work more efficiently by keeping you alert and focused. Master these techniques over break and be the envy of your peers over spring break next semester! Good luck!

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Letters to the Editor Wal-Mart Lemmings Not in my wildest dreams would I have estimated the gravity of a trip to the “friendly, neighborhood” Wal-mart. I had no idea that my penny pinching was fostering such injustice in the world. I found the article, “The Cost of Capitalism,” to be extremely informative and equally disturbing. It moved me and induced tremors of guilt. Is this really true? Why aren’t there protesters outside of Wal-marts everywhere? It must be that most people are unaware of these nauseating circumstances. Is there any way we can fight this? Is there anything we can do? Should we protest? Would it help? Now that I know what I know, what am I supposed to do about it? Should I discontinue shopping at Walmart altogether? Should I merely stop purchasing products that are Made In China? What other establishments are entrenched in this type of corruption? What other countries engage in these immoral practices? How do I know what to buy and what not to buy?

Child Labor: A Touchy Subject

Should I only buy things labeled, “Made In America?” Is there any way to support related legislation? Are there any stores in which I can shop with a clear conscience? Have they all been hopelessly corrupted? I think your article was thoughtprovoking and emotional. I personally feel that, if more people comprehended the full impact of their consumerism, they would rethink their habits and curtail their detrimental, capitalistic rituals. However, my optimism could well be unjustified and, despite their enlightenment, millions might still carry on the American tradition of money over morals. However, I personally felt that your words must be a call to action, but now that I’m inspired to act, I don’t know where to begin. I have so many unanswered questions. Please help me and others do the right thing. Sincerely, Nikita Blue

The article should have been titled, “The Cost of Human Rights.” The article fails to mention our own country’s history of child labor in the 19th and 20th centuries. Fortunately we have a government that values our human rights and passed laws prohibiting children from working in factories. Unfortunately other countries do not value human rights as much as Americans do. We can easily speak our opinions on the subject – another right afforded to us, the people, by our government – but until the countries in question decide to take a step in providing their citizens with human rights laws, the only thing Americans can do is speak their opinions and write to congress. If our country’s dependence on commercial goods wasn’t so high, and the media didn’t constantly give us the idea that the more you have makes your self worth greater, there wouldn’t be an argument in regards to child labor. A good thing to remember is to buy local. When

we purchase items that are from our own state, or even made in the U.S., we know who is making them and where they’re coming from. Sure, they might cost more money, but the satisfaction of knowing a child working in a sweatshop did not make it surely makes up for the difference. I’m against child labor in any way, but capitalism has little to do with. Targeting only Americans in the article makes you seem bitter, and one-sided. Brittany Fowler, Englewood, CO

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Explortorium pictorial by Brandon Keen

Mural contribution: Michelle Burdis, Lena Eddy, Anthony Leyba, Laura Madrid, Laura Phelps Rogers, Jason Powell, D. Tran, Sandy Guinn and Chuck Parson.

In photo from left to right: Dr. Hu Jiming, Karen Clos Bleeker,Dr. Nancy McCallin, President of Chongqing Three Gorges University—Dr. Fangcheng Sun, Ms. Li Changhua, and Mr. Wang Cong.

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Channel 93.3 Not So Silent Night Magness Arena 6 p.m. Eyehategod Marquis Theater 7:30 p.m.


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The Cranberries Gothic Theatre 7 p.m. Thirty Seconds To Mars Ogden Theatre 8 p.m.


Norma Jean and Guests Marquis Theater 7:30 p.m. Dub Skin Bluebird Theater 8 p.m.

KYGO's 4 Christmas Crusade Fillmore Auditorium 8 p.m. David Guetta Beta 9 p.m.

Train and Uncle Kracker Ogden Theatre 8 p.m. Make Up Make Out The Shag Lounge 9 p.m.


11 10 Fiesta Miranda Thursdays Lambert LoDo's Bar Grizzly Rose and Grill 6 p.m. 4 p.m. KS 107.5 Almost Morning Legends CD Show Release Party Christmas Marquis Party Theater Comedy 7:30 p.m. Works South 6 p.m.

12 HomeVibe for 13 Holiday Wine the Holidays and Theatre Gothic Extravaganza Theatre Rialto Café 6 p.m. 4 p.m. Off The Clock 1-2-3 Burlesque Wednesdays Lannie's Spill Clocktower 9 p.m. Cabaret 11 p.m.

14 New Music 15 Flamenco Mondays Night Larimer 9th Door Lounge 6:30 p.m. 9 p.m. Grateful Dead Tuesdays Zio Romolo's 8 p.m.

19 3OH!3 Fillmore Auditorium 8 p.m. Hypnautic and King Tef Gothic Theatre 7 p.m. George Acosta The Church 9 p.m.

20 Scumbag Sundays Shag Lounge 10 p.m.

21 Bingo Sputnik 9 p.m.

23 Super – Seed 24 Live Music 22 A Holiday Evening with Bluebird Thursday Speakeasy Theater w/ Chelsea Tiger 7:30 p.m. Latimer The Walnut Ladies Night The Red Room Tryst Room 8 p.m. 9 p.m. 9 p.m. Flip Night Salsa Night Spill La Rumba 9 p.m. 9 p.m.

26 Richard Vission Beta 9 p.m. 2 for 1 Saturday's Jackson's 9 p.m.

27 Triviatron Sputnik 7 p.m. Future Legends of Comedy The Denver Improv 7 p.m.

28 Ladies Night Spill 9 p.m.

29 STS9 Newman Center - Gates Concert Hall 9 p.m. Pin Up Wednesdays Zen Ultra Lounge 9 p.m.



16 Reggae and 17 Regret Night Ska Night Marquis Zio Romolo's Theater 8 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Whipped Slaughter Wednesdays house Rootz 5 degrees and Guests 9 p.m. Bluebird Theater 7:30 p.m.

30 Slim Cessna's Auto Club Bluebird Theater 8 p.m.

Saturday Nuclear Blast Winter 2009 Bluebird Theater 8 p.m. Novus Folium Toad Tavern Littleton 8 p.m. JO-Nes and Raine Grizzly Rose 8 p.m. Stephen Lynch Paramount Theatre 8 p.m. Phil Vassar Grizzly Rose 8 p.m.


KS 107.5 Jingle Jam with Fabolous, Twista and Mario Fillmore Auditorium 7:30 p.m. Hell's Bells / Free Fallin' Grizzly Rose 6 p.m.


Merry Christmas

31 New Year's Eve 8th Annual White Rose Gala The Ritz Carlton Downtown 9 p.m.

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Ellsworth & Broadway

32nd & Lowell


Café Caliente

by Tia Terlaje

by Michelle Perez

joe while completing that final essay you've been putting off. When you need to get away from the school library, you'll be pleased with the peaceful atmosphere of Café Caliente. And don't forget that student ID for a discount! Bring your pup along with you as the shop offers special treats for your canine companion. Get your friends together and make it a party - the shop is always available to accommodate anything from group meetings to fundraising events. So come on down, select a mug from the shelf and order yourself a warm treat this season. Located at 32nd and Lowell, experience Café Caliente, a delightful, must-see coffee shop like no other!


Photo by Alysa Adkins

on’t be fooled by the name; this isn't your neighborhood Mexican restaurant. Café Caliente is a refreshing alternative to the coffee shop scene. Owner Shaun Mazanares transformed her 100 year old home in Denver’s Highlands neighborhood into a charming coffee shop, but you’d hardly recognize it as such once you step through the door. Each room offers a unique atmosphere, from the furniture to the decorations, all coming together to offer a quaint touch unrivaled by the competition. Melt away the chill of the season with delicious imported Italian coffee, espresso and hot chocolate. Fill your belly with one of the signature Panini’s and best selling quiche topped off with your choice of flavorful options like sun dried tomato, provolone and asiago cheeses, crab meat, eggplant and artichoke. Delightful organic pastries and bagels offer a quick bite for those on the run. This shop gets hipper, offering beer and wine, cheese plates and an enticing happy hour (available 4-7 p.m.). You can even upgrade your Panini order with a wine pairing, specially selected for each sandwich. Students never fear; the café offers a computer for those without one of their own, so you can enjoy a cup of elegant

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rish Pubs and Happy Hours. There seems to be an abundance of them located throughout the Denver metro area. However, one in particular stands out above the rest: Dougherty’s. Located on Ellsworth, just one block off Broadway in the Baker neighborhood, this one of a kind, family owned restaurant offers something no other spot in the city offers: the best wings happy hour. I’m a girl that LOVES hot sauce and chicken. Combine these

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47th & Peoria

Real de Minas


by Laura De La Cruz

by Paige Wendt

Got any favorite places you like to go? Tell us ..... ACVCampusConnection@

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you could possibly want. Setting the mood with lovely mariachis playing on the weekends, Real de Minas is guaranteed to give you a hearty, succulent taste of Mexico. Don�t take my word for it, go try it yourself. I know you won’t be disappointed.

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eing born and raised in Mexico, when I see an authentic Mexican Restaurant that reminds me of my country, it is guaranteed I will go back and spread the word. With five beautiful locations and the latest one open on 47th and Peoria, Real de Minas has proven to be a successful, credible Mexican Restaurant. When you first step in, the atmosphere makes you feel at home, welcomed and ready to eat with the sound of sizzling fajitas and the smell of homemade tortillas. Every menu item is served to absolute perfection. Are you in the mood for Mexican Steak or Enchiladas? What about a mouth watering Chimichanga? You can get it all; even the American Hamburgers have a special touch which takes them beyond the ordinary. With their colossal menu, Real de Minas offers everything

two, and it is a perfect match. At 25 cents each, this place is a sure winner for any busy college student needing to satisfy their wing craving. Pair them with a 2 for 1 beer from the bar and a game of pool with your buddies for a fun time away from the textbooks and a way to keep your mind at bay. But this cozy and cool restaurant has more to offer than just cheap wings. Their chef-prepared Shepherd’s Pie, mouthwatering Potato Soup and delicious Leprechaun Lollipops keep patrons coming back for more. Want a burger? Dougherty’s offers a variety of delicious burgers served on fresh ciabatta bread. (Now you won’t find that in any drive thru!) So after that long hectic day of lectures and labs, head down to Dougherty’s for some delicious grub and the best 25 cents wings you’ll find anywhere in the city.


s you open the door to this swanky little shop, the smell of freshly made waffle cones quickly overtakes your senses along with the sight of the more than 30 flavors of Gelato. Established 5 years ago, this �Gelato Italiano café� now has three locations spreading delicious treats across Colorado. What exactly is Gelato? It is the Italian variant of ice cream. It’s not just the name that makes this delicious treat different from regular ice cream. There is a lot of care that goes into the preparation of Gelato. Gelazzi makes all 30 plus flavors daily in the store, using unique ingredients from all over the world. They use special equipment that eliminates

the air in the ice cream to create more flavor in each bite. They also store it at a warmer temperature to ensure that the customers get the most flavor. More exciting than the variety of flavors is the numerous treats available using these different flavors. The most popular treat is the Gelasuvius, two flavors of gelato on a molten cake with warm fudge inside and out. Tackling it alone is impossible. Gelazzi is a great place for an after dinner snack or as a spot to start your night out on the town. They serve up a wide range of gelato cocktails called Gelatinis that are sure to start your night out the right way. They also have specials all week long like Gelatinis at the happy hour price of $5 from 5-7 p.m. Every Monday night is family night and Tuesday night is Ladies Night, which includes 2 for 1 Gelatinis from 6-9 p.m., and massages or manicures. So whether you’re looking for a nice place to unwind or a hip place to wind up, Gelazzi is the place to be.



Nobel Peace Prize by Ashesh Maharjan


here is hardly any prize that matches the marvel of Nobel Prize, and the reason clearly is what the prize really represents. It’s not the attention one gets with the prize, it’s not the money, but it is the admiration of the achievement made by the laureate, symbolized by the prize that makes it so special. It represents the greatest accomplishment of an individual in his field of study and the benefit he caused to mankind. It means one is important enough to be among the most transformative people of the century, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Dalai Lama to name a few. The man behind the Prize is Alfred Nobel, a Swedish chemist, engineer and innovator. Established in 1901 from the will of the Swedish tycoon, the Nobel Prize has been honoring great minds for over a century in five different disciplines: chemistry, physics, physiology or medicine, peace and, more recently added, economics. According to Nobel’s will, the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the laureate who “has done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses in the preceding year.” Though the process of deciding the winner of the Nobel Prize is claimed to be unbiased, and based on considerations and investigations done by the Nobel Committee and advisors to the Nobel institute, the decisions are sometimes not  unanimous. There are a considerable number of Prizes that were awarded to people supposedly undeserving of it while some deserving people were overlooked, followed by controversies and criticisms.  If we look at some common questionable arguments against the Nobel Prize, the first one to stand out would be that Alfred Nobel invented dynamite and, worse, that he produced it on a large scale. The 1905 Nobel Prize was awarded to Theodore Roosevelt, former President of United States, but the Nobel Committee overlooked the fact that he


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played a role in suppression of a revolt in the Philippines. Yasser Arafat, who according to critics is an ‘unrepentant terrorist with a long legacy of promoting violence’, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994. Another interesting case is that of Henry Kissinger winning the 1973 Nobel Prize, despite the claims that he was the man behind the secret campaign of bombing in Cambodia against NVA from 1969 to 1975, and involved in Operation Condor. Similarly, in a bid to find peaceful solutions for lessening international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights and to promote economic and social development, Jimmy Carter had made a vital contribution which qualified him for a Nobel Peace Prize. But the matter remained controversial when four days after the Committee announced that Carter would be the recipient for 2002, North Korea announced that it had cheated on the agreement negotiated by the former President. Wangari Maathai, who stood up courageously against the former oppressive regime in Kenya, has also been an inspiration for many to fight for democratic rights and has encouraged women to make their situations better and was thus awarded with Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. But Maathai evoked negativity among media critics when she spoke out in favor of the claim that the HIV virus was the product of bio-engineering and was released in Africa by unidentified Western scientists as a means to punish the blacks. People w e r e

bewildered when the Nobel Committee awarded Peace Prize to President Barack Obama as it looked at his vision to work toward a world without weapons of any kind and for his extraordinary steps to strengthen cooperation between people and international democracy. The issue is controversial because the prize was awarded only for his message of hope, a call for action but not any real action. While it is true that Obama’s step is different, the fact that he has built a record of accomplishments has not been justified: his presidency remains as a work to be completed and the tremendous promises have not been fulfilled though he has plans for lessening conflicts, reducing nuclear increment and working to build peace through negotiations. This issue is perhaps controversial in stating that Obama will someday win the Peace Prize, but not today! An intriguing case of an overlooked candidate for Nobel Prize would be that of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of Peace, who despite having acted as a dictator and a nationalist at the same time, wasn’t honored with the prize. It was surely not because he had his body covered with a white outfit and grey socks or because he was a patriot first, then a freedom fighter. He was nominated for the award in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1947 and finally, a few days before he was martyred in 1948. However, the Nobel Committee publicly apologized for the ignorance. Though quite a few supposedly flawed decisions have been made by the Nobel Committee in all these years, the Noble Prize is still considered the most honorable accomplishment of any winning laureate today.

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Rethinking homelessness by Katherine Rice


hen a panhandler asks us for money, many of us have said or thought to ourselves, “Get a job.” A sentiment we tend to extend to the entire homeless population in general. However, of the approximately 3.5 million people who experience homelessness each year, the federal government estimates that 42% of them are working. According to the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, 40% of those experiencing homelessness in Denver work. However, minimum wage jobs, especially in the service sector, pay far below the most modest calculations of the cost of living. In Colorado, a minimum wage employee, working 40 hours a week can’t afford the fair market rent for a one-bedroom apartment. The shortage of affordable housing, escalating unemployment, low wages, rising foreclosures affecting both renters and homeowners alike, as well as health care and disability expenses have all been cited as trends responsible for the rise in homelessness. Children under 18 account for 40% of the total homeless population in the United States, and of these, 42% are under the age of five. 40% of homeless men have served in the armed forces, and about 16% suffer from some form of mental illness, and a large portion of those are thought to be schizophrenics. Facing homelessness means facing limited access to education, healthcare and increased risk of being a victim of violence. It means not having a place to store personal belongings. One homeless man informed me that his birth certificate and other forms of identification had been stolen along with the rest of his belongings—all in a single backpack—twice. It is a very common story. Another common complaint is the difficulty in obtaining identification. Some states won’t issue birth certificates without a state ID, even though one can’t get state ID cards without two forms of identification— which most commonly means a birth certificate and a social security card. A significant percent of the homeless population in the United States have severe substance abuse problems, which means not only is the money they do have being spent on drugs or alcohol, but also that they are more likely to be alienated from family and friends. Studies

have shown that the mentally ill often self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. Schizophrenics are more vulnerable to nicotine addiction, which appears to normalize some of the cognitive and sensory deficits they experience. The difficulty in getting out of poverty is not helped by industries which target the poorest. In the United States, the poor pay more. Two such examples are check-cashing and payday loan businesses. It’s not uncommon for a person without a bank account to be charged $15 for cashing a $300 check. Unfortunately, the poor, and especially the homeless, may have no other way of cashing their checks. Payday advance companies offer small, short-term loans while charging annual interest rates which can be as high as 500%. A $200 advance can cost you $40 at Check n’ Go, assuming you can pay it off within a week. While these companies claim they are offering a valuable service, lending money to high-risk borrowers who wouldn’t be able to get it anywhere else, critics call it an unregulated form of predatory loan-sharking. At the bottom, the poor are driven into a “fringe economy” to make ends meet. This includes exorbitant late and reconnect fees with utility companies and bounced check fees. For those who do have a home they want to furnish but can’t afford to buy furniture outright, rent-to-own businesses seem like an attractive option, but they will often pay twice the retail price for the goods. Approximately 53% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck—and undoubtedly the difference between the homeless and many of those is a single paycheck. As winter approaches, we might be wise to evaluate our perceptions of those who are out in the cold; they might not be so different from us.

“Approximately 53%

of Americans live paycheck to paycheck— and undoubtedly the difference between the homeless and many of those is a single paycheck”

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A quick glance at sustainability by Jen Villalobos


here are many angles in which to approach the topic of sustainability and many ways to define it as well. Generally speaking, sustainability is recognizing and working within the means that your community and the natural environment can provide for you. It’s negotiating a balance or understanding of the interconnectedness between economy, society and environment, or in other words, finding ways in which you can work with your surroundings, rather than just establishing a way for it to work for you. Sustainability has been one of the driving forces behind t h e green movement, and there’s no doubt that you have bared witness to at least one aspect of it.

The automotive industry has put forth many commercials advertising fuel efficient cars, every grocery store now has racks of different varieties of reusable grocery bags and we’re now exposed to more recycling bins here on our very own campus. It’s important to understand that these things have generally resulted from an idea to create harmonious interactions between people and their surroundings. At this point many, if not all, of the people around us have been confronted

with the idea of giving back or questioned about their contributions to their local community and environment. The idea of sustainability applies to all. Now let’s bring you into the picture. If you drive a car, if you cook or buy food, if you wear clothes—if you take up any resources, this needs to be evaluated. Eric Carpenter, executive director of Global

View Foundation explains, “It is time for us to reflect on our personal choices, the small ones we make every day, and how those choices impact the world we live in.” Eric’s efforts at Global View Foundation are focused on providing support to local businesses and education programs seeking to expand

or explore sustainability in their communities. There are small steps that can be taken, ones that really do make a difference. For example, taking the bus to work or school a few days out of the week, choosing not to use grocery bags, buying recycled products or local food. We’re

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very capable of creating solutions to the current environmental

problems we’re experiencing. Eric elaborates, “The key to success seems to be finding and integrating solutions to our current problems that change the lifestyle, but

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not necessarily the standard of living.” In other words, we don’t need to fear sacrificing everything in our day-to-day existence just to make a little change, it involves merely tweaking a habit or two. Want to support more sustainable and green businesses, but don’t know how to get started? The ReDirect Guide provides a directory of green businesses here

in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins and maintains a specific criteria each business must meet before being printed in their listings. Michele Hart, marketing and outreach coordinator, explains that the ReDirect Guide’s mission is “To make finding more environmentally sustainable options more accessible to the community.” Keep an eye out for a copy in one of the many surrounding restaurants, coffee shops or community centers. You can also visit them online to view their listings at

Since the holidays are just around the corner, consider doing your holiday shopping through local business. The following are a few tips on how to give green gifts, provided by the ReDirect Guide: -Give the Gift of Good Food. -The “Good Use” Gift: give something built to last. -Give A Service: no packaging or waste. -Reuse in action: consider second hand purchases. -Your Time Is a Great Gift: Offer your help for house work, babysitting etc. or consider making a homemade gift. Now there are more options than ever before to make a difference. Set the excuses aside and take a step to create a healthier, sustainable community.

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The Real Doom and Gloom of 2012 by Ashton Santos



n mid November, “2012”, the new number one film in the box office raked in about $65 million. The film is based on the theory that the world will end on December 21, 2012, with the Mayan calendar ending on that day as well. This theory has people in a frenzy. For example, David Morrison, an astronomer at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, receives letters and emails on a daily basis from people around the world expressing their fear that doomsday is right around the corner. “In an e-mail message, he enclosed a sample that included one from a woman wondering if she should kill herself, her daughter and her unborn baby. Another came from a person pondering whether to put her dog to sleep to avoid suffering in 2012,” states Dennis Overbye from The New York Times. Should people be worried about the coming year of 2012, or is this yet another Y2K type hysteria? The Mayans were an ancient civilization advanced in language, art, mathematics and astronomy. Perhaps they are most known

for predicting the motion of the planets. The question is, back in 3114 B.C. when the Mayans created their “Long Count” calendar, which lasts 5,125 years and ends on December 21, 2012, did they really mean the world would end? According to astronomer Ben Burns, they did not, “The date coming up in 2012 means the end of the calendar cycle for them – a 5,125 year period – and the beginning of another.” Experts say the Mayans do not use the Mayan calendar anymore and the concept of an “apocalypse” is nothing more than a western idea which is not part of the Mayans’ beliefs. The calendar is cyclical, merely the end of a great calendar in Mayan society, similar to the millennium in our society. As for any truths in the 2012 movie, NASA scientist says “Impressive movie special effects aside, December 21, 2012, won’t be the end of the world as we know. It will, however, be another winter solstice.”

Chances of California falling into the ocean, Yellowstone blowing up and causing the continent to blackout with ash and tidal waves subduing the Himalayas, all due to the Mayan myth of a galactic alignment are pretty slim. “There are no planetary alignments in the next few decades, Earth will not cross the galactic plane in 2012, and even if these alignments were to occur, their effects on the Earth would be negligible. E a c h December, the Earth and Sun align with the approximate center of the Milky Way galaxy, but that is an annual event of no consequence,” claims Burris. However, even NASA

scientist will not discourage the media from 2012 doom; there are hundreds of books dedicated to the theory. There are even websites

preparing people for the date; one in particular is called “Surviving 2012” with a complete doomsday shopping list included. As December 21, 2012 approaches all the world can do is wait and see what will happen.

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Depression by Paige Wendt


e’ve all heard of it, we see it around us every day, but how much do we really know about depression? We know the medications, Zoloft, we know the basic symptoms, fatigue and feelings of sadness, but how does it really affect people? With the recent events that have occurred on campus it is important that people are aware of exactly what depression is, what causes it, how it affects people and what we can do to alleviate, if not eliminate, its symptoms. Earlier this semester there were two incidents involving depression and students. One student attempted suicide by jumping off the third floor of the Tivoli Atrium. He was unsuccessful and is now recovering from the incident. The second incident was a Metro student that committed suicide in her off-campus home. It is unclear whether both students suffered from depression however, it is important to understand this

illness to help in the prevention of such extreme scenarios. According to Medicine Net, depression is an illness that can affect the mind and body of a person and the way they eat, sleep, and think about themselves and the world around them. However, it is important to know that depression is not an illness that comes and goes in a short period. A person should consider talking to a doctor or counselor if they report having five or more symptoms of depression for at least two weeks. The most common misunderstanding of those suffering from depression is that they can fix it themselves. People assume that if someone is suffering from depression they can simply change their thoughts and all will be well again. Unfortunately, it is not this easy; according to WebMD, most cases of depression involve a lack of Serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, also known as a calming brain chemical,

which allows communication between nerves in the brain and body. When this chemical is missing, it can cause symptoms of depression in the mind and body. What exactly causes depression is it simply a biological disorder or is there other factors that come into play? According to an article in Psychology today, it is a combination of genetic, biochemical, environmental and psychological factors. Research using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has shown that the brains of people with depression function differently than those without. Any traumatic event can also cause depression. A stressful situation can act as a trigger for a depressive episode; however, it is not necessary for the illness to occur. People with a family history of depression are more likely to contain genetic precursors for the illness but it also occurs in individuals without the genetic predisposition. What exactly are the

symptoms of depression? People suffering from depression may or may not show the entire laundry list of symptoms. This illness affects everyone differently. The most common signs and symptoms are feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, lost of interest in daily activities, appetite or weight changes, sleep changes, agitation, loss of energy, self- loathing, and concentration problems. Although depression is not limited to these symptoms, these are the most common. In some cases of depression, the person suffering from the illness will not outwardly display these symptoms, which makes it hard to diagnose. WebMD explains that it is very hard for a person suffering from these symptoms to identify them and seek help. Often the person has feelings of guilt or worthlessness that prevent them from seeking help or informing others of how they feel. According to a study done by Depression Perception

approximately 18.8 million American adults, or about 9.5 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year, have a depressive disorder. The study also showed that while major depressive disorder can develop at any age, the average age at onset is the mid-20s. This means that as students fitting in this range we are the most at risk group for this illness. It is important to look at these figures and remember that there are a number of solutions. Psychology Today states that most physicians recommend the combination of medication and psychotherapy to treat depression. The medication alleviates the physical symptoms allowing the person suffering from depression to focus on the mental aspect. They can determine what stressors may be causing the depressive episode as well as learn new ways to cope with stress and the depressive emotion with the help of a support system consisting of a counselor and family and friends. The most crucial part of the healing process is to recognize that you are suffering from depression and that you can find help. There are a number of on campus resources that can help in any part of this process.

Adderall, a bad study habit? by Auburn Kisselman


ost college students struggle to manage school and work. There never seems to be enough time in the day to adequately take care of all of your responsibilities. Some students have taken it upon themselves to find helpful time management skills to deal with their busy schedules, while others have found a new method to cope. Some students have been taking Adderall, a medication used to help ADHD patients focus. While Adderall may not be as severe as drugs like speed, should students be using any type of drug to help them study? Most students get really stressed, especially around midterms and finals. For

instance, have you ever sat down to study and for whatever reason you just can’t think straight? You might be thinking about family problems, a bad break up or maybe you are thinking about how great a fudge sundae would be. Eventually you snap back into reality and realize that if you do poorly on this test, your grade will really suffer. You go into panic mode and start trying to study, only to realize that now you are thinking about how delicious a burrito sounds. If you were in this endless cycle of hell, would you consider taking a little pill if it could give you hours of focused study? If you answered yes, then maybe you should look at the situation from a different

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angle. Even though taking Adderall does not have any long term effects, it isn’t so much about the physical addiction as it is the mental addiction. If you begin taking Adderall every time you study, you are creating an unhealthy habit for yourself. The mind is a powerful thing, and if you get to the point where you can only study with the help of a drug, then you have created an addiction. According to William W. Dodson, M.D., some of the side effects of taking Adderall are loss of appetite and weight loss, cramps, insomnia, unrestful sleep, feeling jittery, anxiousness, heart palpitations, headaches, tremors and facial tics. If you are a smoker, taking Adderall

can also raise your blood pressure and pulse rate. Now what good would it be if you took Adderall to study for your tests, got A’s on those tests, but in turn, developed a facial tic and insomnia? Could taking Adderall for tests soon turn into taking it to focus at work? Not to mention the fact that no doctor is going to prescribe you a drug for a disorder you don’t have. Instead, you could take a time management class and receive A’s on your own, minus the side effects. You may not ever take Adderall or any other drug for studying, or maybe you might only try it once or twice and be done with it. Regardless, before you try anything, be sure you know the risks. If

you have a history of emotional distress, the situation could become even worse. According to the website, “Emotional problems and drugs go hand and hand. The severity of emotional problems and drugs is associated with increased likelihood of adolescent drug use.” There are several cases out there involving people who become addicted to Adderall. Students may take it to study, parents may take their child’s medication to keep up with all of their activities and patients with ADHD may take more than what they are prescribed. It is important to remember that any drug can become addictive both physically and mentally. Educate yourself and find other methods that don’t include the risk of addiction to help you deal with your problems.

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Staying Healthy: Feeling tired? by Jen Villalobos


any of us are guilty of setting sleep aside, especially when in college. Sleep is the first thing to decline with stress. It’s common to hear that the average required amount of sleep needed is eight hours. Well, although this may be true, it’s only true for some. There are people who are able to function just fine with only six hours of sleep, while others might need up to ten hours. It is important to find out what your very own sleep needs are and accommodate them. Sleep can be broken down into five stages. Stage one happens when you’re slipping in and out of sleep and can easily be awaken with noise or movements. You know how some people twitch while falling asleep? This is typical of being in stage one. Have you ever had the feeling of suddenly falling while you’re asleep and then suddenly awakened by this sensation? That’s the result of spastic muscle contractions that occur during this stage. In stage two, most eye movements stop and brain waves become slower. In stage three, these low brain waves (also called delta waves) begin to be quickly interrupted with faster, more rapid waves. The final stage is what is called REM (rapid eye movement). Dreams most often occur here, so if you happen to wake during this stage your chances of remembering what

you were dreaming are greater. During this stage, heart rate increases along with blood pressure. We enter three to five periods of REM during a night’s sleep. Most of the knowledge we have now regarding sleep has been discovered in just the past twenty-five years. Scientists centuries ago believed that sleep was almost the complete opposite of being awake—that this peaceful stillness we experience every night contained no thoughts or emotions. What’s interesting, concluded through modern research, is that the brain has revealed to have the same level of wave activity in REM that you would have when awake. It’s speculated that the brain activity associated with this stage has to do with memory and information processing. Yet another reason why it’s important to get enough sleep. Dolphins and ducks, and in fact a large variety of the animal kingdom, are able to maintain a state of half-sleep. This means they have the ability to turn off one hemisphere of their brain in order to get rest while the other hemisphere is awake and alert. Many researchers refer to this as “predation risk” which is basically an animal’s fear of being eaten or attacked while asleep. As a result, some animals originated an ability to sleep and stay awake for the sake of their survival.

Unfortunately, humans do not have the ability to do this, although the idea of being able to sleep while taking notes in psychology class sounds amazing. However, there are some steps you can take to get a good night sleep. This includes not having coffee, soda or nicotine (basically no stimulants) four to six hours before bedtime. Try and establish a regular sleep schedule such as getting to bed around the same time every night and waking up around the same time every morning. Make sure that you’re not hungry or feel too full before bed. It’s important to know that if you are having a hard time falling asleep, do not continue to lie in bed. If after thirty or so minutes you haven’t fallen asleep, get up and go to another room until you feel restful enough to return to your bed for some sleep. Also, develop a routine for yourself in an attempt to help prepare you before bedtime such as dimming your lights (for example, replace your ceiling lights with a lamp), listen to relaxing music, do some minimal stretching or take a warm bath. Having an adequate amount of rest is extremely important and we all need it; sleep replenishes you and prepares you for what your day might have in store. So do yourself a favor and do what you can to achieve the best sleep possible.

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Scared Scriptless

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by Britt Chester


he stench of turkey in the air and the thought of that jolly ol’ fat ass St. Nick shimmyin’ down your chimney brings another season of Scared Scriptless, the brain child of CCD’s own chair of the theater department, Julie Ireland. This year’s cast is the largest the Eugenia Rawls Theater has ever seen and is Julie’s alltime largest ensemble for the class. The skits, stand up acts and improv comedy are sure to put a smile on your face as this stressful holiday season rolls around. This time of year can be the most stressful, what with all the presents to get, food to prepare, family coming in

town (or traveling out of town to see said family), which is why Scared Scriptless is timed so perfectly. It allows you to funnel all that anxiety into an outlet of laughter. This year’s show will open with some stand-up comedy and is then followed by a hilarious hour of skits, parodies and tributes. One of the greatest qualities about the show is how much input the students have. Julie takes the backseat as students input ideas for skits, offer suggestions on jokes and help each other find their comedic side. Students have stayed after class, worked through weekends and taken time out their holiday break to rehearse.

I know what you’re thinking though, how funny could a comedy show put on by a bunch of students be? Well, Julie Ireland put it best when she said, “This show is not recommended for kids…or their parents.” You know you are aching for good comedy so don’t deny it, get down to the King Center on the west side of campus and purchase your tickets at the box office for $10 or call 303-5562296. The show will be on December 3rd and 4th (Friday the 4th is sold out due to the tickets selling like hot cakes) and will feature some of the best comedy you’ll see on campus this year.

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Holiday Cookie Recipes

Ol’ St. Nick slides down the chimney, I am sure he will be expecting some delicious treats! Here are a few recipes to get you started this holiday season. Whether you are a sucker for chocolate, or a fan of Granny’s old oatmeal cookies, these delicious recipes are sure to please every cookie eater this holiday season! With a few twists here and there, you are sure to enjoy baking them just as much as eating them!

7 Layer Goodie Bars • • • • • • •

1 cup graham cracker crumbs 1 cup shredded coconut 6 oz. butterscotch chips 6 oz. chocolate chips 1 can of sweet condensed milk 1 cup walnuts 1 stick of butter

1. Melt butter in jelly roll pan. 2. Layer graham crackers, coconut, butterscotch, chocolate chips, drizzle milk over, then add walnuts. 3. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 min, cool then cut into squares.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Hot bands with hot jams by Margaret Haywood Winter break is upon us, kiddos. And December 8thJanuary 18th is a long time; in a good way, of course. It provides students with six stress, homework and hassle-free weeks. Of course, those silly “holidays” tend to get in the way of things. But overall, we get to sleep in, hit the slopes, and catch up on pop culture, drinking and friends. My favorite waste of time over break is discovering new bands and hot jams to fill my iPod. In this spirit, I thought I would throw a few solid bands streaming some serious rock and roll out your way. I know Laramie, Wyoming seems like an unlikely place for anything good to emerge from. However, Teenage


Bottlerocket defies nature with their catchy punk rock. Their latest record, They Came from the Shadows, was released in September and hosts gem after gem. It offers everything from fast and fun sounds in the song “Skate or Die”, to songs like “Todayo”, which is an absolute must on any mix tape for your crush of the week. The Dutchess & the Duke also have a new record out, Sunrise/Sunset. Reviews place it even higher than She’s the Dutchess, He’s the Duke, their record released last year, which was good. Really good. The Seattlebased duo harmonizes on their minor chords and jaded romance lyrics, making this folk-pop group a must. Moving across the pond,

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The Sounds are a girlfronted, part new wave, part pop punk, part awesome group from Sweden. Crossing the Rubicon is a fun album sure to get you dancing. The lyrics are not groundbreaking, but if you need some tunes to get you moving, this is a great album to pop in and turn up. If “Beatbox” can’t get you dancing, then nothing will. Six weeks is a long time, but when they coincide with relaxing and having fun, they fly by quickly. Make sure you have a good playlist to set with your good times.

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1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda ¼ tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla

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Cream the *ingredients Add dry ingredients Add vanilla Bake @ 350 degrees for 12 min.

*1 cup margarine *1 cup peanut butter *1 cup sugar *1 cup brown sugar *2 eggs

Variations: You can add anything really! I like to add different trail mixes. If you’re allergic to peanuts then the recipe will work the same without peanut butter.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies • • • •

(Don’t let the name fool you, they’re delicious!) 1 cup peanut butter 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1 Tsp baking powder

1. Mix all the ingredients together. 2. Make small balls and roll in white sugar then place on a Photo by Paige Wendt cookie sheet. 3. Flatten cookies with a fork creating a criss-cross pattern. 4. Bake for 10-12 min at 350 degrees. Variations: If you’re a chocolate lover then you can add Chocolate Chips to the batter or skip the criss- cross pattern and add Hershey’s kisses while they’re cooling.



The Ogden by Britt Chester


he Ogden Theater in Denver, Colorado has hosted some of the biggest names in the entertainment and music industry. Whether it’s a snowboard video premier or a sold out show on Halloween for The Sounds, the Ogden packs a punch. Located on the infamous Colfax Avenue at Ogden Street, just nine blocks east of downtown and seated directly next door to Independent Records (a great place to go get the albums of the artists you are about to see at the Ogden), the white marquee is hard to miss. The Ogden constantly brings in new artists, advertises them all over the Denver media market and knows how to put a show on. Upcoming shows include hip-hop turntable favorite DJ Z-Trip with Kid Koala on December 12th; the recently reunited GreyBoy Allstars; and in January, everyone’s favorite musical looper, Keller Williams. Being centrally located on Capitol Hill allows the venue to support all kinds of different, appealing to almost every kind of music fan. The theater has an impressive interior as well. The balcony looks out over the main floor and hosts a top floor bar. The

side tables and seating areas allow for all kinds of shows to come through and events to be held. Ticket prices typically run between $10 and $30 depending on the show and it’s always worth it. The venue is usually 16 and up, unless otherwise stated, so young bucks and party girls can rage just the same at any of the featured killer shows at the Ogden Theater. To get more information about tickets and upcoming shows, get on www.


Worst Christmas Gifts


e surveyed 100 students on campus about the worst christmas gifts one could recieve, and the results are very interesting…

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Reindeer sweater: We have all had that wonderful experience of opening our presents Christmas morning only to find an embarrassing sweater. Whether it is a bright red reindeer sweater with a blinking nose or a fuzzy turtleneck with a bedazzled Frosty on the front, two words come to mind. Thanks Grandma! Fruitcake: Well apparently, students are not big fans of that delicious, sometimes cardboard like loaf of holiday spirit. We are not sure if it it is the different colored specs of “fruit,” or the shelf life that scares people away. In any event if you do receive this gift try to find alternative uses such as ammo for that fancy slingshot Santa brought you, or maybe a colorful doorstop. Last year’s calendar: Everybody looks for bargains while shopping for the holidays, but we suggest you spend the extra few bucks to get the current year’s calendar. It may seem a little pricey but we guarantee the recipient will be overjoyed when that firefighter calendar has not only dreamy men but also the correct dates. Fish sticks: Not too sure exactly what kind of character would give these as a Christmas present, and do not quite understand how these would fair under the tree for days beforehand. If you cannot think of the perfect gift for your third cousin’s twice removed Uncle, my guess is to go with these deliciously crispy treats, they are sure to bring joy to the entire family. STD: Now of all the things Santa could slip under your tree, this would have to be the worst. When spreading Holiday cheer this year please make sure that cheer is the only thing you are spreading. And remember kids, make sure to wrap your present before giving it to a friend!

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Sun Wisdom: How the sun sign deals with New Year's resolutions by Emil Eckstein


Aries (March 21 to April 20): Making a New Year’s resolution, if they make one at all, is a matter of impulse for Aries. It is something that they will do at the spur of the moment. Often before the end of January, the resolution is long forgotten, having fallen prey to the impulsive nature of Aries. This is especially true if the resolution has anything to do with controlling either their temper or competitive nature. Taurus (April 21 to May 21): Taurus New Year’s resolutions are made with the zeal of a religious convert. They are likely to base their resolutions on their spiritual or philosophical beliefs. Taurus will stick to their choice well past the start of the new year even if it makes them miserable. Furthermore, they believe that other people should also stick to their resolutions also, for they feel that staying the course builds strength of character. Gemini (May 22 to June 21): Often the New Year’s resolution of Gemini will make no sense to anyone else. This is because it is only a small part of a bigger picture, a plan that Gemini has not informed anyone else about. There is also the little possibility that they will change their mind about what they want to accomplish the very next day. The resolutions that they have the best chance of fulfilling increase their versatility. Cancer (June 22 to July 22): The family and friends of

Cancer learn to dread the resolutions made by them. Cancer not only decides to improve themselves, but they also try to convince all their loved ones to join in the commitment. It is not merely a belief that resolutions are easier to keep with a support group that causes Cancer to enlist others; they have a genuine emotional need to have kindred spirits involved. Leo (July 23 to August 22): Few Leos can make a New Year’s resolution without telling everyone about it. Their inherent need to be in the spotlight seldom allows them to do anything quietly. As a result, their resolutions tend to be chosen to impress other people. As Leos mature, they learn to silence their need to be noticed, and their resolutions start to take on a more serious tone as they focus more on actual selfimprovement. Virgo (August 23 to September 22): The importance that some people place on New Year’s resolutions secretly amuses Virgos. After all, every day is a chance to start a new project or habit. Virgo is probably the only sun sign that will analyze the pros and cons of their resolution, then make charts to keep track of their progress

of fulfilling the resolution. They are good at increasing their own efficiency, but terrible at becoming more personable.

Libra (September 23 to October 22): Libras take great pride in being fair to everyone. It is just too bad that they do not extend the same courtesy to themselves. Their New Year’s resolutions have a tendency of being unrealistic. Libras expect themselves to be able to accomplish goals that they would never dream of asking other people to accomplish. Often the goal that they need to focus on the most is not caring so much about what others think of them. Scorpio (October 23 to November 21): The other sun signs learn not to tell Scorpio their New Year’s resolutions. Scorpio will tell

Ice Skating by Paige Wendt


hether you’re looking for a great date idea or a fun outing with friends this holiday season, ice skating is the way to go. Dating back to around 3000 B.C. this age-old pastime is sure to delight even the grumpiest Ebenezer this winter. Grab a scarf, gloves, and for those of us who are uncoordinated, I suggest a butt pad and get out there on that ice. The holiday season is the perfect time to enjoy some hot chocolate, cold ice and a few chuckles with your less than graceful friends. If you’re feeling kind of shaky, go practice with a buddy before you get on the ice with that hot date. The largest outdoor rink in existence today is in Japan. The Fujikyu Highland Promenade Rink is a staggering 3.8 acres. Luckily there are a number of locations all over the metro area available for this holiday delight. The first ice skates were found at the bottom of a lake in Switzerland and were made with



animal bone and a few leather straps that held them onto your feet. Fortunately, most locations have both hockey skates and figure skates available for rent; just make sure you lace them up tightly to avoid ankle injuries.

everyone what they think about the proposed change, and exactly how unlikely they think it is to be actually accomplished. To add to the annoyance of the other sun signs, Scorpio very seldom tells anybody their own New Year’s resolution, preferring to remain mysterious about the whole issue. Truth is that Scorpio is unlikely to make resolutions. Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21): The resolutions of Sagittarius are often a reaction to those around them. They cannot bear to do the same resolution as everyone else. Nor do they do take criticism lightly. Therefore, their resolutions often are a cry against conformity. Fortunately, Sagittarius is also goal oriented which keeps them from making many choices that would permanently hurt themselves if undertaken. If they do figure out a worthwhile goal, Sagittarius does have the fortitude to accomplish it. Capricorn (December 22 to January 19): Capricorn knows what they want in life, and are not afraid to make changes to achieve these goals. The resolutions of Capricorn typically address their social and economical ambitions. This makes the other sun signs uncomfortable when

comparing New Year’s resolutions with Capricorn. Both Capricorn and the other sun signs could learn something from one another, provided that they could figure out how to get along long enough to do so. Aquarius (January 20 to February 18): Aquarius thinks that everyone should make a New Year’s resolution. In particular, they believe that one’s resolution should be concerned with not just oneself, but should address the needs of humanity as a whole. In their opinion, the new year is another opportunity to do good for someone else. Their idealism is not just for show; they will actually follow through on promises to do charity work and humanitarian projects. Pisces (February 19 to March 20): It is easy for the friends and family members of Pisces to influence their choice of New Year’s resolution. Often Pisces will join in a pact with someone close to them and share a mutual resolution. This is not a bad thing provided that accomplishing the resolution would actually help Pisces; but often it is merely to provide emotional support, and does not address the hidden issues that Pisces needs to work on.

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Outdoor Rinks: •

Belmar Mall—East of Wadsworth on Alameda • Admission: Adults-$6 Kids (3-17)-$4 Skate Rental $3 Hours of Operation: Sunday- Thursday 11a.m.9pm Friday – Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. •

Southlands Mall—E470 and Smoky Hill Road • Admission: Adults-$6 Kids-$4 Skate Rental $3 Hours of Operation: Monday- Saturday 10 a.m.9 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Indoor Rinks: • Big Bear Ice Arena—8580 E. Lowry Blvd. • Admission: Adults $7 Kids $5 Skate Rental $3 Hours of Operation: Their hours vary so check out their website for more details.

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Prisons for hire; kids are the commodity by Katherine Rice EDITORIAL


he United States boasts a prison population greater than China’s, despite China having a population five times greater. No other society in human history has imprisoned so many of its own citizens, according to California Prison Focus. The United States holds 25% of the world’s prison population, though only 5% of the world’s people. There were less than 300,000 inmates in 1972, and the prison population reached its 2 million mark in 2000. As of 2007, 2.3 million inmates were held in United States prisons. In other words, some 738 per 100,000 of the nation’s population are in prison. The prison population swells with those convicted of non-violent crimes, largely due to The War on Drugs, three strikes laws, and longer sentencing policies. According to a 2004 report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 3 out of 4 inmates leaving state prisons had been convicted of nonviolent crimes and the single largest offense category for nonviolent offenders was drug trafficking. Federal law stipulates a five year mandatory minimum sentence for possession of five grams of rock-cocaine or crack. One can expect five years for trafficking 500 grams of cocaine powder, though there is no mandatory minimum sentence for the mere possession of cocaine powder. The industry of imprisonment in the United States begins in school, where zero-tolerance discipline, school-based arrests and disciplinary alternative schools, sometimes run by for-profit companies, mark the beginning of a child’s journey through the pipeline. Zero-tolerance policies and the No Child Left Behind Act set up the most vulnerable students for failure and puts many kids on the path to prison, according to Russell Skiba, associate professor of education and director of the Safe and Responsive Schools Project at Indiana University. Though research suggests that overuse of suspensions and expulsions may increase the likelihood of later criminal misconduct,

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the No Child Left Behind Act gives schools incentive to to push out students with low test scores, having created state and local mandates for annual testing of students in reading and math, as well as sanctions for schools that don’t increase achievement. The fixation on testing gives public schools incentives for suspension and exclusion, according to Augustina Reyes, an associate professor of education at the University of Houston and former Houston school board member. What could the motivation for such policies be? From at least one perspective, the answer is corporate profits. The No Child Left Behind Act, which is the Business Roundtable’s revision of Lyndon Johnson’s Education and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), has created a high stakes testing system through which federal education funds can be siphoned to the private sector. The No Child Left Behind Act has benefited the testing industry between the amount of $1.9 and $5.3 billion a year. Among the profiteers are the big players in the textbook market, including McGraw-Hill, Houghton-Mifflin and Harcourt General, all of whom now dominate the testing market. All three have been identified as having longstanding ties to the Bush administration and Sandy Kress, first senior education advisor for the Bush administration-turnedlobbyist. Enter private prisons, which now house approximately 7.8% of United States prisoners. Over the past year, half of new inmates were sent to private prisons. The country’s largest private prison operator, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), with 65 jails and detention facilities in 19 states, generated 45% of its nearly 1.6 billion dollar revenue from state contracts in 2008 and 39% from federal contracts. CCA shares close ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council, a public policy organization that writes model bills, advances privatization and is tough on crime legislation such as the three strikes laws. Geo Group, the second largest player

in the privatization industry, generated $711 million, and Cornell, the third largest, had $386.7 million in total 2008 revenue. According to one Business Week article, “Crime remains a growth industry, but the correction industry has enjoyed some phenomenal growth, too, which ought to seize investors’ enthusiasm.” CCA shares have almost doubled over the past six months, while Geo is up 44% and Cornell 43%. Private prisons are the big money makers in what is now known as the prison industry complex, receiving a guaranteed amount of money for each prisoner. They profit at the expense of both inmates and their employees. Proponents of prison privatization claim that private prisons are more cost-effective, thus saving the government and the tax-payer money. Others argue that there is evidence which shows they are ultimately no more cost-effective than public prisons, and vocal proponents of privatization have their hands in the pockets of the privatization business. Even children are victims of this prisonfor-profit legal system. The Mid-Atlantic Youth Services Corporation, a private prison company, was found guilty of paying two judges 2.6 million dollars to send children to their for-profit juvenile detention facilities. Less obvious than this example is what the ACLU calls the school-to-prison pipeline. The ACLU defines the school-toprison pipeline as the policies and practices that push our nation’s schoolchildren, especially our most at-risk children, out of the classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. This pipeline reflects the prioritization of incarceration over education. Prison serves the purpose of social and political control, and in the United States, the prison-industrial complex is an integral part of capitalism. Where profits and social control are mixed, there is an ever-expanding net of what constitutes a criminal, and it is always thrown the way of populations already disenfranchised, marginalized and impoverished.

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Last Issue of the Fall semester