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Vol. 120, Issue 2
Jan. 22, 2013
Weapons found at Lambda Owner of weapons claims they are necessary for his martial arts training by manthan bhatt Managing Editor
for each of the departments. The History department will use the money to support student internships and create an endowed faculty research fund. The English department will award the new Robert L. Clemens Endowed Fellowship to a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate, preferring a student from Mexico or one experienced working with racial minorities. The School of Art and Art History will use the funding towards instructional costs in studio art. The university has also set up the Robert L. Clemens Endowed Creative Production Award which two faculty members per year will receive. Susan Schulten, chair of the history department, said their primary goal was to strengthen the internship program from History majors. “I’m currently working with several institutions—including the Denver Public Library, the Colorado Supreme Court Library, and local schools—to create meaningful work experiences for our best majors,” said Schulten. As for why Clemens selected the three departments History, English and Art, Altman said she isn’t exactly sure.
A Department of Campus Safety (DCS) officer confiscated multiple martial arts weapons at Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity while responding to a noise complaint related to a party involving underage drinking last Friday at 12:45 a.m. In total, four martial arts weapons were found including a katana, a kusarigama, a bokken and a set of nunchucks. The owner of the weapons, sophomore Sean Duncan, said that the weapons are required for his martial arts weapons training, which he has participated in since age 16. Duncan said that he started martial arts at age 12. “I’m hoping everything is going to be ok,” said Duncan. “As a martial artist, not having those weapons is like not having a hockey stick for a hockey player; [the weapons] are for practicing and training.” DCS Sergeant Steve Banet said that the officer responding to the call confiscated the weapons and placed them in evidence because they are allegedly not allowed on campus. “You can’t have these types of weapons on campus,” said Banet. According to the DCS report, the responding officer saw a pair of nunchucks when Duncan opened his room. The officer wrote in the report that based on his own training he knew that the weapon was illegal in the state of Colorado. Duncan, however, disagrees. “They are legal for practicing martial arts,” said Duncan. State statute 18-12-105.5 makes it illegal to carry or posses a deadly weapon on the grounds of a private university. However, the classification of nunchucks as a deadly weapon is not directly mentioned in the statute. Section 18-1-901(3) (e) mentions a firearm, a knife, a bludgeon or any other weapon, device, instrument, material or substance, whether animate or inanimate, as a deadly weapon. DCS officers responded to the noise complaint with a building check. On scene, DCS found two underage students drinking at 12:26 a.m. The underage students had their drinks poured out by the officer and were written up. A Greek Life counselor was called to the scene. “The students were allowed to leave and were cited by Campus Safety,” said Banet. “They will be charged by the university through the office of student conduct.”
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Junior Chris Udofia drives the ball past Utah State University defenseman to score a layup. Udofia currently leads men’s basketball with 12.3 points per game.
by dalton handy Senior Reporter
After a 73-37 thrashing of San Jose State Thursday night and a 68-57 Saturday night win over Utah State, the DU men’s basketball team has moved up into sole possession of second place in the Western Athletic Conference. The victories extended the Pioneers’ winning streak to seven wins, a season high, and advanced their record to 11-7 overall and 7-1 in the WAC. After the weekend, Denver trails only Louisiana Tech in the WAC. The Bulldogs, who are the only conference team to have topped DU so far this season with a 68-60 victory on Dec. 29, boast a 7-0 WAC record. Junior forward Chris Udofia paced DU on Thursday, dropping in 15 points, 11 of which came in the first half, before handing the game over to the bench.
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AHSS receives $1.3 M by gigi peccolo Assistant News Editor
DU’s Division of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences recently received a $1.3 million grant to be split evenly between three departments: history, English and the school of art and art history. The money came from the estate of Robert Clemens, a DU alumnus who graduated in 1981 with an economics degree. Before he passed away in June, Clemens earned an advanced certificate from the Kent School in English allowing him to teach ESL (English Second Language) to teachers. According to Kristin Altman, director of Community Relations and Communication, Clemens was dedicated to providing people with the means to get an education. “From what we know and from what we heard from his family, [Clemens] just seemed to be this really generous and interesting world traveler who cared a lot about access to education,” said Altman. “He founded an ESL school in Mexico; he just really seemed to care about people who normally wouldn’t have access to education.” The money will be used in different ways
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Jan. 22, 2013
$2.5M law school gift innovates, integrates by lanna giauque Contributing Writer
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The estate of the late Robert Clemens, an economics graduate from the class of ‘81, gave $1.3 million to three departments within the AHSS.
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“That’s how he left it,” said Altman. “According to his brother, those were areas that were he was interested in.” Altman believed it was partly because of Clemens’ relationship with the history department. “Robert Clemens had such a wonderful experience
in our courses,” said Schulten. “I never did meet him, but he was clearly affected in a positive way by the courses he took with [the late] Professor Allen Breck.” Clemens’ donation was a wonderful gift for the university and the arts, humanities and social sciences, according to Altman. “We were very grateful to receive it,” said Altman.
A recent gift of $2.5 million to the DU Sturm College of Law will be used toward the school’s experiential learning program. Four alumni of the law school contributed to the gift, which was donated in December. Roberto Corrada, Sturm College of Law professor and chair of modern learning, said that alumni were very excited about new attempts to make the law school more experiential, and attributes this excitement to the gift the school received. “These alumni clearly can see that law students would be helped from these kinds of classes,” Corrada said. The College of Law began creating its strategic plan to integrate experiential learning and further improve its curriculum in 2009 in response to a 2007 report by the Carnegie Foundation, an independent policy and research center, that said law schools were focusing too much on analytical skills and not enough on practical skills and applications. As a part of the process, a committee of faculty, community members and alumni was created to contribute ideas and input. A series of classes at the Sturm College of Law called the “Carnegie Integrated Course Series” resulted from these efforts. As experiential learning courses, they integrate classroom learning with “real-life” experiences, in which students might practice as lawyers in real cases with the help of a professor, argue a case in a courtroom simulation or shadow a practic-
ing attorney in an externship. An externship is “a monitored work experience where the student establishes intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what is learned throughout their experience,” according to Sturm College of Law’s website. Corrada had been integrating simulations into his classes for several years before the school decided to improve the curriculum to include experiential learning regularly, so he was selected for the position of “Chair of Modern Learning,” a new position created in response to the gift. Holding this position means that Corrada is in charge of using the money the college received, which he says will be applied to the innovative experiential programming the school has been working on. “Basically, it gives me a budget to work with,” said Corrada. “Before, I had to go and sort of scratch and plead and beg and get on my knees and say please, please, please find some money somewhere. But now the budget is there through this chair.” More specifically, he says the money will be used to help faculty expand and improve their courses, integrate the law school curriculum more fully with both theoretical and practical knowledge and bring in experts in the fields of experimental teaching to talk to faculty about how to best go about doing these things. Examples of speakers brought in as a part of these efforts include a co-author of the Carnegie Report, an expert on ethical formation of lawyers and a world leader in teaching classroom simulations. “The money is really for
programming, and to incentivize faculty to change their courses and add these elements,” Corrada said. “We’re doing some pretty innovative stuff here, and the gift allows us to continue that.” Corrada said the gift will be used as a long-term investment that will allow the law school to continue to innovate in the fields of teaching and learning far into the future. “You can’t just go out and spend two million dollars,” Corrada said. “The gift produces interest every year, and that interest creates a budget for me to work with.” In order to ensure that the law school’s innovations remain effective into the future, Corrada said the school will be developing methods of studying and evaluating the new courses being created. “We think these courses are going to provide better learning for students and make them more practice-ready and make them more prepared to practice as attorneys,” Corrada said, “but we’d like to make sure that is, in fact, the case.” The law school’s efforts at innovation were also recognized in the fall, when it was named one of the top 20 most innovative law schools in the U.S. by the National Jurist. Corrada gives credit for the innovative culture of the law school to its Dean, Martin Katz. “Marty Katz is a real innovator himself and I think he’s tried to incentivize and create a culture of innovation here in the law school, beyond just these courses,” said Corrada. “None of this would’ve happened without him.”
Winter Carnival admissions reach peak by gigi peccolo Assistant News Editor
Over 1,200 students registered for DU’s Winter Carnival, surpassing DUPB’s goal of 1,000 students and more than doubling the number of last year’s applicants, according to DUPB Co-Chair Ryan Schultz. “I was quite literally jumping for joy when I got the call with the final registration numbers,” said Schultz. “As someone who understands all of the time and hard work members of DUPB put into any event, let alone one as large and involved and Winter Carnival, it is amazingly gratifying to know so many students want to participate.” DUPB decided to move Winter Carnival to Keystone from Winter Park after considering various locations last summer. “We gathered some feedback last spring, and a significant number of students expressed that Winter Carnival would be more successful if students could use the the Epic Pass,” said Schultz. “So far, students have shared our excitement about the move to Keystone.” DUPB also gave out nearly $9,000 of scholarship fund-
ing. This was funded with the support of the USG Diversity Committee, the Student Life Division and Beau Jo’s Pizza, according to Schultz. All undergraduate students we able to apply for the scholarship. “We understand that mountain activities can be expensive and unfamiliar to some students, so our goal for the Winter Carnival Scholarship is to help as many Pioneers experience this DU tradition,” said Schultz. “I would like to think that part of our phenomenal response this year is due to the success of the Winter Carnival Scholarship.” DUPB is currently in contract discussions with a band for Winter Carnival but as of press time could not release the name for privacy reasons. Over 600 students are going to the concert, according to Schultz. Winter Carnival scholarship applications were reviewed by several DUPB members, as well as Student Life staff members. “Although there have been more students at Winter Carnival on-mountain in the tradition’s 53-year history, this is by far the greatest turnout in recent history,” said Schultz.
WINTER CARNIVAL On-Campus Schedule
Today - Saturday, Jan. 26 Participate in the Medallion Hunt to win a prize (Clues will be posted on the DUPB Facebook - facebook.com/dupb1). Today: Intramural Sports Open Broomball in Magness Arena Play DU’s signature sport. Jan. 28-31: Packet Pick-up in the Driscoll Underground Pick up all pertinent information here. January 29: Winter Wonderland Craft Festival Be sure to come for snow globe making, fondue and more. January 31: Chili Cook-Off, Sing-Off, and Pitch Perfect in Davis Auditorium Get ready to sample and sing your heart out.
Jan. 22, 2013
Poetry, outreach mark heritage month for BSA by sarah ford News Editor
The Black Student Alliance (BSA) will be hosting a series of events throughout the month of February to celebrate Black History Month, including traditional group activities as well as new events initiated this year. Events will include a slam poetry night, tribute to hip hop, musical performance nights and an event bringing high school students to campus to experience college life. “The goal in the events is to pay tribute to some aspect of black culture,” said Jonathan Seals, the president of BSA. “Some of the events are tradition, and some are brand new.” The events will run throughout the month, starting Feb. 7 and ending on Feb. 28 with a musical showcase by the Denver groups Talent Among Us and Colorado Operations in Sidelines pub. “A lot of people wanted to bring really big names,” said Seals of the showcase, which last year featured Khleo Thomas. “but we have enough talent here in Denver to put on a good show.” Seals said this and other events that will take place this month are meant to reach out to and incorporate the larger Denver community, something he wanted BSA to do more of when he took over as president this year. “I wanted us to be out there helping the community,” said Seals. Part of that community outreach and involvement will include an event just begun this year called “A Day at DU,” which brings students from local high schools to campus to shadow a member of BSA and learn about the college experience. The event will be on Feb. 22 and will bring in up to 30 students from
u p c o m i n g today Bruce Brubaker, piano - Guest Artist Recital 7:30-9 p.m. Hamilton Recital Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts Bruce Brubaker serves on the New England Conservatory faculty as piano chair. In live performances from the Hollywood Bowl to New York’s Avery Fisher Hall, from Paris to Hong Kong, and in his continuing series of recordings for Arabesque. thursday Gun Control - Balancing Responsible Policy and the Right to Bear Arms 4 p.m. Hamilton Recital Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts The Institute of Public Policy Studies’ Counterpoints series presents this talk on gun control. Guest panelists include: Dudley Brown, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners; John Head, lawyer; Arnie Grossman, SAFE Colorado; and
local high schools George Washington High School, East High School and South High School. “I really wanted BSA to do more mentoring and speaking this year,” said Seals of the effort. Students will be given the opportunity to attend classes with a member of BSA, discuss the admissions process and financial aid and attend a questions panel of professors. The month’s events also include a slam poetry night on Feb. 7, a tribute to hip hop on Feb. 15 and a Feb. 20 showing of the film Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin. Seals said he has enjoyed support from other members of the community, including student alliances. He said DUPB has offered to help with much of the programming, and the slam poetry night will be co-sponsored by the Latino Student Alliance. Seals said he wants the events to show different elements of black culture, and give students the opportunity to interact with and celebrate its different aspects. “I want the events to show the many complexities of black culture,” said Seals. “I am very excited for all of them.” This year has been effective in membership building and outreach, said Seals, who hopes that the February activities will draw even more students to join. This year, membership has already risen from ten students last year to about 30 this year according to Seals. Seals does not know how many students to expect for the events, but said that no matter how many come, he hopes they enjoy the experience. “I want 200 people to come but even if only five come I want them to go away saying ‘wow, I really got a lot out of that,” said Seals.
e v e n t s State Senator Randy Baumgardner. The debate will be moderated by Gov. Richard Lamm . “Objects and Lives” Opening Reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Museum of Anthropology, Sturm Hall 102 The exhibit in the Museum of Anthropology will showcase new donations to the museum’s permanent collections, including Oceanic masks, Navajo rugs and African objects. 2nd Annual Carver Colloquium: Local Regulation of Oil & Gas Production 6:30-8 p.m. Sturm College of Law The 2013 Carver Colloquium features a debate between Robert Freilich, Principal of Freilich & Popowitz, and Dan Domenico, the Colorado Solicitor General, on the challenges facing local governments regarding oil and gas production, and the tension between state and local regulations.
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The officers proceeded to break up the party with the help of a police officer from the Denver Police Department (DPD). After finding the weapons in the Lambda house, the officers were confronted by a former DU student, who also claimed to be a former Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity member. The DCS officers asked the former student to leave the area; he refused. The DPD officer then proceeded to ask him to leave. The former student again refused to leave. DPD then proceeded to handcuff the former student. The officers did not arrest the student but cited him with trespassing on DU campus.
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“If a person is interfering with an investigation we are well within our right to ask them to leave,” said Banet. Banet said that Duncan could be charged for his possession of weapons through the university, in a similar manner to the underage students that were caught drinking at the party. “I imagine the student in position will have to go through the office of student conduct,” said Banet. Duncan said that he finds the situation bizarre. “Everyone was aware that I was a martial artist, it’s not like I had a gun in my room,” said Duncan. “I think it’s pretty absurd to look at this situation in a negative light.”
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MEDICAL On Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 12:43 p.m., Campus Safety responded to a call regarding a staff member in need of medical assistance in University Hall. Officers responded to the scene and called for paramedics who transported the staff member to Porter Hospital. On Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 10:24 p.m., Campus Safety responded to a call regarding a student in need of medical assistance in the Ritchie Center. Officers responded to the scene and provided assistance until paramedics arrived and transported the student to Porter Hospital. On Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 12:51 p.m., Campus Safety responded to a call regarding a student in need of medical assistance. Officers responded to the scene and spoke to the student in question who declined paramedic assistance and state that their parent would transport them for further medical attention.
stolen property On Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 5:12 p.m., Campus Safety responded to a call regarding seven unaffiliated individuals who stated their personal belongings had been stolen from a locker room in the Ritchie Center. Officers arrived on the scene and spoke with the victims who all reported they had left their personal belongings in the locker room without properly securing them while they were attending training facility. When they returned from their training, their belongings were gone. The total value of items stolen is approximately $1,200. All victims were advised to file an additional report with the Denver Police Department (DPD). On Thursday, Jan. 17, at 10:56 a.m., Campus Safety took a report from a student who stated they had lost their cellular phone. The student was advised that they could file an additional report with Denver Police Department On Thursday, Jan. 17, at 1:39 p.m., Campus Safety spoke with a staff member regarding the theft of clothing
from their office in the Ritchie Center. The staff member stated their clothing was taken sometime between 7 p.m. on 1/10 and 11 a.m. on 1/11 from their locked office.
DRUGS On Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 12:28 a.m., Campus Safety responded to a call regarding three suspicious parties in parking lot 401 who were attempting to open the doors of parked vehicles. Officers contacted the parties, two of whom fled the scene, and then the officers called for DPD assistance. One of the males who fled the scene was eventually apprehended by private security at a building nearby to campus and brought back to the scene. DPD cited both parties and formally trespassed them from campus. One party, a minor, was transported to their home by DPD. The second party was transported to Denver County Jail. On Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 8:05 p.m., Campus Safety responded to a call regarding the discovery of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and alcohol in a residential room in Centernnial Towers. Officers responded to the scene, disposed of the alcohol and confiscated the marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
ASSAULT Campus Safety took a report from a DU student regarding an aggravated assault in Nagel Hall. The student stated they were assaulted by a second student on 1/11 in their residential room. The student further stated they had filed a report with the Denver Police Department regarding the incident.
ALCOHOL On Friday, Jan. 18, at 4:51 a.m., Campus Safety responded to a call regarding an intoxicated student in the lobby of Nelson Hall. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the student in question and contacted DPD for assistance. The student was transported to Denver Cares.
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Jan. 22, 2013
Mayor Hancock to present US-China event to draw guests from all over country, world Lamont tribute to MLK by carolyn neff
learn about international affairs, including China.” According to Zhao, the On Feb. 1, the Josef Korbel School of International Studies’ event is open to everyone at the Center for China-U.S. Coop- university as well as the public. “In the past we have had eration will be hosting its 11th annual International Sympo- people coming to our events from all over the Denver area sium, “China in Africa.” This year, the conference and as far away as from China will be held at Korbel, and will and other states; Minnesota, discuss “China in Africa” fol- Iowa, Texas,” Zhao said. However, anyone planning lowing last year’s topic “Reconciliation and Sources of Conflict to attend must pre-register. According to Zhao, the between China and its Asian Center for China-U.S. CoopNeighbors.” According to Suisheng eration was established in Zhao, professor and executive order for American scholars to director of the Center for China- learn more about China, and U.S. Cooperation at Korbel, vice-versa. “It is an important countwo keynote speakers will be presenting at the Symposium. try for U.S. to work together and build a A mb a s s a d or bridge,” he said. David Shinn, In addition a former U.S. “The topic of to annual Interforeign service officer, ‘China in Africa’ national SympoThe Center will discuss raises some big siums, for China-U.S. “China and Cooperation highAfrica: The concerns.” lights monthly Next Decade,” speakers and cowhile Major sponsors legal, General Zhu Suisheng Zhao political, artistic Chenghu , Executive directordean of the Center for China-U.S. and other events to further the U.S.D e f e n s e China partnership. A f f a i r s Cooperation For example, Institute for China’s National Defense Uni- on Oct. 29 of last year, The versity of the People’s Libera- Center for China-U.S. Cooption Army, will speak on “The eration served as a local host for African Challenge and China’s the live broadcasting of the 2012 U.S.-China Town Hall Meeting. Response.” The Center also publishes The presentations will be co-sponsored by the Center for the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch China, which Zhao started 21 University in South Africa, years ago. Since then, the interThe Carter Center at Emory est in publishing academic work University in Atlanta and The in the journal has skyrocketed. “We attract very top scholMinerva Imitative at the U.S. ars and receive so many submisAir Force Academy. “The topic of ‘China in sions from all over the world Africa’ raises some big concerns on a daily basis, in all different and is a very interesting issue,” languages,” said Zhao. “We now said Zhao. “The subject caught publish issues six times a year the attention of many people, [the journal was previously pubbecause there is lots of engage- lished three times annually].” According to Professor ment going on in Africa; it is very important at the moment.” Zhao, submissions are reviewed Furthermore, Zhao said through a “double-blind” proDenver is a “great” location for cess, in which the reader does not know the author. international affairs. For complete list of and “Denver, what we call the Rocky Mountain West, is a great biographies on the Sympoarea, heartland of America,” he sium speakers, registration said. “Many Chinese want to forms, as well as a tentative come here and learn more about schedule for the event, visit America, and many members the Korbel website at www. of our local community want to du.edu/korbel/ Staff Writer
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Mayor Michael Hancock (left) will perform with the Lamont Wind Ensemble (right) in a performance honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrating the beginning of Black History Month in February.
by sarah ford News Editor
Mayor Michael Hancock will act as the guest narrator for a performance by the Lamont Wind Ensemble of a piece honoring Martin Luther King’s life and legacy on Jan. 30. Hancock will narrate the piece “New Morning for the World: Daybreak of Freedom,” a compilation of speeches by King accompanied by music. “We wanted an African American to narrate the speech because it is the actual spoken word of Martin Luther King speeches,” said Chris Wiger, director of public relations for the Lamont School of Music, who reached out to Hancock to invite him to perform. Though it took almost
a month to coordinate the details, Wiger said Hancock immediately said he would be honored to participate. This will be the second time this year Hancock has visited the campus, the first during the presidential debate in October. The piece the mayor will perform assembles various famous speeches by King, and composes music to match the mood and tone of each speech as it is performed. “The piece is kind of contemporary and very emotional,” said Wiger. Wiger said the Lamont School of Music is honored to have Hancock take part in the performance. Conductor Joe Martin arranged for the performance in honor of Black History Month in February.
“This is part of the university being involved in the community and reaching out to the African American community,” said Wiger. The piece has been performed in many venues since it was written in 1982, and has been performed by famous political figures, writer and celebrities including Yolanda King, James Earl Jones, Maya Angelou, Danny Glover and Vernon Jordan. The performance will take place in the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall, which seats about 900. There are no tickets for seating, and admission will be free to all viewers of the performance. Those interested can visit Lamont’s website at www.du.edu/ lamont or call the admissions office at 303-871-6412.
Essay contest offers tuition, travel to DU law students Contest allows students to study in the Netherlands over the summer with $4K scholarship by makayla cisneros Staff Writer
The Sturm College of Law opened an essay contest this month that will give students the chance to attend the Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands over the summer. The Sutton Award Contest is open to any law student currently enrolled in the Sturm College of Law. The contest is an essay-based entry process that requires law students to write an essay that can consist of any area of international law.
The prize is $4,000 of tuition. The essays will be reviewed and judged based on several factors. “Originality, quality of research and clarity of style,” are all factors that go into determining the winner of the contest, according to the College of Law website. Going to the Hague Academy is a great opportunity according to Annecoos Wiersema, an associate professor of International Law “The Hague Academy of International Law brings together students and practitioners from around the world to study international law subjects with the most prominent International Law scholars in the world,” said Wiersema. The Hague Academy will also give law students the chance to study new areas and subjects.
“They will be exposed to new ideas, different perspectives on international law, and a community of students very different from any they have experienced before,” said Wiersema. ”Not to mention that the Academy is in The Hague, home to the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.” There are also other advantages to winning the contest: the winning essay will be submitted to The Denver Journal of International Law and Policy for a chance of getting published. Submissions for the contest are due Feb. 1 and must be typed and printed on 8.5” by 11” paper. The paper must also be double spaced and can be no more than 40 pages.
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Jan. 22, 2013
Documentary filmmaker offers advice
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Academy Award filmmaker Daniel Junge kicked off his three-part series on documentary filmmaking last Wednesday with his 2002 film “Chiefs.”
by maura shea Staff Writer
Documentary filmmakers must learn to tread softly when exploring and capturing different aspects of humanity and culture, while remaining respectful and natural in different situations. AcademyAward-Winning filmmaker Daniel Junge offers his expertise and experience to the DU and Denver community through a three-part event series on creating, directing and distributing documentary films that began last Wednesday. Open to the public and free of charge, these events are part of the Documentary Film and Video Production introductory
class taught by professors Diane Waldman and Sheila Schroeder. Junge and Schroeder, who are old acquaintances, met over the summer to discuss the event in hopes that it would intrigue the Denver community. Waldman and Schroeder’s students are required to attend the events, as they are in the process of making a short documentary film as a requirement for this class. “This was a chance to bring our class into the public sphere here on campus,” said Schroeder, who is currently working on a documentary film entitled “Woodstock West: Build Not Burn” about a protest that took place on the DU campus in 1970 against the Vietnam War. The first event and screening was held last Wednesday at The Women’s College where Junge showed his film, “Chiefs,” which won the Grand Jury Award at the 2002 Tribeca Film Festival and was shown on PBS’s documentary film series “Independent Lens.” This documentary follows players of the 2000 and 2001 Wyoming Indian High School Basketball team on and off the court. There was a good turnout at the screen of “Chiefs,” which included a mix of both DU students and the Denver community. “We were thrilled with the turnout and look forward to even more people coming to our next two screenings. A little less than half the turnout was our class, the rest were people interested in the film who might have seen our flyer or Facebook posting,” said Schroeder. This event was sponsored by a grant from the Marsico Visiting Scholars Program, a committee that funds visiting scholars that will contribute to the intellectual life of DU students and faculty. These events were also supported by DocuWest International Film Festival.
Junge’s film follows the Chiefs basketball team as they travel up to 2000 miles to attend games and uphold a basketball legacy that involves 20 past trips to the state championship tournament and seven championship titles. Living on the Wind River Indian Reservation, the players are met with adversity and racial comments on the road and in competition. While their talent speaks for itself, many of these players never make it to the college level and if they do, most return home just weeks after leaving. After the film, he discussed finding stories and subjects and gaining access as they pertained to “Chiefs.” When it comes to finding stories, especially for one’s first film, Junge believes in the age-old saying, “Do what you know.” While not a Native American himself, Junge grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming and was familiar with the Chiefs due to his high school involvement with basketball. “I always thought I would play professional basketball growing up,” said Junge. “Until I realized I couldn’t shoot.” After graduation, Junge attended Colorado College where he discovered his love and talent for film. In order to pursue this passion, he transferred to New York University his junior year. It was there that he met George Stoney, a legendary documentary filmmaker and professor at NYU. Junge studied under Stoney for years while learning that documentary films are not that different from “popcorn films,” referring to blockbusters, as they share many of the same elements. “Documentaries are casted,” said Junge. “You need to choose who will be in your movie.” He explains that when casting, finding people with charisma is very important. For Chiefs, Beaver C’Bearing was that
person. He was chosen as one of the main subjects for Junge’s project because he was a leader and very talented on the court. However, throughout the film, the audience can see him struggle to keep his act together off the court, which made him an unreliable teammate in the eyes of his peers. When it came to getting access to his subjects and the reservation, Junge reached out to the Tribal Council and explained the concept of his documentary. When they approved him, he approached head coach for the Chiefs, Al Redman. Once he got the okay from Redman, Junge was ready to film. During the filming process it was very important to Junge to give an honest and true portrayal of what it was like to live on an Indian Reservation and be a part of their culture at the turn of the century. “I was tired of derogatory and overhonorific films towards Indians,” said Junge. Out of respect for their culture and to make sure the film did not reveal any sacred Indian traditions, Junge broke his own rule to never give editorial control to his subjects. He let Redman view the documentary before its release. The film series event will continue on Wednesday Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. at The Women’s College, Garden Room. Junge will show his film “They Killed Sister Dorothy,” his 2008 documentary about the killing of activist Sister Dorothy Stang, and will discuss editing stories and “true lies,” which refers to documentary ethics. The series will finish on Jan. 30 with a screening of Junge’s 2012 “Saving Face,” which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short in 2012 and explores the world of acid attacks on women in Pakistan. This will also take place in The Women’s College, Garden Room at 6 p.m., where drinks and refreshments will be provided.
DUSC promotes MLK service, volunteers time by carolyn neff Senior Reporter
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” This was the idea behind DU Service and Change’s (DUSC) MLK Day of Service yesterday. “Nationally, on the third Monday of January, people remember the selflessness of Martin Luther King Jr., and Americans of all races, all ages, everyone comes together to honor MLK and seek solutions to some of our most pressing national problems,” said junior International Studies major Alicia Carter, co-president of DUSC. The day’s events included participation in the annual Denver Marade in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Colfax Ave. during the morning, and in honor of service, DUSC took 15 students to the Grant Avenue Street Reach Soup Kitchen, located downtown, where they volunteered their time from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The day finished off with time for reflection around MLK day and what it means to students and the community at 7 p.m. in Nelson and Nagel Hall. Students and DUSC members could attend any or all events during the day. According to Carter, DUSC wanted to promote community awareness and create a desire to help others, as well as an appreciation for what they have.
“Starting off winter quarter and the year with MLK Day of Service is a great way to make an impact in the community and create that awareness,” said Carter. According to junior Psychology and Spanish major Dahisy Cano co-chair of Project Volunteer–the DUSC sub-committee responsible for organizing the day’s events–DUSC’s aim was to reach every student. DUSC achieved this by organizing several volunteer activities for students to participate in on MLK day, which Carter said was about giving, selflessness and awareness. According to Carter, every Monday the Grant Avenue Street Reach Soup Kitchen serves hot meals to over 800 people. “Volunteers drop in, so if you cannot come with us [DUSC], feel free to go on your own any Monday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.,” said Carter. In addition, according to Cano, approximately 10 students attended the 28th consecutive Martin Luther King Jr. Marade in Denver. “Thousands of participants journey three miles down East Colfax Ave. to Civic Center Park in honor of the King,” said Carter. According to Carter, the first rally dates back to 1985 when then Governor and current co-director of the Institute for Public Policy Studies at DU, Richard Lamm, signed a bill enacting King’s birthday as a state holiday. The bill was passed more than a decade after it
was first introduced in the legislature by Wellington Webb. “You can thank these men for a day [off of] school,” said Carter. “I think it was a truly amazing, heartwarming event to be a part of,” said Cano in reference to the MLK Day of Service. At the end of the day, a reflection dialogue by the Iliff School of Theology was held at 7 p.m. in Centennial Halls, accompanied by dinner and refreshments. “We wanted to involve every student, so we placed reflection tables in Nelson Hall and Centennial Residence Halls,” said Carter. Each table consisted of hundreds of handmade cupcakes by DUSC members and the DU Cooking Club, each with a Martin Luther King Jr. quote, as well as “I have a dream for …” reflection boards. “We encouraged students to sign the boards, and asked them to tell us ‘What they are doing for others,’” said Cano. “We also had boards focused on the ideal dream of peace and what service means to DU students,” said Carter According to Carter, the day was successful, with nearly 30 students directly involved in volunteer activities and all of the 250 cupcakes baked were eaten. “No matter what, we hoped that by having a dedicated MLK Day of Service it made people stop and remember why they had the day of school [off],” said Cano. If students were not able to participate in Monday’s activities,
DUSC made 250 cupcakes on MLK Service Day for students in Nelson and Nagel Hall.
DUSC has many more upcoming events this quarter. “DUSC will hopefully be holding a fundraiser for Denver’s Road Home, an organization that supports the Denver homeless community, with DUPB around the first week of March,” said
Carter. “We are also [thinking] of organizing a fundraiser with Illegal Pete’s and Nova Frozen Yogurt. Look out for these events and attend. “You can do something to help others any day of the year,” said Carter.
Jan. 22, 2013
The Grind: Adrift The Clarion editors review bars, restaurants and coﬀee houses; attempting cultural mutiny on all things hipster
TFA on campus, aims to recruit graduates by maura shea
home and they bring it with them to school,” said Madelen. Craig Hirokawa, a senior at DU Teach For America (TFA) was majoring in International Studies, on campus last week educating DU applied to the program last year and students about their college graduate just recently was accepted into the proprogram and on education inequality gram for next year. across the United States. “When I found out that I got Last Wednesday, the organiza- accepted, I was mostly relieved that I tion held an information reception for officially had an option for next year,” students with interest in the program. said Hirokawa. Both TFA staff and alumni spoke of He chose to apply to the program their experiences at the event. This was because he was troubled by the educameant to give students a general idea of tion gap in the U.S. and wanted to play what it would be like to be a part of this his part in the solution. organization and what the application Hirokawa has been assigned to process was like. teach social sciences in San Jose, Calif., TFA is not for everyone, so this which was his second location choice event was meant to highlight the type after Colorado. of person that the program seeks in “My Asian American identity is hopes of sparking an interest with very strong for me and I am tired of graduating seniors. pervasive assumptions that all Asians The following night Kristy Martin, are educationally successful,” said recruitment manager for TFA, spoke at Hirokawa. “So while I was applying, I the DUPB Thursday film, where they wanted to make it clear that I wanted to screened the film “Freedom Writers.” work in an area where there was a large Starring Hillary Swank, this film is number of Asian American students so about a teacher who challenges her stu- that I can not only make a difference in dents to apply themselves academically the community that I work in, but also and pursue a college degree. make a difference in my Asian AmeriMartin’s main focus with this can community.” event was that education inequality He acknowledges the drawbacks happens all over the country and in of joining TFA right out of college, countless schools. as participants have to be ready for “‘Freedom Writers’ is just one story. a demanding job and to be relocated Not everyone has the same experience. soon after graduation. They can be very different,” said Martin, The application process for TFA referring to the 46 urban and rural includes four stages. The first is to submit regions TFA reaches across the country. an online application, which includes “The problem is not located in just one personal information, academic history area. It is national.” and leadership experience. Teach for America is a non-profit The second round is a two-part organization that enlists a group of online activity that asks general and college graduates, graduate students specific questions on a short provided and professionals each year who are film. The third step is a 30-45 minute recruited to teach in lowtelephone interincome communities throughview followed by “In DPS [Denver the last round out the U.S. Wendy Kopp created the Public Schools] which is a fullorganization as part of her day interview. undergraduate thesis at Princ- roughly 50 perWhile this eton University in 1989. may sound like Donations and public cent of students an overwhelming funding keep TFA running, make it from eleapplication prodespite its recent criticisms cess, many DU from alumni and teachers mentary school to students have across the U.S. who argue that graduating high stepped up to the brand new students are replacchallenge. ing more seasoned teachers in school.” “The applineedy schools, as well as TFA’s cation process tendency to focus on recruiting was definitely Zak Madelen graduates from elite colleges. manageable and 2012 DU International DU Alum, TFA Corps was not as overbusiness alum Zak Madelen Member whelming as I is currently teaching algebra thought it would and geometry in Kansas City, have been,” said Mo. to students ranging from seventh Hirokawa. to 10th grade. Madelen’s first choice of Four of the five deadlines have location was Colorado while his second passed for this year’s TFA program. chioce was his hometown of Kansas So far, nine DU students have been City, Mo. accepted into the program and two DU Madelen first became interested in students that deferred from last year teaching during his sophomore year at will join this year’s corps. DU when his fraternity Sigma Chi went The final deadline for the online to South High School to work with application is Feb. 15. If invited back, juniors and seniors during the college applicants must complete the online application process. activity between Feb. 26 and Mar. 5. If “The statistic that stuck out to me candidates make it to the third round, most was that in DPS[Denver Public telephone interviews are held between Schools] roughly 50 percent of the Mar. 8 and 13. students make it from elementary Lastly, the final interview can be school to graduating high school,” scheduled during the week of Apr. said Madelen. “That is equivalent of 1. Applicants find out if they were the flip of a coin. To me, that is one accepted and learn where they will of the most poignant representations be located between Apr. 18 and May of the state of public education in the 1. This is also a deadline to accept or United States.” decline the TFA offer. Throughout his time with TFA, To learn more about the applicaMadelen has encountered some dif- tion process or the organization in ficult times. general please contact Kristy Martin at “There have been tough days where email@example.com or my kids and I don’t see eye to eye, or visit their website http://www.teachfothey have been dealing with issues at ramerica.org. Staff Writer
Adrift Restaurant and Bar opened last spring and oﬀers Denver’s best Mai Tai and a happy haven for hipsters.
Float away with Adrift; just be sure to bring your wallet. Adrift: 4.75 beans
by hannah gilham Lifestyles Editor
From the outside, Adrift Tiki Bar and Grill looks like some elaborate Disneyland ride for adults, complete with tiki totem statues. The small wood and bamboopaned door leading into Adrift gives hipsters and bar-goers alike a childlike thrill for all things beach-imitation. Upon walking in, customers are graciously greeted by a host who asks just one question: “Would you like to sit near the bar or in the Brando Room?” As in Marlon Brando? Umm yes, I definitely want to do that. To which you politely hold back your excitement, because it’s just, like cool, or whatever, at seeing the fully stocked bar and vintage hula girl menus, all surrounded by an overwhelming display of bamboo. “Yes, yes the Brando room will do just fine.” Located on Broadway and Cedar, Adrift is in the heart of the Broadway scene, attracting hipsters, businessmen, college grads and anyone with a soft spot for the best Mai Tai in Denver. Opening last spring with front and back patios perfect for hot summer nights, Adrift has proved its staying power with its ability to stave off the mountain chill of winter with an idyllic Hawaiian dream. Passing multiple secluded booths, you are led into the Brando Room where a larger-than-life movie poster from the 1962 film “Mutiny on the Bounty” oversees your drinking. A young and devastatingly handsome Marlon Brando embraces a Hawaiian beauty while pirate ships and technicolor beach waves decorate the background. All politically incorrect facets aside, it’s as kitschy and wonderful as someone who wishes they were born in 1960’s Hawaii could ask for. The large vintage red booths in the Brando room provide plenty of space for getting close to your sweetheart or talking with friends over fruity and incredibly strong drinks. Priced between $7 and $14, the drinks are magnificent, beautifully presented and use only the finest alcohol therefore, prepare for your wallet to ache. Even so, it’s worth every penny. Adrift is all about the atmosphere and the experience. Large windows with huge woodpaned shutters gaze onto busy Broadway where countless beautiful hipsters pass
by like clockwork. Paintings of hula girls embellish the walls and the Hawaiian decor encompasses blowfish lamps and bamboo everything. With Otis Redding serenading your ears and a blended “Macadamia Nut Chi Chi” with a complementary (and real!) flower hanging over the edge of your delicate, yet deceptively large glass, prepare to familiarize yourself with bliss. Close your eyes, listen to the scratch of Adrift’s record player and let the beach wave flavors of sweet Trader Vic’s Macadamia Nut liqueur, Viking Fjord Vodka, pineapple and coconut transport you to the seaside. And please don’t forget the tattooed, weekender Hawaiian shirts and vintage haircuts that adorn the wait staff. Informative and attentive, they leave you to drift but an eerie sixth sense causes them to reappear just as you’re convincing yourself that another “Paradise Cooler” might be in order. The crowd at Adrift is rather varied; with an array of couples, colleagues, old friends and the like, underagers should have no fear. While the bar itself lists no closing time, the kitchen is open from 4 p.m.–9 p.m. on weekdays and until 11 p.m. on the weekends and serves up the best of beachy 1960s grub. The fun and playful decor makes Adrift worth the stab of jealousy when you see just how delectable the “Zombie” drink looks. With drink titles that include the “Blue Hawaii,” the “Pain Killer” and the “Missionary’s Downfall,” it’s obvious that Adrift is the perfect combination of kitsch, tropical love and alcohol. Menu items include appetizers as well as entrees. Notables include chips and guacamole, fried calamari, lemon-grass roasted chicken thigh and a chocolate and coconut milk bread pudding, which you might want to sample after realizing just how strong those drinks are. There may be drawbacks to Adrift, such as difficult parking and the fact that it’s not light rail accessible, not to mention the bar tab made my eyes water, but it’s fairly difficult to find major fault with this place; its main purpose is to transport you to a beach and a time far far away. And honestly, even this hipster couldn’t fight back a smile of contentment while drinking a glass of blended, 1960’s beachy goodness with a purple umbrella in it. Here’s to drifting.
Jan. 22, 2013
DU artist creates emotional Holocaust exhibit
Deborah Howard’s art exhibit portraying the Holocaust,“Beyond the Shore,” will be open until Feb. 3.
by kersten jaeger Contributing Writer
Deborah Howard portrays the ineffable through shoes at the Myhren Gallery on campus. “Beyond the Shore” is the current exhibit at the Victoria H. Myhren gallery at the Schwayder art building on campus. Having opened on Thursday, Jan. 10, this exhibit includes art formed through various materials, including cast iron, encaustic, cast glass and shoes. Shoes play a prominent role in this exhibit, featured in nearly every art piece. The artist behind the exhibit is the head of DU’s painting program Deborah Howard. Thepieces she includes deal with the representation of the ineffable, mostly revolving around the Holocaust. The exhibit’s namesake is an excerpt from the book “Man is Not Alone: A Philosophy of Religion” by Abraham Heschel, a Polish rabbi and philosopher who managed to escape to London just before the Holocaust began. The excerpt explains that “reason cannot go beyond the shore” into the realm of the unexplainable. Howard strives to capture this concept, while maintaining, as she explains, that “the human presence is always there, whether it is represented by an image of a person, a vessel, or a found object.” The human presence is very strongly evident in her work, as each piece conveys powerful emotion behind its physical appearance.
The names of her pieces are more than titles; they’re a piece of the art itself. By giving her pieces names such as “Non Sequitur,” “Empty Nest”, “Psychic Intruder” and “Wasmes et Cuesmet” (the last being names of Belgium cities connecting to her uncle who lived as a hidden child in Beligum during the Holocaust), Howard adds to the viewer’s experience and understanding of the art. Upon first entering the exhibit, there is a drawing of a man to the right labeled “Jakov Neyman, survivor”; this man appears familiar. After researching his name, the entire presence of the portrait has changed. He is not only a Holocaust survivor; he is the friendly man who sells hot dogs next to the crosswalk on Asbury on campus. Howard has portrayed twenty-five Holocaust survivors in her series Portraits of Child Holocaust Survivors and they are all underneath this portrait in a booklet. His portrait is the one she chose to display in this gallery, for DU students to recognize. All of her Holocaust portraits are incredibly emotive. The pictures are not only realistic and precise, but they have captured the spirit of the subject. The personality shines through, and in flipping through each picture different characteristics radiate: weariness, compassion, experience, knowledge and strength. “My goal in this project is to create portraits of people
at this moment in time. I am not interested in making them look like victims or heroes. I am interested in capturing their humanity and in depicting very real people who have lived extraordinary lives and also very ordinary lives,” said Howard. The main feature of the exhibit, the shoes, are so significant because, as Howard explains, “a shoe is the only garment of clothing that can stand independently, like the living being that stands inside the shoe. A worn shoe has the presence of the person who
Bridge and have passing students stop to create their own social justice-related button based on their beliefs. There were markers and blank buttons that students could decorate and pin to their backpacks or clothes, according to University Chaplain, Gary Brower, who came up with the idea. Brower and two other religious life staff manned the table all last week. According to Brower, students made buttons representing a variety of different issues. “I’ve seen buttons made that have an environmental focus, a gender equity focus, a
religious focus and an education focus,” said Brower. According to Brower, the reaction to the event was about what the office anticipated given the time of year and people’s busy schedules. “There’s the standard amount of curiosity, a standard amount of busy people declining the offer to make a button and perhaps a couple of dozen folks actually stopping and making buttons,” said Brower. “Those who stop like the idea, like the ‘crafts’ aspect and are happy to wear their button.” While the office of religious life works to maintain
wore it and the changing styles of shoes are markers of time and history, and symbols of age, gender and culture.” The shoes were artfully arranged in and around the paintings and drawings to add a very human aspect. It was haunting to see all of these empty shoes connected to powerful artistic images. Some shoes were resting next to or below the art pieces, adding to their meaning. Others were not actual shoes, but rather were created with various materials including cast glass, hydrocal plaster, encaustic and cast iron. The shoes varied from heeled slippers to wooden clogs to boots to children’s slippers. The exhibit is mostly in one room as you walk in, but there is a small hallway to the right that leads to the last piece. After viewing the other pieces and possibly building an emotional attachment to shoes and what they represent, Howard leads you down a hall of empty cast molds of shoes, appropriately titled “The Void.” These molds lack a strong identity and seem devoid of life, and then around a corner to the left is a large pile of shoes, with the caption “Life Goes On.” This piece features various different kinds of shoes—shoes from the entire last century —that weigh down upon each other and at the same time hold each other up. It is a captivating piece that was masterfully placed
Howard’s exhibit features shoes as a way to humanize the horrors of the Holocaust.
and paired with driving electronic music to strongly affect the spectator. While the majority of the pieces revolve around the Holocaust, the gallery touches upon other struggles as well. One such struggle is that of the American suffragettes represented by three long racks of 1920s-style boots made from various materials including clay, bronze and steel. Also represented are the protests at Tienanmen Square by a pair of plastic red shoes next to mangled bicycle wheel frames on a square yellow piece of fabric. Howard also pays homage to the ancient struggles of the Jews, with a painting based on writings of a woman named Babata found with the Dead Sea scrolls, the oldest copies of the Torah. Deborah Howard’s work has been featured in many exhibitions including the Aspen Art Museum, the Mizel Cultural Arts Center in Denver, the Peace Museum in Chicago and the Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy. Her drawings from Portraits of Child Holocaust Survivors has been added to the permanent collection of the Holocaust Art Museum at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Israel. The exhibition runs through Feb. 3 and is open Monday thru Sunday 12:00–4:00pm at the Victoria H. Myhren Gallery.
Religious Life promotes buttons for justice by emma mckay
Assistant Lifestyles Editor
For the office of religious and spiritual life January is a time to think about a key aspect of many religious traditions: social justice. In light of Martin Luther King’s birthday, the office tries to think of a simple way for students to voice their beliefs about social justice issues that are important to them. That’s why this year the office came up with “Buttons for Justice,” a project that lasted all last week. The office decided to set up a booth on the Driscoll
and oversee religious traditions such as on campus religious groups at DU, this event was not meant to promote any certain religion. “There has been no intention of ‘censoring,’ or guiding, folks’ causes,” said Brower. “Most major religious traditions have a notion of social justice [such as] restoring the world, distributing resources, caring for the marginalized and voiceless. From my vantage point as University Chaplain, I do not champion one tradition over another, but want to allow any individual to express his/ her convictions.”
In past years, the office has done similar projects, such as having students write to public officials about social justice issues that they care about, and having them complete the phrase “I have a dream…” on a paper “dream bubble” that would decorate Driscoll Bridge. The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life also held a day of service at a soup kitchen in honor of Martin Luther King Day yesterday. Its next big event will be held in early February when they will ask students to make “Valentines for Veterans” that will be delivered to the VA Hospital in Denver.
Jan. 22, 2013
Carnival tickets too expensive Sliding scale needed for work-study students by danny zimny-schmitt Contributing Writer
Winter Carnival has been a favorite DU event for the past 52 years. A weekend off campus in the mountains is a great way to bring DU students together and build school spirit. But with high, albeit subsidized, costs for lift tickets, food and events, many students find the DU tradition out of their price range. DUPB should revamp the pricing schedule to make Winter Carnival more affordable to those who qualify for work study. The DUPB’s mission statement is “to provide affordable, inclusive and entertaining programs for all DU students.” By organizing Homecoming
during the fall quarter, Winter towns leaves many students Carnival during winter quar- priced out of this historic DU ter, and May Days during tradition. spring quarter, it does just And this price scheme this. But unlike the other two assumes a spartan living events, Winter Carnival is situation once one gets to the off campus, mountain resorts. meaning it In the name n a t u r a l l y “Students who of building carries a school spirit and higher price. qualify for work bringing students Luckily, study should have of all background it is heavily and income levels s u b s i d i z e d their tickets subsitogether for t h r o u g h dized to a greater Winter Carnival, funds from students who the student degree than those qualify for work a c t i v i t i e s who do not.” study should fee. have their tickets B u t subsidized to a $45 for a greater degree lift ticket, $20 for roundtrip than those who do not. transportation, additional Students who qualify charges for the concert, for work study put in hours tubing, ice skating, food and of their time working across lodging that can itself run into campus all while balancing the hundreds of dollars per their work with their class room per night in ski resort schedule and studying.
These hardworking students should only be charged half of the price for lift tickets and events, even if it means other students have to pay a few dollars more. Last year was the first time that scholarships were made available to students to help offset the costs of participation in this event. While this is an important step in the right direction, there are a limited number of scholarships available and thus the event may still exclude students who cannot attend for financial reasons. Using the funds currently available in these scholarships in combination with slightly higher prices for students who can afford to pay a few more dollars, offering work study students activities for half price would truly be a step toward inclusiveness, something this campus and its administration
has been criticized for promoting but not practicing. This difference, hypothetically knocking the cost of Winter Carnival from $100 to $50, could be the deciding factor for many students sitting on the border of whether or not to join their friends on the mountain, or take off work to do so. If DUPB really wants to walk the walk and not simply talk the talk in providing affordable and inclusive programs for all DU students, it needs to ensure that students who come from all income levels and walks of life can attend Winter Carnival. Offering activities for half price to those who already work on campus jobs while balancing their study schedule would be the best way to open up this tradition to more students and bring everyone in the DU community together.
Fitness center should be more exclusive by alex johnson Opinions Editor
We’ve all been witnesses to it: a mob of people swarming all over the Coors Fitness Center at the Ritchie Center. Whether it’s the dedicated New Year’s crowd fulfilling their very deep, non-superficial commitment to fitness, or the frat bros preening in front of the mirrors or those vapid throngs pursuing vanity for beach season, the gym is often packed. This is why DU needs to transform it into a more exclusive venue and only allow students, staff and possibly
immediate family members of staff access. As it currently stands, any person can join the fitness center, regardless of affiliation with DU. Non-students, nonstaff, non-faculty and random folks around the metro area can invade our space on campus. Although we are an open and welcoming campus, it is crucial to recognize that some elements of our school should be used by the DU community alone. Imagine if we let nonstudents or non-staff into our clubs, our student government or allowed them to use services like our laundry?
Parts of our campus are rank or negative distinction open for any person to use – our between the DU community and bookstore, our event centers, etc. those who are outside of it. We But others are special services are an inclusive university, or at that ought to be least we try to be. student-centered. Howe ve r, Don’t we pay “Some elements certain services enough to deserve of our school and resources of that? the school are It is an issue should be used meant for student of fairness, when, use, not the use of for example, a by the DU comothers. student has to wait munity alone.” If money to use one of the is the issue, and pieces of workthe fitness center out equipment, or has to leave cannot financially support itself because his or her fitness class is without the memberships of full of non-DU people. non-DU folks, then I propose I do not mean to draw a the following: establish a tiered
roman valencia Senior Colorado
miki lendenmann 1st-year Graduate Student Virginia
“I haven’t put too much thought into it.”
“It’s a big investment, but if I researched it further, I would definitely consider it. It sounds fun.”
system of membership wherein those who are not affiliated with DU can join for an increased rate and can access the gym during limited hours. This could maintain current revenue and free up exercise machines for students who want to use them. during peak hours. The issue of fitness center overcrowding can be addressed by simple changes by those in charge of the gym and the Ritchie Center. This asset to DU, used by many on a daily or weekly basis, must be placed back in the hands of those who it is meant to serve: students.
What do you think about the cost of Winter Carnival?
willy douglas Senior Colorado
“The ticket prices seemed reasonable.
piper frode 1st-year Graduate Student Oregon
“I think the cost seems reasonable.”
Jan. 22, 2013
‘Penrose at Driscoll’ remains inadequate Library-less years have caused student suﬀering by chris bach Contributing Writer
Having a library is essential to a college student’s life. There is the obvious reason of studying, but having a library serves numerous purposes. DU has been robbed by not having a library since July 2011, students have been robbed of these advantages. The freshman and sophomore classes suffer doubly. Beginning with the obvious, finding a quiet place to study has become an arduous task, especially for those freshmen living in Centennial Halls or J-Mac. While some students look to the lounges or common areas
in these buildings as places for studying, they may find it already occupied or even disturbed by noise emanating from other residents. We all understand how wild the dorms can get when the sun goes down. I personally know that there are times when I’m trying to study in the lounge and people will bring their laptops out and start watching a movie without headphones. There are numerous other examples of students playing games or chatting loudly in these places while others are trying to study. Trying to study in the dorm room itself proves useless, as the temptation to become distracted is too high. For me, there have been many times where I’ve been reading a textbook or writing a paper and told myself that I could take a five minute
break and lay down on my bed. That five minute break usually turns into a couple hours of sleeping, if not more. The same is true with things such as the Internet, books and television when there is work that needs to be done. Having exhausted these options, freshmen are forced to look elsewhere like Penrose at Driscoll. This space may be a viable option for some, but it becomes incredibly distracting when there are people constantly passing by and talking. In addition, it does not have that same feeling as an actual library. There is limited space, and additionally, Penrose at Driscoll is essentially a gymnasium-style room without windows. It is an echo chamber and thus susceptible to noise from Driscoll should one sit close enough to the door.
Upperclassmen have more choices when it comes to studying, such as their own apartment or suite area in which to study, but they also suffer from not having a proper library. Group projects come together better when there is a central library with study rooms. In this regard, group members can get together at one spot, not have to worry about the noise of, say, a coffee shop, and work productively sans distractions. There is also the experience, although an unfortunate one, of doing a dreaded, red-eyed all-nighter. With a library, though, there is shared experience with all those in the facility, so there is a feeling of a common struggle. This feeling can invigorate procrastinators and make students actually work. In my experience, pull-
ing an all-nighter alone was difficult because I kept feeling my head start to droop and eyes close which I think would have been eliminated if I were to be around at least a couple other people. Having that single, central location for a library is essential to the identity of the student body. The common goal of being productive is seen throughout the library at any one time and can possibly be a greater motivator to get work done. Fortunately, students will only have to wait a little while longer until they finally get that library back. The Academic Commons at Penrose Library is set to open on Mar. 25, in time for the spring quarter. Until that day, we’ll have to scavenge for a calm, quiet place to study.
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Jan. 22, 2013
Murder a tell-tale art in ‘Following’
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Former FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon, middle-right) is briefed on the situation regarding escaped serial killer Joseph Carroll (James Purefoy, not pictured). Bacon plays a convincing role in this bone-chilling drama.
by dylan proietti Entertainment Editor
Fox’s newest crime drama, a harrowing show titled “The Following,” had it’s midseason premie last night in a gruesome fashion. The show combines a compelling, fast-paced plot, fantastic on-screen chemistry and macabre imagery to create a thrilling and frightening crime drama. Horror fans have found their niche, but those squeamish about blood or disturbed by any of the above should avoid the show altogether. Producer Kevin Williamson (“Scream”) has created a grotesque, sinister story surrounding FBI Special Agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon, “Footloose”) and Romanticism-enthusiast serial killer Dr. Joseph Carroll (James Purefoy, “Rome”). After Carroll escapes from prison, Hardy is called back into the field after eight years off the force to consult the case. Hardy more than gets his hands dirty as Carroll begins to put the second act of his
theatrical murder spree into action. As an Edgar Allen Poe enthusiast, the serial killer uses many of the concepts, acts and ideologies from the dark works of the author to fuel his killings. In this way, Carroll murdered young women, primarily using knives and always removing their eyes - a nod to his Romantic idol. Now nearly a decade after his initial capture, Carroll has fostered a group of unflinching devotees, the titular “Following,” who are willing to not only engage in copycat murders, but also carry out the leader’s every order. It was as if an occult hand had guided these willing servants to their homicidal patriarch, uniting a group of unstable misfits under the dark banner of Poe and Carroll. The premise is quite engaging and is neatly tied together using a theoretical novelization—written in Carroll’s mind— of these murderous exploits as a vehicle by which numerous gothic references can be used, as well as foster the plot as Carroll unveils his master plan for himself, his following and Hardy.
The lead actors, Bacon and Purefoy, have a gripping dynamic and instantly give the impression of “an unstoppable force coming into contact with an immovable object,” to steal the notion from Christopher Nolan. Their on-screen chemistry adds a heightened sense of urgency and dread to the grisly plot. Bacon especially, receiving the most screen time, shines in his role as a disgruntled and disgraced former FBI agent. Supporting cast in the form of the following as well as up-and-coming FBI agent Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore, “X-Men”) also show promise, sure to develop into a full-bodied and wellrounded cast. Despite the good “The Following” has to offer, there could be significant drawbacks for some viewers. The show is not for the faint of heart, especially those without the tolerance for fairly horrific gore and violence. Any show where a visual staple is women with their eyes gouged out has a baseline of brutality that the show will not drop below.
Additionally, there stands a highly psychological aspect to the show, delving into the depravity and deep psychosis of the serial killers. The program’s gory, visceral approach to the plot further allows for more of these killers’ brutality to be displayed. The show achieves the feelings of terror it hopes to inspire in its audience. The music used throughout consists mainly of heavy metal and haunting orchestral tones, a contrast that generates both suspense and anticipation in viewers. The orchestral accompaniment augments the dark, Romantic tones of the show, where the metal gives a heightened sense of cruelty to the Following. In the coming episodes, Williamson appears to have created an involved and intricate plot arc, merely a drop in the pool that could eventually become “The Following.” Whether or not the show can appeal to a wide enough audience to gain popularity remains to be seen - however, one thing is certain—“The Following” is a mind-bending horror juggernaut with a powerhouse cast to back it up.
Toro Y Moi constructs sonic architecture by christian allen Web Editor
In the lead-up to Toro Y Moi’s third album, Anything in Return, Chazwick Bundick (the mastermind behind Toro) frequently stated his new effort would be a “pop” record. If that was his intention, then as a mainstream breakthrough, Return is a failure, lacking the catchy hooks and immediacy to bring Toro Y Moi’s music to the forefront. That being said, Anything in Return is an accomplished bit of craftsmanship, and while a bit overlong, it’s well worth a spin on any fan’s turntable. Bundick spent nearly twice the amount of time on Anything in Return as he did for his sophomore record, 2011’s Underneath the Pine, and the immediate result of the extra time spent appears to be Bundick honing his skills as a producer. There is a remarkably diverse array of synths, effects and instrumental flourishes that appear throughout
this record, and Bundick generally keeps it under control in an eloquent, organized manner. A true sonic architect, Bundick is highly skilled at putting together a myriad of sounds and tracks without making the mix seem too busy. Consider his approach on fourth track “Rose Quartz.” Beginning with a lone synth line, Bundick displays immense control and dynamic restraint, taking a full two minutes to construct a layer of swirling synths, soft keyboards and steady percussion before beginning the first verse. The effect is utterly marvelous. Anything in Return is full of well thought-out moments like this, and as lead single “So Many Details” may suggest, much of the delight of this record truly lies in the details. When Bundick’s sonic architecture lines up with talented songwriting, the results are tremendous. The cosmopolitan piano and subtly bouncy percussion of the opener, “Harm in Change,” combines with
a truly captivating build and a catchy vocal line to make one of the most enjoyable openers in recent memory. Track two, “Say That,” juxtaposes a sultry, driving synth bass line with some soulful vocal samples to create an almost Cut Copy-esque dance track, and a prime contender for a second single. In fact, much of the record’s first end is fantastic. It’s as the record moves into its middle section that it starts to drag a bit. The threetrack tedium of “Touch,” “Cola” and “Studies” is universally underwhelming, and although Anything in Return’s later section is redeeming, the drag of the middle makes the record feel a bit overlong. At 52 minutes, Return is nearly 20 minutes longer than Bundick’s prior two records, and one gets the sense that he could have cut a bit of the fat around the midsection to create a more concise effort. This doesn’t diminish the songwriting of the record’s back end—it just means you have to wait a bit longer to get there. “High Living,” a drug-infused slow-burner fea-
tures the album’s best chorus, and an utterly groovy sonic background to boot. “Never Matter” is one of Return’s most fast-paced tracks, and has a beat that’ll get your head nodding. And with “Cake” and “How’s it Wrong,” Bundick strays nearly into boy-band territory, and surprisingly sounds remarkably well-equipped for the job. They’re the poppiest moments on a record that, for all of Bundick’s pre-album P.R., doesn’t really work as “pop.” The choruses are subtle, and if anything, Bundick seems to have focused more on constructing a defined and detailed sonic atmosphere than some kind of mainstream breakthrough. In some respects, this failure of Anything in Return as a “pop” record may reveal an even more admirable quality of Bundick than we’d ever seen before—even when trying to appeal to the masses, his focus remains first and foremost on his craft. Staying true to his principles, Bundick has given us another fine piece of work.
Jan. 22, 2013
Riot serves up swirling synth songs by christian allen Web Editor
The temperatures now may be freezing, but you wouldn’t know it listening to Ra Ra Riot, a group that has delivered a third album full of tightly wound synthpop songs that feel as bright and warm as anything out there. It’s not the most brilliant or ambitious effort, but for the most part, Ra Ra Riot accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do, which is to get your foot tapping, your heart rate up and to put a smile on your face. Beta Love marks the first Ra Ra Riot record since the departure of cellist Alexandra Lawn, and the stylistic shift will be immediately apparent to long-time followers of the group. Gone, for the most part, are the strings of singles such as “Boy” and “Dying is Fine”; in their place are synthesizers and electronic drum chirps. Where sophomore effort The Orchard began with a swirl of cello and violin, Beta Love begins with an almost Wanted-esque vocal and synth intro. The sheer energy Riot puts into its songs, however, remains the same, and if nothing else, Beta Love is the group’s most spastic, fast-paced record yet. The group’s stylistic changes are apparent in more than just its simple instrument swaps, though the production on this record is metallic and sharp to the extreme. Background parts are sanded down to a mirror sheen, and cut through the mix like a knife. One gets the sense on certain songs that Wes Miles’ vocal parts are the only non-digital element on here, and even these sound slightly affected as they’re pushed to the front of the mix. This taut production befits the songwriting, which is similarly tightly wound – the majority of songs on Beta Love clock in at less than three minutes, and there isn’t a single four-minute track on here. Hooks come flying at you like bullets, and disappear just as quickly. This can be both a blessing and a curse. On the plus side, garish misfires such as opener “Dance
Bassist Mathieu Santos (left) and vocalist Wes Miles (right) perform live. Together, they help make up the five-piece band Ra Ra Riot.
With Me” are over quickly enough to not stain the listening experience too much. On the other hand, the fantastic Minus the Bear-esque jam-out of “That Much,” one of the only times in which the instrumentalists really get to flex their muscle, is over far too soon. Again, the focus here is on Wes Miles’ vocals and tight hooks, and little else. What this means, then, is that when the hooks work, the songs work. “Binary Mind” is a frenetic burst of energy early on that’s sure to find its place on more than a few fans’ workout mixes. The romantic lounge stylings of “Is It Too
Much” are similarly charming. On the other hand, the falsetto clashing of “Beta Love,” the inane lyrics of “Dance With Me” or the silly slow burn of “Wilderness” are truly grating. In spite of its modern production, some of the best moments on Beta Love are when Riot takes a page out of the past and shows listeners some of its more classic influences. The enjoyable onetwo punch of “For Once” and “Angel, Please” recall the brightness of ‘60s poprock, to which Miles’ bright tenor voice is fantastically suited. Similarly, closer “I Shut Off,” with its driving bass line, has a
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delightful ‘80s feel and a driving synthbass line that sounds taken out of a John Hughes soundtrack. Beta Love is by no means a great album, or even a truly ambitious one. What it is, however, is a generally solid collection of songs that are exceedingly easy to like, created by a band that doesn’t sound unsure of itself in the least. While the departure of its cellist may have forced Ra Ra Riot to explore a new direction, on Beta Love, the group sounds genuinely excited to do so. And that may be this record’s most admirable quality of all.
‘Mama’ babies audience, lacks true terror by meg mcintyre Staff Writer
Guillermo Del Toro’s new thriller “Mama” combines the old and the new in a story about two young girls—abandoned by their father in the mountains— who are protected by the ghost of a mental patient that killed herself and her child in 1882. When the girls, Victoria and Lily, are found by searchers, they are sent to live with their biological uncle Lucas and his girlfriend Annabel. Yet adjustments prove to be difficult, as the girls have lived in the wild for five years in a feral state. The girls are closely monitored by psychiatrists who soon find that Victoria and Lily invented an imaginary character to take care of them while in the mountains—Mama. But when the girls move in with their uncle, unexplainable things begin to occur, and Annabel comes to believe that Mama isn’t actually made up at all. The film should receive praise for its originality. Though the idea of the scorned mother has been used frequently in horror films of the past, the idea of a ghost caring for children is a new and intriguing one. Additionally, the fact that the children have grown up in the wild adds an eerie aspect to the
film, especially as they are seen covered in dirt and crawling around like canines. In essence, the film’s basic concept is a fresh take on the “mama-drama” of the horror genre. Some of the characters, additionally, are also quite endearing. Though Annabel (Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”) is somewhat irritating at the beginning of the movie, she will grow on the viewer as she learns to love the girls and slowly accepts her role as their new caretaker. The character of Victoria is also likeable, as she is torn between loving Annabel and attempting not to anger the ghost of the woman who loved her first – Mama. Yet, as appealing as these characters seem to be, they are also somewhat flat throughout the film and there appears to be little character progression. Unfortunately, “Mama” also disappoints in terms of suspense. While the atmosphere is creepy enough, and there are plenty of “makes-you-jump” moments to go around, the viewer may find that he or she is never genuinely frightened. This may be because there is a great deal of back story about Mama, which leads the viewer to empathize with her to some degree. Also, though her physical appearance is extremely dis-
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The cast of “Mama,” Guillermo Del Toro’s latest film, cower from Mama, a 150-year-old ghost that raised the children.
turbing, she is seen all too often throughout the film, which detracts from the suspense and mystery that should usually surround the monster of this type of movie. The film also features several chilling scenes with the children, who are seen singing with Mama, drawing unsettling pictures on the walls, or simply standing still for a great deal of
time. However, as the film progresses, these scenes lose their impact simply due to overuse, and what was once eerie quickly becomes a bit mundane. Overall, “Mama” lacks that certain enigmatic quality that would make viewers leave the theatre scared out of their wits. Thus, though the film should be recognized for its original storyline, there are too
many factors missing to create a truly terrifying horror story. With characters that are likable but vague, a lack of true suspense and a general feeling of repetition, “Mama” fails to thrill as much as a thriller should. Unfortunately, the intrigue of the plot is not enough to save the film, and viewers will most likely leave the theater dissatisfied and disappointed.
Jan. 22, 2013
‘Diaries’ written for younger eyes only by meg mcintyre Staff Writer
In the CW’s newest series “The Carrie Diaries,” “Sex and the City” goes to high school as a young Carrie Bradshaw navigates the murky waters of adolescence and growing up. This prequel spinoff to the wildly popular HBO series follows Bradshaw as she copes with the premature death of her mother, attempts to understand the hijinks of teenage boys and embarks on the greatest adventure of her life so far: an internship in New York City, the city of her dreams. Set in the ‘80s, “The Carrie Diaries” has an enjoyable charm that pulls in the viewer from the very beginning. The eyes are assaulted by frizzy hair-dos, bright busy patterns and awful color combinations—a quality which gives the pilot episode a fun and spunky vibe, without being too over the top. Additionally, “Sex and the City” lovers will be pleased to find that the character of Carrie Bradshaw is essentially the same. She’s independent, feisty, fashion forward and all-around lovable – just younger than Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie. In lieu of best friends Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda, Carrie now has a fresh new high school posse: Maggie, who is sexy but insecure; Walt, Maggie’s almosttoo-fashionable boyfriend of two years; and Roberta, a.k.a. “The Mouse,” an intelligent and loyal friend to Carrie. These characters work in the show’s favor, giving Carrie a support system similar to “Sex and the City,” but just different enough to give the spinoff its own separate identity. The trio also adds some comedic relief to the pilot episode, with classic high school dialogue that is sometimes both crude and hilarious. “The Carrie Diaries” also gets a positive mark for acting,
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AnnaSophia Robb (middle-left) plays the notorious Carrie Bradshaw in the CW’s new show “The Carrie Diaries,” the official prequel to HBO’s hit comedy “Sex and the City.”
most notably in the performance by AnnaSophia Robb (“Because of Winn-Dixie”) as young Carrie. Robb brings the essence of Carrie to the screen, but also adds her own flavor to the character in an innocent, impressionable manner. On screen, Robb is always interesting, and acts with the original character in mind. She also shows humor and spunk, maintaining an endearing disposition. By innovating rather than imitating, Robb allows the new spinoff series to branch off from its counterpart.
In the pilot episode of the new series, Carrie discovers that she is the only one of her friends that is still a virgin. Having only received her first kiss the summer before from rich, new boy Sebastian, she worries that she’s too inexperienced to reel him in. But then, upon starting her new internship in New York City, she meets Larissa, a style editor for Interview magazine, who shows her a whole new more “adult” side of life. This kind of plot may have “Sex and the City” fans finding
“The Carrie Diaries” a bit juvenile compared to the acclaimed HBO series. It lacks the innuendo, scandal and sex appeal that “Sex and the City” was loved for, but then again, the new spinoff is aimed at a much younger audience. Less seasoned viewers will most likely find the new series fun and enjoyable, but for more mature fans, “The Carrie Diaries” may be a bit too adolescent or childish for their tastes. Though there are elements of “Sex and the City” within the pilot episode, this is
certainly not the same show, and doesn’t intend to be. Overall, for younger viewers “The Carrie Diaries” is perfect. The fun setting, humorous characters and quality acting create a fresh, entertaining new spin on “Sex and the City.” The only drawback is that for more adult patrons, the content of the new series may seem trivial and juvenile. Hopefully, the new series “The Carrie Diaries” will attract a younger age group to rebuild the Carrie Bradshaw fan base anew.
Schwarzenegger shines in spirited ‘Stand’ by ali baokbah Contributing Writer
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back, shotgun in hand, as he shines in his latest action-packed movie “The Last Stand.” The movie was directed by Kim Ji-woon, making it his first American production and an explosive one at that. The movie stars a main cast of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker (“The Last King of Scotland”) and Johnny Knoxville. The movie also features an excellent supporting cast in the form of Eduardo Noriega (“Vantage Point”) and Jaimie Alexander (“Thor”) who make it hard for the audience not to sit on the edge of their seats asking for more. “The Last Stand” exists as an action-crime movie dedicated to giving the viewer a rushing sense of tension with mass shootings, fist fights, hot pursuits and much more throughout the movie. Luxury car fans will also love “The Last Stand,” as it gives you the sense of speed you’re looking for and features some of the fastest, most breathtaking vehicles in the industry being put into action. The movie starts with Schwarzenegger playing the role of Ray Owens, a former LAPD officer who chooses another path for his life after his partner is crippled in
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Arnold Schwarzenegger (left) stars alongside Jamie Alexander (middle) and Eduardo Noriega (right) in the new movie “The Last Stand.”
a failed operation. Owens now acts as the sheriff of small town called Sommerton Junction, resigning himself to a slow, steady life dealing with menial crime in the town. In the meantime, dangerous drug lord Gabriel Cortez (Noriega) slips between the FBI’s fingers in a perfectly planned operation, using some help from inside the
FBI. Cortez then begins burning rubber on the highways, riding a modified Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and surrounded by his army of gang members, and has to cross the little town of Sommerton Junction to escape to Mexico, making it the last chance for the FBI to stop him. Asking for help, the FBI asks Sheriff Owens to step aside and not to
interfere, but with his obligations to his town and people, the sheriff and his crew step up for their town and try to stop Cortez once and for all. The plot was easily understandable and engaging, and also made a clever move by using three timelines in the form of “Sommerton Junction Town,” “The FBI Offices” and “Cortez’s Escape.” By
doing this, the movie keeps viewers well engaged and interested, giving audiences a sense of urgency. The movie also introduced an almost 700 horsepower car (Corvette ZR1) to be part of the pursuits during the movie. By doing this, the action and tension seen in a regular car chase was taken to a whole new level. Combine this with Cortez’s psychotic way of driving, and fans of driving movies will be satisfied by what this movie has to offer. Humorous flavor was also added to some of the plot to serve as comedic relief. Though sometimes apt, there were times where tension and action were unceremoniously interrupted by forced humor, lessening the effect of both approaches. The movie received moderate acclaim from critics. It currently has a 56 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 55 out of 100 on Metacritic. Despite the not-so-positive reviews, and the fact that the film didn’t come up with something new, “The Last Stand” delivered some solid action, numerous adrenaline rushes and had a good story to tell, making it a movie worth watching. Arnold Schwarzenegger fans, in particular, will find this movie an excellent opportunity to watch the Governator in action once again.
Jan. 22, 2013
Hockey drops 2 on the road
Sophomore defenseman Joey LaLeggia, sophomore forward Zac Larraza and junior forward Nick Shore each scored a goal for the Pioneers in the weekend’s 5-2 and 5-1 losses to St. Cloud State, improving each of their goals on the season totals to eight, six and 10, respectively.
Pioneers fall 3 positions in national rankings by alex proietti Assistant Sports Editor
The then-No. 7 Pioneers dropped both games in their weekend series at St. Cloud State. The then-No. 19/NR Huskies upended Denver 5-2 Friday and 5-1 Saturday, sending Denver to No. 10/11 in the national rankings and jumping St. Cloud State up to No. 16/15. Both games were played on Olympic-size ice, marking only the second and third times that the team has played on an ice that size this season, the first being at Colorado College in December. According to Gwozdecky, this ice size presents a different and unfamiliar challenge for the team. The weekend losses drop Denver to 13-8-4 overall and 8-6-4 in the WCHA, marking the first time the team has lost both games in a weekend WCHA series since doing so against St. Cloud State in the 2008-2009 season, snapping a 60-game streak of two-game series without being swept. “We really were not very good,” said head coach George Gwozdecky. “I give full credit to St. Cloud; they played very well
and really put a lot of pressure on us. In our zone, we were poor defensively, we were poor when we got possession of the puck and we turned it over a number of times.” Puck control, which has plagued the team throughout the season, was a deciding factor against the fast-paced St. Cloud State team. After suffering from too many turnovers and too much puck mishandling, the Pioneers were dominated by the Huskies. “In this league, no matter who you’re playing, especially a talented offensive team like St. Cloud, they’re going to make you pay, and they did. We weren’t very good, and it’s disappointing. Too many of our go-to guys had off nights, and I don’t know why that is.” Three different Pioneers found the net throughout the weekend, marking the three goals put up in the losses. Sophomore forward Zac Larraza scored his sixth of the season and fourth in the past three games on Friday. Junior forward Nick Shore scored his 10th goal of the season on Friday, and sophomore defenseman Joey LaLeggia netted Denver’s lone goal Saturday for his eighth of the season. Two of Denver’s goaltenders also saw action this
weekend, with sophomore Juho in two in a row before sophomore Olkinuora playing Friday and forward Nick Oliver added an junior Sam Brittain defending empty-net goal for St. Cloud. On Saturday, the Pioneers on Saturday. Olkinuora made 33 saves, but was tagged with his looked to avenge Friday’s loss, first loss since falling to Yale on but were kept at bay by the HusNov. 23, while Brittain stopped kies, who scored four straight 31 shots in his first action since before being answered by the Pioneers. Dec. 8. The Pioneers were met, In Friday’s game, Larraza put the first point up on the once again, by the Huskies’ board in the second period strong offense, who outshot Denver 10-2 after a deadlocked in the first six first period when “In this league, minutes of the junior defenseman game, forcing David Makowski no matter who Brittain to make ripped a slapshot you’re playing, 19 saves in the for Larraza to redirect into the goal. they’re going to first stanza. St. Cloud St. Cloud make you pay, continued their State followed momentum from with two goals of and [St. Cloud Friday night and their own from State] did. We got on the board junior forwards first, beating Cory Thorson and weren’t very Brittain with Nic Dowd to take just 42.2 sectheir first lead of good, and it’s the game. disappointing.” onds remaining Shore leveled before the first the score to 2-2 intermission. just 2:47 into the George Gwozdecky, Redshirt freshfinal stanza as he Head coach man forward rebounded a shot David Morley by sophomore forcapitalized on a ward Ty Loney on a breakaway. Denver penalty to net a powerThe Huskies then scored play goal for the Huskies, giving three unanswered goals in the St. Cloud State a 1-0 advantage final nine minutes of regulation to heading into the locker room. make the score its final 5-2. Junior Morley took advantage of defenseman Nick Jensen chipped another power-play opportunity
five minutes into the second period to extend St. Cloud’s lead to 2-0. The Huskies refused to let up, adding a pair of goals within 1:09 of each other. Dowd picked up his second of the weekend and 11th of the season before senior forward Drew LeBlanc chipped in one of his own, pushing the score to 4-0. LaLeggia saved Denver from the shutout with a powerplay goal with 10 minutes remaining in the game, burying a one-timer in the back of the net off a pass from Makowski. Less than two minutes later, Hanowski regained St. Cloud State’s four-goal lead with his ninth goal of the season, making the score its final 5-1 and completing the sweep of the Pioneers. Denver will have a bye this weekend before returning to the road to face-off with Minnesota Duluth for a conference series Feb. 1-2. Minnesota Duluth is currently ranked No. 6 in the WCHA, compared to Denver who sits in a fifth-place tie. The Bulldogs (10-11-3, 8-7-3 WCHA) and the Pioneers went 1-1-1 in their three meetings last season, with Denver prevailing over Minnesota Duluth in the second game of the Final Five conference tournament.
Jan. 22, May 22,2013 2012
Gymnastics finishes 2nd to No. 3 Oklahoma on the road
14 Week in review: Scandals abound www.duclarion.com The Clarion sports staff dives deep into the world of athletics. by dalton handy Senior Reporter
With the close of Sunday night, perhaps the strangest and saddest sports week in recent memory came to a dramatic end. This week saw one of the most decorated and dominant athletes of all time finally plummet back down to Earth and admit to cheating. A superstar college football player who inspired fans across the nation with his story of determination was found out to be in the middle of suspicious scheming, and Ray Lewis will now take his farewell tour to the Super Bowl in New Orleans. While many probably saw Lance Armstrong’s admission to Oprah that he used performance enhancing drugs in all of his Tour de France wins as no surprise, it did bring a level of sad closure not only to the world of sports, but to those that have been helped by the Livestrong Foundation, a foundation that likely would not exist if not for those performance enhancers. By far the strangest story of the week, however, was the news that Manti Te’o, Notre Dame linebacker and Heisman Trophy finalist, was involved in a hoax regarding his deceased girlfriend, who he claimed had passed away within 24 hours of his grandmother and had given him motivation for a huge game against Michigan State. The thing is, his girlfriend never existed. Whether Te’o was the victim in the situation or whether he perpetuated the hoax the entire time is still up for debate, despite his claim that he was not aware his girlfriend of three years did not actually exist. The story was odd enough for Bill Simmons, the Sports Guy, to confirm it had entered the “Tyson Zone”, marking it as a story so bizarre any new revelations are immediately believed, if for no reason other than the rest of the story being so ridiculous the new wrinkle seems par for the course.
Simmons (and others, including the Huﬃngton Post) introduced a theory with perhaps the most possibility for redemption, wondering if T’eo was in fact duping the nation by creating a girlfriend that never existed not because he wanted to give his team extra motivation, but because he is gay and felt having a girlfriend would help him navigate the uber-masculine society of a football locker room. This could explain why his father had said he had met his girlfriend, why the hoax came about in the first place and why the situation still seems so murky. To be clear, I don’t want to speculate about the man’s sexuality, that’s his own business, but this theory does not seem as farfetched as others. Also, it has the possibility of redemption, with Te’o possibly having the opportunity to become the first openly gay, active superstar in football. To me, however, the most disturbing part of this last week in sports was not Te’o’s fake girlfriend or Armstrong’s PED use, but the attention Ray Lewis received as he danced his way through the NFL playoffs on a team that limped into the playoffs worse than Kirk Gibson did for the Dodgers. While Lewis has been a great linebacker for the entirety of his career and deserves recognition for that, to honor him without taking into account his personal transgressions is a sham. In early 2000, Lewis was involved in a brawl outside of a nightclub that left two men dead. Lewis was charged but faced reduced counts for his testimony against two of his friends that were with him that night. Lewis also reached a settlement in a civil suit with one of the victim’s daughters, a desperate attempt to achieve justice years after the fact. It is at this point, when grieving families are involved, that the aura of sport must be cast aside. While I do support forgiveness, some things are simply unforgivable, and to celebrate a man like Ray Lewis is to admit that our culture values his contributions to football more than the lives of the two men he may well have taken. So, as much of the media continues its infatuation with Lewis, count me out.
in the news Former DU hockey players selected for AHL All-Star Classic
Four former Denver hockey stars have been chosen to participate in the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., Jan. 27-28. Included in the selections are Beau Bennett with the Scranton Penguins, Matt Donovan with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Drew Shore with the San Antonio Rampage and Jason Zucker with the Houston Aeros. Bennett, Shore and Zucker all left the Pioneer ranks after the close of last season, while Donovan signed his own professional contract after the 2010-2011 Pioneer season. All four athletes will compete in both the 2013 Pepsi AHL AllStar Skills Competition at 7 p.m. on Jan. 27 and the 2013 AHL AllStar Game at 7 p.m. on Jan. 28.
Three Pioneers picked in MLL draft
The Denver men’s lacrosse team had three members selected in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft on Jan. 11, including midfielders Cameron Flint and Chase Carraro, as well as attackman Eric Law. “It’s always a thrill to see your guys have the ability to bring their skills to the next level,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “More importantly, these are three great young men, who will bring spirit, energy, leadership and class to their respective teams. Their selections make them even more determined to finish their DU Pioneers career off with our best year ever.” Flint was selected sixth overall by Boston and tallied 23 points on 16 goals and seven assists in the 2012 season. Additionally, Flint is a two-time
Jan. 22, 2013
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Freshman gymnast Maggie Laughlin competes at the Lloyd Noble Center in Oklahoma over the weekend. Laughlin finished with a 9.8 on both bars and floor for the Pioneers.
Pioneers post solid score in first road meet of 2013 by michael gooch Staff Writer
In its first road competition of the 2013 season, the No. 11 Pioneer gymnastics team scored a combined 195.85 overall, coming in second to No. 3 University of Oklahoma, who posted a 197.325. Despite placing second, the squad managed to improve in score over their season opener of 194.7. “I thought the team did a tremendous job,” said head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart. “They showed a lot of character. We had one fall on three of the four events, but we did a great job overcoming them as a team in the rest of the rotation. This was a complete team effort.” Leading the competition in vault was junior Moriah Martin with a score of 9.9. The squad’s combined total of 49.225 was their highest combined score on vault since the start of the season. “I thought the team’s performance was excellent,” said sophomore Nina McGee. “We kept our composure, which was great for keeping our energy up for floor and bars, which require more energy.” USILA All-American Honorable Mention selection. Carraro was picked 13th overall by Ohio after an impressive 2012 season, where he was named a USILA Second Team All-American and the ECAC Specialist of the Year. The Kentucky native started every game for Denver in 2012, tallying 44 points on 33 goals and 11 assists, while winning 553 of 973 face-offs and picking up 253 groundballs. Law was selected last of the Pioneers, when he was picked by the Denver Outlaws 29th overall. The Denver native finished 2012 with 42 points on 26 goals and 16 assists, as well as four hat tricks.
“I’m really proud of Nina Martin also came second to Oklahoma in uneven parallel bars McGee,” said Kutcher-Rinehart. with a 9.875. Also placing was “She went last on floor and last junior Melodie Pulgarin Linero on beam with falls in front of (9.85), while freshman Maggie her, but she didn’t just go out Laughlin and sophomore Nina and try to get through it. She really went out with a calm conMcGee both added a 9.8. Laughlin and McGee are fidence and aggressiveness and both in their first season with nailed her routines.” Looking the squad, in ahead, the Pioaddition to this “I thought the neers face No. 9 being their first Arkansas in an away meet, as team did a away meet on McGee was out Friday. Arkanlast season due tremendous job. sas has fallen to a knee injury. They showed a lot to their oppoDespite missing nents in both of last season, she of character. This their meets so said she is deter- was a complete far this year. mined to do well team eﬀort.” Howe ve r, this season. junior Kather“I think I did ine Grable of really good for my first time trav- Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart, Arkansas won eling; it was nice Head coach the all-around to get the nerves competition out with a difagainst Georgia ferent arena and with a 39.45, setting,” said McGee. “I’m looking which is higher than any of DU’s forward to trying to go throughout all-around scores so far. the season without falls and just “We’re all hoping to stay continuing to compete.” calm and focus, to be aggressive McGee posted a 9.875 on and unforgiving and have more balance beam, placing second stuck landings,” said McGee. to Oklahoma’s Taylor Spears. “More stuck landings will McGee also scored a 9.8 along- increase our score, because every side Laughlin in floor exercise. little tenth counts. We’re also According to McGee, one of her trying to post 24-for-24 and also biggest goals this season is to post just learn to adjust to the differa perfect score on the floor. ent arenas.” Former Pioneer standout Mark Matthews was traded from the Outlaws to the New York Lizards during the draft.
Olson named WAC Player of the Week Men’s basketball sophomore guard Brett Olson was named the WAC Player of the Week for Jan. 14-20, as was announced Monday. The Highlands Ranch native led Denver to the pair of wins last weekend against San Jose State and Utah State for the team’s sixth and seventh straight wins. Olson scored 15 points in Thursday’s 73-37 win over SJSU, as well as a season-high 18 points
in Saturday’s 68-57 win against Utah State. “Brett played well last week. He hit some big shots for us,” said head coach Joe Scott. “He has been a big part of our success over the last six weeks.” Olson averaged 16.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 0.5 steals per game for the week and did not commit a single turnover during the week. This honor is Olson’s first and makes him the second Pioneer to be named the WAC Player of the Week this season after sophomore Royce O’Neale took it on Dec. 17. Olson was also named the WAC Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.
Jan. 22, 2013
Pioneers struggle on the road
half. With five seconds remaining in the game, however, the Pioneers had returned to a one-point disadvantage and were unable to convert on a pair of field goal attempts to secure the victory. “It’s hard to lose another close one, but the thing that gives the team confidence is that we’re right there,” said head coach Kerry Cremeans. “We’re in every game, and we know it’s just the little things like free throws or layups that really make the difference. The fight and the heart are always there, and the pride for this university is always there, and we’ll continue to work hard.”
Underclassmen step up for Pioneers The underclassman trend continued on Saturday when the Pioneers traveled to Logan, Utah, to take on the Aggies. Freshmen guards Michaela Neuhaus and Kailey Edwards led the team with 18 points each, both posting career-best performances, while Edwards also tallied seven rebounds. “Those girls are playing with a lot of heart,” said Smith. “They are really young, and they don’t know what else to do except play hard, and sometimes that’s just what you need.” A number of Pioneers contributed on Saturday, including Smith, who was again high on the leaderboards with 10 points and seven rebounds, and junior Maiya Michel, who posted a team-high nine rebounds. Michel leads the Pioneers with 158 rebounds so far this season, averaging nearly nine rebounds per game. ryan lumpkin|clarion Similar to Thursday’s contest, the Sophomore Morgan Van Riper-Rose, left, and freshman Kailey Edwards, pictured here in last week’s game against Seattle in Magness Arena, both posted impressive Pioneers struggled to control their oppoperformances for the Pioneers over the weekend. nent’s key player of the night, allowing senior guard Devyn Christensen to post 25 points for the Aggies, 23 of which came Underclassmen dominate in the first half. Pioneer oﬀense, putting up big Close behind Christensen was Utah points in tough road games State’s junior guard Jennifer Schlott, who posted 15 points and nine rebounds 457 South Broadway during the contest. Schlott was named the by anna gauldin WAC player of the week on Monday for Sports Editor her performance. Despite dominating performances Utah State dominated the first half from a number of underclassmen last of the game, shooting 63.3 percent on week, the Pioneer women’s basketball team 19-of-30 compared to Denver’s 34.3 dropped two games on the road after being percent. At half, the Aggies led 51-33, edged 68-67 by San Jose State on Thursday and the Pioneers were unable to shrink and then falling 85-69 to Utah State on the gap to less than 16 points during the Saturday evening. second half. (Excludes Happy Hour and To Go items.) The losses drop “We definitely had “You have to give DU to 8-11 overall and Utah State credit for the 3-5 in Western Athletic a tough week on first 20 minutes, because Conference (WAC) play, the road. You they came out shooting moving the Pioneers to the lights out, but I’m No. 8 in the WAC. Utah have to be not proud of our effort State, who currently sits defensively in the first at No. 2 in the WAC, extremely focused half, and that will be corimproved to a 5-2 con- and extremely rected,” said Cremeans. ference record. “We’re disappointed, “We definitely had a prepared, and we but I saw some bright tough week on the road,” just couldn’t get it spots in two freshmen, said senior point guard Michaela and Kailey, Emiko Smith. “Like any done this week.” who came out and fought other college team, it’s hard. I liked seeing that tough to play on the fire and that fight in those road. You have to be Emiko Smith, kids, and we’ll continue extremely focused and Senior point guard to build on that.” extremely prepared, and Up next, the Piowe just couldn’t get it done this week.” neers will play their lone game of the week Pioneering the underclassman when they host New Mexico State (9-9, surge was sophomore Morgan Van 3-5 WAC) at 4 p.m. on Saturday in MagRiper-Rose, who led Denver with 19 ness Arena. The Aggies, currently sitting points on Thursday against the Spar- at No. 7 in the WAC, will enter the contest tans. Van Riper-Rose currently leads the coming off a four-game losing streak, team with 259 points, averaging 13.6 mirroring almost identically Denver’s last points per game on the season. four losses. Sophomore Jordan Johnston and The Pioneers will have to focus on senior Emiko Smith added 11 points containing redshirt senior guard Stefanie apiece on Thursday, but the Pioneers were Gilbreath, who is averaging 15.3 points unable to keep pace with a Spartan team per game this season, and sophomore led by Ta’Rea Cunnigan, who dominated guard Danesia Williamson, who is close the evening’s scoring with 28 points. behind with 12.9 points per game. It was a close contest from start to “We are looking forward to getting (303) 778-0147 finish, with Denver trailing only one point back in the gym and having all week to bluebonnetrestaurant.com at half (33-32) and then claiming a one- prepare and get back on track for Saturpoint lead midway through the second day,” said Smith.
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O’Neale steps up for Pioneer hoops
Jan. 22, 2013
Sophomore steps up for men’s basketball, dominating in rebounds and free throws
Sophomore forward Royce O’Neale currently leads the Pioneers in rebounds (101) and free throws (52) in addition to sitting in second for points with 218.
can play to my best ability, and he wants me to be the best player on the court.” According to Scott, he expects more out of O’Neale now that he is a sophomore but doesn’t want to put too much on his shoulders. by michael gooch Staff Writer “We need him to play well, but as I say that, you don’t want to place too Men’s basketball sophomore for- much pressure on a sophomore,” said ward Royce O’Neale currently leads Scott. “I don’t want to sit there and say, the Pioneers in a number of categories, ‘Royce, we need you to do this and this,’ including overall points and rebounds. because what we need him to do is conHis performance so far this season tinue to rebound the basketball well.” earned him his first career conference Looking back at his freshman year, player of the week award on Dec. 17, O’Neale started five games and ended simultaneously making him the first of his season ranking first in rebounds and his teammates to win a Western Athletic third in points. This season, O’Neale said Conference award. he’s looking to get better “It felt like a big honor, each day and eventually “Coach Scott is being the first Denver take his game to the next Pioneer to win it,” said hard on me, but level. O’Neale. “I felt I was play“If he can put the ball ing the game the best I can, that’s to make in the basket more and in and that helped me.” a more efficient manner, me better; he Since then, the Pioand if he can add that to neers have continued to knows I can play the way he’s playing right improve with help from to the best of my now, then I think he’d be O’Neale, according to playing a complete game,” head coach Joe Scott. ability, and he said Scott. The team has been on a Thinking long term, six-game winning streak wants me to be O’Neale said he’s intersince the start of 2013, the best player ested in becoming a basimproving their overall ketball coach one day and record to 11-7 with a 7-1 on the court.” sharing what he knows conference record. about the sport. For now, “I think now as the Scott shares the same goal Royce O’Neale, whole team comes together as O’Neale, which is getand roles have been identi- Sophomore forward ting him to the highest fied, Royce is playing well; playing level possible. he’s rebounding the ball well, and he’s “He likes to share the basketball, he defending well,” said Scott. likes to get his teammates good shots, and O’Neale’s performance shows on the those are the things that we have to stress leaderboards as well. He currently leads to him – do the things that make him the team in rebounds and free throws comfortable,” said Scott. with 101 and 52, respectively. He is second “If we continue to do that, we can get on the team with 218 points this season, him to come along on the offensive end averaging 12.1 points per game. and put the ball in the basket a little more “Coach Scott encourages me each and consistently. If we can get that from him every day,” said O’Neale. “He’s hard on me, then I think he’ll be playing the highest but that’s to make me better; he knows I level he can.”
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Reed and Preston Medlin, averaging 12.1 and 16.3 points per game, “As you go through a league respectively. Both players were injured season, as you go through a year, it’s during their Thursday night game at critical that all your players develop,” New Mexico State, the Aggies’ first said head coach Joe Scott. “Obviously, loss in 14 games. they all did today.” Sophomore guard The team-wide conBrett Olson poured in 18 tributions helped to fuel “We took care points on the strength of the big win over a Spar- of the ball and four three pointers to tans team that entered pace the Pioneers, dropwith the game with an took good shots. ping four dimes in the identical 9-7 overall process. Hallam finished record to DU. With We’ve been with 14 points on 6-of-9 the loss, San Jose State consistent, and shooting, continuing dropped to 9-8 overall his run of solid play, that’s what we’re which earned him the and 3-3 in WAC play. DU held the Spar- looking for.” College Sports Madness tans to their lowest WAC Player of the Week point total of the year award last week. by a wide margin. San Joe Scott, “We are playing Jose State shot just 28 Head coach well. The guys know percent from the floor the game plan. We took on the game, while the care of the ball and took Pioneers shot 56.3 percent on the way to good shots,” said Scott. “I’ve seen that their lopsided victory. type of performance over the course of “It always feels nice to lay a beatthe past five weeks. We’ve been consisdown like that, but we’ve got to get tent, and that’s what we’re looking for. ready for the next game and not get too We’re looking for the same effort on high on this game,” said senior guard offense and defense every game, and Chase Hallam after Thursday’s win. that’s what we saw tonight.” “We need to be focused on the next This week, the Pioneers will hit the one, because the next one [against Utah road to take on third-place New Mexico State] is a big one.” State (6-2 in the WAC) on Wednesday. Against Utah State, the Pioneers NMSU has won six games in a row, led were able to capitalize on the Aggie by sophomore guard Daniel Mullings, injury woes. Utah State came into Magwho leads the Aggies with 16.3 points ness Arena without starters Kyisean per game in WAC play.
Thursday, Feb. 7 Seattle 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 26 New Mexico State 4 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 9 Idaho 4 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 31 Texas San Antonio 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 2 New Mexico State 4 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 2 Texas State 1 p.m.
Thursday, March 7 Texas Arlington 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 14 Utah State 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 9 Louisiana Tech 5 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 16 San Jose State 4 p.m.
Hockey February 8 Colorado College Magness Arena 7:37 p.m. February 22/23 North Dakota Magness Arena 8:07 p.m. / 7:07 p.m.
Gymnastics Saturday, Feb. 2 Burnsley Invitational Hamilton Gymnasium 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 Winterfest Invitational Hamilton Gymnasium 6 p.m.