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University of Denver student newspaper since 1899
Vol. 119, Issue 22
Oct. 23, 2012
Petition pressures Coombe Student group gathers over 100 signatures to create a committee to review corporate relationships by sarah ford News Editor
Occupy DU formed a petition calling for the administration to create a student committee which will review and have the power to terminate corporate relationships with DU and plans to present the petition to Chancellor Robert Coombe in coming months. Occupy DU will base the termination of corporate relationships on what it deems as ethical or moral violations, such as child labor, human rights abuses or ties to corporate lobbying. According to Korbel graduate student Roshan Bliss, a member of Occupy DU who helped to create the petition, it has gathered over 100 sig-
natures and garnered interest from several student groups on campus, including the Environmental Sustainability Team and the Social Sustainability Team. “Nobody we have talked to is against the creation of this committee,” said Bliss. The commission would consist of student representatives, staff and faculty with a representative from the administration and would create a statement of ethical standards to be upheld by the university. The petition also calls for the committee to be given the power to review and terminate existing relationships it deems are not up to the ethical standards it sets. The petition was created after Occupy DU presented
a similar petition to Coombe over the summer, which called for a similar committee to be created and also demanded DU to end its sponsorship by Newmont Mining Company, which has received wide criticism for violations of labor laws and environmental degradation from multiple organizations, including the MineWatch initiative. Coombe responded to the initial petition by suggesting a more open dialogue between Occupy DU and Newmont, as well as other corporate sponsors, according to Vice Chancellor and Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Carroll. “We welcome the students being able to look at things, challenge what we’re doing here; that’s a healthy part of an educa-
tional institution,” said Carroll. Carroll said Coombe offered to organize meetings between Daniels administrators, Newmont representatives and the students in order to facilitate more understanding and communication between the groups. “Before there are too many allegations that are placed at the university or at companies with whom the university has relationships, I think it’s important for everyone to understand what those relationships are,” said Carroll. However, Bliss said Occupy DU wants to see the commission created by the administration. While students have the power to form a review commission themselves, he said Occupy DU feels the step
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should be taken by the administration as a demonstration of DU’s commitment to ethics. “We want them to step up and say, ‘This is important and something we want to do ourselves,’” said Bliss. “It’s something we want to push the Chancellor to do himself.” However, Carroll said the idea of creating a commission with the power to terminate university relationships with sponsors is not realistic, because students do not have the ability to make those types of decisions. “That’s just not how it works,” Carroll said. “The administration is here to see to it the university’s best interests are moved forward.”
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College of law raises the bar by lanna giaque Contributing Writer
Hockey wins first two home games with strong performances by goalies Sam Brittain and Adam Murray, as well as a powerhouse offense which scored 10 goals in two games.
Ninety-one percent of Sturm College of Law graduates passed the Colorado Bar exam this spring, making DU’s pass rate for first-time takers the highest in Colorado, and higher than the state average by six percent. The high passage rate is a significant improvement for the College of Law, which found itself with a pass rate of 70 percent, eight percent below the state average, in the spring of 2005. Law School Professor Scott Johns credits the improvement to the hard work of the graduates, faculty and alumni of the DU law community. “It really is enjoyable working with these people,” Johns said. “The graduates are just sensational.” Johns is also the director of the DU Bar Success program, which started in 2008. The program is a free, supplemental curriculum offering strategic workshops for graduates during the two-month study period preceding the bar exam. Elements of the program include problem-solving practice, mock bar exams and extensive individualized feedback on writing and problem-solving skills.
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“We can change the
‘standards’ of beauty, but we just have to give a damn about it” LIFESTYLES | Page 4
SEE bar, PAGE 2
Oct. 23, 2012
Daniels ranked No. 96 in world Occupy advocates by lanna giauque Contributing Writer
The Daniels College of Business Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program was ranked as the number 96 program out of 139 in the world by the Financial Times Sunday of last week. This marks the fifth consecutive year DU’s EMBA program has been ranked in the Top 100. Daniels was chosen from a field of 139 programs that participated in the ranking process, which involved asking alumni who graduated three years ago to rate the program based on a variety of specific criteria. At least 20 alumni had to respond for a program to be ranked. Some of the many aspects of the ranking included diversity of students and staff based on nationality and gender, international course experience and number of languages required upon graduation. The criteria focus around four main themes, including value of the degree, content of the program, career enhancement as a result of the program and the program’s international focus.
One of the most important criterian in the ranking process is the average salary received by graduates of the program. DU’s EMBA students earn an average of $163,450 after graduation, which is a 44 percent increase in their average earnings before completion of the program according to the Financial Times. According to Barbara Kreisman, associate dean of executive education, the Daniels EMBA program is unique because of four main factors: a greater emphasis on leadership and ethics, a program six months shorter than most, experiential learning such as participating in a Leadership Sailing Trip based in San Diego and the use of long-term assignments, such as the creation and implementation of a business plan over the course of the program. “One of the most unique facets of the Daniels program is its focus on an integrated curriculum,” said Kreisman. “The focus is less on doing ‘assignments’ and more on relevance and integration of content.” Additional aspects of the program are its emphasis on critical thinking and decisionmaking skills, technical business knowledge, leadership,
small class sizes, a variety of people from both the business and academic worlds teaching classes and an emphasis on building social capital through direct community involvement according to Kreisman. Executive MBA programs are designed for professionals with several years of work experience and offer flexible class schedules. The Daniels program attracts professionals from several sectors, including technology, health care, law, non-profit and real estate who aim to develop their business skills. The average Daniels EMBA student is 39 years old and has 15 years of work experience according to Kreisman. Kreisman said Daniels works to maintain its high international standards through continuous adaptation to feedback, along with an emphasis on the development of skills needed in the “real world” of business. “We continuously enhance our program content via input from employers, alums, current students and faculty,” said Kreisman. “Our goal is to create leaders for a world that does not yet exist by enhancing their critical thinking skills and developing students’ ability to make decisions.”
reputation for innovation, including hands-on clinics and shadowing opportunities which partner students with practicing attorneys. Johns says he sees support for students and collaboration among the law community as key components for continued success. “For many people this is
something that has been an aspiration for a good part of their lives, and passing the bar exam opens the door to making that a reality,” said Johns. The University of Colorado, the only other school in Colorado to offer the exam, had a passage rate of 89 percent.
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“It’s about the graduates building confidence in their ability to solve legal problems and then demonstrating that ability as an attorney,” said Johns. This program is one of many unique features of a DU law degree which have helped create Sturm’s
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Caroll also urged Occupy DU to further review their facts and information surrounding Newmont and other businesses’ relationships with the university. “It seems they don’t have all the facts,” said Carroll. “There are some facts from the reality of the situation which may have been missing when the petition was created.” Carroll specifically stated that a point of misunderstanding might be that DU receives less than one percent of revenues from relationships with corporate companies. However, Bliss said Occupy DU feels the petition is a necessary step for the university if they wish to uphold their values. “DU should be a pioneering school in terms of ethical standards,” said Bliss. He called reviewing and terminating certain corporate relationships “part of the university’s duty as a private university dedicated to the public good,” making reference to the Pioneer Pledge all first year students take at the beginning of first year. Carroll said the relationships between corporate sponsors and the university contribute to the public good by giving students the opportunity to help businesses better their reputation and public opinion.
He specifically referenced an instance when Newmont recognized an issue with labor law violations within their business and approached Daniels College of Business students with the problem to ask them to help develop a solution. Carroll said these experiences in real-world business practices provided by corporations are good for students in their education. “That’s what we’re here for - that’s part of our vision of being a great university dedicated to the public good,” said Carroll. Bliss said Occupy DU plans to push forward with the petition and acquire more signatures throughout the year, as well as inspire conversations about what sorts of relationships the university should commit to and educate the student body on the nature of these relationships. The group plans to present the new petition to the Chancellor once they have received enough signatures. Carroll said the administration would continue to push the idea of open conversation between students and corporate representatives if introduced to another petition. “You can do things in a way that is proactive and productive and you can do things in a way that is confrontational and I don’t think that it is healthy to go at things in a confrontational way,” Carroll said.
Alarms evacuate Nelson Building carbon monoxide levels found to be below hazardous limit by caitlin hendee Contributing Writer
The Department of Campus Safety (DCS) ordered the evacuation of Nelson Hall early Wednesday morning after a trace amount of carbon monoxide was detectd within the building, setting off alarms. Students at Nelson Hall filed out of the building and waited nearby at around 4:30 a.m. while the Denver Fire Department (DFD) tested carbon monoxide levels in the air to determine if it was safe for students to re-enter the building. “In the case of a carbon monoxide alarm, life safety is our primary concern, so we clear the building,” said Sgt. Stephen Banet of DCS. DFD allowed students to return to their rooms around 4:45 a.m. No students reported any injuries or sickness related to the incident. “It seemed like a dream more like a nightmare,” said sophomore Reilly Moore, resident of Nelson Hall. “I thought it was a drill the whole time. I wasn’t really worried.” According to Pam Carnahan, director of the DU Facilities Management Department, DU Environmental Health and Safety director Chris Short took further
measurements the next morning. “There were some low levels,” said Carnahan, adding that Short’s measurements indicated levels of 12 parts per million (ppm). The Colorado Department of Public Health states humans can breathe up to 50 ppm every eight hours before exposure becomes dangerous. Carbon monoxide is a tasteless, odorless and colorless gas. Prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide levels above 50 ppm can lead to serious health concerns, including dizziness, headaches, confusion, vertigo, nausea, damage to the central nervous system and even death. Carnahan said Facilities thinks that high winds blew into the exhaust intake from the boiler flue, which is used to heat the building. “The air intake that supplies outside air might have sucked in some carbon monoxide,” said Carnahan. Carnahan said Short shut the air handler off and the levels dropped even lower. “You don’t want high levels of carbon monoxide where it could make people sick,” said Carnahan. “We consistently replace batteries and make sure the detectors are working properly.” All rooms on campus dormitories are equipped with carbon monoxide detectors. Moore also said she feels Facilities did a good job of keeping them safe.
Oct. 23, 2012
Study Abroad changes again for 2013-2014 by tyler irani Contributing Writer
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In addition to the 148 debate banners, coﬀee cups, t-shirts, logos and stickers are up for donation by DU. Some of the memorabilia has been given to those who volunteered during the debate and DebateFest.
Departments receive debate surplus items by reilly braun Contributing Writer
The DU division of marketing has not established a plan to recycle the over 148 banners advertising the presidential debate which still hang around campus, but stated other leftover debate paraphernalia will be handed out to students, faculty, alumni and volunteers. The division of marketing and communications worked for several months preparing for the presidential debate that occurred on Oct. 3. The debate paraphernalia included banners varying in size and type on display throughout campus. In total there were 148 banners on-campus, 110 of which were displayed on light poles and the rest around campus in the media center and debate hall in
the Ritchie Center and Newman Center for Performing Arts. According to external communications specialist Theresa Mueller, the marketing team plans on being as sustainable as possible in the disposal of the banners. “The banners will either be given away as memorabilia, via a raﬄe, or recycled,” said Mueller. In addition to the banners, other items including coffee cups, T-shirts, logos and stickers are leftover from the debate. The marketing team plans on distributing media bags filled with leftover paraphernalia to various departments. According to Mueller, some have gone to the 400 students, alumni, faculty and staff members who volunteered to assist with the debate. “Media bags are going to various departments who will use them for conferences,” said
Mueller. “Some have gone to volunteers and those departments who worked on the debate. Some items will go to local schools as a thank you for debate disruptions.” Three months prior to the actual debate day, the marketing team predicted the variety show Saturday Night Live (SNL) would perform a skit of the presidential debate. They sent an arrangement of DU-branded items just in case. Mueller said the team did not have any expectations but were pleased when SNL used the aerial footage of the campus they provided in the package. While SNL rejected the items gifted to them, Mueller anticipates students on-campus won’t hesitate to get their hands on the paraphernalia. The marketing team will come out with a plan for the leftover items soon.
Leadership training streamlined by carolyn neff Contributing Writer
The annual Student Leadership Training Conference (SLTC) put on by Undergraduate Student Government (USG) this past Saturday aimed to more effectively provide organization presidents and their leadership teams with the skills to run their clubs efficiently, according to USG president Sam Estenson. The event, which was for club presidents and treasurers, was restructured to a mandatory three-hour and three panel event. The SLTC is held annually for every USG licensed student organization on campus. According to Estenson, this year the mandatory training session was a “true resource” to all student organizations. More than 50 clubs were represented by 75 students. Calling last year’s conference “painful,” because of its length and lack of productivity, Estenson said, “We’ve consolidated what had been a long conference into three quick hours where organization members learned about licensing, funding, marketing, promoting and running their student organizations competently.” Estenson said the change was made to make the training
more productive, with useful lunch in between sessions. tools and skills committee “OrgSync is a fantastic leaders can take back to their tool,” said Estenson. “It really individual groups and use on a helps students understand how daily basis. to run an organization.” “This year more than ever, Estenson also mentioned students have had an immense that OrgSync is similar to USG’s amount of enthusiasm,” said Pioneer Calendar in that it keeps Estenson. “The presidential students up-to-date with the debate was great, most recent campus because it spurred and events. “It’s time for activities all of these great “Our main goal this ideas. But now us to get back year has been to it’s time for us to bring the DU comget back to work, to work.” munity together,” without losing the said Estenson. Sam Estenson, enthusiasm.” “[Similarly] We For example, USG President hope that by bringing this year, USG partall of the organizanered with DU’s tions together, by Programming Board sub-com- educating them in the skills necmittee, University Program- essary to run a successful orgaming Service (UPS), to run the nization, that organizations and conference. their members will passionately The afternoon was divided continue to serve each other and into three one-hour workshops: the community for the greater The first workshop centered good,” said Estenson. around event planning and All presidents and treasurmarketing, the second focused ers were expected to attend, on how to manage finances and and those who did not will be the third educated organiza- required to complete make-up tion leaders about OrgSync, an work. online campus-wide network Clubs that did not attend which helps manage club activ- the conference may have a hold ities and connect organizations placed on their accounts. with students and other groups. “If they cannot show that Both the president and trea- they have made up the work, surer of organizations had to go their account may be frozen,” to at least one session each, and said Estenson. “Students are were provided a free networking encouraged to reach out to us.”
Students applying to study abroad in 2013 will face a new format of application to make it easier to find and be admitted to the program that fits them best, according to Luc Beaudoin, directer of the Department for International Education. “The format works in students’ favor because it clearly shows the academic integration of each of our programs and allows students to plan accordingly in order to best be able to meet their academic and personal goals while abroad,” said Beaudoin. The new format, instituted at the beginning of this academic year, includes four categories of programs: foundational, language, specialized and exchange. Foundational programs are typically relationships with other English-speaking universities, mostly in Englishspeaking countries. If students meet the minimum 2.5 GPA requirement (or whatever the host university requires), they are guaranteed admittance into a Foundational program. These programs are open to students studying most majors. Language programs usually require students to take at least six credit hours of a language while abroad. Students also must complete the language requirement for their specific program prior to application for those programs involving languages taught at DU. However, language programs also provide an opportunity for students to study a language not offered at DU. There is a required minimum GPA of 2.5 for these programs. Specialized programs offer a more specific academic experience for those students involved. The minimum GPA
for specialized programs ranges between 3.3 and 3.5, depending on the specific program. Interested students must also demonstrate an academic rationale for nomination to the program. Specialized programs also either require or prefer applicants to be studying specific majors and/ or minors. According to the study abroad Web page, all students interested in Foundational, Language and Specialized study abroad programs can only apply for one term, though it is sometimes possible to extend to a full year once the program has started. Exchange programs last a full year. A current DU student switches places with a current student at the host university for that academic year. These programs offer a unique opportunity to not only allow DU students to be a part of the host university for a year, but for a student from that university to become a member of the DU community as well. According to Beaudoin, his office has been discussing the changes for some time to ensure that they would benefit students. The office looked at results from returnee surveys, listened to input from faculty and students and looked at developments from partners abroad before determining the changes should be made. “While we’ve been talking about how best to move our study abroad programs forward for a while, we wanted to make sure that we are doing things that are clear and help our students, so we didn’t want to rush into anything,” said Beaudoin. Beaudoin said students should attend Study Abroad 101 sessions as well as one-on-one and country-specific advising sessions to learn about these changes and how they might affect their study abroad experience.
HOMECOMING WEEK EVENT CALENDAR Wednesday, Oct. 24
A prize cart will be roaming campus during the day with awesome giveaways; be sure to show up for the ﬁrst ever Royalty Showcase at 6 p.m. in Lindsay Auditorium.
Thursday, Oct. 25
Feeling the fall? Swing by Driscoll Green from 5-7:30 p.m. for pumpkin painting, caramel apple making, apple cider and more, then go see “Cabin in the Woods” in Davis at 8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 26
Be part of the Pioneer Pregame from 4-7 p.m. on Driscoll Green, then head to the Homecoming Hockey game.
Saturday, Oct. 27
The Homecoming Parade kicks off at 3 p.m., followed by the Hockey Blackout at 7 p.m. Be sure to wear your Homecoming T-shirt.
Wondering why there’s no dance this year? Visit duclarion.com for more information.
Oct. 23, 2012
Greek life promotes higher education for America, the event was designed to show underprivileged students college is a possibility in their future. Students were informed of the event by their school teachers who are Teach for America participants. “We are hoping that by bringing them here, showing them around DU and talking to them about college life, we can show them that not only is college a very real possibility for them, it is also something worth achieving,” said senior philanthropy chair for Order of Omega Richelle Moulin, a marketing major from Worcester, Massachusetts. Students arrived at 4 p.m. at Sturm Hall to listen to a series of lectures about education inequality by student leaders as well as one DU sociology professor, Tracy Durant. “Unfortunately, higher education in this country is significantly more difficult for some to attain than others,” said Moulin. “Gaps and inequalities in educational opportunities are not the fault of the students, and yet they are ultimately the ones to suffer.” Following the info session, Greek student volunteers led the students on campus tours to highlight notable campus buildings as well as important aspects of college life, according to Moulin. Afterwards, students were led to Driscoll Green for a tailgate featuring food from the DU Grilling Society and entertainment by DU’s cheerleaders. The evening came to a close with a free viewing for participants of the men’s soccer game at 7:30 p.m. According to senior Vice President of Scholarship and Education and business major Kelsey Garrett from Franktown, Colorado, the evening was funded by the Executive Greek Council and cost approximately $5,000. “It is a proven fact that when students visit a college campus they are significantly more likely to actually attend college,” said Moulin. According to Moulin, Kristy Martin, a representative for Teach for America originally contacted
the Greek Council through Garrett around May of last year. Garrett then contacted Vice President of Philanthropy Gage Crispe and Moulin to get the ball rolling. “Teach for America is already very involved with Denver’s low-income youth and is always striving to create new ways to better the students’ educational opportunities,” said Moulin. “Greek Council and Order of Omega represent a wide variety of Greek members, which as a whole constitute around 20 percent of the DU undergraduate student body. Greek life is always looking for new ways to give back to the Denver community. We were more than thrilled to participate.” For Garrett, DU Something Now was more than just a philanthropy event. It was about providing the information students need. “With such a strong force as DU Greek Life we can really make a difference,” said Garrett. “We want [the kids] to know about scholarships and grants and different ways they can make college a possibility.” According to Garrett, the event was not meant to promote DU specifically, but rather the idea of higher education in general. “A lot of these students have never even thought about going to college and most have never been on a college campus,” said Garrett. “Letting them see a college environment and interact with college students will inspire them to strive to go to college.” According to Moulin, the Greek community is proud to be a part of such a special event. “Although we all come from different chapters and different backgrounds, we all recognize how fortunate we are to be going to such a prestigious school,” said Moulin. “So we all thought this was a great way to come together as a Greek community and give back to the young people of Denver that may not have the same opportunities that we did growing up.”
Chhay pledged to cut one inch of According to Chhay, the event “was like a gigantic facilitated discus- her hair for every $100 raised in order sion, where we hit on topics like self- to stand up to the societal standard of image and self-confidence, the beauty beauty that “long hair is sexy hair,” industry and its impact on gender, the according to Chhay. Chhay pledged to globalization of the beauty industry, shave her head if FAWKES was able to raise $3,000 by last Friday. and race and gender in the media.” “People would literally come up to FAWKES also created an “I am me and tell me I’d look beautiful because…” ugly with short hair. I photo collage on the Driscoll Bridge on Tues- “Being a beautiful really think that short hair can be sexy,” said day and screened Disney’s “Mulan” on Wednes- person sometimes Chhay, who cut 12 inches day, providing wontons isn’t recognized as of her hair on Friday, double the amount and milk tea made by FAWKES members in much as it should pledged, donating it to non-profit organization exchange for donations Locks of Love. of all sizes. Thursday, they be.” FAWKES raised held a “Stars of Encourabout $620 to send them agement” event where to a conference next year students wrote encourag- Lena Chhay, ing notes to anyone on Political science major and they raised $30 for the Stars of EncourageDU’s campus. ment project, which “Oftentimes we ourwent to the family of DU selves forget to recognize that it’s important to see ourselves as valuable assets. student Tyler Starr, who passed away We are worth far more than the price early this quarter and was a close friend the media puts on us,” said Susanna of many FAWKES members. “We had people writing stars to Yeajin Park, a sophomore international studies major from Thornton and one his family in their time of grief. Being a beautiful person sometimes isn’t recogof 13 women involved with FAWKES. While all events were free, dona- nized as much as it should be. We really tions were accepted throughout the need to take time each week to let our loved ones and close friends know that week.
they are special, beautiful and close to our hearts,” said Chhay. Chhay hopes DU can take away something from FAWKES’ events. “DU needs to realize that society isn’t concrete. We can change the ‘standards’ of beauty, of something that makes you uncomfortable about the world, but we just have to give a damn about it,” said Chhay. True Beauty week was one of many events that DU FAWKES plans to hold in their effort to bring an Asian-interest sorority to DU as soon as possible, which, according to their Facebook page, would foster sisterhood, a closer DU community and philanthropic support to local causes,” a process that was started last March by members such as Chhay. In order to establish a colony of their sorority of choice, members of FAWKES members must attend the national conference next year and propose that the organization grant them a bid. Though it is unclear how long this process might take, according to Chhay, events such as True Beauty Week help FAWKES demonstrate a commitment to community involvement and empowerment of women, two pillars of the organization they are trying to bring to DU.
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Sociology professor Tracy Durant speaks to middle and high school students about education inequality.
by emma mckay
Assistant Lifestyles Editor
Over 100 students ranging from elementary to high school from the Denver metro area gathered on campus
last Friday to participate in “DU Something Now,” an event to motivate young students to work hard in school. Hosted by DU’s Greek Council and Greek honor society Order of Omega, which coordinated with Teach
FAWKES redefines ‘true beauty’ by hsing tseng Staff Writer
What does it mean to be beautiful? The DU FAWKES interest group, or Fierce Asian Women Keeping Each Other Strong, challenged the societal definition of beauty last week with their event, True Beauty Week, which celebrated the beauty of every individual. Lena Chhay, a second-year from Broomfield majoring in political science and international studies, explained True Beauty Week was a chance to empower women. “It’s one thing to tell people that they are beautiful, but it’s another to look at all of the different factors to why society in general has morphed the meaning of beauty to be something in a magazine,” said Chhay. “We, as leaders on campus, need to bring back the meaning of ‘beauty’ to be something more than the images in the media.” FAWKES facilitated five different events throughout the week. Monday initiated a “Born This Way” workshop and speaker series on self-image and the beauty industry led by Dr. Ginni Ishimatsu, Director of Asian Studies and Associate Dean for AHSS Undergraduate Studies, and Dr. Lindsey Feitz, Postdoctoral Lecturer in Gender and Women’s Studies.
Oct. 23, 2012
Denver overtaken by undead during Zombie Crawl photos by gusto kubiac Clarion staff
The Denver Zombie Crawl, an annual event in downtown Denver that allows participants to experience a day of costumed fun, took place on Saturday at the 16th Street mall. Festivities began at 11 a.m. with the “organ trail,” a scavenger race thoughout Denver with up to $300 in prizes. Activities continued throughout the afternoon until the “crawl” at 4 p.m., with an afterparty at 8 p.m. Registration was open to the public and free. According to founder Danny Newman in a Monday Denver Post article, 15,000 people were expected to attend.
Club helps people Prof pens acclaimed novel regain their smiles by carolyn neff Contributing Writer
Students looking to volunteer abroad will now have the opportunity to put smiles on kids’ faces wherever they go. Alise Bailey, a sophomore majoring in International Studies, has just started a new club called Operation Smile University. Calling it an incredible passion close to her heart, Bailey is looking to increase awareness of the Operation Smile organization and the life-changing opportunities it provides kids around the world. Operation Smile, an international medical children’s charity, was founded in 1982 by Dr. William P. Magee Jr., a plastic surgeon, and his wife, after they visited the Philippines to voluntarily help fix children’s cleft lips and palettes. Today, the organization performs more than 200,000 free reconstructive surgeries a year in comprehensive care centers staffed by thousands of credentialed medical volunteers. “What they do, it’s fantastic,” said Bailey. “Before Operation Smile comes, these kids are treated as outcasts in their societies, uneducated and abandoned. What we can do, how we can change their lives, it’s worth every moment.” According to Bailey, Operation Smile University hopes to develop as a club this year. “We really just want to establish ourselves as a club, get our name out there,” said Bailey. “People really aren’t familiar with the issue; they don’t know what cleft lips are or how they affect people. So our goal is to make Operation Smile a growing presence on the DU campus.” Although the club has just started, Bailey said they’re looking to put together an executive board in the near future. “It’s really easy to get involved with Operation Smile,” said Bailey,
who started a similar, now thriving, club at her high-school. “We’re looking for people who are enthusiastic about helping others. It’s a low-commitment club that meets once or twice a month.” Bailey also mentioned there are many opportunities, both on campus as well as domestically and internationally, to get involved with the charity organization. Members who are involved with Operation Smile University, or those who want to get involved, will have the chance to participate in Operation Smile’s three university-student targeted programs: U VOICE, U PAVE and U LEAD. According to Bailey, U VOICE sends college journalists on medical missions around the world to report and share their stories with donors, supporters and volunteers worldwide. U PAVE encourages university students to educate elementary, middle and high schools about Operation Smile. Finally, U LEAD is an opportunity for students to organize and lead a conference in one of Operation Smile’s partner countries. “Operation Smile also offers a really great conference over the summer that trains students for international missions,” said Bailey. Bailey participated in a summer conference two years ago, and volunteered over her high school senior year spring break in one of the poorest regions in China. “The summer conference is a prerequisite if you want to volunteer abroad. From my personal experience it’s an awesome and incredible opportunity,” said Bailey. With a current presence in more than 51 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, the United States and the Caribbean, Operation Smile is a growing force dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children. “Operation Smile really mobilizes people to help heal children’s smiles and transform their lives,” said Bailey.
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Professor Laird Hunt released his new novel “Kind One” on Sept. 25.
by hsing tseng Staff Writer
What do your professors do after class? For DU’s assistant professor of English Laird Hunt, it’s writing novels that earn glowing reviews from book reviewers such as Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly. A 2010 PEN USA Literary Award Finalist, Hunt was called “one of the most talented young writers on the American scene today” by renowned American author Paul Auster. Hunt has been penning books for ten years, including a collection of short stories, “The Paris Stories,” and four novels, “The Impossibly,” “The Exquisite,” “Ray of the Star” and “Indiana, Indiana.” Released on Sept. 25, Hunt’s fifth and latest novel, “Kind One” is a story about a girl, Ginny, and her interactions with a dark period of American history in rural Kentucky, tackling heavy themes such as slavery, race, violence and more. “‘Kind One’ is my attempt to engage with one of the most
difficult parts of our nation’s history: the institution of slavery. It is largely told through the voice of someone who was both complicit in and a victim of this terrifying institution,” said Hunt. “She is both innocent and guilty in her own story.” Hunt, who has a BA in History and French from Indiana University and an MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, has a rich personal background. Born in Singapore, he has traversed cities from London to Paris, Tokyo to New York, and currently lives in Boulder with his wife, American poet and DU’s Director of Creative Writing Eleni Sikelianos and their daughter, Eva Grace. Kirkus, in a starred review, described Hunt’s writing in Kind One as “profoundly imaginative, strikingly original, deeply moving.” “‘Kind One’ is perhaps most related to my second novel, Indiana, Indiana, which addresses some of my concerns about and interest in rural America. Other of my novels are set in cities, which
reflects that other part of me that has lived in large urban environments,” said Hunt. Hunt describes his writing process as somewhat volatile. “Sometimes I write daily, sometimes only every few days,” said Hunt. Regarding the reactions around “Kind One,” Hunt feels “extremely pleased.” “I feel that despite the difficulties of its subject matter it can speak to a wide audience. The review attention it has been getting would seem to support this,” said Hunt. The Tattered Cover Bookstore downtown hosted Hunt for a reading of Kind One on Tuesday, Oct 9. Hunt travelled to Iowa and Minnesota last weekend for two other readings as well, and will be doing other readings in New York, Washington and Oregon this coming month. Now entering his ninth year as a creative writing professor, Hunt is teaching “Literary Inquiry” this quarter and will offer “Advanced Creative Writing - Fiction” next quarter. According to him, writing and teaching are ideally two intertwined actions. “I am constantly learning from the razor-sharp students I have the privilege of working with. With any luck they come away with valuable information too,” said Hunt. Hunt had this advice to offer for writers-in-training: read, read and keep on reading. “By dint of being human we all have had extraordinary (at least to us) experiences. Building those experiences effectively into language is a whole ‘nother thing. That’s where the reading comes in,” said Hunt. “See how others have done it. See until your eyes feel like they are about to fall out of your head then see some more.” What’s next for Hunt? More books, more classes and of course, more students. “Sounds pretty promising,” said Hunt.
Oct. 23, 2012
Political engagement should thrive on campus by katie Walker Contributing Writer
Whether you are glad the flurry of preparations is over or you are suffering from debate withdrawal, the truth is our moment in the political spotlight has ended. With the presidential candidates campaigning like crazy before Election Day, however, now is not the time for apathy. All eyes may have left Magness Arena, but our eyes cannot leave the national stage. By remaining informed and active participants in the process, members of the DU community can stay in touch with the world of politics. After spending time in any classroom, you will realize that politics is a part of daily life at DU and actively dominates discussion. The same issues which were important to us before the “Great Debate” matter today, as
students constantly argue about ideological diversity, pins and their stances on policies ranging buttons expressing partisan from taxation to contraception support adorn shirts and backto illegal immigration, all hot packs. At tables lining Driscoll Bridge, organizations continue topics on the campaign trail. Expressions of support for to encourage political activity. one of the candidates or parties Fliers soliciting volunteers are is met with eager response and widely distributed and attract students to join camexchange of paigns. viewpoints. These means P o l i t i c a l “Winter is of keeping political news is coming, but a fervor alive show no spread like signs of significant gossip, pro- thousand flowslowing. Just look at viding ample ers bloom here the writing on the nourishment wall, or, rather, the for the appe- at DU.” chalk on the pavetite of any ment. No one can aficionado. One never feels out of place tread the steps leading to Sturm delving into the political arena Hall without noticing a certain at this school, and I’ve yet to name repeatedly etched in blue. hear a person claim they won’t Murals depict the swirling be performing their civic duty Obama logo on the sidewalk come November. around campus as well. Winter is coming, but a Such surroundings reveal thousand flowers bloom here that involvement has survived at DU. Like a rich tapestry of the hype and hubbub of the
debate, reminding us that politics still plays a large role in the atmosphere of this university. Of course, the well-known reporters that once milled about the grounds are long gone and both President Obama and Governor Romney are hundreds of miles away, so it’s only natural that political interest will wane to some degree. Although it’s tempting to forsake politics when we have actual subjects to worry about with midterm grades rolling in, too much is at stake to tune out. We have to keep up the good work and not let the future of this country be placed on the backburner of our consciousness. Ignorance is never bliss. For most of us, 2012 is the first or second time we will make a decision in a major election. The voice of the youth counts. By striving to remain politically engaged and truly caring about the state of politics, we won’t
return to the days of idleness and apathy. As the other debates pass, excitement is in the air for general Election Day. The dust has settled in Denver, but the memory of the debate is alive in the hearts of many and its true effect has yet to be felt. So much depends on the outcome of this race. This is a volatile and divisive election but we can unite in our desire to elect the leaders we think best. Whether you are dying for four more years or desperate for change, I think we can all agree that the DU debate, an experience of a lifetime, awakened a political awareness that is here to stay. Not all of the debate banners have been stripped off our buildings yet. We must nevergrow lax in our appreciation of the political process, or ever let this enthusiasm fall to the wayside.
to be quicker, more reliable and more functional than it ever was on my iPhone. In addition, it is also less buggy as far as getting kicked off of applications. The Galaxy S III also has applications that allow you to adapt the software on the phone to your personal needs and preferences. The Galaxy S III has navigation capabilities like a GPS through Google Maps, which is efficient and accurate, whereas the iPhone 5 has been having notorious problems with the accuracy of their newly implemented navigation system in an attempt to break away from Google Maps. As an avid texter, I also find many things about the texting better. The predictive text is more accurate than the often humiliating autocorrect on the iPhone. Think of the number of hilarious auto-correct mishaps online; there are liter-
ally pages and pages of Apple’s shortcomings. The swipe-to-text keyboard on the Galaxy also proves to be handy for one handed, accurate texting. On the Galaxy there is a built-in voice-to-text setting in the texting that allows spoken text to drop right in the message - something that is not available on the iPhone without Siri. With Samsung striving to explore new possibilities of innovation to gain its revenue, it seems they are taking an approach which says: “If you build it they will come.” Apple has yet to realize that they aren’t the only ones in the smartphone industry anymore, and monopolizing things other companies can provide is going to prove to be less effective. So goes the survival of the fittest, Apple should bask in the glow of their reputation for being the best while they still have it.
Samsung succeeds with Galaxy iPhone has been outcompeted by others, time for students to adapt by makalya cisneros Staff Writer
In recent years, technology has undergone significant transformations. One these innovations has been the development and widespread popularity of smart phones. At one point in time, the market was clearly dominated by Apple. As a former iPhone owner and a current Samsung Galaxy S III user, having seen both sides of the iPhone/ Galaxy argument, I can honestly say I’m a believer that Apple isn’t hot anymore. Apple began breaking ground in MP3s and eventually made the leap from a music player to the iPhone, creating a new realm of possibilities: a calendar, a game player, internet access. The iPhone combined the
necessity of a cell phone with the growing desire for full time internet access, an MP3 player and all the applications you could ever possibly need. Cutting edge had arrived; Apple was wielding it. However, the industry rose to the challenge. In recent years, the only thing the iPhone continues to have going for them is the name. It’s almost enough to mask the fact that while Apple’s innovative progress has leveled off, other companies are not only climbing but rising past the bar Apple has set. Apple’s focus has been shifted from innovation to capitalization. The company has been outdating its previous versions of iPhone’s with minimal tweaks. The biggest changes added recently have been Siri and the new charger. As a former iPhone 4 owner, there were many things that I simply was incapable of doing with this supposedly
top-dog phone. Chances are that if there is an adaptation to the phone software that you need, there’s a way that Apple will make you pay additionally for it. Siri, for example, is a voice assistant that became available on the iPhone 4S. Since Apple would rather you pay extra for the newer version of the iPhone, it is near impossible to find any application available for the iPhone with any voice-assisting capabilities that do anything more than convert voice to text. Enter in the Samsung Galaxy S III. As a current owner of the Galaxy S III I can frankly say that I’ll never go back. Since my conversion I’ve come to realize the full potential of smart phones that has brought me to wonder why Apple, once thought to be leader of the market, is so far behind the crowd. To begin with, the Galaxy S III is faster. I find the internet
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DU cares about inclusive excellence Diversity is multi-faceted and celebrated on campus by emma mckay
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“Inclusive Excellence” is a term thrown around a lot at DU. In everything we do from first-year orientation to Greek parties, we’re reminded to be “inclusively excellent.” DU’s definition of inclusive excellence is exhaustive, but it can be summarized up as “the intentional recognition of everyone’s various identities, and the celebration of the differences that make our community unique.” But even though this concept is written directly into the University’s proclaimed values, nobody seems to know what it means. In fact, it’s often made fun of by students who don’t know what they’re talking about, or don’t care. “Psh, this university isn’t inclusive,” they say. “What a joke.”
But, they’re wrong. people with so many differWe all know that DU is ent groups represented? not a very racially diverse We have to see beyond campus. the numbers and consider According to Colleg- peoples’ background and eprowler.com, DU has only personal histories. But inclusive excellence 3 percent African-American Students, 4 percent Asian- doesn’t just mean that we American, 6 percent His- allow all different types of panic and 1 percent Native- students on our campus. It means that we recogAmerican. We’re stereotyped as nize that we are all part of the being a group of privileged same group of students, that rich white kids. In my we make an effort to integrate experience here, I have seen ourselves with those who are some people that do fit that different and it means that we actually care stereotype, but about getI have also seen ting to know so much more “The term wasn’t each other than that. - shocking, I I’ve met ingrained into the people from university’s values know. During Europe and civil Africa, homo- just as a marketing the rights movesexuals and scheme.” ment, many transgenders, would have students from said that they a variety of were being different socioeconomic statuses and people “inclusive” by allowing Afriwith passions across the can-Americans to eat in their restaurant or ride in the same board. How can we say that section of the bus. But if you’re ignoring we’re not a diverse group of
someone who’s different from you or treating them differently in any way from others (even if you do let them sit next to you), then you don’t really deserve a pat on the back for being inclusive. Just because you’re not being exclusive, doesn’t mean you’re being inclusive. I’m proud to say that I believe DU is for the most part, following up on its claim to be inclusively excellent. The more students feel welcome in the DU community, the more we can learn from each other and discover new perspectives. I have seen so many of these students who make fun of inclusive excellence actively participating in it themselves. We have student organizations designed to bridge the gap between international and domestic students, Queer-Straight Alliance, and several multicultural organizations. On top of that I’ve noticed stu-
dents seem to genuinely care about each other no matter how different we may be. It seems like being inclusive is an inherent part of DU culture, though most of us are unaware of it. At the same time, there are many ways we, as a student body can improve. If most of us laugh at the term or don’t know what inclusive excellence means, then we aren’t exactly taking it to heart. We should constantly have it in the back of our heads, speak in a way that includes everyone, make an effort to get to know new people, and share what is different about ourselves. We shouldn’t laugh at the idea. Yes, it does sound super nerdy to proclaim your passion for inclusive excellence, but the term wasn’t ingrained into the university’s values just as a marketing scheme. DU students really should strive to be as good as we possibly can be, and that starts with caring about those who are different. I’m not embarrassed to say that I care.
the working class without a college education and with very little wealth. Obama did a great job painting him as an out-oftouch wealthy businessman with attack ads throughout the summer, and this continues today. Romney needs to peel off that label. If he can portray himself as someone who understands everyday Americans and has a plan to grow the economy, he will be hard to beat. He also needs to reach out to minorities, Hispanics in particular, whose votes will likely decide the result in crucial swing states like Florida, Nevada, and Colorado.
Since Obama cannot dwell on the economy without voters wondering why it hasn’t improved in his four years, he needs to defend his record on other accomplishments and continue to show voters Romney does not have a real plan. He needs to emphasize his policies have worked: huge increases in the production of green energy and their accompanying jobs through federal grants, increases in American natural gas and oil production and investments from his stimulus plan which have rebuilt roads and bridges across the country. He also needs to make clear to voters that he succeeded in bringing troops home from Iraq and has a plan to draw down troops in Afghanistan while Romney does not. Obama must take advantage of Romney’s ambiguous economic plan and history of flip-flopping on his stances on a wide array of issues.
He needs to communicate that Romney favors the upper class in his tax plan, and even though he promises to reduce the deficit by closing loopholes, there is almost no way this can mathematically add up. He needs to convince everyday Americans they simply should not vote for someone who flat out refuses to tell them what he intends to do with the tax code. Finally, Obama needs to tell voters one final time Romney is a flip-flopper on nearly every issue from healthcare to abortion. He should highlight the changes Romney has made to his strategy from as recently as the GOP primaries, and he is bound to reconsider his stances once again if he is elected. Both Republicans and Democrats have a lot at stake in this election, and need to use these final 14 days wisely. Romney and Obama both need to play to their own strengths and play off of the other’s weaknesses.
Romney and Obama must refocus by danny zimny schmitt Contributing Writer
As “Fire Obama” and “Romney-Ryan” signs in dorm windows compete for attention with “Colorado for Obama” and “Obama-Biden” signs, the last two weeks of the campaign promise to be a hard-fought race to the finish line on Nov. 6. National polls show a virtual tie between the two candidates, and polls in swing states which once heavily favored Obama are now tightening significantly. With just 14 days before the election and early voting already open in most states, what can Romney and Obama do to play their strengths and convince still undecided voters to support them?
Team Romney: Team Romney needs to deliver one message all the way down the home stretch, and that message is that he can improve the economy
while Obama cannot. The strength of the economy is the single most important issue in presidential elections, leaving foreign policy and other issues far behind. Romney needs to continue to remind voters Obama’s policies have not succeeded in bringing down unemployment and his own policies will create the jobs Americans need. Romney did a great job doing just this at the debate at DU, appearing on national TV with 67 million people watching around the country. He came across as a strong-willed leader with a different plan to move forward. Although he did not provide specific details of his plan, he was able to rhetorically defeat Obama by dwelling on the unemployment rate over 8 percent and Obama’s adding to the national debt instead of cutting it, as he promised to. Outside of the economy, Romney also needs to appeal more to common everyday Americans and minorities. By everyday Americans, I mean
Team Obama: Team Obama needs to regain the momentum they had during the summer and after the Democratic Convention. After a weak showing at the DU debate, he started to make a comeback after the Hofstra University debate.
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Oct. 23, 2012
Rah Rah’s new sound lacks lyrics by dylan proietti Entertainment Editor
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The drama heats up as doctors Emily Owens (Mamie Gummer, left) and Will Collins (Justin Hartley, right) and a nurse rush to an ambulance to save lives.
by meg mcintyre Contributing Writer
The CW prescribes cure for starving medical drama fans with new show “Emily Owens, M.D.,” the CW’s newest fall addition, is a medical series following a somewhat awkward surgical intern, Emily Owens, as she begins her work at Denver Memorial Hospital. Although its loveable characters and developing drama have hit potential, this juvenile mismash needs to find some direction - stat. The series pilot, which premiered last Tuesday, depicts Emily’s first day on the job. To her dismay, she soon realizes that her high school nemesis, Cassandra, is also interning at Denver Memorial, and that perhaps adult life isn’t going to be quite so different from high school after all. This high school angle is what the series relies on as its hook. From the very beginning, Emily laments that she didn’t thrive in high school, and as the pilot continues, the different specialties of the hospital are compared to adolescent cliques: jocks, mean girls, geeks, etc.
While this aspect gives the series a somewhat unique different spin than other current medical shows, it’s one that is simply too cliché to work effectively and adds an unfortunately redundant flavor to the storyline. However, the show’s biggest downfall is its lack of a individual identity – with characters and plots similar to those of “Grey’s Anatomy” and an inner-monologue technique that hints of “Scrubs,” “Emily Owens, M.D.” appears to be caught amidst the great medical television of the past. What’s more, it’s difficult to tell whether the writers intended for the tone to be dramatic, comedic or both, which leaves the audience not really knowing what to feel. Overall, the pilot may give viewers the feeling that this series isn’t quite ready to be on the air. Yet the CW has created a likable character in Emily Owens (Mamie Gummer, “John Adams”). As a naïve, uncouth intern with a raging crush and plummeting self-esteem, Emily becomes someone that everyone can relate to. Mamie Gummer does a wonderful job playing up Emily’s “sugar, spice and everything nice” qualities, and truly fashions a character that audiences will want to be friends with.
The personality of Emily’s newest cohort, Tyra (Kelly McCreary, “White Collar”) is also intriguing. As the pilot begins, she’s the first to tell Emily what a cutthroat place a hospital can be, but then jumps at the chance to become her new BFF. She then has Emily do favors for her which ultimately puts a dent in Emily’s “good girl” reputation. This leaves audiences wondering what Tyra’s true intentions are, and whether she is actually friend or foe. If Tyra turns out to be the conniving siren that viewers suspect she is, the series could take a much more interesting turn. “Emily Owens, M.D.” may have the potential to become a hit series, but the pilot episode was mediocre. By comparing Emily’s hospital to a high school, the writers of CW have given the show an adolescent vibe that may or may not work in its favor. The pilot seems to swing back and forth between drama and comedy, giving it a somewhat confused and indecisive quality; however, with interesting characterization and decent acting to go with it, the show could work its way up. Hopefully the series will discover its identity as the season progresses, and become one of network television’s better new medical shows.
‘Paranormal Activity’ becoming commonplace by ali baokbah Contributing Writer
Paranormal horror is here again with the debut of the fourth installment of the “Paranormal Activity” series, released last Thursday and subtitled “It’s closer than you think.” While fans of the series will find fun in the familiar horror, this installment may be one step closer to the end for a series that relies on the same stale thrills year after year. The series began in 2009 and received attention from audiences for its unusual and unique style of filming, which imitates an upclose home-movie perspective of the abnormal events from the victims’ video camera. The first three movies generated over $500 million for its producer, Paramount Pictures. The fourth movie, a sequel of the second film, was announced on Jan. 2 and filming beginning on on June 23. Information about the characters was kept undercover to pre-
vent the fans from predicting the plot until trailers were released in August. The fourth movie begins where the second movie ended, choosing the more modern plotline rather than the 1980s story from the third film, when Katie (Katie Featherston) kidnaps her sister’s son Hunter and both disappear without a trace. The new plot unfolds as Alex (Kathryn Newton) films her little brother Wyatt’s (Aiden Lovekamp) soccer match, and first sees “Robbie,” formerly Hunter (Brady Allen), who recently moved to the neighborhood with his mom, Katie. When Katie is in the hospital Alex’s mom (Alexondra Holly) agrees to let Robbie stay in her home, at which point the activity begins. The acting and shooting was similar to previous installments, differing only with the incorporation of laptop webcams in place of video cameras. Genuine acting and the film’s trademark style helped to create a believable
story. Allen’s delightfully haunting performance as Robbie was a particular standout, a gem found in the river of homogeneity that was the film. However, viewers might be disappointed to find many scenes from the trailer were not in the film, raising questions as to what surprises directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman might have in store for audiences. Some critics, such as Scott Weinberg of FEARnet, mentioned there was “some fun” to be had in the film, most agreed the film was mediocre, with scenes that “played it safe,” lacked new ideas and only played to the “die-hard” fan base of “Paranormal Activity.” Though the film boasts solid acting overall and die-hard fans of the movies will likely enjoy it, this fourth installment of the “Paranormal Activity” series has delivered audiences little more than a stale, redundant production.
Canadian indie rock group Rah Rah released their third studio album, The Poet’s Dead, a sonically sound but lyrically flat endeavor, creating a mixed bag of songs and musical variety throughout the album. The band, one of Canada’s up-andcoming indie groups, has constructed a set of ten songs of which no two are the same. The band manages to maintain a rock tone throughout the album, yet elements of pop, electronica and folk can be heard, expanding the musical horizon of the band. In doing so, the band has created a musical smörgåsbord that will both delight and disgust listeners of the band’s newest album. The single and opener, “Art and a Wife” is far and away the best track. The song is catchy, featuring an electric guitar melody that brings to mind a modernized Creedence Clearwater Revival. Erin Passamore’s beautifully strained vocals contrast with vocalist-guitarist Marshall Burns’, layering the track nicely. Backed by violins, Kristina Hedlund maintains the same upbeat tempo begun with “Art and a Wife” in “Prairie Girl.” Clever, melodic lyrics are expertly brought to life by Hedlund’s voice as she sings, “I’ll catch a ride/From another friend in sight/And I’m sure that you’ll be fine/For the rest of the night.” The third track, “First Kiss,” as well as the subsequent track “20s” find themselves overly repetitive, losing listeners with their lyrics rather than engrossing them with the infectious country beat on “First Kiss” or the haunting and ethereal sound on the latter song. In the case of the first song, the phrase “first kiss” is repeated ad nauseum, making listeners plead for any variation. The track “The Poet’s Dead” falls more in the vein of the single, relying on a garage rock sound and a catchy hook in the form of, “The poetry is in your head/Though the poet’s dead.” Though the song runs the risk of being repetitive like earlier tracks, Rah Rah has created an effective grower with the album’s eponymous track. Fast-paced and characterized by cymbals and electric guitar, Hedlund returns on “Run,” which finds itself wandering through the rock genre. Her grungy, tensed vocals bring an urgency to the song and it stands as a beautifully befuddling work. “Fake Love” is without a doubt one of the band’s better attempts on the album, with perfectly apt lyrics like, “I’m just in town for the night/But I’ll get you on the guest list for the show/We’ll get drunk/ Fake our love.” Backed by effective and gentle “ooh-ooh-oohs,” Burns demonstrates his vocal capacity and manages to create a rock tune as catchy as “Art and a Wife.” The album’s closer, “Saint,” tones the record down, creating a somber electro beat under the garage rock sound of the electric guitar. Though a somber approach to the end of the record, “Saint” efficiently and succinctly defines the album: a bit repetitive, but with fantastic instrumental craftsmanship. Rah Rah, still trying to break into the scene, may see some critical recognition for their standout single “Art and a Wife,” but the rest of the album as a whole will likely be forgettable. This is especially true in the sea of indie rock that the band is competing in and Rah Rah has not created enough of a stand out album with The Poet’s Dead to create any measurable splash.
Oct. 23, 2012
Rock bands please crowds at Summit by emily rosenfeld Contributing Writer
Denver’s Summit Music Hall hosted a trio of bands Sunday night. Parachute, Boys Like Girls and The All-American Rejects played to a crowd of teenage fans or those reliving earlier years. The show opened with Parachute, which performed an energy-raising set list and brought the crowd together in a thrilling opener. In the excitement, lead vocalist Will Anderson jumped on his keyboard, causing the stand to collapse. However, like any true performer, he got up, still in tune with the rest of the band, remarking, “I don’t need a keyboard stand anyway.” For the rest of the band’s performance he played the keys right on the floor. The crowd soaked up Kit French’s saxophone solo in “Something to Believe In,” cheering and screaming as he blasted the instrument, sandwiched between electric guitars. Although those in attendance were less familiar with Parachute’s lyrics, they played off of Anderson’s energy and were thoroughly warmed up for Boys Like Girls’ entrance. Boy Like Girls opened with a heart-pumping rendition of “The Great Escape,” getting the crowd prepped and ready for the entertaining set to come. Lead singer Martin Johnson seemed to be enjoying himself as he interacted with the crowd, even singing a song to one girl in the crowd, com-
menting, “Blondie you’re cute.” As the show progressed, the group moved toward older songs, much to the crowd’s delight. “Hero/Heroine,” “Five Minutes to Midnight” and “Heels Over Head and Thunder” were among the audience’s favorites, eliciting the biggest response. Johnson, obviously a fan of having the crowd involved with performances, invited a member of the crowd up to the stage to dance and excite the crowd during the band’s performance of “Life of the Party.” When it came time to perform “Two is Better than One,” which usually features Taylor Swift, Johnson asked the crowd who knew her part, followed by numerous ear piercing screams. After some of the noise died down, one member of the audience was chosen to sing female vocals. As their performance came to a close, the band started to play a fan favorite “Love Drunk,” but not before Johnson stopped abruptly, telling the crowd to put away phones and cameras and to rock the last song old school. After completing the song pre-social media style, the band finished with a cover of “Hey Jude” while the crowd sung along to a great finish. Opening with a dramatic entrance, The All-American Rejects was the climax to the crowd’s night. The band began with the well-known “Dirty Little Secret,” which had everyone jumping and screaming the lyrics. The crowd clearly
Tyson Ritter, lead singer for The All-American Rejects, sings to the crowd during their live show in Denver last Sunday.
responded well to lead singer Tyson Ritter’s eccentric attitude and crazy dance moves. Often he asked the women to sing one part while the men sang another, actively engaging the crowd in his performance. The band played a packed set list, including some of their most popular songs “Move Along,” “It Ends Tonight, “Gives you Hell” and “Swing, Swing.” Fans were familiar with popular lyrics and sang aloud to this last act’s performance even more so
than the others. The All-American Rejects was predicted to be the biggest hit of the night, but fell somewhat short in energy level. Whereas the two preceding acts engaged with the audience and put on more of a show, The All-American Rejects focused primarily on musicality. The songs sounded monotonous and had less individuality than the other performances, sticking close to the way they were recorded and not adding any flair to their live show. Although the audience responded
well to the band’s performance, it was much less memorable and distinct than other songs performed throughout the night. The three performances varied in their approach: Parachute warmed up the crowd with their engaging lead singer, Boys Like Girls worked the crowd into an alt rock frenzy and, finally, The All-American Rejects delivered a set focused on musicality and little else. Overall, the crowd offered fantastic rock festivities that fans of the bands were sure to love.
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Oct. 23, 2012
Pioneer hockey sweeps opening weekend Brittain and Murray dominate in net as 3 goalies vie for starting position by anna gauldin Sports Editor
In its home-opening weekend, the then-No. 7/8 Pioneer hockey team dominated No. 9/10 UMass Lowell 5-1 on Friday night in front of more than 5,000 fans in Magness Arena, setting the tone for another dominating performance against Air Force Academy on Saturday, which Denver won 5-2. “We played pretty well in our first game,” said head coach George Gwozdecky on Friday. “Sam Brittain was great in net.” After the weekend, the Pioneers advanced to No. 5 in the national rankings. Fighting off an aggressive River Hawk offense that put 38 shots on goal, junior goaltender Sam Brittain recorded an impressive 37 saves for Denver. Despite the Pioneers putting fewer shots on goal with 33, Denver was able to send five past Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. The River Hawks were unable to match Denver’s fastpaced offense, as the Pioneers scored their goals in twos and threes. Halfway through the second period, sophomore forwards Ty Loney and Daniel Doremus scored back-to-back goals just over a minute apart. At the 8:35 mark of the third period, freshman defenseman Nolan Zajac scored his first goal as a Pioneer on the power play, opening the lane for two more goals from junior defenseman David Makowski, also on the power play, and Doremus, whose two goals marked a career high. After allowing three goals in less than two minutes, Hellebuyck was replaced by River Hawk goaltender Doug Carr for the final 10 minutes. “Our power play was the key
Junior goaltender Sam Brittain made 37 saves in the Pioneers 5-1 win over UMass Lowell on Friday night in Magness Arena.
to blowing this game open,” said Gwozdecky, whose team capitalized on two of three power plays. Junior forward Josh Holmstrom recorded UMass Lowell’s lone goal at the 15:12 mark of the second period.
Battling the Falcons The Pioneers returned to the ice on Saturday to take on Air Force Academy, who posted a 6-2 loss to Colorado College on Friday night and suffered a similar fate in Magness Arena. “I’m really pleased with the game tonight, with the win, with the opening series sweep,” said Gwozdecky. “I thought some of the things we did tonight we improved upon from last night.” Junior center Nick Shore dominated the Pioneer offense against the Falcons, recording three goals and an assist. Shore’s
hat trick, the first of his career, marked the first hat trick by a Denver hockey player since former Pioneer Jason Zucker’s on Dec. 3, 2010, against Minnesota Duluth. Shore opened the scoring at the 17:42 mark of the first period on the power play and then boosted Denver to a 2-0 lead with eight minutes remaining in the second. Air Force’s Casey Kleisinger brought the score to 2-1 just under three minutes into the third period. Shore’s third goal came less than a minute later, however, reestablishing Denver’s two-goal lead at 3-1 off assists from defensemen freshman Dakota Mermis and sophomore Scott Mayfield. “He’s got a really good shot, an accurate shot,” said Gwozdecky of Shore. “He had a great night and led us to the win. It’s his line that’s our top line; they are the one that generates not only a lot of the offensive chances, but generates
our emotional momentum.” Sophomore defenseman Joey LaLeggia scored on the power play at the 7:42 mark of the final period, but was answered 40 seconds later by a goal from Falcon Chad Demers, bringing the score to 4-2 Denver. Sophomore forward Zac Larazza sealed the deal for Denver with an empty-net goal 15 seconds before the end of the contest. Defending the Pioneer goal was senior Adam Murray, who recorded 22 saves. With impressive performances from both Murray (97 percent save average) and Brittain (92 percent save average) this weekend, and with sophomore goaltender Juho Olkinuora still waiting for his turn to display his talents, the goaltender position in Denver is yet to be decided. “It’s going to be a battle,” said Gwozdecky. “All three are going to get a couple games to show what
they can do. We’ll know at some point in the next month what our goaltending situation will be like.” The Pioneer offense again dominated the game, nearly doubling the Falcons’ shots on goal with 42 to 24. Denver also controlled the faceoffs in Saturday’s game, winning 32 of 50 for 64 percent and improving greatly over Friday’s performance of 25 of 63 (39.7 percent). “We have a certain set of objectives we try to hit every game, and one of those is to get at least 60 percent [of faceoffs],” said Gwozdecky. “When you can win a faceoff, you gain automatic possession. It takes away any energy the other team has.” The Pioneers return to action for homecoming weekend, when they host Michigan Tech (2-2-0, 1-1-0 WCHA) for their WCHA opener on Friday at 7:37 p.m. and on Saturday at 7:07 p.m.
lin Bast. Also of note was sophomore midfielder Anna Willis with three assists. Hamilton scored what was her 11th goal this season in the 15th minute of play. Sophomore Nikki Pappalardo passed her the ball and Hamilton was able to beat the keeper one on one. The Roadrunners evened up scoring in the 29th minute on a penalty kick after a Pioneer handball. UTSA freshman midfielder Simone Boye made the kick, tallying her third goal of the season. UTSA had another opportunity to score off a free kick 10 minutes later. Senior goalkeeper for the Crimson and Gold, Lara Campbell, made the diving save to keep the game tied. In the 42nd minute, the Pioneers gained the lead. Willis passed to Harlan, who was able to shoot it in from 15 yards out. Within a minute of this second goal, UTSA’s junior midfielder Valentina Lefort nearly tied it
up with a close range kick. Once again, Campbell had the save. Later in the game, Hamilton scored her second goal of the afternoon and 12th of the season. Senior forward Kalie Vaughn made the pass to Denver’s leading scorer in the 58th minute of play. UTSA junior forward Maria Jose Rojas scored in the 72nd minute to bring the Roadrunners within one, but it was not enough, as DU finished ahead. “This match was a little bit up and down,” said head coach Jeff Hooker. “I was disappointed to give up that second goal, but we responded when we had to. We never gave up, and I’m proud of how we closed the game in the last 15 minutes.” Sunday’s game was much less of a shootout, as the Pioneers bested Texas State 1-0 at senior day on CIBER Field. Before the game, seniors Kalie Vaughn, Kaitlin Bast, Maria Khan, Katy
Van Lieshout and Lara Campbell were honored. “It was tough seeing that emotion for our seniors before the game, but they were very strong and focused throughout,” said Hooker. Bast scored the lone goal in the 32nd minute while Vaughn and junior midfielder Nicholette DiGiacomo each had a touch. This assist put DiGiacomo into a tie for third on DU’s alltime assists list. “We had a really nice goal in the first half,” Hooker said. “After that, we stopped putting pressure around them and knocked the ball around a bit since we didn’t need another goal. We were able to keep the ball most of the match and protect against the counter.” The Pioneers will wrap up the regular season next weekend on the road, when they take on Idaho on Friday afternoon and Seattle on Sunday afternoon.
Women’s soccer advances in WAC
Junior midfielder Nicholette DiGiacomo beats a defender in Denver’s 1-0 win over Texas State on Sunday at CIBER Field.
by marley schafer Staff Writer
DU women’s soccer added two more wins to their record on Friday and Sunday, moving up to second place in the Western Athletic Conference with a record of 12-1-4 overall and 4-0-2 in the WAC.
On Friday, Denver hosted the University of Texas - San Antonio and beat the Roadrunners 4-2. Junior forward Kristen Hamilton led the team with two goals and one assist, earning five points for the second straight game. Sophomore midfielder Lydia Harlan added another goal, as did senior forward Kait-
Oct. 23, 2012
Men’s soccer nets 2 conference wins by dalton handy Staff Writer
Senior Blake Shannon led the Pioneers to a weekend sweep with a pair of goals.
The Pioneer men’s soccer team (8-4-3, 3-3-1 MPSF) posted two victories over the weekend, topping San Jose State 4-0 on Friday and defeating Seattle 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at CIBER Field. On Friday evening, the Pioneers got out to a hot start for the second Friday in a row, scoring just 2:33 seconds into their victory over visiting San Jose State. Denver would eventually add three more goals, outshooting the Spartans 22-4 in the match and winning 4-0. “It definitely set the tone [for the weekend],” said senior defender Blake Shannon. “We came out flying on Friday and we knew that if we play that way, we’re going to be a tough team to beat.” Just as junior midfielder Zach Bolden had the week before against Houston Baptist, Shannon gave DU a 1-0 lead just minutes into the game. This week, the goal came off of a restart in the corner that senior midfielder Josh Wren directed to the head of Shannon at the six-yard box. “I thought it was one of our most complete performances,” said head coach Bobby Muuss. “We got a very good goal early. We let up a little midway through the first half, but we responded in the second half; I think we outshot them 13-1. When we have a group of guys playing well
at the same time, we get results him in second place on the team. After his performance over like we did here tonight.” San Jose State came into the weekend, Shannon was the match with a 3-1-1 record named the MPSF Player of the in the Mountain Pacific Sports Week on Monday. “We’ve been looking for Federation, yet managed just four shots for the second game someone that really wants to in a row. Their previous game stand out on restarts,” said was a 3-2 home loss to UNLV. Muuss. “I think [Shannon] got The loss at Denver was the first two game winners this weekend. He’s been resourceconference road ful in front of the loss of the year for “When we goal. He’s been the Spartans. tremendous this Denver came have a group season.” into the game 1-3-1 of guys playOnce again, in conference, but was able to pull off ing well at the Denver outshot its the decisive victory. same time, we opponent by a double-digit margin, Junior midfielder Cole Chapleski get the results holding a 23-4 edge on Sunday. Sophoscored twice during more goalkeeper the game to lead the like we did Oliver Brown only Pioneers. here Friday.” had to make one His first goal save in recording put the Pioneers his third shutout of up 2-0 in the 23rd Bobby Muuss, the season. minute, adding Head Coach Despite their another in the 81st minute. Senior forward Joe heavy shot advantage, the PioEubanks’ scored Denver’s final neers struggled to score against a team that averages 2.5 goals goal less than a minute later. On Sunday, the Pioneers against on the season. “This group is a group that would have to wait much longer to get their first goal. However, we believe can be pretty good,” once again, it was Shannon who said Muuss. “It’s a sign of a good team gave DU the lead. In the 71st minute, Bolden when you don’t have your best crossed the ball into the penalty performance and you get a result. box, where senior midfielder Conference games, no matter Josh Wren got a touch on the ball where you play, who you play, before Shannon was able to drive they’re wars. But the guys got it home. It was the defender’s through it, showed some grit and fifth goal of the season, putting found a way to win the game.”
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Oct. 23, 2012
Junior forward Kristen Hamilton is currently leading the Western Athletic Conference in goals (12), goals per game (0.71), points (28) and points per game (1.65).
Women’s soccer forward dominates WAC scoring by michael gooch Contributing Writer
Junior forward Kristen Hamilton, who is currently leading the women’s soccer team with a total of 12 goals, is gaining recognition as a player on both a local and a national scale. Hamilton currently leads the Western Athletic Conference in goals (12), goals per game (0.71), points (28) and points per game (1.65). A series of awards came as a result of Hamilton’s performance both this season as a whole, and specifically in the team’s game against Portland on Sept. 23, a 3-1 win for the Pioneers and a careerfirst hat trick for Hamilton. With two games remaining in the regular season, Hamilton
sits seventh on the Pioneers’ all-time goals list. Since her performance against Portland, Hamilton has been named the WAC Player of the Week and the CollegeSoccer360.com National Primetime Player of the Week, and she was named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week. “It was really cool, but it was all my team; it was a huge team effort to win,” said Hamilton. “It was right after the Portland game when I scored three goals [that these awards started coming in]. I got great assists from my teammates, so I can’t really take personal credit for the win, but it feels pretty good.” That mentality of team effort is what allows Hamilton and the Pioneers to work together and showcase each player’s individual strengths. “I think it’s an honor that we’ve had a lot of different indi-
vidual awards,” said head coach Jeff Hooker. “It just goes to show that if the team wins, people are going to get recognized. It’s great for the team, because that means the team is doing well.” The team currently boasts a winning record of 12-1-4. Hamilton is also having success of her own, leading the team in points, goals, shots and game-winning goals. She has currently scored a career total of 35 goals. “The good thing about the offensive players is that no one really cares who gets the goals or who gets the assist, as long as we’re winning,” said Hooker. “It’s a very positive and healthy atmosphere for everybody. Kristen’s benefited a lot from that by getting some great passes and being poised and finishing a lot of her chances.” It reinforces Hamilton’s idea of putting the team first and crediting players for individual
success. Hamilton stressed that her main focus is on winning as a team and helping everyone reach their maximum potential. “Just coming out to every practice and everyone trying as hard as they can is making everybody better,” said Hamilton. “Also, the internal competition of the players – we have a lot of other good forwards that push me everyday, and we’re all out here pushing each other to become the best.” Hamilton has been pushing herself with soccer since she started playing competitively at age 10. According to Hooker, she continues to push her limits today and always recognizes her team’s role in her own triumphs. “She can’t be happy with where we are and say, ‘well, I have so many goals, and the team has so many wins,’” said Hooker. “Our goals are beyond that; our goal is to win the conference tournament and to win the conference regular season.” Hamilton said she is putting the team’s goals first and is working towards winning the conference. As far as soccer after her final season next year, she’s not fully committed to the idea of post-collegiate soccer, but she said it’s not completely out of the question. “I don’t know if I necessarily want to pursue it after college,” said Hamilton. “It’s something I’m still thinking about. I went to watch the national team’s game and it almost made me want to pursue it after, but we’ll have to see how that goes.” In the meantime, she’s focusing on her academics and her newly decided major of finance. With the rest of the season to come and another to follow next year, Hamilton has more time to help her team succeed and in return gain her own recognition. “She has great balance in her life,” said Hooker. “If she can compete at this level and get things done in the classroom, you know she’s going to go a long way. She’s got a lot of things going for her.”
Volleyball victorious on the road
Pioneers break on-theroad losing streak with back-to-back wins
by marley schafer Staff Writer
The Pioneer volleyball team broke their on-the-road losing streak and was able to continue what is now a four-game winning streak by beating Louisiana Tech and University of Texas – Arlington on Thursday and Saturday, respectively, to stretch their conference win streak to four as well. On Thursday, the Pioneers beat the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters 25-13, 25-20, 22-25 and 25-13. In both the first and last set, the Pioneers posted twice as many kills as the opposition. DU is currently leading the conference in offensive efficiency with an average of .25. “We did a very good job of blocking, defending and creating opportunities in transition, which is key for us,” said head coach Jesse Mahoney. “In the third set, the one we lost, we were not too good defensively, but we woke
up in the fourth and were able to Vido finished with nine kills each. Stephany Salas also tallied finish strong.” Juniors Colleen King and 19 digs. Alex Turgeon led the team in kills Mahoney, whose team has with 10 and 15, respectively. They struggled on the road throughalso each added three blocks. out conference play this season, Turgeon recently said he was pleased moved into a start- “We did a very with the victory. ing role as an out“It’s been a good job of side hitter. tough year for us “[The new on the road; we position] definitely blocking, haven’t had a true is a responsibility, defending and road win yet,” said but it’s also lot of Mahoney. “To get fun,” said Turgeon. creating that win under any “I just try to be opportunities circumstances is as consistent as nice. We certainly possible, which in transition.” used some of the is something the momentum from this last weekend coaching staff has playing at home really stressed and Jesse Mahoney, Head Coach and took that with helped me with.” us on the road.” Senior Faimie On Saturday, Kingsley had nine kills and eight blocks, while the Crimson and Gold beat the freshman Michele Swope earned University of Texas – Arlington nine kills and 19 digs. Sopho- Mavericks 3-1 in four sets, with more libero Kate Acker also had scores of 23-25, 25-22, 25-20 and 25-23. 19 digs. Again, the Pioneers’ On the other side of the net, Fenix Calderon led the Lady strength was in their offense as Techsters with 11 kills, while they topped UTA in kills in all Regan Himmelberg and Clara four sets. Their kill percentage in
each game was even better, never falling below .227. Hitters King, Kingsley and Swope combined for a total of 42 kills, with 19, 12 and 11 respectively. Kingsley also added eight blocks, while Swope tallied 11 digs. Junior Brea Muhle finished with six blocks, seven kills and four digs. Acker had 24 digs and senior Lyndi Johnson, who is returning from an injury and was just cleared to play on Thursday, posted 13. Sophomore setters Bailey Karst and Frances Carroll had 29 and 24 assists, respectively. “These were really big wins for us, definitely confidence builders,” said King. “Playing at home last week with our fan base helped us to take that game on the road and find our rhythm.” This win brings DU to 12-9 overall and 4-7 in the Western Athletic Conference. The team will try to continue their fourgame win streak as they host the University of Northern Colorado and New Mexico State on Tuesday and Saturday in Hamilton Gymnasium.
hockey season The Clarion sports staff dives deep into the world of athletics.
by alex proietti Assistant Sports Editor
As the sports seasons gear up with the NFL in full swing and the MLB championship series in action, a void has been left in the hearts of many sports fans around the world, myself included, as the NHL remains inactive. The season was set to start Oct. 11, but to the dismay of many, the worst thing in sports that could have happened did: the lock-out. Hockey fans have it the worst by far, losing 1,698 games to lockouts since 1992. In the same amount of time, the MLB has missed 938 games, the NBA 504 and the NFL zero. While the recent referee lockout affected several games, it is no contest. So what is it? Why is the league so stingy with their players? At this point, if the league wants to preserve an 82-game season, something’s got to give. The NHL made an extremely revised proposal to the NHLPA on Wednesday to resolve the lockout. The league offered this proposal based on what they believe is fair sharing of revenues between the players and the clubs. It does not require any rollback in the salaries of players and attempts to recognize and protect prior contractual commitments, providing for increased revenue sharing that targets the teams most in need. This proposal, while slightly better than anything we’ve seen so far, still puts the players at a disadvantage in terms of payment and isn’t looking likely to be one they accept. It also eliminates almost all free-agent opportunities. From a player standpoint, why would they want to agree now? In the last lockout, they gave the owners what they wanted, taking both a 24 percent salary rollback and a salary cap. Now, the owners are asking for even more and not offering anything in return. Most, if put in the players’ positions, would likely be upset at the prospect of doing the same amount of work but having the revenue distributed. The proposal stating one would make $45,000 instead of the full $50,000 - but if the club does particularly well, could possibly still make the full amount - doesn’t have many people excited. However, we’ve missed almost 2,000 games in the past 10 years. What is going wrong? Every other professional sport has been able to handle these situations and manage them in an efficient way. Ultimately, the next few weeks leading up to the potential start date on Nov. 2 come down to whether the players are willing to give up $1.8 billion in salaries to a lost season and if the owners are willing to lose $1.5 billion, but more importantly, risk losing an entire fanbase to the third lockout in 18 years. Let’s face it, there is only one way to solve this problem, not only this year, but long-term. These owners need to suck it up and stop being so stingy. Nobody benefits from the lock-out, so let’s get over the whining and just settle it already. After all, it’s been long enough.
Published on Oct 23, 2012