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Vol. 120, Issue 11
April 16, 2013
New hockey coach hired by alex proietti Sports Editor
DU announced yesterday at 11 a.m. that Jim Montgomery will become the eighth Pioneer head hockey coach the program has seen, just two weeks after his predecessor, George Gwozdecky, was released as the men’s head hockey coach. “From the onset of our search, Jim Montgomery was at the top of our list, and it is an absolute pleasure to welcome him to the Pioneer family,” said vice chancellor for athletics and recreation Peg Bradley-Doppes. “Jim has all of the attributes needed to successfully take the reins of our hockey program – a commitment to excellence, integrity and superb hockey acumen to name just a few. He has won at every level, and most importantly, he has comported himself with class and dignity at every stop. With this hire, we have landed a coach who has the experience and enthusiasm to guide our talented student-athletes to excel in the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference,” said Bradley-Doppes.
Gwozdecky’s top two assistant coaches, associate head coach Steve Miller and goaltending specialist David Lassonde will stay on with the program under Montgomery. Miller was with Gwozdecky all 19 years and has been at DU for 23 seasons. Forty-three year-old Montgomery is currently the head coach/general manager of the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League (JuniorA amateur). He coached the Fighting Saints to the Clark Cup championships during his first season and was recognized as the USHL General Manager of the Year, an award voted on by his peers. Montgomery led the Fighting Saints to a 45-11-8 record this season and clinched the Eastern Conference Championship and regular-season USHL title. Prior to his time with the Fighting Saints, Montgomery coached in the collegiate division as an assistant coach at Notre Dame during the 2005-2006 season and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 2006-2010 after wrapping up a 12-year professional career.
Montgomery played 122 NHL games with five teams in six years, including the St. Louis Blues, the Montreal Canadiens, the Philadelphia Flyers, the San Jose Sharks and the Dallas Stars. Preceding his professional career, Montgomery played at Maine, where he remains the all-time leading scorer with 301 points on 103 goals and 198 assists in 170 games over a four year career ending in 1993 and is one of only three players to have his jersey retired at Alfond Arena. He also led the 1992-1993 team as the captain to the school’s first NCAA championship. The team went 42-1-2 that season and Montgomery was a Hobey Baker Award finalist. “I am honored to become the eighth head coach of the University of Denver’s storied hockey program,” said Montgomery. “I look forward to building upon the tradition of excellence created over the past 60 years by Murray Armstrong, and continued through the decades with other outstanding coaches, most notably George Gwozdecky - all have been blessed with some incred-
ibly talented student-athletes who have played at DU. The vision and leadership of Chancellor Coombe and Athletic Director Peg Bradley-Doppes for the University of Denver and its studentathletes has me excited about what we can achieve together.”
photo courtesy of denverpioneers.com
New hockey coach Jim Montgomery.
Flag display Event showcases drag royalty, dancing raises questions by megan sehr Contributing Writer
Controversy arose during Never Again!’s annual Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week after a group of unidentified students placed flags juxtaposing the Holocaust memorial on Driscoll Green late Monday night. Never Again!, an organization dedicated to genocide awareness, sets up a memorial every year on Driscoll Green to remember the state-sponsored genocide committed by Nazi Germany. Referred to as the “Field of Flags,” the display memorializes groups systematically murdered by the Nazis including Jews, Poles, Roma and homosexuals. On April 9, members of Never Again! discovered that a group of students placed flags opposite to the Holocaust memorial during the night without permission from campus administrators, prompting a response from Never Again!. “We feel like those students turned the memorial into something political,” said Never Again!’s vice president and senior, Stuart Portman. photo courtesy of stacey stevens
QSA members celebrated diversity and dressed in drag for the club’s event.
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April 16, 2013
Students robbed Project makes a splash at gunpoint for water conservation
No suspects identified for robbery outside Jordan’s
covered these two people were following them.” Banet said that as the two students started to run away from their followers, the shorter suspect stood by sarah ford in front of them and pulled out a Managing Editor gun, and the suspects demanded Two students were robbed at the students’ items. After the robgunpoint last Wednesday at about bery, the suspects reportedly ran 11 p.m. by two unknown men from the scene. on the corner of Asbury Avenue The students filed a report and Josephine Street according with both DCS and DPD directly to Department of Campus Safety after the robbery. (DCS) spokesman In response to Stephen Banet. the crime, DCS has “Money, a walThe students placed crime notices were robbed of let or a watch throughout campus their book bags, — all that can be and in the apartwallets and their ment buildings near cellphones. The sus- replaced, but a campus according pects are described to Banet. Banet also as “two African person can’t be.” said DCS officers American males in and DPD frequently their 20’s, one 6’0” the area where Stephen Banet, De- check tall and the other the crime occurred. shorter” in a crime partment of CamBanet said a alert released by pus Safety spokessimilar armed robDCS Thursday. The bery occurred in description also person the same area two said the suspects years ago, though were “both wearing dark colored the suspect descriptions in that hooded sweat shirts and pants” at case were different. the time of the robbery. The crime alert released by According to Denver Police DCS encourages anyone who Department (DPD) spokesman notices suspicious people or activiAaron Kafer, there are currently ties to contact DPD or DCS, to no suspects in the case. However, remain alert at all times and to conpolice are looking through video- tact DCS for escorts when walking tape evidence of the area from the on or near campus alone. time of the robbery. Banet also encouraged anyone The student victims were faced with a similar situation not on their way to their off-campus to fight back. home from the Anderson Aca“We never advise [anyone] demic Commons when they to fight [when confronted with an noticed the robbers following armed robber]. As long as it’s a robthem, according to Banet. bery, just give them what they want. “Over by Jordan’s they first Money, a wallet or a watch -- all noticed these two individuals that can be replaced, but a person standing on the corner across the can’t be,” Banet said. street from them,” said Banet. “As Anyone with information on they walked east on University the crime can contact DPD at 720and north on Josephine they dis- 913-2000 or DCS at 303-871-3000.
by lanna giauque Staff Writer
A group of students has started a new program, called Project Xeri, to address the issue of water use in Denver through water-conserving landscaping practices, outreach and education in a local school, and media outreach in conjunction with Denver Water. According to Project Xeri’s Head of Marketing and Communications Jill Hamilton, a sophomore environmental science and strategic communications major, the population of Denver is growing exponentially, which is complicating issues like water use and conservation. “Water use is one of the major challenges for the Denver community right now,” said Hamilton. Project Xeri is designed to address this problem through a multifaceted approach that will include several initiatives for water conservation and management. The first, according to Hamilton, is a push for better landscaping practices. Project Xeri will create an example of water-friendly landscaping (known as xeriscaping) by creating a design for the yard of a University-owned rental property on High Street. This project is designed to allow the community to see what a yard designed to conserve water might look like. “A lot of people have this preconceived notion of cacti in your front yard with rocks and gravel and it’s not that way at all,” said Hamilton. She says instead, the model yard will use native species in its landscaping, which use significantly less water than the nonnative grasses often used in yards.
These native species include several varieties of wildflowers as well as grasses that can look very similar to the green, non-native ones commonly used in yards. Hamilton says another important aspect of waterfriendly landscaping is balancing between species. For example, she says a yard might have one section with native wildflowers, which require a little more water, balanced by a section with another species that uses very little water. “Fifty-four percent of water use in Colorado is for lawns,” said Hamilton. “But it’s not natural to have a green lawn here.” The example yard will also include a drip irrigation system, which is an alternative to traditional sprinklers that reduces the amount of water lost to evaporation. Another initiative by Project Xeri will be community engagement through education programs at local schools, which will include a garden being planted at Thomas Jefferson High School. Additionally, the group will be assisting Denver Water with a media outreach campaign, including the design of informational tools such as brochures and videos. The students are also working with DU Property Management, DU Facilities and Landscaping and Denver Public Schools to accomplish the goals of Project Xeri. So far, Hamilton says people have been very excited about Project Xeri. After the group presented the project at a Sustainability Council-sponsored “Teach-in Tuesday,” Hamilton says there was a lot of interest in the project from students and the community. “The level of response and excitement that we’ve had is really,
really encouraging,” Hamilton said. Chelsea Warren, Head of Finance for Project Xeri, says that engaging the community was one of the aspects of the project that she was especially excited about. “We knew we would have a product at the end of the year, but we could expand on it and reach out into the community as well,” Warren said. In addition to Hamilton and Warren, the group includes sophomores Allison Boyd, Annalee Ring and Jessie Anderson. Most of the members are majoring in the sciences or environmental sciences and Hamilton says all of them are interested in sustainability issues. Warren says she thinks the skills she learned in this project will help her in the future. “Plugging into the sustainability community was huge,” she said. “I think in college you learn about all the problems, but this project was a great way to see what everyone else is doing and find ways to really help fix these problems.” Looking ahead, Hamilton says the group sees this initiative having the potential to be very successful in Denver. “Unlike a lot of environmental projects in sustainability that people see as hugging trees, this is Denver water,” said Hamilton. “We’re talking about the well-being of everyone—it goes much further than just saving water for fish or for wildlife. It’s really about having a balance between natural resources and community success.” The group is currently looking for volunteers to help with planting and outreach. More information can be found on the Project Xeri Facebook page.
Students help Sodexo rise to ‘real food’ challenge Dining halls plan to increase food sourced from 250 miles away or less by sarah ford Managing Editor
Denver Dining by Sodexo will begin tracking its food purchases and determine ways to increase the amount bought through local and sustainable markets in response to a recently initiated national Sodexo company partnership with Real Food Challenge, according to Resident District Manager of Sodexo Ira Simon. The Real Food Challenge is a national, student-initiated campaign to encourage school dining services to buy more local and sustainable products; it “challenges” participating schools to have 20 percent “real” food by the year 2020. “Real” food is classified as fitting into at least one of the four elements of local, organic, fair trade and humane. “When you look at what we have committed as a company and what the Real Food Challenge is all about, it’s a perfect partnership,” said Simon. According to an informa-
tional release by Real Food Challenge, ten campuses nationwide have signed an agreement to participate in the challenge. In order to evaluate Sodexo’s food purchases, Campus Sustainability Coordinator Chad King will assist a team of students in going through Sodexo’s invoices to determine the amount of food purchased that can be considered “real” food. The group, most of which come from a campus writing class, will work through several months of invoices and identify products purchased by Sodexo that currently fall into the category of “real food.” King is also working under the classification system of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), which offers a “Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Ratings System” (STARS) to assess campus sustainability. DU has been reporting sustainability numbers through this program for two years, though not at the depth required for the Real Food Challenge, which requires line-by-line invoice analysis. “Our goal really is to get a good snapshot of where we are
right now and be as transparent as possible with the whole community,” said King. The results of each month tracked and longer will be released for interested students and faculty. King said the students will evaluate food purchases and the percentage of “real food” by looking over the invoices of four representative months from throughout the year. He hopes to have a full in-depth report on the status of sustainability and “real food” purchased by Sodexo prepared by the start of the 20132014 academic year. Simon said the challenge will be made even more difficult by DU’s location. “In Colorado the growing season ends in November, and you can’t get fresh produce again until May or June at the earliest,” said Simon. “So it’s a little more challenging for us to have local foods 12 months a year.” King identified a similar set of challenges. “This institution is very large and we are in a state where it is very hard to get organic produce year-round,” he said. Simon is currently waiting for King and the student group
to identify the baseline Sodexo currently stands at in terms of the amount of “real food” it offers, and plans to initiate strategies to increase that number after it is found. “Sodexo’s partnership with the Real Food Challenge is to create the opportunity for students to come in and measure our food,” said Simon. “Then Sodexo works with our purveyors in helping us to buy the food more locally.” According to AASHE, which King is using in addition to the Real Food Challenge, “local” is defined as anything produced within 250 miles of Denver. This radius will be used to identify “local” foods for the Real Food Challenge. Simon said the challenge will also provide more opportunity to Sodexo in addition to the students. “We’ve got an opportunity to do a better job of telling our story, and the Real Food Challenge absolutely gives us a consistent way to do it because we know what our goals are, and now we can identify what we’re doing better,” said Simon. However, Simon acknowl-
edged that the goal of 20 percent “real food” could take some time to achieve. “There are a great deal of processes that have to get done,” said Simon. “We don’t just go down to the guy at the end of the corner selling food out of his truck.” Though there is still a lot that must be determined, both King and Simon said they were excited for the possibilities of the new partnership. “The Real Food Challenge is a good way of quantifying where we stand,” said King. “We’ll have to see, I’m curious to see how our first year will go. I am excited to see students involved in data collection and the process every step of the way.” Simon agreed, saying the partnership comes at a good time for Sodexo and DU because it provides the chance for Sodexo to delve further into sustainability practices. “There’s a process in place, and some students who want to be involved, and this timing with Sodexo’s partnership with Real Food Challenge, its like the perfect storm,” said Simon. “It’s all coming together.”
April 16, 2013
Community honors fallen student Vigil pays testament to King’s energy, positivity by gigi peccolo News editor
Hundreds of students attended a remembrance vigil honoring Wilson King last night, who was fatally struck by a vehicle early last Friday morning. The vigil started at 7 p.m. and was held in the Governor’s Ballroom in the Driscoll Student Center. “We are gathered here this evening by death, the end of a good person’s life, a tragic end of a good person’s short life, the life of Wilson King,” said University Chaplain Gary Brower. “Though we will mourn, for mourn we must, there must also be a time for remembering the person he was, and let this be a time for affirming the kind of life which he lived.” Several of King’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members recalled their times with King, who was a second year business major from Winnetka, Ill. “Wilson King was a special, special guy,” said close friend Charlie Struthers. “He was such a ‘yes’ kind of guy; he never said ‘no’ to anything.” SAE President Parker Roe also shared his memories of King. “He did what he wanted to do and he made himself happy and consequently, he brought up everyone else around him
in a way that I’ve never seen anyone else do,” said Roe. Fraternity brother Patrick Machell said King was a “truly remarkable person and great friend.” “His energy, smile, laughter and his personality were all infectious to everyone he met,” said Machell. “What I want people to remember about Wilson is that from the moment he set foot on this campus, to early that Friday morning, he loved his time here and the people that he spent time with.” Another fraternity brother, Chad Ledy called King “one of the best people I’ve ever met.” “As a chapter, we’ve been together a ton and we’ve had a ton of opportunities to share stories and awesome memories and just all the things that Wilson was really about,” said Ledy. “It kind of took each of us individually to find out our own little piece of him.” Roe encouraged everyone to be a little bit more like King. “We need to do everything in our power to make ourselves a little bit happier and in turn, we’ll all be a little bit better from it,” said Roe. “He would really really appreciate this. I love you buddy, I know you’re looking down on us.” DU addressed King’s death with “great sadness” in an official statement to the DU community. “During difficult times like this it is important that our DU community
come together to support one another,” said the DU statement. According to Denver Police Department spokesman Aaron Kafer, the accident took place at 12:38 a.m. near East Evans Avenue and South High Street. “It appeared that the victim had tried to cross Evans midwalk, so he was not in the intersection when he was struck,” said Kafer. King was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle involved stayed; Kafer said the police do not suspect that alcohol was involved on the part of the driver. Campus Safety Sgt. Stephen Banet said there were four DPD police cars on the scene when Campus Safety arrived. Shortly after they got there, paramedics arrived. According to Banet, there have been a number of vehicle-pedestrian or vehicle bicycle accidents over the last three or four years. Banet said students need to take extra precautions, especially when crossing high traffic streets like University and Evans. “I think they need to use the crosswalks and wait for the lights to cross the street,” said Banet. “I know it can be an inconvenience but it sure is a safer way of doing things.” Banet could not comment on more specific details of the tragedy due to the ongoing investigation. Director of Counseling Services
Case competition awards $12K to inclusive students by sarah ford Managing Editor
The Daniels College of Business held its fourth Inclusive Case Competition on Friday, allowing eight teams total to compete for the first time. More students applied to participate in the program than ever before according to Dorothy Joseph, associate dean for diversity and inclusive excellence at the Daniels College of Business. Joseph said that while last year brought applications from six four man teams, this year there were applications from nine teams each with five to six members. One team was eliminated before the competition. “Compared to last time, we were basically overwhelmed,” Joseph said about the increase in applications. Joseph said the increase in attention is due to heightened outreach throughout Daniels and other departments for this year’s competition. This year, the department held two “lunch and learns” about the events, which allowed interested parties to learn about the program through a lunch discussion. Daniels also advertised with posts on Facebook and their website. Joseph said they also reached out to other campus departments
about the competition. “This was the most diversity we have ever had in our divisions,” she said. Participants represented six different departments on campus: the Daniels College of Business, the Graduate School of Social Work, Sturm College of Law, the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the Division of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Korbel School of International Studies. Each team presented to a panel of judges a case proposal offering a method to solve a real-life company issue provided by Century Link. They asked students to present methods to hire technical workers and combat a maturing work force, as well as propose a way to fill 800 open spots in Monroe, La. The winning team, who gave themselves the name “Daniels Diversity Consulting,” consisted of Elya Kinsey, a finance major; Vanessa Jones, a marketing major, Jacob Hancock, in his second year of the IMBA program; Matthew Cole, also in his second year of the IMBA program and Chris Ricci, earning a degree in the Juris Doctor/Master of Science in Finance (JD/MSF) program. They were awarded a total of $6000 award money. The second–place team, “Inclusult,” was granted $4000 and
the third place team, “Pioneers of Varietas,” was awarded $2000. Each team was given three to four weeks to prepare for the competition after teams received the case on March 15. “There are five of us in the team from three different programs, so scheduling was definitely the biggest challenge,” said Cole. Accepting both undergraduate and graduate Daniels students, as well as students from other disciplines, the annual case competition gives competitors the opportunity to be recognized by companies and gain experience in giving a real case proposal. The competition was judged by a panel of judges representing sponsoring companies including Target, Century Link, United Launch Alliance, Charles Schwab and Molson Coors. Other companies which sent representatives were Kaiser Permanente, First Bank, United Launch Alliance and one independent consultant. “That’s what our students get out of this is the opportunity to network with these companies,” said Joseph. Companies may also use student suggestions in their real practices, and some have even hired students after watching their presentations. “It’s a lot of give and take,” said Joseph.
photo courtesy of Winnetka.suntimes.com
Wilson King, 20, was a business major from Winnetka, Ill. He was also a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
Jacaranda Palmateer said counselors are available to talk to students. “When we have, obviously, a tragedy like this on campus, we want to make sure people are aware of what we have available normally, but then also really encourage people to call,” said Palmateer. “We’re happy to come and meet with folks that are affected as a group, or we’re happy to meet one on one with people as well.” Students interested in talking with HCC counselors can call 303-871-2205.
Clarion nominated for top 100 student newspapers by anita balakrishnan Editor-in-chief
The DU Clarion has been nominated for inclusion on a list of the 100 Best Student Newspapers that will soon be featured on JournalismDegree.org. The final rankings have not been finalized. According to a release from the site, it caters to prospective students in journalism, who are likely to “cut their teeth” as reporters, photographers and editors at a college or university newspaper. “We think showing our readers the best of the best in student journalism will motivate them to strive for the highest quality in their own work during school and in their careers,” wrote staff member Kara James in the release. “We think your paper is a great example for student journalists and aspiring pros to check
out as they hone their skills.” Editor Elect Alex Johnson expressed “gratitude” at the recognition. “We feel honored to have been awarded this distinction,” said Johnson. “I believe it is a reflection of our 120 years of tradition on campus, and our commitment to excellence in student journalism.” Sarah Ford, Managing Editor, also responded to the release. “I think that the nomination is really a reflection of the quality work that all the staff members put in every week,” said Ford. “I think it will really serve as an impetus for students, faculty and staff to recognize the quality work that we do and set the standard for our work as a staff going forward.” JournalismDegree.org is still seeking nominations for their finalized rankings. Contact Kara@ journalismdegree.org for details.
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April 16, 2013
Panel parses out pot policies Drug week examines effect of marijuana legalization on Latin America by sarah ford Managing Editor
Several groups in association with the Korbel School of International Studies and the Sturm College of Law sponsored a series of events this week for “drug week,” which focused on Colorado’s drug policies in association with other parts of the world, particularly Latin America, according to event organizer and Korbel graduate student Alison Lowe. The events were organized to examine the statewide, national and particularly international effect of Colorado’s passage of Amendment 64 last November, which legalized and will regulate use of marijuana for those above 21 years of age. The week of events was organized by the Denver Women in International Security, the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), the Organization of Security Students and the Spanish Speaking Lawyers Association. “I hope the events give an opportunity for people to hear how legalization will affect the drug war,” said Lowe.
The week featured a series related to Latin America, and of events including the screen- an examination of drug policy ing of the documentary film sounded relevant to both Colo“The House I Live In” Tuesday, rado and the national and intera workshop entitled “Overview national community. “The big question is, once of the International Drug Problem” Wednesday, a speech the U.S. does this [legalization by keynote speaker Francisco of marijuana], what does the Thoumi, a member of the rest of the world do?,” she said, United Nations International also explaining that Colorado Narcotics Control Board, on is at the beginning of what Thursday and a panel discus- could be a “pivotal moment in drug prohibition.” sion Friday. Although the snow early The panel discussion featured Thoumi, Brian Vicente, in the week did impact attenexecutive director of the dance of several of the events, Lowe said all the Denver Mayor’s Marijuana Policy “Once the U.S. events had solid attendance. FriReview Panel; Art Way, Colorado does this, what day’s panel was the most attended, senior manager of does the rest according to the Drug Policy Lowe, with about Alliance and of the world 20 spectators. Michael Ryan, a Lowe said the member of the do?” events of the week Denver Police were important Department to examine the (DPD) narcotics Allison Lowe, graduate student impact of Amendvice unit. ment 64. She said Each panel- and Drug Week the recent passing ist discussed the indicated to other legalization of organizer countries changmarijuana in Colorado and its impact nationally ing drug policies in the United and internationally from their States and has created some perspective and experience, “international tension.” “I think it’s neat to make and later took questions from people more aware that there the audience. Lowe, also the president is this international element to of LASA, said that LASA tra- what’s happening in Colorado,” ditionally does a spring event said Lowe.
Mascot research to finish in May by gigi peccolo
The time to move forward on a new mascot is now, according to Vice Chancellor of Marketing and Communications Kevin Carroll. “Our current students have a strong desire for an official mascot that everyone can embrace, and can be a catalyst for expanded spirit on and off campus,” said Carroll in the April 10 email to the student body. “Without an official mascot since 2008, the University of Denver is not benefitting from the powerful tradition and unifying spirit that an official mascot contributes to the entire community.” A document attached to the email from Carroll outlined the mascot research process, which will conclude on May 31. The name “Denver Pioneers” will remain unchanged, as will the school colors, crimson and gold. The mascot design process is currently in phase one, which is collecting information from “one-on-one interviews, inperson focus groups, Internetbased focus groups and open forums touching hundreds of alumni, students, faculty and staff,” according to the document. The research is being overseen by Stratfix, the firm that helped gather feedback for DU’s new logo. Phase 2 of the mascot research process will start on April 28, when the committee takes forum and survey feedback and starts working on concepts graphic designer Leighton Hubbell. Phase 3 will send out roughly seven to ten concepts, each with a narrative and drawing, to students, faculty, alumni
and staff. According to the document, “the concepts will not be voted against each other.” Carroll said a survey will be attached so students, faculty, alumni and staff can provide their feedback. “We’re going to ask things like, ‘how closely does this character does this character fit image of Denver pioneer?’” said Carroll. Carroll said the pool of mascots will be narrowed down from around three to five. After refinement, the steering committee and USG will deliver their decision for the final mascot to the Board of Trustees. The committee wants to bring in a Daniel Boone historian to give a talk about the frontiersman’s history. The committee hopes to have a physical mascot ready for the incoming class this fall, coinciding with Phase 4 of the plan, “Evolution of DU’s Mascot Event.” This ceremony would recognize Boone’s role in school history, along with other DU mascots, before the new mascot is introduce. “We will recognize Boone forever as part of our history,” said mascot steering committee member Cora Foley. “He’s not being erased clean.” The funding for the project will partly come from USG and a University fund. These funds will be repaid “from royalties the University will receive through the sale of new mascot merchandise,” according to the document. USG President Sam Estenson and Vice President Parker Calbert sent out an email on April 3, outlining the belief that DU needs to move toward a more inclusive mascot. “Parker and I steadfastly stand behind the belief that, at this point in our University’s history, the mascot images of
our past neither reflect the values of nor unite our entire community today, as is indisputably the highest purpose and standard of a mascot,” said Estenson the email. Several students voiced their opinion on the mascot at the April 10 meeting, advocating for Boone and a new mascot. Some students argued that the move was “unfair” and that the majority of the student body would be “silenced” if Boone was removed, while others pushed forward with suggestions for a new mascot that retained Boonelike qualities. Chris Bandrowsky said the new mascot should retain qualities that he associates with Boone. “In his mascot costume and representative comics, I felt they were very fun and welcoming,” said Bandrowsky. “We should stick to a simplistic and happy, welcoming design.” Will Guy, the founding member of the mascot steering committee, said he didn’t think the school wanted to revert to a previous image. “A lot of American pioneers did a lot of killing,” said Guy. “Part of being a pioneer is moving forward and being innovative.” Foley said she recognizes the anger surrounding the replacement process of Boone. “A lot of the anger I think is stemming from the lack of understanding of what’s going on,” said Foley. “Hopefully just giving them an understanding will be a start.” Students are invited to attend public open forums held on April 16, 18, 22 and 23. All events will take be in Anderson Academic Commons, Room 340 “The Loft” from 7-8 p.m. The April 23 meeting will go from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Memorial causes conflict Continued from page 1
“We’re not trying to make a political statement. It was simply a memorial to all 12 million people that died in the Holocaust,” said Portman. The flags placed across from Never Again!’s memorial represented populations murdered in other historical mass killings, such as in Rwanda and Stalin’s Soviet Russia, according to a sign posted near the field. So far, no students have publicly stepped forward to claim responsibility for the flags. Some students said that the original display did not go far enough in recognizing other genocides. “Students for Justice in Palestine [SJP] feels that the campus response, including the installation of an unaccredited flag display, illuminates a serious oversight by Never Again! in their planning of Holocaust and Genocide Awareness week. We hope that they will work to create a more inclusive display in the future which recognizes other genocides,” said SJP member Kaitlyn Griffith, in a statement from the organization. Never Again!’s president, Wendy Low, and Portman both expressed concerns about the effect this incident has on the greater DU community. “The issue is that this was done at night without permission from DU,” said Low, a sophomore majoring in Biology. “If groups can’t stand behind their actions, then it’s a problem for the university because it creates fear for people.” Student Life is still looking into who was responsible for the incident, said Thomas Walker, director of educational programs and LGBTIQA services at the Center for Multicultural Excellence (CME). “Our problem is not with the flags themselves or with what they meant,” said Low. “The issue is that they didn’t go through proper protocol, they’re insensi-
tive and they politicized a memorial. Our stance is the same no matter who the group was.” Never Again! and CME are organizing a small group comprising of the Office of Equal Opportunity, the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of the Provost, Hillel, Chabad, the LLCs, USG, Campus Life and Campus Safety in order to enact policies that will change the nature of dialogue between DU organizations. “We’re reaching out to groups to find a constructive path and a way to dialogue, which we believe isn’t happening now,” said Low. According to Portman and Low, changes set forth by Never Again! and CME would push to create a forum that facilitates debate and dialogue from an academic perspective as opposed to an emotional perspective. “We’re creating a space for Jewish organizations and SJP to have dialogue, for the whole campus to have dialogues,” said Portman. “We want things to be as public as possible, so that we can avoid worse targeted events from occurring in the future.” Griffith also said that other student groups, such as SJP, also hope for a change in “campus discourse,” that incorporates a “political narrative based on shared struggle and solidarity.” All members of all groups would have to take part in what Low and Portman hope will set a new standard for a positive outcome and a more active, more cooperative campus. “Our goal is to make incidences of cultural insensitivity less common,” said Portman. “To us, this event is akin to the cowboys-and-Indians themed party that happened last year.” “There have been repeated offenses of insensitivity to different organizations, and it deserves a campuswide response,” added Low. Students can expect to hear more about these changes within the coming weeks.
CAPE brings Consent Carnival to campus by carolyn neff Senior Reporter
The Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE), formerly Gender-Based Violence Education and Support Services (GVESS), will be hosting a “Sexual Assault Awareness Week” (SAAW), April 22-26. CAPE provides free programs and resources that promote equality, respect and positive relationships. According to CAPE and Support Services Program Director Gillian Kaag, SAAW will include a number of fun and informative events. Kaag said that CAPE is partnering with several other campus offices, including Rape Awareness and Gender Education (RAGE), DU Programming Board (DUPB), The Center for Multicultural Excellence and The Department for Campus Safety, among others. According to Kaag, the week will begin with “Take Back the Night” on Tuesday, April 23, with a presentation by one of America’s leading anti-sexism male activists, Dr. Jackson Katz. “‘Take Back the Night’ has
become internationally known as a visible, community-based way to take a stand against sexual violence and other forms of discriminatory violence,” said Kaag. On Wednesday, April 24, Kaag said that DU will participate in a “Denim Day,” a nationwide campaign against rape. “To honor Denim Day, the DU community is invited to wear jeans to promote awareness and take a stand against rape,” said Kaag. Kaag said that the week will end with a “Consent Carnival” on Thursday, April 25 which will include a variety of games and activities focused on educating DU students, faculty and staff on the importance of consent. Throughout the week, Kaagsaid that t-shirts created by the “Clothesline Projects” – a movement aimed at providing awareness about sexual assault and child abuse – will be displayed around campus. Students can find more details on CAPE’s website. Students can visit CAPE’s open house in Nelson room 103 during Sexual Assault Awareness Week on Wednesday, April 24, to learn more about their programs.
April 16, 2013
Student artists discover shared vision by brenda velasquez Contributing Writer
It began with a suggestion from Susan Meyer, a lecturer in the School of Art and Art History. Kimberly Carbonari, a Beaverton, Oregon junior majoring in studio art, decided to initate a collaboration with Brandon Finamore, a junior from Golden majoring in studio art, which has culminated into a joint exhibition titled “Everything Discovered.” “We were in a lot of the same classes and I ended up really liking his aesthetic,” said Carbonari. Opening last Thursday at the student art space, Schwayder 023 Gallery, “Everything Discovered” showcased a collection of paintings and drawings in a variety of media along with sculptural pieces by both artists. The intimate space, which is traditionally used for students to practice holding their own public exhibits, was divided into halves: one section devoted to Carbonari’s artwork and the other to Finamore’s, creating a bisection that juxtaposed the artists’ talents and styles. As well as showcasing the best of their work, this first exhibit accomplished a practical goal for Finamore and Carbonari. “We’re coming up on our senior year, and we’re going to have to complete a practicum which involves doing this all over again,” said Finamore. “So this exhibit was kind of a dry-run for that.” Together, these ambitious students tackled the project with impressive work ethic and initiative. Receiving no financial aid from the art department, every
penny came from their pockets. Each paid for the matting and framing of their pieces, a pricey endeavor considering their artworks’ large canvas sizes reaching 36’’ by 45’’ in dimensions. One frame alone cost Finamore $800. But Finamore and Carbonari went beyond expectations by coming in to patch up the gallery’s walls, paint the floor, fix the ceiling tiles and remove nails and stray paint. “Everything is new,” said Finamore. Although they had applied for a $500 grant, the funds were awarded to other students. In addition to coming up with funds, the pair performed the exhibit’s labor aspect without assistance. “Unlike in a tradition exhibit where there’s a gallery crew to help you set up, Brandon and I did everything ourselves,” said Carbonari. Finamore described the time consuming process. “The very first thing we did was come in here and take a look at the space and measure it,” said Finamore. “Then the second-and the longest-step, was framing. It took six months to prep and four weeks to physically arrange everything.” In the end, not only did Finamore and Carbonari succeed in creating a professional gallery for their own exhibit, they left behind a new and improved space for future student artists to display their work, performing a service not only to themselves but to others. For Finamore and Carbonari, the exhibit was a culmination of their three years here at DU, a time period during which both artists have discovered and expanded their creative talents.
The Schwayder 023 Art Gallery featured “Everything Discovered,” a showcase of students’ art work last week.
“I took art throughout high school,” said Finamore. “But a lot of what they teach you is technical not conceptual so I got to explore that aspect of art-making here at DU.” Finamore’s definitive motif places animals within surrealistic situations. One painting titled “Lifted” featured a fox being hoisted from a small patch of rootless earth by tiny birds pulling at strings attached to the animal’s body. In contrast to Finamore, Carbonari is self-taught and still developing her aesthetic. For Carbonari, this exhibit fueled a renewed vision.
“I wanted to further figure myself out as an artist,” she said. One of Carbonari’s principal motifs is ‘layering’ exemplified by one of her acrylic paintings titled “Can You See Me” featuring a smirking woman’s face with the outlines of flowers and a butterfly painted on top of her visage, creating multiple ‘layers’ within the picture. “Everything Discovered” will run until May 21, open daily from 12-6 p.m. To preview Finamore and Carbonari’s work and to learn more about these student artists, visit brandonfinamoreart.com and kimberlycarbonari.com.
as “Too Darn Hot” by Ella Fitzgerald, while Kienzle sang his own version of “I Am What I Am” from the musical La Cage Aux Folles. “I’ve always known that I wanted to try drag out at least once because it’s always seemed to be such a fun, energetic thing,” said Kienzle, an international studies major from Whittier, Calif. “I definitely was also nervous though. It was nerve-wracking enough to be completely switching genders for a night but also to have a performance to do kept me on edge for most of the night.” Despite their nerves, the crowd was enthusiastic in support for both performers. “As far as I can see I think the overall reaction of the crowd was a very supportive, positive one,” said Kienzle. It appeared to me that everyone had a great time, which is what the whole night was about.” Soon all of those who dressed in drag were called to the stage for the Drag King and Queen competition. Winners were chosen based on who got the loudest cheers. Freshman James Johnston was crowned Queen, while junior Loriann Hinojosa was crowned King. But the competition wasn’t over yet. An array of friendly dance offs led the night to a close, including the everpopular “twerk-off,” in which first year hospitality major Alejandro Garcia’s bold and downright sexy dance moves claimed the fame. The night’s music was well received, and ranged from 90’s classics to Nikki Minaj and Macklemore. “The event went amazingly well,” said QSA secretary Marin Klostermeier,
a sophomore psychology major from St. Louis, Miss. “We hadn’t done anything like this before so we didn’t know how well it would turn out. We hit some rough patches along the way, but everything turned out really well.” The club originally planned on having professional drag queens perform at the event, but weren’t able to get all of the details worked out. “With all events that you plan on campus, if you bring in a third party, you have to get a contract signed and have very specific interaction for them to come,” said Klostermeier. According to Klostermeier, the event still held true to its original purpose – to bring people who support the queer community together in a fun, social setting and to show everyone how many like-minded people there are at DU. “It was really a group effort,” said Klostermeier. “Everyone who came was really supportive and seemed to have a good time. We definitely hope to do it again next year.” “Overall I think the party was an amazing success,” said Kienzle. “I think it was a really special opportunity for people who don’t consider themselves to be part of the LGBT community to interact with the community and have some fun while at the same time meeting new people, and dancing to some great music.” QSA also hoped to raise awareness about their organization and gain new members through the party. Anyone interested in joining can attend QSA’s meetings in the Driscoll Commerce Room behind Jazzman’s Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
QSA party elects drag royalty
photo courtesy of stacey stevens
Competitors for the crowns of Drag King and Draq Queen lined up to be judged on their costumes last Thursday night in the Tuscan Ball Room.
by emma mckay
Assistant Lifestyles Editor
Last Thursday night, all it took to be considered royal was a little bit of glitter, a dress and heels, or a fake beard and tie. After months of planning, Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) held its first ever drag party entitled “Don’t be a drag, just be a king,” in the Tuscan Ballroom of the School of Hospitality. The party was meant as an opportunity for students to dress in their best impression of the opposite sex, enjoy performances by fellow drag kings and
queens and to enjoy themselves in a fun party setting. Not everyone braved the drag look, but almost all of the near 200 guests found themselves on the dance floor at one point or another. The night’s agenda started off with performances by sophomore Keegan Kienzle and senior Ryan Schultz, who were both dressed in drag costumes – Kienzle kept it classy in a flowing black dress and boa, while Schultz lit up the room in a bright orange dress and blonde wig. Schultz lip-synced and cranked out some dance moves to “When You’re Good To Mama” from Chicago, as well
April 16, 2013
Beans hosts grand reopening by brenda velasquez Staff Writer
Walk through HRTM’s heavy doors into the front lobby and turn left, following the wall’s bend. You’ll find a discreet passageway that leads to a small cave of a foyer, framed by a low archway. Turn your head to the right and you’ll see a glass door propped open to allow the intoxicating aroma of espresso and coffee beans to waft through the air. Tucked inside this hidden nook lies a warm, cozy café with an abundance of natural sunlight. In the background, soft melodies alight from speakers and float on the wind breezing through the two back doors which lead out to a narrow patio lined by a brick wall. A winding stone stairway to the right leads beyond the patio to a small grassy hill that becomes the DU campus. A student-run coffee shop on campus, Beans was first established between 2008 and 2009. According to David Corsun, director of the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management, there was a space within the HRTM building waiting to fulfill its potential. “It was so rarely utilized,” said Corsun of the space where the student-run coffee shop
now resides. “I had a vision for more and the students drove that vision.” Nine students in his food and beverage entrepreneurship class decided to make use of it. Then associate professor, Corsun proposed a challenge to these young entrepreneurs. “I said ‘Here’s the canvas, what should we do with this? You develop a good enough plan; I’ll invest money in it,’” said Corsun. One year later, $25,000 was invested up front in the exciting new endeavor to build DU’s first student-run coffee shop on campus. After a difficult start and the continued support of the school, Beans has finally become a profitable enterprise. “This year, Beans really turned the corner and is selfsufficient,” said Corsun. “But it takes time to get this kind of recognition across campus. And there are still a lot of people that don’t know it’s here.” Beans provides their student employees with the remarkable opportunity to gain hands-on experience in running a small business under the guidance of experts at the School of Hospitality. Although Beans was started by HRTM students and is particularly useful for the hospitality degree’s work
experience requirement-every hospitality major must have 500 work experience hours and 500 internship hours - the Beans staff contains a diverse mix of majors. “We’re all open to sharing our ideas with each other, brainstorming and throwing out ideas and implementing them for Beans as well as for Beans After Dark,” said Dario Ogaz, a senior from Denver majoring in communication studies, and Beans After Dark shift leader. “Because we’re not all hospitality or business majors, we have a diverse group of ideas and our staff has connections with people all over campus, so it works out pretty well.” Beans After Dark, a weekly event that occurs every Thursday evening from 4:30 to 7 p.m., is a happy hour where guests can enjoy free, elegant appetizers and purchase wine at $6 a glass and beer for $5 a glass.The red and white wines are imported from domestic and international hot spots like California, Washington state, Spain and Italy. The beer hails from local Colorado breweries, boasting the locals’ skill in producing high-quality barley and oats. Ogaz also books DU talent for Beans After Dark, recruiting jazz students or the Idio-
Departmental scholarships simplified by anna gauldin Contributing Writer
For students hoping to apply for departmental scholarships, it’s time to breathe a sigh of relief. Gone are the days of multiple applications with mundane, repetitive questions. No longer must students search through departmental websites for specific application processes or track down the proper forms, running back and forth between the Office of Financial Aid and their academic departments. Instead, after several months of intensive work from the Office of Financial Aid and University Technology Services, DU has introduced an entirely new application process for this year, centralized through WebCentral. DU now boasts more than 300 departmental scholarships, which are also considered gift and endowed scholarships, since the funds come from sources such as alumni, businesses and faculty members. Each donor creates the criteria for his or her specific scholarship. In years past, Nashwa Bolling, the assistant director of budget, research and analysis, would also work to compile lists of students eligible for each award, based on the criteria stated, and would then send each department the appropriate lists. Now, rather than dealing with various materials from both the Office of Financial Aid and their respective departments, students work through a “decision tree,” as Bolling described it, on WebCentral. The program begins with the basic criteria for departmental
scholarships, which are primarily a student’s area of study, grade point average and whether he or she has submitted the FAFSA and CSS Profile, since most of the gift and endowed funds require both academic merit and financial need. Bolling stressed the fact that, without demonstrated financial need, a student is likely to be ineligible for a number of the scholarships. Sophomore Hannah Eckert, a psychology major from Saranac Lake, NY who went through the departmental scholarship process last year, said she agrees the new process will make it easier for more students to access the awards. “Looking at the big picture, this will definitely make the scholarships more accessible to students and will take away the pain of having to search and search just to find the few scholarships that you actually qualify for,” said Eckert. “I was definitely not aware that DU had so many awards available, and having one application will cut down on my work load.” According to Bolling, the application process varied greatly between departments and even between specific scholarships in the past, so it was time consuming not only for students, but also for the departments and the Office of Financial Aid. “Some departments do an internal application, and then we have our own application for some of the financial aid and gift and endowed funds,” said Bolling. “So not only was it time consuming for me, but it was also kind of repetitive for students.” Frustrated with the inef-
ficiency of this method, Bolling spearheaded reform efforts over the summer, resulting in two major accomplishments: a simple, centralized application process and an online scholarship database with advanced search options, which allows students to locate potential funds based on their individual demographics. “If, for example, you have a 3.0 GPA and you have submitted the financial aid documents, then it will show some basic qualifying questions—what are your career goals; what kind of activities are you involved in?” explained Bolling. “Then, for example, if you’re an AHSS student, it will create another questionnaire based on the information AHSS wants. It goes down the tree and pulls up specific questions based on the criteria and your major. Then, you hit submit.” Once submitted, student applications are passed on to the appropriate departments, each of which has its own internal selection process. Recipients will be notified by the beginning of June. By utilizing WebCentral, a platform connected with every DU student, Bolling said she hopes there will be clearer communication and understanding about the departmental scholarship process. “I’m hoping that, going through WebCentral, students are going to pay more attention. We want to make sure everyone is aware of the opportunities.” The application for departmental scholarships is available through April 26 and can be accessed on the “myWeb” tab under the “Student and Financial Aid” heading.
syngcrasies’ a capella group for entertainment. “Beans is student-focused with student employees and managers and student-led marketing, and we want to continue with that idea of student engagement,” said Ogaz. “The Lamont School reached out to us to see if their students could perform because it gives them a chance to show off their talents and skills.” Along with the benefits Beans provides for students on campus, Megan Lloyd, a senior from Houston majoring in hospitality and the current manager of Beans, plans to extend these benefits of the small café to the globe. Lloyd and the Beans team are pioneering a globally-conscious business endeavor with Socially Conscious Coffee (SCC). Under her leadership and the support of her staff, Lloyd has initiated a collaboration with SCC, a nonprofit organization in Brazil that’s breaking the cycle of poverty and illiteracy in coffee harvesting communities by providing meals, clean water, education, health and career services. Open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and serving breakfast and lunch, Beans has been able to establish a loyal clientele.
“Beans really now has a following. Last year we had the beginnings of that but Beans has loyal customers now,” said Corsun. Beans is planning its grand re-opening to be a week-long event during this month’s Earth week, which begins April 22. The week-long event will culminate on Thursday with the second-year anniversary of Beans After Dark. On this celebratory Thursday, a raffle will be held where participants will have the chance to win a year’s worth of coffee and tea from Vail Mountain Coffee and Tea. The Beans management team along with Corsun, are planning to install a patio as well upon the grassy hill in the back of the café to give students more room to stretch their legs. The Beans team ultimately strives to provide a place for the DU community that promotes laughter and connections. “People come here all the time to have meetings-both faculty and students, and people get to know each other. It can be really crazy in here and loud, or during finals week, it’s really quiet because students are studying. It’s a central location for people to come and be more involved in the school,” said Lloyd.
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SLB fraternity explores gender issues by camilla sterne Contributing Writer
The nine members of the Upsilon Gamma chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta (SLB) are bringing light to gender issues within the DU community. According to the official SLB website, SLB is a historically Latino-based social fraternity that was founded based on cultural understanding and wisdom. The original founders of SLB believed in fairness, opportunity and equality of all men without regard to their race, culture or ethnic background and the Upsilon Gamma chapter at DU is striving to uphold these ideals. The group hosted a discussion called “Fraternities: Through a Gendered Lens” last Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Anderson Academic Commons. The event was an open discussion that addressed how DU Greek men can be better allies to DU women. The discussion centered on discussing the existing problems of and possible solutions to the issue of sterotyped gender roles and sexualized interactions within the DU Greek community. It was attended by a diverse sampling of Greek and
non-Greek DU students, including members of Gamma Phi Beta, Delta Zeta, Beta Theta Pi, Alpha Phi and a number of the members of Sigma Lambda Beta. Senior political science and business major Roman Valencia, president of Sigma Lambda Beta, began the discussion by expressing his hope that the dialogue would help towards “achieving a better, more inclusive DU.” At first, when presented with the question of what gender issues exist at DU, the room was quiet. “How can you be an ally if you don’t know how to be one or even where to start?” said Thomas McCarvel, a junior HRTM major from Denver, after a moment of prolonged silence. This confession opened up the room into a passionate and articulate discussion that spanned from the perpetuity of gender roles within Greek social life to the enabling effects of excessive alcohol and the problem of cementing an identity as an individual within a wider organization. Hugo Loya, a senior international studies major from Denver, expressed his concern over being associated with the negative stereotype of a fraternity man.
“Many people think of a fraternity man as a hegemonic, masculine man who is predatory and will approach women and have only negative thoughts,” said Loya. “It’s about challenging the notion of what a fraternity man is and working towards that by comporting oneself in a gentlemanly fashion,” said Loya. The discussion also addressed the role that women play in perpetuating their own gender roles and possible objectification. “I also think that there is a problem with women supporting other women on campus,” said Mariah Bloom, a non-Greek senior accounting major from Eagan, Minn. The discussion moved into addressing possible solutions to the problem. The group came up with a list of solutions such as increased accountability within and between organizations, guided and informative discussions of the issues, and reminding Greek participants about the values they adhere to within a fraternity or sorority. Another suggestion was to volunteer at a women’s shelter to see the detriments of gender violence firsthand.
“To some extent, I do believe it was successful. We had a good discussion, a lot of different organizations [were] represented,” said Valencia of the event. “We’re preaching to the choir, to those who are aware of the issues and trying to remedy them.” In another effort to realize their ideals of fairness and equality, Sigma Lambda Beta also hosted a screening of “Gun Hill Road” last Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Anderson Academic Commons. This 2011 film is about an ex-con who returns home to the Bronx after three years in prison to discover that his wife is estranged and his teenage son is exploring a sexual transformation. The film explores themes of sexuality, family and gender within the Latino community. After the film, a short discussion was held, similar to the one on Tuesday. Valencia expressed that this event was in support of homosexual members of SLB, as well as other LGBT members of the DU community. “In order for us to be better brothers we need to make ourselves aware of the issue,” said Valencia. “The biggest issue we have to understand is that the
step to solving any problem is to identify that we have a problem.” Adam V. Brown, who attended “Fraternities: Through a Gendered Lens,” is participating in the solution by organizing a new group on campus called “DU Men & Masculinities: What it means to be a DU man.” This group will continue the discussion that SLB began through more solidified and continuous discussion and confrontation of these issues. Brown is a Masters student in Higher Education and Student Affairs as well as the Director of Inclusive Excellence with Graduate Student Government. The brothers of SLB and student groups like DU Men & Masculinities are leaders in a movement to educate the DU community about inclusivity and the existence of discrimination based on gender and sexual preference. “It’s going to be to our benefit if we recognize that we’re in a system, and give ourselves a fair chance of fighting it,” said Valencia. “We need to understand how our actions impede others. The change starts within the individual, we’re opening up the discussion to give people an avenue to identify that within themselves.”
Student org raises trafficking awareness Scandanvian pianist wows by maura shea Staff Writer
DU Abolition, a group of 16 undergraduate students dedicated to raising awareness about human trafficking, was recently approved as a new student organization by USG. The group was created last year as a way to include undergraduates as a part of the Human Trafficking Clinic in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, but decided to branch off from the Clinic last October due to scheduling conflicts. According to Abolition member Mallory Mayeda, a sophomore psychology major from Golden, Korbel’s Human Trafficking Clinic is run by Professor Claude d’Estree, and consists of a group of M.A. candidates dedicated to outreach and research on human trafficking. As DU Abolition grew in size, it felt that it would be more beneficial to create an entire new group solely for undergraduates that could be known as a student organization rather than a spin-off group from the Clinic. “We still have a great relationship with the clinic,” said Mayeda. “It was hard being undergrads and staying in touch with the clinic because they were busy grad students.” The group recognizes the need for raising awareness, especially among the DU undergraduate community about the issue of human trafficking - otherwise known modern day slavery. “[Human trafficking] is forced labor on a person,” said Mayeda. “This can take many forms, like forcing someone into prostitution, or forcing them to work labor to pay off a debt. There are also child soldiers who are forced to be a part of a war group. This can mean being a warrior, a cook or a prostitute.”
According to Mayeda, the most common types of trafficking involve sex slavery, child trafficking and labor trafficking. DU Abolition aims to increase awareness and education on this issue and how the DU community can be a part of the solution. It also hopes to raise money for bigger organizations that are doing a lot to help trafficking victims. According to Mayeda, the group is currently trying to raise funds for the A21 Campaign, which is an organization in 6 different countries that works to provide shelter for trafficking victims, prosecute traffickers and raise awareness through education. The organization has also been doing their own work to promote awareness about Abolition on campus. They tabled on the Driscoll Bridge last week and hosted a film screening of the movie “The Whistleblower” in the Davis Auditorium last Friday night. “We passed out cookies on the bridge and gave people quizzes,” Maydea said. “The quizzes had different questions about statistics having to do with human trafficking. We just wanted to see how much people knew.” The group was happy to find out that many people guessed correctly, although a lot of people guessed there were 2 million slaves today rather than 21 million. According to Mayeda, the cookies were made almost entirely of “fair trade” products from Whole Foods. Fair trade means that a fair amount of the profit goes directly to the farmers who produced the products, cutting out a lot of middlemen from the process. It also means that there was no slavery involved in the production of the product. Although they advertised their film screening while
tabling on Driscoll Bridge, only about ten people showed up for the event last Friday. According to Mayeda, the organization still considered the events a success because the movie was very powerful and good for DU Abolition members to watch themselves. “[The movement against human trafficking] is one of the largest social justice projects in the world today and not many people know about it,” said Ren Hughes, a freshman group member from Wheat Ridge majoring in international studies, public policy and Russian. “I do not only want to spread awareness but teach people how to avoid human trafficking.” According to Hughes, the most important step that can be taken to fight this injustice is to be a responsible consumer and research which brands are known to have unjust labor practices. Labor trafficking is one of the most common types of trafficking, so an easy thing for consumers to do is to be aware of the brands they are buying and their impact on trafficking. The website www.free2work.com allows people to research specific companies who have been graded on the criteria of policies, transparency, monitoring and worker rights. Many well-known brands have been graded on this site including Wal-mart, which received the overall grade of D+; H&M, which received the overall grade of a B+ and Apple, which received the overall grade of a D. In addition to their website, free2work also has a mobile application that is free to download on an iPhone and Android. DU Abolition welcomes new members at their meetings Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the organization should email the group at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
by kameryn tanita Senior Reporter
Niklas Sivelöv, a worldrenowned Scandinavian pianist who has won numerous awards and distinctions over the years including the Diapason d’Or and a Cannes nomination for best twentieth century recording, performed last Tuesday at the Newman Center to students and the public. Along with being a dedicated chamber musician and giving recitals all over the world, including performance collaborations with leading orchestras across Europe, Sivelöv is also a composer. Despite the snowy conditions, the event, which was free to students and $10 for the public, gathered sixty people to the Frederic C. Hamilton Family Recital Hall where Sivelöv’s demonstrated his music expertise through a unique performance with style and amazing skill. Steven Mayer, Associate Professor of Piano, at the Lamont School of Music organized this event and has brought in many of the other guest performers over the years. “The people I brought before have all been wonderful in their own ways, but he [Sivelöv] brings a certain kind of flavor of Scandinavia you could say,” said Mayer. “He is a little more exotic.” Sivelöv played a standard set of songs by European composers; however, his recital was anything but standard. Mixed with emotion and movement, Sivelöv’s love for the music was evident each time his fingers touched the keys and throughout his hour-and-ahalf-long performance, Sivelöv kept the audience entertained by changing the tone of the show. Sivelöv began with one of German composer Johann Bach’s famous compositions, “Partita in C Minor.” This performance was
a set of six harpsichord suites and was very light-hearted and upbeat, setting the tone for the beginning of the show. His finger barely pressed on the keys and each time he pressed down on the key he swayed his head from side to side in motion with the music. Following this, he played another upbeat set by the Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, entitled “Première Année.” Following the intermission, Sivelov contrasted the first two performances with more dramatic performances. He began the second half of the recital with a theatrical performance of German composer Ludwig van Beethoven’s composition “Piano Sonata No. 3 in E Major.” Here, Sivelöv pounded on the keys and his fingers moved rapidly. He finished his set with a performance of a piece by the Hungarian composer, Béla Bartók “Sonata Sz.80.” Sivelöv came full circle and finished his encore with another piece from Bach, which left the audience feeling captivated and refreshed and although he was very professional, he seemed humble as he looked out and waved gratefully. The majority of the audience had been respectfully refraining from clapping until after each song was complete; however, the standing ovation at the end proved he had wowed the crowd. “All the people I bring are like this [talented], he’s a wonderful performer and a wonderful teacher,” said Mayer. Sivelöv, a professor at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen, also taught a master class to two of the Lamont School of Music piano students, on Wednesday April 10, from 2-3:30 p.m. The event was held in the Frederic C. Hamilton Family Recital Hall for anyone to come and observe. “We want to raise the level of the school and knowledge and experience,” said Mayer.
April 16, 2013
The Grind: Devil’s Food
Group honors genocide victims by maura shea Staff Writer
The Clarion staff reviews bars, restaurants and coffee houses; attempting cultural mutiny on all things hipster
Devil’s Food Bakery & Cookery provides a dose of coﬀee, gluten free cookies and plaid.
Devil’s Food Bakery: 4.25 beans
by camilla sterne Contributing Writer
For those hipsters looking for their other half, preferably one who sports a suitable pompadour or a perfectly haphazard up-do, the 1000 block of Old South Gaylord St. is the place to go. Nestled in the midst of trendy boutiques, kitsch art galleries and a store dedicated solely to gnome-themed merchandise, lies Devil’s Food Bakery & Cookery. Devil’s Food is a cozy and retro locally owned bakery and restaurant at 1200 S. Gaylord St. Open from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, Devil’s Food can provide a vigorous dose of cute, retro, vintage and trendy. The sparse walls are painted a lively and possibly abrasive shade of red while the main decorative event seems to be the bizarre array of cheese graters hung from a wire along the walls. An exposed and purely decorative ‘40s style kitchen really drives home a blatant effort to create a retro and homey feel. Casually strewn twinkle lights, flowers handcrafted from repurposed children’s books, 1950s tin ceiling tile and the occasional off-kilter vintage portrait complete the look. Devil’s Food certainly lives up to its name. With sinfully delicious baked goods, it’s quite possible to leave having fallen deep into a pit of gluttony. However, the wholesome atmosphere and fresh-faced wait staff may ease the guilt. Beware, your eyes may be bigger than your stomach, and it’s obviously a strategic move to make each and every customer walk by a veritable expanse of gluten free cookies, flourless chocolate cake, and flaky, meltin-your-mouth palmiers; all baked in-house, of course. The bakery portion of the restaurant serves Denverbased Novo Coffee, and their iced soy latte has the mom stamp of approval. If you successfully make it past the baked goods and into the restaurant, you will be confronted by a menu rife with local cheeses, local meats and seasonable vegetables tended with love and care in the owners’
very own backyard, according to employee Mark Despalmes. For the rare old-school hipster who still embraces carnivorism, there is a filling roast beef sandwich and for the progressive vegetarian, Devil’s Food provides a hearty Portobello on Ciabatta. The seasonal sweet pea and prosciutto salad is diabolically tasty and served in a delightfully miniscule teacup. The dinner menu includes comforting favorites such as chicken potpie, pot roast, panroasted sea bass and bangers and mash for the beatnik who misses mom’s cooking but won’t admit it. A selection of wine and beer can be ordered with dinner or even lunch—after all, it’s five o’clock somewhere. For the breakfast junkies among us, Devil’s Food also has an extensive all-day breakfast menu. The breakfast menu is all-inclusive, with options such as Trout & Eggs, breakfast burritos, fried chicken & waﬄes and Challah French Toast. And it’s no surprise that the fresh farm eggs are cage free and that the bacon is nitrate free. Prices may seem a bit indecorous at first glance, with entrees in the $10-15 range, but one can’t resist spending a few extra bucks in support of the local revolution. Anyways, we all know Denver hipsters are really yuppies in a guise of plaid and horn-rimmed glasses. That being said, be wary of making too many specific food demands; the wait staff, though friendly and efficient, will probably forget to leave the onions out. The summer months offer a petite outdoor patio where iced tea and poetic scribbling abound. This patio opens for the summer on May 12, just in time for Mothers Day. For those that simply can’t leave the comfy atmosphere behind, have no fear. Devil’s Food has an adorable assortment of cutesy merchandise including offbeat cards, art books and other dry goods. So dust off your best vintage hat, don your comfiest oxfords, bring a fat wallet and prepare for gastronomical satisfaction. And don’t forget to check out the cute hipster at the table behind you with the gravity-defying mustache.
The student organization “Never Again!,” a Holocaust and genocide awareness group held a number of events last week that focused on education, remembrance and social action as part of the national Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week which ran from April 7 - 12. The organization planned the week to coincide with the National Days of Remembrance, a national day to remember the events of the Holocaust according to sophomore Wendy Low, Never Again!’s president and a biology major from St. Louis, Miss. “Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week is our biggest event all year and includes the Field of Flags, the Names Reading Ceremony, a keynote speaker event and an interfaith candle lighting ceremony,” said Low. The most visible event put on by the organization was the Field of Flags on the Driscoll Green. This was a memorial for the Holocaust where different color flags were put in the ground to represent different groups affected. For example, yellow flags represented the Jewish victims. One flag
represented approximately 5,000 deaths, according to the information board posted by the Field of Flags. Other colors include red, which represented the Soviets, orange, which represented the Polish Civilians and blue, which represented the Gypsies (Roma). Last Monday, the Names Reading Ceremony took place and around 30 volunteers came to read the names of Holocaust victims. According to Low, over 5,000 names were read over the course of the event. “Reading the names of men, women and children killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators is a simple and powerful way to remember these individuals,” Low said. “Victims of the Holocaust don’t have a grave. Reciting the names in a given community allows for them to be memorialized.” Teach-In Tuesday and DUPB hosted speaker Mark Johnson, Chairman of the Board for the Playing for Change Foundation, an organization that uses music for social change, in the Davis Auditorium last Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. The Interfaith Candle Light Ceremony took place last Wednesday at 7 p.m. and was led by Gary Brower, University Chaplain.
These events allowed the community to become involved by giving them the opportunity to talk about a wide range of topics in an open and non-judgmental environment with the end goal of making the world a better place. “There are people who deny that the Holocaust ever happened and as more and more survivors die, it is even more important to make sure their stories are heard and that deniers are not given any credibility,” Low said. The organizations intention is to promote awareness of the Holocaust and other genocides. “Our purpose is to plan programs to inform the students, faculty and staff of the University of Denver, as well as the community at large, about the Holocaust, the dangers of apathy, xenophobia and appeasement and the reoccurrence of genocide throughout the world today and [to] encourage activism,” Low said. Vice president of Never Again! Stuart Portman commented on the group’s mission. “Why is it important? Because it reminds the community not to take things for granted, that some things in our lives today were only attained after great loss,” said Portman.
GEARS provide sustainable design by kameryn tanita Contributing Writer
Denver is already a bikefriendly city, but the latest collaboration between the Center for Sustainability and an Emergent Digital Practice class will encourage students, faculty, staff and members of the DU community to give up their gas to go ride a bike. GEARS, known as Get Energized and Ride Sustainably, is the project designed by the Design in Social Good course to reduce the carbon footprint, increase health and provide resources to people in the DU community to help them see how easy it is to bike to work and school. Emergent Digital Practices combines art, design, media, culture and technology into hands-on projects. Assistant Professor of Emergent Digital Practices, Conor McGarrigle, is currently teaching the Design in Social Good course and specializes in the integration of digital technologies into everyday life. “This class is designed to do social good,” said McGarrigle. “[Sustainability] was our problem and we wanted to bring a greater technical solution.” Chad King, university sustainability coordinator, has worked with other professors before to develop different projects that benefit the students as well as the school and wanted to collaborate with McGarrigle to develop a tool that would be beneficial for the DU community. “These classes are involved in authentic reporting that will be used through the Center for Sustainability to share the story of what the university is doing in terms of sustainable practices, and to identify our
successful steps towards our sustainability goals,” said King. The Design in Social Good class of 16 students, both undergraduate and graduate, will spend the remaining weeks of spring quarter working on this project. Divided into three teams, Marketing, Design and Tech, the members of the class have different tasks to complete GEARS, which they are hoping to officially launch at May Days. To complete their project, the class will map bikes routes of volunteers, mostly faculty and staff who already ride their bikes to campus, and will then create simulation maps using their technology in class to serve as guides for people looking to ride their bikes. “The practical utility of the product will also provide a nice addition to static maps of bike routes, increasing the comfort and ease of route sourcing in Denver,” said King. According to McGarrigle, Denver is a city that is bikefriendly; however, the majority of people are still apprehensive about bike riding because it may be too difficult, they are afraid of safety concerns or they lack basic information about biking. The purpose of the bicycle cameras is to create profiles of the different people who ride their bikes to campus and work so that potential riders can go to the website through the Center for Sustainability and find out who is riding bikes and what routes they are taking. The cameras will be attached to the handlebars of the volunteer’s bikes. As the riders come to and from school, the camera will record high definition video and GPS data. The class will use the information to build a route map that people can access
through the website they are building in order to determine the route that best suits their commuting needs. “It will be easier for people to get started and to see what they are getting into and it will help prevent problems,” said McGarrigle. The marketing team in the class is looking for innovative ways to promote GEARS on campus through advertising and giveaways and their goal is to give away a free bike at the DU May Days launch. Senior digital media studies student Kevin Frey from Gambrills, MD, is hoping this project is just as beneficial to students as it is to faculty and staff. “The more awareness we can raise among the students, the better,” said Frey. Graduate in Masters of Fine Arts student Brandon Gellis is part of the marketing team and is working to promote GEARS across campus. “This is a win-win situation for the DU community and is a more conscious approach to health and will promote ridership in the community,” said Gellis. The goal of GEARS is not only to reduce DU’s carbon footprint and bike riding around campus, but also to expand the tools around the Denver community. “The open source model the class is using will allow this product to be used and refined by others in the university community, and other groups across the city and region, potentially providing a model or platform for this project to expand to other areas as it is successful here,” said King. Anyone looking to volunteer or learn more about GEARS can send them an email at Denvergears@gmail.com.
April 16, 2013
Hickenlooper fracking Plan B should never with the opposite side become plan A for teens by danny zimny-schmitt Staff Writer
Colorado governor John Hickenlooper is a strong supporter of the controversial process known as fracking, which extracts previously inaccessible natural gas from below Earth’s surface by injecting a watery mix of undisclosed chemicals. Hickenlooper’s stance as profracking puts him squarely at odds with many of his fellow Democrats both in Colorado and nationally. He is wrong in supporting this controversial process and should follow the progressive example of other Democrats who have regard for the environmental consequences. A fracking boom swept the nation in 2008, when new technology made this previously inaccessible natural gas available for exploitation by energy companies. From North Dakota to Pennsylvania to Wyoming, the boom drove new economic growth in many states as the nation limped along in recovering from the recession. However, it also took its toll on the environment: air quality and water quality concerns swept through areas recently opened to fracking. People living in the areas also reported weakness or sickness after wells were dug near their homes, and horror stories of kitchen faucets in Pennsylvania and Wyoming bursting into flames when turned on were just some of the visible consequences. While the environmental consequences are apparent, the environmental benefits also need to be considered. The resultant natural gas burns far cleaner than the coal it is replacing in the energy industry of the U.S. This has reduced carbon emissions and put the U.S. in a position to meet its carbon emission reduction goals. While this is certainly a step forward, the rights of local counties and communities need to be respected. In Colorado, Hickenlooper is facing a challenge by municipalities that have outlawed fracking within their city limits. Longmont residents voted to ban fracking late in 2012 despite major advertising
effort by oil and gas companies, and has been sued by the state of Colorado for denying mineral rights owners access to their property. Other cities along the Front Range have banned fracking recently, but have not been sued. Hickenlooper’s position that the State should control the gas and oil industry is likely to be challenged in the legislature. House Majority Leader Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, a Democrat, indicated last month that forthcoming legislation will attempt to tackle this issue. Hickenlooper indicated that he may be willing to compromise with local municipalities that ban oil and gas development if they properly compensate mineral rights owners. But the governor is still squarely on the pro-fracking side, as he announced to a Senate committee in February that he drank a glass of fracking fluid made by energy giant Halliburton. On the national level, Hickenlooper also seems to buck the trend among Democrats. While most fracking has taken place under Republican governors, with Pennsylvania, Wyoming and the Great Plains states from North Dakota to Texas leading the way, Hickenlooper has little party precedent to work off of. The only state with a Democratic governor with a major fracking play is New York, which currently has a moratorium on all fracking in the state. This is the result of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Democratic state house demanding a more thorough environmental review before opening the state to the technique. While fracking has not become a strictly partisan issue, a great number of more environmentally- conscious Democrats have taken a strong stance against it. Hickenlooper is testing his loyalty with fellow Democrats by suing Longmont and being a strong supporter of fracking. Instead, he should follow the lead of Hullinghorst in supporting more stringent fracking regulation in Colorado, as well as respect the bans passed on fracking within the city limits of Colorado communities.
by chris bach Opinions Editor
A federal judge in New York has recently ruled that the emergency contraceptive, also known as Plan B, should be available over-the-counter to every person regardless of age. This changes the previous law that only people over the age of 17 could get a prescription to use Plan B. Judge Edward Korman, who ruled on this Plan B case, has taken this issue from a moderate standing to a wild extreme. Where once we could rely on parents teaching their kids how to be safe and instilling them with morals, we now can turn to emergency contraceptives to fix our problems. Plan B is a pill that a female can take up to 72 hours after having unprotected sex that will drastically reduce the chance of conception taking place. Contrary to some beliefs, it is not an “abortion pill,” because it will not work if conception has already taken place. Furthermore, this pill is highly safe to use according to the Food and Drug Administration standards. While I disagree with the judge’s ruling, I don’t think that Plan B is a bad thing. I just think that there is a compromise that can be made. Instead of allowing 11-year-olds to buy Plan B, why don’t we just lower the age of buying Plan B to 16? This will increase the number of people that can now buy it as well as keeping younger people away from the product. As Plan B is meant for more responsible adults, keeping it away from younger people only makes sense. We already recognize that adults have the right to make their own choices as Plan B is available over-the-counter for those 18 and over. This does not mean, however, that I think we should be allowing 11 and 12-year-olds to go into stores and purchase Plan B. Under this ruling, this situation is entirely possible. I do not expect that there will be a mad rush of
11-year-old kids running to the stores to buy Plan B. The number of these young kids who may end up buying and using Plan B will be miniscule. But even if one 11-year-old uses Plan B, that’s one too many for me. If 11-year-olds are using Plan B, it can mean one of two disturbing things. First, it means that they are sexually active at far too young of an age. Or, even more troublesome, it could mean that statutory rape has taken place. Either way, it is something that parents can get involved with to talk to their kids about how to be safe and avoid situations that put these young kids in these circumstances. I also have the fear that making Plan B so accessible could lead to some unhealthy risks. People may begin to use Plan B as a form of birth control. Knowing that they will have Plan B available, younger adults could choose not to use common forms of birth control. This is dangerous thinking, though, as Plan B is an emergency contraceptive that is supposed to be used only when regular birth control methods fail. With more availability of Plan B there is a risk that people will begin to engage in unprotected intercourse more often, as they know Plan B will be there for use. This can lead to a host of problems, the least of which could be an increase in the number of sexually transmitted disease cases. Again, if we could just encourage parents to get more involved and help educate their children, then I think all of this becomes less severe. Besides all of this discussion, I think that we as a society need to focus more on the parents’ responsibility to teach their kids about how to be safe. Laws and regulations will not deter kids from engaging in sexual acts too early as much as a parent’s knowledge and disappointment will. If we can focus on that, then I think that there could be a lot less unintended pregnancies in this country.
Pioneer Voices: how are you going to enjoy this april snow?
nermina mujkanovic Junior Bosnia
“Do homework and drink some spicy cinammon tea.”
kyle milberg Junior Colorado
carmen butler Freshman Colorado
“Walk slowly and enjoy it on the way to class.”
fred burger Freshman Alaska
“Rocking out and begging for school to be cancelled.”
April 16, 2013
Online learning not Venezuelan victory with ready for real world opposition, not Maduro by chris bach Opinions Editor
tech equipment and programs. Overall, lower income students may have less access to technolOnline classes should not ogy which would put them at a be replacing the traditional tremendous disadvantage in an system. I understand that online learning situation. technology has advanced to Troubleshooting could be the point where taking online another major obstacle. With classes is possible. And that’s a more technological world, great, as a supplement to the there are bound to be more classroom style of learning. technological problems. If stuThese online classes, as well as dents don’t know how to cormassive open online courses rectly fix any bugs or technical (MOOCs), are not on the issues that may arise, then they same level as real classes yet. won’t be able to access or comOnline classes just do not plete their online classes. have the same feel as a real Online learning requires classroom. In a real classroom, extreme diligence. There may there are personal not be scheddiscussions and “These circumuled times when collective learnclasses are held, ing among faces stances, while but rather only that you can deadlines when recognize. There maybe minor, things need to be is the shared look are all a part turned in. With of exhaustion procrastination as on everybody’s of the college a major concern face for 8 a.m. experience that among almost classes. There all students, this is the trudging would be lost can be a devastattogether to get to ing thing when if classes were class when there there aren’t times are blizzard-like solely online.” scheduled specificonditions out. cally for learning These circumthe material. stances, while maybe minor, are It does appear, however, that all a part of the college experi- online learning is progressing ence that would be lost if classes to a more acceptable standard. were solely online. There are programs out there CU Boulder is trying that utilize different programs its first MOOCs next year. such as Skype to make video This will be a comprehensive calling an option. This will allow attempt to get more students the professor to see the students to use the online learning and for the students to see both method. However, for the rea- the professor and their fellow sons mentioned above, I doubt classmates. It would also mean that it will produce the results that the students would have to that the school is looking for. get on at certain times so as to There is research by the coordinate with the rest of the Community College Research class on the video calling process. Center that shows that students Online learning may be the perform worse academically in way of the future in schooling, online classes when compared as some would like to predict. to traditional courses. This I do not think that we are there research found that students yet. There are still a lot of probwere not ready to adapt to the lems with comparing to the way of online learning. Because same experience as a traditional online learning is so different classroom and overall perforfrom the traditional style, it mance in online classes that makes sense that students would make it less valuable than going have a hard time adjusting. the traditional classroom path. It may just be a fact that With some tweaks to make not all students are proficient online classes more connected enough to solely use their com- through means such as Skype, puters for online learning. They perhaps online learning will may not know how to use certain come to equal a similar level programs or when to use certain of education as the traditional programs over others. Some kids style. For now, let’s head to may not be able to afford high- class and take our seats.
about this election is how close the results were. Considering that Chavez endorsed Maduro before his death, that Chavez supporters did not give Maduro the thumbsup was expected. Maduro will undoubtedly continue down the path of Chavez’s version of socialism. But with only 0.6 percent more than a majority, the Venezuelans may be having second doubts. I believe that this shows the incredible influence that Chavez had, while at the same time showing that Venezuelans are getting ready to move past the ideal that is Chavez. Capriles’s persistence, with taking on both Chavez and Maduro, has not paid off thus far, but that does not mean that it won’t in the future. If this elec-
by chris bach Opinions Editor
This past Sunday, Venezuelans went to the polls to choose the successor to longtime leader Hugo Chavez. Chavez’s hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, was announced as the winner with 50.6 percent of the vote. Because this is nowhere near the 11 point victory that Chavez had over the same opponent, Henrique Capriles, last October, this election spells serious trouble for Maduro’s presidency. Note that Capriles is contesting the narrow election results stating that there were irregularities in the voting system that cost him votes. Whether this is true or not, the most surprising thing
tion is any indication, without Chavez, the style of socialism that exists in Venezuela is under direct threat. Should Maduro fail to spout the same charisma that Chavez did, I think that Capriles or any other opposition leader could have a very good shot at the presidency next election cycle. Maduro will lack the same legitimacy that Chavez held and will find it very hard to advance his agenda in the same manner that Chavez did. The opposition can now use these elections results to show that Venezuelans do not overwhelmingly want the past to repeat itself. I can only foresee greater political tension in Venezuela over the rest of Maduro’s term.
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April 16, 2013
‘42’ fails to steal the show
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Baseball legend Jackie Robinson signs his official contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the newly released sports film “42.” Jackie Robinson was the first African-American Major League baseball player.
by kaitlynne birkett Contributing Writer
“42” tells the story of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American Major League baseball player, delving into the world of 1947, a time rank with racism and hate. Though the movie does not make any major lasting impressions, it respectfully tells the story of the man who changed the face of baseball forever. The film begins with reporter Wendell Smith (Andre Holland, “Miracle at St. Anna”) voicing over poignant images which depict the political climate of the time. The year 1947 proves to be the first wherein an African-American plays Major League Baseball – yet the transition is not without its challenges. As demonstrated within the film, Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman, “The Kill Hole”) faced death threats from both inside and outside the stadium, in addition
to dealing with segregation and the constant insults thrown in his face. Both widely known and up and coming actors are equally represented in the film. Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford, “Indiana Jones”) and Leo Durocher (Christopher Meloni, “Law and Order SVU”) are two of the few characters who support Robinson from the first moment he steps on the field, though both for reasons that are not political. Ford’s character is likeable and funny, providing simple one-liners that give the film the levity it needs when presenting such a difficult period in history. Boseman’s representation of Robinson is stunning, especially considering the fact that he has not yet been in any other acclaimed movies. He accurately demonstrates the struggles he faces, as well as dealing with a wife and child at home whose safety he is forced to worry about in addition to his own. One particular scene stands out in its
amazing depiction of the turbulence of emotions surrounding this story. After Robinson has spent two at bats being excessively yelled and catcalled at by the Phillies manager (Alan Tudyk, “Firefly”), he breaks down in the tunnel next to the dugout, slamming his bat against the wall before collapsing in tears. Rickey comes upon him in these moments, pulling Robinson to his feet and reminding him that those who don’t believe in Robinson can only be defeated through baseball and baseball alone. Excellent cinematography is one of the defining features of this film, with its crystalline quality and sharp colors. The positioning of the actors is often incredibly powerful, especially during a scene in which Robinson is encouraged by his teammate, Pee Wee (Lucas Black, “Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”), and the players are depicted side by side, arms around each other with the screaming crowd in the background.
Images such as this one add intensity and emotion to the film, visually representing the struggles and triumphs that the characters within it experience. Though the movie presented a tumultuous point in the past with accuracy, the directors and screenwriter played it safe. Sports movies that deal with internal and external difficulties have long been enjoyed by the public, but after viewers have seen so many, it becomes a struggle to be truly affected by such an emotional and passionate story. ‘42’ easily could have been one of the most defining movies of 2013, but it fell short of expectations after so many other innovative films this year. The only question that remains is why did it take so long to make a movie on such an important historical figure? Perhaps if it had been created earlier, the story could have been enjoyed to its fullest extent.
‘Ghost on Ghost’ celebrates Americana by christian allen Web Editor
If you’re like me, you first discovered folk singer Samuel Beam’s Iron & Wine through his seminal acoustic cover of The Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights,” which landed on the soundtrack to Zach Braff’s classic indie film, “Garden State.” It was a thoroughly subdued take on the electro-pop classic, and it set the stage well for Iron & Wine’s following years – somber tracks that were every bit as tense as they were starkly beautiful. For more than a decade, Iron & Wine’s stuck with this winning formula...until now. Go to a random moment in Iron & Wine’s fifth album, Ghost on Ghost, and you’ll think for a moment you accidentally clicked on the wrong band. Is that a saxophone? Are those sixteenth notes? Is that ... a drum solo? No, your ears haven’t failed you – despite its (possibly ironic) title, Ghost on Ghost is a bold step in a bright new direction, where
acoustic atmospherics have been replaced by jazzy instrumentals and Beam’s characteristic meditations on love and death have made way for warm little slices of life from Anytown, U.S.A. It’s a wonderful mix that resembles folk-pop more than anything else, and if you’re planning a road trip to a national park anytime soon, Ghost on Ghost should find a happy home in your car stereo. But let’s return to that drum solo, which graces the end of opener “Caught in the Briars.” After 20 seconds of studio noise and jamming, a friendly little acoustic guitar line pops in, and you can almost imagine the line being narrated over by some small town mayor for a tourism video: “Here in (insert town name), life moves a little slower, and we’re okay with it!” In any case, Beam’s voice jumps in just a few lines later, and largely does the job himself – as he mentions “South Carolina,” “kissing at the county fair” and “sinners” over a bright blend of horns and organ you can’t help but long for those days
of small-town yesteryear, even if you never really experienced them in the first place. It’s this kind of Americana Beam trots out so masterfully throughout Ghost on Ghost, as he name drops various landmarks spanning both coasts, and vividly crafts characters and settings for each of his fourminute-or-so folk-pop tunes. And it’s not all concept over substance – these songs are brimming with strong choruses, wellcrafted harmonies and warm production values. They’ve also got a delightful sense of movement, with the aforementioned drum solo to opener “Caught in the Briars,” the burst of breakneck jazz-rock in “Lovers’ Revolution” and the sultry vocal fadeout to “Grass Widows” demonstrating Beam’s clever orchestration. As familiar as these songs feel, they always keep you guessing, and that might be Ghost on Ghost’s most admirable quality. It’s difficult to point out any flaws to this record, which boasts a wonderful
combination of early-career energy with an established sense of maturity. If anything, the low points might be the more traditional Iron & Wine slow takes (“Joy,” “Winter Prayers”) – Beam’s new direction is such a joy to behold that it’s tough to see these as any more than mere interludes. The album’s closer, “Baby Center Stage,” probably the most country-rock influenced cut on the album, also seems to be a slight misstep, and feels like a yawn in comparison to the electrifying “Lovers’ Revolution” which directly precedes it. These, however, are slight faults to an otherwise thoroughly consistent record, which marks one of the most interesting stylistic turns in recent memory and stands as one of 2013’s most enjoyable records. With Ghost on Ghost, Iron & Wine is truly at the top of his game, and this record’s pleasing blend of jazz, folk and pop rock should work as a wonderful soundtrack to these sunny spring days.
April 16, 2013
Fall Out Boy gets up again
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From left, Patrick Stump, Andy Hurley, Pete Wentz and Joe Trohman of Fall Out Boy burn records in the music video for “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up)” from their new album.
by julia kuttler Contributing Writer
Fall Out Boy is back from a five-year hiatus with a new album, Save Rock and Roll. The band is beginning a major tour that will include a Sept. 18 show at the First Bank Center in Broomfield, Colo., added after their show at the Ogden on June 23, which sold out in presales. Save Rock and Roll features 11 buoyant tracks and eclectic guest stars like Courtney Love and Elton John. The entire album is available on iTunes for only $7.99, and it is more than worth the price. Save Rock and Roll is neither a halfhearted comeback album nor an over-the-top attempt to prove the band’s worthiness. Instead, Save Rock and Roll draws on the familiar Fall Out Boy elements of snarky yet insightful lyrics and dance-worthy rock beats to create a disc with such diverse appeal that there is something here for every listener.
The two music videos released off the album are also the first two tracks, “The Phoenix” and “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up).” Both songs can be seen as symbolic of the band’s revival: like the phoenix, Fall Out Boy is rising from the ashes and suffers no lack of self-confidence. And the single, “Light ‘Em Up,” sets the mood for the album as a whole, by pairing strong beats with witty verse. While these first two installments are strong and clearly radio-ready, they give no hint of how artful the album will prove to be. By the third song, “Alone Together,” listeners will know there is something truly special in Save Rock and Roll. If you want a song to sing along to, to bob your head and bounce your knee to, this is the album for you. “I don’t know where you’re going but do you have room for one more?,” leading man Patrick Stump croons, and the answer is a resounding yes. It is diffi-
cult not to be compelled by the twisted beauty of this paradoxical love song. This track is the first chance the audience has to hear what brilliant songwriters these Fall Out Boys really are. The winning streak continues through songs four and five, “Where Did The Party Go” and “Just One Yesterday.” The former is definitely a song to dance to, filled with the “hey yahs” and “nah nah nahs” fans of the original Fall Out Boy will remember fondly. The lyrics are compelling and pull the audience in, with lines like “you and me are the difference between real love and love on TV.” Track five, “Just One Yesterday,” features phenomenal backup vocals by UK alt-pop singer Louisa Rose Allen, of Foxes. This sound is almost mellow compared to track six, “The Might Fall,” which is more a blend of hip-hop and rock with catchy synthesizer beats. Number six may not be as good as the three songs before it, but
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dazzling action sequences featured in the teaser trailer. “Oblivion” premieres in theatres nationwide on Friday, April 19.
should definitely take advantage of the opportunity.
by meg mcintyre
Concert: Slightly Stoopid
Slightly Stoopid will be returning to their home state this week with a concert at Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Morrison, Colo. on Saturday, April 20. This performance is part of their “Top of the World” Tour, focused on their album of the same name which peaked at number four on the Billboard Rock Albums and Alternative Albums chart after its release in August of 2012. Tickets for this concert have sold out, but if you can get your hands on a ticket, you
Major Lazer, an electronic music project by DJ Diplo, is returning with its second album Free the Universe today, April 16. The hype for this new album has been steadily building since the date of release was pushed back from November 6 to April. Rumored to contain cameos from Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, Bruno Mars, Wynter Gordon, Tyga, Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman, Tyga, Dev, Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, Flux Pavilion and more, this album will have plenty of surprises and even more music to offer.
Starring Tom Cruise, this post-apocalyptic action flick takes place after a war of intergalactic proportions has left the Earth decimated. Jack, a veteran of the war, is assigned to stay behind and collect resources. But as he does his work dutifully, he begins to question the truth behind the history he’s been taught. With an intriguing premise and star-studded cast, this film is sure to impress, if only from the
Album: Free the Universe
it deserves attention all the same. As far as the final five songs, it is impossible to choose favorites. Number seven, “Miss Missing You,” is a slow and beautiful anthem, perhaps the best off the entire album. With lyrics like “maybe you were my picket fence” Fall Out Boy is waxing poetic. “Death Valley,” song number eight, pales in comparison to the virtual genius of the other tracks, but despite its weakness compared to the rest of the album it is still highquality alternative genre music. Track nine, “Young Volcanoes,” is back to the chanting and clapping combination that is the signature of Save Rock and Roll, and fans of groups like Imagine Dragons will welcome the familiar sound. Lyrically, “Young Volcanoes” differs from the rest of the album, paying homage to friendship rather than to twisted love, but this contrast only increases the song’s value. The penultimate tune, “Rat a Tat” (featuring Courtney
Love) is a risk that pays off. While calling itself “one more off-key anthem…another bad poem,” in reality the song is a triumph. Intelligent references and metaphors are hidden amidst catchy beats, but listen closely to the lyrics and you’re sure to be impressed, and perhaps even persuaded to see their live show this fall. Fall Out Boy ends Save Rock and Roll with the titular track of the same name, featuring hooks by Elton John. The lyrics are sincere and Stump’s singing is emotionally compelling. “You are what you love, not who loves you; in a world full of the word yes, I’m here to scream no,” Stump sings, achieving just the right mix of sincerity and ambivalence. Save Rock and Roll is sure to satisfy lifelong fans looking for a residual fix of an old favorite and also to draw in completely new audiences. They certainly aim high with this album—and in the end Fall Out Boy delivers.
April 16, 2013
‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ paints mixed picture
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The famed Leonardo da Vinci sketches inventive flying machines in Renaissance-era Florence on Starz’s new historical drama “Da Vinci’s Demons.”
by meg mcintyre Entertainment Editor
Leonardo da Vinci is often remembered as an artist, as a genius and as a remarkable man – the creator of the famous “Mona Lisa” and the man whose dreams were without limit. The Da Vinci depicted in Starz’s new series “Da Vinci’s Demons” is all of those things, but something more as well. In this period drama, audiences are introduced to a Da Vinci (Tom Riley, “Return to House on Haunted Hill”) they’ve never met before, one
who is young, vibrant, rebellious and impossibly charming. Written and directed by David S. Goyer, the series premiere follows the young artist’s quest for greatness in Renaissance-era Florence, as well as his search for the truth when he meets a mysterious Turk who claims to be a member of an ancient fraternity that predates the birth of Christ. According to the Turk, Da Vinci is destined for greatness, but only if he joins the fraternity in search of a lost religious text known as the “Book of Leaves.” As Da Vinci becomes entangled
in an impending war between Florence and the Vatican, he must decide whether he will become a slave to fate or deny its very existence to forge his own path. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the premiere episode is the look audiences are given into the inner workings of Da Vinci’s mind. Much of the episode centers around his obsession with flight, and as we see Da Vinci studying the natural flight of birds, we also see the calculations being performed within him in the form of illustrations integrated into live action
film. This marriage of creativity and science adds a sense of mystical wonder to the pilot episode, and further confirms viewers’ impression of Da Vinci as a genius in all aspects. Riley delivers a mesmerizing performance as Da Vinci, simultaneously surprising the audience with his wit and charm and reminding viewers what makes this man such a fascinating part of history. It is a truly enthralling experience to see the famed Da Vinci come alive through Riley, so full of zest, curiosity and youth. Laura Haddock (“The Inbetweeners Movie”) also impresses as Lucrezia Doneti, the mistress of Count Lorenzo Medici (Elliot Cowan) and the prize of Da Vinci’s eye. Haddock plays her part with an enigmatic smugness, making viewers question her motives as well as her true allegiance in the quickly escalating conflict between Florence and Rome. Unfortunately, the pilot episode is slightly flawed in that there are too many characters and plot arcs to keep track of. Between the Book of Leaves, the upcoming war, Da Vinci’s romantic escapades and the fleeting images we are given of his uncertain past, the many interweaving story lines within the series premiere can often become overwhelming and confusing. Viewers will need to pay close attention to catch every detail, and even so some aspects of the plot are not explained fully and require an extremely keen eye to be detected. Yet “Da Vinci’s Demons” brings a fresh new look at the revered Da Vinci to the small screen, allowing audiences to see him as he’s never been seen before. In fact, the series premiere presents audiences with an exciting, mystical world in which Da Vinci yearns to achieve greatness. If writer and director David Goyer would only slow down a little and allow his audience to catch up, this new series could be one of the most watched programs of 2013.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs experiment and fail by christian allen Web Editor
How a band reacts to reaching its peak might be more interesting than the peak itself. TV On the Radio, for example, followed up its world-conquering 2008 record Dear Science with a bright, consistent and even more accessible pop-soul effort, Nine Types of Light, which fully solidified the group’s position as both a critical darling and friend to the masses. The similarities between TV On the Radio and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the latter of whose fourth record Mosquito dropped today, don’t just stop at their shared New York area code. As of today, both groups are four albums deep. Both appeal to fans of thoughtful but gut-punching indie rock. And both released utterly fantastic third records in the late 2000s which featured career-making blends of critical and popular appeal. But with today’s release of Mosquito, this shared trajectory seems to have split. Rather than simply put out a logical continuation of that esteemed LP#3, It’s Blitz, Yeah Yeah Yeahs has gone in a much wilder direction, with a sassy, loud and eclectic fourth record every bit as colorful, noisy (and sometimes jarring) as its almost unbelievably hideous cover art. And while there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that strategy, Mosquito feels like a record split between being a pleasing continuation of the sound perfected on It’s Blitz, and a compilation of one too many failed experiments. Altogether, it’s a decent but wildly inconsistent record, and we’ve really come to expect more from the band – Yeah Yeah Yeahs may be miles ahead of its contemporaries, but Mosquito feels like a firm step in the wrong direction.
Opener and lead single “Sacrilege” demonstrates this unfortunate duality all too perfectly. Over a raucous beat and soulful chorus, Yeah Yeah Yeahs remind us in short order of its tight instrumentation and Karen O’s fantastic vocal abilities – within moments, she can go from singing with a delicate feminine beauty to shouting her lungs off. For the first couple minutes, “Sacrilege” feels like a winner, but the song’s tightly controlled crescendo is eventually overwhelmed by a repetitive and garish gospel choir – rather than adding some soulful authenticity, the effect is akin to dumping nutella over a $15 gelato dessert, and feels more like a spectacle than anything else. This reliance on spectacle gives Mosquito a try-hard vibe, which is odd for such an established band – you can’t help but wonder: who are Yeah Yeah Yeahs trying to impress? After the gospel monstrosity that is “Sacrilege,” we’re treated to an odd rap collaboration with Dr. Octagon (“Buried Alive”), an utterly dreadful and boisterous title track, some ill-informed roots reggae (“Under the Earth”) and a thoroughly head scratchworthy alien-themed song (“Area 52”). It’s that title track that might be most disappointing, as it nonsensically drives home the mosquito metaphor beyond all reasonable doubt – “Mosquito sing / Mosquito cry / Mosquito live / Mosquito die / I’ll suck your blood / Suck your blood / Suck your, suck your, suck your blood” – Karen, we get it. Mosquitos suck blood. The fact that we waited four years for such uninspired songwriting sucks a lot more. These missteps are really quite a shame when juxtaposed with some of the record’s subtler tracks, which are generally wonderful. Second track “Subway”
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From left, Brian Chase, Karen O and Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
is an elegant slow-burning love song set on a New York City subway that masterfully captures the feeling of missed connections all too common in city life: “I lost you on the subway car / Got caught without my MetroCard / Waiting, waiting for the express train / Gonna catch up with you wherever you are / I waited, and I waited.” Even more impressive might be the song’s clever use of subway train sounds as its sole percussion track – it’s hard to believe such a subtle and thoughtful track made its way onto such an ostentatious record. The album’s final two tracks are similarly fantastic – “Despair” captures an ironic combination of hope and gloom, and Karen O’s slightly southern croon over a propulsive percussion track makes the song sound like something The
Killers might roll out if The Killers still made good music. And closer “Wedding Song” is nothing short of majestic, with expansive guitars, synths, thick toms and Karen O’s voice sounding more beautiful than ever, as she repeats the album’s most romantic and human line: “You’re the breath that I breathe.” It’s these high points that make Mosquito seem all the more disappointing. Much will be said about this album’s variety, but Yeah Yeah Yeahs fare far better when sticking to the sound that made the group’s previous record such a success (ironically, the more Yeah Yeah Yeahs try to innovate, the less innovative the band sounds). Such wide-eyed experimentation might be okay for a young band, but after 13 years, both the band members and their listeners are getting far too old for this.
April 16, 2013
Men’s lacrosse stuns Greyhounds
The Pioneers catapulted from No. 3/4 to No. 1 in the National rankings after besting conference rival Loyola in overtime 13-12 Saturday in Maryland.
Denver jumps to No. 1 in National rankings by alex proietti Sports Editor
After falling to Loyola in all three meetings last season, the then-No. 3/4 Pioneer men’s lacrosse team outlasted then-No. 5/6 Greyhounds 13-12 in overtime Saturday to clinch their fifth straight win and improve to 10-2 on the season and an undefeated 5-0 in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC). After the win, the Pioneers moved up to No. 1 in both national polls and have secured the No. 1 spot in the ECAC rankings with just two remaining games on the season against conference opponents No. 4 Fairfield and No. 8 Michigan. Loyola comes in at No. 2 after the Pioneers with a 5-1 ECAC record, 9-3 overall. The team was led by senior midfielder Cameron Flint, who scored the game-winner and
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three additional goals, making Saturday his second consecutive four-goal game. Also contributing for the Pioneers were sophomore midfielders Wes Berg and Eric Adamson and senior attackman Eric Law with two goals each, along with freshman attackman Gordie Koerber, senior midfielder Taylor Young and sophomore attackman Sean Cannizzaro, who each added a goal. “This was a really tough game, and a great deal of credit needs to go to Loyola because they never gave up and battled against us right to the last second,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “I thought our team played an outstanding first half, and Loyola played an outstanding second half.” Defending the Pioneers in goal was sophomore Ryan LaPlante, who, in his first full game since the Pioneers fell to Penn State Feb. 17, made a careerhigh 18 saves. Senior midfielder Chase Carraro also finished with a season-high 16 ground balls
and won a season-high 18-of-26 Flint and Law’s second of the faceoffs. Junior goalkeeper Jack game with five seconds remainRunkel made 13 saves for Loyola ing to head into the locker room in the loss. with an 8-3 advantage over the The GreyGreyhounds. hounds opened The second half the game’s scoring, “I thought opened with a scoreonly to be followed less 10 minutes before by four straight our team senior attackman Pioneer goals from Mike Sawyer put away played an Young, Law, Berg a pass from junior and Flint to wrap outstanding attackman Justin up the first quarter Ward to cut Denver’s first half, and lead to 8-4. Cannizat 4-1. Loyola struck Loyola played zaro answered just first again in the 21 seconds later for second quarter, an outstandDenver with his third but Flint and Berg ing second goal of the season to each found the net increase the Pioneer for the second time half.” lead back to five. of the day to put Loyola found the the Pioneers up net three more times 6-2. Loyola’s senior Bill Tierney, in the third quarter, midfielder Davis Head coach cutting the Pioneers’ Butts answered lead to 9-7 heading the Pioneer goals with one of his into the final period in regulation. own with 5:25 remaining in the Adamson and Koerber first half. opened the fourth quarter with The Pioneers closed the goals within a minute of each first half with a third goal from other, giving Denver an 11-7
lead. Loyola brought it within two with 9:20 left to play before Adamson scored his 20th goal of the season, giving the Pioneers a three-goal cushion with 8:40 remaining in regulation. The Greyhounds responded with three straight goals to knot the game at 12-12 as the final minutes expired and sent the two teams into overtime. Carraro won the opening overtime faceoff before Flint picked up the ground ball and ran it down the field to beat Runkel with just 16 seconds off the clock to secure the win for the Pioneers. “I’m proud of the way our team responded when it came time to head into overtime,” said Tierney. “Our whole team stepped up when we needed them to, and that is a mark of a good team.” The Pioneers will return home to take on ECAC opponent Fairfield Saturday at 1 p.m. in the first of their final two games of the regular season.
April 16, 2013
Coach shines for Pioneer gymnastics
Head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart has been at the helm of DU gymnastics for 15 seasons and has led the team to 15 consecutive NCAA Regional appearances.
by anna gauldin Senior Reporter
Drawing on her experience of competing for the University of Florida as an all-around gymnast from 1989 to 1992, gymnastics head coach Melissa KutcherRinehart knows exactly what her athletes are going through. “I know what it’s like,” said Kutcher-Rinehart. “When they tell me they’re tired, I completely understand. I remember the demands of balancing academics and athletics, and I certainly remember the expectation and the pressure of competing at a high level. I can relate; I have been through it. It gives me some insight to know how I can challenge them.”
Now in her 15th season as head coach of the Pioneer program, Kutcher-Rinehart has compiled an impressive 272-137-2 overall record, leading the team to 15 consecutive NCAA Regional appearances and three berths to the NCAA Championships. According to Kutcher-Rinehart, however, her tenure has felt closer to five years than 15. “You know you love what you’re doing when time goes so fast,” she said. “I think that just shows how fortunate and blessed I feel and what a great place this is to work.” Quick to credit her success to everyone around her, KutcherRinehart acknowledged everyone from her athletes and her assis-
tant coaches to former chancellor Daniel Ritchie and Peg BradleyDoppes, DU’s vice chancellor for athletics and recreation. “I’m really thankful for all the interactions I’ve had, and I think that’s honestly one of the reasons that we’re having so much success because of how much I did learn over all those years up until now,” said Kutcher-Rinehart. “I’m really proud of all the student athletes that have come through here over the course of my time; they’ve all taught me so much and taught me how to become a better coach, a better person.” Assistant coach Carl Leland, who joined the Pioneers the same year as Kutcher-Rinehart, noticed similar characteristics in her personality. “She’s a lifelong learner, so she’s constantly looking for how to improve not just the program, but also herself and her coaching abilities,” said Leland. Beginning her gymnastics career around age 8, KutcherRinehart said the sport initially functioned as an energy outlet more than anything else. However, after participating in her first tumbling class, she said it was pure love. “I started and just never stopped,” she said, grinning. After graduating from Florida with a bachelor’s degree in communications, Kutcher-Rinehart traveled to the University of Michigan, where she served as an assistant coach from 1994 to 1997. She also completed her master’s degree in athletic administration during that period. At some point during her time at Michigan, however, KutcherRinehart said she realized she wanted to become a head coach. “I started interviewing, and I don’t know what I was looking for, but it needed to feel right,” said Kutcher-Rinehart. “Being from Florida, I’m never going to say that Michigan felt like my permanent home. It was a great place to stop, but I needed more sunshine. When the University
of Denver head coaching position opened up and I was lucky enough to be invited out here on an interview, I think I realized right then that if I was fortunate enough to be offered the job, all the pieces were there.” Looking back, KutcherRinehart listed four reasons for accepting the job at DU: the high-level, brand new facilities, opened in 1999; the university’s prestigious academic reputation; the location both in Colorado and in Denver specifically and the administrative support. Since joining the Pioneer staff in 1998, Kutcher-Rinehart has completely transformed the program, most notably making DU gymnastics history with back-to-back NCAA Championship appearances in 2007 and 2008. In the last eight seasons, she has led the team to a number of new records, including the program’s first-ever score of 197 or higher – a feat the team has now accomplished five times. According to Kutcher-Rinehart, however, her goals reach far beyond athletic success. “One of the things I’m proud of is that we try to do both; we try to balance both high-level academics and athletics,” she said. “From an excellence and a team standpoint, that’s what we’re looking at doing. From a character standpoint, something that is very important to me is to develop good people, people who are responsible, who are going to give back to their community.” Looking at her accomplishments both as an athlete and as a coach, Kutcher-Rinehart has made her dedication to her team and to the sport of gynmastics abundantly clear. “I really believe in the absolute discipline of it, the fitness and flexibility and strength of it,” said Kutcher-Rinehart of gymnastics. “I think it’s such a great sport. One of my favorite things about gymnastics is the power and elegance of the whole sport.”
Shore makes 3 Pios to NHL Junior signs NHL contract with Los Angles Kings by alex proietti Sports Editor
Junior forward and assistant captain Nick Shore decided to forgo his final year at Denver to sign a three-year entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL on Saturday. Shore was selected by the Kings in the third round of the 2011 NHL Draft, 82nd overall. With this decision, Shore becomes the Pioneers’ third early departure this season, following sophomore defenseman Scott Mayfield (New York Islanders) and sophomore goaltender Juho Olkinuora (Winnipeg Jets) since the close of the season and the release of head coach George Gwozdecky. Shore is set to report immediately to the Kings, burning a year off his entry-level contract and making him eligible to move beyond the entry-level system one season sooner. Shore leaves Denver with 34 goals and 93 points in 116 games over three season with the Pio-
Junior Nick Shore becomes the third Pioneer to leave the squad this year and follows his brother to the NHL.
neers. This season, he recorded a team-high 34 points off 14 goals and 20 assists. He also follows in his older brother Drew’s footsteps, who left the Pioneers last year after his junior season to sign with the Florida Panthers. Drew has amassed 11 points in 35 games in his NHL rookie campaign this season.
Shore also leaves behind younger brother Quentin, a freshman forward on the Denver roster. He is also the 20th underclassman to sign a professional contract over the last 19 seasons. Shore joins Mayfield, Olkinuora, Beau Bennett, Jason Zucker, Drew Shore (2012), Matt Donovan (2011), Marc Cheverie (2010), Joe Colborne
(2010), Patrick Wiercioch (2010), Tyler Bozak (2009), Chris Butler (2008), Brock Trotter (2008), Geoff Paukovich (2007), Ryan Dingle (2007), Paul Stastny (2006), Matt Carle (2006), Brett Skinner (2005), Mark Rycroft (2000) and Matt Pettinger (1999) as Pioneers who left school early to turn pro since 1999.
An ink covered bunch The Clarion sports staff dives deep into the world of athletics.
by dalton handy Contributing Writer
Over the last decade, since Carmelo Anthony was drafted third overall behind LeBron James and the unfortunate Darko Milicic, the Denver Nuggets have undergone two major overhauls. However, through the multitude of players, the two head coaches and an impressive streak of consecutive playoff appearances, the tattoos of the Nuggets have been some of the best in the league. Characters like Chris “Birdman” Andersen, JR Smith, Kenyon Martin and even Carmelo flashed colors and designs in the earlier part of the last decade before moving on to other teams. Now, Wilson Chandler, JaVale McGee and Andre Iguodala lead the charge. Birdman, long considered to be the most impressive artistic specimen in Nuggets history, seemed to add more to his tattoo collection every year than he added to his game. Not to say Andersen isn’t a good player, his tattoos just seemed to multiply on top of each other every year, finally resulting in the word “BIRD” displayed prominently in purple and yellow on his neck, stretching almost ear to ear. Martin may have some of the most interesting tattoos of the “Thuggets” era, rocking a gigantic set of red lips and a seemingly overweight baby, which may have inspired Chandler, which we’ll get to later. Smith played alongside Martin, with his tattoos gradually covering more and more of his body, resulting in flames running along his neck towards his face. Carmelo has a variety of tats, but my favorite is one that I cannot be sure of what it is. From what I can tell, on his left shoulder is the Warner Brothers logo. This could be an homage to one of his favorite movie making companies, or it could be his representation of the t-shirt joke, “If you see the police, warn a brotha,” which is often accompanied by the WB logo. My favorite modern tattoo is Wilson Chandler’s baby. Unlike Martin’s, the baby is not on his arm, but rests just under his Adam’s apple, surrounded by his seemingly never ending body art. Towards the end of games, it almost looks like the child itself is sweating, which, quite honestly, is awesome. Coming in a close second and third, respectively, are McGee’s mustache tattooed on the inside of his index finger, which I believe is his visual representation of his alter-ego Pierre, and the wings that span Iguodala’s back - impressive in their sheer magnitude and precision alike. Overall, the players have come and gone and the success has not always been constant, but the tattoos of the Nuggets have been a source of entertainment for as long as I can remember.
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Men’s lax trio honored
Men’s tennis undefeated in WAC
April 16, 2013
score. The Pioneers were down 1-0 early after losing two of the three doubles matches. Staff Writer In singles, junior Alex The Denver men’s tennis Clinkenbeard defeated UT-San team defeated UT-Arlington Antonio’s Eric Buchalter with and UT-San Antonio last week- scores of 6-1, 6-1. Senior Enej end, giving them an undefeated Bonin also defeated Martin Ayala 6-2, 6-1. Senior 4-0 record in Jens Vorkefeld beat WAC play so far “There are a Diogo Casa in a 6-2, this season. 6-3 victory. Freshman On Friday, couple areas Henry Craig beat Tyler the team Brown 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 to defeated UT- we can play Arlington at the better in, and score the decisive fourth point and defeat the Gates Tennis Roadrunners team, 4-3. we will get a Center 4-0. The Craig’s victory was Pioneers took change in our his second dual-clinchan early 1-0 lead ing win in his DU career. by sweeping the last matches.” “I was very Mavericks in impressed with the way doubles. In singles, Danny Westerman, our freshman Henry Craig was able to battle junior Alex Head coach back from 0-3 down in C l i n k e nb e a rd the third set to come back beat UTand clinch the win,” said A r l i n g t o n’s Sebastian Gomez 6-3, 6-2 to head coach Danny Westerman of claim the second point. Senior his performance. The win gives the Pioneers Jens Vorkefeld also defeated Yauheni Yakaulev 7-5, 6-0. an 8-11 overall record and undeSenior and ITA-ranked No. 50 feated status in the WAC. The team’s next challenge Enej Bonin claimed the winning fourth point by beating Soren will be this Friday at the Gates Tennis Center against Utah State. Goritzka 6-3, 6-0. “Overall, we put in a good performance today,” said WesterSunday’s matches man. “There are still a couple areas On Sunday in San Antonio, we can play better in, and we will the team was victorious over get a chance to get those right in UT-San Antonio with a 4-3 final our last matches next weekend.” by danny zimmy-schmitt
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Senior midfielders Cam Flint and Chase Carraro, along with sophomore goalkeeper Ryan LaPlante each received ECAC honors.
by alex proietti Sports Editor
Three Denver men’s lacrosse student athletes earned Eastern Collegiate Athletic conference Player of the Week honors for this weekend’s play, the league office announced Monday. Senior midfielder Cam Flint was named the Offensive Player of the Week, senior midfielder Chase Carraro earned the Specialist of the Week award and sophomore goalkeeper Ryan LaPlante nabbed the Defensive Player of the Week honor. Between Flint, Carraro and LaPlante, the Pioneers accounted for three of four weekly honors presented by the ECAC. Flint’s weekend performance carried him past any other contenders for his award after netting
the game-winning goal just 16 seconds into overtime to lift the then-No. 3/4 Pioneers past the No. 5/6 Loyola Greyhounds on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore, Md. Flint finished the weekend with a career-high tying four goals and brought his season total to 24 goals and six assists for 30 points. Carraro represented the Pioneers in the faceoff X and captured a season-high 18-of26 faceoffs and scooped up a season-high 16 ground balls. He opened the game by winning eight straight faceoffs, helping Denver to a 5-2 score. He also won the opening overtime faceoff, and tossed the ball to Flint who took the ball down field to close the game. After suffering an early injury, Carraro has won 63-of108 faceoffs in six games for a
.583 winning percentage and has tallied 37 ground balls. LaPlante finished with a career-best 18 saves to help the Pioneers to a 13-12 overtime win. LaPlante’s record improved his season record to 7-1 and 96 saves. LaPlante held Loyola to just three goals in the first half and made 8 saves for the Pioneers. After halftime, LaPlante made seven saves in the third quarter after facing 15 shots and allowed just four goals. Despite this game being only his third complete game of the season, LaPlante finished his fourth game with double digit saves. These awards mark the first honors for all three Pioneers this season. This is Flint’s second career honor, sixth for Carraro and fourth for LaPlante. A total of six Pioneers have been honored by the ECAC this season.