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Vol. 121, Issue 9

april 2, 2014

Campus Safety considers carrying guns Korbel expands by brandon tate Senior Reporter

University students, staff and Denver community members voiced both support and concern at a recent forum about DU and the Department of Campus Safety (DCS) actively pursuing the possibility of allowing DCS to carry firearms for law enforcement usage. Sgt. Stephen Banet of DCS, who was not at the forum due to prior engagements, stated that DU administration is currently in the process of working with the KRW Consulting firm to determine, from a non-university point of view, if the measure would work for DU. They are using a report of student and staff thoughts about DCS being armed, including interviews from the Undergraduate Student Government (USG), Graduate Student Government (GSG), Faculty Senate and individual members of the senior administration. This will eventually be reviewed by DU’s Board of Trustees. On Thursday, March 6, a public forum consisting of 15 people was held on campus in order to talk about concerns

over the measure. Three members of the DU Student Union (DUSU), a student-run organization seeking to encourage students to have a voice in university decisions, organized the forum. The members included Lily Montesano, senior environmental science and economics major, Courtney Wilhelm, freshman undeclared major, and Sara Fitouri, second year graduate student in law. “The ultimate point of the forum was to engage with the student community,” said Montesano. “We feel this is a community that’s largely been ignored in the planning and consideration process, and so we just wanted to provide a space where students could come and learn more about it as well as talk about what our concerns are.” Montesano further stated that she believes many of the points of discussion raised at the forum impact everyone in the DU community. “One of the major concerns I heard echoed multiple times is that it’s going to change the power dynamic and the campus climate, and that is something

that impacts all of us,” said Montesano. “I think it’s really important that students get involved in this issue.” Banet said that over the past seven years, talk of DCS having firearms has been spurred by many different factors. “Obviously the active shooter piece plays into it. Going deeper than that, if you look at the type of calls that Campus Safety officers are routinely involved in, there are suspicious persons, burglary alarms and duress alarms. We’re the first responders for the university,” said Banet. “If you placed a 911 call for police assistance, it might take ten minutes to get Denver Police [DPD] here, and we can have officers there in two minutes. It makes good sense to give your first responders the tools they may need to do the job.” Banet further stated that every Campus Safety officer would have to undergo numerous hours of training and psychological testing over the course of many weeks before they would actually be able to use firearms. This process would continue annually.

SEE forum, PAGE 2

Tuition increases 3.44 percent 3.80% 3.75% 3.70% 3.65% 3.60% 3.55% 3.50% 3.45% 3.40% 3.35% 3.30% 3.25%








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DU tuition has increased by over three percent every year since the 2011-12 school year. In 2014-15 it will increase by 3.44 percent to $41,112.

Contributing Editor

On March 12, DU students and their families were notified of the January 17 approval by the Board of Trustees of a 3.44 percent increase in tuition for the 2014-15 academic year. “The University has raised tuition every year in recent history,” said Provost Gregg Kvistad. “We must do so if we want to make any significant investments in academic programming, student services and amenities, faculty and staff raises,

and institutional financial aid.” According to Kvistad, the tuition dollar amount for the current academic year is $39,744, and next year’s 3.44 percent increase will bring it up to $41,112. Kvistad also explained that while most private universities are “tuition-dependent” with regards to their annual revenues, about 70 percent of DU’s total revenue comes from tuition alone, a number he feels to be relatively high, compared to other institutions. “Our goal is to diversify our revenues, move the needle away from that dependence, and make the University

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more affordable for the excellent students we want to enroll,” said Kvistad. Students have expressed mixed feelings about the University’s initiatives. “Everything the administration is saying makes sense, but I think they should share more details with the public ... it makes DU students and their families feel better about where their money is going,” said freshman Ashley Campbell, theater and creative writing double-major, from Albuquerque, N.M.

SEE trustees, PAGE 4

with new grant by sarah ford Managing Editor

Last week, DU announced that the Josef Korbel School of International Studies will construct a new building with the use of a $17 million gift from Anna and John J. Sie. Construction on the new 43,000 square foot building is planned to be completed in December 2015. The gift comes as the largest ever received by Korbel. John Sie, a former member of DU’s Board of Trustees, and his wife, Anna, previously donated $5.5 million for the construction of the Sie CheouKang Center for International Security and Diplomacy. “With what Josef Korbel and his family have built, we believe the Korbel School is poised to be one of the top three schools in the world preparing future global leaders,” Sie said in a statement. “We are proud to be able to support Ambassador Hill [Korbel Dean Christopher Hill] in this important endeavor.” The building will join together the school’s Cherrington Hall and Sie CheouKang Center into a larger complex, which is to be called the Anna and John J. Sie International Relations Complex. The design of the building is being led by University Architect Mark Rodgers and architectural firm Anderson Mason Dale. In addition to the money granted in the donation, DU will contribute $3 million to the construction, according to Director of Communications at Korbel David Proper. The donation also comes as part of the five-year fundraising campaign by the university. Some funding will go towards providing new and more advanced equipment within the new spaces. “The entire Josef Korbel School community is thrilled and humbled by the Sie family’s ongoing commitment to our students and future of the Korbel School,” said Hill in a statement. “With the support, we will continue our ascent as a leading school of international affairs and as the epicenter of international studies in the Western U.S.” Korbel had been planning to construct a new building as part of a plan prior to the donation, according to Proper. “Right now, in our existing facilities, there is limited space for students to gather and collaborate. The new building will provide additional common spaces and study areas,” said Proper. “Furthermore, the new building will provide the school with more classrooms to be used for the undergraduate programs.” The top floor of the building will also host events and high-profile visits to the school.

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Forum explores possibility of arming Campus Safety Continued from page 1

“We’re not just going to hand guns out tomorrow,” said Banet. “There’d be a lot of training. Even beyond that, officers would have to go through a psychological evaluation. That would be first. [DPD] would be our firearms instructors, and officers would receive 40 hours of instruction on things like policy, use of force, how the weapon works and demonstrating proficiency with the weapon.” Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs Craig Woody, who has been in talks with the KRW firm, added to Banet’s statements, saying that the need came from recent on-campus crimes involving suspicious persons, including an incident where an intruder broke into a DU building and was apprehended by DCS officers. “You never know what you’re going to have,” said Woody. “It’s benign until it happens to you. Some people come onto the campus with improper motives in mind. You never know what’s in store


for you if you’re the officer that has to respond to it.” Woody added that there is no estimated time when DCS officers would start carrying firearms. Max Parmenter, a freshman political science major, said he felt that giving firearms to DCS would be an unnecessary measure. “I think it’s the job of Campus Safety to deal with [intoxicated] students, bike tickets and traffic violations,” said Parmenter. “We’re right by a police station. I’ve been pulled over on campus by DPD, and they’re here all the time. The only use a Campus Safety officer would have for a gun is to shoot a student. Even with pepper spray, if a student is that out of line that you’re resorting to something that painful to contain them, call the police.” In contrast, Austin Igleheart, senior political science and sociology major, believed that firearms for Campus Safety would allow them to deal with issues more effectively.


Check here for weekly updates from the Undergraduate Student Government (USG). Highlights from March 25, 2014 Secretary of Internationalization Gaia Corno is working with Housing and Residential Education (HRE) and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) to restructure International Student Orientation for fall quarter. The adjustments would shorten the time for the required international freshman and transfer orientation from the current week. Additionally, they are looking to adjust presentations to focus more on the process of acclimating to U.S. culture.

“I’m in favor of it as long as there’s training to go with it,” said Igleheart. “It would give them more power to enforce things. We’ve had robberies near campus, and Campus Safety can’t really respond to that. I don’t really see what they can effectively do to help people in a dangerous situation as it’s happening. If they had the guns and the training, they’d be able to do that a lot more effectively. Then you have fully-trained officers on campus who know how to do emergency management.” Some DU staff members attended the forum as well. Senior Academic Advisor Zi Ekundayo said that he believed arming DCS would prevent students from having a comfortable college experience. “I think that arming [DCS] would change the campus climate drastically, and not for the better,” said Ekundayo. “I think it would put a chill on student protests and activism. I don’t know about the campus as a whole but I think young men of color, including interna-

Two arrested in connection to recent student robbery by sarah ford Managing Editor

Two juvenile girls suspected of robbing a DU student have been arrested by the Denver Police Department (DPD) according to Sgt. Stephen Banet of the Department of Campus Safety (DCS). Banet said he found out about the arrests on Tuesday, March 17, which was roughly two and a half weeks after the robbery. According to Banet, the two girls were arrested after they were identified by their crime flyer pictures taken from the Regional Transportation District (RTD).

USG elections will begin on campus soon, and dates for elections week are solidified:

DU will have its first Internationalization Summit Friday, April 11 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

USG meetings are held every Tuesday night in the Driscoll Gallery.

From March 3, 2014 In last issue’s article, “WOOF Supplies gives back to those in need, one DU student at a time,” Alex Olmanson was incorrectly labeled as an alumnus. He is actually a senior. In the issue on Feb. 25, in the article, “All seniors now required to take senior exit surveys,” it was stated that seniors are required to take exit surveys in all departments. This is actually a department-by-department decision, not a university-wide mandate, as indicated in the article. There are many departments that do not use exit surveys at all, voluntary or otherwise. We sincerely regret these errors.

They are open to the public. Information courtesy of the USG.

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Because the girls are juveniles, no names or other information was released. The robbery occurred on March 5 while a student was walking on the 1900 block of South High Street. She was approached by the two females, one of whom pushed the student to the ground while the other held her at knifepoint and demanded her purse. The girls were described as being young, white females, roughly ages 16-18. They were with two unidentified males, who have not been arrested in connection with the crime, according to Banet.


– Info meeting Wednesday, April 16 – Elections week April 21-25 – Presidential Debate in Sturm Wednesday, April 23 – Voting takes place April 23-25 The Student Organizations Committee is working on monthly farmers’ markets on Driscoll Green, as well as a student-run bike-powered food cart in the works to be on campus, April 25.

tional students, would be endangered by this move.” Woody addressed this concern by stating the university would investigate any such incidents promptly. “[Profiling] is something that will not be tolerated at the university,” said Woody. “It’s part of the university’s values, and I think that you can say that those values are espoused by the people who run the department and work in the field.” Woody also encouraged DU students and staff to voice their thoughts on the issue to the administration. However, the Board of Trustees will have the final decision on the matter. DUSU will continue to host public events on the subject, and can be contacted at for more information. Any questions relating to DCS can be made through their website. Anyone in the DU community wishing to express thoughts on the issue can contact the DU Ombudsman’s office at

Readers wishing to submit corrections, or those concerned about the paper’s journalistic integrity, may contact Editor-in-Chief Alex Johnson at

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April 2, 2014

RAs test gender-neutral bathroom in Centennial Halls really didn’t know a lot about this. It raises awareness that there isn’t just the male and female aspects to this, and that there’s On Tuesday, March 25, five Resident something else besides what [students] are Assistants (RAs) of Centennial Halls used to.” According to Pritchard, the venture installed a gender-neutral restroom for the duration of the week. The move temporarily was inspired by previous efforts from several replaced the women’s restroom on the first members of the Social Justice Living and floor of the building until Friday, March 28, Learning Community (SJLLC) in JohnsonMcFarlane Hall (JMAC) who are still in the at 7 p.m. The project was led by RAs Emily Vuci- process of converting one of two female restrooms into a gendernovich, Nadia Etchey, neutral one. Larcy Joo Kim, Jared Pritchard Brooks, a member of the and Sarah Ford. The SJLLC and the JMAC women’s restroom was project, praised the Halls chosen for the project RAs for their work. because it has two stalls, “It’s really exciting as opposed to the men’s to see this spreading which has one urinal around campus,” said and one stall for privacy Brooks. “It’s interesting concerns. The group that it’s bubbling up now addressed concerns over and that there’s some the project by noting actual implementation that it was only tempogoing on right now, this rary, and they believed it year. It’s cool that some was an effective method of the more elementary to discuss gender issues. “A lot of people photo courtesy of action is happening in said ‘I’m totally uncom- A restroom in Halls was neutral for one week. Halls, because it’s more difficult to get it in there.” fortable with this. It’s Halls residents, however, were divided awkward,’” said Vucinovich. “This is what someone who is transgendered or who on the measure. Some residents praised the doesn’t conform to the gender binary has move, while others raised personal concerns to go through every single time they go to against it. Mikki Taylor, a first-year pre-law the bathroom. I think it was a good way to student and Halls resident, believed the push people out of their comfort zones and creation of the restroom did far more harm getting them to, in some way, take a walk in than good. “I completely disagreed with it,” said someone else’s shoes who doesn’t conform Taylor. “The women’s bathroom only was to that binary.” Etchey stated that changing the bath- targeted for this. I understand that there room would be a good method of starting a are incidents of transgendered people being discriminated against, but it kind of posed conversation for all of DU. “It was just a conversation starter,” said an even bigger threat which is women being Etchey. “I knew coming into college that I discriminated and possibly being put into

by brandon tate Senior Reporter

Subway tentatively plans soft opening April 10-11 by gigi peccolo Contributing Writer After facing several delays over the past few months, Subway will tentatively open for limited hours on April 10 and 11, according to Ira Simon, resident district manager for Sodexo at DU. However, the opening could be postponed if the construction is not finished by April 4. “We are just finalizing some construction issues and we’re still waiting on a few pieces of equipment to come in, so depending on when that happens, that’s going to dictate our ability as to when we will get to open,” said Simon. If construction is completed on time, employee training will be held on April 6-8, followed by a soft opening on April 9-11. “On April 9, we’re planning on having an invitation-only day, kind of like a trial period for us to get all our new employees trained,” said Simon. The store will then be open for limited hours on Thursday, April 10 and Friday, April 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. “We’ll be open but we’re not going to promote it,” said Simon. “We may go out in the hallway and say, ‘Hey, we’re open’ and we may get people to come by, but we want to give our employees a good opportunity to learn how to do it.” On Monday, April 14, Subway will open for its regular hours, 7:30 a.m to 7 p.m., five days a week. If the construction is not finished by April 4, the soft opening will be from April 16-18, and the full opening will be April 21. The restaurant was originally anticipated in January, but one delay led to another, according to Simon. “It was some contractual with Subway, some of it was approval that had to be done through the university architect’s office, some of it was delays in our getting the equipment ordered,” said Simon. “It was a series of unexpected issues, and we didn’t

realize they had to be done until they were due to be done. As soon as one became late, they all became late.” Subway will have full-time employees but is also trying to hire students for the peak lunch periods. These will not be work study students. Instead, they will be regular part-time employees for Sodexo with a starting wage of $9.38. “We have a number of students on a waiting list who want a part-time job with us, and we’re trying to get them associated into those rotations,” said Simon. “It just depends on their schedule and whether they’re available through lunch.” Subway will accept meal plan cash and Flex like other services on campus. There will also be a new meal plan available starting next fall, with 125 meal swipes and $225 of meal plan cash. This meal plan is designed around the new retail locations, including an Einstein Bros., which will be opening in Daniels in September. In a previous Clarion article from Jan. 14, Simon said students will be able to use meal plan cash to purchase food from the retail outlets. They will also have the additional option of paying $75 more to add $100 of meal plan cash. “What we’re really doing is offering students a lot of improved options to eat retail on campus, and this is for faculty, staff, commuters, upperclassmen and non-meal plan people who have to go off campus to find lunch,” said Simon. “There’s a huge number of people that we have been unable to attract because we haven’t had the services that they’ve wanted.” First-year student Maggy Graham, a biology major, said she’s excited for Subway to open. “It’s gonna provide this fantastic third option in Driscoll,” said Graham. “When I’m in Sturm, I don’t have chance to go to Anderson or Nagel, so having it right there will be really nice.”

danger. We have women at DU who would be uncomfortable going to the same restroom as a man.” Sophie Duncan, a first-year Italian and economics student, also disapproved of the restroom change, believing that it was unfair to female Halls residents. “The guys had two bathrooms, they can have their own and the ‘transgendered’ restroom, and the girls had to share with them, which I thought was ridiculous,” said Duncan. “I don’t feel comfortable going into a bathroom to fix my hair and my makeup in front of a guy because that’s just not comfortable at all.” Aaron Delgado, a first-year undeclared student, agreed with Duncan, citing concern over changing the women’s restroom instead of the men’s. “Even though I can understand their rationale trying to take a more liberal route regarding public bathrooms, I find it completely arbitrary that they changed the girl’s bathroom,” said Delgado. “If it were up to me, which it isn’t, I would’ve made both bathrooms gender neutral.” In contrast, Halls RA and second-year hospitality student Alejandro Garcia, who was not involved in the project, praised the effort. He cited it as a springboard for discussion on gender education. “It helps make you aware of what privileges you have,” said Garcia. “I thought it was a great program to be more inclusive

and give more people an opportunity to be open minded about it. Even if they don’t agree with it, it opens dialogue which I feel is important. Anything that’s worth doing will upset some people. When you think about, people already have gender neutral bathrooms at home.” Megan Deyarmond, a first-year biology student, echoed Garcia’s statements, believing the move would open discussion on gender issues. “I didn’t really mind it,” said Deyarmond. “I thought it was a good step towards people being more accepting of different types of people. It didn’t concern me personally, since there are stalls and it’s closed. I think it’s a great way for everyone to have an option.” Deyarmond further stated that genderneutral bathrooms throughout DU would be a good idea, yet male and female bathrooms would still need to be on campus as well. Though the project lasted less than a week, Pritchard said he thought the experiment could benefit students after their time at the university. “Going beyond just DU, I hope that not only residents in [Halls], but in the DU community will take this beyond DU,” said Pitchard. “I hope they take it into their future lives as well and being more aware of who we coincide with and realizing that there are differences among all of us even though we may come around the same thing.”

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April 2, 2014

Bye-bye, Blackboard faculty from all over campus to come see what the new system had to offer. They invited professors to participate in a pilot DU’s current learning management project that would involve them offering system, Blackboard, has been utilized by DU their courses through Canvas over winter professors, faculty members and adminis- and spring quarter to find out how it works. trators for over ten years, but the switch to The project ended up consisting of 50 a more efficient and reliable system is in the faculty members who were willing to transworks, according to Julanna Gilbert, DU’s fer their course content from Blackboard executive director of the Office of Teaching to Canvas, an endeavor that included over and Learning. 2,000 DU students, ranging from underGilbert explained that a little over a graduate to PhD. All parties involved are year ago, the university organized a group surveyed at the end of each course to gauge of faculty members, technical staff and overall satisfaction with the system. administrators to explore alternative routes “I have been very happy with using to Blackboard. After a significant amount Canvas,” said Kellie Keeling, assistant of time and research, the Business Information and group found three other Analytics professor from the products that they felt Daniels College of Business, could potentially work to who taught Business Forereplace the system entirely. casting and Visualization Of those three, the group with Canvas during winter unanimously agreed on an quarter. She is now using innovative management Canvas for her Complex system known as Canvas. Data Analytics course this “It’s important that you spring quarter. periodically do a scan and “I feel that Blackboard find out if there is something has gotten ‘clunky’ to use,” better to use,” said Gilbert. Julanna Gilbert, said Keeling. “It seems like “It was time to see what else Executive Director of every action that you want was out there.” to take involves clicking the OTL Gilbert believes Canvas multiple menu options. I to be a much better system than Blackboard also feel constricted by its framework when for a variety of reasons, including its Cloud- I try to design a course. I never get the look based format, which means it is not hosted that I want in setting up how the students at DU and does not use a DU server. will access the material.” “It provides 24/7 help to both faculty According to Keeling, she has only and students,” said Gilbert, “and it’s hosted heard positive feedback from her students in a way that there’s better support and with regards to the switch from Blackboard better security ... if problems arise, it’s not to Canvas, aside for the initial navigation just left to a couple technical staff people at issues, which she felt were to be expected. DU to keep it up and running.” “When I want to perform an action Gilbert explained that Canvas is a lot [on Canvas], it is very easy to find what to friendlier to how people actually use the click,” said Keeling. “I also like that there web, especially when it comes to the tech- are many ways to view the material in the nical ease of interfacing with various social site ... once I got comfortable with the initial media applications, such as providing direct design issues, then running the system the links to Facebook or YouTube. It would be remainder of the course was very easy.” under the students’ control as to how those While the pilot project is still underlinks would work. way and the university has not made a final Another feature Blackboard lacks that decision, Gilbert says the results are lookCanvas provides is a customary notification ing good and that the people involved now service, through which students are able to prefer using Canvas to Blackboard. individually go in and choose the way they “We’re not sure about the decision yet, receive notifications from their professors but it does look promising,” said Gilbert, on the site, whether it is directly to their cell who notes that the pilot project group is phones via text message or to a specific email going to reconvene in just a few short weeks address that could potentially differ from to formulate a decision. their DU account, according to Gilbert. If and when the administration decides “We’re not just going to move frivolously to make the official switch to a different from Blackboard to some new system,” said system, there will be a year-long, overlapGilbert. “It has to be a well thought-out and ping grace period, during which Canvas well-considered move.” training workshops for faculty will be proAccording to Gilbert, the administra- vided. Blackboard would still be accessible tion decided to take a deeper look at Canvas during that time to ease the massive transilast fall, holding information sessions for tion, according to Gilbert.

by breanna demont Contributing Editor

“We’re not just going to move frivolously from Blackboard to some new system.”

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unwanted party

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 2:31 p.m. – DCS responded to a call regarding university owned keys that had gone missing in the Daniels College of Business. Upon arrival at the scene, officers contacted a staff member who stated that they had last seen the keys on 03/21/14 at around 3:10 p.m.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 9:41 a.m. – DCS responded to a call regarding and unwanted party in the Coors Fitness Center. Officers responded to the scene and contacted the party in question near East Asbury Avenue and South Race Street. The party in question was formally trespassed from campus.



Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 3:39 p.m. – DCS took a report regarding a stolen bicycle from a student who came to the Campus Safety Center. The student stated that their bike had last been seen on 11/01/13 when they secured it with a u-lock to a rack near Centennial Halls.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 4:51 p.m. – DCS responded to a call from the Denver Police Department (DPD) regarding two students who had been found smoking marijuana in their personal vehicle near the intersection of East Colorado Avenue and South Gilpin Street. Upon arrival at the scene, DCS officers confiscated a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia from the students in question.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. – DCS took a report from a staff member regarding an animal bite that had occurred on campus on 3/25/14.

by brandon tate Senior Reporter Following spring break, the Health and Counseling Center (HCC) is testing extending their operating hours with the HCC open every Wednesday until 7 p.m., according to HCC Executive Director Alan Kent. Kent said the measure has been considered for some time. “We’ve been looking into this for a long time,” he said. “We’ve had some focus groups and surveys with students, and it seems like there’s at least a portion of students who could benefit from having access to evening hours. The goal is to see who utilizes it, and for those who do, we’ll have a very quick and simple survey as to why they used it.” Kent further commented that the move was influenced by “mixed reactions” from other university’s students to their health centers about having evening hours. Because the concept is only a trial, no additional fees will be needed from students, as some HCC staff have volunteered to work late Wednesday nights. However, according to Kent, if the measure were to be long-term and include more days a week, the HCC would look into hiring part-time employees to help with the shift. The service is also being tested as a way to accommodate undergraduate and graduate students with prior engagements during the day who are unable to make appointments between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., which are the HCC’s current Wednesday hours. “There are students who are undergrads who are on internships or work during the

day, and it might be just as convenient for them to come in after 5 o’clock,” said Kent. “A lot of graduate students have placements, jobs or internships, and it’s particularly hard for them to come in, but we really don’t know, and that’s something we’re testing.” In conjunction with possibly extending hours, the HCC has received interest from students and other sources regarding expanding the services provided during the day. According to a survey of 700 students that the HCC conducted before opting to extend Wednesday hours, other requests included alternative medicine, X-rays and urgent care services. “I know there was quite a bit of interest expressed in dental services,” said Kent. “Some people mentioned optometry. Some bigger schools with 30,000 to 40,000 students have all of those services, but there’s enough people to support it. [DU] is kind of a mid-sized campus so there’s only so much we can afford to do because the demand is not there.” The HCC has been in talks with Houston-based Onsite Dental Solutions (ODS) about the possibility of opening an oncampus dental clinic. Kent stated that ODS will meet with the HCC and DU Human Resources next quarter to determine if a demand is strong enough to support a dental facility. The HCC encourages students to provide feedback on the matter. Feedback can be submitted to the HCC via their website, or through surveys given during late Wednesday appointments.

Trustees approve tuition rise Continued from page 1 Junior Rileigh Elliott, gender and women studies and geography doublemajor, from Centennial, Colo., says that she has a lot of peers who pay for their own tuition and that the rising cost of attendance has proven to be an on-going battle, especially for those students in charge of paying their own way through school. “I know that an increase like that would make things a lot harder for those people,” said Elliott. While the highest tuition rate increase in DU’s history was 33.3 percent in 1964, Kvistad says the university is adding a total $7.35 million in institutional financial aid to offset next year’s 3.44 percent increase. The Provost offered an alternative perspective of viewing the situation, however, which is for students to compare the net price in fiscal year 2009 to that of 2012 (latest data available) for a first-time, firstyear student to attend DU.

“After institutional grant aid is factored in, which increased each year as the tuition charge increased, the actual average price to attend the university only increased on average by $44 per year over those three years,” said Kvistad. Kvistad also reflected on the merit of the DU Board of Trustees being the governing body of the institution who makes this important decision year after year, attesting to the fact that many of them are DU alumni. “DU’s trustees are extraordinarily devoted and generous with their time and resources,” said Kvistad. “When they become trustees, they very quickly learn a great deal about the sector of U.S. higher education generally—which is a pretty complicated issue these days—and about DU in particular. They are the university’s fiduciaries, and they take that role very seriously.” For any inquiries pertaining to the recent decision, please contact the Office of the Provost.

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Detox Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 1:14 a.m.

– DCS responded to a call regarding an intoxicated student in Johnson-McFarlane Hall. Upon arrival at the scene, officers contacted the student in question and determined that they were too intoxicated to remain safely on campus. Officers contacted Denver Cares who transported the student to their facility. Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 10:52 p.m. – DCS responded to a call regarding an intoxicated student in Centennial Halls. Upon arrival at the scene, officers contacted the student in question and determined that they were too intoxicated to remain safely on campus. Officers contacted Denver Cares who transported the student to their facility. Friday, March 28, 2014 at 12:06 a.m. – DCS responded to a call regarding an intoxicated student in Centennial Halls. Upon arrival at the scene, officers contacted the student in question and determined that they were too intoxicated to remain safely on campus. Officers contacted Denver Cares who transported the student to their facility.

alcohol Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 3:48 a.m. – DCS responded to a call regarding the odor of marijuana emanating from a residential room in Johnson-McFarlane Hall. Upon arrival at the scene, officers were admitted to the room in question where they contacted one student. Officers found a small amount of alcohol in the room, which they disposed of.

criminal trespass Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 10:10 p.m. – DCS responded to a call regarding an unwanted party in Centennial Halls. Upon arrival at the scene, officers contacted the party in question and determined that they had been previously trespassed from campus. DPD was called to the scene and when they arrived they arrested the party in question. For more information please visit http://

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Medical Brigades visit Nicaragua for an atypical Spring Break care of, according to Colin Jorgensen, vice president of the organization. Contributing Writer For Jorgensen, a senior biology and Talent, knowledge and a deep pas- music major from Greeley, Colo., the sion for helping those around the world decision to join last year’s Medical Briin need—these are what members of the gade trip to Honduras and again this year DU chapter of Global Brigades brought to to Nicaragua was an easy one. Jorgensen emphasized the Brigatheir service trip to Nicaragua over spring diers’ passion to spend seven days break. Leaving right after finals and returning in the early morning hours of making a difference and empowering the first day of spring quarter, 33 people communities, not only in providing them from the DU Medical Brigade, along with with short-term medical assistance, but 12 from the Public Health Brigade, spent also aiding in developing the tools and their break giving medical assistance knowledge to become more self-sustainto impoverished communities around ing and develop their communities. “You could spend seven days, seven Esteli, Nicaragua. The Medical and Public Health Brigades are both factions of days doing something for yourself Global Brigade, a national organization or you could spend six days working alongside some of the best friends you that encompasses numerous colleges. The Medical Brigadiers’ jobs in have here at DU and actually making a the villages varied—while many filled difference. That was the only convincprescriptions, others worked in triage ing I really needed,” said Jorgensen. Dan Johnson, a sophomore biology diagnosing patients, some shadowed major from Lakewood, Colo., worked physicians who accompanied the group three jobs over the past summer raising and others worked educating people on healthy living. Overall, the group helped enough money to go on the trip this year. “I felt like I really had to do someabout 300 patients per day, some of whom thing to give back to the community walked miles from surrounding villages and stood in line for hours for assistance. and this seemed like a great opportuThey worked 10-12 hour days and always nity to do that … It was an absolute stayed until the very last patient was taken blast on top of that,” said Johnson. The local Nicaraguans’ positive outlooks, despite their impoverished and difficult situations, deeply resonated with the Brigadiers. “The little things we complain about like living in the dorms or having 8 a.m.s are nothing compared to the problems these other places have that don’t have floors, living in a single shack with a family of six people,” said Johnson. Students observed that community members in courtesy of du medical brigades the Nicaraguan towns they DU Medical and Dental Brigades pose while on location in Nicaragua.

visited around Miraflor had strong family values and were proud of the people who surrounded them, according to Jorgensen and Johnson. For Jorgensen, the most poignant moment occurred when he met a 65-year-old man who had walked four miles pushing his 99-year-old mother in a wheelchair. The man claimed to have hypertension, which proved to be a bit of an understatement. By the scales of blood pressure in the United States, this man’s vital signs were through the roof, according to Jorgensen. The 65-year-old man and his mother, Jorgensen learned, were the healthiest of the family, as the man’s father was too sick to even make the trip. Even through all of the hardship the local Nicaraguans were fighting, they still wanted to get to know all of the Brigadiers helping them and were excited to learn about them, courtesy of du medical brigades according to Jorgensen. Jorgensen commented, “They Junior Kate Sullivan poses with Nicaraguan children after providing them with personal medical care. were so happy we were there to give that assistance but even if we hadn’t According to Jorgensen, the members gone, they would still be happy.” take a pre and post-trip survey. Every The attitudes of the Nicaraguan student’s Spanish competency level community members caused a shift increased significantly, as well as eduin the life outlook of many Brigadiers. cation in health care in underdeveloped Many of them developed friendships countries and comfort in new cultures and connections with their patients and medical fields. despite the rushed atmosphere of treatMany students’ career plans were ing so many people in a day. influenced by the Brigade; many of “Our Brigadiers come back with a them came back from the trip with a sense of international community view clear intent to apply for medical school that no one is as different as you think or work in relief with different counthey are even if it’s 5,000 miles away tries when they graduate from DU, and [speak] a different language than Jorgensen commented. you,” according to Jorgensen. “It’s not a class but look at the educaAlthough the students brought tion they’re getting,” said Jorgensen. “When many contributions and prior skills to our students walk out of this they come the communities they visited, they left back [to DU] with so much more personal with many more benefits relating to experience … It really does prepare you for their education and global awareness. what you want to do in the future.”

rent member of the station from Barrington, Illinois. However, DU radio is back and The history of DU radio has been better than ever. KXDU, the DU’s new long and complicated, but it is far from radio station, will begin streaming over. There have been four stations in early this quarter with a fresh outlook. The new staff of the radio station the past, one of which actually separated from the university and became all became involved in the revival propart of Colorado Public Radio as an cess through different means. Logan Baker, freshman journalindependent National Public Radio affiliate. The last radio station, in ism and English major and programoperation last year, faded out due to ming manager for KXDU, realized that lack of student interest, according to the radio room, filled with equipment Jack Foersterling, sophomore journal- and an impressive collection of CDs, ism major as well as former and cur- was going unused. He approached Andrew Matranga, faculty advisor for the Clarion, who put him in touch with other students who had also expressed interest in participating in the radio station. Foersterling, now a DJ for the station, was on the radio staff last year and wanted to continue. Kelley Schweissing, freshman political science and economics major from Grand Junction, Colo. and station manager of KXDU, had always wanted to participate in broadcast radio, even if he had to help start the program himself. “It always looked fun. I didn’t know I’d have to build it myself, but its better this way,” he said. The radio station is now ready for operation. What was an unused room full of boxed equipment at the beginning of the year is now stocked with microphones, soundboards, and a record player, among other kellsie brannen|clarion The KXDU door shows the connections KXDU has made in its supplies. Behind a door covered with colorful stickers lie shelves past incarnations.

upon shelves of CDs ready to be played again. The staff has made several changes to the station that set it apart from its previous incarnations. There have been improvements to the management system, with well-defined roles and more account abi lity. It will also be streamed exclusively online, kellsie brannen|clarion which allows the Logan Baker and Kelley Schweissing pose in front of the newly refurbished station. DJs and talkshow hosts much more leniency with on which show is airing at the time, FCC regulations regarding censorship listeners may sample music that is and song airing restrictions than shows popular or underground, country or airing on a public frequency. The staff alternative, and anything in between. also hopes to garner much more student Of course, student suggestions are involvement, both through listeners always welcome on content as well. tuning in and students participating in Students interested in becoming the station itself. “The more people par- involved in radio broadcast are welticipate the more people will listen, and come to become involved at KXDU. so if you would like to participate please Whether through listenership or stop by,” said Schweissing. joining the team at the station, parThe programming for the sta- ticipation is not only encouraged, but tion is highly varied to appeal to all considered vital. “This is not our radio tastes. The station features different station; this is DU’s radio station,” radio shows, including talk radio and said Kelley Schweissing, reflecting the sports shows. Any idea is welcomed importance of student involvement at by the staff, and so anything is pos- the station. sible. “Every show has its own vibe. I If students are interested, they are like to play a variety of music and talk highly encouraged to contact the station between songs,” said Foersterling. Stu- manager at . dent DJs choose what they air so music KXDU will start streaming on selection varies immensely. Depending April 7th at

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DU radio station KXDU revived for Spring Quarter by kellsie brannen Contributing Writer


April 2, 2014

Senior Spotlight: Dannae Miller by adam lujan Contributing Writer

Senior Dannae Miller is used to being recognized: “I still have people come up to me and say, ‘Oh my God, you’re the girl who orgasmed on stage!’”

a college that accepted me! Woohoo! Let’s go!” Despite going into the experience blindly, it didn’t take her long to fall in love with the campus and its people: “I remember those first days; moving in and meeting everybody in our hall,

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Senior Dannae Miller smiles in the park as she reflects on her illustrious DU career.

They are, of course, referring to her recent show-stopping performance in “The Vagina Monologues,” hosted by CAPE (the Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment) and REAL (the Relationship Equality and Anti-Violence League) on Valentine’s Day. Miller’s performance, however, will only be a small part of her legacy when she graduates this June with degrees in history and English. “And I’m almost there! I’m almost there!” As she sits down to look back on her time at DU, Miller sings Princess Tiana’s infectious tune from “The Princess and the Frog” at full volume. She situates herself on her all-pink bed—her entire bedroom is an explosion of pink, in fact, a definite representation of her princess personality. She’s gorgeous, grounded and goofy, never taking herself too seriously. Miller holds nothing back as she examines how she’s made her mark on DU. “Baby Dannae,” as she fondly calls her younger self, was the first member of her family to go to college. She wasn’t sure what to expect in her early days at school, recalling, “I didn’t have any notions about DU. I was like, yes, it’s

seeing all the cute boys and gossiping with the girls next door. ” she says. “Freshmen year was the greatest.” Miller’s new home at DU was only enhanced when she joined the Delta Zeta sorority early in her first year. Remembering her first time in the Delta Zeta house: “I felt like I could walk in and sit on the couch and no one would look at me [strange]. All of them felt like they were my friends already … We were just same minded people.” Miller is proud to be a part of Greek life, Delta Zeta in particular. Whether it’s helping put on the Turtle Tug, a tug-ofwar competition over vats of green Jell-O on Driscoll Green, or Big Man on Campus, a competition between fraternities and other groups for masculine dominance, she feels like she’s really made a difference. Both events have helped raise thousands of dollars for Delta Zeta’s many charities. For Miller, though, the best part of being in her sorority is the sense of sisterhood. “It’s really great in college. You’re leaving all your high school friends, and then you get to college, and you’re like, ‘Oh, gosh, new friends. How do I do this? I need a support system.”

Her sorority has been there for her during her lowest points. In her first year, two of her best friends from back home passed away within five months of each other. “I was not a functioning human being; I was a robot. Everything was on a schedule because if I [didn’t] have an outlet, I [was] not going to make it—I [was] going to breakdown. So just having my sisters there to just … be there. They weren’t trying to uplift me, they were just there,” she remembers. “That was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through. I think that was one of the moments that I was really grateful for my sorority.” Miller’s sorority isn’t her only family on campus. Between hanging out with her friends in the Black Student Alliance, swapping bad jokes with her history major friends and forging lifelong bonds with her fellow performers in “The Vagina Monologues,” Miller has also found time to work at the library front desk for the last four years. “I loved the library,” Miller gushes. “You get to know so many people working [there], because eventually, someone’s gonna have to walk through those doors—to study, or to get a book or to print something.” She adds with a laugh, “It’s actually really fun when you get library regulars, and they see you outside the library and they go to wave at you and forget [how they know you].” Recently, Miller finished her senior thesis on the United States’ cultural relationship with the supernatural. She considers this feat her biggest accomplishment, joking, “I feel like I birthed a child.” Now, though, after another quick verse of “Almost There,” she sums up her DU experience: “I was involved in a multitude of organizations. I’ve done the class thing, I’ve done the party thing, I’ve done the study all-night thing, I’ve done the work-study thing, I’ve done the midnight escapades in the snow thing—yeah, I feel like I’ve done the college thing pretty well. Proud of that. I think I’m good. I’m gonna miss it, but I think I’m ready to move on.”

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looking ahead to spring shred

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DU skiers relax near the top of Arapahoe Basin this past weekend..

by connor davis Assistant Editor

Spring has sprung, and while most U.S. ski resorts are moaning and melting, Colorado’s are thriving and diving into their most fun season of the year. At last, it’s time for some sunny spring shred. To be a little more specific, it’s A-Basin time. Although Colorado had a great snow year that will keep mountains white for months, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone all close at the end of the day on April 20. This is due to a couple of reasons: One that is sensible and one that is not. The sensible reason is to vacate habitats so critters like black bears can have a smooth transition into spring. While it would be pretty cool to run into a bear on the slopes, the feeling wouldn’t be mutual. The less reasonable excuse for these resorts closing so early is simply that spring is not a profitable time. Everyone on the mountain is a season pass holder, no one is in the lodge because it’s so nice out and all the lucrative holiday periods have passed. Taking all this into consideration leaves resorts without reason to stay open for cheap college kids like us, but luckily not everyone looks to skiing and snowboarding just for profit. As one of the few independently owned resorts left in Colorado, A-Basin will be the safe haven when April 20 arrives. The mountain managed to stay open until July fourth in 2011, and

we could be looking at a similar situation with the Rockies’ current abundance of snow. A-Basin is also safe enough to operate through spring without any furry run-ins. Enjoy all of Colorado’s resorts for the next three weeks, but this will be home to all skiing and boarding soon. The timeline has been laid out; now it’s time to look ahead to the many wonderful aspects of spring shred: Slushy snow, pond skims, goggle tans, Hawaiian shirts, muddy boots, ridiculous costumes and watching intoxicated people fall down. Above all, however, is anything occurring in the parking lot. Also known as “the beach”, the A-Basin lot goes off every season with thousands of people partying and barbecuing like it’s their last. Cold beverages flow like rivers, calm winds bring good moods and great company certainly qualifies this beach as the best in Colorado despite sparse competition. While riding the lift with a sun-covered smile, pat yourself on the back for making it through Colorado’s vicious winter and all those less enjoyable lift rides. The time has finally come to sit back, relax and enjoy the luxury of spring shred. Wear a helmet, don’t forget beach supplies and always make sure to have absurd amounts of fun.

Each week, the Clarion will bring you tips, advice and anything else snowrelated for an even better time on the slopes.

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Colorado skiers gather chaotically at the bottom of Arapahoe Basin this past weekend.

April 2, 2014


The Grind: La Belle Rosette pics our ind y g Ta UGr s #D ith u re w on Sha UClari @D

The Clarion staff reviews bars, restaurants and coffee houses, attempting cultural mutiny on all things hipster

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La Belle Rosette’s family feel and mellow ambiance make it an ideal study spot.

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Freshly picked playlist by julia mason Contributing Writer

There’s no question about it: Spring quarter at DU is rough. When winter bids Denver its final farewells and the sun warms our backs and our spirits, the last thing students want to do is sit in class. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Come June, students can relax to their hearts’ content outdoors and not hear the clang of the carillon urging them to head indoors and go to class. The following playlist has been compiled in hopes of drawing into students’ springtime creativity and giving them a little extra push to stay positive, even when they’re stuck in Sturm. The selections evoke feelings of renewal, freedom, determination and joy in their inspirational yet raw lyrics that have the ability to transport the listener.

La Belle Rosette is a sweet and hidden campus gem. by camilla sterne Lifestyles Editor

La Belle Rosette, tucked on the far southern side of campus at 2423 S. University Blvd., may go unnoticed by those who rarely wander south of Iliff or east of High Street. The diminutive coffee shop is a quaint departure from the trendy and streamlined espresso shops that seem to be all-the-rage as of late. The second location in a pair of local coffee shops, the original shop is located at 712 ½ S. Pearl St. in the Wash Park neighborhood. The coffee shop reveals its locally owned status immediately upon entering the cozy space, with decor that screams “small, family business,” but beckons you in the way that your childhood home’s couch does—it may not be abundantly chic, but you know it’ll cradle your bottom right into a state of drowsy contentment. The ambience is typical of a small coffee shop, and decor follows suit with a smattering of petite tables, armchairs and a loveseat tucked in the back corner. The space may feel a bit cramped and storage space seems limited, with every free space fulfilling its newfound role as a storage area. Windows in the front and back, however, open up the space and invite refreshing breezes on spring afternoons. The large serving counter’s idiosyncrasies may be overlooked, especially by caffeine-starved patrons, but the piece is certainly notable. The unique woodwork displays a mountain scene made up of various woods, complete with a setting sun tucked between mountain peaks. With red walls that evoke the titular “rosette,” low-lit lamp shades patterned with rosereminiscent line drawings and unique wooden tables inlaid with rosebuds, the decor borders on redundancy. Luckily, the cafe’s overall hominess renders criticisms of feng shui insubstantial. The menu covers all of the coffee shop basics, but supplements the essentials with a vari-

ety of pastries, snacks, specialty espresso drinks, loose leaf teas and a selection of wine and beer. La Belle Rosette food options such as homemade gooey cinnamon rolls, muffins, croissants and aromatic burritos, as well as a variety of Lays chips products and popcorn snacks. Specialty espresso drinks include flavors such as Nutella, coconut caramel dream, bananas foster and cotton candy. And what better way to motivate a day of intense study than by switching off between highly caffeinated beverages and the occasional mellowing glass of red wine? Patrons of La Belle Rosette differ from other coffee shops in that not every customer is gazing trance-like into a MacBook Pro. It is rumored that patrons of La Belle Rosette have even been spotted reading actual print newspapers (gasp) or seemingly immersed in an honest-to-god book, for pleasure (double gasp). The regulars are a mixture of graduate students, music students, theatre students and outside community members who are friendly with the kindly and welcoming barista. It is likely that any visit to the shop will include congregations of DU’s artsiest— an opportunity for onlookers to observe these subcultures in their natural habitat. La Belle Rosette’s soundtrack is unexpected, with a mixture of music that would probably be under a playlist entitled “Chill out and breathe the stars” on 8Tracks. Ambient tunes like “Porcelain” by Moby will make for a relaxing experience, at the very least. While this Grinder may remain loyal to certain unnamed coffee shops on campus, purely out of habit, La Belle Rosette is a frontrunner in close caffeine providers, and clearly upstages study locations like Starbucks, Anderson Academic Commons, dorm rooms and Crimson & Gold. La Belle Rosette is open from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays and 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Sundays.

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The American Authors bring a freshness to the music scene, incorporating elements of folk, pop and alternative rock into one distinctive and appealing sound.

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“Brand New” – Pharrell Williams feat. Justin Timberlake Where would a spring playlist be without an addition by the energetic and happy (pun intended) Pharrell Williams? Off his new album “Girl”, “Brand New” combines an undeniably catchy beat with Pharrell’s incredible range and cheery lyrics about getting a fresh start. DU art history senior Mollie Braen who is from Los Angeles describes Girl as “super summer-y and it gets me excited for the end of school and beginning of summer.”

“Luna” – Bombay Bicycle Club This ethereal track evokes the freshness of spring and new beginnings in its electronic beats and organic vocals, perfect for beginning spring quarter. The opening lyrics to the song, “I will bathe myself/ Then I’ll wear you for the night/ Colours fading, frayed at the sight” are indicative of the lightness and spontaneity that is often felt when the snow melts, our shorts are dusted off and romance feels so new and exciting.

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“Oh, What a Life” – American Authors “And we laughed, and we cried and thought oh/ What a life.” The American Authors’ new album “Oh, What a Life” is an upbeat, charming record perfect for late-night studying, full of inspiring lyrics to help students keep pushing through spring quarter to summer. DU junior and Colorado native Anna Hendricks, who studies English, notes that the American Authors’ songs are varied and describes the band’s tunes as “upbeat and hopeful; each is unique but recognizable to the band.”

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“Invisible – (RED) Edit” – U2 On a more classic note, legendary Irish band U2 released a single called “Invisible – (RED) Edit.” The song focuses on personal identity, and Daniels finance graduate student Jonny Havey, who is also from Denver, comments: “I think U2 is the best band in history and they have been together forever.” He continues, “They are still producing award-winning music and having very important message [in their lyrics].” “Invisible – (RED) Edit” speaks to the issue of othering people different from ourselves, expressed through the lyrics “There is no them/ It’s only us.” Even in 2014, U2 strives to spread awareness of social issues through song.

“Can’t Be Broken” – Twin Forks For folk lovers, the emerging band Twin Forks is a project formed by Dashboard Confessional’s Florida-based lead Chris Carrabba who, according to Spotify’s band page, characterizes the band as “strippeddown but hyped-up folk.” Twin Forks combines an acoustic sound with drums similar to the Lumineers in songs such as “Can’t Be Broken” in their selftitled 2014 album. The unique juxtaposition of Carrabba’s often gritty vocals with folk melodies creates a signature sound that is unexpected and keeps the listener interested.

Listen to the entire playlist on the DU Clarion Spotify Account: 1. “Oh, What a Life” – American Authors 2. “Brain” – Banks 3. “Luna” – Bombay Bicycle Club 4. “Coming of Age” – Foster the People 5. “The Sea” – MØ 6. “Celebrating Nothing” – Phantogram 7. “Brand New” – Pharrell Williams feat. Justin Timberlake 8. “Digital Witness” – St. Vincent 9. “Gonna Be Ready” – Tokyo Police Club 10. “Can’t Be Broken” – Twin Forks 11. “Invisible – (RED) Edit” – U2 12. “Mind Over Matter” – Young the Giant


April 2, 2014

Seven sunset spots in Denver by connor davis Assistant Editor

Spring is a good thing for many reasons: the ability to wear less clothes, actually wanting to go outside, porches, cookouts, feeling the sun tan (or burn) your face, biking, hiking, swimming, camping, rollerblading (if you’re into that kind of thing) and those oh-soslushy ski resorts. Each spring day is filled with happiness knowing that it’s the last quarter of DU’s academic year, but at the end of each day lies the biggest reason of all that spring is such a good thing: Sunsets. Whether you enjoy this magical time of day with your significant other, your dog, your cat, your friends or alone, here are seven great places to do it.

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Walk across Buchtel Boulevard from High Street to the DU light rail station (near Centennial Towers). It’s a great time to wander around campus, so stroll over to DU’s light rail station and enjoy the view from atop of the parking garage. This is about as high as you can get around here due to the lack of hills, and the ride down is a really good time if you have wheels.

Kunming Park

1.5 miles - Head west on Evans Avenue, turn left onto Logan Street, right onto Harvard Avenue, then a quick left onto Grant Street. Perched on a quaint little hill near Broadway, Kunming Park is one of Den-

ver’s best-kept secrets. It is clean, quiet, rarely crowded and has one killer view of the Rockies. Several benches face straight west, serving for an ideal sunset on any evening.

Ruby Hill Park

3 miles - Head west on Evans Ave, turn right onto Platte River Drive, left onto Florida Avenue and left onto Lipan Street. Ruby Hill Park is another good place to find some elevation in Denver. Just a few blocks down Evans, past Broadway, grassy hills and great views can be found here. While Wash Park and Observatory Park get all the crowds, Ruby Hill offers a distinctive and pleasant experience.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science Patio/ City Park

6.5 miles - Head east on Evans Avenue, turn left onto Colorado Boulevard, pull a U-turn at 22nd Avenue, and the Museum will be on the right. The entire City Park makes for a great sunset stroll. It’s big, it’s beautiful and it’s a perfect place to get away from the typical DU sphere. Within City Park lies a big and open patio at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science with hard-to-beat views. Gazing over the park and into the downtown area will not disappoint.

Cheesman Park

4.5 miles - Head east on Evans Avenue, turn left onto University Boulevard, left onto 8th Avenue, and the park will be on the right.

PioGears offers brand new sanctuary for ardent bikers by logan baker Assistant Editor

A stationary bike rests in the corner churning fresh ice cream. Bikes are hung up on the wall, some already worked on and some waiting their turn. A projector shows videos of mountain bikers landing gravity-defying tricks. There are many things to be excited about with James Tyson’s new university bike shop, aptly called PioGears. The place is stained with evidence of the mountain-bike subculture that is prevalent at DU and throughout the Mountain West. This is somewhere that it would be much more likely to hear someone reminiscing about when so-andso supermanned off the trail than when the next spring rush event is. Located in the Nagel Underground, (hit “M” on the elevator in the dining hall) Tyson and his four work-study disciples have built a bike sanctuary just underneath the chaotic kitchen and grocery of Nagel Hall. Tyson is also in charge of the weekday yoga and meditation services that happen in the Nagel Underground as well. The bearded, CU-Boulder graduate conveys an overlying sense of calm and pride when talking about his work and he has a reason to feel good. The Nagel Underground, which was once rotting away as storage has become a destination on campus. A place where one can relax and meditate their problems away, or just take care of the necessary transportation issues that undoubtably arise in Colorado’s fickle weather. Funded by the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and an outreach of The Center for Sustainability, PioGears offers free bicycle repair services and storage that can come in handy during breaks. While you do have to pay for any replacement parts, free repair is an offer that isn’t going to come from any random bicyclist repair store. The mechanics are happy to work there and the shop environment can be described as a relaxing place to hang out.

Although they officially opened last quarter for business, Thursday, March 27 was their celebratory opening. Offering free burritos from Illegal Pete’s and of course, the homemade, bike-churned icecream, the dedicated mechanics milled about talking shop and introducing themselves to the large crowd of students.

The Spring Quarter hours for PioGears are as follows: Monday 11:00 a.m.6:30 p.m. *Tuesday 12 p.m.- 6 p.m. Wednesday 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. *Thursday: 12 a.m.6:30 p.m. Friday: 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. *On Tuesdays and Thursdays PioGears will be located outside of Driscoll North.

The hours that Tyson’s yoga and meditation classes will be held are as follows: Monday: 11:3012:30 Vinyasa Yoga, Tuesday: 2:30- 3:30, Guided Meditation, Wednesday: 3:003:30 Laughter Yoga, Thursday: 12:00- 1:30 p.m. Ashtanga Yoga.

Capitol Hill is one of Denver’s finest areas, and it comes as no surprise that within it lies one of Denver’s best parks, Cheesman Park. This is a perfect place to lie down in soft grass or walk along clean pavement paths. For the best sunset possible, head up to the Cheesman Memorial Pavilion.

Sloan’s Lake

8.5 miles - Take courtesy of I-25 north to 6th The Mile High City offers a plethora of locations to watch the sunset and take in Avenue (exit 209B), the widespread and breathtaking views that are a staple of Colorado liiving. then take the exit for Lookout Mountain is a fairly wellSheridan Boulevard 1.5 miles later. Merge known destination, but tucked onto right down Sheridan Boulevard, and the the side of this mountain is the lesspark will be on the right after 1.5 miles. known Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum. Sunsets over water are the best The museum itself is actually pretty sunsets of all, and Sloan’s Lake is one of awesome for just $5, but the observathe few places to experience them near tion deck can be enjoyed for free to Denver. This setting is so unique that accommodate that college budget. This you’ll feel hours away from the city even is the grandest sunset view to be found though it’s just a 10-15 minute drive. It’s within a half hour driving radius. a great getaway from college chaos and It can be from the top of a parkadditionally serves as a romantic place ing garage or the top of the mountain, to get gushy with your significant other. but make sure to dedicate some time

Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum

22 miles - Take I-25 north to 6th Ave (exit 209B), then take the exit for I-70 west eight miles later. Five miles down I-70, take exit 256 for Lookout Mountain. From here, various signs will lead you to the museum.

for sunsets this quarter. There’s nothing more relaxing after a full day of classes to throw in the towel with that big old beautiful ball of light. Making it through the final quarter of the year may seem impossible from time to time, but not with the presence of a classic Mile High sunset.

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Alumni profile: Brian McGowan Each week, the Clarion will bring you a profile on a new DU alumnus who has found success, one of the most important legacies of DU’s 150 year legacy. by sarah ford Managing Editor

In his senior year at DU, alumnus Brian McGowan enrolled in an interim course that would prove to chart a path for his future career, though he could never have predicted it at the time. The course investigated the business behind the industry of media, the field McGowan planned to enter as a broadcast journalist. The class took McGowan and a small group of students to New York,

where they were given insight and contacts for the business behind the news, including advertising agencies and PR firms. McGowan could never have guessed that, years later, he would wind up working for some of the people he met on that trip. Now working as a the West Coast Account Executive for NBC News, McGowan said his journey to this side of the industry might have began with that class. “It’s interesting that I ended up going more into the business side,” he said. “It was a good experience, it made everything kind of go full circle and kind of opened up the door, giving me that little insight of the other areas behind the television industry.”

McGowan received his first professional media job before he had even graduated DU. Entering his last quarter as a senior communications major, McGowan was offered a job covering the Oklahoma City bombing trial taking place in Denver in 1997. The opportunity became more than he could have imagined. “They put me in contact with the production team for NBC Nightly News, and I did that while still finishing up my coursework,” McGowan said. “I did class at night and worked on the trial full-time.” During his time covering the trial, McGowan had the benefit of working with famed NBC anchor Tom Brokaw, including as the results of the trial were announced. “He was a kind of a child-

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This past week, the Pioneers Men’s Hockey team competed in their 25th NCAA tournament. DU has a long history of both sucess and disappointment in NCAA matches, all of which began with the 1958 team (pcitured on left), the first Pioneers hockey team to enter the NCAA tournament. The team would go on to defeat North Dakota for the national championship. The Pioneers now have seven championships to their name.

ses q u i c e n te n n i a l Wednesday From Devil’s Tower to Ground Zero: Whose Sacred Space Is It? 7 p.m. Sturm Hall - Room 451 Speaker: Jacob Kinnard, professor of comparative religious thought, Iliff School of Theology. One of 10 lectures offered this winter/spring quarter as part of the Enrichment Program’s 10th anniversary lecture series, “10 at $10 at 10: A Celebration Series.” Thursday Empowering Students to be Self-Directed Learners: Redefining Teaching at the Sesquicentennial 8:30 a.m. Driscoll Student Center North Today’s college graduates must be able to think critically and creatively, and able to communicate and collaborate effectively. Many of our course improvement efforts, which often integrate interactive online resources, require that students know how to learn in different ways to be successful. Hence, 21st century teaching and learning must be focused on more than knowledge acquisition. It must also involve

a process that empowers students to self assess and take responsibility for their own learning. Join us for a oneday conference of inspiring ideas and practical strategies to implement in your teaching practice. Keynote speaker Linda Nilson is the founding director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation at Clemson University and author of “Creating Self-Regulated Learners: Strategies to Strengthen Students’ Self-Awareness and Learning Skills.” Friday CounterPoints: Physician Assisted Suicide 4 p.m. Newman Center for the Performing Arts The Institute for Public Policy Studies will be hosting the spring CounterPoints event titled “CounterPoints: Physician Assisted Suicide” on April 3rd. Gov. Lamm will moderate a panel examining this important policy issue from a legal, medical and ethical perspective. Panelists include: Bob Enyart, Board Member for Colorado Right to Life; Ian Farrell, Assistant Professor Sturm College of Law; Charles Hamlin, Board Member of Compassion & Choices and retired surgeon; Julie Reiskin,

hood icon, and I was able to be fortunate enough to spend time with him, and see him work,” said McGowan. His time covering the trial gave McGowan the leg up he needed to begin breaking into the industr y, and after graduation, he was offered a c o nt i nu ing job with the comp any as they covered the G8 Brian McGowan, S u m m i t 1997 Alumnus of 1997, w h i c h also took place in Denver. McGowan was developing a foothold with the company, and the next year was given the opportunity to join the NBC page program in Los Angeles, working with the Tonight Show. McGowan was briefly led back to Denver when, while working as a page, he was contacted to assist in covering the 1998 Super Bowl, the year the Broncos faced the Packers. With the trial of Monica Lewinski heating up, NBC was short-handed to cover the event, and soon McGowan found himself packing his bags yet again. Though he loved these formative experiences in news production, McGowan was begin-

ning to recognize a downside. “Looking towards my future it was sort of a transient lifestyle of sorts,” he said. “These were people that lived their lives out of suitcases. I kind of wanted to see something that had a little bit more stability,” That stability would come when he found a job working on production for the Tonight Show, a stationary job with much more regular hours. His year at the position would earn him the ticket into working with Advertising Sales, the department where he has worked ever since and which led him to his current job. In looking back, he has seen a lot of changes within the company where he has worked for 16 years, and warns current students to stay prepared and flexible as the begin to enter the workforce. In his time, McGowan has seen a tremendous change in the industry, from popular programming trends to changes to a more corporate culture with the Comcast and NBC merger in 2009. “Having been here for 16 years it changes every day, it’s a whole new adventure,” he said. “Every season is a whole new game. It’s always changing and evolving.”

“Having been here for 16 years it changes every day, it’s a whole new adventure.”

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Executive Director for Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition. The event is free and open to the public. Saturday Open House at DU’s Historic Chamberlin Observatory 7 p.m. 2930 E Warren Ave, Denver, CO 80210 Chamberlin Observatory, completed in 1894, is unique among Denver landmarks. See the stars through its original, 120-year-old telescope, which is

still working today. Cost: $2, or free with DU ID For more information call 303871-5172. Monday Sesquicentennial of Shame: Looking back at the Sand Creek Massacre Sturm Hall Room 451 7 p.m. The speaker will be Bill Philpott, associate professor of history. He will lead one of ten lecutres offered during winter and spring quarter as part of the University College Enrichment Program’s 10th anniversary lecture series.


April 2, 2014

‘Oculus’ revolutionizes modern horror

history they have with each formances: Whether it was the horrifying other based on the way they encapsulation of Marie Russell, the mother behave, rather than having to who has spent days being tortured, portrayed by “Battlestar Galactica” veteran be told,” said Flanagan Kaylie and Tim’s rela- Katee Sackhoff, or relative newcomer tionship is definitely one of Thwaites, whose depiction of a young the strongest points of the man trapped between faith and science film. They are both young melded easily with a reality the audience adults who have the crushing understands. The child actors, Annalise reality of their past perpetu- Basso (“Bedtime Stories”) and Garrett Ryan ally hanging over them, each (“Insidious 2”) especially captured their with their own method of characters to an astonishing extent. “I learned the first day that the best dealing. Obviously, as the film progresses, Tim begins thing to do was just to tell [Basso and Ryan] to see the truth of his sister’s where to stand and then get out of their belief in the supernatural, way, because young actors like them, they which contrasts dramatically are rare. They had this ability to fully and from everything he spent the fearlessly commit to the make believe and last decade accepting. In a they just turn it right on,” said Flanagan. series of flashbacks throughFor those fans of horror films, out the movie, the audience “Oculus” is a must-see, as it simply also learns the truth of what redefines the overused tropes and setups happened on that fateful of its genre, inspiring actual fear in its night—but the past and pres- viewers, in addition to providing a truly ent begin to merge together relatable and compelling storyline. The growth of “Oculus” from a short created photo courtesy of as the Lasser glass tries to drive the Russell siblings to among friends to a major motion picture Director Mike Flanagan collaborates with actress Karen Gillan during the filming of “Oculus.” insanity and death. The audience is able to reminds viewers that their input can have fully experience the terror of uncertainty as a phenomenal impact. break and killed his mother, Kaylie has other Last week, the Clarion sat down “It’s fans that brought it to life. That’s ideas. She believes that the antique mirror the Lasser glass manipulates their percepfor an exclusive interview with that hung in their house was a supernatural tions of the events as well. In addition to amazing. And that would have been imposforce that overcame her father, citing years being strongly character-driven, “‘Oculus’ sible ten years ago. So it’s an exciting time Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy, and years of its bloody history. Named the stands out for its atypical use of true terror. for movies. But I’m just kind of very forthe director and producer of the Lasser glass after its first known owner, While most genre films rely on ‘jump-and- tunate. So I never want to forget to thank new film “Oculus.” over forty-five gruesome deaths occurred relax’ tactics, this film works more with the fans, because ... none of this ever would in its vicinity. While Tim attempted to ‘chew-through-the-back-of-your-chair have happened,” said Flanagan. Macy and Flanagan will be collaboratdeal with his horrifying memories through horror,’” said Macy. by kaitlynne birkett In addition to the fantastic writing, ing once more on the film “Diver,” which psychology, Kaylie has spent the last decade Co-Copy Chief researching the Lasser glass and trying to all the actors provided captivating per- begins production later this year. In a world where everyday objects relocate it, which she manages to do at the become sources of terror, two siblings must beginning of the film. “Oculus” proves that there are still face the death and destruction of their innovative, terrifying and intelligent pasts to save lives. “So a lot of horror movies do this: plots, in a time when most movies seem Escalate tension, let you off the hook, esca- to be remakes, adaptations or translalate tension, let you off the hook. And then tions of books or other blockbusters. they’ll escalate over time. What we were The feature film is based off of Flanagan’s trying to do with ‘Oculus’ was just this: The eponymous short film, with the more inunrelenting sense of building dread,” said depth feature-length film sparked from Trevor Macy, producer of the new horror parts of his own life. “I was always very terrified as a kid to film, “Oculus,” alongside writer and director Mike Flanagan, who were both inter- watch horror movies. I couldn’t do it. So it became kind of like, this character-building viewed by the Clarion last week. The film follows two siblings, Kaylie exercise to try and survive the horror (Karen Gillan, “Doctor Who”) and Tim Rus- movie,” said Flanagan, who also wrote and sell (Brenton Thwaites, “The Giver”), who sur- directed the horror film “Absentia” in 2011. Flanagan was also inspired by his relavived a scarring experience when they were young—both with clashing memories of the tionship with his brother. “Often horror movies will go with like night that ended with their parents’ deaths. Tim, who has spent the majority of his youth friends hanging out or a couple, and I think locked in a psychiatric hospital, has recently that’s pretty well-worn territory. But the subtext siblings have—they don’t have to be been released into the care of his sister. photo courtesy of While Tim vehemently holds on to the polite, they know how to push each other’s belief that his father suffered a psychotic buttons, and you kind of infer the long Kaylie and Tim Russell question what is real and what is fake while standing by the Lasser glass.

‘Teen Wolf’ finale bares ugly fangs by meg mcintyre Entertainment Editor

Last Monday, March 24, the third season of MTV’s “Teen Wolf ” came to a close. Entitled “The Divine Move,” the season finale episode follows Scott McCall’s (Tyler Posey, “Doc”) pack of werewolves and other supernatural beings as they attempt to defeat an evil Japanese spirit, the Nogitsune, who has been terrorizing the town of Beacon Hills. Though it is clear that producer and writer Jeff Davis intended for this culminating episode to be the best of the season, it is overshadowed by the episode preceding it and ultimately will leave viewers disappointed. If you have not yet been able to get caught up on season three, be warned—there are spoilers ahead.

The episode begins in the aftermath of Allison Argent’s (Crystal Reed, “Crazy, Stupid, Love”) abrupt death, which served as the closing moment of the previous week’s episode. Yet there is still work to be done in Beacon Hills, so the characters of “Teen Wolf ” do not get much of a chance to grieve for the loss of their friend. Audiences do receive a few pointed moments of sorrow, including a very touching scene between Argent’s father (JR Bourne, “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”) and her most recent love interest, Isaac Lahey (Daniel Sharman, “Immortals”), as they attempt to deal with her untimely death. However, fans are deprived of the emotion they are looking for, as Argent’s funeral is never depicted and many of her friends never truly express their grief. It is likely that the funeral will never be

shown either, as it was announced shortly after the episode aired that Sharman and Bourne may both be leaving the show next season. Much like Reed, Sharman has expressed that he would like to pursue other interests, but asked that his character not be killed off in case he decides to return some time in the future. Another aspect of the season finale that seems to fall flat is the eventual defeat of the Nogitsune. Much of the second half of season three has revolved around finding a way to kill this seemingly unkillable creature, but when the moment finally comes in this episode, the solution seems a little too simple to be believable. In fact, much of the episode is disorganized and hard to follow, and audiences may be confused as to what has actually taken place when “The Divine Move” comes to a close.

In all, the season three finale of “Teen Wolf ” can only be described as anti-climactic. It is true that it is hard to top the emotional unpredictability of the previous episode, but even so, much more could have been done to honor the life of Argent. Plus, with a confusing tangle of plot holes that leaves audiences disoriented, this episode is more stressful than entertaining. With so many pivotal characters leaving the series, it is difficult to say what the future holds for “Teen Wolf.” It is certainly possible that the treatment of Argent’s death will be disappointing to many, which could lead to a drop in viewership next season. Whether fans remain loyal to the series or not, this episode could signal a decline in quality that will surely send some viewers running from Beacon Hills.

April 2, 2014


‘Walking Dead’ closes with brutality, hope Mars novel hard by sarah ford Managing Editor

After a dark second half, “The Walking Dead” closed its fourth season with a brutal season finale Sunday night. The final episode follows Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln, “Love Actually”), Michonne (Danai Guirara, “The Visitor”) and Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs, “Get Low”) as they finally draw near to supposed safe haven Terminus and are confronted by Daryl Dixon’s (Norman Reedus, “The Boondock Saints”) new group, who are seeking vengeance on Rick. For those who have not yet seen the episode, stop reading now, as there are spoilers ahead. The episode opens as Rick shows Michonne and Carl how to trap a rabbit, an ominous foreshadowing that would set the stage for what they would encounter in Terminus. As he photo courtesy of explains, Carl hears a man’s cries for Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) must fight for the safety of his son in the finale of “The Walking Dead.”`` help and fool-heartedly runs to save him, only to be pulled away by Rick. They man, “Horrible Bosses”) told Carol (Melissa do is not him, to which Rick answers that it, watch the man be torn apart, before they are McBride, “The Mist”) after they were forced indeed, is. forced to fight through a herd of walkers. After the four regroup, they head to Terto kill Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino, “Cheap But the true excitement of the episode Thrills”) these moments are “a part of them minus, sneaking in the back door as opposed begins that night, when the group of Joe now.” But this does not make them bad to waltzing through the front as Glenn’s (Jeff Kober, “China Beach”) and the “claim- people; it does not make them monsters, as (Steven Yeun, “Carpe Millenium”) group ers” sneak up on Rick’s camp, holding them Carl fears in the episode. This makes them did. They are met by the leader of Terminus, at gunpoint. As Joe begins the countdown fighters. This is what has allowed the charac- who has the four frisked before he offers to to Rick’s death, Daryl comes out from the ters we know to make it this point, the fun- take them to get something to eat. As they woods and stops him, offering himself up in damental ability and willingness to change in stand at the grill, Rick sees the people of Rick’s place. The scene that follows is perhaps the way that they must. It is a trait the audi- Terminus carrying many items they owned one of the darkest in a show that has pulled ence first saw this season in Carol, and which in the prison, including the watch Hershel few punches this season. Joe’s men begin to has come to face down each character with (Scott Wilson, “Dead Man Walking”) gave beat Daryl to death while another man pulls its inevitability: Change or die. Glenn. This prompts Rick to demand their Carl from the car where he is hiding and This fundamental difference has been people resulting in a shootout during which throws him to the ground. Joe tells Rick they shown the entire season, including the Rick, Carl, Michonne and Daryl are herded plan to “first have the girl, then the boy.” Rick, flashbacks to Hershel teaching Rick and Carl by gunfire to a boxcar and forced inside. driven by desperation to save his son, bites how to farm, encouraging them to leave their There, they are reunited with Glenn, Maggie out Joe’s jugular and proceeds to eviscerate weapons behind. Hershel’s positive outlook and the others as viewers are forced to wait the man who held Carl as his allies look on. is symbolic of a world that does not exist until the fifth season to see how the they all Approaching a topic as sensitive and anymore, and while Rick can have peaceful will escape. disturbing as rape is a shocking place for the moments with his son, he must not be relucThe episode is a fast-paced and climatic show to go, but it fits in with the season. This tant to do what is necessary to ensure his ending to a season of varied pacing that awakens the Rick Grimes who was so far survival. We see what happens to those who exhibits some of the best writing and stogone at the beginning the season, when he could not leave old moralities behind, repre- rytelling we have seen from this show. It is was living life as a pacifist farmer. The entire sented through the unrealistic optimism and matched, however, by some nice character season has revolved around the theme of clinging innocence of Beth (Emily Kinney, moments, particularly in intimate conversathese characters realizing what they must do “It’s Complicated), Mika (Kyla Kenedy, “The tions between Rick and Daryl, and Carl and to survive and protect themselves and each Three Stooges”) and Patrick (Vincent Mar- Michonne. While there are still loose ends to other in this world, and whether they can tella, “Phineas and Ferb”). be tied up next season, including the group’s come back from that. The audience sees Rick make peace escape from Terminus and Carol’s banishIn short, the answer is that they cannot with this in a touching conversation with ment, “Walking Dead” may have more come back. These are the lengths one must Daryl after the incident with the claimers. promise in the upcoming season than fans go to survive and, as Tyreese (Chad L. Cole- Daryl tells Rick that what he was forced to have seen since the series’ first season.

Kaiser Chiefs critique British systems by maddy meredith Contributing Writer

This Monday marks a pivotal time for British indie-rock group the Kaiser Chiefs. With the release of their fifth EP, “Education, Education, Education & War,” the future will reveal whether the absence of a founding member has resulted in an album that surpasses all their others or if it leaves fans grasping for past familiarity. In 2012, the controversial loss of founding member and drummer Nick Hodgson, the group’s principal songwriter, sent unforeseeable shockwaves through the group that affected the entire dynamic of Kaiser Chiefs. Many in the music scene wondered how the group would fare. For the critics who predicted that the pressure would be too much, this EP provides enough bite to silence them, After a pivotal transition that resulted in the hiring of a new drummer, the group, with 10 years of experience and three Brit awards under their belt, refused to look back. They set off for Atlanta, Ga., and recorded in the studio under the guidance of producer Ben H. Allen III. The involvement of Allen III, who has produced the likes of alternative band Deer Hunter and hip-hop artist Gnarls Barkley, is a sign of the band’s decision to further their creative expansion by moving away from producers they have worked with in the past. The album “Education, Education, Edu-

cation & War” gets its name in part from a speech given by Tony Blair, the then aspiring British prime minister, in which he emphasized “education, education, education” as the primary component to Britain’s advancement. The themes of education, social reform and war are reflected through several of the tracks. But War is especially emphasized in “Bows and Arrows.” The chorus lyrics, “We the people, created equal,” speak to the desire of freedom and equality. The animated introduction, which states, “It’s always you and me when the whip comes round, it’s always you and me, we’re bows and arrows,” uses the symbolism to illustrate how war reduces humankind to mere weaponry. “Coming Home” was the first single released. Fans of the Kaiser Chiefs will recognize the slow-but-sure introduction, in which the guitars take center stage. This antagonized building of tension until lead singer Rick Wilson starts crooning is common practice for the Chiefs, found in two of their most popular songs, “Ruby” and “I Predict a Riot.” Where “Coming Home” splits from two past hits can be seen in the vocal development of Wilson in both depth and range, and this track paves the way for the rest of the album. This single is the start that Kaiser Chiefs needs to present a more mature, cohesive sound than exhibited in their past two albums, “Souvenir” and “The Future is Medieval.” “Factory Gates” and “Misery

Company” are as unpredictable as they are dynamic. Both songs reflect the angst and maturity of the band’s sound and testify to their track record. Several comparisons have been made to Depeche Mode, but the Kaiser Chiefs’ own unique sound comes across in these two standout tracks. The instrumentals of these songs, coupled with the unique throaty singing of Wilson, give them an authentic but edgy sound. Perhaps the most musically-charged song from the album is “Ruffians on Parade.” The sinister wailing at the beginning and the angry, near-feverish pace of the lyrics provides a much needed resolution to the steadiness of “Coming Home.” With a stylish and melodic instrumental reminiscent of the Black Keys, the Kaiser Chiefs exert their musical prowess in the British alternative rock scene once again. Go ahead and try to resist, but it is impossible not to tap your feet along to the beat. This song will drag you along until you catch yourself humming the tune under your breath. “Education, Education, Education & War” is just the sort of musical artistry that the Kaiser Chiefs needed, not only to prove their resilience, but to testify to their continued hard work and future potential. The release of the fifth album incorporates some of the familiarity that constitutes their already well-known identity, and a versatility that will attract new fans as well. For the current fan base of the Kaiser Chiefs, change is definitely positive.

for new fans

by kaitlynne birkett Copy Chief

The television show “Veronica Mars” ended in 2007 to the sadness of its fans, yet unlike previous canceled series, the fanbase worked to raise over five million dollars to fully fund the production and distribution of a feature film themselves. In addition to the film, released March 14, the creator Rob Thomas also developed a two-book series dedicated to the life of Mars after she stepped off the screen for the last time. “Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line” was released March 25 and takes place in the infamous and ficticious Neptune, Calif. The city is once again experiencing a myriad of conspiracies, mysterious disappearances and even deaths. Mars is back on the job as a private investigator, because during the city’s spring break tourist peak, a college woman goes missing. As Mars attempts to figure out the woman’s last known sighting, a second woman disappears. The PI relies on her sass and intuition as she delves into the case, following leads on everything from cartel involvement to a disgruntled brother-in-law. In addition to the disappearances, Mars struggles to handle her recently injured father, Keith, who does not support her private investigator career and her newly-backtogether boyfriend, Logan Echolls, who is deployed overseas. Thomas knows the character of Mars inside and out, which lends believability and consistency to the book for fans. Though the recent movie brought back a slew of personalities the audience knows well, the book gave the Mars storyline a chance to try and wrap up all character storylines in the form of a variety of cameos. Yet with the extensive character list and years of background information, it will be very difficult for a “Veronica Mars” newcomer to even begin to understand what is going on. Additionally, though Thomas knows and understands the character he created, the book does not demonstrate such prowess. The show and movie both had voice-overs from Mars, so the audience always knew what she was thinking. In contrast, the book is told through third person narration rather than first, so the audience is always one step behind her. Though this is typical of detective literature, maintaining continuity between mediums would probably have worked better. Despite the fact that some logistical aspects could be improved, the story itself is very interesting. Mars thoroughly investigates every aspect of the crime, but even she cannot predict where the case will take her. Twists and turns keep the readers on their feet, and the readers are never sure who is the perpetrator or victim. “The Thousand Dollar Tan Line” does a great job of this; not only is the criminal a complete surprise, but upon further investigation, Thomas leaves a variety of artfully placed clues that a reader can pick up on after a second perusal. All fans of “Veronica Mars” will enjoy the story, as it is the same type of intelligent crime story featured on the show. New readers may struggle to get into the story with such vast background information needed, but the book will still remain enjoyable and exciting. The book is probably an attempt to raise awareness of the show for people who are new to the phenomenon, and it might end up boosting ticket sales for the “Mars” movie. The plot is intelligently constructed with interesting plot twists, filled with all the famous Mars quips that provide a laugh for the readers. Those looking to get involved with the “Mars” phenomenon would find better material by starting with the series instead of the book.

April 2, 2014


Mac Demarco reflects on youth

by logan baker Staff Writer

Mac Demarco seems to be constantly in motion. Although his style of music could most aptly be entitled slackerstoner rock, but the thoughts behind it provide something more. What separates Demarco from fellow lazy rockers is his ability to promote himself. The gaptoothed smile and unique guitar sound that he unequivocally owns is instantly recognizable. After a year and a half of touring his home country of Canada and most of America, he finally sat down and recorded the sequel to 2012’s beloved “2.” “Salad Days,” released Tuesday, April 1, is a lesson in maturity, a reflection on the lifestyle Demarco leads and a collection of songs that blend together into one hazy, thought-provoking album. “Salad Days,” an idiomatic expression borrowed from Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra,” means exactly what it sounds like. Demarco is taking a second-glance at his fresher and greener youth—his “salad days.” Some of the exuberance that crowded “2” has faded and left a more melancholic and mature Demarco, who constantly pines for his girlfriend. Songs such as “Let Her Go,” “Let My Baby Stay,” “Treat Her Better” and “Go Easy” are all destined to end up on the playlists of romantically-inclined teenagers in the coming months. This thought does not grow old like it should though. Like most of Demarco’s works, “Salad Days” is a stream-of-conscious effort, the sounds constantly flowing and blending together for a more cohesive, dreamy sound that few artists can achieve in a similar way.

Lead single, “Passing Out Pieces” is possibly the most lyrical track on an album more focused on sound. It is also the most attentiongrabbing song on the album; the first note is a strong, synthy-horn punch that would wake anyone up and shake them into proper appreciation. After the opening thuds, lyrics start spilling out of Demarco’s young mouth. All the self doubt that comes with being a musician is apparent. The struggles of dealing with a sudden jolt of fame show up here and then spread their overtones throughout the rest of the album. Lyrics such as “Passing out pieces of photo courtesy of me / Don’t you know Mac Demarco’s newest album, “Salad Days,” was released on Tuesday, April 2. It is Demarco’s most reflective album yet, nothing comes free?” and “Watching my life passing right in the Creator-esque disdain for the rules. should be marked as a stepping stone front of my eyes / Hell of a story, or is it But similar to Tyler, Demarco’s music for later greatness. Evidence for this can boring?” are questions that reverberate shows an elevated understanding of the be obtained in the final song, “Jonny’s in existential thought and change the confusing element of emotion. While Odyssey.” It is by far the biggest depardynamic of a seemingly direct album. Tyler has showed this with angry, riot- ture sonically on the album. While all He can not tell if there is a difference causing tendencies and multi-album, the other songs seem to be set in their between who he is on stage and who cinematic storylines. Demarco con- tonal language, “Jonny’s Odyssey” folhe is with his friends. And if there is, is trasts this with intimate details. His lows a rising string of action. The only that difference good? He pits the naiveté music falls into and out of a smoky haze, track with no vocals, it closes the album of his youth against the more mature distilling any preconceived notions that on a high pitch. thoughts he has been having as he grows his rapidly growing fan base may have Thematically, this forebodes even older and experiences more of life. placed on him. greater music to come, Demarco What made Demarco so popular to In the end, though, “Salad Days” departs us with a tantalizing glimpse begin with was the carefree exuberance seems like a stopgap album, one that into the future of both his music and of he extended in his songs and the Tyler, will make his spotlight even brighter but his own thoughts.

‘Surviving Jack’ could survive to second season by daniel muzi Contributing Writer

Midseason replacements rarely get much promotion, and many people may not even know they exist until they stumble across them. “Surviving Jack” is the latest in Fox’s storied history of midseason replacements, from failed shows like “Alcatraz” to resounding successes such as “Family Guy.” Replacing “American Idol” in the schedule, “Surviving Jack” is based on “I Suck at Girls,” an autobiographical book from series creator Justin Halpern, best known for his Twitter account “S--- My Dad Says.” Live-action comedies often do poorly in Fox’s spring schedule, as none of the current series are past their second season, but “Surviving Jack” may break that trend. Lead by veteran TV actor Christopher Meloni (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”), the cast is a mix of experienced supporting actors and complete newcomers. Appearing with Meloni are Rachael Harris (“The Hangover”), Claudia Lee (“Hart of Dixie”) and newcomers Connor Buckley and Lili Reinhart. The plot centers around the family of Dr. Jack Dunlevy (Meloni), who must use less than ordinary techniques to keep his children, Frankie (Buckley) and Rachel (Lee), in line when his wife Joanne (Harris) returns to law school. Frankie must also navigate his first year of high school, awkwardly discovering how to deal with girls while avoiding his less-than-helpful father. Set in the early 1990s in Southern California, the show quite effectively conjures up memories of the decade with Jack decrying “Jurassic Park” as garbage and Rachel rocking out to Marky Mark’s “Good Vibrations” on her Walkman. The show is set up in the same way as “How I Met

Your Mother,” and is narrated by Kevin Rahm (“Desperate Housewives”) who plays the adult version of Frankie. The comedy of the show is both well-written and well-executed, with snappy one-liners and longer comedic scenes galore. Though some of the best moments seem to come from Jack, the show also features some amusing moments from the cast’s less-seasoned members. Along with the comedic elements, which greatly benefit from the lack of a laughtrack, the first episode also invokes awkward social scenes reminiscent of 1990s shows such as “Saved by the Bell.” After passing completely unnoticed by the popular girls during the year, Frankie grows ten inches over the summer and is approached by Heather (Reinhart) on the first day of school, who invites him to a party, which he stutteringly agrees to attend. The show is far from perfect however. The voiceover, which set the scene nicely in the opening segment of the episode, is awkward and forced throughout the remainder, and could easily be cut entirely with little loss to the story and comedy. Also, many of the scenes in the pilot are stereotypical, even clichéd, teen coming-of-age interactions, from Frankie’s fumbling inability to talk to Heather to Jack catching Frankie with porn. The uniqueness of “Surviving Jack” comes not from the scenes themselves, but from Jack’s reactions. His brusque, no-nonsense manner and upfront answers might not be laugh-out-loud funny, but they are amusing nonetheless. In all, the pilot of “Surviving Jack” is promising. With its talented cast and throwback setting, Fox may have found another midseason replacement worth watching, if only they would remove the voice over. “Surviving Jack” airs on Thursdays on Fox at 9:30/8:30 central.

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April 2, 2014


Ban on “bossy” needed for female leadership by naomi forman Staff Writer

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” We all know this is nothing more than bull spit. They may look or sound like just collections of letters, but words shape our realities. Whether their intent be inspirational, intimidating or isolating, words are influential. It is essential we reexamine our use of language and think critically of its tangible impact. Analyzing and demonstrating self-reflexivity for our own language use and the use of those seemingly insignificant words has now become a pressing matter of social justice. Who knew the impact one individual letter in the alphabet could have. And of all letters to hold significance it is “y,” that indecisive and rather fickle one. So significant it could change the face of government and business. When these two pen-strokes are attached to the less than threatening word “boss,” it takes on a whole new meaning. A meaning that many believe is telling young girls and women to stay silent, not be assertive and fear judgment when pursuing leadership. So there’s a ban on bossy. The Ban Bossy campaign was launched by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and now has the support of Michelle Obama, Condoleezza Rice, Girl Scouts of America CEO Anna Maria Chávez, Jane Lynch, Jennifer Garner and Beyoncé. Their televised campaign advertisement presents statistics on the disparity between leadership among young males and females and concludes with Beyoncé making the

affirming statement, “I’m not bossy. I’m the boss.” Their mission is to end the intimidation and labeling that leads to a suppression of female leadership. Their website boasts many infographics which state facts such as that between elementary school and high school girls’ self-esteem drops 3.5 times more than boys and that girls are twice as likely to worry about being judged as bossy when in leadership roles. The impact of this is reflected in national statistics that demonstrate the lack of female presence in our leadership. Women compose only 19 percent of U.S. Congress and a meager 5 percent of Fortune 1,000 CEOs. Some, however, question this correlation or the validity and effectiveness of this campaign. A primary point contested in a March 25 Huffington Post article was the purpose of using the word “bossy.” BJ Gallagher, a sociologist, wrote that “bossy” refers to a negative style of leadership and that replacing the adjective “bossy” for “having leadership potential” would be unproductive. Leadership skills should certainly not be mistaken and labeled as “bossy,” but Gallagher recognizes that identification of genuine “bossy” behavior is a positive occurrence. In her words, “If someone calls you “bossy,” they are telling you that your behavior is off-putting.” From this people can take constructive steps towards employing more effective forms of leadership. This negativity is refuted through emphasizing the grander goal to recognize the significance of language, demonstrate the impact of labeling and increase our consideration of word choice. Whoever

the subject and whatever the word, labels hold a tangible impact within the lives of individuals and influence the trends of our society. As is argued, a ban may not be sensible, as these words serve a purpose within social dynamics and socialization of individuals. However, it is through replacing their use as judgmental expressions of labeling for appropriate purposes that will be successful. We need to utilize a language of consideration and empowerment. Here on campus we have a network of women’s organizations moving in the same direction. DU’s Women’s Coalition presides over six separate women’s groups on campus: Women’s Leadership Council (WLC), Women’s Staff Alliance for Networking and Development (WAND), Association of Sisters in Higher Education (ASHE), Graduate Women’s Council

(GWC), Undergraduate Women’s Council (UWC) and Faculty Women’s Association (FWA). These strive to develop opportunities of leadership that support female empowerment. On their umbrella website you can find more details including resources and upcoming events. So whether you want to join the “Feminism…” campaign or attend the 25th Annual Colorado Women’s Legislative Breakfast, speak up for the women in your life. Though it is all too easy to recognize the significance of words when directed towards us, it is personal awareness that can be challenging to cultivate. We need to be a conscientious community. Being an ounce more aware, an ounce more considerate and critical could lend itself a long way to changing perspectives. Be a boss at banning ignorance and inequality through language.

not have to live, knowingly or unknowingly, in the shadows of the law. Although the City of Denver certainly has these regulations in place, it is only one of many cities. Boulder and Fort Collins have regulations limiting the number of unrelated people that can live together at three, while Greeley limits it to two. Similar laws exist from New Orleans to New York. In Denver, the system is slightly more complicated. According to the city’s website, “In a single unit zone district, two unrelated persons per household are allowed, and with a home occupation permit, an additional unrelated person is allowed. In a multi-unit zone district, four unrelated persons per household are allowed, and with a home occupation permit, two additional unrelated persons

are allowed.” Unfortunately, most of the residential area surrounding DU is designated as single unit zone district, meaning only two unrelated people, or three with a permit, are allowed to live together. This number is too low. College students have inevitably run into this problem in other cities home to campuses, and progress has been made. In Boston and Amherst, Mass., for example, city regulators drew the line at four unrelated people per apartment or household, provided that they are all college undergrads. The good news is that these regulations are rarely enforced and frequently violated to the point where many students do not even know they are living in violation of the law. Enforcement is usually only ever carried out if the neighbors complain.

Still, as noted on CU’s website, students found living in violation are subject to fines of up to $2000 per day. Instead of worrying about exactly how many unrelated people are living in one house or apartment, city authorities would be wiser to spend their time looking at whether buildings are safe to inhabit, making sure there are no fire code violations and the like. Many students find it an economic necessity to share a living space with multiple friends after moving off campus, and the city should not get in the way with archaic regulations. Denver and other local cities with major college campuses like Boulder, Fort Collins and Greeley should repeal these laws and allow students to share a mutually agreed upon living space.

brian goetzinger Junior South Dakota

caroline creidenberg Freshman Kansas City

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The Ban Bossy campaign has support from several powerful women, including Michelle Obama and Beyonce.

Three person housing laws should be changed by danny zimny-schmitt Contributing Writer

As college students, we live on tight budgets. From DU’s mile high tuition bill to student fees, food and housing, expenses are seemingly endless to grapple with. After spending two years on campus because of DU’s live-on requirement, most upperclassmen move off campus for their junior and senior years. Many choose to live together to save money on rent, whether it be in an apartment or house. Unfortunately, old laws limiting how many unrelated people can live together means that many students who live with their friends off campus are subject to these laws, which serve little true purpose. They should be repealed so college students do

Pioneer Voices:

are you going to snowball music festival?

daniel jarrad Freshman Vermont

“I hope so - if we win free tickets.”

abigail behrins Freshman New Jersey

“I’ve never heard of it!”

“No, I’m not.”

“No, I’m not, but it sounds really cool.”


April 2, 2014

Best response to Phelps’ death: Simple kindness by emma mckay Opinions Editor

Sometimes the best way to be heard isn’t with loud angry voices and messages of disapproval, but with simple signs of kindness. After Fred Phelps Senior, pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church, passed away on March 19, the church, notorious for picketing at the funerals of LGBT individuals and members of the military, still decided to picket at a Lorde concert in Kansas City. They sent their usual hateful messages, holding up signs with phrases like “God hates sluts” (in protest of Lorde herself not being a good example for young Christian women) and “God hates lukewarm Christians.” The group’s message is so hateful that for the most part, they are laughed at and rejected by society. That has been shown with numerous communities coming together to protest back. Pro-LGBT rights signs have been held alongside church members’, human walls were created to keep them away from funerals and Lorde even tweeted asking her fans to break out the rainbow outfits at her concert in protest of the church being there. But nothing beats the message church members were met with when they started picketing the con-

cert. Peaceful counter-protesters simply held up a banner that said “Sorry for your loss.” After Fred Phelps’ despicable efforts organizing protests at funerals, you might think that the world would react to his passing in a vengeful way. And while there were certainly these expected reactions to be found in the social media world— those saying “good riddance” or suggesting a protest at his funeral, for example – there has been an overwhelming overall message of positivity. The positive messages aren’t only directed at the family of Fred Phelps, but also toward those the church is protesting. A giant banner at the Lorde concert read “Live your life and be awesome,” counteracting the church’s message to be more “Godly.” Megan Coleman who helped make the “Sorry for your loss” sign told KSHB-TV that “It wasn’t so much about antagonizing [church members], but sending out a counter message that we are here for people who need positivity.” There is no better way to spread a positive message than to direct it right back at those making the hateful comments. LGBT rights proponents have every right to be lividly angry at Fred Phelps and all who have followed his lead, but instead of

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Protesters hold peaceful banners to counter hateful protest by the Westboro Baptist Church at a Lorde concert in Kansas City.

hashing out that anger in a distasteful manner similar to the way Fred Phelps himself picketed, these protesters’ chosen method is much more powerful. It sends the message that they are unscathed by the picketers hurtful words and stand for something much bigger — simple human kindness. Some might argue that Phelps deserves every bit of negativity sent his way, deceased or not. The way he hurt the family and friends of Matthew Shepard and Matthew Snyder, and countless veterans and LGBT individuals around the world is for many, unforgivable. But the best way to counteract the hateful

way he lived his life is not to show hate toward him, but to do just the opposite. When Osama bin Laden was killed (not that I am by any means equating Fred Phelps to Osama Bin Laden, but he was also widely hated by the population) there were celebrations in the streets of Washington DC, but many said this was inappropriate. We shouldn’t celebrate anyone’s death, evil or not. Queer-Straight Alliance member Marin Klostermeier agrees. “Even if you are very angry at the actions of a person and hate everything that they represent, it is not okay to be happy that they died,” she said. “Every-

one is important to someone and denying the hardship that those people go through is hateful in itself. So I was very glad to see how those actions of the people holding the sign were reflective of that mentality.” So props to all who have treated Fred Phelps’ death in the same way we would treat the death of any other father, husband, friend or pastor — as a genuine loss for all who knew and cared for him. According to his daughter Margie Phelps, there is no funeral service scheduled. Perhaps that is for the best, because nobody — not even Fred Phelps— deserves to have their funeral picketed.

RAs should not have responsibilites increased by naomi forman Staff Writer

Resident Assistants: Duty, diligence, demands. Each residence hall is staffed by upwards of twelve undergraduate student employees responsible for encouraging community and cultivating a safe and inclusive environment. These positions require immense time and effort as well as responsibility and dedication by individuals. These guardians of the desk, givers of advice and generators of dialogue are voicing a collective criticism. Never could you find a more grateful group, it is instead our institution’s demonstration of gratitude for their invaluable work that is being contested. The time commitment for these positions is immense, requiring the attendance of meetings, distributing mail, creating bulletin boards,

mediating roommate disagreements, fulfilling desk shifts, planning socials, running programs, walking rounds, managing incidents and beyond. The general requirements of an RA, as expressed by several that were interviewed, have an overall intention of community building and inclusivity, as is the case among most of DU’s departments and institutionally-managed programs. However, the job is performed through mundane tasks and unappreciated efforts that nevertheless occupy significant periods of time. On top of this, these master paper cutters, food giver outers, flyer hangers and door decorators are currently required to perform six unpaid hours of desk assistance. Housing and Residential Education (HRE) reorganized its budget and, from past years, increased this requirement by two hours

beginning during the 2013-2014 academic year. This has not yet even been reflected by their website, which still states a fourhour requirement. Four of the five Nelson RAs that were interviewed for this article communicated frustration towards this aspect of the position. Despite Desk Assistant being an isolated occupation that can be separately applied for and fulfilled outside of residence assistance, it is tacked on to the laundry list of obligations for RAs. RAs receive free room and board, which includes an unlimited meal plan; however due to time or institutional constraints, they often cannot hold other jobs that allow the generation of personal and necessary funds. Additionally, as a result of becoming an RA, some students lose their ability to participate in the work-study program. An immensely more positive organization of the

front desks would be if they were maintained as entirely isolated occupations and were included within work-study. This would enable students to voluntarily access more paid work while not requiring the allocation of more funds by HRE. The RAs are the empathetic disciplinarians that ensure the survival and success of their residents. They are not to be pitied, despite their frequent solitude and unfortunate schedules, as they themselves report immense satisfaction with this position. Each and every RA that was interviewed expressed immense appreciation for the overall experience, specifically highlighting positive relationships among both their fellow RAs and the professional staff. Alexandra Kotis, a senior finishing her third year as an RA, stated, “I am fortunate enough to be

working on a staff that makes a magnificent team.” Through this network, these students are given the opportunity to develop skills, friendships and work experience. Without denying there are countless other frustrations, such as lack of resident engagement, the unpaid hours seems the most significant “injustice” against our dorm worker bees. Is it not inherently wrong to deny diligent and dedicated young college students a paycheck for time and effort devoted to the institution? For the Resident Assistants, our Real Allies, the Relentless Artisans, the Respectful Authoritarians and the Receptive Advisors, these Roaming Angels of dorm-hood deserve compensation for regular attendance to duties. Let’s follow a more Right Approach and develop Realistic Alterations to provide Resident Assistants with a Respectable “Allowance.”

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April 2, 2014


Pioneer skiing strikes gold in Utah Hockey horizon GAME TALK

looks bright

Ski team wins school’s 22nd National Title, fourth in past eight years

The Clarion sports staff dives into the world of athletics.

by calvin jouard Sports Editor

A championship season is always memorable, but this one was different. For Head Alpine Ski Coach Andy LeRoy, DU’s most recent championship meant true validation. LeRoy began coaching for DU in 2007, and since winning three national championships in four years between 2007 and 2010, the Pioneers have failed to make the podium the last three years. “This one is much more rewarding for me personally,” said LeRoy. “Most of the [success] of the team during those championships was a result of the coaches before me. [It was] obviously a very successful team that I inherited. It was more my job just to not mess it up.” LeRoy and Co. must have done something right, as the team picked up DU’s 22nd overall NCAA Championship Title March 5-8 in Park City, Utah, along with a school-record 16 All-American honors. It is the team’s eighth national championship since 2000 and fourth in the past eight years. “I’m batting .500. It’s a good end,” added LeRoy. Big contributions came from junior Espen Lysdahl, who earned NCAA Individual Champion honors in slalom, and sophomore Kristine Haugen, who did the same in giant slalom. Haugen and junior Trevor Philp accounted for four of the team’s 16 total All-American honors. The alpine ski duo received First Team awards in both the slalom and giant slalom. “So many things have to go our way to bring home a championship,” Lysdahl said. “It’s really important that everyone contributes, and competes and performs at their best, and I think throughout this week we showed that we’re all capable of skiing to top ten finishes.” DU found itself tied for second place after one day of competition behind only Utah, thanks to top ten performances from Haugen, Lysdahl and Philp in the giant slalom. “To have somebody so clutch and so successful in her

by sawyer d’argonne Staff Writer

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Alpine skiers embrace after a winning run at the NCAA Championships on March 8. It was DU’s 22nd championship.

races to start our championship, we were confident from the beginning,” said LeRoy, speaking of Haugen’s championship race for the giant slalom crown. The second day of competition saw DU launch itself into first place with second place outings in Nordic events from freshman Sylvia Nordskar in the Women’s 5K Classical and sophomore Pierre Guedon in the Men’s 10K. The final day of the NCAA Championships was

postponed until Saturday, March 8, due to warm and rainy weather. Despite the delay, Lysdahl and Philp went one-two in the men’s slalom on Saturday, while both sophomore Tianda Carroll and junior Devin Delaney raced to top ten finishes in women’s slalom. DU finished the NCAA Championships with 556 points, 68.5 points more than runner-up Vermont. “Starting the season, I knew we had a strong team, and it may sound conceited,

but I expected to win every race of the season,” said LeRoy. “It eventually turned out that way for the championship.” Apart from a few departures on the Nordic side of the team, all Pioneers that competed this year in Park City will return to the team next year, including individual alpine champions Haugen and Lysdahl. With so many returners, LeRoy is confident. “No question we should be the best team and we should win this thing again.”

Women’s lax claims pair of victories over weekend by jillian queri Senior Reporter

The women’s lacrosse squad extended its win streak to seven by picking up a pair of wins this weekend to improve to 9-1 overall. Junior Jill Remenapp led the way in a 20-4 blowout win over Saint Mary’s College, recording eight points on three goals and five assists. Twelve

players got points in the win. After trading initial goals, the Pioneers rallied off 15 straight goals to put the game out of reach. Senior Meredith Harris led the Pioneers to their nail-biting 10-9 victory over George Washington University on Friday, recording a hat trick and two assists for a total of five points in last Friday’s win. At halftime, Denver had a

6-3 lead but was quickly contested after George Washington scored at the start of the second half. In the final eight minutes, George Washington scored three goals to make Denver’s lead only one point with 34 seconds remaining. George Washington gained possession off the final draw control, but junior Pioneer defender Ali Proehl

forced a turnover to give Denver the ball for the remainder of the game. Denver is currently ranked No. 1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference (MPSF) and No. 34 nationally. Five home games remain for the Pioneers this season. The first round of the MPSF tournament will begin on Thursday, May 1 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

The Denver hockey team made the NCAA tournament for the seventh straight year this season. Unfortunately, first round exits in six of those seven seasons have left a bitter taste in the mouths of the Pioneer fans, myself included. It’s probably my own fault for allowing myself to get my hopes up. Boston College is clearly one of the best teams in the nation this year. They had won 26 games on the season, they are a top-five ranked team in the nation, and they have arguably three of the top 10 players in the nation, including Hobey Baker-favorite Johnny Gaudreau. Meanwhile, Denver made the tournament on a wing and a prayer. They likely wouldn’t have gotten into the tournament if not for their NCHC tournament victory, and maybe more importantly the massive upsets of Miami over both St. Cloud State and North Dakota, both of which were favored to win the conference. Regardless of how it happened, I was excited. Boston College had lost three of their last four games. Denver had won four straight and was playing with confidence. It looked like the stuff of which upsets are made. Maybe I was still just reeling from the amount of upsets March Madness had given us and thought it would carry over to hockey. Either way, I was wrong. Boston College took control of the game early and beat Denver in a convincing manner, 6-2. But what does this mean for the program in the future? Last season, after the fifth first round exit in the last six years, Coach George Gwozdecky was fired, seemingly due at least in part to a lack of tournament success since 2005. So with Jim Montgomery’s Pios exiting early yet again, the questions are inevitable. Despite their continued tournament failures, is it fair to call Jim Montgomery’s first year at the helm a success? My answer is yes. There will always been questions that a head coach needs to answer, but the ones that Gwozdecky’s departure left were on another level. Montgomery has, in part at least, begun to answer them. As students, alumni, and fans of DU we expect a certain level of excellence from the hockey program.


April22, 2, 2014 May 2012


Streaking Pioneers halted by Boston College in first round 16

April 2, 2014

by sawyer d’argonne Staff Writer

Just a weekend after becoming the inaugural champions of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), the Pioneers fell to Boston College in the first round of the NCAA Division I Tournament, 6-2. The Frozen Faceoff, the first of many NCHC tournaments, began for the Pioneers on March 13, where DU lost its first game to Nebraska Omaha. Consecutive wins saw the Pioneers move into the NCHC semifinals where the Pios took down Western Michigan 4-3 to advance to the tournament finals. Denver took on Miami of Ohio in the finals, again winning 4-3, in order to claim the first ever NCHC championship. Denver entered the tournament as the sixth seed in the conference, and with two other NCAA tournament-bound teams, were not expected to take home the title. However, Miami’s upsets of both St. Cloud State and North Dakota, along with DU’s own four game hot streak allowed them to cruise the title. “For our season, I’m really proud of our group that’s been able to win a championship and add to the legacy and tradition of Denver hockey,” said head coach Jim Montgomery. “There are seven national championships, several WCHA Championships. It’s great to be able to add the NCHC conference tournament championship in the first season

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The Pioneer hockey team huddles during one of their final practices before traveling to Worcester, Mass. to take on Boston College.

in our league,” said Montgomery. With the NCHC victory, DU locked up its place in the NCAA tournament as a four seed in the Northeast Regional. Boston College, the number one seed in the conference, and the second overall seed in the tournament would be their first round opponent. Boston College had lost three of their last four games, all against

Notre Dame, heading into their match against Denver. The game started off poorly for the Pioneers and continued to get worse throughout. The story of the game was the performance of Boston College’s stars Johnny Gaudreau and Kevin Hayes. Gaudreau and Hayes were first and second in points in the NCAA this season respectively,

and their tournament performance lived up to the hype. Gaudreau started off the game’s scoring with a first period goal just 25 seconds into the game. BC’s Hayes scored another goal just five minutes later. Gaudreau would go on to score two more goals in the game, giving him a hat-trick, while Hayes would go on to score another for

himself as well. Gaudreau is the heavy favorite for the 2014 Hobey Baker Award, which is given to the top collegiate hockey player in the nation each year. “We knew in order to have success today we would have had to play perfect hockey,” Montgomery said. “Unfortunately, Boston College played perfect hockey. They won face-offs, they executed on special teams and their top line was phenomenal tonight. There’s a reason that those guys will end up playing at a higher level and making a lot of money.” Boston’s Bill Arnold, seventh in NCAA points, scored another goal in the second period, giving Boston College a six goal lead, which would prove more than enough to secure their victory. Denver would eventually strike back as Trevor Moore scored late in the second period, and Evan Janssen scored late in the third, making the score 6-2 before the game ended. Senior goaltender Sam Brittain allowed all six goals in the first two periods before being replaced by freshman Evan Cowley for the third period. Brittain made 20 saves while allowing the six goals, while Cowley made seven saves in the third period. This was Denver’s seventh consecutive tournament appearance, and the first under new coach Montgomery. It was also their sixth first-round exit in that span. The Pioneers finished their season with a 20-16-6 record on the year.

Gymnastics wins conference crown by jillian queri Senior Reporter

After a first place performance at the Mountain Rim Conference Championships, the Denver women’s gymnastics team is preparing for Regionals on April 5. Held at the University of Washington in Seattle, the Pioneers will face Washington, Nebraska, Alabama and a familiar opponent, Boise State, in their 16th consecutive NCAA regional event. The first and second placing teams will then travel to the NCAA National Championships in Birmingham, Ala. on April 18. “Having our last home meet in Magness Arena prepared us well for Conference, and I hope Conference has prepared us well for Regionals,” said Head Coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart. Denver posted their high score for the season, 196.725, in Magness Arena on Senior Night to defeat Boise State and Iowa State in front of a packed crowd. “I am very proud of my student athletes. They care about their athletics and academics and I am so proud of their work ethic

in the gym and in school,” said Kutcher-Rinehart. The Pioneers will be graduating five seniors this year. Senior Moriah Martin, an All-American for vault, posted an almost perfect 9.950 at Conference, which helped the Pioneers break DU’s all-time vault record. Martin also competed and represented Denver in the National Championships for vault as an individual last year. “All of our seniors, Jorie Hall, Moriah Martin, Kaitlin Moorhead, Melodie Pulgarin-Linero and Paige Tollefson, have done a phenomenal job. Their leadership, character, work ethic, commitment and passion has really led the way this season,” said Kutcher-Rinehart. Being the inaugural season of the Mountain Rim Conference, this was the first ever conference championship. In 2015, this will become a NCAAsanctioned event that will be hosted by Denver. At Mountain Rim, the results came down to the Pioneers having a slim .025 lead to clinch the first place title over Boise State. Denver finished the meet with a final score of 196.925, the seventh highest

team-score in DU history. “This was the first ever conference championship,” said Kutcher-Rinehart. “With it being the first year, it was fun to win it and I think that it gave our athletes a lot of confidence in preparing and going into NCAA Regionals.” In Washington, No. 20 Denver will face top 10 teams, including the University of Alabama, which is currently ranked fourth nationally. “Regionals is going to be competitive, it’s going to come down to who performs well on that specific night. Certainly, it is our goal to end up in the top two so we can advance as a team to Nationals,” said Kutcher-Rinehart. The last time Denver made an appearance at Nationals was in 2008. “We can only focus on the things that we can control,” said Kutcher-Rinehart. “We have really focused this season on training with excellence, training with pride, and really sharpening our gymnastics. I just really want them to go out there and perform the way they’ve been training.”




Monty leading hockey in right direction Continued from page 15 The question was whether or not this could continue after the iconic Gwozdecky was canned. In truth, especially seeing some of the struggles this year, I had my doubts. However, their emergence in the end of the season began to stir some confidence. The victory in the NCHC

gives DU another trophy to put behind the glass, but more importantly, their appearance in the big tournament solidifies their position as a national hockey powerhouse under Montgomery. Six consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament is an achievement in itself, considering only 16 teams go,

but Montgomery’s ability to overcome the initial growing pains of a new head coaching job and bring them to a seventh consecutive playoff appearance sends a message to both the rest of the nation and potential recruits that this is still a program committed to winning.



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