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Vol. 121, Issue 5
feb. 12, 2014
Film highlights Native American journey Byrd, Olson by brandon tate Senior Reporter
Last week, DU’s Native Student Alliance (NSA) and Political ScienceAssociate Professor Nancy Wadsworth hosted a free public screening of the Lukas Korver documentary film “The Medicine Game,” followed by a panel discussion with members of the Denver Lacrosse community. The event, hosted on Wednesday, Feb. 5, was a part of DU’s Sesquicentennial events series; over 300 people were in attendance. The film followed the journeys of Jeremy and Jerome “Haina” Thompson, two brothers of the Onondaga nation in rural New York who had ambitions to play Lacrosse at Syracuse University, but initially struggled academically and socially throughout high school and community college. Eventually, Jeremy was able to transfer and play with the Orange, and currently plays for Major League Lacrosse’s Hamilton Nationals. Haina later reached semi-professional Lacrosse. NSA President Amanda Williams, who was pleased with the amount of
“The people who came [Wednesday night] took the time to learn about Native American culture,” said Williams.
people who came, believed the event served an important part of remembering the Sand Creek Massacre, which also has its 150th anniversary in November.
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by jillian queri Senior Reporter
Professor Nancy Wadsworth, right, looks on as NSA members present a ceremonial blanket to Men’s Lacrosse player Zach Miller, the first Native American to play the sport at DU.
Undergraduate Student Government (USG) President Mike Schutte and Off-Campus Senator Parya Mahmoudi met with Denver City Engineer David DiGiacomo on Tuesday, Jan. 28 to discuss the possibility of putting a crosswalk in at Evans Avenue and Franklin Street west of campus. Since the summer of 2013, both senators have been in talks with Denver officials about possible measures to make the Evans Avenue crosswalk a safer path for students. Schutte stated the most feasible possibility for slowing down traffic on Evans. This comes after his meeting with DiGiacomo. Previous ideas, such as lowering the speed limit, have failed. “There’s no speed limit sign from [South Columbine] up until [South Downing] streets,” said Schutte. “The only real indication of speed limit is the school zone sign for Asbury Elementary School, yet there is nothing that indicates the speed is actually 35 miles per hour. Putting up a crosswalk would hopefully prompt drivers to slow down and give the pedestrians some kind of comfort that there’s a place where you should at least cross instead of a free-forall mentality.”
Mahmoudi agreed with the idea of installing a crosswalk on the aforementioned intersection, seeing it as the best possible solution. “We’re central Denver, and traffic congestion does play a big part in it,” said Mahmoudi. “[Installing a crosswalk] would have much more of an impact than just DU. It’ll extend a couple miles.” Schutte further described that a crosswalk at the intersection would alleviate the dangerous traffic he believes stretches from Illegal Pete’s to the university, especially in light of the death of Wilson King in that area last year. “There’ve been fatalities in that area,” said Schutte. “If you talk about crossing Evans there, it’s a gamble. It’s a high pedestrian area yet there’s a borderline highway where drivers are speeding a lot.” While both Schutte and Mahmoudi acknowledge the jurisdiction issues associated with finding methods of making pedestrian travel safer, they also believe that for some DU students the area is a staple of social interaction and dining. Mahmoudi stated the current 35 miles per hour speed limit on Evans encourages drivers to go 40 or 45 miles down the road, bringing great risk to both pedestrians and other drivers.
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“Comparing that to other public institutions in the state, like CU Boulder and CSU-Fort Collins, they have much lower speed limits,” said Mahmoudi. “We want to make [Evans Avenue] a safer place for students and drivers and hopefully encourage drivers to slow down as they go through that street.” Freshman Sean Stroh, does not believe that placing a crosswalk at the Evans-Franklin intersection would help the situation, but rather people looking to cross Evans should use the crosswalks currently in place. “Obviously people just sort of run across Evans because they’re jaywalking and don’t want to cross at the crosswalks,” said Stroh. “I think people should just stick to the crosswalks that are already there.” Another possibility Schutte mentioned would be to expand the median bisecting Evans Avenue out to where the road meets South Franklin Street. Both Schutte and Mahmoudi encourage students and staff to contact the city of Denver at the 311 number. They also encourage students to push the city to further consider a crosswalk and other possible construction routes on Evans Avenue. Further questions or comments can be directed towards DUsenate@gmail.com.
Marcus Byrd [left] and Brett Olson [right].
USG examines options for Evans Avenue crosswalks by brandon tate
Juniors Marcus Byrd and Brett Olson didn’t become teammates when they started their careers as Pios, but have been on the court with each other since middle school. From Highlands Ranch, Colo., both Byrd and Olson have been playing basketball their entire lives and have been on the same team together for eight years. “We grew up playing together and I actually played against him [Byrd] for a little in middle school. Then we played together from seventh grade on,” said Olson. The Highlands Ranch High School basketball team started to improve and even made a run at the state championship during Byrd and Olson’s senior year. “It was always my goal to play college basketball. I’ve had a lot of fun and success at DU,” Olson said. In addition to being teammates on their high school team, Byrd and Olson also played together on the local club team, Next Level. “I think we played really well together just because we have played with each other and have had that chemistry for so long. I think it helps that we can bring that to the table for our team,” said Olson. Both players claim the chemistry they’ve developed together on the court has improved their individual level of play along with the cohesion of the team. “I think we are one of the closest teams in the country. We bond really well and I think it shows up well on the court,” said Olson. Byrd, who is majoring in economics, and Olson, who is majoring in finance, both agreed that finding a balance between school and Division I basketball wasn’ t easy, but once they were adjusted both became equal priorities. Off and on the court, they are each other’s support and encouragement. “We played well together in high school and we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. It was definitely nice coming to college with a close friend,” said Byrd. Throughout their seasons as Pioneers, Byrd and Olson have each had memorable career moments. Playing different positions, Byrd as a forward and Olson as a guard, the players still manage to maintain a special bond that allows them to excel together and apart. “Whenever one of us isn’t playing well, we know how to pick each other up,” said Byrd. The Pioneers have three games remaining in Magness Arena this season.
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Feb. 12, 2014
u p c o m i n g wednesday An Evening with folk musician Stephen Wade 7:30 p.m. Hamilton Recital Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts For one night only, 2013 Grammy nominee Stephen Wade will explore through live music-making, projected images and spoken narrative, the stories behind The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience. A book signing and reception will follow the performance. Thursday The Comic Imagination in African Literature and Cinema 4-6 p.m. Anderson Academic Commons Delve into the poetics of laughter in African literature and cinema, specifically the straight-to-DVD Nigerian film industry, known as Nollywood. Lamont Symphony Orchestra Remembering Ansel Adams 7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts
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A lecture and slideshow of his father’s stunning photographs by Michael Adams, followed by the Lamont Symphony Orchestra featuring the Colorado Premiere of Remembering Ansel Adams by Ernst Bacon with Grammy Award-winning clarinet soloist Richard Stoltzman. Friday Early Registration for Varsity Athletes & Students needing Special Accommodations This date is not applicable to non-degree, special status students, the College of Law (semester), Graduate Tax Program, Women’s College or University College. Flo’s Underground 5 p.m. Williams Recital Salon Lamont School of Music Jazz Combos. Free admission. Sunday Last Day to Drop Classes without instructor approval (W assigned) This date is not applicable to non-degree, special status students, the College of Law (semester), Graduate Tax Program, Women’s College or University College.
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Check here for weekly updates from the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Key Notes from Feb. 4, 2014 1. The Chancellor Search Committee is seeking student input. USG encourages students to participate in this process. 2. There will be an Inclusive Excellence Case Competition Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, Feb. 18. 3. Applications for new student organizations were reviewed on Wed. Feb. 5. 4. A new plan for relicensing student organizations is being created. 5. USG is seeking student leaders around campus to help develop an Alcohol Coalition survey, create focus groups and hold town hall meetings about on-campus alcohol use. 6. A new off-campus senator, Hayden Johnson, was selected. 7. It was decided that USG meetings will be moved to the Anderson Academic Coomons Special Events room, effective Feb. 11, 2014. 8. Resolution 27, in which USG demands the Board of Trustees include a student representative in its decisionmaking, was passed unanimously. For full wording of the aforementioned resolution, please visit news.duclarion.com/category/usg.
USG meetings are held every Tuesday night in the Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room. They are open to the public. Information courtesy of the USG.
USG elects Hayden Johnson as new off-campus senator by brandon tate Senior Reporter
Avenue crosswalk safety initiative currently headed by Mahmoudi and USG On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the Under- President Mike Schutte. graduate Student Government (USG) “I think it’s really important to feel elected junior Hayden Johnson to fill safe [crossing Evans],” said Johnson. “I the vacant Off-Campus Senator posi- also think it’s the university’s responsibiltion after previous Senator Daniel ity to listen to the calls of the students Mason stepped down for personal rea- to increase safety for pedestrians and sons. Johnson will now cyclists around campus.” serve alongside fellow Daniels College of Off-Campus Senator Business Senator Josh Parya Mahmoudi for the Todtfeld commented that, remainder of the acawhile Wilk and Nguyen demic year. were very qualified candiAfter Mason’s dates, he felt Johnson to be departure, Senate Affairs the best decision based on Committee Chair and his past experience in stuSenior Senator Erik dent government at DU. Meek held a meeting for “I felt Johnson would prospective candidates be a good senator mainly to apply for the posibecause of his past expetion. At the next USG rience and because of his meeting, elections were accomplishments from held during a closed seslast year,” said Todtfeld. sion. Junior Tiffany Wilk “It made me confident and Senior Tri Nguyen Josh Todtfeld to know that he had also campaigned, but projects and USG Daniels College completed ultimately Johnson was helped the finance comchosen during final of Business Senator mittee last year. He also voting by USG members. ended that year starting Johnson has previous experience projects, and now wants to come back in USG, having served as a senator and and finish those projects.” co-chair of the Finance Committee, as USG Vice President Katrina well as assuming leadership in the com- Yoshida echoed Todtfeld’s statements, mittee in the latter parts of the previous and also praised Wilk and Nguyen academic year. Johnson did not return for running for the position. She also to USG in the fall, due to the fact that believes that Johnson’s desire to pursue he was studying abroad in Greece. the Evans Avenue safety initiative will Johnson stated after the election he be helpful for the remainder of this will make it a primary goal to help DU academic year. students living off campus and returnJohnson encourages any off-caming from abroad more involved with pus students to contact him at Haydencampus activities. Johnson2015@gmail.com should they In addition, Johnson looks to have questions, comments or proposals become heavily involved with the Evans in the future.
“I felt Johnson would be a good senator mainly because of his past experience, and because of his accomplishments from last year.”
Expert discusses China Korbel speaker series addresses changing foreign policy in China by logan baker Contributing Writer On Friday, Feb. 7, world-renowned Chinese expert Orville Schell spoke to around 50 people in Ben Cherrington Hall, addressing the topic “How Will China’s New Wealth and Power Affect Its Foreign Policy?” The speech was part of a continuing series of forums based on China hosted by the Korbel School of International Studies. Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York. He is a former professor and dean at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Schell was born in New York City, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in Far Eastern History, was an exchange student at National Taiwan University in the 1960s and earned a Ph.D. at University of California Berkeley in Chinese History. Schell is also the author of 15 books, 10 of which are about China. Schell began his talk by detailing how far China has come since the fall of their last dynasty. “After the Qing dynasty collapsed, China fell into an abyss of darkness and this nose-dive into decline disturbed intellectuals greatly.” The problem, according to Schell, was that the Chinese had a memory of greatness and because of that, the Chinese people presumed greatness. When China failed to reach their goals, it did not know who to blame. According to Schell, China began to put itself on a “road to rejuvenation”
when it adapted Leninism and a strong one party, one leader state. Part of this rejuvenation was the implementation of a new Chinese Dream. Whilst compared to the American Dream of personal success and “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps,” the Chinese Dream entails “pulling all of China up by its bootstraps together.” “Ever since China began to experience greater wealth and power, there has been next to no nationalism,” said Schell. “Everyone just keeps working toward a future day of greatness.” Schell said he believes there will be a number of ideological problems coming out of China in the coming decades for a variety of reasons. The first, he said, is that China has spent the past hundred years trying to restore itself to greatness. “China’s operating system continuously gets wiped out and replaced with something new, while America, no matter how messy we get, we always have the Judeo-Christian operating system to fall back onto,” said Schell. Schell said another reason is that history is controlled in China so its citizens do not get the opportunity to learn from their past mistakes and will be doomed to repeat those mistakes in the future. Schell’s speech lasted for about 35 minutes before he opened the floor for a 20-minute question period. During this time, he expressed doubts that China is ready for democracy and addressed the issue of North Korea. Schell wrapped up the event by signing copies of his new book, “Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the 21st Century,” and meeting with some students, faculty and staff from the Asian Studies department.
Feb. 12, 2014
Coombe high-lights marijuana policy at DU University-wide email reminds students and staﬀ of bud ban by carli hansen Assistant News Editor On Wednesday, Jan. 29, Chancellor Robert Coombe sent out a universitywide email reminding students and employees that the marijuana policy at DU has not changed since Amendment 64 went into effect on Jan. 1, which allowed for the sale and use of recreational marijuana for adults over the age of 21 in Colorado. “In accordance with federal law, the University of Denver has long had a policy against drug use on campus and that policy does not change with Colorado’s adoption of Amendment 64,” said Coombe in the email. “DU continues to prohibit the possession, use and consumption of marijuana on University property.” The email added that the university is devoted to the health, safety and well being of the campus community. The university also receives federal funding for financial aid and research grants, so it must abide by federal laws, including the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act. Internal Communications Manager Jan Kitta said the email was preemptive, and not in response to any particular incidents that have occurred on campus.
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“Obviously there was a desire to send something out around the time the law went into effect,” said Kitta. “We assumed people would have questions about the legalization of recreational marijuana.” Kitta added the email was sent almost a month after Jan. 1 because the university was closed during t h e holidays and there was a rush when students came back from winter break. “It turned out that the email was sent the week of the conference with the provost, so it turned out to be fairly timely because it gave some additional prominence to the issue [of substance use] on campus,” said Kitta. According to the email, students in possession of marijuana are in violation of the honor code and the residence-living guide. Employees reporting to work under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or illegal drugs
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Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 at 10:23 a.m. – Department of Campus Safety (DCS) responded to a fire alarm in Sturm Hall. Upon arrival at the scene, officers determined that the cause for the alarm was a water leak in the basement. Facilities were called to the scene and the building was reoccupied.
Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at 10:13 p.m. – DCS responded to a call regarding the odor of marijuana emanating from a residential room in Centennial Towers. Upon arrival at the scene, officers contacted two students inside of the room in question who denied having used marijuana.
MedICaL assIsT Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 at 10:24 p.m. – DCS responded to a call regarding a student in need of medical assistance in the Ritchie Center. Upon arrival at the scene, officers contacted the student in question and called for paramedics who transported the student to Denver Health.
PaRKInG VIOLaTIOn Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at 10:59 a.m. – While on routine patrol, a Parking Enforcement Officer (PEO) contacted a student who appeared to be using a handicapped parking placard that did not belong to them. The placard was confiscated by the PEO until the student was able to provide proof that the placard belonged to them.
CRIMInaL TResPass Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 at 9:08 a.m. – DCS responded to a call regarding the suspected break-in to a university-owned vehicle in parking lot 122. Upon arrival at the scene, officers spoke with a staff member who stated that an unknown person had broken into the locked vehicle in question but that nothing had been stolen.
FaLse RePORTInG Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 at 12:31 p.m. – DCS and Denver Fire Department (DFD) responded to a fire alarm at University Hall. Upon arrival at the scene, officers spoke with DFD officials who stated that the alarm was caused by an unknown person using a pull station without cause.
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at 1:11 a.m. – DCS responded to a call regarding marijuana found in a residential room in Centennial Towers. Upon arrival at the scene, officers contacted 10 students who were in the room in question, all of whom denied being the owner of the marijuana.
dIsTuRBInG THe PeaCe Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at 11:00 p.m. – DCS responded to a call from the Denver Police Department (DPD) requesting assistance with several students at an off-campus residential location. Upon arrival at the scene, DCS officers spoke with DPD officers who stated that they had broken up a party of at least 300 people and cited three students who were responsible for the residence.
deTOX Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at 11:09 p.m. – DCS responded to a call regarding an intoxicated student in Centennial Towers. 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. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at 1:59 a.m. – DCS responded to a call regarding an intoxicated student just outside of 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 called Denver Cares who responded to the scene and transported the student in question to their facility.
are in violation of the university’s alcohol- and drug-free policy. A list of campus resources in place to deal with these violations included the Health and Counseling Center (HCC), Student Conduct, Housing and Residential Education (HRE), Employee Assist a n c e P r o gram, Human Resources and the Department of Campus Safety (DCS). According to DCS Sgt. Stephen Banet, there were six incidents of possession of narcotics or drug paraphernalia in January 2014, as opposed to 10 such incidents in January 2013. Banet said when DCS officers find a student in possession of marijuana, they confiscate it and any periphernalia, including grinders, pipes and bongs. Then they collect information from the student(s) in question and any witnesses. Finally, they complete
an offense report, which they share with Student Conduct. “If it’s a huge amount, and we consider that to be something over an ounce, there’s a possibility that the Denver Police Department [DPD] would be involved,” said Banet. “The same goes if it’s any other drug besides marijuana, but the smaller cases we keep in-house.” Banet added that DCS officers only observe and report, they do not make recommendations about disciplinary measures. However, Student Conduct may ask them to testify in a disciplinary hearing. Director of Student Conduct Kristin Olson was not available for comment on the consequences of marijuana possession. “We’re not here to give a student a criminal record upon graduation,” said Banet. “We’re here to enforce the rules of the university.” Coombe’s email emphasized that those rules have not changed, even if state laws have. “In summary, the University of Denver is committed to a drug-free campus and workplace, and prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of controlled substances by employees, students, subcontractors, consultants and visitors.” For more information on the marijuana policy, visit http://duclarion. com/bud-still-banned-at-du/.
Feb. 12, 2014
DU founded amidst turmoil and national upheaval by keller minton Contributing Writer
Since its inception in 1864, the DU has witnessed a whirlwind of events: A nation divided, two world wars, four presidential assassinations, one of the most horrid terrorist attacks in our nation’s history, a boom in the mountain economy, the great recession and countless other events. As the world continues to whizz by, we take a moment to examine what was happening in 1864 as the university was in its infancy. Things were happening in all corners of the world; a cyclone killed 70,000 in Calcutta, India. Paraguay declares war on Brazil and over 300,000 perish in the effort. On a lighter note, for us food lovers, the first fish and chip shop opens in England. Stateside, all was not well. The Civil
War was still a very heated conflict. Although gunfire had been raging since 1861, the union continued to push into the south, inflicting heavy losses along the way. President Abraham Lincoln issued conscription for over half a million men to join the union and partake in the battle. The Confederate States of America becomes the first nation to sink an enemy ship using its submarine, the HL Hunley. The sub and its crew of eight are all lost. An early precursor to what will become known as the trail of tears is started; bands of Navajo are moved from east Arizona and West New Mexico to Fort Sumner. Nearly 200 die on the 18 day march. Some die due to rivalries with other Indian tribes who the soldiers forced them to march with. Tension levels were high and occasionally boiled over into violence. Combined
with a lack of supplies such as firewood and food, the event turned into a small slaughter, with 1 of every 50 Native Americans perishing on the trail. Three years prior, in 1861, Nevada separated itself from Utah to form its own territory. This move proved wise, as in October of 1864, just days before the presidential election, Nevada is admitted into the union as the 36th state. Only one day before, Helena, Montana is founded as four prospectors discover the gold at last chance gulch. It becomes the Capital city of Montana. Arlington National Cemetery, America’s burial ground for armed servicemen, is founded this year as Secretary of War Edwin Stanton decides to erect the Cemetery on the 200 acres around Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Virginia home. The first U.S. mili-
tary burial takes place on May 13. Nearly 400,000 soldiers have been laid to rest in the Memorial park. Many of the Inventions we rely on today came from 1864; Louis Pasteur found a way to kill micro-bacteria in his young wine without sacrificing any of the quality or taste. This would become known as Pasteurization. Some of the technologies from 1864 look horribly out of date. The steam engine, for example, was the primary means of cross country transportation. The automobile wouldn’t be invented for nearly 50 years, meaning it was trains, steam ships or horse and buggy. Its hard to believe that 150 years ago, the school wasn’t much more than an outpost for prospectors heading to the mountains. The first 150 were truly great, and here’s to the next 150 being just as grand.
NSA, professor host film and discussion on Native American culture Continued from Page 1
She further commented that being able to talk about a key aspect of Native American life would be helpful to talk about the massacre and move towards a more inclusive community. Wadsworth was also impressed with the turnout, especially with the event being on a Wednesday night with temperatures below zero degrees Fahrenheit. She believes the event will help serve as a springboard for discussion when talking about Native American culture. “We were thinking of a way to involve the communities at the majority who don’t feel on the margins and start a conversa-
tion at the center,” said Wadsworth, “Maybe with communities who don’t think so much about that.”The discussion panel after the film consisted of DU Lacrosse men’s and women’s head coaches Bill Tierney and Liza Kelley, Denver City Lax Executive Director Rod Allison, former Bucknell University lacrosse coach Sid Jamieson, and freshman Zach Miller, the first Native American student to play Lacrosse at DU. During discussion, an audience member inquired the panel about how the history and origins of Lacrosse may have been erased as time went on. In response, Jamieson stated his belief that with players such as Miller and Jeremy Thompson playing at the collegiate level, the Native
American influence on Lacrosse is still alive and prevalent. “[With the formation of] the Iroquois Nationals League, and with them being a part of the Federation of International Lacrosse, Native American players will be playing against other international teams [in the United States] this summer,” said Jamieson, “This is an unbelievable happening, and we will see Lacrosse like its never been played before. The history is coming back, and is more visible than before.” Freshman Lacrosse player Molly Danko praised the event, commending the effort displayed by the brothers during the course of the film and also for being able to find connections to DU’s Lacrosse programs.
“Lacrosse has been really taking off here,” said Danko, “It was interesting to tie in some of the history and how Lacrosse has been played in different cultures and compare it to what we have here now.” At the end of the event, Miller was presented with a traditional Native American blanket ceremony by the NSA to honor him for being the first Native American to play Lacrosse at DU and his commitment to the sport. “I wasn’t expecting that at all,” said Miller, “It felt like a complete honor really, and I’m really appreciative [of the NSA] for that. I think this event was a great leadoff for more events talking about the history of DU and Native American culture.”
Feb. 12, 2014
Students honor Black History Month by courtney luster Contributing Writer
Last Friday night, students from all over campus joined together in a collaborative celebration of various African American art forms. From readings of Langston Hughes to liturgical dance performed by the Black Student Alliance president, most of the talents featured stemmed from a long tradition of African American creativity and culture. This event kicked off Black History Month, which is celebrated throughout the month of February. Also known as National African American History Month, it is a celebration of achievements by black Americans and has been honored since 1976 (according to History.com). Although they are involved in numerous programs throughout the year, February is the Black Student Alliance’s time to shine and they fully embrace the opportunity to engage in campus events. DU’s BSA has lined up the month with several engaging activities designed to attract students from every area of the university, according to President Cameron Simmons, a sophomore business major from Colorado Springs.
The group participates in a huge ance, Muslim Student Alliance and number of community outreach pro- Native American Student Alliance. grams, with the most significant being “This year we are branching out “A Day At DU” which brings in high a little bit more and working with schoolers from Cherry Creek, Denver DUPB and the Health and Counseling and Aurora Public School districts to Center, as well as Greek organizaexperience college immersion at DU. tions,” said Simmons. “It’s good for them to see that there All of this collaboration enhances is some diversity on DU’s BSA’s goal to build comcampus because everyone munity throughout the has this impression [...] that campus and be an incluthere’s no diversity but we’re sive organization. “Black Student Allihere,” said Simmons. ance gives a support As president, Simmons network for people of believes the campus’ low Africolor but also for people can American representation who are not colored and makes it even more imperawant to learn more,” tive for the BSA to not only said Simmons. create their own resources They started out the for success of the program, month, which they have but also to make a special “Empowering effort to integrate themselves. Cameron Simmons, themed the New Generation of He stressed the purpose of BSA to encourage African sophomore business Black Leaders Through Art,” with a partnerAmerican students to make ing with DUPB to show their presence known at the major The Butler on Thursday school and build community night, Feb. 6. On Friday, not only within their own culture but also with every other group Feb. 7, they held the talent show entitled “We Speak,” featuring school-wide on campus. BSA has been doing a lot of part- talent as well as local performers. The talent show, which was nering with other organizations on campus such as Latino Student Alli- attended by a selection of DU students
“Everyone has this impression [...] that there’s no diversity but we’re here.”
and family members, showcased a wide variety of talent, including spoken word, poetry reading, liturgical dance, singing, a step routine, historical teaching and a capella. On Thursday, Feb. 13, BSA will bring a poetry slam called “Spokentainment.” The event will be held in Lindsey Auditorium, again bringing in Denver spoken word performers, as well as some of DU’s own. The next week on Feb. 21, BSA is holding a “Stroll and Tell” which highlights the nine historically black Greek organizations, two of which are from DU—Kappa Alpha Psi and Delta Sigma Theta—and three others that will be coming from CSU. This event will include a dance followed by members of the organizations speaking about their groups. The month will round out with a Taste Of Africa, which will feature West African and Ethiopian food and a speech from Jonathan King entitled “Martin Luther King in my Living Room.” All students are invited to attend BSA’s Black History Month activities throughout February and attend BSA meetings. BSA will also be holding numerous more activities throughout campus for the rest of the year. More information can be found through their Facebook page.
Denver Art Museum showcases Cubist artwork Rather than art having to be a mirror sell developed view of the world, they understood a the movement Senior Reporter Realist painting was no more real than called Synthe abstract and began experimenting chromism in With outdoor activities in Denver with the manipulation of shape, line Paris in the limited due to the weekly snowpoca- and color in their representations. early 1900s,” lypses that have been occurring, there is n o t e d no better time Chanzit in for DU stuher blog. dents to head The galdowntown to lery will be the Denver on display Art Museum for a whole and get a dose year, until of artistic culnext Januture by visitary. All of ing the newly the paintings installed included in photo courtesy of denverartmuseum.org C u b i s m this exhibi- A work by Juan Gris titled, “Nature morte à la bouteille de Bordeaux.” exhibit. tion are part “Fracof the DAM’s permanent collection. DAM, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway. ture: Cubism “I think if Picasso and Braque More information about what is at and After,” saw this exhibition they would be Denver Art Museum currently can be opened on surprised to see how far artists fol- found on denverartmuseum.org. Jan. 26 in the lowing them went beyond their develSo next time an open afternoon photo courtesy of denverartmuseum.org opments — to go from abstracting Charles and arises, brave the temperatures just long Grant Gal- The Denver Art Museum hosts various exhibits throughtout the year and the “Fracture: from visible world, to making com- enough to get inside of the Denver Art lery on the Cubism and After” Exhibit will be on display until January 2015. pletely non-objective paintings,” said Museum and take advantage of their third floor of “Though Cubist painters abstracted Chanzit, remarking on what opinions many cultural opportunities. Denver Art Museum in the Modern from the visual world, they always based she imagines the and Contemporary Art area. The their works on things from the world Cubist originaexhibit is being curated by Gwen F. they could see. Some later artists used tors would have Chanzit, curator of modern art. Cubist styles to venture beyond Cubist about the exhibit. The one intimate room, consider- intentions; they made works of art not Beyond the ably small in comparison to other exhib- based on any subject or object in the Fracture exhibit, its, allows for careful examination of the world. We see several of these non-rep- Denver Art is paintings and their relationship to one resentational works in the gallery,” said also hosting another and the Cubist movement. The Chanzit in her blog about the exhibit. other not-totimeline of work ranges from the early The exhibit includes multiple miss exhibits 20th century up until Roy Lichtenstein’s Picasso paintings as well as works from including the Violin piece, painted in 1976, with 13 Braque and, notably, from Georgia highly rated pieces presented in total. O’Keeffe. O’Keefe is not typically con- “Passport to Most famously, the Spanish sidered a “Cubist painter,” but she is Paris” exhibit, painter Pablo Picasso and his con- most famously known for her paintings with rare works temporary, Georges Braque of France, of New Mexico and the Southwest. The from Edgar instrumented the Cubism movement exhibit also includes work from other Degas and in the early 20th century in Europe. schools of art that evolved from Cubism. others, on disThe Cubist artists challenged the “Two young American artists who play until Feb. 9. classic style of realist art that had lived in Paris during the early years of Admission dominated artistic style before them the 20th century co-founded a move- to Fracture is by developing their own approach as ment that took its cue from Cubism included in the a contemporary answer to the rapidly but went well beyond it. Stanton price of general photo courtesy of denverartmuseum.org evolving society in which they lived. Macdonald-Wright and Morgan Rus- admission at the One of Pablo Picasso’s works displayed at the Denver Art Museum. by isabel mccan
Feb. 14, 2012
The Clarion’s Guide to Valentine’s Day
14 things to do when flying solo
Gifts to give this Valentine’s Day
by kameryn tanita and camilla sterne Lifestyles Editor and Assistant Lifestyles Editor
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1. Praise the grocery store Gods that the opening day of the ﬁrst Trader Joe’s in Colorado is on Valentine’s Day and grab some friends and go stock up.
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2. Go skiing. You will be so distracted that you won’t even realize what day it is.
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3. Make valentines for you friends and family. Love exists in many forms. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about romantic love.
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4. Go out and buy all of the ingredients to a few of the Clarion’s best Valentine’s Day Beverages and try your hand at mixology.
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5. Buy yourself chocolate. It tastes just as good as if someone else gave it to you. 6. Go to an antique store and peruse vintage Valentines. You’ll surely get a laugh out of the terrible puns and cutesy imagery. Then tape a few anonymous valentines to your neighbors’ doors. 7. Have a dance party and listen to all the worst sexy R&B of the ‘90s. 8. Make yourself a fancy dinner and drink too much champagne. 9. Paint your coffee table with chalkboard paint and write nice messages all over it. 10. Go to a bookstore or library and slip nice messages in as many books as possible, so that whoever reads them will be pleasantly surprised. 11. Volunteer. Volunteering is a great way to remind yourself that some people have much bigger problems than spending Valentine’s Day alone. 12. Go to a park with some friends and invite solo passersby to play winter frisbee. 13. Call an old friend up and tell them how much you care about them or miss them. They deserve to know they are loved too. 14. Make a list with your friends of all your previous valentines and old ﬂames and laugh about the memories; there are bound to be some entertaining stories to share.
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Fever - B Something about this tune is extr about it is sexy. First, because “Fe is named after, and while the Peg 2014 seems to be the year of ‘Yon mama” tone will make even non-r
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e - Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand tune captures ry. With reference to leather cider and washing machines, this romance in the most charming ou’ll be reenacting scenes from even realizing it.
1. Take your loved one to the place you had your ﬁrst date (if possible). Nothing says romance like a stroll down memory lane. 2. Walk through Larimer Square and admire all the lights. 3. Make dinner together at home. Spend the night without any fuss from other restaurantgoers or waiters and waitresses and enjoy the experience of cooking together. 4. Determine what your hypothetical babies would look like, a la “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.”
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5. Appreciate the ﬁne arts by going to Canvas and Cocktails and channeling your inner couple creativity.
Timber Timbre ne, “Hot Dreams” delves right slow as honey, and equally as the end is sure to captivate ow dancing on worn wood ﬂoors d sweater and wool socks.
7. Watch a cheesy romantic movie, but turn it into a drinking game by seeing who can come up with the most surprising and innovative plot twists.
he One You Love Brothers and candy and love. But with its capability to hurt. This song, at sometimes hurt is inevitable, ages of Ryan Gosling pop into a ukulele backed cover of this lentine.”
9. Galavant about the city, attempting to photobomb as many other couples’ photos as possible without being noticed.
ny & the Quarters e Valentine” soundtrack. But it e complicated as all get out, this can come about when love is in the 1970s, “You and Me” is just straightforward love is portrays.
You - Joe Pass entle guitar riffs of jazz great tion of the jazz standard “The tine’s Day essential.
ayuno - Calle 13 es to “A Breakfast Kiss.” This le goes sensual in this tune, and gnant metaphors that perfectly p next to someone you love.
8. Go for a drive and alternate deciding which way to turn. See where you end up. But be sure to bring a GPS to get you back to where you started.
10. Curl up in bed and take turns telling each other why you adore one another. You might discover things you didn’t even know you loved about them. 11. Buy a kamasutra book and get creative. 12. Spend the days outdoors, just the two of you. Bring a picnic and enjoy the luxury of having your beau all to yourself. 13. Give each other sharpie tattoos. If you’re feeling bold, go get an actual tattoo of the design you like best. But don’t blame the Clarion if it turns out to be an ill-advised decision. 14. Reenact as many romantic movie scenes as possible in 24 hours. Fill water balloons with paint and ambush your schnookums in a park, like the scene in “10 Things I Hate About You.”
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Cupid’s Broken Arrow 3 oz mango vodka 1 oz cranberry juice ½ oz triple sec splash of lime juice 1 cherry
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The Bloody Valentine 3 oz orange juice 2 oz tequila ½ oz grenadine ½ oz blood orange syrup
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osure, Sam Smith a mellow and stripped down relaxed and groovable listen. Sauvignon” as the opening line, would agree Valentine’s Day is ine.
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Whether you’re hosting a Valentine’s Day get-together or having a quiet romantic dinner, it’s always good to have a festive beverage to set the mood.
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6. Watch a YouTube tutorial on salsa dancing and help each other learn the basics. Then go out salsa dancing. Even if you’re not so adept, you’ll bond over your mutual failure.
14 things to do with your sweetie
Feb. 12, 2014
Award-winning pianist plays an enthralling performance by isabel mccan Senior Reporter
cancel it due to scheduling changes, according to Chris Wiger, the director of Public Relations at the Newman Center. The Lamont Guest Artist program reaches out to musicians through the fac-
ate in Music from the State University of New York for lifetime achievement, and a seat on some of the world’s most competitive philharmonics. Rose specializes in playing classical composers and has
In front of the two-story organ in the Hamilton Recital Hall last Tuesday night, an older gentleman in a black tuxedo entered calmly from stage right and took a seat at the grand piano. He took a long, deep breath, laid his fingers upon the keys and entered into his first piece, Johannes Brahms Rhapsodie in E-flat Major, Op. 119 No. 4. Last week, the Lamont Guest Artist p r o g r a m hosted pianist Jerome Rose on Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets were photo courtesy of Jeromerose.com $10 or free for Jerome Rose is an award-winning American pianist who performed at the Hamilton Recital Hall on Tuesday. students. The recital hall was filled with about 30 ulty’s own connections, which critically acclaimed recordings individuals, with half being is how Rose was contacted on Medici Classics including the Liszt Concerti with the older adults and couples and about performing. Kyle Vanderkooi, a Budapest Philharmonic, Liszt’s the other half composed of DU students. He played long second-year Daniels business Transcendental Etudes, the composition pieces by classical student from Frisco, Colo., Complete Schumann Sonagreats such as Brahms, Franz said he enjoyed the recital and tas, the Last Three Beethoven Schubert and Frederic Chopin. remarked how he himself is a Sonatas and the Complete BalEach piece painted a different keyboard player. Vanderkooi lades & Fantasy of Chopin. Rose has appeared with scene or seemed to tell a dif- noted that his piano tutor recferent story as Rose masterfully ommended he see the recital such orchestras as the Berlin executed it. Sometimes the to get more of an exposure to Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Vienna scenes were violent and angry, playing classical Symphony and sometimes they were light pieces. “The recital Santa Cecilia, Rome. hearted and joyful. A frequent visitor Many seemed put into a was very cool. I to London, he has trance by Rose’s set, with some usually play more appeared with the audience members appearing c o n t e m p o r a r y London Philharas if they were visualizing the music, but I want monic, London Symnotes erupting into the atmo- to try and pracphony and the Royal sphere. Rose’s concentration tice more clasPhilharmonic. In was immense and completely sical, especially listening addition he has been in tune with his instrument. after said soloist with most He only ever silently acknowl- tonight,” major U.S. orchestras edged the audience with a low Vanderkooi. According Kyle Vanderkooi, such as the Chicago bow or hand wave. The recital Symphony, San lasted a total of about 45 min- to his biograFrancisco Symphony, utes, with a brief intermission phy, Rose has sophomore DCB Houston, Baltimore in the middle and a small an international career that boasts student. and Atlanta. reception following. To keep up with Rose was intended to p e r f o r m a n c e s teach a Master Class on piano on five different continents, all the Lamont Guest Artists at 2 p.m. in Lamont the fol- a degree from The Juilliard and musical activities, check lowing day, but was forced to School, an Honorary Doctor- out their web calendar.
“I want to try and practice more classical, especially after listening tonight.”
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by connor davis Contributing Writer
SnowSports Industries America (SIA) swallowed me down on Thursday and spit me out on Sunday with a bag of free stuff and a mind full of memories. I was fortunate enough to spend the weekend at Denver’s Convention Center for the event’s 50th anniversary, and what a weekend it was. For those who don’t know, SIA showcases the world’s greatest snow sports products for various global buying groups like ski shops and websites to decide what’s worth selling next season. It is safe to say that nearly every piece of snow gear you own was carefully chosen here first. This is snow sport’s biggest trade show and certainly a bucket list experience for winter enthusiasts like myself. Little did I know I’d be attending so early in my unprompted life, but I’m glad I did. Presentation was clearly a top priority for these brands, leading to an array of creative booths lining the floor. There were wood booths, metal booths, tent booths, glass booths, trailer booths and even a van booth. Line Skis brought in their rickety “Traveling Circus” van, a well-known mobile home for their sponsored athletes, and a big attraction at SIA. While all these booths were quite different from each other, they all shared one overarching quality. Everyone was handing out free stuff all day, every day. This was just one of many pleasant surprises over the weekend. The range of brands was vast. Plenty of the big names made it like Salomon, Burton, Rossignol, DC, Patagonia and Nike, all featuring big product lines that were unsurprisingly remarkable. However, the show also allowed some great up-andcoming brands to make their debut, which was really nice to see. I actually felt like one of these startups myself, wandering around with a deer-in-theheadlights look for three days, taking pictures on my iPhone and scribbling notes with my first media pass dangling around my neck. Fortunately in this laid-back business, being new only improved the experience and every second was treasured from my own debut. The people-watching at SIA is supreme, with some people making million-dollar deals in
suits, while others scrounged around in costumes for free beer. The show isn’t open to the public and some sort of professional status is required to attend (buyers, sellers, press, athletes), but a lot of attendees’ intentions seemed to be partyoriented. This became especially clear upon finding the private speakeasy behind one of the booths, which shall remain unnamed due to the course of events I saw take place. Products are the focus of SIA and they were all outstanding, as expected. Electric Visuals was one of the booths that fell into this category. This sunglass and goggle company has significantly expanded their product line and now offers hundreds of colors and styles to fit any preference. Electric also released a huge line of backpacks, clothing and watches that are all very fashionable and could be quite popular for any market. Ski Logic is another brand that really caught my eye on the SIA floor. Based out of Breckenridge, Colo., they make skis that hold a true combination of style and function. Unlike a lot of companies that make basic graphics, Ski Logic has a big artistic focus, using wood designs to stand out uniquely. The skis have also won multiple honors for their on-snow performance from various magazines such as Skiing, Powder and Freeskier. Apex ski boots were the most interesting product at SIA, hands down. These are made of fabric, and styled like snowboard boots for ultimate comfort. The booth was jampacked for all three days, and I look forward to seeing more of Apex in the future as they shift ski gear’s paradigm. Attending SIA was an experience that will not be forgotten. I couldn’t be happier that the city I live in happens to be the mecca of skiing and snowboarding gear and even more so that I got to dive in for three days. It was one heck of a weekend; I received my first press pass, was swallowed into the show and was spat out smiling with confirmation that snowsports industries are exactly where I belong.
Each week, the Clarion will bring you tips, advice and anything else snowrelated for an even better time on the slopes.
Feb. 12, 2014
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The Clarion staﬀ reviews bars, restaurants and coﬀee houses, attempting cultural mutiny on all things hipster
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Patrons can enjoy a post-meal beverage with a cup of coﬀee or a cocktail.
Cuba Cuba Café and Bar: 4.0
For the cultural enthusiast craving something Cuban. by isabel mccan Senior Reporter
There may be piles of snow and slush all around Denver, but situated neatly just outside of the downtown high-rises, south of Colfax Avenue, a quaint Cubaninspired restaurant, Cuba Cuba Café and Bar, still evokes the genuine warmth and tropical vibe of the island it’s named for.Whether looking for a unique meal to impress your foodie Valentine with or just somewhere to read your New York Times Bestseller while having a good cocktail, this elegant but unpretentious little oasis is the ideal downtown neighborhood bar to go to and escape the winter mentality. A remodeled vintage cottage houses the cafe, with exotic banana palms lining the walkway up to a constructed bent-over steel palm tree heralding the entrance. No gobs of people crowd the door and no stressed-out hosts scramble to seat people (at least on weeknights).The space could foreseeably become a little claustrophobic on a weekend night, due to the dining area’s size constrictions, but the hip know that rubbing shoulders with other patrons is the cool thing to do. Still, the atmosphere excels at being comfortable and relaxing, yet refined. A wallpaper mural of a Carmen Miranda-esque dancer welcomes guests, while local art lines the walls of the lively colored dining rooms. The café seems to boast an array of regular diners that know by name the notably chill wait staff who vary in age and style, but all emanate a collective poise and complacency. Samba, afro-beat, merengue and other upbeat, funky styles of Latin music play through the speakers, reminding guests of warm ocean wind and beachside cabanas. During the summer months, the outdoor dining area opens up. Guests can come clad in their best white linens, drink half-off mojitos during happy hour (Monday-Thursday, 5-6:15 p.m.) and pretend for just a few hours that we don’t all live in a totally landlocked state. The menu presents a rich variation of what one can find on a quintessential Latin menu: plenty of seafood, braised meats, fresh
vegetarian dishes and of course an array of fruit-infused cocktails. For anyone looking to test out their rum palate, Cuba Cuba boasts an extensive collection of upscale rum choices. True Denverites might be spoiled to expect an assortment of local craft beers, but the restaurant instead carries a variety of Latin beers from Mexico and otherwise. With Spanish dish titles like “ropa vieja” or “churrasco con papitas,” any uni-lingual guests can use the English descriptions to translate and figure out what to order. Cuba Cuba also keeps in line with its roots by serving many dishes with a side of plantains (banana’s cooler cousin). Mostly they add “maduros” to the plate, a sinfully delicious version of caramelized plantains or “tostones,” green plantains, twice fried with lime and salt. The kitchen is not just making any average taco plate; rather, they emit dishes with eye-catching presentation and intricacy. Entrées run on average around $20, but before batting an eyelash at the price tag, imagine how satisfied one will feel with a full stomach. Every plate includes a hefty portion of white rice and black beans, in addition to the hearty dish centerpiece. Or for the stingier sandwich lover, you can order one of their sandwiches, like the famous staple Cuban delicacy sandwich, aptly named a “Cubano’,” with roasted pork, ham, swiss, mustard and pickles pressed on cuban bread for about $12. Cuba Cuba is owned and operated by Kristy Socarras Bigelow and her brother, Enrique Socarras, both from a Cuban family from Miami. The restaurant opened initially in 2001 and has since gained a reputation throughout the Denver community, so much so that they decided to expand the Cuba Cuba brand by opening up two “sandwicherías” in Glendale and Boulder that offer more affordable, quicker lunch options. So sorry, Chipotle, there may come some time that the dedicated Latin food lover has to level up to Cuba Cuba’s urbane cuisine. Cuba Cuba Café and Bar is located at 1173 Delaware St. and is open Monday-Thursday 5-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5-10:30 p.m. Takeout and catering are also available.
by courtney luster Contributing Writer
Last Friday night, Feb. 8, DU’s Kayaking Club team brought out some of the best of the school’s whitewater sport talent, as well as some new faces, to their relay race fundraiser in El Pomar Natatorium. Copresident Paul MacNaughton, a junior mechanical engineering major from Lake Bluff, Ill., began the event with a safety talk and the rules of the race, which included paddle boarding, kayaking and swimming 50 meters each in the pool. The relay race fundraiser attracted around 25 different people. The event cost $5 per entry and proceeds went to help pay for the club’s upcoming trips during this season, pool time, gear and professional instruction. MacNaughton emphasized the club’s goal to make every trip affordable for members so that each of them is accessible for any student who is interested in going. According to MacNaughton, the fundraiser raised a little over $100. “The club doesn’t work with a huge budget, so every bit counts towards making our trips more affordable to our members,” said MacNaughton. While it was clear that the great majority of the members are experienced and highly skilled kayakers, the evening brought together a close-knit group of athletes and outdoor enthusiasts for some laid-back entertainment designed to engage the DU community. The event lasted from 6:30-9 p.m. and began with about five heats of serious racing which later progressed to the Kayaking Club members practicing their skills in the pool and having a good time with each other, which appears to be the general attitude of this club sport. Some of the other participants stayed to play in
the pool with the kayakers as well. “Being able to bring the a t m o sphere of a paddling competition to the club at DU was my favorite photos by gusto kubiak|clarion part of The relay event included paddle boarding, kayaking and swimming. the event. upcoming trip season, accordThere was a lot of energy during the dif- ing to MacNaughton and ferent heats and I think every- fellow member Nick Anderson, one enjoyed themslves,” said a sophomore Creative Writing major from Wheaton, Ill. MacNaughton. “I hope that the DU stuAccording to MacNaughton, the club has a core group dent body recognizes what a of about 10 more serious and cool opportunity it is; when you skilled kayakers who come to think about clubs and activitheir practices, which are held ties, being able to go out with every Wednesday from 8:30-10 professional instructors and p.m. at El Pomar in the Ritchie bomb rapids in a kayak is not Center. However, practices are something that everybody gets to do and it’s literally right at open to all DU students. All the members are enthu- your fingertips,” said Anderson. MacNaughton emphasized siastic about the trip season, which is quickly approaching the small and tight-knit comin the spring. The season will munity that kayaking brings include at least three different together not only at DU, but trips: one to California that also along the Front Range and will last all of spring break, a throughout the state of Colobeginner-oriented weekend rado. The members of the club in Glenwood Canyon and an are passionate about taking intermediate trip to Brown’s advantage of the close proximCanyon in Buena Vista. In ity of many outdoor camping addition, the group hopes to and kayaking opportunities kayak in Costa Rica next year that locals are exposed to with DU’s location. They are also over spring break. These trips are available very enthusiastic about their to any student who has paid opportunity to work with prothe Kayaking Club member- fessional instructors. The club ship fee and most of the trips works closely with Renaissance are accessible to beginning Adventures and receives its instructors from this company; level kayakers. Through tabling at the a few of the members were in Pioneer Fair, creating some attendance, supporting DU’s new apparel this year and kayakers and participating in a spreading information through few races themselves. Any students interested in word of mouth, Kayaking Club has created more hype around attending a Kayaking Club practhe team and looks forward to tice or the upcoming trip season more people returning for the can visit their Facebook page.
date-a-beta event On Saturday night, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity hosted their third annual fundraising auction event, Date-a-Beta, where members of the fraternity are auctioned oﬀ to audience members.
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Feb. 12, 2014
Sochi opening ceremony highlights history, culture by kaitlynne birkett Co-Copy Chief
For the first time in the 22 years of Winter Olympic history, Russia finds itself as host. Spending over $50 billion, Sochi hopes to be the best Olympics yet. Though the Opening Ceremony got off to a rough start, with ill-prepared accommodations for visitors and an embarrassing ring malfunction, the ceremony pulled through in the end with beauty, innovation and historic references. In the U.S., the Opening Ceremony was played many hours after the people of Russia had fallen asleep. NBC channel showed the ceremonies while including their own commentary. The Ceremonies opened with a video that attempted to connect Russia with the rest of the world, going through the Cyrillic alphabet and using words and images that all cultures can understand. As the NBC newscasters clearly wished to emphasize, the people of Russia consider themselves to be dreamers, which could be seen through many of the sets. A young girl flying a kite suddenly began to float in the air as scenic worlds flew underneath her. This was where the fifth ring of the Olympic symbol failed to blossom out of its star formation. A wide variety of entertainment was offered for the ceremony, from the 600-year-old Sretensky Monastery Choir, to the Russian ballet, to the final, grand lighting of the Olympic torch. The choir sang a beautiful rendition of the state anthem of Russia, which segued into a gracefully galloping troika of light and an obscure reference to Baba Yaga, followed by a gorgeous inflatable Kremlin that slowly slid across the arena. A Russian ballet, including members from the Mariinsky and Bolshoi Ballets, was the last to perform before the team introductions began.
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During the Olympic Opening Ceremony in Sochi, Russia on Friday, Feb. 7, a mechanical failure caused the fifth ring of the Olympic symbol to remain unfurled.
The varying Olympians traversed the Fisht Olympic Stadium, alphabetized by the Cyrillic alphabet. The U.S. Olympians donned their Ralph Lauren-designed outfits, an interesting mix of hipster thrifting and ugly sweater party gear. After the interesting, yet prolonged, entrance of the Olympians, Russia provided a captivating historical performance, portraying how the country had grown and developed. There was a particularly terrifying section devoted to the age of Stalin and industrialization of Russia, dancers moving harshly and deliberately underneath the unforgiving red light
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The Opening Ceremony featured performances by some of Russia’s most renowned ballet companies.
of Communism. The ceremony concluded with an impassioned speech from International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, who called for acceptance of human diversity and unity during the Games. A procession and passing of the Olympic torch followed, culminating in the final lighting and firework show. Though NBC played some of Bach’s speech, a nearly five-minute segment was cut from the entire ceremony. While NBC claimed they merely edited for time, the section that was removed could be a statement. As many people are aware, Russia’s intolerance for homosexuals has led to extreme violence and many arrests. Bach’s message called for tolerance, hoping that athletes would be able to compete side-byside without letting discrimination color their experience. Hopefully, these government restrictions will not lead to problems for athletes currently competing at Sochi, but only time will tell. In comparison with past ceremonies, Russia definitely tried to outdo the rest, especially with its absolutely insane budget. Many speculations have been made that the greatly increased price is a result of corrupt officials. While Vladimir Putin initially speculated that the Olympics would cost $12 billion, the result ended up being more than three times the projected expenditure. In comparison, the Vancouver Olympics cost only $7 billion. The grandeur of the Opening Ceremony was plain, but it could not be considered better or worse than previous Opening Ceremonies. Vancouver’s used the same advanced technology of projections onto ice that actors interacted with as Russia did. China’s has widely been the most impressive Opening Ceremony
in years, with the absolute precision and perfection throughout, while England’s highlighted its better known features, such as the work of William Shakespeare or actor Kenneth Branagh. Russia chose to highlight its own important and well-known features, while presenting glorious and captivating set changes. The Opening Ceremony was a beautiful affair, as it should have been for the whopping budget imposed on the country (hopefully, the profit generated will supersede the cost of extravagance). This night was a glimpse inside a country that many outside of it do not understand—a yawning abyss of unknowable culture to those who are foreign to its depths. Just as many foreigners do not understand American patriotism, so do those outside Russia not have the same love for it. Overwhelmingly, the most interesting part of the performance had to be the historical subsection after the team introductions. While in the stadium, it might have been seen as a merely choreographed dance, the NBC coverage with announcers allowed much of the work to be identified and examined for its deeper importance. An importance that very easily could have been lost—the pride for Russia comes not out of its chaotic past and present but from the culture that has taken centuries to develop and enhance. Truthfully, Russia has its flaws, as evidenced by the LGBT controversy that has become integrated into the very fabric of these Games; yet all countries have their flaws. As with the several past Olympic Ceremonies, Russia has brought a taste of its own to the world; while not as rooted in perfection like China nor media like England, Russia put its culture at the forefront to be experienced by all.
Church truly shines when it comes to the lyrics in his ballads. “Dark Side’s” lyrics “once that hammer drop, you don’t wanna be the one to try and make me stop” and the passionate “Like A Wrecking Ball’s” words “Damn you really turn me on paintin’ your toenails pink” will make you feel both heartache and true love all in one song. “Give Me Back My Hometown” shines and definitely has the capability to be this album’s “Springsteen.” The soft guitar and the triumphant drums will make anyone proud and nostalgic of where they came from; after all, everyone has a hometown to which they have attached memories.
There is no doubt Church is continually solidifying his spot in country music’s big names. He’s become known as country’s bad boy, never being scared to sound mad or be vulnerable. I truly do not think that anyone can sing about whiskey, his hometown or losing and finding love quite like Church. While many are saying this is his best album yet, time will tell if he can fill some big shoes—his own. Church’s new album is a truly wonderful experience to listen to, and while he may be singing about outsiders, there are sure to be many more spotlights on Church after this most release.
Eric Church hits high note with ‘Outsiders’ by molly biesanz Contributing Writer
While many have strong opinions—both positive and negative— about country music, there is no denying the passions that the genre has for three things: beer, love and the U.S.A. Eric Church is a man who has brought us country fans many new anthems including “Creepin,” “Love Your Love The Most” and of course “Springsteen.” In his new album “Outsiders,” there is a ton of potential for greatest country hits in the making. Church has done a fantastic job of making an album feel like a true
experience. He knows how to incorporate every type of music you could want, from acoustics to even some rap, all while keeping the essence of true country music alive and well. His title track “Outsiders” will have everyone chanting, “That’s who we are, that’s how we roll” at the beach this summer and the tailgates this fall. It is truly a sing-along anthem that will get people excited to turn up the radio when it comes on. Another track similar to “Outsiders” is “Cold One” which, has a rock-and-roll sound at first, but the fiddle comes in to save the day and give the country lovers something to stomp their boots to.
Feb. 12, 2014
Lotus heats up Fillmore Auditorium Pilots give more
Multi-genre band Lotus performed at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver on Feb. 7 and 8.
by tabor smith Contributing Writer
Last Friday, while the rest of Denver was dropping below freezing once again, the heat was turned up all the way at the Fillmore Auditorium for the beginning of the jam-band Lotus’ two-night run. Doors opened at 7:30 p.m., and as the auditorium filled, DJ duo Poolside started the crowd moving with their selfdescribed “daytime disco.” A collection of their “chillwave” music filled the air of the Fillmore, which got the crowd loosened up and the groovy vibes rolling. After a very brief set change, Lotus took the stage at 9:30 p.m. waving American and Olympic flags as “Bugler’s Dream,” the Olympic theme song, played over the house speakers in a beautifully patriotic tribute to the Sochi Winter Games. This was met with the chanting of “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” by the crowd, which revealed an incredible sense of unity in the venue. The group features drummer Mike Greenfield, percussionist Chuck Morris, bassist Jesse Miller, and guitarists Luke
Miller and Mike Rempel. Miller and Miller, who are twin brothers, also control many of the electronic elements that give Lotus their distinctive sound. While featuring traditional rock instrumentals, the group has a groovy, ambient sound made possible by an unrivaled electronic influence, making them a powerhouse in the electronic dance music scene. The group kicked things off right away with their upbeat jam “Bellwether” off their 2008 album, “Hammerstrike.” The song features Luke Miller’s talk-box vocals and Rempel’s feet-moving guitar riffs. There wasn’t a frown in the house. Lotus then surprised the audience with the appearance of a guest horn section during the third song, “Break Build Burn,” released on their album “Build” last year. Trumpeter Andy Smart and saxophonist Justin Jones took the stage and delivered the funk everyone was dying for. While the recorded song does feature saxophone and trumpet, the live performance was unbeatable and made the song a standout of the performance.
Next, the group kept things going with “Opo” and “Contagion,” finishing off their first set with the upbeat jam “Jump Off.” At 10:30 p.m. the group took a much needed 30 minute break. The lively atmosphere inside the Fillmore was palpable, and house music kept the fans moving despite the lack of a band. Lotus started their second set with “Tip of the Tongue,” making a great transition back in from the break. The song is powered by a psychedelic synth and prerecorded vocal track. Jones and Smart once again joined Lotus on the stage for “Uffi,” another groovy synth-powered song off the album “Build,” and a rendition of Earth, Wind and Fire’s “Shining Star,” for which the crowd went wild. The funk was through the roof. The set finished around midnight, and the crowd cheered Lotus back onto the stage for a well-deserved encore performance, ending the evening with a couple of mellow jams that left everyone in a trance. They began with “Marisol,” a low tempo groove driven by Rempel’s insane guitar talent. They finished off with one of their more popular songs, “Spiritualize,” which is a low-key atmospheric tune that left the crowd feeling euphoric and alive. While many electronic artists rely on large LED screens and graphic artists to carry their production, Lotus is a different story. The production was rather simplistic in comparison to those of other popular artists, but beautiful nonetheless. Lotus’ light show is the work of a genius, and the stage features little else besides the common robotic lights. Thin LED light bands and hanging textured cloth added good accents to the stage. The group can carry a stellar performance without the help of a massive production budget, something few electronic groups can boast. Lotus returned to the Fillmore on Saturday to play a second show featuring the electronic group Zoogma. Lotus is expected to play a show at Red Rocks Amphitheater again this summer, and frequents music festivals across the country. Next time they are in town, grab a ticket and have a groovy night of your own.
‘Monuments Men’ far from monumental by jacob dahl Contributing Writer
Based on a true story, the film “Monuments Men” chronicles several American artists, painters and a curator as they go to Nazi Germany to identify and save the millions of works of art the Nazis are destroying and hiding. The cast of artists and curators is an all-star list, including George Clooney (“Syriana”), who also directed, Matt Damon (“Bourne Identity”), Bill Murray (“Caddyshack”), John Goodman (“The Big Lebowski”) and Cate Blanchett (“Elizabeth”). “Monuments Men” almost feels a bit like Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 WWII film “Inglorious Basterds.” Both movies feature slightly odd, renegade soldiers running around Europe trying to complete missions about which they are incredibly passionate. However, “Monuments Men” feels slightly more lost than “Inglorious Basterds” (and is much less violent). Although “Monuments Men” is certainly a fun movie, it feels overcomplicated, like it tried to overextend itself. In several spots, there are new story arcs introduced that never seem to be resolved or do not belong in the movie for any reason whatsoever. There are several Nazi officials who are introduced, and viewers are led to believe that they will be important to the makeup of the film, but then they just disappear with no real explanation. Although there were several plot holes, the movie itself was consistently enjoyable. There were never parts that felt like they dragged on, which was helped by the excellent cast. The movie had so many excellent actors that the only injustice was that they were not on screen long enough.
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Matt Damon and George Clooney star in the new film “Monuments Men,” which premiered Feb. 7.
That being said, the acting is terrific. With an all-star cast consisting of Clooney, Goodman, Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”), Bob Balaban (“Waiting for Guffman”) and many more, how could it not be? The characters are all interesting, two of the best being the stubborn Pvt. Preston Savitan, played by Balaban, and the goofy Sgt. Richard Campbell, played by Murray. The relationship between these two is one of the most interesting dynamics of the entire film and provides some excellent comic relief. Although the acting is fantastic, another one of this film’s injustices is that there are so many excellent actors that each character must receive significant screen time, rather than focusing on one or two very interesting ones.
Because of this, we never truly get to see the depths of any character and only spend a relatively small amount of screen time with the good ones. The film might have been better if it instead focused on the more interesting characters instead of trying to show us bits of each one. It feels like “Monuments Men” tries to fit too much into its twohour run time. Although “Monuments Men” certainly has some faults, the movie itself is a lot of fun. Do not expect to see an Academy Award-winning film, but even though viewers do not get to know the individual characters all that well, it is fun to see all these incredible actors on screen, and the movie itself is certainly enjoyable.
power to people by daniel muzi Contributing Writer
Last year, Amazon Studios debuted their answer to Netflix’s original programming: 14 pilots in which the viewer got to decide what the viewer wanted to watch, rather than the studio executive. The result was two full shows, “Betas” and “Alpha House,” and three animated children’s shows ready for this coming year. This past week, Amazon Studios announced 10 new pilots ready for the public to comment on, where they will decide what will be produced and what will get sent to the shredder. Three of the pilots stood out from the rest. The first, a sports comedy called “The Rebels,” is the comedy equivalent of “Friday Night Lights.” Centered around a fictional professional football team, the Los Angeles Rebels, “The Rebels” focuses on the life of Julie Levine, played by Natalie Zea (“The Following”), who has recently inherited the team from her deceased husband. Rebuffing pressure to sell the team, she appoints her husband’s assistant Danny Norwood (Josh Peck, “Drake & Josh”) to manage the team. “The Rebels” combines hilarious situations with spot-on acting that gives a lighter look at what it takes to run a professional sports team. The lack of a laugh track does not hurt the show one bit, as it is funny enough for the viewer to laugh on their own. True comedies do not appear every year, but with the right writing, this team of actors could produce a true gem. The second of the standout pilots, “Mozart in the Jungle,” is inspired by Blair Tindall’s 2005 memoir of the same name. The show centers around the New York Orchestra as the performers attempt to adapt to their new conductor, young phenom Gustavo (Gael Garcia Bernal, “Babel”). With wonderful music provided by the New York Philharmonic and many broadway pit orchestras, “Mozart in the Jungle” fills a hole that no one knew existed in the television market: a musical drama. Even for those who are not music aficionados, the score of the show is simply breathtaking. With a cast that includes awardwinning actor Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange”), actress Saffron Burrows (“Boston Legal”), broadway actress Bernadette Peters (“Smash”) and newcomer Lola Kirke, “Mozart in the Jungle” will definitely delight those who seek a slightly less dramatic drama. The third and final of the great pilots comes into an oversaturated genre with a breath of fresh air. Cop drama “Bosch” follows Harry Bosch, played by Titus Welliver (“Lost”), a Los Angeles homicide detective who must solve the murder of a young boy while defending himself in court for the murder of an alleged serial killer. While certainly not as exciting as many of the other cop dramas available today, “Bosch” still manages to capture your attention without all the cliché case scenes and adrenaline-filled shootouts that seem to fill today’s shows. Based on the award-winning book series by Michael Connelly, the star-studded cast includes Jamie Hector (“The Wire”), Annie Wersching (“24”) and Lance Reddick (“Fringe”), among others. The show is certain to appeal to fans of slower-paced dramas such as “The West Wing” as well as fan of traditional cop shows. While none of these shows have been greenlit for a full season, the impressive acting and writing should ensure that they are picked up later this year. The three pilots, as well as the seven others released by Amazon, can be viewed on their website to those with a free Amazon account. Amazon Prime is not needed for the pilots, though it is required to view the shows if and when they are taken on for production.
Feb. 12, 2014
‘After the Dark’ puts spin on apocalypse by kaitlynne birkett Co-Copy Chief
Originally titled “The Philosophers” and set to come out summer of 2013, “After the Dark” was released this past weekend, probably in an attempt to garner more excitement for the film over time. It follows a high school philosophy class on their last day of school as they are forced to imagine a global cataclysm—one in which they must choose which members of their class perish. This film revitalizes the apocalypse genre, as it alternates between their Jakarta classroom and a variety of decimated landscapes of their imagination. The class begins the first exercise with each student pulling a card out of a box that details their profession that could lend credibility to their life’s importance. Out of the 21 members of the class, including the teacher, only 10 can survive in a bunker. The students argue over the importance of each other in an intense debate that feels phenomenally lifelike. The teacher, Mr. Zimit (James D’Arcy, “Cloud Atlas”), abruptly shoots all the students who were left to die outside the bunker, claiming it was more merciful than dying from nuclear radiation. Those left to make decisions agree to cast him from the bunker; he perishes, but not before he informs the students that he was the only person who knew the code to exit the bunker. Eventually, after the students have tried to escape, they all die. Zimit calls for a second exercise, hoping the group will make the correct choices this time around. The students are faced with a variety of dilemmas in this intellectually stimulating drama. Petra (Sophie Lowe, “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”) is the most intelligent student in the class, who is sometimes swayed towards bad decisions because of love for her boyfriend, James (Rhys Wakefield, “The Purge”).
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“After the Dark” follows a group of philosophy students who must imagine what would happen in the event of an apocalypse for their final class assignment.
Both of them land relatively good positions in society, an organic farmer and a structural engineer. Others such as gelato maker Parker (Jacob Artist, “Glee”) are left with not much importance. Yet during the second demonstration, each student opens up the card with their profession to discover a second aspect of their imaginary personality. Some with unimportant professions have other abilities, while others with important professions have medical problems that could influence their spot in the bunker. The students begin to see each other as only as important as the things their imaginary personalities can accomplish. The concept of this film is exciting for the same reason that apocalypse films have become so popular in this day and age: What would happen to the world if every single structure people have depended on was ripped away? “After the Dark” aims to expose the frailty of the human condition, but allows this select group of students several times to correct their mistakes. In addition to placing
the students in decimated locales, the film also explains a variety of philosophy terms that some audience members may not understand, portrayed with visual situations rather than textual explanations. One example is the “ignorant bliss paradox,” depicted by the situation of a single person hanging off a roof. They call their three best friends to help save them, but the friends choose to let you drop, out of a fear that pulling you up may pull them over the side. You drop from the building but miraculously survive. Was it better that you never found out your friends would betray you and stayed ignorant forever? This was just one of many interesting questions posed throughout. The acting in this film is relatively good, especially considering the young cast. Though many of the actors are new or unheard of, Bonnie Wright (“Harry Potter”), George Blagden (“Les Miserables”) and Daryl Sabara (“Spy Kids”) all have important parts in the film, setting an example for those actresses and actors with less experience. “After the Dark”
seems to push its characters to their limits, setting before them difficult situations and a look at their own mortality and morality. These difficult dramas do not faze any of the actors, as they portray each character separately and captivatingly. Though most of this movie is phenomenal, the ending does leave a little bit to desire in the realm of believability. With a drawn-out conclusion that explains Zimit’s motives for the demonstration, the final scene is abrupt and a little bit random as it concludes with an abrupt death of one of the members of the group. This could connect back to the psychological stress of the final day of class, but it feels like there is more to the story. Even though this film was a limited release feature, it would be exciting to see it expanded to more theaters since it is so original and different from the typical apocalyptic flick or other big profit-generating movies. “After the Dark” maintains its intensity throughout even though the majority is in dream form, speaking truly to the passion and reality of one’s imagination.
these themes together into a progressive concept album similar to Pink Floyd’s classic “Dark Side of the Moon” and even incorporates direct rip-offs like the ticking of the clock on “Time.” They try to take drastically different genres, like prog-folk and new wave, and force them into a cohesive mixture that just does not work as well as planned. Lead vocalist Simon Balthazar aspires to come across as intellectual and interesting as French poet Charles Baudelaire, who inspired the name of the band. Unfortunately for Balthazar and the rest of his band, their aspirations fall flat both sonically and in the meaning they wanted to create. The allusions are far too obvious to show anything more than a fleeting, catchy, “artistic” feel. Some lines are not even understandable and it makes you wonder how the band got their ideas approved. “Should we kill it off / Cut out fast and deep? / When it feels so wrong, ridiculous and cheap” from the pretentiously titled “Myth of Myself (A Ruse to Exploit Our Weaknesses)” is one example of the nonsensical lyricism that spews from Balthazar’s mouth. It fails to reach the lyrical and sonic heights they so desire to achieve and instead leaves you hanging in a mixture of synths and ProTools. Balthazar’s voice is pleasant enough, but when you are trying to make something outstanding, you cannot just rip off your inspirations. Too many songs sound like they have been taken directly from the catalog of The Dirty Projectors or The Talking Heads. While Fanfarlo
seems to have the skills to succeed in the music industry they just do not show enough real inspiration to make a record comparable to the previous legends. The instrumentation on the album is a highlight. It is incredibly diverse and includes mandolins, violins, musical saws, clarinets and saxophones. Sadly, some of this diversity is lost in the production of the album, which overshadows almost everything. It is a tragedy when a band and label are so obsessed with making their record sound pristine that they lose all touch with their true musical roots. Instead of creating an artistically diverse album, they wash their sound over in production and it kills any form of momentum or soul this album could have. The record is catchy and enjoyable enough in the same synthy, earworm way bands such as Foster the People and Passion Pit are. When Balthazar lets himself loose, as he did on “Landlocked,” the song becomes much more entertaining and you can see where their aspirations truly succeed. Songs such as “The Grey and the Gold” and the eponymous finale actually work in the artistic sense they are trying to achieve, but these moments are too far apart to truly call this album a success. “Let’s Go Extinct” has a lot of willpower but no soul to give itself any real strength. It may find decent chart success in both England and the U.S., but this is not the record that will propel Fanfarlo to global acclaim.
Fanfarlo falters on new album
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The cover art for Fanfarlo’s newest album, “Let’s Go Extinct,” released Tuesday, Feb. 11.
by logan baker Staff Writer
“Let’s Go Extinct,” the third album from London prog-folkers Fanfarlo, is
their attempt to make a “masterpiece” that will propel them to global success. It ambitiously covers universal themes of relationships, love and interconnectivity. The band attempts to tie
Feb. 12, 2014
Response to Coca-Cola ad shows xenophobia by kaitlynne birkett Co-Copy Chief
As the melodious notes of “America the Beautiful” faded from the television speakers during the Super Bowl game, a small uproar could be heard across the United States. The Coca-Cola Company had very clearly made a stand during one of the most-watched events of the year, and it was one over which support was divided. “America the Beautiful” was sung in seven different languages: English, Spanish, Keres, Tagolog, Hindi, Senegalese French and Hebrew. Should America, a country predominated by English speakers, allow a nationally acclaimed song to be sung in other languages? Yes, it absolutely should be allowed, even encouraged. The Coke commercial highlighted one of the best parts of America — its acceptance and appreciation of other cultures. Typically, commercials do not aim to make a clear stance on an issue, as the Coke commercial did. The Cheerios ad,
featuring a biracial family, did not aim to make a point in its advertisement; the uproar following was absolutely unfounded and absurd. The controversy around the Cheerios commercial’s inclusivity is insane, ridiculous and, honestly, stupid. But does the Coke commercial pose a problem to the people of America? The United States of America: the country founded on inclusivity, the “melting pot” of the world. A conglomeration of states that prided itself on accepting any people, of any race, of any country. Granted, there have been problems throughout the years. America, like all countries, has not escaped its creation without bloodstains, such as the horrible treatment of Native Americans. In the past century, things have begun to look up for all. Yet, for some reason, as America becomes more progressive and accepting, there is a section of citizens that remain xenophobic. America has no national language. Therefore, there is no problem with
“America the Beautiful” being sung in a variety of different languages. Yes, usually English is the language heard throughout the country, but should America isolate itself to only English speakers? The same country that once embraced a variety of people with open arms? America has always been a country of many languages, only becoming isolated to English in the past century. The Colorado Constitution, for example, was originally written in English, Spanish and German. One of America’s official mottos is “E pluribus unum,” which means “out of many, one.” This means out of the many people in America, there comes one united country — not one language, that very clearly excludes those who may not actually speak English. Those who see this commercial as offensive have clearly forgotten the building blocks of American history. The problem with the Coke commercial lies not in the message, but rather the advertising manipulation
present. This ad was not about how delicious Coke is, or how people prefer Coke to Pepsi. Rather, it was a commercial that tugged at heartstrings, that used emotion to attempt to sway viewers to drink their beverage. Similarities in the method of marketing are also found in the Chrysler commercial that proclaimed “What is more American than America?” What does that have to do with cars? But these problems with emotional manipulation lie more with the companies. Offense and shame should not be emotions that come out of the Coke commercial, rather pride and love. America the beautiful is going to change and evolve as a nation — as we watch and after we have perished. Fear of what you do not know should not hold anyone back. America is a country built on the beauty of difference, and by allowing different cultures and languages access, we ensure that these differences will not become scarce.
The decline was mirrored almost exactly by a declining pregnancy rate. Researchers believe the decline has a lot to do with the greater availability of nearly flawless contraceptives, like intrauterine devices. Other likely suspects contributing to the decline could be the weak economy and the lower birth rates observed in these recent years. While the report did not provide detailed analyses of these trends, the report’s authors concluded that anti-abortion laws springing up around the country had only a small impact on women getting abortions during this period. The authors note that the states with the steepest declines, namely California, New Jersey and New York, are some of the states with the most liberal abortion laws.
It is true that the new laws and regulations definitely made getting abortions more difficult and costly, but probably did not decrease the number of procedures. Rather, the more long-term, reliable contraceptives that have higher upfront costs seem to be most responsible for the declines. This appears to be supported by data showing that the abortion rate remains higher among African American and Hispanic women than among white women, who are more likely to be able to afford these higher upfront costs. Conservative groups dispute the conclusion that anti-abortion laws implemented have had little effect on the overall abortion rate, but still have to provide numbers to support this conclusion.
I agree with them that, in an ideal world, having an abortion rate of zero would be the end goal. But the unfortunate realities of many in our world mean that abortion is something that is not going away anytime soon. While every reasonable effort should be made to decrease the rate that does not intrude on Roe v. Wade, the key to a lower abortion rate right now is access to better contraceptives. Greater access to and more effective contraceptives have been growing, and will continue to be bolstered as the Affordable Care Act is rolled out, with its provisions for expanding access. Rapid progress is being made to drive down the abortion rate in this country, and it should continue in earnest. So why do we not look at what the Guttmacher study tells us and work toward increasing access to effective contraceptives for all women and not be preoccupied with trying to be the moral policeman in the bedroom?
Abortion rates continuing to decline by danny zimny-schmitt Senior Reporter
According to the new Guttmacher Report, the abortion rate among American women reached its lowest level in more than three decades in 2011, at 16.9 per thousand women, or 1.1 million procedures performed. This compares with 2008, which saw a rate of 19.4 per thousand and 1.21 million procedures performed. According to the Guttmacher, the peak abortion year was 1981, with a rate of 29.3 per thousand. This declining rate is a step in the right direction and would likely see further decreases if access to effective contraceptives is expanded. The decline in the abortion rate between 2008 and 2011 is the next step in a more gradual downtrend observed since the peak in 1981. What is significant about this drop is that its decline of 2.5 per thousand in just three years time is more rapid than previously observed.
“So why do we not ... work toward increasing access to effective contraceptives?”
Editors’ Voices: what are your plans for valentine’s day?
kaitlynne birkett Senior California
“I’m going to Monuments Men with Sarah.”
sarah ford Junior Colorado
“I’m going to Monuments Men with Kaye.”
camilla sterne Senior Colorado
“Listening to the Clarion’s Romantic Rhythms while drinking delicious beverages.”
kameryn tanita Senior Arizona
“I’m going to the grand opening of Trader Joe’s.”
Feb. 12, 2014
Pete Seeger still an inspiration Driscoll should stay open late by naomi forman Staff Writer
Far too many DU students are unaware of who the late Pete Seeger was. A folk music icon, an unwavering optimist, activist and life-long member of the “Never Give Uppers” Club, this righteous New Yorker is worthy of recognition even out here in Colorado. Especially in light of his recent passing, his immense contributions to the Folk, civil rights, labor and environmental movements merit celebration. From his words, his actions and his life there are many lessons we, as young people among a sea of social activism, can embrace and learn from. Seeger, born nearly a century ago, first pursued a journalism career at Harvard. Within his first two years he realized his path was not to be achieved through traditional education. DU is a fantastic institution to lay the foundation for your aspirations; in no way am I advising anyone to drop out. Later in life Seeger described during a C-SPAN speech that “real education is full of happiness.” Regardless of the circumstances his words remind us that not only is education a privilege, it is also an opportunity to experience the joy of learning something new. His background is a reminder that there is not a single path to a fulfilling life and that we need to rediscover the wonder and delight of education. After leaving university, Seeger educated himself in the world of Folk music and carved a life of spoken word and song with the help of his five-string banjo. He is considered a critical figure in the 1950’s Folk revival; USA Today calls him a “folk-singing legend.” A member of the Weavers, a collaborator with Bruce Springsteen, Woody Guthrie and many others, a performer at President Barack Obama’s first presidential inauguration and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Seeger remained an active man to his death. He celebrated his 90th birthday with a concert in Madison Square Garden and, as recently as last winter, he was performing for an audience of hundreds at a benefit concert in Manhattan. His grandson reported that a mere 10 days prior to his death, at age 94, he had been cutting wood outside. This vitality is something those our age can take for granted. Do not allow yourself to become apathetic or lethargic; take action, whether it be going for a run or participating in a protest. We should all attempt to match Seeger’s unrelenting energy and optimism for action. He was enthusiastically involved in campaign after campaign throughout his life. He traversed the U.S. advocating for labor rights with songs like “The Talking Union Blues.” After having been a soldier
in World War II he wrote “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy” to support anti-war efforts. Not only did he march many a time with Martin Luther King Jr. himself, but he is credited with developing the anthem of the Civil Rights movement, “We Shall Overcome.” Considered a cultural hero by Rolling Stone, he has been an influential force in countless movements and provided the lyrics and melodies to accompany each one. Through these songs he articulated stories, raised awareness, promoted peace, encouraged kindness and inspired hope. His causes varied, but he was always an indomitable activist. According to his very own words in the same C-SPAN speech mentioned earlier, to combat “people throwing angry words at each other,” we need to discover creatively compassionate ways of communicating. He found his voice through song, but for others he explained it could be achieved through writing, dance or even food.++ Explore your interests, embrace your passions and employ your unique skills. One of his most influential causes was that of environmental preservation, specifically for the Hudson River in New York. In his words, “Once upon a time activists concentrated on trying to help the meek inherit the Earth, but we realized that if the Earth wasn’t safe, it wouldn’t be more than a garbage dump for the meek to inherit.” In reaction to his beliefs twenty-five years ago he, along with some others, decided to build a sloop called The Clearwater as a mascot for addressing issues of pollution and degradation of the Hudson. This beautiful boat has inspired the collaboration of numerous organizations and people and has been the centerpiece of the Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival. This event has become the country’s largest annual environmental celebration and is host to musicians and performers of all kinds: foods, crafts, dances and environmental activism. It is a gathering that raises awareness and funds for river preservation and protection. Take action: Even if it may seem nonconformist or inconsequential the ramifications could be monumentally positive. He told stories, taught lessons, and sang inspiration. He was a master of engaging the audience, previewing lyrics so even those unfamiliar with the song could participate. Through this he gave to the people; he enabled thousands upon thousands of people to find their voices together. If his story has taught us anything, it is to discover what cause or causes make your heart sing and to take that passion and find your unique voice. Once found, express it any or many distinctive ways.
“He enabled thousands upon thousands of people to find their voices together. ”
by danny zimny-schmitt Senior Reporter
It has happened to all of us: walking across campus on a chilly or freezing night, ready for two minutes of heaven as we walk across the bridge. We pull the door and thud, it is locked. We fumble to find our Pioneer ID in the cold, give it a swipe, and that blaring unforgiving beep beep beep bee beeeep fills the air. And so we are caught in the cold, forced to head to the crosswalk across Evans. The university would do students a huge favor by keeping the bridge open 24 hours a day and should take the opportunity during this cold winter to do so. It is true that no one ever promised Driscoll to be open all day, every day. On its website, the official times for the bridge to be open are only between 7am and midnight on weekdays, between 9:30am and midnight on Saturdays, and 11am and 9pm on Sundays. Still, the fact of the matter is that students want to cross Driscoll at all times of day and night, and should be able to. This is especially a problem on cold days and freezing nights. Driscoll provides relief in the middle of campus, and having students walk around it and down to the Evans crosswalk is a hassle. Is there any good reason for this? I know
I personally have been up late working or reading in Driscoll until 3am and no one ever kicked me out. If the lights are on and students already inside can stay, would it really be that much trouble to allow students to swipe in 24 hours per day? It is okay if it must be locked beyond a certain hour, but swiping a valid DU ID card should be able to open the door. Alternatively, if there is a legal or contractual reason that the bridge must be closed for a few hours, the least DU can do is to turn off the lights. Driscoll uses a huge amount of power (seeing it at night from across the green is almost akin to seeing a multi-level cruise ship all lit up), and if it is “closed,” it should be very minimally lighted. DU tells us how much they are working on sustainability efforts all day, but would it be too much to ask that the student center not gobble up primarily coal-fired electricity all night? Given Driscoll Bridge’s status as our student center as well as a useful way to safely cross campus, it is only reasonable to ask the university to keep it open for students to access with their ID 24 hours per day. During the chilly nights during each quarter and especially in the winter, this would be greatly appreciated by all students crossing campus. No one wants to be stuck out in the cold.
Repeal the pit bull ban by chris bach Opinions Editor
There is talk now by the Aurora City Council surrounding the possible repeal of the pit bull ban that was put into place in 2006. While no formal legislation has gone before the council, I wholeheartedly support repealing this ban, and any other ban on dogs. The focus should be the owners, not the dogs. I do not own a pit bull, but I have an Olde English Bulldog which is a breed that is often considered similar to the pit bull in the “danger” it poses to society. I will also be the first to tell you that my dog can be intimidating. She weighs over 80 pounds (the majority of it muscle), has a nice looking set of teeth and a very loud bark and deep growl. But that is the point. When my family was looking for a dog, we wanted something that was loving but that would also serve as a guard dog. And my dog is certainly both. She has made my family feel more secure, but has also been an irreplaceable member of our family. To give an example, whenever someone comes to our door, my dog will bark and look pretty aggressive. But the moment she recognizes the person or when my parents or I say that it is okay, she becomes the nicest dog. All she really wants is her belly rubbed anyway. Using my personal anecdote, I extend this to all other dog breeds. Dogs are very loyal creatures; they want to protect their pack. As long as you do not pose a threat to the pack or the dog itself, there is not a
single thing to fear. The claims against pit bulls (and other “aggressive” breeds) are just over-hyped. Furthermore, any dog breed can bite. Pit bulls are not the only dogs with teeth. Granted, pit bulls have more power in their bite, it does not mean that they are any more likely to actually bite someone. So limiting people from owning pit bulls is pure discrimination. However, I do recognize that lifting this ban will cause the number of pit bull bites to increase (makes sense, since there will be more pit bulls around). That’s why I recommend that instead of spending money on enforcing a discriminatory pit bull ban, we should be using that money to focus on education for owners. A major reason why dogs become aggressive is because of poor ownership. We should be cracking down harder on dog abusers and neglecters. Also, the American Humane Society reports that “approximately 92 percent of fatal dog attacks involved male dogs, 94 percent of which were not neutered.” We should encourage people to go get their dogs spayed and neutered to not only help out with overpopulation, but to reduce the chances of a bite occurring. There are more options available to us than simply banning the dog. I would fully support any legislation to repeal this ban. The stigma around pit bulls, bulldogs and other dog breeds are, for the most part, unjustified. Pit bulls can be just as loving as any other dog breed. It just takes the right upbringing.
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Crimson and NCAA championship Gold Men’s lacrosse looks to improve on last year’s semifinal loss to Syracuse by calvin jouard Sports Editor
A little less than 22 years ago, Bill Tierney won his first Division I Men’s Lacrosse National Title with the University of Princeton, beating Syracuse 10-9 in double overtime. A few years of fluctuating playoff success had finally culminated in a championship. Under the direction of Tierney, the Tigers went on to win six National Championships in nine years starting in 1992 and appeared in eight championships overall. Tierney was in his fifth year at Princeton when the dynasty began in 1992. This season marks his fifth year as head coach at DU. It would appear the Pioneers are on the cusp of something big. “This is my fifth year here, and [in] my fifth year at Princeton we won a National Championship, our first one, a n d honestly we had further to come
Academy 12-2 in the second and third quarters on the way to a convincing 14-8 win in their season-opener this past weekend. The Pios would also be making history if they were to win a title, as they would become the first team west of the Appalachian Mountains to have done so. “I’m proud that, even though we would downplay this early season ranking because it’s basically based on what we did last year, people are looking at us and saying that this is a real good lacrosse team,” Tierney said. Two NCAA Tournament Semifinal appearances in the last three seasons, along with three Eastern Collegiate Athletic C onference (ECAC) regular season c h ampi on ships have marked t h e Ti e rney
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there than we did here,” Tierney said. “Winning national championships are things that [require] a lot of hard work and having the right chemistry, but I do think we have here is a lot of talent, a lot of chemistry.” History has a funny way of repeating itself, yet the Pios’ chances of actually doing so this season are no laughing matter. DU entered the season ranked fourth in the nation, and outscored the Air Force
era at DU. That’s not to say the Pios walked away from last season totally unscathed. As Tierney put it, the team lost “a lot of good players from last year, three in particular that were just phenomenal.” These three particulars—shifty attackman Eric Law, do-it-all midfielder Chase Carraro and speedster Cam Flint—accounted for 36 percent of Denver’s 236 goals scored last year. You could write a book just
from the accolades awarde d to these players during t h e i r time at DU. Law was the t e a m’s t o p pointgetter last year (78 points), gusto kubiak|clarion with 43 Two DU players battle for ball possession during preseason practice. goals and 35 assists, “Jamie clearly knows its his and Flint was a United States senior year so he’s got a little Intercollegiate Lacrosse Asso- bit more feeling of ‘this is it,’” ciation (USILA) First-Team Tierney said. “So he had a little All-American. Carraro ranks edge in the fall. But right now fifth in DU’s Division I record Ryan is really playing well as books with a .571 faceoff win- well so we could split them. We ning percentage and second know we have the best tandem in ground balls with 329. The in the country, that’s for sure.” faceoff-specialist also took at Along with Faus and least 200 draws each of his LaPlante returns the team’s four years at Denver. top goal scorer from last year, A Pioneer defense junior attackman Wesley Berg, that ranked No. 21 as well as senior midfielder in the nation in Jeremy Noble. Berg tallied 56 scoring defense goals last season, fifth highest (9.63 goals in the nation. The right-handed allowed per Canadian looked true to form game) lost Saturday against Air Force, starting close scoring a team-high five goals. defenseman Noble battled a hamstring Kyle Hercher injury much of last year, yet and Drew still managed to grab USILA Babb to gradu- Honorable Mention All-Ameration as well. ica honors. He posted a goal “I’d say we and four assists in the win over might be a little bit Air Force. more inexperienced New faces also marked on defense,” said senior the Pios’ impressive win, with goalie Jamie Faus. “But attackman and sophomore I think we are going to Hartford-transfer Jack Bobzien be more athletic and more tallying four goals and two capable to defend guys one- assists. Bobzien, along with on-one, and maybe cause freshmen Zach Miller (three turnovers this and make more goals, one assist vs. Air Force) defensive stands.” and Tyler Pace (one goal, T w o - y e a r two assists vs. Air Force) will starter and junior undoubtedly play key roles for Carson Cannon an offense looking to replace will return to the voids left by Law and Flint. anchor the defense, This season also marks as well as sopho- Denver’s first year in the Big more Pat Karole, East conference, after spendMatt Kramer and ing four years in the ECAC. senior defensive mid- Three of the conference’s fielder Terry Ellis, who teams, including Denver, was also drafted by the Outlaws were preseason ranked in the in the 2014 MLL Draft. top 20 teams in the nation by Faus himself will join USILA (including Villanova Ellis on the Outlaws this next and St. Johns). The Pios’ nonsummer, but before doing so conference schedule will make he will stand between the pipes the road to a national title for the Pioneers for a final even harder, with Duke, Notre season. Faus split time in goal Dame and Penn all ranked in with junior Ryan LaPlante and the top 10. recorded a 5-4 record in net “These are the kind of and made 97 saves on the year. universities that we want to Most recently, Faus made eight be affiliated with on a lot of saves and allowed five goals scales,” Tierney said. “[But] through three quarters against we’re certainly not backing Air Force. down to anybody.”
Gymnastics sells out Hamilton for Pink Night by jillian queri Senior Reporter
In front of a sold-out crowd in Hamilton Gymnasium, the No. 17 women’s gymnastics team earned a score of 196.050 to win the meet. In support of breast cancer and Porter Hospital, the stands were packed in pink in its annual
Burnsley Invitational Pink Night. The Pios competed against Southern Utah University, which finished in second and North Carolina State University, which ended in third. The Pioneers posted their season high for vault with a team score of 49.100. Senior Moriah Martin led the team in the event and ended up winning
the individual event title. Denver also led the meet on bars, posting a score of 49.175 for the event. Freshman Leah Lomonte scored her personal best of 9.800, along with Martin who scored her career-high of 9.925. Three Pioneers, junior Nina McGee, Martin and freshman Julia Ross all scored a 9.775 on beam.
To finish off the meet, Denver scored their season-high of 49.150 on the floor event. McGee led the Pioneers, posting a score of 9.875. Martin and senior Kaitlin Moorhead both scored a 9.850. The final home meet for the Pioneers will be held at Hamilton Gymnasium on Saturday, March 15.
The Manning Legacy The Clarion sports staff dives into the world of athletics. by chris bach Opinions Editor
For Broncos’ fans, myself included, Super Bowl XLVIII will be a game that we will try to block from our memories. There’s no sugar coating it; that game was a disaster. However, the one thing I will not stand for is all the talk about how this single game somehow defines Peyton Manning’s pro-football legacy. Manning has proven himself, both on and off the field, in ways that other players can only hope to achieve, and trying to delegitimize his legacy based off of one game is absolutely absurd. You do not even have to look much farther back than the 2012 season to see this. Manning was unfortunately hurt for the entirety of the 2011 season, but that did not stop him. He recovered and came to the Broncos in 2012 eventually to win the Comeback Player of the Year award. This shows not only his talent as a player, but his dedication and hard work to recover and continually get better. And of course, there was this record-breaking past season. Manning threw for 5,477 yards and for 55 passing touchdowns, both of which are NFL season records. Also, he led the Broncos to a 13-3 season and a Super Bowl appearance. In all, Manning led this Broncos’ team to one of the most impressive offenses in all of NFL history. Furthermore, the rest of Manning’s career is just as impressive. He holds NFL records, just to name a few, for highest yards per game in a season (342.31, 2013), most seasons with 4,500+ yards (2004, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013), most consecutive seasons with 3,500+ yards (1998-2010), most games with 3+ touchdowns (84, 19982013) and many others. Manning has earned the NFL MVP award more times than anyone else (five). He has also won a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts, and he won Super Bowl MVP that year as well. By all measures, Manning has had a very successful football career. Manning, though, is a class-act off of the field as well. His teammates and coaches often regard him as one of the hardest-working players in the NFL today. Along with that, Manning is as humble and gracious as they come. Despite the heartbreaking loss this past Super Bowl, Manning still took the time to sign autographs after the game. Also, Richard Sherman, cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks, reported that after the Super Bowl, Manning took the time to ask him about his injury. Not very many players would be so courteous after such a loss.
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It just goes to show Manning’s true character. I will be the first to tell you that Manning is not perfect. He has an 11-12 career record in the postseason. Will Peyton Manning go down in history as the
greatest postseason quarterback of all time? No. But does that make him any less impressive as a player? It shouldn’t. Manning is a future Hall of Fame player and deserves the respect that comes with that. To completely discredit his legacy because he lost this last game is
an insult to not only those of us who look up to him, but a major affront to Manning himself. Peyton Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game and one of the classiest and most humble players you will ever meet, so give him the respect he has earned.
DU nets win thanks to Olson career day
game to lead the Pios past the University of South Dakota by a score of 75-67 last Saturday afternoon. It was the first time a player has scored 30 points since Nov. 11, 2011, when former Pio guard Brian Stafford had 32 against Portland State University. “I took a couple peeks at the s coreb oard, I heard the fans chanting ‘Brett wants 30,’ and then when they fouled me at the end, I just laughed and gusto kubiak|clarion said ‘I guess I’ll Senior guard Charles Webb goes up for a layup against IUPUI. The get it,’” Olson Pios will take on the Jaguars for the second time this Thursday. said. “We’re by calvin jouard just trying to Sports Editor play good overall basketball, not really caring about score count, but Two missed threes and a turn- whenever I’m able to help I mean, over. They will show up as miscues it’s a good feeling.” in the box score on the part of Olson, a Colorado native, was junior guard Brett Olson, because also perfect at the line, hitting all six you have to count them. That is of his free throws, and was 4-for-4 how it works. But if you know the from beyond the arc at halftime, real story—a desperation three and went on to go 6-of-8 on the with the shot clock winding down game from three land. and a long inbounds pass as time DU dropped the team’s prewas expiring—it becomes even vious meeting in January, losing harder to find fault with Olson’s 54-59. With the win, the Pioneers play Saturday night. improve to 12-11 overall and 5-3 in Olson had a career-high 30 the Summit League (fourth place). points on a 64-percent shooting “We’re playing really well, night against his father’s alma building 15, 17 point leads,” head mater and played a near flawless coach Joe Scott said. “We have to
sort of get better at desperation time. Sometimes desperation time is when you have a big lead. We were better at it today, we were better at keeping a big lead.” Tied at 11 apiece with 10:36 left in the first half, Olson had nine of the team’s next 11 points to help the Pios hold a slim 22-18 advantage with 7:05 left. Momentum seemed to shift the way of the Pioneers for good as sophomore guard Jalen Love capped off a seven-minute, 16-6 run for the Pios in exciting fashion. Love launched a shot a near center court as the buzzer sounded to end the first half and hit nothing but net. DU went into the half with their largest lead of the night, up 38-26. The Pios led by as many as 17 in the second half, a lead that was too great for the Coyotes to overcome. South Dakota came within six with 17 seconds left, but it was too little too late. Senior forward Chris Udofia complemented Olson’s career night by tying his own seasonhigh in blocks with five. Junior guard Cam Griffin nearly had the double-double, posting 14 points and 9 rebounds. “[You need to] get yourself to the point where you play well every game and maybe the one thing you don’t do great that night is make shots,” Scott added. “You defend, rebound, play good defense, take care of the basketball. That’s sort of what I see in our guys, they’re all playing well, and enough of them make shots that night.” The Pios have begun the second half of conference play, and will take on Indiana UniversityPurdue University (IUPUI) next Thursday. The teams’ previous meeting at Magness proved to be a 66-45 win for the Pios. IUPUI has not won a Summit League game, and sit at 5-21 overall.
gets road victories by jillian queri Senior Reporter
With four season matches complete, the No. 54 DU women’s tennis team is off to a strong start. The team of eight has secured two impressive match wins against Virginia Commonwealth University and Princeton University so far and is expected to move through the remainder of the season with equal success. “So far, our season has been very good. All the matches we’ve played have been away, but our girls have been doing a good job of being prepared to play each match,” said head coach Christian Thompson. Denver’s two match wins have been against ranked opponents, No. 39 Virginia Commonwealth and No. 69 Princeton. Freshmen Sonja Radosevic and Maureen Slattery helped the Pioneers finish victorious. At Princeton, Radosevic posted a 2-6, 6-4 (12-10) win in singles for Denver, alongside Slattery who finished with 2-6, 7-5 (10-7). “Our freshmen have been doing really well. Both of them have clinched some impressive wins,” Thompson said. With the first home match at Gates Tennis Center still over two months away, the Pioneers have 14 matches remaining on the road before they can compete on familiar courts. “As a whole we have been working hard every week. The girls are very motivated to fight
and compete. On the road, we have been able to shift our momentum to win our matches,” Thompson said. Continuing on the road, the Pioneers will take on the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Feb. 13. Utah is currently ranked No. 58 in the nation. “Our team goal is to be ranked in the top 50. Rankings come out next week and we will see where we are. We have a lot of matches left to go. We just need to be making sure that we are ready to play the better team and focus on winning our conference in the Summit League,” Thompson said. The winner of the Summit League conference in April will receive an automatic bid for the NCAA championship tournament in May. Last year, Denver fell short of taking home the WAC Tournament title, but will have home court advantage this spring. Receiving the bid for the Summit League Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships, Denver will host the tournament at Gates Tennis Center April 25-27. “The girls will be ready to get the Summit League title in April. It will be awesome to play at our home courts. Gates is a great venue and we are hoping to get a big crowd. It will be a great atmosphere to host a tournament,” Thompson said. The majority of the season still remains for the Pioneers, giving them time to prepare for bigger tournaments in April and late May.
Hockey tallies tie, loss to St. Cloud by saWyer d’argonne Contributing Writer
After having last week off, the No. 15 ranked Pioneers returned to the hockey rink this weekend to take on St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Denver tied in Friday’s game, earning a shootout win 3-2, before losing Saturday’s rematch 2-4. This was the fourth time DU had squared off against the 5th ranked Huskies this season, completing the season series with a 1-2-1 record. Denver moves to 13-9-6 on the season with a 7-6-3 mark in the conference while St. Cloud moves to 15-6-5 while going 9-4-3 in conference play. Friday’s match was a backand-forth affair. Nic Dowd gave the Huskies an early lead in the first period before a power play goal by junior Ty Loney tied the game. St. Cloud would take the lead again late in the second period. Freshman phenom
Trevor Moore continued his outstanding season with a late third period goal to force the game into overtime. Moore came up big again with a shootout goal to help DU win the shootout 3-2. Sophomores Nolan Zajac and Gabe Levin also added goals in the shootout victory. Senior goalie Sam Brittain recorded 26 saves in the tie and added three shootout saves. Saturday’s game started with promise for the Pioneers as junior Daniel Dormeus and freshman Will Butcher both scored second period goals to give DU a 2-0 lead. The wheels began to come off for Denver soon after, however, as St. Cloud’s Nic Dowd scored a late second period goal to get the Huskies back in the game. That gave way to three third period goals by St. Cloud to give the Huskies a 4-2 win over Denver. The silver lining on the weekend is the continued suc-
cess of freshman Trevor Moore. Moore recorded a goal and two assists this weekend to bring his point total up to 24 and his plusminus rating to +9, both the best on the team. He is currently first on the team in goals (11) and third in assists (13). The win and tie allowed St. Cloud State to move up to first place in the NCHC again with 30 conference points on the year. Meanwhile the Pioneers slip down to a fifth place tie in the conference with 26 conference points. Denver still has eight games remaining on their schedule, all of which are NCHC opponents. This weekend, the Pioneers will head to Omaha to take on the University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks. The Mavericks are currently 11-13-2 on the season with an 8-6-2 mark against NCHC opponents. Denver took on Nebraska Omaha early in the season, losing both games 3-2 in overtime losses in Denver.
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