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Vol. 120, Issue 14
may 7, 2013
Mascot committee offers Boone replacements by gigi peccolo News Editor
The Mascot Steering Committee is currently developing seven concepts for the new mascot and will continue to refine the designs within the coming weeks, according to group founder Will Guy. The seven concepts leaked on alumnus Damien Goddard’s “LetsGoDU Sports Blog” are: a mountaineer, a mustang, a hiker/climber, a jackalope, an elk, a golden retriever and a robot (a nod to the robotics program). Each conceptual drawing will be accompanied by a backstory for the mascot, according to Guy. The development process is currently in phase two, concept refinement, which is scheduled to end today. Either today or Wednesday, the Mascot Steering Committee and focus groups will provide feedback on the seven initial mascot concepts. The committee will then narrow the field down to three or four before sending out a qualitative survey to every DU banner email, which includes alumni, students, faculty and staff, as well as
key community members. According to USG President Sam Estenson, the committee does not have a designated day the email will be sent out. Based on the results of the surveys, the committee will refine the mascot to reflect feedback received from the DU commitee. The Mascot Steering Committee is made up of 76 students, alumni, faculty and staff. According to the DU website, the goal of the group is “to increase positive school spirit by helping to collaboratively craft our DU official mascot, while seeking to build transparency and two-way communication around the process.” According to a posting on du.edu, “the merits of each [mascot] concept will be rated individually, not in relation to the other proposed concepts.” If one of the concepts proves popular enough, the steering committee and USG will pass it on to the Board of Directors for approval. “Something could go out to the surveys, prove to be the most popular among students, staff and alumni, but in the end the board could veto it and then we would be back to the drawing board,” said Guy.
Some pro-Boone students like sophomore Alex Hess are open to the idea of a new mascot, provided one thing. “I think the key is it needs to be a human,” said Hess, who filmed DU’s Harlem Shake video featuring Boone. “I’m in support if it’s something I feel accurately represents the city of Denver or the state of Colorado.” Sophomore Nick Tremaroli said USG voted against the vast majority of what campus wanted. “They are telling us, ‘Look, we’re offended and you have to change tradition and we don’t have to tell you why,’” said Tremaroli. “As far as the new mascot goes, they are going to have to hit a home-run to gain any support at all. If they try to make it an animal, like they did with Ruckus in 2008, it is going to fail even more miserably. This mascot needs to be a human if we’re supposed to even pretend like we support it.” Senior Zeke Perez, who has donned the mascot costume of Boone, said he’s open to the idea of a new mascot but wants the steering committee to consider all the support for Boone. “If you’re gonna be open, at least hear out everybody’s side because
there are a large number of people that feel like they aren’t being heard out,” said Perez. A petition on the “I Support Denver Boone for Mascot of DU” currently has 1,119 signatures in favor of keeping Boone and is seeking to “show Kevin A. Carroll, Vice Chancellor of Marketing & Communications, Chancellor Coombe and all of the Undergraduate Student Government that the majority of students do NOT support a change in mascot and want Denver Boone as the Official School Mascot to represent the student body,” according to the petition description. USG President Sam Estenson said he recognizes the experiences students, alumni and others had with past mascots. “We’re not going to make people get rid of old T-shirts or bumper stickers or whatever,” said Estenson. “We want to find an image people are excited about.” Estenson said the Mascot Steering Committee wants to make sure the new mascot is representative of everyone’s values.
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Primatologist Jane Goodall speaks to 3K by lanna giauque Assistant News Editor
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World-renowned primatologist and conservation biologist Goodall spoke at Magness last Saturday, May 2nd.
Jane Goodall spoke to a crowd of approximately 3,000 community members, Colorado teachers and students, and members of the DU community in Magness Arena last Saturday morning as a keynote speaker for the 2013 Fifth Annual Share Fair technology and education fair. The Share Fair was sponsored by the Morgridge Family Foundation, and was a day-long series of teacher workshops designed to promote the sharing of ideas among educators concerning the use of technology in the classroom. Goodall, who is known for her work with chimpanzees and a scientific career lasting more than five decades, spoke about her personal story, the worrisome state of our planet and the importance of education in addressing those worries in her keynote address, entitled “Making a Difference: Conservation through Education.” Goodall said she was always interested in the world around her, and told stories of the adventures she had in nature as a child. She said she loved Dr. Doolittle when she was young, and especially enjoyed Tarzan. “…and what did [Tarzan] do?” she asked. “He married the wrong Jane.”
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Scholarship reception thanks donors, students by gigi peccolo News Editor
Over 260 students, donors and faculty members attended the annual Scholarship Reception last Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Cable Center. “It’s really important to us that the donors get to meet [the students] they’re supporting,” said Shelby Glenn, director of donor relations and stewardship. “It’s a great opportunity for them to see the impact.” Chancellor Robert Coombe, Vice Chancellor of University Advancement Scott Lumpkin and senior Cole Worsley spoke at the reception. Over 400 new scholarships have been created within the past five to six years as part of the ASCEND campaign, which has raised millions of dollars, according to Lumpkin. Coombe offered his thanks to all the donors, 50 of whom were present at the reception. “There can be no more important gift to the university than the gift of support for our students,” said Coombe. “It’s a wonderful, wonderful thing that you do.” Coombe also thanked all the students present for their hard work. “You really are the determining factor in the quality of what we do together here,” said Coombe. “It takes all of us to build a culture here on campus, all of us. Everyone contributes to that and I know it’s a lot of work, investing in yourselves and your future at the same time.” “I personally resonate and
think about the impact of scholarships because I attended the University of Denver on a scholarship many years ago,” said Lumpkin. “I could never have come here without a scholarship, so I know, thinking about all of you students, the impact the scholarship support has and the power of having somebody that is invested in your life, invested in your future, invested in your potential.” Coombe said the goal of the university is to make an education affordable for everyone. “I think often that the principal challenge that we face as an institution is making it affordable for [students],” said Coombe. “It’s our mission to keep the doors of this institution open as wide as they can possibly be to an enormous spectrum of people from all different sorts of lives and places, an enormous spectrum of socioeconomic status in the world. It’s incredibly important for our mission, it’s incredibly important for the intellectual life of the university.” Senior Cole Worsley, a finance major from Vancouver, swim team member and recipient of the Busse Family Endowed Scholarship Fund, expressed his gratitude to the donors. “Thank you to all the donors here for helping all of us students succeed,” said Worsley. “We owe all our achievements to your kindness and generosity.” Students from the Lamont School of Music provided music at the reception. Refreshments and hors-d’oeuvres were served.
DUPB Finalizes May Days by anna gauldin Senior Reporter
With less than two weeks until the festivities begin, the Traditions committee of the DU Programming Board is making its final preparations for May Days, a series of events spanning May 15-25 to celebrate spring and offer students a chance to relax prior to finals. Working with a budget of approximately $30,000, May Days will incorporate a number of returning favorites, such as the Fanny Pack Fun Run and the pancake breakfast, as well as several new items, ranging from Food Truck Tuesday to the Festival of Colors. “We have big traditions every quarter, with Homecoming in the fall and Winter Carnival in the winter, so that leaves spring,” said Richard Maez, cochair of Traditions. “May Days is really to get students’ minds off of finals.” The main events commence Monday, May 20, with the May Days Carnival, lasting 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Driscoll Green. “We’ll have carnival games hosted by student organizations, we’ll have a caricature artist and we’ll have inflatables,” said Maez. “A big hit last year was the corn dogs and funnel cakes, so those will be back, too.” Food Truck Tuesday follows on May 21, incorporating five local food vendors: The Denver Cupcake Truck, Vegan Van, The Tasterie Truck, Pink Tank and Wafflegänger. Several of the trucks will rotate around campus throughout the day, predominantly in the vicinity of Driscoll Green and the Josef Korbel
School of International Studies. On Wednesday, May 22, DUPB will partner with Hawaii Club to put on a traditional Hawaiian luau, including a pig roast, barbeque and a hula show. There will also be shaved ice available to students during the day. “The luau was a huge hit last year, so we’re really excited to bring that back,” said Maez. Thursday will include everything from a pancake breakfast to a farmers’ market in partnership with the DU Environmental Team, topped off by a showing of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ” on Driscoll Green. The Fanny Pack Fun Run will be the major event on Friday, hosted in partnership with the DU club cross-country team and followed by DU’s first Festival of Colors. “It’s like the Color Run, but instead of doing it during the run, it will be afterwards on Carnegie Green,” said Maez. “You’ll get packets of colors to throw up in the air, and it will be like a celebration of spring.” The capstone of May Days will be MusicFest, spanning from 4-11 p.m. on Saturday, May 25. The Head and the Heart and Mayer Hawthorne will headline the event, performing at 6 p.m. in Magness Arena. Prior to that, there will be outdoor concerts, a tailgate and a beer garden in the Ritchie Courtyard. “The goal of MusicFest this year is to create a tradition around bringing in some major talent annually for students to look forward to as part of their DU experience,” said Sam Estenson, co-chair of DUPB Concerts. “We recognize this is a pilot year in some ways for
that, but we are confident it’s going to be a major success and hope everyone will come out to be part of the experience.” While there are still tickets available, Estenson estimated they would sell out before the day of the event and encouraged students to plan ahead and buy their tickets early. “Part of having a concert of this magnitude on campus is people can’t wait until the last second like they normally might have in the past,” said Estenson. “We’re bigger and better than ever, and just like other major concerts we hope students know they should be buying their tickets ahead of time and getting excited.” According to Maez, one of the biggest changes with this year’s May Days is the number of student organizations DUPB is partnering with. In addition to Hawaii Club, DUET and club cross-country, Traditions has also joined forces with the Asian Student Alliance (ASA) and the Native Student Alliance (NSA) for several events leading up to May Days. Working in conjunction with ASA, the official kickoff to May Days will be Expressions on May 15, a celebration of Asian culture during ASA’s Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. Four days later, DUPB is partnering with NSA for their annual pow wow, which will take place from 1-6 p.m. on Driscoll Green May 19. “May Days is just a celebration that spring is here and we’re almost done,” said Maez. “We want students to have a good time. This is a time to rest and have some fun before finals.”
Crime Update: Couches, Campo, Coors Fitness by sarah ford Managing Editor
Nelson couch capers caught The Department of Campus Safety (DCS) has identified two students responsible for throwing two lounge couches out of a third floor window in Nelson Residence Hall on March 31. In the case, the couches were thrown from Nelson onto the courtyard below, causing $2,000 in damages, according to Campus Safety spokesman Sgt. Stephen Banet. Materials were also ripped off of two bulletin boards in the lounge, causing minor damage to the wall.
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According to Banet, DCS was able to identify the students responsible using surveillance cameras located in the elevator. In investigator review of the footage, two students were seen getting out of the elevator and ripping materials off of the bulletin boards located in the lounge. Assistant Director of Student Conduct Adam Brown said both students were also linked to another incident which occurred in Nelson later in the same evening where a fire extinguisher was set off in the north parking lot at approximately 4:05 a.m., causing the evacuation of Nelson Hall. Brown said both students went through a formal hearing process with Student Conduct,
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and are paying restitution for the damage as well as writing letters of apology to the Nelson staff. Brown also said both students have been temporarily suspended from the university. The student’s case was also handled by HRE.
Suspect behind Ritchie thefts arrested The suspect behind multiple recent thefts of items in the Ritchie Center Gym was caught by Department of Campus Safety (DCS) officers while the suspect was playing basketball on campus last Thursday, March 2. According to Campus Safety spokesman Sgt. Stephen Banet, the suspect is Mark
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Johnson, a 19-year-old from the Denver area. Johnson was sighted on DCS cameras stealing objects from the Ritchie Center cubbies on April 14. When searched by Campus Safety officers, Johnson was found in possession of a student RTD pass reported stolen from the Ritchie center earlier in the day. He was also found in possession of illegal narcotics, and was trespassed from campus by the Denver Police Department. Johnson has been charged with one count of control and possession of substance, two counts of theft and two counts of trespassing, according to Banet. According to Banet, officials found Johnson when a Ritchie staff member called
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DCS to report an individual who looked similar to him playing basketball on the basketball court outside of Centennial Halls. The staff member recognized Johnson by images captured by surveillance videos and circulated to Ritchie staff in informational forms made by DCS. “We get patters of theft (in the Ritchie Gym) periodically,” said Banet. “What is going to help is the surveillance system.” Banet said four more cameras were recently added to the Coors Fitness Center, making a total of 20 in the area. Anyone with information on this or other crimes may call the Department of Campus Safety at 303-871-2334.
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Crowd goes ape for Goodall Continued from page 1
Goodall said she felt lucky to have grown up with very little money because she could relate to underprivileged youth around the world as a result. She credited her mother for the success she has been able to achieve in her career, saying that without her mother she probably never would have left her native United Kingdom to research chimpanzees in Africa. “My mother always told me that if you really want something, you have to work really hard and never give up,” said Goodall. After she made her way to Africa on a limited budget, Goodall worked with chimpanzees and observed them using objects as tools. According to Goodall, scientists thought only humans were capable of those types of actions up until that point. Her discovery led to funding from National Geographic, which helped launch Goodall’s scientific career. After several years of research, Goodall returned to the UK to go to school at Cambridge University. At Cambridge, she was told the animals she worked with did not have individual personalities and should therefore be given
individual numbers instead of names. She disagreed with that thinking, and made it a major point of her outreach after her education. “Once we understand we are not the only creatures with personalities, minds, and feelings, then it gives us pause to think about the way we use and abuse so many animals throughout the world,” she said. “I had a teacher when I was young who taught me that animals absolutely have personalities, minds and feelings, and that was my dog Rusty.” In her hour-long presentation, Goodall also addressed the abuse of industrial agricultural practices in relation to animals, the advancement of technology and the importance of balancing conservation in developing areas with care and infrastructure for the local people. She also called for increased support for conservation programs. Additionally, she addressed the issue of global warming, saying that climate change is apparent all around us. “It’s this materialistic society in which so many people live that has led to the destruction of the planet,” she said. “This crazy idea that it’s possible to have unlimited economic devel-
opment on a planet with more or less destroyed large finite natural resources — it parts of the world, and it’s high time that young people are doesn’t make sense.” However, Goodell stressed given hope and inspiration so the importance of looking for that they grow up to be better the possibilities of the future caretakers than we’ve been. instead of focusing on the Otherwise, it’s all going to be too late,” she said. destruction of When the past. asked if “C ons i d e rshe had ing what we’ve “Every single day, any advice done to the DU planet, it’s not every single one of us for students, surprising that G o o d young people makes a diﬀerence.” all again are feeling hopeemphasized less about the Jane Goodall, primatolopassion. future,” she said. “A lot “But I have rea- gist, anthropologist and UN of [young sons for hope. Messenger of Peace people] If you have no aren’t quite hope, you slip sure what direction to take. into apathy.” Goodall emphasized hope Don’t hurry it. Wait until and passion as essential for the something arouses your pasnext generation. She praised sion—something you really the educators in the room for want to do—and don’t make fostering young minds, saying your decision based on how that young people need to much your pay packet will be,” learn about issues such as envi- she said. “Too many people ronmental degradation and are living for money. We need cruelty to animals in order to money to live but we shouldn’t do anything about them. Simi- live for money.” Finally, Goodall said that larly, she said that students each person can have a posimust also be shown that there are solutions to these challeng- tive impact on the world. “Every single day every ing problems. “Teachers have the care of single one of us makes a difthe young people. It’s the young ference,” she said. “We make people’s world, we adults have an impact on the planet,
New mascot concepts drawn up Continued from page 1
“It’s so great that we have such diverse ideas of where it should go,” said Estenson. “It’s a monumental task to find concepts that fit with various opinions.” Estenson said the process of figuring out what will work has been a challenge. “With any change, there are people on the extremes,” said Estenson. “What it’s come down to is it’s a big task to balance all the different voices.” Guy said the focus groups and open forums over the past month both stressed two key traits they want to see in the new mascot. “The two biggest were a connection to pioneer and a tie to the West,” said Guy. “It’s great feedback. The tie to pioneer, though, is kind of tricky because there are so many definitions, some good, some bad.” According to Guy, there were originally roughly 50 concepts being considered. Guy said the committee judged the potential mascots against a list of 20 most popular traits, or “dimensions,” on what they want their mascot to be. “We kind of tried to see
which made the most sense and try to narrow that down to seven so that our designer [Leighton Hubbell] wasn’t stuck,” said Guy. The committee worked with Marketing and Communications and professional research firm Stratfix to narrow down the larger list of mascots to seven. The committee judged the potential mascots against a list of 20 most popular traits, or “dimensions,” on what they want their mascot to be. The committee also initially had a different list of seven mascots. “We tested some of them,” said Guy. “They didn’t fare so well.” Once the seven concepts were decided on, Guy said the committee brought people from the focus groups back to judge the potential mascots against the 20 dimensions. “We asked people, ‘How does this elk or this mountaineer stack up?’” said Guy. “[The dimensions] are ranging everywhere from a Western theme to ‘I’d like that on a sweatshirt.’” Guy said student and community involvement has increased significantly since the creation of the Mascot Steering Committee. Students on the committee were recommended
by USG. Other students who expressed interest could join focus groups. “USG compiled a list of student leaders on campus: we have people from athletics, we have people from Greek Life, the Center for Multicultural Excellence, even student government,” said Guy. “We have just some regular students, students from the alliances, Native Student Alliance, Black Student Alliance…the same goes for the alumni, they were recommended from the alumni relations office; same thing with faculty and staff.” Guy said he wants to make sure all the designs are as refined as possible before sending them out. “I think we want to make sure that we get them as right as they can be and then release them to students, because they’re not what the mascot would look like right now,” said Guy. “We want to make sure that they look like what we want them to look like by the time we release them for everyone to vote.” Students who want to know more about the process can contact the Steering Committee at DUMascot@du.edu for more information.
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and if we take a few minutes to think about the consequences of the little choices we make—what we buy, what we eat, what we wear, how we get from A to B, how we interact with animals and the environment—we will slowly make better choices, and that will move us toward a better world for all living things.” A “STEMosphere” followed Goodall’s address. It featured interactive and educational technology exhibits designed to help educators and entrepreneurs from across Colorado network to discuss Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. Numerous educationallybased organizations contributed support and presentations to the Share Fair event, including: Apple Education, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Jane Goodall Institute Roots & Shoots program, and the Denver Art Museum. Educators from local Denver schools also presented their experiences with successful use of technology in their classrooms. Representatives from public, private, and charter schools were all present, as were those from all education levels, from elementary to higher education.
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P o l i c e DRUGS On Monday, April 29, at 4:18 p.m., while on routine patrol, officers noticed the odor of marijuana emanating from a residential room in Centennial Halls. Officers were admitted to the room in question by a student who surrendered possession of marijuana, alcohol and drug paraphernalia. On Friday, May 3, at 8:40 p.m., Campus Safety responded to a call regarding the odor of marijuana emanating from a residential room in Centennial Halls. Upon arrival at the scene, officers were admitted to the room in question, where they spoke with one student and one unaffiliated party. A plain-sight search of the room yielded a large amount of alcohol and narcotics. The alcohol was disposed of and the narcotics were confiscated.
THEFT On Friday, May 3, at 8:39 a.m., Campus Safety responded to a call from a student regarding the theft of their wallet from the Anderson Academic Commons. The student said they believed they forgot the wallet in a restroom inside the building and they discovered the theft when fraudulent transactions were posted to their bank accounts.
r e p o r t On Saturday, May 4, at 3:35 p.m., Campus Safety responded to a call regarding an intoxicated student in Johnson-McFarlane Hall. Upon arrival at the scene, officers contacted the student in question and called for paramedic assistance. P aramedics transported the student to Porter Hospital.
MISCELLANEOUS On Monday, April 29, at 11:03 a.m., Campus Safety took a report from a student who stated they had misplaced their cell phone while attending an event at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity House on April 27.
On Friday, May 3, at 11:51 p.m., Campus Safety responded to a call from the Denver Police Department (DPD) requesting assistance with an intoxicated student. Upon arrival at the scene, Campus Safety officers spoke with DPD officers, who said the student in question had urinated on the exterior of Centennial Halls and they were in possession of two false identification cards. DPD contacted Denver Cares who transported the student to their facility. On Sunday, May 5, at 1:55 a.m., Campus Safety responded to a call regarding a suspicious person contacting students outside of
Centennial Halls. Upon arrival at the scene, officers contacted the party in question, who was intoxicated and ill. Paramedics were called to the scene and transported the party in question to Porter Hospital. On Sunday, May 5, at 2:31 a.m., while on routine patrol, a Campus Safety officer was stopped by a DPD officer who said an unknown person had handed them a found wallet near the intersection of East Evans Avenue and South University Boulevard. While attempting to identify the owner of the wallet, officers found a false identification belonging to the student.
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VANDALISM On Monday, April 29, at 12:10 p.m., Campus Safety officers observed graffiti on the Holocaust Memorial Social Action Site located just west of Margery Reed. On Wednesday, May 1, at 11:28 p.m., Campus Safety responded to a call regarding vandalism at the Delta Delta Delta Sorority house. Upon arrival at the scene, officers spoke with two parties who stated that unknown persons had thrown food on the main exterior entrance to the home. On Thursday, May 2, at 9:57 p.m., Campus Safety responded to a call from a faculty member regarding vandalism in Ben Cherrington Hall. Upon arrival at the scene, officers spoke with the faculty member who stated that unknown persons have been vandalizing informational posters within the building.
ALCOHOL On Thursday, May 2, at 6:28 p.m., while on routine patrol in JohnsonMcFarlane Hall, a Campus Safety officer observed a residential room with its entry door open. The officer saw a large bottle of alcohol in plain sight. Two students, who surrendered possession of alcohol, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, admitted officers to the room. Officers also confiscated a false identification card, which was in the room. On Thursday, May 2, at 10:13 p.m., Campus Safety responded to a call regarding an intoxicated student in Centennial Halls. Officers contacted paramedics, who arrived on the scene and transported the student in question to Porter Hospital. On Friday, May 3, at 6:14 p.m., Campus Safety responded to a call regarding an intoxicated student in Nelson Hall. Upon arrival at the scene, officers spoke with the student in question who said they had been consuming alcohol and drugs throughout the day. Officers called paramedics, who transported the student in question to Porter Hospital.
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Relay For Life honors fight against cancer by camilla sterne Contributing Writer
Glowing paper lanterns called luminarias lined the perimeter of Gates Field House on Friday night as students walked in support of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. Relay For Life took place from 7 p.m. on Friday until early Saturday morning. Students in DU’s Colleges Against Cancer club have been planning the annual event since January in order to raise funds for cancer research. The participation fee was $10 per person and all proceeds went to American Cancer Society. Many of the donations were achieved through students appealing to friends, families and businesses to enlist their support in the fight against cancer. Participants registered online before the event at DURelay.com. Students from a variety of organizations on campus formed teams. Organizations such as Up Til Dawn, Alpha Phi, Delta Zeta and others formed teams. Approximately 150 students attended, with teams usually made up of six or seven members. At most Relay For Life events, participants are encouraged to walk the track all night or take turns walking with other relayers. Organizers of Friday’s relay, however, decided to ask participants to try to walk the track 100 times in honor of the American Cancer Society’s 100th anniversary. The event began with speeches by two cancer survivors who told their stories. The second speaker, Woody Roseland, used humor to communicate the story of his unrelenting battle with bone cancer as well as the amputation of his left leg as a result of the disease.
“I’ve had cancer seven times which, last time I checked, is way too many times,” he said. Roseland thanked students for dedicating themselves to a worthwhile cause and challenged them to do more. “There are too many luminarias here, too many people that are battling this,” he said. After the speeches, the luminaria ceremony began. This ceremony is held at every Relay For Life event. Participants write on luminaria bags in remembrance or encouragement of those who have been affected by cancer. The lights were turned off and candlelit luminarias formed the boundary of the walking path around the room. A slideshow listed reasons participants were walking, and each participant stood up and began walking as their reason for relaying was shown. This ceremony was followed by a commemoration. Bouncy castles were situated in the center of the track and free food was offered, donated by vendors including Jimmy Johns and Red Bull. The DU Grilling Society also supplied grilled options. DJ Ray, who often works with the American Cancer Society, provided music for the event that ranged from touching acoustic numbers to more upbeat pop tunes to help keep walkers motivated. Students laughed and chatted, but the atmosphere of the entire event was permeated by an awareness of the serious motive behind it. Colleges Against Cancer was established at DU in 2005 specifically to organize Relay for Life. Although they plan other events such as Burritos for Boobs and participate in Breast Cancer Aware-
Students, faculty and community members were encouraged to walk the track at the Gates Field House at the Relay For Life event at least 100 times last Friday night in honor of those who have battled cancer.
ness Week, planning Relay For Life is the main focus of the organization. Leslee Warren, a junior molecular biology major from Highlands Ranch and president of Colleges Against Cancer, expressed hope for the growth of the event. “Cancer has always been a part of my life. Cancer affects everyone in some way,” she said. According to Warren, as of the beginning of the event on Friday the organization had already raised $12,000 in donations. According to their website, The American Cancer Society was founded in 1913 to help increase cancer awareness. It is the second highest donor to cancer research below the United States government. Relay For Life began in the mid-
1980s to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember those who lost their lives as a result of cancer and fight back against the disease by funding research towards a cure. Kayla Stoick, a junior biology major originally from Portland, Ore, expressed her personal connection to the event. “My grandma had bone cancer for eight years and she died my freshman year. That’s when I decided I wanted to get involved with [Relay For Life],” she said. Each of the relayers had a personal connection to cancer and a story to tell. Relay For Life will continue as a tradition at DU, and according to Leslee Warren, Colleges Against Cancer hopes to progressively expand the event and host it outdoors next year.
Professor discusses feminism in new book
French Professor Frédérique Chevillot helped co-edit a book on historic women who break stereotypes.
by maura shea Contributing Writer
Frédérique Chevillot, associate professor of French at DU, says she goes against the grain of many things. For example, she rejects what culture says about women. Three years ago, she and Colette Trout, a professor of French at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa., sent out a call for female authors to submit fictional essays on criminal and violent women. Chevillot and Trout co-edited the book. “We want to shift the paradigm,” said Chevillot. “We don’t want female characters to be limited by social assumptions.”
This book is Chevillot’s third book and was published two weeks ago. It is titled “Rebelles Et Criminelles Chez Les Ecrivaines D’Expression Francaise,” which translates to “Rebellious and Criminal Women in the Works of French and Francophone Female Writers,” according to Chevillot. It is compiled of 15 essays, about two-thirds written in French and the rest in English. “I don’t want women to be trapped in stereotypes,” said Chevillot, referring to the stereotype that women are supposed to be motherly and caring. “I have an interest in rebellious, criminal and altogether violent women,”
said Chevillot. “[Also] how women are presented throughout time and space by women.” As an author and professor, her field of study is contemporary females who write in French. “Colette Trout and I share a profound interest for women’s writing,” said Chevillot. “We both were interested in the way in which the violent acts of female characters were represented in works of fiction by French and Francophone women throughout time and space.” The book is broken into three different sections. According to Chevillot, the first section translates to “The Slow Rebellion of Women,” which includes essays written about rebellious women in the Middle Ages and the 16th through early 20th centuries. The second is “Women’s Resistance To Colonial and Postcolonial Violence,” which has essays about women in Guadalupe, the Caribbean and Camerone during the colonial and post-colonial time period. Lastly, “The Telling of Murdering to the Writing that Kills” is made up of essays based in the late 20th and early 21st centuries illustrating the violent images writing creates. “[These essays] create violent images of criminal women,” said Chevillot. “This goes against the grain of what society expects from women.” In addition to compiling the essays, Chevillot wrote an essay for the book, which was included in the last section. Her essay focuses on how Amélie Nothomb, a Belgian writer, represents female characters in love. Her essay is written in
French, but the closing sentence translates as “to love is to kill but no one ever dies,” according to Chevillot. By this she means that writing is symbolic and does not have any physical consequences. “These women kill the object of their love whether it be symbolically or not,” said Chevillot. “But even if expressed in a non symbolic way, it remains fiction … no one ever dies.” According to Chevillot, women want to be strong, powerful and maybe violent, but not necessarily in a physical way. Women’s violence can be symbolic through writing or other activities. “Maybe we need to have more literature and art to channel violence instead of acting it out in reality,” said Chevillot. Chevillot’s first book was her dissertation. It is titled “La Réouverture Du Texte,” which translates to “Reopening of the Text.” The book is the study of the beginning and ending of French and French-Canadian novels from the 19th and 20th centuries, according to Chevillot. Her second book, “Des Femmes Ecrivent La Guerre,” which translates to “Women Writing About Wars,” is a collection of essays written by female authors on wars in the 20th century. The book was co-edited by Chevillot and Anna Norris, a professor at Michigan State University. “Although women never actually fought in these wars, as it were, they fought for survival,” said Chevillot. Chevillot grew up in Bordeaux, France and came to Colorado in 1979 to attend the University of Colorado Boulder and study French Literature.
May 7, 2013
Mother’s Day gift guide, under $25 The Clarion brings you a complete gift guide to making your mama feel special this Mother’s Day by kameryn tanita Senior Reporter
Mother’s Day is meant to be a time for honoring the most loving, nurturing people in our lives, so this year, show your mom how much you love her without going over your college budget or leaving the house. For the students living away from home, many of these gifts are available online if transportation is tricky and time is limited so your gift-giving is easy this year. For the local students, don’t forget to stop by on Sunday, May 12 to see your mom and give the gift of your presence.
For the organizer: Jonathan Adler Planner ($10) It’s usually a given that moms are the most organized people around. Although they have one less person to look after now that you are in college, they still want to know where they . photo courtesy of sunburstsecrets com
need to be at all times, whether it’s a coffee date, a business meeting or a birthday, mom’s like to have everything written down—especially when some moms are not the best with technology. Available online through JonathanAdler.com, planners not only come in lots of fun patterns and have colorful tabs and pages; they are also are on sale for quite a steal.
For the chef: Smitten Kitchen Cookbook ($21.95)
barley salad,” you’ll be wanting to go home for dinner a lot more often. Available through Barnes and Noble or Amazon.com.
For the fashionable mom: A Scarf ($14.99) Whether your mom likes nude tones or pretty pastels, she’ll love a bold scarf to add on to any outfit. With summer around the corner, these light and colorful scarves are sure to keep the most stylish of moms happy. Visit Target.com or the Colorado Blvd. location.
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For the aroma-conscious mom: Candle ($18)
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Moms who love to cook are constantly on the lookout for the latest recipes. Even if your mom isn’t the culinary expert, author Deb Perelman’s recipes make it easy to cook approachable, appetizing meals with this on-sale cookbook. With summer recipe favorites like “Peach and crème-fraîche pie” or “mediterranean eggplant and
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For the visual mom: Flowers ($19.99) Flowers are always a go-to gift because they are thoughtful and beautiful. They can also be custom tailored to your mom depending on her favorite flowers; whether she loves tulips,
ChatterU.net organizes student events by brenda velasquez Contributing Writer
A business phenomenon is spreading on campus and as the spring season unfolds, so are the visions of young social media entrepreneurs at DU. First-year business majors Bryce Quigley from Gilford, N.H. and Grant Wilkinson from El Paso, Texas recently launched an initiative to specifically serve DU students called ChatterU.net, a website that pools together all of the school’s activities into one convenient web page. With over 400 members at this point, ChatterU. net went live at the beginning of spring quarter. Wilkinson, owner of Denver-based mobile app company Inovize, and Quigley began the project as an assignment for a DCB course entitled “The Messy Startup” taught by CEO and founder of Captain U Avi Stopper, who was invited by DU to teach a business start-up class. In this course, students learn how to pitch an idea, build it and market it, turning in weekly reports to mark their progress. “I had this idea of making a college social network system that revolved around postings of college topics,” said Wilkinson, who later introduced Quigley to the idea. “But we started walking across campus and decided there’s a ton of events on campus that no one notices because you get lost in all the bulletins. So our idea for a college interaction-based site turned into a college events listings site where we take all those events and put them in one organized place. We just want DU students to be informed.”
orchids or blue hydrangeas, she’ll love the gesture. For locals: Check out the Little Flower market on University Blvd. and Exposition Ave., for a neighborhood florist or visit FTD.com to order flowers online.
The duo organized the website into eight categories: sports, Greek life, speakers, clubs, activities, off-campus, jobs and performances. Each posted activity is accompanied by a short summary that includes the event’s date, time and location. Since their launch the first week of April, the pair has regularly been adding new features including a “Top Attending” list where users can see who will be attending which events as well as a feature for posting comments. While Wilkinson handled the website’s program development portion, Quigley took over product promotion. “Bryce had the ideas on layout,” said Wilkinson. “I worked on development and programming the site while he worked on building awareness for it and getting a lot of people to try it out.” Wilkinson and Quigley turn to global social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and emailing student orgs and clubs to invite them to use their product as advertisement of their website. On April 25, ChatterU.net also became available as a mobile app for students to use on-the-go. In the beginning, Quigley and Wilkinson visited each building on campus to gather event information in a five-hour long process, but the pair has since invited student organizations and clubs to submit descriptions of their events via the site’s email. “All these people take the effort to print out flyers and walk across campus just to have them covered up in a day,” said Wilkinson. “Why is that the best solution? Posting your events to
this website doesn’t take much work compared to posting flyers, but it yields the same results.” Although the website is not affiliated with nor endorsed by DU, Wilkinson and Quigley have required that users register with their DU email addresses in order to access ChatterU.net. “The plan was to get all DU students involved and make it easily accessible for them,” said Quigley. “Since we’re trying to be local and relevant to DU students, so you kind of have to prove that you’re a student here.” After discovering the need for an interactive, centralized student activities resource, the pair chose a title whose acronym, adorned with a graduation cap, would prompt users to associate the ChatterU.net website with universities, giving their project a college appeal. After smoothing out the website’s kinks here at DU, the duo plans to expand their services to nearby colleges, such as CU Boulder and CSU. The website features a simple, neatly organized redwhite-and-black interface with the homepage displaying a slideshow of event photos. On the side of the homepage are columns listing “Latest Tweets” about posted events and “Top Attending” events. The site is easy to navigate with large buttons, tabs and icons. “It’s a passionate endeavor,” said Quigley. “People say DU doesn’t have much school spirit so it’d be nice to see an effect of what we’re doing translate into people coming out and supporting each other in their events. We’re connecting people through events and we haven’t seen that kind of social calendar.”
Not only do candles provide a relaxing atmosphere in the home - they also make everything smell better and provide instant decorations. If you know your mom’s favorite scent, then this makes the per-
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fect gift, and it will be burning for the long haul. Anthropologie is known for their chic clothing, household items and candles. For a mom who loves a clean, beachy smell, the Volcano candle comes in a big blue jar, or for the lavenderloving lady, buy your mom the French Cade Lavender Voluspa candle, which comes in a classic, clear case. Visit the Cherry Creek location or Anthropologie.com.
For the reader: “Table for Seven: A Novel” ($10.98) If your mom enjoys reading a nightly novel and loves friendship and fine dining, then this bestseller by Whitney Gaskell may be the perfect gift. Currently on sale online at Barnes and Noble, it is an af ford abl e and simple gift for the mom who photo courtesy of whitneygaskell.com likes hosting dinner parties or loves food and socializing. Check out Barnes and Noble online or the Colorado Blvd. location.
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May 7, 2013
Renegade Publik House The Clarion staﬀ reviews bars, restaurants and coﬀee houses, attempting cultural mutiny on all things hipster
Renegade Publik House was opened last week on the DU strip by the owners of Renegade Brewery, to the delight of only the most sophisticated of taste buds.
Renegade Publik House: 4.1 beans
Join Holden Caulfield, Atticus Finch or Tom Joad for a drink with the Renegades by kameryn tanita Senior Reporter
Most hipster hubs are off the beaten path and tucked between art galleries and record stores, but DU’s latest restaurant, Renegade Publik House, is out in plain view. Right in the midst of the commercialized University Blvd. near DU’s campus, Renegade Publik House’s exterior does not exude hipster territory, but step inside the low-lit restaurant/ bar and you will be taken outside of the DU scene and into a quiet escape where menus are served in between pages of classic ‘renegade’ novels such as “The Catcher in the Rye,” “The Grapes of Wrath” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.” As the Renegade crew also operates the Renegade Brewery in the Sante Fe Art District in Denver, beer connoisseurs can rest easy knowing there are no phonies at the Publik House. Walk through the door and you’re greeted with a dark and intimate atmosphere where the music is overpowered by the chatter of people enjoying their craft beers. With over 25 local and domestic/imported beers on tap and even more bottled brews, the wrap-around bar awaits thirsty customers, but beware: This classier establishment lacks bearded bartenders or tattooed waitresses and instead is home to one bartender and a few female waitresses. If you want to enjoy a more intimate experience, take a seat towards the back of the restaurant where you are enclosed behind a carved-out wooden divider.
This literary lounge lacks any TVs and instead promotes intellectual conversation. Pages of the same classic novels in the menus are displayed underneath the glass countertop of the bar, so as you are sipping your beer amongst a crowd of grad students, a couple with flannel and dreadlocks amid a few frat guys, you can know you are amongst a diverse crowd. At an average of $5 a pint, the beers won’t break a hipster’s budget but the food might. The pizzas, between $9-13, are pricier and include options such as the Fahrenheit 451 Pizza. The Renegade Brews offer a less trendy taste and more authentic style. The Scarlett Letter, an Imperial Red, is for the hops-loving hipster and the Hammer & Sickle Russian Imperial Stout is for the more serious stout lover. If you want to stick to the local lifestyle, try the Wit’s End Wilford Belgian Pale from Wit’s End Brewing Company in Denver or the Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale from the Great Divide Brewery in downtown Denver. Any hipster looking for the ultimate night out might be put off by the hours. Open Monday through Wednesday 3-11 p.m., Thursdays from 3 p.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight, it’s less of a latenight location and more of a pre-party hot spot. Like its definition, Renegade is for an individual who rejects lawful or conventional behavior. A hipster’s haven? Not quite. But Renegade Publik House is a happy medium for anyone looking to escape the DU scene, take a seat and get some authentic craft beer.
Boom Box puts on acoustic show by camilla sterne Contributing Writer
Approximately 100 of the musically inclined and supporters of the musically inclined crowded into Illegal Pete’s from 8 p.m. to midnight on Thursday for the First Annual Acoustic Music Showcase. The free event featured DU acoustic bands All Those Who Wander, Wool Socks & Whiskey, Jaques Crow and The Song Readers. The event was hosted by student organization Boom Box Music Management, a new campus group involved in planning and implementing musical events on campus to encourage the growth and success of DUaffiliated musicians. They have planned other events at Illegal Pete’s, as well as events at larger venues like Herman’s Hideaway. The group consists of four music students including President Megan Letts, Trevor Ford, David Bernot and Cooper Leith. Letts, a junior audio production major and jazz vocalist from Anchorage, Alaska described the motivation for hosting an event that specifically focused around acoustic music. “These kind of events are important because it showcases a different side of musicianship that is here at DU. Sure, we have a classical department and even a killer jazz department [at Lamont], but it is rare that students outside of the music school are featured, and even students inside the music school aren’t able to play this kind of music very often,” said Letts. “We would love if more students outside of the music school
would find out about this and participate,” she said. All Those Who Wander, made up of band members Aeryk Parker, Nick Booker and Danielle Park, started off the event with a mixture of Celtic ditties, Australian folk songs and even a hearty sea chantey. Their wide exploration of the acoustic tradition as well as their minimal percussion, sung harmonies and interspersed flute melodies lent an air of nostalgia to the crowded establishment. Wool Socks & Whiskey, made up of two fiddle players, a guitarist and bassist, offered lively bluegrass, and the crowd cheered merrily to a tune entitled, “Whiskey for Breakfast.” Wilson Luallen, bassist in Wool Sock & Whiskey and a sophomore jazz performance major from Denver, explained his love of acoustic music. “I love acoustic because it’s more direct than electronic music. You don’t have to worry about electronics. You can play it anywhere, anytime,” said Luallen. “The other day we had our rehearsal outside.” Minor technical difficulties and a search for a missing capo posed no problems, and performers and audience members alike continued jamming cheerily. Jaques Crow played third in the set. The band, consisting of singer/songwriter and guitarist Grey Elkins, mandolin player Carter Matthews, guitarist Diego Miranda and vocalist Olivia Van den Berg, was a mixture of percussive guitar, subtle mandolin melodies and poignant vocal harmonies. According to their website, jaquescrow.com, their sound is a mixture between rural
and urban and explores man’s relationship to his demons. The Song Readers, a fivepart band including pianist Wes Leffingwell, drummer Joey Ziegler, bassist Eli Acosta, saxophonist Xavier Provencher and vocalist/ trumpet player Megan Letts, concluded the evening. The Song Readers formed in an effort to arrange and perform the tunes on popular band Beck’s latest unconventional album, Song Reader. Song Reader is intended to encourage musicians to create their own interpretations of songs that exist only in the form of sheet music and haven’t been previously released or recorded. The audience danced and cheered throughout the event, encouraging performers and even singing along to songs they recognized. Letts hopes to keep the Acoustic Music Showcase as intimate as possible and maintain its small-scale setting. “I thought it was a major success,” said Letts. “People loved the variety of music and the energy swells.” Boom Box Management is planning an upcoming musical event on May 23 at Herman’s Hideaway, which will be a nonacoustic set featuring DU bands including Treetet, The Tickle Mafia, The Other Black and Vetta Star. “Its a big event. We’re really excited to be putting that show on,” said Letts. Boom Box Management hopes the Acoustic Music Showcase will continue as a DU tradition. They plan to make it a quarterly event rather than a yearly one.
CSA brings fruits, veggies to campus by nick mcculloch Contributing Writer
This month, local farmers working with the Center for Sustainability and well@du began delivering fresh, organic vegetables right here on campus. Part of the new fruit and vegetable pick-up CSA (community-supported agriculture) share program, will allow students to sign up for a season’s worth of fresh, weekly fruits and vegetables to be delivered on campus by local farmers themselves. Well@du is the university’s employee/student health program through the HR department. Along with the Center for Sustainability, they lead DU’s green initiatives. The joint effort works with local farms to provide freshly grown and locally sourced produce to the DU community. Drop-offs will be every Tuesday from 3-5 p.m. at the Center for Sustainability in JohnsonMacfarlane Hall. The vegetables will include selections such as spinach, baby greens and cucumbers as well eggplants, edamame and peppers. On the fruit side of things, the season will begin with peaches, then apples and fresh cider in October. The fruit and vegetable pickup is the latest addition to well@ du’s “Eat Well” program, which features workshops, competitions and events aimed at promoting healthy eating this spring. Through direct cooperation with
local farmers, students and staff will be able to receive fresh, organically sourced produce for a cheaper price than could be found at most supermarkets. The program aims to support their local economy in the process. “It’s fun because you never really know what you’re going to get; one week you might get a mix of lettuce and baby greens, the next there might be some eggplants or kale, so you get the chance to try really high quality vegetables that you might not normally use,” said Stacey Barnum, the HR employment coordinator. According to the well@ du program, the fruit and vegetable pick-up is an example of community-supported agriculture, which means students or staff will pay an upfront fee for the season ($135 for fruit, $200+ for vegetables) which allows the farms to buy seeds and supplies needed for that season. In return, customers receive a subscription to a portion of whatever fruits or vegetables are produced that season. “[CSAs] started because individuals wanted to grow produce for people, but there are a lot of upfront costs before you have any actual produce to harvest,” said Jeni Nagle, Front Range representative for one of the chosen Colorado farms, Ela Family Farms. According to well@du, Lefler and Ela Family farms were chosen to provide the local produce for the initiative due to their history
of sustainability along with the variety and capacity needed to best serve the DU community. Family operated and located in Colorado, the two farms will provide participants with a range of fruits and vegetables. “We did a lot of research and chose these farms because they have the capacity to serve our needs,” said Barnum. “They’ll deliver right here on campus and they have a history that shows they’re clearly dedicated to organic farming and sustainability.” Ela Family Farms, which provides all of the fruit produce for the program, has been working with various CSA programs for the last six years, but have been growing local Coloradan produce for over a hundred years. “CSA’s are for people that understand the value of supporting local growers,” said Nagle. “We use organic practices, and sustainable agriculture to provide the variety of products shown.” Lefler Family Farms are located in Eaton and have served local produce since 1996. Students interested in the fruit and vegetable pick-up or any of the other programs can find additional info on the DU website under ‘Employee Wellness,’ where they can find sign-up instructions as well. “You’re getting the fruit and vegetables the day after they’re picked, so the nutritional content and taste is much better,” said Barnum.
Jan. 21, 2013
May 7, 2013
Other athletes will not follow Collins’ lead Fear too great now for other athletes to come out as being gay by chris bach Opinions Editor
Just last week, Jason Collins, a professional basketball player who is now a free agent, came out and told the world that he is a gay. He is the first contemporary male athlete of a major professional sport in the U.S. to do so. His courage and bravery are exceptional, and are great models for other players to follow if they want to come out as well. I don’t see many other players taking the risk right now and joining Collins. He has received a lot of
support since coming out. That does not mean, however, that it was without controversy. Many people have taken to criticizing Collins, usually through a religious perspective. Collins has even received death threats for his decision. It is important to remember that not all of the support he has received has been positive. This is a factor many athletes who are gay are going to have to consider before they make their decision to come out. Furthermore, Collins has yet to play a game since coming out. It is definitely easier to support something or someone in name than through action. It will be interesting to see how people act when playing with or around Collins.
I’m not naïve enough to think there will be a drastic change in how other players perform around Collins, but it is an issue that has been raised not only in basketball, but other sports as well for how homosexual athletes will be treated by other athletes. Regardless of how other players act, there still exists a stigma that other players could act differently around homosexual players. And that is enough to keep some players from coming out. Hopefully, when next season comes around, Collins’ coming out will prove that he is treated the same as he was. If that happens, then more players may decide to come out. Until then, or if that does not happen, then I
think Collins may be the only openly gay athlete. The NBA is also more of an accepting place than the NFL when it comes to openly gay athletes. There is an inexplicably large stigma against gay athletes in the NFL. Some coaches feel that having a player come out would cause too much conflict and bring too much attention to the team and that it would inevitably lead to the player that came out to be fired. The fear of being fired is another factor keeping players from coming out. Many of them feel that hiding their true selves is worth it to keep playing their respective sport at the highest level. No one can fault them for choosing
employment over coming out. The problem is why they should have to choose in the first place. Jason Collins is a remarkably brave human being. He is a pioneer in the truest sense of the word. His basketball skills are not defined by his sexuality, so we should not judge him based on his sexuality. He should be a role model for those players who still haven’t come out. But the fact is that even though he has taken the first step, others will probably not join him quickly. In time, perhaps more players will come out, but until the athletic environment becomes more willing to accept gay players, Collins may have to be the only one.
U.S. intervention in Syria needed immediately by danny zimny-schmitt Senior Reporter
The raging civil war in Syria that began in March of 2011 has been fought tooth and nail by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and the rebellious Free Syrian Army. Reports from last week indicate that chemical weapons have been used, which crosses a red line set by President Obama regarding direct U.S. support for the rebels. It is time for the West to directly support the rebels, giving them the boost in power needed to topple a dictator who is killing thousands of his own people. The story in Syria has been developing for over two years; every day, more news of violence and bloodshed seems to pour through the media. With more than 60,000 Syrians confirmed dead as reported by
CNN, though the actual total is probably closer to 100,000, the situation is indeed dire. Furthermore, the conflict has produced more than 700,000 refugees, who have fled to neighboring Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon. There are also now two million internally displaced Syrians who have been uprooted from their homes as a result of the fighting that has turned many towns and provinces into states of constant battle and terror. The Free Syrian Army and other rebel groups have made very substantial progress over the two years, seizing control of provinces and countrysides, especially in the north, as well as capturing strategic airfields and bombing the University of Damascus, where al-Assad himself was educated. Defectors from al-Assad’s regime have joined the rebels over the course of the conflict, includ-
ing many who were in his inner circle of advisors. Al-Assad has refused to give up his power, instead resorting to killing tens of thousands of his own people as he struggles to cling to it. Western nations have refused to get involved despite the extraordinary human rights abuses and Iran’s strong support for the regime. In part, this is due to the obstructionism of the Russians and the Chinese, who are preventing most intervention options. Last week, Obama announced at a White House news conference that the U.S. has evidence that chemical weapons were used in the civil war but that it remains unclear as to who used them. “We don’t know how they were used, when they were used, who used them,” said Obama. Although Obama has referred to the use
of chemical weapons as a “game changer” in the administration’s policy towards Syria, he stressed that he needed more information before authorizing further action. But in a situation that is bad and getting worse, waiting is a crime to the innocent citizens that will be killed every day the conflict rages. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) calls for the use of U.S. cruise missiles to destroy the regime’s aircraft and create a no-fly zone. Additionally, the U.S. needs to train and arm the Free Syrian Army to better fight against the better-trained and betterequipped regime’s forces. Why should the U.S. and its allies expend the resources to do this? Because there is a humanitarian crisis at hand, and because such an intervention was successful in Libya earlier in the Arab Spring. In
March of 2011, a multi-state coalition led by the U.K. and France intervened militarily in Libya by imposing a naval blockade, cruise missiles and a no-fly zone to stop dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s airstrikes against his own people. Gaddafi was captured and killed late that October. While Syria and Libya are vastly different, the short and successful intervention in Libya was enough to help rebel forces throw off a dictator who had ruled for decades. The West needs to intervene the same way in Syria to give the rebels the same opportunity against the well-armed loyalist forces. The confirmation of the use of chemical weapons makes this call all the more urgent. Otherwise, thousands more innocent Syrians will be slaughtered every day as the civil war stalemate drags on.
if you were on the mascot committee, what would you replace boone with?
caroline vesey Freshman Georgia
abbey whitten Sophomore Arizona
brandon krentz Freshman Colorado
lynzi patton Freshman Michigan
“A pioneer, but don’t call him Boone.”
“The DU Mountains.”
“I’m really not sure.”
May 7, 2013
DU Hookups, Confessions reveal fun side of students by danny zimny-schmitt Senior Reporter
In the online world of social media, there lie two Facebook pages about the unspoken side of things that happen at DU. These two pages, “DU Confessions” and “DU Hookups” are open communities where people can post anonymously about their deepest secrets. While some may accuse these pages of shining a light on the “dark side” of our campus, they are, at heart, just a place for students to post stories and have fun doing it. Today, we live in an era of political correctness where we have to walk on eggshells to keep from offending anybody. These anonymous groups are an outlet where students can post what is on their mind without a rain cloud over their head. “DU Confessions” is on the whole far more lighthearted than “DU Hookups.” The confessions page has been used for arguments and venting about the banning of Boone and finding a new mascot, complaints about not getting snow days over the winter and complaints about RAs. There are some true confessions on the page, like admitting to sending creepy text messages, etc., but for the most part those type of stories are on “DU Hookups.” Posts on “DU Hookups” are, for the most part, fairly playful,
although some arguably cross the line. Common posts include stories about hooking up with a girl or guy in their dorm room, or people taking victory laps for something or another they did and want to show off. There are also those that run along the lines of “We danced together at South Philly’s but don’t know your name and would really like to see you again,” that are hoping to find a “lost love” of sorts, or to rekindle a fleeting romance. There are some posts on the hookups page not appropriate for print, but that is only to be expected. We are all just college kids, and there is nothing wrong with having a place to post our late-night experiences. While it does show a darker side of DU that the administration would rather not think about, as long as students are not specifically called out by name and no threats emerge, the pages are harmless sources of fun. As young adults finding our place in the world, we spend time every day going to class, doing homework and working on projects, things we can all speak freely about. “DU Confessions” and “DU Hookups” are just pages to post freely about the things that are on our minds just as much a part of growing up as our academic lives.
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Impose fees on plastic bags The largest one of these gyres is nicknamed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and is estimated to be anywhere from twice the size of Texas to the size of the entire continental U.S. The majority of this plastic is the miniscule photo-degraded pieces, easily mistaken for food by marine life. Plastic bags are also often mistaken for jellyfish, a common part of most marine creatures’ diets. The consequences for wildlife are accompanied by environmental degradation, negative health impacts and even human-rights violations. The environment is suffering as we allow beaches to accumulate 12 inches of built-up plastic debris. Our bodies suffer from common chemical components of plastic, such as BPAs and phthalates, that are known endocrine disruptors. Laborers in Asian plastic processing plants are suffering from receiving bare minimum pay while working in dangerous and toxic conditions. So what’s being done about it? Bans and fees are being established worldwide. In 2008 even China, the world’s largest pollution producer, banned ultra-thin plastic bags and saved 40 billion bags in the first year. Ireland imposed a fee and, in the first year, reduced consumption by an incredible 90 percent. Nations and cities across Africa, Australia, much of Europe, and the U.S. have now followed suit.
by naomi forman Contributing Writer
One Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi, four Mississippi, five Mississippi: 60,000 plastic bags were just wasted in the United States. With 500 billion being used per year worldwide, plastic bag consumption has become a major global issue. Individuals and communities need to recognize their responsibilities to the environment, human health and future generations by reducing personal consumption and implementing plastic bag fees or bans. Plastic bags are generally carried home, shoved into a cabinet, and eventually thrown “away.” The life of your plastic bag does not stop there. Whether you know it or not, plastic bags are made from fossil fuels. We are creating a “singleuse disposable” item that will last forever. Plastic does not just slowly disappear, plastic cannot biodegrade—it only photodegrades. This means that the sun causes plastic to break up into smaller pieces that remain in the environment indefinitely. When animals encounter and accidentally consume these indigestible pieces of plastic, they cause unfortunate and often deadly consequences. This generally happens in the ocean after bags have found their way down a stream, river or storm drain. There are immense swirling parts of the ocean, called gyres, that trap plastic in an endless spiral.
In June of 2009, Washington, D.C. became the first city in the U.S. to place a fee on plastic bags. There has since been an estimated 80 percent reduction in disposable bag usage. Here in Colorado, there are initiatives being taken; Boulder City Council is expected to impose a 10-cent fee on all plastic bags this summer. According to the Denver Post on April 28 of this year, the Denver City Council has begun considering an ordinance to institute a 5-cent fee. We are clearly moving in a positive direction, but more significant measures should be taken. Five or 10-cent fees are a start, but Ireland and Germany charge the near equivalent of a quarter and have had immense success. Studies have informed us that the more minor fees decrease in efficiency with time as consumers adjust to the measure. The issue of single-use disposable bags is one of both personal and community responsibility. The community should recognize that consumers need to be encouraged to decrease their intake of plastic and that cities have a duty to the environment and generations to come. This is also an individual responsibility. The average American consumes 500 disposable bags a year; here at DU alone, with a student population of about 12,000, we could save 6 million bags in just one year. Take on your own challenge and refuse to use plastic bags and urge Denver to take on the challenge of putting in a disposable-bag fee. We must take a stand against plastic bags, for the sake of the animals, the environment and ourselves.
‘Clarion’ strives to balance different viewpoints by anita balakrishnan Editor Emeritus
A student approached me this weekend with concerns that the April 16 Clarion story, “Flag display raises questions” by Megan Sehr, reflected a disproportionate opinion from the student group, Never Again!. I fully believe that transparent editorial policies contribute to media literacy for both students and readers and would like to more fully address her concerns. This was an incredibly difficult, multifaceted story that was especially challenging due to the sensitive nature of genocide memorialization, the Holocaust and Israel-Palestine relationships. Further, unlike most news stories, it still centered on largely unanswered
questions by the end of the week, namely: Who actually planted the flags? It also elucidated a common conflict that arises in the Clarion’s work. A main contributing factor to the intensive level of editorial control exercised on this story was the lack of timely information provided on the record by sources. Our reporter, Megan, rose to this challenge and I fully defend the rhetorical and editorial decisions that were made regarding her story. Megan spent time talking extensively students involved with all sides of this issue, and communicated frequently with me throughout the week about the direction of her story. Unfortunately, only students from Never Again! were
willing to answer any questions on the record. In fact, several students from student alliances that I reached out to for comment were offended, and expressed the feeling that I was attempting to incriminate them by associating them with the alternative memorial that was removed. We asked question after question with no response from most students, and the only statements we received from anyone other than Never Again! were sent mere hours before our print deadline, making it difficult for us to assess facts, ask follow-up questions and determine what from the statement was “official” and what was personal opinion. The dilemma arose - use the quotes from only a few
organizations, such as Students for Justice in Palestine, and thus possibly implicate and incriminate the org or individual? Or, run a onesided story with only our quotes from Never Again!? In the end, we decided that the risk of framing the story as a discourse between only two student orgs (Never Again! and Students for Justice in Palestine), when neither knew who planted the flags, would unfairly implicate SJP as perpetrators. Since we did not know this to be true, we decided not to present the two groups as being dichotomously opposed, and compromised by running the quotes we felt were least likely to present opinions that were might be too personal or incriminating.
While it was my responsibility as editor to make these ethical decisions, I must emphasize that it was not one I enjoyed. I would always rather let the facts speak for themselves. This is why I cannot emphasize enough that student orgs being interviewed for the Clarion provide clear, prompt, on the record statements for stories and be willing to answer questions. I never intend to portray any student org incompletely or unfairly, but the more ambiguous and rushed a statement is, the more room for interpretation it leaves. Communication and cooperation are two way streets, and the best way to avoid any unfortunate misinterpretations is to help your fellow student org, the Clarion, do our best to work with you.
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May 7, 2013
‘Iron Man’ round three is a knockout
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Billionaire Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr., returns as super alter-ego Iron Man in the third installment of the Iron Man series. In this film, Iron Man faces a vindictive terrorist called the Mandarin.
by julia kuttler Staff Writer
“Iron Man 3,” the highly anticipated finale to the superhero saga, has quite a bit of hype surrounding it. The film stars A-list celebrities Robert Downey Jr. (“Sherlock Holmes”) as Tony Stark, the titular hero of this trilogy, and Gwyneth Paltrow (“Se7en”) as his leading lady Pepper Pots. A new villain is also featured, known as the Mandarin and played by Ben Kingsley (“Gandhi”). The film also co-stars Don Cheadle (“Hotel Rwanda”) and Guy Pearce (“Memento”), who make the film’s degree of star appeal hard to compete with. The question left, then, is whether this film has lived up to its hype. The short answer: yes. “Iron Man 3” manages to do what very few film series can in catching up to its own momentum in the last installment, actually surpassing the first two. You may remember the travesty that was “Spider Man 3,” but there’s no need to worry about the same anticlimactic ending here. “Iron Man 3” might just be the best film in the series because the audiences get to watch as
Iron Man develops a human heart. The film follows Tony Stark as he is pitted against the Mandarin, a terrorist with a burning hatred for America. This terrorism element will strike close to home in some respects, as the movie does not shy away from recent events in Iraq, but the filmmakers manage to transform this trope into something unique and harrowing. The multiple threads of storyline are woven together so deftly that you can’t even see the seams. Filled with numerous red herrings, in this film Iron Man comes up against his most formidable foes to date, and for the first time they are truly worthy opponents. The plot is well organized, fast paced and thoroughly fun. “Iron Man 3” is sure to draw big crowds, and for good reason: It can appeal to families, a couple on date night or just a group of friends. The first in a parade of summer blockbusters, “Iron Man” leaves big (metal) shoes to fill. Equal parts heart-pumping action, laugh-out-loud comedy and compelling emotional drama, “Iron Man 3” is full of twists and turns too good to spoil. Downey Jr. is a delight and the supporting
actors are equally believable in their roles, particularly Pearce as fellow mad scientist Aldrich Killian. This is a very different role for Kingsley as well, but he excels and entertains in the same Oscar-winning manner he always has. Among the strongest elements of the film are the awesome special effects, which the Iron Man franchise is known for, as well as the comedic banter that has become the trademark of Stark’s character. Stark is more well-developed as a character than ever before, and for once, Marvel injects their superhero plot with a little feminine power. Paltrow is sure to turn heads as a new-and-improved version of Potts. Fans will delight in seeing a woman don the Iron Man suit. For all the explosions and high-speed chases, “Iron Man 3” is refreshingly low on violence, making it quite unique for an action film. Certainly there are still shootouts and plenty of fight scenes, but the action never gets so brutal as to be disturbing. There is a nice balance struck between brawls and clever dialogue, and there are plenty of zingy one-to-two liners, as when
Pearce’s villain drawls, “The early bird catches the worm. The second mouse gets the cheese.” Though it’s unusual for an action film, “Iron Man 3” is not lacking in artistry or symbolism. Stark is at the final stages of his personal evolution, and this final film manages to make the audience want more while simultaneously providing closure for the characters and plotlines. The film is great all the way through the credits, which will remind Marvel fans of the story’s comic book predecessor. Fans willing to stay through the scrolling onscreen names will earn a special prize: a glimpse at the Avengers film to come. Fans new and old of the superhero film business will come away from “Iron Man 3” with quickened hearts and lessons learned. If you listen closely, Tony Stark has philosophical musings to bestow, from lines like, “We create our own demons” to an extended metaphor on the cocoon-like nature of his own suit of armor. The final product is a perfect mix of nostalgia and futurism, creating something truly super-human.
Now, however, with the release of Monomania, we finally have a Deerhunter record befitting of Cox’s somewhat vociferous personality and messy songwriting approach (he has been said to write in a “stream-of-consciousness” manner). It’s a truly clamorous album, with intentionally chaotic production that boldly puts the “noise” in Deerhunter’s “noise rock” tendencies. And yet underneath it all remains Cox’s immaculate attention to detail, his commendable knowledge of form and his ability to draw an even skeptical listener in. So, while some may find the record just a bit too loud and disorderly for its own good, and while the record lacks any true stand-out tracks, Monomania stands as yet another enjoyable and well-written entry in Cox’s somewhat prolific songwriting career. The album opens up with the threeminute “Neon Junkyard,” and the title sums it up rather well; this music’s got a lo-fi, trashy aesthetic that’s turned up to 11. Underneath Cox’s manipulated vocals, cacophonous guitars and jangly rhythms, however, you can immediately understand how he’s managed to shore up such a fan base—his riffs
(even under piles of effects) have a certain catchiness to them, and his vocal delivery has a relatable charm. It sort of feels like the work of just your average schmuck down at the local bar, if your average schmuck really knew how to write music. This aesthetically perverted sort of populism appears frequently throughout Monomania. Whether he’s turning on his Southern swagger for “Leather Jacket II,” paying homage to Queen on “Dream Captain” (“I’m a poor boy from a poor family / There’s nobody left to take care of me”) or sounding a bit like early 2000s Eels (as on “Blue Agent” and “T.H.M.”), Cox has an innate ability to draw you into his world even as the production makes his music sound like it’s screaming to get out. Even if you don’t quite grasp the influences Cox draws from, you’ll feel like you’ve heard elements of his work before. Highlights include the aforementioned “Neon Junkyard,” “Dream Captain” and the Americana-inspired “Pensacola.” Third track “The Missing” feels most like traditional Deerhunter, with a softer aes-
thetic approach and subtly morose lyrical delivery that combine to make the song feel all the more stirring. It’s where Cox indulges a little too much in his newfound chaos that the record feels a bit alienating. The previously mentioned “Leather Jacket II” is built around a pretty fantastic riff, but as the song continues on it ends up devolving into perhaps the roughest bit of guitar experimentation on the record. The album’s title track, as well as its closer, also suffer from being just too damn loud. Now, if you’re into noise-rock, it’s possible you’ll see these as true album highlights, but for more middle-of-the-road listeners, these moments might leave you running for cover. As a result, Monomania as an album simply isn’t for everyone. There are individual tracks on the record, however, that are. If you’re tired of the computerized mirrorsheen of most modern pop music, Monomania’s unique brand of controlled chaos might be the cure for your ills. It’s a brash, enjoyable but sometimes alienating record, and even if its edges might be a bit too rough, what lies inside is well worth hearing.
Deerhunter’s ‘Monomania’ contains hidden jewels by christian allen Web Editor
For all of Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox’s talk about his music being influenced by loneliness, he’s always been a rather outspoken guy. Diagnosed with the genetic disorder Marfan Syndrome at an early age, Cox has never hidden his spindly features, his sexuality or his opinions on other musicians (read: Morrissey) from the public eye. With that being said, Cox’s music has always felt much more tightly wound than has his outward persona. Deerhunter, though generally willing to bend constraints of the indie rock genre, has usually relied on intricate moments of contrast for emotional release. Take the 2008 track “Nothing Ever Happened,” which uses a razor-sharp krautrock rhythm and rigid bass track to eventually give way to a twominute guitar solo that’s every bit as tight as the preceding elements. The song packs a punch, but it does so in a subtle, controlled manner. The same could be said about much of Deerhunter’s more mature work.
May 7, 2013
Savages releases fierce new album
Jehnny Beth, lead singer of post-punk rock group Savages, sings live at a concert.
by christian allen Web Editor
Although Coachella draws its fair share of scantily clad feather-wearers, indie rock is still very much a boy’s club, and aside from the rowdier Karen O or Emily Haines, it’s usually the more traditionally winsome women who receive the acclaim (Tegan & Sara, Beth Cosentino and Grimes all come to mind). This may be why the debut LP, Silence Yourself, from all-female post-punk outfit Savages is so uniquely satisfying—it’s a hard-hitting, razor-sharp 40 minutes of guitar,
drums and bass that stands as not only one of the most outstanding recent efforts from an all-women group, but one of the best rock albums of the year, period. From the moment Silence Yourself begins, what’s immediately striking is how wonderfully straightforward and traditional these songs feel. On each track, you get a solid guitar riff, a pounding rhythm section and some dramatic and fierce vocals from lead singer Jehnny Beth. There’s not a synth in sight, and aside from a surprisingly effective use of piano and clarinet on the album’s closer, Savages sticks to this formula.
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And wow, does the band do it well. When the guitar takes the lead (as it does on opener “Shut Up” and mid-album track “She Will”), it immediately and dramatically commands attention. When the bass guitar jumps out front (as on “City’s Full”), it propels the song forward with a dark, thick energy. And the drum tracks (most notably on “I Am Here”) are both intricate and catchy. Silence Yourself is the work of an exceedingly tight band, and the overall experience of this record is not unlike seeing a live performance from an extremely well-trained group of musicians. There’s not a
loose end or round corner on the album, and Savages deserves a lot of credit for making such a tightly wound set of music project such an aggressive live energy. To some, Savages’ brutally traditional post-punk approach might make the album feel monochromatic. And in some ways, this is a valid criticism—it absolutely takes a few listens for these songs to really feel distinct. And for its part, Savages is hardly the kind of band to pander with a huge chorus or instrumental novelty. The real pleasure in this record, then, is as much a result of its little instrumental intricacies as the adrenaline coursing through its veins. The heart-pounding four-on-the-floor conclusion to “Shut Up,” or the expansive combination of sixteenth-note drums and guitar effects on “She Will” might not blow you away when you first hear them, but on repeated listens they stand as some of the more impressive moments on the record. Beth’s lyrics are also rather intriguing once you look deeper than her generally biting (and effective) delivery. “No Face,” for example, is a fierce indictment of those who eschew having a clear personality: “Different shapes, on your face / Which one is your true self?” Later on in the album, the twotrack punch of “Hit Me” and “Husbands” work in tandem to paint a bold and dark picture of male dominance and feminine
resistance—on the former, Beth chillingly states “I took a beating tonight / And that was the best I ever had,” while on the latter, she exclaims: “Oh God, I wanna get rid of it / My house, my bed, my husbands.” Lines like these make Beth’s vocals work on an intellectual as well as a visceral level, and they are well worth returning to. The only real downsides to Silence Yourself occur when Savages’ well-worn formula falls a little flat. Two tracks relatively early on in the record, “Strife” and “Waiting for a Sign,” are also two of the slowest cuts, and fail to hit the propulsive highs of the songs surrounding them. What’s more, they also feel a little too bleak for their own good—Savages generally does a good job with its gothic sheen, but when the tempos drop, the songs feel a little miserable. The slow-burning closer “Marshal Dear,” while spicing up the group’s approach with its use of piano and clarinet, also feels a little too dreary, though it still rounds out the album decently enough. The best this album has to offer, then, occurs when Savages combines tight instrumentals, pulse-pounding energy and dramatic vocals for a mix that manages to be unique even as it clearly stays within the confines of a genre. And lucky enough for the listener, this relatively young group has already found an approach that works, as well as the sense to stick with it. Noble Savages indeed.
YOU HAVE POTENTIAL. Patterson’s new novel is a complex, compelling endeavor WE HAVE JOBS. by kaitlynne birkett Contributing Writer
The newest addition to James Patterson’s “Women’s Mystery Club” series was released this week, entitled 12th of Never. The twelfth in the run of books, the series details the stories of Lindsay Boxer, Yuki Castellano, Claire Washburn and Cindy Thomas, friends who solve crimes together around the city of San Francisco. Boxer is a police officer, Castellano a lawyer, Washburn an autopsy technician and Thomas a reporter. With each book, Patterson attempts to create bigger and badder villains. The pattern continues with this release, as he presents several complications: a 49ers’ girlfriend is killed and her body stolen from the morgue, an English professor repeatedly sees shootings before they occur, a man who may have killed his wife goes on trial while being backed by a cheating and perjuring lawyer and Boxer gives birth to her baby, which causes her to face her fear of losing her newborn as health problems arise. In typical Patterson style, the book has many short chapters, each consisting of approximately three to four pages. This does make 12th of Never easy to read quickly and makes the plot feel as if it progresses at a faster pace than it actually does. Unfortunately, the short chapters also result in an inability to provide good visual imagery as the book works to develop characters by their actions
rather than their descriptions. this tricky situation, providing Throughout the entirety of the very enthralling stories. Granted, book, physical depictions of they are not entirely original, but the characters were very rarely for the most part, these devious used, but very intricate explana- deeds are different than their tions of the characters’ actions counterparts in the crime genre. were utilized, providing explicit These plotlines are actually relafacts of what occurred and why. tively realistic, with likeable and Patterson must work to well-developed female characters. create a killer and plot more Every inch of the crime and evicaptivating than dence is explored in the last with each that it is presented one of his books. every possible “Patterson must from As a result, there different viewpoint: are several antago- work to create a those of the cop, the nists who are very lawyer, the autopsy confusing in the killer and plot technician and the context and com- more captivatjournalist. plexity of the story. 12th of Never There is an ing than the proves to be an unidentified villain last.” enjoyable read for in the murder and fans of Patterson body theft of the and the crime 49ers’ girlfriend, while the story genre, but may be confusing and of the English professor grows overdone for readers not used to more encompassing as he con- the style of writing. Though the tinuously predicts murders. book is one of the later installBoxer, the only character ments in the series, it makes sure written in first person, is forced to include memories of the past to face a villain from her past in so that the actions and motives order to ease the minds of griev- of previous characters are clearly ing families, all while dealing with explained. the health problems surrounding Since such development was her newborn child. made, the book could actually be Castellano, the lawyer of the read as a stand-alone, as these group of four, is working on the details make it understandable biggest case in her entire career, for readers who have not read futilely attempting to send a wife the earlier books in the series, killer to jail while her witnesses are but first-time readers will need to being discredited at every turn. pay very close attention. With the It is always difficult to capti- innovation that Patterson often vate your readers once you have uses within his writing, it is likely written so many other books with that he will continue to produce the same plot points. Yet Pat- novels just as interesting as 12th terson manages to work through of Never proved to be.
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May 7, 2013
Failing shows require fan support
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The cast of “Parks and Recreation,” one of the many programs considered to be “on the bubble” for next year’s television season. Shows like “Parks and Recreation” require fan support to stay on the air.
by julia kuttler Staff Writer
Perhaps the only thing more challenging than getting a television show on the airwaves is keeping it on, especially when it comes to being renewed for a second season. We all know the story: Ratings are fickle and network executives are likely to pull the plug on a show as soon as it underperforms even slightly. Sometimes this is a tragedy, chiefly when a fantastic show gets cancelled too soon, and these shows often become “cult classics” with small but amazingly passionate fan bases. This brings us to what is referred to in the entertainment industry as the “bubble watch.” When a show is just barely, tenuously hanging onto its time slot, the fantasy-football-like guessing game begins as the industry attempts to predict which shows will make it and which will get cut. Fans of writer Bryan Fuller’s work will be familiar with what can happen when a critically acclaimed show does not appeal to mass audiences. The writer has had a number of masterpieces cut short, from “Dead Like Me” to “Pushing Daisies” to “Wonderfalls.” Most likely you have either never heard of these shows or, if you’ve watched them, you’ve treasured them. It seems the same tragic fate may strike yet again with Fuller’s latest series, NBC’s “Hannibal.” Arguably the best new drama on a major network, “Hannibal” has received critical acclaim but seems endangered after only four episodes due its small fan base. The show has received some flack for being too graphic for its time slot. For the most part, shows that stay and shows that go are determined not by artistic merit or quality of content, but by viewership and viewership alone. Unfortunately, the greatest appeal is for the lowest common denominator and the vast majority of shows that are continually renewed are reality competitions. Everything from “The Amazing Race” to “The Biggest Loser,” “Dancing
With the Stars” to “Hell’s Kitchen” and popular singing competitions like “American Idol” and “The Voice” will be returning to TV screens next season. Among the renewed show victories this year are the popular sitcoms “New Girl” (FOX), “The Mindy Project” (FOX) “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) “2 Broke Girls” (CBS) and “Parks and Recreation” (NBC). Dramas are judged more harshly, as it is harder to hold a viewer’s attention span for an hour-long program, but Fox’s “The Following,” starring Kevin Bacon, is a sure thing. Shows that remain “on the bubble,” in addition to “Hannibal” include “Body Of Proof,” “The New Normal,” “Happy Endings” and “Beauty and the Beast.” For some of these shows cancellation is predicted—and this is exactly where viewership matters. Only a serious spike in ratings is enough to keep these unstable shows afloat. Occasionally, television executives are actually merciful in cutting off shows before they have a chance to become total train wrecks. You may remember my review of “Do No Harm” which
was cancelled after its second episode when it crashed and burned in both ratings and reviews. Similarly, shows like “Smash” and “The Office”—both of which were great at one point, and then faltered— are being removed before they alienate viewers completely. The same cannot be said about the many shows that have hit a plateau in their development. Series like “How I Met Your Mother,” “Bones” and “Supernatural” seem to have stalled out, but are returning anyway. Some deadman-walking shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Criminal Minds,” “Glee” and “Two and a Half Men” keep making episodes while quality continually declines. While ratings are sometimes a good measure of standard, such as returning dramas “Arrow” and “Bates Motel,” which have had high enough ratings to stay on the air, the massive franchise-style shows often steal thunder from programs that deserve better. TV is probably better off without cancelled shows like “The Carrie Diaries” and “Gossip Girl,” but the flip side of this is that sometimes even the strongest fan bases just cannot keep
a show in business, as the cancelled “Fringe” and hanging-by-a-thread “Hannibal” can attest. In order to receive a new season, a show must find a way to appeal to the masses. In the end, television shows are dependent on fan support to keep their momentum going. Even the shows that seem to be a sure
thing could be in danger soon. Fans of shows like “Castle,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Scandal,” “Revolution” and “Parenthood” should stay dedicated if they want to ensure that these shows keep showing up on the airwaves. Show your support and the TV executives will have no choice but to take notice.
May 7, 2013
Pios to face-off at home in NCAAs
The Pioneer men’s lacrosse team clinched an at-large bid and will face-off against Albany at home for the second NCAA Tournament game the Pioneers have hosted in program history.
Men’s lax takes 2nd at ECAC Tournament by alex proietti Sports Editor
The No. 4/3 nationally ranked and top-seeded Pioneer men’s lacrosse team finished second at last weekend’s Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament Saturday after a 10-8 win Thursday over Fairfield before falling 10-9 to Ohio State on Saturday. Despite falling to the Buckeyes, Denver gained an at-large bid to the tournament and is set to host Albany on Saturday. After being defeated 10-9 in overtime by Fairfield on April 20, the Pioneers redeemed themselves in the first round of the ECAC Tournament to advance to the championship. Scoring for the Pioneers were senior midfielder Cameron Flint and sophomore midfielder Wes Berg with a hat trick each, along with senior attackman Eric Law, sophomore midfielder Eric Adamson and senior midfielders Chase Carraro and Taylor Young with a goal each. Sophomore Ryan LaPlante and junior Jamie Faus split the game in goal with LaPlante making six saves and Faus with eight while both allowing four goals apiece. “I am so proud of this team because they did not give up at any point in this game today,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “Even when Fairfield came back to tie it twice late in the game, these guys really rallied around each other, and you could tell that they had the will to win. I also thought our goalie play was really good tonight with Ryan and Jamie in the net.” Leading Fairfielder were junior attackman/midfielder Eric Wardan and junior attackman Jordan Greenfield with a hat trick each, while junior goalkeeper Jack Murphy made 11 saves in the effort. The Pioneers struck first Thursday with two straight goals from Young and Berg, his 40th of the season, giving Denver a 2-0 lead at 6:27 in the first frame of the game. Fairfield responded with a pair of goals from Greenfield to tie the game at 2-2 at the close of the first quarter. Denver opened the second quarter scoring in the same fashion as the first with two consecutive goals from Carraro and Flint, giving the Pioneers a two-goal lead with just over five minutes remaining in the half. Fairfield cut the Pioneer lead to one
goal when Warden beat LaPlante, but Berg responded less than a minute later and put the score at 5-3. Fairfield struck one more time before the close of the first half capitalizing on a Denver penalty and sending both teams to the locker rooms with Denver leading 5-4. After a Pioneer goalie change and a scoreless first 11 minutes in the second half, Flint found the net again for his second goal of the game to regain the Pioneers two-goal lead at 6-4, only to be answered by Greenfield for his third goal of the game and final of the third quarter. Fairfield’s Warren opened the fourth quarter scoring with 11:38 remaining in the final stanza of the game before Berg answered to make the score 7-6. Fairfield responded with another goal before Flint found the net for the third time with just eight minutes remaining in regulation to make the score 8-7. Adamson scored his lone goal of the game for the Pioneers to extend Denver’s lead to 9-7 before Fairfield’s Warden cut the lead again. Law added the final tally of the game to make the score its final 10-8 and send the Pioneers to the finals to face Ohio State. Fairfield outshot the Pioneers 43-34 and held the ground ball advantage (2619), while the Pioneers held the advantage in saves 14-11. Saturday’s action The Pioneers were knocked off Saturday by the Buckeyes 11-10 for the ECAC crown in the final seconds of the game. The win secured an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament for Ohio State, while the Pioneers await an at-large bid. Leading the Denver scoring effort were Law, Berg and senior midfielder Chase Carraro with two goals each, while Flint, Adamson, junior midfielder Jeremy Noble and Young each chipped in one. Carraro also finished the day winning 13-of-24 faceoffs and tallied eight ground balls. Sophomore midfielders Jesse King and Turner Evans led the Buckeyes with six points off two goals and four assists, and four goals, respectively. ECAC Championship MVP senior attackman Logan Schuss finished Saturday with three points off two goals and an assist. LaPlante and Faus split goaltime again on Saturday, with LaPlante making seven saves in the first half while allowing six goals and Faus making three saves in the second half and allowed five goals. Junior goalkeeper Greg Dutton defended the Ohio State goal and made nine saves, while allowing 10 goals.
Ohio State opened the scoring on Saturday after nearly 10 scoreless minutes with two goals within less than a minute from Evans and senior midfielder Dan Wertz to jump out to a 2-0 lead with 5:06 remaining in the first quarter before the Pioneers struck back. Carraro got Denver on the board first with 4:59 remaining in the first frame, only to be answered by King, who regained the Buckeye’s twogoal lead. Berg cut the lead back to one goal before King struck again to close the period with a 4-2 Buckeye lead. Young opened the second quarter scoring with a goal that brought the score to 4-3 before Ohio State responded with two straight within less than a minute of each other from freshman attackman Carter Brown and Evans. Less than a minute later, Noble sparked a three-goal run for Denver with a goal with 10:04 remaining in the period before Law and Berg scored with 3:42 and 3:02 remaining in the half, respectively. The effort brought the score to a 6-6 deadlock as both teams retired to the locker room for halftime.
Just 32 seconds into the second half, Ohio State regained the lead with a goal from Schuss before Denver countered. Adamson knotted the score at 7-7 with 12:21 remaining in the third quarter. Carraro followed up with a goal of his own to give Denver its only lead of the game with six minutes remaining in the third frame. Ohio State scored a pair of goals within a minute of each other to regain the lead 9-8. Flint responded and leveled the score to close the third quarter at a deadlocked 9-9. After a defensive first 10 minutes of the final stanza, Ohio State finally broke the scoreless period with a goal from Schuss with just over four minutes remaining in the game to lead the Pioneers 10-9. Law countered to knot the score at 10-10 with a goal off an assist from Flint with 2:52 remaining, but Ohio State was able to find the net one final time with 24 seconds left when Evans secured the 11-10 win, gaining an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament for the Buckeyes.
The Pioneers took 2nd at the MPSF Tournament
After a 3-0 jump start, USC battled back, tightening the game to 4-3. Denver led 8-5 at halftime, but again the Trojans came back to close the gap to 9-7. In the end, the Pioneers finished strong with a 7-1 scoring run to finish the game. “USC is a great team, and we were really happy to earn the win,” said 2013 MPSF Coach of the Year Liza Kelly. “I am really proud of this team for handling everything thrown at them today.” With the victory, the Pioneers stretched their win streak to 15 games. Senior midfielder Mikayla Clark recorded a career-high five points off of a hat trick and two assists, while sophomore attack Jill Remenapp, who leads the nation in assists, recorded three helpers along with a goal. Junior attack Jenn Etzel scored three goals and an assist for the Pioneers. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Hook saved 13 in her third straight game with at least 13 saves.
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Women’s lax clinches first ever NCAA berth by danny zimny-schmitt Senior Reporter
The Denver women’s lacrosse team won the first game of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament held over the weekend in Eugene, Ore. on Thursday before losing in the championship game on Saturday. Although the Pioneers missed the automatic qualifier that comes with a MPSF championship, the women were still chosen for an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament. In Denver’s first game of the MPSF Conference Tournament against the University of Southern California on Thursday, the Pioneers tromped the Trojans by a final score of 17-11. The Pioneers, who earned the top seed in the tournament, jumped out to an early lead in the game—one they would not relinquish.
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May 7, 2013
GAME TALK Hulwick brings experience to women’s golf Richest man
Lindsay Hulwick took over the helm of the women’s golf program after Sammy Chergo left her post in February.
by alex johnson Editor-in-Chief
Lindsay Hulwick was selected in February as the head coach of the women’s golf program at DU; she brings over a decade of golf experience to the position. Hulwick, a Colorado native, attended and golfed at Heritage High School
in Littleton. She studied finance at Tulane University, where she played with their golf program from 2001-2005. In 2002 Hulwick made the All-Conference USA Freshman team in addition to being selected for the All-Conference USA in her final three seasons. Her philosophy on coaching revolves around preparing her
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players for life beyond their time at student athletes. “I want to create an environment that challenges my players and also is very optimistic,” said Hulwick. “We have fun, and we’re positive. I challenge them to think outside the box or to feel uncomfortable so they learn and grow and are ready for the real world, [whether it’s] playing professionally or finding a job in the business world.” Hulwick also added that she is “preparing them for the unexpected.” Prior to her selection as head coach for the Pioneers, Hulwick spent June 2012 through early 2013 as the assistant coach at the University of Georgia. Hulwick previously spent seven years at DU as assistant coach for four years and associate head coach for three. Hulwick said the biggest difference in her new role is that
she gets to make more decisions, adding, “It’s all up to me now.” Hulwick says that her transition into the role was simple, noting that she had very little time to practice with the women before their first competition in her new leading role. “I feel like it was a pretty easy transition, so I don’t really know if there were a lot of challenges. I knew the girls well, and recruited them and had already coached them,” said Hulwick. Her first day on the job as head coach was a tournament in Florida. The Pioneers also recently gained their 10th consecutive conference title and first WAC honor under Hulwick. Hulwick says that the transition out of the WAC and into the Summit League will have little impact on the women’s golf program. Hulwick also gave credit to the players for the victory over San Jose State and other teams last week. “They care so much about DU and the women’s golf program. We all wanted to win, of course,” said Hulwick. “They played with such heart and pride in the university and our golf program that we had a player shoot her best round all year, had our freshman step up for two rounds and our junior play two solid rounds to win by six.” Outside of her role as a coach, Hulwick is an LPGA golf instructor and enjoys playing rounds with her family, friends and new fiancé. She also received a master’s degree in sports and performance psychology from DU in 2012. The women’s team will compete May 9-11 in the NCAA Women’s West Regional Competition at Stanford University. The team will enter the competition as the 11th seed. “We don’t have a lot of pressure. We can just go, play and enjoy the tournament,” said Hulwick. “If we play to our potential, I think we have a great chance.”
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On Saturday, the team took on the No. 3-seeded Stanford University. In a hard-fought and heartbreaking loss, the Pioneers snapped their 15-game winning streak, falling to Stanford 7-6. The Cardinals scored the first three goals of the game, but Denver came back to tie the game 3-3 at the half. The Pioneers led for the first time less than a minute into the second half, 4-3, but Stanford scored the next three goals, taking a lead that DU would not be able to reclaim. Remenapp scored a goal with 2:44 left in the game to bring the team to within one, but the team would not score again. Stanford won their eighth championship in the 10 years of the MPSF tournament while earning the league’s automatic qualifier for the NCAA tournament. “Stanford played a really great game,” said Kelly. “I am
really proud of our defensive performance, and I think we had some great plays on attack. Hopefully our body of work gets us an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.” Lead scorers included Remenapp with two goals and an assist as well as redshirt senior Kara Secora with two goals. Hook also made eight saves for the Pioneers. On Sunday night, the Pioneers were selected to receive an at-large berth for the NCAA tournament. They will play in the first round in Gainesville, Florida, on Friday at 2 p.m. MT. “We are so excited. I’ve never been more proud of our team,” said senior captain Kate Henrich. “We, as a program, are making history and can’t wait to take on Jacksonville.” The Pioneers will be facing the Jacksonville Dolphins, who won the inaugural Atlantic Sun Tournament championship to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Clarion sports staff dives deep into the world of athletics.
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The richest man in sports raked in over $85 million competing last year, before any endorsements came into play, according to Forbes. Floyd “Money” Mayweather, boxer and promoter extraordinaire, was guaranteed a record $32 million for his last fight against Robert Guerrero. That figure was sure to rise (Statistics Brain reports he made $50 million in all) after the fight aired live on Showtime and total sponsor figures were added in. Showtime expected about one million buyers for the fight, a high figure considering Money’s relatively unknown opponent, who was guaranteed a career high $3 million to get worked over. Previously, according to ESPN.com, the record purse for a fighter occurred in 1997 when Mike Tyson infamously de-eared Evander Holyfield. Mayweather, despite a recent stint in jail on domestic violence charges, lives just about how one would expect the highest paid athlete to live. In between notoriously oddly timed training sessions, Money bunks in a 22,000 square foot mansion outside of Las Vegas. The mansion has plenty of room to store his impressive collections, ranging from his garage to his closet; Money knows how to collect. The garage boasts virtually any high end sports car a person could ask for: Ferraris, Lamborghinis and his famous Rolls Royce all grace the pristine floors. In the closet, though, lies the real money. See, Money collects money, outside of the millions he makes for every fight; Mayweather collects rare old U.S. currency, even boasting a $500 bill, according to USA Today. No collection may have ever suited a man better than this. The key to Floyd Mayweather’s success in a boxing world that often manufactures broke and broken champions (see Tyson, Mike) has been his ability to take the largest cut of the money possible, due largely to his self-promotion. The high-school dropout has not conformed to the traditional boxing manner of promotion, handling all of his own advertising in order to reap the most dollars possible. Simple and genius, Money has brought a big name back to a boxing community that has been glaringly devoid of such a name since the fall of Tyson. While he is only 36, boxing is loving making Money Mayweather the richest man in sports. Judging by his previous success and dedication to his training, Mayweather may just be around to continue making his money for some time. Of his 44 career wins, 26 have come via knockout, due in large part to his incredible boxing IQ and ability to defend himself from the types of blows that end careers. Hopefully, his defense will stay strong as his bank account continues to grow.
May 22, 7, 2013 2012
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Redshirt senior Kara Secora leads the women’s lacrosse team in scoring.
by anna gauldin Senior Reporter
Her brother, three years older, started playing lacrosse in sixth grade and continued on to play at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. Her father became a coach and worked with both siblings, and her mother has been by her side through it all. When it came time for the Denver local to decide which university to commit to five years ago, DU’s proximity to her home was one of the largest factors, allowing her parents to attend as
many games as possible. “My dad coached my brother all the way up through high school, and then he coached me as well,” said Secora. “He’s been there for me the entire time, and my brother inspired me to get better. We went out every single day with my dad and practiced as much as we could, probably an hour every day.” Now in the home stretch of her final season as a Pioneer, Secora continues to make an impact in every game. She has finished the past three seasons as one of the team’s top three scorers, and she currently sits in second for 2013 with 80 points off 55
goals and 25 assists. In the team’s April 26 victory over Oregon, Secora broke the program’s alltime scoring record after she attained 261 career points. “It takes a lot of hard work,” said Secora. “There are definitely ups and downs, and it’s a roller coaster ride. You just have to know that some days are going to be better and some days are going to be worse. Every day, even if it’s 10 minutes, even if you just have a stick in your hand, just make sure you devote the time every single day to get better.” Secora originally joined the Pioneer squad in 2009, soon to receive a medical redshirt her freshman year to allow stress fractures in both shins to heal. By the time the 2010 season rolled around, Secora was ready for action, starting all 18 games for Denver and earning recognition as the conference newcomer of the year in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). In both the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Secora was named All-MPSF First Team after accomplishments such as ranking seventh in the nation in assists per game in 2011 and finishing first in the MPSF in game-winning goals in 2012. Last Wednesday, she earned her third straight All-MPSF First Team honor, joined by three of her teammates in the 2013 selection. “She works so hard,” said head coach Liza Kelly. “She’s one of those kids that leads by example in everything she does and puts her whole
heart into it. She’s a really skilled player and a really smart player.” Now playing at attack for the Pioneer squad, Secora was originally a midfielder for her high school team at Kent Denver, where she set the alltime scoring record with 317 career points. According to Kelly, Secora’s speed has carried over from midfield to attack, allowing her to dominate the field, and her ability to both shoot and assist marks her as a dual threat. “She redshirted right away her freshman year, so I would joke with her all along that her fifth year was going to be mind boggling for her with how easy the game would come to her, and I think that’s clearly what’s happened,” said Kelly. “From our end of things as coaches, it’s like having another coach on the field.” Secora is currently finishing up her final quarter at DU, and she will graduate with degrees in both psychology and business administration. Post-graduation, she will be completing a paid internship with Level 3 Communications in Broomfield, Colo., which she hopes will eventually turn into a job. In the meantime, however, she remains focused on lacrosse. “I’m just going day by day knowing that lacrosse is going to end soon for me, so I’m soaking up every minute,” said Secora.
Men’s laxMay 7, 2013 hunts for NCAA crown Continued from 14
Despite the loss, Denver held a 36-27 shot advantage, 30-24 ground ball advantage, 10-9 advantage in saves and won 13-of-25 face-offs. Denver was selected as the No. 4 seed for the NCAA tournament to face Albany on Saturday at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. This game will mark the second time in program history that Denver has hosted an NCAA playoff game. “We are thrilled about the season that our young men put together, with so many big victories and an ECAC Regular season championship,” said Tierney. “We are also very excited to be in our fourth straight NCAA Tournament and honored to be able to host a great Albany team. Denver Lacrosse fans will witness early fireworks when two of the nation’s best offenses get together here on Saturday evening.” If the Pioneers top Albany, they play the winner of No. 5-seeded North Carolina vs. Lehigh at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., on Sunday, May 19 at either 10 a.m. MT or 12:30 p.m. MT. “It means everything to have the chance to play another home game at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium,” said Law. “It’s going to be a great game for our fans and I’m looking forward to this opportunity that we have at continuing our season.”