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Ofo begins its one year pilot on DU’s campus

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ast week, DU welcomed a new dockless bike-sharing program on campus called Ofo. This new program is a part of DU’s goal to increase sustainability and is currently under a one-year pilot. Students, faculty and staff with a DU email address can unlock and ride one of the 200 bright yellow bikes that are located across campus with the Ofo app, so long as the riders park

their bikes in any bikeshare parking box painted on campus. The first two weeks are free, but afterwards, there are several subscription packages for the DU community to choose from: $0.50 an hour, $9.95 per month, $25.95 per quarter or $69.95 per year. Because it’s a one-year pilot, it’s up to the Ofo users to keep the pilot going by using the

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bikes responsibly. DU’s Parking and Mobility Services suggest these tips for keeping the program on campus: Place bikes in designated parking boxes when finished with the ride and do not park in undesignated areas on campus, report improper usage or damaged bikes, do not impede the paths of mobility by parking bikes on sidewalks and do not deface campus and the community by placing bikes where they don’t belong. The program even rewards good behavior by giving users points and punishes bad behavior by taking away points. For

example, users can earn one point for parking the Ofo bike correctly and three points for reporting an illegally parked bike. Likewise, points can be taken away for bad behavior, such as parking improperly (minus 10 points) and improperly locking a bike (minus 50 points). If a user’s points are reduced to zero, they can no longer use the program. Ofo is a quick and easy way to get around campus that doesn’t cost too much money, and is a sustainable alternative to driving. Grace Carson | Executive Editor

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DU Club Figure Skating performs with DU Hockey

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s a part of their annual fundraiser for the DU Club Figure Skating team, the team performed a short routine to several hip-hop selections with members of the 2017-2018 Men’s Hockey team. The spectators present were treated to routines by individual skaters, as well as several group routines. The skaters opened the program out with a group skate to Fergie’s “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody,” followed by individual programs with song choices ranging from Disney classics to top hits from Bruno Mars, as well as hits from Abba and Nelly, plus a few small group skates. The last program before a break to resurface the ice was the group number with the Denver Hockey team to a mash-up of Jason Derulo’s “Whatcha Say,” “One Two Step” by Ciara and “Break Your Heart” by Taio Cruz. After a short intermission, the individual and small group programs continued. The audience was treated

to original programs featuring songs from The Moody Blues, Cascada, Delta Rae and Lord Huron, as well as songs off of popular movies, such as “Burlesque” and “La La Land.” Each skater’s personality shone through their programs and garnered support throughout the audience. Following a busy season in which the team traveled to University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Los Angeles and Colorado College, the DU Figure Skating team placed eighth in the the Intercollegiate National Championships that they hosted at Magness Arena. The year’s end show, in the words of senior Ashley Pickhardt, “just let us go and be ourselves without having the rules of competition behind us and that stress.” The feeling was echoed by the current president, senior Anna Williams. “It’s just a really fun experience, and we take the two to three weeks beforehand, too,” Williams said after the show. “Like we’re together every morning running these group routines, and you know

it can be frustrating and hard and tiring, but in the end, when you’re out here, we’re having the audience watch, and you know you’re all coordinated it’s so worth it.” The incoming president, sophomore Mo Windmueller, agreed, saying, “The ice show is the greatest thing we do all year because it includes every single skater on the team ... This invites everybody onto the ice to express themselves. And there’s so much support and love between all of us no matter how anything goes, if it’s good or bad, we’re all giving each other hugs when we get off the ice.” The support from the team is something that graduating grad student and show chair Emily Sacks will always be grateful for. “The teammates that worked with me for the past few months have been incredible. I have a lot of outside work that I do, so having them there, knowing that they’d respond to my texts within the next five minutes, was really nice,” Sacks said. “I don’t even know where to begin about

my love for my teammates either. They’re some of the greatest people I’ve ever met.” Freshman Kayleigh Barnhart and future vice president could not agree more, saying, “As a first year, I was nervous about all things college, but after the first practice, this team made me feel at home. This team supports me on and off the ice and has made sure I feel like I belong on the team.” Sacks encourages students considering the team to “do it, it doesn’t matter if you had 20 years of experience, or 20 days, or if this is your first time on ice. I think everyone on this team is so welcoming to everyone else. We have girls that just put on their first pair of skates on September 10 or something, and they’re out here doing the show out here with us. Everybody wants to see each other succeed.”

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Women’s Lacrosse falls to Maryland in second round

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he No. 23 ranked Denver Pioneers Women’s Lacrosse team put up a strong fight against No. 2 ranked Maryland, ultimately falling 15-4 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Pioneers came into the game after a 19-10 win against No. 17, High Point. Maryland kept Denver off the board until the last few minutes of the first half, with freshman Eliza Radochonski (Englewood, Colo.) scoring the first Denver goal at eight minutes with an assist from senior Caitlin Derry (Seal Beach, Calif.). Her goal was followed up by

a free position goal from BIG EAST Co-Freshman of the Year, Quintin Hoch-Bullen (Severn, Ontario). In the second half, Denver scored twice more at 23:23 and 21:34. The first goal came from Radochonski, with an assist from Hoch-Bullen, while the second goal was a free position goal from sophomore Laura Milleker (Severna Park, Md.). The Pioneer defense held Maryland to just four goals in the first half, a score that tied the lowest total in a half for Maryland. Sophomore goalkeeper Carson Gregg (Severna Park, Md.) was instrumental in the defense, saving six shots that she

faced in the first period, holding Maryland to seven goals on 15 free position opportunities. BIG EAST All-Tournament Team junior draw specialist Maddie Baum (Piedmont, Calif.) had a game-high six draw controls, helping the Pioneers take the lead with draw controls at 11-10. Redshirt junior defense Kennedy Milburn (Whitby, Ontario), senior midfielder Riley Eggeman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and redshirt junior Katherine Fischer (Upper Nyack, N.Y.) tied the team high for ground balls, with three ground balls each. BIG EAST All-Tournament Team junior mid-

fielder Elizabeth Behrins (Basking Ridge, N.J.) led Denver with two caused turnovers. The Pioneers finished the season with a 13-7 record, reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first team in four years. This is the third time that Denver has reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Pioneers will look to return most of its key members for the 2018-2019 season, losing seniors Derry, Hannah Bocklet (Cross River, N.Y.), Katy Miele (Park City, Utah) and Emilie Arrix (Wilton Conn.). Hannah Branit | Contributing Writer


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Zeta Beta Tau wins inaugural IFC Lacrosse Tournament

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eta Beta Tau won the first annual Interfraternity Council Lacrosse Tournament with a 4-3 win over Lambda Chi Alpha. The award for winning the tournament, $1000 awarded to the winning team’s charity of choice, was awarded to the Children’s Miracle Network. All six fraternities, Lambda Chi Alpha, Zeta Beta Tau, Beta Theta Pi, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Chi and Theta Chi competed. The tournament bracket comprised of two different pools. The first pool consisted of Sigma Chi, Theta Chi and Lambda Chi Alpha. In the quarter finals, Theta Chi and Sigma Chi faced off, with Sigma Chi taking a decisive 11-1 win to head to the quarterfinals, where they faced off against Lambda Chi Alpha. Lambda Chi Alpha finished on top, taking a 9-3 win to head to the finals. In the second pool, Zeta Beta Tau and Beta Theta Pi faced off in the semifinals after Pi Kappa Phi left in

the first round. Zeta Beta Tau took a commanding early lead to secure an 11-2 win to head to the finals. In the finals, Lambda Chi Alpha and Zeta Beta Tau fought through a tight game, with Zeta Beta Tau emerging with the victory in the last few minutes of the game. “I just want to thank everyone who came out, all the fans. It was great a atmosphere. Amy Rask, the IM Coordinator, she did a great job helping me plan everything, and all the fraternities and the fraternity captains, I couldn’t have done it without any of them,” organizer Alex Frith said. “I wasn’t sure how it would go, with the weather, [but] people wanted to be here to play, the guys wanted to have a good time, and glad we were able to do it; we’re one of the first schools in the country to put this on, and hopefully we’ll do this next year.” “It was a really cool and fun event. It was really awesome to be able to have an event organized

where each fraternity on campus was able to get together and participate to raise money for charity,” Sigma Chi president junior Patrick Barrett said. “Alex did a great job putting all of this together, and we can’t wait to do it again next year!” Many shared Barrett’s sentiments. Robert Klein, a freshman member of Theta Chi, said, “It was less about each individual fraternity coming together to try and win than the IFC community coming together to have fun and play some lacrosse.” Junior Trevor Waltz, a member of Zeta Beta Tau, said, “Overall, the whole tournament was awesome. I think everyone had a lot of fun. Great atmosphere, great to get back on the field and I feel like there was a really fun and competitive atmosphere.” Evan Prechodko, a freshman in Beta Theta Pi, said, “To me it felt like a fun way to play again as a lot of the people ... haven’t played since high school, so it was a great way to knock the rust off and shoot around

with some friends.” This feeling was shared by freshman Quinn Kennedy, a member of Lambda Chi Alpha. “I think it’s built a lot of team spirit and brother spirit for your fraternity and some good healthy competition among the fraternities on campus. And at the end of the day, it’s a fun sport to play and a great chance to donate to a charity of our choice, which is awesome,” Kennedy said before the final game. Zeta Beta Tau won $1,000 to their charity, the Children’s Miracle Network. Children’s Miracle Network’s goal is to help fill funding gaps created by Medicaid and insurance programs. Carter Fite, a sophomore member of Zeta Beta Tau, said on winning, “When Buzz Aldrin was the first man to step on the moon, I feel like how he felt [was] probably how all of us felt when we won that.”

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Racial profiling at CSU all too familiar for people of color O n April 30, two Native American brothers traveled seven hours from New Mexico for a tour of Colorado State University, a school they dreamed of going to. Unfortunately, their trip didn’t go as planned when a parent called the police on them. Thomas Kanewakeron Gray, 19, and Lloyd Skanahwati Gray, 17, took the long trip by themselves and were late joining the school tour. A mother called the police because she found it odd that the pair wouldn’t answer her questions and were wearing “black clothing.” The young men were briefly questioned by police and released once it was determined that they were not a threat, but the pair missed the remainder of the tour. What happened to the Grays is all too familiar for people of color in this country. In the last few months there have been several instances where minorities have had the police called on them or have been harassed by the police for asinine reasons, like the incident with Jose Arreola. After purchasing a pack of Mentos mints at a gas station, an off-duty police officer standing behind him, pulled a gun on him because he assumed he had stolen it. At Starbucks Rashon Nelson and

Donte Robinson were arrested while sitting for two minutes because they didn’t order anything. Last week at Yale, Sarah Braasch, who is white, called the police on Lolade Siyonbola, who is black, for falling asleep in a dorm common area. In California an unidentified white woman called the police on two

space was “threatening.” The parent at CSU said she thought it was odd that the young men refused to give her their names or tell her what they were studying, as if somehow, she was entitled to that information. She wasn’t. The Grays didn’t owe her an explanation. People of color don’t owe anyone an explanation

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black men for using a charcoal grill in a “non-charcoal” grilling area zone of an Oakland park. The list goes on. Like the Grays, all these stories have something in common— a white person felt that the person of color did not belong and didn’t deserve to be there. Their existence in a public

for existing in public spaces. After the recent mass shootings in the U.S., we are encouraged to be diligent when we see suspicious behavior, but where do we draw the line between trying to be a hero and save the day, versus being a nuisance? “It’s probably nothing. I’m probably being completely

paranoid with just everything that’s happened ...,” the mother stated in the 911 recording. Was she afraid of another school mass shooting? If so, the young men didn’t fit the profile—they weren’t white males and they were not carrying any weapons or even a backpack. Being uncomfortable around someone who is different from you is not a good enough excuse to call the police. The caller herself sounded as if she knew that the phone call wasn’t necessary, when she told the dispatcher, “I feel completely ridiculous. They’re probably fine and just creepy kids,” and later, “If it’s nothing, I’m sorry, but they, it actually made me feel, like, sick, and I’ve never felt like that.” For minorities in this country, calling the police can have dire consequences. What if the situation between the young men and the police had escalated? What would the parent say then? We must stop the over policing of people of color. The Gray brothers deserved to be at the CSU tour just as much as everyone else and should not have been singled out because of their race. Amber Gantt | Contributing Writer

Iowa is getting closer to undoing Roe v. Wade

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he Iowa state legislature passed a bill on Wednesday, May 2 to ban abortion past six weeks. This is the strictest abortion restriction in the country, and it seems like Iowa is trying to get as close as possible to reversing Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, while the law still technically exists. According to NBC News, most women don’t actually learn that they’re pregnant until after six weeks, so this bill is essentially guaranteeing they won’t even have a choice to abort once they find out. This bill robs women of their bodily autonomy and is setting a precedent for other states to enact similar bills. The law makes abortion illegal as soon as a “heartbeat” can be detected, which is inaccurate and misleading. What is being called a heartbeat is actually fetal pole cardiac activity; this is much more complicated. According to Slate, during the early stages of a pregnancy, the embryo yolk sac thickens at one end, and it can be detected through a vaginal ultrasound by about six weeks. When this happens, some motion can be detected on the ultrasound, which qualifies

as early cardiac activity. Choosing to label this as a heartbeat is calculated and deliberate, as it makes it seem like a fetus could have a chance at surviving outside of the womb at this stage, which is just not possible. Roe v. Wade legalized abortion up in 1973, but anti-choice activists have been trying to undo it since it was passed. The main argument is about “protecting life”, and they consider an unborn fetus a life from the moment of conception. The Iowa bill is able to exist because it isn’t banning abortion, just restricting it to a certain week. But it might as well have banned it, because most abortions happen after six weeks anyway. Roe v. Wade also allows for a “balance” between protecting women’s health and protecting human life, and those in favor of the bill are able to use the latter argument to justify the bill’s passing. Iowa legislators have said they hope the law sets a nationwide precedent, and Republican representatives from other states have already praised the bill’s passing and say they hope it inspires similar bills in their states. However, Roe v. Wade contains a provision that access to

abortion cannot place an “undue burden” upon the woman, which means that abortion needs to be easy for a woman to obtain if she so chooses and not force her to go to unnecessary lengths just to get one. For example, even though the Supreme Court struck it down, Texas attempted to pass a bill that required abortion clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers and have hospital admitting privileges. This was unreasonable because the majority of abortions are done non-surgically in the first thirteen weeks of pregnancy and are safer than childbirth, and the unnecessary requirements made half of the state’s forty-one abortion clinics close. The bill passed in Iowa could meet the undue burden standard, because it would require a woman to travel out of state to get an abortion past six weeks, which is not feasible for a lot of women due to time and/or money. Planned Parenthood announced that they would be suing the state of Iowa to prevent the law from going into effect. However, the fact that this bill was even able to pass in the first place shows that the anti-choice side will not be going down with-

out a fight. It would be naive to think that this bill is never going to actually pass because of how severe it is, and that kind of thinking leads to complacency. This bill cannot be allowed to slip through under the radar or simply be forgotten about after a week or two. It is an egregious attack on women’s reproductive rights, and we must do whatever we can to keep it from going into effect and prevent other states from passing their own versions of the bill. Bills like these that are based on medically inaccurate language and that have been disavowed by actual doctors should not be able to pass. It is misleading, and those who proposed it should be forced to phrase it using medically accurate terminology so people actually know the truth about what it is suggesting, instead of having their emotions played by pretending it is the same as a heartbeat. This bill will do nothing but increase the amount of unsafe abortions and put women’s health at risk. It is not about preserving life. It is about controlling women’s bodies and doing whatever it takes to strip them of a choice all together. Sara Loughran | Contributing Writer


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Keep buses in the transportation conversation

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n May 7, DU hosted the Impact of Driverless Mobility conference, bringing together a number of experts in different focuses related to autonomous vehicles. Discussion ranged from the practical to the wishful, but one point that emerged clearly was that vehicle sharing will be one of the most important features of future mobility as a way to combat congestion and high transit costs. Buses are one of our primary shared vehicles currently, and the event speakers indicated that buses are promising focuses of improvement in the future. For those hoping to see better mass transit systems in cities but uncertain that the self-driving car takeover will solve all of our problems, a focus on better buses, autonomous or not, is a good goal for city leaders to keep promoting. Infrequent and inconsistent service is often a problem commuters see with using buses as their primary method of transportation, and the “last mile problem” also comes into play—a bus stop may be inconveniently far from either a rider’s home or their destination, adding time to the overall trip. Though these problems may push some people

into their cars instead, there is a considerable number of people for whom bus transit is their only option—an assessment of the demographics of bus riders from the American Public Transit Association found that less than one half of bus riders have a vehicle available. When we talk about future goals for transit and mobility, it is important to remember that buses are a form of transportation that is accessible across a wide range of incomes and physical abilities. In a May 9 article about buses and technology, CityLab acknowledged the interesting role that autonomous buses could fill—they have the potential to be more programmable since they follow a set route, and this could mean more frequent service by supplementing service of human-driven buses. But the article also points to other ways that buses can get better without having to be futuristic autonomous vehicles. New York City and Los Angeles are already looking into switching their bus fleets over to electric, and though acquisition costs are still higher for electric buses, maintenance and energy costs are lower in the long term. Denver has already experi-

enced the popularity of electric buses with frequent service—the Free Mall Ride on 16th Street Mall went fully electric in 2016, and even before then, from 2014-2015, weekly ridership was approximately 44,000 people (the Mall Ride is also free which clearly means more riders). If electric buses become cheaper to operate in the long term and encourage more people to ride, possibly lowering already-subsidized fare, this could impact what service Denver is able to provide. Another major upside of buses is that they use existing roadways and are therefore much more financially feasible than building miles of new light rail or train track. The challenge is how to best use those existing roadways—buses still get stuck in traffic and may not arrive as frequently as riders would like. Here, Denver can look to Seattle, the one major city where bus ridership has actually gone up— Seattle has worked on giving more right-of-way to buses, designating bus-only lanes to keep capacity high and transport more people per hour than regular lanes. Denver’s improvements will have to be specific to our city and our roads, but helping bus right-of-way is a good

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way to maximize how efficient service can be. Goals for buses in the future may be as practical as looking at traffic flow and lane use or may be as futuristic as autonomous vehicles, but what matters most is that bus improvements stay in the discussion of how to make city (and suburb) transit better. Buses remain one of the most accessible methods of transit, and for many people, they are one of the only available options. We shouldn’t look at buses as outdated and unreliable but rather as one of the areas of mass transit with high potential for improvement. Elizabeth Lochhead | Opinions Editor


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Arctic Monkeys’ album breaks new ground

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here comes a time in a band’s career where judgement from their fanbase is inescapable. If their sound never changes, they’re seen as stagnant and early bloomers. Change the sound drastically, and they’re accused of not having an identity and being too inconsistent. Sheffield-based band Arctic Monkeys gracefully walks the line between the two extremes. Their ability to evolve gracefully is evident in their discography and most fans have been able to stand behind their decisions whilst collecting new ones with each release. In “Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino,” the band’s newest release in five years, their evolution continues, but this is likely going to be their most divisive album yet. This sixth album will take listeners to new territories in more ways

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than one. Musically, this album has the piano as its most valuable player along with heavy base, polished vocals from Alex Turner and (for Arctic Monkeys) subtle guitars. Compared to previous projects, Tranquility Base has a haunting, classic Hollywood sound that cruises through every verse. The laid back yet space-esque tunes are appropriate for the majority of the album’s location—a hotel and casino on the moon, centering an album on a specific, albeit fictional, area is also new territory for Turner and company. Lyrically, this is one of the band’s strongest records. There are several moments of humor and self-awareness that only Turner can successfully execute. It’s obvious from the first line that Turner does not want you to ignore their decade long career. “I just

wanted to be one of The Strokes / Now look at the mess you made me make,” he sings as the first line in the album opening track, “Star Treatment.” Despite Tranquility Base being announced only about a month prior to its release and without a proper single, “Four Out of Five” would be a great introductory track for this divisive album. The track contains a catchy riff (especially in the outro) and humorous lyrics that describe the album’s setting (“Cute new places keep on popping up / Around Clavius, it’s all getting gentrified”). “Science Fiction” is another album highlight, for it functions as an ode to the genre and sprinkles in some more meta moments as Turner sings, “I want to make a simple point about peace and love / But in a sexy way where it’s not

obvious / Highlight dangers and send out hidden messages.” One reason why this album is divisive (just look at Twitter’s response) is due to its succinct sound. It requires effort to pick out the charming intricacies of Tranquility Base. If one chooses to just play this passively in the background, these tracks may run the risk of sounding too similar, coming across as one long song. Especially for fans of their previous album, “AM,” this album runs the risk of potentially being too far a jump in a different direction and could therefore be disappointing to those waiting five years for a follow-up to the highly acclaimed album. But this can easily be overlooked for fans who understand that the band does not make the same album twice. Arctic Monkeys has proven themselves as a dynamic act not limited by the boundaries of genre. To have an eclectic collection of albums each able to stand on their own is an accomplishment nonetheless. Since their release of their 2006 debut, “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not,” Turner has consistently brought sharp lyrics into each record while keeping listeners intrigued with whatever sound they choose to commit to at the time. Tranquility Base is just another stepping stone in the band’s evolution. In the greater picture, this is another strong—yet acquired—addition to a discography that is already guaranteed to be remembered in rock-androll history. Daniela Santos | News Editor

Bollywood movies to get you through Spring Quarter

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e’re hitting that point in the quarter where our friends at other schools are already out for the summer, and thanks to the quarter system, we’re looking at just under a month until we can trade in our school backpacks for travel backpacks. It’s common to want a little push to get through the next three weeks— something that’s livelier, more entertaining and more musical than your daily espresso shots. If you’re looking to kill a few hours when you’re not living vicariously through your friend’s Mexico photos, check out the following list of Bollywood movies to spice up your last few weeks at DU before summer.

If you’re looking for a good cry: “Kal Ho Na Ho” Here’s a Bollywood classic involving a girl whose broken family needs help getting back on its feet after the father’s death. This movie features Shah Rukh Khan (a.k.a The King of Bollywood) who appears in most of the classic films. “Kal Ho Na Ho” is typically viewed as the introduction to Bollywood that most people receive because it’s set in New York and can be more relatable than those that are set in India. Despite the tears of sadness that this movie may induce, you will undoubtedly have the same amount, if not more, tears of laughter. Bollywood generally does a great job of making you feel various emotions, regardless of what you’re prepared for, which is probably the result of producing extremely lengthy films.

If you’re looking for a good laugh: “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani” A nerdy, goody-two-shoes girl falls in love with an adventurous guy whose passion for travel takes precedence over everything else in his life. The soundtrack has some of the most popular Bollywood songs, most of which you’ll hear if you’re ever at an Indian wedding. If you’re on the fence, check out “Balam Pichkari” and “Badtameez Dil” for a quick sample. Fun fact: the two lead actors, Deepika Padukone (“Om Shanti Om”) and Ranbir Kapoor (“Barfi!”), went through a pretty rough break up just about a year before this movie was made. Despite how fresh their break up was, they still have the same undeniable chemistry that they had when they were dating.

If you’re looking for a movie about travel: “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” This two-and-a-half hour movie has a plotline similar to that of “The Hangover”: three guys embark on a trip throughout Spain for a bachelor party with the overarching theme of living life to the fullest. The title literally translates to “You won’t get a second life.” If you’re looking for a movie about friendship, travel and risk-taking, this movie is the perfect option. If you’re looking for a solid romance movie: “Veer Zaara” This is a true Bollywood classic that involves a squadron leader who spends 22 years behind bars

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for the ultimate sacrifice of love. Fair warning: this was the first movie during which I ever cried, but it’s still one of my all-time favorites. I can guarantee you’ve never seen a romance plot quite like this one. It also provides a brief history lesson on the Indo-Pakistani conflict that we still see today between the two countries. If you want to get in the perfect wedding season mood: “Band Baaja Baaraat” Two strangers start their own wedding planning company and face an unexpected obstacle that shatters their partnership and their relationship with customers. This soundtrack is familiar to all of us Bollywood fans, particularly the tracks “Ainvayi Ainvayi” and “Dum Dum” (check out the music videos for them too). As surprising as it may seem, this was the first movie that Ranveer Singh starred in, paving his way for over a dozen future roles.

If you’re looking for a family-oriented movie:“Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham” When “family” and “Bollywood” are mentioned together, this is the first movie that comes to mind. The center of most of Buzzfeed India’s content and a real tear-jerker, K3G (as we call it) explores the complicated dynamic of wealthy Indian parents whose son marries a woman of a lower class. The title translates to “Sometimes happy, sometimes sad,” which is an extremely appropriate title for its storyline. Similar to “Kal Ho Na Ho,” prepare to experience all types of emotions with this three-and-a-half hour movie. Don’t let the length of the movie scare you off, because it truly is loved by everyone who watches it. Pro tip from someone who watched three full Bollywood movies this past weekend: when I’m watching K3G alone, I typically spread it out over the course of a week. Aparna Krishnaswamy | Contributing Writer


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The Grind: Julep brings the South to Denver

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ulep, located on Larimer Street in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood, is a restaurant taking classic southern comfort food and giving it an urban flair. From traditional buttermilk biscuits to a southern twist on the Yakimen Noodle Bowl, Julep caters to the urban audience hoping to try a new cuisine not normally found in Denver. The modern atmosphere of Julep is established by its interior design and music choice. Customers enter a restaurant with modern decor, from flowered wallpaper to a mezzanine that offers a view into the kitchen. Julep does not look

like a restaurant that caters to the “sophisticated southern” cuisine that it promotes. However, a look at the one-page menu brings a call back to traditional southern cooking. Although there was only one waiter working at Julep, she also worked to promote southern hospitality to the customers and make them feel at home. One interesting dish on the menu was the Yakimen Noodle Bowl. Traditionally known for southern America’s take on Asian cuisine, the Yakimen Noodle Bowl was served with Cajun beef broth, scallions and a hard-boiled egg. The broth in the Yakimen dish

May Days 2018 is on its way M ay Days is an exciting tradition put on by the DU Programming Board (DUPB) at the end of every Spring Quarter. As finals approach and the weather gets warmer, we are getting closer to this year’s festivities May 21 - May 25. On Monday, get excited for a beach day outside of the engineering building from 3-6 p.m. There will be moon sand, a ball pit and tons of other fun activities for you to enjoy. A tie-dye station will be set up for you to tie-dye your Music Fest t-shirt, which will be on Friday the same week. Finals can be draining, so on Tuesday, DUPB is hosting a study break on Carnegie Green from 5-8 p.m. There will be nostalgic games setup, blow-up bowling and food trucks with selections ranging from acai bowls to chicken tenders. It’s a great way to come hang out with friends or make a new one. In collaboration with One Day for DU, Wednesday’s event will be happening from 9:30-4:30 on Carnegie Green. A breakfast bar will kick off the morning, and fun events will continue throughout the day that embrace the giving spirit. You can come make a sandwich with the PB&J Club for Denver’s in-need community and make a gourmet one for yourself,

paint a pot for DUPB to plant a tree in Rocky Mountain National Forest in your honor and bring your furry friend for a pet party. Thursday night, DUPB will be bringing the carnival to campus from 5-9 p.m. There will be aerial artists, magicians and caricatures, human foosball, laser tag and mini golf, along with tons of other fun carnival games. Make sure that you come hungry because there will be three food trucks and a funnel cake station. On Friday, we will be saying goodbye to Driscoll from 10-5. Swing by for a pop-up museum highlighting the building’s history, the creation of a time capsule and some yummy food. The demolition of the building will start that afternoon with a “destroy Driscoll” celebration, so get ready to throw some paint and water balloons. Closing out the festivities is Music Fest 2018. This year’s headlining artist is Cherub, with Hotel Garuda, and this year’s battle of the bands winners, The Tonics, opening. The concert will be held at the Gothic and doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale May 14 and will be $12 for individuals and $10 for student organization group orders of at least 20 people. Claire Boggs | Contributing Writer

gave it a spicy kick and fills the customer up quickly. If ordering this dish, be sure to drink plenty of water afterward. Aligning with its promotion of classic and sophisticated southern dishes, buttermilk biscuits and sausage gravy are also served at Julep. The biscuits were a melt in your mouth treat, with the sausage gravy giving it a warm and sweet topping. Two eggs, cooked in any way you choose, can also be ordered to complete a filling and satisfying lunch. Julep also offers a wide variety of cocktails to complement your meal. However, if going

to Julep on a budget, ordering a cocktail with your meal may be slightly costly. Ordering any alcoholic beverage at Julep can be saved for a special occasion, but not for a relaxing lunch on a sunny afternoon. Overall, Julep is a great addition to the RiNo neighborhood. From its inviting atmosphere to filling and satisfying dishes, Julep invites Denver to have beloved southern classics in a modern setting, leaving the customer satisfied and wanting to come again. Nina Petrovic | Contributing Writer

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DU Clarion Volume 125 Issue 17  

The DU Clarion is the official news source University of Denver student newspaper. It serves as the voice of the Pioneers.

DU Clarion Volume 125 Issue 17  

The DU Clarion is the official news source University of Denver student newspaper. It serves as the voice of the Pioneers.

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