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Fashion, food and film celebrated at DU Culture Fest


uring the week of April 9, DU hosted a series of events on campus aimed towards celebrating cultural diversity. Culture Fest has been a DU tradition for over 30 years. Its purpose is to provide a day in which all students can celebrate who they are and where they come from. This year, Culture Fest was extended to include a weeklong series of events that began on April 9 with a Culture Fest kickoff event from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sie Complex. Through the rest of the week, other events were hosted such as an international musical bingo night, a culture week fashion show and a world movie night where the Bollywood film, “3 Idiots,” was played. These events led up to the main culture fest celebration on Friday. The culture week fashion show was hosted from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Driscoll Ballroom on April 11. For this event, DU students got the opportunity to

walk on a runway as they wore styles from Native Fashion in the City, an organization aimed to support the indigenous community in the fashion world. As well, students were styled by Native Gorilla, whose mission is to inspire peace, love and spirit through various communities.

For the fashion show, students walked down the runway in styles that represented different cultures across the globe, from Vietnam to India, as they were cheered on by a crowd of students. On April 13, the main Culture Festival occurred where stu-

dents were encouraged to share their own culture and learn more about others through activities such as calligraphy and dancing as they were also encouraged to try different cuisines. Jessica Silva | Contributing Writer

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APRIL 18, 2018



Denver Lacrosse earns perfect record in BIG EAST play


he DU Pioneers defeated St. John’s 15-6 in their BIG EAST home opener, a game which was the 27th straight sellout at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Senior Joe Reid (Petaluma, Calif.) completed his first hat trick, junior attackman Austin French (Danville, Calif.) scored a career-high five goals and senior faceoff specialist Trevor Baptiste (Denville, N.J.) finished 19-of-24. Reid opened scoring in the first quarter at 11:55 with an assist from French. Reid scored again at 8:34, off an assist from senior Colton

McCaffrey (Parker, Colo.). Saint John’s scored, bringing the score to 2-1. This would be the closest that Saint John’s would get to matching Denver’s score. The final score for Denver in the first quarter was a goal from French, off an assist from Reid. In the second quarter, Reid was the first scorer again, finishing his hat trick off an assist from McCaffrey. Reid was the first scorer in a 6-0 Denver run that saw five different Pioneers score. Redshirt senior Connor Flynn (Charlotte, N.C.) scored at 9:34, followed by freshman Ted Sullivan (Tucson, Ariz.) at 7:51, junior Colton Jackson (Highlands

Ranch, Colo.) at 7:27 and French at 7:19 and 2:18. In the third quarter, Denver extended its lead to 11-1 before Saint John’s answered. French was the first Pioneer to score, with an assist credited to Jackson. He was followed by senior Zach Runberg (Centennial, Colo.), who was assisted by sophomore Ethan Walker (Peterborough, Ontario). Although Saint John’s answered with two goals to bring the score to 11-3, the Pioneers were not deterred. French and senior Nick Phillips (Denver, Colo.) scored to bring the score to 13-4 at the end of the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Walker and junior Nate Marano (Tustin, Calif.) scored, bringing the final score to 15-6. With this win, Denver is now 24-0 in all time BIG EAST regular season play, and 3-0 in this season’s BIG EAST play. Denver closes out its road schedule against Providence on April 21, at 11 a.m. M.T. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network and ESPN Denver 1600.

Hannah Branit | Contributing Writer

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DU Women’s Lacrosse dominates Villanova 14-8


U Women’s Lacrosse sealed a 14-8 victory over the Villanova Wildcats on April 13 on their home field after a 9-8 comeback by their opponent. In the last twelve minutes, the Pioneers scored five goals to close their win over the Wildcats. With the win, Denver moved to a 9-4 record on the year and a 4-2 record in the BIG EAST. The game started out neck-andneck as the Wildcats scored the first two goals of the game, which were answered by four Denver goals scored, including back-to-back goals from sophomore midfielder Molly Little (Tiverton, R.I.), to take a 5-2 lead. DU led 6-3 at the half. In the second half, Villanova

stormed back with a 5-3 run to close Denver’s lead to just one goal at 9-8, to which the Pioneers responded with the final five goals of the game to secure the win. Junior attack Julia Feiss (Baltimore, Md.) led the offense with four goals, three of which came in the first half, and fellow junior attacker Kendra Lanuza (Littleton, Colo.) had a two goal, two assist night for four points as well. Freshman attack Bea Behrins (Basking Ridge, N.J.) contributed in key moments of the contest, scoring the final three goals of the game to secure the win. It was her first collegiate hat trick. Behrins also had an assist in the second half, her first collegiate assist, finishing the game tied for a team-high four points.

On the defensive end, sophomore Carson Gregg, junior Nicki Wilkinson and Little recorded two ground balls each and six different players recorded a caused turnover in the game (Gregg, redshirt junior Katherine Fischer, junior Caroline Lewis, Little, senior Riley Eggeman and Milburn) to anchor the defense. Juniors Maddie Baum and Kennedy Milburn each had four draw controls on the game to lead the Pioneers in the category. In net, Gregg made four saves in the win. Denver’s defense held the Wildcats for 23:43 without a goal in the first half, as well as a stretch of 12:13 in the second half and the final 12:36 without a Villanova goal. Denver had the advantage in shots over Villanova 37-15, allowing just 12

shots on goal by the Wildcats, while the Pioneers registered 28 shots on goal against the Wildcats. The Pioneers also led in ground balls (11-7), draw controls (13-11) and caused turnovers (7-4). The Pioneers were 20-22 on clears in the game as well. Denver heads to Milwaukee to play the Marquette Golden Eagles on April 18. On April 21, DU will host the Florida Gators at noon. The game will be the last home game of the regular season, in which we will honor our DU seniors.

Nikky Johnson | Sports Editor




APRIL 18, 2018

Support The Denver Post in its revolt against its owners


The Denver Post

hen The Denver Post published a set of articles on April 6 criticizing its owner and calling for action, the staff instigated an audacious and risky move, but a move that has become wholly necessary for the survival of The Post and other papers like it. Organized by The Post’s editorial page editor Chuck Plunkett, the criticism labeled its owner, hedge fund group Alden Global Capital, “vulture capitalists” for their role in cutting newsroom staff and resources while still pulling in profits from the paper. New ownership was presented as necessary for the paper’s continuation. The urgency with which this plea for survival has been explained must rally all Colora-

dans—The Denver Post, a critical newspaper for not just Denver but for Colorado, must not disappear from our state. Alden Global Capital took control of The Post in 2010 and runs the paper through its subsidiary Digital First Media. Under Digital First, The Post has not only had to move out of its downtown building across the street from the capitol, it has also, more distressingly, had to lay off enormous numbers of employees. By July, 30 additional employees are expected to be cut from a newsroom staff that has fallen to fewer than 100 people. This focus on profit over newsroom is one of the primary reasons for this revolt. A newsroom staffed with a large number of high-quality journalists is a powerful force for fact and justice in a city and state, and to reduce staff is to weaken this ability. Alden Global Capital’s errors do not stop at just newsroom layoffs. A lawsuit from a shareholder claims that the group has used its newspaper funds to invest in insider deals and risky speculative investments, all while cutting resources to the number of newspapers it holds. The reason for The Post staff’s pleas are clear—such a group should not be permitted

to shrink the quality and staff of an esteemed newspaper into oblivion while increasing profits for the sake of questionable investment dealings. In the days since the articles’ publication, as well as in-depth coverage in The New York Times, some people in Colorado have indeed rallied, as we all should. The progressive group Together for Colorado Springs has begun contacting potential investors to take over ownership of the newspaper, a similar effort to that of The Los Angeles Times, which turned over from corporate ownership to a wealthy local patron in February. Though it is unclear how willing Alden may be to sell The Post, actively and quickly seeking out new ownership is essential. In an interview with The New York Times, the chairman of Together for Colorado Springs made the key connection between The Post’s importance to Denver but also to the entire state. The value of this point cannot be underestimated—local news in a growing city like Denver keeps its citizens informed and connected, and it also helps bridge what is often a divide between metropolitan residents and residents beyond the metro area. What is more, ensuring that local

news sources can thrive means that more diverse and possibly more accurate local accounts are being represented in American media as a whole. Just as major national newspapers are vital to an informed public, so are local newspapers vital in understanding the nuance and regional differences in that public. The way forward for The Denver Post must include a change of ownership, as the editorial staff has made known. Alden Global Capital and its Digital First Media have failed in giving this newsroom the staff and resources it requires. The Post not only needs a new owner, it needs support from the people of Denver, the people of Colorado and people across the nation who understand the great value of local newspapers. Writing in The New York Times on what happened to be the same day The Post’s editorial was published, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said, “A free press… is not the enemy of the American people; it is the protector of the American people.” This includes local newspapers like The Denver Post—its continued existence in our city and nation matters to us all.

Elizabeth Lochhead | Opinions Editor

Michigan needs to provide Flint with resources or kick Nestlé out


he New York Times revealed that on Friday, April 6, the state of Michigan stated that they would stop providing free bottled water to Flint, where the residents dealt with a crisis in 2014 involving high levels of lead in their drinking water. The state says that the amount of lead in Flint’s water supply has not exceeded federal limits in two years, so there is no need to keep providing them with bottled water. However, the lasting effects of the lead on the Flint community have not vanished, and Michigan seems eager to only do the bare minimum required to help the community of Flint. Meanwhile, Nestlé only pays $200 a year to pump water right outside of Flint, according to the Guardian. It is ridiculous that Nestlé gets to pay so little while using so much of Michigan’s water, yet continuing to provide aid to Flint is being treated like an infeasible endeavor. Nestlé should not be able to profit off of a resource so desperately needed by the residents of Flint. The Flint water crisis began in 2014 because Flint began using the Flint River water supply instead of the Detroit water system to save money. Because the tap water was not properly treated before making its way to residents’ homes, it caused lead to leach into the Flint water supply from old pipes, exposing many people to high levels of lead. Michigan officials denied that there was a lead issue in Flint’s water supply for an

extended amount of time, and many state officials were charged due to causing and then covering up the incident, according to The New York Times. The residents of Flint were the victims of this gross misconduct, and they have continued to pay the price. The number of children exposed to elevated lead levels doubled,

pump hundreds of thousands of gallons a water into plastic bottles and profit from while residents are struggling to get clean water to drink and use. Nestlé should not get special treatment over the residents of Flint, who struggled just to get the state to acknowledge that they had lead in their water. Corporations should not

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many people fell ill or reported experiencing rashes and hair loss and fetal deaths increased by 58 percent, according to the Guardian. For years people were not being able to use their tap water for drinking, showering and watering gardens where food was grown. Many of the water pipes causing the contamination have been replaced, but there are still thousands that haven’t, according to The New York Times. Nestlé applied for a permit to pump water from Michigan, and the state granted it because they could not find anything illegal with the request, despite vocal public opposition, according to the Detroit Free Press. Nestlé is paying practically nothing to

be prioritized over citizens, as the state of Michigan has a duty to protect and take care of their citizens and keep them from harm. Nestlé could even be doing something to help the residents, like offering to replace the remaining contaminated pipes; if they are going to be making money off of their water, they should at least be giving back when there are people so clearly in need of aid due to lack of water resources. It might even be more understandable if Nestlé was paying a lot more to use the water, but $200 a year is not even profitable for the state of Michigan, due to the amount of water Nestlé is using. Nestlé generates $7.4 billion from water alone, according

to the Guardian, so it is not like they cannot afford to pay a larger fee to use Michigan’s water. The state is allowing Nestlé to use their water because it doesn’t violate the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, according to the Detroit Free Press, but that doesn’t explain why Nestlé gets to pay such a cheap administrative fee. It doesn’t seem logical that Michigan would continue the deal with Nestlé for such a low amount of money on Nestlé’s end but still be looking for the earliest opportunity to stop providing resources to Flint. If they are concerned about the money it is costing them, then they should at least charge Nestlé more to continue siphoning water out of the state to make a profit on, especially when it is almost 100,000 times the amount the average Michigan resident uses per year, the Guardian reports. Flint should not have to continue paying the price for the actions of others. The situation has been grossly neglected for four years now, and it’s time that the state of Michigan takes steps to help the residents of Flint recover from this crisis apart from just providing them with alternative sources of water. And if Michigan is not going to provide the residents of Flint with necessary resources, they at least need to cut Nestlé off from their control over a large amount of water that could be going to Flint. Sara Loughran | Contributing Writer

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Colleges should consider ending early decision A

s the May 1 deadline for high school seniors to commit to colleges approaches, controversy has arisen once again over admission processes at some of the nation’s most selective schools. Last week, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported on a new Justice Department investigation into a number of colleges to determine whether the sharing of information between schools on early admissions decisions is a violation of antitrust laws. Though the specifics of the investigation are still unclear, it is apparent that more understanding of admissions processes are needed, and this investigation may also indicate that it is a good time for U.S. colleges to move away from using early decision entirely. Early decision is the application option in which students may apply to a college early in a binding manner, meaning that an offer of admission would have to be accepted. This is different from early action, which allows students to apply and hear back from schools without the decision being binding. Applying early decision usually means that students have a higher chance of

being accepted, but it also may lead schools to be less generous with financial aid, according to a report by The Washington Post. This makes it more difficult for students who need to apply in the regular pool in order to compare financial aid offers to get accepted into more selective schools. The question that the Justice Department has raised relates to how colleges share information on students who have applied early. According to a U.S. News article from 2016, schools often communicate about which students have been admitted early, but the specific ways this affects admissions and financial aid are still unknown. This whole process should raise alarms—coordination between schools in this manner suggests that admissions decisions may rely on unknown factors, and for such a highstakes decision, students deserve to know the details of what goes into this. Information sharing and the practices schools are using in these decisions should continue to be examined closely, but the merits of early decision overall should also be questioned. Whether or not this information

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sharing is an antitrust violation, the news coverage of the investigation is a reminder of the fact that the early decision process is prone to manipulation and potentially favors students who need less financial aid. One answer for how to make decisions more straightforward and less federal investigation-worthy is to move away from early decision altogether. Though many schools cling to early decision since it can boost enrollment ratios and rankings, the practice complicates how schools admit students and makes these processes more dubious. If this warrants the Justice Department getting involved, the current policy is likely not the right one. Schools could eliminate early decision but continue early action, which would


maintain the benefits of an early application while still allowing financial aid comparison. Even more importantly, ending the use of binding early decision could be a way to lower the already towering barrier that faces low income students hoping to attend these colleges. Many students are unable to commit to a school before they have compared the financial aid offers they receive, and needing time for financial aid should not affect likelihood of acceptance. Elite colleges only stand to benefit from a more socioeconomically diverse student body. The Justice Department investigation could represent a good opportunity to take a step in that direction. Elizabeth Lochhead | Opinions Editor







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DU poet Alicia Mountain publishes first book P

oets and scholars of the creative writing PhD program held a poetry reading in the Vicki Myhren Gallery on April 12. Readers included queer poet Alicia Mountain, recent author of “High Ground Coward” which was recently selected for the highly prestigious 2018 Iowa Poetry Prize. Alicia Mountain is the recipient of various awards, was an Idyllwild Arts Fellow and a resident at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and also a Pushcart nominee. Mountain teaches in the creative writing program at DU and is an editor of the Denver Quarterly, a renowned graduate-led poetry journal. “High Ground Coward” tracts Mountain’s youth in New Jersey and the queer terrain with sensitivity. Centering on the idea of sustenance and starvation, the poems dig into the ways human beings attempt to nourish one another. The book was officially released on April 15. We splay out the bald hilltop, Close our eyes to the rolling sky. My belly hunger-moans when You lean your head against it— ferocious, even the softest part of me.

From poem “Upland Honest,” featured in “High Ground Coward.” Mountain’s great tact lies in her attention to the sensory detail. As Brenda Shaughnessy, judge of the Iowa Poetry Prize, said, “Alicia Mountain looks at every tiny thing very closely, and in doing that conveys the big picture of a vast inner life with marvelous clarity and depth.” The reading was held in a soft-object installation by Frankie Toan titled Making Art/Making Community. The installation is currently being shown and can be seen during the gallery’s business hours. The work features the household objects of Instagrammers who follow the gallery’s account, and it’s a playful, tactile and colorful experiment which tests the domestic space. Mountain will be reading at the Dikeou pop-up series on May 3 at 7 p.m. with Sara Akant, Khadijah Queen and Adrienne Raphel, hosted by Ashley Colley. Additionally, Mountain will be teaching advanced creative writing at DU at some point during the 2018-2019 academic year. Kendall Morris | Arts & Life Editor

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Local band The Still Tide releases new EP


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ndie rock band The Still Tide celebrated the release of their new EP, “Each, After” at the Lost Lake Lounge Saturday, April 14. Lost Lake Lounge was full of excitement Saturday night as indie bands Bluebook and Panther Martin opened for The Still Tide. Hundreds of people gathered into one small space, hoping to catch a glimpse of the bands performing and sing along to their favorite songs. Playing a sold out show, The Still Tide performed each song with passion, giving the crowd a chance to see their intimate,

heartfelt songs in full view. The crowd was in full support of the band releasing music that was softer and more intimate than their previous work before. Fans crowded toward the front of the stage, hoping to catch an up-close view of the band and immerse themselves in their new music. “Shows are a chance to play and experiment with good songs,” said Anna Morsett, lead singer of The Still Tide. “The only part that can be a source of anxiety is not being able to thank everyone for coming and enjoying our music.” The Still Tide is comprised of

Anna Morsett, Jake Miller, Joe Richmond and Nate Meese. The band originated from New York and moved to Colorado in 2013. The release of “Each, After” showed a personal, more tender work than in past EPs. “The EP was a lot more intimate,” said Morsett. “I’m usually a private person, but this EP is different because it put a lot of emotions on display.” One such intimate song in “Each, After” was “Grow Again,” a song Morsett says is about having hard feelings about a breakup but wishing your lover well in life.

“Grow Again was a kind of safety blanket for me,” said Morsett. “But overall, the EP was more of an intimate, personal outlet.” The Still Tide has big hopes for what they want to happen in the upcoming year. The band hopes to release a full-length record, as well as continue to tour and create new music videos. Information on The Still Tide and their new EP can be found on their website.

Nina Petrovic | Contributing Writer




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I’m With Her delivers ethereal show at Swallow Hill Photo courtesy of HBO


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ollowing the February release of their debut LP “See You Around,” folk trio I’m With Her has embarked upon a 38-city tour, including two sold-out shows in Boulder and Denver this past week with opener Jonny Fritz. I’m With Her, a name that predates Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, was formed after members Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan gave an impromptu performance during the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Each with their own critically acclaimed solo albums and other collaborative efforts, such as O’Donovan’s Crooked Still and Watkins’s Nickel Creek, the trio is a veritable supergroup. They effortlessly produce ethereal harmonies and possess consummate instrumental skills. Jarosz leads the pack playing

mandolin, guitar, mandoguitar and banjo onstage. Given these impressive credentials, it was rather surprising to see Jonny Fritz, a self-proclaimed “sweet creep” donned in a silver suit and shiny gold cowboy boots, walk onstage. Fritz played robust acoustic guitar to back his humorous lyrics about some of the banal or unsavory aspects of life, such as “Stadium Inn,” detailing a one star hotel in Nashville, “Brokeback Mountain playing on a TV screen/ Brokeback reenactment: room two-thirteen.” Well aware that he’s not for everyone, Fritz joked, “Just to be clear, [I’m With Her] did know I was going to be up here.” He did, however, decide to close with a song he deemed appropriate for everybody: “Trash Day,” a song quite literally about taking out the trash.

From the first note played, I’m With Her was utterly captivating. They operated seamlessly, swapping instruments and blending vocals with ease and incredible accuracy—you could close your eyes and believe you were listening to a studio recording. Primarily playing songs off of “See You Around,” such as the sweet, pacifying “Ryland (Under The Apple Tree)” and the resilient and unapologetic “Game To Lose,” their vast capabilities as songwriters and performers were undeniable. They unite modern and traditional bluegrass and folk, doing so most impressively with the Guthrie-esque “Overland,” “Goodbye brother, hello railroad / So long, Chicago / All these years, thought I was where I ought to be / But times are changing / This country’s growing / And I’m bound for San Francisco.”

The group also performed a selection of covers from the likes of Jim Croce, Gillian Welch and John Hiatt, as well as the song “Hornets,” penned by O’Donovan and Jarosz for O’Donovan’s 2016 solo album. Their most notable covers weren’t their usual roots-based go-tos; they began the encore with Vampire Weekend’s “Hannah Hunt,” starting with haunting acapella and ending in a crescendo of fiddle, mandolin and guitar. The most striking cover of the night was Adele’s “Send My Love (To Your New Lover),” stripped down to dynamic harmonies and Jarosz’s mandoguitar. I’m With Her will be returning to Colorado this June for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, a show in Breckenridge on August 7, and opening for Old Crow Medicine show at Red Rocks on August 17. Emma Cohen | Contributing Writer





DU Clarion Volume 125 Issue 13  

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DU Clarion Volume 125 Issue 13  

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