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METROPOLITAN 3.1.07 • Vol. 29 No. 23 • • Serving the Auraria Campus since 1979

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Eric Matelski paints to the music at a Zebra Junction concert Feb. 17 at the Walnut Room. Matelski is a live painter and creates finished pieces in the time it takes a band to finish a set. Read more about Matelski and what it means to be a live painter on the cover of this week’s Metrospective. Full story on page 11.

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“What other institutions in society have better opportunities and obligations to become models for more sustainable futures than universities?”

It’s so easy being green Economic incentives, tactics for campuses discussed at summit

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Prospective hotel promises space, campus prestige By Ruthanne Johnson

By David Cardenas Hundreds of students, professors and environmental activists from around the country gathered for the 2007 Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit Feb. 21 to 23 in Boulder. Issues such as climate control, greenhouse gas emissions, water and energy conservation were put under the spotlight during the three-day event, with hopes of achieving sustainability in colleges and universities throughout the country. “Students and other people on campus communities are beginning to challenge institutions that graduate future politicians, decision-makers and scientists who will either perpetuate these problems or actually generate workable solutions,” said Nadine Gudz, a researcher at York University in Toronto. “So what other institutions in society have better opportunities and obligations to become models for more sustainable futures than universities?” The summit attracted the attention of some of the most respected and well-known environmental activists in the country, including former Sen. Gary Hart, who is a leading advocate for nationwide sustainability, and Hunter Lovins, the co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, which is known for its innovative thinking in energy and resource issues. The event’s “no waste policy” was not taken lightly. All glassware, dining utensils, and plates


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On Feb. 21 to 23 the University of Colorado at Boulder hosted the 2007 Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit. Laura Ruby of the Boulder Green Building Guild explains how her company protects the environment. were reusable, and wasted food and fruit was recycled into fertilizer and used throughout the University of Colorado at Boulder campus. Even the packaging material was made out of recycled newspaper, said Dan Baril, the recycling program manager at CU-Boulder. “Everything used is either being reused or is being recycled into highly productive material,” Baril said. “We’re hoping that our recycling system here at CU will be a model to be spread through all campuses across the country.” Throughout the three-day event, workshops were held on a wide variety of topics ranging from tips for sustainability education to student initiatives for campus climate action. William M. Timpson, a professor of education at Colorado State University, led a lively workshop on finding alternative teaching methods for sustainability. Timpson said professors have to stress subjectivity and techniques that require more thought than just multiple-choice tests. “Teaching sustainability by challenging students will cause them to want to learn and not want to hide their heads in the sand,” Timpson said. UCD student Andy Pattison, who represented Auraria during the summit, discussed his plan of implementing an expansion to the Clean Energy Campaign. Pattison, an appointed member to the clean energy subcommittee – now called the Campus Sustainability Program – recently presented his plans to the AHEC board of trustees to raise the clean energy fee from $1 to $5 by the start of the 2008 spring semester. While the current student fee has several re-

strictions, raising the fee would increase building efficiency, fund a new recycling program and a program to lower water usage on Auraria, Pattison said. A subcommittee coordinator would be appointed for guidance and assistance in applying the new renewable energy program. Currently, Auraria is the largest urban higher education campus being powered by wind and is ranked first in the state for renewable energy usage. With the new fee, use of wind power would increase from 40 percent to 100 percent, Pattison said. “We’re also going to launch a very robust recycling program, which the campus does not have,” Pattison said. “If you were to look at how things are being recycled now, it’s just embarrassing.” Pattison stresses that without the necessary funding it will be nearly impossible to find out how much money is actually being saved by using the clean energy. “This is why we want a staff (coordinator) to tell us, ‘If you do X, you can save Y,’ and we’ll know,” Pattison said. It was announced Feb. 22 that Chancellor Roy Wilson of UCD, Metro President Stephen Jordan and CCD President Christine Johnson all signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. The three schools join 84 others in the commitment, which states that schools must develop a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible. “We want to save the campus money by being more environmental and saving energy,” Pattison said.

The silhouette of Auraria’s skyline may change noticeably with the addition of a fourstar, 200-room hotel. Slated to be fully operational within the next five years and staffed mostly by Metro’s own hospitality students, the hotel is one of several endeavors intended to enhance Metro’s academic prestige while capitalizing on Auraria’s prime real estate. Though the hotel would be a flagship venture of one of the major hotel chains, and would be located just across Speer Boulevard from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, its primary mission would be to house Metro’s growing hospitality program, said Metro President Stephen Jordan. “It would house the classrooms, the offices for the faculty, and would actually become the laboratory for our students,” Jordan said. “The concept is that while the hotel senior management would operate it, 80 percent of the labor would actually be our students in the program.” Most of the premiere hospitality programs around the United States operate their own hotels, and having a hotel at Auraria would help bring Metro’s program to that next level, Jordan said. “Over the past 10 years Denver has invested something like $8 billion in hospitality and tourism, and the Denver metro area is screaming for management-trained staff,” said John Dienhart, chair of the Hospitality, Meeting and Travel Administration Department. He added that a hotel on Metro’s campus would be the perfect training ground for the growing number of students enrolled in Metro’s hospitality program. “We reached our ceiling last year, having grown from 134 students in 1998 to 340 this past fall. Our facilities are at full capacity, and we cannot have any more students in the program unless we expand,” Dienhart said. An executive summary supporting the idea of a hotel learning center cited Denver International Aiport, the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, the art museum expansion, the Convention Center renovation and light-rail expansion as grounds for the project. “Many universities kill the real estate around them because they focus only internally and then surround themselves with parking structures,” said Omar Blaik, president of U3

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NEWS • 5

The Future of FasTracks part three of three

Continuing growth demands fresh answers Highway spending, mass transit needs at odds in Colorado By Geof Wollerman No matter what the finished FasTracks project looks like or how many commuters it eventually serves, citizens and planners are already recognizing that it will not adequately satisfy Denver’s future transit needs. Since voters approved FasTracks in 2004 there has been strong growth in Colorado – particularly to the north of Denver – and more communities are becoming part of the Denver metropolitan area, said Tom Clark, a UCD planning professor. Both planners and citizens should begin looking at the area between Pueblo and Cheyenne as a unified region, he said. “If we were to take a broader view of the issue of transportation along the Front Range, it’s quite possible that we’d be blending the monies that voters approved for FasTracks with addi-

tional resources that would allow an even more expansive agenda to be pursued,” Clark said. In 20 years the area between Denver and Longmont will be one big subdivision, said Richard VonSpreckelson, a Thornton resident who took part in RTD’s north metro corridor community discussions. “There’s got to be a way to get those people to Denver,” VonSpreckelson said. “Light rail or commuter rail, we’ve got to do something about this.” One example of a more expansive transportation agenda is the recent T-REX project, which combined FasTracks money with funding from the Colorado Department of Transportation to provide light-rail service along a renewed highway project, said Kristi Estes, RTD’s spokeswoman for the north metro corridor. Regarding how support of FasTracks has been mixing with Colorado’s traditional support for highway spending, Estes said she thinks a lot has changed since RTD began working with CDOT on the T-REX project. “I think that project kind of set a model,” Estes said. “Colorado, because of the opening of the southwest corridor and the southeast corridor, has been much more accepting of transit

“At a certain point you have to act on the information that’s available while leaving a little bit of leeway to address the future.” -- TOM CLARK, UCD PLANNING PROFESSOR

Courtesy Rand McNally

With growth continuing along the Front Range, UCD planning profesor Tom Clark says everyone should consider Cheyenne to Pueblo a unified region.

and of rail than it has in the past.” She also pointed out that a lack of CDOT funding is one reason why new projects within FasTracks are facing budget problems. Transportation funding in Colorado has historically favored highway solutions, what Colorado Sen. Bob Hagedorn, D-District 29, calls “asphalt and concrete” projects. “We’ve seen some conflicts between the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Regional Transportation District,” said Hagedorn, who serves on the senate’s transportation committee. He brought up the example of a recent executive director of CDOT, Ken Norton, who was focused on expanding the toll-road system in Colorado rather than embracing mass transit. “He couldn’t get through his brain that local governments and citizenry in the Denver metro area were not interested in tolling,” Hagedorn said, adding that the tolling issue is indicative of CDOT’s disconnect with the people’s will. “Hopefully with the new governor we will see a better relationship with the state’s transportation department and local government in the metro area,” Hagedorn said. Both Spreckelson and Clark said they think RTD has been doing a good a job with the FasTracks program, considering the challenges planners face. And both also expressed their hopes that future needs will be addressed soon. “At a certain point you have to act on the

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Shrouded in haze and pollution, 6th Avenue fills up with traffic as the sun rises Feb. 27. Though FasTracks will solve some of Denver’s immediate transportation problems, planners and citizens are already looking toward the next project and how Colorado will embrace mass transit in the future. information that’s available while leaving a little bit of leeway to address the future,” Clark said. He brought up the example of the budget troubles the west corridor project is facing and that there may not be sufficient funding to build it out as it was first envisioned. But Clark said this shouldn’t stop RTD from planning ahead. It may mean putting in fewer stops or altering a route, but the idea would be to create a plan over the long term that would allow for additional stops in the future. “It’s difficult to anticipate what the man in the street and the woman in the street and the child in the street are going to say about the plans we produce without first airing the plan and seeing who responds,” he said. “Through interaction with the public we extract our marching orders.” Planning must be embedded within the political process, Clark said. Improving the plight of people is the ultimate aim of planning, but, Clark pointed out, there is always resistance when it comes to the commu-

nity, and one of planners’ biggest challenges in building FasTracks over the coming years will be in cultivating a favorable constituency of citizens. Planners need to engage the public and be conversant with the nature of political interests that constitute society, Clark said. “You’ve got to have air, you’ve got to have water and food and shelter and safety. Those are rudimental requirements,” he said. “Once you have those you can stand on the shoulders of those achievements and then peer to the more distant horizon and ask, ‘What else do we need?’”

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Textbook publishers accused of deception Student interest group says industry tactics lead to inflated prices By Jessie Yale A communication gap between textbook publishers and professors may be costing students hundreds of dollars at bookstores each semester, according to a Public Interest Research Group report. The Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group surveyed 287 college and university professors about issues concerning the textbook industry and its pricing strategies. Out of those polled, 77 percent said publishers’ sales representatives rarely or never volunteered textbook prices, which may lead publishers to inflate those prices, the report stated. Although the price of a textbook may be a large concern for students, it might not be as big a concern for faculty when researching a textbook and talking with sales representatives. “I think that most faculty don’t ask a lot of questions about those things,” said Ellen P. Susman, chair of Metro’s Psychology Department. “Most faculty choose a book on its merits rather than its price.” There are times, however, that professors may be swayed by the price of materials. MASSPIRG also polled professors about bundling – the practice of packaging textbooks with CDs, workbooks and other supplementary materials that increase its price. The study found that one-third of professors could not order an un-

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Luisa Romero asks for help finding a textbook at the Auraria Campus Bookstore. A report released by a student interest group says many professors are unaware of how much textbooks cost. bundled book or were unaware of it if they could. Faculty members order bundled textbooks because they are trying to save the students money or they want the students to have the supplementary material, Susman said. “Sometimes these are books and readings that we use in the class that they would need to buy separately … often they are bundled and we’re told there’s no increase in the cost of the textbook,” she said. “(The publisher) will use this as an inducement for us to use that textbook because they’re giving the students something.” Rachel Hansen, the office coordinator for

Metro’s English Department, said she often advises faculty to order textbooks and supplementary materials separately, without bundles, both because of extra costs to the student and the problems of selling the bundled materials back to the bookstore. “I tell them to make sure they really need it bundled and not only check with the sales representative, but do their own research for different options,” Hansen said. The publishing of new editions is another issue that can increase textbook cost to students and interfere with the used-book market.

On average new editions cost 12 percent more than the previous edition, the report states. The survey also found that 71 percent of professors thought new editions were necessary only sometimes or rarely. “New editions are created on average every four years,” said Bruce Hildebrand, executive director for higher education for the Association of American Publishers. “Information changes all the time, the applications and the technology used change, students need the new information to solve the new problems.” Hildebrand explained that new editions are often blamed for students not being able to sell back books, and while it is one of the largest reasons for this problem, it is not the only one. “Sometimes a professor will decide that they just want a different book, and sometimes the problem is that the bookstore has already met its quota of that book,” Hildebrand said. In light of its findings, the report recommended keeping prices as low as possible, providing accessible pricing information and improving access to used books, rental programs, online swaps and buybacks. Stephanie Overbeck, the head coordinator of the higher education and textbook program for CoPIRG, the Colorado chapter of the Student Interest Research Group, emphasized the report’s usefulness. “I’m not sure that the report itself will change in how publishers market and sell their books,” she said. “But it will help change the way teachers go about buying books, making them more aware about insisting to know the price before they purchase, as well as informing the public of their tactics.”

HOTEL • For-profit project could connect campus with downtown Continued from 3 Ventures, a consulting firm that assists colleges in the development of public/private businesses. “Real estate business markets and cultural venues can be attractive around campuses.” In a Metro Board of Trustees meeting, Jordan said the potential for education-business partnerships are limitless and that a hotel on Speer Boulevard would be a great opportunity to better connect the campus with downtown Denver. “We have a wonderful program which doesn’t really have a place as a laboratory for students,” Jordan said in support of a for-profit hotel at Auraria. Although the exact location of the hotel has yet to be decided, options being discussed include the property on Auraria’s east side, including the soccer field and land directly across Speer from the Convention Center. Dienhart said he has been ruminating on the idea of a hotel learning center since seeing one in operation at the University of Houston in the late ’80s. “I was impressed with their facility. They were teaching, researching and making money. And the faculty and students were having fun,” he said. Dienhart added that although a similar program at Princess Anne College in Maryland lost $200,000 in its first year of operation, he feels that Auraria’s metropolitan location will make the difference. “At Princess Anne it was difficult getting students in the program, and the college’s location was not appropriate to bring in conventions,” he said, adding that he realized it was going to take a metro area like Denver’s to create a successful hotel learning center. “I don’t know of a city more hospitable or more centrally located than Denver,” Dienhart said. Speculated to cost about $25 million to build the hotel and

$10 million for the additional teaching facilities, the project is tentatively set for completion within three to five years. Although $35 million may seem indulgent for a campus now operating at a loss of $3,921,209 and paying about $4 million in debt interest alone, Dienhart defends the project. “The Hyatt Regency refinanced in ’06, and I believe they have already almost paid off their refinance debt,” he said, adding that he is confident that a student-run hotel will be financially and educationally successful. “This will tie us more into the convention business … we need to do this,” he said. Not yet in the hard planning stage, the project is expected to be funded partially by one or more of the business owners on the hospitality department’s Industry Advisory Board. “We already have a private investor, someone on the advisory board who believes in the project,” Dienhart said, adding that although not finalized, enlisting the help of one or more investors will be the only way for Metro to build the hotel. “We will have to acquire funds by selling bonds to private investors.” The current plan calls for a full-purpose hotel, including a multipurpose conference center with full production capabilities, amphitheater-style classrooms and living quarters for 40 junior and senior hospitality students. The plans also include a beverage management center with wine cellar, beer and spirits production and service facilities. “Lots of people overlook Metro,” said hospitality major Christina Davis, who will graduate in May 2007. “It always amazes me that most students don’t even know Metro has a hospitality program, and I think having a hotel will be a great opportunity for Metro students to shine. I just wish the hotel was built while I was attending Metro.”

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A hotel currently under consideration by the Auraria Board of Directors would benefit the American Culinary Federation Apprenticeship Program, which currently uses a kitchen in the Plaza Building. David Roth prepares dishes for the Advanced Cooking class Feb. 26.

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Free student service keeps tax man at bay Business school offers expertise dealing with filing of tax returns By Ruthanne Johnson Taxes can be confusing and frustrating for the average American citizen. It’s an annoying obligation that must be attended to each year. There are W2s and W2Gs, 1099s and 1098s, and schedules A, B and C, among a slew of others. The complicated nature of taxes drives many people to pay to have them prepared by a professional in lieu of doing their own. But every Tuesday night through April 10, Metro accounting majors will offer free tax preparation under the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The program was organized more than 30 years ago by Metro for low-income students and families. Participating accounting students will station themselves in the Roger Braun Lounge on the second floor of the Tivoli between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. This year the free tax services are available for families with a household income of less than $40,000, with the service maxing out at around 30 clients per night. “We have around 15 advanced accounting students involved in Metro’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program this year,” said Bob Jaros, a Metro accounting professor. “They have

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Miles Frasca receives help from Bethany Hartman with his taxes Feb. 20. Anyone who makes less than $40,000 per year can drop in and get free help with their taxes from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Tuesday until April 10 in the Tivoli’s Roger Braun Lounge. all been through the Income Tax I class and had three nights of training before starting.” Jaros added that students operate the service just like a professional tax business. They conduct intake and interview sessions, review and input the taxpayer information, e-file the return and assemble a client copy to take home. “The entire process from start to finish averages about an hour and a half for each client,” he said.

The fees for a professional tax service can be expensive, especially for college students living on a meager budget. H&R Block’s rate for a simple 1040 form starts at $80, with Jackson Hewitt close on their heels at $79. Both fees sharply increase with each W2 and additional schedule that needs to be calculated. It is not unusual for taxpayers to dole out $100 to $200 for a professionally prepared tax return, and sometimes

more when signing on for the Refund Application Loan – or instant refund – which can cost unwitting taxpayers up to a 250 percent interest rate on their refund. The free tax service also gives business students an opportunity to gain real-world experience. “Not only are we able to help the community, we are learning about the tax business,” Metro senior Linda Krizmanic said, adding that working with real clients was scarier than she initially thought it would be. “In class we are working with the hypothetical. The work we are doing here impacts the amount of money the taxpayer receives back, and I feel the responsibility.” Jaros, a certified public accountant and tax attorney, remains on site to answer any questions and to help with more complicated tax return issues. In addition to free tax preparation being offered in the Tivoli, the service is also being offered on Thursdays at the Emily Griffith Opportunity School on 12th Street and Colfax Avenue between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Taxpayers wanting to use the free service are required to bring a photo ID, Social Security card, the Social Security cards of all dependents being claimed, and all other relevant tax forms such as W2s, 1099s and 1098s. Both Jaros and Krizmanic suggest that taxpayers arrive as early as possible due to the popularity of the free service and the chance of being turned away once the service reaches its maximum capacity.

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NEWS • 9

America’s historical truth suppressed

Remote control inventor dies

By John Miller

Those reliant on the remote control to change the channel of a television have reason to mourn, as the co-inventor of the TV remote control, Robert Adler, died Feb. 15, according to the Associated Press. Zenith Electronics Corp. announced that Adler, who co-invented the device with Eugene Polley, died of heart failure at a nursing home in Boise, Idaho, at the age of 93. Adler, who worked for Zenith for six decades, developed more than 180 U.S. patents, with the invention of the remote control in 1956 among his most well known. Adler and Polley were awarded an Emmy in 1997 as recognition for the remote control. The AP said Adler joined Zenith’s research division in 1941 after earning a doctorate in physics from the University of Vienna. He retired as research vice president in 1979 and served as a technical consultant with the company until 1999, when Zenith merged with LG Electronics Inc. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published his most recent patent application on Feb. 1, according to the AP. The patent was for advances in touch screen technology. Adler was considered a pioneer in SAW technology, or surface acoustic waves, in color television sets and touch screens.

Several American institutions used slavery to help build their regimes, according to historian and human rights activist Manning Marable, who gave a speech Feb. 21 in the Tivoli Turnhalle. He punctuated his claims by proclaiming that American history was a “selective suppression of historical truth” and that “being white means never having to say you’re sorry.” With more than 200 people in attendance representing many races, Marable gave several examples of institutions linked to slavery. Brown University, an Ivy League school in Rhode Island, was named for Nicholas Brown, a 17thcentury slave trader. Brown made hundreds of trips to Africa during the 1790s and procured more than 100,000 Africans for enslavement in the United States. In recognition of a gift from Brown, the former College of Rhode Island was renamed Brown University in 1804. Other examples included JP Morgan Chase & Co., which bought and sold slaves during the 19th century, and Wachovia Corp., which allowed borrowers to use slaves as collateral for loans during the same time frame. A visceral example of selective history came in the form of a juxtaposition. The location in Dallas where John F. Kennedy was assassinated is referred to as “hallowed ground, as it should be,” Marable said. By contrast, in 1831 some 200 slaves were burned alive, beheaded or lynched on suspicion of participating in the Nat Turner uprising. One of the heads was set on a post by a road, and it was called Blackhead Signpost Road for decades afterward. “In a racist society, blacks are not entitled to anything hallowed,” Marable said. He also showed a dry, sarcastic sense of humor. While briefly discussing civil rights icon Malcolm X, he commented slyly that “it’s not likely there will be any songs or poems written for Clarence Thomas or Condoleezza Rice.” The sardonic aside drew snickers and laughter from

Scientific knowledge on rise Americans know more about basic science today than they did two decades ago, a find that is good news, but is tempered by a growth in the belief of pseudoscience, such as astrology and visits by extraterrestrial aliens, according to the Associated Press In 1988 only 10 percent of Americans knew enough about science to understand reports in major newspapers. According to Jon Miller, a Michigan State University professor, by 2005 that number had grown to 28 percent. He reported his findings at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A panel of researchers were concerned about the number of people giving credence to pseudoscience such as visits by space aliens, lucky numbers and horoscopes, according the AP. Florida State University professor Carol Susan Losh said the problem with pseudoscience is that it can speak to the meaning of life in ways that science cannot. She said belief in alien abduction is also on the rise, not surprisingly, with shows such as The Twilight Zone and Star Trek. Losh said that because pseudoscience discussion is mostly absent from the classroom, extraterrestrial phenomena is left for discussion by the media. The AP also reported that there has been a decline in the number of people who believe in evolution, while those who believe in creationism and that Earth was created about 10,000 years ago is on the rise. Miller told the AP a major negative factor affecting scientific literacy was religious fundamentalism and aging. Having taken college science courses was a strong positive influence, followed by overall education and informal science learning through the media, according to the AP. Having children at home also resulted in adults being more scientifically informed.

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Manning Marable speaks Feb. 21 at the Tivoli Turnhalle about the history of slavery in America and what he called the “selective suppression of historical truth” about slavery. the audience. Malcolm X was the subject of his speech the last time he spoke at Metro, 15 years ago to the day. Feb. 21 was also the anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination. During his speech in 1992, Marable gave the following assessment of Malcolm X’s theory about racial assimilation and integration: “The mainstream was racism, capitalist exploitation, all kinds of ideologies which were backward and anti-human. Why would you want to integrate with a sewer?” Marable is currently a professor of public affairs, political science, history and AfricanAmerican studies at Columbia University in New York. From 1989 to 1993 he was a professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at

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Boulder. A prolific author, he has published more than 200 articles and 21 books. The content of his most recent book, Living Black History: How Reimagining the African-American Past Can Remake America’s Racial Future, was the subject of his speech. During an interview shortly before Wednesday’s event, Marable acknowledged that his views had evolved since 1992, but was unspecific as to how. He added that “capitalism as a system is deeply dehumanistic.” He identified such agenda as affordable health care and free, quality education for all American citizens as socialistic in nature. Because he supports these agenda, he acknowledged that he is a socialist. He also acknowledged his support of Democratic candidates such as John Kerry, arguing that the Democratic Party is not solely about capitalism, as the Republican Party is. He went on to describe a concept he called “inside/outside,” wherein positive change can be effected by starting with the inner circle of hierarchy and working outward, in this case the white conservative constituency that dominates America’s government. It is with this shift in strategy that one can find where Marable has evolved. “My politics have never been solely about electoralism,” he said. Nor is he any more eager to assimilate into a sewer. He believes that to fight racial discrimination and inequality, it is necessary to start at the core, with a party that is amenable to change. It is a decided departure from the uncompromising stance of Malcolm X.

Marable announced his next book, a biography of Malcolm X, will be released in 2009. More information can be found at http://www.columbia. edu/cu/ccbh/mxp/

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. Above: Live painter Eric Matelski and his brush perform at a Zebra Junction concert Feb. 17 at the Walnut Room. Below: Matt Kirk, another live painter, stands beside Matelski as they both create acrylic works of art to the music of Zebra Junction.



Painter Eric Matelski takes side stage, plays with the colors of music By Megan Carneal • Photos by Jason Small • Inspiration is a fickle mistress. She seduces artists with all-night sessions in which ideas flow freely and passion is tangible, and then she runs out, at any time, without so much as a note to say when she will return. Eric Matelski has decided to leave that capricious woman behind for a new muse that he knows he can rely on for the night – or at least a 45-minute set. Matelski is a live painter, which means his studio is a venue, his subjects live bands performing within a few feet of him and his inspiration comes in the form of riffs and harmonies. His medium is acrylic paint, and his artwork is mostly depictions of the band playing while he paints. He uses broad brushstrokes and sometimes throws his fingers into the mix instead of a brush. The end results are bright and vivid portraits with the same kind of movement and flow as the music that inspires him. Aside from concerts, his artwork can be seen on First Friday at Neo Studios, 904 W. 9th Ave. As is to be expected, Matelski was influenced, at first,

by a Johnny Carson show featuring the original live rock and roll painter, Denny Dent. Later, in the early ’90s, he saw the artist Scramble Cambell paint at Red Rocks Amphitheater, and five years ago he had his first opportunity to try it for himself. The former local band Music Juice had seen some of his artwork and asked if he would be willing to display his art at one of their concerts. Instead of just displaying his art, Matelski decided it was time for a different route. “Well, mind if I paint it live?” he asked the band. “It just went from there,” he said. That first show happened to be


on Halloween, and to make things even better he dressed up as Bob Ross for the night. Many painters might feel intimidated painting in front of a live band, a live audience and to the time constraints of the band’s set, but Matelski finds the challenge helpful to his artistry. “It’s just kind of forcing myself to have to finish something and not overanalyze it,” he said. The crowd interaction doesn’t bother him either. “I really actually enjoy talking with people while I’m painting,” he said. Matelksi enjoys many different types of music, but after a yearlong house gig performing at Dazzle nightclub, he has developed an affinity for painting to jazz. “The tempos lend themselves more for being more smooth,” Matelski said. “I do like to feel the music as I go.” Right now, his biggest influences when working without the aid of a live band are Mike Patton and TV on the Radio. However, there is no secret musical recipe for inspiration. According to Matelski, “It’s called plugging in the iPod and setting it on shuffle.”





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As the ‘World’ burns World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Platform: PC / Mac Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment Cost: $39.99 By Matthew Quane In a world full of video games characterized by lack of movement, animation and progression, World of Warcraft is an epochal experience. When the game was originally released in November 2004, World was chock-full of two continents for massively multiplayer online questing. Within a year, most characters had quested their way to level 60, the game’s level cap. The game that set millions of lives down the path of self-destruction was, in theory, over. The Burning Crusade, Blizzard’s first expansion for the WoW series, is a rebirth of the game’s origins. Upping the level cap to 70 and sending players through the Dark Portal to the orc homeworld of the Outlands, the golden ! and ? icons that float above quest-givers have returned – and WoW addicts, like unsupervised pill-poppers with pharmacist girlfriends, are in heaven. The expanse of new, outlandish content offered by The Burning Crusade, refines, reproaches and nullifies everything that came before it. Similarities to the original are in copious supply: inns, barracks and towers share the same blueprints as their predecessors, and quests follow the generic

“kill 20 orcs, collect 20 medallions” template. But the many quests that lead toward reaching level 70 give the player a reason to never have to mindlessly kill monsters solely for the purple experience points that pop out of their skulls. Each of the seven new areas comes complete with more than 40 quests. The tagline for the game is “You are not prepared,” but maybe the cenobytes from Hellraiser said it best: “We have such sights to show you.” The original WoW was a milestone in online gaming, proof that art direction and gameplay could trump realism and technical prowess by immersing a vast player base into a heavily interactive and imaginative realm. The Burning Crusade builds upon this theorem and pushes

the limit of fantasy landscaping – 50-story mushrooms, insurmountable crags and floating islands are common sights. For those looking to get into the game or longtime players who want to start over, the game also introduces two new races – the noble draenei of the Alliance and the magic-thirsty blood elves of the Horde – to the original selection. Much of the deep content within The Burning Crusade is yet to be implemented into the game, but it matters little, as even the most hardcore of gamers are years away from its true endgame. Expect to see another expansion in a few years, when more of the game’s lore is ready to be revealed.

By Cory Casciato My superhero fantasies have been fulfilled. Crackdown has arrived and answered my prayers, giving me the opportunity to leap tall buildings in a single bound, throw vehicles about like children’s toys and generally be a total badass. The game places players in control of a superhuman cop in a city overrun by gangs. These super cops, known as Agents, evolve over the course of the game, becoming increasingly proficient in five different skill areas, including agility, strength, explosives, guns and driving. In theory, all of these skills are equally important, but in practice some are clearly better than others. What’s the point of driving around the city like a maniac when it’s possible to jump around it like a super powered-maniac? Why bother to schlep around a machine gun to take

March 6

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 Platforms: Xbox 360, PC This sequel to the popular first person shooter will feature advanced single and multi-player modes. Playing Captain Scott Mitchell of the Army’s 5th Special Forces Group, or Ghosts, you must lead your team through perilous missions in El Paso. The multi-player mode is based in Panama and allows you to team up with up to 15 players to fight virtual enemies.

March 8

Mario Party 8 Platform: Wii

Doctor, it burns when I crusade. A blood elf takes a break from a long day of questing to eat a quick picnic and pose for a screenshot in the Outlands’ Terrokar Forest.

We can be heroes, just for one game Crackdown Platform: Xbox 360 Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios Cost: $59.99

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down the thugs when a couple of grenades or a well-placed rocket do the job so much more efficiently and explosively? Scaling a building, leaping from rooftop to rooftop (agility), throwing cars around (strength) and blowing stuff up (explosives) are all great fun. The mundane gaming standards of driving and shooting are implemented well enough; they’re just boring compared to the rest of the options offered. The goal of the game is to clean up Pacific City by eliminating 21 gang bosses. These 21 gang leaders are divided evenly between three different gangs, each of which rules a separate section of the city. They can be eliminated in any order, but killing the lieutenants first makes taking out the top dog easier. The entire city is open from the beginning, but the game wisely steers the player to the easiest part of the city first. Spending the time to tackle the Los Muertos gang and collect the power-ups in their area makes tackling the later challenges much more manageable. Apart from the main task of eliminating the gangs there are auxiliary goals in the form of races and collecting the 500 agility orbs and

300 hidden orbs scattered throughout the city. Finishing races and collecting orbs increase the character’s skills. Beyond that, the game offers a huge, sprawling city to explore and some fun achievements to boost the player’s gamerscore. These added challenges are completely optional but exceptionally entertaining. From a technical standpoint, the game is strong. The impressive graphics are done in a comic book style known as cel-shading that perfectly suits the aesthetic of the game. Once the game starts, load times are nonexistent. Crackdown has its share of problems. The missions lack variety. The plot is so flimsy and unimportant it may as well be nonexistent. Many will find the game too short, especially if they don’t bother with the game’s side challenges. Despite the problems, this is a standout title for the Xbox 360. It blends the open-world, doanything freedom of the Grand Theft Auto series with the best platform-jumping and exploration aspects of the Super Mario series, then sets the whole thing in a Robocop-meets-Judge-Dread world. The results are phenomenally entertaining and highly addictive.

The classic Nintendo series makes its transition to a next generation console in this new installment. A perfect complement to a gamers’ gathering, the game will mirror its predecessors in its loose collection of minigames and collaborative format.

March 13

God of War II Platform: PS2 The long-awaited sequel to one of 2005’s most critically-acclaimed games will be the languishing PS2’s last big hurrah. The original was best known for its boss battles and the sequel promises more of the same, including an epic encounter with an animated Colossus of Rhodes that is drawn out over the course of the entire first level. The developers have also promised to make an attempt to stay true to Greek mythology, after the original storyline took many errant liberties. Fatal encounters with Greek heroes such as Jason, Theseus, Perseus and Heracles are rumored. This button masher will be sure to thicken the thumb callouses of even the most seasoned and elite of the gaming corps.


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Everyday Blues


Adam Goldstein •

This Day in History 3.1.07 Today’s Birthdays

Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli – 1445 Writer Ralph Ellison – 1914 Mad publisher William Gaines – 1922 Calypso star Harry Belafonte – 1927 Who frontman Roger Daltrey – 1944 Actor Alan Thicke – 1947 TV heartthrob Mark-Paul Gosselaar – 1974

On this day... She’s a witch! Burn her ...


Joe Nguyen and Conor Drummond • •

1692 – In Salem Village, Mass., trials begin of several citizens accused of witchcraft and wizardry. The punishments for the convicted sorcerers are brutal, including death by hanging, by crushing and by throwing a pail of water on the accused.

Type fitters ... 1873 – E. Remington and Sons begin production of the first commercial typewriter. The clunky machines soon became a staple in offices across the country, even as their awkward shape and heavy weight make them ideal ballistic weapons for the U.S. military.

Charlie in charge ... 1978 – The coffin of silent film star Charlie Chaplin is mysteriously stolen from a cemetary in Switzerland. No culprit is found, though the manager of a nearby wax museum is suspected when his Modern Times exhibit suddenly features a dessicated, but highly realistic, centerpiece.

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Night of the living Story by Megan Carneal Photos by Jason Small

Rock and roll is offensive. Rock and roll is dead – well, more like undead. And rock and roll is gay. It started with a website,, where the already loose taboos in the music industry were completely broken. Bands who considered themselves tough were made to blush and then possibly be murdered by a zombie in a grotesque and titillating photo shoot. “All of the mortals around the world have been brainwashed. They’ve been duped into listening and supporting music that is clearly inferior, made by mortals,” said Maris the Great, the “zombie” responsible for the website. The frontman is so adamant about maintaining his undead role that he never strays from his carefully constructed character, even for this interview. Maris says his ultimate plan is to rid the world of any band that could possibly stand in the way of his own, Maris the Great and the Faggots of Death. Through his website he has interviewed, or “stalked,” hundreds of bands and has “killed” 33 of them in photo shoots. These gruesome photo shoots depict band members being horrifically murdered and sometimes consumed by Maris himself. Hardcore band Comeback Kid was the tastiest, Maris said. “Canadian flesh is just a little bit more spicy somehow. It has its own flavor,” he said. From band name to website, Maris’ entire premise is flamboyantly offensive. But none of that can compare to the spectacle of sex and gore that is his live show. It’s rock and roll on a level rivaling G.G. Allen, but done with the kind of class only a drag queen can muster. Mass amounts of fake blood are flung around the stage, backup zombie dancers run through the crowd looking for victims, and pieces of real animal organs are thrown into the sadistically delighted audience. Audience member David Ward was the ecstatic recipient of some real cow intestines at a Maris show on Feb. 24 at the Marquis Theater. He was so thrilled with his find he said he

would take them home and keep them in a jar. “I told Maris that at their next show I’m gonna wear it as a necklace,” Ward said. His band consists of the lovely Faggoria, who hates rock and roll but likes the drying effect playing guitar has on her nails. As the band’s center of glamour, she is not as apt to join in the band’s bloody antics. “I use a lot of Pepto-Bismol to get through the show,” she said. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the other guitarist, Faggoty Ann, who along with Maris epitomizes all that is vile. He plays slide guitar solos with a vibrator and by the end of the show has stained his dress with various bodily fluids. The moody Miss Hissy Fit plays bass, while Penis Colada pumps out the percussion on drums. Colada suffers from a condition the band has deemed “heterolepsy,” which means he can slip into a heterosexual fit at times and must be rescued by his fellow bandmates. As colorful as his band is, Maris is the biggest visual spectacle Denver has ever seen. With his purple or pink Mohawk, white contact lenses and outrageous persona, Maris has made his mark on the music scene, which he remains determined to consume. Eventually, he said, he will be all that is left of the scene. “You’ll turn on MTV and it will be our video, and if we only have three or four videos, so sorry, you’ll have to watch the same four videos over and over again,” he said. Maris has constructed a detailed back story for his stage persona. He did not always have such a need for rock and roll, he said. In fact, he started his music career in the disco band The Heterosexually Challenged, until one night he went to a hotel with the wrong boy. “He was too hot. He was just kind of staring vacantly. I thought he was the big dumb type. I like those types,” Maris said. “He turned out to be the big, strong silent undead type.” A night of rough romance ensued, and when Maris’ head

was smashed through the headboard, he was killed. He awoke the next morning as a zombie with a need for rock and roll and brains. Since that night, Maris has been prowling the music scene looking for victims and bands to destroy to make way for his own ambitions. “Zombie-pop is the wave of the future,” he said. “Since all bands will be dead, there will be no more different genres. There will just be us and zombie-pop.” Maris isn’t concerned with whether or not his band is truly the best; he is only worried about securing its position as the last band standing. He also isn’t concerned with how long it will take to kill off every band in the world either. “I don’t care because I’m undead, and I have all the time in the world, don’t I?” he said. “After all, I have to eat. So you see, my plan is perfect. I get to kill and become big, and I get to eat and dine upon brains.”

Check out upcoming interviews from Arsis and Bless the Fall at

Left: Maris the Great hangs out with his zombie back-up dancers after his show Feb. 24 outside of the Marquis Theater. Right: “This feels like freedom,” said the zombie as he tore off his skin.

Interview with a zombie Q: Are you strictly a brain-eating zombie, or do you like eating other body parts as well? A: I will eat any flesh. The brains are the main staple of the undead, though. Q: Do you eat brains to take away from the pain of being a zombie? A: There is no pain in being a zombie. There is only decomposition, and when you decompose, something your readers might not know is your weewee shrivels up as it decomposes. That’s the only drawback. Q: Do you ever have to go to the grocery store when you run out of victims? A: No. There is plenty of mortals around. The undead are very well fed here on your planet, mortal Earth. We are part of your population control. Q: What is your favorite body part to eat? A: Brains. Wee-wee is a nice dessert. Intestines go down very well as well. The only body part I stay away from is the vagina.


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The Cold War Kids March 2 The Hi-Dive 7 S. Broadway Doors 7 p.m., show 8 $12, 16+

Pick of the litter

Arcade Fire Neon Bible (Merge Records, 2007) By Andrew Bisset The best thing to come from Canada since Mounties and federalized health care will blind the U.S. with a Neon Bible. Some bands continually have the urge to one-up themselves rather than putting out album after album of reruns. Arcade Fire is one of these, and after one EP and one full-length album, their sophomore effort, Neon Bible, raises the bar from their previous release, Funeral.

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While fans of the band are familiar with their affinity for unusual instruments and orchestration, Neon Bible takes the bizarre to a new level with a church pipe organ, a hurdy-gurdy, banjos, the ever-present accordion and a full choir. This diversity adds a sense of refinement to the overall sound and a well-planned sense of grandeur. Win Butler, Arcade Fire’s frontman, compared the album to “standing by the ocean at night.” That immensity and almost hopeless depth comes through on “Ocean of Noise” and “Black Mirror.” “Antichrist Television Blues” and “Keep the Car Running” convey the same sense of movement and rhythm that most of Funeral did. Fans of Fire’s first EP will find a familiar song in a gorgeous, lush rework of “No Cars Go,” with full orchestration, which makes the previous version sound as if it were recorded in a basement. “Black Waves/Bad Vibrations” is a kind of oddball – experimental in a way – with Régine Chassagne on vocals for the first half of the song and Butler in the latter half, as if it were two separate songs. “Intervention” is darker, propelled by the pipe organ and anti-war lyrics. There is a lot of distress echoed on the al-

bum, a marked change from the wistfulness of Funeral. “Windowsill” is depressing nearly to the point of hysterics. As if the walls are closing in on Butler, he sings, “MTV, what have you done to me? / Save my soul, set me free! / Set me free! What have you done to me? / I can’t breathe! I can’t see! / World War III / when are you coming for me?” The title track continues with the same anguish, a slow two minutes of Butler, so quiet he’s almost whispering about rampant commercialism and the brainwashing of society. Dark stuff, but the whole album isn’t a downer. “The Well and the Lighthouse” ups the tempo with an almost sugary beat rising on the strings of Sarah Neufeld’s violin. But the gem of the album is the last track, “My Body is a Cage,” an overwhelmingly grandiose piece that sounds like it was recorded in a cathedral, with Butler standing on the pulpit screaming at an empty church while the rain pours down outside. This band has produced another masterful work, telling stories and commenting on the dark parts of society with an artfulness and accuracy that only they could put into an album.

with the creative disciplines of jazz. Her lyrics were wistful and sexy, and she could just as easily recall the smoky confines of a cabaret as the cool trickle of a country creek. “I tried to quit you, but I’m too weak / waking up without you, I can hardly speak at all,” Jones sings on Feels Like Home’s “In The Morning.” She is tortured and electrified by the prospects of love, and her naiveté is challenged by the reckless nature of romance. Lying on couches, fellow baggage-bearers nod knowingly and quietly sing along. Unfortunately her newest, Not Too Late, sounds more like a missive by an artist hung out to dry – a missive, if you will, by damaged goods. Capable of expressing the inexplicable weight of love, Jones suddenly sounds crushed by it. “She says love in a time of war is not fair / he was my man, but they didn’t care / sent him far away from here / no goodbye, no goodbye,” she laments on the first track. Following this ballad, a muted trumpet lends its eerie wailings to track two – a honky-tonkish tune that ominously repeats the phrase, “We’re gonna be sinkin’ soon.” Though Not Too Late does have a few nuances that recall the things romantics love about Jones, the thrill, it seems, is gone. Where are the notes that force single tears, the lyrics that

demand lost reverie? One ditty, “My Dear Country,” gives a clue to Jones’ woeful and flat thematic impetus: In a singsong voice she describes ghosts on Halloween night and how she covers her eyes, knowing they’ll eventually be gone. “But fear’s the only thing I saw / and three days later it was clear to all / that nothing’s as scary as Election Day,” she sings. Jones continues with her dark musings: “Who knows maybe the plans will change / Who knows maybe he’s not deranged.” Loopy calliope music follows, and the song ends with Jones expressing gratitude for the freedom to sing. In the hands of another artist – Tom Waits – the track could be darker, funnier and infinitely more effective. Coming from the small-town world of Jones, it is strikingly out of place. If Not Too Late is an abstract commentary on politics, then it is too hollow to critique. Besides, the only music that ever inspired activism was angry rock and roll, not dreary doom and gloom from the jazz world. All may not be fair in love and war – and maybe this is her point – but it seems only fair to her fans that Jones stick to the world of tortured love and not waste her time with punditry.

The Cold War Kids lay it down and play fresh garage rock like they were born during a missile crisis. Solid rhythms and stark, stand-alone melodies make black-and-white sounds that starve their first full length, Robbers and Cowards, like it’s been in a fallout shelter begging for the wall to fall.

Taylor Sullivan •

The Wiggles March 3 Ogden Theater 935 E. Colfax Ave. Doors 8 p.m., show 9 $21.25, $26.25 day of show (Dec.30), $36.25, $41.25 day of show (Dec. 31), all ages Everyone loves fruit salad, but only The Wiggles can effectively teach children how to make this tasty concoction. Onstage they feature pirate Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus and Wags the Dog. These Technicolor men gaily sing to make the world brighter one smile at a time.

Cassie Hood •

Norah Jones Not Too Late (Blue Note, 2007) By Geof Wollerman Norah Jones’ knack for evoking certain timeless eras of American innocence has always been one of her biggest draws. Even when fans discovered the sultry young diva was the daughter of sitar legend Ravi Shankar, to many she was still just a love-struck girl from a north Texas town. With her first two albums, Come Away With Me and Feels Like Home, Jones displayed her ability to combine the ache of blues and country

Taking Back Sunday March 8 Fillmore Auditorium 1510 Clarkson St. Doors 6 p.m., show 7 $25, 16+ With dramatically crisp and clean vocals lamenting over sloppy garage instrumentals, Taking Back Sunday reinvents rock and roll by evoking the spirits of the post-grunge movement, picking up where the Goo Goo Dolls never really left off. Think less about the music and more about the band’s stance against global warming and the sweet sounds of social consciousness that will take you away to a better place.

Billy Schear •



The Aggrolites Self Titled Album (Hellcat Records, 2006) By Michael Hargrave

The Aggrolites sing about poverty in and out of their band, but homage to the near-extinct sound of rocksteady is paid up front. California-bred reggae and ska music is usually favored by the likes of college frat boys, trustifarians and suburban stoners. The Aggrolites, however, play with complete disregard for such demographics. The tunes sound more like the inside of a smoky British pub full of rowdy drunks than the inside of a smoky modern dorm room full of 20-something slackers. The band records in a manner that makes them sound as if they are being played out of grandpa’s dusty old radio. One technique in achieving this sound is the use of old microphones in the recording process. This can be heard prominently in “Someday,” in which scratchy lead vocals and long-

Tiga Sexor (Pias Records, 2006) By Billy Schear


Planet Sexor is a world rich with natural resources, containing vast deposits of funkiness along with mines filled to capacity with freshness. It is a world that knows no discrimination, as all persuasions are encouraged to embrace the sweet and sexy beat. The strength of Tiga’s album is in its simplicity. The beat is not especially elaborate, nor is the lyrical content. Often his vocal range goes no further than a monotone conversation, however the earnestness behind Sexor more than makes up for any lack of versatility. Sounding as if it was recorded within the span of an afternoon, Sexor’s low production quality and low-tech synth work give the album a refreshing texture. It is garage band dance/ electronic that doesn’t necessarily sharpen the exceedingly dull edge of pop, but definitely adds a bit of sheen. A cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Down in It” is a perfect ex-

winded choruses evenly distribute feelings of nostalgia. Songs such as “Countryman Fiddle” express the band’s disdain for folk and country music. It tells of a man who bought his son a fiddle in hopes of fathering a country musician. The defiant youth refuses and instead professes his love for reggae. “We don’t need no country man’s fiddle, we need a real cool sound,” lead singer Jesse Wagner and his ensemble of rudeboys sing. Peeking at the back of the album case, one is greeted by an image of five very pissed-off-looking young men, one of whom brandishes a baseball bat. Never judge an album by its artwork. Expectations of violent punk and metal are contradicted by chord progressions giddy enough to induce laughter and dancing from a child. One such example of uplifting melodies can be found in “Mr. Misery,” a mirthful track filled with sing-along choruses and jumpy organ lines. If there is any instance of aggression on the album, it can be heard on “Time to Get Tough.” But the track isn’t so much about kicking others’ asses, as much as it is about empowerment and self-reliance. “Giddy up, giddy up, off of that high horse,” exclaims Wagner as the band belts out traditional reggae music. Slow upstrokes on the guitar, simple bouncy bass lines, solid drumbeats and archaic organ are friendly reminders of what ska music sounded like in times void of dreadlocked white folk.

ample of how a cover should be done. It owes to the original somber tone of the song, but stands as a reinvention that Tiga puts into his own modern voice. “The Ballad of Sexor” is not only notable because it is the titular track, but because it is possibly the first recording in history to actually call into question just what Sexor is. According to Tiga, some say it’s a man, while others insist it’s a prince or a woman, perhaps even a god. As asinine as this idea for a ballad seems, once again the prophet known as Tiga delivers the message with sincerity and class. It may not close the chapter on the origins of Sexor, but it gives the world something to ponder. Surprisingly, for a dance album, the tracks are not dripping with sexual innuendo. Instead, they offer insight into what makes Tiga tick. Whether he’s grappling with a fate imposed upon him by his friends, or pronouncing his inability to cope with the end of a relationship, Tiga puts a warmth into each track that sharply contradicts the superficiality rife throughout the dance music genre. The vocabulary may not be Shakespearean, but, nonetheless, there is a certain poetry resonating throughout. If you insist on bumping this in the car, prepare to drive with your teeth, as there is no way you’ll be able to stand Tiga’s funkiness without raising your hands to the roof and waving them to and fro.

Rob Steady Ask No Lies By Cassie Hood The technological age has taken music by storm. With seemingly unplanned noises spurting from records into speakers, the brain is fiercely forced to interpret the mood each sound expresses. Rob Steady knows how to melt the mind with his psychotic electronica music. Ask No Lies is an adventure through the cerebral cortex into the sensory systems. It moves the head with each random beat, and in the end, it confuses the axons causing mild brain hysteria.

Menomena Friend and Foe (Barsuk Records, 2007) By Christopher Gilmore

Menomena’s Friend and Foe is the unseasonably pleasant day during a week of subzero temperatures. The music’s vague familiarity warms, yet the distance from the icy norm causes the slightest bit of unease to creep in. Portland-based Menomena is an experimental rock band that has just released its second full-length album, Friend and Foe, on Barsuk Records. As the title suggests, this disc is full of ambiguous contrasts. Every track is loaded with a schizophrenic collection of percussion, guitars, piano and noises familiar enough for recognition but not identification. Sometimes they are arranged with tender melodies, and other times awkward combinations bolster the more aggressive side. The song “Rotten Hell” embodies this contradiction. The mellow consistency of the piano dominates the music while gentle vocals sing, “I’ve got a strangle hold on this decision / All those opposed can rot in hell.” The song reaches its crescendo as the lyrics tell of a boy finally realizing what it means to “take this outside.” All three members of the band share vocal duties, and each voice fits nicely with its respective track. In “Ghostship,” the raspy vocals are just memorable enough to notice until the backing harmonies are added. By the time the voice is abruptly cut short, all three members are being vocally utilized. Their mid-sentence stop forces attention toward the looped guitar solo that is just as quickly cut for the simple piano that repeats as the rest of the instruments fade away. As an experimental rock album, Friend and Foe allows for all of the egocentricities associated with the genre, but the band’s looping technique lulls one to comfort, making this album accessible to the masses. The contradiction in “Weird” lies between the lyrics and the music. The lyrics take the nonpretentious road with lines like, “I know you love to hear yourself speak words that you think I can’t follow” and “It’s clear that you have a real gift of gab and I’m just jealous.” But the humble stance of the lyrics is quickly forgotten as the list of sounds appearing in this song boast of Menomena’s knowledge and technique. The instruments range from a circus-esque trumpet to a synthesized bass line to jingle bells. This track alone employs enough instruments to discourage anyone from starting a band. Friend and Foe is 12 tracks of confusion based in truth. While a lot of experimental bands say, “Here are some good ideas backed up with a lot of noise beyond understanding, but trust us, it’s good,” Menomena’s excitement about creating music and using innovative sounds is obvious, even if the contradictions are equally as clear.

“Redo New Things” hops from beat to beat. Melting into funky guitar riffs and keyboard backups, it breaks into the auditory form of a seizure, as it reaches speeds that are nearly impossible to follow. On “Mood Swings” Steady integrates docile piano tunes with conga drums, trumpets and cymbals. It truly embodies a person going through a mood swing, and conjures up the visual of a person starting their day with a happy, hopeful tone, then falling into a sullen depression reaching a brief moment of utter despair. The title track, “Ask No Lies,” breaks into pieces from the beginning. It doesn’t follow any pattern, unless it is one of a fractal format copying itself as it falls apart. Steady defies normality by pretending to find a common beat and then blowing it to bits. He also sets himself apart from the rest of the techno world by promising to never repeat what he has already done. Each song melts into the previous, but consists of totally new elements. There are no common beats in any of the songs, and the sheer lack of any pattern makes the album more interesting as each track changes. With its fluid changeover between songs, Ask No Lies becomes one long mind trip, one that should not be taken with the help of drugs, for acid would surely cause insanity if mixed with this abnormal, 28 minutes of intense noise.

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Grouchy about Oscar I have a confession to make. I did not see The Departed, which won the Oscar for Best Picture of 2006, nor do I intend to. I did not see any of the Best Picture nominees. I did not see Titanic, A Beautiful Mind, Million Dollar Baby or any other number of Academy Award-winning movies. As a matter of fact, I usually consider winning the Oscar for Best Picture a mark against the movie. The movies that the Academy thinks are great, generally speaking, are the kind that try really hard to bring out some poignant, dark or troubling side of real life. Why would I want to pay $9 to go see reality? I’m living in reality. For those of you living in an alternate plane or druginduced delirium, I can see why these movies would appeal to you. They keep you grounded, so to speak. Another characteristic of Oscar-winning movies is that they are usually sad and/or thought-provoking. But there is already a huge entertainment service that deals almost exclusively in the sad and thought-provoking. It’s called the news, and it’s free. For those of you who need a movie to provoke thought, I understand. As for me, if I want sad and thought-provoking, I will just call my in-laws. I want realistic special effects, not reality. I want side-splitting spoofs, not heart-wrenching poignancy. I want humorous romantic hi-

BRANDON PEARCE jinks, not real-life relationship strife. I want white-knuckled suspense, not ennui-inducing authenticity. And for heaven’s sake, I want a happy ending! A movie should allow the viewer to escape this sad, thought-provoking reality. Make them laugh, cheer or dream, or if possible, all three at the same time. I’m sure that I’m not alone in this opinion. Only two Best Picture winners appear in the list of the top 100 grossing movies of all time: Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: Return Of The King. Only seven appear in the top 200. Before 2004, no fantasy/adventure movie had ever won the Oscar for best picture, and no comedy has ever won. This leaves many entertainment ge-

niuses, like Mike Meyers, out in the cold. The five movies that were nominated for the Best Picture Award this year totaled only $259 million in gross theater revenues. That may sound like a lot, but it is just over half of the total theater revenues from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest alone. I am not suggesting that the Academy give the Oscar automatically to the movie that was the most watched. Can the movie industry not produce a movie that is well told without being depressing? Can they not make a film that is both wonderfully acted and uplifting? Recently, the answer has been no, and that is sad and thoughtprovoking.

Six months ago I wrote about campus food, which – despite changes in menus and a new restaurant – is still terrible. Since then, I have been on a trek trying to find a decent meal between classes. In the spirit of experimentation, I even dabbled with Subway and Einstein’s. All I wanted was a meal that was affordable, edible and within my vegan dietary restrictions. To say the least, I found more stomachaches than fulfilling options. To get an understanding of what dismal food means for college students, I spoke with Kelly Kiernan, a dietician and visiting professor with the Department of Health Profession’s nutrition program. “Most of what students are eating is probably extremely high in saturated fat and calories,” Kiernan said. “It’s junk. There are so few choices that are decent around here.” Obesity, diabetes and heart disease are among the drastic health conditions resulting from diets high in fat, calories and sugar. However, immediate effects can alter classroom performance. “When you consume a lot of sugar … it can cause your mood to change,” Kiernan explained. “High-fat meals make you feel sleepy. They are going to make you slow down.” Kiernan advises students to take care of themselves in terms of food. “Until there are better food options, pack a lunch,” she said. She recommends packing snacks such as string cheese, bananas, apples, nuts, celery and carrot sticks. It is absurd that an institution of higher learning cannot provide a reasonably nutritious and halfway palatable meal for its students. After all, the busy schedule of folks on a commuter campus makes affordable and decent food mandatory for success. Student representatives know this, but they are not placing the greatest student complaint on the top of their agenda. While I encourage you to follow Kiernan’s advice in the immediate future, I have my own suggestion. The Student Advisory Committee to the Auraria Board plans what businesses will be present on this campus. Metro students have a SACAB representative – Nicole Barringer. Her e-mail is If you agree with this column, let her know. When you spend too much on something that only resembles a healthy lunch or get frustrated in the pursuit of one, drop her a line. Follow up until you get a response. It is her job. Let’s make sure this is crystal clear to SACAB. Don’t settle for the trash on campus – start e-mailing.



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Sectarian food snobbery It seems like everyone has a passionate opinion about the takeover. The topic has fractured communities, broken up marriages, pitted brother against brother. While reports of violent clashes between supporters of the two sides remain unconfirmed and perhaps mere exaggeration, the news of Whole Foods’ planned buyout of Wild Oats has clearly rocked the food community. My friend the food snob was almost hysterical on the phone. “Those corporate snobby Whole Foods bastards are taking over Wild Oats,” he said, spitting the words with disgust. He sounded angry and dejected, and I asked him if he wasn’t perhaps overreacting a bit. “You’re not one of those Whole Foods lovers, are you?” he asked with an anger in his voice that scared me. “Hell no, but I have no love in particular for Wild Oats either,” I said. “They’re both publicly traded corporations and both overpriced just like every other big business, and besides, Wild Oats’ bread sucks!” The foody wouldn’t have it. “They are going to yuppify the store on 11th Avenue. Either that or just close it down,” he screamed back. He began ranting uncontrollably about how horrible and corporate everything was becoming, and at some point I just laid down the receiver. He was trying to hold on to something long gone. Growing up in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, as long as I could remember, there had been some sort of store on 11th Avenue between Ogden and Emerson streets. In grade


“Those corporate snobby Whole Foods bastards are taking over Wild Oats,” he said, spitting the words with disgust. school we would stop to get candy on our way home at FBC Foods International, which was independently owned and operated by Jane and Emery Dorsey. In 1992, the year I graduated high school, they sold the store to Alfalfa’s Market, a Colorado-owned chain of New Age health food stores. Then in 1996, Wild Oats, a Colorado corporation that had grown to be the nation’s third-largest natural-food chains, bought Alfalfa’s. Again the store changed its name, but the

market was still in the same location. Far from being any less corporate than Whole Foods, Wild Oats is also beholden to investors and profit margins. The ownership simply followed the strange trends of our economy. Wild Oats, in particular, just never impressed me. In a world of radically strong views about groceries, I am not a fickle food freak. I do not claim to have any special knowledge of culinary what-have-yous. I prefer food made from scratch with fresh ingredients, but in reality I will eat almost anything. Due to a damaging experience working at a poor excuse for a bakery, where I witnessed the tortuous and cold process of factory bread making, the only thing I really care about is fresh baked bread. Preferably unsliced. The only other constraint is that I have no car. I go to the nearest place, and that happens to be Wild Oats. They do have unsliced bread, but fresh bread is not something Wild Oats considers important. Poor me. My consumer rights feel violated. My only worry about the big bad takeover is the chance that the new owners might close the store and there would someday no longer be a market in my neighborhood. If people have a problem with the ownership they should get off their butts and buy from the few independent farmers still around who would be more than happy to sell them fresh and organically-grown produce. But that would mean giving up our sacred convenience. As for me, I just hope the 11th Avenue store’s next owner has fresh bread.

As if there weren’t enough information to pore through when analyzing the crowded field of Democratic presidential hopefuls, a column by Stanley Crouch in the New York Daily News has added an unhelpful and outrageously racist component. In a column devoted to Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, Crouch, apparently the supreme and self-appointed arbiter of what constitutes “blackness,” concludes that Obama, the black candidate, isn’t really black, or at least not black enough. Crouch states that because Obama is the son of a white mother and a Kenyan father and because he does not share the common heritage of slave ancestry, he is not AfricanAmerican in the truest sense. Although he may be called African and/or American, he cannot be called African-American and therefore, according to Crouch, has no claim to being the black candidate. Such pedantry reveals as much about American society and its nervous and confused approach to race as it does about reverse racists like Crouch. That there is a female candidate, a black candidate and a Hispanic candidate in addition to the typical “clean and articulate” Biden-esque white candidates is a great testament to this country, if somewhat overdue. Real democrats, small-d democrats, are for the broadening and deepening of the democratic experience in this, the last great hope for humankind. So now, when we finally have a broader slate of candidates from various backgrounds, out crawls the irresponsible Crouch with his toxic notions of ethnic purity. Crouch’s dubious nomenclature must not define these candidates, and no question of just how black or female or Hispanic a candidate is should affect our judgment. For better or for worse, the proof of the pudding must be in their policies. Both the effect and intention of such identity parsing are clearly to distract the candidate involved. When one’s race or gender becomes the issue du jour, then the candidate and his or her policies are sidelined. If Obama is not black enough for Crouch, just how feminine is Hillary, and does it matter? The successes of Margaret Thatcher or Golda Meir were down to native wit and force of character rather than any feminine wiles or charm, and Hillary is certainly not as easy on the eye as her counterpart in the French presidential election, Segolene Royal. But remember, it is an election and not a beauty pageant. In Crouch’s world does Bill Richardson need a more Hispanic name to be a real Hispanic? Is John Edwards’ accent southern enough for him? Does Mitt Romney believe the Garden of Eden really is in Missouri? Is Giuliani’s big-city swagger justified? Does there have to be an authentically Catholic or Jewish candidate? The answers don’t matter and neither should these ludicrous questions. When dangerous and divisive columnists like Crouch try to distract us by introducing selective criteria to authenticate minority status, we should focus on the real issue: Who would make the best president?



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As a nontraditional student, let me offer some thoughts. Everyone has been to the fourth-grade assembly in the gymnasium. No, not the solid educational one where they bring in the professional hackie sack team for a demonstration of how to stall a 4-ounce bean bag on your head. I’m talking about the one where they plant outrageous ideas about our futures in our young, impressionable minds. Where they brainwash us into believing crazy things like everyone will grow up to be police officers, firemen or presidents. If we’re not careful about our plans, it’s more likely we’ll become less glorious parts of the working system, like sewer plant janitors, assistant managers at Little Caesar’s or vice presidents. We are led to believe that as soon as we graduate with a degree, employers will be standing at the end of the commencement line, signing lucrative contracts with the new workforce. At the commencement ceremony in which I received my first degree, I was disheartened to discover there was no diploma in my fancy new diploma holder. There was, instead, a letter from the alumni association asking for money. They knew they had very little time before my career optimism, and therefore my financial generosity, would soon be crushed. The only people who think everyone gets these picture-perfect jobs and are old enough to have a W-2 instead of allowance are actually police officers, firemen and the president. Yes, the same deluded president who says our economy is doing better than ever. Even better than the late 1920s! However, if you don’t work for Wall Street or the government, you know that it’s about as easy to find a decent job as it is to find used copies of all the textbooks you need. You may also know there is a wage gap that is widening as fast as Bush’s disapproval rating, and getting a college degree doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be in the top percentage of that gap. Whatever type of job you are looking for, connections are often more valuable than qualifications and experience. My purpose here is not to completely crush your hopes for finding a job and a happy future. It’s just to squash them a little bit. There are many different paths that may lead to your destiny. The majority of people who graduate college don’t end up having a career in the field of their degree. Just look at all the entertainers that ended up as politicians and all the politicians that ended up just being entertaining. Think about the quote from comedienne Lily Tomlin: “I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.” So here is my advice to you while you invest these years laying the foundation of your future: Spend time figuring out the future of your degree, make a plan and then don’t expect it to work. If you are interested in the presidency or entertainment, I hear there is a position opening up in 2008.

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Don’t you wish your girlfriend was hot like elk? ®I spend a lot of time in the woods ... what do you think? ®Before there was a Playboy under my matress, there was a steaming pile of deer scat Please contact U.S. Rep. Mark Udall at (303) 650-7820. Let him know why you support hunting on a national park and why the short-term solution of shooting overpopulated elk is better than the long-term solution of reintroducing wolves, whose population was destroyed by hunting in the first place.

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InResponse: Letter to the Editor And there she goes again on her own Oops, to paraphrase President Reagan, there she goes again. Zoë has stepped her foot in it again, trying to make political statements without checking the facts. Personally I found it very funny to read her column and contrast it with the Iranian student’s description of his native country in the student profile. Zoë says, “According to the National Intelligence Estimate of 2007 …” Did you read the report, Zoë, or just report what the liberal news claimed it said? The report is available online at as a PDF file. None of your statements are supported by the NIE report. She also stated, “The Iraq Study Group Report found that it is far more likely that donations from Saudi Arabia are financing more weapons than Iran is.” A search of all instances of Saudi Arabia in “The Iraq Study Group Report,” an 84-page PDF online, showed no such information. Perhaps it was part of the statements one or more members made but not found valid for the final report. In fact the report indicates that Saudi Arabia is remaining neutral in the situation. This does not eliminate the possibility entirely; many rich Saudis are known to pay protection money to al-Qaida. Zoë quotes the report as saying, “Iran is not likely to have any role in escalating violence in Iraq.” This is a bad summary of the paragraph. The paragraph states that Iraq’s neighbors, Iran being one, are “not likely” to have a role. This is followed immediately with the statement: “Nonetheless, Iranian lethal support for select groups of Iraqi Shia militants clearly intensifies the conflict in Iraq.” The next bulleted item says, “For key Sunni regimes, intense communal warfare, Shia gains in Iraq,

and Iran’s assertive role have heightened fears of regional instability and unrest and contributed to a growing polarization between Iran and Syria on the one hand and other Middle East governments on the other.” About the shaped charges she says, “the bomb that could easily be produced in Iraq with a lathe and some knowledge of munitions.” Would these same people have put Iranian serial numbers on their homemade munitions? Zoë says, “Iran is a country that has been peaceful since the 1990s.” After having their population nearly decimated by the Iran-Iraq war, that’s not surprising. Iran has instead decided to fight by proxy by financing terrorist organizations, including founding Hezbollah in Lebanon and, as stated above, the Shia militants in Iraq. As a result of this, they are currently having financial difficulty and are not able to pay the Russians for their technical assistance, and haven’t paid their own employees for some time. Zoë continues, “(Iran) could not have a nuclear-weapons program any earlier than 2015 under the most ideal circumstances.” Just to be on the safe side, Iran is already enriching uranium. This also disregards Iran’s relation with North Korea. The missiles Korea fired had Iranian missiles as boosters, and the Iranians were there to check the progress. Paul Confer


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DID YOU KNOW... With their win against the Colorado School of Mines, the men’s basketball team won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular-season championship. It is their fifth regular-season RMAC title, having won it in 1998 (16-3), 2000 (17-2), 2004 (19-0) and 2005 (16-3). Metro has won the RMAC tournament title six times, winning it from 1999-2001 and 2003-2005.

‘Runners getting on track indoors Gleason, Hughes lead Metro in RMAC track championships By Eric Lansing

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Metro distance runner Desarae Gleason won her heat in the women’s 1-mile in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships in Golden. Gleason finished the 1-mile in a time of 5:39.78.

Metro’s men’s and women’s track team competed in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships Feb. 24 at the Colorado School of Mines. Although the Roadrunners finished last in points as a team, it was the individual efforts and team camaraderie that turned the competition into a victory for this brand-new track team. Most of the team’s runners also participate in cross country, a very different sport than shortdistance running and sprinting. “It speaks of the direction we want to be in,” Metro head coach Peter Julian said regarding his team’s first competition. “We’re not all about distance running. We definitely are going for sprinters as well.” Metro’s first event on the second day of the championships was the men’s mile. Distance runner Anthony Luna competed in the event for Metro and finished second in his heat. For the first three laps, Luna stayed with the leaders in fourth place. On the final lap, he passed three runners to finish in second place in the second race of two heats. The first race was the leader heat and was won by Reuben Chebon-Mwei of Adams State with a time of 4:17.86. Luna’s time of 4:36.85 earned him 11th place out of 18 competitors. “I did all right,” Luna said. “Last night we ran the distance medley … and that is what we were really going for. Coach wanted us to win our events, but I guess my legs are a little tired from yesterday.” Luna, who had a stress fracture earlier in the season, said he is still recovering and trying to get back into shape. In the distance medley, Metro finished

fourth out of seven teams. The team consisted of Anthony Luna, Greg Zadina, Todd Tolentino and Gabe Luna. They finished with a time of 10:25.57 and qualified for the NCAA regional tournament. The Adams State team finished first with a time of 9:53.09. Distance runner Desarae Gleason won her 1-mile heat in a time of 5:39.78. She made it through the preliminaries the day before with a time of 5:34.84 and took first place in the second of two heats in the finals. The first heat featured the leaders and was won by Colorado School of Mines’ distance runner Heather Beresford with a time of 5:05.96. Gleason finished 10th out of 19 runners. “I thought I did extremely well,” Gleason said. “My strategy was to stay with the first place person and when I thought I could pass her and win it, I did so, with about 800 (meters) to go.” Julian said he believes Gleason is starting to run where she belongs in terms of time and is getting stronger with every race she competes in. “She is just starting to come around,” Julian said. “She’s been having a knee injury that sort of limited her winter training, but it looks like she is getting control of that now. She’s one of the better runners in conference, and she showed that today. I think come spring, today will be slow by her standards.” Sprinter Sheila Hughes was Metro’s best performer, finishing second overall in the 60meter dash and third in the 200-meter dash. Hughes qualified for the finals with a time of 7.87 in the 60-meter dash preliminaries and finished in second place. Drew Houston of Adams State qualified first in the prelims with a 7.80 time. In the finals, Hughes again came in second behind Houston, finishing the 60-meter dash in a time of 7.85. Houston finished first in 7.74 seconds. In the 200-meter dash, Hughes and Houston once again went toe-to-toe, with Houston pulling out another victory with a time of 25.91.

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Metro steals one on road, prepares for conference tournament Bratton’s game-high 20 points leads Metro to 7th-straight win By Heather Embrey Seven seems to be the women’s basketball team’s lucky number. Metro took a win over the Colorado School of Mines Feb. 24, pushing their winning streak to seven with a conference

victory, defeating the Orediggers 66-63 at Volk Gymnasium in Golden. Metro took the court with energy and confidence that night. Head coach Dave Murphy did an excellent job of putting the right players in the starting role as guard Ashley Mickens, forward Cassondra Bratton, guard Megan Johnson and forwards Megan Sinclair and Anne-Marie Torp led the team to a tight victory. Bratton was Metro’s leading scorer in the Mines game with 20 points, 9-of-11 from the free-throw line, and four rebounds. Bratton seemed to take it upon herself to help put the Roadrunners in a position

to win. “Our team doesn’t get the credit we deserve. We don’t play to win, we play to show what a great team we are and that we can compete with anyone,” Bratton said. The game seemed lethargic until the last five minutes of the first half, when Metro caught a second wind and ended the first half on a 15-9 run giving them a 39-33 lead. Metro struggled well into the second half as they allowed Mines to find their scoring touch. The Roadrunners held on at 47-41, but the Orediggers went on a 14-2 run to grab the lead

Feb. 24 at Volk Gymnasium Metro

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Metro, Burgess get defensive in victory Carrington scores 23 in conference win and look to RMAC tourney By Eric Lansing Metro’s ninth-ranked men’s basketball team proved once again that they are the powerhouse of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, and serious Division II contenders, with an 81-71 victory over the Colorado School of Mines Feb. 24 at Volk Gymnasium in Golden. Ten Metro players had at least two points and three players scored in double figures, including guard Marquise Carrington, who had 23 points with 12 coming from the free-throw line. Metro, which had already clinched a firstround home game in the RMAC tournament, had nothing to play for, but the Orediggers needed the win to clinch the last seed in the tournament. With the gymnasium filled to capacity, Mines was ready to put their best foot forward as they jumped out to a great start against the nationally ranked ’Runners. Metro’s defense, which is second in the conference in scoring defense allowing only 66.7 points per game, came out flat in the first half, allowing the Orediggers to score 37 first-half points and shot 52.2 percent from the field. The Orediggers also connected on five of 10 attempts from the 3-point arc. Mines senior forward Ian Elseth, playing his last game as an ’Digger, scored 10 of his gamehigh 27 points in the first half to help his team keep pace with the ’Runners. “The biggest thing was our ball pressure,” Metro head coach Brannon Hays said. “We tried to play the ball stronger and to play above our man … once that clicked over, we started turning (Mines) over.”

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Metro guard Terrell Burgess, center, drives to the lane on Mines forward Clayton Moores in the Roadrunners’ 81-71 win over the Orediggers. Burgess was named RMAC Defensive Player of the Year before the game. Metro was clinging to a 39-37 lead at the half and according to Carrington, Hays really let them have it in the locker room. “Coach ripped into us at halftime,” Carrington said. “He said our defense was lackluster and we had to pick it up, so that’s what we needed to do.” Right out of halftime, Elseth tied the game with a layup off an assist from forward Davey Iverson. Elseth had three layups in the first half and put the game on his shoulders. But then Metro caught fire, going on an 186 run that gave them a 12-point lead. The run began and ended with 3-pointers from 6-foot-6inch forward and senior captain Michael Bahl. Bahl, who leads the team with 15.9 ppg, only scored three points in the first half but came up big to put Metro ahead by double digits.

Mines trimmed the lead to seven points on four separate occasions, but the Roadrunners had answers every time, including eight points down the stretch by Carrington. He was also clutch from the free-throw line, shooting 6-of-8. To go along with his 23 points, Carrington added four assists, two rebounds and four steals. He was the man Hays went to when the offense struggled and turned to the “spread” offensive play. Carrington would have the ball at the top of the key while the rest of his team positioned themselves at the 3-point line to “spread out” the defense. Carrington then either buried the 3-pointer, drove the lane for the easy layup, or, when the defense collapsed onto him, dished the ball to an open teammate. Mines’ guards couldn’t get a grip on Carrington’s quickness and the “spread”

eventually panned out for Metro. “We knew we had a quickness advantage with me and Terrell,” Carrington said. “We just tried to use that to our advantage, go spread, pitch and kick, and work with our shooters.” Earlier in the day, Carrington’s fellow guard Terrell Burgess was named Defensive Player of the Year in the RMAC. In the game against Mines, Burgess had three steals and did a great job of holding the Orediggers’ starting guards to only eight points in the crucial second half. Hays said he challenged Burgess in the Mines game and he really stepped it up. He added that when Burgess is on the court, he adds that burst of energy that makes their defense go. With the win, Metro finishes the regular season with a 24-3 overall record and a 17-2 record in the conference. Metro has been at the top of the RMAC standings since the beginning of the season and their win versus Mines made them the regularseason conference champions and gave them the No. 1 seed in the RMAC tournament. The Roadrunners will host their first-round game against No. 8-seeded Colorado Christian, who jumped over Mines to gain the final slot in the tournament. Metro has beaten the Cougars 26 straight times dating back to the 1994-95 season, including two wins this season. “We’ll hopefully step it up another level,” Burgess said about the upcoming game, “but still stay poised and do what we usually do.”

Feb. 24 at Volk Gymnasium Metro

Colorado School of Mines

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42 34

81 71

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M: Carrington 23, Veikalas 12 CSM: Elseth 27, Ryk 14 Leading Rebounders: M: Wagstaff 6, 2 tied w/ 4 CSM: Elseth & Moores 6

Men’s RMAC 2007 tournament preview #1 Metro

#2 Adams State

#3 Nebraska-Kearney

#4 Fort Lewis

(24-3, 17-2 RMAC)

(14-12, 13-6 RMAC)

(22-5, 16-3 RMAC)

(21-7, 13-6 RMAC)

vs. #8 Colorado Christian

vs. #7 UC-Colorado Springs

vs. #6 CSU-Pueblo

vs. #5 Mesa State

Metro key player: Terrell Burgess, 8.0 ppg, 1.89 spg, RMAC Defensive Player of the Year CCU key player: Brian Stamer, 20.6 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 2.15 spg Season series: Metro won 2-0, 94-57 Jan. 16 in Denver and 80-59 Feb. 20 in Lakewood.

Adams State key player: Roman Moniak, 18.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, .532 FG% UCCS key player: Patrick Hannaway, 22.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.52 spg Season series: Adams State won 1-0, 89-76 Dec. 9 in Alamosa.

Nebraska-Kearney key player: Dusty Jura, 21.0 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.74 spg CSU-Pueblo key player: Jake Trahern, 12.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, .581 FG% Season series: Kearney won 1-0, 88-79 Jan. 6 in Pueblo.

Lansing’s thoughts: Metro has defeated the Cougars 26 straight times including their two wins this season by a combined 174-116. Metro should roll in this one as the Roadrunners went undefeated in 19 home games.

Lansing’s thoughts: Adams State has won four straight and have worked their way to a No. 2 seed. But they face the worst possible team as the Mountain Lions lead the RMAC in scoring offense at 82.1 ppg. The Grizzlies are 9th in scoring defense and will get run out of the building.

Lansing’s thoughts: After fighting with Metro for first place in the East Division, they lost a crucial game to UC-Colorado Springs Feb. 23 to fall to the No. 3 seed. The Thunderwolves have been inconsistent all year and stand no chance as they have to travel to Kearney.

Fort Lewis key player: Tim Bieri, 19.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.71 spg Mesa State key player: Stephen Soriano, 20.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg, .561 FG% Season series: Fort Lewis won 2-0, 79-75 Jan. 16 in Grand Junction and 80-69 Feb. 20 in Durango.

(13-14, 8-11 RMAC)

(16-11, 9-10 RMAC)

(13-14, 9-10 RMAC)

(17-9, 13-6 RMAC)

Lansing’s thoughts: This will be the most exciting game of the first round. The Skyhawks are 4th in the RMAC in scoring at 79.9 ppg while the Mavericks are 5th. Both shoot exceptionally well from the field. Fort Lewis wins at home.

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL • Mickens, Powers are clutch from the line in close win Continued from 22 the lead and the crowd turned ugly. A few Metro supporters had had enough bad calls from referees and began taunting. “Go back to Foot Locker where you belong!” shouted one irate fan. Tensions were high as Mines had the game in hand with three minutes left, leading 61-57. But they found out that Metro would not go quietly.

“I didn’t want to be the reason we lost. Since the NebraskaKearney game, I made it my mission to make every free-throw shot possible.” -- ASHLEY MICKENS, METRO STARTING GUARD With under a minute remaining in the game, Mines committed consecutive fouls that sent guards Mickens and Paige Powers to the line. Both were clutch as they shot 4-4 from the line, giving Metro a one-point lead with five seconds to go. Clinging to a 64-63 lead, Metro took another foul that put Megan Johnson on the line. Johnson put the icing on the cake sinking the last two free throws. When asked how Mickens dealt with the pressure of the game on her shoulders, she reflected back to Feb. 2 when she missed a crucial

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Metro point guard Megan Johnson, right, uses her off-arm to find some room on Mines guard Emily Przekwas, left, in the Roadrunners’ 66-63 conference win. Johnson only scored four points on the night, but two came with one second left from the free-throw line. free throw against Nebraska-Kearney that may have cost her team a victory. It was the last time Metro dropped a game. “I didn’t want to be the reason we lost,” Mickens said. “I just took a deep breath and focused on the goal. Since the Nebraska-Kearney game, I made it my mission to make every free-throw shot possible. During practices we shot free throws more than anything else, and I think that’s what helped me during the game.”

Powers was the other Roadrunner with the immense pressure of last minute free throws that led to the big conference win. She was intent on winning the game and had a different strategy on her shots. “I have been in that situation before where my free throws would have won or lost a game, but I knew I needed to come through for my team,” Powers said. But as the game came to a close, the Metro faithful, including President Stephen Jordan,

got on their feet and started chanting “defense” over the very quiet Mines fans. The Roadrunners finished their regular season with a 22-5 overall record and a 15-4 record in conference play. Metro clinched the third seed in the RMAC tournament and will host the same Colorado School of Mines team Feb. 28 at the Auraria Events Center.

Women’s RMAC 2007 tournament preview #1 Regis

#2 CSU-Pueblo

#3 Metro

#4 Nebraska-Kearney

(22-5, 17-2 RMAC)

(14-12, 13-6 RMAC)

(22-5, 15-4 RMAC)

(19-8, 13-6 RMAC)

(17-10, 10-9 RMAC)

vs. #7 Fort Lewis

(17-10, 10-9 RMAC)

vs. #6 Colorado Mines

vs. #5 Western State

Regis’ key players: Denise and Diana Lopez, 32.9 ppg, 13.9 rpg, 103 assists, 183 steals Mesa State key player: Brittany Fowler, 18.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.70 spg Season series: Regis won 1-0, 68-66 on Jan. 12 in Denver.

CSU-Pueblo key player: Lindsay Black, 13.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.58 spg, 1.75 bpg Fort Lewis key player: Christa Wilson, 6.0 ppg, 4.8 apg, 2.23 spg Season series: CSU-Pueblo won 2-0, 7163 Feb. 3 in Fort Lewis and 55-42 Feb. 15 in Pueblo.

Metro Key player: Rianna Harris, 10.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.12 spg Mines key player: Iva Tomova, 16.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.07 spg Season series: Metro won 2-0, 63-49 Jan. 19 in Denver and 66-63 Feb. 24 in Golden.

Kearney key player: Liz Fischer, 15.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.85 spg Western State key player: Audra Lawson, 11.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.81 spg, .549 FG% Season series: Nebraska-Kearney won 1-0, a 75-47 beatdown Jan. 11 in Kearney.

Lansing’s thoughts: Metro is 2nd in the RMAC in scoring offense at 74.8 ppg, and Mines is 2nd in the RMAC in scoring defense allowing only 59.0 ppg. However, the Roadrunners’ scoring defense is ranked 3rd allowing only 59.5 ppg, while Mines is 11th in scoring offense at 61.4 ppg. Metro moves on to the second round.

Lansing’s thoughts: Kearney has had a below average season and finished the year losing their last two of four. Western State is hot, winning their last four of five games. The Lopers have Liz Fischer, who not only can find her own shot, but she makes her teammates better than they are. Lopers win because love playing at home.

vs. #8 Mesa State

Lansing’s thoughts: The Rangers didn’t lose very often in conference play, but the Mavericks pushed them to the brink in their only meeting. Mesa State found the key in beating Regis by stopping Denise Lopez, but Regis is a senior-led team and won’t falter to a team that only consists of two scorers. Regis wins big.

Lansing’s thoughts: These teams are mirror images of each other: 5th and 7th in scoring offense and 5th and 6th in scoring defense. But CSU-Pueblo’s defensive player of the year Jonnie Draper will keep Fort Lewis’ leading scorer, Laura Huagen in check. CSU-Pueblo moves on.

(15-12, 12-7 RMAC)

(15-12, 12-7 RMAC)


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‘Runners walloped in weekend Pitching continues to be Metro’s biggest concern in early going by Eric Lansing Metro’s baseball team got lit up for 45 runs as they lost all four games in their weekend road trip to Pueblo Feb. 23-25 at Rawlings Field. Having only played in three games since the beginning of the season due to inclement weather, the Roadrunners’ pitching staff is still shaking off the rust as they gave up a bounty of runs over the weekend. However, Metro head coach Bobby Pierce said there is no excuse for his team’s play. He added that it didn’t matter if they had played in three games or 50 games, his team should be prepared to go out and play to their capabilities. They gave up run totals of 13, 11, 14 and seven. Adding to their woes, Metro also committed 10 errors that led to 11 unearned runs. To begin the four-game weekend, Metro took on New Mexico Highlands and started off well, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning after center fielder Kyle Bowman doubled and later scored on a passed ball. Metro’s starting pitcher Josh Eckert held the Cowboys scoreless for the first two innings but got roughed up in the third, giving up five runs on five hits. The Roadrunners trimmed the 5-1 lead by two in the next inning as left fielder Jake Palmer singled to center field and designated hitter Josh Marner smashed a high pitch to left center field for his first home run of the season. But the Cowboys put up another two spots in the bottom of the fourth inning to increase their lead to 7-3. Second baseman James Mayorga began the inning with a double and later scored when center fielder Nate Moore-Ness singled.

Metro then relieved Eckert with right-hander Ted Jamison, who gave up one run in the inning on a sacrifice fly from left fielder Will Siegrist. Pierce said Eckert needs to step up his game and become the ace of the staff. Eckert was named the No. 1 pitcher in the rotation for a reason and has to pitch well so the others can follow his lead. It could be a long season for Eckert if he doesn’t turn it around, Pierce added. Metro came close to tying the Cowboys in the top of the seventh inning, while trailing 7-4. Catcher Reece Gorman singled and stole second as Palmer, who led the Roadrunners in home runs last season, took Cowboys right-handed pitcher Gilbert Palacios deep for his first roundtripper of the year. However, Metro relief pitchers Jamison and right-hander Derek Colbert gave up six runs to the Cowboys in the seventh and eighth innings, extending Highlands’ lead to 13-6. Jamison gave up three earned runs in 3.2 innings and Colbert gave up three earned runs in 1.1 innings. Although the Roadrunners’ offense seems to be on track, scoring 25 runs in the four games, the hurlers need to regroup. Right-hander Braden Ham gave up 11 runs – 10 earned – in 7.2 innings pitched, right-hander Matt Backes gave up five runs, though all were unearned, and Jamison, who pitched in the final game against Colorado State-Pueblo, took the loss, giving up four runs – three earned – in two-thirds of an inning. Although there were plenty of negatives in the staff’s performance, coach Pierce found some positives in a few of the pitchers. He said Ham only had three bad pitches all game and that right-hander Mike Bilek, who only gave up one earned run and struck out six, pitched better than any of his teammates had seen him pitch before. The losses put Metro’s record at 1-6 on the season. The ’Runners will have a chance to rebound on the road against Colorado Christian March 2 and 3 in a four-game series in Lakewood.

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Metro sprinter Sheila Hughes finished second overall in the 60-meter dash (7.87) and third overall in the 200-meter dash (26.54) at the RMAC championships Feb. 23-24 in Golden.

TRACK • Metro eager to get back to outdoor tracks Hughes finished third overall with a time of 26.30 behind Chadron State’s Barbara Goe, who finished the 60-meter dash in 26.10. Considering how long Hughes has been out of sprinting, her times and finishes were remarkable. “I actually haven’t competed in seven years,” Hughes said. “This is my first year back. I’m satisfied and I am glad I made it to the championships.” Hughes has lined up at the blocks with Houston earlier in the season and actually finished ahead of Houston. “The crazy thing is, a month ago I had her in the 60-meter dash,” Hughes said. “I can get her. I think that after all the false starts today, I was real nervous and I didn’t want to get disqualified, so I started late.” Julian said that Hughes’ races were fantastic and for her to come into one of the toughest track competitions in the country and finish second is “pretty cool.” The Roadrunners will now get ready for the Potts Collegiate Invitational March 13 in Boulder. It is an outdoor event in which Julian and the rest of the ’Runners can’t wait to compete. “We really de-emphasize indoor,” Julian said. “What matters to us is April and May. It’s sort of the direction we want to take. We are very excited that these guys are running this fast right now in February.” Hughes is one of the many Roadrunners who are proud of the team’s performance at the conference tournament, but eager to take her game outside. “I think we did great. The spring – the outdoor season – looks promising. I can’t wait

for outdoor. We did so well indoors, that when we get to outdoors, we are going to be great,” Hughes said.

SCHEDULE Cross Country/ Track Potts Collegiate Invitational TBA, March 17 Boulder

Ron Upton Invitational TBA, March 24 Fort Collins

Tom Benich Classic TBA, March 31 Greeley

CU Invitational TBA, April 7 Boulder

Azusa Pacific Invitational TBA, April 13-14 Azusa, Calif.

Oregon Invitational TBA, April 20 Eugene, Ore.

Jack Christensen Invitational TBA, April 21 Fort Collins

Wyoming Invitational TBA, April 28 Laramie, Wyo.



Calendar ONGOING Yoga Programs – Mats & props are provided. All sessions will be held at the St. Francis Atrium. Please wear comfortable clothing for the sessions listed below. The program’s spring 2007 schedule will begin Jan. 29. For more information, please e-mail or call (303) 5566954.. Gentle Yoga – Wednesdays Noon – 1 p.m. Gentle Yoga is about gently bringing your body and mind back in touch with each other and giving yourself a chance to heal. It encourages your body to let go of built up tension and stress This gentle, slower paced practice makes it accessible to people of all sizes, ages, and fitness levels. Yoga as Therapy – Wednesdays 1:15 -2:15 p.m. Hansa’s yoga teaching can adapt classical yoga poses to people who have physical challenges. Learn how you can benefit from hatha yoga at any age and in any condition. Free Blood Pressure Screenings – Fridays at the Health Center, Plaza 150 from 2-4 p.m. Free HIV and Tuberculosis (TB) Testing – Ongoing at the Health Center at Auraria. Call (303) 556-2525. Eating for Health and Energy – Please call Susan Krems at (303) 770-8433 or (303) 556-6818 for information.

Tobacco Cessation Support – The Health Center offers many types of help to stop. Call (303) 556-2525. AA Meetings on Campus – 4:30-6 p.m. at Tivoli Sigi’s Cabaret, room 140. Please visit or call (303) 648-5120 if you are interested in chairing 12-step meetings on campus. Cancer Support Groups – Please contact Linda Wilkins-Pierce for details at (303) 5566954. Training for Mentors – Volunteers are needed to serve as mentors to at-risk youth. No expertise needed. Call (303) 995-7060 for more information or e-mail accmentoring@mentoring for more info. Crypto Science Society – Every third Saturday from 2-5 p.m. at Sigi’s below the pool hall in the Tivoli. Meetings explore aspects of the unknown. Free and open to the public. For more info see Colorado Mutual UFO Network – For a $5 fee, hear the latest info regarding local field investigations and guest speakers. For more info and interim meeting times, see studentactivities.mscd. edu/~cryptoscience.

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March 1, 2007 Once on This Island – Starts at 7:30 p.m. March 1-3 and at 2:30 p.m. on March 4 at the Eugenia Rawls Courtyad Theatre in the King Center. The play by Lynn Ahers and Stephen Flaherty, presented by The Metropolitan State College of Denver theatre program and the music department. is based on the novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy. Tickets are free to Metro students, $8 for senior citiznes or other sudents, and $15 per adult, with a $1 King Center fee assesed on all tickets. For tickets and reservations call (303) 556-2296.

March 2, 2007 Purified Mind, Transcendant Self: Yoga and Jungian Thought – 7 p.m. Friday, March 2 at first Divine Science Church, 14th Avenue and Williams Sreet. A lecture hosted by the Jung Society of Colorado by Bob Bongiovanni. Cost is free to members, $12 at the door, $10 for students and seniors.

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March 8, 2007 March Madness –2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8 in Tivoli rooms 320 B and C. Metro’s history club will be giving a presentation on the history and fun facts of the collegiate basketball tournament

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In Celebration of Women’s History Month and Black History Month

The Intersection of Feminism and Hip Hop Joan Morgan

March 7, 2007 2:30 pm St. Cajetan’s Formerly the Executive Editor of Essence, Joan Morgan is an award- winning journalist, author and provocative cultural critic for the Village Voice. Morgan’s book, When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost, is used in colleges across the country. In her speech, “At the Intersection of Hip Hop and Feminism,” Morgan tussles with the perceived contradictions of being black, female, and feminist-- from the myth of the “strong black woman” to “chickenhead envy” (coveting the perks of women who live off rich men). Morgan offers a fresh alternative to accepted notions about black womanhood. Her talk will be followed by a reception and book signing where refreshments will be served. Sponsors: Institute for Women’s Studies and Services, Metro State Student Activities, CCD Student Life, UCDHSC Student Life, Metro State Department of African American Studies, Black Student Alliance, Feminist Alliance, Metro State Student Government Assembly

For more information, call (303) 556-8441.

Volume 29, Issue 23, March 1, 2007  

The Metropolitan is a weekly, student-run newspaper serving the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver since 1979.

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