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February 16, 2012

Volume 34, Issue 22

Serving the Auraria Campus for 33 Years

TheMetropolitan MetNews

$95,000 mistake fouls SGA’s budget   4

MetroSpective Student art show is ‘Awesome’ 9


BLKHRTS wears goth rap on its sleeve  10

MetSports Australian trio keeps Metro basketball tradition going  13

Burning bright into the night

A crowd of people watches 15 foot flames as the Dogwood Parking lot outside the Tivoli is lit up Feb. 9 during the 2nd Annual Metro Homecoming Week activities. Over 350 people celebrated their Metro State pride by listening to music, watching the bonfire and smashing a donated car, which helped raise money for the Metro State Food Bank. Refer to page 3 for complete homecoming coverage. Photo by Seth Baca •

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TheMetropolitan  February 16, 2012 


Students race, bash and burn

Homecoming showcases a variety of events Along with the games, the staff operated a photo booth and an antique popcorn machine. Metro cheerleaders performed while a DJ played on stage. “I wasn’t really aware of what’s going on,“ said Henry Monahan, a junior at Metro. “I don’t usually go to these things.” The bookstore also offered a clothing discount to students on Feb. 6 and 7 to encourage sales for spirit day. Still, some students were indifferent. “I don’t have anything with the Metro logo on it,” Jera Barens, a Metro freshman said. “I’ve never bought any school clothes before.” Even so, the bookstore made Metro State students take their turn at demolishing a car in the name of Homecoming more than $2,500 according to festivities Feb. 9. Photo by Mike Fabricius • Rich Marrett, the store’s general merchandise manager.

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The Amazing Race

The scene was tense as six teams of four gathered in the food court of Tivoli, waiting to get their first clue to start Metro’s second annual Amazing Race. Despite the cold and snow, most of the activities, which were located throughout campus, went on as planned for the second day of homecoming week Feb. 7. “We were aware of the problems the storm may have caused,” said Janell Lindsey, director of special initiatives for alumni relations. “(We) prepared for the weather and moved some of the events inside.” Teams of three students accompanied by one faculty or alumni member represented various departments at Metro, including Student Activities, Student Media, Education and Technologies, Campus Recreation, Career Services, Alumni Advocacy and Student Academic Success. “We weren’t doing so well at the beginning of the race. It was a surprise we did so well,” said Tony Price, director of Campus Recreation and member of its winning team. “We made up for time with the bird houses.” Along with building bird houses, teams had to work together to overcome challenges such as hoola-hooping while singing “I’m a Little Teapot,” learning Metro’s fight song, passing toilet paper

from higher levels of Tivoli to the lower levels, a salad and snow eating contest and a round of Jeopardy questions on Metro history. Campus Recreation claimed the first place prize of $50 to the bookstore, followed by Student Academic Success, which won $40. “Overall, I give a lot of credit to all the teams, especially because it was really cold,” Price said. “The event staff did a great job keeping it all together.”

Spirit Day

Students showed their true colors at Metro’s spirit day in Tivoli Turnhalle Feb. 8 — though some didn’t have colors to show. Coordinated by the Office of Student Activities, the day was designed for Metro students to wear the Roadrunner’s signature red and blue for free food and a chance to win prizes. “We have a plethora of prizes, from small things like Metro pens to iPads,” said Stephanie LeFebvre, a volunteer working the event. The event kicked off with Metro President Stephen Jordan announcing the school’s proposed name change to Metropolitan State University of Denver. The hall was set up like a makeshift carnival where students earned tickets toward prizes in games like a beanbag toss, a ball drop and a wheel spin. “We’ve had a good turnout — not as many wearing the colors though,” said Sarah Fraser, chair of the spirit committee.

The Bonfire

Live music, 15-foot flames and car-crushing mayhem highlighted the pep rally and ended Metro’s homecoming week Feb. 8. The bonfire and car bash event held a collection for the Metro Food bank upon entry. Guests were asked to bring non-perishable foods and to donate a dollar when they took a swing at the car. “It was something new we tried, though we didn’t get the word out enough,” said Matt Brinton, assistant director for student

activities. “Still, we collected about 25 or 30 pounds of food.” President Jordan led the rally, which peaked at around 400 guests, and cheered on the women’s and men’s basketball teams. Cheerleaders pumped up the crowd as Metro’s pep band, and LAMA Live, who won the homecoming battle of the bands contest, played for the crowd. “We’re trying to provide something you don’t see every day,” Brinton said. “You don’t normally see a bonfire in a parking lot surrounded by a city.” The bonfire was lit with torches in the middle the parking lot across from Tivoli. To the side was the car provided by the Student Government Assembly for students to batter with sledgehammers. “I was here for the band but [the car bash] is very cool,” said Jon Wetzel, a Metro freshman after he pummeled the car. “I loved it, it was very liberating.” Students were required to wear safety glasses and fill out a release form before participating. People were kept at a minimum distance from the car, but were still in range when a sledgehammer slipped from the grasp of one guest and flew into the crowd. No one was hurt.

Student struck by bus dies Jessica Wacker Metro student Mario Castro died shortly after being hit by an RTD bus Feb. 8 near the south side of Auraria. Castro was struck by the bus at the intersection of West Colfax Avenue and Mariposa Street around 12 p.m., according to Sonny Jackson, Denver Police Department spokesman. Castro, 60, sustained injuries and was transported to Denver Health Medical Center where he died at approximately 5 p.m., Jackson said. Castro was actively enrolled at Metro as a full-time student with a declared major in Criminal Justice and Criminology. He had attended Metro for over four years, according to Metro’s Office of the Registrar. The case will be presented to the District Attorney’s office to determine what charges, if any, will be warranted. “We want to have as much information as possible to submit to the D.A. so they can make an informed decision,” Jackson said. Information includes DPD interviews with witnesses at the scene of the accident, as well as video footage from the RTD bus that struck Castro.

Corrections Corrections for Issue 21, Feb. 9 Page 4: Andrey Matveyev did not receive credit for the “Snowfall Accumulation” graphic. Page 5: In the story, “Documentary seeks humanity in villains,” Kerry Noble’s name was misspelled.

Spectators watch as flames engulf the wood pallets stacked for Metro’s 2012 Homecoming bonfire. Photo by Steve Anderson •


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Simple error, significant problem


Pay cuts loom after accounting oversight surfaces Brad Roudebush A $95,000 accounting error has Metro’s Student Government Assembly reeling as it tries to maintain its goal of advocating for students. “It’s a big difference, but an easy mistake to make,” SGA Treasurer Emily Hill said. “I don’t think anyone had any malicious intent and no one was negligent. It was just a mistake. The best course of action is to take the information we have now and just move forward.” When the current SGA administration took office June 2011, they were told their budget had a rollover of $115,000 from the previous administration. This amount was to be added on top of the standard yearly allocation from Metro’s Student Advisory Board and student fees. The news the SGA only had a $20,000 rollover came as a shock when the assembly convened Feb. 10. The discrepancy was due, in part, to computer error. The impact will be felt by

SGA senators trying to better the campus they represent and student organizations they help support financially. “As for supporting student [organizations], co-sponsoring their events, anything that involves an allocation of money, we can’t do,” SGA Sen. Jeffery Washington said. In addition to not being able to financially back student organizations, other services typically offered by the SGA could face drastic cutbacks to keep the student government afloat for the remainder of the semester. “What we are going to have to do is cut the student [organization] printing program. It’s one of our biggest expenses,” SGA President Jesse Altum said. Hill said it would take more than cuts to minor expenses to solve the budget problem. Late 2011, a correction was made to the SGA’s pay after it was found they were not being paid correctly for months with 5 weeks. The increase, approved by the senate before the accounting gaffe was caught, could be the line item most impacted by the budget cuts.

“If we don’t change our own pay, we are going to end up in the red,” Hill said. “We’re paying ourselves too much. I don’t think it’s right to use student fees to pay ourselves exclusively. We need to be using that for students outside of [our] personnel duties.” In a resolution proposed by Hill, senators’ monthly pay would be reduced by $40, and directors would face an $80 pay cut. The vice president’s pay would decrease by $110, while Altum would have his monthly pay cut by $140. If the senate approves the pay cuts, personnel expenses should be capped at $60,000 leaving $13,800 in discretionary spending for the remainder of the term. Altum is committed to paying his administration what they agreed to. “I think we need to find a solution quickly while still maintaining sanity because right now we are talking about peoples livelihood, people’s pay,” he said. “A pay cut is fair because it [affects the SGA] across the board. But it’s unfair in that we aren’t looking for another solution.”

Concerned the SGA may not be able to pay for personnel for May and June, Altum said the SAB has reserves in place for situations like this, and he would not be afraid to ask for the financial assistance. In the meantime, he plans to take the necessary action to help the SGA be self-sufficient. “We are going to be transforming from running like a for-profit to running like a non-profit,” Altum said. “We are going to try to not cut programs, we are just going to try to find ways to operate them for less money or run them for free.” When Altum proposes budget matters to the SAB later this semester, he will show that the SGA has used their entire allocation, which would allow them to ask for more money for their budget next year. Hill noted this error could end up having a positive effect on future administrations and the student body. “This year, we will spend our entire budget, and it’s clear we are using those funds to serve students,” Hill said.

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TheMetropolitan  MetNews  February 16, 2012 


Religious group devoted to Auraria

World Mission Society Church of God to dance on campus all semester a church called World Mission Society Church of God. “We’re testifying that the second coming of Christ has appeared A religious demonstration a second time in the human body,” resembling a cheer squad of 12 female dancers wove around Auraria said Michael Musni, organizer of the demonstration and local Ahn students Feb. 14. Sahng-hong group leader. Ahn They took over Tivoli ComSahng-hong is the new name for mons dressed in all black clothing Jesus, according to Musni. and thick yellow scarves, chanting Since many members of the and dancing to upbeat music and religious group are students at Autrying to spread their message to raria, they have chosen this camAurarians. pus as their weekly destination for The group is affiliated with the their demonstrations throughout Seventh Day Adventists through the spring semester. The group hopes to bolster support for a new CCD organization called the Seven Thunders club, which is a campus base for people who share these beliefs. “We have friends who are in the club and we wanted to support them,” said Anny Meraz, one of the dancers on the self-proclaimed rally team. “We’re helping by encouraging them and cheering with them and being here so that many students can come and listen to the message that they have to Marie Willman dances with other members of the World say about the second coming of Christ,” she Mission Society Church of God Feb. 14 in Tivoli Commons. said.

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Members of the World Mission Society Church of God dance in front of Auraria students Feb. 14 in the Tivoli Commons area. Photos by Steve Anderson •

The women took short water breaks in their five-hour demonstration near the amphitheater outside Plaza. They danced several prearranged sets, accompanied by a group of 14 people in the background who held neon pink lettered signs that read “Heavenly Mother” when held up together. The background group used a megaphone and chanted, “We love you,” “We are family,” and “I have already come,” an allusion to their core belief that the second coming of Jesus Christ took place in 1918 before he ascended back to heaven in 1985.

The Heavenly Mother slogan refers to the female existence of God, who they believe is a living woman in South Korea called “The Heavenly Jerusalem” or “The New Jerusalem,” by followers of this faith, Musni said. Metro students are less offended by their mode of communication than other evangelical groups that are infamous on campus for inciting negative crowd reactions, such as the anti-abortion groups. “It’s not in line with my beliefs, but it’s interesting,” Metro senior Alexa Davis said. “I guess this is the best place to [hold religious

demonstrations] because it’s the center of higher education and higher learning, I think having the freedom to do that here is important, but within certain constraints.” Davis said the group was acting agreeably compared to other religious groups she has seen on campus. There is little information provided on the banners and posters that the group displays because their message is supposed to be unobtrusive. “You will see us little-by-little through mass media,” Musni said.

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Metro shouldn’t quake over DU’s class warfare Elitist arrogance creates the kind of condescension that looks down its nose on folks who have less money. University of Denver chancellor Robert Coombe’s letter to DU alumni about Metro’s proposed name change and the alleged harm it would do to DU’s “brand, ’’ oozes with elitist condescension. This is similar to the kind of bred-in-the-bone “we’re better than you” beliefs being disguised right now in Republican primaries where mega-millionaire Mitt Romney tries to reach out to ordinary folks — and falls flat on his face. Did somebody say “class warfare?” Coombe’s letter, intended for limited consumption, but obtained by The Metropolitan and printed in its entirety in these pages last week, is obsessed with the supposed sanctity of of DU’s “brand.” The missive mentions “brand” seven separate times and “brand or marketplace confusion” five more, in a rambling discourse on a supposed threat posed by Metro. Sounding as though it were written by a patent lawyer, Coombe’s letter goes on to invoke the euphemism-fi lled language of marketing where there are no cities, but only “markets.” No people, only “consumers.” And no school identities, only “brands.” How do you like being part of a “brand,” and an inferior one at that? After beating the “brand” horse to exhaustion — citing unnamed sources and studies — Coombe’s letter rolls out the heavy guns of “trademark issues,” and the implied threat of legal action against trademark infringement. Last time I looked, DU had no cute little circled “R” attached to its name, logo or website. So who’s kidding whom about trademarks? Make no mistake. DU is a fine school — ranked 82nd in the nation among all public and private “national universities” in 2012, according to U.S. News & World Report ratings, with a 57th ranking by Forbes. It has an extensive roster of esteemed graduates in business, sports and the arts as well as a

Letter to the Editor How many of us know a Metro student, graduate, family member, or friend that wants a job but cannot find one? Right now, America is in the middle of a major jobs crisis. 25 million people are now unemployed or underemployed. What’s more, there are more than four unemployed workers for every job opening. The bottom line is that we need to create new jobs right now. The good news is that we can put more Americans to work right now building wind turbines and operating clean energy projects across Colorado and the country. The wind industry has created tens of thousands of jobs in recent years and we want it to keep creating more jobs. A critical tax credit for wind energy is set to expire at the end of 2012 that would directly affect Coloradan jobs.

history dating to 1864, before Colorado was even a state. With such a legacy — as the oldest and one of the finest universities in the Rocky Mountain West — it seems odd that DU should feel threatened by whatever Metro might be called. Why is exalted DU so paranoid about what recent-arrival Metro decides to call itself? Rather than being insecure about being recent immigrants to Colorado’s university landscape, Metro students — and especially Metro’s administration — might keep in mind that Metro had already been around for two decades when DU, facing severe financial problems, nearly closed its doors in the mid-1980s before Dan Ritchie joined DU’s board to begin righting the financial ship. Later, Ritchie (who was chancellor from 1989 to 2005), launched a $500 million campus expansion program, starting with a $15 million contribution of his own, that transformed the campus. At the time, former chief campus architect “Cab” Childress said “working for Dan Ritchie is like working for a Medici. He builds in stone.” I have never met chancellor Coombes, who may be a genial gentleman, but I did know Dan Ritchie, who now chairs the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, in the course of covering higher education for the Denver Post, and recall him as an exemplary human being. DU’s claim of a 148-year-old “brand” also misfires. DU was founded in 1864 by Colorado territorial governor John Evans as a Methodist seminary, officially called the Colorado Seminary. Accordingly, streets in its locale are named for Methodist stalwarts like Francis Asbury and John Wesley. The seminary was re-named the University of Denver in 1880, when it moved seven miles southeast from its original downtown Denver site. To this day, DU still carries the legal name of Colorado Seminary. Pedigree aside, DU has money and wealthy alumni. And when money talks about “brand confusion,”

Because projects take a substantial amount of time to plan, finance and build, the impending expiration of the wind tax credit is already doing damage in Colorado and we need to act now. Vestas Wind Systems, a world leader in wind energy systems, has announced it will cut up to 1,600 jobs nationally if the wind tax credit isn’t extended. [VSW currently employs 1,700 Coloradans.] Delay in Congress to renew the wind tax credit is threatening Colorado jobs and keeping us from being a worldwide leader in clean energy. There are many in Congress who will rush to cut taxes for the 1%, but are refusing to act to keep the wind industry booming. That’s because the 1% are using their power to create deadlock in Congress and block sensible investments to put Americans back to work. Senator Udall released a statement last

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J. SEBASTIAN SINISI state legislators listen while Metro officials quaver. But there’s no need for either Metro students or administration to buy into the intimations of inferiority suggested throughout the Coombes letter. Metro students and their parents typically aren’t well-off and can’t afford DU’s annual tuition of $36,000 or so. They have jobs and don’t have the leisure to stroll overpriced eateries along yuppified South University Blvd. Having gone to two commuter campuses that were part of the City University of New York — when long subway rides from Brooklyn to the Bronx were the price of free tuition before the last Ice Age — I can relate. My school, Hunter College, along with City College of New York and other city university commuter campuses served a clientele that was then mainly Jewish, Italian and Irish. Today, students are mostly black, Puerto Rican and Asian in keeping with City University’s historic mission of serving the city’s more recent arrivals seeking affordable higher education. Sans subway commuters, Metro’s mission has been the same since 1965 and nobody need be intimidated by bullying and posturing by DU, as Metro officials and its board already have. Stop being pushed around, folks, by phantom fears. And, as deep-thinker Sarah Palin liked to say, “Man up!”

week asking all members of Congress to act swift ly and support the wind tax credit to protect Colorado jobs. Now it is our turn as students, Coloradans and Americans to build a groundswell of public support and show our Representative in Congress, Representative DeGette, that she should vote with us to demand this country continue to invest in clean energy. I urge students to join in this effort for job creation and clean energy by joining the Clean Energy Jobs Campaign. Colorado Fair Share Alliance is launching the Clean Energy Jobs Campaign and working on and off campus to involve students in this important issue because every American deserves a fair shot at a good job, a secure future, and a strong voice in our democracy. -Chris Leos, Metro senior

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February 16, 2012


Not just another war documentary ‘For Love of Liberty’ tells story of integration

Nathalia Vélez

In celebration of Black History Month, Metro’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps organized an exhibition of Part I of “For Love of Liberty” Feb. 9 at Tivoli. The twopart documentary is a record of the history of African-Americans in the military. The guest speaker at the event was Eugene Jackson, president of 100 Black Men of Denver. Jackson, who has also worked with 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Habitat for Humanity and the Atlanta Project, said today’s generation needs to be aware of history in order to lead the country in the right direction. “History, as I see it, is the rudder of the ship of life,” Jackson said. “If you don’t know what the rudder’s doing, you don’t know

where the ship is going.” “For Love of Liberty” tells the story of how a once-segregated army became diverse through history. From the American Revolution to WWI, the first part of the fi lm recounts the tumultuous history of how men went from being slaves to serving their country — even when they received no appreciation for it. Maj. David Rozelle, professor of military science at University of Colorado at Boulder and ROTC advisor for Colorado School of Mines, has been part of organizing this event for two years. He thinks this fi lm is a good reminder of army history, not only for the viewers, but for soldiers as well. “There’s things that I knew and I see again and I’m like, ‘wow, that’s really powerful,’” Rozelle said. “It’s good to remind yourself

of those you serve with.” Hosted by Halle Berry and narrated by Avery Brooks, the fi lm showcases history through dramatizations, paintings, photographs and video footage. Celebrities from Walter Cronkite to Susan Sarandon do dramatic readings of letters from politicians, soldiers and their families. There are moments of sadness and inspiration, as well as moments of lightheartedness. The crowd of about 20 chuckled at the humble and humorous quotes from soldiers who survived dire situations. “I just fought for my life, a rabbit would have done that,” one of the narrators recited, quoting Henry Johnson as he discussed the 1918 battle named after him. Jackson said he wants people who watch this fi lm to remember


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the people, of every race and gender, who sacrificed something for America. He took the opportunity to reinforce the importance of equality and hard work. “America wasn’t a happenstance,” Jackson said. “It was something people had to fight for, had to give their lives for, and if we forget about that, we’ll lose it.” For excerpts and more information on the fi lm, go to www.forloveoflibEugene Jackson speaks after the exhibition of “For Love of Liberty” Feb. 9. Metropolitan Staff Photo


8  February 16, 2012  MetroSpective  TheMetropolitan

Erin Fotcht, right, discusses the plastic potato chips stuck to the painting on the wall as her friend, who declined to give her name, stands by during the fifth annual Potato Show at The Other Side Arts gallery in Denver. Photo by Christopher Morgan •

Potatoes on parade at The Other Side Arts Ryan Smith

Denver mixed-media artists are, as “Weird Al” Yankovic would have it, “Addicted to Spuds.” In its fifth year, The Potato Show brings the common potato together with bottle caps, wood, paint and burlap to “poke fun at the ‘high art’ world, but also to make art more accessible to those who might otherwise be intimidated by it,” said Autumn Fischer,

marketing director for The Other Side Arts. The Potato Show is run by TOSA, a non-profit community organization for emerging artists. TOSA’s mission is to bridge the gap between the “fine art” world and the community. The Potato Show fulfills this by focusing on an unassuming object almost everyone is familiar with. “The concept came from taking art, this really weighty, high-brow thing that people are intimidated by, and making it as accessible as possible,” Fischer said. “Taking this very simple thing and turning it into art — mixing these two worlds that couldn’t be further apart and combining them — it takes that high-brow thing away from art.” The Potato Show, like other TOSA shows, provides space for young artists to exhibit work while involving the Denver community in the local art scene, which is TOSA’s main goal. “We get this population who comes in

Benjamin Frolichstein, left, and Tobias Krause pose in front a mound of potatoes they painted for the show. Photo by Christopher Morgan •

that isn’t part of the art scene, but more a part of the community,” Fischer said. Amethyst Guthman admitted she was enticed by the show’s novelty and the free beer, but said she came away appreciating the event’s originality more than she

Left: “Mr. Potato Head and Success,” by Melissa Getz, was up for sale to the tune of $85 at the show. Photo by Christopher Morgan •

imagined she would. “The juxtaposition of how such a simple medium can be turned into something so interesting is something I really enjoy,” Guthman said. “To see so many interpretations of one single subject, it’s quite beautiful.” Ben Frohlichstein, a TOSA resident artist, sees the exhibit as a commentary on capitalism.

“It’s kind of like a rebirth of mother nature with an aestheticism towards the world going blind with greed,” Frohlichstein said. “Back to the potato: it’s where it all started.” The exhibit runs through Feb. 27 at The Other Side Arts gallery at 1644 Platte St. in Denver.

TheMetropolitan  MetroSpective  February 16, 2012 

‘Awesome’ show lives up to its name

Caitlin Sievers

A DJ in a glass-covered football helmet that looked like a disco ball played fast-paced tunes for Auraria students and art enthusiasts milling around Emmanuel Gallery Feb. 9. “Awesome,” Metro’s 29th annual student art show features more than 50 works of art, including sculpture, mixed media, jewelry, photos, pottery, and much more. The most important thing about the event, for members of the MSCD Art Guild who planned the opening, was getting people involved. “It’s about community and fostering togetherness,” said Michael Frazier, president of the Art Guild. “The show allows people to come hang out and contribute.” Frazier was worried that there wouldn’t be any food for the opening, so he spent the night before the show making trash-bags full of popcorn at his home. Metro’s Student Government Association supplied pizza for the guests.

Metro’s hip-hop dance group, the Aristocrats, performed on the floor of the gallery for a crowd of onlookers while a 1940s Bollywood movie played on the wall. Women wearing fake beards checked out the art. Denver artist Phil Bender, a Metro graduate, decided which pieces would make it in the show and who would get awards. Bender received the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2011. “It’s a good showcase of all the different types of art at Metro,” said Metro student Holly Mills. One of the crowd favorites was a painting called “Lincoln’s Hellhound” by Patrick Beery. The painting depicted a hound coming after Abraham Lincoln through swirls of color. According to Beery, his piece is about the American military-industrial complex. “His style is very interesting to me,” said Yharenda Edwards, a Metro student. “It has a shock factor to it but it still pulls you in, even though the subject matter is a little scary.” The show contained some addi-

tional political art like “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine” and “So Long Ghadhafi.” “Object and Clouds” by Alan Topp fascinated Sasha Wheeler, an art student at Metro. “I admire it, there’s no way I could do it,” she said. “I like to get up close and appreciate what I’m trying to learn to do.” Rory Smith won first place for “There was Fear,” Opening day at the Emmanuel Gallery displaying student art at the Awesome exhibit turned out large crowds. Photo by Mike Fabricius • a print media installation featuring intertwining the course of the show doing her nuts.” Honorable mentions were snake-like cutouts surrounding a performance art piece, “People awarded to Adam Hamilton and mouth with bared teeth. Second Pleasing.” Jenny Pokorny. place went to Estee Fox for her The show is open through Feb. “I’m really happy the show untitled pencil and watercolor 23 and includes faculty workshops came together,” said Morgan with fuzzy, faceless female figures. and student roundtables. Murphy, vice president of the James Hoard got best in show for Art Guild. Morgan will be in the “Lost information and Fresh Dogallery intermittently throughout

Cheap eats for busy students: Cooking basics part II

Kate Rigot

You recently moved into your own place, and now you’re stuck heating up frozen meals because you haven’t equipped your kitchen with proper tools. No longer. This week, we take a break from recipes to walk you through collecting all the necessary equipment. We’ll also explain what each piece does and what types of recipes you might need it for. Buying most of these things at big box stores could cost a small fortune by student standards, but a much more practical idea is to get all of your kitchen supplies from thrift stores. Far from being too beat-up to be useful, the quality is almost always acceptable. Although you may have to visit more than one store to get everything you need, you will end up spending a tiny fraction of what you would if you got everything new, even at “bargain” prices. Check out the Safari Seconds Thrift Store and the Goodwill both are near campus and each other) in South Broadway, as well as other nearby thrift stores. Thrift stores in the suburbs often have even better selections, and don’t forget about yard sales once the weather warms up, especially moving sales and estate sales. The categories and the list orders below are based on my personal preferences and on what is most likely to be necessary for the recipes in this column.

Your choices may vary depending on what you tend to cook. No kitchen at all? You can often get by with a microwave, an electric skillet (or a plug-in portable stove burner) and a large toaster oven on a sturdy, heat-proof table top. Bare-bones essential tools: Most recipes should surrender to this group of thirteen implements, though more fierce or cunning recipes may require something out of the two later arsenals. Knives – The three types of knives you will probably use the most are a paring knife (a short 3-to-4-inch knife used for peeling and prepping veggies and fruit), a medium serrated knife (5 to 7 inches and useful for slicing things like tomatoes or meat), and a large chef’s knife (6 to 8 inches, and used for chopping, dicing, and mincing). You may want to invest in a good set of knives someday, but for now, these will do just fine. Do get an inexpensive sharpening stone if they’re not reasonably sharp. Cutting board – Essential for almost any kind of food prep. Try to find a wooden or polypropylene board, though regular plastic will do. Skillet – You’ll probably end up using a medium-sized skillet a lot. I avoid non-stick pans because


I find them annoying to cook with, and it can be harder to get things to brown properly in one. Cast iron skillets are awesome if you can get one, but are very hard to find cheap. Try to get an ovenproof skillet — some recipes have you transfer a skillet from the stovetop to the oven to finish the cooking process. Saucepans/pots – Along with a skillet, these are your go-to cookware. You’ll definitely want to get a medium-sized pot with a lid (about 2 quarts), as well as a small pot. You’ll also probably want to get a larger pot (like a 4-quart soup tureen) eventually. Sauté wand or wooden spoon – This will be your almost-constant companion for any stovetop cooking. I highly recommend a sauté wand (a wooden paddle-like implement with a broad flat end and a slightly angled edge) over a wooden spoon, although both

can be handy to have around. You’ll use it to sauté, stir-fry, stir soups and stews, and more. Metal implements are difficult to hold once they heat up, and will also scratch up your pans, so avoid them. Mixing bowls – Get at least two sizes, preferably three. Bowls are crucial for baking, but also useful for mixing salads, serving popcorn and other food prep. Microwave-safe is best. Metal spatula – Not just for grilling, but also used for pan-frying, baking and roasting. Find one with a heat-proof handle; you’ll regret it if you don’t. Measuring Cups and Spoons – Essential for baking and useful for most other cooking. Although you can often estimate, inexperienced cooks will find it much easier to follow a recipe if they measure. Make sure to have cups and spoons for at least the following measurements: one cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/4 cup, tablespoon, teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, 1/4 teaspoon. Glass measuring cups are nice, but plastic cups (and spoons too) are fine — just be careful not to leave them on the stove and melt them. Square pan – Usually metal or Pyrex, either 8x8 inches or 9x9 inches. This will be your pan for roasting, baking small cakes and

other basic oven stuff. Baking sheet – Essential for cookies, pizza, broiling and more. Try to get one with 1-inch sides, which will be easier to grab than a completely flat one. Colander or mesh strainer – Useful for straining pasta, beans or boiled vegetables. Rubber spatula – You’d be surprised how much more batter or whatever you can scrape out of a mixing bowl when you have one of these. More useful than you’d think. Oven mitts – Don’t forget these! Also really useful: Whisk, cheese grater (block cheese is invariably cheaper than pre-grated cheese), 9x13-inch roasting pan, pie plate, cake pan (9-inch diameter round pan), bread pans, casserole dishes (preferably with lids), vegetable peeler, electric beaters, muffin tins (large), toaster, large metal spoons, garlic press A little less essential or affordable, but also might come in handy: Blender or food processor, bread knife, extra cutting board, extra skillet, crocks or large jars (for storing flour, sugar, grains, beans, etc.), wok, Dutch oven, steamer basket, table-top grill (such as a George Foreman grill), Bundt cake or tube pan, ramekins, more kinds of knives, cheese slicer, basic meat thermometer, tongs, basting brush, pepper grinder, sifter.

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Sounding Off

BLKHRTS tap into goth-rap vein The albums piled on Yonnas Abraham’s desk are vast. Blizzard of Oz by Ozzy Osbourne sits comfortably on top of Funkadelic’s Maggot Brain, then comes cuts from Bad Brains, The Stooges and Helmet. For Abraham, it seems like no song or genre is off limits when it comes to sampling or getting inspired. The Metropolitan spoke to Abraham about BLKHRTS series of conceptual releases in the form of EPs, mixtapes, one LP and some elaborate performances. He filled us in on the group’s name, his eclectic sampling and what “dark” sounds BLKHRTS plans to pump out in 2012. Interview by Wesley Reyna • WR: How is your music often described? YA: I just say Goth straight up. There are all kinds of different goth, goth-rock, gothtechno, goth-whatever — I would say our hip-hop is goth, but because it is rap, people automatically tag “rap” on to the end of that. WR: How does the name BLKHRTS fit the music? YA: We came up with the name and everything that we do lends itself to that aesthetic. I think the music we make sounds like BLKHRTS. You know the name, and it’s very universal. WR: Why “black?” Is it a racial or stylistic thing? YA: [To me] lack is the assimilation of all colors, so to me it has nothing to do with race; it’s an aesthetic thing. Being black is a coincidence; a lucky blessing. But it’s not a racial thing at all — the music that inspires us is generally made by white people.

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WR: Will BLKHRTS continue to perform such intricate live shows? YA: The more opportunities we get, we try to control the environment, the atmosphere. If you can do that, it makes the experience more immersive; people walk through the door and they walk “in” to BLKHRTS. I think of a band like an art project and I think of the shows as performances, but I also think of them as exhibits. WR: Will BLKHRTS be performing material from CHRCH? YA: When we made the first EP, I made it with shows in mind. I was making it like a set [list]. It’s structured in such a way that it’s like a live show. With CHRCH I didn’t make it with live shows in mind, but I do think there is some stuff on there that would go well live. WR: How did you end up with such diverse samples on CHRCH?

BLKHRTS’ dark, moody sound isn’t inspired by sunny days, but they keep their heads up.

Photo courtesy of BLKHRTS YA: I heard WU LYF’s song and I thought, “that’d be cool to make a song like that,” and I said, “Fuck it, I’ll loop this up and just rap over it.” That’s more like recognizing the energy of the universe. It was already made. Generally [it] would be like, “It’s out there, but I need to make it my own.” This was one of the first times that I don’t feel like, “I’ve got to flip it, sample it and do all this stuff to make it mine.” I kind of shed that. When I show it to a lot of cats that rap, they just hear a dope beat. They don’t hear WU LYF. WR: Is it weird for a hip-hop group to cover indie acts? YA: In a way, that’s mad old-school hip-hop. That’s quintessential hip-hop. That’s what Kool Herc was doing. At the time, Kool Herc was flipping what was modern, disco breaks, or funk soul breaks. What we’re doing is, taking breaks, modern breaks, and hip-hopping them up.

WR: What does BLKHRTS have coming up in 2012? YA: At the end of this month we are doing a mixtape with DJ Ktone called BEAST and then, March 31, JUNKIE comes out, which is King F.O.E.’s solo-project. In the middle of summer we will release Karma’s solo album, which is called Murder Ball. In December, we will release the actual BLKHRTS album, which the working title is The Black Experience. This is our year. Our game plan is to put out a lot of free music and then finally release the album at the end of the year.

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Bar Chords For fans of surf rock, Bahamas takes the genre to a whole new level. On Bar Chords, Canadian musician Afie “Bahamas” Jurvanen mixes a laid-back vibe with bluesy guitars and emotional vocals. The record was released Feb. 7 and is Bahamas’ second effort as a solo artist. The first, Pink Strat, was released in 2011. Before Jurvanen began releasing his own music, he worked with other musical acts, including Zeus and Feist. Jurvanen’s laid-back, stripped down vocal style is befitting, considering that his label is Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records. However, it surpasses the level of beach jams and delves into deeper subject matter about heartbreak and hope. In the song “Montreal,” one of the album’s standouts, Jurvanen croons, “Honey, please don’t give up on your man,” and immediately distinguishes himself as Johnson’s more emotional protégé, as well as a capable blues vocalist. The biggest problem with this album is inconsistency. When Jurvanen is on top of a song, it takes on a life of its own, which is the case with the album’s single, “Lost in the Light”. But at times, the songs gather too much momentum and lose control. This is evident in the awkward and repetitive track “Never Again.” Beyond the handful of great tracks and a couple of unbearable ones, the majority of the album is forgettable. Though Bahamas shows that surfer rock doesn’t have to be all breeze and ease, he still has a way to go before he can really nail the soulful energy that Bar Chords is trying to attain.

Young & Old Just one year after releasing Cape Dory, Denver’s premier indie rock duo, Tennis, has dropped their second full-length, Young & Old. The sophomore effort was produced by Patrick Carney, drummer of The Black Keys, and released on Fat Possum records. Within Young & Old’s 10 varying tracks, husband-andwife duo Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore take you on another blissed-out journey through sweet soundscapes. The opening track, “It All Feels the Same,” starts off with the same familiar beach-pop melodies that made Tennis such a hit to begin with. Moore’s first words convey Tennis’ main inspiration: Travel. She even softly sings, “Took a train to, took a train to get to you.” It’s almost as if this album is lyrically about another trip — one that rivals Cape Dory, which was about the couple’s 7-month sailing expedition down the eastern Atlantic Seaboard. However, as each track progresses on Young & Old, it becomes clear that there isn’t some built-up narrative running alongside the music. The new tweaks, lyrical lines and little pieces of sound are added to the duo’s original sound, but each track doesn’t seem as intertwined as those on Cape Dory. While Tennis is getting better at writing outstanding tracks, they still need to get over their excessively cohesive approach to writing. If anything, they should discard Cape Dory and Young & Old, produce a few EPs every year filled with great material, then dust off the sailboat more often. If the duo followed this route, their music would resonate longer.

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Check it out

Former death metal duo scales up Chris “Spikeâ€? Todd • The Denver music scene is flushed with bands playing many different genres of music. Some go for pure, classic sounds while others convey a brand-new format that you can’t help but rock out to. As far as rocking out is concerned, Dissonance in Design took the cake last year in Denver’s world of death metal. If anything, their debut release, Neurotransmitting an Epiphany, took metalheads by surprise and renewed some head-banging hope within the younger generation of metal fans. With bands like Dissonance in Design coming around, young fans can rock even harder than their hardened elders. The album, which was recorded by Brian Knop of Maximum Level Audio, seems like it could have been a passable EP with a mere

Heavy album art for a heavy band.

five tracks. Moreover, the EP only features two members playing raw cuts. But once this EP gets underway, any preconceived notions get lost within the chaotic whirlwind of sound that defines Dissonance in Design. Harrison and Zac Patuto — brothers who are both less than 21 years old — are the masterminds of the band. Harrison’s technical guitar work, for instance, presents a jaw-dropping dynamic that includes insane arpeggios, fast sweeps and crunchy rhythms. Zac is just as phenomenal. Throughout the album, his cymbals are crashing as he smashes away on his drums. His rhythmic patterns make the mind spin, especially on a track like “Zeal.� In “Zeal,� Zac shows off his insane double bass skills just as the song picks up. He’s not into using cheap tricks just to make his blast-beats this fast; instead, he simply uses his feet, power and stamina. Nonetheless, Zac delivers a barrage of supporting rhythm that compliments his brother’s spacious guitar riffage. The brothers have been making music since they were very young; first as Morbus Dues. Over time, a few more musicians stepped in and out, as the two attempted to find a perfect fit. All this time playing with each other has paid off for both Patuto brothers. After all, the two can perform harder than most longtime bands. The recording of the Neu-

Local death metal band, Dissonance in Design, once played as a guitar-and-drum-driven duo.

Photo courtesy of Dissonance in Design rotransmitting EP was another instrumental adventure. Recently, Sam Johnson, former vocalist for Sunday Massacre, has brought his deep growl and high-pitched screams to the table, highlighting the Patutos’ complex songwriting.

In less than a year, Dissonance in Design proves how much can be achieved through perseverance. The band released one of the heaviest and most technically sound metal albums in 2011, but they were willing to do it as a duo.

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Women’s basketball team plays 4 Kay

Roadrunner’s game helps raise money for cancer research Angelita Foster Auraria Event Center felt just a bit brighter this past weekend, as two schools came together to play a basketball game and also make a difference in people’s lives. Donning pink T-shirts, pink athletic tape and pink shoelaces, the Metro women’s basketball team participated in the “Play 4 Kay” game against Chadron State College (Neb.) Feb. 10 for breast cancer awareness. The referees also wore pink whistles during the game. The Roadrunners edged the Eagles 55-51. In the process, Metro raised money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in memory of the legendary former women’s basketball head coach of North Carolina State University. “Kay Yow was a very inspirational coach,” Metro women’s basketball assistant coach Jezzal Quintana said. “She’s touched everyone’s lives, and it gives us a little something more to play for.” This was the fourth year Metro participated in the national event, and the first year with Quintana as the coordinator.

“If we can pass the word and help find a cure through playing basketball then we are happy to do that,” Quintana said. Quintana’s father was diagnosed with colon cancer three years ago, but is now doing well. “That’s why we do this,” Quintana said. “We want to give people a chance to find a cure, we want to give people a chance to live and to get past this.” The game provides a platform for people to talk about, and fight against the deadly disease. “Everybody has a personal story, and it’s great to see fans in the stands coming out to support,” Metro junior guard Emily Wood said. “Last year, there were some survivors who shared their stories with us, and it was inspiring.” Wood contributed nine points in the game, while senior guard Jasmine Cervantes led all ’Runners with 12. Though Metro led 31-14 at halftime, Chadron State slowly chipped away at the lead by taking advantage of turnovers. With 3.2 seconds left Chadron State guard Dallas Shaw hit a 3-point shot to make the score 54-51, but it wasn’t enough and the ’Runners were able

to hold on for the win. While watching the thriller, the Metro women’s soccer team collected donations at the door. Contributions were also accepted

online through the Play 4 Kay website, which has raised $4.5 million to date for cancer research. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is in partnership with The V Founda-

tion and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Yow died in 2009 after a 22-year battle against cancer.

The Metro women’s basketball team wore the color pink during the “Play 4 Kay” game against Chadron State Feb. 10. Metro junior guard Emily Wood plays defense against CSC guard Dallas Shaw, and the ’Runners won 55-51. Photo by Seth Baca •

Metro defends home court against UNK

’Runners cause 21 turnovers in a victory over the Lopers Ben Bruskin If it’s true that defense wins championships, than consider Metro’s men’s basketball team the favorite in any tournament they enter. The ’Runners — 19-5 overall and 14-5 in the RMAC — used 10 steals and 24 points off of turnovers to help get past University of Nebraska-Kearney 83-73 Feb. 11 at Auraria Event Center. The Roadrunners are now ranked No. 18 in Division II. Metro executed their full court pressure and double team defense tremendously, creating numerous turnovers throughout the game. “I thought we wore them down,” Metro head coach Derrick Clark said. “They had 21 turnovers. They made some shots early but they didn’t make them late because

they were fatigued, it was our pressure.” The game began as a back and forth battle, featuring 12 lead changes in the first half. Although UNK hit five three pointers, Metro stuck to the game plan of looking for the inside shot. The strategy paid off for Metro, leading 43-35 at halftime. Helping build that halftime lead for Metro was junior forward Jonathan Morse. He was nearly perfect from the field, making five of six shots, and was perfect at the free throw line, making all five. “I just try to be aggressive every night,” Morse said. “Today it was working out but, it was a great team effort.”

Senior guard Reggie Evans in the lane against UNK Feb. 11 at Auraria Event Center. Metro won 83-73. Photo by Rachel Fuenzalida •

With less than eight minutes left it seemed as if Metro was in control, holding a 14 point lead. UNK, however, battled back and went on an 11-0 run in a four-minute stretch to make the score 73-70. The Roadrunners then clamped down on defense, holding the Lopers to just three points and causing four turnovers during the final 3:45 of the game to preserve the win. “Our defensive pressure was a really key part of the game,” Morse said. “It really took a toll on them, especially later in the game.” Metro’s offensive output complimented the defense, as four Roadrunners scored in double digits. Morse ended the night with 19 points,

along with 15 rebounds, while senior guard Reggie Evans led all Metro scorers with 26 points. “Coaches said be aggressive, go get some rebounds, and the game will come to you,” Evans said. “I just try to go within the system and just go off my opportunities that I have.” Evans and the ’Runners will play two games in New Mexico, Feb. 17 and 18, before coming home to play Regis for the final tune-up game before the RMAC tournament. There, the Roadrunners will look to continue their stellar defensive play in an attempt to prove that defense really does win championships.

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Metro hoops hops down under for talent


Three students from Australia suit up for the Roadrunners Josh Gaines There is a recruiting pipeline at Metro, invisible to the eye and yet solid in structure, which runs from Auraria to Australia. This seasons men’s basketball team features three players born ahalf-a-world away. Senior forward Paul Brotherson, freshman center Nicholas Kay and redshirt freshman guard Mitch McCarron all grew up playing ball in Australia. It should come as no shock that the Roadrunner’s squad has recruited from so far away. When former men’s basketball head coach Mike Dunlap was hired to lead the program in 1997, he chose to place an emphasis on getting top talent from Australia. It has produced players for Metro ever since. “Coach Dunlap established that pipeline to Australia and we’ve just continued it,” Metro head coach Derrick Clark said. “We have great resources to be able to be competitive in terms of recruiting.” The success of Australian Metro basketball alumni, which includes Australian Olympicteammates Mark Worthington and

Metro senior forward Paul Brotherson, freshman center Nicholas Kay, and redshirt freshman Mitch McCarron grew up and played basketball in Australia, then came to Denver to play ball for Metro. Photo by Rachel Fuenzalida •

Luke Kindle, has lead to the Roadrunner program becoming highly regarded by Australian ballplayers. “We knew about the Australian tradition that Metro State has,” said Brotherson, who is now a senior captain after having trans-

ferred from Central Wyoming College. “We strived to come here. I would rather go to this college than any other college in the world.” Kay arrived at Metro after his coach in Australia, Damian Cotter, recommended him to Clark. In a

January game against Colorado Christian, the freshman flashed his potential with a 24 point, 11 rebound performance. Kay hopes to continue to improve throughout his career at Metro, and appreciates all of the support he and his

teammates have been getting. Amongst the Metro supporters is Danny Miller, a freshman at Metro, who waves an Australian flag proudly at games to show support for Brotherson, who is from Sidney, and Kay, who is from Tamworth. “That’s my boy Danny. He’s just the number one dedicated fan,” said McCarron, who is from Alice Springs, Australia. “He is out every game with the flag.” The trio of Australians hope to help build on Metro’s tradition of excellence, which includes two Division II national titles. Last season, the team made it to the semi-finals of the NCAA Central Region Tournament. “We have a very strong, competitive, talented team this year,” Brotherson said. “We had it last year, but I think we have a little bit more talent this year. We’re looking to take it a little further than where we did last year.” As they do, the Australian basketball world will have its gaze on Colorado and the pipeline will continue to flow.

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Today, I saw a friend of a friend comment on something on facebook. I saw the thumbnail pic and thought, “Oh, she’s really pretty.” and clicked on it to take me to her profile. It was a picture of Justin Bieber. MLIA

1760 - Cherokee Indians held hostage at Fort St. George are killed in revenge for Indian attacks on frontier settlements.

Today I was on Grouchy Rabbit and I read ‘If you forget to say “pika” before you sneeze, you can always say “bacca” afterwards’ Guess who can’t wait till the next time they sneeze?! MLIA. Today, we were discussing different types of lightbulbs in science, and a girl in my class excitedly suggested that someone should invent glow in the dark lightbulbs. It took her a while to figure out why everyone was laughing so hard. MLIA.

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