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April 5, 2012

Volume 34, Issue 28

Serving the Auraria Campus for 33 Years

TheMetropolitan Metropolitan

MetNews T-shirts deliver important messages 3

MetroSpective Kite exhibit lands in Englewood Museum 8

AudioFiles Files

Coachella continues to grow under desert sun 13

MetSports Shaking up women’s basketball 16

Sliding safely into the spring season

Metro junior shortstop Erik Cammall dives to avoid the tag from Regis University first baseman Jon Shoutta March 30 at Regis Baseball Field in Denver. The Roadrunners lost 9-8 in 12 innings. Photo by Rachel Fuenzalida •

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T-shirts weave stories of tragedy, hope POLICE Color coded T-shirts BLOTTER Megan Mitchell

Every April, rainbow strands of T-shirts designed for the Auraria Clothesline Project for Sexual Assault Awareness Month reach a little further. The Phoenix Center at Auraria, along with other UCD campus sponsors has organized a local extension of the national Clothesline Project, which began in Cape Cod, Mass. 22 years ago. The T-shirts hang in three locations of Tivoli and are a growing collection of shirts from all three years the project has existed at Auraria. “The first year we did it, we only had enough to hang a couple of strings across the atrium, and then last year, we had enough to expand in that Student Life spiral staircase, then this year we had enough to expand into the tavern,” Lisa Ingarfield, associate director of The Phoenix Center at Auraria said. “Each year it grows. The more T-shirts we have, the more we will expand. It’s possible in the next couple of years that we might move

outside of the Tivoli.” The T-shirts are color coded for the types of sexual crimes that students have experienced either themselves or through their friends or family. The idea is to personalize each piece to reflect a testimony of pain or hope that Auraria students have felt in interpersonal violence. All Auraria students are encouraged to participate. “When you see those T-shirts presented in front of you, and you see the stories or the phrases or the pictures that have been drawn by people who have been impacted by this, there’s a power in that,” Ingarfield said. “It brings it home. Here on this campus, there are hundreds of survivors of these types of violent acts.” The piece itself is a visual impact to students. When they read closer, the impact grows immensely. One shirt in the Atrium reads, “building a better world,” and one directly across from it said, “49 people died last year of domestic violence — my best friend was one of them.” There are also a large percentage of white shirts, which serve as a memorial for women

who were killed by interpersonal violence. “It’s powerful,” Metro student Ryan Kling said. “It works because it catches your eye, but then you realize what the message is and how deep the message goes ­— it kind of all works together.” According to, “58,000 soldiers died in the Vietnam war. During that same period of time, 51,000 women were killed mostly by men who supposedly loved them.” It was this statistic that began the now national project in the summer of 1990. The purpose was to develop a program that educates, enlightens and fights sexual violence against women. “All of the individuals who are involved with putting this on are hoping that the students and faculty that see this will recognize the perverseness of interpersonal violence in our society,” Ingarfield said. “This isn’t something that happens randomly, it happens every day and it happens to people who we know and love.”

The colored shirts that hang in Tivoli Atrium are not justsymbolic of Sexual Violence Awareness month. Each color of shirt represents the form of abuse a person experienced, and whether that person survived the abuse. White Represents women who died because of violence Yellow or beige Represents battered or assualted women Red, pink or orange Represents survivors of rape and sexual assault Blue or green Represents survivors of incest and sexual abuse Purple Represents women who were attacked becuase of their sexual orientation Black Women attacked for political reasons.

DUI 3.21: Arrest at Speer and Larimer 3.23: Arrest at 12th and Larimer 3.24: Arrest at Speer and Larimer 3.31: Arrest at 7th and Walnut 3.31: Arrest at Speer and Larimer

Warrant Arrests 3.21: Arrest at 10th and Colfax. No campus affiliation. 3.23: Arrest at Tivoli. No campus affiliation. 3.23: Arrest at King Center. Metro Student. 3.24: Arrest at South Classroom. No campus affiliation. 3.26: Arrest at South Classroom. No campus affiliation. 3.26: Arrest at South Classroom. No campus affiliation. 3.26: Arrest at South Classroom. No campus affiliation. 3.26: Arrest at 1155 10th St. No campus affiliation. 3.28: Arrest at West Classroom. No campus affiliation. 3.31: Arrest at Parking Lot R. No campus affiliation. 4.1: Arrest at 1030 St. Francis Way. No campus affiliation.

Trespassing 3.20: Arrest at South Classroom. No campus affiliation. 3.23: Arrest at South Classroom. No campus affiliation. 3.24: Arrest at South Classroom. No campus affiliation.

Urinating in Public 3.24: Arrest at Spruce Lot. No campus affiliation.


T-shirts are displayed in the Tivoli April 2 as part of the annual Clothesline Project organized by the Auraria Phoenix Center. The project raises awareness about sexual violence by inviting students to decorate old t-shirts. The t-shirts will displayed until April 23. Photo by Steve Anderson •

3.26: Backpack and its contents stolen from the PE Building. 3.27: Purse and its contents, including and iPhone, stolen from West Classroom. 3.27: Wallet and iPhone stolen from the PE Building. 3.27: DVD player stolen from Tivoli.

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Don’t be afraid of the tax man

Unsolicited tax advice from an unlicensed tax professional For many students, fi ling a tax return isn’t anywhere on their radar. While many people have fi led returns for years, there are those who have never fi led one, and don’t even know if they need to. No matter how bewildered you are, let the following guidelines point you in the right direction and it will start making sense. Chances are, you won’t actually owe any money, and you could even be eligible for a refund. Even if you had little to no income for the year, you may be eligible for a special credit for students and/or low-income people. How does the federal income tax system work? Throughout the year, money is withheld from your paycheck and sent in to the Department of the Treasury (and usually also to the state department of revenue) to cover any tax you will end up owing for the year. Filing a return calculates how much tax you actually owe once you know what your total income was for the year. Money will be refunded to you if

your withholding is greater than the tax you owe. If you didn’t have enough taken out during the year, you have to pay the amount owed. Student loans don’t count as income, but grants that don’t have to be paid back often do. Money earned through a work-study job is categorized as income. Do I have to file a return? Should I file one? Not everyone is legally obligated to fi le a return, depending on things like income level and age and dependency status – if you’re not sure, check the guidelines in the IRS Publication 17, (download at under “Forms and Publications”). Often, you can fi le to claim a refund even if you are not legally obligated to do so — that’s just free money sitting and waiting for you to claim it. Can I claim myself? If my parents or other relatives claim me, does that mean I don’t have to file? Not necessarily. You can still fi le a return even if you don’t claim yourself. But, you may or may not

be obligated to do so either way. Again, check the Publication 17 for detailed guidelines. How can I file a return? I can’t afford $200 for a tax preparer! Fortunately, the IRS doesn’t require that you use a professional preparer. There are many ways to get the job done cheaply or even for free. You can often fi le for free online, purchase soft ware, or go to a free tax site for low-income people. See the online version of this article for more information. Do I have to file by April 15th? Actually, the deadline this year is April 17th, since April 15th falls on a Saturday. But you only have to fi le by the deadline if you owe money. However, if you are due a refund, you have up to three years from the fi ling deadline to fi le a return and claim the refund. The only difference is that you can’t e-fi le a return (i.e. send it in over the internet using one of the online tax prep soft ware programs) after the deadline.

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Kate Rigot After the deadline, most free sites close down. It becomes more difficult after the deadline, but it is still doable. You can either print out paper copies of the forms you need from the IRS website, or purchase tax preparation soft ware, such as TurboTax, that will help you prepare a return that can be mailed in. Don’t worry — the computer does all of the calculations. What credits might I be eligible

for as a student? There are several credits that are relevant to students. You can download the Publication 970 from the IRS’ website, which explains these in depth. Also, if you didn’t have much income, especially if you have dependent children, you may also be eligible for a special credit for low-income people, called the Earned Income Credit. With either the EIC or one of the student credits (the American Opportunity Credit), you may end up getting a refund, even if you have no tax owed and no withholding taken out.

Metro senior Kate Rigot has worked as a tax preparer for five tax seasons and developed a passion for educating people on how to file their own returns. This article does not constitute professional tax advice.


It’s baseball season in Denver Tips and tricks for making the most of the Rockies’ home opener


April 5, 2012

Strange weather we’re having

Daniel Laverty Planning on cutting class for Opening Day April 9? Opening Day is the best day for your dog to eat your homework, your car to break down or catching the latest “bug” that’s been going around. Coors Field and LoDo will be crazy on Opening Day. Read these tips before emailing your professor asking to excuse you from class on Monday because your third cousin died. -Coors Field gates open at noon. -Come to the ballpark early, as there is expected to be a heavy demand for parking throughout downtown. -Coors Field parking lots will open at 10 a.m. on Opening Day. -Use of public transportation is strongly encouraged. Auraria students can use a valid school I.D. for all RTD services. Find information about RockiesRide, bus and light rail info visit -Opening Day Fest is on 21st St. between Blake and Market Streets and starts at 11 a.m. Opening Day Fest offers games, activities and food. Live music begins at noon. ROOT SPORTS will be broadcasting its pregame show on-site, starting at 1 p.m. -Go to the game. First pitch is at 2:10 p.m. Go Rockies!

Corrections Metro’s Student Government Assembly did not receive any money from the Student Affairs Board. This was stated incorrectly on page 4 of the March 8 article titled, “Student Affairs bails out SGA.” Look for our in-depth coverage of SGA’s financial recovery in next week’s issue of The Metropolitan.

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Michael Smith, a UCD student, casually walks to class during a spring snow storm. Denver saw temperatures soar to 83 degrees on April 2, a record high. then drop more than 40 degrees on April 3. Photo by Mike Fabricius •


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Scoreboard: Supreme Court 5, American People 4 While Denver remained fi xated on Peyton Manning, events of slightly greater importance were playing out the real world beyond the Broncos’ facility at Dove Valley and breathless sports reporters, both broadcast and print, still bouncing off the walls with Manning mania. The U.S. Supreme Court — whose proceedings are less entertaining than sports blogs — is the third branch of the U.S. government. They’re the only government branch, apart from the Executive (President) and Legislative (Congress) whose nine members are appointed and not elected. All that used to be taught in high school civics. Last week, the high Court listened to pro and con arguments over the health care reform bill promoted by President Barack Obama. The Court’s conservative majority, who hold a 5-4 edge, were not impressed by arguments in favor of Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that conservatives have tagged “Obamacare” as a dirty word. A ruling is expected this June and a skeptical Court, divided along ideological reactionary/progressive lines, could strike down the entire health care package as unconstitutional. The wedge could be the law’s controversial “individual mandate” provision that requires all Americans to have health insurance or pay a fine. Right now, some 50 million Americans lack health insurance. But the uninsured still show up in doctors’ offices and emergency rooms when their health is threatened. The cost of treating the uninsured translates to about $1,000 more per year for families that are covered, according to the New York Times. The Obama plan seeks to eliminate some of those disparities while making health care more affordable to more Americans. It also denies insurance companies the right to raise premiums at whim or turn away applicants due to “pre-existing conditions” in an

arrangement driven purely by profits. As usual, the Right denounced such plans as yet another power grab by an outof-control government bent on moving us further along the road to “socialism.” The shrill shriek of “socialism” is nothing new and has greeted many government programs to benefit ordinary Americans who aren’t rich. Such shrieks echoed during the Depression 1930s, when President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal promoted “socialist” reforms like a minimum wage, 8-hour work day, Social Security and collective bargaining for labor unions — all ultimately approved by the U.S. Congress. But a conservative-majority and hostile Supreme Court fought nearly every facet of the New Deal; using the constitutional clause governing “interstate commerce” as its main weapon. Against unending obstruction, Roosevelt tried, in 1937, to “pack” the Court with justices friendlier to the New Deal. That effort failed, but most New Deal legislation eventually survived. Health care reform was never prepared. Neither was Civil Rights for black Americans. In recent years, conservatives have also sounded dire warnings about the Court’s liberals, or so-called “activist” justices bent on reshaping America along nefarious lines by overstepping their judicial bounds. The same was heard after a different Court’s landmark 1954 Brown v. Topeka Board of Education decision that integrated public schools to vastly change American society. Today, a reasonable question to ask is who are the real judicial “activists?” And who is trying to shape American life along whose ideological guidelines? They’re already in Congress, among 55 or so Tea Party-backed zealots, elected in 2010, who see themselves on a mission from God. And much of that mission is assuring that Obama and all his works fail. But it is Congress, the elected legislative branch, and not the unelected Court, whose

legal function is to shape and pass legislation. It’s all in the Constitution. During last week’s healthcare testimonies, conservative Justices like J. SEBASTIAN SINISI Samuel Alito and Antonin Scalia were dissecting and splitting policy hairs as though they were the ones shaping the law. They’re not, but not for want of trying. This is the Court that, in another 5-4 decisions, gave us George W. Bush as President in 2000 to end vote-counting in disputed states and highly suspicious election proceedings. In its more recent 5-4 Citizens United decision, the Court scuttled election campaign finance-reform efforts by allowing outside interests, called Super-PACs, to donate unlimited amounts to political campaigns with no need to disclose where those millions are coming from. Only this week, on April 2, another 5-4 decision upheld the right of jailors to stripsearch people arrested for minor offenses. Citing security concerns over privacy rights, the conservative majority deemed it entirely proper that a New Jersey man was subject, in two county jails, to strip searches. That the man, Albert Florence, was arrested on a mistaken warrant carried no weight for conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy. Ideology-driven rulings by a Court that’s out of control will affect your life. If “Obamacare” goes down, you won’t be able to remain on your parents’ health coverage until age 26. And the Tea Party-cued zealotries carrying signs that scream “Hands Off My Health Care” aren’t going to pick up the tab. Any more than supposedly-celibate priests are going to care for the children they keep urging women to have without contraception.

Letter to the Editor: Driver on cell phone destroyed my life I hoped I could expand on John McEvoy’s well-written March 17 letter about cell phone usage, especially while driving. Mr. McEvoy gave some eye-opening statistics. I am one of those statistics. Due to a careless young woman driving while on a call, I was struck while walking back to my vehicle, parked on the side of the road. She veered toward me due to her distracted driving. I was thrown 15 feet, my right tibia and fibula snapped in two. I had a serious concussion with lasting memory and information processing deficits (daily tasks and organizing), bruised heart and lungs, bruised temporal lobe (brain), a suspected torn aorta, and my heart was shocked into atrial fibrillation due to my chest hitting the pavement when I landed. I lay in hospital two and a half days, with my leg still broken, because surgery could not be performed until my heart stabilized. I was given so much morphine, Percocet, Vicodin and Dilaudid that I went through

withdrawal – shakes and sweats – when it came time to transition to analgesics some months later. I was rushed to the hospital after my return home because the Dilaudid slowed my respiration and my blood oxygen level dropped to 63 percent, causing my skin to turn a deathly gray. I was completely disabled and could not work for a year and was partially disabled another four to five. I came home in a wheel chair, graduated to a walker, and walked with a cane for several years. My leg had to be rebuilt with a 15-inch titanium rod and screws, and my ankle had to be re-attached to my tib-fib at an 11 degree off-angle because too much bone disintegrated on impact. Even now, walking is a painful reminder of the young woman’s thoughtlessness. I had two major surgeries. All medical bills approached $150,000, not to mention the annual salaries I lost. My family was financially devastated

and we have never recovered, though this occurred in 2004. I was never able to complete my journalism degree I started at Metro,a couple years prior to the accident, because our money has primarily been spent on survival. Last week they turned the phone off at the house. Last Christmas, I couldn’t afford presents for my wife or children. To cap this all off, my wife and five-yearold daughter were witnesses to the accident as they sat in our parked Ford. My wife crouched near my broken body, wanting to touch and comfort me but afraid to move me. She refused to leave the hospital for a week, and slept in a waiting room while I was in the Intensive Care Unit, praying I wouldn’t die. My precious daughter had nightmares and anxiety issues for months. So, now do you want to drive while you talk on your damned cell phone? -David Tyler Hindman, Metro alumni

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Students survey rural cultural landscapes J. Sebastian Sinisi

The warm March sun helped winter wheat, that was planted last September, to sprout green in emerald rows in Phillips County, which bumps against Nebraska. Few of the roads to Phillips County, a three-hour drive from Denver, are far from the white cylinders of grain silos that mark the landscape like prairie skyscrapers. Those silos were visible for miles against the sapphire sky when 15 graduate students from UCD College of Architecture and Planning spent the day at the 3,500-acre Oltjenbruns farm, between Holyoke and Amherst. The farm, which dates to the 1890s, offers a blend of old and new eras. The former lies in the original 1915 house and older barns while the latter is represented by a hanger-sized new shed to house a giant $250,000 tractor that dwarfs humans standing beside its treads. UCD’s School of Architecture has been surveying rural Colorado landscapes for 10 years to determine what can be preserved and how that might be accomplished. The Phillips County effort only began in 2011. UCD architecture professor Kat Vlahos, who is coordinating the project with Abbey Christman of CU’s Center for Preservation Research under a grant from the Colorado State Historic Fund, said nearly 500 UCD students have been involved in rural survey efforts over the past decade. The student “hands-on learning experience, of being exposed

to parts of Colorado and to a way of life they wouldn’t ordinarily see,” could translate to wider, nonstudent audiences as one program goal, Vlahos said. At a time when swaths of oncerural Colorado have morphed to developer subdivisions, Phillips County — far from any large urban center — appears at first glance to have changed very little. But the “island in time” aura is deceptive, and lots of change has come to a way of life that’s still built on farming Managing those changes and preserving the farm are goals for fourth-generation farmer Ken Oltjenbruns. “I would like to preserve at least some of this farm for educational purposes,” Oltjenbruns said. Ideas offered through the UCD program aim to bring visitors to the area as an economic boost. They include walking tours, accommodations for pheasant hunters and activities with the Historic Route Six Association (U.S. 6 passes through downtown Holyoke) that could include vintage car events. Other possibilities take in “heritage tourism” and “agri-tourism” thrusts. Oltjenbruns, who got a degree in agricultural engineering at Colorado State University, is 63. His parents, Milton and Leona Oltjenbruns, are 91 and 87, retired and living in Holyoke. Ken Oltjenbruns works the farm on weekdays, with some acreage worked by tenant farmer families. He commutes to Fort Collins on weekends to be with his wife, who works in the CSU registrar’s office.

UCD architecture professor Kat Vlahos (third from right) with some of her grad students who visited the Oltjenbruns farm March 6 as part of a UCD survey to preserve some of the “cultural landscapes” of rural Colorado. Photos by J Sebastian Sinisi •

Oltjenbruns’s parents remember the 1930s Dust Bowl, when plowed-up grasslands were unprotected and prolonged drought caused much of the topsoil to blow away in dust storms that blotted out the sun at noon. And when farms in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Nebraska suffered heavily from multiple blows — like Biblical plagues — of drought, blinding dust, falling farm prices and severe economic depression nationwide. Farmers from the high plains area seeking to escape the Dust Bowl included the “Okies,’’ who drove U.S. 66 in battered jalopies from Oklahoma to California, as depicted in John Steinbeck’s 1939 classic “The Grapes of Wrath” novel. For Steinbeck’s Okies, California proved a false promised land. But in Colorado, the Oltjenbruns stayed on the land. It wasn’t easy and they endured wild swings in crop prices, unpredictable weather that could go from minus 20 degrees in winter to over 100 in summer and Fourth-generation Phillips County farmer Ken Oltjenbruns chats with UCD archtecture professor Kat other uncertainties. Vlahos inside one of the farm’s older barns, whose exteriors resemble 1930s Walker Evans photographs for Franklin Roosevelt’s Farm Security Administration. Last year,

Ken Oltjenbruns recalled, a June hailstorm meant “we harvested no corn at all in 2011.” But, over the decades, the family persevered and prospered. But the looming question is who will take over the farm, today worth more than $2 million in land and equipment, after Ken Oltjenbruns retires. “Only five years ago, you could buy land for $600 an acre. Now, it’s at least $1,500. In the same time, the cost of the big tractor I now have jumped from $150,000 to $250,000,” Ken Oltjenbruns said. “Faced with that kind of investment, there’s no way a young family can start out in farming here.” U.S. Census data shows Phillips County in step with a national trend toward far fewer family farms in recent decades, but with much larger average acreages. Against those demographic realities, a main thrust of the UCD survey program is to preserve, with possible new uses, as much of the area’s “cultural landscape” as possible. That landscape includes the roadside grain elevators and, on the farm, weathered wood outbuildings and barns. The outsides of those old structures look lifted from 1930s black-and-white photographs by Walker Evans, taken for the Farm Security Administration under President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. Designed to demonstrate the sub-standard living conditions of many American rural families —

especially those struck by the Dust Bowl on the high plains — widelycirculated FSA photographs were blasted as contrived propaganda by Republicans determined to see the New Deal fail. “When I was in grade school during the Dust Bowl,” Leona Oltjenbruns said, “the dust was sometimes so thick you could barely see your hand in front of your face. It was very tough on wives who just couldn’t keep things clean. There were a lot of suicides and many other folks just packed up and left.” Milton Oltjenbruns is skeptical of the large corporate farms that have taken over huge acreages, and his son agrees. “Something about farming doesn’t lend itself to big corporations that don’t take care of the land the way a family farm does,” Ken Oltjenbruns said. The Oltjenbruns family knows that the old days of Ken’s youth, when a high school play was a big deal and “everybody knew everybody,” aren’t about to return. But they’d like to save some of their Colorado farm family way of life — not as a theme park for city folks, but as an educational legacy. And UCD is there to assist that effort.

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Marketing students get Straight Funkin A’s Seniors plan hip-hop concert to wrap up spring semester

Steve Guntli Finals are approaching, and while most students will be scrambling to write papers and cram for tests, the Metro Concert Promotions and Productions class will be putting on a show. The class, which was offered for the first time this semester by the marketing department, will host “Straight Funkin’ A’s,” a hip-hop showcase for Auraria students. The event will take place May 10 at the Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, and will feature local groups “Broken Tongues” and “Filthy T,” with a surprise third act to be announced later. The class was designed to give students some valuable realworld experience, according to Professor Clay Daughtery. “I knew that students would learn a great deal about marketing and business in general by creating and hosting a concert,” Daughtery said. “This experience will be very helpful as this class, full of seniors, begins to search for jobs after graduation.” Students entering the class were asked to sit down for an informal interview with Daugh-

tery so that he could prepare them for the challenges the class offered. “Many students like the lecture-style class and to be in a very structured environment,” Daughtery said. “This class would be nothing like that. Nothing was set before the class began. There was no book, and every day brought new challenges that we were not expecting. As a result of the interview process, we have a class of very creative, passionate and hard-working students.” Metro seniors Dele Johnson and Jaz McDonald have been eager to promote the event as a different breed of party — one that’s edgier and more current than the average school mixer. “This is something by the students, for the students,” Johnson said. Each student in the class was asked to take on a specific aspect of the project at the beginning of the semester. Johnson, a marketing major, took on the task of public relations for the project, while McDonald, a music major, worked on advertising and logistics. Students were also responsible for booking the venue, signing the performers, setting up a website

— — and arranging sponsors for the show. Networking with other academic branches on campus has yielded promotional benefits as well. The students will be teaming with the Gender and Communications class to hold a canned food drive for The Gathering Place, a local charity benefitting poor or homeless women, children and transgendered individuals. Anyone who brings three to five canned goods for the drive will receive a $5 discount on their Straight Funkin’ A’s admission, which is $20. Local sponsor Wahoo’s Fish Tacos will also be offering a free combo selection from its restaurant with tickets for the event. The food drive will be in Auraria quad April 11, 12 and 19. Proceeds from the concert will go toward funding a scholarship for Metro students and increasing the budget for bigger shows in the future. “I wanted to have a concert to create a tradition for Metro students,” Daughtery said. “It is my hope that the concert grows each year. Ultimately, I want the class to host a concert at Red Rocks every year.”

Museum of Outdoor Arts flying on a string Ryan Smith

Walking into the “Sky on a String” exhibit, it’s hard to keep your eyes focused on one image, as different shapes and colors overwhelm your senses. “Sky on a String” features kites made by Boulder-based artists George Peters and Melanie Walker. The exhibit is open at the Museum of Outdoor Arts in the Englewood Civic Center through July 21. Among the elaborate works by Walker and Peters are large-scale kites shaped like insects and artichokes. The exhibit also showcases kites from around the world, particularly from Japan, where kite making as art and hobby has been practiced for centuries. Jessica Brack, administrative assistant at the MOA, sees a great disparity in American culture compared to other cultures in terms of passion for kites as art or hobby. “America doesn’t have much of a kite culture like other countries where it has been a part of life for centuries,” Brack said. In a separate room, a collection of miniature kites featured dozens of functional kites in minuscule form. The artists used these kites as models, although they are able to fly, according to Brack.

ness; the clouds stretching across the sky sketched an indelible memory,” Walker said. The same things that inspired the artists seemed to also bring some of the visitors to the exhibit. Molly Niven, from the hills west of Golden, was drawn to the event due to her fondness for the aesthetics. “I’m attracted by everything about kites that attracts people’s spirit and imagination, the movement, the color and the magic of flying,” Niven said. The exhibit has also attracted students from a lot of local elementary schools. The Museum of Outdoor Arts at the Englewood Civic Center displays Sky on a String, the kites of George Peters and Melanie Walker from “The kids love it,” March 10 to July 21. Photo by Nathan Federico • Brack said. “Especially the fascination with sailing led me to “In Asia, people have these mo- displayed. The biggest ones require more whimsical ones like working with wind and kites. My quettes or portfolios that they show more than one person to control,” the bugs.” sculptural and installation work Brack said. to people so they can see what can Timothy John took his son, started reflecting this fascination Throughout the gallery, enbe made on a larger scale,” Brack hoping to get him more interested with air as a medium,” Peters said. larged quotations from Peters and said. in the hobby that took up so much Walker echoed Peters’ inspiraWalker are displayed, explaining Displayed alongside the of his time during his youth. what inspired them to design kites. tion, saying that the proportions of miniatures — including one of the “It’s such a great thing to do, to the sky overwhelmed her. George Peters explained that world’s smallest functioning kites be outdoors, in the sun,” John said. “I remember being humbled by “It’s like playing with nature.” sailing is what first led to his work— are kites of much larger proporthe enormity of the sky as a child. ing with kites. tions hung from the ceilings. “The aerial arts have influenced It began at our feet and extended “People ask if they can fly, and my approach to sculpture. An early as far as an unfathomable vastthey all must be able to fly to be



April 5, 2012

So I heard you like noodles: Pho simplified Kate Rigot

Many of you may have eaten at, or at least noticed, one of Denver’s many Pho (pronounced “Fuh”) restaurants. Until recently, Pho restaurants formerly clung almost exclusively to south Federal Blvd., but have started to spring up in a few areas closer to campus, like the Uptown neighborhood north of Colfax and east of Broadway. Some of the restaurants that specialize in this traditional Vietnamese soup sport punny names like “Pho-natic” (on Colfax just east of Broadway), but most are simply named “Pho” followed by a number, such as Pho 2002 at Federal Blvd. and 19th Ave. For the uninitiated, Pho consists of a rich beef broth simmered with fragrant spices such as star anise, lemongrass, and ginger, and poured over rice noodles and raw steak sliced paper thin. The meat is thin enough for the boiling-hot broth to safely cook it through. Instead of cooking a bunch of vegetables in with the soup, it’s served with generous helpings of raw “gar-

nishes” on the side – mung bean sprouts, cilantro, lime wedges, and anise-hinted Thai basil. My sister Sarah, whose architecture grad school schedule keeps her almost as busy as my own does, gave me her recipe for Pho, the traditional Vietnamese noodle soup. It’s not totally authentic, but it’s adapted somewhat for student budgets and lifestyles. You can make the full version laid out in the recipe, or scale it down to the bare-bones version described at the bottom — or anywhere in between. My sister says to not be afraid of the long list of ingredients, or the detailed instructions. “It can be a little intimidating the first time you make it, but after that you start to understand the elements that make up the recipe and how to manipulate them according to your pantry and how much time you have,” she says. Her method is to cook a pound of noodles and make a bunch of broth at the beginning of the week and keep these in the fridge, then keep a chunk of the raw steak frozen in a plastic bag. Every other night, she’ll shave off a few slices of the steak and add it to a portion of the noodles, boil enough broth for one serving, and pour it over the meat and noodles. Keep herbs fresh throughout

the week by sticking them stemdown in a shallow glass of water in the fridge, and covering this loosely with a small plastic grocery bag. You can also make your own mung bean sprouts instead of buying them, which will generally be cheaper and will allow you to make only as many as you will need. Look for instructions on However much time you have to cook, you could do this my sister’s one-serving-a-day way, or invite over some friends and have a pho party – pho-nky good times, indeed.


for the broth: put in a ball-style tea strainer or a cheesecloth bag: 2 ½ star anise stars 6 cloves 1 tsp. coriander seeds (opt.) 1 tsp. fennel seeds (opt.) 2 tsp. peppercorns (green, white, black, or pink, but preferably green) 4 cardamom pods *If you don’t have all of these spices, at least make sure you have the star anise. Also, if you have some of these ground but not whole (cloves, coriander, etc.), go ahead

and add about a half a teaspoon of the ground stuff to the finished product in place of using the whole spices in making the broth. *If you don’t have a tea-ball or cheesecloth, just throw the spices in loose and strain them out at the end — hopefully they’ll all come out when you strain out the meat bones and ginger. bring to a boil with above spices: 1 stalk of fresh lemongrass (or use ~1 tsp. lemongrass paste) 2 3-inch pieces of ginger (optional: char by holding with tongs over a gas flame for ~3 min.) 1 onion (optional; and can also char in same manner as ginger) 2 T. beef stock base (Better than Boullion brand) 2 marrow bones (they’re usually less than $2 a pound); or use an extra 2 T. beef stock base water After mixture comes to a boil, reduce to a medium simmer, and simmer covered with a lid for 3 hours (you could cut down the simmer time to an hour if you’re short on time, the broth just won’t be quite as fragrant). While broth is simmering, prepare: 1 lb. cooked flat rice stick noodles



~¾ lb. of the cheapest steak you can find (pick from, preferably, eye of round, London broil or top round, sirloin, or tri-tip; wait until one of these is on sale, then cut into ¾-lb. portions and place in a re-sealable bag in the freezer) For garnishes, prepare as many of the following as possible: Thai basil (or regular Italian basil if Thai isn’t available) fresh cilantro mung bean sprouts thin lime wedges thinly sliced serrano or jalapeno chiles hoisin sauce sirracha or other hot chili sauce thinly sliced scallions *For a super bare-bones version, cut out everything above except for the beef stock base or the marrow bones, the water, star anise, noodles, meat, and two of the garnishes. *For a vegetarian/vegan version, check out the one on Or substitute sliced firm tofu soaked in hoisin sauce for the steak, and veggie broth for the water and beef stock base — but note that the taste won’t be quite the same.

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2012 Festival Guide


Coachella expands musical oasis In our continuing feature, The Metropolitan will be highlighting different music festivals taking place throughout the year. From Snowball to Bonnaroo, we will be giving you the low-down on the line-ups. This week, we present Coachella, the festival that sports two of the music industry’s biggest little reunions, as well as headlining sets by Radiohead, The Black Keys, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Wesley Reyna •

Get stranded in the California desert and watch your favorite bands, amidst throngs of people.

Photo courtesy of Coachella Coachella 2012 will take place over two weekends in April featuring the same lineup for each edition. This double-weekend

Even the 2012 headliners are really hot.

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Met’s music picks

format is a first for the festival, which has continued to grow since it began in 1999. The small, southern desert town of Indio, Calif., where the festival is held, has been home to music’s biggest acts, as well as some of the biggest reunions in music history. Artists like Rage Against the Machine, Iggy Pop and The Stooges have all taken part in unlikely meetings on Coachella’s main stage in the past. Even bands like Jane’s Addiction, The Pixies, The Verve, Swervedriver and Pavement have reunited to play memorable sets at Cochella. This year’s line-up continues to add names to this vast list of notable reunions. Any festival would probably be content with inciting the reunion of bands like Mazzy Star, FireHouse or Pulp, but the promoters of Coachella always seem to take it one step further. So far, they’ve added sets by two long-defunct hardcore bands: At The DriveIn and Refused. It’s exciting to think that young fans of The Black Keys or, say, Snoop

Dogg will be sitting in and listening to these two champions of hardcore music. At The Drive-In released the now-critically acclaimed album Relationship of Command in 2000. Not long after, guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez took a “one armed scissor” to the band, splitting it in two. One-half of the group went on to form Sparta while Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala went on to from the Grammy-winning, experimental-rock group, The Mars Volta. Yet, At the Drive-In’s live shows are the stuff of music lore. Supposedly, the instrumentalists of the band, like RodriguezLopez, toss their instruments nearly 30 feet into the air, only to catch them, effortlessly, without missing a beat. What’s more shocking than At the Drive-In’s unexpected reunion is that Swedish-based Refused agreed to play Coachella in the first place. The fact that the typically anti-capitalist, politically leftist punk rockers decided to play a big corporate festival like

Coachella is rather odd, but also very cool. Of course, the irony of Refused “selling out” just to reunite was not lost on some fans. Many are disappointed in the group’s decision to resurrect an album like The Shape of Punk to Come and an image that is as pure and iconic as that of Refused. But there seem to be enough fans, if not more, who are more than willing to hand over their hard-earned cash just to finally see a live version of one of Refused’s biggest singles, “New Noise.” General admission passes for Coachella have been sold out since tickets went on sale in January, but there will be plenty of coverage from the festival available for those unable to attend. The best part about staying home is not having to weather the sweltering 100-plusdegree conditions, while waiting for the sun to go down and the true musical stars to come out.

out of 5

The Lumineers

Hustle and Drone

Ian Gassman •

Wesley Reyna •

Self-titled LP

Over the last couple of years, The Lumineers have worked hard at breaking out of Denver. Originally from New Jersey, Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz decided to head west back in 2002. It was here that they met cellist/multi-instrumentalist, Neyla Pekarek. Over time, the trio built up their fan base. At the beginning of 2012, The Lumineers signed to Dualtone Records and

released their self-titled debut. As with other local, folky songwriters like Nathaniel Rateliff, the trio did well for themselves by jumping on board with the current roots music movement. Nwow they are touring non-stop across the U.S. in support of this new album. Out of the 11 cuts on the debut, there are a few outstanding tracks and plenty of melodies to stomp and sing along to. From the quick, introductory tune called “Flowers in Your Hair” to a deeper cut like “Charlie Boy,” each song is beautiful and emotional. There is a sense of sadness countering these songs’ triumphant messages, which are emphasized by plucky banjo chords, thick cello notes and Schultz’s raw, exuberant voice. Of course, the production values on most contemporary folk albums are always overly sparse. The Lumineers’ debut is no different. While the band’s sound remains very resonant and powerful in a live setting, the album doesn’t necessarily capture the same characteristic. It doesn’t really matter though, because these songs are too charming and memorable to resist.

Self-titled EP

Ryan Neighbors, the former keyboardist for Portugal the Man, as well as Kirk Ohnstad, are Hustle and Drone. On April 3, the self-described “beat-based duo” from Salem, Ore. released a self-titled three-song EP on their Bandcamp for free download. Afterward, Neighbors announced the project in an open letter to Portugal the Man fans — a message that he posted on Portugal the Man’s Facebook page the day before the band set out to play the first few dates of its North American tour. Although Neighbors probably wasn’t trying to anger his old bandmates, he definitely got some free advertising for Hustle and Drone. For fans of early TV On The Radio or Washed Out, the soulful vocal lines and smooth production of “Bobby Wish” epitomizes the dark, lush nights of summer or even something as cliché as young love. Meanwhile, the repetitive, trance-like atmosphere of “Echo” will leave an emotional mark. No matter what, fans of Portugal the Man should listen to Hustle and Drone before they get too upset about Neighbors’ untimely departure. If anything, some future tour dates may reunite the two experimental bands at some point. Then again, it’s too early to tell what direction Hustle and Drone will take because it’s still so new, but more exciting listening material is sure to come. As of yet, the duo has posted little information about its recording process or it plans for playing live. Still, these current tracks really stand out.

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Football squad starting second year Roadrunners have speed on outside, no size on inside

Zee Nwuke As spring approaches and the weather warms, it couldn’t be a better time to start a competitive football season. Metro’s club football team will begin its second season in one month. They have been practicing hard in anticipation for a successful season, and are excited to get out and play. Club president Dan Sanders has been busy putting everything together. “It’s a little challenging, especially going to school full time and everything else you have to do,” Sanders said. “But I like it a lot. I think it helps you get used to trying to juggle multiple things.” A lot of Metro students have come out for the team. With a scrimmage coming up in a couple of weeks, the players and coaches have put together what they believe is a very talented team. “I’m proud of each and every one of these young men,” head coach Dennis York said. “They’ve sacrificed not only their school time, but some of their family time and also time away from other

things that they want to do.” Coach York believes he and his staff have put together a very skilled team, with a lot of speed, but lack offensive and defensive linemen. “We’ll probably be the fastest team in our conference,” York said. “We got kids that just want to play football, and they enjoy playing.” The team’s goal is to improve every day. They want to have a winning season and continue that into the playoffs. “Hopefully, if we can do that, we can get more attention, notoriety, and people will take notice,” Sanders said. In an eight-team league, Metro is going to have to bring everything they’ve got to every game. “Putting together a winning team is probably my biggest goal,” quarterback Louis Cortes said. “I think that would be the team’s biggest goal too, and we want to show that Metro State would be a good place for a football team.” Their first game of the season is April 19. “Fans need to come out and watch us play because we put on a good show,” Cortes said. “We’re really exciting to watch.”

Kicker Rory McGarry practices with the Metro club football team at Denver West High School April 2, 2011. This year’s team begins its season April 19. File photo by Sean Mullins •

MetOnline Visit for more info on all Roadrunner athletics. This week, look for Nick Ohlig’s column about the Rockies as they begin their season. In addition, check out all archived stories from years past, including club football coverage from Metro’s inaugural season last year.

The spring season Roadrunner roundup Tennis The men’s team is on a tear right now, wining five of their last seven matches while extending their record to 10-5. The women’s team, 8-9 overall, recorded back-to-back shutouts on March 24 and 27 before being shutout in their last match March 31. Both teams face Colorado Christian University at Gates Tennis Center April 4 for their next match.


Freshman outfielder Mitch Gibbons slides into third base in a game against Regis University. Metro lost three of the four games at Regis, which went from March 30 to April 1. Photo by Rachel Fuenzalida •

The Roadrunners dropped three of four games to Regis University March 30 through April 1, bringing the teams record to 9-17 this season, 6-14 in conference play. Metro’s lone victory against the Rangers came in a 4-3 effort in which senior pitcher Ty Jacobs recorded two strikeouts en route to his second win of the season.

Track and Field Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams head to Colorado Springs April 7 for the Air Force Relays. Coming off the indoor season, Metro sophomore Kirk Harvey was named first team RMAC All-Academic on the men’s side. In addition, senior Kerry Allen was named second team RMAC All-Academic for the women.

Softball Metro’s softball team has hit a rough patch, losing five of their last six games. Most recently, the ’Runners were swept at home in a four game series against Colorado School of Mines March 31 through April 1. Metro is 16-22 this season, 1313 in conference play, and sit in 8th place within the division.

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Women’s basketball: not exciting enough Josh Gaines With the NCAA D-I Women’s Basketball Championship just finished across the street from Auraria, at the Pepsi Center, the time is right for examining the state of women’s basketball in the U.S. Despite nearly equal participation rates of men’s and women’s amateur basketball, the popularity of NBA basketball is at an all time high. In contrast, WNBA broadcasts on ESPN2, averaging a weekly Nielson Rating of 270,000 views (seven times less than Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest). Even so, the status of women’s professional basketball is definitely looking up. This season, junior center Brittney Griner led Baylor to a 40-0 record, as the Lady Bears beat Notre Dame for the championship April 3. Perhaps more relevant, is that

her two hand slam against Georgia Tech was featured as Sports Center’s Top Play March 24. The clip already has 210,000 views on YouTube. After watching that, the thought suddenly occurred to me: Why doesn’t the WNBA lower the hoop to allow for more above-therim plays? A 9-foot tall basket would make the game easier for athletes involved because the players are shorter, the court dimensions are smaller and the basketball is lighter. Again, this revolutionary proposal is only directed at the WNBA, whose franchises have rarely been profitable since the late 1990s. It is for this reason that NCAAW players usually stay in college for four years, in contrast to their male counterparts, where elite players are often “one and done.” Realistically, a women’s D-I player is likely to earn a higher income by utilizing her degree than by playing basketball professionally. The WNBA rookie wage scale begins at $37,000 and the league maximum salary caps at $103,000. WNBA athletes often play in

leagues abroad during the off-season to supplement their salary. But imagine how noteworthy it would be if University of Connecticut alumna Diana Taurasi scored 50 points in a game because a lower hoop increased her shooting percentage. Imagine former University of Tennessee star Candace Parker dunking over another

player during a late game drive to the basket. The threat of a slam dunk is nearly as notable as the dunk itself. We live in a highlight era and in a time where corporations look to dissolve divisions of their company that are in the red. The WNBA needs to create more interest for casual fans.

I am terming this “A Modest Proposal,” but this is not satire. The WNBA has been dwarfed by the NBA for years. A lower hoop would increase interest by the casual fan because the scoring rate would go up, along with the highlights.

Baylor center Brittney Griner celebrates with her teammates after winning the NCAA D-I Women’s Basketball Championship April 3 in Denver. Photo by Brian T. McMginn •

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TimeOut This

Week 4.5

Stop and Serve 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tivoli Turnhalle Take a moment in between classes to participate in a quick service project, or find out more information about other projects. Free

4.6 Metro Baseball 12 p.m. Auraria Field Across 1- Fly 5- Accumulate 10- American space agency 14- I could ___ horse! 15- Adapted to a dry environment 16- Bibliography abbr. 17- Decorative light fixture 19- Other, in Oaxaca 20- All, musically 21- Hara-kiri 23- Clean air org. 25- Fighting 26- Reddish-brown gem 29- Graph prefix 31- Yellowish citrus fruit 35- Hot time in Paris 36- Burn balm 37- Permanentmagnet alloy 38- Tranquil

40- One bent in reverance 41- Late bloomers 42- Riga resident 43- Where some vets served 44- “Who’s there?” response 45- Methods 46- Mil. leaders 47- Fiddlesticks! 49- 10th letter of the Hebrew alphabet 51- Slide 54- “M*A*S*H*” name 58- Soprano Te Kanawa 59- Fertilize an animal 63- Bring forth young 64- Swagger 65- Close with force 66- Had the mic, say 67- Egyptian god of learning

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Texts From Last Night Some guy wearing a horse mask just knocked on my door and started whinnying. I opened the door and he was like, “...oh sorry, wrong room...” so awk. Guess who won a bet and gets to name it Optimus prime if it’s a boy What’s sign language for “you may not be the father?” Kinda important right now.

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Gary Emrich’s video installation exploits the chromatic qualities of video in a digital age. It features a painterly montage of luscious foliage, vibrant flowers and a curiously rotating moonscape to create a dreamlike realm that upends our understanding of time and space. Adults $10, Children $3

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My Life Is Average

Today in history 4.5

My parents locked themselves in their office, like they always do. I’ve always thought that they are doing bills or keeping track of the receipts. Today as I was walking by I hear music to the chicken dance, and them clapping every so often. I don’t think its bills. MLIA

1614 - Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe.

Today, I read a post in DBPB that said. “Leonardo Di Caprio didn’t die in the end of titanic, he just washed up on a beach in the beginning of inception.” Mind. Blown. MLIA Today I asked my dad for a pencil sharpener... He gave me a pocket knife and a First Aid Kit. MLIA Today, my friend asked me, “If people from Utah are called Utahns, what are people from Tampa called?” I laughed. MLIA.

1792 - George Washington casts the first presidential veto. 1843 - Queen Victoria proclaims Hong Kong a British crown colony. 1930 - Mahatma Ghandi defies British law by making salt in India instead of buying it from the British. 1951 - Americans Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are sentenced to death for espionage. 1983 - Patty Swarthout was born.

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