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The Student Voice of MSU Denver 

Volume 39, Issue 2

August 24, 2016

MSU falls to Larimer County College in preseason

Sophmore forward Bry Sanchez advances toward midfield against Laramier County Community College Aug. 21 at The Regencey Athletic Complex. MSU fell short in their first game of the season, 2-0. Photo by Abreham Gebreegziabher • agebreeg@msudenver.edu

Sound Select returns to Denver By Keenan McCall


Red Bull Sound Select returned for its third year in Denver Aug. 20, providing local bands with new opportunities to expand their presence. The show was part of a series put on by Red Bull that offered local bands the chance to play with bigger names in a sponsored venue, Three Kings Tavern. The event packed the bar from wall to wall, with fans turning out en masse not only for the main event which was a performance by psychedelic soul rock band Night Beats, but also for the local acts. >>Continued on PAGE 6 Vocalist and guitarist Matt Loui from Colfax Speed Queen perform at Three Kings Tavern Aug. 20. Photo by Abreham Gebreegziabher • agebreeg@msudenver.edu




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MSU Denver student government plans for more active year By Esteban Fernandez

In the news:

MSU Denver >>>Parking woes return with students The first week of school means students are flocking back to campus. Aggravated students have found themselves circling between lots looking for a parking spot as cars flood the campus. AHEC attendants even pulled out the “Lot Full” sign for the Tivoli Parking Garage and surrounding lots. If students want to avoid a headache, they may find arriving on campus before 8 a.m. to be helpful.

>>>Sotomayor returns to Colorado Clear your schedules. Sonia Sotomayor is coming to MSU Denver. The associate justice of the Supreme Court will speak at the PE and Events center. Doors open at 4:00 p.m., and Sotomayor takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are free to members of the public as well as students and faculty. Sotomayor was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2009 by the Obama Administration.

In the news:


>>>E-registration for voters available Colorado is getting a bit more technical. Colorado’s Secretary of State announced that residents are now able to register to vote via smartphone. This isn’t the first time the state has led the pack when it comes to updating electoral technologies. The state was the first to permit online voting in 2010. The new tech will allow residents to vote more easily, and potentially could expand the voter pool.

>>>Tobacco Tax A new ballot measure will join the ones already present on the November ballot. Residents will decide whether to approve a new tax hike on Tobacco. The hike would increase the cost of a pack of cigarettes by $1.75 million, while other related products would see a 22 percent increase in cost. Revenue from the tax would go to support state programs such as healthcare.

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Making the Student Government Assembly more visible is one of SGA President Liz Milewski’s top goals this semester. “I did not see SGA as an organization that did a ton on campus, and was not there necessarily for the students,” Said Milewski of her experience outside of SGA. “Being in SGA now, I have different perspective on all of that. I would like to see that mentality shift for all of the students.” SGA is the democratically selected body that formally represents students to MSU Denver’s higher administration and faculty. Executive positions and senate seats are elected by the student body at the end of every school year. However, turnout for the elections were low last year, with roughly 850 votes tallied in last semester’s election. By contrast, there are roughly 23,789 students enrolled at the university. Despite the low turnout, Milewski said that the election was fairly competitive. For future elections, SGA is moving to host all voting and election related material through a single web portal. Currently, students must vote for Auraria Higher Education Center ballot measures and MSU Denver student elections on two different websites. SGA will also hire an election manager earlier in the year, whose job will be to increase voter turnout. Another challenge facing SGA this year was the budget cuts the school faced due to

falling enrollment. SGA uses 60 percent of its budget to pay the student employees who work for the body. Currently, 16 members are on payroll. This semester, 17 more are expected to join. Despite $13,000 being cut from it’s budget, Milewski said the previous SGA did a good job planning for the cuts. As a result, no ongoing programming was cancelled, although adjustments to cut costs to event programming will have to be made. SGA is funded through student fees. Those fees are adversely affected by any low or negative growth in enrollment. The money is used to pay for initiatives, such as 1 Book | 1 Project | 2 Transform. This year, the project will focus on having MSU Denver students organize to donate backpacks and other support items to foster children. SGA is also responsible for campus event funding. Money is used to not only host events but also rent space and provide food. SGA also pays for promotional funding for student organizations. This semester, Milewski plans to raise the assembly’s profile by increasing SGA’s presence on campus. SGA is partnered with the It’s On Us Initiative, the Obama Administration’s attempt to raise awareness of sexual assault on college campuses. The week of Oct. 10, SGA will hold a campus week of action, culminating in an event called “Take Back the Night,” which is a march around campus done to raise

awareness and create support for victims of sexual assault. “We’ll also be doing a lot of partnerships with the Phoenix Center, for things like self defense courses for students,” Milewski said. “And make students aware of the issues that happen around sexual violence on campus, as well as making sure that we’re trying to combat this issue as an SGA, and not just sweep it under the rug.” This election cycle SGA also wants to bring political candidates to campus. Chris Davis, an SGA senator, is working to bring local and state candidates to campus, and potentially also host debates between the parties. SGA also hopes to educate students around the ballot measures that will appear on the November ballot, such as the initiative to raise Colorado’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020. Although Milewski admitted that the reach of SGA is limited, at the very minimum they are an organization that people can come to and confide in. “Sometimes students get really frustrated with the whole roadrunner runaround of being told to go office to office, but no one really knows how to solve a problem,” she said. “But if they come to us, hopefully we can connect them with the right resources to get that problem solved, or at least understand what the problem is and where it’s coming from.”

New program offers leeway on textbook charges By Keenan McCall kmccall3@msudenver.edu

Starting this semester, MSU Denver students will have a new option for buying their textbooks at the Tivoli Station. In a joint program between the campus bookstore and MSU Denver, students can now charge up to $500 worth of textbooks and school supplies to their tuition bill. Students must be enrolled in at least one credit hour or more to qualify, and they can also place rent books instead of buying new. The program came about through the work of Michael Clarke, director of the Tivoli Station. After looking at similar programs in place at University of Colorado Denver and the Community College of Denver, Clarke saw the need for a similar tuition charging program at the Tivoli Station. “What we found at this school is that students were limited with those opportunities,” Clarke said. “We met with key personnel at our peer schools in the state and students (there) loved being able to do that on campus.” So far, Tivoli Station workers have seen the program as successful and well received. Tivoli Station worker, Steve Hanley, sees the benefits offered to students as a good draw.

“It’s half a thousand dollars toward their education, so it really helps,” Hanley said. Student David Morano, happy to use financial aid toward his books instead of his own money, agrees. “It helps save money,” Morano said.

Students will have access to this new program until its end date on September 10, and the program is expected to continue being offered at the start of each semester. Late charges will not be applied to textbook charges made to tuition under the program.

Graduate student Ray Sheperd Sing views his Bio-chemistry book he needs for this semester. Photo by Abreham Gebreegziabher• agebreeg@msudenver.edu

New dining option has teaching on menu By Esteban Fernandez eferna14@msudenver.edu

Hungry students will get more than just a new food option when they return to campus on Aug. 22. Fat Jack’s Supersubs joins the Auraria community this semester and beyond bringing food, coffee, and ice cream to campus, the new sub shop may also become a teaching experience for students seeking to start their own careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry. “Our main goal is to hire as many students as we can, and do internships here with the

hospitality program. We want to try to be as involved on the campus as possible.” said owner, Kyle Fabra. Fabra hopes the shop will attract people from the hospitality school at MSU Denver, where students can be provided with the opportunity to understand how marketing and hospitality management work to create and operate a successful restaurant chain in a busy environment. “From barrista-ing, to grilling, to prepping, just about every function that has to deal with the operation of a restaurant, we will have entailed in there,” said Brian Wilson, General Manager of the sub shop. The shop will take over the space

Owners of Fat Jack’s Sub Shop, Kyle and Brooke Fabra, make sandwiches for Auraria students on the first day of the fall semester Aug. 22. Photo by McKenzie Lange• mlange4@msudenver.edu

previously used by Einstein Bros. Bagels. Moving into the 110-year-old building posed its own unique challenges which delayed the opening of the shop from earlier this summer into late August. However, the work done to the interior of the building will allow the shop to sell fresh egg sandwiches and keep ingredients fresh, as well as properly accommodate the 50,000 person community that Fabra hopes to build his brand around. Despite plans to open the location the second week of class, Fabra said the shop will introduce itself to the campus community by staging its vendors street fair style for the first week of class. Rosenberg’s bagels, Novo Coffee, Happy Leaf Kombucha, and Little Man Ice Cream will all have carts set up outside. “Essentially, everything we’re offering inside we’re going to have outside, just so we can get the buzz going,” Fabra said. Coffee addicts, worry not. Fat Jack’s will feature a full espresso and coffee bar that will serve early birds. The shop will also offer bicycle delivery on campus from its location. According to a Westword article, the store will also have live music on the patio some days and feature murals painted by local Denver artist Joshua Finley. “The Auraria Campus was a no brainer. There’s 50,000 students and faculty here. It’s such an amazing opportunity for our brand,” Fabra said. “Being in this business, trying to figure out ways to get your name out there into market is always a challenge. This is such an amazing opportunity to capture so many people on a commuter campus that live in surrounding neighborhoods.” For more information, go to: • www.fatjackssubs.com

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In the news:


>>>Employees or Students? Early Tuesday morning, The National Labor Relations Board ruled 3-1 that graduate students who teach or are research assistants are considered university employees. The ruling only applies to private universities. Many universities are concerned that the right to unionize may disrupt student education. They argue students are students before employees. Most graduate degrees require teacher or research experience at some point in the program.

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International News >>>Vigilante Killings in the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte of The Philippines won election on a platform of cracking down on crime earlier this summer. Now, seven weeks into his presidency, there have been more than 1,900 killings in the country. The National Police Chief has taken responsibility for 712 of the killings, but claims the others have been vigilante murders. President Duterte is threatening to pull out of the United Nations after a UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings said that she was going to come down to the country and investigate the spike in murders.

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Celebrations ought not overshadow tragedy

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By Joella Baumann jbauma17@msudenver.edu


beach in his attempt to escape Syria. The pain of the Syrian Omran’s same hell was people strikes to the core of all supposed to have been the that is good in me as a mother shock that awoke the decency and as a decent human being of the powers that be. that something is wrong here. In September of 2015 we The condition of the labeled Alan as the symbol of Syrian people speaks for all heartbreak in Syria. That was the marginalized, war torn less than a year ago, but oh, countries and people of the how easily we forget. We have a new child to parade “I love my country, and mascot now. I proudly sport my Are the 250,000 lives lost not enough to take #blackgirlmagic action? Five years, five hashtag and USA months, one week and two days Syria has been at war. Olympics shirt. I How many more years will understand how the be allowed? 4,500 children have died in the last 22 Games highlight in months in Aleppo alone. the leaps and bounds The exploitation and murder of innocent how opportunity children is my Achilles heel. has expanded for While I may sound like some entitled martyr on my minority and disabled first world soap-box, take communities.” my disgust with a grain of salt. We are all a part of the problem, myself included. world who are left to fend for We hashtag our first world themselves in a time of crisis. problems on social media The Syrian refugee crisis has while possibly feeling we don’t been labeled as the largest have it good enough. Then we humanitarian crisis since spend a few moments, weeks, WWII. How close shall we get maybe months feeling the pain to over six million this time? of the world, just to change Brazil has funneled $4.6 our channels, scroll down or billion into its Olympic turn the page. We go back to Games, which is chump worrying about lukewarm change compared to the $15.6 Starbucks and too-long billion spent in the London traffic commutes until we are Games. People tuned in by confronted with another Alan the millions to be entertained. or Omran. A giant fuss has been made

’ve loved the Olympics since I was a little girl. Starry-eyed and clumsy, I watched in awe of these superb athletes completing feats that I could only dream about. Even today I flip the TV on late at night, hoping to catch a few of my favorite sports. I understand the dedication and sacrifice of these athletes in order to be excellent once every two to four years and I don’t want to take away from that. However, a little boy’s eyes, one covered in a thick layer of the grey dust of building debris and the other misshapen and covered in a thick layer of blood stare blankly as chaos unfolds around them. The little boy doesn’t cry and he doesn’t seem startled when he finds his tiny hand covered in blood as he pulls it away from his dripping forehead. This five-year-old little boy is Omran Daqneesh and he has become the symbol of the suffering in Aleppo, Syria. Only six days ago his “I thought the photo of the lifeless body world, already crumbling of three-year-old Syrian boy Alan Kurdi, around him, was shattered. Yet, Omran is somehow washed up on a Turkish beach in his a lucky Syrian child.His attempt to escape Omran’s same hell was ten-year-old brother, Ali Daqneesh, died four days supposed to have been the shock that awoke ago and his mother, still in the decency of the powers at be.” critical condition, may join him. To be lucky in Syria is to have your life, but what type of life will Omran have Are we the land of the over one, Ryan Lochte, while now? care-free and the home of regular Joes not following Headlines brazenly the depraved? international news coverage claim that Omran’s photo If my heart were a passport hear nothing of Syria. has shocked the globe and its pages would be put to I, just like many other sparked conversation. good use, for my heart is well fi rst-worlders, was excited I thought the photo of the traveled. It did a stint in Paris, at the thought of once again lifeless body of three-yearcrossed the sea for Orlando seeing the world’s greatest old Syrian boy Alan Kurdi, and now my heart bleeds in athletes converge to perform washed up on a Turkish

what they have been practicing for the last 1460 days. I get it. These athletes dedicate their a period of their lives to a twoweek stint somewhere around the globe. Yet it’s hard not to notice that compared to the U.S. whose 555 athletes represented 30 sports, Syria only produced 15 athletes to represent five sports. The community gym going up in smoke and doctors moving their medical clinics to hidden underground bunkers may have contributed to that. Here we see the strange hypocrisy of how the United States, in particular, interacts with the world around it. Perfectly willing to toss a ball, share a prayer and rally on social media when there’s reward to be gained. But taking action, remembering those in pain once the sensation dissolves, once the hashtag goes into obscurity, t we lose. I love my country, I proudly sport my #blackgirlmagic hashtag and USA Olympics shirt. I understand how the Games highlight in leaps and bounds how opportunity has expanded for minority and disabled communities. However, let’s not disengage our involvement in world affairs. When it comes to furthering the quality of life of our fellow human beings. As citizens of the most powerful nation in the world we have the ability and the resources to change the lives of the less fortunate. Every single one of us does.

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Night Beats and local artists conquer Three kings Tavern By Keenan McCall kmccall3@gmail.com

For Denver born bands, Colfax Speed Queen and Plum, this was a great opportunity to grow and step into the limelight. “It’s a little bit of an artist development exposure program Red Bull does,” said Kendal Smith, event director of Denver Post’s Underground Music Showcase and

curator for the Red Bull Sound Select event in Denver. “We have a lot of different artists that are coming up through the music scene here in Denver.” For local band Plum, the show also marked a reunion with an old band mate through a surprise joint performance with his band Flaural. It was also Plum’s final show before taking a break to focus on songwriting and developing their sound. “It’s just about time, being able to write more,” said Ty Baron, guitarist and member of Plum. “That’s kind of the point

we’re at right now.” Night Beats lead singer Dan Lee Blackwell knows this challenge well, still aspiring to improve his songwriting past the three studio albums the band has already released. He was happy to be playing with the local artists though, and hoped the event would help them in their pursuits. “At the end of the day, Drumer Dane Mark and guitarst Ty Barron performers at The Three Kings I hope it gives people a platform to be exposed,” Tavern Aug. 20. Blackwell said. Kendall Smith shared this sentiment.

“At the end of the day, I hope it gives people a platform to be exposed.“ - Dan Lee Blackwell “I hope they get opportunity. That’s what this is all about,” Smith said. “A one night one show kind of situation is one thing and this is a great show for a lot of bands to play.”

For more information on the bands involved in the Red Bull Sound Select, go to https://www. redbullsoundselect.com/events. Stay tuned for the next Red Bull Sound Select showcase featuring Mick Jenkins, Smino & Fast4Ward Thursday, October 6 from 8pm-1am.

Left to right, lead singer/gutarist Dan Lee Blackwell and Jakob Bowden from the band Night Beats perform their first show in Colorado. Photos by Abreham Gebreegziabher • agebreeg@msudenver

Charming Liars play at full force to small crowd By Chris Bjork cbjork1@msudenver.edu

For most touring rock bands, performing to a small crowd when you’re headlining a venue can be a tough situation to be confronted with. However, if you’re a member of that meager handful of people and the band proves to put their full effort into delivering a meaningful show, it makes all the difference. This was the case for the Charming Liars’ performance at the Marquis on Thursday night, August 30. Thursday night’s show marked the bands fourth appearance in Denver since their last tour two months ago, where they played three separate shows in Denver, Greeley and Gutarist Karnig Manoukian lead singer Kiliyan Maguire band members of Charming Liars performed at The Marquis Aug. 18. Colorado Springs. Photo by Abreham Gebreegziabher • agebreeg@msudenver “It was really a treat playing at all those different optimistic power pop style that brought the biggest crowd places because all of our shows here in Colorado were turnout of the night. Lastly, Creature Canopy played with some of our best,” Vocalist Kiliyan Maguire said. “The fans a heavy alternative rock style, paired with pulsing synths. were very, very supportive and they knew the words and However, the band suffered from too much similarity in the were at every show. So it was a no brainer when we were songwriting and melodies in their set, making it hard to plotting out a few tour dates.” discern a unique identity in their performance. Charming Liars shared the stage with three other It was refreshing to see each one of the opening bands alternative rock acts including Creature Canopy, Compass play to the energy of the changing crowd. However, & Cavern and Weathervein. Colorado act Weathervein Charming Liars played to this strength best, even when celebrated their first show in Denver, providing a dynamic first performance of the night. The six piece band showcased faced with no more than a couple dozen people by the time they walked onto stage. This was aided through the band’s their experimental sound which included a balanced and efforts to add to their stage presence with the addition of impressive mix of progressive, alternative and industrial programmed lights and intimate crowd interaction. rock within their set list. Three piece band Compass “It’s nice to have the lights triggered and set up to and Cavern delivered a versatile performance with their

different peaks and valleys in the set. It makes us perform better and I think it makes us look better. You can really set the tone with different lights and trigger different moments,” Maguire said. “It gives it that big arena feel.” Charming Liars kicked things off with “Closer,” one of the more anthemic and grandiose songs in the set, featuring a hard hitting drum beat and backup vocal choruses. Performances from songs like “Closer” and “Burn” revealed the band’s skill at playing well to their contemporaries, with bands like Imagine Dragons and Bastille serving as obvious influences. The mid-tempo grooves and rousing melodies, while occasionally generic in their instrumental technicality, brought a clear aesthetic to Charming Liars’ sound. Tracks like these and others felt like they would suit themselves comfortably in an action packed movie trailer or in the stadium of a professional sports game. Either way, the most entertaining element of Charming Liars performance was their ability at making the crowd feel they were being played “to,” not “at”. It was an aspect that Maguire acknowledged as an enjoyable component when playing in a more intimate venue like the Marquis. “It’s nice to be able to look down and see the end of the room and make eye contact, whereas if you’re playing a bigger venue you kind of have to look over the whole horizon of the crowd,” Maguire said. Charming Liars closed with an invitation to their audience, thanking them for making the show and encouraging them to hang out after. The bands next stop on their tour will be held at the Columbia City Theater in Seattle. You can hear their latest EP 12:31am on Spotify and download it on ITunes and Bandcamp.

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ROAM exhibit highlights Jon Geigers artistic vision Story by Teresa Soriano tdiazsor@msudenver.edu

Perched on top of the Texas building on the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design campus is ROAM, a 26-foot- tall sculpture by Detroit-based artist Jon Geiger. The sculpture is a traveling art exhibit designed by Geiger who collaborated with Black Cube, a nonprofit museum founded in Colorado. The sculpture incorporates iconic western American elements such as the open land, the tumbleweed, neon signs and billboards of the west. “It’s this piece that keeps getting to stay alive,” Geiger said. “Every three months it’s doing something again,” referring to the sculpture’s journey across Denver. Its current location is the second stop on the tour, coming from Marjorie’s Park across from Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre located in the Denver Tech Center. Although Geiger spent some of his childhood in Alamosa, Colorado and up in Boulder, ROAM was inspired by Detroit. “Although Detroit is not the west, it has a lot of the same energy and ethos of our envisioning of the West and that space,” Geiger said. The city fi led for bankruptcy in July 2013, historically becoming the largest city to do so in U.S. history. Much of Detroit is dilapidated and urban renewal projects are

continuing to tear down buildings, creating what Geiger said is comparable to a ghost town. “The city is in this weird, lovely balance of metropolitan feel but also kind of like empty country space which I really like,” Geiger said. As the city tries to pick up the pieces of a desolate wasteland, Geiger is reminded of the West. ROAM nods to neon signage, an art concept that was famed across the nation in the early ‘20s, but now ceases to hold as much glamour in society as it once did. “It has become this material that is now associated with Budweiser beer and seedy bars, and sad country songs about just being lonely and depressive. For me that goes into my interest of the West,” Geiger said. “Neon is a very similar thing. This material has this amazing duality to it. It’s been both this sense of prospect and glory and it’s also been this material of sadness and detritus.” The tumbleweed then becomes this insignia of the West Geiger stated. It is a symbol of something that once thrived and then died, yet still blows when the wind calls. Although there is an overarching theme in ROAM, the sculpture is up for interpretation. Cortney Lane Stell, executive director and chief curator of Black Cube, feels the sculpture represents the essence of the West by using defining characteristics of that time period. “For this artwork it’s about our

Jon Geiger at the opening of ROAM, his nomadic art installation at RMCAD. Photos by McKenzie Lange • mlange4@msudenver.edu

relationship and seeing it as a beautiful symbol of transition like the west,” Stell said. “This sculpture intertwines those ideologies, it doesn’t tell you a thing through the mashing up of those three elements, you’re allowed to form your


“Although Detroit is not the west, it has a lot of the same energy and ethos of our envisioning of the west and that space.“ - Jon Geiger own ideas.” RMCAD Director of Business and Development, Karina Marconi, also applauds the connection ROAM has to the Denver Metro area. “We love how the piece tips the hat to our western heritage in a very modern way,” Marconi said. “It embraces our pride of west Denver and harnesses the beauty of the iconic neon signs of West Colfax Avenue. We’re thrilled that our students will benefit from this partnership in such a meaningful way.” ROAM is on display til Oct. 18, where it will then travel to Boulder in search of a new home.

RMCAD Campus: Located at 1600 Pierce St, Lakewood, CO 80214. Photo courtesy of Google.com/maps. For more imfornation on “Black Cube Art Group.” blackcubeart.org

From left, Jon Geiger, Cortney Lane Stell and Marco Cousins inside the travelling Black Cube exhibit.




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Sport Shorts » Torr receives RMAC preseason award Senior volleyball player Brandi Torr has been named the RMAC preseason setter of the year. Torr was selected in a vote amongst the 15 RMAC coaches. Torr ranks sixth all-time in MSU Denver volleyball history with 3,167 assists.

» Women’s golf season tees off Senior Allie Johnston, Junior Lindsey Gullikson and the Women’s Golf team open their 2016-2017 season Sept. 5 in Pueblo at the Wolfpack Fall Invite. Johnston looks to qualify again for the NCAA Division II Super Regional. The loss of Cha Cha Willhoite leaves big shoes to fill for the Roadrunners, but the impact players are fully capable.

» MSU Denver tennis MSU Denver’s Men’s and Women’s tennis teams both start the fall leg of their 2016-2017 seasons in Pueblo Sept. 9 against the University of Texas-Permian Basin. Both teams are coming off of a third place RMAC finish in 2015-2016.

» Rockies still in playoff contention The Colorado Rockies have exceeded expectations thus far this season, sitting only seven games back of the last wild card playoff spot. After accruing a 68-94 record last year, they already have 60 wins this year, with 37 games remaining. With the Rockies history of fantastic finishes, the end of the season looks to be an exciting one.

» McGregor defeats Diaz in anticipated rematch Conor McGregor defeated Nate Diaz in UFC 202 Aug. 20 in a controversial rematch. The close fight was scored as a 47-47 tie by two judges, while a third gave Mcgregor the victory with a score of 48-47. Diaz won the initial bout.

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Roadrunners Soccer primed for success Men’s Soccer season set to kick off By David Schaut

dschaut@msudenver.edu The Roadrunners Men’s Soccer team played an exhibition against Otero Junior College on Aug. 17 and fans, get ready for a hell of a season. The game ended in a 0-0 draw, but don’t let that deter you; there’s plenty to be excited about. While only an exhibition game, a couple of the Roadrunners preseason all-RMAC players shined while on the field. Senior Dustin Berg, who is returning from an injury suffered midseason against the Colorado School of Mines last year, looked extremely confident from the middle of the field with the ball at his feet and consistently put the team in position to create. Josh Belfrage, the scrappy goal scoring senior, had the most chances of any player on the field. He lived in front of the goalkeeper. Tyler Trujillo and Jeff Gillis, the Roadrunners other preseason all-RMAC players, didn’t miss a beat and looked crisp and confident.

Something to watch for with this team is the play of Dimitri Ney, a freshman from Grenoble, France. Ney started, and was all over the field for the Roadrunners. His strengths were pressing the ball up the sides and sending in beautiful cross passes into the penalty area. Don’t be surprised if he racks up the assists in the Freshman forward Gricelda Gomez fights for position of the ball against Laramie upcoming season, as well as a few County Community College Aug. 21 at The Regencey Athletic Complex. MSU lost to LCCC 0-2. Photo by Abreham Gebreegziabher • agebreeg@msudenver.edu goals for himself. Ikaika Nichols was a spark off of the bench, and the junior from Englewood played with noticeable confidence and energy. D’Angelo Escobar also made his case for playing time, coming on early midfielder and forward, who is By David Schaut after an injury and playing with the Roadrunners’ other preseason dschaut@msudenver.edu seemingly unending energy. all-RMAC player. The Roadrunners had a Banks scored six goals and Women’s Soccer head coach phenomenal regular season last had three assists in her freshman Adrianne Pietz enters her ninth year, finishing with a record of campaign. With a year of college year with Metro State looking to 13-4-2; they did all that while experience under her belt, she rebound from a disappointing losing one of their best players is poised to have an explosive year, at least by MSU Women’s and a great leader in Berg. With season in 2016. Boisnard Soccer standards. a healthy lineup and a bitter taste accumulated three goals and had While the Roadrunners from their playoff finish last year, two assists in 2015, and is looking finished fourth in the RMAC look for big things from the Men’s again to be a master facilitator with a respectable record of 8-7-5 Soccer team this year. this season. in 2015, it was a slip from their Emily Romer, Alexie Marr, previous performances, having Ashley Smith and goalkeeper accumulated at least 14 wins from Breanna Flores are the team’s 2012-2014. The Roadrunners other returning starters who will are looking for a return to form, help lead the team with their and the veteran presence of the combined experience. six returning starters from 2015, The Roadrunners are ranked along with two preseason allfourth in the RMAC preseason RMAC players, will jumpstart the poll, behind Colorado School of process. Mines, Fort Lewis, and Regis, Players that are primed to who are ranked 1-3 respectively. have huge seasons are sophomore The team needs the support forward Regina Banks, preseason of the students! Show your MSU all-RMAC player and leading pride, and come out and fly the goal scorer for the team in 2015 team colors for the upcoming and Elise Boisnard, junior hybrid games below.

Metro forward Josh Belfrage attempts to volley the ball past defender Thomas Stasiak on Oct. 11, 2015 against South Dakota Mines at The Regencey Athletic Complex. Photo by Abreham Gebreegziabher • agebreeg@msudenver.edu

Men’s Schedule Aug. 27: Alumni (Exhibition) 5: 30 p.m. R.A.C. Sept. 2: St. Edwards (TX), 6 p.m., R.A.C. Sept. 4: Dixie State (UT), 11 a.m., R.A.C. Sept. 8: at Western Washington, 5 p.m. Sept. 10: at Seattle Pacific, 5:30 p.m.

Banks and Boisnard preseason all-RMAC

Women’s Schedule Aug. 27: Alumni Game (Exhibition) 4 p.m. R.A.C. Sept. 1: West Texas A&M 7 p.m., R.A.C. Sept. 3: Dallas Baptist, noon, R.A.C. Sept. 8: at Western Washington, 2 p.m. Sept. 10: at Seattle Pacific, 8 p.m. Sept. 16: at Colo. School of Mines, 7 p.m.

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Overheard this week



June 21 -July 22 Hope will always get you through your problems. Yes, “hope” your doctor is mistaken or misinformed about your unforunate predicament.

One man cannot make himself into an army of super-strength dwarves. No matter what his budget. Your lucky goat name for the week is: Penelope.

“Right now would be the perfect time to for-real rob Ryan Lochte.”



“This may come as a complete

Food is a cheap source of food. Eat well. Laughter will help you today, especially if you want to avoid crying.

Although your subtle forms of persuasion have worked well in the past, your partner may start to get tired of your spontaneous stripping to initiate sex.

surprise, but there are no bodies in the trunk.”



August 23 -September 22

February 19 -March 20

“I will not be involved in your sex festival.”

The music you have been listening to has been tainted by the devil. However, you may hear good news today from an excitable old lady who may turn out to be drunk.

You are a complete fraud - the sooner you accept it, the better.


in a soft-boiled egg as hard-boiled egg.”

All the things you’re unsure of will almost certainly remain enigmatic by the end of the day.



October 23 -November 21

April 20 -May 20 Relax, break out the medicines and pills, and get funkin’! Spank yourself silly today because you’ve been VERY, VERY bad.

so we’re trying to dig up jade in the backyard.”

Romantic evenings are much overrated. Instead of romance, think about mutated pigs.



“I’ll be the rebound, I don’t care.”

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Any beer consumed tonight may come back to haunt you, possibly in the form of a dead comedian.

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


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