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Justice Sotomayor promotes book at Auraria

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor conversed with students May 2 at the Auraria Event Center. After speaking to the crowd, Sotomayor canvassed the event center to meet those in attendance and to sign copies of “My Beloved World,” her new book. “I’m just like everyone else,” Sotomayor said. Photo by Philip Poston • pposton1@msudenver.edu

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Justice Sotomayor visits Auraria campus Collene Lewis clewis66@msudenver.edu Despite Auraria’s sobering history, Sonia Sotomayor addressed cultural misrepresentations and personal strength at MSU Denver. Sotomayor, the first Hispanic and third female U.S. Supreme Court justice, visited the Auraria Event Center May 2. The event was co-sponsored by MSU Denver and the Center for Colorado and the West at the Auraria Library. Performers with El Centro Su Teatro also presented pieces from their book “Where the Rivers Meet.” Luis Torres, MSU Denver deputy provost and one of two moderators at the event, prefaced Sotomayor’s conversation with some of Denver’s history, complied by the Center for Colorado and the West at the Auraria Library. Torres said the area of Auraria, before the campus was built, developed a heavy Latino population because of the gold rush along the Platte River in 1858. He added that in 1965, when Auraria was being

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, center, spent an evening with guests May 2 in the Auraria Event Center and spoke of her struggles and achievements. Photo by Heather Newman • hnewman3@msudenver.edu

developed as a campus, that Latino population was forcibly removed. “Unfortunately, Latinos in Denver are considered to be a recent immigrant population,” Torres said. “Nothing could be further from the truth.” Sotomayor briefly addressed this issue of presumed immigration when Polly Baca, a former state senator and second modera-

tor of the event, asked her about the heavy significance she places on Puerto Rico, in her book “My Beloved World.” Sotomayor’s family is from Puerto Rico and she said one of the purposes of her book was to introduce the United States, and the world, to the island and to explain that Puerto Ricans are not foreigners. “Do you know how many peo-

ple ask me whether I have a Puerto Rican passport or a US passport?” Sotomayor asked. “Scott Pelley did a beautiful interview with me on ‘60 minutes’ and introduces my family as immigrants. And I’m sitting there in a group of friends and I say ‘We’re migrants, we’re not immigrants.’” Sotomayor also spoke about her life experiences found in the book. She has faced challenges in her life including childhood diabetes, living in poverty and an alcoholic father. Despite all odds and successes she has experienced, Sotomayor said she was “an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary experiences.” “I wrote this book talking about the challenges in my life, hoping that everyone who read it would see a little piece of their own lives in my book and in my life story,” Sotomayor said. Ultimately, Sotomayor’s message to MSU Denver was love. She said the ability to give and receive love, despite peoples’ flaws, is the quality that moves someone to

success. “If you can come out of your sense of despair and look around and find the joy in knowing that there are people who care around you, they can give you the strength to do the impossible,” Because of her “grit, hard work and fairness,” MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan presented the Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership award to Sotomayor. Jordan compared Sotomayor’s path to Supreme Court justice with that of MSU Denver students and Golda Meir, who lived in west Denver before becoming the prime minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974. “At MSU Denver we use the word ‘scrappy’ to describe this kind of determination and resilience that we see in our students,” Jordan said. “I would venture to say that the late prime minister of Israel and Justice Sotomayor have lived the spirit of this adjective, as individuals emboldened by challenge, who nonetheless set about building purpose-driven lives.”

Conference addresses education for Native Americans Melanie Rice mrice20@msudenver.edu

Far from being relics of the past, Native American advocates say their people play a key role in society and they are pouring efforts into helping their youth succeed. Today, Native Americans are leading the way in environmental issues, but struggle to overcome an achievement gap among their youth. “There is a vibrant Native American population here. It’s not a community or a history stuck in the past that when you go to museums it’s just something that you tell your kids, ‘Oh, you know, this is what used to be here,’” said Ernest House, executive director of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs. “We still are here — the continuous, longest residents of the state.” The Increasing Opportunities for Native American Students Conference brought together over 200 Native American students, educators and advocates to address issues and inspire one another. The conference was held May 3 and 4 and was the first of its kind hosted by the Region VIII Equity Assistance Center at MSU

Denver. It was co-sponsored by the Colorado Indian Education Foundation, the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs and the Office of Institutional Diversity at MSU Denver. The conference included keynote speakers, a panel on Native American education and sessions on pow-wow etiquette, language, and dance demonstrations. Joyce Silverthorne, director of the U.S. Office of Indian Education, said the large, persistent achievement gap is not necessarily associated with poverty, but is linked to students’ heritage. “Once people identify as American Indian, then you’ll see the data that follows and shows that there is an achievement gap and that it is large,” Silverthorne said. The U.S. government is responsible for providing an education for American Indian children, targeted to meet their needs in elementary and secondary education. Title VII of The Elementary and Secondary Education Act is part of federal legislation that intends to level the achievement gap between them and other U.S. students. Conference attendee Rose Marie McGuire, Denver Public

Schools Indian Education Program manager, said on a local level, many Native American students are not receiving all services available to them, especially gifted students. McGuire said these issues need to be addressed with the administration and school board. House said Denver is fastbecoming a national hub for Native Americans, making this an important local issue. Keynote speaker Walt Pourier, the creative director of Nakota Designs and executive director of the Stronghold Society, emphasized the importance of working with youth. Pourier is originally from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, said more than 50 percent of residents at Pine Ridge are under the age of 18. “Their numbers are bigger than the baby boomers and their ability to communicate is unlike any generation ever,” Pourier said. “So how do you work with this current generation to be these leaders about knowledge, about education, about anything, but most of all about life as a whole, about this earth as a whole?” Pourier said having the confer-

ence at MSU Denver helped Native youth see opportunities before them and to understand how far they can go. One theme at the conference was the Native American role in protecting the environment. Pourier said indigenous DNA is embedded with knowledge of what it means to be a caretaker of the earth. “My theme is ‘red is green,’” Pourier said. Sky Roosevelt-Morris, another keynote speaker, agreed that Native Americans have this caretaker role and she urged against what she called “invisibilization” of Native Americans and other indigenous peoples. Roosevelt-Morris, a senior at UCD, is a member of the Native American Student Organization. “It doesn’t just affect indigenous people. this is a global issue,” Roosevelt-Morris said, referring to Native Americans’ role in defense of the environment and human rights. Silverthorne echoed a theme of the conference — that Native Americans have much to offer the nation and the world as mutual participants in the global community.

Matene Jerome performs at the Increasing Opportunities for Native American students Conference May 4. Photo by Melanie J. Rice • mrice20@msudenver.edu

“We have an incredible, valuable history to offer to other people in this country, and that has never been appreciated,” Silverthorne said. “Our kids are bright, capable young people and they need the encouragement of their whole community.”


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Holmes to plead not guilty by reason of insanity Maalikah Hartley mhartle8@msudenver.edu James Holmes, the man accused of opening fire and killing 12 people and injuring dozens more at Aurora’s “Dark Knight Rises” midnight screening, will plead not guilty by reason of insanity, as signaled by his defense attorneys May 7 in a court fi ling. The change of plea will take place May 13 at a pre-trial hearing.

In March, Judge William Sylvester of Colorado’s 18th Judicial District gave a traditional “not guilty plea” on Holmes’ behalf after his defense attorneys said they weren’t ready to make a decision, according to the LA Times. Sylvester also ruled the controversial decision that Holmes could be subject to “truth serum” drugging, likely sodium amytal or sodium pentothal, according to ABC News, if he decided to plea not

guilty by reason of insanity. Sylvester has since stepped aside and been replaced by Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. On April 1, District Attorney George Brauchler rejected the defense attorney’s plea of “guilty without the possibility of parole,” if the district attorney’s office dropped the death penalty, according to the New York Times. Brauchler announced in court that “justice is death” for Holmes.

Once the insanity plea takes place, Holmes will have to undergo psychiatric evaluation at a state hospital and by law cannot be put to death if deemed insane or suffering from a mental defect. An insanity plea refers to the accused’s mental state at the moment of the crime and does not mean he or she did not premeditate the crime. According to ABC News, the plea will also give prosecutors access to whatever Holmes wrote

in a notebook to his University of Colorado psychiatrist, Dr. Lynne Fenton, which was intercepted by police. Experts say the “not guilty by reason of insanity” plea, along with the death penalty, will add months, if not years, to the trial, which is set to begin in February of 2014. Holmes is charged with 166 counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder and weapons charges.

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Students present research at undergraduate event Lee Ridley lridley1@msudenver.edu North Classroom hummed with energy May 3 as MSU Denver students showcased their efforts at the 2nd Annual Undergraduate Research Conference. About half of the 190 participants gave oral presentations in front of an audience, which included three to five judges. The other half displayed their work on posters arranged in the atrium. Students with 34 different majors participated in the daylong event, according to Pamela Ansburg, one of the faculty associates for the program. All students worked with a faculty mentor. Research projects were quite varied. Topics included measuring aggression in rap music, studying olfactory stimuli on memory performance, analyzing genetic colorectal cancer mutations, and exploring climate change’s effect on squirrel behavior. MSU Denver senior Lauren Lautenschlager, a physics major, held a guitar as she stood near her poster presentation. Her project measured changes in guitar string vibrations when the metal frets were replaced with crystal. “It’s a more abrupt sound. I think it’s better. It makes it a more pure tone. You’re getting more of the note,” Lautenschlager explained as she plucked one of the strings. About 90 students submitted an additional abstract, which made them eligible to receive an award. A team of 52 faculty judges reviewed the abstracts, Ansburg said. Ten finalists were chosen, five each from oral and poster presentations. The faculty judges intentionally reviewed abstracts from fields outside their disciplines. Once finalists were chosen, judges from the community reviewed the presentations and selected winners. “In science, you have to be able to communicate,” Ansburg said. “You communicate to your peers, but you also have to communicate to others who are not experts. That’s part of the skill of being a good researcher.” Caitlin McConnell, an MSU Denver senior majoring in psychology, was a finalist in both oral and poster presentations. She won “Best Poster Presentation” for her project, “Reading Comprehension: Reading Rate as a Predictor of Student Success.” “I signed up for the awards thing because she would have yelled at me if I hadn’t,” McConnell joked as she gestured to Lesley Hathorn, her faculty mentor. As McConnell sat with fellow poster finalists Rebecca Addison and Lucero Herrera, one of the community judges who had just

reviewed the students’ posters leaned over to tell them that they were exceptional and that it had been almost impossible to choose a winner. Many of the students started working on their projects last summer. Several said they were nervous about presenting, but were glad they had participated. Some had ongoing projects that they would continue to work on even after graduation. Jennifer Kane and Leslie Wall, both MSU Denver seniors majoring in nutrition, worked on an ongoing project exploring the impact of skin-to-skin contact on breast-fed infants. Both are graduating this month but said they will continue to help with the project. They were also finalists in the poster presentation category. “This is a faculty project that we were invited to participate in,” Kane said. “I’ve been working on it for two years. We won’t know the full findings until all of the [research data] is back in.” Keynote speaker David Gingerich, a senior staff engineer with Lockheed Martin Space Systems and affiliate faculty member at MSU Denver, gave a talk titled “Help Wanted: Researchers, Social Scientists and Engineers to Transform Terrestrial-Bound Human Beings into a Space-Faring Species.” He described how numerous things beyond just technical problems need to be considered with space travel. One example was how nutritional needs change in space, which could also impact something as simple as an overthe-counter medication dosage. “It’s going to require novel approaches and new thought leaders. The new thought leaders are in this room. You’re the people that are going to be solving them,” Gingerich told the attendees over lunch in the Tivoli Turnhalle. Conference attendance has grown significantly since last year. About 430 people registered to attend, including students, friends and faculty, according to Karina Hultgren, the undergraduate research program coordinator. Some teachers required their students to attend the conference in an effort to inspire them, and some asked students to participate as part of their senior projects. “The work was absolutely outstanding, and the variety that we saw, along with the quality of thought that went into the projects and the presentations, really demonstrate what a high impact undergraduate student research has on student outcomes and student learning,” said Vicki Golich, provost and vice president for academic and student affairs. She announced the poster presenter winners.

President Stephen Jordan spoke during the awards ceremony and announced the oral presentation winners. “You guys just rock. I got to tell you, it’s really cool to see,” Jordan said about the growth of the conference and the effort involved. “It’s going to pay huge dividends for you when you leave the university and go out and begin to apply the knowledge that you gained here,” he said. So students, I congratulate you for challenging yourself in this way.”

Top: Senior Caitlin McConnell, a psychology major, stands in front of her award winning poster presentation during this years research conference May 3. Above: Awards were presented May 3 in the Tivoli Turnhalle to the winners of this year’s research fair that took place in North Classroom. Left: Metro senior Lauren Lautenschlager, a physics major, stands in front of her poster presentation during this year’s Research Fair May 3 in North Classroom. Photos by Heather Newman • hnewman3@msudenver.edu

List of 2nd Annual MSU Denver Undergraduate Research Conference Finalists and Winners Oral Presentation Award Finalists: David Haddad and Julia Woodward, Anthropology The Philippi Mummy Project Historical Analysis Jennifer Jennings, Biology (Winner - “Outstanding Oral Presentation”) The Phototactic Response of Planktonic Marine Crab Larvae to the Wavelength and Intensity of Light Caitlin McConnell, Pyschology Penchant for a Verbosity: Does Reading Ability Translate to Writing Skill? Nick Nelson, Biology (Winner - “Honorable Mention”) Investigation of Extracellular Microenvironments and Small Molecule Chemistry for the Maintenance and Differentiation of Pluripotent Embryonic Stem Cells to Foster Neural Specification Sharon Wharton, Human Development (Winner - “Best Oral Presentation”) Stressed and Depressed: The Role of Self-Compassion in College Students’ Well-Being

Poster Presentation Award Finalists: Rebecca Addison, Chemistry Analysis of the Combinatorial Effects of a Dual P13K/mTOR Inhibitor PF-04691502 with the MEK Inhibitor PD-0325901 Lucero Herrera, Psychology Olfactory Stimuli and Memory Performance Jennifer Kane, Leslie Wall and Kaitlin Hornbostel, Nutrition (Winner - “Honorable Mention”) The Effect of Immediate and Continued Skin-to-Skin Contact on Breastfeeding Duration and Exclusivity Caitlin McConnell, Psychology (Winner - “Best Poster Presenter”) Reading Compensation: Reading Rate as a Predictor of Student Success Jacob Paschall, Biology (Winner - “Outstanding Poster Presentation”) Reducing the Flash-Lag Effect Using Spatial Reference Cues

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The meaning of Mother’s Day:

As a mother

Kelli Heitstuman-Tomko ktomko@msudenver.edu My firstborn was supposed to have been born on Mother’s Day. He was two weeks late. I was given a flower at church as one of the mothers in the congregation. Somehow or other, the gesture wasn’t the same without an infant waiting for me in the nursery. When he was 9 years old, he bought me a little red candle. The votive cup was shaped like a flower pot, and the candle smelled like cherry. It was one of the first gifts he’d bought for me without being prompted by an adult. I put the candle in the kitchen window where I would always see it. It was another six or seven years before I found out that he thought I hated his gift because I never lit the candle. The revelation broke my heart because I loved that candle. I have never received a pricey Mother’s Day gift. It has never bothered me. Every time I have ever gotten a homemade card, a second-hand gift or breakfast in bed, it was from a kitchen that was subsequently covered in pancake batter, blueberry jam and bacon grease. I have never considered myself a good parent. I have been told by others that I’m not. But every gift that I have ever received from my kids on Mother’s Day has come from their hearts. I have also never been one for the same “awww” moments that others seem to like — calling the kids to the front of the church to collect flowers to give to the mommies in the congregation. It doesn’t mean anything. But a bottle of Mexican Coca Cola from a teenager who hasn’t spoken to me in five years means so much more than the symbolism of flowers or jewelry or dinner out because it’s the thing to do on Happy Mother’s Day. Mother’s I don’t need the tradiD ay tional. I have a cherry-scented candle shaped like a flower pot on my nightstand.

As a daughter Kayla Whitney kwhitne2@msudenver.edu

Thanksgiving is for giving, Valentine’s Day is for love, St. Patrick’s Day is for drinking, and Mother’s Day is for mommies. Sure the argument can be given that all of these holidays are material schemes to get people to spend money and pretend they care about a subject for a day. Mother’s Day can fall into this argument, but its meaning goes deeper than turkey, candy hearts, or green beer — it truly comes from the heart. My mother has been a guiding light for my entire life. She has done everything for me, from looking after my well-being, to taking care of my sick face and being the strong support I need. Of course there have been times —especially in my adolescence years — where things got tense, but deep down there is nothing that could ever tarnish the undying love I will always have for my mama. My mom has a caring mother who has been a wonderful Nana to my sister and myself. Though their relationship was stronger than King Kong, there were many opportunities that were not available to them in earlier years. Because of this fact, my mom has worked herself to the bone to make sure my sister and I have everything we could every need. From attending all my youth soccer games to buying my first musical instrument, from listening to the heavy metal shaking my bedroom walls to reading every article I’ve published in a newspaper for the last eight years — she has never left my side. There is no way I would be the person I am today without my mom. Her intelligence and determination have been inspiring beyond belief. From all the hardships she has faced in life, she remains strong and resolved and gets through it all with a glowing heart and perfect smile. I cannot say I want to be just like my mom when I get out of college — mainly because I could never stand being in a preschool room full of toddlers with winy mouths and poopy diapers. I want to have her compassion, determination, strength, love, and flawless soul. I will strive to reach this goal, but it may be next to impossible — because my mother is perfect. I love you mom — happy Mother’s Day.

Nuggets have some serious learning to do

Nick Ohlig nohlig@msudenver.edu I hope this postseason loss is a learning opportunity for the Denver Nuggets. Get a superstar and win in the NBA. Fift y-seven wins. No advancement in the playoffs. This is what happens when a team doesn’t have any true superstars. When the postseason comes, superstars take over games and series. Whenever I watch the Oklahoma City Thunder or the Miami Heat, I observe teams with real superstars. When those intense playoff moments come, their superstars make sure

they win. Kevin Durant of the Thunder and LeBron James of the Heat understand how to play playoff basketball. The Nuggets looked scared. Their defense was inept. Their formerly great scoring looked weak. Their rebounding was nonexistent. The Nuggets looked like a three seed pretending to be an eight seed. Compare that to the Warriors and their star, Stephen Curry. The Denver Nuggets didn’t choke during this postseason. They lost this series because they don’t have a superstar. They don’t have a guy who can win a series or two. Look at the Denver Nuggets’ roster — there are no superstars. Heck, there aren’t any stars on this team. As much as I enjoy watching Ty Lawson or Danilo Gallinari play, I understand they aren’t superstars because they have faded too much in the postseason. Lawson disappeared this postsea-

son. If he was a true superstar the Nuggets would’ve won this series, because that is what superstars do — win series. Even though Gallinari was out this postseason, he has struggled the last two postseasons. Superstars are defined in the postseason. It should be a given that teams without a superstar don’t advance in the playoffs. It’s a fact. But Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri, thinks they don’t need a superstar. That sounds bold and daring, but it doesn’t make sense. A team that wins 57 games in the regular season should not look lost in the postseason. That might be the reason Ujiri doesn’t go after superstars every offseason. I think Carmelo Anthony is a star that is on the brink of superstardom. He just needs to win a few more postseason games to become a superstar. With all the postseason

troubles, the Nuggets do have a few solutions to make sure this won’t happen again. If I were Ujiri, I would call up Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and ask “What do I need to give you for Kyrie Irving?” If it is half of the Denver Nuggets roster, then I am fine with that because I have seen Irving play a few times this year. If that doesn’t work, then the Nuggets could trade a few of their players to the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans for Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers. Both those players are potential superstars. Davis has all the makings of a great big man in the NBA. Rivers has also shown flashes of superstardom. This playoff defeat should be the perfect learning opportunity of what happens when a team who has superstars takes on a team that doesn’t have any.

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Mariachi music brings students together Nikki Work Heather Pastorius nwork@msudenver.edu hpastori@msudenver.edu

The sounds of MSU Denver are changing. Bright tones, clean harmonies and passionate vocals drifted from the doors of St. Cajetan’s Center during the First Annual Fiesta de Mariachi May 7. The two-hour festival featured three mariachi groups, including MSU Denver’s own Mariachi Los Correcaminos de MSU Denver (Mariachi Roadrunners of MSU Denver). For the group’s faculty adviser Peter Schimpf, the fiesta was an opportunity for the newly formed group to showcase its talent and hard work. “We just started this semester,” Schimpf said. “In order to promote the club and their activites, and just let everyone know about their existence, they put together this event with help from Student Activities.” Outside of its performance at the fiesta, the group has played at Las Fuentes Mexican Restaurant for tips. The group hopes to attract more members, and eventually book more performances both on and off campus. Isahar Mendez, the president of the club, was surprised and excited about the turnout of the event and the interest in the group. “We’re really new,” she said. “We’re trying really hard to do a lot of things and have a lot of people that are so interested in the group. I did not know how many people would actually want to try out and want to be a part of this group. A lot of people who are helping out with this event aren’t even part of this group, they just want to come and help because they just like it.” Mendez said that though organizing the event was stressful, busy and at times confusing, it was a rewarding process. “I really, really appreciate everyone’s help, because without them, this event wouldn’t have even happened,” Mendez said. “Right now, during this event, I’m actually getting a lot of ideas for next year’s to make it even better, so it’s great.” Though this was their first oncampus event together, Mariachi Los Correcaminos de MSU Denver came together as a result of a longer love for this style of music. For Mendez and other members, the music is personal. It is

a part of their culture and their individual histories. Mendez bonded over mariachi music in high school. “I did it with a bunch of friends, and a lot came to Metro and we thought we would try it out,” Mendez said. She went on to say that mariachi is what she hopes to do with her future. However, she acknowledged that mariachi as she knows it is always changing. “[Mariachi] is an evolving style,” Mendez said. “It’s becoming more Americanized, I guess you can say, but it still has the culture aspect to it. It’s so much fun for everybody that’s in the group.” At 4 p.m. every Tuesday, the group holds its meeting and rehearsal. “This is a totally student-driven effort,” Schimpf said. For some members of the group, including Ava Francisco, the club brings a chance to branch out and explore a unique type of music and different instrumentation styles. Francisco is primarily a saxophonist, but she also plays the accordion. “I thought it was a different type of music I’d enjoy to play, and it’s a chance to improve my accordion skills and play in an ensemble, which you don’t get to do often,” Francisco said. One thing that makes this organization unique is that each musician in the group has varying skill levels. “I have been playing [trumpet] since 2007, but I just play by ear,” said Victor Becerra, treasurer of the club. “I’m still learning how to read music and taking beginner classes.” Trumpeter Angel Brito, on the other hand, is more experienced. “I have been playing trumpet for nine years, mariachi music for five or six years,” Brito said. True to mariachi music’s form, each member participates in the music’s vocals. The mariachi festival was catered by Berries & Biscuits and featured booths from several campus organizations, including the MSU Denver Chicana/o Studies Department and the Pi Lambda Chi sorority. The other two groups who performed were Mariachi Lupe Vargas and Mariachi Azul Tequila. “We want to make a name for ourselves on campus and have other people join, because it’s fun,” Mendez said.

Top: Luis Salazar sings with the group Mariachi Lupe Vargas at the First Annual Fiesta de Mariachi May 7 at St. Cajetan’s Center. Bottom: Isahar Mendez, the president of Mariachi Los Correcaminos de MSU Denver, performs with the group Mariachi Lupe Vargas at the First Annual Fiesta de Mariachi. Photos by Ryan Borthick • rborthic@msudenver.edu


May 9, 2013

Gr aduation special

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“Grad Finale” party celebrates commencement, not finality Kailyn Lamb klamb6@msudenver.edu From the moment many people graduate high school or take their first steps on a college campus, they have a dream — one that includes wearing a goofy gown and taking the steps across a stage to receive that sacred college diploma. Graduation time has come around once again, and students couldn’t be more excited. Since February 8, when members of the class of 2013 applied to graduate, they have been counting down the days until the end of the semester along with the rest of us, but will be entering a world that doesn’t involve doing the FAFSA every year. Chelsie Smothers will be graduating this semester with her Master of Arts in teaching, and has her sights set on elementary education. “I was so impressed [with MSU Denver] and just became prepared. I was really excited about the program,” Smothers said. Like the other students that will be graduating, Smothers picked up her cap and gown from the second floor of the Student Success Building during this year’s senior send-off celebration, “Grad Finale.” The floor was littered with boxes packed full of gowns.

Herff Jones employee Peggy Sherpard has been helping students pick up gowns for four seasons. According to her, there were 1,109 pre-orders for graduation gowns. She also said she had more than 200 hundred walk up students for rental gowns May 7. Each school in the university has a certain color tassel to go with graduates’ caps. The School of Professional studies has “peacock;” Letters, Arts and Sciences has white; and the School of Business’

Once graduating students were done with all the official business inside the Student Success Building, members of the Student Alumni Association were outside waiting to serve root beer floats in special alumni mugs. The Student Alumni Association differs from MSU Denver’s regular Alumni Association. According to the organization’s vice president (and today’s float chef), Tyler Antikainen, it is an organization for current students to create a network with the school’s alumni. Antikainen said the organization has been with the campus for three years and that it tries to promote student leadership and communication skills with events like Bowling Networking Night. They are also trying to make the root beer float a tradition for new soon-to-be alumni. The countdown to commencement is getting shorter. For these students, this part of their academic career is over. For students still remaining, Smothers had some advice. “If you don’t know what you want to do, don’t feel like you have to do something,” Smothers said. “Travel, take time to figure yourself out. Be yourself, and be respectful to people no matter who you meet.”

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The Met’s picks of the best songs for new grads 1. “Times like These” — Foo Fighters 2. “Glory Days” — Bruce Springsteen 3. “Walk This Way” — Aerosmith and Run DMC 4. “In My Life” — The Beatles 5. “Float On” — Modest Mouse 6. “School’s Out” — Alice Cooper 7. “A Praise Chorus” — Jimmy Eat World

“If you don’t know what you want to do, don’t feel like you have to do something.”

8. “Changes” — Tupac 9. “Live a Little” — Kenny Chesney 10. “Don’t Stop Believin’” — Journey 11. “Can’t Hold Us” — Macklemore

—Chelsie Smothers is “drab.” Sherpard also said that the school pays for the honor cords students wear, according to their GPAs. In order to get the cords, students needed to bring a letter from the school as proof of their statuses. Students with the highest GPAs are awarded summa cum laude and wear a yellow and blue cord. The next group is magna cum laude, with silver and blue cords. Cum laude students wear gold and blue cords.

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12. “The Future Freaks Me Out” — Motion City Soundtrack 13. “Closing Time” — Semisonic

And five graduation songs you should never listen to. Ever. 1. “The Graduation Song” — Vitamin C 2. “Photograph” — Nickelback 3. “The Climb” — Miley Cyrus 4. “I Will Remember You” — Sarah McLaughlin

MSU Denver seniors (from left to right) Jamie Mason, Melanie Plowman, Alicia Michael and Amanda Russell were all excited to try on their caps for the first time during this year’s senior send-off event, “Grad Finale,” May 7 in the Student Success Building on the Auraria Campus. Photo by Heather Newman • hnewman3@msudenver.edu

5. “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” — Boys II Men

Feeling breezy?

Calendar of graduation ceremonies May 1

GLBTQIA Lavender Graduation Ceremony

May 7

African and African American Graduation Celebration

May 9

Latino Graduation: 5 - 8 p.m. at Tivoli Turnhalle

May 17

Veterans’ Graduation Celebration: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. at St. Cajetan’s Center

May 19

Commencement Ceremony: 9 a.m - approximately 1 p.m. at Auraria Athletic Fields

Previous page — Top: MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan speaks at the African and African American Graduation Celebration May 7 in the Tivoli Turnhalle. Photo by Ryan Borthick • rborthic@msudenver.edu Bottom row: Seniors picked up their caps, gowns and tassels at the senior send-off event, “Grad Finale,” May 7 in the Student Success Building. Students were also able to browse this year’s selection of MSU Denver class rings. Photos by Heather Newman • hnewman3@msudenver.edu

We all know that MSU Denver blue will be the color of the day, but if you’re looking to make a statement and show off your “pomp and circumstance” — if you know what we mean — here are the top ten things to wear under your graduation gown.

1. Nothing...

MSU Denver African American Studies professor Omar Montgomery speaks at the African and African American Graduation Celebration May 7 in the Tivoli Turnhalle. Photo by Ryan Borthick • rborthic@msudenver.edu

You know you want to. 2. Superman underoos It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s...oh... 3. Gorilla suit Be prepared to get sweaty. 4. Tuxedo shirt Cue “Talladega Nights” quote. 5. A suit of armor How medieval of you. 6. ‘80s workout clothes “Let’s get physical, physical...” 7. Astronaut suit “One small step for students...” 8. Pajamas You wore them nonstop anyway. 9. Demin tuxedo Classy. 10. Flannel nightie Stay warm, stay cozy.

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Top of the class Profiles of stand-out seniors, as recommended by their professors

Nathalia Vélez

Portrait by Brian T. McGinn.

Maalikah Hartley mhartle8@msudenver.edu Nathalia Vélez, 22, has mixed emotions about graduating college this month. “I’m kind of nervous, I really love school,” she said. “I’ve been having a lot of anxiety, like, ‘Oh I want to stay and take more classes [laughs]. But I think it has to do more with going out into the real world, and when you’re in school it’s not as scary.” The Venezuelan native came to Colorado just four years ago and entered MSU Denver as an international freshman to pursue a degree in journalism with a concentration in magazines. Vélez said that for the most part, she had always wanted to be a writer and that reading and writing were subjects that came naturally to her, and which brought her joy and confidence. “When I was about nine, my dad gave me

my first Harry Potter book and that’s pretty much when I fell in love with reading,” she said. “I always subscribe to a magazine and then when my subscription ends, I’ll subscribe to a new one.” She has brought her passion for writing to The Metropolitan since 2011. With a wide variety of interests, including books, underground art, music, science, fi lm (she has a minor in cinema studies), and the exposure given through writing profi le pieces, Vélez will have plenty to write about in the future. “I definitely would like to do freelance writing for magazines,” Vélez said. “I did an internship at Westword and they asked me to stay writing as a contributor, so there’s just a lot more opportunities here [in the U.S].” A straight-A student (minus the one B she received in music class), Velez recently received the “Outstanding Student Award,” which is handed out to one student in each academic department. One of her professors, Shaun Schafer, said that while she wasn’t the loudest student, she was one of the most thoughtful. “Her use of language and thoroughness always impressed me in her writing. I also appreciate how versatile she was, working for The Metropolitan and Metrosphere,” Schafer said. “I see a great future for her in whatever she does. Her amiable nature, shy smile and whip-sharp intellect make her a force.” To those still in school, Vélez tells them to pursue what they find enjoyable no matter what comes their way. Vélez may be returning to continue her studies in grad school, but for now, nerves and all, she is still positive about post-graduation. “I’m looking forward to putting all of the things l learned into practice and being out there in the real journalism world and gaining all that experience.”

Scott Watson Nikki Work nwork@msudenver.edu Scott Watson fi lls his time with music, sports and work, but he isn’t your average college student. Watson, 26, is graduating from MSU Denver debt free. “One of the most difficult parts of my college career was balancing work and school,” Watson said. “Sometimes I felt like I did not have time for school, but I needed the money to pay for school. I was able to pull it off, working around 20 hours a week while also attending school full time.” And even after balancing school and work since he began at MSU Denver in the fall of 2007, Watson isn’t ready to leave education completely. Instead, he wants to be on the other side of the classroom. “After graduation, I would like to find a job teaching either elementary school general music or middle school band/orchestra,” Watson said. “I can really see myself teaching music for a long time.” Watson is graduating with a degree in music performance in percussion and in music education. With a GPA of 3.88, he will be graduating cum laude. The path to get there wasn’t always easy, though. “About halfway through my degree, I got really bogged down, thinking that I would never finish my degree,” Watson said. “I really lost the motivation. Through the support of my friends and classes that took me into the classroom, I found the fire again to finish my degree.” Though he admits it can be difficult for students to make time for anything, he

Photo courtesy of Scott Watson.

encourages everyone to carve out time for themselves. “Stay motivated: it gets hard sometimes, but you will get through it,” Watson said. “Find time for yourself: find time to do things you enjoy, it will keep you sane. Keep friends close: they will help you through the tough times. Take your time: get the grades and learn the material. Don’t just rush through your degree.” And now, as he is about to enter the tough job market, he keeps his optimism up and is enthusiastic about his future and his past. “I am so proud of my accomplishments at MSU Denver,” Watson said. “I am so excited to be graduating and entering the workforce. I can’t wait to represent MSU Denver as a teacher.”

One to watch: Dale Lim

Rachel Van Devender

Nikki Work nwork@msudenver.edu

The MSU Denver basketball team didn’t just have fans to cheer them on, they had Rachel Van Devender and the MSU Denver Pep Band in their corner. Van Devender, 24, started attending MSU Denver in the fall of 2006 and is graduating with a degree in music education. Since 2009, she and her mellophone (a marching French horn) have been jamming away to support the school’s sports teams. “I have gotten to travel to Missouri, Kentucky, and Atlanta with the Pep Band to cheer on Metro’s fantastic basketball teams,” Van Devender said. It hasn’t been all songs and games for Van Devender, though. She is graduating, despite having to balance mourning and learning. “My mother passed away from cancer less than a year ago and especially while she was still alive, it was really difficult to keep with my studies,” she said. Van Devender will be the first in her family to graduate from college, and now hopes to become a music teacher at a middle

or high school. “I have known that I want to be a teacher for as long as I can remember,” she said. “I also love playing music, so it just seemed like a natural fit to put both of those things together.” Portrait by Brian T. McGinn.

Nikki Work nwork@msudenver.edu

Photo courtesy of Rachel Van Devender.

Though Dale Lim has attended two other colleges, MSU Denver inspired him to find his future. He may not be graduating this semseter, but he is a stand-out senior to watch. “Prior to coming here, all I wanted to do was skate all day, kick it and hang out with my friends,” Lim said. “But after that, I came back here, and seeing 50-some-thousand kids all on campus at the same time, all trying to get an education and do something with their lives, it kind of just hits you that maybe I should try harder, maybe I should strive for something higher.” Since he transferred to MSU Denver from Arapahoe Community College two years ago, he has strived for just that. Lim,

24, has achieved a 3.92 GPA and is close to graduating with a double major in Political Science and History. “I love it, because I’m doing history and political science, and those two, I think, are so necessary for each other,” Lim said. “Only in this atmosphere can you get in a heated debate, and then leave and just be like, oh that’s cool.” Though he isn’t sure where he wants to go after graduation, he is proud to even be in a situation in which he has the choice. “After high school, I just really was not doing anything productive, and I’m really proud of myself that now I am going to graduate and I have taken a lot of credits,” Lim said. “Just the whole fact that I can be doing this now, and that I’m actually doing something that’s productive, interesting, enlightening, educational and essential.”


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Hot sun, cold theater: Summer cinema preview

May

“The Great Gatsby” Whoever thought of combining F. Scott Fitzgerald and Baz Luhrmann is a genius. “The Great Gatsby” is all about painting a picture of decadence and luxury, only to show the emptiness behind it all. Luhrmann is no stranger to decadence—the explosion of movement and color that is “Moulin Rouge” is the best example. Casting Leonardo DiCaprio as the mysterious Jay Gatsby and Carrie Mulligan as Daisy just seems to make perfect sense. If “Gatsby” seems like an over-the-top sensory experience, it’s because it’s meant to be. West Egg is in for one wild party on May 10.

Reviews brought to you by Kayla Whitney kwhitne2@msudenver.edu Nikki Work nwork@msudenver.edu Kailyn Lamb klamb6@msudenver.edu Natalia Vélez nvelez@msudenver.edu

“Star Trek: Into Darkness” Captain Kirk returns as the fearless yet rebellious leader of the Starship Enterprise. If the movie provides as many pretty graphics as the trailer promises, then this will be an awesome movie indeed. Coming to theaters at the end of finals on May 17, this movie will be a great way to blow off steam and to “live long and prosper” during the sweet summer months.

“The Purge” Imagine a prosperous country where for twelve hours a year, absolutely nothing was illegal. There are no hospitals, no police, and no law. No crime bears conscience and all hell breaks loose. This annual night is known as “The Purge.” Coming out on June 7, “The Purge” is about the upper class Sandin family, who locks itself away in their highly secure house during every Purge. But this year, safety is not in the cards when they let in a stranger who is wanted by a group of thugs that attempt to bring down the house to catch their prey. This doesn’t seem like any other movie out there. It includes horror, action and philosophical deliberations regarding the morality of humanity. How would civilization handle one night of absolutely no law and order? By the looks of this movie, they would handle it well.

“This Is the End”

“After Earth”

Welp… another apocalypse movie. But this time we get a quirky cast and a comedic foundation. A group of real-life comedians and actors play themselves as the world goes to shit during a house party at James Franco’s house. Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, and even Emma Watson all appear in the flick and try to survive a world that is falling apart. The movie started as a spoof when a trailer appeared with the cast joking in a bunker about making a “Pineapple Express 2” trailer. Fans later found out they’d be getting, probably, the best comedy of the year on June 12.

Post-apocalyptic movies have not been strangers to the silver screen. And after March 31 we can add “After Earth” to that growing list. Onethousand years after the Earth was evacuated, Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his father Cypher (Will Smith) end up crashing on their once home planet, now infested with species set on killing them. Cypher is severely injured after their extremely rough landing and it is up to his son to insure their survival. After the disaster that was “The Last Airbender,” it seems hard to trust M. Night Shyamalan with anything. However, by the looks of the previews, this movie looks like a futuristic trill ride with incredible graphics and superb actors.

“The Lone Ranger” This fi lm seems like another sequel to “Pirates of the Caribbean,” which isn’t too far off, considering it’s from the same director, Gore Verbinski. The fi lm, coming out July 3, and its characters look painfully unoriginal. Johnny Depp’s incarnation of Tonto is not only a caricature, but a caricature that’s been done before. He’s basically Captain Jack Sparrow plucked from the sea and placed in the Wild West. No amount of Helena Bonham Carter being badass can save this fi lm from boredom.

it m Ad e On

June

“Man of Steel”

July

“Despicable Me 2” Minion: definition, according to dictionary.com — “a servile follower or subordinate of a person in power.” Minion: definition, according to “Despicable Me 2” — bouncing, yellow, gibberish-speaking capsule of joy. “Despicable Me 2” comes out on July 5, which is precisely 57 days from now, not that I’m counting or anything. All you need to know about this movie is that is has minions. It will be wonderful.

“Pacific Rim” Guillermo del Toro is going robotic this summer. After monsters of all shapes and sizes threaten the Earth’s existence, a group of humans piloting gigantic robots try to stop them and protect humanity. Pacific Rim, which comes out on July 12, looks like Transformers on crack and without the sun — since everything looks like it happens at night. It looks adventurous and entertaining and being directed by del Toro, it should be a fun ride.

Adm it One

DC Comics will be releasing their newest version of everyone’s favorite boy scout, Superman. Although die-hard fans are hoping it will be better than the last version, “Superman Returns,” Warner Bros. is hinting it will be the first in DC’s own superhero crossovers. Underdog Henry Cavill will play Superman, with Amy Adams playing the sassy journalist Lois Lane. Soaring into theaters June 14.

“Monsters University” The title “Monsters University” sounds a little forced, especially in the midst of the prequel/sequel craze that has no en in sight. That being said, this “Monsters Inc.” prequel looks awesome. Instead of making this a “12 years later” story with a teenage Boo, they went to the past, when Sulley and Mike Wazowski met in college. This looks like a classic tale of rivalry that turns into friendship. It will make children and adults laugh and, inevitably, cry. Voice cameos by Nathan Fillion, Aubrey Plaza, John Krasinski and Charlie Day can’t hurt, either. Class begins on June 21.

“White House Down” On June 29, 2012, “Magic Mike” came out. On June 28, 2013, “White House Down” will hit theaters. Summer seems to be Channing Tatum’s thing, but let’s just hope we see less of his “thing” and more of his acting skills. “White House Down” actually looks like a decent action movie: father takes daughter on White House tour, White house gets attacked, father must save it. It may be a little predictable, but with Tatum and Jamie Foxx at the lead, hopefully the acting (and the abs, let’s be honest) will be enough to keep this flick from fizzling.


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Roadrunners split doubleheader at home Zee Nwuke znuke@msudenver.edu

Metro Pitcher Eli Ford slings a pitch down the pipe during a doubleheader against New Mexico Highlands University May 4, at Arauria Field. Metro won the first game 12-8 and lost the second 8-5. Photo by Scott Lentz • slentz@msudenver.edu

The Metro men’s baseball team split a doubleheader this weekend as they faced off against New Mexico Highlands University May 4 at the Auraria Fields. The Roadrunners won the first game by four as they beat the Cowboys 12-8, but lost the second game as the Cowboys made a push in the final inning to beat the Roadrunners 8-5. With these two games, the Roadrunners’ overall record changes to 19-14, and their conference record changes to 15-19. In the first game of the doubleheader, the Roadrunners had a slow start, but quickly took control. The first two innings were scoreless. In the third inning, New Mexico scored three runs after senior outfielder Cory Falvey hit a home run with two runners on base. The Roadrunners got one run in the bottom of the third after freshman outfielder Reilly Mau stole home plate to score for Metro. “Their No. 1 is good,” said head coach Jerrid Oates. “He runs up there in the low 90s and it took us a little while to get his timing down, but I felt like we did a really good

job against him and then they went to their bullpen and we were able to get everything rolling after that.” The Roadrunners took the lead in the fifth inning. The Cowboys were up 4-2 before senior third baseman Jacob Nelson hit a home run with two men on base to get a one-point lead and change the score to 5-4. Metro remained poised for the remainder of the game as they maintained their lead for the remaining four innings. The Roadrunners finished the game out strong as they got hot in the final innings to win the game with a score of 12-8. “We knew our bats were hot, so they scored about three or four in that inning and we came back and scored five,” said senior third baseman Jacob Nelson. “We really didn’t feel pressure. We just went out there and kept doing what we were doing.” The second game of the doubleheader favored New Mexico Highlands. Metro got a two-point lead early in the first inning and stayed in control for the first three innings. The score was 2-1 in the third inning. The Cowboys got hot

in the fourth inning and scored three runs to take the lead from the Roadrunners. Senior infielder Thomas Lyons hit a home run with two runners on base. The score was 4-3 at the end of the fourth inning. “We handled it really well,” said sophomore pitcher Nick Hammet. “It was a close game all the way through, and they got hits in the end that we didn’t get. Unfortunately, we came out with the short stick.” The Roadrunners tied the game back up in the fifth inning when Nelson scored after a hit from sophomore first baseman Darryl Baca. The game was tied at four for the fifth and sixth innings, as both teams played great defensively. In the seventh inning, the Cowboys went on a streak and scored four runs before the Roadrunners were able to get them off the plate, giving New Mexico a four point lead. In the bottom of the ninth, Metro scored one run before New Mexico struck them out. Nelson hit a home run as the first person up to bat. The Cowboys finished the game with a threepoint lead on the Roadrunners. The final score was 8-5.

Metro earns fifth seed in RMAC tournament Nick Ohlig nohlig@msudenver.edu Coming into the final regular season series, the Metro men’s baseball team had to sweep the remaining two games to clinch the fifth seed for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament. Metro split the “Senior Day” doubleheader May 5 against New Mexico Highlands at Auraria Field. In game one, Metro senior starting pitcher Justin Arceneaux started the game with three shutout innings until the fourth, when he allowed an RBI double. In the fifth, Highlands added two more runs, bringing Metro down 3-0. In the sixth, Highlands added another run, making it 4-0. In the bottom of the seventh, Metro’s bats finally warmed up. Metro second baseman Zac Baldini hit a single to put the Roadrunners on the board. The next batter, Metro senior catcher Markie Ortivez, doubled two RBIs

putting the Runners down 4-3. In the eighth, Metro sophomore first baseman/catcher Darryl Baca smoked a triple, tying the game at four. In the bottom of the ninth, after Baldini doubled down the right field line, he was replaced by sophomore second baseman/ outfielder Chris Spirek. After Ortivez flied out to right field, senior shortstop Erik Cammall was hit by the pitch, then stole second. Metro sophomore right fielder Jeff Levett hit a line drive to the Highlands’ shortstop, who bobbled the ball. Spirek scored, earning Metro their 20th victory of the season. “It was awesome, it was a great team battle, the pitchers filled up the zone really well,” Levett said. “It was just a good team win all together.” In game two, Metro got off to an early lead in the first inning when Levett hit his fifth home run of the season putting the Runners up 1-0. After the Cowboys responded in the top of the second,

Metro State sophomore first baseman Danny Miller slides into second base past Highlands infielder Jordan Falcon May 5 at Auraria Fields. Photo by Cosme Lindstrom-Furutani • clindst1@msudenver.edu

Metro put up a three spot in the bottom of the second. Ortivez hit his 10th RBI of the season to give Metro a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning, Cammall scored Ortivez, after which the Runners were up 3-1. Levett then singled down the right field line to score sophomore center fielder Mitch Gibbons. In the top of the forth, the Cowboys started to figure out Metro senior pitcher/outfielder Forest Carpenter. The Cowboys scored

two in the inning, tying the game at four. In the sixth, Highlands took the lead 5-4. In the bottom of the sixth, Metro had Baca at third base when Ortivez hit into a fielder’s choice. Baca ran home but was thrown out. In the seventh and final inning, Levett was at second base with two outs when Schrupp hit a long single. Levett then went from second to home, but was denied at home plate. Metro fell to 5-4 in the

final game at Auraria field for the 2013 season. “That’s it, their guy made a great play. Jeff was just bang-bang at the plate,” head coach Jerrid Oates said. “The pressure was on them, we just had to run 180 feet. They had to make a perfect throw.” Metro is now the fifth seed in the RMAC tournament. They will play Colorado State UniversityPueblo Wednesday in Grand Junction.


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Aubree Maul strikes out ovarian cancer Mario Sanelli msanelli@msudenver.edu Metro senior starting pitcher Aubree Maul was diagnosed with ovarian cancer Feb. 5, the same day she earned the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week honor, going 2-0 with a save during the season’s first weekend. “I had a sharp pain in my lower abdomen. When they did surgery they found a tumor,” Maul told Eric Lansing of the Roadrunner Review. About 20,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with ovarian After missing most of 2013, Aubree Maul cancer each year, a disease that is ready to get her senior season back. usually affects women in their Photo by Christopher Morgan •

60s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About four in 100 women with this cancer are between the ages of 20 and 34. Maul is one of them. Since her diagnosis, Maul underwent successful surgery that removed the cancerous tissue, and has gone through three rounds of chemotherapy. “It’s definitely a scary, scary thing,” Maul said. “Especially going to chemo for the first time — I had no idea what to expect.” Last season Maul was dominant on the mound. She registered a 19-9 record with 132 strikeouts, four shutouts, and 19 completegame performances in 25 starts,

with a 3.29 ERA. “I’m used to playing softball and used to facing those challenges,” Maul said. “[The diagnosis] was definitely a curve-ball and you don’t really know how to go about it.” Maul has drawn support not only from her team, but also from the entire RMAC. The Adams State Grizzlies, a fellow RMAC team, presented Maul with a bouquet of flowers prior to a game, and the Yellow Jackets of Black Hills State (S.D)., wore teal ribbons in support of Maul during a weekend series versus Metro at the end of April. Before game one with the Yel-

low Jackets, Maul was honored for her fight against her disease. She threw out the first pitch to commence T.E.A.L. (Tell Every Amazing Lady) Day. “It was a really emotional day,” Metro softball head coach Kristi Lansford said. “She’s an amazing kid and has got a lot of support.” Proceeds from donations collected that day went to T.E.A.L., a mom-profit organization started by two sisters who aspire to make a difference in the world. Since 2009, T.E.A.L. has raised nearly $290,000 that directly benefits ovarian cancer research.

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Track team gets awards

Metro State senior Eiger Erickson is standing in front of “Meredith”, the practice hurdle the Track & Field team uses for running the Steeplechase. Photo by Philip Poston • pposton1@msudenver.edu

Erickson running for records Zee Nwuke znwuke@msudenver.edu Eiger Erickson, a senior from Centennial, Colo. has been burning the track up this season. After being a red shirt as a result of a leg injury last season, he has been meeting his goals and setting records. April 19 at the Long Beach Invitational, Erickson set a provisional qualifying time in Long Beach, Calif. “I’m pretty excited about it. I checked the rankings. It’s looking like I’ll get to nationals, so hopefully that time holds up,” Erickson said. “I’d like to run faster if I could just solidify a spot, but I’m feeling OK about it.” This isn’t the first time Erickson has set a provisional qualifying time in the 3,000 steeplechases. He set NCAA provisional qualifying times in 2011 and 2007. Erickson’s main event is the 3,000-meter steeplechase, but he

also runs 1500-meter races and 5k races. His family has had a lot of influence on him during his track career. His father helped him achieve a lot of what he has done. He showed him how to work hard, and set a good example for him. His mother has set a great example of how to be a good person. He also looks up to his little brother. “I have a real high opinion of my little brother. He’s younger than me, but I still look up to him,” Erickson said. “He’s mature for his age, and has a really good head on his shoulders. I respect him a lot.” Erickson has been running track since his senior year of high school. It wasn’t his original choice in sports, but he blossomed once he got on the track. Since then he has never looked back. His most memorable moment was from his cross-country season in 2011. “We went to nationals. We got

ninth place overall, which was the best we’ve ever done to that point — and my little brother was there on the team. It was my last season of cross country eligibility,” Erickson said. “That meet I ran the best 10k I’ve ever run and I finished All-American. My brother was there. We had family in Washington, so some of them came out to see it. That was pretty special.” Despite all his focus on track this season Erickson hasn’t let his schoolwork suffer. It’s been kind of rough and since switching his minor he is setback a little bit. Other than that, Erickson is excited to graduate and get his degree. He is majoring in history — which is his favorite subject — and is minoring in political science. He likes Medieval European history, but he enjoys it all. After college he plans on joining the army. He plans to pursue that goal this summer and see where it takes him.

Breanna Hemming became the first freshman in school history to win a track title and the first Roadrunner to capture two championships at the same meet, with wins in both the 800 and 1500 meters May 7. Freshman distance runner Janelle Lincks earned all-conference honors in the 1500, and second-team all-conference in the 5,000 meters. The women’s 4x400-meter relay team of senior Briana Suppes, junior Belle Kiper, sophomore Sarah Macklberg and Hemming finished third with a school-record time of 3:58.14 Junior Amy Nelson received third-team all-RMAC honors in shot put with a school-record throw of 12.57 meters May 6. Sophomore distance runner Kirk Harvey finished second in the steeplechase during the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships May 6. Juniors Austin James, Darius Reed, Jon Clarke and sophomore Phil Hill Jr. took third place in the 4x100-meter relay with a school-record time of 41.90 seconds. Reed was edged out by .003 seconds in his quest for a second consecutive title in the 110 hurdles after the race was re-run due to a camera malfunction in the first running, which Reed won. James set a personal-best in the 100 meters with a time of 11.01 seconds. Sophomore Michael Warburton finished sixth in the 1500 in 1:54.16, and earned all-RMAC honors.

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Metro tees up Metro announced the addition of women’s golf as the school’s 16th NCAA Division II sport May 6. Ben Portie was named head coach. Portie was the assistant men’s and women’s golf coach for the past three seasons at his alma mater, the University of Northern Colorado. The first year program will hold tryouts May 9 at Family Sports Golf Center in Centennial at 3 p.m. to shape the inaugural team. Tryouts will consist of a 9-hole round. Participants must be current Metro students, pay a $10 fee, sign the Sickle Cell waiver form and the assumption of risk form, and bring record of a current physical. Mario Sanelli msanelli@msudenver.edu


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Meares and Cromwell ace honors Freshman women’s tennis player Cara Cromwell earned the RMAC Player of the Year honor. She registered a 15-12 at No. 1 singles, winning seven of her last eight matches. Cromwell also played No. 1 doubles with senior Alicia Holm. The doubles team went 11-17. Cromwell lettered all four years at Rocky Mountain High School and graduated in 2012.

Tennis head coach Beck Meares was awarded the RMAC Coach of the Year award. She completed her fifth season as the men’s and women’s head coach at her alma mater, and her ninth year on the coaching staff. Meares played four years of tennis at Metro and led the Roadrunners to RMAC championships in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

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