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Huitzilopochtli Aztec Dancers do a traditional dance paying tribute to their ancestors during the Día de los Muertos celebration Oct. 31 in the Tivoli Turnhalle.

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SGA event offers service opportunities Melanie Moccia mmoccia@msudenver.edu There was something for everyone at the Student Government Assembly of MSU Denver’s first volunteer fair on Nov. 5, where 45 organizations set up booths in the Tivoli’s Baerreson Ballroom to inform students about ways they can get involved in the community. Companies and organizations ranging from the Broncos’ Youth Room to the Denver Rescue Mission offered literature, giveaways and sign up sheets at tables scattered around the room. The companies were not just from Denver, but all around the state of Colorado. The four-hour event was offered to all students at Auraria. “Part of SGA, part of our job is to build school pride, student pride and community involvement and engagement,” said Morgan Swaney, director of marketing and public relations for SGA. “This may not be directly for MSU, but it’s for all three schools to build that relationship with your community — to get involved.” Swaney said that she hopes to make the volunteer fair an annual event. The services that the companies offered were dynamic. At the Denver Public Library, volunteers are able to help host free classes on social media. The YMCA of Metropolitan Denver, it’s possible to be a youth sports coach. “We’re here to recruit volunteers, primarily for our community

technology center,” said Cindy Schneider, Education Program Assistant at the Denver Public Library. “We’ve had in the past and continue to have wonderful volunteers, that are our Metro and UCD students that have just been fantastic in helping customers get over the digital divide and cross that area where they feel comfortable with technology. That’s our whole goal.” Lifeline Puppy Rescue had a rescue chiweenie puppy named Odie at its table, making it one of the most popular stops at the fair. The shelter already has approximately 80 volunteers, which are not just college students but high school students as well. “We’re looking for volunteers to help us out with the puppies,” said Mistine Solano, a volunteer at the shelter. “Just washing and adoptions, we’re in need of fosters as well.” The Denver Rescue Mission was not only looking for volunteer sign-ups, but they were also looking for students for full-time and part-time internships. One of the most popular volunteer opportunities at Denver Rescue Mission is helping children. Volunteers are able to help the youth read, write, participate in bible study, play games and mentor. The tutoring center at Denver Rescue Mission allows volunteers to help teens and adults obtain their GED’s, as well as help teach them how to use computers more in depth. “Most people, when they think

Julie McGowan, right, and Abbey Mattson of Random Acts of Theatre Company attempt to sign up volunteers for their “I Will Dance” documentary Nov. 5 in the Baerresen Ballroom located on the third floor of the Tivoli. Photo by Tobias Krause • tkrause3@msudenver.edu

of the Denver Rescue Mission — which is fine — it’s serving meals,” said Grant Chinn, Volunteer Relations Coordinator. “They have no idea we have five facilities in Denver alone, and two up in Ft. Collins.” Most students enjoy volunteering in the Broncos’ Youth Room. The Denver Broncos are one of the official charities for the Denver Rescue Mission. “Champ Bailey is our biggest supporter, loves what we do — he’s very much involved with us,” Chinn said. “The Broncos try to get on site three to four times a year, to play with the kids.”

Another table featured at the event included the Asian Pacific Development Center (APDC), a non-profit organization that provides medical, behavioral and educational related services by putting on various events around Denver. “How we got started off was helping refugees, clients who just came to America. We help them deal with a lot of mental health issues, PTSD due to the war and stuff like that,” said Duy D. Tran, Youth Educator at APDC. One of the main goals of the fair was to try to get younger people involved.

“Younger people who are interested in working with kids,” said Nick Goodrich, Regional Athletic Director of the YMCA. “Parents sometimes have a little more investment in their child, rather than the sport as a whole. We figured this is a great place to advertise for people who just like playing sports and working with kids.” The event was successful with more than 150 students in attendance. Next year, the fair will potentially offer more volunteer options, as well as another chance to get into the giving spirit.

President elected to board of national association Kelli Heitstuman-Tomko ktomko@msudenver.edu @kelli_themet

MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan Photo by Brian T. McGinn • bmcginn3@msudenver.edu

MSU Denver president Stephen Jordan has another feather for his cap. Last month, Jordan was named to the board of the directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities at their annual meeting in Los Angeles. Based in Washington, D.C., the AASCU is made up about 420 public colleges and universities. All of these schools share a commitment to aiding underserved students and helping boost the economic standing in their regions. Members of the AASCU are state college and university presi-

dents. Among the benefits offered to colleges that participate are professional developement for their presidents and chancellors, leadership support, and programs designed for the support of the spouses and partners of presidents and chancellors. According to a document offered by Susan Chilcott, AASCU vice president of communications, the purpose of the association is to “promote understanding, appreciation and support for the public purpose of public higher education.” Chilcott said Jordan was likely elected to the board because he is “very well versed in topical,

national issues.” Chilcott said board members discussed issues pertinent to their institutions or AASCU policy and to higher education and acted on those issues. “Serving on the board does offer its members a broader perspective of issues confronting public higher education in general and AASCU members in particular,” Chilcott said. In addition to MSU Denver, other Colorado schools involved with the AASCU include Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado State University – Pueblo, Fort Lewis College in Durango, University of Northern

Colorado in Greeley, Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, and the online school Colorado State University – Global. Last spring, Jordan was appointed board chair of the Voluntary System of Accountability Oversight Board by association president Muriel Howard. The VSA Oversight Board provides undergraduates candid information the student experience via a website called the College Portrait. Jordan will hold this position for three years.

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OWOW panel discusses Water Studies minor Kayla Whitney kwhitne2@msudenver.edu @kayla_themet

A workshop that discussed water conflict and resolution servers offered a preview for future Water Studies classes that will be offered at MSU Denver. The workshop — Water Conflict Prevention and Resolution Panel — took place Oct. 30 in Tivoli 640. MSU Denver’s One World One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship (OWOW) director Tom Cech facilitated the event. “We were very pleased with the turnout — nearly 75 students, faculty and off-campus visitors — who learned about real-world situations, which involved conflicts over water,� Cech said. “One example was about a new water pipeline which needed to be web, broadcast and job fair recruitment solutions installed underground through nect with the best local candidates for less. an open ur Door to Better Candidates. space area. Local residents were not pleased with the initial location, and water managers addressed local concerns through public meetings and one-on-one discussions.� A major goal of the workshop was to preview a new course available to students starting Spring 2014. The course, Water Conflict: Applied Leadership, will be a core class offered through the speech communication department for MSU Denver’s new Water Studies minor. Water Essentials will be another core class offered Spring 2014. “In my 30-plus years experience with water, conflict is a constant companion,� said Thomas R. Bellinger of the Earth and

Atmospheric Sciences Department, who attended the workshop. “I think the workshop brought the idea to mind that there is a lot going on behind your home faucet — and in the future — things will only get more complicated.� According to OWOW’s MSU Denver webpage, “The Water Studies minor will help create an educated, empowered and solution-oriented Colorado citizenry that protects and preserves our precious water resources.� A collaboration of faculty, administrators and students went into creating the curriculum and structure for MSU Denver’s new Water Studies minor. “Dr. Elizabeth McVicker in the Management Department and Dr. Tom Davinroy in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences created the first two core courses for the minor – ‘Introduction to Colorado Water Law’ and ‘Water Essentials,’� Chech said. “These omnibus courses then went through the faculty curriculum committee review process to determine the breath of content, prerequisites, and then the overall courses that make up the new 18-credit hour Water Studies minor. We believe it’s the first water studies minor of its type in the U.S., which is designed for all majors at a university, and appreciate the support of the campus community.� The workshop offered a preview for content students will experience in the new minor. Topics that were discussed during the panel included conflict resolution between

water management organization, public outreach and conflict prevention. Panelist in attendance for the event included, Bill Bates, manager of water rights protection from Denver Water; Tom Bellinger, MSU Denver Environmental Science professor; and Mark Shively, from the Douglas County Water Resource Authority. “This was my first direct exposure to the OWOW program, and it looks like Tom Cech is doing an amazing job,� Bates said. “I’m glad to see that education about water issues in the west, and particularly in Colorado, is not confined to either Boulder or Ft. Collins.� OWOW and MSU Denver’s new Water Studies minor are quickly gaining support throughout the community. “Denver Water supports the OWOW Center and new Water Studies classes becauseDENVER the program ties closely into our mission to be a responsible steward environment and our belief in the importance of educating everyone about the value of water,� Bates said. “Denver Water is very involved in helping reach students of all ages by working with the OWOW Center.� Spring 2014 will bring a lot of opportunities to students interested in water studies. “We plan to have Kevin Fedarko, author of ‘The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon’ on campus the evening of Jan. 9 to speak about his book and adventure on the Colorado River,� Cheh said. “We are also working with Kenneth

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Colorado election results 2013 Amendment 66 (constitutional)

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Proposition AA (statutory)

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Ballot Question: SHALL STATE TAXES BE INCREASED BY $950,100,000 ANNUALLY IN THE FIRST FULL FISCAL YEAR AND BY SUCH AMOUNTS AS ARE RAISED THEREAFTER BY AMENDMENTS TO THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION AND THE COLORADO REVISED STATUTES CONCERNING FUNDING FOR PRESCHOOL THROUGH TWELFTH-GRADE PUBLIC EDUCATION, AND, IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, INCREASING THE CURRENT STATE INCOME TAX RATE ON INDIVIDUALS, ESTATES, AND TRUSTS AND IMPOSING AN ADDITIONAL RATE SO HIGHER AMOUNTS OF INCOME ARE TAXED AT HIGHER RATES; REQUIRING THE RESULTING INCREASES IN TAX REVENUES BE SPENT ONLY FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO PRESCHOOL THROUGH TWELFTHGRADE PUBLIC EDUCATION; ALLOWING ALL TAX REVENUES ATTRIBUTABLE TO THIS MEASURE TO BE COLLECTED AND SPENT WITHOUT FUTURE VOTER APPROVAL; REQUIRING AT LEAST 43% OF STATE SALES, EXCISE, AND INCOME TAX REVENUES BE DEPOSITED IN THE STATE EDUCATION FUND; AND REPEALING CERTAIN EXISTING PUBLIC EDUCATION FUNDING REQUIREMENTS?

64.97% (726,317)

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35.03% (391,635)

Ballot Question: SHALL STATE TAXES BE INCREASED BY $70,000,000 ANNUALLY IN THE FIRST FULL FISCAL YEAR AND BY SUCH AMOUNTS AS ARE RAISED ANNUALLY THEREAFTER BY IMPOSING AN EXCISE TAX OF 15% WHEN UNPROCESSED RETAIL MARIJUANA IS FIRST SOLD OR TRANSFERRED BY A RETAIL MARIJUANA CULTIVATION FACILITY WITH THE FIRST $40,000,000 OF TAX REVENUES BEING USED FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION AS REQUIRED BY THE STATE CONSTITUTION, AND BY IMPOSING AN ADDITIONAL SALES TAX OF 10% ON THE SALE OF RETAIL MARIJUANA AND RETAIL MAR USED TO FUND THE ENFORCEMENT OF REGULATIONS ON THE RETAIL MARIJUANA INDUSTRY AND OTHER COSTS RELATED TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE USE AND REGULATION OF RETAIL MARIJUANA AS APPROVED BY THE VOTERS, WITH THE RATE OF EITHER OR BOTH TAXES BEING ALLOWED TO BE DECREASED OR INCREASED WITHOUT FURTHER VOTER APPROVAL SO LONG AS THE RATE OF EITHER TAX DOES NOT EXCEED 15%, AND WITH THE RESULTING TAX REVENUE BEING ALLOWED TO BE COLLECTED AND SPENT NOTWITHSTANDING ANY LIMITATIONS PROVIDED BY LAW?

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Other controversial county measures addressed Fracking bans Fort Collins Ballot Issue 2A Boulder Ballot Question 2H Broomfield Ballot Question 300 Lafayette Ballot Question No. 300

51st state questions (secession) Phillips County, Yuma County, Elbert County, Weld County, Sedgwick County, Kit Carson County, Cheyenne County, Lincoln County, Washington County, Logan County, Moffat County Page by Kayla Whitney kwhitne2@msudenver.edu @kaya_themet Amendment 66 and Proposition AA called at 12 a.m. Nov. 6, numbers from Colorado Election Results (results.enr.clarityelections.com), also called by The Denver Post [66-(65.8 percent, 766,731) AA-(65 percent (751,711))]. Ballot questions from Colorado Secretary of State at www.sos. state.co.us.

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Holiday claustrophobia Kennedy: 50 years later Alyssa Davis adavis87@msudenver.edu Santa is trick-or-treating and carving my turkey this year on top of delivering gifts. His break is becoming shorter and shorter every year. Retailers make it hard to enjoy the spooky October holiday without having decorations for another holiday on shelves. A couple of weeks before Halloween, the Walmart in Brighton had a section for Christmas decorations. Television commercials have begun advertising massive sales and new toys for the children. In last Sunday’s Denver Post, there were Christmas catalogues for Toys “R” Us and Target. I would like to know what happened to Halloween and more importantly, Thanksgiving. I remember when I was a kid, Christmas decorations would be put up in December and not the day after Halloween. It makes me wonder if there isn’t much profit to be made from Thanksgiving novelties. Could it be that time with our families is something of the past? I never used to value Thanksgiving as much as I should because my family has always been there for the holiday. It was a day where being a glutton is okay, however, I always liked Christmas more. I always liked getting presents, as most kids did when they were

young. And that’s when it dawned on me as to why I liked Christmas. It was always the material objects that I thought made my family happy rather than the time spent together. Now stores are opening up on Thanksgiving night to start the madness of getting deals on inanimate objects for others. Perhaps that is why Thanksgiving is overlooked. It’s easier to express love and appreciation in gifts rather than in words and actions. I have no problem showing my love and appreciation towards my dog since she really is the cutest thing alive, but people are a different story. Sure I help my family out when I can, but I don’t show my appreciation for them with my own words. I can just go to Hallmark and use someone else’s words. My challenge this Thanksgiving is to avoid the retailers this year and enjoy my Thanksgiving without any other materialistic holiday coming down my chimney. Rather than having 12 days of Christmas I’ll make 12 days of Thanksgiving and give thanks to those who I love. Perhaps I could make my own cards as I used to do when I was a kid. It’s time to bring back the simplicity of the holidays and spend time with those whom you love. They won’t be around forever. Maybe I’ll start doing Santa’s job and hand out coal for Halloween instead of candy.

Mario Sanelli msanelli@msudenver.edu @mario_themet On a cold January day in 1961, President John F. Kennedy stood in front of the masses and voiced to the nation that the torch had been passed to a new generation of Americans. His flame was extinguished far before his time and the legend of Camelot died on the streets of Dallas in November of 1963. Nov. 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s death. Half a century later, Americans are still enamored with the man whose likes were never seen before, and will never be seen again. CBS News journalist Bob Schieffer, then a 26-year-old police beat reporter who covered the events of Nov. 22, 1963, recalled the Kennedy administration through his eyes in an article for AARP. “It was like The Wizard of Oz,” Schieffer said. “Remember how the movie started out in black-andwhite, and then Dorothy opens her front door into this vibrant Technicolor? That’s how I think of the Kennedy administration. He brought style and grace, and inspired a generation to do something for their country. That is the great contribution that Kennedy made.” Kennedy’s vision for this country was one he never lived to

see; yet his legacy lives on through the work he set in motion while in office. “We live in a fast moving nation,” then-senator Kennedy said in a 1960 speech. “But one thing constant from the birth of our Republic has been our faith in education and our determination to make it available to all our citizens.” As a college student, I appreciate the foundation President Kennedy laid for the advancement of higher education and the sense of obligation he felt to see our nation’s youth succeed, not only while he was president, but for generations to come. In a message to Congress one month into his presidency, Kennedy realized the Student Loan Program’s contributions would fall short of their demands for college youth, and proposed to establish a five-year program where funds would be allocated to states to increase the number of scholarships by over 50,000 by the third year. Today, there is almost $1 trillion in total outstanding student loan debt in the United States, according to the non-profit American Student Assistance. If President Kennedy had lived, and been able to advance his educational agenda, there now may not be such financial repercussions for a college student who can’t afford higher education.

Not politically correct, not sorry Kelli Heitstuman-Tomko ktomko@msudenver.edu @kelli_themet I seem to have a knack for being unintentionally offensive. It’s the PC thing. In the early 1990s, political correctness became the accepted way to keep from offending anyone. Terminology was adopted to replace words that could be construed as denigrating, racist, classist or any other dehumanizing classification someone might toss into the ring. The whole idea is that we can respect one another’s differences and there will be peace on earth. Bullshit. And if you didn’t hear me the first time—bullshit. Since the whole PC thing began, the only thing we do is piss people off. It’s usually because the rules change on the whim of one

person who can manage to whip up the emotions of a whole lot of other people who don’t have anything better to do than find ways to cause frustration. Political correctness has not brought about any form of peace. It has merely encouraged people to be whiny and over-sensitive. To be honest, it would be easier to respect each other’s differences if they weren’t constantly shoved in our faces with the claims that we’ve disrespected them with words we’ve been using with no malice attached to them. One of the problems with the whole PC thing is the rules change so often. Adopt the “acceptable” terms, and you’ll be offending someone inside of ten years. Someone will have taken exception to the acceptable term and everything will have to be changed again. The language that was kinder and

gentler will suddenly become harsh and insulting, and new terms will have to be adopted to keep diverse groups from filing lawsuits or organizing protests. Groups will choose words to categorize themselves but call them slurs later. People who don’t keep up can be branded as sexist, racist or intolerant. Ethnic tags change so fast that amorphous terms are all that’s left to define groups that used to have distinct identities. I am a straight white female. In that one sentence, I have offended someone. How? I don’t know. I probably never will. I tend to avoid the constantly changing politically correct jargon. The structure is about as stable as flowing water and has an Orwellian flavor that I find unpalatable. I grew up near reservations full of people who called themselves

“Indians.” I have been informed, at different points over the past 40 plus years, that I’m supposed to say “Native American,” “indigenous peoples” or “ancestral Americans.” The funny thing is that the people on the reservation still call themselves “Indians.” I have no problem celebrating diversity. The problem I have is the idea I have to trip over words and analyze every sound that comes out of my mouth because someone might misconstrue my conversation as disrespectful or denigrating. People are going to be offended. They are going to find a reason to take offense at words that were never meant to insult. Every time we bend to their hissy fits, though, we encourage divisiveness, not peace and understanding.

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MSU Denver pianists showcase Russian music Chelsee Stevens csteve43@msudenver.edu MSU Denver pianists wowed the audience by performing pieces from famous Russian musicians. The Department of Music presented “Romancing the Keys: From Russia With Love” on Nov. 4, in the King Center Recital Hall. The recital began with a introduction of the work from MSU Denver staff and faculty Peter Friesen, Tamara Golstein and Fernanda Nieto, who have been working on the recital with the pianists that were performing that night. After the introduction, they gave a brief summary of events that are coming up with the music department and a short overview of how the music department went about choosing the name and theme of the recital. Then all of the students performed their individual pieces. “We usually just come up with one over-encompassing idea and go from there when we chose a theme of a performance. For ‘Romancing the Keys,’ we wanted the audience to get a feeling of love with the pieces that we chose,” Friesen said. Friesen has been teaching classic and private piano instruction at the university and independently in his home for seven years now. Many of the performers, in-

cluding Kathleen McKillip, would agree that learning the piano takes the discipline to practice frequently, which often takes a lot of patience. Friesen has been playing piano since he was 6 years old. Friesen also enjoys sharing his “love of music,” outside of MSU Denver as well. “I also love to perform whenever I can for fun and professionally. It is usually solo stuff, but I also like to collaborate with some of the other professors who play piano as well,” Friesen said. Ian Setser, a music and photography student at MSU Denver, has been playing the piano for four years and plans on continuing to learn as much as he can. “The piano is a very romantic and intimate instrument to play,” Setser said. “You and the piano become involved in a relationship that can never be broken.” Paul Ijames, a pianist and sophomore at MSU Denver, has been playing the piano since he was 9 years old. “I have an entertainment background so it is almost like when people are around me when I’m playing, it makes me want to include them in the experience rather than leave them out of that bond between myself and the instrument,” Ijames said. Pieces by Sergei Rachmaninoff Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Alexander Tch-

erepnin and Dmitri Shostakovich a Russian-born composer, pianist and conductor, were also played during the performance. Esther Vigil played “Etude Tableau, Op. 39, No. 8” by Rachmaninoff during the recital. Vigil started playing piano when she was 8 years old, but has now been playing seriously for three years. Vigil learned how to play the piano through her mother who noticed her love for it at an early age.

Upcoming Events Nov. 7 — Choral Celebration 2013 6:45 a.m. - 7 p.m. Nov. 8 — Choral Celebration 2013 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Nov. 9 — Visiting Artist: Boulder Brass 7:30 – 9 p.m. Nov. 11 — Mondays at MSU Denver 2 - 2:50 p.m. Nov. 11 — Symphonic Band II and Wind Ensemble 7:30 - 9 p.m. All performances are in the 145 Concert Hall in the King Center.

Right: Kathleen McKillip plays the piano during “Romancing the Keys” in the King Center Recital Hall Nov. 4. Photos by Chelsee Steven • csteve43@msudenver.edu

Bisexuality Awareness Day comes out to fight binary ideals Bailey Mesch bmesch1@msudenver.edu Bisexuality Awareness Day on Nov. 4 at Auraria and the GLBT Student Services at Auraria aimed to change the opinions of students through open discussions and lectures about bisexual and transgender individuals. Sam Smith, UCD junior and President of the UCD Genders and Sexualities Alliance said, “This event aimed to bring some awareness to the Auraria campus, and perhaps change the thinking of students, staff and faculty alike.” Smith, who also works for GLBTSSA, said she was inspired to create the event by her own experiences at Creating Change, an annual GLBT conference on equality. “There are far too many people who think that non-binary sexualities don’t even exist, and that’s shocking to me. It’s a significant

problem for the GLBT community as a whole,” Smith said. “As a pansexual person, meaning I have the potential to be attracted to anyone regardless of sex or gender, I want to feel as though my identity is valid.” One of the event’s speakers was educator and awardwinning activist Robyn Ochs, editor and author of “Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World.” Ochs led a discussion with students and staff members about the importance of eliminating certain gender and sexuality stereotypes and misunderstandings. “It’s not just mid-sexualities and genders that confuse people. It’s actually people’s love for binaries. The U.S. has so many

binaries instilled in society,” Ochs said. “Bisexuality isn’t hard to understand, it just doesn’t fit into the binary. Orientation and gender is complicated. There are many, many possibilities.” Ochs’ discussion allowed the audience to discuss all of the different types of gender and sexuality labels that exist and the false stereotypes, which accompany them — including mentally ill, confused and “actually gay.” “All the labels together compromise middle sexuality. It’s not just gay or straight,” Ochs said. “I don’t believe there is a best word. Each word is the best for different people. We shouldn’t prioritize one word over all others. Each word is part of a greater constellation.”

“I want to feel as though my identity is valid.”

— Sam Smith, UCD junior

Ochs also spoke about what she called “mental static,” which makes it difficult for people to understand bisexual or transgender individuals. She described the difficulty some people feel when meeting someone who identifies with an unfamiliar sexuality or gender role. “Our culture’s ambivalence about sex is so profound that it gets in the way of our thinking. It impedes the capability of people to understand [the LGBT community],” Ochs said. “The problem doesn’t lie within the LGBT person, but instead within the viewer themselves.” Ochs also stressed the importance of being educated enough to understand the varying identities and being diligent in pulling yourself out of these binaries and into more complex thinking. Smith elaborated on Ochs’ discussion of the common struggle. “I deeply understand the strug-

gle with stereotypes. We struggle because of the adversity coming from anyone who doesn’t understand our specific situation. It’s very hard to be non-binary,” Smith said. “Is it easy for me to feel more masculine at times and have people misgender me because I don’t fit what they believe is right? No. I’m sure it’s difficult for everyone who doesn’t identify within the binary, gay or straight, male or female.” Smith encourages her fellow students to make an attempt to learn more about the non-binary communities by visiting the GLBT Student Service Center and taking advantage of their library, attending their monthly events on campus and become familiar with the staff. “Be open minded. Come in and ask our staff members questions and we can help you learn,” Smith said, “that’s what we’re here for. We want everyone to learn.”


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Hungry for details: Q&A with Primrose

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Auraria sparked with excitement with a visit from Willow Shields, Primrose Everdeen from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” The 13-year-old actress stopped by the Office of Student Media Nov. 4, to talk about life, hobbies and the sequel to “The Hunger Games,” “Catching Fire,” which will be in theater on Nov. 22. While walking through the halls of the Tivoli between a radio and television interview, Shields was stopped by a handful of Auraria students who recognized the 13-year-old face of Prim from the popular movies based on the books by Suzanne Collins. KMet Radio’s Grace Holton and The Met Report’s Hassan Shah sat down with Shields to talk about a variety of topics. Shah: What’s it like being in Denver? It’s awesome, I love it here. Everyone’s super nice, everyone, so it’s been good. Denver has a lot of nice people. S: You were just in WalMart yesterday, in the Thornton location, and you were signing magazines, Seventeen Magazine, was this your first time being on the cover of a magazine? I’ve been on one other cover, but it’s kind of crazy to think that my second cover is because I have grownup reading that magazine and it’s super exciting. It turned out really good I think. S: What kind of comments did you get from your fans at WalMart? They were just really excited. I remember the craziest one, we were just closing up the signing and this little girl just starts crying because she think she’s missed me, like we’re done signing, no ones going to get anymore. And she starts crying and shaking and she’s like, “I missed it, I missed it, I can’t believe this.” And we were like, “No, we’re still here it’s fine.” And, you know, my fans are so dedicated and sweet and it’s just always like sweet comments. They’re super awesome. S: Who’s your favorite musical artist? Probably Modest Mouse. S: Do you have any favorite artist from Radio Disney at all? I don’t know. I have fun just listening to you know, just fun music, like say dance music for when I’m in hip-hop class, you know what I mean? I like all that fun, just dance music. Just to listen to on my own I like Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, Nirvana.

Willow Shields, Primerose Everdeen from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” was in KMet Radio’s studio Nov. 4. The 13-year-old actress talked life, school and “Catching Fire,” which is in theaters on Nov. 22. Photo by Kayla Whitney • kwhitne2@msudenver.edu

S: This is a big month, because “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is coming out on Nov. 22. What is it like just having that around the corner? Did it go too fast? You know what, it’s like there’s this lull for like three or four months where you’re not doing any press, you’re just at home doing school and taking dance classes. So all of a sudden, like a week ago, it’s just you’re going, you’re flying this day here and then you’re flying there and you’re doing all these press junkets and you’re going to be signing for 400 people today. So it’s really intimidating for me at first because it’s just there’s so many people, but I mean, it does go by in a flash. Sometimes I wish it didn’t, like at the end of the premier night you’re kind of like, “wow, that went by way to quickly, like I wish it could last longer.” But you know, I’m having a blast and I really love doing all this press.

and then afterwards I need to get at least three or four hours in for school. So it can be difficult, and both of those together kind of makes it a little bit more difficult to have a social life. For me, I love going to work and just hanging out with [Jennifer Lawrence] and everyone else, but when I’m working and I have friends where I am, it makes it little harder to be able to just go out and hang out with them or go to the mall or something. Actually, it’s gotten a lot easier in the past couple years to be able to juggle all of that. I like to try and stay on top of school, but sometimes it can be a little hard.

S: You have all these responsibilities at such a young age, how do you manage that? Well, it’s kind of hard, I have to admit. I’m homeschooled, which makes it a lot easier, but I still have so much school work to get done. So I’ll go to set for like nine hours

S: Aside from traveling and everything you’re doing, we’ve seen a transformation from the first “Hunger Games” when we saw you. What sort of transformation have you gone through as a person and as your character [Prim] and what can we expect in

S: At least you’re doing what you love doing. Yeah, that’s the point. I mean, I have a lot of great friends that I hang out with. I love traveling and stuff and I love what I’m doing, that’s definitely the most important part.

this new movie? Prim has grown-up quite a bit since the first movie. She’s gone through so much already with Katniss going to the Games the first time, now she’s going to go again. So Prim is becoming a healer like her mom and kind of training to be a doctor, that’s what she really dreams of. [Prim’s] really there for Katniss in the next couple books and movies. She’s going to be there for her because Katniss is kind of struggling with the idea of going back into the Hunger Games with the rebellion and with Peeta and Gale, she’s just kind of lost. So Prim is kind of there for Katniss now. The roles kind of switch a bit and you see a hint of that in “Catching Fire.” I think growing up alongside the character helped be able to play her because we’re both the same age so there’s some of the same thought processes. Of course she lives in a totally different world then I do, so it’s a challenge to be able to connect with her in certain aspects to be able to play that part. But yeah, I’m really excited for how Prim is developing throughout the series.

S: Is the romance going to increase with the new movie? There’s a little bit more increase in romance, I have to say. But then there’s also all these other aspects that increase as well. Because she goes back to the games and then there’s the start of the rebellion which is a big topic for the next upcoming movie. So there is a bit more of a romance, but it’s kind of in a different way then the first movie, I could say. Going back to the games with Peeta, she has the same feelings, but she’s still trying to figure things out. Holton: How closely does the movie correspond to the book? Very, very closely. We like made a pact that we’re going to stick very close to the books and you know, as actors and actresses, we love the idea of being able to literally be those characters. I think part of the thing that the director did was he put little lines even from the book and put them into the movie. So the fans are going to love how similar they are.

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Auraria brings awareness to drinking habits

(L-R) UCD senior Katie Starry addresses MSU Denver senior Aaron Burris-Deboskey, CCD sophomore Christian Estrada, and MSU Denver senior Karmen Kingery about the symptoms of alcohol poisoning Oct. 30 in Tivoli’s Robert Braun Lounge. Photo by Charlie Hanson • chanso12@msudenver.edu

Melanie Moccia mmoccia@msudenver.edu With finals creeping up, the holidays approaching and cold weather closing in, college students face the temptation to binge drink and make poor decisions. The Office of Community Standard and Wellness of University of Colorado Denver is trying to prevent that thought process. On Oct. 30, they hosted “Boos and Booze,” an event where Auraria students were able to learn about the consequences and dangers of the overconsumption of alcohol. The event, which was held in the Roger Braun Lounge in the Tivoli, offered free pizza, giveaways and a screening of “Hocus Pocus,” all while getting the message out. Peer leaders from the center dressed in costume behind their booths to get into the holiday spirit, all while interacting with students using different activities that teach them that too much drinking is not OK. “Boos and Booze is an event that Community Standards and Wellness throws around Halloween to increase students knowledge about alcohol-related topics,” said

Toni Qualantone, graduate assistant of Community Standards and Wellness office. “So we partner up with a couple different offices.” Students were given a sheet of paper with eight different categories on it when they walked in, all regarding safe drinking. They were asked to visit at least seven of the eight booths in order to receive a slice of pizza at the end. Inside the Halloween-decorated room, there was a mock beer pong table set up and a blood alcohol content (BAC) calculator. The Health Center also offered information on practicing safe sex while under the influence of alcohol. “When people drink more, the rate of sexual assault, the rate of any type of sexual violence, not using condoms, they all go up when alcohol is involved,” said Casey Hodges, an MSU Denver student with the Health Center of Auraria. The booth consisted of handing out festive goodie bags fi lled with condoms. The most popular booth at the event was the BAC calculator. Peer educator Shawn Sulehira of UCD, calculated students’ BAC based on their gender and body weight, then told students how long it would

take them to get sober after two drinks. The point of the event was to clear up any questions and concerns that students had about alcohol consumption. “I didn’t know that you don’t receive a DUI under .08,” said Riad Mansor, an MSU Denver student. “I thought you did.” Along with peer educators, Auraria Campus Police Officer Bob Burnett had a table fi lled with literature about DUI’s. He stressed on the fact that it’s so much cheaper and safer to take a cab. Arrests have declined in the past year, but it’s still an issue. “We can’t catch them all unfortunately,” Burnett said. With such incentives and learning opportunities, the event proved to be successful in teaching students things they may not have known. “In college you see students, they don’t care, and they just want to party and they just drink carelessly,” Mansor said. “They don’t think of the consequences and I think it’s great for someone to be out there and giving them awareness of how dangerous it is or how you can consume it safely.”

Non-alcoholic cocktails for a safer holiday

Cherry Bombs • 1 cup grenadine

Cranberry Sparkler • 1 1/2 ounces Blackberry Puree • 2 ounces white cranberry juice • 2 to 3 ounces sparkling water • 1 sprig mint, for garnish Step 1: Place blackberry puree and cranberry juice in a champagne flute. Add sparkling water to fill. Garnish with mint.

• 1 liter clear citrus soda, or seltzer • 18 maraschino cherries Step 1: Place 2 cups water in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add grenadine; stir to combine. Pour mixture into two ice-cube trays. Freeze until solid, 2 hours or overnight. Step 2: Fill six glasses with grenadine ice cubes. Top with soda. Garnish with cherries, and serve.

Recipes found on marthastewart.com


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Students celebrate the dead for Día de los Muertos Melanie Moccia mmoccia@msudenver.edu The celebration of ancestors’ deaths along with Aztec dancing, sugar skull painting, live music and a costume contest took place Oct. 31 at Auraria’s Día de los Muertos celebration. The Day of the Dead, a traditional Mexican and Chicano holiday, gave students the opportunity to remember their fallen loved ones by setting up booths with candles and photos of the dead. The Tivoli Turnhalle transformed into a dance floor for Huitzilopochtli Aztec Dancers, where three dancers with headdresses, feathers and shells around their ankles pranced around burning pine to festive music. The members of the group made their own music with handheld drums and encouraged the crowd to get involved, asking them to hold their hand in the air and move north, south, east and west to the music. The costumes worn by the group were extremely detailed with skulls, which are a common symbol for Day of the Dead. Each of them wore masks that portrayed that they were “dead.” Fraternity Sigma Lambda Beta and sorority Lambda Theta Nu were two of the booths that were

set up at the event. The groups are Latino-based and they are proud to be able to celebrate the holiday at Auraria. Founders of Sigma Lambda Beta at MSU Denver were the ones that helped start the Día de los Muertos celebration on campus. “Everyone knows someone who has passed away, so it’s good to remember them,” said MSU Denver student Adir Loya, a member of Sigma Lambda Beta. Loya’s booth at the event was set up as an altar with photos of his “brothers” of the fraternity who have died. They don’t just celebrate the deaths of immediate family members, but members of the fraternity as well. “Our altar is dedicated to our sisters who have passed away,” said Lambda Theta Nu member Crystallene Oshea. “They’re called eternal Lambdas. So we have a chapter specifically made for them.” The sorority had photos of four sisters at their booth and like the fraternity booth; had candles as well as painted skulls on the table to tie in the Día de los Muertos theme. “We’re so big into our sisterhood, that’s one of our main ideals so it’s very appreciative that we can celebrate their death,” Oshea said. In the middle of the Turnhalle, large tables were set up for students to decorate small sugar skulls with

different colored paints. Some classes met at the event instead of going to class. “I have a social justice class and we were meeting here today,” said MSU Denver student Saadia Lahsen, as she painted a small skull with glitter. “We’re honoring the dead and remembering people in the past you’ve lost and loved.” After the food, music and activities, a costume contest took place on the main stage in the

Turnhalle, where the audience picked three finalists to win gift cards to King Soopers. Marialuisa Burgos, of MSU Denver, took first place dressed as the fallen pop star, Selena. Zephen James, of MSU, Denver took second dressed as Iron Man and Alex Boyle, of UCD, was a close third dressed as Batman. Día de los Muertos is a celebration that begins on Halloween and goes until Nov. 2. During those

three days, it is believed that the spirit of the dead visit their family members still on earth. Typical celebrations include cooking favorite foods of ancestors, flowers, candles, incense and decorations. The holiday is usually celebrated in Mexico, but also is celebrated around the world and in different cultures. The holiday turns a sad, mourning process into a celebration of life and happiness.

UCD student Jenna Dodson decorates a sugar skull Oct. 31 in the Tivoli Turnhalle as part of the Día de los Muertos celebration. Photo by Scott Lentz • slentz@msudenver.edu

MSU Denver’s Bianca Dominguez, a face painter at the Día de los Muertos celebration, shows an attendee her handiwork.

Photo by Danielle Shriver • dshrive2@msudenver.edu


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Ender’s Game adheres to all expectations Stephanie Alderton salderto@msudenver.edu

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Long before “The Hunger Games” and before dystopian fiction became a staple on young adult bookshelves, Orson Scott Card wrote about a future in which hyper-intelligent children are trained in military strategy by competing against each other in war games. The movie “Ender’s Game,” released on Nov. 1, succeeds for the most part in adapting Card’s landmark sci-fi novel to the big screen. A short prologue at the beginning fills viewers in on this story’s background: Earth has been attacked by an alien species, called “Formics,” which almost wiped out humanity. To defend Earth against any future attacks, the government trains exceptional children at a young

age to become commanders in space warfare. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is a genius who quickly makes a name for himself even in the rigorous “Battle School.” His teachers hope he’ll be the one to win the war for them, but Ender isn’t prepared for what that will mean. One of the main reasons people tend to love (or hate) the book “Ender’s Game,” is that it treats children as full human beings, with all the potential and moral responsibility of adults. The movie keeps that sensibility, portraying Ender’s many “games” and conflicts with bullies as life-or-death struggles in themselves, rather than just preparation for the “real” war. Butterfield has already built a career playing precocious children and the ruthless, yet terribly vulnerable Ender provides him with

Grumpy old men in “Last Vegas” Kailyn Lamb klamb6@msudenver.edu @kailyn_themet

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Four friends show that loyalty means everything as they take over Las Vegas for one last bang in “Last Vegas.” The film stars big names such as, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Robert DeNiro. With a group like that, it’s hard to miss out on the laughs. The struggle I had in liking the film is that it is a depressing spectacle. An incredibly plastic Michael Douglas plays Billy, one of the four 60 something-year-old men. Billy proposes to his 30-year-old girlfriend at his old business partner’s funeral. This leads him to call his two childhood friends Archie (Freeman) and Sam (Kline). The two of them convince Billy to have a bachelor party in Vegas before the wedding. The only catch is they must convince a begrudged Paddy (DeNiro) to join. Paddy and Billy have not been on speaking terms since Billy missed Paddy’s wife’s funeral. Despite their age, the foursome goes out to party like rock stars in Vegas. The jokes are never ending, but there is always an underlying feeling of age catching up with them. Billy is marrying an “infant,” Paddy hasn’t left his house much since his wife died, Archie has

been “held hostage” by his son ever since his stroke and Sam’s wife of 40 years gives him permission to cheat on her in Vegas. The film continually tells you that growing old isn’t fun. The group mends their wounds, punches, profanities and all, discovering that a 50-year friendship is worth maintaining. Even though this movie has an underlying layer of sad, it is still worth seeing. Kline is as funny as ever, De Niro is a good mix of sourpuss and entertaining, Freeman can never do wrong and Douglas is, well, let’s just say Douglas fits his role well.

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the perfect role. Not all the child actors do quite as well, but the acting overall, including performances by the likes of Harrison Ford and Viola Davis, is solid. After all the overblown effectsdriven blockbusters this year, such as “Man of Steel” and “World War Z,” it’s nice to see a sci-fi film that doesn’t rely on CGI and explosions to draw an audience. There are plenty of explosions and CGIcreated space battles, of course, but they serve the storyline rather than the other way round. At its heart, “Ender’s Game” is a thoughtprovoking and deeply emotional story about a child forced to play in an adult’s world, and no amount of zero-gravity battles can get in its way. As an adaptation of the book, it’s as faithful as they come. The plot and characters are kept intact, as is most of the dialogue. Only a

few changes are necessary for the book-to-movie conversion: Ender’s siblings, Peter (Jimmy Pinchak) and Valentine (Abigail Breslin), play much smaller roles in the movie; the pace is accelerated; and the youngest children look like preteens rather than six-year-olds. The book’s violence is also toned down in the movie, but themes like genocide and kid-on-kid combat still earn it a soft PG-13 rating. It’s impossible for a two-hour movie to do justice to all the complex themes in Card’s novel, but the film comes pretty close. Moviegoers will enjoy it for the great characters and visually stunning sci-fi world, and some may draw parallels between the story and current debates about video games and long-distance warfare. Fans of the book will enjoy it for its faithfulness to the original, and also for the opportunity it

gives us to tell our friends, “but it was so much better in the book.” Because let’s be honest—what reader doesn’t enjoy saying that?

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Same theme, smarter execution Nikki Work nwork@msudenver.edu @nikki_themet

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In the post “HungerGames” smorgasbord of literary commonplace, a young adult novel regarding a young heroine surviving a dystopic society and thriving against insurmountable odds is not hard to find. Finding one as clever, stirring and genuine as the protégé of the genre, is almost a miracle. “Allegiant,” the third installment of the “Divergent” series by Veronica Roth, was released on Oct. 26, and finished the trilogy in a massive, intelligent way. The series is the smarter little sister of Suzanne Collins’ best-sellers, and in many ways, it surpasses its predecessor in depth and resonance. The series finale brings readers back into the lives of heroine Tris and her not-so-merry band of death-stricken and traumatized companions. Among these are her brooding and tough-guy boyfriend Tobias, stereotypical best friend Christina and disowned traitor of a brother Caleb. With her friends in tow, they leave their war-torn home in search of what lies beyond their city’s walls. Outside, they find that their entire world has been based on a governmental genetic experi-

ment. The revelations and the tribulations that follow risk each of their lives, along with every sense of self and security they have ever felt. It is intelligent and strikingly poignant, qualities often lacking in most young adult literature and that is exactly what makes “Allegiant” matter in the realm of post-apocalyptic adventure novels. Just because it is a part of the young adult genre, doesn’t constrain it. “Allegiant,” along with the rest of the series, is mature, harrowing and incredibly relatable. Of course, as per usual there is an underlying love story to emotionalize the heavy action. What makes the love story in “Allegiant” different, though, is the constant difficulties Tris and Tobias face in their relationship — it isn’t all destiny, sparkling vampires and triangles. They have to work at it. The human element Roth brings to her writing is astounding. Every character is so well defined, they not only seem real, but they evoke true emotion. The characters have faults. They have triumphs. They have dreams and most notably, they have welldefined and explained fears. When I finish a series, I am usually at least somewhat sad that it is over. With the final pages of “Allegiant,” I felt the story was whole

complete. But for those mourning the end of the trilogy, hope awaits in March 2014 when “Divergent” will be released in theaters. “Allegiant” is a fast read. Its pace doesn’t leave a moment for breathing, let alone for even thinking about putting it down. It is a tale of the human condition, rather than just of one human’s condition. It spans generational audiences. It impresses, and it ends with a feeling of fulfillment, although conflicted and unexpected. The basic premise of “Allegiant” is nothing new, but it takes things in a new direction and bumps up the IQ of the genre a feat in and of intself.

Photo courtesy of Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins


TheMetropolitan

This week in music: Eminem gets back to roots Melanie Moccia mmoccia@msudenver.edu

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SUCCESS at yoUR

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Guess who’s back, back again? Eminem’s long-awaited eighth studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP II finally came out Nov. 5, and as a die-hard fan, I have no complaints. I was skeptical on how it would turn out since his last two weren’t the best, but the old Eminem reemerged to create this mostly angry and vulgar album, which makes Slim Shady who he is. He disses other artists, raps about his hatred for his ex-wife and talks highly of his daughter, Hailie. As always, Eminem pairs catchy choruses with long verses. He features musical guests like Rihanna on the already released track, “Monster” and Kendrick Lamar on the track, “Love Game.” Eminem shows his more sensitive side in the song “Stronger Than I Was,” with lyrics such as, “You won’t break me/you’ll just make me stronger than I was.” He usually throws his fan base a curve ball with a slow-paced song and his

singing voice, which still works in his favor. Throughout the album, he pulls verses from his classics like “Criminal” and “The Real Slim Shady.” His comedic side also comes out, showcasing his creative lyrics, especially on the tracks “So Far..” and “Love Game.” On the track “Headlights,” Eminem actually apologizes to his mother, which has never been heard in his nearly 15 years of rapping. Eminem took a chance naming his album The Marshall Mathers LP II, since the first one is what made him the artist he is today. He lived up to his name and it’s good to hear that he’s back, back again.

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Bad Religion still rocking Mike Montgomery mmontg21@msudenver.edu

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Throughout its illustrious career, Bad Religion has remained remarkably consistent compared to most of its contemporaries. At this point, a large section of the punk scene is fully comfortable giving them authority based on their back catalogue — which, might be one reason why Christmas Songs exists.

Snooze tunes Nikki Work nwork@msudenver.edu @nikki_themet

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If Pink Floyd and The Black Keys had a sleepy, distorted, mumbly kid, it would be Midlake on Antiphon. Ambience, meet Ritalin. I will start by saying this review is plagued by a lack of sleep and caffeine dependence. Midlake’s mellow, trip-psych melodies on Antiphon are intricate and pretty, but snooze-inducing and upsettingly repetitive. Listening to

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Late last month Bad Religion released a nine song EP, compiling several seasonal favorites, as well as their own “American Jesus.” To their credit, Bad Religion plays it relatively straight on Christmas Songs. These versions are faithful, both to the source material and to the vocal-harmony heavy, zealous sound Bad Religion have established over the past three decades. As far as intent goes, they nailed it. These versions are also faithful in that, with the exception of “American Jesus,” they’re traditional, religiously heavy-handed covers. The irony hopefully isn’t lost on Bad Religion or their fans.

Like most Bad Religion originals, the covers on Christmas Songs breeze by; all eight run between 1:40 and 2:08—something already accustomed to by fans. It’s actually a pretty fun listen—hearing ‘old as time’ holiday tunes transformed into short, quick bursts of Bad Religion’s signature blend of hardcore and pop punk. Though not meant to be taken too seriously, Christmas Songs is a fun enough but ultimately nonessential piece of the Bad Religion canon. The most important thing about this album is that 20 percent of the proceeds are going to SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests).

the album straight through feels like listening to the soundtrack of living somewhere between sleep and being awake, but never really reaching either. It has a distinctly Dark Side of the Moon feel, but with less thought and more slow-blahbore. If a super-hipster coffee shop opened and its super-hipster owners wanted to play some music you’ve probably never heard of (and probably didn’t want to) it would be Midlake. All Antiphon needs is legwarmers and a beret. That’s a lie. All Antiphon needs is a tempo change and some goddamn tonal variation. I feel like this album is the result of trying

really hard to sound special. It’s an attempt to slow it down and bring a sense of quiet in a music scene all about speeding it up and cranking volume. It’s not a bad idea, just a poor execution. I counted down the seconds until it was over, but when it ended, it didn’t even feel like much had changed — going from resonant quiet to real quiet wasn’t much of a difference. The only worthwhile tracks are the first and the third — title track “Antiphon” and “The Old and the Young.” Unless you’re in the need of a nap with really boring dreams, don’t listen to Antiphon. Please.

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Game, set and match on new Tennis album Tobias Krause tkrause3@msudenver.edu @tobias_themet

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Released Nov. 5, on Communion Records, Small Sound is the five-track EP follow-up to 2012’s highly acclaimed Young & Old by Denver-based band, Tennis. The husband and wife duo of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, featuring drummer James Barone, have been churning out reverb-drenched lullabies since early 2010. The couple formed Tennis after returning from a seven-month sailing excursion up and down the Eastern Seaboard, which they

documented thoroughly on their 2011 debut, Cape Dory. The hometown heroes turned indie rock stars’ new album showcases exactly what Tennis does best: a fantastic blend of midtempo drumbeats, effervescent keyboards, pristine guitar licks and angelic vocals. “Mean Streets” opens the album with charming lyrics like “Summerin’ in the Catskills baby / singin’ just for the thrill.” As Moore’s grainy analog-esque vocals echo atop Riley’s skillfully chosen and perfectly executed guitar riffs, the track swoons and croons like a mildly-paced love song. The fourth track, “Dimming Light,” is a foot-tapping jazzy number that features

a solid drumbeat from Barone. The song dazzles, dips down and picks up steam with each chord progression. “100 Lovers” finishes off the album on a high note. The distorted reverb from Moore’s keys sounds like a muffled bass guitar, which balances out her soulful yet passionate vocals that tell a theatrical love story within itself. With Small Sound, Moore and Riley have redefined the indie pop meets surf rock genre in less than 16 minutes, proving once again that Tennis is a wonderfully crafted and perfectly executed band.

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Metro beats UCCS 3-1, Hendricks hits 500 Mario Sanelli msanelli@msudenver.edu @mario_themet Metro volleyball downed the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Mountain Lions 3-1 Nov. 2 at Auraria Event Center. After Metro dropped the first set 24-26 to the Mountain Lions, the Roadrunners rallied back to win the next three, 25-17 in the second and third, and 25-15 in the fourth set. The 3-1 victory improved Metro to 14-9 overall and put head coach Debbie Hendricks in elite company, as she became the 15th active Division II head coach to win 500 games, and the 29th alltime with 500. Milestones aside, Hendricks and company are focused on what lies ahead for the Runners. “We want to be playing our best volleyball in the next couple of weeks,” Hendricks said. “So we’ll get right back in the gym and get after it next week.” The Runners currently sit in sixth place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with four regular season games left. After Metro downed UCCS Oct. 4 in Colorado Springs, the formula was the same for the Runners

in their second meeting with the Mountain Lions. “We really served tough, and that was our goal,” Hendricks said. “The last time we played UCCS we served well, and it was a big part of us being able to take the ball away from their best players.” Metro committed eight service errors in the first set loss, but had no more than five in the next three sets. “We knew we had to get UCCS out of system to be successful,” senior libero Alex Green said. “That’s what we really focused on, the deep, hard, aggressive serving.” Metro’s 13-to-9 ace-to-error ratio against UCCS was one of their best this season. Sophomore outside hitter Kylie Haun led the team with six service aces and 19 kills, while posting a team-high 25.0 points. Despite a 10-12 overall record, UCCS is among the top RMAC teams in blocks, and Metro adjusted to the Mountain Lions’ blocking defense after the first set. “We had to think more extreme shots,” Green said. “Going for the extreme cross, the extreme line, working tips, mixing it up so their block has to work hard. You can’t blast through them — they’re huge.”

Metro volleyball players Fasati Fiatoa, left, and Lauren Quijano, right, celebrate with teammates after Metro’s win over UCColorado Springs Nov. 2 at the Auraria Event Center. Photo by Courtland Wilson • cwils104@msudenver.edu

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8 @ Colorado Christian University Cougars (16-9) at 7 p.m. 9 @ Colorado School of Mines Orediggers (20-4) at 7 p.m. 15 vs. Black Hills State University Yellow Jackets (6-18) at 7 p.m. 16 vs. Chadron State College Eagles (5-20) at 5 p.m.

Orediggers remain golden in 3-0 shutout Scott Corbridge kcorbrid@msudenver.edu

Metro junior forward Brandi Farley, 16, weaves past Colorado School of Mines defenders Kelsey Neal, 14, and Jordan Hopper, right, during a women’s soccer game, Oct. 30 at the Colorado School of Mines Soccer Field in Golden. Photo by Timothy Hurst • thurst3@msudenver.edu

Metro women’s soccer went mining for a win but things didn’t pan out, as they lost 3-0 to No. 2 Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Oct. 30. The Roadrunners are on a three game losing streak and fell to 11-3-3 overall on the season, 9-3-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference while the Orediggers remained undefeated at 16-0-1 and 13-0-0 in conference. Mines forward Anna Evans scored twice, at the 28th minute off a corner kick, and then again at the 65 minute mark off a 16-yard strike that made it into the upper-left corner of the net. Evans also had an assist as she helped defenseman Bree Archuleta score the final goal of the night during the 83rd minute. Metro’s offense was in short supply as they weren’t able to come up with very many chances against the second ranked Mines. “The first half we were struggling in the attack trying to get some shots off. We knew we had to push for the second half. We did a little bit more, but couldn’t get the goal,” Metro head coach Adrianne Pietz said after

the game. “Mines did well tonight, give credit to them. They’re a very good team.” Mines is trying to join Metro’s 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2009 squads to go undefeated in conference play. Despite the loss, Metro will advance to the postseason hoping to improve on both sides of the ball. “For us it’s just protecting the ball, keeping the ball and playing a little bit smarter,” Pietz said. Junior forward Karisa Price agreed with Pietz. “For us, Mines is a really tough game to try to get your momentum back. I have a lot of confidence in our team that we’ll get back and get our confidence back.” Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Karisa Fernandez made six saves for the Roadrunners, while Mines sophomore goalkeeper Jayln Yates stopped three as the Orediggers outshot Metro 23-9. The Roadrunners are seeded No. 2 heading into the RMAC championship tournament. They will play Nov. 8 in the semi-final facing the winner of first-round teams No. 3 seed Fort Lewis University or No. 6 seed UCColorado Springs. The game begins 6:30 p.m. at Mines.


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Metro senior midfielder Brenden Hughes loses a battle for the ball with a Regis University defender Joseph Terry Oct. 30 at Auraria Field. Photo by Charlie Hanson • chanso12@msudenver.edu

Men’s soccer Metro men’s soccer dropped to 10-5-3 overall and 8-4-2 in the RMAC, after losing 4-2 to Regis University and 3-1 to Colorado Mesa University. On Oct. 30, the Roadrunners hosted the Regis Rangers. Rangers junior forward Martin Maybin scored the first of his two goals in the 22nd minute. Ranger’s junior midfielder Arnthor Kristinsson added a goal in the 61st minute. The Runners rallied back with goals from redshirt freshman Brock Labertew, and junior midfielder/forward Makir Oropeza but Maybin converted a goal from a penalty kick, increasing the Rangers lead to 3-1. The Rangers scored again with 0.2 second left. Metro lost 3-1 at Colorado Mesa University Nov. 1, with the lone Roadrunner goal coming from sophomore midfielder/forward Pierce Galan. The No. 4 seeded Runners will face No. 5 seeded Fort Lewis College Nov. 6 in the first round of the RMAC championship at 2:30 p.m. at Auraria Field.

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Junior forward Brandi Farley was named Academic All-District. Photo by Courtland Wilson • cwils104@msudenver.edu

Rolph and Farley honors Metro women’s soccer junior forwards Abby Rolph and Brandi Farley were both named first team Academic All-District Oct. 31. Rolph has a 3.71 GPA in sports industry operations, and leads the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with 10 assists, while Farley has a 3.75 GPA in industrial design, and leads the Roadrunners with nine goals and 21 points.

Cross-country Metro women’s cross country moved up one spot in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II top-25 poll, while the men’s team slipped two spots. The women’s team is now ranked No. 7 and the men are No. 18. The No. 7 ranking for the women’s team is its highest ranking in school history. Over the weekend of Oct. 26-27, both teams did well in the RMAC championships. The women matched their best-ever finish at the championships, coming in third, and the men placed fifth for the second consecutive year. The Runners return to action Nov. 9 at the South Central Region Championships in Canyon, Texas.

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I’ve been attacked by some kind of evil Time Wizard! Nothing makes sense anymore!

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Metro Events 11.9 Celebrate Veterans Day with a parade fireworks, performances and fun Tivoli — All Day 11.11 Movie Monday: “Mean Girls” Tivoli Multicultural Lounge @ 5 - 8 p.m. 11.11 MSU Denver Symphonic Band II & Wind Ensemble King Center Concert Hall @ 7:30 11.12 Lunch with Lawmakers Tivoli 320 @ 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 11.13 Guest speaker: Michelle Alexander Tivoli Turnhalle @ 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 11.14 Gig Series Tivoli Atrium @ 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Around Denver 11.8 Larry and His Flask w/ Onward etc, A. Tom Collins, Champagne Charlie Marquis Theater @ 8 p.m.

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July 23 -August 22 A new Lady Gaga album dropped this week, marking another significant setback for mankind.

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May 21 -June 20 Ed Sheeran needs to stop making music immediately.

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November 22 -December 21 It’s really a terrible thing that your style icon is Nicolas Cage.

“Taylor Swift still sucks, but I’d totally bang her.” “If a plant is sad, do the other plants photosympathize with it?” “Which iPhone did you get? — The gun-metal black one bro.” “What are those big dogs that look like horses? — Great Dane’s? — Yeah. I want one.” “Lil Wayne is a moron, have you seen his teeth?” “We need some Bob Ross in here, just a happy, happy little tree, that’s all.” “Apparently, Madonna doesn’t age.” Hear something that makes you laugh? Shake your head? Roll your eyes? Tweet it to @nikki_ themet with the hashtag #overheardoncampus and you may see it in next week’s paper.


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10:45 a.m. PROGRAM Opening Remarks

Remarks by Dr. Vicki Golich

Stephen Wiench, President of Student Veterans at CCD

Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Color Guard & Flag Raising MSU Denver Army ROTC & Scottish American Military Society

National Anthem Michael Hengst, D.M.A., Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Athletic Bands Metropolitan State University of Denver

“Tribute to the Flag”

Remarks by Dr. Everette Freeman President, Community College of Denver

Remarks by Dr. Raul Cardenas Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Colorado Denver

Martha Eaton, Master Chief Petty Officer, US Navy & Assistant Director of the Health Center at Auraria

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Welcome Remarks

Amazing Grace

Brittany Bartges, President of Student Veterans at MSU Denver

Timm Herrod

Michael Stack, President of Student Veterans at CU Denver

Special Thanks: Health Center at Auraria, MSU Denver Student Engagement & Wellness and School Certifying Officials, CU Denver Office of Veteran Student Services, CCD Veterans Services, MSU Denver Army ROTC, Veterans Upward Bound, MSU Denver Student Media, MSU Denver and CU Denver Counseling Centers, Scottish American Military Society.

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