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Volume 36, Issue 2

TheMetropolitan Tivoli offers fresh dough and draft

Infinitus Pie worker Rusty Cowdin tops a pie while manager Molly “Jolly Molly” Crouse sauces up some dough during a busy day.

INSIDE: Campus safety • 3

Photo by Kayla Whitney • • @kayla_themet

The Outfit Q&A • 10

“Kick-Ass 2” • 13

Courtney Ryan • 16

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Campus safety tips and emergency procedures

To report a campus emergency dial 911 from a campus phone

Evaluation information •In the event of a building alarm or official notification, evacuate the building using the nearest ext. •Do not use elevators •Follow directions given by emergency personal and/or Auraria campus police •If it is safe for you to assist persons with disabilities or special needs, do so. If you are unable to assist, notify emergency responders

Know what to do to stay safe

Active shooter •Seek sanctuary by proceeding to

Kelli Heitstuman-Tomko @kelli_themet Kayla Whitney @kayla_themet

Q&A with Detective Sgt. Jason Mollendor about safety The Metropolitan sat down with Detective Sergeant Jason Mollendor of the Auraria Police Department to discuss what students can do to avoid becoming victims on campus. The Metropolitan: What do new students need to know about staying safe on campus? Jason Mollendor: The most important thing I can tell anyone on campus is be diligent. We have a very large campus. We’re the only campus in the nation that houses three separate institutions. We have about 65,000 students this semester, so with staff and visitors, we are a very large communities Being a college environment and being as safe as we are—we are one of the top ten safest campuses in the nation—people tend to get complacent. So I try to always just preach to people, “Don’t be complacent.” Don’t leave your items unattended. Don’t walk alone. If you feel something isn’t right, contact the police. Don’t take it for granted that nothing will happen. Met: We’re such an open campus, it’s hard to know who belongs here and who doesn’t. Auraria is a social place. What advice would you give about interaction? JM: It is a social place, and we want people to be comfortable and we want them to socialize. But, in turn, understand that not everyone is here to study. If they start talking to you about selling you magazines or wanting your social security number, your credit card number or a check, that is not a healthy conversation, and that is someone who is not here as a member of our community, that is someone who is here to prey on you. It seems like common sense, but every year we have someone give out their information and then call us and say, “I think I made a mistake. There’s really nothing we can do about that.

Met: What advice would you give about the protocol of calling in an incident? JM: Always err on the side of caution and always call the Auraria police. If you think a situation isn’t right, if you feel uncomfortable about someone in the area, if you feel threatened, if you just feel scared, call the Auraria police. We would rather show up and find out that nothing happened than to have to come back later and take a report. I can’t stress enough—just call us. The easiest way to call us is 911 from any campus phone. If they’re calling from a cell phone, they need to call our non-emergency number, which is (303) 5565000. Met: There have been some dangerous situations on campus. How can students keep themselves safe? JM: I’m going to start by saying that all of the police officers on campus are Level 1 POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) certified. We are real police officers. So when you call us, you are getting a real police officer— not campus safety, not a security officer, but police officers. We are here to keep things safe. In the cases [last semester], they were alone. Every time. The biggest things that I can say is try not—especially late at night—to be alone. Be with someone, stay in groups, keep your cell phone handy and know where the emergency phones are. There are emergency phones with a big red button [blue lights on top] and on the walls in the hallways. If someone pushes that, it’s just like dialing 911. Every officer will drop what they’re doing and respond to that call. Met: Can you explain the Timely Warnings and the RAVE alerts. JM: Timely warnings are mandated by the fed-

a room that can be locked; close and lock all windows and doors and turn of the lights OR exit the building if safe conditions exist •Get down on the floor and ensure that no one is visible from outside the room. Call Auraria police officers. Inform them of your location and remain in place until the police give the “all clear” •If an active shooter enters your office or classroom, try to remain calm. Call police and if possible, alert police of the shooter’s location. If you can’t speak, leave the line open so the dispatcher can listen to what is taking place. •If the shooter leaves the area, proceed immediately to a safer place and do not touch anything that was in the vicinity of the shooter

Bomb threat •Evacuate the building

Detective Sergeant Jason Mollendor Photo courtesy of West Denver Copwatch

eral government. We put them out on certain crimes to warn people of ongoing threats. Several times we’ve had people in our community call and help arrest people we’re looking for, or give us information that leads to an arrest because they do read them, and they call us and say, “There’s a person fitting that description standing right outside of my office.” And sure enough, there they are. The RAVE alert is an excellent thing for everyone to sign up for. If you go to, there’s a place where you can sign up for the RAVE alert. What the RAVE alert does is warns of imminent danger. It could be a tornado, it could be a fire, it could be an active shooter. You’re going to get that information immediately. You’ll know where to go, where not to go. We want to keep people safe, and if there’s a problem in a building, we don’t want people going into that building. The RAVE alert protects you from immediate emergency.

•Do not use cell phones or radios within 300 feet of the area suspected of containing explosive devices •Faculty/staff should check for, but not disturb, unusual objects as they depart the classroom or offices and report them. •Do not enter a building until authorized by emergency personal or Auraria campus police

Suspicious Person •Do not physically confront person •Do not let anyone into a locked building/office •Do not block the person’s access to an exit •Call police. Describe person and direction of travel.

Suspicious object •Do not touch or disturb object •Call campus police •Notify your supervisor, faculty, or staff member immediately •Be prepared to evacuate Adapted from Auraria Campus Emergency Procedures. For more information visit: departments/police/emergencypreparedness/


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Involvement reaps rewards for Roadrunners New program allows students to benefit from attending events Nikki Work @nikki_themet Getting involved has its rewards. With the new program set up by Student Activities, called Roadrunner Rewards, students can accrue points for attending MSU Denver events. These points can then be exchanged for rewards, ranging from trinkets to apparel to drawings for larger prizes, including an iPad and a $500 book scholarship. “The Roadrunner Rewards is a program that was created to recognize students for getting involved on campus,” said Miranda Mickelson, event programmer with Student Activities. “All Metro events are eligible.” The Roadrunner Rewards program utilizes an app called SpotOn, which keeps track of a student’s attendance at eligible events. “From this point on, at every event that is sponsored by Metro, there will be a tablet for students to check in on,” Mickelson said. “Every time you check in, you earn a spot, or a point. The spots are

added up throughout the semester and can be redeemed for things like free t-shirts and Metro garb, as well as a drawing for an iPad, or a Metro hoodie.” To sign up, those interested can visit the Student Activities office at Tivoli 305 or can sign up at any even held by Student Activities, the Metro State athletic department or the Alumni Association. “It is super easy to sign up as well,” Mickelson said. “At all of the events and in our office we are handing out cards that have a QR code on the back. To sign up, you just scan the code on one of the provided tablets and it will ask for your email address.” Though the sign-up process begins with a card, once students attend one event and enter their email address, the card is no longer necessary to amass points. “If you forget your card, you can just enter your email address and it works just the same,” Mickelson said. Just for signing up for the Roadrunner Rewards program, students receive two points. From then on, each event is worth one spot each.

“You can only scan once for each event, but if there are multiple events in a day, you can gain spots for going to each of them,” Mickelson said. And though the program is brand new, according to Mickelson, it is already finding success among MSU Denver students. During the first week of classes, Student Activities has had a tent set up to garner interest. “During Welcome Week alone, we had people coming up to our table constantly asking what was going on,” she said. “So far, the response has been awesome.” The program is one of the ways Student Activities hopes to get students involved on a campus that can be difficult to foster involvement on. “We would love for this program to encourage students to get more involved on campus,” Mickelson said. “The events we plan and create are for them, and we want the students to recognize that. With our campus being so diverse and so large, something like this could be the start of creating a broader sense of community and pride.”

Graduating this semester?

Here’s what you need to know: THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT THE APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION IS 5 P.M., SEPTEMBER 6 IN THE REGISTRAR'S OFFICE, SSB 160. IF MAILED THEY MUST BE POSTMARKED ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 6. 1. All students wishing to graduate must apply for graduation. Applications are available in SSB 160 or online at registrar/student/forms. 2. You must meet the following requirements by the end of the semester you apply for graduation:  Minimum of 120 semester hours  All requirements for your major and minor  All General Studies requirements  Minimum of 40 Upper Division credit hours  Multi-cultural requirement  Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher

3. Walking in the commencement ceremony does not guarantee that you have graduated. 4. It is your responsibility to report any repeated courses to the Office of the Registrar. Failure to do so may negatively affect your ability to graduate as planned. 5. If you apply for graduation but end up not meeting all requirements, you must reapply for a subsequent graduation. 6. Diplomas are not provided at Commencement. You will be notified on how to obtain your diploma.

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Office of the Registrar

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Reward levels 5 spots MSU Denver lanyard 10 spots MSU Denver t-shirt 15 spots Entry into a drawing for a $500 book scholarship 50 spots Entry into a drawing for an iPad 75 spots MSU Denver hat 100 spots MSU Denver shorts 125 spots MSU Denver backpack 150 spots MSU Denver hoodie

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First Year Success students learn how to study, have fun Kelli Heitstuman-Tomko @kelli_themet Whether they had come right from high school, took time off or were coming to school after military service, incoming freshmen had a full schedule Thursday, Aug. 15 as they participated in this semester’s First Year Success convocation. Team leaders helped students understand what they would need to do to navigate their first year of school through a serious of tips, recommendations and a program called “Building Your Nest.” Team Leader Angie Morell explained that “Building Your Nest” works with freshmen in three areas—academics, social and diversity. “We work to get them involved in the first six weeks of school,” she said. “We’ll have programs through August and September to help them feel a little more comfortable and help keep them in touch with the other students their First Year Success communities.” Morell said students worked with leaders throughout the summer to get ready for the coming semester. “As soon as they’ve had their student orientation, they see their adviser and then register for classes. We stay in touch with

them through the summer and make sure they’re ready to start school in the fall.” Elizabeth Milewski enrolled for college after taking a year off after high school to travel in Paraguay. “They told us that you get out of school what you put into it,” Milewski said. She shared a lunch spot in the shade with Ajaya Loftis and Haley Loptein. “They really recommended that we get involved on campus,” she said. After lunch, students tested their limits on a reverse bungee jump and raced through an inflatable obstacle course. As temperatures soared into the 90s, though the ice cream truck parked on the Lawrence Street Mall became the most popular attraction at the event. Christina Murray transferred to MSU Denver from a college in Arkansas. She will be attending college with her older brother Harrison who is also a freshman this year. Murray said their time at the university would be the first time she and her brother were students at the same school since middle school. “Pay attention,” she said of what she’d learned during the event. “Attend class. Get involved.”



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Nikki Work @nikki_themet Ladies, master the hover. Gentlemen, don’t pick the middle one. It’s potty time. Everybody has to pee, but at the start of a new semester, it’s important to understand the down

and dirty of bathroom business. Though it may seem asinine to get a lavatory lecture in college, many new students don’t have a tinkle about how this whole loo thing should work. We all went through potty training more than a decade ago, and I think it’s time for a refresher course. Welcome to Restroom 101 –

your syllabus consists of hygiene, haunting and habit. Let’s start off with the grossest of the three. Has anyone else noticed how disgusting bathrooms at Auraria are? I, personally, have never witnessed the cleanliness of the little boy’s room, but frankly, girls on this campus are ick-tastic. It isn’t hard – pick up after yourself. Toilet paper doesn’t go wherever it arbitrarily falls. There is a receptacle specially designed for lady products – use it. And mostly, keep it in the bowl. And gentlemen, it is your business how you groom, but if you shed like a Pomeranian in the summer, take care of it. No one wants to sit on that. Now, onto the terrors of the tile – the porcelain poltergeists. For those of you who often feel the urge in the Tivoli, beware – this place is haunted as crap. Literally. The ladies’ restroom on the third floor across from the ballrooms is one of the scariest places I have ever been, equipped with unexplained flushing, sink-scapades, and locks with minds of their own. If you must use it, hurry in and do your business quickly before you get the business scared out of you.

This next section is all about manners. The main thing to remember is that everybody’s gotta go, so treat other people’s potty time with the same sanctity you regard yours. No texting on the toilet – there are people waiting, and that’s just kinda yucky. In a busy bathroom, keep the conversations to a minimum, because nobody cares. We all want to look pretty, but don’t block a sink for your whole beauty routine. There are people who actually need it for more than just privy primping. And though it doesn’t cross many people’s minds, please please please don’t use the handicap stall if you don’t need it. It’s like the parking places, and though you may not get a ticket, you will get a look of shame. Boys, you do whatever it is you do, but be considerate and keep your eyes and appendages to yourself. Pick the least awkward urinal. NO TOUCHING. Basic rule is, don’t get too comfortable in the commode. Don’t dilly, don’t dally, just do your thing, and make sure you wash your hands. Always wash your hands. Pee and let pee, people.

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Nothing like a traffic jam to start the day Kayla Whitney @kayla_themet Aw, the first day of the school year. Backpacks cramped with school supplies, new kicks and clothes, a strut full of confidence and hopes for a stunning and successful year. What could ruin such a grand occasion? I know — driving around the entire campus for nearly an hour trying to find a damn parking spot. On Monday, not only did I miss my first class, I ended up saying, “screw this” and parking on

the other side of Speer Boulevard and paying 10 bucks to leave my car for a few hours. This is my fift h year going to MSU Denver and never have I ever been so frustrated with all the construction and parking quandaries that I crossed my fingers I would crash into a pothole just so I’d have an excuse to leave my car somewhere. I understand the need to make Auraria look all pretty. But is it really efficient and in the best interest of the students to close down two major parking lots at the same time and take away nearly 900

parking spots? I don’t think so. Usually I take the bus to school, but being on the newspaper staff, there are some days I’m on campus so late the buses aren’t even running when I’m looking to head home. So, to make sure I don’t have to walk all the way to Westminster, I take my car. When I have to take my car, I don’t want to be forced to arrive on campus three hours early just to guarantee a parking spot and avoid crashing due to eyes clouded with rage for all the traffic and AHEC construction equipment blocking off all the parking lots.

I know I’m not the only one that feels this annoyance. While trying not to shake my steering wheel loose with frustration, I could see those around me on the verge of pulling out their hair, chain smoking and banging their heads on their steering wheels. Since the school has already torn up two whole lots there’s not much to be done to fi x this problem. I suppose those of us that have to drive are in for one hell of a traffic jam this semester. Comic created by Robert Shea •

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Serving something new Kayla Whitney @kayla_themet

Top: A fresh-from-the-oven pepperoni pizza awaits a hungry Auraria student in Infinitus Pie. Bottom: Steve Weber, an MSU Denver student studying mechanical engineering technology, enjoys his first Infinitus Pie in between spurts of studying and sips of his fresh-from-the-tap beer. Photos by Kayla Whitney • • @kayla_themet

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The smell of fresh baked pies fi lls the second floor of the Tivoli — but don’t expect dessert, expect pizza. Infinitus Pie took over the gooey — in a terribly undercooked way — dough and blandness that was Pete’s Arena Pizza and is offering colorful and fresh ingredients to Auraria. The delectable smelling joint offers 8-inch pizza pie’s you can personally create or order off their honor roll menu — and you can wash it all down with fresh tapped beer. Among the maze of tables crowded with pizzas, beer, textbooks and students studying you’re sure to find Molly Crouse, aka “Jolly Molly,” manager of the establishment. Within fifteen minutes she’ll have made her way to every station in the place. Tossing dough, adding toppings, boxing up and clearing tables — she does it all. MSU Denver student Steve Weber, who had never had Infinitus Pie’s pie before, said, “The pizza is good. I also like their draft beer selection.” The family-owned business had only two locations before the Tivoli — in Wheat Ridge and Broomfield — and has only been around since 2010. But being a young and freshly rising business didn’t stop the family from jumping on the open Tivoli location. “When an opportunity like the Tivoli rears its head you just don’t say no, you go for it,” Crouse said. Crouse feels that the Tivoli location is perfect for her family’s young pizza business.

“It’s the perfect target market for us. The demographics are perfect here in the Tivoli,” she said. “And being one of the only places on campus selling booze, we’ve already tapped our entire keg of Tivoli beer.” You heard right. Tivoli beer is back in the Tivoli. Even though Infinitus Pie ran out of the familiar nectar on Tuesday, they’ll be restocking soon. “We wanted to have local brews on tap and it just so happened to work out nicely that we got Tivoli,” Crouse said. “It was long overdue that someone tapped a keg of Tiv in the Tiv. I feel pretty honored to be able to sell Tivoli beer out of the Tivoli.” At the end of the prep line, boxing and serving up fresh from the oven pizzas, is Crouse’s fiancé, Nate Bean. Coincidentally, the pair met when they were both attending MSU Denver two years ago. Crouse’s father Pete — better known as “Pizza Pete” who can occasionally be seen at the Tivoli location — and her sister Katie — “Katie Pie” — consider themselves the pro-pie-etors of the family business. Both of their backgrounds include the fresh smell of pie — the pizza pie, that is. “Pizza Pete” was a Blackjack Pizza franchise owner while “Katie Pie” opened a small pizza joint called Friday Pizza during her junior year studying at the University of Denver. The company will be celebrating their three-year anniversary November 1. As Jolly Molly and the Infinitus Pie website says, “Simply stated, a pizza has tomato sauce, a PIE has infinite possibilities.”

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An enthusiastic chat with The Outfit Tobias Krause @Tobias_themet Denver rock band The Outfit has some big things on the horizon. With the release of their latest EP, Tough Kids on Aug. 24, The Outfit are prepared to embark on a musical journey across Colorado. The band recently signed with the up and coming indie label, Hot Congress Records and they are set to take stage at Boulder’s Fox Theatre backing the cabaret blues/ indie folk band He’s My Brother She’s My Sister. Two weeks later, the boys are set to open for The Lumineers at Red Rocks, on Sept. 15. Their straightforward garage rock n roll sound is laced full of intense guitar work from Eric Johnston and Mikael Kilates, while Mike King and RJ Powers hammer home a solid rhythm section on bass guitar and drums respectively. The new EP is five solid tracks that sounds reminiscent to what The Strokes were doing years ago, but with a solid mix of Dinosaur Jr. guitarist J. Mascis distorted melodic chops, with classic rock influence a la Lynyrd Skynyrd and a little Kings Of Leon as well. The Metropolitan sat down with guitarist Eric Johnston to see what’s going on in the life of a busy Denver musician. The Metropolitan: How long has the band been together? Eric Johnston: This culmination of the band has been together now for about two years. Met: How would you describe The Outfit and what you guys are trying to do to someone who’s never heard you before? EJ: Our number one goal is to get our music to as many people as we can. We’re a rock ‘n’ roll band the offers up a garage rock sound that aims to electrify the audience. We try to stir things up a little bit with our live shows. We want you to get sweaty and go home after saying, “man that was a work out.” Met: Where do you draw inspiration from to find that sound?

Photo courtsey of Hot Congress Records

EJ: Well, the story I always tell is, I was in high school listening to bands like Led Zeppelin, Neil Young and all of those guys, but I started to drift away from modern rock, and modern punk rock. I just didn’t see much hope in the rock bands. And then I saw The Strokes play on Letterman, and it totally turned me around. I started following the bands coming out of New York like The Libertines, The Strokes and The Walkmen. Those guys really changed how I thought rock music could be. That flair from the ‘60s and ‘70s can be brought back and trickled into modern rock. Met: What do you think about the local music scene and what it’s doing for people such as yourself? EJ: I think it’s incredible. I was super intimidated when we first started to play. We’re good buds with the guys in The Knew [another hard rocking Denver band] and after watching them play places like The Bluebird [Theatre]. I was so amazed and never thought that I’d get to that point. Guys like them just pushed us and told us to get out there and get after it. That whole communal thing, or pushing one another to the brink is incredible. Bands like them and Faceman really helped us and championed our music by helping us ease into the Jacuzzi that is the Denver scene.

Met: What should the readers expect from the album release show at the Larimer Lounge on Aug. 24? EJ: We have one big surprise that will come out of nowhere. But that’s all I can really say [laughs] but its gonna be awesome. The bands opening for us are really great and are gonna get the night off in a spectacular way. Met: After that show, you’ve got a few bigger venues lined up, how excited are you about that? EJ: Absolutely excited. You know, its pretty surreal that we’re playing Red Rocks. As we practice and try to get a set together for Red Rocks, its been a little crazy and intimidating, but the experience and exposure is going to be awesome. Met: What does the future hold for The Outfit? EJ: We’re trying to do a West Coast tour after these next few shows. But right now we’re really focused on the next three dates we have booked. And after that, who know’s what’s next. Stay tuned to The Metropolitan’s coverage of The Outfit’s album release show at the Larimer Lounge on Aug. 24.

Met: The new album, Tough Kids, is about to come out — can you tell us a little bit about that? EJ: It was a lot of hard work. We recorded at Mammoth Cave Studios with Tim Gerak. He’s fantastic to work with. He’s one of those producers that knows when to get involved and when to just let the band figure it out. Everything from the recording process to putting the artwork together was an amazing process. It’s five songs and we are pretty proud of it. It’s a pretty easygoing album, which is a bit different than anything else we’ve done. Met: As far as this recording goes, how did it differ from everything else you guys have recorded? EJ: Broken Wishbone Test, was recorded out in Los Angeles over the course of a week. We were kind of on a budgeted time out there, and this time around we were able to take our time and really get what we wanted out of the recording sessions.

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Michael Thomson, Doug and Katherine Otto gave at a piece from the Reallocate exhibit on August 14 at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Photo by Kailyn Lamb • • @kailyn_themet

Art reallocates to Botanic Gardens Kailyn Lamb @kailyn_themet

Charles Counter before being introduced at his Reallocate exhibit on August 14 at the Denver Botanical Gardens. Photo by Kailyn Lamb • @kailyn_themet

The Denver Botanic Gardens makes for a not so typical gallery setting for works by Charles Counter in the Reallocate exhibit. Located in the Gates Garden Court Gallery, the works had a pleasant backdrop of soft plants and a quiet fountain. Tall windows brought in natural lighting, mixed with studio lighting illuminating the large wood pieces. The exhibit opened on August 14, and included an artist talk at the opening. The exhibit is running until November 10. “It’s interesting to see how [his] ideas evolve,” said Michael Thomson, a friend of the artist. The large sculptures are all constructed pieces of wood, not found. According to Thomson the works are like puzzles. On some of the pieces the wood has been polished to a smooth finish, making it look almost like porcelain. Laced in the wood are strains of colorful plastic. Thomson said that when Counter

first started his pieces had more human elements to them. In addition to the sculptures, there were a few drawings and paintings a more recent step for Counter. Katherine Otto, an owner of one of Counter’s older works says that color is starting to take more of a role in his works, and that it used to only be small strands. On owning one of his pieces she said that it doesn’t get old. “[Three Dimensional] art comes out at you, it’s almost interactive,” she said. At the opening of the show, Counter spoke to attendees about humanity’s connection to nature and how artists have been trying to portray that connection through their works for many years. “My work basically deals with representations found in nature, the natural world and how those experiences in the natural world affects us,” Counter said. “My work has naturally migrated to some sort of narration, contemplation or dialogue about the natural world.”


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A roof over your head off campus The benefits of Auraria-affiliated housing Kailyn Lamb @kailyn_themet Although there are currently no dorms on-campus, there are still plenty of options for students around Denver. The Regency, Campus Village at Auraria and the Student Lofts at Auraria all provide new, and some returning students, with a community to call home. In addition to the typical meet and greets, these housing options play host to pool parties, movie nights, root beer pong games and one dorm even has human foosball. Move-in day for students at the Student Lofts was Aug. 17 and students were given a move in bag that Elise Barber, the leasing and marketing team leader, said had coupons for the various businesses around Denver, like Black Jack Pizza and Tarantula Billiards. The building recently opened a new amenities section that includes a rooftop pool with cabanas. In addition to a pool party, Barber

said that they try to do two to four events monthly. “We try to have events as often as possible and make them as fun as possible,” Barber said. “We don’t want them to seem stuff y and dorm-like with forced interaction.” In addition to all the events at the dorm, Barber said they try to keep their residents informed of events that are happening downtown. Although the Regency is the farthest from campus, Leasing Manager Jessica Dibble said that may be one of its biggest advantages because they can cater to more than just the Auraria Campus. Although the bulk of their students are from Auraria, particularly MSU Denver athletes, they also house students from the Lincoln College of Technology, the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and even Aveda students on occasion, according to Dibble. “It really gives us a diverse population, which is awesome,” Dibble said. “It’s really nice to see athletes hanging out with Lincoln

Tech students.” The Regency has an apartment complex called the Villas that recently opened before this semester for students in addition to the dorm option. Campus Village at Auraria pairs with UCD for their first couple days of events and Resident Director Amber Swartz said that in addition to Denver bike tours and pancake breakfast events, some of their events are based more on campus. “Sunday we let everyone take their school schedules and walk around campus to find all their buildings, find where all their classes are located.” Swartz said. “We also did a campus scavenger hunt.” According to Swartz they also try get students involved in community service and different volunteer opportunities. Each dorm has its own benefits, and own sense of community, but they all are a place their students can call home.




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In a world where superhero movies are taking over the box offices with explosions, computer-generated imagery (CGI), and state of the art movie making magic, there is one story that stands alone — “Kick-Ass.” Instead of demi-gods, a genius billionaire and arachnid bitten nerds, the “Kick-Ass” series offers real people performing real justice — or evil, depending on what side they’re on. It’s the right amount of believable, over the top, hilarious and has all the vulgarity you’d expect from teenagers and people getting their ass beat-up. Three years ago we were given the first “Kick-Ass” fi lm adapted from Marvel’s 2008 comic series. We were introduced to the innocent and dorky high schooler

Dave (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) who decided to become a real-life superhero — Kick-Ass. Eventually he teams up with Bid Daddy (Nicholas Cage) and his personally trained daughter Hit-Girl (Chloë Mortez). The dynamic trio team up to take down big time drug lord Frank D’Amico, who just so happens to have a son named Chris who pretends to be a good guy called Red Mist to help catch the masked freaks. The movie ends with Big Daddy dying, Frank being blown to pieces by a bazooka and Red Mist declaring ultimate hatred for Kick-Ass — the ultimate set up for a sequel full of revenge and new tight-wearing vigilantes. “Kick-Ass 2” falls a bit short of living up to the epicness that was its predecessor, but it was still a hilarious trill ride. Red Mist is now known as The Motherfucker and assembles a crew of evil minions to

help track down and kill Kick-Ass. Kick-Ass, on the other hand, teams up with a local group of supers that were inspired to do good because of him. The group is lead by the patriotic and occasionally demented Colonel Stars and Stars, perfectly portrayed by Jim Carrey. Hit-Girl is trying to adjust to a normal life - but with her badass upbringing, it doesn’t go so well. Eventually the fi lm leads to a climactic battle which involves a heavily built woman in a bikini named Mother Russia, a shark and a far from romantic rooftop scene. All-in-all, glory. This fi lm kicks ass — oh the pun. It may not have done so hot in the box office opening weekend (coming in at number four with around $17 million), but if you’re a fan of costume wearing justice seekers and villains, epic fight scenes, hilarious jokes and vulgarity - this is the fi lm for you.


Before the post-punk revivalists Bloc Party take another undetermined amount of time away from pumping out alternative dance hits, they have graced us with the most recent addition to their discography, a five-track album called The Nextwave Sessions. The band released the album’s first single “Ratchet” in video form a little over a month ago, which gave listeners high hopes for things to come, but alas after their performance at England’s Latitude festival, the “Helicopter” and “Banquet” hit makers announced to the world that they were taking another hiatus.

The single “Ratchet” is about as close to the original energetic Bloc Party sound that The Nextwave Sessions gets. It’s a sure fire dance floor hit with an eccentric hard hitting guitar riff topped off by an incredible drum beat from Matt Tong. Lead singer Kele Okereke’s passionate and powerful lyrics organically flow atop the brilliant song arrangement. “French Exit” is an indie rock anthem song closely related to the sound of their breakout self-titled EP. “Montreal” is a five-minute track that bobs and weaves through a series of guitar licks and a progressive section of rhythm that’s reminiscent of songs on their second and third albums, A Weekend In The City and Intimacy. The Nextwave Sessions is an overall adequate mix of everything

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If you plan to see Lee Daniel’s “The Butler,” don’t walk into the theater looking for an agenda. There isn’t one, and that’s what makes this a beautiful fi lm. Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) works his way through life—from near slavery on a cotton farm in the Deep South to serving the president in the White House. Make that eight presidents. Entering service at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. during the Eisenhower Administration and retiring during the Reagan Administration, Gaines is the epitome of the dutiful attendant, and Whitaker lends class to the part. Privy to everything and divulger of nothing, Gaines takes his work seriously, much to the annoyance of his chain-smoking, harddrinking wife Gloria, portrayed to perfection by Oprah Winfrey. Despite its setting, “The Butler” is not an overtly political fi lm. Gaines and fellow butlers Carter (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and James (Lenny Kravitz) spend their days serving a star-peppered cast of presidents who spend very little time onscreen. Instead, the movie focuses on Gaines’ life and its complications, including the passion his oldest son Louis (David Oyelowe) has for the Civil Rights Movement and his youngest son Charlie’s (Elijah Kelley) service in Vietnam and Gloria’s growing indifference. Naturally, politics are discussed as Gaines maneuvers through the movie, but the only political talks only provide a historical context. The focus is completely on Gaines, who is ever present but never noticed until he asks, “Is there anything else I can get for you, Mr. President?” While it has been compared to “Forrest Gump,” Gaines has far more in common with Anthony Hopkins’ diligent butler in “Remains of the Day” than with Tom Hanks’ loveable imbecile. Leave the politics and activism at home. This is a movie that can be enjoyed simply for what it is and not for what it could be.

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the Brit’s have done thus far. It’s fulfi lls the need for cheesy spring break sounding club hits all the while sounding like a toned down alternative album you’d hear at a mellow dive bar on a Saturday night. The synthesized sounds used throughout the album are quite possibly the only thing saving it from being a complete failure to those used to that classic Bloc Party sound that made them popular in the first place.

With the release of Washed Out’s second fulllength album, Paracosm, the revolutionary chillwave producer has followed up the success of the “Portlandia” fueled sensation of Life of Leisure. Ernest Greene, the shoegaze musical prodigy that is Washed Out has put together another incredible arrangement of nine solid tracks that seamlessly flow from start to finish like one long, solid composition. The opening track, “Entrance,” is a blissful serenade of birds chirping and a strong set of chimes and a peaceful harpsichord tone that seems like something you would hear after going through the magical wardrobe to enter Narnia. The transition into the album’s second track, “It All Feels Right” is perfectly executed with a down-tempo acid house sound as listeners are met by Greene’s patent hard-to-understand, toned out

reverb vocals backed by a psychedelic synth-pop track. The song sounds like a late ‘90s Nightmares On Wax track that opens up one’s mind to a distinct color map of a musical spectrum created by Greene. The title of the album refers to concepts of imaginary worlds. The feelings of being free and escaping reality for a while are strong and prevalent emotions that slither about on Paracosm. The songs are built in such an elaborate way that the lyric “All I need is some peace of mind,” is riddled throughout several of the tracks. Maybe Greene is trying to suggest that Paracosm is an album that tries to simplify life and find an overwhelming sense of peace even when you aren’t looking for it. Within and Without and Life of Leisure had an organic, madein-your-parents- bedroom feeling behind it, where Paracosm excels beyond anyone’s expectations to take you to a magical fantasyland of musical genius.

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They’re back. On July 17, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” returned to TV with two new episodes for their second season on TLC. The cheesy television program is a reality show based on a girl named Alana, a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo from TLC’s “Toddlers & Tiaras” and the many adventures she has with her family — from mud sliding to eating enormous sandwiches. The newest season starts with Alana’s mother, Mama June, fussing at Alana and her sisters for not getting their chores done. June decided to take away their phones and put them all in a jar. In retaliation, after June left the house,

Alana and her sisters, Pumpkin and Chubbs decided to rub butter all over themselves and slide across the kitchen floor, making a big buttery mess; thus appropriately naming the episode “Mo’ Butter, Mo’ Better.” So far this season, Alana’s father (Sugar Bear) proposed for the third time to June, who doesn’t like the “M” word, but agreed to have a commitment ceremony instead of a wedding. The girls and Sugar Bear are happy with her decision. Sugar Bear, unfortunately, had to go to the hospital and was diagnosed with pancreatitis. He returned home and all of the girls, especially Alana, were happy to see him. “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” is a show that will keep you laughing through each episode while brightening your day each time you watch it. Photo courtesy of TLC

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Van Wetzinga returns to RMAC softball Mario Sanelli @mario_themet Annie Van Wetzinga was named the new head coach of the women’s softball team Aug. 6. She returns to Colorado five years after her first head-coaching job at Colorado School of Mines, prior to leaving for the head position at Upper Iowa University. Her hiring marks the tenth managerial change in the program’s 20-year history. “I’m anxious to start working with the current players on the team, and start building a good culture and get back to Metro’s winning ways,” Van Wetzinga said. “There’s been a lot of success (for Metro women’s softball) so I’m excited to get back to that.” Van Wetzinga’s excitement spreads beyond just softball itself. “When I was out here at Mines for three years, I really enjoyed living in Denver. I think it’s a great area,” Van Wetzinga said. Originally from Iowa, where she played four seasons at Central College in Pella, Iowa, Van Wetzinga helped her team reach the NCAA Division III national championship game in 2001. She returned to Iowa a decade after that title run, to coach the Peacocks of Upper Iowa University (2011-13) in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. “At the time, the Upper Iowa job was a very good opportunity for me,” Van Wetzinga said. “I was able to get back to family and that sort of thing. But long term, Colorado was always a place I could see myself getting back to and settling. I know Metro has a very good athletic department and it’s a place where you can be successful.” Successful is just what Van Wetzinga has become as a head coach. She was named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference coach of the year in her first season with

was 125-36 overall from 2008-10. Van Wetzinga looks to blend the two the Orediggers, and led them to their first Van Wetzinga and her staff are geared to conference title backed by a school-record 38 styles of play at Metro, although she has re-train the players what it takes to be sucbeen more of a defensive-minded coach wins. CSM continued to prosper under Van cessful, and set the expectation of finishing throughout her career. Wetzinga the following year, clinching its at the top of the conference. These are stepHome runs and double-digit scores are first NCAA tournament appearance with a great, but a strong defense is the backbone of ping stones in re-establishing a champion39-win season. ship type mentality and culture, much like a contender. She then took her talents to Upper Iowa the one seen when Fisher was head coach of “At the end of the day, especially when University and turned the program around. the Runners. you get outside of conference play and into In her third season, UIU saw its best overall Van Wetzinga and her new team held the postseason, I think it’s going to be good record of 28-16, 15-7 conference since joinan introductory meeting Aug. 18 and will pitching and defense that wins games,” Van ing the NCAA Division II in 2005. conduct tryouts the week of Aug. 26 before Van Wetzinga’s players have seen success Wetzinga said. “I like a good, clean, crisp the short fall season begins. game. Taking care of the ball and making in both aspects of collegiate student-athlete “After next week we should have a good the other team earn their runs.” life. During her three-year tenure at UIU, idea of who’s going to be leading us into the Van Wetzinga takes over a Metro team she produced 19 academic all-conference spring,” Van Wetzinga said. that had a combined record of 43-55 (32-39 players, six all-conference players and the RMAC) the past two seasons under former 2013 conference freshman of the year. head coach Kristi Lansford. Since 2009, the Van Wetzinga believes in proper represoftball team’s had three head coaches. sentation both on and off the field. “The challenge is to get back to some “If we take care of the little things: consistency,” Van Wetzinga said. “When hustling, playing hard, being engaged there’s that much turnover withon every pitch, I think the wins and in four or five years, consistency losses will take care of themselves,” Van Wetzinga said. “That kind of is going to be the big thing.” goes hand-in-hand off the field as “Jen Fisher did a great job of restarting the softball program well, being very good representahere,” Van Wetzinga said. tives of the Metro State athletic Former head coach Fisher department and the softball program, and being good students.” As her second go-around in the RMAC approaches, Van Wetzinga has a game plan in mind for how her Metro team will operate. “The RMAC is a very offensive league,” Van Wetzinga said. “I think a lot of that has to do with (the league) being centered around Denver and the altitude, and so it tends to be a little more offensive. In Northern Sun you can play a little bit more smallball in terms of running and New softball head coach Annie Van Wetzinga is the latest addition to the MSU Denver Athletic Department. bunting.” Environmental portrait by Philip Poston •

Maas to coach track, field, and XC Angelita Foster @angel_themet Nick Maas enters his third season with Metro cross-country and track and field, and his first as head coach. Maas promoted to head coach after the unexpected resignation of John Supsic earlier this month. As an assistant coach for track and field, Maas worked mostly with jumpers and sprinters, including three-time All-American hurdler Darius Reed. Maas said that he won’t make any major changes to the cross-country or track and field programs and is ready to pick up where Supsic left off. New track and field, cross-country coach Nick Maas. Environmental portrait by Philip Poston • pposton1@msuden“John and I had the same philosophy over the years, so nothing is really go-

ing to change,” Maas said. “I have some experience in weight training, so I may implement some of that over time.” The philosophy is focused on academics being the major priority, and competing at the highest level possible. “Taking care of the little things, not just on the little things in workouts, but the little things in classrooms,” Maas said. “This means showing up on time, doing your class work.” Maas said that in an effort to strengthen the team bond and possibly improve the study-hall habits, he is going to team up seasoned student-athletes with new athletes. “I think pairing upperclassmen with new athletes, saying ‘I know what it takes to get to the next level’ might make things easier,” Maas said.

The other area Maas said he would like to see improvement is in community involvement. “I want to get out a little more in the community – I know there are a lot of kids that could be really excited about seeing and working with collegiate athletes,” Maas said. Maas said that although he is excited about the opportunity of being a head coach, he is more excited about the returning athletes and new athletes in both programs. “We have a pretty good list of runners right now. Some of the new women will come in ready to compete in the top five spots,” Maas said. “And with some returning All-Americans, I expect both teams to get to the champsionship.”

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Courtney Ryan trades cleats for wheels

Former women’s soccer player Courtney Ryan connects on a header during a 2010 game, her final season at Metro. Photo courtesy of MSU Denver athletic department

in 2010 that left Ryan without the use of her legs, the former all-star transferred to the University of Arizona where she continues to compete in the collegiate division of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. Ryan, a San Diego native, was originally recruited to play soccer for Metro by then head coach

Mario Sanelli @mario_themet Former Metro All-American women’s soccer player Courtney Ryan was selected to the USA Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team in April. After a career ending injury

Danny Sanchez in 2008. Ryan began her Roadrunner tenure that fall under current head coach Adrianne (Almaraz) Pietz, who got her first glimpse of Ryan at a 2008 tournament in Texas. Ryan played defensive fullback throughout her career at Metro, and earned All-American honors before her collegiate soccer career

was cut short in Oct. 2010. Metro traveled to Grand Junction, Colo. to play Mesa State Oct. 8, 2010. “I woke up that morning and felt a little weird,” Ryan said. “I didn’t think much of it.” About 20 minutes into the game Ryan was slide tackled from behind and fell onto her back. A blood clot that had developed near her spine burst and leaked into her spinal cord, paralyzing her from the waist down. “It’s kind of crazy that the sport I loved so much, I took my last steps during it,” Ryan said. “I felt that my life as an elite athlete was now in the past.” Ryan stayed at Metro for the spring semester of 2011 and then moved back to San Diego. There, she became involved in the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Through “Project Next” Ryan met her mentor, Erica Davis, who introduced her to wheelchair basketball. Ryan was now again part of a team that strived to achieve the same goals. A trip to Surprise, Ariz. with the wheelchair basketball team brought an unforeseen and fortunate opportunity for Ryan.

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During a tournament game there, Ryan sunk a game-winning buzzer beater shot. Pete Hughes, the head coach of the Arizona Wildcats women’s wheelchair basketball team was in attendance that day and promptly offered Ryan a scholarship to play for the university after the game. Ryan joined the University of Arizona in the fall of 2012. “It was incredible. I was thankful I had the opportunity to play under Adrianne at Metro,” Ryan said. “Being at Metro taught me to be competitive at an elite level. That carried over to the Wildcats.” Hughes later wrote a letter of recommendation on Ryan and sent it, along with game tapes, to the head coach of the USA women’s wheelchair basketball team, Stephanie Wheeler. About two weeks later, Ryan became one of only 30 people invited to try out for Wheeler’s Olympic team. The five-day tryout was held in Birmingham, Ala. and on the last day the roster was finalized, with Ryan’s name on it. “Being selected has been an affirming event in my life,” Ryan said. Continued on page 17 >>


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<< Continued from page 16 “It’s some of the best coaching I’ve ever received.” According to Ryan, the road to Rio is focused to develop the team over the next three years. “Adrianne taught me to compete and desire to be the best you can be,” Ryan said. “And to cherish the bond between teammates because it’s a unique relationship. That’s translated to my experience with the Paralympics team.” Ryan and the team went through a July training camp and played eight games against the Germany national team in Georgia this year. 2015 marks Worlds; a tournament held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada where all the national teams will compete for the world title leading up to the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio. Along with playing for the Wildcats and the national team, Ryan is currently enrolled in the college of education, where she’s majoring in special education with an emphasis in rehabilitation. Ryan plans to eventually earn her Master’s Degree in rehabilitation counseling or disability studies. “I want to help injured players navigate the medical, public and recreational systems, which can be a huge challenge that I know from first hand experience,” Ryan said.

The Metro men’s soccer team was picked third in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in the coaches preseason poll. In the 2012 season, the Roadrunners went 12-7-1 overall and 8-5-1 for the conference. RMAC also announced senior defender Andrew Mejia, left 14, as the conference preseason defensive player of the year. Sophomore forward Danny Arrubla was also named preseason all-RMAC. Freshman defender Tyler Trujillo, 18, connects on a header against Laramie County Community College, Aug. 18 at Auraria Field.

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MSU Denver Counseling Center Student Resources for more info call 303-556-3132 (V/TTY) • Academic Workshops Exam Strategies for Success Monday • 10–11 a.m. • November 18, 2013

Are you finding that your grades do not reflect what you truly know? Are you disappointed with your performance date on exams, and wonder what you might be doing wrong? Discover strategies to bring out your best performance. Facilitator: Gail Bruce-Sanford,Ph.D, Staff Psychologist

Managing Test Anxiety Tuesday • 10–11 a.m. • October 8, 2013

This workshop is designed to assist students who are typically well prepared for test, but who lose confidence and blank things out on the day of the exam. You will have the opportunity to learn specific strategies to reduce you test anxiety. Facilitator: Tammy Heskeyahu, Psy.D, Staff Psychologist

Procrastination & Perfectionism Monday • 11–Noon • November 7, 2013

We all do it sometimes. Put things off until the last minute. Do every task on our list except the one we really need to get done. We choose to do something more fun rather than the thing we “should” be doing. If you find that you procrastinate to the point of extreme stress, or struggle to make deadlines, or get bogged down in perfectionism, then this workshop is for you! Discover techniques to avoid these situations. Facilitator: Michael Malmon, Ph.D, Staff Psychologist

Understanding ADHD Thursday • 11–Noon • October 24, 2013

Are you challenged with staying on task, focusing or with organization? Any of these could be related to ADHD. The goal of this workshop is to provide some basic information about ADHD, such as how do I know it is ADHD? Also, how is life different living with ADHD?

Personal Growth Workshops Coping with Bipolar Disorder Monday • 11–Noon • September 30, 2013

This workshop will provide information on some of the causes of bipolar illness, typical signs and symptoms, and recommendations for treatment. Participants will have a chance to discuss their own experiences with bipolar, some of the typical challenges and how to cope with some of the ups and downs. Facilitator: Gail Bruce-Sanford, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Dream Interpretation Thursday • 11 a.m.–Noon • September 26, 2013

For as long as people have been dreaming, they have been trying to make sense and meaning out of their dreams. Have you ever wondered what your dreams mean? What they say about you and your conscious waking life? Then come to this interactive workshop, where all participants will get to share dreams they have had and we will try to interpret and make sense of them. We also talk about sleep physiology, sleep talking and sleep walking, common images and themes in dreams, etc. Facilitator: Michael Malmon, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Substance Abuse: Minimizing Risk Thursday • 11 a.m.–Noon • October 31, 2013

This workshop will discuss strategies for minimizing the risks of alcohol and provide information about how to know when drinking is a problem for you or someone else. Information regarding drug use and abuse will also be incorporated. Referral resources will be provided. Facilitator: Amy Westergren-Amlicke, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Group Sessions (screening interview required)

Facilitator: Ray Gornell, Psy.D, Staff Psychologist

Stress Management Monday • 11–Noon • November 18, 2013

Are We are all faced with stress of some kind with varying severity. This workshop provides the opportunity to examine stressors and the ways in which stress impacts our lives, especially when left unacknowledged. Time will also be spent sharing and learning techniques for reducing stress and more effective management of challenges and our reactions to them. Facilitator: Michael Malmon, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Diversity Workshops Veterans’ Workshop Mondays • 11 a.m.–Noon • Oct. 14, Nov. 4, Dec. 2, 2013

Veterans can sometimes face unique stressors that can contribute to difficulties balancing work, school, and relationships (e.g., family, friends, etc.). This is a drop-in discussion group for veterans who are transitioning to student life. Facilitator: Steven C. Lee Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

First Generation Students Workshop Monday • 11 a.m.–Noon • November 11, 2013

“First Generation” vstudents, those students who are the first in their families to attend college, face unique stressors throughout the college experience. This workshop serves as a forum to discuss these stressors and their impact on college students and their families. The workshop will also focus on strategies to cope with challenges, maintain and develop relationships, and view oneself in healthy ways. Facilitator: Theresa Bazacos, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Dealing with Oppression Thursday • 11 a.m.–Noon • November 14, 2013

This workshop will focus on the ways in which people from various backgrounds may be experiencing different forms of oppression. We will brainstorm strategies for addressing or confronting inequities that contribute to frustration and hopelessness. Open to students from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Facilitator: Isaac Florez, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist

Interpersonal Processing/Experiential Therapy Group I Tuesdays • 3:30–5 p.m. • Semester-long

Facilitator: Michael Malmon, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Group 2 Mondays • 3–4:30 p.m. • Starts September 30, 2013 Facilitator: Amy Westergren-Amlicke, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

These therapy groups are designed for individuals who desire growth, insight, and awareness of both self and others by relating effectively with other group members in an environment that is non-threatening and safe. Typical presenting concerns of group members include relationships, self-esteem, assertiveness, and social anxiety. The overarching goal of these groups is to facilitate self growth and development of members, and to enhance interpersonal relationships, as well as their view of themselves.


Tivoli 651 Fall 2013 Mindfulness Meditation Tuesdays • 11–Noon • Starts September 24, 2013

Does life feel too fast-paced? Are you always thinking about what just happened or what will happen next? This open mindfulness group will meet through the semester to help students slow down and connect with the present moment. No prior experience with mindfulness meditation is required. This group does not require a pre-group screening. Just show up and relax with us! Facilitator: Ray Gornell, Ph.D, Staff Psychologist

Managing Your Anger, Not Anger Managing You Tuesdays • 11–Noon • Starts September 24, 2013

Anger is a healthy emotion but many people have learned unhealthy ways of expressing it. This group is designed to provide an understanding of what causes angry feelings; how to identify them before they become explosive; and how to express them constructively. If your anger is causing unpleasant consequences then you may want to consider this group. Facilitator: Gail Bruce-Sanford, Ph.D, Staff Psychologist

Improving Social Interactions Wednesday • 3–4:30 p.m. • Sept. 25–Nov. 13, 2013

Do you feel uneasy or anxious in social situations? Do you avoid parties and big group gatherings because they scare you? Do you feel like anxiety is getting in the way of you being the person you want to be? You are not alone. Anxiety is part of the human experience, but sometimes it can become too intense, too gripping, or too disruptive. This eight-week semi-structured group will provide a safe place to explore experiences of anxiety in social situations, teach practical methods of dealing with these concerns, and increase feelings of self-efficacy and confidence. Facilitator: Michael Malmon, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Women’s Relationships Wednesdays • 1–2:30 p.m. • Sept. 25–Nov. 13, 2013

This 8-session workshop will explore unhealthy behavior patterns most often occurring in relationships, and how these patterns can be disruptive to a woman’s emotional and spiritual growth, safety and quality of life. Identify red flags to look for, the signs of less optimal dating choices, the types of unhealthy relationships, and decide to make healthier dating choices by evaluating past relationships. The first 8 women to RSVP and complete the workshop will receive a copy of the book utilized in the workshop. Facilitators: Steven C. Lee, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Parenting Support Group Thursdays • 1:00–2:30 p.m. • Starts September 26, 2013

This group will be an ongoing support group for parents with children under the age of 12. If you are working to balance school, parenting and other life responsibilities and would like a place to talk about issues and learn practical skills this is your group. We will focus on issues such as parenting, stress management and whatever else you need to talk about. Even though most of us are busy, taking one hour a week to invest in yourself by participating in the group can really be worthwhile. Facilitator: Ray Gornell, PhD, Staff Psychologist

Healthy Life Skills Group Thursdays • 3–4:30 p.m. • Starts September 26, 2013

Have you ever felt like you are in the deep end of the pool trying to keep your head above the water when you really just want to be relaxing in the shallow end? If you have had times when you felt more overwhelmed than you wanted to, this group could be for you. Or maybe you have been managing well, moving forward in a positive direction but would like a place to check in and find support, then this group could be for you. This group will focus on learning practical ways to effectively manage our thoughts and feelings, so they do not seem so overwhelming, in a supportive and positive setting. Facilitator: Theresa Bazacos, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Survivors’ Group Tuesday • 1:30–3 p.m. • Sept. 24–Dec. 3, 2013

This group will focus on the after-effects of childhood sexual abuse on women survivors. It will combine education regarding the lasting effects of childhood trauma, as well as provide opportunities to process and explore a range of issues for survivors. The focus will be on developing trusting, safe relationships and how to deal with the continuing impact of childhood trauma. Other topics explored include guilt, difficulty with others, and how to handle potential triggers.

Mental Health Screening National Depression Screening Day Monday • 11–2 p.m. • October 21, 2013 • Tivoli Turnhalle

The Counseling Center will be providing free depression screening as part of National Depression Awareness Month. Join us for a free screening, to get more information and literature on depression, and to find out if you need further professional consultation. This event is open to the entire community; no student enrollment is necessary for participation. Mental health professionals will be available to answer your related questions and address your concerns. There will be lots of resources and FREE refreshments.

Facilitator: Tammy Heskeyahu, Psy.D, Staff Psychologist

To sign up for a group, call (303) 556-3132 . Groups require a brief meeting with the group facilitator(s) prior to their start. To participate in a workshop, you may just show up. Groups and workshops are open to MSU Denver students only. There is no charge for participation. People designed by Mugdha Damle & Amar Chadgar from The Noun Project. Department Name

Volume 36 Issue 2 - Aug. 22, 2013  

Weekly, student-run newspaper serving the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver since 1979.

Volume 36 Issue 2 - Aug. 22, 2013  

Weekly, student-run newspaper serving the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver since 1979.