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The Student Voice of MSU Denver 

Volume 39, Issue 20

February 1, 2017

Great Wall students ring in year of the rooster

Students from the Great Wall Chinese Academy perform a fan dance for the Chinese New Year at the Southridge Recreation Center in Highlands Ranch, Colo. on Jan. 28. Photo by Hua Yijian/Courtesy of Great Wall Chinese Academy

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MSU Denver men’s basketball coach Derrick Clark has been suspended for three games. The reason for the suspension was not released by the athletics department. Athletic Director Anthony Grant did issue a statement that the suspension was not a legal matter, but a personnel matter, and that further details would “not be provided or discussed,” at this time. This comes on the heels of the dismissal of Cam Williams, the leading scorer on the team. Williams, who was a junior guard, was averaging 15.1 points per game this season for the Roadrunners. This season was his first for the Runners after he transferred from



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Division I Eastern Kentucky University. Sources within the athletic department say that the dismissal was a culmination of events, not a firstoffense dismissal. Fans may remember when Williams was suspended for a weekend early in the season. Williams’ scholarship will remain active through the spring 2017 semester and he has been unavailable for comment about his basketball future. No more details on the specifics of the violations are currently available. The Runners lost their first game without Williams to the Westminster Griffins in double overtime 76-83 on Jan. 28. Clark served the first game of his suspension during this time. Clark is eligible to return Feb. 10 against Chadron State. Assistant Coach Michael Bahl will assume the role of interim head coach until Clark’s suspension is served.


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New bill accelerates veteran education By Esteban Fernandez Eferna14@msudenver.edu Veterans seeking higher education at MSU Denver may find their degree load easier thanks to a new bill introduced into Colorado’s House of Representatives. House Bill 17-1004 seeks to direct Colorado’s Commission on Higher Education to draft a metric that would make it possible for military education and training to count toward academic credit. The commission would perform this task in coordination with centers of higher education across the state. “It’s very important because the GI Bill only lasts for 36 months,” said Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, who wrote the bill. “If we are asking our veterans to take classes that they may have already taken while they were in the military and start below their attained educational level, they are much more likely to become frustrated and drop out.” The bill was introduced in the house on Jan. 11, 2017 and was assigned to the education committee. Since the bill is still in the committee phase, no vote has been scheduled yet to pass or obstruct it. According to the bill’s text, it takes 48 months to 60 months to complete a bachelor’s degree. However, the GI bill only provides a student veteran enough funding for 36 months of education. Colorado is home to 400,000 veterans, some of them college students. MSU Denver has 881 veterans receiving benefits and offers them the ability to apply their background toward military transfer credit. The school offers an academic credit package based on a veteran’s length of service, rank and experience. The program is run by the Center for Individualized Learning. However, complications may arise if a veteran tries to transfer institutions from MSU Denver. Braelin Pantel, from the Student Welfare and Engagement Office, said that MSU Denver was one of two Colorado institutions that offered a military credit package. She believes the bill would

U.S. Army veteran and MSU Denver student Garrett Norvell said veterans could greatly benefit from the bill by having as much as 10 to 12 credits waived. Photo by Lauren Cordova • scordo22@msudenver.edu

help avoid complications. “This is unique to each institution, and so a student would have assurance that this would be applied in the same way, if they were to transfer institutions,” she said. “A statewide metric could therefore be a real benefit to student veterans who transfer between Colorado institutions of higher education.” Pantel also said there could be problems in the implementation. A student’s degree plan, for example, may preclude any military credit from transferring over because the experience isn’t applicable. Another challenge that could arise is properly communicating the existence of the program to student veterans. MSU Denver student and Army veteran Garrett Norvell said he found out about MSU Denver’s military transfer credit too late. “It’s kind of my own fault, but at the same time I didn’t feel there was any push on the department’s end or the school’s end to let our veteran students know about that at the time,” he said. However, since then he said that the school’s outreach to veterans has improved significantly. Should the new bill pass, other schools would have to ensure that they communicated the new military credit to

their student veterans the same way MSU Denver has tried to do. So far, the bill enjoys bipartisan support from at least one Republican, Phil Covarrubias. The bill is scheduled to be in front of the house education committee on Feb. 6. For Michaelson, however, the passage of the bill is a personal matter. She comes from a long line of servicemen stretching all the way back to World War II and is married to an Air Force veteran. She is the mother of a U.S. Marine. Her grandfather returned to a hero’s welcome, she said, but her father who served in vietnam did not. Although veterans returning from the gulf war did so to a country that was receptive to them, she said the community was not ready to properly integrate them back into society. She believes this bill would be a step in the right direction. “We’ve come a long way, so that when my son comes out I hope that the community is ready to honor him in the way he honors us by fighting for our freedom,” she said. *Additional reporting by Greg Curtner

The first week: Trump’s executive orders The last week and half has been a busy time for Donald Trump’s pen. The president’s following executive orders were selected because of the direct impact they may have on students here at MSU Denver and the Auraria Campus at large.

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According to the New York Times, the definition of a criminal alien is loosely defined in the text of the order President Trump signed and includes anyone who crossed the border illegally, which is classified as a misdemeanor. MSU Denver enrolls students who were brought illegaly to the country as children by their parents.

The president signed an order restricting arrivals from seven Muslimmajority countries. The order could impact transfer students attending MSU Denver from those countries. The school has a large Muslim community present and the ability for foreign students to leave the country and return could be at risk.

Federal agencies will start dismantling the health law by waiving or deferring any provision of the bill that imposes a fiscal burden on U.S. citizens and businesses. The Health Center at Auraria requires students to purchase health insurance if they take nine credit hours or more as part of the law’s current requirements.


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Prescription drug types Prescription drugs are powerful narcotics that, if used correctly, provide comfort and relief to millions of Americans each year. However, as with any powerful drug, the possibility of addiction is always present. Below are the most common types of prescription drugs in use.

>> Benzodiazepines Called Benzos for short, these tranquilizers are usually prescribed to treat depression and other mental ailments. While effective over the short term, controversy exists over long term use.

>> Opiates and Opioids For pain relief, these two types of drugs are typically prescribed. Opiates are derived from opium poppies, while Opioids are synthesized in a medical lab.

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By Valentina Bonaparte vbonapar@msudenver.edu After a severe car accident in 2015, MSU Denver student Asireyah Shumpert broke her tibia and fibula, which resulted in ten surgeries over the past two years. “They had to remove about ten centimeters of bone because if not, they would have had to amputate my leg,” she said. Asireyah was prescribed opioids to help ease the pain during a long rehabilitation period, but decided not to take the pills. She warned that the substance not only makes you crave it, but also changes the way you act, ruining relationships with those who love you. “I know that I don’t want to be part of the statistics,” Shumpert said. “I don’t want to be part of the group that are addicted and the best way to do that is not to let it start ever, not to begin it with, just be educated,” she said. Although the correct use of benzos, opioids or opiates have helped a lot of people to battle depression and pain, deaths from prescribed opioid abuse have quadrupled since 1999 in America. The constant changes in the health care system, increasing availability and variety of substances, reduced

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time dedicated to patients and the false idea that prescription drugs are the only way to relieve depression or pain has led to serious nationwide drug addiction issues. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than six out of 10 drug overdose deaths involve an opioid. From 2000 to 2015, more than half a million people died from overdoses. Ninety one Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, including prescription drugs and heroin. There were 869 opioid overdose deaths in Colorado in 2015. Not all opioid abuse starts with a prescription. For one MSU Denver student who prefers to remain anonymous, their drug abuse started as a way to cope with a mental crisis. “I was just struggling with being depressed and from having PTSD responses. It helped to numb any uncomfortable feeling,” they said. “When I was sad I did it, mad, anything that wasn’t nice. It helped me get through the day without feeling.” Opioids do not have the same stigma as illegal narcotics because of the way U.S. drug law treats prescription pills. Addicts can obtain the pills through a caregiver’s prescription or a family medicine cabinet. However, in many cases, patients turn to different alternatives to get their fi x.

Assistant professor Katherine G. Hill, Ph.D, at MSU Denver said that there are restrictions on how many times pain medications can be renewed. So, people resort to stealing pills or buying the pills illegally. Hill cited the lucrative cost of selling prescription pills on the black market as a factor fueling continued abuse. “Pain pills have a surprisingly high street value, potentially selling for $40 or more for a single pill. It turns out that heroin is actually easier to find on the street and also less expensive. As a result, some opioid abusers turn to heroin,” she said. According to the CDC, heroin use has more than doubled in the past decade among young adults aged 18 to 25 years. Hill stressed that every year, something more potent comes out. When these new and stronger substances make their way out onto the streets, many abusers don’t realize the severity of what they are getting into and end up overdosing. “Heroin is more potent than Oxy, but fentanyl is more potent than heroin. Now, there is a newer opioid called car-fentanyl that is more potent than fentanyl,” Hill said. “There seems to be a never-ending market for new drugs.”







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Exclusive luncheon gathers state GOP State assembly Republicans make plans for current year By Madison Lauterbach mlauter1@msudenver.edu The Colorado Republican Party communicated their agenda for this year’s legislative season with party members at a Capitol Club luncheon on Jan. 25. The Club hosted donors, current legislators and members running for seats in upcoming county races. Although the luncheon was closed to press, several attendees talked about what they hope to see done in the approaching cycle. “I am always for tax simplification and I’m always for our liberty, because that’s the entire reason we institute government to begin with, which is to ensure the rights of the people,” said Charlie Ehler, who is running for county party chair in El Paso county. Ehler also said that he would like to see more cooperation between parties and accountability for politicians. “My issue is that both parties have forgotten that relationships come fi rst and policy comes second,” he said “Otherwise, you end up with policy that only benefits yourself and not everybody.” The Chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, Steve House, said the party’s agenda for this cycle would tackle several major problems the state will face. “There’s a number of big issues, right, so everything from how we’re going to deal with healthcare going forward because there’s major changes going on in Washington, to construction defects, to education,” House said. State Sen. Sue Meals from senate district 2 and member of the executive committee

said that she attended the luncheon to hear Sen. Kevin Grantham speak about the goals of the party in the House and the Senate. Grantham represents the same district. Meals said that one of the big questions was fi nding an alternative to Obamacare and whether grants could be used in the replacement. The luncheon also provided a platform to discuss how the Republican Party can attract more young adults. “One of the things they did mention was how to reach out to some of the younger folks, particularly millennials, because they have very different ideas of what they want in life and how to go about getting it,” Meals said. After the luncheon, Ehler said the religious conscience bill was talked about during the luncheon. The bill was planned to go into committee after the event ended. HB17-1013, or the Free Exercise of Religion bill, would allow Colorado businesses to refuse entering into business agreements with people who violate the beliefs of the owner’s religion. In 2014 Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood was ordered by a Colorado appeals court to make wedding cakes for gay couples, against their will. Ehler said he would prefer the bill be based on the unconstitutionality of entering a business agreement against your will, rather than on religious freedom. Some of the bills up fi rst are not garnering the bipartisan support Republican’s hoped for, specifically in the House, where Democrats hold a 37-28 majority. According to ColoradoPolitics. com, House Democrats have already assigned some ideologically important

Republican bills to the State Veterans Military Affairs Committee, which is nicknamed the “kill committee.” These bills include a religious conscience bill, a concealed carry in public schools bill and a deadly force against an intruder at a business bill. Despite this, Chairman House still has optimism and said he expects bipartisan support on issues that absolutely have to get dealt with such as healthcare, housing and education. “It’s just going to have to happen,” House said.

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News Briefs MSU Denver >> MSU Denver accreditation MSU Denver is requrired to renew its accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission every 10 years. Regional accreditation is important to recieve approval for federal financial aid and provides a consistent level of education across the region. HLC will be visiting the university campus on April 10-11. MSU Denver is asking all community members to provide feedback on the accreditation assurance argument conducted by HLC. Comments can be submitted on the HLC website and are due by March 9.

National >> Trump’s Supreme Court pick

Steve House, Chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, poses outside of the Repubican Luncheon at Maggiano’s in Denver on Jan. 25. Photo by Lauren Cordova • scordo22@msudenver.edu

U.S. appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch was announced as President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to fi ll the seat left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch is a Denver native and has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit since 2006. According the The New York Times, Gorsuch is known for his well-written and measured opinions. Although typically conservative, he is not exclusive in his outlook. His legal outlook is similar to the late Scalia.


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By Keenan McCall kmccall3@msudenver.edu It’s safe to say Donald Trump’s refugee ban has fallen short of lessening people’s fears of terrorism. After passing an executive order Friday barring refugees and immigrants from seven major Muslim countries while deporting some who are already in the United States, many people quickly rose up in opposition. Protesters gathered at major airports in New York City, Seattle, Denver and several other cities, while the American Civil Liberties Union raked in an estimated $24 million dollars from donors. Several federal judges blocked parts of the order due to lawsuits fi led by immigrants from affected countries. Sally Yates, acting attorney general, even issued an order to the justice department not to uphold the ban as long as she is in office, on the grounds that it could be unconstitutional. She did so even at the cost of her position. Of course, there were those who supported the action. Trump had made the promise during his campaign that he would act to block immigrants and refugees, on the grounds that it could allow potential terrorists a way into the country. His supporters have stood behind this, saying that the ban will give the country time to develop a stricter vetting process to prevent such threats from entering the country. To be fair, terrorism is a valid concern in this day and age. The past couple of years have seen a myriad of attacks on many Western countries, including the U.S., with many citizens now afraid of potential attacks by the Islamic State and other terror groups. People are afraid of this far off unknown, this threat that could

be anyone at anytime. They wanted a way to combat this fear and illuminate who it might be. And that’s exactly what’s wrong with the recent executive action. It further placed those from Muslim countries in the spotlight as dangerous elements instead of people. He gave them the face of someone different, someone with a foreign religion from a far off place who could be a monster in disguise. Terrorism will never be that simple. You can’t isolate it to a specific location or people. If anything, this ban has thrown fuel on the fire for people joining terrorist cells. Both Barrack Obama and George Bush were advised against such bans on refugees and immigrants because it gave fuel to propaganda used by terrorist cells like the Islamic State. It feeds the notion that the west is uncaring of the rest of the world and gives their claims a weight it needs to even exist. Beyond that, it won’t stop any home grown acts of terrorism. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold of the Columbine Massacre, James Holmes of the Aurora Theater Shooting and Robert Lewis Dear Jr. of the Planned Parenthood Shooting were all terrorists in their own right. The current executive order would do nothing to curb the actions of those like them in the future. They will continue to occur while the blame for the wider face of terrorism falls on those who did nothing except come from a different place than us. And yet, in the face of this problem rooted throughout the world, there is an option that can at least lessen the impact of terrorism: Cut at its roots by fostering understanding, communication and compassion. Where supporters of terrorism are bolstered by the closing of borders, counter it with help offered to refugees during times of war and suffering. Where some have sewn chaos with bombs and gunfire, counter it with acts of generosity toward the victims. When refugees ask for a safe place to rebuild their lives, offer them a helping hand and a place to stay until their home is safe again. Make this country one that welcomes those of all groups, regardless of what they believe in or where they came from. They are just as human as us, and they deserve the same amount of respect. There’s nothing great about an America that turns

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Editorial: Transcend Auraria starts solidarity movement

By Steve Krizman skrizman@msudenver.edu While the nation’s divisions were on display in Washington during inaugural weekend, 60 students, faculty and staff of all three institutions on the Auraria Campus were taking the first steps toward unity. Meeting in retreat cabins near the Palmer Divide, students participating in the firstever Transcend Auraria social justice retreat shared the real-life impacts of policies being considered in D.C.: * Students going to class and working to support families under the threat of deportation. * Students swimming upstream against systemic racism — on campus and off. * Students afraid of losing their health care. * Women enduring assaults and discrimination. * Lack of regard for the needs of students whose sexual identity and orientation are non-binary and not heterosexual. “I’m worried about tomorrow. I’m worried about five minutes from now,” said Saul Mejia, an undocumented student at Community College of Denver. “We have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen and we feel scared.” Mejia was born in Mexico and was brought to the United States when he was a toddler. Most of the money he makes as a bartender goes toward tuition. Auraria brilliantly reflects the diversity of Denver and should be the engine that brings equal opportunity, justice and harmony to the city. But do we? The judgment of the Transcend Auraria student participants was that it was not enough. They came from all three institutions, convened in a program that was funded by University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Community College of Denver. We do a lot on this campus to help individuals. We do a lot to advance awareness of cultures, genders, and sexual orientations -- and the discrimination they face. But our efforts are uncoordinated. Our power is diluted. Action is lacking. The students unearthed stereotypes they have of students of the other institutions on the Auraria Campus. They committed to fighting those stereotypes as they act in solidarity toward justice for all. Coordinated action magnifies the power of the three institutions on campus and demonstrates the behavior that the country so badly needs. And once a united front is established on campus, the Transcend students are committed to taking the action into the city. Who is better positioned to create a more just society than this campus, with its diverse student body and advanced scholarship in science, technology and the arts? Lynne Winter, an environmental sciences student at MSU Denver, said, “The Auraria Campus is the perfect place to come together, to support one another and to make a plan for action. We all have to step up and speak out in whatever way we can. Losing the battle for equality is not an option.” The Transcend Auraria retreat was a bold effort to light a fuse for social justice action and to bring the three institutions closer together. The campus can expect to hear more from the Transcend alums, and you will be invited to join the movement. Consider it an opportunity to focus academe to bring about equal opportunity, equality and justice.

Steve Krizman, MA, is assistant professor of journalism and public relations at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He was among 16 staff and faculty members who facilitated the first-ever Transcend Auraria social justice retreat over the weekend of Jan. 20-22.



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Spirits rise early for the coming year By Kavann Tok ktok@msudenver.edu

Students perform a traditional Chinese dance for the Chinese New Year Celebration at the Southridge Recreation Center in Highlands Ranch, Colo. on Jan. 28. Photo by Hua Yijian/Courtesy of Great Wall Chinese Academy

The Great Wall Chinese Academy teaches cultural classes during Sunday school including an oragami class. Photo by Lauren Cordova • scordo22@msudenver.edu

Dancing dragons, colorful costumes, the echo of Tanggu drums and the delicious aroma of hot noodles, pastries and dumplings fi lled the auditorium at the “Great Wall Chinese Academy” new year celebration 2017. To ring in the year of the Rooster, the academy presented folk dance, martial arts demonstrations, traditional music and Chinese cultural arts. In the Asian merchandise market, visitors can browse through art, calligraphy, origamis, jewelry and traditional Chinese costumes. “We come here to celebrate Chinese New Year and to show the Chinese traditions,” Ruth Cron said, a vendor of clothing and jewelry. “We’re so happy. This is my first time. Favorite part are the shows, Chinese

traditional things and communicating with the people.” Alongside her, Suping Fu, who has been at this event for many years stated, “Every year for Chinese New Year, I come here to teach American people about Chinese culture.” Chinese New Year celebration, also known as “Spring Festival,” is a holiday that spans two weeks in the home country. There are 12 animals in the zodiac sign, each representing the unique, exclusive personalities of people born under their individual signs. The year of the Rooster is the elemental sign of fire. They are most happy in social situations, relishing in the excitement of being around people, typically the life of the party! Brian Ma and teacher Kevin Fang displayed caricatures of animalshaped origamis. Ma explained the art of origami. “It’s a little confusing at first, especially when you make the bottom parts and the bases. It’s just a lot of time to fold all those individual pieces. I’ve been a part of this club for two years. It’s fun making things and showing it off, really showing the culture and teaching people how to make bits of it too. It’s interesting.” Hung Wu was at the celebration selling Chinese good luck knots which are a traditional Chinese folk

art from the Tang and Song Dynasty. “It scares away the evil and brings the positive to you,” Wu said. “It is just so simple, small and cheap, but they have a powerful meaning.” In the upper level auditorium, the main events consisted of dancers, violinists and martial arts demonstrations, mostly performed by children, teenagers and young adults. Some of the programs included “Lion and Dragon Dance” and “Martial Art Wu Shu Demo” by National Martial Arts Academy. The Great Wall Chinese Academy showcased “Kung Fu Fan Dance,” “Kung Fu Kids,” “Chinese Qi-Pao Dance” and “Great Wall Students Choir.” Also, Han Lee’s Taekwondo Academy performed “Taekwondo Demo.” There were also “Polynesian Dance,” “Violin & Hulusi,” “Chinese Folk Dance - Spring Flowers,” “Chinese Yoyo” and “Hawaii Hukilau Hula Dance.” Gary Choi, the owner of Meiyodo Kung Fu also had his students perform Kung Fu for the Chinese New Year celebration. Choi has been teaching Kung Fu for eight years and learned from a family friend when he was 8 years old. When asked why he chose to start teaching he responded that he wanted to keep the lineage going because he

is one of the last people who still knows his clan’s Kung Fu. Fuyao Lyon demonstrates the art of Chinese calligraphy on Jan. 28. Lyon teaches a Sunday school class on calligraphy. Photo by Lauren Cordova • scordo22@msudenver.edu “I’m the only one. I learned in Hong Kong and there is really only about seven of us left. So I am the only one really here in America that is teaching it,” Choi said. The style of Kung Fu that Choi teaches is a unique style of Kung Fu that derives from his original clan. His style, in English, is called “dragon charging fist.” Zack Evins, instructor at the Han Lee’s Taekwondo demo team, explained, “I’ve been the captain since the group started. My favorite part is showcasing my students, getting them out there and giving them more confidence in their abilities. Their performances are a big part of that. We do a lot of forms. We do weapons, kicking demonstrations. We’re working on doing flips and tricks and stuff like that but not all of us are quite there yet. The young kids Student Megan Levine poses after her fan dance performance on Jan. 28. Photo by Lauren Cordova • are picking it up very quickly.” scordo22@msudenver.edu

Great Wall Chinese Academy Chinese Cultures classes include: Calligraphy Martial Arts Folk Dance Art Yoyo Handcraft Violin Hong Wu explains the importance of Chinese good luck knots at the Chinese New Year celebration on Jan. 28. Photo by Lauren Cordova • scordo22@ msudenver.edu

Sundays Chinese School Location: Highlands Ranch High School 9375 Cresthill Lane, Highlands Ranch Website: www.greatwallchineseacademy.org Mandarin Chinese courses from prechool level to adult level, along with Ma Liping. Volunteer Daniel Moen demonstrates how the dragon head mechanics work on Jan. 28. Photo by Lauren Cordova • scordo22@msudenver.edu





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Forever Plaid By Avery Anderson aande133@msudenver.edu Colorado has a plethora of amazing local theatre companies performing some of the best show in the state. We are graced each year with a myriad of shows, one being the cult classic “Forever Plaid” now at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown. This oldie show gives a fictional men’s quartet, The Plaids, a second chance to perform their first show after they were killed in a car accident. The plaids are everything you could want out of a ’50s guys group: They’re cheeky, they’re classy, and they’re cute. This four man show – yes, only four actors in the entire show – mixes classic ’50s and ’60s music with some humor and presents it to audiences in a fun way. “I think it’s different because we all share a larger portion of the same amount of responsibility as you would for another show,” said Stephan Turner, who plays the character Smudge. “It would be a mistake to assume that it’s a like a jukebox musical.” Although the band does die before their performance and end up performing the entire show from the after life, that certainly does not slow them down.The group members embrace the fact that they are deceased and play off of it, making jokes and gags about it through the show. “It’s certainly a musical comedy, but you have quite the undertone of sadness because of the whole death part,” cast member Mikeal Macbeth said. “Even [for]

people who don’t like musicals. I have had several, several friends and family see it.” Even though this show makes older audiences swoon with enjoyment, it is still able to reach across the generational isle and make younger audiences laugh. “It’s interesting because of modern audiences laugh at certain things that you know older audiences don’t laugh at,” cast member Jon Heath said. Although audiences may not be extremely familiar with the show or the music, the level of quality and professionalism that the Candlelight brings to all of its production is still superb. The music sounds great, the set design is simple yet perfect and the costumes are, of course, plaid. But could you expect anything less from a director like Matt LaFontaine? If you are a fan of the oldies station, men groups, or the pattern plaid, you are sure to enjoy this fun musical. ‘Forever Plaid’ is now playing at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, for tickets call 970-744-3747.

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The man behind the Pac By Keenan McCall kmccall3@msudenver.edu Masaya Nakamura may be gone, but his legacy will not soon be forgotten. The president of the company that created “Pac Man,” Nakamura was one of the original visionaries of the video game industry. He started off as a designer of children’s toys, creating wooden horse toys offered at department stores. He found success in this, using it to start his own company that would grow from Nakamura

Manufacturing into Namco. It would grow to become one of the most successful game producers to date, alive even today as Bandai Namco. In its earliest years, he believed in video games and brought them into the mainstream. He supported the creator of one of the most iconic characters in popular tech culture, fully funding “Pac Man’s” production and breaking new ground in the potential for computers as a medium for entertainment. The creation would become the company’s most immediate legacy, even leading to a less than perfect Hollywood tribute related to it a few years before his passing.

Split By Mathew Plimpton mplimto@msudenver.edu

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For many people, M. Night Shyamalan is very much a hit or miss director. Many would say that he lost his touch after Signs, or The Village. I kept hope for his special touch to return. To my frustration it did not, until this year when he wrote and directed “Split.” His latest thriller, featuring the talents of James McAvoy, is the story of a group of girls who are kidnapped by a man with 23 distinct and separate personalities and are being held until the 24th personality comes out. From the beginning, the camera stays as steady as possible following the girls to their car and stays on them as they talk and then realize that the father of one of the girls is not in the driver’s seat revealing one of the personalities preparing to kidnap them. While the premise is interesting, the lead actor carries the majority of the

And yet, the company went on to do so much more than that. It would continue to produce video games treasured by fans like “Galaga,” “Ridge Racer,” “Tekken” and “Soul Edge.” The whole way, Nakamura took a leading role in making sure it stayed true to pushing video games further, play-testing each and every game the company produced by Namco for as many as 23 hours. He stayed active up to his death, interacting with developers and staying aware of what his company was putting out into the ever growing industry. Nakamura truly believed in video games. He helped it to become something more than just a trend, and he never

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film. Kevin Crumb is seen with a total of nine of the 24 personalities, but what makes it so praiseworthy is the fact that McAvoy is able to act out each personality with major distinction and little to no makeup. In a single scene, he can change his posture and facial expressions with subtlety to make sure the audience knows we are in the presence of a completely different person ranging from a quiet man with OCD to a nine-year-old child. The lead actress, Anya Taylor-Joy, brings both a vulnerability and strength to her roll as she ends up being the only one of the girls that McAvoy’s character respects and talks to. Not only does she portray a damaged girl, she portrays it with great believability. The acting is not the only thing that makes the movie a good watch. While some may criticize the pacing of the film, it truly takes its time and plays out with the intent to build tension. It’s something I have been waiting to see from Shyamalan for a long time, as he is able to build suspense beautifully and slowly with intent to scare audiences. Others would criticize the writing for being a bit eccentric at times and I would say they are right, but only to a point because, again, the intent is to make the audience uncomfortable and it is successful for the most part. This fi lm is flawed with some plot holes, an odd twist that many will scratch their heads over and some moments that don’t make a whole lot of sense, but I do think it is safe to say that Shyamalan has returned to his roots almost on the same level as The Sixth Sense or Unbreakable. I would absolutely recommend seeing this, but also to be cautiously optimistic. This is still a great fi lm that I intend to watch again, but not with the same enthusiasm as the previous works of the director.

stopped believing in their potential to entertain and engage people. THough he is gone, he will not soon be forgotten.

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Who said MSU Denver has no football? By David Schaut dschaut@msudenver.edu While MSU Denver may not have an NCAA sanctioned football team, club football quarterback Michael Gatewood will be the first to tell you that football is alive and well for the Roadrunners. “We’re live. We’re hitting. There’s some hits going on here, some highlight plays going on here,” Gatewood said. Gatewood is a junior at MSU Denver and a captain on the football team. This season will be his second for the football program. James Cobb, an MSU Denver alumnus, is the head coach for the newly minted National Club Football Association member club team. He has coaching experience at a multitude of levels. “I coached in semi-pro and had a really unique opportunity to coach in arena football for a couple of years,” Cobb said. “I coached in high school for the better part of 18 years. I coached at Wheat Ridge, Green Mountain and Bear Creek. I won a state championship with Green Mountain in 1999, was a coach

on that staff. I love football and I love being involved with it. It’s hard to imagine it not being in my life.” Membership has its privileges, and the competition that MSU Denver will face in the NCFA features club teams from some premiere institutions across the nation. “We’re playing Michigan State, their club team, UNC-Chapel Hill, we’re going to play all those club teams,” Gatewood said. “So the people who didn’t make the DI school or the practice squad, they play on the club team.” Other teams in the NCFA include Ohio State University and the University of MichiganFlint. What’s not to get lost in the club football program are the opportunities it provides studentathletes. “It offers so many opportunities for so many people. We’ve got some guys that go off to the service and come back to Metro, so this is just a great opportunity for them to grow,” Cobb said. Athletic Director Anthony Grant made it clear in a recent issue of The Metropolitan that the school is not pursuing an NCAA sanctioned football team. That

jhowar50@msudenver.edu For the first time ever, the Ultimate Fighting Championship came to Pepsi Center for UFC on Fox 23 on Jan. 28. In the card’s main event, No. 1 ranked women’s bantamweight Valentina

Shevchenko defeated No. 2 ranked Julia Pena via armbar in the second round, earning herself a title shot against the bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. The fight opened up with Peña walking down her opponent and pinning her against the cage holding true to her game plan.

No. 1 ranked women’s bantamweight Valentina Shevchenko defeated No. 2 ranked Julia Peña at UFC on Fox 23 Jan. 28 at the Pepsi Center, earning her a title shot against current champion Amanda Nuñes. Photo from Flickr

Roadrunner Briefs » 2017 RMAC preseason baseball poll released

MSU Denver junior and club football quarterback Michael Gatewood drops back to throw a pass during tryouts on Jan. 29. This season will be Gatewood’s second with the team, and he has been named a captain by Head Coach James Cobb. Photo by of Lauren Cordova • scordo22@msudenver.edu

being said, Cobb is optimistic about the football program’s chances moving forward, especially if MSU Denver alumni jump on board. “Realistically, all you’ve got here is the School of Mines. Great school. Not everyone gets into the School of Mines. Metro is such a great school, it offers great opportunities for so many people,” Cobb said. “We’re hoping the alumni will start to take a look at it and say, ‘Yeah, football would be great at Metro’”. Still need convincing to start

attending games? Gatewood has you covered. “If you like football, come on out and check us out,” Gatewood said. “Tailgate in the parking lot, come out and get rowdy. It’ll be fun.” MSU Denver club football has also partnered with the Gin Mill for fundraising. Anyone who mentions the club football program when ordering drinks will have a portion of the proceeds go to the program.

UFC: Punches thrown at the Pepsi Center By Jake Howard


Shevchenko was able to land a beautiful takedown off a knee to the body thrown by Peña. Peña eventually got back to her feet, but was taken down by Shevchenko in the same manner later in the round. In the second round, Peña scored a takedown of her own after many failed attempts, but was ultimately submitted by Shevchenko with 30 seconds remaining in the round. Now on a two fight win streak, Shevchenko will face the only woman to defeat her in the UFC, champion Amanda Nuñes. In the card’s co-main event, No. 5 ranked welterweight and hometown hero Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone was dismantled by No. 12 ranked Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal. Cowboy was favored coming into the fight, but Masvidal was able to use his superior boxing to finish Cowboy at the beginning of the second round, making a statement in his division. Another huge bout featured on the card was a heavyweight clash

between UFC veteran Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski and rising star Francis “The Predator” Ngannou. As many people expected, the fight didn’t last long. Ngannou caught Arlovski with a clean right hook, ending the fight in the first round. Denver was blessed with a great card provided by the UFC from beginning to end. The main-card opened up with a featherweight bout between two of the best strikers in the division. Jason “Mississippi Mean” Knight met Alex “Bruce Lee Roy” Caceres. They exchanged combinations in the first round, but Knight stole the round with a late takedown. He was able to score another takedown early in the second round, ultimately ending the fight via rear naked choke. The UFC broke its 2017 attendance record with 13,233 fans filling the Pepsi Center. They also topped $1 million at the gate and eight of the 12 fights ended in finishes.

The 2017 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference preseason baseball coaches poll was released on Jan. 31 and the Roadrunners were picked to finish fourth in the conference. The Runners finished with a 1723 overall record last season and did not qualify for the RMAC championship tournament. The team begins their first season without star pitcher Julian Garcia, who was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 10th round in 2016. Their first game of the season is Feb. 3 against Nebraska-Kearney at noon.

» Softball picked to finish second in poll The Roadrunners’ softball team was picked to finish second in the preseason Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference coaches poll released Jan. 31. The Runners are returning many of their most productive players from the 2016 squad. Junior catcher Sarena Espinoza returns after leading the team in batting average and RBIs and senior pitcher and shortstop Cassidy Smith comes back to the team after a breakout 2016, where she had 13 wins as a pitcher and 42 RBIs. The team was 35-19 overall last season and earned a berth in the NCAA tournament where they lost both games. Their first game is Feb. 4 against NebraskaKearney at the Regency Athletic Complex.

» Women’s basketball holds on against Griffins The MSU Denver women’s basketball team withstood a late rally by the Westminster Griffins to win 67-58 on Jan. 28. They improved to 13-9 overall and 9-6 in conference play. Junior guard Georgia Ohrdorf scored a team-high 20 points in the game and junior guard J’nae SquiresHorton scored 16. The team travels to South Dakota to play Black Hills State on Feb. 3.


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Nationwide Briefs

Avalanche enter complete rebuilding mode

» Dana White thinks Ronda Rousey is done UFC President Dana White believes Rhonda Rousey’s fighting career is done. Rousey, the biggest name in women’s MMA, has been knocked out in two straight fights after going 12-0 in the beginning of her career. “In the conversation I had with her if I had to say right here right now, again I don’t like saying right here right now because it’s up to her, but I wouldn’t say she fights again,” White said. “I think she’s probably done.” Sources in Rousey’s camp have said that she’s in good spirits and in a good place mentally, a far-cry from how she handled her first career loss against Holly Holm. Rousey told Ellen DeGeneres after the fight with Holm that she had contemplated suicide. She appears to be handling her second career losss much better.

» First female NFL coach released by Bills The Buffalo Bills announced Jan. 31 that they will not retain the first female NFL assistant coach Kathryn Smith. Sean McDermott replaced Rex Ryan as head coach and ultimately made the decision not to bring Smith back. McDermott also decided not to retain defensive backs coach and former Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed. The only assistant of Rex Ryan that McDermott will retain is special teams coach Danny Crossman. Newly hired head coaches often revamp their staff upon arrival at a new organization.

» Carmelo Anthony addresses trade rumors Former Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony commented on trade rumors involving him being sent away from the Knicks. He is not ruling out any scenario. “I hear the new report every day,” Anthony said on Jan. 31. “Every day is a new team. ‘Melo said this, Melo said that.’ Melo hasn’t said anything yet. That’s what I will say. Melo hasn’t said anything yet.” The Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers have been rumored as possible destinations for Anthony. The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 23.

By Matt Stefanski mstefan3@msudenver.edu Coming out of the All-Star Break, the Colorado Avalanche hold the worst record in the NHL. They have lost seven games in a row and have not been able to win consecutive games since Nov. 21. They rank 30th in the league in goals for and goals against, and have the worst goal differential in the league at -63. So far, it’s safe to say the wheels have completely come off since the resignation of Patrick Roy and the problems with Jared Bednar have fully emerged. They have been magnified by the team’s regression from last year. Fans may have to get used to being the basement dwellers of the NHL for a few years before the team can return itself to a competitive level. To start, the coaching must change immediately. Bednar, who had zero NHL experience before this year, has shown that he isn’t even

close to being ready to handle the responsibilities of an NHL coaching position. When the offseason begins, the Avalanche do need to wash their hands of Bednar and find themselves an NHL-level coach with previous experience in the league. This could mean picking up Gerard Gallant for a couple of years to get the team back onto an NHL-level system so as not to stymie the development of Tyler Jost, Mikko Rantanen and any future draft picks during the rebuild. Along with that, the team needs to begin looking at the players, primarily their core. Unfortunately, with Semyon Varlamov opting for season ending surgery, our best trade chip is off the table until the offseason. The Avalanche absolutely need to look to unload what has been one of their worst contracts in recent years. The Colorado Avalanche had a record of 13-31-2 as of Jan. 31. The team hasn’t won Matt Duchene, instead, consecutive games since Nov. 21 and has a league worst goal differential of -63. Photo from Flickr now leads the pack of potential trade options. He has been a remaining such as Jerome constantly injured Johnson and disappointing player and leader Iginla, John Mitchell and Blake Barrie, who has underperformed the past few seasons. With two Comeau. since signing a new contract in years left on his contract, teams Most importantly, ownership July, 2016. looking for an offensive boost needs to look at the scouting Unless Sakic can hit on the such as the Florida Panthers staff, and further, Joe Sakic. draft and free agency for the may be interested in picking him While Sakic is a legend in next year, maybe two, as well as up in exchange for defensive Denver for his play on the ice, hire a coach that can help fix the prospects or draft picks. his decisions as the general issues that have arisen during Along with Duchene, the manager have left a lot to be Bednar’s tenure, the Kroenkes’ Avalanche should also look at desired. Despite claiming a focus need to look elsewhere for their unloading Gabe Landeskog, on building the defense every executive leadership. Tyson Barrie or Erik Johnson, year, the only two key defensive followed by any other costly players the Avalanche have had or bad contracts they have during his tenure have been a

Men’s basketball loses double-overtime thriller By David Schaut dschaut@msudenver.edu The post Cam Williams era began for the Roadrunners’ men’s basketball team on Jan. 28 when they lost 83-76 in double overtime to the Westminster Griffins. The Runners fell to 8-7 in the conference and 12-10 overall. They remain in fifth place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. It was a low scoring and chippy first half that ended tied at 23. Senior guard Brian Howard was assessed a flagrant-1 foul when he tried to stop a breakaway by the Griffins. Later in the half, senior forward Andre Harris had a huge blocked shot that led to a scuffle and a technical foul on the Griffins. Junior guard Peter Møller led the team in the first half with eight points, but Harris was the aggressor for the Runners. Harris

Griffins capitalized. The Griffins in the game to tie it at 66. Harris finished the half with seven ended up winning 83-76. points but was a force on defense blocked the last second attempt The Runners travel to South by the Griffins to send the game with two blocks and a steal. Dakota to take on Black Hills into a second overtime. Sophomore forward Travis State on Feb. 3 and South Dakota Unfotunately, the Runners Devashrayee led the Griffins in School of Mines on Feb. 4. couldn’t get open shots, started the first half with nine points. turning the ball over and After only making one in committing fouls, and the the first half, the three pointers started falling like raindrops for the Runners in the second half. Møller, freshman guard Alec Williams and Howard all hit a three in the first 10 minutes of the half to give MSU Denver a 41-33 lead. The Griffins fought back and took a two point lead with 10 seconds left. Williams drew a foul and hit both of his free throws with five seconds left in the game to tie it at 59 and send it into overtime. With the Runners down two late, Cortes drew an offensive foul on Griffins point guard Zerrion Payton, and who Sophomore guard Enrique Cortes elevates for a dunk over Westminster’s Dayon else but Williams hit a long two Goodman. The Roadrunners lost the game 76-83 in double overtime. pointer with seven seconds left Photo by of McKenzie Lange • mlange4@msudenver.edu

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Auraria Events 2.01: Tri-Institutional Open Mic Night Come join students from each entity for a night of performing and fun. Sing, play an instrument or provide a comedy routine, all in front of a live audience! Location: Multicultural Lounge Price: Free Time: 4-6 p.m. 2.02: Post-Inauguration Dialogue Join the Counseling Center, First Year Success, and the new ALANA Multicultural Center for a postinauguration dialogue. Pizza will be provided. Location: Tivoli 444 Price: Free Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 2.03: Junior Recital: Marina Malek Free and Open to the Public. MSU Denver Students, Staff, and Faculty free with valid ID at the King Center Box Office 303-556-2296. Location: King Center Recital Hall Price: Free Time: 5:30 p.m. 2.03: Presence: Reflections on the Middle East his exhibition of photo-based works reflects the tension inherent in the presence, or absence, of people in a place, whether in the native land or abroad. Location: Tivoli 320 Price: Free Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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2.05: Nick Fanciulli Location: Beta Price: $10 Time: 9 p.m.

2.01: B-2 Location:: Gothic Theater Price: $20 Time: 8 p.m.


2.05: Carnifex Location: Marquis Theatre Price: $17 Time: 6 p.m.

2.01: Classic Vinyl Location:: Herman’s Hideaway Price: $4+ Time: 7:30 p.m. 2.02: Chris Robinson Brotherhood Location:: Ogden Theatre Price: $25-$29 Time: 8 p.m.

2.06: Iration Location: Boulder Theatre Price: $22.50 Time: 7:30 p.m.

2.02: Trapdoor Social Location: The Marquis Theatre Price: $10 Time: 7 p.m.

2.06: Kevin Garret Location: The Larimer Lounge Price: $18 Time: 8 p.m.

2.03: Rally ‘Round the Family Location: Bluebird Theater Price: $15-$25 Time: 8:30 p.m. 2.03: Less than Jake and Pepper Location: Ogden Theatre Price: $15 Time: 7:30 p.m. 2.04: The Revivalists Location: Club Vinyl Price: $20 Time: 8 p.m.

2.04: Safety Suit Location: Bluebird Theater Price: $20 Time: 8 p.m. 2.05: Alec Ryan Location: The Larimer Lounge Price: $10 Time: 8 p.m.

The Met’s top five odd food combos

2.07: K. Flay Location: Black Sheep Price: $10.39 Time: 7 p.m. 2.07: Eric Johnson Location: Lincoln Price: $15 Time: 7:30 p.m.

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1. Yogurt and Ritz Crackers

WOMEN”S SOFTBALL 2.04 Vs. Nebraska Kearney

2. Fish and agave syrup

Location: Auraria Event Center Time: 11 a.m.

3. Juice on cereal

2.05 Vs. Colorado Mesa Location: Auraria Event Center Time: 2 p.m.

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4. Surf and jerk chicken

2.03: Partly Cloudy


5. Turf and tomatoes

2.04: Cloudy


2.05: Partly Cloudy


2.06: Sunny


2.07: Chance of Snow


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Trending News “Supreme Court Pick Is Neil Gorsuch, an Echo of Scalia in Philosophy and Style” (New York Times) “Jewish Centers Around the U.S. Targeted by Bomb Threats’” (Time) “Sally Yates and the US constitution: two fatalities of the Monday Night Massacre” (The Guardian)

Useful Facts • Attorney General Sally Yates was fired for refusing to uphold President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees from entering the country if they come from one of seven middle eastern countries considered dangerous. Her acting replacement will be Dana J. Boente.

Pro Sports 2.01 Denver Nuggets vs. Memphis Grizzleys Location: The Pepsi Center Price: $25+ Time: 7 p.m. 2.03 vs. Milwaukee Bucks Location: The Pepsi Center Price: $10+ Time: 7 p.m. 1.26 Colorado Avalanche vs. Winnipeg Jets Location: The Pepsi Center Price: $25+ Time: 1 p.m.


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Horoscopes Capricorn

Roses are red, violets are blue. Buy gold now.

With the setting sun, your story will come to an end. Good thing too, because your significant other isn’t buying any of it.

July 23 - August 22

You’ve been working like a dog these past few days. Take some time to lounge around like a proper lazy cat.


August 23 - September 22

February 19 - March 20

“You say I’m toast with you? You and what toaster?” “I love being delirious. It’s so much fun!” “Esteban is my given name. From now on, I shall be known as Steven.” ”If I die, cremate me and scatter the ashes in a nice place. But not Disney Land.”

Hear or see something that makes you laugh? Shake your head? Roll your eyes or say WTF? Tweet it to @themetonline with the hashtag #overheardoncampus

Some call you a nihilist, but you don’t care. Caring won’t stop you from fading into the ether upon death.

Skydiving is a great way to clear your head. It’s impossible to think about your problems when you’re hurtling toward the ground.



September 23 - October 22

March 21 -April 19 Cheer up. Loss is a part of life. Keep your chin up in the face of your new, three-limbed adventures.

1. ASAP kin 4. Winner 9. Confiscate 14. Debt acknowledgment 15. Hard-hit baseball 16. Bee product 17. Title character who wrestled

“Rousing orchestral music.” —Esteban Fernandez “Noise.”

“Flight of the concords.” — Lauren Cordova

There is a time and place for drunken shenanigans. A friday morning at the DMV is not one of those times.

“There’s no way my musical style could be defined.” — Joella Bauman

October 23 -November 21



May 21 - June 20

reptiles 20. Product label abbr. 21. Have a feeling 22. “Since __ You Baby”: 1956 hit 23. Use a hypodermic 26. Alfred E. Neuman’s magazine 29. USSR successor 30. Score after deuce

“Hip hop and rap.” —Madison Lauterbach


November 22 - December 21 Adhere to the age old warning. Don’t throw stones in your new glass house.

31. Throw down the gauntlet 32. Enjoyed immensely 33. Menial servant 35. Caribbean Sea group 38. Marshal Dillon’s portrayer 39. Flirt 40. “Peanuts” expletive 41. Bird bills 42. Promise 45. E-I connection 46. 2004 Kentucky Derby winner __ Jones 48. Antitoxins 49. Numskull 51. Intangible qualities 52. Tool with V-shaped serrated jaws 57. Gush forth 58. Granddaddy of digital computers 59. __ Miss 60. It’s a good thing 61. Dupe 62. Actor Beatty


“Japanese rock music and anime scores.” — Keenan McCall

— Cassie Ballard


Don’t doubt yourself this week. Believe in the you that believes in yourself, even if that doesn’t make sense.

— David Schaut

Run little rabbit. Run from the wolf that is life!

April 20 - May 20 Variety is the spice of life, but not always cooking. You’ll learn that when you taste your homemade haggus burgers.

“Hippitie Hop bro.”



“Beware the invisible cows.”

What’s your favorite type of music?

June 21 - July 22


January 20 -February 18


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December 22 - January 19

Though your patience is wearing thin, don’t let the anger make your head spin.

“You know that chick who wasn’t wearing a bra? Was she pregnant or just fat?”

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Down: 1. Outdoor outing with a basket 2. Scale opening 3. Repeats verbatim 4. Coagulate 5. Went underground 6. “Wheel of Fortune” request

7. Blanc or Brooks 8. Like some car radio stations 9. Surgical bypass tube 10. Many millennia 11. Quite popular 12. New York’s Tappan __ Bridge 13. Needle hole 18. 100 lbs. 19. Yr.-end month 23. Brainstorms 24. Sentence element 25. Largest planet 27. Sacred chests 28. Susan of “The Partridge Family” 30. 24/7 bank devices, briefly 31. Certain buggy’s milieu 32. Affirmative votes 33. Like good pie crusts 34. Highland girl 35. Rugged rock 36. Mounds made by a colony 37. Usher’s find 38. Canine comment 41. Pitch hitter 42. Mount __ 43. Delphic medium 44. Got the dirt off 46. 13-Down function 47. Extinct kiwi relative 48. Take to court 50. Gambling cubes 51. Sacramento’s __ Arena 52. Dr. J’s first league 53. “__ Misérables” 54. Loneliest number 55. Tear Source: http://www.christianbiblereference.org/


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Volume 39, Issue 20 - February 1, 2017  

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