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MARCH 14, 2018
Challenging leadership through feminine empowerment
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Featured speaker Faith Spotted Eagle shares her experiences at the Women’s Leadership Conference in the Tivoli Turnhalle on March 8. The Women’s Leadership Conference was a tri-institutional event intended to address the relationship between gender and leadership.
By Mimi Madrid Puga
standing ovation from more than
Conference organizers plan
and guess what, you live in an
and have relationships centered
200 attendees after her keynote
to change the event’s title in a
even more violent time. We live
in each others pain instead of
address at the Tivoli Turnhalle
spirit of inclusivity. The women
in this perception and denial
the individual. She invited men
during the 22nd Annual Women’s
leaders who spoke throughout
that we come from one of the
and other people who hold
of roles she’s served throughout
Leadership Conference: Leading
the event embraced the idea
greatest countries in the world,”
positional power to move back
her seven decades of life. Her
Beyond the Binary on March 8.
of expanding the title.
Spotted Eagle said. “But we also
from the edge of rage with
live in one of the most violent
courage when underrepresented communities voice their concerns.
Faith Spotted Eagle has a list
titles have ranged from political
The conference fell on
Spotted Eagle said younger
activist, cancer survivor, PTSD
International Women’s Day and
generations, especially her
countries in the world but we
therapist and principal but
created an environment that
daughter, have been her greatest
are in a period of denial.”
none bring her pride like being
lifted the leadership of women
teachers in thinking beyond
a kunsi, or grandmother in her
and gender non-binary people of
binaries because they are
of her keynote because she said
native Dakota language.
all ages, races and experiences
survivors in hostile times.
most people walk around with
Spotted Eagle received a
in an intergenerational way.
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SLAP returns to Auraria Campus
“I lived in a very violent time
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Healing was the central point
backpacks filled with trauma
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MARCH 14, 2018
SLAP returns with allies By Forest Wilson
organization that tackles labor
of political science Jim Walsh
issues that pertain to students.
has supported Velez and other
“There’s no way that this The Student Labor
students in their efforts to
can’t be on campus, it’s a really
reestablish SLAP. He is also one of
Action Project held a launch
important issue that students need
the founders of CLEAC. Walsh sees
celebration on March 10 in the
to be working on,” Velez said.
the two efforts as collaborative.
Tivoli Multicultural Lounge,
SLAP launched alongside
“It’s almost like these are
outlining their vision alongside
the Colorado Labor Education
not two separate organizations,
community labor activists.
and Arts Collaborative, which
they are actually united,”
is comprised of faculty and
Walsh said. “We feel like we
organization, launched its CU
students at CU Denver as well
have a lot of students that are
Denver chapter at the event. A
as activists in Colorado’s labor
very interested in labor and
previous chapter operated at
community. Many of these
want to grow the chapter.”
MSU Denver until late 2016, at
activists were also in attendance
which point they went on hiatus.
including representatives from
pursuing a master’s degree at CU
Most of the core leaders then
the Community Wealth Building
Denver, was a member of SLAP at
graduated in the spring of 2016
Network, Colorado Working
MSU Denver. He is now working
and no new director has restarted
Families, Denver Newspaper
with the newly formed chapter.
the chapter. One of SLAP’s major
Guild, Colorado Latino Forum,
He is doing his thesis as a project
projects at MSU Denver involved
Towards Justice and Denver
to bring a student cooperative
advocating for a $15 minimum
Justice and Peace Committee.
business to campus. Cervantes
SLAP, a student-led
wage for student workers and
SLAP and CLEAC hope to
Vinnie Cervantes, currently
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Jessica Velez, CU Denver student, speaks during the Student Labor Action Project gathering at Auraria Campus on March 10. The relaunch of the group drew about 30 students and community members.
says that some of the goals of
lower tuition. They also fought
work alongside organizations
SLAP are to bring educational
organizing teachers’ assistants
for student access to resources
like these in a united effort
workshops and events related
and graduate students at CU
on student-loan forgiveness from
toward their shared goals. This
to labor issues to students.
Denver. They hope to work
a 6.5 percent raise, and then
the MSU Denver administration,
includes the New Diversity
alongside the Committee on
a 6 percent raise,” Robinson
which was successful.
partnership between CU Denver’s
is a goal of ours,” Cervantes said.
Rights and Compensation, which
said. “We will get another 6
political science department
“Instead of a job fair where people
successfully organized teacher’s
percent raise this summer.”
of the new Denver SLAP chapter
and community organizers
are trying to look for employees,
assistants at CU Boulder and was
and is a political science student
which hopes to bring labor
it would be like unions trying
present at the launch. Gregor
Denver based , the group is
at CU Denver. She wants
activists into the classroom.
to look for union members.”
Robinson, one of its organizers,
open to MSU Denver Students
spoke on the successes of the
as well as CCD students.
Jessica Velez is the president
SLAP to be an action-based
CU Denver Assistant Professor
“A labor union job fair of sorts
Another of SLAP’s goals is
committee for graduate workers. “In the last two years we got
Although SLAP is CU
Trump fires once again By Forest Wilson and Isaac Banks email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org President Donald Trump’s high
administrations. Hundreds of
cabinet turnover continued March
positions are now vacant and will
13, with the firing of Secretary of
need to be filled because of the
State Rex Tillerson. There have
Federal Vacancies Reform Act,
been over a dozen important
which requires vacant positions
firings or resignations in the
that require senate confirmations
Trump administration since his
to be filled within 300 days. Below
inauguration. This turnover rate
are the highest profile ones.
is higher than the previous five
James Comey Reince Priebus
Former secretary of state, replaced
Former FBI director, fired May
Former chief of staff, fired July
Former chief strategist, left
Former national security
over twitter on March 13. Mike
9, 2017. Christopher Wray
28, 2017. General John Kelly
his position Aug. 18. He
adviser, resigned Feb. 13, 2017.
Pompeo will take over the position.
replaced him on Aug. 2 after
replaced him shortly after.
has not been replaced.
Keith Kellogg served as acting
adviser until H.R. McMaster was appointed Feb. 20, 2017.
MARCH 14, 2018
SGA reviews its office selection policy By Megan Webber
the school bookstore or Amazon, as well
as tests and many other course materials. The motion to support OER passed.
The Student Government Assembly
“I think that for students who do
of MSU Denver reviewed the institution’s
benefit from online textbooks, they would
constitutional policy on the required number
greatly benefit from this,” said Student
of credit hours to run for office on March 9.
Advisory Committee to the Auraria
The protocol has recently been under
Board Representative Emily Straka.
scrutiny after transfer student Antwaun
Next, Student Advisory Committee to
Johnson came to SGA in hopes of changing
the Auraria Board Representative Courtney
the policy. SGA also voted in favor of a
Jones updated SGA on a public comment
new pay structure and to support the Open
brought to them by a woman who encouraged
Educational Resources online textbook
the institution to look more closely at their
program and discussed issues regarding
stance on the Right to Rest act. The act
the homeless population on campus and in
gives homeless people the right to eat, sleep
the surrounding area at their meeting on.
and move freely in any public space. This
According to Article IV, Section 1B, Item
sparked a conversation among SGA about
4 of the school’s constitution, a student
their positions on the matter. The institution
must have earned nine credit hours from
has not voted in favor of Right to Rest in the
MSU Denver to be eligible to run for
past 4 years, because they do not support
elected office. In a statement Vice President
homeless people sleeping on campus.
Savannah Bustos read aloud, written by
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the current SGA, this policy was put into
Savannah Bustos, SGA vice president, discusses members’ new pay structure at the Student Success Building on March 9. The new structure will bridge the gap between pay rates in separate branches.
place because MSU Denver students are students first. School should come before institutionally related jobs. It also states that
“Concerning the violence and the assault that’s been happening on campus this past year, I’m scared, to be honest. And I understand we’re not supposed to stereotype them, and not everyone who
SGA believes this policy should remain as
are broken up is there’s probably like
of hours that SGA members are allowed to
attacks students on campus is homeless,
is, to ensure that the student body is as best
six different periods that all of us
work. The vote for the new structure passed.
but students would be scared,” said Senator
represented as possible and to allow those
are getting paid,” Bustos said.
who wish to run for office to have sufficient academic experience at MSU Denver.
Next, Student Trustee Lacey Hyde
This new pay structure breaks down
Adetilewa Awosanya regarding the stigma
updated SGA on the Colorado House’s
that says all homeless people are criminals.
executive roles, management roles and
upcoming vote to implement OER into the
senators and coordinators into three tiers.
school’s academic system. She proposed
the importance of thinking and acting
their succession policy, SGA voted on a
Each role earns the same pay rate as the
that SGA vote in support of OER, so that
like representatives of the students
new pay structure which will close the gap
others in their tier. It is meant to help equalize
future discussions could take place. OER
of MSU Denver. SGA asked to see
between pay rates of separate branches.
the rates of certain positions so that everyone
provides students with the option to get their
some research on the institution’s
gets paid fairly. It also evens out the amount
textbooks online for much less money than
policy before discussing it further.
Following internal complications with
“Currently, how the pay structures
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Jones agreed with Awosanya on
[Element]s of generosity By Pablo Vasquez
and MSU Denver students.
Back and [Element] for
Anyone on the Auraria
the students. Students
Campus was welcome to
came to listen to modern
to play games, volunteer
music and kick balls at a
and eat free food.
giant inflatable target
MSU Denver students took over the Turnhalle on March 7 to make
“The whole point
“Basically [Element] is
items for the MaxFund
of this event is to bring
just a student group, so
Animal Adoption Center.
students to interact with
it’s tri-institutional but we
one another socially,” said
are housed at the Student
Roadrunners Give Back
Jasmine Huerta Hernandez,
Activities office, so
host the monthly takeover
volunteer coordinator for
basically every Wednesday
event to offer the campus
Roadrunners Give Back.
and Thursday from 2-4
“And then also to
p.m. we are either doing
projects and fun activities.
make them more aware
crafts in the Multicultural
MaxFund is a non-profit,
of the way they can
Lounge, playing games
no-kill animal shelter and
impact the community,
or we are out in Lawrence
adoption center. Their
in a positive way by
Street Park, playing
mission is giving animals
providing them with
volleyball or doing things
a second chance at life.
like that,” said Lacey Hyde
that are quick and easy
a member of [Element].
Roadrunners Takeover takes place every month in different areas of the
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Campus, however, the most convenient place for Student Activities office to host is in the Tivoli Turnhalle.
Kevin Lozano strikes a kickball at a giant inflatable target set up in the Tivoli Turnhalle for the Roadrunner Takeover event on March 7. Students not only had the chance to destress with the event, but also to give back to the community.
“The event is cool, I’ve
and also allow them to
meet other non-profits
seemed pleased with
that are in the community
the event. They ate a
that they can volunteer
lot of pizza and had fun
with on the side.”
playing all the games
Activities such as foot billiards, foot darts and toy crafting for the animals in
been here twice and is
others,” said Kevin Lozano,
good place to interact with
MSU Denver student.
The Takeover was open to faculty members, staff
the shelters were provided by Road Runners Give
offered by the hosts.
MARCH 14, 2018
How alcohol decimated my bank account
getting a little too tipsy, dancing our butts off
Esteban Fernandez email@example.com
and chowing down pizza at the end of the night.
and was lucky enough to be born without
I believe drinking is a great way to socialize and
overly addictive genes. But every time I
meet new people. I’ve met many new friends at
Ali Watkins firstname.lastname@example.org
signed a $50 receipt at a fancy cocktail bar,
bars and clubs. When I studied abroad in Europe,
occasion. Flashing my newly acquired horizontal
I’d wince. What am I doing? I should be using
my group bonded over late night beer runs.
ID at bouncers gave me an insaciatable rush.
this money to pay back my student loans,
I wanted to prove to everyone that I was a
donate to a charity or get a nice facial.
By Nataleah Small email@example.com
My 21st birthday party was a glorious
big kid and no longer needed to construct
Khloe, my coffers were far more shallow. I never hit rock bottom. I had a good job
I wish I could say that I’ve been able to cut
But for me, drinking has become an expensive hobby. I love the fun times I’ve had, but two more tasty concoctions aren’t worth a less-
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elaborate schemes with my older friends
down on the spending, but all too often the
than-stellar account balance. For me, sticking
in order to drink at parties. I could get wine
Denver lights beckoned me out of of my living
to a budget is probably the best option. Since
drunk whenever I wanted. Legally.
room, onto the light rail and toward the dance
I enjoy spending time with others, I can go
Isaac banks firstname.lastname@example.org
floor. As a lady, it’s nice to have guys offer to
outside more often, participate in free activities,
when the bouncer would hand back my ID,
buy me drinks. But as a feminist, I often opte to
even volunteer my time at a vineyard.
point out my birthday and make me feel
purchase my own beverages. I hate to admit it,
like a child again. I was a recent recruit to
but I’m funding the demise of my bank account.
In the beginning, the only downside was
one of the legal system’s coolest clubs, and I definitely felt like I was getting hazed. Like most 21-year-olds, I went to bars
After I looked at last month’s credit card bill, I realized that approximately 60 percent of my a low number either. I should be spending
I was driven by the desire to cram 20 years
those hundreds of dollars on worthwhile
of missed experiences into a few months. I
endeavors. My future self will thank me. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to
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I know my future 401K account will be
smiling every time I choose to save $15
instead of spending it on another drink.
monthly expenditures are on alcohol. It wasn’t
and bought new bottles of wine all the time.
went out with friends, had a great time, slept
I don’t intend to stop having fun, but
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condemn drinking and partying. When people
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are safe and responsible, they can have a great
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there is nothing that brings attention to the
student and faculty attention with high quality
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entertainment it would increase viewer retention.
I believe that Met Media does not do a good job of gaining student and faculty
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it come to student engagement. It is hidden in
tuning in to student produced media would
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that MET Media is a brand. If people do not
never pick up a copy of the paper. This means
see it like that, then they will not tune in.
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If MET Media presented it’s content in
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MARCH 14, 2018
‘That’s What She Said’ elevates women’s voices By Hailey McGough
friendly attitude, waiting to hear
the audience said, “I didn’t expect
stories of a women’s journey.
the stories to be so relatable
The event started with a comedic
to me as well as have a huge
group called The Pussy Bros.
impact on the way I think about
a fundraising event to raise money
They preformed individual
feminism, as well as women
for the Women and Gender Fund.
stand-up skits to create a
in general outside myself.”
On March 9, CU Denver hosted
The money raised at this event went to the Women of Auraria
more comfortable and relaxed environment before the show.
Scholarship for students attending
One by one, men took the
Jamie Newton, a co-founder, helped put the event together for months and was overjoyed
any school on Auraria Campus.
stage, each with a white envelope
with the turn-out. She said the
The scholarship, as well as the
holding a story submitted by a
event helped people start to
fundraiser, strives to promote
woman to the Women and Gender
think about women’s issues in a
social justice and gender equality.
Center prior to the fundraiser.
different way and that they aren’t
Each one read a different story
only for women to worry about.
Jacob McWilliams, a co-founder of the event said that it, “provides
relating to a woman’s experience.
a format to experience women’s
Some were short, some were
to some extent and this event
journeys through their youth as
long. Each story garnered a
shows a dope way we are able
well as growing up and gives a
different reaction from the
to do that,” Newton said.
voice to women’s experiences.”
audience, like laughter or groans
Hundreds of people attended
of disgust and disagreement.
this event with an eager and
Anela Severson, a member of
“We are all in this together
Some topics discussed at this event included abuse, name calling, stereotypes, judgment and pressure or a lack of support from family members. A goal of this event was not only to raise awareness but to help women bond together so they will rise and confide in each other as a group. “It means so much that people come out support not
Reader Mark Newton reading a story from part of the “Thats What She Said” event on March 10 at the Tivoli Turnhalle. The event used “her story, his voice” to highlight stories from women from stories of embarassing moments to recollections of sexual assault.
only the stories being told, but also donating to a cause that is
things a little differently that’s a
and that’s not including the
going to help women further their
very important piece, but also I
silent auction,” Newton said
dreams even when they come
think it’s great that we are going
halfway through the event.
from families that do not support
to be raising some money.”
those same dreams,” Clarke Scott, a contributor to the event, said. Photos by Kaileigh Lyons | email@example.com
Janae Burris and Rachel Weeks of the comedy group, Pussy Bros, kick off the “That’s What She Said” event on March 10 at the Tivoli Turnhalle.
Donations for this fundraiser
Auraria Campus is constantly hosting events to cater to each
were taken throughout the night
student and although this is the
and funds from a silent auction
first, “That’s What She Said”
would be the outcome of this
were also collected. “The last
event, there are always other
event, Newton said, “If anyone
time I looked, we have raised
events held to bring students
can walk away thinking about
almost three thousand dollars
together and raise awareness.
When asked what she hoped
Hot Topic: Fast fashion dissected By David Veltri
code violations to full on structural
not be fully aware of. Hot topic
failures. In 2013, a Bangladeshian
discussions allow students to show
short on money are to buy clothes
in the back of the consumer’s
garment factory collapsed killing
up and learn something new or have
from thrift stores and even learn
head but rejecting fast fashion
1,100 workers. This event garnered
a conversation about something
how to seem, repair clothes and
is better for the greater good.
dissected the topic of fast fashion
high amounts of coverage by
they are passionate about.
save cash. The temptation of fast
at the Hot Topics conversation in
American media companies but
the Turnhalle Ballroom on March 8.
many of the symptoms of fast
Ibarra guided these meetings
fashion still remain hidden.
to give students a chance to
‘Fashion is Killing the World’
The discussion covered the harsh conditions foreign children
Over the past decade, companies
either get informed or voice their
that outsource their production have
clothes worn here in the U.S.
tried to improve the pay and work
“I’ve lived in a third world
conditions of their manufacturers.
said. “I let them guide as much
country and a first and I’ve seen how
Yet , stories of malpractice seem to
as possible and just take care of
the fashion is killing,” said student
surface every few years. Walmart
organization behind the scenes.”
event planner Sughra Ismaili.
has been proven to have multiple
thoughts amongst their peers. “Its majorly student-led,” Ibarra
Summer Hill said topic
violations by CNN regardless of
selection for hot topics start
cost are obvious for the consumer, it
their pledges to improve. Child
with a collective brainstorm.
leaves a dark back end in the actual
workers, absent fire extinguishers
production of the clothes. Foreign
and hourly pay of 24 cents were
that people buy too much of
child laborers who produce clothes
issues that remained after the
everything and there are better
for American companies like H&M,
Bangladesh factory collapse.
ways to be happy,” Hill said.
GAP, and Walmart is a problem that was first exposed in the ‘90s but remains a predominant issue today. The working conditions
“We came to the conclusion
“Be more curious, cautious,
She said that the major
and question things,” Ismaili said.
factor to purchase sustainable
Only 2 percent of the clothes
and cheap clothing is constantly
Assistant Director Diana
are putthrough to produce the
While the benefits of low up-front
Two simple tips for students
clothes that is produced in an
purchased within the U.S. are
ethical and sustainable manner
manufacturers provide for workers
actually manufactured here. These
to help counteract fast fashion
vary significantly. They range from
are statistics that students might
is “quality over quantity.”
Photo obtained from Upworthy
Fashion has become a controversial issue as it has been revealed many American companies outsource labor and provide unsafe working contitions.
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MARCH 14, 2018
Denver students engage with STEM leaders Fervor for science that starts at a young age lasts a lifetime
By Nataleah Small firstname.lastname@example.org With eyes hidden behind a virtual reality headset, Mariella Walker, a second grade student from Asbury Elementary School, reached up with a handheld controller and wrote her name in the air. Observers watched as Walker’s invisible scribbles transformed into neon letters on a screen bordering the VR demonstration area. After taking off her headset, she joined her father, face beaming. On March 10, Walker was one of many young people who participated in an event focused on teaching students about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. MSU Denver partnered with Open World Learning to host the event “Discover STEM: Explore. Engage. Connect.” at the St. Cajetan’s Event Center. K-12 students and their families interacted with 16 STEM-based Photos by Kaileigh Lyons | email@example.com
companies from across the state. Attendees participated in
Sonya and Jacoby Jefferson learning about an agricultural drone company, Agribots, at Discover STEM on March 10 at St. Cajetans Event Center.
demonstrations, networked with tech professionals and learned
if young people choose to pursue
was interested in multiple scientific
thrilled with the turnout. Before
to the high turnout and positive
about scientific innovations.
STEM careers, they will have a job
disciplines like physics, biology
Saturday, she didn’t know how
reaction from the community,
waiting for them upon graduation.
and nautical engineering. He said
many people might show up.
he believes this event will likely
“I think that if they have that exposure, they’re more likely to
Sonya Jefferson attended
he had never been to an event
Due to a wifi error that prevented
take place again next spring.
be interested. If they’re interested,
the event with her mother and
of this magnitude and enjoyed
volunteers from keeping an exact
they’re more likely to pursue it,”
son and said it is important for
how many of the booths included
tally of participants, Kumin said
once again have the opportunity
said Leo/Lisa/L Henderson.
young people to have access
interactive elements, like the
he does not know how many
to engage with technology and
to this type of education.
table where a man in a lab coat
people attended. However, due
gain exposure to new ideas.
Henderson who is gender
showed attendees how to make a
fluid and goes by all three names is a site leader from OWL. Henderson said that events like these help young people understand that STEM careers can be enjoyable. “When you understand the concepts at play, things like algebra or calculus are actually kind of interesting and fun,”
“Part of our goal is to say you don’t have to be a researcher in grad school. You can be a scientist just by going out and exploring.” – Matthew Davidson
slime-like substance out of glue. Pate said he likes to create things and is excited about science because he never knows what people will come up with. “I think it’s also important for people to learn from it and help teach it to other people and teach it in a way that other people can
Henderson said. “When it’s just something you have to memorize
“If you don’t catch them
learn how to use it so that it benefits everyone who needs it,” Pate said.
and regurgitate, it’s a lot less
when they’re small, and push it
fun, which means it’s hard. When
or engage in it with them, then
things are fun, they’re easy.”
you stifle it and they’ve missed
by funds from a three-year
The event was made possible
an opportunity,” Jefferson said.
grant from the National Science
representative, stated it’s important
“It’s exciting to see them light up
Foundation. According to Janelle
for young people to learn about
and explore different areas.”
Johnson, professor of secondary
Jesse Griffin, another OWL
STEM because 80 percent of
Matthew Davidson, a member
teacher education at MSU
youth these days will work in a
of Project Bridge, a postdoctoral
Denver, the “Methods, Units,
career that doesn’t already exist.
association on the CU Anschutz
Leveraging Resources, Technology,
“We need to be innovative
Medical Campus, said children
Intercultural Competence,” or
and teach kids how to think on
are born with a sense of curiosity.
MULTI grant, is shared among
their feet now,” Griffin said.
Though not everyone chooses
MSU Denver, OWL and the
STEM professions, he said it
Community College of Denver.
Josh Kumin, event organizer and AmeriCorps Volunteers In
is important for everyone to
Service To America at OWL, said
practice critical thinking.
it’s important for young people to
“I don’t think you have to be
The grant covers a variety of programs, but Kumin said that the idea for this event was born
gain exposure to these ideas. With
exclusively a scientist or non-
December 2017. Once the idea
Colorado’s unemployment rate at
scientist,” Davidson said. “Part
took hold, he began reaching out
3 percent, there is a shortage of
of our goal is to say you don’t
to companies and community
STEM workers across the state.
have to be a researcher in grad
leaders to promote the event.
However, he explained that this
school. You can be a scientist just
field is projected to grow by 25
by going out and exploring.”
percent in the next five years. So,
In a year, young people will
Victor Pate IV, an eighth grader,
Johnson said, usually it is not easy to access information about events like this, so she was
Second grader Mariella Walker uses a Vive virtual reality headset to draw at Discover STEM hosted at St. Cajetans Event Center on Auraria Campus on March 10. Discover STEM gave children the opportunity to explore science and math.
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MARCH 14, 2018
Women’s Leadership Conference Continued from cover
challenges in university settings. Kahlea Khabir is a CU Denver student who works on campus and
For Spotted Eagle, healing has
said she’s been patronized before
been a lifelong process that requires
based on her age, even though
the aptitude to feel, speak truth and
she’s had a good relationship with
connect with others authentically.
her employer. Others in the room
Her healing and political work
agreed with her experiences. Fellow
with veterans, children, families
participants of all ages imparted
and Indigenous communities has
wisdom on how to better reach
filled her with decades of lessons.
for support and tips on how to be
She also helped start The Brave
assertive in leadership positions.
Heart Society in response to the
“I know probably working in a
violence in the world with the aim
university system where there’s
to pass down positive teachings
so many rules, so many politics,
and action to next generations.
there’s so many levels and egos and
“You have to be a grandmother to be on this society which is a high honor,” said Sky Roosevelt-
planning, sometimes you just want to go home,” said Spotted Eagle. She said respect, responsibility,
Morris, the CU Denver student
reason, reciprocity and resilience
who introduced Spotted Eagle.
were the main tenants to building
“Which means you have to
strong relationships as a leader.
have experience, you have
Other older women in the group
to have wisdom, knowledge,
echoed her advice toward
courage and all the things a good
younger participants through
their own stories of resilience
The conference uplifted leadership skills that women like
in leadership positions.
Spotted Eagle give to communities,
professor of anthropology at The
higher education institutions and the
Graduate Center City University
workplace. Participants were able to
of New York, was the feature
attend identity caucuses designed
speaker after lunch and continued
to connect individuals to share their
the theme of resilience and
experiences. The topics included issues around faith, spirituality, allyship, parenting, disability, international study and age. A range of identities from young women, elders, children and gender-non-binary people gathered for the break-out session around age. Caucus participants shared their frustrations and
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Bianca C. Williams, associate
leadership. Williams organized with the local chapter of Black Lives Matter 5280 in Denver before she moved to New York to teach. Williams said that many people had the misconception that BLM was chaotic and leaderless, but in fact the structure moved away from elevating a single charismatic leader toward shared power.
CU Denver student Kahlea Khabir helped facilitate one of the identity-based caucuses during the Women’s Leadership Conference at the Tivoli Student Union on March 13. The caucus held conversations around how age impacts the work environment of attendees and other aspects of their lives. “We have a saying that we are
“In order to connect the theory
‘leaderful’,” Williams said, “that
members, headed by Scotti Clifford
every individual has gifts, that
emotion outside the classroom,” she
on vocals and father to Wahpe
every individual is positioned to
said. “Emotion is a point of data, it
Waste Win, who rocked the drums,
understand the world in a particular
is a data set. You have knowledge,
and Scotti Jr. jamming on bass.
way and once they get with other
you experience the world
Juliana Brown Eyes, Clifford’s wife,
people who understand the
particularly if you are marginalized
was in California working on a
world differently, they can build
in any way, you walk through this
documentary and wasn’t present,
together and do leadership as a
world and you form critical analysis
but is also a member of the band.
collective and not individuals.”
of what is happening to you and how
Jenny Valadez-Fraire, an
you are positioned in this world.”
Clifford said he didn’t feel it was his place to speak on
MSU Denver freshman, skipped
women’s issues, but called for
class to attend the conference
men to support women more.
because she felt it was important to celebrate other women on International Women’s Day. She said the tri-institutional event helped her meet new people and exposed her to leaders in the
“In order to connect the theory to your real life, you can’t leave your emotion outside the classroom.” – Bianca C. Williams
both inspirational and relevant.
He said his grandfather and medicine man Nicholas Black Elk said that healing happens seven generations forward and back. “The eighth generation is finally that generation that lives without oppression and that’s
field. She said Williams’ talk was She’s been accused before of
a big undertaking,” Clifford
having an agenda as an educator.
said. “It’s not just for native
this and having these kinds of
Williams accepted the assertion
people, it’s for the world.”
talks is amazing,” Valadez-Fraire
and says that radical truth telling
said. “We don’t get exposed to
is a sign of leadership and comes
Williams’ idea that people with
that as college students. We all
from black feminist thought.
oppositional ideas can work
“Being in an institution like
have these opinions, but if you
“I have an agenda in my
Valadez-Fraire agreed with
together and that was the highlight
don’t go to a social justice retreat
classroom,” Williams said. “I do
of the conference for her. She
or have a specific class, these
believe that I am creating people
also agreed with Clifford that
topics aren’t really talked about.”
who are critical observers and
leadership toward a just world
critical participants who may not
is to be shared amongst all
to be shattered like the notion
always agree with my politics or
people and the conference was
that transgender women aren’t
how I’m teaching something.”
a window to that possibility
Williams said binaries needed
women. She called on cis-gender
Scotti Clifford, frontman of Scatter Their Own, performs “Catch a Fire” at the Women’s Leadership Conference in the Tivoli Turnhalle on March 13.
group is composed of family
to your real life, you can’t leave your
She said that the tools she’s
“All people that are marginalized
women to accept, include and
equipped her students with will
people share so many common
defend their transgender sisters.
help them understand their own
issues but they show up in
Another binary she said needed
position in the world, listen for
different ways,” Valadez-Fraire
a revamp was that intellect and
understanding and work together
said. “The fact that we can
emotion are against each other.
toward positive change.
get together from all different backgrounds tri-institutionally like
She first challenged the idea that
The event closed with a
academics and activism don’t mix
performance by Scatter Their
white woman and black women
when she taught at CU Boulder
Own, a native rock group from
and other different ethnicities
and was called to co-lead BLM.
the Pine Ridge Reservation. The
and identities is powerful.”
MARCH 14, 2018
Experience the Beautiful & Damned G-Eazy takes fans on a musical journey through heaven and hell
By Montana Martin
from dominating the stage and
demanding the audience’s attention. Eazy, mentioning that he
Just off US 36 between Boulder
considers Colorado a second home,
and Denver in the suburban enigma
takes this stop of “The Beautiful
that is Broomfield, 1STBANK Center
& Damned” tour one hit at a time,
ushers in music fans from across
staying steady for an ambitious 28-
the Colorado spectrum. For hip-
song setlist. Quintessential jock-jam
hop artist G-Eazy, that spectrum
“I Mean It” from Eazy’s 2014 album,
is the precise target audience
“These Things Happen,” steals the
for his accessible club staples.
breath away from a nearby group
On March 6, Eazy showed up to
of young men, all of them wearing
Broomfield’s humble arena for an
athletic socks nestled safely in
unapologetic show of endurance,
Nike slides. From Eazy’s latest
attitude and zero regret.
album, fresh party anthem “Sober,”
Flashing up on the split screens
featuring pop star darling Charlie
occupying the majority of the
Puth, inspires knowing smirks
large stage is a warning that
of all in the room. The bouncing
would normally precede a film
atmosphere is infectious, as smoke
on tape. The message serves to
and hands holding half-spilled
alert the audience that the show
drinks fill the air in equal parts.
would contain “explicit language,
For “Act II: The Damned,”
irresponsible behavior and themes
Eazy returns to the stage with the
of sex, drugs and self-destruction”
no-brainer track “Leviathan.” The
and encourage them to join in.
hip-hop artist has traded light
The short paragraph closes with
for dark, and comes out glowing
the most appropriate summary of
like the Ghost of Christmas Past
the night, saying, “It will thrill you,
in a white jacket that could only
it may shock you.” G-Eazy then
be described as one of an asylum
strolls out to the vastness of center
escapee. Beautiful & damned,
stage for “Act I: The Beautiful”
black & white, valiant knight &
in a black leather ensemble that
warrior of the night, Eazy’s theme
the isolation between Eazy and
flow at a time was mutual. This
lighting arrangements with iPhone
only accentuates his lankiness.
of duality was inserted into every
his band, who were nestled in the
unity was made possible by an
flashlights for each other, ensuring
However, Eazy’s modest physical
aspect of his performance.
shadows behind the video screens,
addictively sincere and interactive
their crew could be Snapchatted
there was a sense of singularity
performance from Eazy. In an
at their best, G-Eazy provided no
throughout 1STBANK Center. For as
arena-style show, the connection
shortage of opportunity to include
strikingly diverse as the crowd was
between audience and performer
the eager-to-please crowd in the
from seat-to-seat, the audience’s
is easily muddled. But tonight,
forward projection of the night.
intention to take the night one
as friends rigged three-point-
presence does not restrict him
Despite the theme, down to
G-Eazy succumbs to the smoke during Act I of The Beautiful & Damned tour at 1STBANK Center on March 6.
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G-Eazy lingers in the moment at 1STBANK Center on March 6.
Trippie Redd basks in a glow at 1STBANK Center on March 6. He opened the show for G-Eazy on the Beautiful & Damned Tour.
MARCH 14, 2018
Women’s basketball season ends
Program’s redemptive campaign concludes in NCAA regional semifinals
By Matthew Stefanski
Texas A&M extended their lead to five, then eight, and
eventually to 10 as the clock hit zero, ringing midnight on the best seasons MSU Denver has had in six years.
The MSU Denver women’s basketball team’s run through
But the results of the season speak for themselves. Four
their first NCAA National Tournament in five years ended
years ago, the team was hovering at a 13-13 record. But,
prematurely in the regional semifinals as the Roadrunners
with the hard work and commitment of the players and head
lost to the West Texas A&M University Lady Buffs 70-60.
coach Tanya Haave and after grinding through three tough
The Roadrunners were invited as a No. 6 seed in the
seasons to reach this point, she had a strong message
tournament after falling in the semifinals of the Rocky
for the team to take with them as the year unfolded.
Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament, matched up
“The thing we were able to establish this year and
against No. 3 seed and conference rival Colorado State
we started at the end of last year was to believe that we
University-Pueblo ThunderWolves, who had secured a
belong here,” she said. “This is where you belong. Not
conference championship for themselves just a week earlier.
because you’re at Metro, but because you’re good. They’re
In the first game of the tournament, MSU Denver
good basketball players and they deserve to be here.”
came out firing, putting 16 points up in the first quarter
That mindset paid dividends. A team that was
while holding CSU-Pueblo to nine. The Roadrunners led
sitting at .500 improved year-over-year until they
from the first score and never relented, pounding the
broke through and took a second-place finish in the
ThunderWolves into submission as three players tied
RMAC. They then converted that into being the last
for a team-high seventeen points. The frustrated RMAC
RMAC team standing in the National Tournament.
champions fell apart late, allowing three players to foul out.
But Haave knew it wasn’t just the team that deserved
“That’s how we should have been playing all year.
commendation, but the fans who had supported
We’re all scoring threats, and that’s one of our biggest
them as well. She had one final message for those
assets,” said senior Georgia Ohrdorf. “So, I think yeah,
who followed the team and cheered them on.
double digits was what I expected from everyone.”
“We’re so appreciative of the support and the support
The No. 6 Roadrunners finished off the No.
during our run through the season,” Haave said. “Just
3 ThunderWolves 78-70, the only upset in their
really appreciative of the support. Just a big thank you to
region. They moved on to play No. 2 West Texas
all of our fans who’ve been around through thick and thin,
A&M the next day, a challenge they anticipated, as
and especially during this run. Just a huge thank you.”
it would be a true measuring stick with which to
As for the seniors who played their final game, they Photo by Geoff Ziegler | firstname.lastname@example.org
size up their success throughout the season.
are confident leaving the program in a strong place for
MSU Denver senior guard Mikala Gordon pulls up for a jump shot in the RMAC quarterfinal game against CMU at the Auraria Event Center on Feb. 27. Gordon scored 14 points and collected seven rebounds.
“We knew they were a good team, so we were excited. But we knew we were a good team too, so it’d be a good matchup,” said senior J’Nae Squires-Horton After quickly falling behind 10-4, the Roadrunners
their underclassmen to continue the renewed legacy. “I think that was just my ultimate goal coming in four years ago,” said Ohrdorf. “Coming in, the team was at .500 and now we’ve kind of gotten the team to a place
leaned on Squires-Horton, who hit three three-point shots
where we are going to the RMAC Tournament and the
in the first to bring the teams back to even footing. From
within one point, but the Lady Buffs were able to extend the
NCAA Tournament. From my perspective, i’m just really
there, the two teams remained relatively even until the last
lead back to six going into the final quarter. Halfway through
proud of what we’ve accomplished as seniors and carrying
two minutes of the quarter, when the Lady Buffs went on
the fourth, MSU Denver was within striking distance, tying
on, I’m excited to see where coach takes the team.”
an 8-0 run to take a five-point lead going into halftime.
the score twice in two possessions, but the Lady Buffs
The Roadrunners continued to fight, bringing the score
pushed back hard. The Roadrunners fell cold, while West
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MARCH 14, 2018
Softball makes history with no-hitter, clip Skyhawks in sweep By James Burky email@example.com
It’s been an uncharacteristic season for MSU Denver. Last year’s stars Annika Anderson and Sarena Espinoza’s statistical
The forecast was mostly sunny, yet
output has been lacking, which is something
pitcher Kylee Burnside brought the
of an anomaly considering their persistent
thunder and delivered the eleventh no-
production year-in and year-out.
hitter in program history as MSU Denver
They’ll be the first to tell you that
swept the Fort Lewis College Skyhawks.
it doesn’t matter, though. Softball,
Don’t look now, but these are the
like football, basketball and baseball,
Roadrunners you’ve been looking for.
is a team sport. One player can break
It hasn’t been a pretty season for
every hitting record in the books,
Burnside or the Roadrunners. Leading up to
but it holds as much meaning as the
the series, she was battered and beaten by
chorus to a Pitbull party anthem if the
the University of Colorado Colorado Springs
surrounding team isn’t worth a damn.
Mountain Lions, allowing eight runs off of
And past the excitement the
10 hits in just five innings of work for an ERA
previous years have brought to
of over 11. For her to bounce back in such
MSU Denver, the Roadrunners have
an emphatic fashion was representative of
experienced this feeling first hand.
the turnaround seen by the entire team.
“Sometimes a team doesn’t have
“It’s crazy, it was my first no-hitter ever. I
success and then it hurts a little bit more
had no idea I had thrown a no-hitter until the
when you’re not contributing to that. For
bottom of the fifth inning,” Burnside said.
me, personally, I felt like I could have been
Just a month ago, a dark cloud hung over
doing more,” Espinoza said. “You have
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MSU Denver senior Sarena Espinoza at bat against the FLC Skyhawks in the first game of the doubleheader on March 11 at the Regency Athletic Complex. The Roadrunners swept the weekend series against the Skyhawks.
MSU Denver. They were 3-9, unable to stop
to take a step back and realize it’s not the
a nosebleed and faced a daunting task of
end of the world, it’s OK. Just work hard
establishing a rhythmatic team attack in all
in practice and trust the process and just
Freshman Koryna Wright continued
facets of the game. Halfway through March,
relax. I think that was my biggest thing, I
her surprise debut season. Though her
key that they continued to improve upon
they’ve more than tripled their win total
was pressing too much at the plate, trying
hitting wasn’t as appealing as it was last
the previous week. It doesn’t matter the
and woven an intricate melody of clutch
to do everything myself but I have a lot
weekend, her defense was stout, roaming
quality of the opponent, what’s pertinent
offense, reliable defense and rock-solid
of great teammates to back me up.”
the radius around 3rd base like some unholy
is that they did better than the last time.
pitching as they’ve won five games in a row.
It’s no longer just Espinoza, Anderson or
combination of Nolan Arenado and Mike
continued to do what they did well, it was
“Our pitchers, they attacked more.
even Kristyn Peters contributing to the wins.
Schmidt, executing an unassisted double
Basically, they pitched to their ability.
too much at times and kind of force
Peters, who’s been on a tear in the box this
play in game four to textbook perfection.
They were much sharper which allowed
things too much instead of just trusting
season, hit just .167 this series with no RBIs.
She isn’t the only fresh face who has
them to have velocity. When they bring
made her presence known, though.
their velocity, then their offspeed is
“Well, I think we’re definitely pressing
their hard work, trusting their abilities
Musician Aimee Mann once said that,
and letting it happen,” said head coach
“the knockout punch is always the one you
Annie Van Wetzinga. “It feels good to win
never saw coming,” a belief that personifies
Whitt went unnoticed. She had solid
four, always does. That’s what we hope
the unexpected contributors to the
production and was reliable at left field,
to do, especially at our home field.”
Roadrunners’ success—their newcomers.
For much of the season, transfer Celyn
a lot more effective and keeps hitters off-balance,” Van Wetzinga said. Now, fueled by confidence,
her six-hit series against the Mountain
momentum and their long-lost groove,
Lions stood out, but was masked by
the Roadrunners face their toughest test
the team’s 1-3 record that weekend.
of the season to this point. They’ll visit
Like a schoolyard bully looking for a
Lakewood to battle the Colorado Christian
new punching bag, she hit the Skyhawks
University Cougars in a four-game
with a sucker punch, knocked them down
series. The Cougars are 19-1, undefeated
and pulled them back up just to send
in conference play and rank second in
them back to the ground. Her output was
the RMAC, just behind Colorado Mesa
eye-popping, racking up eight hits off
University, the No. 1 team in Division II.
12 at-bats and seven RBIs. Her three-run homerun in the second inning of the final game of the series was icing on the cake. “If my team doesn’t go out there and pitch hard and play good defense as a collective whole, individually it doesn’t matter. As long as we get the wins, that’s all that matters,” Whitt
“You have to take a step back and realize it’s not the end of the world, it’s OK. Just work hard in practice and trust the process and just relax.” – Sarena Espinoza
said. “It definitely feels good. I started a little slow this season, so just working hard and getting to where I know I can be and working hard for the team.”
would be considered a successful outing,
The Roadrunners played their objectively
Kylee Burnside prepares to pitch the ball to the FLC Skyhawks on March 11 at the Regency Athletic Complex. MSU Denver won all four games against the Skyhawks during the weekend.
It’s now or never for the Roadrunners. Grabbing two games from the Cougars but that’s setting the bar low for a scrappy
best softball of the season against a pitiful
group of ball players. If the fresh-faced,
opponent who’s just 1-11 in the RMAC. Their
unnoticed newcomers continue their
defensive fundamentals were airtight a
clutch play and Espinoza and Peters
week after being plagued by errors. After
bounce back from a quiet series, there’s
allowing 29 runs to the Mountain Lions
no reason Roadrunners can’t legitimize
and 41 hits, they slashed those totals to
their mid-season turn around.
10 and 21 respectively. While the team
MARCH 14, 2018
Women’s tennis runs win streak to three By Matthew Stefanski
Roadrunners have lost all but one match
against the schools — MSU Denver
before their meeting with the Javelinas,
has yet to collect a win against a D-I
there is still plenty of promising talent
opponent — Winterrowd and her
within the team. Freshman Alex Pessoa
teammates acknowledge how much
off by the MSU Denver women’s
was named RMAC Player of the Week
they help the team to move forward.
tennis team, defeating the Texas
in early February while sophomore
A&M University-Kingsville Javelinas
Tabitha Porter and senior Courtney
but it’s really good to get yourself
by a final of 5-4, extending their
Wright were both named to the 2018
going into the season,” Winterrowd
win streak to three matches.
all-RMAC list in a preseason poll.
said. “So, even though they’re tough,
A flawless weekend was capped
The win brings them to a 5-4 record
The win against the Javelinas was
“It’s always tough to play them,
we know the ones we play during
on the spring season, finally breaking
a big step forward for the program,
conference aren’t going to be that
the .500 mark after a rough start
extending their win streak to three
hard. So it can really get us going.”
that included two losses to Division
and showing their regional opponents
I opponents Air Force Academy and
that they are still competitive and
conference games, the Roadrunners
University of Northern Colorado.
can grind out wins outside of their
will aim to improve on several personal
However, the weekend of action raised
RMAC opponents. Now with a stack
aspects as they work their way
the team to a 3-0 mark in the Rocky
of six straight regional opponents `in
through the schedule and prepare for
Mountain Athletic Conference for the
a row, the team acknowledges the
three straight RMAC matches before
second half of the split-season.
positive effects that would come out
going into the RMAC Tournament.
But most importantly, the Roadrunners two conference wins made a solid statement to the rest of their RMAC opponents.
Moving into these next six non-
of collecting wins before entering their final three RMAC matches. “If we can win these, it’ll really
“I think everyone has their own individual goals to work on throughout these matches,” said
give us more confidence and more
senior Emily Kerr. “To be honest, a
motivation to try to win the rest of
lot of the upcoming matches we have
are the team to beat and if we go out
the season and keep going,” said
are pretty tough, so I think for us, it’s
and play our game, we should win
sophomore Ainsley Winterrowd.
just doing what we can to win.”
“We have it in our minds that we
9-0,” said head coach Barrett Elkins. The win against the Javelinas marked
The forthcoming stretch is arguably
The Roadrunners will look to
easier than some of their previous
continue the winning streak against
the first leg of a seven-game stretch in
opponents, which include the two
Doane College on March 14 before
which the team will play non-conference
Division I programs, a multi-year
traveling to Lindenwood University in
games. Despite starting slow in their
tradition the team starts the spring
St. Charles, Missouri on March 19.
out of conference schedule, where the
season with. Despite the difficulty
Photo by Rich Allen | email@example.com
MSU Denver freshman Alex Pessoa hits a forehand in her match against Texas A&M-Kingsville at the Regency Athletic Complex on March 13. Pessoa defeated her oppenent in three sets.
Strain calls out baseball’s effort By Rich Allen
runs — only three earned — in the first start
of his collegiate career. O’Donnell, who earned all-region preseason honors as a
There’s a saying in sports that speed
first baseman, has missed time with a knee
and hustle never take a day off.
injury and made a return to the lineup this
That is, apparently, unless you were an
weekend. He hasn’t caught up yet, going
MSU Denver baseball player on March 13.
2-for-13 in his first five games, contributing
After the team’s 8-2 loss to the Colorado
to the flailing of the team against Mesa.
Mesa University Mavericks, head coach
“It’s been a slow start since I’ve been
Ryan Strain had some choice words for
back,” O’Donnell said. “I’m really trying
his team and the effort they showed,
to figure my stuff out, and once I figure
dropping their record to 9-12 overall.
that stuff out, I think I’ll help the team out
“Really didn’t do anything well,” Strain
obviously, because not really anyone has
said. “I thought a couple guys came out of
been doing well, including myself.”
the bullpen and threw pretty well, which
O’Donnell rejoined the team on March
was good to see, but we just didn’t play
Photo by Rich Allen | firstname.lastname@example.org
hard. We didn’t compete. We played a good team, but that’s a beatable team. We just didn’t play very hard. We didn’t play like a team that thought they could win.”
MSU Denver second baseman Donny Ortiz, Jr. throws to first base after fielding a ground ball in the game against Colorado Mesa University on March 13 at the Regency Athletic Complex. The Roadrunners lost 8-2.
The Roadrunners mustered only four hits
They missed his bat and arm, going 4-5 over that stretch. However, they have gone just 2-3 since his return through his struggles. But, as noted by Strain, the blame doesn’t fall on his production.
against Mesa in the late scheduled, non-
the Roadrunners simply did not capitalize
on the season, making it a reasonable goal
conference game. Mesa, currently ranked
on them, leaving eight runners on base.
for one of the Rocky Mountain Athletic
No. 11 in the latest NCAA Division II coaches
9 after missing nine straight games.
“It seemed like everyone was excited to
The question is now how the team rebounds from a demoralizing loss.
Conference’s top offenses. Additionally,
“You have to coach and teach these
poll, is recognized as one of the top teams
come out and play Mesa knowing they’re a
Strain was forced to rely on non-primary
guys that that’s unacceptable,” Strain said.
in the country. But, Strain believed a solid
good ball club,” junior catcher Draven Adame
pitchers, as his staff was exhausted from
“Mainly because of the effort. We can come
effort from his team would have put them in
said. “But, just as the game went on we just
a four game set over the weekend.
out here and hit and take ground balls and
a spot to challenge the Mavericks for a win.
had some rally killers. A couple times with
Thusly, he used players like Aaron
fly balls and do bunt defenses and picks and
bases loaded and no one scoring, a couple
Gjersee, Nick Ulmer and Nic Hansen, all
do all the stuff that we do on a daily basis in
Denver had the bases loaded and nobody
errors here and there. It just kind of ruined
of whom have not played in close games
practice, but the first thing we’ve got to figure
out, but failed to score a single run. In the
our momentum. I think we for sure have
this season. John Badgett, who Strain said
out is how to play hard. So, we’re going to
sixth, consecutive strikeouts from Aaron
the talent and potential to beat them, but
has not seen in-game competition in two
figure out how to play hard tomorrow.”
Germani, Trent Maloney and Jake Kistaitis
we need to stop making those mistakes.”
years, got the final three outs. This quartet,
On two separate occasions, MSU
ended an opportunity to cut into a then-
Adame, responsible for one of the team’s
Strain hopes that learning how to play
plus Jordan Smith, who gets more regular
hard will right the ship for MSU Denver before
five run deficit. The following inning, they
hits, also played a role in maybe the lone
play time, held the Mavericks to three runs
the team’s next action, a four-game series
turned a gift of an inning — an infield single,
positive to come from Tuesday’s game —
over the final 6.2 innings of the game.
against Colorado School of Mines at the
a walk and a hit by pitch — into dust with
the pitching. While eight runs seems like a
a strikeout and an inning-ending double
high count, the Roadrunners have matched
forward for Strain will be his starter, senior
play. The opportunities were there, but
that number nine times in their 21 games
Cale O’Donnell, who got tagged for five
But, the most important pitcher going
Regency Athletic Complex, starting March 16.
MARCH 14, 2018
Augmented reality bouldering
Campus Recreation continues Friday Funday series with technological edge
By Rich Allen
on Friday, has consequently earned
only one point on the season and isn’t a
Giles, who is an exercise science major
competitor for the program’s accolade.
at MSU Denver. She wears many hats for
The MSU Denver Intramural
One of these student employees is Kellye
But, walk-ups like Marquez have been a
Campus Recreation, including building
Sports program continued its Friday
staple for the program and a demographic
manager, working intramural basketball
Funday competition with a unique,
that its organizers would like to see expand.
and Friday Funday. On March 9, she
technological edge on March 9.
There have been 19 total participants listed
worked the augmented reality projector.
In the fifth iteration of Campus
on the series’ standings board. However,
Recreation’s semester-long, point based
almost all but two of the people in the
league, competitors found themselves not
rankings have only participated in Friday
on the Auraria Event Center’s basketball
Funday once. For Assistant Director of
courts, but instead on the rock climbing
Recreation and Leadership Dave Lamothe,
wall doing augmented reality bouldering.
this is a number he’d like to see improve.
Where in previous weeks athletes were
“We want every student to come in, get engaged, participate, meet other students, recreate, have some fun while working out.” – Dave Lamothe
Lamothe envisions a broad, tri-
playing basketball or dodgeball against
institutional program with thousands of
each other, they now raced against the
participants. While it may be too hopeful
“It’s kind of just what I love to do,”
clock, trying to reach six dots projected
of a goal, he wants to get as many people
Giles said. “I love helping people out and
on the wall in the shortest time possible.
involved in intramurals as possible.
getting involved in bettering themselves.”
”It’s a lot more difficult than I
“We want every student to come in, get
For students like Marquez and Giles,
thought it would be,” said Christian
engaged, participate, meet other students,
Campus Recreation’s Intramural Sports
Marquez. “Definitely fun. Probably
recreate, have some fun while working
program offers several ways to get
should’ve taken a couple of practice
out,” Lamothe said. “So, if I can realistically
runs before I actually did an official
grow this person and we just serve more
attempt, because I was not ready.”
students every semester, I’m happy. Every
Marquez is one of 12 participants in
semester we serve more, and more, and
the competition, each of whom got three
more, and more. Grow the program, offer
attempts to improve their score along
more sports, get more student-employees
the course. Because he took part, he
involved, get more students involved.”
earned points toward the Champion of
involved and stay active. Friday Fundays Photo by Rich Allen | email@example.com
MSU Denver student Christian Marquez competes in augmented reality bouldering in the weight room of the Auraria Event Center on March 9.
resume on March 16 at Sigi’s in the Tivoli with Sigi’s Tournament, which includes pool, ping pong and air hockey. Starting March 30, the program takes its weekly events outside for competitions in disc golf, ultimate frisbee, Wiffle ball and
Under Lamothe and Campus Recreation,
already included an indoor basketball
others. It is free for MSU Denver students
Champions award, which will be awarded
the intramurals program began to see
league. Additionally, basketball has relied
and members of Campus Recreation. Drop-
at the end of the Friday Fundays calendar
the growth he’s been looking for. This
on private sector refereeing, but is now
ins are welcome, but Lamothe says they
on May 4. Marquez, who only happened
semester, the program added indoor
shifting to student officiating in its efforts
prefer participants to register ahead of
upon the event as he was working out
soccer and volleyball to its offerings that
to get student employees involved as well.
time on IMLeagues.com before arriving.
Colorado continuing to carry precious CarGo By Rich Allen
outfield, with three spots to be filled by
one that makes him invaluable to every
him, Charlie Blackmon, Gerardo Parra,
other player in the Rockies clubhouse,
Ian Desmond and budding young stars
and is unquantifiable on a box score.
If you’re a fan of the Colorado Rockies,
David Dahl and Raimel Tapia who figure to
CarGo’s clubhouse presence, the
anything that makes Nolan Arenado
play more prominent roles in the team’s
same one that enticed both Parra and the
happy should make you happy.
future than any of the others. If that wasn’t
Rockies’ front office into a deal a couple
enough to give manager Bud Black a
of seasons ago, lessened and dignified
is bringing back one of the most prolific
headache, prospects Jordan Patterson,
rostering him all last season, even through
players in franchise history, even if the fit
Mike Tauchman and Noel Cuevas are
the sub-Mendoza line production. It was a
isn’t exactly perfect, Rockies fans should
doing their best to force themselves
status that he has built since in his arrival
be chomping at the bit to make it happen.
into the conversation with solid spring
in 2008’s Matt Holliday trade. Gonzalez is
And on March 12, that’s exactly what
trainings. But still, general manager
the last remnant of the 2009 Rockies, and
happened, when the Blake Street Bombers
Jeff Bridich made the commitment to
fought through the ensuing struggles.
retained longtime outfielder Carlos
the one-time MVP candidate and 2017
While he always played second fiddle
Gonzalez. CarGo is coming off undoubtedly
liability, even as the team readies itself
to Troy Tulowitzki and now Arenado,
the worst season of his career, tarnished by
for another run at October baseball.
one thing became abundantly clear this
If what makes Nolan Arenado happy
a first half that would’ve landed anybody
Make no mistake, adding yet another
not named Carlos Gonzalez on the bench
lefty outfielder to the mix was not made in
or in Triple-A. Even after a vintage second-
a vacuum, and may not have necessarily
and from the outfield, to the nonchalant
half rebound, he still had an abysmal
been a “baseball” move. Superstar third
five-star diving catches, to the majestic,
.262 batting average, just barely reaching
baseman Nolan Arenado reportedly had
Ken Griffey-esque swing and bat drops
base more than 33 percent of the time.
been advocating for a CarGo reunion
to the simple, patented grin, CarGo is the
all offseason, and told Denver Post beat
heart and soul of the team, something
some of his luster after last season,
writer Patrick Saunders he was “REALLY
that wasn’t fully appreciated until he fell
with question marks abound about
happy” when the news broke of the
victim to the collusion that left many
how much an older, slower CarGo can
deal, Saunders said in a tweet. Perhaps
players unemployed into the spring.
produce. But the Rockies still paid him
keeping the team’s best player happy as
But, the Rockies are contenders again,
$8 million. That’s how important he
his contract expiration following the 2019
like the team he was introduced to. It
is to the Coors Field inhabitants.
season looms. But, the reason Arenado is
wouldn’t be the same without him.
The 31-year-old has lost more than
Gonzalez now joins an already cluttered
so pleased to see CarGo return is the same
offseason: CarGo is the Colorado Rockies. From the rockets, both off the bat
Photo from Jon Konrath via Flickr
Carlos Gonzalez, seen here on May 31, 2010, has been a staple in the Colorado Rockies lineup for nearly a decade. He re-signed with the team after his first bout with free agency on March 12.
EVENTS AT AURARIA
Non-Binary Identities Support Group
Location Pepsi Center
MARCH 14, 2018
ROADRUNNER ATHLETICS 3.21
The Lili Smokies
Location Bluebird Theater
Time 7:30 P.M.
Time 8 p.m.
Location Tivoli Suite 651 Price Free
3.14 VS. Doane College Location Denver
3.16 VS. CO School of Mines Location Denver
Time 3 p.m.
Time 3 p.m.
Time 9-10:30 a.m. 3.14 Lucy Rose Location Larimer Lounge 3.16
Third Friday Art Walk
Location Sweet Heart Winery
Time 8:00 p.m.
Time 5 p.m.
3.17 VS. Colorado Christian University Location Lakewood
Location Center for Visual Arts Price Free Time 6-8 p.m.
Location Seventh Circle Music Collection Price Free ( $7-10 donation) Time 7:00 p.m.
Job Search Meet Up: Exploring the hidden job market
Location Tivoli 215
Location Your Mom’s House
Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert
3.19 VS. Lindenwood Location St. Charles, MO Price Varies Time TBA
Time 12 p.m.
Location Bakery Arts Warehouse Price $45-85 Time 7:30
PROFESSIONAL SPORTS Basketball
Location Havu Gallery
Time 8 p.m.
Time 9:30 p.m.
3.15 Pistons @ Nuggets Location Pepsi Center
3.17 Nuggets @ Grizzlies Location FedExForum
Time 10-11:30 a.m.
Time 7 p.m.
Time 6 p.m.
Location Belly Up Aspen 3.24
Cello Boot Camp
Location Paramount Theatre
Time 9:30 p.m.
Time 8 p.m.
Hockey 3.11 Predators @ Avs Location Pepsi Center
Location Arts Building Price Free Time 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
3.20 Chicago Location Pikes Peak Center
Time 5:30 p.m.
Time 5 p.m.
Time 7 p.m.
Time 1 p.m.
Soccer 3.24 Rapids vs. Sporting KC Politically Direct, MSU Denver’s only show dedicated to politics, airs Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Catch Devyn Deeter
Location Pepsi Center Price $39.50-129.50 Time 7:30 p.m.
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3.18 Red Wings @ Avs Location Pepsi Center
Location The Barkley Bar
God Save the Queens: Queer Punk Night
Location DSG Park
Soccer 3.13 Rapids vs. Philadelphia Location DSG Park
Time 7 p.m.
Time 7 p.m.
Over the past 12 days, three package bombing have taken place in Austin, Texas. According to CNN, Anthony Stephan House was the first victim to receive a package bomb on March 2. On The second bomb exploded on Monday morning, killing Drayle Mason and injuring his mother. These three victims are African Americans. On Monday around noon, an elderly Hispanic woman was “severely injured” during the third bombing. At the time of publication, authorities have yet to identify the perpetrator or perpetrators.
Helicopter crash kills five
Students plan to walk out
St. Patrick’s Day celebration
of class on Wednesday
On March 11, five passengers died during a helicopter crash in the New York’s East River. The pilot, Richard Vance Danbury, was the only person to survive. On Sunday, Danbury told authorities that he saw “a tether from a front passenger’s harness wrapped around the fuel shut off lever.” This led to engine failure when the fuel supply was cut off accidentally. According to CBS, the passengers were unable escape the wreckage because they were tightly strapped into their seats with safety harnesses.
Students from across the nation plan to walk out of their classrooms for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. on Wednesday to commemorate to 17 people who died during the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14. The event will mark one month anniversary of the tragedy. According to the Denver Post, 1,965 schools and organizations plan to participate in the event called “ #Enough national School Walkout to End Gun Violence.”
Trump fires Tillerson, replaced by CIA director
Channel 93.3 will host its annual Keggs & Eggs event at Blake Street Tavern on March 16. The event is free, open to individuals 21 and over and is first come first served. The bands Portugal. The Man, AJR and Stélouse will be performing. According to a representative from the tavern, doors will open at 7a.m. and the event will conclude around midnight. This will be the thirteenth year this St. Patrick’s Day celebration has taken place in Denver.
On Tuesday at 5:44 a.m. President Donald Trump tweeted that CIA director Mike Pompeo will replace Rex Tillerson as the Secretary of State. According to the New York Times, John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, called Tillerson on Friday during his trip to Africa, and advised “you may get a tweet.” To replace Pompeo, Trump nominated Gina Haspel, the current deputy director of the CIA, to become the next Director of the CIA. If Haspel is approved by congress, she will be the first woman to hold the position.
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Spring Break activities
Horoscopes The zodiacs as dog breeds You’re a cat.
Nataleah: Launching rockets with Elon Musk
Congtats! You’re a Cardigan Welsh Corgi. You’re the Queen’s favorite pooch.
You are a show Poodle. You’re not afraid to strut your stuff and sport a funky hairstyle. Look out Colorado Kennel Club 2019 dog show!
Pisces are Great Danes. Isn’t that dane great?
Portuguese Water Dog. You’d get along with Obama because he has like three or something.
Whatever kind of dog Stitch was from the animated Disney film “ Lilo and Stitch.”
You don’t always get taking seriously. Like a Pomeranian, you’re cute but fiesty. Sometimes your bite is far worse than your yip.
Forest: Playing some B-ball outside of the school Burky: Crying/drinking alone with my kitties
Yellow Labrador. You’re happy-go-lucky but sometimes too trusting. Stop booping the cat. You’ll only get hurt again.
Mimi: Level up my hydration and REM game
“You’re not alone if you’re with your kitties.” “That horse has mad braids.“ “ I haven’t even looked at my bank account but I know it’s not good.” Do you have a funny quote or interesting photo you just have to share? Submit to Managing Editor Ali Watkins at firstname.lastname@example.org
Isaac: Camping. Glamping
If you weren’t a bull you’d be a Border Collie. You’re loyal and smart but ignore what your human is saying half the time.
Your the kind of dog where no one knows what breed they are but the owners have their speculations.
You’re a Pug pup! You’re quirky, a little noisey with a face ya just want to smush.
Sag, you are an Australian Shepherd. You’re fun but holy crap slow down! We don’t all wake up at the crack of dawn or run for fun.
Brain games 42. Ice pellets
2. Cat’s sound
35. Monte ____
44. Pack tightly
3. South American country
38. Excessive pride
4. ____ Witherspoon of
39. Poker holding
47. Over again
“Walk the Line”
40. Pollution problem
5. “Phantom of the ____”
48. Three musicians
5. Rowing device
10. Catcher’s glove
49. ____ retriever
52. Association (abbr.)
50. Ladybug, e.g.
53. On dry land
8. Chimney’s locale
51. Apt. divisions
9. Finally (2 wds.)
53. Poplar type
58. Bring to court
10. Got together
54. Nappy leather
18. New Year’s Day promise
59. Lowest tides
55. Bushy fence
20. Lady’s garment
12. Rose barb
22. Trim meat
60. Diva’s offering
23. Before, poetically
69. Quick cut
61. Half quart
62. Cooking herb
26. Ships’ rears
28. Humble dwelling
72. Light tan
27. Put up
73. At no time, in verse
28. Garment edges
67. Poet’s eternity
34. Hero’s tale
29. “Once ____ a time...”
68. Neither’s partner
36. Business abbr.
31. ____ eclipse
32. Sports venue
41. “____ Lisa”
MENTAL HEALTH AFFECTS EVERYONE MSU Denver student elections occur April 9-13. Students will be asked to vote on a new Mental Health Student Fee to meet the increasing demand for mental health services.
The new mental health student fee will provide MSU Denver students with:
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students reported problems with depression*
✔ FREE Mental Health Appointments Ensuring continued free visits at the MSU Denver Counseling Center
✔ Additional Appointment Times Increased staff creating improved access for students
✔ A Healthier Campus Community Improved prevention, education and safety
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