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OSA asks students to donate Avalon Manly firstname.lastname@example.org The Office of Student Activities (OSA) has presented a challenge this month for students to donate cans of nonperishable food or money to Care and Share, a local food bank that serves the Pikes Peak Region. This challenge is the first of what OSA plans to be a monthly occurrence. “We’ve got some events that are becoming tradition,” explained OSA Advertising and Marketing Manager Nic Hostetter. “So we thought we’d try something new.” Each month, OSA will present a new challenge to the student
body. Some, like this month’s partnership with Care and Share, will focus on charitable contributions to the community; others, like the pumpkin-carving contest next month, will be more about fun and friendly competition. Students can compete individually or in teams; each person receives five points just for competing, and the person or team that donates the most cans or money (with $1 equaling two cans) will receive bonus points. Winning teams will be forced to divvy up the bonus points amongst themselves in order to award them to individuals. The person with the most points at the end of the year will receive an iPad as a prize. The person who wins this month’s challenge will be award-
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ed a plaque in the ROAR office, as well as two tickets to the formal and dinner for two at the Melting Pot. The second and third place winners will also receive prizes. Hostetter anticipates much club involvement, and hopes that housing will present competing teams, as well. All cans must be turned into OSA by 5 p.m. on Sept. 15. There are no restrictions on how cans are to be obtained and creative collecting is encouraged – though OSA Event Coordinator Denise Perez advised, “Don’t rob a store.” To sign up for the challenge either individually or as a team, visit OSA, in the rear of the ROAR office, or contact Nic Hostetter at email@example.com. S
UCCS alumnus Leftmore set to perform in the Springs (page 4)
Raising the Bar
Downtowns can be dangerous. I once watched a SWAT team escape like wasps into an approaching swarm of students on State Street in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. Really old glass doors were all that separated me from a disturbing display of violence. Downtown Colorado Springs differs from many strictly college towns because the majority of the bar crowd are not students. When bar hopping on Tejon on a Saturday night, students are confronted by a mostly older crowd. Yet, fun can still be had and danger minimized with a little preemptive knowledge (or a handy guide, like the one on pages 6 and 7). For you under-agers, dancing, live music and members of the opposite sex are all examples of nonalcoholic things to be enjoyed at the bar. But things can still get rough, depending on the bar, so watch your asses.
“The Last Exorcism” leaves a lasting impression (page 8)
Accessibility on campus in need of change Catherine Jensen firstname.lastname@example.org UCCS has failed, on countless occasions, to adhere to ADA standards here on campus. As explained by Disability Services, the hill leading to the Event Center is just one example of the campus’s inaccessibility. Although construction was done on the hill this summer, it still isn’t where it needs to be, said Ida Dilwood, Director of Disability Services here on campus. “The grade is impossible to fix because of the way the buildings around it have been constructed,” she said. In order to get to Dwire, Main Hall and Disability Services, students unable to climb the hill must navigate the Event Center to find an elevator connecting to a much-needed ramp. “The ramp is a valu-
able addition for everyone because in the winter, the hill can be treacherous,” said Dilwood. Disability Services is also responsible for the side walk surrounding Public Safety. After noticing students forced to use the street to access Public Safety and the Health Center located on the first floor of campus’ parking garage, Disability Services brought the issue forward. The city provided the funds necessary to ensure a safe, easy to access sidewalk was installed. In addition to misconceptions of ADA standards, there is much to learn about people with disabilities. The majority of students have what Dilwood refers to as, “hidden disabilities.” These can be learning, psychological or systematic. Visible disabilities include physical, such as be-
ing in a wheelchair, to being deaf and blind. Four out of five people in the U.S. have a disability, said Dilwood. “Any one of us could become part of this. We could hit by a car and end up in a wheelchair tomorrow.” A group of students looking to use their voices to change these misconceptions is the recently established Disabled Student Union (DSU). Similar groups have existed before. Dilwood remembers the CU Ability Club in which she participated while a student at UCCS in 2002. Vice President Samantha Carty and students Cynthia Barram and Ayden Merino are behind organizing the new student group. “This group is about getting a dialogue going,” said Carty. “People have no idea that things aren’t up to ADA standards…we
want to be a voice that asks the University to get their priorities in order.” The group will also create space for students with disabilities, said Barram. “We need to have a place where we can chill and discuss what is relevant in our lives. We need to be able to discuss our experiences with those who understand.” Addressing abilityrelated issues on campus are important to the group. These include seeing that different paint is used on crosswalks and that additional routes are created during times of construction. The current paint used becomes very slick when it rains so this change would ensure safer travels. “I understand that our campus is growing and that construction is necessary but please have an alternate route
available. The route that works for people who can walk won’t work for me and other students in wheelchairs,” Barram said. Getting around is not the only problem students with disabilities face on campus, Barram said. Barram, like many other people with disabilities, relies on public transportation to get to campus. It takes more than one bus to get to school and back so making the connecting bus is crucial. This leaves a small window of time for classes. “You have to plan for the unexpected. I plan on, every semester, calling at least one professor and letting them know I won’t be in today because the side walk is too slick or the bus I take is without a shelter and it’s snowing… for a long time, I didn’t come to school in the winter,” said Barram. “We need to reform
the way we think about Disability on this campus,” said Merino an ally to people with disabilities. “I feel I am here to aid Disabled Student Union as much as I possibly can. As an ally recognizing struggle is important.” Barram and Carty also mentioned the challenge it is to get from class to class, particularly in rough weather, with only ten minutes. Desks are not wheelchair friendly and small rooms with little space are difficult to maneuver in. Often the buttons don’t work either. If students notice a button isn’t working they should contact Disability Services and they will contact facilities to get it fixed. Students with questions or concerns may visit Disability Services; Vice President Samantha Carty is also available at scarty@ uccs.edu. S
editorial Conquest and tolerance the scribe
September 7 to September 13
Editor-in-Chief Avalon Manly Nine years ago this week, I was a bookwormy little twelveyear-old, completely unaware that I would spend my teenage years in wartime. I don’t remember exactly what my mom said when she shook me awake that morning, but it had in it the words “TV” and “now.” We watched the small TV in the den as frazzled reporters attempted to communicate what was happening almost 2,000 miles away, to buildings I’d only seen fleetingly in movie skyscapes. I remember watching the second tower fall, and the reporter’s dawning comprehension as he was notified of what had happened on the green screen behind him. My mother’s arms were crossed, her brow furrowed; she looked white and scared. I didn’t understand. I still don’t understand. It cannot really be argued that 9/11 was not the impetus behind the “War on Terror,” the first wave of which, Operation Iraqi Freedom, was just two weeks ago declared complete. In his 10-minute address to the nation on the evening of the attacks, President Bush used the word “evil” four separate times to describe the events of that morning. Such rhetoric and the immediate reactions of the people of this nation to a brutal attack on our own soil served to initiate a war that was, for nine years, mishan-
dled, misrepresented and misled. But regardless of the varied opinions held on the war, 9/11 is a bruise on the heart of America that never really healed. People are just people, after all, and such a defeat on our native soil shook the foundations of our feelings of security and invulnerability. For that’s what it was, really: a defeat. At least, that’s what certain groups of extremists around the world would have us believe. 2,819 people died on September 11, 2001. Only 2,016 of them were employees in the Towers. 343 were firefighters and paramedics. 60 were police officers. They didn’t have to be there. They didn’t have to play heroes at such great personal risk. But they did. And their sacrifices, paired with the efforts of regular people across New York City and the country as a whole, transformed the defeat of that day into something that riles our attackers: a triumph. The New York Blood Center collected approximately 36,000 units of blood from people that flocked to assist.. FEMA spent $970 million helping the victims and 9/11 charities collected over $1.4 billion. America responded to the tragedies of that day as a collective and comprehensive whole. We showed the world a united front, as each of us was filled with both “quiet, unyielding anger,” as Bush put it, but also with a deep and almost indefinable need to help. 9/11 brought out the best in us – and also the worst. The rate of hate crimes perpetrated on Arabic Americans spiked immediately following the attacks, and tolerance for Islam plummeted across the country. Now, everyone’s talk-
ing about the Cordoba House, a mosque set for construction about two blocks away from the Ground Zero site. A number of Americans are incensed at the apparent gall it takes to place an Islamic house of worship so near the site of such a sensitive national tragedy. Others take the side of the Constitutional rights inherent in the building’s placement, and argue that the people involved have every right to build whatever they like there. The largest problem I see with the mosque, however, is its name. Cordoba, Spain, was ruled by the Visigoths until 711 A.D, when it was conquered by a Muslim army and transformed into a capital of the Islamic world. The mosque was built on the foundations of a Christian cathedral, and throughout its use, and even though the space was rededicated as a Christian church in the 13th Century, the Islamic possession of Cordoba became a symbol of Muslim rule in the West. It does not, as has been publicized, have as much to do with coexistence as with Islamic conquest. The placement of a mosque in the heart of New York is a message to Islamic extremists that a victory has been had in the United States. I beg to differ. The events of September 11, 2001 were terrible tragedies, to be sure, and the heart of our nation still hurts for it. But it was not a defeat. We cannot allow this new attack to inspire hatred in us; rather, we must respond with tolerance, and with acceptance, because then we are the victors. Like the blood donated by everyday people nine years ago, such small acts of giving and care mutate an act of conquest into triumph. This triumph reminds us what it means to be American.
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September 7 to September 13
Fail of the Week
College night @ the Rockies
Lucy in the sky with plumbing
Still a virgin? There’s help.
Some silly wanker purchased John Lennon’s toilet for £9,500 (approximately $14,740; more than nine times the anticipated bid), at a recent auction in Liverpool, England. The late Lennon had the toilet replaced in the early ’70s, and purportedly, in true Beatle fashion, told the builders who removed it to “put some flowers in it or something,” according to reuters.com. Instead of using it as a vase, the builder let the disenfranchised lou rest in his shed for nearly 40 years; it was discovered upon his death, and auctioned during Liverpool’s Beatle Week Festival.
Billboards across the county plastered with the words “Still a virgin? For help call 888-7434335” have been attracting media and political attention nationwide. The phone number is attached to a series of humorous recorded messages by the cast of the R-rated film, “The Virginity Hit,” which enters theatres this Friday. Such ad campaigns are referred to as “flash ads,” and this one, at least, has been fairly effective: the Virgin Helpline, as it has been so dubbed, has been called more than 70,000 times inside five days, according to deadline.com.
Fewer than 20 tickets remain for OSA’s College Night at the Rockies. For $20, students can purchase a ticket to the Rockies game on Thursday, Sept. 9, and a seat on the bus to ride to and from the stadium. Tickets can be purchased in OSA’s office.
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Buckskin Joe’s, the ghost town Old West replica near Canon City, has been purchased by an anonymous party. The town served as a set for not a few movies, including John Wayne’s “True Grit,” and has been a steady tourist attraction since its construction in the late ’50s. The new owner plans to dismantle the town and transport it to another location in the state, though precisely where has not yet been disclosed, according to the Denver Post.
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UCCS alum Leftmore kicks off national tour, new album Avalon Manly
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email@example.com Joe Ziegler, UCCS alumnus and musician Leftmore, will be performing at the Black Sheep (2106 Platte Ave.) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. to celebrate the release of his new album and to initiate his twelfth national tour. Leftmore started in UCCSâ€™ own Vale residency hall in December of 2004, when Ziegler and another student, Matt Shaw, began to play together. Ziegler was in the business program at the time, though he ultimately decided that he wanted more to do with â€œpeople than with peoplesâ€™ money,â€? as Ziegler explained, and he graduated in December 2007 with a BA in communication and a minor in leadership studies. Ziegler and Shaw began touring as Leftmore in June 2008, after Shaw graduated. Last September, Shaw decided to take his work in a different direction and Ziegler transformed Leftmore into a solo act. â€œI miss the hell out of him,â€? Ziegler said, regarding Shaw. â€œHe was my band mate and best friendâ€ŚI told him Iâ€™d still be jumping in the van [to play] without him, and Iâ€™ve been jumping in the van without him for about a year now.â€? Ziegler did say that the transition to solo performing went â€œsurprisingly well,â€? despite its being a â€œhuge trial by fire.â€? â€œMatt used to handle the PA,â€? Ziegler said, laughing, recounting his first shows as a solo musician. â€œIâ€™d show up completely clueless [and try to] figure out the PA, and Iâ€™d wonder, â€˜What the hell was I thinking, doing this all by myself?â€™â€? Zieglerâ€™s new CD, â€œFor Every Tree, A Seed,â€? is his first solo album. Ziegler has worked hard to ensure that the music on it is â€œstill Leftmore,â€? and heâ€™s looking forward to its release at the onset of the tour. â€œA lot of people are super excited about it,â€? he said. â€œIâ€™m very excited to get back on the road,â€? Ziegler stated. He mentioned the Handlebar in Pensacola, Florida, is one of his favorite venues to return to, partially because â€œthey pay [him] with a 12-pack of beer,â€? but more so
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because they are hosting him as the headliner of a miniature music festival, at which Leftmore will cap 10 hours of music by a variety of other bands. â€œI was flabbergasted that so many other bands wanted to play with me,â€? Ziegler said. â€œItâ€™s crazy to me to know that the music I play impacted people across the country.â€? This tour is set to stop in about 40 cities nationwide inside 45 days. Ziegler is driving his tour van (named â€œCliffordâ€?) approximately 7,000 miles, according to his calculations. â€œIâ€™ve never slept behind the wheel,â€? Ziegler noted, laughing, â€œbut itâ€™s helpful that Iâ€™m also a cyborg and love driving.â€? Though he doesnâ€™t often stop at hotels, Ziegler has never been pressed to catch some Zâ€™s in his van. Many of the cities through which heâ€™ll travel are places heâ€™s visited before, and heâ€™ll be able to stay with friends much of the trip. â€œPeople put me up on a couch or in a spare room,â€? he said. â€œThey refuse to let me sleep in a car or hotel.â€? On Thursday night, Ziegler will be co-hosting an open mic event in the Lodge to assist promotion for the concert on Friday. â€œIâ€™d love to see UCCSers come show off their talent,â€? he said. The show at the Black Sheep will serve not only to begin Leftmoreâ€™s tour and release the new album, but also as Zieglerâ€™s 25th birthday party. There will even be cake. Advance tickets can be purchased for $6 directly from Ziegler as he promotes the show across campus this week; tickets at the door will be $7. All ages are welcome. S
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His spirit lives on: Remembering David Mueller Rob Versaw firstname.lastname@example.org It was a little over a year ago when David Mueller died in a car wreck; yet, his legacy still lives on today. His family has started a scholarship to benefit track athletes at UCCS and Coronado High School. â€œThis summer, Davidâ€™s mother, Sandy, and Davidâ€™s brothers put on a 5K walk/run at Rock Ledge Ranch,â€? said former teammate Jason Shaver. â€œThis year was the first year they did it and they got so much stuff donated and it was a great community
effort. Â They ended up making quite a bit for Davidâ€™s Fund.â€? Â â€œIt was Davidâ€™s big brothers, Adam and Daniel and myself, that came up with the idea to honor David and at the same time help track and field student athletes that need financial help to be able to participate in that sport,â€? explained Davidâ€™s mother. . â€œWe designated the money to go to cleats, running shoes, sports fees and healthy snacks. David was the most humble, giving athlete you could ever meet. He gave his extra cleats and whatever he could to help those
who needed help.â€?Â â€œItâ€™s a beautiful thing and it warms Davidâ€™s familyâ€™s souls and makes us feel so proud and fortunate to know that we are doing what he would still be doing,â€? she continued. â€œThe impact it has on Davidâ€™s family is that it reminds us to â€˜Live Stronger,â€™ which was his motto; [and to] spread the loveâ€Ś and it gives us peace and hope and faith.â€? â€œThe extra scholarship will help us compete better in the RMAC,â€? explained track coach David Harmer, when asked how the scholarship will help the UCCS team. S
Downtown Bar Student Survi KEY: In response to a misleading recent local newspaper article, we have produced a different student downtown bar guide using the following guidelines. Each bar is ranked 1 to 4 with 1 being the lowest and 4 being the highest.
Don’t Bother Going To: 15 C Club 15 E. Bijou
x4 x4 x4 x4
This cigar bar is pretentious, expensive and full of cougars.
SoDo 527 S. Tejon
x4 x3 x3 x3 x3
Unfortunately, SoDo is one of the only bars that is almost always 18 and up. It is also one of the most dangerous. There are few 18 and up clubs, so students will probably go here, just be very careful.
x4 x4 x4
19 E. Kiowa
Strength of Drinks How Closely to Watch Your Drink Delicious/Original Drinks
Despite the dark and inviting interior and innovative drink menu, a series of big egos and bad service in the recent past have spoiled this formerly cool spot.
Too Expensive for Students on a Regular Basis: Red Martini 25 N. Tejon
Good Food Good Music Pressure to Dance Likelihood of Shanking Likelihood of Getting Some
Piano bars are a great place to take a date, but make sure to bring lots of money. Let your date have the fancy drink and have a decent beer instead; someone will have to drive home, so be a gentleman.
Rendezvous Lounge 128 N. Tejon
How Much Pain to the Wallet Cougar/Dingo Central
x4 x3 x4 x4 x3
From an enormous wall of liquor, one of the bartenders here will build a cocktail from your favorite color and flavor. This is the place to go for a cigar, and smokers, this is one of the only places to smoke inside.
Grumpy Old People Places: The Ritz 15 S. Tejon
Degree of Snobiness
x3 x3 x4 x4 x3
x2 x2 x4 x3 x3 x3
I remember going to the Ritz just after it opened a very long time ago. A less fancy Jose Muldoon’s was a favorite hangout of mine and I thought that The Ritz might be similar; it was not and is not. The cool kids of Colorado Springs have been there the whole time and I’m not a cool guy.
SouthSide Johnny’s 527 S. Tejon
x2 x4 x3 x2 x2
SouthSide Johnny’s has good food, decent music and is a great place to hang out- for old people. Wait until you get your first Harley after your first divorce before heading here. Then you’ll really fit the cougar/dingo mold.
Thirsty Parrot 32 S. Tejon
The Scribe does not endorse underage drinking.
x4 x1 x3
The Thirsty Parrot has the best stage in town for live music; unfortunately, it rarely gets properly used..
ival: The Real Guide
By Brock Kilgore
Layout by Rosa Byun
Popular Student Spots Where Caution is Necessary:
Beer and pizza are as college as Jim Belushi. Old C‘s was the original college entertainment in Colorado Springs, and they still have great pizza and the largest beer selection in town. The expansive dining area allows large groups to sit together while mingling with others around the bar area and pool tables. This is the place for Sunday football.
24 N. Tejon
x3 x4 x4 x3 x2
Collared shirts are required. Have dance clubs adopted golf course rules? I used to run a nightclub, but I am not a nightclub guy. If you love to dance to hip hop, techno, house or D&B, and you have every right to, this is reportedly the place to go. But as someone who has spent loads of time on the other side of the bar; go with a group, watch your drink, take care of each other and stay off the stripper pole.
Cowboys 25 N. Tejon
x3 x3 x3 x3 x1
Hip hop line dancing, only in Colorado Springs. I love the hillbilly blues, but classic country has gone the way of the buffalo. Instead, Cowboys spit-on-the-floor, “Urban Cowboy,” fist fighting spirit of the Honky Tonk is alive and well.
Gasoline Alley 28 N. Tejon
x2 x3 x3 x2 x1
Wow, how little popular rock and roll has changed. Filled with longhaired rockers, Gasoline Alley could have time machined back to the late ‘80s with little change.
Jack Quinn’s 21 S. Tejon
Phantom Canyon 2 E. Pikes Peak
x3 x3 x2 x3 x2
Places Students Should Frequent:
x2 x1 x4 x2 x4
x1 x4 x2 x4
Phantom Canyon is a remnant of the late ‘90s micro-brew craze, but how can good beer and pool get old? The spacious billiard hall on the second floor provides some of the best views of downtown and is a perfect entertainment destination for large groups. The brews are strong so make sure to mix it with loaded pub fries, fish and chips,or anything else on the menu.
The Rocket Room 230 Pueblo (Cimarron and Wahsatch)
With one of the best jukeboxes, maybe the best bartender and cutting edge live music, The Rocket Room is an all around excellent time. Punk and metal are the usual genres but some of my best unexpected-never-heardof-them experiences have been here. Ask the bartender, Dave, to make you a special concoction (he has lots), then talk about whatever.
Several bad experiences involving unwarranted stitches to faces have turned me sour towards a formerly loved Irish pub. They do have excellent food and the expected array of Irish alcoholic accoutrements nonetheless.
The Black Sheep
188 N. Tejon
712 S. Cascade
x3 x4 x4 x4
Shuga’s is sweet. Although it sits dangerously close to South Tejon, it is in another dimension entirely. Both the food and drinks are handmade with high quality ingredients and care. The atmosphere is casually fun, with occasional live music and movies. This is the place to take, or find a date.
Tony’s 311 N. Tejon
x4 x4 x2 x4
Music is important, and The Black Sheep provides a steady stream of local, regional and national acts. The Knob Hill neighborhood can be shady, so park close and stay close. They offer a 24oz can beer and whiskey shot combo for $6, so be careful.
Tony’s has everything, including a professionally understanding bar staff that is willing to put up with your drunken antics. They have the best burger in town, maybe the best fish and chips, offer tomato soup as a side and have fried cheese curds, yum. Tony’s is a reflection of nearly every bar in Wisconsin, with stuffed Walleyes, Packer paraphernalia and hunter orange on the walls. A lively jukebox, $4 mini-pitchers of Pabst and $2 Tuesdays is hard to beat.
The Triple Nickel Tavern
2106 E. Platte
222 N. Tejon
x4 x1 x3
x3 x1 x2 x3 x2
26 S. Wahsatch
x4 x4 x2
Jose’s has always provided a frugal happy hour, good food, friendly and professional service and an enclosed garden that feels likea little vacation. Their more-than-filling Sunday brunch with margarita is nicely priced and 75cent Taco Tuesday is hard to beat.
The Triple Nickel givesr ample evidence that punk rock is NOT DEAD! This laid back bar has a fantastic jukebox and a tendency to book innovative and influential musicians. Located next to the fabulous El Taco Rey Mexican restaurant, it is the perfect afternoon escape.
527 S. Tejon
x2 x4 x3 x2 x2
SouthSide Johnny’s has good food, decent music and is a great place to hang out- for old people. Wait until you get your first Harley after your first divorce before heading here. Then you’ll really fit the cougar/dingo mold.
McCabe’s Tavern 520 S. Tejon
x4 x1 x4 x1 x4
McCabe’s is surrounded by cougar country on South Tejon, but once inside the vibe is laid back. Soccer fills the screens, cider fills the pints, scotch eggs fill the plates and good music fills the air.
110 N. Nevada
x2 x3 x4
The Underground is an accepting and playful gay club. Innovative with strong drinks, dancing and fun people make the Underground a great hangout for the open-minded, or soon to be. On the weekends the cavernous basement bar is open with the coolest dance floor in the Springs. I remember sneaking in the side door on Alternative Mondays when I was 18 to meet punk rock girls (it has been more than 7 years officer).
September 7 to September 13
Falafel: The frugal student’s friend Brock Kilgore
email@example.com Falafel sandwiches are an excellent substitute or alternative to meat, and for most of the world they are as popular as hamburgers are here. This street vendor specialty is made up of golf ballsized deep fried patties made from dried and ground chick peas mixed with spices including onion, garlic, cumin, coriander and parsley. Falafel sandwiches vary greatly in presentation, but expect some kind of pita or flatbread filled with varying combinations of tahini (sesame seed butter), hummus (a tasty paste made from pulverized chick peas, tahini, garlic and lemon juice), tzatziki sauce (a cucumber yogurt sauce),
hot sauce and veggies ranging from simple lettuce and tomato to fancy pickled vegetables. The patties themselves should be quite crispy on the outside and soft and steamy in the middle, so ask for freshly fried patties. Falafel is generally thought of as a Middle Eastern dish, but most food history sources attribute its creation to the Christian Copts in Egypt, who descended from ancient Egyptians. The meat substitute would have been, and still is, eaten during Lent. Regardless of its exact origins, falafel swept across the Mediterranean Sea to the rest of the world. Students who travel outside of “American Suburbia” will find falafel to be a filling and frugal foray into ancient culture.
Colorado Springs has several excellent falafel venders, including my three favorites. The Mediterranean Café downtown, located at (118 E. Kiowa, serves a nearly headsized falafel sandwich for $5. They offer the option of upgrading to a drink and a cup of soup, one of their daily salad choices, or fries for $9. Taste of Jerusalem Café, at15 E. Bijou, also serves a fine falafel with the best tzatziki sauce in town for $5. Again, a combination of a drink and the perfectly crisp and seasoned Crisspura Fries is offered for $10. The Caspian Café, locatednear campus at 4275 Sinton Road, has the best falafel. The only problem is that the sandwich with fries or a little, but fresh and
asking for help, so he and the crew drive out to the farm. The young daughter, Nell, is a naïve, innocent little girl who also happens to be possessed, running the usual racket of sleep walking, slaughtering the livestock, etc. The movie then transitions from a documentary aiming to show a fake exorcism to a terrified crew discovering a real possession. It’s shot like a documentary, complete with character interviews and hand-held camera authenticity. This gives it a more realistic feel, which makes it that much scarier. The acting is well done, from Fabian’s excellent portrayal of an evangelist/con man, to Ashley Bell, who played the possessed girl, Nell. The setting was simple enough: a farmhouse in rural Louisiana gave it that isolated feel that is iconic of a horror movie. The story and plot are something else in this movie, especially the ending. One moment, they have you believing the girl is actually possessed, and the next you’re not so
sure. I really enjoyed this uncertain factor about the movie. The whole thing is creepy; there are parts that make you jump, screams that send chills down your spine, weird voices coming from places they shouldn’t and quick little flashes that are easy to miss if your eyes aren’t glued to the screen. The movie gripped me pretty much the entire time. And the ending is quite something to behold, that is for certain. It left me wanting more, as it was quite abrupt. The length of the movie seemed to deny justice to the story, as it was only an hour and a half. Viewers will also undoubtedly respond differently to the film’s ending. Overall, however, the film was rather good, complete with lots of twists and turns, plenty of scary moments and even some funny scenes early in the film. Cotton’s faith is challenged, a family goes through a crisis and a small film crew gets the footage of a lifetime. And the ending, while it couldn’t please everyone, is just...wow. If you enjoy being scared, you’ll enjoy this movie. S
“The Last Exorcism”: You’ll love the ending...or you’ll hate it Elliot Reynolds firstname.lastname@example.org This movie scared the hell out of me. I don’t see many scary movies, for the simple reason that I scare easily. But I’d been wanting to see this one for quite some time, and I’m glad I did. The premise starts out simple enough: the main character, Cotton Marcus, played by Patrick Fabian, sets out to prove that exorcisms are a con. Cotton is a talented preacher and former exorcist living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He’s so good at his job that he gets letters from all over asking for exorcisms. Not only that, but he is so good at getting people riled up that he can preach about banana bread in the middle of a sermon and nobody is the wiser. Cotton, fearful of a Catholic school for exorcists causing more harm than good, hires a camera crew to follow him on one final exorcism to show how easily they are faked. He and the crew get a lot more than they signed up for, though. Cotton receives mail from someone
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Spicy falafel pita - just the kick needed at 10 a.m. to wake up.
wonderful salad, costs $9 without a drink (only during lunch, but until 4 p.m.). The sandwich is impossible to eat with your hands, but the quality, excellent service and fact that it is large enough for two people, make it appealing. Fortunatley, the cost-effective and experimental student cook need not go out
for falafel. It can be simple to make and can impress the pants off of a date. Making falafel from scratch is daunting, but box mixes like Fantastic Foods, that need only warm water, are cheap and high-quality. To prepare, heat two inches of vegetable oil in an eight- or nine-inch pot and follow the given directions..
Tzatziki sauce is easily made from plain yogurt, garlic, diced cucumber and lemon juice. Fill pitas, tortillas or flatbread with hummus from the grocery store, freshly fried falafel balls, whatever veggies are on hand including pickles, tzatziki sauce and hot sauce (if desired). Four to six students can be fed for about $10. S
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September 7 to September 13
Nakedness to nudity: A professional fail at modesty Jessica Lynch email@example.com When I played high school sports not a single athlete, regardless of indescribable necessity, showered after practices or games. Instead, we doused ourselves in deodorants, bath and body fragrances and the occasional sprits of perfume after a well earned victory. We smelled like the moldy bouquet of flowers that’s sitting in the middle of my kitchen table. I was certain, however, that this behavior was not only normal, but respected, and I carried my smelly routine to the collegiate level. Bucknell University soon graced me with its renowned athletics and academics and its dedication to athlete cleanliness. Showers turned mandatory and my persona of salty perfection shattered with the growing realization that single-stall-showers no longer existed. This revolution leads
me to the evening of Saturday, Aug. 28; may the images of that evening rest in eternal peace. On this particular evening, not only did time stop for nine glorious minutes, but God shook His mighty finger at me and my stupid grin. I was in the Bronco’s locker room standing where few females had stood before. I swiveled by head in revered satisfaction and curiosity. I was in control; I was steady and I was resisting the urge to crumble to my knees in a puddle of cheap romance novels and happy endings. In fact, I couldn’t have been giddier than if Tim Tebow had stepped from his throng of admiring reporters and kissed my sweating palms in a chivalrous gesture of absolute adoration. Now, while this didn’t happen, I was one of two women in the room, and yes, the rumors are true; nudity and nakedness runs ramped amongst NFL players.
This problem, for those who consider it one, has a simple solution. Lessening the frequency of cock shots and blocks, could be dealt with by eliminating shower time. By resorting to cologne and a fresh pair of underwear, men in towels will be no more. Actually, scratch that, they’ll just be men who never had a towel to begin with and are now standing butt naked before you. Oh well, I tried, right? The promiscuous nature of the locker room has done little to curb the growing numbers of female sports reporters. These women of the trade have adapted to the suggestive nature of their professions and as explained by Cameron Frye, a reporter for the Boston Bruins, not all female reporters are bothered or distracted by the naked athlete. “Since I’ve started covering sports, I’ve seen enough cock to fill a few issues
of Rent Boy magazine. Does it get in the way of me doing my job? Not at all. Of course, it’s something you get used to.” To some, the question remains, where should professional athletes and the press draw the line? More importantly, how do we make linebackers cover up with more than a three inch toilette? And as much as I hate to admit this, I am not above the influence of bare, naked flesh. Rather, my face turns bright red, my hands start to shake in an irritating rhythm against the side of my jeans and I blink accessibly. Frye, who shamelessly addressed the implications of her work, explained, “The view of naked flesh doesn’t bother me. Although, what does bother me is athletes who wear Crocs. Now that’s offensive.” If only I could see things through her eyes; if only I could have kept my eyes at their feet. S
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Got internet? Why a technology takeover isn’t possible yet Catherine Jensen firstname.lastname@example.org This time of year, the fall ritual of obtaining text books is fresh in our minds. Lugging twenty pounds of paper around makes you wonder why the seemingly increased usage of the internet, Kindle and the Smartphone hasn’t made it easier. The risk comes when what makes one person’s life at school easier makes someone else’s life at school, unattainable. Last summer, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed an initiative that would replace good old fashioned textbooks with free “open source” digital versions. Today this initiative comes equipped with its own website (California Learning Resource Network.com) where students can click on the links of their textbooks and read them from the screen before them. William M. Habermehl, superintendent of the 500,000-student Orange County schools told The New York Times when the initiative was proposed, ““In five years, I think the majority of students will be using digital textbooks. They can be better than traditional textbooks.”’ Yeah, if you attend an Orange County school where either your parents or your school can afford to see that you have regular access to a computer. Did we mention that Orange County schools’ $120 million dollar stimulus is about to run out?
Not so far away in Denver, George Washington High School’s IB Program requires subjects like math and social studies to be available in an online format. Though this may save money for the school, it disregards its population. Requiring online text books presumes that the students in this program have daily, easy access to a computer. That or the program will be providing hard copy textbooks for those who do not. If you attend school in a low-income area and receive less resources than those in a high-income one (because we believe it makes sense here to give nothing to those who already have nothing), you may not even have those. According to the US Census Bureau in 2009, 68.7 percent of households in the United States have access to the internet. This means that almost A THIRD of the households in the United States DO NOT. In addition, only 25 percent of America’s poorest households are online compared with the estimated 80 percent of homes earning over $75,000. Only around 30 percent of youth in the lowest household income category use computers at home compared to over 90 percent of youth in the highest income category. If you are in the lower household income bracket you may rely on public transportation. Anyone who has ever spent the majority of their life relying on public transportation can tell you that it allows very little time to get from school to a library to home. Statistically if you are from a low income area it is likely there is
no library within walking distance. Textbooks may be heavy but if you can read them on the bus before you get to work, because you are one of the estimated 15 percent of youth who help contribute to family income, you at least have a chance to keep up with school while meeting the very real needs of helping to support your family. Should you make it to a library to read from your book most libraries require log in access, which means you must have both an account and library card. Most of them time out after an hour creating another barrier to learning. Library hours do not work well if you would like to work, play sports, or have additional opportunities, never mind making it home on the bus at a reasonable hour For all that the article printed in The New York Times leaned toward supporting the text book initiative, they did manage to mention that few schools can afford to provide computers for their students and that internet access is, well, expensive. If the decision is between using the energy it takes to keep a computer running and feeding your family, I’d say the choice is pretty clear, that is if your house even has the outlets necessary to support a computer. As tech-savvy as we feel our generation may be, if we can be oblivious to the rest of the population who isn’t, there is and will continue to be a problem. Technology will be the answer only when everyone has affordable 24/7 access and it is not utilized for the privileged few but used to reach those with the greatest need and fewest resources. S
sports September 7 to September 13
Soccer 1-1 in season openers Matt Crandall email@example.com As the first small, radiant sign of fall brushed through UCCS during the first week of September, a new season of Mountain Lion Soccer commenced with both men and women’s teams hosting their first home matches of the season at Mountain Lion Stadium. The men defeated Colorado College 3-2 in overtime Sept. 1 on a game-winning goal by junior Matt Friesen, which marked his second goal of the game. “Matt has worked hard all his years,” commented UCCS head coach Henry Ellis on GoMountainLions. com. “He’s been not just my leading scorer, but my highest GPA. His desire and attitude is fantastic and with his work ethic he was voted captain this year.” Junior Carlos Verdugo scored the first goal of the game off of a
corner kick pass by junior Eric Goldberg; the second goal was scored by Friesen off the assist by senior Jaron Stewart. However, Colorado College fought back to tie the game 2-2 which resulted in extended play until Friesen finally brought the match to a close in minute 96 of play. The Mountain Lions tallied another win against Colorado College bringing the overall record to 9-5, in favor of UCCS. The following night, the lady Mountain Lions hit the field in their season opener and despite a tenacious defensive effort, they were defeated 3-0 by the traveling Wildcats of Abilene Christian. UCCS Head Coach Nichole Ridenour commented on GoMountainLions.com, saying, “We didn’t play our game at all in the first half, the goals came on easy through balls because we lost our marks. We can’t win if
we don’t play a style, let alone our style.” Although the women’s offensive firepower lay dormant in their first match of the season, several positives of the game resonated from freshman Goalkeeper Kelly Schroeder. In a match that was played the majority of the time on the Mountain Lion’s side, Schroeder stepped up defensively and held the damage to an impressive minimum by saving 11 of 14 shots on goal. Schroeder’s hot hands may come in handy soon when the ladies begin their conference play (RMAC) Sept. 19 against Colorado Mines. The men will compete on the road for the next couple weeks until returning home to Mountain Lion Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 19 against Colorado Mines. The women will return home Sept. 10 to take on McMurray. S
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Snarky Sports: New BB coach is Sports Shorts willing to “put himself out there” Women’s Volleyball (2-3, 0-0 RMAC)
Jessica Lynch firstname.lastname@example.org Winning seasons are hard to come by; for the UCCS women’s basketball team, it’s been nearly a decade. However, the team is “currently undefeated,” as newly-hired Head Coach Corey Laster pointed out, excited, as though such a statement were actually revelatory. According to last year’s coach and current Athletic Director Steve Kirkham, “It will benefit both the women’s basketball program and the athletic department as a whole to have those positions separated.” Thanks for the endorsement, coach.
Kirkham, who held both the athletic director and head women’s basketball coach positions last year, will no longer perpetrate such glaring and potentially hazarding conflicts of interest. Unlike last year, when the team failed to condition, scout opposing teams or win more than one conference game, Laster is focused on improving the team’s shortcomings. This means a lot more “fun, structure and consistency,” for the women’s basketball team, as Laster commented when asked how he will influence the program. Between bouts of professionalism, ill-
advised humor and mocking commentary, Laster shared his passion for building strong relationships. “I look forward to getting to know [the team] and bond with them. I’m willing to be vulnerable and put myself out there,” he expressed. Too bad interpersonal communication doesn’t win championships. However, might I add, a refusing-to-lose mindset would be a good starting place. His coaching philosophy – “Basketball is a tool to teach life skills through relationships, hard work and discipline.” – was painstakingly dictated and his dedication to both word choice and a
positive image was evident. “Wins and losses are not the focal point,” he said; but rather, the team will work on continual improvement, which he stressed between his unwillingness to fully answer certain questions. As I’m sure the team is well aware, Laster is here to make a change. “I hope people get behind us and understand we will have growing pains,” he said. “I hope they trust what I have to say,” he further explained, and based on his expansive collegiate coaching experience, the women’s basketball team should be ready for a season of gut checks and a severe withdrawal from caffeinated beverages. S
Sept. 3 at Boca Rotan, FL UCCS 1, Lewis 3 (12-25, 23-25, 25-21, 19-25) Sept. 3 at Boca Rotan, FL UCCS 3, Valdosta State 0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-16) Sept. 3 at Boca Rotan, FL UCCS 3, California-Pennsylvania 1 (25-23, 13-25, 25-12, 26-18) Sept. 4 at Boca Rotan, FL UCCS 0, Lynn 3 (25-14, 25-15, 25-22) Sept. 4 at Boca Rotan, FL UCCS 0, Rollins 3 (25-22, 25-19, 25-21) The lady Mountain Lions travelled to Boca Raton, FL for the 2010 Lynn University Courtyard by Marriott Invitational to compete in their first five matches of the season. In the second match against Valdosta State, Sophomore Nikki Kinzer recorded 12 kills while Junior Sonja Johnson and Senior Nicole Pederson added five kills, respectively. Up and coming Sophmore Lindsey Stich filled in for injured starter Cindy Bathelt and put on an impressive performance recording 28 assists, five digs, three block assists, two kills and two service aces as UCCS defeated Valdosta State 3-0.
Worst jobs to have on campus
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Prohibition advocate. No one is going to take these guys seriously. Office bitch. Dealing with students and professors on a daily basis drove your boss mad. Now you must suffer for their sins. Mascot. The suit is hot and sweaty and that overweight girl with the fake fox tail won’t stop hitting on you. Bathroom graffiti artist. The Man keeps painting over your beautiful artwork and racist opinions. No one appreciates the modernist movement anymore. Senior seminar instructor. They don’t care; you do care. This will not end well.
Tech support. Let’s face it, students have better things to do than learn how to operate their own laptops. Fundraiser. College students are broke and heartless. You aren’t getting a dime. Architect. It’s hard to plan buildings so that everyone who enters them either gets lost or, upon finding the correct classroom, dies of heat stroke or hypothermia. Parking enforcement. You are not responsible for any of the executive decisions, but students will threaten your wellbeing anyway. Test subject. Yes, you are helping that graduate biology student finish her dissertation. No, the twitch will not go away on its own. -Jasen Cooper
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Disease Horrifies CSU Outbreak of Rare Disease Greg Williams
The recent outbreak of a rare disease at Colorado State University in Pueblo has UCCS students and faculty afraid of a malicious infection. Rough estimates claim that somewhere between 50 percent and 75 percent of the student body in Pueblo have succumbed, with faculty infections hovering just below 50 percent. An official statement by CSU has described the disease as “a plague with horrifying symptoms and a terrifying impact.” Students at UCCS have expressed fear that CSU students will attempt to infect key members of the sports teams in order to gain an advantage in upcoming rivalry matches. Head Coach Shuetem Dedsky responded to the threat with strong words “Any attempt to sabotage this year’s team will be seen as direct violation of sportsmanlike conduct and will be responded to with most extreme measures,” he said,
although he refused to comment on exactly what those measures would be. The fear of a hostile infectious invasion by our rival school has some students taking drastic precautionary measures. Diesinap Okalyspe, a pre-med student, claimed, “I refuse to leave my room until the threat of this disease has passed.” Other students have taken to wearing masks, but the most extreme walk around in body armor. Some students avoid the common thoroughfares and sit away from suspected hosts of the disease in classrooms. Faculty expressed fear that attendance will drastically decline. “I just hope I still have a class to teach,” said Doctor Gesttorn Tupeases, a Medieval scholar with an emphasis on the Bubonic Plague. “Fear of a disease like this one can cause panic and isolationism.” CSU enacted drastic measures to counterract the disease, starting with a temporary closure of campus.
Police recently cordoned off neighborhoods arounded campus. These infected zones enclose numerous hosts of diseaseridden students shuffling about, contained by electric fences. I questioned Imaz Ommby through the fence about the disease. He offered me the following explanation: “Uuuhhhnnn.” Doctors on site were more helpful. Doctor Brainsford Inner described the disease as a “persistent, not exactly fatal, infection of the flesh with side effects that decreased mental faculties and speaking capabilities.” He cautioned that the disease is transferred by direct contact from an infected individual’s mouth and that the disease “creates a kind of oral fixation. They’re just looking to get their mouth around something, like teething infants.” Early symptoms of infection include a stupor of thought, lethargic motions and mysterious patches of dead flesh. Stay away from anyone exhibiting lethargic behavior
or anyone speaking about their “thirst for knowledge and hunger for brains.” Symptoms of the disease in its middle stage include a desire to taste the skin, blood or brains of others. Additionally, the skin takes on a pallid, gray tone and muscles experience lethargic spasms. By the third day the disease has taken complete hold of the individual, controlling all motion and filling the body with an insatiable hunger for flesh and brains while negating all capacity for rational thought and speech. Doctors and scientists are unsure whether the human is still classified as living during the final stages of the disease, leading to some debate about whether or not to term the state a “living death”. Also, the technical debate has resulted in a withholding of casualty estimates. As of yet, there is no cure; but a diet of speghetti and meat – espeicially chicken – can reduce the severity of the symptoms. S
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