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UCCS weekly newspaper

Monday, October 22, 2012 Vol. 37, Iss. 6

CU regent candidates debate funding, concealed carry, marijuana Eleanor Skelton The CU regents make decisions that could impact the UCCS campus for years, and students and faculty had an opportunity to hear their arguments in person. In the Oct. 8 debate in Centennial Hall, candidates of the upcoming CU regent election discussed issues like rising tuition rates, support of ethnic studies, legalization of marijuana, concealed weapons on campus, higher education for children of illegal immigrants and a specific example of a cost-saving measure each of the candidates planned to enact. The debate, hosted by the Student Government Association, was open to students and faculty. Several school officials attended, including Chancellor Pamela ShockleyZalabak; Brad Bayer, the

executive director of Student Life and Leadership; and Sabrina Wienholtz, the student activities specialist with Student Life. Tyler Belmont from the American Constitution Party, Republican candidate Brian Davidson, incumbent Democratic candidate Steve Ludwig and Daniel Ong of the Libertarian party made opening remarks, introducing themselves to the audience. The moderators were Ingrid Henderson, a junior and radio host of the UCCS Radio Station; Whitley Hadley, a senior and the president of the Black Student Union; and Kevin Sutherland, a senior majoring in criminal justice and one of the SGA justices. One of the most animated discussions of the night focused on increased tuition costs. To cut expenses, all of the candidates voiced sup-

CU regent candidates debate and answer student-contributed questions. port to offer more online classes. “We need to take advantage of technology in

the classroom, distance learning, online programs where they are appropriate, and I have experience

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doing such things in costsavings while improving or maintaining quality on the Anschutz campus,”

Davidson said. “The real issue facing

Center because the Heller Center’s theme is the history and culture of southern Colorado, explained Larkin. “I think it’s important to understand what ignorance in other cultures, fear, stereotyping, how dangerous those things can be,” Larkin said. “I think it really shows that these were American citizens, and they were treated very wrongly.” “If we don’t understand culture and cultural context and current events, then we can make some serious mistakes. Stereotyping especially is very dangerous,” she added. The exhibit features a map showing the locations of the internment camps and a poster placed all over the California coast that informed JapaneseAmerican citizens that they had a week to relocate to the camps. Additionally, there are several architectural pieces, such as an ink bottle

with a description explaining that the JapaneseAmericans found a way to keep writing in the Japanese style. Larkin mentioned that one piece is a bucket of tar and tar paper. “It talks about how the government made these promises that they would give these people nice places to live, and they [the people] were out there all the time, tarring and papering the tents that they were in to keep the elements away,” she explained. “It talks about the falseness of claims,” she added. “There’s poignant ones too where they talk about playing games or marbles.” For Larkin, the exhibit helps people remember the history surrounding the internment camp. “A lot of people don’t know; the history is being forgotten and it’s important to remember these events so that we don’t repeat these events,” she said. S

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Amache exhibit tells story of Japanese internment April Wefler In 1942, more than 100,000 American citizens were relocated to internment camps for one reason: They were of Japanese heritage. The Heller Center is featuring an exhibit on the stories of members of the Amache camp, paired with archeological pieces, Oct. 18 through Nov. 5. After Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, there was “a lot of fear and animosity,” said Karin Larkin, curator of anthropology. Because the Japanese attacked the Hawaiian military base, the U.S. government ordered the internment of anyone of Japanese heritage by Executive Order 9066. As written on the History Matters website, in the Executive Order 9066, “President Roosevelt, encouraged by officials at all levels of the federal government, authorized

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Bonnie Clark presents the history of the Amanche internment camp. the internment of tens of thousands of American citizens of Japanese ancestry and resident aliens from Japan.” According to the University of California’s Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives, although the attack on Pearl Harbor was in Hawaii, Japanese-Americans living in Hawaii made up 40 percent of the popula-

tion and were not forced to relocate. However, Japanese-Americans on the West Coast were forced to relocate. Ten internment camps were set up all over the western United States. The Granada Relocation Center, or Amache internment camp in Granada, Co., imprisoned 7,000 Japanese-Americans from 1942-1945.

Students from the University of Denver talked to community members from the Amache camp and learned their stories, which will be featured in the exhibit. Minette Church, associate professor of anthropology, saw DU’s Amache exhibit at the Museum of Anthropology last summer and thought it would be a great match for the Heller





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CU regent candidate debate (continued from page 1)

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Tyler Belmont, a high school senior, discusses funding. higher education is that we’ll have no public funding for public colleges in 11 years,” said Ludwig. “We’re going to be defunded by the State of Colorado because our constitution is tied in knots.” Ludwig said that all of the candidates support affordable tuition. “No one runs for regent thinking that we should charge

a lot more for college. That’s just not going to happen,” he said. “It’s how we get there. I think we should increase online education by 25 percent at least in the next six years to begin to get economies ... so we can begin to lower tuition that way.” Ong showed his support for legalizing marijuana and argued that

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Against Women to conduct a three-year violence prevention program. It is not strictly a department within the university but stems from the grant program that is directly

taxation “would provide an additional revenue stream for the state of Colorado, and that would also lower prison costs,” he said. “We spend about as much money for prisons [for] the state as we do for higher education.” “We need to understand that public institutions of education as well as private institutions, not only in the state of Colorado, but throughout the United States, are locked in, essentially, competition of attracting the best students out of the student pool, attracting the best professors out of their respective fields, and attracting … the most capable administrators to make sure that the school is being run in a competent manner,” Belmont said. “This is all driving costs [up] at a skyrocketing rate, and the fact that state funding has completely plummeted in the past several years is only adding to the issue,” Belmont said. A statement he had made earlier in the campaign sparked the moderators’ question on the higher cost of education. Concealed carry also prompted animated discussion. “CU is not above the

law,” Davidson said. “The University of Colorado system is not its own country. We must support a safe environment while we respect Colorado laws and the laws of the United States.” “I believe CU’s new policy on the issue is both consistent with Colorado law, and it’s safe,” Davidson said. “I support the recent Colorado Supreme Court decision that it’s not within the legal ability of an individual institution to make this decision.” “I do not support concealed carry on campus. I would like the university board to be able to have authority to regulate that again or have the state say it’s excluded like it is from K-12,” Ludwig said. “I’ve been clear on that for the past six years, when the Students for Concealed Carry sued the University of Colorado, I was named first defender.” “I think people with concealed carry permits would have the training,” Ong said. “We need to be able to prevent an Aurora … or Virgina Tech incident.” Belmont, as a high school student himself, said, “[Being over 21] is only a couple of years over the age of high

school, and I don’t trust a single person at my school to carry a concealed weapon.” Tensions between Ong and Ludwig were evident throughout the evening, and both candidates often took the opportunity given by the moderators to respond to each other’s statements. Toward the end of event, the debate shifted to the issue of legalizing marijuana. The moderators asked a question posed by Paul Perez and Polina Reynolds, officers from the UCCS chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. The question dealt with Good Samaritan laws. “Such laws exist to remove the fear associated with calling for help in drug-related incidents,” the question read. “They have been shown to greatly decrease injury and death as a result of drug emergencies and, particularly, alcohol overdoses.” The students further described the laws, saying, “Students are granted amnesty from on-campus punitive sanctions should they report or call for help for themselves or for another student. Many campuses, including CU Boulder, have adopted such policies to improve

safety, responsibility, and education. Would you approve the incorporation of such a policy in the CU system?” Davidson responded, “Such policies, I think, are positive, not only on the university campus, but throughout. Again, as a physician … who takes care of lots of different people, plenty of people who have been in illegal kinds of activity, I think it’s only sensible that we have some level of amnesty.” Ludwig said, “I think that’s a great policy, and if it’s not in place, we should put it in place. It’s sort of a no-brainer.” Ong mentioned that he lives in a neighborhood near the Boulder campus and has witnessed the students’ parties. On the subject of alcohol, he said, “But I think Colorado had it right 30-some years ago when you could drink 3.2 beer at age 18 and then graduate to harder alcohol at age 21.” Belmont said that he agreed “100 percent.” “I believe that they should be fully implemented on all campuses of the University of Colorado. That also goes back into the issue of compassion just as a general society.” S

Respect on Campus promotes domestic violence awareness October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Respect on Campus and TESSA are spreading the word through events at UCCS. Domestic violence is one of the most frequently committed crimes in the United States. According to Break The Cycle, a domestic violence awareness nonprofit, one in three college students experience abuse in relationships. Domestic Violence Awareness Month has been emphasized in October since 1981, and Respect on Campus (ROC) is seeking to raise awareness on campus. ROC has been a part of the UCCS community since 2010, when Dr. Katie Kaukinen received a $500,000 grant through the Office of Violence

domestic violence, particularly regarding economic variables and the nature of intimate partner violence. ROC’s expression contest, letting students submit artistic work dealing with domestic violence, encourWe hope to reduce the ages contestants stigma and the taboo to write about prevention, awareassociated with this ness and healing problem. among other topics related to do- Carrie Horner, mestic violence, education specialist the deadline being for Respect on Campus Oct. 22. The winaffiliated with UCCS. ner of the competition will Earlier this month, ROC receive a new iPad. put on the Silent Witness On Wednesday, Oct. event on campus and at 24 at 2 p.m., ROC will be the Downtown Pioneer’s hosting a Rape AggresMuseum, displaying the sion Defense class demsilhouettes of actual vic- onstration in University tims of domestic violence Center 303. Later in the with plaques that tell their evening from 4:30-8 p.m. stories. The displays are in University Center 302, still present around cam- ROC will show the compus, most visibly in the edy film “Madea’s Family Kramer Family Library. Reunion.” Kaukinen will be preAfter the film, Todd senting a lecture Oct. 22 in Waters, a communication Dwire 204 at noon about instructor; Allison Montrends and data concerning terrosa, a graduate student

and certified victim’s advocate; and Amanda McDermith, a Department of Homeland Security liaison and advisor, are holding a discussion panel. Lastly, on Oct. 31, speaker Laurie Buchanan will present her lecture, “Battered Women in the Court System,” at 11 a.m. in University Center 303. Carrie Horner, an education specialist for Respect on Campus, explained, “We hope to raise awareness that domestic violence is a problem, and we hope to reduce the stigma and the taboo associated with this problem.” “I would really like to see an office or a center [created] that is openly a victim services center that can be a safe place for students to go to because we’re not going to be around forever,” Horner said. Several more general on-campus and local resources are available for students seeking support, such as the Counseling

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Respect on Campus and Tessa have several displays, events and programs on campus for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Center in Main Hall 324 or MOSAIC on the first floor of University Center. Anyone in a violent

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Thomas Jefferson Awards open to nominations Young voters: Apathetic or

Following a Writing for Media assignment, three finalists were submitted to The Scribe. The Scribe Editorial Board selected the winning article for publication.

uninformed? Cynthia Jeub Meredith Dickerson Guest Reporters

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Professor Andrea Herrera received the Thomas Jefferson Award last spring.

Shelby Kotecki A student doesn’t gain recognition just by attending classes every day, or a professor by giving a single great lecture or a staff member by completing the bare minimum. Some pursue their own ideals and concepts of what they can do to benefit future generations. The Thomas Jefferson award seeks to recognize those who embody such qualities. The Thomas Jefferson award was first recognized at the University of Virginia in 1951 and was originally presented only to faculty who embodied a similar ideology to Thomas Jefferson. During the following decade, the award spread to over five other universities, including the University of Colorado. In the 1980s, CU added

categories for both staff and student recipients of the award. The Thomas Jefferson Award can be awarded at all four of the University of Colorado campuses – Colorado Springs, Boulder, Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus. A committee composed of individuals from the entire CU community determines the winning nominations, those who represent all aspects of the campus, including staff and students. The requirements for the reward include a “commitment to higher education and civic responsibility, as well as individual rights,” said Darren Chavez, an academic affairs professional from CU Denver. In the words of Jefferson, “Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” Last spring, two UCCS faculty members

received the award: Andrea Herrera, director of the Women’s and Ethnic Studies Program, and Thomas Huber, a professor in the Geography and Environmental Studies Department. Winners receive an engraved plaque, a $2,000 honorarium and formal recognition by the CU Board of Regents, which oversees the university system as a whole and its funding. The Thomas Jefferson award has been deemed one of the highest honors available within the CU community. The nomination process includes submitting a nomination packet, limited to 20 pages, which includes a cover letter, resume and three letters of support. The deadline for nominating award recipients for Spring 2013 is Nov. 30. For more information, visit S

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Following the first presidential debates, political awareness has increased among young people. But is that enough incentive for them to go vote? A Gallup poll released in mid-July revealed that fewer young people plan to vote next month than they did in 2008, which saw fewer young people planning to vote than in 2004. Faculty and staff members at UCCS claim that this is due to confusion among young potential voters. David Hardee, an assistant in the Columbine Hall computer lab and a first-year graduate student, said that young voters are not willing to use their ability to vote. “They are confused. They would rather not vote than make an uninformed vote,” he said, also noting that young people won’t do the research. Others have a different perspective. “I don’t think young people plan to vote, but [they] will vote,” said Margie Oldham, director of community relations and director of the National Student Exchange Program. “I don’t think it’s reckless at all; it’s a way of processing things,” she said. “You’re more likely to change your mind because you’re more open.” Oldham went on to say that it was not a flippant decision, just a different process for young voters. According to Oldham, for people who don’t vote, that’s their

right; just as there is the right to vote, there is the right to not vote. “Young people feel disempowered because everyone tells a different story,” said June Loterbauer, a writing instructor in the English department. “Young people don’t follow politics, so [from their perspective] it’s better not to vote.” “When Obama ran [in 2008], I feel he really spoke to the young people,” Loterbauer said. “There was not a lot of depth in his speeches and campaigns.” Regarding the young vote, UCCS faculty turned to the experience of their own children and grandchildren rather than students. “My experience is with my own young children,” said Tim Callahan, a curriculum author and instructor. “My children and their friends know who they’re voting for.” Conversely, Susan Finger, another writing instructor, said, “My kids seem more apathetic. I can’t speak for my students.” The other Gallup poll regarded reactions to the presidential debate in the beginning of October, wherein the results revealed increased support for Romney. David Fenell, a professor in the College of Education, said, “I don’t like polls.” He explained himself with the reasoning that people decide not to vote because of poll indications. “Obama is more of an average president now,” Susan Finger said. “It’s not his fault the world’s a mess; he’s done a good

job with what he’s been given.” Loterbauer commented on Obama’s first debate performance: “Was he ill? Having a bad day? Was his mind on something else? He was distracted, and that was why Romney looked better.” Callahan also spoke up about the debate, saying that Romney was projected as being “out of touch” prior to the debate and appeared more approachable following the debate. “Romney’s approachability appeals to all voters, not just the young,” Callahan said. “He’s making centrist moves.” In addition to the Gallup poll, UCCS faculty discussed the main issues surrounding the election. “The economy is the issue [this year],” Fenell said. “Obama wants government control, which we saw in his bailout of the auto industry, and in my mind, we, the private sector, are the economy. If you want a job, you’ll reconsider voting for Obama.” Fenell said that the people’s disappointment in Obama’s performance thus far is comparable to pastors. “I feel sorry for pastors,” he said, “because people expect something.” And when the pastor – or in this case, president – can’t fulfill the expectations set for them, people are less interested in supporting them. “There wouldn’t be much need for politicians if there were no problems,” Loterbauer said. “Except sometimes the politicians are the problem.” S

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Chancellor discusses parking, successes and Springs development Cynthia Jeub Despite the number of students complaining about parking and dorm Wi-Fi, fewer than 10 people showed up for a meeting with the chancellor Oct. 10. The seven students who talked with Chancellor Pamela ShockleyZalabak heard updates on the school’s growing academic record, cuts to Pell Grants and rumors about parking and university growth. “We are focused on teaching and good student outcomes,” ShockleyZalabak said, her opening statements in University Center focused on outlining the school’s goals – such as its small class sizes with most classes having fewer than 25 students and a small number having more than 50. The chancellor pointed to other successes like test scores and jobs. “Tests are not the only measure of excellence in students,” she said, “but high test scores show how good the school competition is.” She said that 87 percent of UCCS engineering majors were hired directly after graduation from internships instead of having to search for work. All but 3 percent of UCCS

Chancellor Shockley-Zalabak addressed the future and current problems at UCCS. nurses got jobs, and those who couldn’t were turning down opportunities for geographical reasons. After discussing the success of the school, Shockley-Zalabak addressed the issue of national funding cuts to colleges. She gave two areas of concern: military presence on campus and the impact national cuts would have on Pell Grants. “Forty-eight percent of freshmen are on Pell Grants,” she explained, saying that summer school

students already have no access to the grants. “We’ve had a [funding] cut every year for the last five years,” ShockleyZalabak said. She voiced confidence in the school to pull through the economic difficulty. “We’ll have to do more cost-effective collaboration.” “Revenue helps us to keep small classrooms,” she said. “I’m going to fight not to be disproportionately cut.” She explained her relationship with student

government by saying she never wants to pressure them or ask for support. “There will be times that they will disagree with what I’m doing, and that’s legitimate, but it helps when they support me.” An attendee asked how the university works with the city to encourage development in the area. “I talk to those developers and advocate building,” the chancellor said. “I think I should work with developers only in our neighborhood, but

Photo by Nick Burns there are exceptions.” She also dispelled two rumors at the meeting, the first about the land development on North Nevada Avenue that UCCS owns. “Theatreworks requires more storage than theater space,” the chancellor said about a storage facility in the planning process. “But ultimately, I’d like to sell that land.” The second rumor was that CU headquarters would be moved to the Colorado Springs campus. Shockley-Zalabak

said she had never heard that but speculated that it arose because of UCCS’ growth. On the parking situation, the chancellor said she doesn’t like spending money to accommodate new space. “When I have a choice between adding classrooms and a new parking garage, I don’t get excited,” she said, an attitude behind the similar decision to underestimate the parking for the new dorm houses. The campus prediction for Timberline residents’ parking needs is 78 cars for just under 200 students. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m not being resistant,” she said. “But I just don’t get as excited.” The new parking garage will be open sometime next year, “but don’t hold me to that,” she said. Some have suggested certain parking restrictions: “People have suggested disallowing cars for freshmen,” she said. “That would solve a bunch of problems but would create a dozen more.” Despite parking and grant concerns, the future looks good for UCCS, and for the Springs, according to Shockley-Zalabak. “I’m hoping that we can be a leader in Southern Colorado,” she said. S


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Native American club hopes to educate about beliefs, culture Mikaila Ketcherside Though inactive in the past and largely unknown around campus, one club hopes to educate others on its beliefs and provide a welcoming atmosphere to Native American students. The Native American Student Association (NASA) is working to bring students and faculty together at biweekly meetings and a Gathering of Nations event this semester. Club President Julia Foltz believes it’s vital for NASA to be revived and recognized around UCCS. “It’s important because there aren’t a lot of people in the Native American community,” Foltz said. “We’re a small amount of people, and I feel we don’t have a place to go and people to connect with. It’s important we have people that understand our

The Lowdown What: Gathering of Nations When: Nov. 2 5:30-8:30 p.m. Where: Upper Lodge More Info:

Julia Foltz, president of the Native American Student Association, bowls at a club meeting.

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beliefs.” The club needs to come back for the sake of the Native American community at UCCS, says Foltz. Native American students need to feel as welcomed as any other group with an established student union. The Gathering of Nations is intended to be an exciting and interesting way for NASA to reestablish itself. The Gathering of Nations, meant to be a large meet-and-greet event for Native American students,

was planned to take place at the beginning of the fall semester but was delayed because the club had too few members at the time. The club decided to gain more members and get off the ground before putting on a large event, Foltz said. Now the club has more members and is ready to reintroduce itself to the campus. Foltz believes NASA can provide inclusiveness and an opportunity to educate people about Native American culture.

“We want to let the campus know that we’re here and that we’re a part of the community,” Foltz said. Despite the emphasis on Native American culture, NASA is not restricted to Native American students. The Gathering of Nations and regular club meetings are open to any student or faculty member interested in attending. Club meetings take place in University Center 126 every other Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Foltz sends in-

terested members emails to keep them informed about upcoming events. Regular NASA club activities include traditional Native American activities, including painting, as well as group activities, such as bowling trips and meeting for dinner. Most meetings take place on campus, but some events take the club away from UCCS. The club is headed by the husband and wife pair of Julia Foltz and Bryan Foltz, the club’s president and vice president, respec-

tively. NASA seeks to educate the community about Native Americans and provides a welcoming atmosphere for all of UCCS, the members convey. The club’s Gathering of Nations event will be held Nov. 2. A traditional Native American storyteller will explain storytelling customs and tell stories from her tribe. She will also give a blessing to students and faculty. Afterward, drummers and traditional dancers will perform. S

a book entitled “How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You.” Released Oct. 9, its valuable information may already be too late to save most. The Oatmeal has pub-

lished this book, at great risk to themselves, in the hopes that people will come to understand that their “little kitty” is not so innocent. Seemingly random, silly cat behav-

iors hold far darker purposes. This book will give you the information you need to survive the coming cataclysm. It’s full of advice such as, “If

your cat is kneading you, that’s not a sign of affection. Your cat is actually checking your internal organs for weakness” and “If your cat brings you dead animals, it is not a

gift. It’s a warning.” These words alone will save millions of lives. Each page is laid out in a comic styling, which serves to hold the reader’s attention page after page. Fans of The Oatmeal will notice a few Internet favorites, such as “The Bobcats” and “Cat vs. Internet.” The book also features 17 never-before-seen comics. Since I suspect you will be hiding underground from the new cat overlords very soon, this will help pass the time. Oh no … my cat has just jumped into my lap. I can see it in her eyes. If I want to live, I must stop writing. “How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You” is an engaging read that will leave many readers fearful, but more importantly, prepared. I don’t know how many of you have cats as “pets,” but it may be time to re-evaluate who is in charge. S

The human race headed for imminent cat-tastrophy Robert Solis Rating:

Even as I sit here typing, I cannot help but constantly glance at my once-beloved pet cat. She seems innocent enough, but I fear as soon as my guard is down, she will strike. I should have seen the signs sooner: the evil glint in her eyes, the purr. Cats have already taken over the Internet with “cute” photos. The most frightening aspect is that many people are unaware of this furry danger in their very households. There are more than 80 million cats in the U.S. alone, and their numbers are only increasing. However, there is one hope for humanity, for the brave people at The Oatmeal have just released

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Being buried alive in a litter box is one fate cat owners can avoid by reading The Oatmeal’s new book.


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Pulitzer Prize finalist play comes to brawl at Theatreworks Theatergoers can expect to have their world rocked with pumping music, camel clutches, flashing lights and power bombs as they are immersed in a behind-the-scenes look at the world of professional wrestling. “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity,” a play written by Kristoffer Diaz, will make its debut at Theatreworks on Oct. 19. “This play in general is a completely unique phe-

and cultural stereotypes. By using wrestling as the vehicle to connect the audience to the play’s inner story, the actors are able to shine a light on serious issues within our society while also offering It actually does include plenty of comwrestling and required ic relief. Ross and actors who can wrestle. Chip Walton, - Murray Ross, artistic direcUCCS theater instructor tor of the Curious Theatre experience as they are Company and director of seated ringside and en- “The Elaborate Entrance tertained by experienced of Chad Deity” when it actors who leave nothing played in Denver, aim to to the imagination in cred- bring in both traditional ibility. and non-traditional the“It actually does include atergoers. wrestling and required ac“A lot of people came tors who can wrestle,” thinking that [the play] said Ross, adding that the would be a big spectacle “unique thing about this and be purely entertainplay is that it is theater, ment, and then they walk very much theater, but it out and say, ‘Wow, this also has these qualities play really has some inthat most theater produc- teresting things to say,’” tions don’t have.” Walton said. Ladies, be forewarned With the play lasting – the play is filled with over two hours, Murray shirtless men clad only in thinks that the audiences wrestling attire. Do not be will walk away with a surprised if you are chosen lot to think about and to be serenaded for a quick said“[audiences] will be dance. The cast playfully thinking about wrestling, interacts with the audience thinking about theater and throughout the play, often they will be thinking about entering the stage from the America and how it is and theater rows. what we do.” Told through the eyes The message of the play, and words of Macedonia the element of entertainGuerra, a wrestler from ment it brings to the table Puerto Rico, the play offers and the skill and execution audiences heart-pounding of the actors involved all wrestling performances add up to a lasting imwhile also tackling soci- pression, which made it ety’s struggle with racial a Pulitzer Prize finalist in

The Lowdown What: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity When: Oct. 24-Nov. 11 Wednesdays-Saturdays: 7:30 p.m. Saturday: 2 p.m. Sunday: 4 p.m. Where: Theatreworks Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater How much: Free for UCCS students Reserved: $35 Children younger than 16: $25 No children younger than 5 years old More Info:

nomenon,” said Murray Ross, UCCS theater instructor, artistic director of Theatreworks and director of the play. Audiences are expected to have a one-of-a-kind

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Patrick Byas stars as Chad Deity in Theatreworks’ latest production. 2010. “The Pulitzer Prizes are given to plays and works that reflect on the American experience, and this

play certainly does,” Ross said. Tickets are free for students, making this show an opportunity for students to

get out of the dorms, take a break from the books and just have some fun – as long as profanity isn’t a deal breaker. S

we find out has a druggie mother. The audience sees a vulnerable side of Juliette, but I couldn’t feel for her when she came on to Rayna’s old friend, Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten), and wanted to steal him from Rayna for her band leader. However, there was one scene in the show that did manage to intrigue me. Deacon tells Rayna about Juliette’s offer, and the audience learns that Deacon and Rayna were once lovers. It made me curious to know what happened, if Rayna gave up Deacon for fame or because of her father. “Nashville” also features a budding romance between Scarlett O’Connor (Clare Bowen), Deacon’s niece and an innocent waitress who likes to write poetry in her spare time, and Gunnar

Scott (Sam Palladio), an aspiring country singer. Scarlett and Gunnar sang a beautiful duet toward the end of the show, which was a nice detour from my boredom of almost everything else. I do have to give props to Britton for her wonderful portrayal of Rayna’s struggle between wanting to control her own life, both in her career and in her relationship, and wanting to hold on to her husband despite his knowing that he was her second choice. On the one hand, this was only the pilot, and surely there is still drama to unfold, which means I’ll probably keep watching in hopes that the next episode will be more intriguing. But since the pilot disappointed me this much, I’m not too hopeful. S

‘Nashville’ strikes disappointing note, sends mixed message April Wefler Rating:

The time: Wednesday nights, 9 p.m. The location: Nashville, the home of country music – while sitting on the couch in your living room, or, in my case, my bed. I saw many promos for this show throughout the summer and included it among “Once Upon a Time” and “Revenge” in the list of shows I was most looking forward to seeing. But I was disappointed. Being a lover of both country music and drama shows, I wasn’t captivated by “Nashville” as much as I thought I would be. In fact, I watched it twice to make sure I was

disappointed the first time like I thought and not just distracted. The plot is the television version of “Country Strong,” a movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Leighton Meester. Similar to “Country Strong,” Rayna (Connie Britton) is a famous country singer who has seemed to reach her end. Her label tells her to open for Juliette (Hayden Pannettiere), a crossover teenybopper taking over the country scene, or the label won’t support her. The good side of “Nashville” is that it appears to be a story that encompasses female empowerment. Rayna refuses to play for what she calls the company’s “little ingénue” when she’s a well-known and famous singer. However, there’s also another side to it: manipulation,

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Hayden Pannettiere plays Juliette in “Nashville.” of course, but also a kind of patriarchy. Near the beginning of the episode, Rayna promises to open for her friend’s mayoral campaign event. But later in the show, her father, who she doesn’t get along with, convinces Rayna’s husband Teddy (Eric Close) to run for mayor. Rayna and Teddy fight about her promise to the

other candidate, and ultimately, Rayna chooses to stand by her husband’s side. I was especially disappointed in this because with all her refusal to let the company control her, Rayna let her father and husband control her instead. The show also shows the two sides of Juliette, a manipulative vixen who


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Jacobsen’s ‘Not What I Meant’ falls back on sarcasm Sarah Palma Rating:

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David W. Jacobsen’s newest album, “Not What I Meant,” was released this summer.

Good communication is necessary in any relationship. Without it, a relationship of any kind is bound to fail. This communication – and lack thereof – is the focus of singer and songwriter David W. Jacobsen’s newest album. Jacobsen has been writing music in the acoustic/ folk-style genre for more than 15 years. His newest album, “Not What I Meant,” is a collection of humorous and sarcastic songs about misunderstandings between people. The songs are catchy and funny, especially the song “Suzanne.” The lyrics are fantastic, telling the story of the characters David and the woman, Suzanne. “Hello Suzanne, it’s David from last Saturday night/I’m calling to see if your sister’s all right/It’s so sad how fast our first date had to end/When you got

that emergency call from your friend.” David doesn’t get the hint from their first date and continues to follow Suzanne for several months. While his stalking would be frightening in reality, in the context of this song, it is hilarious. Another stand-out, sarcastic song on the album is “A Cubicle Christmas.” In the first few lines, listeners hear the pleasant exchange between a boss and employee before the boss drops some terrible news. “And you, tell me how are your children?/That’s great, they’re doing grand/ Well, times are tough, hope your wife’s still working/Cause you’re being canned.” While most of the songs are extremely sarcastic, there are a couple that have more pleasant and serious stories, including “New Year’s Eve with a Girl from Ohio” and “Gravity.” Jacobsen’s sarcasm is not for everyone, but anyone looking for a good laugh will enjoy his latest work. S

RAD classes aim to boost women’s confidence, skills Sarah Palma A self-defense program on campus sought to help women become more prepared to defend themselves, and many are already deeming it a success. For four weeks, female students, faculty and staff participated in Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes. The RAD program was designed to help boost women’s knowledge of self-defense and instill a greater sense of self-confidence, and many participants say it has been an effective experience. Kara Carragher, an administrative assistant in the student advising offices, took the class because she performs many activities on her own and had no background in self-defense. “I do a lot of hiking and athletic activities by myself,” she said. “I’m not putting myself in dangerous situations, but I just want to have the skills and knowledge so that I feel more confident on my own.” Mikaela Resende, an anthropology major, voiced similar reasons for attending the RAD pro-

gram. “I’m always alone and by myself in the dark,” she said. “I want to be able to protect myself.” But unlike Carragher, Resende does have a background in martial arts. “I have a background in self-defense,” she said. “I know karate, but I don’t think that kind of self-defense skill is realistic. That’s why I took this class.” Academic Advisor Paula D’Amico also completed the RAD classes. “I wanted to know what to do if I’m ever caught in a situation by myself. I’d just rather be prepared. Better to be safe than sorry.” All three women agreed the RAD program was worth their time. “I definitely feel like I have some skills now,” Carragher said. “So if anyone approached me in the parking lot, I know how to respond where I didn’t know how before.” “I feel prepared, and it’s been fun,” added D’Amico. “I didn’t really know what to expect going into the class,” Resende said. “We went through booklets first, and a lot of the things were so simple. They were things I never

Participants in the all-female RAD class practice their self-defense skills. would have thought about before.” Carragher, D’Amico and Resende all recom-

mend that women take the class. “You do learn skills, and if you’re ever in a sit-

uation, you at least have something,” D’Amico said. “Besides, the class is fun, and it gets you think-

Photo by Chelsea Lewis ing about ways to not only be prepared but how to avoid opportunities for attacks.” S


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October 22, 2012

Lack of accountability hurts students, on-campus media As you have likely noticed by now, The Scribe’s racks have been empty every other week. While we’d love to claim all of our issues are picked clean on their day of distribution, that’s not the case. The Scribe has temporarily taken to a biweekly publication schedule. The decision to go biweekly was far from ideal. We want to continue publishing weekly because more frequent issues best inform students on the latest happenings around campus. Cramming two weeks of news into one issue complicates that goal. As we recently learned, The Scribe could have indeed published weekly issues if a mistake in budget allocation had not been made in the Media Advisory Board, which acts as an advisor to oncampus media, including


The Scribe and the UCCS Radio Station. Since the beginning of the semester, we have been working with the budget that the MAB approved. We made the decision to go biweekly based on our budgeted student payroll, which is listed at $34,812. Each issue we produce costs roughly $1,900, so if we continued to publish weekly this year, we calculated that would leave us about $20,000 in debt. And we started this year with a debt inherited from last year, too. To pay it back, we emptied our advertising account. That account has funds we earn independently from the student funds granted by the Student Government Association, which granted us about $72,000 for our student fee account. That covers student payroll, advising

costs, office expenses, website hosting and travel for the entire year. Faced with inadequate student payroll and nothing to pay our printer, we made a financially responsible decision – we reverted to a biweekly schedule to work within our budget. With our advertising account emptied, we had to make a choice: cut issues or sink further into debt. But we shouldn’t have had to cut so many issues – if any at all. The actual bill that SGA passed budgeted $47,470 for student payroll, almost $13,000 more than incoming management was told they had to work with this year. So where exactly did that $13,000 go? Contrary to what SGA may have assumed at first, it hasn’t been used for debt or been purposefully un-


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October 22, 2012

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Social norms make marriage unnecessary in modern society

Samantha Morley Marriage isn’t necessary anymore. For much of recorded history, marriage has been an agreement between a man and a woman as a means of social survival.

In order to acceptably produce children and obtain status, a man would marry a woman. The woman would in turn marry a man in order to survive both socially and financially. Since women rarely worked, the men were expected to provide money for basic needs. For the most part, this is not the case for people anymore. A couple generations ago, women were stayat-home mothers who welcomed back their husbands from long, hard days of work. As society has progressed, women have been given the opportu-

nity to make a name for themselves, both in the workplace and society in general. This eliminates the societal need and desire for getting married. Women can earn their own money and hire others to take care of their children during their workday. Now it appears to be that marriage has become more of a sacred and emotional agreement. People are marrying for the sake of having a partner to be emotional with – so no one feels lonely. However, in 2010, Time Magazine wrote an article disputing that notion about marriage, stat-

ing that “what we found is that marriage, whatever its social, spiritual or symbolic appeal, is in purely practical terms just not as necessary as it used to be.” Sexual relationships, success in the workforce and children can all be had outside of marriage while still being acceptable by the majority of society. In regards to parenting, one out of four children is born into a single-parent family. America has the highest rate of single-parent births than any other developed country in the world. The percentage rises

every year. Out of these families, most of the parents are employed in stable jobs and provide for their children. Being a single parent, while difficult, is not as impossible as it used to be. Single fathers and mothers receive discounts, tax write-offs and other benefits to assist them in raising children. Though being single can have many benefits, marriage is not bad by any means. If two people want to get married and can make it work, they should get married. Marriage can be a wonderful and rewarding commitment.

About seven percent of undergraduate college students are married. The number rises as the age goes up. The older the student, the more likely they are to be married. Many of those couples are happy and remain together. However, the fact is that marriage is just not as necessary in modern society as it was in past times. Women do not need to rely on men in order to survive. Women can get jobs. Both genders can work as partners rather than playing the provider and dependent roles. Both men and women have a choice now. S

Campaigns overstep boundaries with YouTube attack ads

Aaron Collett Like many students, I enjoy watching YouTube videos. Whether it’s “My Drunk Kitchen” or just random, crazy Indian ac-

tion flicks, I enjoy watching them. But what I don’t enjoy are the political ads that can’t be skipped before every single video. Most ads have that “skip this ad in five seconds” button so that you can just get on to watching your movie. But these political ads are 30 seconds long, and you have to watch them. Not only that, but they’re all attack ads. So not only do I have to listen to these annoying ads, but I also have to listen to them denigrate the other candidate. This

doesn’t happen just once or twice; it happens for every single video that I play. I’m fed up with this. Put the un-skippable political ads in political channels. For that matter, make your own channel and put your attack ads up there. Stop putting them on my funny videos! The underlying issue, of course, is the threering circus of the election. You can’t even wish for “the good old days” – mudslinging elections started with Jefferson. In other words, this started

with our third national election. That’s a pretty long tradition of mudslinging. But what makes America great is our ability to overcome bad traditions. Slavery was supported for a long time, too, and we got rid of it. Oppression of women was supported for a long time, and we’re … working on it. That’s what Americans do – we work together to fix problems. These YouTube ads, and attack ads in general, do not help the election process.

They just piss people off. And they don’t always turn people against the intended candidate; I get annoyed at the candidate running the ad, not the candidate being attacked. Now, not every candidate is running attack ads. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian presidential candidate, for example, has not run any attack ads. Unfortunately, it’s hard to tell if that’s because his campaign budget doesn’t allow it or whether that decision is ideological. Probably a

little bit of both. The Republican and Democratic candidates both run countless attack ads every single election, though – to say nothing of the Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites running pictures and posts from users. This needs to change. Elections can be reasonable. Slanderous election seasons do not have to define our nation. We can rise above ourselves and have clean elections. Or at least watch a funny video without being interrupted. S

Security for women calls for awareness and self-defense

Chelsea Lewis Police officers, security guards and even security systems are not always reliable. Even in uniform, people can be corrupt. Security systems can short out or fail. Cell phones can lose signal and die. And when you’re being attacked, those failures can be life-threatening. There will always be those who say that that these things rarely happen and that we have reliable security. Maybe that is true, but safety is no one’s responsibility other than

our own. We must know how to defend ourselves, whether the police is around or not. And we can take preventive measures, such as participating in the Rape Aggression Defense Class (RAD) offered at UCCS. Women need to forget the false reality that carrying a bottle of mace around is good enough. We no longer live in simple times; the population is growing exponentially and with that comes sky-rocketing crime rates. According to author Gavin De Backer, 75 women are raped in America every hour. The most disturbing thing is that the abductors aren’t wearing masks and ninja suits, popping out of nowhere like the media and some people like to suggest. These are normal people on the sidewalk next to us or loading groceries three

cars down. This is why I took the free RAD class. Whether you are a trained professional or someone who would have no idea what to do if approached and attacked (like me), RAD is necessary. Not only does this class present many skills necessary to escape an attack, but it also provides many simple ways to avoid a bad situation in the first place. An example situation is walking back to your car after work – which can be dangerous. RAD offers certain safety tips such as parking under a street light, checking beneath your car and in your backseat before you get in and locking the doors immediately after you are in. Worst case scenario, the class will also prepare you to physically defend yourself in a variety of effective ways with the

intent being to hurt the attacker badly enough to get away. My favorite move that we learned is called the “hammer fist.” This move is for when you are pulled in close and do not have the full range of a punch. You ball your hand up into a fist and hit with the soft side part of your hand. This is great for breaking the nose or collar bone without hurting yourself. This is only one out of more than 20 effective moves that we learned. Even if you think you are 100 percent safe, you have nothing to lose by taking this class. Not only are the RAD classes free, but with all of the new abilities and confidence you will gain, they are also priceless. No matter what your age or skill level, I highly recommend that you sign up. A few hours of your time could potentially save your life. S

Photo by Nick Burns

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Campus Chatter

October 22, 2012

Although baseball is considered the national U.S. sport, football has become more popular. What other sports do UCCS students enjoy?

Michael Blessinger,, photos by Chelsea Lewis

Annoushka Ranaraja, health science pre-professional, senior Are there any sports you enjoy? I mostly like to watch football, but I watch pretty much anything. It depends on who I’m hanging with really. Who influences your interests? I definitely watch the Steelers, but I pretty much watch any foot that’s on. My roommates are huge baseball fans, and we watch baseball often. I’ll watch basketball once it’s on. I worked with the Colorado Rapids this summer, and I’ll watch them if they are on if I’m home. Are you a Broncos fan as well? I really wanted to go to their opening games versus the Steelers, but the tickets were so expensive. So if I can find cheaper tickets, then I’ll definitely want to go to a Broncos game. Are there any UCCS sports team you would like to see created? I think lacrosse would be an interesting one, but I don’t really know how many people do that out here. I’m from California, so lacrosse is kind of big.

Kommon Ousley, computer engineering, freshman Do you play on any sports team? I play club soccer. Well, I was playing basketball, but I only play soccer for teams. So that’s about it. Are there any teams you support? The Rapids, of course. I like to watch the Colorado Rapids play. Are there any teams you would like to see added to UCCS? Well, I heard the rugby team was being created this year. It interests me quite a bit, but I’m facing an injury, so I can’t play right now.

Crossword: Sports

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Tuesday, Oct. 23 Free Pancakes University Center 7:30 a.m.

Beer Tasting Clyde’s 6 p.m.



The Running of the Bears

PILOXING Rec Center 4:40 p.m.



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Mollie West, psychology, freshman Are you involved in any sports? I want to be involved in volleyball somehow, but I haven’t really gone about checking it out. Is volleyball the only sport you’re interested in? I did MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) back at home, so I was going to look outside UCCS for that. Is it difficult doing MMA as a female? When I first started out, it kind of was. People made fun of me for it. But then, when I stuck with it, my friends realized I was serious about it. It makes me feel a lot more comfortable walking by myself [to] places. Are there any teams you support? One of my roommates is a huge Broncos fan, and the other is a huge Chargers fan. So I’m kind of [in the middle]. I don’t know really know anything about sports. I didn’t have a team growing up, so I didn’t even know who the Chargers were. S


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Wednesday, Oct. 24 Intermediate/Advanced Yoga Rec Center 12:10 p.m. Water Volleyball Tournament Rec Center 7 p.m. The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 25

Graduate School Open House University Center 116 5:30 p.m. Stretch and Flex Rec Center 6 p.m. Basic Dance Rec Center 7 p.m.


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Saturday, Oct. 27

Aquacize Rec Center 5 p.m.

Fly Fishing Trip Off campus ( campusrec)

Music Night Clyde’s 6 p.m.

Volleyball vs. Metro State Gallogly Events Center 5 p.m.

Volleyball vs. Regis Gallogly Events Center 7 p.m.

Murder Mystery Night Clyde’s 6 p.m.


October 22, 2012

Men’s cross country team sets records, runs smoothly Jonathan Toman The men’s cross country team has run to a top ten national ranking but doesn’t plan to stop now. Sitting at ninth in the nation, the team has its highest ranking in team history. Its runners are in the top ten of the nation despite being ranked fourth in their region because the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference is one of the best in the country. Four of the top 10 runners in the national rankings are from Colorado. “We’ve been good for a while,” said Head Coach Mark Misch. “The standard has been set, but it’s a difference between just getting there and believing you’re one of the better teams.” This year’s team is one of those, according to Misch. “They’re just a bunch of really solid fellows who believe in the team concept,” he said. The Mountain Lions took first at the Colorado College Invitational on Sept. 15, sweeping the

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top six places. “Getting first through sixth happens hardly ever,” said Misch. “We got some good momentum there and overcame the little things.” The team also won the Roy Griak Invitational in Minnesota on Sept. 29, a meet that included 36 schools and a “national type-environment,” according to Misch. “The course was kind of our forte – it really favored us coming from altitude,” said Mike English, a senior majoring in business management with a minor in economics. “That was a big showdown,” said senior Sam Feldotto. “We were able to put together all our hard work, and see how we could do against a big field.” While individual finishes are important, cross country is a team sport, as this year’s squad demonstrates. “We count on our depth – kinda like the Denver Nuggets,” said English. “We rely on being able to move through the field as

a pack and work together.” “It’s individual effort that factors into a bigger picture,” echoed Feldotto. “If one person isn’t running at full capacity, then the team isn’t either.” With regards to the rest of the season, both

Feldotto and English are optimistic. “As long as we’re able to continue our progress, I think the season will turn out exactly how we want. I’m excited to see how it all finishes,” said Feldotto. “Our ultimate goal is to make nationals, and

trying to go top five in the country,” English said. After hosting the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference meet on Oct. 20 for the first time in the program’s 17-year history, the team heads to regionals in Denver on Nov. 3. The Mountain Lions

then hope to have a crack at nationals, which are on Nov. 17 in Joplin, Mo. “I think with all our guys, the best is yet to come,” said Misch. S

78 percent of NFL players who have been retired for over two years were either broke or struggling financially. In addition, 60 percent of former NBA players were also having a difficult time in the financial department. Bobby Orr, Johnny Unitas, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Lawrence Taylor, Michael Vick and countless other athletes fall into this cat-

egory. So how do at least five Hall of Famers, a superstar quarterback and other superstar athletes who made an inordinate amount of money during their careers suddenly become broke? The answer is more complex than most people think. Most people will jump to the conclusion that these athletes grew up poor and finally have

money to blow on gambling, nice houses and cars. They want to impress the people around them by flaunting their money and finally gain the recognition they have always desired. Hugh Douglas, a former football player, explained that part of the reason athletes go broke is because when you make money, people gravitate toward you. Your “friends” start

trying to play the guilt game. If you don’t buy them things or give them money, they say that money changed you. They say that you don’t care about people. It is hard for you to tell them no. You don’t want to leave people behind, and you want to maintain good relationships with your friends. Douglas made a great point as to why athletes go broke, and while that is a factor, there are many other factors that contribute to pro athletes seeing their bank accounts dry up. Poor decision making in business ventures is another factor of pro athletes going into debt. Take Mark Brunell, a former NFL quarterback. He put his money into nine business ventures, including Whataburger. He faced many lawsuits and lost more than the 50 million dollars he earned from 19 years in the NFL.

Many athletes also fall into the glamour of being superstars and begin sleeping with and impregnating many women. Travis Henry, who made his money as a running back in the NFL, lost his money paying child support. Henry had at least 11 kids with 10 different women. The amount of child support forced Henry into dire financial straits. Whether it’s paying child support, gambling, drugs, friends or having expensive taste, the fact is most athletes don’t know what to do when they make a fortune and end up throwing away their money. A solution is necessary, but is there a clearcut solution? Probably not. Many athletes know how to spend their money wisely. These athletes know the importance of financial security for not only themselves but their family as well. Maybe up-and-coming athletes should look at these examples and make better life choices to protect themselves in the future in case an injury or something else derails their career prematurely. S

The men’s cross country team takes an early run around UCCS.

Photo by Robert Solis

Editor’s note: English works as The Scribe’s business manager.

Broke ballers continue to struggle with financial trouble

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October 22, 2012

Nikki Kinzer keeps moving forward and upward Jonathan Toman

Photo by Nick Burns

Outdoorsman, future teacher and star player Nikki Kinzer is part of the success that the women’s volleyball team has brought to this year’s season.

In middle school, Nikki Kinzer was “all about basketball.” Today, we can hazard a guess that the volleyball coaches here at UCCS are glad she changed her mind. Kinzer, a senior majoring in English secondary education, is the middle blocker for the UCCS women’s volleyball team. Last year, Kinzer was a second team All-Central Region selection, and with a new season, she is again a stalwart in the middle of the court for the Mountain Lions. This fall, Kinzer was not only named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference player of the month for September, but also the athlete of the month.

Further, she has been named the RMAC defensive player of the week twice this season and was also named to the all-academic first team. But Kinzer wasn’t always a star volleyball player. In fact, she was cut from the team after tryouts in seventh grade. Once she was in high school, Kinzer took the convincing of a club coach who said he “saw a lot of potential” in her and decided to try out. “I enjoyed it and starting playing in leagues, and then I really took off after playing JV freshman year,” said Kinzer. Originally from Rampart High School in Colorado Springs, Kinzer was recruited to play at the University of ColoradoBoulder after graduation. But Kinzer encountered

two challenges before the end of her freshman year at Boulder. “The coach who recruited me left a month before I got there,” Kinzer said. “The main reason I left was because of volleyball. It just wasn’t a good fit.” She also fractured her leg toward the end of that first season in Boulder, lending to her exit. “I was on crutches for a good five months,” Kinzer said. “It was especially scary because it was a routine thing, so getting back out there was kinda nerve-wracking.” Kinzer transferred to UCCS, got healthy and hasn’t looked back. But for this soon-to-be middle school teacher, volleyball is not everything. “I’m pretty outdoorsy – I’ve climbed two four-

teeners – and I love to ski and go camping,” Kinzer said. “I really enjoy camping at Eleven Mile Canyon.” Regarding the team’s success this fall (the volleyball team is 13-6 through Oct. 13), Kinzer explained that a lot of the credit goes to team chemistry. “We are vibing really well as a team, and we get along so well both on and off the court. We’re just very well balanced,” said Kinzer. “We have to have every aspect to make the team successful.” Kinzer and the Mountain Lions will next be in action on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. as they finish a four-game home stand at the Gallogly Events Center against Regis and Metro State. S

over the globe converge, including many national teams from the world’s top-ranked rugby countries.” However, most of the games will be played in-

conference. Mesa State, UNC-Greeley, Regis and School of Mines are conference foes. Officially, the first game is slated to be in mid- or late March, likely against

one of the schools in the conference. If scheduling permits, home games will be played at the Four Diamonds Sports Complex so the student body can come and support the team. S

Club rugby tackles and scrums its way into UCCS Kyle Marino This year, UCCS has added one of the fastestgrowing youth sports in the U.S. and one of the most popular sports worldwide. No, it’s not a football team. It’s rugby “Rugby is the second most popular sport in the world” in terms of participants and spectators, said head coach Nick Abbot. “Soccer is, of course, number one. It is the fastest-growing youth sport in the USA and will be in the 2016 Olympics.” He said that U.S. Rugby is headquartered in Boulder and described the tug and pull of the game he grew up playing. “The beauty of rugby

is that it is a free-flowing game without stoppages of play unless the ball goes out of bounds or due to a rules infraction,” he said. “All players can run, pass, kick and tackle. Though it may look chaotic at times, the rulebook strongly governs play with player safety paramount at all times.” Why have a rugby team here on campus? “A group of students who had played elsewhere  essentially started the ball rolling for a team and have worked hard with school administration to move forward,” Abbot said. “We are a full club sport.” The rugby team at UCCS is growing and could include anywhere from “25-50 plus players,

that is typical of a collegiate rugby team,” said Abbot. The team will not cut anyone, and everyone will receive playing time while finding their niche on the team. Players are diverse, and membership is open to any UCCS student. The team currently includes two combat vets who served tours as well as freshman straight out of high school. “It is a very diverse mix, the chemistry is strong and we take care of each other,” Abbot said. The team plans on starting in Spring 2013, when they will visit Kansas State University. Also, they will play in the prestigious Las Vegas 7s, where, according to Abbot, “teams from all

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The second most popular sport in the world is here at UCCS and looking to grow.

Oct. 22, 2012  

Vol. 37, Iss.6

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