Monday, October 3, 2011 Vol. 36, Iss. 6
Your school. Your voice.
University of Colorado Colorado Springs Weekly Campus Newspaper
Postal workers rally against shutdown UCCS shuttles see
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Over 100 postal workers rallied in front of City Hall on Sept. 27. See pages 8 and 9 for the full story.
UCCS’ enrollment rates are at an all-time high, and with no additional parking spaces available at the central campus. And with Cragmor Christian Reformed Church’s recent decision to ban public weekday use of a parking lot on Acacia Drive, more students than ever are utilizing the free parking and shuttle service at the Four Diamonds sports complex near Austin Bluffs Boulevard and Nevada Avenue. “As we grow, the university is going to continue seeing Four Diamonds traffic increase because we have had only a set number of HUB spaces available on campus,” said Jim Spice, chief of police. “The last five years, we haven’t raised or lowered that number – we’ve kept parking the same,” he added. “Just comparing the first week of the fall semester this year versus last year, the passenger counts [on the shuttles] were up by 58 percent,” said Russell Wilcox, manager of Transportation Services. To meet demand, shuttles are sent to Four Diamonds during peak peri-
ods of usage, which tends to be during those brief windows of time before and after classes. “From 9 a.m. to 9:10 a.m., we have four buses coming through there in 10 minutes,” said Wilcox. “The first week or two of classes, we actually filled Four Diamonds and people were having to park in the Costco parking lot across the street,” said Spice. “Now, if you go out there on a Wednesday, our busiest day, we are still 50 to 75 cars short of being completely filled.” “You start seeing more and more spaces open up throughout the semester until finals week, and then it gets busy again,” Spice continued. The first day of classes this semester, a shuttle broke down on its way back from the Four Diamonds sports complex; Wilcox was in the driver’s seat when it happened “We had an unexpected increase in passenger counts, and I remember precisely I had 28 passengers on that bus. The air parking brake assist was losing air, and for safety I immediately pulled it over on the side of the road,” he said. Continued on page 2...
Job posting scam found on SEAN’s Place Maggie Olague firstname.lastname@example.org
Scams are nothing new. From Internet scams to people selling magazines under the pretense of charity work, we are inundated with them on a daily basis. But for the first time in the history of SEAN’s Place, the UCCS student employment portal that
provides both work-study and non-work-study students with job opportunities, both on and off campus, two job scams have been posted on their site. There were two suspicious postings: Angel Smith posted an offer for an online job, and Robert Schillman posted a job for a personal assistant and babysitter, both of which turned out to be scams. Student Employment
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and Americorps Manager Shannon Cable said, “They looked like reasonable offers.” Both jobs met all the criteria needed to post a job on SEAN’s Place, she said. Potential employers are required to register on SEAN’s Place, provide an hourly wage and address, and be a fair quality posting that doesn’t require a degree. The Student Employ-
ment office is doing their best to post safe jobs for students, Cable said, and that UCCS is not responsible for outside postings. “It is out of their jurisdiction,” she said. The disclaimer on the policy reiterated that, “Since off-campus nonwork-study employment opportunities are not under the jurisdiction of UCCS, the University assumes no obligation for verifi-
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cation of job standards, continued employment or Affirmative Action procedures.” Students impacted by the scams alerted the Student Employment Office. Student Employment staff immediately removed the job listings from SEAN’s Place and researched more on the postings. All Student Employment staff attended training on Sept. 20 to learn
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ways to identify potential frauds. They also met with Information Technology (IT) and received helpful tips; this included looking at the IP addresses of people who are posting job listings. If a future scam were to be posted, Cable said, “We have a great communication path. We alert Continued on page 2...
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UCCS shuttles (continued from page 1) On Tuesday, Sept. 20, another shuttle broke down on its way to campus, this time because of a coolant leak within the passenger cabin of the vehicle. “For some reason it [the antifreeze] came through the fire wall there and went down the aisle, but nobody was in danger of getting hurt or anything,” said Wilcox. “We pulled over and we took care of it.”
Six shuttles are owned by the university, with an additional seventh unit being leased; another shuttle is on order to replace the leased shuttle. Each shuttle has a typical expected lifetime of about seven years until it is no longer economically repairable. “It’s not the miles, it’s the hours,” said Wilcox. “We run those things 16 hours a day, for the most part, during the fall
and spring semester,” said William Whitfield, manager of Parking Services. Spice added that when you add that much continuous operation with a 10-mph speed limit on all campus roads, coupled with stop-and-go traffic, it creates the conditions for considerable wear and tear on the vehicles. “Try to run your personal vehicle like that and see how long it lasts,” added Wilcox. S
Scams (continued from page 1) students through the student list, campus IT, campus police and anyone who would be looking at SEAN’s Place.” Local police departments and all CU campuses are also alerted of the fraudulent jobs. Cable continued, “It’s not just on SEAN’s Place. Other employment websites are being hit with scams.” Work from home job offers and mystery shoppers are common scams to
watch out for, Cable said. Work-from-home job offers require people to invest their money in equipment and training for their home business. If the materials show up, they won’t be functioning and you are stuck with the bill. Mystery shoppers will send a fraudulent check to the victim. They are instructed to deposit the check in their bank account and spend a certain amount of money at a spe-
cific store. Before the bank is able to notify them of the bad check, the damage is done: The victim is left with their bank account drained and the fees of having used a counterfeit check, according to fbi. com. For jobs that seem too good to be true, use your best judgment and get a second opinion before making a decision. Before applying to an online job, call the employer first, Cable said. S
October 3, 2011
Taylor’s Acre slated to be torn down Matt Sidor email@example.com
Driving east on Fillmore St., between Union Boulevard and Templeton Gap Road, you may have noticed a small piece of property with a barn off to the right. Being so close to campus, it’s likely a part of the scenery for many students’ commutes to UCCS. It’s known as Taylor’s Acre and is one of the more famous pieces of property in town, due to its artistic legacy. The barn has had a different mural painted on its side every few years; in the image captured by Google Street View, it says “VOTE” in large lettering. According to The Gazette, the property was home to Dessie and Bob Taylor, and
The Lowdown What: Meeting about Taylor’ Acre When: Wednesday, Oct. 5 5 p.m. Where: Edison Elementary School, 3125 N. Hancock
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The side of the familiar barn known as Taylor’s Acre. as the city has continued to grow all around it, the barn has remained in place as a persistent reminder of where the rural edge of the city once was. Family friend and neighbor Kass Johns has painted the murals every other year from the mid-1970s until 1996. In 2009, following the deaths of Dessie and Bob, a final mural was painted in their honor and remains
there today. Taylor’s Acre is now slated to be torn down in place of a medical office building, adding to the large swath of other medical buildings near that same intersection. A public meeting to address the future of the property is being held on Wednesday, Oct. 5, and anyone with an interest in the property’s stake is encouraged to attend. S
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October 3, 2011
Flu season is right around the corner Maggie Olague email@example.com
The 2009 H1N1 pandemic left people scrambling for flu shots, as clinics across the country were running short on them. This year, there is no shortage; 160 million doses have been distributed nationwide. The Student Health Center has 300 flu vaccines available for faculty, staff and students. Director of Student Health Center Stephanie Hanenberg said, “If we need more, we can call and order more [vaccines].” Influenza (flu) is a contagious disease that can cause mild to severe illnesses, or worse, death. Symptoms of the flu will usually include a sudden onset of a 100-101 degree fever, a sore throat, headache, body aches and fatigue. Peak season for the flu is from October to
May, but it can still occur year-round, according to cc.gov. The flu can be spread before you even know you have it. Adults are able to spread the flu one day before any symptoms develop to anyone as far as six feet away. Hanenberg said, “Students in [on-campus] housing are more likely to get the flu.” The best way to prevent the flu is to get an annual flu shot. Other ways to prevent the flu, added Hanenberg, include, “washing hands regularly, use the hand sanitizers around campus, don’t share utensils and drinks, [get] plenty of rest, eat healthy and keep the immune system boosted.” Along with eating healthy and getting enough sleep, some other ways to help boost the immune system are exercising and taking a daily multivitamin. Vaccinations are recommended for anyone six
months of age or older. It will take two weeks for your body to build immunity against the virus. The immunity lasts about a year, as the flu vaccines carry specific genetic strains of the virus that are predicted to spread the most each winter. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have not yet made any projections on the severity of this year’s flu season, but the H1N1 strain of virus responsible for the 2009 pandemic is included in this year’s flu shot. Anyone terrified of needles can still get vaccinated: A nasal-spray vaccine, though not available at the Health Center on campus, can be found in other locations like Walgreens and King Soopers. The vaccine has a weakened live form of the virus. (The traditional flu shot contains an inactivated or ‘dead’ virus.) For those who feel
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Medical assistant Dawn Carefere (left) and sophomore Alicen Spale (right) demonstrate the simplicity of receiving a flu shot. leery about putting a live virus into their bodies, Hanenberg said, “It’s a myth to get the flu from a flu shot.” Anybody enrolled as a student at UCCS can get a flu shot at the Student Health center for $20
through October; those with the student health insurance plan can receive one for just $5. Walk-ins for a flu shot at the Student Health Center are welcome, or you may call to make an appointment at 719-255-
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October 3, 2011
UCCS radio station gives voice to students Mark Petty firstname.lastname@example.org
The right to free speech is guaranteed by the First Amendment. It’s the reason that our government listens to its people, it’s the reason that we can have debate without bloodshed, and it’s the reason we can freely speak from our hearts. True power is the ability to make your voice heard. A vehicle for this power can be found in UCCS Radio. UCCS Radio was started in 2003 by the UCCS Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. The original project was created out of spare parts and cost the university nothing to create. UCCS Radio broadcasts exclusively over the Internet, requiring an active connection and a browser to listen. Although there currently isn’t much funding for the radio station, and a terrestrial station that broadcasts over common AM/FM frequencies is out of the question for now, there are still big plans for the future.
In an effort by Essie Harris, director of Disk Jockey Management at UCCS Radio, funding for the station has been secured by the Student Government Association (SGA), and has been sponsored by the Colleges of Nursing, Education, Engineering and Arts and Sciences. From its humble beginnings, student involvement has allowed the project to grow along with the university. Students can still become involved now. “Students have the ability to explore issues and foment excitement,” said Margaret Mistry, faculty sponsor of UCCS Radio. “Each student can have a voice.” UCCS Radio is always enlisting students and taking suggestions in order to reach a broader and more diverse audience, said Mistry. The schedule of shows includes everything from hiphop and rock, to business and campus-related talk shows. The shows typically run until 9 p.m., but if active programming isn’t on, students can still
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Greg Harnar (left) shows John Slye (right) how to work one of the programs at the radio station. tune in to hear free “canned” music. One of the primary goals of UCCS Radio is to have every slot filled with a program. There are numerous slots still open, Mistry added UCCS Radio can be heard at radio.uccs.edu, or students can listen and watch broadcasts on Ustream at ustream.tv. Ustream
catalogues previous broadcasts where shows can be viewed from days passed. UCCS Radio has changed from club status to a fullfledged student organization, where members of the UCCS community, including faculty members, host their own programs. Mistry said that a phone
app is also currently in development. She hopes that within several months, anyone can listen to UCCS Radio wherever they go. If a student has an idea for a new show or would like to volunteer, they can contact Greg Harnar at email@example.com. On-air training will be provided by Harris. S
Relay for Life committee kicks Second AIDS Walk to raise off preparations for 2012 event awareness at Garden of the Gods After yet another successful event last April, the UCCS Relay for Life committee has started up another year of preparations for one of the biggest fundraising events taking place all around the country. Relay for Life is an event created by the American Cancer Society that helps support the research to find a cure, as well as personal support of the people who are fighting cancer every day. Participants from each fundraising team walk together in a loop for 12 hours through the night, with different activities and games spread throughout. This year, the UCCS committee hopes that, unlike the last two years, weather will not be an issue, and they can host the event at Four Diamonds Sports Complex instead of the Rec Center, according to Co-Chair Nancy Hoist, a graduate student at UCCS. She said that even if the weather may be an issue, the committee will still put on a good event. Hoist, who is in her first year as co-chair, was involved in the event in the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years as the Team Development Chair. “I was at the Club Fair and ended being recruited by the committee. I had heard about the event and wanted to help out with the teams that were participating in the event,” she said. “I was on the basketball team then and I liked doing stuff with teams, and so team development chair was the perfect position for me,” she furthered. Hoist is the co-chair of the event along
with Nic Hostetter, the advertising and marketing director for the Office of Student Activities. When the spot had opened up for cochair, Hoist gladly accepted the role. “I have always wanted to get into nonprofits and the Relay for Life is one the biggest in the United States, so I felt that it was a good decision all the way.” Along with the UCCS event, there are a couple other places in the community that host a Relay for Life event as well. The other local colleges, Colorado College and Pikes Peak Community College, both host their own events, as does the city of Colorado Springs. Hoist said that she hopes this year they will have more off-campus participation in the event and for chair positions. “These meetings that we have are for anyone to come to, and we are trying to branch out and get more people from off the campus to participate in our event,” she said. “We raised just over $19,000 last year and we hope by having more people participate, we can be in the $20,000 to $25,000 range,” she furthered. When asked why she accepted the position of co-chair, Hoist said it’s because she loves to interact with people. “I like to engage with the students who are doing the event to make a difference or chance in someone’s life,” she stated. “When we near the event, everything gets very time-intensive so it is fun to see people motivated and working hard for a cause they want to support,” she said. The event date is set for April 13 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. at the Four Diamonds Sports Complex. S
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a team is free. The only cost associated with signing up is if a participant wants an event t-shirt, which will be given to students who raise at least $25 and adults The Southern Colorado AIDS Proj- who raise $40. If people cannot attend the walk, the ect will host its second AIDS Walk, Aids Southern Colorado AIDS Project recomWalk 2011: A Walk in the Garden, on mends wearing a red ribbon on the day of Oct. 8 at Garden of the Gods Park. The charitable organization seeks to the walk, registering online at s-cap.org raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, both a and collecting online donations. The Gill Foundation will match donational and local issue. “In southern Colorado, more than nated dollar for dollar up to the first $12,000. 1,200 people have The Southern been documented livColorado AIDS ing with HIV/AIDS,” No one’s immune Project has worked stated the Southern from HIV. with UCCS in the Colorado AIDS Projpast on World AIDS ect in an AIDS Walk Day and health fairs 2011 information and provides annual HIV testing in the packet. fall. Hundreds more southern Colorado Blair encouraged students to particiresidents are estimated to have HIV but pate. are unaware of their infections. “We’d love to have [UCCS students] The Southern Colorado AIDS Project started the AIDS Walk in 2010 to raise come, even if they can’t raise money,” money for more than 500 individuals liv- said Blair. He added that the walk is expected ing with HIV/AIDS. Proceeds also fund to draw a record crowd this year and anprevention programs. “The AIDS Walk provides an opportu- ticipated the last week or two before the nity for education and outreach on HIV,” event to result in a large influx of even said Richard Blair, Southern Colorado more registrants. In addition to an educational booth, AIDS Project executive director. Pine Creek High School students with The walk will begin at Garden of the AIDS facts will be at 14 points throughGods Park along Gateway Road and end out the walk. in front of Rock Ledge Ranch. Blair noted HIV/AIDS education is Registration starts at 9 a.m. and will be followed by an opening ceremony at an important aspect of the walk because 9:45 a.m. The three-mile walk will be the infection is not selective. “No one’s immune from HIV,” said from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Blair. “It doesn’t matter your age, sex, Signing up for the walk as an indieconomic or social status.” S vidual, part of a team or the starter of
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October 3, 2011
Pedal Power rides into historic Pioneers Museum Matt Rigby firstname.lastname@example.org
Bikers and historical aficionados alike can now visit a new homage to past and present biking in Colorado Springs. Pedal Power, the newest exhibit at the Pioneers Museum in downtown Colorado Springs, was created in conjunction with the recent USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The Pro Cycling Challenge is a seven-part cycling race that ran throughout Colorado this August. The first part of the challenge was a five-mile prologue that started in the Garden of the Gods and finished in downtown Colorado Springs in front of the U.S. Olympic Committee building on Colorado Ave. The cycling challenge then visited Salida, Crested Butte, Gunnison, Aspen, Vail, Avon, Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge, and Golden and finished in Denver after six stages.
Although small, Pedal Power is an effective tribute to local biking. Among the items on display is an early bike owned by someone in Colorado Springs in the late 1800s. Former World Champion Alison Dunlap’s mountain bike from the 2000 Sydney Olympics is also on display with Chris Carmichael’s bike, which was ridden during the Tour of Italy. “Both of these incredible athletes have called Colorado Springs home for many years and are part of our impressive cycling community,” stated the Pioneers Museum’s website. Although Pedal Power may be the Pioneers Museum’s main attraction, the renovated building has over 60,000 items for viewing, many of which have ties to Colorado Springs. “There are 12 gallery spaces in the Pioneers Museum,” said Colorado Springs Cultural Museum Director Matt Mayberry. “It is one of the oldest building in El Paso County. This
See this bike on display along with others at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. building could not be made today.” The Pioneers Museum originally was constructed
from 1899 to 1903. It cost $400,000, which would be around $8 million today. Until 1973, the build-
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ing served as the El Paso County Building and Courthouse. When the current El Paso Courthouse was opened across the street, the building was left empty until it was deeded to the city parks and recreation department in 1978 and made into a regional museum. All the wood and stonework of the building was handmade, and the 1903 courthouse upstairs is the same as it was when it was built. The Pioneers Museum houses everything Colorado Springs: From items like the journals of General Palmer, to information about Hollywood movie film, to one of the first elevators to be built in El Paso County, there are pieces of local history in every room. Information can be learned about how Pikes Peak got its name, to all the governmental entities that have claimed possession of
Photo by Robert Solis the Pikes Peak region, like the Virginia Colony, France, Spain and Texas. An archive with additional information is accessible by appointment. In addition to the variety of free exhibits available, student organizations can use the sections of the Pioneers Museum for their organization’s activities at low expenses, which are listed on the Pioneers Museum’s website. S
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October 3, 2011
‘Contagion’ infects life with real-world questions Julianne Sedillo email@example.com
Imagine a modern-day Spanish flu or bubonic plague. How would society react? Do we have a plan if a deadly virus does take over the world? How quick would it spread? “Contagion” aims to answer these questions with help from its starstudded cast and compelling plotline. Starring a plethora of Oscar-winning actors like Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard and Jude Law, “Contagion” invites viewers to imagine how MEV-1, a deadly virus, would affect today’s world.
It also explores how technology, such as planes, the Internet and the advanced health science world, would change the virus’ outcome. The film begins with Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow), a mother, wife and businesswoman who just returned home from a business trip in Hong Kong. She has basic flu-like symptoms, but as she is reaching for the coffee pot, her hands start to shake, ultimately leading to a horrifying seizure. A long, petrifying close-up view of her stone-white face confirms that she has died a quick, inexplicable death. In the following 10 minutes, about 10 more
people from all over the world die gruesome deaths. Even a little boy about seven years old experiences a similar seizure, dying alone in his bed. The high number of people that the film zooms in on, focusing particularly on the very realistic deaths, causes “Contagion” to seem more like a horror film than one of suspense and drama. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this film is the emphasis that it places on technology and communication with regards to a worldwide sickness; this is important to take into account because these aspects play a huge part in everyday life.
Amid the government and pharmaceutical companies’ race to find a cure to this sickness, Alan Krumwiede (Jude Law), a blogger, addresses a conspiracy theory regarding the sickness. Claiming that the rich profit from the sickness and have an unfair advantage compared to the rest of the world, Krumwiede uses technology to keep thousands of people informed, regardless of the fact that many are being quarantined and secluded because they may be infected. The high volume of people who travel is also responsible for what causes the MEV-1 virus to become so infectious to such a large percentage of the world’s popu-
lation. Beginning in Hong Kong, the trade-capital of the world, the sickness has access to a countless number of people, all travelling to the corners of the globe. Airports, bus stations and docks become deadly areas because so many people come in such close contact with each other. Overall, “Contagion” offers a very realistic view of what reality might become if a virus like SARS or H1N1 became more deadly. The film provides a perspective that could become a reality with so many people and germs coming into contact so often. The reactions ex-
pressed in this film are also stay true to the 21st century mindset; conspiracies against the government, looting grocery stores, holding people in power as hostage to get to the front of the line for a vaccination and violence are all very prevalent. Ultimately, although a deadly virus taking over the world is not very likely, the factors that complicate the situation in the film are entirely probable. The world is so used to the Internet, blogging, texting and easy transportation that it is easy to forget the difference they make in today’s society. “Contagion” brings to light how affected we are by these factors and how technology may help. S
Art and Art History Clubs merge to creat AHA! Maggie Olague firstname.lastname@example.org
Art is subjective, and many people who call themselves artists have their own definition for the term. Co-Director of UCCS Student Gallery and Co-President of AHA! Anna-Faye Hunter calls herself an artist. People who ask her what kind of artist she is assume that she is the typical artist who paints landscapes or sketches portraits. Like all members of AHA!, or Art History Art Club, however, she is a passionate artist who cares, loves, thinks, feels and has a broader perspective of what is defined as art. The club allows students the opportunity to explore various types of art, from painting their bodies and creating a masterpiece, to viewing art in motion. The club was formed after Art Club merged with Art History Club this semester. Hunter said, “AHA! Club is a hodge-podge of all art. It is not just one specific type of art.” Students interested in theater, film, music or any other forms of art are encouraged to join. The club relies on feedback and caters specifically to what members want to see in the art world. Hunter said, “The art gallery is used as home base for AHA!” The gallery is located at the Heller Center, a renovated house
given to UCCS for the Arts and Humanities and is operated by students. The Heller Center is also the first space dedicated entirely to UCCS VAPA students. Hunter described AHA! as a club of facilitators. While some people are not entirely receptive to art, the club will show students and community members the different types of art available by hosting events. By exposing people to various art forms, AHA! hopes to increase art receptivity and appreciation. Co-Director of UCCS Student Gallery and Co-President of AHA! Patrick Bohnen added, “We are trying to keep [the definition of art] broad. All types of art are welcome.” The club’s first student event is the First Really Interesting Show This Year (FRISTY), a nonthemed welcome party or introduction celebrating art. It will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Heller Center and admission is free to everybody. Hunter said student artists will display studio art at FRISTY, and she hopes to play film and have musicians perform. For future events, club members will collaborate with the presidents to decide what type of shows the new club will host. Shows could include both student artists and local artists, so everyone will have an opportunity to participate. Attending shows and demonstrations put on by other artists is
another way AHA! members can view art. Hunter hopes the formation of the new club and its merged members will mark the beginning
of close-knit community between students who share an interest in art and bring together students from the VAPA program. Club meetings are still being
scheduled because the club is recruiting more members. In the meantime, AHA! plans to hold bimonthly meetings on Tuesday nights at the Heller Center. S
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(From left to right) Octavia Harn, Dakota Martin, Mallissa Hunting, Patrick Bohnen and Courtney Matthews are some members of the AHA! club.
October 3, 2011
‘The 39 Steps’ brings big laughs with spy thriller farce Sara Horton email@example.com
If a suspenseful storyline doesn’t persuade you to see a play, Director Geoffrey Kent thinks that men in drag will. Murder and espionage generally do not entail a humorous story, but that is precisely what “The 39 Steps,” Theatreworks’ latest production delivers.
The Lowdown What: The 39 Steps When: Sept. 15 to Oct. 9 Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 4 p.m. Where: Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater University Hall How much: Free for UCCS students and children under 5 Adults: $30 Children 5-16: $15 More Info: 255-3232 theatreworkscs.org/tickets. htm
“The 39 Steps,” an adaptation and farce of John Buchan’s spy novel and Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name, played to a full house and ended with a standing ovation at its Sept. 17 opening weekend show. The play follows Richard Hannay, a bachelor who returns to his native England and meets a spy in fear for her life. The spy, Annabella Schmidt, introduces Hannay to a plot conspiring to smuggle a secret out of the country. Schmidt is then killed, leaving Hannay a murder suspect and the only person who can thwart the scheme. The plot sounds somber, but its interpretation is decidedly less so. Only four actors play dozens of characters: Josh Robinson (Richard Hannay) and Lindsay Rae Taylor (Annabella, Margaret and Pamela) play the leads. Then there is Sammie Joe Kinnett and Justin Walvoord, who portray everyone from plot conspirators to a perverted couple of Scottish innkeepers.
The short amount of time between scene changes require almost instant set, costume and character alterations, all of which are slickly and humorously executed onand off-stage. Multiple costume and character changes require Kinnett and Walvoord to dress in drag and call upon high-pitched personalities reminiscent of Monty Python. When asked if the rapid-fire set and costume changes were hard to memorize, Walvoord admitted, “They still are sometimes. There’s a lot that goes into it.” He added that he had run on stage during the second show with an upside-down mustache, an embarrassing but minor mishap in the context of the entire show. Walvoord referred to the production as a great team effort of cast and crew. While most, if not all, productions require cast and crew to work together, this play especially requires teamwork in order for it to succeed. “The 39 Steps,” with its 50 set and costume
changes and 400 combined light and sound cues, is Denver-based fight director (he directs stage fights) and guest director Kent’s second Theatreworks production since “Grapes of Wrath.” “It’s a complex, technical show,” said Kent. “Even though there are only four actors, there’s a crew of eight to nine people who you don’t see that makes it happen.” Crewmembers stayed on top of all their cues, an impressive feat considering the play’s fast pace and frequent bouts of frenzied action. The combined attentiveness and talent of both cast and crew make this production of “The 39 Steps” an example of comical theater at its prime. It also pays tribute to other Alfred Hitchcock films such as “Psycho” and “The Birds,” including an entertaining introduction that I won’t spoil here, but arrive early so you don’t miss a special speaker. If the special introduction is not incentive enough to arrive on time, how about the threat of
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John Robinson is a wanted man in “The 39 Steps.” public humiliation? When latecomers filed into the theater during a scene, Walvoord, still in character, heckled them while they attempted to find their seats.
While laughter at “The 39 Steps” comes naturally, it’s easier to enjoy the show when you do not induce laughs from fellow audience members. Just leave that to the actors. S
Nostalgia Art Company celebrates the “Good Old Days” Aaron Collett firstname.lastname@example.org
“We want to be a part of the community as a whole,” said Dave Arnold, one of the artists.” They want to be a personal, community-oriented shop, as opposed to Few college students remember the an unfeeling tattoo factory. ‘40s and the ‘50s. Chet “Mr. Scary” AdThe shop itself will have a grand openkins thinks that this should change. The ing on Oct. 8. The inteNostalgia Art Comparior design will imitate ny will be a refreshing You don’t have an antique bus station look back at the past to get a tattoo to ticket office; antique and a brand new expeposts and doors will be come in here. rience for younger genfeatured. erations. “It’s really important The Nostalgia Art Company is a tatto me to have real antiques in here,” said too parlor, but not the stereotypical dirty Adkins. “We want to be an old-school, biker hangout that many people associate real street shop.” The design is a throwwith tattoo parlors. back to the post WWII barbershop style. Adkins said, “A lot of my mentors are from that era, the 40s and 50s.” The Lowdown When asked about the reputation that What: a lot of tattoo places have, Adkins was Nostalgia Art Company upbeat. “The biggest thing is to educate the public. Get kids to be comfortable When: with the tattoo culture.” Grand Opening on Oct. 8 Adkins has a lot of experience with Business Hours: Tuesday through this type of shop. He has run multiple tatSaturday, too shops, both here in Colorado Springs 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and in Denver. “I enjoyed the college Where: kids in Denver. Having a college shop is 118 N. Nevada Ave. fun,” he remembered. The cost of getting a tattoo is conHow much: sistent with most other shops. The artists $100-$150 per hour charge per hour, and their prices range from $100-$150 per hour, depending on More Info: which artist is doing the work. Contact Kelly and Chet Adkins They will also charge per tattoo for (719) 209-8844 some smaller items. Adkins also plans to
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Owners Kelly and Chet Adkins work on constructing their new tattoo parlor. have “guest artists” in every month, generally staying for about a week. “I want my customers to have the best artists,” he said. Most of all, Adkins wants the shop to be a comfortable place. He described his own first experience getting a tattoo at the age of 19: “It was all big, burly biker guys. I almost fainted during the process.” He doesn’t want that vibe in his shop at all. “You don’t have to get a tattoo to come in here.” There will be seating, as well as a bar to sit at and look at all of the
art available. Adkins specifically wants every aspect of his shop to be welcoming. His personal pet peeve is dirty bathrooms. According to him, every tattoo bathroom he’s ever been in has basically been a closet with a toilet and a sink. He wanted to avoid this at all costs. His shop’s bathroom has antique, stained doors, and is significantly larger than a standard tattoo parlor bathroom. “We take pride in our shop, even with something as minor as the bathroom,” he explained. S
Threat of USPS shutdown looming
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Over 100 postal workers gathered on the front steps of City Hall Sept. 27 and demonstrated to the city what the phrase “going postal” really means. The postal workers unions rallied in support of House Bill 1351, a bill, which according to Chuck Bader, treasurer of the American Postal Workers Union in Colorado Springs, would solve the budget crisis that the postal service has found itself in. Bader said, “The truth is, the problems were caused by Congress, and they can be fixed by Congress.” This crisis has far-reaching implications, from the national level to the campus level: From the postal workers who could lose their jobs, to administrators who rely on the mail to transmit important documents, invoices, etc., and even for the freshman in the dorms who relies on care packages from mom. Ralph Galega, a senior in biochemistry, said, “I think something has to be done about it. [A USPS shutdown] would be a catastrophe.” Bader stated that USPS inadvertently overpaid into the Civil Service Retiree System due to an accounting error discovered last year. During the rally, one of hundreds going on across the nation, chants of “We don’t want a bailout, let us get the mail out!” and “1351! 1351!” could be heard. According to the flyers at the rally, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) said that they have overpaid into their Civil Service Retiree System. They also believe this burden is unfair – that no other government agency has the pre-funding requirement for their retirement benefits. Bader said that the USPS would default on its bills to the U.S. Treasury Department on Sept. 30. The Senate funding bill that was passed on Sept. 26, however, had a provision that gave the USPS an extension until Nov. 18 to continue to pay their debt to the Treasury, according to Emily Kopp of Federal News Radio. USPS’ current debt to the Treasury stands at $5.5 billion. When asked why the problem was not corrected at the time that they found it, Bader said, “The money that the postal service paid is in a general fund with other government agencies; if we pull $80 billion out, they are going to be short.” Joseph Corbett, the chief financial
officer of the Postal Service, said in a report to the postmaster general investigating the issue that the original retirement payments were based on static salaries from 1971, rather than what the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was actually paying out. Corbett went on to explain that in 2003, the old language used in the original requirements was updated to include “dynamic assumptions” including pay raises and inflation. When OPM administered these changes, they applied these dynamic assumptions to the Postal Service portion of the debt, but not to their own. The difference was $75 billion. This liability was given to the USPS. The aim of House Bill 1351 is to allow the Postal Service to access the money that was overpaid into the general fund. The rally on Sept. 27 was also protesting the proposed plan to shut down more than a hundred rural post offices nationwide, as well as an initiative to cease Saturday delivery. The main feeling among many postal workers present at the rally seemed to be that shutting down any post offices or changing delivery schemes at all will result in the eventual shutdown of the entire USPS system. Even without a short-term financial crisis, the USPS has been in trouble. If there were a shutdown, Jackie Barnes, a pre-nursing student, doesn’t think there would be too much to worry about. “It would be kind of different not getting bills in the mail,” she said, but doesn’t think there would be any serious consequences. According to James Cartledge, from the online magazine Post & Parcel, mail volumes have declined by 22 percent since 2006; much of this has been due to the more widespread use of email. The decline is apparent in the attitudes of students. Casey Chalifour, a sophomore in physics and mathematics, said, “There are other outlets, and in this day and age you don’t use the postal service for anything but packages. Letters are kind of outdated.” Cartledge also reports that USPS has
been losing money at the rate of $8.5 billion per year. According to the National Association of Postal Supervisors, this shortfall is a direct result of the unfair requirement that USPS pre-fund the healthcare benefits of future retirees. The cost of this liability is over $5 billion every year.
There is some hope, however. Keegan Sullivan, a junior in computer science, has an optimistic view of the future of the Post Office. “Honestly, I don’t think that the private sector should handle our billing,” he said. “I think that should be a government service. If you reduced the Post Office to just [bills and packages], we can get along fine.” S
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October 3, 2011
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October 3, 2011
The USPS: Better than the three second birthday card Our postal service traces its roots back to 1775, when Benjamin Franklin, a founding father, was appointed the first postmaster general. Since then, it’s been a critical part of this country. Before the widespread use of emails, telephones, or even telegrams, the most reliable and cost-effective way to send a message across the country was through the USPS. Today, we carry small computers in our pockets that can access e-mail, check Facebook, update Twitter and occasionally even make phone calls. Our utility bills and checking account statements come into the inbox on our computers instead of that inbox on the curb labeled “US MAIL
ONLY” – the one that sometimes seems to only get stuffed with catalogs we never read and coupons we never cut. We send love letters, invitations and birthday cards online because it’s faster, it’s easier and it gets to your recipient quite literally at the speed of light. Considering all these marvelous advances we’ve made in communication technologies, it’s kind of a wonder that we still rely on the postal service as much as we do. But, although it may be more practical to use email instead of “snail mail,” we find more comfort and humanity in the simple act of sending a handwritten letter. When was the last
time you did that? We can’t speak for all of our readers, but we’re guessing that most of you can’t even remember; most of us certainly can’t. There is something to be said for the amount of time and effort that goes into a personalized birthday card rather than being one of the 50,000 people who takes three seconds to type “OMG HAPPY BIRTHDAY” on someone’s Facebook wall. Sometimes, we need to be reminded that we’re communicating with actual human beings, not word machines or word processors. We still don’t live in a completely paperless society – and as long as paper isn’t dead, neither should our mail system be. The fact of the mat-
ter is, our First Class letter delivery system is damned cheap. There are usually a lot of complaints in the air whenever the postal service raises the rates on postage stamps – it’s currently at 44 cents, in case you were wondering – but in actuality, First Class postage rates have been rising more slowly than the average rate of inflation; when you look at it from that perspective, it’s cheaper now to send a letter than it was back in 1940. And that same 44 cents gets your letter from your house to your next-door neighbor’s, or to your friend on the other side of the city, or to your relatives three or four time zones away. Last year, the USPS
is also his most egregious. On a first listen, it seems to be a celebration of Midwestern American stereotypes – the cowboy, the cantankerous old man who raises the flag everyday at 5 a.m., the Craftsman man and so forth. But as you listen to it more and more, you realize that this is not just celebrating stereotypes; this is actively promoting a superiority of a certain type of American. The song starts out decently enough. In fact, the only problem I have with the first three lines is the link between dirty hands and a clean soul; but that’s a pretty common literary device, that the hard worker is pure of heart. But then he starts to go off the tracks: “Breaks his heart seein’ foreign cars, filled with fuel that isn’t ours, and wearin’ cotton he didn’t grow.” OK, this one is kind of funny. It’s actually quite possible that the “cotton” that this random person is wearing was, in fact, grown in America. It was just shipped to China or India to be processed into clothing and sent back. The United States is actually the top exporter of cotton in the world.
And OK, he’s jumping on the foreign oil political bandwagon. I’ll take that. Next we reach the chorus. Once again, first two lines, no problem. Keith’s dad flies a flag and has a semper fi tattoo. Cool. He’s a patriot and was in the Marines. Then he really jumps off the deep end: “Spends a little more at the store for a tag in the back that says USA.” Oh, yes. That tag probably cost a penny for a Chinese peasant to print and then mail to the United States, along with our cotton that they processed for us, so that we can clip the Chinese made tag to the Chinese made shirt and call it made in America. Buying things that are made in other countries is not bad. That’s how free trade works. Buyers pay the competitive price. But the next line is worse: “Won’t buy nothin’ he can’t fix with WD40 and a Craftsman wrench.” Grammatical errors aside, this one made me laugh. Craftsman tools are often made in China, then shipped to the United States to be assembled here. That’s why they’re “made in America,” just like our shirts. Also, I understand that
it’s a metaphor, but what about when he buys stuff that he needs but that can’t be fixed with a wrench and WD40? Houses are often built in such a way that you need quite a bit of training to fix certain parts (roof, I’m looking at you). And don’t get me started on whether he has a computer or not. Finally, the worst line in the entire song: “He ain’t prejudiced, he’s just, made in America.” I’m sure that the creators of the Blue Laws in the south said, “We aren’t prejudiced, we just want to be separate from all you other people.” And the Ku Klux Klan probably says, “We aren’t prejudiced, we just don’t want to be around those black folks.” When you construct a sentence, “We aren’t X, we’re just Y,” you are making excuses. You are trying to justify actions that do, in fact, make you what you are claiming they don’t. What about Americans who weren’t born here? We have tons of Americans who weren’t born here. They aren’t any less American than I am, just because my family has been in America since the
delivered 171 billion pieces of mail – that’s roughly 550 pieces of mail each year for every man, woman, child and baby in the United States alone. USPS handles a whopping 40 percent of the entire Planet Earth’s card and letter mail volume. As of last year, it employed 574,000 career employees, making it the second-largest civilian employer in the United States, second only to Wal-Mart. If USPS has to shut down because of a $75 billion accounting oversight, we’ll be forcing over half a million dedicated workers to become immediately unemployed, and we’ll be losing out on a service we rely on more than we
probably tend to realize. Maybe someday in the not-too-distant future, letters will become an antiquated, obtuse thing of the past – like telegrams. But until then, we still have a lot of mail that needs to keep flowing in order for our economy to survive. Our postal service isn’t close to shutting down simply because mail is suddenly irrelevant; USPS is going broke trying to pay $5.5 billion each year into a fund for future retirees. Let’s fix the problems the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act has caused and get our postal service back on track. - The Scribe Editorial Board S
Don’t learn patriotism from Toby Keith
Aaron Collett email@example.com Toby Keith is a pretty popular country singer. He’s actually popular enough that his music is closer to mainstream than country. Recently, he’s moved toward so-called “patriotic” songs. Now, when most people think of patriotic songs, two always come up: “America the Beautiful” and the “StarSpangled Banner.” Both of them express pride in our country, no matter what form our country takes through the years. Keith, however, has decided that he knows what our country should look like and is telling us all what to believe through his music. Keith’s most recent song, “Made in America,”
Comic by Arno 1700s. For that matter, everyone involved in the Independence Day that this song venerates so much wasn’t American. They were British (America was still considered a part of Great Britain until 1783). This song, “Made in America,” like most of Keith’s music, touts itself as a “patriotic” song. But Keith’s definition of patriotism is incredibly narrow.
To him, only those who proclaim their allegiance as loudly as possible are true patriots. To him, if you don’t do what he promotes (raise the flag every morning, scream the Pledge of Allegiance, only buy things that have the magical “American” tag), you are not American. And that is wrong. America is a land of opportunity and diversity, and that means a diversity of patriotism, too. S
October 3, 2011
Christianity as a get out of jail free card
Cherise Fantus firstname.lastname@example.org Jesus was a man that stood up for his beliefs, according to Christian belief, and that was why he was crucified. He believed he had a destined path and wouldn’t deny that, so the Romans killed him. But what if the Roman judge had told him that he could escape crucifixion if only he would go to their temples and worship their gods for a year? Would Jesus have done it? And would he have been magically saved by what they deemed to be the right religion at that time? Judges in Bay Minette, Ala. might say yes. Under a new program called Restore Our Community (ROC), judges will offer a choice to those who commit non-violent misdemeanor crimes: Go to (Christian) church every Sunday for one year, pay a fine or go to jail.
If I were the Christian church, I would be offended. Never mind the blatant disregard for the Constitution and the complete lack of respect for those who may not be Christian, but using church as a punishment? Isn’t the Christian church trying to teach its followers that going to church is a good thing? And, well, it is blatantly unconstitutional. According to the First Amendment of the Constitution, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Though this was originally written to prevent the federal government from establishing an official religion, it was taken to the state level in 1947 when Everson v. Board of Education applied the clause to the state, as well as the federal laws. Some people, like Bay Minette Police Chief Mike Rowland, argue that it is not unconstitutional. He told CNN affiliate WKRG that, since offenders are given the choice of going to church, they aren’t being forced, and therefore he doesn’t see it as a problem. But offering a Muslim, a Jew, an atheist, a Buddhist,
or anyone of a belief other than Christianity the choice between attending a Christian church and going to jail sounds a whole lot like prohibiting the free practice of religion. Offenders are able to choose which church they would like to attend, but those from any religion other than Christianity are not given the option to “reform.” For them, attending services for something in which they do not believe in order to “reform” them is not an option. So, all that’s left for them is jail and fines. But going to church every Sunday will “reform” these criminals, right? History has certainly shown us how religion turns bad people into good people. Here are a few examples: Dennis Rader was an avid churchgoer. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kan., and was even made president of the Congregation Council in 2005. A few months later, he was convicted of murdering at least 10 people over the course of about 30 years in Sedwick County, Kan., as the BTK killer. Howard Douglas Porter was a reverend at Hickman Community Church in
Hickman, Calif. He led services at his church every Sunday. In 2008, he was convicted of first-degree murder, embezzlement, elder abuse and attempted murder, after tricking en elderly man into trusting him before he killed him and took all of his money. A 2004 John Jay Report (report by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice on sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests and deacons in the U.S.) that was commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops revealed that there were 10,667 victims of clergy sexual
abuse reported between 1950 and 2002 in the U.S. alone. All of the reported victims were under the age of 18. That’s not to say that church makes good people into bad people, it just doesn’t really “reform” people who are inclined to do bad things. What it does, though, is offer an easy way out to those who are intent on being criminals. Someone who already goes to church every Sunday now has permission to commit all the misdemeanors they want with no repercussions.
Yes, no repercussions – because completing a year of attending church does not result in a timeserved stamp, it results in a complete dismissal of charges. So, Christian petty criminals in Bay Minette can do whatever they want and get off scott-free. Aside from the fact that this is completely unconstitutional and disrespectful of other religions, it is just going against simple common sense. We should be punishing criminals for their actions, not rewarding them simply for being Christian. S
Never fear, we know you want to change. You demonstrated this by picking up the Scribe and reading this article; that’s step one. We could all use a refresher course in acting like ladies and gentlemen in the classroom and around campus. Fortunately, there are some simple rules you can follow to achieve this. Rule number one: Raise your hand. Whoever invented the art of hand-raising was a smart person. Here’s how it works: You raise your hand if you have a question or comment for the instructor and then, you wait patiently for the instructor to call on you. Gesticulating wildly or speaking when you’re not
called on is very rude and often annoys your classmates. Rule number two: Don’t use your phone in the library or the bathroom. Isn’t this obvious? You would think so! The library is clearly a quiet place. However, I would also like to point out that it’s awkward and off-putting for your fellow bathroom-users when you are on your phone whilst using the facilities. That’s just gross and weird. In fact, when I’ve come across this, I have been known to turn on all possible hand dryers in protest (and, perhaps, to give the person’s whereabouts away, as I very much doubt that the person that they are speaking to is aware of what’s going on on the other side of
the phone). Rule number three: Be careful with your backpack, especially those rolling ones. First of all, the UCCS campus is not an airport. There is no need for your backpack to roll. If your backpack is heavy, stash your books under a stairwell or hide them amongst other library books and save us all the embarrassment of tripping over it as you roll down the hallway. Rule number four: If you’re using a laptop in class, use it for classroom purposes only. Playing Warcraft, checking out your Facebook or email or looking at memes does not count as proper laptop-inthe-classroom decorum. Rule number five: Just as you shouldn’t text
and drive, most people shouldn’t text and walk. We’ve all heard that texting while driving is equivalent to driving drunk; well, texting while walking is equivalent to walking blindfolded. You swerve, you veer, you end up in another person’s walking path. It’s messy and embarrassing. Keep your eyes on the road! Finally, rule number six: Support your teams! UCCS needs some school spirit. As a university we are growing very quickly, but if we want to be on par with our big brother school CU-Boulder, we need to support our teams with the same amount of energy and enthusiasm. With basketball season approaching, let’s
show up and support our athletes! (And don’t forget the other team sports, too!) Bottom line: Let’s remember the manners our parents taught us when we were children. We’ve left the nest, and it’s about time we put those manners into practice in the rest of the world. We’re all striving to be successful human beings. If you ask any of your professors, I’m sure they will tell you that the way we behave at school should also be appropriate behavior for the business environment. Now, I think you’re ready to graduate from the school of etiquette. One final test: Everybody walk through the library with a book balanced on your head! S
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Student etiquette: Six simple rules
email@example.com Welcome to the Scribe’s school of student etiquette. You’re here because you’ve picked your nose, wiped a sneeze on your sleeve and used the wrong fork all over the name of student propriety. In other words, you’ve practiced rude student behavior. Congratulations!
Life on the Bluffs
October 3, 2011
- By Molly Mrazek firstname.lastname@example.org - Photos by Alex Gradisher
Technology in the classroom
- Julianne Sedillo, email@example.com
What do you think of online classes? Personally, I don’t like them because I like the people interaction and being able to ask questions and being hands-on. And plus, for me personally, I’m not as disciplined for online classes as I am with an actual class at a building.
Did you know that UCCS once chose green and white as its official school colors and the hawk as its mascot? When the school finally arranged for varsity-level competition in sports in 1986, the necessity for uniforms, colors and mascots arose, so students held elections, contests and surveys to decide on the matter. Unfortunately, this collective decision only lasted for one year before the Board of Regents claimed that the University of Colorado had a policy of using only the “official” mascot and colors of the silver and gold Buffaloes. UCCS, therefore, decided to compete as the “CU GOLD,” to which the Regents agreed. S
What do you think is next for technology in the classroom? Probably the iPad, I’m guessing, it seems like it would be cool for taking notes, like an upgrade of a laptop.
Nayla Eppman What do you think of online classes? I’ve taken a couple before, I dunno, it can be easy if you try and work for it, otherwise it can be pretty hard. What about the use of laptops in classes? If they’re really necessary you should use them, ‘cause they’re really helpful sometimes, but they can distract you really easily. What do you think is next for technology in the classroom? Using your phone in class, like internet, like smart phones.
Brian Rogers What do you think of online classes? They’re useful for some courses, but so far it tends to be if the professor is bad you may as well just do it yourself. 2
What about the use of laptops in classes? It’s a wonderful idea, I do it every day. And personally I guess it could be distracting, and I use it as a distraction if I don’t have to pay attention. It’s definitely very useful for notetaking, anything you miss that the professor says you could look it up, google it, whatever. And I really like to have all my notes on a computer; it’s a lot easier to study. You don’t have to page through a hundred pages, you can just “control f” and find it. �
What do you think is next for technology in the classroom? I think a lot of schools, especially the ones that are big on tech., have provided laptops for most of the students, it’s included in part of the fees probably, and then they distribute books with the e-books, and everyone has it online. I think that’s probably a good way to go. S ��
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What about the use of laptops in classes? I think they are fine, you know, as long as you’re not being [distracted] by them; but they’re good for taking notes.
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Life on the Bluffs
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UCCS to enter second phase of rebranding project Bertrand Rustle firstname.lastname@example.org Starting in the spring of 2012, UCCS will have a new name: University Colorado Colorado Springs. The prepositionless name will mark the completion of phase two of the university’s rebranding effort. Phase one of the rebranding effort, completed in the summer of 2011, changed the university’s official name from “University of Colorado at Colorado Springs” to “University of Colorado Colorado Springs.” “The whole CU system has been hindered by a lot of prepositions, and we’re relieved to be moving past that,” said CU system president Bryce Swenerson at last month’s town hall meeting. But Swenerson doesn’t want to do it all at once, noting that removing one preposition at a time will help smooth the transition. The university had considered an interim phase, introducing the name “University o’ Colorado Colorado Springs,” but administration was concerned that it would have to change the school mascot along with it. The primary goal of the rebranding effort is “to have a strong, consistent, recognizable brand identity,” according to the university’s brand identity standards webpage.
But the name changes are not just a matter of identity. The changes also have a direct impact on the university’s bottom line. According to Swenson, the savings associated with not printing the “of” and “at” will be in the millions. However, some faculty members worry that the future savings will be offset by the cost of changing all of the existing signage. “The gigantic sign at Austin Bluffs and Nevada still has the ‘at’ in it,” noted English professor Walt Whitland. “And that sign went up after the completion of phase one. It’s a bit confusing.” “We have spent a lot of money on this project,” responded Swenerson. “But we’re going to see it through to the end.” Most people aren’t complaining, though. Student Chris Varley is thrilled with the future of the UCCS name. “With this new name-change, it’s going to be a lot easier to tell my friends where I go to school. I’m gonna use my extra time to play Legos.” The third phase of the rebranding project, set to be completed in the spring of 2012, will leave UCCS named simply “The University.” “The artist formerly known as Prince has been our model for this rebranding effort,” noted Swenerson. “Maybe someday down the road, the name of this university will be unpronounceable.” S
Student Health Center fears alien epidemic Dreamana Loopershpear email@example.com It’s not the chicken pox, hay fever or the flu that has the Student Health Center concerned this fall. No, it’s a problem of a different magnitude: An alien invasion. In the last month, the effects of a possible alien invasion have been spreading all over campus. More students have been coming into the Health Center complaining of headaches, nausea and blue goo dripping from their noses. Soon after their visit, they disappear – possibly off the face of the earth. The Student Health Center does not want to alarm anyone, but after sending the blue sticky substance off to be analyzed by some of UCCS’s best scientists, the test results came back positive for an unearthly DNA. The Health Center wanted more detail on how this could be, but upon following up, they found that the scientists had disappeared, as well.
“With inconclusive tests, we are unsure whether this is just a ploy to scare the UCCS population or if we have a serious problem here. There is no need for alarm just yet,” reported Student Health Center representative Nick Crash. There have also been reports of men dressed in black business suits popping up all over campus. “It’s like the Men in Black dudes…I was walking to class expecting to be flashed with that memory eraser thing and see a little dog in a black suit,” said student Alisha Shipper. Some students claim that they see their missing classmates once in a while, running up on the bluffs. This has caused Campus Safety to consider banning students from going up on the bluffs in fear that this is where the epidemic is coming from. If your roommate comes down with the blue goo flu, you may have an alien on your hands. Exercise caution. Further information on the alien epidemic will be released on the Student Health Center website. S
October 3, 2011
College faux pas 10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. Blowing your nose during the lecture
Laughing at the YouTube video you’re watching during the lecture
Bringing your mom to class
Bringing your bike into the classroom
Camping out in the ROAR office
Pranking the chancellor
Talking on the stairs and blocking traffic
Asking stupid questions that the instructor covered three seconds ago
Telling your classmates there’s no such thing as a stupid question
Taking a nap on top of the mountain lion statue
Photo illustration by Alex Gradisher
The micro-remote-control helicopter company, Airhogs, has just released their newest product,the RC rain cloud. This new five-channel heli now allows the pilot to drop up to a liter of rain as it flies. Airhogs marketing manager Steve Duseldorphishben said, “We expect that this is going to be one of our best sellers of all time.” S
October 3, 2011
Mountain Lions dominate RMAC/NSIC Crossover After finishing 11th at the Air Force Invitational Sept. 19, the UCCS men’s golf team may have found their niche. They dominated the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC)/National Scholastic Indoor Championships (NSIC) Crossover tournament in Gothenburg, Neb. Sept. 25 to Sept. 26; the Mountain Lions won by an impressive 13 strokes with four juniors finishing in the top nine, overall. Junior Edward DeLashmutt led the team with a 1-under par threeround score of 215, tying him for second place, overall, with Western New Mexico’s Patrick Beyhan. Placing fourth overall, junior Spencer Biersdorff recorded a three-round score of 216, while junior Grant Dean finished in a three-way tie for fifth at
217; junior Kevin Witte tied for eighth at 218. The team finished with a combined team score of 862, with the Colorado School of Mines and CSU-Pueblo rounding out the top three at 875 and 883, respectively. Despite the reputation of the Wild Horse Golf Course of being a difficult venue, the men were able to secure a solid week of practicing as they worked on ball striking and short-game semantics. According to head coach Phil Trujillo, the team typically plays better on difficult golf courses. “The course is tough and challenges you to make good golf swings [but] I felt that we had a good week of practice and everyone got a chance to really work on their games,” said Trujillo. “We had two really good days of practice and were able to spend
time working on some of the things that we didn’t do well in the first two events,” he said. Areas that the Mountain Lions have struggled with this season have been putting together a consistent second round of tournament play and finishing solid complete rounds, overall. Since the team added three new golfers this year whose previous experience hails from the junior college level, playing and getting used to a 36-hole day is something that will take time to adjust to, according to Trujillo. “Our tournaments consist of an 18-hole practice round, a 36-hole day and 18 holes on the last day,” he said. “This takes some getting used to, condition-wise and being able to maintain your focus on a day that, typically, [lasts 12 hours].” UCCS will travel to Phoenix, Ariz. to compete in the Grand Canyon
USOC volunteer opportunites (continued from page 16) Community. Her responsibilities include being the manager of the USOC volunteer program. “The United States Olympic Committee is fortunate to have a wonderful group of volunteers who help us meet our mission to support U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams,” said Hutchinson. “USOC volunteers provide an invaluable service to USOC departments and divisions, as well as sport National Governing Organizations. We are so
pleased to have these remarkable volunteers as a part of our support team,” she furthered. Scott Blackmun, executive director of the USOC, said that the volunteer program is worth $6 million annually to the USOC and its partners. This is a financially valuable program which has, and may continue to stand the test of time. Aside from the valuable experience in which a volunteer may partake, there are also some benefits exclusive to volunteers.
Twice a year, there is a lunch provided by the USOC for its volunteers. The lunches typically occur in December and June. Also, for every 20 hours a person accumulates volunteering, they receive a free meal ticket to the dining center at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. Students interested in joining the USOC volunteer program should contact Erica Hutchinson at 866-4604 or erica. firstname.lastname@example.org. S
Fall Invitational Oct. 3 to Oct. 4, which, according to Trujillo, will be the “toughest field we’ll play in this fall.” This tournament may include several nationally ranked teams, stemming in the top 10 and top 20, with the likes of highly ranked Chico State and Western Washington. However, for Witte, Dean, and DeLashmutt, the trip to Phoenix will be somewhat of a homecoming for the three Arizona natives to see their families. At No. 23 in both the Golfstat rankings and the Golf Coaches Association of America poll, UCCS’s victory at the RMAC/NSIC Crossover may have been the exigent spark needed to send a message. According to Trujillo, “This win made a statement to the other RMAC and North Central teams that the Mountain Lions are still the team to beat!” S
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The Mountain Lion golf team ranks at No. 23 in several polls.
Extreme Ironing Tyler Bodlak email@example.com
ironing had officially arrived. Half sport, half performance, and half comedy, extreme ironing is, according to the sport’s official website, “the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of In 1997, Phil Shaw wanted to go rock climbing, but the massive pile of clothes an extreme outdoor activity with the satisthat desperately needed to be ironed beck- faction of a well-pressed shirt.” As extreme ironing has grown in popuoned to him. larity, the pursuit of a crisp looking shirt Ironically, he did what any normal perhas gotten downright strange. son would probably In 2001, a – not – do in that two-person crew situation, and comCombines the thrills of British climbbined the two, and in of an extreme outers lugged their the process, created ironing gear to a sport known as exdoor activity with the the summit of Mt. treme ironing. satisfaction of a wellEverest, completNot surprisingly, pressed shirt. ing the feat by the sport did not ironing the Union catch on immediateJack flag from the ly. Most people realized that ironing is a chore best done in top of the world. Underwater is also a popular destination the comforts of your own home, but Shaw for ironists. In March 2008, a team of 72 refused to give up. In 1999, Shaw and a friend set out on divers set a new world record for the larga world tour aimed at spreading the sport, est number of people ironing underwater as they brought along their backpacks at once; a prestigious record, it may be. Ironically, what began as an attempt to stuffed with an iron, an ironing board, and loads of wrinkly shirts just waiting to be combine work and play is now a bizarre sport with a global following. ironed. But please remember: Extreme ironing Along the way, they met a group of adventurous Germans who brought the is a dangerous sport that should never be sport back to their home country. In 2002, attempted by beginners unless under the a German village hosted the first extreme watchful eye of an experienced profesironing world championship, and extreme sional. Iron at your own risk. S
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October 3, 2011
Volleyball team splits weekend series 1-1 against Chadron State and Nebraska-Kearney Ryan Adams email@example.com
Riding high on a sixgame winning streak, the UCCS women’s volleyball team managed to take down the Chadron State Eagles in a clean sweep on Sept. 23, improving their streak to a season high seven games. Unfortunately, the streak ended as the team was swept by the nationallyranked Nebraska-Kearney Lopers Sept. 24 at the Gallogly Events Center. Having lost to Colorado Mines the night before, which was considered a major upset amongst the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC), Nebraska-Kearney was determined to shake off the bitter loss when they faced UCCS. The Lopers, who have always been the most dominant team in the RMAC,
had never lost back-toback conference matches before. Head coach Keith Barnett agreed that it was tough playing such a good team that was coming off such a shocking upset. “NebraskaKearney was coming off a tough loss at Mines. They were not very happy about losing to them and made up for it by beating us pretty bad the next night,” stated Barnett. Although the team did lose to the Lopers, which ended their seven-game winning streak, there were still plenty of positive points of play that came out of the weekend. UCCS dominated the Chadron State Eagles, winning all three matches (2511, 25-11, 25-19). Junior Megan Koop led the team with 10 kills while junior Nikki Kinzer and senior Alex Wood had seven apiece. Senior Cindy
Bathelt lead the team with 27 assists and senior Sonja Johnson lead the team in digs with 15. Barnett was happy with the way the team played and expected them to win. “We got a very solid win over a team that everyone in our conference will probably beat,” stated Barnett. “We played well as a team, too, and everyone contributed,” he said. The lady Mountain Lions may now face the toughest part of their season, but Barnett believes that they still have work to do if they want to compete with the likes of Nebraska-Kearney. “We have some big games coming up versus Colorado Christian, MetroState and Regis,” stated Barnett. “We need to be more aggressive as a team and find a way to compete versus tough opponents because that is all there is left to
unteer program. Potentially, there is a tremendous benefit that can come from being a USOC volunteer. There have been people in the past that started out as volunteers and now have full-time jobs with the USOC or an Olympic sport’s national governing body which is headquartered in El Paso County. This is something that can also look good on a student’s resume. Plus, unlike the UCCS internship programs, which require a student to at least be a junior or senior, or in some cases, a graduate student, a student can become a USOC volunteer
as a freshman. There are several events that provide students the opportunity to get involved. Those events include International Olympic Day, which is held annually on June 23 and the Warrior Games. The Warrior Games are a special event conducted in concert between the USOC and the U.S. department of defense for wounded soldiers. Erica Hutchinson is the associate director of the visitor center and community relations for the United States Olympic
USOC offers volunteer opportunities Matt Rigby firstname.lastname@example.org
For over 30 years, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), stationed here in Colorado Springs, has had a volunteer program. It may not be very well known, however, among the student populous, despite the fact that UCCS is the official educational partner of the U.S. Olympic Committee. The UCCS College of Business implemented a Sport Management program in 2008, which also allowed students to participate in the USOC vol-
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face this season. We have a battle on our hands to finish in the top-half of the eastern division of the RMAC, so will see what happens,” he said. As of right now, the team is tied for fourth place with Colorado Mines and may need to play well the rest of the season if they hope to make their second straight postseason appearance in a row. “The RMAC recently changed the playoff format for the teams, so we will see if we can make it. We still have plenty of work to do, though,” concluded Barnett. After travelling to Regis and Metro State on Oct. 7 to Oct. 8, the lady Mountain Lions will return home to the Gallogly Events Center Oct. 13 to take on CSUPueblo, which will mark the beginning of the sevengame home stand the ladies will play in 12 days. S
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Jenica Shippy spikes the ball down for a point against Chadron State.
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