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News ROTC training UCCS students engage in annual training event 3 Government Shutdown Impact of shutdown on UCCS 3

Science & Business Economy Local and national economy recovering while students look for jobs 4

Culture Artsy car Student draws characters on car 5 University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Peace Tree to be relocated for cultural sensitivity April Wefler

In an effort to improve relations with local Native American tribes, the university planted a Peace Tree in 1988. While no one currently employed by the university knows details surrounding the death of the original tree, it was necessary to dedicate a new Peace Tree in the early 2000s. With funding from the Green Action Fund (GAF), another Peace Tree will be planted Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. on the slope between the Science and Engineering Building and University Center. “When I got here 10 years ago, the Tree of Peace in front of Centennial was the Tree of Peace,” said Keith Continued on page 2 . . .


Left: Eugene Red Hawk stands next to the Tree of Peace in 2001. Right: The Tree of Peace today.

Public Safety reports decreased crime in 2012 Nick Beadleston

Haunted house Events around town in October 6

Opinion Coming out Trend of coming out is going out of popularity 9 Disability Disabled students on campus treated differently 9


Recorded crime was down in 2012 despite growing enrollment, according to Public Safety’s Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report released Sept. 30. Data from UCCS institutional research indicated just fewer than 9,800 students attended the university in 2012, about a 5 percent increase from the previous year. Several crimes that had been exceptionally closed (in which the victim chose not to press charges) were factored into past statistics. On-campus accounts of theft, weapons violations and sex offenses were all down from 2011 and previous years. Arrests for liquor law violations, as well as referrals for disciplinary action pursuant to said offenses, are also down. McPike credits this to the CHOICES

program. Students stopped for nonfelony liquor offenses are given the chance to attend the CHOICES, a 90-minute alcohol abuse prevention program geared at helping student make informed choices regarding alcohol consumption. Students who complete the Arrests program are generally not subjected to further disciplinary action for that offense. Referred for 39 “We take an educational Disciplinary Action approach,” said McPike. “If 43 [students] make a mistake, we 59 would rather give them the opportunity to learn from it.” 9 “I think that’s a good difLiquor ference between campus police violation and [city] police,” said Claudia Drug violation Ryan, Public Safety’s operaSource: UCCS 2013 Annual Security Report tions manager. Both McPike and Ryan inNumber of arrests and referrals for disciplinary action from dicated this option is left toNumber the ofthe arrests and UCCS referrals Annual for disciplinary actionReport. from the 2013 UCCS Annual Security Report. 2013 Security action involved allegedisoffenders potentially attending amay 90-minute CHOICES program. discretion of the officer andDisciplinary is Disciplinary action when alleged offenders generally based on the potentially attend a 90-minute CHOICES program. Continued on page 2 . . .

Star moments Some moments in sports stand out more than others 11 Avalanche New staff and new season offer much potential 11



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(Continued from page 1) Peace Tree Woodring, groundskeeper supervisor. The Tree of Peace, a honey locust, is outside the Centennial building and located next to a bus stop. According to Michèle Companion, an associate professor of sociology who researches and teaches about Native American culture, the tree was culturally inappropriate. “Mr. Eugene Red Hawk, a Mohawk elder and the spiritual caretaker for the tree, was deeply distressed by the location,” Companion wrote in an email. “In the time since the last rededication, the amount of noise and exhaust from the buses and shuttles had increased tremendously,” she added. The tree will stay where it is but won’t be the official Peace Tree. “It also makes the location a less than ideal place for contemplation and conflict resolu-

tion,” she added. According to Companion, the Iroquois Confederacy originally established the Peace Tree as a white pine tree. When a sixth nation joined the five-nation confederacy, the tree was expanded to include any fir. Companion explained the tree was temporary and the process in planting a new one has taken a while. “Eugene Red Hawk called me and said that he’s been concerned about the spiritual health of the tree and was asking where we were in the process of getting a culturally appropriate tree … so I started the process,” she said. GAF approved $400 to fund the project, and Woodring will buy the tree. “I think it’s great to have a tree on campus, despite whatever group comes up with it and wants to plant the tree,” said Ty-

(Continued from page 1) compliance of the student. Students charged with more serious offenses, such as DUIs, are processed by campus police and then passed on to CSPD. There has been a spike in drug law violation arrests, 12 more than 2011. McPike attributes this to recent changes in state drug law. He stated that, despite any state ruling on legalized marijuana, since UCCS receives federal funding, no amount of marijuana is permissible. Another statistic that rose from previous years was vehicu-

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rone Thibou, chair of the GAF. “I think a tree is a tree and it’s a way of making our campus more sustainable.” Thibou also said funding the project shows cultural sensitivity. “It shows respect to the people we took land from,” he said. Of the seven present voting members, five voted in favor of the project, one against and another “potential.” Thibou, who used the potential option – which is not expressly negative but raises concerns about the project – wanted more details on who would be paying for signage for the new tree. The GAF committee will discuss funding a sign, which will carry their name, at their next meeting Oct. 9. GAF approves projects based on reduction of ecological footprint, increased student involvement, education and outreach,

long-term feasibility and scope of impact on campus, meaning that the project integrates sustainable projects with their quantifiable impact. “We have our standards for how we spend money … this project met those standards,” Thibou said. “It was green, it was sustainable and the majority of students wanted it. This would be something that students would see.” Those that voted for the project appreciated its long-term feasibility (it will be maintained through the school and not GAF) and its ability to promote education. While he agreed with the project’s strengths, Thibou personally felt that the project lacked a clear increase in student involvement. “While it shows sustainable practices, it doesn’t affect as many students as some of our other projects.”

“The Tree of Peace provides a place for students to contemplate their own issues and resolve internal conflicts. It also serves as a place to resolve conflicts with others,” Companion wrote. The rededication ceremony will be hosted by the Native American Student Association, of which Companion is the faculty advisor. The ceremony, led by Red Hawk, will start with placing sacred objects in the hole the tree will be planted in to bless the tree and create a sacred space. “As part of the dedication, all people in attendance will be invited to decorate the tree with ribbons in the colors of the four sacred directions,” said Companion. “This creates a blessing for the tree and enhances the bond between the communities, the tree and the land.” S

Public Safety reports decreased crime

lar theft. McPike attributed this to multiple incidents of stolen late-model Honda Accords during the 2013 spring semester. He indicated these crimes were part of a larger vehicle theft ring, which was broken up due to collaborative efforts between multiple local law enforcement agencies including UCCS police. UCCS police have an intergovernmental agreement with Colorado Springs Police Department, which allows them to respond in place of CSPD offi-

cers. According to McPike, the role of campus police when assisting CSPD is usually to provide back up or to “contain and maintain a scene.” In compliance with the Clery Act, and to ensure accurate crime recording, UCCS currently employs approximately 200 campus security authorities (CSAs). These non-law enforcement individuals act as intermediates between officers and victims or others who notice crime. “Some students or faculty

may not be comfortable reporting incidents to campus police,” said Ryan. Ryan stated that it is not up to the individual CSA to determine if an event is a crime. While CSAs are trained to report crimes, they are not trained in evidence protection. Procurement of physical evidence in crimes, particularly sexual assault, can be time-sensitive. According to Ryan, CSAs are encouraged to bring victims to campus police after learning about crimes.

No fires were reported in 2012. The last recorded fire on campus occurred in the 2010 in the Antero dorm. There was minor property damage due to an electrical fire. The incident was ruled unintentional. The report was released in compliance with the Department of Education’s Clery Act. The act, which was signed into law in 1990, requires financial aid dependent universities to disclose information regarding crime on and around their campuses. S

Campus facilities lack 24-hour schedules, assistance Crystal Chilcott

Despite growing to accommodate its largest student population to date, UCCS seems to have no plans to expand facilities to a full 24-hour schedule – and there is little precedent for 24-hour facilities on campus. “Back in the 70s and 80s, there was a push among colleges for 24-hour type lounges, but the demand didn’t really increase and most closed,” Jeff Davis, executive director of Auxiliary Operations, said. In his 23 years at UCCS, he has never seen a 24-hour study lounge on campus. Students like Kristina Slivchenko, a freshman living on campus, would appreciate 24-hour facilities. “Having 24-hour facilities would give us more options,” Slivchenko, a health sciences major, said. “I’m up past midnight almost every night usually doing homework or hanging out

with friends; it has become my usual schedule.” For some students, the concern is having library access early enough. Amanda Moser, a Swedish foreign exchange student, is among those who would like earlier library access. “I’m actually a morning person, so I would use the library if it opened earlier like open at 6,” said Moser. “In Stockholm, the library doesn’t open until 9 a.m. … which can be a hassle when you want to do group projects and start early.” One concern about 24-hour facilities involves spacing. Most 24-hour facilities are intentionally built or segregated so there is a way in and out during late hours. “If we were to implement 24hour facilities, we would first need to look on the auxiliary side and ask, ‘Is there enough open space?’” Davis said. Currently, students have limited options for 24-hour facilities. Some clubs have hosted

lock-ins at the Rec Center. There is also a lounge on the first floor of the Keystone dorm open to residents at all hours. The lack of 24-hour facilities is not unique to UCCS. While Colorado College does not generally offer 24-hour facilities to its 2,000-plus students, there are some exceptions. CC uses a block schedule, in which each class lasts three-anda-half weeks. Typically, some study lounges will be open 24 hours right before block exams. “None of our dining facilities are 24-hour and most of our study spaces, including the library, are not 24-hour except at the end of a block,” said Julia Liao, a CC psychology junior. “A lot of the study lounges and computer labs will open all night on the Monday/Tuesday nights of week four.” Liao added, “I don’t usually pull all-nighters, but I use those study spaces sometimes late into the night at the end of a block.” When asked why a university


The University Center closes at 10 p.m.

with a student population onefifth that of UCCS has 24-hour facilities, Davis said “Colorado College is a residential campus. So, they probably have a de-

mand within their housing for study spaces.” “To date the University Center has not had requests to extend our hours,” Davis said. S

nEWS ROTC conducts training at Air Force Academy


October 7, 2013

Samantha Morley


ROTC cadets had a rigorous two-day training that involved land navigation, situational exercises, and assault obstacle courses.

UCCS ROTC conducted their most rigorous training of the semester thus far at Jacks Valley, a training ground at the Air Force Academy Sept. 27-29. During the first day, which began at 6 p.m., cadets were briefed, issued weapons and given sleeping arrangements. Cadets were roused at 5:15 a.m. the next morning. After eating and showering, first- (MS1), second- (MS2) and third-year (MS3) cadets fell into their respective formations on the blacktop. From there, they were issued instructions for the first event: land navigation. MS2 Cadet Scott Okouchi had gone through the training before. “I feel pretty confident I can do this,” he said, “[but] last time wasn’t too great because a lot of points were flying around.” During the exercise, first- and second-year cadets operated in teams of two while third-years were on their own. They got 15 minutes of free plotting time, which allowed them to put dots on the map where the markers may be. Cadets Megan Gleason and Rebecca Moss, both MS1, enjoyed the land navigation exercise. After free plot, they had four hours to find eight markers. They needed at least five out of eight to pass the training, which they did.

During this time, senior cadets presented a battle update brief to LTC Mark Thompson, via PowerPoint, on the operations that they were preparing to execute. After land navigation, cadets began the situational training exercise. “We have [the junior cadets] set up in a squad and we’ll randomly pick a squad leader and we’ll say, all right you have to conduct this mission,” MS4 cadet Guillermo Gonzalez. “We’ll brief a mission to them and they’ll have to go out into the forest … to go attack an objective.” MS1 and MS2 squads were issued imitation weapons. MS3s, however, were equipped with paintball guns because they could allow for a better evaluation of their accuracy. Once at their assigned location, squads were issued a leader and an operations order. While the information was being communicated, other cadets were pulling security around the group. For optimal security, MS3 Benjamin Bodmer explained that “you need to be able to hide from bullets and be able to make sure the enemy can’t see you, but you also need to have a good view so you can see.” After the operations order was issued, the squad leader briefed the cadets under his command. From there, they rehearsed the plan before they were scheduled to start the exercise. The mission commenced from that point on.

One group of nine cadets moved through the forest toward the predetermined point of ambush. As they progressed, the supervising cadets, who evaluate the performances of select MS3s, periodically switched the role of squad leader. MS4 Kelsey Whistler assumed the role of enemy opposition for one of the groups. She and her partner sprung an ambush on the squad. Sept. 29 was the last day of training exercises. The hand grenade assault course, which used simulation grenades, was the main event. It consisted of 16 obstacles that cadets had to complete while carrying a dummy casualty weighing more than 100 pounds. Okouchi was a member of one of the first groups to go. “I’ve done something similar to this but not with grenades,” he said prior to the event. “I feel pretty confident. I mean, we got a pretty decent set team. We have people of different strengths and weaknesses, but I feel we’ll get this done.” Afterward, Okouchi felt that he and his team did “pretty well,” completing the course in 16 minutes, 4 seconds. The weekend of intense training was meant to prepare each cadet for the Leader Development and Assessment Course, an advanced five-week practicum that UCCS ROTC will be holding later this year. S

UCCS largely unaffected by government shutdown Nick Beadleston

Samantha Morley

While the government shutdown stands to affect multiple aspects of American life, the UCCS administration is not alarmed. “Chances are we won’t be effected unless it goes on for quite a while,” said Tom Hutton, executive director of University Advancement. “There’s no immediate cause for alarm.” The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that if the Department of Education is shut down for more than a week it would “severely curtail the cash flow” to universities with federal grants. “While things may get slow with respect to grant funds…I don’t think there are any things affecting the finances of the university,” said Brian Burnett, senior executive vice chancellor for administration and finance. Jevita Rogers, director of the Office of Financial Aid, Student Employment and Scholarships, said benefits through the College Opportunity Fund will not

be affected by the shutdown. “Our state funding is safe,” Rogers said. Pell Grants and student loan programs are also protected, according to Rogers. Rogers, a former D.C. resident, indicated that due to multiple shutdowns since the mid-90s, the Department of Education has become equipped to plan for lapses in government funding. Though the DOE website is not currently being updated due to personnel furloughs, their contingency planremains online and outlines department functions that will remain operational. The general feeling espoused by many on campus is that the shutdown will not last long enough to affect university operations. According to Lt. Col. Mark Thompson, commander of the UCCS ROTC program, cadets can expect operations to continue relatively unchanged. “We have some resource challenges but they have minimal impact on our daily classroom and weekly labs,” Thompson said. Thompson did indicate


The government shut-down has left many federal positions unmanned.

that four civilian employees have been furloughed, which has led to “reduced capability to preform our administrated functions.” “If [the shutdown] goes

till December we might have a problem,” Rogers said. “Through December we are fine.” While UCCS not be affected yet, the city of Colorado

Springs, with 55,000 federal workers and 18.8 percent of federal employees, is the most affected city in the shutdown, according to a Washington Post article published Oct. 2. S


October 7, 2013

Economy expected to slowly rebound as students seek jobs Dezarae Yoder

Money is always a consideration for students like Dakota Valdez, a junior in business administration who is taking five classes while working full time and living at home with her parents. “If I wasn’t living at home, I wouldn’t be going to college,” said Valdez. “There’s no way I could afford it.” But while students work around the clock to make ends meet and few jobs remain for young adults, the economy is expected to grow in 2014, according to Tom Zwirlein, professor of economics. “We’re kind of slowly grinding our way out,” said Zwirlein, who teaches in the College of Business. “[Colorado Springs] lost a little more of our manufacturing base since 2001, and as a result there are parts of the country that are improving much faster than us.” However, Zwirlein noted Colorado Springs is rebounding in a few areas, including the residential housing market. He referenced low mortgage rates, military presence, the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires and the desirability of Colorado Springs as factors. “We’ve also seen a pretty

big rebound in auto sales,” said Zwirlein, which he added is expected as soldiers return from Afghanistan. “The rest is the part that’s coming back pretty, pretty slowly,” he said. Manufacturing has been on the decline in Colorado Springs, and Zwirlein points to this as an issue for the local economy. “A lot of the stuff that we used to produce was shipped over to Asia between 2001 and 2003, and it’s not the type of thing that’s going to come back very rapidly,” he said. “The U.S. is actually regaining some of its competitive advantage in manufacturing, but it’s spotty,” continued Zwirlein. But an improving local and national economy doesn’t necessarily mean college students will be able to support themselves, however. “Since the recession, we are just not creating those jobs that provide enough income for a young adult to make a living wage,” Zwirlein stated. “There are some communities that do a better job of that and the wage rate at that younger demographic is higher. Unfortunately, Colorado Springs is not one of them.” “Income and wage rates in southern Colorado are lower than the state averages,” said

Zwirlein. “People will move out of Colorado Springs and move up along the Front Range and take advantage of the higher wages.” Zwirlein added, “If you want to keep these young people … if you want to keep them here, you’ve got to pay them money.” Valdez noted the change she experienced within her particular sector: “This year has definitely been a lot slower. Busy season was not the way it usually is, and people were more frugal.” Emily Seats, a junior double majoring in psychology and criminal justice, works part time and attends school full time. “I’ve worked at Tan Your Hide for about 6 months … before that I worked delivering pizzas about 25 hours a week on top of full-time classes,” she said. “Right now I’m working part time… I definitely started working longer hours as a necessity when I moved out.” Seats lives at home with her parents and, like Valdez, stated she would be unable to afford living alone. “I make enough for all of my bills but not enough for a rent payment anymore,” Seats said, referring to her decision to cut work time. “[It] was a personal

Dwire Hall was completed when Schoffstall was at UCCS in 1971. “The building was originally supposed to be about at least a third, maybe half as big as it actually is,” he said, but that the Commission of Higher Education was originally against UCCS expansion. “I remember one meeting, we were called an ‘illegal outpost’ by the head of the commission,” he said. He has taught various classes in chemistry, including organic, general, environmental science, chemical evolution and advanced organic. “And then, a couple of times, I’ve done another advanced class, which dealt with separations of compounds and syntheses of organic compounds using special conditions such as inert atmospheres and low-temperature dry ice reactions,” he said. “We do fancy separations using specialized chromatography apparatus,” he added. He’s been department chair numerous times and is currently in charge of assessment and the chemistry master’s program. “One of the things I’m particularly pleased about is the overall development of our

department over the years. We promote student learning, student wellness, try[ing] to help students as much as we can in a difficult subject matter,” he said. In addition, he currently teaches a class for new lab instructors and an elective organic class known as heterocyclic chemistry. “In particular, we make substituted triazoles, which have been synthesized by a new kind of synthetic method, known as click chemistry,” Schoffstall said. He said he and his research students published a paper on click chemistry and are working on another one. “We’ve made quite a number of new compounds. We hope to do some testing of compounds against bacteria, against enzymes, in conjunction with Dr. Braun-Sand.” “Hopefully, we’ll send some up to Denver for pharmacological testing ‘cause heterocyclic compounds tend to be very useful as drug candidates,” he said. Last summer, Schoffstall was on a grant committee for the Research Experience for Undergraduates. The grant program consisted of eight par-

choice to focus more on school while I had the opportunity.” Work study

To serve UCCS students interested in acquiring a job or two, the work-study program on campus has been aiming to keep up with the high demands of its students. “We have so many students who would like work study, we just don’t have enough money to offer them,” said Jevita Rogers, director of financial aid and student employment and scholarships. “We definitely get a lot more money than other schools, and we have a lot more students that want it.” According to Rogers, work study from the federal government, state and university are on par with last year’s totals. When the federal government allocates federal work study, the university matches it. “The economy in some ways is getting better for some opportunities like part-time jobs,” she said. “We have a very unique population here at UCCS where a large portion of our students do work … unfortunately, there’s never enough funding available.” As the student population rises, Rogers applies the growing numbers to adjust the

distribution of funds. “The budget group that determines the allocations money has always been very generous with work study monies because they know our students want it,” stated Rogers. Rogers identified the budget strains within each department as the reason for hiring more work study as opposed to hiring hourly. “What happens is that each department on campus … we all have an office budget. Some of our budgets are very limited,” said Rogers. If a budget is too limited for hourly, a department relies on work study. Work study is less expensive, she explained, because 75 percent of a federal workstudy student’s pay comes from federal dollars. Rogers also spoke of the non-effect of the local Colorado Springs economy’s slow growth on the student employment and financial aid offices. “Because the university gives us money to hold everything stable, we have not been affected as much as we could have,” Rogers stated. “I know there are a lot of other financial aid offices that are much worse off than I am … This university is definitely very committed to the financial aid programs that we have.” S

Longest tenured UCCS professor recalls early campus days Dezarae Yoder

While the campus continues to change and expand, Allen Schoffstall, UCCS’ longesttenured professor, remains. Schoffstall, who teaches chemistry, remembers a different UCCS. He and his wife, Mary Carole Schoffstall, arrived in Colorado Springs in 1967. Mary Carole Schoffstall was dean of Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences until 2008 and helped bring Beth-El into the university system. “When I arrived here, I believed I started with 12 other new faculty that year and in those days, all we had was Old Main, Cragmor Hall and a building known as South Hall, which later burned,” he said. He recalled parking also being an issue – but not because of space. “For the first six or seven years … we had a couple of dirt parking lots, which in the winter can get pretty yucky, so it was a pretty small place.” He said the average age of students when he first came was 28 and older, and most of the students were part-time, working adults.


Allen Schoffstall, left, with Bill Nye who spoke Spring 2012 as UCCS.

ticipants from different colleges and one from UCCS. Research lasted for 10 weeks with four faculty members. “It was really highly successful; everybody praised the program,” he said. Schoffstall said that he’s always been drawn to academia. “It just seems like a much more interesting, challenging lifestyle and I’ve always enjoyed forming new stuff and telling people about chemistry and doing chemistry,” he said. Schoffstall’s dad died when he was six, and his mom couldn’t afford to keep him.

“In those days, they didn’t have child support and whatnot, so she had to go to work … essentially, she gave up legal guardianship of me and so I went to an orphanage,” he said. He lived in the orphanage until graduating high school and then started college at Franklin & Marshall in Lancaster, Penn, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in chemistry. Schoffstall then earned a Ph.D. at Suny, Buffalo State University and did postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. S


October 7, 2013


‘Leaves of Glass’ describes trauma through repressed emotion Eleanor Skelton


Strings of white lights twinkle through purple chenille. A bearded man, visible through eerie blue light, recalls a childhood trip to the seaside with his family. Every monologue is delivered in the same manner, often ending with, “I wanted to say something, but I didn’t.” “Leaves of Glass,” directed by student Jen Jones, is a production of Philip Ridley’s stage play, first produced in 2007. The show runs Oct. 4-13 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 6 p.m. at the Osborne Student Theater.

Ridley is a British playwright known for his dark psychological dramas, and this production captures the characters’ trauma as well as their current facade of innocence. Disaster bleeds throughout the plot. One of the two brothers’ first conversations is about a local supermarket suicide bomber who killed a small child. Steven sits at his desk in neat business attire, ignoring Barry’s colorful attempts to compare the tragedy to the skulls at Auschwitz and his insistence at reliving details of the past: “Dad told us that stars are gateways into death, remember brov?” Barry, the creative of the two, insists he cannot work for Steven’s graffiti removal company because doing so would

remove the street art depicting the supermarket bombing. Later, Barry paints a gray, swirling canvas for the nursery of Steven’s first child, titling it, “For the Offspring of Enola Gay,” the bomber plane that flew over Hiroshima. History’s slaughters meld into present disaster and personal experience for Barry, who suffers from nightmares, alcoholism and mental instability. The danger of repressed emotions and childhood trauma leak out as the audience watches Steven become more consumed by his father’s suicide in a canal. His mother Liz and his wife Debbie live in a surface world, gossiping with the neighbors and buying handbags, ignoring Steven’s real problem and criticizing his numbness to Deb-

bie’s pregnancy. As Steven’s stability crashes into a depression that his mother dismisses as “a flu-y bug thing,” Barry is the only character who sympathizes, sitting with him in the dark cellar and lighting their father’s candelabra. Steven tells Barry his memories are invalid, causing the audience to question which brother is actually insane. The stage contains all five sets – Barry’s apartment, Steven’s office, Steven and Debbie’s house, his mother’s house and the cellar – on different levels, demonstrating the interconnected nature of Steven’s past and his psychological problems. The title, “Leaves of Glass,” is finally explained in the closing scene, as Steven’s mother

remembers a glass tree with bright leaves Steven bought for her after his father’s death. As the lights fade, we connect again to the recurring theme of stars as an electronic voice sings “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” S

draw on her car when her dad painted his. “He has a Spiderman on the roof of the car, a dinosaur on the hood and he’s got a remake of Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ on his trunk, so he’s got a lot of colorful stuff,” she said. Leaf originally had a red car, so she had to sand down the car before she could draw on it. “That was the really boring part of creating the car,” she said, adding that her dad, boyfriend and her brothers helped. To create the car’s look, Leaf used indoor/outdoor spray paint and paint markers. “The paint has been on my car for almost a year now and it hasn’t chipped off. I haven’t had to retouch it because of the paint I used,” she said. The project took 100 hours, from summer to November. “There were a couple of times I had to re-spray paint some of the drawings I had made because

the rain had ruined it because it wasn’t dry yet,” she said. “Sometimes, it got really tedious to draw on it. After 100 hours, you just want [the car] to be drawn,” she said. Leaf said she didn’t plan out the car before she started drawing. “It’s a car full of doodles and [on] the hood of my car are self-portraits of me and the various things that I do,” she said. Leaf’s car includes drawings of her athletic and performing activities. “I just kind of like to be crazy; one of the faces is a little bit crazy. I like to be spontaneous sometimes,” she said. She said that when she drives the car, people are constantly rolling their windows down to comment. “They’ll ask me about the car or they’ll give me a thumbs-up,” she said. Leaf said that people have posted pictures of the car on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

and Pinterest. Others have suggested that she become a tattoo artist. “It’s something I’ve definitely considered, but at the same time, I feel like you have to have a lot of tattoos in order for people to trust you as a tattoo artist and I don’t really want to get completely tatted up,” she said. “I’m definitely gonna get tattoos and if I do, I’m gonna design them myself, but I don’t want to be tattooed up to the neck. I feel like the really successful [tattoo artists] are,” she added. Leaf said that people remember her because of her car, “which I’m fine with because I think it’s the best piece of art I’ve ever made.” Leaf said she was recently in a Manitou art show, “Wunderkind,” with ten other high school students. Her first sold

piece of artwork yielded $120. She would like to be a graphic designer in the future. Since UCCS doesn’t have a graphic design program, Leaf is getting her bachelor’s in visual and performing arts and plans to get her master’s in graphic design at an art college. “The reason I chose to go here is ‘cause they had a good art program and I wanted to play ball here,” she said. Leaf is on the women’s basketball team and has been playing since she was 7. “I just really love the team and it’s been a little difficult balancing weights and conditioning for pre-season and finding my own free time to sit down and create some art,” she said. Leaf said she hasn’t had time to create any art pieces lately, but she continues to doodle in her sketchbook. S

The Lowdown What: “Leaves of Glass” Where: Osborne Studio Theater When: Oct. 11-13, 6 p.m. How much: $5 general admission Free to UCCS students

Student draws attention to her car with designs, characters April Wefler

In a parking lot full of ordinary, everyday cars, one car sits covered in black-and-white doodles, looking like something right out of an art museum. “Ever since I was 4, I would just grab markers and go after it. My art teachers through elementary school would always tell me I was talented and then my sophomore year in high school, I developed my own style,” said freshman Shanah “Shay” Leaf, the car owner. Leaf said she doesn’t know how to describe her style. “Ever since then, I was able to create really unique art,” she said. “I do a lot of pen and ink, that’s my favorite, so that’s kind of represented by the car, the black and white. I love that contrast.” Leaf said she was inspired to


Shanah “Shay” Leaf incorporates many designs and characters on her car.



October 7, 2013

Haunted houses, cemetery crawl promote scares, history Serena A. Ahmad

Cynthia Jeub

While October always promises haunted houses welcoming daring attendees, the Fountain Cemetery is hosting a guided tour to repair and prevent vandalized grave markers. Here are two ways to get into the Halloween spirit: Rocky Mountain Haunt Fest Rocky Mountain Haunt Fest is a nearby group of haunted houses and reptile attractions.

Rocky Mountain Haunt Fest Where: 3910 Palmer Park Road, Colorado Springs

Roamers – multifunctional, unpredictable and intense actors – greet guests in the parking lot. They never break character and are allowed to be outside in the parking lot, nearby restaurants and even in the bathrooms to add that element of a true haunting. Mind Seizure Haunted House is a mostly actor-based haunted house. Shaped like a maze of hallways, it’s designed well for actors to pop out at those who dare to come in. This haunted house has been open for 32 years and is senior to Ghoul’s Gulch, which has only been open for about 10. Actors in most haunted houses are not allowed to touch the guests, and the same respect is paid to them. Though Mind Seizure and Ghoul’s Gulch are in the same

haunted building, the two are very different. Ghoul’s Gulch focuses more on animatronics. The floors shake, the walls shock and there are even moving plants like in the garden of the Addams family. Wednesday Addams has a signed poster on the “wall of fame” just outside of the haunted house. Sinister Scents is responsible for most of the gory smells within these houses. Like Mind Seizure or Ghoul’s Gulch on Facebook for a $2 coupon. For more details on volunteering, contact Chase Rutledge at 719-651-9541. Fountain Cemetery Crawl Kim Sweetwood, a history senior who helps run the Fountain Cemetery Crawl, said the event’s tickets will help raise funds to restore damaged head-

Fountain Cemetery Crawl

When: Thursdays and Sundays, 7-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7-11 p.m.

Where: 757 S. Santa Fe Dr., Fountain, Colo.

How much: Tickets: start at $18

When: Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

How much: Tickets: $10, free for children 12 and younger


Mind Seizure Haunted House has a gruesome atmosphere.

stones. The cemetery’s century-old grave markers have been damaged by vandalism. Once the gravesites have been restored, event organizers hope to also install surveillance cameras to prevent further destruction. The crawl should not be assumed to be a literal crawl or haunted house, however. “Some people have mistaken the term ‘crawl’ for actually

literally crawling through the cemetery,” Sweetwood said. “It’s a guided tour. It’s not a haunted house, even though it’s happening in October. It’s more of a historical reenactment of certain residents who have been buried in the cemetery. The history students from UCCS research these peoples’ lives and their families depending on the theme for that year and interpret that person.” S

O’Reilly’s ‘Killing Jesus’ provokes satire, debate Eleanor Skelton


Following the vein of his two previously co-authored books, “Killing Lincoln” and “Killing Kennedy,” Bill O’Reilly tackles a biography of Jesus in his latest book released on Sept. 24. From the first pages of the book, the authors seem to waver in purpose. In the introduction, O’Reilly and co-author Martin Dugard admit their potential bias, then state they are approaching the topic from a historical perspective, then remind us of Lincoln and Kennedy’s faith. O’Reilly and Dugard attempt to retell history in present-tense novel format, which helps the book’s flow but sometimes becomes repetitive. The first chapter opens, “The child with thirty-six years to live is being hunted” and continues with Herod’s point of view as he orders for the infants in Bethlehem to be killed. The second chapter, about Julius Caesar’s assassination, begins, “The dictator with one hour to live rides atop the shoulders of slaves.” “Jesus of Nazareth has six days to live,” the 10th chapter of the second part reminds us. O’Reilly and Dugard make the countdown toward Jesus’ final days evident and maintain a tense,

fictional thriller feel, but the continual reminders distract more than engage the reader’s interest. Similarly, the chapters Julius Caesar and Octavian, who claimed to be immortal or sons and stepsons of God, while illustrating that others had made claims to divinity like Jesus, also lack focus. The perspective and plot tighten in the second part of the book, “Behold the Man,” and the third part, “If You Are the Son of God, Take Yourself off the Cross,” and includes much research and footnotes. But for those who have read about the life of Jesus, not much new information is revealed. The entire third part of the book is centered on the actual death of Jesus, retelling in lurid detail but not much differently than Christian non-fiction books. The exclusion of “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” from O’Reilly and Dugard’s version provoked criticism and satire. On Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert said, “O’Reilly thinks he can write [about it] better than God himself.” O’Reilly defended this statement, stating that he believes Jesus said that but thinks it was physically impossible for him to speak that from the cross. O’Reilly’s promising title delivers a fast-paced thriller feel but fails to leave much lasting substance for readers to ponder. S

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8 EDitoriAL

October 7, 2013

Scribe pursues local, fiscally responsible options

The Scribe Editorial Board

When already tight funding gets even tighter, it becomes necessary to find local, more cost-effective ways to operate.

In previous years, Scribe staff members have traveled out of state for the annual ACP/CMA National College Media Convention, which offers journalism workshops and the opportunity to interact with fellow student newspapers from across the country. This year, instead of spending a few thousand dollars to travel to an out-ofstate conference, several of us attended NewsTrain, a journalism workshop hosted at our own campus on Sept. 27-28. Unlike ACP/CMA, NewsTrain had scholarships available for free attendance. Even better, the $2,000 of student funds that SGA allocated The Scribe for travel was not used and can instead be invested in keeping the newspaper on stands each week. Last year, with a tighter budget than before, The Scribe saw many weeks where issues went unprinted and stands unfilled. It got to the point that those leading walkthrough orientations never knew what to say, some describing us as a “biweekly” publication. Beginning this year, The Scribe switched to a local printer, effectively cutting its printing costs nearly in half. Still, with less funding than before, to keep The Scribe a weekly newspaper we had to get creative, and part of that was forgoing an

expensive conference. When already tight funding gets even tighter, it becomes necessary to find local, more cost-effective ways to operate. Taking the lessons we learned at NewsTrain and incorporating them in our newsroom practices, we hope to further develop our team’s skillsets in order to dig deeper into UCCS and produce higher-impact journalism. NewsTrain had 29 news organizations in attendance compared to the average 2,300 student newspapers at ACP/CMA every year. While the environment was certainly different, the workshops were no less rewarding. And having more than two dozen professional news outlets there, the quality of training was optimal. Following NewsTrain, we continue to be aware how print media is changing. Indeed, print journalists are increasingly required to be skilled in TV news, mobile video and social media.

Some content must be multimediabased and cater to readers with alternative modes of telling stories, especially video. One detail we noticed during NewsTrain’s video workshop is that we don’t have the funds to make documentary-style or long-form videos like the larger, local newspapers. Our staff personally pays for their own equipment, so acquiring those high-end cameras and being able to compensate a crew for filming time is a very expensive proposition that will take time to explore. We do, however, have the power to make mobile video part of The Scribe by using what we already have: our personal smartphones and DSLRs. To handle this, we created the position of video editor this semester. Social media is also an important platform we continue to incorporate into our digital storytelling. The Scribe has expanded here too with the creation of the social media editor position starting this semester. Expansion into social media takes time, however. We’re currently focused on building our online presence by generating weekly questions for feedback from the UCCS community and posting our latest coverage. Despite the obstacles print media faces in the Information Age, The Scribe will continue to evolve to meet any challenge. S

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October 7, 2013

Coming out is going out

Alexander Nedd

“Was it something I did wrong?” my mother asked, looking at the floor. “I just don’t understand.” She was crying, and the same question that had burned in my heart for years shone in her eyes: Why? Oct. 20, 2010. The date

is burned in my memory. I remember my mother and my emotions as I finally told her what I had known for almost three years but had wrestled with my entire life. Coming out is not easy. To be honest, it’s one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. No one wants to see their mother cry. I held my mom’s hand as I wiped away my own tears. “No, it wasn’t anything that you did. It’s just who I am. I can’t change.” Despite the tears that night, I remember finally breathing a sigh of relief, finally knowing I didn’t have to hide myself any-

more. Three years later, I am finding this to be more and more true. I confided my sexuality to my friends first. What amazes me still is how much they were OK with it (or already knew). Though I was teased in high school, I found ways to cope with the stress by hanging out with friends, joining the Gay-Straight Alliance and simply letting the small things roll off my back. Since I graduated from high school, my time at UCCS has enhanced this experience by opening my eyes to a world of diversity. Here, students can be anything, but most importantly, they can be them-

selves. To me, this is shown most clearly by the growing number of LGBT people who are “out.” I understand the fears of coming out, such as rejection. That was mine. But coming out is not as hard as it once was. Over the last couple of years, I have encountered many who have come out to no opposition. It’s becoming less and less of a big deal. Times are changing. Public opinion is changing right before our eyes, and it’s happening whether people like it or not. Thirteen states have legalized gay marriage, and Colorado began performing civil unions in May.

Pop culture is continually reflecting a change in our generation as well, from signature red equal signs on Facebook during the end of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to Macklemore’s hit single “Same Love.” All of this is helping show that LGBT people don’t stand out, but rather they blend into a society that celebrates diversity. And, in turn, making coming out a lot easier for individuals. I’ve been with my boyfriend, Tyler, for 10 months, and not once have I felt threatened or embarrassed to be in public with him. My mother frequently


asks how we are doing, a normal question for which a standard response, “Just fine,” is usually given. This kind of interaction is quickly becoming the norm for LGBT people. To me, I’m no longer a gay guy in a straight man’s world, but just a unique individual going through life. This week, UCCS kicks off its annual Coming Out Week with a variety of events and speakers – a chance for LGBT Mountain Lions to celebrate their diversity and alliance. But these events are numbered. Coming out is going out, and I for one, could not be happier. S

Disabled students treated differently on campus

Homework often not top priority for stressed students

Eleanor Skelton

April Wefler

Befriend someone in a wheelchair. You’ll remember the experience. Standing front row at a Lindsey Stirling concert with a friend when the crowd parts for her motorized chair might be awesome, but watching her struggle down a narrow hallway only to not be able to fit her chair in a bathroom stall is painful. While the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation ranks Denver fourth in the nation of the top 20 friendliest cities for those in motorized chairs, Colorado Springs falls behind in providing accommodations to the disabled, often ranking low in the foundation’s national assessments. The geography of the city and the campus is inhibitive, but other technology – such as doors powered by motion sensors instead of buttons – could be implemented, as other metro areas have. The city bus sys-

Building. The automatic door buttons outside the University Center plaza and inside the Gallogly Center, both broken earlier this semester, force the wheelchair user to manually open the door and shove their footrests inside the crack in the attempt to get through. But brute force might not be an option for people with cerebral palsy or other conditions that limit muscular strength. Although much rhetoric is tossed around saying we don’t treat those different from us as inhuman or subhuman, I had a different experience. Rolling down sidewalks and between tables at the Club Fair Sept.4, I noticed many students glance my way and then avert their gaze, as if afraid of catching my disease or possibly out of paranoia of staring at me. Often in public, people with physical disabilities are treated as perpetual children, not allowed to become adults like any other 20-something in college. Yet the rest of us are one accident or disease away from losing the use of our senses. Never assume you are somehow above people whose journey in life – both triumphs and scars – might be more physically apparNICK BURNS | THE SCRIBE ent than our own. S tem, which is what many disabled people use for daily transportation, has dropped routes and hours due to city budget cuts in the past several years, forcing some disabled students to move to another apartment complex on a bus route to commute to campus. Although some routes have expanded hours again this past spring, Metro stops and routes are still limited. Once on campus, not every shuttle has a wheelchair lift. Not only that, not all of the drivers are trained to operate the lifts. If students are trying to get to University Hall from the University Center, that can be a long wait. I spent a day commuting to campus on the city bus and going around in a manual wheelchair to gauge the difficulty of the hills between the University Center and Dwire Hall and the incline leading to the Engineering

Trying to balance studying, writing three essays, reading, working a couple of jobs, sleep and free time so I don’t go crazy in a single week is difficult. From the first day of school, students are led to believe homework helps them retain information learned in class. While I can appreciate the value of homework in certain classes – especially when the homework is interesting – it can get to be too much. Often, homework doesn’t seem effective in retaining information or promoting learning outside of the classroom. Surprisingly, only 46 percent of people polled on voted homework should be eliminated compared to 54 percent that voted it shouldn’t. Most of the research done on homework effectiveness seems to be primarily about high school students and younger, though. Why does more

research not look at college students? We get copious amounts of homework – more often than in high school – and depending on where you went to high school, it tends to be graded more strictly. In addition to the homework, we have jobs we need to do to pay rent. Many college assignments are semesterlong. However, there are also nightly assignments that tend to require more thought and work than high school assignments. Professors in college also don’t seem to check with one another on the homework they assign like high school teachers supposedly do. When we graduate, we won’t have to balance school and work. However, we haven’t graduated. We work sometimes 30-plus hours. We want to do well in our classes so we can graduate, but we also have to do our jobs so we can pay the bills. Jobs pay. School doesn’t. Homework is used for grades, which are used for graduation, which gives you a degree that might or might not prove useful in the future. There should be less homework. We are adults working to pay for rent, tuition and those expensive textbooks, not high school students living at

home with our parents who pay all of our expenses. Our professors were students once. More than likely, they remember trying to meet the homework deadline while balancing everything else in their lives. Yet, if we don’t get our homework done, professors punish our grades. By doing so, they indicate their class is more important than any job you might have and even though you don’t get paid, homework should be your priority, not your job. Most often, the people promoting homework aren’t the ones frantically writing one paper while trying to form ideas for two more. If a professor goes as far as to say that they hate writing, as I was once told, why require students to write papers? It seems a bit hypocritical. We are the ones who have to do that nightly homework while balancing all of the other duties that life throws to us. In turn, this gives the professors homework when they have to grade the papers and assignments. Even with good time management, it’s difficult. Learning without homework is possible. In fact, perhaps there would be more learning without. S

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“No, I’m not a fan of cafeteria food. It’s kind of expensive. Don’t you usually have to buy a meal card?”

“The Walking Dead: Finals Week”

“I do. I like to eat upstairs at Café ‘65 because they have good sandwiches. I also like to eat at Clyde’s because they have a little more selection.”

“Call of Duty: Filing FAFSAs” “7:30 p.m.: Race to the Lodge”

Kimberly Battle, sophomore, psychology

“Occupy Library Study Room”

“I go to Clyde’s a lot because I’m usually at the pool tables, so it’s convenient, or I’ll go to Café ‘65. Food’s good.”

“Summit Village Dumpster Dive” “UCCS Bike Cop”

Merrick Gomez, freshman, communication

“Yes. I eat at the café in the University Center because it’s convenient to go after class for a quick bite.”

Oct. 7-31 WALDSTERBEN: De Lane Bredvik/ GOCA AWOL Project Plaza of the Rockies, South Tower Atrium, 121 S. Tejon St.

Oct. 9-Dec. 22 Noon-5 p.m. Gods & Monsters: UCCS Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition GOCA 121

8-8:45 p.m. Kettleball class begins Rec Center

Tuesday, Oct. 8 7:30 p.m. Kraemer Conversation with David Mason Kraemer Family Library

Wednesday, Oct. 9 4:45-5:45 p.m. Study Smarter, Not Harder workshop UC 122

7-10 p.m. Billiards Tournament University Center

Friday, Oct. 11 6-9 p.m. Re-Run the Night UC 302

“Lot 15: No-Man’s Land” “Clyde vs. Chick-fil-A Cow”

Zombies in media a reflection of society Nick Burns

Monday, Oct. 7 Noon-1: 30 p.m. Education Abroad 101 UC 126

“Olympic Hide-andSeek”

“Olympic Hide-and-Seek 2: This Seeker Doesn’t Play Quidditch”

Nick Holley, senior, mechanical engineering


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This week at UCCS

October 7, 2013

7:30-9:30 p.m. DPS & DOS: Choices DPS training room

We are at the edge of our seats for the Oct. 13 “The Walking Dead” season four premiere, and our fascination with zombies is no accident. “The Walking Dead,” or TWD, has helped bridge the gap between zombie fanatics and everyone else. It has reached households in ways previous zombie outlets have failed by de-emphasizing the zombies and social commentary. The 1920s provided the first appearances of a zombie fascination with a mythical creation from Haitian voodoo. On through the middle of the century, the living dead was an occult creation that reflected the time period’s societal fear of superstitions, loss of one’s own control, the fear of foreign invaders and even racial tensions. George A. Romero’s ”Dawn of the Dead,” for instance,” is a blatant commentary on consumerism in the late 1970s. TWD doesn’t make clear commentary but still encompasses many themes and points of views on survival, trust, fidelity, faith, fear of government, the use of violence and community. It is the mainstream Sunday soap opera that we come back for each week. The show intrigues people who love many different genres because it is really about the characters as they interact in a world-gone-apocalyptic with


Season four of “The Walking Dead” premiers Oct. 13.

zombies. TWD represents our American cultural need for a release from the mundane. Viewing a more realistic portrayal of survival in the extreme makes our daily grind just that much easier. Our relationships aren’t as bad as that of Rick and Lori Grimes, whose marriage is already on the rocks prior to the zombie apocalypse. Still, we feel better because we don’t have to worry about raising our kids in fear they will be ripped apart. We know where our next meals are coming from and know who to trust. We also watch for the zombies. The speculation is still open on what TWD zombies represent, but I agree with Max Brooks, author of “World War Z,” that zombies are our daily fears and anxieties. Regardless of our personal fears –

dying young, the newest strain of bird flu, terrorism, the pressures of school and work – the bloodthirsty, relentless and mindless actions of zombies speak to that core fear. When the world seems to be getting darker and we don’t want to face the truth, zombies are our psychological form of copping out. We can face it in an abstract fear and watch someone else fight for survival. We love the zombies because it gives us a way out of our own accountability and fear if only for a little while. TWD is the best reflection of societal issues compared to other zombie shows, evidenced by its ability to reach 12.4 million viewers for the season three finale. It reflects our growing unease with the stability of our society, but we can brush it off because it is simply fiction… hopefully. S

Sports Opinion

October 7, 2013


Sports give us singular moments unavailable elsewhere Jonathan Toman

I have always been struck by the power of sports. The ability of sports to touch us in places we didn’t even know we had. Too often we look for the bad in people, for the uninspiring event created by the uninspired. But I believe sports have the power to change this. We need to focus on the good people and good events in sports, and even in the world. The moments that sports create are without equal. Nowhere else can an event touch a school, a country or even

the world in the way athletic competition can. The events that take place in sports, and the impact they carry, can happen nowhere else. Take the story of Derek Redmond, an Olympic sprinter who took part in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. About halfway into the 400 meter semifinal, Redmond tore his hamstring. He slowed, and then stopped, his face in his hands as he knelt on the track. The other runners finished. Instead of receiving assistance from track officials, Redmond got up and began to hobble his way toward the finish. As he limped toward the finish, a man

ran onto the track and half ran, half supported him the rest of the way until Redmond crossed the finish line. That man was his father. The examples of sports moments that pull at the heartstrings are endless. Take the story of Landon Donovan in the 2010 World Cup. In a tied game against Algeria, needing to win to advance in the tournament and win their group, Donovan took center stage. After an outlet throw from goalkeeper Tim Howard and a few passes, Donovan followed up a deflected shot off the Algerian goalkeeper and scored in stoppage time to send the U.S. through.

Or the story of Andy Murray, who this year became the first British man to win Wimbledon singles in 77 years. Or the barrier-breaking story of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American in Major League Baseball. His achievement helped bridge a gap that had stood since the founding of this great nation. Only in sports can these moments happen. Only in sports can we get a certain kind of inspiration: the type that makes you want to cry but at the same time get up and take on the world. These moments are out there, happening every day. We just need to look in the right places. S

Avalanche packs in stars, sets high expectations for frustrated fans Dezarae Yoder

In continuing with the habit of Colorado sports teams hiring former superstars as shot-callers, the Avalanche have signed on another one of its former players and greatest hits: Patrick Roy. Roy, one of the players largely responsible for the Avalanche’s Stanley Cup victory in 1996, has recently joined the organization as head coach and vice president of hockey operations. Prior to his hiring, Roy was coaching in Quebec where he held a 348-196-0 record (.640) in 544 regular season games coaching the Major Junior Hockey League team the Quebec Remparts. Joe Sakic, another vital part of the Ava-

lanche teams that won two Stanley Cups, is continuing his relationship with the Avalanche as the executive vice president of hockey operations. Colorado has yet to deliver such a season as those with Roy and Sakic, and it can be assumed ownership hopes to make the Avalanche the winning team it once was. Of course, the talent isn’t just featured in the front office. The Avalanche maintain high-draft selections like Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan O’Reilly on the ice. The first overall pick of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Nathan Mackinnon, is also expected to develop and deliver for the team. Paul Stastny is returning to the Avalanche for his eighth season, setting goals

of his own as he’s determined to sway the minds of those, like myself, who find him somewhat responsible for the team’s shambled state. It’s no secret the veteran has decreased his positive influence on the team with a lack of points over the past few years. If he lacks delivery again this year, I say there is always the timely end of his fiveyear, $33 million contract to consider. “Everyone’s sick of losing,” Stastny said to the Denver Post in a recent interview. Everyone indeed. Whether the team will hold it together with its plaster made of stars is uncertain, but things looked good for the Avalanche last week in their season opener against the Anaheim Ducks, a 6-1 win. There were a couple of frisky fights

from players, but perhaps the most surprising (or perhaps not) of the tiffs was started by our new head coach. Roy pounded at the Plexiglass separator between him and Bruce Boudreau, head coach of the Ducks, spurred on by what Roy later explained he thought was a dirty hit on newcomer Mackinnon. The day after the game, Roy was fined $10,000 by the NHL. “They want to show … the fans here that they’re going to be a better hockey club,” Peter McNab, reporter for Altitude Sports, said after the win. Cheers to that, and I suggest we all look toward the season with optimism and a Kokanee (or your choice of brew) in hand to a rivalry reignited when Detroit comes to town. S

Can Suicidal Thoughts Become Addictive?

Dr. Ken Tullis, MD is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a founding member of the American Academy of Psychiatrists in Alcoholism and Addictions. Ken Tullis, a survivor of seven suicide attempts and multiple addictions, is an award-winning psychiatrist specializing in suicide prevention, dual diagnosis, and psychological trauma. Dr. Tullis is the author of The Courage to Live Workbook, a groundbreaking companion to his first book, Seduction of Suicide, and Secrets of Suicide, Healing the Hidden Wounds that Lead Us to Suicide.

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October 7, 2013

Trails and outdoors coordinator looks to create campus trail system Taylor Hargis

Starting this semester, the Rec Center Outdoor Program is working to expand outdoor recreation options and provide additional transportation opportunities for commuters. In fall 2012, the Recreational Trails Committee was formed and their work during the past year has resulted in two changes: the maintenance of oncampus trails being designated under the Rec Center expansion fee and the creation of the trails and outdoors coordinator position. Andrea Hassler, who was hired for the position mid-September, received her master’s in applied geography last May and was a student representative for the committee. She was also one of the founders of the Green Action Fund and co-chair for Students for Environmental Awareness and Sustainability. As a student, Hassler started the Restoration Club, which helped spur the formation of the trails committee. Working with campus recreation, administration, public safety, faculty and other students, the Restoration Club


Andrea Hassler is working to develop and maintain the trail system on campus. analyzed the conditions of the Bluffs trail system, including visual delineations of the trails and their potential for management, and worked on vegetation restoration and erosion control techniques. Now, with a designated coordinator and a source of funding, a micro master plan for campus recreational trails is in development. Upon completion, it will be integrated with the university master plan for 2012-2020.

“That plan will develop the conceptual approach to future development of the trail system for transportation and recreation,” said Hassler. “Once we come up with this plan within the next year, then we’ll begin implementation. The plan will really dictate what trails we’re going to develop and what their use is going to be,” she added. Currently, a variety of different potential trails is being con-

sidered. Some will be primarily recreational while others will also be educational. “There will be some trails that will be heritage trails where they’ll have either signage or QR codes to highlight the archaeological resources along the trail,” said Hassler. “Some will talk about the local geography and habitats. They’ll be educational and open for tours.” There will be a particular

emphasis on creating trails for transportation use. “There are some students who are bike commuters that would prefer to have some routes that aren’t on the road,” said Hassler. These trails will likely be connected to Four Diamonds, as well as forming loops with the city open spaces of Palmer Park, Austin Bluffs and Pulpit Rock. The committee is also looking to form a campus-wide trail loop, a connection to the Heller Center and trails that connect from main campus to University Hall. Most trails will be multiuse for both hikers and bikers. Some will also be ADA wheelchair accessible. There will be a UCCS Trails Public Forum on Oct. 7 from 2-7 p.m. in the Campus Recreation Center Meeting Room as an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and the general public to provide feedback. Hassler emphasized she’d like to hear what kinds of trails students would like to see. Additionally, students interested in getting involved or looking for volunteer opportunities can contact Hassler at S

Kineo Fit, University Center’s newest business, stirs up motion Jesse Byrnes

Lift, twist, push, release. Heart rate at 65 percent – now 90 percent. More resistance. Recover to 75 percent. Repeat. Kineo Fit, the newest addition to University Village at 5182 N. Nevada Avenue, opened Oct. 5 and seeks to promote group fitness and personal achievement. “Either people don’t work out at all or they go into the gym and murder themselves,” said co-owner Keith Jackson of traditional gyms, emphasizing Kineo Fit’s goal to change how people approach fitness. Kineo was started by coowners Keith and Nicole Jackson. The couple moved from California to Colorado Springs 12 years ago, Kineo being their first studio. “This is our first baby,” Nicole said, chuckling. Keith, who grew up in Colorado Springs before receiving a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from California State University-Fullerton, has 17 years of training experience. Nicole, who was a stay-at-home mom for 13 years, managed a fitness club previously. The pair signed the lease for the 2,800-square-foot space back in July. Its central location, proximity to the university and the community in general made it an ideal location. “This


Keith Jackson, right, trains using a Kinesis One machine.

is to me the best location in Colorado Springs,” Keith said. “We wouldn’t take our eyes off it,” Nicole added. The small, bright space includes free weights ranging from 2.5 to 80 pounds, four Kinesis One strength machines, six suspension systems along the back wall, six bikes and six Woodway treadmills, the same type used locally by Olympic trainers, Keith said. They can handle 24 people at any point and up to 600 members.

“The traditional model of gyms is based on failure, meaning ‘Let’s sell 10,000 memberships and hope that 20 percent use it,’” Keith said when discussing fitness trends. “That model is kind of falling apart.” Instead, Kineo Fit hopes to put more emphasis on the community aspect of fitness, where everyone pushes each other, and on customized, membercentric fitness approaches. While the studio doesn’t have the amenities of a Vil-

laSport or 24-Hour Fitness (Kineo has five lockers and three showers – and bring your own lock and towel), its bright, clean atmosphere, trendy music selection and high-tech fitness apparatuses help attract those serious about their bodies and ready to get fit. “We want to make people feel like they’re spoiled when they come here,” said Keith. The majority of the demographic they will target is 20 to 60-year-olds, according to Keith, with 60-70 percent being women. But so far, classes have been pretty balanced. Kineo, a Greek word for “move” or “stir up,” highlights members’ ability to get fit and the owners’ desire to change the norms in fitness structure, emphasizing the group-fitness model. Weekly periodization allows members to change the emphasis of their workout. Visitors are given a black heart monitor to strap under their shirt against their chests. A person’s age and weight are programmed into the system, which populates their max heart rate, duration, calories burned and time spent in each of five training zones or strength levels. After each workout, the results are emailed to members. “We wanted to work out all of the levels,” Nicole said, referencing the five zones tracked throughout the session.

To teach their 30 classes, each 60-minutes long, Kineo employs two instructors in addition to the owners, though the owners hope to add more instructors in the future. Classes run from 5:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Group fitness helps push those who enjoy working out with others as a social activity, but may not be the best option for those uncomfortable with their bodies or working out around others. “It depends on the body type. It can be hurtful or it can be beneficial,” said Morgan Williams, one of the instructors, who has done personal training for six years. “It’s wonderful for people that have a hard time pushing themselves while they’re by themselves.” Kineo’s grand opening special that ran last week will be extended through this week for UCCS students, offering eight sessions per month for $89, 12 per month for $129 or unlimited sessions at $175 per month. Those who buy six sessions get four free and the reducedpriced initiation fee, $49, includes a heart-rate monitor and T-Shirt. A free one-week trial is also available. Those interested in taking advantage of the sessions and free trial can sign up at or call 260-4891. S

Oct. 7, 2013  

Vol. 38, Iss. 6

Oct. 7, 2013  

Vol. 38, Iss. 6