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‘New’ Overlook Café to come, among other innovative changes Micki Cockrille

With all of the construction happening at UCCS, keeping up with the changes can prove to be difficult. One of the main changes coming to UCCS will be a remodel of the Overlook Café, the cafeteria on the second floor of the University Center. Much is still to be determined with the project, but Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Susan Szpyrka commented, “This is similar to the process we followed with Clyde’s and the first floor of the University Center. The new Overlook will have different healthy food options and we hope to improve the menu with more organic and locallygrown items.”



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Through this process, the Food Service Advisory Committee, comprised of students, faculty and staff members, will have a role in the decisions regarding changes to the Overlook, but those changes could be limited due to budgetary constraints. However, despite the budget, Szpyrka assured, “We will be hiring an architect and designer to assist us in the remodel.” Along with these changes, Pizza Hut will be removed. “Yes, the Food Service Advisory Committee is very clear in the desire to remove Pizza Hut and replace it with a food platform that allows for a more varied menu,” said Szpyrka. “What that looks like is again dependent on the budget. Suggestions for

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initiating lawsuits against college students for illegal downloads, according to Jerry Wilson, chief technology officer and executive director of the Information Technology department. The few UCCS students in the past that were caught downloading illegally by the RIAA generally settled out of court for a couple thousand dollars, according to Wilson. In response to whether or not she was aware of lawsuits brought against students, Mallory Brownfield, a geography major, said, “I’m actually surprised about that…because a lot of people illegally download stuff and don’t get caught.” UCCS has also taken disciplinary action against students for violating on-

line copyrights. The “UCCS Student Code of Conduct Policy” specifically states that the misuse of computer resources includes violating, “third party copyright or patent protection and authorizations.” In addition, UCCS enacted its “Responsible Computing Policy” on May 19, which states that the University reserves the right to report “allegations of illegal activity…to the campus police department for separate investigation.” The University’s disciplinary action on first offenders is the loss of computer access, which can be reinstated by talking with Wilson and promising never to do it again, according to Wilson. A second offense earns the student a disciplinary

IT department monitors illegal downloading on campus Rachel Bradford

The “Stop Online Piracy Act” legislation introduced on Oct. 26 contains sweeping new guidelines for the criminal prosecution of online copyright infringements. The guidelines for what actually constitutes online piracy take into account more than just the evidence of someone illegally downloading copyright material. According to SOPA, the copyright owner must expect a reasonable commercial distribution of the material, in addition to a minimum financial loss of $1,000. However, prior to SOPA, the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) was already

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action in addition to loss of computer access, said Wilson. Regaining that access now becomes more in-depth, according to Wilson, as the offending student must write a formal letter of apology and submit it for review. A third offense can result in the permanent loss of computer access and possible expulsion for committing a criminal act, according to the code of conduct. Even with the threat of past lawsuits and student disciplinary actions for online copyright infringement, Wilson said, “It didn’t seem to make that much difference in what goes on in our networks.” Wilson said he doesn’t believe that SOPA is going to make much of a

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difference in combating illegal downloads by UCCS students because “it’s been going on for so long.” SOPA does consider online piracy a criminal offense, which further reinforces UCCS’ legal obligation to report illegal downloading. The IT department knows which students are illegally downloading because it receives notices by the RIAA which state the title and nature of the downloaded material, along with the offender’s IP address, according to Wilson. The RIAA is known to monitor peer-to-peer networks with automated software that records the IP addresses of users who attempt to share copyrighted material. Brownfield said that

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monitoring of student activities online makes her feel “like they’re invading the privacy of students.” Grant Pedersen, game design and development major, said he feels that the IT department should be watching student’s internet activities because he knows people that illegally download copyright software. Wilson said that while the school does have software to monitor the school network, it only measures how much overall bandwidth is being used. “We don’t actually monitor people,” said Wilson. In addition, Wilson confirmed that the IT department does not monitor student web histories or private files on the student network drive. S

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Overlook Café changes UCCS has a plan for bad weather closures (continued from page 1) Aaron Collett continues. lege has just made a deal In December 2009, a replacement include a made-to-order pizza station with a brick pizza oven and a made-to-order salad bar.” These changes to Pizza Hut coincide with the upcoming “green” modifications to the campus. A greenhouse is being planned that will have a role in providing organic food for the Overlook Café in a safe manner. “Certainly, we hope to grow most, if not all, of the salad greens that will be served in the new Overlook,” she said. “We will hire students to work in the greenhouse under the direction of a supervisor who has experience in growing organic produce for use in commercial restaurants.” The sustainability movement at UCCS also brings with it changes that directly affect the way we


eat. Plates, bowls and cutlery will be converted from disposable to durable, reusable products. Disposable to-go serving dishes will be available upon request, though not made of styrofoam. “This creates an additional demand on the Overlook remodel budget as we must expand dishwashing capability in the kitchen,” Szpyrka said. “The Food Service Advisory Committee considers this a priority, however, worthy of the additional cost.” The Overlook Café will be closed from finals week in May 2012 through the summer, until Fall semester. A grand re-opening is tentatively scheduled by the first week of classes when students can enjoy the newly-remodeled Overlook Café. S

The SGA has spent all of its $ 49,004.48 allotment for this semester. It has, to date, spent $61,404.38 of their total $98,009.87 budget for the year.

Colorado winters can be quite brutal. Whiteout storms, icy roads and high winds can all contribute to unsafe driving conditions. But the college has a plan in place for bad weather. Brian Burnett, vice chancellor for administration and finance, is responsible for deciding whether the campus will stay open or not. He listens to advice from multiple sources, including Jim Spice, the chief of campus police and Mike Young, the vicepresident of Pikes Peak Community College. Burnett said he takes his job seriously. “If we feel we can open safely, we owe it to our students to open,” he said. It isn’t simply Burnett in a room alone making the decision, however. “I am up at five in the morning,” he said. “Our commitment to the students is that we will make that decision by 6 a.m.” According to Burnett, he and Spice continue to monitor weather reports as the day


An option that the University often takes is to delay classes. This does not take the form of a two or four hour delay, though. “We don’t have a consistent class schedule,” Burnett explained. Instead, Burnett sets a specific time for the campus to open on that particular day. Spice assists in this decision, advising Burnett how he feels about the driving conditions. According to Spice, he sends patrol cars out to check the roads around campus. He has the officers use twowheel drive vehicles so that they can accurately determine how safe the roads are around campus. “Most of the time it’s actually the [Austin Bluffs] Parkway,” Burnett said. According to Burnett, the campus does not have dedicated snow-removal teams, but reassigns Facilities employees for snow clearing as needed. “It’s rare that we don’t get the campus clear and ready to open,” Burnett said. But the problems with Austin Bluffs Parkway should soon change. According to Burnett, the col-

with the city that should result in fewer problems on that road. The city has agreed to build a sanding station on University property at the city’s expense. This new station will be located in the Expo Center on North Nevada. Burnett expects this station to help the school avoid some weather-related issues. “Hopefully it will give a higher priority to North Nevada and the Austin Bluffs Parkway,” he said. Burnett still advised caution, however. “We’re never going to totally avoid it,” he said. “My philosophy is that if you live, work, play and go to school in Colorado, you should learn how to drive in the snow.” Burnett said that the ultimate responsibility lies with the students themselves. “We generally educate adults,” he said. Students should keep their own safety in mind when deciding to make the drive to the school if the weather is bad. Not everyone agrees with Burnett’s decisions, however.

UCCS made the controversial decision to keep campus open on normal operating hours despite record low temperatures and icy roads that resulted in the closure of all Pikes Peak Community College campuses and all public school districts in Colorado Springs. Some students felt that their safety had been put at risk, especially as the day in question was during the week before finals. Burnett disagrees with that viewpoint. “I don’t feel like any student’s safety was put at risk,” he said. Students can check the status of campus closures on the Public Safety website, The Public Safety Department will have all campus closure and delay information available. It also has a link to the e2campus emergency notification system, which allows Public Safety to send mass text messages and emails to students, faculty and staff members, letting them know of campus emergencies in addition to inclement weather closures. S


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Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences to begin construction next year Rachel Bradford

UCCS is building its presence on North Nevada Avenue with the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences, in collaboration with Margot Lane and Peak Vista Community Health Centers.    While this site was ultimately chosen for its convenient interstate access, it is also considered the University’s front door.       “This is the University’s first entry into redevelopment on the east side of North Nevada Avenue,” said Tom Hutton, executive director of university advancement for UCCS. The Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences is one of many more projects that will enhance UCCS’ image along Nevada and has the potential to attract more students and donors, according to Hutton.      The new 56,000 squarefoot academic health sciences building will consolidate the CU Ag-

ing Center, Gerontology Center, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Peak Vista Lane Family Senior Health Center.     In addition, the project is expected to create 15 full-time UCCS positions and a minimum of 150-200 workers during the construction phase of this LEED Gold-certified building.      In order to make this $16 million project possible, the University is collaborating with Margot Lane, UCCS alumnus and Peak Vista, in addition to restructuring its debt, so that UCCS gets an entirely new building for the same cost as the original debt prior to refinancing, said Hutton.      The Lane family, which has been a part of the local community for three generations, is making a donation of $4 million. “I never dreamed that our family would be able to make a donation of this size!” said Lane, “We always knew that Colorado

Springs was our home and it was important to give back.”     Lane sees her gift to UCCS as a “statement of my belief in the collaboration between UCCS and Peak Vista…is a visionary model between academia and a non-for-profit organization that will have a tremendous impact on our community for years to come. I am very proud that Colorado Springs is on the cutting edge.”      Peak Vista will partially offset the University’s remaining $12 million tab for this project by purchasing space that will house the Peak Vista Lane Family Senior Health Center; it is not known how much of the project will be offset. According to Hutton, even though reduction in state funds for projects like this one are a factor in this commercial partnership, finances alone are not enough when deciding to partner with community organizations and individual donors. Peak Vista and UCCS

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Mrs. Margot Lane and her son, Phil. have been working together since 2004 in the area of behavioral health. “Our two senior health centers have clinical staff from the CU Aging Center on site to address issues that Medicare patients may experience,” said Pamela McManus, president and CEO of Peak Vista. McManus said that this project will “allow BethEl College of Nursing and Health Sciences students and faculty to share cut-

ting-edge health and wellness services with other healthcare providers.” This approach to integrated health care will also benefit the community with “enhanced access to healthcare for aging adults…centered on  respectful care for seniors [to] secure a better quality of life for this growing and dynamic population,” said McManus. Lane said, “UCCS is a vital and powerful asset to

our community. The leadership has been innovative and forward thinking. Peak Vista has been serving this community for over 40 years. The quality of care they provide is of the highest standard.” While the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences is still in the planning stages, construction is expected to begin in late summer of 2012 and be ready for occupancy by January 2014.   S

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Diligent studies pay dividends during finals week Mark Petty

The semester inevitably concludes by sorting the student population into two groups: those that have prepared for their final exams, and those that haven’t. You will know exactly where you fit 10 minutes after the exam begins. Thankfully, there are ways to ensure that you are among the former group. There are other students and faculty members that want you to get the most out of your education. The Office of First Year Experience, for example, is planning a week of activities aimed at preparing students for their finals.

“Jump Start into Finals” from Dec. 5 through Dec. 9 has an assortment of activities that will help any student polish their studying skills and have fun at the same time. Other events include Class-Specific Reviews and a Preparing for Finals Workshop. Cram Jam will be held at the Lodge on Dec. 8 where prizes, music and giveaways can help you to relax your mind a little and decompress. Austin Bowman, president of the Peer Mentoring Club, said test anxiety can be alleviated by following some simple steps: “Know the material backwards and forwards. Cramming is bad. Break the studying into chunks; even 30-minute sessions

can be helpful. Make a false deadline in order to force yourself to study. Test yourself; write down terms and key concepts that you need to work on. Write down what you know, then check on your answers and see what you missed and make sure you get a good night’s sleep.” Test anxiety might hinder some students who typically do well in their studies. The Counseling Center is providing a test anxiety workshop that will help prepare students with coping skills during tests. The workshop is Dec. 5 at the University Center. Contact counsel@ for details. Another option for anxious test-takers or students with disabilities is to contact the University

Testing Center. For a $15 fee, tests can be scheduled in a quiet atmosphere. The Testing Center requires 24 hours notice before an appointment, and arrangements must be made with your professor in advance. Students living in the residence halls have options too. “Don’t wait until there is a problem before taking action. Go talk to your resident assistant,” said Chris Mellott, Senior Resident Assistant (RA). “Your RA has resources and can get you the support you need.” Mellott pointed out that the other services that are included in tuition. “There are labs offered by the Excel Centers – math, writing, and oral communication – that students

are already paying for, so why wouldn’t you take advantage of them?” Some students have their own private rituals for finals. Patty Fryc, a junior, had this advice: “Start studying early for 30 minutes to an hour every day. Start studying early to retain the information. You won’t retain anything with cramming.” Geriann Henderson, another junior, also advised starting early, although she uses cramming techniques. “I pretty much do a nonstop cram for a week before finals, one subject at a time.” “Finals week is the modern college student’s version of the Ides of March,” said senior Mitchell Scott. “My advice is to start studying

early and compare notes with classmates.” Kelsey Miller, vice president of the Peer Mentor Club, acknowledges that there are as many study styles as there are students. “Every class might require a different style of learning,” said Miller. “It’s important to find out what type of learner you are.” According to Miller, students might be visual, audio or kinesthetic learners. Miller said he wants to help make sure the tools are there for the students to use. For more information on Jump Start to Finals Week and the planned activities to help students survive their exams, contact Miller at kmille35@ S

Communication. There, he directs a staff of 22 students, both graduate and undergraduate. These students are quite important to him. “My favorite part of the job, honestly, and it’s going to sound like I’m just trying to get in good, but I love my students, particularly the students that work for me.” The Center for Excellence in Communication, formerly the Center for Oral Communication, is just one of the five Centers for Academic Excellence. It is located in Columbine Hall, room 312, directly across from the Writing Center. As the director of the Communication Center, Bell does not just tutor

students. He said, “I do a variety of guest lectures; I come in and do presentations for people; I meet with faculty members to figure out how to better incorporate communication into their curriculum, no matter what discipline it is.” Bell is also an assistant professor attendant in the Communication Department. “I’m in an interesting position,” he said, “because I have all of the responsibilities of a junior faculty member, but then I also have the responsibilities of running the center.” Because of this, Bell stays quite busy. “I juggle a lot of stuff all day,” he said. “Between meetings and classes, I

stay hoppin’.” In addition to all of his guest presentations and responsibilities as the director of the Communication Center, Bell teaches classes Mondays through Wednesdays. This isn’t a hardship for him, though. He said, “That’s why I decided I wanted to be a professor in the first place, because I wanted to work with students. All the other professor stuff is sort of secondary to that, really.” As far as a normal day for Bell, apparently there isn’t one. “It sounds a little cliché, but there really is no such thing as a normal day,” he said, chuckling. Bell teaches several cultural studies class-

es. He said, “Right now, I’m teaching a course on race, class and gender representations in the media, how different groups are represented.” In the spring, Bell Photo by Tasha Romero will be teaching COMM Dr. Chris Bell 4350, Critical Analysis what meaning is being of Popular Culture. The made here?’” class looks at cultural arDespite all of this, Bell tifacts, things like books, still finds time for some movies, comic books and fun. He and two other stumusic, and then analyzes dents have made an interthem. collegiate Starcraft team, Bell said, “We say, and according to him, ‘what tools do we use to “Lots of people don’t like take this apart to find out to play us anymore.” S

Dr. Bell combines a love of teaching with a passion for communication Aaron Collett

The X-Men have a fan in the Communication Department. Dr. Chris Bell loves X-Men. When asked his favorite superhero, Bell didn’t even pause to think about it. “Nightcrawler. Far and away, not even a hesitation.” He even knows what power he would want. “Now that I think about it, probably Xavier,” he said. “Xavier’s pretty much got it on lockdown, really. The most powerful mutant in the world; why wouldn’t you want that?” Bell is director of the Center for Excellence in

Shooting near campus reveals bugs in emergency notification system Matt Sidor

Shortly after noon on Wednesday, Nov. 30, students, faculty and staff members who had signed up for the e2campus notification system received a series of text messages regarding, “three reportedly armed men, possible shooting, last seen in Palmer Park corner of Union and Austin Bluffs.” Chief of Police Jim Spice said their dispatcher was monitoring the Colorado Springs Police Department radio frequencies

a few minutes after 12 p.m. when they overheard a call of shots fired near Brenner Place and Austin Bluffs Parkway, about 0.7 miles from University Hall. “One of the CSP officers on the radio mentioned alerting UCCS since they could be heading our way,” Spice said. “So we got on the radio and offered, you know, ‘What do you need?’ and we automatically sent two patrol officers down to the parking lot N to watch for these three suspects.” “We also sent down Steve Linhart, who’s our emergency manager, to

do foot patrol inside University Hall to make sure that stayed safe as well,” he added. “About 12:20, we started making the decision to send out a text because we don’t know anything else [about the situation], and we want to at least inform the campus about what’s going on so far,” he said. The first text message was sent at approximately 12:26 and was cut off in the middle of the location details because the message went beyond the 160-character limit of standard text messaging systems. “This was a learning experience

for us,” he said. The emergency messages were also simultaneously emailed via the student, faculty and staff email lists, but a technical glitch involving the migration of accounts to Microsoft Exchange prevented many faculty and staff members from receiving them; this problem is now being investigated and is expected to be resolved should the system need to be used again. At 12:30, another message was sent saying that two suspects had been detained and they were still searching for a third

suspect. By 12:34, a final message was sent indicating that all suspects were in custody. The time from the first message to the last was just eight minutes. Spice said they were required to send these messages under a provision of the Clery Act, a 1990 federal law, which requires an educational institution to give “timely warnings” of crimes that may represent a threat to the safety of students or employees. Spice added that one benefit from the incident is that an additional 200 users registered for the

emergency notification system in the 24 hours following the incident. Spice said that a total of over 4,500 users have now signed up for the service, up significantly from the 2,400 number he gave last February; however, this is still less than half of the approximately 10,000 students, staff and faculty on campus. The service is free to all members of the campus community: Just go to, enter your UCCS IT credentials, and enter up to two cell phone numbers and an email address. S


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UCCS alumni utilize education for success Molly Mrazek

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John San Agustin has been working at the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years, where he supervises the investigations division. He has consulted on cases like the Lacey Peter-

son case and the JonBenet Ramsey case and has been teaching at UCCS for the past six-and-a-half years. San Agustin graduated from UCCS in December of 1992. Along with only 33 other graduates, San Agustin walked away with a degree in electrical engineering. In the competitive field of electrical engineering, San Agustin worked for several companies in what was then known as Silicon Mountain. This was the Colorado Springs area at the west end of Garden of the Gods Road where companies like Hewlett-Packard and Intel are housed. While working for a

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Edie Adelstein

When Edie Adelstein graduated from UCCS with a degree in art history, she had no idea she would end up with a ca-

reer in journalism. “I had no idea what I was going to do. I enjoyed writing about art. Period. And I didn’t know how that was going to happen; I was not into journalism in the least,” she said. Still, she ended up as an editor for a newspaper. For two years now, Adelstein has been the Arts Editor at the Colorado Springs Independent. The Independent, founded in 1993, is known for being Colorado Springs’ more liberal newspaper, covering local news and events, along with investigative reporting. “I love the paper, I love our mission, kind of what we stand for in this town. I work with really, really

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Mark Bacheldor

When a young adult enters college, he or she is expected to get good grades, make some qual-

ity friends and find out what they want to do with their lives. Mark Bacheldor identified himself as one of those young adults when he started at UCCS in 2004. “I knew that I wanted to be in the PGM program when I was still in high school, so I looked at schools that were close to Colorado,” Bacheldor said. “ASU was the closest at the time, but I heard about UCCS’ program that had just started through my high school guidance counselor, so I wanted to

better leader, teacher and speaker. “How do you captivate an audience as a geek?” he asked. “They don’t care how smart you are, you gotta have that communication [skills].” San Agustin has advice to students who want to go into the criminal justice field: “Don’t be discouraged, and be willing to do things for nothing.” He credits a lot of his success to just getting his foot in the door. To students who ask how long it took to get where he is, he said, “It doesn’t happen overnight…this is 20 years later.” Although he said it sounds corny, he also said to, “Have a dream, dream big, and never give up.” S

great people,” she said. Adelstein’s jump from what she thought she wanted to do to her eventual career started with an internship. “I was able to be at the right place at the right time and make the right connections,” said Adelstein. When the visual and performing arts chair, Suzanne MacAulay approached Adelstein in her junior year with the news that the Independent was looking for interns, she seized the opportunity. She interned at the Independent for two semesters. After her tenure as an intern, Adelstein began freelancing for them, eventually earning a permanent job position. Over time, her job at the Independent grew, and

it wasn’t long before she earned the title of arts editor. Although visual arts are her main focus, Adelstein has the opportunity to write about and interview many interesting artists and curators from different realms. One of those people was Fernando Botero, a Colombian contemporary artist. She had been trying to reach Botero for an interview for months. “He was in Greece at the time,” she explained. “I had been trying to call him for half an hour and they kept hanging up on me.” She went on to say that the maids didn’t speak a lot of English, but she finally got through to him and had to yell into the phone because of a bad

connection. “The whole office could hear me, but I got the interview, so that was really cool.” Experiences like that couldn’t have happened if things had worked out as planned. Though Adelstein started at UCCS as an English major, she greatly disliked it and attributes much of her success to switching her major to art history. She was able to study what she really wanted to study, and she said that this was when her strengths came out. She graduated in Spring 2008 with Summa Cum Laude honors. Adelstein’s simple advice for students going onto the job market is “internships. Internships. And never say ‘no’ when

you’re an intern; that will get you very far.” She also said that building relationships with your professors, especially out of college, is crucial. “Dr. MacAulay got me to the Independent; that was strictly due to my professor-student relationship [with her].” But some of her success must also be attributed to her work-ethic. Even at 6:30 on a Monday night, Adelstein was quick to return to the Independent and finish up some work before she headed home for the day. According to Adelstein, the secret to success is, “Making the most of whatever you can, even if they don’t have your major and you love to write, you just kick ass in every place you can to write.” S

look there as well.” Bacheldor was immediately sold by what UCCS had to offer and entered the PGM program in 2004. Over the next four-and-ahalf years, he went on to learn more than just basic classroom teaching. “UCCS taught me reallife skills that have really been invaluable for my career,” he said. “The classes and the professors taught me not only to be how to become an adult, but also a contributor to society.” After Bacheldor graduated from UCCS, he went on to become the Head Golf Professional at the Eisenhower Golf Club at

the United States Air Force Academy. At Eisenhower, Bacheldor oversees the two 18-hole golf courses, the golf shop and also helps with instruction. Bacheldor believed that UCCS played a major role in helping get where he is today. “UCCS played a major part in my overall success in this business, especially in regards to the relationships that I established [when I was there] and that now continue to grow in my career life,” he said. “I was taught a set of life skills at UCCS that have propelled me past benchmarks and grades to where I am today. I think having

those skills has really become a major reason for my success, too.” One of the most important things that Bacheldor recalls learning at UCCS was that life isn’t all about your GPA. “My professors taught me that life is not all about a grade or passing a benchmark, but instead being a proactive student in your pursuit of knowledge and skills,” he said. “For me, that is where success in life as a whole is really found.” Bacheldor said he always remembers the experiences outside of the classroom and he loved being at

UCCS for the small class sizes and the support from both his professors and the PGM program staff. “My favorite part of UCCS was the individual involvement and interaction with learning,” he said. “It was great to feel like I was a part of a community of those seeking knowledge and learning together.” The community at UCCS that Bacheldor talked about still plays a big part in his life today, three years after he graduated. “The relationships that I built at UCCS have been a vital part of my success and I will never forget them.” S

John San Agustin

company in 1992, San sidered perhaps JonBenet He said that the elecAgustin designed an appli- or Lacey Peterson. trical engineering degree cation that was used in the He said, “Those are program can be very stressfirst case in the country in- the ones that are most no- ful. “I can tell you, my volving the reconstruction table. The most memorable senior year, I didn’t sleep of a crime scene and show- are the ones where you’re more than 24 to 30 hours ing it on a computer. dealing with victims who a week,” he said. But the From there, he worked are still alive, the kids who stress of earning what he on some other high-profile were sexually assaulted as a describes as a “hellacious cases until he degree to try was hired by the to obtain,” How do you captivate an El Paso County helped him Sheriff’s Office build the attiaudience as a geek? in 1995 to help tude of getting with unsolved the job done cases. He was able to give kid. You never forget those and working past mental positive results for those cases. There’s no way you stress. cases and eventually started can.” He added that the classes working on cases such as San Agustin said he nev- he got the most out of were the Chuck E Cheese mur- er expected that he would the interpersonal communiders in 1998. For that case be working in this field cations and writing classes he was a consultant for the when he graduated. How- he took. San Agustin is a prosecutor. ever, he still believes that self-proclaimed geek and When asked what par- he learned some things that is thankful for the commuticularly memorable events he still uses in his career nication skills he obtained. in his career were, he con- today. He said they made him a


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Pre-Veterinary Club provides support and experience Micki Cockrille Cat and dog lovers have been at odds over this timeless debate: Which animal is the better companion? No matter what side of the argument that you may take, the Pre-Veterinary Club can foster your love for animals and help develop it into a career. The club is exemplified by President Michael Maynard, his ability to lead the club and his acceptance toward new members. The club’s mission states, “The Pre-Veterinary Club at UCCS strives to provide support and knowledge to any and all students who have an interest in veterinary medicine, as well as to provide information to our members regarding admissions to various veterinary medical programs.” If you’re a pre-vet major, the club can be a useful support system. It can be tough going through a program that isn’t a pri-

mary focus at UCCS, and you can succeed with the Pre-Vet Club backing you along the way. Maynard is a junior majoring in biology and can be found working at the information desk in the University Center, as well. Maynard has always had a deep and abiding love for animals, but he never thought that a career in veterinary medicine was within his reach. As he went on with his schooling, he found himself excelling in biosciences and discovered a passion in veterinary medicine. “In planning my application process to veterinary school, I noticed that there is a great need for guidance regarding the many daunting application procedures that are required,” Maynard explained. “This year I started the Pre-Veterinary Club up again in order to provide helpful resources and activities for all my fellow pre-veterinary students here at UCCS, and hopefully to prepare them for applying to the veterinary

school(s) of their choice in the future.” Members have diverse backgrounds and goals for the future. “Many of us have worked or volunteered in clinics for extended periods of time, while others have limited exposure and have joined the club in order to gain valuable hands-on experience,” said Maynard. “Several members have already graduated with college degrees and are enrolled here at UCCS in order to complete prerequisites for veterinary school.” Shortly after forming the club, Maynard was contacted by a member of the Pre-Vet Club at CC asking to participate in some of the activities with the UCCS club. Since that time, numerous CC students have joined the UCCS Pre-Vet Club, and it’s now a multi-campus organization. Members had the opportunity to attend a seminar for veterinary professionals that was held earlier this month by the Veterinary Specialty Center in Colorado Springs. It

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Left to Right: Jenna Markel, club president Michael Maynard, and Zack Krych are members of the Pre-Veterinary Club. was a rare opportunity for them and Maynard hopes they can attend next year as well. “Our biggest, ongoing activity for club members is through our partnership with Pikes Peak Veterinary Clinic,” Maynard explained, “where club members have the opportunity to gain valuable hours of veterinary shadowing or volunteering experience.” Due to the business of

club members, meetings are alternated every week so every member can attend at least one meeting. Generally, meetings are held in the UCCS ROAR Office, room 102F. If you can’t attend a meeting, you can always keep up with club current events via email and the newsletter. Any students interested in joining the PreVet Club can contact Maynard at mmaynard@ The club does not charge any dues, nor does it require attendance at meetings in order for students to be considered active members. According to Maynard, “just an interest and willingness to be a club member is all that is required.” Maynard encouraged anyone with questions regarding the club to email him or stop by the University Center Information Desk. “Just say hi!” S


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UCCS embracing diversity through display April Wefler

If you’ve been on the second floor of Kraemer Library any time between the second week of November and today, you’ve probably noticed the papers in the display cabinets by the bookshelves. The display, which

houses data from the 1960s until 2010, is titled “Starting to Look at Diversity at UCCS.” Mary Rupp, archives librarian and digital repository coordinator, said that the display was titled “Starting to Look at Diversity at UCCS” because diversity means so many things to different people. “We wanted to col-

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The display offers information about diversity at UCCS over time, with data from 1969 to 2010.

lect information as a starting point so that people could look into things more deeply and know what kind of information we had,” said Rupp. In 1969, four years after our university was founded, an article on campus diversity was published. The article, published in The UCCS News, was the first time that diversity was specifically written about. The article explained that there was an incoming class from 50 different states and 20 countries. The countries with the largest number of students were Germany, Canada and England, Photo by Robert Solis among others. The diversity display can be seen on the second floor of the library. “At that time, the student body was older ond cabinet has the 80s, groups, 4.9 percent were Rupp said that there’s because we didn’t have the third the 90s, and the Asian-American, 4.1 per- always been concern dorms on-campus,” not- last has the 00s. cent were African-Amer- about inclusiveness on ed Rupp. The campus diver- ican, 1.2 percent were campus. “We have always The display includes sity report for 2009 and American Indian and had a diverse student this article, as well as 2010 is broken down into only 1.0 percent were In- body. Different groups many others. While look- white/unknown, Latino, ternational. have tried to make sure ing at the display, you see Asian-American, AfriThe display includes people are valued for that 1976 was the first can-American, American the context of the time, their uniqueness.” time that campus diver- Indian and International. so that students can unThe display also gives sity was broken down by According to the report, derstand what was hap- information about those ethnic group. which is titled “Colorado pening in the world that groups, such as the Office “Starting to Look at Di- Springs – Enrollment by corresponded with the of Multicultural Affairs, versity at UCCS” is bro- Race/Ethnicity,” 78.1 diversity of the time. founded in 1996 and the ken down into four dif- percent of students were For example, until precursor of MOSAIC. ferent cabinets. The first white/unknown and 10.8 1974, there is data on The display will be cabinet has data from the percent were Latino. married students. After up through the end of Delate 60s and 70s; the secFor the minority 1974, FERPA forbade it. cember. S

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The 12 Mural Project beautifies Colorado Springs Rachel Bradford If you’ve been to downtown Colorado Springs, then you may already be familiar with “The 12 Mural Project.” Douglas Rouse, founding artist, said, “The 12 Mural Project” was started as a solo project in the summer of 2009 to “beautify Colorado Springs in a visual art fashion.” The first, albeit unofficial, mural depicting a 1920s train scene on the south-facing wall of 14 N. Sierra Madre Street was completed by Rouse in August 2009, according to the press release. “Shortly thereafter we reinvented the project to involve other artists,” said Rouse, to create “a community project instead of just solo artwork.” In August 2009, “The 12 Mural Project” gained the

support of local non-profit Pikes Peak Art Council as a fiscal sponsor, which means that all donations made to the project are tax deductible, according to the press release. According to Douglas Rouse, the first “official” painting of “The 12 Mural Project” was the Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery (25 W. Cimarron St.). Some of the sources that helped to fund the Warehouse mural were the Downtown Development Authority, the Bee Vradenburg Foundation, the restaurant itself and Raphael Sassower, according to the press release. The release also stated that community members could also have their portrait included in the Warehouse mural for donations ranging from $500 to $1,500 in order to raise enough funds to complete the project. The second and current official painting for the

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Best Kept Secrets Aaron Collett David Copeland, the 25-year-old owner of AllStar Paintball, shifted on his crutches. “I crashed my sports bike,” he said, chuckling. “I’ve never crashed one of my sports bikes.” With a shattered fibula and tibia, Copeland is still

up and about, running his indoor paintball field – the largest of its type in the Colorado Springs area. AllStar Paintball opened in July of this past year. According to Copeland, there was a fight to open it – there were regulatory problems that delayed its opening. Now that that is done, though, he can focus on running his field. Copeland also owns

Photo by Alex Gradisher

One of Cheyenne Mountain High School’s lacrosse players ducks behind a barrier and shoots an opponent.

project is located behind the Core Power Yoga studio (623 N. Nevada Ave.) and is in the final stages, according to Douglas Rouse. Students with a knack for art are encouraged to apply for participation with “The 12 Mural” project and three students assisted in the creation of the Core Power Yoga mural, according to Douglas Rouse. No further projects will be started until Spring 2012 “because it is not too fun to work in the cold,” said Mallori Rouse, local artist and wife of Douglas Rouse. The current challenge for future projects is in locating the right building, obtaining permission from the owner, securing funding and finding artists to volunteer, according to Douglas Rouse. However, this process becomes easier when businesses ask to be included in the project.

This mural is behind Core Power Yoga on Nevada Ave. Douglas Rouse said, “[Core Power Yoga] approached us and it worked out with the timing… it went pretty quickly.” The community is expected to benefit from “The 12 Mural Project” by being exposed to “a new

standard of visual public art and quality,” according to the press release. It is also the hope of the project, it continued, that the murals will be utilized by teachers for “field trips to educate students on murals, painting techniques

Photo by Shandi Gross and the impact of public art.” The progress of “The 12 Mural Project” can be followed on Facebook, and students interested in volunteering can contact Douglas Rouse (rouse66. com) at 201-1966. S

AllStar Paintball a professional team, the Colorado AllStar Paintball team. Despite only having been formed in July, the team took second place recently in the National Professional Paintball League championship in Las Vegas. Paintball games come in two forms: woodsball and speedball. Woodsball is what most people think of when they hear paintball – a scenario game out in the woods. Speedball is the indoor version. Copeland said, “The main difference is that speedball games take about 10 minutes, max.” According to Copeland, a typical game of woodsball can last up to 20 minutes. Each game of speedball is five versus five. The games are meant to go as fast as possible. Copeland said, “My refs are really good about always bringing people on.” AllStar Paintball uses an entire warehouse for its field, which measures 100 ft. by 150 ft. The field is covered with “bunkers,” inflated plastic obstructions used for hiding. The store offers several different options for playing. They have group rates in case you want to get some friends together

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Players from the Cheyenne Mountain High School lacrosse team plan a strategy. and go play. Copeland also accepts walk-on players, provided there is space for them. According to Copeland, he’ll have space for walkons about 50 percent of the time. AllStar Paintball provides all of the gear that players need, which includes the paintball gun, or “marker,” all of the safety gear and the paint. The rental price is included in the group rate. Each play session is three hours long, and Copeland starts out everyone with 200 paintball rounds. “Some people will be out there three minutes

and be like ‘I’m out already,’” he said. “Other people will play for three hours and still have 50 rounds left.” The store does sell additional paint if players run out. According to Copeland, the average speed of fire during games is about one shot per second and can get up to 15 shots per second. The store goes through about 140,000 paintball rounds every week. Despite its young age, the store is thriving. “We even have some college kids that come in here,” said Copeland. “They sit here and do homework

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The Lowdown What: AllStar Paintball When: Wednesday - Friday: noon - 6 p.m. Saturday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Where: 400 S. Sierra Madre St. How much: Groups of 10 or more: $25 Walk-ons: $29.95 Extra paint: starts at $11.99


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Sandler manages to bring some freshness to an old, tired story Aaron Collett Rating:

Comedians live for the laughter of the audience. It’s what they do and it is what separates good comedians from the mediocre and bad. Adam Sandler has run the gauntlet from very funny with “Billy Madison” and “Happy Gilmore,” and very bad with monstrosities like “Click.” Now his newest offering is “Jack and Jill,” his take on both a twin comedy and a cross-dressing comedy. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this movie. I expected it to be similar to Sandler’s more recent movies. In other words, not very funny. However, there were several very funny scenes.

One of these scenes was featured in the trailer, however, which diminished it slightly. Sandler unfortunately manages to be funny here not by writing original material but by using classic comedy material. The cross-dressing comedy has been overdone – that doesn’t stop Sandler’s scenes from being funny, even if it is from sheer delivery. Twin comedy is less done though, and I’d rather watch Sandler’s twin comedy than the Olsen twins. Though Sandler himself is ostensibly the star and the costar, his performance is eclipsed by Al Pacino’s role as himself. Pacino plays himself as quite eccentric and more than a little crazy. He is quite taken with Jill and makes every attempt to be with her, helping to drive one of the film’s central plots. Pacino

obviously threw himself wholeheartedly into the role, showing a very good ability to make fun of himself. Sandler, as in his movie “Grown Ups,” attempts to make his movie a little more “family-friendly” with a couple of morals at the end of the story. Unfortunately, this falls flat. At the end of the movie, Jill, after having rejected Pacino multiple times, ends up with someone whom she did not expect. I could see where Sandler was going for a “you never know where you’ll find true love” angle, but it just came off as “women will never be happy unless they have a man in their life.” The other problem with tacking a moral on at the end of a story is that you end up with all of the other family un-friendly things that the characters do to undermine your moral.

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Adam Sandler stars in “Jack and Jill.” The closing scene tried to make it clear that “family is the most important thing,” but this attempt was undermined by the awful way in which Jack treats his sister Jill throughout

the movie. Despite the storm of cliché’s and the overdone jokes, Sandler was able to make it funny. He is a talented actor and was able to overcome the poor script

with near-perfect delivery. And for a comedy, “Jack and Jill” does what it promised – it made me laugh. As George Burns said, “What’s the secret to good comedy? Timing.” S

Ross invites audiences to discover their own Peter Pan in ‘The Lost Boys’ Sara Horton Rating:

Clad in pajamas, men in the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater sat before the sickly green set walls. Two played cards while another flipped through a newspaper, an oxygen tank at his side. On Dec. 1, the theater was renovated into a retirement home. Many of us are familiar with Peter Pan. But at “The Lost Boys,” Theatreworks’ latest production, the boys are men who hobble about the stage with canes, walkers and wheelchairs. Murray Ross, director and ar-

tistic director for Theatreworks, adapted the play from J.M. Barrie’s novel “Peter and Wendy.” “I think it’s a great book… There are few masterpieces in children’s literature. And, when they’re masterpieces, they’re masterpieces, period,” said Ross. When asked how he decided on the peculiar setting for “The Lost Boys,” Ross poked fun at his own age but also mentioned his long-lasting relationships with the actors, particularly those who play the Lost Boys and Captain Hook. He referred to the show as the “perfect vehicle” for them. “I’ve been working with these boys who have never grown up for a long time and I thought, ‘Well, why don’t we just put them in

Peter Pan?’” Not only is Wendy (Mallory Hybl) the only young person in the show, but she is also the only character presented in a traditional light. Meanwhile, Peter Pan (Khris Lewin) dons green scrubs and Captain Hook (Robert Rais), while he does enjoy a grand entrance and wardrobe, has his ship scaled down to a hospital bed. Hook’s hungry stalker crocodile is a worker (Kathy Paradise), who also plays Nana the dog and sits down on a cleaning cart instead of climbing into a kennel. Another worker (Susan Dawn Carson) finds the story of Peter Pan at the retirement home and narrates the show with its pages. Ross noted that every word read is from Barrie, which makes the stage adaptation “as closest to the original as [we’re] going to get,” as opposed to the cartoon. The narrator also personifies Tinkerbell, which further compliments the fairy’s flickering lights and high-pitched gibberish. Although she is cleverly

Bob Rais and Khris Lewin incorporated throughout the show, the narrator’s presence sometimes hinders the show’s pacing. She had to interrupt some of the other actors so she could throw in a needless, “he said” or “he cried.” The narrator’s lines and those of the other characters sometimes overlapped because of the taglines, so words were lost in the process. Although distracting, the occasional interruption did not damper the fun. As a dance sequence in the second act demonstrates, much of the humor in the show is rooted in the contrast between the older actors and their childish behavior. But if you find that grown men acting like boys is a mindless concept, then Ross may venture to disagree. “Almost everybody I know has a little bit of Peter Pan in them. Even if they do grow up, and you need to grow up, there’s still a little Peter Pan in you,” he

Photo by Isaiah Downing said. “There’s still a lot of you that still wants to get out that window and fly away and fight pirates and run around with Redskins and carry on.” S

The Lowdown What: The Lost Boys When: Dec. 8-10, 15-17, and 20-23 at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18 at 4 p.m. Where: Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater University Hall How much: Free for UCCS students Adults: $30 Children under 16: $15 More Info: 255-3232

December 5, 2011

Opinion Editorial Seize the break!

As the finals grind looms large, it is hard to avoid counting down the days until winter break. Slamming that last book shut and knowing (hopefully) that you won’t have to pick up another one again until halfway through January is a satisfying feeling. To make sure that your break is equally as satisfying, here are some helpful tips to make the most of your time off. Take a break. After all, it’s called winter break for a reason. Take some time to relax and unwind from the stress of the fall semester. Read a book (doubtful) or sleep for 24 hours straight (more likely). Whatever is the best way for you to take a break, do it. See how much weight you can gain. During the holiday season, avoiding food is more difficult than defeating a rabid grizzly bear in a death match. Yeah, it is impossible. Embrace it. It will make thinking of a New Year’s resolution a heck of a lot easier. Get outside. Even if you live in Nebraska where the great outdoors may or may not consist of corn and more corn, it’s still possible to have fun (eating corn stalks is more enjoyable than it sounds). If you have younger siblings that are much smaller than you, a classic game to play outside is snow rodeo. This consists of you allowing/forcing your sibling to act as a bull rider, while you fulfill the role of bucking bronco.

Rachel Bradford As a woman and a victim of sexual assault, I am appalled that rape is a crime where the perpetrator is allowed to blame the victim in a court of law. Even more startling is that a jury of one’s peers may take the side of the perpetrator if the victim’s character is successfully damaged during trial. Sexual assaults are defined by Colorado Revised Statute 18-3-402 as when a perpetrator “knowingly inflicts sexual intrusion or sexual penetration on a victim.” Such laws are in place to allow the victims of sexual assault and victims’ families to find justice for the crimes committed against them. Yet there are no laws that protect these same victims from being assaulted a second time within the courtroom when they are accused of causing the attack. Without solid DNA evidence and/or a credible witness, prosecution for rape becomes a judgment

call based on a “he said/she said” scenario. The common defense strategy in these cases is to publicly humiliate victims by attacking their character in front of a jury. The most common statement I’ve heard relating to female victims: “She asked for it.” Maybe she had a drink, wore the wrong clothes or too much makeup, chose to date the “wrong” guy, or she didn’t fight back to get away. Morality also comes into play if the man appears to be an upstanding member of society and the woman is seen as promiscuous. To me it is ludicrous that such statements can be brought into evidence with the aim to acquit someone of a crime. I have yet to see a verdict that acquits the car thief because, “The car was asking to be stolen because its luscious curves were so seductive.” I have yet to see a bank robber who was acquitted because the money in the bank wanted to be stolen. The reason we have never seen these headlines is because society has clear views in regard to stealing: Theft is wrong, plain and simple. However, it is quite clear to me that society does not hold this view in cases of sexual assault, since only 40 percent of victims come forward.

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Toss them off your back, and you get the chance to gore them. Strapping on a helmet might not be a bad idea. Watch a movie. Or two. Get pumped for the holidays by watching Christmas classics (“Elf,” “A Christmas Story,” etc.) After watching “Elf,” try to make it through break without quoting Buddy at least four times. If you’re into B movies, pick up a copy of “Santa with Muscles.” Hulk Hogan and amnesia… enough said. Build something. It could be something as simple as a homemade Taser or something as sophisticated as a 10-foot tall trebuchet to assist you in dominating a hotlycontested snowball fight. Either way, unleashing your creative side always feels good. Take an interim class. Just kidding. Give a gift. And a hug or two. This break, just take some time to reconnect with your family. School can be stressful and takes a lot of our time and energy. The break gives us a chance to take a breath and let the important people in our lives know that we care about them. So, if you only pick one tip off this list to implement this holiday season, make it this one. Though if you do get the chance, we would also highly recommend getting in a few quality rounds of snow rodeo. It’s a bucking good time. -The Scribe Editorial Board

Social change is needed to protect the dignity of sexual assault victims within the court system

If society truly supported sexual assault victims in gaining justice for this crime, wouldn’t more victims come forward? This lack of social support is why I never reported the sexual assault that was committed against me. I knew I had no DNA evidence since we were in a six-month relationship with established consent of sexual intercourse, and there were no bruises as physical evidence that anything had gone wrong. After the assault, I was left feeling degraded, lonely, terrified and helpless in a way that no human being should ever feel. The social conditioning I received told me that rape was always the woman’s fault because of how she acted or what she wore. In the end, it was my word against his and I knew that statistically speaking, I’d never get a conviction, so I didn’t even try. From my personal experience, I know that hidden victims will not come forward to prosecute their attackers until new laws are created to protect a victim’s dignity within the court. It will take the strength of outraged citizens to demonstrate that blaming the victims of sexual assault is unacceptable. Otherwise, the social conditioning of our daughters will not change and rapists will go free while their victims are caged by fear. S

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Thanksgiving: My favorite time of the year, when I can sit down and be thankful. Thankful that all the things I don’t have are on sale. I skipped out on enjoying the warmth of family and friends over a nice meal so I could sit in line and buy a TV that I don’t need. These soon-to-be obsolete material items are far more important than some silly memories I might create with my family. Thanksgiving to me means fighting through a crowd of sleep-deprived strangers ready to attack if you get between them and their deals. Nothing says love thy neighbor like pepper spraying them in the face for cutting you in line. I thought Thanksgiving was supposed to be about being thankful for what you have, but I was glad I saw none of that last night or this morning. I’m sure I won’t be this greedy next year. I’m sure that this laptop and these “Twilight” movies I waited in line for will somehow validate my pathetic materialistic existence. Ian Penn

The case of the escalator

Molly Mrazek It was a Saturday and I was at the mall. I was getting on the escalator to go upstairs. I watched and chose my step with care when all of the sudden, so did someone else; the exact same step. I was thrown and confused. You don’t stand on the exact step as another rider! Not even if you’re dating him! Most people stagger, but not this person, apparently. I was forced to ascend the rest of the way shoulderto-shoulder uncomfortably The situation got me thinking: What other unwritten/unspoken social norms are there? I have managed to think of a few. First of all, there’s the personal space on public transit rule. Just like the case of the escalator, we Americans don’t like being too close to anyone on public transit. They could have lice or

germs or have awful B.O.! We scoot or squish to avoid anyone that we don’t know sitting too close to us on a bus, car or train. For example, if you watch people on that little train that goes between the terminals at DIA, you’ll notice how uncomfortable people get if you stand too close to them. Another one I discovered while stopped at the light at Academy and Austin Bluffs. There I was, minding my own business, looking straight ahead waiting for the light to turn when the guy in the car next to me decided to inch up and stare at me. It’s an unspoken rule that if you’re stopped at a light, you don’t look at the person in the car next to you. For some reason society has decided that that’s weird. And I agree! You don’t stare at people you don’t know who happen to be standing next to you, so why would you do it when you’re stopped at a light? For my part, I gave the man a weird look and inched forward just as he had seconds before so that he could no longer stare into my window. That’ll teach him! Another unspoken rule is when you’re asked how you’re doing. The general acceptable answer is “fine” or “good.” No one expects you to spout off all your problems!

We’re all guilty of both sides of that conversation. When you ask someone, “How are you?” do you ever really want to know? And when you answer “good” or “fine,” are you ever really good or fine? Probably not completely, but most people don’t want to tell people they rarely see about their personal lives. If they did, the conversation might go something like this and would make the other party, who didn’t really care in the first place, very uncomfortable. “Oh hey, Betty! How are you?” “Oh you know, my job has been really stressful and I have a ton of homework from classes that I haven’t started yet. I’m pretty sure my boyfriend doesn’t love me anymore, and all I eat are Doritos. You?” Insert blank expression and awkward feelings here. We’re lucky we’ve caught on to these social norms and are all aware of them. But just for fun, if you ever want to break one, perhaps the more famous example is entering an elevator and facing the back instead of turning around and facing the front. That might get you a few dirty looks, but also a feeling of satisfaction. You rebel, you! S


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SOPA proves that Congress doesn’t know how the Internet actually works

Aaron Collett Congress has decided that it is going to take on the job of regulating the Internet. And like all things Congress does, it voted to go about it in the worst possible way. The House of Representatives has introduced a bill called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). This bill would allow the Department of Justice (DoJ) to shut down access to websites that are reported to

have infringement materials posted on their sites. The problem here is that speed of technological growth has outstripped bureaucratic red tape. Had the internet had a slow growth that could be regulated as it grew, regulation would not have been a problem – the regulation would have grown right along with it. The Internet, however, has had explosive growth, and the workings of government were too slow to catch up. Part of the issue is the age limit of Congresspeople means that Congress is always going to be behind the times on technology. A Representative has to be 25 – the oldest people to have been born in a time with no Internet are approaching their 16th birthday. The absolute latest a current Representative could have been born right now is 1986.

It’s even worse for Senators – they have to be at least 30 years old. Those are just the minimum ages, though. According to, the average age of Representatives in January 2011 was just over 56 years old. The Senate average age was just over 62 years old. We have a national Internet policy being written by people who did not grow up with the Internet. Now, that’s not necessarily to say that they are ignorant. reports that as a whole, the overwhelming majority of Congresspersons have a college education. It does, however, mean that they cannot understand how important Internet is to a generation that has grown up with it. So, SOPA wants to stop online piracy. That’s fine, in theory. Piracy is an unfortunate consequence of the rapid

growth of the Internet; why pay for something when you can get it for free? And it does hurt artists – the term “starving artist” is a reality when the artist isn’t getting paid for his or her work. The issue is that SOPA is trying to stop online piracy in pretty much the worst possible way. SOPA gives the DoJ license to block DNS access to websites. That means that if Youtube was caught infringing on someone’s rights (funny, because that never happens), the U.S. Government would be able to simply block access to the site. Search engines would not display it, and if you tried to go directly there, you’d get an error message. The act would also make streaming unlicensed content a felony. Making a large section of your population felons by signing a bill is generally not considered good governing tech-

nique. Part of the problem also comes from enforcement. A lot of people are saying that most businesses will simply move their servers overseas where the DoJ can’t touch them. This is quite valid – we’d have Swiss bank accounts and Swiss servers. Also, I don’t think that any block would actually take – there is a sizable hacker population online. I have a feeling that these people would not have any problem with hacking the DoJ in retribution for shutting down their websites. I also don’t think that Congress has any grasp of how big the Internet actually is. Try Googling “free streaming movies.” I got 32 million hits. Yes, some of those are duplicates, but that still leaves at minimum, millions of websites. Who is going to go through each and every one of those sites and check

to see if anyone’s copyright is being violated? And what if someone put some of their own work up and just didn’t cite it appropriately? Does that person’s website get shut down because they posted some of their own work? Congress has good intentions – it is attempting to help artists and entertainers who are hurt by online piracy. But it is going after a tumor with a baseball bat. This legislation is never going to be effective – the process of checking sites alone makes it infeasible, not to mention all those hackers just itching to try their hand at messing up the DoJ’s systems. Congress needs a scalpel and someone trained to use it. I don’t think that will happen until the Internet generation is old enough to be elected into office and starts making actual, useful policies. S

Campus totally unprepared for zombie apocalypse

Micki Cockrille In the minds of the UCCS administration, many threats to the campus are very real and have proven to put the area in danger. Blizzards, mountain lion attacks, fires and streakers have all contributed to the horrors terrorizing us. There is, however, one threat that surpasses anything we’ve thought possible. I’m talking, of course, about the inevitable zombie apocalypse. The reality is that our innocent campus would be ravaged in the event of a zombie attack. Streakers be damned, but the evidence against UCCS is inexcusable. In comparison to a zombie-proof campus like UNC, our university falls behind. UNC’s wide line of sight of their surroundings makes picking off zombies a breeze.

The Air Force Academy, with its bolstered defenses, can prove for an easy front-line style defense. Even CC is arguably fit to fight off zombies with its plethora of escape routes. UCCS lacks any clear forms of these defenses. Through careful examination of numerous buildings on campus, one can see the obvious traits of zombie vulnerability. I have taken copious amounts of notes on these buildings, from Columbine Hall to the University Center, giving each a rating from 1 to 10 (1 being absolutely vulnerable and 10 being impenetrable). The first item of examination is the Rec Center. Notice the ominous location, far removed from many of the other buildings on campus. The first problem with the Rec Center is that it can be easily isolated from any considerable form of help from the rest of the campus. In the case of a zombie breach, the entirety of the building is open. And of course let’s not forget the many glass windows leading inside the Rec Center. Everyone knows zombies love to break through glass to satisfy their ‘noms. The locker rooms seem to be a promising

refuge but alas, how long can one last in the locker room, and where are the escape routes? Rec Center zombie defense capability: 3. Moving on to Columbine Hall, the overtones of zombie-related fatalities are overwhelming. The first piece of evidence is the catacombs/morgue/ whatever you want to call it on the first floor. Have you ever been down there? The halls are so gloomy that at night one feels as if one were being stalked by the ghosts of professors past. Being caught down there in a zombie onslaught would mean certain death due. Watch any horror movie and know that the bottom floor of Columbine Hall can only lead to your demise. As for the rest of the building, the line of sight to take down any type of intruder is limited due to the tight hallways and lack of mobility. And woe to whomever gets caught in the upstairs offices; the story there differs only slightly from the fate that would surely befall those on the first floor. Columbine Hall zombie defense capability: 2. If by chance you catch yourself in the Engineering and Applied Sciences Building, you might find

yourself having a better chance of survival than if you were trapped in Columbine Hall or the Rec Center. While the zombie horde will eventually make its way to your doorstep, you can begin to defend by mowing them down with whatever arms are available as they try to make it up the stairs leading to the building. This, unfortunately, cannot last forever, and you will be forced to retreat back to the building. Have hope, for if the stairs leading up to the second floor are barricaded quickly, a sniper vantage point can be taken for a longer period of time as an open, pointblank shot of the zombie onslaught will be in view below you. That said, the capacity of how many survivors could fit in the building for these endeavors is limited. Engineering and Applied Sciences Building defense capability: 5. Another building on campus you may find yourself in is the Kraemer Library and University Center. If you find yourself in the library, good for you; you have a better chance of surviving than if you were in the University Center. And if you do find yourself in the UC,

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An artist rendition of a zombie trying to make its way into the University Center after campus police have set to work defending the campus. get the hell in the library. The UC is full of open windows making it clearly difficult to defend any zombie invaders. For the survivors in the library, go upstairs and barricade yourself from the downstairs. Distinct vantage points can be found in the studying areas for maximum zombie casualties. Roof access is easier than

most buildings. Kraemer Library and University Center zombie defense capabilities: 6. The grounds for your defense are not enough to be able to survive for any prolonged period of time here at UCCS. In the event of a zombie apocalypse, my dear students, leave the campus immediately and head for the hills. S

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Alleged zombie research lab discovered in the depths of Columbine Hall Gonzalez G. Gonzalez Bertrand Rustle the The first floor of Columbine Hall has a reputation as a place that fits right into a “Hardy Boys” book. Attending classes there at night has always made for paranoia among students and professors alike: Anything could be lurking in the shadows. Now students have uncovered what at least one student group believes to be a zombie research lab on the first floor of Columbine, and students are demanding answers from administration. In a blog posting at the end of last week, Zombie Club President Rodding Flesche announced that with all the talk of the zombie apocalypse and preparations to defend against it, this lab might be the real deal. “I think I might have possibly seen something scary and fast-moving in the dark. When I followed it to investigate, I found a lab filled with vials of chemicals labeled ‘I.J.’ It must be a zombie research lab. What other sinister purpose could a lab have down here on the bottom floor?” In a public statement issued by the chancellor’s office, Pat Smokley-Zalawack tried to assure students and faculty that there was no reason for concern. “Everything we do on this campus is totally in keeping with our strategic plan, which has

nothing to do with zombies.” But sophomore Thayer Lyers, head of the student group Truth in Campus Administration, isn’t convinced. “We find it preposterous,” Lyers said, “that administration is trying to convince us this is just another science lab. I’m not a big believer in zombies, but the odds that this is a zombie research lab are much higher than that this administration would be telling students the truth for once.” What’s behind this lab remains an open question. According to Lyers, a public records request revealed that two months ago, the Center for Homeland Security signed a government research contract titled Zom-B. The contract – between the Center and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – gave the Center $2 million for the creation of a “population research lab.” Burt Swanson, director of the Center for Homeland Security, did not return The Scribe’s phone calls. Chief of Police Tim Rice is chalking the whole thing up to an elaborate student prank. “All this zombie conspiracy talk is way off base,” said Rice, speculating that it’s probably the work of a student who feels invisible and wants some attention. “The letters ‘I.J.’ were scrawled on every one of those vials. I think you-know-who is behind this.” Invisible Joe could not be contacted for comment. S

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Flying dodge balls and flying bodies in intramurals as fall season concludes Tyler Boklak

Drop by the Rec Center on Monday evenings and the sound of flying dodge balls and diving bodies fills the gymnasium. On Wednesday evenings, the sound of dodge balls is replaced by bouncing basketballs and the silky smooth sound of the ball swishing through the net. Fall intramurals are in full swing, with season ending tournaments approaching fast. There are three intramural leagues underway: dodge ball, volleyball and three-on-three basketball. Having begun at the end of October, each league has played a full slate of games, using the Rec Center for games one night each week. The regular seasons for all three sports have concluded and championship tournaments are sched-

uled to begin this week. This fall intramural season has been overwhelmingly successful and has seen the largest number of both teams and individuals participating in the leagues. “As the UCCS student population has risen, so too has the number of students involved in the intramural program. Each year we see more and more teams signing and individuals participating,” said Rec Center Intramural Coordinator Daniel Bowan. Because of the increasing interest in intramural sports, the Rec Center plans to expand its offerings for the spring semester, in addition to the water volleyball tournament that was held for the first time ever this fall. “For the spring season we are planning on adding two additional leagues and one additional tournament. In past years, we

have hosted both fouron-four flag football and ultimate frisbee tournaments,” said Bowan. “We have always had great attendance so our plan is to expand this year and create full length seasons for each of these sports during the second half of the spring semester.” The Rec Center also plans changes to the annual semester ending Spring Showdown event. “We are going to add a Handball Tournament to ever-popular Spring Showdown (five Intramural Events on five consecutive days to conclude the spring semester),” said Bowan. Intramural sports are a great way to get a sports fix in a competitive environment. “Typically the most popular sports year to year are flag football, basketball, soccer and volleyball.  We believe this is

because so many students have previously played these sports in high school and intramurals is a great way to still be able to still

compete,” said Bowan. Though this year’s intramurals are coming to a close, there are plenty of opportunities to get

“Aside from basketball, my other favorite sport is football, though I have never played it competitively. But basketball will always be in the forefront for me,” said Carter. His favorite part of basketball is just being with the team on and off the court. Working well as a team is essential to the success of any basketball team. The basketball team is a close knit group, building friendships through pranks and good laughs. Though Carter

didn’t elaborate on these pranks, Jordan seems to confirm this. “As for stories with the team,” said Carter, “I don’t know if I have any appropriate ones for an article in The Scribe,” he laughed. We’ll just leave the good times as that, as the best stories are better left untold to be experienced by those who live them. Jordan was born and raised in Denver and attended Chatfield High School. Aside from his

basketball career, Carter is a sophomore currently majoring in communication. In his family, Jordan has two siblings, a brother and sister who are both younger than him. Of course, a basketball player has other interests, and when Carter has free time, he tries to enjoy it to his fullest extent. “In my free time I love to read, write and play video games,” said Carter. Even when the basketball season comes to

a close, Carter tries to keep up the heat. “In the offseason I lift weights, do a lot of running and try to play basketball every day,” said Jordan. Carter can be seen in action competing for the Mountain Lions or pracPhoto by Ariel Lattimore ticing at 6:30. Sophomore Jordan Carter S

team’s website (, the Broncos have won their last five games by an average of six points and their last four by an average of three points. The two keys to those close wins come in the form of four words: Von Miller and Tim Tebow. Part of the Broncos resurgence has been the outstanding play by the defense, and specifically, linebackers Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil. According to their team website, the defense has given up a mere 15 points a game during the five wins the Broncos have had since Tebow took over. The only

games the defense has given up more than 15 points was in the win over the Oakland Raiders (24) and the defeat to the Detroit Lions (45). Besides giving up a low amount of points, the Broncos also have two of the best linebackers in the league. Von Miller, a rookie outside linebacker from Texas A&M, and Elvis Dumervil, a veteran Bronco defensive end, have given the defense new life. According to, Miller has the third most sacks in the league with 10.5 and also has 45 tackles. Dumervil fuels the Broncos pass rush and is

also in the top 20 in sacks with six. While the defense has done a great job getting the team in a position to win, someone on the offense actually has to go out and finish the game. Enter, Tim Tebow, the somewhat controversial, yet successful, second year quarterback out of Florida. Tebow, although not your typical bread and butter quarterback with a great arm and passing ability, is finding improbable and dramatic ways to get the Broncos wins. Take the Nov. 17 game against the New York Jets, in which Denver was a big underdog. Everyone had

predicted the Jets would win big and be on their way to a playoff run. Well, that was true until the fourth quarter with about five minutes left. Tim Tebow, as he has been known to do over the course of the season, proceeded to lead the offense on a 12 play, 95 yard drive that was capped off by an exhilarating 20 yard touchdown run by Tebow himself. The Jets failed to get any offense going on the next possession and was shut down by Von Miller and the defense. The game against the Jets really is the best example of what Tebow is as a quarterback: uncon-

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Basketball is the only way to live for student Jordan Carter Micki Cockrille

Seeing Jordan Carter in action is a treat for fans of basketball. When he plays, his actions speak for themselves. If there was ever a doubt about his abilities, those doubts are consistently left on the court as #24 showcases his basketball skills. Though he is a college basketball player, Carter also enjoys playing other sports.

Broncos piling up wins as Tebow takes over Ryan Adams

After a dismal, horrible, and otherwise lackadaisical start to the Denver Broncos 2011 season, a certain Tim Tebow has led them out of misery, and back into the wins column. Since week six, when Tebow took over for the beleaguered Kyle Orton, the team has been on a roll. After their week seven bye, the Broncos have gone 5-1 and have beaten division rivals Oakland, Kansas City and San Diego. The winning streak hasn’t been a cakewalk, though. According to the

ventional, dramatic and clutch. The doubters, which include Broncos Executive Vice President John Elway, may think Tebow will not cut it in the NFL. He doesn’t have the accuracy or the throwing capability to beat any good defenses. For those who doubt Tebow, though, just ask the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets. They will all tell you that Tim Tebow is for real and, along with their stingy defense, might lead the Broncos back to their first playoff berth since 2005. S

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Club ice hockey team sees drastic improvement, looks toward playoffs Ryan Adams

A few years ago, the UCCS club ice hockey team was seen as a joke. Team veteran and junior Kyle Beaven said the team was disorganized and would frequently fight. “We got into a lot of fights and early on, we weren’t very good,” he said. Well, in 2011, the words “disorganized” and “fighting” no longer describe the team. Instead, the Mountain Lions have become a team to be reckoned with. With a record of 6-6 and a wave of fresh talent, Beaven believes the team is headed in the right direction. “We are playing really well right now and are ranked in our conference,” he said. “We have beat a lot of good teams this year that we have never come close to beating the years before,” he furthered. Beaven is referring to both the exhilarating overtime victory against Metro State and the 4-1 beat down over UC-Denver in the Pepsi Center. Both victories are over teams that the Mountain Lions have never beaten before this season and Beaven believes they are gaining more confidence as a

team. “This year is a lot more fun than prior years because we are progressing really well as a team and getting wins under our belt,” said Beaven. The Mountain Lions play in the American College Hockey Association. The league has NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III levels, and isn’t based on school size like other sports are. The Mountain Lions are in the Division III level and play several big schools around Colorado as well as New Mexico. “So far, we have played some pretty solid teams,” said Beaven. “We have played the Air Force, UC-Boulder, UC-Denver, Metro State, Western State and Colorado College,” he furthered. The biggest game of the season was on Dec. 2 when the Mountain Lions played cross town rival Colorado College. “This is the biggest game of the year so far and it is really important to me because I’ve never beat those guys,” said Beaven before the game. “The winner of the game between [the Tigers] and us receives a nice trophy so I think it would be good for us to bring the trophy back to this side of town for once.” The Mountain Lions’ season continues until near the end of March and Beaven said that the

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The UCCS hockey club practices shots as they prepare for their game against Colorado College. team could always use more support at the games played down at the World Arena. “We still have a lot of the season left and it would be great to see more students and people

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(719) 599-3637 747 Garden of the Gods Road (Chestnut & Garden of the Gods behind Wendy’s)

see store for details, exclusions may apply

Mon.-Fri. 8am - 9pm Sat. 8am - 8pm Sun. 8am - 7pm

Dec. 5, 2011  

Vol. 36, Iss. 15