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News Dueling Film Film students at UCCS may be confused by two different fi lm  departments on campus 3 University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Floods across Colorado impact many

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Science & Business element 115 The existence of an element discovered in 2004 has now been confi rmed 4 New faculty Chemistry professor and lab coordinator 4

Culture Baja Club Engineering students at UCCS build their own car 5 youTuber A student on campus develops his online video prescence 6

Opinion Al-Jazeera The American media landscape is about to be changed 9 Note-taking Professors should allow students to use technology 9


Two southern Colorado Largest population to state senators out after date impacts campus historic recall in different ways Dezarae Yoder

Recall voters in Colorado’s 11th Congressional District delivered a message to state Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) last week, establishing him as the fi rst  senator  to  be  recalled  in  Colorado history. Conceding soon after 9 p.m. Sept.10, Morse stated, “The highest rank in a democracy is citizen, not senate president.” Morse went on to say he had “no regrets” over passing the legislation that helped spur the recall. Morse lost by a little more than 2 percentage points while

neighboring Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo (D), who was also recalled, lost by a margin of 12. Each recall campaign was originally initiated by grassroots individuals disturbed by what they perceived as a lack of listening to constituents by their legislatures. “Their constituents were saying, ‘No, don’t run this legislation through the senate,’” said Nev Haynes, recruiting director of the College Republicans at UCCS. “They fl agrantly ignored their constituency.”      “People we elect into offi ce  … They work for us,” added Continued on page 3 . . .

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Sens. Morse and Giron were recalled Sept. 10.

April Wefler

With its largest population to date, UCCS currently has 10,500 enrolled students, not including those enrolled in extended studies.     The infl ux has affected multiple organizations on campus, but the administration maintains UCCS is prepared to meet the challenge. Jeff Davis, executive director of the University Center, said the bookstore did have some books that went out of stock, but “that happens no matter how many students there are.” “With an increase in online orders, the lines in the bookstore haven’t been too long for the workers to handle,” Davis said. “I think that helped expedite the process of getting students moving in and out effectively.” “I think that as we’ve had the increase in students, that’s impacting everything from classroom availability, to parking, to books, to getting through food service. The campus is doing everything we can to mitigate those circumstances,” he added. As reported in the Sept. 2

issue, a 1,227-stall parking garage will be completed in March. While construction is ongoing, parking has been strained with 5,195 parking spaces on campus and 1,600 freshmen. Jim Spice, executive director of Parking and Transportation, estimated about 100 parking spaces at the upcoming Lane Center have been lost because of construction. An additional 100-150 spaces have also been lost south of the Lane Center, also for construction-related reasons. Lot 15, a new parking lot north of the Four Diamonds Complex, added 440 spaces to help offset the loss. Russell Saunkeah, Sodexo general manager, wrote in an email that The Lodge expanded the dining facility to accommodate 80 more seats. In addition, Sodexo repurposed tables and chairs from the old Overlook Café for the new facility and changed the Lodge dining format to serve from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays. Sodexo has also had to increase pizza production and the amount of Continued on page 3 . . .

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Floods impact most of Colorado through end of week

Nick Beadleston

Heavy rain across Colorado led to property damage and large-scale evacuations in northern and central parts of the state, ranging from Boulder to Manitou Springs. Area media reported one Colorado Springs fatality as of Friday afternoon; a body was discovered by authorities near I-25. This brings the death toll to four, including a fatality near Jamestown and two in Boulder County.

The National Weather Service based out of Pueblo received reports from the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network of rainfall from 2-5 inches throughout Colorado Springs and surrounding areas.         CoCoRaHS  is  a  non-profi t  organization of trained community volunteers who measure and report precipitation. CoCoRaHS submitted one report, however, of 8.2 inches in an area approximately 2.1 miles southwest of Colorado Springs.      Patrick Cioffi , a meteorologist with the weather service in

(Continued from page 1) sub bread rolls they bake each day for Sub Connection. “Clyde’s has been very busy as well, with the usual lunch rush lasting well into the midafternoon,” he said. “To date, we are experiencing anywhere from a 100-150 guest increase for lunch and dinner, about 50-60 for breakfast,” he said. In addition, there has been a 13 percent increase in resident meal plans. “The campus is doing everything we can to mitigate those circumstances,” Davis said. Sarah Hook, a senior majoring in English secondary education, disagreed. “I wonder if we have enough resources to take care of the students we have. I feel a little stiffed on parking,” she said. “I wish we were taking care of all our students.”     When the campus fi rst opened  in 1965, enrollment was more than 1,000 students. Four years ago, when Homer Wesley, vice chancellor for student success and enrollment management, started working here, the enrollment was more than 8,000 for the fall semester. Wesley said the administration was prepared for the infl ux  of students. “[W]e tried to anticipate what that growth would look like and then we tried to plan for that by putting in more faculty and staff.” However, despite preparedness for more students, the administration was pleased with the results. “I think we’ve had good success, but I think the university has really planned toward that end and worked to make it happen and the fact that it actually worked, you could say that it was a pleasant surprise,” Wesley said. “We’d like to grow, but we wanna do that in a way that maintains the personal touch that people view as being part of UCCS’ character. We want to grow, but we don’t want things to change.”

Pueblo, said that while the average precipitation for September is 1.19  inches,  his  offi ce  is  already reporting 1.97 inches for this month.      Coiffi  indicated it is too early  to  make  specifi c  precipitation  calculations for the coming week. However, the weather service predicts off-and-on showers over the coming week but expects drier conditions to emerge Tuesday through Thursday. “It doesn’t do a lot for our long-term water supply,” said Patrice Lehermeier, Colorado

Springs Utilities’ senior public affairs specialist. According to Lehermeier, the water  defi cit  in  Colorado  Springs is too severe to be fi xed  by sporadic, if heavy, rain. Heavy snow high in the mountains is required to improve water reserves, she said. Despite power and waste concerns in other areas of the state, utilities in Colorado Springs are secure. “The system is holding up pretty well,” Lehermeier said. CSU corrected minor power outages south of the Springs

and several natural gas outages in Manitou Springs Thursday night. Xcel Energy, which provides utilities to areas of the state that have been severely impacted, contacted CSU to request assistance. According to Lehermeier, CSU needed  to  fi rst  gauge  the  needs of its own customers, then they can lend a hand. “We do plan for these,” said Lehermeir. “Part of it is preparation, and part of it is just responding in the moment.” S

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Ralph Giese, director of Residence Life and Housing, said there are still spots available and that housing has worked through its waitlist. He explained, if the campus hadn’t added the 192 beds this year, “I don’t think we would’ve been able to accommodate everybody at this point.” However, The Scribe reported in the Sept. 2 issue that the chancellor said the school had to turn away 300 students because housing was not available for them. In a follow up interview, Giese said, “We had a substantial waitlist; I don’t know if it ever reached 300. I am not aware of that” and added that a different media outlet had misquoted the chancellor, even though there was no mention of that outlet or its article in the conversation with Giese. Giese said that Tamara Moore, director of marketing for auxiliary services, told him the outlet had misquoted. However, Moore said she told Giese that she wasn’t sure when the chancellor made the comment or what she was referring to. “We never had 300 students on the waitlist,” Moore told The Scribe. The Centers for Academic Excellence are also bracing for the increased enrollment. Barbara Gaddis, executive director of the offi ce of fi rst year  experience and student retention, said the excel centers have seen a 13 percent increase in students from where they were this time last year. Already, the centers have been visited by 7,222 students, which doesn’t include online tutoring, classes or workshops. The excel centers have tried to adapt to the increase. “We’re working with housing to see if we can work with housing students in housing. We’re doing tutoring in the housing areas,” she said.


Gaddis said the centers are also hiring more tutors and trying to get groups together. “We’re trying to go into the classroom, so there aren’t as many people in the centers.” She said the Communication Center is working with the freshmen seminar classes and going into the classes. In addition, the centers are having supplemental instruction and review sessions. “We’re trying to keep the crowd out. We’re trying to be really creative,” Gaddis said. Aimée Morgado, Writing Center consultant, said the center is seeing a wider variety of students earlier in the semester. “They’re coming in earlier. Usually,  the  fi rst  couple  of weeks are slower than this,” added Hook, the student. The Writing Center and Oral Communication Center still had appointments available toward the end of last week, but the Oral Communication Center said students should start making appointments ahead of time starting this week. Within the last year, the num-

ber of  students  awarded  fi nancial aid has also increased by 10.8 percent. In addition, the fi nancial  aid  applications  have  increased by 10.9 percent. Despite the increase, Jevita Rogers, director of Financial Aid,  said  because  fi nancial  aid  is cyclical and she has been working with it for the last 22 years,  the  fi nancial  aid  offi ce  was  prepared  for  the  infl ux  of  students.      The entire offi ce is “all hands  on deck” during what Rogers calls the fall start-up. She said people who usually work in IT have been required to answer the phones just like the other employee in the offi ce.      Although she said the fi nancial  aid  offi ce  has  been  overwhelmed, “overwhelmed is not a bad thing when it comes to fi nancial aid.” However, Rogers said that as federal and state funding dwindles, the number of students applying for fi nancial aid  increases. “I’d like to win the Power Ball and create a lot of scholarships,” she said, add-

ing the work study program is popular. “There isn’t as much work funding as we’d like,” she said. “Higher education is imperative to a better country.” Wesley said he hopes UCCS “grows at a steady rate, which can be well supported by the university.” He said the growth is going to be defi ned by maintaining the experience offered now. “What we do know is that there are a large number of students that are here now and the retention of those students is improved from years past. The quality of those students is very, very strong.” Wesley said the growth of the campus  will  be  defi ned  by  the  people that are already here and their ability to be successful. “That’s really the best measure of growth is that you’ve got a great group of students that are here. We’re gonna see growth just because of our current enrollments and the support that we’re able to offer to students.” S


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Separate fi lm departments have separate focuses ing two departments that deal before learning the campus had explained. “They want to know with fi lm.” a fi lm department.  the theory, not just how to use a Nelson indicated students in“I know some students who camera and fi lm.” Students, instead of choos          The  campus’  separate  fi lm  terested  in  fi lm  have  been  sent  joined  the  fi lm  studies  departdegree  plans  –  digital  fi lmmak- between departments due to that ment thinking they were going ing one department, have the oping and fi lm studies – could lead  to confusion for students about which program is best for them.      Digital fi lmmaking, a communication  degree,  and  fi lm  studies, a visual and performing arts degree, both fall under the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Film studies is a theory, history and national cinema-based program, while, according to Professor David Nelson, chair of the communication department, digital  fi lmmaking  is  “really  production-oriented study.” JOSHUA CAMACHO | THe SCRiBe      “We still study fi lms and learn  UCCS offers both a digital filmmaking degree and a film studies degree. about different genres and that kind of thing, but the students to  make  fi lms,  so  they  really  tion to double major, or major or in our classes make fi lms,” said  confusion. “Both programs have tried to should have joined the COMM minor in digital fi lmmaking and  Nelson. “So we have classes like in- help students,” he said. “I don’t department,” said Alvarado, fi lm studies.  “There are also other good troduction  to  fi lm  and  video;  know if it’s working or not, but adding he thinks some students they’re [students] out shooting there have been times when the are confused about the different subjects to minor in, depending on exactly what you want to do fi lm,  digital  fi lm,  coming  back  fi lm  studies  faculty  has  said,  focuses between programs. “I know that for a long time a with fi lmmaking,” Nelson said.  and editing it. Ours is a very ‘If that’s what you want to do, “For instance, if you’re really hands-on program about making make fi lms, you really should go  lot of people have wanted them into the communication depart- to mesh as one major, one big interested in writing and screenfi lms,” he said. group because it’s easier, es- writing and even being involved “Film studies is just about the ment.’” Senior Matthew Alvarado was pecially for those people who in  the  fi lm  from  the  beginning  study  of  fi lm,”  Nelson  added.  “There is some confusion hav- a business major for two years want  to  make  fi lms,”  Alvarado  from the writing standpoint, a Attiana Collins

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after historic recall Haynes. “Above all, [legislatures] need to be accountable to the constituents, and Mr. Morse failed to do so.” Robert Harris, one of the three men who fi led the petition  to recall Morse, was motivated by similar concerns. “It is about much more than guns … Morse does not listen to his constituents,” Harris posted on the Colorado Springs Independent’s website earlier this month. Christy Le Lait, Morse’s campaign manager and executive director of the El Paso County Democratic Party, disagreed. “Actually, they just made it up,” she said. “Our state senator received over 3,000 emails when they were talking about the gun safety bills,” added Le Lait. “Under 500 [were] from his district. He was inundated with emails from across the state and across the country.” She added that 13 percent of those registered District 11 voted. “[This] is what I consider an incredibly expensive hissy fi t. Or temper tantrum, I guess  that’s a nicer way.” “This entire episode just from the county taxpayer standpoint cost over $250,000,” Le Lait remarked. “I’m betting by the time

pretty good minor is psychology.” “As a writer, and even as a producer and a director, you really have to analyze the characters that are in this fi lm and what  is the psychology of those characters,” Nelson continued.      The separate fi lm departments  came along as a result of “timing, funding, creation of departments and programs, faculty philosophies and backgrounds … departmental approaches and pedagogical theory,” said Robert von Dassanowsky, professor and  director  of  the  fi lm  studies  program. “I think more difference and variety available to a student is a very good thing. Film studies grew from VAPA and is rooted in visual and performing arts, just as fi lm/digital production in  communication is rooted in the discipline of that fi eld,” he said. “The best option for a student, I think, is the program which offers them the courses and the path that serves their desire for knowledge and stimulates their creativity,” said von Dassanowsky. S

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it’s all said and done it’s over $300,000 … incredibly expensive ... That’s what we have elections for.” Morse and Giron’s districts are largely Democratic voters. In 2012, Obama carried both districts. “That district was drawn to try and elect a Democrat … it was still close,” said Josh Dunn, political science professor at UCCS. “We will see increased use of the recall,” said Dunn, though mentioned that “it’s costly and timely, and we have term limits.” “A lot of people will be leaving offi ce soon anyway. Because  of this recall, representatives and senators and governors are going to pay closer attention to their constituents.” Voter turnout, said Kayla Strecher, vice president of the UCCS Young Democrats, was the large issue. Strecher said about the recall, “It sets a precedent that anywhere in Colorado if anyone wants to get someone out of  offi ce,  they  can  just  sign  a  petition and we’ll be using tax dollars all over the state of Colorado all the time, basically.” Strecher said she was “disappointed” more didn’t vote, but said she wasn’t surprised.

“Someone who gets upset about something … those are the people who are going to turn out, not the other way.” Of those registered, about 29 percent turned out to vote in the elections. “Motivating Republicans in El Paso County isn’t the easiest job,” said David Stoffey, a member of the College Republicans at UCCS and the El Paso County Republican Party. “We focused on the unaffi liated voters and the Independents. We put out 20,000 phone calls over a 10-day period.” Contributions came in from multiple sources. The donations to both sides of the issue ran upward of $3 million, the majority coming from those who opposed the recall. Billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad of Los Angeles donated $250,000 toward warding off both recalls. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, gave $350,000 of his own money to the Morse and Giron campaigns. Previously, Bloomberg has spent similarly in Chicago, donating $350,000 to fellow Democrat Robin Kelly, a proponent for stricter gun legislation. According to Paul Revere, a

proponent of both recalls, Republicans he had been in contact with weren’t interested in giving large donations to the recall cause. “The money to get the recall, not the election, but the recall … It’s all been local people, no money from outside.” The lobbying arm of the NRA, the Institute for Legal Action, said in a recent statement, “The people of Colorado Springs sent a clear message to the Senate leader that his primary job was to defend their rights and freedoms and that he is ultimately accountable to them.” Money was also given by the NRA-ILA, a collective of less than $500,000. Capturing these two senate seats is seen as important for the Republican Party in Colorado, and some want to capitalize on the win. “I hope to see the sheriff’s lawsuit successful and have these laws seen as unconstitutional by our courts,” said Mike Gerhart, a member of the College Republicans at UCCS and state coordinator of Colorado Federated College Republicans. “If not, then I hope in 2014 we’re able to replace Gov. Hickenlooper … [C]reate a

pro-constitutional legislature, and see these laws repealed.” Sheriffs in Colorado, from 54 of 64 counties, have joined in lawsuit against the laws as they view the legislation as unenforceable and unconstitutional. “I’m hopeful … the citizens of Colorado … [will be] looking at their legislatures and demanding that they listen to their constituents,” continued Gerhart, “and also they keep what’s in the Constitution above the United States and Colorado.” As for Morse’s Republican replacement, Bernie Herpin, and his new senate seat, Le Lait predicts it will be short-lived. “The Republicans won’t hold onto the seat when it comes time for the regular election … I don’t think Bernie Herpin represents anyone’s values in this district. He’ll have one session; I’m willing to bet he doesn’t get anything accomplished, and then we’ll have another election,” she said. “The legislation is not going anywhere,” she said. “Eighty percent of Coloradans support this legislation … It’s just sad we’ve gotten to a point where this is how we deal with policy disputes, and I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come.” S

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Element 115, discovered in 2004, confi rmed referred to by a general name: Ununpentium (Uup), Latin for “Element 115.” According to the American Citius, altius, fortius. This Institute of Physics (AIP), the is the Olympic motto, meaning, original Russian experiment “Faster, higher, stronger.” But this motto has other applica- produced four atoms of the new element, which decayed after tions. “The Olympic motto trans- about 90 milliseconds. It was made by bombarding lated to the nuclear landscape samples of Americium, another calls for the quest of new isoman-made element, with beams topes at its outskirts, which is particularly true at its upper of calcium atoms. David Anderson, the chair end,” researchers from Lund University in Sweden, who of the UCCS Chemistry and Department, confi rmed  element  115,  wrote  Biochemistry in a university publication last commented on the purpose of these kinds of experiments and month. First discovered in 2004 by discoveries. “There’s nothing ‘useful’ Russian scientists in Dubna, Russia, element 115’s exis- about climbing Mt. Everest, tence  was  confi rmed  Aug.  28.  but it’s there,” he said. “That’s The new element is currently pretty much what scientists say; Aaron Collett


if we can do it, let’s try.” But the purpose may not be completely esoteric and abstract. Man-made elements are not a new phenomenon, and many applications have been found for man-made elements. For example, according to Kevin Tvrdy, a UCCS assistant chemistry professor, Am-

ericium, element 95, is used in smoke detectors. In short, scientists don’t often know what a given element’s applications are when they discover it. Any element after Uranium, element 92, on the periodic table is considered man-made, though some have later been found to exist in trace amounts within other naturally-occurring elements. Neptunium, number 93, was fi rst  created  in  1940.  Other  elements since then have been discovered, with the heaviest being element 118, or Ununoctium. The future of these manmade elements may be much more interesting. According to the Physical and Life Sciences

Directorate, “The ‘island of stability’ refers to a predicted region of superheavy elements on the chart of nuclides with half-lives that are longer by several orders of magnitude than the half-lives of other superheavy elements.” In other words, while Ununpentium might last only 90 milliseconds, an element in an island of stability may last seconds or minutes. While that might not seem very long, it will give scientists much more time to study the element to learn more about it. A predicted island of stability was confi rmed to exist with element 114. According to phys. org, the next island of stability is predicted at element 120, which has yet to be created. S

New physical chemistry professor, Apple releases new lab coordinator join faculty iPhone, other products Monika Reinholz

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The chemistry department has hired two new faculty members, Kevin Tvrdy and Keith Oppenheim. Tvrdy teaches physical chemistry courses and replaces professor emeritus Jim Eberhart, who retired last spring. Oppenheim is a lab coordinator for general chemistry, a year-long course that includes CHEM 1030 and CHEM 1060. Tvrdy earned his bachelor’s of science in chemistry from the University of Nebraska. After graduation in 2005, he worked for Streck Labs for a year. He worked in the research and development department for six to eight months before deciding to earn his Ph.D. “I enjoyed the work I was doing, but again I felt that only with a bachelor’s degree that I had at that point, that I was capable of doing more innovative work within the company. I wanted to have more responsibility and wanted to have a higher pay scale,” Tvrdy said. He obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame. Since his faculty advisor worked on nanoscience and solar cells, his Ph.D. research focused on the electron transfer that occurs between quantum dots and metal oxide materials in quantum dot synthesized solar cells. When Tvrdy realized how much he enjoyed the academia, he decided to become a professor and completed his post-doctoral experience at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Kevin Tvrdy, left, is the new physical chemistry professor. The chemistry department hired Keith Oppenheim. right, as a general chemistry lab coordinator.

During his two years at MIT, he worked in the chemical engineering department researching carbon nanotubes and isolating similar materials with optical and electronic properties. He learned about the professor position at UCCS from an advertisement in the Chemical and Engineering News, a weekly magazine published by the American Chemical Society. “The job here at UCCS was ideal because my wife is from Billings, Mont., and I’m from eastern Nebraska, so we kind of wanted some place [that] was halfway in between the two places, but we still wanted a place that had a lot of people living in it, a fairly big town,” Tvrdy said. “We both enjoy the outdoors a lot, so Colorado Springs was a natural choice. UCCS is great for  me  because  I  defi nitely enjoy the research side of doing things with it, which they value here but they also value teaching here and I just love teaching.” His goals for the students in his class are for them to learn enough physical chemistry to make them competitive with chemistry students from other

universities. Also, he said he wants his students to have perspective on how physical chemistry applies to other fi elds of chemistry and science in general. In previous years, both general and organic chemistry labs were overseen by one coordinator, Brett Mayer. However, the large number of incoming freshmen prompted the chemistry department to hire Oppenheim, a coordinator specifi cally  for  general  chemistry. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Missouri Southern and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Syracuse University. Oppenheim has taught three years of general chemistry as well. He was also a lab coordinator at the University of Connecticut. “The [UCCS] department seemed  like  a  really  good  fi t  for what my skill set is and for what they [are] looking for on the teaching side of things,” Oppenheim said. He indicated he wants to make sure students are able to more seamlessly attend makeup labs. Also, he is working at rewriting and streamlining the general chemistry laboratory manuals.


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Baja Club engineers simplicity for custom cars Sports and Solid Works have contributed everything from funds, to ed design programs, to safety equipment Students interested in testing their for the team. The SAE holds three annual competiengineering savvy while satisfying their competitive streak may fi nd the perfect  tions. Competitions are comprised of sevweld by joining the UCCS Society of eral “static” events, designed to test Automotive Engineers Baja Club. The club allows students to partici- various aspects of the vehicle, as well pate in national contests while applying as a four-hour endurance race. The static events involve a maneuverability course design and problem-solving skills. The team is led by President Zach Lu- and a mud pit. To prep for these events, team memetzen and Vice President Sean Belknap, who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in bers train on a dirt track located near the Four Diamonds complex. mechanical engineering. There they determine, based on skill The UCCS club is one of several hundred Society of Automotive Engineers and often weight, which members will handle the car during which events. (SAE) Baja teams across the nation. Simplicity dominates the designs of The SAE has deep roots in automotive culture. One of its early members, Elmer the Baja Club’s custom cruisers. The vehicle is devoid of any superfl uous parts  Sperry, coined the term “automotive.” While the club, which shares its work- and follows a minimalistic template. The automotive company Briggs & shop with the Osborne wind tunnel, has six members, they are optimistic after Stratton provides the engines to all comthe campus club fair that they will pick petitors and no modifi cations to the engine are permitted. up additional members. The SAE website has the unit pro          Belknap  said  about  the  benefi ts  of  membership in the club, “It looks good vided by Briggs & Stratton, the 10 HP on a resume; it gives you real-world ex- OHV Intek Model 205432, retailing at just less than $630. perience.” By requiring a standard engine, all The club relies heavily on funding and equipment from sponsors to func- competitors are placed on a level playtion. Money allocated to the club by the ing  fi eld  and  will  meet  the  safety  stanuniversity generally goes to travel and dard. Teams must ensure the longevity of their engines, as the corporation only transportation costs. In the past, companies such as Apex issues new motors every two years. Nick Beadleston

Belknap indicated crews can modify the intake but are required to use Briggs & Stratton parts. Belknap did explain the design of the frame  sacrifi ces  durability for light weight.           He  signifi ed  this  was both to ensure the longevity of the vehicle and to keep it from buckling during events. The club’s new vehicle, named Jessica, is currently being developed. It will feature several improvements over the previous model, including an improved rear suspension. Lola, the team’s former vehicle, will now be used for JOSHUA CAMACHO | THe SCRiBe training purposes, specifi cally orienting  Baja Club designs and builds cruisers for competition. new members with how to drive a Baja The next competition that the Baja vehicle. Club plans to attend will be May 22-25, “My team will be working on [Jes- in Pittsburg, Kan. The members are opsica], while another team leader will be timistic about attending a similar event training new members,” said Belknap. two weeks later in Illinois. S

Student releases original music on YouTube

I’m generally happy and passionate about what I’m doing, but I’m also someone who can relate to the darker sides of life.” Fergins lightens up the serious side of YouTube has become the breaking ground for many aspiring music artists. For his channel, which features originals with senior Christian Fergins, this pattern looks titles like “Falling” and “Heartless,” with his personality in his newest addition to the hopeful for his own channel. Heavily inspired by modern pop music channel, vlogging or video blogging. As he prepares to graduate UCCS, Fersuch as Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Cher Lloyd, Fergins started out his chan- gins wants to release a vlog nearly every nel by releasing cover songs but has since day. “I like having something to look back transitioned to releasing his own original on. I want my last year at UCCS to be really special.” music. Although being a musician is his ul“I started songwriting in January. I just decided I wanted to try to write a good song timate dream, Fergins realizes the imporand a lot of people actually loved it. I got tance of having a plan B as he fi nishes up  several hundred views from my fi rst [origi- his degree in human biology this year. “Have a backup plan. Pursue your edunal] song. That was really exciting to me. I cation fi rst. I wouldn’t trade these fi ve years  didn’t expect that to happen,” he said. Fergins’ lyrics are mostly inspired by for anything. I’ve learned so much about his personal life. “I think it’s beautiful to myself and about other people and about be able to create art just from normal, mun- the world in college than I have anywhere dane life experiences,” he said. “I think just else,” he advised. Fergins’ advice for anyone who may be being in tune with my emotions inspires interested in YouTube fame: “Be original. me to [write].”     As an RA, Fergins faces some diffi cul- Don’t be afraid to be kinda weird or kinda ties in fi nding the right peace and quiet to  different or stand out. That’s what people record in the residence halls but manages are drawn to – different sound, different to record all of his own background mu- personality.” With a newly-released second music sic, lyrics and harmonies using the Apple application GarageBand. “There’s a lot of video and a potential acoustic performance sweating and yelling at myself involved,” scheduled for October on campus, Fergins is keeping busy. Nevertheless, he’s happy he added. Fergins aims for both his music and per- with what he has now. “My music and channel in general is sona to be relatable. “I want people to know that I know what they’re going through,” my center; it’s who I really am. I’m havhe said. “Even if I haven’t experienced ing a lot of fun right now. It’s all about the their exact life, I know what emotions are journey; I’m not focused on the destination like. I know what it feels like to have life so much.” Fergins’ cover songs, original material totally crush you sometimes. and vlogging videos can be viewed at you“I’m someone who just wants to have fun and grow on people. I love connecting. S Taylor Hargis


Christian fergins offers original songs and vlogging videos on YouTube.



‘Seven Guitars’ strums a bluesy tune Serena Ahmad

“Seven Guitars” is a fast-paced play set in old Philadelphia in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, combining the initial beats of blues music, African oral traditions, a capella music and harmony. There is much singing and music playing during the three-hour play, but it is not a musical. Vera Dotson, played by Nambi E. Kelly, is mourning the death of her fi ancé, Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton, played by Calvin M. Thompson.      Then the play fl ashes back to reveal  how the cast got to that point. Through music, immaculate body language and unparalleled acting, the cast takes the audience back in time to a place where life was much harder and more unfair. “Seven Guitars” gives insight to black people’s struggles against racism in the late 40s, when policemen

beat them for simply sitting on a street corner. “Seven Guitars” is a true representation of the blues culture, a culture important primarily because it refl ects  responses of American blacks to the hardships they face. Contained in the blues is a philosophical system at work, echoing the ideas and attitudes of people as part of the oral tradition. “The music provides you with an emotional reference for the information, and it is sanctioned by the community in the sense that if someone sings the song, other people sing the song,” August Wilson, the playwright, has said.      The set itself is truly magical. It fi ts  the scene of an early Philadelphia, in what is implied to be an all-black neighborhood. The entire cast sat outdoors in the

Avoiding burnout means budgeting time for fun, self-care

backyard with small lights hanging all around and even the laundry hanging out. All of the actors were perfectly in character, and their costumes were entirely suitable. The performance by every cast member is unparalleled by any other cast. Each is so individual, so true to character that it is impossible not to believe the experience is truth. It feels so real. Even the chickens in the coop have live chickens. Though it is a bit nerve-wracking when the cast’s crazy “King” Hedley prepares to slaughter one of the chickens live for his sandwiches, all is well when he pulls out a fake, though very realistic-looking, chicken to slaughter. This play is highly recommended. It is elaborate but simple, true to the time period, funny yet serious and promotes understanding of the blues culture.

The Lowdown What: “Seven Guitars” Where: Dusty Loo Bon Vibrant Theater When: Until Sept. 29 Thurs-Sat: 7:30 p.m. Saturday matinees 2 p.m. Sundays 4 p.m. How much: Reserved: $35 Children under 16: $15 UCCS Students: Free Groups of 10+: $25 No children younger than 5 years old More Info:

Local art scene attacked by redheaded zombies Shelby Shively

Shelby Shively

September 16, 2013

enjoy playing in front of a bunch of a bunch of people [he] didn’t know. That felt good, and it felt good to meet new people.” Hackett agreed. “It felt overwhelming at fi rst, but I kind of liked being honest with  people. We would tell them the stories behind our music, the songs and stuff, and that would seem to get them more interested.” Vilgiate is currently attending UCCS and majoring in both music and history. He hopes to become a teacher, but when asked if he wants to make a career out of music, he said, “I wouldn’t say I’m really planning on anything; I’m just kind of leaving it in God’s hands and seeing where it ends up going.” He is planning to go on tour again in January with his and Hackett’s mutual drummer, Colin. He is also working on recording and producing his own album, using an app on his phone, which he will call “Little Canyons.” Vilgiate said, “I want to do another tour next year when I release that other album. This time I’ll go to other places outside Colorado.” Hackett does see music as his career path, either through A Bad Night for a Hero or through The Redheaded Zombie Show. He just released his last solo project, “I Am the Yeti,” and the band is looking to record a new album called, “More Reasons to Hate Me.” This will feature songs on which the entire band has collaborated. Vilgiate’s albums are available to stream for free through his ReverbNation account (  or  to  download for a small price. He recommended “Too Much Time on their Heads” and “Vigilante Justice (Unmastered).”

This is the fourth week of the semester, and for many, that means classes are starting to get more stressful. UCCS has resources for students to learn how to deal with that stress and avoid burnout.     The Offi ce of First Year Experience  aims to help students succeed academically, which can require more than good study habits. Barbara Gaddis, executive director of the Offi ce of Student Retention, said  one of the most important things to do when students schedule their weeks is “[budget] in fun time.” As long as that budgeting includes a little bit of time doing something other than studying, it can help break up a long week of classes, work, family and other responsibilities. Maria O’Connell, one of the success coaches in the FYE offi ce, agreed. “It’s  important  to  fi nd  whatever  helps  you  keep your [stress] down,” she said, adding students should “schedule it in small bursts … People think they don’t have time for self-care, but then [burnout’s] not going to help you at all either.” Gaddis said the most important part of avoiding burnout “is really the need for time management planning.” Students can learn these skills and more at the Study Smarter, Not Harder workshops offered by the FYE offi ce. Gaddis said these workshops will teach time management, and it is also about “coming up with strategies for really maximizing the time that you spend [studying].” Dates and times can be found on the FYE website at fye under the Academic Support tab. Seniors have similar advice to offer. Lauren Burgess recommended “making time to hang out with your friends at least once a week, taking study breaks and switching subjects while studying.” Megan Seabron said, “I set up a rewards system for myself.” After a week of studying and focusing on classes, she will go see a movie or hang out with friends.

C.J. Hackett, frontman for the band A Bad Night for a Hero, and Timmy Vilgiate have shared many things over the past few months: a tour, a drummer and a passion for promoting the local art scene in Colorado Springs. They met when Hackett brought Vilgiate on for The Redheaded Zombie Show, a free monthly show at a local coffee house. “We host at least one show every month and we usually keep our Facebook up to date … with our events,” Hackett said in an email. His goal is usually to give local musicians their fi rst show in front of a live audience at no cost to them. Hackett had heard of Vilgiate through his ReverbNation account, and he was interested in meeting him. Once Vilgiate joined the show, they became friends and Vilgiate joined Hackett’s mission: “So many talented people go completely unnoticed … I’ve made it my mission … to make sure that they are heard. Everybody has a voice.” The Redheaded Zombie Show’s website features other kinds of local artists and links to their own websites, including writers, comic book artists, painters and even costume designers. When talking about the success of the show and his own music endeavors, Hackett said, “[T]hat’s kind of turning into a much bigger project, so that might take over.” He formed a band with Brandon Arnold and Colin Bovberg at the beginning of this year, but they were not able to go on the tour.      “There were fi nancial issues and [medical] reasons why they couldn’t come,” Hackett said, but they “all agreed that it would be best for [Timmy and me] to go.” That way, the band’s name and music would be getting out there. COURTESY PHOTO | A BAD NiGHT fOR A HeRO They played fourteen venues on the Aug. 9-17 tour. The band members include (left to right) Brandon Vilgiate said he “did really Arnold, Colin Bovberg and C.J. Hackett.


Brianna Thomas, three weeks into the semester, utilizes the library to study for her classes.

Rod Jones said sometimes during the semester, he just needs to “disconnect with schoolwork and reconnect with friends and family.” “I think sometimes you burn out because you really feel like there’s nobody there,” Gaddis said. She recommended a proactive approach when struggling in a class by going and speaking with the professor or using the Centers for Academic Excellence on campus. “Avoid 8 a.m. classes,” Tyler Butler said. “That very quickly burns you out and leaves you brain dead for your other classes.” Ashley Fay said she always tries to “use the time at the beginning of the semester to get ahead.” Other students, like Jasmine Caldwell, use exercise as a tool. “I take a run outside because it’s so beautiful, and then I get a fi tness high,” she said. Gaddis added, “I think the busier you are, the more important it really is to get physical exercise … [and] get that nutrition in. If you feel better, you’ll do better.” O’Connell expanded on this point: “You’re going to have that energy. If you’re getting enough sleep for your body, then you’re going to be more productive in your classes, more alert in your exams.”

8 Editorial

September 16, 2013

The Scribe demands ethical behavior from its staff Staff Editorial

  Last week, The Scribe published an article in the Sports section about the men’s cross country team that contained fabricated interviews and recycled quotes from interviews conducted during the spring 2013 semester.     An official in the athletics department contacted The Scribe after speaking with the cross country coach and another player quoted in the piece. Both sources indicated they had not been interviewed for the Sept. 9 article.     Within 24 hours, senior editors met with the reporter responsible for the article. He admitted he had not interviewed the contacts for this semester’s story but instead used quotes from last spring. He was immediately let go from the staff.     When confronted, the reporter recognized that his actions failed to meet the journalistic standards accepted by those employed at the newspaper. But, when writing the story, he said he didn’t think it was a problem to reuse

quotes without notice as stories about sports teams are usually very similar.   While the reporter, who worked at The Scribe since fall 2012, said it was the first time he had recycled quotes for a news story, the situation brought to light a similar attempt last semester. It was flagged by an editor, perceived as an accident, addressed and corrected before print.      Similar to the school’s official policy on plagiarism, The Scribe maintains a zero-tolerance policy on issues involving plagiarism or fabrication.      Every member of The Scribe is expected to act professionally and in line with the journalism ethics necessary to maintain the newspaper’s credibility as a journalistic entity.     That said, though certain processes remain in place to prevent such an occurrence, should something be published that fails to uphold these standards, we rely on our readers to bring it to our attention so that it can be addressed and corrected.      And although such cases are an embarrassment to the newspaper, the school and student journalism in general, they

serve as an opportunity learn, grow and communicate the standards that we set and accept for ourselves. Unfortunately, fabrication can and does happen in newspapers – student and otherwise. The Scribe has a multi-step editing process to prevent dubious and false information from being published. But, on the occasion that it does happen, The Scribe is willing to run corrections for factual inaccuracies and address the problem to avoid it from repeating. Most often, the mistakes made are unintentional and stem from a misunderstanding between a reporter and source. Without a journalism program on campus, The Scribe trains its staff and urges reporters to be respectful and specific while interviewing and writing. Especially as the UCCS campus expands, we want to maintain healthy relationships with every student, staff and faculty member interviewed. The Scribe continues to be committed to writing accurate stories about the UCCS community and welcomes feedback to attain this goal every issue. S

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Al-Jazeera America enters the media fray

Nick Beadleston

The stench of American media has become almost overwhelming. There is, however, a slight breath of unsullied air wafting in from unlikely origins: the Middle East. This fresh air has crossed the Atlan-

tic while American media moguls were safely isolated in their ivory towers. Al-Jazeera America (AJAM) is the newest contender in the nation’s media battle ground. Despite being owned by the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera Media Network, AJAM fills a gaping hole in American media’s world coverage. The epochal shift to a 24-hour news cycle occurred during the 80s with the rise of CNN. This should have led to a populace more informed on world events. Instead, in an unabashed effort to fill airtime, major news networks began to cover minor events and insignificant celebrity affairs. This introverted approach was a giant step in the wrong direction, and an opportunity to create a culture of wellinformed citizens was forfeited. AJAM joined the American media scene last month, much to the chagrin of xenophobes. Their mission statement includes the phrase “rebalancing

global media by respecting the diversity and humanity of the world.” Famous news names like Joie Chen, Josh Bernstein, Michael Viqueira, Ali Velshi and Soledad O’Brien can now be found on the AJAM roster. Additionally, they also boast an impressive bevy of correspondents from across the country and around the world. There has always been controversy surrounding Al-Jazeera Media Network’s biases. Qatar’s GDP is almost solely dependent on petroleum exports. Detractors feel this oil money negatively impacts the direction the network takes. American media, however, has a sordid history of media corruption by wealthy “donors.” Even Joseph Pulitzer, and his titular journalism award, have infamously been surrounded by corruption and interference to obtain political ends. The most famous episode, involving news stories practically made up

of whole cloth, may have even forced the escalation of the Spanish-American War. One of the biggest obstacles in sending reporters to cover important issues in far-flung provinces and remote locales is cost. Far more often, media outlets choose to piggy-back coverage or use local, less-trained talent. This frequently leads to the propagation of incorrect and incomplete stories. AJAM may be backed by Middle Eastern oil subsidiaries, but it has the financial clout to send its correspondents to track down facts firsthand. AJAM should by no means be heralded as the final word for news. The network should be seen as a new resource to obtain a more holistic understanding of world events. Any individual who receives information from a single source is doomed to a one-dimensional view. News enthusiasts should view AJAM with renewed hope for the fourth estate. S

‘Christian’ and ‘social Students should have conservative’ can be options for notemutually exclusive taking

Shelby Shively

I consider myself a Christian, but I rarely admit this in public. I also consider myself pro-choice and an LGBT ally, not to mention accepting of others’ religious beliefs (rather than an evangelist out for converting the heathen masses). That said, it’s hard to be vocal about where I stand because right-wing extremists have taken over the image of a 21st-century Christian, and they have infiltrated much of the political system. Even after people get to know me and my beliefs on social issues, they often struggle with this stereotype when I reveal my religion. Other reactions include, “Whoa, but you haven’t tried to convert me once!” or “I didn’t know cool religious people existed.” I am confident there are more of us than there are extremists, and I am certain that there is a full spectrum of toler-

ance and acceptance within the Christian community. Despite this nation’s claim of separation of church and state, religion and politics have been intertwined for centuries. Many people interpret this ideal as a policy meant to keep the state out of the church’s business and not vice versa. It is much more likely that the intention of this statement was a full separation with each institution owning its own sphere. These assumptions and stereotypes harm many political, religious and personal groups, and those that identify as LGBT who consider themselves Christians may not feel welcome in certain churches – or maybe in any churches. Their personal lives shouldn’t be the center of political issues, but they are because religious fear and hatred are being used to deny LGBT basic civil rights. Abortion is a very personal issue, and there are a variety of reasons people may consider this option. If people wish to consult their personal religious community when considering abortion, that is their choice and their business. If the government wishes to consult the religious community when considering abortion law and LGBT rights, it should do so even-handedly. Republicans lean toward smaller, decentralized government with larger state power, but they are suffering from the assumptions that their political affiliation automatically situates them in a religious extremist camp. Christians should not be pigeonholed into one party or ideology due to the extremism of a small, vocal minority. S

Serena A. Ahmad

Technology has become a dominant force in our lives. Computers are quickly replacing paper and pens as the quickest form of note-taking. Mobile phones have also come into the equation. Though some professors are swimming with the tide, others think computers are only distractions, not gateways to the future. Professors ought to welcome them as a way for students to take their notes and review. It is the student’s job to study and get good grades. Different students have different note-taking preferences, and as long as they get the grade, it doesn’t matter how they take notes. The perception is that all students are using computers to tweet or update their Facebook statuses with silly things the teachers say. To be honest, most of the students are actually more focused.

A 2006 study by Carrie Fried of Winona State University concluded that students who are allowed to use their laptops for notes and still have access to the Internet are barely distracted. In fact, the study states students only spent about 25 percent of their time performing activities unrelated to class. Regardless of how students spend their time on computers, UCCS does not ban them inside classrooms. The UCCS Student Code of Conduct Policies fails to mention using personal laptops, or any technological devices for that matter, in regards to note-taking in class. In fact, most codes of conduct do not even have the word “computer” in them. Since there is no solid evidence students are constantly using social media instead of taking notes on their laptops, there is no real reason that students should not be allowed to use what they are best at using. It is ridiculous that teachers who call themselves “modern” ban students from using their most favored method of note-taking. This is a hindrance to students’ education. If a student’s preference is to write, let them write. If a student’s preference is to take notes on a laptop, let them use their laptop. This debate seems never-ending. The trend does seem to be heading toward electronic note-taking, however. Eventually, notes may simply automatically be on cloud storage. Ultimately, the decision of how to take notes should be left up to the students. S

10 Life on the Bluffs Campus Chatter Attiana Collins,

What new fall shows are you looking forward to? Anni Pettis, senior, physical therapy

of last season.”

“I’m not watching any new shows. I’m really looking forward to ‘Sons of Anarchy.’ I really like the show and I want to know what happens after the end


Eleanor Skelton,

Notebooks vs. PCs Do you prefer to use notebooks or a netbook/laptop/tablet when you are taking notes in class?

General Sept. 18-Oct. 5 Noon-5 p.m. M12: Black Hornet exhibition GOCA 1412

Sept. 19-29 7:30 p.m. “Seven Guitars” Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

Tuesday, Sept. 17 Free pancakes 7-9:30 a.m. First floor of UC

7-9 p.m. National Treasures: Anthony Davis in Residence GOCA 121

Wednesday, Sept. 18 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Build Your Own Cheeseburger The Lodge

3:30 p.m. Barney Rosenberg University Theatre 302

Thursday, Sept. 19 3-5 p.m. GOCA Chili CookOff Competition GOCA121 7-10 p.m. Table Tennis doubles tournament Rec Center

3:30-5:30 p.m.: accounting majors 5:30-7:30 p.m.: all majors Career Networking Night Berger Hall

Friday, Sept. 20 Final day to completely withdraw with 80 percent adjustment

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

Serena Ahmad,

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Doing the hokey-pokey. Cutting your own hair.

Jonathan Wilkes, freshman, chemistry

This week at UCCS

Things you can get away with in class by saying it helps you focus

Reading out loud.

“The one I’m most looking forward to is the Marvel ‘SHIELD’ TV show. It’s Marvel. I want to see how they manage to do it.”

Courtney Wilkins, junior, psychology “I wasn’t planning on starting any new ones. I’m looking forward to ‘NCIS,’ ‘Criminal Minds’ – anything that I’m really interested in.”

Top Ten

Drawing on walls.

Brian Sullivan, freshman, mechanical engineering

“I’m looking forward to the new season of ‘How I Met Your Mother.’ It’s the final season. After like eight years, they finally showed the mother at the end of the last season, and now I want to see how it happens.”

September 16, 2013

Cutting your classmate’s hair. Singing. Loudly.

Out of 100 students surveyed on campus in the University Center plaza, Clyde’s, Café ‘65, Kraemer Family Library, the Science Center and the Spine between 4:30-5:30 p.m. Sept. 10.

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Knitting or crocheting. Painting your nails. Eating your favorite Indian dish.


September 16, 2013


Busy freshman all-business balancing academics, lifting and tennis Crystal Chilcott

Like many freshmen, Howie Hill arrived at UCCS to take on a full course load for his nursing degree. However, Hill also arrived as Colorado’s eighthranked tennis player and the national deadlift champion. His top-eight statewide ranking is out of 180 tennis players, and he also is ranked 14th in a six-state region of 700 players. But Hill didn’t start out in tennis until age 13. “My favorite sport was football, but my dad wouldn’t let me play because he thought I would get hurt,” Hill said. “My brother isn’t as athletically inclined, but tennis was his favorite sport so I tried it.” Hill competes in level-three and level-two tournaments, usually the former. The highest tier in tennis is level

“I’m not able to mess around much and there’s not time for tioned there almost every year since I was 4,” Hill said. much social stuff. It’s pretty busy, I just have to do it and not Beyond his tennis achievements, Hill think about doing it.” is also accomplished in lifting.

“I’m actually more successful at that than tennis,” he said. Last December, he set the Colorado one, which includes the top 32 players stuff. It’s pretty busy, I just have to do it nationally. He is among the top 400-500 and not think about doing it,” Hill said. State Deadlift record on his way to a nanationally. UCCS is located between his home tional title. He also won the Colorado Hill would ultimately like to compete and court, 10 minutes away from each. State Powerlifting title. He competed in in one of the world’s four major tour- He is fl exible with his training, fi tting it  the 16 through 17-year-old 198-pound class. At 15, he took up the sport benaments: the U.S. Open, French Open, in when he has time. He was offered several tennis schol- cause of his dad. Wimbledon or the Australian Open. “My home has 26 plates, four bars, a He spends 15 hours on the tennis arships, including half tuition to Divicourt weekly, training by himself or sion I schools and full or near-full rides squat rack. We have like a whole gym,” Hill said. In addition to his in-home with his coach Mark Bishop. Twenty to to Division II schools. 25 weekends yearly are devoted to his Though UCCS does not have a tennis workouts, he is trained by Ron Garofatournaments. He also spends 10 hours program, Hill decided to attend to save lo, who is a 20-time world record holder coaching at the Colorado Springs Cross on living expenses. He pays in-state tu- in powerlifting. In tennis, Hill will next compete in Country Club and fi ve hours training in  ition and would like to transfer in the next year or two to San Diego State a tournament at the Flying Horse Ranch powerlifting. as the No. 1 seed. His next national is “I’m not able to mess around much University or San Diego University. “I really like that area. I’ve vaca- Nov. 10 in Las Vegas. S and there’s not time for much social — Howie Hill

Athletes for Christ aims to be a support system on campus April Wefler

Being a Christian in college can be diffi cult  when  students  want  to  have  a  good time while not losing their faith. Darius Pardner, a junior majoring in organizational and strategic communication, started Athletes for Christ last spring to help college students in their journey with God. “I honestly believe God’s always speaking to me and through me. The idea wasn’t mine; God kind of spoke to me about it,” he said. Pardner is a member of the UCCS basketball team and played basketball in high school. “I wanted to mix in athletics with following Christ,” he said. “If you’d asked me a year ago, I thought it would’ve been hard to work two jobs, go to school and have my own club,” he said. However, Pardner said he has been able to balance classes, athletics, two jobs and still fi nd time for church. “One day I was just thinking that we don’t have a place on campus where people who are not of a particular faith can come together and learn about God. You can just come in and talk about topics that relate to us,” he said. The club plans to talk about everyday topics and how they relate to sports. Pardner said that each week, they’ll have a discussion-based Bible study. “My goal is to really just talk to people about following Christ as a college student. You’re on your own for the fi rst  time – 18, 19, 20 years old,” he said. Pardner grew up in a church home, but said he didn’t really fi nd Christ until  last year. Like Pardner, Vice President Amber Wilson grew up in a church-going home and said half of her family are pastors. “When you come to college, you’re away from home and you’re not at your church home and it’s really hard to fi nd  other students who have Christ in their life,” she said. Pardner said anyone can join, even if they aren’t an athlete or religious, and university policy mandates clubs don’t discriminate with their members. “I don’t see why I should restrict any-


Darius Pardner, president and founder of Athletes for Christ, wants to provide a place for “no particular faith” students to discuss faith in a college environment.

“I think a lot of students party and if you’re concerned with Christ, you’re wondering if it’s bad for me. God loves us for the way we are. He knows who we are; he made us. A lot of people try to be like other people; God wants us to be ourselves.” — Darius Pardner one who can join my club,” Pardner said, adding that non-believers are more than welcome. “I think our goal is just to be a support system and infl uence students to live  with the perspective of God on your side. He’s always there; you should never feel alone on campus,” Wilson added. Wilson, a junior majoring in organizational and strategic communication, said she is excited to see what other people are thinking. “I just feel like there’s going to be so many things to cover, ‘cause it’s going to be  like  a  big  fi shbowl  when  you  throw  a topic in,” she said. “It gives students another way to cope with college and to cope with daily life.”

Pardner said he wants to talk about being yourself and that it’s OK to follow Christ and still have fun in college. “I think a lot of students party and if you’re concerned with Christ, you’re wondering if it’s bad for me. God loves us for the way we are. He knows who we are; he made us. A lot of people try to be like other people; God wants us to be ourselves,” he said. Chris Morgan, a junior majoring in secondary education in history, thought it was important to spread the word. “I thought it was necessary for people to hear it in a different way,” he said. Morgan, a Christian athlete in high school and Athletes for Christ’s treasurer, said his dad has been a pastor his whole

life and that he was raised in church from a young age. “My personal goal is just to spread the word and help people with their journey with Christ,” Morgan said. Along with the discussion, the club plans to volunteer once a month at the Colorado Springs Rescue Mission and go to sporting events. “This is really just about how does God want us to live, topics that relate to young adults and how to better ourselves and our community. Those make good people and good people are the ones that thrive in the future,” Pardner said.     The fi rst meeting of Athletes for Christ  will be Sept. 25 from 6-7 p.m. in University Center, room to be determined. S

12 s ports Clyde: the man behind the mask speaks Alexander Nedd

Clyde has become a recognized symbol throughout UCCS. The fearless feline has captured and displayed school spirit in a variety of ways over the years. But just what does it take to be behind the mask?     The Scribe set out to fi nd more  about the UCCS mascot and what it takes to put on a show for the campus. To maintain the mystery, the man behind Clyde’s mask wished to remain unnamed but answered some questions.           The  fi rst  fact  the  mascot  wanted to share is that Clyde’s character is female, regardless of who wears the costume. “If you go to our Facebook page, she is listed as a girl,” Clyde said. “The original mascot was a girl, which surprises a lot of people.” Clyde wasn’t always a mountain lion, either. “Before Clyde, we were the Long Necks, a giraffe,” Clyde said. “Before that, the school’s mascot was gold bars. That was kind of creepy.” Clyde can be seen always sporting  her  signature  UCCS  outfi t  –  and the costume is hot (no, we’re not talking about her looks). The costume is made out of synesthetic fur, Velcro and felt. The head is Styrofoam and plastic, and a fat suit is added under-


The female feline mascot for UCCS, Clyde, shares insights into the life as the face of a university.

neath Clyde’s exterior. “It’s not uncomfortable. You just get used to it,” Clyde said. This particular Clyde has served the UCCS community for three years, but it’s not a one-person effort. “Currently, I’m training two other people,” Clyde said. “Be-

cause the school is expanding, UCCS is looking to have multiple mascots, which means we can have Clyde in two places at once. It’s a plan that follows many other colleges, including CU.” As is the case with almost any job, being Clyde had its occupational hazards. Clyde highlighted

some of the dangers of performing that are unseen by the crowd. “On hot days [outside], you can only stay in for an hour before you get heat stroke.” More costumes and trained people will help reduce this fear.     “You’re not allowed to fi ght  or talk to them,” Clyde said about communicating with the crowd. Clyde has a handler, or personal bodyguard, who oversees her while she is putting on a show for the audience. Clyde also shared some of her favorite memories and activities during her time entertaining. “I got  beat  up  by  the  Chick-fi l-A  cow during Relay for Life last year. That was interesting.” Clyde has been forming rivalries with other costumed crusaders as well. “Every year we take a student trip to Mines,” Clyde said. “Their mascot is a miner who has a pickaxe, he is always belligerent to UCCS and we always butt heads.” However, Clyde highlights that it is all for show and seldom taken seriously. Clyde explained how through working with the audience she has been able to coax students out of their shells. “I work with little kids all the time and it’s just fun,” Clyde said. “With little kids, there are no reservations. [Being] Clyde, you can

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get people to do things that they normally wouldn’t do. I’ve gotten people out to the court, dance to the latest songs – it brings out the school spirit and kid side of people.” Like any other cat, Clyde also has a mischievous side. She loves to scare people. “Especially old women,” Clyde said.  “Clyde  is  defi nitely  a mischievous trickster, getting to scare the parents on the side of the court is fun.” Amy Sutz, the school spirit director, said that keeping the mascot completely anonymous is part of maintaining the mystery. “It’s been that way for a long time, and when I came on I didn’t change that,” she said. “Part of it is just that the people are part of something, but it’s also just kind of cool to be a mystery.” Although UCCS might never know who is behind the mask, the concept that it could be any student on campus is part of the fun. “I love our mascot,” said Kelly Garcia, a sophomore. “Whoever [he] is does a great job at keeping up the school spirit during games. It’s not an easy job.” “I love it,” Clyde said. “It’s defi nitely  the  most  fun  job  I’ve  ever had.” S Jonathan Toman contributed reporting.

Spirit Squad looks to expand role under athletic department with injuries and safety issues, as the team is now under athletic surance. Assistant Director of CompliThe Spirit Squad is entering uncharted waters at UCCS this ance Amy Sutz, who now doubles as the UCCS spirit director, year. Beginning this fall, the squad sees the team headed in the right will be under the athletic depart- direction. Sutz was the faculty sponsor ment and no longer function as a club sport. As a club, the team for the team last year, and the foressentially operated on its own. mer high school cheerleader had Now, it reports directly to the ath- some troubles with her team. “It was kind of a train wreck,” letic department. This is despite the fact that Sutz said. “We got all the girls tocheerleading is not recognized as gether and I asked them if this is an NCAA sport, which leads to a something we want to do.” Sutz is now in charge of both fi rst at UCCS.      “It’s a unique situation, the fi rst  the cheerleaders and the mascot, time we’ve ever done anything which adds up to 13 people at this like this,” said Jared Verner, assis- point. They hope to possibly add tant athletic director for sports in- the UCCS dance team in the fuformation. “We want to establish ture as well. Clyde will also attend some them as part of the team.”           But  while  this  is  a  fi rst  at  practices so she can learn some UCCS,  it  is  not  a  fi rst  for  the  of the moves and coordinate with Rocky Mountain Athletic Confer- the cheerleaders and perhaps even ence. Fort Lewis College in Dur- do some stunts. The team is also looking to ango has a similar situation with its cycling team, and several other expand  its  sphere  of  infl uence  schools in the RMAC have rodeo regarding the types of sports the spirit team attends, although Sutz teams in similar spots as well. “There is history at other said that “golf is kind of a hard schools within our conference,” one.” Soccer, basketball, volleyball Verner said. “But from my perspective, I’m treating it just like and softball are the main sports on the radar for the team at this point, any other sport.” Concussion testing and other with basketball the main focus. “We will have the ability to do sports medicine events are now required, along with access to ath- more things and interact with the letic trainers, who can now help other teams,” said Shaelyn Hood, Jonathan Toman

sophomore and team captain. “We can have more connections.” There is no competition season for the team currently, but Verner added that this is not the main goal right now. “The focus is to enhance the atmosphere of home games,” he said. “A surprising amount of coaches that want us to attend their games,” Hood said. “It’s been such an awesome experience to have coaches be so accepting. It feels good.” Hood is glad to be working with the team she has. “They are such great people, so dedicated, so willing to push further than even I would ask,” Hood said. “We’re excited, we’re excited, we’re really excited.” “The best ambassadors represent the school both on and off the fi eld,” Sutz said. “We expect  the girls to have very high character.” Sutz hopes to see the role of the Spirit Squad expand as it moves forward, and Verner and Hood see things progressing similarly. “I hope the Spirit Squad will have much more of a presence on campus, more obvious,” Sutz said. “I hope people get used to seeing us around. I hope people will make the connection, ‘Oh, cheer  has  their  outfi t  on,  there  must be a game today.’ It’s a walking announcement.” “We want to enhance the level


The UCCS Cheer team is officially under the university Athletics Department and no longer a club.

of involvement in community,” Verner said. “And competitions down the road are a natural next step.” For now, Hood and Sutz are excited to see where things go this year. “We’re so happy to be where

we are,” said Hood. “We want to wow people with our stunts and help give people more pride in our school.” “I think it’s going to have a tremendous positive impact,” Sutz said. “It’s like a win for everybody.” S

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