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University growth prompts Four Diamonds queue P. 3

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Assistance available for those with PTSD P. 2

Science & Business Economic forum Business leaders discuss economics at the 17th Annual Southern Colorado Economic Forum 4

Culture Harry Potter Rumors fly online over a new Harry Potter film and miniseries 6 ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Joss Whedon’s newest show exceeds expectations 6

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UCCS defies drought through sustainable planning Monika Reinholz mreinhol@uccs.edu

Following a city council vote to continue water bans until Dec. 31, UCCS has turned to sustainable planning to reduce water use. According to EnergyCAP, en-

ergy management software used on campus, overall water usage in the last year is down 10.3 percent. Additionally, irrigation totals for August 2012 to July 2013 are down 27.2 percent. The US Drought Monitor website, a partnership between several national agencies, shows

much of Colorado is in “abnormally dry” to “severe” drought conditions as of Sept. 17, with a large portion of northern and central Colorado downgraded due to recent rain and flooding. Because of the drought, Colorado Springs Utilities had a goal of saving 5.8 billion gallons of

water, which they reached Sept. 5. However, the local water ban is still at level 2B restrictions, which limits watering outdoors to two days a week. “Because of the community’s water deficit that occurred over Continued on page 2 . . .

Opinion Career choices Students think they have it figured out and they don’t 9 Technology blackout It’s helpful when you have it but horrible when it’s gone 9

Sports Olympic hideand-seek Athletes: catch them if you can 11

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Assistance available for those with PTSD

Nick Beadleston

nbeadles@uccs.edu

The Colorado Springs Police Department responded to a report of a shooting in the 4700 block of Rusina Road on Sept. 13. Officers arrived to find a 27-year-old male dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Barbara Miller, a spokeswoman with CSPD, later confirmed the individual to be Eric Diederich. Diederich was a grad student, attending UCCS in pursuit of a criminal justice degree. He was also a veteran, having served with the Army’s 7-10 Cavalry Troop in Afghanistan. According to a 2012 Department of Defense report, data collected from 2010 indicates approximately 22 veterans commit suicide every day. Many that return home have varying degrees of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which “can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like combat, assault, or disaster,” according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Susan Diederich, mother of

Eric Diederich, stated that her family was unaware if her son was suffering from PTSD. “We have a lot of questions and no answers.” UCCS is home to more than 700 veterans, as well as many additional active duty military members and students relying on family GI benefits. Phillip Morris, director of the Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs, said his office is working to promote awareness of PTSD and a cohesive veteran culture on campus. “We’re making an effort to go beyond just processing,” said Morris, regarding expanding the duties of the campus VA office. On Sept. 27, the Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs launched its new military awareness program, the Veterans Education and Training Program (VETS). VETS is aimed at teaching faculty about veteran-centric issues. Faculty who complete the training will receive a sticker to place on their office door to indicate PTSD awareness. Morris also indicated the campus VA office includes in-

(Continued from page 1) UCCS the last two years, we would need more than a few storms to replenish reservoirs,” said CSU spokeswoman Patrice Lehermeier. “The recent rains represented just more than a 1 percent gain in our entire system. System storage is still only about 56 percent, at a time when normal levels are more than 70 percent.” According to Weather Underground, the yearly precipitation for Colorado Springs through Sept. 24, 2013 is 14.84 inches, more than double the amount through that date for the previous year. Even though the recent rains have reduced local demand and usage, according to Lehermeier, the majority of city’s water comes from collection systems near Leadville and Breckenridge. “The only long-term solution is heavy, prolonged precipitation high in the mountains,” said Lehermeier. “This is where we really want to see all the snow falling.” On campus, steps have been taken to measure and reduce water consumption. Ten years ago, Keith Woodring, campus services groundskeeping supervisor, noticed there were not any sub meters on the irrigation systems. This meant an inability to gauge how water was being used, so meters were added. “We’ve been able to track

formation about counseling resources available on and near the university in new student orientation packets. Morris stated Diederich did not interact with the campus VA office outside of normal enrollment processes. When asked how Morris, also an Army veteran, would personally deal with another veteran who approached him with PTSD concerns, he said he would “definitely try to make sure they had all the resources available to them.” Benek Altayli, director for the university Counseling Center, indicated there are both group and individual therapy sessions available for veterans. “If there is demand from veterans, we are set up to do that,” said Altayli. She estimated there are 1020 veterans currently attending individual therapy and none in group therapy. “It may not be a clinical setting veterans are drawn to,” said Morris. “It’s more of an informal peer-to-peer thing that’s effective.” Jorge Arredondo, president of Student Veteran Organiza-

tion, indicated his organization provides “social networking and social support” for veterans. The SVO is the UCCS chapter of the national organization Student Veterans of America, which focuses on providing support for student veterans. Steve Linhart, dean of students, acknowledged a lack of “formal programs” designed specifically for PTSD. He did, however, refer to several resources available to all students, including the Student Response Team. The function of SRT is to coordinate on-campus resources for students in “crisis situations.” Linhart, along with Altayli and Clay Garner, the UCCS police operations lieutenant, comprise the core of the SRT. “Whether it’s PTSD or any crisis, we want to get to the students and see how we can assist them,” said Steve Linhart. Another resource available to veterans is the Mobile Vet Center. The MVC is on campus the first Tuesday of every month and is parked in the loading dock in-between University Center and Kraemer Library.

Despite being inoperative for several months, the MVC is functional and next slated to be on campus Oct. 1. While the university has made advances in PTSD resources, some in the Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs feel that not enough has been done to promote the issue. According to a June article in the Colorado Springs Business Journal, UCCS received a $2 million grant from philanthropist Lyda Hill to build a Veteran Health and Trauma Clinic. The article also indicates 18 percent of El Paso County residents have served in the military. Charles Benight, director of the university’s Trauma, Health and Hazards Center, stated the facility will open in February or March of 2014. Benight will be the chair of veteran health and trauma at the new center. Despite the increasing number of resources available on campus and in Colorado Springs, many feel that open discourse is the first line of defense. “He [Diederich] didn’t disclose that he was having trouble,” said Morris. “I wish we could have helped.” S

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how much irrigation water we’re using on campus,” said Woodring. These meters also assist in tracking any discrepancies so they can be fixed. Last year’s usage was higher than average because of fire prevention strategies used to combat embers from the Waldo Canyon fire, according to Woodring. CSU has a formula to give a threshold of water usage for commercial buildings, including UCCS. Any usage past the threshold is charged at about seven cents per cubic foot of water. According to this formula, campus water irrigation can only use 532,974.83 cubic feet of water per month. This number is determined by taking the previous years’ total water usage (2012 total was 3,197,849), multiplying it by two, and then dividing that number by 12. UCCS campus facilities had to fill out an alternate water management plan with CSU, and it was later approved. This allows outdoor maintenance to water four days a week. However, due to the size of the campus, only half can be watered at a time. With the assistance of the Green Action Fund, campus services also purchased a smart clock for University Hall. “It takes into consideration the evaporation and transpiration

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of the atmosphere,” said Woodring. “Based on what you want to water, how much rain comes in, how much heat is taken out, it then either adds more time or reduces time [to water].” Additionally, the facilities outdoor maintenance crew mows only the top one-third of grass blades, which is believed to create less stress for the grass

and requires it to use less water. The maintenance crew has also heavily aerated the ground and used both a soil conditioner and a 16-week fertilizer on top of using heat-resistant, low-water grasses like tall fescue and perennial rye. On campus, some continued outdoor management goals include obtaining more smart

clocks through GAF funding grants and planting taller fescue and perennial rye. Around the community, water consumption remains at the forefront of many minds. “The goal, always, is to help people understand the value of water. It’s not a limitless resource. It’s extremely precious,” said Lehermeier. S


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University growth prompts Four Diamonds queue, more buses

Dezarae Yoder dyoder@uccs.edu

This semester started with 10 buses … We realized we were in trouble there, even at the very beginning, and went out and leased another bus.

A growing student body has forced parking and bus transportation on campus to adjust to demand. Six parking spaces were removed from the main Four Diamonds parking lot last week to make way for a bus queue, according to Jim Spice, executive director of parking and transportation services. “The people waiting were usually forming their own line … the problem was the line they formed was along the roadways and sometimes even blocked the roadways,” said Spice. “We got to a point in the last three weeks when that lot was completely full,” he noted. “We were parking them along the back edges where we should have put in parallel parking originally but didn’t. I’ve added 48 spaces and taken away six.” Spice added that Lot 15 is expected to gain 25 more spaces. Bus transportation is also experiencing some adaptations due to the increase in enrollment. In 2011, the buses saw 336,742 passengers, according to Russell Wilcox, transportation services manager. In 2012, that peaked to 400,186, and the school is “on pace to beat that” this year, he said. “The first three weeks of fall 2012 versus the first three weeks of fall 2013, we’re up by 16,706 passengers … just

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over the same time period last year,” Wilcox added. The university maintains nine buses, two of which are leased from Intermountain Coach. Each bus costs $2,500 a month to lease while a new bus purchase is $165,000. UCCS will be gaining a bus but not as soon as originally anticipated. Initially, the new bus was projected to arrive in October. Now, it’s not expected until December and likely won’t be ready for use until the spring semester, officials estimate. “Our experience has been around six months wait,” said Spice. “[T]he dealer delivers it to us, then we still have a few weeks before it’s in service,” said Wilcox. Wilcox added, “We have to send it to go through those wrap jobs on the outside and get modifications done … It takes some time.” Two new bus drivers have also been

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Bus drivers, like Dave Walker, are operating on an extended schedule.

hired, according to Spice, and the department is looking to hire another. Currently, there are 18 total drivers, and three-quarters of them are parttime. “In 2002, we had three buses and six drivers, and we only ran 16 hours a day [with] those few buses,” said Wilcox. Now, the service extends from as early as 6:40 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and includes a Sunset Creek route. The substantial growth has forced transportation services to adjust. “We are so maxed out … [on] the passenger counts,” Wilcox said. “This semester started with 10 buses … We realized we were in trouble there, even at the very beginning, and went out and

leased another bus.” In addition, charters have become increasingly popular. In 2002, when Wilcox took his position, only 25 charters were available from January to December. Since then, Wilcox has seen a steep increase in use. “Last year, I thought I was pretty busy with 185 charters,” said Wilcox. “This year I’ve got 259 charters and the year’s not over yet … It’ll be over 300 by the end of the year.” “We do a lot of charters with the Family Development Center, athletics and summer conferencing,” said Wilcox, who indicated he only foresees increased use of the charters. “Summer conferencing was a big one this summer.” S

Geography, poli-sci among tutoring now available at excel centers Attiana Collins acollin2@uccs.edu

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Tutoring through the Centers for Academic Excellence is available for more subjects this semester. Social science subjects, such as geography and anthropology, will be taught in the Language Center. Tutoring for philosophy and political science is now being offered in the Communication Center. These two centers are part the five total centers on campus that include mathematics, science and writing. The centers have been a part of campus since 1990. According to Barbara Gaddis, executive director of First Year Experience and Transfer Student Connections who oversees all five, the centers’ goal is to “take good students and make them great.” “The centers are designed to provide critical academic and individual support to all students in the university in all major academic areas, both within and beyond the classroom,” Gaddis said. “We provide academic support through tutoring, supplemental instruction, reviews, workshops, consultations [and] technology to help students excel in their courses.” According to John Harner, professor and chair of the geography and environmental studies department, the Language Center now has tutors for several required courses in GES. “Barbara Gaddis contacted me and asked whether we could use student tutors for some of our core, required classes

in geography and environmental studies. They [the geography and environmental studies department] said yes and nominated three student tutors. They now have regular hours in the new center,” Harner said. Brandon Vogt, assistant professor in the department of geography and environmental studies, said tutors were found by sending emails to students asking if they were interested. “This approach worked – we received just enough emails to hire tutors for three of the six required courses,” Vogt stated. “The funding from the Excellence Center provided for only three tutors.” Students in the GES department are “thrilled to have tutors for three of their six required classes,” according to Vogt. “Sometimes faculty hours are not aligned well with students’ schedules,” Vogt said. “So the addition of tutoring hours, some during the evening, really opens up opportunities for students to get help.” Vogt also explained the need for peer tutoring. “In some cases, students may be more likely to seek help from a fellow student than from their instructor. It’s a great thing.” Another benefit of the centers, according to Vogt, is the experience the tutors gain. “This sort of thing looks great on a resume. The ability to teach means that the tutors have more or less mastered the subject matter, and I think employers recognize this.” S


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September 30, 2013

Business leaders optimistic at Southern Colorado Economic Forum April Wefler

awefler@uccs.edu

UCCS and the College of Business partnered with several community organizations to host the 17th Annual Southern Colorado Economic Forum at the Antlers Hilton Hotel on Sept. 26. College of Business professors Tom Zwirlein and Fred Crowley were both featured presenters after short introductions by Venkat Reddy, the business school dean, and the chancellor. The forum emphasized the importance of rebuilding city infrastructure, as well as developing confidence and working together as a community. Jim Paulsen, the keynote speaker for the forum and chief investment strategist for Wells Capital Management, stressed the importance of consumer confidence. “I think we’re getting close to where money velocity is turning up. I think it’s about to turn up. If confidence turns up, velocity turns up,” he said. Talking about the end of the world, ad nauseam: “Our view was, ‘We’re dead, man.’ If everyone thinks that, we are.” Paulsen said that our economy dealt with this view for three years, which meant that we didn’t experience an economic boom. Paulsen said it is a different type of economy. “It’s reacted differently because you all got older,” he said to a few hundred mostly older Colorado Springs residents in the Antler’s ballroom. He also said the nation is in for a long recovery. “It will take awhile ‘til you think the future looks bright enough and you start doing dumb things,” he said, adding the economy doesn’t have a recession when people are careful with their finances. In addition, Paulsen said to stop looking to the government to fix economic problems. “Stop worrying about them solving the problem. They’re not gonna.” Fred Crowley, senior instructor in the College of Business who was honored for

his outstanding service from 2002-2013 at the start of the forum, discussed the economy on a local level. He said the housing market is up about 200 percent and that the main factor is single-family homes. “Prices have come up, about 8 percent below historical peak, Colorado 2 percent below, nation 15 percent below,” he said. However, “if you pull out the housing and car sales, the rest of the economy needs more oomph.” Crowley added health care services have picked up about 4,000 jobs since 2002, but there aren’t as many jobs as the community needs. “We’re getting too concentrated … not the direction we want to go,” he said. Zwirlein, a professor of finance, said the community is seeing almost 35,000 jobs and that the largest sector is software/IT, which he said are critical jobs for the community. Both he and Crowley emphasized rebuilding the infrastructure. “I don’t think those developing countries could develop if you don’t put in the infrastructure first,” Zwirlein said. He said that 70 percent of the roads are in need of repair. “We gotta show a better face. You build, they’ll come,” he said. “Because we kept putting it off and putting it off, it’s gonna be a hell of a lot more expensive.” Since there was a delay in rebuilding the infrastructure, $834 million is needed to rebuild, which means $53.4 million per year for 25 years. “We need to think big. I don’t know if as a community, we’re thinking about abundance. I think we’re still focused on scarcity,” said panelist Joe Raso, president and CEO of Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance. Some discussed the communication divide between Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach and City Council in fixing city problems, others the divide between city and county government. “We have got to behave like there are

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no boundaries. I think we have to boldly proclaim who we are,” added Amy Lathen, El Paso County District 2 commissioner. The forum has been a prominent annual event to discuss local and national economics for 17 years. Ron Chernak, president of First Business Brokers, Ltd. and this year’s master of ceremonies, attended an economic forum of a similar nature in Denver. “He liked what he heard but thought it was too focused on northern Colorado, so

he asked if we could do it here for southern Colorado,” said Zwirlein. Zwirlein and a colleague did the first analysis in 1997. “It was well-received, so we decided to do another and another and another.” He said he likes that the forum gives him an opportunity to discuss material he would normally teach in business school. “It’s an unbiased analysis of what’s going on in the economy. We don’t silver plate or gold plate,” Zwirlein said. S

At age 21, student and undergrad instructor close to Ph.D. April Wefler

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Welcome to a new semester, class. Meet your teacher: Jewell Anne Lee Hartman. Oh, by the way, she’s 21. Hartman said she doesn’t normally tell students her age. “I don’t walk into the class and say, ‘Guess what, I’m only so many years old.’ I just give them my credentials and they guess for themselves,” she said. “Usually, people guess me at about 26, 29 or so. I remember my friend Nick guessed me at 23 when I had just turned 18,” she added. Hartman has been a UCCS employee since she was 19 and was on the president’s honor roll every semester. Since then, she has taught various math classes and physics labs. In addition to being a grader for the math department, she has tutored at the Center for Excellence in Mathematics for the last four years and was the youngest tutor the center has ever hired. “I really enjoy getting to meet the students and kind of see the side of teaching that includes helping students out and not

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Jewell Hartman is two classes away from obtaining her Ph.D. in physics.

just helping them with the course material … being an inspiration and someone for them to look up to,” she said. Last spring, she was selected as the coordinator for the National Space Symposium. “I did staff the booth the entire time, coordinated everything with all the professors, coordinated the involvement, handled the whole event. And I can’t wait for next year’s; it’s going to be even bigger and better,” she said. Hartman is also a researcher in the

BioFrontiers Institute, a program for interdisciplinary research that has a center at UCCS. “My research involves cancer treatment and detection using nanoparticles, so it’s all about nanoscience,” she said. “I just really have a passion to use physics to help people.” When Hartman was 18 months old, her mom realized Hartman could distinguish between vowels and decided that if she could do that, then she could learn how to read. “She just noticed that I had this capability, and [she thought] why waste that intelligence?” Hartman explained. “So she taught me to read and then we just kept on going, and she always jokes about 12 years, 12 grades, no big deal.” At age 3, she was studying first-grade material. Hartman was homeschooled and graduated high school at age 12. She then started taking online classes through CU Boulder as a chemistry major, getting four semesters of credit there before transferring to UCCS. “Then I took college trigonometry and decided OK, I’m gonna change and be a math major,” she said.

After her first day of Physics III, Hartman added physics as her double major. She graduated summa cum laude from UCCS with a 4.0 GPA and enrolled in the physics graduate program. Now, Hartman is only two classes away from her Ph.D. Hartman also has a computer science degree and has taken enough classes to almost have a history minor. She is also a couple of classes away from a master’s in mathematics. “Honestly, I feel it’s intrinsic. My mama is this way, too, and I definitely inherited it from her, and it’s just a natural, intrinsic drive for success and always the desire of learning,” she said. Hartman said she doesn’t like to make people feel uncomfortable. “I don’t have the feeling that I can only be friends with those that are of the intelligence level that I am. I have friends in all fields, and I’m not at all kind of cliquish about who I will associate with,” she said. “One of my friends … when I first met him, he said, ‘You know, you are really a paradox.’ And I mean, that is kind of how I do think of myself in the sense that I don’t fit into one particular box.” S


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Succeeding at UCCS: Parking services to release GPS there’s an app for that bus-tracking app soon The distance between the classroom and living room is becoming shorter than ever. Smartphones and tablets are making it possible to do just about anything from anywhere, whether turning in assignments and checking email to receiving alerts from campus. Still, many are unaware of the apps that can be used to help with college. Here are some popular apps for students to use on a regular basis both on and off campus:

iClicker GO This app is surprisingly easy and convenient for those who need to use it in the classroom…when it works. This app transforms your phone into the device needed for iClicker technology. Many times students may attend class and forget their iClicker, a remote used for taking attendance, answering questions on tests and taking surveys. With this application, the phone becomes the clicker and there is no need for an external device. It seems like a great idea, but the app stalls out. Other reviews mention the app does not support an Android-friendly layout and won’t work over Wi-Fi. The app’s price starts at $9.99 for 180 days and comes with a 14-day free trial for those unsure about the investment. Check that the instructor is using the current version of iClicker GO and test it in class before purchase.

My Homework This app is available for free and is one of my favorite apps for academic use. The homework app planner turns your phone into an all-in-one organizer. It can sort dates for homework, set reminders for quizzes and give late notices.

Blackboard Admittedly, this is not one of my favorite sites to use on or off campus for UCCS. It seems to run slowly at home, and the website’s layout is a steep learning curve for those who are new to the system. This year, changes have focused on making Blackboard easier for communication between students and teachers and allowing users to create a custom profile. This transfers right to the app. The price of the app is unimpressive with a 1-year subscription at $1.99 and unlimited for $5.99. However, UCCS has no control over its initial price. If you can look past the price, the app works very well on the phone. It has an impressive, simple layout that rivals the cramped website version. One can quickly navigate the app, find classes and see assignments needing completion or submission. Acts, such as discussions board, are available, and students can easily check grades once posted.

Doodle This app is for those looking to schedule events with ease. Doodle, free, allows one to coordinate meetings or group projects and have others respond to surveys by selecting times or responses. It also works with many external applications, such as Google Calendar and Yahoo Calendar. Others don’t need to have Doodle for the user to submit polls or create events, either. All information received is stored in the application and available for viewing at any time. S

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Students will soon be able to track campus buses and see estimated times of arrival.

Crystal Chilcott cchilcot@uccs.edu

The Parking and Transportation Services office is installing GPS in all of its buses. In the next several weeks, the office will release a mobile app and website allowing students to track campus buses. The app, which will be available on iPhone and Android, will give estimated times of arrival for the buses’ main routes. The office plans to alert students of this development by placing posters around campus. The posters will have a QR Code, allowing the app to be instantly downloaded. The same information will be available on the UCCS website, but that URL has yet to be released. The routes included in the app are Circulator, Four Diamonds and the Weekend Loop. The app will give the buses’ anticipated arrival times at all stops, which are expected to closely follow to the bus schedule’s times printed at bus stops and on fliers. “We wanted to do this for convenience. This way, students won’t have to be at the bus stop to see when the next bus is expected to arrive, and they don’t have to carry a paper [schedule] around with them,” said Jim Spice, executive director of Parking and

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“We wanted to do this for convenience. This way, students won’t have to be at the bus stop to see when the next bus is expected to arrive, and they don’t have to carry a paper [schedule] around with them.” — Jim Spice Transportation Services. Though Spice said the buses usually run close to schedule, there is always the possibility of delay due to construction, traffic and stoplights. “This is another way to supplement if the schedule is off,” Spice said. Planning for the GPS installments began in June, but some issues have delayed the app’s release. The university is leasing two buses, which had not been installed with GPS as of interview time. One GPS had just arrived in the mail while the other was awaiting arrival. Due to this, the estimated arrival times were off. For example, the Four Diamonds route had multiple active buses, but arrival times could only be calculated for two. Another issue arose from the bluffs. The bluffs block some satellite reception, which also reduces accuracy. The office is working to resolve this issue and expects to release the app within two to three weeks. “I would use this app. I need to know how early to leave

to get to my car and then to work. Now I’m at the bus stop 45 minutes early,” said April Cole, senior biology major. Some students have expressed complaints about the shuttle bus crunch this semester. “I don’t think there are enough buses. I can’t get to class on time. Last semester, I could get to Four Diamonds 15 minutes before class and be on time. Now I get there 40 minutes early and have to wait in line behind three buses full of people,” said David Nienaber, junior engineering major. Beyond the app, the installation of GPS in buses provides the office with other benefits. When UCCS buses charter to other parts of the state for athletics or events, the office can track them. This includes speed and street-view satellite images. “I saw one of our buses in front of the state capitol the other day,” Spice said. “It’s also a safety feature. If a bus is stuck in a snowstorm, we can help direct them around it.” S

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Fantastic Beasts film and Casual Vacancy miniseries reviving Potterhead fandom Eleanor Skelton eskelton@uccs.edu

Those Potterheads still lingering over the last pages of “Deathly Hallows” and re-watching the Harry Potter film saga: your childhood is not over. Rumors about more film projects were confirmed in an article in the New York Times on Sept. 12, announcing a film based on “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” for which J.K. Rowling herself is a screenwriter. Additionally, there will be a TV miniseries based on “The Casual Vacancy,” her latest book, which was reviewed by The Scribe in an Oct. 8 issue last year. Reactions from Internet fandoms have been mixed, but enthusiasm reverberates throughout most of the postings. A Tumblr meme said: “Dear all other fandoms, sorry, but we can’t hear you over the sound of our second movie series. Sincerely, Potterheads.” Another meme modified the “Deathly Hallows” poster caption with Harry and Voldemort facing off: “It All Ends 7.15”

changed to “Haha! JK! (Rowling).” Youatthebarricades’s Tumblr post from Sept. 12 reads, “I love that we didn’t really hear that much from JKR in a while and then we got ‘Casual Vacancy’ and then suddenly she’s written another book we didn’t even know about and then she’s got a sequel to that coming and now she’s doing a screenplay. All within a year. It’s like she was saving it up till we got bored or something.” Other fans offered detailed speculations about a potential return of Tom Riddle. Sterek-inour-stars posted Sept. 26, “Guys, I just figured something out! In ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,’ guess who we might see… Remember in ‘Chamber of Secrets’ when Harry found Riddle’s diary that was 50 years old? And Riddle was 5th year so he had to be 15 years younger right? And ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is 70 years before HP. Did you do the math?!” “You know what would be really interesting? If Hagrid’s mom was in it,” blogger joemerl

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A movie was announced for J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

said on Sept. 26. Fans also expressed hopes for further films developing the world of wizardry, like blogger captainmentalistlocked, who said on Sept. 26, “I really hope we get a ‘Hogwarts: A History’ movie. I really want to know about the founders.” Criticism for the new series seemed to center on social justice issues, both in the United States and within Rowling’s world.

Whatdoyouseecassiebee’s commented, “All I want for ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is a POC [person of color] to play Newt Scamander.” Similarly, tarltarasa said, “Newt Scamander created the Werewolf Registry, which forces all werewolves to register with the Ministry of Magic. Suddenly I’m less enthusiastic about having him as a protagonist…” One fan thought the choice

of film topic was a plot twist. Another user, emily-ism, said Sept. 26, “To be honest, I always assumed that if there was going to be a sequel, it would either be about the parents (I wanted a Maurader’s tv show!!), the children, or Albus Dumbledore’s life. Never did I think it could be about one textbook from one part of the series. Never. Rowling always keeps us on our toes, I suppose.” S

Whedon’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ fulfills expectations too well Cynthia Jeub cjeub@uccs.edu

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Sorry to disappoint, Nathan Fillion. “Firefly” is not coming back, and its writer’s latest show doesn’t compare. A father and a son share a heartwarming and endearing conversation about hard financial times. Behind them, a building erupts into flames. Typical Joss Whedon. Picking up the story where “The Avengers” movie left off with a new group of characters, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is quick to establish Agent Phil Coulson is not dead. Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, was presumed dead in “The Avengers.” Now (spoiler alert) he’s working at a higher level of intelligence, and most people don’t know he’s alive. Fans of Whedon, known for his creations “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly” and as the writer of “The Avengers,” have had high expectations for the debut of his newest show. The pilot episode, which aired Sept. 24, is also quick to establish everything else. Every minute feels jam-packed with asides to fans of the long-running franchise, which will get an eighth movie in November. Four more films, including

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The ABC show “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has been widely anticipated by viewers.

a “Captain America” sequel, a “Thor” sequel, a connected film with all-new characters and an “Avengers” sequel, are planned through 2015. For fans of the series, the pilot doesn’t disappoint. Countless moments of clever problem-solving, more than one plot twist, fast-paced fight scenes, witty dialogue and impressive cinematography and graphics fill the time. This show deserved commendation for setting up nerdy young people as the heroes. Smart, technologically capa-

ble and a little lacking in selfawareness, these new characters are likeable. They’re all genre-savvy enough to drop lines like “with great power comes…a ton of weird crap.” When asked what “S.H.I.E.L.D.” means, one young agent answers, “that somebody really wanted it to spell ‘shield.’” True to Whedon’s other strength, the show asks a few poignant philosophical questions. Is the government trustworthy? A conspiracy theorist goes

head-to-head with Coulson, who surprises the audience with some dark decisions involving mind control, kidnapping and truth serum. Perhaps the rest of the season will have moments slow enough for a more intellectually challenging conversation than what was presented here. Overall, the pilot falls flat by not falling flat – it meets everything on the checklist, making something so quick-paced that it loses what made Whedon’s earlier work worth watching. It can’t be helped that be-

cause the show picks up where seven movies left off, it doesn’t have the advantage of an original concept, low budget and slowly warming up to new characters. Whedon has reached the top, so he’s too busy fulfilling the expectations of an ever-growing fanbase to bring something new and competitively risky. While “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will no doubt deliver an entertaining season, it’s too mainstream to get the classic cult following of Whedon’s other shows. S


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Thoughtfulness, inclusiveness must expand with enrollment The Scribe Editorial Board scribe@uccs.edu

UCCS lost an esteemed friend and colleague Sept. 13 when Marge Mistry, senior languages and culture instructor, died in a traffic accident. Ever since Mistry began teaching at UCCS in 1991, she had developed countless relationships with faculty, staff and students, including those of us at The Scribe who had the privilege of working with her serving as faculty advisor for UCCS Radio. While UCCS did release a campuswide announcement Sept. 16 notifying the community about Mistry’s death, the lack of communication with students thereafter is troubling. This should serve as a reminder that the grieving process does not end at a notification of death. It also extends to memorial services, which some students unknowingly missed. The day after Mistry’s death, Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak notified faculty and staff about the accident via email and mentioned memorial services were pending.

On Sept. 17, information about her two Sept.18-19 memorial services was published on Communique, an online news publication for UCCS faculty and staff. Faculty and staff later received an email with a link to the Communique update. Students, who were not emailed the link or notification of services, were left out of the loop altogether. If faculty and staff kept up to date with Communique updates, they had the opportunity to attend the services beginning the next day. But how many students know about Communique? More importantly, how many students who wanted to attend found the information in time? Yes, we can all access alternative news sources to find such information on our own. However, word could have been spread throughout the campus better, ensuring everyone who wanted to attend the services had an opportunity to pay their respects. Mistry taught at UCCS for more than 20 years. News of her memorial services deserved to reach everyone whose lives she touched, students in-

cluded. Every student, staff and faculty member should be entitled to the same courtesy because UCCS is not only a university – it’s a community. Acting like a community is especially important when UCCS is continually shattering enrollment records, which means we form new connections with one another every day. Everyone grieves differently, so families may opt to hold private services, which should be respected. But when a service is open, sometimes a few extra faces from UCCS can help comfort family members when they see just how many people care for their loved one. According to Tom Hutton, executive director of University Advancement, the university is open to including students on notices about upcoming memorial services. He indicated the notices could be sent to every student email but also noted the university was trying not to overwhelm student inboxes. We at The Scribe are willing to receive that extra email. S

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September 30, 2013

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Certainty in careers an unrealistic goal in college

Nick Burns nburns@uccs.edu

The biggest joke at the end of college isn’t the student loan debt, the lack of available jobs or the need to stop eating Ramen. The worst part of finishing college is the soul-crushing realization that you worked toward

some goal for four years only to now to discover your “dream” job isn’t what you thought it was. Sooner or later, life teaches us we have no idea where we will end up. Being certain is naïve. According to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, only 27 percent of undergraduate degree holders will land a job that relates to their specific major. But you can’t tell that from walking around a college campus. Every other person, when asked about the future, will gladly tell you what they plan to do with their degree. They sound confident and self-assured because they “know” what they will be doing the rest of their lives. These people have a plan and expect the results will be

rewarding. Good on them for at least trying to take action. Still, they most likely have no idea what being a cop, nurse, military officer or whatever they aspire to be is really like. Talking to an economist before going into economics or discussing political concepts with a political science professor before working on a campaign can be a good foundational step before making a career leap. Being in a criminal justice class while an instructor shares a personal career story is a small preview to the realities of that profession. Some of the class will be shaken and not understand the morbid humor that lingers behind the scene in the law enforcement profession. Others will laugh along because they don’t understand the gravity of the scenario.

Long-distance relationships require perseverance

Samantha Morley smorley2@uccs.edu

Late afternoon, my phone rang. My boyfriend had received the best news of his life – he’d been accepted by Limerick University in Limerick, Ireland. He was ecstatic. I was less so, but hid it because he already had enough pressure. We have received much criticism and apprehension from friends and family about our decision to remain in a relationship, but we believe that this trial could strengthen our bond. According to Statistic Brain in 2012, long distance relationships comprise 32.5 percent of all college relationships. If we are diligent with staying in contact and remaining honest with each other, then there is a high chance that we will come out of this happily. Long-distance relationships can work. Upon hearing the news that my boyfriend would be moving, I did what most girls who love their man would do: I cried. I cried a lot. At the time he got the letter, we had only been dating 10 months. I didn’t want him to leave yet. But I swallowed down the emotions and got to work helping pack his things. A few weeks later, my boyfriend rented a Penske truck and drove to Boston where he said goodbye to some family and left

the country. He has been gone for a month now. When someone you love is with you in person, a month goes by very quickly. When you love someone and they are 4,404 miles away, a month feels like a year. Because of how far away he is, our relationship looks slightly different than a couple living in the same city. Instead of communicating over dinner at a restaurant, we talk over Skype. Eight time zones apart, scheduling can be difficult, but possible. We have also had to establish boundaries with people of the opposite gender. He once made friends with a very sweet girl from California and invited her over to his apartment where the two of them had a dinner that he cooked. That really upset me. But we discussed it, and he assured me that he would be more aware. Now he hangs out with the girl in public areas and around other friends. Mingling with female friends is fine, and I appreciate that he limits their time to public areas. I am glad he has made a friend. Long-distance relationships don’t work unless both parties communicate. Before he left, we also had conversations about what direction our relationship should go. Should we continue to be together? Are we strong enough to remain loyal to each other? Since he is my first boyfriend, there was also talk of ending our relationship because “I am young and may feel the urge to explore.” We have discussed what could happen in the future, such as whether or not I will move to Ireland with him. There is a chance that we may eventually go our separate ways. His or my career may take us in opposite directions. However, we have hope in our relationship and that it has the potential to strengthen our resolves as time goes on. S

For those in the profession, the humor is a mask used to cope, and only when you’ve been in those morose situations do you realize how unfunny it really is. There is a saying in the cop community that the first dead body you see tells you if you are cut out for the job. There is also a child abuse case, gang rape or everyday societal wretchedness that will dissuade a shaky resolve. Having been in law enforcement myself, I can attest that unless you’ve been around these things, you have no idea what they are like – or how you will respond to them. But no one wants to be told they are wrong. We all want to trust we are headed in the right direction, so when the future is uncertain, we shove our heads in the dirt.

“Doubt is not a pleasant condition…,” Voltaire said. That’s why no one ever asks the lifestyle or daily grind questions – the hard questions – to those themselves struggling to find the answers. He finished that quote by saying “…but certainty is absurd.” So stop telling people exactly what you will be doing “when you grow up.” Life doesn’t work according to our plans, so be prepared to have them change. Find out as much as you can about your intended goals and see what it is really like without the sterile and safe college environment. Then be prepared to be honest with yourself when you realize you didn’t really know for sure. Whether you choose to change your path or not, the only thing that’s certain for the future is that it is uncertain. S

Technology wonderful, until gone

Crystal Chilcott cchilcot@uccs.edu

For 36 hours, I was without my iPhone while the police tracked down the thief. Coupled with the fact that I have not had Wi-Fi for two months and went two weeks without a laptop while it was being repaired, I was completely out of touch with the world. According to Forbes, 80 percent of 18-34 year-olds own a smartphone. I hadn’t realized how dependent on this technology I am. I had already been without Wi-Fi, which had been causing a minor inconvenience. The loss of my smartphone cut me off completely, however. Without my phone or Wi-Fi, my life was in disarray. I had no way of contacting anyone. I schedule all my appointments and reminders on my phone’s calendar. I scribbled the times I could remember on a notepad but had no way of contacting anyone to check. I borrowed my friends’ phones to send emails or call my parents, but without the contacts I had saved into my phone, I was unable to contact anyone else. I realized how heavily I relied on

technology when I had no alarm to wake myself up in the morning. Instead, I asked a roommate to come wake me up the next morning. Interestingly, the very technology that was keeping me cut off without my phone helped with the resolution. My mom was able to contact one of my friends via Facebook. My friend picked me up, took me to Starbucks to use Wi-Fi to file my police report and drove me back to my house, where I picked up a spare set of car keys. (I also used his laptop to activate the Find My Phone app. It said my device was turned off.) Later, thankfully, I received an email of the exact address my cell phone was located. The police were able to recover my phone and jacket, though the rest of my possessions remained lost. I had 17 text messages and eight missed calls. With my phone happily back in hand, I was able to resume normal life. I am still without Wi-Fi and make 8:45 p.m. runs to Starbucks to do schoolwork before their 9 p.m. closing. Though my story had a happy ending, those 36 hours were very tough. I was completely out of any loop – no one could contact me unless they had my parent’s phone numbers. Connectivity is now vitally important to participation in today’s world. I was unable to live my normal life without that lifeline of connection to the Information Age. It remains to be seen whether this is a positive or a negative development for us. Some would say that my experience proves that our connectivity is negative. After all, look what happens when you lose it! Others would argue that the benefits of globalization and improved communication outweigh any cost when one loses access. As for me, I will simply be careful not to lose my phone again. S


10 LiFE on the BLUFFS Campus Chatter Monika Reinholz, mreinhol@uccs.edu

Do you feel there have been more natural disasters in Colorado Springs than usual? Why or why not? Michael Malnichuck, sophomore, computer engineering

“Compared to last year, I have to say … this year we had a little bit more to handle. The fire wasn’t as big, but we still had to deal with the fire and then we had the flood on top of that.” Meredith Dickerson, senior, communication

“Probably yes compared to the past couple summers. The fires in June were not fun. I had to help one of my friends evacuate, but I find it mind-boggling that it goes from fire to a couple months later and it’s – we’re getting buried under water.” Robert McDougal, junior, health sciences

“It’s pretty unusual. I’ve lived here my whole life and we haven’t gotten this much rain since I was in about third grade and [I’m now 22].”

This week at UCCS Monday, Sept. 30 6:30 p.m. Homecoming Kick-Off Spirit Rally El Pomar Plaza Free parking

Wednesday, Oct. 2 Noon-1 p.m. Yoga for Stress Reduction UC 307

Noon-2 p.m. Acoustic performer Café ‘65

Thursday, Oct. 3 10:50-11:50 a.m. FYE: Study Smarter, Not Harder workshop UC 122

Noon-3:30 p.m. Career Fair Berger Hall

Friday, Oct. 4 3 p.m. The March Quad Turf

Friday, Oct. 5 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Colorado Springs Science Festival, Cool Science Carnival Day Campus-wide Noon-2 p.m.

8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Casino Night & Formal Marriot Hotel off Rockrimmon Boulevard

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UCCS site of ‘Anchorman 2’ trailer watch parties Brique Tamlend scribe@uccs.edu

Event planners announced late Sunday afternoon that UCCS would host a series of watch parties next month on the West Lawn to view the trailer for the muchanticipated “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” starring Will Farrell, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd. “This is wonderful news, not only for the campus but for the community as a whole,” said Susan McLoley, chair of film studies. “Trailers are clean, short and to the point – perfect for a college audience.” The “Anchorman” franchise, which follows 1970s San Diego anchorman Ron Burgundy and his Channel 4 news team on their quest to be “first,” got its start with the 2004 hit “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” After much suspense, a 24-hour news cycle means the dream team is back together. Most industry analysts say that where “Anchorman” fails in journalism practices, it succeeds in humor. Others don’t think it fails in journalism practices but is a near-perfect model for the news business. “Journalism needs more men in suits with full mustaches, and ‘Anchorman’ is the way to do it,” said one Scribe em-

ployee, who wished to remain anonymous but whose name may rhyme with Betsy Ferns. “When Ron Burgundy wears maroon suits and I wear green suits, everyone’s a winner,” Ferns said. Some students are wondering why the school will host watch parties for the trailer when anyone can view the trailer online on their own time. “This is a way to bring students together, especially commuter students – something they may not be able to organize on their own,” said a student employee who’s helping plan the West Lawn watch parties. Five are scheduled up until the last weekend in November. Others are crafting out a solid two hours in their weekend plans to make sure they don’t miss the 1 minute, 45-second clip. “I love the 70s outfits,” said Janette Ontero, 39, a non-traditional student interested in pursuing a career in fashion. “The manliness,” freshman biology major Stevia Whawnder, 18, mused as he stroked the early inklings of his own facial hair. “Burgundy has a way of wrapping up women in his mustache and taking them home. I respect that.” “Will Farrell and Paul Rudd are so hot!” squealed junior Veronica Muhlster, a VAPA major, as her boyfriend looked on, finally chipping in: “I don’t know what we’re yelling about.” S

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Buy cliché Valentine’s gifts on clearance

Ask a senior what homecoming is Buy neon tuxedos and dresses at Goodwill Take date home to meet the parents Ask date’s father to borrow his car Eat at Costco beforehand Fly Southwest to the northeast; escape forever Eat Cronut-like muffins: toppings first Wear those fancy clothes all semester long Go hike the Incline with friends


SpORTS

September 30, 2013

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Highlights of the week

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Hide-and-seek could sneak up on 2020 Olympics Sara Horton

shorton@uccs.edu

Ready or not, here comes Yasuo Hazaki – and he’s looking for hide-and-seek to gain representation at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. While the International Olympic Committee has reinstated wrestling, Hazaki plans to propose hide-and-seek as a new sport in the Olympic Games. According to the United Kingdom’s Daily Telegraph, Hazaki, a professor of media studies at Josai International University, has already organized a Japan Hide-and-Seek Promotion Committee. Its approximately 1,000 members are mostly college students. If we can stop laughing at the thought of Olympic officials attempting to find hide-and-seek teams for drug testing, this could be a sport with real potential. Hide-and-seek could revive countless dreams of Olympic hopefuls. This is a game most of us have been training for our entire childhoods, after all. “I want to encourage sport for all, meaning that anyone can take part, regardless of age, gender or ability,”” Hazaki told the Daily Telegraph. “When you watch sport now, it’s all about world-beating techniques and skills – fantastic dribbling, running or shooting skills in football, for example. But that’s not sport for all,” he said. To qualify for Team USA, hopefuls must first find the elusive registration desk, which could be anywhere in the country. Preferably, it would an isolated, inhospitable location, such as the summit of Mt. Everest or a Kmart food court. Once the international teams have been assembled, they will enter a dodge ball stadium for the first stage of a brutal,

competitive triathlon. Here, a gym teacher named Biff, still angry because his college football dreams didn’t work out quite the way he had planned, will officiate. He’ll hand out the balls to both teams – but none of that foam crap. We’re talking rubber and hard plastic that have been sitting in the deep freezer for two to three weeks. The survivors will advance to the next stage, a rousing round of Simon Says. No translators will be allowed, so when team Kazakhstan is tapped to be Simon, Team USA better be familiar with Kazakh and Russian. The two best-scoring teams will then hopscotch their way to the highly anticipated pinnacle: hide-and-seek. “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” once proposed how the game would work, following two competitors in the men’s final who both took 11 years, 2 months, 26 days, 9 hours, 3 minutes and 27 seconds to find each other. Regrettably, the Olympics does not have the resources to see this idea come to fruition. Hide-and-seek will instead look to follow the rules set by Hazaki’s committee. Two seven-player teams will play a 10-minute match, and one team has 2 minutes to hide on a 65-by-65-foot “pitch” in the first 5 minutes. The other team must then locate the opposing players and touch them, which may or may not be an invitation for a sexual harassment charge. As a standalone sport, hide-and-seek’s future as an Olympic sport may be dim. But as a component of a childhood games movement, it could very well stand a chance. At the very least, it will draw more viewers than synchronized swimming. S

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Brandon Costa was picked as male Defensive Player of the Week by the RMAC.

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The women’s volleyball team won Whiteout Night by two points in the fifth set.

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Sports UCCS students think should be in the Olympics

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Blackboard usage

Speed texting Finding consistent Wi-Fi Finding space in the Rec Center Alpine people finding Speed walking Longboarding Construction tolerance Shuttle riding

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Julia Gehringer hides in a tree on campus.

Parking spot finding

ATHLETICS

Game results Courtesy of UCCS Athletics

#17 Women’s soccer Colorado Christian at UCCS W, 2-0 Sept. 25, 2013

Men’s golf UCCS at RMAC #1 Final: T-5th of 9 teams Sept. 24, 2013

Men’s soccer UCCS at Colorado Mesa T, 1-1 (2OT) Sept. 23, 2013

Men’s golf UCCS at RMAC #1 Day 1: T-5th of 9 teams Sept. 23, 2013

Women’s soccer UCCS at Western State W, 1-0 Sept. 22, 2013 Volleyball Colorado Mines at UCCS L, 2-3 (25-19, 25-18, 19-25, 1725, 12-15) Sept. 21, 2013


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Athlete weight room to move to Rec Center after expansion Monika Reinholz

mreinhol@uccs.edu

Intercollegiate athletes on campus will have a new place to lift weights come 2015. Their private team weight room, currently on the third floor of the University Center, will move to the Rec Center after that building finishes its expansion, estimated to be complete in the fall of 2015. “Right now, this is fulfilling our needs,” said Jared Verner, assistant athletic director for sports information, of the weight room, located close to the intercollegiate athletic offices, sports medicine training room and Gallogly Events Center. “We don’t have a large squad size that requires large weight room facilities,” he said. Every team on campus uses the weight room in some capacity with its large set of dumbbells, various weight machines, medicine balls and a wall-towall mirror. Every team has an opportunity to use the room. “It’s an opportunity for our athletes to get conditioning and strength work in either before, during or after practice,” said Verner. “We have a strength and conditioning coach that comes in three days a week to put them through workouts,” said Corey Laster, women’s basketball coach. Laster’s team uses the room

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Athletes can use weights, dumbbells and medicine balls in a room with a wall-to-wall mirror.

three days a week in pre- and post-season and twice a week during basketball season. “It’s a necessary need because our sports require you to be strong and agile, and we need to add that element to it,” said Laster. The teams currently don’t use the Rec Center because the athletic teams would take over the weight room space with the number of people on the team.

Athletes and coaches like having their own weight room. “I like it a lot. I think we are really lucky to have our own weight room and it’s very close to the gym,” said Brooke Baker, a senior health sciences major and guard on the women’s basketball team. “Basically, I think it’s important to have it all in one area so we’re not bothering the normal student population.”

The Rec Center is due to start expansion construction next spring, once the parking garage is finished, and the goal is for it to be finished by fall of 2015. Once this expansion is done, the team weight room will be moved to the Rec Center. The current space will then be transformed into another university center meeting and conference room. “I’d rather see an expansion

over here, obviously. I think if there was a weight room expansion, I’d rather have it close to basketball, volleyball,” said Baker. Others like the location choice. “I think it’s great. As long as it meets our needs, that’s all we’re looking for,” said Laster. “Nowadays, this level requires that we train not only in-season but train out of season.” S

University Village running club offers food and fitness Taylor Hargis

thargis@uccs.edu

Just down the hill from campus, University Village may be best known for its eateries and shopping. To the University Village Colorado Running Club, it’s also an exercise stop where they can meet new friends – and cash in on some discounts. Started in April 2011, the club meets year-round every Monday at 6 p.m. and offers four different routes of varying lengths for runners, walkers and even their canine companions. The routes include a one-mile walk around University Village, a four-mile round trip that goes up to the Criterium Bike Shop (off Corporate Drive) and back, a five-and-a-half-mile loop that goes past Dublin Boulevard and a six-mile round trip that heads south toward East Fillmore Street. All three of the longer routes use Pikes Peak Greenway trails, and the route and pace are left for participants to decide. The club is free to join and offers some perks beyond the cardiovascular exercise. Members who

sign in and get stamped hands can enjoy discounts on Monday nights at many of the businesses located in the shopping center, including Tokyo Joe’s, Chipotle, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse and XS Threadz. The group also holds raffles and giveaways. The latest one had prizes, such as a full dining experience for eight from the

Bonefish Grill and a one-month membership to Kineo Fit, a new group-training studio opening in University Village Oct. 5. Additionally, members who complete 10 walks or runs get a free UVC Running Club T-shirt. For many, the club is more of a social outing and a place to meet new friends than an exercise routine.

“I just moved here from California, so it’s great to be able to meet new people that like to run,” said Jamie Mitchell, a freshman biochemistry student at UCCS. Brittany Wamberg, a Colorado Springs resident, echoed Mitchell. “We just moved to the UCCS area, so it’s great to be able to get out and run nearby,” she said. “I’m just here for the

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The UVC Running Club is a great way a workout, make new friends and get great deals.

food,” joked her husband, Ben Wamberg. “It’s all about the community. Just look around. It’s so easy to make friends; you can talk to anyone,” said another participant. The community feel is emphasized by the club encouraging members to take advantage of the offered discounts to eat with friends, new and old alike. The club currently holds signin and registration in the north plaza of University Village between Smashburger and Hacienda Colorado starting at 5:30 p.m. Participants can complete their routes before or after signing in. The sign-in table will be moved into the Kineo Fit building starting Nov. 4 for the winter months. Jamie Kratt, coordinator of the UVC running club, mentioned that the club will be holding a special Halloween walk on Oct. 28 that will include free bagels and a costume contest. Further information and a registration form, which can also be filled out in person prior to running, can be found at uvcrunningclub.com. S


Sept. 30, 2013