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Since 1966 Monday, September 9, 2013

News City for Champions Vol. 38, Iss. 2

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Campus pedals into fifth annual Bike Jam

UCCS part of citywide project 3 9/11 flags on West Lawn College Republicans remember 9/11 3

Science & Business Professor spotlight Taylor Lilly conducts research for AFA 4 Research Academy Undergraduate students perform research on campus 4

Culture Cello concert Acclaimed cellist performs at GOCA 5 Balloon Classic Dozens of balloons take flight over city 7

Opinion Syria vs. 9/11 Events in Middle East need attention 9 Colorado strong Making the city your home 9

Sports Cross country The men’s and women’s cross country teams kick off their seasons by developing chemistry and focusing on their goals 3

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Amid record enrollment and a battle for on-campus parking spaces, some may opt to lose a couple wheels and toss on some pedaling shoes. The fifth annual Bike Jam, held Sept. 5, was an event aimed at persuading the UCCS community to use more sustainable transportation. Organizations including the Office of Sustainability, Sustainable Transportation, Campus Recreation, UCCS Police, Kramer Library, Green Action Fund, Metro Rides, MyHandleBar and the Roll Bike Exhibit all had tables at the event. Josh Hendrickson, supervisor and event coordinator for the Office of Sustainability, called

the turnout “phenomenal.” “It’s excellent,” he said. “One of the great things that I’ve seen so far is that we look at our bike racks that we set up and a couple of times they’ve been completely full.” The Bike Rider’s Breakfast at 8 a.m. consisted of potato, egg and cheese burritos catered by Sodexo. Bike-powered smoothies and Top That! Pizza was available at 11:30 a.m. The Parade of Bikes, a guided tour of the UCCS bike paths, then followed at noon. UCCS staff attended to promote a bike-friendly atmosphere. Andrea Hassler, the trails coordinator at the Rec Center, promoted the new administrationapproved trails system program on campus. The SOLE Center was also

Colorado suicide rate shows need for more awareness Samantha morley

Colorado has been ranked among the states with the top 10 highest suicide rates for the past several years. This past year, the situation has worsened. With World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10, more and more people across the country and around the globe are focused on raising awareness about suicide so people in need can get help. According to the state health department, Colorado’s suicide rate increased by 16 percent in 2012 as 1,053 people committed suicide that year, the highest number since 1940. Of those who took their

lives, 76.9 percent were male and a majority working age (25-54 years old) who typically undergo great levels of stress, according to the Denver Post. “Most people think it’s teens, but it’s actually not,” said Sally Spencer-Thomas, CEO of the Carson J Spencer Foundation. Spencer-Thomas started the foundation after the suicide of her brother, who suffered from bipolar disorder. The foundation now strives to provide tools for those who may be contemplating, or have attempted, suicide. “One of the things that we first noticed when we [were] Continued on page 2 . . .

available to do minor bike repairs next to the Campus Rec table. Kramer Library, promoting its new Borrow a Bike Lock program, held a drawing for a bike lock and bag combo as well as a book and bag combo. To participate in the program, students must be registered patrons of the library, own a UCCS ID card and have a bike registered with the department of Public Safety. Also present was Sergeant Grant Lockwood of the campus police. There are five bike police officers on campus, all of whom are required to take a five-day long International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPIMBA) training course. “People don’t realize that a bike is actually considered a ve-

hicle by state law. You need to abide by all the traffic rule just like a vehicle,” said Lockwood. Bike Jam is the beginning of Bike Month, a series of bikerelated challenges that will end Oct. 5. The department or office team with the most collective miles will win the yearly Traveling Trophy. Additionally, the winners will receive free pints of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and a year’s supply of Green Mountain Organic Coffee. Bike Month Challenge prizes will also be awarded to those who rode the most days and the most miles throughout the month. Interested students can register at to participate in the month-long challenges. S

SGA members optimistic about coming year, involvement attiana Collins

As students start the new semester, officers of the Student Government Association are heading back to work. SGA President Jasmine Caldwell is beginning her first year in office with Vice President Donald Apelo. Caldwell’s primary focus this semester is to ensure students are aware of their influence on the rapidly changing campus. “I want to concentrate on guiding students in the right direction in order to utilize their influence,” Caldwell wrote in an email. Caldwell’s personal plans include developing “strong, efficient, supportive, positive, successful, and

well-rounded student leaders within and through Student Government.” Additionally, Caldwell urged students to get involved on campus. She stated that doing so “provides [students] with opportunities that are beneficial to [their] academic, personal, and professional development.” As this year’s president, Caldwell hopes to accomplish “a better organization, a better year, and better outcomes” and to provide positive representation and a great legacy of UCCS as this year’s chair of Colorado University’s Intercampus Student Forum. Caldwell also plans on attempting to bring back the Continued on page 2 . . .

2 News (continued from page 1) first founded was that there were a lot of great organizations doing really good work in the community, but they tended to all do the same thing,” she said. “So, we were very intentional from the get-go to focus on where the biggest needs were and where the biggest gaps were. The first gap was that the majority of the people who died by suicide are working-aged men.” In order to treat men, the Carson J Spencer Foundation, the public health department and Cactus, a Denver ad agency, partnered together to make The website targets men suffering from depression and thoughts of suicide. “The goal of Man Therapy is to help men – especially high risk men – access these resources in a way that makes sense to them,” Spencer-Thomas said. By interacting with Dr. Rich Mahogany, a fictional therapist, visitors can determine which resources are the best to utilize. Many men don’t confront their stress and thoughts of suicide due to societal conditioning, Spencer-Thomas said. Because they internalize the stress, men often turn to substance abuse, social withdrawal and other behaviors that worsen the problem. “The final straw is access to lethal means,” said. “Firearms are the leading cause, which is right around 50 percent,” Jarrod Hindman, director of the Office of Suicide

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Colorado suicide rate, awareness SUICIDE RESOURCES National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 Fort Carson Suicide Prevention 719-526-0401 UCCS Counseling 719-255-3265

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Prevention based in Denver, said. “Second leading method is strangulation, third is overdose.” Hindman also realizes the military presence in Colorado plays an important role in the topic of suicide. He confirmed PTSD affects military members and can lead them to take their own lives. “The VA hospital [in Denver] has really strong suicide prevention and so they do most of the outreach for Vets and active duty

folks,” Hindman said. Military suicides contribute to the state rate if the soldiers are active duty members with residency in Colorado. Some, like Spencer-Thomas, are working in the civilian world to increase their presence for military members. “It has been identified as a very big population of interest for the work that we’re doing,” she said. Hindman also realizes the importance of increasing awareness in college communities.

(continued from page 1) SGA members Grade Forgiveness Measure, a policy that SGA began working on reinstituting last year. The current policy on campus dictates that if a student receives a “D” or an “F” in a class, the two grades are averaged out when the class is retaken. With Grade Forgiveness, the higher grade replaces the lower grade. In May 2013 with a vote of 8-10, the Faculty Assembly denied UCCS faculty the ability to vote on whether to adopt the Grade Forgiveness Measure. “Grade forgiveness is a worthy fight, especially since there is both student and faculty support for it,” Caldwell said on the issue. Apelo could not be reached for comment. Club funding Similarly, other SGA members are also seeking to represent and help the student body when it comes to funding. Chen Zhao, director of finance, serves as the primary point of contact for the student body in matters concerning student activity fee allocation.

He also assists club representatives with funding proposals for their events and initiates and oversees the annual budget process for SGA. Zhao serves as the chair of Budget Advisory Committee, where student clubs’ proposals are initially reviewed and approved before being recommended to the legislative council. “This year, I will promote our new funding guidelines to all student clubs, to fund student club events with efficiency and fairness,” Zhao said. “It’s important for SGA to help student club events to be successful.” “Decreases in state and local funding of public universities are linked to parking cost and tuition increases,” Zhao said. “It’s an irresistible trend of the big picture of economic conditions. SGA should try to keep the increase in a reasonable range. I highly encourage students to join SGA if they want to make a change or have their voice heard,” he added. Chief Justice Jason Adams

wants SGA to “kindle the trust of students” to make it easier for SGA to serve those they represent. “The gap between students and their representation is a dire problem because ... it suggests a lack of trust in the representation,” said Adams. He went on to state students are encouraged to bring issues to the SGA to improve participation and communication. “Demand action and accountability from your senators and representatives,” Adams said. Reorganization, positions


According to SGA faculty advisor Sabrina Weinholtz, changes in SGA’s constitution designed to “try and make sure that each branch had a distinctive job” led to a reorganization of several positions. Several former senate positions have been converted to secretaries within the executive branch. Previously, the senate was composed of representatives from every

Warning signs of a distressed college student is someone whose substance abuse patterns have changed, grades drop, sleep patterns change (sleeping a lot more or a lot less) or class attendance stops, Hindman said. He advised peers to be aware such changes on the part of fellow students. Subtle cues someone is thinking of suicide are phrases like “maybe it’ll just be better off if I’m not here” or “I don’t know what tomorrow holds,” Spencer-


school or college on campus and a few more special interest positions, such as the student director of sustainability. “The senate wanted to really get back down to being just representatives of colleges so that their duties would be more streamlined and that their role was to work on the academic issues and work with the dean of each college and provide that representation,” Weinholtz said. Other changes made included the loss of the senator of the graduate school, which was written out of the constitution to prevent one college from having double representation, Weinholtz said. The changes were “a long process [SGA] went through last year,” Weinholtz said. SGA held town hall meetings and sent out drafts to students via email to receive feedback. The changes were voted through in May. In order to pass, it had to “go through the house and get a three-fourths vote and then the senate and get a three-fourths vote,” Weinholtz explained. While many of the SGA officeholders have retained

Thomas said. “They’ll do these big, veiled threats … that indicate that they’re hopeless.” She recommends that friends and family should try to get a person to professional help upon confirming he or she is contemplating suicide. Overall, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, 80 percent of people who get professional treatment for their depression find relief from their symptoms. However, they will have to continue to manage the symptoms. “But that’s good news [because] we know treatment works,” said Spencer-Thomas. She also advised those struggling to surround themselves with a support network that will help them through the tough times. Hindman cautioned people that “if someone’s talking about suicide, you take it seriously.” S

their seats from last semester, several positions are filled by new members. Vacant seats for representatives at large were filled by Janine Cantrell and Jamar Anderson. Both ran unopposed. Kyle Lee is the new senator of business. Laura Schreiner and Mathew Driftmier were voted in as secretary of housing and secretary of sustainability, respectively. Frank Deboit is the new senator of public affairs. Jason Decost and Chris Kasperski recently filled representative at large positions. Currently, there are seven open representative at large seats. Additionally, the senator of Beth El, the senator of education, the secretary of athletics and three justice positions are also open. Representative at Large Courtney Eldred indicated SGA is working to fill the numerous vacancies within the House. SGA is interviewing students for vacant positions, and meetings are open to the public and listed online ( S


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UCCS in Colorado Springs venture to become City for Champions nick Beadleston

In the wake of floods and fires, the city of Colorado Springs is preparing to raise an economic phoenix. The project, dubbed City for Champions, is aimed at resurrecting tourism. The plan revolves around four new attractions designed to increase commerce in the Springs. These include a UCCS Sports Medicine and Performance Center, a United States Air Force Academy Gateway at Falcon Stadium Visitors Center, a U.S. Olympic Museum and a Downtown Stadium and Event Center. According to the plan produced by the mayor’s office, the developments are expected to bring in $312 million in sales tax revenue over the next 30 years. Additionally, the plan projects more than 310 construction jobs and “750 permanent new direct jobs” will be created by the project. City for Champions is also designed to improve interstate commerce. The city calculates almost 450,000 out-of-state visitors will be drawn to the new attractions annually. “City for Champions builds upon Colorado Springs’ unique history as a health destination, a training ground for men and women in the armed services, and a sports and fitness hub,” wrote Mayor Steve Bach in a letter to the Colorado Economic Development Commission. “By advancing a collection of new attractions unique in Colorado—and in some cases, the country—that will work together to bring new tourism to Colorado and the Colorado Springs area,” he continued.

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The projected 575,000 square foot health and Wellness Village is part of the city for champions application and UccS plan.

“The origins came from a group of stellar institutions and individuals,” said Bob Cope, the senior business climate specialist with the city’s Economic Vitality Office. He explained components of the plan had been discussed for some time, but a lack of funding prevented progress. This changed, however, with the introduction of the Regional Tourism Act, time-sensitive state legislation. “It seemed to be the perfect match and the catalyst for getting the City for Champions, and the four project components actually completed and built,” Cope said. The UCCS component will, according to the mayoral report, be designed as a “destination clinic for training and healing elite athletes and wounded warriors.” The cost of the Sports Med-

icine and Performance Center will be approximately $27 million. This will include construction, furniture, fixtures, equipment and parking. Additionally, the aforementioned figure includes a development contingency of $2.7 million. Tentatively slated to open in 2016, the project will take approximately 23 months. “We really believe that UCCS is going to be major economic driver for this city in the coming years,” said Cope. “It’s the growth campus for the CU system.” Cope also cited the lease of the Memorial Health System to the University of Colorado Health as another driver behind deciding on UCCS as the location for the new sports medicine facility. Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer Martin

Wood could not be reached for comment about the role UCCS has played in the city-wide project. Brian Hardy, the director of sports medicine at UCCS, is optimistic about the possibilities the new facility will bring. “We have a lot of those entities on campus; it’s just about pulling them all together,” Hardy said. Hardy explained the benefits of being able to treat injured athletes in-house rather than transporting them to local medical providers. He went on to advocate the possible benefits for UCCS athletes in terms of preemptive training and conditioning. Hardy also indicated there are plans for new degree programs and training in the works. While still in the contemplative stages, these plans

would involve a joint effort between several colleges and university departments. “This is going to be able to open up different avenues not only for student athletes but also for young sports medicine professionals.” Jacqueline Berning, a biology professor and UCCS sports performance staff, cited this future consolidation of resources as one of the driving factors behind creating a joint exercise science undergraduate degree program between the biology and health sciences departments. Berning also indicated that a degree in biomedical science is currently being formulated. “If you compare athletics at UCCS to our peers … adding something like this onto our campus takes us to a completely different level; it puts us in an elite class,” Hardy said. S

College Republicans to remember 9/11 on campus taylor eaton

Sept. 11, 2001 marked a tragic day in American history as four planes were hijacked, killing 2,996 people and injuring 6,000. The planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and an open field near Shanksville, Pa. The College Republicans at UCCS will continue what they started last year in remembrance of 9/11. The West Lawn will be covered with 2,996 white flags, every one carrying its own significance. Recruiting director Nev Haynes, a fifth-year senior and political science major, invited the UCCS community to join him and his club in putting each flag into the ground Sept.

10 at 4 p.m. Students do not have to sign up, only meet the club on the West Lawn, grab a flag and place it into the ground. “We’re encouraging everyone to come help us place the flags. It’s open to the campus, to the students, to the faculty. Just come down,” Hayes said. Haynes and the club requested to reserve the West Lawn from Sept.10-12, the last day of which the flags will be taken down at 7 a.m. Hayes planned on talking to Campus Services about having a bell toll at 4 p.m. for every plane that crashed that day or having four bell tolls on the hour every hour. The flags and bells are meant to not only remember the fallen but to bring UCCS together on

a day that brings back memories of where students and faculty were the day they learned terrorism had struck on American soil. “For this generation especially, I feel like 9/11 was the moment all of us lost our innocence,” Haynes said. “We look back on that day and its one of the darkest days in our nation’s history and our [generation’s] history. It’s important for us every year to remember those who lost their lives. To remember their sacrifice. [Emergency personnel] went to work and did what Americans do.” S

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The College Republicans planted flags on the West Lawn in 2012.

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September 9, 2013

Professor uses lasers for Air Force Academy research April Wefler

Taylor Lilly, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been interested in airplanes since he was a kid. “I started watching all the Discovery specials I could and got a little older, and you make models and you do your career project in fifth grade on it,” he said. During high school, Lilly

worked at an airport pumping jet fuel. “I used that time and the money I made pumping jet fuel to get my pilot’s license. After high school, when the opportunity came to choose what I’d like to do in college, I chose the field that gives birth to the airplanes I liked so much and became an aerospace engineer.” On his first day of college at the University of Southern California, he noticed a sign announcing

lab positions available for work study students and later got a job working in the laboratory for the Air Force. He worked there for eight years and progressed to become a senior, a master’s student and then a doctoral candidate. Lilly then moved from southern California to Colorado Springs. “I was working for the Air Force, and they didn’t have the equipment that I needed at the lab

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Taylor Lilly’s laser setup, shown here, puts on quite a lght show.

“They can do some pretty nasty things if you’re not careful with them, but that’s kind of the allure.” —taylor lilly that I was working at in college,” Lilly said, adding the Air Force asked whether he would be willing to finish the work at the Air Force Academy. While he was working at the Academy, a position opened up at UCCS and Lilly applied. Now, he is starting his third year here and is working with lasers to do research for the Air Force with Jake Graul, a Ph.D. student in mechanical and aerospace engineering. “They send aircraft and spacecraft through the atmosphere at extremely high speeds … a lot of friction and a lot of heat. It’s expensive to send things up, just to bring them back down,” Graul said of the Air Force. Lilly and Graul are researching to make the design and operation of hypersonic, reentry or space vehicles cheaper and safe. “And, if you’re the Air Force, more effective,” said Lilly. Graul said that someday, the technology could produce 2,000 Kelvin temperatures using just light. The pulse laser is only five

nanoseconds in length, five billionths of a second long. “It’s fascinating to me because we’re manipulating gas temperatures on the kinetic level and increasing the temperature,” said Graul. Lilly said that what they want to get out of the process is a better understanding of how gases work at high temperatures. “The lasers are just a tool. It’d be the same as if I ran a wind tunnel lab. They’re really nothing more than a really shiny, hightemperature wind tunnel,” he said. “It’s really hard to get past the shiny aspect.” Lilly said the lasers they’re working with etch a razor blade and burn through tinfoil. “They can do some pretty nasty things if you’re not careful with them, but that’s kind of the allure.” “This is the opportunity to try to hit a bullet with a bullet with a bullet at the speed of light. I think that challenge is something that drives most engineers to do something interesting.” S

Undergraduate Research Academy seeks growth Dezarae yoder

Students from across the department spectrum at UCCS are participating in the premier Undergraduate Research Academy. Rebecca Webb, assistant professor, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, only expects further development. “Our goal is to get everybody on campus involved in research where it’s possible,” Webb stated. “We’re off to a fabulous start.” Webb, one of the individuals largely responsible for the Academy, has been inspired by student desire for involvement. “In the past six years I’ve had 17 undergrads do research for me,” Webb said. “[T]hrough that process [students] learn a lot and are encouraged to go to graduate school,” she said, adding that the whole process is “rewarding.” Many participants this year are from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Others come from biology, psychology, English and history, resulting in more applications than anticipated. “We had broader participation across the campus than we expected,” stated Webb. She also commented money would play a large part grow-

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Rebecca Webb (left) with graduate students Thomas Amundson and Dan Gould (middle left and right, respectively) and Faraz Saleem (right) at work in the SECanT lab in Osborne.

ing this innovation. “Obviously it’s all going to be financially driven.” Webb attributed spoken word as the greatest publicity for the Academy and its growth. “I had Commode Chronicles, I had articles, I had emails; the only thing that worked was word of mouth,” she said. The majority of the funding for this Academy came from Michael Larson, vice chancellor of research and innovation. “He provided a huge percentage of the money, and then the deans of the prospective colleges also contributed,” stated

Webb. Finances of the future are a high priority, according to Webb. “We have a couple of options and we’re trying to find more money because we can’t just rely on what we had,” she said. Mentioning the original supporters, she added that “hopefully the deans will contribute again.” Academy participant Faraz Saleem, a junior mechanical and aerospace engineering major, thinks of his experience in the Academy as a positive one. “It ultimately benefitted me;

I got funding to continue,” he said. Saleem’s work has been published in AIAA, a journal focused on advancement of science and technology, which was a direct result of his project. “I made a simplified model that we were working with. It was made in order to decrease computational solving time,” he explained. “It [the model] was used for a study that analyzed preheating a fluid in order to increase thrust for a propulsion system.” The model created not only served Saleem as a project that

earned him a spot in a science journal as a junior, but also contributed to a graduate student’s thesis. As in Saleem’s case, his work went directly toward the research of mechanical engineering master’s student Tom Amundson, “Everything that Faraz has been working on has contributed to my thesis,” Amundson stated, “It’s great.” Amundson also touched on the need to aid the undergrads in order for them to make a significant enough contribution. “It’s a lot of work to teach them and bring them up to speed so that they are to a point where you can hand them a piece of your work.” Mechanical engineering master’s student Dan Gould said similarly, “It’s an opportunity to teach what you’ve learned, and bring people up.” Webb sees potential in the set-up, citing students who are a part of this Academy are able to use the tools they have acquired throughout their college experience and apply it to a largescale research project before becoming a graduate student. Webb invited all students to participate and gain great knowledge through the program. The inaugural Academy class is scheduled to present its research in the spring. S


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Acclaimed cellist to play at GOCA, speak to class

Classical strings concerts tend to be one-sided: the audience listens while the musician plays. When performing his concert tonight, however, cellist Charles Curtis will draw from the observers’ participation to formulate his performance. “He plays based on what he’s getting from the audience and will move around throughout the concert,” said Colin McAllister, VAPA music program coordinator and lecturer, who helped in getting Curtis to come to UCCS. “Once he may be in one spot, once another.” Described as “a vital arena in creative music and sound art which focuses on pure acoustics and spatial relationships,” the event will draw on Curtis’ years of expertise as a cellist. Rather than merely defining himself as an excellent performer, Curtis is internationally acclaimed for his experimental work to redefine the cello and what’s expected of the instrument. His past work includes leading La Monte Young’s legendary Theatre of Eternal Music String Ensemble for more than 20 years. The event was arranged as a collaboration between GOCA and the Peak Frequency Creative Arts Collective to combine both visual art and music. Two artists’ work will be showcased during the cello concert. Pattie Lee Becker focuses on pattern and color to communicate subconscious places in her art. Suchitra Mattai paints in bright colors to contrast nature with humanity’s impact on nature. She focuses on identity and the abstract, but her paintings are clear in their outlines and titles.

The Lowdown What: Sound as Experience: Cellist Charles Curtis in concert Where: GOCA 121 Plaza of the Rockies 121 S. Tejon, Suite 100 When: Sept. 9, 7 p.m. how much: Free, must be reserved in advance at charlescurtisgoca.

He plays based on what he’s getting from the audience and will move around throughout the concert. Once he may be in one spot, once another.

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—Colin mcallister

In addition to the 7 p.m. concert, Curtis will be a guest speaker at McAllister’s Music 2850 class from 3:15-4:20 this afternoon in Columbine Hall 136. Students who aren’t registered for the classical music history course are welcome to attend. Curtis will speak to the students and play a piece from the 14th century. McAllister has known Curtis for years and said he wanted him to perform at UCCS because he’s a great musician all around: “I’m in San Diego every month

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Cellist Charles Curtis will be performing a solo recital on Monday, Sept. 9 in a concert series created by the Peak Frequency Creative Arts Collective.

to hear him play.” When the two men met, McAllister was a graduate student and Curtis was a faculty member at the University of California, San

Diego. “If I was talking to someone who isn’t [studying music] I’d say, ‘Hey, just come to check out the gallery,’” said McAllister of

the venue, where GOCA regularly switches out different art displays. “I would much rather go to a visually-stimulating venue.” S

Writing Center hires new director with new ideas monika reinholz

The Writing Center has a new director. “It’s a fun job, great community and people have been really welcoming to me,” said recentlyhired Marilee Brooks-Gillies. Hailing from Michigan, Brooks-Gillies obtained her Ph.D. in rhetoric and writing from Michigan State University. She also earned her master’s degree from Central Michigan University and volunteered at Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College’s writing center during her master’s program. She replaced Traci Freeman, who was director from 2005-

2012. Freeman left UCCS to take a job as director of the Colket Center for Academic Excellence at Colorado College. “I had a great opportunity presented to me. I received an offer I couldn’t refuse,” Freeman said. Brooks-Gillies said she loved writing centers because they connect so many different pieces of campus. She added it’s wonderful to work with students who aren’t just in her first-year writing classes but also working on very different genres, thesis projects and dissertations. To her, that was exciting and the key of a writing center. Brooks-Gillies relocated to UCCS because it seemed to be

a more sustainable community. During her interview for the director position, she said she noticed a lot of good will toward the centers, and everyone knew what they were and understood how to use them to their advantage. “Wow, that seems like a really cool community to be part of,” Brooks-Gillies recalled thinking at the time. There are a few changes in the works, too, including different hours. The Writing Center, located at Columbine Hall 316, is now open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. MondayThursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. It is also open for Online Writing Lab, or

OWL, appointments from 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. ORCA appointments can be made during any time during the previously mentioned hours. Another change coming is the phasing out of the OWL this semester. In previous semesters, students could send their papers to the Writer Center via an online form. Responses were sent between 24-72 hours later, depending on the number of papers received. Due to difficulty determining OWL’s fluctuating budget and staffing needs, it will be replaced by the Online Real-time Consultation, or ORCA, program. Using Blackboard IM, students can share their desktop

with the consultant so both parties can see and work on the paper together. Another change is to make the workshops and classroom presentations more interactive. Currently, the Writer Center has 12 people on staff, two of which are also students that work at the center a few hours a week. “I would love to have a bigger staff so if anyone is interested, you are encouraged to apply,” said Brooks-Gillies. In order to work at the center, one has to take ENGL 1310, 1410 and 4800. ENGL 4800 is currently called Peer Tutoring Across the Curriculum but will be renamed Writing Center Theory and Practice. S

CULTURe September 9, 2013 6 Heller garden builds community during successful season Crystal Chilcott

For almost three months, produce from the Heller Center student garden was sold in a farmer’s market at the University Center plaza. The market was held every Wednesday starting in July and ended Sept. 5. “We meet at the garden at 7 a.m. to harvest the produce and then go directly to the main campus to set up the market which runs from 8:30-9:30,” wrote Carole Huber, faculty supervisor and senior geography and environmental studies instructor, in an email. “It has been extremely popular, and we are almost always sold out of produce within 10 minutes of opening,” she added. Last year, the garden received Green Action Fund support for garden tools and supplies. This summer, Vice Chancellor Susan Szpyrka agreed to give assistance to paid garden interns. The proceeds for the market will go toward future garden supplies. “It’s amazing how much work it is to farm, and the result is a very small income,” Huber said. For Kathryn Fagundes, head garden intern, and Sean Svette,

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The Heller Center produces food for a local farmer’s market.

lead gardener, summer consisted of turning the dirt in the Heller Center Garden and watering plants. “As the intern, I was allowed to show a creative side in the garden and helped choose what we planted,” Fagundes said.

The planting process began on May 20. The gardens consist of eight raised beds with three rows of perennial herbs. The produce selected included lettuce, kale, beets, carrots, radishes and various other vegetables. Fagundes, an undergradu-

ate geography student, worked every day to plant, grow and harvest the produce sold at the farmer’s market. She worked two hours daily to plant the produce, then spent two to three days weekly watering and harvesting. The garden is all-organic, using compost as fertilizer and eggs to keep away deer. Svette, a sports nutrition student, has collected coffee grounds from Jazzman’s in the past as fertilizer. Green matter from weeds and extra leaves are also used. The closest they come to using chemicals is the bee repellent sprayed on the outskirts. “We had a gopher problem this year. There’s not much to do to prevent it except laying netting,” Fagundes said. Fagundes took Huber’s Saving Place GES course in the spring semester. Part of the class included a work day, during which they laid the netting underneath the two root vegetable beds. Other classes were involved with the production of the garden as well, including HSCI Food; Culture, Community and Health; and two Freshman Seminar courses: Food for Thought

and Sustainable Me. Additionally, undergraduate health science students Tyler Smoote and Alicia Bryniarski volunteered. One of the garden’s highlights is the cut-out trenches. Much like Native Americans have done for centuries, the trenches help prevent erosion. The gardens have a few drip water devices but are mostly watered by hand. Svette, also the head gardener at Pike’s Peak Urban Gardens, encouraged students to try local food. “My interest didn’t begin in sustainability. It began when I had my first vine-ripe tomato. It just blew me away. I never really liked tomatoes before, I thought they were gross and I hated them. This one was so good,” he said. He recommended checking King Soopers for locally sourced food. The grocery store sells eggs from Denver, Rocky Ford Melons and other local produce. The definition of local food varies between food grown within 150 miles or food grown within the state. “There are fruits and veggies you can just grab and eat without cooking. It’s really simple,” he said. S

In former schoolhouse, the Bristol crew brews anew

When it comes to a love of local liquor, the heart is where hops are. Nowhere is this truer than at the Bristol Brewing Company. The Bristol Brewing Company has been slinging suds in the Pikes Peak region since 1994. Mike and Amanda Bristol began their operation with a modest brewing system: two fermenters, four conditioning tanks and the ability to produce around 34 kegs at a time. Today they produce more than 15,000 barrels a year and send their signature crafts across the state. This past May, the Bristol Brewery relocated its headquarters to the Ivywild School at 1604 S. Cascade Ave. – a former grade school turned small business biome. The repurposed building also houses The Old School Bakery, The Meat Locker, The Principal’s Office, the Fennell Group, Hunt or Gather and ModboCo. The Bristol Brewery and Pub occupies the space, which formerly quartered the kindergarten and first grade classrooms. During a private tour of the grounds and gear, led by Christina Brodsly, the Ivywild School’s communications manager, it became evident just how

seriously the establishment took the concept of repurposing. The tables on the patio are made from the wood the German brewing equipment was shipped in. The doors separating the main pub from the overflow room are from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo elephant enclosure. Even much of the artwork currently displayed in the pub, as well as throughout the rest of the building, is part of an exhibit that utilizes reused and recycled materials. Bristol Brewing Company produces five beers on a consistent basis as well as a rotating seasonal beer. Along with these familiar favorites is the Brew House Series, which allow the organization’s brewers to experiment with new tastes, techniques and styles, and is available at various times throughout the year. Bristol Brewing Company’s pride and joy, Laughing Lab, a Scottish Ale, is hailed as the most decorated Colorado beer at the annual Great American Beer Festival. “To us that’s the ultimate: a beer that the people really like but also that judges like,” said Amanda Bristol. In addition, they create a bevy of other brews, including a Belgium series, which can be purchased in Champagne bottles.

We like the idea of having that approachable community atmosphere. You come in, you see people you know, you just feel really comfortable.

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—amanda Bristol

In keeping with their philanthropic spirit, Bristol Brewery produces three Community Ales. The proceeds from these are returned to the citizens of the Springs by helping fund groups like Friends of Cheyenne Canyon and The Smoke Brush Foundation. Another of the philanthropic endeavors by the Bristol Brewing Company is their Karma Hour. Every Tuesday from 5-9 p.m., the bar opens its doors to a different charity. In addition to allowing the group to promote its cause, $1 from every pit sold during the time is donated to the charity. And with larger facilities, the brewery now has a full pub. “We figured we should up the name from tasting room to pub,” Bristol explained. “We like the idea of having that ap-

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Serving their flagship, award winning and Colorado Native beer, Laughing Lab, the 360 degree bar of the Bristol Brewery is a part of their expansion into the Ivywild School complex.

proachable community atmosphere. You come in, you see people you know; you just feel really comfortable.” The pub features a 360-degree bar, which contributes to the open ambiance. Patrons can also enjoy large bay windows,

which offer views of the brewery and its day-to-day operations. From altruistic aims to hops and grains, the Bristol Brewing Company is an integral part of the local scene and the ideal locale to grab a drink. S



September 9, 2013

Colorado Balloon Classic as colorful as ever By April Wefler, Photos by nick Burns and James Sibert

Celebrating its 37th year, the Colorado Balloon Classic launched 84 hot air balloons Aug. 31, including a Smokey the Bear balloon and another inspired by the musical “Wicked.” Rides cost $600 or $295 per person. Patsy Buchwald, president of the Classic since 1996, has been involved with the event since 1984. She said she first heard about the event when her family went to it and they were so excited that she had to go also.

“[It was] magical. Life has never been the same,” she said, adding that it was “so big, majestic, beautiful.” Buchwald said what she most enjoys about the Balloon Classic is the reactions on people’s faces at seeing the balloons launched. “I love looking at the happy faces in the crowd, hearing the cheers as the balloons lift off,” she said. “All the color in the sky … really peaceful, just kind of floating. You don’t get dirty,” added Chip Coughlin, crew director and computer consultant for the Classic. S

Many opportunities for off-campus fun in Colorado Springs Crystal Chilcott

Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, coffee and a quiet place to study or some nature appreciation, Colorado Springs offers plenty of opportunities. One little-known fact is Colorado Springs boasts the world’s largest trampoline gymnastics center in Art Sports Trampoline World. Located on Vondelpark Drive, the gym is only an exit away from campus. On Friday and Saturday night, a gym is open to the public. It costs $15 for a non-member or $13 for a member for two hours of channeling your inner child. “I love going to Trampoline World to hang out with my friends. It is also a great way to relieve stress from throughout the week,” said Melin Craze, a sophomore health science major. If you still feel nostalgic for childhood, head to PB and Jellies

New York Deli on Kiowa Street downtown. Established just two years ago, the deli store makes all-natural peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The most popular sandwich is The Elvis, grilled and made of crunchy peanut butter, bananas, bacon and honey. With flavors like cookies and cream peanut butter to heart berry jelly, PB and Jellies has a variety of options to try and is also gluten-free and vegan-friendly. For $4-$5, enjoy a taste of childhood while using the free Wi-Fi. “It’s a different style of restaurant plus the people working were so friendly,” senior anthropology major Raechel Honabach said. For a more grown-up study spot, try one of Coffee and Tea Zone’s four Colorado Springs locations. All offer free Wi-Fi, and the downtown and Powers locations do not close until 10:30 p.m. The menu includes smoothies with boba in exotic flavors like

avocado or red bean. Additionally, they have an extensive menu including hot and cold coffees, smoothies and “fancy smoothies,” which include flavors like Freeze Willy and Mickey’s Magic. Prices vary depending on the beverage and size, but plan for about $5. If college leaves you wanting to escape to another world, check out Gamer’s Haven on North Academy. The store in-

cludes board games, tabletop war games, role-playing games, hobby supplies and graphic novels. The store includes a game room where you can meet other gamers or bring friends. If reading is more your interest, visit Poor Richard’s bookstore downtown on Tejon Street. The store is crammed chock-full of used books and also offers cash or store credit for books. In addition to the bookstore, Poor Richard’s

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The Manitou Incline is a great place to get an outdoor workout and great views of the city at the same time.

has a toy store, coffee and wine bar and restaurant. The store provides plenty of “meeting space” for paying customers, so buy a coffee and used book and escape for a couple hours. When all else fails, a meme from the Colorado Springs Meme Facebook page says it best. It features a photo of the incline with the words, “Most people watch TV when they get bored. Coloradans run up freaking mountains.” Converted from railroad ties, the Manitou Springs Incline is now a mile-long hiking trail that increases 2,000 feet in elevation. For those in reasonable shape, the ascent usually takes an hour plus another one to two hours to take the Barr Trail down. Though it is grueling, it is a must-do for all. “The incline isn’t fun. No one thinks it’s fun. It just makes you skinnier,” freshman marketing major Chase Belmontes said. S


September 9, 2013

9/11 deserves respect and remembrance on campus Staff editorial

It was a regular Tuesday sunrise. Rays of early-morning dawn crept over the horizon at 6:46 a.m. in Colorado as parents, teachers, students, dentists, lawyers, police officers and pastry chefs donned the clothes they wore any normal week to go to work like any normal day. And then it all changed. At that moment, a hijacked plane carrying 87 passengers and crew along with a few Islamic terrorists from the group al-Qaeda crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. Within 77 minutes, three more planes crashed into the South Tower, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and a field in Pennsylvania. Both towers fell, and widespread panic rippled across the nation and around the world. All told, nearly 3,000 Americans – along with 19 terrorists – died that day. For many 18- and 19-year-old students, 9/11 may just be the day school was canceled. For others able to remember the events of that terrible morning, it remains a grim, shocking reminder of the pain and misery caused by evil men who intend to wreak havoc on liberty. Countless changes in domestic and foreign policy can be traced to the events of 9/11: the passage of the PATRIOT Act, the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and the subsequent invasions and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Across the country, memorials dominate the losses of that day and its remembrance leads nightly TV broadcasts. But when it comes to this campus, its memorial is hardly a topic. There are flyers on corkboards, no moment of silence and not a single campus-sponsored event to honor the lives of those lost. When the library clock thunders on the hour, a student or two may give the day and time a second thought but nothing more. It cannot be attributed to the fact that this is a college campus and students are concerned more about paying for their classes or trotting along to a social event on the West Lawn. The maturity of the student body and the strong military presence on campus are both indications the issue instead resides with a lackluster attempt to set aside time and resources for the things that really matter. If students and staff can promote events like Earth Day, Coming Out Week or Bike Month, surely they can set aside a single day to commemorate the lives of those lost that morning as they worked toward the American dream – and honor the bravery of those who have fought to protect that freedom ever since. Some on campus have taken up the lantern to remember the day, but – while important – their efforts pale in comparison to the voice the campus has given to other less pertinent issues. While it happened more than a decade ago, the events of that day changed the course of history and continue to impact domestic and foreign policy, the narrative of intervention in foreign conflicts and the perseverance of freedom on a daily basis. The fact that America is still engaged in the warfare that started that day is reason enough to keep the topic front and center. Recent events in the Middle East impacted by 9/11 precedent add to its topicality. The administration should take the opportunity to educate those too young to remember and those too apathetic to care. S CoUrteSy Photo | WiKiMeDiA cOMMONS

The 1,776-foot One World Trade center building, built on the site of the two former towers, is expected to open next year.

Note on Scribe updates Those new and continuing in their studies at UCCS will recognize several changes at The Scribe for the coming year. As mentioned in the freshmen orientation issue printed at the end of the spring semester, the newspaper is developing on several fronts. The paper’s new design, addition of the Science & Business section, incorporation of more community-focused stories, video and greater social media activity highlight a few of the exciting developments readers can expect this year. Our first issue was largely a success. Several times throughout the first week of publication a student or staff member would alert those in the office that a distribution box had been completely emptied. While the staff holds a few extra copies in the office, nearly all had been used to keep news in boxes. As the campus continues to grow in terms of enrollment and its presence on Austin Bluffs Parkway and North Nevada Avenue, The Scribe will continue to position itself to keep in line with that growth. As a colleague in the industry locally told me recently, a growing campus needs a growing student newspaper.

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September 9, 2013

American hypocrisy: mourning 9/11 while ignoring Syria Cynthia Jeub

My sister is six years older than me, and she’s visiting the United States for the first time in more than two years. Since I last saw her, she married a man from Syria, converted to Islam and has been sharing a tiny apartment with her husband’s Syrian family in Turkey. Her story is hers to tell – I don’t know all the details. What I do know is I’ve been wrong about the peaceful Islamic people. I was like most Americans after 9/11 – I was horrified by the terrorist act. With its anniversary this week, we remember our own 12-year-old terrorist horror better than we’ll feel for the innocent people

who lost their lives and family members and homes a little more than a week ago. Unfortunately, the end of August 2013 isn’t the first time Syria has suffered loss. We’ve barely heard anything about Syria in the media until recently. When I graduated high school in 2011, I knew about Syria because it was on the list of countries following Egypt and Tunisia in revolution. But even Iran tried a small rebellion, which Iranian President Ahmadinejad quickly crushed, so nobody really knew which countries would still be going to war two years later. Due to civil war, 100,000 Syrians have already been lost. It’s monstrous and tragic, and my sister and her family have been living elsewhere since her wedding

in December. The only reason we’re hearing about it now is because chemical weapons were used, and chemical weapons are a no-no in world politics. As a coworker put it, if the U.S. doesn’t get involved, it’s like a parent threatening to punish a child for misbehaving and not following through. So why should college students care? If you know anything about 9/11, you know the whole country was reeling from a single terrorist attack that killed 3,000 people. For the Syrians, it’s the same thing happening only on a larger scale. Most of the refugees don’t even have homes to go back to anymore. While I don’t have a solution, I do

know we have to drop our xenophobic categorizing of all Muslims as bad because they’re not. Most of them are peaceful, and they’re dying, and they’re refugees. My sister’s husband isn’t even visiting the states with her. The reason? He was given a hard time about getting a passport because he’s Syrian. I’m not asking for political involvement or intervention. Honestly, I don’t think that’s what we need right now. I’m asking for this: smile at someone wearing a hijab today. People who have Middle Eastern connections through their heritage and religion are going through a lot right now. You don’t know who’s here because they’re running from a home and a life they may never have again. S

When I finally got here, I thought my dreams had come true. Everything was a struggle, but that’s what I was expecting. (Isn’t a quest for the Olympics always a struggle?) I did everything else right – I listened to my coaches, did everything they told me and practiced every chance I got. Even when I got injured, I pushed through. When I still didn’t meet my goals, I changed coaches. Finally, the worst happened. On Aug. 25, I failed my senior freeskate test, despite completing all the required elements. It felt like a slap across the face that even at my best I didn’t meet the necessary level. I changed coaches, thinking that this was the solution, that this would finally push my skating to the life-long standard I held for myself. As of yet, it hasn’t.

I won’t be competing at regionals this year. I’m 20, which is relatively old to still be skating. It’s almost ridiculous to think that my family spent $60,000 per year on my skating while I gave up the opportunity to study at a school with my major of choice. It’s frustrating and disheartening to realize that my fondest dream may never come to fruition. But I don’t regret it. For all the condescending comments from a coach, there were words of praise from others that I will always cherish. For every time I collided with a world champion and fractured my rib, there was the joy at winning the pewter medal at the 2013 U.S. Collegiate National Championships. I love the mountains here in Colorado, the opportunities that come from an outdoor-focused state. From a tiny, sleepy

steel town in Western, Pa., I’ve been able to witness the diversity of this state. I chose Colorado. And while my journey has not been what I had hoped for, it changed my life in other – arguably better – ways. My license and registration are in Pennsylvania, but I’m registered to vote in Colorado and spend most of my time here. In a lot of ways, I seem confused, but I also know that I am here because of my choice. Now, I seem to be a native of two states. I’m going home, I say whenever I leave Colorado. In Pennsylvania: I’m going back home. In all our life, we make choices about what we care most about. And while they rarely turn out as we envision, we learn from them and they ultimately shape our lives. S

Colorado ice skater’s hopes frozen, then re-thawed Crystal Chilcott

I’m from Pennsylvania. I don’t have to be here – in fact, there are quite a few reasons why I wouldn’t want to be. Tuition is more expensive, the climate is not what I’m used to and the traffic here is just terrible. I moved to Colorado three years ago to figure-skate at the World Arena Ice Hall. I was 17, a senior in high school and didn’t know anyone in the entire state. Since I was 12, I had been frustrated with the recreational hockey rink at which I trained. I begged my parents for the opportunity to skate at an elite center. I used to stay up all night constructing PowerPoint presentations telling my parents all of the reasons I wanted to move 1,542 miles away from home.

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Where were you when you heard about Sept. 11? What do you remember most? emily harris, senior, business/hr “I was in high school, in class. I don’t think I was as stressed as a lot of people were. It definitely was a shocking thing, kind of the instability or how vulnerable we really are as opposed to what we, what America always thought.” Tanner rotering, junior, mechanical engineering “I was pretty young. I think I was at my parents’ house at the time. I don’t remember a lot. I think we got out of school early, went home; the news was on. Our parents were watching it, but my brother and I were pretty distracted at the time with kid things. It wasn’t really a huge memory to me in my life, unfortunately.” boomer Stamps, sophomore, computer science “I was hanging out at my friend’s house. We were skateboarding and I had no idea what they were talking about when they said what had happened. I think I was in sixth grade. I had no idea what was going on. Someone just told me someone flew a plane into a couple buildings in New York. I was like, I don’t know what you mean.”

this week at UCCS General Sept. 9-Oct. 31 WALDSTERBEN: De Lane Bredvik/ GOCA AWOL Project GOCA 121

Sept. 12-29 7:30 p.m. “Seven Guitars” Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

Sept. 10-13 7 p.m. Sorority recruitment Student Life and Leadership Office

Wednesday, Sept. 11 Noon-2 p.m. Acoustic performer Café ‘65 Noon-4 p.m. Adult CPR AED DPS training room 3-6 p.m. Education Abroad Fair Berger Hall

10:50-11:50 a.m. Study Smarter, Not Harder Workshop UC 122 4-5 p.m. Yoga at GOCA Gallery 1420

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Batfleck: better casting or best casting? has given us such gems as “Gigli,” “He’s Just Not That Into You” and the eminent, award-winning The world received the best “Pearl Harbor.” Affleck’s best recommendation, news of the decade – no, the cenhowever, is his role as the titular tury – two weeks ago. The newest man to don the superhero in “Daredevil.” Very caped crusader’s cowl could revo- few men could have brought the lutionize our understanding of the pain and anguish of a blind man to the silver screen (besides Jamie Batman mythos. Ben Affleck, the man who gave Foxx). With the man who brought us “Paycheck,” will be playing Bruce Wayne in “Batman vs. Su- Daredevil to life, the role of Batperman,” the upcoming sequel to man is the best thing to happen to either franchise since Tim Bur“Man of Steel.” This project is still in develop- ton. Unfortunately, there are quite ment, so there are no photos or footage of production. We know, a few haters out there who have however, the quality of acting that been screaming on the Internet that Ben Affleck is going to ruin the franchise. Nothing could be further from the truth. Did Heath Ledger ruin the franchise? Did Michael Keaton? Jack Nicholson? Christian Bale? No, they all make the franchise soar to new heights. And now, Affleck will be joining that list of exalted names. So, in light of the caliber of actor that is now cast as the dark knight, we must admit that the time is now to preemptively nominate the upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel for an Academy Award. Even if it does not win, the CoUrteSy Photo | reVieWSTL.cOM nomination must go through. S aaron Collett

September 9, 2013

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Don’t leave your dirty towels near their things. Buy them Starbucks.

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September 9, 2013


Men’s cross country aims for national championship

After wrapping up the 2012 season with a school-best 11thplace finish in the NCAA Division II National Championships, the Mountain Lions are as hungry as ever to win that elusive NCAA Championship. “There is no better feeling than being a part of a national championship team,” Head Coach Mark Misch said. “I tell the kids if we want to win, we have to do things my way and stay committed.” Misch indicated it doesn’t take just one superstar to win a national championship; it takes a team of committed runners who want to be a part of “something bigger” and guys who just “believe in each other,” he said. Being in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC), the team is aware how difficult a task a national championship can be with teams like Adams State perennially at the top. “Our ultimate goal is to win a Division II championship, but we know in order to we have to beat our rival Adams State, and those guys are tough,” sopho-

This is one of the best bunches of kids I have ever coached. We have been through a lot already as a team and will look for our first championship in school history.

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more Carson Aberle said. In addition to beating tough teams like Adams State, the Mountain Lions know they must come together as a team. Misch recognized the importance of keeping the team morale high in order to let the team grow and come together. “I will never be afraid to kick one of my guys in the rear to get them going,” Misch said. “I am also not afraid to give them support when they need it. I just don’t want them to settle for mediocrity.” The expectations this year are high for the cross country team,

but they think they have the talent, chemistry and experience to put them over the top this year and win a national championship. “We have all the talent to challenge the elite teams in the RMAC and in the nation,” redshirt freshman Robert Scrivner said. “With everyone that is re-

turning from last year and the additions, we can be competitive.” Aberle is looking to set a competitive goal of his own. “Even though this is a team sport, and I love my team, my goal is to become one of the top runners in the entire nation and hopefully set a few records along the

way,” he said. These Mountain Lions are hungry to improve and go even further this year. “This is one of the best bunches of kids I have ever coached,” Misch said. “We have been through a lot already as a team and will look for our first championship in school history.” S

Last year, the team went to Minnesota for the Roy Griak Invitational and won the meet. This year, the team is headed to Spokane, Wash., for a meet at the end of the month. “That’s where the national championships will be, so it’s

kind of like a preview meet. We’re going there to kind of look at the course and be more prepared for what we’re going to have to encounter in November for nationals,” said Head Coach David Harmer. “We would very much like

to repeat that performance [at nationals] and be in the top 10 once again,” Harmer added. Harmer said that fitnesswise, the girls are ahead of where they were at this point last year. The team is the same as last year with the exception of one team member and five new freshmen. “We have a pretty dramafree team. The girls get on very well; their grades are fantastic,” he said. Grades are one of the strong points for the team, according to Harmer. Last year, the squad was named an all-academic team by the U.S. Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. “We actually had four individuals that were named to the president’s roll for having a 4.0 last semester on the track and cross country teams. We don’t have any worries about them academically,” Harmer said. Team members like Samantha Bauer, a junior majoring in nutrition, are focusing on personal goals. Bauer said hers are to break 24 minutes in a race and to overcome her mental

block. “I always think I can’t do it, I’m not fast enough and I usually shut down during workouts and races. I can’t push myself further in the race,” Bauer said. Despite this, Harmer said that Bauer has been working on developing mental plans to overcome those blocks in races. “She’s been running really well and she’s been doing really well in school, and that gives her confidence,” Harmer said. “She got pretty much straight A’s this summer, so she’s doing really well in the classroom, and that overlaps into training as well, so we’re expecting her to do really well this year,” Harmer added. “I’d just like to see us compete hard and just kind of establish ourselves as one of the best teams in the country. We had a great year last year, really huge improvement … just kind of want to continue to build on that performance,” he said. The next cross country meet is the Colorado College Invitational on Sept. 21 at 9 a.m. For information about other meets, visit S

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The men’s cross country team does a run in preparation for their first big race.

Women’s cross country sprints into new season April Wefler

With a 10th-place finish at last year’s nationals, the UCCS women’s cross country team is looking forward to the new season.

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The women’s cross country team hits the trails the day before their first meet.

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Friday, Sept. 13 5-7 p.m. Men’s soccer vs. Eastern New Mexico Mountain Lion Stadium

7:30-9:30 p.m. Women’s soccer vs. Fort Hays State Mountain Lion Stadium

Saturday, Sept. 14

Sunday, Sept. 15

Rock Climbing, $10 Rec Center

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Men’s soccer vs. Midwestern State Mountain Lion Stadium

12 s pORTs Work hard, play hard: UCCS women’s soccer ready for season

September 9, 2013

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The women’s soccer team prepares for the upcoming season by practicing early in the morning.

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A soccer ball soared through the air, met by two girls dribbling and passing to each other before shooting at the Four Diamonds soccer field’s goal. At 7 a.m., the UCCS women’s soccer team is hard at work. A new season is dawning for the ladies on the field, and with that, new goals. The Mountain Lions had a successful run last season with 13 wins and an RMAC quarterfinal appearance. Head Coach Nichole Ridenour looks to improve on scoring to

help rocket the team to the front. “We need to make sure that we score when we have the opportunity,” Ridenour said. “Last year was a great year. We didn’t lose two games in a row,” said Assistant Coach Craig Decker. “We have never beaten Regis [University], so that is something we want to change. We’re not the underdogs anymore. We want to win the big games,” she added. As part of their preseason routine, the girls shared a week together in Winter Park to practice and have fun. The coaches like to make sure the girls aren’t just teammates but also share a bond that helps them become stronger.

“There is not an option to just go to practice,” Ridenour said. “Everybody knows everyone on a personal level.” Senior Captain Kia Jeffords is a returning player and looks to take on an added leadership role this season. “I want to help keep the girls motivated throughout the season,” Jeffords said. “I want to try and be a good leader.” She also mentioned enjoying the trip to Winter Park. “That is where we get our team bonding,” Jeffords said. “That’s also where we work the hardest, and girls compete for positions.” Eight freshmen have joined

the team’s roster this year. Jess Freeze, a pre-nursing major from Jackson Hole High School in Jackson, Wyo., is one of the new girls to join the team. “The speed of play is a lot faster,” Freeze said when asked about playing at a college level. “It’s a lot more physical. I’m looking forward to playing at a higher level. I want be a better distributor and have quicker passes.” The regular season runs through Nov. 3 before the playoffs begin in the RMAC tournament. It’s a long season, but the team also looks forward to seeing something else that can help them through it: a crowd.

Added classes and staff for group fitness program come with a cost Shelby Shively

The Rec Center has always offered group fitness classes to students, faculty, alumni and even community members. This year, the center is offering a greater range of classes and more classes each week – but at an increased cost. Group fitness classes cost $20, a $15 jump from last year. “There has been an increase in the number of offerings, what we feel is an increase in quality of services and more diverse offerings,” said Annette Biggs, associate director of aquatics and fitness at the Rec Center. Biggs said her goal with the group fitness classes this year is to “align with what’s going on in the fitness industry.” They are also looking at community offerings and those provided by other universities in the state. The Rec Center used to offer 12

group fitness classes per week and is now offering 26 classes. Many of the classes are using new equipment, and there are more group fitness instructors to pay as well. Both have contributed to the price increase. However, the Rec Center does not ask students to pay the group fitness fee without offering them the opportunity to try out a few classes first. The first week of group fitness classes is always the second week of academic classes. Last week, students were able to take the classes for free to decide if they want to pay $20 to attend a group class for the whole semester. Spring break week and finals week are also free. “The reason we’re really offering exam week free is because this is a place to release stress,” Biggs said. Biggs is also aware that the Rec Center is operating on a university campus with a busy clientele. “We are offering a variety of

30-, 45- and 60-minute classes to allow for busy student and faculty schedules,” Biggs said. This format is new to the group fitness program. “Our vision [at the Rec Center] really is to teach students to lead a healthy lifestyle and breed those habits now so that health and fitness are a lifelong goal,” said Biggs. The group fitness program is really “for students, by students,” Biggs said, adding that students comprise 82 percent of the instructors. With the expansion to the Rec Center opening in the fall of 2015, Biggs anticipates no large changes. “Our objectives will remain the same: increase in quantity of programs and services, increase in quality of programs and services and increase in diverse offerings. We really do want to offer excellence in programs and services,” Biggs said. S

“Our attendance broke a lot of records last year,” Decker said, a trend he wants to see continue. “We’re in the RMAC, which is one of the most competitive Division II conferences in soccer. The games are really tight and fun to watch,” Ridenour said. “We love the crowd; we feed off their energy.” “Come out and support us,” added Freeze. The team lost 0-3 their first game, an exhibition against the University of South Dakota on Sept. 1. The first home game of the regular season is Sept. 13 against Fort Hays State at Mountain Lion Stadium. S

Broncos trample Ravens in season opener Jonathan toman

The 2013-2014 National Football League season kicked off with a bang. Well, kind of. The season opener featuring the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens was delayed by more than half an hour due to a localized thunderstorm in the area of Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Thursday night. Once the teams took the field, Denver was able to exact some small measure of revenge for their 38-35 double overtime playoff loss to Baltimore in January, which ended their season and Super Bowl hopes. This game finished differently from the January


matchup – and not just because the weather was the polar opposite. The Broncos used a record-tying seven touchdown passes from Peyton Manning, as well as a blocked punt, to help pull away from the Ravens in the second half and beat them with a final score of 49-27. The Broncos were trailing at halftime 17-14 but scored four unanswered touchdowns to start the second half and take a 4217 lead. Peyton Manning, whose seven touchdowns were a career high, finished 27 of 42 for 462 yards. The Broncos head to New York to face the Giants in their next game on Sept. 15. Kickoff is at 2:25 p.m. S


Sept. 9, 2013  

Vol. 38, Iss. 2

Sept. 9, 2013  

Vol. 38, Iss. 2