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The official student newspaper of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. October 29 to November 4 [Volume 34; Issue 10]

Coach Barnett, Mountain Lions set for playoffs

Raise freeze Nine game winning strea k launches UCCS into third place in RMAC hits university employees

University plans new classroom building, South Hall for $29.1m

Justin Case

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Great Pumpkin Curry

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How to dress fashionably for Colorado fall weather

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Columbine Hall to be converted into additional parking space

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OPINION | Truth Bombs | The Internet Freedom Act is not free; McCain fights against net neutrality

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SPORTS | Sports Buzz | Recognizing our UCCS student athletes

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Athletes referred to Choices Program

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In the Middle the FEATURE

Cragmor’s Past pages 6 and 7

The UCCS volleyball team.

Matt Crandall In a season that began as a roller coaster, the UCCS Volleyball team appears to have found their groove, as they won their ninthstraight match on Oct. 27 by defeating Colorado Christian 3-0. The win helped push the Mountain Lions into third place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC), improving their record to 17-7 overall and 12-4 in conference play. Standing behind the team and their success this year is head coach Keith Barnett. This season marks Barnett’s first year at UCCS, having replaced former coach Jessica Wood, who departed last season to fulfill the position as assistant athletic director at UCCS. Barnett brings experience both as a player and a coach.

Photo courtesy of UCCS Sports Information He played professionally in Belgium for three seasons and also earned a gold medal in the World University Games in Beijing, China in 2001. Over the last two seasons, Barnett was the volleyball coach at Rampart High School in Colorado Springs. He led Rampart to a thirdplace finish in the Colorado Class 5A State Tournament in 2008, after a Sweet 16 appearance in 2007. With such an impressive winning streak, Barnett’s team is beginning to form a mutual bond across the board that’s required to compete in the RMAC. “Our team as a whole is starting to understand all the work and time it takes to become familiar and start to win, so I am very pleased to see the growth.” Barnett also attributes the recent success to some last minute adjustments he made to the squad. “We have

made a few adjustments,” he said. “We are running a faster offense to the outsides, and we are becoming more comfortable with our two new setters. That is really important for your middle hitters, to know and trust where your setters are going to put the ball.” In a team that predominately consists of underclassmen, seniors Kim Pollard, Lauren Orth and Cassey Santucci may exit their last collegiate season with great success, as post-season play is on the horizon for the Volleyball team. Barnett commended his seniors this year, saying, “They provide leadership, stability and an idea of what to expect on the road and in all the gyms.” The ladies close out regular season play against Nebraska-Kearney, Metro State and Regis in the next couple of weeks. NebraskaKearney and Metro State

have maintained national rankings in the top 25 this season. “Kearney is unreal this year,” said Barnett. “Very balanced, very sure of what they do and they do not make errors. These are several of the reasons why they are currently ranked so highly and they represent that ranking very well.” With momentum and success resting on the heels of the Mountain Lions, winning out the rest of the season could be easier said than done, especially against a conference that breeds such competitive play. “Both of these teams will be contenders in the postseason. The RMAC as a whole is very balanced and that is what makes it such a tough conference,” Barnett said. UCCS will play all three remaining games at home, in the Lion’s Den. The three game finale begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. ◆

In response to a raise freeze placed on all classified staff by Governor Ritter, UCCS has decided to place its own raise freeze on all university employees, including student employees, until at least the end of June 2010. Most employees, including student employees, receive a yearly cost of living raise, but limits on the state’s budget and the university budget have led to a temporary cap on all employee raises this year. All members of the Colorado state work force fall under the category of classified staff and a number of those classified staff work for UCCS. UCCS employees are divided into four groups: classified staff, student employees, exempt professionals (who are outside the state personnel system), and faculty (which includes professors). In an interview with The Scribe, Brian Burnett, the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, explained that the raise freeze helped prevent any layoffs at UCCS and allowed the school administration to keep tuition increases lower. The raise freeze does not, however, affect pay increases that come with promotions. This exception also applies to classified staff. Continued on page 4

On Friday October 16, Dr. Tom Zwirlein, professor of finance at UCCS, and Dr. Penny Culbreth-Graft, City Manager of Colorado Springs, answer the public’s questions about the tough realities of Referendum 2C. Kevin Kassem CONTACT

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October 29 to November 4, 2009

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Going classy: Changing the Halloween paradigm

striving to present the truth to the students by creating an open forum for opinions and ideas

Executive Editor

Jackie Parkinson Executive Editor Halloween is the one holiday where you can be anything you want to be. If you want to be a fireman, a policeman, a candy striper, Lady Gaga, Peanut Butter or Jelly, a pirate wench, a pimp, or my personal favorite, a hooker, you can spend $100 for cheap nylon that barely covers your assets to express your inner demon for one night, one weekend, or all year if you so desire. I used to be all for this holiday in my freshman year of college. I went and bought the crappy Dorothy costume and sported heels with red sequins and, of course, had Toto in my little basket. Then I decided that I had just spent more than $50 on one night for a costume I would never wear again; and I was right, I haven’t worn that costume ever again. While I have enjoyed Halloween many years in a row, the aforementioned cost

differential does not bother me as much as investing the little funds I have in below par quality. Also, in clothing that causes violations in public nudity laws. Perhaps, I am going against the norm because, according to Mean Girls, “Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” For the guys, this also applies, because as much as I know you want to pimp out women in your everyday life, this still doesn’t meant that you actually possess the ability to by dressing like one. We shouldn’t be dressing like we’re asking for a ride off of Colfax just because it is Halloween. If you feel the need to dress like a prostitute on Halloween, then why don’t you dress like a hooker on every other day of the year? Just because Halloween advocates that you can be anything you want to be, doesn’t mean that it should be socially acceptable to be just anything. After all, America was founded on the concept that we can be anything we want to be, but if you grow up wanting to be a hooker, it does not mean you should be. In addition, the Halloween

costumes that we are now producing are beginning to inundate our younger generations. It is one thing to be in your twenties and dressing like a hooker, but when your pre-teen sibling admires you dressing like a hooker, and in turn begs your parents for a costume just like yours, you are affecting the younger generation and continuing the trend. Girls, and the younger generation, are already losing their innocence from multitudes of social normalities, and Halloween should be reserved as a fun holiday for them to go and trick or treat and enjoy their childhood. Not aspiring to dressing like their twenty-yearold relative who chooses to be a hooker for Halloween. Remember that year you dressed as Cinderella and the skirt was to your ankles? Now, here we are ten years later and the skirt on our Cinderella dress is, maybe, if you’re lucky, 4 inches long. Therefore, I propose an alternative to this norm: I propose embracing Halloween in a classy manner, and realizing the affect we have on the younger generation. This does not mean we cannot have fun with the holiday, but dressing up in a classy manner and partying responsibly will never go out of style. ◆

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Columnists Tim Canon, Erica Doudna, Byron Graham, Greg Reilly, Veronica Graves

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student life

11/1/2009 - 11/7/2009


Men’s Soccer vs. Mesa State @ Mountain Lions Stadium 1 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Metro State @ Denver, CO 12 p.m.

mon. tues. 2

Spring registration begins!


Student commuter donuts @ Dwire 7 a.m. Rockslide Radio w/ Spencer Foote @ UCCS Radio 4 p.m. Psychostick @ The BlackSheep 7:30 p.m.



thurs. 5

Avalanche vs. Coyotes @ Pepsi Center, Denver, CO 7 p.m. Fun w/ Leftmore, Tango Red Tapestry @ The BlackSheep 8 p.m. Quarter pitcher night @ Thunder and Buttons, Colorado Springs 9 p.m.



Chevelle @ Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO 7 p.m.

Society of Women Engineers Day @ Upper Lodge 8:45 a.m.

The Rice is Right w/ Jacob Rice @ UCCS Radio 7 p.m.

Avalanche vs. Blackhawks @ Pepsi Center, CO 7 p.m.



All Colorado Beer Festival @ Mr. Biggs, Colorado Springs 4:30 p.m.

Savage Henry @ Overtime Sports Bar & Grill

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what’s going on today?

photo behind the calendar: “Crumbled stairs near some ruins of some early sanitorium buildings behind Main Hall.” Brock Kilgore

sudoku! (easy)

the first person to bring these completed sudoku puzzles will receive 4 tickets to the Haunted Mines. bottom floor UCenter rm. 106

quote of the week: campus crime in brief Stupid things to do, thievery edition A rash of thievery has torn through campus this October, with several cold reports posted to the blotter regarding on-campus thefts. Victims have found their coveted properties, such as laptop computers and UCCS parking permits, pilfered unwittingly from their cars and dorm rooms. It strikes the Scribe staff that stealing an individually numbered parking pass, whose owner has been registered to a Public Safety database, is a particularly brainless crime.

Public Safety lays down the long, bath-robed arm of the law Forever assuaging every student’s fears of rampant vehicular napping in our fine university’s sparse parking lots, campus police responded to complaints of a couple sleeping in their parked car on October 17. Reports were taken that day in Lot 9, and the UCCS campus police took a firm and heroic stand against car sleeping. Do you all feel a little safer? We here at the Scribe sure as hell do.

“You have four years to be irresponsible here. Relax. Work is for people with jobs. You’ll never remember class time, but you’ll remember time you wasted hanging out with your friends. So, stay out late. Go out on a Tuesday with your friends when you have a paper due Wednesday. Spend money you don’t have. Drink ‘til sunrise. The work never ends, but college does...” - Tom Petty email your quotes of the week to:


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October 29 to November 4, 2009

Chemistry major’s company helps Raise freeze for employees (cont.) Continued from page 1 underprivileged students in Ghana Catherine Jensen

Chris Akumfi, a chemistry major at UCCS in 2008, recently founded The American Electronics Computer Institute (AECI), a company that provides affordable electronics and internet service to students in Ghana. Akumfi’s dream of forming a company began percolating in 2007 when a cousin attending one of the top universities in Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), informed him that students in the university were allotted two hours of internet access per week, regardless of how much school work they may have had. Despite the financial difficulties Akumfi had, he felt he had to do something. “I came face to face with the bitter side of life,” he told The Scribe. “I had nothing in my account other than next month’s rent and a credit card with a $500 limit. After hours of deep silence and meditation, I became convinced that I didn’t need to be rich in order to do some-

thing. I got up and put the $500 into electronics retail business.” AECI was officially founded and registered in Colorado Springs under the business laws of the State of Colorado on Aug. 7, 2008, and in Ghana in November. The company currently has eleven full-time employees and thirteen part-time staff members who work as sales agents, according to Akumfi. The purpose of the AECI foundation is to tackle the net access problem from the root by introducing internet communication technologies (ICT) in the classroom, Akumfi said. AECI sells electronics in cities where the financially disadvantaged wait for hours in line to use public computers. This makes it more difficult for students. “In rural areas, especially middle schools, the kids pay exorbitant ICT fees just to learn ICT in a book,” Akumfi said. “In some cases students write a standardized final exam on ICT without seeing a physical and tangible computer.” Currently, the company has sponsored a 30-student capacity ICT center for seven basic schools with an en-

rollment of over 3 thousand students. Akumfi said that within these schools, more than 75 percent of students have not seen a computer before. In addition to providing computer services, the company also sells cameras, USB pen drives, and MP3 and MP4 players, and makes laptop and desktop repairs throughout Ghana. The company is also responsible for introducing Ghana’s first cybercafé and offering computer training to students. Akumfi stated that he has hope in the company’s mission. “We do not know who will be the next person to invent important new technology; but one thing that we certainly know is that the release of a hidden potential is the world’s inheritance, and all people ought to be educated to their full… potentials. This philosophy informs and shapes the investment we make in our students and faculties, [we believe] that the liberation of their potentials is for the betterment of the global community.” Anyone interested in learning more can e-mail the foundation at aeciclub@ or visit their website at ◆

University plans new classroom building, South Hall for $29.1m Avalon Manly

With Columbine Hall becoming increasingly full of students and classes, UCCS plans to construct a new classroom building on the eastern edge of campus, to be called South Hall, which will help alleviate some of the crowding. South Hall is estimated to cost $29.1 million, wrote Gary Reynolds, executive director of facilities services at UCCS, in an email to The Scribe. UCCS has requested that the building’s construction be funded entirely by the state, which creates ambiguity in the construction schedule and at this time the administration has not pinned down a solid construction start date.

“With the current economic conditions, timing is uncertain,” Reynolds explained. UCCS has, in preparation for the advent of South Hall’s construction, begun to purchase some of the more dilapidated houses on the eastern side of campus, in an area referred to as University Summit, which will ultimately be demolished to make room for the new building. “There are four run-down houses that will be razed and we own three others in the area,” Reynolds noted. The plans for South Hall were first approved in March of 2008, though a revised set were approved in April of this year. “It will be a major facility similar in quality and look to the new Science and Engineering building or Columbine [Hall], but not nearly as big,” Reyn-

olds said. South Hall will in fact be significantly smaller than the SENG, at about 65 thousand gross square feet, less than half the size of the SENG’s 159 thousand. Despite the smaller size, Reynolds explained that South Hall will be an improvement upon current classroom conditions. “The new facility will have a number of new classrooms and possibly a larger classroom/ auditorium with state-ofthe-art audio-visual,” Reynolds added. UCCS architect Carolyn Fox predicts that some departments (like psychology) currently housed in Columbine Hall will relocate to South Hall, especially if they regularly work closely with the nursing school, Beth-El, though exactly which departments will be moving is “still in flux,” according to Reynolds. ◆

Dr. David Anderson, a local professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry, said that everybody is disappointed, but not receiving a raise is far better than losing a job. He also said that they have a firm goal not to lay anybody off. Dr. Anderson also explained that the raise freeze is not the only thing administration and department officials are doing to cut costs. These changes include reorganizing the staff to increase efficiency and actively pursuing lower utility costs by unplugging unused electronic devices, turning off lights in unused rooms and

similar measures. Nancy Hoist, a building manager of the University Center, is among the many student employees affected by the raise freeze. Hoist says that she feels she has fared better than many other student employees because she has already been working at the university for a couple of years and has thus already received a raise. Like Dr. Anderson, Hoist feels it was better to lose a raise than to lose a job. In an interview, Hoist also explained that some of her fellow student employees have complained that raises should not have been

cut and that money from other projects, such as construction and remodeling, should have been diverted to prevent the raise freeze. Hoist, however, feels that the construction projects are necessary. Burnett further explained that such a transfer of funds would not be possible as the money for construction comes from a different budget than the money for raises. At this point, no pay cuts or benefit cuts have been planned, but the freeze will continue until June 2010 when the university’s financial situation is expected to improve. ◆


mpkin C u P urr t a re



October 29 to November 4, 2009


2.5 Stars

Brock Kilgore There is much more to Halloween than pumpkins and, likewise, more to pumpkins than Halloween. Pumpkins were an important source of food for Native Americans, and they quickly spread to Europe and the rest of the world after the New World was “discovered.” The spread of the pumpkin was a good thing for Halloween, because the Irish immigrants credited with creating the modern jack-o-lantern formerly used turnips for their seasonal carving. Pumpkin, both then and now, has seen varied uses, and is good for much more than the usual pie. Native Americans sun-dried pumpkin strips or roasted them whole in a fire and ate them

like mashed potatoes. European cooks roasted pumpkin with milk and Indian spices like cinnamon to create the precursor to modern pumpkin pie. When I was confronted with the assignment of “what to do with pumpkin,” I knew that I wanted to make more than pie. Roasted pumpkin is sweet with a smooth consistency, which is an excellent place to start for a hearty, warming soup. Thai food is on the fringes of my culinary world, but the balance of sweet, sour, salty and spicy seemed the perfect solution to my pumpkin problem. The Thai Pumpkin Curry soup recipe that I came up with is easy enough for anyone to make, and the exotic- sounding ingredi-

ents are actually easier to find in the store than canned pumpkin. Fresh ginger is available in all supermarkets next to the fresh herbs, and Thai curry paste is sold in a small jar in the Asian section. An equivalent portion of roasted and pureed fresh pumpkin could be substituted for the canned stuff, and roasted pumpkin chunks could replace the yams. Vegetarians could omit the chicken breast and use tofu and veggie stock instead. The resulting soup is flavorful on many levels, aromatic, spicy and oh-sosmooth. For a meal, serve the soup with a green salad, crusty bread and a sweet white wine, such as a Riesling. ◆

Brock’s Pumpkin Soup INGREDIENTS: 2 tbs. olive oil 2 tbs. peeled and finely diced fresh ginger 2 oz. thai red curry paste 3 tbs. soy sauce 2 tbs. brown sugar 3 14 oz. cans chicken stock 2 15 oz. cans pumpkin 1 15 oz. can yams, drained and diced 1 lb. chicken breast sliced in long, thin strips 1/2 lb. crimini or button mushrooms sliced fairly thickly 2 15 oz. cans coconut milk Juice from 1/2 lime Salt and pepper Roasted pumpkin seeds or chopped cashews for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Heat oil in large pot on medium heat until it simmers. 2. Add ginger and ucrry paste. Stir fry for two minutes. 3. Add one can of broth and mx until the curry paste dissolves. 4. Add the rest of the broth, pumpkin, soy sauce, and brown sugar; bring to a boil. 5. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. 6. Add the yams, chicken, mushrooms, and coconut milk, bring to a boil. 7. Reduce heat to medium high and simmer five to seven minutes, or until chicken is firm. 8. Add the lime juice and salt and pepper to taste just before serving. 9. Garnish each bowl with the pumpkin seeds or cashews.

The month of October inspires different nostalgias for everyone. Be it Halloween, deciduous leaves changing color or sports season, everyone seems to have a particular affinity for something analogous to October. Personally, I always associate October with the murder (as in a plurality, not the verb) of horror movies slated for release in theaters this morbid autumn month. “Paranormal Activity” continues a populist legacy unique to horror films. Budgetary constraints typically confine movies of every other genre, yet horror seems to flourish on shoestring budgets with amateurs at the helm. In a grand tradition that includes Sam Raimi, George Romero and “Paranormal Activity’s” closest filmic cousin, “The Blair Witch Project,” horror is democratized as a genre by an overarching axiom: If the movie genuinely terrifies, audiences will forgive any shortcomings. “Paranormal Activity” documents the efforts of a young filmmaker trying to capture spiritual forces that have been tragically underestimated. First-time filmmaker Oren Peli sees the potential of unnatural

displacements of inanimate objects and creepy noises. Shot in a mostly handheld cinema vérité style, similar to the “Blair Witch Project,” the story follows Micah and Katie, a young southern California couple tormented by a supernatural presence that has haunted Katie since her childhood. Micah and Katie speak to each other in what largely sounds like extemporaneous dialogue, and indeed seem like people that you’d know - and dislike immensely. Admittedly, the first three-quarters of the movie were difficult to sit through, as these characters are so vapid and their squabbles so aimless, that audiences grow ever more eager for the demon to haunt them. For example, Katie continues to whine about Micah’s insistence on recording the titular phenomena even after his footage had provided valuable insights and preserved unbelievable occurrences. However, as the film winds down, the low-key scares arrive faster and the tension mounts to its utmost, and I found myself utterly engrossed in the story. The climax and grim conclusion of “Paranormal Activity” linger in viewers’ imaginations

Byron Graham

and nightmares for days after viewing, and the visceral thrill of such innovative scares are entirely worth the price of admission. That being said, this is the type of movie that I can’t wait to never see again, not because the scares are too intense for a second helping, but rather because they’ll have lost all their potency outside the theater environment. Instead of the charming little guerilla horror movie that scared the bejesus out of me that night I saw it in the theater, DVD screenings will render my perception of “Paranormal Activity” in unfavorable ways. The fright will be supplanted by the realization that the movie is cheaplymade and difficult to watch due to its jolting handheld aesthetics (seriously, folks, bring a Dramamine,) not to mention populated by a couple of insufferable idiots. Still, in a marketplace where the only competition is the sixth torture porntastic entry into the decaying “Saw” franchise and an impotent PG-13 remake of the cult classic “The Stepfather,” “Paranormal Activity” should emerge as your Halloween cinema treat of choice. ◆


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The Tuberculosis Sanitorium In an attempt to uncover a history of haunting at UCCS, The Scribe found out that, while no such haunted history exists for this campus, the campus of UCCS was not always the hub of education it is today. In fact, from the early twentieth century until 1965, the acreage surrounding UCCS was home to a tuberculosis treatment center called Cragmor Sanatorium.

UCCS: Back in 1965

Lauren Mueller []

 One of UCCS’s first students, Shirley Craig, remembers what the school was like when it first opened. In the beginning, the school’s only two buildings were built atop land with a wild past mixed with some skeletons. Craig, her parents and most of her family have spent their entire lives living in Colorado. From a sheep pasture to a school, the ghosts of UCCS campus are remembered through Craig’s eyes. “Back over by the new dorms on Eaglerock Rd., they had an archeological discovery,” said Craig, “They found the remains of what they think was a sheep herder from the way back.” Craig said the discovery was quite a ways back, around the time they were building the Cragmor Sanatorium. Craig has never heard of any haunting from the humble sheep herder. Before Craig moved into the neighborhood, she remembered, “The families that lived on top of that hill would throw wild parties where they would drink and drive all around their dirt roads. This was in the early ‘20s.” At this time in Colorado Springs, the new neighborhood was considered the far north of the city. In the mid ‘50s, Craig and her family moved into the Cragmor neighborhood. While living in Cragmor, Craig has seen quite a change and images of the past stick in her mind. “Back then they had mining trails in the neighborhood you all park in. Danville Park was a coal mine for a while before it became a pasture for family horses. They couldn’t build on the mining tailings so they had to turn it into a park. Same with the Colorado Springs Country Club Golf Course,” she said. The mines continue to haunt the foundations of Cragmor houses. While Cragmor Sanatorium was active, the tuberculosis (TB) patients kept busy. “The Cragmor Sanatorium was at the high end of the sanatoriums,” Craig said. “They were the upper cut TB patients.” The people who lived at the sanatorium had to stay quarantined, but that didn’t stop them from having a good time. Craig said, “They had wild parties where they would drink and play cards.” Craig is not sure how many people died while the sanatorium was operational, but assures students that plenty of people died on what is now the UCCS campus grounds. Toward the end of the sanatorium days of UCCS, Craig recalled a large population of Native Americans moving in. Craig said, “I remember volunteering with a church group to teach the American Indians to cook. They were used to eating everything fried, like fry bread. We taught them a healthy alternative.” Craig started part-time classes at UCCS in 1965. “There were two or three classes in the Cragmor building and across the hall there were mattresses and beds stacked against the wall. When they opened they were really anxious to open right away,” said Craig. She believes the doors of the sanatorium only stayed closed a short while before the final resting place of so many TB patients became UCCS.

Cragmor Sanatorium in 1960. Photo by Stewart Commercial Photographers, courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District

UCCS in October of 2009.

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The development of Cragmor Hall

Catherine Jensen []

ABOVE: The current Cragmor Hall. Photo by Ariel Lattimore

  Colorado has long been a center for treating tuberculosis (TB). In the 1800’s TB patients began moving to arid climates for treatment because of physician’s claims that the dry air would sap the moisture from their lungs. Tuberculosis sanatoriums were established all over Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, western Texas and other dry areas. Colorado Springs became home to nineteen institutions for treating TB. The first to open in Colorado Springs was the Glockner Tuberculosis Sanatorium, opening in 1889. The patients at Glockner and many other sanatoriums in the area followed a strict treatment plan that included daily exercise, as much fresh air as possible, and a diet of milk and raw eggs and could receive treatment for $1 a day, according to the University of Virginia’s website on TB history. The Union Printers Home opened in 1892, Cragmor in 1905 and the Modern Woodmen of America in 1909. The industry peaked in the 1920s with at least 15 large and many smaller institutions. The facilities varied in affluence, stated the site. Cragmor is said to have become one of the most “luxurious pleasure palace for well-todo TB sufferers in the Colorado Springs area” according to Asylum of the Gilded Pill, a book by Douglas R. McKay, a former UCCS professor, about the history of UCCS’ campus history as a sanatorium. Cragmor Sanitarium catered to the wealthy and was reported to be like a cruise ship, with parties and later movie screenings. Other sanatoriums amounted to tent cities on the outskirts of town, stated McKay. Cragmor was established by Edwin Solly, a doctor who moved to Colorado from England for his health in 1874. In 1901 he and Colorado Springs founder, William Palmer,

chose the land north of Colorado Springs Solly used as a summer retreat and called ‘Cragmor’ as the place where they would build their tuberculosis facility, according to the UCCS webpage on Cragmor. The first patients arrived in 1905. Treatment consisted of lots of rest, sunshine and fresh air. Some of the sanatoriums had patients living in semi-walled “tent cottages” year round. Many of the doctors were themselves TB sufferers, according to McKay. “So many of the so-called cures were not cures,” McKay wrote in his book of the treatment. “They simply forestalled the inevitable death from complications.” Management of the facility passed on to Alexius M. Forster, who took charge of Cragmor in 1910 and later in 1954 to Dr. George Dwire, who eventually sold the property to the state for $1. During this time, the Bureau of Indian Affairs established one of the first public health programs launched by the newly formed U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW). Dwire signed the contract that enabled Cragmor to provide for the Navajos’ tubercular needs. Between 1952 and 1961 several dozen Navajo were successfully treated for tuberculosis and returned to their home, claimed the UCCS page on Cragmor. On Dec. 28, 1961, the last of Cragmor Sanatorium’s patients were returned to Window Rock, Arizona and Cragmor Sanatorium was without patients and funds. TB was no longer a major threat. On June 15, 1964, Governor John Love sanctioned the University of Colorado to acquire the Cragmor property for educational purposes and the conversion of Cragmor Sanatorium, into the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, began.

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History of Cragmor

Information provided by the Office of Property, Acquisitions, Space, and Leases.

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William Jackson Palmer donated 100 acres and $50,000 for sanatorium.

Architect Thomas MacLaren commissioned to design the “Sun Palace” sanatorium.

Sanatorium officially opens under direction of S. Edwin Solly. It consists of three large pavilions and several small cottages (accommodates twentyfive patients). Construction cost is $30,000. [Main building not constructed]

November 19th: Dr. Solly dies.

Restoration and improvements following vandalism and neglect.

June 20th: Dr. Alexius M. Forster buys the Cragmor Sanatorium

September: Architect George Edward Barton commissioned by Forster to design the central building.

January: Owner incorporated (see list). Board decides Barton’s design too costly. January - February: MacLaren re-commissioned to design central building. MacLaren revises original design. March: Bids received for construction of central building. Board proposes budget not to exceed $80,000 and asks MacLaren to redesign at building that would be three stories high, capable of being added to.

October: Construction of Cragmor Sanatorium three story central building completed.

February: Fourth floor added, topped by roof garden.

Five additional cottages built.


Photo by Ariel Lattimore


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Six additional cottages built.

(est.) Sun Porches removed

Windows replaced on level 2, 3, and 4.

Cragmor Manor Constructed and attached to Cragmor Sanatorium by breezeway.

University of Colorado sanctioned to acquire Cragmor property

ADA and other code requirements stairway Northwest.

ADA and other code requirements stairway Southeast.



October 29 to November 4, 2009

How to dress fashionably for Colorado fall weather Jessica Vaughan

When dressing for the unpredictable fall weather of Colorado Springs, you need to be prepared for anything. Layering is key to staying both warm and in fashion. A long turtleneck sweater paired with knee high boots are a must-have this fall season. This season it’s all about simplicity and going back to the basics. Bulky gold jewelry is about as simple as it gets, but it can be very elegant paired with a casual white shirt, or it with a simple T-shirt for the daytime. Two things making a comeback this season are leather and ruffles. Leather pants are a necessity to stay fashionable this fall. Ruffles are an interesting item to come back into fashion, but

they are here and can look great with skinny jeans. Plaid is making its way back into the fashion scene. Jackets, coats or trousers are a good medium for plaid. You should pair plaid with solid colors and leggings. Old-fashioned saddle bags are here to make their presence known. They add a bold statement to your outfit this fall, as well as being very convenient and large enough for carrying all of your books. The color red is back this season, and on more than just the trees. With all of the basic colors this fall season, red adds a nice pop to your look. Shoes, purses, and scarves can be a good way to express your red side. These fashions should keep you plenty warm in the cold and unpredictable fall weather of Colorado Springs, not to mention safe on the peak of this season’s trends.◆

Photos by Ariel Lattimore

Veronica Graves

Top Ten Ways to get on your professor’s nerves*

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If you are scolded for talking and your professor asks if there is anything you would like to share with the class, be sure to say yes. Go on about your day, including what the weather is like and what you ate for breakfast.

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“Still, if a statement cannot reasonably be interpreted to be one of express or implied fact, it cannot be libelous. This means that humor columns, spoofs, cartoons and satire are protected as long as readers understand that the material is not intended to be taken seriously.” - Student Press Law Center

Columbine Hall to be converted into additional parking space By Avalon Manly []

Bring some type of noisy food to class. Chips are best. Remember to crinkle the bag a lot. If your professor gives you a “you’re disrupting my class” look, give your professor a “but I’m starving” look. Arrive thirty minutes late to every lecture. Be sure to bang the door and desk around as you take your seat. Bring your kid to class. If you don’t have a kid, borrow one from a neighbor. Give them lots of noisy toys to play with. Talk in class. Be sure that you include a girl or a guy with an abnormally high voice. The more giggling and snickering the better. Cough a lot. Don’t cover your mouth. For any assignments you must turn in make sure you cough on them, complete with some spittle. Text during class. Sit right up in the front row and be sure to have your phone on a noisy profile so it jingles every freaking time you get a text. Convince five random people in the class to get up and leave for bathroom breaks at irregularly spaced intervals. Raise your hand every 60 seconds. Best to ask a really moronic question, especially if one desires a pause in the lecture as the professor grows pale. Bury your phone in your purse. As it plays that default ringtone your professor loves so much, you go about pulling out everything: hairbrushes, makeup, gum and receipts. *(disclaimer: the scribe will not be held responsible for any “ways to get on your professor’s nerves” implemented during class.)

Much protestation on the part of students has forced the UCCS Board of Regents to vote in favor of constructing additional parking on campus – geographically, in the space Columbine Hall currently occupies. “[The students] just wouldn’t shut up about it,” said board member Ace L’amour. “We had to do something. The First Amendment won’t let us pop the squeaky wheel, so ultimately we decided to grease it.” When asked the reason why that particular location was chosen for a new lot, L’amour shrugged and said, “Columbine’s disgustingly filthy. It’ll be easier to bulldoze it and build another classroom building elsewhere than to actually clean it,” he said. “Besides,” L’amour added, “it’s just a place for humanities students. We figure we’re giving them a glimpse of their future career prospects this way, by putting them out on the street and all. Maybe they can wash other students’ cars with newspaper and drain water while class is in session for the real disciplines.” “I’m thrilled,” stated UCCS junior Wyatt Cassidy. “I’ve been coming to campus earlier every day to get a parking space, and I’ve lost so much sleep that my eyes are so bloodshot I can barely see. I think, if you cut me, I might bleed coffee. With more parking, I’ll

be able to get more than two hours a night.” Squinting, he asked, “Are you actually growing mushrooms from your forehead, or have I started hallucinating?” Local geologists applaud the board’s decision to demolish Columbine Hall in favor of a parking lot. “Columbine’s been sliding down the bluff for years now,” explained geology instructor Rawl Dodger. “The earth has been eroding from beneath its foundations; it would only have been a matter of time before the entire hillside caved and the building crashed down onto Austin Bluffs, crushing pedestrians, causing tragic car accidents and killing English and communication majors by the hundreds.” Contrary to the university’s usual mode of operation, the demolition will occur on Tuesday, and is being used as a field trial for the students of applied engineering and physics. The students involved have elected in favor of an explosion method. “We knew implosion would be safer and cleaner,” said David Holliday, one of the graduate students at the project’s head. “But, come on, who wouldn’t want to blow up the dumphole?” Once the rubble is cleared and a dramatic nocturnal vigil is held for its passing by all UCCS humanities students, the area will be paved. The lot is expected to be ready for student use within two weeks, but as this is UCCS, you can expect a new lot in 2013.

Student group introduces “The Scribble” to By Tim Canon [] cover worldly affairs The inaugural issue of new, alternative student paper The Scribble hit stands all over campus last Friday, Oct. 23, as student group “We Hate the Campus Paper” decided to channel the concerns and inner rage of student paper haters everywhere by covering more worldly news. The paper’s editor and President of “We Hate the Campus Paper” Dave Gregg said that it was finally time to break what he described as The Scribe’s monopoly on reporting on “the multitudes and multitudes and virtual cornucopia of news … vital to the campus.” Gregg, who described himself as a defender of markets “anywhere, anytime,” said that he believed capitalistic competition for the campus paper would improve quality, “like competition always does,” and bring more information to “the students who so desire to read, outside of class, what The Scribe has never offered.”

Gregg suggested that the Scribe’s refusal to provide in-depth coverage of the wars in the Middle East was unfortunate, and that The Scribble would alleviate this problem by flying all of its best staff writers to the violence-plagued region and, much like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, providing “quality analysis and reporting on such … crucial matters.” Gregg said that long-term funding for such elaborate projects was “in the works,” but that he would be making financial decisions after extensive discussions with SGA. For the time being, the Chancellor’s Office has cancelled its plans to repaint its office an innovative shade of teal, and has instead decided to use its funds to finance The Scribble and its extensive coverage of world affairs, in an attempt to recruit more Middle Eastern students to UCCS in accordance with its “all recruitment, all the time” policy.



October 29 to November 4, 2009

| Truth Bombs | The Internet Freedom Act is not free; McCain fights against net neutrality

Byron Graham

I don’t know if you’ve heard this folks, but the government is trying to steal the internet from you. Or, wait, they’re trying to limit what you can access online and regulate the content of your favorite websites because Washington is just full of regulation-crazy regulators who think they can run everything better than the private sector. The FCC is going to take my cherished internet and turn it into something just like that 1984 book I’ve never read! If the above statements sound ridiculous to you, that’s because they are. Yet somehow, they mirror the formative rhetoric behind the Internet Freedom Act.

Championed by Arizona senator and defeated presidential candidate John McCain – otherwise known as the septuagenarian codger who admittedly can’t navigate Google without help from his wife – the Internet Freedom Act aims to stymie the enactment of the controversial net neutrality legislation currently before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The debate over internet network neutrality is a thorny-brushed labyrinth of polemical arguments, rife with the sort of specialized jargon that alienates the average internet user from participating in the discourse surrounding the future of the electronic fount of porn and sketchy information America loves so dearly. Essentially, net neutrality laws would consist of measures that serve to prevent telecommunications companies from restricting user access to some web content while favoring the content of their corporate subsidiaries. Companies like Comcast and Time Warner enjoy a dubious oligopoly over citizens’ ability to connect

to and browse through the Internet, and the FCC is endeavoring to limit those companies from stomping out innovations from their competitors. This legislation is directed toward protecting the unrestricted flow of information and the resulting hum of economic activity the Internet fosters by guaranteeing that the telecommunications industry will not have the authority to unfairly or perhaps illegally filter content or prejudice their allocation of bandwidth for financial gain. Proponents of net neutrality claim that the internet was not intended to have a “Gatekeeper” and that the FCC will ensure that it never does. While some experts, including TCP inventor Bob Kahn, the so-called “Grandfather of the Internet,” have mounted reasonable counter-arguments to those proposed by the FCC, many of which surround the FCC’s capacity to effectually implement these policies. These more substantial criticisms don’t seem to inform McCain’s opposition, as the senator seems opposed to

regulation of every stripe, apparently because that’s how mavericks do. Nothing in this legislation, however, justifies the reactionary language of McCain’s Internet Freedom Act, which exists to block the passage of any net neutrality laws. McCain wrote in a public statement that he believed the FCC’s efforts were an example of “onerous federal regulation,” the likes of which dip directly into the senator’s re-election fund. You see, John McCain is the senate’s single largest recipient of campaign donations from the telecommunications industry. Perhaps that’s why a curmudgeon who can’t even check his own email suddenly has so much to say about the Internet, albeit with characteristically misleading fauxpopulist sloganeering. Put simply, net neutrality will allow you to continue to explore the boundless expanses of the internet without impediment from the companies you pay to provide the connectivity you so require. You may now return to your apathy. ◆

| @Social Apology | That “friend” and the awkward situation

Erica Doudna

Being who I am, I get a lot of friend requests from people I don’t really know, people I never met in person. Usually it’s people who know me through a friend, or just some obscure band trying to establish a fan base. Once in a while I’ll get a friend request from someone who actually shares some social setting with me, and that setting we share is usually a class. Being asked for social network friendship by a classmate requires an-

other standard of etiquette. My usual reaction is one of, “Oh sure, we can be friends.” But honestly, I’m always asking myself why this person felt the need to seek out my Facebook or MySpace page. Having many friends on a social network, just for the sake of having 300 plus friends, is all well and good if you’re not paying attention to those 300 plus friends. However, I’ve found that some people are just plain problematic, and when I write problematic, I mean they are just always having problems. I had one such friend on both MySpace and Facebook, and we’ll call her Sharon (this was not a popular GenY name, and I have yet to meet a Sharon under the age of 35, so I feel safe to use it as a pseudonym for one of my peers). Sharon and I had exactly one class together, before, after or during which we never really conversed. I

honestly have no recollection of why we became connected via social networks, but I’d attribute the Facebook friendship to the old adage, “Stuff happens.” I don’t want to run the risk of being outlandish and imply that Sharon is a nutcase, but in all likelihood, she probably is. All summer my home page feed contained a daily message about how Sharon’s current relationship was going, and I was privy to such information as, “His favorite is Neapolitan ice cream, omg! I love chocolate.” After a while it started getting difficult to summon the effort to do more than glance at Sharon’s status (which was constantly changing). As time passed, things obviously changed for Sharon. One day in a bored stupor, I actually read Sharon’s status message, and it read, “That guy I was dating hasn’t called me, I’m looking at this razor blade [sic].” I’m no therapist,

and nor would I pretend to understand the urge to cut yourself with a razor blade (I’ll keep my self-damaging behaviors to those that don’t leave scars, things like binge drinking without getting behind the wheel of a car never hurt anything other than my liver). Because of my lack of experience with such matters, I decided to continue to semi-ignore Sharon’s statuses. However, my curiosity was piqued at this point, and I began to follow. A few days later, I’m reading, “My arm stings from the cuts, he still hasn’t called [sic].” I like to think of myself as a good person, so I justify not trying to contact Sharon about her obvious cry for attention by telling myself, “Well if she really is a suicidal type, her true friends and family would see that she’s advertising problematic behavior to the whole world, and they will provide the poor

girl with the help she needs.” I’m currently wondering if they ever did. About 3 days after reading the status about the “cuts,” I ran into Sharon at a club/ bar downtown. My initial reaction was to inquire about her stinging cuts, but possessing some kind of inherent social decorum, I felt like I shouldn’t. However, some kind of natural curiosity didn’t stop me from looking for any cut marks on Sharon’s arms. Surprisingly enough, I didn’t see one, and the girl was wearing a sleeveless shirt. I started asking myself why anyone would make up something like that. I came to the conclusion that Sharon was probably lying on her status just to get attention. Once I had decided this, I had to ask her about it. It turns out that I was right; the girl has never cut herself, and she also professed not empathizing with anyone who ever would.

The whole encounter left me dumbfounded. Upon returning home, I quickly deleted Sharon as a friend on all social networks. At this point I honestly think it’s best not to befriend someone you barely know on social networks, especially if that person is going to put you into an awkward situation. Social networks can be an issue solely because they allow us to take on a persona. The sane girl who is feeling down because a romantic flame has been extinguished becomes the cutter in that Lifetime movie that aired last week, or a guy, who just turned 21, and grudgingly found himself still single, is now supposedly drinking (way more than he actually is) because he is pining over his ex. If you don’t actually know these people, why should you care? Since I am admittedly self-rather absorbed, I’m going to say you shouldn’t. ◆


October 29 to November 4, 2009

| Sports Buzz | Recognizing our UCCS student athletes Matt Crandall

Nearly three months ago when I was hired as sports editor of The Scribe, I must admit I really had no extensive knowledge of UCCS athletics. It wasn’t until we were in production of the first issue that I even became aware we had a golf team, and no, it wasn’t because I didn’t care about them. My previous ignorance of UCCS sports was due to the fact that our athletic program as a whole doesn’t get very much media coverage (or the attention they deserve). Sure, we are a smaller school and UCCS athletics competes in the in the Division II venue arena, but across the board we have great student athletes. I want to place my emphasis on the “student” part of that title. Now, as I just stated, our athletes may not get the media coverage or attention they deserve, but there is an overlooked aspect regarding this: You never hear

about UCCS athletes being involved in scandals or exemplifying outrageous behavior, whether it be partying, cheating, gambling, etc. I believe our athletes place value on their morals, actions and attitudes both on and off the field. As I was surfing the web, much like I always do in between classes, I came across a link that posted the Top 50 Collegiate Sports Scandals of all time. They ranged from athletes throwing games on purpose in exchange for gambling payoffs, to athletes paying others to do their mid-term papers and exams. Some of the other scandals were astounding to say the least. My immediate reaction was how grateful I was not to be a student there, because some of the universities and athletic programs involved are still tarnished and degraded to this day by the insane choices their athletes made. I am proud to be a student of UCCS and feel privileged to write about Mountain Lion athletics. With all that being said, my point is to commend and acknowledge our stu-

dent athletes for their leadership as citizens in the community, students in the classroom and competitors on the field. Mountain Lion athletics have shown great improvement this fall, as most have accumulated winning streaks and possible post-season appearances, but more importantly, several athletes have been recognized for their academic success by making the RMAC All-Academic Team. By making the right choices and pursuing their education with tenacity and determination, our men and women are truly “student athletes.” It continues to solidify my view that UCCS sits atop Austin Bluffs for a reason: We will continue to soar higher than the rest. I want to acknowledge all the athletes who wear that Mountain Lion uniform week in and week out representing UCCS. The accomplishments the athletes make don’t go unnoticed and even though I am but a pawn in a university that continues to grow and expand, I say job well done to each one of you. ◆

Athletes referred to Choices Program Jackie Parkinson

On Oct. 11, UCCS Cross Country runner Matt Cahalan and Women’s Soccer player Kayla Millar were suspected of a liquor violation and referred to the Choices Program upon investigation. At 1:34 a.m. a resident assistant issued a call to Public Safety Officer Martin Toetz, who responded to Telluride House on a suspected liquor violation, according to Chief of Police Jim Spice. The UCCS Police blotter reports that Cahalan and Mil-

lar were found with Arthur Plonski, Thomas Vage and Amy Littlefield, all of whom who are under the Colorado legal drinking age of 21. Public Safety called medical transport, but the students involved refused. Upon further investigation, Sports Information Director Doug Fitzgerald reported that Millar received no citation. However, Public Safety has referred all members involved to the Choices Program. The Choices Program as described by Spice is an alcohol awareness/education program to mitigate future occurrences of underage drinking. Cahalan was also referred

the Choices Program. Since both Cahalan and Millar are UCCS athletes, implications of and punishments resulting from the incident largely depend on team rules. Fitzgerald disclosed that “each coach has his/her own set of team rules. Any student-athlete that is in violation of these team rules will be disciplined in accordance with the guidelines set forth by those rules.” “Team rules are always as stringent, and in most cases more so.” Both Cahalan and Millar are present members of each prospective team’s online roster at ◆

Ian Talbot

(7-9-1, 4-7-1 RMAC) Oct. 25 at Lakewood, CO UCCS 2, Colorado Christian 1 Oct. 23 at Mountain Lion Stadium Colorado Mines 5, UCCS 1 Matt Friesen’s goal in overtime brought UCCS a 2-1 win over the Colorado Christian Cougars Oct. 25. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Mountain Lions and kept their playoffs hopes alive. Former defenseman of the week, Goalkeeper Adam Liszewski, snagged four saves for UCCS.

Women’s Volleyball (17-7, 11-4 RMAC)

Cross Country Oct. 24 at Denver, CO RMAC Championships Men’s: 8th of 11 Women’s: 8th of 13

Sports Shorts Men’s Soccer


Women’s Soccer

(6-8-1, 5-8-1 RMAC) Oct. 25 at Alamosa, CO UCCS 1, Adams State 1 (2OT) Oct. 23 at Mountain Lion Stadium Fort Lewis 2, UCCS 1 With a 1-1 tie coming in double overtime agaist Adams State, the Mountain Lions jumped into seventh place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Ashley Collins sent a free kick across the goal mouth, where Kristen Preble was making a farpost run and chested in the goal. Freshman Goalkeeper Kayla Millar made 10 saves for UCCS.

Mike English was the first UCCS runner to finish the 8,000m race Saturday in Denver, with a time of 27:39 and 37th place, followed by Olivier Williams (27:43), Sam Feldotto (27:59), Joel Klenitz (28:02), Michael Johnson (28:13), Josh Jones (29:37), Allan Browne (30:07) and Ted Shultz (30:19). Kait Frier finished first for the Mountain Lions with a time of 25:00, followed closely by Tavia Hammond at 25:01. The other UCCS women finished as follows: Kelsey Berry (25:46), Christy Severy (26:16), Alicia Del Pardo (26:33), Sara Kettlecamp (27:06) and Kassie Mazzocco (28:07). Adams State won both men’s and women’s team competitions, followed by Western State.

Rick Gorham

Oct. 27 at The Lion’s Den UCCS 3, Colorado Christian 0 Oct. 24 at Golden, CO UCCS 3, Colorado Mines 1 In UCCS’s victory over School of Mines, Laura Brodie recorded 18 kills in just 28 attempts, while Jenica Shippy added 13 and Sonja Johnson added 9. The team as a whole hit 32 percent on kills, leading to the Mountain Lion’s ninth straight win and pushing UCCS into second place in RMAC competition.


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