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A photo rememberance of 9/11 White Privilege

Conference comes to Colorado Springs Julianne Sedillo jsedillo@uccs.edu

This photo illustration by Alex Gradisher represents the devastation which struck our nation on Sept. 11 2001. It also represents those soldiers, who in the face of a horrific attack on the American people, took to arms and served their country. We will never forget those who were lost the day the towers fell and those lost overseas.

The Flobots: More than a bicycle trick Molly Mrazek mmrazek@uccs.edu

This fall, in keeping with their new tradition of having a concert each semester, the Office of Student Activities is hosting locally based but internationally known band, the Flobots. “If you’re not into rock or not into hip-hop, still come check us out. What we do is a whole new animal,” said Jamie Laurie, also known as Jonny 5. Most of the band members have known each other since elementary school and combined their unique musical talents in 2005 to form the Flobots. Jamie Laurie, Stephen Brackett, Mackenzie

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Gault, Andy Guerrero, ples. Jesse Walker and Kenny Laurie believes that Ortiz have been together the Flobots’ music has a ever since. strong message of peace. Since their inception, “Our job is to encourthe Flobots have gained age people by our music, worldwide attention for and we are encouraged hits such as “Handlebars,” “If it makes all of us “Rise” and most happy, it will make a lot recently, “White Flag Warrior.” of other people happy.” Laurie said that, while their music is hip-hop and rock, by people in our commuthe Flobots’ music also nity,” said Laurie. addresses political issues. Even before they made Mostly, though, “[our] it big, the Flobots were main focus is just to create motivated to give back. In a really good show.” 2007, they started a nonThe people they meet, profit organization based as well as the stories they in Denver called flobots. tell, inspire the Flobots. org. People who come from Laurie said they comoverseas and are in the bine music and activism military are ideal exam- in two ways: volunteering

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at the Denver Children’s Home and encouraging voter registration. At the Denver Children’s Home, the members of the band teach classes in guitar and keyboard. Since 2007, the organization has expanded quite a bit with musicbased programs in the Denver area. Laurie said they enjoy playing in Colorado because of the support they consistently receive from their home state. Still, they have also enjoyed traveling everywhere; while they experienced rowdier crowds in California and enjoyed Florida, they find it hard

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The White Privilege Conference Symposium (WPC) being held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Colorado College may sound confusing to some. Not to worry, this is not a conference being held to support white power — in fact, it is just the opposite. Oppression and privilege are facts of life that have existed as long as societies have. Fortunately, people today are more aware of it and willing to openly discuss such matters. The WPC is one way that an awareness regarding these difficult topics is brought to surface. The conference is a one-day symposium which aims to “examine and explore intersecting systems of privilege and oppression and promote equity and inclusion,” according to the event flyer. The WPC is being sponsored by the UCCS Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion, a resource on campus that examines various scopes of humanity such as race, class, gender, ability and sexuality. Dr. Abby Ferber, director of the Matrix Center, said that the WPC will “serve the community because so many members of the community have been oppressed in some way.” The conference acknowledges as a tenant that “everyone experiences some sort of privilege,” said Ferber. The WPC “teaches [people] how to become allies for those who are oppressed.” Daryl Miller, the liaison between UCCS and CC for the conference,

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said that this symposium is “intended for any individual regardless of age, occupation and those interested in social justice work to learn more about privilege and oppression and gain practical tools and strategies for addressing issues like racism, sexism and homophobia.” Thousands of people across the country have attended a white privilege conference over the past few years. Last April, it was held in Minneapolis, where 2,300 people attended. The next conference will be held in Albuquerque, NM on March 28-31, 2012. So far, more than 100 people have registered for this one-day symposium with an expected turnout of 600 people. Educators from colleges across the state are planning to attend. According to Ferber, “half the people will be from the community, but people from businesses, non-profit organizations, college students and a high school youth institute will also be coming.” The UCCS Matrix Center and Colorado College have provided 200 scholarships for UCCS and CC students to attend the conference free of charge. It is important for students to attend this conference because “it’s all about expanding what students get out of the classroom,” said Ferber. Similarly, the conference will help students “gain some more insight into the systems that exist that perpetuate oppression,” according to Miller. People may wonder how they can make a difference in their community, and Miller said that

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White Privilege Conference (continued from page 1) the WPC will “provide [students] with tools and strategies for oppression and promoting inclusion.” The symposium will provide practical strategies for how to face injustices in society. According to Miller, who worked to secure speakers for the WPC, the symposium will feature a “core group of presenters who are doing great work around the country.” Lee Mun Wah, producer of the film, “Color of Fear,” will be providing the opening keynote speech. Ariel Luckey will be performing the closing presentation entitled, “Freeland;”

incidentally, she was scheduled to perform at UCCS last year, but the performance was cancelled because of snow closure. Privilege is “a fact of life,” said Ferber. “It is universal and we don’t have control over it,” but it is always important to “work to create change.” The conference is being held in Armstrong Hall at Colorado College on Saturday, Sept. 24. Scholarships are first come, first serve and available on the website. For more information on the WPC and to register to attend, call 255-4764 or visit whiteprivilegeconference.com. S

Correction

In the Sept. 5 issue, a misplaced comma in the Sports section made it seem like Dylan Tyboroski was the head coach of the UCCS men’s club soccer team. The head coach is, in fact, Ian Richards. We apologize for the confusion.

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UCCS updates strategic plan Nate Siebert msiebert@uccs.edu With UCCS’ strategic plan set to expire next June, 2012, Aug. 30 marked the Chancellor’s opening forum for updating the strategic plan. And with another $120 million slated to be cut from Colorado state funding for higher education in the spring, Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said UCCS will be planning within the realities of “what we can see.” “We are making progress by focusing on that which we can control over that which we can’t control,” she said. Among other things, the new strategic plan will focus on changes to facilities, including the construction of an academic health services building on North Nevada Avenue and, assuming the Regents’ approval, the construction of two new student housing towers next to Columbine Hall. All new construction projects on campus will be LEED certified, with

the chancellor noting that LEED certification is not just the right thing to do for the environment but “the right thing to do for the checkbook” with its energy-efficiency features. In addition to new construction, there will be other changes to the UCCS landscape. UCCS will not renew its lease with the City of Colorado Springs’ Four Diamonds Sports Complex but will instead move its own sports fields closer to North Nevada Avenue. There are also longterm plans to construct a fine arts center across from the new University Village shopping center. Consultant Ayers Saint Gross will assist in planning the entire UCCS landscape, and because UCCS property sits within the North Nevada Avenue urban renewal zone, the funding for this consulting will come largely in part from the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority. The chancellor plans to alleviate some of the

campus’ parking problems by moving more classes to evenings, Fridays and weekends, but with every parking space occupied in the first week of classes, UCCS may see the construction of new parking stalls. In the interim, she said, our campus has reached an agreement with the University Village shopping center to allow students to park there. The new strategic plan will also look at academics and enrollment, diversity and inclusiveness, and sustainability. The last strategic plan had a timeframe of 2007-2012; the next strategic plan is expected to last until at least 2020. Over the next several months, administrators will be seeking input from students, faculty, staff members, alumni and members of the larger community in designing its framework. Upon its completion next Spring, the plan is expected to go to the CU Board of Regents for approval in late April. S

Budget cuts affect CU system Matt Sidor msidor@uccs.edu Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has warned the University of Colorado system that there will likely be further cuts to higher education. An estimated $120 million is slated to be cut from the 20122013 budget for all state universities and community colleges, although the exact figure won’t be known until early next year when revenue forecasts are adjusted. This would be yet another in a series of ever-growing cuts to higher education since the current economic recession began in 2008, according to an article on ednewscolorado.org. State funding comes to the university through the College Opportunity Fund (COF), something ev-

ery resident student knows well, since it’s required for each student to “opt-in” in order to receive COF reimbursement on his or her tuition bill. It’s not a small change, either; a junior or senior in the UCCS College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences taking 12 credit hours gets about 20 percent of their tuition reimbursed through COF, or $62 per credit hour. When the COF value declines, the university has to find programs to cut, and/or new revenue sources to keep its budget balanced. So far, wages for all CU employees have been frozen and tuition has been going up; last year, tuition at UCCS was raised 7 percent, although it is noteworthy that our campus had the lowest tuition hike of the four campuses in the CU

system. In addition, administrators have sought to raise new student enrollment for the fall semester by at least 2.5 percent, and as of this writing, it is projected that enrollment will exceed this figure, said the B u r s a r ’s bill estimate for the 20112012 year. A recent report published by the University of Denver’s Center for Colorado’s Economic Future gives the long-term view of these cuts a dire forecast. If economic conditions continue unabated over the next

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10 to 15 years, and tax rates remain the same, our state budget is estimated to have a $3.6 billion shortfall by 2025. There would only be enough revenue

to support K-12 education, health care, and incarceration; Colorado would be forced to eliminate all funding for state higher education, the state

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UCCS mourns passing of Anthropology professors Mark Petty mpetty@uccs.edu Cherise Fantus cfantus@uccs.edu

Seyhan Tahire Dwelis Faculty and students remember and celebrate the life of Seyhan Tahire Dwelis, an anthropology professor who passed away on Aug. 18, 2011, due to complications of cancer and emphysema. Born in Turkey, Dwelis came to the United States in the 1950s with her father and became an American citizen in 1968. She moved to Colorado Springs in 1972 and received her Bachelor of Arts from the Anthropology Department at UCCS; she then acquired a Master of Arts in Anthropology at CSU before returning to UCCS as the Introduction to Human Origins Professor, according to her obituary in the Gazette. In addition to teaching Anthropology with a focus in human evolution, Dwelis was the first Curation Specialist here at UCCS that managed the artifacts housed in Centennial Hall; the Curation facilities are where artifacts and relics

of the past are housed in perpetuity for the benefit of future generations, and they are now scheduled to be renamed in her honor. If a specialist wanted to see some of the relics housed here at UCCS, they would have had to contact Professor Dwelis to gain access. She was a renowned expert in her field and was sought out by other experts for her knowledge. Her latest project involved collaboration with the U.S. Air Force Academy to house artifacts found on government soil. It’s hard to imagine a better person to greet the incoming freshmen here. Many hundreds of students got their first taste of Archaeology from Professor Dwelis. She left a warm impression on anyone who met her. She was a great listener and gave her full attention to you. “She was very vibrant, kind and genuine,” said Kimbra Smith, a colleague and friend of Seyhan’s. “If you met her once, you felt that you really knew her.” Glenda Carne, who was also a friend and college classmate of Seyhan’s, said of her, “Seyhan was a devoted faculty member

and a passionate anthropologist. I will miss talking with her each Friday between our regularly scheduled morning and afternoon classes. Most of us knew her health had not been good over the past five or so years. I don’t think any of us believed she would go so quickly. She loved to smoke and defended her smoking on many occasions over the past 10 or so years. Seyhan was a very precise and devoted curator and professor. The department will not be the same.” Seyhan leaves behind a loving husband, Alex, and 11 children. Besides being a mother and grandmother, she leaves behind many good friends. Family and friends describe her as kind, brave, caring, intelligent and beautiful. People that knew her often say they are better for the experience. The students and faculty of UCCS wish to convey deepest condolences to the family and friends of Seyhan. She was an inspiration to anyone who knew her. Gerald L. Broce

An extremely influential former faculty member, Associate Professor Emeritus of the Department of Anthropology Gerald L. Broce was the founder of the Department of Anthropology at UCCS. He actually taught all of the courses in the Anthropology Department when he first founded it in 1974, before hiring the rest of the staff for the department. He also designed the curriculum, which still serves as the basic model for the department. Along with founding and designing the entire program, he also “established the personality for the department,” according to Professor of Anthropology Thomas Wynn. Just as he wanted, the department has no graduate program. This he believed gives undergraduates an opportunity to experience more time with professors and as Wynn explained, “a senior level student gets the kind of attention a graduate student would from faculty.” He was very good at engaging students in a small classroom setting,

and “was very interested in having students engage in serious academic experience,” said Wynn. “He really wanted people to think critically,” said former student of Broce’s and Associate Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Susan Szpyrka. During her time in his class, she said that he always asked the right questions to encourage discussion and make the students really think about what they had read. She described him as the “constant gentleman professor,” adding that he was a private and unassuming man who was a fantastic professor. “I could only say really good things about him,” added Szpyrka, who spoke at his plaque dedication Friday. Though most people around here are enamored with the mountains, Broce “was in love with the Great Plains,” said Wynn. He did much of his research on the eastern plains of Colorado, studying cemeteries to learn about the people that make up our history, both Native Americans and Europeans.

He also did much of his research on death. He was interested in universal life experiences, like how death affects people both culturally and personally. Along with death, he also studied the effects of birth, marriage, puberty and other major life stages. This all contributed to his modest lifestyle. “He did not travel to exotic places, unless you consider Wichita, Kan. exotic,” said Wynn. He grew up in Kansas and studied at UC Boulder, and was more interested in studying the areas he called home than travelling to the middle of a foreign country to study other cultures. As Wynn described him, he was more of a “local boy.” He taught at the University for 32 years before retiring in 2006. Broce died on March 15, leaving behind his wife, Jodie, daughter, Jenna and son, Jed. A campus plaque dedication was held in remembrance of Gerald L. Broce on Friday, Sept. 9. The plague dedication was held on the first floor on Centennial Hall, where the plaque is displayed. S

Kaplan offers free practice exams Ryan Adams

radams3@uccs.edu For those UCCS students who have dreams to attend graduate school in the near future, the tutoring and test preparation giant Kaplan is here to help. For students taking the MCAT (for doctors), the GRE (for graduate students), and the LSAT (for lawyers), Kaplan is offering free practice tests through Oct. 11 via Kaplan’s “Classroom Anywhere” program. The idea of this program is for students to receive test preparation help anywhere they have an internet connection. Although most of Kaplan’s “Classroom Anywhere”

programs tend to be expensive, they do offer what they call “Free Events” on their website. Not only does the “Free Events” tab include free MCAT, GRE, and LSAT practice tests, but it also includes other learning supplements such as “Preview Classes”, which are free seminars that Kaplan offers during a specific time frame. “Preview Classes” give students a basic understanding of what their expectations should be for the test and how they should prepare for such an important exam. Although “Preview Classes” could be a big help, students may find that the practice tests that Kaplan offers

could be even more helpful. The tests, offered for free until Oct. 11, give students a visual practice run of what is to come. Yet, practice tests and “Preview Classes” only go so far and the biggest part of these types of test comes in the form of one word: preparation. Students should take advantage of both the advice from experienced testtakers, as well as the free learning supplements that Kaplan offers going on now through Oct. 11. To get more information on what Kaplan offers, go to kaplan.com/practice to find out more regarding the specific test you need and its practice supplements. S

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Acoustic/Americana showcase features roots, local talent Sara Horton shorton@uccs.edu

Rock and pop are generally popular among students, but Americana never seems to get enough love. Thankfully, Colorado Springs is giving Americana the recognition it deserves. The Americana genre will be celebrated on Sept. 15 at Stargazers Theatre during its first monthly Acoustic/Americana concert showcase. Featuring local talent, the showcase pays tribute to Americana music, a genre heavily influenced by shared American tradition and its various cultures. “Americana as a genre of music is very popular in Colorado Springs and all across America,” said John Hooton, owner of Stargazers Theatre. “It’s typically acoustic ‘roots’ music with vocal harmonies and a mix of folk, country, blues, rock, bluegrass and a few other

genres that grew from folk and of all these styles, I feel, makes blues.” for a more honest and passionHost “Big” Jim Adam, a fi- ate style of music. In our shownalist in the 2011 International case, we will be doing Acoustic Blues Challenge, grew up in a Americana, with an emphasis small town in southeast Kansas on original music, although and later moved to Colorado covers will not be totally exSprings with his family. cluded.” The broadness of the AmeriMusicians John Swayne and cana genre appeals most to Lisa McCall, both of whom also Adam behave conneccause it tions to Coloallows ex“The cross-pollination rado Springs, perimentaof all these styles, I will join Adam tion. “Artfeel, makes for a more for the show. ists such as Swayne, honest and passionate a Mississippi Colorado style of music.” John Hurt, Springs singer Leadbelly, and songwritFred Mcer, has recordDowell, [they] did music that is ed two independent label CDs hard to categorize,” said Adam. in Nashville: “…Waiting to “One term I’ve heard used to Hear from You” and “Showin’ describe them is ‘songsters.’  Off.” MP3s from both projects They chose their music by the are available on his website songs they liked, not by style.” (johnswayne.com). “It is this very freedom to Country artists like Allison choose from varying influences Page, Cindy Foss, Don King, that attracts me to the Ameri- Jack Greene, Leroy Mac, Rita cana style of music,” he fur- Aileen, Sons and Brothers, thered. “The cross-pollination Wendy Manley and others have

covered Swayne’s songs. Lisa McCall, a self-proclaimed “daughter of a career Air Force father,” is among the most distinguished lead, slide and rhythm guitarists in Colorado Springs. McCall has also released two CDs on independent labels: “Memphis Fever” and “My Friends.” Samples of McCall’s music are available on her band’s website (lethallisa.com). “One of the great things about Americana music is that it appeals to all ages,” explained Hooten. “Almost all the Americana musicians are down-toearth people as opposed to super egotistical rock stars. There is usually a very personal connection between the artists and the audience.” In an age of entertainment where many musicians seem to place more emphasis on their personalities rather than their music, Stargazers Theatre offers a refreshing exception and invites everyone to enjoy positive, wholesome tunes.

Tickets can be purchased at Stargazers Theatre at 10 S. Parkside Dr., calling Stargazers at 719-476-2200 or visiting Stargazers’ website (www.stargazerstheatre.com). Or you could win two free tickets to the show. Send us a link to your favorite acoustic song on our Facebook page (facebook.com/uccsthescribe) for a chance to win. S

The Lowdown What: Acoustic/Americana Showcase When: Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Where: Stargazers Theatre 10 S. Parkside Dr. How much: Tickets: $8 Free for the winner of the contest! Visit facebook.com/ uccsthescribe.

Colorado Springs’ best kept secrets: Brewer’s Republic Aaron Collett acollett@uccs.edu Compared to other Colorado cities, Colorado Springs may appear as if it doesn’t have much culture to offer. People often point to Denver when asked where all of the museums, concert halls and orchestras are that are worthwhile to visit. Colorado Springs, however, does indeed have a rich, vibrant culture if you know where to look for it. It may be a bit different than what most people think of when hearing “culture,” but it is ours and we love it. A prime piece of little-known Colorado Springs culture is Brewer’s Republic, which describes itself as “a tap house serving up the best and hardest to find micro brews Colorado has to offer.” Brewer’s Republic is located at 112 N. Nevada Ave., next to the Underground. A trio of friends, Jason Curlis, David Shaver and Bryan Foster, opened it last August. Curlis, Shaver and Foster are from Ft. Worth, Texas, and immigrated to Colorado for the beer culture here in the Springs, which Curlis deemed “the Mecca of beers.” As for Curlis and his friends, they are jumping in with both feet at Brewer’s Republic and celebrating Colorado Springs’ diverse beer culture with a variety of drinks. The bar has 12 beers on tap at all times. Throughout the week these rotate, so that during the course of a week, there will be anywhere from 18-21 beers available, not counting the kegs kept behind the bar for emergencies. Brewer’s Republic also keeps several varieties of red and white wine available.

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Street view of Brewer’s Republic. The ambience of this tiny pub is quite cozy, which makes Brewer’s Republic a perfect place to enjoy a drink after a long day. A couch along one wall with a couple of easy chairs joining the standard bar stools provide plenty of seats for anyone to come in and relax. The bar itself is a unique contraption made from two doors, which even have the knobs left on them. What sets Brewer’s Republic apart from some other Colorado Springs bars is its focus on their customers.

When asked about his favorite part of running a bar, Curlis didn’t hesitate: “The customers, the patrons. We couldn’t have dreamt for better customers.” Brewer’s Republic celebrated its first anniversary last month, a milestone it attributed to loyal customers. “They say the first year is the hardest and if it wasn’t for our wonderful staff and outstanding customers it wouldn’t have succeeded,” Brewer’s Republic acknowledged on its Facebook page. Brewer’s Republic also hosts events

from time to time to keep customers entertained, the most popular of which is Trivia Thursdays. “Trivia is huge here,” said Curlis. “The house gets completely full.” Brewer’s Republic opens at 4 p.m. for dinner and stays open until at least midnight during the week. The doors are open until 2 a.m. on the weekends. Trivia Thursdays begin at 8 p.m. For more information about Brewers Republic, call 633-2105 or check them out on Facebook. S


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VAPA music program presents festival Maggie Olague molague@uccs.edu

Music has more to offer than only the typical genres – creative music is an emerging culture. The Peak Frequency Sonic Arts Festival (Peak Freq) exposes students and community members to creative music, striving to build an interest in students  by showing that music is exciting. Creative music  not only  tells stories and has rhythms, melodies, and harmonies, but also combines two or three genres in a single piece to create a unique experience related to the moment in which the audience is living. Two of UCCS’ music professors, Jane Rigler and Glen Whitehead, were able to organize Peak Freq this year with the help of a few grants. It is the first festival of its size the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) music program has ever hosted.  The performances began Aug. 13 and will continue to run through to Oct. 13. Though many of them occur on weekends, a few will happen midweek, so check the website for dates. The performances will be held at The Heller Center for Arts and Humanities, the Gallery of Contemporary Art (GoCA) and Centennial Hall. Performances are open

to students with free admission,  and to people in the community with a suggested $10 donation.  All donations made will benefit UCCS music students and the VAPA music program.  Along with performers Miya Masaoka, Pamela Z and Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, UCCS music program faculty and other featured artists will be performing at Peak Freq. Some of these artists have had the opportunity to study and perform worldwide, bringing an extra flavor to their music. They are also using a wide variety of instruments, ranging from a koto (a traditional Japanese stringed instrument) to a sitar (a Middle Eastern stringed instrument), in their pieces. Masaoka uses cutting edge technology in her pieces to invoke a response from plants. She attaches electrodes to the leaves, and the plants respond to her movements. The sound is expressed through a midi and synthesizer. Whitehead says, “Pamela Z is a pioneer for looping.” A loop consists of a short section of sound material that is then repeated throughout the song (think KT Tunstall). It allows Z to manipulate her voice in her performances.

Halsey Burgund uses audience participation with an app on their smart phones for his project, which opened on Sept. 8. Participants download the free Mountain Ghost app to their smart phone to make recordings. While walking around UCCS, participants listen to location-based music and provide their thoughts through the app. The app will compile the recordings into a database for other listeners. Participation will be available from Sept. 8 to mid November. Previous performances in the festival included site-specific performances, like Scaled Dwellings, an installation that took place on Aug. 20. Rigler says, “The piece is dedicated to the landscape,” in reference to its dedication to the Heller Center. In the future they would like to have more site-specific performances like this one. Rigler and Whitehead were pleased with the size of audience for the past performances, and since school has resumed, they hope to draw increased attendance. Rigler says, “[They] would like to have Peak Freq annually, but maybe earlier in the summer,” since they battled weather conditions at some of the performances. The next performance

Flobots (continued from page 1) to pick a favorite. The Flobots just recently returned from their third tour of Europe and enjoyed traveling to new countries. “Bristol in England is a beautiful city. Being from Colorado, I’m fascinated by cities with water,” said Laurie. He also said that an ultimate dream would be to visit Japan and Australia with the band. Laurie studied for a year abroad in Japan when he was a junior in college and has always wanted to go back. In addition to traveling, the Flobots have always wanted to work with The Roots, the band on the Jimmy Fallon Show. “We’d all love to give them a run

for their money,” said Laurie. When asked if there was something not a lot of people knew about the Flobots, Laurie said that they think they would be really good at trivia nights. Up next for the Flobots is time in the studio to work on their

third album. Laurie says that the whole band contributes to the writing process. According to Laurie, “every song has its own creation story…it can be very difficult but it can be very easy.” He believes, however, that “if it makes all of us happy, S

Eric Gunnison performing at the festival. is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 19 in Centennial Hall at 7 p.m. David “Kansuke II” Wheeler will be playing the shakuhachi, a bamboo flute. Wheeler is recognized as a shakuhachi master, after living in Japan for 20 years

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studying and performing the shakuhachi. He has performed in every major world shakuhachi festival, including the first one in 1994 in Bisei, Japan. As well as performing worldwide at festivals, he teaches and performs at

universities. In addition to the festival, jazz sessions will also be held at Clyde’s throughout the semester. For more information on the festival, visit uccs.edu/peakfreq. S

The Lowdown What: Flobots with K. Flay and Air Dhubai When: Sept. 17, 8 p.m. Where: Gallogly Events Center How much: $20; $10 for students; $15 for faculty and military; ticketwest.com

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Energy Service Corps educates community about energy efficiency Molly Mrazek mmrazek@uccs.edu

Sustainability and a more “green-friendly” campus are topics that are consistently talked about throughout UCCS. There are a couple of clubs and organizations that are dedicated to these issues. One of which is the Energy Service Corps. “I would say the main goal would just be to educate the students and get them involved in creating change in the community and developing some really strong partnerships with other groups and people on campus,” said Katie McCormack of the Energy Service Corps at UCCS. The Energy Service Corps is a joint project of COPIRG (Colorado Public Interest Research Group) and AmeriCorps. There are chapters of the Energy Service Corps in Greeley, Boulder and Denver as well as across the country in states like California and Wisconsin. McCormack, the campus organizer for the club at UCCS, said the Corps focuses mainly on community outreach in two ways. One way is by going into schools and educating kids on energy efficiency. The Corps has volunteers go into classrooms and teach lessons, where they pre- and posttest the students to see how much they’ve learned. The Corps’ goal is to teach 2,000 kids ages K through 12. According to McCormack, “85% of U.S. energy comes from fossil fuels… The best way to combat that is to teach kids about energy use.” Another way the Energy Service Corps reaches the community is by handing out energy surveys. “They’re conversations with home and apartment owners about ways that they are using energy well and what they could do better. Really simple things. Do they unplug their appliances? Do they use CFL [light bulbs]?” The Corps members hand the surveys out on-campus as well as going door-to-door. They also hold forums and workshops in the community at farmers markets and YMCAs, where more surveys are handed out and people can sign up for upgrades.

Anthony Grassia is second in command under group leader Katie McCormack. Upgrades are a free service the Corps offers where members caulk windows, switch out light bulbs and adjust water heater temperatures at personal homes or other buildings. The Corps would like to see a lot of buildings and shelters do the upgrades because it saves energy and money simultaneously, according to McCormack. The UCCS students that are involved in the Corps work to create partnerships and coalitions with other clubs at the school. They also do some community projects around campus, such as giving tours highlighting on the LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings on-campus.

Photo by Tasha Romero Look for CORPIRG events on campus.

Photo by Tasha Romero

The Corps has improved Colorado Springs already by performing an upgrade on the Pioneers Museum, educating over 1,000 kids and handing out over 100 surveys. Up next for the Energy Service Corps is a big education week after this semester’s finals, in which all the Colorado chapters participate. In Colorado Springs alone, they plan to educate over 300 kids about energy efficiency. The Corps also plans to participate in Make a Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. “We want people to stop talking about problems and solutions and start taking action,” McCormack said. To get involved in the Energy Service Corps, contact Kristen Hayden at khaydene@uccs.edu. S

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The idea behind this mountain lion sculpture was to show that energy can be sustained from anything.


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Aaron Collett acollett@uccs.edu Catherine Jensen cjensen@uccs.edu

A little history

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the liaison between the students and the faculty, as well as the Colorado Springs community as a whole. They are responsible for all of the student fees and their disposition, in addition to overseeing a $200,000 budget each year. The mission of the Student Government has always been to meet the needs of the student body. The very first incarnation was created for the purpose of printing a school newspaper. This body, called the University Student Association (USA), eventually became the UCCS Scribe. This first student government body also provided other benefits for the students of UCCS. During that first period between 1967 and 1970, USA sponsored off-campus dances, Christmas parties, picnics and even worked with local businesses to provide student discounts. As the years progressed, SGA took on more and more projects. The second major incarnation, known as the Student Relations Joint Board, did even more. They are responsible for the University Center, the old Student Help Center and Cure Office, and many other programs and services that we have and have had here at UCCS. In the past several years, the current incarnation of the Student Government Association has been quite active. It is responsible for the ROAR office remodel, Mosaic and even some of the items that are available in the bookstore like toothpaste and condoms. Last year, they also added additional blue light security phones on campus to increase students’ protection. An advisor to the SGA, Mitchell Karstens, is also the current director of Student Activities. His current project is the creation of a Media Advisory Board. This board would replace the current

Scribe Advisory Board, and would combine the Scribe, the television station, and the radio station into a conglomerate, along with several other alternative media sources. When asked about his work with SGA, Karsten praised them. “They reach out to students more than they ever have. They’re looking at student’s issues, making sure that they’re working on those projects that students are interested in.” In 2007, SGA helped create the Mosaic office. Previously, this had been a single staff position: the Student Multicultural Affairs Coordinator. Anthony Cordova was the coordinator at the time, and became the director of the Multicultural Office of Student Access Community, or MOSAIC. When asked about the purpose of MOSAIC, Cordova said, “One of its main missions is to help create a place where people feel like they are a part of this campus community. I want all students to feel like they have a place on campus.” Cordova also is director of CU Opportunity, which reaches out to students who are having a challenge on campus, whether that is because of a minority, economic or academic status. These are just a few of the projects for which the SGA and its predecessors have been responsible. There is also be a display covering the history of the SGA in the upper floor of the library, in the Archives display case. This display will be up through the first week of November.


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This year’s plans

This year is off to a good start according to Student Body President Jarod Gray, who said all of the positions have been filled for the Senate except for a Senator of Engineering, Senator of Public Affairs and Senator of Residence Life and Housing (RHA). This year’s nine Senate seats is a positive jump from last year, according to Gray, who recalls only having four senators at the end of the last school year. There are nine senators total, one for each college as well as senators of multi-cultural affairs, graduate school and sustainability. In the House, 17 seats have been filled and SGA is still looking to fill seven more. Gray also said this year’s leadership is looking to make changes to the ever evolving student body constitution. This includes trying to create an executive board, one in which senators would become directors instead of senators. The distinction is that senators have a more direct relationship with their specific colleges, and they would be working with them to achieve specific goals in relation to their college. The directors of multi-cultural affairs, sustainability, finance and a newly created director of student life would be more focused on student issues, said Gray. Gray also looks forward to creating a unicameral system, one in which the house and senate would fuse into one system.

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He said this would give people more time to work on projects, open more time for committee work and everyone would have a say in funds, as opposed to the house being responsible for such. He also said he feels it will make it easier to get seats filled, which has always been a problem with such a large body. “It’s going to be an intensive process but hopefully by next semester, we will be all set,” he said. Student involvement is also on this year’s list. “We want to empower SGA members to be leaders on campus and do what they want to do,” said Gray. The executive team comprised of Gray, Vice-President Hector Flores and Director of Finance Evan Shelton, plan to concentrate on grade forgiveness and the media fee initiative, as well as implementing a campus green fee, which would pass initiatives like Take Back the Tap and changing the mascot name from Boomer to Clyde. Students are also encouraged to attend SGA meetings at 9 a.m. every Friday in room 303 of the University Center. During the beginning of these meetings, students are granted 30 minutes to speak on any issue they would like and are encouraged to visit members in their offices in ROAR. Students may also participate in the “runners program,” a program that asks students to get up and speak about SGA and events and pass out information to classes. Once a professor has signed off on a runner’s sheet they will be entered into a drawing to win prizes. This, Gray hopes will encourage students to pay attention to campus, SGA and gain more involvement in issues they care about on campus. Applications are available in the ROAR office. “Let’s have a good year!” he concluded. Students who have comments or suggestions are encouraged to fill out an SGA comment sheet, which Gray said should be available in the ROAR office within the next couple of weeks. To find out more about UCCS student government, visit uccs.edu/ sga. S


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Planes, trains and murder: 39 Steps to step into Theatreworks Caitlin Levy clevy@uccs.edu A dramatic murder mystery presents itself as the next Theatreworks production, leaving everyone wondering just what “39 Steps” is all about. Adapted from John Buchan’s 1915 classic novel “39 Steps” and Alfred Hitchcock’s famous film of the same name, Director Geoffrey Kent adapts the story once again to the UCCS stage. With only four actors recreating the play in an extensive number of roles, “39 Steps” promises to be an exciting show with many quick, hilarious character changes and even more talent. “39 Steps” offers just about everything to keep the audience interested: With a heroic lead, treacherous villain and woman in handcuffs, the can’t-miss production also features planes, trains, murders, leaps off bridges, lightningfast costume changes and more. The story begins with a murder in Scotland that leads the main characters into the adventure of their lives, in which they search for a villain missing a little finger. Sponsored by Carnick and Company, “39 Steps” has incited plenty of excitement from Theatreworks personnel, as actors Josh Robinson, Lindsay Roe Taylor, Sammie Joe Kinnett and Justin Walvoord deliver acting at is finest. Murray Ross, Theatreworks artistic director, described the play on Theatreworks’ website as “the play that includes just about everything I loved about the book and the movie, and a whole lot less – because the entire thrilling affair is performed by only four ac-

tors.” The running time of the show is two hours and fifteen minutes, and as is the case with most Theatreworks productions, well worth admission. There will be an after party at the Sept. 17 show, where theatergoers will have an opportunity to meet the cast and crew. There will also be an opportunity to attend a prologue of the play on Sept. 25 at 2:30 p.m. There, Dr. Robert von Dassanowsky, a nationally regarded scholar and UCCS film studies program director, will present a lecture on “39 Steps” and Hitchcock’s other films. “39 Steps” has all of the elements to be an all time smash hit that will keep the audience guessing and wanting more. With a great cast, crew and an even better plot, tickets are selling fast. To buy tickets or read about current and upcoming Theatreworks productions, contact Theatreworks at 719-255-3232 or visit theatreworkscs.org. S

The Lowdown What: 39 Steps When: Sept. 15 - Oct. 9 Fri., Sat., Sun. at 7:30 p.m. Where: Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater University Hall How much: Free for UCCS students; $30; $20 for groups of 10 or more; $15 for children under 16

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A small scale mock-up of what the 39 Steps set will look like.

The finished costume of Pamela, a main character.

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Photo by Shandi Gross

The bare-bones of the set in the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant theater.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Opinion

Editorial

Leaving the past at the door - The Scribe Editorial Board

It is likely that from their beginnings, political bodies and media outlets have always been in conflict. Groups are bound to disagree, but the trick is to not allow such things to be the breaking of teamwork and solidarity. UCCS Student Government and The Scribe have been no exceptions. There have been times in the past when the power of a media outlet has been used to bring forth personal vendettas, feelings that should, for the sake of professionalism and integrity, stay out of the work environment. The fact that the majority of The Scribe’s funding is awarded by SGA has led to difficulties. Government, too, has been used as a platform of control, a position of power in which, when called out for something, funding was determined in accordance with whose feelings where hurt. Columns and Scribbles poking fun at leadership and focusing on the flaws of individuals have been published, and funding has subsequently been cut. Instances like these have been only detrimental to both parties involved, with sour attitudes spilling over from one year to the next. Luckily for papers and governments (and the students affected by their decisions), every year gives way to new leadership and new possibilities. On the horizon of this year lies the possibility of collaboration and an understanding that,

as long as the government of a body is active and making changes, media will reflect on it. It is our responsibility then, as members of these organizations, to work together to represent the student body, the voices and needs of those we are representing, in the most accurate and respectful manner possible. This does not mean there will not be conflict, for we also have a responsibility to one another, to keep each other in check – to ensure that if either is not acting in accordance with the promise to represent the student body, they will be called out on that. Is it possible to work together, despite past mistakes on the part of management? The Scribe believes so. If the student paper is to serve as the watchdog of student government, keeping tabs on policy and campus issues, we have a responsibility to students and under journalistic law to accurately expose when mistakes are made that may impact the student body. On that same token, we will always strive to maintain a level of professionalism that is expected of us as serious journalists. Students, you also have a role to play in this. We are responsible to you. If you feel either of these organizations is not upholding what we have pledged to do, you too may call us out. If we are choosing to represent your voice, make sure we are doing so accurately and honestly. S

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Letter to the Editor

Interfaith initiatives Obviously our representative, Doug Lamborn (R), missed the sensitivity class when he was in college, calling President Obama a “tar baby.” Whether or not you should still like President Obama after the latest debacle remains open for discussion, but the office of the president should be respected. And the use of an inflammatory racial slur in 2011 is really out of line, no matter your party affiliation. When I travel out of the city, strangers gasp at the mention of Colorado Springs. I’ve been asked about the intolerance of Focus on the Family in regard to gays and Jews, as well as about the tone of conservative evangelical zeal. I recall the outcry against the late Ted Eastburn when he dared suggest that city employees who are gay deserved to have their partners covered by health insurance. He lost the election when Focus mobilized against his heresy and chose a religiouslyappropriate candidate. But I thought we had left all of this behind us. Business-like thinking isn’t ideological, but economical: Your dollar is just as good as anyone else’s, no matter who you privately worship (if anyone at all). But for some, like Lamborn, the only way to define themselves and their ideas is through a negative portrayal of others. Like characters in western films, they need cowboys with white hats to win against those with black hats. One way to overcome this kind of intolerance, especially when multiculturalism has given way to religious pluralism, is through education. And UCCS, now a towering force in the city’s economy with more than 9,000 students and a growing staff to meet their needs, has risen to the occasion. A newcomer to UCCS, Dr. Jeffrey Scholes, a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and the University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology, has spearheaded an interfaith initiative on campus that has been awarded “The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge.” Yes, it’s an initiative undertaken by the same President that Lamborn mocks. Yes, it’s the same President accused of not being Christian or American-born. And yes, it’s an initiative that is supposed to bring students together so as to overcome misguided conceptions of fear and hatred. The initiative includes this goal: “Many municipalities are reducing services in a response to tighter city budgets. In Colorado Springs this has had a huge impact on public parks with funding reduced from 20 million dollars to 3 million dollars since 2008. As such, minimal park maintenance is being carried out and new park de-

velopment (including enhanced planting) has almost ceased. To help with this pressing environmental need, a key activity of the UCCS Interfaith Service Initiative is to establish the UCCS Park Corps of interested interfaith students. After an initial training period with the assistance of local landscaping experts, the UCCS Park Corps will be involved in organizing park care days consisting of trash removal, basic tree care (pruning and mulching), turf maintenance and bed care. A tree will be planted at the end of each park care day as a further contributory gesture. The UCCS Park Corps will work in close collaboration with the City of Colorado Spring’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Service to identify priority neighborhood and community parks requiring care.” Not only will interfaith activity be integrated into the city’s needs by performing tasks the city is unable to perform because of budgetary cuts, but this public service will be undertaken by many groups represented on campus: Hillel Student Group, Campus Crusade for Christ, Latter Day Saints Students Association, Secular Student Alliance, Habitat for Humanity, Navigators, Catholic Student Community, Students for Environmental Awareness and Sustainability and Student Military Outreach. Instead of fanning the fires of discontent and rivalry, we can bring together diverse groups. Under the auspices of educational or religious institutions, we can teach tolerance and acceptance, respect for others and ourselves. When an economic crisis strikes, it doesn’t discriminate according to religious affiliations, race or gender. Nor does a natural disaster, like Katrina, make such discriminations. On some fundamental level, we are all in it together. Interfaith efforts, more common in the late 1960s and early 1970s (Chicago’s Rainbow Coalition comes to mind), should be revived. UCCS’ recognition by the president of the United States is a clear indication that Colorado Springs is finally on board, changing its image of religious intolerance to a city where diversity is celebrated and harnessed for public good. If politicians paid just a little attention to such efforts, they, too, could usher inter-political initiatives, where conservatives and liberals, anarchists and libertarians, socialists and capitalist could all join forces to benefit the job market and stimulate the economy. Just as interfaith students will take care of the parks, inter-political citizens can take care of sharrows, libraries, and trails. - Raphael Sassower, Professor, Department of Philosophy, rsassower@gmail.com


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Monday, September 12, 2011

Practice patience when parking

Molly Mrazek mmrazek@uccs.edu It’s a game of chicken, a war of wits, David versus Goliath: It’s the only available parking spot. A car vacates a spot in lot one; a truck and a sedan have both taken numerous laps around the parking lot when they see the white reverse lights. Both switch on  turn signals indicating their intent to move into the now-empty spot. The huge lifted truck roars forward  and, being so large, has to take a minute to  strategically  back into the spot, but just as it begins to reverse, the smaller sedan rounds the corner, zips into the spot and parks, cutting off the Goliath of a truck. Someone’s car is getting keyed today.   Unfortunately, this sort of thing happens every day in the parking lots of UCCS. The chief complaint around campus is the lack of parking spaces. When students are asked if there is anything they would change about campus, the answer is a resounding, “PARKING!” For a university that markets its “smaller class sizes,” there are certainly not a small number of students parking on-campus.  

A car searches for the elusive parking spot on the third level of the UCCS parking garage. There could be a number of solutions to the parking issue, but each is met with either a scoff or laugh. One possible solution could be to carpool with your friends. However, that idea is quickly shot to hell when you think about what an independent group we are as Americans. We enjoy our promise of freedom, and we do that by being able to come and go as we please. Why save on gas, protect the environment, or have a better chance of getting a parking spot when you could drive up to campus in your fancy lifted truck with stickers that cover the windows and bumpers?

By the way, God is NOT a Bronco’s fan. The orange sunsets have nothing to do with which football team God is rooting for. Another solution might be to take the free shuttle up from the Four Diamonds parking lot. Keep in mind, however, that you will probably have to wait in a line of about a hundred to even get a seat on the bus, and there is no promise that you’ll be able to find parking there, either. Oh, and you’ll have to get there an hour and

a half before your class starts just so you make it on time. The students at this university are becoming

white after Labor Day and never wore diamonds before 5 p.m. (it was always pearls). My grandmother always said, “Never wear capris with heels, because fashion should tell a story, and you don’t go digging for clams in heels.” Maybe most of us do not follow these rules anymore, but we continue to live in a fashiondriven society. We are judged by how we dress. What we wear is a statement about who we are. What do you want to tell

people? Fashion is especially important in the work place. If you wanted to convey that you were competent, confident and great at work, you would not show up to the office in sweats. Would you go to a stock broker who dressed like a bum? Would you trust him with your life savings? When I was preparing for job interviews, people always told me to wear blue or gray because these are powerevoking colors that tell future employers that

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their fellow parking pass holders. I recently heard a story of a group of students who called ahead to their friend who was about to vacate a spot to have it saved until they got there. A pregnant woman on her way back from lunch saw it and got there first, however, for which she was verbally harassed and told off for parking there. The university is in a sad state of affairs when common courtesies such as allowing a pregnant woman a parking spot are

thrown out the window. The only real solution would be to create more parking lots. The question is, where? All the free space in front of the school is full of blacktop already! Behind the university, perhaps? Then students would have to trek up and down a hill to get to campus. Frankly, anything is better than the congestion we’re dealing with now. I guess we all just need to chill out and take a lesson in patience. Let’s look at the bright side: In a couple of weeks, some students will stop going to their classes anyway, leaving plenty of parking spaces for those of us who are still attending class. S

you are about business. I was told to avoid brown because it makes people look warm and fuzzy. I wouldn’t want a CEO and my future employer thinking, “Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear.” As a university student, think about what you want to tell the world. What does it say to a professor when you attend class in your penguin or beer pajamas? “I’d rather be sleeping!” This makes a potentially negative impression on the very professors you might be asking

for letters of recommendation in the near future. Recently, a man who thought he had high style, with his jeans hanging loosely under his butt and his underwear showing, robbed a convenience store in Lake Wales, Fla. Cameras show him running out of the store with two six-packs of beer. Then he tripped and his pants fell down, revealing his other face. What image did he portray, besides the image of his backside? This way of think-

ing may be considered conservative or old fashioned by modern fashionable people (at least they think they are fashionable), but it does not change the fact that it is true. We are judged and stereotyped based on fashion. If a woman dresses like a CEO, she tends to be treated like one; if she looks homeless, she tends to be treated like she has nothing. How a person looks is how a person is treated. How do you want to be treated? S

Don’t go digging for clams in heels

Caitlin Levy clevy@uccs.edu I come from a long line of Victorian women who had certain rules of fashion. A lady always wore hats, never wore


Life on the Bluffs

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Thirty days without Facebook: Status update #1 Leslie Randolph lrandolp@uccs.edu

I’m now six days into my 30 days without Facebook. Yesterday, one of my friends asked me if I had seen his post on Facebook. Well no, I hadn’t. Normally, I would have gone straight to my laptop and signed on before he could have said another word.

That’s how easy it is for me to sign on without even being aware that I am doing it. That scares me. I’ll bet that most of the time when you log in to your Facebook account, you don’t stop to think of why you are logging in. You simply log in. Do you ever pause to think about why you are there, why you feel the need to know what is going on

in all of your friends’ lives five times a day (or more)? It’s addictive. When we say things to our friends like, “Have you seen my status today?” we make it more addictive, because now they have to know our status. They have to know what we posted.

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asked my friend what his status said, because I couldn’t log on to see for myself. And regardless of the fact that I didn’t feel the need to log on, I still needed to know. Maybe that’s why I’m doing this. Because I

don’t want to feel like I need to know. When I told friends I was doing this, they said it’s easy not to get on Facebook. You just don’t do it. Right. I’m sure they just “don’t get on Facebook” all the time. I think that is part of being addicted to something, though. You aren’t even aware that you’re addicted. I wasn’t aware of how much I used Facebook until I stopped using it a few days ago. It’s strange, though, because I don’t feel the need to sign in unless someone mentions it like my friend did. I might feel completely different in a week, but right now I feel like I can enjoy my life more. I am realizing that I like interacting with people in person, not just electronically. S

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- Julianne Sedillo, jsedillo@uccs.edu

Did you know that the first government association at UCCS was established in 1966? The University Student Association (USA) aimed to encourage student activities on campus, such as dances and carnivals. USA acted as an unofficial, temporary government, as the students who participated had not been voted into office. The Student Government Association (SGA) that exists today, however, was created a year later when the first student government constitution was drafted. This marked the beginning of mandatory student activity fees that are annually tacked on to the cost of tuition. These fees (originally $2 per student) supported the UCCS newspaper, clubs and intramurals.

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the Scribble

Disclaimer:  The contents of the Scribble are completely fabricated, peppered with inconsistencies and laced with lies.  Any resemblance to the truth found herein is a matter of sheer luck.  The Scribble should be approached with a healthy dose of skepticism, and its claims should be taken - if they are taken at all - with many grains of salt.

Attempted mugging goes awry St. Jebus

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On campus last week, student Betsy W. Smith proved that the gun will always beat the knife. Smith was walking to her car last Wednesday evening when a masked man with a knife jumped out from behind a building and ordered her to hand over her purse. Keeping her cool, Smith explained to her mugger that, while she had her purse, she often kept her wallet in the car. The man agreed to follow her to her car to retrieve her wallet. When Smith reached into the car, instead of grabbing her wallet, she grabbed the .44 caliber handgun that she had hidden in the glove compartment. She turned and pointed it at her attacker, holding him at gunpoint until campus public safety arrived. “At first, we thought she was the criminal!” said Sergeant Brad Yokel.

But once they had verified Smith’s concealed carry permit, they were impressed. “Everyone should carry one of these,” said Yokel, hefting Smith’s handgun and chuckling. “It’s got a bit of a kick, but that person won’t mess with you again.” UCCS, like most colleges, does not allow any weapons on campus, even with a permit. But it does allow students with a concealed carry permit to keep their weapons in their cars. “If it weren’t for that caveat, I might have lost my wallet, or worse. Had it with me the whole time,” she added smugly. Smith credits her childhood upbringing for her ability to remain calm under fire. “I come from Texas,” she said. “Everyone packs heat there.” As for her attacker, she scoffed at him. “He brought a knife to a gunfight. That’s just dumb.” S

Monday, September 12, 2011

Campus Chatter

- Story by Leslie Randolph, lrandolp@uccs.edu - Photos by Alex Gradisher

It is a fact of college life: Classes sometimes end up being a complete waste of time. Other times (though admittedly more rare), there is a class that is a diamond in the rough. We wanted to find out which classes at UCCS are the best and what made them so great. Here were some of your answers:

Brittany Reese I’d have to say I enjoyed my “Male and Female Communication” class a lot.   I liked male and female because it was fun how there was a group of guys in there, but it was more girls, so the girls got to attack the guys on how girls felt about guys and how they act. There was one part that we talked about relationships, and that was fun because I suck at relationships. We were like, “No, guys don’t know what they want,” and they were like, “No, girls don’t know what they want.” It was just a whole long argument that we had, and it was fun.

Molly Server I loved “Cell Biology.” It was just really fun because there’s a lot of things that I didn’t know about cells. I’m a molecular biology major, so cells are really fascinating to me anyway. That’s what I’m going into. And he just put another perspective on it that I hadn’t heard before. It was just really cool to find out all the really like in-depth detailed things about cells.

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Positions that should be added to SGA

10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.

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Josh Ledner I’ve only taken one class, and that’s been “Organic Chemistry.” So, that’d be my favorite. Dr. Schoffstall’s pretty cool.

Secretary of Fashion Chief of Social Norm Police Jester Parking Ticket Executioner Mountain Lion Tamer President of Beer Tasting Clock Tower Watchman Vice President of Bear Punching

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Anna Tayebnejad “I’m currently taking a class called “Women at War,” and it’s a really interesting class. It deals with women and politics and a lot of feminine studies, and I find that stuff really interesting. I like issues that deal with women and concepts of war and how women deal with that. It’s a very thought-provoking class.”


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Sports

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Cross-town clash brings UCCS men’s soccer team off to a great start Matt Rigby mrigby@uccs.edu

Despite out-shooting Colorado College in their season opener, the UCCS men’s soccer team went down in overtime 4-3 on Sept. 1. The Mountain Lions put up 19 shots on goal compared to a mere nine from the Tigers; CC’s goal-keeper, Brian Garf, put on an impressive performance by recording 15 saves in the process of shutting out the Mountain Lions in both the first half and overtime. Colorado College started the game with two quick strikes into the UCCS net in the first half, which sent both teams into the locker room with the Tigers leading 2-0.

UCCS finally got on the board early in the second half when junior Scott Kocel scored in minute 47 by knocking in a rebound off a save made by CC’s goal keeper. The Tigers answered right back with a goal in minute 51 to make the score 3-1. The Mountain Lions made a furious attack toward the end of regulation with goals in minutes 74 and 85 to send the game into overtime. Early in overtime, CC’s Sean Parham scored in minute 92, which was enough to hold through the duration and give Colorado College a 4-3 win at home on Stewart Field. To finish off the first week of the collegiate soccer season, the Mountain Lion men found themselves in Hays, Kan.

on Sept. 4, when they engaged in a nonconference game with Fort Hays State. This time, UCCS brought home a win with a 1-0 decision. Senior Matt Friesen scored his second goal of the season off a cross-right corner kick from junior Max Thomas in minute 34 of the game. Sophomore goalie Brandon Costa pitched a 90 minute shutout with five saves to close out the UCCS win. The Fort Hayes State win lifts the Mountain Lions to a 1-1 record. The men will play Metro State on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at Mountain Lion Field, and will not return from a long stretch of away games until Oct. 7, when they take on conference rival, Adams State. S

Sports Buzz Colorado Springs turns to Air Force for college football Ryan Adams radams3@uccs.edu

The fall has finally arrived; it’s after Labor Day, school is in session, and football season is upon us. Whether you are an NFL fan rooting for your favorite team or a college fanatic rooting for your school, this time of the year is always exciting. For the typical UCCS student, though, who should you root for? UCCS is continuously growing, but there is no evidence on the horizon suggesting the Mountain Lions will have a football team in the near future, so what about right now? Well, the answer to that question is two words: Air Force. Our neighbors to the north actually have a pretty darn good team that is raring up to hit the gridiron in 2011. They kicked off the season at Falcon Stadium Sept. 3 as they competed against the University of South Dakota Coyotes. Junior Mikel Hunter got the Falcon’s rolling with a thunderous 80yard run for a touchdown on the opening drive and from then on, it was all Air Force. The Coyotes scored a couple quick touchdowns to try and cut the deficit, but the Falcon’s offense was too much to handle. By the beginning of the second half, Air Force was up 37-7 leaving only two Coyote touchdowns and a

field goal as the remaining points of the game. The Falcons walked away with a 37-20 victory. Air Force hopes to see more of the success they had against South Dakota this season as they play seven of their 12 games in Colorado Springs. The Falcons will wager against Tennessee State Sept. 24, but won’t return to Colorado Springs until Oct. 13 when they host Mountain West rival San Diego State at 6 p.m., which constitutes the only night game at Falcon Stadium this season. After another road trip to Boise State and New Mexico State, the Falcons will play a game that will possibly be their biggest home game of the year against archrival Army on Nov. 5. This game is always a popular one, as the Army has been a long time enemy of the Air Force; it’s always important for the Falcons to beat both them and the Navy. Every team participates for the Commander-in-Chief Award, a trophy given to the Armed Forces team with the best record between the three. The Falcons have won the award an impressive 17 times, which accounts for the most out of the three. Air Force tickets usually range from $20 to $60, but there are always specials going on for students. If you’re looking for a great team football team mixed with a salient venue of play, check out the schedule and go cheer on the Falcons! S

Mountain Lion goalie, Jarod Thomas.

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UCCS Golf (continued from page 16) “We didn’t play well and it’s disappointing,” stated Trujillo. “We had three new guys playing and two from last year. [Juniors] Kevin Witte and Eddie DeLashmutt played pretty well, but the other three played awful,” he added. Witte ended up in a tie for fourth place with round scores of 68,70, and 73 which gave him a total of 212, while DeLashmutt finished in sixth with scores of 68, 75, and 70; a total of 213. Senior Mitch Buchner was third among UCCS with a total score of 225, junior Grant Dean had a score of 227, but junior Spencer Biersdorff did not register an individual score for the second round since he didn’t finish.

He shot 77 in the first round and a 73 in Wednesday’s round. The next tournament for the Mountain Lions is the annual Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational at the Air Force Academy.

“It takes time for a new team to gel.” The tournament will be played at the Eisenhower Golf Club on September 18 and 19. Since Air Force is a NCAA Division I university, many Division I schools will be competing with UCCS. Last year, the Mountain Lions took home a first place finish, gaining national attention and exposure; they were the only Division II team competing in the tourney. Despite the disap-

pointing finish last week in Alamosa, the men hope to return to competing at a high level of play at the Falcon Invitational. “It’s frustrating to see us start off like we did. We’ve been playing well in our qualifiers even though we weren’t able to get enough in,” said Trujillo. “New NCAA rules have us starting a week later and this year playing a week earlier than normal. It takes time for a new team to gel, and hopefully, it will happen soon,” he concluded. The Mountain Lions may need to take advantage of the twoweek break as they prepare to play at Air Force, and then again in Nebraska for the RMAC/NSIC Crossover tournament. S


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Colorado Mesa slip by, forcing the Mountain Lions down into fifth place. The Grizzly Invitational, which took place at Cattails Golf Club in Alamosa, Colo., is one of four season-long tournaments that determine the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference champion; needless to say, Coach Trujillo was not pleased with the finish.

Head coach Phil Trujillo and the UCCS men’s golf team didn’t kick off their season the way they wanted to, after finishing with a total team score of 874 at the Grizzly Invitational on Sept. 7. The Mountain Lions were in a tie for third place following the first round of play on Sept. 6, but a lack of quality scores and team Continued on page chemistry let RMAC 15... rivals CSU-Pueblo and

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