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Meet the Slaughterhouse Derby Girls The Toughest Girls in Greeley Explain the Fun of Roller Derby p. 24

Get Your Summer Workout Work Out with a UNC Fitness Trainer in 9 Easy MovesLife p. 22

The Hottest Looks in Greeley Nightlife Students Flaunt Their Styles at Local Hot Spots p. 10

Firefighter, Family Man, Volunteer Volleyball Coach The Claw talks with John Forster about fighting fire, community dedication and family values p. 15

VOL. 1 / ISSUE 3


About the Claw


Should have, could have, would have; the closer I get to graduation, the more my head fills with thoughts that begin with one of those three phrases. I could have taken different classes, I should have visited the campus rec center more often, I would have joined more clubs if I didn’t have to get a job or two… But the biggest one is this: I should have started this magazine earlier. I feel cheated. I only got one year with this fabulous staff, just one year to watch this publication grow from an idea to a glossy-covered reality. But I am so proud of what we have accomplished in that one year. When The Claw began, we had nothing more than ideas and ambition. With the support of our advisers, advertisers and many others, the general reaction to this publication has changed from, “are you sure you can do that?” to, “when is your next issue coming out?” and “can I advertise with you?” The speed at which we acquired that reputability was shocking to me. I’m sad to be leaving The Claw, but I am happy when I think of what we have achieved in one short year. The Claw’s first year in print produced many articles that are just plain fun and feature stories that inspire (see “Being WITTstrong” Iss. 2, p. 13, and “Q&A with Amoni Ashby : Finding Time for Fashion, Philanthropy and Olympic Golds,” Iss. 1, p. 14). And that is only what


you can see in print. Behind the Editor in Chief: Jaidree Braddix scenes, students have gained re- Associate Editor: Biz Gilmore al-world skills in writing, editing, designing, advertisement sales Assistant Editor: Megan Lenhausen and more. By their hard work Copy Editor: Lauren King and talent, the students created new learning opportunities for Graphic Design Chief: Dakotah Intriglia themselves and future Claw staff Advertising Director: David Cornelius members. On top of all that, we even won Head of Photography: Natalie Stacker an award. The Society of Professional Journalists honored The Claw with a Mark of Excellence Writers: Award, Third Place in the Best Jamie Arterburn Student Magazine Category, at its Shelby Foster Region 9 Spring Conference. After attending the conference with Katie Langford Biz Gilmore, next year’s editor in Madeleine Raven chief, I learned more than I could possibly recount in this letter. We Zant Reyez have been motivated to increase Steffanie Sperry both The Claw’s and UNC’s presence at future SPJ conferences. Alexandria Sterling With this issue, we endeavored to produce The Claw’s first Graphic Designers: online-only edition. Now you will not only be moved by the story Katie Langford of a firefighter who coaches two Katie Mucci club volleyball teams and still has time to be a great dad (see Nadia Pedroza “John Forster: Giving Back to the Steffanie Sperry Community,” p. 13), you can find out more about his fire depart- Natalie Stacker ment or how to support the club team by clicking on live-links right there within the page. Once Web Designer: you’ve read all about the rough Maurice Ayeboua and tumble girls of the Slaughterhouse roller derby league (see “Greekey Roller Derby has Heart Photographers: and Hits,” p. 22) you can see the Steffanie Sperry game in-play by clicking a link to a short video from an actual Natalie Stacker derby bout. As a magazine by the students, for the students, supported by Advertising Representatives: great faculty advisers, The Claw Alexandria Farmerwaters has a bright future and many Jonathan Hebrink opportunities to grow. I am so happy to have been a part of this Dajaun Mack magazine’s birth and growth, Kaitlin Sorensen and though it is bittersweet, I am even happier to leave it with three successful issues and one Editorial Adviser: regional award, in the hands of a very capable management team Dr. Lynn Klyde-Silverstein and a stellar staff. Advertising Adviser: Dr.

Jaidree Braddix Lee Anne Peck

What’s Inside Summer 2013 Vol. 1 / Issue 3

John Forster: Giving Back to the Community Page 15 By Jamie Arterburn

Chophouse Adds New Flavors to Greeley Restaurant Scene Page 26 By Alexandria Sterling

Greeley Roller Derby has Heart and Hits Page 24

By Biz Gilmore

Under the Wing of a Butterfly: a Day at the Butterfly Pavillion Page 28 by Steffanie Sperry

In This Issue: Student Lifestyle

Food & Nightlife




UNC Student Blogs from the Heart By Biz Gilmore Rock Your Swimsuit in Nine Easy Moves By Megan Lenhausen

Around Campus p.6 p.8 p.12

Battle of the Open Mic Nights By Zant Reyez Campus Complaints By Lauren King Students Down to Fight for Cancer Research By Katie Langford



An Evening at Patrick’s By Zant Reyez Nightlife Fashion By Shelby Foster Bagel Butts and Wheat Bellies By Madeleine Raven

Battle of the Op Round 1: An Evening at Patrick’s


It’s a good combo for a Wednesday night in downtown open mic night. “It’s a place to play—you get a free drink Greeley: friends, drinks, memories to Instagram, and last for playing. It’s just a good atmosphere.” but not least: open mic night.  ‡ϐ‹‹•Š‡•—’Š‹••‡–ǡƒ†ƒ‘–Š‡”Ž‘…ƒŽˆƒ˜‘”‹–‡ At Patrick’s Irish Pub, Wednesday nights are open mic makes her way up to the mic as the three stage lights nights. The pub, located in historic downtown Greeley, beam down on her. swings open its door for all local musicians. Some have Megan T. pulls out a red and black acoustic guitar and recognizable names around town, and some just want to starts to strum the strings to the tune of Alanis Morisbelt out a tune or two. sette’s “You Oughta Know.” The song gets the women at By about 9 p.m. the pub has a few people sitting around the pub singing along. She closes out her set with “Super the bar and there are a few in the back of the pub. Open Bass” by rapper Nicki Minaj. As she sings every “boom mic night starts in about an badoom boom” people start to dance and “I feel like can relate more to even sing along with her. hour. As more people pour into the acoustic songs. They come up Doing covers in an acoustic fashion is pub, taps get pulled down and nothing new for Megan T. She says she covand they want to sing those ers a wide variety of songs from different glasses get topped off. A gentleman sitting by himself looks of music. From country to pop, she songs with you and they have a styles down the bar to a woman who says she likes to cover it all and that playing is also riding solo. He gives her songs acoustically gets listeners involved good time doing it.” a smile and makes small talk. with the singer. The woman smiles and engages in the conversation. She did play one original song titled “You Escaped.” A huge clock hanging on a wall at the pub reads 9:45 Playing an original song in front of people can bring out p.m. About 20 people are inside talking with friends, gomixed emotions. ing up to the bar and asking the most common question of the night, “Can I get a…?” The hands on the oversized clock draw near 10 p.m., and the man who started a conversation with the woman musters up the courage to sit next to her. They both smile Check out their music at: and share some laughs and sip on their drinks as about 30 people roam the pub. The host of tonight’s open mic night, Paul Beveridge starts to set up the microphone and other things needed for the night. Beveridge is not the regular host. Luke Leasure normally hosts open mic night at Patrick’s but he’s out of town this week. A few minutes after 10 p.m., Beveridge announces to the crowd, which is now around 40 people, the signup sheet is up at the bar and anyone who wants to sing tonight should sign up. The man and woman are still chatting and things seem to be going well. The man buys her a drink, and they continue to talk as Beveridge taps the mic — show time. Beveridge greets everyone and kicks off the night with three original songs. He is the front man of Paul Beveridge & Company, a group which has played many gigs around town, but tonight the lead singer is a one-man band. “It’s just fun,” Beveridge says of playing at Patrick’s Photos from their respective websites (,, and

pen Mic Nights She says people approach her when she performs at other open mic nights in town and give her their feedback about her original songs. “So nerve racking,” Megan T. says. Š‡ϐ‹ƒŽ’‡”ˆ‘”‡”–ƒ‡•Š‹••’‘–‘–Š‡•–ƒ‰‡ƒ†Š‡ǯ• straight out of UNC’s English department. Patrick Richardson, a senior English major, sets up his iMac and lets his beats bump through the pub as he prepares to rap. As the rapper spits his lyrics, the man and woman are still sitting next to each other, talking, laughing, and showing each other pictures on their iPhones. Richardson has been in the rap game for four years now. He didn’t grow up with rap in his headphones, but after hearing legends like Biggie and Nas, he wanted to experiment with genre. “I found hip-hop and it was a good release for me,” Richardson says. Aside from solo work, Richardson is a part of a group called Giant Angry Bugs. He said his solo work is more introspective with lyrics that question life. The group lyrics, according to Richardson are more fun and about having a good time. As Richardson wraps up his raps, the woman smiles at the man and puts on a tan coat. She pulls out a card and jots something down and then hands the card to the man. He smiles as they shake hands and she heads out the door into the Greeley night. The man sits at the bar, sips his drink and scrolls down his iPhone. Open mic night is done for this week.

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Round 2: Open Mic in the UC It seems like another mundane Monday night at the University Center: tweeting, texting, talking, and tireless reading of textbooks. But toss in a stage and some bright lights and UNC’s open mic night is ready to take the mundane out of the day. About 45 UNC students turned out to see their fellow Bears take the stage. In groups they gathered at tables or relaxed on the University Center Fireside Lounge couches, drinking free Starbucks coffee provided by University Program Council, the organization which hosts the UC’s open mic nights. Pianist Kacie Thomas, UPC Entertainment Coordinator and a junior elementary education major, tickles the ivories to warm up the crowd. It’s a unique treat for those in the audience to hear Thomas play the piano, she says this is the ϐ‹”•–‹‰Š–•Š‡Šƒ•‡˜‡”’Žƒ›‡†‹ˆ”‘–‘ˆƒƒ—†‹‡…‡Ǥ “I knew we had a short lineup so I was like, ‘You know, I’ll step in,’” Thomas says. She added there are usually around 21 performers, but on this night there were fewer performers.


above: Kacie Thomas, right: Robbie Piccione Photos by Natalie Stacker

ˆ–‡”Š‘ƒ•ϐ‹‹•Š‡•’Žƒ›‹‰ǡ•Š‡™‡Ž…‘‡•–Š‡ƒ—†‹‡…‡ ƒ†‹–”‘†—…‡•–Š‡ϐ‹”•–ƒ…–‘ˆ–Š‡‹‰Š–ǣ‘„„‹‡‹……‹‘‡Ǥ Piccione sings “Turn the Page” by Bob Seger. As he belts out every “On the road again,” audience members sing along with him. At the end of the song, the crowd gives him a huge round of applause. Once he’s done in the spotlight, Piccione says he has the •ƒ‡ˆ‡‡Ž‹‰Š‡ǯ•ˆ‡Ž–•‹…‡–Š‡ϐ‹”•––‹‡Š‡•ƒ‰ƒ–ǯ• open mic night. “It feels like I’m pretty much a big star here,” Piccione says, “everybody likes what I do.” ‡‹‰–Š‡ϐ‹”•–ƒ…–…ƒ…ƒ—•‡–Š‡„—––‡”ϐŽ‹‡•–‘ϐŽ—––‡”ƒ–ƒ ”ƒ’‹†”ƒ–‡ǡ„—–‹……‹‘‡Šƒ•‘“—ƒŽ•ƒ„‘—–‰‘‹‰—’ϐ‹”•–Ǥ “I ain’t complaining. I’ll just be glad I’m up there regardless of what spot I have,” Piccione says. As the night moves on, students play acoustic guitars, rappers freestyle to beats, and some side-splitting, tears-oflaugher inducing comedians entertain the crowd. Adam Bush, a senior biology major, puts on a comedy routine that leaves many audience members laughing for more. Part of his act is explaining the difference between how guys interact with their guy friends, and how girls interact with their girlfriends. He jokes about how guys tell their guy friends face-to- face if there’s a problem between the two of them, and how girls are happy when they see their girlfriends face-to-face, but as soon as she leaves for a second, the truth comes out.

“I try and make it as relatable as I can,â€? Bush says. Closing out the night is senior Lauren Koppel, another Ď?‹”•––‹Â?‡”Ǥ‘’’‡Žǥƒ™‘Â?‡Â?ǯ•ƒÂ?†‡–ŠÂ?‹…•–—†‹‡•Â?ÂƒÂŒÂ‘Â”ÇĄ will graduate in May and attend Michigan State for graduate school in the fall. She reads an original poem with a title that may require a few breaths to read: “To all the Women who Have Ever Been Called Sluts—and to my Sister, the Feminist at CU Boulder Masquerading in Tights and Uggs.â€? Koppel’s decision to perform was inspired by what she called “slut shaming.â€? She says she witnesses slut shaming around campus and through jokes; the poem was also inspired by experiences that took place in one of her sister’s relationships. “To any woman or any person who’s ever been slut shamed and told that what they do with their body should be regulated—like, really, who cares? It’s their body,â€? Koppel says. Another open mic night at the UC comes to an end. Open mic nights happen every other Monday at 9 p.m. during the school year. The event is open to all students who want to perform– and to those who just want free Starbucks coffee. “It’s a safe spot to try anything they want—and they get to have a great time on a Monday,â€? Thomas says.

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Eight hundred college students locked in a gym for 12 hours might evoke images of anything from a rave to pure chaos, but for junior Alexandria Monroe, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a night of hope. Relay for Life, which took place on April 5, was the culmination of eight months of planning and over $50,000 in fundraising efforts. Monroe, an elementary education major from Larkspur, was this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Relay for Life event chair.

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On the day of Relay, Monroe says all of her hopes boiled down to this one: for the event to be the best it could be.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;My personal vision was that people would love to come to Relay,â&#x20AC;? Monroe says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That whatever they were expecting to happen, it was way better, and that the same thing that happened for me would happen for them, that they As the night goes on, relay participants stop to participate in a dance break. would be healed or changed or best parts of Relay for Life was impacted in some way.â&#x20AC;? seeing so many college students come together for a cause. For junior Geoffrey Bena, Relay started out as a way to honor his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting together for a cause mother, who was diagnosed with like that just really moves people, cancer over winter break. But the and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how things get done,â&#x20AC;? event turned into much more. Bena says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Regardless of if it affected them personally or they â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was strictly doing this for knew someone it affectedâ&#x20AC;Ś just my mom at the beginning, but it to help show that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not the just showed me how many more only ones out there.â&#x20AC;? people I helped and impacted from raising money,â&#x20AC;? Bena says. Monroe says emotions ran high for her during the opening Bena, a criminal justice major ceremony, when all of the Relay from Highlands Ranch, was the participants and the cancer survitop individual fundraiser with Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Ď?Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2122;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013; $3,465 in donations. This was his brought them there, and why Ď?Â&#x2039;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2019;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2019;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Â&#x192;Â&#x203A; they Relay. for Life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was surprised with as much as I got,â&#x20AC;? Bena says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was happy with being number one just for my mom, and I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have asked for anything more.â&#x20AC;? For Bena and Monroe, one of the

Students walking around the track as the night progresses.

By Katie Langford Photos by Dakotah Intriglia

“I get really emotional because I do this for my mom, especially when I see 800 college students gathered together on a Friday ‹‰Š–ϐ‹‰Š–‹‰ˆ‘”•‘‡–Š‹‰ that’s so big, but realizing that we are bigger,” Monroe says. Monroe spoke to participants during both the opening and closing ceremonies. She says having her family there to support her was one of her favorite parts of the event.`

“The only thing I was nervous about for all of Relay was the opening ceremony, and seeing my family sitting in the front row and them coming up after everything had gone perfectly… and having them just be there with me... it was awesome. It was a great feeling,” Monroe says. Bena says he plans to participate in Relay for Life next year, and that he may even join the planning committee. Bena says students should participate in

One of the team’s poster that represents Relay for Life’s Dr. Suess theme.

Relay for Life because, “you have to.”

“It’s for an amazing cause,” Bena says. “And even if you’re not doing it for yourself, you’re doing it for other people, and there are so many people you can touch from that.”

During the Luminaria lap, participants celebtrate the memory of those who have battled cancer.


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Encouraged Life:

UNC Student Blogs From the Heart

By Biz Gilmore

When you meet Katie McNulty, when you take in her Â&#x201E;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2030;Â&#x160;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2022;Â?Â&#x2039;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020;Ď?Â&#x2039;Â&#x201D;Â?Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020;shake, you can practically feel her radiating positivity. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s warm and bubbly. She maintains eye contact when she speaks and maintains perfect posture. When you meet Katie McNulty, you would never believe this woman could ever describe herself as worthless. However, in the summer of 2012, McNulty went through a breakup and says she was feeling down. Not only was McNulty managing postbreakup stress and emotions, she says she was also feeling societal pressures to be a stereotypical â&#x20AC;&#x153;perfectâ&#x20AC;? woman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Society does such a terrible job at saying youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not worth it unless youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re skinny and your skin is smooth and tan,â&#x20AC;? McNulty Â&#x2022;Â&#x192;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2022;ǤÂ&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2020;Â?ÇŻÂ&#x2013;Ď?Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2020;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x203A; resources to empower her, emotionally and spiritually. McNulty found that most

media materials aimed at young women encourage a party lifestyle that, while she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t condemn it, does not work for her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this idea that Christian girls are no fun. A moral lifestyle isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always boring,â&#x20AC;? McNulty Â&#x2022;Â&#x192;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2022;. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to go out and get drunk all the time to have fun. You can do things other than drink and study.â&#x20AC;? One day she vented her frustrations to a friend over the ultimate venting food: frozen yogurt. She talked about wanting to Ď?Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2020;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030; that spoke to her; that spoke of self-acceptance and encouraged her as she made her life choices. By the time they Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2020;Ď?Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; dessert, McNultyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friend told her she should write a book. There, over frozen yogurt, the foundations for McNultyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website and blog were laid out. Initially, McNulty took her friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s words literally and began the process of writing a book. Her dream was to publish the book, sell it on campuses, through youth


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groups and online. However, through her initial endeavors she realized a website would be more accessible. A blog could reach a larger audience and it would be free to access. â&#x20AC;&#x153;College kids love free things!â&#x20AC;? McNulty Â&#x2022;Â&#x192;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2022;. In August 2012, McNulty took her idea with her to the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) international conference in Ireland. She met fellow conference attendees Catie Murphy and Annie Crouch and instantly knew she wanted them involved. Upon returning to the United States after the conference, McNulty called and told Murphy about her idea to create a blog. In an email interview with The Claw, Murphy Â&#x2022;Â&#x192;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2022; that although sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d only met McNulty for a week in Ireland, she knew she wanted in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The way it was all set up and came about was too crazy of a plan to be my own. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how I knew it had to be Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will, and I wanted to follow it. Who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t love a great adventure?â&#x20AC;? Murphy says. The three banded together to found Encouragedlife. com. McNulty serves as president and editor-inchief. Murphy and Crouch are listed as co-founders and editors of Meeting at an internation-

al conference brought the women together, but it also created a unique obstacle: distance. McNulty attends UNC while Murphy studies journalism and apparel design at Auburn University in Alabama and Crouch is an art major at Benedictine College in Kansas. Two section editors are also UNC students. Elizabeth Schilling, an elementary education major, edits the beauty section. Molly Schieffelin, who edits the health section, is working toward a degree in nutrition and planning to get a second degree in nursing. A third section editor, Callie Diamond, attends the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The staff coordinates their Encouraged Life work over the phone, via Skype, and through a Facebook group. Most Encouraged Life sections are very similar to the compartmentalized sections present in any womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s magazine: Beauty, Trends, Fashion, an advice and slice of life section called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey Girl!â&#x20AC;? and advice and perspective written by men called â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Men.â&#x20AC;? The mission and goals of Encouraged Life are represented in unique sections like Love, Pray and Greek. With this unique crossing of sections, Encouragedlife. com was launched in November 2012. Encouraged Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s content aims to attract and entertain the type of person McNulty is: savvy, positive college students who want to embrace healthy body image, self-acceptance and moral Â&#x17D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x203A;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;ǤÂ&#x2026;Â&#x2014;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2013;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2021;Ď?Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x192; moral lifestyle as living up to great standards.

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Encouraged Life is a tool that is designed to help women feel good about themselves and their life choices. McNulty and her cofounders are not shy about their Christian faith or the Christian principles Encouraged Life promotes. After all, Christian women are their key demographic. However, McNulty says there is something for every woman on Encouraged Life. “We are more of a ministry now than when she started,” McNulty says. “But we want all women to know that they are beautiful, that they are loved.” McNulty says. Murphy says she feels the appreciation from the Encouraged Life audience on a daily basis. “I have been absolutely surprised by how apparent it is that women need a resource like Encouraged in the world today. There hasn’t been a day that goes by since we founded the

site that women on my own college campus (Auburn University) haven’t come up to me to tell me how much the website touches them and helps them,” Murphy sys. Not content with reaching women alone, Encouraged Life also promotes and encourages male readership. “From Men” is a column written by a team of men who offer advice and share stories from a male perspective. If men branch out into other areas of the site, McNulty says she hopes they’ll learn something from it. “I feel like a great way for men to learn about and understand women is to read resources for women,” McNulty says. In the nearly six months since the blog’s launch, McNulty says the site has had nearly 19,000 pages views. The site’s post with the most views is an article from March 2013 on

"Beauty is something that radiates from inside on Encouraged Life."

a subject many women are preparing themselves for as summer approaches: swimwear. In the piece, McNulty recounts the origin tale of the bikini as she heard it at a FOCUS conference in Orlando in January. She also shared the results of a psychological study conducted on men who see images of bikinis and the lingering effects bikinis may have. McNulty concludes the piece by showcasing several cute and colorful one-piece and tankini swimsuits she, and others like her, may feel more comfortable wearing. Being comfortable with yourself is a huge theme on Encouragelife. com. In a recent article about the fashion and styles at the 2013 Academy Awards, McNulty wrote a piece honoring stars not only for their

fashion choices, but for their personalities. She wrote that Adele looks amazing and embraces confidence and Jennifer Garner is beautiful and joyously supportive of her husband, Ben Affleck. Beauty on Encouragedlife. com is something that radiates from the inside. McNulty began her Encouraged Life journey from a place of heartbreak. Over frozen yogurt, she found focus. In Ireland, she found a team. McNulty balances academics with her Encouraged Life leadership to promote values she believes in. While she’s gained a following on the web, she says she knows Encoursged Life is still growing. “We want to become a campus presence; to travel and attend conferences. We really want to get involved and get the word out that Encouraged Life is a resource available for women and men everywhere,” Mcnulty says.

"We want all women to know that they are beautiful, that they are loved."


Rock Your Swimsuit in Nine Easy Moves

Bicep curl with resistance band

What it works: Biceps Reps: 8-12 Sets: 3-4 Directions: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. At start, hold resistance band handles with elbows •Ž‹‰Š–Ž›ϐŽ‡š‡†Ǥ Slowly raise your arms toward your shoulders. With control, lower your arms back to starting position. Tips: Squeeze bicep before lowering to beginning position.

Body Weight Triceps Dip

Incline Pushup B


What it works: ”‹…‡’• Reps: 8-12 Sets: 3-4 Directions: Begin by positioning the base of A your palms on the edge of a chair with your elbows straight and your Ž‡‰•‡š–‡†‡† straight in front of you. Lower yourself down until your elbows B and shoulders form a 90 degree angle. Raise yourself back to starting position. Tips: Keep elbows straight in line with body during movement.


What it works: Chest and triceps Reps: 10-20 Sets: 3-4 Directions: Firmly place your A hands on the lateral edges of a chair with your legs ‡š–‡†‡†„‡Š‹† you. Lower your body towards the chair, in pushup form. Return to starting position. B Tips: Keep back straight throughout ‡š‡”…‹•‡ǡ‡‡’‹‰‡ƒ”•ǡ•Š‘—Ž†‡”•ǡŠ‹’•ƒ† ankles in line.

Despite what the bizarre snowfall of Colorado spring may make you believe, summer is only weeks away! If you’ve been •Žƒ…‹‰‘–Š‡ϐ‹–‡••ˆ”‘–ƒŽŽ™‹–‡”ǡ™‡Šƒ˜‡•‘—‰Š–’”‘ˆ‡•sional guidance for the perfect workout routine to get your body ready for summer. ‘„„›—ŽŽ‹ƒǡƒ•‡‹‘”•’‘”–ƒ†‡š‡”…‹•‡•…‹‡…‡ƒ†Š—man communications major, is a personal trainer at the UNC campus recreation center. He works with clients daily to bring them towards a healthier lifestyle. —ŽŽ‹ƒŠƒ•’—––‘‰‡–Š‡”–Š‡’‡”ˆ‡…–‡š‡”…‹•‡”‘—–‹‡–Šƒ– …ƒ„‡†‘‡„›ƒ›‘‡”‡‰ƒ”†Ž‡••‘ˆϐ‹–‡••Ž‡˜‡ŽǤŠ‹•”‘—–‹‡ ‹…Ž—†‡•‡š‡”…‹•‡•–Šƒ–™‘”›‘—”ƒ”•ǡŽ‡‰•ƒ†…‘”‡—•…Ž‡•Ǥ ”›–Š‡•‡‡š‡”…‹•‡•‹ˆ›‘—ǯ”‡Ž‘‘‹‰–‘‰‡–›‘—”…‘ϐ‹†‡…‡ back just in time for summer!

Disclaimer: The Claw Magazine did not consult a licensed medical care provider about these exercises. Use caution when performing any new routine and understand your limits. If you have any questions, contact your health care provider.

What it works: Hamstrings Reps: 8-12 Sets: 3-4 Directions: Begin by lying on your back and place you calves and ankles on a stability ball. Contract your abs and pull your hips off the ground, pressing your ankles into the stability ball for balance. Slowly, bring your knees up until you can ”‡•–›‘—”ˆ‡‡–ϐŽƒ–‘–Š‡ top of the ball. Tips: Keep back straight; pull with heels.

Stability Ball Hamstring Curl

Meet the trainer

by Megan Lenhausen. Photos by Shelby Foster





What it works: Abdominal muscles Reps: 10-20 Sets: 3-4 Directions: Keeping your neck and shoulders straight, rest your back on the stability ball, feet Ď?Â&#x17D;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020;Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2019;ÇŚÂ&#x2122;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2019;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2013;ǤÂ&#x201D;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2022;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x201D;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â?Â&#x2022; over your chest. Do a crunch. Tips: Start with belly button level to ceiling; only crunch to 45-degree angle.



What it works: Full body Reps: 10-20 Sets: 3-4 Directions: Begin standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding a dumbbell with Â&#x201E;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â?Â&#x2022;Â&#x2021;Â&#x161;tended in front of you. Keeping your hips and shoulders straight, step one foot forward, bending the knee 90 degrees, arms and dumbbell are in front of you. Still in lunge position, twist your upper body to one side, and then the other. Come back to center, stand and repeat process, lunging with opposite leg. Tips: After proper lunge, twist core, bringing arms to same side as forward leg, keeping arms Â&#x2019;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Ď?Â&#x17D;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Ǥ


A Bicep Curl with Dumbbells

Stability Ball Crunch

What it works: Glutes, quads and hamstrings Reps: 10-20 Sets: 3-4 Directions: Place stability ball against wall and then position yourself so that your mid-back rests against stability ball. Press back against the ball as you lower yourself until your knees form a 90 degree angle. Â&#x2018;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Ď?Â&#x2039;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;onds. Come back to standing. Tips: Keep upright posture; keep knees behind toes during squatting position

What it works: Lower back, glutes and hamstrings Reps: 10-20 Sets: 3-4 Directions: Rest upper and mid-back on a stability ball with arms crossed over your chest, feet Â&#x2019;Â&#x17D;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Ď?Â&#x17D;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;ÇĄÂ&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2019;ÇŚÂ&#x2122;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2019;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2013;ǤÂ&#x2039;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2013; your hips slightly, then lower your glutes, using the ball to support your back. Tips: Squeeze glutes before lowering back to starting position.

Rotating Lunge with Dumbbell

Stability Bridge Ball

Stability Ball Body Weight Squat

For a balanced workout, drink plenty of water, stretch after you finish, add cardio to your weekly routine and lay off the Taco Bell.


What it works: Biceps Reps: 8-12 Sets: 3-4 Directions: Begin with your arms in front of you, clutching a dumbbell in each hand. Follow the same motions as bicep curl with resistance band. Tips: Squeeze bicep before lowering to beginning position.


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Greeley Roller Derby has Heart and Hits

by Biz Gilmore Photos by Natalie Stacker The Kill Floor is a telling name for a sports venue. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s technical, mechanical and industrial. The Kill Floor is a repurposed industrial warehouse on the other side of the tracks in Greeley. The name is a colorful allusion to the buildings former use as a meat packing plant and slaughterhouse. Right away, the name paints a picture: This is no home for mercy; this is a place for slaughter. This is the home of the Slaughterhouse Derby Girls.


About 40 skaters make up the four adult teams that practice, scrimmage Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2019;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2039;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D; Â&#x17D;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;ÇĄÂ&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Ď?Â&#x2039;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013; full-time dedicated rink for a derby league in Colorado. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a well-used space; the Slaughterhouse Derby Girls practice seven days a week. On Sundays, a junior team, made up of girls aged 7-17, takes their turn on the track. Slaughterhouse Derby is a league that gives everyone an opportunity to participate. Skaters are strictly female and come into the league at every skill level. Men are not banned from all things derby; the majority of the all-volunteer staff of referees is male, but all genders are able Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Ď?Â&#x2039;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2018;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;ǤÂ&#x160;Â&#x2021; Slaughterhouse Derby Girls want to make it possible for anyone to get involved in their sport. Although Slaughterhouse has been in Greeley for six years, league members say they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t noticed a big UNC fan base. On campus, a small random sample poll found many students did not know Greeley had a roller derby league. Bears that were aware of Slaughterhouse had not been to a league game. If you have no A Slaughterhouse Derby Girl jams during a bout.

idea what this derby thing is about, hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what you need to know: Roller derby is a contact sport with blocks, hits and mayhem. As the name implies, it is played on skates. A roller derby game is called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;bout.â&#x20AC;? Bouts are played in two thirty-minute periods. Periods are made up of a series of up to two-minute plays called â&#x20AC;&#x153;jams.â&#x20AC;? Roller derby teams have up to 14 members on their roster, but only Ď?Â&#x2039;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â?Â&#x192;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2019;Â&#x17D;Â&#x192;Â&#x203A;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2021;Ǥ Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x2026;Â&#x160; jam, teams will send out four players called blockers; they make up a pack. The remaining member of each team is called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;jammer.â&#x20AC;? The jammer can Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Ď?Â&#x2039;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020;Â&#x201E;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2022;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2122;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2022; over her helmet. At the beginning of each jam, both packs line up at the starring line. Both jammers line up 30 feet behind them. The jam begins â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and everyone starts skating â&#x20AC;&#x201C; when the referee blows once into a whistle. During a jam, each jammerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to break through both packs of blockers. The blockers, in turn, are trying to let their jammer through while stopping the jammer from the other team. Whichever jammer breaks through Â&#x201E;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2019;Â&#x192;Â&#x2026;Â?Â&#x2022;Ď?Â&#x2039;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x2020; jammer. The lead jammer gains the ability to stop the play at her leisure by tapping her hips. This is important because the lead jammer can seriously hinder the opposing teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scoring ability. Points can only be scored after a jammer has made it through both packs. After her break through, the jammer must skate around the track and begin lapping players from the opposing team. For every member of the other team that she laps, the jammer gains a point. The lead jammer will usually call off the play after breaking through both packs a second time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the only sport where both teams can score at the same time. No

other sport is like that,” says Allison Mock-Murphy, who goes by the derby name Tongue in Cheek or TC, a skater who has been with Žƒ—‰Š–‡”Š‘—•‡ˆ‘”ϐ‹˜‡ years. It is possible for an entire jam to pass without either jammer gaining lead jammer status. In other words, both team’s blockers could be effective enough that neither jammer makes the initial breakthrough. This is uncommon, but not unheard of. In this case, the jam will go on uninterrupted for the full two minutes. Roller derby is a contact sport. Athletes hit and block one another to impede another player’s movement on the track, or to knock another out of bounds. Hits cannot be made with hands, elbows, head or feet. Players can be hit from mid-thigh to shoulders and hits must be made on the front or side of the body. If this seems like a lot to learn, that’s because it is. When new skaters join, they are put in a group called “Fresh Meat.” Once they get comfortable on skates, they advance to “The Choice Cuts,” coached by Liz McCune or MeQuadza B. Blazin’, the next step up for new skaters. Roller derby is more than skating and making and taking hits. When The Choice Cuts practice, skaters work on team drills designed to improve agility, teamwork and coordination. In one drill, the team skates around the track in a straight line so close to one another that they need only extend their an arm slightly to place a palm on the small of skater’s back ahead of them. Beginning with the player in back, one-by-one they weave in and out of the line until they reach the front. On the way through the line, the weaving skater relies on the next skater in front of her to hold her arm out on the appropriate side and use it to propel her forward. This is called whipping it, the inspiration for the title of the 2009 Ellen Page movie, “Whip It.” Drills like these show the skills it takes to be successful on the track. Teammates have to be aware of each other — and the other team’s play-

Skater Wild E. Coyote sports a self-portrait on her arm. ers — at all times. Communication is key. As skaters weave through their teammates, they often yell ahead, “on your left.” Blazin’ tells the line to look back and check where the other skaters are. Awareness, teamwork, and coordination are as important in roller derby as speed, tenacity, and a ϐ‹”—†‡”•–ƒ†‹‰‘ˆ–Š‡”—Ž‡•Ǥ ƒ• can look chaotic to an untrained eye. However, the thorough, tiered training system means that Slaughterhouse

athletes see method in the madness and take full control of their bodies and the game. “It’s a lot to learn, but if you’re a fast learner, you’ll get it,” Blazin’ says. “When I coach my girls, I let them know, ‘Hey, when she comes at you like that, you need to block like this.’ And then, next time they’re in that position, you can see it click for them.” Slaughterhouse follows the Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association’s25

(WFTDA) rules and guidelines for advancing skaters. WFTDA has a test skaters must pass before they can advance to a team that plays in scrimmages or in play against other leagues. Athletes must pass trials of agility, endurance and strength and demonstrate knowledge of all the game rules, penalties, and standard moves. Once they pass here, skaters can graduate from The Choice Cuts and move on to one of the other league teams: The Bloodletting Betties, Bonesaw Bruisers or the travelling team that represents Slaughterhouse to WFTDA: The Prime Cuts. At press time, Slaughterhouse was forming another team, hopefully one that follows the current slaughter and meat packing nomenclature. Themed names are a strong suit for Slaughterhouse. The precautions and measures taken before advancing a skater into league play come with good reason. Derby is a fast-paced sport with a lot of physicality. An inexperienced skater is prone to get lost in the melee of a jam, potentially injuring herself or her teammates during gameplay. With hits and blocks, roller derby sounds violent; it can be. Athletes of any skill level can get hurt while playing. Blazin’ hangs her head as she mentions a girl broke her ankle at one of her practices not long ago. However, all sports carry a risk of injury.

The Slaughterhouse Derby Girls face off against a rival team. “I don’t call it violence. It’s a sport. You could call football violence and people still play it. It’s not violent: it’s competitive,” TC says. All skaters are required to have

Alter Egos: A Bit About Derby Names Roller Derby’s exclusive quirk of calling players by pseudonyms called derby names is a serious practice in roller derby. “A lot of times, if I meet someone who knows one of the girls and asks me about her by her real name, I can’t quite picture her. I need her derby name. That’s what we call each other here,” skater Sammy Bunton says. Bunton’s derby name, Slim Slam Mayhem, evolved after some of her Slaughterhouse teammates nicknamed her Slim, after her slender frame. “It’s this whole alter ego thing.” Derby names can be derived from nicknames, personal stories, the depths of a skater’s imagination or anywhere else. Originality is manda-


tory in a derby name. Every league submits their player’s names to a national roster of derby names to make sure it’s not taken before a skater can claim it. It’s always a good idea to have a backup name planned. UNC freshman Alex Bielawski skates under the name Megahurtz. She says it was that or Lucille Brawl, but unfortunately, Brawl was taken.

To learn more about derby names and find one for yourself, check out the database at http://www.

WFTDA insurance that helps with medical bills if they get injured on the court. Skaters also pay monthly dues, commit to volunteer work, and purchase and maintain all their gear. sells a “rookie gear package” with standard equipment (skates, helmet, mouth guard, wrist guard, knee and elbow pads) for $245. TC and Blazin’ say this seems about right for a beginner’s package. “Good gear is important. If you buy thinner knee pads, it won’t be long until you end up buying the bigger ones,” TC says. The costs do not outweigh the ben‡ϐ‹–•‘ˆ”‘ŽŽ‡”†‡”„›ˆ‘”Žƒ—‰Š–‡”Š‘—•‡ athletes. “It’s expensive, especially on a college budget. But it’s worth it. I love it,” says Alex Bielawski, a UNC freshman who works in student radio. Her derby name is Megahurtz. Love is what keeps derby together despite high costs and the risk of injury. Players often profess a love not only of their sport, but of their teammates.

May Day Mayhem The Slaughterhouse Derby Girls will be hosting the May Day Mayhem Tournament May 3rd, 4th and 5th at The Kill Floor in Greeley. Admission prices are $10 for one day, $15 for two days and $20 for three. For more information, check their website at

Taryn Metcalf or Tiki Torture, who transferred to Slaughterhouse from the Fort Collins roller derby league almost eight years ago, is the skater who has been with the league longest. She says the differences between Greeley and Fort Collins roller derby come down to the people. “Slaughterhouse just worked better for me. The atmosphere and the coaches are very cool,” Tiki says. TC has found a close kinship with her long-time teammates. Gesturing towards the league’s secretary, Kay Albert or Dirty Derby Dame (3D), she says, “It’s all about the people you meet. We started in the league together. We broke our ankles at almost the same time. And, we’re still here today. That’s what makes it worth it.”

Click HERE to watch a video of an actual bout.

A jammer prepares herself to break through a pack.



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Chophouse Adds New Flavors to Greeley Restaurant Scene By Alexandria Sterling

The service at The Chophouse is attentive and friendly and each table is covered with a white tablecloth and white paper to draw on. The lighting is dim and the swing music adds a classic and vintage touch. The Chophouse in downtown Greeley is the latest culinary addition to the area. The Chophouse offers moderately priced meals with unique ingredients and exceptional taste. Every item on the menu tantalizes the steak or seafood lover’s palette, and the price varies from about $25 to $50 a person. The menu includes appetizers, salads and soups, and “Chophouse Classics.” Every meal starts with a pre-appetiz‡”•ƒ…ǣƒ’ƒϐ‹ŽŽ‡†™‹–Š•™‡‡–‰”‡‡ chili cornbread—an unlikely pairing that works perfectly together – topped with melting honey butter. For my entree, I was torn between the Bourbon Barrel Salmon, salmon roasted on a barrel plank and topped with a bourbon glaze, and the Brown Butter Seared Scallops, pan-seared scallops seasoned with spices and butter served with Himalayan rice and collard greens. Every item on the menu contains something interesting to try. The menu includes smoked salmon ravioli, squid ink pasta stuffed with salmon and ricotta. The sides at The Chophouse include white cheddar potato mashers, seared asparagus, and lobster macaroni and cheese. Dessert selection at The Chophouse includes homemade cookies, chocolate slab cake, crème brulee, baked Alaska, assorted coffee drinks, and after-dinner liqueurs. With all of the delicious menu items at The Chophouse, anything chosen from the menu is guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds.

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These days one canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x203A;where without being bom-barded by the latest trend in dieting and weight loss. On the radar now: gluten-free diets that promise increased health and energy with some rather impressive weight loss statistics. The only major drawback would be that a gluten-free diet can be pretty restrictive in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world of drive-thrus and processed foods. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Other foods, like oats, can sometimes become cross-contaminated and contain gluten as well. Breads, pastas and cereals are foods to avoid on a gluten-free diet. This, of course, means that most fattening and delicious foods like pizza and macaroni and cheese are forbidden. Are Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2021;Ď?Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2022; Â&#x2122;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x192;Â&#x2026;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Ď?Â&#x2039;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021;ÇŤ According to Dr. William Davis, a cardiologist and author of the gluten-free diet book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wheat BellyÇĄâ&#x20AC;? switching from a traditional, gluten-laden American diet


to a gluten-free one could change your life. In his book, Davis explains that the geÂ?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2026;Â?Â&#x2018;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;Ď?Â&#x2039;Â&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2018;Ď?Â&#x2122;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013; in recent years has altered our â&#x20AC;&#x153;amber waves of grainâ&#x20AC;? in such a way that grain now affects our blood sugar in negative ways. This increase in blood sugar can cause stubborn weight gain around the midsection, giving the body a distinctive shape that Davis calls a â&#x20AC;&#x153;bagel butt.â&#x20AC;? While many people who adopt a gluten-free diet have Celiac disease, an autoimmune disease which causes gluten allergies, Davis says Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x203A;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2021;Ď?Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Ď?Â&#x201D;Â&#x2018;Â? the switch. In â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wheat Bellyâ&#x20AC;? Davis referenced a study in which overweight participants were asked to go on a gluten-free diet. 54% of participants saw weight loss results after making the switch. Aside from weight loss, there are other bonuses to a gluten-free diet. Most people who eliminate gluten from their diet tend to eat more fruits and vegetables, which are rich in vitamins and nu-

trients that can do wonders for your energy, skin andÂ?Â&#x2018;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2020;Ǥ Making the decision to eliminate gluten is becoming a lot easier with more gluten-free alternatives appearing on the shelves at grocery and specialty health food stores. Grocery stores now offer gluten-free pasta and cereals for purchase. The restaurant industry is making strides and changes for customers by incorporating gluten-free items on their menus. These alternatives are convenient and nice in moderation for those who want to try a gluten-free meal occasionally but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to permanently alter their diets. Adopting a gluten-free lifestyle at UNC is convenient with the cooperation of Dining Services and the availability of nutritional advice on campus. To discuss gluten - free options, visit Tobey-Kendel Hall room 120 or call 970-351-2652. Before starting any diet, please consult with your doctor to ensure you approach a change in your diet in a healthy way.

Egg in a Cup ”‡›‘—”‡ƒ†›–‘–”›ƒ‰”‡ƒ–‰Ž—–‡ˆ”‡‡”‡…‹’‡–‘†ƒ›ǫ”›‰‰ —’ǡƒ‰”‡ƒ–„”‡ƒˆƒ•–ƒŽ–‡”ƒ–‹˜‡ˆ‘”ƒ„—•›•–—†‡–™‹–Š a lot of protein that’s super easy to make. The egg ends up like a mini personal omelet and is deliciously gluten-free.


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The Claw Magazine (Vol. 1 / Issue 3)  

Issue 3 of the University of Norhern Colorado's student-run entertainment feature and lifestyle magazine.