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Greeley police officers fly the state and national colors at the front of the Martin Luther King Day parade Monday on Eighth Avenue.
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Students, community honor life of MLK with march KRISTEN MARTIN firstname.lastname@example.org
Students and faculty of UNC and Greeley community members marched Monday to honor the life and accomplishments of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The march proceeded from Seventh Avenue to the Union Colony Civic Center. As the gathering took place, music was played, and participants sang along in tribute to King and the Civil Rights Movement with which he was heavily involved. In the UCCC, local school district officials gave motivational presentations and speeches to the attendees. Principal Bryan Wright of Greeley West High School spoke to students about how
they can be the best at what they want to be. Carlos Cruz, a UNC student, showed an inspiring video he created about King. The keynote speaker was Dominique Dawes who was the first black woman to win an individual medal in Olympic gymnastics. Dawes credits the inspiration she received from her athletic coach for her choice to utilize her time as a motivational speaker to children across the United States, building them up to achieve their dreams. Dawes said she once visited the balcony where King was assassinated, and it caused her to question how she was making a difference in the world. With a little bit of love, kindness
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and compassion, Dawes said she believes people can make this world a better place and be full of joy, just like King. “Every day my coach, Kelli Hill,
never allowed me to quit or be discouraged about my dreams,” Dawes said. “Love is how we shape the world around us. It’s amazing what a smile can do.”
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Marchers stroll Monday through Lincoln Park in downtown Greeley on the way to the Union Colony Civic Center to hear a speech delivered by Dominique Dawes as part of the Martin Luther King Day festivities.
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Greeley Mayor Tom Norton presented the Dream Big, Spread Hope, Inspire Others Community Award to the Grove Neighborhood Network. The GNN provides educational support to youth and adults. Events such as this celebration of King’s work helped bring UNC students out to explore their surrounding human networks. “A good number of students and faculty are here with the community,” said Raul Cardenas, UNC dean of students. “It helps the university and community to see students in a different light.” Sarah Hanselin, a junior anthropology major, said she agreed the march was a way to increase community relations. “This event is a beautiful way to see the community,” Hanselin said. ”It’s powerful to see so much life and connection to the people in Greeley.” As brought to a forefront by the march and the presentations throughout the day, King’s stated dream was to achieve racial equality and justice in America — a sentiment reiterated by attendees. “His goals are always going to be relevant to bettering humanity, and they are something that should be focused on within society,” Hanselin said.
This event is a beautiful way to see the community. It’s powerful to see so much life and connection to the people in Greeley.
— Sarah Hanselin, a junior anthropology major
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The 25th anniversary of MLK Federal Holiday A Letter to the Editor By UNC Department Africana Studies,
As the nation pauses to remember and honor the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we must re-dedicate ourselves to the meaning of Dr. King’s life. Dr. King fought 1.) for the right to protest for right, 2.) to speak truth to power, 3.) to call in America’s debt in the account for social justice, and 4.) to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable. Though these four principles animated his life, some have tried to reduce him to either a papier-mâché hero, who gave only one significant
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ly, in a crowded theater, nor the right to incite violence, thus creating a “clear and present danger.” In effect, the only remedy for speech with which we disagree is more speech. In the age of Obama, racism/white supremacy, poverty, war, women’s oppression, homophobia, and labor exploitation still stalk the land. In 2008, 15.4 million children were poor in the United States. Meanwhile, the Pentagon has announced plans to spend $100 billion dollars in 2011 on the war in Afghanistan, with plans to spend about $3.6 billion per month. For Dr. King, such wildly misplaced priorities cry out for dis-
sent against imperial war and for a redirection of resources to domestic needs. (See the Hills Blog Briefing Room/ Roxana Tiron, Oct 14, 2009; Truthdig/Mike Ludwig, Jan. 6, 2011; Children’s Defense Fund Aug. 26, 2008). Recognizing that our nation’s journey toward justice has not been completed, let us become “drum majors for justice” (Dr. King uses the phrase in a speech February 4, 1968). honoring Dr. King’s legacy can mean nothing less.
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Reese issue illustrates destructive cannon of political correctness Josh DIVINE
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speech (“I have a Dream” August 28, 1963) or to a broken caricature who betrayed his cause. The first tendency is all too common and need not concern us here. The second tendency has seen a local Greeley school official reproduce vicious calumnies against Dr. King in a vain attempt to diminish the man. Neither of these approaches captures Dr. King’s spirit and his message to America. His words should be our guide — his speeches, our starting point. As the U.S. Supreme Court has held in Schenck (1919) and Brandenburg (1969), the right to free speech does not include either the right to yell “Fire,” false-
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to address is the ridiculous response he’s received. The word “hate” is nothing more than an ad homonym now. When Reese began broadcasting his diatribe critical of Martin Luther King, people automatically assumed he was a hatemonger despite Reese publicly stating he supports the Civil Rights Movement and only had reservations crediting its legacy to one of the movement’s lead-
ers. Reese also encouraged people to fact-check the letter he wrote for themselves. But people didn’t like it. They again tried the (more accepted) tactic of pointing out that Reese had initially cited a supremacist site in his reading. This, by itself, does not discredit the information. Just as Democrats put forth everything bad they could find about President G.W. Bush, so too will a supremacist organization display mostly negative information. It doesn’t mean the information is automatically invalidated. Fact-checking on my part — through non-supremacist sources — has revealed that many things Reese said about King are, indeed, true, and the founding director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, Clayborne
Carson, told the Tribune that a lot of the facts are valid. But people have attacked Reese, saying he is filled with hate, just like they did last year when he went to a “Speak Truth, Not Ignorance” seminar and put forth the legitimate question of why people tolerate sexual deviance in the form of homosexuality but not in other forms like beastiality, polygamy, etc. Now, having only heard and read about Reese’s situation second-hand, I can’t lay judgment on his method of transaction — how he spoke at that seminar or how he delivered the MLK piece — and I can’t say that Reese’s alleged threat of a “shootout” (which most likely is figurative) with Justin Sasso is irreproachable. What I can say is that individuals have full control over how offended they become, and
responding with “hate” pejoratives and death threats, which Reese has now filed police reports, not only shows emotional instability in the offended but reinforces the political-correctness dogma that has permeated society and nearly crippled the First Amendment. I do not blame Reese for wanting to carry his legally concealed weapon with him at board meetings especially in light of what happened in Florida. I do, however, find fault in the rest of the board for striving to infringe on Reese’s Second Amendment rights by holding an emergency board meeting to discuss ways to prevent Reese from carrying his weapon. — Josh Divine is a junior math major and a weekly columnist for The Mirror.
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Bears boogie back into swing of things
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To ease students back into the swing of academia, Friday night in the University Center Ballrooms, the University Program Council hosted its second Club UNC, providing students with a refreshing club-scene event, complete with glow sticks, a light display and a top DJ spinning popular songs. Club UNC had its beginnings during Fall Semester when 1,500 students attended. The dance mixer will continue to be an event during Welcome Week at the beginning of each semester. “Club UNC has a lounge to hang out at, a dance floor, a DJ, mocktails and glow sticks,” said Ashley Yerina, a senior elemen-
tary education major. “It has all the joys of a real club while providing a safe environment.” A mixture of students from
all different areas of study found their way to the neon-lit dance floor. Some were dressed casually while others decked
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Students dance while wearing neon glow sticks Friday during the University Program Council’s Club UNC. The event took place in the University Center Ballrooms.
themselves in chic apparel and had a style of their own. Most dawned a glow stick or two, and danced together just the same. “There is no specific dress code, but this Club UNC was themed ‘neon,’ so students were encouraged to dress accordingly,” said Brittany Dosdall, a senior business management major and traditional events coordinator for the University Program Council. Attendees had student IDs scanned, were offered a coat check and entered an atmosphere of euphoria. “There is good music, and everyone is really into the music and dancing,” said Gaylynn Fassler, a sophomore history major. “It is entertaining and a good Friday night
alternative.” This semester, roughly 1,000 people attended, with a range of 300-500 people at the club at any given time. As the upbeat thrived the ballrooms, it was as if the event transgressed into a Los Angeles club scene, engulfed with students enjoying themselves within the mist created by fog machines. “It has been so successful this year, I would be surprised if they didn’t continue it,” Dosdall said. Club UNC will take place again next semester during Welcome Week. For more information on the other clubs that are going on at UNC, go to www.unco.edu/clubs or contact Katelyn Elliott, director of student organizations at UNC, at 970-351-2582.
New ‘Bad Girls’ season proves embarrassing, again Alexandria VASQUEZ
s many inhabitants of Girl World know, the sixth season of “Bad Girls Club” premiered last week on the Oxygen network. I don’t know which is more shocking: that this sham of a show has somehow managed to find funding for more than four years or that in those four years it has broken viewing record after viewing record in Oxygen history and doesn’t
appear to be losing any steam. For those of you who are lucky enough to be unfamiliar with “Bad Girls Club,” I’ll give you the rundown. The show operates on the loose premise of piecing together the most dysfunctional mish mash of women possible and setting them up in a posh house for four months with the ultimate goal of “bettering themselves.” Again, this is a loosely fitting description of the show’s aim. It is true that you would be hard-pressed to find a group of women with a bigger collection of daddy issues, drinking problems and short fuses, but it’s difficult to believe that any
of the women featured on “Bad watch this show religiously. It goes against everything I Girls Club” can honestly say they auditioned with the intent believe in, yet I can’t help but of maturing and changing their keep my eyes glued to the television screen anyways. The only time time it’s on — kind any of the self-proof like a car wreck, claimed “Bad Girls” TV you know? It is faseven mention this Review cinating to watch vague goal is when these women willaffecting a holieringly embarrass themselves than-thou attitude while trash and develop lifelong cases of talking their roommates. alcoholism right before my The actual goal to intimieyes on cable television. I like date all other housemates, analyzing a culture entirely start the most memorable catdifferent from my own, in fight and ultimately gather up which sleeping around and a paltry 15 minutes of fame is displaying a generally unpleasmuch less sanctimonious than ant attitude at all times are all that. considered desirable traits. I admit that I tune in and
It’s scary, though, to know that this is what entertainment has come to. Millions of viewers tune in each week to watch grown women behave like animals, and it is just so…saddening. As long as shows like this still dominate television entertainment, the fight for gender equality is rendered little more than pointless. How can we expect anyone to take women seriously when so many of them confuse trashy celebrity status with true class and respect? — Alexandria Vasquez is a senior journalism major and member of Pi Lambda Chi.
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Women’s hoops takes care of Eagles Basketball team off to best start in Big Sky Conference in school history SAMANTHA FOX firstname.lastname@example.org
The UNC women’s basketball team downed Big Sky foe Eastern Washington, 75-68, Saturday at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. After a record-setting game Thursday, the University of Northern Colorado (8-9, 3-1) continued setting records against Eastern Washington (6-9, 2-1). With the win, the Bears improve to 3-1 in the conference for the first time in school history. In the game, senior guard Courtney Stoermer tied the school record for steals (189) and moved into second place all-time on the school’s assists list (367) against the Eagles, who were the preseason No. 2 pick in the Big Sky. “It doesn’t matter who we play each night,” Stoermer said. “We just look at it as the same team; it’s just another team coming in.” Stoermer had a team-high 17 points to go with a game-high
seven assists. Sophomore forward Lauren Oosdyke backed Stoermer with 15 points, five rebounds and four steals. Oosdyke averaged 21.5 points over the last two games, which was good enough for her to garner the Big Sky Player of the Week honor. The Eagles took an early 9-6 lead in the game, but the Bears sank five of their next six shots to take a 16-11 advantage. UNC led the rest of the way, building its lead to as many as 16. UNC junior forward Kaisha Brown posted her first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the game. “If we work as a team and make that extra pass every time or as often as we can, we will be good,” Brown said. “If you stick with all the little things, the big things will happen, and the double will come.” Eastern Washington senior guard Tatjana Sparavalo did not make UNC’s win an easy one. Sparavalo came off the bench and recorded a game-high 24 points, going 4-for-6 on 3-
pointers. The Bears were able to take advantage of Eastern Washington’s mistakes, netting 24 points off 25 turnovers. “We knew every play they were going to run, so we manipulated the plays,” UNC head coach Jaime White said. “The preparation up to the game was key. But also, our girls have got to be able to execute that.” UNC freshman forward Kim Lockridge scored 15 points off the bench to go with four steals and four rebounds. “Kim’s a little bit undersized to play the five (center), but she’s a really smart player,” White said. UNC takes the court next against Sacramento State at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at ButlerHancock Sports Pavilion.
Next Game: Sacramento State 7:05 p.m. Thursday Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion
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UNC junior forward Kaisha Brown, left, prepares to inbound the ball against Eastern Washington in the Bears’ win Saturday. Brown had 10 rebounds for the second consecutive game.
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The UNC men’s basketball team will look to preserve its perfect 5-0 Big Sky record as it travels to take on Sacramento S t a t e Thursday. Men’s Basketball T h e University of Northern Colorado (9-7) has won five of the last six games against
the Hornets (3-14, 0-6), who have averaged only 61.6 points per game this season. UNC swept the season series last year by an average of 13 points per game. The Bears are off to their best start in Big Sky Conference play in school history, while Sacramento State searches for its first conference victory. UNC senior guard Devon Beitzel has averaged 19.2 points in five conference games so far and has also had at least two assists in each of those games. Beitzel had 16 points in the first
meeting with Sacramento State last season but had to sit out the second game with a foot injury. UNC senior forward Taylor Montgomery, who had 13 points and 9 rebounds in two games against Sacramento State last year, has averaged 8.2 points and 9.2 rebounds over the last four games. Senior guard Sultan Toles-Bey and sophomore guard John Dickson, who average 12.1 and 10.2 points per contest, respectively, lead the Hornets offensively. The pair combined to score
just 29 points against the Bears last season. UNC’s defensive effort has been evident in conference play this season, marked primarily by sophomore g u a r d E l l i o t t
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Devon Beitzel has averaged 19.2 points per game in five conference games this year.
Lloyd’s last-second block to preserve a win Dec. 31 at Eastern Washington. In addition, the Bears’ defense has held opponents to under 35 percent shooting each of the last three games, including just 8-for-52 on 3-point field goals. In that same span, UNC has held the opposing team’s leading scorer to under their season points per game average. The game tips off at 8:05 p.m. Thursday in Sacramento, Calif.
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Recently, the Colorado Department of Education chose the dean of UNC’s College of Education a n d Behavioral Sciences for its State Leadership Academy Board. Eugene Eugene Sheehan Sheehan, said he looks forwho has ward to the trainserved as the ing and selection College of of principals. Education a n d Behavior Sciences dean since 2000, has been appointed to the board to oversee all the academic programs in the college, as well as all administrative and budgetary functions. Sheehan has executive decision over many of the important issues that affect higher education, such as hiring, personnel
evaluation and budget allocation. He supervises major accreditation processes and is responsible for overall academic quality. His office also handles student complaints and appeals. “At a general level, it is good to be able to have input and to affect policies that impact education,” Sheehan said. “It’s part of my job to serve on statewide committees like this. I’ve also been on the governor’s P-20 Council as the chair of the educator subcommittee and also on the state-wide literacy council.” Serving a three-year term on the 14-member committee that advises the State Board of
Education, Sheehan will also be at the center of discussion regarding topics such as recruitment and professional development for current and future public schools principals. “Teachers are very important in schools, but the principal sets the tone and culture and therefore has much influence,” Sheehan said. “I look forward to influencing how principals are selected and trained.” Sheehan was nominated by another education professor from the University of Colorado-Denver and then chosen by the members of the board. His job on the board will
be an important one for many other educators who want to see changes made in the field. The board is voluntary and meets once a month. Its next meeting is 9 a.m. on Jan. 21. According to the agenda Sheehan provided, the board will discuss an update on other state work and how it influences education, development of the academy program and staffing the academy. There will be updates on other leadership happenings,
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— Eugene Sheehan, dean of UNC’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.
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Quote of the day You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success or are they holding you back? — W. Clement Stone, 1902-2002, an American businessman and philanthropist