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Sports Soccer wins game for seniors The UNC soccer team wins a 1-0 game on senior night Friday at Jackson Stadium. PAGE 7

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Rose Hedberg, a junior English major, de-stresses from the week’s events by carving a pumpkin during the UC’s annual pumpkin carving contest.

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Ghosts and goblins haunt Harrison for food bank benefit TESSA BYRNS news@uncmirror.com

Every campus has ghost stories, and UNC is no exception. Every year, Harrison Hall takes its ghost story to the next level when residents transform the basement into a haunted house. “Legend has it that a janitor died there many years ago and that his ghost still haunts the basement, so it is pretty easy to get people freaked out down there,” said Sam Hyland, a resident assistant in Harrison. While it may seem like just a fun night of frights, Haunted Harrison benefits the Weld Food Bank as well. “Haunted Harrison is a haunted house that we put on annually in our already super-creepy basement,” said Sam Hyland, a resident

assistant in Harrison Hall. Hyland said the residence hall has been transformed into a haunted house for more than 20 years and the Weld Food Bank has come to rely on the hall’s contributions. “Harrison contributes to many other philanthropic organizations over the course of the year such as St. Baldricks and Relay for Life, but contributing to the Weld Food Bank is so important now because the holidays are coming up,” Hyland said. “This event has been around for so long that they even partially depend on it to maintain part of their funding and food supply for this time of year.” Every aspect of Haunted Harrison, from construction to choosing a theme, is done by the Harrison staff and residents. This year, Taylor Smith,

a Harrison RA and fouryear Haunted Harrison planner, was in charge of the transformation. “Taylor is very skilled in construction, so be prepared for some real twists and turns throughout the night,” Hyland said. This year we have chosen the vague theme of a town. Having such a general theme leaves things a lot more open for costumes and layout, which is very exciting for the planning team. We also want to recognize that, while the staff mostly organizes the event, we couldn’t do it without the support of other halls on campus, whether that be monetarily or theatrically.” The Harrison staff decided to host the haunted house for three days this year so their donations to the food bank can match the costs of building it.

“We really enjoy it when we get to have the Greeley community interact with our campus…so that we can coordinate with Safe Trick or Treat,” Hyland said. “We run the child-friendly version for an hour every year, which is really just a toned-down version of the haunted house. The lights are turned on and our actors are asked to be a little less intimidating. We still try to scare them but not so much that they would want to cry.” Students who attended the haunted house said they thought it was a great way to spend the night. “I thought it was really scary,” said Jessica Keys, an undeclared freshman. “The scariest part was when the clown followed my group up the stairs because I have a fear of clowns.” Students who participated in Haunted Harrison also

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Tiffany English, a freshman education major, scares students and Greeley residents as she haunts the basement of Harrison Hall during Haunted Harrison. thought it was a great event the residence hall puts on. “Haunted Harrison is great because it actually is scary,” said Ben Hornacek, a freshman music theory major. “So many people

were screaming throughout the night.” The final night of haunting in Harrison Hall is tonight from 7 – 11 p.m. with 7 – 8 p.m. the designated childfriendly version of the haunt.

Students carve out time to decorate Halloween pumpkins for contest COLLEEN ALLISON news@uncmirror.com

For the fourth consecutive year, UNC students had the chance to show off their pumpkin carving skills during the University Center’s annual pumpkin carving contest. Several tables were set up in the lower level of the

UC so students could carve and paint pumpkins Thursday and Friday and enter their creations in the contest under the categories of funniest, scariest and best UNC pumpkins. Jacob Milewski’s “FurbyMonget” pumpkin, featuring his depiction of the furry toy, won in the funniest pumpkin

category. Kayla Kipp, who won in the scariest category, used her carving skills and painting skills to create a spooky ghost. Chelsea Mateoi won the best UNC pumpkin, which featured the letters UNC and a spider carved into the squash. Each winner was given a gift card to the UNC Bookstore and Fan Shop. Students were able to keep their pumpkins, and any unclaimed pumpkins will be turned into compost or donated to a hog farm. The contest has turned into a Halloween tradition on campus. “The first time, we did it because there was a lack of

activities during Halloween week,” said Jay Dinges, the assistant director of UC Operations. “It stuck on as a tradition.” This year, the UC has seen a large turnout for its Halloween activities. “We had to go out (Friday) morning and buy more pumpkins because we went through 47 (Thursday),” Dinges said. Many chose to combine paint and carving, while others chose to chisel pieces off for a different look. “Most people cut out their entire pumpkin, but I am cutting out little pieces at a time,” said Austin Griffith, a freshman English major. Most of the students par-

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Austin Griffith, a freshman English major, makes a face on a pumpkin by chiseling pieces away with a knife during the University Center’s pumpkin carving contest last week. ticipated in the contest to add more fun to their Halloween week. “I had a stressful week and wanted to engage in something fun,” said Rose Hedberg, a junior English major.

Along with the carving contest, the UC also had an office decorating contest. Halloween festivities will continue today with trick or treating at the offices and business in the UC from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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“Tebowing” picture fad makes mockery of all religions For months, Facebook profiles were plastered with pictures of people “planking,” or laying stiffly prone, in random places. Now the new craze is “Tebowing” in unusual locations. Tim Tebow, the popular quarterback for the Denver Broncos, is as known for his religion as he is his football skills, and apparently mocking that religion is the newest, coolest thing to do. According to Urban Dictionary, the definition of “Tebowing” is “To get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely

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Tebow is not the only football player to express his faith on the field. Troy Polamalu, a safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers, said he prays after every play, but we don’t see excess attention or mockery being directed at him. If attention must be brought to religion on the gridiron, people should instead look at it as a positive, not a source of mockery or the newest, stupid pose for pictures. Football players who are willing to display their faith in front of millions are probably some of the better role models in the NFL because

they will likely not be the ones receiving attention for being arrested for drunk driving or assault. However, instead of focusing on the man’s religion, people should focus on what he is paid to do: play football. “Tebowing” will probably fade fast, just like its predecessor “planking,” once Tebow’s novelty starts wearing off. Until then, Facebook pages and websites like www.tebowing.com will continue to insult the quarterback’s religion with pictures of people being “cool” and mocking a man’s faith in God.

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different,” which wouldn’t be so bad if people were actually praying when they did it. Tebow is actually praying when he “Tebows” after a play; it’s highly unlikely that people are doing the same when they are posing for pictures at a party or a famous landmark. People’s imitations of Tebow are more insulting than anything, both to him and anyone who practices a religion. Turning a personal expression of religion, such as prayer, into a joke is rude and insulting to Tebow’s personal faith.

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ccording to the United Nations Population Fund, today marks the birth of the child who puts the world population above seven billion people. Referred to by the UNFPA and colloquially as the Day of Seven Billion, today has been negatively targeted by the media, and growing popular opinion appears on the surface to vindicate this reaction. After all, it seems that left unchecked, the Earth’s population is destined to spread until the Earth cannot sustain it. Paul Ehrlich’s “The Population

Bomb” theorized mass starvation of people in the 1980s due to exponential population growth versus arithmetic food growth, saying that the carrying capacity would likely be a lack of food instead of other factors. The reality is Ehrlich’s prediction was too simplistic to accurately model human dynamics, which is why his theories failed to stand true despite the fact that population has nearly doubled since his time. With advancing technology, there is no reason to seclude agriculture to arithmetic progression for the time being (although it will likely be rendered to cubic progression in the future), for agricultural advances have increased our yield at a rate much higher than standard arithmetic progression. Even with Ehrlich’s claims shown to be premature and alarmist, it is becoming prevailing

opinion that a growing population is inherently bad, and it is precisely this attitude that is rapidly creating social problems. The UNFPA estimates the standard replacement rate for developed countries to be 2.1 children per woman. Following this model, growth tends toward zero. But with population bomb hysteria has come a strong desire to avoid having children. While the fertility rate of the United States is not too far below replacement (2.06, with the vast majority of U.S. population growth attributed to immigration), many European countries have become very extreme. Italy is at 1.32, and Germany is at 1.42. The population increase of the 20th century has been mostly about increased life expectancies, but with fertility rates below replacement, inverted pyramid

societies are created. If the trend continues, we’re going to see large tiers of elderly people that cannot be supported by the much smaller working class population. The problem our growing population brings is not starvation but a disproportionate distribution of resources. From an American standpoint, it does not seem reasonable for the Earth to sustain seven billion people. Then again, we throw away food, spend $147 billion per year on obesity-related sickness and pollute our “purest” water with alcohol. We can’t support the world if we continue to live the way we do, and we can’t allow birth rates to continue to fall in developed countries. — Josh Divine is a senior mathematics major and a weekly columnist for The Mirror.


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Another zombie force repelled by attentive students COLLEEN ALLISON news@uncmirror.com

A small force of apocalypse survivors kept campus safe from a zombie attack Saturday during UNC’s second zombie crawl of the year. The attack started on Gunter Field at 8 p.m. and soon moved into Fraiser Hall, where zombies hid in several practice rooms hungry for human flesh. Survivors were armed with toy guns and swords, ready to fight to the death. Survivors had their own strategies to make it through the night, and some were more aggressive than others. “Head shots are very

affective,” said Ben Rupe, a freshman business major. Others used a hide-andseek tactic. “Don’t let them get too close, and avoid corners,” said Lex Holzhemer, a sophomore theater major. The battle for Frasier was intense but soon moved across campus where survivors took refuge in Gunter Hall until the zombies found them. Around 9 p.m., zombies and a few survivors ran from Gunter toward the residence halls. At the residence halls, the few remaining survivors traveled to the University Center to make their way to west campus, where they were able to

get a good shooting angle and take down all the zombies. The University of Northern Colorado is now safe from all zombie attacks thanks to the brave men and women who risked their lives to protect campus. Adam Bush, a senior biology major, organized the UNC zombie crawl. He said he was hoping this crawl would be larger than the one he organized last week. “Due to the cold weather a lot of people didn’t come out,” Bush said. About 10 students participated in the crawl, most saying because it was a fun way to celebrate Halloween. “It’s the best thing to do on Halloween weekend in

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Melanie Poston, a sophomore art and Spanish major, and Adam Bush, a senior biology major, slowly crawl up the stairs in Fraiser Hall hunting for survivors during the zombie crawl Saturday, the second hosted at UNC this month. Greeley,” Holzhemer said. This time, participants made the crawl more into a game of hide-and-seek using different buildings on campus. The zombies would go in

and hide and the survivors would go in and “hunt” them. After a few rounds, the survivors hid and the zombies “hunted” them to eat their brains. At the end of the night,

zombies and the survivors put their differences aside and left the war zone as friends again. Bush said he plans to host another crawl around Halloween next year.

What is your favorite Halloween memory?

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I would carve pumpkins with my mom and bake the seeds.

When I dressed up as Spiderman.

Alison McBride, jr. math secondary education major.

Joe Luden, soph. biology major

Trick or treating with my little brother and sister.

Going to Tracks for Halloween. They go all out.

Kelsey Bryant, soph. elementary education major

Josh Nowak, jr. political science major

Trick or treating. My dad would candy in his shirt so we could get more. Kacey Johnson, jr nursing major

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. I dressed as Megara from Hercules. Holly Willis, sr. marketing major


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Greeley becomes occupied by residents, UNC students looking for change CONOR MCCABE news@uncmirror.com

The “Occupy” movement has spread like wildfire across the United States in the last few weeks and, as of last Monday, Greeley was added to the list of “occupied” cities. The Occupy Greeley movement is a spin-off from the Occupy Wall Street movement, which started in New York City’s Wall Street financial district on Sept. 17. With the power of Facebook, Twitter and a frustrated American public, the movement is now demonstrating in 70 major cities and more than 600 communities. The main slogan incorporated with this movement is “We Are the 99%,” referring to

the difference in wealth between one percent of society, who owns 42 percent of the financial wealth, and the remaining 99 percent. The Occupy Greeley demonstrations were generated from the protests in New York City, however, they are illuminating a broader message. “Instead of saying capitalism is the problem, the Greeley community is protesting greed happening in the world,” explains Hayden Hasselbrock, a junior sociology major. Hasselbrock said the movement is missing the student involvement it needs to be effective. The movement is seeing support from the

Greeley community though, Hasselbrock said, with some anti-war protestors from the 1970s joining the cause. “The anti-war protestors believed we needed the media to be effective, so we chose Lincoln Park because of how close it is to the courthouse,” he said. The protestors’ main

problem with Wall Street’s actions stems from the demolition of the economy in the 2008 mortgage crisis, which hindered the federal deficit, and the lack of accountability that followed. Jamie Britt, a political science and communications major, said the protestors are seeking to make their opinions known to politicians

more than they are making demands. “We want to bring visibility to the fact that Americans won’t vote for politicians who don’t tax the rich more to fix the federal deficit,” Britt said. In terms of what’s next for the Occupy Greeley protestors, Kyle Hartman, the group’s spokesman, believes they need to keep the media

interested and change their tactics and will soon incorporate sit-ins as a part of their demonstrations. “We need to get the government back in the hands of the people,” Hartman said. For more information about the Occupy Greeley movement, visit the group’s Facebook page or their website, www.occupygreeley.org.


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Football team’s emotional game ends in loss PARKER COTTON sports@uncmirror.com

To its credit, the UNC football team had its moments of brilliance Saturday. In the end, though, a 54-yard field goal from North Dakota’s sophomore kicker took away all the luster in a 27-25 loss

at Nottingham Field. The University of Northern Colorado (0-9) senior wide receiver Patrick Walker hauled in an 88yard touchdown to put UNC ahead, 25-24, with 3:45 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Bears weren’t able to connect on a 2point conversion, a move that proved to be costly. The Fighting Sioux (5-3)

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UNC junior wide receiver Chris Morris (18) comes down with a touchdown catch in the second quarter of UNC’s game against North Dakota Saturday.

returned the ensuing kickoff 69 yards to UNC’s 39-yard line and ran three plays for three yards to set up Zeb Miller’s game-winner with 1:52 remaining. UNC sophomore quarterback Seth Lobato’s pass on 4th-and-1 on UNC’s final drive was tipped at the line and fell incomplete, sealing the game. “It’s tough to see your kids fight the way they fought today and for it to escape them like that,” UNC head coach Earnest Collins Jr. said. “When your kids fight through the adversity we fought through today and still come up short, it’s tough.” What makes the loss tougher is that it came on a career-best day for Walker, who caught 10 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns. His receiving yards total breaks the previous school record for most in a game of 265 set by Barry West in 1970

and is the highest total ever in the Big Sky, besting the 299 yards from Nevada’s Treamelle Taylor in 1989. Walker said a win is more important, though. “It doesn’t mean anything to me at all, honestly, especially if we lose a game where we were so close,” Walker said. “It just hurts so much.” UNC scored its first touchdown in the second quarter when junior wide receiver Chris Morris caught a tipped pass in the end zone, a score that tied the game at 7. UND scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 21-7 lead, but Lobato found junior wide receiver Dominic Gunn for a 48-yard touchdown three seconds before halftime. A missed extra point sent North Dakota into the break with a 21-13 lead. The teams traded 3and-outs to start the third quarter before Lobato threw deep to Walker who

took it 80 yards for his first touchdown of the game. “Patrick’s been doing a phenomenal job,” Lobato said. “He’s putting up the numbers week after week. People are keying on him, and he’s still making plays.” Another failed 2-point conversion resulted in the score staying 21-19. UNC allowed another field goal later in quarter, and Lobato fumbled on the Bears’ next possession, giving UND a short field. UNC senior safety Chuks Nweke took away the scoring threat with intercepting UND senior quarterback Brent Goska in the end zone. The Fighting Sioux missed a field goal attempt early in the fourth and followed it by having another one blocked by Nweke later in the quarter. Two plays after the block, Walker scored his 88-yarder to give UNC a brief lead. After having a long field goal seal the team’s fate,

Lobato said the team needs to fine-tune some things heading into its final two games. “We have to maximize our opportunities when they present themselves,” he said. “We’re going to go back and watch film and try to execute the little details that we missed out on today, and hopefully put it all together for a full four quarters.” Despite the loss, which Lobato and Collins both said was the toughest of the season, Collins said he has pride in how his team fought to stay alive. “We could be 11-0 in years to come and go on to win a national championship, and I will never, ever forget this football team,” he said. “Not because of the record, not because of the losses, but because of how these guys continue to fight, week-in and week-out. It’s a special group of kids. They really are.”

Volleyball sweeps last non-conference match of season DAVID WILSON sports@uncmirror.com

The UNC volleyball team celebrated its Halloween weekend with a 3-0 sweep over non-conference opponent Seattle University on Saturday at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. The sweep marks the 10th time the University of Northern Colorado (15-8) has won a match in that fashion out of its 15 wins this season. Despite the convincing victory, game one started sluggish for UNC as Seattle (418) used quick sets and mixed up its offense early to confuse the Bears’ defense. “Their quick offense gave

us a lot of trouble in game one,” Bears head coach Lyndsey Benson said. “What we saw from Seattle was not what we had scouted, but I thought we adjusted well as the match went on.” The Redhawks led 10-8 midway through the game but, following a UNC timeout, the Bears went on a 72 run to regain the lead and held on for a 25-21 game one win. In game two, the Bears came out firing on all cylinders and took an early 8-2 lead. UNC led by as many as 11 points in game two and spiked down 17 kills compared to just six errors en route to a 25-16 win. The Bears had five players

with seven or more kills, led by freshman outside hitter Tambre Haddock with 11. Saturday marked the third straight match for Haddock with 10 or more kills as she has gone from a role player to a key offensive threat over the past few weeks for UNC. “I want to help this team as much as I can,” Haddock said. “We all want the same thing, and I want to help our team get there. If that means I need to improve in certain things to contribute to the team, then I’ll do that.” The Bears’ defense took over in game three as UNC tallied four of its six blocks on the night in the final set. Seattle managed just nine kills compared to eight errors

and were held to a dismal .029 hitting percentage. UNC took game three, 25-18, to cap off the 3-0 victory. “We’ve really been working hard on our defense, trying to make moves for every single ball to try and make ourselves more successful on offense,” Bears senior defensive specialist Amanda Arterburn said. Arterburn led all players with 13 digs on the night. Benson said having a nonconference game this late in the season was concerning for the team but the win over Seattle was important for UNC going forward in Big Sky play. “I debated back and forth if we should even

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UNC sophomore outside hitter Alyssa Wilson, right, makes a successful block in a match earlier this season. The Bears defeated Seattle 3-0 on Saturday. play this match when we were scheduling it earlier this year,” Benson said. “This late in the conference season it could go one of two ways: we could

be distracted by a team like Seattle or it would be a confidence-building match. Luckily, we gained what we needed from this match tonight.”


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Soccer team sends seniors out with victory MICHAEL NOWELS sports@uncmirror.com

Through the cold, the UNC women’s soccer team closed out its regular season Friday with a 1-0 win against the University of Nebraska at Omaha, scoring a late goal to earn the victory on senior night. The University of Northern Colorado (8-7-4) controlled the shosts-ongoal with seven, compared to just one from the Mavericks (5-7-2), making it a simple game for Bears senior goalkeeper Kirstin Salminen. She said she had to try different things to keep herself warm with very

little threat from the UNO attack. “I try to just keep moving around as much as I can — jumping around, moving side to side and just talking a lot and keeping active to keep my adrenaline up,” Salminen said. The game’s lone goal came in the 85th minute off a corner kick from Bears senior midfielder Kimmie Feidler. UNC junior midfielder JJ Wykstra, the team’s leading goal scorer, headed the ball in the box and junior defender Alexsys Tamayo found the back of the net. Tamayo said she decided to be aggressive because she knew the time was running out and wanted to win the

game before overtime. “I was looking at the time and there was six minutes left, so I was just like, ‘I’m just going to get it in,’” she said. “I saw the ball pop

up, and I think I pushed a couple of players out of the way and I just kicked it as hard as I could.” UNC head coach Tim Barrera said he thought one

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UNC senior midfielder Krystine Dalton (6) kicks the ball downfield in the team’s 1-0 win against Nebraska-Omaha Friday at Jackson Stadium.

Bear may have preferred an overtime match. “It wasn’t the prettiest of goals, but we’ll take it,” Barrera said. “I don’t think anyone . . . wanted to go to overtime. The only person who may have wanted overtime was Kirstin — she’s third in the nation in minutes played this year.” Salminen said the juniors were the ones to step up and make a statement for the seniors in the locker room before the match. “It was more the juniors that came in here to the locker room and said, ‘Let’s do this for our seniors,’” she said. UNC already wrapped up the Big Sky Conference regular season champi-

onship, so the game did not have any effect on its postseason hopes, which Barrera said decreased the pressure on his club. “It’s a little different because it’s senior night but it’s not their last home game, which is kind of nice,” he said. “It was also nice this year that senior night was not a conference match, so there was a little less pressure and we could focus on them a little more.” UNC’s next match will be at 5 p.m. Thursday against Montana, following the 2 p.m. game between Portland State and Weber State. The winners of those games will play for the championship Sunday at 1 p.m. All games will be at Jackson Field.

Tebow should not receive unfair criticism because of his religion David WILSON

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usually don’t feel any remorse for professional athletes who are criticized by analysts and are held under a microscope during their playing careers. That just comes with the occupation. However, in the case of

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, I have seen an ugly and somewhat disgusting side of media coverage and fan scrutiny that follows this man out his front door every day. Some of this is, admittedly, justified. His mechanics are flawed, his throws are about as predictable as the stock market and he is drastically limited to a handful of plays that fit his skill set. What doesn’t make any sense to me is why his religious views ever made their way into the conversation

and why they have any merit when it comes to evaluating Tebow as a quarterback. Fans and analysts have harped on how his religious views and his outspokenness hurts the Broncos’ fan base. This is the biggest reach for a story I have ever seen. I can’t fathom why this country, a predominantly Christian nation, has such a problem with a Christian football player. We as American voters have historically demanded that our presidents be Christian, but now it’s controversial for

our quarterbacks to be? Tebow isn’t the first player in the history of the NFL to drop to one knee and pray after scoring and nor will he be the last. He isn’t the first player in history to thank God in his interviews, and nor will he be the last. But for some reason the media has to pick on him for it. Apparently criticizing his throwing motion has gotten too repetitive for them to fill countless hours of programming. Ask Jewish Broncos

fans if they like Tebow. Ask people who are atheists or any other religion you want to throw out there. I guarantee they say they care about the Broncos winning games more than whom the quarterback prays to. I don’t care if people criticize Tebow based on his skill set — I do it, too. I’m a Dallas Cowboys fan, so I couldn’t care less if the Broncos win or lose. I do care, however, when religion gets brought into the argument. It’s amazing how

people in this country are still this petty. A certain religion does not make a person good or bad or make a player a winner or loser. Professional sports and the journalists who cover them should have nothing to say or do with race, sexual preference or religion. Winning is all that should matter.

— David Wilson is a senior journalism major and a sports reporter for The Mirror.


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